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I went out for a little GNO last night and I feel the strong urge to declare the following publicly and emphatically:
I am NOT Ashley Barrett.
P.S. YES, I'm totally sure. I made her up. That's how I know she's not me.
Now that close friends are finishing the book, I'm hearing the following things constantly:
1. I stayed up really late to finish it. Thanks a lot. (You're welcome.)
2. I really need to make that grilled sandwich. (Yes, you do. It's as good as it sounds.)
3. Ashley sounds just like you.
Well, yes. She does. She sounds just like me. But she is the main character least like me of the four I've written. Trust me. I know Ashley and I know me. I'm telling you the truth. I really am an expert on this particular subject.
It's kind of funny, to be honest. I'm having to cope with the author reality of people trying to find pieces of me in my book. It's unnerving and slightly uncomfortable but totally fair. However, Ashley STILL isn't me.
For those of you who have or will read The List, let me give you what a video gamer would call an Easter Egg. Kind of. I'm going to post Ashley's list that started herwhole mess and tell you what she has in common with me and what has nothing to do with me.
Climb a mountain(ZERO interest in doing this. None. Never done it, never will. Unless it will bring world peace, but I'd need that in writing.) See a show on Broadway(Me, and a lot of people. Love it. On my personal bucket list. Did it. Doing it again this summer.)
- Sing karaoke (Her fear of doing this something I totally share.)
- Read all the standard works (I did this as a teenager. This is just something I could see someone putting on a list of this kind.)
- Get a master’s degree (Maybe someday. I'm indifferent. This is an Ashley thing.)
Study abroad(It would have been fun, but it's not a huge regret. This is an Ashley thing.)
- Serve a mission (An Ashley thing, and a lot of people.)
- Learn to make sushi (I HATE sushi.)
Own a pair of Laboutins(Couldn't give a . . . fig. I think $700 shoes are stupid. And no, i don't care if that just offended you.)
- Complete a triathlon (Absolutely not me, but it's a lot of other people. File under the climb a mountain thing. No way.)
Snowboard on a black diamond trail(Nope. I had try snowboarding on my personal list and I did it. But this had more to do with something I thought someone from Utah might want to take a stab at.) Read a Russian classic(On my list. Struggled through a third of The Brothers Karamazov a couple of years ago and decided that I'll just have to die with this undone.)
- Learn to surf (Nope. It's fun to watch. Part of me thinks it would be fun but part of me instinctively understands that I won't even get close enough to getting it right to enjoy it in the least. Also, I'm a bad swimmer.)
Visit Europe(Definitely on my list, and a lot of people's, and it's done.) Do a humanitarian project(Yep. This one I have in common with her, too. I totally want to serve a humanitarian mission with Kenny when we retire. And by we, I mean he.) Get a sports car(Nope. I rock a minivan and I like it.)
- Have a summer fling (Uh . . . no. I never put that on my list. NEVER.)
Take a cruise(Yep. Did that. I think most people would want to do that.)
- Skydive (HECK, NO! NO to this more than mountain climbing and triathlon running combined. NO.)
Learn a foreign language(Maybe. I guess I'd like to learn. Not a big deal but it would be fun.) Publish a poem(Nope. Maybe when I was 18. Yeah, that's actually more the case. This is one of the things 18-year-old Ashley and 18-year-old Melanie have in common.)
- Learn to play guitar (Not really. I'd like to magically know how to do this, but I don't really want to, you know, learn.)
- Be a movie extra (Yeah, I've thought about it. I'll never get around to it, but the idea is fun.)
- Try internet dating (Um, duh.)
Learn to tango(Yeah, me. It looks fun.)
So while there's definitely some overlap between me and Ashley, most of these things are items I would bet a lot of people have on their "bucket lists". So let me restate for the record, and I have a feeling this won't be the last time I do, Ashley Barrett is NOT me. She's cool. But she's not me.
There you have it. You can go read in peace now.