[identity profile] annarti.livejournal.com
I found another Wiki today that I thought might be useful for us writerly types: WikiHow is a how-to Wiki. I was specifically looking up how to make chocolate straight from the cocoa bean to see if it was feasible for my pre-tech culture to have such a thing. Turns out it's unlikely, but they might be developing it maybe! But yes. Thought it might be useful for others, too :D
[identity profile] saiena.livejournal.com
Came across this the other day - Authonomy - and thought I would share it with you guys.

I haven't had much of a chance to poke about just yet, but what I've seen certainly makes it seem interesting. It's run by HarperCollins Publishing, and offers a place where anyone can upload their novel (starting with the first 10,000 words) for others to read and critique.

So far, so normal, right?

Well, the difference with this is that each reader is allowed to choose their five favourite works from the rest of the site, and every month the top five books across the board get reviewed by the publishing editors of HC, who then decide whether or not they want to publish it. Apparently it also gets regular hits from agents and other publishers.

Whether all of that is true and worthy of believing or not, I'm not quite sure, but I think it worthy of further investigation, no?

Let me know if you find anything else out *salutes*
[identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
Here are lots of nice tutorials - some about horses, some about birds, some about people. Yes, they're aimed at artists, but there's enough detail there to prove useful for writers too, particularly for the description of the appearance of different races.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
This is a website for a fairytale journal that I've just found: Cabinet des Fées. Mentioning it both because they're open to submissions and about those of us interested in fairytale writing might find it an interesting journal to look at.

ETA: See also Sur la Lune fairytales, a look at the history of fairytales.


Jan. 18th, 2008 11:38 am
[identity profile] alintaflame.livejournal.com
Did any of you know about this craziness?

http://ficlets.com/page/about  (64 to 1,024 CHARACTERS!)


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[identity profile] rosiphelee.livejournal.com
I just stumbled across a very good post on plotting. Lots of sensible, practical advice here:

The Glory of Plot
[identity profile] silvanime.livejournal.com
Forgive me if something like this has already been posted. I'll be the first to admit I'm not very good at keeping up around here. But I just came across a glossary of castle terms. Could be useful in the future.
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[identity profile] rosiphelee.livejournal.com
Whilst poking around for ideas for the sycamore prompt, I discovered that Welsh lovespoons were traditionally made from sycamore wood. As lovespoons are quite fascinating, I thought I'd share some resources:

The History of Lovespoons
Meanings of the symbols

Both sites also have some photographs of lovespoons.
[identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
There is a most amazing little search thingummer HERE. Basically, you type in the symptoms you want/need and it'll give you the illness/condition. ^_^ There's also an A-Z list of conditions by symptom and an illustrated guide for male or female, as well as the symptoms of a few common illnesses. Tis GREAT.


Sep. 25th, 2007 11:05 pm
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
'Narti has charged me to share this with you all, so I shall.

"The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World" is the title of a book about, what else, the meaning of words. I've been leafing through this a bit while talking to Narti and it looks quite helpful for writers making up a conlang. If anything it'll provide ideas for what kind of untranslatable words a conlang can have.

In this book you will find such phrases as tingo (obviously), which is Pascuesne for "to take all the objects one desires from the house of a friend, one at a time, by borrowing them" or "areodjarekput (Inuit): to exchange wives for a few days only."

"pichon": Caribbean Spanish for "a handsome young man", literally meaning 'young pidgeon'. (See? Some people still like pidgeons!)

"marilopotes": Ancient Greek for a gulper of coal dust.

So, yes, it looks like it could be useful for world-building ideas.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Article right here.

Of course I find this after doing the round-up. Anyway, enjoy!

Also, be sure to check out the post with links to A publishing primer.

Actually, that blog's one to keep your eye on, no matter what the entry.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Quick linkie

Unfortunately, LT doesn't allow me to link to the exact post. It's #4 that you want, by zette.

It deals with how publishers/law/people deal with stories posted online and the pitfalls of that when people want to go pro. I know most of you from Elfwood and Elfwood's a public place, so... Thought it'd be good/useful/interesting to share. ^-^


Aug. 16th, 2007 07:19 pm
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[identity profile] rosiphelee.livejournal.com
I've just stumbled across this site, which looks like a interesting resource:

Abandoned Communities

It's a site about abandoned towns and villages in the UK. It's got a range of thorough case studies, ranging from plague villages to the Blitz-damaged East End, and also sections on the psychological effect of leaving a community and poetry and art connected to the various case studies.

Worth a browse if you're planning wide scale destruction or need a reason for characters to be in exile.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Because I know quite a few of you write in medieval(ish) settings, I thought this site might be useful. It's a medieval names archive. Most of it is information on the names and how they came to be, etc, but the appendices hold names as well. No meanings, but still.

They also have a list of 'problem names', which are names that are problematic (for the case of reenactment) in any way, shape or form.

Also, here's a FAQ on medieval Welsh names.
[identity profile] jamidget.livejournal.com
I'm quite new to this little group, but I read a couple days ago about the idea for "Telechasia," the little world many of you thought would be fun to co-create and write stories for, using others' characters and the like.

Well, I don't know how much has been done regarding this, but I just finished creating a website that kind of works with this basic idea. It's called Aldora, and [livejournal.com profile] shanra mentioned it in her link blurb a couple days ago.

But this plug includes opportunities for publication. Wow, eh? )

Some of you know [livejournal.com profile] saltnester. Well, Cecily joined a couple weeks ago and came up with this great idea of renegade elves living in caves and abducting kids, and then she started a story about it. I'm already hooked.

And [livejournal.com profile] ladylight, you may be interested to know that, not only are there 5 moons, but also 2 suns on Aldora. Your wacky tides can be.

So, all interested come, join, and enjoy.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Aldora World - which is a project by our lovely [livejournal.com profile] jamidget. It gives people a world to play in collectively with everyone playing with everything when inspiration hits. I am still rather bad at blurbs, so I'm sure he can offer you a better one. ^-^ 'tis fun.

AuthorTrek - a listing of authors both well-known and new. Provided they interview themselves with the questionaire provided and send it in.

TwitterLit - sharing the first line of a novel twice a day (without author or title) and interested people can follow the trail of breadcrumbs to find out what book it is. Or you can turn it into a guessing game of 'Do I know this story?' ^-~

And with these links I shall leave you.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
This time to Deep Genre, a blog maintained by well-known writers such as Katharin Kerr and Carol Berg. It's got writer news and discussions on writing, etc.

Thought I'd share. ^-^
[identity profile] nihiriki.livejournal.com
Seeing as some of the ideas post comments suggest writing nonfiction, guidebooks, textbooks from a fantasy world, etc, I thought I might bring these links up.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm is an archive with a vast selection of texts, mostly about religion and mythology from Asia to Europe to North and South America. Just scroll down and all the categories are on the left sidebar. They have texts from the Bible, on sexuality, on evil, on Paganism, and, for some reason – the Necronomicon. Useful if you’re planning to study/imitate different styles, etc.

And, there’s always Bartleby.com with references, some poetry and some short stories and texts, and even Chapman’s Homer (The Odyssey, rather).

Enjoy! (I hope I used the right tag.)
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Well, it goes to figure that if I don't come bearing round-ups, I come bearing links. ^-~ Anyway, here is an exercise on writing an outline(/short story) in an hour. It does focus rather a bit on the scifi side, but hey that's what you get when it's a scifi writer writing it, I suspect.

There's also a post on verb usage here. Be sure to check out the other link as well for full effect.

[identity profile] paantha.livejournal.com
Here is a link to a site which tells you how to work out the climates of your world from the map you've drawn from it. Not sure that I have enough time/effort/map to do do that yet, but still. Fun!


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