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Slave Trader by jflaxman
Slave Trader
Lost travellers and refugees are the favourite prey of slavers, though more ambitious bands might target convoys and small settlements. Slavers usually prefer to keep fighting to a minimum and take prisoners unharmed. Conspicuous displays of force can convince their victims to give up their freedom instead of their lives; those already weakened by hunger and thirst may need even less persuasion. Attitudes to slavery vary across wasteland communities: some view it as an abomination, others a profitable industry, and others a necessary evil in an increasingly fuel-hungry world.
 A lot has changed in the last month and it’s mostly positive. I’d been looking for a new home since my Hobart lease expired, but I never expected to find one in Sydney. For those who haven’t visited it can be a schizoid place. The Sydney seen on postcards looks like a utopian dream – all blue skies, sweeping harbour views, and daring modern architecture – but the Sydney I endured for years was a sweltering mess of suburban sprawl. After four more years of travelling not much would have made me move back, but when one of my oldest friends offered me a place to stay (and a free ticket to Ministry!) I packed my bags and headed north. I’m glad I made the effort. My thoughts on Sydney haven’t changed, but sharing a large and comfortable home with a woman I have loved for years has been unbelievable.

I haven’t been online a lot, and I’m all too aware of how distant I’ve been while interest in my work has increased. I honestly appreciate this and I’m sorry I haven’t replied to so many of your comments or have posted my replies so late. I could have handled this much better when I had limited net access (0930-1800 at a couple of public venues in Hobart, shorter hours on weekends) and have no excuses now that I have it 24/7 at home.

I also haven’t drawn much lately – I’ve been busy catching up with friends – but withdrawals have increased the urge so I should be back in business soon. The life I’ve been leading since my move – which seems so familiar, yet so new – has done great things for my mood and with a little discipline it should do the same for my work.

Thanks for your time as always,


  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Lethian Dreams
  • Reading: Online comments
  • Watching: Lots of movies
  • Playing: Not much
  • Eating: Very well
  • Drinking: As above


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James Flaxman
Current Residence: Hobart, Australia
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Print preference: Varies
Favourite genre of music: Metal, classical, dark ambient
Favourite photographer: Archival
Favourite style of art: Surreal, imaginative, visionary
Operating System: Crappy old PC
MP3 player of choice: Loud
Shell of choice: Armed and mechanised
Wallpaper of choice: Skin
Skin of choice: Metal
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to name
Personal Quote: "So much work, so little time."

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the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist

please check my note, thanks!
MrCarnyfex Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I thought ill leave this here:

Mickey Got Rabies
the-legendary-sword9 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
hey man, you do great art!

have you seen my note/PM by any chance?
if you do read this, plz note me, thanks!

you do great art
jflaxman Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
Thanks again. I'm on the case!
Zedekial Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Jflaxman, did ypu read the story I recommended?
Neurovore Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Tell me...are you a big reader of fiction? There is a book series by Jeff Vandermeer set in a fictional city-state called Ambergris. Unlike most fantasy, it does not take place in a Tolkienesque medieval world, but it features things like early to mid-20th century technology along side "technology" based on fungi that has been selectively bred by a non-human race (grey caps) to attempt to "backwards engineer" human technology in a medium that they are most comfortable with.

Things start getting really weird when the grey caps overthrow the human political leadership of Ambergris and institute martial law and the landscape and its inhabitants become overrun with destructive or parasitic fungi.
jflaxman Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
I read a lot of fiction last year but since moving back to Sydney I've really slackened off. I always like to see people doing new things with fantasy - Tolkien's world-building was great but I'm sick of pale imitations. My partner and I were slow to take up Game of Thrones but we're both enjoying it right now.

I haven't heard of Vandemeer's series. It sounds very original and the mix of "dieselpunk" tech and selectively bred fungi definitely appeals to me. There's also a lot of potential for horror after the grey caps' revolution. This series is now at the top of my "to read" list!
Neurovore Featured By Owner May 6, 2015
It is never really clear where Ambergris is, but it seems to be in a parallel universe, based on events that take place at the end of the third book. As such, the world of Ambergris feels entirely original in its setting, instead of taking a stock trope something like "1940's America with fungi" or something like that. Ambergris has changed hands through several empires over the years, but none of them are from our history.
jflaxman Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
And in other news, a friend's also recommended "Ambergris" and is lending me the series tonight!
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