The Case for Slytherin

When I think Christmas, I think mainly of the colors red and green.  The two colors couldn’t clash more, don’t you think?  Well, they aren’t the only ones constantly clashing: Gryffindors and Slytherins have a notorious rivalry that goes back to the time of Hogwarts’ founders.  In short, Salazar Slytherin felt that his work and ideas were unappreciated at Hogwarts, so he left, leaving behind his legacy in Slytherin House (as well as a giant snake in a totally awesome, underground lair, but that’s besides the point).  Slytherin House has the worst reputation of all the Houses; most notably, Rebeus Hagrid once said, “There’s not a single witch or wizard who went bad who wasn’t in Slytherin”.  I, as a Slytherin, feel pretty offended when people tell me I “don’t seem like a bad person” or that I was “Sorted wrong”; I’m a Slytherin and proud of it.  In fact, I felt so strongly about this topic that I decided to write an example essay about how Slytherin doesn’t deserve the prejudice it receives.  I’ll just glance over the main points and summarize them here. Continue reading


Throwback To The Roaring 20s


picture credits to @cliffwatkinson on flickr

We read a short essay type thing in English, called “Living Like Weasels” by Annie Dillard, who is becoming one of my favorite writers.

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Falling Down Wonderland into Diversity

Meow meow.

In my last post, I mentioned “writing a wrong” where I failed to write my definition essay correctly the first time around.  Soon after, I chose a slightly different spin on the topic and connected the experience with Alice experiencing Wonderland.  This brings me to my ultimate topic– different applications of one subject.  In the case of my essay.  I compared experiencing a new world and meeting new people to the journey of Alice through Wonderland (I’m doing my best to be descriptive, without giving away too much, so sorry if this sounds redundant).

3623644940_905e069135_oThis is the beautiful and amazing work of Elena Kalis.

Ironically, another group in my period used Alice in Wonderland for their innovation project tracking.  They call their website: Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole.  Their subject matter, polar opposite side of our “Coming Down the Rabbit Hole,” is murder.

The ambiguity of the Alice in Wonderland concept struck us all as a media for flexibility, individuality, and uniqueness.  So, may all your future adventures and experiences be like a Wonderland, different, insane, and unforgettable.


My World

My world is a slab of golden, honey-colored wood, quite wide when I first laid my eyes on it. It stands about three feet high from the ground and about an arm span across. Facing the stark white walls calloused from memories of previous owners, it seemed solemn when not in use. The once bare surface is now covered with textbooks and notebooks, from history to english to biology, stacked up about 13 inches high, meeting the wall with its brown paper-bagged cover. Continue reading

Writing the Wrong

Hey guys,

I hope you enjoyed that pun. 😛  Now, just a little update on my essays for this project:

We are currently working on definition essays, which are typically combinations of the modes of narration and description, backed by anecdotal evidence.  The point of definition essays is to define something, while throwing in something eye-opening or putting a different point of view on a certain object.  The first time around, I did not know this and wrote my essay as though it was more of a dictionary definition.  However, once I rewrote the entire thing, I began seeing useful anecdotes can serve to carry across a certain perspective and breathe life into description essays.  Alright-y, that is all I am going to say about the essay projects this time!

  Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 11.37.18 PMThis photo was taken by Flickr user Steve Voght.  I edited in the words!

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A New Month, A New Chapter

So the first week of December is almost over, so that means the beginning of the end of 2014.  Can you believe it?  Where has all the time gone.  I must admit – most of my time has gone to procrastinating.  But it’s so easy to get distracted!  And hey, if you’re spending time doing stuff you enjoy, then it’s probably worth it (just don’t let it keep you from being productive). 

Now that the year is coming to a close, people usually take the time to reflect on what they’ve accomplished over the past twelve months.  Writing in a journal every day is a great way to keep track of daily occurrences and have a record to draw inspiration from in the future.  And once you’ve celebrated everything that you’ve already accomplished, you can start drafting those pesky New Year’s resolutions.

Just last month was National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a novel writing project that challenges both professional and amateur writers alike to complete a 50,000 word novel in just thirty days.  I’ve been meaning to participate in NaNoWriMo for years now, and many of my favorite YouTubers document their progress during November, but I’ve yet to even attempt such a daunting task.  But hey, my friends and I are trying to compose a novel now, so that’s a start!  Maybe it’ll make a good New Year’s Resolution since we all have lots of novel ideas floating around.

But remember, writing is a year-round activity, and this is the perfect time to start planning for next year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’d like to leave you with some writing advice and a NaNoWriMo documentary from Kristina Horner who has participated (and won) for years now.  She offers a lot of helpful tips and *gasp* even encourages you to take a well-deserved break.  Who could say no to that?

Hope to see you next year (and, you know, next week),

~Mad Hatter