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    • Jedi Reach wrote:

      Okami Takahashi wrote:

      I confess that I will never watch Game of Thrones. It just doesn't interest me. And there's too much sex for my liking. And death.
      Agreed.
      Game of Thrones is one of the worst pieces of entertainment I've ever read or witnessed in my life. Martin is a solid WRITER, but the story, characters, plot and overall point is laughably awful. It feels like something written from a 14 year pubescent, raging hormone induced child that's angry at the world with a very negative, unrealistic view of humanity.

      Besides, let's not mention the incest, child rape and killing / recycling of characters every few chapters. It's a snoozefest and furthermore it's emo, very, very emo. There's no end in sight and even diehard fans are beginning to realize the mindscape of a psychotic killer who plans on looping his fans till thy kingdom come.

      GoT utilizes the easy way out - ultrasex and ultraviolence and it works for now, though it'll be shunned in the future as time goes on.
      You're my hero.
    • FrozenDragon150 wrote:

      Jedi Reach wrote:

      Okami Takahashi wrote:

      I confess that I will never watch Game of Thrones. It just doesn't interest me. And there's too much sex for my liking. And death.
      Agreed.Game of Thrones is one of the worst pieces of entertainment I've ever read or witnessed in my life. Martin is a solid WRITER, but the story, characters, plot and overall point is laughably awful. It feels like something written from a 14 year pubescent, raging hormone induced child that's angry at the world with a very negative, unrealistic view of humanity.

      Besides, let's not mention the incest, child rape and killing / recycling of characters every few chapters. It's a snoozefest and furthermore it's emo, very, very emo. There's no end in sight and even diehard fans are beginning to realize the mindscape of a psychotic killer who plans on looping his fans till thy kingdom come.

      GoT utilizes the easy way out - ultrasex and ultraviolence and it works for now, though it'll be shunned in the future as time goes on.
      You're my hero.
      Glad someone agrees. Apparently its edginess is supposed to be breaking the family-friendly tropes of LOTR, but I don't really think that necessary. We know awful shit happens in these medieval fantasy worlds, don't go into details about it.

      Anyway, I confess that I'll always prefer LotR to GoT. I mean, this shit's been around for way longer than Game of Thrones and look at how successful it's been, without resorting to all the unneeded crap George RR Martin and HBO put in.
    • Okami Takahashi wrote:

      FrozenDragon150 wrote:

      Jedi Reach wrote:

      Okami Takahashi wrote:

      I confess that I will never watch Game of Thrones. It just doesn't interest me. And there's too much sex for my liking. And death.
      Agreed.Game of Thrones is one of the worst pieces of entertainment I've ever read or witnessed in my life. Martin is a solid WRITER, but the story, characters, plot and overall point is laughably awful. It feels like something written from a 14 year pubescent, raging hormone induced child that's angry at the world with a very negative, unrealistic view of humanity.
      Besides, let's not mention the incest, child rape and killing / recycling of characters every few chapters. It's a snoozefest and furthermore it's emo, very, very emo. There's no end in sight and even diehard fans are beginning to realize the mindscape of a psychotic killer who plans on looping his fans till thy kingdom come.

      GoT utilizes the easy way out - ultrasex and ultraviolence and it works for now, though it'll be shunned in the future as time goes on.
      You're my hero.
      Glad someone agrees. Apparently its edginess is supposed to be breaking the family-friendly tropes of LOTR, but I don't really think that necessary. We know awful shit happens in these medieval fantasy worlds, don't go into details about it.
      Anyway, I confess that I'll always prefer LotR to GoT. I mean, this shit's been around for way longer than Game of Thrones and look at how successful it's been, without resorting to all the unneeded crap George RR Martin and HBO put in.
      Indeed, they're just utilizing 'shock factors' because it's an entertainment standard in this period of time - tune into channels like E! and VH1 and you'll get the gist. Everything has to be SHOCKING, CONTROVERSIAL and REBEL. It doesn't mean this tactic's going to work forever (entertainment is a constantly evolving business) but for the moment, it works - though in particular with GoT, it's dying because the source material is... the same. :coffee:

      There's no end planned for GoT because it's a money maker at this point and poor Martin, he'll be draining that cash cow dry, so prepare yourself for the endless, 'everything sucks, the world sucks, bad guys always win, let's fuck, rape children, incest and oh, kill each other over idiotic reasons because... that's human nature. Humans are all evil' <-- Amazing philosophy. :cookiemonster:

      Too bad it's false, written from someone who clearly has psychotic tendencies and well, just needs a hug. Earth has some messed up shit, especially earlier times, but human perseverance and the willingness to learn from our mistakes is why we are still alive today.

      If GoT's philosophy were remotely true, this world would've long been gone. Trust.

      LOTR is timeless because it utilizes timelessness to achieve quality entertainment that can last for centuries. I dare add Zelda to this category as well. GoT, and other similar, trend-following wannabes are on the ultrasex / ultraviolence / shock-me-fuck-me trend train. It's laughably pathetic, especially when you hear fans 2 years ago saying 'OMG IT'S THE BEST SHOW EVER' and then today, they say 'well yeah, this one dies, some lesbo porno and yada, yada but... nothing's really happening now, you know? Kinda bored.'

      No shit.

      Sometimes I write sex and violent scenes in my works, but I don't do it for shock factor. I do it because the story calls for it. Entertainment like GoT does it because it's easy hook and appeal. Pathetic? Yes. Cash grab? Indeed.

      PS: Ask a GoT fan why the show is awesome. Ten points if you get reasons that have nothing to do with boobs and violence. :mastahsword:

      Edit: I confess GoT sucks and I also confess I'm having a wonderful day. Hope you are too when you read this post <3
      Hero. Rebel. Author.
      One Click. Enter My World.

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    • Takanuva wrote:

      I wish that spandex, neoprene, and leotards were considered acceptable normal fashion for males and females. Not out of any sexual reasons, but they're so darn comfy and practical. Jeans make you sweat in hot weather, and shrink and get soaked in water when they get wet. T shirts suffer from the same issue, and oftentimes clothes aren't flexible, breathable, and take up a lot of space.

      If I'm wearing jeans, I sweat and can't feel my legs. If I wear my morphsuit which I've grown out of, it feels like a million angel kisses and like I'm wearing nothing. Spandex and neoprene on the other hand is flexible, lightweight, breathable, and dries quickly. Or if modesty's an issue, ripstop nylon has almost all of those same traits and isn't skin tight.
      Even more credence for my spandex/neoprene theory: I'm going to be backpacking an area in northern Arizona known as West Clear Creek trail. This wouldn't be an issue, except for the conditions. It's 18 miles of constant river crossings, steep trails, stinging nettles, poison oak/ivy, and slippery rock. This place does everything it can to chew your butt up and spit it out, so you have to be rescued. It's roughly a 1/5 mile in elevation in less than 1.5 miles, aka: really steep. It's tough enough that when a pair of my Scout/LDS Priest Quorum leaders tried to hike a stretch, they decided to cancel going the full trail and to have us hike a 3 mile section of it that takes 8-10 hours to complete.

      You have to swim with your backpack and all your clothing, food, gear, and belongings on top of an inflatable raft. The water is so deep your feet can't touch the bottom, you're basically fording a narrow lake. This means your shoes get soaked through, your clothing, underwear, shirts, and you don't dry off at all. I had to spend a buttload of money with my dad on quick drying pants, a rain jacket/windbreaker, and pool noodles to strap to my backpack so I don't sink and drown or lose my backpack. The perfect idea of a uniform I'm talking about would be Judy Hopps' uniform from Zootopia:


      It's a neoprene jumpsuit, which is lightweight, breathable, flexible, and durable and thick enough to withstand punctures, cuts, and scratches. It dries out really quick also, due to the water-shedding nature of neoprene as a material. And the composite kneepads, chest plate, and armguards are meant to withstand punctures, scratches, and protect your body. It'd be immensely useful for hiking and scrambling trails, especially ones where you're forced to swim through extended amounts of water without the opportunity to dry off or change clothing. And its close fit means it won't be snagged as easily on rocks, trails, plantlife, and debris.


      Why aren't we funding this for hiking uniforms? It's absolutely perfect in design for the circumstances of most difficult hiking trails and camping situations. We somewhat have this with nylon jumpsuits, like what spelunkers wear, but how is this not being applied to other areas of outdoorsness? I can absolutely see this being applied as a base layer under a jacket and pants for hiking and camping uniforms, you likely wouldn't even need underwear with it. Now that I'm thinking about it, I may pursue this further as I get older and have the funds.

      I could do a kickstarter or something and try and push this, and hopefully it'd be taken seriously. It's quite practical, you could layer rain boots, hiking boots, water shoes, rock climbing shoes, rain jackets, pants, and winter clothing over it to adapt it for various climates. Maybe even a system of sorts, with modular components you could snap to the jumpsuit to adapt it for different climates and conditions...
      I AM TAKANUVA, TOA OF LIGHT!

      You'll be hearing my name someday, whenever people talk about heroes - Takua!
    • Jedi Reach wrote:

      Okami Takahashi wrote:

      FrozenDragon150 wrote:

      Jedi Reach wrote:

      Okami Takahashi wrote:

      I confess that I will never watch Game of Thrones. It just doesn't interest me. And there's too much sex for my liking. And death.
      Agreed.Game of Thrones is one of the worst pieces of entertainment I've ever read or witnessed in my life. Martin is a solid WRITER, but the story, characters, plot and overall point is laughably awful. It feels like something written from a 14 year pubescent, raging hormone induced child that's angry at the world with a very negative, unrealistic view of humanity.Besides, let's not mention the incest, child rape and killing / recycling of characters every few chapters. It's a snoozefest and furthermore it's emo, very, very emo. There's no end in sight and even diehard fans are beginning to realize the mindscape of a psychotic killer who plans on looping his fans till thy kingdom come.

      GoT utilizes the easy way out - ultrasex and ultraviolence and it works for now, though it'll be shunned in the future as time goes on.
      You're my hero.
      Glad someone agrees. Apparently its edginess is supposed to be breaking the family-friendly tropes of LOTR, but I don't really think that necessary. We know awful shit happens in these medieval fantasy worlds, don't go into details about it.Anyway, I confess that I'll always prefer LotR to GoT. I mean, this shit's been around for way longer than Game of Thrones and look at how successful it's been, without resorting to all the unneeded crap George RR Martin and HBO put in.
      Indeed, they're just utilizing 'shock factors' because it's an entertainment standard in this period of time - tune into channels like E! and VH1 and you'll get the gist. Everything has to be SHOCKING, CONTROVERSIAL and REBEL. It doesn't mean this tactic's going to work forever (entertainment is a constantly evolving business) but for the moment, it works - though in particular with GoT, it's dying because the source material is... the same. :coffee:
      There's no end planned for GoT because it's a money maker at this point and poor Martin, he'll be draining that cash cow dry, so prepare yourself for the endless, 'everything sucks, the world sucks, bad guys always win, let's fuck, rape children, incest and oh, kill each other over idiotic reasons because... that's human nature. Humans are all evil' <-- Amazing philosophy. :cookiemonster:

      Too bad it's false, written from someone who clearly has psychotic tendencies and well, just needs a hug. Earth has some messed up shit, especially earlier times, but human perseverance and the willingness to learn from our mistakes is why we are still alive today.

      If GoT's philosophy were remotely true, this world would've long been gone. Trust.

      LOTR is timeless because it utilizes timelessness to achieve quality entertainment that can last for centuries. I dare add Zelda to this category as well. GoT, and other similar, trend-following wannabes are on the ultrasex / ultraviolence / shock-me-fuck-me trend train. It's laughably pathetic, especially when you hear fans 2 years ago saying 'OMG IT'S THE BEST SHOW EVER' and then today, they say 'well yeah, this one dies, some lesbo porno and yada, yada but... nothing's really happening now, you know? Kinda bored.'

      No shit.

      Sometimes I write sex and violent scenes in my works, but I don't do it for shock factor. I do it because the story calls for it. Entertainment like GoT does it because it's easy hook and appeal. Pathetic? Yes. Cash grab? Indeed.

      PS: Ask a GoT fan why the show is awesome. Ten points if you get reasons that have nothing to do with boobs and violence. :mastahsword:

      Edit: I confess GoT sucks and I also confess I'm having a wonderful day. Hope you are too when you read this post <3
      When I write, my theme is that humans are basically decent. A bit stupid, and sometimes even cruel, but they're basically decent people. That's why I don't like The Walking Dead because the premise seems to be that if you don't possess some life-saving skill after an apocalypse then you're not worth saving. You're just a burden that'll slow everyone else down.

      CONFESSION: Most of my protagonists in all my stories have disabilities of one type or another (usually blindness or deafness). Do I care? No. Why? Because they're my stories and I get to do whatever the hell I want with them. :v:


      "I'm the King of the Seas!" - Said every Orca Whale Ever

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    • Adding to the story-related confessions:

      When writing a story, I have zero care about making political statements. I will never create a character just for the sake of making a statement about sexuality, political correctness, etc.

      I create my characters to be themselves and I refuse to let any aspect of my stories be ruled by such things. I don't give a single care about if the majority of my characters end up being a certain race, gender, etc. Why? Because if they're a certain way, that's just what works best with me for this story and for the character themself. It has nothing to do with racism or sexism if it aligns, for example, that in one story my characters are mostly male, or mostly white. I am not racist, nor sexist. I view all genders and races as equals, but I also realize that I have no need to completely alter a character from their true selves just to prove my point.
      In fact, I dislike it and grow quickly bored when a story does go out of its way to make such a statement when it clearly has nothing to do with the overall plot and is there just to rub it in the reader's faces whether they care or not; even if the point they are making aligns with my own thoughts, I still find it annoying and will often abandon book, TV series, etc., if it continues along that path.

      Obviously, it is acceptable if the bottom line of the movie, book, etc., is about a certain subject and the characters' personalities, genders, etc., align to match that theme and to make a point, but to shoehorn something in that has no place in the story or plot other than to shove it in someone's face is nothing but an annoyance to the viewer and/or reader of said story and if anything will push me away from it very quickly, regardless of if I agree with the point or not.
      For example, if your story is about a police department and the main focus is only supposed to be on the murders and not the struggles/supremacy of female officers, I don't want to see an all-female cast with only one self-righteous, jerk of a male character that clearly only exists to "prove" how men don't respect women/think themselves superior.

      If your story is going to have heavy focus on a political statement, I expect you to at least advertise it as such, rather than leading me on and making me believe it's about something else.

      Celebrating 3 whole years of ZU membership -- 8/22/2015 - 8/22/2018
    • I'm worried that the fictional peoples I created; the Vathi, will be used as a symbol by radical feminists. Yes they are a mono-gendered people. Yes they only consist of females. But no they are not "female". They just are.

      I'm frustrated with how people make presumptions on other peoples work without you know asking them.

      I created the Vathi for satire. They started off as stereotypical elves. I chose to make them all-female because of the depictions of elves. I also added elements of First Nation values to make fun of the noble savage trope. That's all. Eventually the idea took a life of it's own I suppose.

      Oh I also really like Wonder Woman, cus I think she's kind of dope yo. Sexy, powerful and smart. And she knows it too.

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    • TheMorriganZW wrote:

      I'm worried that the fictional peoples I created; the Vathi, will be used as a symbol by radical feminists. Yes they are a mono-gendered people. Yes they only consist of females. But no they are not "female". They just are.

      I'm frustrated with how people make presumptions on other peoples work without you know asking them.

      I created the Vathi for satire. They started off as stereotypical elves. I chose to make them all-female because of the depictions of elves. I also added elements of First Nation values to make fun of the noble savage trope. That's all. Eventually the idea took a life of it's own I suppose.

      Oh I also really like Wonder Woman, cus I think she's kind of dope yo. Sexy, powerful and smart. And she knows it too.
      My advice is to just say, “Fuck those who will make presumptions, write what you want.”

      Confession: I am a game basher, and the game series I love to bash the most is Assassin's Creed.


      "I'm the King of the Seas!" - Said every Orca Whale Ever

    • Linkle wrote:

      Adding to the story-related confessions:

      When writing a story, I have zero care about making political statements. I will never create a character just for the sake of making a statement about sexuality, political correctness, etc.

      I create my characters to be themselves and I refuse to let any aspect of my stories be ruled by such things. I don't give a single care about if the majority of my characters end up being a certain race, gender, etc. Why? Because if they're a certain way, that's just what works best with me for this story and for the character themself. It has nothing to do with racism or sexism if it aligns, for example, that in one story my characters are mostly male, or mostly white. I am not racist, nor sexist. I view all genders and races as equals, but I also realize that I have no need to completely alter a character from their true selves just to prove my point.
      In fact, I dislike it and grow quickly bored when a story does go out of its way to make such a statement when it clearly has nothing to do with the overall plot and is there just to rub it in the reader's faces whether they care or not; even if the point they are making aligns with my own thoughts, I still find it annoying and will often abandon book, TV series, etc., if it continues along that path.

      Obviously, it is acceptable if the bottom line of the movie, book, etc., is about a certain subject and the characters' personalities, genders, etc., align to match that theme and to make a point, but to shoehorn something in that has no place in the story or plot other than to shove it in someone's face is nothing but an annoyance to the viewer and/or reader of said story and if anything will push me away from it very quickly, regardless of if I agree with the point or not.
      For example, if your story is about a police department and the main focus is only supposed to be on the murders and not the struggles/supremacy of female officers, I don't want to see an all-female cast with only one self-righteous, jerk of a male character that clearly only exists to "prove" how men don't respect women/think themselves superior.

      If your story is going to have heavy focus on a political statement, I expect you to at least advertise it as such, rather than leading me on and making me believe it's about something else.
      TheMorriganZW wrote:

      TheMorriganZW wrote:

      I'm worried that the fictional peoples I created; the Vathi, will be used as a symbol by radical feminists. Yes they are a mono-gendered people. Yes they only consist of females. But no they are not "female". They just are.

      I'm frustrated with how people make presumptions on other peoples work without you know asking them.

      I created the Vathi for satire. They started off as stereotypical elves. I chose to make them all-female because of the depictions of elves. I also added elements of First Nation values to make fun of the noble savage trope. That's all. Eventually the idea took a life of it's own I suppose.

      Oh I also really like Wonder Woman, cus I think she's kind of dope yo. Sexy, powerful and smart. And she knows it too.
      Hi,

      I like both of your posts. You've awakened another confession I'll write about now.

      Confession: Political Correctness and Agenda-Based Media is cancer.

      Morrigan, interestingly enough I once had a planet in one of my early stories that composed of all women. I wrote it because I liked the idea; not because I was trying to empower anyone, appeal to feminist needs or live out lesbian fantasies (which I have zero interest in).

      I have a deep appreciation and respect for the opposite sex. I love women. I love writing about them and interacting with them in the real world. Ya'll are fun and beautiful in your own ways.

      So we artists and creators have our own vision of our works; then comes the projection from the crack pots. Oh there's not enough blacks, oh there's not enough women, oh there's a white male as the lead, oh there's no homosexuals - that's sexist, that's racist, that's homophobic. :mastahsword:

      And then you raise a brow and say, 'Holy crap, am I really such a piece of shit?'

      This is where the real divide begins. You get the content creators, bloggers, artists, writers etc. who are so scared of being labelled sexist, racist or homophobic that they'd literally deconstruct their stories to cater to these witch hunters, while in reality, THEY are the REAL sexists and racists - because they look for these negative attributes in everything. :jinny:

      What's worse is when our media, well - namely American media, has been distorted so much that free speech has been flushed down the toilet. Can't say this, can't say that; oh watch out for the feelings hurt, watch the jokes you make. Has anyone realized this is the start of totalitarianism? It's not about if the controllers care about the disabled, the minorities or other groups. It's about shutting your mouth and falling in line.

      Our media also caters to these placements because they don't genuinely care about entertainment as an art. They care for the control, money and gain. I hate to break it to you, but this is the way it works.

      A) What is trending?
      B) Does it appeal to the PRODUCERS agenda? (That can be good or bad!)
      C) What is the target demographic?

      After these points are checked off, they nitpick a story that would fit this bill and we, as a society, are taught that these are what our own works should resemble. Granted there are exceptions where some genuinely good pieces of entertainment - mainstream or not, bypass these rules.

      The major issue is B) and it is terrifying. I'm sure many of you have seen giant companies (Hallo EA!) that completely screw over a developer's dreams (SWTOR anyone?) because of their demands, or caves in because a certain fraction of the audience bitches hard enough because of their own insecurities they project onto the game, movie or show? How nifty.

      Modern day feminism for example, has become anything but equality. The idea was that women have equal rights and opportunity. This isn't what it is - it's a victimhood card for getting your own way without doing any work. The problem is that this doesn't empower women, it weakens them, while there are women in non-entitled countries who have to put up with LAWS THAT SAY IT IS OKAY FOR THEM TO BE RAPED AND BEATEN. These are the women that need help.

      Not these people.

      There's nothing wrong with an attempt at a possibly beneficial message for humanity using media, but the way it is being implemented in the mainstream force is anything but genuine. This is the issue I have. It is being force fed; shoved down our throats and if you don't like it...
      :mob: :mob:

      Equality can exist in our world, it really can. After the nonsensical projections, restrictions and sweeping-under-the-carpet is removed of course. Shoving things away into a closet doesn't make it go away - it makes it fester and explode with backlash. The only way for true equality to exist is not through political correctness or force-fed agendas. It's through the people themselves fundamentally realizing it through their own, self-initiated efforts.
      Hero. Rebel. Author.
      One Click. Enter My World.

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    • Winnie wrote:

      @Takanuva you're absolutely right, nobody gains when folks are bringing others down. But, by working out and getting fit even if it takes time, you'll shut them up. There are plenty of ab exercises you can do at home just in your room that will make a difference when done regularly.
      Not to be a dick but, this to me sounds like getting fit because of what others have to say about us...

      Okami Takahashi wrote:

      I confess that I will never watch Game of Thrones. It just doesn't interest me. And there's too much sex for my liking. And death.
      Same. I also don't give a crap about medieval fantasy, never really saw the appeal of it. It's because I find the middle ages to be depressing.

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    • Confession related to @Takanuva 's reply to me and to my friend Morrigan:

      I will never say I am for feminism. I hate the term. Feminism implies empowering females and making them superior. I am a girl but this is not what I want. People can explain it to me anyways they want, but the won't change that fact.

      I stand for GENDER EQUALITY, not feminism. I want females AND males to be EQUALS, not one better than the other, and not taking away/changing the genders of male characters in entertainment to cater to feminists.

      Celebrating 3 whole years of ZU membership -- 8/22/2015 - 8/22/2018
    • I hate, and I mean absolutely hate, when a word or term's meaning gets changed by people using it wrong. Feminism, theory, survival of the fittest, so many people use these words wrong! The abuse of feminism has forced people to change the name of the actual movement to separate from modern feminism. Too many people get theory and hypothesis mixed up (I blame Game Theories for this one) and survival of the fittest... this one is actually a lot closer to its original meaning than the other two.
    • Okami Takahashi wrote:

      I confess that I will never watch Game of Thrones. It just doesn't interest me. And there's too much sex for my liking. And death.
      I agree so much. I said from the beginning that I wouldn't watch it because there's so much unneccessary sex in it. A show should only have sex if it adds to the story, but here it doesn't. It's basically a freakin' porno to attract more viewers. If I wanted to watch porn then I would switch to the adult channel.

      And that kind of fantasy doesn't interrest me either.



      Linkle wrote:

      Adding to the story-related confessions:

      When writing a story, I have zero care about making political statements. I will never create a character just for the sake of making a statement about sexuality, political correctness, etc.

      I create my characters to be themselves and I refuse to let any aspect of my stories be ruled by such things. I don't give a single care about if the majority of my characters end up being a certain race, gender, etc. Why? Because if they're a certain way, that's just what works best with me for this story and for the character themself.
      Agree'd. If you trap yourself into a politically correct box then it's sufficating your creativity. I wouldn't want to get restricted like that.
      I'm mostly writing about white girls/women. Why? Because I am a white woman and I used to be a white girl. I can relate to that and therefore I can make a more believable protagonist.

      I don't want to throw in a black person for the sake of having one in the story. I hate those kinds of things (you see it in movies all the time).
      For instance: I'm writing a fantasy that takes place in north Sweden back in the 19th century. The likeliness that a foreigner with roots outside of northern Europe would live there is next to zero. So having a foreigner wouldn't help my story. Even a fantasy needs realism.
      "I remained too much inside my head and ended up loosing my mind"

      -Edgar Allan Poe

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