Adi Alsaid, author of the upcoming contemporary YA novel Let’s Get Lost, is touring the web with ‘’Seize the Tuesday” posts to celebrate the publication of his novel which will be released one week from today! Each piece focuses on a different, fun example of how Adi was able to “Seize the Tuesday” in his own life and how that can inspire others to make a change in their lives too! Seize the Tuesday not only gives readers a glimpse into Adi’s life, but also introduces readers to one of the key themes in Let’s Get Lost of “seizing the Tuesday” – of seizing a moment that can change your life forever.
ABOUT Let’s Get Lost:
Five strangers. Countless adventures.One epic way to get lost.
Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.
There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.
Seize the Tuesday: Giving Music Away on Valentine’s Day
By Adi Alsaid
In my college days, I founded a group called SASS- Students for the Advancement of SillinesS (Calvin and Hobbes fans might catch the reference to GIRLS) in order to indulge my weird little impulses. Organizing scavenger hunts, drawing on the sidewalks of UNLV with chalk, hiding bubble-blowers all over campus; the student organization was a front for my desire to do things others might consider odd, but which I believed would bring people closer together.
When I moved to Monterey, CA, those impulses did not go away. I’d been in town for less than a month, and for the first couple of weeks before I made friends, music kept me company. The All Songs Considered podcast in particular. After listening to their Valentine’s Day special, I got an idea.
I was going to give strangers music.
On Valentine’s Day I drove to an outdoor mall with a friend, a poster, and four different stacks of burned CDs. Each stack represented a different playlist I’d created to match the possible moods people might be feeling during the holiday. Lovin’ love for the happy; Dumped! for those seething from a break up; Brooding Romance for those who felt like wallowing in longing; And Sexy Time needs no explanation.
We set up shop by a fountain, held up the poster which announced our purpose, and waited for people to look in our direction. It was a weird thing to do, but I loved every minute of it. Trying to guess which playlist people would go for, or which would run out first (Dumped!). Imagining people falling in love with the music I chose for them. The looks I got, appreciative or confused.
The stacks of CDs were not so big, since I was a recent college grad and an unpublished writer who hadn’t even really written anything yet. So the whole thing took about twenty minutes or so, but it’s stayed with me for years. Partially because it was simply fun, but mostly because it was an impulse indulged in, a day seized.
ABOUT Adi Alsaid:
Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so
it’s no surprise that after graduating he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He’s now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he has lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him that more places will eventually be added to the
Visit Adi online at http://www.somewhereoverthesun.com/
Seizing the moment seems to be the thing to do this summer. Or at least it has been for me. I love when moments are so big that you can’t help but seize them. The last time I seized the moment was a few months ago when I decided to take on an opportunity to write for a big publication. I was scared and slightly intimidated at first, but I’m happy that I didn’t let that opportunity pass me by.
To help encourage you to seize the moment, we’re giving away a copy of Adi Alsaid’s new book, Let’s Get Lost to one lucky reader.
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