With their eyes not glowing and their hair hiding the spots on their necks/behind their ears, they can pass for human - well, unless the wind brushes aside their hair of course. This might become a plot point in the upcoming sequel novel Travel to Other Shores…
I commissioned the wonderful vriosart (very much recommended!) to draw Equilibrium here, the main superhero from my superhero/action/adventure/erotica (yes, you read that right) novels-in-progress Twelve Months a Villain and Professor Balance and Equilibrium.
A virtual cookie to anyone who can guess her super power ;) And no, it has nothing to do with the Equilibrium movie (she swears she’s never seen it).
Equilibrium is a great asset to have on your side both in a fight and as a friend. She’s kind but takes no shit from anyone, has a complicated relationship with the sort-of-villain Professor Balance, is a high up member of the superhero group the League of Light and has recently taken on a side-kick who’s chosen the trainee identity ‘Birdgirl’.
THAT FIRST SITE IS EVERY WRITER’S DREAM DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE TRIED WRITING SOMETHING AND THOUGHT GOD DAMN IS THERE A SPECIFIC WORD FOR WHAT I’M USING TWO SENTENCES TO DESCRIBE AND JUST GETTING A BUNCH OF SHIT GOOGLE RESULTS
someone asked for this rebloggable!
[carryalaser asks:Was wondering (sorry if it’s been dealt with before) if you had favourite/recommended works of fantasy/historical fiction in regards to positive PoC representation? And thank you a lot for the effort put into this blog, one of the finest. My mother wishes it was around when she was homeschooling my sisters and I.]
OMG, Thank you!!! And your mom sounds awesome.
I’m a pretty hardcore Fantasy/Sci Fi fan and have been since childhood. The unrelenting whiteness of the genre (especially the late 70’s early 80’s stuff I was practically weaned on) really did a number on me, especially as a teen. That’s a lot of why this blog exists, in fact.
- The Crown of Stars Series by Kate Elliott
A must for medieval fans! I love the series for the awesome character development, realistic worldbuilding, and instead of “medieval England” going on and on through the entire map, you end up in versions of Hungary, Eurasia, Mesoamerica, Ethiopia and Egypt. Not only that, here’s your protagonist:
For those who are more into Steampunk and Historical Fiction (not me, in other words), I actually DO recommend another Elliott series:
- The Spiritwalker Trilogy by Kate Elliott (Cold Magic, Cold Fire, Cold Steel)
I’m still making my way through this series, but I’m actually really impressed so far. The worldbuilding is really impressive. Also, you won’t read a better summary than the one here.
- The Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, The Broken Kingdoms, The Kingdom of Gods)
OMG. YOU NEED THIS.
Seriously if you pick one, pick THIS one. Characters you never knew you couldn’t live without include Oree Shoth, Sieh, Yeine, Nahadoth, and many, many more. Description:
Gods and mortals. Power and love. Death and revenge. In the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, gods dwell among mortals and one powerful, corrupt family rules the earth. Three extraordinary people may be the key to humanity’s salvation.
- Dreamblood (The Killing Moon, The Shadowed Sun) by N. K. Jemisin
YOUR MIND WILL BE BLOWN OKAY.
Magic system is really unique, and the characters will feel like your new, weird, difficult best friends who have hero complexes and martyr complexes and so much political intrigue and so much EVERYTHING.
- Acacia Trilogy by David Anthony Durham (Acacia, Other Lands, The Sacred Band)
This is a person with a background in Historical Fiction, so to MY taste, it starts a little dry but is meaty and totally worth it. The plot and the politics and the geography are really going to appeal to Historical Fiction buffs. The whole plots hinges around moral quandaries involving power, colonization, slavery, and drugs.
Also, the characters are pretty good. More plot driven than character driven.
- The Elemental Logic Series (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, Water Logic, forthcoming Air Logic) by Laurie J. Marks
AMAZING High Fantasy fare. These books read like a good meal. I don’t even have words for it, just….you’ll feel what the characters feel when they’re tested to the breaking point and beyond. You’ll love who they love, and need what they need. GLORIOUS DESTINIES tempered by incredible grittiness, and villains you will hate so much it’ll feel like a toothache. One of my very favorites. (NOTE: The cover of Fire Logic is whitewashed. Zanja is a woman of COLOR. I will post the cover of Earth Logic instead.)
Well, that’s what I’ve got for now!
Best way to make me late to work: ask me about books in the morning!
A lovely follower reminded me of a glaring, terrible error I made:
ESPECIALLY THE EARTHSEA SERIES
THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS.
THE ANNALS OF THE WESTERN SHORE
DS9 - “The Die is Cast”
A quick and easy test for representation in film: if you were to refer to a character as “the black guy”, without qualifiers, would everyone who’s seen the film in question know exactly who you mean?
"Disaster.. disaster! Disaster.."
Sketching sum OTS la dee da~
This is actually a remake of the first fanart I ever posted here on tumblr, I’ve been dying to make a better version of that abomination, ugh, that thing was embarrasing me haha
tiny section of a gimli sketchdump - need to scan it tomorrow morning when I don’t wake anyone up with screechy printer noises.
Gimli in a turban > Tolkien and PJ’s Gimli times eleven billion
That is one fantastic looking Gimli!
THIS! Great authors/artists/other creators who’ve had difficulties weren’t great because they had those difficulties. They were great creators, period. They also had to live with and deal with horrible things like depression, alcoholism, losing their children, etc. Never tell someone they’re only great because of their struggles - that’s a very damaging myth!