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Local Author Makes a Spectacle of Himself

In Metablogging on August 24, 2010 at 9:18 am

Local children’s book author Greg R. Fishbone today marked his return to The Spectacle group blog with a 60,000-word screed on the use of rutabagas in science fiction. “I’ve been thinking that there just aren’t enough books about rutabagas…” started the entry, which proceeded to describe every appearance of the root vegetables in science fiction books, movies, and video games. The exhaustive list was broken up by occasional tangents into the metaphysics of belly-button lint, Cretaceous-Era honeybees, and a bizarre conspiracy theory involving the depletion of toiletries from the U.S. Strategic Toiletry Reserves.

“The general readership has no idea why they let Greg R. Fishbone back into The Spectacle, especially after the 30,000-word anti-armadillo diatribe of 2009,” stated a longtime follower of The Spectacle which, when not being written by Mr. Fishbone, is known for insightful commentary into young adult and middle-grade speculative fiction by some of the top names in the genre. “Singleton writes for The Spectacle. Sensel writes for The Spectacle. Peevyhouse writes for The Spectacle. They don’t let just anyone in…or at least they didn’t until now.”

Sources indicate that Greg R. Fishbone is hard at work at another shared blog entry to end all shared blog entries. Cackling laughter has been heard from high atop the battlements of stately Fishbone Manor along with the ominous intonation of, “Squid! I’ve been thinking that there just aren’t enough books about squid…”

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Writing Blog Moves to News Format

In Metablogging on July 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

After nine years of sporadic online journalling, local children’s author Greg R. Fishbone announced on Tuesday that his popular writing blog, Let the Games Begin, would be shifting to a faux-journalism format.

“It’s a format that projects objectivity and professionalism even when none exist,” Fishbone explained to a large roomful of eager reporters. “Otherwise ordinary remarks, filtered through an imaginary roomful of eager reporters, seem to take on more weight and importance. One might even imagine a round of enthusiastic applause where, otherwise, there’d just be the sound of a snoring cat.” This statement was immediately greeted by a round of enthusiastic applause and a subdued meow.

Blogging experts predict the format change will allow the site to stand out more among a crowded field of competitors, leading to an expected 57% increase in readership. “Especially effective in this context are the use of made-up statistics and the citation of anonymous experts,” remarked one anonymous expert.

The change goes into effect immediately, and may be made retroactive with the help of creative editing of past posts. So is the journalism format here to stay? “Anything is possible,” said Fishbone, in an exclusive interview from his helicopter-based headquarters. “I expect this format to continue into the distant future, or at least until I get bored with it and go on to something else.”

Sorry for Being So Bad at This

In Metablogging on May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

I’ve been blogging since 2001, which is a very long time to keep doing something I’m not good at. Before we get to far into this reboot, I need to apologize in advance for the following deficiencies:

1. Timing, or my spectacular lack thereof. When exciting things happen, I’ll probably have no time or energy to blog about them. When I am idle enough to pop out an entry, it’ll almost certainly mean there’s nothing much to say. If I try to save up my exciting news items for a rainy day, they will very quickly become stale. I see no solution to this problem.

2. My skill-set doesn’t support journalling. Fiction writing takes planning, thoughtful deliberation, and a willingness to revise. Blog writing requires the ability to pump out a workable first draft and then just leave it alone. Some very lucky people have both sets of skills, but not me. I take way too long to draft each blog entry, and then my typing fingers immediately get all twitchy with the urge to revise, revise, revise.

3. Naval-gazing. When it comes to blogging, I don’t have a very good sense of audience. I tend to write for myself, using introspection to develop half-formed thoughts that might not mean anything to other people. And look what I’m doing right this second–I’m blogging about blogging. That’s metablogging, the dullest kind of blogging ever invented! I know that nobody else will ever want to read this, and yet I can’t force myself to stop.

4. Sporadic updates. Blogging isn’t a priority in my life and never will be. With the best of intentions I will create a schedule for regular updates knowing that it will never stick. When something needs to be cut from my day it won’t be family, friends, writing, other work, household chores, or my favorite TV shows–it’ll be the blog every time. I’m letting you know in advance that there will probably be long gaps without an entry.

I’m giving this blog thing another try because exciting things will be happening in my life and blogging is more practical than standing on a rooftop with a megaphone. If all goes well, I will have at least one book from at least one publisher under contract within the next month. And I’m up for another round of co-directorship of the annual New England SCBWI conference around this time next year.

There will be news, I will share it, and it would be nice if you could stick around and forgive my deficiencies as a blogger. Thanks.