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First and foremost, I'd like to thank everyone for all their positive feed back. This story has been fun for me to write, and apparently just as fun for you to read. However, some thoughts have been rolling around in my head and I'd like to share them with you.

Most importantly, is if I should keep posting new chapters to DA. What I mean is that it's always been a dream of mine to write and publish a book. And when I look back at all my other stories, Marvelous Island seems to be the most original that I want to continue. What I mean is that it doesn't draw from pop culture like Tina and it doesn't take place in someone else's world like Fel. I have some older stories which I've lost the desire to continue. Love at First Taste might be an option, but anyone whose read it will see the obvious difficulty of getting that to a publisher. Marvelous Island seems to hit the sweet spot of general acceptability and my own enjoyment of writing. However, if this were to become a book, it really would not do for it to be posted online for everyone to see for free. I don't want to stop posting it here because you guys enjoy it and I enjoy your enjoyment.
What I'm thinking is that I continue to post until I have sufficient content for a proper book, and then take down everything in my gallery before going to the publishers. I would sincerely appreciate your opinions on this.

Spoilers!
Second, one of the reasons to keep posting on DA, at least for a while, is so that ya'll can help me iron stuff out. In this case, the family dynamic of men, women, nekos and nagas. I would like for there to be a balance in the rolls of each. What I have in mind so far is for nekos to generally be regarded as heads of the household and most dominant, followed closely by the men. Nekos tend to run family businesses with the assistance of their husbands. Lineage is traced through the father and the wives take on the husband's last name, mostly due to the practical reason of he's the only one who shares blood with all the kids. Women tend to be the home makers, a feat they take great pride in as it doesn't matter how good everyone else is at their job if they starve to death. I'm thinking that the nagas share the roll of family protector with their husbands, hence why all nagas seen have carried daggers around their waists. However, I'd like for the rolls of nagas and men to be more than protector and assistant. Another thing I've been thinking of is that the normal courtship procedure of this culture is for men and nagas to pair up while nekos and girls pair up, and then eventually the pairs find one another. All of this drives the need for a proper balance of rolls even further.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. However, because of the fore mentioned book, I will not be able to credit you for what you offer. Although you will have my sincerest gratitude.
I feel quite bad at having to put these questions to you guys at all. It saddens me that my idea has exceeded my abilities as a writer.
End Spoilers!

Up next is a thing that's been rolling around my head for the last couple days, Dan's name. Do you think it would be better if he were called David? It just sounds more sophisticated than the rather plain "Dan". Plus Shantay could call him Davi. I guess this one is up to a vote.

Lastly, some time after the third chapter was written, I began thinking of a sequel. This idea was born before the book one, so even if the book is a success, this mini-series will definitely be put on DA. If the book is a success, there may be multiple sequels detailing Dan's adventures on the Marvelous Island, not unlike typical manga. However, this idea is something completely different. No spoilers, just an announcement.
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sethlolz Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Hey, I didn't know whether to put this in the facts-not-feminism comments section or not, so I'll just do it here if that's okay:

My internet was down for a week due to technical difficulties with our service provider, and in that week my main source of entertainment was the tv. I love watching House, Bones, The Big Bang Theory, Marvel movies, etc, and, of course, I sit through commercials most of the time.

In the week that I spent watching tv commercials I came to a realization: the more I watched tv, the more commercials I saw depicting women as intelligent by making the men less so. It was rather upsetting to me, so I texted my male feminist friend for an explanation. The first words in his reply were "because patriarchy" and that didn't help at all. In the same reply he went on to say [I'm paraphrasing] that the media probably wants to elevate women because life is crap for them otherwise. When I asked him specifically why they made men look bad, he answered with, basically, 'there are a lot more stupid women in the media than there are men', which still didn't answer my question.

Now, keep in mind that he and I are friends; I simply hoped for a better answer from someone who has proven to be intelligent in other matters. It's frustrating. Do you have an explanation to the question of why men are cut down and women raised up in commercials? And might you have a suggestion as to what would cause a rational person to act as my friend has acted when confronted with such questions as I have given him? I specifically ask you these questions because you seem knowledgeable on such things and I would not take up the space in your comments section if I did not think you could not provide satisfactory answers.

Thank you for your time.
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lordmep Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Look up "Misindry in the Media". There's an entire series on YouTube devoted to these commercials. 
TV is like that because their primary consumers of TV are women. Elevating women at the expense of men has proven to be a successful marketing strategy for many commercials and TV shows. The media is just doing marketing, with little to no consideration for the actual happiness of their target audience.
I really can't think of any stupid women in the media. I heard once that it was a rule of broadcasting that if there was a stupid character, it was almost always the guy. If a girl is stupid, there must also be a guy at least as stupid as her, otherwise it was deemed misogynist. 

You said he's a feminist. His religion does the thinking for him on such matters. Feminist arguments, like the wage gap, have been refuted for decades but they're still parroted as gospel because the acolytes of the religion refuse to acknowledge the possibility that their faith might be misplaced.

I hope that was to your satisfaction. 
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sethlolz Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Thank you, I will look up the Misandry in the Media videos on youtube; I'm sure they'll be enlightening. :)

It makes sense that it would be a marketing strategy; I'm surprised I hadn't thought of that myself. I suppose I was too busy being upset about what I saw.

I also had not thought of feminism as an actual religion, just a sort of religious-like group affiliation. It makes more sense to consider it a religion, though. It would also explain his resistance to listen to reasoning, logic, and statistics whenever I provide them on the subject.

Again, thank you; this was, indeed, to my satisfaction. :D

Have a nice day/night.
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lordmep Featured By Owner 2 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Happy to be of service.
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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lordmep Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
A shame that this is probably owned by someone, otherwise I'd ask you to post it.
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Judgy Bitch made it
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lordmep Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Figures. On that note, you may be interested in this www.fanfiction.net/s/7106346/1… Love Hina is a classic example of misandry in anime. And this fanfiction gives everyone exactly what they deserve.
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CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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lordmep Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty neat, but I've been a subscriber to the Felarya group for a few years now. This is nothing I haven't already seen. I appreciate the thought though.
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