Bookiversary!

Today is the one-year anniversary of my book’s publication! On this time last year my life changed forever with the publication of “The King’s Decree”, my original novel that had seen nearly two years of work. I’m so proud of this book and of the feedback I’ve gotten.

Revised Cover

This is my original cover. A new version will come eventually, though there will still be this one. If you haven’t read my book, it’s available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble.com, and the CreateSpace e-store. Check it out on GoodReads!

Trip to the Capitol

No, I was not reaped for the Hunger Games (Though I do have a perfect strategy for what I would do if I was.) I am a member of the YMCA’s Youth and Government program, where basically teenagers write up bills, lobby on them, and reenact government in the actual State Capitol. Throughout the year, students meet at their YMCA branches and discuss which role in government they want to play. There is Legislative, who create bills, Judicial, Press, Lobbyist – whatever you can think of,  it’s there.

I was a lobbyist, and in fact I was nominated for Best Lobbyist in two chambers of the three Legislative branch. It was an enormous honor to be able to participate!

We stayed in The Desmond, an amazingly beautiful high-class hotel. The Courtyards are styled like a Colonial village, and the rooms all have a 18th century feel to them. Overall, it looked like the set of a movie.

The room that I stayed in, along with three other girls, had a great view of King’s Street, the smaller courtyard. In the hall next to my room, there was a print of a portrait depicting Alexander Hamilton. As a massive Hamilton fan, I was so excited to see this. Naturally I got pictures!

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I am not above selfies with our founding fathers.
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My friend got a better one, though. 🙂

In the Capitol, there was a painting of the General – er, George Washington. My kindle takes terrible pictures, but I will upload them anyway.

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Across from him there was a picture of an old, heavy man who turned out to be – Lafayette.

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The lighting wasn’t great, and my Kindle takes bad pictures.

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I was disappointed that the lighting messed up the picture, but my friend told me to “pretend his heart is glowing for you.” Which would have helped more if he were young and cute. But I’ll take what I can get.

All in all, it was a great trip, and I’m glad my fandom worked it’s way into place, just like it always does. I was put in the right spot. 😉

 

For more on my love of Hamilton, visit these posts on my other blog:

https://middlehyrule.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/hamilton-an-american-musical/

https://middlehyrule.wordpress.com/2017/01/08/a-brief-hamilton-observation/

https://middlehyrule.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/hamilton-relationships-act-one/

https://middlehyrule.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/hamilton-relationships-act-two/

https://middlehyrule.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/hamilton-songs/

 

 

 

 

Changes on “The Eccentric Author”

You may have noticed that I now have a totally different layout. I was looking for something a little more polished and professional than what was up previously, so that’s different now.

I’m going to try to spend some more time on this blog throughout February. I’m taking a hiatus from my big 30k fanfiction to focus more on writing my book, but I’ll try to get on here and on Middle Hyrule as well. I’ve decided to drop the book challenge, as I’m always reading different books than the ones I choose and end up getting sidetracked onto those books. So no more of that.

Hopefully you’ll here from me more frequently. 😉

Book #13

I am back to make my excuses for why I took so long. I know that at this point it’s been nearly half a year, and I’m only halfway through, but this time I actually have a valid excuse.

The book was terrible.

The pacing was rushed. The writing was poor. The book began with an execution, then backtracked to explain how the witch and wizard, Wisty and Whit, were accused and discovered their magical abilities (including, but not limited to, using spells such as “Shazam” and “Bibbidi Bobbiddi Boo”. I kid you not.) They basically go in and out of jail and then, at the last second, the writers remember that they are supposed to do an execution and flash back to that. Wisty then says, “How did we get here? Well, don’t worry about that. We’ll be fine.” In case you didn’t get it, that means – there is no explanation. They just show up on an execution stand. Why? Who knows. I had to force myself to read it. 104 chapters of torment. I will NOT be reading the rest of the series.

So after that nightmare…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

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The story of a biracial girl – This looks interesting. I should be going to the library tomorrow to get it, so hopefully it will go better than “Witch and Wizard” did. *SHUDDER*

Book #12

I am done with “A Wrinkle in Time”. I liked the idea behind it and many of the characters in it, but the writing still irritated me for some reason and the pacing seemed a bit rushed. I do see that it is a very good book, and there are some excellent lessons in it, but Newberry worthy…? Not sure,  but then I’m not familiar with the year it was published and then the other books published that year, so I am not one to judge.

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

I choose witch. I choose

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Another on my to-read list for a while, and time I got to it. It’s not particularly long, so a review should come later this week. I’m also reading the sequel to Six of Crows, though, so I’m not sure when I’ll start this. Hopefully tomorrow.

Book #11

Wow, I am ashamed of myself. I started this thing in July. I’m still not even halfway done! There aren’t really any excuses other than that I am a slacker and a procrastinator, and I keep starting other books outside of the challenge and getting sidetracked. So after that not-so-brief hiatus, I’m resolved to buckle down and finish, hopefully by the new year. This is just pathetic.

I like “The Good Earth.” It was extremely well written, but it was hard to read because of some of the material, such as the treatment of women. Throughout the book, it dealt with things like foot binding, and it referred to many of the females as “Slaves” rather than people. My favorite character, O-lan, was grossly mistreated by her husband, the main character, Wang Lung. Still, even though Wang had a lot of faults, I enjoyed his story and his connection to his land. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, but still satisfying. I definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it yet.

So, on to the next book…

A book you own but haven’t read.
A book that was made into a movie.
A book you pick solely because of the cover.
A book your friend loves.
A book published this year.
A book by an author you’ve never read before.
A book by an author you love.
A book at the bottom of your to-read pile.
A book with a color in the title.
A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
A book you started but never finished.
A book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.
A book with a female heroine.
A book set in the summer.
A book of poems.
A book you learned about because of this challenge.
A book that will make you smarter.
A book with a blue cover.
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t.
A book “everyone” but you has read.
A book with a great first line.
A book with pictures.
A book from the library.
A book you loved – read it again!
A book that is more than ten years old.
A book based on a true story.

One of my best friends has been obsessed with this book lately, so I guess I should read it. It is…

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I know, I know… I’m 15 years old and I’ve never finished “A Wrinkle in Time.” But when I started it God knows how many years ago, it just seemed boring to me. So, I’m finally going to give it another chance and this time I will make it through it. The good news is, I own it, so I won’t have a delay waiting for it to come in from the library. I’ll try to get a review up by Saturday at the latest, and if I don’t, leave me comments reminding me.

Book Update:

I have decided to switch from “Imperial Women” to “The Good Earth”, as that’s more well-known. I didn’t start “Imperial Women” before switching. Also, I do not have a copy of “The Good Earth” yet, so the review will have to wait until a) I get the book and b) I read it. Sorry for the anticipated delay.