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The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: June 26, 2017, 06:03:25 PM »

This is another take of mine on Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of feminine love, beauty, and fertility. You can think of her as the Egyptian equivalent of the Greek Aphrodite or the Roman Venus. She's also the goddess best known for her cow motif, although Isis could also take on a bovine form in some depictions.

The last time I drew Hathor, I thought her face came out too wonky for some reason, so I took another stab at depicting her with a somewhat "sexier" pose.

Bookworm's Corner / Re: What books are on your to-read list for 2017?
« on: June 26, 2017, 01:23:46 AM »
I have a bunch, but the big one I will probably tackle next is Neil Gaiman's American Gods (have not seen the show though).

The Chatterbox / Re: This site has a curious gender imbalance
« on: June 26, 2017, 01:18:53 AM »
Honestly, I haven't been that concerned about the gender of the members- it's the least of my worries, out of anything having to do with this site. The gender of a member doesn't bother me. It's the overall activity (which is an entirely separate, complicated/frustrating issue in itself) of the members that I'm far more concerned with- we have a number of people (regardless of their gender) who typically either log in and don't post/reply to anything or haven't logged in at all/in months. I'm fairly certain that there are actually more male members on the site than what it seems, it's just a matter of them actually taking the time to post (and actually, I can least five male members, though one of them hasn't logged in/posted in at least a few months, if not longer).

If you know of any other people, regardless of their gender, that may want to be part of the site and will actually participate and respond to posts and start their own topics, you're more than welcome to invite them to the site. That's really the only way the ratio will end up balancing out, is if we can attract more members from whatever gender/writing experiences as much as possible. I can advertise until I'm blue in the face (which I haven't done in a while 'cause I've been waiting for the librarium to be finished...), but really, members helping with that and getting the word out about the site is what would be a huuuuge help. We need to be generating more posts (responding to posts, starting posts, and not just relying on the staff to be doing those things) so that we can attract more members.
For what it's worth, I've already posted a link to this forum on my FB blog, encouraging friends of mine to join the site if they're interested in the subject matter. Dunno how much of an effect it will have, but here's hoping it'll catch someone's eye sooner or later.

The Chatterbox / Re: How is everyone doing in the writing world?
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:59:08 AM »
Currently stuck in writer's block...again. Actually, that seems to be my normal state. Every now and then I'll catch an idea and write a short story out of it within a day or two, but the rest of the time I'm stuck in brainstorming. A major part of the problem is filtering for the right ideas. Sometimes I will have a certain character in mind (typically someone I've drawn in a picture), but I need to assign them a story to act in, and that isn't as easy as you'd think.

The Chatterbox / This site has a curious gender imbalance
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:43:42 AM »
Anyone else notice that the vast majority of posters on this site seem to be chicks? I only recall seeing three or so posters here who were dudes, myself included. In fact, I'm probably the only regular poster on this site who is a dude, with all the others being chicks.

Not that I necessarily have a problem with this. There are plenty of other communities I frequent where the gender imbalance goes the other way, so it's only fair that one or two of my usual haunts have a high chick-to-dude ratio. But still, it's quite curious that this one forum for fantasy writers attracts so many XX individuals and so few XY ones. Anyone have a guess why? And do you think the forum would benefit from a greater representation of the hairier sex?

The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: June 25, 2017, 07:58:05 PM »

This lovely young lady represents the ancient Indus Valley civilization which thrived in the northwestern Indian subcontinent, along the Indus (or Sindhu) River, between 3300 and 1700 BC. Among their achievements are sophisticated systems of irrigation and urban sanitation, a distinctive written script that remains to be deciphered, and possibly the first taming of Asian elephants for labor. The cause of the Indus Valley culture's breakdown in the second millennium BC remain unknown, but it is around this time when another group of people known as the Aryans started pouring into the region from Central Eurasia. Recent genetic research indicates that modern Indian people are descended from admixture between these incoming Aryans and the subcontinent's aboriginal inhabitants, the latter having the closest genetic affinity to the "Negrito" Andaman Islanders. Of course, it's most likely that it was these pre-Aryan aborigines who erected the Indus Valley civilization and thus laid down the foundations for latter Indian culture.

This girl's design is cobbled together from multiple sources, but one big inspiration was an ancient Indus Valley figurine commonly identified as a female dancer. However, since the original was completely nude, I've added some clothes to my Indus Valley girl so I could show her off to a broader variety of venues. The designs on her necklace's centerpiece are drawn from seals bearing the Indus Valley culture's distinctive script.

The Fantasy Genre / Re: Fantasy writing cliches
« on: June 25, 2017, 01:48:14 PM »
However, when the threat has the potential for global impact, even though it's currently a more localized threat, it makes it important to the reader on another level.
I was just reading a non-fiction book about such a scenario. It's called The Rescue of Jerusalem, and it proposes that a Kushite (aka "Nubian") army rescued the city of Jerusalem by breaking an Assyrian siege in 701 BC, thereby allowing the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to evolve. It's the sort of event that would have shaped the history of the world even if it didn't appear that way at the time.

I know it may seem off-topic, but sometimes developments in history can contain inspirational seeds if you know where to look.

The Artist's Corner / Re: Artsy Marsy
« on: June 24, 2017, 01:14:11 PM »
^ Interesting filter effects on this one.

The Fantasy Genre / Re: Fantasy writing cliches
« on: June 24, 2017, 01:08:00 PM »
in some cases bordering on a fetish

You guys are bringing up some interesting points here, some that my friend and I didn't even touch on in our post about cliche characters. But I think this fetish note--that's where SFCs cross the line into cliches I don't necessarily enjoy in books. As a kid, I liked male leads much better because I read way too much fantasy written in the 80s. All the women were either damsels in distress... or big boobed, big butted perfect looking women with short hair  who could break a rock in half with their heads, much less a man (not obviously referencing Danica from the Cleric Quintet here :) ) I was a bit of a tomboy (a lot), and I still couldn't relate to those characters. As I aged, I found myself looking like a girl, acting like a boy, (you can find me out back in a pink mini-skirt and lacy shirt, firing pistols if you need me) and I began to really wish there were female leads like that. What's wrong with liking pretty things and still kicking butt? Can't warrior women be allowed to have long hair and fight? Aren't they allowed to like baking cupcakes with chocolate butterflies on them?? No. For some reason it seems to be hotter to have the scowling, Xena type princess with a full bod, skimpy clothes and three swords. They're not bad characters so to say, often they are written with some great dialouge/action, in fact. But I do get a little bored of them in the fantasy genre in specific. It's like the only SFC in fantasy must be "every FPC in every RPG ever". Or a woman trying to disguise as a man in a sexist setting.
I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this, because I think sexy warrior women are awesome as fuck. I don't think they necessarily have to cut their hair short or reject all things "feminine", but in my book, boobs + booty + action = WIN.

But going back to the topic of fantasy do people feel about "save the world" type of stories? Because that's the first fantasy storytelling cliche that comes to my mind.

The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: June 24, 2017, 12:23:57 PM »
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The Fantasy Genre / Re: Fantasy writing cliches
« on: June 24, 2017, 04:21:08 AM »
I have plenty of action heroines in my own work, and I am not ashamed of it at all. If that triggers anyone out there, that's their problem, not mine. I will simply ignore them.

The Artist's Corner / Re: Artsy Marsy
« on: June 24, 2017, 12:11:11 AM »
@Mars, that is some nice digital painting work you got there!

The Artist's Corner / Re: So Tyrannohotep likes to draw...a lot
« on: June 24, 2017, 12:10:13 AM »

It's been years since I last did anything with colored pencils. But once upon a time, they were my preferred medium of coloring before I learned how to do it digitally. For old times' sake, I decided to practice using colored pencils on a sketch of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. It'll probably never look as clean as my digitally colored works, but it was good for nostalgia.

The Fantasy Genre / Re: Fantasy writing cliches
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:48:00 PM »
Personally, I actively dislike female main characters. Period. I don't find them very relatable, no matter how well-acclaimed they supposedly are and regardless of whether or not the author is female. (I am a woman, by the way. I just have a very strong preference for male leads and generally find even a fairly flat, poorly-written male lead more engaging and more relatable than a supposedly well-written female one.) would you react to a female main character you could relate to? Is gender really that much of a deal-breaker for you when it comes to protagonists? Because I'm a dude and I think strong female heroines are fine.

The Fantasy Genre / Re: Fantasy writing cliches
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:38:58 PM »
Strong Female Character™ because the answer to damsels in distress and male main characters (often farmboy-knights) is just as much of a cliche stock character, often one with absolutely nothing traditionally feminine about her because, you know, that would make her soooo less worthy of being called a hero. (Can you tell I'm not a fan?)
Meh, not all women have to behave according to traditional gender stereotypes (which tend to vary from culture to culture anyway). Not that there's anything necessarily wrong with a female character who comes across as more "feminine" either, but not every woman out there is going to fit into that mold.

I will say I'm not so fond of the "warrior woman trying to prove herself in a sexist patriarchal culture" kind of story arc. If warrior women are commonplace in a fantasy setting, I'd personally prefer it if their existence was simply taken for granted.

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