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Wherein Sabriel asks Mogget about Moonstones by FairyKitsch
Wherein Sabriel asks Mogget about Moonstones
Posting this here for #SabrielDay 

This is so going to date me.

I picked Sabriel off the shelf and checked it out of the library all those years ago not because of the angelic sounding title, nor because of the serviceable but not exactly popping cover, and not even because of the author's gothic horror-esque name. No, I picked it up because of the publishing imprint.

What an incredibly flimsy reason to take a chance on a book. That's like deciding to read all the Penguin Classics because you just watched Happy Feet. 

I'm glad I took chances on the flimsiest of reasons back then, because it paid off and what I got was a great story. I know that sounds like a vague and possibly shallow thing to say, but I totally mean it. Sabriel is a great story.

It had that often sought balance of narrative and character; enough story to keep you interested and personalities so well defined that it felt like you were making friends. It was a fantasy world of swords and sorcery, but the fighting was grounded in a soldier's practical mentality and the magics were backed up by a solid mechanic, instead of being point and shoot wishful thinking. It was a world that was believable with hints of hidden histories, affectionate humour and a unique way of dying. And Sabriel, with her independence and get things done attitude, was the type of girl that I still thought I could be if the world ever needed me to be.

Where do the moonstones come into it? Well, they don't even feature in the story at all. Moonstone was the name of the imprint. It was a seemingly inconsequential thing that had significant personal consequences. The stories of the Old Kingdom and the writings of Garth Nix are a major influence in how I perceive stories in general and fantasies in particular. They are one of the dominating fabrics in the patchwork of my imagination, and what you see in your imagination effects what you see in the world, what's in it and what could be in it. 

And for that I am grateful.

Sabriel and Mogget ©Garth Nix

Ink and watercolour on A3 300gsm smooth watercolour paper.
I'm looking for a Heidi. And by Heidi I mean a specific edition of the book by Johanna Spyri.

It's a book I read years ago, though I suspect I didn't so much as read but rather look at the pictures. But the only thing I can remember from the book is that it had a picture that looked something like this:

Heidi Sketch from Dodgy Memory by FairyKitsch

The actual picture would obviously more professional than my dodgy rough sketch. And it was most definitely in colour; I think gouache, certainly something bright and opaque.

I am now on a mission to find this book! If anyone could recommend any possibilities, I'd be very grateful.

Because if I can't find it, then the alternative must be that I travel back in time and illustrate an edition of Heidi myself. 


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Beginning life as a rhinestone egg laid by the Evening Star on a stained-glass window in an isolated church that belonged to a hermit called Thunder Swept Bob the Second Elder. I was hatched by the warmth of the pale winter sun and secret satellite lasers. Once I broke free of my crystal birth prison, I set forth into this great land with the aim of unleashing a wave of silliness upon the world. LET SILLINESS REIGN!

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WhompStar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Happy B day
JonnyDark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really love  your Doodle Or Die artwork. And your art here is very good too!
FairyKitsch Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. ^^
Metoria Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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FairyKitsch Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks, Metoria. :hug:
raintalker Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I've just looked at the raw chapter 272 from Sket Dance, so much YuukixSwitch love again T/////T :heart: I missed this!!!! (just had to write you!). I'd really want to know what they talk about ..such a pity it's still not translated.
But I found out in a forum, that Yuuki wants to study science, so she can have a new viewpoint on the occult things :'DD
FairyKitsch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, there were so many adorable things in that chapter. ^_^ Switch being sure Yuuki could take care of herself; Yuuki refusing to argue about occult stuff with that bully (cause that's her thing with Switch, dang-nabbit); Switch once again going all out with his special effects trickity tricks; everyone's reaction when Yuuki said she was going to study science; Switch being scornful that she'd only just be able to scrape into a good school; Yuuki saying, no, my grades are quite good actually. And then the kicker: Yuuki smiling! I don't think she's ever smiled at Switch since the first time they spoke in their first year (before it all went horribly wrong). That page of them regarding each other was very much an echo of the first year flashback chapter.

I was thinking that this chapter would have been the herald for a chapter where Switch begins to have doubts about studying science/engineering himself, going to Tokyo U, following the path that his brother would have taken, and instead considers that his gift might be to tell stories and make movies. But nope, that didn't happen. :P Yuuki chapters always seem to occur just before major Switch chapters; though three chapters on and my theory is currently wrong. ^^;

But this is all getting me slightly antsy. What's going to happen to the series once they finish high school? Will it end or will it follow them to uni? I thought once mangaka's got serialised that they hanged on to their spots like limpets. Yet why does this series fell like it's going to end? Oooh, so much uncertainty. D:

Of course, if Yuuki studied science and Switch studied film making, then they could both go on X-files/Scooby Doo/Blair Witch adventures and have their own series. :D ...or not. ^^;
Ljunny Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thanks for the :llama:
BakaTheIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!!!! : D

Argeko Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
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