Sunday, May 19, 2013

The "Office" Finale

   I have been watching the Office for the past three years, and have seen every episode twice. The show lost a lot of viewers and some humor when Steve Carell left the show, but it has been decent since and I've continued to watch. When I heard that the show had one last season, I was looking forward to a proper end and conclusion to the show. The season was bittersweet, in the fact that it was more drama than funny (at times) and kind of made me hate Andy's character (played by Ed Helms). But in the last few episodes, I could start to see what originally got me hooked on the Office: the humor, the characters, and the chemistry. As a fan of the Office, I can say that the last episode was the best I had ever dreamed it could be, and I'd like to pay homage to a show that inspired me a lot. It inspired me to write better dialogue, and that a simple subject--like a normal office--can be made into something brilliant.

   Pam: "I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder-Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kind of the point?"

  The Office has been on since I can remember watching TV. Watching it end, is like watching the end of an era. I can't believe it's gone, but it'll always be remembered for being the brilliant show it was.

   Andy: "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them."


Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Current Status of Agent J

It's nice to be back! I haven't posted for a while, mainly because I've been contemplating Agent J's story line, and I need a little feedback. I'm thinking about rewriting my current novel, Agent J, and setting up the story a little differently.

Here's how it currently plays out:

1. Jack Sharpe, a skilled thief finds his parents murdered. He goes after the killer, and the killer says he was hired by a man named Smith. Jack begins to go on more heists so he can raise enough money to go after the killer. When caught, he is brought into the CIA for a special program that uses people with his skills. Instead of going to jail, he is employed and sent on a mission where he finds a connection to Smith. He then spends the rest of the book going after Smith. Smith is the world's most connected terrorist, and has been committing terrorist acts all over the nation, hoping to cripple America.

This is my alternative, basically without Jack's parents.

2. Jack Sharpe is a skilled thief (steals from those that don't deserve it type of thief) who is planning a major bank heist. When caught, Jack is captured by the CIA and is given the option to either work for them, or rot in prison for the millions he's stolen. Jack agrees to work for the CIA and is sent on a suicide mission after Smith, the world's most mysterious and connected terrorist. Three agents have been sent after him; none returned alive. Jack spends the rest of the book trying to foil the terrorist acts and uncovers a plot that would kill millions.

Which story would you rather read and why?

Also, first person or third person?