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Anonymous asked: your blog is so helpful thank you thank you thank you! :) keep it up lovely x

Thank you and you’re welcome! I do my best. ;)

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Anonymous asked: about your 'on food' post and the claim that potatoes and milk are a sufficient food source- i definitely remember reading something by tumblr user dduane that refuted it. dduane(.)tumblr(.)com/post/77060039635/small-potato-of-defiance-dduane

If I read the post correctly, it refutes the raw milk diet idea, but only mentions at the end that potatoes wouldn’t work either without backing it up. However, after hearing what you said, I did a little research, and it turns out you can survive on such a diet for a short time. The problem with a potato diet is that it’s lacking in things like vitamins A and K, and calcium, some of which could be solved by having some milk in there. I didn’t mean to imply that people would only eat potatoes; as I understand it, a potato-based diet is one you can survive off of, provided you supplement it with the things you’re missing, which is what a lot of Ireland did in the old days. Plus, as I understand it, you can survive off of potato and milk diet, but you won’t thrive. It’s a bit of a difference. If I’m wrong, be sure to shoot me another ask; I quite appreciate it. :)

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marihelps:

♡ F R E N C H  S L A N G  T E R M S♡

I’ve been in a lot of roleplays and I often find many foreign characters, the majority of them from the U.K or Australia; but I have also found french ones who don’t exactly speak french. This is a masterlist of casual terms that your character can use on any convo or para, to make it more real. Includes some curses and ‘big words’.
I will be updating this post.

THE BASICS
'Salut!' - Hi! 
'Bonjour' - Good morning.
'Bon soir' - Good afternoon.
'Bonne nuit.' - Good night.
'Ça va?’ - How are you/How’s the going?
‘D’accord !’ - (or just D’acc.) Ok, general agreement. 
'Oh mon Dieu' - Oh my God.
‘Mon Dieu!’ - My God.
‘Chouette !’ - Cool!
‘Vaseux’ - Dazed, confused
‘Charabia.” - Nonesense.
‘Arrete!’ - Stop!
'Au revoir.' - Goodbye.
‘Fais gaffe!’ - Be careful!
‘Prends soin.’ - Take Care.
This one is very important if your character is french:
‘Allez les bleus !!’ - Go Blues! (National Football Soccer Team)
THE SLANG (OR ARGOT):Here’s what I remember (it’s not much, i know)
‘meuf’ - Girl, chick. (femme backwards, the verslan way.)
‘gars’ - Guys, boys (Short for garcon)
‘mec’ - Dude, guy, friend.
‘mdr’ - Lol (mort de rire)
'ouf' - Crazy (fou backwards.)
‘ado’ - Teen.
‘sec’ - Dry, whe you have no money left.
‘un flic’ - A cop.
‘un crapaud’ - Literally a toad, but people use it to mean a brat, especially a bratty child.
THE ROMANTIC STUFF: 
‘Je t’aime’ - I love you.
'Je t'adore' - I adore you.
'Je te désire' - I want/desire you.
'Mon amour' - My love (unisex)
'Ma chere, ma chérie.' - My dear (female)
‘Mon cher.’ - My dear (male)
‘Ourson’ -  Baby bear (Yes I’ve heard this one many times)
‘Mon petit bébé d’amour.’ - My little love baby (This one is not only embarrassing but also ridiculous but i s2g i heard it like a million times)
'Ma belle' - My beautiful (female)
‘Mon beau.’ - My beautiful (male)
‘un béguin'  - Someone you fancy, your crush.
‘Petit copain’ - Boyfriend.
'Petite copine' - Girlfriend.
‘Fiancé’ - Fiance (male)
‘Fiancée’ - Fiance (female)
'Mari, époux' - Husband.
'Épouse' - Wife. You can also use 'Ma Femme' if it is your wife, or sa femme if it is someone else’s.
INSULTS AND CURSES:
'connard !' - Stupid, idiot. (male)
'conasse !' - Stupid, idiot. (female)
I’ve only heard those two directed towards a person, not a situation or and object.
‘con’ - Abreviation, this one can also be used to describe a situation.. (C’est con!)
‘Sabot’ - Idiot.
‘Salope !’ - Bitch.
‘Pute !’ - Whore, slut. It can be complemnted with ‘sale’ (dirty) and it ends up like this: “Sale pute!”
'Putain de merde!' - Fucking shit (?)
‘Merde !’ - Shit! (It can be complemented with ’Roulette de merde!’ (Shit roulette) one of my teachers used to say it all the time lol. you also put it at the end of something that you don’t like, par example: Internet de merde ! (Shitty internet/ Fucking internet) when your internet isn’t working.
‘T’es chiant!" - You’re annoying (as fuck), you’re dumb, stressing.
If you have any questions you can always go to my ask box and I’ll be glad to answer.

marihelps:

♡ F R E N C H  S L A N G  T E R M S

I’ve been in a lot of roleplays and I often find many foreign characters, the majority of them from the U.K or Australia; but I have also found french ones who don’t exactly speak french. This is a masterlist of casual terms that your character can use on any convo or para, to make it more real. Includes some curses and ‘big words’.

I will be updating this post.

THE BASICS

  • 'Salut!' - Hi! 
  • 'Bonjour' - Good morning.
  • 'Bon soir' - Good afternoon.
  • 'Bonne nuit.' - Good night.
  • a va?’ - How are you/How’s the going?
  • D’accord !’ - (or just D’acc.) Ok, general agreement. 
  • 'Oh mon Dieu' - Oh my God.
  • Mon Dieu!’ - My God.
  • Chouette !’ - Cool!
  • Vaseux’ - Dazed, confused
  • Charabia.” - Nonesense.
  • Arrete!’ - Stop!
  • 'Au revoir.' - Goodbye.
  • Fais gaffe!’ - Be careful!
  • Prends soin.’ - Take Care.

This one is very important if your character is french:

  • Allez les bleus !!’ - Go Blues! (National Football Soccer Team)

THE SLANG (OR ARGOT):
Here’s what I remember (it’s not much, i know)

  • meuf’ - Girl, chick. (femme backwards, the verslan way.)
  • gars’ - Guys, boys (Short for garcon)
  • mec’ - Dude, guy, friend.
  • mdr’ - Lol (mort de rire)
  • 'ouf' - Crazy (fou backwards.)
  • ado’ - Teen.
  • sec’ - Dry, whe you have no money left.
  • un flic’ - A cop.
  • un crapaud’ - Literally a toad, but people use it to mean a brat, especially a bratty child.

THE ROMANTIC STUFF: 

  • Je t’aime’ - I love you.
  • 'Je t'adore' - I adore you.
  • 'Je te désire' - I want/desire you.
  • 'Mon amour' - My love (unisex)
  • 'Ma chere, ma chérie.' - My dear (female)
  • Mon cher.’ - My dear (male)
  • Ourson’ -  Baby bear (Yes I’ve heard this one many times)
  • Mon petit bébé d’amour.’ - My little love baby (This one is not only embarrassing but also ridiculous but i s2g i heard it like a million times)
  • 'Ma belle' - My beautiful (female)
  • Mon beau.’ - My beautiful (male)
  • un béguin'  - Someone you fancy, your crush.
  • Petit copain’ - Boyfriend.
  • 'Petite copine' - Girlfriend.
  • Fiancé’ - Fiance (male)
  • Fiancée’ - Fiance (female)
  • 'Mari, époux' - Husband.
  • 'Épouse' - Wife. You can also use 'Ma Femme' if it is your wife, or sa femme if it is someone else’s.

INSULTS AND CURSES:

  • 'connard !' - Stupid, idiot. (male)
  • 'conasse !' - Stupid, idiot. (female)

I’ve only heard those two directed towards a person, not a situation or and object.

  • con’ - Abreviation, this one can also be used to describe a situation.. (C’est con!)
  • Sabot’ - Idiot.
  • Salope !’ - Bitch.
  • Pute !’ - Whore, slut. It can be complemnted with ‘sale’ (dirty) and it ends up like this: “Sale pute!”
  • 'Putain de merde!' - Fucking shit (?)
  • Merde !’ - Shit! (It can be complemented with Roulette de merde!’ (Shit roulette) one of my teachers used to say it all the time lol. you also put it at the end of something that you don’t like, par example: Internet de merde ! (Shitty internet/ Fucking internet) when your internet isn’t working.
  • T’es chiant!" - You’re annoying (as fuck), you’re dumb, stressing.

If you have any questions you can always go to my ask box and I’ll be glad to answer.

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octoswan:

I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!

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5 Strategies for Creating Unique Plots by Andrea Simoncic

northhelps:

This article here has some tips for writers on how to create unique plots. As we know, ideas are almost always recycled, and there are hardly more than a handful of different major plots being written worldwide, and across generations. However, we can still attempt to create unique ideas, situations, or subplots for our stories. Andrea Simoncic explains 5 brainstorming techniques:

(All content is taken directly from the article and I do not possess any of them.)

1) The unrelated ideas plot technique: This type of plotting involves taking two different and distinct concepts and marrying them to each other in a way that gives birth to a unique plot-line. An excellent example of this technique can be found in the short story collection entitled, Many Bloody Returns, which features a plethora of tales centered around vampires and birthdays. Some of the advantages of this technique include the opportunity to explore seemingly unrelated ideas and the ease of creating a compact plot for short stories or flash fiction. One of the disadvantages, however, is that it is more difficult (although not impossible) to use this technique when plotting longer works of fiction, such as a novel.

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5 Ways To Keep Me Reading Your First Chapter

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Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 has officially launched! Whether you’re writing a new novel, tackling a screenplay, or finishing an existing piece of work, Camp is a writing free-for-all. For those of you still on your publishing journey before Camp, Blair Thornburgh, assistant editor at Quirk Books, explains what makes her stop reading a manuscript:

I was recently at a conference where an editor detailed her method for critiquing a first draft. The complicated process was as follows:

  1. Start reading it.
  2. When it stops being compelling, stop reading it.
  3. When you stop reading it, draw a line on the page and write “This is where I stopped reading”.

Brash. Ballsy. Take-no-prisoners.

But what specifically makes an editor grind to a halt and refuse to go on? Opinions differ, of course, but as far as I’m concerned there are some pretty basic “don’t”s that make me want to close a document while I’m reading a sample chapter:

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