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INSPIRATION EXPLODING INTO THE SUN!

sparklermonthly:

It’s Friday update time! 

We’re getting close to the exciting conclusion of Dead Endings with Chapter 7 this week…and it looks like Cailen may not be entirely prepared for the consequences! 

And we have part 2 (of 3) of Kaiju’s lovely short comic, "The Ring of Saturn"! Miriam goes stargazing with the charming Mr. Rahal, and starts to find some new inspiration! *swoon* 

Plus, if you’re around Connecticon this weekend, Sparkler editors Lianne and Rebecca, Dusk in Kalevia author Emily Compton, and Sfeer Theory/Small Town Witch author Alex Singer are on a panel about writing for the Female Gaze—Friday at 5pm! 


And on Saturday morning, Lianne and Emily will be running a writing workshop—10:30am in Workshop 2! 

Stop by and say hello! 

kaixju:

sparklermonthly:

So I figure anyone who’s an ex-symphonic band/wind ensemble geek like me (alto and soprano sax, baby!) has probably run into Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” suite at some point. But what I didn’t know until KaixJu pitched us "The Ring of Saturn" was that Holst originally wrote the pieces for two pianos, and then later expanded them into the symphonic versions.
If you’re curious what Mr. Rahal is getting all worked up about here, this is what “Saturn” sounds like for solo piano. 
And for two pianos.
And the full version (with bells!).
But this is what high-spirited Miriam would rather be playing: Jupiter for solo piano 

Loving that band/orchestra/ensemble people relate! :)  I first heard Jupiter when I was in middle school band and fell in love with it, not realizing there were other pieces written for the other planets. I didn’t hear the full suite until college and was surprised by the diversity and eeriness of some of the later pieces. I really felt there was something special about Saturn and found out that it was actually Holst’s favorite piece. However Jupiter was an audience favorite and became a lyrical patriotic song for Great Britain.
Another piece definitely worth listening to is Neptune, and I would highly recommend hearing it played by a live orchestra! Holst’s instructions were to place the choir in a separate room. At the end, the door to the room slowly closes, the voices gradually fading. 
Holst wrote the piano versions while teaching at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London, the setting for our comic :)

kaixju:

sparklermonthly:

So I figure anyone who’s an ex-symphonic band/wind ensemble geek like me (alto and soprano sax, baby!) has probably run into Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” suite at some point. But what I didn’t know until KaixJu pitched us "The Ring of Saturn" was that Holst originally wrote the pieces for two pianos, and then later expanded them into the symphonic versions.

If you’re curious what Mr. Rahal is getting all worked up about here, this is what “Saturn” sounds like for solo piano. 

And for two pianos.

And the full version (with bells!).

But this is what high-spirited Miriam would rather be playing: Jupiter for solo piano 

Loving that band/orchestra/ensemble people relate! :)  I first heard Jupiter when I was in middle school band and fell in love with it, not realizing there were other pieces written for the other planets. I didn’t hear the full suite until college and was surprised by the diversity and eeriness of some of the later pieces. I really felt there was something special about Saturn and found out that it was actually Holst’s favorite piece. However Jupiter was an audience favorite and became a lyrical patriotic song for Great Britain.

Another piece definitely worth listening to is Neptune, and I would highly recommend hearing it played by a live orchestra! Holst’s instructions were to place the choir in a separate room. At the end, the door to the room slowly closes, the voices gradually fading. 

Holst wrote the piano versions while teaching at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London, the setting for our comic :)

kaixju:

The Great War and the Music of the Spheres.
The first chapter of “The Ring of Saturn” Is free to read! http://sparklermonthly.com/comic_issue/the-ring-of-saturn-chapter-1/
Here’s a little Miriam to celebrate!
If you like Victorian Romance Emma, Downton Abbey, Holst’s “The Planets”, or are a music nerd like us, our comic is perfect for you :)
Come and witness Miriam’s metamorphosis as a musician in a time of turmoil in our 3 part comic!

kaixju:

The Great War and the Music of the Spheres.

The first chapter of “The Ring of Saturn” Is free to read! http://sparklermonthly.com/comic_issue/the-ring-of-saturn-chapter-1/

Here’s a little Miriam to celebrate!

If you like Victorian Romance Emma, Downton Abbey, Holst’s “The Planets”, or are a music nerd like us, our comic is perfect for you :)

Come and witness Miriam’s metamorphosis as a musician in a time of turmoil in our 3 part comic!

sparklermonthly:

Hey! It’s update time! 

This week marks the start of "The Ring of Saturn," our latest short comic, this time from creative team Kaiju! Running in three installments, “Saturn” is the story of Miriam, a student at a British girls’ school around the outset of World War I, as she struggles to find a balance between her musical gifts, her passionate spirit, and the rising tide of destruction… 

There’s a lot that I really adore about this project, not in the least that it features what I’m pretty sure is the first appearance in comics of composer Gustav Holst! ^_^

Also this week we have our subscriber exclusive—a podcast from Sparkler’s own audio chief, Rebecca Scoble, on the basics of making your own audio drama! I can’t wait to steal all her secrets!!

Happy weekend!

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