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Harry Potter and the Consequences of Overthinking Children’s Literature

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve spent much more time lately thinking about Harry Potter than is typically considered healthy for a grown man. Over the past few months, I’ve rewatched the movies, played the Lego games, read most of the books, listened to podcasts, and spent a …

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FictionGeekeryWriting

In Defence of Fanfiction – A Convert’s Tale

Fanfiction has a pretty bad reputation. Part of it is earned, but a lot of it is just because it sits pretty far down the list on Maslow’s hierarchy of nerds. Nerds have a pervasive inferiority complex so we spend a lot of time distinguishing ourselves from our perceived lessers …

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Your Steampunk Ain’t Punk

With Dishonored 2 coming out today, there’s an opportunity to interrogate its genre. Fact: I love steampunk, but it ain’t any kind of punk. It inherits the suffix from an actual punk genre of speculative fiction, but masquerades in its punkness. It’s as punk as white bread in a walnut-stained breadbox with …

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The Science Behind the Sideshow

Have you ever wanted to know how someone walks barefoot on broken glass? What ’embouchure’ means and why it’s important in fire-eating? Wondered what it would feel like to stand on someone else’s head? Well, I’ve got a show for you! But you’ve got to come to Chicago this winter.

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The making of Obi Wan Tenobi

Have you ever had a clever idea that has spun terribly out of control? That happened to me this year.It started with a tiny seed, and a bit of opportunity. I have wanted to make a replica sonic screwdriver for some time. I’ve also wanted to make a lightsaber for …

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Witch Please Podcraft and Review

Witch Please is excellent. It is fun, clever, thought provoking, funny, and broadly entertaining.  Their tagline, “A fortnightly podcast about the Harry Potter world by two lady scholars,” while literally true, does not do it justice. It is a fancast, at its heart, but you do not have to be …

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WIP Weekend: Death Eater

For the next installment of “My Friends Make Cool Stuff,” this Death Eater mask styled after the ones from the later Harry Potter films is just one part of what will eventually be a full costume.

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Why do we Mashup?

I was asked a question at Dragon Con this year that I have been puzzling over for the past two weeks: “Why are mashup costumes a thing?” What puzzled me was not the answer, I know the reason in the very core of my being. What puzzled me is how …

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