Need Some Good Wishes

My spirit is really flagging today and could use some cheer.

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Moving on

I am doing this from my cellphone so it will be brief.  Now that I have the color page for “Quiet Strength” done, I am back to work on the Termanicz project.  I wiped out the last background I set up because it was only a beginning/place holder.  I planned on trying to improve it by making the bug city more organic looking.  No real idea how that could be done but it was on my mind.

After drawing some stuff I was only mildly happy with, I decided to hit the net.  I looked up ant colonies and ant hills.  Meh.  Then I took a look a ant hill castings.  I had seen these before and my first reation was that this is cruel, pouring molten metal down on them.  I still wonder about the cruelity but the results are interesting and have given me ideas that I think will work.  So I hope to have something to post soon.

Starting to Take Shape (from my Patreon page)

Well, I am just so getting into the alien design that I had to start working on it.  Here is the under painting I have done so far.  I think there will be two versions of this, one as the alien and another as the damaged terminator version.

Free E-Book from Tor

I just wanted to pass along a great free E-book that Tor.com is offering. In preparation for Brandon Sanderson’s third book in the Stormlight Archives series, Tor is giving away e-copies of The Way of Kings today and tomorrow.  I have been looking forward to reading this series but wanted to wait until he had more books written, but I couldn’t pass up a free copy.  I hope you won’t either.

The Best War Movies

I wanted to give you an update on my listing  of what I consider to be very good movies about war.  My original post is here War and Peace and other Rubbish, so I don’t have to rewrite.

The movie I want to add is The Railway Man starring Colin  Firth and Nicole Kidman.  The Railway Man is the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Military engineer captured in the fall of Singapore at the beginning of WWII.  The story deals with healing of the wounds that war causes for all who pursue it.  Lomax is taken to help build the infamous Thai-Burmese railroad of which the bridge over the river Kwai is part.  He and is fellow soldiers are terribly mistreated, but the worst is yet to come for Lomax.  When a radio he used to get information from the outside world is found, Eric is severely beaten and subject to repeated torture including waterboarding.

The trauma of his wartime life leaves him scarred and unable to return to a normal living until he meets his wife on a train trip.  The struggles Eric and Patti Lomax have trying to create a home lead Eric to a confrontation with the Japanese interpreter who was present through his torture sessions.  I don’t want to give away ending, but it is, in my earnest opinion, one of the most important truths to learn about war.  People let be done or do the most despicable things in the name of causes espoused by others.  Movies like this should be required as part of world history in every country.