Hello. This is all sorts of tips involving writing and characters. But unfortunately, 'Sam's All Sorts of Tips Involving Writing and Characters' was taken.

If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to shoot me an ask (if it's a major concern or a more personal question, do it off-anon so we can talk it out)!

Submissions of your own tips are welcome

 

nalyni:

Then I woke up and saw a post on tumblr talking about making fanart of a URL. Since I had never heard of that, it sounded really fun, and why not trying to make someone happy… Here it is, URL fanart XD Guys, I always tried to figure out a way to thank these people from ‘writing tips’ blogs because man. They search for useful things for us to use and give us tips or advices, and links to websites we would never think of searching for or images with good references for drawing (in my case), and well… Yea, it seemed like an opportunity to say thank you to samswritingtips for the wonderful job being a nice person )o) Hope you like it! Sorry for any mistakes on this, or misunderstanding the meaning of URL fanart >////////

No way!  This is too cool! I didn’t think anyone would actually do this for me!  Sometimes it’s really tough to believe that when I was sitting on my cousin’s couch, thinking to myself ‘I should make a writing blog because some people don’t know what the heck they’re doing’, it would actually amount to something.
So thanks so much Nalyni, and everyone else who continues to follow and support this blog!

nalyni:

Then I woke up and saw a post on tumblr talking about making fanart of a URL. Since I had never heard of that, it sounded really fun, and why not trying to make someone happy… Here it is, URL fanart XD
Guys, I always tried to figure out a way to thank these people from ‘writing tips’ blogs because man. They search for useful things for us to use and give us tips or advices, and links to websites we would never think of searching for or images with good references for drawing (in my case), and well… Yea, it seemed like an opportunity to say thank you to samswritingtips for the wonderful job being a nice person )o)
Hope you like it! Sorry for any mistakes on this, or misunderstanding the meaning of URL fanart >////////

No way!  This is too cool! I didn’t think anyone would actually do this for me!  Sometimes it’s really tough to believe that when I was sitting on my cousin’s couch, thinking to myself ‘I should make a writing blog because some people don’t know what the heck they’re doing’, it would actually amount to something.

So thanks so much Nalyni, and everyone else who continues to follow and support this blog!

There are lots of words that are meant to describe voices, but your best bet is using words that are generally not associated with voice.  
What I mean is that analogies are key, and although these words weren’t developed just for voices, they still get a good point across to the reader.
A thin, croaky mumble escaped his lips, and at first I thought he was whispering, but as he spoke more, I realized that the wheezes coming from his mouth were normal.  Maybe he was a smoker?
If the word list, or any other google search you might preform doesn’t help you, then I (or any other writing blog, probably) would be glad to help you further.

There are lots of words that are meant to describe voices, but your best bet is using words that are generally not associated with voice.  

What I mean is that analogies are key, and although these words weren’t developed just for voices, they still get a good point across to the reader.

A thin, croaky mumble escaped his lips, and at first I thought he was whispering, but as he spoke more, I realized that the wheezes coming from his mouth were normal.  Maybe he was a smoker?

If the word list, or any other google search you might preform doesn’t help you, then I (or any other writing blog, probably) would be glad to help you further.

mapletaurus:

For those who confuse “could care less” and “couldn’t care less” here is the greatest unprofessional chart you will ever see.

mapletaurus:

For those who confuse “could care less” and “couldn’t care less” here is the greatest unprofessional chart you will ever see.

If I got any information wrong, or there’s something you I think I should add, be sure to message me!

Anonymous asked
Do you know of any good creative writing blogs? I'm trying to get back into writing.

Blogs, I’m not too sure of, but promptsandpointers is always good.  The writer’s digest is one of my personal favorites (it’s not a blog, but I like it anyway).  Marysuefacepalm is a good ‘what not to do’ reference, and highly amusing too.

I don’t follow too many writing blogs, actually, but they’re not too hard to come across if you’re in the writing tag.

art-of-swords:

Anatomy of the Rapier
There are a lot of things that could be said and mentioned here, the rapier being quite a complex weapon, but this short and quick presentation should do. 
A rapier is a long, straight-bladed cut-and-thrust single-handed sword optimized for the thrust and featuring a guard that affords good protection to the hand; the rapier sees its apogee between the last third of the Sixteenth Century and the end of the Seventeenth.
The rapier anatomy of the rapier is broken into two distinct parts: The blade, and the guard.
Anatomy of the Blade
The blade of the rapier describes the long sharpened piece of metal which all the other parts surround or attach.
Tang
At the base of the rapier blade is the tang, which is a long tongue of metal that descends into the guard and ends at the pommel which is screwed onto threading or attached more permanently through [peening] or welding.
Ricasso
The unsharpened section of the blade beginning immediately after the tang. When placing a guard onto the blade, the crossbar block slides over the tang and then rests against the ricasso, preventing it from sliding further down the blade. The ricasso can extend from the crossbar block to the outer sweepings or guard shell (meaning the sharpened or more tapered edge of the blade begins immediately after the guard) or further down the length of the blade. The edges of the blade at the ricasso are square/flat.
Blade
The sharpened part of the blade is generally what is referred to when speaking of the ‘blade’. This part begins after the ricasso and is the part of the sword used for striking and defending.
Edge
The edge of the blade is oriented with the crossbar of the guard and aligns with the knuckle of the hand when holding the sword so that the knuckles lead the edge. On a rapier there are two edges that you can identify when it is held: the true edge (on the same side as your knuckles) and the false edge (on the same side as the base of your thumb).
Point
The part of the blade opposite the tang and pommel that is used for penetrating the opponent.
Strong
The lower half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for defense. In Italian the Forte.
Weak
The upper half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for offense (cutting and thrusting). In Italian the Debole.
Anatomy of the Guard
The guard of the rapier is the part that protects the sword hand of the wielder.
Pommel
A counter weight at the base of the blade, just behind the guard.
Turk’s Head
A spacer between the counter weight and handle.
Handle
The part of the rapier that you hold. Handles can be made of wood, wood wrapped in wire, wood wrapped in leather, and some other materials. Some handles are shaped to provide comfortable grooves for your fingers or provide other handling or comfort characteristics.
Crossbar Block
The crossbar block or alternatively the quillion block is a piece of metal that mounts to the blade just above.
Crossbar
The crossbar or quillions are a rod that extend perpendicular to the blade, on either side, and are used for protecting the hand, binding blades, and deflecting the sword of the opponent.
Sweepings
The rings and other rods that make up the guard and protect the hand.
Knuckle Guard
Sometimes referred to as the knuckle bow, the knuckle guard is a bar or bars of metal that extend down in front of the sword hand, protecting the knuckles. The knuckle guard can be used to identify the true edge of the sword.
Cup
The cup or shell is a solid plate of dished metal that surrounds the hand, typically in place of the sweepings, but sometimes in combination on some guards.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Western Martial Arts Wikia

art-of-swords:

Anatomy of the Rapier

There are a lot of things that could be said and mentioned here, the rapier being quite a complex weapon, but this short and quick presentation should do. 

A rapier is a long, straight-bladed cut-and-thrust single-handed sword optimized for the thrust and featuring a guard that affords good protection to the hand; the rapier sees its apogee between the last third of the Sixteenth Century and the end of the Seventeenth.

The rapier anatomy of the rapier is broken into two distinct parts: The blade, and the guard.

  • Anatomy of the Blade

The blade of the rapier describes the long sharpened piece of metal which all the other parts surround or attach.

  • Tang

At the base of the rapier blade is the tang, which is a long tongue of metal that descends into the guard and ends at the pommel which is screwed onto threading or attached more permanently through [peening] or welding.

  • Ricasso

The unsharpened section of the blade beginning immediately after the tang. When placing a guard onto the blade, the crossbar block slides over the tang and then rests against the ricasso, preventing it from sliding further down the blade. The ricasso can extend from the crossbar block to the outer sweepings or guard shell (meaning the sharpened or more tapered edge of the blade begins immediately after the guard) or further down the length of the blade. The edges of the blade at the ricasso are square/flat.

  • Blade

The sharpened part of the blade is generally what is referred to when speaking of the ‘blade’. This part begins after the ricasso and is the part of the sword used for striking and defending.

  • Edge

The edge of the blade is oriented with the crossbar of the guard and aligns with the knuckle of the hand when holding the sword so that the knuckles lead the edge. On a rapier there are two edges that you can identify when it is held: the true edge (on the same side as your knuckles) and the false edge (on the same side as the base of your thumb).

  • Point

The part of the blade opposite the tang and pommel that is used for penetrating the opponent.

  • Strong

The lower half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for defense. In Italian the Forte.

  • Weak

The upper half of the exposed rapier blade, generally used for offense (cutting and thrusting). In Italian the Debole.

  • Anatomy of the Guard

The guard of the rapier is the part that protects the sword hand of the wielder.

  • Pommel

A counter weight at the base of the blade, just behind the guard.

  • Turk’s Head

A spacer between the counter weight and handle.

  • Handle

The part of the rapier that you hold. Handles can be made of wood, wood wrapped in wire, wood wrapped in leather, and some other materials. Some handles are shaped to provide comfortable grooves for your fingers or provide other handling or comfort characteristics.

  • Crossbar Block

The crossbar block or alternatively the quillion block is a piece of metal that mounts to the blade just above.

  • Crossbar

The crossbar or quillions are a rod that extend perpendicular to the blade, on either side, and are used for protecting the hand, binding blades, and deflecting the sword of the opponent.

  • Sweepings

The rings and other rods that make up the guard and protect the hand.

  • Knuckle Guard

Sometimes referred to as the knuckle bow, the knuckle guard is a bar or bars of metal that extend down in front of the sword hand, protecting the knuckles. The knuckle guard can be used to identify the true edge of the sword.

  • Cup

The cup or shell is a solid plate of dished metal that surrounds the hand, typically in place of the sweepings, but sometimes in combination on some guards.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Western Martial Arts Wikia

Compilation of links on writing serial killers:

klariza-helps:

Various links leading back to blogs, articles, rebloggable posts, or asks. Some of these links lead to even more, which is why it seems rather short. I’ve been compiling this for more of a future reference thing for myself, but figured it’s worth sharing. More links will be…

Anonymous asked
Hello! Ur blog is amazing and so useful! Ily! Anyway umm iw anted to ask, is there a page somewhere that can tell me how far places are from each other? For example, idk, Lantana, Miami to Brussels, Belgium. I guess google maps can do that, but I haven't really checked and i wanted to know if there was somewhere that could tell me how long would it take with a specific km/h or stuff like that, so, yeah... Thanks

This is an issue I often find myself faced with.  Basically, my favorite distance calculator is here

And then if you want to know the time from there, scroll down to the second box on here, and then plug in your average speed and your distance (give or take a few hours of sleep), and you should be able to make whatever calculation you’d like.