Random Updates On Books and Such

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Super congratulations to Jeff Kinney, who happens to own the top two spots on the New York Times Bestseller list, his first book at number two and his latest one debuting at number 1. I know Jeff through slight acquaintance and attended his panel at the Texas Book Festival. Since I doubt he’ll brag about it I’ll do it for him, and point out that he’s six places above the National Book Award winner and has been up there for over 41 weeks. On other…

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New Music by Me

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[singlepic=68,150,100,,left] As usual, my new music track is quite different from all the other’s I’ve made so far, since I like experimenting. I made the theme for this track in 2007 but I never got around to working on it any more than a few days. Anyone who knows me probably know what this was made for, though even if you don’t you can either guess or ask me. [audio:http://kalebnation.com/audio/theme-1.mp3] If you’ve already heard this at the other site, this version is different, longer, mixed…

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Interview with Kaza Kingsley

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  Kaza Kingsley is the author of the Erec Rex series. Already there are two books out in the series, titled The Dragon’s Eye and The Monsters of Otherness.     Thanks Kaza for being here. First, for all the writers here, I have always been curious about that very first book signing, your first time out with your published book. How did that go and where were you? What did you do to prepare? My first signing at Borders Books in Cincinnati was fantastic.…

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10 Things I Learned At Home

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If you get a tattoo in college, you’re out of the inheritance. A five year old can make a song out of anything (aka: beans and stinky rice! beans and spice! stinky kinky winky dinky you’re weird stinky! ) Don’t take too much colloidal silver. Good pencils are hard to find. Dad can’t give permission for food or computer time. The piano is an instrument of angels and an instrument of torture simultaneously. Same goes for the violin. Winter gardens don’t work. If you want…

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First Post of 2008

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And thus they drive away and usher in my new life. It all feels quite strange, though the strangest feeling of all is one I did not expect. My mind, for some reason, still thinks that a week from now, they will be coming back to pick me up: but in reality, I could be spending the next few years of my life here. It makes it hard to unpack when your mind tells you it’s a waste of time because you’ll just have to…

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End of the Year 2007

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Tis the end of 2007, a time which brings about so many new things and ends so many old ones. It is the last week of the year, and also my last week of living at home. Friday is move-in date at the new apartment, so everything is to be packed and in the truck Thursday evening. We shall drive for five hours to the destination, unload and look around a bit: and then my family will climb back into the trusty white Suburban and…

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List Of Teenage Authors: Writers Published As Teens

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It has become quite interesting discovering how many authors were first published as teenagers. This is certainly an encouragement, as for the longest I thought Paolini was the only teenage writer and author. I discovered that there are quite a few others who were published as teens, some of them below: Kenneth Oppel Christoper Paolini Robyn Schneider S.E. Hinton Catherine Webb Eze Imade Eribo Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Nancy Yi Fan Flavia Bujor Danielle Steel S.E. Hinton’s first book was the Outsiders, the second biggest selling book…

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Comment 100

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We are gathered here today to witness the 1-hundredth comment on this site (not counting my old blog)! Thanks to all you readers and especially Suzan Abrams, who had the honor of comment number 100. Now we will return you to your regular programming….

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Birthday

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Thank you all for your wonderful messages on my birthday yesterday. The day went perfectly and my mom’s cheesecake was wonderful. I got calls from my friends and family and my brother Jaden got me a shirt that says ‘Celebrity’ on the front. As usual, my life should follow a pattern, so that since fifteen went very well, and sixteen might have been less-than-desirable, and seventeen went very well, etc, following the pattern 19 should be one of the really good years. Now all I’ve…

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Orchestral Theme

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I just completed my first orchestral soundtrack piece. I am very proud of this as it is my first real composition complete with violins, flutes, and a driving, clear piano which I spent hours searching for. I created this piece all myself, starting out at the piano a few months ago and creating the theme, and then moving to my computer and getting everything in perfect order. It turned out better than I expected, so I decided to go all out and make a whole…

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