August 7th, 2008

Alternative night clubs

Setting: LA

Time: 2007-2008
Searched: "Night clubs" "goth nightclubs" "nightclub decor"

Situation: It's a written story,and I'm having the two leads meet at sort of weird,alternative nightclub.Not necessarily goth-it's not vampire-themed or anything,but just the sort of place that would attract a quirky crowd.I need some ideas for a darker decor and any little details that would help me bring it to life would be MUCH appreciated! =]

death by heart removal?

Kind of a weird question, but I have this serial killer who's read too much about the Aztecs and kills her victims by cutting out their hearts while they're still alive. So uh, what would the corpses of these people look like, 5-10 hours after death, assuming there wasn't a struggle and the blood got cleaned up (yeah, magically)? The specific victim is female, about 5'3" and 130 pounds, in fair physical condition, with no previous major illnesses. Set in modern times with, again, magic thrown in so I can fudge details if necessary. Oh and the weapon would be something primitive, I was thinking a huge kitchen knife if that would work.

I googled "aztec sacrifice," "aztec sacrifice heart removal," "corpse heart removed," "heart removal live victim," "heart removal corpse," and various permutations thereof. I also tried to read some articles on how the heart works but I didn't understand a word of it, and I searched through the tags and such for this community.

Thanks, hope I'm not being stupid! Advice on doing better searches would also be appreciated because apparently I fail, epically.

Single-car accident (1960s); broken leg

I posted a question a few months ago, and received some wonderful feedback. I decided asking here again would be a great idea to find some information that I need.


Searched:
Tags - broken bones, car accidents
Google - "car accidents"; "car accidents" + "injuries"; "car accidents" + types
Wikipedia - car accident; list of road accidents; side collision

I also half-heartedly searched through a database.

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List of professions, with descriptions

Hello!

I am a long time lurker but I quite enjoy this community. I'm actually not posting a question but rather a resource I found:

http://www.bls.gov/oco/

It is a list of occupations with descriptions of their duties, how much they're generally paid, training to get that job, and other things. You can also get it in a book format, but you have to pay and I find the free, online version a lot more useful.

I figured this'd be helpful for anyone needing a job for their characters. Mods, feel free to delete this if it's against the rules, I just thought I'd post this to help my fellow writers!

Note: This is for US occupations in the present day, the descriptions will likely not be the same abroad.

If this helps you out, I'd be glad to post anything else I find. I've found a few other resources in my searchings.