Okay, men. This is your time to shine.
The following poll is for my personal intents and purposes only and will help me shape both my own thoughts and the thoughts of my characters. The poll results, while not anonymous, are ONLY VIEWABLE TO ME. This means that if you love a good rack of baby, only I will know that secret about you - nobody else will. Unless, of course, you become a clergyman and run for a conservative political position, in which case every altar boy you ever "took to the rectory" will be your downfall.
But for now, here's another hand-crafted LJ poll. Please be honest!
Thanks for your time!
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novel set in New York during the Second World War.
One of my characters is a crime kingpin of Italian extraction, but he's not
Sicilian, he's Tuscan - his surname is de Medici - and deliberately so because
he sees himself as having a legacy to uphold, convinced that he is a descendant
of the de Medicis of Florence, who were rather powerful and influential in 15th
and 16th centuries (members of this family included at least two Popes and one
Queen of France, the formidable Catherine de Medici, wife of Henri II). I have
been informed that your typical Tuscan is very proud, and would never stoop to
pay tribute to a Boss of All Bosses. Therefore, I suspect that for this concept
to work, my crime boss would have to be non-Mafia, or at least the only Boss of
All Bosses he would acknowledge would be himself. Also, I understand that in
those days the Cosa Nostra only allowed Sicilians - and maybe Calabrians and
Neopolitans - to be Made Men, or at least that was not open to northern Italians
What I was primarily meaning to ask, though, was whether the phrases "Mafia" or
"Cosa Nostra" were in use in 1940s America. (I don't remember hearing either
once in the 1932 version of Scarface). This is so I can distinguish this
particular Boss as non-Cosa Nostra. Or should I simply re-write him as
First question is about guide dogs. I have a character who wants to adopt a guide dog, but I'm a little unclear on the process - most of the information I've been able to find is for people who are interested in fostering the dog as a puppy and/or helping to train it. It seems that she would go to the organization and practice with various dogs to see which one she gets along with well. But what happens before that? Does she call the organization and say that she's interested in getting a dog? Is it a complicated process? Do they come check her out to make sure she's a suitable dog owner? When she finds a dog that is compatible with her is there anything else or does she just pay the fee and take it home? If anyone has any good websites for this, link me- I've looked through several guide dog sites and they mostly seem to have the same information. Also, would someone else have named the dog already?
My second question is regarding colleges with good art programs. The situation is that I have a character who plays women's basketball and a character who is an artist and they met in college. I'd like her to attend a good women's basketball school and him to be in a good art program. I have a pretty good idea where the good WBB programs are located but I'm more clueless on the art schools issue. I only found one top 25 list and it wasn't particularly helpful (and it looked kinda sketchy...). So I guess what I'm wondering is about the top 25 women's basketball schools (and the "others receiving votes") and what kinds of reputations their programs have. And specifically, how is Tennessee's art program? I would be very happy if they went there.
Thanks much to everyone who responds!
Edited to add: I wasn't thinking. The novel is Regency, but the boarding/finishing school would have been attended by a character's mother, so we're talking Georgian. 1780s or early 90s.
Edited further to say: Thank you all! I'm going with tutoring because that seems to be the most appropriate choice for her station.
A truly odd question:
If I had a 15 year-old boy somehow find himself deeded an oil tanker in a will, how would he go about re-registering this ship in the United States? I know smaller craft are registered at the state level, but who assigns hull numbers and tracks larger ocean-going ships?