see you Monday

The Girlchild and I are taking a short trip this weekend so I won’t be around. Probably won’t be checking email, either.

We’ll be back in the late evening on Monday. I’ll try to send a postcard or two.

In the meantime, Robyn (flyrobyfly, not the Radiant Robyn) went and put together a big ole myspace page for my books, etc. I’d give you the link but I just messed up the page. Tinkering with a paragraph break, and I broke the whole thing. I’m hoping that Robyn will forgive me and be able to fix it quickly.

The Girlchild doesn’t know about this MySpace thing yet. She will not be happy about me horning in on her territory. She will probably try to run me off, get up a posse of her friends and they’ll all tell me I’m TOO OLD for MySpace and how EMBARRASSING it is that I don’t recognize that without being told.

As I have made a career out of embarrassing her for a good many years, I think the site is safe.

Are y’all working on your Mememe Memes?

9 Replies to “see you Monday”

  1. I think reviews, like any kind of publication, should take a level of responsibility. The only way to be responsible with a review is to be constructive, fairly analyse the pros and cons and leave the person emotions about the subject matter or the author at the door. That is the only problem I have with online reviews, unqualified people are making sweeping statements that could deter other readers from a book them may have personally enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying only qualified writers or editors should be reviewing books, then we would only get one viewpoint. But I think people should handle reviews with a level of professionalism and respect, taking into account that they are putting an author in jeopardy and the opinion of a would-be reader.

    Having said that, maybe the reader of the reviews should take some responsibility and read them with a pinch of salt.

  2. Cool — I really did follow your rules!

    It strikes me as sad that these things would (A) need to be stated out loud, and (B) become a topic for dispute. The only thing I might take issue with is the “constructive criticism” point. Some reviewers may know what they like but lack the skills to put their ideas forward as constructive criticism. When I get feedback from my readers, it’s enough for me if they tell me what worked for them/didn’t work for them and why.

    “Constructive criticism” almost sounds like we’re supposed to be offering advice to the author, which may not be necessary if the remainder of the review is honest, clear, and concrete.

  3. Pam, that is an excellent point, and one I’m going to have to think about. The big question is how to fix the confusion. I certainly understand your decision to avoid internet reviews for the time being.

    Doug: crickey, I didn’t mean to set up rules for everybody to follow. I was trying to articulate the things that made sense to me. And your point is well taken: constructive criticism is almost certainly the wrong term. I’ll have to come up with a different way to phrase what I was trying to get at.

  4. Instead of constructive criticism (I hate that term, since in my head it always translates into “you screwed up”), I think the important point is that if you have something to say about a work, let it be useful, either to other readers or to the author themselves. For example, the characters in this book sucked, not so useful, but the main character didn’t feel real to me because of x, y, or z, slightly more helpful.

  5. I can’t believe the Girlchild needs to be reminded that MySpace is huge, and there’s little or no chance you’ll intersect unless one or the other of you makes a big deal of it.

    It’s not really like you’re running around with purple and green hair in a sequined mini-skirt and crop top (or are you?).

    The Mememe Meme is done and preloaded to go live in the prescribed window.

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