I have been sporadically working on this large piece of HamaNar, or Narbarian, mythology for about 25 years now. I have finally come to some contentment with the text, which fills about 540 pages.
I am now putting forth an effort to augment the text with illustrations. The story of many and diverse episodes offers plenty of opportunities for “art work”. I have always appreciated books with pictures. They enable brief restful breaks from the continuous flow of text.
The picture I am drawing right now is where the “Red Dragon” (“RhoHana”} is, after a long period of recuperation and therapy for the injured Fandor (“Sharma Shan”), exercising him in the vast skies above her lair. The exercise becomes a skill game where the two flying creatures vie to see how close they can come to each other without disrupting collisions.
Up to this point, in this work, I have drawn the “Elk Of Life”, “Scolos”, “Beloquish”, The Winter March of the “Muhkan People of Onagar”, the “Hot Pool in the cave”, the Oalchud village on Twarth Aga and a couple of maps of those prehistoric times, places and Peoples. Also a dedication page to my “KatDana”, my Dear Friend and Sweetheart for about 43 years now. She has always endeavored to encourage me in this work, that was so important to me.
I don’t really know anything about the marketability of this effort. Originally, I was only writing it as an example and first installment of Narbarian Mythology. I have often fantasized that it might be made into a beautiful James Cameron movie and generate for me and my “Sweety” a handsome sum of spending leaves with which to finish Our Final Days on Urth. Doesn’t hurt to try.
Here it is, June 22nd, 2019, and I have made about twenty pictures and maps. I’m up to Chapter 17 in Part 2, “Onagar”. I just finished a picture of the “Death Mound” that Onagar’s People, the “Ami-Achina”, made to bury their dead, under the slain bodies of “Shuga” (sub-humans). Mainly the swarm of Buzzards and Ravens, all over the mound, is depicted.
Next will be a picture showing the “Ami-Achina” arriving at their new home on the Caspian Sea. This will be a tricky one, because I will try to show the perspective of the tribe looking down into their canyon from the cliffs above.
I have finished the “re-write”. Added more pages to the work. Renumbering what was already written and then drawing illustrations in the empty spaces.
I think I have found a “Good Guardian” for my Work. He is “Young” (in his twenties, I think) and seems to really like the idea of protecting the Narbarian Work for its time in the future. He is intelligent and strong in many ways and will well succeed in his Guardianship of Narbarism. To have found him is a great relief to me. I hope I am not making a mistake in this choice to place Narbarism in his hands. It just somehow seems a better idea than placing this work in a crypt, near my scattered bones.
That’s about all I have to share about this right now. Probably more later.