If they’re smart enough to be doctors, they’re smart enough to learn to say your name correctly.

My resident.

I don’t have a common typical English name. My name is unique to my culture. It’s always been difficult always being different, an outsider. Especially growing up in the US south. But that’s a different story.

There are two schools of thought on my name: “oh cool so exactly as it’s spelled” and “what in the actual fuck I don’t even know where to start.” The latter are always the loudest and most obnoxious.

First days of school were the worst growing up. I would usually keep track of where in the alphabet the teacher was on roll call and knew she was looking at my name when there was a long pause. I would fake a laugh, raise my hand, and tell them my name. Everyone else would laugh along. I hated it, I was so embarrassed. Why couldn’t I have been named Ashley or Catherine or Megan? Life would have been so much easier.

I grew up to embrace my name and love it. I love my culture, our history is awesome, and my name is badass. I’ve only met one other person with my name and she’s ten years younger than I am and lives in Canada. But my acceptance doesn’t mean everyone else has had the same epiphany about my name. I still get the same looks, well-intentioned but rude comments, and confused stares from all the Caroline’s, Katelyn’s, and Lauren’s.

Some days I own it with a bad ass “no it’s not hard, you’re being dramatic, it’s easy to say and really cool” attitude. Sometimes I have rhyming tricks that I personally HATE but understand it’s a necessary evil because some people have tiny minds and need the extra help. And then I throw in a little history lesson because damn, some people.

But some days I’m exhausted, and I can’t argue and stand up for myself. Some days I’m tired and defeated and I let it go, “I know, it’s hard, a lot of people have trouble. It’s okay.”

My resident caught me on one of those nights. I was on hour 14 of the work day, scrubbing in for yet another surgery. She didn’t keep asking my name because she couldn’t pronounce it, but because she genuinely couldn’t remember what it was because she was having a very similar kind of day.

No one has ever said anything like that to me before. I was too tired at the time to understand and appreciate what she said, but it’s been resonating with me ever since. She’s fucking right. If you’re comfortable speaking in medical jargon with our made-up sounding words, you can say my name. It’s not hard, it’s not my fault you can’t say it, and no, you can’t make up a nickname for me. ✋🏼

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Throughout the decades that Beverly Buchanan lived and worked in the American Southeast, she gathered what she termed “groundings”: histories, folklore, transcribed conversations, photographs of unmarked ruins, and models of vernacular architecture. These diverse references—which speak to African heritage as much as to life under Jim Crow and during the Civil Rights Movement—became the source material for extended series of works in sculpture, photography, and text.

Some of Buchanan’s best-known works are her shack sculptures. These later works are studies in Southern vernacular architecture and portraiture. Buchan’s shacks combine folk aesthetics with a clinician’s precise examination of culture. Often categorized by architectural style (such as shotgun houses, saddlebags, dogtrots, and elevated low country homes), the sculptures are frequently paired with what the artist called “legends,” patchwork narratives about the structures and the people commemorated. As Buchanan explained, “I think that artists in the South must at some point confront the work of folk artists… [in terms of] being of and from the same place with the same influences, food, dirt, sky, reclaimed land, development, violence, guns, ghosts.”

anonymous asked:

My world has a shit ton of lore, in the prologue I describe how the world formed. One of my beta readers said it was grueling and boring. Another one said it was exciting and captivated their curiosity because the world had so much detail, thoughts?

Hello there, nonny :)  Congratulations on having a big, deep world that you love!  There’s definitely nothing wrong with having extensive lore – after all, popular universes such as those in Lord of the Rings and Star Wars have information dating back (fictional) centuries.  Even before these franchises developed video games, prequels, toys, and comics, they had a lot of history packed into them – probably more than ever made it into the final drafts!  So what makes the difference between these brilliant universes and the info-dumping disasters that are a lot of amateur fantasy stories?

1. Choose your details.

There is beauty in deep, convoluted and realistic history for your fictional universe – it helps you to write deep characters, deep politics, complex cultures, and it gives you plenty of fodder for foreshadowing and mirroring.  But.  But it’s not all necessary for the readers to know.  No matter how much vital information you have (and it will probably all feel vital), with careful consideration and a pinch of brutality, you’ll be able to pare away the non-vital details.  Only include and share the information that

  • involves the main characters or their culture
  • has bearing on the conflict or message of the story, or
  • answers a question your readers are probably asking already

2. Choose your moments.

There are times and places to share this information you’ve so carefully selected, and it’s never in the heat of battle or while your characters are running from a giant monster.  Find little moments between big events to teach your readers about your world – never at a moment that would distract the reader from the Actual Conflict Occurring Right Now (the ACORN).  I just made that up and it’s stupid but I’m proud of it… :]

So wait until the information is necessary, and until it would realistically be discussed or revealed in the scene at hand.  Don’t make your readers roll their eyes because, “Seriously, now is the time they all stop to discuss the four goddesses who created the world?  And how is this the first time the protagonist heard about these four major deities?”

Yes.  We think about these things.  Which leads me to my last point…

3. Choose the messenger.

One of the best ways to bore your readers with more and more infodumping?  Just have the same person reveal world information. every. time.  Seriously, never in my real life have I learned everything I ever knew about real history from one teacher or one wise adult.  Information comes from hundreds of sources, and everyone hears different things – and has different opinions about this varying information.  Some people hear lies and believe them, so your protagonist may get misinformed a time or two.  Some people just don’t know what caused a certain war or what happened to that mystical hero of lore after the battle of Giggledyboop.  And no way in hell does one wise person take the time to sit down with your protagonist and go over… everything that happened in the past few centuries.  It just doesn’t happen.

So reveal things at different times, from different people, from different perspectives.  Not everyone is raised to think the same things, or believe in the same gods, or take the same political stances.  Don’t bore us by using one of your characters as an infodumping machine.

So anyway, all in all: info is good, dumping is bad.  Develop all the lore you want; just be mindful in how you share it (and how much of it you share).  That’s all I’ve got.

If you have any further questions, be sure to hit me up.  Otherwise, good luck, and happy writing! :)

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

【漢字(かんじ) 草書(そうしょ) 弱】

Japanese Kanji, 弱[jaku] in cursive script

草書は日常生活で書くことはなく、 書道の作品でのみ使われています。

そうしょはにちじょうせいかつでかくことはなく、 しょどうのさくひんでのみつかわれています。

Cursive script isn’t written in daily life, it’s used only in calligraphy works.

弱い [よわい yowa i] = weak

弱気 [よわき yowa ki] = timid

弱火 [よわび yowa bi] = low heat

弱音 [よわね yowa ne] = complaints

弱腰 [よわごし yowa goshi] = weak attitude

弱点 [じゃくてん jaku ten] = weak point

弱者 [じゃくしゃ jaku sha] = weak person

強弱 [きょうじゃく kyou jaku] = strength and weakness

弱肉強食 [じゃくにくきょうしょく jaku niku kyou shoku] = the law of the jungle

書き順(かきじゅん)はこちら。 Stroke order is here.

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