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VIRAGO: At the Ball, 1828 by cillabub
VIRAGO: At the Ball, 1828

"'Well, well, well,' said Courfeyrac, and he stood as we entered, kissing my aunt's hand.  'Agnès, my little enchantress, don't you look charming.'  And, to me: 'You're not half bad yourself.'

'A generous compliment, if ever I heard one,' I answered.  I pushed past him, saying, 'Combeferre, thank you for coming—I do appreciate the favor.'

Combeferre was staring at me, but he caught himself quickly and said, dropping his eyes, 'You're…You look beautiful.'

Courfeyrac burst out laughing, and said, 'This is your first time meeting the young lady, hm.'

'Shut up, Courfeyrac,' I ordered, my eyes flashing.  'Leave him alone.'

'It's all right,' said Combeferre with a self-deprecating laugh.  'I rather expected that it would be a little odd at the beginning, but I'll get used to it.'  He took my hand and shook it, man to man, and he added, 'But you are lovely.'

'You look nice yourself,' I said.  'You combed your hair for once.'

'I always comb my hair,' he protested.  'It just doesn't stay that way for long.'"

Virago, 1828.13 



At one point in the story, female Enjolras drags Combeferre along to a high society ball to keep her company, which requires serious dress-up.  He does clean up nice, but I also suspect this clean-up has Courfeyrac's pushy little fingerprints all over it.  I can just imagine the bro party they had before this ball, for the purpose of bro primping...

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Virago is now available here:  www.amazon.com/dp/B00UOALYZG

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"Paris, 1828.  Claude Enjolras is a severe, single-minded soldier of the revolution, the leader of a secret political society that is always ready to go to battle against injustice and oppression.  She is also, however, a woman disguising herself as a man in order to reject the demands of society and instead follow her ideals.  For four years Enjolras' disguise has worked well for her, and her contributions to the underground revolutionary movement have at last begun to win her the respect of her colleagues.  But when her secret is inadvertently revealed to her lieutenant, it throws her two separate worlds onto a collision course and sets in motion a chain of events that will force Enjolras to come to terms with her family, her friends, her political allies, and herself.  Through five crucial summers of her life, one unconventional woman describes how her faith, courage, and love are tested in the flames of a revolution that will change everything. 

VIRAGO is a new story based on characters from Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Misérables.  It began as an experiment to see what would be the wider consequences of altering one little canonical detail, but it turned into an intimate exploration of gender and sex, of duty and emotion, of the nature of friendship and love, and above all, of a complicated character who quickly took on a life of her own." 


For those of you who wanted to know, my novel is officially live! (Translation: the novel is off my plate and I can't touch it anymore and it's for my own good.)  Go here to find it on Amazon!

If you don't have an actual Kindle (I don't either!), Amazon Kindle has free apps for PC, iPhone, tablet, and so on--just follow the link at the top of the book’s page.  I personally prefer the apps on larger screen devices to the phone ones, because phone screens are so small that the formatting in the text gets a bit wonky.  If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, go for it, but it may get a little weird when there are songs and poems and letters and such inserted into the block text.

Previews for the first five chapters and the prologue can be found here on the website (along with other fun stuff), and here are the maps that go with the story, for those who like knowing where stuff is:

Paris

Latin Quarter

Palais-Royal

Hôtel de Ville


Enjoy the adventures of Mademoiselle Enjolras!  In the meantime, I'm just so happy to be done editing.....I think I'll go draw a picture to celebrate.  :)


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: crappy TV in the background
Virago Cover Image by cillabub
Virago Cover Image

The cover image for Virago.  Mademoiselle Enjolras sees something: the glory of the past?  the troubles of the present?  the hope of the future?

Still not entirely sure how to place the title text.  I always hate covering up images with text…

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Combeferre on the Pic de Charance by cillabub
Combeferre on the Pic de Charance

Combeferre having a calm, philosophical smoke up on the mountain trails around his hometown, Gap.  When Enjolras visits Gap, she is impressed by Combeferre's mountains and reminded of her own childhood in the mountains of Auvergne:

"Sitting in the cramped, smoky cafés in the slums of the city, it becomes very difficult to imagine the infinite.  I tried often, since the task of a revolutionary is always to endeavor to achieve an understanding of the future, that is, to get a grasp on the infinite. At some point in the last five years, in the process of becoming a Parisian and forgetting the mountains, I had also forgotten the power of the vast nighttime sky to inspire that sense of the infinite, the future, the godhead.  From the mountains one can see forever—past, present, future—the endless blank canvas upon which our hopes and fears may play out.  And suddenly I was very happy that I had come to Gap.  This lonely spot, this mountaintop in the middle of nowhere, was an effortless portal into a truth that in Paris was only accessible through much labor and much imagination.  No wonder Combeferre has such a broad sense of things, I thought.  He has the mountains in him.”

Virago, 1829.9

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Cici by cillabub
Cici
Enjolras’ little sister Cécile is a fashion fiend.  :)  If only Enjolras herself would cooperate as readily when I want to draw 1820s/1830s ladies’ fashion…
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"Paris, 1828.  Claude Enjolras is a severe, single-minded soldier of the revolution, the leader of a secret political society that is always ready to go to battle against injustice and oppression.  She is also, however, a woman disguising herself as a man in order to reject the demands of society and instead follow her ideals.  For four years Enjolras' disguise has worked well for her, and her contributions to the underground revolutionary movement have at last begun to win her the respect of her colleagues.  But when her secret is inadvertently revealed to her lieutenant, it throws her two separate worlds onto a collision course and sets in motion a chain of events that will force Enjolras to come to terms with her family, her friends, her political allies, and herself.  Through five crucial summers of her life, one unconventional woman describes how her faith, courage, and love are tested in the flames of a revolution that will change everything. 

VIRAGO is a new story based on characters from Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Misérables.  It began as an experiment to see what would be the wider consequences of altering one little canonical detail, but it turned into an intimate exploration of gender and sex, of duty and emotion, of the nature of friendship and love, and above all, of a complicated character who quickly took on a life of her own." 


For those of you who wanted to know, my novel is officially live! (Translation: the novel is off my plate and I can't touch it anymore and it's for my own good.)  Go here to find it on Amazon!

If you don't have an actual Kindle (I don't either!), Amazon Kindle has free apps for PC, iPhone, tablet, and so on--just follow the link at the top of the book’s page.  I personally prefer the apps on larger screen devices to the phone ones, because phone screens are so small that the formatting in the text gets a bit wonky.  If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, go for it, but it may get a little weird when there are songs and poems and letters and such inserted into the block text.

Previews for the first five chapters and the prologue can be found here on the website (along with other fun stuff), and here are the maps that go with the story, for those who like knowing where stuff is:

Paris

Latin Quarter

Palais-Royal

Hôtel de Ville


Enjoy the adventures of Mademoiselle Enjolras!  In the meantime, I'm just so happy to be done editing.....I think I'll go draw a picture to celebrate.  :)


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: crappy TV in the background

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:iconbenvoliopontmercy:
benvoliopontmercy Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, you're back!! Fangirl I love your art so much, and I'm very excited about Virago!! 
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cillabub Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Yeah, I do disappear for years at a time, don't I...?   ^^;   I'm always so happy to be back with you guys, and it's nice to know you miss me!   :love:
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benvoliopontmercy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do we ever! Make sure to add a journal on here about where to buy the book when it's published for those of us who aren't on tumblr! :D
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wdw122 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Interesting work. Please check messages: questions sent regarding use of excerpt from story in upcoming publication
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Hantiger Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful art! Alas, I have found yet another person's page to stalk- I mean, watch- I mean... Nope, I'm stalking your page :iconheplz:
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MamzelleCombeferre Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Right, so your fanart is sort of the best thing ever. Just saying because it's always nice to be reminded of that. :)
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zebratophat88 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gahhh how have i thought i had already followed you before but apparently that was not so *follows to fix this great err* =w=; your art is spectacular!
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AzeriasNightmare Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist
I feel kind of bad for spamming your inbox by favoriting all of you art, but it truly is amazing!!
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xXxGermainexXx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I love your whole gallery, especially the "les MisÚrables" stuff.
You're painting the faces of your figures so lovely, soft an warm. I really like your style.
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WellThatsAttractive Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't get enough of your art fjdisogsdgj
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