*Spoiler* “What the F*&^ Have You Done Lately?” (Warning: Cursing, Violence, and Gore in video. Rated-R)

First, I’d like to say that this is to no one in particular.  There is no intention to offend here.

For those that don’t know, there is a movie called ‘Wanted’ starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, and Morgan Freeman.  It’s about assassins and the video that is about to come up is the ending.  As stated, it has violence, gore, cursing, and it’s the ending, so it’s a spoiler.  It’s also several years old.

Now, I have a special love of this movie even though it’s over the top and occasionally a little hard to follow.  At least that’s what I’ve been told since I never had a problem with it.  Wesley (McAvoy) is a cubicle monkey without a footprint in the world.  He’s pathetic and beaten by the world.  This was my life for a time.  Miserable, lost, and placed in a box for most of the week.  When I got out of this rut, I found this movie on television and watched it long enough to realize I hated the censored version.  So, back I went into the cubicle world.

Eventually, I really started breaking and jumped into full-time writing.  This time, I intentionally watched the movie.  I didn’t know why it caught my eye.  It was that last line that part of me remembered:

‘What the fuck have you done lately?’

Sure, it’s crass and insulting, but it really helps me at times.  I get told to stop or given the odds of making a living on my books every day.  I’m aiming for something big here.  I’m not that guy who thinks being an author will be a fun hobby.  I’m the guy who looks at his books as his legacy and plans on leaving his mark.  I’m the cubicle monkey that had enough of rotting in a box. I went on about destiny yesterday and my own path is why I think the way I do about it.  You can mock me, but I do feel destined to be an author.  I just have to work my ass off to grab the dream and never let it go.  Again, that quote really drives home the fact that many people who try to stop me, haven’t done a goddamn thing beyond simple survival.  To those people, I do sincerely ask:

‘What the fuck have you done lately?’

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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28 Responses to *Spoiler* “What the F*&^ Have You Done Lately?” (Warning: Cursing, Violence, and Gore in video. Rated-R)

  1. Saunved says:

    I admire you for your determination and courage and the power you hold in your writing. Go ahead and grab the world! (y)


  2. AR Neal says:

    Enjoyed that film, especially the slo-mo “I’mmmmm sooorrrrryyy” scenes LOL.
    But really, amen–if it is your calling, do it you must (she says, channeling Yoda). I am not sure if it is my destiny to be a full-time writer, but I am willing to see where I will be led. Glad you are too!


    • Me too. It’s all I can think about most days, so that has to mean something.


      • AR Neal says:

        Exactly! I write every day. I can’t imagine not doing it. However, as the primary wage-earner, I would need a fantabulous contract and/or over the top royalties to claim it full-time. Special needs adult son and a husband retired due to health requires medical insurance, which at present requires an outside job. I enjoy work, but I certainly enjoy writing more 🙂


      • I did this because my wife was finding it easier to get work than me. I figured if I wasn’t getting a job that could even pay half the bills then I might as well put my energy into the big dream.


      • AR Neal says:

        Yes! Don’t lose the dream.


  3. I say this to myself every day. I think it is healthy. I just have to make sure my out loud voice is not turned on when I am out and have the thought.


  4. sknicholls says:

    I am like John in that i ask myself this every day. it is part of my motivational routine. I have been spending a lot of time reading. I am still on chapter four of my next novel because I spend so much time reading and blogging. I am getting a wee tad better at multi-tasking, but I have a ways to go. Right now, I need to get the laundry in the dryer, mop the kitchen floor, answer my email and write a book HA!


    • My multi-tasking has bombed recently. At least for this week. I have a book that I promised to read and I haven’t gotten any further, which I feel bad about. I’ll probably have to wait until August when I’m done writing my book. I have outlines to do and so much, but that book takes everything I have these days. I feel old . . . but I’m doing something.


  5. J.A. Romano says:

    I normally hate asking myself that question because I’m normally doing nothing except watch movies. (Especially since I’m technically on vacation.) But, there are times when if I think I’ve been a little too lazy, I ask myself that question and kick myself into overdrive. I remember the most productive result was when I wrote 5k in an entirely new story simply because of that question. xD

    Love this movie, actually. It’s over-the-top in a very good way, and it balances itself from being too ridiculous. (At least, in my opinion.) Cool post.


    • It did a nice job balancing. I need to hold onto this question though. I’ve let myself ride a wave without much else, so I think part of my superhuman drive has vanished. I’ve always been a tenacious little bastard and I think I’ve softened.


  6. keladelaide says:

    I only saw this recently. That film is seriously f*#@ed up but I understand your reasoning for choosing it to relay your point.


  7. JS Riddle says:

    You’ve got more spirit than me some days 🙂 And I loved the movie quite enough to burn it….ahem, own it I meant. I love the ending especially.


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