A Random List Just Because

I haven’t been around much. You must be struggling to survive without random blogs about random nothingness. Well, good news. I’m full of random nothingness right now. Here goes.

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Where Did February Go?

Somehow, it’s the last day of February, and I have no clue how this happened. I made a prediction this month would be pretty productive.

Yeah, it wasn’t.

I guess I should say, I wasn’t. It’s not February’s fault. I can’t blame it for being short. I can’t blame its confusing one-day-summer, one-day-winter weather.

I could blame Netflix. And I will. I was binge-watching Friday Night Lights and Bates Motel. It’s the whole Netflix trap, that little countdown that takes you right into the next episode. The seconds tick by and I’m trying to decide if I should go do something or watch the next episode. By the time I’ve decided, the next one has already started and it doesn’t seem right to turn it off. Netflix knows what’s up. Sly devils.

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Blog Take-Over: Tyler Edition

Hey. Tyler here. So I was asked to write a blog. Not sure what a blog is, but I’ll do my best. Thought I’d talk about my music idol, the man, Bob Dylan. The greatest songwriter of all time. No debate necessary. Dylan helped me through some trying times. His lyrics are pure poetry, man. Totally deserved that noble prize. Best way to get into Dylan for those who aren’t is to start with his more commercial songs. It seems my favorite Dylan song has already been posted, so enjoy this one instead:

Don’t know if I linked all that right. Not much into this sort of technology, online journals, or whatever this thing is. I’m on my phone a lot, but I swear I’m not on Facebook or Twitter. Not taking pictures of my lunch for some pathetic reason. And dear god, I’m not about to talk politics with strangers on a screen, you know?

Back to Dylan. I like being me. Comfortable in my own skin and all that. But if I could be another person, I’d pick Dylan. Life doesn’t get any better than sitting on the train tracks with Dylan singing in your ears. Think I’ll go do that when I’m done with this. Been a few days since I’ve been out there…

Speaking of that, find that thing, whatever it is. That thing that makes you feel alive. Makes you want to get out of bed. Find that thing and do it. Don’t let go. Screw anyone who tries to stop you. Best advice I can give you.

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Books are Annoying

This post was inspired by both #authorconfession, a Twitter hashtag game, and another of my favorite VlogBrothers videos. Let’s talk about what annoys us when it comes to books.

Here’s Hank Green ranting about books. It’s awesome and oh-so-relatable.

Books can be annoying, can’t they? But unlike Hank, I’d rather complain about the content, not the appearance.

Other than the obvious gripes about a book (it’s boring, too long, too many characters, wooden dialogue, just plain lame), I haven’t been satisfied with a book’s ending lately.

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Writing Hidden Backstory

Lately, I’ve been picking at a one page narrative about Lily’s relationship with her first boyfriend, Todd. I actually have cherishsmithauthor to thank for the idea. Thanks, Cherish!

But it’s been much harder than I expected. There’s sort of a running joke in I’m Only Me about Lily’s boyfriend being boring.

 

I’ve always had a vague idea about their relationship, but I never really thought about it in detail. I’ve had to decide on what their first date was like, and why on Earth Lily would stay with this guy for three years. Trying to write this backstory is teaching me more about Lily. Now I wish I would’ve done this a few years ago!

Maybe I’ll post part of “Lily and Todd” in the future.

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I’m Only Me Soundtrack: Track 1

I’ve shared the music I listen to while I write, but what about the music that accompanies the chapters themselves?

Whatever I write, I see in my head like a movie. I know what all my characters look and sound like, and the layouts of their apartments and town. I can see every scene as it happens.

While I was writing I’m Only Me, it got to a point where I couldn’t hear a song without being reminded of at least one character or scene. Honestly, it still happens. So I made a playlist.

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Meet Anna Grant

Meet Anna Grant, Lily’s oldest friend and the one who’s always right. She wants what’s best for Lily but has an odd way of showing it.

What do you look like?
Listen, a bob is the way to go. Mine’s brown. I’d be a lost soul without my black eyeliner. Seriously.
What do you like to wear?
Sleek and chic. Heels are an absolute must. As a realtor, I must look polished and refined. I like to wear suits. A sharp blazer with red heels? Can you say hot damn?
How do you like to socialize?
I don’t have time to socialize. Work keeps me pretty busy. I haven’t even seen my husband in three days.

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Meet Mark Peterson

Meet Mark Peterson, the man responsible for Lily’s lost job when he moves back to town and decides to give teaching a try. Needless to say, she’s not a fan.

What do you look like?
I have dark hair. My eyes are green. I need glasses to read, and I love a new suit.
What do you like to wear?
How a man dresses is how he wants to be perceived. Unless I’m ill, you’ll find me in a suit. Dressing down to me is a sweater and khakis. I love a new pair of J. Crew socks, but what man doesn’t?
How do you like to socialize?
Socializing is best over coffee or dinner. It helps ease the nerves. Of course I’m referring to the other person. I’m rarely nervous.

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