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writersofthedas:

  1. When did your mage’s magic first manifest?
  2. Did they try to keep it a secret from their family/close friends?
  3. Has their magic ever hurt anyone by mistake?
  4. Which spells came naturally and which were more difficult to learn?
  5. What is their favourite spell?
  6. Do they put a lot of time into studying magic?
  7. What attracted them to their specialization?
  8. How does your mage get along with other mages?
  9. Does your mage have any sympathy for Templars?
  10. Do they consider magic a blessing or a curse?

Answering for my OC from Warriors Such As, Metis!

  1. When did your mage’s magic first manifest?

Metis worked with plants from
a young age and always had a knack for it, so it’s difficult to pinpoint when
that knack really became magic because no one really picked up on it
till he was already a slave, gardening for Licinius. At some point some
overseer on the estate noticed the vines growing rapidly whenever Metis was
tending them, and asked what sort of magic he was using to make them so
unnaturally productive, and Metis looked at him blankly and said something
along the lines of “That’s not natural? But they’ve always grown like that for
me!” and that’s when they realized they had an incaensor on their hands.

2.           
Did
they try to keep it a secret from their family/close friends?

Alas, he was already
separated from his family at that point. There was no keeping it a secret from
his friends or anyone else among his fellow slaves, though, because having
magic in his veins made him desirable to the master as a source of blood for
certain spells. If anything it made him a bit of a pariah among the slaves.

As for before his knack was
known to be magic, no, it wasn’t anything he kept a secret, but still no one
really made the connection. It was a magic that expressed itself rather subtly,
after all, at least until he went to the Circle for proper training and learned
to do other spells and not just randomly leak magic into the vines and things.

3.           
Has
their magic ever hurt anyone by mistake?

Once Licinius knew about it,
Metis, like the other incaensors among the slaves, had to undergo some
basic training to use it safely, and yes, during those training sessions there
were accidents. Partly because the apprentices Licinius put in charge of them
didn’t really care to prevent injury to slaves or anything, so they weren’t all
that helpful as teachers about warning the trainees of what could happen. They
taught some of the basic fire and ice spells, all of which was frightfully new
to a young man whose magic had always sought plant life when left to its own
devices, and there was an incident with a fireball going wild and catching on
one of the apprentices’ robes that earned Metis more lashes than might seem
reasonable to anyone but a Tevinter (that apprentice always was particularly
vain about his robes).

It’s possible that incident
wasn’t entirely by mistake.

4.           
Which
spells came naturally and which were more difficult to learn?

Nature magic – encouraging
plants to grow, calling them to where he wants them to be, especially vines –
has always been Metis’ forte. Spells of earth and stone too – rock armor,
earthquake, stone fist, that sort of thing – he was quick to learn. Healing was
more difficult but calling to the life in sentient beings was similar enough to
calling to the life in a plant, once he figured out the differences, he made
that leap and quickly became a fairly competent healer. Fire and ice, beyond
the most basic spells of those types, are trickier, and he never quite mastered
entropy.

5.           
What
is their favourite spell?

Hmmm well, he uses vines a
lot both in and out of combat, but I think his favorite thing might be the
spell in Sapling, making the single blossom bloom early when he
planted the tree for baby Mara. He probably did the same sort of thing with the
other family-trees he’s planted.

6.           
Do
they put a lot of time into studying magic?

Maker yes, he is (or was) a
researcher at the Circle of Minrathous and a sublime nerd. Prior to Warriors Such As he was engaged in research into the red
lyrium, which is one reason Maevaris called on him to investigate the situation
in Seheron.

7.           
What
attracted them to their specialization?

He was a farmer’s son. His
father noticed Metis’ affinity for plants early on and when the boy was about
eight years old, he put him in charge of a few fruit trees near the house. Each
year Metis’ corner of the farm grew, tree by tree and vine by vine,
responsibilities expanding as he showed both a skill for it and a willingness
to work. So it might be more that his magic was attracted to the plants than
the other way around, and whenever it first manifested it just latched on to
what he was constantly doing anyway. By the time he knew he was actually using
magic there, there was no question of seeking any other specialization.

8.           
How
does your mage get along with other mages?

Metis gets along well with
anyone who’ll let him, really, mage or not. He likes having fellow mages to
talk shop with though.

9.           
Does
your mage have any sympathy for Templars?

Well it’s different in
Tevinter, so…hmmm. Having ended up in the south with the Hawkes, I suppose
the first contact he’d have with Templars would be former ones in the
Inquisition like Cullen and Carver. And, you know, rogue ones causing trouble
during the mage/templar war but by the time Metis shows up in Hawkquisition,
months after Corypheus is dead, I don’t think there was as much of that going
on maybe? So…I think from his perspective, southern Templars are basically a
curiosity more than a threat. But from an academic standpoint he’d have
sympathy for their cause and purpose. I mean, he’s seen plenty of magic out of
control in Tevinter, but then he’s also seen many wonderful things done with
it.

10.         
Do
they consider magic a blessing or a curse?

Hm, well, magic was responsible for 1) giving him such a
knack for gardening, and that was his profession for many years, so yeah it
kept him alive; 2) drawing his master’s notice so that Metis had to undergo
not-rigorous-enough training that was more of a frustration than a joy and the
only reward for it was being one of those special slaves kept around for their
blood when Licinius had spells in mind that a mage’s blood might be more
effective for; 3) bringing him to Maevaris Tilani’s attention when he used his
magic to save her life during the Qunari attack, which resulted in his freedom
and his training at the Circle; 4) giving him a purpose in life as a researcher
trying to do something about the red lyrium; 5) saving many a friend’s life,
including those on the Inquisition team in Warriors, including his son. So
yeah, on the balance, it’s a blessing. Also he can do that quick-blossom trick
to impress the children. 🙂

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healthiestgoth:

This is actually my favorite post on all of tumblr, I can quit blogging peacefully now.

ourinquisitorialness:

CANON CLARIFICATION ON TEVENE VS. TRADE TONGUE IN THE MODERN TEVINTER IMPERIUM

At last, we have a canon ruling on the official/common language of the Tevinter Imperium. Lead DA writer Patrick Weekes responded to my Tweet this afternoon in which I asked which serves as the common language of day-to-day communication: Tevene or Trade Tongue.

According to Weekes’ response, the common language of Tevinter is Trade Tongue while Tevene serves as “flavor” with “phrases peppering speech as a sign of education.”

Dorian’s explanation that they “still use the colorful phrases” goes right along with what I suspected and what Weekes confirmed – that Tevene serves as “flavor” sprinkled here and there, but the main language spoken in the Imperium is the Trade Tongue.

Weekes says the prevalence of Tevene in conversation serves as a sign that you’re well-educated, much like (as he himself points out) the use of French as an “elite” or “bourgeois” language among the educated court nobility of England and other Western European countries at various periods throughout history. French was similarly considered an “educated” language in Colonial America and continues to have that association today in parts of North Africa and Asia.

Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about the history of the French language to confirm whether Weekes was correct with his analogy to French usage in Victorian London. I’d love to get more information about that from someone who knows more about the the historical usage of French in England.

There’s some canonical evidence that would seem to contradict Weekes, however.

The most significant piece of such evidence is found in the Dragon Age RPG Set 3 Player’s Guide, which states on pages 34-35 that any character of Tevinter origin (whether Altus, Laetan, or Soporati) can “speak and read Tevinter and the Trade Tongue.” There are a couple of glaring issues with that:

1) The name of the language is “Tevene,” not “Tevinter.”

The Tevene language has been called by various names in Dragon Age canon and fandom – Tevene, Tevinter, Arcanum. “Arcanum” was never canon; fan use of the term supposedly stemmed from some experimental language stuff that BioWare ended up throwing out. As for “Tevene” vs. “Tevinter,” BioWare writer Mary Kirby provided some clarification in this tweet from July 2012:

Kirby suggests that while “Tevene” is the official name of the language, ignorant people outside Tevinter tend to (wrongly) call it “Tevinter.” This smacks a little bit of a convenient retcon to address the fact that it’s been called “Tevinter” in canon materials, but I’m willing to accept that explanation. The Tevinter Imperium is after all the black sheep of the Thedosian family. From what we can infer from canon, nobody outside Tevinter actually speaks Tevene aside from a few obscure scholars. (And Brother Genitivi, of course, because that dude’s all over the place.)

That still doesn’t explain, though, why the language is referred to as “Tevinter” in the RPG Player’s Guide. Since it’s mentioned in the backstory guide section for Tevinter characters, you’d think it would refer to the language as it would actually be called in Tevinter.

I have to imagine this was either an oversight when Set 3 of the RPG was being prepared for publication, or else they deliberately chose to use “Tevinter” to avoid potential confusion for RPG players who aren’t familiar with DA lore and terminology and might not know what “Tevene” means.

Either way, what name we use to describe the language doesn’t really matter to me quite so much as consistency with regard to its social and academic usage. Which brings us to the second issue raised by the RPG guide’s remarks on Tevene:

2) Weekes said fluency in Tevene is associated with the educated upper class, but if that’s true then Soporati shouldn’t be able to speak and read the language on an equal level with Altus and Laetan.

The RPG Player’s Guide draws no distinction between the relative Tevene fluency of Altus/Laetan/Soporati characters. It simply states that any Tevinter character can “speak and read Tevinter and the Trade Tongue.”

Now there’s been debate before about whether the RPG guide books should actually count as “canon,” but I personally believe that anything put out as official Dragon Age merchandise should be considered canon. Of course, even if a fact is “canon,” that doesn’t exactly guarantee it’s consistent with BioWare’s own previously established canon about the world. The lore of Thedas is massive, and inconsistencies and retcons are bound to happen.

Since I don’t like to contradict any canon when I can help it, I’m going to choose to interpret the RPG guide book’s remarks here to mean that despite their relative lack of education, even Soporati have at least a rudimentary or crude grasp of Tevene.

However, I suspect the dialect of Tevene spoken by Altus/Laetan may not be the same dialect of Tevene spoken by the Soporati and slaves.

Speculation: Classical Tevene vs. Vulgar Tevene

It may be that there’s a “High/Classical/Literary Tevene” and a “Low/Vulgar/Vernacular Tevene” in the same way that there’s Classical Latin and Vulgar Latin. The wealthy and highly educated Altus and Laetan would get a formal education in Classical Tevene at school, while Soporati and (to a lesser extent) slaves would pick up the more vernacular Vulgar Tevene that they’d hear on the streets.

If that’s true, it would also help explain why Fenris knows spoken Tevene even though he’s a slave. Fenris has several lines of Tevene dialogue in DA2, most of which aren’t translated. In fact, he seems to drop into Tevene even more often and at greater length than Dorian. This would appear to contradict what Weekes said about Tevene phrases being a mark of education – unless Vulgar Tevene exists as a colloquial and vernacular dialect spoken by the lower class and slaves.

We do know for certain that Fenris is canonically illiterate and can’t read or write either Tevene or the Trade Tongue, as makes sense for a slave. Literacy and illiteracy aren’t really addressed consistently

in the DA universe as a pseudo-medieval world, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Even though the upper class in Tevinter would speak/read/write Classical Tevene, they’d probably still be familiar with the vernacular Vulgar Tevene as well. My friend @theprof739​, who studied Roman history as a graduate student, told me that even though Julius Caesar undoubtedly knew Classical Latin, he probably would have used Vulgar Latin to talk to his troops when he was out in the field.

So although an Altus like Dorian Pavus would be formally educated in Classical Tevene, he’d also likely know and be able to speak Vulgar Tevene. One assumes that some of the more “colorful” phrases employed by both Dorian and Fenris – such as vishante kaffas, fasta vass, and even festis bei umo canavarum – are probably associated with Vulgar Tevene. (It’s hard to imagine a phrase like “you shit on my tongue” being found in classical literature…but then again, you never know.)

Modern Tevene vs. Ancient Tevene

Under this speculative interpretation of Tevene, both Classical Tevene and Vulgar Tevene would be dialects of Modern Tevene. There would also be an archaic variant, however – Ancient Tevene, which could be considered akin to Old Latin. While practically all Tevinters would have some grasp of Modern Tevene, Ancient Tevene would probably be learned exclusively by Altus and Laetan mages for the purpose of arcane study and research.

Even among mages, however, I don’t think Ancient Tevene would be part of a standard education curriculum, but rather an advanced course of study at one of the prestigious Circles of Magi, akin to a modern PhD.

Ancient Tevene would almost certainly be associated with magic – the language of the ancient Dreamers and the magisters who founded the Imperium. In the modern Tevinter Imperium, however, Ancient Tevene is a dead and purely academic language in the same way Latin is for us today.

There’s certainly canonical evidence to support the idea that Ancient Tevene exists. During the series of quests in the Western Approach for Professor Frederic of Serault, he asks you to retrieve an ancient Tevinter manuscript on dragon luring. When you find the manuscript and bring it back to Frederic, the following exchange occurs if Dorian’s in the party:

Frederic: What remarkable diagrams! Are these…chambers of the draconic heart? If only I could read the script! Do you perhaps know a linguist? Or a Tevinter historian?
Dorian: Don’t look at me. Nobody’s spoken that form of Tevene in seven hundred years.
Inquisitor: I don’t, but the Inquisition might. I’ll speak to our specialists.

The fact that Dorian can’t translate the text confirms my theory that even a highly educated Tevinter mage wouldn’t know Ancient Tevene unless they had devoted themselves specifically to that field of study.

To continue the quest, you’re given a War Table mission to find a scholar who specializes in Ancient Tevene. One of Josephine’s contacts points you to Anaximander Vetri, the Dean of the College of Antiquities at the Minrathous Circle of Magi. When the War Table mission is completed, you receive the following letter from Anaximander:

“Enclosed you will find the completed translation of your fascinating manuscript, which our scholars estimate to pre-date the First Blight. The dialect caused quite a stir in historical linguistics. The College of Antiquities would be most interested in further cooperation with the Inquisition should you uncover more Tevene documents from the pre-Blight era.”

We see, therefore, that my suspicion is correct – not only does Ancient Tevene exist, but there’s a field dedicated to the study of “historical linguistics” at the Minrathous Circle, and an entire college devoted to the “Antiquities.”

TL;DR CONCLUSIONS:

  • The common language of the Tevinter Imperium is the Trade Tongue. This is true for all Tevinters, regardless of education or social class.
  • Tevene is a fully living language in the Imperium, however. It’s not a “dead” or purely academic language like modern-day Latin.
  • Using Tevene phrases as “flavor” in conversation is considered a sign the speaker is well-educated and probably belongs to the upper class.
  • The name of the language is Tevene. Any reference to “Tevinter” as the name of the language should be interpreted as either in-character ignorance or out-of-character oversight on the part of BioWare’s editors.
  • Despite Tevene’s association with the upper class, Tevinter natives of all social classes pick up some variant of Tevene. It’s not clear to what extent the less well-educated Soporati and slaves are considered “fluent” in Tevene.
  • Speculation: There are two dialects of Modern Tevene – Classical and Vulgar. The upper class Altus and Laetan learn Classical Tevene, the “high” or “literary” dialect of the language. Soporati and slaves learn Vulgar Tevene, the “low” or “vernacular” dialect.
  • In addition to the modern dialect of Tevene, there’s also Ancient Tevene, which is no longer spoken at all. It’s a purely academic language. Only mages who pursue an advanced education at a Circle of Magi learn Ancient Tevene, either for the study of historical linguistics or for its applications to magical research.

Expect more from me on this subject soon, and if you haven’t already, check out my work on Project Tevene and the Thedas Language Project!

Tagging a few people who I know will be particularly interested in these revelations about Tevene: @bunan-tsokolatte@fenxshiral@bisexualskitter@theprof739

Reblog this with a photo of your cat.

quinnlocke:

warsonghold:

fleshwerks:

I am having a night so bad I have chest pain and had to take a sleeping pill to knock myself out. I wish to wake up to cats.

And here’s my cat’s entire tag, full of photos and videos

This is Lily. She’s actually my parents’ cat; well, to be precise, she’s a stray that frequents feeding time at their house whom I’ve been trying to tame when I visit them.

And she just had kittens in their garage. TIME TO VISIT!

trovia:

shadowedhills:

genginger:

voltisubito:

hoo boy, here comes some serious talk about fandom mentality.

I feel like there’s a huge failing on readers’ parts to communicate to fic authors how much they appreciate their works or how much it affects them, unless the fic is “fandom famous” for some reason. sometimes it gets translated into demands (which are awful literally do not demand updates from an author ever).

more often than not, it gets translated into silence, and coming from a writer, the silence is probably the worst. you never know if they like it, you never know what the reader actually thinks about it. or even if they read it at all. and it’s… heartwrenching, and nervewracking and you start constantly questioning yourself and wondering if you’re actually good enough or if you belong. and you start comparing yourself. to the people who are popular, to the people with huge followings, to the people who get questions and art and compliments up the wazoo. and you start wondering if you should have bothered writing at all. in some cases you start begging. and in some cases, you do worse.

and it’s terrible. a writer shouldn’t have to beg. a writer shouldn’t have to only get attention when they’re frustrated or upset. a writer shouldn’t have to doubt themselves every time they pick up a pen or open their laptop. a writer should never feel so unimportant that they consider deleting their work–and do. and then be subjected to questions of why they deleted it.

(which, by the way, is kind of a rude thing to do. it’s their content, and they can do with it whatever makes them comfortable. and more than that–why wait until it’s gone to just suddenly unleash your appreciation for it?)

if, at this point, you are thinking, “well, writers shouldn’t write for attention anyway! writers should be writing for themselves!” then you are missing a Very Huge Point about the intricacies of and emotions behind creating art. of course art comes from the self, but art is meant to be shared. with people. like you. art is created for people to talk back to, to engage with, to live alongside–and yes, that in turn bolsters the creator’s own securities and motivation. it’s also a sad testament to the fact that we as a people have come to condemn the notion that anyone, especially content creators, should want attention at all.

and that’s toxic, and an awful mentality to have. (it’s also atrocious marketing. but, that’s another discussion for another time.)

what I’m trying to say here is this: a lot of this could be prevented by one simple thing. if you read a fic you like, *speak up about it.* make some kind of sign. about whether you like somebody’s work, or whether it excites you. reblog it to share with other people, gush in the tags, leave a comment/review if it’s on ao3 or ffn. (authors read tags as much as artists do, trust me.) kudos and likes are fine too, but like with any other kind of art, they’re very invisible. be vocal, y’all. spread the love.

and above all, *tell the author directly.* send them an ask, write a comment, tag them in an appreciation post. I can’t stress that enough. you’d be making someone’s day, relieving some securities, visible or not, instead of being complacent in this system, this mass way of thinking, that only popular writers deserve attention, that it has to be earned through working yourself raw instead of asked for. it causes these cliques and hierarchies and ultimately people start or keep maintaining this idea that people who are at the top deserve to be at the top, and people who get ignored deserve to be ignored. (which I have, in fact, heard people say, and that’s… I don’t even have a word for that.)

I just. something has to give, you guys. we have to stop doing this. we have to stop letting this happen. we have to be kind to our writers before they disappear.

and yes, you can reblog this post. in fact, I’d highly encourage it.

I agree with a lot of this, but some of it puts my back up. 

I mean, YES, leave feedback! Do it! If you liked anything at all about a piece of writing you should tell the author, and the more specific you can be the better! Authors live for that stuff, and a comment can make their day.

And YES art is meant to be shared. If you just wanted to tell stories to yourself, you wouldn’t write them down. If you wanted to imagine scenes and visuals, you could do that and not try to get them onto paper. You could visualize a really cool sweater and never try to create it in real yarn.

But just because you write something and put it out there doesn’t mean you are entitled to feedback. And maybe that’s my Cynical Old Lady talking. Maybe it’s years of being a performer and a fiber artist and a tech worker that gives me that perspective. You aren’t always going to get thanks. You aren’t always going to get feedback (helpful or not). You aren’t always going to get acknowledgment. 

But the flip side of that is that you should treasure what you DO get. And remind yourself that for every positive comment, there are probably at least 10 other people out there that read your stuff and thought it was at least ok. 

Any marketer can tell you – a thing that takes effort for people to do, only a small percentage of folks will do. That’s just the way people are: lazy. If you go out there expecting different, you might be disappointed. 

(Please note I am not a popular writer – this isn’t coming from a place of “it’s easy for me so it should be easy for everyone.” But I have always assumed my lack of popularity, like Elizabeth Bennet’s poor piano playing, is partly my own fault for not getting better at my craft. It’s partly because I write less popular pairings. It’s partly because I don’t know as many people and so some folks that might like my stuff just never discover it. And it’s partly because people are lazy.)

So DO make an effort to tell the writers and others who make stuff you like that you appreciate their work. But don’t let lack of feedback stop you from creating. Keep going! Keep practicing and getting better. Develop ways to publicize your work if that’s important to you. Don’t let silence stop you. Keep on pushing.

But just because you write something and put it out there doesn’t mean you are entitled to feedback.

Repeating that line, because yes, this is exactly what I’m hearing about 75% of the time when I read these screeds about how unappreciated fic writers are. 

I’m a fic writer. Not a super popular one. I ADORE feedback. It makes me super fucking happy when I see the kudos email, and positively ecstatic when someone actually comments. And encouraging people to leave that feedback is great! But I hate all these posts that make it seem like comments are some kind of mandatory homework assignment for readers. 

And for fuck’s sake, kudos and likes are not actually invisible. I don’t know where this idea started, but I want it to die right now. I am happy with whatever method of feedback you choose to give me – any acknowledgement that someone read and enjoyed my work, or even that they think it sounds interesting enough to come back to, lifts my spirits. I’m sorry that others don’t feel that way, but trying to convince readers that kudos and likes are somehow lazy or inadequate or selfish is really counter productive.

I appreciate the basic message of “hey, readers, a small comment goes a long way!”, but come on, let’s not be overly dramatic. Fic writers aren’t going anywhere. Fanfic isn’t going to dry up and blow away if readers fail to comment. People have been writing and sharing the modern conception of fanfic since before there was an internet to publish it on. Maybe some people will leave fic writing if they don’t get enough feedback, and I’m sorry for that, but it’s not going to die. So this whole “be kind before the writers disappear!” tactic is just pointless melodrama meant to make fic readers feel guilty. Fic readers are here for fun. I guarantee most of them (me included, since I’m both a writer and a reader), when confronted with a guilt trip, will simply head off to read something else. Calling not commenting a “failing” of readers isn’t going to net you new readers, I’m sorry to say.

Fandom is community. Tumblr is community. There are tons of ways to build community, and yes, interacting about fanfic is one of them. Attention is lovely, and it’s not wrong to want more of it! But sheesh, feeding this idea that all fic readers are responsible for a writer’s ego is doing more to hurt fic culture than any reader who casually enjoys a story and then moves on to the next one. 

This is apparently the hill that I will die on. Whoops.

Oh hey, I’m a marketer, incidentally. Let me talk about fanfic feedback from a marketer’s POV. I never get to do that. I think about it a lot, though. Don’t usually try to apply it to my own stories because that’s not why I’m here but it’s not like you can shut it off. 

This part of online marketing is not complex. You have a group of people who saw what you did there (they read the fic) and they understood what you want from them (leave feedback) and yes, only a part of them will do it, too. (but speaking as a human being – “most people don’t do it” is a pretty low reason to say, “So clearly it’s not necessary to do it.”) The act of a person who saw the thing becoming a person who did the action is called a conversion, and the art of improving the ratio of conversions is called conversion optimization. Many small things can improve on the conversion of a thing on the Internet dramatically, such as moving a button, changing a design color, or rephrasing a sentence. There are some things that generally, in online marketing, will almost always make more people do the action. A big one is telling them to do it. Just before they would have to do it. So in a fic that would translate to leaving a note underneath your chapter, to be read after the chapter but before the “comment” button, and this note of yours should say, “Please review!” It makes a huge difference on websites, trust me. It transforms so so many visitors of online shops into buying customers, just saying “Buy!”. “Buy now!” works even better, so theoretically “Review now!” should be a good one for fic writers, too. (strictly speaking, the one that’s catching on right now is “own it now!” but I don’t know how to apply that here)

But here’s the funny thing. In fandom? That flies out of the window. Because fanfic readers are fucking prima donnas compared to averages users. Of all the excellent marketers I know, they would all cry elephant tears when confronted with fandom. Ten years ago, we used to see a “Read and review!” attached to any fic. But readers soon started feeling annoyed by that and frustrated. So writers stopped because apparently it’s not okay to write for free, then ask for feedback, you also have to do it in a way so that none of your free consumers will feel pressured. You have to do it in a particular way if you want it to work, or they’ll think you’re “needy” and “whiny” or “arrogant” and “what the fuck do you get off on, do you think we need you?” For the marketing psychology to work, you have to tell them exactly the options they have (like, share, leave feedback, bookmark, or any combination of the above) but you also have to do it in a way that people will still like you afterwards, so you have to explain why, and you have to give the reasons they find bearable to hear. So you have to be verbose about it, too. But then your little text – your so-called call to action – gets too long and it loses its pull and you’re back where you started. Then you have a text that doesn’t work well in terms of marketing and also everybody hates you. Great. 

And that’s not even me criticizing, this is me just outlining the realistic marketing problem that I see at the bottom of every fanfic I finish reading. (and then in most cases I leave feedback, yes) I’m a marketer who has been in fandom for over ten years now, and who makes her money in the day job by punching out multiple website texts a day, and I have not figured out the ideal way of asking for a review that will both make many people write a review and not piss them off. There is no way of asking for reviews that won’t piss a big portion of readers off. From a marketers’ POV, the fic situation is ridiculous. You give away free content, but you don’t even get to engage people. It’s positively bizarre, this policing of what the free content suppliers can and cannot do, and how they can do it, and when. It reminds me of gender role policing: don’t be too needy, don’t be too arrogant; don’t be too loud, don’t be too quiet There’s a huge amount of entitlement going on in fandom, an entitlement of proportions that I have not seen among any group of users who were being asked to spend money, sometimes huge amounts of money, rather than time and words. 

revanshan:

zetablarian:

berlynn-wohl:

venndigo:

k8thescout:

can someone explain the alignment chart for me but in like, the simplest wording possible lmao

lawful good: i want to do the right thing, and following society’s rules is the best way to do that

neutral good: i want to do what’s right, and i’m willing to bend or break the rules as long as no one gets hurt

chaotic good: i’m willing to do whatever it takes as long as it’s to do the right thing

lawful neutral: following the rules of society is the most important thing, and that matters more to me than doing what’s right

true neutral: i just want myself and the people i care about to be happy

chaotic neutral: i want my freedom, and i don’t care what i have to do to keep it

lawful evil: to impede the protagonists (in whatever evil way) is my primary goal, but i follow my own code of morals even when it’s inconvenient

neutral evil: to impede the protagonists (in whatever evil way) is the my primary goal, and while i’ll do what it takes to achieve it, i also won’t go out of my way to do unnecessary damage

chaotic evil: i relish in destruction and want to do as much damage as possible while i try to achieve my primary goal

Here is a handy visual guide I made a while back. Part of my intention was to show the variety of ways that each of the alignments can be represented:

You can see/reblog my original posts here, here, and here.

BEST ALIGNMENT CHARTS EVER.

I kind of disagree with this definition of lawful good –

Lawful doesn’t mean society’s code, it means *a* code. Lawful doesn’t need to mean “the law of the land”, it just means being internally consistent and good and following a personal code of conduct. That’s why classes like Paladin of Vengeance are possible.

thelastandonlyconsultingtimelord:

romanvs:

love it

This is the greatest thing I have ever seen


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