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note to self: go outside

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

Beautiful People: Ben Carter

I finished typing up the last page of my hand-written novel, Reese's Pieces. So, in honor of the mostly-completed 2nd draft, I'd like to introduce you to another dearly beloved character of mine.

{Ben Carter.}

Ben Carter

Ben is the kind of guy who's very laid-back and likes to tease you about EVERY. THING. He has a quick wit, and a wonderful sense of sarcasm - though it depends on who you ask. He's the best friend to Reese's brother, Justin, and is basically her unbiological older brother, too. And to be honest, he'd probably be very mad to find out that I'm referring to him as a "beautiful person."

Also, I named my bass guitar after him. :P

Ben, meet bloggers. Bloggers, meet Ben!

What kind of music does he/she like?
Rock music, and anything with a good beat. He plays drums, so that may have something to do with it.

Does he/she like to go outside?
Yes, he likes to take walks, and occasionally play games of Frisbee and football.

Is he/she naturally curious?
Yes and no. He's kind of impartial to a lot of things, just because he doesn't really care. But if it's something he cares about, then yes, he'll want to find out more about it.

Right, or left handed?
Right-handed. :)

Favorite color?

Where is he/she from?
A small, nameless town in Colorado that does not exist. :P

Any enemies?
Nope... though he has people he gets along with better than others.

What are his/her quirks?
He has an iPhone, he likes to eat ketchup with his eggs, he doesn't like getting his haircut, and he has a weird phobia of spiders.

What kinds of things get on his/her nerves?
He really, really, really does not like banjos.

Is he/she independent, or needs others to help out?
He's definitely very independent and if you try to help him, he may or may not let you. ;)


  1. "A small, nameless town in Colorado that does not exist." LOL! That was funny. :)

    Nice to meet you, Ben! :D

  2. Eating ketchup with eggs isn't a quirk...:D

    I just finished typing one of my (many) handwritten drafts--I feel your happiness!

  3. Banjos. THAT's funny :D

    I loved it, Sky! :D


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