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.

28Jan/13Off

ORU Artifact #28: Michelle Milburn shared her very first draft

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

On November 5, 2012 Michelle Milburn shares with Lynda Williams

Idea Alivda

Nov 5, 2012, Michelle Milburn shared this very first draft of the cover idea for Part 9: Holy War with Lynda Williams. Alivda D'Ander D'Aur Lor'Vrel in a the context of a rel-fighter shakeup was the decision for subject matter. From this early draft, Michelle worked up the final cover with publisher Brian Hades. ETA for Part 9: Holy War is in 2013.

24Dec/12Off

ORU Artifact #23 – Cover of Artbook for Chicon 7

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

Michelle Milburn's beautiful cover for the Okal Rel Art Book distributed, in limited edition, at Chicon 7 in 2012. The art book was made possible by ORU patron Kathy Plett. David Lott facilitated its production.

Cover of Artbook for Chicon 7

On the left is cover art from the 2011 edition of ORU novella Kath, showing Kath holding baby Vondar. On the right is the 2011 version of cover art for ORU novella Mekan'stan.

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.

13Sep/12Off

ORU creative front – Sep 13, 2012

Got the interior text of Opus 6 pulled together last night, minus bios. Here's the line up:
  • Seek and Hide by Randy McCharles
  • Passion Passed by Elizabeth Woods
  • Dresu Bondage by M. Alexis Pakulak
  • Acquiring Alivda by Angela Lott
Richard Bartrop is working on the interior illustrations. And Stephanie Ann Johanson is cover artist. Editor is Paula Johanson. On the con front - missed the emails in the critical window for getting onto the program for VCON but I'll be on one panel at Pure Speculation. After Chicon 7, I'm sort of looking forward to doing more visiting and less appearing but David and I will have to sort out triaging e-mails for critical deadlines. Sigh. I've heard from Brian Hades about the new covers, by Michelle Milburn, for the Okal Rel Legacies series. Goal is to have them all in their new clothes for VCON at the end of this month.
30Jul/12Off

ORU Artifact #3: Hiding Low Video

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

Gary Renshaw created the Hiding Low video as an honorarium commission after a discussion with Lynda at a con in Calgary in 2007. The illustration of Amel contemplating himself in the mirror was Michelle Milburn's first piece of artwork for the ORU. Hiding Low was originally intended as the first installment in a digital story set in Amel's envoy period. Lynda planned three novellas, collectively known as the 'flight cycle', to chronicle Amel's attempt to escape the consequences of stealing his infant brother, Erien. Only the middle novella, "Never Again", was ever completed, in draft, describing Amel's stop over at an Okal Lumens reverie on a parochial Silver Demish world.

Hiding Low youtube installment. Origin: Produced and read by Gary Renshaw, based on text by Lynda Williams from unfinished novella series called 'The Flight Cycle'. Art by Michelle Milburn, circum 2007.

23Jul/12Off

ORU Artifact #2: Michelle Milburn Art Book p 1-2

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

Michelle Milburn created the layouts for the first Okal Rel Universe art book for use at Chicon 7 in 2012. The art book was made possible by ORU patron Kathy Plett. David Lott is facilitating its production, and it will taken to Chicon 7 by Angela and Tegan Lott. The ORU is grateful to Bobbie DuFault for the invite to Chicon 7.

ORU Art Book by Michelle Milburn - page 1-2

Chicon 7 ORU Art Book by Michelle Milburn - page 1-2

Page 1-2 of the first ORU art book. Character is Kath in novella Kath, holding baby Vondar. Origin: a page of print art book made possible by Kathy Plett and put together by Michelle Milburn, featuring the work of Michelle Milburn, Richard Bartrop, Brianna Thomas and Yukari Yamamoto.