The Power of Belief: Prophecy in ‘Harry Potter’

Sam, Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was published to the delight of an ever-growing fanbase. The world of Harry Potter expanded, more of Harry’s past was unveiled to us, and we saw him at the height of his magical prowess (read here for why I think so). There’s so much I could…

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…

In the Age of Giants

Sam, I want to talk about the time we live in today; how the literary giants that inspired generations are a double edged sword. This idea is hard to convey because I will be contradicting and amending statements left and right. I’ve had this thought in the back of my mind for quite some time but…

Women As Characters Not Tools

Sam, I’m happy to say in my lifetime there has been an increase in the awareness of gender in story, and how both of them can play each other’s “traditional” roles as well as their own. There are still some kinks to be worked out that can only be solved in time with the generations. I,…

There’s Only One Enemy

Sam, I’ve been gathering up my resolve at the start of this New Year for what I want to get done in 2016. One thing I’ve discovered in building my motivation is how no matter what kind of support group you have, who you surround yourself with, there is only one enemy: you. When you…

Happy Nine Years of Writing.

Sam, It’s that time again. Today is the anniversary of me starting to seriously consider myself an aspiring writer nine years ago. This post, like the one last year and the ones in the future (I’ve decided) will pretty much deliver the same history of how I started, and how I’ve changed as a person from…

Losing is Better?

Sam (Someone who Ain’t Me), When playing board games with friends the other week, I struggled to stay in the game while my competitors grew in power and sought alliances with each other to work against me. But no matter how sorely I lost or struggled through the game, I realized something about myself. Losing…

Road Blocks Aren’t Set in Stone

Sam, I’d like to talk about what happens when I find myself stuck behind a crease in the creative tapestry. When these hiccups happen, my whole world seems to be tossed about like Pi’s raft during a storm. After eight years of writing, I still find myself taken aback when something like a roadblock enters my…

Hi! I’m an English major

Sam, Lately, I’ve been getting more questions about my future, and what I want to do with my major. Being a senior can do that to you. But, more often than not, people have said “oh, so you’re going to teach?” Allow me a moment to yell in rage and bend a large amount of…