[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
In my effort to procrastinate my homework get myself motivated to do my homework, I stumbled across an interesting discussion on one of the LT groups' forums. I thought it had at least some reflective potential, if not necessarily discussion potential.

Disregarding the slight misleading quality of the question, I do find it an interesting one. So...

Would you rather be paid or be read?

* For the interest of the topic, shall we assume that we all make/have enough money to live comfortably and that that aspect of the little green bills is not an optionissue1?
* Please note that the original topic there does ask for a choice, not a mixture. Since otherwise everyone would opt for a mixture.

1) One sees why I dread writing anything remotely class-related at the moment.

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[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Since not everyone in this community knows everyone, I thought I'd ask...

What do you write? What's your favourite genre? (Why?) What's your current magnum opus? Do you have one or several? Are you more of a short stories person? Are your short stories connected to one another or are they all stand-alone? What's your preferred language to write in? (Why?) Any characters or worlds you particularly love to write about? (Even if they only ever crop up in shorter pieces, as I know some people here write a lot of shorter pieces that are connected.)

(And... equally useful to know: where can we find it, if anywhere?)
[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] shanra.livejournal.com
While reworking Strange Words, I wound up with an exercise idea. Writing a short scene several times, focusing on a different sense every time. Ideally, it'd be a focus on every sense, but as we don't live in an ideal world...

The basic idea is just to take a short scene (like someone trying on clothes in a store) and write it several times, focusing on different senses. (Sight, touch and sound, though I'd be impressed if anyone could fit taste into a scene like that.)

Pick any scene that sounds intruiging to you, really. No need to stick to the example given. ^-^
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
I've had a found-lost relationship with this list of links, but now I've finally found them while having access to a computer. These all come from the handouts/reader used in my university's Academic English course, although as you'll find it's more of a compilation of resources offered by other universities.

A small list of homonyms and their usage.

Proofreading for commas

Common Comma Rules

Colon and Semicolons (Actually, the copy the course had was a LOT more useful and easier to read, but oh, well.)

Pronoun Reference.

If you want a full list of topics for either website, go here and here for Purdue and Saint John's websites respectively.

Also, I love that list.


Apr. 4th, 2007 01:07 pm
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
I find strange things useful, and this is one of them. A slideshow on flowers with a teensy bit of information on them and photos. There are more (and better) sites, I'm sure, but a resource is a resource.


Mar. 31st, 2007 12:09 am
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Info on herbal remedies, sorted by what it's a remedy for.

It's not the most useful one I've seen (*cuddles her bookshelf*) but it may help anyone who needs herbal medicine for a book started on their research. ^-^

[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Look! A glossary of heraldic terms! (in multiple languages. Oooooh...)

And here's another that has some more basic vocabulary as well.

[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
One of the things that I find incredibly fun (and educational) to do is to take a character and write about them at various stages/intervals of their life. Looking at parts of my characters' lives has really helped in understanding them and the worlds they've lived in all their lives.

Writing about Kai's childhood answered a whole lot of questions I had and never bothered the characters about for relevance reasons. It's deepened the relationships between some of the characters and broadened my understanding of them.

Anyway, burbling all aside, I was here to offer up a writing exercise relating to that subject. No need to do anything with it, but I just want to offer it up, because people might find it useful. ^-^ This probably works best with characters from longer stories, but have at it with any character you want.

Write about a character at various ages. The events can be as small or big as you want, but they have to be at significantly different ages.

E.g. Maybe the character hears a story told by a traveller and decides that they want to travel too. Maybe later on in life, they fall ill in a small town far away from home. Maybe they decide they never want to travel as a child, but are forced to by war. Or nothing happens and, at twenty, they go to the market to sell wares and buy some much needed materials.
It doesn't matter what happens, as long as it's the same character at a different age.

Er, I don't do a lot of challenge/exercise writing, so please holler if I'm too unclear and I'll try to fix that up.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Most of the introduction be shamelessly stolen from [livejournal.com profile] rosiphelee's post here.

Chain Haiku:

1. This is a haiku. Well, the explanation of what a haiku is anyway. 'tis better than anything I could do. However, for the purpose of the game, I suggest that we stick merely to the rule of three lines of 5-7-5 syllables and avoid trying to fit 'Office Chair' and a season together in a maximum of around 30 words.

2. I'll post a starting prompt at the end of this entry.

3. Anyone can respond to this prompt by commenting and including in their comment the haiku and a new prompt


*Three lines of haiku-iness here*

New prompt = lemons

4. Anyone else can then reply to that comment with an answering haiku and another prompt.

5. So, you can't post a prompt without writing a haiku

5a ...and you can't write a haiku without including a new prompt.

6. You can answer any prompt, including your own, even if someone else has answered it already.

7. Prompts can be anything - single words, quotes. pictures, whatever but must be general enough that anyone can answer them. (Also, keep in mind that they're very, very, very short pieces.)

8. It's provn useful to people looking for a prompt to have the words in the subject line.


prompt answered /\ new prompt

9. There are no timelimits. Feel free to keep this going indefinitely.

Any questions?

And... Your first prompt is...

wind mills
[identity profile] droomdanseres.livejournal.com
I also come courtesy of my writing journal, but never mind. ^-~

Need to know the medicinal properties of a herb? Just want to look up information on a herb or a little bit of history? Common names? Synonyms? Then this site, perhaps, is for you.


Actually, don't forget this for links to information on minerals (i.e. calcium etc), vitamins and a few other tidbits that may not be quite as useful.
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Here's something completely different: http://www.isoldemartyn.com/research.htm

It has a very useful of what fabrics were invented/in use/known when in our history, which could help people in determining what cloths are available in their make-belief worlds (as well as in their reality-based ones, of course).

Anyway, hope it helps someone. Helped me, at least. Mostly in determining that Vonny wouldn't know tarlatan in-story as I suspected he wouldn't. :p
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Hello! 'nother important post here! Please read!

Firstly, I refer you back to the discussion post here and urge you all to at least say 'Do as you wish, because I don't care', or 'guidelines suck!' or the like. (So far, the guidelines proposed would be a friendly reminder that lj-cutting large bodies of text is a very nice thing to do, as is having a place to note down friending policies. And guidelines for round-ups and tags are considered a good thing to have, but no further discussion has occurred there yet. More about the latter two in this post.)

Secondly, this is a question I've raised before without (much of a) response. I'm hoping this time will be different. We can most certainly have more than 100 tags, which should be more than plenty. (Actually, I thin I may have misremembered the limit, and it's a limit on character length instead.) For this, I apologise.

Nevertheless, the tags on this community are just that community tags. All of us can add, edit and remove tags, which increases the risk for ending up with a whole list of tags that's unusable as a whole, because people treat it as their own private tags list.

It isn't.

I'm not saying 'Stop adding tags!', just to have a care with them when you do. Make sure there isn't a similar tag or a better one already in place. And please, if it isn't too much trouble, drop me a line somewhere so I can update the definition tags list so we can keep the tags list an efficient tool to find what we want.

Or, hey, why not plaster the tag definitions onto the userinfo which those who partook in the discussion on guidelines so far are in favour of. Then everyone can a) easily find the definitions, b) add in any additions/changes without prodding me. (I don't mind being prodded, but it'd be useful if I went AWOL and someone decides to turn the list upside-down and doesn't make a new definition post. ^-~)

That's pretty much my suggestion as far as tags usage is concerned. 'Make sure your tag doesn't exist in a different form, make sure it is usable for everyone in a community sense (e.g. 'drabble' is a general usage tag, 'assp'1 is not), and let people know of its existence and intended use.

Thirdly, for round-ups, the general guidelines seem to be '[livejournal.com profile] rosiphelee takes care of them around Wednesday/Thursday unless real life gets in the way and people can take over as needed. The sidebar holds a link to an easy to copy/paste round-up template for people to use, and add the appropriate things on the community f-list in the appropriate categories with a short explanation in most cases.'

Everyone all right with that or does it bear altering?

1) assp: Short for 'A Song So Pure', a storyverse I'm working on. As such, it's a tag no one but me would have any use for, unless people decided to ask me a question about that through this community, which is unlikely.

ETA: I'm responding to about half the comment up here, because it means I have to say this only once instead of half a dozen times. I'll probably note that in comments. I do not want strict guidelines on tags. Nor do I want a gazillion of them (if I wanted a gazillion of tags I wouldn't bring this up :p). What I do want is near enough the same as what most people seem to want, although apparently this was not as obvious to everyone else as to me, for which I apologise. (Welcome to the chaos that is my mind in its most orderly fashion, by the way. ^-~)

Personally, I think the tags we have now are fine. In the months that we've had them, we've only added two (minus username tags which hardly count) and edited, well, two to make them more generally applicable. The same two. (I remain firm that the discussion 'plural-singular' should take place to see which is more intuitive to use and stick with that, but that's a different matter and more ostinacy than any practical use, I suppose.)

Imagine for a moment what would happen if we used the following tags for the same thing: nano, nanowrimo, nanowrimo*year*, nano*year*, national novel writing month, nanonovel, etc. Gets a bit impractical (and long), no?

Really the only guidelines I proposed (or meant to propose at any rate are): 'make sure there is no acceptable alternative readily available' and 'when tags are added, make sure everyone's clear on their usage'. That's it. Fini. All there is. We're all intelligent people (regardless of certain members' inability to phrase things properly, I should hope, or I fear I must question my presence at any form of higher education. ^-~). We shouldn't need a reminder that the tags list we use is not for everyone's personal use, but for a collective use.

There is no point in creating a tag called 'writing', because being a community of writers that's only a natural topic of discussion, to name a redundant example. There is no point in tagging all posts with a specific explanatory tag, as Alyssa noted. I concur with that. Actually, I hope it is now clear(er) that I concur with a lot of the points said and am just terrible at explaining myself in a proper, intelligible fashion. ^-^

That help clear up my view any? Oh, and lastly, apologies for not using an lj-cut on this post like I probably should have at least this time around, but given the topic and that it concerns all of us, I thought it permissable. Besides, there's been a while to allow friends posts to pile up, so hopefully it won't eat up too much space. ^-~
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Cut for your F-list convenience, but please do take the time to read this.

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[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
Writing Resources! Plenty of things aimed at American people (as per usual. *sigh* The world is bigger than the USA, thank you!), but also plenty of useful resources available for writers. Such as world-building links, historic information, etc, etc.

Not swiped from LD (and without useful description):

Dr. Grammar FAQ (pretty sure I swiped this from Joelle)

Mediaeval Demographics Made Easy

Writing Tips: Punctuation (American rules) (know I swiped this from Joelle)

Limyaael's Fantasy Rants

Guide to Verse Forms

The Dubious Quick Kill (i.e. what to expect from dueling wounds)

Mediaeval Kingdom Generator (using information from the Mediaeval Demographics Made Easy)

iG-Tools (for D&D campaigns mostly, but containing such things as calendar calculations done for you)

And that's it from your friendly neighbourhood link sharer. Anybody got any other useful links to share? ^-~


Jun. 30th, 2006 11:24 am
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
I am still taking drabble requests, although I might take a while longer to actually do them, due to wanting to get longer work done as well. ^-~

Drabbles )
[identity profile] shanra.livejournal.com
I'm sure you've all used the tags at some point or another, and since it's easier to catalogue things than using the memories tool, I went ahead and tagged all the entries I could find (mostly with [livejournal.com profile] rosiphelee's tags, mind).

There's a list of all the tags currently in use here. I took the liberty of adding it as a link for easier reference. So I hope that's all all right.

Anyway, thoughts, opinions, ideas, changes would be lovely. ^-~

Below's a little breakdown of tags and the way I used them as well, so there's no need to guess or assume or such like.

Tag List )

I don't think I missed any posts, but all maintainers can add/edit tags anyway. They just help with overall organisation, so if/when we're all in agreement on how to use them, please do. ^-~


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