Category Archives: arts

Post-Pyrrhic and Punch-Drunk

Five weeks ago, I blogged about a very problematic turn of events for me. On the one hand, the leading book review organization Kirkus Reviews had posted an incredibly positive review of my first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wiishkoban. For many authors, getting this kind of a review can be career-making , and it was coming as I headed into a summer where I didn’t have any teaching work. Getting this review in front of as many people as possible became a top priority for me,…

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The New P-Word

A little over a week ago, I received one of the best pieces of news I’ve gotten in several months. Kirkus Reviews, a very prominent book review magazine, posted an online review of my first novel, The Prostitutes of Lake Wiishkoban, that was highly complimentary of my work (to say the least). Quotes like “Shannon’s … fiction debut is an entertaining, provocative bildungsroman that successfully turns an unconventional premise into a thoughtful exploration of freedom and identity” are the kind of thing that authors like me dream…

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An Open Letter to Lauren Faust

Dear Ms. Faust: My name is Sean Shannon. I’m an English teacher and aspiring author from Toledo, Ohio. More importantly, I’m a longtime fan of your work; I still carry around the same Powerpuff Girls purse I bought more than a decade ago during the height of the show’s popularity. and last year I finally found the time to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and quickly became hooked. Few television shows have had as profound an effect on my life, and I have made…

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Taking Matters Into Our Own Hooves

Fighting is Magic Receives Cease & Desist from Hasbro (Equestria Daily) This coming December will mark the ten-year anniversary of me playing my first “dancing” video game, DDRMAX2 for the Playstation 2. Despite this time kind of being the peak of the whole “a video game that actually helps you lose weight?” craze, it was kind of a low point for the Dance Dance Revolution series. Konami appeared to have decided to stop production of future arcade releases, and the home versions that were coming…

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Bronies Behaving Badly

BronyDoc Production Shutdown Cleared Up (Equestria Daily) I’ve never had an account on any file-sharing service, from Napster back in the day to whatever the big services are today. This is more due to my own desire to keep my own nose as clean as possible than anything else; I’ve always had a very uneasy relationship with piracy. Coming from a family of artists, all of whom have had some musical pulls over the years (including me), it’s hard to look at the piracy that’s…

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