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Chapter 8 Page 15

July 19, 2009


There is $35 to go for an extra page, left over from the previous chip-in widget I kept forgetting to "extend." The things make you set an end date, and I forget that I set them. The meter on that said $30, but I refunded $15 to my sister...who is forbidden to donate! So, $35 to go. In other news, oh my, look at that! A new site design! :3 Enjoy! Less ads, is nice, right?

Really Awesome News:

As stated on the home page, the Corn Hill Arts Festival July 11-12 in Rochester, New York went wonderfully! It was a great 2 days, and I got loads of experience selling stuff...incluuudding the Not Alone book! I have about 15 more copies left on hand, so if you want one, they are $10 plus $2.50 shipping. You can pick that up in the store, and posters too! Read my post about the event here. Second, I got into the Roswell Park graduate program in Buffalo, NY! Whoo! I'm so excited to start there this Fall. I'll be going for my Masters in Interdisciplinary Biology, though I hope to focus a lot on Immunology. It's a cancer research school. Not only will I be going for a higher degree, but I'll also be immersed in research I would enjoy, that would hopefully, make a difference! The best of both worlds! SQUEE.

About the Page

Originally this file was another partial transparency, but hot damn! It was over 1MB! So back to jpegs we go. A lot of this dialogue is not present in the novel version of this chapter, but rather it is explained indirectly. Here, I have Ehranah directly explaining it, because, let's face it, I'm STILL going to get questions about WTH is going on here. When I write, I have the bad habit of writing for myself, meaning, someone who readily fills in the blanks. If I saw this page without any of the beginning dialogue--the coalescing rope, glowing blue, Talon's signature color--I would immediately put two and two together. Ehranah is in Talon's mind. The rope does not exist, but it's representative of something. In pulling it backwards (to a L->R reader), something shifts, revealing a scene that happened earlier. Therefore, the rope represents time, and pulling it represents moving in time. Tadaa? Maybe I just watch way too many sci-fi movies, but that's how I think.

Some people may ask why the memory in the final scene is first, grayscale, and second, not from Talon's perspective. Doing it grayscale was a conscious choice on my part to differentiate further the present Ehranah from the past Ehranah and/or scenes from the past playing out. As for the 3rd person, it's my experience that when people recollect events, it's most often in an "out-of-body" way, looking on. We construct ourselves in the environment we remember, rather than seeing that memory through our eyes. Talon is no different.

The Make Kez Laugh Contest

July 19, 2009

So...after 5 years, I'm running my first contest. The most random contest ever. Art skillz don't count for nuthin'. Writing skills....meh. Voice-acting skills....COULD be important if you do a video or something. It's a very simple contest. Whoever makes me laugh the hardest, wins. I appreciate a good laugh more than pretty-shiny art.

Details:

Send everything to warofwinds@gmail.com

No limit on entries.

Contest runs from TODAY (July 20) to August 15. Winner announced the 17th. There are 3 (physical) prizes.

There are TWO rules: must have something to do with either me personally or my characters, and must NOT fall into the NC-17 category (for mature audiences only). Doesn't have to be clean...just not TOO dirty, eh?

If you have questions, post 'em! Just don't post any entries.