Saturday, December 03, 2005

Hangin' with the litbloggers

I've been dragging my feet about mentioning this, but some of you sharp-eyed people may have noticed that on Wednesday morning I added a badge for MetaxuCafe over there in the right-hand column. Yes, I've joined the brand-new litblog network everyone's buzzing about.

I felt like a fraud when I signed up, but as I do occasionally blog about books other than my own, and since the (usually) infallible Terry Teachout has put me on his "Sites to See" list under "Litbloggers," I am almost qualified to join the new community. So I took a deep breath and jumped in, certain that Bud Parr would be far too busy getting the new site off the ground to review my credentials and toss me out on my ear.

No, I don't hold an MFA. And I don't read much in the way of contemporary literary fiction. But what really marks me as a faux litblogger is the fact that I've never had lunch with Neil Gaiman, like everybody else in the literary blogosphere seems to have done. I don't have Ron Hogan's home phone number, either.

Some will call me a poseur, an upstart who flirts with litblogging but doesn't commit. But if anyone asks me what I think I'm doing on the same website as Mark Sarvas and Scott Esposito. I'll just stick my thumb in my mouth and go all wide-eyed and point to Terry.

Classy B.J. Hoff and swell guy Chris Mikesell have both tagged me for the Meme of Sevens. I don't like memes, the blogosphere's equivalent of chain letters, although I did lose my head earlier this year, when I posted this one. I'm not going to play this time, but thanks, friends, for thinking of me.


Camy Tang said...

Will you hate me if I say I don't care for literary fiction?

Before I duck and run, have you seen the 15 things about books meme? That one was actually really fun for me to do. I didn't have to think too hard. Less brain activity is always good for me. :)

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I agree with camy on the litfiction. I prefer action and/or romance

I thought it was bas enough to get chain email. The meme thing is driving me crazy. Here's the post I did when they tried to tag me:I've been tagged

jose luis said...

i've just discovered your blog and i've really loved everything that i read here. i've just linked you and i will preorder "a family forever". you just got yourself a portuguese reader.

Mirtika said...

Camy tagged me for the 15 Comments on Books meme, and since that's one of The Mir's fave subjects, it was not a hardship. Did it pretty fast, too. You can find it at

Camy tried to tag me on the 7 meme, but I was standing in a tag-free zone, so, whew, missed that one.


Brenda Coulter said...

Memes are taking over the blogosphere. They've edged past boring now and are approaching annoying. Just say NO, people!

Jose Luis, I'm delighted to have a Portugese reader. Thank you for the kind words, for ordering my book, and for reading my blog and linking here. I've just put a link to your blog in my sidebar.