Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? The essays in So Much Time, So Little Change are fairly short. But I found that a shorter length didn’t mean less revision and reworking was required. I’ve found that to get a piece just right, you need to go over and over and over it until it’s spot-on. And that requires that you get feedback from readers as well.
Have you developed a specific writing style? I like to have surprises in essays. I want the reader to not expect certain things to happen for a given topic. So I try to write in a way where things jump out at you, like snakes on a plane!
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I just avoid writing when the slate is blank and wait. I’ll read a newspaper or stroll about, waiting for something to show up. I think requiring yourself to write a certain amount in a given time period is actually counterproductive. It just yields frustration. But I always cart around a little note pad.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? These essays are about those strange and awkward situations that are seemingly designed to annoy us. I approach them as a source of humor and wisdom. I cover a range of topics like trying to get myself off the Terrorist Watch List, surviving encounters at the DMV, and having fun with the Honeybucket line at a concert.
How did you come up with the title? So Much Time, So Little Change alludes to the fact that it’s been a long time since we were primitives, but in many ways we’re still primitive. I mean that in a lighthearted way. The fact that we haven’t become super-rational beings is a good thing, because our “flaws” are what make us funny and endearing.
Who designed the cover? I found the image from a group of photos that my publisher sent, and then we worked on a title that fit. My publisher connected with a graphic artist who put it all together. I love the way it came out.
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Genre – Humourous Essays
Rating – PG