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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here’s how quinn (and all the entirian) looks to me

Finished Chapter 9 of SoA tonight (4/12/2017). Also, I found a picture of what I imagine Quinn looks like. (You’d have to come to my wordpress to see it, though.)

Chapter 9 is the chapter where Quinn is at boot camp and has to earn everyone’s respect there. It was actually a very difficult chapter to write because it gave me some unpleasant flashbacks and I had to stop writing it for a bit.

I did enjoy writing most of it, though. The only part that really sucked was the scene where Quinn finally earns everyone’s respect. It didn’t . . . resonate with me, so I doubt it’ll resonate with readers, even though it’s supposed to be a powerful and defining moment for Quinn. I just didn’t . . . pull it off. I’m thinking that scene will need many rewrites or else I’ll have to come up with a different idea.

Right now, I feel like SoA can be explained this way: the first half of the book is sex, gender, and sexuality, the second half of the book is friendship, family, blood and gore.

It’s like that because the book begins when Quinn is still a teenager and is getting her weird alien period and exploring her sexuality. Also, Ckylar and General Miora both give Quinn “the talk” since her mother Rose is not there.

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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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stories within stories

Just finished Chapter 12 (4/4/2017 — time machine post) and the reason why Quinn’s bloodline has “magic powers” is explained.

The chapter is pretty hilarious (to me, anyway) because the three main characters of the series — Quinn, Thalcu, and Varzo — are all (currently) teenagers who spend the truck ride bitching and bickering and pouting (because they’re riding off to certain death) and poor Zita has to play babysitter and tell a story to calm them all down.

She tells the story of how Quinn’s ancestor obtained certain abilities that she then passed down to her children, who later became the rulers of Qorlec.

I realized one thing today as I was writing it: I really love telling stories within stories.

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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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