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  2. Basics Name/Penname: Rachel Age: 22 State/country: USA Education: In college (kinda lol) Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Writing, video games, cosplay, makeup, working out, sleeping lol What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? I mean, is it too cliche to say Tolkien lol I found his books at a young age and it was pretty defining for me, so just means a lot❀️ What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? Movies: Atomic Blonde, Crimson Peak, Hereditary, Shape of Water. I like a lot of horror movies lol and I'm a sucker for a good action movie lol and of course, LOTR. TV shows: not a lot, ATLA, My Hero Academia, Mindhunter, True Detective Writing How long have you been writing? I've been writing since I was probably around 9, but I've only recently started taking it seriously in the last year. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) Oh geez, I once wrote a story about a girl who got lost in the snows in Alaska and turned into a wolf. She was raised as one and only turned back once she found her family. Some people from school read it because I wrote it in a school notebook lol but I never finished it. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. GoddΓΌr is a very complex guy, his father has always wanted him to be a tough, heart of steel warrior but he's actually very soft. He's tried his whole life to get rid of that side of himself and has hated himself for it. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. Hmm, although magic is outlawed and looked down on in my current story, a market island called Vard uses magic to make prisons that other mages cannot escape from. They also use magic to make the land much more beautiful than it was. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? Really good! I started in June after spending a few months worldbuilding and I have written around 57k, I believe? I'm on chapter 21 of 30 and I hope to finish before the end of October πŸ™‚ Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? No, never tried it. The closest I have is participating in a 6 month writing challenge which will end this year πŸ™‚ Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? r/fantasywriters What made you decide to join? My old Discord has slowed down a lot and I really liked the accountability it gave me and the feedback I got from other writers. Working in a close group was really great because I love being around the creativity and bouncing around ideas and stuff. I figured I would try my hand at finding a new group πŸ™‚ What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning the craft, etc) Basically everything from above. I need accountability to get my chapters written, I need feedback, advice in areas, I love the community feel.
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  6. Welcome to the forum @Fisch! Let us know if you have any questions or anything. πŸ™‚
  7. Welcome to the forum, Fisch! You've come to the right place for some inspiration and feedback. I hope we do help.
  8. Name/Penname: My name is Fisch dh Kun (don't really like giving out my real name)Age: I'm 17 State/country: Texes Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Watching anime, reading books, a little bit of gaming, and writing as of recent. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? My all time favorite author is Christopher Poalini who made the wonderful series Eragon my favorite book series. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? well i don't watch normal TV much these days i mostly watch anime and out of all of them my favorite is One Piece i love the adventures and wonder the world creates and the tension it builds making me wait for the next episode. Writing How long have you been writing? Not very long maybe a month at most i'm pretty new to it. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) Currently i haven't finished or wrote a book but my first one is in the works in a way it doesn't have a title but i have a story mostly thought of and i'm working on a lore book of sorts to guide me through making it as i like to know limitations of a world and what i can and cant do, and as a thing to look back on for characters and just general things i should know about what i'm writing. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. This is a bit awkward to say as i haven't told anyone about my story's or much about them but the main character is named Frey silver who's a dragon that can turn into a human and basically its a tragic tail of him going though a lot of pain and tragedies. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. the world itself is hard to explain at its base its a fantasy world with elves vampires and dragons, but there are alternate worlds with steam punk aspects to them and I've left a space in the lore in a way to where i can add any kind of world next no matter what the technological advancements but i don't think ill be going further than steampunk technology. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? I haven't written any thing solid yet i'm working on a lore book to help guide me through it. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? To be honest I've never heard of it but know i know what it is so id love to give it a try. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I've been searching for a good place to look for opinions and critiques on my work so far and stumbled upon the discord which brought me here. What made you decide to join? The hope getting some inspiration and opinions on my work What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? Hopefully my goal is to gain more skill and knowledge through it and get some inspiration and opinions on things.
  9. Thanks, you two! I will seriously consider NaNoWriMo if my coursework forecast doesn't look too rough. Glad to be a part of your community. πŸ™‚
  10. Welcome to our forum, Ms. Tassarin! Sounds like a rather subversive storyline you have there. I wonder how the original Chosen One feels about his hubby taking up his mantle? Is he happy about it, or does he resent it in some way?
  11. Welcome! I'm glad the NaNo post is finding eyes πŸ™‚ I like the description of your hopepunk character. In a world of grimdark that's practically anarchic of you.
  12. THIRD grade?! No wonder you have a phobia of it. That's waaay too early for that movie...did they actually let you watch the sex scene?! Anyway...yay more Buffy fans! Also more Graceling fans! ❀️ Your story with Mar sounds awesome! πŸ˜„ and I agree with Penguin, you should totally join in on NaNo this year! Let us know if you have any questions about the site or anything!
  13. Tinypic went under and we've got a new url for you to replace the huge, ugly tinypic image that should be us! https://i.imgur.com/0suJpH6.gif Sorry for the inconvenience!
  14. Eeee, another Whedon fan! ❀️ I love Buffy. I still need to watch the Angel spin-off all the way through (it was on Netflix but they took it down before I even finished the first season). I LOVE FIREFLY! I actually just ordered some Firefly car/laptop decals from Amazon and they'll be here tomorrow, haha. XD We have quite a few fans of Buffy/Firefly/Ange on here! Also Game of Thrones. Your idea from last November sounds pretty fun! Looking forward to getting to know you! πŸ™‚ If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
  15. Basics Name/Penname: Maya / Maya Tassarin Age: My passport says I'm going to be 30 soon, which is a weird thought. Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Writing (obviously), reading (also obviously, I guess), learning languages, traveling, cooking (unless I *have* to cook; when there's an obligation involved, I immediately forget it's a hobby and start seeing it as a terrible chore I need to leave behind as soon as possible :D), tabletop roleplaying. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? There are so many! My top 3 favorite authors right now are probably Robin Hobb, Sofia Samatar and Seanan McGuire. I love everything I've read by them. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? The most recent ones I've fallen in love with are Good Omens and Gentleman Jack. My old favorites I've rewatched several times in all of their entirety are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel (the Buffy spin-off), Firefly, and Babylon 5. I used to love Game of Thrones during the first few seasons, but then my interest kind of fizzled out. Writing How long have you been writing? I honestly can't remember a time when I wasn't making up stories in my head and at least dreaming of writing them down. I didn't always write them down, though; that started happening regularly when I was around 16. I'm dyslexic and dysgraphic, and writing (as well as reading) has always been very hard for me for that reason. But when I was in high school, my parents wanted me to learn English and they found a tutor for me who had special training and experience in working with students who have problems like mine. I'm still incredibly grateful to this man, because he didn't just teach me English, he did it in a way that made it possible for me to actually read and write in English without too much strain. I've tried to fit the tips and strategies he gave me to my native language (Russian), but the two languages are very different and it hasn't worked out all that well. It still takes me a lot of effort to read in my native language and I pretty much can't write in it all, but I encounter very little problems with English in comparison, so that's the language I write in. πŸ™‚ What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) It was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic, but I can't remember which one; when I fell into that fandom, I wrote a handful of them over one single summer. They weren't very good, but they were finished and people read them and even told me nice things which cemented my desire to become a writer back then. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. Right now it's probably Shayne, the protagonist of my last year's NaNoWriMo novel I'm currently in the middle of rewriting. He's pretty much hopepunk personified: aggressively and relentlessly kind, determined to make the world a better place one person at a time, even if it kills me. I feel like writing about him is helping me become a better person. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. To tell the truth, most of my fantasy worlds are pretty generic, with a few twists here and there. I write very character-driven stuff, and only do as much worldbuilding as I need to in order to bring forward the character's personal issues and struggles. I don't think my worlds are very interesting when they stand on their own; it's the characters that hopefully can make my stories stand out. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? For the most part, I write slice-of-life type of fantasy, but last November I had an idea for a pretty typical epic fantasy about a quest to save the world. The twist was that there's a Chosen One who has saved the world ones already and doesn't want anything to do with epic quests any longer, he just wants to live quietly in his little town with his husband and keep dealing with the psychological scars the life of adventure has left him with. So when that new call to adventure comes, he refuses it vehemently. But the world still needs to be saved, and there's going to be a lot of problems if no one gets to it, so his husband pretends to be another Chosen One and heads out to save the world in the actual Chosen One's place. That one story has spawned a number of prequel and side-story novellas (I haven't written the first drafts of a couple, and I have outlined a lot of the others already), two big prequel novels that I should get down to writing one of these days, and I think there's going to be more for me to write in that rapidly growing universe. Most of the prequels and side-stories, with one exception, are more of the slice-of-life variety that I usually enjoy writing. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? I participated ones, last year, and I pretty much described the result above: it left me with an entire fantasy universe to explore, and even though it's a little bit overwhelming, I'm happy with that result. πŸ˜„ Oh, and also, I won. I'm planning to participate again this year, but I'm still deciding what my project is going to be. I pretty much spent the entire year stuck in that one universe, writing-wise, so I think I want to take a break from it in November and write something entirely different. Still unsure what exactly, though. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? I saw a mention of the Discord channel on the NaNoWriMo forums, and then I vaguely remembered my friend mentioning the forum in passing. What made you decide to join? I'm a pretty introverted person, but I really want to get out of my shell and start communicating regularly to more writers, and this sounded like a good opportunity. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning the craft, etc) A sense of community and a place to talk about fantasy, writing, and writing fantasy. πŸ™‚
  16. Welcome Blair! Lots of us do NaNoWriMo, so you'd have a sense of community and a support group if you do decide to participate πŸ™‚
  17. Basics Name/Penname: Blair Legarde Age: 25 State/country: New York, USA Education: High School and currently pursuing a BA in Creative Writing Hobbies and Favorites What are your hobbies? Reading - Fantasy, Fanfiction, poetry, random knowledge found on the internet. Writing poetry and fantasy stories. Playing video games - anything with a great story or that I can play with friends, or both. Some of my most favorite are the .Hack// series, Xenosaga trilogy, Star Ocean 3, Valkyrie Profile 2, Final Fantasy X + X-2, Mass Effect trilogy, Dragon Age trilogy (4 when?), Final Fantasy XIV, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, and the dreaded League of Legends. When I reference my love of video games in conversation I almost always cite Xenosaga as the best game I've ever played, though. The story is absolutely incredible and I cry every time. I also enjoy exercising, nature, and having meaningful conversations. What is/are your favorite book(s) and authors? My modern favorite is Kristin Cashore. I'm currently listening to Jane, Unlimited via Audible and I'm somehow surprised at how much I'm enjoying its unique structure. Her Graceling series is a complete winner for me and I recommend it to everyone. Other favorites are Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, which I recommend to any writer, Bram Stoker's Dracula, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (which I just finished, else a friend threatened to disown me), William Wordsworth in general, and many other poets I've read that I won't list here at the moment. What is/are your favorite movie(s) and TV show(s)? I don't watch television, really, but my old favorites are Buffy the Vampire Slayer (has anyone else read those published fanfiction books? I still have them somewhere, but I loved them) and Teen Titans. I've been enjoying the new Marvel movies. I think it would be easier to name the movies I don't like, which is pretty much anything horror and Titanic. Yes, Titanic is responsible for my one and only phobia, which is the fear of being on a ship at sea. Why did they show it to us in 3rd grade? Pure. Evil. Writing How long have you been writing? I wrote a lot as a kid. Mostly crazy fantasy stories with my friends as characters. I also did a lot of online role-playing in middle/high school to flex my writing skills. I sadly stopped for a long time afterward, until recently. I've hardly begun to write again, but I'm making some modicum of progress. What was the first story you wrote that you remember? (Is it finished, and has anyone read it?) I wrote a short story for English class in 8th or 9th grade. We were supposed to do our own rendition of a fairy tale, and I chose Little Red Riding Hood. It was called Red and was written in first-person. It followed Red on the only day of the year she is allowed to leave house arrest to visit her grandmother, who she discovers to be eaten and replaced by Wolf. She promptly murders Wolf with an axe and buries him in her grandmother's back yard. The police come to collect her shortly after. That's the gist of it! Rather dark for me, especially when I was so young. And I said I disliked horror movies - ha. I earned an A+ and was complimented as the only one to use first-person, which I was proud of for some time. Tell us a little about your favorite character to write about. I wish I could say I have a current one, but I hardly do. My WIP is in that bare-bones stage of "I have one page of how the magic in the world works written down and everything else is in my head so does this even count as a WIP?" Embarrassing, but there it is. I have about four or five characters that have swirled around in my head for some time now, however, and I know quite a bit about their personalities. I think my favorite to think about is Mar - a young woman who was exiled from her clan for trying to destroy a false deity that had slowly brainwashed her people into revering it, which gave it power. When she failed, she was sent across the sea to a cursed land, and must learn to survive its perils. I think I love Mar because she is the angriest, grittiest character I've ever thought of and her situation is completely hopeless, yet she continues to fight for survival if only for the chance to one day take her home back. Tell us a little about a fantasy world you've created. The most worldbuilding I've ever done was of Mar's world. The false deity that claims her clan is some form of wisp that gains sentience and power when it's around many people. Because Mar's clan is not educated on magic or magical creatures, it takes advantage of them. The world itself is divided into several continents that have had little to no contact with one another ever since a great war that happened on the central, decaying continent known as the Cursed Land. The idea was to have Mar eventually meet representatives of the other continents who, for one reason or another, are surveying the Cursed Land. I'd like to return to this story some day and finish it, because I have so much of the plot just lazily swimming around in my mind. Tell us a little about your current work in progress. How's it going? I think I mentioned that one page...right? Progress! Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, how has your experience been? No, though it has often been recommended to me. If I know what's good for me I should probably look into it for this year. Worldsmyths How did you find out about Worldsmyths? r/fantasywriters What made you decide to join? The desire to get myself motivated, have a writing site to call home, and to meet other writers. What do you hope to gain from Worldsmyths? (Examples: Find a beta reader, get feedback, motivation, a sense of community, fine-tuning) All of the examples listed above. Mostly a sense of community, I think. Looking forward to talking to everyone, Blair
  18. Yeah, they're probably something that would have been imported from the tropics. Maybe some rich assholes in fantasy-world Europe thought that having pet dragons in their backyard would make them more macho or something, and then the beasts got loose. In fact, there is some evidence from medieval bestiaries that dragons were thought to have originated in tropical regions like India or Ethiopia.
  19. Funnily enough I was literally just thinking about something like this. I have a tropical snake who requires much more heating support in the winter. Some snakes survive winter just fine, but she'd die within hours if she got too cold. I'm sure she'd appreciate having a self-heating mechanism. πŸ™‚ Makes me think dragons would have to be a transplant species, if you will. There are snakes indigenous to cooler climates, of course, but if they need heating support to survive during the winter, they probably didn't come from that climate.
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  21. It's one of the best things I've seen. So, of course, they cancelled it two seasons into a six season run. It's very unfinished, cliffhangers and all, but I still consider it well worth the watching. Plus I've never manages a re-watch without being attacked by plot bunnies. 🀣
  22. Not yet, but the preview I saw looked really good!
  23. Have you seen CarnivΓ le? It's an unfinished series (much to my sorrow), but they had a fascinating take on this.
  24. What if dragons evolved the ability to breathe fire to keep themselves warm during the wintertime? If you're a big and scaly reptile living in the otherworld equivalent of medieval Europe, you might find the winter cold uncomfortable even if you had the "warm-blooded" metabolism that paleontologists have postulated for dinosaurs. Keep in mind, however, that dragons were historically considered more closely related to squamate reptiles such as snakes and lizards, which tend to have a more "cold-blooded" metabolism. Maybe fire would keep a dragon's metabolism running during a medieval European winter?
  25. Welcome, @matcha! Glad that Google led you to us! πŸ™‚ Let us know if you have any questions about anything, and feel free to join us in Discord if you're up for some chatting!
  26. While I agree that grey characters aren't always the type of villain you want, I do want to point out that psychopaths, sociopaths, and narcissists aren't inherently evil people. Based on their lack of ability to empathise and the egos of narcissists and psychopaths, they are more likely to do bad things but they're even more likely to lead normal lives. The majority of psychopaths become bankers or CEOs. They're also very good as firefighters and surgeons. Just writing an evil villain off as a psychopath doesn't actually do enough to cover why they're doing what they are doing.
  27. The "they may be an absolutely horrible and irredeemable person, but they like dogs!" approach is one of the things that irks me about "grey" morality in fiction. It's just token traits tacked onto a character as if that gives them greater moral depth, rather than being a one-note trait that might come up all of once in the story or contradict the character's actions. If an evil villain is shown to like and protect dogs, but then blows up a city where there was certainly plenty of dogs, then clearly they didn't think twice about all of the dogs there, did they? Likewise, trying to stick "bad" traits on good people also comes across as forcedβ€”a "good person" doesn't shoplift, because they'd care about whom they're stealing from. Most of my stories involve good people trying to stop bad things from happening, such bad things usually carried out by bad people. The protagonists might be flawed in various ways, but ultimately are making the conscious choice to protect the innocent and make the world a better place. The villains who are truly villainous might think they're doing the right thing, might have done good things for others or cared about other people, but ultimately their evil actions are done for terrible reasons and nothing changes that. Not that characters who are in-between don't exist in my stories. My current story-in-first draft has an antagonist who believes they are working for humankind's benefit, who takes active steps to mitigate the chaos and prevent innocent death from their actions. The protagonist allies herself with said antagonist because her own life has led her to agree with the antagonist's perspective on humankind, and because she sees the antagonist achieving their ambition as something that'll give her the happy family she's always wanted. And it has a supporting character who believes in being friendly and positive to everyone, in trying to be the best person she can be and encouraging the same in others, who tries to convince the protagonist to turn away from the antagonist and stop their plans. Good people exist. Bad people exist. And those who are in-between exist. I'd rather not create a false equivalency among those groups of people, just because someone who strives to do good may have the occasional slip or someone who intends to commit an atrocity was nice to their child in the past.
  28. Though it's not part of the forum thread posted here, the Discord discussion that this came from brought up an amazingly good point. There was an interview with an old hand in the movie industry, an actor, who was recalling various things about his career. The outtake I saw mentioned his discussion with a director. The director said he'd never seen someone do a convincing Hitler because people came at the role with the idea that the man was pure evil. But the thing is, in his own mind, Hitler was not evil. In fact, in his own mind, he was a hero, and was doing the right thing to save his country. To himself he was not a madman or a murderer, but a savior. And, like him or hate him, we couldn't be who we are today without him. His actions set off a chain reaction that is directly responsible for everything from our current technology to redefining many of our ideas on morality. Plus, he couldn't be who he was without us. He cribbed heavily from common eugenics ideas of the time period, especially ones the USA practiced back then, and continued to practice even after the end of WWII. In fact, we were still doing them into the late 1970s, and we weren't the only industrialized, was actually a part of WWII, and should-have-known-better country doing such things. And there are still cries for it even now (putting gays in concentration camps, killing all the Muslims, Australia and it's solution to the refugees on their shores, Brexit as a reaction to the influx of minorities and Muslims, etc.). There's no black-and-white here. Hitler did good things, some of them, yes, deliberately, while we continue to support extremely evil ideas that should have died with the man, and even accept these toxic notions unquestioningly into our societies and cultures. Every time someone says "all blacks are criminals" or "all Asians are smart," or even jokes about "all blonde women are stupid"...yeah, that idea that someone's looks or race can predict what kind of person they are? Those ideas we fight, we embrace, and we even joke about? Those are all based in the debunked science of eugenics. You can also look at Vlad Dracul for another example. To the world outside his country he was a monster, but within his country he's revered as a hero. Why? Because he used terror tactics and psychological warfare to keep at bay two large world powers who wanted to conquer his teeeeeeny tiny country. And he managed it. To this day they never submitted to anyone's rule or became absorbed by the larger powers surrounding them, despite being outmanned, outgunned, and outclassed. He kept his people free. He was respected, feared, and even loved in his own time because of many improvements he made, including, it is said, pretty much eradicating crime. He probably wasn't the most mentally stable savior (understandably so), but for generations of people, millions of lives, he was the best and only one they had. And that's the problem with the idea of pure evil--it rarely is. To the Iraqi child who just lost her father to a US soldier, he is the embodiment of evil. To the soldier who's life he saved by killing a man from the opposing side, he's a hero. And the sad fact is, both of them are right. I must not be normal then, because I find this amazingly easy. Even if their reasoning doesn't make much sense on a level of pure logic, they do use reasoning. They often chase what feels good, whatever that is. Manson loved controlling his followers, as did Jim Jones. Serial killers often do it for sexual thrills. Narcissists' first care is making themselves seem wonderful--they get off on the feel-good accolades and the prizes it brings. Genocide is done for power, control, and wealth. Inferior products and polluting factories are done for profit and the power that goes with wealth. Dictators love power, wealth, and control--and sex, because with power comes other types of conquest. The same could be said of any other scenario where power is involved. Even rapists gets their thrills from the control they have over the other person. All evil tends to come down to acting on animal instincts. Everything is about food, power and mates--and keep in mind, food is what we need to survive, that's "security" in the wild. Strip away everything from health care to our homes, and you'll find we don't need any of it to live, just to live well. But food is a must, so any mention of food here can also be considered "security," the security you'll live to see another day. Power brings food (security), territory, and mates. Wealth brings food (security), territory, and mates. Control comes from one form of power or another, and while it may not always bring food (security), territory, and mates together, it often touches on at least one of the three. Examples? Serial killers often have "hunting grounds" (territory) and do it for the sexual thrills (faux "mates"). Sociopaths use their charm and ability to blend to get...you guessed it, territory, food, and mates via power and control. Narcissists are generally after the same thing as sociopaths. Cult leaders carve out communes (territories), live off the wealth of their followers (food & power), and engage in sexual congress with their flock (mates). Pedophiles, like rapists, get sexual highs from their domination of their victims as much as the sex itself (power, control, faux "mates," and they also often hunt in "safe territories"). Psychopaths are the only wild card, and can be thought of as the "rabid dogs" of human societies, but even then it comes down to the same three basics, just coming at it backwards. Like that shooter who gunned down a college and left a manifesto about how he was getting back at the girls who wouldn't sleep with him (perceived lack of mates). Columbine may have occurred because of school bullying (trying to take back a loss of perceived power in what would have been part of their home territory). Those assholes who run down Muslims in the streets then screech they're doing it for America are trying to take back what they perceive as their land (territory & food), protect their families and homes (territory, food, and mates), and are willing to kill to keep the mainstream culture, values, and morals they grew up with alive and untainted (power & control). Psychopaths don't seek to acquire survival basics, they seek to get revenge/cause chaos because of what they feel they don't have or are in danger of losing. But it's still all food (security), territory, and mates. We really aren't much more than animals.
  29. I saw she did! I have almost all of her stuff queued up to get as my Audible credits roll in.
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