proper past tense when writing first person
I don’t know about “proper”. Done properly, present tense first person works well, too, because it’s engaging and immediate, and draws the reader right into the action. (Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash”, Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club”, and Nick Hornsby’s “High Fidelity” are all written in First Person Present Tense, and they’re all highly-regarded books.) It is, however, dreadfully easy to bungle.
(The novel I just completed two days ago is written in First Person Present Tense, by the way.)
gun for hunting werewolf
After all the debates on the subject in this spot, and after having watched “No Country For Old Men” for the first time recently, I have to revise my opinion on the best gun for werewolf. I think a semi-auto shotgun loaded with silver buckshot would be just the ticket for the job. Lots of short-range ouchies, plenty of stopping power, and casting silver buckshot eliminates the biggest problem with using silver for ammo, which is the sizing of the bullets.
cluttered desk sign of genius
Part of my plans for today is the dumbification of my desk. Apparently, I’m so damn smart, I can’t find anything in this mess anymore without disturbing elaborately balanced structures made of paper, RAM chips, firearms paraphernalia, memorabilia, trinkets, and medications.
what is the value of a smith and wesson
That’s like asking “What’s the value of a Ford?”
neo laptops battery limitation
The only battery-related limitation of the Neo is the inconvenience of having to change the three AAs after six to twelve months of constant use.
how to write a military novel
Same way you write any other novel: come up with interesting characters, and then confront them with some sort of problem. The basic novel types and storylines have been the same since the days of quills and parchment, and everything else is just added local or cultural flavor.
model m without numpads
Those are called “Model M Space Saver”, and like all other funky variants of the Model M, they’re hard to find. Whenever one makes it onto fleaBay, it manages to command prices just a little less insane than those fetched by the black M13 variants.
nenas hairy armpits
If I ever start an Eighties cover band, that will be the perfect name for it: “Nena’s Hairy Armpits.”
russian special forces belt holster
I don’t know what they use, but the Russians aren’t exactly known for slick gun gear. Let’s put it this way: “Used By Russian SpecOps” is not exactly a seal of quality I look for when I shop for holsters. It’s probably big, bulky, and made of black nylon. (Also, it will be able to hold Western pistols, but our holsters won’t be able to hold their pistols.)
munchkin wrangler fountain pen
I have a whole drawer full at this point, but the main pens in my writing rotation are a Parker “51”, a Lamy 2000, a Pelikan M200, and a Conklin Metropolis, all with fine or extra-fine nibs.
That’s it for this Monday morning. Tune in again next week when I strip-mine the Blog Stats page for blogging material. (I’m rather disappointed at the lack of moped-related search terms this week, I have to admit.)
Now back to work, kulaks! With everyone pitching in, we’ll only need a century or so to dig ourselves out of this trillion-hojilion-bazillion-dollar hole all those bailouts put us in.