the next big thing
Some weeks ago David Tomaloff (author of the upcoming NAP digital/print hybrid micro chap The Name is Sugar) asked me to do this thing about the next big thing. I forgot. I do this. Last week, Kristin Lueke (author of (in)different math) asked me to do this thing about the next big thing. Okay. I am doing it now. Okay. Thing talks now.
What is the working title of the
(labs contains 4 of my favorite 26 letters from the alphabet.)
(s is in my top top favorite 26 letters from the alphabet.)
(have you ever seen a snake and said to yourself “hot damn that looks like an s!”?)
(many words and phrases related to snakes start with s: slither, snake-faced man, snake sweater, etc.)
(it’s a really great letter and you should give it a shot sometime.)
(also, i make up fantasies about being a scientist in my brain and would like to work in a lab but i was a solid D student throughout life and labs like A students because D students make A+ explosions.)
(sometimes, i make up fantasies about being a sighentist in my brain to justify all of the times i sigh everyday and the sighs are part of a large experiment for a hypothesis i will release 50 years after my death because my children and their children will need 50 years to assemble the data but don’t worry i do very exciting work in my field of sighence.)
Where did the idea come from for the
i found an office chair by the side of the road and decided i looked good in it but i didn’t have a reason to sit in the office chair at my house. i went home and thought and thought about that office chair for a few days i think. somewhere during one of the sleepless nights i had thinking about that chair i decided if i could start a company well maybe i could keep the chair. lucky for me a great amount of snow fell on the office chair and no one saw it on the side of the road and took it home to their personal company. for this i thanked god for making snow.
now i own an office chair and now i am a company. a company needs products. once people said there was a book inside of every person. some people had more than one book inside of them. now people say there is an etsy store inside of every person. some people have more than one etsy store inside of them.
i not sure how to explain what i just wrote so i am going to write something else now. i am usually thinking about several things at one time. i would like them out of my head most of the time. i would to not think about so many things at one time. most of a regular human brain can process 400 billion bits of data per second. our senses make us aware of 2k bits of data per second. when i am working on a project i am processing most of that 2k per second. it helps me forget that i am a human creature with a job and bills and hunger. it is an addictive thing. the not existing except on whatever project i am working on. i need to complete a project pretty quickly otherwise it ends up on my hard drive and i forget about it for a few years. there are neurochemical rewards i obtain for completing a project. sometimes it is not just writing. sometimes when i can’t think of a project i am trying to fill my senses with data. sometimes i will turn on my two tvs and laptop and ipod and xbox and open many books to read at the same time fill myself with many things. this helps me find that feeling of not being until i get the project not being feeling again. like any balloon i have to pop if i get too full of outside data. the popping creates the project. okay. i am not sure what i am writing about now.
but i do have this office chair. it spins and i am not sure if it is made of leather but it feels like it.
What genre does your
book project fall under?
i am interested in many things.
a lot more than i can pull off now.
i read somewhere that it takes about 5 years from coming up with an idea to fully create that idea.
i am 5 years away from where i want to be.
at any point i am 5 years from where i want to be.
i tell many people that i write poems.
i am really sorry about this.
i did it because i didn’t know what else to call my things.
people that are poets
and i mean real poets
put in too much work for me to come along and say i am a poet
also because fiction people look at the messy things i make and say ‘no.’
i like timing and how people take in information
sometimes when i do this it looks kind of like a poem
but it is not a poem.
i like timing and gaps
because sometimes gaps allows the reader to fill that space in
and when i am a reader because i read much more than i write (probably a 4 to 1 ratio) i really get bored when a writer is doing such a great job of making me lazy and not letting me fill in the gaps by taking care of all of the details and answering all of my questions before i have questions and i would rather just make up my own answers. this is why i rarely start a novel from the beginning. i open up pages at random and pick things here and there that catch my eye and if i spend too much time trying to pick i usually decide it is not a book for me.
i also like to see how little information a reader needs to understand something.
i also like to present a lot of information in a messy fashion with only a tiny bit of important information hidden inside of the messy dump of information.
a diamond in the rough.
i think about the movie Aladdin a lot.
and while i like to do those things i am not always doing them.
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
i would be the character if lablablabs.net were made into a movie.
i really respect ralph wiggum as an actor.
we are both squishy people.
What is the one sentence synopsis of your
A project full of projects.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
oh i couldn’t say about any of these things. some borrow parts from things that are many years old and finally fit into a bigger machine and other things like the gifs take anywhere from 10 to 100 hours. but mostly that is because i don’t know what i am doing and it takes many tries to make those work like i would like but they never quite do.
ok i mostly make parts of things.
sometimes i make a machine but sometime later i rework the parts and want to make a better version of the first machine.
nothing is ever finished because at some point i will think of a better version in the future.
nothing is ever a draft because everything is a file and i don’t pay attention to how many times autosave autosaves.
Who or what inspired you to
write this book create this wonderful place for people to visit?
feel like i answered this but will answer something else now. i guess i would like to be cyber stalked the most and i had a really boring blogspot that was more of a link dump to other things i’ve written more than anything. i don’t know if people really went to it or clicked on any of the links if they did visit. so i guess if someone wants to cyber stalk me they will find some interesting things and they will be happy about the cyber stalking because i am offering a deeper level of cyber stalking satisfaction. i have cyber stalked people, so i know how it goes.
oh. so cyber stalking inspired this.
What else about your
book project might pique the reader’s interest?
i really don’t know what people want. i know there are a lot of people on the earth who are interested in a lot of things. i am interested in a lot of things and maybe in that they might be interested.
also, there are a lot of people on the earth who are interested in a lot of things and sometimes they need to see that some dumbass is very happy making lots of things that some other people might think are interesting and these people might say to themselves “well this dumbass can get away with it, why can’t i discover the etsy store inside of myself?” not that i am an etsy store but maybe those people want to discover the etsy store inside of themselves. i really don’t know what people think about. but i am a people and i try to remember what i think about and maybe 5 other people on earth think about the same things as me. i imagine i can make 5 people on earth like what i do.
book project be self-published or represented by an agency? i think of any person with any kind of web presence is my publisher. my site is a warehouse of things. if someone likes something then they will publish it through sharing. i think any person with any kind of web presence is a media empire. everyone is a channel now. everyone is broadcasting now and a lot of it isn’t original content. really most of everything is a commercial. we’ve all been exposed to millions of minutes of advertising.
ugh. never mind. none of that is correct.
probably most of what i will do for a while will be self-published.
i now have a book someone decided to publish and i never thought that would happen. and maybe one book is enough. and maybe one book is all i need to do because it is actually about something. at least to me. i would rather not have to go through the process of selling books for a while after this. it is really stressful to me. the whole process hasn’t gone very well so far. i can’t imagine putting myself through this all of the time. to always have something to sell for money. i would rather just post something and then something else and something else and have the work do the work of attracting attention to the other work and future work. selling a book seems to involve a lot of begging. or if not begging pestering. to get reviews. to get anyone to notice i have a book for sale. it is hard for me to ask people for help or things or money. plus someone put time and money behind my work and i don’t want them to lose their investment. i would rather not have to ask people to spend money on my book. money makes me feel shitty. i would rather not have to do readings in order to sell my book. i wouldn’t mind meeting people one at a time but i really don’t like to do readings because that is a lot of people at one time. this is probably why i will make more gifs so when someone asks me to read i have made my work impossible to read aloud and i have an excuse. right now i am comfortable in my webpage space. i own an office chair. i am my own boss.
Writer’s tagged for next week.