Unposted Publication Project Graphics
It is with a degree of regret that I rather think that it is well past time that I made a statement regarding incomplete and unposted publications projects.
I don't have that many of them, and so far, the ones I do have all seem to be trilogies. But there is enough of a degree of potential represented that a general statement of revised policy would seem to be appropriate.
Now, I'm not talking about projects which never really got off the ground in the first place. I'm talking about the ones where I had asked, and had been given permission to base a Red Hen publications project on an author's work, the project had progressed to some point approaching (or had achieved) completion — at least to the point of there being a rough final — at which point the author disappeared. Or abandoned the story, unfinished.
This could be for any cause. Heaven knows there are enough ways that a fanfic author can be blindsided, or mugged by Real Life, or have some other situation arise which is more important than finishing a fic, or than sticking with a project designed to showcase one of their completed fics. But, regardless of cause, this is a situation in which they did not give me permission to post the project, or the portion/version of the project, that I had already built.
Now, with the majority of my projects, this is not a huge deal. Background graphics might get adapted, modified and used in something else. Frontspiece illustrations might get posted on an exchange, or fanfest site someday, or at the least repurposed into an APA cover. But projects that are “illustrated,” are usually something that I have put a great deal of work into.
I don't put that much work into a project in order for it never to be seen.
On the other hand, I do NOT post projects without the author’s permission and approval. I just don’t.
Consequently, I would like to make the following statement regarding Red Hen Policy. I am sorry to admit that it is probably going to be necessary.
To all Fanfic Authors; the story is yours. It is your work. Your having given me permission to base a project on it does not make it mine. It will never be mine.
The graphics produced for the story, however, are mine. If a project has stalled, and, after a 2-year moritorium, unless other arrangements have been made (Thank you, Vera Rozalsky), and I can still not contact you, or we have been unable to reboot the project and start moving it towards completion, I retain the right to extract the graphics and post them here. I will always credit the author (whose pen name will be on the cover and title page, after all), and if the fic is accessible online I will direct the viewer to the archive where it can be found in its original form. I will probably need to include a paraphrase of the story, to explain what the illustrations refer to, but I will try to keep it as condensed as possible. I do rather hope that if the graphics spark an interest, the viewer will hunt the original fic out and read it in its original form. If they can.
My chief regret will be that they will not get the chance to read the illustrated version on this site. But that is out of my hands.
As for example:
Once upon a time (i.e., originally starting to post around 2002) there was a fanfic trilogy.
It was very popular. At its peak it had hundreds, possibly even thousands of followers.
Unfortunately, rather a lot of it was written while the author was at home feeling unwell. Two-thirds of the way through the final volume, she was diagnosed with a serious illness.
To the best of my knowledge, this portion of the story had a happy ending. She received medical attention, recovered, changed jobs, and found a number of new projects with which to occupy her attention.
And, unfortunately, she no longer had a lot of inclination to stay home and write. The final volume remains unfinished, and is long abandoned. I would not be astonished to learn that, in retrospect, the whole period she was writing it is associated with a rather frightening period of her life. But that is neither here nor there.
I had already requested, and had been given permission by the author to produce Red Hen editions of the trilogy. The first two volumes were completed, pending edits and corrections, and a fair degree of work had been done on the third volume when the project was abandoned by the author.
I repeat: I do not post projects on my site without the author’s permission. We never got to the edit stage of these projects (timeline glitches and minor continuity errors for the most part) and I do not have the author’s permission to post my unedited copies.
This remains a continuing disappointment. I had put a great deal of work into them.
The stories themselves were readily found online in .html format for over a decade afterwards. The hosting archive upon which they were once posted is online no longer, although it [www.witchfics.org] can be found via the Wayback Machine.
A couple of years after the author abandoned the project, however, I had made the decision to extract and post the graphics separately. It would have been better to be able to see them all in situ, but, frankly, that is never going to happen. The documents below contain only the illustrations/decorations used in each volume and include only the opening pages, and, at most, a snippet of the text, or a capsule description of where the individual graphics occur.
At the point that these were built, all of my illustrations were still based upon commercial clip art. Most of it heavily modified, but some of the incidental decorations were merely dropped in with their colors adjusted. I probably shouldn't have included those in these documents, but by doing so you get at least some of the idea of the whole effect.
These are .pdf documents. As is standard on this site they are posted in both uncompressed form for online viewing, and compressed form for download. Both versions are only available in screen resolution, since a full resolution version of the actual project was never made available.
Indeed, were I ever to be given the author’s permission to post these projects, I would take these graphics-only versions down. But, like I say, I doubt that is ever going to happen.
These are re-posts. Although still at screen resolution, they have been exported at a slightly higher resolution than the previous copies. Most readers have better bandwidth for downloading them than a dozen years ago.
The Travelog Trilogy, vol I: Roman Holiday by “Anna”
This was the very first project for which I used the “virtual book” layout with the faux 2-page spreads which is now standard for the Publications posted on this site. That layout was originally developed for the first volume of this trilogy, which was written in 2002–’03, and produced over the autumn and early winter of 2003.
I was going for a “contemporary” look, with fairly straightforward illustrations. As stated above, all of the art was modified from commercial clip art, apart from the cover photo of the Trevvi fountain, which had been shot in Rome by a friend of mine some years earlier.
The Travelogue Trilogy, vol II: Jewel of the Nile
This volume was produced over the summer-winter of 2004. It took a while to complete it.
The layout here heavily utilizes the work of the incomparable Marwan Aridi of Aridi Computer Graphics, in addition to my usual sources.
The layout turned out to abhor white space, so there were any number of extra decorations dropped in to plug the gaps.
This re-post has some minor adjustments to the color balance from the original version.
The Travelog Trilogy, vol III: Last Tango in Paris
This one, as far as it goes, was produced in early 2005.
After ‘Jewel of the Nile’ I wanted to attempt something a little less gaudy, somewhat more restrained, and more elegant, if I could manage it. But certainly not plain.
I finally went with a sort-of Art Nouveau look (Paris being largely associated with that particular design movement) and adopted a duotone treatment in the illustrations.
I had also undertaken a couple of special additions as a surprise gift for the author. Which were never presented due to the abandonment of the project.
Fast-forward a decade later. There is another fanfic trilogy. This one is complete. I requested, and recieved permission to base a Red Hen publications projet on it. Since all three of the stories involved were shorter ones, we decided to roll them all into one volume as an anthology.
Memories and Dreams: by paganaidd
This trilogy was also an illustrated work. I got it to the point of a having a rough final version, with all the illustrations in place. The author had said something about possibly wanting to make some changes to the text. The checkfile was sent. My email account decided that it would rebel, and it wasn’t until several tries later that I finally believed that I had managed to send it. (I was wrong.)
It was never acknowledged. I now suspect it was never recieved. Email sent without attachments (which ought not to have been a problem) were also not acknowledged, nor were my reviews left on the archive where the original version is posted, requesting to know whether the files had arrived. To all extents and purposes, the author had vanished. Or at any rate, I was unable to contact her.
It later transpired that she had been overtaken by any number of the ills that modern life is heir to. We eventually managed to contact one another, but we still never got the project into the edit stage, and I never got permission to post the completed project. And it has now been over two years.
I do regret this. It is a lovely fic (or, rather, set of fics). It can be found on the author's page at ff.net, however, so I don't suppose it is likely to disappear unless the author decides to pull it down. But I would have so much rather have been able to post the completed project on this site.
Note: This page was uploaded without the files by mistake in January 2018. As of 2/5/18 the files ought to be accessible for online reading or download.