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Sonic Fan J

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Sonic Fan J last won the day on January 14

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About Sonic Fan J

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    That wannabe author
  • Birthday 08/19/1985

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  • Interests
    Sonic and anime. Going to attempt to get into the IDW comics.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States

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    @JoshTarwater
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    www.sa-b-ers.com

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  1. Morning SSMB.

     

    A super speedy pop-in to say hi and let everyone know my story blog will be updating on time at 8am PST. Also, thanks @Failinhearts for the pep talk yesterday. I appreciate it (^_^)

  2. Morning SSMB.

     

    Yesterday's greeting sounded kind of harsh didn't it? Apologies if it did. Anyway, another day and another update for my story blog going up at 8am PST. I'm still at it, though sometimes I wonder if I should be. My average readers per day is about seven with only about four looking at the latest update. I know I'm not a particularly skilled writer, or really advertising my story, but such a small number seems disheartening. It's better than none, but I've had days like that happen with this story so sometimes it's just a little... Anyway, I'm rambling and throwing a pity party it feels like so I'll just wish everyone a good day. See you tomorrow SSMB.

    1. tailsBOOM!
    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

      Trust me, I wish I had more people who read my stuff, or watched my videos. But just keep at it. Eventually, people will come with time. Just do your best to advertise it!

  3. Morning SSMB.

    You know the drill by now. An update for my story blog will be up at 8am PST. Please enjoy and I'll talk later.

  4. Morning SSMB.

     

    Just a quick pop-in this morning for saying hi and promoting that my story blog will be updating on time this morning at 8am PST.

  5. Morning SSMB.

    It's Monday! That means work, school for some, and a new post for my story blog. Let's all try and have a great Monday everyone (^_^)

  6. Okay, I read the whole topic and I honestly just can't wrap my head around anything. I think it's my upbringing hampering me as well as my life philosophies so I'lll start with a question. Could someone please define representation in the context of this thread? I ask because representation can mean a lot of different things, and as someone who was raised in way where being 'represented' holds no personal value the topic confuses me to no end. I don't understand the empowerment one feels when they are represented. I don't understand the sense of validation when one group or another indirectly recognizes your existence. I don't get seeing myself in a fictional character. These are things that I just don't understand in any regard of emotional context It's why I ask What does representation mean for this thread. Are you just looking for equal numbers? Are you looking to have distinct problems unique entirely to female characters to have an affect on the narrative? Are you looking to see the female characters standing shoulder to shoulder with the male characters as equals? Are you looking at presentation of the female characters and whether or not it avoids subjectively 'bad' stereotypes? Is it some combination of the above in addition to/or some other factors I haven't considered? Now with all of that out of the way and my ignorance and naivete (perhaps some insensitivity as well) laid bare, I can talk a little about my thoughts on representation of the female characters. Above all else, if there is one thing I have always thoroughly enjoyed about the Sonic series and its representation of female characters, is how it never explicitly brings attention to characters being female and talking down about them for it. It respects them and treats them as individuals first and foremost, highlighting the individual and who they are and what they want to do. The female characters share this privilege with the male characters who are never glorified for being male, but just treated as the distinctive individuals that they are. Almost all of the imbalance happens at a meta or completely external level, but not actually in universe. In universe everyone is treated with the respect and dignity that an individual deserves to be treated with, with only their own actions affecting the viewpoints that others have of them. This is one of the reasons it drives me so far up the wall whenever people say that Amy needs to change into anything other than what she is. If she's too girly she is an insult to women who find girliness demeaning, existing in their own little vacuums where those who like to be girly don't exist. If she's too much of a tomboy she's just a boy in a dress. If she displays her crush for Sonic in any way but secretive embarrassment she's a psychopathic stalker. If you dial it all back or make her a "good" female role model she's also suddenly too bland to be interesting. Funny that and makes me want to ask what exactly is wrong with Amy being a Girly-tomboy with a thing for Sonic, that motivates her to good no less? In universe, as far as I've ever seen absolutely nothing. She is never demeaned (except maybe in BOOM! whenever she draws attention to it first in a complaint driven manner) for being a girl who is both girly and tomboyish. Even her love of Sonic is looked upon as a bad thing, only her more extreme actions in pursuit of it rightfully gets her called out in universe. but out of universe all of these things are bad and she must be insulted for being a girl and pursuing the things she wants to pursue because its either too girly, too boyish, sets a bad role model for real life little girls, or some other thing that makes people say she has to change to be a "good" female character without any explanation of what that is. Yet to me, Amy has always been a great female, no less character in general because she has always demonstrated that no matter who you are, as long as you don't hurt people, be happy in who you are and actively pursue that. How the heck is that a bad character or female representation. It's a powerful message I think all human beings need to be taught. Putting my rant aside now, though I feel much stronger about Amy (she is one of my favorites after all in addition to being one of the most talked about characters) I still feel that the in universe lack of discrimination presents a world hat we should really still be striving for ourselves. And I feel that is extended to all of the female and male characters. Sure, maybe the developers are doing certain things due to their cultural upbringings, but that isn't reflected in universe. Not unless your own upbringing made you sensitive to seeing those things making you feel the need to react to it, even though all of that discrimination isn't present or acted upon by the characters in universe (again normally because some of what I saw of BOOM! definitely fed that discrimination into the characters and their universe). So, while I've probably gotten this all wrong due to my misinterpretation of a subject matter I honestly can't wrap my head around, in my own bizarre twisted view of the world I feel the respect to be an individual that is afforded to every character is superb. But as I said, I'm ignorant and naïve so if I got it all wrong feel free to tear into me as I might actually learn something.
  7. Morning SSMB.

    Somehow I seemed to have yesterday mixed up with today (I guess I really wanted the weekend to be here already 😅), but as it isn't here quite yet, I've got yet another update for my story blog  going up at 8am PST today. For those of you reading please enjoy. As for me, I'll enjoy it actually being Friday now 😅 

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Nice!  Have a great day J!

  8. A speedy Thursday morning SSMB.

    The weekend is here but first one more update for my story blog this week. My writing schedule is good right now so hopefully I'll have some time to chat here (any interesting conversations going on I wonder) and maybe play some games on the new gaming laptop I picked up this week.

  9. Morning SSMB.

    Another quick pop in to drop off a link to my story blog as today's update is ready.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning

  10. Just a quick good morning SSMB.

    My morning is busy but I still got today's update for my story blog ready for 8am PST. Check it out if you'd like and have a great day (^_^)

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  11. It's always kind of funny to me how when I get asked about my "Rosy" redesign and provide an answer that that is always the end of it. It's not that I'm particularly looking for a long debate and conversation about the design, it just seems weird to me that it always ends with my explanation. I don't feel like I explain anything that well so maybe I'm just over thinking it.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      I feel you, you get that need to explain design or thematic philosophies about something you work on. It would either spark intrigue or dead silence. One of the two.

      But in the end, it doesn't matter. I think it's a sign of passion, and that's never wrong!

  12. Morning SSMB.

    It's Monday and that means work tonight and an update for my story blog at 8am PST this morning.

    1. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

    2. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

  13. Morning SSMB.

    Kind of weird for me to pop in on the weekend it seems, but I figured since I just posted the complete first short form story for my story blog I'd pop in and share the link. Anyway, to those who check it out hope you enjoy, and I hope everyone else enjoys the Sonic Music Spectacular today. Unfortunately I'll be sleeping through it to maintain a healthy sleep cycle to accompany my overnight work shifts.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Mornin'!

  14. I want to partake, but it'll be starting at about 11am my time when I'm fast asleep. Having an overnight shift has its downsides sometimes. Hope everyone enjoys though.
  15. Morning SSMB.

    Another quick pop in and out this morning to say hi and let you know my story blog updated on time and is ready for your consumption. Anyway catch you later SSMB.

    1. tailsBOOM!

      tailsBOOM!

      Morning!

    2. Failinhearts

      Failinhearts

      Morning!

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