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Adding New Characters Late

Anonymous asked: “Out of curiosity, how do you feel about adding new characters to the middle of story?”

Unless they are a minor character, don’t do it. New characters that come in late in a book has got to be one of my biggest reading pet peeves. While there might be some examples that work, most, in my opinion, don’t work. But there another way around it… 

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Predators, the 2010 sequel that you forgot existed until we reminded you about it just now, is about a strange world where Adrian Brody is the closest thing we have to a grizzled action hero. The film consists of Brody and a group of racial stereotypes finding themselves on an alien planet that’s been turned into a massive hunting ground by the Predators and their weird dogs.

At one point, the African warlord, the katana wielding Yakuza enforcer, and the rest of the extremely creative gang come across the Predator camp, which is filled with skulls and trophies. Some of them are humans posed like the giant bear your crazy uncle has in his study, and if you look closely at the far left, you’ll discover the answer to a major question asked by Predator fans.

That’s your great, great granddaddy, Homo Erectus. If you Googled that, you’d find gay porn. But if you Googled that with safe search on, you’d learn that Erectus is our ancestor who walked the Earth some 70,000 years ago (unless you’re deeply religious, in which case it was put there by God to test the Predators’ faith). So either they robbed a Smithsonian exhibit to give their diorama historical context, or they’ve been kidnapping and hunting humans for 70 millennia.

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UPDATED 1/21/2014

Because of the popularity of this post, I went back and proof-read it when I was more alert. I made some minor tweaks from the original piece, but for the most part, it’s the same- just written with more finesse. 

There are two people in the picture above. Callie is on the left. She is a young, straight woman who was born female (also known as “cisgender”). She’s bounced from foster home to foster home with her little brother, always with a protective watch over him. She is currently living with the Fosters, a same-gender couple, and is “in love” with one of her foster brothers. Unless you watch the show, how could you know such personal details? Is it visible? Can you just “sense” it, whatever that means? No? Ok. 

When you look at the individual on the right, what do you see? There’s no wrong answer. Except maybe “kangaroos.” That would be wrong. Again, unless you watch the show, how could you know that he is a transgender man? At first glance, he could be described as a “butch” woman. But, as I stated before, *he is a transman. What does that mean, exactly? Transgender is a word to describe a person whose assigned gender at birth does not match the gender they identify with. For example, the person on the right may have been born with female reproductive organs and was proclaimed a “girl” by the doctor, but later self-identified as a boy and eventually as a man. You with me so far?

Now, let me explain why this is such a big deal; at least, why I feel it to be a milestone in “family” television. This character’s name is Cole, portrayed by Tom Phelan. He is a “juvenile delinquent” living in a group home with other “juvenile delinquents.” Unfortunately, he was placed in a girls’ home. Since that’s not how he identifies, you see the problem, right? The episode brought up this issue, and in my opinion, handled it quite well. Anyway, this character, this possible new beacon of hope for other youth like himself, has introduced an identity that most other “family” programs wouldn’t. To transparently shed light onto this particular minority group is still something that a lot of us in 2014 are shocked by, as it goes against the status quo of underrepresentation. 

Although some may be quick to point out that he’s white, and that there are societal privileges associated with that, his gender identity sometimes overshadows those privileges. By this I mean that although he’s *white, he’s not always acknowledged or recognized as a man- especially by other residents in the group home. If one can overlook the fact that he’s “Another white, queer person,” then cool! If it’s hard to accept when we still don’t see many trans POCs (people of color), then I understand that as well. I say this as a Chinese transman who is still learning about race, privilege, and other intersecting identities.

This young person graced our screens for the first time last night and has brought another dynamic to this show, which as a whole, is a milestone in and of itself. Here is a series where a biracial, lesbian couple adopt children of other races and raise them with love and compassion. Before this program aired, this was the best fairytale untold.  

With the show’s premise somewhat explained, let’s come back to Cole. Look at his body language, what he’s wearing, his hairstyle. This picture is a screen shot from the episode, posted on Maia Mitchell’s Instagram (the actor who plays Callie). The creators of this eye-opening show have taken the time, and risk, to add another personality into their ever-growing cast and intertwining story lines. It’s evident that when you’re working with someone as talented as Tom Phelan clearly is, the character of Cole literally comes to life. While Cole does not represent every trans-identified person, his presence has already grabbed our attention.

The fate of this character is still unknown as last night was his first appearance. However, in his few moments of screen time, we’ve already born witness to several of the struggles some transgender folks may endure: chest binding, incorrect pronouns, blatant disregard for preferred name, and ridicule— all of which I can, unfortunately, empathize with. But, then again, that only adds to the authenticity, doesn’t it?  

Still in its first season, “The Fosters” has proven to be an influential and educational show about family and love. It indeed showcases that “DNA doesn’t make a family; love does.” Every single one of its characters, both main cast and supporting, has their own story to tell- talents and flaws, beliefs and ideals. There is not a single person who’s perfect, but that’s ok; they’re human.  

Whatever happens with the rest of the season, I hope that we’ll be able to watch Cole find his own happiness. We are past due for a positive, transgender persona in television- one who we can take seriously and love at the same time, one who isn’t the butt of everyone’s jokes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the few movies and shows that have previously depicted transgender/gender queer individuals, i.e. “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” On a program like this, though, where acceptance is a major theme, I’m optimistic that Cole will become a role model for other youth who may be fearful and have never seen anyone like themselves on the big/little screen. I know I would have wanted to see someone like Cole when I was 13 years-old and coming to terms with my own identity. 



*exhales* All right. If you were able to stay with me during that, I thank you. If you weren’t, I do apologize for the ridiculously long post on your dash. If there is something you disagree with, or something I may have gotten wrong, I sincerely apologize. These are purely my own ramblings, and do not reflect those of all trans-identified people. I do not speak on anyone’s behalf but my own. Get it? Got it? Good.

joannalannister  asked:

If Rohanne Webber vanishes with D&E ... do you think that means she dies in that Dunk & Egg story? Do you have any speculation on why Gerold was so interested in marrying Rohanne (besides her being beautiful or s/t)? Most Lannister marriages are with Lannister bannermen, so Gerold/Rohanne strikes me as something very unusual.

I don’t know if Rohanne dies in that potential D&E story. I’m not sure why she would mysteriously vanish in the first place, especially less than a year after giving birth to her youngest son. I just know that the combination of the fact that Gerold Lannister’s wife is Rohanne Webber of The Sworn Sword, and the fact that her mysterious disappearance is mentioned in TWOIAF but not expanded upon, just screams “potential D&E story” to me. And the fact that Tion was Aegon’s squire, and Gerold was instrumental in the Great Council that chose Aegon as king, definitely suggests some connection there.

Although, timeline-wise… Rohanne disappeared in 230 AC, so 3 years before Maekar’s death and Aegon’s crowning, and Egg would have been 30 and already married for 10 years, with at least 4 children… and Dunk would have been about 38… hell, Rohanne would have been around 44… So this is not some rambunctious adventure story, whatever it is. It’s probably very sad.

(Now I’m really wondering when Dunk joined the Kingsguard. Was it when Aegon became king? Or some time well before that? He was Lord Commander by 259, but if he joined in 233 that’s plenty of time to rise that high. Did he have a family he gave up, or did something happen to them? Or was he unmarried until he joined? Dammit, GRRM…)

What we know of Gerold and Rohanne:

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One of the problems with any haunted house is that, unless you’re signing a waiver first, what you’re in for is just going to amount to a series of jump scares, maybe accentuated with the occasional pitch-black room for variety. Most family-establishment-type haunted houses rely on the fact that there are some people who will just never be immune to the inherent terror of being caught off-guard, which we need to set the mood for everyone else. If you’re standing outside in line and hearing bloodcurdling screams from inside, rest assured they’re coming from the most easily scared among us.

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xhirrient  asked:

I checked the tags and have searched googled but I couldn't find advice on writing a sequel that specifically explores recapping. I know first novels in series should be written as stand alone. In a second novel however, when I approach it, how much should I assume the reader knows? Any advice around what makes exceptional recapping? Should any recapping also double to progress the story? Thank-you!

In General:

Since you asked, yes some recapping should double as progress to the story. Or, at least, it should be relevant to what you are currently writing about.

Other than that, the art of recapping is all about refreshing your readers’ minds. You only include what is necessary and you only put it where needed. Beta readers who have read the first book are especially helpful here, since they’ll be able to tell you where a reminder would be helpful for the reader.

Main Characters:

You don’t have to do too much recapping on main characters because the reader should already know them. You can mention their appearance again and perhaps their situation, but don’t dwell too much on what they did in the first book.

If you do mention something they did in the previous book, make sure it’s relevant to the scene. For example, if they broke a gate in the previous book and your character then has to squeeze through the broken gate, you can give a short explanation of why it’s broken.

Side Characters:

Side characters, supporting characters, and other minor characters may need a bit more introduction. The reader is more likely to forget about them. When you reintroduce them, you should remind the reader who they are and what they do/did.


When describing places that characters have been in during the first book, mention some of the same details to refresh the readers’ memories, but also add new details and describe things in different ways. Don’t spend too much time on revisited places unless you’re describing a new area.


Do not recap the entire first book. Do not use an info dump to recap the first book. Do not use a prologue to recap the first book.

Using Dialogue:

Using dialogue to recap can help limit the recap in narration that readers might skip over. Characters can reference things that happened in the past if it’s relevant.

anonymous asked:

i'm going on a long drive/road trip to week-long family reunion. can you rec a couple of fics i could read on both drives/while there? any ships but n*rry and niam is fine!

I like reading mostly anything! Things with a bout of humor in them are already great(: As for length, preferably nothing over 50-60k unless you REALLY think it’s worth the read! And Larry is 100% okay with me! Thank you so much, btw!

alrighty! here are some medium length hl fics that i’ve read (or reread) and enjoyed recently. hope they’re ok :) have fun at the reunion!

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I’m in too deep friend. But that’s not gonna change.

I apologize for taking so long in posting this, and I know I promised a critique but honestly I think you’re on the right track with your art. The chibis are properly proportioned and the clothes have accurate folds where they need to be. 

My only advice is to watch your symmetry, by which I mean keeping the body constant so that it makes sense under those clothes. Legs have to fit to torsos and faces need to match. The blue is a base and the red are areas where the symmetry was a bit off.

For front-facing portraits like this it matters, but you can mess with it a bit when doing other perspectives. Eventually it’s something that just comes naturally after you draw enough and observe how the body connects. I didn’t use the lines until recently and still learned, so it’s just a matter of finding a way that works for you.

And when in doubt, go back and add minor details. Is their hair underneath the hood? Maybe add some a coupe (not a lot!) of hairs poking from underneath. Hands outstretched? Add some folds in their clothing. Pockets, maybe? 

Critiquing art is a bit awkward since artists have a vision and unless you’re them you don’t really now whether the minor things you consider mistakes are part of it, but I hope this helped somewhat!