I have a 27 year old character in one of my stories who hasn't shaved in about two and a half days. Would he have a full beard, or just thick stubble? Would the fact that he's Japanese affect this at all?
I have read the term "van" often in stories about armies, and from what I understand this is short for "vanguard", or the front of a marching army. Do I have the sense of the word correct?
If so, why do I often see it written "forward van"? Wouldn't any van be forward? I noticed I wrote this myself, and got thinking about it. Perhaps it is redundant.
Yet, I'm afraid if I delete the "forward" the sentence may cause a reader to picture a minivan trundling towards battle, haha. What do you think?
More specifically, trucks, a sort of mini-tank/sled hybrid and a type of armored motorcycle. How would they be constructed, on base or at another location?
More specifically cancer. Does anyone know the names of some of these places, and whether they're nationwide or not? Also, what do they do, exactly?
While I've found a good deal on the history of London's St. James' Church, including floor-plans, I'm still missing one crucial detail. Where would the clergy men live, circa 1880's? It doesn't appear that there were rooms for them within the church itself.
Thanks in advance.
My character wishes to buy ketamine one fine morning. He's not a veteranarian, but he is in Manhattan.
I'm quite square, but I want to get it right. What sort of interaction would he and the retailer have? I assume they'd be somewhat euphamistic, but I don't want to overdo that. The character may not have bought K from this partiular person before, but he's not new to it entirely.
I'm so ignorant I don't even know what I don't know, so there's probably a question I should be asking or a detail I should be giving that I'm omitting out of ignorance.
Thanks in advance.
Are there guides for writing foreign accents out there, either online or in print?
I'm specifically looking for help with the accent of a West African who is speaking American English moderately well.
I haven't received any email from my numerous, trusted Nigerian friends in some time.
Edit: Ok. Thanks everyone!
Does anyone know if British university professors go on sabbatical or otherwise take a year off to travel and research the way American professors do? And is there another term for it in Britain? Thanks in advance!
So I have a character who is pretty heavy into archery; kid is good, and he loves it.
He's recently been introduced to the idea of spearfishing, and finds this intriguing ("It's like archery with a bigger arrow and no bow!"). He's got it in his head that he's going to try fishing with his bow and arrows now.
What I need to know is if this can succeed, and if so, to what degree? Should he tie a string to his arrow for ease of pulling the fish back after he's shot it? To what degree would that fuck up the trajectory, would it get caught on the bow when he was firing, etc, etc?
I know a fair bit of archery (and physics) myself, so don't feel you have to dumb down your answer for me; I probably know what you're talking about.
[Edit] He's planning to wade into the shallows and shoot fish at a fairly close distance, 10ft at the most. I know he'd stand no chance in hell standing on the shore and shooting from like forever away XD [/Edit]
[Edit 2] Thanks, guys! I got some real useful replies here, I think I have enough to play this out. More info is always welcome, though, if you got it. [/Edit 2]