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Date: 2015-07-30 09:00
Subject: Fan post: Web fiction epics – recommendations from Lena
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

If you’ve read this far in DGC (we’re in, what, volume 8?) then you love long stories, where the overarching plot takes hundreds or even thousands of pages to resolve.

In DGC, it is the question of Daron and Ziggy ever being together (in something resembling a healthy relationship). Sometimes that plotline is at the forefront, but most of the time it is barely there, while the narrative on the page deals with more mundane matters. Its tantalizing presence in the corner of our eyes is what keeps us hooked. If the Daron/Ziggy emotional roller coaster was the only topic of the story, we would have burned out long ago. If it hadn’t been there at all, the day to day life that Daron narrates would have started to bore us by now.

So, since your tenacity in following this story has proven that you like this sort of thing, I have two recommendations here for stories with a similar structure. And, like Daron, they are (mostly) free! It so happens that both these stories are dystopian scifi, but definitely not of the YA variety. Both are excellent stories that have provided me with days and days of reading pleasure:

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-28 10:00
Subject: Too Much Too Young
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Tags:another phone call, i hate talking on the phone, louis, tour bus, ziggy

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

(Site glitches fixed! Turns out the disk in the web server was dying and that’s why new comments wouldn’t take. Please go back and comment now on Sanders’ brilliant Ziggy fic from last week: A Little Normal -ctan)

Apparently I get Tempe and Tucson mixed up. Tucson I had heard was an artsy little town up the mountains akin to Boulder, Colorado. Tempe, though? Tempe is basically Phoenix. I should have known that but, you know, travel around enough and it’s easy to get mixed up.

In Phoenix we stayed in the same hotel where Moondog Three had stayed when we filmed the “Why the Sky” video. I didn’t realize it until I found myself walking down a hallway to look for my room and I felt like I was finding loneliness and isolation in every doorway.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-21 10:00
Subject: I Will Dare
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

When we rolled into Albuquerque I was ready to not be cooped up in the bus anymore, but I wasn’t looking forward to being cooped up in my room either. And honestly I needed a break from a night of socializing the Nomad way, which even if it sometimes involved getting on a stage always involved heavy drinking. My head needed a rest, anyway.

So after putting my stuff in the room I dithered, and ended up wandering the hallway, and at one point Clarice stuck her head out her door and said, “You keep that up you’re going to wear a trough in that carpet.”

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-16 10:00
Subject: Art post: Daron’s solo album cover
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

ctan here! To quote from chapter 624 “How to be a Millionaire“, in which Daron and Remo visit Artie’s office at Wenco, and Artie shows Daron what the album cover will look like for his instrumental solo album:

Remember back when I went to take those promo photos? What we’d discussed was that my photo was for the back of the album while they were going to use some kind of nature photography on the front, which was their standard thing.

They had decided not to do the nature thing.

They had used a closeup of my face, so close that the only thing you saw on the CD cover/album cover was one of my eyes, and most of my cheek, where in the photo you could really see the fine tracks of the scars that had been made by the stage explosion. On the back was a little inset photo of the Ovation in a stand in the studio. And in lowercase letters, spaced far apart so that my name spread across the width of the album:
d a r o n
m a r k s
t r a c k s

Well, I was too braindead to write the other night, and so I bought the stock art to make this a reality. Technically it’s not “fan art” since I did it, but you know, I’ve always just considered myself the #1 fan of Daron’s, so count it as whatever you wish. :-)

I also didn’t attempt to actually represent the fine-line scars so you’ll have to imagine that part. (Honestly they’re only really obvious on his face when you really look for them. Or blown up to the size of an album cover, I guess.)

Click on the thumbnail to see it full size! And check under the cut for more views and for a small playlist of music…

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-14 10:00
Subject: Moving in Stereo
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

The next day was a day off. We had a six-hour drive to Albuquerque and we did it in the middle of the day. So there was no show, but there was a lot of time in the bus. Perfect time to work on Fran’s song, which you may remember we were going to do in LA. We commandeered the back lounge—her, me, and Clarice.

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-10 08:00
Subject: Magic U characters took the Myers Briggs test: the results were startlingly accurate
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Tags:magic university, writing news, writing talk

Spellbinding_cover_RGB_200So, Spellbinding launched yesterday. This is a collection of short stories in the Magic University universe–seven of them by me and ten by other writers playing in my sandbox. They’re all erotic except for one and they all explore more deeply into the characters and backgrounds.

I wrote a lot about Frost for this one. The novels are so much from Kyle’s point of view that as readers we are left guessing about a lot of what is going on in Frost’s head and what he is “really” like. I finally get the chance to let him speak for himself in these stories.

You might have seen yesterday’s “Characters on the Couch” post on author Cecilia Dominic’s blog about what a visit from Frost to a psychologist would have been like. Thinking about delving into Frost and Kyle a little more, I decided to try something other than Tarot cards this time. Just for fun I decided to take a free online version of the Myers Briggs Personality Test, first as Frost, then as Kyle.

For those unfamiliar with Myers Briggs, it’s a rubric of personality types where you try to figure out where you are on a few scales: introverted or extroverted? thinking or feeling? judging or perceiving? intuitive or fact-seeking? The combination is often expressed as four letters. For example, I’m an INTJ: introverted, intuitive, thinking, judgment.

To take the test as a character, I answered the questions as if I were them, though, and the results were startlingly spot-on. So if you ever wanted to know more about Kyle and Frost’s psychology, here you go! Under the cut:

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-10 03:00
Subject: Web Serial Toolbox: everything you need to start a fiction serial
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Tags:fiction, writing talk

This is the handout for my Web Serial Toolbox workshop, which I’m teaching today at Readercon at 6pm. I’m posting it here as a reference document for those who don’t pick up the physical handout, or who lose the piece of paper, or in case I didn’t bring enough copies, or if a paper-eating nanotech experiment escaped from a nearby office park and destroyed them all while I was on my way to the con.

This is the bare bones reference document, not a full “how to,” since that’s what I give in my workshop, but some of the rest of you might find it a somewhat useful checklist of things to do if you’re starting, or already running a web fiction serial. I might write individual blog posts at a later date on individual topics if I have time and inclination.

Web Serial Toolbox Reference Sheet

by Cecilia Tan, author of award-winning web serial Daron’s Guitar Chronicles

Web serial/web fiction: “(Also known as “Webfiction” or the “Online novel”) is the prose equivalent of webcomics such as Sluggy Freelance or Girl Genius (among many others) which… have distinct Story Arcs. An author, usually an amateur, publishes a Novel in many short installments (often daily or weekly) on a website.”
(Definition from TV Tropes: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WebSerialNovel)

Another definition (mine): “The online text-fiction equivalent of serial storytelling forms such as television shows, comic books, or soap operas.”

Setting up your serial:

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-09 10:00
Subject: Understanding AIDS and the world of DGC by Amanda
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I was inspired to highlight this significant event when I read Joe’s timelines (thanks Joe!) posted in May. I work in Health Promotion and am really interested in how community attitudes shape our approach to health.

Understanding AIDS, June 1988.

Approximately 107 million English-language versions of the brochure, Understanding AIDS, were distributed to every home and residential post office box in the U.S. between May 26 and June 30, 1988 and a Spanish-language version was distributed in Puerto Rico during that period too. This was the first time the U.S. federal government attempted to contact virtually every resident, directly by mail, regarding a major public health problem. Pre-internet, pre smartphone, this was a major undertaking by any government. Not the least significant aspect of this was the subject matter itself.

“Some of the issues involved in this brochure may not be things you are used to discussing openly.”
(Dr. Koop in the introduction to the brochure.)
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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-09 08:00
Subject: Spellbinding is launched! Write a poem, win an autographed copy!
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Tags:magic university, writing news

Spellbinding_cover_RGB_200It’s launch day for Spellbinding: Tales from the Magic University! This collection of short stories include seven by me–two never before published and new for this edition–and ten by other writers exploring the world of Magic University!

POEM CONTEST!
To celebrate the new book, which is in paperback for the first time, I’m holding a contest to win an autographed copy of the book. To enter the contest write me a poem about sex, magic, or love and post it in the comments on my blog*! Haiku, limerick, sonnet, free verse: the form is up to you. I’ll accept entries until July 17th at midnight Eastern U.S. time!

Contest is open to people anywhere in the world. I’ll spring for the mailing cost if you’re somewhere distant.

If you’re wondering “why a poetry contest?” for a book of erotic fantasy stories, it’s because in my universe poetry itself is a powerful form of magic. The hero of the Magic University series, Kyle, has prodigious powers as a sex magician, but ultimately his ability as a poet is what shapes his destiny and the fate of those around him.

Poetry is magic. Creativity is magic. Love is magic. That’s pretty much what these books are about!

If you’d prefer to just purchase a copy instead of entering the contest, please do, at your favorite retail outlet–it should be going live everywhere today–including Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Smashwords. If you’re on Goodreads please add it to your shelf!

*If you’re on Livejournal/Dreamwidth, please hop over to the original post to leave your contest entry so they’ll all be in one place? Here: http://blog.ceciliatan.com/archives/2427

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ceciliatan
Date: 2015-07-07 10:00
Subject: Sander fan post
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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

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