Now that I am not trying to write a story, I can just look at Sialia's art. I will refrain from deep commentary here.
Sialia, this one almost makes me cry. If there is a place where you want more commentary, let me know. (Perhaps in your art thread?)
Back to the pictures and the stories. Yes, there are definitely combinations that flow together easier than others. I'm not sure I would have the energy to link these together, but it would have been interesting to try. Good luck to both of you.
Ai. I was secretly hoping you would make it to this round, 'cause I knew you'd see things in that one. I'm still curious about what you'd have done with it--maybe there's a good post for over in kiln-fired, once the entires are posted for this round up here.
If you just want to talk about it, go ahead and email me.
Macbeth--don't sweat the title of Mysteries 1. When I started doing the illustrations for this competition, I broke them into three sets: Mysteries, Secrets and Visions. And then I gave them all really generic, meaningless names like "Mysteries1" "Mysteries2" "Mysteries3" and so on. So the title itself is not really a clue. Unless you want it to be.
The photograph embedded in the collage is by Jeff Korenstein, and I borrowed it with permission.
If it would help, I have a much larger resolution version of Mysteries1 and I could post it if there are details you want to be able to see better. I pared it down to a standard size that would fit easily on most monitors and download quickly. The original is huge.