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I've tried writing the caption to this photo about half a dozen times because I long to be understood; misinterpretation scares me. I'm at a constant paradox between feeling that my time is running out and that life is very long. There's a million miles between the day I first felt the spark to tell my story, Thunder Road/Some Place Better Than Here, and today, yet I feel just as young and idealistic as ever. But how long can one man live with a single dream before he succumbs to insanity? Maybe I'm already there, who knows. But what I do know is that #SPBTH will be published by #FriesenPress this upcoming summer, and I will get to see and feel a physical incarnation of my imagination. It's not a million-dollars, but to me it's just as rewarding. The publisher asked for my "authors headshot", so I contacted the only man for the job, @dimoraphoto , and told him I wanted to reinterpret the classic, tried and true, #blackandwhite , hand-on-chin, portrait. There's a few others in the series, ones where I look a little happier, but there's a certain intensity this particular photo captures. And that's the intensity it takes to push through the doubts and fears and challenges of living, all while never losing hope on fulfilling your single, beloved, Dream.

I am ecstatic that my friend @landenwakil finally published his book!!! Thank you so much for this! I am so proud! #SomePlaceBetterThanHere #SPBTH @friesenpress ❀️#author #published #pleaseignoremychippednailpolish

Always photogenic, not always photo-cooperative πŸ•
#ShibaInu #Sheba .
Ps. After wrestling with Shebs for two hours at 1am, I finally got her to accept her ear drops and she's feeling much, much better πŸ˜ƒ #HappyPuppy #HealthyPuppy ---
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randoms: "Fabio! Your hair! Your HAIR! What's the secret??" πŸ‘…
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I'm coming upon an era of change.
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With the release of "Some Place Better Than Here" right around the corner, I'm going to have to learn how to say goodbye to many things that were very important to me. The memories I held onto when I needed to dig deep inside my soul to find the words to make sense of them, being the most important of them all. .
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Along the way, I have lost some very dear old friends, and also made some very dear new ones (Sheba, for example). But SPBTH honours, and fictitiously tells the heavily rendered version of the stories of those I loved dearly. Somehow, everyone I met along the way will be able to find a piece of themselves within the characters and world I wrote about. .
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For all of my life, I aspired for more. My drive and motivation always stemmed from the pursuit of a better life, leading me down roads that I believed would take me there. That 'Some Place Better Than Here' (Yeah, yeah, leave me alone πŸ˜’).
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But, yet, here I am, terrified regarding what that change will bring. Is it a fear of failure? I don't really know. I don't have any answers, only questions. .
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But, all things pass. And in the space of that passing, all things resume. So this era of change will come and go, and I'll collect new memories while never forgetting the old ones. The real trial will be holding on to who I am. But, at 23 and more ready than ever, I think I'll be just fine. .
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#deep #spiritual #torontophotographer #toronto #shadows #canonpowershot #writer #author #novel #youngadult #yafiction #librarian #comingsoon #fearoffailure #motivation #maybe #not #really #newyork #newjersey #spbth #gilmorepark #losangeles #tokyo #americanvintage #allblackeverything

"Those musicians, those artists, those poets, they were the ones, who, through their music and their words, had taught me how to live and how to feel. They were all outsiders, all a little strange; they'd all been scoffed at and ridiculed on their way to reaching their dreams. Their stories, through song or biography, gave me hope. Now they were all dead."
- Danny, Some Place Better Than Here.
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Much to my benefit and grave misfortune, most of my life has been a struggle of straddling reality and fantasy. When I watched the Elvis '68 Comeback Special, grazed the cover of Born To Run, or saw how Brando leaned against his Triumph in The Wild One (all of my leather jacket-clad heroes), I didn't just idolize them, I wanted to BE them. βž–
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Now, I don't role play as often, (I still catch myself slipping into a character now and then) but in writing Some Place Better Than Here, I channeled my adolescent imaginings and performed alchemy in the sense that I took all the movies, lyrics, and books that inspired me, shaped the way I saw the world, dictated how I allowed an endless summer night to unfold, and created MY perfect story. The quintessential, modern-day American fairytale. It is the song that has been sung by all of my icons before, and I wanted my turn to contribute a verse. I hope they're proud. And if they're not, well, at least I arrived to do my work wearing the uniform.
#leatherjacket .
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#author #youngadult #yafiction #youngadultbooks #newadult #spbth #comingsoon #americana #vintage #americanvintage #leather #lighting #toronto #newyork #newjersey #tokyo #rocknroll #brucespringsteen #marlonbrando #elvispresley

"Most boys will grow up to be men who will only ever set their sights on the pavement that leads them to their mothers house, the church hall on their wedding day, through the factory gates, only to U-turn back around and hitch the only free ride life ever gives you; to the grave."
- Danny, Some Place Better Than Here
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#bokeh #newyork #torontophotography #fiction #comingsoon #author #leatherjacket #greaser #photography #youngadult #yafiction #marlonbrando #american #moto #longhairman #instagood #losangeles #books #spbth #canonpowershot

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#TBT to @landenwakil at his launch event for #SPBTH. β€œSome Place Better Than Here” is available across Canada. Get your copy via link in his bio!
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#SPBTH #novel #book #author #landenwakil #writer #booklaunch #fiction #teennovel #event #nightowl #booksigning #indigo #toronto

Canadian author, @landenwakil, at his book launch event earlier this month. β€œSome Place Better” is now available across Canada. Link in his insta bio.
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#author #tbt #canadian #stcatharines #novel #book #teennovel #YA #launch #debut #release #indigo #LandenWakil #SPBTH #nostalgic #rocknroll #writer #youngauthor #NationalNovelWritingMonth

@clairemortifee and friend at the launch of @landenwakilβ€˜s #SPBTH launch in late October. Catch Claire out at various @indieweek events this week.
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#beindie #singer #songwriter #music #performer

β€œThat was to be the endless cycle of my life. The wheel of fate that would forever spin until I am old and die. And such as it were to be with everyone else I knew. Nothing but the places, the faces, and the reasons would ever change; the causes and results would relentlessly remain the same.”
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- Mary, #SomePlaceBetterThanHere
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Photograph by: @mallorymturner
#spbth #author #losangelesphotography #losangelesphotographer #toronto #torontoauthor #canadianauthor #americanauthor #newadult #youngadult #quotes #teenquotes #literaryquotes #sunlight #trendy #novel #availablenow 😁

I am ecstatic that my friend @landenwakil finally published his book!!! Thank you so much for this! I am so proud! #SomePlaceBetterThanHere #SPBTH @friesenpress ❀️#author #published #pleaseignoremychippednailpolish

Want to thank everybody who made it out to the media launch πŸš€ for #SomePlaceBetterThanHere ‼️
You all know who you are πŸ™πŸΌ
βœ–οΈ it’s scary and exciting, and thrilling as HELL that I have now finally shared this book I’ve been working so long and hard on with the world 🌎 sincerely hope that you all are enjoying the read, and incase you have yet to get your hands on it, please go to https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000042147160/Landen-Wakil-Some-Place-Better-Than-Here
And order your copy today!
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#author #me #smiling #happy #toronto #torontoauthor #canadianauthor #youngauthor #yaauthor #youngadult #teenbooks #teenauthors (actually in my 20’s #novel #spbth #torontophotos #premiere #booklaunch #medialaunch

Check out @landenwakil today at @IndigoBayBloor as he launches his debut novel β€œSome Place Better Than Here.” Come get your book signed between 1pm - 4pm!
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#author #novel #book #launch #talent #staytuned #writer #booksigning #someplacebetterthanhere
#landenwakil
#SPBTH

#StayTuned as young author, @landenwakil, debuts his novel at a private book launch event tomorrow night
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#SomePlaceBetterThanHere #author #landenwakil #SPBTH #reading #writer #book #novel #teennovel #booklaunch #event #toronto #nightowl

βœ–οΈ
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I'm coming upon an era of change.
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With the release of "Some Place Better Than Here" right around the corner, I'm going to have to learn how to say goodbye to many things that were very important to me. The memories I held onto when I needed to dig deep inside my soul to find the words to make sense of them, being the most important of them all. .
.
Along the way, I have lost some very dear old friends, and also made some very dear new ones (Sheba, for example). But SPBTH honours, and fictitiously tells the heavily rendered version of the stories of those I loved dearly. Somehow, everyone I met along the way will be able to find a piece of themselves within the characters and world I wrote about. .
.
For all of my life, I aspired for more. My drive and motivation always stemmed from the pursuit of a better life, leading me down roads that I believed would take me there. That 'Some Place Better Than Here' (Yeah, yeah, leave me alone πŸ˜’).
.
.
But, yet, here I am, terrified regarding what that change will bring. Is it a fear of failure? I don't really know. I don't have any answers, only questions. .
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But, all things pass. And in the space of that passing, all things resume. So this era of change will come and go, and I'll collect new memories while never forgetting the old ones. The real trial will be holding on to who I am. But, at 23 and more ready than ever, I think I'll be just fine. .
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#deep #spiritual #torontophotographer #toronto #shadows #canonpowershot #writer #author #novel #youngadult #yafiction #librarian #comingsoon #fearoffailure #motivation #maybe #not #really #newyork #newjersey #spbth #gilmorepark #losangeles #tokyo #americanvintage #allblackeverything

βœ–οΈT-T-T-TOUCH me (or myself) babe / Can't you see that I am not (very) AFRAID βœ–οΈ
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(#TheDoors lyrics for my musically unintelligent friends)
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#jeanjacket #torontophotographer #grunge #hair #toronto #kingwest #author #spbth #youngadult #newadult #youngadultbooks #comingsoon #guyswithlonghair #quotes @celinekir

"What? Stuck in the nineties? What do you mean 'stuck in the nineties'?"
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"Homeboy, chill. I'm kidding. You see? It's a joke. Your jean jacket is just fine, sweetie."
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- Danny / Mary, Some Place Better Than Here .
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#jeanjacket #jean #toronto #torontophotography #torontophotographer @celinekir #author #youngadult #quote #yafiction #youngadultbooks #newadultbooks #newyork #newjersey #americanvintage #spbth #guyswithlonghair #nineties

"Those musicians, those artists, those poets, they were the ones, who, through their music and their words, had taught me how to live and how to feel. They were all outsiders, all a little strange; they'd all been scoffed at and ridiculed on their way to reaching their dreams. Their stories, through song or biography, gave me hope. Now they were all dead."
- Danny, Some Place Better Than Here.
βœ–οΈ
βœ–οΈ
βœ–οΈ
Much to my benefit and grave misfortune, most of my life has been a struggle of straddling reality and fantasy. When I watched the Elvis '68 Comeback Special, grazed the cover of Born To Run, or saw how Brando leaned against his Triumph in The Wild One (all of my leather jacket-clad heroes), I didn't just idolize them, I wanted to BE them. βž–
βž–
βž–
Now, I don't role play as often, (I still catch myself slipping into a character now and then) but in writing Some Place Better Than Here, I channeled my adolescent imaginings and performed alchemy in the sense that I took all the movies, lyrics, and books that inspired me, shaped the way I saw the world, dictated how I allowed an endless summer night to unfold, and created MY perfect story. The quintessential, modern-day American fairytale. It is the song that has been sung by all of my icons before, and I wanted my turn to contribute a verse. I hope they're proud. And if they're not, well, at least I arrived to do my work wearing the uniform.
#leatherjacket .
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#author #youngadult #yafiction #youngadultbooks #newadult #spbth #comingsoon #americana #vintage #americanvintage #leather #lighting #toronto #newyork #newjersey #tokyo #rocknroll #brucespringsteen #marlonbrando #elvispresley

I want to see it painted,
Painted,
Painted,
Painted,
Black,

Yeah.
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#tiff17 #toronto #tiff #photography #torontophotography #newyork #newjersey #author #youngadult #yafiction #spbth #therollingstones #vintage #americanvintage #britishinvasion #rock #grunge #longhair

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This is going to be a very personal post.
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....... Just recently, someone that I shared what I valued to be one of my most sacred bonds with hurt me in an unimaginable way. The action this individual committed is far from catastrophic, but the emotional wound left a gash in my spirit. βž–
The absolute bafflement I experienced wholly eclipsed any other emotion I could have felt. Solely because I was so stupefied someone could be so insensitive, so apathetic. But perhaps that's a result of my own naivety.
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There are wicked forces at work in this world. And they conspire under the guise of greed, jealousy, egotism, selfishness, and other agents of the same kind. βž–
Given how far mankind has evolved, how enlightened our collective human consciousness is, we can contextualize our actions in the form of empathy - our greatest evolutionary gift. We can understand the affect our actions have on others. Given our intellectual privilege over our kin in the animal kingdom that still rely on survival instincts, we have a responsibility to one another in our human family. βž–
And that responsibility is treating each other with mutual respect. Understanding that your human brothers and sisters all have complicated emotions, they are all struggling. And if you are someone in a position to be kind, to be empathetic to the hidden strifes someone may be facing, well then you just gotta fucking seize that responsibility. It's the trade off for our standing propitiousness. We have dominance over how we choose to treat others. And be very careful in which you choose, because as we all know, these things have a way of coming back around.
#photography #emotional #prose #writer #youngadult #bokeh #canonpowershot #vscocam #toronto #torontophotography #newjersey #newyork #tokyo #japan #japanese #americana #author #spbth #sunset #jean #library #librarian #follow

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