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LOTR hits so many of my favorite magical realism buttons. Like. Think about this: Sauron the Dark Lord is seeking the Ring, and must send to scour the land his trusted servants, so he chooses the faded and insubstantial, yet fearsome and deadly, ghosts of ancient mortal kings and commands them to find the Ringbearer.

So they're like "excuse me, have you seen Mr. Baggins around? No? Oh, okay, thanks anyway." The ghosts of ancient kings, terrible and bent utterly to the Dark Lord's will, hunt the Ringbearer by asking people if they've seen him around.

And this is after one of them had the bright idea that, hey, they're invisible-ish and that's kind of unnerving! So they need to wear things to become visible and thus avoid alarming people, which would be very counterproductive since their strategy relies on being able to talk to people all along the way. So as to avoid alarming people and so as to seem ordinary and not at all like cause for alarm, they therefore dress in black cloaks to match their black steeds.

I headcanon all the Nazgul as terrifically awkward because of massive culture shock.

(And let's not get into how Bilbo spends sixty years in possession of the great Ring into which the Dark Lord invested a great portion of his power, one of the greatest corrupting influences and most irresistible temptations of Middle Earth, a great and terrible artifact and very evil, and he uses it to hide from annoying neighbors.)

I just. I love LOTR. And for all that it's epic fantasy, I love it for reasons that are really more about the magical realism, odd as that might sound.

(My next flaily Tolkien meta might or might not be about how reading LOTR and Elfquest at around the same time is. Um. Well, I'll figure out how to describe it eventually.)
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Turns out not being miserable for long enough really does make you quit caring about changing the world. I started this blog with the idea that I would just singlehandedly fix everything wrong with the world. IDK where this is going now, but I'm not going to change the world, I'm not even going to try. I've never been an activist, but now I'm not even playing at anything similar (meaning SJ blogging and the representation crusade).
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Someone is wrong on the internet, and today that person is Scott Alexander, who thinks if talent is real then hard work is not and vice versa. How much these pro-IQ-determinism people love to use geniuses and people with intellectual disabilities, when by the time you're either of those the IQ tests are no longer normed for you and lose a significant amount of predictive power, is really annoying. But that's tiny compared to the problem with using people with the most massive talent discrepancies ever who also don't know how to explain their processes as your examples.

For one thing, there's a world of difference between "cannot play the piano at all" and "cannot play the piano nearly as well as a world-renowned prodigy". You know some examples of people who fit in the latter category? Most pianists.

I disagree with everything )
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Anyway, so I mentioned the 30 Days of Art Improvement Challenge and that I've been wanting to try it. Anyway I've found myself trying my hand at the first few days but unfortunately I didn't do everything digitally so... here, take a look at day 3. It's terrible. The challenge is "draw a figure that's in action, using a reference - link to reference". The reference I used is number 26 of this gallery of martial arts poses.

ETA: I do not know how I managed to fuck up the image size that badly, or how to fix it. This is very big for such a low-quality pic. Sorry?

My attempt at art is beneath the cut. )

(As of right now, if you want to see any other art from me, the only other stuff is flocked-LJ-only or tumblr-only. And there's almost none of it.)
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So I've been working (yes! for real!) on one of the Fandom Stocking challenges that I'm late on, and the challenge is to go out of your comfort zone, so I've been writing a fairy tale, or at least a story in that style. What makes a fairy tale different from fantasy fiction? Quite a bit, actually-- or at least it's different from the One True Way that modern writers are taught and encouraged (sometimes kind of harshly) to write.

But I'm not about to talk about the in-progress one I'm working on just yet, so let me use a different example. I've just finished rereading The Hobbit, which is a surprisingly good example of some of my points. Spoilers follow. Yeah, it's long, but that's, surprisingly, almost totally orthogonal to the things I'm pointing out. )
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I've been sort of following along with [community profile] onedeadplotbunny this year, and one of the things you do there is make a list of all your plotbunnies. I do have such a list. And surprisingly, even though I am a magpie and never want to stop being a magpie, I am finding that I like being selective about what goes on the list. Not that I have good ideas and throw them out. (Mostly.) But a couple of things have been very helpful, and one of them is already written up but I can't seem to find it, so I'll have to explain both. I was going to explain one and link to the other, but no such luck.

The one I did NOT come up with )

But now the other thing.

The one I DID come up with )
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I keep meaning to post some MCU!Loki meta, but it's not happening. And I keep meaning to finish the snowflake challenges, but that's not happening either. So have some myth!Loki meta instead.

So I'm looking at my own list of myth!Loki plotbunnies, of which I have seventeen, and out of that seventeen, six are based in while or in part around the idea that Loki's binding is a massive trauma on a scale no one with a normal human lifespan can possibly comprehend, that just keeps being awful. One heavily implies this. Two are meant to deal with only the beginning. Three may never deal with it at all. One it would be misleading to categorize here. Four take an entirely different approach, one which, on careful consideration, I find much more plausible.

(If I try to think of other people's works based on Norse myth, the ratio of incomprehensibly horrific binding of Loki to more comprehensibly bad binding of Loki is pretty similar.)

So basically, all the stories are based on the idea that, well, this whole thing sucks. Which it does. But not nearly as bad as everyone thinks it does. )
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Days six and ten both require me to get creative and I have writers' block.

Which is a weird thing to say, since I wrote quite a bit yesterday. But whether they were good words, I don't know. And whether I can do it again today, I don't know. And considering I'm feeling like a sponge with all the creativity wrung out of me, I'm not sure I should.

But I still want to tell stories. I just want to tell them badly.

What could I possibly mean by that? )

Leaving this here even though I solved my own problem by writing it all out, in case the thought process is helpful to anyone else.
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Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge is:

In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So, why not worldbuilding resources? I have quite a few bookmarked-- although unfortunately, mine are frequently very specific to one time and place and also frequently more history-slash-archaeology that I'm trying to extract worldbuilding ideas out of. See also the fact that most of these resources are bookmarked under subfolders like "vikings!" and "Kofun Japan".

However! Allow me to attempt to list some of the most broadly useful resources.

If you want to learn worldbuilding, you have not come to the right place, but you soon will. )
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My f-s fics that I've written as gifts this year are:

so dawn goes down to day: MCU/YW crossover. AU wherein Loki is offered the Wizards' Oath immediately after the end of Thor.

Five Times Odin Should Have Told Loki No (And One Time He Shouldn't Have Had To): another MCU fic, another AU, this one iddy fix-fic.

the stars are the same (but the view is different): slightly experimental fic for the Radical Face song The Mute (specifically for the video, not just the lyrics). Also my first attempt at first-person fanfic.
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The day 6 challenge (create a fanwork) will have to wait for later.

Day 7: In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Snowflake challenge day 7 )

Day 9: In your own space, talk about what surprises you about fandom. It could be a pairing or fandom you never thought you'd like. A fanwork type you never knew existed. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

snowflake challenge day 9 )

Day 8: In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.

You heard the snowflake challenge. Stroke my ego. ;)
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So what's the conclusion of the does-this-even-affect-me VATMOSS saga? The realization that I'm not cut out for any kind of freelance anything. I'm quitting crowdfunding.

ETA: I'll be posting some things that were up for sponsorship whenever I get around to it.
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Hey, it sounds like someone has come to believe some creepy-ass stalker is me. So, PSA, because I don't know how this came about: I would not trust someone just because they have a similar username or something. Also, my current fandom email is not identical to my username. Not telling what it is, though plenty of you know already, but just saying what it is not.

And a change of policy: previously I figured, since it was similar enough, when agreeing to move from dw to email I could rely on someone guessing it's me from the name or from me saying so in the email. I will not be relying on that anymore.
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I guess this could also serve as the fifth day of Snowflake stuff, but that (as some very few of you can guess) is not what sparked it, nor is this mostly about fandom. No, you may not link this at [community profile] metanews. IDC that I gave blanket permission, I wasn't imagining saying this.

All of this is going under a cut. All of it. )
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So, does anyone know anything about whether anything that I do by way of crowdfunding is affected by VATMOSS?

Plz halp, I cannot possibly figure fifty countries' laws on my own, not that I should have to but apparently I do?

I'm so confused. :(
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Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge is:

In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

So here's my answer. )
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Today's [community profile] snowflake_challenge is:

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

At least? You definitely said at least. )
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So I'm doing the [community profile] snowflake_challenge this year, I guess! :D

Today's challenge: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

so my reclist )

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