Regular readers of this blog may have noticed a marked decline in the number of blog posts. For more than fifteen years I have been writing blog posts here and articles for a range of websites, journals and papers. This sort of small scale journalism is rewarding but time consuming. It has been supplemented with the writing of books on the Catholic faith–at least one a year.
Over the years I have had ideas for writing fiction and drama–having produced some television screenplays, a few short stories and attempted a Narnia like children’s fantasy and a “papal pot boiler”–all of these larger projects were pretty awful and I got bogged down in the “long second act” Not only was writing long works of fiction time consuming and beyond my meager talents, but cracking the market–getting the darned thing published or produced turned out (once I had researched it) to be even more daunting than coming up with a great novel, play script or movie screenplay. So they fell by the wayside.
Nevertheless, I continued to ponder fiction projects. The problem of publication was solved when I decided to follow the tried and true enterprise of serialization. Dickens wrote his novels chapter by chapter to be serialized in popular magazines. It occurred to me that a novel written as a dramatized script could be recorded as a podcast and using the new technologies be put out through my blog.