Feb. 9th, 2011

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[personal profile] ashstoner_021
Hooray for another page!  Even though I don't like it much >.<  Cyrion is really difficult to draw, it turns out.  I am just terrible at elder people in general though, THAT BODES WELL DOESN'T IT?  NO!  *dies*

Page inside! )

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So, the more slashfic I write, the more I come up against the prospect of the dreaded epithet.

I'm fortunate, in that before I ever got into writing slash, I had friends who wrote a great deal of slash and I watched them go through the process. But I've found that DAO sometimes muddies the waters, because epithets are often used canonically.

In-game, nearly all the characters refer to other characters by epithets at some point or another. I mean, just look at Shale's dialogue (which I sometimes suspect was written specifically to poke fun at the overuse of epithets.)

My rule of thumb has been to avoid epithets as much as possible in slash (though I use them regularly when dealing with the POV of NPCs who use them canonically; for instance, I find it perfectly in-character and appropriate for Zevran and many other characters to think of Morrigan as "the witch") but I've been called on the repetitive use of names by my betas a time or two. So I thought I would bring this before the community and see how the rest of you tackle this issue.

My epithet bible tends to be this:

Epithets: Fandom's Designated Hitters

Specifically, the following passages:
Please. I beg you. In the name of everything anyone has ever held holy -- never use a job title in place of someone’s name in a consensual sex scene, unless the job title is “prostitute” (or a variant thereof), or your characters are role-playing for kicks.


In short, context and characterization are everything when you're dealing with epithets. Don't just use them because you think your readers will be bored reading a name, or a pronoun, again. Use them because they're necessary to the story you're trying to tell, or leave them out entirely.

So. Appropriate use would be Shale calling Wynne "the elder mage" or Sten thinking of someone by their job title, because those are in-context and in-character.

Less appropriate (to use an example that came up between me and my beta today) might be Alistair thinking of Duncan as "the Warden-Commander" after he just finished giving him a blowjob.

Other resources:
Fandom Grammar @ LJ

Fanfic Symposium: Banishing the Wild Epithet
mostly because it makes me laugh.

The epithet had been the cause of Minerva McGonagall's untimely death. The Head of Gryffindor House had seen one too many horrors, and finally the Animagus had breathed her last. Dumbledore's right hand had laid down her life that others might not die from the same tragic error. The gray-haired witch's sacrifice would never be forgotten.
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Reminder: All Valentine's Day "Sugar and Spice" Exchange contributions are due to Shimmy's e-mail inbox (twist[dot]shimmy[at]gmail[dot]com) no later than 11:59pm in your own time zone this SaturdaySunday, February 13.

If it looks like, due to unforeseen circumstances, you may not be able to meet that deadline, let us know now. It would be very, very sad if you couldn't make it, but it would be very, very sadder if we were expecting something from you and didn't get it. Why would you want to make Dragonmod and Modkitty sad? (Not to mention your exchange partner XD)

After we receive them, the submissions will be posted here anonymously so we can all enjoy them and vote on their awesomeness. Winners will receive shinies courtesy of Shimmy, and everyone will prosper.

We can't wait to see what you've all come up with!

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Title: No More Heroes, Chapter 3
Characters: Sten & Dog, Jowan
Rating: T
Words: 1,550
Summary: The Blight has not ended. Alistair departed during the Landsmeet and both Loghain and the Warden perished in the siege of Denerim. In its wake, the scattered companions undertake a search for a wandering drunk and the witch that could save them all.

Previous Chapters

If the archdemon required a Warden, then he would bring it one... even if he had to drag the coward kicking and crying. )
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I am here to plaintively ask for help as I find my self getting very frustrated.  I can not manage to properly format a cut to save my soul.  I've tried everything.  I've carefully followed directions from both Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  I've used the HTMElf markup directions.  I've tried pasting then highlighting and manually adding the commands.  Nothing works.  I got ONE entry to work, but for some reason there were two sets of cut text, one default and one I'd added.  When I tried to delete one of them, I was right back to an entry with no cut at all.  Please, help me!  I have some things I'd like to post in here, but I'd really rather follow the community's guidelines and post behind a cut.

My everlasting thanks in advance!
[personal profile] tevarel

Found this on the official board and just thought I'd share it. :-)

It sounds really sad in the beginning. :(


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March 26th

Dragonmod here!

I'm not dead! Expect a bit of maintenance happening behind the scenes, as well as a post I've been meaning to get live for a while coming soon.


For the record, we're no longer considering DLC spoilerrific, especially now that we're in the dry spell between DLCs and the new DA game.

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