Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 4

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Why are the hot ones always taken?

I think this chapter captures youthful angst and in particular, that notion that we can wipe out our default personalities and hold ourselves out to the world, not as the person we are but who we wish the world would see as us.  Maybe those people are one and the same, though the world often will not agree with our self-interpretations.

For example, Declan the hipster has got his hipster clothes on, his hipster music.  Everything about him is obscure and he likes it that way.

Meanwhile, Darnella is a Goth chick who has concocted a back story in which she has promised herself to a demon and thus can’t accept Declan’s offer to go get an artisanal scone.

I suppose every generation has had its posers, people who pretend to be more interesting than they are, but that trend seems to have expanded with the millennials, seeing as how everyone can now document and promote their eccentricities on social media.

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 3

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Out of all three of the initial toilet murder victims, I had the most fun writing Chad’s story.

The dude is 28, working on his tenth year of a two-year college degree.  What would have been a relatively short period of time devoted to education ended up being a decade long quest because the man (or man child) can’t stop drinking and partying and won’t focus on finishing his degree requirements.

I suppose in many ways, Chad is an avatar for any adult who refuses to put away the past, to put away childish things, who wants that youthful, carefree party lifestyle to last forever.

In reality, partying till you puke is barely a good look for the young, but you get why they do it because they’ve never had that much freedom before.  As you get older, partying till you puke becomes just plain sad.

Chad’s friends Britney and Paul get wrapped into it.  Britney is the voice of reason.  Paul must comply with his role as frat beermeister.

This chapter was hard to write.  Lots of moving parts.  On one part of the dance floor, you had the chug fest.  On the other side, you had woke lesbians Gretchen and Eleanor, dancing away to rapper Stank Daddy.

I’ve had this joke in mind a long time and have long been waiting to work it into a story somewhere.  The joke is that a rapper starts rapping about abuse to women.  Two people wonder if they should be enjoying the song because its about abusing women.  One person says no, that’s not what the song is about at all, but then it becomes increasingly clear as the rapper continues that the song is indeed about abusing women.

I love rap music.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s just the beat and the rhythm and if you replace all the naughty lyrics with talk of milk and cookies, you’d get the same vibe.  I don’t know.  Let’s try it.  Someone write and perform a rap song about milk and cookies and get back to me.

 

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 2

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As you read the nursing home scene, here is, briefly summarized, what I believe to be the great ironic tragedy of life:

  • When you are young, your life is a clean slate.  You’ve got plenty of choices to make.  Life is ahead of you, so in theory, it’s not impossible that you might become a billionaire, an astronaut, an NFL quarterback, a celebrity or what have you.  Even if you’re not bound for glory, it’s still possible you might earn a decent living and start a nice family.  There are plenty of options and the world is, more or less, willing to give you a shot (though not always and feel free to discuss that in the comments, for I also realize in many ways, your life is basically all figured out for you before you turn 18, largely based on the circumstances of your birth.)
  • Basically, when you are young, you are forced to make so many important choices about your life at a time when you know little about life or who you are as a person. You go based on what the adults tell you.  You assume it will all work out.
  • When you are older, you know more about the ins and outs of life.  You know what you did wrong.  You know what you’d do if given another chance.  But the chance won’t come now.  The world shouldn’t shut you out because you’re old but it does.
  • In short, when you’re young you’ve got the choices, but when you’re old you’ve got the knowledge of how to make good choices yet are stuck with the choices you made.

Worse, as we see with the residents of Geriatric Oaks, the mind is often willing but the flesh is weak.  Well, Mr. Bromstein and Mr. Rodriguez might have another go at life if their bodies would agree, but then again, Mr. Petersen’s mind isn’t there.

As for Mrs. Nelson, she suffers from old person mouth disease, i.e. when you reach a certain age, you lose your filter.  It’s not like you have any more job interviews coming up so you might as well be as rude as possible and who cares if that hurts your reputation?

Not saying all old people do that.  Honestly, in many ways, how you were when you were young will determine how you act when you are old.  This may not be the case always but generally, if you’re a young dick, you’ll become an old dick.  Then again, you might be a young nice person who grows old, gets jaded and then the regrets turn you into a dick.

Aging sucks, both for the old people and the young people who have to take care of them.  I’ve done more than my fair share of taking care of old people in my life and it can be sad to watch.

Moral of the story?  If you’re a young reader faced with choices, picture yourself at 40.  Will you be happy with the choices you made?

Save money.  Work hard.  Get experience.  And find someone based on moral character and similar interests and values.  That’s more positive advice than you ever thought you’d get on a blog about toilet gators.

Finally, put on your Mr. Petersen tin foil hat and tell me your favorite conspiracy theory in the comments.

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Chapter 1

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And now it begins!

I have to give it to Natalie Brock.  She has a lot of chutzpah.  If you want to make it in journalism, you have to go up against dicks like Countess Cucamonga’s manager, Irving St. John.  What a weasel.

Here, I’m also lampooning celebrities who act like they are able to change the world just because they, as a famous person, are saying something.  Is it because they care or is it because they want the exposure necessary to keep their careers going?

Well, you be the judge.  Frankly, I think the Countess makes a good argument vis a vis her butt’s ability to bring about world peace.

What do you think about the prospects of butt peace?  Discuss in the comments.

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes – Network News One – Transcript #1

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One of the characters in this book is Natalie Brock, an average looking woman trying to make it in a field filled with beautiful made for TV types.

If you’re a news junkie like me, you’ll know there’s one network that features a whole lot of blonde, ample bosomed reporter ladies.  Not that it’s easy to get on any network these days unless you look like a model, but one network in particular really went all in on this one.

No offense to the ladies on this network, but I tend to find they are all interchangeable.  I never remember their names.  I’m not sure most viewers do either.  Thus, in my mind, Network News One was born and became the network that local affiliate channel reporter Natalie is trying to break into.

You’ll notice in this transcript (actually, not yet but more so as the story moves along) that all the female reporters on this network are referred to “Hot Ass Blonde Chick with Big Titties.”

Literally.  That’s what they are called by anchorman Kurt Manley.  “For more on this story, let’s go to a hot ass blonde chick with big titties.”

That’s how they refer to themselves.  “Hello, Kurt.  A hot ass blonde chick with big titties here at the…”

That’s pretty much the joke.  There are so many hot blonde big breasted women on this channel that you get lost in all the blonde hair and big boobs and you forget their names altogether.  At least I do.  Poor Natalie. She will have her work cut out for her.

We’re introduced to Kurt Manley, who, well, is a bit of a dick.  I’ll go more into him in future notes.

We’re also introduced to Countess Cucamonga, a famous pop star known for her fabulous butt.  There was a year this decade, I want to say it might have been 2014, where there were so many butt songs.

Jason Derulo singing, “You know what to do with that big fat butt.”

Iggy and J-Lo doing their Gen-X/millennial butt duel.

Don’t even get me started on Nicki Minaj’s butt.

And more.  The butt songs have really been cranking out this decade.  So, I let Countess Cucamonga get in on the fun.

Got any questions or comments about this transcript?  Leave them in the comments.

Toilet Gator Chapter Notes

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Hey 3.5 readers (assuming my 3.5 readers from bookshelfbattle.com followed me over here.)

I’m in the final lap of getting Toilet Gator ready for self-publication.  The final draft is with my editor as we speak, and I hope to have this book out next year.

In the meantime, I’m giving my final draft one more look-over, in the hopes I might find and fix those little things that drive us writers crazy.  Truly, a scribe’s work is never done.  In fact, “last draft” might be a misnomer as I’m sure I’ll be going over the draft again and again before my editor gives me the final copy and I throw it up on Amazon.

As I check the draft, I’m going to write some notes on each chapter.  You won’t really know what these notes mean because you haven’t read the book yet.  However, when you do read the book, you’ll be able to stop by and find out what I was thinking when I wrote this book.

Then again, the book is about a murderous toilet gator who eats people on the toilet while they are pooping, so maybe you don’t want any insights as to whatever deep, dark region of my brain this idea poured out of.

 

The First Toilet Gator Blog Post Ever Written

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Hey 0.0 readers.

Your new pal, Bookshelf Q. Battler here.  If you happen upon this post, feel free to check out bookshelfbattle.com

That’s the blog I run for the purposes of entertaining 3.5 and only 3.5 readers.  Never 5.  Never 100.  3.5 and only 3.5.  If you want to become one of the 3.5, feel free to do so.

A quick explanation about what “Toilet Gator: The Blog!” is all about.  Last year, February of 2017, I began writing a book called “Toilet Gator” which, as you might have surmised, is about a toilet gator…who eats people…while they are sitting on the toilet.

You wouldn’t think a book like that would be worth much, but I felt inspired as I wrote it.  It’s got a lot of heart, there’s a genuine mystery involved, it’s funny if I do say so myself, and did I mention people are eaten on the toilet?

At any rate, “Toilet Gator” is with my editor and I hope to release it in 2019.  I’m also working on sequels as we speak.  From time to time, I’ll drop in with updates and discussions (believe it or not, a book about a toilet gator actually raises a lot of important issues.)

More to come.  Stay tuned.  Oh, and do keep your time on the toilet to a minimum, because, well, you didn’t hear it from me but…toilet gators aren’t fiction.