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ROMANCE. In anticipation of the upcoming book, A Time for Dragons, the anthology of Philippine Draconic Fiction (edited by Vincent Michael Simbulan and published under the Anvil Fantasy line,) I'll be posting an illustration from the book per day, plus a short excerpt from the story it was based on. Images are copyright (c)2009 Andrew Drilon and Anvil Publishing, Inc. For those interested, the original artwork will be up for sale during the book launch.

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Isabella drew a deep breath. She knew what he wanted her to say. It was blatantly obvious, even to someone like her. The question was whether or not she was strong enough to survive her confession.

“Isabella?”

It was the way he said her name that finally convinced her to take the leap. She thought he sounded like Michael.

Isabella buried herself deeper into the darkness of her wings and braced herself for the fall.

-from "3:30pm with Sir Galahad" by Kate Aton-Osias

A Time for Dragons Book Launch:
3pm, March 29, 2009 (Sunday)
Powerbooks Shangrila (start of parade)
Grand Atrium Shangrila (main program)

For more information, please visit Anvil's website, over HERE

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ekmisao
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
So pretty! ^^v
andrewdrilon
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I went over each illustration with a 0.05 pen, the finest line I could get, so there's a lot of hatching and detailwork in each piece.
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andrewdrilon
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
There are a number of those, definitely. As far as I can remember, there's the Bakunawa, the Bayawak and (surprisingly) the Manananggal. I read the whole manuscript a while back and I'm sure there's more, plus a slew of new creatures, mash-ups and Pinoy remixes of familiar dragons.
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andrewdrilon
Mar. 11th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
There are lots, I should think. It's just that local mythology isn't that into us (we need better books on this topic, really. Like, in-depth comprehensive scholarly books.)
rcloenen_ruiz
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
This makes me wish I could buy local books online :(
andrewdrilon
Mar. 10th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
i sympathize. i actually asked anvil about this during a meeting, and turns out it's just too expensive right now to be a feasible option. maybe in a couple of years? :(
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
ALIWWWW!!!!!!
Wow, Andrew! Sobrang aliw!!!

Can't wait!!! (and, can't put enough exclamation points!!!)

:-D

-elyss
andrewdrilon
Mar. 12th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: ALIWWWW!!!!!!
Oh man, Elyss! Wait til you see what I did with your story! I hope you like it! :)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 13th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: ALIWWWW!!!!!!
Super excited na ako! :-D

-elyss
jactinglim
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
aww gorgeous <3
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