Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Talking Book

I talked to my publisher yesterday, Gavin at Small Beer. I love calling Gavin 'my publisher' because he was at one point 'my student' and he and Kelly are 'my friends' and when Bob jokingly said last night, 'tell the publicist to contact Terry Gross at Fresh Air' I realized Gavin is also 'my publicist.' If you contact a department at Small Beer--circulation, publicity, accounting, sales, you get Gavin. Sometimes you get Kelly.

He was talking about putting together author info to set a couple of signings of Mothers & Other Monsters and he asked me if I wanted to say anything about the blog or Hodgkins. The pub date for the book is July 1, and I thought for a moment and then said, no. I don't expect to have Hodgkins, or, for that matter, to be keeping the blog. I wouldn't mind doing the whole cancer survivor thing and if he had thought there was any gain in doing it, I'd have said sure. But the book is about other things. No cancer stories in it. (And Alzheimer's story, but not cancer.) This is part of my life, but so are the five years I lived in New York City and the year I lived in China, the twelve years of raising Adam, and twelve years of marriage to Bob. Hodgkins has been hard, and may get harder still in the next seven weeks, but it, as yet, has not been the most difficult thing in my life. Part of that, of course, has been because of everyone reading this. You have all made this easier to keep in perspective and you've often made me feel good when I might not otherwise.

I don't know if I'll keep a blog after this. I might, I've really enjoyed it. But my fondest hope is to say sometime in May or June, 'well, that's a wrap.' If I want to keep a blog, I'll start a new one.


Blogger Greg van Eekhout said...

I wish the reason hadn't been Hodgkins, of course, but it's been a pleasure to come here every few days and hear your voice in my head. So, okay, I'm going to beg you, BEG YOU, to keep blogging, like, forever.


But only if you want to.

I'd beg Small Beer to release a new Maureen McHugh collection every week, but people gotta sleep sometime.

March 23, 2005 10:28 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

But it's hard! I gotta think of stuff to say! I mean, when I don't have white blood counts to report, I'll have to make shit up!

But blogging is addicting.

March 23, 2005 10:48 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I'm with Greg. You don't have to post every day, or about everything, but it's a pleasure to read your take on the world, and I'd miss it.

Not that I want the blogging to take the place of the fiction, but a coupla graphs here and there? Every now and then? Please?

March 23, 2005 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Adrienne said...

I'm with Greg and Madeleine. Please don't stop.

March 23, 2005 11:43 AM  
Blogger Ellen Datlow said...

Maureen, I'd much rather you write a lot more stories than spend your time blogging.

But blogs are nice to stay in touch.
I use my Nightshade BB topic as a sort of blog.

March 23, 2005 12:48 PM  
Blogger Gregory Feeley said...

I feel so used.

March 23, 2005 1:52 PM  
Blogger Heather Shaw said...

I'm very much looking forward to your collection, Maureen! I'm hoping they'll debut it a little early at Wiscon so I can snag a copy to read on the plane on the way home.

I would love to see you keep blogging, but not at the expense of your fiction. Not to sound like a suck-up, but you're seriously one of my favorite writers and I'll read everything of yours I can get my hands on.

March 23, 2005 5:23 PM  

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