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Writing and reading and learning and dreaming

Today I read my "Legend of the Red Dragonfly" for a small audience. Two were enthralled, Prof. Johnson said it was very well-written, with good flow, and the other, Judy, was less than impressed. Unfortunately, Judy was also the best writer. And so I asked if they thought I should try writing it in informal first instead of storytelling third, and Judy said definitely, the others said it would be good but they liked it as is. They all agreed it depended on the audience I was aiming for. Oh, and Judy's alien to fantasy, which might have had an effect. The other two were able to get into it more, because their minds were more open to the unearthly, shall we say. So anyway, I'm gonna try writing it in first person, from Tolalant's view, just to see what I think (and 'cause we have to turn in a revised draft eventually).

I am now reading Kushiel's Dart, a book I'd been eyeing at B&N for a while. Fortunately, Del bought it and the sequel, so all I had to do was borrow them. I'm having a difficult time putting the first down! Extremely well written and intriguing, very unique. The protagonist is an anguissette - a masochistic nympho! The very warp threads of the novel are new. And the suspense and mystery are well played, with enough of a breeze to blow the curtains aside often enough to keep you from skipping ahead. The character development seems a little weak, but that may simply be because it is first-person but not omniscient. So the only thoughts you hear are Phedre's.

Slight updates to website, in myart, authors, and people.

Breakthrough to Joy tonight was very very deep. About the breaking judgements, sub- and conscious, that I've made against people and myself. I realized that I have a lot more dirt than I remembered, and I'm really glad to be dumping it. I feel already more peaceful, and I think my faith has grown.

I finally decided what tattoo I want. I want a full-back tattoo, in purple, blue and green, and I want it to be a version of the waterstar. Ow. I wince. I'm no anguissette. I think I have the guts though, once I perfect the design, get the money, and find an artist I trust.

feelings: productive
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jedibubbles ══╣╠══
I'm sure Judy's inexperience had some effect on her opinion, but I guess it's good to try new things (says she who resents following the drawing teacher's directions).

YAY PHEDRE!!! ("masochistic nympho" INDEED!) And the character development improves a great deal as the book goes by (IMHO). Must find out where exactly in the plot you are...'cuz my favorite line (from towards the end)is right up your alley! "There is something innately pitiful about a man in vambraces coughing up his breakfast." :) mmm...vambraces...

Hey, why is this the first time I'm hearing about you wanting a tattoo?!? And a full-back one at that? (methinks Phedre has had an influence, conscious or no...)
belenen ══╣╠══
Actually, I've always wanted a tattoo, just wasn't sure what or where... and recently, I keep seeing all these cool back tattoos... and yeah, Phedre definitely had an influence, after they described the guy drawing the marque, I decided I had to have one.

I was getting sick of Melisande and her disgustingness, but I skimmed a few pages between where I am and the end and decided to keep reading... Oh, and where I am, Alcuin and Delaunay just died.

I really want Phedre to eventually be able to have a healthy romantic relationship. And oh, I love Hyacinthe. I admit, I have a thing for gypsies. (Read my bio)
jedibubbles ══╣╠══
Re: Wellll......
Secretly I've always wanted one too--where I can't constantly see it though, as I can't even stand having Sharpie writing on my arms--but Mom thinks they're the epitomy of grossness (insta-death for me, IOW) and I'm picky about artwork to start with, so it'd have to be an extremely talented artist to be on my body for life. So I live thru Andreana (soon to be introduced in P:E), who has firey wings down her back. :)

Yeah, Melisande is horribly manipulative and sadistic and--unfortunately--darkly charismatic, but we don't see the bitch again until the very end of "Dart," and then not again until midway through "Chosen." *snuffles for Delaunay and Alcuin* That haunts Phedre for-EVER. Ooooo, yes yes, Phedre does end up in a VERY...well, actually, I wouldn't qualify it as truly "healthy" until towards the end of "Chosen," so just bide thy time, deary. (though I'm sure you can guess with whom, as Carey makes it blatently obvious from his first appearance onward...) Hyacinthe IS great fun, and the way that boy's brain works... Personally I think that his friendship is a very necessary sanity-bolstering anchor for Phedre.
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