Guten morgen, buenos días, ohaiyou gozaimasu, and good morning! It’s another Thursday (or Donnerstag, Jueves, or Mokuyoubi, if you prefer), and time for my weekly blog post. There’s not much new going on, really…which is partly why I decided to write my greeting in four languages instead of the customary one. You’ve gotta pad these things out sometimes.
I received an interesting and amusing email from Amazon yesterday, telling me that certain authors whom I follow have released “new” books. I use scare quotes because the second of that brace of notices was just about the release of a new version of a work by that great writer of graphic novels, Alan Moore, whose numerous works include Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and my favorite, Batman: The Killing Joke.
The first notice, though, was of a new story released by that obscure (but also great?) author, Robert Elessar. Apparently, at some point in the past, I decided to follow myself as an author on Amazon. This is unsurprising; I suppose all authors are narcissistic to some degree. The very notion of writing a story and offering it to other people to read must entail a certain (benign) kind of hubris. But it is amusing that Amazon doesn’t recognize—or doesn’t bother trying to recognize, more likely—that the person to whom they sent this notice is the author himself.
I suppose names like Alan Moore and Stephen King might be relatively common, when you think about it, and it certainly seems plausible that a person who shared a name with such a noted author might enjoy following their new works. But there are plain few Robert Elessars out there. I know. I’ve checked. Furthermore, Amazon could easily recognize that the email to which they sent the notice is also associated with my account as an author who publishes through their platform.
Again, I suspect that they don’t bother worrying about such trivialities. Why should they? They have a great many, very big fish to fry, after all.
On other matters: I’ve been pleased with the feedback I received (on Facebook, mainly) for my song, Catechism. Of course, that’s only made me itch to fix my earlier musical experiments to make them more presentable, as well as to continue working on the new song I have,* but I continue not to want such work to interfere too much with my writing and, more specifically, with my editing. It would be soooooo lovely if I could release Unanimity before the end of the year, perhaps in time for the Yuletide holiday season. Halloween would be better, of course—this is hardly a Christmassy story—but that’s almost certainly a pipe dream, unless some benefactor out there is so excited to read it that she or he decides to sponsor my full-time work on the project.
Alas, I have yet to hear from such a person.
I’ve received no feedback, one way or the other, on Free Range Meat. That’s not unusual, of course. Even among people who read a particular story and enjoy (or hate) it, very few will write a review, and even fewer will post comments on social media or on blogs. It’s hard for me to feel justified in grumbling too much about this. Even I, a firm believer in the value of rating and reviewing products, and especially books, only do it a relative minority of the time. Modern life is just too busy.
It was easier when we were all hunter-gatherers, wasn’t it? Sometimes I regret giving up that lifestyle. Then I remember that no hunter-gatherer culture invented or used written language—and also that none of them invented cardio-thoracic surgery, without which I’d have been unlikely to survive past my early thirties—and I’m more conflicted. The loss of written language, and all the stories and nonfiction books I’d thus have to give up, would be intolerable. As for living past my thirties…well, that’s more debatable. From a certain point of view, once my children were born—and certainly by the time I was forty—I was pretty much dispensable, even to myself.
Oh, well. John Mellencamp was right about life, wasn’t he?
And on that cheery note, I’ll call it quits for this week. I hope you’re all well, and that all manner of things are well for you in this most possible of all possible worlds.
*The words, melody, and chord structure are basically done—that’s the easy part