Is anybody going to believe that this is a coincidence?

I’m in a very weird situation here with 3 of my OCs and 1 fanmade location I created. At first glance, all four seem like ripoffs of another character-except it was entirely a coincidence and I didn’t even know the characters/locations that were so similar to the ones I created. Even worse, these OCs are for a crossover fanfiction that involves the three fandoms with the characters I am likely to get accused of creating “rip offs” of (I created the characters prior to my knowledge of the fandoms). There are other things involved in the fanfiction, with about eight or nine total fandoms included.

The first character: my OC Clockwork (who is a living statue). She is, at first glance, very similar to a creepypasta OC also named Clockwork (my character’s real name is Clockwork, whereas the other character’s nickname is Clockwork). They both have a clock in the place of an eye (the other Clockwork stitched a clock onto her face, for my Clockwork it is natural) and similar hairstyles (my character’s hair being slightly longer). They are both murderers, but for different reasons. They both have the punchlines “Your time is running out” and “Your time is up”, but my character is a time traveler. Other than that…nothing is the same. Completely different backstories and roles in the story. Most well known creepypastas are included in my fanfiction, but not the ones who don’t have a story on creepypasta wiki.

The second character: my OC Tei Lyric. Very similar to Shadow the Hedgehog, in terms of backstory. And…they are both called “The Ultimate Life Form”. And are both artificially created. And both have a rival who seems to be the “happier” version of themselves. Both use something called “chaos control”. I don’t really know what chaos control is in the Sonic the Hedgehog world, but in my story it can be used for teleportation, flight, constructing living things from inanimate objects, enhancing one’s ability, and can be used specifically on one of my other OCs (who represents chaos itself) to actually control chaos. This can only work via a computer chip. As far as personality goes, Tei Lyric is not a perfectionist and really has a neutral view on everything. She mostly ignores everyone, and reveals as little about herself as possible. She seems unaware that she is the Ultimate Life Form and attempts at doing everything on her own. I don’t really know anything about Shadow’s personality, so it’s hard to compare.

the third character: my OC Crimson Dusk/Crim Marlon (two names because she is a reincarnation). She is similar to Ruby Rose from RWBY. They have the same weapon (a sniper scythe), but Ruby’s is a mechanical scythe, whereas Crimson’s is a magical death scythe (Crimson was supposed to represent Death), and she has additional weapons that don’t resemble anything else I’ve seen so far. Both have the power of speed, and similar designs-almost the same (Crimson’s was actually based on Banica Conchita from the Evillious Chronicles), with the same hair,and almost the same outfit. Crimson is supposed to be cute and happy and childish, although she basically goes around slashing down everything in her way during battle like a psycho killer. They are the same age, and that’s the end of similarities. I think, anyway, because I’ve never watched RWBY, only read fanfiction (I’m currently trying to see how much I can learn about RWBY based on only fanon).

I’d like you to keep in mind that everything is a coincidence and I created the characters prior to my knowledge of the others.

The fourth: a location I made up, known as the Fakery Way of Tivoli. It is accessible by only one person, and is a mirror maze. A reality warping one. From what I know it seems like the Fakery Way from Sonic the Hedgehog…which I know pretty much nothing about.

I’m just wondering if anybody will really believe me if I say it is all a coincidence, and if my ideas are still good if there are things so much like them. And if they are too similar and if i should do any tweaking.

The short answer, Nonny, is no. Nobody is going to believe that these things are coincidences. They are too close to established properties written and created by other people. Use the two-out-of-four rule: if a character (or location) has any two of the following points - the same or extremely similar name, appearance, abilities, or backstory - revise them until they don’t. The most your character (or location) should have in common with a well-known or copyrighted character (or location) is one point, and ideally, that point should never be the name.

What gets me about this question is that you specifically state that the characters you’re likely to be accused of ripping off are from three fandoms that are involved in a fanfiction you’re working on, but also that you don’t/didn’t know anything about those fandoms. That seems kind of contradictory to me, and it seems to imply that you must have known something about those fandoms because you were writing the fanfiction to begin with. Now, maybe the characters in question are OCs you created before you started the fanfiction and you’re just re-using them because you like them a lot, but in that case, you already knew the answer to this question before you sent it in.

Revise them, Nonny. If you’re that worried about being accused of plagiarism and intellectual property theft, revise your characters and location until you don’t have to worry about it any more.

-Kyo

I saw a post that said “radical feminism does not run from scientific truth like queer theory does, we face the facts and objective truth of sex instead of running from it through obfuscation of categories…” and that just itself seems really absurdly reactionary and in line with the conservative appeal to common sense or to readily apparent truth. Even more so, it sounds like the appeals of the scientific racists who claim “Race is a real objective and self evident category, the multiculturalist simply is afraid to accept this and runs from it.” That should always be a scary line of thinking but also its a clearly ideological line of thinking; that is to say it fails to question the way Truth and Objectivity are ideals constructed by power to serve certain ends.

I’m getting pretty tired of critique being equated to negativity. Like, jut because I reflect critically on a movie, or song, or artist, or book, or situation, does not mean I don’t identify with the joys that I get from these things. It just inspires thought, and lifelong learning, and helps shape who I am and how I interact with the world.

tldr; I’m getting sick of people telling me I’m so negative all the time. I’m a really happy person. fuk u

Social Media Pointers for Dealing with Artists

We’ve  been having a conversation on twitter and here are some of the highlights.

How you choose to interact with artists is, or course, up to you.  However, here are some pointers on how to talk to artists about their work online and what to do and not to do.

1) There is a small but very important difference between saying “Jeremy Whitley is a bad writer” and saying “@princelesscomic is a bad writer.  It is the difference between discussing my work with other people and walking into my house and slapping me.

2) Treat a person’s timeline like it is their house. Know that if you tag them in your post you that you are sending them a message. I know people @ people in things like #FF but you have to know you are jumping up in someone’s mentions when you do that.

3) Throwing an @ symbol at someone when giving them an angry or negative review or generally talking junk about them is a dick move.  If you do it, the natural and justified reaction to that is to block you.  Them blocking you does not mean that they are a poor sport or that you have somehow won, it just means you’ve lost access to that creator.  Believe me that creators do not lose any sleep over not seeing your dickish tweets in their mentions. Most of us are too busy trying to eat.

4) The word “critique” is overused on the internet. A critique involves a knowledgeable and reasoned analysis of a work of art. Generally speaking, these are the unicorns of social media.

5) What most people mean when they say “critique” is actually an opinion.  The thing about opinions is that everybody has them, they can be wrong, and they can often be easily proven wrong.

6) Saying “That’s just my opinion” does not make it valid.  Some opinions are poorly formed.  Some opinions are uninformed.  there is nothing sacred about an opinion.

7) A mark of an actual critic is that they refer their criticism to the work and not to the creator. A character can suck. Telling a writer they suck is picking a fight.

8) Most writers, myself included, are happy to respond to questions and love to do Q&A’s.  However, if you don’t ask a question, don’t expect an answer.  Insult and Answer is not a thing.

9) Creators are people and deserve to be treated as such.

10) Creators are under no obligation to “get” or “share” your “sense of humor”.

Adrian Piper, Food For the Spirit 14, 1971-1997

Piper was reading Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and was so involved with it she felt she was losing her mind, losing her sense of self completely. When things got extreme she would do a “reality check” in the mirror, while recording herself on tape “repeating the passage in the Critique that was currently driving [her] to self-transcendence.”

DA:I An Excercise in Futility

Ok, so anybody who follows me knows that 90% of my dash is DA:I.  That doesn’t mean though, that I’m completely enamoured of the game.  I’d say I’m in love with the ideas peppered throughout DA:I.  More then anything, I particularly adore the way the fans and my own imaginings expand on them.

All of that to say: I’m replaying DA:I for the 7th time or something at this point.  I’ve got two completed runthroughs and a bunch that are in various stages of incompletion.  I’m at the point where I just can’t deny that every bit of inanity present in the levels is completely justified in critique.  I honestly don’t know how the game designers overlooked this or reviewers fail to remark on it.  A rpg game should be a culmination of tasks that ultimately lead to, contribute to, or accomplish a larger goal.  If they don’t, then they need to be relevant to exploring characters/the world.  At the very least they should be entertaining and an addition to the ambience or feel of the game sprinkled into a pre-existing level with larger goals present in it.  Even non-traditional games realize that your accomplishments need direction or a sense of purpose.

DA:I lacks some basic game logic, most importantly in the numerous zones and missions that have no relevance whatsoever to forwarding plot, affecting story outcomes, or even tying into the narrative on the most basic level.  You can apply this to basically every zone in the game.  Even levels that seem relevant initially are somehow completely unrelated when broken apart.

Using the Fallow Mire as an example we can ask some basic questions:

Question: Why am I rescuing these troops from the Fallow Mire?

Answer:  Umm. I need to think about this more.

-To get a vital handful of scouts back?  / No. 

Yes, in theory, but there’s no impact on the game for rescuing them.  No actual reason to ever rescue these scouts and no apparent need for rescuing them presented by your advisors beyond “they’re our men”.  They’re not carrying sensitive information.  You do not get a boost to morale for rescuing them, no scene where eventually they make the difference between success or failure, no slide at the end that, thanks to a culmination of selfless acts, says the Inquisition was known as a force of good.

-To confront and form an allegiance with the Avaar? / No.

In a confounding narrative that took me two playthroughs to completely understand because of the scattered information presented, the son of a tribal leader has gone rogue and kidnapped troops.  His clan doesn’t totally approve.  His father doesn’t even approve.  This does not ultimately result in a chance to form an allegiance or make a new enemy.  You just kill the son and all his followers. Beyond the judgement/possible wartable mission, the Avaar never show up again and make no impact on gathering intelligence from Tevinter should you exile them or use them to bolster your own forces.

-To demonstrate a relevant cultural group that has a direct impact on the narrative and the player’s understanding of the world? / No.

The Avaar have always been an interesting, if not completely tied in, group present in Thedas.  The closest we came to relevance was in DA:A, but even then they were more of a backdrop/setting.  With the release of Jaws of Hakkon, they’re pushing the Avaar connection more than ever without once explaining why.  If they want to reveal something about early Thedas or Andraste, they haven’t actually made any attempts to do so in a relevant manner.  As far as the entire narrative leads us to believe, the elves have more importance on anything in this game than a bunch of mountain warriors.  I guess I might know more if Jaws of Hakkon was out on PS4, but, oh wait, it isn’t.

-To cure the plague and bring stability back to the region before it spreads or more lives are lost? / No.

Apparently only like 10 guys lived in this swamp and they are all dead.  Even moreso, noone gives a shit and their deaths don’t affect the game at all.  Nobody’s been in that castle for years.  There’s not even a current noble there who could provide us support if we help her/him.  There are literally no peasant survivors, only corpses, and if this was some part of Corypheus’ scheme (aka something of value was here) then it is literally never explained.

-To aquire a new agent for the Inquisition? / Yes!

Oh maker, we’ve done it.  We’ve found a reason.  Except…there’s one problem with this answer.  We have to ask, what does getting a new agent in this game mean, exactly?  What is the relevance or importance of this as a game mechanic?  

             —->To speed up wartable missions.

             —->…but what impact do quick wartable missions have on the game? 

                   Nothing.

            —->But surely the character must come back later or be of some importance.  Otherwise, why waste an entire level on this one reward?

                  He does not, and that’s a good question.

And there it is, in a nutshell.

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teeny-tiny psa about art perception

okay so, you know those anons who go like “OH MY GOD YOUR ART IS SO SHITTY WHY ARE U EVEN ALIVE GO SCREW YOURSELF YOU CUNT” etc etc who then insist on giving the artist “constructive criticism” - which this most definitely not is.

CONSTRUCTIVE criticism is “yeah so i like your art, but i noticed their feet look a bit off, i think the angle needs to be a bit more like this” or “your concept is great but the proportions are a bit odd, i think the thighs are a bit too long” etc - because sometimes the artist just DOESN’T KNOW or just CAN’T PINPOINT what’s looking off (same goes with writing tbh)

handy notes on how to crit your fellow artist best:

  • point out what you like about their art (maybe concept, the dynamics, etc) - this gives the artist the feeling that their art isn’t total crap
  • if you find something that could be improved, tell them why and how (or where they might find help to get this fixed) - why, because we need a reason for fixing, like anatomy for example, and not just because you personally think it looks crap otherwise. how, because there’s a reason why we made this mistake, and yes sometimes we need a short tutorial on this
  • be civil. seriously, that doesn’t need an explaination.
  • state that it’s your point of view. none’s view is the non-plus-ultra, and sometimes in some art styles, anatomy and whatever is just not so very important for the artist to consider. the artist knows about your opinion but they may choose whether or not they want to deal with your critique
  • if you think something is offensive (like racist, sexis, homophob etc), say it politely, and, most importantly, ask why they want/see the necessity to depict it this way and not another, probably less offensive, way. because sometimes the artist wants to be provocative, want to make the audience ask this very question etc etc. - but sometimes, they just didn’t know it was offensive to anyone, or they actually have this offensive opinion themselves.

ok, so, state that it’s your personal point of view. I think that this is so important, and in so many matters.

because PLEASE DON’T GO TO AN ARTIST AND SAY “EVERYTHING LOOKS JUST LIKE SHIT” just because you don’t like their art style. you not liking their art style doesn’t make the years of work disappear, neither do experience and knowledge of the artist magically vanish because you don’t happen to like their art. it’s like some like Rembrandt, others prefer Picasso. but that doesn’t deminish either art’s quality.

DON’T MISTAKE ARTISTIC STYLE FOR THE QUALITY OF THEIR ART

even I do have artists whose style I just don’t like (and there’s nothing bad about not liking everything, nobody expects that). but this is my personal view, this doesn’t make the artist a worse person and doesn’t deminish their skill. you also don’t go to a stranger on the street and say “well you wear red but i don’t like red if you wear red you actually should be unable to walk down the street you’re a horrible person go fuck yourself” - THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME WITH ART STYLES. art styles are something personal, it’s hard to actually develope one (and even harder that it actually becomes recognizable), and yes sometimes artists choose to draw a certain feature a certain way that maybe you don’t like. now, either you value their skill and creativity etc. enough to simply ignore it and go on further liking/appreciating their art, or you happen not to like their art style and therefore their art.

if you don’t like their art style and iT’S BOTHERING YOU SO MUCH, just fucking UNFOLLOW. there’s no need to ruin a person’s day just because you’re unable to scroll past their art, can’t block their art tag, or are unable to unfollow them, and need to rub that into their face via hate-anon.

if you feel the need to tell them exactly why you unfollowed, give them a solid critique as mentioned above - and if you consider their pictures offensive, at first ASK whether they meant it that way or just didn’t know, but DON’T JUST ASSUME THAT THEY APPROVE OF THIS OPINION BECAUSE YOU “SAW” IT IN THEIR ART

this has been a psa

not as tiny as i thought wow

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It’s so much harder to find masculine body positive images, phrases, blogs, etc. A lot of that is because massive amounts of social pressure is on women to define their worth by their waist line. Men at least have a few other options. That’s not to say that men don’t face fatphobia/body shaming as well, because they do. And forget about finding supportive post/images for trans men and women. Thats EVEN harder. Well here’s hopping that this post reaches some people. No matter how you identify, your body is beautiful.  

Pre-Recap Thoughts on Fandom

So this relates mostly to the last recap I wrote for Outlander, and the one I am in the process of writing, but I think it applies across the board. When I put out 109 I got a lot of lovely praise that I am grateful for, and a handful of “This was too ___, I like it better when you ___ and I wish you had _____.”  As I am sure any creator will tell you, these tend to stick in your head, because when you spend time making something, it’s difficult to hear someone say your baby is cross-eyed. So don’t think I don’t get it. I do. And I just write small potatoes.

But any art, any creation, if it’s good, inspires reactions. And in the age of the internet, many of those are tagged and tweeted and posted, sometimes without much in the way of explanation. Different creators take this different ways. I myself am a fan of ignoring what I feel does not apply (or am not willing to change) and encouraging discussion when I am curious about a subject or point of view. I enjoy a good discussion, when it is respectful, and have had many such with fans for many shows that have never gotten personal. I appreciate these more than I can say, because the pat “if you hate this show so much you should stop watching” for me a 1st generation immigrant, draws parallels to “if you hate this country…” And is also about as helpful.

Critique does not imply hate. Frankly, if I didn’t love a show, I wouldn’t care. Orlando Jones, one of the best actors out there as far as people using social media to promote fan engagement and interaction, had this quote during this past often-critiqued season of Sleepy Hollow, and it’s a great one. I live by it.

So I’m proud to be an engaged audience member who spends time and thought on what I feel are the fables and fairy tales of my time. I try to keep it respectful, and never let things devolve into name-calling or ad hominem attacks, and I’m happy to say that for the most part, I get the same back. We live in a time when responses are immediate and varied, but that does not mean they are discountable or unexpected. And I think creators know this. Another quote from Ron Moore, upon the premiere of Outlander:

So I will likely at some point sooner or later write something you disagree with. I will bring something up you loved and maybe say I wasn’t fond of it. But it comes from the same place, and for the same purpose. I love my shows and I want to see them succeed. I want to be part of the conversations. I want to hypothesize, and discuss and if you want to, I’m here for it. I hope you’re here for it as well, and that I make you laugh at least once during the conversation, even if we disagree.

In my honest opinion

I love Supernatural, but that was not very much a finale-feel for me. It was sort of anti-climactic. Don’t get me wrong, it had it’s really emotional moments and I kind of broke down when Sam was talking with Dean at the abandoned restaurant. However, the plot was just so confusing and kind of all over the place. Also, what the fuck happened to my babe Cas. SPN, don’t fuck around with Cas.

All of that aside, props to the SPN team! I am still pumped for season 11!

Im trying this new paiting style and wanted to know the opinions from you guys..Do you think this particular paiting is okay or it would be better with the lineart kinda showing?Im so unsure