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Offline m3mnoch

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« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2016, 02:33:45 PM »
oh!  while we're resurrecting this thread, i realized i hadn't posted my favorite word-finder.

it's one of those "i can't remember that word, but it meant this" or "i need to find a word with an internal rhyme" or "this is the feeling i'm going for, but need a fun word" kind of sites.

technically, you could call it a thesaurus, but it also throws in related words, which makes it my absolute favorite writing tool:
http://www.onelook.com/thesaurus/?s=faction

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« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2016, 07:56:29 PM »
oh!  while we're resurrecting this thread, i realized i hadn't posted my favorite word-finder.

it's one of those "i can't remember that word, but it meant this" or "i need to find a word with an internal rhyme" or "this is the feeling i'm going for, but need a fun word" kind of sites.

technically, you could call it a thesaurus, but it also throws in related words, which makes it my absolute favorite writing tool:
http://www.onelook.com/thesaurus/?s=faction

I frequent thesaurus.com most of the time, but this looks like a neat tool.

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Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2016, 12:25:16 AM »
I use the dictionary and thesaurus app that is installed by default in Mac. It's great because it's instant, and can correct my English (I write in Ulysses without anything telling me I made a mistake, because it keeps my brain fresh!) in one click, or open up and easily browse through thesaurus without Internet or page loading times. Less distraction.

This being said I'm gonna save m3m's link cause I think it could help for these times when I struggle coming up with the word at all and turn in circles on the dictionary.
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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2016, 12:37:35 AM »
Here's a little vocabulary/word tool that I like. It's essentially a theme-organized thesaurus with a visual orientation, for those of us who (like me) who like their information visual.

http://www.creativewritingsoftware101.com/word-menu-software.php

It's cheap and easy to use, and lends itself to researching words in brainstorming mode.

For example, in my WIP, I wanted to organize my school of wizardry using a combination of magical and religious terms, ranks, and structures. So I maneuvered through the tool and identified the words that met those criterion, and then racked and stacked 'em. I hated them! So I then used the tool to go with Roman ranks.

This was a fairly quick process. And I forget the price, like $20? It might have been free when I bought Dramatica. Anyway, I arrived at the below rank structure pretty quickly, and I've stuck with it. A cheap, quick option that got my work done fast.

Cut & pasted from my library, so it's not meant to be clear to anyone but me:

Titles and Ranks of the Year:
High Council - twelve-member council that leads the Year, composed of:
   Exarch Prime - figurehead, facilitator to the High Council. *Not a Proconsul/actual member of the council. Only votes to break stalemates.
   2 Consuls - chief magistrates of the High Council
   4 Tetrarchs/Zeniths:
      Tetrarch Tercia - Vernal Tetrarch
      Tetrarch Satharus - Canicule Tetrarch
      Tetrarch Savina - Autumnal Tetrarch
      Tetrarch Mallenought - Hibernal Tetrarch

   4 Legates:
      Legate Cebrail, Vernal Legate
      Legate Aglacia, Canicule Legate
      Legate Spathas - Autumnal Legate
      Legate Rachtus, Hibernal Legate, Secret Emissary to the Thorn
   
   Celebrant-General Armus (formerly Apex-Celebrant)
   1 Chronicler: Strachtus
   1 Archivist: Prashir
         
Proconsul - generic term for any of the High Council members
Praetor - generic term for a wizard reporting to a Legate responsible for a mission, activity, etc.
Apex - title for a wizard who has legitimately killed another wizard






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« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2016, 12:56:39 AM »
I use the dictionary and thesaurus app that is installed by default in Mac. It's great because it's instant, and can correct my English (I write in Ulysses without anything telling me I made a mistake, because it keeps my brain fresh!) in one click, or open up and easily browse through thesaurus without Internet or page loading times. Less distraction.

This being said I'm gonna save m3m's link cause I think it could help for these times when I struggle coming up with the word at all and turn in circles on the dictionary.

that was exactly the way i stumbled into it -- i'd toil at thesaurus.com and fail.  "it's just giving me the same basic words!"

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« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2016, 10:17:16 PM »
Turns out the FBI has plenty of fascinating information on their website, lots of free publications that give you a true glimpse of the state of things.

https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/serial-murder

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« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2016, 11:42:52 PM »
Not exactly a resource to share per se, but just found this video on youtube, and found the narrator's analysis of what makes Miyazaki so great very interesting in his description of character building and world-building. I think it's enlightening and worth thinking through for any writer, though it might seem a bit "evident".

[youtube]52raDbtNpa4[/youtube]
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« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2016, 05:05:48 AM »
https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire/proust - Decent pair of questionnaires for those looking to really dig deep into a character.

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« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2016, 06:27:30 PM »
https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire/proust - Decent pair of questionnaires for those looking to really dig deep into a character.

I'm always on the lookout for good character questions as I believe one can't know their characters too well. You've just won the internet today, @Peat ;D!

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« Reply #39 on: May 04, 2017, 02:59:06 PM »
awesome Youtube channel by a guy who does pretty much all you need to do in order to survive, from scratch. Very informative videos. Channel is called "primitive technology" and seeing it done rather than reading about it is useful.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL3JXZSzSm8AlZyD3nQdBA
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« Reply #40 on: May 16, 2017, 09:47:51 AM »
I find some of the best resources are books that can help one understand more of the world. As a case in point, I have to credit The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith with much of my understanding of how political systems work.

In a super-condensed nutshell, dictators and absolute monarchs rely on small “coalitions” to stay in power, incentivizing them to act in certain ways that benefit those people by giving them preferential access to resources—often at the cost of the broader society. Democratically-elected leaders, on the other hand, are incentivized to deliver public goods, because they depend on so many people for their positions.

Once you understand that political systems create incentives, and some of the ways in which the key dynamics play out, you’ll never see the world in quite the same way again. It’s a terrific insight for when you’re world-building fictional political systems.

https://www.amazon.com/Dictators-Handbook-Behavior-Almost-Politics-ebook/dp/B005GPSLHI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494924217&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dictator%27s+handbook

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« Reply #41 on: April 23, 2018, 08:35:53 PM »
For researching mythology and in particular mythological creatures, I've found Carol Rose's 'Giants, Monsters & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of folklore, legend and myth' really helpful.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Giants-Monsters-Dragons-Encyclopedia-Folklore/dp/0393322114

Now that I think about it, I wonder if the word 'encyclopedia' is related to 'cyclops' in any way.
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« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2018, 04:39:04 PM »
Quote
Now that I think about it, I wonder if the word 'encyclopedia' is related to 'cyclops' in any way.

only in that they are both Greek words. The translation is not good to English but something like all encompassing knowledge.

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« Reply #43 on: April 25, 2018, 05:41:10 PM »
They share a common root (round/circular), but the other half of their seeming similarity is a false cognate.
The word "cyclops" literally means "round-eyed" or "circle-eyed". (Greek root "Op" relates to eyes/seeing)

The word "encyclopedia" comes from the Koine Greek, transliterated enkyklios paideia, meaning "general education" from enkyklios, meaning "circular, recurrent, required regularly, general"[9] and paideia, meaning "education, rearing of a child"; together, the phrase literally translates as "complete instruction" or "complete knowledge".
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