Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming promotes optimistic SF -- stories that inspire us to fight the good fight for another day. Committment to larger projects, the writer's sense of mission, joy of reading, the creative campfire of the SF community and the love of deserving protagonists are celebrated. We believe in heroes and striving to be what we believe in. It is also a news hub for content related to the Okal Rel Saga written by Lynda Williams.

26Oct/12Off

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 17

Will you marry our Princess?
Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
Afraid to resist via a duel, Ronan demands Amel marry Dela to consolidate his claim on Dee Manor.
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Vretla isn't keen on Amel marrying a 'skirt'.

"Pureblood Amel," Ronan said stiffly. "These are Dee lands."

"I understand," Amel assured him. "But my champion is the liege of Vrel and she has killed better swordsmen than you, or your cousin Chandad."

The insult registered on Ronan’s face as plainly as the imprint of a slap, but the intended warning won out in determining his response.

"You will marry Princess Dela, then!" Ronan demanded, insulting Amel in turn by using Ril's formula of devaluing any non-Golden Sevolite’s status by a birth rank.

Amel had trouble with the question on all fronts.

"I, uh, … I'll consider it, I think," he said, his differencing levels shifting with each pronoun. He cleared his throat. "Does your Princess expect ... or even want --"

Vretla sheathed her sword with a 'snick' that made Amel jump.

"Absolutely not," she declared, and pointed at Dela. "You marry a skirt and she'll have you twisted up in knots over their stupid notion every sha'st, mekan'st or even lyka for that matter has to be a venting cher'st! Then you’ll be no good to the Vrellish."

Vretla seemed greatly offended. The terms she used were Vrellish words for lover. Dela had no idea how to distinguish between them. She had only encountered them in literary contexts where Golden Demish dialect had nothing bad enough to substitute for what was wanted. 'Venting' was a fleet vulgarity. It referred to eliminating the crew of a captured station by opening airlocks. Okal Rel took a dim view of the practice.

Will you marry our Princess?

Will you marry our Princess?

22Oct/12Off

ORU creative front – Oct 22, 2012

Detail from art in development for cover of Opus 6

Detail from art in development for cover of Opus 6

On the creative front, luscious painting in the works for background of Opus 6 cover by artist Stephanie Ann Johanson.

Also collecting bios and pictures for Opus 6 and have made arrangements for bringing a new blog admin on board to join the team, starting in November 2012.

22Oct/12Off

ORU Artifact #15: Mekan’stan Episode 8 on Youtube

The Okal Rel Universe has inspired many beautiful, curious, fun and touching moments, objects and re-mixes or interpretations over the years. This page celebrates them one by one. Found one that should be here? Tell us about it for the finder's reward of the month. Send your discovery to lynda@okalrel.org

Brianna Thomas (artist) and Jennifer Lott (adaption and voice) have been serializing Lynda Williams' novella Mekan'stan on youtube. The latest installment, released in Oct 2012, is number 8, where fighting breaks out in a burning dock.

Mekan'stan tells the story of how Ann comes to term with discovering Amel is also sleeping with Perry D'Aur. It was written, in part, to explain the Vrellish concept of mekan'stan. The story takes place during Amel's envoy period, between books 3 and 4 of the main saga.

19Oct/12Off

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 16

Amel intervenes to stop bloodshed.
Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
Dela's defender must decide if he wants to bar the way under Sword Law.
<< Start at Beginning>>

Don't Mess With Vretla.

Ronan came in through the study doors, trailed by a three-man guard.

"I am Seniorlord Ronan, of Dee," he announced, "and master of this house by the grace of our Princess-Liege." He did not even look at Dela. She could not decide if she was relieved, or put out.

Vretla’s response was blunt. "Amel is liege here now, by right of my win on the challenge floor. You are only a nobleborn. Not in my challenge class. I do not have to take you on." She tipped her head toward Dela. "And skirts don't fight.”

Ronan bristled. “I am the man of this house.”

“Huh,” said Vretla, unimpressed. But after a moment of silence she conceded with a shrug. “So you’ve have been running things here? Fair enough. I respect your desire to defend what was yours. So --" She whipped out her sword. "Challenge at will, and let's have done."

Ronan looked astonished by so sudden a plan to resolve the dispute. But to Dela's horror, he nonetheless reached slowly for his sword.

Is he making the same mistake Chandad did? thought Dela. Or throwing away his life in blind despair! Dela felt a pang of old guilt for failing to produce the daughter Ronan could have married to satisfy his hunger to be highborn in a future life if not his current one. But Ronan was normally too level-headed, for a man, to be foolhardy. Is he going to die because he’s too embarrassed to turn her down, now she’s condescended to kill him? Dela couldn’t help wondering. It seemed absurd!

"Wait!" Amel moved between Ronan and Vretla.

Vretla reacted fast, swinging sideways. "Good way to get yourself killed!" She lectured Amel at sword point.

He quailed, but his voice remained controlled. "Can’t we come to terms without drawing blood?" He appealed to both of them.

Vretla took a step back and sheathed her sword, contemptuous of the armed men grouped around Ronan. "You're in charge."

Somehow, Dela knew Amel was no more in charge than she was. But at least he’d tried to do something!

Amel intervenes to stop bloodshed.

Amel intervenes to stop bloodshed.

19Oct/12Off

ORU news – Oct 18, 2012

CBC Canada Writes - Sci Fi Odyssey

First mention of my participation in the CBC Writes feature on SF Canada authors appeared in the interview with SF Canada President Steve Stanton on Oct 18, 2012.

Name three Canadian SF writers who should be more widely read than they are. Why did you choose these three?

The top three science fiction authors working with SF Canada today are Matthew Hughes, Edward Willett and Hayden Trenholm, who graciously agreed to serve as readers in the upcoming Canada Writes Sci-Fi Twitter Challenge this Wednesday, Oct. 24 along with their female counterparts Alison Sinclair and Lynda Williams. Collectively, these five authors have published 72 books with a dozen more in development stages, but I daresay their names are not widely known outside the SF subculture. It’s my job to try and change that, and I’m grateful for this opportunity.

Some feedback from friends :

Woo hoo! If CBC mentioned you does that mean you are now part of the literary intelligensia? Shall we see you next August? Hmm?
TTFN, Gary

Bobbie DuFault - "nice!"

I disagree with SF Canada president Steve Stanton concerning Okal Rel author +Lynda Williams. She deserves recognition in her own right, not as some male author's "female counterpart".
Matthew Graybosch (on google+)
Craig Bowlsby - Rah Rah! Okal Rel!

CBC Canada Writes - Sci Fi Odyssey

CBC Canada Writes - Sci Fi Odyssey

15Oct/12Off

ORU Artifact #14: Ad for Blog Admin in SFU Peak

The Okal Rel Universe has inspired many beautiful, curious, fun and touching moments, objects and re-mixes or interpretations over the years. This page celebrates them one by one. Found one that should be here? Tell us about it for the finder's reward of the month. Send your discovery to lynda@okalrel.org

Early in October 2012, Lynda advertized in the SFU student newspaper, the Peak, for a blog admin to help with Reality Skimming.

Ad in SFU Peak Oct 2012

Ad in SFU Peak Oct 2012

This attractive ad was put together by The Peak's Larry van Kampen using art by Michelle Milburn.