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Thirteen things you should not invite to supper

1. That one friend who is usually lovely apart from when they eat supper, which owing to some long distant evening mishap in the woods makes them transform into a giant bear which is on fire.

2. The mining robot from the future who has been knocking at the window for some time with its garbled message about people living in great tunnels and it doesn’t seem to know how to talk about anything else other than mines and people in mines and ash and devastation and anyone sitting next to it would probably get frightfully bored.

3. That hole, the one you can pick up and put places and you’re not quite sure where it goes but it certainly caused conversation the last time you invited it to supper.

4. A worm that eats chairs.

5. That great white whale that you have become obsessed with and which could conceivably be able to attend if you fitted out the room with some sort of harness and pipe apparatus and knocked down a wall or two.

6. A charmingly subcritical mass of plutonium that you met at the romantic old nuclear waste dump out of town and which you still turn to from time to time when you need subcriticism on a piece of writing.

7. That dress, you know the one, you tried it on and it was a great fit but unfortunately the colour drove wasps and bees into an unsettling frenzy so you had to take it back, or more accurately it floated back by itself because it was full of bees.

8. The asteroid.

9. That other subcritical mass of plutonium which friended you on facebook once and you weren’t really sure that you knew it but you mistook it for the other one and by the time you’d realised your mistake it was a bit too late to unfriend it,

10. The pirate who mistakenly believed that you crimed off their rubies some ten years ago and has spent the last ten years levelling up in ninja in an attempt to make a more dexterous revenge someday.

11. That pirate’s pet Tyrannosaurus, which is currently being followed around by a reality TV team who are making a documentary, but they will stay outside if you ask.

12. Death, the destroyer of worlds (usually busy, but might attend if it is a slow work day?).

13. Yourself, in the case that you have already invited the other twelve; it being tremendously bad luck to have thirteen at table.

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Some of our most useful posts on describing People of Color, all in one place.

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Films by or about people of colour directed by women*

Some notes on the list:

  • This list is non-exhaustive.
  • The movies I counted as “starring” poc of colour have at least 1 poc as lead or co-lead.
  • I respect the fact that some people do not want to see movies about poc as told by white women and have separated these movies accordingly.
  • Some of the directors who are woc who have directed the movies starring woc are not the same race as their casts.
  • What counts as a woc in the western world is not what is necessarily counted as a woc in the countries that those women are from. I have created my international list based on my own western perspective.

Directed by American WOC starring POC

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash)
Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair)
I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin)
Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons)
Girlfight (Karyn Kusama)
Love and Basketball (Gina Prince-Blythewood)
Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso)
Saving Face (Alice Wu)
Something New (Sanaa Hamri)
Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry)
I Will Follow (Ava DuVernay)
Pariah (Dee Rees)
Yelling to the Sky (Victoria Mahoney)
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay)
Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero)
Peeples (Tina Gordon Chism)
Selma (Ava DuVernay)
13th (Ava DuVernay)
Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins)
Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan)
Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon)
It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting)
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao)

Directed by WOC starring white people
The Republic of Love (Deepa Mehta)
D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson)
Vanity Fair (Mira Nair)
Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama)
Last Night (Massy Tadjedin)
The Invitation (Karyn Kusama)
Equity (Meera Menon)
Shake It (Hella Joof)

International WOC
Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) Martinique
Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India
Double Happiness (Mina Schum) Canada
Fire (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India
Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India
Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair) India
Bollywood/Hollywood (Deepa Mehta) Canada
Bend it like Beckham (Gurinder Chada) UK
Water (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) France
Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada
Belle (Amma Asante) UK
The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) Brazil
A Simple Life (Ann Hui) Hong Kong
Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour) Saudi Arabia
Dil Dhankande Do (Zoya Akhtar) India
Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) Japan
Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Japan
Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran
At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmabaf) Iran

Directed by white women starring POC
Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) documentary
Black Panthers (Agnès Varda) documentary
Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) documentary
S'en fout la mort (Claire Denis)
Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders)
Whale Rider (Niki Caro)
Frida (Julie Taymor)
Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit)
Things We Lost in the Fire (Susanne Bier)
35 Rhums (Claire Denis)
The Wedding Song (Karin Albou)
2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy)
Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)
Honeytrap (Rebecca Johnson)
The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold)
American Honey (Andrea Arnold)
Ayanda (Sara Blecher)

*I know people will want to add onto the list and I appreciate that, but before you do please check whether a film is directed by a woman. This blog and list is in support of women directed or co-directed films. Please respect that. 

Writing With Color Top Posts + Other Useful Ones

Oh hey– here’s a list ranked by Writing With Color’s most popular posts since opening in 2014 up till now, the start of 2017. Pulled together for the interest and usefulness for readers like you. Thank you.

Top 7 Popular Original Posts 

  1. Words for Skin Tone - This two part guide offers an array of words for describing skin color. Part I focuses on the problems with food descriptors. Part II provides alternatives. (68k+ Notes)
  2. Common Micro-aggressions: African Americans and/or Black People - An extensive list of common micro-aggressions towards Black people with some links for further reading. (46k)
  3. Words to Describe Hair - As with the words for skin tone, an offering of words to describe hair, from curls to different colors. (34k+)
  4. Black and White Symbolism: A Look into the Trope - Discusses concept of black as evil and white as good, from its history & problem implications. Guide offers alternatives & solutions. (10k)
  5. Describing Accents - An example-based post for describing accents and voices. (5k)
  6. How to Research your Racially/Ethnically Diverse Characters -     Self-explanatory. (5k) 
  7. Describing Asian Eyes - A guide to describing Asian eyes with further useful commentary. (4k)

Honorable Mentions

Other recommended WWC Posts.

  • Stereotyping Tropes List - A categorized tropes list reposted from the TV Tropes website with links to their topics on the subject matter.

–WWC 

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In Honour of International Women’s Day:
10 Movies About Friendship Directed by Women

Breathe dir. Mélanie Laurent (2014)
Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there’s nothing average about how she feels.

Daisies dir. Vera Chytilová (1966)
Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

The Edge of Seventeen dir. Kelly Fremon Craig (2016)
High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.

The Fits dir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015)
While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

The Forest for the Trees dir. Maren Ade (2003)
As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.

Divines dir. Houda Benyamina (2016)
In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager who is hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer.

Hush Little Baby dir. Hella Joof (2009)
Four dysfunctional teenage girls steal a car and elope from the institution where they live. They go on a road trip across Denmark, confronting ghosts of the past and settling old accounts as their dark secrets are revealed.

The Innocents dir. Anne Fontaine (2016)
In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

In Bloom dir. Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Groß (2013)
Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.

Thirteen dir. Catherine Hardwicke (2003)
A thirteen-year-old girl’s relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

More friendship movies HERE and HERE

Celtic Tree Guide 🌳

Birch- renewal, new beginnings, youth.

Rowan- protection, connection, expression.

Alder- endurance, passion, strength.

Willow- imagination, vision, intuition.

Ash- connection, wisdom, surrender.

Hawthorn- relationships, consequence, contradiction.

Oak- strength, stability, nobility.

Holly- action, objectivity, assertion.

Hazel- creativity, purity, honesty.

Apple- beauty,love, generosity.

Vine- introspection, depth, relaxation.

Ivy- determination, change, patience.

Reed- harmony, growth, health.

Blackthorn- discipline, control, perspective.

Elder- evolution, transition, continuation.

Fir- clarity, energy, achievement.

Gorse- transmutation, exposure, resourcefulness.

Heather- dreams, feelings, romance.

Poplar/Aspen- victory, vision, transformation.

Yew- passage, transference, illusion.

Six Winter disappointments

1. When you purchase Winter clothes which promise that they will protect you from the elements, but it turns out that they only mean some elements and plutonium is not one of them, and you have become too dead in the process of finding this out to ask for a refund.

2. When your snowmen become charmingly alive and you spend a bittersweet night drinking advocaat with them before the forecast thaw and cursing the dawn; after which point they melt into yellow slush in the yard and multiple passers-by draw inferences about your household’s urination preferences.

3. When you fall in love with Winter and Winter falls in love with you and you elope together to live in carefree abandon an industrial meat freezer, depriving everyone else of Winter and leading to catastrophic atmospheric warming.

4. When you wake up in the morning to a great hushed whiteness outside the window and you think that it might be the million albino cats come to pay you homage that were forecast at your birth by your sinister goblin aunt, but it’s actually snow, like it’s always been.

5. When you accidentally put some Winter an unlabelled seasoning jar on the shelf with the spices, and Winter in a jar looks a bit like salt, so sometimes when your food needs a little seasoning you end up making it a bit saltier and sometimes you end up knocking it off the plate with an icy blast of hailstones.

6. When you think Winter has finally packed up and slouched off to the other pole of the Earth for a while, but it turns out Winter left a bunch of its crap at your place and every few days there’s a knock at the window and ‘Hi, it’s Winter!’ and you have to go and dig out your warm coat again whilst Winter rummages around outside trying to find that icicle it thinks it left somewhere.

Writing With Color – Featured Research Guides

Although WWC shares resources when we can and bring some to the table ourselves, we don’t exist to seek outside sources for one’s writing; this is ultimately the writer’s job. Even so, we’re more than happy to offer guidance on the What, Where and How of doing research for your inclusive writing. 

Take a look at some of the research help & resources complied below:

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WWC Tags and Help

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Historical Research

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WWC Naming Resources/Guides

–WWC

positive feelings
  • grassy fields with bright yellow flowers
  • standing in the rain
  • the first time you look in the mirror after a great new haircut
  • planting a little seed and watching it grow
  • having your hair combed or braided
  • feeling squeaky clean after taking a shampoo
  •  feeling like a boss after drinking 8 glasses of water
  • touching a plush blanket
  • binge watching your favorite show on netflix
  • taking the first bite of your favorite food
  • looking at the moon in the night sky
  • finally finishing all of your homework after being up late
  • doing a near-perfect job on a manicure
  • putting on a pleasant-smelling body lotion or perfume
  • getting a really good sale deal
  • waking up to sunlight streaming in through your window
  • the smooth feeling of your skin after it’s exfoliated
  • taking a great picture of something beautiful
  • reading on the grass or by a lake
  • singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs
  • finding a poem that resonates within your soul
  • picking flowers and putting them in a nice vase
  • listening to babbling brook sounds 
  • visiting a cute cafe or coffee shop
  • putting your face up close to a warm mug and feeling the steam on your skin
  • looking at art and paintings
  • writing or drawing in a journal
  • getting a good grade after working hard for it
  • starting a new book that you’re excited to read
  • turning the page for a fresh new start
  • watching birds in the garden
  • seeing a cat on your lawn
  • getting mail from someone
  • buying something cute and cheap from a thrift store
  • visiting a park and feeding the ducks
  • petting a cat or dog
  • finding something you thought you’d lost
  • slipping into pajamas after a day of wearing jeans or a dress
  • sitting in a tree in the mid-afternoon and watching the world and your garden continue around you 

in 2017 i will

  • write in my journal only in color
  • read more 
  • do my best in school, if not, better
  • only buy things that makes me really happy
  • do more art !!!
  • workout more and focus on putting healthier things into my body
  • skincare skincare skincare
  • go to bed earlier and wake up earlier
  • drink at least 4 bottles of water a day
  • reduce sweets but still allow myself to enjoy them from time to time
  • kiss my friends more
  • PAINT !!!
  • stay true to myself
  • have more plants in my room
  • treat myself to a glass of wine a few times a year
Ten things that happen when you clap your hands

1. A fairy gets its wings.

2. A request is put out to the suppliers of the wing factory to produce an additional unit of wing materials to help replenish stock levels.

3. Entirely incidentally, a passing bee misinterprets the clapping noise as the sound of a wasp farting. It sniggers. Have you ever heard a bee snigger? Clap and listen carefully. This is all the more remarkable because bees normally have a very mature sense of humour.

4. The gnomish feather shop sends the hob-and-lanthorn out on the moors again to pluck feathers from unsuspecting seabirds. They bill the wing factory for the cost of five hob-hours and a large plucker.

5. An advert is put out for a tendon-stringer second class to act as maternity cover for the wing assembly line, which has become rather stretched with this latest request.

6. You are invoiced for the cost of the wings via the unseelie post. You do not read your unseelie post. The bill goes unpaid.

7. A minor administrator at the wing factory is tasked with investigating the unpaid bill. The administrator realises that two quotes have become stuck together with syrup in the order queue, causing an error. The first quote is about clapping your hands to show that you believe in fairies. The second quote is about angels getting their wings whenever a bell rings. As a result, a number of spurious deliveries have been made to fairies, and a number of bell-related requests have gone unanswered.

8. There is a queue of angry angels at the factory door. They do not have wings. They do have burning swords. Now would be a good time to make a shedload more wings. However, the factory is having major cashflow problems because nobody has been paying their bills.

9. The fairy has buggered off with the original wings and is nowhere to be found.

10. Basically what I am saying is never clap. You may end up being the cause of a major supernatural incident. Just show your appreciation by grinning or something.

Things I'm so glad I started doing:

1. Stopping the self-pity party.
2. Allowing people to tell about their problems without telling them about mine.
3. Realizing I’m not the most important person ever to exist.
4. Stopping making everything about me.
5. Letting other people have their time in the spotlight.
6. Shutting my mouth for once.
7. Not giving my opinion on everything.
8. Letting people be.
9. Deciding to be happy because it is a choice.
10. Stop caring what other people think of what I look like.
11. Realizing who my true friends are.
12. Taking care of myself.
13. Spending time with myself by myself

Six new year’s resolutions

1. I resolve to go to the Jim every day. To stand around near the Jim, semi-unobtrusively in my mask and warm winter gloves, until the Jim asks me to go away. Then to move on to the next Jim. No Jim shall be fully comfortable in 2017. If I run out of Jims, I shall move on to Jacks, or possibly Joes.

2. I resolve to walk under the career ladder at a point when a career farce is being filmed, leading to a pot of career paint landing on my head. I will dodge the two gentlemen crossing the street with the big glass ceiling by swinging on the career rope helpfully provided, which will hoist me straight up to the career roof with minimal effort when the career piano is knocked from the window by that chap on the career third floor with the glass of champagne.

3. I resolve to save money. I will save it from whoever is mistreating it, by force if necessary. I will stalk the night, ever alert to the siren call of misapplied currency, in my mask and warm winter gloves. When I have saved enough money, I will let it loose in the woods where it can frolic with the little squirrels in peace.

4. I will lose weights. Not my own weights, because I need those in my kitchen for when I cook for the little squirrels. No. I will lose your weights. I will go into your lifting-palaces and roll your heavy-items into handily adjacent rivers. Soon, the guns of the muscled will be no more.

5. To get into shape. The shape will be a triangle. I will be sleeping in a special mould to achieve this resolution.

6. To meet new people. This one is easy. I will be meeting lots of new people. Most of them will be called Jim.

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favourite films i watched for the first time in 2016 - (in no particular order)

- Hell or High Water
- Paris, Texas
- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
- Fences
When Marnie Was There
- Fish Tank
- Nocturnal Animals