So far, 63 people have lost their lives due to wildfire in Portugal, including firefighters. Some died trapped in their cars trying to escape the fire, others due to smoke inhalation. The temperature right now in Portugal is somewhere between 45°C/113ºF. A different combination of factors are making it very difficult for firefighters to put out the fire, including the amount of smoke in the air makes it impossible for canadairs to help.
The images are absolutely awful and heartbreaking. Listening to survivours and the families of the victims is heartbreaking. There are civilians finding burned corpses in the woods that have burned. Just minutes ago they confirmed that a family that was being searched died in the fire, that’s a mother, a father and two small children. Another man talked to the media reporting that he saw his wife and two daughters dying, trapped inside the car. Another little boy who was vacationing with his aunt and uncle, died while his parents were away on honeymoon. Dozens of families are completely destroyed. It’s a complete tradegy!
The firefighters need help. They not even asking for food supplies at this point. They are in more need of medical supplies.
This is the official account number for donations if you want/can help all the people who lost everything they owned and the firefighters. The money will go entirely for the victims and the firefighters.
Denying Climate Change benefits businesses that exploit environmental resources, but that’s short term thinking with long term consequences. If companies and government won’t listen, take matters into your own hands.
Possibly unpopular opinion here, but I cannot stand the use of “realistic” casual dialogue. Ums and uhs and wells and yeahs and… random bouts of trailing off in the middle of sentences.
You don’t want to write realistic dialogue. You want to write dialogue equivalent to your brain’s understanding of realistic dialogue.
The broken, casual phrasing might be natural, word for word. It might even sound natural to the person who’s writing it. But it doesn’t align with the way we comprehend speech. It doesn’t account for the work our subconscious does in order to dissect and analyze speech patterns, to take in a stream of disjointed words and create a concrete meaning.
In real life, we have the privilege of being entirely engulfed in the conversation, of experiencing every visual and vocal cue, and quite often of knowing the particular tendencies of the person we’re speaking with. The reader never has this. They are constantly limited to only what is stated on the page, brought to them at exactly the speed they read it.
In real life, we also have the redundancy of being a part of boring, anti-climatic conversations. Real conversations generally go nowhere. They’re fun for the people in them, but useless to everyone else. This isn’t what you want in you writing. You want dialogue that says something, with every sentence, every phrase, every line.
Casual speech and inter-dialogue pacing (aka, the ‘…’ syndrome) has it’s place, but it’s place it not to show normalcy, but to emphasis difference. ‘Um, well… yeah’ is a stagnate, worthless line when used many times in the same story, but when used only a few times, in a book where the rest of the dialogue says what it means, it becomes an obvious sign of embarrassment and hesitation, even fear.
So write the sort of solid, easily comprehended dialogue that allows your readers to subconsciously apply pacing, without visual cues like ‘…’ or the unless addition of yeah and well, or any other removable words or phrases.
Don’t write the exact words said. Write the meaning behind them.
Climate change: it’s complicated, it’s real and it sucks. To celebrate Earth Day, we did some (intellectual) digging to discover our favorite environmental reads. Take a peek to learn what you can do to help our planet (please!).
If the rest of Canada wants to pull off what British Columbia just did...
After 16 years of the Right wing BC Liberals in power, British Columbia now has an NDP premier.
If you want the NDP or another progressive party to form government (as the NDP is basically non-existent in Quebec Politics), contact the party, and volunteer and donate near to the election. If you have the time start volunteering right now. Change comes when we fight for it.
Lets bring the ORANGE CRUSH all across Canada. If British Columbia and Alberta can do it, the rest of Canada can elect left leaning governments.
If you want $15/hour minimum wage, real action on climate change, expansion of Canada’s healthcare system, fighting poverty, etc, we need to elect left governments like the NDP. Liberals and Conservative have shown that they are wary to tackle important issues like this.
Here are the upcoming provincial & Federal elections that are coming up.:
Also a reminder that the NDP leadership race will be voted on in October, 2017. To vote you must become an NDP member (fees are less than $5 usually) before August 17th, 2017. Whoever wins the leadership race will be running to replace Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister in 2019.