5 Interesting Links for 11-11-2011 Plus NaNo Update

NaNo update: My NaNo is now up to 17,294 and going well. I like my characters and their situations. I can’t wait for the two stories to meet. On the other hand, I already know the timing is off and that Nat needs to be introduced much earlier so that there isn’t a huge chunk of his story breaking up hers. On the other hand, with Scrivener, that’s an easy action, especially since this book seems to be, so far at least, keeping to one chapter per story line and also POV. I suspect once the story lines blend, and Samantha and Nat are in the same place, the POVs will shift within chapter as well.

Language

Evidence suggests Yoda’s speech is probably closer to original human language:
http://www.livescience.com/16541-original-human-language-yoda-sounded.html

Promotion

Rachelle Gardner takes on the concept of branding for novelists:
http://www.rachellegardner.com/2011/10/novelists-stop-trying-to-brand-yourself/

Research

If you’re setting something in Ancient Rome that involves travel, this ancient version of Google Maps might prove useful in determining how your characters would have gotten from point A to point B:
http://omnesviae.org/

Science

Human impact on other species can take odd but deadly paths:
http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/discoverers-beetle-beer-bottle-sex-2061/

Writing

A look at superstitions with an eye to making your characters more well-rounded:
http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2011/10/very-superstitious.html

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 11-11-2011 Plus NaNo Update

  1. jjmcgaffey says:

    Huh. There is/was a Roman road to Kabul? Wonder where. Skopje makes sense. Those routes are rather impressive – look at the top of Africa, and not just in Egypt. I don’t see much of an explanation, though – do you know if they’re real roads, or just trade routes, or what? Hmmm – ok, the Reconstruction page gives a little more detail, but not much. Routes rather than roads is what it looks like. But still. Yeah, and looking closer – not actual routes, but straight lines between one place and the next – looking at the ‘road’ south and west from Kabul, it cuts right across ridges half the time. I doubt it. Still, fascinating.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      LOL! That’s quite a ramble of a comment, Jenn. And as I understand it, the site is based on recovered maps from the period. So you may be looking at caravan routes, which, unlike modern roads, often cut across ridges because they were on horse or camel back.

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