“. . . a chasing after the wind.”

Sam, Icebergs have always symbolized a goal, habit, or lifestyle someone wishes to have. I get a lot of “oh, I’d love to write a book!” when people find out I’m a writer. That mentality is the top of the iceberg, not even a quarter of its mass. It’s the stuff below that truly separates…

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….

Degrees of Exclusion in ‘Chamber of Secrets’

Sam, J. K. Rowling uses the Harry Potter series as a lens to address many societal issues. Among them, there’s the role of sports at school between Harry and Snape, the liberty an institution has with educating youth between Hogwarts and Fudge’s Ministry, and how disease is treated in the magical community (think werewolves). One that becomes…

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…

Book Brief: ‘The Lost Hero’

Sam, Last month I read the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. I bought it several years ago, when it first came out, and never found the right time to open it. I admit; I thought I had outgrown this branch of Riordan’s writing. But I was…

The Cursed Child . . . Still?

*SPOILER ALERT* Sam, In the spirit of today being the start of term for Hogwarts students, I thought I should post not just about that but about a story that took us back to Harry’s world. A story that starts one year from now. I’m sure I’m only adding to the cluster of reviews accumulating…

Outline Success?

Sam, Due to the results of my most recent discussion regarding Project Stripes with a friend, I have decided to branch out and try new methods of plot crafting. If it promises an improvement to the work, I am always open to different angles of creating a story. He told me the beginning, out of the story as a…