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13 October 2009 @ 05:36 am
Eyes Like Stars.  

A few weeks ago I was heading into town when low-and-behold I saw a figure waving from a horse-drawn carriage in front of me. The figure screamed out of the carriage something inaudible, from which I replied something equally unintelligible. I think I may have said "Ooh, horsies," but one cannot be too sure. After all, witnesses aren't usually around when such terrific events occur. However, It was at that moment in which the mysterious figure and I formed a shiny, new friendship.

Well, almost. The real story is slightly less exciting. The truth is, we stumbled upon each other's profiles on Twitter, no less, and both drooled over blue hair. Pretty barbaric, no? I was busy gawking at the cover of her recently released novel, which happens to depict a girl with blue hair, and Lisa quickly took a liking to my hair as well. Despite so much blue, the whole ordeal was actually quite merry. In fact, it called for serenading, feasting upon many sweets, and catapulting compliments back and forth. We're not sure if we damaged the green room (you'll be in-the-know later) or not, but the Management didn't seem too thrilled after our rendezvous.

In-between mouthfuls of gummy worms, Lisa asked me if I'd like a copy of her book. I'm fairly sure I said yes while still staring intently at the cover art. I must have, because not long after I received a shiny package on my doorstep. I hauled said shiny package inside the house, ripped it open, and introduced myself.

So far, my relationship with the book was off to a great start. Just as we were discussing ground rules for first dates, my friend arrived from out of town. Unfortunately, I had to bid farewell to the book temporarily. I promised I'd be back in a week, but I could practically hear the book's binding breaking as out-of-town-friend and I pulled out of the driveway. We drove through several states, and after many days of harmonizing to music in the car, visiting odd places, and sleeping in beds that were not our own, we arrived back where we started.

That was when I saw it. The book, perched on the shelf, hadn't moved from the spot I left it; that's true love right there. I finally had time to sit down and rekindle our spark. We quickly forgave one another, and not long afterward, I fell in love with it.

One of the reasons I was so quick to eat sweets with Lisa is for the mere fact she understands the art of creating a world. When a world is created, it demands attention and homage must be payed long afterward. Lisa takes her forms of art seriously, and it's apparent as it overflows onto her websites, her responses to fans, and, I'm sure, her daily life. Art cannot be stifled nor restricted to a simple entity -- in this case, a book. That is how magic is created.

If you appreciate an artist who eats and sleeps with their work, as I do, go pick up a copy of Eyes Like Stars. The content within is just as sweet as the packaging it presents itself with. Bertie, the main character, will lead you through a world that isn't always what it appears to be. Ultimately, in our world, we choose our own destinies. We are able to bend and shape the world that surrounds us, and Bertie finds herself with that very discovery looming overhead.

Good timing isn't generally one of my talents (I'm usually running around like the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland), however Lisa just so happens to be hosting a contest on her Livejournal HERE. 10 hardcover copies of the book will be given away, and the only requirement is entailing creativity. It's a win/win situation. Tell her I said "Hi," and that next time I'd like to have the horse-drawn carriage.
buswaylocalbuswaylocal on October 13th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
I'll be sure to check it out...amazing that for the first time in ages I'm developing a backlog of books that I need to read!

(Anonymous) on October 13th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
wow! I am gonna have to read this....you are toooo funny kaiden! keep writing more blogs and don't stop whatever you do. My favourite part is when you said an artist who lives in their own world b/cuz I see you do that with everything you do! Go you! Go lisa!

vampbreath on October 13th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
this blog is one of the most entertaining things i have ever read. EVER. xD
Lisa Mantchev: Dancing Princesseslisamantchev on October 13th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
The Management sends its thanks (and flowers... and candy... and dancing girls!) ;)
(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Kaiden Blake what kind of creature are you? You never answered my comments... please answer? You are not human

(Anonymous) on October 14th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
GREAT blog! Please post chapter 4 of the case study of kaiden blake <33
Erin McClellan (Stucki)erinstucki on October 14th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
I must say, that your reaction to me reading this purely shows that I enjoyed this entry. It's amazing how you can write on and on about these things. I'm not going to lie, this writing made me jealous of Yours and Lisa's endeavors, and right now I'm wishing I would of been able to ride that horse drawn carriage as well. I feel like this entry could of gone on and on, and with every word, I would of wanted more and more. I'm hoping you can teach me how to be as thorough as you with writing. You're truly talented, and waiting for your next entry is like a little boy or girl waiting to open up presents from St. Nick on Christmas day.

Love you<3
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