My wife spent a good three days
explaining to me via email and at home what exactly a Blog Tour is.
I guess I don’t get out much online because I’m
still not quite sure what it is.
gathered is that one writer sends two writers a Blog Tour invite, the two
writers answer some questions about the writing process, and then they send
along an invite for two other writers to do the same.
Everyone answers the same questions.
Everyone helps to promote each other.
As you’ll see below I utterly failed at the
small task passed my way.
First and foremost I was invited to
do the Blog Tour by Lori Jakiela.
honest I have not read much of Lori’s memoir work but I’m a huge fan of her
poetry, so much so that I’ve read what she has out there quite a few
Lori is one of those folks who
can really get the line down.
writer she’s one of those poets whom you want to be envious of when you read a
poem that knocks your socks off, but instead of wallowing in envy you want to
do something just as amazing.
kind of poetry.
So thank you Lori for
I’m sorry I pretty much
failed you, but hopefully Ally Malinenko will hold up her end and keep this Blog
For all of you taking the
time to read this, here’s a link to Lori Jakiela’s blog and her answers to the
Now….without further ado, here are
my answers to the Blog Tour questions:
I just finished two rough drafts on
Both use the same character
from my 2013 novel, The Librarian.
first is called The Wine Clerk, and pretty much picks up the action about six
months after the end of The Librarian
with Rand Wyndham working in a wine store
and living back in Buffalo, New York.
The other novel is called Mary
It’s about a much younger Rand
getting involved in his first real relationship.
It takes place in 1994.
I had the draft hanging around for a number
of years and basically rewrote it as a Rand book.
I’m getting ready to start another
Rand book…The Poet.
It’s hopefully going
to be about Rand working once again as a librarian and dealing with the poetry
I plan on bringing back Carolina
and basically doing my best to write a classic Three’s Company plot with subtle
mention of Don Knotts.
How does your work differ from others’ work in the same genre?
It doesn’t really.
I’m one of thousands of little Bukowskis out
My writing is pretty
straightforward because I hate reading shit that I can’t understand.
If I try to do anything different, at least
different for myself, is I try to add more humor.
Especially in fiction.
All the old fiction I wrote was always so
Some of the poems too.
Everything has to be so precious.
It was as if I’d learned to write by hanging
out with Zach Braff.
I realized around
my mid-30s that I really wanted to tell dick jokes, and would’ve been better
suited writing a sitcom than poems or novels.
Why do you write what you write?
Ah….the eternal question.
The eternal answer: I don’t know?
To be honest I write what I write to please
The subjects that I choose to
write about are the subjects that I want to read about.
It’s as simple as that.
How does your writing process work?
Monday through Friday I’m up at 5
Hopefully I have some ideas floating around
so I’m not spending too much time on Facebook or looking at internet porn.
Hopefully I’m not hungover.
I generally write from everyday life so it’s
not that hard to come up with something.
I do well with anger and disgust and humans being humans there’s always
someone out there who raises my ire.
days ago some kid was calling another kid a fag at the 59th
I thought kids these days were
post-social and didn’t call each other fags.
I’ll probably write a poem about that today.
okay, so that’s it.
Lori here is where I failed you and this
I tried for a week to find
writers to do this.
Some weren’t interested.
The truth is that I simply do not know a lot
I know bartenders and
waiters and waitresses and, sadly, a ton of Librarians. But I don’t really know any writers.
Especially writers with blogs.
If I do know writers I’m usually not aware
that they have blog because other than my blog and reading the NY Times I try
and spend as little time online as possible.
So I’m very sorry.
That said, if
people get back to me I will be posting a link to their blogs.
Let’s hope Ally
Tomorrow....a return to the poems!