Matthew Warner


It’s been a while since I posted in this blog, so I thought I’d alert anyone following this that I’m still alive. Which brings me to today’s first imponderable: are blogs still relevant, or has the nature of online ramblings “evolved” (cough, cough) into short mental burps, like what we’re used to on a Facebook status or a Twitter tweet? Have our attention spans been amputated?

Feel free respond here or on Facebook, where I often repost these messages. (That is, if your attention span has carried you through this far.) This isn’t an idle question, as I’m a practitioner of much, much longer forms of ramblings.

Meanwhile, it’s been a coon’s age since I’ve read anything I’ve really liked. If you glance at the Goodreads widget on my biography page, you’ll see that I’ve been finishing books less frequently and rating them more harshly. Either my tastes are changing, or there’s something wrong with me; I mean, only two stars out of five for Something Wicked This Way Comes? (An overwritten piece of treacle, by the way, but there you have it.) I don’t have much time to read, and what I’ve read lately is sapping my interest. Somebody rescue me with a good suggestion!

6 Responses

    1. Is Pronzini like Prozac? (Har de har.) I’ll look ’em up. I just picked up a non-fiction book yesterday, Tied In, about media tie-in writing, that I’m enjoying so far. The proofreading is absolutely shameful, but the content is pretty good.

  1. Tell you what: I’ll bring a Pronzini to RavenCon. You try to read it and then let me know what you think. If you hate it, feel free to shoot with both barrels. He’s my favorite writer. 🙂

  2. I don’t know. I like my blog. It’s my own little writing space where I go and post whatever I’ve been thinking about recently. Some few people read it. I also frequent the blogs of friends, hence my visit here. I don’t think they’re obsolete just yet. Or I should say I hope not. 🙂

    As for good books? I’m reading Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz. It’s not bad. But, I actually know what you mean. I would love to read a really good book and haven’t for a while. Let me know if you find one.


    1. Koontz! I’ve heard so many people say they don’t like his writing that it’s nice to find someone who does. Did you know that Deena and I re-did his author website for Random House? It looks like there is an original and “expanded” version of Twilight Eyes; which one are you reading?