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Bruises, Stitches, Words, and Pizza

First of all:

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Why do I need to succeed?

This question suddenly popped into my mind while I received some heavy blows from reality. I have just begun my first semester at the University of Sydney and although I already had 2 and half years of uni experience from overseas, things weren’t going so well for me. I had issues with the University’s administration, who lost my transcript and blamed it on me (I sent it to their address upon their request). Therefore, they couldn’t transfer my credits from my previous uni. Then I was “randomly selected” to provide documentation to prove I am a legitimate student. They requested original documents (digital copies were denied) or else they would suppress my semester (my marks won’t show on the transcript). Specifically they requested a  document, which  they have lost. I had to spend 55$ in order to get a new transcript to come ASAP.

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My Thoughts On “We Are ‘Synthetic Children’ And We Agree With Dolce & Gabbana”

Well then, let’s do it! Another touchy subject. Read more…

My Thoughts on Feminism

Feminism.

Lately, this seems to be quite a touchy subject. From what I’ve observed, Western society is divided at least in three basic groups on this matter: pro-feminism, anti-feminism, and I-don’t-really-care-about-feminism. Of course, it gets more complicated than that. There are so many different interpretations of what feminist theory is in the first place.

In general, feminism strives for gender equality in every sphere and institution of our social world, from domestic to public, from private to government, and so on. There is, however, issues with how some feminists in our society present their ideas and opinions, which a lot of times create misunderstandings. Read more…

III. The Outcast Wizard Teaching Anthropology

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Rough sketch of Babi, the Outcast Wizard

As he walked into Flinn’s Spellshop, Babi was grateful for the calming smell of old parchment paper after his hectic walk through the Merchant’s Alley. He paused to admire his favorite bookstore, which looked deceivingly small to an untrained eye. Babi once heard a story of a young couple almost starving to death after getting lost in the Spellshop’s maze. Only powerful magicians, usually Senior Academics, venture into the store to browse for more knowledge and wisdom gathered since the beginning of the written word. It is also known as a place where Seniors send their most annoying pupils to have a a break from work for a day or two. Read more…

Savage Minds

I recently stumbled upon a great blog, while researching for anthropology. Savage Minds is a distinguished blog, written by numerous people, some of them guest bloggers. It’s a great place to have a read about contemporary issues in different societies and how they are being presented through an anthropological lens. Here is an awesome example written by Kerim about how anthropologists look at belief and religion : http://savageminds.org/2015/02/16/belief-is-a-practice/#more-16343

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II. The Peculiar Case of a Spell and the Troublesome Book of Anthropology- Continued

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Sha and Patta, a rough sketch

There are things in the Great Empire that greatly confused Sha once he arrived at the Academy. Firstly, he was surprised to learn that his home nation, in the Imperial tongue, is called the Minor Blue Marsh Kingdom. Not only did they get the colour wrong, there is not a single marsh in it.

The first time he corrected Mrs. Splint and said it is actually named “Deep Green Forest Kingdom”, was also when he found out it is better to completely avoid speaking when you have green skin. Read more…

I. The Peculiar Case of a Spell and the Troublesome Book of Anthropology

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My rough sketch of Lotta and Patta

‘Lottitia!’ an ear-piercing shriek tore through the usually quiet little house. Lottitia knew she was in deep trouble, deeper than in a Dargul’s belly. Of course, if her mom heard her say that out loud, chances are it would make her more furious.

‘It’s Lotta, for Dargul’s sake mom!’ she yelled back, adding a simple vibration spell to enhance the sound of her voice. Lotta thought she could slow her mom down by shocking her with unladylike speech, while she was desperately trying to hide the cause of her trouble. ‘Patta, come on, help me out, before the siren comes’ she whispered to her pet foximunk. Unfortunately, she forgot her spell was still working. Read more…

Finally.

Well, I finally started this wretched blog. Took me long enough.

So, hello anyone who was bored enough to read this first post.

First of all I’d like to provide a popular definition of a word used rather often on the internet, usually in unpleasant situations. According to Google, ‘noob’ is “a person, who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity […]”

That is me. I’m a noob. Not only at blogging, but also at what I will use this blog for, which is writing stories.

I want to use this blog to start an anthropology inspired fantasy story, that I hope one day I will be able to compile into a book, once I am competent enough to do it.

Why, would you ask?

I love anthropology (which I am currently studying as an undergraduate) and I love fantasy. I want to combine both to present a world that might be at first glance so different from ours, but that becomes so familiar with its cultural and social problems, so similar to our own. All from a perspective of a little girl thinking a bit differently than people around her and craving for an adventure.

I hope to make it fun for all people, young-and-innocent, not-so-young-anymore, midlife-crisis-people, grumpy-and-happy-old-people and so on.

We will see how it goes. Either up towards the sky or down the drain to the sewers.

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For anyone who cared to read this.

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