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Around the time I posted chapter 51 of A Study In Magic, I started writing an original novel. Numerous drafts and as many plot changes later, I finished “MEMORY CHASERS“. It features the (odd) children of my original characters, Robert and Jacqueline, particularly their son Erik, who, due to terrible circumstances, lived without knowing magic until they became adults.

Memory Chasers

When Erik was a child, he played make-believe and wrote letters to J.K. Rowling, asking her how he can find Hogwarts. Then he grew up, became responsible … and discovered he is a wizard.

What I’m reading now: The Snowman

I’ve been meaning to write another “What I’m Reading Now” post. I have a book I can’t wait to share with you all…

The Snowman
by Jo Nesbø

I’ve heard of Jo Nesbø and noted his works sitting on the “New Release” shelf at the public library. After suffering through a disappointing work by P.D. James, I wanted to read a good crime novel. So I checked out the book the Internet said was one of Nesbø’s best.

WHERE WAS THIS ALL MY LIFE WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS EARLIER?! Or so I flailed about in my room as I swallowed the book in a single afternoon. This is what a crime story is meant to be! Continue reading

Travels! Saw the Total Solar Eclipse

I’m a creature of habit and narrow routines. But I’m also liable to faff off to remote places if I get to see this:

Total Solar Eclipse!

I heard about the “Great American Eclipse” of 2017 about two months ago. I was consulting the Internet about a local star gazing opportunities and Lo! This year the USA will witness the first Total Solar Eclipse since 1979, said the website. Within twenty-four hours I booked a flight using my long dormant air travel miles and phoned up a friend who lives in the path of totality (Kansas City, Missouri) and asked for a ride from the airport. She agreed and also offered her couch. Continue reading

A Study In Magic, Chapter Twelve Postmortem

I write this at my parents place, on a tablet. So apologies in advance if the post looks wonky.

Chapter Twelve, of A Study In Magic: The Application is now available in FFNET. I’ve title it: Snape’s Uneasy Understanding. Writing from Snape’s POV is always fun, and this chapter had plenty of such moments. Especially when Snape and John started texting each other again.

Characterization and Plot
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Snape and Werewolves

Severus Snape; the most intriguing character of HP

Snape POV is back in A Study In Magic! High time, too. I missed writing from his perspective. I’ve read it somewhere Snape is one of the best characters J.K. Rowling created. I agree. I don’t like him; if I ever met him in Real Life™, I’d find him too similar to me and hate his guts. But as a character, he is the most interesting.

That said, it’s odd to write about werewolves from Snape’s perspective.

There are so many things I wish to cover for A Study In Magic. Werewolves weren’t one of them, actually, but my fondness for Remus Lupin steered the plot that way. And the more I thought about Lupin and his struggle over Lycanthropy, the more interesting turns did my thoughts take.

Werewolf Curse and the AIDS epidemic

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