Monday, March 14, 2022



Pete Davidson recently texted Kanye West the following:

Kanye: where you at?
Pete: in bed with your wife.

i mean...that's checkmate...that wins...that wins forever. there will NEVER be a greater internet thing than that.

Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: remember, when times get dark, when living seems hopeless, remember that Stephen King still lives in this world.

1. when you need to get serious good writing done, where do you go? Starbucks.

where i see all my wannabes, my wannabe fellow writer friends point at me and call me a wannabe when i'm just minding my business in the corner plugging my devices in sipping the latest 10-dollar brown-sugar coffee thing that's just coffee. they're intimidating cos they all bring their Great Dane dogs inside and the dogs all lie down around the fireplace blocking the entrance to the bathroom. look, we all want to be the next Hemingway.........but Hemingway for guys like the book Dan Bilzerian wrote...

2. where do you look for inspiration to write?

they tried to ask Shakespeare where his ideas came from but there wasn't CNN back then. be inspired by all art but don't copy it. it's true what they say, YOU are the only one who can write YOUR STORY because only YOU have LIVED your individual story no one else has seen. no one else can write that scene where it was you and that platypus at the rave. all art is autobiography.

3. if you could add anything to your office what would it be?

office? work? what is that? is that like WeWork? can your bed be considered your home office? my dad used to have an office in El Segundo with green ferns adorning the fuzzy cubicle-dividers, it looked like a lush island getaway. dad's coworkers plastered their spaces with everything Dilbert. Dilbert posters, Dilbert bobbleheads, Dilbert butt-pencils and Dilbert giant erasers. i directed them to Ziggy before it was too late...

4. are you a G Cal person or do you still prefer a physical planner?

Google Calendar is scary to me cos i don't get tech. i have a Playboy calendar cos i need to keep my schedule in my head written down in those little squares or i'll forget. i'm so distracted by all the mishegoss in my head i haven't looked at any of the pictures...

5. when you jot down notes do you use a pen and paper or put it into an electronic device like a tablet or smart phone?

i USED to think i could just memorize ideas and when the time came to write the novel all the ideas would spill forth out of me alphabetically and in order. that didn't go so well so i started WRITING stuff down that i was gonna write. i have TRILLIONS of notebooks with all manner of half-cooked ideas and scrawls and lines and half-paragraphs and circles and triangles in them, it's a madhouse in those notebooks.

they are my GREEN NOTEBOOKS, my mystical notebooks from the land of Shenmue containing all my thoughts, i mean this stuff is as brainstorm-random as it gets. a lot of letters and numbers at the top corners of paper pages serve as illegible annotations, i never write within the lines. from then on after the first one i no longer buy any notebook that isn't GREEN.

BONUS: March 15 is National Shoe World Day, a holiday that illuminates the need for quality footwear for millions of people around the world who go without. what quality pair of shoes would you pick to gift to someone?

the cause can have all my skateboard shoes. yeah i only wear skateboard shoes now. you know from Vans next to Hot Topic at the mall. i STILL get Doc Martens and Chuck Taylors confused...


Smu Doodle said...

Mighty trendy in the footwear dept. I'm still wearing Buster Browns and Red Ball Jets for recess.

TMI Tuesday blog said...

3. Ohhh, I remember Ziggy. The fun greeting cards, posters, mugs.

5. "...i never write within the lines" Good for you! I hope you never do ;-)

the late phoenix said...

smu: PF Flyers!!! i loved Buster Browns, i wore them to ballet. recess was the best in the '80s: one black asphalt yard, one brick wall, one giant red bouncy ball, and we skipped school and played handball the rest of the day

hedone: if it wasn't for Ziggy, i wouldn't know what skiing was