Wow, 200 Followers!!!

WOW!!!!!!You guys are amazing. When I started this blog back in May it never occurred to me that I would have 200 followers by the time school started again. What a fun, exciting adventure this has been!

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to follow, read, like, and comment on my little blog. It means so much to me that there are people out there listening to what I have to say. And, I admit, I am really excited to have made a couple of friends. It is so nice to finally have people to talk to about my books.

I am especially thankful to those of you who are continuing to read my blog even though I don’t currently have time to return the favor. Today is the first day of school for me (YIKES!), and so things are more than a little busy. But I’m hoping that in a month or so I’ll be back in the groove and reading your blogs again.

Seriously, y’all are awesome.

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Black Cat Blue Sea Award

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

Awwwwww!!! Thanks to the lovely Darque Dreamer Reads for nominating me for this award a few weeks ago. It means a lot to me that she thinks I make an impact on readers. (Don’t tell, I’m not writing for everybody. I’m writing for me. Shhhhhhh!)

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Hogwarts Tag

I know this may come as a bit of a shock, but I love Harry Potter. *GASP!!!*

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Like, seriously.

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Okay, so I played Pottermore consistently, every single day, for two years. I’m really into Harry Potter.

So when The Orangutan Librarian tagged me on this one I pretty much freaked out and left several all-caps comments in a row. My silent fangirling puts the gifs of the internet to shame. I mean, just LOOK at my grammar! It’s fallen all into disarray because I am so freaking exciting about the Hogwarts Tag.

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Calendar Girls August: Best Historical Fiction

What are Flavia and Melanie trying to do to me?!?!?! How am I supposed to pick just ONE best historical fiction????????

Historical fiction. A fictional novel written in the actual past, containing real events, places, and people. The main character might be an actual person, or might be a made up person. It’s a cool genre because there is a lot of flexibility, but you still have to do your research and know your stuff.

I adore historical fiction. This love goes all the way back to my childhood and Laura Ingles Wilder. There’s just something so magical about reading a great novel where you also learn a little bit. Plus, and I’m just being honest here, the clothes! *swoon* I can’t even begin to count the number of historical fictions I’ve read just about Henry VIII, his wives, and his children. It’s probably my favorite genre, if I had to pick a favorite, because I’m a terrible person who picks favorites, get over it.

I’ve been thinking for weeks trying to decide between three of my favorites, which are all VERY different. In the end I am picking the one that I personally enjoy the most, even if it’s not necessarily the most representative of the genre.

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Real Neat Blog Award

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Thanks so much to Norkio at Diary of a Book Fiend for nominating me for the Real Neat Blog award! There’s something especially cool about being recognized for being “real neat”! I’ve always considered myself sort of neat, if I do say so myself.

If you haven’t visited Diary of a Book Fiend, head on over there and check her out. Her blogs very pretty, and has some interesting content besides. (Heads up, she will probably try to convince you to read Pillars of the Earth. You’ve been warned!)

Rules

  • Display the award logo on your blog
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love
  • Notify the nominated folk
  • Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own

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Back to Work

Well, it’s officially August, and all of the teachers know what that means.

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I’m at a new school this year, so I’m both excited and soooooooo nervous. Going to a new school is almost as nerve wracking for a teacher as it is for a student, and for a lot of the same reasons. How will I remember everyone’s names? Who am I supposed to sit next to at Convocation? What if the other teachers don’t like me? What if I get a tough principle? Plus bonus scaries like What if the kids are the worst kids of all time?

But, for good or for worse, here I am, 6 AM in my fancy clothes, eating breakfast and trying to get the blogging in before I have to leave.

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Do I Have to Agree with an Author’s Politics?

A couple of months ago one of my professors from college posted an article on his facebook. (Yes, I am facebook friends with my former professors. Judge me all you want.) The article was about racism in the music world, but at the end of his comment he made the offhand remark “The symphony shouldn’t even be playing Orff’s music anyway because he was a Nazi collaborator.” This remark took over the comment section as an impassioned debate began over Orff.

My first response was shock. The piece of music in question, Carmina Burana, is one of the most popular and crowd-drawing pieces in an orchestra’s repertoire, and has literally nothing to do with Nazis. Why wouldn’t they play it? But both sides had a lot of interesting points.

A month or so later my twitter erupted. Popular fantasy author Brandon Sanderson tweeted an “open letter” stating that he didn’t support gay marriage. Everyone was pretty furious, and book bloggers declared they would never read his books again, and would promptly get rid of any of his books they did own.

Around the same time I saw a couple of bloggers chatting about Roald Dahl, about how people’s childhoods would be ruined if they realized he was an anti-Semite. Again, I was confused. I’ve only read one of his books, Matilda, but it seemed to me that the message was all about how being different is good! Why would that message change just because Dahl didn’t like Jews? (For the record, as far as I can tell Dahl wasn’t an anti-Semite, just anti-Israel. Also, he liked to push buttons and get a rise out of people, which caused them to misunderstand him. I can relate!)

These three social media incidents have been pestering at the back of my mind ever since. The clear question has emerged: Do an author/musician/artists’s political/philosophical/religious beliefs affect the quality and/or enjoyment of their books/music/art?

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