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Hello again. Here’s a nice little piece for all of you. Sadly, not too much work this week. Been dealing with a lovely bout of writers block–finding my way out, hurray–and as such have been looking at ridiculous things. What does this have to do with writing? Not much. But it’s hilarious nonetheless.

These however, are a bit more useful but a lot more boring. Say for instance you are writing a time period without clocks, always useful to know how to read a sundial. Or perhaps you need to know that spotted dick isn’t sausage. Happy Friday everyone.

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Written by Devin Bond

October 1, 2010 at 5:30 am

Posted in Research

This Week’s Research

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Louis C.K. is hilarious and he’s totally right. Dan Krokos legitimately found this first–I should give credit where credit is due because it is so hard to find good entertainment on the Internets these days if you’re lazy like I am–but it’s too true. People these days are so unappreciative.

Remember when people had to mail in their queries and their sample pages? Now they complain when an agent hasn’t gotten back to them in a week. Well, just be happy they received your query almost instantly. AND YOU DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. Egads, what is this chaos! Free and fast?! The horror!

For the record, my mother thinks high speed internet is slow. It’s high speedHigh speed.

Written by Jessica Lei

September 24, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Posted in Humor, Research

This Week’s Research

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Starting today, I will be attempting to post once a day, with set topics for each day of the week. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see here, contact me.

Sometimes I come across interesting things while I’m snooping around the internet to distract myself researching for our stories. This week we realized that we couldn’t simply call a fighting technique “martial arts” because of the related connotations. For starters: we’re not writing about ninjas.

So, we took to Wikipedia. You’d be surprised how many different kinds of martial arts there are (or at least I was surprised how many there were). We were, however, looking for something from a particular region and the pickings were sparse. I guess the Middle East is more fond of wrestling than hand-to-hand combat. Who knew?

While hunting for something else that may work as a basis for our new amazing fighting technique, we came across this little snippet from Human Weapon.

Awesome, is it not?! Snooping Researching is so much fun.

Have you ever  come across something while researching that totally floored you and even inspired you?

Written by Jessica Lei

September 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

Posted in Research