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PAGES FROM THE NOVEL: A Slide Show

Once the novel was written—all those words!—and the photos gathered and modified, I had to decide how to put it all together. This is not as simple a task as it might sound. Images and words are processed in different parts of the brain. While the mind is engaged in reading, the pictures become a distraction. While looking at the pictures, the text gets pushed to one side. It is possible, I think, to swoop into an novel and become, in a sense, enmeshed with the words. And it is also possible to become enthralled with images, to stare at them, one after another, to beome lost in them. But once they are combined.....

I had decided, while writing the book, to illustrate it, so these thoughts became part of my process. The novel is deliberately episodic. It is picaresque. And the photos I deliberately modified so they almost became line drawings—they almost became textual. Perhaps in this way I could reduce the dissonance, and the reader/viewer could slip easily from one medium to the other without distraction. Does it work? I am still undecided.
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The HAG is both a movie and a novel by D.N. Stuefloten.
The movie is an hour and fifteen minutes long, and shot mostly in Mexico.
The novel is 234 pages and has 161 black and white images.
The movie can be seen here, and the novel—both as a paperback and an e-book—is available at Amazon.com.