I do have a Christmas wish list, though. A little one. Made up of only two items.
My first wish concerns this very site. Back in May 2013, when I launched McVoices, my vision was of a vibrant community of Scottish-connected authors, whose collective wee voices might one day turn into the Hampden Roar. After a promising start, sadly the opposite has been the case. Slowly and inexorably, the voices have become fewer and quieter, until now they are but a mere whisper.
One or two stalwarts – the estimable Jim Murdoch, in particular – have tried to keep the site going. But I fear that even Jim has now reached the end of his McVoices road, having recently posted the enigmatic Full Stop – and nothing else.
As people who know me well will testify, I’m not one to give up on projects or causes without a fight. McStorytellers is a case in point: despite many fits and starts and struggles throughout its four-year life, my Scottish-connected short story website is still going strong and still attracting new contributors and new readers on a regular basis. Similarly, I’ll persist with McVoices until it, too, is a success.
Which brings me to that first wish. It’s for all the members of the McVoices community, myself included, to enter the New Year with a resolution to contribute more regularly to the site; to spend an hour or so every now and again posting on our McVoices blogs. We can write about anything under the sun, but mostly we can write about our books, our promotions and our works in progress. Failing any of those, we can do what Jim Murdoch often does and write about writing.
It’s still my firm belief that the more contributions we make, the larger our audience will become and the more exposure we’ll receive. So what about it, all you McVoices? Will I hear you shouting in 2015?
And my second Christmas wish? Well, in keeping with my own resolution to make more contributions to the site, that’ll be the subject of another post – coming soon.