Link of the Week – Onomatopeia Dictionary

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!

http://www.writtensound.com/

 

 

 


Link of the Week – Measuring Daylight

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?

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-measure-remaining-sunlight-with-your-hands/


Link of the Week – Ramming Through a Roadblock

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.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-ram-through-a-vehicular-roadblock/


Link of the Week – Evading

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.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/04/18/how-to-escape-and-evade-a-tracker/


Link of the Week – Weather Proverbs

June 26, 2018

Ever heard the saying “Red skies at night, sailors’ delight; red skies at morn, sailors be warned”? How about “Rain before seven, clear by eleven”? Turns out these adages have some truth behind them.

The Art of Manliness offers up 22 of these weather proverbs and what they mean. These are so cool. Some I was familiar with and knew the science behind them. But most I had not. Fun stuff here.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/22-old-weather-proverbs-that-are-actually-true/

Pic I took of a lightning storm at the beach a few weeks ago.

 


Link of the Week – Planning an Escape

December 12, 2017

Ok, guys. You know how much I love sharing blog posts from The Art of Manliness. Here’s a good one!

How to plan for an escape if you (or your hero) is a POW. Great research info!

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/11/30/plan-escape-prisoner-war-camp/


Link of the Week – Being Followed? What to do.

November 14, 2017

Here is another gem from the Art of Manliness. What to Do If You’re Being Followed. Not only is this great tactical information for everyone, it’s excellent research for writers. This blog post helps you identify if you are being tailed, the reasons for someone to follow you, how to lose someone on foot and by car, and how to make yourself less followable. You’re welcome.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/10/06/what-to-do-if-youre-being-followed/