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!
Originally posted on Middle Hyrule:
We’ve all been there before. Your favorite show ends. You stay up until one o’clock reading a book, only for that couple you’ve been shipping…
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
In the Capitol, there was a painting of the General – er, George Washington. My kindle takes terrible pictures, but I will upload them anyway.
Across from him there was a picture of an old, heavy man who turned out to be – Lafayette.
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:
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. 😉