Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration.
CHARACTER, POINT OF VIEW, DIALOGUE
Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills (character traits)
Family Echo (family tree website)
PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE, OUTLINE
SETTING, WORLD BUILDING
TOOLS and SOFTWARE
My Writing Nook (online text editor; free)
Bubbl.us (online mind map application; free)
Freemind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
XMind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
Liquid Story Binder (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $45.95; Windows, portable)
Scrivener (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $39.95; Mac)
SuperNotecard (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
yWriter (novel organization and writing software; free; Windows, Linux, portable)
JDarkRoom (minimalist text editor; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
AutoRealm (map creation software; free; Windows, Linux with Wine)
lets be real that espeon could have fucking killed ash right there and made pikachu watch
That Prismatic Spray it’ll get ya!
Fifteenth Century Manuscripts: Fear of the Ottomans and help from Ethiopia
One of the most beautiful ‘art’ histories that I encountered during my years of research into the imagination of “Black” in the Dutch / Flemish art, were the miniatures in manuscripts in which Africans can be seen. One surprising figure after another surfaced. Unfortunately, these works are rarely lent and we could show only a few examples in the exhibition Black is Beautiful in 2008.
An interesting example is that in the period that the Burgundian Duke Philip the Good 1396 -1467 was in power, there was admiration for “Ethiopians”. This appreciation can be found in both in literature and in the arts and has hardly been investigated.
What lies behind these sometimes intriguing works? A first step of the research was then to find out what was going on historically in that period
Another historical event that influenced the imagination of black Africans in the visual arts was caused by the threat from the East. While the world in the west became larger and offered more trade opportunities, a new danger was approaching from the East in the form of the Ottomans. The conquest of Constantinople in 1453 on the Christians by the Ottomans made a great impression on religious and secular leaders, including Philip the Good. These leaders went looking for other Christian allies in the world against this new Muslim enemy. The Europeans became increasingly focused on Ethiopia. They knew this land for centuries as Christian.
It was thought in Europe that Ethiopian rulers were the only ones who could claim the “real” royal blood. They descended directly from Solomon. Solomon, the third king of Israel, according to the Ethiopian history written in the Kebra Negast (“The Glory of Kings”), had begotten a son with Queen Sheba.
This son became king Menelik I of Ethiopia. The fifteenth-century king of Ethiopia, it was thought, was a direct descendant of him. The kings of Ethiopia had extraordinary powers and forces, it was also thought. Europeans assumed that the king possessed a great and mighty army, and that he had the power to change the flow of the Nile He had the tools to beat the Arabs in Egypt.
Ethiopians were more than welcome in Europe.
That Philip the Good was expecting good things from black Africans is reflected in the work of the Flemish miniaturist Loyset Liédet, commissioned by Philip.
In one of the manuscripts of Loyset Liédet, La Fleur des Histoires (fol. 7, 1455 -1460), we see a representation of the reinstallation of Constantine the Great (c. 280-337) at Constantinople, the three black escorts are probably Ethiopians. The men wear fifteenth-century fashion.
The dark man in middle front could depict a king or dignitary. He wears the clothes and hat of a highly placed person. On his neck he seems to have a golden chain. Typical of the western view of Africans are the golden earrings and the band around the head of one of the other men.
-Esther Schruder, Art Historian
Notice even a professional finds these works very difficult to get SEEN by anyone. Also note that she mentions almost no research has been done-they just let these works of art molder in obscurity.
this video makes me so happy
this is exactly 100% what its like to be enlisted
This made me giggle.
I’m re-blogging this so when the time comes next year I can keep this in mind and be strong.
NO. FUCK THAT. A BOOK IS A BOOK. and i dont wanna sound like one of those eco-freaks. but having a Nook or Kindle at least saves trees in some way
I love the feeling and sight of paper books. I’ve been writing a novel for some time now, and when ever I imagine it published I’m usually holding a physical copy.
That said however, I think my kindle is one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given. It’s easy to hold and to read, it stores a a whole library in on place. I can actually have more books more easily. As a university student it’s also a huge relief to get a course reading on kindle/e-reader, because it becomes much easier to transport. I understand the love of books. It’s a good thing, and an old thing, well at least as old as the general population being able to read. I also think people will still keep owning and buying physical books, but one must make sure to not be biased about a trivial thing such as format. Whether of or not one agrees with the old saying of you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Perhaps a updated but just as relevant saying might be, “don’t judge a reader by the format they prefer.” Also just to have said it, if you are hoping to impress someone with your wall of books, you’ve missed the point of it all.
War Kitties in Hammocks
Carriers and other vessels got infested with rodents. So cats were not just moral boosters (which they very much were) they were also working members of the crew. Some have even been immortalized for surviving multiple attacks on their ships, etc. Military dogs have been recognized for the important roles they’ve played but I think cats kinda get lost in the shuffle of military animals sometimes.
i’ve queued up a few posts for porny women thursday…it’s nothing epic, but in case you’re wondering about the naked ladies and lingerie, there you have it. should be done by 4pm or so…
oh my god I LOVE THIS
It’s so sexy and playful. And it tells a story, if a very simple one: It’s fucking hot, so she’s naked in front of an electric fan and eating ice cream. The breeze in her hair, the napkin barely on her lap, her cheeky little smile, it’s all just perfect.
Also she’s dead sexy. So there’s that.
What’s The Dumbest Thing You Could Say To A Congresswoman Who Lost Her Legs In Battle? Um, THIS.
An IRS contractor hurt his foot playing football in military prep school. He never served in the actual military. Then one day, decades later, he used it to get preferred treatment in military contracts. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who lost both her legs and still could lose her arm from combat injuries, felt that this might just be a touch inappropriate. It gets amazing around 4:30.
Wow, the way she unloaded on him was beautiful.
I didn’t expect BAMC to come up though
I like how the chairmen of the discussion dismissed Ms. Duckworth’s going over time, by saying it was a good use of it.