random question: how effective are armed riverboats in an actual combat situation?
think quasi-medieval time periods here.. or at least pre-Industrial Revolution.
I have a writer character who is going to be invited to be a speaker/guest of honor at a medium-sized literary convention. Unfortunately, I have no idea about how the whole thing works.
Would an organiser be more likely to contact him (or his agent, though he tries to do most of his scheduling etc. himself) by mail or telephone? I imagine once he shows interest they'd mail out all the necessary info, but what about the original query?
What about paying for/providing travel and lodging? Is this only done for bigshots, or would it be for any major guest even if they're not a national celebrity, etc.? I haven't determined yet how far away the convention will be from where he lives, it will probably depend on this.
What would his schedule be like for a 3-day con? He isn't the headliner, but he's sort of the golden-boy newcomer. How much time would he have to himself to attend other people's talks and events? How much speaking would he probably be doing? Would he be doing separate talks on a few subjects, or just one talk repeated at a few times so that everyone can catch it?
I know a lot of these questions won't have definite answers but I'd just like to get a vague idea. I've only been to one con in my life and it was a fan thing rather than a literary thing, not to mention I didn't get to see any of this useful behind-the-scenes stuff.
What impact does brain size have upon intellect?
I'm talking a huuuge difference, because a rather odd friend of mine said that an insult someone used in my story ["and how many brain cells d'you got? 10?"] held no bearing on intellect (it was in response to "my poor stupid ex..").
Yeah, I need imformation on South American pastrys, specificly Brazil.
Hey, all. I'm planning writing a few things set in about 9th or 10th century Arabia, and have a few questions...
1. About how fast can a horse travel in the desert? How about a camel? How far could you go in a day, and how often would the animal need to stop for water?
2. In said desert, about how far away could you see?
3. Anyone know of any good resources on warfare? (Tactics, weapons, etc.)
4. Resources on pre-Islamic cultures/religions in the area? (Not that anyone would be currently practicing them, more for ancient ruins, superstitions, and the like. ;)
(*waves* Hi all.)
In one of my stories (that I have yet to write/create an outline for), I have a character that uses a thong-and-bolas as a weapon. I have a general idea of what this weapon does. It's two or three stones or other heavy objects attached to some kind of stick with leather or chain, and that it's whirled around very fast and can strangle.
If anyone else knows anything about this, 'twould be much appreciated if you told me. ^.^
Using the contents of a military first aid kit (I don't know if they're different from civvie ones or what), how would one treat a relatively shallow (but bleeding profusely) cut [from a bite from a small animal] to the side of the face?
As there are plenty of massive animals around that would smell the blood and come a-running, the bleeding needs to be stopped ASAP.
Also, are animals genuinely terrified of fire - and to what extent? As in, if the prey was by a fire, would a predator still go in and try to kill it or would the fire keep it away?
Say a boy was raped and, besides being in need for medical attention (stitches), he's still unconscious when help is finally available. Am I right in assuming they would keep a rape victim under when treating him for injuries, more specifically under premise when he is being stitched up that the victim could wake and experience flashback trauma? What is the exact procedure?
This isn't for a currently planned fic, but something I may do later in time...
How would one go about surviving a snow avalanche? The character in question is basically a special agent, but wasn't packing anything spectacular at the time.
We know the location is the Andes range, and thereby probably a long ways from any towns. So once she gets out, what would she want to do then?
(bonus points if you can guess who the character in question is)