The First Spell: ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ Part II

Sam, In ‘The First Spell: Philosopher’s Stone Part I’, I discussed the expertise of the Scholastic’s layout job, and how Jo begins her story on a plane we (as uninitiated Muggles) can understand. She then gradually transfers our interest – our support – for characters from the Dursleys very quickly to their severely oppressed nephew, Harry….

Abandon Origins?

Sam, The past decade (and then some) has given us something many thought would never happen: comic book stories part of the cultural zeitgeist. This “revival” had allowed for the Muggles of comics to take them seriously. Accordingly, there has to be a proper introduction to the characters and worlds they operate in. This is…

They’re Off Again . . . Hogwarts Bound!

Sam, It’s that time again. Today, at the eleven o’clock on the dot, Hogwarts students will be already settled on the Hogwarts Express as the train leaves Kings Cross Station, London. They’re chatting excitedly about the summer’s events or speculating what they’ll learn this year. No matter if you’re a first year or seventh, today is…

Challenges in Chapter One

Sam, Creating a story is hard. Getting the beginning just right to hook the reader is even harder. But the sinker is knowing how much is enough, too much, and not quite there with regarding background, plot, and character introductions when beginning a story. I write about something I’m going through at present. A something…

Happy Eight Years of Writing!

Dear Sam, It’s anniversary time. Today, eight years ago, I began my writing career with the serious intentions of one day becoming a published author and contribute to the society I live in with my imagination. Since August 2006, I had a vision while dozing in the backwoods of Washington, near Mt. St. Helens. In…