Songs I’m Binging This Week #2

“There’s A Place” All American Rejects

If I find the strength to write a post I’ve been thinking about writing, you’ll see this song again. Short version: My novel’s main character looks 98% like Tyson Ritter–but like “Dirty Little Secret” era Tyson Ritter. But then I saw this video, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I mean, it’s Tyler. He’s real, and it’s just so weird to me. Surreal, actually. The whole vibe of the song and everything. I can’t. I. can’t. The thumbnail alone. It’s too much. Gah, I’m insane. Moving on.

“This is the Time” Nothing More

This is one of the first songs I featured when I started writing music posts. I listened to this on a loop for about twenty-five minutes the other night. I think I’m so stuck on this song because it came out during a time in my life where I needed a song to cling to. My job was a nightmare, and I remember coming home and just cranking this up and forgetting how horrible my day was.

I’m still in love with this line:

We always start with good intentions but lose ourselves along the way.

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Where Author and MC Meet: Part 4

Everything happens for a reason.:

Does it though? Lily says yes. I say no.

I’m taking a different approach this time. I wanted to talk about something Lily and I don’t see eye to eye on.


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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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I’m Only Me Soundtrack: Track 2

The next song from my book’s soundtrack I’d like to spotlight is “All the Same” by Sick Puppies. This is one of the worst named bands in music history, but they make awesome music. Here’s a lyric video for the song:

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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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Bob Dylan

“Don’t like Bob Dylan, huh?” -Tyler

I was never a Bob Dylan fan.

Until I made Tyler a Bob Dylan fan.

Well, I’m not a fan, per say, but I have a newfound appreciaton for him. All because of this fictional character of mine…who was in my head all along. Yeah, explain that one. In trying to convince Lily how awesome Bob Dylan is, Tyler ended up convincing me. Sorta.

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Meet Tyler Stone

*I’m updating my character interviews. Older version below. Answers are based on pre-chapter one.

New version:

Tyler Stone is Lily’s neighbor and crush of school-girl proportions.

1. What is your age?


2. Do you have any siblings?

Think Dad had another kid, but I never met him. Or her. Don’t know. Don’t care. Live in the present. What’s done is done.

3. Are your parents alive? Are they married? Are they divorced?

Parents are alive but divorced. Haven’t seen my dad since I was 4 or 5. Try to visit Mom pretty often. Though her boyfriend’s a total douche.

4. If you were sent to a deserted island what three things would you take?

Easy. Guitar, Dylan records, record player.

5. Do you have a hidden talent?

Not that I know of. Must be so hidden, I don’t know about it either.

6. Do you have a habit you wish you could break?

Bottling things up sometimes.

7. What features do you like the most about yourself?

I try to stay positive. People gravitate towards that. Don’t take life too seriously and accept whatever’s thrown at you. That’s how I live. 

8. What feature do you dislike the most about yourself?

Not the greatest with self-expression. Probably pretty obvious at this point. That’s why I play guitar. I play what I’m feeling instead of saying it.

9. Do you have a hobby?

Playing guitar. Trespassing on train tracks. Journaling randomness. Watching Wes Anderson movies. Anything Bob Dylan–anything.

10. Do you have a guilty pleasure?

No. Embrace what you like. Who cares what people think.

11. What kind of music do you like?

Bob Dylan. And some Floyd.

12. What is your biggest pet peeve?

When people stress out over nothing. Not that nothing bothers me, but no point in worrying about things you can’t control. That’s no way to live.

13. What is your favorite food?


14. Do you have a passion and if so what?

Bob Dylan. The man is a legend.

15. Do you consider yourself and introvert or extrovert?

It’s like this. If I’m with an introvert, I’m an extrovert by comparison. And if I’m with an extrovert, I’m an introvert, you know?

16. What is your idea of a perfect day?

If I woke up, I’m breathing, I’m alive. That’s it. Every day is the perfect day if you make the most of it.

17. Who is your favorite author?

Bob Dylan. Yes, he’s an author. A poet. A brilliant one at that.

18. What would the first thing be on your bucket list?

Meet Bob Dylan.

19. If I asked you to write an entry in your journal what would it be about?

Bob Dylan.

20. Tell me something no one else knows about you?

There’s a lot no one knows about me. That’s on purpose. You won’t find me on Twitter. Don’t buy into this social media that everyone measures their self-worth with. No one cares what you ate for breakfast. No one cares that you found a cute cat video. No one cares that you just realized you need a man to complete you. Good for you but tell someone. Don’t broadcast it out to a group of strangers just to get some kind of validation. Stupid waste of time.

Questions from:

Old version:

Tyler Stone is Lily’s neighbor and object of her affection. Not a fan of pronouns.

What do you look like?
Curly hair, blue eyes. You know, the usual. Doesn’t matter.
What do you like to wear?
Converse. Lots of plaid and band shirts. Jeans. Simple.
How do you like to socialize?
Don’t like it much. But I like the other person to be comfortable and relaxed. Put some Dylan on. Does the trick.

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