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This is a reprint of The Ulangar which I posted on my short lived blog. This time, I’ll finish up writing all 5 books and the accompanying notes for the following chapters.

This is the epic that I started back in 1991 under the pen name “Viktur Conan Slayson”. It’s one of those works that took me the better part of 6 years to write, then I essentially abandoned it when my time suddenly disappeared due to work. When I went back to it, I realized that I had become a different person than the one who started working on it. As such, I don’t feel that I can properly finish it.

This beast went through an uncountable number of revisions. It started as a dream, I wrote that down as a five page sketch for a story, then started writing it out as a story board for a movie, then switched over to the poetic epic after I started studying different ones. I invented a poetic form, created parts of a musical score for it, half created a language, wrote a copy paper box full of notes, and there’s even some parts that are good. It was intended to have a 10 book structure, with an eleventh book addendum; I completed up to book 4 and the beginning of 5, and have notes for the rest of it.

The introduction to the work, which I won’t post here, was the poem from Horace’s Odes, Book III, 30.

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My first short film is up now at YouTube. It’s 27 minutes long, so it’s a bit longer than your average half hour tv show.

This was an experiment with a pseudo exquisite corpse technique, but with each person writing a line of dialog (there was a bit of editing at the end to strip out 3 lines that didn’t go anywhere, more so than the rest). I find it interesting how a 3 act structure formed out of it.

It was an interesting project, in that I learned a whole lot about what it takes to put a film together. Being animated, it had its own set of interesting issues that live action doesn’t have, and vice versa. At some point, I’ll put together a description of how I put the thing together.

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