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edited 12th Oct '14 2:07:28 PM by dRoy

 6751 Killer Clowns, Tue, 5th Feb '13 4:14:59 PM from the Midwest Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Easily entertained
If it helps, no British school would ever have one of those.

To the contrary — one of my relatives in England, a teacher, actually runs an after-school Magic: The Gathering club. Then again, he's out in a quaint village. Maybe they just don't give a fuck out there.

edited 5th Feb '13 4:16:53 PM by KillerClowns

 6752 Um Lovely, Tue, 5th Feb '13 4:23:14 PM from 2814 Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
The Darkness Grows
What's a good language for magic?

edited 5th Feb '13 4:23:37 PM by UmLovely

RISE
 6753 Noaqiyeum, Tue, 5th Feb '13 4:27:40 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
[up] ...Aklo? :P
Go and get your riot gear! Swing your partner all around -
We'll be dancing on the cinders as the town is burning down!
 6754 Morwen Edhelwen, Tue, 5th Feb '13 5:17:54 PM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
@Loni: I went to a private school too, but we never had anything like that.
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 6755 Tera Chimera, Tue, 5th Feb '13 7:28:16 PM from somewhere out there
Cool Celtic Composition
You have a respected, if not particularly noteworthy or famous, archaeologist. How many peer-reviewed journals could he be expected to be published in during a period of ten years or so?
"The Uncertainty Principle isn't about uncertainty and it isn't a principle; other than that, it's perfectly named." — David Van Baak
Isn't she the cutest murderous psychopath?
Would "We are the relics of the bygone era." be good Arc Words (or whatever you call it) for a story that deals with individuals trying to adjust to the rapidly changing world?

edited 5th Feb '13 8:49:09 PM by dRoy

...Goddamnit, why can't I get normal health questions like the rest of my colleagues? - Pyrite, upon being asked about the meaning of poop.
Seeking for Light
[up][up] How many peer-reviewed journals for archaeologists are there? Not trying to be flippant, but that makes a big difference; the number of articles published in x amount of time and the number of different journals published in are highly field-dependent. I would recommend finding several real-life archaeologists in your character's area of study and looking at their publishing history.

[up] Sounds fine to me.

 6758 Morwen Edhelwen, Wed, 6th Feb '13 8:10:47 PM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
Anyone here familiar with rural Southwest Alaska? I need a beta reader to check the cultural accuracy of something I'm doing.

edited 6th Feb '13 8:26:19 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 6759 nrjxll, Wed, 6th Feb '13 8:41:24 PM Relationship Status: Not war
I need some Chinese and Japanese newspapers with an English webpage.

 6760 Noaqiyeum, Wed, 6th Feb '13 8:44:46 PM from Ockham Asylum Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
the it-thingy
For China, here are the websites for People's Daily and Chinadaily.
Go and get your riot gear! Swing your partner all around -
We'll be dancing on the cinders as the town is burning down!
 6761 Crystal Glacia, Wed, 6th Feb '13 9:03:23 PM from Cedarpointland
listen
And for Japan, there's the Yomiyuri and Nikkei, two of the five big newspapers of Japan.
 6762 nrjxll, Wed, 6th Feb '13 9:15:15 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Thanks.

 6763 Morwen Edhelwen, Thu, 7th Feb '13 12:19:34 AM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
Can someone please help me out? I'm afraid I'm writing something with more holes than Swiss cheese...
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 6764 Game Spazzer, Thu, 7th Feb '13 12:42:13 AM from Against! The! Wall!
happy
I could try, although it's nearly three in the morning, and my brain is full of fuck.
 6765 Sabre's Edge, Thu, 7th Feb '13 12:50:55 AM from Her Majesty's Occult Service
I can't vouch on the differences between different parts of Alaska, but Jean Craighead George's Julie of the Wolves trilogy, especially the second book Julie, goes into some detail. That's with more Eskimo-populated places, though.
Przeciwko komuż tak się pojednały?
Przeciwko kilku myślom... co nienowe!
—Cyprian Norwid
 6766 Morwen Edhelwen, Thu, 7th Feb '13 1:04:25 AM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
@Game Spazzer: I could send it to you later.

@Sabre's Edge: My protagonist is half-Eskimo and Aleut, but she's half-Yup'ik rather than Inupiaq like Julie.

Speaking of that, is there a specific name for a storm like a nor'easter when it's not happening in the Northern US? I thought of nor'wester, but that refers to something else. Or can ''nor'easter" be a generic term?

edited 7th Feb '13 2:33:39 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
Seeking for Light
Nor'easter is a specific type of storm that only happens in the Eastern US. A quick gander at Wikipedia suggests the term "extratropical cyclone" for storms with some similarities to nor'easters but which are not specific to a given geographic region.

edited 7th Feb '13 8:00:46 AM by Nocturna

 6768 risingdreamer, Thu, 7th Feb '13 1:54:16 PM from Peixeroland
Insert witty title here
Character is from a Squishy Wizard Witch Species. Because her parents and then her foster parents died to protect her, she's a bit of a Broken Bird some hang ups about being protected.

I don't know how nor why she would join her kingdom's forces to protect people. She would probably have to use her magic for it, but...

Any thoughts?
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
 6769 Morwen Edhelwen, Thu, 7th Feb '13 2:34:08 PM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
[up][up] What about "nor'wester"?
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
 6770 Mr Mallard, Thu, 7th Feb '13 3:10:22 PM from Australia, mate
Artibi
[up][up]4 people who loved her very much died to protect her. She feels she has to give that back.
When life is holding you hostage, is it any wonder you develop Stockholm Syndrome? - Malchus
Seeking for Light
[up][up] If you want to make up that term and use it, go for it. I'd recommend checking that such storms can actually have wind from the northwest in the region you're thinking of, though. (Nor'easters are called that because the wind blows from the northeast.)

 6772 risingdreamer, Thu, 7th Feb '13 7:26:05 PM from Peixeroland
Insert witty title here
For something else... What would lead a Visionary Villain to try to create an organization with the sole purpose of being an opposition to the rest of the world, so people wouldn't fight against each other?

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
 6773 Morwen Edhelwen, Thu, 7th Feb '13 9:41:42 PM from Sydney, Australia
Tolkien freak
@Noctuna: I've seen the term "northwester" before.

EDITED: I actually discovered that a similar storm in Alaska is a "burga."

edited 7th Feb '13 9:58:43 PM by MorwenEdhelwen

The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
Formerly G.G.
When you developing a character in a story, do you have to go one rigid path or can the character develop in any number of ways? Lets you have a character who is particularity arrogant yet you don't want him broken in any way, what can you do to still keep him arrogant yet developed?
"Ah~ I don't usually remember every single face of the small fries I encounter. ♥"
 6775 Sabre's Edge, Fri, 8th Feb '13 1:13:04 AM from Her Majesty's Occult Service
Have him actually gain the skills to bear out his arrogance; conversely, over a longer period of time, decrease his vocal arrogance. That way, an observant reader would notice that the character in question is learning to talk the talk in proportion to his ability to walk the walk, without having to do anything like admitting he was in the wrong. Character development by omission, essentially.
Przeciwko komuż tak się pojednały?
Przeciwko kilku myślom... co nienowe!
—Cyprian Norwid
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