Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

I Was Here

I Was Here cover

Synopsis

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

Review

This is my first YA genre free book of the year and it was a doozy. I think deep down inside I am a teenaged girl because I love these books. The problem I find is that some of them are produced with little research or care, which as an adult I have a hard time looking past. Not so with this book.

When I first started this book I was coming off a sci-fi/fantasy binge, which meant that I was nervous to come back to the real world. This book touched on a subject matter that is hard and opened my eyes to a world I didn’t realize existed.

Kids: Remember that the internet is a dark place.

I will admit that there were times when I wanted to yell at Cody for making bad choices. But I would remind myself that she was a teenager and maybe wasn’t going to think things through. This was the first book of the year that made me think after I finished reading it.

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Week Eight

Week Eight - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

What a year!!

I mean that. This has been quite a year so far. Horrible things are happening and the only positive is that it is bringing people together to fight against the evil. So… YAY!!

But instead of complaining about all of that let’s talk Ukuleles. Ukuleles are awesome and amazing and quite possibly my favorite things ever. (read this in your best ADHD voice). This means that either I will become half-way decent or I will get bored. Right now I think about it all the time.

I am lucky because my mom had a ukulele that she wasn’t playing that she let me borrow. I realized, when she just happened to have one for me to use, that my mom is a musical person. Not a person that breaks into song, but a person that need music in her life.

When I was taking piano lessons as a kid, so was my mom. She has been in various choirs for most of my life and currently has a grand piano in the living room where she practices classical music. She is kind of a badass.

Which makes in unsurprising how much I love music. I love singing, though I am not very good, and I can still play the piano, though my memory of the songs I knew is shrinking with each year that passes. The ukulele seems to fit in with my idea of what is awesome.

It is little, fun, and makes noise. Almost every thing I love fits into at least one if not two of those categories. Cats: Small and Fun. Video Games: Small, fun, and loud. The list goes on and on.

Now I just need to perfect my awesome Uke skills and somehow add that into my juggling show. Maybe I can learn how to play calliope music on it or something. Who knows?

Have a good week everyone.

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The Bow Tie Project Week Seven

Bow Ties are Awesome!!

That is all you need to know.

Sewing bow ties has become easier as the weeks have progressed, and I am finding little tricks on making them look better when finished.

Also, I may have purchased too much Valentines day fabric, so we may have a couple weeks of heart bow ties. This is the first and is my favorite of the v-day fabrics.

I like the subtle lacy hearts and the nice neutral color. This is a heart bow tie that you can wear year round. Of course whether I should wear something or not has never stopped me before.

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.

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Lock In

Lock In Cover

Synopsis

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

Review

I love John Scalzi. He sucked me back into science fiction with Old Man’s War and his books continue to be enjoyable to read. This book is a great alternate future book, though as I write that it doesn’t seem correct.

As I read this book I kept drawing parallels to some of the equality issues that have taken up so much of the world now. The main character is caught between policing her own people and those that are different.

And like all Scalzi’s books he provides you with amazing technology, but doesn’t spend all of his time explaining it. I never like it when the author is so in love with the awesome tech in the world that the story gets bogged down.

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