August 17th, 2009

I like pi!

The making of dresses in 1813

My character is getting a dress made by a professional dressmaker as a gift from a rich employer. Is that plausible? EDIT: She's a companion to a woman.

How long would it take, roughly? What about when/if she makes her own dresses? Would people often adapt dresses belonging to other female relatives if they went out of style etc?

Does anyone have info on the process? (I had a dress made once but I imagine things have changed :D)

These seem like the sort of obvious questions you could find info on really easily but my google fu has failed.

Wikipedia: dressmaking

regency/19th century seamstress/tailor/dressmaker

I found The Life of a Seamstress and a lot of other info about the lives of seamstresses, which was very interesting, but not what I was after :)

Sparrows as psychopomps

I'm working on a novella where the main characters are psychopomps/grim reapers/death deities. I'm still in the speedy first-draft and gave the main character sparrow wings in passing. It was a detail jotted down for my own benefit and wasn't even mentioned until a minor character begins talking at length about death and its symbolism. Like the albatross and the crow, sparrow comes to my mind when I think "death", and it was only as I started into dialogue that finally mentions her wings that I realized... I had absolutely no clue why.

I've Googled every combination of the words, "sparrow/sparrows", "symbolism/symbolic", "psychopomp", and "death". I've looked up sparrows on Wikipedia and several mythology sites. I found some links to personal sites and blogs that suggested conflicting factoids about the sparrows and their role in the afterlife. None of them cited sources or even where these myths originated - except for one that suggested the British Isles... which I also Googled to no avail - so I'm more than a little hesitant to take the info and run with it.

Did I just dream the sparrow/psychopomp connection up? Stephen King's Dark Half is dominating my search results, but I'm certain I've never read that book.

The setting is an otherworldly, between realities type of area. I doubt that matters at all, but I do try and follow the suggested posting guidelines. >.>

Thanks much!

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Tourist destinations in Japan

I'm currently working on a fan fiction based on a Japanese group fandom.

But for the story, I looking for a few famous spots that a couple can visit (though they aren't considered as couple just yet)

I did google it already and i came across a few forums that has all the famous spots.

I would like to collect more information with details so that i can make comparisons.

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