Anonymous asked: Ok so my new prose piece has the word fucking in it and I feel weird about saying it. If it wasn't apart of a poem I wouldn't question it I just wouldn't say it but I feel like if I don't say it I'm taking away from the author of that poems feelings. What should I do?
high school judges tend to be a bit touchy about this subject. College judges are a bit more lenient, but in all honesty its not really a good choice in high school level. Think of who the judges are: overly involved parents in most cases, and (I’m being very general, and I love these parents they’re very helpful) but they tend to be a bit more on the conservative side.
Honestly, I’d suggest getting rid of it. Don’t replace it with a weird word like ‘effing’ or ‘freaking’ try more along the lines of ‘god damn’
[EDIT] God damn may also be a touchy word. (Especially if you’re competing with religious schools, and are being judged by presumably religious parents) I’d suggest just dropping the word totally, especially since most of the time the sentence will work without it. “I don’t care” instead of “I don’t fucking care.” And so on.
companionsamcarter asked: This is a debate horror story but last weekend my friends in Policy didn't break because they had a judge who wrote on their ballot "you definitely out-debated the other team but I personally would never vote for your side so you lost"
You can hit judges for being idiotic and biased right guys?
sparklyqueso asked: This weekend I was at a tournament at a school that has rooms that have a tile floor for the most part. However, for whatever reason, they decided it would be a good idea to put all of the HI rooms in a hall that only had rooms with carpeted floors!!! Not only that, but in my first round, there was a giant plush rug covering the only available performance space and no way to move it! My pops were a little off to say the least
Really though, a room having tile floor is not something you should count on in the future. You should always be prepared for little stupid things like this that get in the way.
In addition, for really good popping you shouldn’t even need your feet to move. Your body in one character should look completely different from your body in another character. I know HIs are rampaged with characters- but changing where your foot is doesn’t distinguish character. Vocality(pitch, speed of voice, accent, etc), posture(the way you hold yourself), and gestures are the most important aspects of popping. And even if the characters are still pretty much the same (two teenagers talking to eachother or something) you can pop your hip to the side and talk with a higher voice with one character, and have the other character lean back, speak slower, and have a different expression.
I know it may be hard to break the feet popping habbit, but your piece will be soo soo much better if you don’t have to focus on whether or not your feet are in the right place. (:
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