25. Writer. Reader. Nerd. Perpetual student. Occasional bad ass. Lives in So Cal.
things i need to do:
- clean my room
- get a college degree
- learn how to have healthy relationshipsthings i want to do:
things i actually am doing:
- play with puppies and kittens
- find someone cute to cuddle and make out with
- drive to the ocean
- taking subpar selfies
- running a semi successful blog
- listening to sad songs and watching too much netflix
WHEN SOMEONE SAYS “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO READ”
notyourexrotic asked: I saw that you commented on celestedoodle's Beauxbatons student post saying it inspired a character of yours - tell me more :D
I am currently writing a story with magic and one of my characters is Middle Eastern who has a white cat as her familiar. I saw that post and thought it was a perfect representation of her character.
This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.
And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.
When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.— There’s a great piece in the Toast about representation and diversity (‘Proportional Representation’ Has No Place In Diversity Discussions by Léonicka Valcius) today. (via whineandbeer)
Anonymous asked: I'm trying to do world-building for a fantasy novel, and while one of the continents is similar to Europe, I'm trying to avoid having either all of them just different shades of England while not having the other lands come across as "exotic".
Avoiding Exoticification of Non-European Lands
This isn’t really a question, but the word “trying” lets me know that there is some troubleshooting to do.
An easy way to avoid exoticising your world is to have a diverse population. Just because it’s European-inspired doesn’t mean that there weren’t people of color during this time in real history. Perhaps in your world, while it may be uncommon for different ethnic groups to be living in a particular place, you can have a small community of people living in the area.
Another way to avoid exoticising your world is to have your characters have a minimal reaction when encountering someone from another land. You could just simply have your character note the similarities and differences, but not dwell on them and move on.
For example: “The royal family of the Fire nation had skin untouched by sun, a sign they weren’t accustomed to working like those from the Water tribe. Prince Zuko seemed to be an exception to this, the deep scar on his face proved that he had his fair share of hardship.”
This is not the greatest example, but it flows with the narrative and doesn’t dwell too long on description. Small descriptions sprinkled throughout the text such as hair texture, skin tone, features, etc… can work wonders.
Brutal Simplicity Theme