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….

When the Turkey’s Ready and Only Then

Sam, I write to you this post at a timely moment. November hosts the annual challenge many writers will take up: National Novel Writing Month. The objective of NaNoWriMo is to compose a 50,000 word manuscript within the dates of November 1 and November 30. Whether or not you accomplish the assigned criterion by November’s end…

Take Out the Feather

Sam, Sometime ago I had a dream that added a curious voice to my logic when I think about the world’s history and today. Let’s make an experiment by taking a trip through time to see if we can learn something for the future. Suppose, if you will, that we have a gentleman (not that it has to be…

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…

Progress for Progress’ Sake

Sam, This post is not an expression of my vanity but an attempt to exhibit my experience and struggles with getting in shape to those who want to make a fresh start to their body and their life. It doesn’t have to be New Year’s to warrant a new beginning. Four years ago I started my…