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Zovi last won the day on December 29 2018

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    Zovi McEntee
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    A while, but inconsistent.
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  1. Zovi

    Favorite Secondary Characters

    Yes, and whenever I do this, I get so tempted to go off track for a while and fill in some more about them, or accidentally start making the main character's thoughts too centered on that character. This is something that is not a problem in writing theatre LARPs, thankfully, because in those, every secondary character in someone's backstory or otherwise is, most likely, just another player character who gets their own story as the main character for themselves. If everyone feels they are a main character, everyone is a secondary character to each other, and all secondary characters are fleshed out and given love! I think that's wonderful. It's just so hard in more linear fiction!
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    December Writing Challenge


    Really, everyone should have responded "Maybe" to this. It would be such a cliffhanger!
  3. Zovi

    Merry Christmas!

    Money, chocolate, and a small toy dragon. And the blessing of some family members as I came out as transgender to them. And their appreciation of a musical performance for them, finally, instead of just dealing with me and my usually-abrasive music. Falling into more complete love for narrative at the forefront of art brought me to the folk harp the past few months, and that helped considerably for me to get to that point with them. I have already used some of the money I received to buy a very pretty dress I have had my eye on for months and a few other smaller things, mostly to complement it. So I guess mostly I received self-reassurance. And also a lovely toy dragon. That is also important.
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    Who's Who in Discord?

    I am also Zovi (Zovi#3058) on Discord.
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    Neurodivergence in fantasy

    I feel like, to a point, that when a writer in fantasy is writing a decidedly non-human character with decidedly non-human thought patterns and mannerisms, they often write them as something approaching neurodivergence, and good writers will get (perhaps accidentally) pretty close to something that resonate with neurodivergent people, I think. I've noticed this with a couple of novels I've read recently concerning human-appearing main characters with dragon or semi-dragon thought processes ("The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart" by Stephanie Burgess and "Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman, respectively). Their disconnects with some aspects of human interaction feel super familiar. I find this empowering, personally, because there are a lot of fantasy writers, then, writing neurodivergence into their plots without even realizing it! But at the same time, they're not usually the character the author intends you to identify with. In these, that's not the case and the character is absolutely who you are meant to identify with, but I am pretty sure these are a minority. I'd still like to see more of that, though. It seems easier for non-neurodivergent writers to write this sort of character if they're not human, anyway. Maybe that's a bad thing. I certainly could see it being less than ideal for people who want to be considered human above all things, like, properly human human as opposed to just "a person to be respected." But it's a nice emergent thing, perhaps.
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    What are you currently reading [2018]?

    I recently read The Traitor Baru Cormorant and The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson and totally want to talk about those with more people. It is FANTASTIC hard fantasy with near-Machiavellian themes. The second book in the series just came out a month and a half ago. I'm so excited about where it looks like it's going for the third book.
  7. Zovi

    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    Thank you for listening! The E. Mezuxie stuff is a mixture of soft synths (I used a ton of instances of a Minimoog clone) and hardware synths and keyboards, plus a good number of effects to get that sound. There's also electric guitar in Through. A lot of the composition is based on polyrhythms of repeating phrases. I tried to make that a theme. And thank you, I will take "nuts" as a compliment for my work as Zovi 🙂
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    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    That sounds wonderful! I'd love to read about that lore.
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    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    Thank you! I have not actually played any Spyro games ever, although I probably would enjoy them mechanically, at least. I'll have to try one at some point. But Spyro's design isn't something I'm super into, which is perhaps the dragon-minded reason.
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    Hello :)

    Oooh, Metanoia has a becoming-gods plot! I love those! And at the cost of the people directly! Even better! It would be lovely to see Alinora have to face that head-on, perhaps put in a situation where she would have to sacrifice some to save the rest, or something.
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    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    I definitely recommend Seraphina, though I haven't read the sequel and spinoff yet on purpose because the reviews suggest it may be a letdown for why I liked Seraphina. But it's really, really worth reading Seraphina, yeah. And the rest of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles! I was somewhat sad at first that the whole series isn't from Cimorene's perspective (love her), but the other perspectives are all quite fascinating as well. It's quite freeing with no humans, I think. You're fully immersed in the fantasy, in a way. And yeah, there can be more respectful dragon riding, but it kind of feels like human propaganda in a way...like, "we have reached a reasonable agreement out of respect (!) with these dragons for them to be our subservient steeds when we need them to do that to further the human plot!" Like, okay, you're friends, but it seems kind of like a one-sided friendship in terms of plot utility most of the time.
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    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    Admittedly, my dragon setting is rather soft fantasy. They are magical and tied to cosmic happenings. They don't eat and they don't breathe to survive (a dragon's mouth is specifically for use as a tool and for their Breath). And yes, actually, reading the Enchanted Forest Chronicles is what jumpstarted my love for dragons a few years ago into overdrive. It was beautiful. Kazul and the rest are exactly how I would like dragons to be characterized, and I did base some of my setting on that (rather vaguely). Recently I read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which has a similar level of respect for dragons communicated by the author, though in different circumstances and rather different and interesting setting.
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    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    Absolutely no humans, nor any other life (though I might break that for some birds in a side project). I am quite obsessed with the alien qualities of legendary/mythological non-human entities, and putting a single human or close-to-human being in the story will draw a human reader's sympathies toward that character. I want to remove that entirely. I want to force the reader to understand the dragons are the main characters no matter how one spins it. I have the apparently-unpopular opinion that dragon riding and dragon breeding by humans and other such common dragon plot hooks are demeaning to dragons and I prefer literature that doesn't...do that. Unfortunately, there is not relatively much that I've found, so I'm forging ahead with creating my own, I guess.
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    Hello, I am a purple dragon.

    Thank you! The setting, more specifically, is that of a Greater Region of dragonkind, with dragons in towers and caves and underwater and in all sorts of places, often depending on their breaths and concepts of dragon propriety and either following or breaking those rules. The novel follows a hermit-like, introspective, something-of-a-psychological-mess purple dragon from their perspective (but not the one in my profile pic, that one is me, and Edylzi is not exactly a self-insert). I will likely post the first draft of the first chapter at some point soon, since I need to forge ahead from that instead of going back to it over and over.
  15. It is wonderful to meet you all! I'm a 27-year-old transwoman. I write short fiction, poetry, novel attempts, and theatre/parlor LARPs (the latter of which has been my most successful work so far). I am in the long-term process of developing a cross-medium literary fantasy dragon setting with absolutely no humans and elegant, thoughtful, decidedly unhumanlike and unsteedlike dragons. Currently, what exists of this is limited to a seven-player LARP that has run successfully several times and about 8,000 words or so of a novel that I will be making my main project going into this forum for some support and to immerse myself deeper into the fantasy writing community. I'm also a musician (I say as if this weren't my main thing, which it is), under the names Zovi and E. Mezuxie, among others. the E. Mezuxie work might be of interest because it is abstract ambient electronic (a good sort of music for writing while listening) and because it has prose attached. You can find the album I released last year with its prose in the description here. If you would rather check out my crazy experimental industrial music, here is a link for that: https://soundcloud.com/zovi And of course, I'm excited to see what the other writers here are doing as well! I'm hoping particularly to find more writers of literary fantasy and perhaps also cosmic horror in fantasy settings.