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The Mystic Chronicles Website

Hello hello! If you follow my other blog, The Eccentric Author, you’ve probably heard me talk about my upcoming series. It is a four-part Urban Fantasy series I am co-writing with my cousin, called, (for those of you who aren’t also following “Eccenntric”), “The Mystic Chronicles”. Our first book in the series, “Power Unchained”, is in the editing stages. To raise hype and generate interest as we near publication, Carynn and I have created a website where you can find updates about the book, ask us some questions, and browse around on our blog (which currently only has one post. But more shall come).

The website is called The Hall of Elements: The Official Fansite for the Mystic Chronicles. Clicking on the link will redirect you there. Please feel free to share and pass on our site to anyone and everyone you know, or spend time there yourself asking us as many questions as you like!

And remember to join the mailing list, so that when “Power Unchained” is released, you can be the first to get your hands on a copy.

 

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Short Story Release!

Hello, lovely readers! Today, I had a short story (which was accepted for publication a while back) published in The Copperfield Review, a journal of historical fiction. It features the ten dollar founding-father, the General, and America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchman (so, I sent them a story about the American Revolution. What did you expect?) You can read “His Excellency” here. Enjoy!

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“Wicked” and “In The Heights” Dream Casting

~WARNING~ THERE ARE GIFS IN THIS POST THAT COULD BOTHER PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY. IF YOU HAVE EPILEPSY AND WOULD LIKE TO READ THIS POST, YOU CAN CONTACT ME FOR A GIF-FREE VERSION.

 

 

 

 

 

Hey everybody! I have great news for my fellow Broadway fans (though they’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard this) – two musicals are being made into movies! Sadly, they are not “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen”, but we are getting “Wicked” and “In the Heights”, two of my personal favorites, at some point in the future!

The “Wicked” movie release date is set for 2019. Currently we don’t know when we’ll get “In the Heights”, but we can hope it will be around the same time so we can get hyped for both at the same time.

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On second thought, maybe it would be better if they came at different points.

But just because we won’t get the movies for a while doesn’t mean we can’t already be excited for them – and so I am here to share my dream cast lists for both of these movies. I know there are still rumors that Nicole Scherzinger will play Elphaba, but as those aren’t confirmed, (and she’s pretty much said no), I can give my list without fear of being called an ignorant! Yay fandoms!

Without further ado, here are my dream cast lists for “Wicked” and “In the Heights”.

WICKED

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Elphaba

Top Pick: Samantha Barks

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Runners Up: Jasmine Cephas Jones, Anna Kendrick

Galinda – Amanda Seyfried

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Runner Up: Mackenzie Mauzy

Fiyero – Jonathan Groffsauce

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Runner Up: Aaron Tveit

Boq – Elijah Wood

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Runners Up: Brenton Thwaites, Daniel Radcliffe

Nessarose – Phillipa Soo

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Runners Up: Emmy Rossum, Anne Hathaway

Madame Morrible – Meryl Streep

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Runner Up: Maggie Smith

The Wizard – Ian McKellan

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Runner Up: There is no runner up for Ian McKellan

Doctor Dillamond – Hadley Fraser

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Runner Up: Michael Park

 

IN THE HEIGHTS

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Usnavi – Javier Munoz

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Vanessa – Ana Villafañe

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Benny – John Legend

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Nina – Lindsay Mendez

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Daniela – Andrea Burns

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I tried to think of a Daniela other than Andrea Burns… but… there is no Daniela other than Andrea Burns.

Sonny – Jordan Fisher

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Graffiti Pete – Seth Stewart

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Piragua Guy – Lin Manuel-Miranda 😀

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So there we go! Let me know your picks, and we can get hyped for these movies together!

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Three Ways to Actually Publish Fanfiction (For Money!)

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 the whole time not to end up together. (Seriously, authors?) So you go online, pull up Archive Of Our Own or Fanfiction.net, and starting clacking away at the laptop keys until everything is set right. Then you just sit back and wait for the feedback to roll in, and cry over cute fanarts while you wait. (I’ll never let go, Mergana!)

Fanfiction is far more than a hobby. For many people, it is an obsession, and, like everything in fandom, often a huge time-sink. Trust me, I know. I have four books I’m supposed to be working on, but all I want to do watch Lost, play Breath of the Wild, and write about founding fathers giving each other sad glances and trying to disguise their obvious love for each other. (I see you there, John Laurens.) Fortunately for me, I found a way that I can both write fanfiction and be productive… and then I found two other ways which I don’t plan on using, but thought I should share all the same. Without further ado, here are H.G.’s “Three *Actual* Ways To Publish Fanfiction”.

Number One: Get Permission From The Creator

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Pretty obvious, right? And also the one that’s least likely to work. But listen to what I’m saying anyway. A while back, lots of Star Wars fanfiction was published as companion books. And by lots I mean A LOT. Plus, they all had permission and could do some pretty zany things that were quite obviously non-canon (trust me, I read a few.) And people are still writing them! True, it’s more for the new universe now, but I’d still call it fanfiction. I can’t tell you how to get yourself onto the writing team for these books, or even if there is such a thing. All I can tell you is that, if you are given permission from the creator of a series/TV show/comic/etc., you can go ahead and write fanfiction for it. Getting that permission is the hard part.

Number Two: Write Historical Fiction

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Historical Fiction is a time-honored tradition among writers – both alternate history and retellings of true events. It’s a tricky market, but if you can do it right, and if you put in the right amount of research, you can make good money off of it. In the fanfiction community, a lot of stories are written about real people, and this is called RPF. While Historical Fiction doesn’t always deal with real people, they’re often important, and it could be considered fanfiction… though the Historical Fiction community would mean that as an insult. (How rude.) Fortunately for me, I really enjoy doing research. I pretty much only read biographies these days, and I’m wiling to read a lot of them. I am in fact currently doing research for a historical fiction novel on Hamilton, Laurens, and Lafayette (big surprise), so technically, yes, I am going to make money off my OT3, back away from my babies, you can’t have them they’re mine. (And each other’s. But I digress.)

The picture above is from a television show which I have not watched, but I know takes place in the American Revolution -AKA my favorite thing ever. It is AMC’S “Turn” and according to the people who have watched it, it is basically a fanfiction as a lot of the stuff that happens is enormously unrealistic and/or inaccurate. Have a gif of Lafayette.

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Gosh I love this man. Writing about him is going to be so fun. Also in Turn he is H – O – T.

Ahem!

Number Three: Write On a Work That is Public Domain

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This lovely book is a retelling of the “Alice in Wonderland” story, as told by a younger Queen of Hearts. It was one of the few YA books I read and actually enjoyed – and not only as a retelling, because I’m not an especially big Wonderland fan to begin with. In fact, retellings are often so interesting because they can stand on their own and show the story in a whole new way.

But, you’ll notice that one never really sees retellings based on currently popular books. Well, that’s because those are all new and therefore still under copyright protection. About – I believe it is currently 95 years – 95 years after a book is released, if copyright is not renewed by whoever owns it upon the author’s death, a work enters the public domain and anyone can use it, because no one owns it any longer. While certain versions of it may not be public domain, the work as a whole is, and you can write adaptations, spin-offs, or fanfictions to your heart’s content. Some works that are public domain include “Anne of Green Gables” (hence the awful Netflix show), “The Great Gatsby” “Peter Pan” and some (but not all) of the “Sherlock Holmes” stories.

Of course the best and most successful fanfiction (in my mind) that fits this category would be…

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So there you have it! If your story, or one you are planning on writing, fits any of these categories, go ahead and set fingers to keyboard! Of course, getting it published after it’s written is the tricky part…

 

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Guest Post: My Angel Dear

Today’s guest post is a Lord of the Rings fanfiction by a fellow fan named Nicky. I enjoyed this so much, because not only was it fanfiction, it was also poetry, which I have a soft spot for. So thank you to Nicky for submitting this lovely piece! If you’d like to find any of Nicky’s other work, I have the following links:

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/Wandering_Hobbit13

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSGweZuMCZMgm3Tkted8tHA

Love Live! School Idol Festival: ID – 994476351 Username – TunaMaki
Without further ado, please enjoy Nicky’s fic below!
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My Angel Dear: A Sam and Frodo Story

“Whatever rhymes with so? Sam, my mind is blank. Would you help me?” Frodo came bustling into the main room of Bag End, wearing his reading glasses and holding a large wad of parchment paper.
“Know, grow, overthrow?” Sam replied, raising his eyebrows and smirking as he said the last one.
“A nice long one there Sam, but I don’t think it’ll serve well in a poem about love.” Frodo said, sitting down by Sam’s side on the sofa and placing his head against his faithful gardener’s shoulder.
“A love poem you say? Strange, coming from you that is Mr. Frodo. Your poems and songs are usually about adventure, and queer happenings. I’d never had guessed you’d come out with such a poem as one about love.” Sam said, jokingly ruffling Frodo’s hair.
“Well Sam, sometimes one likes a change. And that time has come upon me, it would seem. You are right however, it is queer for the likes of me, which is why I need your assistance. The line goes: ‘My dear old friend, I love him so.'” Frodo looked up hopefully at his friend. Sam looked back at Frodo with a surprised expression.
“Why Mr. Frodo, this poem is in the first person!” He started to blush slightly.
“Yes Sam. Is that a problem? I could always adjust it if it sounds a little off-“
“No! It’s perfectly fine. What I was wondering was, is this… About me?” Sam let the last words tumble out accidentally. The two young hobbits stared into each other’s eyes in bewilderment.
“Yes… Yes Sam it is. I felt like… I didn’t appreciate you enough. All that you did for me, all that you gave up for me, all that you’d tell me when I lost hope… I always pictured you carrying me on wings of silver, guiding me towards the light. Sam, it’s only a small act, but I felt like this is what I need to do to repay you.” Frodo shifted his gaze away from Sam in embarrassment. Sam suddenly got up from the sofa, and stood on one knee in front of Frodo.
“Frodo my dear. Everything I did for you, it’s because I care for you. Not just because you’re my master, and that it’s my duty to ensure your safety, it’s because when I’m by your side, I feel like that’s where I can grow those wings of silver you mentioned, and just by looking at you, I can fly, higher than I could as a lowly gardener.”
Frodo stared in awe at his friend, his icy blue eyes sparking with anticipation.
“T-Those are my true feelings Mr. Frodo. You have no need to pay me back for it all. I have everything I could wish for. The adventure I joined is one I never thought, even in my wildest dreams, I’d be a part of. I saw Elves, mountains, even the near end of the World, and I lived to tell the tale. Not only that, the Shire is in peace once again, and you and I are still at each other’s side. Although my wings, I fear, are weary and worn from the experience, I have no doubts that the pain was worth it. The fear, the sadness, the deceit were all things I had to endure in order to stay with you. Frodo my dear! I only hope you feel as I do. The ring has still left a terrible weight on you I fear. But I hope that me, your only Sam, can help you. I’ll become your angel once again. I’ll use my magic to heal your soul, and make you whole once again.” Frodo could barely see his friend through the clear cloak of tears that blurred his vision. He could do nothing more but throw himself into the arms of his dear, dear friend. He cried and cried, as did Sam, as they shared a tender moment together.
“I think now, Sam my dear, I have been inspired to finish my poem.”
 
My dear old friend, I love him so,
In the garden of his mind, white flowers grow
Delicate, soft and mindfully sewn
Purer than the mountain snow.
When I lose myself to hate
When I feel about to break
Upon his shoulders, he will take
The pain and fear, to seal my fate.
 
My dear old friend, an angel to me
His words glow bright and set me free
If you look through, if you look deep,
You will see his radiant wings.
 
They shine just like a thousand moons
Like a softly hummed and sweet spring-tune,
When spread, only a lucky few
Will see him fly from morn ’til noon
 
My dear old friend, my angel dear
With just a stare can vanquish fear
Our love continues through the years
Never to waver, nor disappear. 
And when the day welcomes the night 
He’ll grab my hand and and we’ll take flight
We’ll shine in the million star’s light
And recite these words, our promise, our plight.
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The “Hopeless Journey” of the Armies of the West.

Wisdom from The Lord of the Rings

A few days after the great battle the armies of the West gather once more upon the Pelennor Fields in order to march towards the Morannon, the same Black Gate that Frodo and Sam saw upon their journey to Mordor and realised was impossible to enter. Tolkien describes the march as a “hopeless journey”, one that must end in inevitable defeat and death, and this begins to weigh upon the hearts of the young soldiers.

For those who have lived their lives in the far provinces of Gondor and of Rohan, Mordor has been but a name only, albeit a dark and fearful one, now it is a living nightmare that is beyond their comprehension. Aragorn treats them with mercy, allowing them to withdraw and to fulfil a mission that they can comprehend. They are to recapture the island of Cair Andros that lies within the waters of the Anduin.

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