Magic = Science (Technology)

Sam, While I may not include ‘The Power of Belief’ in its title, belief is still relevant in the advancement of science and how we incorporate it into civilization. It’s been a slow transition from attributing natural phenomenon as acts of God to the mechanics of weather, gravity, solar activity, etc. I won’t go too…

The Power of Belief

Sam, In much of life and literature there are themes and lessons to be taken away from them, only a few overlap and are universal. Love, I think, being the most prevalent and powerful across genres. In fact, I wrote about love’s power in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows here. Though love, and its many forms–friendship,…

In Disguise

Sam, I’ve written before about what it means to live as a writer. I wish to return to this subject and speak about how easy it is to blend in to your surroundings as a scribe. I can sit at most any place at most any time and nobody would be the wiser of what…

Choose, Sacrifice, Adapt

Sam, One of the key elements to a story is having the protagonist make a sacrifice–pay a heavy price–at the climax or breaking point; what makes that good is when the author has had enough build-up to get the audience to care about the protagonist’s sacrifice and how they adapt. There is the creation of…

The Importance of Communion

Sam, To commemorate Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) in a few days, I’d like to talk about acts of communion in human culture and literature. Communion is so often solely associated with religious rituals such as the Eucharist or Passover in addition to Eid al-Adha. In actuality, we participate in communion on a daily basis: dinner dates, eating…

The Chessmaster

Sam, I watch a lot of theory, break-down, and character reviews of all my favorite shows, books, and movies. As any good member of a fandom would do, right? Upon watching a SuperCarlin Bro’s theory video on Dumbledore’s original plans for Harry and Co., I discovered a common trend in many of the stories that…

What’s It About?!

Sam, This piece of advice may need to go without being said, but I’ll talk about it anyway. It deals with that simple question in the title. To most non-writer/non-artists, asking “What’s it about?!” may seem like the natural way of expressing interest in whatever the artists is doing. This may be true in concept….

A Sense of Place

Sam, This post will be a summary of my experience at the third annual Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference. A more detailed account of what I gained and left Brevard College with will be found on the page with the conference namesake. Come here to read more. When I applied to this conference, I knew…

Timing is a B*tch

Sam, I would say there are two kinds of writers: those who detail their woes without being asked and those who wait to be asked by others. I’m not going to say which one is better or worse. However, I cannot ignore when Stephen King once called writers “the secret agents” of the world. We…

Like It’s the First Time

Sam, Is it possible to read the same book, watch the same movie, do the same action repeatedly without getting bored with it? If the answer could ever be no, then those of us who comb the content of the stories we love with more scrutiny than our own history books are in trouble. It’s…