30-day Writing Challenge - Half Way Q&A

I'm halfway through the 30-day writing challenge. Marc suggested we all answer a set of Tim Ferriss style interview questions. These are my answers.

When someone asks you what you do, how do you answer that?

I build websites, presuming they're talking about what I do for work. Otherwise, I'm a father to a little boy and a coffee-dependent tone-junky.

When you hear the word successful, who is the first person that comes to mind and why?

“When you expect anything from music, you expect too much” - Joshua Homme.

That quote changed my outlook on music. A eureka moment that helped me start writing, playing and enjoying music so much more. I'm trying to apply that quote to life. Anytime I get to spend doing something I love, is time well spent.

What are you not very good at?

I get anxious about most social situations. It's got worse as I've grown older. I'm making a concious effort to try to understand why I feel like this and overcome those feelings.

That was the hardest paragraph I've written as part of the challenge.

What is your favourite or most influential book? Why?

Hunter S. Thompson's writing captivates me. I discovered him through the film adaptation of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. The film is a faithful recreation, but the book has a visceral reckless abandon. Taking you by the scruff of the neck and dragging you from start to finish. I couldn't put it down, reading it was a binge. It's the only book, that upon finishing it, I turned straight back to page one and started again.

What’s a good documentary you’ve watched recently?

I don't watch a great deal of TV so, I'm going to cheat and substitute this question. Instead, I'm writing about a great album I've discovered, All Them Witches', Dying Surfer Meets his Maker. I find myself singing snippets of the melody lines at random intervals. I've not been so absorbed by an album for a long, long time. The way in which tracks transition from delicate to devastating keeps me returning to it over and over again. Exemplified by the tracks Dirt Preachers and - my personal favourite -This is Where it Falls Apart.

If you could go back and give your 20-year-old self some advice, what would you say?

Don't rush. The world is waiting to be explored. There are so many paths to take, each one an opportunity to broaden your horizons and find out who you are.

If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say?

Jimi Hendrix - Red House - 1:35. Did you hear that? Damn near blows my mind, every time.

What’s something that you’ve changed your mind about recently?

Until the start of last year, I didn't enjoy running. I did it grudgingly in an attempt to get fit. After reading Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's Running with the Mind of Meditation, this all changed. I can't event remember how I found out about it. It was a relatively easy shift in mindset, that has made me a better runner. Instead of a focusing on the physical, I began to instead use running as an opportunity to calm my mind. This has provided a gentle introduction to meditation and it's associated benefits.

What are you excited about right now?

I've managed to get my hands on a vintage Ampeg VT 40 guitar amp. It's this old thing from the 1970's, built like a tank. I get to play it for the first time tonight.

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Tone-Junky A guitarist who can't help themselves when it comes to buying effects pedals. Always searching for the tone in their head. A term coined by myself and a friend, whilst playing in our last band.