pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
Young black woman pours water and fire between two jugs, with a butterfly nearby

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Temperance is Qi's card. Qi of The Water Song, that is. This one has only the most tenuous link to Karn, but it's still a part of the story. The card is about the reconciliation of impossible opposites. A paradox at first glance, but with enough complexity of understanding it's possible to tease out the subtle distinctions and nuances that allow it to exist. It's about working with the forces that hold polar opposites apart, about balancing them and through that balance, like positive and negative numbers that can keep increasing as long as they are equal, tapping into quantities that would otherwise be too great to manage.

Aeclectic Tarot on the Temperance card
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
For Nano this year, I am going to be working with Studio Pyraxis to edit my part of the Water Song trilogy. This is the project we drafted and finished for Nano 2009, so we'll be breaking with protocol to revise it instead and get it to the point of being ready for publication.

We're looking for feedback....

The book, which doesn't yet have a title, is one side three sides of the coin octahedron in the story of my homeworld Ua. The water had already drained from the oceans when I was born, and all the magic in the world couldn't tell where it was going. All we had were fragments of a prophecy, our will for a better life, and all the ingenuity we could muster. It is the story of my people, some of whom disagreed with my extreme methods of conservation of natural resources. It is my story, and the stories of my anza Uz'qi and the rogue priest Ua'vic ([personal profile] shashigai/Javik). It's a story about ambition, desperation and the currency of power.

If all goes well, we'll be posting about 2300 words/day. You'd be welcome to read as much or as little as you like. Any response would be much appreciated, from rough first impressions, to detailed writing critique, to anything that will help keep our spirits up. (You may also be as insulting as you like; I don't stand on protocol when I can avoid it, and I've heard much worse in my twenty-odd years as Raba Ua.)

I'm opening up a friendslist. Please let me know if you would like in. :)

- Ua'lin, the fourth Raba Ua
pyraxis: Pyraxis (Pyraxis)
Word count: 51,230
Today's goal: 48,333

Made it!

NaNoWriMo 2009 winner graphic

The story's not quite finished. It'll probably be about 60,000 words altogether. But it is very close now!

And here is another excerpt, for your potential reading pleasure....

The last bow and greeting of the day was finished. Her caller Shindo had been dismissed a few minutes earlier. Qi swallowed a sip of water to ease a throat hoarse from singing and stepped aross the threshold of her private chambers. )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
Qi is actually the name of one of the two main people in my NaNo project. I shall hope I can get away with this excerpt just for fun.

Character study, Lin and Qi

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Acrylic on canvas paper, 9x12, Dec 2007

Word count: 19,415
Today's goal: 23,333

Title: none yet (The Other Side of Water?)
Community: [info]brigits_flame November week 2
Prompt: "key"
Rating: G
Word count: 400

A silhouette at her door interrupted Lin from her thoughts. She watched it from the corner of her eye for a full peg, her hands still working busily at her packing, before it spoke.

“What are you doing?”

“Taking matters into my own hands,” Lin said.

Qi stood motionless at the edge of the bustle, observing. Hot sunlight from the high arched windows hazed through motes of dust, making it hard to see clearly into the shadows. Lin moved deftly nonetheless, not needing to stop to read inscription markings.

'Lin,' Qi said, 'I am coming with you.' )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
Ua character sheet 01, ink on bristol board, 18"x14", August 09

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From left to right:

Ua'roké - Head of the Temple of the Elements. The Raba Ua'lin's closest personal advisor and martial arts trainer. A force for sanity and balance amidst the Raba's cruelty.

The Raba Ua'lin - Head of the house of Ua, the newest and most prosperous house in the nation. Lin took the sagama at thirteen, when her mother Mai disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

Anza Ua'qi - Ua'lin's right hand and sometimes partner. Qi was first in line to inherit rulership of the rival house of Uz, but she walked away against all good advice to join Lin in the house of Ua. She is as gentle and kind as Lin is ruthless, and many suspect she's been coerced against her will by the Raba to serve her. Her mother Uz'jef worries constantly but can not force her daughter to return home.

Ua'vic - Vic was adopted into the house of Ua by Mai when Lin was young in order to block her daughter's growing ambition. Vic was trained to become Raba, but only women are permitted by tradition to rule. Vic refused the magic that would have changed his body to a woman's. He became an ascetic priest and disappeared into the desert, returning only recently.

The Raba Uz'jef - Head of the house of Uz, Masta Ua's main rival. Mother of Qi. Her royal garden is the most beautiful in the nation.

Family tree beneath cut. )
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