• I'm 13 and I can't help but eat the tiny pieces of dead skin off my sun burned back and I feel like a crazy cannibalize. Is it normal ??

    You'll outgrow this and I trust you'll be looking forward to that by now. :)
    You'll outgrow this and I trust you'll be looking forward to that by now. :)
    5 answers · Other - Skin & Body · 1 year ago
  • Why are people calling the black lives matter movement racist?

    Because it seeks attention for, and even aggrandises, one ethic group at the expense of others. The basic principle of BLM is that black people aren't being treated as important by others. In America, the President is a black man and black people are, by virtue of their race (and history), afforded many concessions in economics, professions,... show more
    Because it seeks attention for, and even aggrandises, one ethic group at the expense of others. The basic principle of BLM is that black people aren't being treated as important by others. In America, the President is a black man and black people are, by virtue of their race (and history), afforded many concessions in economics, professions, education and law that aren't offered to others (for example Asians). Some will say that black people NEED these concessions and that others (for example Asians) do not; so that's why these concessions should be granted. But this takes a very dim, weak view of the average black person in America, who lives in the wealthiest, healthiest country in the world and has tons of opportunity and freedom to do just about anything (which many other people are travelling into the country, even illegally, to be able to enjoy). If anyone claims that his race is holding him back, I would submit he's not trying hard enough. I know this may seem like a very harsh view; but my point is that any preferment based on race is the same as any restriction based on race - it's racism. In a free world, the matter of race needs to be put aside completely-- that means no more hatred based on race just as much as it means no more preferment based on race. Favouritism based on race perpetuates the idea that one race is weaker or less capable than another, which I find abhorrent. People are people. I strongly suspect that the true underlying principle behind BLM is one of politics or economics and has very little to do with sincerely providing meaningful assistance to a wide spectrum of people suffering, through no fault of their own, from the concrete effects of institutionalised racial prejudice. This isn't 1955 any more. 'Breathe in, breathe out, move on.' --Jimmy Buffett.
    8 answers · Other - Cultures & Groups · 1 year ago
  • Is it true that you cant fit aftermarket steering wheels on cars with airbags installed ?

    If you don't mind modifying the replacement steering wheel, you might be able to just drill new holes somewhere. Of course the airbag wheel is removable. It's how they replace it after an accident (during which the bag goes off). They don't repack the bag.
    If you don't mind modifying the replacement steering wheel, you might be able to just drill new holes somewhere. Of course the airbag wheel is removable. It's how they replace it after an accident (during which the bag goes off). They don't repack the bag.
    4 answers · Maintenance & Repairs · 1 year ago
  • Why am i so delusional?

    What is your point?
    What is your point?
    5 answers · Psychology · 1 year ago
  • How to make your hair lighter naturally?

    Spend more time in the sun. It's a natural process. I was blonder between ages 17-25 than I am now; and it's not merely because I'm so much older. It's because I was more active.
    Spend more time in the sun. It's a natural process. I was blonder between ages 17-25 than I am now; and it's not merely because I'm so much older. It's because I was more active.
    6 answers · Hair · 1 year ago
  • Mommies do you consider your baby's diapers to be cute?

    Best answer: Everything babies do is cute. Their clothes are cute, their food is cute, their blankets are cute, and their activities are cute. When my two were little that song 'I'm Too Sexy' came out and the bigger one (age 4-5) would sing, 'I'm too sexy for my shirt....' We thought it amusing till the littler one (age 2)... show more
    Best answer: Everything babies do is cute. Their clothes are cute, their food is cute, their blankets are cute, and their activities are cute. When my two were little that song 'I'm Too Sexy' came out and the bigger one (age 4-5) would sing, 'I'm too sexy for my shirt....' We thought it amusing till the littler one (age 2) would sing, 'I'm too sexy for my diaper' and we just fell out in hysterics at that.
    2 answers · Newborn & Baby · 1 year ago
  • Who were Conquistadors and Missionaries and what did do they teach us about the history of Hispanic Americans.?

    The Spanish were ruthless conquerors who slaughtered indigenous peoples not for profit or for military security or for property rights but for fun and out of ethnic hatred. Stories are legion, such as the one about their game of standing Carib Indians in a circle and then spinning about with a cutlass to see how many bellies one could slice open in... show more
    The Spanish were ruthless conquerors who slaughtered indigenous peoples not for profit or for military security or for property rights but for fun and out of ethnic hatred. Stories are legion, such as the one about their game of standing Carib Indians in a circle and then spinning about with a cutlass to see how many bellies one could slice open in one twirl. They exterminated the Carib from The Bahamas and elsewhere within one generation. History books in the US don't teach this. Americans are afraid of any criticism of ethnic groups, which include Spanish-speaking peoples. French missionaries and traders to the Western Hemisphere were amongst the most passive and inclusive. They set up few permanent settlements and maintained trade on equitable terms. The so-called French And Indian War was called that because the British wanted to believe that was who they were fighting, mainly because those two were often allied together against more strong-armed approaches to colonisation (actually they were fighting their own colonists, and some native Americans and French people were around). I don't take too kindly to the British being thought of as evil either. Their main focus was economic, not political, and they attempted to make treaties with locals rather than to just eradicate them as the Spanish did. The Spanish were on a quest to bring Roman Catholicism to the far reaches of the world, by force if necessary (or if possible). To this day the descendants of Incans, Mayans, Aztecs, Phillipinos, Malaysians, and Spaniards all speak Spanish, mainly because the Spanish had driven those peoples into submission. They are hardly 'Hispanic' peoples (the word 'hispanic' refers to those descended from the Iberian peninsula, not those of darker complexions, straight black hair, and short stature who are descended from North American and Pacific peoples).
    4 answers · History · 1 year ago
  • Will I be charged?

    Take it back and explain the circumstances. Why hide from responsibility? This is no biggie, really.
    Take it back and explain the circumstances. Why hide from responsibility? This is no biggie, really.
    3 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • If Twitter shut down tomorrow, what would you do? I love twiter?

    Twitter glorifies the 160-character sound bite. It's fodder for short-attention-span Millennials, the kind of thing that feeds unflattering stereotypes that would be overly harsh if they weren't so well-supported in evidence. Give it up now, follow a couple of real-world news feeds, and read some literature in paper-and-ink form. ... show more
    Twitter glorifies the 160-character sound bite. It's fodder for short-attention-span Millennials, the kind of thing that feeds unflattering stereotypes that would be overly harsh if they weren't so well-supported in evidence. Give it up now, follow a couple of real-world news feeds, and read some literature in paper-and-ink form. You'll find (as most intelligent people have) that you don't need it at all. And you'll appear more intelligent and have more interesting things to talk about -- and LISTEN to.
    32 answers · Cell Phones & Plans · 1 year ago
  • What is a good motive for kidnapping a young girl in a story? Plz no rape.?

    One of the key elements to the gothic romance ('romance' here being the 18th-C word for 'made-up story' or 'fantasy') is what I call the 'Innocent Key'. The good gothic will feature some character, usually a child or a young woman, who appears to have no power, influence, or importance other than that she is the one... show more
    One of the key elements to the gothic romance ('romance' here being the 18th-C word for 'made-up story' or 'fantasy') is what I call the 'Innocent Key'. The good gothic will feature some character, usually a child or a young woman, who appears to have no power, influence, or importance other than that she is the one person who can unlock the secret, or type in the password, or give birth to the heir, or coerce her father to give up something to save her. And she usually doesn't know why she's being sought, used, or rescued. Consider the little boy Paul in 'Bedknobs And Broomsticks' (which fits several elements in the definition of a gothic). He's the youngest and least-influential one of the group, except that he's got the storybook with the secret spell in it and thus is the only one who can make the bedstead fly. Have your child character know someone or something, or witness something, or have something that makes others want her. And have the baddies treat her particularly rudely (but never sexually). This'll really make the story suspenseful.
    15 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • I'm writing a age gap book & idk what the title should be :/ any ideas?

    Why does she want to seduce him? I'd say the odds are that if a 17-year-old intern hiked up her skirt to a 30-year-old unmarried boss, that's about as much effort as she'd have to put into her career. Why not make it instead that the two share intellectual or professional ideas. Intellectually she could be a precocious bookworm and he... show more
    Why does she want to seduce him? I'd say the odds are that if a 17-year-old intern hiked up her skirt to a 30-year-old unmarried boss, that's about as much effort as she'd have to put into her career. Why not make it instead that the two share intellectual or professional ideas. Intellectually she could be a precocious bookworm and he could be a little youthful so that they sort of meet at a maturity of about 23. Or they could have similar career aims -- like having to dethrone the existing boss, so that over a long period they have to work together, eventually falling for each other, during which time she turns 18 and gets accepted to some cool school and he can act as her professional mentor before becoming her more established love interest. Something like this sort of depth adds more interest to the story and lets you develop it counter to what most people are expecting. Otherwise your title, which you seem to think needs to emphasise their age difference (since that's what you mentioned) is going to make it look like a cliche written by a young woman hoping to appeal to a common young women's fantasy (seduce the older, wealthier boss, end up set for life). Give these people some 'bottom' (depth of character) and see if you can make a proper work of literature out of it.
    5 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • Grammar question?

    Whichever you like. 'Sleeping ON the bed' seems to suggest 'above the covers' and 'sleeping IN the bed' suggests 'under the covers'; but it's up to you. If it's important, just make sure we know through other clues and then use either. I prefer 'IN the bed' --sounds cosier. :) show more
    Whichever you like. 'Sleeping ON the bed' seems to suggest 'above the covers' and 'sleeping IN the bed' suggests 'under the covers'; but it's up to you. If it's important, just make sure we know through other clues and then use either. I prefer 'IN the bed' --sounds cosier. :)
    4 answers · Books & Authors · 2 years ago
  • I'm writing a short story set in a 1960s hospital. How do I show it is in the 60s without plainly saying it?

    You might check out episodes of 'Call The Midwife' which is a medical-drama series set in 1957-1962(-ish). They use the time-period setting very well, mainly in discussing health problems, social problems, gender-gap problems, and political/economic problems that were common (even vital) to that period and seem very old-fashioned or even... show more
    You might check out episodes of 'Call The Midwife' which is a medical-drama series set in 1957-1962(-ish). They use the time-period setting very well, mainly in discussing health problems, social problems, gender-gap problems, and political/economic problems that were common (even vital) to that period and seem very old-fashioned or even exotic today. For example one fascinating detail is that many, many people in Britain relied on bicycles in cases in which today they would use mobile phones! You COULD mention key events of the day, such as the Space Race, or The Beatles, or Vietnam, or Profumo; but unless it's really germane to the plot or character(s) specifically, it'll look like only so much pandering. I would shy away from any blunt mention of the time period for no good reason, such as some character shouting out, 'Well it's Nineteen-Sixty-Four, for crying out loud! It's not the eighteenth century!' (as a character in my novel 'Love Me Do' sort of does!).
    34 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • How do I find the model of my bass guitar?

    Sad to say, if you can't tell, it's probably not a particularly high-quality instrument. (Unless it's rare and unmarked because it's a handmade antique.) If you study any of the popular brands, you'll be able to identify it. Go to thew websites of Sam Ash or Musician's Friend and compare it to what you see there. show more
    Sad to say, if you can't tell, it's probably not a particularly high-quality instrument. (Unless it's rare and unmarked because it's a handmade antique.) If you study any of the popular brands, you'll be able to identify it. Go to thew websites of Sam Ash or Musician's Friend and compare it to what you see there.
    5 answers · Performing Arts · 1 year ago
  • Is the ukulele the same as playing a guitar?

    The bottom four strings of guitar (D, G, B, E) correspond to the uke strings (C, G, E, A). So your chord patterns are the same, only, in effect, you are playing in C instead of in G. A D-major on the uke looks like A-major on guitar. So play in D on the uke, the rest of the band is playing in G on guitar, and you're there. If they want to... show more
    The bottom four strings of guitar (D, G, B, E) correspond to the uke strings (C, G, E, A). So your chord patterns are the same, only, in effect, you are playing in C instead of in G. A D-major on the uke looks like A-major on guitar. So play in D on the uke, the rest of the band is playing in G on guitar, and you're there. If they want to play like you do, they'll need capos.
    13 answers · Performing Arts · 1 year ago
  • How do I figure out the age group for my novel?

    I have the same problem with much of my works, mainly due to (occasional but in-character) naughty language and what's known as 'adult material', meaning subject matter. Some of it is actually quite graphic. I started citing the British Board of Film Classification ratings and settled on BBFC 15, which allows for some graphic... show more
    I have the same problem with much of my works, mainly due to (occasional but in-character) naughty language and what's known as 'adult material', meaning subject matter. Some of it is actually quite graphic. I started citing the British Board of Film Classification ratings and settled on BBFC 15, which allows for some graphic descriptions provided the context is otherwise healthy. It's somewhat like the MPAA 'R' rating. I include a 'disclaimer' -- 'This book contains some mature themes' -- but do not let the publishers put 'adult material' on the sales sites. Sometimes readers between 15 and 18 deserve to and want to read about people their own age doing things that, whilst the readers might not actually do them, the readers might want to think about. I'm not going to deny them the chance to read something that's far less unhealthy than what they see in the cinema. BTW do NOT call a teens' book 'Young Adult'. 'Young Adult' is a misnomer, a (mostly American) publishers' market segment mainly meant for readers aged 9-13. Why on earth they call this 'young adult' I don't know; but there it is. Anything meant for readers 13 or 14 and older is essentially 'adult' reading material. Unless it's pornographic (defined, under law, as that 'for the prurient interests' and 'devoid of elevated artistic value'), so-called 'adult reading' may contain mentions and mild descriptions of sex, violence, drug use and illegal behaviour. I'm still trying to understand why in America a book about teenagers having sex will be frowned-upon but one about drug-addicted maniacs killing policemen is just standard fare.
    16 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • Is it bad to start the first line of my short story/creative writing (for English class) with a spoiler...?

    I agree that it's something of a cliche. And it does paint you into a corner. There is one way I can think of that you can make it work to your advantage. By giving away the 'TLDR' version of the ending, you are left with having to focus on HOW the ending comes to happen. Most of the narrative will serve as (if not actually being... show more
    I agree that it's something of a cliche. And it does paint you into a corner. There is one way I can think of that you can make it work to your advantage. By giving away the 'TLDR' version of the ending, you are left with having to focus on HOW the ending comes to happen. Most of the narrative will serve as (if not actually being framed as) a flashback. You'll have to go right back to the very beginning and introduce the whole host of characters, explain all the plot details, and even employ suspense. Right before you think this won't work, go read 'Romeo And Juliet' again. Then while you're watching 'Shakespeare In Love', mark the audience's reaction when Juliet stabs herself and they're all sitting there hoping it's all a ruse and that the two lovers will awaken from their nightmare and sit up to live happily ever after. But we were all told the ending in the Prologue! 'From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.' You knew the ending before it even started! Why then do you still hope there can be some way that maybe this time they'll survive it? This is called great fiction. There are no rules. You are the author; you tell us your rules. Done badly, no gimmick will make any difference. Done well, any gimmick can be employed and even overcome. It's down to you.
    6 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • Is having a publisher better than self publishing?

    What Steven Pemberton said.
    What Steven Pemberton said.
    13 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • WRITING A BOY'S FIRST PERSON POV?

    I disagree with most of the less-flattering suggestions about teen boys. No need to be so harsh! In spite of disproportionate interest in sexual matters, many, if not most, teenaged boys are incurable romantics. They daydream about being wealthy and powerful, not so much out of a desire to be well-admired or even feared (as from ego) but in order... show more
    I disagree with most of the less-flattering suggestions about teen boys. No need to be so harsh! In spite of disproportionate interest in sexual matters, many, if not most, teenaged boys are incurable romantics. They daydream about being wealthy and powerful, not so much out of a desire to be well-admired or even feared (as from ego) but in order to 'deserve' (their term) the 'perfect girl'. Ironically, though most at first expect the 'perfect girl' should be a bodacious blonde who doesn't say very much and likes to have sex at 5.15 every evening, the boy will very quickly tire of that fantasy and develop it into something much more in-depth, such as envisioning the girl as a more normal sort of wife and mother and even partner (such as in business). The real-life girl on whom the boy develops a crush won't even have to be the most gorgeous girl in school. Most likely she will be just a nice girl who seemed pleasant and polite towards him; and he will idealise her as the 'right kind' of girl to like. I fell in love with a 12-year-old 7th-year classmate for reasons like this. She had braces and skinny legs and wore glasses. She eventually became the Homecoming Queen. I became a writer who memorialised this in the novel 'Love Me Do'. Much later I taught a very tough class of 12th-year students in which some romantic theme came up in the work we were reading and I ventured the suggestion that 'Deep down inside, every guy just wants a really NICE girl.' Before I finished the sentence, two or three of the toughest guys in the whole school were sitting there nodding at the idea. Don't kid yourself-- however they act outwardly, boys are romantics inwardly. Most of how they appear is just an act. In that way they're not much different from girls who behave like they believe all value is outward appearance whilst deep inside they'd each just like a kind boy to care very deeply for them. One fantasy that, according to psychological studies, nearly all teenaged boys share is that of the wounded saviour. The boy will fantasise that, for example, his beloved is crossing the street and a huge tip truck comes down the block out of control and is just about to crush her when he rushes in, collects her in his arms and moves her to safety, only to have the tip truck smash into him instead. Reporters arrive, everyone calls him a hero, he gives only a modest statement like, 'It's only what any man would have done' and then the girl visits him in hospital, suddenly realising whom she was meant to love for the rest of her life. As one who had this very fantasy at the age of 14 or so, I wrote about it from the girl's perspective in 'Saved By A Hero', in the Janine Of Paradise series (it's on Kindle). I mention this to point out that I write from a teenaged girl's perspective all the time. I've got two or three whole series out, done like that, and most readers wonder how I got it so accurate. I think it comes from truly trying to understand other people. If you want to write from a boys' perspective, focus on how people, both boys and girls, really think and feel. You'll become a better human as well as a better writer.
    9 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago
  • How do I get my short stories published (UK)?

    What Sara said.
    What Sara said.
    12 answers · Books & Authors · 1 year ago