My book is now available on Amazon and Kindle (s)

Rondo of Senility by Anthony Passalacqua. Cover art by Jeff Gant

Yes, you read it right, the book is now available! Rondo of Senility Tales from the Back Side can be purchased from Amazon in either paperback or Kindle format.

You’ll get all the excellence which is my writings, along with the satisfaction of owning the book itself. Yeah, it’s that magical!

BUY IT!

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Fantastic Book News! (s)

Well, we’re about through the halfway mark for the formatting process on the first book. I’m currently still writing the novel, but it’s coming along very well.

Big shout out to my buddy for helping with all this editing and formatting. It would be a nightmare otherwise.

You’ll be able to buy the book on Amazon.com and on your Kindle! Once the formatting is done, the artwork will be applied as well, then uploaded for your eager eyes.

Working on a Book (s)

Gloria Soli Sunrie

Yes, you’re reading that right, I’m working on a book. The book will be based on entries I have written here. Sure I’m also working on my fantasy-fiction stories as well, but I’ve received quite a bit of desire from people to release a book in the style of my weblogs. So, why not?

I’m currently working on filling, editing, and formatting it. Luckily I know previously published authors who are helping me out in order to get things right. I’ll also be looking for a publisher here soon. Hopefully I won’t have to self publish, but even if I do, I’m sure I can get some exposure for the book.

Keep checking back here for updates on the book and also my writings as a whole!

When you’re ahead of the school system (s)

I can’t honestly tell you how I came up with the memories.  My brain works on a lot of slippery slope transitions…such as looking at a street light can remind me of a pie I ate three years ago after about ten seconds.

For some reason, opening the ‘fridge, I was reminded of the time that I read the book “The Hobbit”, then saw a cartoon version of it in fifth grade.  When I was watching the cartoon in class, I remember thinking, “I know this story…”  I brought it up to my teacher and told her that I’ve read the book.  Her response to me?  “I doubt that.”

I was a little confused and asked her why.  She told me, “No one in fifth grade is required to read The Hobbit and it’s not a book someone who is ten years old would have read.”  So, to prove her wrong, I recounted the entire story, including my favorite quote by Bard, “You’ve never failed me, and I’ve always recovered you.  I had you from my father and from of old.”  Needless to say, she was a little shocked that I not only had read the book, but I could quote it.  She was even more shocked to find out I had read “two other stories” about his nephew…which obviously are Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers.  It would be another four years before I could get my hands on Return of the King.

All that reminded me of other times I had been ahead of the school system.  In fourth grade we were told to read James and the Giant Peach…a book I had already read from start to finish, though hadn’t remembered the name of.  The teacher was the one reading it to us and I had mentioned that I knew the story as well.  I recounted the characters and a few of the adventures.  The teacher didn’t know what to say, and had thought I was making it up to get out of the reading time.  I wasn’t.

During my sixth grade year I had read the book “Serendipity’s Song”, only to have the class read it as one of the final books.  I also read the book “Devil on My Back”.  It’s a really good story and was a lot of fun to read.  I was then required to read it in eighth grade…

Why is it assumed that kids and people couldn’t possibly have read certain books?  I had read War and Peace in seventh grade because I heard a lot about it.  Just because I’m not required to read something doesn’t mean I won’t.

I’ve been privileged with the entire Chronicles of Pern books, and I’ve been reading them every single day.  I still can’t get my hands on a hard copy of “Paradise Lost”, which I desperately want to read.

Seriously, it would piss me off so bad when people, especially teachers, would try to tell me that there was no way I knew about certain books or items.  I mean, they used to give me write ups for “reading too much”, but I wasn’t advanced enough to read certain books?  One teacher, in second grade, said that if I wasn’t reading in the “Blue Jay” levels, then I wasn’t actually reading some books.  The issue is, the way the teaching was done is totally different than the way I was understanding the books.  The tests she gave wasn’t on reading comprehension…but word problems and things like that.

Honestly, I think they just didn’t like me.  What else is new?  You’re reading from a guy who had required essays given zeros five times before my actual teacher gave me a passing grade because of the subject matter.  I guess when you’re 14 to 17 years old and in high school, graphic literary descriptions of the dead walking or how a bullet rips through a human throat isn’t something they want to give an A+ on, even when it’s written above standard.

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Posted 5/27/2010 at 7:24 PM on Xanga