September 2nd, 2007

1930s resource

http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/intro.html

This website discusses everything 30s, including fashion, prices, slang, guns, current events, and forms of transportation. It also has a great list of resources. Pretty much everything you need to know to describe America in the 1930s. I thought it might be helpful to some of you fine folks :)
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Being woken with smelling salts

This is for a fantasy story, set in a rough equivalent of 1700s Croatia.

I've researched smelling salts and have a good understanding of how they work, what I'm having a harder time finding is a first hand description of someone who has been woken by them. The best I've come up with so far is an ammonia capsule, which is not quite the same.

So, if you've ever been roused from a faint by smelling salts, what did it feel like?

Thanks for your help!

Mythology question.

Apologies in advance if this question doesn't quite fit the format for this forum i.e. questions asked to benefit my writing as opposed to my reading. On the other hand, I see no reason why I can't write said spirits into something in the near future :)

I recently read a short story* about human astronauts stranded on an alien planet where the sound of human voice brought instant death. Survival could only be bought with perpetual silence. At a point, the last survivor was musing about certain spirits from Tuareg mythology said to do the same thing i.e. kill you for speaking in their presence.

My question is this: anyone know what those spirits are called?

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Will continue to pursue the answer via Google in the meantime.




*(the story is entitled "A Birch Tree, A White Fox" by Elena Arsenieva, and can be found in the SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Science Fiction Classics.)

British foster care, 1970s-1980s

Background:
My main character is a pre-pubescent English boy who, through various catastrophes, has not only lost all of his family but was initially misidentified and placed in foster care; due to conflicts with his caregivers and/or 'personality disorders' he ends up running away and living on the street for a short time. Around age 10 his correct identity is discovered and he is discovered to have a modest inheritance, sufficient to send him to his father's alma mater boarding school. At the school, he makes several friends.

Questions:
If one of his schoolmates parents' (both professionals) decided to foster him short-term over the summer, how long would it take for them to go through the process of becoming foster parents? Would they process take longer or have any special requirements due to his having been in remand fostering previously, even if he has not had any issues at school? Is it even possible to become a foster parent in order to foster a particular child?

Also: Is there a special sort of fostering other than Remand and Short Break for children with physical and/or emotional problems, over a longer term? I have not seen any reference to it in the UK, although I have in the US.

Search terms used:
Multiple combinations of "Foster Care" "becoming a foster parent" "England" "UK" "Britain"