Tyrant Tantrums Part II: Skin'n'Feathers'n'ScalesWhen I first made my "Pachyderm Rex" drawing, I was quite proud of it as I looked into the creature's facial covering. However, later on, it seemed that it wasn't up to date with the current info. Several changes were needed to make it up-to-date, and those changes will be addressed in this post, as well as something I have been thinking about for quite some time.
All The New PapersOriginally, this was gonna be a status update, but I decided to put it as a journal cause the list is LOOOOOONG.
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Post-truth and the trap of Critical Un-ThinkingI got this idea from a discussion with one of our members on a T. rex ontogeny issue. It turns out I said (or typed) one thing and they understood it to mean something completely else. It was then that I realized that all of us are too often victims of this sort of logical fallacy trap. We read too much into a person's comments and assume they said things they didn't actually say. Of course the exchange was not hostile and I am not going to waste your time casting either of us as a literal victim - that is the exact opposite of the reason we are here as a community. We want victory for true Art, not victimhood. So what I bear mentioning is the realization that we need to break free of such traps and many of us don't even realize we are (or were) in them.
My Top 11 Most Hated Storytelling Cliches (Ver. 2)So a couple of... years back it seems (time flies, doesn't it?) I made a Top 10 or 11 list of my most hated cliches in storytelling. Considering how our tastes evolve and change, and how much I've learned about media and storytelling in that time I thought I'd do another... more refined list. The rules are simple, in that there's only really one - each of these cliches must be (at least a large chunk of the time) an intentional choice by use of the author. I can't put in things like "Mary Sue" or "filler." Each of these types of cliches, while it doesn't exactly tempt me to do an atrocity review on it, instantly loses some goodwill with me when it comes to the story. The order here is how much they annoy me, and nothing really else. It's a personal opinion list kind of thing.
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