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THE MIDDLE AGE by STEVE CONLEY:
New episodes every Monday and Thursday
March 7, 2019

My Sweet Phosphene!

This is episode 135 of The Middle Age. You can read the story from the beginning here.

Shop Talk: This one was more work than usual – I went even crazier with the colors and I wanted this episode to accomplish a lot:

  • It presents a basic recap for new readers (our hero’s quest, the woeblade’s hate and thirst, and an establishing shot for the action to come) in a novel way with two haiku.
  • It sneaks in the fact that Phosphene’s name is three syllables. πŸ™‚
  • It has our characters talking past each other – which I love. πŸ™‚
  • It connects with the previous episode in a way I was a bit hesitant (our hero turns and sees his love in the flashback and we cut to seeing his love in the present, I was this close to adding a line like – ‘the story will have to wait’ – just to be reallly clear to younger readers).
  • It includes a nod to Charlie Brown. πŸ™‚

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Thank you all again! πŸ˜€

— Steve @theSteveConley

3 Comments

  • Joe Fonebone
    April 9, 2019 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    How in Hell, does this episode contain a nod to Charlie Brown? And how does it establish that Phosphene’s name has 3 syllables?x

    • Steve Conley (Author)
      April 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm — Reply

      Hi Joe! The nod to Charlie Brown is β€œHow I hate him.” https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts-begins/1950/10/02 and β€œPhosphene” must be three syllables for it to be a proper haiku. πŸ™‚

      • Joe Fonebone
        April 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm — Reply

        OK, if you say so. I don’t know anything about haiku. And the phrase “how I hate him”, doesn’t ring any bells Peanuts wise, nevertheless, I accept your premise.

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