Lessons from Lemony Snicket: Narrative Voice

As I mentioned in my writing update a few weeks ago, I recently reread Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as a part of trying to crack the secret of writing a strong, distinct narrative voice for Whitman Court. My aim with Whitman Court was to write the stories with a clever, omniscient Narrator …

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Rereading the Tolkien Canon (The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, & The Lord of the Rings)

It had been a while since I last read The Lord of the Rings—just about four and a half years, to be exact. Same with The Hobbit. And, to be honest, I couldn’t give a timeline on when I last read The Silmarillion; I just know it was sometime in high school. Since I’ve been …

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Storytelling Tips from Video Games

I love video games, though I’m not a particularly skilled player. My brother and I grew up in the Nintendo DS and Wii era and shared many moments playing together—duking it out in Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Mario Kart.I still feel nostalgic about particular games I played growing up, and during college started to …

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Rereading the Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

This summer, I reread the Harry Potter books for the first time in a decade. I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter since my elementary school days, though my journey through the whole series was slow, as I was too young for the later books when I first started reading them. I still have vivid …

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Rereading Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga

Unlike my other rereading escapades over the past year or so, Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga wasn’t technically a childhood classic of mine. The Chronicles of Narnia, Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, The Mysterious Benedict Society--all of those books, I vividly remember reading as a kid. With Wingfeather Saga, it was a little different. I read the …

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Reading Recap: 2020

Against the odds of graduate school’s rigor and demand, I’ve actually read books for fun this year! Some of the books I’ve read were old favorites of mine I took the time to revisit: The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, and The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee …

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Rereading Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society Series

After my adventures in Narnia and quest across the universe of Madeleine L’Engle, I ventured back to a (mostly) normal Earth to revisit another childhood favorite of mine: Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society series. Since I read the fourth book when it came out last year, I’ve wanted to reread the whole series. I …

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Rereading Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet

After my return to Narnia this summer, I decided to pick up Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time). Like The Chronicles of Narnia, I haven’t read this series in years, but these five books were definitely among the …

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Rereading The Chronicles of Narnia

A couple of years ago, I started a series of “Story Studies” that covered some of the most influential childhood stories that shaped my writing. In the process of writing that series, I came to realize something: I don’t remember a lot of the books I would consider my “all-time favorites” and “major influences.” Because …

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Story Study: Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Part 2

Coincidentally, this post was published on the birthday of the greatest father in the galaxy… Darth Vader! Just kidding. It’s my Dad’s birthday. And he loves Star Wars, as I mentioned in Part 1 of my Star Wars story study. Happy birthday, Dad! * I don’t know what’s more controversial these days, the prequels or …

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