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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Wed 24
Aug
2005

Retrospective #6: Reviewing the Future

Max BabyWatch 2005: Still nothing! It’s incredible. It’s like waiting for a toaster to pop. Of course, the second I stop staring at Jen’s belly, she’ll have the kid.

Of blurbs and blogs: You’re right. You’re right! I shouldn’t give away Company’s first plot twist on the back of the book. I’ve written a new blurb that doesn’t, and I think it’s a big improvement. If it gets through the publisher, I’ll post it here. Thanks for the feedback. I think this is the first time I’ve altered a book based on what you guys told me. So it’s an occasion! Soon I’ll be putting up polls to choose between plots, and then it’s a short stop to accepting anonymous contributions and stapling them together while I sip margaritas on the deck of a Pacific cruise ship.

Syrup: I finished my Syrup screenplay draft! I think it rocks. Not that I’m biased or anything. I don’t know what the producers think yet.

A Chat with Max: There’s an interview with me up on GreatWriting.co.uk. Possibly of interest if you’re a writer, or I take my eyes off Jen’s belly and end up spending all my time feeding, bathing, and entertaining a newborn instead of posting new blogs.

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Ruth (#288)

Location: Bath, United Kingdom
Quote: "Only the insane have strength enough to prosper. Only those who prosper may truly judge what is sane."
Posted: 5051 days ago

Congratulations on Sryup! And...well...I like to think you made the right decision with the blurb, but if Company fails to shift any copies you can always blame us, your humble fans...

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 5051 days ago

Yes. Now that you've taken our advice, none of us will buy it, and you'll wind up in a cardboard box somewhere using the original manuscript as toilet paper. Or selling it on eBay for millions. Either is good.

Still, it is rather nice that you listen to people who spam, ahem, post comments on your blog. Not many writers I imagine would do that. Then again, you're already different to the majority of newish authors in that you actually write entertaining books, and not the cheap carbon copies of well-worn concepts that seem to take up altogether too much shelf space in Waterstones.

I shall be buying it without even looking at the cover anyway, but keep on turning the tide, and converting the masses out there to Max Barry Vigilantes.

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 5051 days ago

Oh, yes, I almost forgot. I just got a signed first edition of Syrup off of eBay, and very cool it is too. The original hardback cover is definitely better than the one on my newer paperback edition.

Tony Quin (#1310)

Location: Plymouth -urgh
Quote: "Yoga is NAILS"
Posted: 5051 days ago

I wish I was "reasonably successful". I'd buy a properly working computer. And a leotard.

Emily (#609)

Location: New York
Quote: "When in doubt, fuck it. When not in doubt, get in doubt!"
Posted: 5051 days ago

Good luck on the baby... exciting! At least you're prepared. I came like a week early while my parents were trying to enjoy opera. :-P


...Aaaanyway. Yay! We's influential! Absolutely cannot wait for Company, nor to read the Syrup screenplay... and see the movie! (and read Syrup... I know my dad bought it for my birthday or something... found out, but he still won't give it to me!)


-Em

Cotland (#1325)

Location: jippi
Posted: 5051 days ago

I'm glad to hear that you choose listen to us, the humble readers, instead of sitting inside a bubble and just write stuff like certain other writers, without me going into names. Keep up the good work Max. I'll be buying the book the moment it comes out! :D

And good luck on the baby. Decided on a name(s) yet?

Scott (#354)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Quote: "Max Barry tastes like awesome"
Posted: 5051 days ago

I'm very relieved that the plot won't be revealed on the back. I tend to read books during my down-time.. and sometimes when time fails me, I'll glance at the back of the book. Can't wait to read it though. I can't get enough of Jennifer Government or Syrup. :)

Erin (#1481)

Location: Seattle
Quote: "Living is easy with eyes closed"
Posted: 5051 days ago

I'm so happy that you came up with something interesting and non-revealing. As long as your happy with it, then it's good, right? That's what I always say at least. Perhaps your mantra is along the lines of, "I have to have sex and action or this'll never sell."

Anyways, whenever that baby does decide to pop out, I'm sure that you'll be more than prepared. You've been waiting for it for some time. Don't worry, you're going to do great!

Finally, congratulations on finishing the screenplay! I can't wait to hear what the producers think of it!

Erin (#1481)

Location: Seattle
Quote: "Living is easy with eyes closed"
Posted: 5051 days ago

I just wanted to add, that I just read the interview, and I couldn't help but laugh every few moments. Whether it was your comments about Aussie sports, or smiling monsters handing out cheeseburgers. Overall, I'd have to say that I liked it -- a lot.

Jane (#321)

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "Which is worse: Ignorance or apathy? Who knows? Who cares?"
Posted: 5051 days ago

Maybe you should write a 'choose your own adventure' story - then you wouldn't even have to wait for the results of the poll to come in!

Henry T. Monkeypimpenstein (#1212)

Location: Wellington, NZ
Quote: "Monkeypimp: Geeky enough to use his lame NS forum name here too."
Posted: 5051 days ago

"my parents are both New Zealanders."


New Zealand is now officially claiming Max Barry, the way Australia claims every half decent thing that comes out of our country.

Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 5051 days ago

Wed. 24 aug, 2005

RETROSPECTIVE #357;I HOPE SOMEDAY THAT I CAN BE "REASONABLE SUCCESSFULL"!

Someday, I will write a good children's story that wil lbe reasonable successful. I think I will make it a good corprate satire. That's what all the kids are reading these days. I won't be as good as my favorite novillest Max Barry--or will it? I just have to wait until COMPANY comes out to decide - just kidding.

Tomorrow I have school pictures, and I don't really know what to wear. I am thinking of wearing a shirt with a hood -- or bonnet. Maybe it will impress that new girl that I like.

By the way, my/her friend reported back to me with the answer, " I don't know if she likes you." It appears that my plan failed. Now I will have to just develope a new plan. Hmmm...maybe if I got her really drun...nevermind...you didn't just read that.

So anyways...I feel like I have max beaten on the amount of words thrown out of a book(unless company had more). Back when I was writing my short story, I threw out at least 300,000 words which included sixteen other characters and a random parking meter that just said, "Hey baby, want to park your car in my spot?" Perhaps I should start taking polls on my metablog. It could be just like "Reality Telivision". Everybody loves "Reality Telivisio".

BabyWatch 2005...place your bets.

Adam

Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 5051 days ago

Perhaps I should actually read what I write before posting it.
"Reality Telivisio"...need I say more.
I need to take polls on my metablog as to "what I should write". that is what I really meant to say.

Adam

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 5050 days ago

I'm sure I've said it before, but Adam, you are one weird guy... :D

Matthew (#16)

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Quote: "Unicorn on mountain top. Wind blowing through mane."
Posted: 5050 days ago

I think your Syrup script is awesome, too.

*cue shifty eyes*

Xedium (#1159)

Location: Cornland
Quote: ""If you can't fix it, it ain't broke!""
Posted: 5050 days ago

I have the same problem with my writing. If I look at it later, it sucks, but when I'm writing it's always brilliant prose.

colette (#1361)

Location: ON YOUR SCREEN
Quote: "What just happened?"
Posted: 5046 days ago

I liked the interview. So, were they really joking about the Pepsi thing? I've decided upon a new title:

Max Barry - the one man who helped his personal nightmare come to life.

That's what you get for giving corporations good ideas.

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