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I would imagine everyone has noticed how often Zink has been updating lately. "Rarely" comes to mind, as well as "never" and "is that still a thing?" Well, yes, it is still a thing. Here's the thing about that thing. I've known for years that the version that I've been writing and producing is merely the first rough draft of the Zink story. By writing it and pushing through the hard parts, I figured that I would discover things about the characters and the settings that I would never have thought of in the first place. That has turned out to be true. It has turned out to be so true, in fact, that I've reached the point where what I've learned about the story no longer jives with what has been published. So, I need to start over.

In the meantime, before the second version is started, the Zink archive will not be removed from the internet. I want to do more one-shot stories like Hogwarts, except more canon, because that was just buckets of fun. I realize that where the story will leave off is kind of horrible, so if you have questions you want to ask the characters, you can do so.

Zink will be back, just in a more cohesive form with all the writing skills I've acquired since starting this project plus some. I am really excited about this story, and this time I'm going to wait to tell it until I actually can.

I thought I would have more to say on the matter, but nope: Zink rough draft #1 is ending now, it will be back later, there will be excited jabbering from me when it does. Thank you so much for reading it, you're all awesome :}

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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
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One advantage of having a smart kid is that she's too smart to allow herself to become indoctrinated. She's also smart enough to pretend to play along so that she can snag the rewards and even come off getting her own way. I didn't have to teach her that.
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Fevley Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
The biggest issue with treating schools like factories is that if a factory isn't working at maximum efficiency, they can trim the fat and replace bad parts. Schools can't kick out kids who are mean/don't speak English/have terrible home lives/etc etc. Plus there have been decades of blaming teachers for society's woes and now there aren't enough willing  replacements. Teachers are the most underpaid professionals there are, and with the level of schooling they need to have it's a travesty. Then there's the problem of individual school districts, because let me tell you, teachers who enjoy their work and don't have control issues are not the ones who try to get put higher into the system.

Common Core is helping, but most good teachers have been trying to do Common Core techniques their entire career and have been shut down for it. The whole system is a mess, and it's made worse by the total lack of job security among teachers. Did you know that if you don't have tenure, you can be laid off at any time of the year? It's cheaper to have non-tenured teachers, so you can imagine the motivation to keep them "new."

So yeah, I'm really glad you keep such a close eye on Mickey's education and that she herself can see the flaws in it.
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
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I think I would prefer to go back to being American Indian. 'Native American' has always impressed me as an awkward term for a number of reason, not the least being that closet White Supremacists like the Duck Dynasty boys have taken over the term to mean 'White People who are not the descendants of recent immigrants'
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Fevley Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
The 1491s came to my university a few months back. They talked about a lot of stuff, but not the names of things. My political science class talks about that, though, and how the sloppy naming systems from Europeans and subsequent reification from all parties causes a lot damage to community mindsets. It's quite nice to see this particular naming system being discussed with civility and respect. Also, I'll remember your preference.
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
‘Indian’ in any form is also awkward in its own right. At the time Native American was introduced, the old-school Westerns were not so far in the past and ‘Indian’ still invoked the image of the ‘Blood-Thirsty Savage’, or the ‘Noble Savage’ at best. Native Americans were more eager to distance themselves from the term. Working with people around the world, I realized some time ago that most people outside North America are uncertain just what Native American means, and I use American Indian with them. In Canada they say Indigenous, with is very direct and elegant in its way. It will never catch on here...
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Fevley Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey, we can always start using it in our own everyday speech and see how it catches on.
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Fevley Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sending me this. There's so much I don't know about equality and the gaining thereof, so I love getting new perspectives. (Should've known this perspective already, but that's another issue.)

By the way, I sent an email about a week ago, did you get it? Hope your arms feeling better.
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Glad you liked it. I’ve sometimes thought about writing up the story of my Grandmother. She brokered the real estate deals that launched the Walmart and J.B. Hunt Empires back when. The local Chamber of Commerce held a dinner in her honor. The thing was, the dinner had to be a lunch - as an Indian, by law she had to be across the state line by nightfall or be arrested.

I did get your email - trying to get there!
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uncle-bilbo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
He lived long and he prospered! You've probably already seen this! www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGF5RO…
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