Movin’ Right Along (The Suns of Anarchy, book 3 of The Prince of Qorlec)

Timestamp — 4/8/2017

Been writing book 3 The Suns of Anarchy, and I’ve gotten to 70 pages so far, without even reaching chapter 3 yet.

As I mentioned in the past, my goal with The Prince of Qorlec is to write full-length novels that are each at least 400 pages or something damn close to it. The first book was just an intro to the rest of the series.

The first two chapters of SoA are basically about how Quinn met her future husband. She has to get married and have a child to continue the Miora royal bloodline and is tricked into setting aside her love for Thalcu by General Miora.

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davidge is a “mary sue” . . . lol

Timestamp — 4/7/2017

I’m writing this post with the assumption most people know what a mary sue is. If you don’t, check out this post that sums it up better than I can . . .

Why the Concept of the Mary Sue has BECOME Sexist

So a couple weeks ago, I was watching one of my favorite sci fi films Enemy Mine (I would still love to read the book one day) and I got to the part at the end, and it occurred to me that Davidge winning the day all by himself was really, really unlikely, especially after all the evidence we had previously been presented of him being a shitty soldier.

I’m not trashing this film because I love it and I honestly don’t care if Davidge is a “mary sue.” The fact of the matter is, most male protagonists are easily “mary sues” because they are power fantasies specifically built for a male audience to self-insert.

The “mary sue” crap became sexist because misogynists decided to use it as a way to mock women for doing the same thing.

Sometimes I wonder if my books benefit from the fact that I tend to avoid creating power fantasy characters. I enjoy writing characters so real, they could live next door to you.

Rigg from The Thieves of Nottica is not a power fantasy but was meant to be a realistic person (setting aside the alien shapeshifting) who still triumphs in the end and beats the odds.  The same goes for Thalcu in The Harvest, and pretty much all my characters.

And I wonder if this is a good thing or a bad thing because most people read genre fiction to escape and, therefore, expect to be able to self-insert themselves on power fantasy protagonists.

Ah well. I don’t write to please, I write what I want.

This post is about how I came to the conclusion that Davidge is actually a “mary sue” — or at least would be called such if male characters were ever criticized on the same level as female characters.

Before proceeding, turn your sarcasm detector on. Is it on? You’ll need it for the rest of this post.

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saving the world with paperclips and string

After recently finishing The Harvest, I realized tonight that I love having my characters defeat their enemies with something simple and unexpected.

If you get to the end of one of my novels, expect the hero to defeat the villain with a pencil in the eye or whatever the hell is lying around. Or they might use something simple that was presented earlier.

To get spoilerific, Rigg from The Thieves of Nottica and Thalcu from The Harvest both do this at the end of their respective stories.

It’s hilarious to me that things so small and seemingly harmless could be so deadly. It’s basically a subtle statement about all my non-masculine, non-warrior female heroes.

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I’m so excited (and I just can’t hide it)

I’mma bout to lose control and I think I like it!

Finished Chapter 8 today (as of 4/2/2017) and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

After one of my last posts where I pondered what flaws to give Quinn, I finally decided to give Quinn the flaw of being reckless. You can do a lot with a reckless character, especially if they’re stubborn to boot, and Quinn has proven a little pigheaded thus far. She has caused a lot to happen in the book simply because she keeps rushing into danger.

The next step is to decide why she’s reckless. Is she really that foolish? Is she over confident? I like the over-confident thing. Might go with that.

Quinn often does things immediately and without thinking, and Thalcu is often the voice of reason, grabbing her arm and going, “Whoa, wait, are you nuts?”  It’s going to be interesting once Thalcu and Quinn are separated to see how Quinn’s recklessness screws her over.

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The Harvest *Cast Sketches*

Some sketches I did of the main cast in The Harvest. 

If you’re on Goodreads or Amazon, you have to come to my wordpress to see the image (I can’t draw anyway so it’s probably not worth it).

Gonna stick this inside the book.

POQ Sketches

Yes, I drew Thalcu’s dong.  Cazell also has a vagina because Zonbiri are like . . .  mermaid/seahorse/squid people. Their breeding methods and genitalia are based on seahorses (because seahorses are magical, dammit).

Everyone in the picture is an alien. It occurs to me that there were zero humans in this one . . . lol. There won’t be any humans in the third book either . . . Well, maybe one. 

As I mention inside the book itself, zonbiri are little people and entirian are very tall. Quinn is only a teenager in The Harvest so she’s about as tall as Mercy (who is an adult drasian). At an older age, she would be taller.

 

humorless and humorous

Revised Chapter 7 of The Harvest today (not really, this is a scheduled post that will pop up next week) and I realized that I enjoy making Quinn from The Prince of Qorlec and Cricket/Nineveh from A Time of Darkness polar opposites in temperament.

Cricket isn’t funny. In fact, because she becomes so bitter and grim, she gets less and less cheery as the books progress, and it’s the people around her, her friends who are funny.

Meanwhile, Quinn is funny because it’s supposed to be remarkable that someone who was a prisoner of war for twelve years and suffered such torture and humiliation would not only maintain a sense of humor but also maintain compassion for other people. Quinn comes out of imprisonment without racism, while Varzo — who becomes her best friend later — is the exact opposite and is always quick to form biases because she has been hardened (or let herself become hardened) by the world.

Quinn’s sense of humor isn’t a coping mechanism either. It’s just a part of her personality, a joyous part of her spirit that refuses to die, even in the darkest times of her life. And if her joy ever threatens to dwindle, she’s got Thalcu there to support her.

It’ll be interesting trying to figure out how Quinn deals with sadness when she is separated from Thalcu. After book 3 — according to the current outline — she won’t be seeing Thalcu for quite a while.

Rick and Morty S3 Premiere Was Fucking Awesome

So I just sat down and watched the Rick and Morty season 3 premiere (by the way, this is currently my favorite show ever) and you know how everyone — including myself — spent the last few years hypothesizing that Rick’s motivation was to avenge his dead family?

Back in 2014-15ish I made this long rambling internet post about how I believed Rick had actually lost his original family and come to the current family from a different timeline, taking the place of another dead Rick. Thus, Beth thought he had been “gone for years” never dreaming that he was, in fact, dead and that the Rick who showed up was an imposture.

I even went so far as to guess that the original Rick died in the intergalactic war and lost his family (Beth, Summer, baby Morty). Not on this blog, though. Somewhere else.

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