September 21, 2014

Tumblr cat owners, I need your help. I recently adopted a three year old spayed female cat. Peyton is a sweetheart, but I’m having some issues with her litter box behavior. In short, Peyton never learned that female cats squat when they pee, so she just stands there and does her thing. This gets a bit… splashy. She refuses to use a high backed litter box, so my solution thus far has been to cut open a plastic garbage bag and set the litter box on it so the splash hits the plastic and not my floor. This has not been an ideal solution, as I still end up with cat pee that’s not being absorbed by the litter.

Has anyone else had issues with unladylike female cats who pee as messily as three year old human boys? Any suggestions to offer? She thinks she’s doing it right - after all, she’s standing in the litter box…

September 21, 2014
9 Tricks to Make Your Dialogue More Organic

petermorwood:

harmonyinkpress:

elvishgrrl:

Writers, take note! Some really useful tips here - I concur with all of them!

Excellent dialogue advice.

This is really, really useful advice. Also , try recording dialogue* (it’s spoken word after all) then applying these techniques to hear what changes.

(*A trick learned when writing screenplay. Of course then the actors spoil it… Or not.) :-D

In addition to interrupting oneself (mentioned in the article), there’s also interrupting other people, and it can say a lot about how the people in the conversation interact. You can use it to show that the listener is engaged in the story:

"So then he dumps the soup bowl -"

"He did not!"

"-all over his boss’ lap -"

"Holy shit, he’s so fired now!"

Or you can use it to show a lack of respect:

"So then he dumps the soup bowl all over his boss’ lap -"

"Oh, yeah? Well, this one time I told my boss to fuck off right to his face. He was a real asshole. Like, this one time -"

Person #2 might not even realize how disrespectful they’re being. But anytime you hijack a conversation like that, you’re saying that your story or opinion is more important than that of the person you’ve interrupted. I got to watch my dad do that to my mom (and myself) constantly last weekend. And he wonders why they’re divorced and why I never call…?

But yeah, how and why a person interrupts another can say volumes about the relationship between the two. Ever interrupt a friend when they’re wrong to correct their facts? Would you do the same to your boss? Or would you wait for them to finish speaking first?

I love writing dialogue. It’s when I get to break the rules about sentence structure and word choice and not feel bad about it. :)

September 21, 2014

With 18 seconds left, Denver has tied the game with a 2 point conversion. Yay overtime!

September 21, 2014
Gun Safeties for Writers, or, does the gun even have one?

petermorwood:

Diane reads all kinds of Sherlock fic, notably Johnlock, casefic and fluff.  In some of these (probably not much in the fluff) John Watson MD, Capt. RAMC (ret’d) is also BAMF!John, as handy with a pistol as a prescription form. Usually, she tells me, he’s carrying the ex-Army SIG-Sauer P226 that he obtained by some nefarious route prior to “A Study in Pink”. It also means these stories tend to have more than the usual amount of firearms in them.

(NB - In British Army parlance the SIG is the L105 (or L106) A1, not the L9A1 as claimed by Moriarty – that was the preceding Browning Hi-Power and no amount of “are you just pleased to see me” will change one into the other. Even “in your pocket” is no excuse. This was a script or continuity slip-up. If Moriarty’s as smart as he’s being presented, then he should know the Army pistol had been changed. It’s a classic example of “if you write a character with clever, knowing dialogue, make sure the clever is correct.”)

A week or so ago she told me about a character who had just “eased the safety off” his revolver because she knows through me (oh deary me, does she ever know) that this is one of the commonest writing-about-guns errors. So she asked me to check if this particular revolver (a Korth Combat) could actually have a safety.

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Well, no. It couldn’t. That it was a Korth made me smile, not merely for being something unusual, but also, had it been in BAMF!John’s possession, well in keeping with “Sherlock" John Watson’s taste for accessories that suggest he has considerably more money squirrelled away than just his Army disability pension.

But Korths, though custom-made and monstrously expensive, are like most revolvers ever made and don’t have a manual safety that can be eased off, or slipped off, or thumbed off, or released, or anything else.

That’s when some readers stop reading at once. Other readers stop trusting all other “factual information”, be it ever so carefully researched and correct, because of being Dan Browned. And some readers stop enjoying the story and just go error-hunting, because people who read fiction where guns play a role tend to know that sort of safety on a revolver just isn’t there.

Except when, on rare occasions, it is…

This started as just an illustrated answer to a question. It turned into an essay by an amateur-but-keen (and pedantic) weapons/militaria buff and published novelist/screenwriter, about why the business of revolvers with safety-catches keeps coming up, a suggestion (with pictures) about where the idea probably originates, and proof (with more pictures) that it’s not always wrong…

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September 21, 2014
Unsupported arguments

shitmystudentswrite:

My favorite forum of writing is social media because I do not have to worry about my lack of evidence while arguing a point.

September 21, 2014

pomegranateandivy:

I am going to print this out, laminate it, and keep it with my gloves and spade.

(Source: theoreticalpermaculture, via lizziebeenimble)

September 21, 2014

pregnantfitmom:

casualblessings:

May you have enough money to pay your bills this month with a little extra left over for a bit of fun.

This is one of the nicest things to wish for someone

(via logicalabsurdity)

September 21, 2014
http://sapphirefiber.tumblr.com/post/98028552399/istudysheep-im-significant-playthesims-so

astahfrith:

istudysheep:

im-significant:

playthesims:

So if anyone wants to do the matching-tattoos thing with me at CrossingsCon, I could be up for that.

*aggressively needs wizard’s knot tattoo* if other people help with the research and come with me I might just be brave enough to…

I’M DOWN FOR JOINING IN WITH THIS FOR MY KNOT TATTOO AS WELL

Though I’m kinda torn because there’s two I want but I want the knot first in case it turns out I can’t handle another but TWO YEARS

we shall see

Count me tentatively in

Note to self: need to find out how much tattoos actually cost instead of just using the “I can’t afford it” excuse.

September 21, 2014
Reblog if you dont shave your legs everyday.

my-herbal-journey:

I just want everyone to see how unrealistic some expectations are.

(via logicalabsurdity)

September 21, 2014

boys-in-leather-straps:

OH MY FUCKING GOD I AM SCREAMING AT MY COMPUTER SCREEN WHY THE HELL WASN’T THIS SHOT?? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW COOL THIS WOULD’VE BEEN?? OR HOW MUCH THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THESE THREE AVENGERS WOULD’VE EVOLVED, OR THE DEVELOPMENT THAT CLINT’S CHARACTER WOULD’VE HAD?? IMAGINE THE STRAIN IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NAT AND CLINT WHEN NAT HAD GONE HELPING CAP WHILE CLINT HAD TO HUNT THEM BOTH DOWN

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME????????

sourcing this shit so you can see it for yourselves[x]

(via logicalabsurdity)

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