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Barbar777
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I'm quite new to this website. Recently i read some chapters from "six time a day". And i enjoy the illustration from the novel. Could you please recommend some nevel with illustration?. And also why is there are no tags for novel with illustration?

Thanks.

Ernest Bywater

@Barbar777

And also why is there are no tags for novel with illustration?


A few reasons for the answer are that:

1. most authors aren't also good at drawing and finding suitable drawing or illustrations that can be legally used takes up a lot of time,

2. the site has not always had the bandwidth to allow for illustrations so it's a fairly recent ability added to the site,

3. there are so few it hasn't been worth the effort to code for it. If they do, then what level do you decide it is an illustrated story? Does one illustration count or is it one per chapter? Several of my stories have images included, but I wouldn't call them illustrated stories, despite me now including cover art with the stories.

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Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Barbar777

And also why is there are no tags for novel with illustration?


At one point, way back when, we had the 'illustrated' tag. But it turned out that most people who were interested in that tag weren't really interested in the stories.

I found out that many simply selected that tag and clicked on every story returned and simply looked at the pictures and then moved on to the next story.

So I removed the tag to avoid wasting bandwidth. But I won't reinstate either way, it is not particularly useful for stories.

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Barbar777
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@Ernest Bywater

Thanks Ernest, i check some of your stories later.

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Ernest Bywater

@Barbar777

Thanks Ernest, i check some of your story later


I prepare all my stories for sale via self publishing, so I create cover art for them all, and I started posting the cover art to SoL some months back, all but two older stories have their cover art and I hope to get them up in the coming months. Some of the stories have floor plans and property plans to help readers to visualise where important part of the story are set. In one of my Chaos Calls stories I mention small wagons pulled by horses, and I later included drawings of what they're like because a few readers wrote to me they were having troubles picturing the little wagons. The images within the story are mostly plans of some type or an other.

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Barbar777

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Well for me, as much i enjoy the illustration, i do enjoy the story and it is more important than the illustration itself.
But hey, thanks for the explanation Laz. Can you give me some recommendation though?

Barbar777

@Ernest Bywater

Wow, you have a lot of stories here. Can i ask you what is the number mean on each story?

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Ernest Bywater

@Barbar777

Can I ask you what is the number mean on each story?


I have two series where I use numbers:

A. Clan Amir which consists of over 40 stories (novels, novellas, and short stories) that were originally posted in 7 novel length books by an Irish publishers. When I first started posting them at Sol i was limited in what i could post, due to the contract with the publisher. When that expired I posted the rest of the series at SoL. however, to enable readers to put them in order I incorporated a numbering system to allow them to read the stories in chronological order. The sequence is xx-yy where xx represents the book number, and yy represents the story number within that book. the ones with 00-yy are more auxiliary information posts than actual stories. 00-00 gives the time-line and story order. Because they have numbers at the start to show them in order they take up the first 46 stories listed on my page.

B. The Chaos Calls series are part of the Damsels in Distress universe and have story sequence numbers. Three so far and I'm currently working on some more.

Stories with images other than cover art, are:

Chaos Calls 03: Dragon Dilemma - drawings of cavalry wagons
Life is Change - building floor plans and property plans
Mallard Heir - building floor plans and property plans
Odd man in College - building floor plans
Survivor: Moving On -building floor plans
Interesting Time - property plans
Mack - property plans
Michaels Mansion - floor plans and property plans
Shiloh - building floor plans
Modern Day Witch Hunts - some pictures

No Names - No Pack Drill - has a lot of photos from WW2 and drawing done during the war.

I also have high quality versions of the images on my DropBox account with the link in the stories for those who want a bigger image to look at. It also ahs some images for some stories that are works in progress and not yet published

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Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Barbar777

Can you give me some recommendation though?


I don't remember most of the stories that are illustrated.

Try stories by icehead, Gary Johns has 4 illustrated stories (out of 33). Lazarus Valentine has 3 illustrated stories. Ozmanga also has a bunch.

cfuson001

Pretty sure Spacer said that he wouldn't ever do another story with illustrations stating that the pictures were way too time consuming. That's prob the main reason you don't see many stories with illustrations online.

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Switch Blayde

@cfuson001

That's prob the main reason you don't see many stories with illustrations online.


We authors are a prolific bunch who write 1,000 words instead of having a picture.

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docholladay

@Switch Blayde

We authors are a prolific bunch who write 1,000 words instead of having a picture.

You authors do include pictures. Just they are created with words not drawings or photographs. Your words create pictures in the readers minds. Maybe not the ones you wanted, but you do create them. Or is that you get blamed for them.

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LonelyDad

Lois McMaster Bujold once said that writing was a collaboration between the writer and the reader, and that the story was different for every reader. I have to agree with her.

richardshagrin

the story was different for every reader

Depends on the story. The Dick and Jane, see spot run elementary school "stories" are the same for their readers. There is very little plot and most of the action is boring.

JohnBobMead

@richardshagrin

Dick and Jane, see spot run elementary school "stories"


Heh. They haven't used those in at least forty years; I remember them far too well. I make no assumptions concerning their replacements being any better.

Switch Blayde

@richardshagrin

The Dick and Jane, see spot run elementary school "stories" are the same for their readers. There is very little plot and most of the action is boring.


That's not why they're the same to all readers. It's because at that age (reading comprehension level), it's all telling. There's nothing left to interpretation.

helmut_meukel

@docholladay

You authors do include pictures. Just they are created with words not drawings or photographs. Your words create pictures in the readers minds. Maybe not the ones you wanted, but you do create them.

And those pictures are unique, no two readers see the same!
That is the main problem with creating a movie based on a book.
Knowing this, most producers, script writers, and directors don't even try to come close to the book's story.

HM.

grandad_rufus

@Barbar777

Tales from Mist World is illustrated http://storiesonline.net/s/15822/tales-from-mist-world

Regards G_R

Franco

I don't know if this suggestion will meet the op's needs, but there are a lot of English translations of Japanese manga and anime available on the web.

tphile2

look for the adult comic series XXXenophile by Phil Foglio. Humerous erotic written and penciled by him but inked by famous pro comic artists in the business and well known by fans. the inking makes a real difference. each short story is really good and covers all the genres. its an essential ;-)

tphile2

Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex by Larry Niven, his short story speculation of Supermans sex life. a classic. Penthouse Comix published it with four illustrations by Superman artist Curt Swan. a search should turn it up

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madnige

@Ernest Bywater

they take up the first 46 stories listed on my page.


...they also take up the majority of the (basic members) five pages of an empty search, which is what you get if you refresh or restart the browser with a search tab displayed

madnige

@tphile2

a search should turn it up

sunkuwan

The illustrated Story that impressed me most was the long web serial "Caelum Lex" It had a big and colorful Illustration that displayed a scene for each of the 150+ chapters.

http://www.caelum-lex.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/image12.jpg
http://www.caelum-lex.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/image12.jpg

Couldn't find any info if the authors ever did a second series.

Crumbly Writer

Just stumbled across this thread, as I haven't visited the "Story Recommendations" forum in a bit. Remembered that I hadn't included the images for my newest story "Speaking With Your Demons" (one image for each section break, so six images in 22 chapters). I reposted the first few chapters with images (chapters 1, 6 and 8), so hopefully they'll display correctly by tomorrow.

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