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PostSubject: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 6th 2009, 4:25 pm

I'm going to post Chapter I in smaller segments, page by page, because otherwise it would probably take me a year to update again. So here is Chapter I-I "Remnants of Home."

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PostSubject: Good job, Emily!!!   February 6th 2009, 5:37 pm

I just finished reading Chapter 1 - Part 1 of Penelope's Journey.

As always, your writing is so intelligently done and well thought out. I love how you set the stage, both the indoor and outdoor shots.
I like your heroine's garb, too. It totally suits her.
I feel badly for Penelope but can see she is determined to find the missing pieces of her life - her family - and bring them all together again.

I enjoyed it, from start to finish, and look forward to continuing the journey with your leading lady. Job well done, m'dear! Bravo!

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 6th 2009, 6:33 pm

Oh Em, this was a wonderful chapter! Your pictures were all fabulous, I especially liked the ones of the flashback and the fire! Excellent effects! Bravo!

Your writing is magnificent and wonderfully descriptive! You do have a way of captivating your readers that's for sure, and your beautiful pictures are just an added touch!! Bravo!

I trully believe the title you chose was the best one! I'm very intrigued by this journey she is commencing and the tragedy that led to her family disappearing! Great job can't wait for the next update! Send Flowers

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 6th 2009, 8:51 pm

Thanks so much for your wonderful encouraging comments. I was hoping the wording sounded ok. I wrote most of the first chapter and the prologue a long time ago, and my brain feels like mush today, so it was hard for me to tell. When I wrote it I wasn't neccessarily planning to have pictures with it, so I was trying to be descriptive so it could stand alone.

Zayury's comments about the fire reminded me I have some pictures and a story to share about that. Talk about a disasterous photoshoot! It's a good thing we can always exit without saving.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 7th 2009, 4:38 pm

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Thanks so much for your wonderful encouraging comments. I was hoping the wording sounded ok.

I don't think you need worry about that M'Lady.

This story is off to an excellent start and I wouldn't change a thing. I must concur with Sugah about how you set up the stage both inside and out.

I'm very interested in Penelope's future and if she finds that which has disappeared from her life. The way you've written this and the pictures you've taken make this very intriguing Em.......Nope I would not change a single thing.

Bravo! and thank you for sharing.

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 8th 2009, 11:52 am

Aw, thanks so much for the nice comments, Hunter. It means a lot to me that you like it just how it is.

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 8th 2009, 12:54 pm

Hunter wrote:
This story is off to an excellent start and I wouldn't change a thing.
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It means a lot to me that you like it just how it is.

I agree with Hunter, Em. I most certainly wouldn't change a thing. You have a bright, descriptive way of drawing your readers in from the start.
I also feel you are incredibly adept at giving us a FEEL for each of your cast members.
When I first started reading AH, I really felt like I had a sense of each character's personality and what they were all about.
In order for me to get into reading a story, I ALWAYS have to care somewhat about the folks IN the story.
Otherwise, why would I give a rat's patootey about hearing what happens to them. You know?

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 8th 2009, 2:41 pm

I love it, Em! You're such a pretty writer. I always enjoy reading your work, you're wonderfully descriptive of the surroundings and the characters' feelings. Nice job.

Poor Penelope. I look forward to learning more about her and her scattered family, and following her on this journey. And I want to know what's in that box!! Great Job

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   February 9th 2009, 11:46 pm

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When I first started reading AH, I really felt like I had a sense of each character's personality and what they were all about.

I'm glad that you said that, Sugah. I've been thinking about the future of AH and about the characters in my next generation. I'm trying to make sure they're all unique from each other and that I have a strong sense of who they are and what they're about. It's good to know that you thought that about the original characters.

I agree. It definitely makes a difference in a story when you can really care about the characters. Ifnot, then what's the point in reading on, right?

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I look forward to learning more about her and her scattered family, and following her on this journey. And I want to know what's in that box!!

It will all be revealed, eventually. Thanks for the compliments, Ari. I'm glad you're enjoying it.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   June 17th 2009, 3:27 pm

I was going to update this the other day, but I've been having trouble logging into my file manager. I had to do update the links through ftp instead, which is kind of a pain. Anyway, here's the next installment.

Chapter I-II "Old Rivalries"

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   June 17th 2009, 6:34 pm

Okay.......call me sick......but the cloaked men LOOK like they might be GORGEOUS!!!!

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Em - AWESOME writing M'Lady. Your pictures and your writing paints a perfect tale. You have me intrigued and I will be reading. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and talent with us!!

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   June 23rd 2009, 8:17 pm

Thanks, Hunter. I think I'm going to have to unmask those guys, especially the main bad guy, because I gave him the mask in CAS and I forget what he looks like. The big guy was a random townie.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   July 3rd 2009, 10:51 am

Wow, Em!
I don't know how I missed this update but am so glad I caught it this morning.

Excellent job! Your screenshots are simply awesome. I LOVE how you have captured
the time period so perfectly. I honestly feel I have been sent back in time with Penelope on her adventure.
Every setting has been created with such care...from the background to the costumes.
And I LOVE the facial expressions and moods captured in each shot.
Everything is so well done, not to mention your intelligent, detailed style of writing.

Thank you for sharing and keep up the great work, Emily.
You are truly off to an intriguing most excellent start!

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   July 3rd 2009, 11:07 am

I did enjoy this you are a great writer I wish mine would work out aswell.

I like your pictures you have done a great work on those.


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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   July 3rd 2009, 11:29 pm

Thanks for the kind compliments, Sugah and Ullwera. Filming on the slope was tricky, especially when I had to keep the roads out of the picture. I have several downloaded pose boxes that are a great help for getting sims in the right position and with the right facial expressions.

I think I posted it when you were inbetween trips, Sugah. I was going to send you an update about it for Sugah's Place, but I've been busy and I know you have too. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I need to start thinking about the next part, editing the text. I have to redo the old hag's hair that I somehow neglected to backup before I reinstalled windows and settle on the casting for a certain part. I'm looking forward to the next part, because I had fun building the set, which I did quite awhile ago now.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter I Updates and Discussion   August 16th 2009, 12:44 pm

I stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing this up last night. I must be crazy. Hope you all enjoy it!

Chapter I-III - "Tavern in the Woods"
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