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The author is not your bitch

Posted by Shannon Haddock on April 26, 2015 in Rants |

The fans are all upset. They’re always going to be upset. Why did he do it like this? And why didn’t he do it like this? They write their own movie, and then, if you don’t do their movie, they get upset about it. George Lucas On Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal […]

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The Yellow Wallpaper, the problems with star ratings, and escapist fiction

Posted by Shannon Haddock on September 5, 2014 in Rants, Reviewing |

In college I briefly was an English major.  During this less than enjoyable time, I had to read many, many depressing stories.  “The Yellow Wallpaper” has come in my mind to represent all of them, partially because it was one of the final straws in me changing my major.  It was a brilliant story, an […]

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Authors Are People Too

Posted by Shannon Haddock on August 30, 2014 in Rants, Writing process |

In defense of George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and any other author who doesn’t churn out books as fast as their readership thinks they should: Neil Gaiman says it best here, but after spending some time reading reviews of Patrick Rothfuss’s books today (I’ve read part of Name of the Wind and was wanting […]

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When the story catches fire

Posted by Shannon Haddock on August 17, 2014 in Writing process |

From Neil Gaiman‘s Journal, on October 15, 2007: “The best thing about writing fiction is that moment where the story catches fire and comes to life on the page, and suddenly it all makes sense and you know what it’s about and why you’re doing it and what these people are saying and doing, and […]

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