Writing my book was kind of a willy-nilly affair. I don’t have some den to process my thoughts and put them to paper. I would write on the ferry, at lunch, during breaks, sometimes at home, but not so much. Essentially I reached a point where I had more time to type it at work than at home. At some point, when I decided to return to the partially-written manuscript, I started re-typing it into a work processor at work.
With the release of my latest book, Novel Concept, I had the urge to explain myself, I mean, examine the creative process and how this story came to be (see Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).
With the release of my latest book, Novel Concept, I had the urge to explain myself, I mean, examine the creative process and how this story came to be (see Part 1, and Part 2).
I’d print out the pages and edit them. Then rewrite those. Then I wouldn’t. Start and stop. Rewrite, then let it lay fallow. Go until I hit a wall, then walk away from it. Go work on other stuff. Get involved with Pee-Wee Herman. I admit it, I’m lazy. And without a firm deadline, I took my dear, sweet time with it. Finally, after a couple of years, I typed the words, “The End.”
The next step, of course, was sending it out to publishers for rejections. Check. After a couple of dozen of those, I let it sit for a while. Before a techno-tragedy had me put it aside for years.
With the release of my latest book, Novel Concept, I had the urge to explain myself, I mean, examine the creative process and how this story came to be (see Part 1).
With the release of my latest book, Novel Concept, I had the urge to explain myself, I mean, examine the creative process and how this story came to be (see Part 1)
Writing a book was not on my bucket list. I was going to write MOVIES! Or SKETCHES for TV!!! That was it. Not a TV series, no prose, articles or matchbook covers. All through college and post-graduation, my attention was drawn to the shiny movie screen and flickering TV image. There were spec scripts to mail out and sketches to hoard away (because by this time there was only one sketch-comedy show on TV and “Saturday Night Live” was a tough nut to crack)...
The gang over at Higgs Weldon has posted one of my comedy bits over on their site. Check it out. It's like here only there.
ETA: Higgs/Weldon went offline, so here's that bit:
There are Third World problems and First World problems and then there are:
Disney World Problems
• Line to say hello to Mickey longer than the line to the bathroom.
• PETA keeps barricading “Country Bear Jamboree.”
• Fast-Pass not all that fast.
• Fireworks way loud.
• Vendor all out of turkey drumsticks.
• Got wetter on Space Mountain than I did on Splash Mountain because of the stupid kid with the soda.
• Automatic toilets there cause me to forget to flush at hotel and home.
• South American family of 12 cut the line ahead of us for Muppet 3-D show.
• Mary Poppins is kind of stuck up.
• Breakfast with the Characters consists of 3rd-tier Disney characters like Meeko, Dewey and a donkey from “Pinocchio.”
• The vendor who used to sell the hot dog egg rolls? No longer there!
• I heard that same joke on the Jungle Cruise the last time I was here.
• Why are all the Marvel characters over at Universal Studios?
• Can’t remember if I parked the RV in Goofy 5 or Minnie 7.
• Pluto walking around on his hind legs not authentic to the character.
• Hall of Presidents? More like Hall of Sominex!
• Why are they selling autograph books so I can get the signatures of some people inside a costume?
• No way should Darth Vader and Buzz Lightyear be hanging out.
• Epcot? Too educational.
• That guy next to me wouldn’t stop singing the “It’s a Small World” song and we were on the Spinning Teacups.
• Once again forced to decide between World Hopper 5-Day Pass and children’s college fund.
Freelance writer, still hacking away.