Advantages of being a zombie

I’m fifteen and not old enough to vote. But in honor of election day, I’m examining how to make an informed decision. One hard choice we are faced with is whether or not to become zombie.

It’s hard to be a kid in today’s society. Most days I’m trying my hardest. I think there are definite advantages to being a zombie. First, being a zombie comes with its instant group of loyal friends. No zombies think they are better than any other zombies. It’s communism in its purest form.

You don’t have to go to school or do any real work. You don’t even have to think. You just walk around with your arms extended looking for brains. So, you’re still goal oriented. I don’t know what I want to do with my life.

Have you ever gone camping? You know that feeling you get relaxing in front of the fire. How you fall into a robotic state just staring at the flames. I imagine that’ what it would feel like to be a zombie.

Of course, you always have to look at the cons. That way you can make an informed decision before becoming a zombie. There is the whole lack of humanity— if that’s a thing for you. Do zombies even love their mothers? I’m not sure. Also, there aren’t any cute zombies to date. They have got to be smelling pretty rancid. Then again, they’re dead so they don’t breathe at all.

What about the diet?

I mean, brains every night. What about pizza and hot wings and eating doughnuts? You would have to say goodbye to doughnuts. I love doughnuts.

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Maybe if you’re not a zombie you don’t have to follow a crowd of mindless idiots. You can find a few true friends instead and try a lot of new and different things like camping, thinking, and the list of limitless things only people can do. That brings me to my conclusion: There are certain advantages to being human, too.

This is Tommy Walker.

If you want to check out my crazy story, read Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced, where I learn small towns are murder.

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Being a Young Writer

DillionHello everyone!!! Welcome!!! This week I’m on writersandwallflowers.com. Thanks to the lovely R.J. Garcia for that. I’m so excited. For those of you who don’t know, I’m Dillon Walker, and for those of you who are visiting from my blog, dillonwalkerwriter.com, thanks for coming, look around, check this place out, it’s gorgeous. Anyway, today I’m talking about being a young writer, and you can trust me on this stuff because I published my first book at age nineteen and I am fully willing to admit that I made a ton of mistakes, but don’t worry, I’m gonna tell you guys my top ten pieces of advice for young writers.

#1. Learn To Manage Your Time

I get it, school is boring, but you can’t ignore it or let it pile on top of you or you’re writing habits will be impossible to maintain.

#2. Start Small

I know when you’re young your brain is filled with ideas for epics longer than Game Of Thrones, but you need to calm down. You are still at the age where your main goal should be finding your voice and honing your writing skills. So, though you should not give up on your dream to write an epic, start with things like poetry and/or short stories and take time to get to know who you are as a writer.

#3. Find Writer Friends

Writers are a strange breed of people and we often struggle to find our place in normal society. Especially when you’re young, trying to pursue something as unusual as writing can be difficult to do and trying to make friends can be really hard, mostly because people are assholes, especially high schoolers because they tend to be close minded. So, go out and find yourself some writerly type buddies either at school or online as long as it’s safe.

#4. YouTube Is Your Friend

Writing channels on YouTube are super helpful and provided me, and still, provide me with a lot of great information and advice. My personal favorite is Jenna Moreci.

#5. Do Your Research

If you plan to fully publish something be sure to do your research on marketing, publishing, and all that they entail. It is super boring at times, but it’s better to get it done earlier rather than later to avoid unwanted surprises.

#6. Be Confident

You are a writer which means you enjoy writing stories in one way or another, which is super cool. Don’t hide it or put yourself down. Be confident in yourself and own being a writer, because the more confident you are, the easier everything is.

#7. F*ck The Haters

This goes along with the previous tip, but it’s important enough for me to mention it separately. People are assholes. That’s just fact, and sometimes they’ll be assholes to you. It sucks, but that’s life. It’s okay though because if someone is mean to you, you have every right to turn around and walk away.

#8. Explore

Have you ever though of trying a different style fo writing, maybe you thought about writing a short story when you’ve only every done poetry before. Do i. Whether you end up liking it or not, exploration is a large part of the process, especially when you’re young, so just enjoy the process and try all the new stuff you want.

#9. Be Yourself

If you hide who you are in your writing (or in real life) it shows, and not in a good way. It makes your writing feel inauthentic and emotionless. You could write a story with perfect grammar and beautiful language, but if you don’t use a distinct voice, then your readers won’t be able to connect.

#10. Perfectionism Will Be The Death Of You

I’ll admit to being a major hypocrite on this one. I’m definitely a perfectionist. I like things done as perfectly as possible, but I had to learn to get over that perfectionist part of myself so I could actually write something. So, a good tip from Dillon to you is to write and ignore all the little details like grammar and word choice, then after you’re done with the story/poem/chapter, you can go through and let your perfectionism run wild and focus on all of those little details.

Okay, guys, that concludes my stay here at writers and wallflowers. Thanks so much to RJ for letting me come over and visit. If you’re interested in hearing more about this topic and are part of the amazing learning platform called SkillShare then be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming class, The Master’s Guide To Underage Publishing, it comes out on November 14th. If you want to see more from me, in general, you can head on over to my blog dillonwalkerwriter.com. If you’re a poetry fan, then be sure to check out my book, Dreams From Tea And Coffee and if you’re interested in being a beta for my awesome novel, Friends, Family, And Other Tragedies, you can contact me on any one of my social media accounts. With that being said, I’m out of here, it was lovely visiting all you guys.

Top Ten Wallflowers in YA Fiction

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The thing about wallflowers is they spend a lot of time in their head. I think because of this, they have more figured out than their peers. They’re introverts, but at the same time, they kind of want to reach out.

 

Top Ten Wallflowers From YA Books

  1. John from the Abandon series
  2. Raven Queen from Ever After High                    
  3. Nicki from Dork Diaries
  4. Cerise Hood from Ever After High
  5. Cather Avery from Fangirl
  6. Malachi from The Testing
  7. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  8. Lincoln from The 100
  9. Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  10. ilsa Herman from The Book Theif

By Karrington (Contest Winner)

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Which House Would U Be In?

I thought I’d blog about how the Hogwart’s houses are sorted by traits. HogwartsKeep in mind this is my take on things… Slytherins are usually evil. They tend to cluster toward something dark, but can be ambitious and leaders. I think of the Joker from Batman or Gru from Despicable Me. They could also be the guy that watches one to many horror movies, or the school bully.

Ravenclaws are witty, popular, and smarter than you. They like to let you know it. I think of Taylor Swift as a Ravenclaw. Luna Lovegood was too sweet and weird to fit in as a Ravenclaw and that’s why she got picked on a bit. Luna was an eccentric. It brings me to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. He could be a good eccentric Ravenclaw alumni.

Hufflepuffs are hardworking, patient, loyal and cool to hang out with. Hufflepuffs tend to get looked over and aren’t famous. I want to in Gryffindor, but might be in freakin’ Hufflepuff, if I’m really honest. No guy wants to be a Hufflepuff or a wallflower.

Gryffindors have a lot of the same traits but are brave too and are likely to have some big destiny. They are like your sports heroes or underdogs that succeed. Spiderman is a big time Gryffindor…So which house would you be in?

This is Tommy, pretending to know stuff.

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What I Think About

By Tommy, pretending to know stuff.

I was asked two long weeks ago to blog about what boys think. First, I drew a blank. Now I thought I’d give it a go.  I can’t really speak for all boys. I can tell you what I think about, not that anyone cares, except for some girl who wrote in.

My brain is a wasteland of random thoughts and useless trivia. Songs get stuck in my head a lot. I hum them and sing them around the house. Cool lines from movies vacation in my brain. I try to pepper them into conversation to sound funny now and then. I think about earning my first million bucks one day and making the world a better place. Who am I kidding? Mainly I am spending the million dollars.

Occasionally, I worry that the world will be taken over by technology. Computers will override us and set off all the nuclear bombs at the same time and destroy our tiny planet. The fact that the planet is always moving is weird for me, too.

And I worry about other things sometimes, like Trump becoming president, please, no. I am fifteen so I don’t even get a vote. Although in my class picture my hair looks like Trump’s hair, I don’t really like him. My hair is cooler now, that is off point … When I am not freaking out over having to give a speech or talking to a person of the female gender, I am really a laid back guy.

Food, sleep, girls..good.Yes, I think about girls… If a cute one talks to me or acknowledges my existence, I usually replay it in my head. And wonder if I said something wrong. Yeah, I think about girls and food a lot. I am kind of like a lion. I am not going to lie about it, I think about sleeping and food the majority of the time. I like to watch college ball. I like to down load music. I enjoy YouTube videos, one after the next. I like these things because sometimes, I like not thinking at all. Sorry you had to wait two weeks for all this amazingness.

I just want

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Tommy Pretending to Know Stuff

By Tommy

Girl thinking of guy.Hey Blog,
I wanted to blog about the pending apocalypse, and why I’m against it. Instead, I was asked to blog about how a girl knows if a guy likes her.

Well, here goes nothing—if he acts kind of freaky, or awkward around you, he probably likes you. Unless he is just, in fact awkward. Let me give examples: if he gets too shy, or turns red when you’re around, then he probably likes you. If he is really quiet, but makes a point of saying hi to you, or barely knows you but ask about your day…all these are telltale signs that a guy likes you. And does he look at you a lot? When you look back at him, does he look down or away? If yes, he is definitely into you. If a guy likes a girl, he has to get a quick look at her when he can. Then he’s embarrassed when he gets caught.

If you are already friends, the paradigm shifts a little. He will still sneak extra looks. He will also be a little more attentive to you than his other friends. In this situation he may open up to you about personal things, kind of, reveal himself to you. He will invite you to hang out all the time. If a guy really likes you then you’ll be in every spare corner of his head, and he will make time to spend with you, and text you. If he is in the friend zone, he might find an excuse to touch you. You know, the way Ron Weasley wiped toothpaste from the corner of Hermione’s mouth.

Most of the guys who are too smooth and say all the right things aren’t as in to you as they may seem. They are into girls in general and the numbers game. Does he immediately start looking or talking to another pretty girl…Again he’s probably a player.

Well…Bye for now. This is Tommy, pretending to know stuff.

Do you have something you want to hear Tommy blog about? Tell us. Come on let’s have a look at a fifteen-year old boy’s brain…scary stuff.

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