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In his office, Draig Claymore received a call over a particular dedicated line. He picked up and listened without saying anything. The caller spoke: “I saw something. And then it was gone.” It was the private investigator Derringer on the other end. Claymore appreciated the succinct summary delivered in nugget order of importance. As though this fellow had experience receiving important yet patchy calls.

Claymore responded, “It is also reported gone by my alerting sources.”

Though uncomfortable on many levels, Derringer told it straight. “It looked very much like the Princess in some kind of planet atmosphere cruiser.”

The General masked his reaction with nonchalance. “That’s weird.” His desk was very clean, so there was nothing nearby to grab. Instead he just stroked the surface of his totally clean desktop.

“The target slipped me either on purpose or by accident, after I declared myself. I got one scan and a series of images.”

“Okay,” replied the General. “I need you to send those to me before leaving the ship in its home, with logs intact. Then, go back to doing what you do. Continue as you were.”

“Thanks. I will.” Draig found Derringer’s dry candor refreshing. He ended the call. Swiping his hand over the clear surface again, he got out from behind the desk, heading toward his armoire. He donned a lightweight cover, and went to go have a look.

Story Portal Inking; Sh’BangFest

Sh’BangFest, Lookout Arts Quarry, Alger, Washington, Northwest United States. After midnight on Friday (that’s today), around 1:15am to be exact, I will transform into a mermaid upon the Pirate Stage to deliver Pirate Poetry & Siren’s Tales.

Following, a series of photos showing part of the process of creating my portion of a story portal for Book 2, The Enfolding Abyss. I was the solo chapter illustrator for Book 1, and in Book 2, each portal is a collaboration between me and one other artist. I hand-draft the medallions using classical methods of compass & straight edge, and some of my freehand linework. I usually leave a ‘hole in the weaving’. These are aimed toward combining with a guest illustrator. Updated WIP sequence plates updated for 14 & 15.

If there is interest in my unrelated artistic experiments, visit serialsurreal.com