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It's been an interesting week. I got offhanded compliments from my boss acknowledging something I've been trying to get him to understand for seven or eight years. He hasn't quite grasped the larger ramifications yet... but he's starting to get it. "You get what you pay for." Most people tend to get that with personal consumer goods, cheap products tend to be of lower quality. They don't meet your needs exactly, the fit or taste isn't 'tailored', and they tend to decay more quickly because the materials and means of putting them together is poor. But the idea tends to extend to things on a much larger scale. You cannot expect department store microphones and sound equipment to perform like the stuff you see on Broadway... 

The principle also applies to employing people. You can't pay people unskilled labor wages (or lower, because  the jobs are offered on a contract/stipend level which somehow bypasses hourly minimums)... and expect to get their best effort. Especially some of the skill sets involved in theatre, where you have to be both a craftsman or engineer and a creative/artist at the same time. 

Of course... offhand compliments don't mean I'm going to get a raise or anything... that would be too much to expect *sighs*

 

Over on this little web presence called The Crystal Hall?

Well... this week, it looks like we're got a couple shorter pieces for you. From Light-of-Fury, we've got a Gen 1 canon piece called "Learning to Hunt." and from Morpheus, Part 2 of his introduction backstory for Bianca "Written in Blood."

Next week (sorry bookies)... we'll wrap up the first of the two Gen 2 intro stories (New York Comes with Calimari) with Part 3. So a re-read of parts 1 and 2 over the weekend to jump right into the conclusion on Monday might be warranted for those who didn't like the parts handled separately. As we then move forward with Gen 2, we might treat some of the remaining parts of Road to Whateley (which is technically core story 1.2, Calimari being 1.1) as noodle incidents until E. E. and Bek have a chance to finish it.

 

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Well, here we are in spring again. Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding and turning green. People are sneezing as allergies kick their asses. 

Ok, maybe we can do without that last part. 

My work usually keeps me busy this time of year, but this season, I'm not mixing a musical. Instead, I'm composing a design for a production of Sherlock Holmes (Hound of the Baskervilles). As a result, I'm at home on my computer instead of in the dark corner of a crowded theatre at a sound board. Actually able to look out a window and see the spring happening... it's a bit disorienting, really. :)

Anyway, you don't want to hear me jabbering about my daily 'grind'... you want to know what WU stuff we are going to share with you this week. The answer is:

From NeoMagus, doing a bit of Gen1 writing, there's the Wondercute fight you've all been eager to see. That's titled "All the King's Horses..."

And then we have the start of another Gen2 backstory, for Bianca (Morpheus' character). That's "Written in Blood" Part 1.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Spring already. Time flies when you're having fun. It also flies when you have mutant devisors and gadgeteers building clocks with gravitic propulsion systems to measure the effects of relativity and the flow of time at various fractions of c. But that, I suppose, is beside the point.

For tonight's release, we've got the final bit of Morpheus' "A Glow in the Darkness" (Part 3) and from our Gen 2 authors, we're going to give you a little insight into the backstory of another of the characters introduced in Calimari. That's Nagrij's character, in "Down the Rabbit Hole."

And if that isn't enough, I'll be adding a couple fan fiction pieces to the published section tonight... although a few pieces that have been submitted are going to get bounced back to their authors for another rework, a few of them are ready to go and I've finally had some time to get to them. Be sure to check out the Fan Fiction section for all the newest releases (I'll append a list of them to the front page news later).

Kristin

 

 

And here are those Fan Fic pieces. I'm sure that some of you have spent some time reading WU fan fic in the forums or on another site... it is my hope that as we move forward that more of the fan fiction authors will look into getting their completed pieces archived here alongside the other published work. We'll continue to provide a forums area for in progress works and experiments into writing origins or power gimmicks, but as more finished stories are developed... stories that are Whateley stories in everything but their canon status; I think this section will grow rapidly. And from it, I hope to find and recruit more of the good authors hiding in our community to participate in canon story development.

For now, you can find the latest Fan fiction over here in the story section. Today's releases, if you haven't gone looking for them in the past, are:

Phoenix-Spiritus - "So Shalt Thou Show Me Friendship" - A near-canon piece with Hank and Lily.

Pioneer - "Two Become One" (Part 1) - A more divergent origin story using the WU as its setting.

and three pieces from Domoviye - "Never" "How Far" and "A Light in the Dark" - Three separate near-canon origin stories.

Enjoy!