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A world without reformation [27 Sep 2010|02:20pm]

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Hi folks! I'm starting to plan out my NaNoWrimo project this year. It takes place in modern times, but in a world where the protestant reformation never occurred, and the Catholic church still has religious prominence. A world where there's little, if any, separation of church and state. A world where indulgences are still sold, and the church is a massive landholder, etc. Alas, my google-fu is weak. I've found a few sources, but not enough for some decent worldbuilding as yet.

I'm looking for the following:

1) Good sources on what the world was like pre-reformation, and the history of the Catholic church.

2) A source for Catholic names - what kind of names were popular Christian names back when, for naming characters.

3) Your thoughts on how a world without a reformation would develop into modern times.

4) Any good sites describing demonic possession and exorcism rituals (the supernatural and demon possession plays a role in the story)

Any feedback is very much appreciated. Thank you!

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Charloft presents - 100 Drabbles of Summer writing challenge! [27 May 2010|06:59pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Join me at charloft for the 100 Drabbles of Summer challenge!

Read the rules, then sign up for the challenge! Can you write 100 100-word stories in three months? There's only one way to find out!

100 Drabbles of Summer begins on Memorial Day ( May 31st) and ends on Labor Day (September 6th)

Writers and roleplayers of all kinds are welcome to come and write with us!

About Us:
In addition to the 100 Drabbles of Summer challenge, charloft has been providing a daily character development prompt since October 2008. We also have live character / writer discussion and roleplaying chats, NanoWriMo support, and other fun activities! Our talented mod team is made up of veteran writers and roleplayers who provide you with quality prompts daily. There is no application process or hoops to jump through to be a member of Charloft - just join the community and you're in. Writers of fiction, fanfiction, original or characters from any canon are all welcome to come write and play. We'd love to have you write with us.

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Nano support / prompt community [08 Oct 2009|01:41pm]

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Just wanted to remind folks that charloft is offering NaNoWriMo support again this year. We will be having word count check-in posts, a live Nano chatroom, word wars, inspirational posts and more all through the month of November!

Charloft also operates year 'round, providing a daily character related writing prompt. We're just about to celebrate our first anniversary! Hope you'll come check us out.

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Newbie with a question (but I bet that's how it always works) [21 Oct 2008|09:25am]

Intro? I'm Heathen, poet and writer of things that are best left alone. And I come not so much with gifts but needing help.

I just noticed that I am trying to write out a scene in duel perspective (going back and forth from each main characters point of view) and, I am wondering if this is legal, possible, or even within the boundaries of sanity.

And if it is possible, does anyone have any idea how to make it work, 'cause it's driving me a little bit insane trying to keep up with these two.
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Research help needed! Monkee fans? [11 Oct 2008|07:05pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

If any of you happen to be Monkees fans, please take a moment to fill out all or part of this survey . I'm particularly looking for firsthand accounts of those who attended the Monkees 20th anniverary tour. It plays a part in my novel, and I'd like to get some good details researched before I begin.

Also, if anyone would like to see the novel in progress , please feel free to join summerslast as I will be writing it there and posting friends only. This is the method that brought me success in 2006 (you can still read my complete 2006 novel by joining tequila_sunset)

Anyone else do their writing publicly? Let me know and I'll join up to read your projects, too!

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Seeking some help [26 May 2007|02:23pm]

Greetings to everyone,

I'm writing a course paper on political correctness in a Moscow-based university, and i desperately need several native speakes of English to fill in a short questionnaire to get relevant numbers. Could someone spare a minute and do this, please?

Your help will be invaluable, thanks !!!
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Thesis!!! [15 May 2007|07:24pm]


Hello everybody!!!
I seem to need some help!
I want to appologize in advance if I chose the wrong community to ask my question. (and kindly forgive my mistakes please!)

So, I am student, I am writing a thesis. I am conducting a research and I need to get an answer on my question from the native speakers of English, if possible!

so the question is: 
When you encounter the verb “execute” (in sense: to put sb to death according to legal sentence), what way of execution comes to your mind first? 

I know the topic is strange, but still

Thank you in advance!!!

P.S. I also ask you to give information on your age, gender and nationality. THANK YOU!!!

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Crossing the line [05 Apr 2007|02:45pm]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

In juvenile fiction, is it going too far to have 5 faeries executed for touching a king? My editor suggested it, but I feel that it would be going too far--however I understand its relevence in the story, because it show's the empire's true cruelty. Note you don't actually see it in the story, it is just told to you... almost like this:

The King was in the middle of a deep tissue back massage when the Queen Mother walked in on him. She was livid to the brink of insanity and she had the servant girls executed that evening...

I always find if I have to ask, the answer is no, but this is not always the case. Thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

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Scholarship [07 Feb 2007|07:40am]

Hi! I need your help! I am writing a scholarship essay on my favorite teacher, and I need to strengthen what I have already writte. You see, one scholarship per school is sent, and we have a scholarship committee. My guidance department hates me---literally, I have proof--and I know the secretary will try to influence her favorite kid because of her own personal connection with a parent to get the nomination. Can you help me improve my own to better my chances? The teachers who read this are common teachers and not hardvard Grads.....

My Paper:

My Most Influential Teacher



Ms. Norton was one of those teachers who thrust students to reach expectations higher than they set. I remember hating the work load, the strenuous tests, and her glaring eyes when we did poorly. I wanted to quit the class after a few days, but I endured and now I look back upon it as a great academic achievement. I learned to appreciate and miss her lectures. They were more than just educational lectures but words of wisdom for life. She helped me develop patience when I started a job at Wal-Mart, she strengthened my writing skills, and helped me see that I was more than just another student. However, her greatest impact on my life was the fact that she inspired me to be a history teacher.

It was a privilege for me to be under her instruction. I now see an unlimited future as a teacher and the excitement and rewards it has. Maybe one day, due to this woman, someone will feel the same about me.

Every year, teachers educate many prospective leaders of tomorrow, but very few go beyond that expectation. My eleventh grade history teacher, Deborah Norton, has had a tremendous effect on the person I am today and the person I plan to be in the future. She did more than just educate me; She also guided me and inspired me to become a teacher.
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me or I problem [01 Feb 2007|11:10pm]

And what a perfect time this brings for my wife and me to welcome our new child in to this world...


And what a perfect time this brings for my wife and I to welcome our new child in to this world...

Thanks for the help. :)
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Hi there) [23 Jan 2007|02:17am]

We're two students from Moscow, English majors, in the middle of linguistic research at our university. We need several native speakers of English to fill in either of two short tests (or both of em :-). Your help would be invaluable. We can't do it ourselves, 'cause only native speakers possess the needed sense of the 'mother' language.

test 1
test 2

Please, could you assess the propriety of the sentences given in the tests?

P.S. Please feel encouraged to turn to us if you need any help with Russian in return :-)
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I'm at a loss [18 Aug 2006|05:01pm]

Hey everyone.

I am at my wits end. I have to write a research paper and I don't have the first clue about where to start. Can anyone help me?
Thank you in advance!

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[01 Aug 2006|10:06am]

[ mood | pensive ]

I need help.

I'm confused with some things with grammer.

Help please? for my fanfiction

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Excellent Writer's Resource - Urbis dot com! [10 Nov 2005|07:55pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Urbis.com, is a free, carefully structured workshop community with a mission to expose writers from around the world to literary agents and publishers in New York City. It's a great website for getting feedback on your work, with a quality review system that really works! It even offers a variety of privacy options for those who don't want their work viewable by just anyone on the 'net.

There's a a live journal community for Urbis users here - urbis_writers , so join Urbis and join the community.

If you want to take a closer look at how the site works, check out my Urbis portfolio.

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[02 Jun 2005|03:51pm]

I need to write a Summary Theme about the book, The Bell Jar, but I can't find the handout that tells what is required to write one. If anyone know how...HELP!?
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[06 Apr 2005|07:25pm]

I just have a simple question:
Is/can this poem be considered 'free-verse'? I know, its not really suppose to rhyme, but is this alright?


If I died today, would you miss my face?
Would you miss my smile, my laughter, my grace?
If I died right now, would you lie beside me and shelter my cries?
Would you wrap your arms around me and place your lips upon my eyes?
Would you hold and comfort me as I go?
Only three words that I wanted you to know:
I love you; you mean the world to me.
My love stretches longer than the world can see.
I remember the way you held me so tight.
I begin to wish for that comfort tonight.
And now alone, I must lie.
All alone, while I die.
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[08 Jan 2005|08:25pm]

What does is mean to write in Paradox? My English teacher gave a book project on what we are reading and we have to see if the author uses Paradox's. What does that mean?

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[08 Sep 2004|06:02pm]

Hey hey I really need help...i wrote this essay and I have too many "to be" verbs and I need to eliminate them and I also need to use "bigger" words in my essay...please i need help if you can help me please comment ASAP
if this is not the right community please tell me to which one I can go to..
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[26 Dec 2003|08:02pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Lesson 5: Comma use.

Commas are your friend. Use them wisely.

Use commas to separate independent clauses when they are joined by any of these seven coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet. EG:

The game was over, but the crowd refused to leave.
The student explained her question, yet the instructor still didn't seem to understand.
Yesterday was her brother's birthday, so she took him out to dinner.

Use commas after introductory clauses, phrases, or words that come before the main clause. EG:

While I was eating, the cat scratched at the door.
Because her alarm clock was broken, she was late for class.
If you are ill, you ought to see a doctor.
When the snow stops falling, we'll shovel the driveway.

Common introductory phrases that should be followed by a comma include participial and infinitive phrases, absolute phrases, nonessential appositive phrases, and long prepositional phrases (over four words). EG:

Having finished the test, he left the room.
To get a seat, you'd better come early.
After the test but before lunch, I went jogging.
The sun radiating intense heat, we sought shelter in the cafe.

Common introductory words that should be followed by a comma include yes, however, well.

Use a pair of commas in the middle of a sentence to set off clauses, phrases, and words that are not essential to the meaning of the sentence. Use one comma before to indicate the beginning of the pause and one at the end to indicate the end of the pause.

Use commas to separate two or more coordinate adjectives that describe the sa me noun.

Use a comma near the end of a sentence to separate contrasted coordinate elements or to indicate a distinct pause or shift. EG:

He was merely ignorant, not stupid.
The chimpanzee seemed reflective, almost human.
You're one of the senator's close friends, aren't you?
The speaker seemed innocent, even gullible.

Use commas to set off phrases at the end of the sentence that refer back to the beginning or middle of the sentence. Such phrases are free modifiers that can be placed anywhere in the sentence without causing confusion. (If the placement of the modifier causes confusion, then it is not "free" and must remain "bound" to the word it modifies.)

Use commas to set off all geographical names, items in dates (except the month and day), addresses (except the street number and name), and titles in names.

SO IMPORTANT: Use a comma to shift between the main discourse and a quotation. EG:

John said without emotion, "I'll see you tomorrow."
"I was able," she answered, "to complete the assignment."
In 1848, Marx wrote, "Workers of the world, unite!"

Use commas wherever necessary to prevent possible confusion or misreading.

When not to use commas:

Don't use a comma to separate the subject from the verb. EG:

An eighteen-year old in California, is now considered an adult. (in correct)
The most important attribute of a ball player, is quick reflex actions. (incorrect)

Don't put a comma between the two verbs or verb phrases in a compound predicate. EG:

We laid out our music and snacks, and began to study. (incorrect)
I turned the corner, and ran smack into a patrol car. (incorrect)

Don't put a comma between the two nouns, noun phrases, or noun clauses in a compound subject or compound object. EG:

She was late for class, because her alarm clock was broken. (incorrect)
The cat scratched at the door, while I was eating. (incorrect)

All info taken from here.

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[23 Dec 2003|03:10pm]

[ mood | crappy ]

Lesson two:

Whose and who's. Their, there, and they're. Alright vs. all right. Conscience vs. conscious.

Whose and who's.
whose ( P ) Pronunciation Key (hz)
The possessive form of who.
The possessive form of which.

It's a possessive pronoun and therefore implies ownership. EG:

*Whose coat is this?

who's ( P ) Pronunciation Key (hz)

Contraction of who is.
Contraction of who has.

It's a contraction.

EG: *Who's ready for more popcorn.

Their, there, and they're.

their ( P ) Pronunciation Key (thâr)
adj. The possessive form of they.
Used as a modifier before a noun: their accomplishments; their home town.

EG: *Fred and Jane finally washed their car.

there ( P ) Pronunciation Key (thâr)
At or in that place: sit over there.
To, into, or toward that place: wouldn't go there again.
At that stage, moment, or point: Stop there before you make any more mistakes.
In that matter: I can't agree with him there.

EG: *Sylvia is lying there unconscious.

they're ( P ) Pronunciation Key (thâr)

Contraction of they are.

EG: *They're going to the fair.

All right vs. alright.

all right

In proper or satisfactory operational or working order: checked to see if the tires were all right.
Acceptable; agreeable: Delaying the repair is all right by me.
all-right (ôlrt) Informal. Satisfactory; good: an all-right fellow; an all-right movie.
Correct: Your answers are all right.
Average; mediocre: The performance was just all right, not remarkable.
Uninjured; safe: The passengers were shaken up but are all right.
Fairly healthy; well: I am feeling all right again.

In a satisfactory way; adequately: I held up all right under pressure.
Very well; yes. Used as a reply to a question or to introduce a declaration: All right, I'll go.
Without a doubt: It's cold, all right.

al·right ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ôl-rt)
adv. Nonstandard
All right. See Usage Note at all right.

>> Usage Note: Despite the appearance of the form alright in works of such well-known writers as Langston Hughes and James Joyce, the single word spelling has never been accepted as standard. This is peculiar, since similar fusions such as already and altogether have never raised any objections. The difference may lie in the fact that already and altogether became single words back in the Middle Ages, whereas alright has only been around for a little more than a century and was called out by language critics as a misspelling. Consequently, one who uses alright, especially in formal writing, runs the risk that readers may view it as an error or as the willful breaking of convention. <<

Conscience vs. Conscious.

con·science ( P ) Pronunciation Key (knshns)

The awareness of a moral or ethical aspect to one's conduct together with the urge to prefer right over wrong: Let your conscience be your guide.
A source of moral or ethical judgment or pronouncement: a document that serves as the nation's conscience.
Conformity to one's own sense of right conduct: a person of unflagging conscience.
The part of the superego in psychoanalysis that judges the ethical nature of one's actions and thoughts and then transmits such determinations to the ego for consideration.

EG: *Let your conscience be your guide.

con·scious ( P ) Pronunciation Key (knshs)

Having an awareness of one's environment and one's own existence, sensations, and thoughts. See Synonyms at aware.
Mentally perceptive or alert; awake: The patient remained fully conscious after the local anesthetic was administered.
Capable of thought, will, or perception: the development of conscious life on the planet.
Subjectively known or felt: conscious remorse.
Intentionally conceived or done; deliberate: a conscious insult; made a conscious effort to speak more clearly.
Inwardly attentive or sensible; mindful: was increasingly conscious of being watched.
Especially aware of or preoccupied with. Often used in combination: a cost-conscious approach to further development; a health-conscious diet.

EG: *Were you conscious of his love for you?

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