July 10th, 2008

Rage Blackouts?

Googled: anger, blind rage, anger blackouts, 'no memory of', memory loss
Time: NYC, Present Day

My MC is in his early thirties, was raised by drug addicted, physically abusive parents until the age of 11, has a history of anger/rage issues, been in anger management before.

He comes home to find his lover in bed with another man. He snaps, beating up the other man, might have killed him if his lover hadn't jumped in. He hits his lover a few time and then has sex with him(they often enjoy rough sex, but this goes beyond the norm.)

When he wakes in the morning, how clear will his memories of the previous night be? I assume he'll remember the beginning (walking in) and probably the tail end (at least tending the his lover's various cuts) but what about the height of his rage when he lost all self control? Would he have fuzzy memories? Or is it possible there would be a blank spot there?

Hierarchy of servants in a wealthy household

Setting: United States, late 1800s/early 1900s (any time after the Civil War and before World War One, really.)

In a wealthy household, who would the servants be? (Assume the highest level of wealth and thus the biggest staff, since I want to get a full picture.) Who outranks whom? What are their duties? Who's in uniform?

So far, it's looking like the highest-ranking person would be the house steward (and maybe a land steward?), followed by the valet and the butler, then beneath them the liveried servants like footmen and grooms, and then the female servants (starting with the housekeeper and lady's maid.)

Does that sound right? Does length of service in the household affect rank? Do all the male servants outrank all the female servants? Are there special considerations for the given setting? (For example, I read that by the Victorian era, the butler was often the highest-ranking servant.) I'm not sure the information I'm finding is applicable to turn-of-the-century United States households.

Previous search terms: hierarchy of servants, household servants, servants duties, servants united states. Have been reading sites like this and this.

So there's plenty of information out there, but I'm not sure of it's accuracy, it tends to refer to a different setting, and I'm hoping maybe there's a really well-informed reader of this community ...

I-40

I writing my first erotic novel and it's a road trip story that takes place going east to west, from Greensboro NC to Las Vegas NV, on Interstate 40. The problem is, I've never actually ridden or driven this highway, just yearned to (part of it is a portion of Route 66, I believe). I have been researching via Google and Flickr for interesting details to include in descriptions of the trip, other than general road details. If anyone has been fortunate enough to ride this road and remembers particular sightseeing spots or details that stick out in the mind, I'd love to hear about them! I know there's more important things to detail in an erotic story, but I'd love to include a sense of place as well. :)

Jamie Bell's Accent.

I'm trying to write a story that takes place in Tucson, Arizona with 2 men. But the 2 men eventually bump into this young girl who is supposed to be from the UK (England). And I'd like her to have a specific accent, specifically the one that Jamie Bell had in the movie "Jumper" as Griffin.

So I tried to find what type of accent he had exactly, and I came up with a lot of different results. Different websites said that he had a South London accent, a North East London accent, a Cockney accent, and even a Yorkshire and Liverpool accent. So I really have no idea.

Help would be really appreciated. :)

Eye loss

I have a character in my story who loses her eyes--as in, her eyes are literally removed from her head. I'm stuck for ideas on how this would happen, though (the only thing that comes to mind is in Kill Bill when she plucks Elle Driver's eye out). I'm mainly looking for a battle/war setting, but something off the battlefield could work too (like a massive eye injury that would result in needing to retreat and have her eyes removed). This is an instant thing, she's had perfect vision for her whole life until this (so no diseases would work).

Thank you!

edit: Wow, so many replies! Thanks so much guys, you've really helped me out =]

Death by Subway

My story takes place in the not-too-distant-future of New York (everything is pretty much the same, except computers are spiffier and all that) and one of the characters is hit by a subway. I want to have another character describe her as being ‘obliterated’ but I’m not sure if that’s what actually happens. All of the articles on subway deaths I can find seem to all be about statistics (who died where, when and why).

Does anyone know what actually happens when a person is hit by subway?

Thanks in advance.

Titles in Victorian England

I've done lots of research on titles but since this is an unlikely situation, I couldn't find anything about this in particular.

Let's say I have a character called John Smith and he's a baron. Formally he'd be called The Right Most Honourable Lord Smith, saluted with "My Lord", addressed in speech as Lord Smith, called only Smith by friends and family, etc. But what if Most Honble. Lord Smith worked in the police as a detective? (Yes, I do get that this is very unlikely but Lord Smith actually got his peerage for solving a really really high-profile case and he refuses to leave his job despite having wealth, status, etc.)

So, would the fact that he's a detective be somehow acknowledged in the way people address him in different situations, or not?

(and no, this isn't really Victorian England, just a fictional country very closely modeled by it)