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01 Sep 2017 15:50 #56081 by brantley
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Having a sudden server problem. Connection was fine last night, but now it times out. If this doesn't clear up, I may have to take the home computer to Apple. If they can't fix it, I'm in big trouble.

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01 Sep 2017 16:17 #56082 by fats
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Brantley, it's not your MAC it's the server that's down, I've tested the link it's fully down, you need to contact your web host and ask them to fix it.

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01 Sep 2017 16:34 #56083 by fats
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it's back up

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01 Sep 2017 17:33 - 01 Sep 2017 19:20 #56084 by brantley
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Thank Skietra!. Can't figure out what went wrong with the server,.

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21 Sep 2017 12:32 - 21 Sep 2017 12:43 #56308 by brantley
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www.brightempire.com/First-2.pdf

It has been ten years since Homecoming III ended with an epilogue in which Aphro'dite reveals her plan for the creation of the Protectors and all that follows. It has been more than six years since the first book of Empress of the Dawn, Book Three of which told of the exile of Alexius, a scion of the royal family of Andros inadvertently enhanced by the Companion Kalla. Today these stories finally come together in the latest update of Book Two of First Protector.

It's been a labor of world-building, but also a labor of character building and a labor of collaboration. The story line of Homecoming began with Velvet Belle Tree, and was a spin-off of our Companions but which was also to create the Scalantrans as a people with a nature and culture all their own. The idea of Companions, of course, originated with Shadar, and the Empress series was based on an outline of his. First Protector likewise originated with Shadar, who wrote the first version of what is now Book One. But I've put my own spin on the saga of Vespyr, just as I have on that of Kalla. And the history in which they play key roles has other spin-offs, as in Incident at Madstop.

But for now, it's all about Vespyr, who is finding a new destiny.

--Brantley Thompson Elkins
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22 Sep 2017 15:34 #56320 by brantley
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Overdue on some housecleaning. The Mandi and Adara Steele sites are long gone and, unlike those for writers whose sites are inactive, there isn't any archived free material. So I've deleted the links.

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25 Oct 2017 17:57 #56730 by brantley
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Working on further updates of First Protector 2. For one of them, I'll need a jpg of Vespyr as a Protector. Kate Bosworth was Shadar's model for her. Can anyone substitute her face for that in the generic superheroine costume pic?

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25 Oct 2017 21:44 #56738 by Woodclaw
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brantley wrote: Working on further updates of First Protector 2. For one of them, I'll need a jpg of Vespyr as a Protector. Kate Bosworth was Shadar's model for her. Can anyone substitute her face for that in the generic superheroine costume pic?

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Are you sure about the model's identity. The picture looks more like Scarlet Johansson to me.

(formerly Anon, still Librarian)

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25 Oct 2017 21:52 #56739 by brantley
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It is, Just the costume is generic.

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26 Oct 2017 00:17 - 26 Oct 2017 00:18 #56740 by shadar
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Woodclaw wrote:

brantley wrote: Working on further updates of First Protector 2. For one of them, I'll need a jpg of Vespyr as a Protector. Kate Bosworth was Shadar's model for her. Can anyone substitute her face for that in the generic superheroine costume pic?

--Brantley

Are you sure about the model's identity. The picture looks more like Scarlet Johansson to me.


I'm not sure whose original face was on that frankenized image, but I put Scarlet's head on that body to make the "original" image a Velorian.

Now Brantley wants Kate's head put on instead of Scarlet's.

I used to be able to do that kind of stuff in Photoshop, but the software has changed so much in certain areas in the last ten years that I'm not up to speed any more. The images in question for Brantley's project are all flattened, so you've got to cut a head with complicated hair free of the background of a Kate image, and then put on in foreground of this one (after removing poor Scarlet's head and hair).

Easy for some people, but out of my league now.

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01 Nov 2017 02:22 #56827 by pithlit
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I am glad First Protector will soon be finished. I am really enjoying reading part 2. It takes me a while to really digest your writing as it is so well crafted. I like to read it multiple times before I feel ready to really comment on it.

It is a wonderful as always.

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01 Nov 2017 21:17 #56845 by brantley
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Thanks for the support! Are you also in AURG? Would be great if you could get some discussion going there as well as here...

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02 Nov 2017 18:30 #56865 by brantley
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Just settled a billing problem with iPage, which hosts the archive of Infinity Bridge, the classic superheroine fiction site of S.T. MacBeth, who was killed in a plane crash 15 years ago. He wrote a lot of the best AU fiction ever, and hosted other writers. If you haven't discovered Mac's work yet, or long to revisit it, click on the link:

www.infinitybridge.net/

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03 Nov 2017 14:33 #56875 by brantley
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My birthday today. Really.

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15 Nov 2017 15:48 #57133 by brantley
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Latest update to First Protector 2 has been slow to come, but I finally have a handle on it. Should be able to post a new chapter (along with edits to the rest) before Thanksgiving. Need to make Vespyr's encounter with Aphro'dite, and her enhancement really visceral, as Shadar would put it.

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21 Nov 2017 10:53 #57229 by brantley
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It's almost Thanksgiving, here and on Velor, where Vespyr is meeting her destiny as a Protector, the first of her kind, in Book Two of First Protector.

www.brightempire.com/First-2.pdf

It is only now that she learns she has been chosen for that role by Aphro'dite herself, albeit with a little help from a friend – the First Sponsor, as it were. They are playing with history and mythology, creating the very foundations of the Aurora Universe as we have known it since Sharon Best (now Shadar) began writing about it in 1995. But there has been a lot of universe building since then, and there is more to come.

--Brantley Thompson Elkins

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22 Nov 2017 13:53 #57262 by brantley
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Ninety-six hits the first day. I think that's a record.

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26 Nov 2017 03:38 - 26 Nov 2017 03:52 #57301 by brantley
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Maybe a connection to the origin of Velorian system, sayeth Shadar.

www.livescience.com/60701-ligo-neutron-s...avy-metals-gold.html

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P.S.: Close to 180 hits on FP-2 update.
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26 Nov 2017 17:51 #57305 by shadar
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brantley wrote: Maybe a connection to the origin of Velorian system, sayeth Shadar.

www.livescience.com/60701-ligo-neutron-s...avy-metals-gold.html

--Brantley

P.S.: Close to 180 hits on FP-2 update.



My concept of the Supremis coming from gold-cored planets has sometimes been criticized as beyond even the plausibility of even the SF/Fantasy genre I enjoy. My only excuse has been that "it seemed like a good idea at the moment".

Well, now scientists have observed two neutron stars colliding and producing lots and lots of heavy metals, including probably enough gold to make a couple of planets. The scientific thinking for some time has been that all the heavy metals (which are obviously extremely neutron rich) in the universe came from neutron star collisions as nothing else we knew about could explain it. Now, finally, the radiation from such a collision has been observed in enough spectra to say with confidence that is how it works.

As usual, wait long enough, and even some of the most ridiculous SF ideas become validated.

(I'm eagerly awaiting FTL travel, but am not holding my breath, thank you Mr. Einstein, party pooper.)

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26 Nov 2017 19:33 #57306 by AuGoose
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Given how much gold there is at the center of our planet, I never had a problem with that concept. The apparent scarcity of gold is an illusion that comes from the human experience living only at the very top of a gravitic sifter/sorter. Of course it's rare up here... it sinks.
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