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Flying Dachshund by merrak
Flying Dachshund
Neece is one of my parents' two dachshunds. I'm only able to visit about twice a year, so it takes her a moment to remember who I am. I think it clicked mid-stride one time.

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Into the Clouds by merrak
Into the Clouds
I've been invited to do another book signing for An Ember in the Wind in November at Barnes and Noble. Last time I learned just how much attention a couple illustrations can draw in. This is an update of the old Thunder Storm City that I'm playing around with.

An Ember in the Wind

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 13, 2014, 3:20 PM
It's been a long few months wrapping up An Ember in the Wind, but it's finally finished! Ember is my second novel, one from which much of the artwork I've uploaded here over the years illustrates.

The Jacksonville, NC Barnes and Noble is helping me launch the book. If you're in the area and looking for something to do, come check it out! I'll be there after noon.

Synopsis: Ideas are like embers; they spark from some great fire, fly free, and glow for a while on their own. Some flicker out before they land. Others, though, ignite a new fire, which will cast a great light upon the world.

Mara is a young girl living in the height of the Italian Renaissance. When she runs away from home to join a group of scholars, she is ushered into an unseen world of fantasies-where the forests, flowers, and fields all have words to say. They clue her into the existence of the "sequence," an intangible medium that governs the world like the gears of a clock, and instruct her to uncover it.

Just as she is about to unravel the riddle, she is forced from her home by an unknown assailant. Her grief causes her to lose her grasp of the magical world she once knew. Desperate to not completely let go, she travels to the city of Locana and employs the help of "the Ori," a mysterious tutor who promises to help her see the world with the clarity she once had.

Meanwhile, her activities in the city draw the attention of a powerful and rising cult. They know that knowledge of the "sequence" bears implications of powers beyond even Mara's own wild imagination, and seek to stop her. Mara realizes that in order to unravel the inner clockwork of the world, she must be able to see it with unadulterated eyes. But this means turning a blind eye to the impending perils of the cult and a brewing war. She must choose between dealing with the realities of a cruel world, or attempting to regain the innocence she lost.

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R. Watson
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United States
I'm a mathematician. Writing and drawing are both creative diversions for me.

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SamhainStar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for the :+fav: (River Study)
sallyannester Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Thank you for the watch
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Thanks for the favorurites :)
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Thanks for the :+fav:
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Thanks for the Llama!!!
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Thank you for adding me.
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neomerlin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Student Writer
Yo, thanks for the watch!
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thank you very much for the watch!
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