30 Sept. 2015As the camera clicked on, Maggie could be heard singing:
"There is a castle on a cloud,
I like to go there in my sleep,
Aren't any floors for me to sweep,
Not in my castle on a cloud."
As she came into view she was tying up her dark hair with a green ribbon.
Hi, it's Maggie!
Today, I am talking to you from my room at the Cardinal Inn. I'm so excited about this! I am the Baroness of Old Market District. I'm the youngest person to ever have done this! I already have the plans in gear for what they call an urgent care clinic to be placed next to the fire station that Mama had built when she was the Baroness here. It's on the western side of the district. Mr. Ravenlock made the suggestion to put it over there because the rest of the district had emergency workers ready to go. That's the thing about fire stations and all, though, can you really have too many of them if you space them apart? Doc Anya, Mama, and Da are going to help me with this. I have to write a formal proposal and all.
Andre Esmond accepted my request to become my Squire. I hope Porthos doesn't mind too much. I doubt he will since Andre is going to come to the Academy to keep up on his studies. Like me, he likes learning. Andre seemed very happy when Mama suggested to Porthos that he could continue his scholarly studies at her school and practice his weapons skills, too. I got the impression that Andre missed his books a lot. We have lots of them in the school's library. When he can read Common better, I would like to take him to the Rhydin Public Library. They have lots and lots and LOTS of books there. He seems to be sweet on Miss Eden Parker. I will do my best to not tease him about that. He has told me about his younger sister, Dani, and that I remind him of her. Maybe all of these things to do and making new friends will help him to not feel a lot of homesickness. No matter how busy we are, some part of us always will think of home.
Harris calls me Baby Baron. I don't mind that name, it sort of fits. He gave me something called a tomahawk. I have learned a few things about it. I haven't found much on how that kind of weapon got to Rhydin, but probably has a lot to do with Fayalki, he was a tribal shaman. Some people say he died; others say that he just faded into the legends of Rhydin. All I know is that for so many people to like that the botanical garden being named in his honor or memory is a big thing. People don't agree on much in this place, so, yes
, it's a big deal!
Da is very busy building houses and still working on that big project for Wonderplex. He said they ran into some problems with the building material suppliers and he'd rather be explaining to his client why things are taking longer than expected than use poor quality beams and all. Doing the second thing could eventually cause people to get hurt or killed. Since the place is meant for kids, it has to be built to withstand a lot. It's just like the roof part of the garden building by the observatory took a long time because it needed to hold up in bad weather. Da got special stuff that won't shatter easily and can support a heavy snowfall. It would be all wrong to have people in there and have the roof crash down on them.
I've been busy with my school studies. I'm learning French, German, and Italian. I'm not very good at them, yet, but like Gran says, it's never a bad thing to be able to understand a few things in a lot of languages. I am taking a break from ballet classes this year. I don't know if I will continue them or not. I observed at Catie's gymnastics class and I like it ok, but I think I'd rather spend my exercising time riding Jingles. Gran says that horseback riding alone helps her to think better; it works for me, too.
The new theater season has started over at the Shanachie! I got the part of young Cosette in "Les Miserables
." I have a nice song to sing called "Castle on a Cloud." Debbie Adkins, who plays Madame Th?nardier, sings part of it. Uncle Eregor, Doran, and Lirssa are in the play, too; I like working with them. It's really fun to see what people you already know can do as actors and singers on a stage. I need to ask Miss Mataya if she will consider another workshop for Shanachie STARS
, something for behind the scenes stuff like scenery making and costumes. I think that would be good idea because some kids, like Azure, are really good with sewing and creating stuff! The whole idea of STARS is terrific! I don't think a lot of kids realize just how much fun playing pretend with a big audience can be.
I started out recording my voice to learn to speak better and help remember things. I bought the camera with my allowance money and chore money so I could record my dancing and stuff when I practice for the theater. Mama thinks that this idea could help her other students with speaking and stuff. Very soon, we will be kicking off Channel KIDS, Rhydin, and it will be located in the basement of Harker's Academy! Mama says we could do what they call remotes from places like the Botanical Garden, Hatton Point, and Wonderplex. Maybe, it's a good thing I decided to not do gymnatics after all. Maybe I'll call my part, "The World According to Maggie." No ... maybe "Rhydin According to Maggie?"
Time for bath and bedtime before Gran comes to tell me it's lights out!She waved at the camera before it clicked off.
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