Sarah Inkdragon

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  • #109322
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    *feels qualified as INTJ vibe intensifies*

    Well…

    For starters, body language. By outwardly emotional, I’m assuming a lot of that refers to voicing emotions and things like crying/etc? Those are pretty big signals of emotion, but there are more subtle ways to show emotion through basic body language. Characters who don’t voice their emotions but instead hint at them through body language(even in a vague manner) often seem most realistic to me. For example: when have you ever seen someone just opening admit they’re frightened, especially teens/young adults, who aren’t very mature? Or even more stoic people who are older, who don’t voice their emotions? I haven’t seen many. Children and mature adults, perhaps – but in between there lies a vast realm of those unaccounted for.

    Now – how many times have you seen someone act a little neurotic, fidgety, avoiding eye contact, constantly trying to find a job, or even act really bold in the face of something that seems a little risky? Bravado, my friends, is a lovely tool. You’ll never get a teenage boy to admit he’s scared of bridge jumping, but you sure can hint at it with body language. Your “unemotional” character might not show much in terms of body language either, but there’s always little things you can pick up on – for example: does your character stand in a sort of slouched, confident manner, or does he hold himself straight as stick with confidence. Is he confident in an assertive manner, always telling people how and what to do, or does he show his confidence by always rushing eagerly into situations with little thought for planning? The way you frame one emotion like confidence can make a big difference in how people perceive your character.

    Secondly, sincerity when the character does show emotion goes a long way. Likelier than not, the character who shows little emotion will show only his very genuine and very strong emotions. An unemotional, stoic character isn’t going to likely talk back to authority unless he feels very strongly about the matter, and in that case he’s going to come off very “powerful” and typically assertive. A stoic character also isn’t likely to smack someone upside the head should they act stupidly – they’re probably more likely to just glare and then make things difficult in a subtle manner for that person for the next few days. If you’re really going for a stoic character, I wouldn’t make him voice his thoughts very often either – only when it really matters to him personally. Most stoic characters and people seem to have some sort of vendetta that is what matters most to them, and they don’t take time out of their day to think about much else. (The best part of these characters is when they start to un-thaw and think about other people.) So he’s not going to get super involved in things he doesn’t really care about or that aren’t correlated to his goal – so when he does get super involved or fired up about something, you know something is wrong.

    Some characters who are “unemotional” get very quiet and reserved to avoid speaking to other people or having to voice their opinion/feelings on a subject(Mr. Darcy is a good example I think… at least the Mr. Darcy from the newer movies seems so.). They might simply be shy or nervous, or they don’t want anything to do with things that can cause them to voice their own feelings/opinions on things. Others might be quiet, but sort of passive-aggressive like. Overall, I think most of the “power” that is in their emotions comes from the sincerity behind them. Unlike many people, they don’t really voice their opinion/feelings on many things and don’t feel the need to outwardly express their feelings on everything. So when they do, we realize how much it really matters to them. And you also realize which characters are really important to them, likely by who they voice their opinions/feelings to.

    In short – body language and sincerity. I think that’s a good start.

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109262
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @deeprun

    I’ll definitely check Dekker out. And yes, read Peretti! He’s absolutely amazing at developing tension and inserting Christian elements into genres that don’t seem very “Christian”. I read and loved his “Cooper Kids Adventure Series” as a young teen, and I’ll still re-read some of the strong ones like The Door In the Dragon’s Throat, because they’re good as novels, not just as kids books. The ending of that book still gives me chills to this day. I also really enjoyed The Oath. If you’re not into more horror/suspense stuff however, you might not like him… his sense of theme and overall hope in God is really well written in my opinion however. 🙂

    I think a lot of our view on diversity comes from our culture and the way history is taught, as well. We have a joke around here, about the prevalence “black history” has taken in education in the past decade or so – branching off the bumper stickers that say “Black Lives Matter”, we have a line up here in cow country with “Black Cows Matter”. And someone thought it would be funny to then split off and make one that says “Red Cows Matter”. XD Apparently, they thought the red and white cows were being left out of all the popularity.

    But beyond funny little idiosyncrasies – it’s really odd when you think about it, how much of our perception is shaped by how and what we’re taught. For example – 90% of Americans probably think the Civil War was fought solely to free the slaves. But in reality, while that was a part of it, the war was more over the secession of the southern states than it was slavery. The freedom of slaves was more a symptom than anything, though Lincoln did have strong feelings on the matter I believe. But many Americans(and non-Americans) grew up thinking we had this long, bloody war for a “noble” cause like equality of races… when it really was more about land and money than it was race.

    Or even WWII, one of the most “known” and popularized wars due to the Holocaust and Hitler, still has huge misconceptions on the part of how the war started, exactly how Hitler gained popularity, and what the Germans thought about this war. My grandmother lived through that war as a child in Germany – it wasn’t pretty on both ends. And yet many people still think most of it was the Holocaust, or that the Germans originally started with the message of death to Jews and the “master race”. Or even that the German people wanted the war.

    I think a lot of it has to do with the glorification and popularization of certain historical events like WWII or the Civil War, that make people think there were a lot more noble than they were. Technically, such perceptions could be applied to anything, but it seems to be especially applied to war. People then gain the perception that there are “good” and “bad” sides in war – which to me, seems faulty. It’s war. There are more or less moral quandaries with each side either faces and breaches or break and crush, but it is more about money and power than any “moral message” the audience would like it to be about. But history isn’t as pretty as the books and movies make it out to be, and more often than not the only moral message is that of the depravity of humanity.

    @taylorclogston

    I’m not even sure if I know what classifies as “slasher” XD, but I do enjoy thrillers and intense movies with lots of psychological suspense, so….

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109220
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @naiya-dyani

    Haha, it truly is.

    That said, I like that as the human race comes to a pandemic, the first thing that runs out is common sense and TP. XD It’s highly amusing.

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109216
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    …My life hasn’t really changed, to be honest. School is out for two weeks(but we’re still doing homework and turning it in once a week), but other than that I’ve done essentially nothing different. To be honest, I’m not particularly worried at all about the whole COVID-19 thing so I’m just sitting back and watching the world sort of, kind of fall apart.

    It’s amusing. And I need a good laugh every now and then. 😉

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109215
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @deeprun

    Haha, yeah. Amish fiction is occasionally good and mostly bad, in my experiences. Having a romance with ‘normal’ people is all fine and great, but I don’t want morally and ethically perfect characters. (Not that Amish people are… but that’s the general portrayal. The farthest it seems to go against the grain is giving the MC a “streak of rebellion” or something cliche like that.)

    I honestly struggle with it a lot still. It’s not that I don’t want diversity – I just honestly don’t really think about it. To me, what makes my characters diverse are their personalities and cultures, not the color of their skin or their looks. So it’s just something I don’t really think about. In my main fantasy WIP, I have some different looking characters, most looking more “middle eastern” with some that look more “white” or “islander” types, but I’ve yet to have a black character. Honestly, I just haven’t found a reason to make a character black or a specific culture that I think would work well. And my four main established characters are already very fleshed out and thought-out, and I’m not going to make one black for no reason other than that. At the same time, I feel like I should have black characters, simply because it’s realistic. I just don’t want to squish them in “because” and I haven’t found somewhere to put them yet, or a reason to put them there.

    We’ll see what happens. I’m not sure what I’ll do, but eventually I’ll make my way through the issue.

    (Also, your love interest is absolutely hilarious in how well he resembles just about every single male MC I’ve read in action novels/seen in movies lately. XD I love a good anti-hero, but that’s just poor writing. I personally have to laugh when people try to portray things like mental illnesses and just go completely overboard. Like, not only did this one character grow up as an orphan and was abused or something, he also has depression, anxiety, and OCD. And special powers, but he can’t harness them because of “mental obstacles”. He’s an amazing character. *sarcasm drips off*)

    I’ll check out Ted Dekker. I don’t think I’ve ever read him! I really like Peretti, but it’s hard to find people who meet his quality.

    @pensword

    Ooooh, yeah. That honestly drives me crazy. I’ve personally struggled with depression for pretty much my entire life past pre-teen and on, and the way it’s portrayed is not only sickening but sort of… insulting. When people treat it as something that can be simply fixed by falling in love or getting a friend, it’s kind of depressing in itself. Because it’s really not that simple, and pushing the message that falling in love cures depression/etc. is just unhealthy. It’s not a message that should be pushed, at all. All that does is gets young girls and boys to think that if they aren’t in a relationship, then they’ve got something wrong with them or that they need to try and find “love” at all costs. And that is not only toxic, but leads to a lot of sin.

    @naiya-dyani

    Haha, it is fun. But I enjoy being in public school, so it’s a little annoying to be home. And it’s difficult to try and learn Physics by myself… XD

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109137
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @naiya-dyani

    For me, it’s reverting. XD I started public school my Junior year. 😉

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109112
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    Diversity is one of those things I have a love-hate relationship with. On one hand – yes, it’s real and needs to be actually realistically portrayed in books/media. On the other hand, it’s so over-pushed in secular fiction in an unrealistic and ungodly manner that I sort of hate trying to deal with it. I’m getting really tired of the “offhand comments” about a girl having a girlfriend and vise versa for guys I’ve been seeing in both movies and books lately. It’s inserted for no reason other than “diversity” and drives me nuts. XD

    That, and the romanticism involving mental illnesses/etc. Can we have a love interest that’s not depressed or anxious, for once in the new century? Please? It’s one thing to portray it realistically and to have it there for a reason – but it’s another to just shove it in there “because”. It’s halfway insulting and promotes the type of mentality we see about such things all the time in media – that they need to be coddled and accepted as normal. (And, I’m not trying to say that having a mental illness is necessarily bad – but thinking about harming yourself is certainly not normal and people shouldn’t be pushing for it to be accepted as normal. It’s one thing to have the issue – it’s another thing to never try to overcome the issue because such things are “normal” and accepted as fine.) But anyhow – I’d love to see a romance involving two people that aren’t depressed, anxious, or toxic. It would be nice to see a few wholesome romances every now and then, you know? You can be void of mental illnesses and still have a complex relationship and tension. (*cough* Ever heard of Pride & Prejudice, or Emma, modern romance writers?)

    That said – I do think it’s important to see in fiction. I’ve yet to see a novel or movie in the “Christian” genre that handles something like divorce well, and that’s something that’s been around for just about forever. I’ve never seen one that handles something like mental illnesses what I would call “well”. The closest I can say is that The Chronicles of Narnia handle the idea of death and triumph over evil well, and The Oath handles redemption and paranoia rather excellently. A Wrinkle In Time also handles the idea of unconditional love very nicely, in my opinion. But none of those are very “modern” novels.

    As for racial and cultural diversity – fantasy seems to do this semi-well half the time. I’ve seen some genuinely interesting cultures and races in some novels, like in The Wingfeather Saga or The Songkeeper Chronicles. Personally – I’d like to see a novel with more variety than just copy+pasting our cultures into fantasy with a little mix-up for “originality’s” sake. Can we have some super high-tech advanced pirate-people? And black aristocratic mercenaries employing some “Asian” soldiers? How about having a non-16th century England based culture of white people in stuffy coats, but instead a bunch of warring tribes and groups? Why not have them be voyagers or mountain folks? Or traders? Fantasy doesn’t have to be set in medieval times. It can be set before them, or after them, or at the brink of “medieval” times or at the downfall of them. Personally, I think it would be far more interesting to set a story as the “medieval” world is developing and borders are being defined, with governing systems still being tested out. Or perhaps in the age of explorers, with set governing dynamics and countries but all of them racing to find the next new undiscovered technology or land. (You know, I say that we technically had at least four “ages of explorers” in the modern world: the actual age of exploration, the industrial revolution, the race to the moon, and the invention of the WWW. Why not set your fantasy world during one of those times, not just the typical “dresses, coats, and horses and swords” era? Imagine having a character who’s working for the government to discover a variant of steam power or gunpowder, and all the other countries are out to kill him and steal his work. Or perhaps he’s developing a new area of magic, or applying magic to a new concept.) There’s diversity in world-building and time period, you know – not just in personalities and race.

    Anyhow, I’m going to be quiet now because I need to get back to school since we’re all quarantined to the house and reverting back to homeschooling. XD

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #109008
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    Hmm, well I can start off – be aware that this WIP is a very, very rough WIP and it’s just something I want to write someday, not something I’m working on right now or have plans to really work on soon.

    Working Title: Sidereal 

    Description: Kaze is a “shift”, a being who can teleport within seconds from one location to another in the vast universe of Enchria. He longs to get away from the dangerous gang he is controlled by, but if he were to turn them in the pacifist government would also seek to exile and prevent him from using his ability – a price that can be fatal for a shift. When a heist job is presented to him that would give him the opportunity to both turn in the gang and remain free, he snatches it up – all he needs now is a team and the nerve to break into one of the most powerful men in the universe to steal valuable information about a new weapon. 

    So yeah. It’s kind of a heist movie meets sci-fi, but the concept has interested me for a while and I’ve just never had the time to write it. 🙂

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #108709
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @daeus-lamb

    Darn. I wonder what happened to it then… oh well. 😉

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #108500
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    I think my response got eaten by the spam folder(This is what happens when I take the time to write out a nice response with sources. :’D). @daeus-lamb Mind coming to my rescue?

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #108488
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @evelyn

    This is a pretty good short tutorial on the very basics of blending with block watercolors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kznN5UZmlng

    I prefer the tubes to be honest and I usually use them, but I do have a nice block travel set I use for when I’m out and about. What really matters when blending watercolours is the pigement-to-water ratio, depending on what you’re doing – and with watercolours, remember: less is more. If it’s too light, you can always add another coat, but if it’s too dark there’s not a whole lot you can do to fix that easily. I nearly always go over some of my more in-depth and vibrant paintings 2-5 times to get the right colors and depth, but it’s so much easier than trying to lighten something that went down too dark or stained. 😉

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #108410
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    So, first question – do you use the watercolor blocks or liquid? Liquid watercolor can often be easily blended in that manner, while the blocks are a little harder.

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #107803
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @naiya-dyani

    Yes, sadly life has taken it’s toll again and our guildmasters are all busy people. Erekdale has a discord chat, but it isn’t very active either. I hope we get back in the flow of things eventually… it was nice to have weekly discussions and challenges.

    @dylan-yarbrough

    (I hope I spelled that tag right, I forgot to check.)

    I’ve been inside the Rickmer Rickmer’s in Hamburg. It’s pretty cool. Gotta ask – what’s your favorite era of ships? (If you didn’t already answer that beyond: pirate ships.) I love the ones from the Napoleonic Era, which remind me of PotC the most. Clippers and Barque are typically fantastic no matter when they’re from. Small ships always seem terrifying to sail, so I tend to like the bigger ones. XD I don’t know a whole lot about ships, but they’re fun.

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #107695
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    @phoenix

    I’m working on a mixture of projects. Currently, my big fantasy project that I recently changed the title to Aeonian, and a Hi-Fi novel set either in Vietnam or Korea(not sure which yet, but probably Vietnam.). The Hi-Fi is still in plotting stages but it’s one of the few projects I’ve ever had that I have a firm idea on what I want out of it so hopefully that will go rather easily. 🙂

    "Come waste your time with me..."

    #107446
    Sarah Inkdragon
    @sarah-inkdragon

    I’m 17 currently, if we’re counting my age in the standard Roman calendar. In cat years, I’m about 85 years old. 😉

    "Come waste your time with me..."

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