November 28th, 2005

Questions About the Salt Lake Desert...

I am writing a long involved story that take place primarily in the Midwest in October...

HOWEVER, an important part takes place some months before... I originally figured about six months before... Crossing the Salt Lake Desert.

For the story, it needs to be hot hot HOT!

It never even occurred to me until last night that it was possible that the Salt Lake Desert might get cold. I crossed it many moons ago and was literally STUNNED by it's heat... And then I get this thought and then I do a little bit of checking and find that in December at least, the Salt Lake Desert is COLD!!

Apparently, since it's at a high elevation and is nestled between two mountain ranges it is cold in the winter!

Who'd a thunk it?

Okay, then!

What months ARE the Salt Lake Desert hot? I need to know soon! The whole story depends upon it. I've written a couple of hundred pages and before it gets anymore f*cked up, I need to make corrections... Obviously, the prolog and its ramifications cannot happen in December. But it doesn't HAVE to be in December. That can be easily fixed. Is the Salt Lake Desert hot in April, May or June?

Thank you!

Charred stone

No amount of searching on arson or ruins has brought up a clear answer to this. So: I have the ruins of a stone building which was burned to the ground about a hundred and fifty years ago. It was a manor house, with lots of Very Burnable Things (and people) inside. The material is limestone. In a place with a climate approximately that of West Virginia, how soon could I reasonably say the black charring would be gone? I think the pictures I've seen of places destroyed by Sherman's March were pretty well clean, and I've certainly never seen any fire damage on medieval structures in Europe, but I wanted to check and make sure. Thank you!
  • Current Mood: curious
  • Current Music: "Three Is A Magic Number," Blind Melon

NYC, AIDS, condoms, tomboys

Wow, this is ... a crapload of stuff. SO.

First off, to those who are familiar with New York City: I have a character who is male, in his late thirties (or so), gay (but very much not into the scene), and a washed-up former rock star living mostly off the profits of a couple of fairly successful albums about ten years ago. Any idea where he might reside? I can do research on the neighborhood myself, of course, I just need a jumping-off point. Close proximity to (not at all trendy) bars and (slightly trendier) record shops is a plus, but not necessary.

Second, I've searched the Internet for AIDS timelines, but pretty much all they'll tell me is when the AIDS epidemic began, and not what came before. I recall reading (although I'm honestly too lazy to go verify) that someone infected with AIDS can take up to ten years to show symptoms, so I was curious as to if there have been any links drawn (either scientifically or just social theories, as inaccurate as they may be) between the AIDS outbreak in America the early eighties and the "free love" ideology of the sixties and seventies.

Third, sex!Collapse )

Forth, and entirely unrelatedly, I have a character who is a total tomboy (in the terms of being very sports-oriented, being friends with mostly boys, and generally identifying as female as little as is possible before actually qualifying as transgendered), who is (possibly! should things go as expected) about to embark on her first romantic-type relationship. I know her pretty well as a character, so I can probably figure most of it out, but I absolutely cannot get past the stumbling block of the first kiss — which would be her absolute first kiss, ever (he, for the record, is much more experienced). Does anyone have an idea how such a girl would react to such a thing?


First three questions in the mid-eighties, latter present-day, all in universes much like our own.


Ta much!
  • Current Mood: chipper
  • Current Music: Brand New, Seventy times 7.

confession and penance

Hello all- I'm short on time, know next to nothing about religion, and I can't find what I'm looking for on google. Thus, my questions:
1. If someone were to confess to murder during confession (catholic format), what would be a typical penance?
2. Would it be at all plausible for a character to just burst into a church (relatively unoccupied at the moment), seek out a priest and confess on the spot (this chara is REALLY desperate right now)?

Many thanks for any help you can give me.
  • Current Mood: panic! panic!