June 23rd, 2010


Insults in Greek

Setting: Somewhere in the future, off-planet. However, I'm looking for the modern translation.

Situation: One of my characters is a polyglot with a bitchy streak, putting together an insult. The full phrase is,

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But I'm looking for the (italicised) second half to be in Greek itself. As my Greek consists of about three words, I'm at a total loss.

I've tried looking at a few websites with lists of insults, but I wouldn't even begin to know how to put together a clause and the phrases I'm finding online look a bit suspect anyway. The more formal the words the better, as he's a real show-off.

I cannot think of another place I could ask a question like this; you guys are awesome.

Widower father.

I'm looking to find information on widower dads (my character has two young daughters.)
I'm aware of a few blogs- which are superb. But i'm looking for more points of view. I want to read about as many widowed fathers as possible to deepen my understanding of what they are going through. I'm stuggling to come up with info and google just wont help me out.

EDIT(more info):
The story is set in england, present day. The girls are 5 and 7. Their mother died somewhat unexpectedly. I really want to know how the father would explain the situation straight after the mum's death, and then a few months down the line, to his girls.

I'm not exactly an expert on trying to explain loss too children either... so help on that would be great.

Also, how would he help to keep her memory alive, approach mother's day etc.

Harry and Sarah Jane.

A boarding school for boys, c.1915

I am currently attempting to write a story set in World War One. One of the main characters, an infantry officer, is returning from the front for a period of rest after being wounded. Being an officer, his family life is rather wealthy, a large Victorian house, quite genteel etc. The officer's brother is a boy of ten and is at boarding school.

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Segregation in Turn of the Century New Orleans

Setting: New Orleans, c. 1895 (I can budge a few years in either direction, though)

I'm looking to find out more information about segregation in New Orleans during this time, particularly in regard to hotels, restaurants, and bars. Some of the online searches I've carried out are "New Orleans/Louisiana AND segregation/Jim Crow AND hotels/inns/public houses/restaurants" and "New Orleans/Louisiana AND 19th century/turn of the century/1890/1895/1900." The problem I'm running into is that most of the detailed resources my searches have turned up are either in print (I'm not in the U.S., so there's not a lot available through my library), or are in locked academic databases.

I know that there was increased de-segregation during Reconstruction, but that this began to sharply reverse around the time I'm looking at (Plessy v. Ferguson, the repeal of miscegentation laws, etc.) My main characters are two friends in their forties from the southwestern U.S., one a white business owner and the other a black doctor. The business owner heads off to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and is later joined by the doctor. Practically speaking, what I want to know is:

1) Would it be plausible for them to share a hotel room at this time? If so, are there areas of the city where this would be more likely/comfortable than others?

2) Would it be plausible for them to have their choice of restaurants and bars around their accommodations where they could dine or drink together?

3) If de-segregation of public accommodation was still the law at this point (which it seems to have been - correct me if I'm wrong), what are some areas of the city where one would be most likely to encounter overtly whites-only establishments?

Thanks in advance!

ETA: Answered - thank you, everyone.
hoot hoot

Standard Marine Protocol

Genre: Basic Fiction/Drama

Situation: Basically I have a character who is an enlisted Marine Sergeant, presently stationed in Afghanistan. I'm writing a scene where his family believes he died, as the Marine Corp didn't recover his body after an explosion by an ICB on the road.

I have some vague idea of how an Army officer would report a death to a family from the movie The Messenger. Additionally, I had done several google searches but failed to find anything useful.

Questions: If the Marines believe someone was MIA, how long would they search for them if they were pretty sure the person was captured by insurgents?

Would they bother informing the family if they knew the person was MIA, before they gave up the search?

Once they gave up the search and believed the person to be dead, how would they approach the family and what would they tell them?
siler wrench

Arctic sunset

Hi, tried googling for this but didn't get anything to answer this particular question.

The story is set in the far North, right on the edge of the Arctic circle, in Spring. They've been traveling direction North all day.

Being so far North, would the angle between a person and the setting sun make it seem to the casual eye that the sun is setting where their tracks lay? In the South?

ETA: green_grrl answered - sadly, no

So what'cha wearing under there

Hello all. I'm wanting to write a smutty fic set in 1880s Britain and I need to know about men's underwear. I've found some really fascinating sites on Victorian clothing which have been very helpful, but I'm having trouble figuring out if they just wore boxers or what. I need to get to the goods and I'm not sure what's stopping me.

I've googled things like "Victorian clothes/clothing," "men's Victorian clothes," "Victorian undergarments", etc. and have found some helpful clothing sites like gentlemensemporium.com, but I'm not having much luck with underwear. Found night clothes and PJs, found long John's, found swim suits.

I just want to know: Is the Victorian gent wearing boxers or something while dressed in his little suit? Got his trousers, shirt, waistcoat, greatcoat, collar, cuffs and cravat, but is there underwear in that mess too, and can I easily get my hands in it?

Thanks in advance.

Dockyard + illegal Russian imports

Hello guys, I have a few questions, I tried Googling them (docks ID laws, wharf ID laws, wharf/docks ID rules, docks diagram) but I don't even know where to start. 

Setting: modern day. A character goes for a walk at the docks. Her friend, who used to work at the docks, promises to find out the identity of a guy arriving at the docks on a certain day. 


1. When boats dock, do they just drop anchor or do they use rope to tie themselves to the dock? If so, is there a nautical name for the rope/the bits they tie themselves to? I honestly have no idea how to even formulate this query. 

2. If someone wants to schedule arriving at a dockyard, how would they go about this  ("how to dock a boat" comes up with only practical tips)? Do they need to show any ID? What about if this is the second time they are arriving at the same docks in the same boats?

3. Somewhere along the line, the character discovers that someone she knows is involved in smuggling something out of Russia and into the UK, but what could it be? I found this but "Russian Mafia illegally exports ozone-depleting gases" sounds... weird. But besides that, I don't know. Drugs? Russia isn't the most major producer of drugs as far as I'm aware (though if I'm wrong, great! Well, not great for Russia but great for the story). Guns? 

Thank you in advance for your help and sorry if I asked anything stupid!

Edit: the dockyard in question would be fictional, so any rules will do. 

As for the type of boat... I really don't know yet! It depends on the type of thing being smuggled, I guess. I think I'm going to go with a big cargo ship.