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Recently, I have been spending quite a lot of time at a new forum, a digital commune for artists. I was lucky enough to get invited to this fabulous site, and have met a lot of new friends, and reacquainted with some old ones. When ever you hear me talking about the Pub, it is this forum that I am speaking of. This last weekend, I was talking with Dina from Deepwater Journal. You may remember, she did a couple chapters of David’s Past life’s, the links are over here to the right in the side bar. –>—>--->---->
We were jabbering away, and I showed her one of Pony’s pictures. Now this is where it gets interesting, so don’t let me get too carried away. Dina came back right away saying how wonderful the drawing was, and how she needed to get Pony to illustrate her sword and sorcery book she’s writing. Sounding a little familiar yet? Well of course my interest was peaked immediately, and I told gave her the link to my Friday's Fantasy, along with the link to Pony’s Flickr profile.
It wasn’t long before I found a comment from her on the boards about my stories. Dina said she couldn’t believe how much we were “channeling” together. You see we had been talking about how the stories will write themselves, or more accurately how I have a narrator in my head dictating the story for me. She went on to say that she would post the first few chapters of her story and I would see what she meant. Oh, and by the way Dina said that Pony’s drawings were great, and she obviously had a lot of talent, sorry just a little of the proud uncle shinning through there.
Before long I was able to read Dina’s story, The Adventures of Talis and Littlefoot. I was stunned at the similarities, and awed by the differences. It seemed as if we had been attending the same class, and were assigned a basic story line minus characters. Almost as if students of the same teacher each with their own style, tackling the same base line to a story with our individual visions. I’m not going to say what exactly her story contains, you’ll have to go read for yourself and make the comparison. I will say though that her style has an amazing flair, and is by far the better of the two stories.
I am simply taken aback by how two people can write such a similar story with out even knowing each other are writing in the same genre. Her story is being written through her much as mine is being written through me. I think the inspiration is different for each of us. Pony’s art was my inspiration and the birth of Tirashar’s story. Dina’s story was born of her dreams, so clear they must be. Please take a quick jump over to her site, Deepwater Journal, and read her fantasy fiction. Don’t forget to come back here Friday for the next section of Friday’s Fantasy.