Jul. 25th, 2007

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Hi all,

A little while ago [livejournal.com profile] ximeria posted about writing fanfiction from different cultural/linguistic perspectives. [livejournal.com profile] ximeria is a fan from the Netherlands, and her post addressed some of the challenges she's encountered when writing American or Canadian characters for whom she has few cultural reference points. In my reply to her post I'd said that as a northern Canadian, I experience the dS fandom a little differently than folks from, say, Texas or California (or even Toronto or Halifax ). Our fearless leader [livejournal.com profile] sageness then asked if I'd discuss some of the less obvious aspects authors might want to consider when writing post-Call of the Wild stories set in Freezerland. So here we are! Consider this your primer post on writing post-Call of the Wild stories for due South!

But First, Some Qualifications )

The Culture of Northern Canada )

The Economy, Shopping, and Dining )

The Weather )

Education )

Healthcare and Emergency Services )

The RCMP and the North )

I've included some links below to blogs and other firsthand accounts of life in the Canadian north, as well as some handy research sites behind the cuts.

Blogs )

Other Resources )

Well, that does it for [livejournal.com profile] ds_workshop this week. I hope I've provided some useful information about various aspects of life in northern Canada, and I'm ready and willing to answer any questions you may have to the best of my limited ability. I'd like to do a second workshop post on northern Canada soon, and so if you have a question, a comment or you want me to explain something further please let me know and I'll include the answer in the next post. Good luck with those post-Call of the Wild stories, and please feel free to post questions or comments below.

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