December 1st, 2008

Sending Letters to RAF officer

Setting: A medium-sized town in New York, December 1944
Searched: I've looked up letters from the time period, but haven't been able to find anything useful.

My character is a fourteen-year-old girl, raised in England but currently living in the States.  Her father is a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, currently deployed in the Ardennes mountains.  She sends letters to him frequently.  How would she address them?

HIV Susceptibility

Hi All!
Cutting right to the chase:
Setting: 2008 or thereabouts
I'm wondering if there's a chance that my white, female, 16-year-old character could possibly have some condition that makes her more susceptible to HIV. She's dating a guy who's HIV Positive but doesn't know it until later. I want her to be forced to leave him because it would be medically unsafe for her, even without sex being a part of the equation. Note that the guy she's dating was born with HIV (his mother was infected and spread it to him through birth) and he simply didn't have the guts to tell his girlfriend until an accident leads to her almost touching his blood. Also, the girlfriend's mother was rather promiscuous and had taken drugs, but her daughter (the girlfriend) sustained no visible damage or disease as a direct result. But could the mother's use of drugs somehow cause her daughter to be more susceptible?
I googled a bunch of generic AIDS, HIV and AIDS/HIV in teens terms, as well as "HIV Susceptibility" combinations. I also read tons of articles and only found out that women are more susceptible in general, and Africans and African-Americans are also at a higher risk of infection.
Also, while I'm at it, if any of you happen to know a teen (preferably a male) who was born with HIV and would be willing to answer some generic questions about living with it, please email me (amor_demi_alma at livejournal dot com) and let me know how I might get in touch with them. I'm writing a novel, so they would, of corse, be credited if they wish.
Thanks in advance!
-- Caitlin

Bulgarian/Slavic diminutive name

Setting: Modern times, Harry Potter-esque world.

I've tried googling variations upon Bulgarian/Russian/Slavic diminutive names, nick names, etc, but I can't seem to find exactly what I want.

I need a nickname that a close relative (sister/cousin) might use for Viktor. I'd prefer a diminutive version of the name, but something playful that his female cousin who considers him a friend might use would be fine as well. Not something incredibly fluffy (she's a bit of a stern one) but something fond. She actually grew up in Albania, but she would know some Russian and some Bulgarian because of her father and her schooling.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

Red wire? Blue wire? How to defuse a bomb.

Set in present day, somewhere in the US.

I've been trying to figure out how to defuse a bomb for a book I'm writing, but most things aren't very helpful or are too dense in just detailing what kinds of bombs there are.. If movies and TV are of any help, you have to cut three wires in the correct sequence, the primer, the reactor, and the ignition timer?

I doubt it's as arbitrary as blue wire, red wire, green wire, because that would indicate all bomb-making fiends use the same brand of wire. Are there other ways to defuse bombs rather than just clipping wires? What would be a simple kind of timed bomb that any bad guy could make that could only be disarmed by an expert? (In this case, the protagonist has studied this in school.)
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