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Friday, April 23rd, 2010

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12:19a
Pixel Stained Posting!
I will be doing three separate stories this PSTPWD. None of them will be complete, which is why I'm giving pieces of three. One will be roughly one-third of the fantasy novel "Fall of Saints" (which will include the excerpt posted last year as a separate story, the one featuring the toad Poplock Duckweed). The second will be a large chunk of a background story for Grand Central Arena -- the story of Marc DuQuesne's creation, the life he THOUGHT he had. The third will be a large piece of "Polychrome: A Romantic Fantasy", the story that took over my writing brain and forced me to finish it.
7:41a
HYPERION ORIGIN: Part 1

The first thing I'm posting today is an origin story, part of the background of the character Marc C. DuQuesne in Grand Central Arena. If you haven't read GCA yet (either as an electronic copy or the part I've posted in snippets, and you don't like spoilers, then you don't want to read this.



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7:56a
HYPERION ORIGIN: Part 2

SO we continue with DuQuesne's origin...


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8:04a
HYPERION ORIGIN: Part 3

We continue with Marc's life...



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The problem with an artificial universe is that it would justify paranoia. The universe IS out to get you.



8:14a
HYPERION ORIGIN: Part 4


This is the last part of Hyperion Origin that I'll be posting; it is still a work in progress.


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Note that the "Tarellimade Shantrakar" mentioned by our unnamed voices is another Hyperion, but one based on a character that's well-known in the Grand Central Arena timeframe, but doesn't exist yet. I'm cheating somewhat just by having a considerable proportion of the Hyperions be characters that could be known to us 20th-21st century types, rather than being mostly from entertainments and stories created centuries from now.
10:02a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 1

Fall of Saints is the first volume in a projected trilogy titled "The Balanced Sword"  (the other volumes tentatively titled Demon, Dragon, Hero, Toad and Promise of the Dying God). It takes place in the same universe, and roughly at the same time, as Digital Knight, but on the World of Magic, Zarathan (which is mentioned once in DK, by Eonae when she's speaking to Verne in his flashback sequence in "Viewed in a Harsh Light".) I posted one section of this novel, the one featuring the first appearance of Toad adventurer Poplock Duckweed, last year. That one will be included in my posting this year, but will be in context.

So onward...


 

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I like Aunt Victoria.

10:07a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 2

Continuing onward...



 

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And we meet the second of our main characters...


10:29a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 3

Tobimar was leaving...




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10:36a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 4

Yes, he's back!



 

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And now onward!


10:39a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 5

Time to see what that plan of the little toad IS...



 

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And isn't that ALWAYS the case?


11:12a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 6


And to someone we have not met, and probably don' t want to...



 

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Indeed we shall!
11:17a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 7

And a bit of time passes...



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An interesting sequence...



11:24a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 8

And back to the greatest of our heroes...


 

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I... suspect I would be, too.

11:27a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 9

And our heroes must go to a bar!



 

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And we begin to see how Kyrie actually will be brought front and center...


11:32a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 10


Back to our heroine...



 

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And a sad farewell...



11:36a
FALL of SAINTS: Part 11

And the last piece of Fall of Saints I am posting...



 

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And so I end my preview/partial posting of Fall of Saints; that's roughly 1/3 of the book as currently in submission to Baen.

This last chapter contained one of my favorite scenes ever.


2:31p
First review of Grand Central Arena!
Amazon.com now has the first review of GCA up, and it's an excellent review!

Now I have to hope most of them will be good. :)
2:43p
POLYCHROME: Section 1

Polychrome: A Romantic Fantasy is unique in my writing experience. I don't generally write romances (although I have no aversion to romance in my novels, as long as it doesn't get explicitly... intimate which I'm terrible with). Oz is a childhood favorite series of mine, but writing IN Oz was not really a concept I played with (especially after seeing that it appeared that DEconstruction of Oz, as in "Wicked", was the popular approach).

But the concept for Polychrome burst into my head AND IT WOULDN'T LEAVE. It started writing itself in scenes from beginning to end. And then it, in effect, took my other stories (which at the time included Grand Central Arena!) hostage; if I didn't write a chapter or two in Polychrome every week or so, I found I couldn't write anything ELSE.

So I started writing it. And not only was *I* uncertain, my beta-readers were uncertain too, especially since I knew from the start that it would in part feature an obvious Mary Sue (or Marty Stu) character. But as I had to get everything ELSE written, I had little choice. And to my surprise, and theirs, I think it ended up a very good story. I don't know if it can ever be sold -- Oziana of any type has a pretty limited audience -- but in any case, here I present the first part of Polychrome: A Romantic Fantasy.


 

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I try to maintain the core spirit and essence of Oz in this story, even though I have considerable work to do in order to make things "make sense". I hope it works for the readers.






2:47p
POLYCHROME: Section 2

Continuing on -- Our Heroine has a job ahead of her. A big one.



 

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Yes, that would be a good question.


2:53p
POLYCHROME: Section 3

And what does she think of her new acquaintance...?




 

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Well, not a TERRIBLE first impression...




3:25p
POLYCHROME: Section 4

We probably don't have to ask what the putative Hero thinks of Polychrome...



 

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Hmm. Maybe he can, a little.




3:28p
POLYCHROME: Section 5

Well, he's passed one test...





 

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You know, I could think of a better way to say hello.



3:33p
POLYCHROME: Section 6


It's about time to check in on our Villains...





 

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Let's go straight for the difficult questions, shall we?




3:39p
POLYCHROME: Section 7

Time to get questions answered...



 

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And NOW it's time to go to work!



3:48p
POLYCHROME: Section 8


Time to continue the training...



 

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And I just realized that this piece is insanity and bankruptcy: Section 8 and Chapter 11...

3:51p
POLYCHROME: Section 9


Is the Hero learning anything, or not?


 

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Guesses are better than nothing at all. usually.



3:58p
POLYCHROME: Section 10


The preparations continue...




 

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Yeah, it would.



4:06p
POLYCHROME: Section 11

Heavy lies the head, as they say.



 

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Wonder indeed...




4:10p
POLYCHROME: Section 12

And let's return to the eponymous star of our tale...




 

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And he sets foot on the land of Faerie at last.
4:13p
POLYCHROME: Section 13

And it is, perhaps, fitting that we will end this, as we began it, from the point of view of Ugu the Unbowed...


 

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Hard and dangerous... but is there something more beneath your surface, King Ugu?


Here I end my partial posting of Polychrome, roughly one-third of the way through. I hope you have enjoyed this unusual ride.




4:50p
AAaaaaand that's a lotta posts...
... counting this one, 31 posts in one day.

Now I think I'll let poor LJ rest.
7:28p
THRESHOLD: Chapter 24

Ha! One more post! I'd forgotten to do my usual snippet in all this Pixel-Stained Confusion!

When we last left Joe Buckley, God had done a John Henry on him...



 

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Even the Captain doesn't seem to appreciate the breadth of Our Hero's talents or his devotion to the mission.



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