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mathgnome last won the day on December 20 2018

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About mathgnome

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    L.S. Kohn
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    At least 9 years
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  1. mathgnome

    Neurodivergence in fantasy

    I didn't notice a lot of the neurodivergent characters at first, but now that I know what to look for it's super easy to see how Kaladin has depression and such. My favorite representations are Vin (who has some anxiety/PTSD symptoms that are familiar to me from my own experience) and Shallan (because she gets to be an artist and kick butt and have a mental illness and have an awesome guy stand by her and so I can do all those things too). Someday, if I ever meet Sanderson, I want to thank him for writing all these awesome characters.
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    Question of the Day #45: Murder

    In Traitor: Xire: yes. She was enslaved as a gladiator and taught herself to shut down her emotions to deal with it. She's very practical and survival oriented, so she would not hesitate to kill again if it seemed necessary. Tirin: yes. He got into a fight with his father and it escalated to violence. It seriously screwed his life over and messed up his self-perceptions. He regrets it and sees himself as irredeemable. He doesn't want to kill anyone else, but since he already has blood on his hands sees it as selfish to avoid necessary violence. Isar: not consciously. there's some weird possession stuff going on with this one 🙂 Shae: no, but she would. She tried to kill her best friend because she testified against Shae's brother. She failed, but would try again given the opportunity. Well, actually, she did make a giant sinkhole and probably killed a few soldiers that way, so I guess the answer might be yes. No regrets on her part. In Ashes Fall Down: Blaze: yes. He's a soldier, so he's killed people in battle. Evahn: no, and she probably couldn't. Given that she already blames herself for several hundred deaths, most specifically the death of her bodyguard. Actually killing someone else would wreck her.
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    Overused tropes that you're totally using anyway

    The big one in Ashes Fall Down would be the enemies-to-lovers romance. I'm really excited to play with that trope a bit. As for Traitor... rebellious, privileged female protagonist reacting against sexism, former slave who has to be a hero, convicted murderer saves the world... (is that a trope? I have no idea.)
  4. mathgnome

    Worldsmyths Birthday Thread!

    March 26!
  5. mathgnome

    What are you writing for NaNo?

    I finally know! Here's my pitch: It’s been five years since a military coup overthrew Evahn’s father and sent her running for her life. Five years since she’s set foot in the Dragonhorn. Five years can change a lot. Except it hasn’t: not really. Life has gone as usual – maybe even a little bit better – and no one really seems to care about the disinherited daughter of a deposed tyrant. Evahn’s only allies are the remnants of her father’s elite Dragonguard shock troops, now decimated from a five-year war of attrition. But the Dragonguard might be the bad guys, their leader still sees her as a spoiled, tempestuous brat, and her father’s usurper seems disarmingly benevolent. Evahn just wanted her country back. Why does it have to be so complicated?
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    Don't let the name fool you ;)

    sneaks out of her hole in the ground Hi! Nice to see new people! I'm a little bit of a ghost on the forums right now because of school haha. I hope you like it here!
  7. mathgnome

    Jess's Introduction

    Hey, nice! I've been studying kung fu for the last two-ish years. I learned how to use a Chinese broadsword over the summer. Do you remember what style you practiced?
  8. mathgnome

    Hello, World!

    Hello hello! Your hobbies sound like mine. Nice to meet you!
  9. mathgnome

    What are you currently reading [2018]?

    Yes! Stormlight is an amazing series!
  10. mathgnome

    NaNoWriMo 2018 Buddies!

    https://nanowrimo.org/participants/lskohn I'm lskohn on NaNo (note: that's a lowercase "L" not an uppercase "i")
  11. I want to update my wordcount! username: mathgnome words written: 29,702 is this your new total or the words to add? words to add/i]
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    What are you currently reading [2018]?

    Oh hey, I just got Truthwitch! Haven't read it yet; I'm still rereading The Way of Kings
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    Question of the Day #42: Rewriting a Story

    I was literally just thinking about this last night with regards to Star Wars, particularly the end of Revenge of the Sith. I guess I'll put a spoiler tag...? So apparently that's how I'd rewrite Star Wars.
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    Mix n' Match Story time - Part 2

    Oo, that's a good idea
  15. mathgnome

    Can diversity be "forced" in fantasy literature?

    My point (in that quote, at least) was about giving other people that exhilarating feeling of recognizing themselves in a story, not about having to understand every minute experience that they have. Also, for the record, I am neither black nor bisexual. That was simply an example of intersecting marginalized identities that I was using. You can write what you want. Nobody is telling you that you can't. (see CorianderLeaves[/member] response above). But ignoring race/gender/sexuality isn't going to make the critics go away, if that's what you're worried about. It will probably make them worse, especially when people question the existence of a world where everyone is white. Yes, our individuality makes us diverse. Interestingly enough, the groups that people belong to influence their individuality and identity. It's a not a question of ticking boxes; it's a question of what makes us individuals and yes, identities we assign ourselves and categories we identify with are a part of that. I believe we're all aware of the difficulties writers face. There's no reason to be condescending. Also, no one told you you had to change your story. No one told you you had to write diverse characters. I simply deconstructed the reasons I found your arguments faulty. You can take that or leave it. This has nothing to do with changing the genre, or ideological bents. It's about human need and what people want to see in books. Being touched by a story and being annoyed with the lack of diversity are not mutually exclusive. In fact, wishing for more diversity doesn't even mean being annoyed. It can just mean saying, "Wow, this book was great! But it would be even better if..." We've all had moments where we've enjoyed a book but had a few complaints. (Example: I deeply enjoyed the Powder Mage trilogy, but thought Taniel's powder addiction wasn't really addressed well. It didn't stop me from liking the books.) I may not be the reader you want, but maybe people like me are the readers you need. Because writing is about understand people and their wants, needs, hopes, and dreams. All people. It's hard to write well if you can't do that.
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