Only not really, because if I went fishing I’d catch a ton of ideas. This is my way of saying that Witchfinder will either appear very late today or early tomorrow, together with tomorrow’s post.
Sorry, but I was finishing a grossly overdue short story. It took me so long to get it done and so much emotional energy that I had nothing left for the chapters of Witchfinder (probably chapters, as the rotation is getting shorter, which means one chapter would be too short.) As you probably know this is a bad thing.
This is, of course, the drawback of doing this, as it were, on stage and in front of people. I suspect porn actors must suffer from performance failures sometimes too (runs.)
Those of you following Witchfinder will get your fix just probably not today or really late today. Those not following Witchfinder, feel free to continue discussion here of the recent posts.
Some news from this writer’s household. The young — very young — raccoon trying to court one of the cats we feed at the back door, has now decided he’s a cat, and keeps trying to convince me of this. I have told EVERYONE we’re no adopting it. It’s a wild animal and might have rabies (yes, all the cats we can catch have their shots.) This seems to have no effect on my sons who have now named it Bandit. It is completely (!) unafraid of us. I don’t want to know what kind of crazy a raccoon needs to be to think he’s a cat.
And speaking of a kind of crazy, Kris Rush talks about the crazy that is the book business right now. The thing that struck me most was her note that B & N doesn’t want to sell you books. When the musketeer mysteries were in full swing, fans ROUTINELY reported fights with B & N trying to get the books on the shelves, or at least special ordered. Faced with irate fans demanding their fix, the B & N salespersons routinely — and “patiently” — explained they didn’t have room on their shelves for books no one wanted to read. And of course they knew no one wanted to read the Musketeer mysteries — they told the fans howling for them — because their distributor had passed on them after (presumably) the sales person for the publishers had failed to push them, because they weren’t what was “hot” at the time. What was hot at the time — or at least what filled every shelf devoted to “mystery” at B & N were chatty books about single women in large cities who solved murders while shopping for bitchin’ shoes. I think that fad lasted — on shelves — all of a month, but it was what B & N salespeople had been told would sell and, by gum, they believed.
Has it ever occurred to anyone that dogma and upward-down decisions might be fine for religion, but truly, truly suck for business? Apparently not to B & N. So, as they sink, they need a demon and that’s eeeevul Amazon.
I wonder — again, my view is limited, since I don’t have many friends who aren’t writers — how many industries are doing this. I’ll note at my kid’s college orientation — where he’s going for mechanical and aerospace engineering — we were told that it’s very important to get your BA even if you end up working at Starbucks. Apparently “studies” have proven that people with a bachelor degree are happier and healthier than those with a high school education. Look, I understand they must keep their humanities department going (as a humanities graduate I have nothing against the discipline, but I did NOT take courses on commercial jingles or movie appreciation — though even in the eighties I had friends who did) and that not all kids want to study something that will give them a job, but…
How much happier and healthier are those people with 100k in student debt working at Starbucks, again? Have studies been done on those specific people? Or is this the same sort of talk we get from publishers, denying reality and hoping that will make it go away?
I’m sure other companies are doing these. In the tech boom years I was always amazed how the first thing a company did when it got in trouble was fire their R& D team. Because success would come from selling the products that were failing, right?
Perhaps just perhaps having someone analyze what is happening in the field you work in then changing your model to suit would be better? No?
I know, I know, only someone who knows nothing about business would come up with this boneheaded a suggestion. Which is fine. Because reality always win and if publishing, and education, and for that matter tech, continue in the same old ways, something will replace them. This is not me wishing them ill. This is not necessarily what I wish will happen. It is just the way reality works. And reality, like her sister, life, is pure b*tch.