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Great First Lines

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 27, 2017 in Crown of Eldrete, Jake's Last Mission, No More Lies, Once A Hero Always A Hero, Rants |

This is another thing from that list of blogposts that wasn’t totally stupid. “Make a list of great first lines from books,” it said.  So, here is a list of five first lines that I really like, in no special order:  All children, except one, grow up.  — Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie   It is given […]

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I Forgot I Should Never Read The Comments on YouTube Videos (A Coming Out Post Of A Sort)

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 27, 2017 in Rants, Shannon the person |

Before I start this one, I should probably warn you that this one is not about writing, fiction, or any of the other shit I normally rant about here.  This one is about me, Shannon Haddock the person.  So if you’re just here for writing stuff, you probably want to skip this one.  (Also, I’m writing this […]

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This is another post that supposed to help me gain followers or something

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 23, 2017 in Jake's Last Mission, Rants, Uncategorized, Writing process |

The suggestion for what to blog about is “Write an article highlighting one of your Pinterest boards and explain how and why you use it”.  I do, in fact, have a Pinterest account.  I even have boards for a couple of my books. So, here, have a look at my board for the cleverly titled Jake’s […]

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Future Story Ideas . . . At Least, That’s What It Was Supposed To Be About

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 18, 2017 in Rants, Writing process |

Welcome to a new, (supposedly) regular feature of this blog where I go through a list of some “things for writers to blog about”.  Sometimes I will, amazingly enough, actually be blogging about whatever the suggested topic is instead of snarking about it! Today is not one of those days, however. Today’s topic — as […]

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Anyone interested in being a beta reader?

Posted by Shannon Haddock on January 17, 2017 in No More Lies, Rants, Writing process |

I want more people’s opinions on the-gods-please-let-this-be-the-final-draft of No More Lies. I know there are a million writer hangouts online where I can ask, but all of those have the expectation that I’ll also beta read the other guys’ stuff and, quite frankly, I don’t have the temperament to be a good beta reader . . […]

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Ways To Get Me To Not Buy Your Book

Posted by Shannon Haddock on December 10, 2016 in Rants, World building stuff |

All of these are prompted by things I have really seen or behavior I have really seen authors engage in. Have very basic grammar and spelling errors in your blurb.  I hate that this even has to be said.  If you can’t write a blurb without fucking up stuff I learned in fourth grade, then […]

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I Have Nothing Clever To Call This One

Posted by Shannon Haddock on December 8, 2016 in Rants |

If you’re following me anywhere just because I’m another self-published author, unfollow me, please.  I don’t give a flying fuck how many followers I have . . . because I’m intelligent enough to realize that followers do not necessarily translate into sales.  If you started following me for that reason and have since fallen in […]

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More reasons to think the creative writing course I took was horrible

Posted by Shannon Haddock on October 15, 2016 in Rants |

Back in this post last year, I talked about the creative writing course I took in college and why I hated it so much.  Today while doing some cleaning I came across the copies of the fucking story the professor and everyone hated so much that they’d marked up.  And that sentence could probably be phrased better, […]

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Dumb Writing Exercises

Posted by Shannon Haddock on August 5, 2016 in Rants |

At the library a while back I picked up a writing book purely because its cover was interesting.  (Highly scientific methodology for choosing what to read, I know.)  The book had an interview with GRRM that made clear the interviewer wasn’t paying attention to a damned thing the man said, some strange essays including one arguing that […]

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What I’ve Been Reading And How It Disproves Some Common Self-Pubbing Wisdom

Posted by Shannon Haddock on July 3, 2016 in InCryptid praise, Kingkiller Chronicles praise, Rants |

(Damn, am I good at short and pithy titles or what?) Long story short, I live in a place that is not exactly conducive to either reading or writing. To somewhat mitigate the negative effect this has on my sanity, I’ve been spending a couple of afternoons a week at the library. Now, was my […]

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