February 27, 2014
tardisofrp:


TARDISOFRP GUIDE ON: How to play an introvert or shy character.

Just because a character or person is shy or introvert doesn’t mean that person has a stutter, has to be autistic, doesn’t have the right mentality, nor is a Mary Sue. This is what can get me so annoyed. I have seen so many roleplays where the shy character immediately has a stutter or has a social disability. Whereas with presenting in front of so many other people (or even a bunch) people who are shy and/or introvert might stutter, trust me, definitely not all of them do when they don’t have to. This is why I’m writing this guide on ‘how to play a shy/introvert character’.

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tardisofrp:

TARDISOFRP GUIDE ON: How to play an introvert or shy character.

Just because a character or person is shy or introvert doesn’t mean that person has a stutter, has to be autistic, doesn’t have the right mentality, nor is a Mary Sue. This is what can get me so annoyed. I have seen so many roleplays where the shy character immediately has a stutter or has a social disability. Whereas with presenting in front of so many other people (or even a bunch) people who are shy and/or introvert might stutter, trust me, definitely not all of them do when they don’t have to. This is why I’m writing this guide on ‘how to play a shy/introvert character’.

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February 27, 2014
The Banned Books List for Arizona Ethnic Studies

medievalpoc:

gehayi submitted to medievalpoc:

So I found this list of books that were banned from Tucson, Arizona schools when, in 2010, Arizona used a state law “to shut down the controversial classes that conservative legislators accused of politicizing Latino students.” The law has been declared illegal by a state court, upheld as constitutional by a federal court, and is now being appealed.

The fact that Arizona doesn’t want kids reading these books was enough to make me curious.

Banned Books List

High School Course Texts and Reading Lists Table 20: American Government/Social Justice Education Project 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists

(These seven were un-banned by the Tucson Unified School District as of October 2013; they can now be used as supplementary reading materials, though whether a teacher would do so when the law is still being enforced is anyone’s guess.)

Table 21: American History/Mexican American Perspectives, 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists

  • Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (2004), by R. Acuna
  • The Anaya Reader (1995), by R. Anaya
  • The American Vision (2008), by J. Appleby et el.
  • Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998), by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson
  • Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A. Burciaga
  • Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (1997), by C. Jiminez
  • De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views Multi-Colored Century (1998), by E. S. Martinez
  • 500 Anos Del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (1990), by E. S. Martinez
  • Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998), by R. Rodriguez
  • The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
  • Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006), by F. A. Rosales
  • A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (2003), by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 7, 8

  • Ten Little Indians (2004), by S. Alexie
  • The Fire Next Time (1990), by J. Baldwin
  • Loverboys (2008), by A. Castillo
  • Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
  • Mexican WhiteBoy (2008), by M. de la Pena
  • Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
  • Woodcuts of Women (2000), by D. Gilb
  • At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965), by E. Guevara
  • Color Lines: “Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?” (2003), by E. Martinez
  • Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998), by R. Montoya et al.
  • Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte
  • Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997), by M. Ruiz
  • The Tempest (1994), by W. Shakespeare
  • A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993), by R. Takaki
  • The Devil’s Highway (2004), by L. A. Urrea
  • Puro Teatro: A Latino Anthology (1999), by A. Sandoval-Sanchez & N. Saporta Sternbach
  • Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories (1997), by J. Yolen
  • Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004), by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 5, 6

  • Live from Death Row (1996), by J. Abu-Jamal
  • The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1994), by S. Alexie
  • Zorro (2005), by I. Allende
  • Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1999), by G. Anzaldua
  • A Place to Stand (2002), by J. S. Baca
  • C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans (2002), by J. S. Baca
  • Healing Earthquakes: Poems (2001), by J. S. Baca
  • Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (1990), by J. S. Baca
  • Black Mesa Poems (1989), by J. S. Baca
  • Martin & Mediations on the South Valley (1987), by J. S. Baca
  • The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools (19950, by D. C. Berliner and B. J. Biddle
  • Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992), by J. A Burciaga
  • Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States(2005), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States (1995), by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos
  • So Far From God (1993), by A. Castillo
  • Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (1985), by C. E. Chavez
  • Women Hollering Creek (1992), by S. Cisneros
  • House on Mango Street (1991), by S. Cisneros
  • Drown (1997), by J. Diaz
  • Suffer Smoke (2001), by E. Diaz Bjorkquist
  • Zapata’s Discipline: Essays (1998), by M. Espada
  • Like Water for Chocolate (1995), by L. Esquievel
  • When Living was a Labor Camp (2000), by D. Garcia
  • La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities (2000), by R. Garcia
  • Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing (2003), by C. Garcia-Camarilo, et al.
  • The Magic of Blood (1994), by D. Gilb
  • Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (2001), by Rudolfo “Corky” Gonzales
  • Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” (2004) by Goodman, et al.
  • Feminism is for Everybody (2000), by b hooks
  • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1999), by F. Jimenez
  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991), by J. Kozol
  • Zigzagger (2003), by M. Munoz
  • Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993), by T. D. Rebolledo & E. S. Rivero
  • …y no se lo trago la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1995), by T. Rivera
  • Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (2005), by L. Rodriguez
  • Justice: A Question of Race (1997), by R. Rodriguez
  • The X in La Raza II (1996), by R. Rodriguez
  • Crisis in American Institutions (2006), by S. H. Skolnick & E. Currie
  • Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (1986), by T. Sheridan
  • Curandera (1993), by Carmen Tafolla
  • Mexican American Literature (1990), by C. M. Tatum
  • New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993), by C. M. Tatum
  • Civil Disobedience (1993), by H. D. Thoreau
  • By the Lake of Sleeping Children (1996), by L. A. Urrea
  • Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life (2002), by L. A. Urrea
  • Zoot Suit and Other Plays (1992), by L. Valdez
  • Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995), by O. Zepeda
  • Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin, by Rodolfo Gonzales
  • Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Devil’s Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
Thank you so much for the list! The um, Spanish text portions are missing some important punctuation marks, but I think we’ll live.

February 27, 2014
"Just as Eurocentrism made it difficult for early colonizers and explorers to believe that a continental land mass as large as North America could exist in the oceans between Europe and Asia, historians in this country have found it difficult to understand that the colonial period of our history is the story of a minority of English colonizers interacting with a majority of Iroquois, Delawares, Narragansetts, Pequots, Machicans, Catawbas, Tuscaroras, Creeks, Cherokees, Choctaws, Ibos [Igbo’s], Mandingos, Fulas, Yorubas, Ashantis, Germans, French, Spaniards, Swedes, Welsh, and Scots-Irish to mention only some of the cultural stains present on the continent."

Gary B. Nash from  Red, White and Black; The Peoples of Early North America.. (a book recommended to me by Toni Morrison herself hehe when I asked her about the sources she used to write A Mercy

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February 27, 2014

fairytalemood:

YA Retellings brought to you by Epic Reads - Fairy Tale Retellings:

Beauty and the Beast: East by Edith Pattou / Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George / Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley / Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge / Spirited by Nancy Holder / Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier / The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison / Stung by Bethany Wiggins / The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle / Beastly by Alex Flinn / Beauty by Robin McKinley / Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

The Little Mermaid: September Girls by Bennett Madison / Fathomless by Jackson Pearce / Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama / Midnight Pearls by Cameron Dokey / Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

Cinderella: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine / Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George / Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas / If I have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor / Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge / Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott / Cinder by Marissa Meyer / Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey / Ash by Malinda Lo

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse As Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce / Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli / The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn

The Frog Prince: Cloaked by Alex Flinn / Enchanted by Alethea Kontis / The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley / Water Song by Suzanne Weyn

The Snow Queen: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce / Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey / Stork by Wendy Delsol

Little Red Riding Hood: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright / Scarlet by Marissa Meyer / The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly / Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce / Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié / Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Twelve Dancing Princesses: Entwined by Heather Dixon / The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun / The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn / Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George / Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Hansel and Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce / Bewitching by Alex Flinn / Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Rapunzel: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth / Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett / Towering by Alex Flinn / Cress by Marissa Meyer / Golden by Cameron Dokey / Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Snow White: Beauty by Nancy Ohlin / Snow by Tracy Lynn / The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman / The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block / The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey / Nameless by Lili St. Crow / Fairest by Gail Carson Levine / Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (*this is actually a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red”) / Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Sleeping Beauty: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn / Briar Rose by Jane Yolen / Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey / Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay / The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson / Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley / Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross / A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

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February 27, 2014
vampofrp:

Upon on an anonymous request, here is a guide to witches and magic. Note that this is based on pure knowledge from playing and reading about witches and wiccan. I do not claim to be some kind of expert, which I hope you understand. I thought that since roleplays including magic or about magic has become so popular lately, this would come in handy. Alright kids, this guide will contain basic information, different ways / ideas and tips on how to cast and preform a spell or ritual, writing prompts and a course into the depths of the Salem witch trials, plus some other bonus things. Please like or reblog if you found this helpful in any way, by questions, please message me.
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vampofrp:

Upon on an anonymous request, here is a guide to witches and magic. Note that this is based on pure knowledge from playing and reading about witches and wiccan. I do not claim to be some kind of expert, which I hope you understand. I thought that since roleplays including magic or about magic has become so popular lately, this would come in handy. Alright kids, this guide will contain basic information, different ways / ideas and tips on how to cast and preform a spell or ritual, writing prompts and a course into the depths of the Salem witch trials, plus some other bonus things. Please like or reblog if you found this helpful in any way, by questions, please message me.

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February 27, 2014
zoeyrph:


A ZOEYRPH GUIDE ON MAKING A BIO ROLEPLAY
Here’s a few tips and such that I’ve picked up during my time as an admin. This was originally an answer to a question I received (4/11/13). The original question asked for tips on making a popular roleplay, but my response is more geared towards the process of making a quality bio roleplay, as I see it.
Please like/reblog if this helped you!

-Zoey. x
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zoeyrph:

A ZOEYRPH GUIDE ON MAKING A BIO ROLEPLAY

Here’s a few tips and such that I’ve picked up during my time as an admin. This was originally an answer to a question I received (4/11/13). The original question asked for tips on making a popular roleplay, but my response is more geared towards the process of making a quality bio roleplay, as I see it.

Please like/reblog if this helped you!

-Zoey. x

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February 27, 2014

howtofightwrite:

kellysue:

prettyarbitrary:

fuckyourwritinghabits:

swegener:

Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 

How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

Time to bring back this body reference sheet!

One of the better body references I’ve ever seen.  All of these people are ridiculously fit, operating in the top echelons of their sports world-wide.  But there’s a vast array of body types, and types of fitness.

I know this is off point, but Table Tennis dude is my favorite. 

This is a great body reference and exceedingly important to really grasping how different kinds of training mold the body. It goes far beyond just what we are born with or the limited to in what entertainment media and Hollywood presents. This is specifically sports and fitness, not combat, but it should give you some ideas.

-Michi

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February 14, 2014
Psychiatric Wards in History

thewritingcafe:

personalcolor asked you:

(I don’t know if you answered this already or not, so I’ll ask again.) I’m writing a realistic story about the asylums of the last century (something like in American Horror Story). I’m Spanish, so I’m not very familiar with American/English psychosocial system. So I was wondering if you could help on any tips to write about people with mental illness and also about the asylums of the time. Thanks!

I have a mental illness tag with a bunch of resources for portraying mental illnesses.

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February 13, 2014

Anonymous asked: I'm writing fiction that involves a medieval monarchy, and I was wondering how kingdoms function. It's a very broad question but I am more specifically confused about the ranks and how kingdoms are divided. I apologize if you've already answered this somewhere.

clevergirlhelps:

Look here. It’s a simple chain of command. You might also want to read this.

February 13, 2014
The Fiction Writer's Guide to Psychology

writeworld:

thewritershelpers:

Worth checking out!

Updated link! 

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