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The Chatterbox / Re: Worldsmyths Age Range
« on: December 13, 2017, 10:27:23 PM »
I turned 28 today.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:01:05 PM »

This is my interpretation of Anput, an Egyptian goddess who presided over embalming and mummification. She was the wife of the jackal-masked Anpu (better known as Anubis), with whom she had their daughter Kebechet (goddess of embalming fluid). Here, she's holding one of the four canopic jars which held the deceased's organs during the mummification process.

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I personally think erotica and porn would be fine as long as they fit the fantasy theme. They probably would need some sort of rating or warning attached to them though (e.g. a disclaimer saying "there is explicit sex in this"). If sex is the focus of the work, they should probably get their own subforum with that warning attached. At least that is how I see it.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:33:11 AM »

After doing the sexy devil girl, the next logical step was, of course, to follow up with a sexy angel girl. Because who says angels can't be sexy as well?

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:50:30 PM »

Listening to some heavy metal music put me in the mood to draw this sexy devil babe. I have to say she came out, shall we say, quite bedazzling?

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The way I see it, fantasy has the potential to be such an inclusive genre by itself that there's no real need to add other genres to this forum's focus. There are already so many different kinds of stories you can tell within fantasy. In addition, fantasy by nature also intersects well with other genres. You can have a fantasy adventure, a fantasy mystery, or a fantasy horror, among many other examples. It's possible that broadening the site's scope to include non-fantasy writing might attract a larger community, but fantasy by itself is still quite a broad scope.

As for including fan fiction, the problem I see is that most individual pieces of fan fiction probably will have their appeal limited to whatever fandom the fiction was written for. If you have fan fiction for some obscure anime, for example, you'll need more than a passing familiarity with the anime in question to appreciate it. It's probably easier for readers to dive into original fiction that doesn't require any previous knowledge of a certain fandom.

And then you have all the shippers... :o

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:33:53 PM »

Tyrannosaurus rex recently heard certain primates claim he's incapable of roaring because certain distant relatives of his, the birds and crocodiles, don't. He begs to differ and wishes to voice his opinion on the matter as loudly as possible.

Mind you, there's no guarantee that any dinosaurs were capable of roaring, either. It's hard to say without finding their fossilized vocal chords. I just find the argument that dinosaurs couldn't produce roar-like vocalizations (because extant birds and crocs don't) rather unpersuasive. Birds and crocs may be the closest living relatives of extinct dinosaurs, but they're still further removed than house cats are from lions and tigers. So their usefulness as proxies for how extinct dinosaurs might have looked and acted is rather limited in my view.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:21:39 PM »
Now that my Internet has booted back up (we recently got back after evacuating from a big brush fire near our neighborhood)...

This tough (yet prepossessing) cowgirl wields a couple of revolvers out on the plains of Texas. Apparently between a quarter and a third of cowboys out in the Old West were African-American, but I don't know how many (if any) of them would have been women.

The prairie in the background is based on my personal memories of Plano, TX, where I spent my preschool and kindergarten years. For the most part the place looked and felt more like the quintessential American suburb than anything evocative of cowboys or the Wild West, but I remember there were expanses of grassy plains and woodland here and there.

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The Chatterbox / Re: Bad Readers and the Hook Race
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:05:27 PM »
Here's the thing... I DON'T want a main character who represents me. I actually hope I never run into one.

A main character who represents me would have to have crippling back and joint problems. Just the very sort that would get in the way of any sort of adventuring thing...like sleeping in the woods on a bedroll, or hunting down monsters in damp caves, or slaying dragons. Or, in the case of my life today, driving an hour each way, going up flight of stairs, and pushing through crowds to go pick up a necessary item that I was putting off until after NaNoWriMo. Stairs are my nemesis...dragons are way beyond my abilities. By necessity, a character who represents me in regard to mobility problems would have them completely get in the way of and probably derail the plot of any action/adventure fantasy story. And if it didn't...if the character were somehow unimpeded despite them being described as having the aforementioned mobility issues, it would be terrible characterization and would also break immersion. I really really do not want to see that represented in the sort of story I like to read.

Also...I read fiction (and game) so as to get away from both the city I have to live in due to my husband's job and the disability I have to live with... I'm also one of those women who prefers male main characters.
You'll find that most of the campaigning for diverse representation in speculative fiction comes from people from certain racial or ethnic groups that have received a lot of social marginalization historically. A large proportion of it comes from people of African heritage in particular, who still suffer from both a longstanding legacy of past oppression and widespread prejudice and discrimination even in this day and age. They have to confront not only sidelined and stereotypical portrayals in fictional media, but also pervasive narratives of their own inferiority that too many people of other races (and even some black people themselves) have absorbed or accepted. In that light, I can totally understand why people from those groups want more inspiring portrayals out there that contradict the traditional racist narratives.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:51:10 PM »

This warrior is unsheathing her sword from its scabbard behind her back. No name for her yet, but I imagine she's some kind of adventurous bounty hunter or mercenary who does her fighting in exchange for coin.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 06, 2017, 02:14:24 PM »

These are portraits of two theropod dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus and Baryonyx) and an African-American chick in a cartoony style, which I doodled while listening to a online seminar on autism and exercise. The "webinar" turned out to have been a huge waste of time (it was directed not at autistic people themselves but to their parents and therapists), but at least I found something productive to do when it was playing.


This is my sketch of the Baryonyx walkeri as it will be portrayed in the upcoming movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I did have to modify a few aspects of the anatomy (e.g. the hands and jaws) to make it look a bit more accurate, but I'm still happy to see a new dinosaur introduced into the JP franchise that isn't a total Indominus-style hybrid. In retrospect, though, I should have made the neck more slender.

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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:59:01 PM »

This portrait shows my character Tufayyur, a Queen of the Garamantes in the Libyan Sahara. Although the Garamantes were a real North African civilization, Tufayyur herself was a fictional character I created for a little "historical fantasy" story. In it, she and a Roman military officer named Claudius were supposed to team up against an evil sorceress and her army of desert bandits. To be honest, the plot still needs fleshing out if not a total reworking, but I still kinda like Tufayyur's design.

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The Chatterbox / Re: Bad Readers and the Hook Race
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:45:16 PM »
In some cases, it's not even clear what's offensive to people of a certain demographic and what isn't.

For instance, years ago I once described a black female character in a vignette as having "wooly" hair and "cocoa" skin, and I thought those were inoffensive because I'd seen a black author (Charles R. Saunders, I believe it was) use them for his own black characters. My reviewers (none of them black, as far as I could tell) complained that "wooly" and "cocoa" were both offensive to black people. You can imagine how confused I felt from the whole experience.

Again, while I'm all for racial diversity in fictional characters, writing them isn't without its challenges if you're writing characters of a different race or culture from yourself.

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The Chatterbox / Re: Bad Readers and the Hook Race
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:29:06 PM »
Speaking as a cishet white dude myself, I do get bored of the traditional Eurocentric fantasy settings. And I totally understand why people of non-European ancestry want better representation in fictional media. Therefore, I can only agree with the desire to diversify fantasy.

However, I do think white writers who have an earnest interest in writing out the Eurocentric comfort zone might find themselves in a bit of a Catch-22. I remember reading on the NaNo forums a post by an African-American woman saying that she didn't want white writers writing non-white characters at all because we "tend to get them wrong anyway". And it is true that writing about people from a different culture will require writing what you probably have little to no firsthand experience with. Which wouldn't be so hard if the culture were completely fictional and without any superficial resemblance to a real one whatsoever, but if not, you face run the risk of misrepresenting (and therefore potentially offending) a real group of people. Unintentionally blundering when it comes to representing different races is unfortunately all too easy.

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Introductions / Re: Yup, that's me
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:59:16 PM »
Welcome to Worldsmyths, Sadi! It's always good to have more posters in this little forum!

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