April 7th, 2012

Patronymics specifics / Patronymics and Foreigners

Hello, I'm writing a story that involves heavy detail on Russian patronymics. I was wondering if you could help me out.

My story is set during the soviet era (the scenes I'm writing take place during 1985) and I'm acquainted with the patronymic system (explained to me by a Russian -I've been studying the language for a year), however I got stuck, after trying to come up with a suitable solution for a very *specific* problem. Before I wrote this post, I spent all morning trying to find something on the topic on the internet and so far there was no answer pertaining my question -well, I had some other questions regarding patronymics. I'm also adding what I found within the post-.

Also I looked for the answer within the community and although there were posts regarding patronymics, all were about the way children would be named and such, but not about foreigners and Patronymics, which is the problem that has been preventing me from writing (for this I used google and LJ seek since not all of the entries are tagged. I'm aware that I could have missed and entry about this :/).

Now, I have two 'variations' on foreigners + patronymics.

- First, I have a character who's father is a foreigner. Without diving into detail, and to solve this quickly I had the kid inheriting the patronymic from her mother -I was told that this could happen when there "is no father". That is if the mother is named (for example) Natalya Ivanova Brezhneva, the kid would be named Pavel Ivanovich Brezhnev (I might have the ending a bit wrong, but you guys get the point). I'm aware that the use of patronymics is not a compulsory thing if a foreigner is involved, but since the mother of the character IS russian I thought it would be something compulsory to her. So far so good. This was easy to solve.

-However I have a very important character in the story (an adult) who is a foreigner but who has lived almost all his life in Russia -he considers himself more Russian than a foreigner-. I was told by a Russian that patronymics would have to be used at all times (especially in a formal situation. Kids addressing adults for example. Or their teachers -which is the case in this story. The fatherless child would be his student-.

Logic dictates me that he shouldn't have a patronymic since he's not from Russia. At least not officially, but I'm assuming that since he's lived *there* most of his life he could have ended using a patronymic (I don't know, maybe the people around him got annoyed by this and asked his father's name and voilá! Then again I don't know if this could happen, in cases where the person you interact with all the time is a foreigner and doesn't have a patronymic). Then there was another thing that troubled me greatly. Since Russians use the patronymic as a sign of respect, how would the kid address him without one? Read moreCollapse )

Names of endearment in the Persian language.

Setting: San Francisco, modern.
Phrases Googled:"Persian endearments," "Persian flowers," "affectionate names in Persian."

One of my characters is a woman, an American and the daughter of a Mexican mother and an Iranian father; she is raised to be fluent in both languages and she often uses terms of endearments for her girlfriend in the Persian language. Now, her girlfriend's name is Violet and I want to come up with a nickname in Persian that's similar to that. Like, purple flower, or maybe a direct translation of Violet.

The endearments I Googled were far too general for me and when I searched for flowers in the Persian language, I just turned up with local fauna.

Any suggestions?

Going back to University in the UK

So, in a story I'm outlining and drafting I have a thirtysomething in London who worked a bunch of administrative jobs and never went to University, want to go to take some courses (at least).

Is it possible to be a part-time student and older student at a university in the UK? What kind of paperwork and hassles would she have to go through? Or would the concept not work at all?

I tried googling "Returning to University in the UK" and "Part Time Students in the UK" and couldn't find anything that answered my questions. Help please?

A Reason for CPR

Maybe you guys can help me out with a story I got stuck on a while ago because of this one little detail. I am looking for a reason for one character to use CPR on another.

Setting: Modern day, liberal arts college. A performance of a play is going on and something happens to one of the actors (guy in his early twenties) that he falls to the stage and another actor (who has basic medical training and would know that this is a situation in which CPR is required) has to use CPR on him to save his life, or at least sustain him long enough for professional help to get there and take over.

I Google-searched 'reasons to use CPR', 'medical reasons for CPR', 'CPR situations', and even just 'CPR'. I mostly keep coming across drowning or choking, neither of which would be possible during the production. I'm hoping for some kind of pre-existing condition that the guy could have that would, for one reason or another, require him to get CPR.

So what medical reason could I use for a character to go into state where CPR would be necessary?

-EDIT- Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions! You guys gave my a ton to think about and research further. Thank you for all your help!