you don’t have it any better and you don’t have it any worse. you’re an irreplaceable human soul with your own understanding of what it means to suffer. and that’s a huge bummer.

A friend. (via busta-mcthundahstick)

amandaonwriting:

Historical Romance - How to add layers to your scenes
by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
In terms of historical fiction, we look back. We look back because that is where the answers lie. It is all about context. The research must be fun. It must also fit your story, and lift the narrative.Show us the ‘personality’ of that era, so that the historical setting becomes almost another character: show the sexual, gender and social politics, the mood of the times etc.
Five ways to add context
History itself. Who was in power at the time? Why? What was the main trade? What were the marriage laws? Historical detail is a great way to inform or give impetus to the plot, such as the London Season for Debutantes, etc.
How circumstances affect characters. We must never just lay on historical information, but rather weave into the story and it should ideally be seen through the lens of the character. How does she feel about how society treats women, etc.?
Sense it. Make use of the senses—the smell of the docks, the latest French perfume, the sight of a new ship or a building, the type of music in vogue, etc. – and tie those to the historical ambience of the world
Dress it. Make sure you know what your heroine is wearing, what undergarments support it, what was considered appropriate or risqué, and what kind of dress would suit your character best
Detail it. Go for small details that signal the reader that you’re building an authentic world – the dress, the dinner plate, the food, a cherished pet, an artwork or an objet d’art etc. Other details that may lift the narrative: modes of transport, whether it is a carriage or a horse (what kind?), the architecture,  furniture, the literature of the day, details of places of worship and churches, the type of medicine, etc.
We need to go under the surface of the story, to know what life was like in that era and how your character is experiencing it. Remember that your reader may not know anything about the period or time—they need the writer to build the world, paint the picture, give colour, texture and emotion.
The characters don’t live in a vacuum-we need to build the characters’ world through details, sensory description; the world must be believable and entertaining.
Five exercises to help you
Print images from Internet or collect photocopies from books and create a collage of these for your writing desk
Describe the interior of the heroine’s bedroom as if you were writing for a nostalgia magazine or for a new experiential museum
Describe the morning ritual of the hero: how he shaves, dresses, what ritual he may follow
Create a dinner menu for a typical social meal of the time, and source ingredients for it – imagine the trip to the market
Imagine a time traveller from the present happens upon your setting —have her write a dispatch back home to describe this extraordinary experience!

cupofteaorgtfo:

Better get my shit packed for Hogwarts the train leaves tomorrow

howaboutdisney:

YOU DESERVE AN AWARD AND DO U SEE KHAN WATCH HER AS SHE TURNS INTO A WARRIOR IM SCREAMING

dunflower:

u know someone is having a rough day when their favorite song plays and they don’t sing along

cup-of-magic:

muffindess:


Genetically modified flowers glow in the dark

Australian company Bioconst has released a line of genetically modified fluorescent flowers that produce a protein that glow when exposed to a proprietary UV LED


I WANT A GARDEN OF THESE THINGS THEN STRING UP THOSE UV LED LIGHT THINGIES. THEN HAVE FIRE-CIRCLE-NAKED-DANCING -PARTIES BY MOON AND FLOWER POWER LIGHT. GOTTA HAVE SOME FIREFLIES TOO BECAUSE WHY THE FUCK NOT.
THAT IS ALL I WANT.

look at the veins! :D

How To Poison Your Fictional Characters

hs-ramblings:

drtanner-sfw:

therevenantwrites:

A short list of several types of poison and their effects.

Oh, excellent. I like this.

Nobody show Hussie this.

projectkr:

thehipsterhasthetardis:



andythanfiction:

nerdsinmypants:


Stages of Deterioration in the Human Body
The Moment Of Death: 1. The heart stops. 2. The skin gets tight and ashen in color. 3. All the muscles relax. 4. The bladder and bowels empty.  5. The body temperature begins to drop 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit per hour. After 30 minutes: 6. The skin gets purple and waxy. 7. The lips, fingernails, and toenails fade to a pale color. 8. Blood pools at the bottom of the body. 9. The hands and feet turn blue. 10. The eyes sink into the skull. After 4 hours: 11. Rigor mortis has set in. 12. The purpling of the skin and the pooling of the blood continue. 13. Rigor continues to tighten muscles for another 24 hours or so. After 12 hours: 14. The body is in full rigor mortis. After 24 hours: 15. The body is now the temperature of the surrounding environment. 16. In males, the semen dies. 17. The head and neck are now a greenish-blue color. 18. The greenish-blue color spreads to the rest of the body. 19. There is a pervasive smell of rotting meat. After 3 days: 20. The gas in the body tissues forms large blisters on the skin. 21. The whole body begins to bloat and swell grotesquely. 22. Fluids leak from the mouth, nose, vagina, and rectum. After 3 weeks: 23. The skin, hair, and nails are so loose they can easily be pulled off the corpse. 24. The skin bursts open on many places on the body. 25. Decomposition will continue until the body is nothing but skelital remains, a process that can take a month or so in hot climates, and two months or more in cold climates.

This is actually pretty interesting.

Important for writers…helps avoid either walking in and knowing someone died moments ago “from the smell” (unless that smell is piss and shit), or finding someone dead for a week that “looks like they’re sleeping.”



Skeletal* Also this is a really great resource for writing!

Where was this when I was doing my anatomy essay ! :0

16 Villain Archetypes

chosenbytheplanet:

The TYRANT: the bullying despot, he wants power at any price. He ruthlessly conquers all he surveys, crushing his enemies beneath his feet. People are but pawns to him, and he holds all the power pieces. Hesitate before getting in this man’s way – he’ll think nothing…

(Source: tamicowden.com)