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We mentioned last week that JG had made a visit. We're happy to announce that it was far more than just a quick stop in and he's been hanging out in chat with the authors all week getting caught up on who is going what, which characters are likely to interact with his stories and generally getting a feel for where the universe has gone in his absence. I'm sure I'm not alone in being grateful for his return... especially since he's already contributed to the continuation of his existing plot lines: here is the conclusion of the Artificer arc: "Ashes and Steel" ... which has been one of the most requested 'but what happened to' moments in our universe's history. Given the plans flying fast and furious on IRC last night, I wouldn't be surprised to see more from JG soon.

So, again, welcome back JG!

 

 

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There is a nice long list of work in progress, between the Gen 1 and 2 authors... as well as some Library pieces (El's got a MAU piece he's been showing around and E.E. has some more of his Star Wars story in the works). And Morpheus has several pieces ready for Summer to be over and the timeline clock moves us into year 2. Unfortunately, none of it is currently in the feedback/complete stage today for me to release.  Check back tomorrow or Wednesday... there might be one or two things that aren't on the list that we can release late.

On the 'good news' side of things, JG popped in for a visit this week and has some things he's interested in working on when he gets caught up a bit - including potentially a conclusion to Caitlyn's story, and more on the Grunts and Outcasts. We also heard (less publically) from Maggie this week, who has been struggling with some health issues and is now doing better.

We're adding some Artwork to the site: which explains the ferret invasion in the left sidebar. I haven't quite pinned down a means of submitting art directly to the gallery at this time, so for the meantime please insert it in a forum post in the Fanart suggestion thread and I'll get it copied to the right location. 

I've also added some places to put offsite links for recommended places in a couple categories: Webcomics, Fiction, TG Fiction, and Writing Sites. Authors have access to a submission panel for new links, anyone else that thinks we should link someplace... poke an author. I also set up a fifth category of links called "Sponsors"... that category will be for those sites that put up a Whateley Academy ad on their site, buy an ad on ours, or financially support us in some way.

Thanks all and remember to check in for the possibility of a late release!

 

And its Tuesday and here's a great big late release. It's not Whateley Academy, but it weighs in just shy of 50k words. Enjoy Part 1 of "Longing" the First Book in the Cylsteth written by Phoenix-Spiritus. It's over in the Library, under Unique Fantasy like Nagrij's "Dim Prisons and Drakes". 

 

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I just realized that it is November... already. Tomorrow everyone votes. In a couple weeks we eat Turkey and then the holiday decorations start going up... and another year will have flown by. It's not... surprising, I suppose. When we are young, a year is such a large amount of time compared to the body of our memories and experience... at ten, it's a whole tenth of our life, perhaps as much as twenty percent of our functional memory and experience. By our twenties, a single year no longer seems such a large factor... after all, a year only adds another 5-6% to the total body of our experience at that point... though we gain so much in our maturity/adulthood at that stage, as a year at twenty is perhaps a third of our total time on our own, outside of high school. But by our thirties, even leaving out our childhood years, a year is a small fraction of our total lifespan. By fortyfive or fifty, half of our lifetime has been as an adult and a new year worth of experiences is less than five percent of the time we've been an adult.. let alone been alive.

So the years, as we accumulate experience, seem to race forward ever faster... making it harder for a given moment to mean as much... for something new to overturn habits and experiences already engrained. Sad... and frightening... and worth contemplating. If we could discard years of our experiences... shed memories that aren't important to our nature but serve as anchors in time and create this perspective of new years flying by... could we regain our control over this passage of time? Turn the passage of a year into something meaningful again? A significant amount of time, in which each day, encounter, and idea is relevant in ways that are lost when held in perspective to a half century of living?

 

For your reading pleasure today, I'd like to bring up the next part (Part 2) of Nagrij's Fantasy piece for the Library. This section of "Dim Prisons and Drakes" runs from chapter 6 through chapter 9 of this piece. You can find a link to it over in the Latest Articles list at the top of the right hand sidebar, or in the Library section under Stories... in the sub-category "Unique Fantasy." Enjoy!