Blogs by Michael Charles Messineo
Contact me and expect a response
11/5/2005 4:00:53 AM
Yes it's been 18 months since I updated my blog, but I have been busy doing research for my next book.
I find it amazing that I get email from people all over the world asking me to update my blog. Some have simply responded through this web site, but others have contacted me directly. The strange part is that my email address is not easily found. I have only posted it in a select few places such as articles I have written for the U.K. Press. The questions amaze me because they indicate I have fans wanting more information about me and my writing.
Questions I have received:
When is your next book coming out?
I think I have dyslexia, can you tell me more about yours?
Do you really know somebody like the character in your book, Yogi?
Why don’t you update your blog?
Your book, Rigby’s Roads, seemed to have a lot of real places and real situations and I wondered how much of the story was real?
Did you work for the FBI or CIA?
Were those motorcycle gangs real?
Did you ever work for a think-tank?
Will your next book continue where the first left off?
I loved Rigby’s Roads, when is the movie coming out?
How much research do you do versus just make it up?
So far, I have always answered all my emails because if you take your time to write, then I feel obligated to write back. I have always hated when I wrote to somebody and never got an answer back … or worse; I get the standard automatic form reply without any response to my original thoughts. I have received emails from soldiers in Iraq, farmers in Australia, and government workers in Antarctica. I have also received a few negative emails which I found fascinating. One writer said, my book was too short and the story needed to go on so he could see what happened to the characters. At first I was mad and then I started to agree with him which made an impact for me to tweak my second book so that at least one main character resurfaced.
My favorite email was from a book reviewer who made the comment: Michael Charles Messineo has a fine tale to tell, with off-the-cuff homilies from the unlikeliest of people, amusing turns of phrases, a lot of HOG lore & legends, & hair-raising adventures. The reason it didn't ring all my bells was its editing -- it left much to be desired.
At first I was angry, but after reading that paragraph 238 times, I started to understand the difference between a reviewer and a critic. This reviewer was both. She liked my story a lot, but felt my editing was a weak spot. I totally agree, but I wonder if she read my book cover and caught the line in my Bio which says I have dyslexia? It was then that I started to write more about being dyslexic and then it happened. I started to get emails from parents who were struggling with their kids in school. My articles and links to helpful web sites helped make a difference in their lives. It was then that I felt vindicated. My writing made a connection to something more important in life. I was proud of how I turned a negative response into something wonderful.
So … if you want to write me about anything I would love to hear from you. Enjoyed one of my poems? Drop me a line. Want to know more about Yogi and his connection to the FBI and CIA. Just ask. Want a synopsis of the next book? Send me an email. Contact me directly at m4ideas.aol.com ... I’m waiting.
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