September 16th, 2005

Economics Help.

"Math is HARD!" Sayeth the little plastic female of the unrealistic proportions.

No, really, I'm working on a fantasy duology and I need a little help with the economics of my world. I absolutely have no clue about these things and wouldn't know where to look. I have a rough theory about how my world (and its rulers) get, and make money, and how money gets around the world, but I need someone who knows even a bit about economics and money and all that to help me see if it makes sense.

If you can help, or know where I can look (without getting crosseyed), please email me at

Thanks so much.
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  • kiffany

Etymology of Names

I'm in the beginning stages of writing a play at the moment, and I'm having a little trouble with the names of some of the characters. The play is set in an as yet undetermined area of England in the late 1880s, and deals with a family who is quite affluent (but slowly losing money - then again, that's neither here nor there).

When I first began planning the play, I named the main characters Gregor, Madeline and William Broenwilde and their maid Kitta (whose last name isn't relevant). But now that I've come to write the play, I've realised that the names may not be 'culturally appropriate'. What I mean to say is that I know William is an English name, and Madeline is French (but that doesn't matter); but what about Gregor? And the last name Broenwilde? Gregor seems German to me, and 'Broenwilde' seems Nordic - although I actually got it out of a computer game.

So - are there any resources - or a very kind soul - that would be able to help me determine the nationality that is usually associated with these names? I'm a stickler for things like this, because I feel as though I'll have to create an entirely different background for the characters to justify giving them names that aren't typical English fare.
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  • erauqs

"Minor" Knife Wounds

I want a character involved in a knife fight to receive some sort of wound that would not require a hospital visit (no internal organs or major arteries) but would panic him enough to want to get away very quickly. Looking at a stab wound if possible, and prefer something that would heal without permanent damage, just leave a nice mark and a distinct dislike for knives.