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

A is for Atmosphere

Okay, so I hope I’m not too late for this thing. Brief intro: I am a rather new author and I’m going to use this list to show what’s inspired me. Done.

Day one: A is for Atmosphere. No, not all that air and gas and stuff. I’m talking about the hip-hop duo Atmosphere. Hip-hop isn’t for everyone and it’s honestly not even my favorite genre, but the ability they have to put a story into a song amazes me.

On the album “When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold” every single track is a story of new characters and almost every one of them is heartbreaking. The amount of emotion that they can pack into three minutes is something that I am envious of. I swear they pack more into a song than I do a 70,000 word novel. (I really, probably shouldn’t admit that…)

That’s all till tomorrow.