Guest Post ~ Adi’s First Trip Alone by Adi Alsaid

My sister likes to say that before I came back from my trip to Israel, she’d never heard me speak. That’s probably an exaggeration, but not an extreme one. When I boarded the plane to Israel on the eve of my eighteenth birthday, I was a shy kid, reserved, talkative only with my closest friends. My brother puts it a different way: “Before, you couldn’t decide if you cared or not. Then you decided you didn’t.” He said this when we shared an apartment in college, when I was doing things like taking spontaneous road trips to Baker, California just Read More

Guest Post ~ My Writing Process by Adi Alsaid’s

What’s my writing process? It’s easy. Like Hemingway said, I just sit at a typewriter and bleed. Except I do the modern version, which is I go to a coffee shop, open my computer, and stare. My typical writing day is broken up this way: Two to three hours of writing in the morning, usually beginning at around 10. Then a break for coaching basketball, or if school’s out I’ll go have lunch, do some reading, walk around until all the coffee I drank in the morning has settled. Then I write for another two to three hours, or until Read More

Guest Post ~ Top 5 YA Authors by Adi Alsaid

John Green Leslye Walton David Levithan Corey Whaley E. Lockhart In the few years since I began reading young adult novels, I’ve taken a shotgun-blast approach when choosing what to read next. Rather than focusing on one author’s work to fully explore, I’ve tried to get my hands on as many different ones as possible. So, though I’ve only read one or two books by some of these authors, they wrote the books I most enjoyed within the genre, and am looking forward to reading more and more of their work. Three of them I only discovered this year while Read More

Guest Post ~ Favorite Spots to Read by Adi Alsaid

  The beach– I don’t think this one requires an explanation. When I lived in Israel, I would start reading as soon as I arrived at the beach. When I started to get nice and sweaty, I’d get into the water and swim around until I was ready to go back to read. Over and over again until the sun set. Rooftops– Anywhere with a view. It makes those little breaks between chapters or at the end of a particularly good scene or even a great line so much more enjoyable. And finishing a book on a rooftop? Oh man. Read More

Guest Post ~ Songs I Couldn’t Travel Without by Adi Alsaid

This is a tough one, as I’m constantly listening to music during my travels. Lowering the windows of a car and blasting music is a crucial element to any road trip, and big headphones make staring out of a bus window feel cinematic. 5. California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade- The Decemberists URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7FVgfGtzsA 4. I Won’t Be Found- Tallest Man on Earth URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9M8yDwkuqw Estate Sale Sign- The Mountain Goats URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZiOad87Jg8 2. The Trapeze Swinger- Iron and Wine URL:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8aPyBr-_S0 1. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jtZx9LNpAY Synopsis: Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic Read More