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July 26

What was this youth Christian romance-ish novel I loved as a teen?

Who can ID this book? [more inside]
posted by cokelessrome at 7:25 AM - 2 answers

July 25

I can rule out "Romans go home..."

Can you identify/translate this (likely contemporary/invented) Latin phrase? Quod continue sugen / Et nome signum / Me anones ad me [more inside]
posted by dr. boludo at 8:22 AM - 8 answers

July 24


UK-English speakers: I'm looking for a female equivalent of the word "fellow" (as in bloke or chap, not an academic holding a fellowship). Lass is, in my view, really only the opposite of lad. The only other thing I can think of is "gal" but that just doesn't feel right. What am I missing?
posted by orrnyereg at 7:32 AM - 22 answers

July 23

On beyond "Wrenly"?

I'm looking for non-threatening chapter books for my seven-year-old that are roughly at the level of "Ivy and Bean" or "The Kingdom of Wrenly" (or slightly more challenging) in language, but a lot bigger. Girl protagonists and fantasy adventures are a major plus. [more inside]
posted by snarkout at 8:09 AM - 11 answers

July 21

How do I keep track of sources/citations in Scrivener?

As I'm typing my draft in Scrivener, I want to keep track of my sources on the fly. I want to just be able to link a spot in the draft to a source, and I'm shocked there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this. I'd also like to be able to toggle between viewing citations and not viewing them, if I just want a clean view of my draft. Why is this so hard? [more inside]
posted by Mystical Listicle at 3:28 PM - 4 answers

Translating made-up words

A question for professional translators: (when) is it acceptable to make up a word in the language into which you're translating? Major spoilers for Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis inside! [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 3:05 AM - 6 answers

July 20

I'm afraid to think in Spanish

When I have to speak in Spanish I immediately feel a weight come down on me that drains my energy and hangs over me like a cloud. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 11:10 AM - 24 answers

July 18

What are some excellent literary magazines to subscribe to?

Hi. I am curious to find some literary magazines to subscribe to. Whether it is North American, European, South American, etc (but in English if provided). I am trying to find some works on short stories, poetry, art, horror, thriller, victorian-ish writing, creative essays, humour, nature, creative non-fiction, political satire, etc. The scope of genre is eclectic and wide-ranging. I am very keen on learning about cultures and cultural standpoints on political and social ideas that might differ from western thought -- or the opposite. What are some must subscribed literary magazines? * I have a 12 month subscription to the New England Review from Middlebury College.
posted by RearWindow at 7:46 PM - 10 answers

July 15

Great book about the history of Havana?

Just visited Havana for the first time and fell head over heels in love with the city. I want to read a great, rich, well-written book about the history of the city, and I feel confident that there's one out there based on what little I learned while I was there. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by Bobby Bittman at 9:41 PM - 5 answers

ISO IMpractical knowledge of calligraphy

What are some great resources on the history, development, and/or cultural significance of calligraphy? Can be from any culture or alphabet, but I'm not really looking for practical step-by-step how-to guides so much as the broader social/religious/historical context of the art. "Brushes were originally constructed out of X because Y" rather than "Pick this brush up at your local art store." [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 7:56 AM - 6 answers

How do I start a book blog?

How do I start a book blog? Who are some notable book bloggers? What can I write about? What topics can I blog about regularly? [more inside]
posted by ichomp at 1:17 AM - 5 answers

Cake Reviews

What should I call it? A friend of mine wants to set up a facebook page reviewing cake (eating not baking!) and is looking for a snappy memorable title.
posted by Gilgongo at 12:05 AM - 24 answers

July 13

The French Side of the Web

Hello. I am trying to improve my French, and am currently in a French immersion program. I've been trying for quite some time to find good Francophone websites, but I have no idea where to look! Does anyone have recommendations? Sites like metafilter (lol), The New Inquiry, news websites (that aren't paywalled), also interested in like, where can one find good new Francophone music (sites like tinymixtapes or smth?) thxxx (There are two older threads apropos but they're 10 and 11 years old, respectively, so maybe an update is in order.)
posted by LeviQayin at 6:55 PM - 12 answers

July 12

Recommend some writers like Shirley Jackson and Poe?

Greetings. I am trying to find some novelists, short story writers, and poets that write speculative fiction, horror, thriller, and Gothic genre? Like the film The Innocents (1961) or Night of The Hunter (1955) but in writing. Maybe even Victorian-esque works too. I am a devoted Hitchcock fan as well -- but I am keen on trying to find some page-turner speculative fiction with short stories, novels, and poetry. Thank-you.
posted by RearWindow at 3:12 PM - 26 answers

A word processor that "just works" with multimedia

I'm used to writing on Word. It's fine for text. But a new project needs lots of visual examples of photos and animated gifs. Think mood boards. Are there any word processors that do this seamlessly, so that the creative process is smooth and you don't have to think about whether the document can handle multiple graphics? I guess I want a robust desktop version of Medium ... or maybe Evernote with a word processor attached?
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:32 PM - 7 answers

July 10

Family crest motto in Latin

My friend is designing her family crest and she would like to have the phrase "All or Nothing" in Latin. Is "Aut Omnia Aut Nihil" a good translation? If not, what would be better?
posted by exceptinsects at 4:53 PM - 2 answers

I lived in New York, Troy. I know what a baggle is.

How long does one have to stay in a place before one can say they lived there? [more inside]
posted by lemonadeheretic at 1:27 PM - 48 answers

How do I stay motivated through a big writing project?

Am I writing a book? I think so? How do I stay motivated through this project? [more inside]
posted by mai at 10:06 AM - 8 answers

July 8

How can I limit the chances of a writing partner ripping me off?

I'm talking with a couple of potential writing partners for screenplays/scripts. This has some good general information on best practices, but I've always been concerned with one possibility - what if the partner screws me over in some way? Specifically, is there anything (aside from finding someone who seems trustworthy) I can do to limit the possibility of the partner removing my name from a script we worked on together and submitting it as his own?
posted by iamisaid at 7:49 PM - 8 answers

Acronyms of Yore

A friend of mine asked on Facebook if there are any actual acronyms that predate the modern age. He pointed out folk etymologies (eg. "port out, starboard home", "store high in transit", "fornication under consent of king/for unlawful carnal knowledge", etc. and wondered if there were any words that really did have old acronymal origins. [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:43 PM - 15 answers

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