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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2015, 02:49:04 AM »
Not so much a resource as a very cool link... For those of us who need outlining or are very visual...

It includes several famous authors' written outlines for their plots and novels.

http://flavorwire.com/391173/famous-authors-handwritten-outlines-for-great-works-of-literature
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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2015, 09:46:46 AM »
Link to an article I did on worldbuilding, which is basically outlining a fantastic book for worldbuilding, called Pathfinders, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, and how it helped me with my fantasy world, Sarun.

http://www.adrianselby.com/2013/07/worldbuilding-how-prevailing-winds-shaped-civilisations-winners-and-losers/

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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2015, 12:09:01 PM »
Link to an article I did on worldbuilding, which is basically outlining a fantastic book for worldbuilding, called Pathfinders, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, and how it helped me with my fantasy world, Sarun.

http://www.adrianselby.com/2013/07/worldbuilding-how-prevailing-winds-shaped-civilisations-winners-and-losers/

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I enjoyed the post and it quite interesting. It reminds me, too, of the winds impact on seed dispersion that is prominent in the Guns, Germs and Steel narrative on human history.

@Adrian_Selby, I also scanned your discussion of The Children Act, and am going to have to add the author to my list. I just saw the movie of Brooklyn, which has a nice connection through the movie actress to your author. I'd be interested in your response to a US book, "The Memory of Old Jack". I found the book, which is generally a quiet thing, so intense emotionally that I about it down for months in the middle before being able to bring myself to finish the read.
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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2015, 12:14:32 PM »
Link to an article I did on worldbuilding, which is basically outlining a fantastic book for worldbuilding, called Pathfinders, by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, and how it helped me with my fantasy world, Sarun.

http://www.adrianselby.com/2013/07/worldbuilding-how-prevailing-winds-shaped-civilisations-winners-and-losers/

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Interesting post, enjoyed it.  :)

Have you read Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond? It also explores how the environment shapes civilisation, but focuses instead on the early stages of development: why the earliest civilisations appeared where they did. It's a really good book, plus it's great for worldbuilding - if you apply the principles then you can take another step back in time and determine what places will be more likely to be the cradles of civilisation.

Edit: uh... didn't see Jmack's post when I replied, and the forum didn't give me the "someone else has replied" notice.  :o What was that about minds that think alike?  ???
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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2015, 07:03:45 PM »
Hi both, yes, I've bought Guns, Germs, not got round to it, I have another book somewhere about Greek Fire and chemical warfare in ancient times, can't remember the name of it.  I'll add the Old Jack book to my list too, if it's anything like as intense as 'Stoner' I'm all in :)

Glad you enjoyed the articles too.

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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2015, 07:37:41 PM »
Hi both, yes, I've bought Guns, Germs, not got round to it, I have another book somewhere about Greek Fire and chemical warfare in ancient times, can't remember the name of it.  I'll add the Old Jack book to my list too, if it's anything like as intense as 'Stoner' I'm all in :)

Glad you enjoyed the articles too.

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Quietly intense. That's my view.  :)
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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2015, 07:39:20 PM »
My perception of Jarred Diamond is that he seems to be rather unconventional in the field of anthropology. But he's poking around in subjects that are often taken for granted and his ideas tend to sound very convincing. I'd be careful citing his books in a science paper, but even if he's mistaken about how early cultures actually developed, his ideas are just pure gold for creating fictional cultures.
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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2015, 04:03:59 AM »
Random stuff :

Sounds of rocket engines from NASA : https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/rocket-engine-sounds

But also, these are all the tracks recorded on the golden disk, sent on Voyager 1 and 2, in case aliens pick them up :
https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/golden-record-greetings-to-the

and

https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/golden-record-sounds-of

In case anyone wants to include comments on these things in their sci fi...
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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2016, 09:48:22 AM »
I'm a bit late to the party with this one but I've put together a massive list of resources at my blog/website:

https://alexsbradshaw.wordpress.com/resources/resources-for-writers/

It's got some things already mentioned here but hopefully some new ones too :)

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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2016, 11:55:23 AM »
Mythcreants
I found this website by acident and they have a lot of great articles related to good and bad writing. Will take me forever to get through all of it.
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A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2016, 06:16:19 PM »
i just found autocrit.com - it's amazing.  it does automated, deep structural analysis on your work and points our variances from the averages from other published works.

it's so good, i signed up for the pro version.

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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2016, 10:07:25 PM »
i just found autocrit.com - it's amazing.  it does automated, deep structural analysis on your work and points our variances from the averages from other published works.

it's so good, i signed up for the pro version.

Wow. It really is good.
I gulped hard before paying, but I'll find a place for it in the budget.

I'm using it right now on my February story.
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« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2016, 03:34:29 AM »
Here's a link to my favorite site for research on dragons. It takes a scientific approach to legends and dragons various abilities. Definitely worth checking out if you plan on writing about dragons. http://www.blackdrago.com/index.html

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« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2016, 10:31:46 AM »
Here is a very serious link I stumbled on and is of no use to me. I'm looking around for a downloadable/kindle version of a book (the Oxford Handbook of the philosophy of Death) and stumbled on the book on Religion.

These are simply state of the art philosophy books, easy to read, referenced like crazy, ect.

If anyone is interested in the topic of Religion and wants to have a stronger grip on its philosophical repercussions, that would be one of the best books to flick through, since it lacks the sensationalism of many pro or anti religious commentators. It is purely academic.

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/The%20Oxford%20Handbook%20of%20Philosophy%20of%20Religion.pdf

Also, for those who write about warriors and want to delve in this particular area, here is a link from the british naginata association that gives away very interesting books (see the other interesting works section)

http://www.naginata.org.uk/resources/downloads/


Want to dip your toes in the murky waters of philosophy of Death without paying for Uni? Attend with Yale students with here the first video of a complete course on the topic (YAY!!!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2J7wSuFRl8&list=PLFAFD994B866E80F1

Same goes here with UC Berkeley lectures on Philosophy of Mind (my huge favorite), Society, or languages. Fascinating stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi7Va_4ekko&list=PL553DCA4DB88B0408
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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2016, 12:46:16 AM »
Video showing how much effort and the processes needed to make the authentic materials for a copy of an old book. Even with modern appliances like a processor and a chain saw.  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPK9ZSRViSE


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