Update - August 31, 2009

(Reconditioning Batteries)

Life is great. I live with my amazing and thoroughly supportive girlfriend in a beautiful condo which we're going to buy within the next few months, I have an awesome job that allows me time to pursue writing and I have a lunatic smooth coat collie named Rodney that licks my face every morning and shows me how good he is at chewing his toys. I'm in the best shape of my life, running half marathons and actually paying attention what kind of food I shove in my face. My bad credit is slowly being whittled down, I'm no longer having to decide whether I'm going to eat or go to the bar and I rarely go without much of anything. My best friends in the world all live close to me and I see them all regularly. I look at myself now and am amazed at how much I've grown personally over the last five years. The five-night-a-week boozing, fucking and fighting KungFu Mike of five years past definitely didn't see this coming.

This is Rodney.

You'd think that living in my own private little oasis I'd be able to bang this heart-wrenching, emotionally straining screenplay out in no time, but apparently that's not how it works. With any other project, I used to be able to go to the local cafe with my laptop and start plugging away. I'd get a large iced hazelnut, throw my headphones on, blast some music and create. I can't do it anymore and I really miss that. Even though I've already lived through the subject matter, even though I started this project a few years ago and have re-read the material I'm putting down a million times over, I still catch myself crying a lot during this process. I'm basically taking the worst parts of my life, breaking them down into their basic elements and stringing them together in a such a way that the public can consume and digest them. When it's all laid out in front of you so plainly; when every awful, embarrassing, gut wrenching moment of your existence is put in a little flip-book and spun through in front of your eyes...it's sobering and brutal and real and honest and everything, all at once and way too fast for it not to shake you up in ways you couldn't have seen coming. I guess that's what makes it good.

I think my biggest mistake regarding this project was making my first feature-length effort the most important story I'll probably ever tell about myself. This would have been much easier if it was a compilation of my funniest stories adapted into something titled "FireFuck Boobsplosion". All I know are two things; the process of pouring my soul into this work is forcing me to evolve as a writer in a way I don't really understand, and that when it's finished, you're going to have a hard time believing I wrote it because it's unlike anything you've ever seen from me or from Rudius Media.

My goal is to have it completed by the end of 2009. I've set the rest of my vacation time up for the rest of the year to be used strictly for working on this project and have managed to secure a log cabin way up by the Canadian border for extended writing sessions.

I'm really sorry for not posting on here regularly, despite my promise to in my last update. I have a few hilarious stories that I can't believe I haven't published on here yet all outlined and ready to flesh out. If I can, I'll take a day to post a few of them to make up for lost time. I'm sure the bulk of you are busy following the awesomeness that is the which is raping - er, I mean...having consensual, sober sex - and pillaging across the country as we speak. I'm really proud of Nils, Tucker and everyone involved in this thing. I know how draining it is to manage and run a cross-country promotional tour from back when IHTSBIH was first published, and these guys are doing a great job keeping composed under the insane schedule they've put together. With any luck, Ben Corman will return home to a fresh liver waiting for him in an Igloo cooler and Jeff Waldman won't have gone to prison for accidentally putting some fan to sleep forever.

Posted by KungFu Mike at 11:20 AM

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As a huge fan of both your extremely funny and purely serious sides, I'm glad to hear that you're doing well. I patiently look forward to your finished product.

Posted by: Rob at August 31, 2009 08:50 PM

Mike, I'm really glad you're doing so well man.

Posted by: Wayland at September 1, 2009 12:06 AM

Glad ur doing well. Looking forward to the book

Posted by: AzzaDutt at September 1, 2009 08:31 AM

Congratulations on everything going well in your life. That's awesome you're in such a wonderful place now, especially after reading the earlier ginsanity posts. Take care of yourself man, that's so awesome everything's going great.

Posted by: Alex at September 1, 2009 12:45 PM

Congrats KungFuMike. If your screenplay has anywhere near the same emotional honesty as Ginsanity and some of your other entries it'll be fucking amazing.

Did you write most of it after you had already turned your life around or did writing this screenplay motivate you to change?

Posted by: untouchable at September 2, 2009 03:45 PM

Glad to see that you're doing so well Mike. I really can't wait for whatever writing you put up next. I don't care if it's the next installment of Ginsanity or just a short story about this amazing dump you took today. Your writing is always great, and something I come back and read and re-read again and again.

Good luck in whatever you're caught up in now, and I hope to see many more posts here in the near future.

Posted by: thatguy85 at September 30, 2009 07:54 PM

Are you still alive?

Posted by: Ralph at February 10, 2010 09:03 PM

Are you still writing? Are you still alive?

Posted by: Kuniklo at May 23, 2010 08:45 PM

I'm glad things came together for you. I hope you write some more in the future.

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