“The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.”
- Jeanette Winterson
9/22: 663 words of freewriting.
9/23: drew some cutaways of Budi’s settlement for Shuffled Earth, had some ideas about Kandace.
9/24: practiced ukulele.
9/25: 415 words freewriting.
9/26: like 100 words freewriting. Not much.
9/28: research. I might try to start worldbuilding again tomorrow.
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the struggle is real
Tiniest foot tutorial. Can add toes or just have shoe. Is good. Have day.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
what it’s like to be an artist, writer, musician, ….
it’s so accurate it hurts
Disney vs. 7 early fairytales
The 1812 version of Snow White is even worse when you consider that the girl was only seven years old in the tale (plus her unconscious body ended up being carted around by the prince until one of his servants accidentally woke her up). Also, in The Little Mermaid, the mermaid’s unable to speak because she had her tongue cut out >__<
But I’d love to see faithful adaptations of the original tales. Especially Bluebeard. We need a Bluebeard adaptation.
Actually, the original-original pre-Grimm Brothers’ stories that were passed around Europe via oral tradition are nowhere near as violent as the Grimm’s made them. Cinderella’s stepsisters were never ugly and kept their eyes, Snow White’s mother was not even a villain (instead a group of bandits were), and instead of spending the whole story napping Sleeping Beauty outwitted a dangerous bandit leader, wouldn’t let him sleep with her, and saved herself.
The original oral stories were radically changed by the Brothers Grimm to fit their personal and political beliefs. Most notably, they often added in female characters solely for the purpose of making them evil villains and took away most of the heroines’ agency and intelligence. Both brothers belonged to a small fanatical sect of Catholicism that vilified women because of the idea of Original Sin and Wilhelm in particular had a particularly deep hatred of women. The Grimms were actually pretty horrible people. Those cannibalistic queens and ugly stepsisters and the mass amount of violence against women didn’t exist until the Grimms wanted them to. Their ideas stuck so soundly though that we now assume they were in the original tales and that these terrible characters and ideas come out of some perceived barbaric Old World culture. But in truth they’re really the Grimms’ weird obsession with hating women showing through. The original oral folklore focused on the heroes’ and heroines’ good deeds and used them as ways to teach cultural norms and a society’s rules and encouraged girls to be quick-witted and street-savvy instead of passive princesses, and the Grimms promptly stripped that all away.
"Grimms Bad Girls and Bold Boys" by Ruth Bottingheimer is an excellent book on this
We had to read The Book of Lost Things for school and it’s Grimm level crazy
Not only that, you’re skipping out a really important thing: the brother’s grimm got those tales from WOMEN, women were the ones who would tell these tales orally and the brother’s grimm took them, altered them to be sexist and never gave the women credit. You can read Clever Maids the Secret History The Grimm Fairytales for more info
reblogging for the excellent commentary
sea mermaids rescuing injured animals from oil spills and taking care of them
swamp mermaids creating little homes from algae and moss and twigs for the frogs and alligators
river mermaids racing with otters and fish and helping creatures swim upstream
lake mermaids floating near the surface to sunbathe and letting animals ride on their stomachs
9/15: Decided on a worldbuilding challenge to do.
9/16: ~200 words of planning for Shuffled Earth.
9/17: ~200 words of planning.
9/18: ~500 words of planning.
9/19: ~200 words of planning.
9/21: ~300 words of planning.
I’ve been doing the 30 Day Fantasy Worldbuilder Guide and it’s not quite working for me since I’m setting my story in several alternate versions of earth instead of creating a world from scratch. So yeah. I have no idea what I’m going to work on tomorrow morning. I should probably draw some maps.
The website linked above seems to have malware on it? Safe link here.
Worldbuilding is the art of creating an alternate universe where the rules of present-day Earth life don’t apply, and you have been appreciating that art for as long as you’ve been reading or watching science fiction.
Some worldbuilding is epic in scale, and requires thousands of people: the Star Wars universe is like that, if you think of all the people who have helped create the movies, books, art, TV and games from that world.
But other worldbuilders work alone. Ursula Le Guin wrote several novels set in her “shared worlds” universe without any help and without spawning any spinoff tales by other people.
But worldbuilding doesn’t have to be something that just the pros do. You can get in on the cool create-your-own universe action any time you want, and fast. Just follow our five simple rules for whipping up a universe in your spare time.
- Do a little research.
- Have a few rules.
- Don’t obsess over consistency.
- Consider what’s good and what’s bad about your world.
- Create characters who are plausibly the products of your world.
if the creator has to say “yeah this one vague line was refering to this character being gay” it doesnt count as representation. if it’s a punchline at the end of the movie, it doesn’t count as representation. if the writer announces it outside the work but never in the work…
Queer characters getting to have open, loving relationships with happy endings
That’s the only kind of representation that matters to me