Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

Week Sixteen

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

This was the week that I discovered Minecraft… again. Thanks Harper. Since Minecraft is just legos for adults it is really easy to lose and hour or six in. This isn’t my first time experiencing this phenomenon, but I am having a hard time pulling myself away from it this time.

So instead of stopping I am making myself use it as a reward. If I get all of my writing, ukulele and other projects done I can work on my buildings. Right now I am making a western town in a mesa and putting some finishing touches on an underwater town.

The book I am currently reading is super enjoyable so I am taking my time and savoring the circus ness of it. Oh, it is The Night Circus, and it is everything I wanted in a book about a circus.

Everyone have a great week.

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The Bow Tie Project Week Fifteen

First Batik tie. Look how pretty it is!! When sewing it the fabric was so stiff that I almost didn’t add interfacing. But luckily I did. Apparently when batik fabrics are washed for the first time it washing away the last of the wax left over from the dying process and softens the fabric. So I dodged a bullet there.

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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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

book with a long title review


Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.


This is an amazing book. After reading Alice I wasn’t sure I was ready for another magical adventure. But this book changed everything.

One piece of advice that is given to authors all the time is to read a lot. This helps you become a better writer because it exposes you to a lot of different writing styles. The style this book is written in makes me want to write like this.

Every part of this book is well thought out and the villain has reasoning for being the villain that makes everything else in the book come into a sharper focus. I couldn’t put this book down.

The creatures and characters introduced are lovely and memorable. There is nothing I would change or even criticize. Read this book now!!

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Week Fifteen

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

This week was fun. I wrote some of the hardest things I have written. Funerals are apparently not fun to write about. It didn’t help that there was a memorial service happening at work around the same time. I was in need of chocolate.

And the worst part is that I am not finished. I am avoiding that story because I don’t want to delve back into it. Maybe this weekend I will jump in.

Another problem is that I rediscovered minecraft. It is so much fun. Digital Lego. Currently working on a underwater dome and beach town. Yay!!

Also doing a lot more research on self-care. Because, you gotta take care of yourself. And I have been a bullet journal failure this week. Sad Dylan.

But the beauty of a bullet journal is that I can start again today. I just need to do it. TODAY!!

A funny thing I have learned about ADHD meds is that they won’t make me do something I don’t want to. Instead, when I make myself do that thing I can stick with it until it is done.

Hope everyone is having a great week!!

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