A love letter to Team Kilt, from Zachary

I wanted to write a post today to mark the publication of my novella, ‘Shattered’. I thought perhaps I should, I dunno, explain why I wrote the story the way I did, perhaps apologise for its brutal honesty or something.

But for now, I think, ‘Shattered’ should stand on its own. 

Yesterday, while skimming the notebook I wrote it in—making sure I’d not forgotten anything—I found a note I penned in the middle of the night on 25 July 2012, during the YA Crush tournament. I wasn’t in the best of moods that night, due to lack of sleep and some recent events, and yet I managed to scribble these halfway coherent words, which still hold true today:

Dear Team Kilt,

I’ve no funny graphics or pics of ‘me’ shirtless or in a leather jacket (or both) to share with you.

Just a few words is all.

We come from two different worlds, youse and me. Some things are the same—sports and films, for the most part.

Other differences are huge. In mine, ghosts are violet and everyone younger than me can see them. In yours, ghosts, if they exist, are fleeting glimpses of wispy white.

In your world, Flight 346 is just another routine transatlantic trip. In my world, the Twin Towers still loom over Lower Manhattan.

The tragedy here is that you’ll never be a part of my story, even though you’re a part of me.

Because if you were real, the world of my story would be better. No grey Glaswegian sky could darken my days. I’d wake in the middle of a Scottish winter night and find you there, waiting with a cupcake, a goofy video or just a ‘Hi, I’m thinking of you.’

With you in the world of my story, I’d never be alone. And then there’d be no story.

It’s through the magic of Twitter and Tumblr that we meet, befriend one another, and occasionally flirt. This, I dunno, wormhole of sorts that connects our universes has been a lifeline.

The Me who knows You is a happier, saner, whole-er Zachary than the Me who doesn’t know You.

Ach, I’m giving myself an existential headache talking like this. I guess what I’m trying to say is: Team Kilt, I may never be able to bring you to my world, to write the story of Us. But that only makes you more precious to me.

And then I must’ve finally fallen asleep, cos that’s where it ends.

Love, Zachary

Brilliant news! Jennah Scott, Team Kilt member extraordinaire (and alter ego to Jen Duffey, co-manager of the SHADE fan site, Kilt and Keeley), had her debut novel releases. It’s an adult book (as youse can probably sort out based on the cover), a contemporary romance.
From Jennah’s website:

One kiss is all it took for Alexis Catori’s world to turn upside down. One kiss with a man she thinks can help her move beyond her past.
Bo Nantan has one rule when it comes to tattooing: he refuses to ink his friends. Until Alexis asks him to do her work. Bo tries to refuse, but decides maybe there is a compromise that will work.
Together they discover their compromise is about more than just art, it’s facing the past so they can move on with the future.

Buy it now on Amazon, or visit her site for other order links.
Gaun yersel, hen! (That’s Glaswegian for, “You go, girl!”)
Posted by: Zachary

Brilliant news! Jennah Scott, Team Kilt member extraordinaire (and alter ego to Jen Duffey, co-manager of the SHADE fan site, Kilt and Keeley), had her debut novel releases. It’s an adult book (as youse can probably sort out based on the cover), a contemporary romance.

From Jennah’s website:

One kiss is all it took for Alexis Catori’s world to turn upside down. One kiss with a man she thinks can help her move beyond her past.

Bo Nantan has one rule when it comes to tattooing: he refuses to ink his friends. Until Alexis asks him to do her work. Bo tries to refuse, but decides maybe there is a compromise that will work.

Together they discover their compromise is about more than just art, it’s facing the past so they can move on with the future.

Buy it now on Amazon, or visit her site for other order links.

Gaun yersel, hen! (That’s Glaswegian for, “You go, girl!”)

Posted by: Zachary

Shards of Shattered and Untitled Brilliance

Cheers, everyone! While we were sleeping, you got Sya’s BlogINK video over 400 hits! And all we asked for was 300. We are humbled, and amazed, and more than a bit peckish.

*searches for stray crisp packets behind bookshelf, where they tend to fall, finds a half-empty one*

Hmm…

(For a review of what in God’s name I’m talking about, see yesterday’s post. Then reblog it if you can.)

Anyway, my best mate Martin and I, in accordance with the prophecies our promise to you, tweeted snippets of my novella “Shattered” and his short story “Untitled”. But it was during a lull in afternoon/evening Twitter traffic, so we’re sharing them here for posterity.

Mine:

Was it inevitable, that it’d come to this, erasing memories with a bottle? What else is inevitable?

I down the whisky in one gulp. Tastes shite.

“Naw, ya numpty, it’s a sippin’ whisky, no’ some cheap tequila. Here. Have another and do it right.”

and Martin’s:

“Ye talk so pretty,” I tell him, dropping the t’s in “pretty.” “Makes me sorta want to bite yer tongue.”

He gives me that same half-smile that says he’s more than half-amused, then offers me his arm to take. “’Mon. Before that, I’ll show you this city’s still alive.”

Note: these wee snippets are in their original form as they appear in the stories; they were abridged a bit for Twitter. Also, they took up two tweets each, since we were rewarding you for both the 300 and 400-view mark.

Oh, look! Sya’s a mere 12 views away from our next snippet! Have a look, and a like, and a comment if you will. Please.

Posted by: Zachary

[EDITED BY LOGAN TO ADD: i think when she hits 500 (in 12 views) you guys should do something REALLY special. like post a new dance video. just sayin’.]

photo source: Keetsa.com

clairehuggy:

Team Kilt at London 2012

Love this SO much. Team Kilt Forever.

Reblogged by: Zachary

YYYYEEAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
posted by: Logan
Edited by Zachary to add: “Team Kilt—better than Diced Pineapples.”

YYYYEEAAAAAAAHHHH!!!

posted by: Logan

Edited by Zachary to add: “Team Kilt—better than Diced Pineapples.”

This video reminded me of Team Kilt, and not only cos I found it on the Men In Kilts website. It’s about the power of a movement, which you certainly are.

Posted by: Zachary

OOT of the Box

Zachary: Hiya! Zach ‘n’ Logan here, for our first joint post in weeks. The Woman Upstairs has been on deadline for approximately *checks watch* forever, so the tumblr’s been a wee bit quiet.

Logan: but that’s changing NOW.

Zachary: Aye, because we have a mission.

Logan: as you may know, nominations for YA Sisterhood’s Crush Tournament open tomorrow, June 15 are now open. last year, through the magic of Team Kilt, Zach almost won the whole freaking thing, even though he started out as the LOWEST SEED.

of course, as wise man Ricky Bobby once said…

Logan: …but lots of people feel like Zach won their hearts or whatever.

Zachary: A’right, stop now.

Logan: ok. anyway, i guess we’re both eligible to be in it this year, but that’s not what this post is about. we want to make sure that the 2012 tourney is just as cool and casual and above all, FUN as it was last year.

Zachary: We asked ourselves, “What can we do? More incentives, tweets, giveaways?”

Logan: no way. soon it’d be like Christmas, all commercialized ‘n’ shit, and way more stressful than fun.

Zachary: All about living up to other people’s expectations.

Logan: we knew we had to do something DIFFERENT. think OUTSIDE the box.

Zachary: To that end, we’d like you to nominate my best mate, Martin Connelly, for the Crush Tournament.

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moving on…to a Kilt-Off!

Logan: so Zach & I thought this Book Boyfriend poll (in which he’s currently leading & I am #4) would be over today, since it’s been up for a week. 

Zachary: Alas, Facebook polls apparently go on forever. Rather like cricket.

Logan: the problem is, we said that if Zachary won and I placed in the top 5, we’d hold another Kilt Off:

the post that started it all

Z’s first response

i fired back

etc

if you’re too lazy to click, here’s a sample:

Zachary: But I can never truly win if the polls never close…

Logan: so we’re going to declare official “BORED NOW.”

Zachary: Not that we’re bored. We would just like to move on with our lives.

Logan: declare VICTORY and move on with our lives, that is.

Zachary: And because everyone on TeamKilt (which is for both of us, not only myself) has shown such tremendous support in launching us to the top of the polls…

Logan: …and we’d like to stop nagging you for votes…

Zachary: Though it’s been fun inventing clever campaign slogans for each other, like I Do Believe in Ghosts (that was mine, for Logan). 

Logan:and I got to call Zachary the Prince of Wank (and Jamie Fraser the Sultan of Spank). so that was cool.

Zachary: A bit of a low moment for me, but…em, where were we?

Logan: OH! so, if Z is ahead at midnight tonight GMT (that’s Scotland time, 5 hours ahead of our east coast), and I’m still in the top 5…

Zachary: We’ll hold that KiltOff in February, and YOU, lovely readers, will get to vote on a winner between us.

Logan: somehow. 

Zachary: Once we figure out the technicalities of the, em, technical parts.

Logan: the prize, of course, will be bragging rights, and if a Yank like me can beat a Scot like Z in a KILTOFF? dude, that would be EPIC!!!

Zachary: Won’t happen. But best of luck, anyway, mate.

Logan: Luck of the Irish IS the best of luck.

so people, if you haven’t voted for us yet (and you can vote for BOTH), please do. tell your friends and family to vote. 

FOUR HOURS TO GLORY!!!

Previous incarnation of the Kiltmobile.
Posted by: Zachary
Source: flickr 

Previous incarnation of the Kiltmobile.

Posted by: Zachary

Source: flickr 

I mentioned using the Kiltmobile to pass my opponents in the Book Boyfriend poll by Chapters Indigo (I love you, Canada!), and Logan wanted a pic. 

So here it is, mate, my Porsche 911 Turbo. Can’t show you the actual exterior for security reasons, but the bottom photo is pretty close.

Posted by: Zachary (PS: You can vote for me AND Logan, which I highly recommend.)

(photo credit: The Chicane Blog)