All my blogs

What did I do before the birth of the internet? I spend all stinkin day on the internet…reading friends’ blogs, researching my “real” work, building my websites, feeding my own blogs so that they grow big and strong…

I once spoke to a writer friend of mine about her work. She told me that she moves in cycles in her writing. She finds that there are times when all she does is write and then there are times when all she cares to do is read; one activity feeds the other.

I find that through this rise of “blogging” I am writing much more frequently, finding my voice, finding my people and for that I am thankful. At the same time I’m seeing that I spend less time with a good book. Most of my reading these days is “work” related. I am currently reading two books about Somatic Awareness (which is absolutely awesome…lovin it) and several books in the Theological realm, which also, I am digging. It’s creative writing I’m missing. I don’t even have time (make time) to pick up my Sun Magazine which is sad considering it’s like a Vitamin B-12 shot to the creative soul. I leave it to gather dust on my nightstand.

The last fiction I read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in July. Just to give you an indication of how much I dig Harry Potter I’ll tell you that I stood in line with my 10 year old daughter, dressed as Tonks the night it was released….and I also had already pre-ordered a book from Amazon.com juuuuust in case something came up. So Riley and I read our books, side by side from the early early morning til the late late night. I think she finished first, around 10pm. I was up til 12 I think.

I’ll take the opportunity to say that I get some grief from my Evangelical friends about HP. Someone recently even said to me that considering what she has known of me and the way I express my faith she was SO suprised to find that I would read HP and even LET my children read it. This bugs me on so many levels it would have to be a whole post of it’s own so we won’t go there.

Here is why I love reading Harry Potter. I read the first book a few years ago. My daughter had been pestering me to let her read it. I wanted to peruse it first to make sure it was cool and I devoured this book. It is extremely well written. The characters are multidimensional and complicated and intruiging. After I read the book I was hoping I could get a letter from Hogwarts, you know?

But what made me value these books even more is that after my daugher read the first book she talked non stop about the characters and the plot to anyone who would listen (still does….) and I guess SHE got some grief from a couple of her friends about it. So she came in to me one day and said, “Mom, did you know some Christians don’t like the Harry Potter books? They say that it makes kids want to be witches and wizards” to which I asked, “Well, does it make you want to be a witch?” She looked indignant, “No way! It makes me want to be an author!” I think I almost cried right then and there. So I send blessings to JK Rowling. Thanks Jo, maybe Riley would have ended up wanting to be an author ANYWAY, but for a book to speak that to her at this tender age, that is immense. That, is the work of God.

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13 thoughts on “All my blogs

  1. I’m amazed people get fazed by Harry Potter! She deserves a medal for writing about the Draco Malfoy aspect of school, alone! Nobody else seems to deal with that or at least only in an unrealistic way where the Draco and hero/ine affect a reconciliation. In real life for real kids this doesn’t happen.

    Good on your daughter. I’d be proud, too!

    Cheers

    BC

    I love how the characters developed in each of the books…Riley actually wrote a report about how Draco’s character changed in the 6th and 7th books and how that aided in Harry’s own development…it was cool. She rocks, that kid of mine.
    Mrs M

  2. I think JKs success is that she gets under the skin of the reader. The stories and characters are eternal and can apply any time, anywhere, and the basics of her stories are already in the mind, as they’ve been repeated since the earliest myths.
    The most long lasting writers realise this.

    Absolutely, Tony. My DD and I actually spent a lot of time breaking it down after we read each one and talked about which mythological AND historical influences we saw in Jo’s work. THAT is an awesome thing, let me tell you.
    Mrs M

  3. Mrs. I think it doesn’t matter what others think. If you are sound enough in your spiritual beliefs you should be able to conquer anything. I think people who are not strong in their belief systems are the ones who rail against things, for deep down inside them they fear it might corrupt them – Hogwarts – ooops I meant hogwash. I also feel if you keep open and honest dialogue going with your children and instill healthy values you don’t have anything to fear from a book. It is ignorance that is dangerous. It is fantasy pure and simple and if we look at it that way and hold strong to what we believe then there should be no fear of your daughter turning into a cauldron toting frog poofing witch.

    I am glad she it has inspired her to be an author and avid reader, what more could you want from a book.

    I would agree with you on several points but in some ways it does kind of matter what others think..in that the community I choose really ought to be able to speak into my life, so in that sense…I SEEK wisdom and discernment. I don’t however tend to go with the flow, just because it’s the flow. Heaven knows where that can lead. I’m all about asking questions and discernment…
    Mrs M

  4. We have been waiting on the HP thing with our boys. I just have not had the time to check out JK Rowlings. And I tend to avoid “hyped” things whatever they may be. I also knew that if our boys were left alone for more than 5 minutes with my MIL she would introduce them to all things Harry.

    Thus in October, Andy and I went to my brother’s wedding in Florida leaving the boys in Chicago with the MIL. Low and behold she bought them the first two Harry Potter books. The boys loved them. And I think that I am hooked as well. Rowling is an incredible storyteller.

    And as fas as the questionable content our boys recently read another series that got no press and we are a lot more concerned about the “message” in those books.

    Oh and I would love to learn how to play Quadditch. Do you think Hogwarts will take a forty year old mother of 5?

    Yeah, see…I’ve no interest in learning another sport. I have enough trouble with the ones I know already! LOL
    Mrs M

  5. Hey mrs! I’ve only thought of you as a Jesus freak who reads Harry Potter (and most of the time I forget the latter). I’m one of those people who doesn’t participate in the reading of this book nor has my child. That’s just us. We’re Jesus freaks without the latter.

    The cool thing is, you can read it and I can choose not to and each of us can still be Jesus freaks in our own right.

    Amen. That Jesus, He’s such an equal opportunity Lover.
    Mrs M

  6. I haven’t read the Harry Potter books due to lack of time. My son has read them – he is 11 and he LOVES them.

    I don’t understand why some people are hesitant to read books about Harry Potter stuff. It is fiction – fun fiction. I am so glad my parents allowed me to read anything – I loved Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but I didn’t spend all my hours locked in a wardrobe hoping it will open up.

    My 8 year old wants to be a writer too – she needs someone to illustrate her books – Mrs., are you interested? I think a lot of rainbows, fairies, and flowrers are required!

    Well, I am talented in many places but DRAWING is not one of them, sadly…maybe when I turn 50 I”ll take up painting…lol
    Mrs M

  7. I understand completely why some people avoid everything Potter and Wizard-of-Oz’y. Won’t go into it here as this is a fun lighthearted place. It’s not something we chose for our child, but now that she’s an adult, she has the choice and our blessing to read whatever she wants because she has much more discernment and an understanding of the pros/cons of both views. Anyway, good work mrs. You are nearly to the halfway point – woohoo! Have a good night.

    Hey Beefy…I totally GET why people would avoid it as well….at least for a time. What is hard to understand is how they would avoid some things, like good literature with themes outside their narrative BUT not avoid all the consumeristic garbage that swims around their children’s heads all the live long day. I find, though, grace for pretty much everyone in the thinking that we just gotta pick our battles and start SOMEWHERE….because we’re outnumbered, really. We’re all doing the best we can…lol.
    Mrs M

  8. Oh, I know you “get it,” mrs. Keep the kid from the spooky pooky books, but haul them to the mall every time they look sad–or let them watch tv 5 hours a day. Realistically, looking back, I didn’t see anything with Barney or the Wizard of Oz and I raised a few eyebrows (even though I do see both sides), but people can make out of them what they want to . . . even the HP books (which I’ve never even looked at only read about / it was a movie trailer that made me say, “No way!”) Our most important job as parents is to raise well-balanced, sane, contributors to society, and I do believe lots of stuff about God and his mercy that I have no business even starting to dip into here. Long story short, and I think we agree on this, there are many MUCH more important things in life to be concerned about, on the whole, besides HP books. “Have a NICE day!” 🙂

    Spooky, pooky? I like that…hee hee. Yeah, the Oz books are much more sinister than the movie…also Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has some of that spooky pooky goin on too…oy
    Mrs M

  9. I find that I am not reading as much either or rather that I am doing more blog reading, lol! What is it? I find that if I miss a day from you all, I may just go through withdrawal. lol.
    On the HP books, I haven’t read them. Many educators will say they don’t care as long as the kids are reading.
    I too have been ‘warned about them’ from Christians. By not having read them, I don’t feel I can comment one way or another on them. My information is really hearsay from others. I think Pink Beefs says it well…, “there are many MUCH more important things in life to be concerned about, on the whole, besides HP books.”

    I know what you mean about educators saying it doesn’t matter as long as they’re reading….but I disagree with them on some level. Not all reading is equal…just as not all food is equal. Some candy once in a while is fine but it’s the “good stuff” that really builds your literary brain, you know? I think the organized educational system has failed burgeoning readers and sabotages itself…but that’s a post for another day. : )
    Mrs M

  10. Good art transcends the everyday in my world. I am just as apt to bring my crew to a renaissance exhibit at an art gallery as I am to nurture their enjoyment of the HP series. The tough part is deciding for ourselves what qualifies as good art or quality toys or which activities will broaden the mind and strengthen our bodies. I am finding there is so much quality stuff out there to do and see and read out there that we have a hard time squeezing in the time or space in our family’s life to nurture other things, like a Pokemon collection. Somehow I keep trucking on past that display at the store without stopping.

    I agree whole heartedly…good art does transcend the everyday. I would say that it also EMBODIES the everyday, the ordinary, the quotidian. Personally I don’t like Pokeman…it just bugs me for some odd reason so I’d be walking past that display with ya, babe.
    Mrs M

  11. “Mom, did you know some Christians don’t like the Harry Potter books? They say that it makes kids want to be witches and wizards” to which I asked, “Well, does it make you want to be a witch?” She looked indignant, “No way! It makes me want to be an author!”

    Brilliant! You go, girl! We’ll be waiting for your next (first?) blog post…

    Remind me to send you the link to her blog, Andy…it’s hysterical. She’s also already begun to write 2 or 3 novels. Ack….way to start “small” right?
    Mrs M

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