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Review:toomanycurls says:
I'm really psyched to read this. Just the poetic prose in the summary made me feel swept up in your words.

Your description in the intro is divine. I love how you touch on the paintings having the soul of the subject. I mean, it seems like a clear way for paintings to take on the characteristics and possess the knowledge of a deceased subject. Is Violet the friend the Fat Lady visits?

I love how you describe the Fat Lady getting her eyes and taking in her first views of the world. The way you describe the painter from up close is so vivid that it painted a perfect image in my mind.

The lady's dismissive attitude towards the painting is interesting to me. Given how legendary the painting becomes it's a bit ironic at her first reception into the world.

The idea that there's more to the painting than is immediately visible is quite brilliant. It makes the whole eternity in a frame sound much better. Ooh, the part outside the frame sounds dreadful yet such an adventure to traverse. Her first trip to another portrait is enough to frighten anyone like that. Jeremiah sounds like interesting company. I like the idea of her being at the center of attention in a grand dining room.

It does seem that the painters have quite a bit on their shoulders (hands rather) when they take to paint a witch or wizard. I wouldn't want to be the person whose hand slipped and caused an eternal mark on someone's visage.

Their tour of neighboring paintings sounded like a wonderful treat. I know I enjoyed reading it. :D It just makes life as a portrait so much more fulfilling - being able to visit such far off landscapes and meet the various people that might be in them.

I am in love with this story. Jeremiah is so sweet the the Fat Lady is so... new, trying to find her way, I don't know but it's wonderful!

Author's Response: Hello!

Wow, thanks so much for this glowing review! I loved writing it and the poetic prose as you put it, it felt very fitting for the era.

I'm glad you liked the idea of paintings having souls, even if their personalities do sometimes differ from the person they were inspired by. The whole thing is really confusing, but I liked coming up with some portrait lore. :) And yes, that's a very good assumption about Violet!

I'm happy to hear it felt vivid and visual, I felt that those first details and sights would stay in her mind and be very striking.

Yes, it is a rather ironic moment! The painting herself isn't really important to the Lady- she only cares about herself and looking admirable to others.

Haha, I'm glad you found it sound more interesting and better to be in a frame! I thought it must be a very odd existence and they would get bored and restless eventually. It is an adventure to travel to the other paintings, and some of them have the possibility of being quite dangerous!

Yes! The art of painting a portrait such as these living ones would be very difficult and costly, in my view of it. The painters have to be the best of the best, and it would be quite stressful to be commissioned by the rich and fabulous to get things just right.

I thought traveling would be fun too! It was entertaining for me to imagine the various paintings which might be in the house and what the lady and Jeremiah would think of them. There is a lot to see even within the frames.

I'm so happy you like the story, yay! :) Thanks so much for the amazing review!


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