waxunpleasant said: John, do you play d&d? what's your favourite class?
I played one session in junior high and was immediately killed by a ghost. The DM told me “you can’t fight this ghost, your HP are too low” but I didn’t really get the game at all and felt, philosophically, that every dog must have his day and anyone in battle stands your classic fighting chance. This was not the case and I was immediately killed by a ghost. I don’t hold it against the ghost he was just doing his thing.
I did start playing games when I was revising Wolf and now I have a weekly gaming night and we just played through a D&D dungeon I’m a Druid. I don’t have a “favorite class” though, it’s fantasy, part of the pleasure is trying on different skins to see how they feel — that’s really the point, right? If I play the same class all the time, then I’m really not exploring in the way I’d like to. That said, any character I play is probably going to express an interest in religion and magic, because, you know, me.
strangersbasement said: A question I was too nervous to ask last night at the book signing at Parnassus: A friend of mine told me (in a van on our way to Richmond, Va) that you would only work on a song for 3 days, and if it wasn't done by then, you would scrap it. I didn't believe this to be true but it has influenced some of my own "rules" for songwriting (urgency and all that), so I was wondering if you do, in fact, have any rules for songwriting/writing in general that you try hella hard to stick to?
I don’t have any rules at all, just tendencies. Generally speaking I finish a song in the same session where I sat down to write it. Generally speaking if it’s not done in a few days, I’m going to assume it has nothing of value to say and will just move along. If this were a rule it would be a really ridiculous one though given that both “This Year” and “Up the Wolves” were written over several sittings with resting times of several weeks or more.
I do have rules of prosody that are actually more like religious beliefs to me (1. never change the way a word is pronounced to force it to fit the line / no forcing unstressed syllables to bear stress, ever) but that’s not really the same as what you’re talking about, I think.