A Quick Note For Those Who Aren’t Beach Boys Fans

My blog may seem rather boring to you at the moment, and I just wanted to explain what’s going on. I’m currently working on three books simultaneously — the Beach Boys one, one on Doctor Who, and a novel I can’t talk about publicly yet but which will be published by a traditional publisher this year. I’m serialising the Beach Boys one here, the Doctor Who one on Mindless Ones, and the other one I can’t serialise for obvious reasons. So that makes this site effectively my Beach Boys site at the moment.

But I should get these finished relatively quickly, and as each project finishes I’ll be starting a new one. Some of those will end up on Mindless Ones, others here, and others will be at least submitted to traditional publishers, but this site will *not* just be Beach Boys-oriented. I’m trying to approach my writing more professionally this year, and get more stuff finished, and between these three projects I’ve written just over 38000 words this month so far, so if I can keep that level of productivity up there should be a *lot* more stuff going on on this blog this year. So bear with the Beach Boys focus for a little while — other things are being planned.

12 thoughts on “A Quick Note For Those Who Aren’t Beach Boys Fans

  1. For what it’s worth …

    I’m not really a Beach Boys fan, and I am finding your blog boring. And that’s just fine. It’s your blog, not mine. It’s none of my darned business what you write. And the reason I find other parts of it so interesting is because you wrote them while that was what you were interested in, not because you felt obliged to. I’d hate you (or anyone) to write For An Audience.

    So it’s easy enough for me to just ignore these posts; and eventually you’ll write other things that fascinate me. Everyone wins.

    • That’s the attitude I’m hoping people will take. But I just wanted to let people know that the other stuff *will* come along, and sooner rather than later.

  2. Well, in contrast to Mike I’m a massive Beach Boys fan, as I hope I’ve made clear, and these posts invariably have caused me to reexamine songs and albums I thought I already knew well, giving me a greater appreciation of the group and its individual members. But Mike and I definitely agree that what makes something interesting is the writer’s passion for the subject. In the past couple of weeks I’ve read blog posts about oyster farming and needlepoint (for example) that were utterly fascinating not because I had any prior interest in those subjects but because in each case the writers had a tremendous wealth of information to share and a joy in sharing that knowledge — more than joy, a need to share, without knowing if anyone else was even there to read it. They didn’t apologize to me for making something I wasn’t interested in interesting. I don’t want to see you apologizing either!

    • “These posts invariably have caused me to reexamine songs and albums I thought I already knew well, giving me a greater appreciation of the group and its individual members.”

      I got this effect from Andrew’s Beatles posts.

      (Even though he is Just Plain Wrong about many of the songs :-))

  3. Congratulations on the novel, Andrew. That’s exciting, all your work is paying off! When will you be able to reveal more about it, or is this many months away? I’m intrigue.
    As an aside, I hope you don’t find any of my comments annoying, dim or just plain obnoxious. It’s hard for me to tell sometimes if what I’ve written could be considered er “improper”. Often I’ll extemporize around a thought and babble on, and who knows if my mind has led me out onto a minefield of idiocy or offensiveness (of course if were offering my opinions on a film, album, ideas or whatever that’s different, obviously you can’t worry if you’ll offend fans or if you’re going against the flow because that’s asinine and dishonest). I apologize if I’ve ever come across badly.

  4. Congratulations on the novel, Andrew. That’s exciting, all your work is paying off! When will you be able to reveal more about it, or is this many months away? I’m intrigued.
    As an aside, I hope you don’t find any of my comments annoying, dim or just plain obnoxious. It’s hard for me to tell sometimes if what I’ve written could be considered er “improper”. Often I’ll extemporize around a thought and babble on, and who knows if my mind has led me out onto a minefield of idiocy or offensiveness (of course if were offering my opinions on a film, album, ideas or whatever that’s different, obviously you can’t worry if you’ll offend fans or if you’re going against the flow because that’s asinine and dishonest). I apologize if I’ve ever come across badly.

    • Thanks. I won’t be able to talk about the novel until an agreed draft has been accepted by the publisher. Maybe six months?

      And all your comments are welcome. I’m sorry I don’t always reply, but I’ve had a fairly limited amount of internet time recently.

  5. That’s a weight of my mind (call me Mr Sensitive). I’m not surprised you’ve not had much time. The recent Beach Boys and Who posts have been much appreciated. (forget Mr Sensitive you might call me Mr Uriah Heep instead, tho’ I’m being genuine!). Good luck with the book.

    • Seriously — it’s a real problem for me that I don’t interact as much in my comments section as I should, and I think I’m incredibly rude at times in the way I ignore some of the comments here. But I will always make it *very* known if I’m unhappy with anything that’s said, or if any comments are unwelcome. I’ve not had the time I used to have to keep the community that built up around here going, and so the comments threads aren’t as lively as they used to be, but that’s *definitely* not a reflection on you or anyone else who comments here.

  6. I enjoy your Beach Boys posts. I look forward to them, actually. I assume you’re working on a “Love You” critique, that’s hopefully coming soon?

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