January 3rd, 2011

Injuries from torture and how to help someone deal with the psychological trauma

I hope I am doing this correctly, as this is my first time posting to this community. I have some information that I need for a story I am working on, and the story is basically at a standstill until I get this information.

The story's setting is modern-day, but the location is a little more difficult to describe. It is kind of an alternate universe type-setting that is primarily based on Europe. (Northern Europe to be as specific as I can get)

I am going to put the rest of this post behind a cut because of the subject matter.
Cut in case any of this is triggeringCollapse )

Help with puns

Hi everyone! :-)

One of my main characters is a passionate punster. This is a real challenge for me, because I am hopeless with puns! A while back, I posted here to ask for help with thinking up puns for my character to use, and I was amazed and delighted at the totally brilliant things you came up with. So I'm hoping you can help me once again...

Behind the cut are descriptions of the five situations in the story where I think puns could go. I don't necessarily need puns for all of these situations, but if you can think of anything for one or more of them, I'd be very grateful!Collapse )

I have no clue how to research puns for specific situations by google or by any other means, so I haven't tried anything beyond some helpless googling of "pun"/"play on words" and the like in combination with various key terms. This worked about as well as you'd expect: not. :-/

Thank you very much for your help!

Nickname for I-395 in Virginia

Setting: Present-day Arlington, VA area.

Context: The MC is told that her family has been killed in a traffic accident between the Virginia/Maryland state line and I-495. The person who delivers the news says, "Southbound I-395..." in describing the accident. I would like that the MC realizes the person is not a local, because locals refer to that particular stretch as [fill in the blank] instead of "Southbound I-395".

Question: Does the stretch of I-395 between the Virginia/Maryland state line and I-495 in have a specific nickname used by locals, such as "the Shirley" (short of the Shirley Highway)?

I believe the US 27 - I-395 interchange is referred to as "the Mixing Bowl", but I'm looking a little further south, perhaps near Landmark Mall or maybe the I-395/495/95 exchange.

Research/search terms: "Pentagon Road network", "mixing bowl DC", "Shirley Highway", "highways in DC Metro Area", "nicknames for I-395 Arlington, VA"