Sunday thoughts – Aisling Mancy


This Sunday, I decided to do something a tad bit different. Instead of me talking about what we are up to, updating you on WIP, or sharing more photos, I decided to turn the Sunday’s News Report over to Aisling Mancy. This week marks the first in three intriguing articles Aisling will be sharing on our blog. 

After you read each article, I’m sure Aisling would appreciate hearing your views. Agree, coolness. Disagree, well I’m sure as a writer, Aisling is prepared to hear those thoughts as well. So sit down, relax, and by all means voice your opinion. 

Aisling is an author of romance
who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes
adult fantasy, adult gay erotica, and YA gay romantic fiction, all under
Raised on the mean streets and
back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t
conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward and lives to perfect a deep-seated
oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the
trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are
curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling
can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of
sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from
stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
You can stalk Aisling and read
excerpts of upcoming novels at
You can also find Aisling Mancy on Facebook and Goodreads. You can also read
excerpts of Aisling’s gay YA works at
and find Cody Kennedy and C. Kennedy on Facebook and Goodreads, respectively.
Right now, Aisling doesn’t blog, pint, yah, goog, or twit (yes, that was
intentional), or any other of the machinations that exist in social media, but
Aisling does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you,
the reader. If you take the time to write Aisling a sincere email, Aisling will
respond, short though it may be.

an article told in
three parts
by Aisling Mancy
As authors, we live in a brave,
new, and highly schizophrenic literary world. In accepting this magnificent
electronic age with open arms and trysting with social media as if it were the
hottest of wet dreams, new age authors are allowing certain principles and elements,
principles and elements that should be held inviolate, to fall by the wayside. In
doing so, authors have changed the face of the profession in the space of a few
years and in no small way. In my little world of authorship, however, I have
endeavored to preserve all facets of the traditional literary world and have
developed a plan, indeed, a fierce strategy for revenge to protect and defend a
profession that means the world to me.
All Hail the Codex!

I am an author
who was reared by a prolific author, and I am a bit of a… well, all right,
let’s be frank, shall we? I am a rabid
bibliophile— perhaps bordering on the criminal. Accordingly, I shall forever
hold in the highest of esteem the bound book.

If I may be so
bold, the printed and bound relics we call a books are properly referred to as
a codices—singularly a codex. A codex
has multiple separate leaves of written, printed, or illustrated matter, bound
between two protective covers. This format has been with us for nearly two
thousand years.
I am oft asked
whether the eBook and eReader booms, as bellwethers, bode ill for the life of
the bound book. While I can set my technological pen aflourish and fill you
with all sorts of malarkey, the answer, I think, is self-explanatory.
A bit of factual
recent history,
Songs did not do away with codices.
Opera did not do away with codices.
Plays did not do away with codices.
Radio did not do away with codices.
Silent pictures did not do away codices.
Talkies did not do away with codices.
The one-eyed-monster or idiot box (television) did not do away
with codices.
Film and television combined did not do away with codices.
The consumer computer did not do away with codices.
Cable television did not do away with
The Internet did not do away with codices.
The advent of digital recording and playback did not
do away with codices.
Movies-on-demand and the ability to record programming in the privacy of your
own home
did not do away with codices.
Internet media has not yet done away
with any of the aforementioned either, including codices.
Further… Fancy,
expensive bottled water did not supplant tap water, the microwave did not
supplant the conventional oven (debatable in some households), Velcro®
did not supplant shoelaces, Tang® did not supplant orange juice, and
blow-up sex dolls did not supplant prostitution. I digress.
Will the advents
of the eBook or eReader replace the mighty codex any time soon? Not likely. In
fact, the digital age has actually extended the life of our dear codex. It has
revolutionized the publishing industry, given us “print on demand,” made the
term “out of print” virtually extinct, and made books more affordable and
commercially available than at any time since Gutenberg. In turn, this has made
the more rare and cherished of our codices worth paying significantly more for.
Combine these events with the advents of self-publishing and eBook imprints,
codices have thrived as never before.
Best said by
Bruce’s Australian Ebook Newsletter—
“The book is one
of humanity’s most enduring cultural artifacts and treasures. As it evolves,
the greatest threat to its future is therefore not from technical advances but
from the danger of new generations losing the inclination to read. The ability
to read and write is our greatest tool in education, and, apart from the
family, the single most important medium existing for the transmission of ideas
and the continuance of an evolving human culture. Why should we continue to
value, preserve, read, and write books? Simply because of what they represent. Books
record our past and progress; contain our experiments, fancies, knowledge, and
accumulated wisdom; proclaim our fears and ideas; and champion our ideals,
dreams, and hopes for the future. More than any other medium, books carry the
heart and soul of our civilisation forward, and keep it accessible. Long live
the book!” Read Bruce’s wonderful history of the book here:
I’ll add to this
by saying that codices were once a symbol of the rich and learned. Patrons and
monks treasured their volumes of great works. Codices may very well return to
this status, to be owned and preserved only by bibliophiles who value the
readability of a ragged right paragraph in a classic font on cream vellum, take
pleasure in fondling a hard—er, bound book, and by those who can afford the
luxury of the inefficiency of the codex.
all of you who believe the digital era will be the demise of our beloved codex,
I will quietly seek revenge upon you by continuing to collect and fondle
codices and limit my literary contracts to those that preserve the option for
codex editions.

The Value of a Great
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One Response to Sunday thoughts – Aisling Mancy

  1. I could not agree more. Nothing, and I mean nothing short of the extinction of paper products, could ever convince me to stop purchasing my paper volumes.
    Yes, currently my company is limited to producing ebooks, but not for long. 😉

    I'll be watching for the final installment. Again, thank you!

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