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Guest Blog: The Making of Eric Queen

Who is Eric Queen? Is he an existing character? Is he the kind of guy to rob houses like some kind of cat burglar, or is he the kind of guy who owns a cat who he sees as his brother? I’m sure most of you reading this blog has at least asked the first question among yourselves, in your inner thoughts. Except Christine Rover! No buts, ifs, or maybes!

I’m not here to waste your time by conducting a blog with a red herring! I’m here to explain how Eric Queen came to be. Now first thing’s first, he is a protagonist of an original story that is written by yours truly. “Can I buy it at Barnes & Nobles? What about Books a Million?” Well, I wrote this blog on March 8, 2020, I regret to inform you, no you can’t.

Not yet at least, I’m not published yet, but I will be(or I have been published by the time you read this in the future)! The story is called Breakthrough and I’m fully aware such a book series  exists already(and a movie from 2019, plus a song from 2011), but I need you to know that I’m not a copycat!

ANYWAY, not here to blab about copyright and lawsuits. I’m here to talk about Eric Queen. Now, in the first chapter of the first book, Eric is described to have dark hair, long straight bangs.his appearance was absentmindedly based on my cousin Chris who has these features. Then one day, I looked in the mirror and told myself: “That’s just not Eric Queen, that’s not who he is.”

I began to have a heated battle with myself, the other half of me said: “What are you talking about?! He’s just a fictional character! You’ve never been this dramatic over a fictional character before, like we always say: ‘Drama is for the stage!’” The half that saw the wrong said: “that’s not the point, Eric Queen is more than just another fictional character!”

The heat of the inner battle between me and myself began to create a storm in a teacup, especially when the opposing half asked angrily: “WHAT IS THE POINT THEN?!” The reply was just as aloud and lit a light bulb: “THE POINT IS ERIC QUEEN IS ME; A MALE ME!”  By then, the storm had ended and I just stared at my reflection. “A male me….” I said aloud but in a whisper.

As the story got in a deeper depth, Eric’s appearance changed from bangs and straight dark hair to curls and dark brown hair. He wore black thick glasses, and he carried his favorite of journals wherever he went. He indeed became what I wanted him to be. He became a part of me that can travel in the world inside my head.

I do hope y’all enjoyed this blog, and I answered that first question, as for the other two, well if you know me, you basically know Eric Queen and if you don’t, well I am one to own a cat and dub it a sibling. As for “is he an existing character?” The simple answer is yes. Ciao for now!

Guest Blog: The Backstory Of My Magnum Opus: Breakthrough

As I made it clear in my past blogs, my readers, I love to write! Okay, I say I have a love/hate relationship with it. What can you do? That’s enough weird talk about my “relationship”, I’m not here to write a blog with a misleading title, I’m here to tell you the story  about how I decided to write “Breakthrough”.

Now before I do, I’ll make this quick and clear. I can already hear you guys saying, “There’s already a book with that same title!” and “Wasn’t there a movie adaption of the latter?” To that before you start wigging out(I watched too much The Iron Giant, I’d watch it if you’re able, and if you have, watch it again.), I found out sometime after I finished my first collection of Markings by C.R. Gibson journals. I saw the movie in a bargain bin at Walmart.

Okay, now that I cleared that up, let me dive right into the backstory before you get bored from my rambling, I moved back to Albany, Georgia and I’m still not exactly thrilled about it. I had finished my first ten journals, all fictional. I tried to finish my other oodles of journals, but then I got the worst thing imaginable(well, for a writer anyway), a writer’s block!

I was like “Jesus, take the wheel! I can’t bare this pain!” After I got my act together, I went on my phone and checked websites that claimed to have cures for a writer’s block. The first one I checked out had 7 suggestions. Lucky number seven, maybe this’ll help me! I thought. Was it a right? Uh…no. No, my readers I wasn’t.

They listed to go for a walk, I looked outside and then heard my grandma say to grandpa(back when he was still around), “Goin’ to check the mail, Leon!” I decided to slip on my shoes and put on my Poké Ball Plus.  “Wait up!” I would call. Then, I walked with her outside. When we got back, she gave me a small box. “It’s from yer mama, Erica!” She announced, “Phew, it’s pretty heavy too!”

I took it from her and it wasn’t that heavy, I shook my head and tore that sucker open. Inside were ten black leather Markings by C.R. Gibson journals, I hoped that the first suggestion on that list worked, and big shock(not really) it didn’t work! I looked at the other suggestions and they were: “Try finishing your unfinished work, Meditate, sleep, write random sentences.” I did all of these on a regular basis and nada!

I was on the verge of giving up then suddenly on the third website I checked out, there was oodles of posts of writers making their own suggestions. The third one caught my attention almost instantly. It read: “Write a story about a character who is going through the same thing you are going through.” I pondered and wrote a page of this idea so I wouldn’t forget.

Then I went to Tampa, Florida to visit my friends and my CARD family. On my almost last day, I walked with Christine Rover to her car to get my bag of empty journals, and said out of the norm, “I bet there’s a dimension out there, with a male me and a male you.” We cracked some jokes and that’s how the main protagonist Eric Queen came to be, then eventually the story. I hope you enjoyed this blog! Sorry it’s so long!

Ciao for now!


Guest Blog: What Will Your Talent Be?

What will your talent be? It isn’t up to me, be whoever you want to be. If you don’t know what your talent is, don’t be distraught. I used to not know my own talent even when it was staring at me right in the face.

If it were a bee, it would’ve stung me that day. When I was very young; no not three, that’s far too young for me to remember. I was in first grade, where I wrote essays and when I was done, I’d write and draw my own stories without a prompt.

I did this until about grade three, then kind of stopped my doodles. Still I thought I’d be a cartoonist, not knowing all that went in making those cartoons move and talk. Years later, I found out how much work had to be done and decided to pursue a different talent.

I still drew; I couldn’t just say I was through. I didn’t find drawing my passion anymore, but for an assignment or fun, I will draw. I would rather do that then play in the sun or chewing on my plastic straw.

The following year, I ended up in a class I never knew excited; a creative writing class. I couldn’t bear to think of what would my teacher would say if I shared what I wrote. When she liked it a lot, I felt something in my gut.

I found out my talent was indeed writing, I began writing more and more, nobody ever thought they were a bore, especially my riddles that sure were a chore for them to solve. Then one day, my teacher, Ms. Kraft wanted me to do something with them.

She wanted me to write a new riddle every Monday for someone to solve, the riddle’s answer would be revealed Friday unless it was a holiday. I enjoyed going to school ever since that day.

Then during an awards ceremony on May 15, 2015,  I was given a future author award.That was the day that I found out what my true talent and passion was. I stuck by it and I still do.

The moral of this blog is to find your true calling. Sometimes life will throw curve balls, but it’s up to you to be pelted by them or dodge them.

Ciao for now!

Erica King

Guest Blog: What Writing is to Me

Hello, it’s your girl Erica again, did you miss me? I’m sure you did! I wanted to write a blog about what writing is to me. The next blog may be about Merry Acres middle school, and it may not be! It will happen though I promise! Look at me rambling and I’m not even at the meat of the blog yet!

Okay all big words and joking aside, I am here to talk about what writing is to me. Writing to me is a lot of thing: It’s fun, it’s relaxing, and it’s my escape when I’m overwhelmed. I’d be crazy if I said it was all fun and games, heck I’d be crazier if I said that it was all pros and no cons!

Well, my readers let me tell you something…IT IS NOT ALL PROS! You see, writing to me is also: torture, stressful and my prison! Let me explain, writing is fun, sure, but it can be torture when you set yourself a deadline or when you are given a deadline, and let me tell you, those things don’t come with pretty red bows!

Writing is relaxing sure, but when you are trying to catch some z’s and you’re as forgettable and creative as me, it’s stressful hearing those words and sentences repeat in your head like a song on repeat until you write them down whether on your phone or on scrap paper!

Writing is an escape sure, but it can also be a prison! You won’t be free until you finish your sentence! Ha, ha, ha! Seriously though, writing is no laughing matter, I love it, sure, but sometimes I don’t. It’s fine though, because no matter what writing is my favorite thing to do. I loved since first grade and I still love it today!

In conclusion, writing despite its cons, is my calling. I know it is, with as many journals as I have and as many pens that lost their ink, I know I’m doing something worth while and someday I’ll be published. When that day comes, I’ll be on book tours and enjoy it very much. Ciao for now!



Guest Blog: Everyone, Meet Erica!

Hi! I’m Erica J. King, a young adult with autism who once lived in Tampa, Florida and my favorite thing to do is write original stories. When I’m not writing, I’m playing video games or thinking about writing. I once owned two hedgehogs named Rosabel and Quilliam Shakespeare. Alas, they both passed away, but they haven’t left my heart.

Melancholy aside, I have attended many different schools and academies. I’ve attended:  Radium Springs Elementary School, Oaktree Elementary School, Merry Acres Middle School, Benito Middle School, Wharton High School, Focus Academy, and lastly the Learning Academy. I moved back to Albany, Georgia to help out with my grandparents. One of which is gone, my grandfather. I’m not going to make my first blog super sad so let’s move on!

I have been working on a story called “Breakthrough”, and no it doesn’t involve some guy falling through thin ice! It’ll be my magnum opus is all you’ll need to know. I will just say one thing about it, it’s about a male writer. I have written fifteen journals for the first book, fifteen journals equal fifteen chapters, and as I’m writing this blog I’m working on the second book and that one will have ten chapters therefore it’ll have ten journals.

Now I’ll talk more about my school experiences, more on the lines of Focus Academy and The Learning Academy. I’ll talk about Merry Acres in a future blog, because that in itself deserves its own blog! Focus Academy was certainly an experience, I met my best friend Francesca Rosa there during summer school. We are still friends today. I learned a lot there about developing characters and layering them.

After doing the high school part, I did a transition program where I did puppy training and volunteer work at a food pantry. I also learned about filling out applications, self-advocacy, and writing checks. Then after I graduated from that, I attended The Learning Academy. I made a lot of friends there and even had an old friend of mine attend too! There I learned a lot about furthering my skills, learning styles, more self-advocacy and attending job fairs. I even learned how to properly act during job interviews.

In conclusion, I hope you readers out there enjoyed this introduction blog and I truly hope that you want to hear more from me, I’ll even share some of my original writings if y’all want! Just let me know below, and enjoy the rest of your day! Thank you so much again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this! I truly appreciate it 100%, really I do! Ciao for now!


Past blogs regarding Erica:  TLA Graduate Spotlight on Erica King


TLA Graduate, Erica King, Wins Big in Local Theater Competition


Erica King

We here at CARD are incredibly proud to announce the recent success of one of our recent TLA graduates, Erica King, at the 4×6 Fest. Erica’s internship was at PowerStories Theatre where she got to write, direct and produce her own play called Splatter. Prior to TLA, Erica attended Focus Academy, where she was able to hone some of these creative skills. Erica’s play at the recent 4×6 competition, titled Time to Get a New Car, won the top honor (beating 7 other plays), and because of this she has qualified to compete in the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival on September 2nd at the Straz Center! Her mother, Beverly King, a consultant here at CARD, could not be more proud, and the outpouring of support here at the office has been incredible. As someone who shares her passion for writing, I wish Erica all the best at the upcoming festival. Speaking of which, I sat down with Erica and asked her a few questions, not only about her play-writing, but also how she cultivated this amazing talent. Here were some of her answers:

Q: Where did your passion for writing come from? Has it been there from the beginning or did it develop later in life?

A: If I remember correctly, I think it developed in first grade. We had to write essays in our notebooks, and I’ve loved it ever since.


Q: When did your love for “normal” writing transition into play writing? There’s a pretty big difference between those two things, and I imagine the jump was a difficult one.

A: One day I just started typing up some scripts with actual characters. All of this happened when I was still pretty young, when I just wanted to make some cartoon characters I had created interact with each other. The Timmy Jimmy Power Hour on Nickelodeon was a big inspiration for that.


Q: You mentioned before that you attended the Focus Academy. Could you tell me a little more about that experience and how it affected you?

A: It was basically a school I attended twice a week. There were acting classes and other creative stuff. We’d all come together with our inputs and create a piece that had a bit of everyone involved in it. Then we’d rehearse and perform it for all the parents.


Q: On a similar note, could you talk a little about your time at the Learning Academy? What did you learn and what role did it play in your play writing career?

A: I learned a lot about interviewing at TLA. You can’t just go to an interview without a resume, you need to have references that aren’t family, and you can’t just be a Gaston and claim that you’re the greatest. As for my internship, I was an usher, and the only thing my internship really taught me was how to compromise on details of my play. I got to read one of my plays which allowed me to meet Brianna Larson, the producer of 4×6.


Q: Do you see yourself having a future in play writing, perhaps as a career? Or is this just your current interest that’s more fleeting?

A: I’m interested in both play writing and regular writing. I hope to one day be both an accomplished author and playwright.

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