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Storyteller by Firiel
Storyteller by Firiel


"It's clear as tattoos on your eyes:
a story not heard in the bright palace light
can only be told as a secret of night.
The girl in the garden and I"
-The Girl in the Garden, SJ Tucker
Lyrics based on "In the Night Garden," Part 1 of The Orphan's Tales series by Cathryn M. Valente.

I got the whole book stuck in my head again just by having the lyrics dancing around, and it was a very weird and wonderful sort of a book! The only way I could think to describe it to my sister was "a matrioshka doll of interlocked fairytales." There's so much going on, and so much visual description, I could happily spend two years just drawing stuff based on that volume. Not that there's leisure for that. <.< Regardless, playing with some word-art of bits of the stories wrapped around a line of its tribute-song seemed worthwhile. ^_^

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jira on September 6, 2014, 5:44:24 PM

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Very creative concept...!

Firiel on September 6, 2014, 6:25:18 PM

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FirielThanks. :)
The authors of the inspiration are creative people, so it makes sense that they would inspire creativity in turn. ^_^

jira on September 9, 2014, 11:24:49 AM

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jiraI like it, it’s commercial in nature and “Google” isn’t the first to come up with such interpretations… Your inspiration took you there, well done!

Falconlobo on August 16, 2014, 6:35:35 PM

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Falconloboi like it i was going to say was it based on  A Google doodle^^

Firiel on August 16, 2014, 9:56:58 PM

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FirielThanks. ^_^
And while that wasn't QUITE my inspiration ;), I can see that it's a similar kind of word-art, working the pictures in and around the letters in a strip like this. Hm... I wonder what Google doodles celebrating books would look like?

Falconlobo on August 17, 2014, 10:12:11 AM

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Firiel on August 18, 2014, 2:32:53 PM

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FirielAh! They did Diana Wynne Jones? OK. Google deserves brain-hugs. ^_^

Falconlobo on August 18, 2014, 4:01:11 PM

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Firiel on August 18, 2014, 9:28:07 PM

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FirielHave you read any of her books?

Falconlobo on August 18, 2014, 9:46:25 PM

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Falconlobonot really i know of the movies i saw the dub of Spirited Away

Firiel on August 18, 2014, 10:27:59 PM

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FirielShe was the original author of the Howl story/book, yes, but I hadn't heard she was involved in Spirited Away. 0.o She did a lot of... Subversions of fantasy tropes? Can I say it that way? Fantasy books which were self-aware in a major way, although she was less sarcastic about it than Terry Pratchett. I've read a bit of her stuff, including the original Howl, and would love to read more. :)

Falconlobo on August 18, 2014, 10:29:22 PM

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Falconloboi meant i never read the book or saw the movie sorry^^

Firiel on August 18, 2014, 11:49:55 PM

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FirielAlrighty. Thanks for clearing up my confusion. ^_^

Falconlobo on August 19, 2014, 12:26:55 AM

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Falconloboyeh sorry for confusing you^^

Falconlobo on August 18, 2014, 9:50:24 PM

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Falconlobobut i never saw The movie Howl's Moving Castle

Falconlobo on August 18, 2014, 9:49:41 PM

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Falconloboi only knew of the one book from the movie