Last week, U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (ILL) thanked former President Donald Trump for the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, calling it a “victory for white life.” She claims to have misspoken, but racism is part of the DNA of the anti-abortion movement.
Do you like trains? Do you consider yourself neurodivergent? It seems like these two things are linked, and I’m doing a mini project to see why. I have designed this survey to find out which specific factors contribute to your liking of trains and train travel, taking a phenomenological approach (person and life experience-based rather than data-based research). No names or contact details required unless you’d like to tell us more. Thank you in advance! Header art kindly contributed by train-obsessed 4 year old.
E.A. Deverell - FREE worksheets (characters, world building, narrator, etc.) and paid courses;
Hiveword - Helps to research any topic to write about (has other resources, too);
BetaBooks - Share your draft with your beta reader (can be more than one), and see where they stopped reading, their comments, etc.;
Charlotte Dillon - Research links;
Writing realistic injuries - The title is pretty self-explanatory: while writing about an injury, take a look at this useful website;
One Stop for Writers - You guys... this website has literally everything we need: a) Description thesaurus collection, b) Character builder, c) Story maps, d) Scene maps & timelines, e) World building surveys, f) Worksheets, f) Tutorials, and much more! Although it has a paid plan ($90/year | $50/6 months | $9/month), you can still get a 2-week FREE trial;
One Stop for Writers Roadmap - It has many tips for you, divided into three different topics: a) How to plan a story, b) How to write a story, c) How to revise a story. The best thing about this? It's FREE!
Story Structure Database - The Story Structure Database is an archive of books and movies, recording all their major plot points;
National Centre for Writing - FREE worksheets and writing courses. Has also paid courses;
Penguin Random House - Has some writing contests and great opportunities;
Crime Reads - Get inspired before writing a crime scene;
The Creative Academy for Writers - "Writers helping writers along every step of the path to publication." It's FREE and has ZOOM writing rooms;
Reedsy - "A trusted place to learn how to successfully publish your book" It has many tips, and tools (generators), contests, prompts lists, etc. FREE;
QueryTracker - Find agents for your books (personally, I've never used this before, but I thought I should feature it here);
Pacemaker - Track your goals (example: Write 50K words - then, everytime you write, you track the number of the words, and it will make a graphic for you with your progress). It's FREE but has a paid plan;
Save the Cat! - The blog of the most known storytelling method. You can find posts, sheets, a software (student discount - 70%), and other things;
I think the perception of scientists is so weirdly skewed by popular media, like all we see are these glorious high-tech shiny labs where they show off the latest bespoke machine that does x y z and everything is automated and fast and good
I need people to know that the bulk of research into things like heart disease and cancer and alzheimer's is being done in state institutions and universities where the staff has to beg for money every year and justify why their research matters
the people working under them are overwhelmingly students struggling to balance classes and oftentimes a second job, and if they're paid by the lab it's usually something under $15/hr for playing part in the discoveries of mankind's most debilitating diseases
taxes would normally ensure that federal and state parties have enough to fund this research but corporations get to evade even the most basic taxes and instead pat themselves on the back for making "generous" donations to their own personally favored private entity that does the same exact research but has a stock ticker, so on top of not paying taxes they get an extra tax break for their "charitable donation" and a shareholding stake in the private company
This seems like the right place to share this: "Our love is stronger than death": Enforcing Heterosexuality by Erasing Homosexuality in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula by Angela Maria Hipolito Ting.
I know a lot of you guys are in college or high school, and as finals are closing in, I thought I might help with the paper writing process a bit. I just finished my Master’s degree, and I rarely got less than 100% on my papers with this method.
You start with the top picture and work your way through it involving all areas at once. I will provide an example. First, you outline your paper with the numbers 1-7.
[Image ID: A whiteboard with the following words written on it -
1. What is it?
2. How does it work/ what does it entail?
3. What is the benefit/ what does it provide to the topic of the paper?
4. What is the overall objective or support role?
5. Why is it important/ what does it do?
6. How does it relate to [topic]*
What is it?
Is it in place?
Is it effective? /[End Image ID]
* The topic is the subject on which you are being tested. It is not the topic of the paper itself, but if you were writing a paper on innovative advances in technology over the last 100 years, you would want to relate your subject to that topic.*
This illustrated subject matter is a great way to outline your entire paper while identifying all the necessary aspects of your topic/subject. You can use the above guide as a template for the entire paper, or even a paragraph, outline, or PowerPoint presentation.
Lets say the topic of the paper is “Innovative advances of technology over the last 100 years” and your subject is the advances of the telephone.
(Introduction) The telephone and the advances over the last 100 years.
It is for communication. It was invented for communication. We wouldn’t have internet without it. A telephone used to be hard to use, but it’s easy now.
1. (What is it)
a. (Main idea) It is a device that creates connectivity to others in the world in ways not seen before 1876.
b. (Evidence) People are now able to communicate around the world instantly due to advances in telephone technology.
c. (Analysis) This is a beneficial tool because communication can be more effective.
d. (Transition) The communication methods originally developed by Alexander Grahame Bell have been upgraded and modified so that the internet can now be used on a small phone that fits in the pocket
2. (How does it work)
a. (Main idea) It works by using radio waves to connect lines and blah blah
And so on…
Number 1 can be an introduction, but I like to use the “What is it/ is it in place/ is it effective” as my introduction basis, and then use the rest of the guidelines to explain why the introduction makes sense.
Example of the paragraph structure:
Here is how to write your paragraphs off of the outline.
What is it?
The telephone is an instrument that was invented for communication over long distances [main idea]. The telephone has evolved into an essential communication method since its inception in 1876, and can now be found in nearly every household in the world (citation) [evidence of the main idea]. Without the telephone, the internet, mobile communication, and many other modern comforts would be unavailable today [analysis]. Using a telephone used to be a chore involving an operator, connecting facilities, and low-quality audio. However, modern telephones can identify a person’s exact location, which is especially useful in the event of an emergency [transition].
As you can see, I used the simple question What is it? to identify my topic and subject, and then within the subject matter structure, I used the main idea, evidence, analysis, and transition as a guideline on how to develop my paragraph. This method can be done with all of the subject matter structures as listed 1-7.
If you’re writing a paper about English literature, and the subject matter “How does it work” doesn’t fit the topic/subject, you can skip it.
It should also be noted that the main idea, evidence, analysis, and transition can encompass not only information within the paragraph but also the paper as a whole.
For example, you might have several paragraphs that enforce or explain the main idea. Therefore, you might also have several paragraphs that explain the evidence and personal analysis of your topic as well.
If you have questions about this method or need clarification, please feel free to comment. As I said, I graduated with a 4.0 in a science degree, and I’m not a scientific person by nature. I wish someone had given this to me when I first began writing papers so I could have done much better in school and learned a lot more.
After writing for quite nearly my entire literate life ~and~ getting a creative writing degree, I've put together a comprehensive list of the sites and blogs that I've found most useful! Check it out, we've got—
An Insanely Detailed Character Creation Sheet: use this page to learn everything you've ever wanted to know about your character and more. It never fails to make me consider something about them I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.
A Character Avatar Creator: if you know what your character looks like and want a visual of them for notes/cork boards/Google Docs, this site will let you personalize them almost as much as a Sims game.
Pinterest: if you don't know what your character looks like and need inspiration, search for pictures of people who inspire you. Definitely have done this more often than not because I can never seem to pin down (pun intended) my character's exact appearance. Really helps with things you might forget while writing, like the shape of their eyebrows, how their hair lays or even how they stand.
A Map Creation Website: it's meant for fantasy worlds but I've used it for my historical fiction novels! Super customizable even without paying for it. It also saves your work in the free version, which has saved me when I forgot to upload copies to where I keep all my story stuff.
Grammar Girl: have any questions about where to put that semicolon or when to use italics? Grammar Girl is literally used by English teachers because it's that accurate. Check your work or put as many commas in that manuscript as your heart tells you to anyway. I've done both!
Grammarly: this is another way to check your grammar, especially if you use the Chrome extension. It automatically checks your basic grammar, spelling, and readability while you type in Google Docs or another browser-based text document. Note that it isn't foolproof and sometimes will suggest things that don't make sense. Use your best judgement when it highlights things!
Word Hippo: do you feel like you've used one word too often in your story? I use Word Hippo daily for both my creative and professional writing to avoid repetition. When I can't think of a synonym or antonym on my own, it has a billion suggestions for adjectives, verbs, nouns, etc. It can even help you find words that rhyme! Make your character a poet. Nothing can stop you.
Text-to-Speech Reader: it's always easier to catch minor line errors when you read something out loud, but if you don't feel like doing that, this site will read your story for you. There are multiple voices to choose from, so have fun listening to your hard-won stories while you edit.
Background Noise—Coffee Shop: I always lose myself in stories when I have this video playing in the background. It's like I'm in a coffee shop or cozy restaurant booth, but without spending money.
Background Noise—Tavern Fireplace: same vibes as a coffee shop, but with fireplace crackling.
Background Noise—Rain Shower: listen to rain patter against your window with some thunder in the background.
Background Noise—Cozy Fireplace and Rain Shower: combine your favorite sounds in this extra long video of a wood-burning fireplace and a distance rain shower. Perfect for anyone who doesn't want to hear extra loud thunder.
Background Noise—Forest Sounds: is your story taking place outdoors? These sounds will make you feel like you're in the woods with your characters.
Background Noise—Blizzard Sounds: constant blizzard winds may easily make you feel removed from the world so you can focus on your work.
Background Noise—Interior Plane Cabin White Noise: the pleasant hum of a plane cabin is what I often write to. There are no loud take-off, landing, or passenger sounds either.
Background Noise—Christmas Music From Another Room: I found this video when quarantining for Christmas with my husband in 2020. It ended up being one of my favorite writing background videos of that year. It features lyric-less songs on vinyl, plus muffled talking, which was a definite perk for the year+ we spent inside.
Background Noise—Lo-Fi: when I'm not sure what I want to write to, I use this playlist. It has the perfect low-key beats for writing less-intense scenes or working on plot, characters, mapping, etc.
Tumblrs With Fantastic Writing Tips: I have a few favorite tumblrs I loooooove and have followed on various blogs for many years. They regularly answer submitted questions and have organized tags, so if you're wondering about something, you'll likely find an answer by searching their blogs! Check out @fixyourwritinghabits @heywriters @wordsnstuff for expert-level help, guidance, and inspiration.
Tumblrs With Writing Prompts: while there are many prompt websites and blogs, my favorite prompt tumblrs are @daily-prompts and @creativepromptsforwriting for their variety and creativity!
Goodreads: consistently reading is part of exercising that creative muscle in your brain. Goodreads will help you keep track of everything you've read, are reading, and want to read. Find your next inspiration and the latest updates on what's coming out soon from your favorite authors.
Poets & Writers Contests: this site is always posting the latest creative writing contests for all genres. It also has free submissions, so don't worry if you can't afford entry fees for now.
The Writer: you'll also find great contests (both free and paid) at The Writer. Explore their site to discover other great resources too, like writing getaways and publishing tips.
Enjoy and I hope this helps! Feel free to reblog and add other resources that you use for your writing. I'd love to find more!
while i'm still in college, i've already felt accepted by the space/NASA community. i begin part two of aerospace scholars next week, am awaiting on confirmation of my recent research on solar proton events from the international astronomical federation, and continuing my internships and research for NASA.
i love being in aerospace engineering and physics because i want to inspire the next generation of women scientists and engineers. ad astra!
Just thinking back to the time I visited the Minoan Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete, followed by the archaeological museum.
The Minoans lived 2600-1450 BC. There’s quite a few archaeological sites that have been used to figure out what their culture was like. As their language hasn’t been deciphered until today, researchers are forced to make sense of what they found in terms of cultural items and buildings.
This is legit how my visit went, all info from guides, guide books and info signs explaining the archeological discoveries.
Researchers: So, it’s really weird. We found a shitton of paintings and figurines depicting lots and lots of people, but there isn’t a single one that depicts a king or something like that. So we unfortunately have no idea what their social system was like.
Me: Ok, cool. :)
Researchers: Yeah, and it gets even weirder. The majority of paintings show women. There’s also a lot of jewelry that was discovered that is like super delicately made for the time, and hardly any weapons, which is weird, too. And when you look at the paintings, all the women are wearing really nice clothes and lots of jewelry and maybe even make-up. A lot of times the men are just in the background and they‘re wearing just loincloths. Really weird. Where are all the normal men?
Researchers: It gets even weirder than that. There are paintings and figurines that display several women, with one of them symbolically raised above the others, so we think that was was probably a goddess they worshipped at the time - normally, they’d deict kings that way. But the strange thing about the goddess is that is that the woman always changes, and a goddess would’ve stayed the same for generations. Just really odd. Clearly, it’s impossible to tell what their societal structure was like.
Researchers: Oh, also, the queen‘s chambers in the palace are literally at the heart of the structure, and the only way to get there is through what we think was the king‘s chambers. That’s also just so weird, cos usually it‘d be the other way around and the king as the most important and most valuable person would be the most difficult to get to.
Researchers: Did we mention that the palace has a really well-working latrine system at the bottom that is covered in paintings showing blood and women that we think are on their periods? Maybe there was some kind of fertility cult happening. There’s so many figurines that are pregnant, too. Maybe that’s why we have those paintings with the goddesses we mentioned earlier. Fertility goddesses?
Researchers: It really is such a shame that we can’t tell anything about the social structure because we have no paintings of the men. :-/ But look, the graves are also all full of depictions of women! :) :) :)
Just - really? I know we can’t say for sure, but - really? Is it so hard to follow the logical conclusion here? At least as a working thesis until it’s disproven?