Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Magic Hand

Okay. I have two awesome and important videos to show you. Well, one is important.

People have been asking me a lot lately, hey, why are you selling so many books? What is your secret? And I keep thinking, there is no secret.

And here is the important part of the story I forgot to mention in previous blog posts: There is no magic hand.

Smashcut to me December 2008. I'm making no money. My life feels like a dead end. I'm writing books. Nobody cares. And I say, why isn't this working? What am I doing wrong?

If you're me, and I am, you spend a lot of time thinking about how neat Mark Hoppus is and listening to a lot of blink 182 and Fall Out Boy. That led me to this youtube video, which contains the single greatest peice of advice I've ever gotten from anybody about writing, and it wasn't even about writing. So I watched this video late 2008, and it was a wake up call for me to quit whining and get off my ass.

You can watch the whole interview if you want, but the question/answer starts at about :55 seconds in and goes until about 2:10, so it's short and sweet. Mark's talking about music, but it applies to writing just as well. Also, Pete Wentz is there.

While looking for this video, I found another great video. Do you remember my blog the tuna fish story in which I discussed how much of a douche John Mayer was on A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus and lamented over being unable to find a video? Well, I found that video.

Watch the whole thing if you like watching douchey things, but the Jay Z story I flipped about in the tuna fish story starts at 5:18. And it so worth it.

You're welcome.