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August 3

BEES!!!!! 🐝🐝🐝

I want to read non-fiction about bees. Ideally engaging narrative non-fiction. Lots of good bee facts. NOT JUST HONEYBEES! I'd like to read about local bees too! Different kinds of bees! BEEEEEEES!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:39 AM - 23 answers

July 31

Tactics for improving fiction writing (craft, narrative, characters)

I want to write beautiful, generous, precise, and insightful short fiction. I have a writing routine now, but I don't know how to improve my craft. I would love recommendations on concrete tactics, exercises…and maybe workshops to take (online or in London). [more inside]
posted by w-w-w at 4:00 AM - 12 answers

July 27

What is this object I found in antique store?

A printing plate, 1-3-5-9 repeated in a 10 by 10 grid. What could it be? (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by gregvr at 5:22 AM - 9 answers

July 26

Pursuit Race Riders

What percentage of pursuit race riders from 1900-1929 were heroin addicts?, or, who would you hire to find out the answer to that question? My first thought was research librarian. If research librarian is correct; Is there a way to hire a reputable research librarian per question?
posted by oldnumberseven at 11:48 PM - 1 answers

B-ing responsible

What are words that mean "reliable", "dependable", "responsible", "trustworthy", etc., but begin with the letter b, in English or any other language? [more inside]
posted by chaiyai at 11:45 PM - 23 answers

July 24

Help me use the letter 'n' as many times as possible in a sentence

The 'n' key on my work laptop broke last week, which became an amusing Friday diversion for my colleagues as they tried to decipher my emails and messages. I will get a new laptop on Monday. I want to announce the return of my 'n' key by sending them a message that uses the letter 'n' as many times as possible. Can you help me compose a sentence?
posted by christa at 5:42 PM - 18 answers

Baby girl names?

Can anyone suggest strong baby girl names that aren’t classic European names? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 4:31 PM - 19 answers

July 22

I feel ambivalent about this question...

How do you use the word "ambivalent"? [more inside]
posted by DTMFA at 3:52 PM - 35 answers

July 20

Library book with potentially valuable author's signature

I checked out a book from my local public library and was amazed to discover that it is signed and inscribed by the author, an important American writer who is now deceased. Should I let the library know or do you think they already know? What is the best practice here? [more inside]
posted by clair-de-lune at 7:46 AM - 15 answers

July 18

how to turn a PhD into a book

I have a PhD thesis and I have a publishing contract (due in a few months) for a book that is loosely based on the thesis. Each time I open the thesis I am feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. How on earth can I change the turgid prose of the thesis into something normal people might want to read? [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 8:25 AM - 17 answers

July 15

Which phrase is more correct?

Asking for a friend. It's for a real estate promo piece which lists: the number of homes sold (I guess in a certain period), the average [number of] days [those homes were] on the market, and... Average Sale Price $0,000,000 or Average Sales Price $0,000,000?
posted by TWinbrook8 at 1:31 PM - 8 answers

Why are Goodreads reviews of my debut novel (before it's out) so mean?

I thought I'd ask Metafilter this, as I don't have much experience with Goodreads and I'm a little shocked at what's happening there. My debut novel is coming out in a few weeks' time, which I'm delighted about. People having been requesting ARCs and reviewing it (I guess mostly book bloggers), and the reviews are truly bad – mostly 1 and 2 stars so far. I'm finding it incredibly depressing and it's really getting to me. Advice wanted about how to deal with it – thank you! [more inside]
posted by Ella_Bella at 5:54 AM - 56 answers

July 14

Recommend graphic novels for preschoolers?

My 3 year old is obsessed with the Diary of a Pug books - cute graphic novels that are meant for 6 year olds. Suggest more like this? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 9:30 AM - 14 answers

July 9

Nouns that you would never say "the" before?

This is similar but not quite the same as countable vs noncountable. I'm trying to think of a noun that can't very logically be preceded by "the" and the only one I can think of right now is "outer space" - because there's only one. But this could also apply to concepts and intangibles; are there examples I'm missing? TIA!
posted by ftm at 1:41 PM - 28 answers

Concept of characters are all in the protagonist's path to help them?

Is there a term, a device, for when everyone the protagonist meets is essential to realizing their goal? Seems like it would be a part of Joseph Campbell's hero's journey. Basically they are all put in the protagonist's path so the protagonist will have the knowledge they need to do whatever it is they are trying to do at just the right time. If just one of those characters was missing, the protagonist would fail. So kind of like having no red herrings among the characters, instead they are all essential? Or at least almost all are. [more inside]
posted by Meldanthral at 8:01 AM - 12 answers

July 6

Building A Plot From A Single Sentence

I remember a fiction writing / outlining method described here a long time ago that consisted of writing a single central sentence and then expanding on it with additional single sentences until you had an entire plot or possibly an entire narrative. (In my memory it’s similar to The Snowflake Method, but not an exact match.) Does anyone remember what I’m talking about? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:43 AM - 2 answers

July 4

Critical writings on being ill

I need discourse on being ill. [more inside]
posted by antihistameme at 8:22 PM - 17 answers

June 25

Good books written in AAVE?

As an ESL speaker, I'm not very familiar with African American Vernacular English beyond what little I've seen in movies, and I'd like to broaden my familiarity with it to the point of at least being able to recognise the basic structures of it. Recommend me American Black books written at least partly in AAVE, especially in narration? Genre fiction preferred, because gods know I don't often have the focus for very literary stuff and memoirs just don't click with me.
posted by I claim sanctuary at 12:44 AM - 14 answers

June 23

Novels about existential crisis & loss of meaning

I am looking for novels in which the protagonist experiences a profound loss of meaning and somehow comes out the other side. Think existential crisis, depersonalization, or nervous breakdown. We should follow the protagonist through the process of loss and (hopefully) reconstruction. Ideally something written in the last twenty years, though I'm open to older stuff, too. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust at 10:12 AM - 49 answers

June 17

What is the subject-verb agreement here?

I want to know the grammatical reasoning behind this: a) Each cat has a collar b) Each cat must have a collar Why does adding must change the subject-verb agreement? This is next to impossible to google an answer for as I'm not sure what grammatical rule/exception I'm looking for, and it is slowly driving me mad not knowing why.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 9:00 PM - 13 answers

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