September 5th, 2008

diminished mental capacity caused by injury, degenerative brain disease

The setting for this is modern day, US, probably California.

Googled 'degenerative brain disease' but the results were all about the elderly. Googled 'diminished mental capacity'/variations but what I came up with was about how it pertains to law. And I'm not really sure how to go about researching something like this with the specific but broad criteria I have.

Basically, I need an injury or some kind of disease that could cause diminished mental capacity in a previously relatively healthy late teens/early twenties male. It can be caused by any number of things: disease-as previously mentioned, drug OD, car crash, fight, suicide attempt (character has a history of depression), etc. His background is changeable based on what I decide to go with.

I would prefer that he retain relatively functional motor skills, or at least be able to regain them through therapy in the case of an injury. If it's a result of injury I would prefer it not leave him massively crippled, but recovery time being long isn't an issue. In patient/out patient time in a hospital/therapy doesn't matter, actually I'd prefer something that keeps him in it more.

I can do further research on my own, I just really need the basics for the possibilities for this because I have no idea where to start.

Fairy tale about blindness needed

Help! I really need a Grimm fairy tale in which blindness is a crucial part of the plot, but neither my memory nor Google is coming up with anything (except blind mice and that is not helpful).

I *really* want a blind princess, or failing that a queen. I found that Italo Calvino's collection of Italian folk tales has one called Three Blind Queens, but for various reasons I need the Brothers Grimm (or a German folktale).

If I can't find anything I'll adapt TBQ but any suggestions will be welcomed.

ETA: I'm going with Rapunzel, and there are additional blind people in Cinderella (in some versions) and Hansel and Gretel. Thanks!

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I'm writing a fanfiction for the manga Blade of the Immortal, a story taking place in Edo period Japan. One of the characters have worked as a geisha and is a skilled shamisen player and singer (with her weapon hidden in her instrument. Naturally).

I want to write a scene with her singing and accompanying herself, but since I'm not very familiar with traditional japanese culture or music at all, I'm having some problems.


My question: Can I find translated Nagauta lyrics anywhere on the net, and preferable some audio clips or downloads as well?

I have tried googling nagauta, shamisen, geisha musicians, kabuki etc, but mostly ended up with descriptions of how the genre evolved and reviews of books that would be very useful if I could afford bying heavy volumes just to write a silly fic. I've also searched through the music section of the city library. Nothing useful there.

I'd love to be able to include parts of the lyrics into the text and be able to describe her performance in more detail, as it's a crucial part to the scene.

Anything else you can tell me about Nagauta when not performed on the Kabuki stage but in more informal settings would be very useful as well. Thanks beforehand!

How to dilute drunkenness.

Setting = Present time. Arizona. 
My question is, let's say you're drunk. Is there a drink that would possibly "dilute" your drunkenness? Like make you become undrunk faster... if that made any sense. 
I tried researching this, but the only results I got was how to get drunk, what to drink, what not to drink, and something about mixing beer with energy drinks. /: 
Help would make me dance up and down in my underwear. (: 
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