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February 9th, 2009
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Legend of Hero: 031-032
Wow, has it really been 32 chapters already? Why, yes! Yes it has, as you can tell by the spiffy new Table of Contents.

The story returns from Filler Week with a bang, dropping David into the Shadowlands on his own in David: Act III. Well, on his own except for a character you may recognize from some earlier cutscenes. She's calling herself "Dragon Knight Emile" now. Oh, this can't be good.

They team up, but soon find they get along like oil and water in David: Act IV. Words are exchanged. Awwwwwwwwk-ward. Will Emile somehow manage to put up with David long enough to follow through on the Shadow King's mysterious plan? Keep reading and we'll see!

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If you need to cleanse your palate with something a little sillier after the intense emotions of ... okay, wait, let me start over. I don't think I want to use the phrase "cleanse your palate" anywhere near baphnedia's latest tongue-in-cheek TTU submission. I don't think there is a way to introduce with a straight face a story that talks about cars being "sludged", so let's just say it's a short but creative exploration of food allergies. Thanks, Baph!

I'd also like to take a moment to plug another novel-in-progress. A few weeks back I stumbled across a webserial, Greg Bulmash's "Hell on $5 a Day," that caught and kept my eye. It's sharply written -- the first few chapters, set in the WWII era, have a real sense of place, and the titular journey through Hell is an engaging travelogue. It shares a number of themes with Legend of Hero, was started about the same time and is being posted at the same rate -- so it has been a source of quiet inspiration as I occasionally struggle to polish up a chapter. It's a vampire story, but it plays with vampire tropes the same way that LoH plays with video games, and the coherent structure built around them is fun to explore. Be forewarned there's explicit sex and occasional highly graphic violence, so it's not for everyone.


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Date:February 9th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Come to think of it, I don't think there's a better way to introduce that story either... usually I just inflict it onto others, in just about the worst way possible. Thanks, Bax!
Date:February 9th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)

Hell on $5

Oh, the sex could have been more explicit and the violence more graphic. I'd give it an R rating rather than NC-17. And don't forget the rough language. :-)
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