I went to a concert Saturday night at a college campus a couple of hours away from where I live. An outside concert. It was freezing. We ate chili.
Did y’all get what I said though? I was at a college campus. College campus. This might be a little bit overwhelming for you to grasp, but I haven’t been to a college (that I can recall) since my oldest sister went to one when I was just a little mini-me and I visited her. We are talking almost a decade and a half ago. Saturday night was a weird experience. Granted, we were outside the whole time, but still…
Now I’m going to be nice to y’all and give you a simple list of (some of) my thoughts during the concert:
1. Oh, this is going to be a great experience. I can use it in a book someday.
2. Wait, is this what people my age are doing during their free time? If I ever write a NA (new adult) book I’m going to have to do a lot of research.
3. This music is nice, although a tad bit loud. Let’s see how I would describe it if a character went to a concert…
4. Shining eyes. With it being dark and the light from the stage reflecting in everyone’s eyes, they totally look like they’re shinning. Very nice, very nice. What words would I use…?
5. WAIT A SECOND! I’M SURROUNDED BY A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE MY AGE!!!
6. Ok, ok, calm down. These people are my age. If I had decided to go to college, I could probably be in a setting like this one right now. I mean, long-term, not just for the evening.
7. I know people who’ve gone to college and yet weren’t even sure what they wanted to do with their lives. What would it be like not to know what you wanted to do? How many of these people know what they want to do?
8. Is life unfair because I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid?
9. *looking at a guy next to us* He looks like he’d make a good character. I wonder if there’s any way to get a picture of him without being obvious? Since I’d have to use flash, probably not.
10. This music is good and I’m not even cold, it’s nice that I have two sweatshirts, leggings, two pairs of socks and a wool blanket on.
11. It’s too cold to clap much, so I hope the people on stage know how much we appreciate them. I know it’s hard for performers when they aren’t getting much feedback from their audience. Wait a second, how in the world are they singing in this weather?
12. Yes, if I ever write a NA book, I’ll have to include a cold concert in it. Or wait, I could have one in the sequel to Where Dandelions Grow if I ever get around to writing it.
13. Where Dandelions Grow, why didn’t I think of that before? It takes place in a town with a small college. Cool.
14. Oh wait, don’t most people come to concerts to take a break from work? How come when I come to a concert all I can think of is work? I’m enjoying thinking about work though, so that’s a huge plus.
And that, my friends, is how I think. I’ve discovered I don’t think I ever turn off the writer inside me, but that’s fine. What about you? If you were at a concert, what would you want to be thinking about?