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Sometimes I wonder whether or not someone reading this thread is like "Is this guy for real? I mean, c'mon wtf? It's been like, 4-f**kin ever
& s**t ain't done nowhere. Not a book on the shelf, not a peep! Gimme a f**kin break! He claimed to have been working on a Kill Bill set of books!? Did
TWO OF THEM?!?!? Then "mysteriously" "DECIDES" not to publish them!? Now he's working on "this book" and this thread is as
long as the unemployment rolls in the United States AND AGAIN!?!? Nothing."
Now... that's what I sometimes think to myself, not very often, but every once & again. So lo-and-behold, I go on ahead & I let my adopted oldest
son, and that is adoption through influence because I've not legally adopted anyone, but over 15 years of knowing me he considers me to have taught him so
much about life that he sees me as a father figure. Look up the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad & you'll find the author of that book, Robert Kiyosaki,
however? Kiyosaki's supposed "Rich Dad" that he saw as a surrogate father appears NOT to be real, but some sort of plot device that he used to
sell his books... shameless, regardless, he's the quickest example of what I am talking about. Aside from Guan Yu's adoption of Guan Ping. Malcolm
X's relationship with Elijah Muhommad where he saw him as a father-figure, till he uncovered that whole business with the multiple wives bit. Hmmm, these
aren't great examples of Foster Fathers in history... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
AHEM, yes. You get my point! Seriously though, my adopted son stopped by last weekend, not the one just passed, but the one before. He stopped by and I'd
just finished a huge amount of typing and decided to let him read it, as I've typed on here prior. Well...? He did not say anything about what he showed up
here with on Saturday, so he comes in here and says "I want you to look at this. I was so inspired by what I read last week that I actually decided to
paint a picture of Lady Yoma Sayoko and I finished it in one week."
I took a look at it and I had to say that I was quite impressed with it, especially in the face, since Sayoko is meant for Chiaki to portray. He did a very
good job of painting what I wanted to convey and it left me quietly inspired to continue forward with my work and convinced that my long-route of work, is
still the best path to achieving the goal I set out with after seeing Kill Bill. To see the fact that he hadn't picked up a paint brush in almost as long
as the day he walked away from art school...? And to know that what I had written had inspired him enough for him to finish a canvas painting in ONE WEEK? His
biological father was VERY HAPPY to see him painting again, because he himself is a painter and has some reputation back in the Old Country that they
originally came from. Although my closeness to the painter, which also carries over to my son as a reader of this work recently, could be an influence on how
he sees things. I have always been very honest about anyone reviewing my work. I don't need idle flattery, but honest assessment and to see him moved
enough to pick up a paintbrush again after a very long time, really said something to me about what I had written. Throughout this journey I have been honestly
astounded by the reactions I have gotten when I have let people read what I was working on at that time. It tells me that my initial important assessment of
"Do I even have enough talent to pull off what needs to be done...?"
I only need just enough... And that is what I have... Just enough.
I will post the picture of the painting soon...
Take care of yourself....
May 20 09 8:45 PM
Here is the painting of Lady Yoma, a couple of things stand out;
#1 He thought that the Whithering Affect left a visible tinge to the skin or physical markers that made it visible to the naked eye, it does not, which is why
the ritual was banned because it was extremely hard to detect and was 100% fatal for the caster, as well as the target of the effect, worse? The Whithering
Affect can actually chain outwards from the intended target to others that the target comes across that have the same aura as the target. Never mind that it
can also chain outwards from the caster whom it is destroying while it destroys the casters victim too. So someone using this ritual can also kill their own
loved ones whose auras match THEIR OWN. You can see how this can get outta control pretty quickly.
#2 He also opted to go with a wafer thin body, another sideaffect of the Whithering Affect as far as he saw it, as well as his own idea of how small Chiaki
actually is. Indeed she is size 0, but he did admit perspective could have been better on her body, but for a spur of the moment painting after almost 15
years?!?!? Bloody well good job I say ole CHAP! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ahem, sorry. Bottom line is, it is still a damn good painting AND!?!?! He included the family
crest on the kimono which was re-invented by her mother Sayo during her take over the clan in preparation for the Great Yokai War (you like how I plug her
movie, yes you do... I can tell... maybe...). He did a fantastic job and he's already working on Song-Yune's picture next, with Alison's last. The
three pictures are set up to be viewed like a vanity mirror set with Alison in the middle and Sayoko and Song-Yune on the left and right respectively. Now I
just have to keep typing till its all done and then we'll all see what happens from there! But just like the last time, it is always interesting to talk
about what I am doing while doing it, and at the same time sit back and smile at the nay-sayer who demands some sort of proof that I am honestly doing, what I
am doing. We live in cynical times, regardless of which country you come from and are reading this. I would suggest to you, whomever you are, to press forward
and achieve as best you can, thus you never have to want for regret of not honestly trying, and now? Here is the painting... and I'll get my tortoise
typing self back to work...
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The Prisoner, an old TV show from the late 60's that I used to watch as I grew up in the late 70's and early 80's. It had/has, a
great theme song, and of course I found it and changed it into an mp3. Someone asked me the other day "How the heck do you come up with all of this
stuff so fast!?" And it is because I grew up watching things like this that made you think. It is a rarity today for TV shows to honestly make you
question what goes on and actually get it right. Then the very nature of something like the Prisoner, where the main character is a spy and abruptly resigns,
we've seen a gazillion times how spy movies and shows are, but being in that line of work is really a dangerous thing that can cut you on both sides of
your body because if you get too good? Then your own side will distrust you. The very nature of a spy leads to distrust and it can actually cause those they
serve, to turn on them without warning or question their motives, such as when the Prisoner abruptly resigned in the TV series. Ironically, Lady Yoma's
status as a political prisoner deemed too dangerous to the Terran Empire and her homeland of the Rising Sun Empire, ties into the Prisoner, where the main
character can never leave from this secluded village community that he is trapped at. Sayoko is trapped in her family's castle, Castle Yoma, and is
surrounded by the Yoma Clan Elders who despise her for the most part. And Castle Tsuchiura, which her mother built prior to the Great Yokai War.
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I am finishing up a very important part of the first few pages that will give the reader their only REAL GLIMPSE of Sayoko's mother, Sayo. Lady Yoma
Sayo along with Lady Liu Alison will play huge parts in the who, what, why, when and where! And how, Sayoko has come to be the woman that she is. In what I
have typed up tonight, the reader gets the only chance to actually see and learn about Sayo, FROM Sayo herself, in a flashback caused by the asoba candles that
Sayoko is being affected by. In this flashback, the reader also gets their first glimpse and foreshadowing, of Lady Alison. One crucial piece sits as a hidden
element which Sayo herself laments about as the flashback ends, and that is the loss of her husband, Sanosuke. These three central characters all contribute to
what makes Sayoko who she is, either by their presence, or abscence. Another latter key figure is also foreshadowed in passing, which is Empress Kou. I decided
that George Benson's song Masquerade is perfect for me to write this opening chapter to and even as I sit here now typing this, I am listening to it and
getting a clearer image of the shape of things to come for the remainder of this book, into the next two.
Sayoko's mother, Sayo, was a woman that many believed would become a pillar in the RSE and help to push their society to even greater heights within the
waning Terrain Empire, but the sins of the past of the Empire itself, unfortunately doom her and many other arcane casters throughout the homeworld. Sayo is
one of the few to survive the initial attack of the Yokai Assassins and she is quickly put in an awkward position because of it. Her husband, is not so lucky
and ends up losing his life for the sake of his wife and their unborn child, Sayoko. The real turning point, or breaking point, for Sayo, is when she is
distrusted by the Rising Sun Imperial Court when she tells them repeatedly that they were attacked by off-world aliens who used arcane abilities. Sometimes
nothing is worse than a fading superpower that refuses to acknowledge that it has lost not just a step, but a FEW STEPS, and their supremacy is not only in
question, but is tenuous at best. With the fallout over her husbands death, and the prior projects that she was trying to push? Many of her supporters,
scramble for cover, leaving her isolated and already bitterly hurt by the death of her husband. Of course, since he was the Head of the Yoma Clan, domestic
matters quickly push in on her as her father-in-law also angry about the death of his favored son and the absolute lack of credible evidence to support
Sayo's mad ravings about hostile arcane aliens!? Things simply spiral out of control from there and so, in this flashback at the very front of the book,
the reader gets a glimpse into what Sayoko's life was like living with one of the worlds most powerful arcane caster's, who has essentially fallen
completely out of favor in her own country and court, as an unseen enemy closes in. It drives Sayo, to drive Sayoko, far faster than she should, which
ultimately leads to conflict with Alison who tries to keep Sayo emotionally stable while her entire world has been utterly destroyed both within and without.
Growing up in this environment, is of course, Sayoko...
The interaction between Sayoko, and the Koryo born and bred Princess Yi Song-Yune, a first generation, natural born arcane caster from the Imperial House of
Koryo... is also briefly shown here as well. It is also shown that unfortunately... While Sayoko withers under her mothers harshness... the foreign born
Song-Yune, actually flurishes, and I don't think I need to say anything more about what happens next between the two especially when... Sayo takes a keener
interest in Song-Yune's ability to persevere, in light of her own daughter melting and withering under the pressure....
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