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8:41pm August 29, 2014

argonianbot:

i dont think you guys appreciate how rad this site is 

because first of all you got your basic fantasy and game race names for like

everything

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BUT AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH

REAL NAMES WHICH ARE GOOD FOR BOOKS

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AND THIS THERE’S MORE????

BAM, PLACE NAMES

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AND STILL MORE

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SO YOU SEE THESE LITTLE OPTIONS HERE

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8:30pm August 29, 2014

aicosu:

therealbishounen:

Connor Wolf Head Tutorial. 

Materials 

  • Wire (I used 6mm Galvanized Steel wire that I purchased from Home Depot, but you can use any wire that is sturdy enough to keep it’s shape)
  • Masking tape
  • Fake fur
  • scissors
  • hot glue

Optional: 

  • acrylic paint
  • electric razor

Step 1: I began with a wire base that ended up resembling the shape of a baseball cap, except the lip of the had was shaped like an animal snout. I assembled everything either by wrapping any excess wires together or by wrapping a few, thin strips of masking tape around the joint. (seen in first image)

Step 2: I covered the entire wire cap in masking tape, cutting out holes for the eyes. (seen in image 2)

Step 3: I began covering the cap in the fake fur. When cutting the fake fur, it’s important to not cut the actual FUR. Instead, cut the cloth. I used a comb to part the fur so I could make a clean cut. 
I also had to cut a lot of tiny strips of fur so it would sit right on the base cap. (seen in Image 2 and 3)

Step 4: Once the entire cap is covered and everything is glued, you can cut out the long pieces that hang down. I made the two pieces in the front separate from the back, and then connected them above my shoulders with glue later.

Step 5: I make a little wolf nose (even though Connor’s wolf hat technically doesn’t have one….) out of sculpty. I baked it, painted it, then glued it on. (unpainted version seen in image 3 and 4)

Step 6: I trimmed a lot of the fur down with an electric razor. (if you want in really short like I did on the front hanging pieces, try to cut a lot off with scissors before you go in with the razor, because you can damage the razor)

Step 7: Paint! I actually ended up dying everything with sharpie dye first, but it was too pale so I had to go back in with acrylic paint. 

AAAAAAnnnndd that about covers it. If you have any questions feel free to let me know! And have fun making your wolfy hats!

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8:26pm August 29, 2014

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dersekingdom:

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CHECK IT OUT, IVE BEEN LAUGHING AT IT FOR HOURS. 

7:13pm August 29, 2014
thatkidinschoolnooneliked asked: Do you have anything about writing Indians (who are from India, not Native American)?

writingwithcolor:

Writing Indian Characters

Hey!

So the first thing that pops into my head when I think about writing Indian characters (as a second gen immigrant who was born in India and moved to America) is the overwhelming diversity within just the blanket term “Indian character.”

Writing Indian Characters in India

North Indians and South Indians are very different from each other. Things change dramatically from state to state as well, whether you’re talking about the food or the language or the style of clothing. There’s also religious diversity in that while the dominant religion in India is Hinduism, there are also Muslim Indians and Sikh Indians and Buddhist Indians, all of which have different perspectives on what it means to be Indian. India right now also has a pretty large age span, where with the population boom, there are just as many old people with prejudices as there are young people with liberal mindsets. India’s also at a point now where it’s an up and coming country, with values and goals of young people changing rapidly. The information age hit India pretty hard, and there’s large discrepancies between the rural areas with few, if any, accesses to technology, and the urban settings where there’s large amounts of technology everywhere you look. 

That’s the main thing I would try and keep in mind when writing characters IN India — just the ridiculous amount of diversity and change that’s happening now in India. Young people there also have this mindset there that the Western world is better and everyone seems to want to immigrate to American or Britain when they grow up. 

If you’re talking about writing Indians in Western countries, like immigrant stories, that’s another story.

Writing the Indian Diaspora

There, it’s still important to keep in mind the diversity of India because that could change the perspective your character has on the Western world as well. Research is once again, your best friend. Research holidays that your character might celebrate like Rakhi and Holi and Diwali, research religions and the religious holidays (Hinduism has an enormous amount of gods and goddesses and holidays for them as well). Research where in India your character is from, because that colors things differently too. As I said, South Indians and North Indians especially have different views on a lot of different things. 

The other thing about Indians living away from India is that they’ll find each other. Literally everywhere we’ve lived in my life we have had neighbors and communities of Indian people that we would collaborate on showing Indian movies in local movie theaters with, people we would send things to India for our family with and ask them to bring things back for us. We’d put on festivals and shows and dances and things with them.

Of course, you can’t forget the racism either. As a brown girl growing up, you get made fun of for how you smell, how you wear your hair, the clothes you wear, and then you also get to watch as everyone grows up and ~discovers~ these things and wears henna and bindis as if they’d never made fun of you for doing the same thing before.

That’s about all I have off the top of my head. If you have any other specific questions, feel free to send them in, and we’ll do our best to help!

If any other Indian followers have anything to add to this, please let us know as well!

-Mod Satvika

4:49pm August 29, 2014
yourmoveflynn asked: I've finished several drafts of my novel and I want to take the next step. I want others to read it, I want feedback so I can validate what I have. I know that friends and family shouldn't read your work because of certain biases. how do I get strangers to read it and should I copy write my work first so my story doesn't get stolen?

fixyourwritinghabits:

Just because your friends and family could be biased doesn’t mean they can’t give you valuable advice. Don’t be afraid to seek out their feedback because you think they may sugar-coat it; just ask them very plainly to not hesitate to point out weak areas and be as honest as they can.

Frankly, you may not want perfect strangers to read your work, not only because it’s hard to get people to do that, but they won’t know you well enough to give you advice that is useful. That’s why writing classes can be painful - you’re exposed to people that give advice that would be useful to them, but not you. If they don’t know how to convey it right, you may just end up feeling hurt or confused.

What you really need is a Team You - writing buddies who will give you good feedback, be the online or in person. Getting a Team You is not that easy, but like all friendships, it requires give and get. If you have writerly friends, approach them and ask them if they’re willing to help you out with your story. Offer your help in return when they need it. If you don’t, look for writing groups, either online (you can google around for writing forums in your interests) or in your area.

On the other hand, there are plenty of places you can go to seek help! Remember your work is copyrighted from the moment you write it, and you don’t have to just give it over to strangers out of the blue. Here’s some more advice on how to do just that:

1:24pm August 29, 2014
Anonymous asked: Please answer this question! What are the parts of a castle? Hallways, rooms, dungeons, what is it all called? How is it set up? I have a story which goes on in a kingdom, which it would be helpful if you tell me whats in a kingdom, also please! Thx!

clevergirlhelps:

Yo castle stuff be here and here.

There are a lot of things in a kingdom and they vary by climate and culture. For example, a nomadic kingdom in the mountains will probably not have large fields or gigantic temples. Do not limit yourself to what I’ve put down.

  • Religious areas. Temples, shrines, relic houses, sacred ground, sacred waters. There may be separate schools for religious people to be educated. If you’re in a more secular culture, the schools and religious buildings will be separate.
  • Command and control. An area from which the ruler(s) can oversee the kingdom, hold court, hoard wealth, and dispense judgment. There may be more than one such area that the ruler(s) rotate through during the year.
  • Cities. There will be more than one and more on the coast than inland. The coastal cities will be important for trade with other nations; the inland cities more important for trade within the kingdom.
  • Towns/villages. More valuable for internal trade and supplying the countryside with goods they cannot receive from their own land.
  • Subdivisions. We subdivide into provinces, states, counties, districts. You can also subdivide by duchies, baronies, viscounties, manors, and a bunch of other methods. The divides may also be cultural, ethnic, and/or religious in addition to political.
  • Fresh water. Without it, there would be no way the kingdom could sustain a large amount of people. Remember to include rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. They sustain the people and the livestock and provide water power.
  • Roads. People need to get from Point A to Point B. They might not be four-lane asphalt, but they go from place to place. The more frequented an area is, the better and more direct the road (the road between the political center and the seaport, for instance, will be well-maintained indeed).
  • Revenue. The kingdom’s money has to come from somewhere. Sometimes it’s trade, in which case, cities will be important. Most countries also have agricultural areas where they grow an in-demand crop, like indigo, wheat, cotton, and tulips, and farm animals for food, clothing material, and export (ex. sheep, cows, and horses). There will probably be mines of some sort: tin, copper, iron, aluminum, gold, silver, and gems will all be important sources of revenue.
12:24pm August 29, 2014
notjustanotherstatistic:

fitsp0:

I am honestly going to post this everyday. 
Spread awareness people. 

This makes me feel a million times better.

notjustanotherstatistic:

fitsp0:

I am honestly going to post this everyday. 

Spread awareness people. 

This makes me feel a million times better.

12:05pm August 29, 2014
foodishouldnoteat:

gastrogirl:

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9:58am August 28, 2014

Five Most Common Female Character Stereotypes

clevergirlhelps:

quirkliterary:

 When someone says that your character is “common”, it is not a good thing. It means that your character is a copy that’s been copied over much too many times. That you’ve probably seen it in books yourself— you may have even based it off a book character. Or you may have ripped it directly from a stereotype without even thinking about it.

 It happens to the best of us when we’re absent about development. However, that does not make it okay. Common characters must be eradicated as soon as they start sounding bland.

 The post on male characters will serve as follow-up tomorrow. If you think this one’s a tad brash, just wait for that one. Juuust wait.

5- Brave chick who has utterly no personality besides oh, look she can shoot stuff pretty good can I leave her there.

 Somehow, the trend seems to be going that in order to have a female protagonist, we must rid ourselves of every trace of interesting traits and make her the equivalent of a mindless arrow-shooting vixen who’s cold on the outside… and on the inside… and is generally cold… and bland…

 Bland is not good.

 A female protagonist can and should be utterly hardcore with the weaponry and all that— I am completely down with that and in fact encourage it— but don’t sacrifice her depth for it. She can be both gun-savy and a memorable character.

 If you’re questioning that your character might be a part of this group, check to see what her main traits are. “Good with ammo” is not a trait. “Trained in judo” is not a trait. “Can do sarcastic comebacks but otherwise is still as a sock” is also not a trait.

Dig deeper into her personality, bring her out, let her delve deeper, gosh darn it.

4- Overly supportive mother/grandmother/aunt.

 Kudos to your character if she has a mother who cares. Overly supportive mother, however, cares a bit too much. She seems to live in constant peril that any sign of discipline she enforces over her daughter will make her unlikeable, and that making herself a limp noodle— albeit a sweet limp noodle— will earn her daughter’s respect.

 Common phrases from her mouth are: “Whatever you want, honey”; “Hello! I made dinner! Do you want a smartphone with that?.”; “But officer, I don’t care about the evidence— my child is golden!”

 This is one of the more distressing common tropes. Think of your own mother— you respect her, don’t you? It probably wasn’t because she let you do whatever you want. Mothers aren’t passive, and the fictional ones shouldn’t be. And if she is passive, she better not be portrayed as the perfect role model for every teenage girl. You’re just a-shoeing for both a terrible character and a warped perspective for the next generation.

3- The weird girl who all the guys love even though she sniffs her feet in public.

 You can see them through indie fiction in droves, this wave of “different” girls whose only case in point seem to be acting uncommonly weird. The sort who shy guys hook up with presumably so he can poetically narrate her wandering off bridges because she was staring at the clouds. Creating a girl with quirks is one thing— creating an offbeat girl is also great. Creating a psychopath with “cute” abnormalities like licking walls and taking baths in ketchup every Saturday— exaggerating a bit here— is not cute.

 Frankly, it’s a tad psychotic and uncanny to the extreme.

 The thing with characters is that no matter how weird they are, they still have to be human. You must provide a viable reason for her bathing in ketchup, not just because she has an excusable-because-she”s-eccentric.

 I can’t find any excuse for your character to like bathing in ketchup unless she also likes burning down orphanages and mutters to herself in public while clinging to a shopping cart.

 Again, if your character’s a bit eccentric, that is alright. But keep her reasons for being eccentric within reason— too many novels go overboard with this bit.

2- “I’m going on an unnecessary spiritual adventure and will describe it to you with looooots of adverbs.”

 (sigh)

 See if this sounds familiar: “Here is Sally. She is in her mid-thirties. Sally is bored of the never-ending rut her successful job and well-meaning friends give her, so with soundtrack accompaniment by an inspiring instrumental, she gives up all her possessions and somehow manages to pay on a trek around the globe.

 Here she meets offensively stereotypical side characters, encounters stereotypical events, and manages to meet an addendum on the meaning of life in a stereotypically philosophical way, also accompanied to an imaginary soundtracks.

 And a brick ton of adverbs.”

 Literary escapism is so hot right now. If we were to believe the charts, every middle aged business woman is currently on an adventure in deep deep {foreign country}, where she is building houses and outraging every reasonable person she meets with her ignoramus comments.

 The best way to root her out is to decide if her jaunt or move has purpose besides “discovering what she’s all about.” If no, tweak with caution until everything she says isn’t a one-liner from the great philosophical internet.

  She is also often a victim of trope number three, so beware. And if she’s ditching her job for Bulgaria in no reason besides she’s always wondered if Bulgaria hides the secret to happiness, careful. You might have this trope on your hands.

1- The begrudgingly-blank teenage girl.

 "Hello, honey!" said overbearing relative character, beaming as she gave me a mama bear hug. She always does that because I’m her golden child even though I constantly backsass her. "How was your day at school."

 ”Uhh, fine mom,” I mumbled, shoving her out of the way. She was in front of the refrigerator. This is the life of a teenager. “Do we have any milk?”

 ”Milk,” said my playful-but-clearly-unhip father, creeping out from the pantry. “I am going to make a sarcastic comment about milk and ruffle your hair, kiddo.”

 ”Ummm, okay,” I said, rolling my eyes. What a hopeless goofball. “Very funny, dad.”

And so on.

 You don’t tend to see this in published teen lit fiction; perhaps there’s a reason for that. Not only is it dull to create a character who goes around saying “umm” and mentally abusing people, it’s also inaccurate. Find the rudest teen queen you can think of, with the most perfect live who rejects it all for angst, and I guarantee you she’s nothing like this character.

 Why?

 For starters, she has a viable personality.

 This is the most forgettable stereotype—the top of the overtly-stereotypical family pyramid— and therefore is the most vital to avoid. Your character needs to have a more complex base than this.

 I don’t care what that base is, but find it. Find it before you figure out your character is an insult-spewing adolescent zombie.

Re: Point 3

  • Don’t use psychopathic/psychotic interchangeably. 
  • People with those kinds of personality disorders are people.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girls do not have the flaws the Point 3 rails against. I believe Point 3 is trying to tell people not to write them, but does not get everything quite right.