August 7, 2006

Reasons for my absence.

1. I didn’t want to write a blog post explaining the reasons for my absence.

2. I was starting to hate the blogosphere. Surfing around and seeing the sites that are popular/get a lot of comments is depressing, no different than the books/movies that are popular.

3. Sick of seeing the nitpicking online. This blog has seen some of it. What causes people to go to someone else’s site and criticize them? The internet is full of it. Metafilter is terrible. Look at the comments on Youtube. One example. I looked up a Sebadoh video, titled “Sebadoh playing with a boombox.” The first comment was “It’s called a drum machine, not a boombox.” First, he/she was wrong. It was a boombox, not a drum machine, they were playing along with drums played to tape. Second, Why Bother. Not the best example, but it’s one of many. People nitpick each other to death, like we’re all part of a bad marriage. I’m doing the same thing by saying, Negativity sucks. But there’s a difference between having opinions on your own blog and attacking someone on their site.

4. Around the time of my birthday (June 29), my wife and I were fighting horribly. It did us some good and we’re much better for it. The fever broke.

5. I got sick of having opinions. It’s not so healthy to be so critical of everything. Not blogging isn’t quite curbing my appetite.

6. I’ve been seeing the Apocalypse everywhere. The Middle East isn’t helping. Went to Ojai the weekend before last. At the pool they were playing contemporary country music non-stop. I’ve never heard that many new country songs in a row. My thought—this is why George Bush can get elected—people can listen to music this brain damaged and think it’s meaningful.

7. My novel is about the Apocalypse—trying to put into words something I think could actually be occurring. Scaring the shit out me, blocking me. I waver in and out of enthusiasm for my novel.

8. I used to feel compelled to blog things the way I felt compelled to get things down in fiction. Like I had to. I thought blogging might detract from the other. In the past coupla weeks, I haven't been writing that much more fiction. I think this blog can be a warm up for the book, not suck my energy.

9. I’ve censored myself on this web site. Many of my more radical thoughts have been met with criticism or silence. I haven’t written half of what I believe in--demented things that I feel the need to qualify as demented. I’ll probably be posting more of it in the future.

10. Fatigue. Been doing this for 2 years.

11. Listening to John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space. I want to go there. How the hell do I go there?

12. One reason I’m back: I’m listed in this week’s Entertainment Weekly (Aug. 11) as the number one self-published novel. I wanted to write that down.

entertainment weekly


Voix said...

Hang in there. Think "ebb and flow, ebb and flow."

Glad to read you, whatever you've got going on.

Happy (late) birthday.

Writing Blind said...

Everybody gets tired of blogging at some point or another. Sometimes you just need a break.

And congratulations again on the EW thing. I still think that is so cool.

Emil Michelle said...

Henry, post the demented stuff. I'll enjoy it. And wow, what a book, what an honor -- listed in EW. Who said self-publishing is the kiss of death? And how come the BIG BOYS didn't pick up on your book? And how come no hi-rez, low-spark literary agents didn't spot it?

Philofaxer said...

Maybe you can send your most loyal readers decoder rings, and post the demented stuff in code.

And on the EW thing, !!!!!

Goeve said...

Just happened across via a google search. Read why you were absent. Been doing this about a year? myself I think. Fortunately I haven't had too much negativity reflected in comments on my site. But I agree the lack of comments sometimes is discouraging. But I keep thinking; the blog is written by me for me. It's my little outlet for myself and as much as I'd like some feedback at times it's still for me. Keep writing and congrats on your novel!!! KEEP GOING!

exley said...

Congrats on the EW thing!

I found a new way of dealing with everything going on in the world and my life--the Mid East, global warming and imminent extinction of polar bears, Bush trying to destroy the environment for his own oil greed(my main concern), plus all the turmoil in my private life--it's a wonderful thing called high dosage anti-depressants!

Joseph K said...

This thing you have going it growing -- appropriately so. I am glad you are getting recognized.

Natalia said...

EW? Holy crap!

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