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secret-nature asked: My story is set in Calgary, and although i've makde quite a lot of research on it (what the city looks like, etc.) i would like some more info. Could you help me please?

Sure thing! porcelainhelper is our only contributor from Canada at the moment, and I’m not sure if they’re from Calgary or not, but they could probably help you with general details about Canada overall if that would be useful to you. I’ve messaged them so hopefully you can get help soon :)

If there’s anyone else following this blog or who just comes across this post and would be willing to help secret-nature, then please reply or send an ask; your help would be more than welcome!

ETA: Porcelainhelper is not from Calgary, but is more than willing to answer your questions if there’s anything about Canada in general you need to know. I hope that will help enough!

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thekingofbreakfast asked: Hey! I'm looking for someone to help me out localizing a story in Vienna, Austria and/or Prague, Czech Republic. If there is anyone in your database who could give me a hand with either of those that would rule!!

Unfortunately, there aren’t currently any contributors from either of those places. I’m sorry! I’ll take this with those locations to see if anyone would like to volunteer, though.

Anyone who is interested in helping an author write a location-accurate story in either Vienna or Prague, please shoot me a message (or just directly contact them, either works)!

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Anonymous asked: So do we ask questions here or go directly to the people's blogs to do it?

I think it works better if people ask questions here, since that way followers who might be interested in the information can see it. Have any of the contributors been receiving questions at their blogs, though? I honestly don’t know. If any of you do, then please tag it worldwidewriting so I can reblog it here so other can see it.

tassledown - Canada (moving repeatedly in North America)

NoteConsidering how much I’ve moved, most of what I feel I can offer is information about what that’s like to move so much and always feeling out of place. I know a lot of the casual ignorance that we faced in the states and some things no one thinks about for non-military transient families (the frustration of answering ‘where are you from’) and the difficulty of returning to a home you don’t actually understand at all.

Considering how unique my situation is, I felt that would be worth it to offer. Details of the moves below.  

Country where you live: Canada, British Columbia; have lived in Southern Alberta, Texas, Florida, and Washington state as well.

How many years you have lived there: BC - 12 years, 3 recently; AB - 3 years from 6-9; TX - 2 1/2 years, 12-14 (moved 2002); FL - 3 years, 14-18; WA - 3 years, 18-21

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people): Native English speaker, no other languages yet.

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgeable in (bold them): General customs, Religion [Mormonism], Politics, Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms [including presumptions shared in USA when they find out].

Short Story Competition

Hi,

We, at The London Magazine, are hosting a short story competition that will finish at the end of this month and we were hoping you might publicise it on your blog so, if your followers are interested, they can enter.

Prizes:

First prize: £500 and publication in the magazine

Second prize: £300 and publication on website

Third prize: £200 and publication on website

 

The entry fee is £10 and the winner will be announced at the House of Commons. The winners will be invited to the House of Commons.

The link to the competition is:

http://bit.ly/18BnKya

Thanks

Aislinn Shivakumar~

info@thelondonmagazine.org

Mod note: The link couldn’t work for me, so I can’t be sure if it’s legit. If it seems to work fine for everyone else, then great! Just let me know.

The Bahamas - 314winchester

Country where you live: The Bahamas

How many years you have lived there: 17 (Since birth)

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people): English is the official language and my first language. I also know Bahamian dialect and sayings well and can probably translate things into a written version of it.

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgeable in (bold them): General customs, Religion, Politics, Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms.

Any additional information you think you could contribute? Anything you might need. I’m fairly knowledgeable about most aspects of my country.

India - nirway

How many years you have lived there: Never, but I’ve visited and have many relatives still living there who are easy to contact

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people): not at all, sorry! Though I know a few basic words of Punjabi (North Indian dialect)

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgable in (bold them): General customs, Religion, Politics, Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms.

Any additional information you think you could contribute? My knowledge of India itself is patchy, but I know much more about Indian culture from what I’ve seen from family in England, e.g. weddings, food, festivals such as Diwali, etc.

England - nirway

Country where you live: England

How many years you have lived there: Since birth

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people): totally familiar and comfortable with both general England’s English, and slang

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgable in (bold them): General customs, Religion, Politics, Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms.

Any additional information you think you could contribute? Knowledge of how families from India who live in England live and work, since half my family goes about like this!

United States - youatemyenchilada

Country where you live: Washington (state, not DC), USA

How many years you have lived there: 19

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people): I’m a native English speaker, and I know ASL. 

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgeable in (bold them): General customs, Religion, Politics, Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms.

Any additional information you think you could contribute? I am Native American and know a lot about the tribes around Washington. I come from a family with a lot of drug and alcohol abuse, so I’m also quite in-the-know about that. Sexual and physical abuse is also something I know a lot about.

Australia - selectivelydeaf

Country where you live: Australia

How many years you have lived there: 23 (since birth)

Familiarity with the language spoken there (make note if you feel comfortable translating things for people): Native English speaker, limited knowledge of Aussie slang.

Areas you would consider yourself knowledgable in (bold them): General customs, Religion, Politics, Food, Housing conditions, Schooling, Common foreigner-isms.

Any additional information you think you could contribute?

I know quite a bit about the geology and environment, as well as some history.

Please Note: I’m from south east Australia, I can talk about city life and small country towns from personal experience, but the outback is very different and I’ve never been further west than Uluru.