I know, I have been inactive lately on my blog, but taking a vacation from "work" can be beneficial. I have been able to edit The Impenetrable Spy: Future Dreamer (part of it), work on a short story, experience a car convention for some ideas, and write a little bit of Agent J. This is the focus of my post: experiencing things firsthand for ideas--and I already have a post similar to this one.
Today I went to a car show and experienced a few hundred new models from the generic brands like Ford and Chevy, and some from Audi and Porsche. I am still coming up with ideas, and figuring out where my story, Agent J will lead me. In The Impenetrable Spy 1, Zack receives a Shelby Gt500 that has been tricked out and outfitted for missiles, autopilot driving, Gatling Guns, etc. While a Gt500 is no Porsche, or Audi for that matter, it has a cool design, but a little conspicuous. I plan for him to keep his car for the entirety of the series, because a lot of work went into designing it, and coming up with all of the gadgets and concepts, including a remote that allowed Zack to control the car's weapons while laying flat in his seat (it reclines all the way down). Agent J starts off with a Lincoln Town Car, but I have been trying to find a car that would suit him once he joins the CIA. I found a few cars today, including a few BMW and Subaru models. I know, enough with the cars, get to the post!
Experiencing conventions, museums, or any place that has objects/material for your books will be beneficial coming up with ideas, but understanding how something actually looks, and not just an image from Google. I was able to sit firsthand in some car models that I noted that "Agent J" might possibly drive. But, they would definitely be tricked out, like Zack's car. People get ideas from the internet, TV, and the radio all the time. The best ideas (in my opinion) come when you actually are able to experience something. This is what I'm trying to get at: if you see something, a convention, a museum, or a festival that would benefit your book, movie, band, or anything you're doing, take the chance and experience it firsthand!