Soaring to the Sky With Your Feet on the Ground - Part 1
All of his life, Percy had rules to guide him. When he starts Hogwarts, Percy has a goal-oriented Plan. Oliver Wood was never quite part of the rules, but he loves facts and listens when Percy talks about what the Quidditch Teams could improve upon overall.
When I first read Harry Potter as a pre-teen, I didn't think much of Percy Weasley. That's not to say I thought badly of him; he was there, and occasionally had speaking lines, or appeared to be the butt of a prank or to try and rein the twins in, but overall, Percy was easy to overlook.
Lesser-Known Lackey: Part 1
The Heralds of Valdamar are probably Mercedes Lackey's best-known works, but they are also the one that I never really got into.
Tortall - Part 1: Alanna
Tamora Pierce in general is an amazing writer, who exploded onto the scene of YA fiction with a quartet of books that I read on loop for a solid month.
Death and It's Aftermath
Written for Medium's Writers Competiton, for the Death challenge, and re-published here. I wasn't a stranger to death on the night my twin died.
The Things They Never Tell You
If I had to pick the hardest thing about working in Aged and Disability Care, I would be torn between two options. First: That it is impossible not to get at least slightly attached to the people you look after.
R U OK?
It's the second week of Septemer, which means R U OK Day is coming up. Founded in 2009 by Gavin Larkin, R U OK Day was intended to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. It came to national attention in 2011, and inspires somewhat mixed feelings in the general populace. On September 9th, people are encouraged to reach out and strengthen personal relationships by asking a simple question: R U OK?
And A Partrige In A Pear Tree: Part 8 of The Journey
Read Part One: The Safehouse Read Part Two: Temptation Read Part Three: Suspicion Read Part Four: Glitter Read Part Five: Running Bulls