All Writers Drink
Anyway. I’ve started watching Californication and yes, I am behind on TV series, but as it’s about a writer with writer’s block, I’m finding it kind of relevant. I write. It’s a stupid thing. I hesitate to call it a hobby, because people call it that and it makes me want to shove sharp things into their various orifices. This, to me, is my life. I want to write. I do write. I don’t write enough. I struggle. Life is hard. Anyway, I’m finding things that make sense in this show.
What doesn’t make sense also occupies me. In my experience, there aren’t that many breasts in a writer’s life. Maybe I’m doing badly or maybe it’s just titillation (PUN INTENDED). I find that hard to swallow, and I think that pun isn’t necessary, but it worries me that we see women completely naked on TV all the time and never a naked man. Why the fear of cock? Why the unnecessary sexualisation of women? That aside, and the drinking aside, it says some pretty astute things about being a writer. Half the time we don’t write. Half the time we can’t write.
The other thing that annoys me about it, if we’re counting and let’s be honest, we totally are, is that David Duchovny is far too fucking attractive for how long he’s been in this business. How does he do that? No, seriously. That shouldn’t be allowed.
I had meaningful things that I wanted to say about perspectives of being a writer, but to be honest they’d all fall flat. Hollywood doesn’t show us as we are, maybe not even at our best, but so what’s new? We dance. We sing. We steal things. Enough with Jason Mraz references. The point is that being a writer isn’t some safe haven where you get to be the guy who’s amazing and intellectual and has all these ideas… a lot of it is just sitting in typing at a laptop. Remember that when you read a book you don’t like. Somebody likely sweated over it. They didn’t mean to let you down. They just wrote what they thought was best.
We keep trying. Don’t judge us too harshly.