Sunday, January 8, 2012

Are you wishing your life was an Adventureland?

We are 12 mins from Midnight here in Ireland.

12 mins from the 9th of January 2012.

There's nothing specific about the 9th of January 2012, which is tomorrow except the fact that tomorrow it will be exactly one year from the day I created this blog.

But we are not there yet. And in the meantime, I can get to talk about the movie I just saw.

Adventureland. Made in 2009. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Ryan Reynolds.

A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent high school grad who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park.

But that's besides the point.

The point I want to make is how very interesting the Director and writer Greg Mottola made this movie, how this non-life of a kid waiting for his life to begin is actually a real life full of joy and sadness, deceit and hope, treason and passion.


Feeling alive.

Yet in a normal day-to-day job. Well even worse than a day-to-day job. A shitty job.
It nearly made me want to apply for a position into an adventureland park so I could feel alive, make friends, lose friends, smoke pot, fall in love, have your heart broken, get drunk and be okay.

Nearly make you want to live so you can actually have something to write about. Something unusual. Something fun.
It made me wonder one question to the writers/bloggers out there:
As a writer/blogger, what type of job have you ever felt like doing so you would get inspiration?
The jobs that you would really love to try so you would have something to talk/write about?


  1. Happy bloggy birthday. Our blogs are almost the exact same age. Mine turns one next week.

    As far as jobs to inspire writing, current job at an insurance company inspired me to write a dystopian novel about a very controlling society. But for my current manuscript, I'd probably do well to work at a grow shop or maybe a head shop. Or a high school.

  2. An easy one for me. If I had the ability, dedication, opportunity etc. etc. I would have become an astronaut. There are only fifteen men (no women) in all of history who have walked on the moon and gazed at the jewel of earth floating in a velvet-black sky. If that didn't inspire me to write nothing would1

  3. Happy Blogobirthday!

    Two jobs that I would have love to do, for me let alone book inspiration.
    a) zoologist like Jane Goodall
    b) overseas correspondant.... journalist, in other words!

  4. I love this movie! Jesse Eisenberg does such a good job in it. I've often wished I had the talent to become a National Geographic photographer--there have to be amazing stories out of that!

  5. I think I'd like to be a barista at Starbucks. Then you could observe the different types who hang out there day after day. Also, you'd get to smell coffee all day. Or I'd like to be an actress. In my current job, I sit at a desk all day. Then I sit in a desk and write at night. So, I want something where you move around. :)

  6. Wow, thanks! I really enjoyed reading your answers!
    @Shell, there's always a good point at working in a controlling environment! ;-)
    @JOD, you can completely do it! Astronaut! doable!
    @Joanna, overseas correspondent, nice but in sunny peaceful countries right?
    @Meredith, this movie was great. National geographic photographer, i would love that too!
    @Brinda, barista! i'd love that too for the smell of coffee and the leisure of observing people.