chordatesrock: Hena the fisherman (Hena)
This is going to be a review of The Downfall of the Gods, by Villy Sorensen. It's an adaptation of Norse myth stretching on from the kidnapping of Idun to the end of Ragnarok. And it's a mixed bag. (Spoilers follow!)

Reading it was more fun than being on an airplane for five hours but less fun than reading a nice fanfic. )
chordatesrock: TP Link riding Epona, sword drawn (Epona and Link)
Title: The Dragon We Feed
Series/universe title: I haven't thought of one yet, and this is probably a standalone.
Notes and warnings: Freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's prompt, the wolf we feed. Choose not to warn. I'm beginning to think Creative Jams are never going to be more than a fun exercise for me. Which is why I'm not terribly concerned that all my CJ stories are fast-paced tell-don't-show flashfics that live or die by the strength of the core idea rather than the execution, this one included. Also, as usual, this is a work of fiction.
Summary: Once upon a time, there were two dragons: one kindly, and one greedy...

The Dragon We Feed )


Jul. 18th, 2014 04:22 pm
chordatesrock: Katara waterbending (Default)
I'm about to dive into the second round of edits on JR, which will create a third draft, which should be the final draft but I might create a fourth, just to smooth out some phrasing and toy with issues I might introduce by adding things.

And I wanted to talk about it, because, while there's a surfeit of writing advice out there, there's much less editing advice. To be honest, I don't have any advice, but maybe this will be interesting nonetheless. (With less reservation than usual for her stuff, if you're really interested in comprehensive information about editing, look into Holly Lisle's courses. She's a terrible technical writer and sometimes she mistakes a way for the way, but she does know how to write fiction and edit it. Try her relatively less expensive seven-day revision course if you're really interested. It's not an arm and a leg and it's not a huge time commitment.)

Anyway, now I get idiosyncratic. )
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So by way of explanation: I'm halfassedly following along with the [community profile] artistsway challenge, and one of the challenges was to list things other people can do that you're jealous of, and then do those things yourself. So I will be doing a writing book review, like [personal profile] ljlee.

This book is Room to Write, by Bonni Goldberg, and the first thing I need to explain is that it's not a how-to-write book. It's a book of exercises to play with. Each page is a new exercise, with a quote, a musing related to some aspect of writing, and a challenge to practice incorporating an awareness of that into your writing.

Just know what you're getting into. )
chordatesrock: Damas and Jak sitting together in the throne room (Damas and Jak)
So yes, this is spurred by thinking about how very Not Okay it is to alienate people whose minds you're trying to change. And that was spurred by doing exactly that, just to score some cheap rhetorical points. Just so we're clear.

But I've already written about the tone argument in detail. Let's talk about the tangentially related topic of teaching. Remember when this was a fandom blog? LOL )
chordatesrock: Hena the fisherman (Hena)
The things in the pipeline, which may or may not materialise in the future.

Fics and whatnot. )
chordatesrock: Damas looking like he's just jumped out of the bushes to go OOGABOOGABOOGA (Damas shouting)
Anyone who doesn't want detailed discussion of ways of referring to human private parts, excrement and the like should probably not read this post.

As a writer, I am annoy. )
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I can't log into tumblr, so here's a post just to get it out there now: the manly name generator's Easter egg is KING UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, LORD OF ALL HE SURVEYS, and if someone else answers on tumblr before I can reblog later, we'll, I still got there first.
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(Definitely not unless you're an artist of some stripe, I can tell you that much!)

The advice you'll hear from artists is usually either "better tools won't make you a better artist" or "you don't need better tools until you're a strong intermediate artist and don't know how your peers are getting the effects they're getting."

And that's not true. Tools are how you get from knowledge to pictures. They won't give you knowledge. They will give you pictures. )
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I'm in the middle of reading Loki, the Vatte, and the Ash Lad, and it is giving me lots of folklore!Loki feels. Not to mention plot bunnies. Because, in-universe, how do you go from being counted among the Aesir and a major force in shaping the world, to hiding under someone's fireplace living off the scraps they give you like spare change tossed carelessly at a beggar?

Norse Myth is depressing, but in light of it, folklore is even worse.

I did not need more plot bunnies. :(
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At least, I think it was Jim Hines. It might've been SL Huang. The gist of it was that if your characters aren't white, you had better specify in-story on pain of never receiving any cookies. (Or the version for people who aren't just in it for cookies: specify or else people won't know their favorite characters are like them, and you won't help to normalise anything or anyone.)

Which is a simple thing to do when you're writing about the real world or even an alternate version of the real world-- name the character something that specifies ethnicity, make reference to something in the character's background, specify where the character is from, specify where the character's ancestors were from... it's honestly harder not to at least narrow it down a little with even the most mundane of details.

It's similarly fairly easy to specify in fantasy worlds where race works similarly.

But get away from those structures and it gets more difficult to do that without it being... awkward. Foods! Stereotypes! Conceptions of race that don't exist in your characters' society! )
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Firstly, hi, still here. Still a fan. Still writing. Just not a lot to say right now.

Second, religious post with non-explicit description of teh sexx0rz )
chordatesrock: Hyperboleandahalf's "clean ALL the things", recaptioned "write ALL the experiences of disability!" (write all the disability)
(Not another religious post; this one is about fiction.)

I routinely hear the sound advice that there should be a reason for every detail you include in a piece of written fiction. I hear it in two situations: the first is amidst other writerly advice, given by writers, in general, and surrounded by other advice about writing. The second is from laymen, and it is never surrounded by other advice. There is one thing-- just one thing-- that spurs laymen to tell me that there must be a reason for every detail I include. Can you guess what that thing is?

The answer's probably fairly obvious... )
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In reading the Goldfish's BADD post (which you should read-- yes, you, go read it now), I came to the conclusion that there are a few different cultural conceptions about disability. More than one, fewer than there should be.

ETA: I'm describing here the ways disability is popularly conceived of by the average person or work of media, not the ways that disability can or should be conceived of.

and they are... )
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May 1 is Blogging Against Disablism Day. Let's talk repercussions. Not everything can be undone. You can heal a body of a great many things. You can get out of abusive situations, move somewhere more accessible, buy assistive tech, educate people, learn coping skills, find work, quit work-- you can change your situation.

But you can never erase it. )
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A comment thread on ljlee's review of Plot Versus Character between [personal profile] attackfish and me about characters revealing themselves through soliloquies (or not) got me thinking about the revealing nature of even a dishonest soliloquy.

The following is utterly unedited, utterly fictional, and contains references to rape, murder and war.

The Loki soliloquy. )
chordatesrock: Damas looking like he's just jumped out of the bushes to go OOGABOOGABOOGA (Damas shouting)
I'd like to begin by acknowledging that there are a vast number of religious groups using the term Christian to describe themselves, and that not everyone is all that theologically mainstream, and we don't all agree on everything. Or on anything.

So, for those who aren't familiar, mythic time is a concept that is important both to academic mythologists and to (probably among many others) Asatruar. The idea is that mythic time is somehow outside of normal, linear time. E.g., Loki is not yet bound, has already escaped, is bound, and will never be bound. Confused yet? So am I.

So Asatruar need to explain this concept to those who don't understand it already, and they tend to use analogies. And their analogies tend to boil down to "it's exactly like Christianity."

Your analogies would be so much better if they were true. )
chordatesrock: Midna's corporeal imp form (Midna)
Quite a while ago. I've been considering what, if anything, I might say about it ever since.

It's not really a story. )


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