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Chapter Fifteen - Lines

"It is most unusual to find one of the mages out in places like this," a male voice spoke from behind Luna as she and Mithrilanna wandered through the busy pedestrian only tourist funnel. The street itself was shaped like a funnel with a wide entrance off the main street which slowly narrowed until it led into a den of alleyways and tunnels. They remained in the tourist area, but in the not so nice tourist area. Mithrilanna had wanted to leave a block or two back, but Luna sensed something important. Her mother had always said Luna had inherited a knack for finding things. Little did she know that it would be a person and not a thing. This particular person was expected in the region, but his appearance wasn’t especially welcoming. "Thuweni," Luna greeted, turning only slightly to confirm the voice did belong to the name. She glanced around the area. That voice rarely traveled without a second one. "Is Kiango present?" "He's currently at the libra…

Chapter Fourteen - The Library

Libraries, no matter how well they tried to maintain cleanliness, normally smelled like old books, especially in the sections where old books were kept. While most bibliophiles loved the smell of old books, when confronted with the reason, they lost some of the magic. It was the rotting of paper which produced the smell, not necessarily a pleasant thought. Still, the smell wasn't exactly unpleasant, just better not to know all the facts. Much of life was that way. A beautiful color could be achieved by deadly poison - so long as the process to create the dye was conducted in a well-ventilated courtyard, and proper care taken to cover nose and mouth. Even people could be the same way - beautiful to look at, but once one realized the magic involved to make them look such, the beauty was lost. Now, if only certain princes could magically make their personality more attractive, the world would be a better place. Why was Kiango in the area? What could he possibly want and or need out her…

What I'm Reading

Today, I focus on another aspect of my art: drawing. Sketching People by Lynne Chapman is part of the Urban Sketching series.

Urban Sketchers, for those who don't know, is a group of people who meet to draw and sketch in urban areas. There are many groups around the world (including one here in Seoul), but one only has to sketch in an urban setting to be an urban sketcher.

Living in Korea, I feel that most of the places I can sketch are fairly urban. Seoul is ranked 16th in population size (before NYC at 24, which is the 1st US city on the list).

I love the concept of sketching, and want to improve my drawing abilities (hence doing Inktober this past month). I found that I didn't know how to sketch people. Places are static, and I felt that I had a good handle on them, but people ... ah people. That was another subject.

I looked at a variety of books before settling on this one. Mainly because this book is more like a mentor giving me her secrets and less a teacher telling me w…

What I'm Reading

This week's book is Modern Weaving by Laura Strutt.

I bought this book two months ago, because I wanted to focus on art weaving. For those who don't know, my weaving tends to go towards fashion, but I enjoy the artistic aspect of weaving, especially tapestries.

Tapestries ... sigh.

Anyway. Modern Weaving is a good visual book, though sometimes, I felt like I was looking at the same thing again and again. It's one of the difficulties of modern art weaving, I believe. It's also one of the reasons why I love tapestry weaving.

If you're new to weaving, or you want to try your hand at something different, this is a good book. It is a project based book, so if you want a more technical book, this isn't it. For that, you will want to check out Tapestry Handbook(review link on title; affiliate link on picture).

Modern Weaving gives an overview of ways to weave and how to make your own frame. It also gives an idea how to use an embroidery hoop as a loom. The thing I liked…

What I'm Reading

This week, I'm focusing on two books which go together: Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman, and Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA by Becky Stern and Tyler Cooper.

Both of these books are about adding electricity to garments. I bought these books because I wanted to add lights and other elements to my handwoven items.

To begin, we'll focus on the second book, MakeGetting Started with Adafruit FLORA. This book is a mixture of good and bad. We'll begin with the bad - it's all available online at Adafruit's website. There are also many more projects on the website as well, mainly making the book defunct. I bought the book because it's an handy reference for Adafruit's items (which I mainly use exclusively). Since I don't have a printer, and tend to multitask on my laptop, having a book with the basic information is better.

The good parts of the book is that it can go with me. It gives me a good overview of several projects that allow me to do a …

What I'm Reading

It's been a couple years since I did my last book review, but felt it was time to restart. This time around it will be a bit more eclectic as many of the books will be what's currently on a shelf (physical or digital).

Oftentimes, it will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Some of them are research for novels, some are what I'm currently using for languages, and still others are ways I'm expanding my arts.

First up: Theater of the Mind by Neil Verma.

(side note: if  you click the book link, I receive a small stipend as an associate).

I bought this book earlier this year because I wanted to learn more about audio or radio dramas. The terms are used fairly interchangeably, but audio is becoming more common only because many of the dramas are on podcasts, not radio.

This is not a book about how to write audio dramas, as it's focus is radio dramas. Verma researched the history of radio dramas from the earliest known dramas up through the 1950s.

The book is divided…

NaNoWriMo 2017

I'm writing this to give everyone a little warning - November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I'm participating in it again this year. That being said, the updates for Mederei's storyline might be delayed once or twice.

Mederei's story is progressing quickly, and I'm working on the next steps to begin publishing again. Often times, I feel like it's the picture above - so many paths to take, but at the same point, all of them take work.

Still, working on NaNoWriMo provides the opportunity to work on a novel I've been wanting to write. It's set in Seoul in the not-to-distant future, but follows an alternate timeline. It's a cyberpunk, with a slightly Utopian world as well. In other words, if a character has money or power, they live in a fairly Utopian world, whereas everyone else doesn't.

I've been wanting to write more stories set here in Korea, and this provides a great chance. I'll post a couple chapters in December as…