‘Suitcase’ — #Lyrics To A Pop-Rock Song

This includes a dollop of found verse from an Alexa Chung tweet.

Suitcase
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

our love is like heavy as can be
but it’s light as a feather
when we pull left it together
like a heavy suitcase

our suitcase is one of a kind
we carry it together
it’s quite sublime
suitcase, suitcase, suitcase

traveling together to a better home
our suitcase if full of memories don’t you know
you help me pull my weight
I’m not insulted
just think you’re kind

[bridge]
unpacking our dreams
I’m busting at the seams
one day we’ll sit still
never have to move again

our suitcase is one of a kind
we carry it together
it’s quite sublime
suitcase, suitcase, suitcase

our suitcase is one of a kind
we carry it together
it’s quite sublime
suitcase, suitcase, suitcase

‘On The Fence About You’ #Lyrics — Pop Rock Song Based On An Alexa Chung Tweet

I’m extremely bored and I find Alexa Chung rather witty and inspiring, so here is a song based, in part, on one of her tweets. It is — at least relative to me as I write it — 100% value free. Just feel like telling a story and I saw this phrase in one of her tweets. That’s all that’s going on.

On The Fence About You
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

we can’t seem to meet
our minds aren’t on the same street
lean in so I can feel your breath
no this is not a test
all I want to say is

I’m on the fence about you
on the fence about you
on the fence about you
on the fence about you

don’t get me started
on how this will all end
target your words all you like
bend them with your thoughts
won’t change my view

I’m on the fence about you
on the fence about you
on the fence about you
on the fence about you

[bridge]
maybe we can bridge the gap
at least I think that’s a fact
we were meant to be it seems
just be there for me
don’t be mean

don’t expect this to end well
I’m going to fall off it seems
can’t know what I can glean
you always look steamed

I’m on the fence about you
on the fence about you
on the fence about you
on the fence about you

Writing Popular Fiction In The Age Of Trump

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m writing a scifi novel and while I’m trying my best to be as middle of the road as possible, it’s quickly becoming apparent as a first time novelist that it’d difficult to ignore the political environment of my times. While this novel as always been something of a liberal’s fever dream of First Contact, I time and again I find myself drawing upon the surreal political events seemingly happening with rapid abandon around me as I write.

It goes without saying that today’s political environment produces surreal events at an alarming rate. As a would-be professional daydreamer dealing with the fantastical, you sometimes find it hard to compete. The novel I’m writing is meant to be my personal Stranger In A Stranger Land or, if you really want to push things Atlas Shrugged. The first of a proposed trilogy, it is extremely political in a way that I could say turning off a lot of conservatives if it’s not handled properly.

As such, I’ve done everything in my power to make at least one character — the female romantic lead — a sympathetic conservative figure. My goal is for her to be a mixture of Andrew Sullivan and Alexa Chung. I wanted at least one character to be “famous” at the beginning of the story and that’s what I managed to come up with.

My fear is if I’m not conscious of how my how my personal politics might come off in the context of the novel that the entire endeavor risks being written off as something of a liberal Turner Diaries. As you may recall, the Turner Diaries was, I think, written in the early 90s and it was influential in extreme Right wing circles because it was something of a Right wing political screed against the centrist politics of the day.

Regardless, my novel has nothing in come with that Turner Diaries other than it definitely expressions my personal political worldview. It takes so long to write a novel, and there’s so much work involved, that you as the author find yourself struggling with issues you never thought you’d have to face. Making sure you get a concrete political worldview in the novel without turning off 48% of your readership is tough.

But, like I said, I’m trying my best. While I’m going to try to get this novel published in the traditional manner, I’m fully prepared to self-publish if need be. I really believe in the concept and this is, by far, the farthest I’ve gotten in writing a novel to date.

Today I hope — hope — I can spend all day writing and reading. The muse is quite fickle with me and I tell myself in a really conspicuous manner I’m going to do all this writing and then turn around and do next to nothing other than listen to music and stare out into space.

V-Log: The Influence Of Alexa Chung On The Female Lead Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Inspiration has to come from somewhere, people. While my female romantic lead in this scifi novel I’m writing isn’t so much based on Alexa Chung as she is inspired by her, I thought I’d take a little bit of time to explain my thinking about the character. For what it’s worth, the character in my head is a hodgepodge of several brunettes I like, including Alexa Chung, Eve Peyser, Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole and this or that other hot chick I’ve noticed. Throw in a tone of Andrew Sullivan’s political views and you got yourself as character.

V-Log: The State Of My #Novel I’m #Writing The Morning Of August 19th, 20018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Where things stand as of right now.

V-Log: The State Of My #Novel As Of The Evening Of August 18, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

In a last ditch effort to save the novel, I’ve decided to shoehorn my personal experiences with the late Annie Shapiro into the narrative. I don’t know how successful I’m going to be in the first draft making this something that doesn’t make people groan, but we’ll see. I had to do something to make the concept accessible and throwing my relationship with Ms. Shapiro into the mix seemed the best way to do it.

I’ve also decided for kicks to loosely based the female romantic lead on a mixture of Ms. Shapiro and fashion icon Alexa Chung. It’s my story, I can do whatever the fuck I want do with it. Anyway, we’ll see how successful all of this is. I, for once, have hope.

V-Log: This Alexa Chung Thing Is Comical

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I noticed someone from D.C. of all places looked my Website, specifically my recent post mentioning Alexa Chung’s name in the title. Really? That’s just sad. Give it a break, guys. I’m harmless and you’re pretty paranoid, who ever you are. Please watch this video to allay whatever fears you may have about me.

Alexa Chung, Revisited

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m in the song lyric writing mood and so in my struggle to find song titles, I’ve found myself watching YouTube videos of Alexa Chung, hoping she’ll say something witty and pithy that would fit the bill. Several years ago I was in a weird state of mind and got a little obsessed with Alexa Chung and wrote a lot about her online, thinking I was writing in an obscure enough corner of the Web that no one would care or notice.

Boy, was I wrong.

But, anyway, I’m in no danger of that happening again for no other reason than while I find Ms. Chung gorgeous and witty, I can now look at her with clearer eyes and realize that she’s kind of vapid. And it’s quite obvious that if fate were through, some extraordinary set of circumstances, put her in any proximity to me, she would likely sick her security detail on me or walk as far the fuck away from me as possible.

She’s just not very relatable, at least to me.

At this point, like I said, her wit is the source of potential song titles. So, if you’re part of her social media team and you are reading this because I put her name in the title — chill the fuck out, people.

That’s it. That’s all that’s going on.

I’m No ‘Stan,’ I Swear: Alexa Chung, Eve Peyser & The Nature Of Celebrity Crushes

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have to be really careful about this, but I guess I just have some stuff I want to get off my chest and so I can’t help myself. If I get the sense anyone is getting the wrong idea from these videos, I will delete them. That would be ironic, of course, since all I do is talk about how much I am nervous that _any_ talking about a celebrity online will be taken the wrong way. But in this specific instance, I couldn’t help myself.

Mulling A Screenplay Subplot Involving A Character Inspired By Alexa Chung

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

In my effort to flesh out this screenplay concept I dwelling on, I am struggling to think up different ways to make the story longer. One of the ways I think I could maybe make the story longer and interesting to boot would be something like this: people from our Hero’s background pop up and cause trouble. Mid-way through the story, someone like Alexa Chung pops up after she learns our Hero had, at one point, a huge celebrity crush on her.

Hilarity ensues.

At least, that’s the general concept. It’s interesting how quickly this story is flowing after ages and ages of it not flowing at all. But I need conflict, so this I keep thinking up the weirdest reasons why there might possibly be conflict given the construct of the scenario.

The scenario I’ve come up with is a doozy. Anyway. Whatever. It doesn’t matter unless I put the work in.