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I’m back, this time for good

So my whole plan of writing a travel log for each day of my writers retreat didn’t really work out did it?

Sorry about that. I promise now that I’m back to the 7-4 grind I’ll be a little better about saying hello.

Last week was not really what I expected, but in a good way. I did spend some time on Tuesday working on the outline for Surreality, though I’m still having a debate with myself about the benefits of outlining a book that’s been through 3 revisions. I might just be putting off the real work of rewriting. We’ll know in a week or so.

Location scouting went well on Wednesday and Thursday. The Athanaeum was gracious enough to let me and the little haired girl wander around and snap some pictures. We even rushed through alleyways and out onto the street tracking the path of our criminal. Thursday found me walking to the Short North from Campus to visit Goodale Park, and to go apartment shopping for my character. I think I’ve found the perfect place, but the coffee places in the area are a little artisan so I need to find a good diner for my character to actually get something drinkable.

Most of last week was walking or putting up posters for the fractal book. If you’re on OSU Campus in Cockins, Dreese, The Math Tower, PRB, Smith, Hitchcock, Baker Systems, Caldwell or Boltz you might see one of my posters, designed by my researcher/publicist/editor “the little red haired girl”. If you’re interested you can download the poster here.

Along those lines I had a little idea I could use your help with, if you’re interested:

1) If you download and post ONE poster, I’ll send you a unique piece of fractal artwork (made especially and exclusively for you). You can put the poster up in a public place like a coffee shop, or down at a university like me, or anywhere you think someone might like fractals. Just send me a picture of the poster wherever you hung it to bentrubewriter@gmail.com and I’ll send you a fractal.

2) If you post TEN posters I’ll send you a free eBook copy of the “Fractals You Can Draw” eBooklet (for Nook, Kindle and PDF).

3) For those of you who go above and beyond the call of duty I might be able to think of something else special.

While Supplies Last (supplies are infinite).

If you’re wondering how to do the tear-away tabs, we used a pumpkin cutter (the little wheel you use to score the outline of whatever you want to carve). Use the cutter along the line above the tabs, then cut each tab with scissors. My wife did this 50 times on Wednesday (not including the test sheets).

Thanks so much in advance. It’s good to be back. See you tomorrow!

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Try 79 more times.

With just a couple of sets of equations you can create a leaf like this:


But figuring out the right equations, now that’s the trick. In case you’re wondering why it’ll probably take me a number of months to accurately model my beard (thanks Brian Buckley) here are my 80 attempts to model a leaf from my backyard.


The black is the “final” leaf (when I gave up). You can click this picture for a higher quality render.

Just an example of some of the “behind the scenes” work that’s going into the Fractal Book (specifically Chapter 2). Happy fractalizing!

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