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STARE DOWN THE DRAGON--IF YOU DARE!!!
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The PARVERIAN TALES #2
by Mike Jordan

~FEATURING~
"THE CULMINATION"
Part Two
and
"MALDREN'S TALE"
Part Two
 

 


The Culmination
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THE PARVERIAN TALES Vol. 1 No. 2  OCT. 2004 is published by BIG RED A PRESS, 18 Arnold Dr. Lisbon , Me. 04250 of which, Michael S. Jordan is the sole owner and operator.  The main contents of this book are 1999 by Mike Jordan; "The Culmination" is 1994 by Mike Jordan; and "Maldren's Tale" is 1998 by Mike Jordan.  Any similarities between any of the characters in this publication and any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental-and because I don't think anyone has ever had a nose quite this big.


Maldren's Tale
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   f there's one question I've been asked above all others by those who have read "A Princess Is Lost" it has to be:  "Why the Staff of Unbelievable Good?"  Unfortunately, there's no easy answer for it'  Where does an artist or writer get his inspiration?  If I knew, I'd have dropped a couple of wells by now or put a patent on it or something and made a small fortune selling it to people suffering from writers block.  However, I don't know where the name sprang from originally, but I can shed some light on why it came to be.
    When I'm drafting a script, or writing anything for that matter, I don't like to pause in my work when the words are flowing at least semi-smoothly, that includes meals, sleep, or thinking up really cool names for people and the places that arise in the story.  If I haven't previously settled upon a fitting handle, I will substitute a word or a phrase in its place and continue using it until a better one reveals itself to me, thus not disturbing my rhythm.
    This system has served me very well over the years.  It has often kept me from lying on my back for hours and hours, pen in mouth, shooting at invisible skeet and waiting for divine revelation, while the story went unwritten.  It does however have a few drawbacks.  Sometimes it takes a great deal of time for a name to unconsciously come (the Princess' Christian name didn't come into being until the first script of the next story), and sometimes not at all (as in the case of her father).  It was into this last category that the naming of the Staff fell.
    The issue first arose, back in '94 when I was scripting part two of "The Culmination".  The object in question came into the conversation between the King and the old Hag, and I was stumped.  I knew it needed to be the Something Staff or the Staff of Something, but nothing that hadn't already been used hundreds of hackneyed times came to mind, so I put in the silly substitute.  Five scripts and about eighty pages later, still nothing came to light.  Undaunted, I set to work on the layouts (back when I was doing them as a separate step) figuring, given time, a really good name would come.  It didn't, but by then I'd grown rather fond of the silly one.  In its lameness, it had a certain so-ugly-it's-cute appeal, and the name stuck.
    I sincerely hope that my weakness, nay, my failing does not rankle too hard on the finer sensibilities of those die-hard fantasy fans, and, if it does, I then hope such names as "The Temple of the Hero Eternal" and "Siluria, the Lost City of The Seven Rivers" rectifies such a heinous crime enough to keep you from burning this book in incensed effigy.  Of course, that would mean that you would have to eventually go out and buy another one.

So until next time,               

Mike Jordan                       
Lisbon, ME.                        
 October 2004                    

 


PS.    For those really die-hard FTWWTK fans, the very first eleven pages of "A Princess Is Lost" is the earliest artwork to appear in "The Culmination", dating originally way back to 1994. My first instincts as an artist and a maniacal perfectionist were to re-draw the whole thing, as I had with part one.  It was painfully clear that the characters didn't have those five years of development under their sword belts, and the art (although this was where I first really experimented with extreme close-ups to enhance the depth of my frames) was nowhere near as crisp as it should have been.  (I was going wild with six different technical pens and a whole slew of dip pens back then-oy!)  All sound reasons to justify the refurbishing, but, poised as I was, Pen in hand, one the brink of potential insanity, I recalled how much I've personally enjoyed seeing the evolution of characters in other peoples' works.  so, I took a deep breath and let the original eleven pages stand with some minor revisions.
    See if you're good enough to pick out the three frames I replace completely.  (Strictly for continuity's sake, honest!)
 

 

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