In case you don’t read it (and if not, why the hell not? the link is right there on the right of this page!), William Gibson quoted a paragraph of mine – not from here, but from the William Gibson Board forums – in his blog today for the second time in a few days. He prefaced it with ‘At the risk of making him permanently self-conscious, I’m going to quote Bravus again…’ Aisha asked in the forum ‘So… are you?’
Pretty much, yeah – but then, I’m pretty self-conscious at the best of times. It’s a character flaw (because it puts the focus on me) that tends to have helpful consequences, because I work pretty hard to be considerate and kind to people – not so much because I’m a good person, as because I’m conscious of my effect on others.
But he probably meant self-conscious in the sense that I might start composing very carefully crafted bon mots in order to be quoted again. I don’t think so… for one thing, although it’s incredibly gratifying to receive that kind of acknowledgement from someone whose work I deeply admire, it’s not something that can or should be actively sought. For another, particularly the one he quoted today seemed to me to be the very opposite of well-crafted: forum writing feels like a conversation to me, and it’s always fired off at great speed, and usually in response to something someone says.
So yeah, I’m pleased that he thought I captured something he wanted to say well, and of course it’s a buzz to get that kind of attention and exposure. But I’ll just keep doing what I do…