Maria Haskins

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I'm a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator. I write speculative fiction and poetry, and debuted as a writer in Sweden in the 1980s. Since 1992 I live in Canada, just outside Vancouver, with a husband, two kids, and a very large black dog.

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Maria Haskins The best thing is also what is the hardest: exploring the ideas in your mind, and making them appear on paper in the way you imagined them when they…moreThe best thing is also what is the hardest: exploring the ideas in your mind, and making them appear on paper in the way you imagined them when they were still in your head. Playing with words and ideas and story-structure in order to "paint" the tale you want to tell. It can be difficult and frustrating, but it is also a lot of fun and rewarding.(less)
Maria Haskins I think the only advice is to write, write, read, read, and write some more. I know from experience how difficult it can sometimes be to find the time…moreI think the only advice is to write, write, read, read, and write some more. I know from experience how difficult it can sometimes be to find the time -especially if you have kids, and have another job in order to earn a more secure income - but even a little bit helps. For me, it works if I set aside a time for writing every day, even if it's just a short time. Inspiration is good, but hard work is what really pays off if you're writing a book.(less)
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Ever since I first watched S2E07 of American Gods, AKA “Treasure of the Sun”, I’ve been obsessed with it. I can’t remember the last time a single episode of any show has so completely taken over my thought processes. Oh, and !!!!MEGA GIGANTIC SPOILER WARNING!!!! because I will spoil every bit of this episode and… Continue reading Stories, memory, Mad Sweeney, and my rather extensive thoughts on... Read more of this blog post »
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“It's all about being seen... You can be the best fookin' band in the world but if nobody can see you, you might as well be in the fookin' worst.”
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George R.R. Martin
“---Sansa sat with her hands folded in her lap, watching with a strange fascination. She had never seen a man die before. She ought to be crying too, she thought, but the tears would not come. Perhaps she had used up all her tears for Lady and Bran. It would be different if it had been Jory or Ser Rodrik or Father, she told herself. The young man in the blue cloak was nothing to her, some stranger from the Vale of Arryn whose name she had forgotten as soon as she heard it. And now the world would forget his name too, Sansa realized; there would be no songs sung for him. That was sad.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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“If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you’re ready’.”
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