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Re: Adjeness
Don't assume you have a stalker just yet  ;D
I suspect Jmack wants to check out your writing. Think of it as being like the guest who makes a beeline to your bookcases on entering your home. Someone says they are a writer round here lots of people will look at their work. It may generate you a sale or two.

Um, yeah. This ^

I was intrigued y his comments about a "back catalog" and the amount of time that had gone by, and getting control of his books from publishers. This implied someone who's been at the game for a good while. I found the book cover to be pretty lacking, but was still interested in the author's journey; and maybe in his books.

February 22, 2016, 06:36:50 PM
Re: Adjeness i'd like to point out those two things aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.

just sayin'.

February 22, 2016, 06:43:37 PM
New person incoming! Hey all! My name's Kat, and I've recently started planning my first novel. Characterization is my favorite part of writing, and fantasy (likely described as the darker variety) is my preferred genre.

I haven't been writing for near as long as some people here have, but I've read every writing blog from this site's start in 2013 in...oh, a weekend and three extra days? Call my research an obsession. Don't get me started on the Psychology Today articles.  ;D

Hoping to continuing learning all I can here from all these amazing looking people!

March 09, 2016, 03:32:29 AM
Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing? I worked in a packaging plant in High School
Got my EMT cert then worked on an ambulance through college (and as a sports med tech at rugby games) and in a hospital during summers
got a BA in Biology (and Peace Studies) but realized medicine is profiting off sick people and couldn't go through with med school
spent some time in South America interning with an environmental organization
then worked as a PA on a news-magazine TV show that acquired a documentary distribution nonprofit
I also waited tables at the same time
I eventually quit so i could have the free time to make my own documentary about an oil refinery that exploded in south america and paid for it by gogo dancing, tho it was a mixed bar, mostly filipina elementary school teachers would come in to stick dollar bills in our underpants (left with like 75$/hr it wasn't bad even if you felt weird paying for things with crumpled dollar bills covered in baby oil)
Then I moved to Asia taught english in China for 3 months and did research for an Int'l NGO in Vietnam for 6 months, then picked up a job working with homeless kids in Indonesia making music videos while researching another human rights doc for like 1.5 years
Moved back to the US for a couple of months and did bartending
Bartended in a giant nightclub that hosted a male revue for women (serving drinks in a bowtie with no shirt- most money I ever made actually) then worked for an environmental Political Action Committee in California for a year or two
After that I went to grad school
but while in grad school i did contract work for international NGOs working in Mali and Niger, documenting innovations (more like reformations) in emergency relief (humanitarian aid to starving nomads in the middle of the Sahara) and microfinance
I also took a year off to be a policy analyst for a small environmental justice organization in LA where everyones sick from pollution
Then i did research in SE Asia and S. America for 4 years.  Wrote my dissertation
Now I have a PhD in Applied Anthropology
I got a temp gig teaching Visual Anthropology (Filmmaking for anthropologists/anthropology for filmmakers)
But mostly I'm broke. i've got some grant apps out to fund my next filmmaking adventure but these grants take a ton of effort to write and they barely cover my costs.
I hate academia, but my academic writing does really well (I get people asking me to write chapters in their books etc. and actually this latest teaching job someone asked me to come teach it, I didn't apply), but getting a tenure-track academic job (the only kind that pays a living wage) is exhausting and there's too competitive so i don't know if I'm good enough and the environment is often catty and awful and now I'm overqualified to go back to NGOs or do something fun and creative which I'd rather do than academia anyway.

So I play the Powerball a lot and dream of quitting my life.  If that Powerball doesn't pan out, my other dream is writing creative nonfiction or this fantasy series that's been burning a hole in my mind.

I have to write it, whether it does well or not, but i dream of being able to write full time, even though I know I've got a snowballs chance in hell. My fantasy series is sort of meh and it's taking years to revise it and its still not good enough so... we'll see what happens I guess

I've got a short story about a dude that really has to take a shit in a charity anthology on Amazon that everyone seems to like,  And another story about a guy that calls a phone number he sees scrawled on a public toilet stall in another charity anthology, but that's about it.

March 11, 2016, 02:29:31 AM
Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing? Well now ive gotta jump in on this thread.

In fall ill be starting on an aircraft maintenance degree. Not one bit related to writing, but I feel it does help with certain aspects of creating a world if it contains mechanical transportation of some kind

March 11, 2016, 07:08:17 PM
Re: Calling All Maps!
#africa #african #americas #ancientegypt #atlantis #egypt #kemet #mali (show more)
I made this little map for a small writing project of mine, which has Native American hunter-gatherers from the western Great Plains fall via spacetime warp into West Africa. It'll be my subversion of the whole "Old and New World meeting before Columbus" trope that has inspired a few crackpot historical speculations. They seem to be preoccupied with other cultures discovering the Americas before Columbus or the Norse, but you almost never hear them claim travel in the opposite direction (in other words, Native Americans discovering the Old World rather than vice versa).

In this story's timeline, "Atlantis" is the pre-Columbian name for the Americas, which would make the Native Americans simply "Atlanteans" (hey, it takes only one word to say and it doesn't confuse them with the people of India). Kemet on the other hand is what the ancient Egyptians called their country, and the Mande are the West African people my "Atlantean" characters meet. Descendants of the Mande would later found the empires of Ghana/Wagadou and Mali which would dominate the West African region.

March 17, 2016, 05:14:59 AM
Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
I am a consultant in digital media, currently working with several music recording studios, a robotic design firm, and several colleges doing things from working with curriculum to designing television studios.  I also do consulting in program development for universities, helping programs move to a sustainable model when faced with state budget cuts.  On the side I keep my hand in my original career of film and television directing and have a couple of projects per year.  I also maintain a History of the Great War website, am a game designer, and run a scholarly group called the Thin Tweed Line, which are all writing like though.

For public service I have a certificate in Law Enforcement from the South Carolina Academy, and formerly held certification as a forensic investigator.  I spent 5 years of road duty 2-nights a week.  During that time I was a "first in" building entry person, worked with investigations involving digital video, but otherwise my religion prevented me from being a super cop and I was pretty ineffective as one - except for the video stuff I did.

I try to work with students in creative projects as much as possible due to my religion and personal beliefs.  In fact, I just raised about $90,000 to support a group of student filmmakers and authors develop a web series from script to screen and am negotiating with a couple of universities to see where the project will be based.  I have a soft promise of a Scarlett and Avid is coming through with stuff for the project since it will likely be based at an Avid Certified location.

As an aside I have a BS (HON) in Human Studies with majors in History, Religion, Business, and English; a MS in Communication Studies in history of technology, and completed my coursework, dissertation, and competencies in a Ph.D. in Communication but the university would not issue the degree when I came down with a fatal degenerative illness.  I survived the illness, but never got the degree so I am the only person in the world who is legally ABD for the rest of their life.  Related to others in this field I have worked with anthropological film, but Nanook never pays and if you do not belong to the "in crowd" in anthropology (anthropologists can be quite snooty about professional playing in their gardens) you cannot get people to take your work serious, but I admire people who do work in it.  I was a close follower of Karl Heider and took classes with him when I was more into it, so the anthropologists on this forum have a tip of my hat.

More important than me is my wife.  She is a PhD biology who worked for the Brazilian Navy for years, a former ballerina, multi-lingual (Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian, and for all I know, Urdu).  She is a professor of anatomy and physiology teaching in a nursing program, and a volunteer in the health field with her EMT and STNA.  My students when I was a professor said that she was an 8 who somehow married a 4-1/2.  :)

Edited to add LEO work and things about wife.

Wow, you both sound like you've done all kinds of insanely interesting stuff. And you're a fellow visual anthropologist (well partially at least--you're right they're very snooty about what they count as anthropology and what isn't, but I'm glad to announce that's changing) Karl Heider is extremely famous-- I studied a bit under Stephen Lansing, if you know him, the Balinese water temple guy Goddess and the Computer and all that.

You'll have to post a link to your web series when it's done!

March 19, 2016, 11:04:44 AM
Re: Je suis un Européen
As before, I am left wondering what the hell these monkeys want. It's the total lack of comprehension that I find so frustrating about these things.

WHY terrorize the country they were born in?? What is gained by it? Honestly, WHAT? Why are people so easily radicalised, like it's a contagious disease or something?

It's not that hard to understand.

Europe has a load of Arabian immigration (from arabic countries or rather non arabic, muslim countries) due to different factors, mostly which are old colonies (the former colony speaks your language or has economic ties, etc), and the fact that during WWII, we lost huge amounts of man power.

In the case of France, we turned to our colonies of the time (Algeria, Moroco, ect) and offered great deals to men to come over and work as masons, carpenters, etc.
Then a president passed a law that allowed all these thousands of people who were meant to go back home with their golden paycheck to instead remain and bring their families over. All people who are born in France are French, and that's how arabians and black africans are our main immigrant populations.

A lot of the youths who get recruited in these schemes... they're second or third generation of immigrants.
Just imagine. In France we use a system of assimilation. Your kids learn french, you give them a french name, and in the space of one generation, you're not whatever you were anymore, you're french. That's how we swallowed massive amounts of Irish, italians and polish people.
But these are easy. They're white and they're christians. You call you kid Jean instead of John and poof.
Arabian/black muslims though, they're (often) both darker in colour and of a different religion, one that's proud and you can't "legally" drop.
So it's harder to assimilate these people. Many retained arabic names.
To us french it's not inherently a problem. It depends on the way the person behaves, of course.

Personally if I met with a man called Youssef, tanned and politely refusing food because he's doing rammadan, speaking clear french, dressed in casual western style, in my brain I'd register him as french. A muslim french. I was brought up along several of those. Whatever.
If he spoke with an accent, and wore djellaba and slippers, I'd think him a foreigner, or a first generation immigrant who doesn't think himself very french.
Incidentally I think we're a bit better at considering different people "french" because of those bias. On of my high school mate was a black girl for example, and we just gossiped about men we liked and the sexy new news anchor on TF1, and classes and whatnot and it never crossed my mind to ask her "where" she was from, even though she probably knew which ethnic origins she had.
To me she was just french, just like me, from a french family.

- But I drigress.

Back to our arabian family. Came in the 70's to build France, often to flee from a government that was plagued by too much religious fervour. They have a son, they live in a suburbian complex, not ideal, son gets in classes with a lot of diversity, not everyone feels very french, maybe his school isn't that great, lots of students slack off, he doesn't feel like he's french. He doesn't share the country's religion, maybe comes from Algeria, which had a REALLY bad separation from France, and he wishes to feel like, you know, he's maybe more Algerian than french, F*** it.

Then he goes back to Algeria on holidays with his parents, being all proud to go back "au bled", and reality comes crashing down: take it from me, kids in Algeria will hate your guts for living in France. They've got it waaaaayyyyyy rougher than us, especially job-wise. They don't treat our guy like he belongs at all, then he goes back to school on the new term, in his dilapidated Parisian suburb where he doesn't feel like he belongs either, and here we have a man with "his ass between two chairs".

A lot of those kids turn to some delinquency (and that concerns of lot of suburb kids of all origins really, we have a huge problem with our "cités"), don't necessarily encounter whatever resistance they sought, and end up turning towards something that is appealing to them : force, order, a sort of rough mafia of its own, extreme islam.
Lots of extremists are made in prisons actually, where a petty thief will brush elbows with men in for way worse, who'll get them in the gang.
Not all of them start like that, but a lot of them do. Not all of them who feel unwelcome in France end up like these, obviously, but we have a surprising amount of distraught families, where fathers just can't believe or understand why their sons or daughters will becomes extremists, when themselves came to France to avoid their own country's radicalisation.
And that includes simple radicalisms, the ones who want to wear full burqas, without wishing to blow up anyone. Those are the minority of a minority!

It's tough, really. I'm not sure if Islam can be successfully "assimilated" in such great numbers in a christian country, especially like in France or Belgium, where we also have a big population of Jewish people.

It makes me sad, because I grew up in a private school where my group of buddies where a muslim guy, a black christian chick, a duo of jewish chicks, atheist me - got kicked out of religious studies actually - and a chinese girl whose religious beliefs I never inquired after. Oh, and a Goth chick as well.
For four years they were my tightest buddies, and I never really understood why the neighbouring all-jewish school had a permanent wagon of cops parked at its gate. I guess I grew up sheltered in a idealistic french school.

It also makes me sad, because I have a very strong dislike for religion in general, and dwelling on such thoughts just emphasises, to me, how better off we'd all be if only we were all atheists or agnostist, and studied philosophy instead of holy books.

Long story short, we've made unwise political choices ages ago, then more recently, we've also developed a weak state and a super strong political correctness that half prevents us from scratching at these problems at all, and the euro crisis made everything WAY WORSE by just making everyone's life harder and turning people against each other.

Add a lot of wars we should never have gotten ourselves involved in, a lot of stuff we have no control over (like whatever is being preached in islamic cells), and you have a muddy situation like the one that gives such bombings.


Oh and by the way:

Les lâches ne seront jamais gagner face à votre fer de vos âmes.

Is a sentence without sense. While I get your idea, google translate got it completely wrong.  ;D

March 23, 2016, 09:05:29 AM