Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Wherefore Art Thou, Homie?

Most writers these days have a web presence, and MNW writers are among the more visible. True, there have always been a few MNWers who published their books but never, insofar as I can detect, established blogs or websites. I've never been able to find web homes for Hugh Paxton (Homunculus), Peter Bourne (The Deserter), or Jason Webb (The Ghost of Che Guevara). Suroopa Mukherjee (Across the Mystic Shore) has no web home, either--but she does drop e-mails and comments to us sometimes to let us know she is still out there. [Indeed, as I was finishing this post, Suroopa dropped a comment on my previous post. Spooky.]

I'm unable to find web homes for some of the new crop, however. LC Tyler, whose The Herring Seller's Apprentice is slated for October (right after my Shock and Awe, and just before Faye Booth's Cover the Mirrors), has a website, and I've dropped it onto the sidebar without asking. (I'd ask if I could, but Mr Tyler's website doesn't seem to provide an option of contacting him. The Herring Seller's Apprentice looks like a great read, by the way.)

The other newbies seem to be in hiding. Peter Anthony, Geoffrey Bird, Annabel Dore', Alis Hawkins--where are you folks? C.mon. say hi. Be sociable. We don't bite. (Well, at least as long as you move slowly and deliberately and keep your hands where we can see them.)

3 comments:

Lucy McCarraher said...

Hello.
It's true, I have been away for 10 days to Australia, but kind of gave up blogging before that. No particular reason, just didn't seem to have much to say any more. I don't think it's sour grapes (well, I hope not), but the excitement of having a first novel published and the dismay at having a second one rejected have worn off, and the just-plugging-away stuff doesn't seem to merit continuous commentary. I think I've said as much as I can about stuff like "why I do what I do", how I write, how it's going. Now it's just a job I have to get on with and see if I can make a go of at all. Always here if anyone wants to talk or contact me - and still hope to come to your launch. But yes, maybe there is a tide in the affairs of blogs....
Lucy x

David Isaak said...

Hi Lucy

Well, there isn't really a launch--MNW points out that the math doesn't make sense as I don't know enough people in the UK to fill even a very small room. On another occasion, perhaps...

Meanwhile, if we do get a collective blog up and running in the future, perhaps you'd have something to say there from time to time. If nothing else, you could take a MySpace sort of approach, where the posts are often no more than, "Whoa, dude! Did you SEE the beta release of v5.0 SUDDEN DEATH?!?!?!"

Lucy McCarraher said...

Yes, a collective website sounds good - I don't want to fall off the MNW map entirely, or lose contact with the friends I've made there. Shame about the launch, but I can see the point. Presumably you'll have one (or more) at home, so hope that goes really well! Like the cover, by the way. And who knows, the sound of my own keyboard may lure me back to the blogspot before long....