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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In Spidersilk the novel there are many locations mentioned, which makes it such an intricate story. Some suit our current world, such as Olympia, while others go back to the days of mythology, like Olympus. There are still others that come from locations many have never heard of. One location, Vular, is actually known to be a location from a video game called Mass Effect. This really flows into the idea of Mark creating games via different dimensions! I wonder if the locations are related, or just coincidence?

Friday, September 26, 2014

"Mark quickly generated a sphere of energy then squeezed it that generated waves of thick energy, assaulting the small “ghosts.” The dark “ghosts” suddenly began emitting an extremely high-pitched noise that Mark could barely hear. Off in the distance, glass began cracking and breaking from the noise, presumably the nearby houses."- Spidersilk the novel

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Throughout Spidersilk the novel, the main character uses Qi to help maintain balance in a world that seems to be a bit off balance. He glows at the fact his party has great qi, works to create Feng Shui in his own home, and balances himself with an energy that helps defeat intrudes. Even his last name, Khiop, seems to portray Qi. So, what exactly is Qi? It's the Chinese word for life energy and it can be seen in many forms around the world. Essentially, it is the vibes that resonate from everything on this planet, which is why it is important to keep good vibes in your life.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

“Well, it is a real place, like another thread to the multiverse, another dimension. They step into the video game and explore. It is not meant to be an exact replica of the cities we know as Olympus or Memphra, although I possibly should have placed some palm trees in Memphis.”- Mark in Spidersilk the novel

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In Spidersilk the novel it is quite apparent that the intruders come from an entirely different dimension. Mark, the main character, even spends his waking and dreaming hours fighting off the intruders. However, at times, it seems as if Mark may be from a different dimension as well. For example, it is often mentioned that he is a newcomer to the town, but it never actually says where he's from. He definitely has abilities that others do not and his knowledge of other worlds (like our own!) is impressive. What are your thoughts on the mysterious and powerful main character?  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Well, it does seem sort of interesting. If that is my only option, sounds like I’ll probably skill and destroy it.” Ben finally laughed. “Okay, I’ll set up an interview and see what they try for."- Mark in Spidersilk the novel

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MMOs are a major part of the gamer world today. In fact, most new releases have a partial MMO aspect to them. This unites gamers as a community while allowing the power of the individual to shine. In Spidersilk the novel, Mark is developing his own MMO for work. However, when you begin to look at the details it almost seems as if Mark is living in an MMO. If you take a look at this quote from the book:

“The game was an MMO (massively multiplayer online game) where each player would need to decipher symbols, communicate through symbols, best other players in combat, discover treasures, and even create treasures... While players could communicate with one another in the usual way, there were parts in the game where players would have a distinct advantage while utilizing silent symbolic communication.”

...it is clear that Mark utilizes many of these in the novel. From dream catchers to special ways of communication with friends, it is almost as if Mark has created his consciousness around an MMO lifestyle.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mark stood up and meandered into the dining room. The decor was a mix of stars/astrology, modern sophistication, and Egyptian hieroglyph.”- Spidersilk the novel

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If you're not already amazed with the amount of characters in Spidersilk the novel, then looking into the meaning of their names will really excite you. We've checked into many characters before, but Jeff Horus is one of my favorite complex heroes in the story. Jeff is amazing at helping Mark find out information about the intruders, but could this possibly be because he is named after one of the most famous Egyptian gods, Horus? Horus was an avian deity that was often depicted with a Falcon head. This really draws in an important detail from the story. If you think back to Ramses and his hostage, Draul, you may recall that Draul was given something to help him see the matter that is hidden from many. In this matter there were falcons and spiders, which were seen throughout the book as protectors and informers to Mark. Thus, Jeff Horus really lived up to his name. For more on Horus, give this link a go: