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Artifact on Kindle

What’s new? Artifact has made it to Kindle! Click here.

Affordable as a burger and fries, everyone should be able to lay hold of the KvP Alumni’s first succulent novel. If that isn’t enough, order a second helping and get Keys: Unlocking the Universe, our collection of thematic short stories. (Still in softcover.)

For those hungering more, a third collaboration is in progress. Right now, “mum’s” the word on subject content, but suffice it to say, it’s taken a full year to make it into editing. No, this one’s not fast food. It’s a well cooked plot and presentation, by far our most gourmet work. Look for its appearing in 2010.

drjeantre16 & cat

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Fanlib Dies; Creativity Lives On

At 5:04 pm pacific time, Fanlib ceased to exist. Posting on forums continued clear up until the end. A strong attendance of former KvP writers was represented for the final countdown, giving a familiar feel of round four’s countdown to destruction. Indeed, today was a good day to die for the fan site that gave birth to the best collaborative minds of the decade.

For anyone attempting to post after the slightly delayed hour of death, a coded error message was received. In that moment, scores of fans were immediately cut off and left to decide their trek.

While fanlib.com no longer lives, it is survived by countless writers and artists who continue to thrive on various sites throughout the internet. We here on the KvP Alum project are a testimony to that truth. Fanlib’s short life span inspired many creative minds and its presence will be greatly missed.

For those of you who missed the party and list of alternate sites on Fanlib’s home page, we’re big believers in keeping in touch. Just for you:

DeviantArt.com
FanFiction.net
FanPop.com
LiveJournal.com
MyFandoms.com
PhotoshopFaceOff.com
Quizilla.com
TheOtaku.com
TokyoPop.com
FanLib Refugees — InvisionFree.com
FanLib Refugees — FanFiction.net
FanLib Refugees — MyFandoms.com
FanLib Forever

Boldly writing on,
dr.jeanTre16

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Last Things First

Question: When is it ever ok to put the cart before the horse?

Or in other words: What do you do with a horseless cart? Much the same question perplexed me when I circled the first blank page of chapter nine. I wondered, How was I ever going to pull that load?

Tons of anxieties, like little darts, pricked at me. What idea could I build on? Could I overcome my nervousness? Would I live up to the expectations of the other accomplished writers on the team? What if they hated my chapter? After all, I was bringing all their hard work to a closure.

Understandably, those all played a part of my perplexities. But, I believe the crux was in the nature of writing a final chapter itself. A person does not wake up one day and simply say, “Hey, I think I’m going to write the last chapter of a novel today.” That’s ludicrous! They begin in chapter one, progress through the mid-section, build to the climax, and deliver the conclusion. But there I was, staring at the first blank page of the last chapter.

I panicked. Inwardly, I felt like an unborn babe, asked to start life in adulthood, bypassing development stage in the womb and infancy where others would dote over me, skipping over toddlerhood where I could run about and cause mischief, and I won’t even discuss the adolescent behaviors I’d forego … But there I was, selected from a hat to bring the work to maturity. As a writer, I did the only thing I knew how: I schemed.

I began by pouring over chapter one, two, and so forth, taking notes. I brainstormed, asking myself questions like: What did all these chapters have in common? What theme was a repeated guest? What could I add that would complement the other chapters in tone, without rehashing previously written material? And I asked a whole lot of other questions.

Many of my bunny trails led to Alice in Wonderland holes, while others led to forks in the road where I had to choose a direction. Messages were exchanged between the other authors and me, discussing characters and plot developments. I must have written a dozen outlines and tossed nearly as many away before finally settling on a feasible one. Even then, after the writing began, I had to constantly recheck previous chapters for facts and re-plan my direction when obstacles popped up. After all that, I still wondered at times if I’d fashioned a suitable cart.

Nevertheless, I wouldn’t exchange the experience for anything. Working with the KvP Alumni on this project has been first rate. And my answer to the initial question: “It’s ok to put the cart before the horse when you know the team of horses that will pull it.” Writing chapter nine was not a solitary endeavor. I got to know the 8 chapters that would make “Ageless Dawn” relevant. You could say that I built my cart to order. Not too big, fancy or awkward, but hopefully just right.

But you can be the judge of that when you pick up a copy and take it for a spin around the track. Check back soon for the August publication date!

– drjeantre16

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The Artifact, Indiana Jones and Cleopatra

What does The Artifact novel have to do with Indiana Jones and Cleopatra?

In real life, Dr. Zahi Hawass, an archeologist known for wearing an Indiana Jones style hat, believes that he has uncovered the tomb of Cleopatra. If he has (and he believes he may find Mark Anthony as well), it would be one of the most significant archeological finds of our century.

In the fictional world of The Artifact, archeologists, Sean Tyler and Jan Fisher, set out to find the tomb of another ancient lady, Sahlek. What ensues is pure fiction, but the adventure rivals the mystery surrounding the Egyptian ruler, Cleopatra.

While novels often mirror events from real life, The Artifact’s reflection on current events is purely good timing. Hmm. Maybe it’s an artifact thing. And if you’re wondering what that means … you’ll just have to read the book.

Final edits are in the works. So be sure to check back for a publication date.

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What Color Should it Be?

That was the question recently posed to the nine of us. Without spoiling the item we’re trying to embellish, it got me wondering about the best way to choose colors. Do we select by what we like? Or do we choose a color that provokes a certain emotion?

I recently painted a room in my home. I wanted yellow, but I didn’t want to be agitated every time I was in that room. (In case you haven’t heard the warning, yellow can make you irritable). In the end, it took me two years to settle on a shade that wound up looking more like Yum Yum Sauce* than yellow.

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