Thursday, October 25, 2012

Don't Do Something You Dislike & Other News

Today I have a cool story idea to share, and a piece of advice about doing what you love at the bottom-ish area. Enjoy!

In Writing class, we were given a simple prompt to write a short story (3 to 4 pages). I had to take the fatal flaw of the main character of the book we were reading, and make it their best character trait in a short story. The main character's fatal flaw was No Fear, and it actually killed him in the end of the novel. Of course, having No Fear can easily be the best character trait of someone, so the story was pretty wide open. I just wanted to share the synopsis of the short story, I thought it was a pretty cool concept. I'll make sure to post it on the blog once it's edited and finished up. 

In 2325, America's government has crumbled. The crime rate is through the roof, but you wouldn't know it unless you were part of a gang. The economy is at its best, and there is no "bad" side of town. Most people think America is great...everyone except the Patriots. Past presidents changed American rights with permission of the people, and America began to slowly divert even further from its original envision-ment of Patriots in the 1700's. America is eerily reliving its history, with Patriots and Loyalists dominating the United States. Patriots will stop at nothing, seeking to bring the United States to its original roots. 

In the story, I have the main character (Alex Wheeler) as an employed member of the Patriots, seeking to expose a Loyalist who has enough connections to easily put anyone behind bars.

Nobody likes to do things they dislike, but some people have the opportunity to do something they would like, and settle for less. I semi-recently got some great advice (paraphrase): 

"The day you wake up miserable to go to work, is the day you quit." 

Some people could work a little harder in college to get a job they would really like, while others won't attend college to get a job they hate. Not everyone can go to college, and that was really just an analogy, but only do what you like to do. Don't force yourself to be a writer, just to tell your friends you're a writer. Do it because you enjoy it, and don't do it if you don't like it. That simple rule should keep you happy all throughout life.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Going To Be On TV!

I have some absolutely awesome news today; I am working on a project with Mark Garrigus, and will be on TV in the New England states (not sure what channel or specific areas) in the near future. It will focus on me and my writing--a TV bio. I need your help for this:

Please write a question for me and I will answer them on TV! The questions can be about anything: music, writing, TV, movies, whatever you would like.

Looking forward to some great comments!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Look and Other News!

About a week ago I was messing with my old template and somehow deleted all the pages, so I had to set up a new template, the one you are viewing now. I hope you like it, I think it personally looks better than my old template, but I think it has to do with its freshness.

In other news, I recently began editing my first book: The Impenetrable Spy, in order to make the quality of it comparable to my newer writings. Some sentences are completely gone, some are edited a bit, and others have been smashed together so the writing could flow better. Other things are also being considered (making the plot more believable by twisting some details, and editing dialogue). Unfortunately, the writing itself will not be the same, but the relative story will. It's kind of bittersweet for me: although the quality will be MUCH better, the laughs from reading a 10-year-old's writing will be gone (for the most part, I might keep the scene with Zack eating Apple Jacks on the plane in, haha!) I'll make sure to save the old version for my own personal enjoyment. 

I also received some professional input on my newest WIP, Agent J. I'm looking to have this out by May, if I am able to complete the writing and editing fast enough. I believe this will be my first work that will extend over 100 pages. I'm not very far into the story, but I think this book will be around 170 pages. I focus on quality, not quantity, but this book has much more story to it. 

What's coming up: A post including pictures from the RUSH concert I recently attended at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, a preview of Agent J and the Impenetrable Spy, some advice regarding having fun at what you do, and a special surprise tomorrow. Thanks for reading!