Sean Patrick Hannifin

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Sean Patrick Hannifin has been writing for most of his life. His earliest stories were penned at the age of five, when he would draw stick-figure pictures and dictate the accompanying words to his parents. These stories usually began with the words, "Once upon a time there was a happy little boy with an umbrella." With a lack of artistic skill, these umbrellas often resembled giant lollipops. Fortunately Sean's interest in umbrellas was soon replaced with a fascination for dragons and dark wizards. Fantasy films from the 80's, such as The NeverEnding Story, The Dark Crystal, and the somewhat obscure Mio in the Land of Faraway, helped found a life-long love for dark and mysterious worlds full of wizards and castles, vast landscapes filled wi ...more

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Sean Patrick Hannifin "Son of a Dark Wizard" actually started with the title. I was buying ice-cream at the grocery store when the title popped in my head and it excited me…more"Son of a Dark Wizard" actually started with the title. I was buying ice-cream at the grocery store when the title popped in my head and it excited me. I began thinking about who exactly this "son of a dark wizard" was, and what his story might be. Over the next five months I plotted out six or seven possible stories, all of them very different from each other. Some were very dark and gritty, others more humorous and light-hearted. One was actually a bit like Phantom of the Opera, with a romance at its center. But none of these plots really excited me enough, and it took a while for me to spiral in on what the story at last became. I was watching Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho when the idea for the Nyrish Council popped in my head, and it was then that the story finally started coming together.

One thing I really wanted to do with the story was to play with the common fantasy tropes of a "chosen one" and an old mysterious prophecy, but from the point of view of the bad guy, the guy who the chosen one's supposed to kill. I had a lot of fun with that.(less)
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Haven’t updated this blog in a while! Haven’t written any significant amount of fiction in a while either, for that matter.

As I recently wrote on my other blog:

I haven’t done any significant writing in a good long while. I’ve completely plotted several stories, and I’ve written several opening chapters, but I keep getting bored and abandoning projects. One could easily chide, “You’re supposed

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Wanted to read the book because I thought the 1937 movie was great. The book wasn't nearly as good. Some of it's hard to understand, the thick accents, archaic words here and there, and all the confusing ship talk. I can't imagine a kid reading this ...more
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Majipoor Chronicles by Robert Silverberg
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I thought the stories' premises were interesting, definitely some fun ideas, and his style of writing flows nicely... but almost every story just sort of pluffs out at the end with either great luck for the protagonist or inconsequential meaninglessn ...more
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Dune by Frank Herbert
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Very archetypal myth-making hero's journey stuff, but too boring and bland for me, no likable characters, no interesting conflicts, boring within boring within boring; the pacing felt too lopsided with too much setup and expositional dialog in the fi ...more
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Farlander by Col Buchanan
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Smooth writing and well-paced action made for a nice page-turner. Unfortunately is was also a bit anticlimactic and had a real downer of an ending. Still, definitely hope to read the next in the series.
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T.H. White
“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
T.H. White, The Once and Future King

J.R.R. Tolkien
“PIPPIN: I didn't think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn't so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn't.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

George Orwell
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
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