Tomoe Gozen  巴御前- onna bugeisha

Tomoe Gozen was a female samurai during the Genpei War of 1180–1185 CE. Though female warriors were not uncommon in Japan at the time, Tomoe is one of very few female samurai, highly trained and skilled in horseback riding, archery, sword fighting and she was also greatly skilled in the use of the naginata, which is a long staff with a curved blade at one end. Tomoe Gozen beheaded many enemies with naginata, because she didn’t believe in staying behind in battles, she was always at the fore front of any battle line.
She was a senior captain under general Minamoto no Yoshinaka, and either his attendant or consort as well, depending on the source. Her surname is not known, as Gozen is simply a title, somewhat like “Lady.”

The earliest written source regarding Tomoe Gozen is from the 14th century Japanese classic, The Tale of the Heike, which in turn is derived from oral tradition. This source describes her as almost supernaturally strong, very beautiful, and surpassing her male colleagues in skill and bravery.

The Heike Monogatari goes on to say that Tomoe was one of the last five of Yoshinaka’s warriors standing at the tail end of the Battle of Awazu, and that Yoshinaka, knowing that death was near, urged her to flee. Though reluctant, she rushed a Minamoto warrior named Onda no Hachirô Moroshige, cut his head off, and then fled for the eastern provinces.

Some have written that Tomoe in fact died in battle with her husband, while others assert that she survived and became a nun.

She is among the most popular and widely known female figures in Japanese history/legend, and appears as the lead in at least one kabuki play, Onna Shibaraku

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Anonymous asked: writing meme!! 3,4,5 10 and 13 :D


3. Favorite POV: Third person all the way!!

4. Themes I love writing about: I like to write about creepy, spooky things, suspense, secrets, and supernatural mysteries.  I also like writing about characters who either underestimate themselves or are underestimated by others and prove everyone wrong. :D

5. What inspires me to write: Usually a mix of movies and real life experiences inspire story ideas, but it’s other authors that actually inspire me to sit down and write.

10. Strengths with writing: Tbh, I don’t know?  Perhaps the ability to enjoy my own stories, haha.

13. Favorite Writers: Hmm… I admit that I love John Green and David Levithan, as well as Markus Zusak and Scott Westerfeld.  These days I probably wouldn’t read his stuff, but R.L. Stine was a huge influence on me growing up.  Also, I love the fanfiction authors footloose, giselleslash, emjayelle, and starlingthefool. :)

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just a simple little thing for you guys to do with me. put a number in my askbox and i’ll answer accordingly.

the mission, should you accept it, is to stay positive about your writing and yourself, but to also be fair about your shortcomings.

  1. of the fic you’ve written, which are you most proud of?
  2. favorite tense (past/present/future)
  3. favorite POV (first/second/third/etc)
  4. what are some themes you love writing about?
  5. what inspires you to write?
  6. thoughts on critique
  7. create a character on the spot…. NOW!
  8. is there a character you love writing for the most? the least? why?
  9. a passage from a WIP
  10. what are your strengths wrt writing?
  11. what are your weaknesses wrt writing?
  12. what’s your favorite place for writing resources?
  13. who are your favorite writers?

14. anything else that you want to know XD

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