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What I’m currently reading . . . sort of

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 30, 2015 in InCryptid praise, Reviews |

I was just reading a mostly abysmal list of blog topics for writers (seriously, would anyone be interested in knowing what I’d say to Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook if I was alone with him for 5 minutes?  Is this really a topic readers care about?!) and one actually jumped out at me:  What books are […]

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Why I don’t think highly of creative writing courses

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 23, 2015 in Rants |

“You can’t learn to write in college.  It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do — and they don’t.  They have prejudices.” — Ray Bradbury I stumbled upon that quote today, and it made me realize that I had never written about my horrid experience […]

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Why I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 15, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing process |

I’ve done it three times and won twice.  I enjoyed it, for the most part, but I honestly feel like I’ve outgrown it.  For me, getting x number of words per month is no longer a challenge, it’s a goal.  And that x isn’t 50,000.  I can do 50,000 a month.  Winning NaNoWriMo twice proves […]

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Five Star Reviews — Freedom, Spiced and Drunk by M.C.A. Hogarth

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 14, 2015 in Reviews |

I read this story because it was free and I’d read another by the author that I’d liked, if not as much as this one. The description, via Goodreads: Kediil wants only to remain neuter and learn the secrets of herbs from its beloved Mardin… but at its second puberty, it turns female, and is forced […]

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The Next Big Thing Blog Meme

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 11, 2015 in Meme, No More Lies, Writing process |

I found this meme that I missed out on when it was actually a thing, so I’m doing it now. Yes, I’m bored and a bit creatively blocked today, why do you ask? It’s just a bunch of questions and answers about a current wip or book you already have out.  I’m going to do […]

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Why Crown of Eldrete may never get its sequel

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 11, 2015 in Crown of Eldrete, Writing process |

First, I apologize to anyone who liked the book and was anticipating the sequel, but I really think it might never happen.  What might — and I have to emphasize might — happen is a rewrite telling the whole story from Lyn meeting Taliza to them kicking the combined Neo-Imperialist and Krishodi forces out of that bit […]

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 10, 2015 in GI Joe praise, World building stuff, Writing process |

I’ve never actually been asked the question that’s the title of this post, but I know it’s inevitable that I will some day.  Also, I’ve got insomnia and this is probably a better use of my time than watching  Doctor Who or Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse.  Yes, those are presently my favorite (still airing) […]

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Rambling about No More Lies, characterization, and mostly illustrating why I shouldn’t have caffeine in the evening

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 5, 2015 in No More Lies, Uncategorized, Writing process |

“The key with characters is to be honest.  If a character’s actions are believable, then that character will work.”  — Russell T. Davies A couple of days ago, I was rereading the bit of No More Lies I’d revised that day and suddenly recalled some writing advice from somewhere — one of those bits that just seeps in when […]

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