How to Be a #Writer? You Already Are One! #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

Well technical difficulties and migraines inspired this late post! But it still counts as a #MondayBlog right? #BurningtheMidnightOil

 

“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Food critic Anton Ego, Ratatouille

While Ratatouille is probably my least fave Pixar movie (I did not enjoy the whole rats steal food & guilting humans for being sanitary thing); there was a core message of the movie that I loved.

Anyone can cook.

While I disagree with the second part of the quote, anyone can cook but not everyone can be great; the first part is incredibly inspiring.

And I’ve always thought the same could be said with creativity. Specifically, writing. Because that’s my personal fave. But really, any form of creativity is possible with everyone and anyone.

So is that actually possibly true that indeed everyone can write? And I mean, everyone! Anyone who can read and write in their native language I believe has the power to be a writer. And if they can’t read or write, I still believe they have a story to be told also, even if they can’t write it down themselves.

I suppose the first basis to quantify the theory is to define what writing is itself.

Putting random words together just to take up blank page space, is not writing.

One definition of the word “write” is very inspiring to me:

Verb Phrases
write down ,
to set down in writing; record; note.

Record.

This is why I argue everyone is a writer already. Everyone has senses, experiences and emotions worthy of being recorded. And in a sense, that’s all writing really is anyway. A record.

We romanticize and glorify the act of writing. I’m not really sure why. Maybe because when we do write, it feels like the ideas come from somewhere else. Like a higher being. But as I mentioned in the ‘How to be Creative’ video which I’ll link above, that’s not true. Your ideas come from … well, you.

Technology has made it even easier than ever. Even if one cannot afford the latest word processor, Scrivener, Final Draft and other premium writing software … if you have a computer, you can write. If you don’t have a computer, there’s still good ol’ pen and paper! Many community libraries even offer free access to computers, so if you were determined, you can handwrite everything first, and then type it there if you don’t have your own computer.

When people say “Oh I could never be a writer. I suck at writing.” I disagree with that statement. Completely.

Once you find your favorite thing to write about, you might find you cannot stop!

Unfortunately, no one can tell you what your fave thing to write about it is. You have to experiment. Like my least fave thing to write about is horror. And I didn’t discover that until I worked on a horror project, which I’m still working on. I had to shelve it because it disturbed me so much, creeped me out to the point where I wanted to vomit. But after working on the second draft of that project, I’m finding it a little easier to swallow.
Now you don’t need to write a whole project of different genres and subjects. So here’s an assignment for you to find out what your fave topic to write about it is. Don’t worry, I promise you have time for it because it’ll only take a couple of minutes.

Take out your planner or notepad and pour your fave drink. Put on some relaxing music or music that gets you motivated. LoFi is a great option because it somehow both relaxes you and gets you pumped up at the same time. The point is to get you relaxed. This is creating you a pressure free zone. No deadlines. No one to judge you. Just you and the space you’ve just created for yourself. Maybe it’s at a cafe, or your fave spot at your park. The point is, make the space truly YOURS.

Don’t start writing right away.

Try to relax if you can.

Feel the seat beneath you. Let your ears hear every noise, or lack of if silence. Hear the hum of the AC. The twirling of the fan. The neighbor’s dog barking. The neighbor’s diesel truck running annoyingly for 20 minutes straight because they’re morons. The beat of the music turning up to drown out the neighbors. Nevermind them, this is YOUR space. Don’t check your phone. Turn off your notifications. This is your space. Pretend it’s a Doctor Who episode and checking your phone will kill you or cause the end of the world in 20 minutes.

Once you’ve found your space, and you can feel yourself not thinking about anything at all. Not your next appointment. Not your to-do-list. Just try to think of nothing at all.

Then, when you feel you’ve done that, make a list. Doesn’t have to be long. You and only you will know how long the list will be. The point is to be relaxed while you’re writing it.

If you can, write at least ten different topics. Then think about how you feel each one. You don’t have to make a notation about your thoughts towards each topic, but you can if you want.
See if you gravitate to any topics you’ve written. If not, try to write ten more.

Chances are, the first few topics you’ve jotted down, are subconsciously your fave.

And if you like, you can try writing 500 words on that subject. And then 500 more.

Soon, you’ve got yourself a basic story or recording of that topic.

Does that mean it’ll be well written right away?

Well, no. Writing well takes time and practice. But it means you’ve found something you love to write about. And then you just might find, you do not in fact suck at writing. You just haven’t found something worth writing about. And that my friend, is a colossal difference.

Well that’s all for today. Thanks so much for joining me at Claire’s Club today! To join simply hit subscribe and I’ll catch you on the next one!

Thanks again and remember to make time for your passions!

 

#Twitter #Notifications … Are They Useful or Annoying? #SocialMediaTip

Hey guys! Welcome back to Claire Cre8tes where we believe in passing creativity on. And you know, a great place for creativity, is TWITTER! 😀

A great place for Creativity is TWITTER! Click To Tweet

giphy-3

I’ve been around Twitter, since 2010. And although I only have 5,000 followers, which for nine years might not seem like a whole lot of followers … but to be honest, I didn’t join Twitter to gain tons and tons of followers. I joined Twitter because my friend @JetLBomb told me it was a great place to connect with writers, and connect to other people who love talking about writing and to share your ideas.

So I was like: “oh, that sounds awesome! And it’s free you say? Sign me up!” So I totally did!

Since 2010 there’s been TONS of userhandles I’ve had over the years because remember I said I was that friend who can’t make up her mind? Yeah, that applied to Twitter too! But for right now, and it looks like it’s here to stay; I’m @ClaireCret8es.

Even after all these years, I still LOVE Twitter! Seriously, it’s one of my fave things on the Internet!

Last year Twitter quietly rolled out an update on a feature called “mobile notifications”.

That means that if you go to somebody’s profile on your phone or desktop, and select the little bell (similar to the bell on YouTube); you can select “all notifications” or “video notifications”.

Honestly, I wish Twitter had more segments that you can choose what type of notifications you can choose from. To be honest, I’m not quite sure the usefulness of “video notifications”. If you have suggestions for the handiness of this feature, please share in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you use this feature and maybe change my mind that it’s actually a way cool feature to use.

But for now, as of the timing of this posting (April 25, 2019); you can only select those two notifications.

“All Notifications” is super useful because Twitter doesn’t make it easy to remember who you follow the most, who replies to you the most … that kind of thing. You have to go through a third party app to that. Same with Instagram.  So it’s really frustrating to remember who you engage the most with. At least for me, who has a horrible memory with names. While I never forget a face, names are like very difficult for me to keep track of. As are dates.

But the notifications feature has been around since July 2018. And the question remains: is it useful or annoying to have the notifications enabled?

At first I was really excited for this feature. I plugged on ANYONE who talked about Doctor Who, I plugged on Gary Vee for some daily motivation, my fave Doctor Who account (one of my faves!) Women of Who, and Wendy, and others who constantly and brilliantly tweet about Doctor Who.

And for a while, it was GREAT!

I say for a while because as soon as Season 11 premiered in October, I totally freaked out because I was so paranoid about spoilers.

giphy-4

I was really concerned about spoilers, afraid that everything would be revealed before I had a chance to watch it. And I agree with River Song that spoilers are bad. I was especially paranoid of spoilers because I don’t have cable, and I don’t have BBC America. So I have to wait until the next day to buy the new episode on Amazon. And I truly was concerned that I’d have everything ruined for me. I didn’t want anything spoiled for me at all.

So I avoided checking news sites, I avoided checking Facebook and everything!

I was especially concerned with all the notifications that I had turned on a few months before the new season, especially since most of my Timeline is Doctor Who fans. I thought what am I going to do?

So what I did was turn off ALL notifications under the app setting of my iPhone. Because I couldn’t remember who I had turned on notifications. Like I said, I went crazy with the feature when it first came out because I thought it was great at first. And it was! But it’s not so great if you want to avoid spoilers of your fave TV show, lol.

I had to turn off the badges, I had to turn off the drop screen notifications, I turned them ALL off. So while Doctor Who was on, I wasn’t getting anyone’s Tweets at all. It was a strange feeling.

But you know what I realized?

It was kind of nice! *exhale deep, zen breath*

giphy-5

It was ALMOST serene. Almost, because you know, social media is still always noisy.

But yeah, it still felt like kinda a nice break.

Since then, though, I have left OFF my Twitter notifications. It’s true.

To this day, I still don’t miss them! I know, I’m surprised too.

So are Twitter notifications “annoying”?

Welllllllllll … for ME they were because I didn’t want any spoilers of Doctor Who.

But if you’re not worried about spoilers or anything like that, they can be SUPER useful.

Think about it. During basketball season you can turn on notifications of all your teams! If you’re looking for a certain, let’s say news story like politics you can follow all your fave politicians. It can be super, SUPER useful.

However, you can also go a little overboard on the notifications without even realizing it like I did, lol!

So are they annoying though? Well, I recommend checking them out and giving them a try! That way you can see if it’s right for you for a little bit. I also recommend making some type of list of maybe your top five, ten, twenty of the people on Twitter you interact with the most on a regular basis. That way you remember their username if you decide to turn off notifications in the future.

It’s easy for the notifications to get overwhelming especially with how fast Twitter moves. It’s like when I go on Facebook, it feels super sluggish because I’m so used to Twitter!

It's easy for the notifications to get overwhelming especially with how fast Twitter moves. Click To Tweet

But in general, the notification bell is a great tool. It just can also be overwhelming. I still LOVE Twitter though, I have since 2010. While there have been years where I’ve not been on Twitter at all, I still go back to it regularly. The GIF’s are my fave part of Twitter! Finding the right gif to respond to a Tweet just feels like pure magic.

It’s a big fun platform, Twitter. So make sure you sign up if you haven’t already!

It can be a very scary place if you don’t like to be judged. So I recommend to stay out of the political section of Twitter if that’s not your thing! But there’s also AMAZING communities and people on board Twitter. It’s incredible!

Unfortunately, though, we’ve accepted a culture where it’s acceptable to be totally rude to someone you disagree with instead of trying to work together with them and seeing their point of view. I would totally love a culture shift where we work together despite our different political views. But sadly, I don’t see that happening any time soon. Just have to make an effort to be kind ourselves! Anyway, that could be a topic for another day.

I could seriously talk about Twitter all day.

In conclusion, I recommend to try Twitter notifications for a week and see how it suits you. If you feel like you’re going crazy with all the notifications (I recommend sound off), then go ahead and turn off the notification feature via the app setting. But if you find yourself loving it, it just might be the coolest feature of Twitter!

How do you stay organized on Twitter? Share in the comments and let’s chat!

Happy Creating,

Claire

Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego: Binge or Cringe? Full Review!

giphy-1

There was no right or wrong. Thievery was a competition. A game.
               -Carmen Sandiego

 

*acapella original theme song*  What’s up gumeshoes! Agent Claire here from A.C.M.E. and unfortunately the Nard Dog never taught me how to properly acapella my heart out, but hopefully you recognized some of the notes from the Rockapella hit and super catchy original game show theme song ‘ Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” Which brings us to today’s topic: Is Netflix’s 90’s reboot an overrated gem and totally worth the binge? Or is it more cringe? Gumshoes, let’s find out!
giphy

 

Don’t call it a comeback! But Carmen Sandiego is back on our TV screens and gliding into our hearts. This reboot is truly a reboot rather than a revival. A revival is a continuation of the classic series, much like the revival of Dr. Who – which has constant call-back’s and references of the classic series. While I don’t remember much from the original Carmen Sandiego cartoon series turned out that lack of memory was no problem  as it was completely different and never referred to her past adventures. In fact the show focuses more on how she became Carmen Sandiego, so it’s almost an origin story rather than a reboot. That is, if the original show decides to consider the Netflix version part of Carmen’s cannon.

 

In fact the show focuses more on how she became Carmen Sandiego, so it's almost an origin story rather than a reboot. Click To Tweet

I did find a channel on YouTube airing the classic cartoon, and I have to say: I remember loving the game show’s acapella theme song much better than the cartoon’s theme song. However I did like the cartoon’s acme team and how they made it a video game, asking the “Player” to “C5” them to the location they have to go to catch Carmen.

 

However, in Netflix’s version, it’s more like real life and “Player” is a hacker from Canadian and Carmen’s first friend from the outside world of the thieving academy.
giphy-2

 

While Zach and Ivy were in the original cartoon, and also siblings, they worked for ACME in the original that helped catch Carmen Sandiego rather than be her alley like in Netflix’s version. So if you do have a great memory, and remember the cartoon well; you might be a bit thrown off.
After watching a few episodes of the classic cartoon on YouTube (link will be posted below!) I thought it was a nice touch on the Netflix original that they kept Zach and Ivy as siblings. It’d be interesting if we get more of a background for these sidekicks in Season 2, to see if like Carmen if they also have a background in thievery.

 

While some of the critics online are disappointed that Carmen’s a hero, I say: hold the phone! Yes she considers herself not to be a bad guy, in the eyes of the law: she’s a master villainous thief! I love the duplexity element of being a ‘lawful evil’ type character.

 

Another cute twist they added was when, and if, Carmen gets a profit she picks her “favorite charity” to “donate” the funds. This reminds me of Facebook, which gives us the option to donate to a charity of choice rather than gifts from friends.

 

It was also cute that the detective’s assistant is much more astute than he was. It was very real world that the white man gets credit for a woman’s theory or idea. Hey, I’m just saying! I think, however, Carmen agrees with me when she helps Julia by letting her be the one to put a stolen artifact back in it’s rightful place.

 

And if you’re watching this rebooted series and thinking that the story is very well written for a “kids show” and feels VERY 90’s … you would be correct! I don’t think it’s a fluke the show feels that way, either. I think it’s because it was written by Duane Capizzi. After checking it out on Wikipedia, it turns out he also worked on 90’s greats like Disney’s animated series Aladdin, Tale Spin, Bonkers, and more! I hope that Carmen Sandiego gets a greenlight for season 2, because that’s a seriously talented writer!
In season 2 I hope for some more historical and geological facts given by Player and Carmen. Their banter is totally cute and it reminds me a lot of Carmen Sandiego’s origins by being an educational computer game. The writer’s make the knowledge fit naturally in the the show’s flow, and doesn’t interrupt it or in your face like the 90’s cartoon was about the facts. It’d be cute if Player makes it like a game show for her, nodding to the 90’s awesome gameshow of the same franchise.

 

But in season 1, I give it total binge status! It’s animation style reminds me of Samurai Jack’s animation with the dark lines and bold colors. It did take a little getting used to, Carmen Sandiego’s show style. But by the end of episode 1, I was totally hooked!

 

As a 90’s kid, a fan of the original show AND the game show, I give Netflix’s reboot: a binge status! YAY! Is worth giving it a day to watch if you’ve got some time to kill, but I enjoyed watching an episode a night and stretching it out.

 

Carmen and Player’s banter was totally my fave part of the show, but Carmen’s backstory mystery kept me guessing the whole time. Zach and Ivy give the show comedic relief, especially Zach, and they aren’t too annoying about it.

 

Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego is a good fit for both parents and kids to enjoy and everyone in between! If you’re craving the 90’s, this is a great show to wet your appetite!

 

So what’s on Netflix tonight for you? It just might be Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego!

 

How about you, what did you think of the news when it was released, have you watched it yet? What did you think? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

#MondayBlogs Fall: A Season to Let Go (Of Creative Block)!

Hey guys! Does fall feel like a fresh start to you, too? If so, what are you hoping to change? Let’s chat!

Hey guys! Thanks so much for joining me today. I am back on my regular schedule! You know, the main reason I’ve been so absent this year is two reasons:

 

1. Is confidence. My book did not do well at all and even got some extremely negative reviews on an Advanced Reader Copy review site and it really hurt my creative confidence. It made me question if I have what it takes to be an author. Furthermore, it made me not want to be creative at all!

 

 

2. Mental illness made me question the point of everything, I know there’s no shortcut to anything that matters, and I know how super important it is to be consistent on social media every week! But not only was my depression and anxiety making it extremely difficult to wake up and get out of bed each and every morning; it also produced an annoying but ever-present voice in my mind ask: why does this matter?

 

 

Deep down I knew I wanted to post, but the couch is so very comfortable and there’s so much to watch on Netflix that I didn’t really stand a chance!

 

Because I really DO love talking about writing and the creative life! Not only is it super inspiring, but I love helping others feel inspired too! In fact, that’s why I started to begin writing in the first place! I wanted to create inspiring stories that empower the reader! To make the reader feel special. And that’s why I took the negative reviews so hard. I felt like I failed. But there’s more stories to be told! More books to be written!

 

And I think in my fog of mental illness, I forgot that. So here I am, starting over.

 

 

I’m going to try and let go the negative thoughts of others. I’m going to try and let go the pressures and stress that my co-workers and bosses dumped on me. And I’m going to let go of the very strong worry of publishing another failed novel.

 

I’m going to start over. As a student. I’m going to pretend I’m back in college ten years ago in 2008 and I don’t know anything about writing. It’s time to re-master my craft. From grammar basics, storytelling strategies to character development and plot twists. I’m going to pretend like I’ve forgotten everything I think I know about writing and start anew.

 

 

There’s something kind of thrilling about starting over, don’t you think? Because when one let’s go of their bruised ego, maybe that means that anything is possible!

 

 

It might be 80 degrees around here and hardly feels like the first week of fall in my shorts and sandals, but mentally at least, I’m ready for it to be fall. I’m ready to start over as if I was starting a new semester in school. So much has changed for me this year, both in health and career, in friendships and changing of interests. I’m not sure if I’m going backward or forwards in my life, but the important thing is to keep moving. As the cheesy saying goes: if nothing is changed then nothing is gained. Or, something like that.

 

So what about you? What are you going to let go if you could? Share in the comments below, and let’s let go, together!

 

As always, happy writing!

 

#MondayBlogs: 20 Years of Hogwarts My Home. Thank You @JK_Rowling!

20 years of being a faithful Potterhead has been a blast! How has Harry Potter changed YOUR life? Share in the comments before! And tag a Harry Potter fan!

This weekend Twitter reminded us it was 20 years ago this past Saturday of the US book release that Harry Potter first crossed the Great Lake (the Black Lake in the films) and Twitter was feeling extremely nostalgic with many #BackToHogwarts posts. Barnes and Noble, Simon & Schuster and the New York City Public Library (my novel has a scene that takes place there, BTW!) and other news pages all were tweeting #HarryPotter20 fandom vibes. It made me reflect on how instrumental J.K. Rowling’s magical masterpiece really was in my life and I dedicate this post to Harry and the fans that made it a wonderful journey to be a part of.

But 20 years is still a very long time. I had been there since the beginning. It was back in middle school. Would have been the 7th grade. 13 years old I was. And I found it totally by accident. Little did I know, my life would never be the same. I remember very clearly the day I found the Boy Who Lived. But it felt like, Harry and his extraordinary world, had found me. Let’s take a trip in my Pensive, a.k.a. memory lane, and see where my first steps into the most wonderful Potterhead fandom began…

So it was an English assignment, and it was one of the toughest ever. We had to pick out a BOOK in the LIBRARY in only THIRTY MINUTES! Now I’ve never been much of a reader. So this challenge was a great task for me. I remember scouring the stacks of this library looking for … sigh, a book. Well, I browsed and browsed and browsed the children’s / MG books of 1998 and found nothing. Then I browsed the rest of the library. Teacher was looking at me, so I pretended to be interested in some of the spines of books so she thought I was busy. But I wasn’t busy, I was bored!

There was a strange book with a boy riding a broom on the cover. Huh. I walked by. I was frustrated when my friends found books with fifteen minutes to spare. They started to check out their books and even started reading already! I was running out of time. Teacher even reminded us our time was almost up.

I sighed, and snatched the spine of the book with the boy riding his broom. I stared at the title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Uh, okay. I didn’t have time to read the back blurb. No idea what it was about, but it was a book, I wasn’t going to get in trouble, and I was happy enough. I checked out the book and showed it to my friends. They LAUGHED at me and said that was a kids book. I stared at them: uh, weren’t WE kids?

We headed back to the classroom just in time for the next period. I managed to complete the first part of that assignment, yay!

A couple of weeks into the assignment and I was really enjoying the book! Like really, really enjoying it! Loving a book that didn’t feel like a forced reading assignment was a new sensation to me. It flew by and it was fantastical. I remember sitting at our reading times during one English class, and actually set the book down on the table on it’s spine and declared to myself loudly, proudly in my head: “I can do this. I write a story like this.” and ever since then; it’s been my dream to be a writer!

I remember when the books started to REALLY take off. It was the third book in the series that the rest of the nation was starting to catch up to the ‘Potter-Mania’. But by then I was well obsessed with the series. I was already in some roleplaying forums online (back then I was obsessed with an RP site called Twilight-Sky before it became a clique and full favoritism/cyberbullies), I was researching more about the Harry Potter world and Hogwarts. I even got in trouble with my family because my older brother caught me using the computer interacting with Harry Potter fans and saw the “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” and called my mom ASAP just to get me in trouble. “Mom, Mom, Claire wants to be a witch! Mom!” That brat!

It was very hard before people knew what the books really were about to explain I was not interested in ‘goth’ or the ‘dark arts’. But I didn’t really care. Even though the argument led me in tears and made me feel strange for liking such a book, I knew it was worth it. Because with those books, I felt apart of something. I was part of an online community that was like no other. My real life friends also slowly picked up on the series and we formed our own ‘Hogwarts’ houses. Of course: I was in Hufflepuff.

At first, I was offended because I was chosen last for the house and got stuck with it, but then I came to love it. Keep in mind, this was before we knew about Newt Salamander and Cedric Diggory. Hufflepuff wasn’t cool yet. We formed our houses in book three. But I wore my literal badge we made with pride.

It was the third book when it slowly started to become an international sensation. And the fourth book when they made the first movie. And then no longer was I laughed at. No longer did my family think I had a secret interest in witchcraft. They understood. They finally got on the Harry Potter bandwagon and wow did that bandwagon explode!

One of my friends stopped liking Harry Potter when it took off. She didn’t want to ‘conform with the masses’ or whatever. I shrugged. I didn’t care if it was getting so popular — it made me love it more!

Dressing up for the midnight showings and midnight book releases. Getting anxious because the next book was taking FOREVER to be released! Roleplaying online what we thought was going to happen. Shipping Harry with Luna and Hermoine with Draco. Pretending we were going to the Yule Ball too and dreaming which side-character would ask us to the ball (I was practically in love with Lee Jordan and crushed he didn’t get hardly any screentime). Predicting what cruel trick Snape would do next before we knew his true backstory. Getting BLOWN AWAY by the twist at the last two books. And making new friends who shared a love for the fandom. Debating which house was the best, what our Quidditch position would be, and if we would be brave enough to sign up for Dumbledore’s Army or not.

My friends and I were also obsessed with the James Potter years, creating our own stories about their misadventures in Hogwarts. It was brilliant and even though we were well into high school, we felt like we were still kids. And with how popular Harry Potter had gotten, it became, cool. No longer did we feel like dorks. We can wear our passion with pride.

Yeah, the 90’s and early 00’s were a wonderful time to be alive as a Harry Potter fan. Granted, it still is! We’ve still got a massive fandom of almost three generations. We have the Harry Potter worlds. We have the movies that are immortal on the silver screen (and no slaughtering unicorns required!) and plenty of Merch to make us feel like a real wizard, just like Harry. But it’s not quite like before the books finished. I suppose, though, that’s why they call it nostalgia.

To be honest I still haven’t seen the last two Harry Potter films. I haven’t read the Cursed Child. And I haven’t re-read the HP books in a very long time.

It’s not that I’m over Harry Potter. Not even close! And I still declare myself a Hufflepuff with pride, even on my Tinder profile! I know the reason I haven’t seen the last two HP films: I don’t want it to be over.

I know it’s silly. But I treasure my Harry Potter memories. There’s so many! It’s why I became a writer. It’s how I met so many wonderful folks online. Some of them I even met in person from other countries! But I just don’t want the journey to be over. I know it never will be, because I’ll always have those memories in my heart. But I worry that if I watch the last two films, that it’ll be like, growing up in a weird way. Saying goodbye to Hogwarts forever, somehow. And I’m not ready for that. But I know that’s a silly way of thinking. Because Hogwarts will always be there for me! No matter how old I get.

Because as JK Rowling herself said:

“Whether you’ve come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

I simply love how supportive Jo is of her fans. I adore how she recognizes how deeply impactful the books are to us, and she doesn’t mock us. She doesn’t tell us that it’s not real or we need to grow up. No. She welcomes us home. And if you’re a Harry Potter fan, no matter on what degree, we all have shared that home together.

And that is where the true magic really lies. It lies within us.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to watch the last two Harry Potter films. Maybe it’s time to appreciate the gift that J.K. has given us, and move forward. Not grow up. I could never do that, not really. But onwards is a good place to start. Because as Dumbledore once wisely said:

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
-Albus Dumbledore

Thank you, J.K. Rowling, to be brave enough to publish something so completely different back in the 90’s. Thank you for giving me the gift of an interest in writing and accepting my imagination instead of being ashamed or afraid of it. Thank you Harry Potter fans for 20 years of a magical journey. Thank you to the new generation who will love the books as much as we did. And thank you for reading this post today. It was an emotional one, but I felt like my #HarryPotter20 needed to be shared.

What about you? What’s YOUR #HarryPotter20 story? I know everyone has at least heard of Harry Potter – but have you ever felt a personal connection to it? Have you ever called Hogwarts your home? Share in the comments!

I hope you all have a magical journey back to Hogwarts this week!

Thanks, Potterheads! Stay Geeky!

~A Geek Named Claire