Yes, for the Great Cooks, Curry Is Thicker Than Water.
Dude. Firefly quote love. <3
Firefly Quotes are love...hey I should make one of those banners for that! *runs to Photoshop*
2006-01-25 02:23 am (UTC)
Well.. we know who has his priorities in order...
And, so what if he dies? At least he'll be properly seasoned.
"we know who has his priorities in order..."
Yeah, Senior Librarian Vo does, judging by the note about the origami.
The origami’s got pride of place on his desk now.
That figures. Politicians over here buy and treasure unflattering cartoons of themselves.
Maybe the girl belly danced for him?
Coffee, meet keyboard!
I just love this series! This is one of your best posts yet. Oh, no screaming banshees (or steam jacks or whatever) but your descriptions were stellar in THIS post. Loved the phrase: so that droplets fell like jewels off my eyelashes, and stung like a scorpion in my chapped nostrils.
And even if I'd just met Heinrich, you told me so much about him by having him rouse from a dehydrated stupor at the sight of Spices! (Curry--ha ha I can relate.)
M'dear if you changed these characters to humans and tweaked a few things--you could totally sell this to a REAL publisher. ie: one that pays you money, and royalties and prints a goodly number and DISTRIBUTES to bookstores. Ah, but that's another post.
Fabulous! More, more.
Why change the characters to humans? Their species is such an essential part of what they are that by the time you figure it out, it makes complete and total sense.
Well, perhaps. I can apprieciate the genre, but the wider world generally isn't accepting of animals as characters except in children's lit or as supporting roles in sci-fi/fantasy. This isn't childrens lit nor should it be. It is fantasy, but I just think that it would be more compelling if the main character were human and my bet is that an acquisitions editor would agree.
However--don't stop Ursula! It's a great story so far regardless of species!
That's just their problem. You can't mangle a mature and intelligent story, nor make it strictly for some random authority's idea of what average children should read, without losing quite a lot in quality and readability. An editor who can't see a good story because they think certain kinds of characters are only suitable for children is not someone I'd want reading over my work.
I know you can't generalise too much from one example, but Walter Moer's Rumo
made it into print and into english translation despite its more-or-less animal characters.
Well, that's their problem.
Great icon, by the way.
2006-01-24 03:36 am (UTC)
I dont have any troble identifying with diferent species, a labrador dog was my babysitter when i was young, and i have lived with animals all my life, they are a lot nicer that some humans i will say
"wider world generally isn't accepting of animals as characters except in children's lit..."
Then, clearly, the wider world is somewhat racist, no? Anyway, the wider world doesn't read much fantasy unless Hollywood packages it in nice bitesize nuggets; good fantasy fiction has a (rather eccentric) fandom of it's own, especially in Britain.
What species is Heinrich, anyway?
Heinrich is "Just like Ursula, only Horrible"
*Runs away cackling evilly*
Err, just to clarify, I DO get not-insignificant royalties from my current publisher, small press though they be!
I suspect the whole thing's a bit too weirdly formatted and random and adjective heavy to actually appeal to an editor, and I'd definitely balk at changing the characters to human--it'd undoubtedly be more publishable, no question, but they're cast in my head as these various species. With any other setting, I'd be willing to make significant alterations, but Gearworld is just so personal a vision that I suspect editing would be well-night impossible for me to deal with. "Why not change this bit here?" "Err...because that's not how it happened!" and so forth.
Up until this point, I didn't realize they weren't human.
And that's fine too. We're appreciating it, so thanks for sharing your vision with us!
As a faux cartographical/anthropological manuscript, I can see it doing fantastically. Have you ever seen "De historia et veritate unicornis
"? Here's a cover pic
Still, Gearworld is fantastic. Definitely the coolest thing I've found on LJ to date.
Actually, and this just occured to me, Vertigo would be heavily interested in Gearworld, anthromorphs and all and your art style is perfect for it.
Vertigo? I'd think Dark Horse, maybe, Vertigo seems too gritty for something with the whimsy of Gearworld (except when they're doing their numerous Sandman spinoffs).
Possible. The publishers of Transmet might be another possibility.
You know, I can imagine this done in the style of Expedition by Wayne Barlowe. With a similar style of sketches, panels, art bits, and the like. I'm not sure how good a seller it was (though I have a copy!), but I'd fork out a LOT for a similar-style Gearworld book.
In point of fact, this IS structured similarly, with lots of mini-stories and descriptions fleshing out the world. And I don't see the nonhuman characters being all that much of a problem...
Speaking of royalties, I picked up Digger vol. 1 at FC! It is awesome!
Heck, I think she could do it as is!
There's a market for it, definitely. Maybe not a -huge- publisher, but one of their smaller imprints or something.
droplets fell like jewels off my eyelashes
That is without doubt one of the most beautiful combination of words I have ever read.
Aww, he kept the origami! Obviously, mockery is the sincerest form of flattery.
Thank you for posting this. I needed something kind of silly this Monday. I've been reading about the Peloponnesian war all morning.
It it mockery or monkary?
*wonders what species the Sherpa was*
*finds self imagining what seasonings Heinrich used on the Sherpa*
*realizes that this is IN NO WAY proper to speculate about*
2006-01-23 10:35 pm (UTC)
Bellydancer or Acolyte... how do you choose?????
the pain! the pain!
I'D die for curry anyday.
Oh ye gods. Curry.
2006-01-24 03:35 am (UTC)
I SO want to read the eniter Terra Absurdium series.
I would gladly buy a book that was nothing but excerpts from Terra Absurdium. The little quips from Vo are golden.
I thought Vo was a woman?..
The Head librarian in the "Digger" series is a lumpy old man by the name of Vo.. We've pretty much assumed this is the same guy.
2006-01-24 09:52 pm (UTC)
Huh. That's odd. I would've sworn... okay then! I guess it was just a few posters saying they'd thought Vo was a woman, and it turned into a brainworm and got stuck on me.
2006-06-10 06:58 pm (UTC)
It's the same VO!?!?!?!?!?! Ok...now things are making sense (as much as they make around here)...
Aha! Heinrich + Curry spices + Sherpa = Mongolian barbecue! OR sherpa as the case may be.
Then again, unless the Sherpa was a bear or a Gazelle, does it count as cannibalism?
2006-01-24 06:02 pm (UTC)
OMG!! So horrible, but so fantastic.. Mongolian Barbecue.
2006-01-25 02:28 am (UTC)
although people did wonder when the narrative suddenly came up short a sherpa. This made me laugh.
I love the curry.