Birthday Cameos

My Cameo videos from Harry Potter actors, a birthday gift from a special friend.

A Response to J.K. Rowling’s Essay

I’m obsessed with Harry Potter. Literally. I sleep in Harry Potter pajamas. I have a full set of Harry Potter Gryffindor robes, complete with replica wand. I have a Harry Potter lap desk in which I keep my Harry Potter quill to write cards with a real ink well, just like Harry Potter. My partner…

Welcome to Advanced Potions

Last month, Brian and I threw a Halloween/Birthday Party themed like a Harry Potter Potions Class, and it was epic! Brian, being the genius he is, took the inspiration found at The Cauldron, an AirBnB Experience/Pop Up I went to in London this summer, and ran with it. He made potion cabinets, mixing stations, and…

Our Magical Week

People say Disneyland is the most magical place on earth. I suppose I’d challenge that with maybe Glencoe, Scotland or London, but it’s definitely the most magical (built) place in the USA, as the Redwood Forest is pretty magical naturally. I’ve been Disneyland many times over the past 20 years, and it’s always a treat,…

Top 10 Suggestions for a Unique London Experience

  London is a magnificent city drenched in history and mythology. As a first time tourist, you will undoubtedly want to see the main attractions, and so you should. See Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Go into Madame Tussauds, if that’s your thing. Ride the London eye. Cross…

This 15-Year-Old Gets It

A 15-year-old boy responds to Emma Watson’s UN speech. “By using words such as ‘girly’ or ‘manly’ we inadvertently buy into gender stereotyping,” he wrote. “We play with toys designed for our gender, we go to segregated schools, we play different sports based on gender, and yet it takes some effort for many people to…

Emma Threatened for #HeForShe Campaign

Emma Watson, actress best known for her role as Hermione in the Harry Potter series, has recently become a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN. I’m continually impressed and inspired by both her and Daniel Radcliffe with what they’ve done since HP. They are talented performers and inspiring people. Her speech at the UN and her…

Straight from Hel and the Top 10 Best Gifts for Writers

Today over at Straight From Hel, the fabulous Helen Ginger posted my Top Ten Gifts for Writers along with Chapter 1 of Rowan of the Wood via podcast and an excerpt from Witch on the Water. Here is a sneak peak… #8 Keep Calm and Write On T-Shirt I love this. Perhaps the only think…

Little-in-Big Stories

  This guest post was riginally posted on May 7, 2012 at Making It Up As I Go by emerging author Dan Thompson. Excellent blog. He’s got another great recent article about marketing, or Unmarketing, as he puts it. Check him out! —-{—-{@   One of my favorite kinds of stories isn’t identifiable by ray…