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Monday, August 22, 2011

Thoughts on Harry Potter (again), Inspiration, & Profile Pictures

Yep.  Saw it again tonight.  Third time's the charm, right?  And I've been lucky enough to see it with completely different people each time.  First was opening night, in a packed theater; second, with my dad; tonight, with three friends.  It's just a different atmosphere each time, moving from excitement and the unknown, to a mix of knowing and resignation, to just sitting back, mouthing the lines along with the characters, and looking for whatever things you've read about online that were supposedly hidden in scenes.  If you're a fan of the book, you knew what was going to happen going into the movie, of course.  But it's always a shock to see what makes the cut and what gets ignored, what they leave in and what gets mere seconds of screen time.

I noticed one of the wizard's chess pieces (the queen) in the Room of Requirement this time.  What else have you found?


It happens at the most inopportune moments.  You're waiting for a friend to pick you up, waiting to go out, sitting in the movie theater, in class without a laptop or scrap of paper, grocery shopping, right in the middle of a great book, during a dream in the middle of the night, while you're writing another inspired masterpiece.  You can go days without anything, then BAM.  Ideas galore.  You just have to follow your instincts and write what works.  Whatever calls to you, that's what you write first.  Even if it means setting something on the back burner and working on a few different stories at once.  Whatever works for you and your muse.


It's difficult to find a decent one.  And they are your first impression.

Not too nerve-wracking, or anything.

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