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…Since it’s only a month and change away, and it’d be good to go in with an actual plan this time. Reviving the fantasy setting that I was going to use last year, putting more thought into what kind of plotline I want to do. I’m pleased by the cast of characters bopping around my head, though.
*The human princess undercover as an adventurer, tall and dark, carefree and happy—until she goes out into the world and sees the suffering of the common people, and becomes their advocate against the nobility that she was born into.
*The princess’ short, hairy, angry, half-Neanderthal bodyguard Asya, a crazy-strong champion of the army who likes tanking with a shield and channeling magic to better batter things with her club.
*The civilized, idealistic bird-person warlord, who seeks to dominate the world with fire and steel in the name of a universal peace.
*The embittered musket-wielding bird-person scout who drinks to forget the atrocities he committed while in the warlord’s service, and to forget the tide of war flying ever westward.
There are also a few characters that I’m not sure I’ll use as major characters quite now, but I’d like to work in.
*The frog-person wizard who’s coming to the end of their seven-year stint as a male, and about to start the transformation into a female until the cycle starts again in another seven years. Also possibly has an apprentice? Worth considering.
*The wizened old human general, scarred by decades of battle and one of the first to set aside her petty grudges in the name of seeing oncoming threats
*The colorfully-garbed raptor-person princess who… had most of her plot stuff stolen by the human princess, sadly. I still want to work in the raptor-people, though.
like tbh i feel like my problem with the “dark and gritty!!” trend in modern stories is this
there’s this idea in our culture that cynicism is realistic? that only children believe in happy endings, that people are ultimately selfish and greedy and seeing with clear eyes means seeing the world as an awful place
that idealism is— easy, i guess. butterflies and sunshine and love are easy things to have in your head.
but i’ve known since i was fifteen that idealism— faith in humanity— optimism— is the most difficult thing in the entire world.
i constantly struggle to have faith in humanity, because it’s really, really easy to lose it. it’s easy to look at the news and go “what were you expecting? of course humans behave this way.” it’s easy to see the world and go “ugh, there’s no hope there.” and the years when i believed that were easy. miserable— but easy.
it is hard work to see the good in people. it is hard work to hope. it is hard work to keep faith and love and joy and appreciation for beauty in my daily life.
and when moviemakers and tv producers and writers go “omg!!! all characters are selfish and act poorly and don’t love each other, nothing ever happens that is happy or good, that’s so much more realistic, that’s so much more adult”
no, it’s not
it’s the most childish thing i can imagine.
Excellent thoughts put more succinctly than I could manage.
hey what Sailor Moon character am I
any character is fair game not just the Senshi
I don’t know Sailor Moon well enough to answer this for Teal. That said… HEY ANSWER THIS FOR ME.
TIPS:GRAMMAR (WORDS):NAMES:NOVEL:CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:POINT OF VIEW:OTHERS:
Chucking onto my page for archiving purposes. NaNoWriMo approaches, it’d be nice to actually be prepared this time.
I’m gonna depress the hell out of all of you. ready? ok go
so, that “stop devaluing feminized work post”
nice idea and all
but the thing is, as soon as a decent number of women enter any field, it becomes “feminized,” and it becomes devalued.
as women enter a field in greater number, people become less willing to pay for it, the respect for it drops, and it’s seen as less of a big deal. it’s not about the job- it’s about the number of women in the job.
observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field. so has happened with scores of other areas; nursing comes to mind
so the thing is, it’s not the work or the job that has to be uplifted and seen as more respectable. it will never work out, until people start seeing women as respectable
but there’s a doozy and who the fuck knows if it’s ever happening in my life time
"observe what happened with biology. it’s STEM, sure, but anyone in a male-dominated science will sneer at the idea of it being ‘for real,’ nevermind that everyone sure took it more seriously when it was a male dominated field."
Personal anecdote time! I’m in a biology graduate program. An acquaintance wanted to introduce some guy to me because his son was thinking about becoming an undergrad science major. When he found out I was in the biology department, he grinned and said, “Well, I guess that’s kind of related to science.”
I gave him what I hope was an icy look and said, “Isn’t it strange how men outside the field started saying that right around the time biology majors shifted from mostly male to mostly female?”
The guy got this look on his face like he was about to play the “just a joke” card, and then an older woman who had been standing nearby, talking to someone else, turned to me and said, “The same thing happened with real estate.” She went on to explain that, over the course of the career, the male-to-female ratio among real estate agents had dropped, and the pay and “prestige factor” of that job dropped along with it.
This is also famous for happening to teaching. Keep an eye on medicine over the next fifteen years and watch as it becomes less prestigious and less well-paid.
It also happened to secretarial/administrative work - in the 19th century, clerical work was utterly respectable and seen as requiring quite a lot of talent and skill (which it still does!) but then along came the typewriter and women entering the field and HEY PRESTO “she’s just some secretary”
at my university, chemical engineering, or chem eng, was often referred to as “fem eng” why? because it’s an exact 50/50 ratio of women to men, which clearly makes it too feminine. in the 70s/80s chemical engineering was one of the most important and hardest engineering fields (plastics! pulp and paper! OIL) but now that there are more women in the field it’s considered an easier field, in comparison to other fields.
for example, i once heard a girl in mech eng list some of the engineering fields in the order she thought was hardest to easiest. you know what it was? electrical, mechanical, chemical. it’s absolutely no surprise that this list is also a handy ordering of fewest women in the field to most women in the field.
AND, another point! this happens the other way around too. computer science related fields used to be dominated by women, which made it not very important (switchboard operators? yup). once men started taking over the field, well that’s when the big money and prestige came in.
The field of anthropology, which is becoming female dominated from what I can see, has been determined to be useless by some. (I’ve even had girls in STEM fields tell me I don’t study a “real science” so how’s about that internalized misogyny for ya) When I was majoring in anthropology, Gov. Rick Scott determined that Florida didn’t need any more anthropologists and wanted to reduce funding to programs and increase funding to STEM programs. While not considered a STEM field, anthropologists have contributed to the research behind STEM programs and provide a wide variety of services to Florida alone. A team of anthropologists created a powerpoint “This is Anthropology" to talk about dozens of programs and services they contribute to in Florida which include healthcare programs, education programs, disaster relief, forensic investigation, environmental programs and conservation efforts, research for fortune 500 businesses, agricultural programs, immigration programs, programs and services for the elderly, etc. I’m also in the field of education, and we’re constantly made out to be overpaid (we’re not) and made out to be incapable of doing our jobs without very strict guidance.
It’s all very insulting, really. No matter what we study. No matter what we do to earn a living. It will never be good enough.
This happened back when I studied forensics at my first uni - it was probably at least a 60/40 split in favour of women, perhaps closer to 70/30 by the time I left and whilst it was by no means easy, the amount of nonsense from people (not just men but women too) in different classes who weren’t in our forensics modules was ridiculous.
And it happened again at my second uni when I was studying zoology. I think that class was about 50/50 all the way through, it was hard to tell exactly given module choices and being split into different slots for labs especially in fourth year when I only saw some people at the few actual zoology seminars due to having zero modules matching up with them but there was a lot of shit thrown our way as being a “soft” science. Which is absolute bullshit because every area of study has things that are easy or difficult but they all vary per person and according to their actual interest and enjoyment of it. I can take some ribbing between schools at uni, I can take ribbing between different parts of STEM (ie teasing between the med school and basically everyone else because the med school got the fancy buildings and we got the old ancient buildings they were slowly modernising) but wow some people (not just guys but alas, mainly guys) from other parts of the sciences were so gross. Especially a lot of the physics dudes I shared chem labs with (it’s a requirement at my old uni in life sciences to do biology + chemistry or science fundamentals in your first year and you’re strongly pushed towards chemistry if you have at least passed a higher in it) were really really ‘oh that’s not even a real science subject’.
That’s not even a real science subject.
The life sciences.
And honestly I feel like a lot of this is hitting us in a bad place given the current state of the Earth and the climate, the way were are not being listened to as life scientists when we discuss how we need to change now so we don’t cause even more damage. Because it’s a “soft” science. Because there are too many young women involved in it.
Jason Momoa for Men’s Health UK October issue (x)
He could wreck it. Whenever.
I can see why this guy is Khal Drogo and Aquaman. I am okay with these casting decisions.
Man, *I’ve* never been invited to one of these game dev / game journo sex parties that GamerGate keeps talking about! Come on fellow journos/Devs, where are you hiding them?
This may be the dumbest/most hilarious/most WTF claim of GamerGate.
"The main source of corruption in gaming and gaming journalism is clearly—"
"Game publishers making their advertising money contingent on good reviews on game journalism sites?"
"What? No, it’s—"
"Reviewers getting witch-hunts called on them by fans if they speak a word of critique at the New Hotness?"
"What are you…? No, it’s—"
"Game sites firing journalists that give big-budget games anything lower than an 8/10?"
"Stop interrupting me, it’s—"
"Game publishers making pay for game designers explicitly linked to numerical review scores, incentivizing reviewers to inflate their scores to avoid hurting overworked programmers?"
"Grrrr, no, it’s—"
"Game sites putting out publishers’ press releases as their only news, effectively acting as their PR sock puppets?"
"SEX! The main source of corruption in gaming and gaming journalism is sex!"
"Yeah, all these women are turning game journalists into evil feminists by sleeping with them. THAT’S the big problem. It’s a feminazi conspiracy!"
"…I think my brain just melted."
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I have a new job starting tomorrow (by which I mean a return to my old job). Traditionally, I like to listen to podcasts while I work, since my job involves a lot of rote hand movements that leaves my brain and ears unengaged. While I have a decent backlog of podcasts to grind to, I’m going to need to introduce fresh stock soon. So if anyone has any recommendations, let me know.
My current array consists mostly of historical podcasts (topics covered include alchemy, China, the Papacy, Britain, Hannibal, ancient European warfare, and the Arab Spring, plus Hardcore History and Twilight Histories); Warmachine podcasts; a few World of Darkness podcasts; a sweet strategy game podcast; and, of course, Welcome to Night Vale.
NOTE: This was originally posted by Greg Costikyan over at Gamesutra. It was taken down for excessive profanity. All I haveto say is “fuck that.” This needs to be read.
Gamersgate: STFU by Greg Costikyan
"As a male voice in the game industry," writes my daughter Vicky, "you should speak out about this."
I wanted to hold my tongue. Because when I let loose, it usually does me no favors. But she’s right.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
What do you think you’re defending? An industry in which greed-head executives make brain-dead games on a yearly basis that show little to no innovation from one title to the next? You fucking -want- Madden? And the next Call of Duty game, same as the last but with new content from hundreds of exploited drones working hours that destroy relationships because the suits think that’s what they want?
For decades, we had a market that catered to Maxim-reading horny boy-men who bought games by developers who spent man-years on developing better physics to make tits bounce in the next beach volleyball title. For decades, we had shameless manager jackasses who thought the best way to market their titles was to hire high-breasted bimbos to pose and giggle at their booths at E3.
For decades, we had the best creative minds of our industry SHUT DOWN whenever they proposed the slightest design innovation, because increasing budgets meant all design risk must be minimized.
For decades, we had no way for people who wanted to do anything creative be able to find any path to market.
Finally, finally, and thank god, we have a viable path of market for indies, and a way for people who want to express themselves through games that will never sell in the millions to find a market. And you find that a PROBLEM?
What kind of blinkered idiots you are?
And of course, indies do whatever the fuck they can to get noticed, because they don’t have MILLIONS OF MARKETING DOLLARS TO SPEND. What the fuck would you expect?
Let me explain something do you. Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision: Mutimillionare. Anna Anthrophy? Stroppy indie developer who probably has problems paying her rent. Who has the power here? What the fuck are you talking about?
There’s some kind of conspiracy by the in-group to promote indie games at the expense of “real” games? What the fuck are you talking about? Who cares who Zoe Quinn fucked, or didn’t fuck? It’s none of your fucking business, unless you were one of the people involved, and most of you would give your left kidney to fuck her, if you had any brains. You are unlikely ever to touch anyone with an iota of her talent or intelligence.
And what does that even mean? Have you suddenly noticed that the game industry is undergoing weird changes as a result of this supposed conspiracy? The next Call of Duty being cancelled in favor of triple-A treatment of the next Anna Anthropy design?
Do people who actually care about whether games can be more than degraded violence porn for young men sometimes get together and talk about games that actually matter? And do they sometimes write about such games?
You’re fucking right they do! And you should be fucking grateful that someday a more mature and interesting landscape of videogames may emerge from that! That’s not what we call “conspiracy;” that’s what we call “gamers who care about games.”
And what is it with this mysoginistic bullshit?
I want to tell you some stories.
1. The studio head who invited me -and a female employee- to join them at a strip club at a conference, expecting we would all enjoy this as a ‘fun time.’
2. The party given by an industry marketing firm where I and Dan Scherlis were approached by a scantily clad woman who was evidently hired to show their clients a good time (not necessarily including actual fornication) and had to explain that we were both involved with people we cared about, and actually were having a perfectly enjoyable time talking to each other.
3. The -very- gay friend of mine who was hired by another firm and started sweating when I approached their booth at a conference, in fear that I would reveal his sexual orientation to his new boss.
4. My friend, Dan Bunten, a seminal figure in early PC gaming, who decided he was a woman, and after extensive surgery, became Danielle Bunten Berry. “Shabbily treated” wouldn’t even begin to describe it.
I have no idea why gender and such is even an issue in this conversation. Women have always been a minority in the games industry, to its loss; but they have never been entirely missing. Roberta Williams created the Sierra adventures. Brenda Garno, later Brathwaite, later Romero, was one of the key talents behind the Wizardry series.
If you look at recent IGDA surveys, 80+% of all jobs in the industry are held by men. This is a problem, particularly as industry surveys say that a majority of gamers are women. To be sure, they’re playing Candy Crush and not Call of Duty, and maybe that doesn’t qualify as a “real game” to you, but if so, fuck off. Games are games, games are good, and it’s great that more people are playing them. Stop masturbating with your console controller and get a life.
Anita Sirkeesian has told some pretty obvious truths about the treatment of women in games; controversial ones, and others are free to debate them, but “debate” doesn’t normally involve threats to rape or kill.
You can like, or not like, Zoe Quinn’s work; tastes vary. But her sex life is not, and never has been, any of your fucking business.
Leigh Alexander is one of the most interesting journalists working in games.
This is bullshit, you are assholes, and shut the fuck up.
Deal with the fact that not all games are, or will be in the future, the same corporate crap that you apparently love so much. And understand that the money-grubbing entities who dole out this crap will continue to feed your fix, because it’s a far larger market than is reached by the indie people, whom you despise and spit on, can possibly ever hope to reach.
You’re attacking people who have problems making their rent, apparently in defense of people who make millions off your fanboy lusts; and somehow feel threatened by people who love games — as I supposed you do — but love games that are a little different.
You are assholes.
Worse, you are poor examples of men. Men, good men, defend women. They do not attack them.
To which end: To defend the honor of Anita Sirkeesian, Zoe Quinn, Leigh Alexander, or yes, Anna Anthropy, I will be willing to meet any of you, on horse or afoot, with sword or pistol, at a time and place of your choosing.
It is time this stopped.
EDIT: Original cached post here, courtesy of James Wallis.
"This is bullshit, you are assholes, and shut the fuck up."
This sums up the correct response to #GamerGate pretty neatly. Well done, Mr. Costikyan.
(There are a few problematic bugs with regard to how he presents Ms. Berrry and the faint ‘chivalry’ toward the end and blah blah blah. The perfect is the enemy of the good, and this is good.)
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