May. 7th, 2011

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Well, not quite. =P But still, this is interesting nonetheless...

So, my mother is from Thessaloniki, Greece, right? Thessaloniki is the "de facto capital of the Greek region of Macedonia." I've never been exactly clear on what the deal is exactly with Macedonians, but apparently they're somewhat separate from Greeks... Although Greece alleges that Macedonians are not a distinct people, Macedonians say otherwise. This site explains a lot of it: and I'm not really sure why I'm linking it because this applies to like, no one but me, but ya never know. 

Anyway, the other day my dad and I were talking about how people from Greece look, and how he could be mistaken for Middle Eastern or Turkish or Israeli, or anything like that, because he's darker and basically swarthy(side note: I'm never sure or not if swarthy is offensive, I just looked it up and it doesn't seem to be unequivocally offensive but if I'm missing something, let me know.) My mother, on the other hand, could not. She's pale and, like many from Northern Greece, doesn't have that dark Mediterranean look. My grandmother, her mother, is blonde with blue eyes. My dad said they're descendants of Macedonians, which explains the difference.

Anyway, I dunno. It's just interesting to me, and I want to do more research on it. Backgrounds and things like that are fascinating to me. And Alexander the Great was Macedonian, so hey, if I have Macedonian in me, I'm not complaining. :D

I really really really want to do this Basically traces your paternal and maternal roots way way way back, and I just think that's awesome. And I'm totally prepared to be shocked, I don't think it will bother me much. Not bothered in the sense that there's some group of people I don't want to be a part of, nothing like that, just bothered in the sense that I have always thought of myself as a fully Greek person and have identified with the history, so it might be a bit unsettling to see I'm more of something else than Greek.

My teacher used it and said he was personally relieved to find that the bulk of his roots were from Mesopotamia, so it wasn't some big identity shock for him. But I'm totally willing to be surprised, bring it on. I may be a little sad if I'm not as Greek as I thought, because Greeks are cool and it's not that I'm necessarily proud of myself for being Greek, because that's just silly, but I am proud of my peoples' history on the whole.

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Hey. So. I have a short story workshop class, should email my story to the class by tomorrow eveningish (sooner the better though, it would be cool if I could later tonight), just finished it tonight, and it's a bit rough. It barely makes 8 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman. Anyone up for beta reading, advice on cleaning the ending, anything at all? Shit I may have missed?

It's a mini mini mini little quick review/editing/beta/proofreading/editorial/blablablah project.

ummm what else should I whip out to elicit sympathy...

There. Wooper implores you to help me!

(oh my god I am an insufferable dork.)


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