|Q||Friendly reminder that Lena is doing this on her own volition for FUN. If you do not like the way she does something, then you can make your own. This is a HOBBY. She is not getting paid for it and she does NOT need to cater to your own wills and wishes. And I think she's being very professional considering people keep nitpicking something that they do not have any right to nitpick. You wouldn't like it if someone acted like this to you, so please, for the love of God, stop doing it to her. (tristanroleplays)|
Thank you thank you thank you.
Going off of that, I do realize that I come off very harsh-sounding when I respond to criticism, but it doesn’t mean I don’t take people’s opinions and concerns into consideration. There have been many instances where I’ve taken people’s suggestions and changed gifs or parts of a blurb to better represent the culture. I’m not a bitch, I swear. The last thing I’d want to do is misrepresent someone’s culture because the whole point of this series is to extend J. K. Rowling’s world to the rest of the world as realistically as possible (which is why large portions of my blurbs come from headcanons that people send me). With that said, please do take into consideration how difficult it is to write about a country that I’ve never been to (and for those who don’t know, I actually do research quite a bit before writing the blurbs). Believe it or not, it’s very hard and time consuming to research the geography of an entire country—so while you may be familiar with the landscape and would know which regions would be better for a school, I would not because google will only have told me so much. Just keep stuff like that in mind, and remember that I carry no ill-intents toward any of the cultures that I write about. However, if you’re rude to me, I will probably be rude to you. And that’s that.
|Q||Pounamu are sacred to our culture. You're not even allowed to purchase one for yourself. It has to be given away to someone who deserves it. Traditionally, pounamu taongas (greenstone treasures) are worn by Maori. However, under the right circumstances (such as graduations, exchange students, celebratory occasions), pounamu can be gifted to non-Maori. So, no. You do not have to include Maori back in your blurb. (traumaddict)|
Okay what I’ve done is I’ve reworded the sentence to, “Often times when students graduate, they are gifted with Pounamu ornaments…” which hopefully leaves enough room for interpretation. I hope I’ve reached a happy medium with that.
|Q||sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to add a special tag to your wizarding school ask replies? I don't want to blacklist all your asks in case I miss something else, but the drama over the schools is starting to get to me :S no problem if you don't want to, love your blog! (Anonymous)|
I’ll start tagging them with “wsask” (:
|Q||White people stole our land and our culture, yet they have the nerve to tell us about what is and isn't sacred in OUR culture smh (Anonymous)|
Okay so I should put “Maori” back in my blurb…?
Someone please just give me a concrete answer so I’m not jumping back and forth every minute lol
|Q||Okay so whoever said the Pounamu is appropriation is, in my opinion, incorrect. At my school all senior students get a Pounamu necklace when they leave school. All the exchange students get one when they come here. All the teachers get one when they start or finish teaching here. It is considered a precious gift, and has spiritual and cultural significance in many different ways and receiving one is meant to be a sign of respect and pride not appropriation. (itsjustpearl)|
Okay so it would be fine if I take out the “Maori” and leave it as all students?
|Q||It doesn't matter if you've never been to Brazil and had to rely on your followers. Its called research if you're going to take someone else culture and turn into whatever you want. And you don't have to be so rude and sarcastic every time someone disagrees with what you're doing and making a valid remark. You're 21, grow up. (Anonymous)|
There’s only so much research I can do to find out how much space there is in the forests of Bahia and whether or not it would be feasible to put a school there. Also, I actually have responded, on various occasions, with very valid arguments as to why I wrote my AUs the way I wrote them (because believe it or not, I actually do a lot of research to avoid turning someone’s culture into “whatever I want”). Hell yeah I’m 21, and I think I’m being pretty grown up about all of this.
|Q||Your brazilian wizarding school is so disappointing :/ There's no space in Bahia to this, and not everything here is about carnaval. If a wizarding school existed it was probably made by immigrants, and it would be in the south, where there's much space. The brazilian natives would have they own magic, and the school would be in the south, where there's basically no natives. (Anonymous)|
Oooohhhh nooooo, I’m sorry that I’ve disappointed you. I’m so sorry that I, a person who has never been to Brazil and therefore had to rely on suggestions from her followers, put the school where there’s no space! The articles on google never said anything about Bahia having no space! Google images never showed Bahia having no space! They should’ve put that in the footnotes somewhere. Gosh darn, I—a person who, again, has never been to Brazil—should have known there would’ve been more space in the south for a fictional wizarding school!
You know what happened, anon? I think you read the wrong AU because mine says, “Wands were introduced by immigrants and have grown in popularity with the diversification of the student body; however, the use of focal objects and organic magic still remain prominent," which does bring up to the fact that the natives had their own magic, and my AU didn’t say, "The school is located in Bahia, and students celebrate Carnival year-long," which means I didn’t make the school all about Carnival. Weird, huh.
But you know what? Different headcanons CAN coexist in the same world. You are welcome to yours, the school in the South, and I am also welcome to mine.
|Q||I think you are a princess. Potaters are gonna potate. Alligators gonna alligate. Stars like you gonna shine bright, shine far. ~the end~ (jennarink-1x1)|
~The fairest poem in all the lands~
WIZARDING SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: NEW ZEALAND
The New Zealand Academy of Spellcraft is situated in an undetectable location in the bush lands of South Island so incredibly difficult to find due to its surroundings’ constant changes in appearance that even repeat visitors often have trouble finding the school. Many muggleborn students are raging fanatics of the All Blacks, and they have slowly converted the rest of the student population who used to thumb their nose at the mention of rugby. However, quidditch remains immensely popular, with students often sneaking out under the cover of night to play matches in the dark because it is “more challenging, and therefore, more fun,” despite the drastic increase in the number of injuries and dents in trees due to rogue bludgers growing slightly panicked in the dark. The school prides itself on its large and prestigious herbology department; international witches and wizards often take on extended environmental studies at the academy, so students are always on the lookout for lost foreigners stumbling around. Often times when they graduate, students of distinction are gifted with Pounamu ornaments that are embedded into the handles of their wands as a reminder for them to always be at peace with their surroundings.
You know when you’re drowning, you don’t actually inhale until right before you black out. It’s called voluntary apnea. It’s like no matter how much you’re freaking out, the instinct to not let any water in is so strong that you won’t open your mouth until you feel like your head’s exploding. But then when you finally do let it in, that’s when it stops hurting. It’s not scary anymore. It’s - it’s actually kind of peaceful.
On closing the gender gap
Feminism has been brought to the forefront of media attention with polarizing responses toward the movement…
So I work for my campus paper and I just published an editorial regarding Emma Watson’s HeForShe speech! CHECK IT OUT.
we’re just pieces
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And there never will be.
"If you’re having a hard time because you like something that maybe a lot of other people don’t, know that when you grow up, no one cares. It’s so great. I call it like a fish bowl to an ocean. There are too many people to keep track of for everyone to judge. I feel like it just gets a lot more laid back and no one cares. It’s really nice."
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