writing in first person-past or present
It depends on the story, really. For some things, present tense works really well, and other things flow better in past tense. My work in progress is written in present tense…I tried rewriting the first chapter in past tense, but I found that it took all the immediacy out of the narrative. I’ve written other stuff in first person/past tense that would read positively dreadful in present tense. Try writing the same thing in both forms, and you’ll know which one works better for your story.
A pure Jersey Shore Douchebagguette. (Definition courtesy of CrankyProf.) She’s the high-dollar hooker favored by Eliot Spitzer, former governor of NY. All things considered, however, I’d still rather have her over for dinner than him. At least she made an honest living.
"laptop for writing a novel"
I know I’ve been pimping the Alphasmart Neo in the past, and it’s still my mobile typewriter of choice when I’m away from an outlet for more than a couple of hours. For first drafts, the Neo rocks. For organizing and editing that first draft into a complete novel, however, there’s no better tool for the trade than a MacBook loaded with a copy of Scrivener. Once you’ve gotten used to the power and flexibility of Scrivener, going back to a strict word processor like MS Word feels like having to type with oven mitts while wearing blinders.
world of warcraft i don’t have high speed internet
The system requirements for WoW include a high-speed connection, sorry. You can sort-of, kind-of play the game over dial-up if you don’t mind a lag of five or ten seconds, but the first time they update the game and make you download a patch of several hundred megabytes, you’ll be packing it in with that 56k connection.
what is a "holster sniffer"
A holster sniffer is the kind of guy who hangs around cops a lot. They usually don’t qualify for the job themselves, and often have “cop-like” jobs that ideally involve a uniform of some sort, or (best case scenario) a shiny badge: mall cop, security guard, or something similar.
marko kloos defense of revolver
That’s an article I wrote for Dillon’s Blue Press. It’s in the December 2008 edition, which you can read here. (The article is on pages 60 and 61.)
10mm auto broom handle mauser
Broomhandle Mausers are chambered in 7.63mm Mauser, 9mm Luger, or .45 ACP. (There are also some chambered in 9mm Mauser Export, but those are very rare.) Technically, the C96’s layout is spacious enough to accommodate the 10mm Auto, but that’s a very high pressure cartridge that’s notoriously hard on platforms, and the Broomhandle’s locking system is probably not beefy enough for it. You’d also have problems finding a barrel, since none of the factory Mauser barrels have the right bore for 10mm Auto.
Hold your heretic tongue, infidel. The Reuben is the Apex Sandwich on the deli menu.
1800s style of dairy entry
In the 1800s, they probably walked into a dairy through the front door, or maybe the delivery gate.
ruger sp101 pocket carry
The SP101 is known as the “chubby snubby”. It’s entirely possible to carry one in the pocket, providing you are a big guy who wears loose-fitting pants with really deep pockets, and you replace the sticky and bulky factory grips with some boot grips made of smooth wood.
landing in cross wind
You land a plane in a crosswind by crabbing and slipping. Crabbing means you turn the nose into the wind, keep the wings level, and maintain the angle that keeps your plane aligned with the centerline of the runway. Just before touchdown, you perform a slip—you step into the rudder pedal opposite the wind direction to straighten out the nose of the aircraft, and give it some aileron input in the opposite direction of the rudder to keep your aircraft from drifting. Try putting the aircraft down on the upwind main gear first, and then the downwind gear. Crosswind landings are tricky, and doubly so with a taildragger.
badger animal starts with a m
Molverine. They’re common in Minnesota and Michigan. In Wisconsin, they’re called Wolverines, and in Quebec…you guessed it.
how to make a awesome history project
An awesome history project would be to travel back in time, collect Billy the Kid, Socrates, Beethoven, Genghis Khan, Sigmund Freud, Abe Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and Napoleon Bonaparte, and have them help you do a totally awesome history report in the school auditorium.
That’s the take for this week, friends and neighbors. Don’t forget to set your calendars for next Monday’s edition of Search Term Safari!