Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

The Bow Tie Project Week Nine

Another week another heart bow tie!!

The other day I went without a bow tie. I was tired and just didn’t feel like wearing one. It felt super weird to be at work without one.

Coming soon: A tutorial and pattern for bow ties so you can sew along!! How exciting is that? Super exciting.

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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I am Not a Serial Killer

I am Not a Serial Killer


John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.

He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.


I am not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells was not the book I expected it to be. I knew nothing about this book other than hearing about it on writing excuses.

One of my favorite tricks that an author can do is to put something into a book that throws my expectations out the window. I went into this book thinking that it would be Dexter but with a kid.

And Dan Wells makes you think that for half the book. Then it gets crazy and the rest of the book is fantastic. There is a point in the book when I exclaimed, “Shit!” out loud, and I love having that kind of reaction.

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Week Nine

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

This week was spent worrying about my colonoscopy for nothing. They found nothing or note. I just need to avoid stress. LOL.

In that vain I am trying to get back on track. That means: More Fiction Writing and Reading. See how I used a bunch of caps. That means it is important.

It also means that I my blog posts may get shorter unless something crazy is happening. I recently made myself a schedule of my writing and if I follow it there will be so many more stories released.

So… Stay tuned for that.

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February 2017

Why does no one want this chair?


Writing has been weird this month. I am trying to finish a novella that doesn’t want to be finished. The problem is that I didn’t plan out very well and am having a problem getting to the end. I know where the end is, but I don’t know if I can get there. I am also debating just killing the whole thing and putting it in the idea recycler.

The Correspondent is going strong. I have a lot planned out and I am writing about a month ahead. Yay for being ahead.

Editing Calliope and the Living Biologic and Rio Borealis is going slow. I am not a very motivated editor and I need to spend some time focusing on them both in March.


February Books

I read fewer books, but I read longer books. Kind of. Actually only one was incredibly long, but they were all good. I am now ahead of my reading goal for the year, which means I can focus more energy on other projects and not worry about falling behind.


I am another year older now. Or at least that is what my birthday told me. One of the best parts about getting older is that your body starts to do weird things. Like pooping blood. Read all about it here. It hasn’t been horrible but my brain can’t stop assuming that it will be something horrible.


The Bow Tie Project is going great. I think I have perfected my patterns and am starting to pick up some speed while making a tie. I am working ahead so that when I lose steam I won’t run out of bow ties. It is also time to start making bow ties for other people. Here is the form if you are interested in getting one.

Harper got me a subscription to sketchbox for my birthday. This will force me to draw more and to play with other mediums besides just pencil. I also got colored leads for my Kweco lead holder so that will add some fun to my pencil drawing.

And, because I needed something else to do, I started learning to play the Ukulele. I am using Yousician to learn and having a pretty good time. My fingertips are killing me but I find the act of strumming and practicing to be very relaxing.

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