There’s been a bit of flack surrounding the previews on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website regarding “magical” North American history, specifically in the way it includes Native American culture. If you weren’t aware, this is all advertisement for the new Harry Potter film entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arriving in theaters November 2016; … More The Matriarch, Harry Potter, and Native Appropriations
Full disclosure: nobody died, his name wasn’t Joe, and thankfully no one was singing. And yet this is a true story. While on a trip to my home state of West “By God” Virginia, my spouse and I were on our way between stops when we had to change lanes on Southbound I-79 just before … More The Ballad of Murder Joe: A Cautionary Tale
Are nice guys actually doomed to loneliness forever, or are they just forever helpless in the power of the femme fatales they pine after? Full disclosure: this is the kind of character dissection that happens too early in the morning, just after waking up, between two writers married to each other. It was inspired in … More Innocence Incarnate Vs. Femme Fatales
An interesting article was pointed my way by J.H. Moncrieff entitled “Writers, We Need to Stop Saying This.” It makes a case for the once-defining advice that “a writer writes.” That’s true in context — you aren’t a writer if you’ve never written — but it can also be a source of frustration for the … More A Writer Writes… Except When They Don’t
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