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Messages - J.R. Darewood

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You're absolutely right of course.

I have to admit that I got carried away while writing the description and the original broad definition of employment got changed because of this. So yeah, this is about low-profile employment, peasants, villagers, etc.
Not slaves, not apprentices, not master assassins or battle mages.

I don't mind writing the story of a low profile worker, but I don't want to have to implant fake "standard mc characters" just to highlight the low key aspects of my character.

Please don't! That's probably neither fun to read nor to write. Those "standard MC characters" don't care for this story and the people in it and it should be the other way round too. (They can have a positive or negative impact, though.)

I wouldn't have minded the broader interpretation of "how these fools make money" though I think the mysterious absence of economic stress is 99% of the escapism of reading for me :)

Speaking of which could the theme be interpreted as "unemployment" with a character actively seeking employment/coping with unemployment?

...or I could just write the story I had in mind a few months back about a woman who left a kung fu monestary un China to be a cardio-kickboxing instructor at an awful chain gym in LA bc she's tired of being broke and battling evil but she's got competition with a pushy arrogant Uber powerful Zumba instructor with very strong chi that wants to push her out of her popular 6pm time slot

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Introductions / Re: How did you Choose your Nickname?
« on: July 03, 2019, 06:25:54 AM »
I named myself after the famous anthropologist in @Lanko 's short stories, but then switched it to Duckly Barewood since @xiagan is basically a shaman and determined that my spirit animal is Darkwing Duck while smoking peyote in a tent and moderating the forum from his phone

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1) I agree with Nora and
2) I find this topic triggering. :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite Book quote
« on: July 02, 2019, 08:57:31 PM »
"The good and the evil resulting from our words and deeds go on apportioning themselves, one assumes in a reasonably uniform and balanced way, throughout all the days to follow, including those endless days, when we shall not be here to find out, to congratulate ourselves or ask for pardon, indeed there are those who claim that this is the much-talked-of immortality, Possibly, but this man is dead and must be buried."

José Saramago from Blindness

"The things you used to own, now they own you."
"You are not special. You're not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We're all part of the same compost heap."

Chuck Palahniuk from Fight Club



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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A few questions
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:47:54 PM »
1. Written? Does that mean my imagination counts?

2. I feel like I haven't read enough too answer this. I'm pretty fond of Gully Dwarves from Dragonlance

3. I saw this thing where teleportation was actually just cloning and they incinerate your original body, but they dont tell anyone that's what you're actually doing when you teleport. I forget what that was from....

4. Here in tempted to talk up my own tavern... just bc I like the name

Hey, is number 3 from 'The Prestige', where Hugh Jackman actually cloned himself by Tesla's instrument and had his old bodies killed off? That's actually a spoiler for the movie, though.

Haha I'm pretty sure that's not what happened in the Prestige. No this one was interspace travel

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Writers' Corner / Re: Final Edits Finished.
« on: July 02, 2019, 01:58:31 PM »
Nice job!! Never had that feeling...

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It was refreshing in the latest incarnation of Spider-Man the audience wasn’t subjected to his origin story again.

Into the Spiderverse was nothing but origin stories. And it was great!

I loved that movie! (Into the Spider-verse, *not* the millennial Spider-Man with a hot aunt with no conscience as a hack for a librarian rich jerk)

I think the thing is that it was a story, with tons of powerful emotion, that just happened to have some origins wrapped in..I think every story should be an origin story of something, but the origin of what? A friendship? A vendetta? Whatever it is helps you build on the next element in your series

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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« on: July 02, 2019, 03:01:48 AM »
I'm on a bus. I wish I could write but I'm in a really awkward position... For the next 22 hours

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A few questions
« on: July 02, 2019, 02:56:24 AM »
1. Written? Does that mean my imagination counts?

2. I feel like I haven't read enough too answer this. I'm pretty fond of Gully Dwarves from Dragonlance

3. I saw this thing where teleportation was actually just cloning and they incinerate your original body, but they dont tell anyone that's what you're actually doing when you teleport. I forget what that was from....

4. Here in tempted to talk up my own tavern... just bc I like the name

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I just made Valerhu. Not sure what it is, but I'm happy to be one.



Having never read Feist I found that to be somewhat overwhelming

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I'm glad to see that we've got people who like fan fic and don't all living happily together. I'm of the controversial opinion that its ok to like fan fic and it's also ok to dislike it.

My first foray into online writing groups were fanfic sites. I wanted to write in someone else's world (mostly D&D like dragonlance or forgotten realms) but I find writing other people's characters to be near impossible. Most fanfic is about the characters so it ended up not being a good fit. I've read and liked some of it too. Some of it is crazy Gonzo like one where the Golden Girls are reincarnated as lion Cubs in the Lion King, except Dorothy has telekinetic powers. Pink telekinetic powers. How can you not find that entertaining?

More controversially, I also think it's a-okay not to like fanfic. Like an insane proportion of fanfic is shipping. Shows focused on platonic relationships are so rare-- between men and women or also bromances. They might be there on the side, but love between friends that doesn't have a possessive sexual undertone is rarely the centerpiece.  When I read fanfic shipping characters that were friends, it feels violating. On one hand there's a disturbing general inability for us as a society to concieve of nonsexual intimacy, on the other fictional characters cannot give consent (and often the author that have birth to them can't).

So while @cupiscent  gave a great reason for why underrepresented groups ship characters, the reason that I'd feel 200% more comfortable reading gay erotica with new characters than Ron and Harry getting it on is the consent issue. Sure you can say they're just fictional characters and these are fantasies, but as someone who's had a stalker and worked with victims of sexual assault, shipping leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

So at the end of the day I think it's okay for me and others not to like it or find it disquieting. We can just choose not to read it. People will still write it, and they will enjoy reading it and that's okay too.

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General Discussion / Re: Dungeons and Dragons
« on: June 28, 2019, 09:39:21 PM »
I have to say that I'd really love to watch a D&D session, based on what everyone is saying :D

I'm sure there are some near me, but I'd prefer to be with people I know (and I bet the ones around here wouldn't welcome watching strangers, hehe)

You should look up Critical Role. They're a group of voice actors who play and they're really good.

Also the "Advanced Dungeons and dragons" episode of the TV show Community was HILARIOUS

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Almost through the last season of Magicians. Absolutely love it. One of the few book to screen transitions that I think was done well, despite veering far from the source material.

I love the stuff you've mentioned, but The Magicians (TV show) has hopped to my favorite current show. It's just the perfect mix of horror, f'ed up relationships, and genuinely hilarious events, and having been a big Narnia fan as a kid, the way they twist all that up has a special place in my heart.

I did not expect the season finale and I'm very much looking forward to the final season.

The tile episode with Elliot and Quentin is my absolute favorite so far. But I have a thousand little moments that I loved. Every single character has so much depth and personality. It is a rare situation where I like the show more than the books.

On a side note, has anyone watched Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency?

I like the show more than the books too but I finally quit midway through this season because I couldn't stomach the shows handling of Julia. Like everything she did was awful, and she used to be my fav.

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I prefer a mix. A fully first or third person view tends to be monotonous and a mix based on situations should be the norm.
I’m with Bender. I prefer a mix. You also get little gems like one I’m reading now, The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, which uses alternating 1st and 3rd person.

Ewwww no. I read a book where they did that once. Just no.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The F-F book club
« on: June 28, 2019, 07:38:27 AM »
Every time I see "f-f book club" I think "fight club" and I keep wondering what it would look like if we took the best of the two and somehow combined them into an anarchist commune guided by a split personality bent on ending all debt using books to seal our cathartic bonds

Cos I read the first part of this and assumed we were all going to fight and I'm pretty sure I can take you, Darewood. :P

There's gotta be some sort of intense emotional arc we follow from conflict to reconciliation as we brawl over whether Demanded should have been Taim or Hermione should have been the hero of the Harry Potter books. And we need to lose teeth. And hug

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