why the entirian don’t shave their armpits (and also why I hate amazon)

In book 3 of The Prince of Qorlec, it’s mentioned that entirian women mostly wear bras for sports/fighting but normally don’t wear them, nor do they shave their legs and pits.

I’ve been thinking about this and thought I should share my thought-process behind what I did.

Because entirian society is supposed to be the mirror opposite of human society, I realized while writing The Suns of Anarchy that entirian women should probably have zero beauty standards.  This wasn’t an attempt to be feminist. This was an attempt to keep consistent with my established lore while also building a fictional culture that makes perfect sense within its confines.

It makes perfect sense because it’s the dominate, ruling class that often sets beauty standards, and because Qorlec is matriarchal, I can’t imagine their women setting standards that are oppressive to them and teach their daughters self-hate from a young age.

As a result, they have no beauty standards. Women can choose to wear bras or not wear bras and no one cares. Etcetera and so forth.

But because the men are also oppressed, there have clearly been standards set for them. We see this through Ckylar, Quinn’s husband, who is expected to have a nice chest, stomach, and back, and is also treated like a piece of meat for the duration of his life, until Quinn shows up on Anarchy and he is chosen to marry her.

At their wedding, Ckylar must once again conform to male standards of beauty, femininity, and purity and is slightly drunk because he is unhappy. I wish I had gone more into his psyche regarding his oppressive life on Qorlec and later on Anarchy. Maybe it’s something I can elaborate on in Book 4.

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unpopular opinion: the mummy 2 ruined evelyn carnahan

I loved The Mummy franchise growing up — except 3. I never saw 3 and I don’t know anyone who liked it.

I’ve always loved The Mummy because it’s a combination of all my favorite things: action, adventure, magic, comedy, and romance.

I love those sorts of stories, so those are the stories I write. But today I realized that Evelyn’s character (as well as the lore of the series) was actually ruined for me by the sequel. (I honestly think they went too far with the reincarnation crap in the second film, but that’s me.)

Don’t get me wrong. The Mummy 2 is hilarious and I actually love it. It’s okay to love things that are problematic, so long as we can recognize that they’re problematic without turning into assholes and attacking people who don’t agree with us that our favoritest movie is utterly infallible.

So what’s wrong with The Mummy 2? Eve’s femininity is handwaved in favor of masculinity.

I . . . hate that.

It sends a message that femininity is bad, wrong, and inferior. To gain cool points, women have to kick ass? Um . . . how about no?

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and the beat goes on

I thought I should write something so that people won’t think I threw myself into the canal three days ago. That quote on my Goodreads page is a(n unfortunate) joke — I don’t even have a garage. Or any rope.

As I’ve said on my “about me” page, this blog is where I come to vent. I know that blogs are supposed to be informative and entertaining and all that crap. I’m suppose to write dissertations about why Buffy is problematic or why grimdark fiction is overrated or why science fiction today is X,Y, and Z.

Instead I’m ranting about my stories being hard to get reviews (I think Amazon even deleted some of them, those bastards) and bitching on occasion about my shitty life. But if people want to be entertained, they can just read one of my books. That’s what they’re for.

Feel free to jump to tl;dr

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burnt out, bummed out, and just out

Have written to page 113, four chapters in of Light-year Lion (#lion girl), which is Book 4 in The Prince of Qorlec (#girl prince).

I barely got any writing done. I usually average about thirty pages a day — meaning, I write one chapter a day because the goal with every chapter is 30 pages.

I didn’t get many written today. Maybe ten. Today was just not a happy day. I write more when I’m happier and not distracted by anything else.

I think Light-year Lion might be longer than the other books because the lore has been expanded, there are more characters, so more POV chapters, and Quinn’s journey to build an army is something that will come into play in Book 5, which right now is called Moon Fire. So to set the stage for all that, Book 4 might have to be long. Which means it’ll take longer to write.

Right now I’ve finally gotten to the part where Quinn is about to escape Vorgvon, the detainment prison for entirian prisoners on Kahz. It’s gonna be a fun chapter to write. We get a robot in this book (again) only this time the robot is on the protagonist’s side.

This book is also a little more heartbreaking, as even more characters die.

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Light-year Lion Chargin Full Speed Ahead

By the way, the tag “lion girl” will refer to Book 4 Light-year Lion from now on on this blog. Additionally, “purple planet” refers to The Suns of Anarchy.

So currently I am in the middle of chapter 2 of book 4 of The Prince of Qorlec, and I already love writing it way more than The Suns of Anarchy.

I think I didn’t like writing SoA because it’s basically a transition book. You know when you get to that point in a series where you might read a book that is basically an explanation of how other stuff happened?

Like reading Mercedes Lackey’s Herald trilogy and you get to the middle book, which is basically about the main character’s training?

That’s SoA.

The Suns of Anarchy is basically about how Quinn became married and went through training and how she wound up getting captured by the Zeverec again, this time through her own actions and the failures of General Miora combined.

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Quinn had — and always has — full control of her sexual urges. (yes, exactly what that said.)

This post pertains to The Suns of Anarchy, which is book 3 of The Prince of Qorlec. And it pertains to a specific scene that happens early on in that book.

I felt like I should explain what happened between Quinn and Ckylar when Quinn “blossomed,” and what my intention was with it, and why it happened.

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“Strong Female Characters” rant cont.

This is kinda sorta a continuation of this post.

I wound up thinking of this tonight because I was trying to continue reading I, Robot, (I am never gonna find the time to finish this reading challenge) and I couldn’t keep reading it because I am so, so annoyed that Dr. Calvin wound up being a fucking stereotype.

In the short story “Liar!” everyone is manipulated by this robot who can read minds, through the use of their pride and arrogance, etc. For example, the mathematician (a man) was manipulated into thinking he was going to inherit the company. His pride and arrogance was used against him.

The way Dr. Calvin was manipulated was so, so typical of the way a female character is treated by male writers.

Dr. Calvin didn’t get to be proud or greedy or smug or any other human flaw. Instead she had the sexist  flaw of hating other women and being insecure about her appearance and longing for romance. 

As someone who writes about romance constantly, I’m still annoyed when romance is the sole defining characteristic of a female character. All too often, female characters are whittled down to wanting a husband and kids (Harley Quinn anyone?) and their desire to be pretty and validated as just as worthy as those prettier but stupidier women with big jugs that they hate. It’s . . . really, really annoying.

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