Month: June 2017

Immigrants: We Get the Job Done

Do you have six minutes today where you are not doing anything? Of course you do. So I challenge and implore you to watch this very powerful video. It is the official music video to a song that appeared on the “Hamilton Mixtape”, which not only features some vocals from the musical, but is also a poignant and political message that is just heartbreaking. This video really opened my eyes. Take the time to watch it. Immigrants get the job done!

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Prayers for Orlando

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I painted pride flags onto my wrists today in honor of the forty-nine people killed at Pulse one year ago.

As most of you probably know, today is the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse Nightclub was a safe haven for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and then overnight that safety was broken by a few bullets, and forty-nine people killed.

The senseless acts of violence that we hear almost weekly in our news are no longer simply an issue. These are deliberate actions of human beings against human beings that are sparked by anger and hatred, and they must not continue. Worst of all, however, is the fact that the incident does not end once the bullets have been fired and the people are dead. For example, with the Pulse shooting, it has been denied that the attack was a deliberate action against members of the gay community, though this was a gay club; people have published long angry debates and called each other out; and all this for opinions that do not affect them.

This. Needs. To. Stop.

We are all humans. We all have people that we love, things we enjoy; we all make mistakes. We all laugh, we all cry. Regardless of what you believe, it is time for us to simply respect each other regardless of sexuality, gender, sex, race, religion, or political stance, and simply calm the heck down. We have spent so much time dividing ourselves. Is it easier that way? Does it somehow make people feel better about themselves if they have someone else who is different whom they can call out for being the way God made them?

This is my open letter to the entire world. I am not attacking anyone. I am simply suggesting that we all try to get along a little better.

The attack in Orlando was a nightmare come alive, and no one should ever have to go through what the victims – forty-nine of whom lost their lives and many more who suffered injuries and trauma – did that night. Now, I am not gay. I am not bisexual or transgender or nonbinary, or any of the things that people are so often attacked for being. I am a straight, cisgender woman. But I see the persecution of people who are not, and it breaks my heart. This is not how God wants us to live. It’s time for us to knock down all the walls that we’ve built around communities and simply come together.

One year ago, forty-nine people died in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Let’s spend today praying for their families, their community, and the survivors.

And then let’s spend tomorrow figuring out how to get through this thing called life – as one.

-H.G. ❤

I Am Returned

After months of unplanned hiatus, the Author Dragon H.G. Warrender once more swoops in to take her place at the helm of her blog, The Eccentric Author.

 

In other words, I’m back and both TEA and MH are going to be better than ever! Did you miss me?

 

To celebrate my return, I’m brining you all great news: I have an upcoming book that you should know about! This book is one I’ve co-authored with my cousin, Carynn. It is another the first in another fantasy series, but of a different nature. This series is not High Fantasy or even traditional fantasy with castles and kings (though there are still dragons.) Rather, it is what could be considered “Urban Fantasy”, though it really sticks closer to the style of Harry Potter.

Essentially, this book, which by the way is titled “Power Unchained”, focuses around twenty-five magic users called Mystics. Each is born with a different power. Each power passes into one person every other generation. For a brief period the former Mystic and the current share the power, and then it passes fully over to the new one and the older becomes a mere human. All the powers have finally been gathered into one place after centuries apart, and to ensure that no Mystic is ever untrained as they once were, the current twenty-five have established a home and training ground for the new ones, who are currently between the ages of 14 and 18. For the new twenty-five Mystics, their new life is riddled with mystery, confusion, freedom, romance, exploration, and peril as they learn more about their powers – and about themselves.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Carynn and I certainly think so. We are nearly done with the editing process, and if all goes well, ought to have the book published by the end of summer.

 

Anyway, expect more posts from me, because as I said – I am back, and back to stay!