November 4th, 2010

DJ Hero 2

Wow, they've really improved this game.

All the different new things you can do are awesome. Plus I love the full freestyle sections where you can just do whatever the fuck you want.

So far the song mixes are more interesting than the first time around (not that they were bad in DJ Hero to begin with.)

It is a lot harder at the start than the first one was - but that's mostly because there is so much more you can now do with the controller.

Overall they did right what Warriors Of Rock did wrong.

They made it more of a challenge, but they also made it more of a fun challenge.

The Spirit Of The Radio

Today I had to see my shrink at 10 a.m. and it takes an hour to get there. I also had to see my GP to get my xanax prescription refilled at noon and my big client needed 25 pages written by 5 p.m.

So, I ended up explaining to my shrink this morning that I'd simply gotten up at 6 a.m. and started writing and had 10 pages out by the time I left to see her at 9 a.m.

"You can do that," she asked. "Just get up and write?"

"Sure," I replied. "I used to be a journalist who covered major crimes. Guess what? People don't get murdered at noon. They get fucking shot at bar closing. Do you have any idea how many times I've gotten woken up at 3 a.m. and sent to a crime scene and then was back at my desk writing the fucker at 7 a.m.?

Or, fuck that. The times that people got shot at 11 p.m. and we had a midnight deadline and I had to call up the cops and the prosecutor and the fucking victim's family and get a thousand words out? Sometimes I'd have less than five minutes to write that thousand words."

"But, how do you do that," she asked. "How do you just write?"

"You have to understand," I replied. "After a certain point you realize there is no such thing as writing. You discover that the words are already there. They are just waiting for you to do the typing. The words want to exist. You don't do anything but input them.

That's why I don't get people who say they have writer's block or dither around and search for the perfect words. The words write themselves. I get that you may not like the words that exist and you may want better words or words that other people will like better or something you think of as good writing. But good writing doesn't really exist and neither does bad writing. You just have to follow the words.

It's like Keith Richards says about the creative process 'They transmit. We receive."

"Who transmits," my shrink asked.

"There's no way to know," I said. "And there's no reason to care."

"I think we'll stop there today," she responded.