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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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Five Star Reviews — The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Posted by Shannon Haddock on August 22, 2015 in Kingkiller Chronicles praise, Reviews, Uncategorized |

I discovered this book in possibly the weirdest way I’ve yet discovered a book.  I’d been watching The Guild . . . which, by the way, is far more entertaining when you’re not losing whole days of productivity to an MMO yourself . . . and, well, there’s only six seasons of it.  The dog was asleep […]

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Free for August!

Posted by Shannon Haddock on August 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

(They were free on Smashwords in July, but I’m an idiot and forgot to post about it.  Thank you, people who discovered them anyway.  Tell your friends how awesome they are!  Review them!  Buy print copies!  Other statements I’m supposed to make here but can’t recall because my brain is melting in the heat!) Smashwords […]

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Help, please?

Posted by Shannon Haddock on July 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

I hate to beg like this, but our options are drying up for funding a move that could drastically improve our lives, so if you can contribute, please do so:  http://www.gofundme.com/4m4vfkub4

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Sorry about the lack of posts

Posted by Shannon Haddock on July 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Had a very bad week last week.  Have a broken metacarpal, so typing is a bitch.  Will try to at least do a book review this week.  If I don’t post anything else soon, assume I’ve finally snapped and killed someone for being incredibly stupid.  My tolerance for certain sorts of stupidity is insanely thin […]

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Breakthrough in understanding ancient hairdos

Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

This has nothing to do with writing or my stories.  Shit, it doesn’t even have anything to do with my real life, as my own hair is always either down or in what can, with suitable stretching of the words, be called a bun or ponytail.  But I thought it was really cool, and, well, lots […]

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This is brilliant, and should be required reading for all geeks

Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Especially those who write. My favorite part was this, near the end, especially the last line (which may be the launching point for a blogpost later today, depending on whether or not I can make it more coherent than it currently is): I suppose some people might equate what I’m saying with blind reverence for […]

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Where do these writing rules come from?!

Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 6, 2015 in Rants, Uncategorized |

I decided to try to “workshop” the first paragraph of No More Lies, mostly out of curiosity, and because I was a little uncertain about one line.  The last time I did something like this, all I got was something about how I didn’t need to italicize the character’s direct thoughts.  This time though . . […]

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I’m back!

Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Sorry about taking May off from my regular posts.  It wasn’t intentional.  The one on the 14th got lost after I spent twenty minutes getting it Just So, so I gave up on it; and then, well, it’s a long story involving a malfunctioning shift key, a couple of time sucking iOS games, sinus problems, PMS […]

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Who is your audience?

Posted by Shannon Haddock on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Today I decided to lurk in a writing group I used to regularly post in.  I quit posting there because I seriously didn’t fit in.  First of all, it was one of those places where everyone lauds each other for being “so brave” to have published anything in the first place before giving criticisms that feel apologetic […]

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