For those of you not keeping score at home, last week marked a one-year anniversary of this blog. For those of you who are keeping score at home, you might be crying, "Wait! It has been more than a year!"
And you score keepers would be technically correct. Because I Say So, the whimsically insouciant title I chose for my blog, began in earnestness September 6, 2006 with, wait for it, an update on the pending release of my first novel, Deadly Lessons. My blog was born following the retirement of a weekly Canadian politics column I had been contracted to write for Suite101, at the time a site hosting a large collection of articles on a wide array of topics that, in the long run, was destined to make me reams of money, or so the publishers told me.
With a then two-year old at home and a novel about to be released that I was sure would have me inundated with media requests and literary cocktail parties, the commitment of a weekly politics column seemed more than I could handle.
Flash forward six years, with an average of two or three posts a year and we hit last December 6: the rebirth.
My publisher's marketing department had told me my legions of fans (just how many is a legion, anyway) would want to keep up with me, my creative process and the progress of upcoming books, and one of the best ways to keep the interest alive was to give readers something they could follow in the intervening months…err…years between book releases.
Additionally, as I have discussed in the fifty-two weeks that have transpired, I have been hit with that most pernicious of artistic malaises: writer's block. Another key aim of the weekly column was that at least I'd be writing - and hopefully writing about writing would help me to produce more writing.
And to my credit (hey - someone's gotta give me credit) I have at least stuck to my goal: including this one, for just over a year now, I have put out my column without fail. On one or two occasions it came out a day late but every week I'm writing, more than I can say for the weeks and months prior to the re-birth of BISS.
And what of W3.doc, the file name-cum book title I hoped would keep be re-invigorated by writing about its writing?
I'd love to report that heaps of progress have been made in the weeks and months of writing about it. But I'd be lying. And as a fiction writing, lying in print is not something I'm in any way opposed to but I was hoping I could aim for some form of truthiness in this weekly space. It has been argued, primarily by my sister and occasionally my editor, that it's possible if I focused more on the next novel and less on this weekly rambling I might have more novel to show for the year that has gone by. I'm not so sure that's so.
My blog-writing inspiration is television writer Ken Levine, who I'm sure I've mentioned in previous posts. He writes a daily - daily! - post that none other than TIME Magazine listed as one of the top blogs of 2011. Making TIME's annual list may certainly be more than I could hope for, though if Maclean's had one would that be too much for which to hope? But despite his daily output, Levine has also managed to find time to, wait for it, write a murder mystery novel. Sure, he doesn't have to run an urban high school during the day like I do, but consistently writing an online column doesn't seem to get in the way of his literary output - it may even help spur it on, which, of course, was the hope for mine.
So Happy Anniversary to me and thanks to those who have read and commented. I plan to continue the weekly trend and hope it continues to keep me inspired to write more.
Next week: My grown-up Christmas list