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A New Direction

You may have noticed a few subtle changes around The Author’s Apprentice lately. If not, I’m sure you’ll see what I’m talking about soon as the changes become less and less subtle over the next few days.  Here’s the deal: a few months ago, two of my very best friends, Adam Swensen and Adam Beckmeyer, and I decided to put our heads together and launch a collaborative blog as a way of staying close over the next semester.  They’re attending school in Washington state and Alabama respectively, so I’m thrilled to get the opportunity to interact with them so closely on this project.

We launched said project, Singular Spectrum, tonight over at http://singularspectrum.wordpress.com, and I’d encourage all of you to go check it out.  Both of the Adams are incredible guys with a lot of great things to say, and I think you’ll enjoy the unique flavor of the site (not to mention the spectacular posts we have lined up so far for our first week).  We’re going to be updating daily, each of us writing two posts a week, so be sure to check in regularly over the next few days to get a taste of the two Adams’ stellar writing.

That said, I figured that this would be the perfect opportunity to redefine the direction that I want to take with The Author’s Apprentice.  Ever since I tried PostADay the content on this blog has rapidly spiraled out of focus and into utter chaos.  As much fun as that chaos occasionally was, most of the time I found myself wondering how things had gotten so out of hand and how I could reign them back in again, and now I have the perfect chance.  So, over the next few days, I’ll be freshening up the look of the site, updating the About pages and categories and the like, and taking The Author’s Apprentice in a slightly new direction.  From here on out, most of my posts about everyday life, media reviews, or humor will go up on Singular Spectrum while The Author’s Apprentice will return to the roots of its namesake: posts about writing, story and character ideas, and ruminations about following the Author Himself and what I’ve learned from Him.

Once I have all of the changes in place, I’ll get right back to posting as soon as possible.  I’m aiming to update with my next regular post, an amazing interview that I had the privelege to conduct with my friend Tekaramity, on Wednesday evening, so don’t miss it.  Until then, show some love to the Adams over at Singular Spectrum and keep being awesome, my friends.

I’ll catch you on the (much tidier) flip side!

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Summer in Review Part 4: Wal-Mart Runs and Other Adventures

How to sum up the pure brilliance that was Summer 2011?  What was it that made every day better than the last?  Sure, the work was fun, and Chefy is the best boss a guy could ask for, but there was more to it than that.  Yes, hearing Ken Rudolph’s stellar preaching five days a week was wonderful, and so were all of the fun weekend trips, but those aren’t the memories that will stick with me longest.  No, the reason that I loved this summer so much, the reason that there will never be another summer like it, is because of all of the amazing friends who shared it with me and helped shape it into the adventure that it was – and believe me, it was an adventure.

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Summer in Review Part 3: Soundtrack of the Summer

Last night I said that the three top activities of my summer were working, sleeping, and reading, but I neglected one important detail: through almost all of those activities (even sometimes during sleeping), I was listening to some kind of music.  From the boombox at work to worship in the chapel to my own MP3 library on breaks, music was a constant part of my life, and I loved it.  The variety was huge, but there were a few songs in particular that formed the soundtrack of my summer.  Some were silly, some were sweet, some were just plain awesome, but they all played a big part in making this summer the great time that it was.

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Pathos: Adam Beckmeyer

It’s been a long time since I’ve conducted an interview with one of my friends to post on the blog, so I am thrilled to present to you a new Pathos feature with my good friend and fellow second cook Adam Beckmeyer.  He warned me when he sent me his answers that he does a lot of rambling and derailing and gave me permission to edit him, but those rabbit trails are part of what makes him who he is (and many of them are quite convicting), so I’m posting the unvarnished, uncensored interview for your enjoyment.  Good stuff after the jump!

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Weekend Geek-Out!

So many ridiculously great things happened this weekend that I don’t know where to start, so I’ll just do this thing mind-dump style!  Here we go:

– My dad and my sister Christiana came up to Lake Ann this Friday night and took my brother Jonathan and I to spend the weekend with them at my Uncle Don’s house in Traverse City.  I usually try not to miss posts on account of PostADay, but when it comes to spending time with my family nothing is allowed to get in the way, so that’s why I didn’t post on Friday or Saturday.

– At my Uncle’s house, we got to relax and laugh and play together, something I haven’t had a chance to do with Dad and Christiana for months now.  It was incredibly refreshing.  We played the Funny Paper Game and watched Robin Hood and took a guided tour of the nearby peninsula with Uncle Don.  He pointed out all of the Fudgies and how poorly they drove, and he said that Jonathan and I aren’t so much Fudgies as part-time residents.  So there you have it.  I have been officially certified a non-Fudgy by a Traverse Citizen.

– Fun fact: hippos make the sound “Meh.  Meh.  Beh.  Beh.”  Chefy will back me up on that.

– Manzana Lift is the most delicious pop in all of existence.  It’s better than Fanta Orange.  It’s better than Rock ‘n’ Rye.  It’s better than pure liquid splendor.  I learned this many years ago in Mexico, but I didn’t know until this weekend that it is finally available in a select few places in the great state of Michigan, and one of those places is twenty minutes from my house downstate.  Dad was kind enough to bring me a bottle, but now I can’t wait to go home and get some more.

– My mom sends the best care packages.  I know I already mentioned this back in the spring semester, but it’s worth repeating.  This time around, she sent me a Friendship is Magic coloring book and a shark-shaped water pistol and a giant ball full of water and glitter.  And, of course, a bunch of candy.  This time the candy was Super Mario themed, which makes it extra delicious.

– Some of the best memories of my life were created on Wal-Mart runs with Adam Beckmeyer.  We have never gone to Wal-Mart without having an insanely good time in the process.  This time, we went to buy a giant box of crayons so that I’d have the right colors for my coloring book (the box Mom sent only had one shade of purple, which is definitely a hindrance when trying to color Twilight Sparkle, who is several shades of purple).  We ended up also buying some pink shoelaces and waving at a lot of random people as we drove past them.  I think I accidentally scared one lady because she wasn’t looking at us when I yelled hello, but most of the people waved back and were very friendly.  Except for the guys in the farting truck, but they were slow drivers and they loved pollution so they didn’t count.

– I finally received my packet from Chrispy after the longest week of my life, but Adam Beckmeyer found it before I did and hid it from me.  Fortunately, he’s terrible at hiding things, so I found it and opened it immediately.  What waited for me inside was the very definition of exceedingly cute:

This is the greatest thing I've ever received by mail. End of story.

I could not have asked for a more perfect rendition of the sketch I requested, and I am still geeking out about how awesome that sketch is.  Also, you all need to go read Chrispy’s comic, Precocious, right now.  I’m not kidding.  Do it.

–  I now have about eight minutes to go to bed before I’m past curfew, so it’s time to wrap this up.  Long story short: I just had the best weekend of my life, and I’m still geeking out about it.  Life is good!  Bring on week 6 of camp!

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Coming Soon to The Author’s Apprentice

I have several interesting and substantial posts in the works right now including, but not limited to, three interviews with three exceptionally awesome people, several in-depth book reviews on books by authors such as John Green and C.S. Lewis, a long-overdue Pony Saturday post, ruminations on Lake Ann Camp’s zombie apocalypse survival readiness, and Adam Beckmeyer’s and my evil plan for world domination via literary acclaim.  Today, however, I just finished with my eighth out of nine consecutive twelve-hour workdays, and this is what I look like right now:

This is your blogger on sleep deprivation. Get your sleep, kids.

So obviously you’re not getting anything that coherent today, but stay tuned for some completely coherent and non-scarring-images-containing posts in the near future.

Much love,

– Tim

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Candid Car Ride or This Is What My Life is Like Every Day

Disclaimer: This post contains the word “transvestite”, but the individual in question is a jug of water named Drew Waters.  There was no actual dating involved.  Also, Adam Beckmeyer was driving.  I thought I should specify that in case he crashes and we all die so you know who to blame.

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