So, here’s the rumor. “Rocki’s got a really fabulous blog post planned for tomorrow….” I read that at Murder She Writes just yesterday, so it must be true, right? Rumor or fact?
You can’t answer that until we agree on the official definition of a rumor:
1) a statement based on mix of hyperbole and hope (or fear)
2) embellished with reasonable assumption
3) communicated to the world as fact
4) interpreted and believed based on the audience’s expectations.
Is that the official definition of a rumor, you ask, possibly culled from one of those meaty college textbooks that Rocki used to get her degree in mass communications from UCLA? Well, no. That definition is an example of Rocki doing what Rocki does best: MSU. (Making Shit Up.) But let’s go with it, shall we?
Rumor: In yesterday’s blog, Lori said we switched our days this week because “Rocki’s got a really fabulous blog post planned for tomorrow.”
Now my buddy Lori Armstrong/Lorelei James is as adept as any of us at MSU, but she did not start this rumor out without a basis. Last week, Lori mentioned having a scheduling conflict on her usual Wednesday, asking the group for a switch or possible guest, and I popped in and offered to switch Tuesday and Wednesday this week because I am, as my father used to say, up to my umbilica in revisions, and welcomed an extra day to write my blog. I’m so mired in revisions, I said, (note, here’s the statement based on a mix of hyperbole and hope that became the basis for the rumor), “I think I’ll write a blog post about the Five Stages of Revision Grief. As soon as I get past Shock, Anger & Disbelief and move into Reluctant Acceptance, I can write up a brilliant post about this universal misery rollercoaster we writers endure upon the arrival of a Revision Letter.”
I didn’t say I would, I said I think I will maybe someday there’s a chance that might happen if it doesn’t get too chilly in hell. That’s hyperbole and hope.
But this statement was embellished with a reasonable assumption on Lori’s part when she said “Rocki’s got a fabulous blog” because I did say I might, and I usually come through with something readable, if not truly fabulous. So imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I turned on my Blackberry to read overnight mail (still in bed, mind you) and learned that the fabulous blog that I totally forgot about because I’m still in the Oh My God this isn’t a Revision it’s a Complete Effing Rewrite stage has now been communicated to the world as fact. In other words, it’s on the internet, therefore it Must Be True.
And lastly, the audience for this rumor is you, the MSW community, left to interpret and believe this rumor, or not. You hear “Rocki’s got a fabulous blog post,” and think, well…it’s possible…she’s had some good ones. All of the MSW girls give good blog. Now if Lori had said, “Rocki won’t be here because she’s shoe shopping,” you’d KNOW that couldn’t possibly be true. Although can we just stop for a minute to admire these:
Did that distraction work? No? That’s too bad because….I don’t have no freaking fabulous blog post planned today!
I’m in Revision Hell, and can’t write my grocery list let alone a good blog. But I did already start thinking about a post. Last night. Before I knew the pressure for fabulosity would be high. And you want to know the definition of irony? You do? Go look it up, I’m too busy to Make Shit Up. But this has got to be a little ironic: the less-than-fabulous emergency back-up blog post I’d planned opened with this sentence…
I’ve heard a rumor.
Because I really and truly did want to write a brief (revision deadline, people!) post about this disheartening rumor I’ve heard and get the full low-down from our MSW community.
Here it is:
Romantic suspense is going out of fashion. Oh, there are worse words associated with this rumor, but I’m loathe to repeat them. (Tanking, in the dumper, DOA, done. You know the words. Bad, bad words when aimed at your genre.)
Is this rumor or fact???
Based on my definition of a rumor, this is a statement I heard from several reliable sources within the industry based on hyperbole and fear (certainly not hope), that I’m going to embellish with reasonable assumptions — everything is cyclical in this business — send it live on the MSW blog for you to confirm or deny, based on your own interpretations of what’s selling.
Seriously, is this true? Are readers moving away from romantic suspense? Is the sub-genre passed its prime? Are bookstore buyers saying “no” to headless, shirtless torsos with big guns? Are publishers weeding out their lists to make room for The Next Big Thing? (Or more paranormal?)
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