January 11, 2007


Posting has been light, and may be light for awhile, till (a) I fill in the rest of the words in this file entitled novel.doc; or till (b) I hit a wall and require distraction while figuring out how to scale it. So far so good, I think, but there's never enough time and you're never quite sure exactly where you're going or how to get there, no matter how much time you spend planning. Writing a novel is like doing anything else, I guess. Late manic nights of delusions of grandeur, followed by late mornings of at least partial disillusionment. Then afternoons of damage control and reassessment, and praying that you'll manage to swing another manic night phase soon so your soberer day self will have something to work on. At least, that's how it is for me. Maybe one day I'll learn to integrate my two selves and do this more efficiently.

In the meantime, Jim Testa interviewed me for Jersey Beat, and if you want to see the result, here it is. The interview was conducted some time ago, before King Dork had even come out, and long before I realized it was going to be something of a "hit." My feeling at the time was that I'd be lucky to get any press or even to be noticed at all amidst the thousands of books that were coming out. Looking back, it's still hard to believe how well things went in that, or really any other, regard. Thanks, Jim.

OK, back to work.

Posted by Dr. Frank at January 11, 2007 08:41 PM | TrackBack

Oh monsieur, with these sporadic, erratic postings you are really spoiling us! And if you ever need a just about literate, frustrated 20-something shadow writer let me know.

(By the way, King Dork tattoo still in drawing stages- tattoo artist lazy bum. Will put said artists balls in vice grip at nearest opportunity)

Posted by: Anarchie at January 11, 2007 11:50 PM


too..many...words...can't read...eyes...wandering...need...short paragraphs

Posted by: Eric at January 12, 2007 02:16 AM

"The character Sam Hellerman and one of the girls are based on real people; however. I'm not at liberty to divulge who they are, though."

I wonder, do they know they are in a book?

Posted by: josh at January 12, 2007 04:50 AM

hey gang! remember me?

i got a lap top now and an office job that doesn't ask much of me. i'll be back around more frequently.

frank, im about 14 pages deep into my first novel. its actually a memoir but that word has been ruined by david sedaris and james frey so i dont use it. i posted the first couple pages in my myspace blog section (link below when you click my name), and i mentioned mtx already.

i um, kind of uh, um, well, i kind of ripped off your idea of having a dictionary at the back. in mine, i refer to them as "vocab words" but they are actually terms that my friends and i used growing up that really do need to be defined. its not exactly like your appendix, but i acknowledge the debt owed.

you and big brother skateboarding magazine pretty much shaped my sense of humor, i will always appreciate that. cuz my sense of humor is AWESOME.

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