“We really have no idea what Dolores is trying to tell us, but all these options seem to suggest that she could be plotting something big. Assuming that her consciousness somehow survived inside Rehoboam, it’s likely only a matter of time before she escapes back into the real world or even onto the internet. If you think Westworld Season 4 is starting to sound like the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron, well, you’re not wrong.

The only thing more dangerous than a Dolores who’s made copies of herself may be a Dolores who can literally be everywhere at once because she no longer needs a physical body at all. Westworld Season 4 just got interesting.”


Sigh. Well, Dolores is probably a god I’d be OK with, since she “sees the beauty” in things. My guess is she’s going to make the hosts/robots do things they don’t want “to help them.” Maybe Caleb will even try and rise against her because he won’t know it’s her and she’ll be seen as another thing controlling their freedom like some new Skynet… I don’t see this going anywhere original anymore but we’ll see.

“I’m told that early pulp novels used no chapter breaks.”

“The goal is to create a chorus appropriate to the character. In a documentary about Andy Warhol, he said that the motto of his life had become “So what?” No matter what happened, good or bad, he could dismiss the event by thinking, So what? For Scarlett O’Hara it was, “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” In that way, a chorus is also a coping mechanism. It hides the seams in narrative the way a strip of molding hides the junction where walls and floor meet. And it allows a person to think beyond each new drama, thus moving the story forward and allowing unresolved issues to pile up and increase tension.

I’m told that early pulp novels used no chapter breaks. They just used smaller space breaks so publishers could avoid the blank page or page and a half that might be wasted between chapters. This saved a few pages of newsprint in each book, and that helped the profit margin.” – Chuck Palahniuk on the Importance of Not Boring Your Reader

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[“BLA and GB Gabbler” (really just a pen name – singular) are the Editor and Narrator behind THE AUTOMATION, vol. 1 of the Circo del Herrero series. They are on facebook, twitter, tumblr, goodreads, and Vulcan’s shit list.]

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Chuck Palahniuk on the author as a character (or not one):

“I sometimes see the heartbreak right in people’s face that they’re not meeting Tyler Durden. It’s one reason I avoid meeting writers I like, when I’m so in love with their characters. I don’t want that character to be negated by the existence of the author. So much of what I do on tour is to mitigate the pain people feel when they realise their favourite character is just a fictional character.” – Chuck Palahniuk.