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Chapter 1 Page 22

March 29th, 2011

Almanac References: Canaille, Dappled, Rook

Page 22 has been posted for your enjoyment. I am very happy with how it turned out. Brittany did a great job with the long shot of Mathilde at her vanity and Ricky did a splendid job coloring it. Brit is particularly proud of Mathilde’s feet  — as well she should be! I wish I could take credit for Mathilde’s dialog, but she won’t have any of it. She grabs the pen out of my hand and writes her own lines. Sigh, such a prima donna.

And we are just one page closer to meeting one of my favorite characters: Ald.

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Almanac – Aradie

March 27th, 2011

Today’s Almanac entry is Aradie. And it’s high time I got around to telling you a bit about the largest colony in Everique and the setting for our tale. I am only scratching the surface of  what I have to share about Aradie, but I wanted to give an overview. I’ll add more later.

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Chapter 1 Page 21

March 22nd, 2011

Almanac Reference: Blossom

Page 21 posted. Another fun page to write. I spent hours thinking of the most horrible puns I could. I even wrote to family and friends to solicit ideas for even more terrible puns. Alas for poor Blaise, all the effort paid off.

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This week, I thought I would talk a little bit about blades, two in particular – the long knife and the saber. Jassart has a long knife and is using it in his gamble with Laurent. So it seemed a good time to discuss them. Read about them in this week’s Almanac entry.

In other news, I heard back from Otakon. I’ve been approved for a table in their Artists’ Alley. So Snow by Night will be making an appearance. I hope to have our first chapter book for sale at the convention.

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Chapter 1 Page 20

March 15th, 2011

Almanac References: Blessings, Gambling, Long Knives

Page 20 is up. In it, we visit our first gambling hell. A hell is a business that offers games of chance to the public. This distinguishes it from the private clubs that only allow members in. The House of Jacks is open to the public, which is how Laurent and Jassart were able to make it inside. Still, the servers at the gambling hell seem less than enthused with Laurent. For the fun of it, I’m calling the servers hellions.

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Almanac – History

March 13th, 2011

Today our Almanac entry delves into the history of Aradie and Sherbourg. The entry covers the founding of the city, which was a dangerous time. It took three tries for the city to take root. While you’re there, check out the lovely new bookcase graphic that Diane put together for us.

And now some huge news: some of you may have noticed that the copyright information at the bottom of the page has changed. This past week I organized an LLC, which will be acting as a publisher for Snow by Night. This is the first step to bringing Brittany on full time. With her dedicated to Snow by Night, we can double the number of pages we post per week. So starting with Chapter 2, expect to see twice as much Snow as you’re currently seeing.

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Chapter 1 Page 19

March 8th, 2011

Well, this is embarrassing. I can’t count.

My journal from last week said I was posting page 19. I wasn’t. I was posting page 18. I’ve gone back through and renumbered the journal entries. So…. please enjoy the real Page 19. Brittany and Ricky have done a fabulous job on it.

In other news, Intervention has accepted Snow by Night’s application for a table. We will be there in September, and we will have the first chapter book printed by that time. Make plans to come see us! Also, there is a new incentive picture on Top Web Comic. Please vote for us.

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Almanac – Oysters

March 7th, 2011

The Cuisine section of the Almanac gets some love with a discussion of oysters. Oysters played an enormous role in the history of the United States and Canada in the real world. Billions of oysters were harvested from the Chesapeake Bay over the course of the 1800s. One of the principle reasons for the construction of the C&O canal was to transport oysters to the Ohio country. The rail lines replaced the canals, and still the oysters flowed. These bivalves fed a young nation. The wealth of the Bay created a gold-rush mentality that led to the “Oyster Wars” and the creation of the Maryland Oyster Navy. And no, I’m not make this part up. Read all about it here.

Sadly, the Chesapeake was horribly overfarmed. The oyster beds were dredged until nothing was left in the 19th century, and oyster diseases wiped out much of what was left in the 20th. The number of oysters in the Chesapeake are at 2% of the numbers that they were in colonial times. A regional partnership – the Chesapeake Bay Program – is endeavoring to reverse the damage, but there so much to do. The beds have to be rebuilt and new oysters seeded. It will take decades to restore the bay to what it once was.

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