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Gods with Fur story reviews #4

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“To the Reader…” by Alan Loewen

This is going to be a short review because…well this is a very short story. In fact, I don’t think it’s really much of a story at all. It read more like a vignette of sorts: a piece that isn’t necessarily a complete story, but isn’t some quick, unedited character or scene sketch either.

So far, this is the first story that’s written in second person. I do like how this one breaks the fourth wall a bit: the reader finds a vixen goddess in an old library and she’s talking to…well, you. Given that she talks about the anthology itself, and about animal-like gods in general, this short, fun vignette helps the reader become more engrossed in the anthology’s theme. However, if this was this piece’s intention, I’m not sure why it wasn’t placed at the beginning of the anthology. Granted it’s still towards the beginning, but not the very beginning. I don’t intent for this to be a negative remark on the editor’s part; I’m mostly curious about it’s placement. Who knows.

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Gods With Fur story reviews #3

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“On the Run from Isofell” by M. R. Anglin

This was an interesting one, mainly due to some the inspiration the author derived certain aspects of this story. Most of this story read a lot like a Biblical story, and I can see a lot of influence from both the Old and New Testaments. There’s this setting in a desert area with cities far from each other, a protagonist who’s very religious and seems like a prophet of sorts, and a deity who can take on mortal form to interact with the protagonist and any other characters around him. This prophet, Skitter, seems to be a faithful follower of Kadiel, a god who can’t be seen but can take on a mortal form, later known as Josaif. Josaif definitely sounds like this “Jesus figure” in the story; still Kadiel, just in mortal form. Skitter is also going against this culture who’s gods might just be carved stone, and that’s all that they are. He is also able to perform miracles as well, it seems.

I really enjoy this type of story arc: a character, or group of characters, always on the run, yet always encountering road blocks to keep them from their goal. While the story doesn’t pick up right away, things really begin to get interesting once they reach the city of Parainmont and Skitter, being an Outsider to the Expermian culture, is not welcomed, for the most part. Again, going back on the Biblical influences, two of the characters “see the light” in Kadiel, and Josaif is able to see Toval’s willingness to be a follower as well. Again, this goes back to Josaif being the “Jesus figure” where he’s able to instantly see what truly lies in someone’s heart. Maybe all this Biblical influence is why this might be one of my favorites so far. I grew up Lutheran; naturally, I was exposed to the Bible a lot growing up, so most of this story resonated with me in that sense.

I will admit, this story felt a little incomplete. I understand that, being a short story, you can’t always have everything tied up in a nice package. However, there’s one scene where the Expermian priests are angry, yet afraid, after seeing Josaif. We don’t know what all they did in the end, other than state “let’s see how an Outsider’s god stands against another one of ours.” I understand the focus is more on what happens wherever Skitter goes and not so much after-the-fact, but I would love this part to be explored a little more. Maybe it is, seeing as this is a short story that takes place in the author’s larger world.

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Yep, I Like Wrestling Now (Though I Always Did)

Original artwork © Pulex Ricky Paszek and edit © yours truly

Original artwork © Pulex
Ricky Paszek and edit © yours truly

Never would I have guessed I would get into something like this, though a part of me isn’t surprised. It’s strange, but I like the general concept of pro wrestling, and just wrestling in general. I don’t follow any particular wrestling circuits, discuss previous matches with other fans, or even have a favorite wrestler. I’m not even one of those people who’ve liked it ever since I was a kid; I didn’t think much of it. Hell, when I did start liking it, I was actually uncomfortable if people knew that I like it; probably because my mom thought it was stupid or something. By no means do I consider myself a sports buff, and I tend to get annoyed with sports fans at times. I am aware that pro wrestling is scripted, gimmicky, cheesy, and more akin to a theatrical performance than an actual sport. However, lots of athleticism and training go into those matches, if only so the wrestlers can execute the moves correctly. Continue reading

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Sona Sunday – Dec. 18, 2016

Someone on Furry Amino proposed #SonaSunday as an alternative for those who can’t do #FursuitFriday. It’s basically a way for furries to show off their fursonas in whatever way they choose, be it a small gallery of art of their sona, a story, a Q&A, or whatever they like. I decided to use my favorite commission (which I admit I share around way too much) and cleaned up a quick write-up I did where I expressed my frustrations with writing. I think I wrote it a number of months ago (I mention Wolfletech being my boyfriend), but I like it; it’s a good day-in-the-life type of scene for Ricky.

I don’t consider this something I’d put in my writing portfolio/gallery/whatever you want to call it. My intention behind Ricky is for me to portray myself in the furry fandom as true to myself as possible, flaws and all. He has the same personality, goals, dreams, habits, vices, and background as me, though I admit to taking some creative liberties when I wrote his bio.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this small window into a beginning writer’s life. Continue reading

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Gods With Fur story reviews #2

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“Contract Negotiations” by Field T. Mouse

I really enjoyed this “trickster tale” of sorts, even if Ratatoskr’s goal was a humbling one. Usually, with trickster tales, the main intention of the “trickster” is to cause mischief and come out on top (they usually don’t). These also tend to be humorous stories as well. In Norse mythology, while Ratatoskr is more of a messenger than a trickster figure, he does tend to spread gossip or lies–be it for the hell of it or out of anger. (This information is based on the short introduction that gave some context on the characters and how they fit within their culture’s mythos). The author integrated this well.

I don’t claim to know much about Norse mythology aside from the few major gods or worlds, such as Thor, Odin, Loki, Valhalla, Midgard, Odin’s ravens, the giant tree Yggdrasil, and the Nidhogg. (The latter two are included in this story). Thankfully, you don’t need to know much about Norse mythology to enjoy the characters. I liked Nidhogg’s clueless, and might I say adorable, character, despite being a scaling, soul-eating, feral dragon. I liked how the unnamed Eagle was puffed-up, stoic, egotistical, yet at the end of the story, you get a sense that he has a heart. Again, I’m not mythology buff, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these portrayals of these gods aren’t too far off from their original counterparts.

This was an enjoyable story overall. It was funny, sweet, had relatable characters, has a simple yet semi-familiar setting, and integrated a cool mythology.

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Gods With Fur story reviews #1

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I decided to check out this book as I’m currently writing a story which features a minor, animal-like god. Perhaps I can gain a little nudge at some inspiration for it. I may review this anthology differently this time, however. This is the largest collection I’ve read so far (23 stories) and I’ve been itching to read this one for quite some time now.

With how large this is, I’ve decided to write short reviews of each of the stories as I read them. These won’t be posted in my review on Goodreads, but I feel like I wouldn’t do this anthology justice if I only did an overall review. Again, this is a decently-sized collection that features a lot of different furry authors and has an interesting theme (see title).

Read on for the review of the first story in this collection! Continue reading

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Midwest Furfest 2016

To start with, this won’t be a play-by-play journal of all that I did at MFF. A lot of this will share what I felt during the con as it progressed and some highlights from the weekend. Of course, at the end, I will post a photo gallery of the pictures I took and what I got. Continue reading

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Koa of the Drowned Kingdom by Ryan Campbell

I may start sharing my book reviews on here. I don’t read much, but I try to make sure I review every book I’ve read, if only for the author’s sake. Just to let you know, I tend to read a lot of anthropomorphic fiction, which is a very niche market.

And now, on to the review. Continue reading

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Aug. 13, 2016

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I haven’t had much time to share any life updates on this blog between work and being busy almost every weekend this summer. I’ve also been focusing more on writing and trying to write as often as I can; I would like to try and post more often on my story and poetry blogs and elsewhere. That’s not to say I’ll lower the quality of my writing, however; I always strive to improve in my craft with each piece I write.

Along with that, there hasn’t been much else happening in my life right now. I’m currently unable to go back to Platteville in the Fall, for multiple reasons, but I will be going back in the Spring. I only have one semester left until I graduate; after that, who knows what will happen next. For the time being, I’ll still be working at Milton Propane through the Fall and possibly early Winter.

My boyfriend and I have been together for five months now as of Thursday. We’ve had our ups and downs, sure, but I think it’s safe to say our relationship is still going steady. We’re still trying to figure things out, both as individuals and as a couple; there are still a few kinks (not those kind!) we’re working out too, but all of that will come in time and effort. Regardless, we both still love each other very much and would like to live together some day.

I will also being going to a couple furry conventions in the near future: Furry Migration in Minneapolis, MN, and Midwest FurFest in Rosemont, IL. Of course, I will going with my boyfriend, but a couple of our other friends will be joining us as well; I know both of them will be a blast!

And that’s about it. I wanted to give you guys a quick update with what I’ve been up to and how I’ve been lately.

~Ben

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A Most Wonderful Date

Me and my boyfriend, Wolfletech, went on our second date yesterday; you could consider this our “one-week anniversary” date. We decided on spending the day in Madison before going to the Madison Furry Bowling Meetup that occurs every third Saturday of the month. This was our original plan, but we figured we’d might as well make a day of it (plus this is the only day our Spring Break’s overlapped). Even though it was fairly cold out most of the day. Continue reading

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