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SCIENCE FICTION TECHNOLOGY TERMS
The following items are found in science fiction literature as technologies useful in authoring a plausible setting for a sci-fi story.
storyref  ref:scifi  ref:science  insp:scifi  words  words:dictionary  words:glossary 
march 2017 by cochepaille
Writing Traumatic Injuries References
Here are over 100 links covering just about every facet of traumatic injuries (physical, psychological, long-term), focusing mainly on burns, concussions, fractures, and lacerations. Now you can beat up your characters properly
warning:torture  ref:medical(injuries)  reference  ref:medical(trauma)  ref:torture  ref:medical  storyref 
march 2017 by cochepaille
Writing About Pain Part 2: External Signs | Girl Goddess # 1
Hi! Do you have any tips on writing pain from an outside perspective? As in, not the point of view of the unfortunate suffering character. What external signs do people show when they’re in extreme pain?
writing  writing:tips  writing:description  storyref  trope:medical(injury)  ref:medical(injuries)  writing:description(pain)  to-sort 
march 2017 by cochepaille
Little Details - Male Prostitutes in Victorian England--Price
So I have this male prostitute, living in Whitechapel during the time of the Jack the Ripper murders (late 1888). He's in his mid- to late twenties, healthy, and relatively handsome. He's just spent the evening in the company of a young man from Scotland Yard, who, being inexperienced in the…
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history(victorian)  ref:sex-work  ref:occupations  ref:occupations(prostitute) 
february 2017 by cochepaille
Writing tips from the front - Dog Tags
I was reading a couple of fics recently that made me think of how annoyed I've gotten when people write about dog tags and simply guess about what's written on them. So. I'll just go ahead and tell you what's written on them.
storyref  ref:military 
february 2017 by cochepaille
Now for something a little different: Lessons on Swordsmanship - Icarus
For those of you interested - whether you're sick and bloodthirsty or needing a bit of realistic info for fantasy stories, here are few basics of two-handed broadsword fighting.
storyref  ref:weapons  ref:weapons(blades)  ref:weapons(swords)  ref:combat  ref:fight-scenes  writing:fight-scenes 
february 2017 by cochepaille
How to write Harry Potter magic - Icarus
Original Magic is rarely well done, but I don't think it's really Harry Potter fanfiction without Magic, and I feel cheated when people just reiterate what's already known. It lacks... charm.

People just don't know how to write it.
storyref  ref:fandom  ref:fandom(hp)  ref:magic  writing:world-building(magic)  writing:world-building 
february 2017 by cochepaille
Ireland & Fairy Trees - Irish Fireside Travel and Culture
When the Milesians, that mythical race described by an 11th century scholar in Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions), came to Ireland they banished the natives to the underground and they became the Sidhe, the fairy folk who live underground and sometimes reside in certain trees or bushes, usually of the hawthorn variety. You don’t want to disturb the fairy folk or you might bring some kind of misfortunate on yourself.
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(ireland)  ref:folklore  ref:mythology  ref:mythological-creatures  ref:fairies-and-fae 
february 2017 by cochepaille
Not Quite Dead: A Writer’s Guide to Serious Injuries and Calamities – Bryn Donovan
Sometimes I want to make it seem like a character might die — but hey, guess what! She makes it! A lot of fiction writers, especially those who write fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and Westerns, like to write about surviving almost fatal injuries.

Pin or bookmark this post for future reference if you like this kind of plot point! I will probably add to it as I get more ideas. This post is not for the squeamish, though, so please don’t read through it if you think it might upset you. I’m just trying to save you some Googling time so you have more writing time.
storyref  ref:medical(trauma)  ref:medical(death)  ref:medical(drowning)  ref:medical  ref:medical(electrocution)  ref:medical(burns)  ref:medical(injuries)  ref:medical(gunshot)  ref:medical(fire)  reference  ref:medical(hypothermia) 
january 2017 by cochepaille
Gun Terminology Cheat Sheet: little_details
I'm a journalism student, and in my copy-editing class the other day, the professor gave us a bunch of handouts, one of them being on gun terminology. I thought it might be useful to some folks here, so I typed it up. This was written for journalists, so when it says "stories," it's referring to news stories. But, I thought is could help those writing fiction as well. So, here you go.
storyref  ref:weapons  ref:weapons(guns)  au:assassin  au:law-enforcement  au:crime  ref:glossary  words:glossary  insp:crime  insp:espionage  insp:assassins  insp:law-enforcement 
january 2017 by cochepaille
History Hoydens: Lacing a Corset
Ok, so a bunch of people asked how I could tell the “self-lacing” 1830s corset on Two Nerdy History Girls was actually designed to be spiral laced.

 So we’re going to take a quick look at the all important detail that lets us know that the fascinating lacing cheat on this corset is not original to the design. There are two ways to lace things: spiral lacing and cross lacing.
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history(victorian)  ref:fashion  ref:clothes  kink:clothes  kink:lingerie  kink:corset  insp:art  art-ref  art-ref:fashion  f:amberlough 
january 2017 by cochepaille
Corsets: Facts & Myths - Isobel Carr
When writing a historical novel of any kind, it is helpful to posses a basic understanding of the clothing of the period. It is especially important when writing romance, as there is usually at least one scene in which your characters disrobe. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of thing you can pick up by watching Hollywood films (though if you pick the right ones, they can be helpful), or even by surfing the web (a lot of stuff out there is just plain wrong).

There is a common misconception that corsets are uncomfortable, and that independent, forward thinking women of “insert your time period here” wouldn’t have worn them. There also seems to be an impulse to create heroes who are “glad their women aren’t silly enough to wear one of those contraptions” or who outright forbid their lady to do so. Either of which is ridiculous (these are both clear cases of modern sensibilities being projected onto people with quite different experiences and expectations). Much like having a modern suitor forbid his girlfriend from wearing jeans. Corsets were normal, and that’s what’s getting lost.
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history(18th-century)  ref:history(culture)  ref:history(victorian)  ref:fashion  ref:kink  kink:lingerie  kink:clothes  kink:cross-dressing  ref:clothes  kink:corset  insp:kink  insp:historical-au  insp:smut  insp:subtaire 
january 2017 by cochepaille
Potterwords III - Potterwords
All Harry Potter vocabulary was created by JK Rowling and is owned by her, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
storyref  ref:fandom  ref:fandom(hp)  ref:glossary  words:glossary  insp:hp 
december 2016 by cochepaille
The Akashic Record: A Complete Harry Potter Reference
Welcome! This aims to be the most comprehensive reference of characters, places, spells, and things in the Harry Potter books until such time as J. K. Rowling gets her Hogwarts Encyclopedia published. In addition to fictional items, I have also included real places and assorted other things that will not be familiar to non-British people.
The reader is warned that while confirmable spoilers are screened out of the spoiler-protected pages, the commentary and speculation may hit on things yet to be revealed in future books. On the other hand, some of the speculation will undoubtedly turn out to be wrong. Decide for yourself which is which. And have fun.
storyref  ref:fandom  ref:fandom(hp)  insp:hp 
december 2016 by cochepaille
The Book of Were-Wolves Index
Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a Vicar in the Church of England in Devon, an archaeologist, folklorist, historian and a prolific author. Baring-Gould was also a bit eccentric. He reputedly taught classes with a pet bat on his shoulder. He is best known for writing the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers'.

This book is one of the most cited references about werewolves. The Book of the Were-Wolf takes a rationalistic approach to the subject.

The book starts off with a straightforward academic review of the literature of shape-shifting; however, starting with Chapter XI, the narrative takes a strange turn into sensationalistic 'true crime' case-studies of cannibals, grave desecrators, and blood fetishists, which have a tenuous connection with lycanthropy. This includes an extended treatment of the case of Giles de Rais, the notorious associate of Joan of Arc, who was convicted and executed for necrosadistic crimes. Margaret Murray had a controversial theory about this subject.

Nevertheless, the first ten chapters of this book constitute an essential work on the subject of werewolves. This etext was scanned at sacred-texts.
reference  storyref  ref:folklore  ref:mythological-creatures  ref:werewolves  ref:supernatural-creatures  insp:mythology  insp:werewolf-au 
december 2016 by cochepaille
Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels, comic books and superhero books » Index: How to Write Superhero Stories
I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.
writing  storyref  writing:genre  writing:genre(superhero)  au:superheroes  ref:superheroes  insp:superhero-au 
december 2016 by cochepaille
The London Inquisitor - 1820s-1830s Medicine Resources
I’ve collected a bunch of old books and articles, all in English, freely available online and published around 1832.
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history(victorian)  ref:medical 
december 2016 by cochepaille
Pet Peeves: Alcohol Part One - Ramblings
WHY do people who know nothing about top class alcohol try to write about it? If it is in-character for someone (say, DANIEL) to drink the Good Stuff (TM) or to know about it, can you not do a little research?

Part One: WHISKY. 
storyref  ref:alcohol-and-drugs 
december 2016 by cochepaille
SG-1: about fraternization
Believe it or not, the Air Force's fraternization policy -- Air Force Instruction 36-2909 -- does not read "Thou shalt not bone thy hot civilian consultant." Nor does it say "Thou shalt not bone thy hot XO." But that's pretty much the idea, anyway, they're just more wordy about it. Mostly, it says that if any relationship you have -- whether it's sexual or just friendly -- can do anything to erode the good order, discipline, unit cohesion or mission of your unit, that you need to put a stop to it, or the Air Force will. There's really two parts to the Instruction: Professional/Unprofessional Relationships, and Fraternization.
storyref  ref:military  insp:fic 
december 2016 by cochepaille
Rendering Military Courtesies
I think it's fair to say that most people, whether they know anybody in the US armed forces (or those of any other country) are at least passingly familiar with military courtesy. It involves the same sort of stuff that your momma taught you (assuming you grew up in say, a southern plantation or a victorian estate): stand when your elders and betters enter the room, remove your hat indoors, say "sir" and "ma'am" and don't be such a smartass.
storyref  ref:military 
december 2016 by cochepaille
Medieval Clothing Pages: Articles by Cynthia Virtue
Articles are in four groups: Hats & Hair - Clothing - Accessories -Guest Articles - Miscellanea - Why Most of them are class handouts; some are descriptions of things I've made, which may help you if you want to make similar things.
storyref  reference  ref:history  ref:history(medieval)  ref:fashion  art-ref:fashion 
december 2016 by cochepaille
Coma: Types, Causes, Treatments, Prognosis
A coma is a prolonged state of unconsciousness. During a coma, a person is unresponsive to his or her environment. The person is alive and looks like he or she is sleeping. However, unlike in a deep sleep, the person cannot be awakened by any stimulation, including pain.
ref:medical(injuries)  storyref  ref:medical  ref:medical(trauma)  reference 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Leviathan - The Ups and Downs
Sometimes it can be hard to write sexual content when you’re playing the opposite gender. This doesn’t cover sex, this doesn’t cover blowjobs, this doesn’t cover anything too graphic. This just… Kind of covers the sensations, the ups and downs (literally?) and the other random facts that might help you… grip your character better?

I lied it’s kind of vulgar.

So, you’ve got a dick and you need to know what to do with it. So I’m going to try and cover almost everything I can think of that just has to do with a penis. This isn’t awkward for me even a little bit, so let’s just get going, huh?
writing:smut  ref:smut  storyref  ref:smut(anatomy) 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Kinky Resources for Writers (and everyone else, too) - Harry Potter Kink & Squick Community
This is a list of information, guides, articles, blogs, and advice on various aspects of sex and sexuality. Clicking on these links will lead you to NSFW/NWS material. Happy reading and writing! If you have any other resources let me know so I can include them to the list. Just keep in mind that the theme is sex/smut which is why I decided not to post general writing resources. Cheers!
writing:smut  writing  reference  storyref  ref:smut  ref:kink 
november 2016 by cochepaille
speech accent archive: browse
Welcome to the browse section of the speech accent archive. By following the Language/ Speakers section you will be able to track different accents by speaker and native language. The Atlas/ Regions allows you to browse for representative speakers geographically. The Native Phonetic Inventory allows you to trace different accent origins by presenting you with a systematic representation of various native language sounds.
writing  storyref  writing:characters  writing:dialogue 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Pet Peeves That Fan Writers Fuck Up about the Military
More background information into military culture in USA and how proper behavior on base would be.
storyref  ref:military 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Undercover: Psychological Warning Signs - Due South Research
I recently read this training manual for undercover officers by a long-time undercover cop named Fuller. The book is not for sale anywhere I could find except to authorized law enforcement personnel, apparently due to concerns about criminals getting ahold of sensitive information (although as Fuller points out there's nothing in the book that would be all that useful to a criminal), but I was able to obtain a copy with no trouble through interlibrary loan (you can see the title in the upper left corner of the first scanned page). The book is really interesting and readable and gave me a much better understanding of the day-to-day life of an undercover cop--most of it deals with more short-term projects but he does discuss deep cover in several places, and there are a lot of anecdotes that are just BEGGING to be turned into fic.
writing  storyref  writing:characters  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  ref:detective  insp:law-enforcement  insp:detective-au  insp:espionage  ref:espionage 
november 2016 by cochepaille
A Meta on the London BDSM scene - pennypaperbrain - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
This is meta is based on my 10 years’ involvement in the London scene. It’s designed to help writers who are including scene elements in their fics, particularly post-A Scandal in Belgravia.

It's probably useful to fandoms other than Sherlock as well, so feel free to link to it.
storyref  ref:smut  ref:kink  ref:kink(bdsm)  ref:setting 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Meta on How to Write Realistic BDSM - pennypaperbrain - Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms [Archive of Our Own]
A meta on how to keep your BDSM fic physically and psychologically realistic. It isn't and can't be a complete guide, but hopefully you will find some useful tips here.

Thanks to havingbeenbreathedout for the beta!
writing  storyref  ref:smut  ref:kink  ref:kink(bdsm)  kink:bdsm  writing:smut 
november 2016 by cochepaille
How far a horse travels in one day
Strangely I was doing a little research on how far a horse can realistically travel in one day and after much google-fu it seems to depend very much on the type of horse, conditioning (i.e. is it used for long distance travel all the time, rather than been standing in a field for months, or only used for racing, etc..) and condition (i.e. is it well fed and watered), as well as how heavy a load and the terrain involved.

..anyway this is the list of distances (in miles per da...
reference  storyref  ref:travel  ref:animals  ref:animals(horses) 
november 2016 by cochepaille
19th Century Remedies from The Home Physician
FINDING INFORMATION ON THIS 19th century (1800's) home remedies and home medical remedies web site can be done easily.
ref:history(regency)  ref:medical  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history  ref:history(victorian)  storyref 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Gay Sex Guide Introduction
This guide has been written to appeal to both the beginner in gay sex and the more experienced guy as well. The guide is meant to read by consenting adults and gives tips and ideas for consensual and fun sexual activity. The guide has been prepared as an informative and frank discussion on male to male sexuality and does not judge people based on their sexual identity of sexual fantasies. While reading this his guide keep an open mind about your own sexuality and use it as a basis to make your own mind up about what you do and don't do sexually.
ref:smut  storyref  writing:smut 
november 2016 by cochepaille
What Is the Job Demand for Undercover Detectives?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for private detectives and investigators, including undercover detectives, is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2010 and 2020. That's 1 1/2 times the 14 percent growth rate for all occupations. The job outlook is not as strong for undercover police detectives. The demand for police detectives is only expected to grow at approximately 7 percent. According to the BLS, the best opportunities for entry-level work exist with private detective agencies, especially for those with computer and interviewing skills.
storyref  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:fbi  ref:law-enforcement  ref:espionage  ref:detective  writing:genre(crime&punishment) 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Omegaverse: Sociology | Omegaverse, Man
This section, too, is fairly specific, and refers to the historical progression and social issues within this individual universe.
storyref  ref:tropes  writing:world-building  insp:abo  au:abo 
november 2016 by cochepaille
A/B/O For Dummies - Fanfic Trope Explained
A/B/O Dynamics, or Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, are a fanfic trope that centers around the concept of human knotting and mating, also called soulbonding, and the relationships between Alphas, Betas and Omegas.  In this trope, readers will see a wide variety of universes and different world-building, but really, there are just a few important things that one needs to know before they will be ready to jump into the world of A/B/O and find out for themselves!
storyref  ref:tropes  writing:world-building  insp:abo  au:abo  trope:abo-dynamics  insp:kink 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Ranking System for Same-Sex Royalty
Okay, this is in incredibly petty nitpick, but: if you’re writing a fantasy setting with same-sex marriage, a same-sex noble or royal couple typically would not have titles of the same rank - e.g., a prince and a prince, or two queens.
storyref  ref:royalty  ref:nobility  ref:aristocracy 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Become a Homicide Detective: Step-by-Step Career Guide
Homicide detectives investigate and solve murder cases. They interview witnesses, compile evidence, interrogate suspects, and follow leads. Their goal is to arrest killers and help to get them convicted. Most homicide detectives work for police at the local level, although some work for state or federal government.

The job of a homicide detective, as with other roles in law enforcement, comes with the risk of personal injury or death. Confrontation is common. Homicide detectives must be comfortable and skilled with guns. They often deal with crime scenes, which can be brutal to witness. Much of a homicide detective's time is spent investigating in the field, although some time is spent in an office setting to write reports. There can be great reward in being able to help people as a member of a police force.
storyref  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  ref:detective  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Qualifications for Becoming a Police Detective | Our Everyday Life
Police detectives protect the public by investigating and solving crimes and arresting those who commit them. Detectives at large departments work on specific types of crimes, including homicides, burglaries and sexual crimes. Smaller police departments rely on detectives to investigate many types of crime. To prepare for a career as a police detective, understand the qualifications you are expected to meet.
storyref  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  ref:detective  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Job Description for a Police Chief
Police chiefs are in charge of the operation of police departments. Their main job is to make sure that the department they head runs properly and carries out its mission. Department sizes and functions can vary greatly, and as a result, so can the responsibilities of the chief of police. However, some features are common to all police chief jobs.
storyref  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Chain of Command in Police Departments
Police departments around the world model their chains of command along military lines. Each rank means new responsibilities and duties, which makes for more efficient operations. But chain of command is also important for discipline. In the often dangerous field of police work, lack of discipline can get people hurt or killed in everyday activities or emergencies.
ref:occupations  storyref  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Police Detective Careers, Jobs and Degree Information - Criminal Justice USA
Unlike police officers – who are responsible for patrolling, issuing citations, and responding to emergencies – police detectives work as investigators. Detectives are responsible for looking into crimes to determine the causes and perpetrators behind the event. They interview witnesses and suspects, gather evidence, write reports for the data they accumulate, and also arrest perpetrators. Some police detectives participate in court cases to help convict suspects. Detectives can be employed at the local, state, and federal levels, and can specialize in different aspects of crime investigation, like cybercrime or drug enforcement.
storyref  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
American Police Hierarchy
The American Police system is divided into various types of agencies such as federal law enforcement agencies, state police departments, sheriff’s departments, municipal police and special police agencies like transit police and school police. The various major law enforcement agencies are Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), The U.S Marshals Service, The Secret Service, The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The American Police Hierarchy varies along the various federal, state, local and sheriff’s police departments. However, there is a generalized organizational structure of the police ranks, which we are going to discuss in the following paragraphs.
storyref  ref:occupations  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
The Hierarchy of a Police Department
Police departments are modeled after military organizations in terms of their training and rank structure. Police officers share the bond of attending a police academy, wear uniforms and are required to obey the orders of those of higher rank. With a few variations, nearly all metropolitan police departments use similar ranks. The top rank is usually police commissioner and/or chief, followed by captain, lieutenant, sergeant, detective and police officer.
storyref  ref:police  ref:law-enforcement  insp:b99-au 
november 2016 by cochepaille
Writing Meth Use & Addiction in Fic: little_details
I've covered a lot in this guide, but I've still missed things, I'm sure. If you have further questions or want to pose scenarios based on what you're writing, don't hesitate to ask in a comment. It's a sensitive subject, but I put this out there for learning purposes, and I'm not going to shy away from questions.
storyref  ref:alcohol-and-drugs  ref:drugs  ref:substance-abuse  ref:addiction 
october 2016 by cochepaille
notfic | Getting Medieval On Your Ass
Title: Getting Medieval On Your Ass
Author: elf/elfwreck
Fandoms: PotC, Elfquest, Cadfael, LotR, Discworld, more. Sort of.
Kink_Bingo Prompt: Sex toys (worn under clothing)
Rating: Explicit. This is an essay, not fic, but it's a very explicit essay.
Word Count: 4300+
Summary: What were sex toys—especially subtle sex toys—like, before rubber and steel springs?
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(medieval)  ref:smut  ref:sexuality  ref:kink  writing:smut 
october 2016 by cochepaille
Letters from Working Girls
Real-life strippers, prostitutes, exotic dancers, etc talk about their lives. Absolutely fascinating look into an industry that has so many stereotypes involved
storyref  ref:sex-work  ref:occupations(sex-worker) 
october 2016 by cochepaille
In Reference to Murder
Welcome to BV Lawson’s reference site for writers, readers and fans of mystery and crime fiction. You’ll find over 3,000 links on a wide variety of topics that I hope will be useful for information, research, news and entertainment. I’ll try to keep links as up to date as possible, although that’s a difficult task with such a high turnover rate among web sites. If you find a broken link, please feel free to pass it along to bv@bvlawson.com, and stay tuned for updates as they appear here and on the Blog, inreferencetomurder.typepad.com. For more info, check out the FAQ.
storyref  ref:crime  ref:law-enforcement  ref:police  ref:fbi  writing:genre(crime)  writing:genre(crime&punishment)  insp:crime  insp:law-enforcement  insp:detective-au  ref:forensics  ref:drugs  masterlist  to-sort 
october 2016 by cochepaille
The Kinross Carriageworks, Stirling, 1802-1966
“From the mid 18th Century, Stirling became one of the principle centres of Coach Building in Great Britain. In 1865 the Bastion housed a forge as part of Kinross's famous Carriage Works. The first two-seated gig in Scotland was made by William Kinross & Sons, Appointed Carriage Builders to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Horse Carriage trade developed to Motor-Driven Vehicles and by 1910 ‘the more luxuriously appointed motor cars’ were sold at the new showroom on Port Street.”
ref:history  reference  storyref  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history(victorian)  ref:history(20th-century)  ref:history(transportation)  art-ref  art-ref:objects  art-ref:objects(vehicles)  art-ref:objects(machines) 
october 2016 by cochepaille
Dining and Dinners | Edwardian Promenade
Nothing preoccupied the mind of an Edwardian hostess so much as the planning of a dinner party. From matters of food and drink, table service, the guest list, and matters of precedence, every detail was of the utmost importance. A dinner of tepid or cold food, of dull guests, and of seating arrangements that did not take the rank and form of each guest into account could doom a lady’s social aspirations in one evening.
storyref  ref:history  ref:history(19th-century)  ref:history(20th-century)  ref:history(culture)  ref:history(etiquette) 
october 2016 by cochepaille
Murder in the Manor | Peter Dickinson
I now live in a country house, a great deal smaller than Cortachy, thank heavens, but still recognizably the real thing. It has a servants’ wing (rented, appropriately, to a Mr Butler), and a stable block, and a walled garden, and so on. There are a number of interesting cavities, both inside and out, where it would be easy to conceal a body, one of which might even elude a police search. The house appears to have begun as an eighteenth-century box, four rooms down and four up, with immense chimneys on the outer walls. But, about 1870, two imposing wings were added, with Gothic and Tudor decorations, a crenellated porch, and six-foot, decorative chimney pots, to which I now sometimes have to teeter up to remove the jackdaws’ nests. Last winter, I went into Winchester to look up the census reports from 1871 and 1881, on either side of the date of the alterations.
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october 2016 by cochepaille
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