In my last email to new release mailing list subscribers, I asked people to email me if they’d be interested in a chattier newsletter — like a blog post, but sent direct to their inbox. (I only send out emails about new releases to the new release mailing list and given what an enormously long time it takes me to write anything decent and get it published, it does not get a huge amount of action … )
It turns out when you ask people to email you, often they do! There was enough interest that I’ve set up a new mailing list for anyone who’d like to receive a longer newsletter, with general life, writing and other updates. I’m calling it Cakap Angin, which literally means “talk wind” and is a Malay idiom meaning “idle talk”, and the newsletter will do what it says on the tin. (I was really tempted to call it Omong Kosong, but I felt that was even more self-deprecating even though it means the same thing, and then I thought of calling it Omong Penuh but that seemed too up myself.)
I’ll still have a separate new release mailing list, so that’s the one you want if you only want updates on new fiction I’ve published. Cakap Angin is for other stuff, at irregular intervals. You might ask, “Why don’t you start updating your blog again instead of setting up this newsletter you refuse to commit to updating regularly, ZEN” but I would just look vague and refuse to answer, so you might as well reconcile yourself to the existence of the newsletter. And sign up if it sounds interesting!