If Hoyoung Lee’s concept printer becomes reality, you’ll never throw away another pencil stub or buy another ink cartridge. The pencil printer separates the wood from pencils and uses the lead to print documents. There’s even a built-in eraser component that allows you to remove text from a page and reuse the paper, so you’ll be saving money and trees.
INNOVATIVE MINDS!!! Blooming and blossoming all around! This is brilliant!
selana1505 asked: Could you direct me to any sources for what life in the US in the Victorian Era was like? I find a lot more about the UK, unfortunately. I’m particularly interested in demographics and social structures - and the status of unmarried or widowed women. Thank you.
Here are some resources. You should also try search terms with “Civil War era” in place of Victorian era, like “Life in Civil War era America” or “social structures during Civil War era,” etc. Antebellum and postbellum would work, too.
The Victorian Era (includes info about America)
To the Life of the Victorian Woman
Victorian Values in a New Age
American Women in the Victorian Era
this perfection is back on my dash again
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You can reference it off a past or present legal system or government. If you’re going for an earlier legal system, you might want to look into Hammurabi’s Code or the Twelve Tables. There are also some sites on medieval law, Renaissance Venice law, the Qin legal code, the Great Qing Legal Code, Mughal law, and basically legal systems for every era that ever existed.
There are many suggestions on government in this post.
And that law sounds completely fine as long as you work in provisions to ban the use of magic among people who want to use it.
dear fucking tumblr
this is a fucking bumblebee
this is a fucking bee
this is a fucking hornet
this is a fucking wasp
as you can fucking see the longer their legs are and the less fuzzy they are is equivalent to how fucking evil they fucking are
I feel like I just watched a step by step pokemon evolution
Anonymous asked: What is your opinion on making up words in a (sci-fi) story for cursing?
I think it’s frakking awesome! People are so gorram sensitive about cursing already, and every smeggy nerf-herder out there is ready to pounce on the opportunity to criticize writers for whatever belgium they think is right or wrong for us to say. If you ask me, which you did, it’s just a bunch of over-sensitive dren. Make up all the frelling curse words you want.
P.S. Made-up curse words tend to do best when they sound similar to curse words currently in use and/or include lots of hard consonants. Even the French, who are known worldwide for their melodious language, have merde, foutre, and trouduc. Curse words also tend to have monosyllabic root words (frak as opposed to frakking), though there are plenty of exceptions to that rule.
And some made up curse words just work better than the real ones. I mean, come on, who hasn’t shouted ‘D’Arvit!’ or ‘Ach, Crivens!’ before?
This is a fantastic point! It makes me think of the made-up curse words we use every day to substitute for the really bad ones. How about:
There are plenty of way to get around outright cursing. Sometimes the word is a slurred portmanteau or perhaps a lazily pronounced phrase that’s been squished together by time and repetition. Sometimes it’s just a strong-sounding word with an “Oh” before it and an exclamation point after. Regardless, people have been inventing substitutes for curse words for a long, long time. You can draw on these examples for inspiration!
Also, I found this very interesting interview from the Boston Globe about swearing titled 4,000 years of oaths, curses, and obscenity. The interview is with Melissa Mohr to promote her book Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, and it’s well worth the read (it’s short).
Extra Super Bonus: Here’s a giant list of English swear words!
Rachel Aaron (via relatedworlds)
Yeah, so, this answers a lot of asks I get. It’s also why YW focuses on technique and style, and less on content and research.