Writer/designer/pressmate Matthew Revert and I ended up talking for a couple hours about writing process and pitfalls for HTML Giant. Here’s a snippet from the lengthy (but swift-moving, I hope) conversation:
MS: The moment a book is a book, or anything beyond just something completed/written, it is its own thing.
MR: Yeah. And it has to be. You know, I’d be interested in knowing how you think your writing process has changed over time. What has changed from the way you approach writing what you write now as opposed to your first book?
MS: Good question. If it’s anything like what I sought it to be, it’s good. I felt satisfied. Addicted to that satisfaction. Now, I don’t even know what to feel. The release, catharsis is gone for me. If anything I mourn the fact that I’ve finished… and maybe I absolutely need to start another just to feel normal. Like I’m in withdrawal.
MR: We’re already talking about something fleeting. It sounds to me as though remaining static for too long messes you up.
MS: Yeah might be that… it’s as strange for me as it is for anyone else. It sounds insane I’m sure.
MR: You view whatever book you’ve finished as merely a part of much larger project. One that can never really be finished.
MS: Yeah… That’s a good way to look at it. My naturally negative/apathetic self often just treats it as addiction. Me at an AA meeting: “Hello my name is Michael and I’m addicted to writing.”
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I wrote a little something I wrote, semi serious, semi fun, for HTML Giant. Here’s a sample:
Tsundoku, as in the act of buying and letting books pile up in various areas of your domicile where they become more a means of decoration. Maybe that’s not what we really intend on doing when we buy a handful of books at a local bookstore, buy another handful at a used bookstore, and finish it off with a few Amazon purchases, but we are certainly working towards a decorative sculpture of unread literature.
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Now this truly made my day.
Video Review by Angela Xu and Peter Tieryas Liu. Starring Hannah Lee.
And what a review, damn. Here’s an excerpt from the review:
Some people raise cats and dogs. Claire, the protagonist of Michael Seidlinger’s My Pet Serial Killer, raises serial killers. Caged within the pages of the book is the ‘Gentlemen Killer,’ his gallery of helpless women, and a whole panoply of cultural idiosyncrasies that seem strangely alien when viewed through the cool detachment of Claire. Claire is an experienced collector who dissects social rituals with the vivifying apathy of a biologist. I’ve read a lot of serial killer books in the past two years, most trying to differentiate themselves by latching onto a more unusual gimmick. My Pet Serial Killer distinguishes itself with a unique foray into the world of mass murderers that’s best encapsulated by Claire’s proposition to the Gentlemen Killer: “I support you financially. I give you a place to hide. I make sure you are never under suspicion of being what you really are, a cold-blooded psychotic killer (so hot), and, in return, you clue me into your process. You become mine.”
For the full review, click here.
For the book, you know what to do.
And for Peter’s blog, clickety click.
Oh and here’s a random photo of a serial killer doing what serial killers do:
No, I take it back. Dexter is some kind of bullshit but it’s definitely not what serial killers do. I thought about putting up real photos of serial killer victims but, at the last minute, thought against it. Not everyone skimming this post will take kindly to some of those photos. Some of you might even like Dexter (really? What about it do you like? Do you think it’s “clever?”).
Anyway, yeah, it’s a great review. Thanks Peter for reading and really cutting into the corpse of the novel.
If any serial killer could “be yours”, who would it be?
HTML Giant is hosting a giveaway for My Pet Serial Killer. To win, answer the question, “If any serial killer could “be yours”, who would it be?”
Best answers – the ones Ken Baumann and I deem clever, funny, insane/sick enough – will win a copy.
5 copies available!