Slightly delayed for the Fourth of July, Act III comes to a close as Jessica passes within to become a Reverend Mother, while Paul and Chani acknowledge their love.
In which Paul meets Harah and the sons of Jamis.
In which Jamis is laid to rest, and Paul accepts his water.
It’s Scene IX!!
No word on when we get to scene Richese.
(The REAL Dune fans got that joke…)
Okay, so, I’m sorry I went silent there for awhile. I was honored to be selected as a guest mentor at the graduation breakfast by a student at my former school, a young man who is going to do great things, and who has earned his place at his second National Forensics Tournament. I can hardly wait to see how he does.
In this episode, Paul fights Jamis the Fremen, and earns the name Muad’Dib.
Sorry about the hiatus this weekend, but Mother’s Day and more pressing Other Writing Business held sway over my time. However, here on schedule is the latest installment of William Shakespeare’s Dune, in which Jessica seizes upon the Panoplia Propheticus planted among the Fremen by the Missionaria Protectiva.
Transcriber’s Note: Unfortunately, what with catching up on life and the visit of my good friend, this scene is not yet finished, though it should be by Wednesday at latest: it’s a long scene. So I have decided to post what I have now, for my followers’ enjoyment. I’ll post a quick announcement when the scene is complete.
I was also humbled and gratified to be contacted by a troupe of actors who want to perform this play when it is completed. Although I am of course honored, I have no idea where that might fall under Fair Use law. I personally would consider this a parody, but it is always possible that the owners of Dune might take issue with that. This has always been a labor of love. But who knows? Anything might be possible.
And now, Scene vii, in which Paul and Jessica encounter the Fremen Stilgar, in a place and manner unlooked for.
In which we discover the fate of Gurney Halleck since the fall of Arrakeen and the death of Duke Leto.
William Shakespeare’s Dune is back!
In which the Evil Baron plots the ascendance of House Harkonnen to the throne!
Okay, so here’s your local Shakespearean Science-Fiction Fiend taking another little break. Allow me to explain what’s going on:
Firstly, I’ve been trying really hard to achieve daily blog posts. I am noticing that it is building my readership, both in the way my readers participate in the blog and in the number of followers I have. And I am grateful for that, so I plan to continue and expand my efforts to expand my presence.
Secondly, although I’ve had no complaints about this, yet, I always got annoyed with creators who said they were going to post regularly and then did not, especially when they did not deign to post an explanation. So here goes:
My life has become extremely complicated, for a lot of good reasons this month. I can’t talk about many of them in a lot of detail, but here’s what I can say:
I got a new day job teaching English Literature at a high school. I try to keep teaching separate from writing, so no more details.
I have recently received strong motivation to get cracking on the novel I have been contracted to write for Digital Publishing League, making that my highest priority.
I have likewise been motivated to strongly increase the marketing of my novels to publishers and agents, because I now have a book contract in hand.
The cause of all this is what I mostly can’t talk about, but relates to potential publication of a novel.
And that is why there is no William Shakespeare’s Dune this week. I hope there will be one next week. If the spirit so moves you, I’d really like to ask my readers what you’d like to see more of or less of. What have you found helpful and/or entertaining on this blog? If you don’t respond to this, I’m going to have to go with what’s getting likes and comments. I can do that, of course, but I’d rather just ask.
Thank you again for reading. You make writing worthwhile.
Dear Readers Of This Epic Shakespearean Science-Fiction Adventure:
I am in the process of doing more writing than ever before, and this is causing me to face some painful decisions: one of them is what to do about the William Shakespeare’s Dune Project, which is an unpaid labor of love.
I will admit that I was tempted to move this project to my Patreon site, making it accessible for my patrons only. But honestly, I hate when creators I follow do things like that, so I have decided to keep this project here, and free.
This does, however, come at some cost to me. The writing I am doing for pay is going to have to come first. If you want to encourage this project to continue to update weekly, I ask that you support me by joining me on Patreon. You can get access to my patron feed for as little as $1.00 per month. Honestly, at this point, I would far rather have 10 patrons at the $1.00 level than one patron at the $10.00 level.
So if you have valued this project, as I know some of you have, I ask you to do the following:
1) Support me on Patreon, and let me know you’re supporting me because of this. Trust me, I will take the hint and keep up on this project.
2) Spread the word about this project to other Dune and Shakespeare sites or groups you might be part of. One fan talking about it once is more effective than all the talking about it I can do.
3) Finally, take the time to let me know you’re enjoying it, because that matters, too. Often, this whole blog feels like shouting into the void, so encouragement matters, too, although promotion and donation is even better. As the Reduced Shakespeare Company famously noted: “Give us your cash, if we be friends/And deduct it when the tax year ends.”
Thank you all.
And now, Without Further Ado About Nothing As Much As You Like It, we present Act III, Scene iv, in which Paul Atreides sets forth his plan to dominate the galaxy to both of his loyal followers.