Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Mad Max Is Technospastic

Drama, drama, drum-roll: What better proof is there that I, Mad Max Perkins, really am an editor, than the fact that I can't for the life of me figure out how to do something myself? So after a day spent trying to get rid of the "Edit-Me!" dingbats from the sidebar of my new-born blog, I have to ask fellow bloggers: how does anyone find the TIME to do this stuff? On the other hand, I confess that the process of reaching out to professional colleagues from whom some actual CONTENT might be derived (so far, of course, the reply's the same: R U CRAZY? Who has the time?) has proved energizing.

Ah, but enough about me, darling: how do you like my blog?

Which is to say: I got nothin' fresh, folks--I'm stallin', fillin', trying to hold down the fort till the cavalry arrives, according to the principle that one daren't go more than 24 hours without a fresh posting... But I pledge not to try too often to get by on merely a shoe-shine and a smile.

Meanwhile, thanks to the blogmeisters at CONFESSIONS OF AN IDIOSYNCRATIC MIND and BUZZ, BALLS & HYPE [links not embedded here because, umm, I haven't figured out how to do that yet--see sidebar instead] for their kind words of welcome.

But--my soft shoe now complete--here's one bit of ridiculousness common to so many of us in this biz: It's 11:50 p.m., and I'm putting on a fresh pot o' Joe, because it's time to do my job!

7 comments:

Harry said...

Mad Max, I am just chronologically challenged enough to relate to your lack of expertise. My daughter has learned enough in a kindergarten computer class to be hard upon my wrinkled heels. As for the industry, I am a relative newcomer--Five Star Mysteries released my first novel last May. I guess it did well enough, because they just bought the sequel. Now, I knew better than to commence with rapid chicken counting, but I'll admit to being a bit dazed by the current state of the industry. I have adored books all my life, and writing is my passion, so it's a bit of an anticlimax to finally publish at 55 and kind of run into a brick wall at 110 mph. Everyone seems so discouraged! Wherever I go in person or cruise on the net, I'm told how hard things are, and after a while the soggy melancholy seeps through to stain that neophyte glow. Any suggestions for maintaining enthusiasm? I missed Bouchercon for work reasons, but hope to go next year. Happy Wednesday, Harry Shannon

Anonymous said...

here's a thought...
what is up with edward wyatt of the nyt? he seems obsessed with sales figures. cf. his article on the nba nominees and today's piece on dave barry et al. does he actually enjoy literature or have any interest in books as more than product?
perhaps the times should hire one of the bloggers i.e. maud newton ..to cover the book beat? someone who has a knowledge of authors and their work, and is engaged in the actual discussion and issues raised by current (and i stress --current) literature. your thoughts max? best wishes, dorothy

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