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A book sale and homework

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 12, 2010, 6:28 AM
Just got a call from my friend Jonathan. He asked me to spread the word that Lulu is hosting a weekend sale. You can buy jon.com at 15% off by visiting www.lulu.com and entering the code word WASHINGTON where indicated on the order form. Not too shabby. BTW, if you want to continue to get updates on Jonathan and jon.com, you need to watch his page at jon-com.deviantart.com.

So much for the commercial. Now on to news about Fellowship Lost. Some of you noticed that I am back at the keyboard writing the latest installments in this psy-fi romance mystery. Among the comments I received was one from :iconlunaticstar: asking (begging?) me not to make her favorite homeboy Johnny old. She loved him at 21 in Fellowship of Psys and is not comfortable viewing him as a 40something old codger. Rest assured, my psys will never be "old" -- older, yes, but never wrinkled or shabby around the edges.

This led me to wonder how you all viewed the characters from the first book and whether you have any preconceived notions about how they look now, 20-some years later. Sooooo... let's hunt down some photos or drawings on dA, shall we? Post them here by submitting the thumbnail code in your response, or if you don't have a premium membership, post the link. I'll capture the image and post it for you. You can post artwork for any character, but LunaticStar hopes it will be John/Jay. I'll see what I can find to get her and you started.

Happy hunting!

Hey Heather! Look what came up when I searched "Johnny"...
Johnny Rotten by angelpunk22

  • Listening to: Santana
  • Reading: Nicholas II
  • Watching: Too much cable
  • Playing: With my ponytail
  • Eating: Valentine's Day heart candies
  • Drinking: Water from the office cooler
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Penfury Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
"Rest assured, my psys will never be "old" -- older, yes, but never wrinkled or shabby around the edges."

Hmmph. Dina begs to differ. Lank of white hair, limps across the room, uses television to lower herself to the floor, lays a twisted finger (it was her shoulder that Zach shattered) on a red spot on the screen. Yes, I know she survived a maelstrom at the end of Fellowship of Psys (and I know who generated that firestorm), but she's been raising a child and running from the Guild for 20 some years. If she were diminished mentally or physically, Scott (or Trish) would have caught up a long time ago. Actually, of all the descriptions you've given of the main players, this one makes me most sad. Scott is still sexy and distinguished, Johnny is still adorably himself, Trish is still fiesty and full of uncommon wisdom. My beautiful, strong willed, independant Dina seems to be turning into Annie. Next thing you know, Zach will show up in pink boxers and fuzzy handcuffs. :noes:

Okay, minirant over. Delete if you want to. :)
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Ah, but you read more into that description than needed: Dina always had white hair. And just because she has trouble stooping down, doesn't make her an invalid. John has no depth perception and has balance issues too. And Scott is going blind. A twisted finger doesn't make her a cripple either. As you will see when Lorin gets home, mom is no Annie. She is more of a tigress who has fought off all her physical injuries in order to keep her daughter out of the clutches of those she thinks would exploit her. You should have realized it yourself: "If she were diminished mentally or physically, Scott (or Treece) would have caught up a long time ago." They haven't, so doesn't that tell you something? Trust me, hawkeyed one! I will never let Dina become Anie. She was always "more Zach's daughter" than Annie's as she said in Fellowship of Psys. She is neither wrinkled nor shabby!

Delete one of your comments? Blasphemy!
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Penfury Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
lol, T'wasn't the white, it was the accumulation of 'old woman' details.

I've read many sequels where the adventurous, strong willed, independant woman turned into a complacent/malcontent wife, mother, *insert term of choice for responsible and boring person* type character that watched while someone else carried the story. (Yes, I know you won't do that.) It always ticks me off because I can't see a person's inate character changing so much. I mean, after her husband died, my dad's great great aunt saddled a horse and rode from Penn. to Oklahoma with her youngest son . . . at the age of 86. ;) So, I come from a long line of crazy folk. :shrug:
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
I can see where the white hair might have added to the wrong impression. I'll have to rethink that. I was merely trying to remind old readers what she looked like -- and give new readers a telling detail -- but the placement is probably wrong. Believe me, Dina has only gotten stronger, despite her injuries. She and Lorin will have it out, so to speak, when the girl gets home. You'll see. Nothing complacent or responsible about Mama Di. Not one little bit.

Love your great great aunt. A lot of "crazy" runs through my mom's side of the family too. It's probably where I got my healthy(??!) dose of lopsided DNA. For example, I gave my 79-year-old mother a copy of jon.com for her birthday, and warned her it was pretty graphic and I wouldn't be offended if she didn't read it. She called me yesterday to say she raced through it in less than two days-- and loved it! My mom is a very vocal homophobe, yet she said she is sure Jon survived, got all the money and is living with Marcus on a tropical island! Wow. Now THAT'S crazy.
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Penfury Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
No, that is proof you write a damn fine story. :D

And you are doing it more than once, twice, . . . ahhh, I do enjoy trying to second guess your plots. You're just too much fun. :D
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Aw, shucks. Thanks, ma'am. I would like to say it has more to do with my mom being... well, my MOM. But she's a brutally honest woman. I expected her to say, "stop wasting your abilities on this smut." Boy, did she surprise me.

I don't know about you, but the last few years that I have devoted to writing novels have been some of the best of my life. No matter whether they are good, bad or indifferent, I should have done it more consistently a long time ago. Doing what you love makes all the crap around you easier to tolerate.
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Penfury Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
That's one of the best things about Moms. :D

I sincerely hope that proves true for me as well. I've spent way too many years dabbling at my writing while tending to "more important" things that aren't half as satisfying. It's not easy breaking friends and family from that 'it'll just take a minute, we have to do this Now.' mentality.
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I understand. It has to be tough on you since you take care of your dad and the house and a business and still have time for a daughter and granddaughter. You'll get there though. It took me until three years ago. It's just as satisfying later as earlier.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I can't find anyone Johnny enough for me, but I always kind of figured Scott for a young Ed Quinn. [link]

Johnny might be this guy but with this guy's eye shape. o_o
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Your Scott is an excellent choice. Oh but your Johnny --- argh! The first one is too wimpy and the second one is too tough. Where is the sexy vulnerability? :sigh: Give me the Sex Pistol any day.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Ehhhhh like I said, can't find. I'd make my own but now my brain is scrambled by too many boy pictures.
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Lol! Boy pictures do have a tendency to do that.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
D=
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
That Johnny is too welsh. =P OH LOL. Just clicked it, he's a Sex Pistol! hahahahaha. Okay. I guess I'll go on the hunt now. Only like one billion male models on DA, right?
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I swear there are more male models on dA than females!
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Awww, but sometimes it's kinda cool to see characters get older. And older certainly does not mean less sexy. My favourite example of this is in Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint series - the second books features a much older Alec Campion and he has never been sexier. Seriously. :XD:

Also! Just got to the part in jon.com with Lovie! Awwww I missed him. He was so sweet.
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I agree, but I understand how she feels. I left things hanging at the end of book one. Then in the epilogue, I leapt ahead a couple of decades. Now this particular reader has to adjust to the fact that her favorite character isn't a "boy" anymore. She should be grateful though. For several weeks, I was sure I was going to kill him off. I think HE thought he was dead too. At the last minute I realized I needed him. So older is definitely preferrable to buried!
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Definitely! But yes, I guess it's always rather disconcerting to see your favourite characters getting older. And there are just some characters who are so defined by their youthfulness that any ageing just seems wrong. <.<
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
That was my problem with Treece; she is such a sassy youngster at heart that I had the most trouble imagining her in her forties. Then it hit me. Treece would never really be in her forties; she would keep up with young trends. Thus the addition of piercings and tattoos. It made her young forever!
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Haha yeah - some people just never grow old. :D And rocking adults are cool. :)
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Some of them are... just stop me from becoming one of those old saggy women in hot pants and no bra!
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Pfft! Hot pants and a bra shouldn't be worn by anyone anyway (unless their profession requires them to do so). :XD:
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Good point. Two of them, actually. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Hey Heather, how about this? Funny what you find when you enter the search word "Johnny"...
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denlm Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Damn! What has dA done now? I used to be able to post the thumbnail code and the picture would appear in the response space. :grumbles and stomps off: Those weinies!
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