Tangled River 185

posted 10th Oct 2018, 12:00 AM

Tangled River 185
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10th Oct 2018, 8:02 AM

Jude

Wow, i caught up and hadn't realised it since tapping the next button kept returning me to the same page. I'm definitely going to be voting for you daily at TWC and will continue reading. You've created an excellent story and as I said before, your artwork is superb!

One thing puzzles me - we've seen no evidence of birds or any insects. Is that part of the mystery of the planet or is it to labour-intensive to draw them too? If it's the latter reason, I'm not complaining, just curious why.

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10th Oct 2018, 11:36 AM

wright1

Spearing fish through water isn't easy; refraction throws off your aim. Even allowing for Tanya to have grown up honing those skills, her (and her mom's) ability to travel cross-country and keep themselves fed is impressive.

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12th Oct 2018, 7:45 AM

Guesticus

It's also why you keep the point of the spear in the water: it aids in judging the position of the fish (you use the submerged end as a guide), you just simply thrust down (less force needed to break the surface), fish will get use to seeing the tip (it's a similar reason why most spear fishermen stand still once they have reached their spot)

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10th Oct 2018, 11:57 AM

Bathymetheus

Great mother-daughter bonding time. Though doing it non-verbally takes longer.

Re spearing fish: the distortion of refraction is why the ancient greeks used tridents. If you misjudged the depth of the fish, you had three chances to stab it. To do it with a single point is difficult. But our heroine is just that good . . .

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10th Oct 2018, 1:19 PM

The Doodler

I don't think Tanya realizes how competent she is. Which might be good -- she won't assume she can run up a mountain!

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10th Oct 2018, 9:02 PM

Bobbiblackcat

Love this travelogue bit. I wonder where this will take us.

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10th Oct 2018, 10:19 PM

Delta-v

"...so many branches and tributaries..." Hence the name "Tangled River"?

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11th Oct 2018, 8:36 PM

BadTaimg

These to are so clueless to wilderness survival. If you have one knife you do not use it as a spear. A sharp stick with a fire harden tip would work just as well and not risk the only survival tool they have.

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13th Oct 2018, 2:41 PM

Bathymetheus

Well, the mother grew up in a high-tech environment, so it's reasonable that she would have no clue. Tanya has always lived in a village, closer to the real world, but this is her first long trip away from home. Her mother can't teach her the sorts of things you're talking about, so she has to learn for herself. I'd say she's doing pretty well.

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