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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.

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Anonymous asked:

Hello! So I've started drafting for a big story I had planned some time ago, and I am in pretty deep, but I'm not exactly sure how the kingdom's laws and government should work. Is there anything I can reference off of? Also, one of the main laws I wanted to incorporate is that any sort of magic is not to be used as it is seen as a temptation of power, and such power can get out of hand. Does this make sense, or should I try something else?


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.

Made-up Curse Words




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!

If you are a writer, and you have a novel idea that you are excited about writing, write it. Don’t go on message boards and ask random Internet denizens whether or not something is allowed. … Who is the writer here? YOU ARE. Whose book is it? YOUR BOOK. There are no writing police. No one is going to arrest you if you write a teen vampire novel post Twilight. No one is going to send you off to a desert island to live a wretched life of worm eating and regret because your book includes things that could be seen as cliché.

If you have a book that you want to write, just write the damn thing. Don’t worry about selling it; that comes later. Instead, worry about making your book good. Worry about the best way to order your scenes to create maximum tension, worry about if your character’s actions are actually in character; worry about your grammar. DON’T worry about which of your stylistic choices some potential future editor will use to reject you, and for the love of My Little Ponies don’t worry about trends. Trying to catching a trend is like trying to catch a falling knife—dangerous, foolhardy, and often ending in tears, usually yours.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to what’s getting published; keeping an eye on what’s going on in your market is part of being a smart and savvy writer. But remember that every book you see hitting the shelves today was sold over a year ago, maybe two. Even if you do hit a trend, there’s no guarantee the world won’t be totally different by the time that book comes out. The only certainty you have is your own enthusiasm and love for your work. …

If your YA urban fantasy features fairies, vampires, and selkies and you decide halfway through that the vampires are over-complicating the plot, that is an appropriate time to ax the bloodsuckers. If you decide to cut them because you’re worried there are too many vampire books out right now, then you are betraying yourself, your dreams, and your art.

If you’re like pretty much every other author in the world, you became a writer because you had stories you wanted to tell. Those are your stories, and no one can tell them better than you can. So write your stories, and then edit your stories until you have something you can be proud of. Write the stories that excite you, stories you can’t wait to share with the world because they’re just so amazing. If you want to write Murder She Wrote in space with anime-style mecha driven by cats, go for it. Nothing is off limits unless you do it badly.

And if you must obsess over something, obsess over stuff like tension and pacing and creating believable characters. You know, the shit that matters. There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to.

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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.

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