February 19, 2019
Check this out! An interactive map of the Earth that shows you what it looked like 20 to 750 millions of years ago. It gives information on the state of the Earth and what living things existed in selected time periods. You can even type in your address or location to see what the geographical area looked like as you travel back in time. Pretty cool and nerdy stuff.
February 5, 2019
Authors do a TON of research on any given topic. I, myself, will research even the smallest, insignificant detail just to make sure my writing is authentic. I’ve been known to haunt libraries and used bookstores for information. These days it is so much easier to utilize the internet. Scour, really. There are countless rabbit holes to fall down. But sometimes, you want a more refined search.
You may have heard of Google Scholar, a search engine that allows you to search literature.
Here are some other online databases that might be helpful.
- Google Books Ngrams Viewer – a graph showing how words/phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years.
- IMDb – Internet Movie Database – movies, television, and video game
- Encyclopedia Mythica – mythology, folklore, and religion
- Omniglot – encyclopedia focused on languages and writing systems
- AnC – American National Corpus –
- Worldcat – a network of library content
- Encyclopedia Astronautica – a reference web site on space travel
- Acronym Finder – searchable dictionary and database of abbreviations (acronyms, initialisms, and others) and their meanings.
- AllMusic – music albums, artists and songs; reviews and biographies
- Animal Diversity Web – database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology
- Web Gallery of Art – virtual art gallery website
Wikipedia offers a list of academic databases and search engines that are ” useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.”
January 29, 2019
Very cool information from The Art of Manliness for both the outdoorsy types and for authors of all genres. A Swedish torch lasts for hours. It gives warmth, light, and be used for cooking, all from one chunk of wood. A must read, here.
January 15, 2019
I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.
Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!
October 30, 2018
Forget Daylight Savings. Here’s a handy dandy way of checking how much daylight is left. Great for those camping outdoors or for authors writing scenes involving characters on a quest or on the run. Think the kids will use this?
October 16, 2018
Ok. So I found this excellent information! I mean, I just KNOW one day I’ll be busting through a barricade across state lines on a beer-toting dare. Or during some post-apocalypse chase.
Another great survival tip from The Art of Manliness.
September 25, 2018
This is great info for authors. Also awesome for those running from enemy soldiers, super intelligent zombies, post-apocalyptic bounty hunters, your children. Never know when you might need to disappear for a while.