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The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

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I don't make recommendations on my journal often, but hrymfaxe illustrated one of my "Release the Bonds of Winter" ficlets as a birthday present, and the result is simply stunning, so I wanted to share it with my flist who may not be mutual friends with her.

http://hrymfaxe.livejournal.com/26328.html

As I told hrymfaxe in an email earlier today, I often compose stories (particularly ficlets) around a strong image, in this case the thrashing pine trees of Dorthonion. Dorthonion, to me, has always evoked a sepia-toned image: the brown earth and the white sky, the only color coming from the deep green of the pines. When I see Dorthonion, in my mind, I see the trees and I see the color of it and little else: For me, this defines this particular setting in The Silmarillion.

This is not something that I've shared with anyone because it is largely frivolous and irrelevant; however, hrymfaxe's work picks up on these images that I've held in my mind with an almost uncanny perception. The result is something that I think makes the ficlet more meaningful than my words alone ever could have.

Thank you, hrymfaxe, for such a lovely gift!
  • You are so very welcome! And as I said earlier it is a huge compliment to me that you recognise your own images in my work - that means that I have picked up on the essential message of the story, which was the aim of this whole project.

    And for a long time I was debating with myself whether or not I would include your words directly into the illustration or quote it underneath as a separate part, but I found that words and images informed each other really well, creating something that, as you say, my drawings could not have expressed alone.

    Thank you for letting me play with your words and thoughts! Your stories are a constant inspiration to me.
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