Archive for February, 2012

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Harry Potter and the Ride

February 25, 2012

Lucky for me, I have a sister who lives 2 1/2 hours from Orlando, making trips to “The Kingdom” far more manageable. This past week my 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter insisted we skip Mickey and his clan and visit the new Harry Potter theme park. In short, we hit exactly two rides in nine hours time without once leaving J.K. Rowling’s world. Obviously, her genius has successfully transcended from the page to the screen, and now to the interactive roller-coaster.

Despite the lines, my kids loved it. They did point out that Universal had inaccurately created a snow-capped Scottish village by merging Diagon Alley with Hogsmeade, but no matter, they said. It was still awesome. We bought acid pops and exploding bon- bons at Honeydukes, waited 1 ½ hours to shop at Ollivanders, and dined at Three Broomsticks, sloshing back pumpkin juice and butter beer.

I think every writer has a bit of J.K. Rowling envy, and one wonders what she thinks of her phenomenal success. It’s doubtful she could have imagined that kids of all ages would be crazed enough to wait four hours to hop on the ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Granted, it is more than just a ride. As one cues through the line, talking portraits argue, devil’s snare and mandrake root hang from the green house, and snow falls from the sky as you wind through and around Hogwarts. The ride itself? Imagine playing in the Quidditch Cup alongside Malfoy, being spit on by spiders, and breathed on by dragons. In short, it’s the best ride I’ve ever been on. Quite clearly, J.K. Rowling’s imagination has triggered designers, creators, and makers to use their own gifts by developing her world one step deeper.

How lucky we are, to have such a writer among us.

 

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More Quotes

February 11, 2012

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby

 

If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’ll likely to end up where you’re heading. -John Maxwell

 

There is no great writing, only great rewriting. -Justice Brandeis

 

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Buying a Car

February 3, 2012

Recently, I bought a car. On my own. This might not be so significant for self-empowered women, but for me, it was. I’ve never walked through the process alone, and I won’t lie, the research, the financing, and the detailed decisions that I needed to make were daunting.  But in the end, it was an incredible feeling of empowerment.

It made me wonder, can the same feeling translate to the page? How can writers find the same sense of empowerment, especially when so much of the publishing process is out of our control?

Besides believing in your own little self, empowerment begins and continues with small steps. Start by creating a check list. Who doesn’t like to scratch items off a list with a fat, black Sharpie? Ask someone to read your work. It can hurt, but it builds a sense of improvement. Publish something for free. Seeing your name appear on a by-line will make you dance. Finally, to be really empowered, call yourself a writer. Claim it.

You are a writer.