Tuesday, November 20, 2012

James Bond vs. Jason Bourne

The other day ago, I went to the movies to see Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. I was very impressed, and if you liked Casino Royale, I believe you will like this equally, if not more. After watching the movie, I went home and caught a little bit of one of the Bourne movies (can't remember which one because they're all so similar), and I got to thinking: Who would win in a fight...James Bond...or...Jason Bourne?

I haven't posted much lately, and thought this would be a fun discussion. The factors that you have to think about are:

Who would win in a gun fight
Who would win in a hand to hand fight

I personally believe that Bond is more smart and better skilled with a weapon, but as we've all seen, Bourne can use just about anything to kill you.

Let the discussion begin...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was recently tagged for the Next Big Thing Blog Hop by Rob Pruneda, where I get to talk about my newest WIP. Here's how it works:

If I tagged you, use this format. Include an introduction to your interview post and a link to the person who tagged you to participate. Answer the ten questions about your current WIP. Include some pictures if possible. Tag five other writers/bloggers by sending them an email and then add their links to the end of your interview post. Their answers should go up the week after. Here goes my responses! 

1. What is the working title of your book? 
The working title of my current book is Agent J: Countdown to Terror.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
When I was 8, I wrote my first spy story: Agent J. It revolved around a bank robber turned CIA agent because of his skills. I am completely rewriting the story from scratch, but with the same basic idea.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young Adult Spy ans Espionage Action Adventure--if you want to get specific.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I think Christian Bale would play the main character Jack well, Samuel L. Jackson as the CIA director Sam, Mark Wahlberg as Davidson, Brad Pitt as Brad, and some new actors as the characters Adam and Nick. 

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A bank robber/weapons dealer turned-CIA-agent battles a British terrorist determined to destroy America by any means necessary.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-Published, but I actually might consider sending this to a small press of sorts.

7. How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I'm not done, but it will take a few months to finish. I am looking at an early summer (2013) release.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A James Bond novel or movie. It's very fast paced and relies on the villain to nitpick at the main character. The best relationship analogy I can give between Jack and the villain Smith is Batman and the Joker. Smith wants someone to stop him, to watch him succeed in his horror. He needs Jack. He is vital to the story, and I am having a lot of fun creating his character because I appreciate a good villain. 

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Originally it was my dad, but at this point in time it is to have fun and share my work with others. 

10. What else about your book might peak the reader’s interest?
It has my most recent writing in it, and I believe it will be my first full length novel, and probably my best yet. Because I'm so young, I keep getting better and better at writing, so with each novel release you can expect something with a higher quality.

MORE rules:
If I tagged you and you decide to participate, your blog post should go up between Nov. 12 and Nov. 18. Your blog post should be labeled: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop.
Here are the authors I'm tagging, hope you have fun and get to participate!
If I tagged you, be sure to comment with a link below! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Having a Hobby Away From Your Work

I believe that having a hobby away from work is very important. For some it's model trains, others it's video gaming, etc. For me, it's drumming.

I got interested in drumming when I first started listening to rock music when I was 6 or 7. When I was 9 or 10, we set up an old electric drum kit in our house, and I drummed to songs for a couple years, until the drums stopped working as well and we had to put the kit away.

Recently, my grandma brought my dad's old acoustic drum set over, and it's been set up in our house and I've picked up drumming again. Having a hobby is a great thing, and I really enjoy drumming because it is an escape from stress and writing projects, which I consider work. Below is a video link to a drum cover I did for Van Halen's new song "She's the Woman."