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Hello folks!  I have just submitted the first chapter of my novel The Disenchanted Kingdom here!  I put up two versions: a short version, for those of you who don't have the time or inclination for reading big stories here on DA, and also a long version, in PDF format.  The short version will give you the story, if you're in a 'just the facts' mindset, but the long version will give you (I hope) a pleasant reading experience.  I'd like to know if any of you are able to download this version and read it on an Ebook reader?  I would welcome all feedback.  Lots more to come!  I've created a gallery especially for this novel.
The Disenchanted Kingdom, Chapter 1 Short Version by WillemSvdMerwe
The Disenchanted Kingdom, Chapter 1 Short Version

It is the year 2721 - or is it?  Valerie is in a healing tank after suffering a traumatic injury in a gladiatorial contest.  Vera, her mother, visits her, but can only speak with Valerie’s echo, a part of her consciousness that she downloaded to the mind-archive just before the fight.  Valerie follows her sister Vivienne in believing that the extreme fighting experience brings her so close to death that she might see the otherworld.  But could she come back again?  Vivienne did not.  She may have glimpsed the world on the other side, but she died in the ring.  Valerie believes her sister almost made it, and that in theory it is possible to glimpse or even visit the world beyond the veil without dying entirely.  She trusts the World Mind, the enigmatic entity that guides their society, to help her. But what precisely is this otherworld?  Based on what she learnt from Vivienne, Valerie believes it to be a realm of magic and opportunity, where almost anything is possible. But Vera thinks Valerie is risking her life needlessly.  Is it worth giving up actual reality for what might be nothing more than a fantasy?  Frustrated by speaking with the echo, she leaves, resolving to return when Valerie is conscious again.  For Valerie though, things are about to get most interesting …

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Some people have asked for photos of my exhibition.  Well, I didn't take photos myself, since I was too busy speaking with people.  But other people did.  My uncle Nick and aunt Lydia came all the way from Johannesburg for the exhibition.  My Uncle took this photo of my aunt and me.  You can see some of my paintings in the background ... not all are mine, the cheetahs are by Elna le Roux and the boats by Trevor Le Roux ... but you all would have seen my art here anyways, pretty much everything that was there, was here as well.  There were a couple of photos taken for the newspapers, I'll add them if I can get them.  But anyways here you can get an idea ... it was in a local school hall, a large hall so there was lots of space, but there were no decorations other than the art!  I'll see if I can get from someone a photo showing a 'panoramic' view of the exhibition ...

Ek en Tannie Lydia by WillemSvdMerwe
Hello folks! WHEW - it is over and I survived and there was no catastrophe! And we had an exhibition! We got all our stuff to the school hall this morning ... I was still worried something would go wrong and we would not have access to the hall ... but the hall was there and we got our stuff in it. There was enough room and we had enough stands and stuff for everything, it all fitted in and there was plenty of room for people to walk and look. We put black drapes over some choir stands and used them for propping up many of our works, and we used easels and stands and tables for the rest and in the end I think it looked quite good! I really thought though that the *school* would have spoken of it a bit and that we would have got some of the parents or even the children! Only a few children of the school came in and looked and they were very impressed and excited. But why not more? Why not encourage the school kids to come and have a look? We were in the hall since ten this morning. Why not let the parents know? Why not let the TEACHERS know? Nobody at the school seems to have had any interest or awareness at all that there was an art exhibition on! The people who did come, were mostly people I had invited. I gave a notice on Facebook ... didn't seem to do much good. But many of my friends came, my fellow artists, my fellow bird watchers. All the people who did come, were very impressed and I had lots of nice chats. The two artists who exhibited with me, who had never exhibited before, got lots of exposure. They had printed cards and many people took some. Their works looked great and I think we complemented each other since we have quite different styles and subject matter. The journalist who exhibited her photos also got positive comments. I think for the people involved and for everyone who attended it was a success.

Economically, though ...

I sold one painting. Well, two counting one I gave my Uncle Nick, who drove from Johannesburg with my Aunt Lydia to attend today. But he had asked for that painting quite a while ago already. I also got a commission of a baobab tree. But honestly if we had more people there I'm sure my fellow artists would also have sold something. There were a bunch of rich people who were supposed to have been invited but none of them came. There were supposed to be articles in the local newspapers announcing the event but that didn't happen. Well, I did what I could. I made sure everything was there that we needed for the exhibition, and I did a LOT of phoning and notifying of people, but there's only so much I can do ... I am a very socially isolated person. The other folks ought to have lots of more 'contacts' and so on. But well, I have a few more contacts now. So I really hope next time we can attract a bigger crowd.

Also, it rained today and perhaps that was a bit of a downer for some folks. Well we had arranged for this date long ago and couldn't have foreseen the rain!  But we'll try again soon ... I am thinking in two months' time.  I now know how to organize an exhibition, I have an understanding of what is needed, we can make it a bit nicer the next time and above all we should work harder to advertise it.
Hello folks!  I have just submitted the first chapter of my novel The Disenchanted Kingdom here!  I put up two versions: a short version, for those of you who don't have the time or inclination for reading big stories here on DA, and also a long version, in PDF format.  The short version will give you the story, if you're in a 'just the facts' mindset, but the long version will give you (I hope) a pleasant reading experience.  I'd like to know if any of you are able to download this version and read it on an Ebook reader?  I would welcome all feedback.  Lots more to come!  I've created a gallery especially for this novel.

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Willem van der Merwe
South Africa
I was born in 1972, Pretoria, South Africa. I started painting and drawing at the age of 5. I stopped doing that for a while to study some other fields, but recently I've been getting back into it. I love wildlife and nature but I also paint or draw people. I also paint and draw fantasy creatures or scenes, as well as extinct animals.
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Nushaa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
thank you so much for being a member of my group, Owlies-Inc. it really does mean a lot to me. Heart
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
My pleasure!  I hope I can soon contribute more owl art.
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:iconheartsignplz: Thanks a lot for your kind words and for faving! :iconflowerthnxplz:...Posing by plumita1
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:iconheartsignplz: Thank you so much! :iconforyouplz:...Did I hear a click? by plumita1
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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAYLeprechaun Emoticon  and Happy Birthday
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thanks and a (late) Happy St. Patrick's day to you too!
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Alkraas Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Thank you!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Willem, I wish you a very happy birthday though the celebrating might be coming to a close already :happy birthday: Happy DeviantART Birthday 
Fijne dag gewenst :hug:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Baie dankie!
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