Interview with Witchfire

This seems to be a small trend; letting characters take over the writer’s blog or doing interviews.  Given that Krystal is every bit a fiery redhead, I’m choosing to play it safe and just interview her, lol.

Warning: This will be PG-13 with some major talk about sex.

Me: OK, Witchfire and I have already agreed to put aside the metaphysical debate about how much I may be controlling her life and how much is me watching and reporting.  This is going to be strictly about the lady in question and her trials.  So with that said, let’s start out with something easy; what was life like for you before Delta City?
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Witchfire: Overall, not too bad.  Roanoke is sort of a small town… Not quite 100,000 people.  Between that and being in the mountains of Virginia, it’s a fairly conservative place.  It was a bit awkward once my aptitude for magick started to surface.
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Me: Did you get picked on alot?
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Witchfire: A little…  I just knew instinctively to keep it a secret that I could sense things and do stuff.  That kind of ability tends to get noticed though on some intuitive level.  There were no “burn the witch” events, but there were a few mean girls that picked on me for being “weird” and different.
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Me: So when did all that start?
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Witchfire: I first started being able to “know” things about 7 or 8.  My abilities didn’t start to truly bloom till I was 13 though.  That’s when the bullying started.
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Me: You mentioned in the first chapter that the mean girls were part of why you didn’t like Ms. Americana and the She-Legion at first.  Care to elaborate on that?
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Witchfire: …They were mean and thought they were better than me.  It was the snarky, superior attitude from girls who spent most of their time on their back that pissed me off.
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Me:  How do you feel about them now?
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Witchfire:  They’re… Growing on me.  As I see more of how the deck has been stacked against them all along, I can empathize with their plight.  I’m hoping we can win the day in the end.  Not just so I can go home either.
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Me: What about a certain busty Jessica Simpson look alike?
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Witchfire: You had to bring up Amazing Babe, didn’t you?  <long pause>  It’s hard.  I… love her.  We’ve struggled so much though…  Miscommunication, fights over stupid shit.  After what just happened also, I don’t…
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Me: <Interrupting> No spoilers.  That hasn’t been released yet.
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Witchfire:  Fine.  I didn’t want to talk about it anyway.  I… just think it’s best I stay away from her for everyone’s sake.
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Me: It seems like you’ve had a pretty rough love life, with the Chinese boyfriend and all…
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Witchfire:  That part sucked.  Most of it was just typical clumsy, angsty teen stuff though.  I lost my virginity at 15 to a boy from my history class, in his family’s barn.  Normal awkward first time stuff for modern kids, for better or worse.
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Me: Interesting wording there at the end.  It seems out of place with the sensual witch readers have come to know.
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Witchfire:  I’m a redhead and the type of fairy I’m descended from has a very passionate, sexual nature as well.  Truth?  I love sex and an intense orgasm even more than magick.  I still like to be selective in who I share my body with though.  And yes, I wish I’d waited a little longer for my first time.  I think I would have been better able to emotionally handle it.
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Me: Fair enough.  So when did your interest in other girls kick in?  Was it the stereotypical other witch in your coven thing?
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Witchfire:  No.  Gawd that is such a tired cliche, almost as bad as witches all being satanists instead of pagans.  Wicca may tend to attract lesbians and bisexual women like me, but we’re not all lesbians, nor are gatherings an excuse for an orgy.
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Me: Fair enough.  The question did give you a chance to clear the air though.  So back to the earlier question then…
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Witchfire:  I think I knew as soon as puberty started to hit that I felt drawn to other girls too.  Being from such a conservative town though, I buried that curiosity until I was 17.  Things just sort of happened at that point with a girl I’d met.  It was an amazing first experience, but her family found out.  They freaked out and did all they could to keep us apart.  They even moved away months later.
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Me: This may be a bit rough to answer, but where does the infamous Chinese boyfriend fit into everything and how much can you tell the audience about him?
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Witchfire: He came along right after the forced split with Amber… the girl I just mentioned.  His family had just moved to town, he was tall, muscular, really cute… and caught me on the rebound.  It was fun at first.  He taught me Cantonese, Wing Chun, and aspects of the culture as well as showering me with attention.
As time went on though, he became more controlling.  His parents, who tolerated me at first, grew increasingly cruel also.  I guess it was OK if I was just a passing fancy, but they didn’t want any gweilo getting her hooks into their number one son.  Things came to a head when I demanded he stand up to his parents or I’d leave him.  He told me I belonged to him and that I needed to learn my place, then… he raped me.
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Me: Wow, I’m sorry.  It shows alot of strength to have bounced back from that.
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Witchfire: It was that or just give up on life.  I’m a fighter.  That’s what pissed me off about Golden Qilin though.  She was a similar bad refection on a good race of people.
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Me: I think folks have a pretty good idea of the events that shaped your life now.  Likewise, I assume that college on the other side of the country was an attempt to spread your wings.  Possibly the usual college sexual explorations too…
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Witchfire:  Yep.  Again, I’m pretty typical in that regard.  Not every superhero has Earth shattering events in their background.  The closest thing to any excitement was when I turned 21, I started tending bar at a local beach side place to make some spending money.  That helped me get the job inn Sanctuary, I guess.
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Me: You’re still 21…  Almost 22 though, so not long at that job.
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Witchfire: Long enough to learn the ropes, and have an occasional bit of fun along the way.
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Me: From the smirk on your face, I doubt I’m going to get you to elaborate.  This is becoming a long interview anyway.  Hopefully the readers  appreciate it though.  So, let’s move on.  I’d ask what Delta City has been like for you, but I think our readers know you’ve had a pretty rough time.  You’ve shown alot of strength and determination too.  Are you optimistic at this point about your ability to change things in Delta for the better?
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Witchfire:  I think we’ve made some real progress at unmasking the conspiracy.  Between that and the upcoming time jump, I’m feeling really good about our chances.  Going back with that knowledge should help loads.  I doubt it’ll be a cakewalk.  Whoever these people are, they’re well trained, well connected and well informed.  We’ll have a good chance now though.
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Me: So you plan on changing it all thus far?
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Witchfire: As much as I can.  No more She-Legion drugged into treating me like crap, and there’s no way that damned giant plant or Ivanova are getting anywhere near my vajayjay again, period.
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Me: You left The Geek out.  Should I read anything into that?
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Witchfire: Only that a small part of me would like a rematch so I can show him who owns who before I break his nose and take him to prison.  I doubt I could live with myself afterwards though
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Me: Hmmm.  You seem pretty upset about him getting the better of you early on.
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Witchfire:  What the hell are you talking about?
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Me: Well, let’s face it…  The plant had aphrodisiac spores.  Ivanova had his vampire mind and sex tricks.  How you reacted there is explainable.  The Geek is just a smart punk.  He had your number without any powers or funky spores.  Are you just mad that he beat you or is the fact he was able to push some dark buttons in you what bothers you?
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Witchfire:  My submissive streak?  Is that what you’re hinting at?  Pffft.  It’s a minor kink.  Getting controlled does excite me… with the right person, but I decide who that is and if I let myself go.  He… just got lucky.  It was some kind of freak occurrence that he was able to make me cum like that!  No way in hell it could or will ever happen again either.  Period.
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Me: OK, ok… point made.  Let’s move things along.  What was your best positive sexual experience in Delta City?
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Witchfire: Keeping up with the kink huh?
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Me: Well, it is an erotica story and you do get laid pretty regularly…  Somebody has to have really wowed you…
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Witchfire:  Hmmm…  I guess that would have to be when Dani grabbed my astral form and pulled me into her body while she was having sex with Berto.  Experiencing everything she did at the same time I was feeling it from my own body too…  It was pure sexual lightning.  I was on overload.
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Me: Sounds intense alright.  Is that what prompted you to grab Berto later for some play time?
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Witchfire: That and the hungry looks he kept giving me.  He wanted it more than I did, and I could feel it.  It was exciting.
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Me: So would you do things differently at this point?  You did say you’d change as much as possible after all.
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Witchfire: I do regret that the bet hurt Dani.  She really didn’t think he’d stray.  At the same time, she did tempt fate though.  Never make a bet you’re not prepared to lose.  I know… I sound heartless there.  Yes, I’d probably do that part differently.  I’d work on getting Dani to experience the pleasures of some girl on girl fun also.  I let her off the hook too easily last time.
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Me: Any other planned conquests?
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Witchfire: I really want to get Omega Woman into bed, still.  Even if it’s only once.  Every time I look at her I start getting wet and an erotic shiver runs through me.
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Me: Is that it?
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Witchfire: I think that’s enough for the interview anyway.  I’m worried we’re going to start blurring the lines between a powerful libido and being loose.  I admit I’m wild, but I don’t want your audience thinking I’m a total slut.
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Me: OK then, feel like sticking around to answer some questions from the readers?
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Witchfire: Alright, so long as it’s not more questions about who I want to get laid by.

 

 

 

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Oooops…

Some of the funniest things on the internet are unintentionally goofed messages.  It doesn’t always take something like my previously posted dolphin BBQ ad either.  Sometimes just the way a web page dissects a line can be funny.  Case and point; my email home page gave me a good laugh today with this partial preview:

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From WordPress no less.  Apparently they like my kink, lol.

Kidding aside, if the email preview remained intact, it would have read “brand” not bra.  Sometimes life just decides you need a laugh though.

Conflict

Sums things up perfectly anymore.

Photographic Impressionistic Illusionistic

“You must join in
You must join us
Not them”

My body floated over the fray

“Come down here
And hate with us.
We will be victorious!

If you do not pick a side
Both sides will devour you.
We are righteous,
And hatred is our friend!”

“So then must be my demise.
To hover and refuse the chains.
Better to die, than to die while living
For foolish delusions.”

Mounted, divided photograph on plywood. Gesso and oils.

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Regrouping

I decided to nix my post on how various sources out there are manipulating the messages we receive via TV, the internet, etc…  I got a couple of likes, one intelligent comment and a whole lot of looks but nothing else.  Between that last fact and losing one follower after I published…  Well, message received.

I get it a little.  I re-read it and was frustrated that I rambled a bit and drifted between a couple of supporting points or arguments.  To do it right would require an entire series articles on the general patterns of manipulation that are used to play communication games.  Here, I’d have to leave political and social references out too.  People just don’t want to hear that the environmental movement is a great thing, BUT that they’re hurting their own cause with distorted facts.  They’re hardly the only cause like that too. News lies are always only the other side too…  *le sigh*

Soooo…  Getting back to the regrouping part…  Not only have I decided to set that stuff aside, I have been working on Witchfire’s material also.  Mainly re-reading and seeing where I’ve gone wrong, mapping the new story, discussing plot ideas and character developments with Deanna Troi and Comixfana, etc…

I’m realizing how dialog tag heavy the stories are thus far as one needed fix.  Probably some of my other erotica could use that fix also.

Deanna Troi has been insistent that I’ve been too vague in my revelations about the greater evil lurking behind the villains, so I’m working on how to change that without giving away the whole farm in chapter one. 🙂

I think I’ve been a bit inconsistent with my portrayal of Krystal / Witchfire also.  Sometimes she acts the part of a vixen, sometimes she’s come across as if she was 15 and unsure of herself and what she wants.  I think I would have gotten called on that more if so much of her behavior couldn’t be explained away by her world being turned upside down.

There will probably be a few minor “RetCon”s also as I change a few small facts here and there to fit how she’s currently envisioned and the new direction the stories will take.

The biggest lesson I’ve learn though is to follow the rules for writing about sitting down, focusing and working without distractions.  No pressure to meet artificial deadlines either.  Relax, focus, get it done and get it done right.  When it’s quality, then I’ll release it.  Stress kills my creativity faster than anything.

Lastly, just as Witchfire is going to start being truer to herself, I’m going to be doing the same.  Her stories were meant to be kinky, and it’s time I stopped worrying about if I might offend somebody.

THAT said, I will still keep ALL my stories and any related digital art off my main page.  I *do* respect that a few of you come here for the other posts, and that others just may not want to worry about a NSFW email notification.  That much is courtesy to readers and as much of an attempt as I can make within the bounds of WP’s system to keep within laws regarding risque material.

4 Hours Down…

12 to go…  What am I talking about?  My writing distraction for the day.  We’re having dinner guests who have all but demanded my brisket:

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But 16 hours?!? I hear some of you saying.  A good brisket is slow cooked over wood to give it maximum smoke flavor and tenderness.  Beef brisket and pork ribs are weird critters anyway.  To get to a proper Texas competition tenderness and flavor, you have to cook them to a higher internal temperature than something like a steak.  Ribs are done at about 185.  Brisket can be anywhere between 195 and 210 depending upon the individual piece of meat.  When slow cooked properly, both should hold together but the meat should tear with a gentle pull and still be tender and juicy.  Something like this:

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That lovely red around the outer edge is a smoke ring.  The darker the better.  🙂

Oh and another reason a brisket takes so long; a full “packer” cut of brisket starts at about 14 pounds.  You can count on having to trim a couple pounds of fat away though.

I’ve been told by Texas competition BBQers and judges that they like the look of my brisket.  I’ve been told by other Texans that mine is the best they’ve had since leaving Texas.  DivaQ eat your heart out, hehehe.

And for those of you who don’t get the Texas references, brisket is solidly a Texas thing, and they take it serious.  You can talk bad about a Texan’s momma before you badmouth their brisket, LOL.

So yeah, a little food bragging to take my mind off the neighborhood, the way nobody listens anymore, and having to clean house for tonight.

Oh and since I’m bragging…  Remember I said I bake too?  Here’s a Goo-Goo Cluster cheesecake I made last year:

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Now, as far as offering any Brisket lessons; just check out Aaron Franklin’s youtube channel or get his book “Franklin Barbeque; A Meat Smoking Manifesto”.  His BBQ is so good people line up at his restaurant at 4am for a noon opening.  He’s free with his secrets too, unlike many professional chefs.

Cooking Tip: Meat Shopping

I’m going to change gears here a little.  EARLY on in the blog here, I made it known that cooking is one of my other loves. 🙂  Anything from near competition level Southern BBQ to baking cakes and cheesecakes.  Am I world class?  No, not quite, but I’m darned good.

Apologies to any non-carnivores here, but since I run into the problem of finding fresh cuts of meat, I thought I’d share some info for readers.

First, let’s address the obvious question; what does it matter?  High end steak houses age their steaks a long time, right?  Yes, they do.  It’s a special process that is different from just leaving food to sit in a store or home refrigerator though.  The final part of that process also involves scraping and trimming mold off the surface of the meat also.  Some folks are OK with that, but the idea of eating meat that used to be covered with mold is gross to me.  What the dry aging process also does is take moisture out of the meat to concentrate the flavor of the remaining meat and juices.  You’re taking the steak part way to jerky for the sake of flavor.

I’m getting a bit off topic though.  My point is it’s a different deal getting an ages steak at a restaurant and having something sit around in the store forever.  I will quickly add that if you’ve ever had freshly butchered meat, there’s a world of difference between that and store bought or aged meat.

Hopefully the stores in your area are better than the ones in my city, but using food coloring or nitrogen to make meat look fresh longer is getting to be a very common trick as grocery stores try to stretch profits.  You can potentially end up with something that looks good on the surface, but is brown and starting to rot inside.

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The above picture was meat I was going to cut up for fajitas…  Until I saw the brown in the middle.  What you have there is food coloring, probably injected as well as surface dunked.  Hence the weird ring of brown

Food coloring is easy to spot.  When you’re inspecting the meat, does it look to be a natural color of red?  That meat above was borderline on looking right color-wise.  One of the most blatant examples I personally found though was this:

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No, you’re not seeing things, that $18 a pound filet Mignon IS indeed fire engine red…  Even the fat!  So are the beef kabobs next to them.  Talk about food colored to death.  That’s the meat counter at Sprouts; a supposedly upscale grocer that prides itself on fresh and natural.  Lesson for the day; even “high end” grocery stores can try to pull a fast one on you.

Food coloring is getting to be out of favor though.  There’s a new technique used by grocers and meat distributors; spraying the meat with nitrogen gas.

Contrary to how that may initially sound, it’s not inherently a bad thing.  Nitrogen will slow the natural oxidation of the meat, which is a big part of what makes it spoil.  It’s similar to the reasons athletes and body builders use nitrogen based supplements and some places put nitrogen in car tires instead of air.

The problem comes when grocery stores ignore and refresh the pull dates because the meat still looks good on the surface.  Nitrogen won’t penetrate all the way through the meat so the center decays while the surface looks good.  Since the nitrogen is also rarely applied to every square inch of the meat, careful examination can turn up brown spots before you buy:

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Now, note that is a USDA Prime cut of Brisket, which is the highest quality available.  More there in a bit.  This Brisket was also being sold by Costco, which used to pride itself on high quality and doing right by it’s members.  Does that big stripe of brown look quality to you?  It’s an indication that there’s more brown under the surface though.

So how do you find good meat if it’s all treated with Nitrogen?  It still comes back to color.  Nitrogen chases the oxygen out of the tissue and fluids, and oxygen is what gives meat it’s red color when it’s fresh.  SO, when it’s still early after it’s treatment, the meat will have a bit more of a pinkish color but still look fresh.  After it’s sat a while, the meat will get permeated by oxygen again, and turn more of it’s natural color:

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THAT is probably a good tri-tip.  It’s red, the color is even and where the color varies, it’s more of a pinkish color like the bottom center.

What you want to look for and avoid is this:

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See how it looks red at first glance, but the steak that’s second from the top is showing brown in the left 2/3 of it?  The steak right below that one is faintly showing some brown also.  A discerning eye can save you some heartache and even more stomach ache.

If you have any doubts about the quality of the meat when you get it home and open it, cut a small slit in it and look inside.  Yes, you may lose a bit of juices when you cook but it’s better than eating iffy meat.  Better safe than sorry.

To be fair, meat like those Sam’s Club steaks above may not be far enough gone to present a health risk, particularly if you have a reasonably strong system.  With steaks costing $10 a pound though, don’t you deserve to get reasonable value and the most flavor for your money?

One last thing.  I mentioned above I’d talk about the differences between the USDA’s grades of meat.  This won’t apply outside the U.S. but many other places have similar systems.  A quick internet search can turn up info for you

In the US, we have three grades of meat:

Prime is the highest grade, and is the the most tender with the best marbling of fat.  It’s also the most expensive.  Typically it’s only found at better quality restaurants.  Real butcher shops and a few places like Costco and Sam’s Club will also have it usually.

Choice is the mid grade of meat.  This is what most grocery stores and low to mid quality restaurants typically carry.  While not quite as tender as prime and not having quite as even a level of marbling of fat, it’s still a good quality of meat, especially in the hands of a good chef.

Select is the lowest grade of meat.  It’s edible but won’t be as tender as the other grades, and will have less of more uneven fat marbling, meaning a higher potential for it to be dry after cooking.

 

 

 

 

 

Nailed It!

I finally found the mask I wanted to add to Witchfire’s portrait.  Anyone who has read her stories will recall I put her in a Mardi Gras or Carnival type mask to hide her identity.  Now her portrait has pretty close to what I wanted, except for the ability to recolor the mask.

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I also redid her bangs to better frame the mask, gave her darker lipstick, and figured out why I was getting an anime vie from her.  She had WAY wide open anime style eyes.  I fixed that and gave her some moderate eye shadow to make her look a bit less cartoony and more like a 21 year old woman.

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That’s about as realistic as I’m going to get her with this kind of editor, and NOW I’m happy.  😀