A Half-way Point Letter from Professor Snape

Posted by Niassa on November 15, 2016 in NaNoWriMo 2016 |

Well, what do we have here? It looks like a bunch of dunderheads, to me. When we first began our… journey together, I made it quite clear that I didn’t expect any of you to really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering words floating within, the delicate power of liquids like coffee and tea that creep through your human veins, bewitching your mind, ensnaring your senses, filling you with energy and a need to focus that cauldron of words onto the parchment before you.

And what is this? A Prefect named Niassa who has fallen behind? Lazy! Five points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable laze-about! Detention, too, where I will beat into you the process by which you should extract the essence of novel and carefully—lovingly, even—coax its contents into formation. Don’t make me channel Professor Umbridge and have you write this out by hand! And while I have no love of her, nor of Mad-Eye Moody, they both had a very clear message: VIGILANCE! PATIENCE! 

Many of you feel a presence in your mind; you hear and see things. Make no mistake! You are not Harry Potter, and that is not the Dark Lord seeing through you, hearing through you, or acting through you. It is not Legilimency. Occlumency will not help you. That is the presence of the characters of your stories. Those are their voices, screaming and clamoring to be heard. Will you ignore their pleas? Will you sit idly by while they have no chance for salvation, nor for slaughter, kept in a purgatory of your own making?

Always remember that your stories—what some might refer to being akin to the Dark Arts—are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. By not writing and allowing your stories to take their shape, you are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, and indestructible. You must therefore be flexible and inventive!

Now. Quills and parchment out. Cauldrons set up. Stir those words carefully. They are done simmering. It is time to crank up the heat and let them boil over. Incendio!

And carefully, now. Carefully. “Accio words.” Let them transfer to your quill and/or parchment.

Now, then. Get to work. I’ve seen better behavior out of a Norwegian Ridgeback. Failing your OWLs is not an option. I will be compelled to point out some of the cut-rate wizardry schools that we will… transfer… you to upon your failure. SO DO NOT FAIL. Below is a list of scheduled OWL study sessions. Muggles have been calling them “write-ins.” Deplorable term. Deplorable.


Tuesday, 11/15:
3:30p – 6:30p – St. Mark’s Coffeehouse
4:00p – 6:00p – *OFFICIAL* Westminster Library, Irving Location
6:00p – 8:30p – *OFFICIAL* Englewood Public Library
6:30p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Serenity Ridge

Wednesday, 11/16
4:00p – 6:00p – *OFFICIAL* Book Bar
5:00p – 8:30p – *OFFICIAL* Lone Tree Panera Bread

Thursday, 11/17
2:00p – 4:30p – Highlands Ranch Village Inn (NOTE: this is moved from its normal day)
5:30p – 7:30p – *OFFICIAL* Westminster Library, College Hill Location
6:00p – 8:00p – *OFFICIAL* Evergreen Library
6:00p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Arapahoe Crossing

Friday, 11/18
9:00a – 11:00a – Starbucks at 44th & Federal
10:00a – 2:00p – Mummies and a Write-in (Mummies Exhibit followed by a write-in; see this thread for more information and to RSVP)
3:00p – 5:30p – Nixon’s Coffee
8:00p – 12:00a – Perkins on Colorado/I-25
9:00p – 12:00a – St. Mark’s Coffee House

Saturday, 11/19
8:00a – 12:00p – Stella’s Coffee Hause
10:00a – 12:00p – Global Goods & Coffee Shop
10:30a – 1:30p – Self-Publishing Workshop (RSVP REQUIRED – go here to RSVP)
1:00p – 4:00p – Columbine Library
4:00p – 5:30p – *OFFICIAL* Iliff Square Library (Aurora)
6:00p – 12:00a – Enchanted Grounds (Littleton)

Sunday, 11/20
11:00a – 1:00p – In Tea (Littleton)
6:00p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Arapahoe Crossing

Monday, 11/21
7:00a – 10:00a – Bean Fosters (South Golden)

Tuesday, 11/22
3:30p – 6:00p – St. Mark’s Coffeehouse
4:00p – 6:00p – *OFFICIAL* Westminster Public Library (Irving Location)
6:00p – 8:00p – *OFFICIAL* Evergreen Public Library
6:00p – 8:30p – *OFFICIAL* Englewood Public Library
6:30p – 9:00p – Starbucks (in King Soopers) at Serenity Ridge

And because I am an awfully generous man, I will give my thanks to each of you for reading this communication. I haven’t felt so warmly welcomed since my field trip to Azkaban last year.



Professor Severus Snape


Forwarded from Owl Post by Niassa and Katharine Swan

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