Sunday, May 27, 2012

Summer Vacation

The Kind of Bike I Like

Summer vacation has long at last arrived at the House of Tystad. With it has come all of the hopes and excitement of a season almost entirely unencumbered by schedules and deadlines, to-do lists and routines. Following the traditional school schedule allows both students and adults the pleasure of casting off the shackles of a long and demanding school year and joyfully transitioning to a well-deserved break from the ordinary. Every day of summer can and should be a new adventure, so long as the sunscreen is plentiful and the bug spray is DEET-free.

The creative mind runs wild with the possibilities of what a summer day can hold. Nature enthusiasts plot their paths through the forest, sporting types pump their bike tires and arrange backyard ball games, and homeowners from coast to coast dig and mow and till until nightfall. It's nothing short of breathtaking to think of an entire country's populace coming alive under the warmth of the summer sun.

And so, in keeping with the long-standing summer tradition of all proud citizens of Los Angeles - or, in this case, proud Los Angeles expatriates - we shall vacate the House of Tystad and go to the movies. Exercising our God-given right to spend time in a darkened and air-conditioned movie theater is one that must be cherished and practiced frequently, especially during this all-too-brief season of the summer blockbuster. Matinee prices are simply Hollywood's whispered message to come early and come often.

So, out of our way, joggers. Step aside, sightseers. Our showtime draws near. And we need to get this out of the way before it's time to light the bar-b-que and contemplate which Netflix movie we'll be watching tonight. There's only so much summer, you know. And you've got to make the most of it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Free Speech, One Year Later

The House of Tystad is celebrating the one-year anniversary of this blog tonight. Like I promised, it has not been about cats, weight loss, bass fishing, or the new rules of dating. It has, however, been about dogs, creativity, important moments, and motorcycles. I've tried to touch on all the important things in life (oh yeah, I forgot food) and I've barely even started on music.

Thanks to everyone who's followed along. I appreciate your comments and it means a lot to me that you take the time to check in. Happy anniversary. Here's to many, many more.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The House of Tystad on Wattpad

Random Photo Taken in Downtown Los Angeles

Wattpad is a great site where readers and writers can share stories, poems, and other types of creative writing. Like its more formal and stuffy cousin Scribd, it has a social component. But Wattpad is more like a party that celebrates fiction. A very rowdy party.

Wattpad is the largest and most active reading and writing community on the Internet with 1.3 million users. It has more than three million stories and using the site is free. For readers on the go, Wattpad mobile applications are available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices.

I've shared some blog posts on Wattpad that have appeared previously on this blog. If you'd like to see what Wattpad looks like, here's my page: Todd R. Tystad. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The House of Tystad and Social Media

The House of Tystad will celebrate the one-year anniversary of this blog in two weeks. With well over 5,000 page views, I'd like to thank each and every reader for their time and participation. Now is the perfect time for some reflection on where we've been and where we're headed.

Projects of this sort require regular care and attention, just like other social media. I'd like to make decisions about how to best budget my time and, honestly, writing fiction is a whole lot more fun than writing about writing fiction. Blogs can fun, but I'd rather be making stuff up.

I'm currently 20% into Book 2 of the Asa Roth Series, which will be a follow-up to Blue Hill. I've also developed a concept for a follow-up to Seven Moments in Time, which will provide satisfaction to everyone who has been curious about where all of those characters ended up. It's time to kick things into high gear and I'd like for you to have a part in deciding the destination.

I'd appreciate having you weigh in on what you've enjoyed, would like to read more about, or anything else. Feel free to share your thoughts with comments here, or email me at TRTinNE (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also follow me by clicking on the following links:

Thank you for your time and your support. I truly appreciate it. Now, back to writing.