Introducing “Quiet Corners” an “Old Haunts” Deviation

For the last year, I’ve introduced my readers to my “Old Haunts.” Looping vignettes and visions from the City of Lovat. Sometimes they’re relaxing. Sometimes they’re creepy. Often they ooze atmosphere, and yeah, I consider them all in canon, part of the Bell Forging Cycle, and tied into the ARG. (Those who have read the books will find loads of fun little details.)

Those longer and larger videos take time to make (I did a whole live stream on what goes into their construction), and while I enjoy that process, I want to explore less rigid forms that don’t take so damn long to build and embrace some of the new video platforms that have emerged. Enter “Quiet Corners”β€”clips made for TikTok and Instagram’s Reels.

These will often be shorter and less rigid, and while they tie into the world of the Territories at large, they might not always “work” the way I intend for “Old Haunts.” Think of “Quiet Corners” as experiments. Ways to explore whatever is in my head, glimpses of Lovat and the Territories, where strange things happen unbeknownst to heroes and the machinations of Founders. They’re fun, weird, occasionally creepy, and a nice place to stretch me creatively. I’ve already got a bunch up, and you can check them out via the links below. Enjoy.


Watch via:

TikTok

Watch via:

Instagram Reels

Quick Note: While “Quiet Corners” can be viewed on your laptop or PC, a smartphone is recommended as these videos are made specifically for the vertical 9:16 phone resolution.


There is a lot more to come in the future. Who knows what you’ll see. Be sure to follow me on either platform so you can stay attuned to Lovat’s “Quiet Corners.” I’ll see you among the tangles of the scrape and the span, roaders.

Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Remain Calm

πŸ“ Gardner Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Five
πŸ•¦ Late Night

“The monorail to West Lovat was closed, the Lovat Transit Authority had the platforms blocked.

β€”Waldo Bell, Gleam Upon the Waves


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Two
πŸ•š Late Night


Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

πŸ“ Unknown Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

πŸ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ• Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon

Title Card for "Order Up" a Lovatine Vignette of a neon sign flashing behind the espresso machine in a coffee shop

Order Up

πŸ“ Shantak Coffee
🚒 Deck Three
πŸ•˜ Mid-Morning

All of Me

πŸ“ Wilcox Warren
πŸŒ‡ Level Four
πŸ•’ Morning


Red-Light Nite

πŸ“ West Lovat Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•¦ Late Night

Services Suspended

πŸ“ West Lovat Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•¦ Late Night


Study Related Ephemera:


Explore Distant Margins:


Credits:

β€œMartha Overture” by Friedrich von Flotow
“Hong Kong Noir 1” by John Bartmann
Other audio from Freesounds, special thanks to: alienxxx, craigsmith, johnsonbrandedediting, juandamb, fillmat, lenguaverde, nahlin83, reznik-krkovicka, woldmaxter
Broll provided by Videezy


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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Services Suspended

πŸ“ West Lovat Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•¦ Late Night

“West Lovat was a bedroom community. Many of the city’s workers lived there, taking the monorail into the city in the morning and drifting home at night.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Gleam Upon the Waves


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Two
πŸ•š Late Night


Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

πŸ“ Unknown Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

πŸ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ• Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon

Title Card for "Order Up" a Lovatine Vignette of a neon sign flashing behind the espresso machine in a coffee shop

Order Up

πŸ“ Shantak Coffee
🚒 Deck Three
πŸ•˜ Mid-Morning

All of Me

πŸ“ Wilcox Warren
πŸŒ‡ Level Four
πŸ•’ Morning


Red-Light Nite

πŸ“ West Lovat Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•¦ Late Night


Study Related Ephemera:


Explore Distant Margins:


Credits:

β€œYellow Dog Blues” by Bessie Smith & Her Blue Boys
Other audio from Freesounds, special thanks to: el-bee, erh, joedeshon, johnsonbrandedediting, joseaguldelo, mickdow, nahlin83, ngruber, rabbydaw, and reznik-krkovicka


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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts, New Location.

Those who tuned into DEAD DROP Live on Tuesday already know this. But for those that didn’t, I wanted to make a quick announcement that Old Haunts have expanded to their own page, and you can check it out here!

As I’ve been rolling out my Reader Resources for The Bell Forging Cycle, I thought it’d be helpful to give them their own space. While they’re similar to the stills you find on Echoes, they’ve grown into their own thing over the last few months. As new ones arrive I’ll keep adding them there. (That page also lets me show off the fun noir-esque title cards.)

If you want to see how these are made, check out Tuesday’s stream of DEAD DROP LIVEβ€”I go into extensive detail. There’s plenty more to come! Keep following me here or over on Instagram to see, uh… new Old Haunts.

Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Red-Light Nite

πŸ“ West Lovat Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•¦ Late Night

⚠️ PHOTOSENSITIVE WARNING⚠️

⚠️ PHOTOSENSITIVE WARNING⚠️

“A tall figure passed the throng. It was clad in black, its head topped with a tall sharp pointed hood. It drifted silent and unnoticed through the crowd, like a lingering shadow. Dark robes floated about its form like an ebony fog. Where a face should have been was… nothing. No eyeholes were cut into its hood, no outline of a nose pressed at the back of the fabric.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Red Litten World


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Two
πŸ•š Late Night


Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

πŸ“ Unknown Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

πŸ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ• Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon

Title Card for "Order Up" a Lovatine Vignette of a neon sign flashing behind the espresso machine in a coffee shop

Order Up

πŸ“ Shantak Coffee
🚒 Deck Three
πŸ•˜ Mid-Morning

All of Me

πŸ“ Wilcox Warren
πŸŒ‡ Level Four
πŸ•’ Morning


Study Related Ephemera:


Explore Distant Margins:


Credits:

Music sample: β€œRainy Day Blues” by Jump Jackson and his Band
Other audio from Freesounds. Special thanks to: efike, giddster, ramston, and ynef.


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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: All of Me

πŸ“ Wilcox Warren
πŸŒ‡ Level Four
πŸ•’ Morning

“A scorched flat plain stretched off in every direction uninterrupted. No hills, no mountains, just endless wastes. In the distance a broken sun was setting, and it lengthened our shadows across the flat expanse.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Old Broken Road


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Two
πŸ•š Late Night


Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

πŸ“ Unknown Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

πŸ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ• Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon

Title Card for "Order Up" a Lovatine Vignette of a neon sign flashing behind the espresso machine in a coffee shop

Order Up

πŸ“ Shantak Coffee
🚒 Deck Three
πŸ•˜ Mid-Morning


Study Related Ephemera:


Explore Distant Margins:


Credits:

Newsie: Drew Gerken
β€œAll of Me” by Mildred Bailey and The Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1931)

Other audio from Freesounds special thanks to: amholma ,dbdarby, ecfike, felix-blume, kodak, krkovicka, mdsn, niamh00145229, psykoosiossi, reznik, scotthopkins, sean-sd2007, and the shuggie.

Broll provided by Videezy.com


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