The Girl Who Would be an Author

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✍ Finally, an ask-meme for writers! ✍

When did you first start writing?
What was your favorite book growing up?
Are you an avid reader?
Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
Did you take writing courses in school/college?
Have you read any writing-advice books?
Have you ever been part of a critique group?
What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
What’s your favorite book cover?
Who is your favorite author?
What’s your favorite writing quote?
What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
What would you say has inspired you the most?
How do you feel about movies based on books?
Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
How do you feel about love triangles?
Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
What’s your favorite writing program?
Do you outline?
Do you start with characters or plot?
What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
What advice would you give to young writers?
Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
Which is your favorite genre to write?
Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
Have you ever written fan-fiction?
Have you ever been published?
How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
Are you interested in having your work published?
Describe your writing space.
What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
Do you listen to music when you write?
What’s your oldest WIP?
What’s your current WIP?
What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
Which is your favorite original character, and why?
What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
Have you ever killed a main character?
What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
What’s your favorite character name?
Describe your perfect writing space.
If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
This could be fun.

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think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!

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Note to authors: when a bullet is shot from a gun, it becomes so hot it’s sterile. You don’t get an infection from the bullet itself, but from the wound. That’s why in the short term it’s better not to remove the bullet, because bothering the wound just makes it more prone to infection! That is also why some veterans still have bullets in their body.

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Game time!

Submit through the ask box, please. ;)

Two names, and one word to describe their relationship. I will come up with a sort of blurb about them.

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LOOK. IT’S AN INFOGRAPHIC FOR RUFFS. This coming from the fantastic French blog La costume historique—at least, I think they’re fantastic? I’m mostly looking at the pictures.
There’s also one that matches ruffs with collars, which is great.
Wish they ventured into the 17th century, but. Still. What a time to be alive.

I luff ruffs

I can never resist a historical fashion art reference infographic.




LOOK. IT’S AN INFOGRAPHIC FOR RUFFS. This coming from the fantastic French blog La costume historique—at least, I think they’re fantastic? I’m mostly looking at the pictures.

There’s also one that matches ruffs with collars, which is great.

Wish they ventured into the 17th century, but. Still. What a time to be alive.

I luff ruffs

I can never resist a historical fashion art reference infographic.

(Source: eros-turannos, via clevergirlhelps)

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Anonymous asked: Is it common and/or accepted to give male- or female-gendered babies names that are opposite-gendered in China? Or are name genders strictly recognized? I've been trying to find lists of given names in China organized by popularity (1 being the most popular, and then ranking names from there), but I keep finding very incomplete lists, which is frustrating because I can find extremely comprehensive baby name lists for America and a few other countries.






No, and not really accepted. 

The Chinese try to make unique names for their children so they stand out of the crowd and aren’t confused with others. It’s actually taboo to name your child after someone else. There are some common given names here.

Names in China are chosen very, very carefully and generational naming trends are common (it’s very common to give one generation of kids in a family a connecting character (Wenting and Wenming, etc).

There are names that sound the same but use completely different characters based on gender, generation, and decided important (Xiaoming can be a male and female name, but it can be written with different characters. It also is the vague equivalent of ‘John/Jane Doe’ in mainland China).

Though there are some names that are more common for men and some for women, it depends entirely on the characters and you absolutely cannot tell gender from names written in pinyin alone (and sometimes not even from the hanzi either).

Basically, you want to be really careful when choosing Chinese names, and you may want to ask someone for help if you’re not sure!

Hi, I’m a Chinese-American writer and I just went through the process of naming some Chinese characters of mine with my mom’s help. I’d still suggest maybe asking for the help of someone who’s native (and literate in Chinese) with the actual names but I can maybe provide a bit more information if you’re unable to do that. 

Chinese names aren’t generally chosen on the basis of gender. There are trends like flower names are generally for girls and dragon names are for boys but I think for the most part Chinese names are gender neutral. Well at least my mom didn’t think it was weird at all that I ended up naming a male character after her. Her name literally means “eagle” though so. Naming kids is a very intensive process. 

There’s generally three words in a chinese name. The family name, the generational name, and the individual name. 

The generational name used to be cycled ever 60 years, according to the book of life which informs a lot of Chinese feng shui belief. Each family tree would have their own list. That way if you found someone with the same generational name and family name, you could probably assume you were related.

However, during the Cultural Revolution, a lot of that was lost. Because the revolution was about casting aside tradition, many families threw away their family book thing, and some, especially those families who strongly subscribed to Communist thought never gave their children generational names. My sister, my cousin, and I all have the same generational name, but it’s not traditional. My mom found a new one she liked. Also, generational names were often split by gender. My dad has different generational names than my aunts. 

Names will also often be derived from the parent’s name. My mom’s individual name, 鹰, has the character 佳, in it, which is my individual name. Additionally, it’s pronounced jiā, which is pronounced the same as my dad’s generational name.  This is something she spent a long time pouring through Chinese dictionaries to find. 

Also to note, something that you’ll probably need someone who’s literate in Chinese for; zodiac and fengshui can and will be taken into account. According to Chinese belief, the day you were born influences a lot of elements. Because my sister’s birthday dictated that she had a lot of water and was lacking in wood, my mom made sure her individual name contained the symbol for wood. 

When creating names for characters, I don’t think you’ll have to go that in depth, but looking up the Chinese elemental system can make for good inspiration. I don’t know it very well but it’s like, someone who’s lacking in fire doesn’t have a lot of ambition, and someone with a lot of wood has the capacity for a lot of growth. 

It’s a bit tricky to approach naming chinese characters because of how closely it ties to the family aspect, but don’t let that discourage you! Just give a lot of thought as to which words you want to use and what meanings they will bring to a character’s life. 

I’m fairly certain this the way naming kids works but this also might just be my family. Anyway, I hope that was helpful!

More fyi, Chinese names can also be just two characters. The first one, the surname; the second one, the first/individual name. Homonyms are also a consideration, as parents try to pick names that can’t easily be turned into a playground taunt. 

ALL OF THE ABOVE. Many given names have two characters, most family names have one, but there are Chinese last names that have two characters! (I just spoke to someone with the family name of ‘Sima’ for example.) The Old Hundred Names are the most common surnames, but they aren’t the only ones out there!

(Don’t forget the many Chinese minorities either!)