Hi, kids. I’m James Melville, creator of and main writer for the kick-ass blog you see before you. Once upon a time, Rooster Illusion was a weekly review column in the Hill News, St. Lawrence University’s student newspaper. The title is a reference to Tropic Thunder, which freshman me had just seen when he was trying to think of a column title back in 2008. I didn’t know what I was doing when I started, but if you write something once a week for four years you either get a lot better or learn to live with the disappointment of your friends and peers. Which one did you end up doing? A little bit of both, actually.
If you want some context, here’s a link to my final review for the Hill News at their website.
Less than a month after that touching finale, Rooster Illusion was reborn as a blog. I spent the summer writing reviews on my own until I felt that the world was ready for a Rooster Illusion with more writers and bigger guns. Guns? Oh, wow. Sorry. I meant puns.
So here we are. Rooster Illusion is a little over five years old and still growing. I may be super biased, but I think he’ll make a fine young man someday. Maybe find a nice website to settle down with, raise a few tumblr accounts. Dude, you’re rambling. I’ll tell you when I’ve had enough.