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Is anyone else planning to do Nanowrimo this year? I was thinking about doing it. 2020 just seems like a good year for it. I’ve done it once before ( years ago), and was able to complete it, but I would like to try again because the first time…. well, the story was absolute shit tbh. 

If anyone else is planning to do it, hit me up. I’d love to have a buddy for this!

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Here’s a look at how the double spread page cover art for the sophomore installment in @monkinyang’s Nightmare Detective series came together!

Link to full video in my bio!: https://youtu.be/eHWhoV-ACvc

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Hi!  I haven’t done a full reread in awhile (especially since I settled into my views on the canon and the themes of SW and characterization, etc.) so I can’t pick out specific quotes, but in general she tends to do a lot of “attachment = love” or “the Jedi aren’t allowed to have feelings/they’re repressed”, despite writing them as generally pretty good people and that I think it comes from a place of “I really want to write emotional whump, so I need them to be repressed to write the iddy stuff I enjoy”, which, you know, I don’t feel is coming from a bad faith place, even if I disagree with it!

Wild Space is forever my favorite SW book because there’s a ton I really love about it (it’s the single most quotable SW book, I really enjoyed the conversation Bail and Obi-Wan had, I thought the Padme stuff was actually excellent, given the looming context of ROTS and what that says about her narrative unreliablity, etc.) but it’s also a book that I don’t feel like it earned its ending, it felt like two separate books stitched together, etc.

Miller’s writing (for me) tends to be very “I wrote this to please my id” and I’m usually pretty onboard with that (whether or not my id matches the author’s) except that I don’t think it’s particularly true to the canon and, when you’re writing an official tie-in novel, there’s a certain level of putting aside your own id that should be done that I’m not sure I agree was done here.

So, I’m not ready to chuck them out the window, like a I do with Karen “you’re thinking like a Nazi if you disagree with me about how the Jedi deserved genocide” Traviss (and also her IRL really bad politics she supports), but neither can I say that they’re my favorite.  But I don’t object to others loving on the books, because honestly I get it, they have some amazing stuff in them (or sometimes people just, you know, disagree with me about how Miller’s writing comes across and that’s understandable, too!), so it’s not like I’m holding a grudge or anything.  I just personally tend to see them as “some of the most fun SW books ever, but not ones I take particularly seriously because I think she gets the Jedi wrong sometimes”.

(To be fair, she also is the one who gave us the amazing, “Only a fool or a troublemaker think the Jedi are baby thieves.” so you know I love her for that, too!  I think she’s coming from good faith, I just disagree a bit.)

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It is a curious subject of observation and inquiry, whether hatred and love be not the same thing at bottom. Each, in its utmost development, supposes a high degree of intimacy and heart-knowledge; each renders one individual dependent for the food of his affections and spiritual life upon another; each leaves the passionate lover, or the no less passionate hater, forlorn and desolate by the withdrawal of his object.

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

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These are probably among my favorite sketches of Blaze and I’m happy I can finally show them X3

High Priests of America, the story about Blaze and Shaazgai and their co-operation through the ages, is finally out and can be read on sharadrass.com!

The story can be read as a stand-alone, even if you’re not reading City and the Beast. There’s lots of historical setting, mythology, shamanism and plotting. There’s room for romance as well, and you get to meet Shaazgai’s Master, Ahriman, although briefly. The story takes the readers through Mongolia, Peru, Mesoamerica and also a bit of 16th century Europe. We poured our hearts into it and did tons of research, and we’re excited to finally be able to share it!

If you read it, please comment, it’d mean super much to us! :3

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Shaazgai in his Mesoamerican incarnation aptly named Ixtli (meaning “face”).

Did you know Aztec priests painted themselves with ash and blood? True facts.

High Priests of America, the story about Blaze and Shaazgai and their co-operation through the ages, is finally out and can be read on sharadrass.com!

The story can be read as a stand-alone, even if you’re not reading City and the Beast. There’s lots of historical setting, mythology, shamanism and plotting. There’s room for romance as well, and you get to meet Shaazgai’s Master, Ahriman, although briefly. The story takes the readers through Mongolia, Peru, Mesoamerica and also a bit of 16th century Europe. We poured our hearts into it and did tons of research, and we’re excited to finally be able to share it!

If you read it, please comment, it’d mean super much to us! :3

zlukaka
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