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things to think about: the multiverse

It’s no secret that I’m wrangling a multiverse here: it’s called the Knotted Rope and it’s much less scientific than, well, folkloric (if that’s even a word outside the late lamented Car Talk).  I’ve never been too concerned about how … Continue reading

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the “red arrow” of the “far west”

The Professor was bemused by this color photocopy someone posted on Iowa’s bulletin board in the basement of the Noakes.  “I hope,” he announced loudly to all the part time employees and library riffraff who were lurking around the doorway … Continue reading

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mammoths (were really big)

Mammoths were really big.  There’s a reason their name was adopted into many modern languages as a tighter-reading synonym for that awkward phrase.  Yes, the name of the animal came first, entering Russian at the time of the first recorded … Continue reading

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the china beast

One of the purposes of photography, at least for me, is to reduce the acquisition of random objects, particularly those I am tempted to buy purely because I want to draw them or put them in a story somehow.  When … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: celtic treasure

The caption in this image reads Trésor celtique découvert en Ardennes.   My high school French renders this as “Celtic treasure either discovered or uncovered in the Ardennes”.  I seem to remember that découvert means both or either, depending on context, and in … Continue reading

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best of the drawing of the day, week 149– advisers to the crown prince

First of all, bow to the almighty spellcheck in the blogging software and note that what we have here are the “Advisers to the Crown Prince”.  Even though I think “advisors” looks better. Regardless of spelling, I think this Crown … Continue reading

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through the black chicken gate (thoughts on worldbuilding) part 4

So now there is a mystical/magical/mysterious Gate between Rook’s Hill and Mystery Hill.  Iowa discovered it by following a black chicken (a black rooster, actually).  It was an easy step to decide that the black chicken has been a minor … Continue reading

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through the black chicken gate (thoughts on worldbuilding), part three

So there I was, thinking about the black chicken and looking at the map and thinking about how far it is from the Library to the junkyard, more or less at the same time.  I wondered if this, at last, … Continue reading

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through the black chicken gate (thoughts on worldbuilding) part2

At the same time I was thinking about the black chicken, I was looking, as I often do, at a copy of this map of Kekionga which I have taped to wall in the studio. I really like this map, and … Continue reading

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through the black chicken gate (thoughts on worldbuilding) part 1

I had a rather important new piece of the Kekionga background fall down on me all in a chunk over the weekend. It’s doesnt happen often, having a significant idea right at your desk, with the notebook for that project … Continue reading

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