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Ming-na Wen and Retta at NerdHQ’s A Conversation with Badass Women (x)
Retta: My parents are from Liberia, and Liberians are ALL about school. It’s like, no joke. Most of them send their kids to the States to go to school because they think that’s where the best schools are, that sort of thing. And I was a math-science girl, I was pre-med. I was supposed to be a neurosurgeon.
And I remember when I started doing stand up, I was like, “Shit! My mother is going to be like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me right now?’” And I remember calling my mom and saying, “So I’m going to drive to California and do the stand-up thing so I can get into TV.” And my mom, you know, she didn’t freak out like I thought she was totally going to freak out. My dad freaked out. He was like, “Please get health insurance.” That was his big thing, “GET HEALTH INSURANCE.” But my mom was like, “Just remember you’re carrying around your father’s last name. So don’t embarrass him.” She was like, “Do the best that you can. Don’t go playing. If you’re going to do, do it.” So, I dropped my last name so as not to embarrass my father.
But God bless, because a lot of parents wouldn’t…

Ming-na: You know, we have to talk. Because I dropped my stage last name Wen for the longest time when I did ER - which, by the way, I got to tell my mom, “I got to be a doctor for 5 years so, write that off the list.” because of same issues, fatherly things.
But now, I have it back because I’m proud being who I was born as. And we have so much to talk about, girl.

It’s interesting that Nerd HQ’s “A Conversation with Badass Women” is more diverse than the SDCC’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel…and doesn’t only focus on women who physically kick ass.

WOMEN OF COLOR! OH MY GOSH! 

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In a post about writing serial killer characters, "benedicthelps. tumblr. com/post/47514384606", you listed "not all serial killers are white men" as a myth.

Yeah. Because it’s not true. Serial killers can be any gender, any ethnicity, any shape, any form, any size. Most people think that serial killers are only white men, certainly the most famous ones are. 

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The Effects of Alcohol and Alcoholism Withdrawal

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Short-Term Effects of Alcohol

  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Impaired judgment
  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Blackouts
  • Flushed appearance
  • Intense moods
  • Lack of coordination and slower reflexes
  • Reduced concentration

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease
  • Brain damage
  • Vitamin B1 deficiency
  • Ulcers
  • Mouth/throat cancer
  • Malnutrition
  • Concentration & memory problems

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Within 2-6 hours of the last drink
    • Insomnia
    • Anxiety
    • Headache
    • Reduced appetite
    • Tremors
    • Stomachache
    • Paleness
    • Clammy skin
    • Rapid heart rate
    • Dilated pupils
    • Fatigue
    • Irritability
    • Depression
    • Rapid emotional changes
  • Within 12-24 hours
    • Some experience alcoholic hallucinosis, which includes visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations that normally end within 48 hours
    • Most are aware that the hallucinations aren’t real
  • Within 24-48 hours
    • Withdrawal seizures may occur
    • Risk is increased after multiple detoxifications
  • Within 48-72 hours
    • DTs (delirium tremens) may occur
    • DTs usually peak at 5 days
    • Disorientation
    • Confusion
    • Anxiety
    • Seizures
    • High blood pressure
    • Severe tremors
    • Fever
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Sweating
    • Hallucinations indistinguishable from reality

Sources:

http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/withdraw/a/aa030307a.htm

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CHIQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unmc.edu%2Ffamilymed%2Fdocs%2FAlcohol_Withdrawal.ppt&ei=qaZ6UvDyGsrPsASbgYFg&usg=AFQjCNFvG9Oy1kEM14tOtqBqlqFTd18TbQ&sig2=F28HRYeGeq8j5K01n0eOpw&bvm=bv.55980276,d.cWc

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/alcohol-withdrawal-symptoms-treatments?page=1

http://www.dassa.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=122

http://www.drinkwise.org.au/you-alcohol/alcohol-facts/short-term-harm/

http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/alcohol/short-term-long-term-effects.html

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Albert Goldbarth, “The Sciences Sing a Lullaby”

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 A GUIDE ON ETHNICITIES IN ROLEPLAY

I got a lot of anons today about how siblings in rps do not need to be of the same ethnicity. I got a similar amount of anons arguing that they should. So I decided to do this guide to explain how important it is that ethnicities are represented correctly in roleplays. In this guide I’ve gathered all the information I can find from both other roleplayers and my own mind in order to keep things as unbiased as possible. I also gathered other statistics and things to lend a hand. 

Disclaimer: I’ve decided to leave everyone as anonymous. I will answer any questions you have. I am not all-knowing; if I make mistakes let me know so I can fix them. There are a few images in here as well as a lot of text. 

So lets get started:

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I’m sure everyone in the tumblr roleplay scene has seen at least one post complaining about the racism in tumblr roleplays. The sad fact is that this is because there are numerous racist roleplays in our tumblr world. Disney roleplays are notoriously famous for removing the ethnicities of our beloved Disney characters in order to use more popular FCs, etc. Thankfully this is starting to be resolved; many roleplayers have begun pointing this fact out to Disney rps and the Disney admins are beginning to listen. But they are not the only ones guilty of ‘white-washing’ or ‘erasure’. The truth is that many roleplayers remove the ethnic identity of celebrities. Some do this out of ignorance, but some do not. I’m not accusing anyone of doing this, nor am I forcing you to stop if that’s not what you want, I just want to raise awareness of this problem. After all, you are free to roleplay as you want to. However if you read this and change your mind, then just know that ethnicities are hard. It took me a year to get where I am now and I know I’m still miles from understanding them completely! But many rphs, myself included, will be willing to give ethnicity based FC advice to help you if you just ask. 

So I gathered all the arguments against and basically broke into them a little. I’ve provided statements and quotes. I’ve added statistics. I’ve added suggestions. I’ve done everything I can think of but if you think of something else then let me know: (x).

Nationality vs Ethnicity

Lottie has a really good post distinguishing between the two here (1). 

In context, you could look at real-life celebrity Troian Bellisario. She is American by nationality. Many people take this (and her appearance) to mean that she is white and so can be related to other celebrities of white origin. In actual fact Troian is half black and so this wouldn’t actually work. (2). This is a really easy mistake to make, don’t worry we all make it or have made it at some point, but the important thing now is that you learn from this mistake. Put simply, you can play Troian as French or German or Russian or Italian as that could relate to the country she lives in or where she was born. However you can’t play her as white as this would be considered white-washing, just as you can’t play her as native American. It’s disrespectful to Troian and her ethnic roots. 

The one exception to this rule is when it comes to Asian FCs. Asian FCs should be separated into their nationalities when it comes to finding relations as it’s much easier to avoid mistakes this way. What I mean by this is that a Chinese FC and a Japanese FC could not be full siblings despite the fact that they’re of the same race. Just as a Chinese FC and Filipino FC could not be full siblings. South Asian cannot be related to East Asian, etc. In fact some people mauy go as far to say that technically Asian is a group of races rather than a race made up of people stemming from a common ancestor. They share common features but they’re not quite the same. 

It’s easier

Yes, ethnicities are hard. I’m not going to deny that. Ethnicities can be complicated, but what isn’t? If you put all of your effort into building a sound character bio filled with an extensively-researched, descriptive background, would it not make more sense to give them a FC that matches them culturally rather than just descriptively? And, yes, some great siblings for popular celebrities may have little or no gifs. But this does not mean you shouldn’t use them! I realise that sometimes taking a diversion and choosing someone similar in appearance is much easier option to doing the research needed to build a strong, ethnicity-based family template. But if everyone takes this route, when is someone going to finally stop? 

Disney roleplays are well-known for utilising this excuse during the selection of their characters. I stumbled across one roleplay that chose Shay Mitchell to play Pocahontas on the basis that she “just fits her better”. 

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For some of the people reading this, this may confuse you so I’m going to quickly break it down. Pocahontas is Native American and so her character should be Native American to respect that. Shay’s ethnicity is European from her father’s side and Filipino from her mother’s side. Therefore she would not work for portraying Pocahontas. A simple way of showing this is the locations of Shay’s ethnicity in light blue (Ireland/Scotland + the Philippines) and the location of Pocahontas in red (Virginia). Shay Mitchell cannot play Pocahontas simply because she is not racially correct. Her ethnic roots are sourced from different parts of the world to Pocahontas and while she may bare some resemblance to the cartoon character and possess some exotic features, she is ethnically wrong for this character. Because of her ethnicity, Shay is Asian/White whereas Pocahontas is Native American. This means they cannot be linked; Shay cannot play Pocahontas and Pocahontas cannot be played by Shay. (3). A collection of alternative FCs for Pocahontas could be Q’orianka Kilcher or Julia Jones.  

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This is similar to the argument presented for the lions from the Lion King. Naturally the Lion King is based in Africa, so choosing FCs that are racially White is not a good decision. I think it’s important to note here that skin tone does not define ethnicity. Claiming that because the lions have pale fur they must be white is not a valid argument. That’s like saying because someone has blonde hair they must be European. It is becoming widely understood now that the lions should be played by black actors/actresses in order to respect their race. The Lion King is set in Africa, using African Lions as proxies for the characters in Hamlet (on which the movie is based). They live in a Swahili culture and speak Swahili. Swahili Bantu people, whom the lions represent, are not white. So the lions should also not be white. Try using faces such as Keke Palmer or Nathan Stewaret-Jarrett instead. 

Another point brought up fairly regularly is the use of white actors/actresses to voice characters of practically every other ethnicity. The question remains, does this matter? Some people would say no it doesn’t matter - you can’t see their faces so it shouldn’t matter if they’re played by a white actors or the actor of the actual ethnicity. Other people insist that it’s vital that they’re played by the correct ethnicity for accents and vocal tones. That said, anyone who uses the fact that the character in their rp is voiced by a white actress so can be played by a white actress in the rp is missing the point. There are many FCs that are correctly represented such as Tiana from Disney’s Princess and the Frog played by Anika Noni Rose or Ming-Na Wen who played Mulan and to completely base an argument on the FCs cast incorrectly is biased. Naturally there are many Disney characters that have been cast wrong but the point of this is that they’re improving and so should we. We shouldn’t settle for continuing to make the same mistakes that they did, we should learn from them and fix them. They may have been limited in their choices but we are not. (3)

But they don’t have any resources!

There are many, many potential FCs that we can use in roleplays. Directors and Casting Agents may be limited by price or by their location or by the demand of celebrities of a certain ethnicity at one point in time but we are not. We can use models and actors/actresses, singers and youtubers and we can use any of them at ease. 

Roleplay is developing so rapidly to the point where gif chats aren’t the only methods of communicating. Text posts for mobile conversations or texts are becoming increasingly popular as are paras. A lot of people have also began using icons as a means of portraying their characters emotions rather than gifs. For all of the people who use the excuse that there aren’t enough gifs of a certain FC then just take a moment to consider alternatives. Many rphs would be willing to make gifs/icons/sidebars of poc fc or even just put together a gif hunt, myself included; it’s also easy to make icons to use instead of gifs and there’s many websites listed here as alternatives to photoshop that you can use to do this x

But she and he were siblings on TV..

Media is a large influence on our lives and this is one of the largest causes for the misinterpretation of ethnicities in both roleplay and modern life. Diversity is severely lacking in modern society and that can be shown through the statistical information that we usually just look over in real life. I have gathered some here: 

  • No woman of colour has ever won an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series
  • In the last 20 years, only one man of color has ever won for Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Andre Braugher, 1998) (4)
  • An African American woman has not been nominated for lead actress in a Comedy Series since The Cosby Show(1986) (4)
  • Among the 50 YA authors on the PW list, there are only four authors of color as far as I know. That’s a regrettably low 7% (5)
  • 88% of the books on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were about white protagonists (5)
  • 93% of the authors on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were white authors (5)
  • 85% of the books on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were about white protagonists  (5)
  • According to the 2012 Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 3.3% of books were about African-American protagonists; only 2.1% were about Asian and Pacific Islander protagonists; only 1.5% were about Latinx protagonists; and only 0.6% were about Native American protagonists. That means over 90% of children’s books surveyed were about white protagonists. (6)
  • (x) (7)
  • (x) (8)

In the last image, we are shown Michael B. Jordan who has been selected to play the role of Johnny Storm (the human torch) in the new Fantastic Four movie. Uproar occurred about how he wasn’t “ethnically correct” and how it was impossible for him to have a “white sister”, which is right. The problem is, as shown by the picture, that the people only responded to the media when they changed a white character to black. But when this is turned on it’s flipside, the protests are ignored. Many directors ignore the ethnic origins of characters and a lot of roleplayers are using this as an excuse when casting their own characters. 

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Unfortunately, these statements are partly right. Yes actors actors get cast to play siblings in movies that do not match ethnically but this doesn’t make it right. You can ignore ethnicities and pretend they don’t exist but the truth is that they do and by ignoring them, you’re removing the identity of many celebrities. A FC isn’t just “a vessel”. A character isn’t just the background that you’ve created for them. Their ethnicity is part of their background. There is more to a character than just their story. Their colour matters. Their ethnicity matters. Both of these are part of their identity as well. 

More importantly, this is going to start changing soon, or at least in the British film industry. The British film indsutry is aware of the problem of industry and it has been recently announced that they are enforcing standards focusing on improving the  diversity both on screen and off screen. For a project to receive funding then they must meet certain industry guidelines to foster diversity and encourage the correct uses of ethnicity in film and media. If the media is making their changes and it was on them that you’re basing your argument against ethnicities, then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about making your own changes. (9).

But they look the same….

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I didn’t understand the last bit of their argument but the first bit was really clear to me. You say that you’re taking their physical appearance and nothing else of them but their physical appearance defines their ethnicity just as much as their traditions and experiences! No one in the rp world would make a Chinese FC twins with a British FC because they look nothing alike. So why pair a Chinese and Japanese FC together? Or remove Troian’s African anchestry because she is white-passing (looks white).  

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Or as the anon says, pairing Dylan and Tyler as siblings because they’re in a TV show together as best friends. Make them half-siblings or step siblings or foster siblings if you want to make them siblings but don’t remove their ethnicities just because they have gifs together. 

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Look at Avan and Janina for example. If siblings “must look the same” then just look at these two. Avan is Indian and German while Janina is Indian and Dutch. They could play siblings ethnicity wise but their skin tone is different because they’ve inherited different characteristics from their parents. They don’t look as alike as many people claim siblings in rp need to but they work. Appearance isn’t everything when it comes to ethnicity but sometimes it is important to consider. Please don’t just base a family template on looks alone. 

Roleplays are for fun! 

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If you asked everyone in the rp community, I’m sure all of them would say that they’re here for fun. Some might say they’re here to improve their writing. Some might say they’re here to make friends. All of this can relate to ethnicities. You could hurt people or offend people by removing ethnicities and if you do this you’re not likely to make friends. Diversifying characters is quickly becoming more popular in modern literature (Rue in The Hunger Games, the entire Game of Thrones cast pretty much) and so understanding ethnicities and using various ethnicities in your rp experience would improve your writing. And the final thing is that sometimes by disregarding ethnicity you’re taking away other people’s fun in the community. 

It doesn’t really affect us…

Also can I just point out that both people in the above images called me said I was taking this too “seriously” because I care about ethnic rights, as if this is something we shouldn’t have to worry about as teens. The thing is that we should think about this. It is a serious problem and call me serious if you want because I’m seriously invested in resolving this issue.  

Diversity is important and not just because of the statistics that I’ve listed but because of the result that the media has on people like you and me. Many think that diversification, or rather the lack of, has no affect. Many directors promote white-washing in favour of earning a higher gross profit because people are “more willing” to watch white actors and actresses because they’re “more relatable” than the correct ethnicities. But what about people of other ethnicities that view these films? What about the people of other ethnicities who also participate in rps? When discussing the ethnicities of characters, you have to consider the fact that you’re not the only person being affected by this because other people will see your decisions and be affected by them.

6% of internet users use tumblr and of that 74% are White (non-Hispanic), 10% are Black (non-Hispanic), 9% are Hispanic and 7% are of another ethnicity. (10). Only 31% of all visitors to tumblr are located in the U.S. (11). Simply put, there are many tumblr users that aren’t white. I’m not saying this just because white people are assumed to be more racially unaware, I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that there are many people of other ethnicities using this site and when they see posts saying that their ethnicities don’t matter and see admins replacing people of the more underused ethnicities with white FCs because it’s “easier”, it can be incredibly demoralising. A lot of people can be hurt by posts like this. It can cause depression. You could make them feel excluded, or under-appreciated. A lot of people come to this website to escape, rp is a place to escape, and we’re honoured to have people from so many different places actively participating in rps, but their experience of the site can be ruined when they see their ethnicities being disregarded in favour of popular white FCs. Yes rp is for fun and yes FCs are hard but to spend a few extra minutes finding a FC that works ethnically can put so many minds at ease. Is it not worth it?  

  • Quote taken from a tumblr discussion: ”That’s the thing, though - it’s not a matter of personal choice as much as it is a matter of being respectful to people’s ethnicities and the very real impact it has on their lives. When you lump people of different ethnicities all together saying that “they look related so they can pass as a different ethnicity” is an act of erasure and racism, because it come across as if white is the norm and everything else goes into the same bag. I’m also not telling you those things because I think “my way” is the best way - you’re obviously free to operate however you choose to, but while some things are a matter of preference, this is one of the instances where the things you are doing are hurting real people. Several people have spoken about how harmful it is to have their identities erased, to see themselves misrepresented and to see absolute no respect for their ethnicities because they are not white It’s not a matter of preference: it’s a matter of educating yourself so you can stop contributing to a system that actively oppreses people.” 
  • Four out of every five children of colour agreed it was important for kids to see their race portrayed on TV. (12)
  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks because some readers thought my smart, professionally successful Muslim women characters were “not realistic.””(13)
  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks so my daughter can see there’s more to being Jewish than the Holocaust." (14)
  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks because our children need to read and dream about heroes and heroines - in technicolor." (14) 
  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks because this shouldn’t even be a hashtag. This should just exist as a reality already.” (14)
  • #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfish that all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me.” (15)

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Yes the media misrepresents ethnicities but that doesn’t mean we should misrepresent ethnicities. In the future, we could be the people these articles are talking about; we could be the authors writing these novels dominated by white protagonists or the directors casting white actors to play poc roles. What I’m trying to say is that they’ve had their turn and they’re starting to change, but the next step in change starts with us.

Rphs who will help with ethnicity-based FC advice:

What we can do with ethnically correct FCs:

Ethnically correct FCs do not limit your roleplay choices or experiences! Explore new cultures by using the correct FCs in the correct manner. Make your town rp or school rp a little more diverse by adding a family of another ethnicity. Introduce new plot lines with a range of FCs such as foster families with a FC from every ethnicity or half-siblings or step siblings that despise the other because they’re not the same. Don’t just limit yourself to full-sibling families. What about a step sibling in an all white family who is half of another ethnicity? Write about their exclusion from society rather than the overused plot of the typical, introverted white girl. Ethnicities do not repress your imagination, they provoke you to use it more. 

Further Reading:

Bibliography/Further Explanation:

  1. thatfrenchhelper (Nationality ≠ Ethnicity)
  2. fchelpers (FCs you thought were white but actually aren’t - Troian Bellisario)
  3. racistroleplay (Shay Mitchell as pocahontas)
  4. shashalaperf
  5. huffingtonpost (The Diversity Gap At The Emmy Awards Is Staggering)
  6. diversityinya (Diversity in Publishers Weekly’s 2013 Young Adult Bestsellers)
  7. CCBC (Children’s Books by and about People of Color Published in the United States)
  8. feministing (Infographic: Diversity in Hollywood)
  9. themarysue (British Film Institute Enforcing Diversity Standards)
  10. stefanmarquelle
  11. wallblog (A demographic portrait of Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook users)
  12. searchenginejournal (50 Things You Should Know About Tumblr)
  13. archive.today (Statistics on Minority Representation (1994-1998))
  14. Jennifer Jazobair 
  15. bustle (#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS: THE TWITTERSPHERE RALLIES FOR DIVERSITY IN LITERATURE)
  16. reverseracism

Hello everyone! So sorry for the long wait. But I’m proud and happy to announce that The Grand Budapest Hotel will be back on tracks! With two amazing co-admins (announcement to commence soon), we will get this roleplay up and running. My timeline is four weeks till opening, because we want to get all the material ready before opening up for applications. If you have any questions or any suggestions, please feel free to shoot us a message. Please, please, please, keep following this blog and checking up on us! New material will come out periodically, so please don’t forget to keep us in mind!

Love,

Admin Doe

ANNOUNCEMENT EVERYONE! Finally getting this back up and running! If anyone is interested in helping out with GRAPHICS, give me a shout! I’m looking for someone to head up our GRAPHICS department in terms of promos and character bios! 

The cinematography is so beautiful. I’ve already had a great time working with some of the shots. But I’m sure people more experienced can do a lot better! 

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A Guide to: The IRA (Irish Republican Army)

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A Guide on the History of the IRA and writing it while knowing at least a little bit of what you are talking about.  Honestly I could have done a guide this long on each of the subsections of the IRA so this is a mildly reverberated version.  If there is demand I will make one on each with more in depth research.  However, this is more then most typical people know or write it seems so I hope it is still helpful.

Because of the prevalence of the Irish Republican Army in American Popular culture, I am seeing more and more characters pop up with IRA affiliations.  While this is more then fine, because it is an on-going political movement that should be researched and looked into.  Under the cut you will find:

  • Overview of the IRA and its subsections,
  • Objectives
  • Politics
  • History/important dates 
  • Propaganda

As always, If you found this guide helpful, please like or reblog.  If you have any specific questions feel free to come to me!  Thank You!  

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hawkeyehelps said: Mindy Kaling!!!!!

Love her. But she’s Indian. A lot of arguments about Genetics and all that. Middle East is not a great term because it’s such a Westernized term. But I’m sticking with my guts to separate and distinct between Indian and Middle Eastern faceclaims slash characters. 

Just had a long talk with my Pakistani roommate. He said that he didn’t give a shit about it. But there would be social consequences if a Middle Eastern actress was to portray an Indian characters. He also said he considered himself inherently from India anyway so he didn’t really see any issue in that.

Something interesting to think about. 

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Anonymous inquired:

Hi! I need help with a female FC, please. Middle eastern (medium to dark skinned), twenties to early thirties, curvy/voluptuous would be a bonus, but I don't want to narrow down options too much. Thanks!

I would suggest:

  • Inbar Lavi
  • Sarah Shahi
  • Nazanin Bonialdi
  • Gal Gadot
  • Zeina
  • Dominique Hourani
  • Jenna Dewan
  • Alia Shawkat

Hope that helps!

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Anonymous inquired:

Can you suggest good websites to learn English grammar? Or simply improve it?

Of course! Sorry this is a bit late. But hope that it’s still useful. My main advice for people who wants to improve their English is WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE. Don’t use a computer, because of all the spellchecks and grammar checks are really accessible. Too accessible. Use pen and paper. Read over it. See if there are any obvious mistakes that you catch, just by editing yourself. Then type it up and send it to someone else. I personally offer personal editing services as a helper. I will gladly read over anything you may have written and help you edit, whether it’s an academic essay or an application to a RP. I will read over it and tell you what grammar mistakes you have made. It’s always easier to read someone else’s work and point out mistakes. Does anyone else offer the same type of work? If so, please comment or reblog this post stating that you do so. I would also recommend any University tutors, if you can fork over that money. There are many websites out there offering essay editing and tutoring services. Always good to find someone else to help you. But make sure that you are writing the material and they are only looking over it. Anyway, here are some resources I have used in the past that has helped me. 

Next, I would really suggest picking a website that works for you. My mom used to buy me so many grammar books, but I always finish two pages and then abandon them. If you want to improve, it’s just about finding that motivation to get you going and be able to complete all the lessons and quizzes from the website. If you don’t like one website, change! There’s no point in trudging through something you hate. With that said, grammar isn’t something that’s very interesting, it’s often very dry. So that’s why I always recommend writing and asking someone else to edit for you as the best way to get better. If you have trouble understanding some concepts, look it up then. 

Some Editor Websites:

  • Lang-8: It’s this amazing website that finds people to translate your text for you. In return, you translate something else in your native tongue for someone else. Never used it before, but highly suggested to me by some users. It’s free! So that’s always good.
  • Prowritingaid: One of those automatic editors online, so I wouldn’t trust it too much. But it gives you a summary report at the end, so that’s definitely something that WORD can’t give you. It also tells you things like how many sentences you repeated or spelling consistencies. With payment, you can go premium and ask a pro. Whatever that means! But check it out. 

Some Grammar Websites:

  • SAT Website: Although the SATs has been the bane of my existence in High School, it has no doubt ingrained some of the most important grammatical theories into my brain. Hopefully, it will help you a lot too. Don’t just do the practice tests. Study the theories, learn the theories, and the reasons first. You can also sign up for daily practice questions. They’ll send you an email daily and you can have a chance in figuring out the answer. When doing so, always give a reason why you think the answer you picked is correct, not just willy nilly this sounds right. It’ll help you out a lot in the long run. They also have some amazing vocabulary updates. A lot of the vocabulary I have now is due to studying for the SAT. Sighs, don’t you just hate it when something despicable actually taught you something. 
  • List of Interactive Quizzes: I have personally never used this website before, but it seems quite interesting. They teach you lessons and then makes you play games. It’s a really comprehensive list of rules. So if you’re really gunning to learn grammar from scratch, this might be a good list to work towards completing. I just looked at their vocabulary quizzes, and it is quite hard. But the other grammar exercises looks good. 
  • English Grammar Exercises: This is taken from a Deutsch/English website. The grammar lessons are less interactive than the website above. But still very useful and helpful. Lesson than quizzes. 
  • Self-Study Grammar Quizzes: I don’t really like this one because of how the quizzes are set up. I like to fill in all my answers before checking all of them at once. This one makes you do it inside your head, cause then they show you the answer at the bottom of each question. They don’t have lessons, so this one is definitely just a list of review quizzes. 
  • OWL: I use this website for everything, especially when I’m writing academic essays. So many resources. So many essay structures. So many tips on grammar. There’s a special section on ESL. The material is a bit dry though, especially when it teaches you about grammar. Nonetheless, handy to keep in mind when writing essays. 
  • EGO4U: Bright colors to engage you. The lessons are short and simple. No quizzes but if you’re confused about something, this website explains it really well. 
  • Grammarblog: This is actually an amazing website that uses humour to engage you with grammar. If you’re bored, definitely waste your time on this blog. More educational than buzzfeed or 9gag, or whatever youths visit these days.
  • Lousywriter: Easy to navigate. The cheatsheets are genius! Very in-depth explanation for everything. It’s hard to learn it all, but the basic principles are still explained there. Works if you really just want to take your knowledge to a next level. It is hard to memorize everything on the cheatseets, but good to take a look over. 
  • Dailygrammar: Partners with Yeah Write! Sign up for email subscriptions of daily grammar tips. Never used it. Doesn’t hurt to try.
  • Grammargirl: Cool infographics that engage you on some of the principles and reasonings behind the mystical English Grammar. 

Hope that helps!

Anonymous inquired:

Who would you recommend as a face claim for a dorky kind of gentle giant character (a male who could be in their late teens or early twenties)? Kind of reminiscent of Aaron Johnson's character in Kickass. Sorry if this is a bit vague. Thank you so much bb ❤️

I would suggest:

  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Michael B Jordan
  • Brady Corbet
  • Robert Sheehan
  • Jay Baruchel
  • Michael Angarano
  • Jamie Bell
  • Liam Hemsworth
  • Max Irons
  • Alden Ehrenreich
  • Tristan Wilds

Hope that helps!

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#fch #fc answers

Do you have a 'how to play Sherlock Holmes (bbc)' guide?

I do not. Unfortunately, I have never played Sherlock Holmes in a roleplay at all. I do not believe I would be qualified enough to write one. Sincerest apologies!

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Anonymous inquired:

From Adam's just a phrase - it basically means that you have no idea who they are, and have no information about them. Maybe it's a British thing. Sorry to confuse!

:D you learn something new every day!

Of course! Send me a message off anon! 

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Anonymous inquired:

Would you be cool with people you don't really know from Adam offering to help you out with the Grand Budapest RP?

From Adam?

I’m always open to making new friends. Obviously, I’ll make something official soon and see what I need help with and post an ad. But I just want to remind everyone again that I am STUPIDLY busy. I have school, I work part time, I’m also moving next week. In two weeks I will be more free and have more time to clean up my blog here and start the RP again. 

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