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It's back, it's uncut, and it's free. (www.thedashnovel.blogspot.com)
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RANDOM TRIVIA: The Dash’s official (first-edition) cover design was intended to be as multi-layered as possible in its visual meaning, like the book itself: the dash border resembling road or train tracks—a common image in the story—as well as resembling a film reel, to match the reverie pace of the story; the grey skies that superficially also look like tombstone textures, in keeping with the themes of death and remembrance; the same photographic eye behind each of the grey cartoon eyes, to signify both Claire’s soul and her stunted nature; and so on.
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RANDOM PASSAGE: “Zolltech wheels around and performs some kind of rapid hand signal. Monkton, up to now blank-faced and serene with his sinking expression and snowy hair, steps over to John Smith™. He motions for Roguesheen to open his coat and hand him something. Mr. and Mrs. Des Moines, forgetting for a moment about Zolltech’s immediate presence, watch as Roguesheen bizarrely pulls a slick-looking football out from his coat and tosses it into the eager arms of Monkton.” (Vol. I, p. 602-603)
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RANDOM CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY:
- Name: Mrs. Mary Des Moines
- Introduced: The Dash Vol. I, Part 2, Chapter 2
- Occupation: Mother/Former Schoolteacher
- Primary Location: Cloak Valley, Monochrome
- Summary: Mrs. Des Moines is the matriarch of the large and enigmatic Des Moines family that resides in a great Gothic mansion, in the deep woods of Cloak Valley. Lean, pale, and dark-featured but strikingly beautiful, she often wears an artificial feather boa to accompany her wide-ranging and bizarre hairstyles and wardrobe. Currently she lives at home and assists family butler Godfrey with various errands. She reveals herself to have been a former teacher in a distant and underprivileged school. After having assorted grim experiences like this, though, she remains a vibrant and eccentric woman who, along with her husband and children in particular, seems alternately adored and feared by the local community.
www.thedashnovel.blogspot.com

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5. RANDOM CHARACTER BIOGRAPHY:
- Name: Claire Bead
- Introduced: The Dash Vol. I, Foreword
- Occupation: Former Retail Worker/Aspiring Writer
- Primary Location: Cloak Valley, Monochrome
- Summary: The main character of The Dash, Claire Bead triggers the entire story that follows, with the simple tragic gesture of jumping out her apartment window to escape some sociopathic colleagues. She is a young woman who works an erratic retail job, while struggling to be successful with her creative writing at home. In the midst of her suicide attempt, Claire finds herself suddenly stranded and memory-deprived on the outskirts of monochromatic town Cloak Valley, an apparent symbol of her dream-like death. There she meets a kind man named Art Rukin who supports her in her struggle for remembrance and meaning, while she supports him in his suburban solitude. Despite these tenuous circumstances, Claire projects an air of quiet elegance with her bright youthful features, long dark hair and her child-like curiosity.
www.thedashnovel.blogspot.com

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RANDOM TRIVIA: Not only was The Dash initially meant to be an unserialized 1,500-page novel, but its cover design was originally to be all black with no other details anywhere, except for the cartoonish grey eyes on the front cover. Also, it was originally to have no table of contents or obvious chapter divisions of any kind.
www.thedashnovel.blogspot.com
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