Friday, July 15, 2011

In Honor of Harry Potter ....

So yes this weekend is a bittersweet affair with the very last installment of the Harry Potter phenomenon in theaters today. All over the blogosphere peeps are celebrating in their own creative ways as we say farewell to a series that has had an astonishing effect on peeps of all ages.

I am no different than so many others who have been inspired to take up the keyboard and write after reading the HP series. I've been writing stories since I was a child, but it was after reading the HP series that I realized I really could pursue it. JK Rowling's imagination and creation opened doors and windows for peeps all over the world, inspiring us to tap into our own creative storehouses.

I love the fact this series has been a companion to so may readers around the world. I also love the fact it was written by a penniless woman--a single mother who had a vision. It gives me chills and it gives me courage. And it proves that children and adults alike can spot quality, regardless of how many pages it is.

So, in honor of Harry Potter, I leave you with a contest going on right now, through the end of this month over at Lisa Galek's blog. Enter to win some great prizes! But first, you'll need to know what house the sorting hat would put you in. I, myself, was placed in Hufflepuff.


First go here to answer some questions and be placed into a house. Then, click on the pic below to enter the contest for some HP swag.


Best of luck! Thanks so much for stopping by. Tell me how the Harry Potter series has influenced or inspired you! Please share ....

21 comments:

Caitlin said...

What a gorgeous post, PK :) Ms Rowling is such an inspiration, not just to writers, but I think to anyone out there who has a dream to chase, regardless of financial situation or how 'silly' the dream is. Harry was the first real novel I read as a kid, and it's thanks to him that I'm the book addict I am today!

Jenny said...

Great post. Reading the HP series to and with my sons made for some very fond memories.

Matthew MacNish said...

Harry Potter FTW!

Jess said...

Awww, love this post. I was placed in Hufflepuff too :)

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Love this. I think that the HP series has been a beautiful thing for readers and writers alike. I've never seen so many unified readers, in love with a particular concept, characters and the magic of it all. Similarly, I'm motivated by Rowling. She's accomplished something we'd all like to obtain. Getting so many children, teens and adults reading and LOVING it. Midnight releases, parties, movies and theme parks. She's really captured our imaginations and I'm grateful:)

Richard said...

I've never read any of the HP books, but I can't help but admire what Ms. Rowling has accomplished and the positive effect she's had on many people.

I wonder though if too many people are trying to immitate her books and not writing their own books. People can actually be holding themselves back if they are.

So, what am I saying? Find your own subject matter and make it magical in your own way. I think, in the long run, you'll be happier that way.

Liz Fichera said...

I'll never forget reading that first Harry Potter book that started it all. That was my favorite.

Laurel Garver said...

It would take me days to tell you the ways in which HP inspires me, and I've read the entire series as an adult. As a writer, it has inspired me to embrace complex characterizations and complex plots. More generally, it has challenged me to be more courageous. Without courage, all is lost.

Marsha A. Moore said...

Very fun post! The hat placed me in Gryffindor.

cherie said...

I'm in Ravenclaw!

I love HP! I'm going to see the last one TODAY so I'm doubly excited!!!

William Kendall said...

I ended up in Gryffindor, narrowly followed by Slytherin.

A lot of bloggers, myself included, have been bidding goodbye to Harry in blogs....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm off to see it in just a couple hours!

Kathryn said...

Yep, Ravenclaw! :)

Old Kitty said...

Yay for HP and JKR!!! I love the books more than the films (sorry - but I haven't seen this last one yet!!) so for me the books are just fabulous! Yay! take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A well written post though I am not a particulary a Harry Potter fan.

Yvonne.

fOIS In The City said...

thanks, PK ... that was fun. could not leave a comment because of the problem you used to have with gmail and the wordpress thing.

I was sorted into Hufflepuff ... never would have thought ... Great books ... loved all the movies so far and I will never tire of re-reading or reviewing this magical series. Bless Rowlings :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

PK,

You know how I feel about HP.... nothing more to say.

Madeleine said...

I'm in Griffindor Hoorah! I loved JKRowlings books and I am proud to say that via a friend we introduced them to a whole school. They had 1 copy of he book untouched in the library and soon the whole school was reading their own copies :O)

Michelle Fayard said...

Hi, PK,

My comments are in parentheses, all caps:

(Thirteen year old=HYPHENATE) Xavier Dare thinks he has played them all. Video games, that is. Until one day a mysterious tattooed man gives him a classic game console called the Acrux 1(,=DELETE) and a (never before completed=HYPHENATE) video game (called=COMMA INSTEAST) The Keys to Nin. (Alone in his bedroom and=DELETE) assuming it's junk, X is mesmerized by a beam of light that pops up from the Acrux console. (And since home life is pretty annoying with having to care for his disabled sister all the time,=THIS PULLED ME AWAY) X can't resist seeing what’s on the other side.

Transported through a wormhole to another solar system, X finds himself in an oversized forest on a planet called Nin, and under attack by a spider the size of a minivan. After being saved by a goggle wearing forest girl, X understands he's stuck on Nin until he finds the Gatekeeper to transport him back home. This becomes X's quest, but the races of Nin have bigger plans for him. They believe he was sent from the stars to conquer the rebel leader, Penumbra, and find Nin’s lost keys to restore peace. X doesn't get how he fits into all of it, and he really just wants to go home so his parents don't freak out and call the cops. But the more power Penumbra gains, the harder X's search is. And since Penumbra's determined to get to Earth herself, she’s looking for the Gatekeeper too. If she finds him first, X may never return home. With the help of a narcoleptic nymph, an aspiring fire-dancer, and the forest girl, X navigates the diverse seven realms of Nin, in search of the Gatekeeper—and because he starts to feel a weird sense of loyalty to these people—the lost keys. In a final showdown with Penumbra, X will learn something that changes his life forever. (THIS GRAPH WAS TOO LONG FOR ME; I’D SHORTEN THE TEXT AND BREAK IT UP INTO MORE THAN ONE GRAPH.)

(X Dare and The Keys to Nin=ALL CAPS, NOT BOLD) is a (65k=65,000)(HYPHEN)word MG science fiction / fantasy (story. In its own unique way, it could be described like=DELETE) (The Neverending Story meets Stargate=ALL CAPS, NOT ITALICS; THIS IS THE BEST PART OF THE DELETED SECTION.) (with some unexpected twists. In popular kid lit today, it can be compared to The Beyonders or the Pendragon series.=DELETE) It is a standalone work with series potential. I am a member of SCBWI and YALitChat.org. (I’d be delighted to send you the full manuscript.=DELETE; JUST SAY WHAT YOU’VE ATTACHED OR ENCLOSED, PER THEIR SUB GUIDES.) Thank you (so=VERY WOULD BE BETTER) much for your (valuable=DELETE) time.

I hope I posted this in the correct place. :)

Michelle

Nas Dean said...

Loved this post! Waiting to see the movie, maybe this weekend after my daughter's exams.

Angie Cothran said...

I love the idea of a boy getting sucked into a video game. I think it is a premise that would appeal to a lot of kids :)

I loved the hook at the beginning. It sucked me in. I did get lost after the first paragraph.

I think breaking it up with more white space will help. Agent Janet Reid of queryshark says she won’t even read queries that come with big blocks of text. Each paragraph should be three sentences max. I think that also helps pare the ideas down.

I also got lost in the names. I would cut things like Acrux console, forest girl, narcoleptic nymph, and aspiring fire-dancer. Use world building details sparingly—you only need a few.

I cut it down—this is what I think is the crux of your story.

Thirteen year old Xavier Dare thinks he has played them all. Video games, that is. Until one day a mysterious tattooed man gives him a never before completed video game called The Keys to Nin. Alone in his bedroom X is mesmerized by a beam of light that pops up and he can't resist seeing what’s on the other side.

Transported through a wormhole to another solar system, X finds himself in a race to find the Gatekeeper who can transport him back home

But the races of Nin have bigger plans for him. They believe he was sent from the stars to conquer the rebel leader, Penumbra, and find Nin’s lost keys to restore peace.

Penumbra's determined to get to Earth herself, and she’s looking for the Gatekeeper too. If she finds him first, X may never return home.

Author Elana Johnson—founder of querytraker—has a great blog about writing queries that helped me tons: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/p/writing-query-letter.html
She has great tips on how focus a query.

Good Luck. It sounds like a cool story. I would love to see it in print.