Sexuality is one of our most basic drives, but it’s also fundamental to our identities as people. Which means sex is the subject of a million cliches, and tons of terrible writing. Not to mention, stupid prejudice. The good news? Science fiction and fantasy writers have a special opportunity to look at sex afresh. Here’s how.
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I’m a cast member (employee) at one of the US Disney Parks. Every year when the local anime conventions come into town we have a problem. Cosplayers love to come to the park and try to cosplay in the park.
WE CANNOT ALLOW THIS. WE DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE OVER THE AGE OF 10 IN COSTUME (Except at certain parks halloween parties)
For whatever reason, there are cosplayers who think it’s some kind of badge of honor to get asked to leave. Or, they will pitch a fit and try to get reAds or merch from us for “interrupting their fun.”
Cosplayers have become slick about this. They know they will be turned away at the gate, so they will change in a washroom.
Do you understand WHY we can’t allow this? Intellectual property is one reason. The other? Little kids may not be able to tell that you’re not the real Belle. And what if you’re some creepy who gets off on little kids who decided to dress up as Gaston? And kids are following you around???
Please, get the word out!
Stop coming to the park in costume. Stop bringing your costumes into the park. You may think its awesome that people can’t tell you’re not a Disney employee but it makes it harder on those of us who work there!
And our managers have started arresting people for this! No more comps or reads or “oh, sorry I didn’t know.”
1. If there were one word which was automatically to your name in Google searches, which word would you want it to be?
2. What is a goal that you recently met?
3. What is your favorite time of day?
4. Name a celebrity you find attractive.
5. What is one of the best pieces of advice you have ever received?
6. What is the ultimate gesture of total trust?
7. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
8. What is something you have changed your mind about?
9. What is something you’ve never changed your mind about?
10. Rewrite the end of a fairy tale.
11. Choose one:you will never misunderstand the meaning of what someone else is saying OR nobody will ever misunderstand what you say.
12. If offered irreversible immortality, would you take it?
13. In your opinion, what are the most important qualities of a good friend?
14. If you could be a founding member of a space colony, with the caveat that you would never be able to return to Earth, would you go?
15. What is your favorite superpower? Why?
16. If you were a book, which book would you be?
17. If you found out that your life was a book, and you met your author, what would you say to them?
18. How would you prefer to die?
19. What is your favorite paradox?
20. Tell us five facts about your first love, or, if you haven’t had one yet, invent the story of meeting your first love.
21. If you could live anywhere for a year, where would you live?
22. If you could visit anywhere for a week, where would you go?
23. You can only read one genre of books for the rest of your life. Which genre do you read?
24. Define “love.”
25. Define “justice.”
26. Define “truth.”
27. Define “art.”
28. Define “good.”
29. Define “obscene.”
30. What one thing in the world would be hardest for you to give up?
31. What is one thing you regret?
32. What is something that you have done that you are proud of?
33. Is it easier to talk or to listen?
34. When are you vulnerable?
35. If you met God, what would you say to God?
36. Would it be harder to tell someone you loved them if you weren’t sure how they would respond, or have to tell someone that you didn’t love them back?
37. Excluding romantic love, when was the last time you told someone you loved them? Who were they to you?
38. What is your worst quality?
39. What is your best quality?
40. What is your most immediately noticeable quality?
41. What is the first thing you notice about other people?
42. Describe one of your closest friends, and explain why that person is such a close friend.
43. What happened in the last dream you remember?
44. What was your most memorable dream?
45. Two truths and a lie.
46. If you were having a baby with the love of your life, and they insisted that the child be named after a place, what would you name your child?
47. What is the last lie you told?
48. Is it possible for you to love someone you don’t trust?
49. What motivates you most?
50. What is your favorite narrative trope?
51. Describe the ultimate dystopia.
52. What story (book, movie, game, etc.) have you learned the most from?
53. What is something you wish other people could know about you without you having to tell them?
54. Describe a moment you experienced something unexpectedly beautiful.
55. What is the biggest challenge you face when trying to form relationships with people?
56. How close do you think your perception of yourself is to how other people perceive you?
57. What is something you used to be afraid of, but aren’t anymore?
58. What is the most important emotion?
59. Do you think humans are any different than very advanced organic robots? If so, how?
60. If you had to move somewhere else, what would you miss most from where you are now?
61. If you were a videogame character, what would your iconic weapon be?
62. What is an aspect of your personality now that would come as a surprise to your younger self?
63. If you could eliminate one event from the last month, which event would it be?
64. If you had to forget the entire last year except for one 24 hour period, which day would you chose to remember? (Other people would remember, and you would have anything you wrote down or recorded during that time period - you would just have a form of amnesia.)
65. What is the most upsetting thing anyone has ever said to you?
66. If you had to pick only one ideal or cause to work toward, what would it be?
67. Are there any unforgivable actions? What are they?
68. Under what circumstances is keeping information secret acceptable or morally required?
69. What is one of your favorite ways to relax?
70. What is something you find difficult to talk about, even though you know you should?
71. What is an easy, default topic of conversation?
72. What is your favorite sort of conversation?
73. What is a version of you in an alternate reality doing right now?
74. What was the last adorable thing you saw?
75. Would you prefer for people to hate you or for people to be completely indifferent to you?
76. Would you prefer to be yelled at or ignored?
77. What is your favorite word and why?
78. What is your dream job?
79. What is the most difficult thing you’ve done this month?
80. When was the last time you were really scared?
81. What do you want most?
82. Describe an ideal day.
83. If you could speak to any real (non-fictional) person, living or dead for one hour, who would it be?
84. In general, are you happy with the person you have become?
85. Do you want to be a parent?
86. What is something unusual about you that not a lot of people know?
87. What makes you you?
88. Are you lonelier when you’re with people or when you’re alone?
89. What makes you feel safe?
90. What was the last bad decision you made?
91. Who is someone you have utmost respect for, and what is it about that person that makes you esteem them so highly?
92. What was the last thing you laughed uncontrollably at?
93. Your friend tells you that they are suicidal, and asks you not to tell anyone. Is it more of a betrayal to tell someone, or to keep silent?
94. What song speaks to you most? Why?
95. What basic values or principles do you turn to when faced with moral dilemmas?
96. If you had a tagline, what would it be?
97. If applicable, what do you look for in a romantic partner?
98. Who is your favorite author?
99. Who is the one person you know who is most similar to you (in terms of personality, beliefs, attitudes, mannerisms, etc)?
You know, when you see roleplays (RPs) by less than serious Star Wars fans that godmod and attempt to add elements from different Universes? They are a multi-verse RPer, which is okay if you want to do that, but then these same di’kuts attempt to dominate the entire landscape of RP on the social media platform, which makes integrity to Star Wars content lax?…
also when including pocs in your rp, it’s best to try to create poc siblings/cousins/childhood friends and just a community of them instead of just having a few pocs and thinking that’s fine while a lot of white fcs have tons of siblings, relatives, ex-lovers, aunts, uncles, etc
building a community is important because people from the same ethnicity and race go through different experiences, live different lifestyles and have different beliefs. poc characters in tv shows or films are usually an individual representing an entire ethnicity b/c representation is so poor but this shouldn’t be a problem in rps because representation is up to the writers.
there are tons of fcs who can play siblings and even if they don’t look alike remember that not all siblings look exactly alike and there’s such a thing as half siblings and even step siblings so you can have, for example, a filipino fc with a japanese fc for a step sibling totally works! and also a lot of fcs are either half or mixed raced so you can have a fc who’s half filipino and brazilian be half sibling with someone who is half filipino and american. interracial couples are also so important and rarely seen in this community.
having poc characters in your rp is great but having poc families or even a small community is even better because you’ll get to portray a really diverse cast of characters (as far as ethnicity and race are concerned anyway!!) don’t forget to also include younger (under 18) and older poc characters if you do think of making a family for them :)))
Fans want Obi-Bo Ship - Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bo-Katan relationship. But the Star Wars screenwriters won’t do that because it will not sell tickets, or Nielsen ratings. A plot point using race as a factor sells for the sensationalism. Don’t think so? Shonda Rhimes “Scandal” with Kerry Washinton or…
It doesn’t negate our feelings about how Mara Jade should be in #StarWarsRebels as fairness to her fans. The mock up & rendering should not be difficult no matter what her backstory is.
We have a decent global treatment script. Great #RPers working hard. We need more help and more good RPers willing to write. We’re performing our RP on Twitter. But Facebook, Tumblr and Google+ accounts link the posts.
As I mentioned in the tags, I’ve been working on my latest project for a little under four years. I’m tentatively calling the current result a ‘first draft,’ when it’s actually just the most solid version of what has been in the works for a long time.
I’ve written at least two novels before, one of which I’m going to go back and tackle again while I take a break from this one. But this has been the hardest, and I think the most rewarding process, and hopefully the things will help other people. Those mainly are:
Don’t give up on what you really believe in. I’ve completely rehashed this novel at least three times. I changed huge portions of it, including backstory and character relationships, because I thought those changes made it stronger. I completely rewrote the worldbuilding. I kept trying, no matter how many times I went back to the drawing board, because the core idea was really important to me. I really believed in this story and the characters in it. I did not want to let them go, and although it took a long damn time, I was finally able to finish. Don’t give up on those stories you want to tell so badly it makes your heart hurt when you don’t. Don’t talk yourself out of it, no matter how hard it gets. You can do this.
Stop rewriting the goddamn beginning. I am good at two things; knowing how the story begins, and knowing how the story ends. My beginnings are killer (I say, to myself, with very little feedback on that). Problem is, once I get into the part of the story where I don’t quite know what to do, I keep running back to the beginning as if tweaking it over and over is going to somehow get me through the middle. It won’t. Don’t get trapped in the beginning. If you start writing something that might change the beginning, to run back and tweak it again. Leave yourself a note and push forward. Getting to the middling middle is the only way to get to the end. You can fix it later.
The middle will be a tangled mess of despair. Push on through. The middle sucks. It’s probably going to suck no matter how well you plan it. It’s going to frustrate you. Don’t let it. You need to get that story to a whole before you can go back and see how to fix it. If you hit a wall, take a break. Spin out some What Ifs, work on some notes. But don’t backtrack to the safety of the beginning, don’t doubt yourself. This is supposed to be hard. It’s going to be okay.
For the love of cake, let go. I wrote the last third of my book in about three weeks. Three. Weeks. After four goddamn years, I polished off a whole damn chunk of it in less than a month. I probably spent a whole damn year on the beginning alone. I definitely spent more than a few months lingering in the wasteland of the middle. 99% of this was due to not letting go and writing forward. Rewriting what I already hand down didn’t solve my problems, writing forward did. Lingering over street signs didn’t get me finished, leaving notes to look it up later did. Let it go. The only way to make progress is to write forward. If your rewriting is leaving you stuck in the same scenes for weeks, say fuck it and push on. You can always fix it later.
Push on. Keep going. Write forward. You can and will finish your goals.
While rereading The Last Command recently, it finally struck me why Mara is a much-beloved character. I’ve never thought hard on it before because I started reading Star Wars books when I was 13 and just kind of accepted that Mara was a fucking badass and what more do you need to know? There’s all kinds of explanations, from the idea that she’s a “strong female character” to Zahn’s explanation that “she’s also flawed and searching and—dare we say it?—human. At the same time, she’s highly competent at her job. One simplistic answer might be that women can identify with her, while men would like to have her at their side in trouble” (1) (which is kind of a problematic answer on a number of levels but that’s another issue). What made Mara likeable and relatable for me in this arc is her struggle for her own agency against the men in her life and the fact that she fought as hard as she could to maintain her autonomy and won.