Love My Allusions!

I love allusions.  They create a strong connection between reader and writer, not to mention reader and reader.  We’ve read the same books! We’ve seen the same movie! We know the same myths and legends!  Allusions are cultural unifiers. Overstating you say?  Look at JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.  How many of us know that McGonagall’s…

I miss Star Wars Club

Because of budget cuts, I am the only Spec Ed parapro at our school this year, and I am spread a little thin. I’m not complaining; I am very grateful to have a job.  The situation leaves no time for Star Wars Club, however, and I miss it sorely. You see, in my environment, there…

Romance–Looking beyond love

I want a happy ending.  When I read a book or watch a movie that doesn’t have a happy ending, I feel cheated and I certainly don’t feel entertained.  I can recognize the artistic quality of a work without really liking it, but I will only read or see it once.  Books that I read multiple times…

Tolkien for Writers

Well–isn’t it a tad presumptuous to say that I as a writer am an authority on Tolkien’s writing?  Indeed it is.  But in truth, I make no more claim than “this is how Tolkien has inspired me.” 1. Tolkien the scholar.   Any one who knows anything about JRR Tolkien knows that he was a professor. …