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The Best of Me: 2017 Edition

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the last few days of 2017. The weird interim between Christmas and New Years. For a lot of you, that means being off school or work. For people like me who knowingly entered into the hospitality industry, today is my Tuesday. As far as my life goes, 2017 has been a bit of a whirlwind. I picked my life up and moved entirely across the country. I published a book. I worked at six (six!) different companies. Not because I'm a flake or anything. Life just happens, okay? I started this mess of a blog that you people keep reading for some unknown reason. I also wrote two other books that are in the process of being edited.

It has been quite the year.

In celebration of me, I'm collecting some of my favorite things that I've written over the course of the year for you to peruse as you mindlessly eat gingerbread until the new year comes.

Without further ado:

The Best of Me: 2017 Edition

Burn Before Reading - So, I wrote a book technically last year, but it was published this year. In fact, January will mark the one year anniversary of putting that thing into the world. I wrote it for my sixteen-year-old self. So, here's to you, kid, I hope you're proud of me.

Thank You & I'm Sorry: The Magic of Lady Bird - It's no secret that Lady Bird has taken hold of a part of my heart. It's just one of those movies that feels so deeply personal without actually being mine at all. Somehow, it felt like I was watching a memory. This is one of those movies that I'm going to carry with me forever.

Santa Barbara, 1979 - Everything I said about Lady Bird, goes for 20th Century Women also. When I started this blog, I made the Tina Kakadelis Starter Pack as a nod to Seth Cohen from The O.C.. I have half a mind to make a new one for the new year because I can't fathom that list existing without this movie.

Nancy Wheeler is the Real Hero of Stranger Things - Nancy Wheeler deserves a monster hunting spin-off and that's all I need to say on the matter.

Barry Allen, Ross Geller, & Toxic Masculinity - One thing I learned this year is that I truly despise Friends. I'm glad I can finally feel confident in my opinion on the show. This article came after too many cups of coffee and prolonged exposure to Friends and Barry Allen. The conclusion I came to? Barry Allen is a saint and Ross Geller is truly the scum of fictional characters.

We Need to Talk About The Bold Type - One of the best shows of the year was The Bold Type. It was sweet, endearing, and passionate and everything 2017 needed. Granted, it has some kinks left to work out, but what first season show is perfect? This one got pretty close and had one of my favorite TV moments of the year.

“Yep, I’m (Still) Gay” - This year was the thirtieth anniversary of Ellen's coming out episode. I doubt I'd have this blog or have written a book without it. Thank you, Ellen.

Thoughts from a Waiting Room - This is the story of how I deeply hate music festivals, how I almost died on I-4 just outside of Orlando, and how much I miss one of my best friends, Melanie.

Pissed-Off Writer Writes About Pissed-Off “Artist” - I hit my breaking point when it came to dudes who think they can do whatever they want.

Quote of the Day: 08.25.17 Springsteen and 42 Years of Born to Run - Because I can't let a list go by without mentioning Springsteen. But, also, because I don't know the person I'd be if I didn't listen to Born to Run in my formative years.

Untitled Carly Allen 2 - So, this is one of the books that I wrote this year that is currently being edited. I don't want to give away too many spoilers or anything like that, but I do want to share a favorite quote from the book as a bit of a teaser. Look for it on Amazon around April of 2018. This is one of the truest things I've ever had one of my characters say:

“You said you wanted romance. There’s nothing romantic about Florida or Southern California.”

Untitled Carly Allen 3 - Because I am incapable of doing anything in a manner that makes sense, I wrote this book before I wrote the second one. When I wrote Burn Before Reading, I knew exactly the story I wanted to tell. I knew how this trilogy was going to start and end before I even put the first word in a Word document. Who knows when this one will come out, but I am so ineffably excited for it. It takes place a few years after college. Here's a little teaser of one of my favorite quotes from the book:

Magic. Pure electricity I remember feeling in my bones the way that old people can feel rain in their kneecaps. There is something so beautiful about the beginning of the rest of your life. All wide and sprawling and laid out for the taking. The pile of kindling just waiting for the match. Long before you know if the fire will keep you warm or burn you both to the ground.