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Though he has illustrated some of my other stories with single images of their protagonists, I can't honestly say that KalamazooCpt (kalamazoocpt.deviantart.com/) has produced anything either as impressive or wonderful as the complete retelling of "Strings Attached" from which this image is taken.

Even I admit that the idea of a frustrated harpist who allows herself to be talked into the position of actually becoming a living version of the instrument she plays is an odd one. But I enjoyed the process of creating the narrative and was amazed to see how closely he had managed to capture the same qualities in this visualisation as I wanted to achieve in the original story.

Check out the original here: kalamazoocpt.deviantart.com/ar…

The complete story here: kalamazoocpt.deviantart.com/ga…

And the original story which inspired both: nate-walis.deviantart.com/art/…
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sylesis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
I just read this story - great galleries are like good drinks : you discover their pleasure slowly to enjoy them fully- and I enjoyed it a lot :) .
Personnaly, I don't see Nancy's experience as just becoming a beautiful object : she's rather letting her passion for the harp take her to become - quite litteraly- an instrument of her art. Becoming an object ? No, she's rather ascending and becoming a sort of avatar of the harp music : she's giving up her humanity to enjoy and play the music differently, like other people toss their previous life to enter the service of a cause.
Actually, it almost feels like a religious experience ( I'm not a believer, just observer) : she takes a leap of faith by forfeiting her freedom, and when she's played, she realizes she's been rewarded by new pleasures.

Quite quite a beautiful work from both of you, for the original story, and for the visualization.
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Nate-Walis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment, your thoughts are very welcome. It always seems to me that there's another, most often less obvious, take on a story like this, some play between what mainstream society would dismiss out of hand and another more subtle, underground take that might be more sympathetic. There's much paranoia about the development of A.I., but what's the reverse process? What happens when a human intellect is inserted into a machine?
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sylesis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
What happen when a human intellect is inserted into a machine ? Funny you mention that : my first original work, Electric Poetess, was about a woman whose nervous system ( brain and spine) were to be placed in a robotic body in order for her to survive a fatal disease. My idea was that even a machine can develop art, and to show it, the character would notice some changes about her that she'd never have imagined. I still have some fondness for that text : I fiddle from time to time with the idea to explore that world again.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
A tremendously powerful and erotic story and the artwork compliments it perfectly.  I'd turn it into a PDF and see if you can sell the combined efforts as a 'penny dreadful' graphic novel.
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Nate-Walis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much.

I was very, very happy with the way this turned out.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
I had a similar idea where the singing was a direct neural response to the strings and her voice box...  The harp-woman would have to stop talking and sing when played.  I think we both saw that Disney 'Mickey and the Beanstalk.'  

This is indeed one of your best. You'll do her first concert appearance, I hope...
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Nate-Walis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm intrigued by the idea of there being a kind of override impulse that affects the subject, in this case, when she's "played" and the general tension between being a sentient individual and at the same time a functioning object with a specific purpose.

How does she reconcile the fact that if someone decides to sit down and pluck away at a tune, she's instantly compelled to vocalise it and react to the emotions it provokes?

Does she come to resent the fact, or is there an unconscious means by which she is able to come to terms with the fact that she has a physical purpose?

Perhaps the time she spends in solitude and the fact that she cannot move from the spot where she has been placed comes to inspire a kind of almost meditative state in her mind, so that she is aware of her surroundings and still able to think in a clear and coherent manner, yet also not as restive or prone to mundane boredom as a normal human being.

Maybe the imposition of an arbitrary and external purpose serves to focus her mental energies, her former impulses and habits of thought becoming dormant whilst she remains in this form, and she truly embraces the task of being the harp in the same way that a person can become utterly devoted to a single goal of a philosophical, religious or professional kind.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
I sent you a rather long note with my thoughts... There's a legend about a grieving mermaid becoming a harp...
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Nate-Walis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I've replied with an equally long note.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017
Great minds... Ours, too. :) I'll answer when I have time. 
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Tenkokukutiw Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
You had already taken this month, months.
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Nate-Walis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Confused John Travolta Meme (comment/chat emoticon 
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Tenkokukutiw Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017
Per se. I mean this image had pair of mese already published, but they had climbed it I found it last year looking for human harp
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Nate-Walis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I periodically repost some of the illustrations other deviants choose to create when inspired by my work, I make no attempt to disguise that they've been posted before, even linking to the original in the description of the piece.

I do this to thank them and make a connection between their work and my own for my readers who might not otherwise come across the illustration and thus gain more enjoyment from a story they liked in my own gallery.

In addition it provides them with more eyes on their work, something that they deserve on account of their talent and extreme generosity, so I make no apologies for reposting in this manner and will continue to do so.
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