The more we get to Luz attending Hexside, the more that the Owl House world expands. From learning that the Boiling Isles is a giant skeleton to knowing that the covens are strict about who should join them, each is a piece of the puzzle that creates a new whole.

Trust is the main theme for this episode. Luz wants to trust in her abilities but also appear cool. She also needs to trust in Eda’s teaching. When she slips and endangers everyone, the lesson appears hard. King goes the other way and is too trusting in his own abilities. …


It was Halloween time. The teachers would create a punch with dry ice so that it would smoke, taste ravioli for my vegetarian self to see if it had cheese or chicken, and deck out in costumes. (Spoiler alert: it was chicken.)Ms. R sat us down one time and opened a picture book. It didn’t seem so bad, about a girl with a ribbon around her neck.

Then Mrs. R got to the end, showing us the pictures. We were all gasping and screaming. I haven’t read the rest of the book or the stories, but the images are online. They reflected my horror. Even though it’s been more than two decades, the story still gives me the chills. …


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Truly deathlicious

One of the best games that I’ve played this year was Grimm’s Hollow. It was short and sweet, as the saying goes, but the story is top-notch. I know that it grabbed much of my attention for a stream, and I proceeded to buy the soundtrack to support the creators. Its message resonates with me: to not be afraid of what is inevitable, that is death, and what goes beyond it. …


Fittingly, today is National Princess Day. It was created by the Swan Princess producers, who wanted to promote their film. Unfortunately, the movie failed at the box office due to the fact that its story couldn’t gel, and their attempt to talk about superficiality and the need to find your inner strength. Obviously, readers needed a new type of princess. As the new era came in, so did the need for more active girls. Disney princesses had to take action, as did those from Dreamworks and other companies. …


The best children’s books are the ones that surprise you, and even have a hint of scariness. There’s a reason why I love Cressida Cowell and why I love Kara LaReau now for her comedic writing and sense of timing. This series, starting with Rise of Zombert, promises to give family-friendly versions of zombies, in the form of a friendly cat that looks like he crawled out of the dead. Some kids theorize that he is a zombie, because he likes to eat brains. The science teacher disagrees, saying that it’s normal cat behavior. …


I love finding new indie games. They are affordable, and you can always see a viable labor of love. Steam often has recommendations about what’s new and fun. I may go with more word of mouth for games that are story-driven and have a proper ending. The Almost Gone was a steam recommendation for “mental health”. It was quite an experience, for reasons that I will go into below.

The best part is that games can tell you what works and doesn’t work with storytelling. You get into it, feel a connection, or nothing at all, and proceed to move forward with the lessons you glean from streams where your friends attend. …


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And are her actions justified?

It has been a month since the fifth anniversary of Undertale. We have seen fan video homages, an official orchestral performance, and a piano cover medley from the creator. In short, the game and its following are still going strong.

There is some division in the fandom, though, about a character who is seen unequivocally as the hero. That is Toriel, who is more important than she seems at first. She also invites equal love, sorrow, and frustration. But does she deserve all of that?

Toriel The Tutorial

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Toriel makes her grand appearance saving you, the player, after she finds a flower taunting you. She calls herself the Keeper of the Ruins, the entrance into the Underground. …


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In Sorrow, Joe Harper muses on a life of missed opportunity. He recounts how, three years ago, he worked as an assistant for a performance artist named October. October changed his life, but he was scared what would happen if he won her heart, and what the consequences would be.

Tiffanie DeBartolo is a music executive and novelist. She also wrote and directed Dream for an Insomniac. Her other books include God-Shaped Hole, How to Kill A Rock Star, and the graphic novel Grace Based on the Jeff Buckley Story. …


Some novels make you think about the what-ifs, and what you have going forward. Others help you decide that you are drifting and need a wake-up call. Whether that is finding your passion, deciding on a dream job, or chasing after someone you love, the pages can provide that epiphany.

Sorrow talks about the price of taking risks. Yet it also emphasizes that making a difficult choice and leaping high is necessary for life; otherwise, you become a hollow facsimile of someone else’s dreams and desires and cannot fulfill your own. …


Roald Dahl’s The Witches is probably the scariest story you’ll read as a kid. I’ve never seen the first film adaptation, but Dahl was not impressed. He apparently stood outside movie theaters yelling at people to not watch. Seems typical for him. My friends say they enjoyed the movie a lot. I’m not sure who is right, but we have gotten a reboot.

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The trailer came out today, promising the film would be available on October 22 for people with access to HBOMax. Anne Hathway stars as the Grand High Witch, a European Lady with a strange accent and a strong dislike for children. She has schemes to make sure more than one kid a week disappears, with the help of some mouse magic. Unknown to her, a retired witch hunter and her grandchild are staying in the same hotel. …

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Priya Sridhar

A 2016 MBA graduate and published author, Priya Sridhar has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years, and counting.

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