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4 People In Hamilton That I'd Never Heard Of Before

Since seeing the Broadway show Hamilton, I've been listening to the songs on my iPod whenever I'm out and about. I'm notorious among my friends for learning lyrics quickly, but since Hamilton has a lot of lyrics--most of them rapped--we'll see how many of the words I'll memorize.

One thing the musical has done is have me back in historical mode. As I mentioned earlier this month, I knew some basics about Alexander Hamilton and a bit more on the presidential Founding Fathers--I went through a long phase as a kid where I read kiddie history books on the presidents. And of course, being American, I was taught early American history.

But as a true history nerd--and as a historical fiction reader and writer--I love learning more about a period or historical people and I especially love learning about the lesser-known people. They tend to be less mythologized than the more famous people, but no less interesting.

So, here are four people I'd never heard of before I sa…

A Very Unscientific Poll: Which Banner?

Okay, guys. I've decided to change the blog's banner.

Periodically, I get sick of looking at the same thing and want to change it. So:


Edited to add: A few people wanted to see Number #2 with clearer font or font from number #1:


So what do I know about Alexander Hamilton? He was born in the West Indies. Founding Father. He's on our money. He wrote a lot of the Federalist papers defending the new Constitution. He did some important but boring work on our financial systems. He did stuff in the Treasury. He was shot in a duel in New Jersey by Aaron Burr and died. 
Oh, yeah, and he's the subject of the currently very buzzy Broadway musical hit Hamilton.
I went to see Hamilton with two of my friends tonight (well, last night as of this typing). Every so often, there's a Broadway show that gets a ton of buzz and sells out tickets like crazy...this show is that show, so we counted ourselves very lucky to have sprung for the tickets relatively early. 
Hamilton is about Alexander Hamilton's rise to prominence in American politics, from the Revoluton to being Washington's right hand man to Secretary of the Treasury, including his marriage to Eliza Schuyler, some scandals, and his long friendship/ri…

A Call for Guest Posts + Short Story Writing

I feel like I've been neglecting the blog as of late. When I said earlier this year that I felt like I was running out of things to blog about, it wasn't entirely a joke.

So, I'm calling on my creative friends to consider coming on and writing a guest post. :-) I love learning about new things and reading different experiences, so hit me up!

I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I've been writing a short story which is bound for a collection a writing friend is putting together. I recently read through the publishing contract for said collection--my first publishing contract, y'all!

I feel like it's taken me ages to draft this story, but then again, short stories aren't my usual medium and my first drafts are usually on the shitty side, so I'm trying not to be down on myself. I'm very nearly done with my draft and then I plan to ask my usual writing and critique buddies to take a look before I submit in early December.

I was watching TV earlier tod…

More Japanese Stories, Please

My aunt found this the other day when she was cleaning. It's a sakubun my cousin wrote for Japanese school--an essay. My two older cousins and I went to Japanese school on Saturdays growing up (for the record: I slept with my eyes open through most of it). This sakubun is special because it's about me as a baby.
I wish I could read Japanese better. I can just about read the sakubun. I suspect that our grandmother dictated this to my cousin because there's no way that an 8-year-old boy is going to write things like, "My cousin is really cute and I like her very much."

It's Like the Full Moon by Glorie Townson!

It's IWSG time! We post about our writerly insecurities every first Wednesday of the month. Come join us here! Ourawesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp,Karen Walker,Denise Covey, and Tyrean Martinson!

Anyway--instead of sharing my insecurities or triumphs this month, I am offering my space to another IWSG member---Glorie Townson! Scroll down for a short interview on her new release, It's Like The Full Moon!

See other reviews, interviews, and follow this tour here. Title: It's Like the Full Moon Series: Sayings Series 1Author: Glorie Townson Genre: Contemporary Romance Reading Level: Adult Content Rating: PG-13 Formats:paperback and ebook Pages: 235 Words:57,000 Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacatio…