If you don’t know who MCM is, I’m going to skip any explanations myself and instead quote from the 1899.ca About page:
Hi there! I’m MCM, an all-around lunatic.
Note that ‘lunatic’ here is not pejorative. In fact, I think MCM is the only person I’ve run across so far who manages to take online fiction and self-publishing seriously and not seriously at the same time. For example:
Next Tuesday, I’m going to embark on a very intense adventure to write my next novel Typhoon in three days. To achieve this goal, I will need some help from you, and also a whole lot of structure. Here’s the general idea…
A day (as you may have heard) is made up of 24 hours. I am going to set aide 4 of those hours for sleep, because I don’t want to die midway through the event. I’ll wake up at 6am and stop work at 2am the next morning (all times Canadian Pacific time). I will also need 3 more hours a day for eating, bathing, and bringing-kids-to-schoolness. All in all, about 17 hours of solid work time, repeated three times. 51 hours.
Read the whole post and it makes complete sense — except for the insanity of the premise. Then again, people volunteer themselves for Ironman Triathlons andultramarathons, so why not a novel in three days?
When MCM is not at home you’ll see sightings on other sites like this one, and this one. Those two links are a well-thought-out two-part series on why online writers need good reviewers and vice-versa. (Incredibly, there’s almost no lunacy.)
You can also find MCM in the comments here, on another thread having to do with online reviews of online works. Which, if you take the time to read them along with the other links, will make it clear that this is someone who’s thinking hard about how to turn online and self-published works into viable products.
And that’s not as crazy as it sounds.
— Mark Barrett
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