Time to Start Writing for Me

I miss you all.

That should be said first-thing, as it seems my endeavors to blog through what has become a series of rapid-fire transitions in my life were a bit overzealous. It doesn’t mean I didn’t miss you though. On the contrary, I thought about you almost everyday, as if blogging was an old friend that went away on a dangerous journey and wouldn’t return for about four months. One of the few running themes of my old posts were that time passes and people move on, but I never had any intention of the same fate befalling my blogging career. Blogging was supposed to be my steadfast friend who follows me no matter where life takes me, like Sam from Lord of the Rings, but even I suffered from the affliction that strikes even the most prudent of democratic denizens. I got busy. Like really busy. And I make no promises that it will never happen again.

I think now that I’ve come to the point of acceptance about that, I can quit looking at blogging as my ticket to freedom to one day engage in creative art day in and day out and start looking at it at what it is, an act of passion. And if one day in the far-flung future that passion gets noticed, that’s terrific. But for right now, I simply wish to blog about what I want. No business plan, no daily schedule, no strategic guides, just posts that will be ready when they’re ready. I have no idea if that will take the form of daily short posts, weekly dissections, or month-long epics. I just know that the desire to formulate some kind of blogging get-rich plan prevents me from writing to my full potential, and I’m finally at the point where fulfilled potential is all I really want. I do enough audience planning and strategic evaluation while working in the field of public relations. I really just want a place to write, and for two, twenty, or two million people who are interested to read and comment on my posts.

At this point, it’s about minimizing. When trying to lead a life of emotional and spiritual fulfillment, complexity is your enemy.


A Look at Severus Snape



“Well, it may have escaped your notice, but life isn’t fair.”
Severus Snape

This blog post has been in the making for what has to have been about three months. While I’ve written blogs about uncomfortable topics, bizarre topics, spiritual topics, and requested topics, for some reason I’ve found this one to be the most difficult in the history of A Link to the Matt.

But I’ve finally found an angle to write about him. However, I’m going to be honest. Articles like this don’t have a huge return on investment. Talking about a specific fictional character only appeals to fans of their respective series. What’s more, I can’t hope to compete with the level of fandom of the people who wanted this post. Still, it’s important for me to delve into the characters for my own personal exploration and the exploration of others. 

I think I’ve determined the reason he’s so difficult to talk about. Severus Snape is possibly the most enigmatic character in all of fiction. I just don’t understand him, and I’m not sure anybody does. Snape as a character sits in something of a Bermuda Triangle. He’s physically a human, but is treated like an alien and functions as something of a deity. 

I don’t doubt that J.K. Rowling had this planned from the very beginning, but Snape was portrayed in three ways throughout the seven books. 

The Villain

In the beginning of the series, Snape was portrayed as a villain. Not the main villain, of course, but a constant thorn in Harry and the gang’s side. From the beginning, both characters make their mutual detesting of each other very clear. Snape hated the resemblance to James Potter and his celebrity status.

The Anti-Hero

And yet, the times were changing. After three years, Snape and Harry began to transit from loathing to unspoken respect. Snape began to do things to help Harry, but not in ways that were immediately apparent to our favorite literary protagonist. 

The Hero

And, in the end, Snape died for Harry’s safety. After receiving Snape’s memories, Harry finally understood the reasons why Snape was involved in the things he was. Snape was always working for Dumbledore. Snape was always a hero. 

Until the very end, the readers did not know what to make of Snape. His motivations were never clear, and yet he always had a purpose. This makes Snape one of the most well written characters in fiction. 

I still don’t know what to make of Snape as a character, and that’s exactly how it should be. 

[Thanks to Myra Boulware for the suggestion]