Z is for Ze Germans #AtoZChallenge

Image“What are you afraid of ze Germans?” Jason Statham’s character Turkish from the movie Snatch.

Snatch is an awesome movie by Guy Ritchie, Madonna’s ex-husband for those tabloid people out there. Its got Brad Pitt as a bareknuckle boxing gypsy with the best accent I’ve ever heard in a movie. This is pretty much all you need to know. Pitt’s character is hilarious.

If you need more than that it’s full of seemingly random characters that all intertwine by the end of it. It’s full of violence and bad language and all kinds of other fun things. Snatch is a fun movie and probably the second best of Ritchie’s movies. Second to Rock’n’Rolla. Both are very good movies that not many people seem to know about so if your looking for something different give Snatch a try.

Warning the following video is hilarious … and may offend people sensitive to foul language.

Y is for Yogurt #AtoZChallenge

ImageMy theme has been things that inspire me. Today my post is about yogurt. I don’t know if yogurt inspires me, but it’s the only Y word I could think of and it’s scrumptious.

Fruit on the bottom, Greek, Non-Greek?, frozen, it’s all wonderful. I had yogurt for breakfast this morning, coffee and chocolate chip flavor. Good stuff.

I will take this time to express my total hatred for plain yogurt. I bought it once thinking that it was vanilla. My wife told me it wasn’t what I wanted, but I ignored her and bought it anyway. She was right. It wasn’t what I thought it was. It was disgusting. I’ve tasted worse, but not often. Pretty much plain yogurt is second only to fish. Don’t get me started on fish.

Okay, I’m done. Yogurt + flavor = yummy

X is for Xerxes #AtoZChallenge

ImageX is for Xerxes, also known as Xerxes the Great. He was the fourth King of Kings of Persia and more importantly the antagonist in Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300 and the movie adaptation.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think 300 was a great movie. I do think it’s a great movie to watch. It’s an absolute guy movie full of action about Spartan warriors.

300 tells a glorified version of the battle of Thermopylae where 300 Spartans try to hold off the bagillion man army of the Persian empire. The washed out color of the movie is accented by bright reds and it makes it feel like you are watching a comic book.

Interesting side-note the movie features the first appearance of Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, Prometheus).

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ll see you guys tomorrow.

W is for Whiskey #AtoZChallenge

ImageAlmost there, only three more posts after this one and for some reason I swear it’s getting harder to come up with things the closer I get to the end of the alphabet…Anyway, today is W and in my book W stands for whiskey.

Every writers’ favorite muse, right? Eh, probably not anymore, it seems like I see more writers talking about their coffee fix than their alcohol fix. Me? I’m a little bit of both, I’d say I enjoy ten cups of coffee a week and three alcoholic beverages a week (W can also stand for wine you know).

I’d say whiskey is my favorite alcohol of them all though. Not so much straight, I’m kind of a wuss like that. Whiskey sour is my go-to drink, but I’ve recently started making Tom Collins’ (I guess that’s how you spell that) with whiskey instead of vodka or gin and it’s delicious.

This inspires me, I guess. Maybe I just really wanted to write about whiskey. I’m not sure anymore. Well, it’s already done now. I’m not changing it. I guess this is where I close. My top three would probably be a good way to end this article. Sound good to you? If not I guess you could just stop reading and call this the end right now.

 

Still there? Okay my top three whiskeys:

1. Crown Royal

2. Jameson Special Reserve

3. Macallan’s 10 (I haven’t tried anything older, can’t afford it at the moment, but this is the favorite drink of the character Ty Burdin in my new novel)

Well, that’s that. Have a g’day folks.

V is for Vintage Trouble #AtoZChallenge @VintageTrouble

ImageAlmost done with the A to Z challenge. The theme for this month has been an introduction to the things that inspire me as an author. So far its been everything from books to TV show to movies to music. Today it’s more music.

Musically speaking Vintage Trouble is a modern blues band, but something makes them different. That something is the lead singer. This guy packs more soul, more emotion in his voice than anyone since James Brown. The lyrics are good as well, but the main thing that keeps me playing their debut album, Bomb Shelter Sessions, on repeat is the guys voice.

Any artist that shares emotion this well through any medium is someone I’m jealous of and someone that I try to channel into my writing. So far I’m not anywhere near Vintage Trouble.

By the way, times running out to enter to win a copy of one of my favorite books, John Dies at the End. All you have to do to enter is follow me on twitter (@alexnaderwrites) and then tweet this message: Follow @AlexNaderWrites and RT this for a chance to win A copy of John Dies at the End in paperback

 

 

T is for Tattoo #AtoZChallenge

ImageThat’s it, I’m saying this right here, right now. Tattoos are art at the very least and extremely personal portraits of someone’s own unique symbols in most cases. You can, and do, judge a book by it’s cover just as well as you can, and do, judge a person by theirs.

If you see a guy with tattoos up his neck, a swastika on his forehead, and a teardrop on his face, that’s probably not someone that’s going to leave a good first impression. You see a guy with a tattoo of a pop culture reference that you enjoy and you immediately have something to talk about. In recent memory I’ve seen two different guys with “Veritas, Requitas” tattoos and we talked about how good of a movie Boondock Saints was. Maybe you see a portrait that you can tell was an old picture, probably someone’s grand-mother or father, and you can immediately tell how close that person was with that family member. Maybe someone has a tattoo of their last name or the flag of their country, you automatically know what that person has pride in.

Tattoos are art and art inspires me. Tattoos tell a story and stories inspire me. I’ve got three, each tell a small part of my personal story. Do you have any and if you do, what do they say about your story?

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One of my wife’s tattoos. I helped design it 🙂

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A tattoo that my wife drew for a friend.

S is for Spider-Man #AtoZChallenge

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S is for Spider-Man. This is the second comic book post in the list of things that inspire my writing and it happens to be my favorite comic character ever.

I grew up on the cartoon and read a few of the comics here and there as a kid. I had more Spidey toys than I can to admit (The only toys I had equal amounts of were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. I was young and impressionable and two outta three ain’t bad so don’t judge me.).

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Image from Wikipedia page: Ultimate Spider-Man

The reason good ol’ Peter Parker is my favorite comic book hero is that he is a real person with real problems. He’s a kid that’s got to juggle school, a job (complete with an asshole boss), a girlfriend, a concerned aunt, AND fighting crime. He’s not some rich playboy out fighting bad guys cause there’s nothing cooler to do. (Stark, Wayne, I’m looking at you). He just happens to have super powers and a great sense of responsibility. Spider-Man fights bad guys because he feels he owes it to humanity to protect them.

It’s also fun and tragic watching him try to juggle all of the aspects of his life. I don’t think there was ever an extended period of time when he found a balance. Just when things start going his way, something pops up and complicates life all over again.

Spidey also has the coolest enemies of any comic character. Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Morbius, Lizard, Carnage, and the greatest comic villain of all time Venom. That’s right, I said greatest of all time. You could try to argue, but you’d be wrong. Venom is the shit. Period.

R is for Rise Against

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R is for rise against. I think they’re classified as a melodic hardcore punk band. What that translates to is a fast-playing rock band where the singer is capable of singing.

I know a bunch of my posts have been about music, but music inspires me as much or more than anything else.

Rise against have been around for a while now and one of my favorite things about the band is that every song has a point.

Whether its poverty or social inequality or poorly run government systems these guys have opinions and they’re not afraid to share them over blasting guitar riffs. To me their older music was on a more personal level while their newer stuff seems to take things to a global level. I prefer personal, but it’s all good either way.

My favorite lyrics: “We’ll get by just fine here on minimum wage. If love is a labor I’ll slave till the end”

“Lets take this one day at a time. Ill hold your hand if you hold mine. The time that we kill keeps us alive.”

Here’s a newer music video. If it doesn’t make you sad or angry you either aren’t old enough to remember Katrina or you have no soul.

Only ten days left to enter to win a copy of one of my favorite books, John Dies at the End. All you have to do to enter is follow me on twitter (@alexnaderwrites) and then tweet this message: Follow @AlexNaderWrites and RT this for a chance to win A copy of John Dies at the End in paperback

Q is for Quentin Tarantino? #AtoZChallenge

ImageOkay, I want to lead off by saying today is not my day, so this post may kind of suck. If you want to click away now I can’t blame you.

You’re still here? All right. I see how it is.

Along with the post. Q is Quentin Tarantino. He makes great movies and he was born a little ways away from where I live. Honestly I was hoping for a stronger Q, but I couldn’t think of one so Tarantino it is.

Reservoir Dogs: Pretty Good

Pulp Fiction: Classic

Four Rooms: I couldn’t get into it

From Dusk Till Dawn: As good of a vampire movie as there’s ever been

2 and 3: Not so much

Inglorious Basterds: Probably my favorite of his

That’s about it honestly. 4 pretty good movies is enough by my standards so here he is on the list. Sorry guys, that’s all I’ve got to say today.

 

P is for Psychostick #AtoZChallenge

ImageOkay, I know what you’re thinking. “Psychostick? That sounds like the name of a death metal band. How is that inspiring to an author?”

If that’s what you’re thinking, I’ll explain. If it’s not then…oh well you can’t be right all the time. I’m not a fortune teller you know.

Psychostick is a metal band although they call their genre humor-core. They play loud music with hilarious lyrics with topics ranging from being stuck working in a fast food restaurant to going to a concert to having a clingy girlfriend.

What Psychostick has taught me about writing is to never take anything too seriously. These guys are in a genre that surrounded by songs of death and dismemberment and they’re singing about tacos. No really, they have an entire album dedicated to food. If they can have fun with metal, I damn sure better be able to have fun with my writing.

Reminder, I am giving away a copy of one of my favorite books, John Dies at the End. All you have to do to enter is follow me on twitter (@alexnaderwrites) and then tweet this message: Follow @AlexNaderWrites and RT this for a chance to win A copy of John Dies at the End in paperback

Here’s a song off their newest album Space Vampires Versus Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D. And I should probably throw out a language warning, but you guys expected that right?

A is for Atmosphere

B is for Benny Imura

C is for Crow

D is for Doomtree

E is for Empathy

F is for Fight Club

G is for Game of Thrones

H is for Heart-Shaped Box

I is for Internet

J is for John Dies at the end

K is for Kids

L is for Logan and (Remy) LeBeau

M is for Muse

N is for Noir FIction

O is for On Writing