If they buy it from me, I keep the money regardless of whether or not it gets produced. Which isn't always good. If a studio options a script, they own it. So it ceases to be mine. But that's how the game works. The name escapes me, but a famous writer once said, "As a writer, you have to know when to kill the baby." That means never fall in love with your story, your characters etc. The more you care, the harder it is to change things or let them go.
Anything and everything by Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino(for the dialogue mostly), Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock and Sergio Leone'. They're all brilliant storytellers. That's essentially what writing boils down to; telling a cohesive, entertaining and gripping story.
I'm primarily a screenwriter for film and television. I've toyed with the idea of writing a novel, but that's a lot of work and I'm usually too busy. I've had a few film scripts optioned, but they almost always get stuck in development hell. Might have a TV pilot picked up in February, so fingers crossed.
The avatar is Igor from Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" Possibly the funniest movie ever made.
Have you seen Jeff Dunham perform? He has this really funny skit about NASCAR. He talks about, or rather, his puppets, about how funny it is that people enjoy watching cars making left turns 1000s of times.
Yeah it takes a while after a year of playing it gets easy :), Not as such, still practicing atm the bands all played together in front of friends, no gigs and such yet. We're not planning to with the weather and that, its hard to transport things :P