Monthly Archives: January 2012

Creative Inspirations #5: Rockstar Game’s “L.A. Noire”

Mystery, intrigue, murder, conspiracy, gunfights, romance, and intense interrogations. These qualities are all of the amazing gifts last years hit video game L.A. Noire brought to fans when it hit shelves. Brought to gamers by Rockstar Games, the people behind the previous years Game of the Year, Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire follows in the footsteps of Cole Phelps, an L.A. Detective who rise through the ranks of the Los Angeles police department, connecting the dots on a conspiracy involving L.A.’s most notorious criminals and most famous citizens, all the while solving cases in various divisions, such as Traffic, Homicide, Vice, and Arson. 

This game utilized some of the best features of a true mystery. It had amazing character development for both the main character Cole Phelps and the people he interacted with during his investigations. It had amazing music that reflected both the era and the mood of the action around you. It showcased the amazing scenary of 1940’s L.A., with bright days and gloomy nights that reflected both the bright points of L.A. life and the dark, seedy underbelly of the city during that time. And the plot of the game continued to twist and turn as you advanced, and just when you think you’ve put all the clues together for an answer, the story throws a monkey wrench in your plans and introduces a new crime or new clue that points in a completely different direction. That is the wonder of L.A. Noire, and why this is Creative Inspiration #5. 

Creative Inspirations #4: Paranormal Activity series

The horror genre has recently been redifined in recent years, with the release of Paranormal Activity 1,2, and 3. Giving audiences scare after scare, this film series centers around one family, who is targeted by a demon who terrorizes the family. Each film so far has gone back in its timeline, showing how both sides of a family has been affected and where the haunting originated. The series is filmed as if it is a documentary, with handheld cameras and even security cameras allowing audiences a sense of realism that most horror movies fail to grasp. Forgoing horrible disfigurements or mutilations and replacing them with shadowy figures and unseen forces that pull helpless victims out of their beds, this series has given the horror genre a new level to aim for. This series has inspired me as a horror writer to be better, and has taught me that gore does not always equal scary. Sometimes, its what we don’t see that scares us the most. 

Creative Inspirations #3: Mother by Danzig

Last night, I beat one of my favorite horror video game series, FEAR 3, on the insanity difficulty. Anyone who loves games like I do will know this is the hardest difficulty there is. Anyways, after the bone chilling cinematic work and amazing story that neatly tied up the story of Alma, a demonic young girl who terrorized an entire city and brought to life nightmarish creatures to send against her enemies from beyond the grave, I was treated to the amazing rock song Mother by Danzig. This song not only fit perfectly with the eeire message and story of the FEAR series, but managed to capture both the hard rock sound and subtle creepiness of the horror genre. This song just exudes the kick-ass rock attitude, and manages to pull you in with its hard-hitting lyrics and amazing musical sound. This is the type of song that inspires me to go out and write a bad-ass novel full of scares, chills, and action. This is the type of song that drives the creative flow. That’s why Mother by Danzig is my Creative inspiration of the day. 

Creative Inspirations #2: Showtime’s Californication

The perfect blend of drama, comedy, and in-depth look into the life of a sex-addicted writer, Showtime’s Californication has been bringing fourth its unique edginess to Sunday nights. Starring David Duchovny as Hank Moody, a New York born writer who moves to Los Angeles to be closer to his ex-wife and his daughter, the show’s fifth season premiered last night, closing out Showtime’s epic Sunday nights. Watching this show, I can automatically feel my creativeness flow as I watch the characters I have come to know and love develop more. As part of the Showtime format, each character is deeply flawed, and far from perfect or even a hero. But much like Dexter Morgan or Weed’s Nancy Botwin, despite their cruel natures or life-defeating choices, fans and viewers of the show cannot help but like the driving force of Hank Moody, and hope above all that he can rise above his sex-crazed mindset in order to win his daughter’s heart and maybe even find true love again. Showtime knows how to pick them, and Californication manages to capture the rich culture of California while showcasing a great cast of character development. 

Creative Inspirations #1: Paramore’s Monster

For my first post, what inspired me to write in my new novel is Paramore’s Monster. A hit single from the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, both the song and video have become a great creative source for me in recent months. Both with a surface and beneath the surface message, this song spoke to me because it not only had a great sound and embodied the rock sound of recent years, but because it told a story all its own. Granted, the story may not be the same to everyone, but that is the mark of a truly great song. A song that truly speaks to each individual person and finds a level that they can either relate to or picture in their mind. This song told two stories: In one, it told of a person divided. A person who had a moral compass, but was plagued with a great darkness that dwelled deep within them. One day, these two halves finally collide, and an internal struggle arises, until finally, one overpowers the other, and the world goes to the victor. In the other story, it spoke on a deeper level, speaking of our insecurities and fear of the outside world overpowering us all, and the struggle that comes with making a name for ourselves. Everyone can attest to a struggle like this at some point or another in their lives, and this is something that I like to bring to my characters. The mark of a good, richly developed character is the integration of depth, and the emotional pull that each character gives off that either has the reader hating them or loving them. This is what inspired me in recent months, and the first Creative Inspiration of 2012. 

New Format for this blog

Hello everyone. I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything on this blog, but I am going to have a lot of free time to write more often, and one thing I would like to do with this blog is start a daily post called Creative Inspirations. It will detail any song, album, movie, game, show, book, person, etc; that is inspiring me that day and why. It will detail what I’m talking about, and can be from any of the above categories from either the past, present, or future. This will be in addition to my other posts, but I want to involve my readers of my novels more, and hope you will all help me welcome them, as well as spread the word on this blog and my work. Thanks, and look for the first post soon.