December 14th, 2009


Human Creation Myths

I am looking for creation myths concerning the creation of humans - in particular, myths in which man and woman were formed from the same substance or at the same time. The story I am writing will cover a variety of eras, as it concerns past lives, so the time periods in which the myths became widely known about aren't an issue.

I've already searched for: creation myths, men and women in creation myths, human creation myths, and origin myths. Nothing really came back that fit my specifications.

Myths that I already know about are: Christian mythology, Filipino mythology, Comanche mythology and Egyptian mythology (the myth I know of concerns the god Ra in the form of Khepri, but other Egyptian creation myths if known would be appreciated).
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Catholic priest's advice to a fourteen-year-old girl

My character is a fourteen-year-old girl who migrated to Australia with her family from Singapore when she was six. Her family were Hindus way back when, but have been Catholic for generations. She attends a Catholic girls' high school, where she is bullied by other girls for being what they consider overly religious: volunteering to sing a hymn for the end-of-day prayer, going to lunchtime mass once a week, making reference to her church youth group in conversation, things like that. My character is widely considered to be nice to a fault, shy and unable to defend herself, to the point that her two best friends wade in to speak for her whenever she seems to be getting into strife. She experienced some racist bullying at primary school (older girls chasing her around and gabbling at her in "African language," no matter how many times she tried to explain that she was from Singapore), but now that she is older, the bulk of the bullying is related to her religion (with the occasional jibe at her accent, and the occasional, "She can't help being religious, her parents never let her out of the house!"). She is just getting to the point where she is starting to feel anger at other people, rather than just feeling angry with herself. She is wishing that people would allow her to be brave instead of casting her as helpless and defenceless, but can't find a way to articulate this.

During a reconciliation (confession) session in the school chapel, my character asks the priest (a young priest-in-residence from South America) what she should do when people tease her for being religious. The priest replies... what?

You see, I've never actually participated in reconciliation, even though I did attend Catholic school for nine years, because my family raised us as atheists. During reconciliation, the non-religious girls would go up, explain that they weren't baptised, get the verbal approximation of a fond pat on the head, and be sent back to their seats. (Also, there were no confessional booths, and therefore, none in my story - the priest sits in a chair beside the altar, and the girls are called up one by one to talk with him.)

What might a priest say to a Catholic girl at a Catholic school who is being teased about her religion? Could there be a particular Bible verse or story he might quote (if they generally do that during reconciliation)? My character is reasonably familiar with this priest from services outside of school (in fact, he greets her by saying, "We missed you at services on Sunday!", she replies that her family went to a church up in the city for Mass and then out for brunch afterward).

I've Googled "bullying," "religious bullying," "atheist bullying," "bullied for being religious" and "catholic bullied at school," without a great deal of success.

Casting a British TV show

Okay, I'm just starting a story about a young theater actor who gets cast in a modern, fairly successful British TV show. Unfortunately, I know very little about how TV show auditions usually go. The actor hears about the auditions from a friends who has already been cast, but when he shows up to the audition, would he have to sign in with somebody? Would they expect him to have prepared something to show, or would they want him to read from a script? If script, would they give him a few minutes to look over it before his turn, or would they just hand it to him and have him read it cold? What is the likely hood that the director would have the other actors there, to see how my actor works with them?
I realize the process is probably different for every show and every director, but just some generals would be really helpful. Also, the story is set in modern times and its a medium budget family TV show. How many people would you expect to turn up to an audition, if most of the parts have been cast, a few dozen? A hundred? A few hundred?
And for any Brits, is there a specific place where things like auditions happen in England (like English Hollywood)? I just assumed London, but I could be totally wrong. If London, in what area?
I already tried searching things about casting, but all I'm getting is the casting to particular shows, speculation about future casting and unhelpful things like that.
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Nicotine withdrawal + opiate use = ?

Setting: A character from the early 60s is injured in a setting with medical technology slightly more advanced than modern Earth. He's not a heavy smoker - maybe a couple packs a week - but he's been without them for a bit and shouldn't smoke for another month or so because his lung was punctured 4 times. Given the technology he's familiar with, he doesn't know about things like nicotine gum or patches to help his mood.

On top of that, he's on strong painkillers (someone I talked to said hydromorphone, but specifics on that aren't too important) and I'm not too sure if that would affect the irritability from stopping smoking in some way or not. I'm not sure how I'd go about Googling this, and I'm mostly looking for anecdotes if anyone's been in a situation similar, so any help would be great!
Link: Whut?
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Seating Arrangements at the Captain's Table, 1890s

Setting: 1890s, on an ocean liner travelling from England to China. AU
Googled: Dining arrangements, seating arrangements, Victorian dining etiquette, Captain's table, dining saloon, Emily Post's Etiquette, Mrs Beeton.

Now, we are on board an ocean liner in the 1890s and this is the first night of the journey. The jolly old friendly captain wishes to dine with his most prestigious passengers and has set up a 10-seater Captain's table, placed in the center of the dining saloon. Invitations has been sent out and... I'm a little lost at the seating arrangements.

From my understanding, during a formal dinner, the seating is usually determined by the hostess based on the importance and congeniality of the guests. But this is the Captain's table and while the man knows his passengers and their background, he doesn't know them too well. So how will the seating arrangements be in such a case?

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Thanks and all help and suggestions are appreciated.