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Hi

Today I was at the Dungeons and Dragons evening and it was tons of fun. It was the first time doing that game since 20 long years ago and the first time that I'm playing a high charisma character. Going for a high charisma character is the hardest thing to do for me since I had to be good with words and show good leadership when needed. I had also make it even more difficult by choosing a chaotic neutral character. But I have fun playing my character and the D&D group is very nice. 

I have been working on my stories and I discover that the type of sci-fi story I want to make also determines how I would design my characters and how I am gonna played them out. Mine seem to be quite complex because I'm incorporating fantasy ideas in a sci-fi environment. Or more like, the term magic being used as a unexplained science rather than as a power that simple exist for story's shake.

I love to pull this experiment, But I feel it must be done with great care. The only ones that I feel that manage to pull that off greatly are the writers of the Black Library. I was wondering how they manage to pull that off and I realize that they had based their sources on much older books way before the Black Library was formed. Right now I'm reading the Foundation and I will be soon reading Starship Troopers. I also have a hunch that Black Library also draw sources from the Dune books and the books from Jules Verne. 

I realized that if I wanna create something "new" so to speak, I must first take a look in how the old ones had done it and see what kin of twist I can add to mine novels. However, it is also important that I ask myself on what kin of sci-fi I wanna make. It is a novel mostly based on exploration? Is it mostly based on a certain important question? Is it mostly based on the development of a character? Or is it mostly based on a situation?

So far, I have based my novels on the developments of two of my main characters and based the story on a third person perspective. When I was busy writing down the the first pages a few weeks ago I realized two things: One, the writings will always be based on the views and the actions the character is making and two, who the hell is the one that tells the story? It was the last question that was the most difficult to answer because I thought on that time that both of my two main characters had pretty complex past lives and both are the ones that don't like to tell much about themselves let alone tell a story about what they had been through. But than when I think about it I realize I need to start changing some things. Instead of creating complex loopings in my mind about who is gonna tell the story, why not exchange one of the two main characters for a character that is more of a talker and likes to tell a story? So, that is what I did. 

There are so many things I add or change to my story. But the buttonline is, is that there comes a time that I have take the ideas that I find fitting and put them out as a story. Tomorrow I will just go for it and see if I can make something that is not only fun to read But also keeps it interesting. Might be that I send it to my few close friends before uploaded them here. I have enough good ideas, now I have to see if I'm willing to make choices and see where it goes. 

Have a nice night. 
Hi my readers. 

I did promised myself not to make a journal post. But this time I feel I have to. I felt that I had been very quiet on deviantart recently and that was because I needed to take a break from the website and think really hard on what I wanted to do with my career and my life in general.

At this moment, life is sometimes busy. But I needed time to sort out the chaos inside my mind. Anyway, I had been cracking on getting my driver's license and managed to pass the theory exams. Now all what is needed is to pass a practical exam and get my license. 

As far as storywriting is going. I'm still busy with it. But with so many ideas I have conjured up for my story, I feel that it is time to make some very important decisions that can make or break the story. It is time that I start publishing some stuff and face the critics. However, I might do a double publish, one here on deviantart and the other on Critters.org.  I also going to publish my stuff in in Jpeg or PDF form here on deviantart because I can watermark the stuff and keep track on how many times it has been downloaded. 

As for the story. There has been a lot of things I needed to think about. The design of my stories has changed dramatically. When I was first writing it, I always felt that the stories I wrote were missing something. Something that sets it apart from the rest of the stories; a soul perhaps? I had to soul search a lot to what limit I can apply clinches and certain settings within the sci-fi and fantasy setting. On the one hand, I wanted to write something that is new and flesh and yet, on the other hand I wanted to write something that is sellable and where the whole world building is easy to understand. It is this balancing act that I feel a lot of novelists have trouble it But without feedback, we may never know what was written good or not. 

As far as my life is going. I'm done with ideology in general. I had decided to become more of a observer and I see as why I felt so crazy and psychotic about it. It was not that the ideology was good or bad, it was the fact that it was leaderless and chaotic. I saw the ideology as a big tree filled with birds. The birds represent the general voice of the ideology but what I noticed over the last few weeks was that the birds each had a different scream and a different whisper from each other. It was those zillions of different voices and opinions that drove me crazy and I decided to raise this one important question:
What does my ideology do to MY quality of life? Does it give me a better position in life, does it give me a better job and more money? And if that it not the case, should I still fight for it?
After some good thinking. I had decided to turn my back on the feminist Ideology. Not because it is bad, not because I'm not for equality, not because i'm not for women's rights But because I felt it does not serve my quality in life. I always felt like a outcast within society because my voice is that of the freedom of speech and choice above all else. I'm a writer that feels that should be free of any political dogma and political correctness. Also, should I call myself a feminist to advocate equality and women's rights? What about advocating myself as a human being with a voice? I mean, isn't that enough? Why should I give myself a tag? So that I belong to someone or something, so that I can feel good about myself, so that I claim that I'm fighting for something good? Why this whole tagging people in general? Isn't that the whole problem we had just directly and indirectly created, a fucking culture of shaming and guilt mongering that we have sign ourselves so much to fight against? Isn't it hypocritical to give yourself a tag so that you can fight against others that had been for their whole life been given tags to everyone? It is same issue I have with every ideology and religion, first you have to tag yourself for something before people can claim that you are a good person. It is this reason why we still fight against each other, this is why wars still happen and this is why I turn my back on all of ideology before it drags me down as well. 

But enough talk about that. I had made my point here right now, this issue has keep bogging me down for too long. No more about this. I'm done with this. 

Anyway, The ideas for my story are on the table now. The only thing I need to do right now is making some decisions and finally start writing stuff. For too long, I had drag myself too much into not posting content and being afraid to post. I know that this post might anger some people But TBH, I cannot care too much about it. 

Anyway, I wish you all a nice day. 
My Bolero by Blackinkbarbarian
My Bolero
The Bolero I had made during sewing class. This one will be for my Girlfriend :-)
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My handmade side bag. :-) by Blackinkbarbarian
My handmade side bag. :-)
A handmade side bag I had made during my sewing class in Rotterdam, the Netherlands :-)
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My journal is empty right now. I have been going to sewing class and everything is going on for well. I will post pics soon :-)
Hi

Today I was at the Dungeons and Dragons evening and it was tons of fun. It was the first time doing that game since 20 long years ago and the first time that I'm playing a high charisma character. Going for a high charisma character is the hardest thing to do for me since I had to be good with words and show good leadership when needed. I had also make it even more difficult by choosing a chaotic neutral character. But I have fun playing my character and the D&D group is very nice. 

I have been working on my stories and I discover that the type of sci-fi story I want to make also determines how I would design my characters and how I am gonna played them out. Mine seem to be quite complex because I'm incorporating fantasy ideas in a sci-fi environment. Or more like, the term magic being used as a unexplained science rather than as a power that simple exist for story's shake.

I love to pull this experiment, But I feel it must be done with great care. The only ones that I feel that manage to pull that off greatly are the writers of the Black Library. I was wondering how they manage to pull that off and I realize that they had based their sources on much older books way before the Black Library was formed. Right now I'm reading the Foundation and I will be soon reading Starship Troopers. I also have a hunch that Black Library also draw sources from the Dune books and the books from Jules Verne. 

I realized that if I wanna create something "new" so to speak, I must first take a look in how the old ones had done it and see what kin of twist I can add to mine novels. However, it is also important that I ask myself on what kin of sci-fi I wanna make. It is a novel mostly based on exploration? Is it mostly based on a certain important question? Is it mostly based on the development of a character? Or is it mostly based on a situation?

So far, I have based my novels on the developments of two of my main characters and based the story on a third person perspective. When I was busy writing down the the first pages a few weeks ago I realized two things: One, the writings will always be based on the views and the actions the character is making and two, who the hell is the one that tells the story? It was the last question that was the most difficult to answer because I thought on that time that both of my two main characters had pretty complex past lives and both are the ones that don't like to tell much about themselves let alone tell a story about what they had been through. But than when I think about it I realize I need to start changing some things. Instead of creating complex loopings in my mind about who is gonna tell the story, why not exchange one of the two main characters for a character that is more of a talker and likes to tell a story? So, that is what I did. 

There are so many things I add or change to my story. But the buttonline is, is that there comes a time that I have take the ideas that I find fitting and put them out as a story. Tomorrow I will just go for it and see if I can make something that is not only fun to read But also keeps it interesting. Might be that I send it to my few close friends before uploaded them here. I have enough good ideas, now I have to see if I'm willing to make choices and see where it goes. 

Have a nice night. 

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Conan Arnold
Netherlands
Hello my readers.

I'm the writer of the Force Of The Giants project. I'm a novice writer who has just started to write seriously. I'm a guy who is half Dutch and Half Japanese who is also mildly autistic.

I have been quiet on deviantart for a long time. But I had decided to restart my project here and hopefully get some stories going.
I like writing down sci-fi/fantasy and my story is gonna be a mix of the both of them.
At this moment the early designs of my project have been rather out of date and my stories had change form a lot over the course of a few years.

I hope you have a nice time looking through my content and as always, happy writing/drawing.

Cheers.


Conan Arnold, aka Blackinkbarbarian

Current Residence: Under a teacup
Favourite genre of music: All kins of metal music, video game music
Operating System: Windows 7

Personal Quote: Be critical but also be hopeful
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Luca72 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the fave on my undead monk! Good luck with your project! If you need any characters/tech designed send me a note!
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Blackinkbarbarian Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Okido, I will let you know ^_^
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Loomedai Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for noticing me ~ Heart - Free 
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Blackinkbarbarian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
You welcome :D
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Drobvirks Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wah! thank you for those point! That's super awesome of you!!
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Blackinkbarbarian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
You welcome :D
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Qiseki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for watching x)
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Blackinkbarbarian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
You welcome :D
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Carantella Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Artist
Thanks for the watch :D
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Blackinkbarbarian Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
You welcome girl :-)
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