Welcome to the Nineties

18 Nov

Well, here it is, my new website/ blog.  Woot!

If this information super highway thing catches on, the nineties could be a very interesting decade indeed.

All, or at least most, joking aside, I’m excited to be unveiling this now.  As a scroll through the blog posts will show, I’ve been posting on here for well over a week, but the site has been set to private until now, when most of what I wanted to have up here is ready.

I credit the Canada Reads Fiasco, as I’m now referring to the month of October, 2010 and the role it played in my life, for giving me the impetus to finally produce a website for myself  that would represent my writing life online.  I spent four weeks frantically making videos and posting on Facebook to try to get online votes for my novel Twenty-six, and inadvertently, after years of doing exactly no self-promotion, and having no professional online presence, I taught myself how to do a little self-advertising.

As much as I look back at that crazy month as a source of stress and needless personal idiocy, having a very specific goal to focus on (making the people I was already in contact with online aware of how they could help me and my book) turned out to be exactly what I needed to spur me into online action.

Anyway.  Welcome to leomckay.com.  Browse around and see what’s here.  There are plans to add more very soon.  Specifically, I’ve made plans to record some mp3 soundfiles this weekend that I’d like to post for free on my Audio page for a limited time before setting them up for sale on Itunes.  I’m going to start with a couple of stories from my Giller nominated story collection, Like This, but I want to move on to a chapter-by-chapter treatment of the entire novel of Twenty-six.

The manuscript of my new book is complete and is being considered by the Very Important People of Toronto.  When they have deemed me either Worthy or Unworthy, I’ll post that news here, too.

So excited to be here in this format!

Come back soon and look for updates!

(I always tell my writing students that exclamation marks are to be used sparingly.  I usually say that I’ve allowed myself twelve for my entire lifetime, and that I’m currently at number four, or something similarly preposterous.  I realize now that I’m so excited about this website that I’ve used a quarter of my lifetime’s supply in a single post.)

Leo

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3 Responses to “Welcome to the Nineties”

  1. box761 November 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    Welcome to the blogoshere, Leo.

  2. Katie November 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    I say use as many exclamation points as you want!!! I appreciate the fact that you seem to be taking the time to write properly (something I don’t do in my blog), but when you’re discussing your personal thoughts and feelings I find it can be hard to express them while always using “proper” grammar and punctuation. Perfect sentence structure or not, I love the assortment of posts so far and look forward to reading more!

    P.S. Long live the nineties!

  3. jodi (bloomingwriter) November 19, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Welcome, indeed, to the world of websites, though I think you must have made a wrong toin at Albokoikey (said in my best Bugs Bunny voice) to have ended up in the 90s. I’ll spread the word that you’re up here, and hope it spurs you to even greater actions. Still sorry that Twenty-Six didn’t make top ten, but glad that more people have been exposed to its existence. Many blessings came from that month of strange hilarity.

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