writer mum

anonymous asked:

Hi, I don't know if you can help much but I'll ask anyway. I have a question regarding mom/mum. As an Australian we use "mum" and that leaks into my writing so even if I am working with characters from America I write them saying "mum" but I have had people from America tell me that they say "mom" and my American characters should be saying "mom" but I don't see how that makes any sense. They are both the exact same word with the same meaning? Do I need to switch to mom for American characters?

Yes, yes, yes. I am one of those readers. “Mum” is never, ever used in America unless we’re jokingly pretending to be British or using the expression “Mum’s the word” or “keep mum about it” which means “Don’t tell anbody.” Even then, most people just say “don’t tell anybody.” 

Terms for mother in U.S.: 

  • mom
  • mommy
  • ma (primarily Midwest and Southern dialects)
  • mama

Your American characters will NOT use mum, I give you my 100% guarantee. My other pet peeve is having American characters say “telly” or “mate.” It’s never going to happen and will drive your readers insane.

the uni paper is doing an lgbt+ issue so i wrote them a piece about being ace/aro and apparently i might be on the front page??? my first printed piece and i’m making the cover??? is this what validation feels like

My mum bought three copies of that National Geographic special edition “Gender Revolution” all about trans and gender non-conforming people (one for me, one for herself/as a tool for schools she works in etc., one as a backup, plus the one my grandma got as part of her subscription which is where she first saw it) and it’s just making me so happy because a few years ago she was kinda anti-feminism and I’ve had to have lot of talks with her about terminology to use for LGBTQ+ folks etc. but now she’s so excited to learn and she was so enthusiastic that the issues are getting enough attention to be in NatGeo and it’s just…really sweet and I’m really happy.

It is said by the writers that Toby’s mum has a connection to everything and her story will be revisited - therefor Toby is connected also. Toby has been punished the most by far in the show and a character I have felt the most sorry for. Not necessarily saying he’s uber A or Charles, but just he plays a key role which will connect a lot of dots.

A few things that has happened to him:

- his mum committed suicide
- he was molested by Jenna
- Alison bullied him because he apparently “peeped” on her
- he was blamed for the “Jena thing” by Allison and the liars.
- he went to juvie because of the liars
- he was a main suspect in Alison’s murder case
- people forget this but Emily did sort of reject him during the prom thing in one of the first seasons and she ran away from him terrified when all he was trying to do was explain himself.

I can’t think of any other character where the most and worst things have happened to. Toby has gone through a lot, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he was getting pay back on Alison. Who could blame him really?

After re-watching a lot of episodes from varying seasons, I feel like Toby made a real transformation once joining the A team. His whole look and vibe changed, it was as though he finally got sick of everything Alison put him through and decided instead of playing the nice guy he would make change. Maybe the biggest thing Alison did to him was getting his mum killed one way or another- or she’s somehow connected - - and he found out just as MONA went to radley. This would explain the change in him.

Just something to think about