And on Wednesday in the office, whilst chewing and spitting out a piece of cake that was given out in the office for some girl’s birthday, I decide that I should start a facebook profile for London Preppy. And the purpose of this profile is that people who read this blog can go and add London Preppy as a friend. And they can talk to him and each other and they can see who else reads this blog and poke them and play with them etc.
And the thinking behind this is that in theory I’d like to add every reader as a friend on facebook, but at the same time I want to maintain the anonymity of the blog (shut up, I know) and also keep the homicidal maniacs at a safe distance. I’m not exactly convinced that many homicidal maniacs are reading this of course, but I’m human after all and I do have my suspicions.
London Preppy’s facebook profile has the usual features: pictures with blocked out faces, self-loathing and adulation in equal measures, pretension and snobbery about things that I, in fact, know nothing about, all that shit. So go on then, log on to facebook, search for London Preppy and add him as a friend. The profile is on now.
And now, here’s day 5 of answering your questions.
Category: Cemetry Gates
99) Why do you write the blog / What do you get out of blogging?
I write the blog because I’ve convinced myself that I’m quite good at it and – just like the England football team – I will continue to repeat this to myself endlessly despite all indisputable evidence against it. Also, I’m deluding myself that if I continue writing, one day, somebody, somewhere will discover me and throw a large wad of cash at me to publish my ramblings. Basically, I live to see that 9th edition of the London Preppy hardback carefully lined up on the coffee table in my Reykjavik house, whilst I’m accidentally drowning myself in the living room Jacuzzi, a tragic writer with an early demise, a riddle with unfulfilled potential, pornographic and tragic in black and white, my bony white body floating in the water, Carnival by The Cardigans playing in the background…I will never know cause you will never show….
100) What don't you like about your writing?
I don’t like how sometimes I have ideas in my head and I can’t find the words to put them down to paper because I’m not smart (or eloquent) enough.
101) What's your favourite post?
I’ll make a list of my favourite posts on the year anniversary of this blog, which is coming up at the end of the month. I am quite impartial though to the posts when I go off on one and start rambling, usually making up stories about people and their background, when I don’t really know anything about them.
102) How much of what you write is REALLY your life? Allowing for the odd bit of artistic license, are we talking 50% real-life stuff / How much of what you say is objectively true?
I have only written one post where things were 100% made up. Every word I say is true.
103) How do you feel about your blog? Why did you start it? Are you ever going to stop?
I love my blog very much, even though it keeps me up at night sometimes. I can’t remember exactly why I started. I must have been pretty bored that day, Frasier wasn’t on, the drugs had run out, I don’t know. I guess at some point I will stop yes, as anyone who maintains a blog knows, it’s bloody hard work. Especially when you write relentlessly day after day like I do.
104) If you could make the same money you do at your work via advertising revenue on your blog, would you blog full time?
Are you kidding, this is my absolute dream.
105) Do you plan on writing a book or is writing your blog enough for you? If you do write a book, will it be fiction or nonfiction and what would it be about?
I do have an idea / storyline for a book. It’s fiction but based on things I know from my life. If I do go to Sydney I will try to work on it there; might have more time. I can’t say what it’s about, but if you’re familiar with this blog, the theme is not too far off.
106) Your writing seems so totally effortless and I am completely envious. What is your process? Do you think out the subject during the day/at work/days in advance or just stream of conscious?
That’s really very nice, thank you very, very much. To answer, there are two ways that I write: 20% of the time, I do think about something and make notes about it and prepare it and then when I have enough, I sit down and write it. 80% of the time, I sit in front of a blank screen and start typing. Then I get into my own story, usually I start laughing (if it’s a funny one), then I finish it and I’m relieved that I can go and watch TV.
More questions and answers tomorrow. Finally today, here are my top 25 most played songs in 2008; there’s been two months now, we have enough data.
25. Carnival – The Cardigans
24. Blind – Hercules & Love Affair
23. The national front disco – Morrissey
22. I’m on fire – Bruce Springsteen
21. Gimme more – Britney Spears
20. Starcrazy - Suede
19. With every heartbeat - Robyn
18. That’s how people grow up - Morrissey
17. Clowns - Goldfrapp
16. Only you - Yazoo
15. I know it’s over – The Smiths
14. Faster – Manic Street Preachers
13. Brianstorm – Arctic Monkeys
12. Best revenge – Fischerspooner
11. Feeling good – Michael Buble
10. No one – Alicia Keys
9. I’ve got a little something for you – MN8
8. Careless whisper – The Gossip
7. Feedback – Janet Jackson
6. The journey continues – Sarah Cracknell
5. Stay together – Suede
4. 4 minutes – Madonna (with French DJ shouting over the top)
3. A&E – Goldfrapp
2. I want your soul – Armand Van Helden
1. Grand Canyon (dirty south mix) – Tracey Thorn