The Abyss

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Aug. 15, 2020



Whoever fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you


I am not a fan of Nietzsche (shocker, I know) but this is a quote of his that ...



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A Character's Free Will

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, June 20, 2020




Whether we have free will or not is a philosophical, existential and psychological conundrum that will forever tease and challenge us. While I can't speak for philosophers, I can for psychologists:

Behaviorists will tell you it doesn't exist (look up Skinner); Cognitive behaviorists will tell you it's ...




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Religion As Mythology

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 11, 2020



It's all fine and exciting when using lore and myth to create new stories. Especially when it comes to modern genres like urban fantasy, it can yield pretty alluring and impressive results! From ancient Greek mythology to all kinds of Asian myths and legends, to Norse mythology and Egyptian ...

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Stay connected

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, April 3, 2020




I got a call today from my workers union, checking in to see how I was doing and if I was getting proper support. As we got talking, the representative admitted that the extended periods of isolation had left her feeling in desperate need to talk to people, hence why ...


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Religion in Fantasy

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Feb. 29, 2020




When we talk about religion in real life, assuming it's not taboo, there are a lot of different approaches. Technically, in real life there is no conclusive proof on the existence of God or non-existence of God. There can be a range of indications, evidence and anecdotal testimonials but ...


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Motivation, Ideology, Action 2

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 16, 2019



Last time we talked about motivation in people, and its relationship to behavior. And I must say you all had great comments I feel deserve to be addressed, so instead of a four-part tour to the world of what makes people tick, I will add a fifth part where I ...

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What makes your comic special?

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Sept. 13, 2019



When you’re creating something like a webcomic it’s very easy to diminish your own work. You work on it every day and, if you’re anything like me, you only ever see the mistakes. During my regular stalking of the comic forums I came across a thread asking ...

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Dealing with defeat

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, May 24, 2019



There are going to be times in your life where you will be rejected or subjected to defeat; whether that be professionally, personally or existentially. During these moments it is very easy to fall into a funk that feels impossible to drag yourself out of. So here are some tips ...

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Pure Evil

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, April 20, 2019



I've talked about villains before and how they can be very nuanced in their motivations (without those motivations being redeeming) but today, thanks to Emma Clare's Friday post, I became inspired to talk about abject, absolute, abominable villainy! The twirling mustache type, the one that is so pure ...

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The Stories We Choose

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 10, 2018



The other day, my mother told me “you are still angry, which is why your story is also full of intense and violent emotion,” referring to the very grim, heavy tone and mood in Without Moonlight. It impressed me really because it rang true. My heart is still very heavy ...

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