Writer and friend Grant Wamack tagged me in this chain letter blog thing, I am not going to tag anyone cause I hated that game as a kid and don’t believe in witchcraft as a Jew.
1) What am I working on?
I am working on a couple of things: I am finishing up the final draft of “God Hates Fred Phelps”, which is a pretty much a love letter to South Park (so was “Great White House”, most of my books are a tribute to Matt and Trey) and Kevin Smith combining Dogma and Red State using America’s least favorite dead bigot. I also have a Social Media book coming out, that’s basically a nice way of saying “Hey writers and musicians, stopping fucking around on Facebook and get on Twitter and make new fans.” Last I am going revise “Tits From Hell” and hopefully find her a nice home.
Here is the Book Trailer for the unpublished book. I’ve learned from the lack of sales of The Passion of The Christoph to hype the fuck out of a book before it even comes out, take the risk. Don’t watch this at work. The song is good but the images are kind of fucked.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My problem is I don’t fit enough into any genre. I’m trying right now to be more genre friendly. From my first book “The Passion of The Christoph”, my editor was like, “I love this, but what the hell is this? What do we call it?” I think there is always a playful Meta satire layer underneath, a little wink. I like Bizarro so much cause it just fucks with genre, which I love to do. My problem is I just get too indulgent, sometimes I can be more of a comedian than a writer—just out for laugh not really giving a shit about serving any genre even Bizarro. I am trying to get away form that, but it’s just something that comes out. I notice it gets misconstrued and some people can find my humor insensitive or not PC (having the Chinese President tell Obama in “Great White House”, “YOU PAY NOW!” was not racially sensitive, but it was pretty damn funny and a way to poke fun at the way Americans see other cultures), but that is never my intentions, I just to do what I find interesting and/or funny.
3) Why do I write what I do?
This is always a strange question to me, and usually give the same blunt answer: so I don’t fuck sexy whores and do unsexy drugs or join a cult or eat gummy bears (which is the worse vice of all, seriously, stay the fuck away from gummy bears, they are terrible for you). I don’t know how to answer that without saying it like it is, this is just what I have to do. It keeps me from being self-destructive. Don’t get me wrong, I do my best to be a professional, write every day, and treat this like any other job. I do my best to demystify writing and be blue-collar, but yet I know if I don’t write from the heart, and really give myself to this I am going to bad things. So my hope is just keep writing, serve the muse and the market, and hopefully make a buck while I let this shit out of my head.
4) How does my writing process work?
I get an idea, and if it’s really good I get obsessive. Then a character joins the idea, and then I make obsessive notes about the character, and the idea (think Rust Chole on True Detective, just I’m using a phone instead of a notebook) is turned into an outline and then I do about 3 to 5 drafts and move on to next one. Basically I am a big womb, and there is a Sperm War of ideas of going on in my head and the best and fastest one wins.
I lied at the top, if you’re a writer and don’t do these questions you will be cursed with only being able to write at the level of “50 Shades of Grey”.