Good morning, little nerdlings. Here is a Housemartins music for your earholes.
Q:What's the last book you read that you liked?
Ugh. Thanks for pointing out that my leisure reading habit as of late has been, well, non-existent. All day long my job is CINEMA! and when I have free time to read articles and books they are CINEMA! and goddammit I need an escape.
So let me turn the question around on you, friend, and ask you what should I read next?
[Though I will admit that the last piece of fiction that I actually enjoyed was China Miéville’s Railsea, which I finished back in January.]
Q:What kind of soundtrack would you use to power yourself through finishing up a research proposal, due tonight?
Play the Chemical Brothers album “Dig Your Own Hole”. Loudly and repeatedly until your work is finished.
Q:How much do you love me?
Until the margarita pitcher is empty.
Q:Do you have a favorite book? And, because that's a loaded question, maybe you just limit it to a favorite author or genre? Which book/author was it that inspired you to start writing in the first place?
Yikes. That’s one of those questions along the lines of “what’s your favorite food?”
Nonetheless, when I was a wee lad, I was particularly fond of P.G. Wodehouse and also Douglas Adams, and I think those two gentlemen are largely responsible for shaping my writing “style” as a teen and young adult, before I actually discovered and shaped and honed my own voice. And that’s the real trick of writing, isn’t it?
I AM IN A HOTEL
So, at commercial breaks during the Rangers game, I will answer the first few (i.e. one or two or maybe three) things that show up in my askbox.
This never ends well.