Kick-ass women in history

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I haven’t written in here for a while, and lately the weight of keeping the blog alive has been on Silver’s shoulders. His last post about ancient history finally gave me an idea to continue the history streak, and gather and present a few kick-ass stories of some kick-ass women from history.

But first, let me go through a little tangent before we get to all the ass-kicking:

In secondary school I had a history teacher who acted out in front of the class everything he taught. He added drama, flare, and comedy to historical events, basically translating them to us on an emotional level. Everyone loved going to his classes and no one had problems keeping their grades up.

By contrast, my grades plummeted in high school, when another teacher, looking like a bored toad behind her desk, barked out dates and events at the equally bored looking class.

History is an amazing source of inspiration for a storyteller. Not only does it offer precedents for hypothetical situations you’re trying to figure out, but if you dig deeper you realise that there’s multiple stories to be told for every event recorded, all of them coloured with emotions: tempers running hot, nostalgia, greed, joy, guilt, love.

Striving for objectivity when recording history is important, but I personally find it boring. From the perspective of telling stories, objectivity serves as little more than just a clinical dissection of time. But when you tell a story from the points of view of different people – or for a bigger picture: from the points of view of different cultures – you’ll end up with a huge spectrum of experiences and interpretations.

Unfortunately, one point of view omitted in most history books is the female perspective. For obvious reasons, women didn’t play the leading roles in most major historical events, and as a result many interesting stories have been left untold.

Luckily, our best friend Wikipedia doesn’t discriminate as much as our primary education, and we are able to read about countless kick-ass heroines. I wanted to introduce you to a few, that I’m itching to model some future story-characters on:

 

Julie D’Aubigny (1673-1707) aka Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin

Julie D’Aubigny had a life full of passionate affairs, opera performances, illegal duelling (during which she almost always dressed as a man), running from the law numerous times, and setting a convent on fire to rescue her lover from nundom. The latter story is my personal favourite.

With a life so vibrant and erratic, Julie’s story just begs to be told. Read more on Wikipedia!

 

Olga of Kiev (c.890-969) aka Saint Olga

Olga was the Queen regent of Kievan-Rus, ruling on behalf of her son, Svyatoslav, for 18 years. In order to preserve her son’s throne, she refused suitors from the neighbouring, hostile tribe, killing one group by trapping and burning them alive, and burying alive another group. Rest of the hostile tribe she invited for a mourning-feast, got them drunk and had 5000 of them killed. Whoever was left alive was begging for mercy at this point, but Olga had pigeons fly to their villages, dispersing sulphur from bags attached to their legs, and burned everything down, sulphur making the fire unquenchable.

More about Olga here!

 

Ching Shih (1775–1844)

Ching Shih was one of Asia’s strongest pirates, who terrorized the South China Sea. She was undefeated all her life, commanding a fleet that is estimated to go as high as 80,000 men, and was one of the only few pirates who retired from piracy by the end of her career.

She started out as a Cantonese prostitute, captured by pirates, eventually marrying the notorious pirate captain, Cheng I. After Cheng’s death she worked hard to rise to power and take his place, cultivating relationships and making herself indispensable to the huge fleet. Once in the leadership position she set up and ruled by tight rules, writing down a code of laws with severe consequences to prevent looting friendly villages, setting down strict distribution of the loot, and prohibited rape (the pirates were only allowed to have sex with the women they captured if they took them as wives/concubines and remained faithful to them).

Read the full Wikipedia article for more detail.

 

Stories like these make you realise that even Game of Thrones can sometimes feel tame next to reality.

 

And I’d also love to hear about your favourite historical figures and craziest stories, male or female. Contact me on Twitter, Facebook, or comment below :)

 

Cheers,

Kaija

 

 

Free DotWQ p1 Monday – Thursday (promotion over)

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Promotion has ended, we hope you enjoyed it!

In celebration of releasing Daughters of the Witch Queen part 2, we’re doing a promotion with Amazon where the first part of DotWQ is free for the duration of next four days.

You can download it on Amazon for your Kindle-app during this time. In case you don’t have a tablet, or a smartphone with a Kindle-app, you can also read it on the Kindle Cloud Reader, straight on your PC.

So check it out, please share it with your friends, and read it when you can!

Get your free DotWQ part 1!

Also, while you’re at it – check out what others think of it: bibliobibuli review

DotWQ part 2 released!

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“She’s the kind of pain in your ass that you can’t walk off.”
– Vision

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Halou!

We’re happy to announce that Daughters of the Witch Queen part 2 is now released.
We’d like to thank our proofreader Laura, our advance copy readers, and everyone who has hit us with encouraging email during the past months – it’s been great to improve these books with you. :)

This time the book is almost twice as long as part 1, touches more on the subject of magic, and definitely opens more questions than it closes.

Start reading!

DotWQ is only on Amazon Kindle at the moment. But fear not if you don’t have a Kindle device: for you can get a Kindle-app to any smartphone, or tablet, and you can read any amazon purchased kindle-books in your internet-browser over at Kindle Cloud Reader.

New to the series? Get DotWQ part 1 first. :)

Concept art!
This time we have an info-graph on the Tree of Powers, the different branches of magic in DotWQ. And an illustration of a mermaid. See if you can find out what magic Rain uses.

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Start reading Daughters of the Witch Queen part 2!

New to the series? Get DotWQ part 1!

 

We hope you enjoyed the preview, the pictures, and look forward to hearing any feedback from you.

 

Cheers,
Silver and Kaija

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Get your mango on.

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You know, we’re not only about moody witches, giant flying whale sci-fi, or pretentiously deep thoughts on the act of creation. We’re also particular about good food and the art of cooking.

And so today, we’d like to share with you a super simple, super fun food hack we just learned from the youtuber-chef Katie, who made our mango peeling just a lot more easier. It’s not like we eat mangos everyday, but when we do – we’d rather do it well. This incredibly silly little trick saves time and makes things a lot cleaner. Just check it out yourself.

 

 

Mind-blowning, right? All of Katie’s videos are great, so keep on watching. Here’s another pro-tip for the curious: after you’ve got the mango in a cup, add some yogurt, mix it up, and you’ve got a delicious mango-lassi on your hands.

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“Studies have shown that people who cook are 169% happier than people who don’t.”

 

 

 

Nom nom nom,
Silver

Tweet tweet me your mango-tricks at @runfreakrun or just email us at silverandkaija[at]gmail.com or don’t, whatever.

 

Play this game: Ori and the Blind Forest

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Every now and then a game gets out that’s just so captivating, magical, and full of emotion that you’re not even sure that it’s real. I’ve been geeking out about Ori and the Blind Forest for a year now, since I first saw their first teaser-trailers – hoping that it would be everything it promises – dreading that it will just let me down like oh so many other games.

But it didn’t! It has everything I first fell in love with and more. It doesn’t just have a stunning unique art style, great consistent game play, but also a heart-wrecking story set in a mystical forest, taken over by dark beings. Also, there’s a world-tree, and if you’ve been reading RFR for a while, then this just might be the kind of a thing that fancies you.

I know you guys can make your own decisions, so I’ll just leave a trailer and few screenshots, and let you do the right thing.

It’s a beautiful game. Everything has a hand-painted feel to it, and the lighting is just spectacular.

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It’s kind of like the game Limbo, but with colors and cute creatures. There’s plenty of things to be terrified of though.

You can get Ori and the Blind Forest on Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

 

 

After I’m good with Ori, I want to try Life is Strange. It’s a story-heavy episodic game with an interesting time travelling aspect and geeky high schoolers on a journey to finding them selves. It’s got that indie movie vibe that I often like, and I really have high expectations for it. I’ll just leave a trailer for it too.

 

Let me know if there’s any great games you’ve come across lately, for as a lifelong gamer I’m always looking for good reasons not to be writing or drawing.

 

Love,

Silver
Catch up with me on Twitter @runfreakrun or Instagram @Silver_was_here , and get our new book Daughters of the Witch Queen, because it too will have a World-tree.

Inquisitor Six wallpaper

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To celebrate the end of this chapter, and the soon beginning last chapter of Run Freak Run – we made a wallpaper out of today’s comic page. We hope you enjoy it :)

Click to open up!

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It looks like our chapters have just become longer and longer (besides 3 & 4 that were side-stories). I wonder how long the last one will be, for there’s still a few things to cover.

Run Freak Run art sale AKRASIA

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New art, hooray!

Jelou all! We’re happy to announce that we’ve added five new pages to our online store. These are inked with blood, sweat and sumi-e inks on A3 smooth bristol papers. Only one of each exist in the world, and they all come signed by the artist, Kaija.

We’re also happy to announce that we’re offering a 10% off with the coupon code AKRASIA on all art sales, because we’re not just artists here, but also capitalists.

 

Speaking of ALSO! Make sure you sign up for e-mail newsletter, because we’re just about ready to start about our next project with some teasers, and we’ll reveal things first to everyone on our mailing list. Besides, you might win some free art in the process.

See you on Mondays!

Silver

Drawing On Everything

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If you don’t know Shantell Martin you should check her out. She is a New York based artist, who is known for her black and white marker drawings. They adorn anything from walls to furniture, objects and clothes, and are often done live in front of an audience.

I saw her Skillshare class: Draw On Everything, where she talks a lot about her process. Hearing artist’s thought processes is almost always fascinating, but Shantell’s was particularly eye opening: “Everything is one big mistake, and you’ve got to enjoy the process.”

Personally I’m tired of having a stick up my butt about not making mistakes when drawing. So I’m creating space for spontaneous drawing on anything that stays still for enough time to fill it with squiggles.

Armed with Krink pens, I’m taking the first step of spontaneous doodling by filling my drawing board:

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Any permanent marker should do, but the Krink pens have been perfect for this. They write on most surfaces, dry quickly, and don’t come off. Not easily at least.

 

This first attempt didn’t go entirely without hiccups. You’ll notice in the video there’s a tad longer pause at about 01:30. That’s me turning to Silver and asking if he knows if you can clean out permanent markers easily because I think I ruined my drawing board, and Silver answering: probably not, time to go nuts. And I did. And I think I understand Shantell’s message. Sure it looked horrible at some point if perfection was the goal, but when you relax, give up on perfection, and instead just create a tapestry dedicated to mistakes, the outcome is impressive.

I love my new drawing board:

 

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I love how other drawings look against the texture. It creates cool synergy.

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Shantell Martin: http://www.shantellmartin.com/

 

Krink pens here!: http://shop.krink.com/

 

Smiles,

Kaija

 

PS. HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!
tweet tweet me @KaijaRudkiewicz

…See you nun-girl – The wallpaper

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I loved the panel Kaija made for today’s RFR, and made it in to a wallpaper. Maybe you guys like it too, so here it is!

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And how it looks in action:

 

Love,

Silver

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