Mystic Magic: Five Ways to Destress

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

Our wonderfully long Thanksgiving break is over and finals are fast approaching. These next two weeks are probably the most stressful of the entire semester, but as someone who has lived through two final weeks so far, I can promise there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Mystic Magic: National Novel Writing Month

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

Week two of NaNoWriMo is upon us, and it is not too late to join the hundreds of thousands of writers participating. What is NaNoWriMo you ask? Well, dear reader, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. November is this such month, where writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 novels.

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Mystic Magic: The Haunting of U of L

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I love anything spooky. Horror movies, jumpscare-filled video games, scary books and TV-shows, you name it and I am there. It would come to no surprise that Halloween is my favorite holiday and, even though Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are upon us, I refuse to give up my spooky tendencies.

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Happy Halloween!

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. Maybe it’s because I like being scared, or maybe it’s because I like dressing up, but something about this spooky time of year has always gotten me excited.

My sophomore year in high school, my friend D invited a group of friends to her house for a Halloween party. What this entailed was watching a scary movie, eating food, roasting marshmallows over a fire, and then going to hang out on the playground of the church behind her house. I designated myself the historian of the group because I had the most amount of storage on my iPod.

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Harry Potter Party

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

This past weekend (September 28-30) marked the 3rd annual Queen City Mischief and Magic celebration, or known to my family as Staunton’s Potter Party. For the many who are unaware, every year Staunton, VA, closes down a few streets and fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series flock to the city to participate in many magical events. The celebration is family and small business friendly, as many of the local stores decorate with Harry Potter themes and offer plenty of Potter merchandise. There are shows and people dressed as the founders of Hogwarts, Dumbledore, and even Voldemort.

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A Whole New World

Grace Cavanaugh, Staff Writer~

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A common misconception in my family is that writing is easy. When I complained to my mother that I did not have any spending money on a family vacation a few years ago, her flippant answer was that I should just publish a story I wrote in 9th grade on Amazon and start selling it for a dollar or so. What I have tried explaining to her, and many others, is that writing is not as easy as people think. There is a lot of time, energy, and imagination that needs to go into a written work, whether fictional or not. However, that does not always mean that it has to be tedious or boring.

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