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I’m not exactly wallowing in guilt at the moment, but guilt is guilt. It doesn’t go away. It can’t be nullified. It can’t even be fully understood, I’m certain - its roots run too deep into private and long-standing karma. About the only thing that saves my neck when I get to feeling this way is that guilt is an imperfect form of knowledge. Just because it isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that it can’t be used. The hard thing to do is to put it to practical use before it gets around to paralyzing you.
Seymour Glass, in letter form, to his younger brother Buddy, from Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger

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Sitting beside a young woman who in the dawn seemed so lovely, Gurov, soothed and spellbound by these magical surroundings - the sea, the mountains, the clouds, the wide sky - thought how everything is really beautiful in this world when one reflects: everything except what we think or do ourselves when we forget the higher aims of life and our own human dignity.
Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Pet Dog

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"It has always seemed strange to me," said Doc. "The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." - from ‘Cannery Row,’ by John Steinbeck

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Time Lords of the Chronometer

If you’ve been following my Tumblr for a while, you may have noticed random postings I’ve made for my Sketchbook Project 2012 book Time Lords of the Chronometer. Well, you can now get your very own copy at my Storenvy shop.

Below is a sample dossier from the book, along with a couple images. Thanks for your support!

Time Lord of 2:00 - Emmett Brown
Place & Time of Origin - Hill Valley, California, United States of America, 1985 CE

Of the Time Lords that we’ve met on our visit to the Chronometer, ‘Doctor’ Emmett Brown seems to be the most grounded, even though his head is in the clouds. He rarely travels through time, and yet he knows more about it than The Doctor, Diana Prince, and Ben Franklin combined. He can go on for hours about quadratic wormholes and dimensional ribbons and parallel doppelgangers, until your brain is jelly and your head is spinning. But he means well. His workshop is filled with gadgets and devices that make time travel possible, and chalkboards surround the room, covered with complex and infinite equations, acting almost like wallpaper.

Dr. Brown’s chief responsibility is the upkeep of the Chronometer, the Citadel of Time, and the various vehicles that the Time Lords use to travel through time. In this regard he works closely with Wells, Franklin, and The Doctor, who seem to travel through time the most. In the past he has had a close association with Maria, but according to Tesla, he has left the care of the Chronometer to her since the episode with the Matrix. I wish we could have learned more about how this changed her, but it seems like a mystery even to the Time Lords, and one that few of them want to solve.

Brown is also distinguished as being the first Time Lord to be pulled from history to become a Time Lord, at least of the current roster. He claims that it was the Mother aspect of Infinity that pulled him to the Citadel of Time, to repair the TARDIS vehicle that had rebelled and nearly killed the Ovid avatar of The Doctor. To fix the vehicle, Brown somehow transmitted the essence of Marilyn Monroe into it to counter its unhinged and belligerent nature, and to subsume and take control of it. The vehicle now goes by the name TARDA (and is now red instead of its previous shade of blue), and is the home to The Doctor and his associates. When I asked him why he and Infinity choose Ms. Monroe, he stated matter-of-factly, ‘Because we needed a feminine essence to balance the apparent hypermasculinity of the device. And because, truth be told, she was available.’

Dr. Brown was kind enough to provide us with a wealth of information about the Chronometer and the mysteries of Time, and yet its deepest secrets he kept to himself. So while we may glean a great deal of information, I’m afraid we will come away with more questions than answers. Such is to be expected from the Time Lords. His current project is deciphering the secrets of the Tesseract Ray with Margaret Murry, the one time travel device he did not have a hand in creating, and the mysteries of which still elude him. But I’m confident that he will learn them, in time. 

-Tori

 

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A sneak peek at my next Game of Thrones poster montage, before I get into colors and revisions.
Eventually, the names of the characters with their locations will be in the image, but for now this will have to suffice: (clockwise from top left) Mya Stone - The Eyrie, Gendry - King’s Landing, Bella - Stony Sept, King Robert Baratheon, Edric Storm - Storm’s End.

A sneak peek at my next Game of Thrones poster montage, before I get into colors and revisions.

Eventually, the names of the characters with their locations will be in the image, but for now this will have to suffice: (clockwise from top left) Mya Stone - The Eyrie, Gendry - King’s Landing, Bella - Stony Sept, King Robert Baratheon, Edric Storm - Storm’s End.

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