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Saturday, November 07, 2009

I'm Baaaack ...

Enough of this Autumnal blogging inactivity. Got to take baby steps back into the habit for fear of straining my moribund blogging muscles, of course, so just a couple of quick notes to start with:

Czech edition of Winterbirth emerges blinking (and perhaps even bawling?) into the world, under the title ZROZENI ZIMY. It sports a distinctly striking cover - not sure who, if anyone, the specific characters are supposed to be, but they definitely look ... alarming. Tempted to think of them as some heavily-armoured version of Wain and Kanin, but who knows? Thanks to reader Martin for sending me a useable jpg of the cover.

My parents were awesome. A completely and unreservedly true statement, of course. In fact, they still are awesome, but that's not the point. The point is this: the My Parents Were Awesome blog. I don't know if it's just me, but I find it an extraordinarily affecting, interesting, hypnotic, moving, evocative etc etc site, given that it is such a simple idea: reader-submitted photos of their parents, mostly as young(ish) adults, offered without commentary, without location or context or anything but the most simple identification. Page after page of them, and as I work my way through them it feels like I'm looking into lives, into stories, into the past, into other worlds almost; and I invariably find myself thinking 'Why, yes. What obviously awesome people. Just look at them. They look wise, and fun, and kind, and thoughtful. Awesome.'

It's a silent, restrained archive of childrens' love and respect for their parents, an acknowledgement that those parents lived lives as rich and strange and individual as anything their children have managed. Fantastic stuff.

More waffle here soon.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Mihai (Dark Wolf) said...

The artwork is made by Kekai Kotaki and I believe that this is an original piece. Still it looks really good, especially the entire piece :)

9:45 AM  
Blogger Brian Ruckley said...

Yes, he's a pretty spectacular artist. His blog has lots of visual treats for the lover of dramatic fantasy art, as do the galleries on his main site. Have you interviewed him on your blog, Mihai? If so, feel free to post a link to the interview here.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Mihai (Dark Wolf) said...

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1:20 PM  
Blogger Mihai (Dark Wolf) said...

Sorry about the deleted comment, I got it wrong :)
Brian, I had the pleasure to interview Kekai Kotaki on my blog (http://darkwolfsfantasyreviews.blogspot.com/2009/05/fantasy-art-kekai-kotaki.html).
Thank you very much for the link, Brian :)

1:24 PM  
Blogger Desk Jockey said...

Great Cover! Thanks for the link to the artist's site. And, myparentswereawesome.com is like using a time machine!

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