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    Installment 13a

    Hi All!
    In today’s Installment, we continue with Charlie’s in-the-field training by the other Totems.
    If you’re anything like me, training montages and stories are particular favorite sections within a larger tale, because they often allow a storyteller to show you how someone who doesn’t have interesting knowledge or powers (like me) goes through the process of learning to develop and use that knowledge/power. I think of films like Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, or The Matrix, or any one of dozens of superhero tales, and the “learning the ropes” scenes always make me smile.
    And so, being able to tell our version of that tale is real pleasure right now. I get to show what Totems are like when they start out in the world, reveal a bit about the perspective of each of the Totems who train Charlie, and also reveal a lot of material about the world and the Totems understand of their place in it… hopefully without too much exposition.
    Though, honestly, I still kind of have to dig into the exposition, because as a writer I’m still learning how to impart “world knowledge” through story without slowing down the pacing. It is a skill I think I’m slowly picking up, so I hope you’ll patient as a reader: there is still a lot about the world left to be revealed, and I think its stuff one can really enjoy.
    Hopefully, I’m right on that last count. 🙂
    Also, I’d like to take a moment to say thanks to you, our readers. Depending on how long you’ve been with us, you’ve had to deal with the quirky navigation of the site, the warble in the narrative voice as we bring the story to life, and the sometimes roundabout way I’m most comfortable getting a story moving. I know you wouldn’t be here reading this if you weren’t enjoying it on some level, but I still want to say- we appreciate you taking your time and attention to page through our tale.


    • MrRetsej says:

      Okay, now I want an actual copy of the title “book”. I literally snickered loud enough to wake my roommate when the page loaded.

      • roby says:

        I’m glad you dug the cover. I spent a lot of time brainstorming to try and come up with the ideal beginning, and was pretty out of ideas when the obvious best answer popped into my head.

        Maybe it can be made into a book cover? 🙂

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