August 20th, 2011

Clubs Deuce Is Stupid

Minor car accident injuries to alien boy

Setting is modern day Washington state. Terms searched: several combinations of "car accident", "pedestrian", "car accident injuries" and "getting hit by a car", and I have also searched the comm's tags (the Car Accidents tag and the Injuries To Order tag, specifically).

My car accident victim is a healthy and physically fit 15-year-old boy, around 5'8" and weighs about 140 pounds. He is standing at the side of a road where the speed limit is 35mph, when he is hit by a car (a 1996 Ford Aspire). The driver had been sleepdriving and wakes up in time to swerve and avoid hitting one of the trees on the side of the road, but the boy isn't as lucky.

The thing about the boy is that he's an alien, with grey skin and horns, so taking him to a hospital is not an option and would drag the plot places I don't want to go. I need him to survive the accident with minor injuries that can be treated at home but will leave him incapacitated for two-three weeks.

The Name of the Game (or Con)

Hello. I'm a little stumped. I am touching up a Big Bang novel and I realized I may have used the incorrect terminology for two things. Here's the scenarios:

Scenario 1: A con was set up to scam VICTIM A & B to really target VICTIM A, but then frame VICTIM B for the crime.

Scenario 2: DECOY A was rumored to be in LOCATION 1, but in reality, is really safely tucked away in LOCATION 2.

I thought it was a classic 'Bait n Switch' but I suspect I'm wrong for both of them.

I tried on Google, my online library and Brittanica Online the following terms:
classic cons
classic scams
bait and switch
classic hustles

WARNING: with these terms, I got a lot of Cosmo like blogs on 'how to tell your lover is lying to you'.

Um...wrong genre? LOL.


Dear Mods: I think I tagged it correctly, but in case I'm wrong...(kowtows to the floor, all the way to China) Apologies in advance!!!

Sexual connotations of pet names (UK)

Hi all,

I'd like one of my character's mother's to call him by a pet name, and think "cherub" sounds like the sort of word she'd use. However, I'd like to check if it has any sexual connotations as I haven't really heard it used before - I've googled it and found an article on The Mirror website about a teacher flriting with her teenage pupils by using nicknames, and one of those listed (alongside "chick" and, er, "dirty sausage") is "cherub". Is it more a pet name that's used between lovers?

Any suggestions of pet names a mother might call her ten year old son would also be helpful - my characters are from southern england, so no northern words please. Also, this woman has three other children ( inc. two other sons), and I'd like a name she uses specifically on this child rather than something general like "sweetie", "darling", "love" etc. The boy is from a big city, has blonde hair, is a middle child and is quite a "cool" kid, if that helps with name suggestions.