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Brian Larson (crystal_secrets) | 11 comments Mod
For questions about characters of the book, my writing process, or anything about the plot (no spoilers please), then please post here.

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Max (cherishdesire) | 5 comments What inspired the conflict between two brothers as the central source of tension for the book?

Brian Larson (crystal_secrets) | 11 comments Mod
Jealousy and power! Jhovahkan had it pretty good until our hero returns from the outer rim. Now he has competition.

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Max (cherishdesire) | 5 comments I guess more to the point... do you have a brother? ;) I see the brother conflict motif throughout a lot of literature - not surprising given paternal lines of succession. I'm curious if you've got personal experiences that drove some of their conflict. :)

Brian Larson (crystal_secrets) | 11 comments Mod
I do have a brother, but the conflict doesn't come from that angle. I used some of the personality traits and problems that take place from my childhood. It wasn't simply one person in particular, but there were several that I use and bundle them all up into one really evil character.

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Max (cherishdesire) | 5 comments Excellent! Thanks!

Brian Larson (crystal_secrets) | 11 comments Mod
What do you all think about SciFi books having chapter illustrations?

Does having drawings add to or take away from the story?

What's your take?

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Max (cherishdesire) | 5 comments I've always enjoyed some limited chapter illustrations - the half page pen & ink sort - but that may be because I grew up with pulp scifi like Asimov's. Nowadays it seems many illustrations detract from the story or simply don't add to it.

For "Secret of the Crystal" having a illustration that shows the brothers squared off against each other in their differing uniforms would encapsulate a moment that profoundly sets the stage for the opening.

But having the typical two spaceships floating over a planet wouldn't do much at all.

Know what I mean?

Brian Larson (crystal_secrets) | 11 comments Mod
I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just wish I had of thought about that wonderful encapsulated moment when I had the first set of drawings made.

Perhaps in another release I can make those changes.

Brian Larson (crystal_secrets) | 11 comments Mod
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