May 14th, 2006

doctor who - hello sarah jane

An exact quote from a Neil Gaiman short story

For the sake of an epigraph, I'm trying to track down the exact wording of a quote from a Neil Gaiman story. Googling what fragments I can remember hasn't yielded anything, as all I can remember is that it's a brief section where the narrator of the story observes that as a writer, he notices specific details in the most adverse of circumstances. The exact wording is beyond me - it might be something about blood, or broken glass, but equally I might have made that up - and I think it's from a short story out of Smoke And Mirrors, but again, I may be wrong. Basically, all I know is the gist of it - that a writer notices a detail even when his own world is collapsing around him. Can anyone track this down for me? Many thanks.
¤ VK Mine - Adorable little Kaname hap

Fashionable things in China around the 1730's ~ 1740's.

Hello. :D

Sorry in advance, and I won't be surprised if nobody can answer such a weird question, but I had to try it anyway, as I couldn't find it. ^^;

Could anyone give me an example of anything that would be considered "fashionable", or even just "new and cool" (technologically, fashion-wise, or really just anything that two young men might be interested in / talk about) in China around the 1730's ~ 1740's? ^^;

I have a character who lives by a little village in Tibet, and his best friend who lives in China visits and tells him of the things he's seen recently, that the other guy naturally has no access to due to living in the mountains etc.
Ideally, it should be something that two young men would want to talk about, or that would hold that aura of "the awesome things from the big cities" or something like that for the guy who lives in the mountains.
One without a name

Confession and history

I know the basic idea of confession, and that typically a person says "Bless me father, for I have sinned" and says how long it's been since the last confession. Back when they first started doing confession, what would have been said to a priest, in its original language?

Edit So I'm going to try to not appear so stupid and amend this with "what would have been said in Latin."
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Victorian Colleges and Universities

I need some direction on Victorian Colleges or Universities, as I'm not sure which I want to use. From what I've seen, college could also mean "High School." That might be too young, but then this is supposedly about 1875-1880, so might work that way. I keep getting schools for women, the poor, or a modern college in Australia, all of which is not helping me at all. ^^

The main characters are unattached, and still in that age where they might be urged to marry. Neither are the eldest sons in their familes, so they aren't required to carry on the line or inherit the property. Aidan is the younger son of an Earl, and Allanon is half-American, his father is a wealthy businessman who married a Englishwoman and has settled there. He'll probably be considered rather eccentric.

I read in the history of Eton College, that there were times when a small number of Americans were enrolled. They list one time as the 1700's, but possibly it could also happen in the late 19th?

Was there anything about sending the younger sons off to learn their way, as they aren't the heirs?

How old did a guy have to be to enter a university back then? I don't want them to be too old, as then they would have needed to settle down. They have to be just before that.

Anything else about going to wealthy Colleges or Universities, names of them, subjects they might have, even better directions to point me in would be appreciated. ^^
Luna

Perceptions of Mormonism

So, I've never posted here before, but a friend directed me here when I explained a problem I'm having with a new story I want to write. The story is about a kid in going to school in a semi-rural Utah town and discovering himself and struggling with his religious beliefs. Kind of cliched I know, but when inspiration strikes, what is a girl to do?

I've found plenty of information on people who leave the LDS church, even some with very similar stories to that of my main character, I have also talked to people who have come up with this same issue, some who have made the decision to stay in the church and some who have decided to leave the church. But any additional first hand information about this would be welcome.

My question has to do with outsiders views of Mormonism. I know how non-mormons in the state of Utah view it, I am one. But I was wondering what people who don't really know what Mormonism is think of it. I tried searching, but the only thing I can come up with is truth about Mormonism sites, which is really the opposite of what I am looking for.

For example, somebody once asked me if people in Utah could get electricity, thinking that Mormons are like the Amish and shun technology. I know polygamy is in the news right now, do people think all Mormons practice it? I would imagine people would confuse Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, is that true? What are the myths and rumors about Mormonism? I know it's not like a popular topic of conversation or anything but I'm kind of hoping there is something out there for this kid to face.

Thank you for any information you might have.
httyd--hiccup and toothless

norse gods

heya, folks,

i need a site/book/info source that goes very in-depth about norse mythology in general. i know absolutely nothing (other than names and some very, very, very loose general information) about them, and need to know a lot a lot of stuff, so, yeah. does anyone know a good site or book about them, that would intorduce me to the mythology and then go way in-depth? or has links to more in-depth stuff or something (anything)? that would be awesome!

thanks,
nebulia