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Poem: "the two alchemists"
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eseme From: eseme Date: April 7th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my! This is lovely, and could almost be the end of the series. Though I would like the kirigami mage to get to speak her new truths to the origami mage in person.

And those two working together... Why, that's a whole other series.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> Oh my! This is lovely, and could almost be the end of the series. Though I would like the kirigami mage to get to speak her new truths to the origami mage in person. <<

It is not the end of the series. There are two other poems that come after it, which are written and sponsored but not published yet because they are out of sequence. Happily "the two alchemists" fills one crucial gap, bringing us closer to publication of those later poems. And the resolution isn't written yet. We'll get there.

>>And those two working together... Why, that's a whole other series.<<

Agh ...

This series, unlike the others, has a clear end (when they resolve their differences). angela_n_hunt wants to print it. That's a lot more feasible with a closed series than an open-ended one. I'm not necessarily opposed to another Origami Mage series (chapter?) but I think I'd want a new plot-spiral and not something random. Asian literature has a totally different structure than Western literature, and I doubt I could do it justice without some sense of where it's going. I need to be able to figure out the turnings.
meeksp From: meeksp Date: April 7th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Ooh...What sort of presentation do you have in mind for the prints? I can imagine this series turning into a beautiful art book.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

angela_n_hunt runs Hunt Press, a small publisher. (They are currently fundraising to buy a new computer to make books.) I believe she's thinking about a collectible chapbook -- something small and artistic with Asian aesthetics. We won't be able to discuss real details until the series concludes, though. "Beautiful art book" is along the lines of what I would like to see, if the budget for such a thing proves feasible. I've seen Arkham House put out some lovely little collectible books, and a few of the poetry collections I have from elsewhere are done similarly. It's an art form I admire, well-built books.

So far, I have four illustrations, all icons courtesy of djinni, which are visible in my character gallery. There are two each of the Origami Mage and the Kirigami Mage:
http://pics.livejournal.com/ysabetwordsmith/gallery/000spesk

angela_n_hunt is a photographer. my_partner_doug folds origami. So in addition to artwork, we have photography of origami as an option. my_partner_doug actually made a figure based on instructions in one of the poems ("The Folding Boat").

If you'd like to try your hand at illustration, go right ahead. The "Serial Poetry" page will take you through the series in ... my best guess at a chronological order, so far. Many of these poems have vivid visual descriptions. The original drafts often have reference links, too. If you aren't sure what something is supposed to look like, ask and I'll expand the detail, share links, or maybe call in marina_bonomi (who is a real live Sinologist and has helped make the cultural details accurate in the poems).
meeksp From: meeksp Date: April 7th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I've read them, and you're right about the descriptions. I can easily see the events unfolding as I read :)

I had intended to ask if you ever got the illustration for "unfolding wings" done, but it sounds like you haven't. One thing I've never been clear on is whether these poems take place in China, Japan, or some mixed fantasy world...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>> I've read them, and you're right about the descriptions. I can easily see the events unfolding as I read <<

Yay! Then I've done my job right.

>> I had intended to ask if you ever got the illustration for "unfolding wings" done, but it sounds like you haven't.<<

So far, the only illustrations are from djinni's Free Icon Days. I think the scene in "unfolding wings" would suit your style well, if you feel like exploring it.

>> One thing I've never been clear on is whether these poems take place in China, Japan, or some mixed fantasy world...<<

The setting is a mixed fantasy world. It draws inspiration primarily from Chinese and Japanese cultures, with a few bits from other cultures in that part of the world. So it's Asian inspired fantasy, the way most fantasy is loosely patterned after European cultures. *ponder* And judging from the scenery and character action, they're probably on the mainland rather than an island, although they're within reach of a coast. We've seen mountains and rivers already. It seems to be an old and stable culture.
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