November 1st, 2006

disney: sb | sleeping death

National Book Award

I've checked the official website for the National Book Awards, and I've used google but I can't seem to get my hands on the following bit of information. Does anyone here know who the youngest winner of the NBA for Fiction was? And how old was the person when he or she won? You would think this information would be easy to find, but it's proving a lot harder than I thought. Any help would be appreciated. It's a small but important point in the novel I'm working on.

Thanks in advance.

ETA: Got it! Thanks :D

Pulling out an arrow, medieval setting

I have a character get shot by an arrow in the left side, under the ribs. Pretend it doesn't hit his lungs or go too deep. A few inches. The scene originally has the character pull the arrow out by yanking it really hard. Then he passes out.

A beta tester said, um, I think that would be unlikely, because the character, being a hunter, would know that would cause quite a bit of damage, and might cause him to bleed to death.

Is that true? If the character will have to walk a long way to get help, would he likely leave it in place or pull it out somehow?

Third-Class Families on the Titanic

This is my first post here, so let's hope I don't mess anything up. ^_^; I've been watching the community, however, so I'll try to post as much detail that may be useful.

Well, I'm writing a novel with a portion of the story taking place on, and a big part of it being, the infamously doomed ship herself, the RMS Titanic. I have two questions about third-class families, and all Google, Wikipedia, information pages, books [fiction and non-fiction], movies and my further obsessing will give me is basics and nothing very in-depth.

01. The first [there are two] is the O'Shea family, a thirty-year-old widower [Calder] and his twelve-year-old [Kaelyn], almost thirteen, daughter. They're both Irish, but are immigrating from England rather than Ireland. Would the father and daughter be situated together in the forward part of the F-deck [both families are on F-deck], or would the daughter be alone in the aft section?

02. The second family, the Cullens, consists of four -- the mother [Kaitlyn] who is twenty-four, the father [Craig] who is twenty-three, and then the children, a daughter [Kathryn] at the age of five and eighteen-month-old son [Cai]. They're Irish-Scottish and are immigrating from Ireland. I know the children and mother would be together in aft at the least, but would the husband be put in the forward section [near the bow]? The parents are, of course, married.

If anyone could answer either of these [mostly needing the latter, but the former would be great as well], I'd be rather thankful. ^_^; If not, I'll just improvise as histocially-accurately as I can.

EDIT: Thank you for advice on the names, but I'm not looking for advice there. I'm not being too strict there, and if I were, I would have asked. I appreciate it, but that's not what I asked.

Anyway, I have what I need to know, so thank you again. ^_^

EDIT . . . again: Ah, I didn't realise disabling comments made all others hidden. My mind is rather slipping.

Transporting the dead

My MC's father has just died of a heart attack. He'd been living several states away from where he needs to be buried, a family plot in Massachusetts. How does he get from the hospital's morgue to the funeral home in MA? I'm not all that concerned about who makes the arrangements; I'm interested in who's going to actually physically move the body. (His daughter is traveling in the same direction. Can I get her involved in this, or is it a strictly professional sort of thing?)

Thanks in advance.