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  1. Toby Frost

    Toby Frost Well-Known Member

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    A lot of the characters and events of the Space Captain Smith books were inspired by real things. Particular highlights included: the strange life of Ursula Graham-Bower, anthropologist and guerilla commander; an extremely proper but very brutal ladies' self-defence manual from the 1950s, and an automaton called Tippoo's Tiger, commissioned by a sultan, which makes noises and paws at a British Redcoat when wound up.

    Likewise, writing fantasy, I found myself going back to history textbooks and drawings and artwork to get a flavour for it all. I once wrote an entire novel inspired by the painting The Triumph of Death, which I enjoyed (although the characters didn't!).
     
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  2. The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    :D

    I think that comes under the heading of Too Much Information, Juliana! :p
     
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  3. Juliana

    Juliana Juliana Spink Mills. "No capes!"

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    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

    Worst (or best) typo ever!!! ;)
     
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  4. AlexH

    AlexH Well-Known Member

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    I like the alliteration of the two words.
    Even better (or worse) that it came from an edit. :D
     
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  5. The Bluestocking

    The Bluestocking Bloody Mary in Blue

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    Today I googled "Seaweed with hallucinogenic properties".

    Am trying to find out if there are any water plants that could be processed into a drug akin to pot to give folks a high.

    The things you have to research when figuring out how your character is going to take revenge on another character...
     
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  6. CTRandall

    CTRandall I have my very own plant pot!

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    I'd love to see what kind of ads your browser is showing you now :)
     
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  7. The Bluestocking

    The Bluestocking Bloody Mary in Blue

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    I use an ad-blocker extension, so I don't know?

    I do know that I've found out about several species of psychoactive algae/seaweed. Could be perfect for this rather hilariously evil revenge plan being hatched by my character...
     
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  8. The Bluestocking

    The Bluestocking Bloody Mary in Blue

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    Today's research search terms (for @Juliana 's amusement):

    1. How to kill a banshee
    2. Pot brownies recipe

    That there are many, MANY recipes for making pot/weed-laced brownies is struck me as rather hilarious (in real life, I make normal squidgy-yet-addictive brownies with no pot/weed in them).
     
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  9. Cathbad

    Cathbad Level 30 Geek Master

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    You can make brownies without weed??

    :eek::eek:
     
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  10. night_wrtr

    night_wrtr Non-human Protagonist

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    I've been trying to look up the striking force and capabilities, and possible fighting behaviors, of Pachycephalosaurus.
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    Head-butting, Flank-butting, and the Lock-and-Shove technique.
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    It seems that there is a divide over how they used their domed heads, but for my purposes, they just need to hit things really hard.
     
    Feb 19, 2018 at 5:19 PM
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  11. The Bluestocking

    The Bluestocking Bloody Mary in Blue

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    Grandpa! *Horrified gasp* YOU BAKE AND EAT WEED BROWNIES ONLY?! Perhaps we should start calling you Cathbad K. Dick...

    And yes, brownies without weed are addictive enough (Sugar and Chocolate = Culinary Crack!)...
     
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  12. Cathbad

    Cathbad Level 30 Geek Master

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    Truth be told, I'm a fake. :oops: I've had pot less than a dozen times in my life! :p
     
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