Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman

BBC: Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69, of cancer.

  1. Fuck cancer.
  2. I didn’t realize until today how many of my favorite films Alan Rickman was in – the Harry Potter series, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Die Hard… It’s an overwhelmingly stellar film list and a testament to his ability and skill as an actor.
  3. When I next re-read the Harry Potter series, his voice will always be my Professor Snape. He is Severus Snape for me. I will never lose that, his performance was so powerful.
  4. 2016 is awful. First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman — and earlier this year, Natalie Cole passed away too.
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Currently Reading: AMERICAN SPHINX by Joseph J. Ellis

c9504bc52f1229dfb5f0af4667e3c8dcI spent a good chunk of fall 2015 reading the number one Alexander Hamilton biography ever written, by famed writer and now Broadway famous Ron Chernow. This along with the Hamilton Broadway show has invigorated my passion for American Revolutionary War-era history, as well as the stories of the Founding Fathers, topics I’ve been interested in since an early childhood of social studies classes. I fell in love with the romantic side of it, the battle for democracy against the oppressive monarchy, as well as the harsh reality of early warfare. I also gained a major crush on the Marquis de Lafayette, America’s adopted son and favorite fighting Frenchman – but, hey, so did George Washington, so you can’t blame me.

It also helped that my favorite musical is the quintessential American story 1776, which kickstarted my historical crush on Benjamin Franklin as well as an appreciation for the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams. But the one who really ending up standing out the most was the redheaded, quiet powerhouse with a quill, who played the violin and delivered the document that would declare an entire nation’s independence: Thomas Jefferson.

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Wednesday Briefs: Weehawken, Take Two

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This week’s flash fiction for Wednesday Briefs is semi-historical fiction, semi-Hamilton fan fiction. I doubt Lin-Manuel Miranda will read this one, but the Hamilton references are pretty clear.

Weehawken, Take Two. Prompts used: “Don’t you know there is no justice?”; “Forget it, this was a mistake.”

Aaron Burr’s shot misses. Not by much—it grazes Alexander Hamilton’s shoulder enough to leave a streak of burnt fabric in what had once been the man’s third-best jacket. The heat of it can be felt in the skin below the sleeve. For a moment, Hamilton stares dumbly at the spot on his body where Burr’s bullet strayed from its intended target. His arm hangs in the air, gun raised to the sky, wavering in the New Jersey breeze that carries the promise of the oncoming dawn.

The moment passes, and Burr is in his face, looking at the immigrant with a mixture of shock and concern.

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Wednesday Briefs: The Backlog List

Wednesday Briefs is a weekly micro flash fiction writing challenge in which participants write short stories based on randomly presented prompts, either in the form of words or images. Pieces are to be between 500 and 1,000 words, and can either be stand-alone pieces or chapters of a larger story.

Below are the various stories I wrote for my blog, Nagareboshi Reviews, split into two categories, original fiction and fan fiction. Prompts used are included in parenthesis.

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Updates and Belated News

I feel awful since it has been so long since I last updated this blog. However, since the last time I wrote here, I’ve been a full-time student and held down two part-time jobs – one as a student library assistant at my college, another as the Arts & Entertainment editor at my student newspaper, the Current. It has been fulfilling, albeit sometimes frustrating, work, and I love it in ways one can only love a job. So yes, I have been busy!

I have also been blogging at another location, my Blogspot for anime and manga, Nagareboshi Reviews, which is now on an undefined (if not indefinite) hiatus. This means that SLH Writing – this blog – will become the new home for all of my original flash fiction in the Wednesday Briefs series. The next post will be a masterpost of briefs I wrote and posted to Nagareboshi Reviews so readers can see what I’ve already done.

Writing goals for 2016: work on my poetry writing, finish a manuscript to the point that it is good enough for reading by others, be a better editor and journalist at the Current.