Archive for November 14th, 2007

I receive Esquire magazine in my mailbox once a month. For a glossy, high circ publication, Esquire is actually chock full of information that I just “get.” I suppose this is the sliver of my closet metrosexual side peeking through the keyhole, but I find the writing in Esquire better than good and manage to finish each issue with new knowledge about something. I don’t mind paying the $12 per year to subscribe. I also get Rolling Stone, but I get that as a gift from my daughter and she snags the copies as soon as they come into the house, so I’m always behind in reading that magazine.

In the December ’07 issue of Esquire, deep into the magazine on Page 196 or something like that, there’s a small quarter page article simply titled “Method Writing.” Here’s an excerpt:

Last night, I read a book titled Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga, which I highly recommend to Van Halen completists. Oddly, the “hook” for this book seems to be its introduction: For reasons that are never completely clear, the author, Ian Christe, felt he would not be qualified to write a book about Van Halen unless he taught himself to play “Eruption” on guitar, which he did.

The author goes into the purpose (and trend) of method writing, in which writers throw themselves quite literally into their literary works. For example, one novelist working on a book about vampires forced himself to drink a shot of human blood. He, of course, vomited immediately afterwards, but he could say he experienced the taste “thrill” of drinking human blood upon completion of the book. Sounds like a PR stunt to me. Matt and Meredith of The Today Show would certainly grimace when interviewing the author about that experience.

So what of this method writing? The author poignantly states that such titles as The Five People You Meet In Heaven, by Mitch Albom, must be a certain failure because obviously Albom didn’t die and go to heaven to write the book. It’s baseless. Same goes for The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne because, clearly, a book about a secret cannot be a secret. Therefore the author failed.

I’ve not done any method writing, consciously that is. While much of the blog posts on these pages are about my life, I suppose I could say I’m a method blogger. But to really write in true “method” fashion, I’ll need to pick a subject I’m interested in and then experience it directly.

In the future, please watch for my new book, Sex In Its Purest Form wherever books are sold. The research process might be arduous, but I’m up for it.



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What’s In A Name?

It’s been long while since I did a meme and when I ran across this name meme, I had to try it on for size.

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & first car) – Blackie Pinto

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, fave cookie) – Mint Chocolate Chip (Chocolate Chip)

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) – C Gro

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) -Blue Eagle (unfortunately there’s not a bit of Native American blood in me!)

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) – Groch

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite alcoholic drink) – The Green Tonic (I favor tanqueray and tonic – but shortened it to “Tonic” for this name).

7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) – Ralph Charles

8. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) – Peterson Pittsgurgh

9. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, favorite flower) – St. Patrick Orchid

10. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) – Strawberry Dark Socky

11. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) – Special K Maple

12. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) – The Cycling Fog Tour

13. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) – Elliot Spencer

14. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) – Harvey Elizabeth


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