I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lots o' Stuff

First of all, I am so shocked and humbled by the various positive reviews I have received about my Doom/Myst post, so thanks to all for that!  Truly.  Some responses have just been completely unexpectedly amazing and I am still trying to understand why lol.  It's really great and made this already excellent day/week/month all the more spectacular.  Now here is something far more useful for those curious about what went down at the Doom/Myst event.  And if I could actually add one more line to the end of this article: they discussed the trivialization of video games in the context of film and music industries, BUT, in terms of financial success, video games blew both the other industries out the water last year

This reminds me of George R.R. Martin's recent frustration that fantasy and science fiction novels are largely barred from the "literary fiction" status.  I have a beef with this also, as I have been writing for the past 10 years a series that I have called, for lack of better genrefication (it's a word now), historical-fantasy -- but even this is insufficient.  It takes place in ca. 1600 BC and obviously has a great deal of historicity but also I insert fantastical stuff and I even purposefully inject anachronistic events/cultures/fashions, etc.  Though I mean for it to have entertainment value, I also intend that people try to analyze, because there's a lot of stuff to analyze.  This = literary fiction.  In my not-so-humble, vehement opinion.

A little tidbit perhaps to look forward to...my museum class met in the Egyptian collection at the Met yesterday and I was sporting a Riven t-shirt that I threw together myself because I wanted one and didn't know where to find one.  My school has this infuriating habit of photographing everything, such as during one of my seminar presentations a year and a half ago when I was so sick that one of my eyes was puffy to the point where it was nearly completely closed.  The photographer was sent to photograph us peering at the artifacts the curator was presenting, so mayhaps one of me sporting my Riven shirt will pop up on the school's website and you all will get to see me at my finest (read most atrocious) on a Thursday morning and trying to bear groups of high-schoolers and hoards of tourists.  I really don't do well in crowds.  In Egypt I was swarmed by children wanting to photograph me and be photographed with me, especially one debonair "tween"-age heart-breaker dressed in a suit.  I admit that I was overwhelmed.

Next, and this has nothing to do with Myst, but I'm so excited that I cannot contain myself -- I was hired for an adjunct teaching position in ancient Egyptian art for spring 2015 at a nearby college.  Oh. Em. Gee.  This will be my first time teaching undergraduates (having taught only 9-13 year-olds before) and I am very excited about it.  They will love to hate me because I will work them hard but also we will have a lot of fun.  I've already begun prep work.

Lastly...

WHOA, WHOA WHOA!

On the Cyan forums, Rivenian introduced a new website which you should check out because it is just wonderful: Myst Revival.  I learned a lot in just the 5 minutes I spent glancing at the new site, such as the various fan projects (I do know about some shards people have created, but I don't understand them so I will leave that alone right now).  But more importantly, the post from 4/24 states...well, this:

Greydragon or Ryan Warzecha , project lead at Cyan, revealed at Open Hood Day today that MOULa keeps coming up in their team meetings.  He added that Cyan has some plans for Uru's future along with many other pipeline projects besides Obduction that they are working on.  News regarding these plans will be revealed at this year's Mysterium at Cyan World Headquarters in Spokane Washington this August.  Stay tuned!
Ryan has also promised to livestream Mysterium.  
(emphasis mine) Need I say more?  Probably not, but I will anyway.  Uru is never over, so this is spectacular news.  What can it meeeeeaaaaan?  We will find out soon enough (actually it is not soon enough).  This is very interesting stuff, guys!  And very exciting.  It seems I can do with a lot more time paying attention to the MOUL forums and less time watching Despicable Me for the 100th time, or any other of my several movies I am constantly glued to or the new ones I am recommended.

I was recently recommended "Kind Hearts and Coronets" which I in turn highly recommend.  It's pretty hilarious.  Alec Guinness plays multiple roles, ah just go watch it; it's brilliant.  And if you're interested in following his career outside Star Wars, also check The Bridge on the River Kwai (which also has some similarities to Thucyidides' History of the Peloponnesian War, but I can' remember how I came to that conclusion so don't ask.  It was 3 years ago.).  Ah I love movies.

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