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Melissa Anelli

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I've read about a thousand more books than I have written, and love sharing the love!

...but I am consistently attacked by varying social media. If I write something here should I blog it? Should I also put it on Tumblr and cross reference it on Facebook, and if I tweet should I tweet to this, or to my blog, or my facebook post? Which should be the central post and which should be the methods I use to direct people to the central post? Or should certain types of posts go in cert... Read more of this blog post »
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" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? MA: A strange mix of unpredictable and uneventful SS: What is your motto or maxim? MA: Never do anything out of fear. What Readers want to know... SS: How would you describe perfect ha..." ...More

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“...she wasn't reading Deathly Hallows at all. Her book wasn't orange but rose and water and sand, and featured a kid on a broomstick and white unicorn. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She didn't notice me staring at her.

'Oh, I envy you,' I thought, but was smiling for her. She had just begun.”
Melissa Anelli, Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

“Harry Potter has actually been a very intimate phenomenon, the story of small groups of people acting in ways they shouldn't, doing things they usually wouldn't, and making the kind of history that, without Harry, they pretty much couldn't.”
Melissa Anelli, Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

“What does she (J. K. Rowling) hope people will take with them about this time?
“When all the fuss and hoopla dies away, and when all the press commentary dies away, I think it will be seen that this phenomenon was generated, in the first instance, by kids loving a book. A book went on shelves, and a few people loved it. When all of the smoke and lights die away, that’s what you’ll be left with.
“And that’s the most wonderful thought for an author.”
Melissa Anelli, Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

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“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“I love writing, but hate starting. The page is awfully white and it says, 'You may have fooled some of the people some of the time but those days are over, Giftless. I'm not your agent and I'm not your mommy: I'm a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?' and I really, really don't. I'll go peaceable-like.”
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message 7: by Andy

Andy Friel you totally don't use this site enough. you should! i wanna see what you're reading! unless you actually keep this page up to date but have only read 1 book in your life...i'd be surprised though :S

message 6: by Sarah

Sarah I know you really liked the "Lightning Thief" (I think you posted a vlog about it or something). I read it, I loved it, and now I'm wondering if you read the other 4 books and if you enjoyed those as much?

Cutter100 Thanks for accepting my friend request (: I've listened to Pottercast religiously for about two years now, and I loved Harry A History.

message 4: by Alex

Alex hi! i think it's really cool that you got to meet J.K. Rowling. she's my favorite author ever!

message 3: by Sarah

Sarah I've been meaning to tell you how much I loved your book. Honestly, I owned it for a few months before I actually started to read it. I thought the book was going to be dry but I've listened to pottercast for a while and I enjoy the fandom so I thought I should read it. I began reading it and found myself totally relating to your story: Your arguments with your mother, your hatred of a meaningless job where you are treated like dirt. I loved learning inside details of the life in the middle of the fandom. I loved your interview with Jo and your interview with Laura Malory. I feel like I relived September 11, 2001 with you.

Thank you for writing a great book. Maybe someday I'll use it as inspiration to pursue what I love and get out of my rut.

Melanie Thiessen Thanks for adding me as one of your top sixteen!!

Ashley I've listened to your Podcasts for a while now and I'm really enjoying your book. Thanks for accepting my friend request!

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