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    Vacation's over, and I'm back to work tomorrow morning! Sorry for being M.I.A. the last few days! Things have been hectic. But I should be back in force tomorrow evening! Enjoy the end of the month, everyone!
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    HPFT is a multilingual community! I thought I'd start up a list of what languages we all spoke, so that if someone needs a little help with translation, we have some guidance as to whom to ask. French - 800 words of heaven (as a second language at high school level) Hindi - 800 words of heaven
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    Ah this is awesome! Below are languages I know/understand listed in descending order of fluency/skill English - read, write,speak, think, sing and fly :-P Tamil - Native language: speak, think, read & write moderately Sanskrit - Read and write fluently Hindi - Speak, understand conversational Hindi, write fluently, read moderately Telugu - Understand conversational Telugu
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    I believe the main issue is it is all "alleged". Allegations are just that - allegations. If he was charged and convicted - different story. If he admitted to it - different story - but they are only "allegations". Now only Amber and Johnny know the truth and it's up to them how it unfolds. But I think with J.K. Rowling, it's all about contracts. Can they re-cast based on allegations? Is she going to put crap on someone based on allegations and not proven truth? Society can certainly have their opinion, but it doesn't make it right or wrong - just an opinion. A man's reputation and career hang in the balance and he has to weather this storm. If he is truly guilty, it will unfold, but if he isn't - should an innocent man have to pay with his career? Not to mention the legal battles firms and companies face if they do dump Depp based on allegations. I don't believe anyone wants to glorify abusers in any way - but legally, it's all different. If he has not been charged and convicted or admitted to anything or proof has not been verified as truth - they are still allegations. However, if the allegations are revealed or investigated and are shown as truth - I think they have better grounds for breaking contract/re-casting.
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    Writing a Character with a Mental Illness (tutorial) Hey, guys! I’m here with a tutorial about how to write characters with mental illnesses. That can be tricky, but since mental illnesses are very common across the world, it’s also worth working to get them right. There are two things that are key, and I wanted to talk about them a little to hopefully steer you in the right direction. First: familiarize yourself with the illness. If you’re already familiar with it, either because you’ve struggled with it yourself or have close relationships with people who do, this is going to be a bit easier for you, but it’s still useful to at least think about different presentations of it, since no two experiences will be exactly the same. One thing many people do is google the illness and read up on the symptoms. That’s worthwhile to give you an academic understanding of it, but it’s important to recognize that symptom lists will always come up short when it comes to a person’s lived experience. If you rely on symptom lists, you miss out on the practical implications. Instead of relying on medical literature, it’s useful to talk to or read about the experiences of people who have struggled with the illness. That can take a lot of forms, including (but not limited to) talking to friends, posting for help on writing communities, reading blogs/forums, and reading memoirs of people who have struggled with the illness in the past - the point is to understand what symptoms like sleep disturbances or disproportionate guilt feel like to actual people. Keep in mind, too, that having a mental illness isn’t synonymous with hitting rock bottom. It’s important not to minimize the impact a mental illness can have on a person’s life, but by the same token, it’s important to depict the full range of what mental illness looks like, not just the worst-case scenario. Many, many people with mental illnesses lead functional lives with occasional rough patches, particularly when they have access to medical treatment. The symptoms don’t necessarily go away entirely, but they can become a lot more manageable. That doesn’t mean that it’s wrong to ever write characters who are in crisis, but If you’re only writing characters with mental illnesses who are in total crisis, you’re not really portraying it in a responsible way. As you familiarize yourself with the illness, also keep in mind what comorbid illnesses are associated with the illness you're researching (i.e., two chronic illnesses affecting the same person). A number of people with at least one mental illness have more than one mental illness - some estimates even put that at a majority. For example. most people people with eating disorders also struggle with a mood or anxiety disorder. Even those who aren't actually diagnosed with another illness may have spillover - someone with depression may not actually be an alcoholic but still have unhealthy or problematic attitudes surrounding drinking, for example. Second: think about the specifics of your character’s situation. Consider how intersectionality, their access (or lack thereof) to appropriate medical care, the existence (or lack thereof) of a strong support system, cultural attitudes surrounding mental illness, and the world/time period might impact their experiences. Mental illness can affect anyone, and by definition, it has a significant impact on a person’s life. Relative privilege doesn’t immunize a person from struggles, especially since mental illness is often internally-driven - the chemicals in a depressed person’s brain aren’t interested in whether there’s a reason for them to feel depressed any more than the body of someone who has a life-threatening allergy cares that there’s nothing objectively harmful in peanuts. However, a person’s situation can absolutely impact their struggle, and it’s not a coincidence that groups who face systematic oppression tend to have higher rates of certain mental illnesses. For example, LGBTQA+ people are far more likely to report depression and thoughts of suicide than the general population, because they’re much more likely to face discrimination and bullying than cisgendered heterosexual people in otherwise similar situations. Similarly, women are more likely to be depressed than men, because women face more overt and negative consequences of widespread misogyny and sexual violence. That happens because marginalization isn’t neatly compartmentalized. The societal narrative that equates women’s worth with their appearance, minimizes sexual harassment and assault, and encourages both fat-shaming and effusive praise for weight loss impacts women struggling with eating disorders. The racism behind the United States government’s callous and blatant disregard for human life in the name of “scientific progress” in Tuskegee, Alabama continues to negatively impact many black Americans' trust in the medical community. (Those are just two examples - the ways that mental illness interacts with other characteristics to impact a person's experience is basically infinite.) So, think holistically about how your character’s background might impact their experience of the illness(es) you’re trying to portray. Once you’ve done both of those things, put them together and try to write the character! Don’t let fear stop you from trying it - it’s okay if your first try isn’t perfect, and not just because perfect is subjective! We’re all constantly improving - the only way to do that is to take chances and learn from our past decisions. Good luck!
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    Oooooh GREAT topic! I haven’t read some of the ones mentioned above, but 100% agree about Dormitory 2.6A, the Stygian Trilogy, and Kill Your Darlings. I think I’d be too afraid they’d ruin things with How to Tame a Marauder or The Fred Weasley Memorial Scholarship, honestly. I also think pretty much everything by Mistress would make a great movie, but I’d especially like to see 30 Days of You and Me. Also: Icarus by Stella Blue, Actions Speak Louder Than Words by Veritaserum27, Lying Josephine by writeyourheartout, and Chicks Before Broomsticks by banshee. and, er, this is awkward and I hardly expect agreement since it’s as yet completely unfinished, but I might die of happiness if there was a movie of Elaborate Lives by, um, me
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    I think the most upsetting thing is that they did consider recasting, but decided against it. They looked at all the evidence and thought "maybe we shouldn't have a man with extremely public abuse allegations in a children's movie?" and then decided to go ahead and do it anyway. That feels like a slap in the face, honestly. And like, we couldn't have had Max Riemelt or Alexander Skarsgard? They're both age and accent appropriate! (ish)
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    How to Write a Vignette Hey, lovelies! I've been getting a few questions regarding vignettes in response to my character vignette challenge, so I thought a guide might be in order. I. Definitions and Guidelines: What is a vignette? Not to be confused with vintage (or anything to do with old people) or vinaigrette (although that did lead to an epic discussion on 'Thyme Lords'), a vignette is meant to capture a single moment (like a snapshot). Brevity, brevity, brevity! How to wield a vignette: A vignette is meant to be concise when dealing with detail, though expected word count varies depending on who you're asking. Some people claim that a vignette should be shorter than 500 words, while others claim that it should shorter than 800 words or even 2,000 words. (So, if you're ever writing a vignette for something or someone, be sure to clarify what their expected wordcount is. Due to its overall brevity, vignettes tend to stray away from the conventional ideas of plot and story arc. Instead, a vignette has purpose in exposing whatever element the writer is meant to convey (character, mood, setting, etc.) It is meant to bring your readers in that moment (try writing using the senses to help connect readers in further). Vignettes tend to lean on that old 'show, don't tell' policy, where instead of saying "Sirius was cold," you might try, "The icy wind caused the flesh of Sirius' arm to raise as goosebumps formed" or something to that effect. (Disclaimer: examples I come up with on a whim might not be 'good writing' ). II. A Bit More Guidance: Vignettes usually pack a powerful punch in just a few words (a big picture in a small passage). They are the perfect time to experiment with writing techniques and voice. Play with verb tense or mood, or anything else you've been meaning to try. Have you ever written or read a short one-shot that was a 'missing moment' from a larger story? That was probably an example of a vignette. Vignettes can also be stand-alone moments that don't tie into a larger piece. Urgency by FireOpal is a good example of a vignette I've recently read as is XOXO by Dojh167 Ever seen the movie Love Actually ? That is an example of multiple vignettes pieced together to tell a story (and it does an excellent job in doing so). (This is an example interwoven series of vignettes.) ***III. Vignettes in Harry Potter: If you're still confused by what a vignette is, try to think of it in terms of those individual memories from the Pensieve. Snape's Worst Memory, Karkaroff's Trial, and the Princes Tale all have excellent examples of vignettes (or multiple flashes of vignettes, especially in the Prince's Tale). So, hopefully, this cleared up any confusion! Thanks for reading!
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    If anyone feels in need of more examples, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a novel composed of vignettes. It's lovely and pretty easy to find.
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    Adding on to this! Vignettes are generally described as “impressionistic”, which if you’ve studied art, should seem like a familiar term. One of my English teachers described a vignette as a painting in words, with a focus on a central theme. The main goal is always always always to evoke some sort of emotion or a mood. I had to write some vignettes for a class last year, so I have some stylistic tips. There’s not really one POV that works better than another, it sort of depends on your own preference. I prefer third person POV, but it’s up to you. The best vignettes I’ve read have also utilized a good mix of fragments and longer sentences, which can also manipulate the flow of the story—good for establishing mood. Remember, your goal is to create some sort of mood or evoke emotion in the reader. Another interesting factor about vignettes is that they’re sort of like memoirs, stylistically, but you don’t really have to have resolved any of the conflicts you’re trying to speak about. Instead, a vignette allows you to use vivid imagery to recreate that conflict—great for character studies
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    Out of the suggestions above, I've only read Plums' story, but it would definitely work so well as a movie I would really like to see Delicate (padfoot4ever), The Madness That Is My Life (frini19) and Yes..I Am A Star (Siriusly21) I can't think of anything else because my brain is currently dead
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    Ooh, good question! As long as the film version didn't butcher the written story, I'd vote for Dormitory 2.6A (Plums), Haversham Westley's School For Boys (sapphicsunrise/ad astra) and (although it's not finished yet) Ways To Ruin A Wedding (WalkingDredd/Alicia and Anne)
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    Well, I don't have any questions other than... WHEN is this awesomeness going to start? It sounds like SO. MUCH. FUN!