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why am i considering working this weekend

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why am i considering doing nanowrimo

Thank You!

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:43 pm
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Dark Lord Cares for Wayward Children

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:57 am
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Someone left a kind comment on one of my Wind Waker fics a while ago, and last night I finally got around to putting together a reply, in which I wrote...

Ganondorf's acknowledgment that Link and Tetra are children results in several subtle hints that he cares more about their wellbeing than just about anyone else in the game. Personally I tend to find this narrative dissonance amusing rather than poignant, but that's probably because I'm a terrible person. That, and the dynamic character juxtaposition between savage murder children and salty evil wizards is just not something I get enough of in my daily life. Why is "Dark Lord Cares for Wayward Children" not an established literary genre?
 
Which made me wonder, if this something that hasn't been done, MAYBE I SHOULD DO IT MYSELF. I mean, actually, maybe I should? Okay, like...

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Honestly this is exactly the novel I want to read, and I kind of wish someone else would write it.

ETA: I love Jeffrey Brown's Darth Vadar and Son series of comics, but they are too wholesome. I think that's the point, but I need both the Dark Lord and the child hero to actually be evil and obnoxious.

ME TOO

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:25 am
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In the wake of the widespread acknowledgment that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed a number of young women (and the publicization of the various attempts to silence these women), this weekend a whole host of female-gendered people on Facebook and Twitter posted status updates and tweeted with the hashtag "ME TOO," which was meant to signify that they have also experienced sexual harassment from a male colleague or supervisor.

As much as it pains me to see that so many of my friends have been harassed, I'm happy that people are speaking up about this. This is a good step in the right direction, but the problem is that it only reinforces the accepted narrative of sexual harassment without critically addressing it.

Namely, no one is particularly surprised if a man in a position of power sexually harasses or assaults a woman. "Men are trash," the narrative goes, which is not particularly fair to (what I would assume is) the majority of men who are neither powerful nor particularly misogynistic, nor to the women who were harassed presumably because they were not constantly defending themselves against the sort of behavior that they should have expected from men. Saying "ME TOO" with no context only reiterates the narrative of men as aggressors and women as victims.

What I would therefore like to accompany "ME TOO" is a loud assertion that women who do report serious incidences of sexual harassment will be listened to and supported instead of alienated and dismissed. This is not a nice or happy thing to say, but I feel that, for every crapsack man who engages in overt harassment, there are a dozen women surrounding him who would rather be shitty to another woman than to risk offending him.

I have a number of "ME TOO" stories, but one of the most upsetting involves me being ostracized by my peer group for publicly calling out a man who had been sexually harassing me and several other women in our cohort for more than half a year. None of the women in the group benefited from protecting him (quite the opposite, in fact), but the misogynistic counternarrative of "If a woman complains about a man then she just wants attention" was so strong that it persisted even in the face of clear and obvious evidence of sexual assault – and even in a group that primarily consisted of women who, to add insult to injury, WERE GETTING GRADUATE DEGREES IN SOCIAL WORK AND GENDER STUDIES. (For the record, it was a straight white cisgender man who eventually ended up shutting this asshole down, which was an A+ exercise of straight white cisgender male privilege.)

This is just a personal anecdote, but I think it illustrates a less accepted but still important aspect of sexual harassment, which is that it's often not a secret. It's not that people don't know that a certain man is being gross and hurting women, but rather that they silence any woman who tries to say or do something about it. "Men are trash" is all too often canceled out by "But women are crazy." Meanwhile, the harassment itself often serves to create power imbalances within female peer group by reinforcing stereotypes of female physical and emotional weakness that many women (understandably) don't want to be associated with.

"ME TOO" is a good start, then, but I'd really like to see it transform into a call that demands a response: "I SUPPORT YOU."

ETA: OKAY GOOD, WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION NOW. The relevant hashtag is #IBelieveYou. Although that's still not enough. As I wrote earlier, everyone already knows that this sort of thing happens all the time, and "believing" that a woman is telling the truth has never been enough to make it stop happening, unfortunately.

2017 Weekly Writing Log, Part 37

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:12 pm
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I haven't been feeling productive lately, but here we go...

- One of my longer book reviews just got published last week. It generated some buzz on Facebook, which people tagged me on and I did my best to keep up with. My review was fairly standard in that it highlighted the strengths of the book while merely hinting at the rough patches, but it turns out that people really dislike the author. To be honest, I once followed her for a year or two on LiveJournal. She was kind of rude to me, and I'm not a huge fan of her work either. That's no reason to be mean to her, but I am not above watching other people rip her to shreds.

- I sent in the (hopefully) final proofs of a piece that I'm publishing in an essay collection that will (hopefully) hit the market in December. The book's page just went up on Amazon, and it looks great.

- I submitted an essay on a short indie horror comic to a Halloween-themed special series hosted by a feminist pop culture blog. It should go live later this week.

- I put up a new post on my video game blog. Posting once a month isn't bad, right? I also polished some of the blog's auxiliary pages.

- I posted a three-panel comic based on the opening of the recently released 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga on Tumblr. This is the first thing I've drawn on a full-size sheet of Bristol board paper, and now I can't go back. I should probably go ahead and finish the last few things I started on photocopy paper, but I'm also aiming to get another Superstar Saga comic out this coming weekend. After that, I'm going to need to devote a few days to watching Photoshop tutorials, because the process I'm currently using to color these things is extremely inefficient and time-intensive.

- I set up an art only blog on Tumblr, because why not. It still needs a lot of design work, which I guess I'll get to eventually.

- I paid for and downloaded a copy of InDesign, and this week I want to try to learn to use it.

Looking Forward

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:02 pm
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Dear Creator - Holidays!!! on Ice

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:43 am
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Dear Creator for Holidays!!! on Ice,

Firstly thank you! I'm really looking forward to whatever you produce. If you want to know more about what I like you can see the sort of art I reblog here on tumblr or you can see my fic bookmarks here on ao3. I also made a longer list of likes and dislikes here.

Best Wishes
Qem


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Yuletide 2017

Oct. 13th, 2017 03:28 pm
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I signed up for Yuletide this year because I'd like to write outside my comfort zone of themes and tropes, and it's been my experience that people provide lengthy and well-considered prompts for the exchange. I ended up being assigned to someone who suggested an intriguing idea, but... I'm not sure I'm actually qualified to write it?

She requested a missing scene from an event that occurs late on the third disc of Final Fantasy IX; and, as much as I love that game, and as much as I love reading fic and dōjinshi about that game, I realized that I haven't actually played it all the way to the end since 2010. I mean, the Final Fantasy fan wiki contains extremely detailed information, and I can always watch the sequence on YouTube, but I'm still feeling a bit in over my head.

Given the two months between now and the December 18 deadline, I'm sure I can write at least a thousand words of something, and I think it will probably be okay if my story is faithful to the spirit of the prompt, even if someone else who's more familiar with the game might have been better able to cater to the specifications. I'm also considering drawing fan art to go along with my fic to help make up for the fact that it's probably going to be on the shorter side. I really want to give a meaningful gift that will make the person happy, you know?

Thankfully, a slightly updated version of Final Fantasy IX was just released for PS4 last month, so I went ahead and spent the $20 to download it. Last night I played for about an hour, and it was painful. It's distressing to say this, especially since the game was remarkably beautiful for its time, but it has not aged well. The blurred pixelation of the environments is intense, and it feels even more extreme when contrasted against the updated character models. There are some neat cheats and shortcuts built right into the options menu (such as the option to max out your party's Gil and Skill Points whenever you'd like), but I don't think this makes the game any more enjoyable to play, especially since it wasn't grind-oriented to begin with. Also, I know it's sacrilegious to say this, but I've grown so used to ambient and environmental sound design that Nobuo Uematsu's score of catchy one-minute song loops is kind of annoying me.

I seem to recall that the game becomes more interesting after your party leaves Alexandria. I also remember how much I love Vivi, and I'm starting to get some ideas on how I can write Garnet as less of "a princess who wants to be free" and more of an actual human being.

OTW: A Decade of Serving Fans

Oct. 11th, 2017 05:31 pm
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OTW Finance: 2017 Budget Update

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:13 pm
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One of my brother's new housemates is a disabled 19 year old teen who is in love with Sailor Moon. He recently moved into the system and is not transitioning well - he's a behavior problem, and his family has pretty much abandoned him. After stopping by, I commented on a drawing of Sailor Moon in the house, and he got very excited and showed me everything he has - a cup, a blanket, and a couple of CDs. He invited me to watch an ep with him, and I couldn't say no so I'll be going over when my brother isn't around so it's clear I'm visiting with him, and not just my brother.

Something about this kid just tugs at my heart strings (even though the first time we met he fell into a tantrum and kicked me - he's mentally about 10, but emotionally about 6). I'm going through my old merch, but I never had much in the way for Sailor Moon. I'm broke (only working part time since I'm back in college yet again), so I thought I'd see if anyone had anything they could spare and wouldn't mind mailing (I am very, very broke).

The kid would be grateful for anything, and I think positive attention is something he doesn't get enough of. I'm looking for any kind of merch in good condition - he's a dubbie, but I think Japanese printing would be fine for posters or other merch. I'm also looking for DVDs of the dubs (he has Sailor Moon R Movie, the first season of the 1990s series and the first season of Crystal). I'd also be open to other anime DVDs (I'd really love to get the kid into Cardcaptors or maybe Fushigi Yuugi) or English manga translations. Most of the animanga I have skews older (really don't want to explain things like Yami no Matsuei or CLAMP's most mature works to the house staff). He also has a couple of random shounen DVDs (Yu-Gi-Oh, Dragonball Z, Samurai Deeper Kyo), so I think he'd appreciate different genres.

If you have anything you can contribute, leave your email and I'll give you my mailing address. I appreciate anything you can donate. His birthday is this Saturday and I'm giving him the couple of collectibles I still have. He's trying to plan his birthday party, but it doesn't sound like it's going to live up to expectations from what the staff said. I'm thinking maybe Christmas....

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2017

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:05 am
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Re: Training Montage, Part Eight

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:49 am
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Yesterday afternoon I went to the art supply store where I buy Copic markers to ask if they offer classes... and also to buy more Copic markers, because I love them. When I asked the woman who rung me up, she gave me a smug look and answered, "Sorry, we don't offer adult classes." The way she said "adult classes" was sort of like the way some people say "adult diapers," and it hardcore rubbed me the wrong way. I wanted to be like, Wow my bad for not spending my early twenties learning to draw, but AT LEAST I DON'T WORK IN RETAIL FOR MINIMUM WAGE. Instead I just said "Okay, thanks," bitterly satisfied by the knowledge that I routinely piss through more money than she earns in every paycheck when I go out for lunch with friends at a restaurant not two blocks from the store.

NOT LIKE I'M INSECURE OR ANYTHING.

So anyway, I'm planning on calling the Washington Studio School later today to see what's the haps.

Also, I've decided that a third skill I need to focus on, along with drawing on-model characters and working on actual comic page layouts, is drawing big and beautiful men being big and beautiful, like so:

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2017 Assignments Are Out!

Oct. 11th, 2017 12:44 am
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Assignments Out


Yuletide 2017 assignments have been sent. You can find your assignment by:



My Sign-up
My Assignment
Sign-up Summary
Requests Summary

  • checking your email, if you have collection-related emails from the Archive of Our Own enabled in your Preferences.



Stay Chill, Stay Silent


This is a secret exchange. Don’t announce what your assignment is. Don’t reveal to your recipient who you are or what you plan to write for them. In fact, please don’t contact them at all. You can send questions through the mods at yuletideadmin@gmail.com (but please read further in this post before you send any questions).


I have questions!!


Naturally! Right now there are three kinds of questions: questions that we would like you to send right away; questions that we ask you to hold off sending until October 15th; and questions we can’t help with at all.

Questions to send immediately
  • My assignment doesn’t have the fandoms and characters I offered - what’s wrong? - We haven’t heard this one for a while, but if that does happen to you, please email us.

  • I don’t have an assignment! Where is it? - Please check that you signed up… But yes, please do let us know.


Questions to hold off sending until October 15
  • Could you please ask my recipient to unlock/complete their letter? - Please give them, and us, a few more days.

  • I don’t understand my recipient’s prompts. Could you ask them…? - Again, please give us a few days. If your question is very general - for example, they include a term you don’t recognize - you may be able to sign in to IRC or Discord and ask other participants! Please be careful not to give away what fandom you’re writing, and for whom.

  • How exactly do I fulfil my assignment? Do I have to… - Again, please give us a few days, see above question, and see the FAQ.


Questions not to ask us
  • My assignment is terrible. Can I change it? - No. If you have an assignment that matches what you offered, please either work to fulfil it, or default.


The FAQ may answer some of your questions.

Asking for more details through the mods )


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Please click here to see what time the deadline is in your time zone.


(If you happen to be wondering, later, “when’s the deadline again?” you can check your assignment email, or look on the 2017 Yuletide collection - either at the top, or in the Schedule.)


And last and most important, have fun!

Training Montage, Part Eight

Oct. 9th, 2017 02:50 pm
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Around 7:30 on Saturday evening I posted a design sketch for Zelda in a SSB Office AU that I'm working on, and then I reblogged it on Sunday afternoon at 1:00. It didn't get many notes (three to be precise, with me reblogging it making four), which is a trend that's gradually ceasing to surprise me. The reason I used to be surprised was not because my artwork is necessarily interesting or noteworthy, but rather because anything I reblog will generally get a minimum of eight notes, and a typical note count for content I reblog is more like twenty to thirty, especially if it's something relating to Ganondorf (and then, if one of my fandom artist mutuals reblogs it from me, the post's note count can jump up by several hundred). Also, back in 2015 and 2016, even the shittiest of sketches I posted would get at least a dozen notes.

Whatever fandom goodwill I used to enjoy has dissipated, however, and now I'm facing a difficult hurtle, which is that my work needs to be good enough to surpass its association with my username. As long as I can continue to be friends with a few good people on Tumblr, I'm genuinely happy to be there, but this situation unfortunately makes gauging the success of any given piece difficult, since the feedback I'm getting right now is that everything I'm doing is bad.

It's impossible for me to work harder, because I'm already devoting as many hours as I can afford to spare every day to practice and skill development. I think that what I therefore need to do is not to work harder, but rather to figure out a way to work differently. The easiest way to do this is to find a teacher. There's an art store in downtown DC that sells Copic markers at a major discount, and every time I go in to buy more of them (I might have a problem haha) the employees are always friendly, so maybe that might be a good place to ask about classes.

I also think I need to start devoting more attention to developing two specific skill sets. First, I need to get better at drawing established characters on model; and second, I need to start drawing more sequential art, the creation of which is, after all, my end goal.

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