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Please grab a chair, or pillow, and get comfortable... it is time for the dragon to read you a story. As is always the case with dragons, this is a long tale. I hope you enjoy it.

This was a story I wrote back in 2000, as part of a collaborative internet-story-writing challenge I made with a number of friends and family. I wrote a single "seed" paragraph, and asked each person to wrap their own short story around it. I created a picture to go along with the paragraph, sent it out for everybody to write from. Afterward, I collected and printed all the stories, including one that I wrote. The original stories are all posted on-line here for your reading pleasure. But for now, I will read mine to you.
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http://www.schwansongs.com/dragons/dragonseeds.html
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Uploaded: Dec 19, 2008 - 05:55:45 PM
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2008 - 05:55:45 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 03:26:02 AM
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Mac Pro, AKG Perception 200 Mic
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GarageBand 4, Amadeus for the dragon-echo effect.
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said 3108 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
allegorical alligator-y
Have you ever read any Greg Bear? I would especially recommend "Blood Music" or many of his Sci-fi... He was born in SD, no less :)

"Uneventful" at the end was... uh... you make me laugh, Eduard. Mail on the way... Thank you for the story!

. - Harold
drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
No Bears in San Diego...
Thank you for bearing with me through the story, Harold! Nope, I lost track of the current sci fi world after reading too much Bradbury in High School :-) I will poke around the book store after Xmas and look for him. Glad you liked my "O Henry twist" at the end. Now to work on my delivery some more!
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fambroski said 3108 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
I'm captured
Whoa, captivating and gripping, all the things one would want in a story. I listened to it twice. Once, not know what a "Geodesic polyhedron" was. ( Love those mac dictionary's). Who can resist a story well told, particularly if it's a good story. Thanks for sharing Drak (I love saying that). I'm going to download it.
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
From a master story teller...
I appreciate your kind words and for listening, Miche! Your fluid delivery was going through my head as I practiced recording... I can read or tell stories OK, but it is a whole different thing to stare at a sterile microphone and try to imbue warmth... and yes, "Geodesic Polyhedron" is not something that pops into stories every day, but for twisted reasons, it pops into my mind and stories all the time. But, "Soccer ball" just didn't have the same ominous sound. :-) Off to study your technique some more!
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Char said 3107 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
Yeah, that's the way
to tell a story. Thank you, Father Dragon. Perhaps, dragons are related to geese, or just this one is related to Mother Goose. How sweet of you to go to all this trouble for all the little macjammers. Thanks.
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 19th, 2008)
duck, duck...
Ah, so sweet of you to take a gander at my prose, so glad you realized that this story was for little and big macjammers alike. Story time would not be the same without such a warm-hearted audience such as you. At least you didn't give me the bird. :-) We Schwans tend to be confused with geese a lot, sigh.
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Feter said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Dragon Scales - story
This is interesting ...loved your story telling way and I can see you
are a great lecture guy ! ... nice work ...thnx alot for sharin !!!
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
take notes...
Hehehe, thank you Feter for listening to the story. And yes, my children tell me that I lecture too much... but I think they are better at telling stories. Happy holidays, stay warm and safe Feter!
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dreadmon said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Nice voice you
I liked this. Your diction is crisp and inviting. Wonderful writing and recording - the imagery is just brilliant.
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Thanks Bing!
Funny, I mumbled for years as a kid, and had to work hard at speaking clearly... must have been all that reciting of Aesop's Fables with those Greek olives in my mouth (smirk.) Thanks for dropping in and letting me know that I did OK with it... telling a story to a dis-interested microphone took a bit of practice!
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caroline said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
and suddenly ....
i am back in your living room - ahhh... happy memories xoxo
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Oratoreos with creamy centres...
We had fun, didn't we, m'lady? Let's do that again sometime... and perhaps you can coach me on better stage presence!
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Roxylee said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
What fun
to hear this story! I really enjoyed the written version, and it's great to hear your voice. The local library will be trying to recruit you if they hear this. ;-)
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Fellow Dragon-seeds author...
And... YOU are one of the friends who graciously wrote a cool story too... maybe we can get YOU to read YOURS and post it here! Thank you for listening to this, you are always such a gem of a friend.

As for the local library, I actually still have a bit of stage fright... not sure I could read to children who are not my own (and are thus shamed into sitting still and listening.) :-)

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davisamerica said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
:-]
eduard what a great christmas gift. Thanks ! You are just amazing and this year has been a blessing to have known you. All the best Gentle Dragon !
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drakonis said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
The pleasure has been mine!
Thank you for enjoying the story Jack... your quiet but prolific talent is really awe-inspiring, innovative and fresh. I always enjoy your thoughts.
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magnatone said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Dragon Scales
Eduard, you have the PERFECT story telling voice! This is just wonderful, enchanting, gripping, full of fantastical intrigue. You should release a CD of stories! Your sound effects in here are GREAT! Thanks for this fun surprise!
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drakonis said 3106 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Heehee
Karen, you are such a welcoming audience, I promise to do this again. I used to read various things (like Rudyard Kipling's Just-so stories) to my kids, and loved that family atmosphere... now I read to my wife, to stay in practice.
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Epileptic Gibbon said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
Thanks for sharing
Storytelling is an art and one that we should never forget. Thanks for continuing the art.
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drakonis said 3106 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
oral traditions
an important art... and fun too. I am glad to have provided some accompaniment during your tree-trimming festivities!

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SmokeyVW said 3107 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
great imagery!
an engaging tale. the opening is cool: reconnecting with our natural origins is always a good thing, and when we segue into fantasy it seems so effortless...

or was it fantasy?

thanks
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drakonis said 3106 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
painting pictures with words
fantasy only works if bits of reality are woven in :-) Thank you Bill, for listening and enjoying the journey, fellow weaver-of-mental-imagery!
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kassia said 3106 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
mr. dragon
what a wonderful surprise this is! i LOVED this story when i read it, and your recitation here is perfect. a soothing tone, excellent diction, great expression. I love the little sound effects. hopefully you are doing more of these. an excellent fantasy story told by a master storyteller. Thank you!
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drakonis said 3106 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
wow Shay
I wasn't expecting such praise, but I'm ecstatic to know you enjoyed this! I guess I'll have to get back into writing again... have been too busy with music lately :-) Thank you so much for listening and for the encouragement, it means a great deal to me.
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Rik_Berryere said 3105 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
Sometimes we protect by destroying...
and sometimes we destroy by protecting...

That's a take-home thought to haunt us, isn't it? I love stories where dragons are painted in shades unfamiliar and reflecting lives we *thought* we were living, but are in fact walking (or are about to walk) paths beyond our imagining. Storytelling is all about the spaces between the words, the nudging of imagination and the lingering whispers, and you are clearly in your element here - with just a perfect, feather's touch ending that makes the listeners realize they've been holding their breath. (At least, I was!)

The experience of the storyteller here was genuine and flowed naturally, like I was sitting in a comfortable chair with a friend. And conveying the experience of encountering dragons in a modern context... well, that's a fragile, delicate dance that too few authors bother trying new steps to, and just shove the story through with sheer force. Ouch! Even a long, involved tale must listen to the music of its own rhythm, know when to whisper and when to scream.... and a shorter story has even less time to entrance the listener, create a world with its own realities, and then slip away with the perfect touch of a dancer at the last note, and leave the magic intact. You've done all this, and made it sound effortlessly easy.

But then again, it was a Dragon telling the tale, wasn't it..................................?



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drakonis said 3105 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
Rik
What a thoughtful and helpful critique from an author's point of view... I value your opinion greatly, and am also overjoyed that you liked it so much!

Yes, I tried to pack a lot of thoughts between the words... you have to do that in a short story. Glad I got the initial hook in OK, that's so hard to do. Funny, this took a couple of months to write (off-hours, but still...) and even when I was preparing it for this reading, I tweaked a few lines here and there. Stories have always been alive to me, and I have always cherished the good short-story authors as having special gifts. Dragons are not known for being laconic, so this was good practice for me :-) Oh, I should stop typing now. Thank you very much for taking the time to read between the lines and for enjoying the tale.
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guitapick said 3105 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
Wonderful...
...the dragon's "voice" just put it over the top...loved it, Eduard...thanks so much
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drakonis said 3105 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
And Bob stopped by too
Excellent that you would listen to this, thank you. And its funny, I debated how much "special fx" I should add for the whispered voice... almost left it a dry whisper, but then decided to do the backward-echoey "Vorlon" effect that I always loved hearing in Babylon-5... hoping it didn't detract from the story. Glad it wasn't too cheesy.
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guitapick said 3104 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
~
Not cheesy at all...very effective, to my ear...and I love listening to your sounds (and, now, "words"), Eduard...
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MarkHolbrook said 3103 days ago (December 24th, 2008)
Dang Nabbit!!!!
How did I miss this!? Dang... The story is totally great!
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drakonis said 3101 days ago (December 25th, 2008)
Can't sneak anything by you!
I'm glad you like it, Mark... it came together fairly quickly... unlike my music writing, that takes months! Hmmm...
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paul f. page said 3103 days ago (December 24th, 2008)
Well,
...there ya go! You are a master of so many audio genre, Eduard. This was a delightful story and you pacing and the tone and timbre of your voice lend themselves so well to your tale. Bravo!
Peace.
Paul
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drakonis said 3101 days ago (December 25th, 2008)
I had fun with this
Not just the initial experiment in writing, but trying to read it and keep the pace so it was interesting to listen to. I'm glad it kept your interest, thank you for listening!
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Henke said 3087 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Great performance and production
And a really great story to back 'em up ;-) I enjoyed it a lot. I've been away from MJ for Christmas and then because of Internet failure for almost a week, that was also a quite uneventful interlude to this imaginative life we are leading "normally"...

All the best for the newish year!

/Henke
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drakonis said 3087 days ago (January 9th, 2009)
Welcome back to story time in MJ-land
Henke, good to see you again, and it is nice to know you liked the story & reading. I hope this new year brings us both some more time to enjoy our REAL lives, as well as writing music... a good balance.
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Doadars Uncle said 3081 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Good story!
Great visions! Fascinating. I found myself going to the webpage with the written story, so I can understand the Dragon whispers. I'm at work and can't turn it up to hear. It makes me think a bit of quantum mechanics, to a degree.

Thanks for sharing.

I enjoy it!
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drakonis said 3081 days ago (January 15th, 2009)
Schrodinger's dragon
Thanks for visiting Doug, oh, and I'm glad I linked the original story... after constant listens and tweaks, my ears were dead as usual on these projects... and it was only AFTER posting that I played it on the stereo to listen, and realized the whisper/spoken parts were noticeably soft, Arrgh! I'll fix that, but won't re-post... I'll just remind myself to follow my own advice, and play it in multiple spots before calling it "done". But, glad you enjoyed the ideas and story. If you back out of that story on the web page, you'll come to my main "essay on dragons etc.", which you may also find interesting, then!

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RAVENS said 2607 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Fascinating
I love Spoken Word, and this is just magical. You have a very pleasant voice to listen to. Wonderful, you're a great story writer. Like the pic too, did you create that with 3D Max or Bryce?

RAVEN ;-)
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drakonis said 2607 days ago (May 4th, 2010)
Welcome to the story world
Hi Dani... well, I'm no singer, but I do love reading stories, so this seemed a good compromise for my voice, and I'm delighted to know you like it.

As for the artwork, it was created by me in a free software package (that I helped work on for years) for Mac/Windows/Linux, called POV-Ray. It is sort of like Bryce or 3DMax, but it is a little more complicated to use (since it is free, we didn't have the resources to make it all pretty and easy.) Anyway, you can see what people have done with it at its main website: http://www.povray.org/

The 3D animated music videos I made also use this software.

Well, I should probably read another story here sometime?

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