Sometimes a Sleeping Dragon. . .

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Thursday, December 29, 2005


Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus

Purdue’s online Writing Lab

Collections of Word Oddities & Trivia

Alternative Language Dictionaries
(how to talk dirty in any language)

Urban Dictionary

Google translator:

World Wide Words

Gestures, Signs, Body Language Dictionary NONVERBAL DICTIONARY

Language Museum

Most Mispronounced Words and Phrases

Wordfind, do you over use words, e.g. she, he, look? Find out with this website:

An Online Thesaurus
Merriam-Webster Online -
An online dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online -
English/Cherokee Dictionary

A glossary of hard boiled slang (definitions if slang found in mystery & detective novels) -

Grammer Help

The book of clichés

The Elements of Style by William Strunk (online)

A listing of online texts and databases -

Online resources for writers -

Basic middle English word list for London Dialect

slang sexual terms

Middle-English Glossery

A Time Frame for Catch Phrases, Slang, and Former Slang
(the word rape was really interesting)

Insult Generator

English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom

Gay slang dictionary

Rutger University's Databases

Elizabethian English and slang

The Visual Thesaurus -

The Library of Congress -

An online language translator -

Need a name for a military action in your book? Go to the military code generator -

Enter any combination of two to six letters and get them expanded into a technical-sounding, completely made-up phrase that borders on the lausible. - - this one is hilarious AND useful!

The Quote Garden

Instant Wisdom

Malaspina Great Books — An extraordinary on-line bibliography for many disciplines.
The Online Books Page — A general guide to available electronic texts in many fields.
The Perseus Project — A digital library of classical texts from Tufts University.
Classics at MIT — Searchable collection of electronic texts from the ancient world.
Akamac E-text Links — A valuable resource from Michio Akama.

Fact Finding

The Research Library is a great general reference site

Enter your birthdate (or the birthdate of your character), it'll bring up some age related info, then tell you how old you were at the time of certain historical events. Great for adding a little realism to your characters' histories.

World's Largest Online Library
How Stuff Works

Psychological archetypes

Minor Facts about 957 Major things

Invention Facts and Myths

Maps of public exposure to radiation during the 1950’s & 1960’s
Cancer Institute Map of Radiation Exposure/
Radiochemistry Organization

World Sex Records

Hobby Link

Oceans FAQ

Whole Brain Atlas (Harvard Medical School)

Emotional Intelligence Links

TimeTicker and the time tickers...

Library of Congress

Useful British Knowledge (1830's)

Media Links

Internet Public Library
(Reading Room links to newspapers and magazines around the world)

Newspapers Worldwide

U.S. Newspapers

Front Pages of Newspapers around the World

Watching America
(articles about American from papers around the world)

Highway Information (updated highway info (construction, weather, accident reports, you name it.)

Space Weather (Including alerts)

Internet Movie Database
search for almost anything
search for quotes
search for plots

techno-spy-private detective stuff

A controversial technique for identifying a criminal mind using involuntary brainwaves that could reveal guilt or innocence is about to take centre stage in a last-chance court appeal against a death-row conviction in the US.

In and About the Government

The government web portal to all Federal Agencies.
See sidebar on the left.

City Data Database
Info on thousands of cities across the US. Info includes everything from population to monthly average temps to local radio/TV stations. It's broken down by state and very easy to navigate.

Govengine.comThis well-organized, browsable directory, maintained by a Florida nonprofit, consolidates links to official federal, state, and local government information sites for the UnitedStates, Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Browse by type of government--federal, state, or local--or by state.The local government section includes links to official county and city Web sites.

National Constitution Center (NCC)Congress mandated this "independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to increase awareness and understanding of the US Constitution, the Constitution's history, and the Constitution's relevance." Includes information on the museum in Philadelphia scheduled to open July 4, 2003, resources for students and educators, and links for Further Research on the Constitution and other historical U.S. documents. Searchable.

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and PeaceThe Web site for "one of the largest archives and most complete libraries in the world devoted to political, economic, and social change in the twentieth century."Includes research papers, newsletters, online books, weekly essays by Hoover Fellows, detailed descriptions of the physical library's collections, and more. Based atStanford University.

Here's the DEA website:

CIA World Fact Book (I Love this one!)

FBI Home Page

Crime Lynx

Names and Generators

Names & Generators

Kleimo The Random Name Generator
The random name generator uses data from the US Census torandomly generate male and female names. Use it for screenplays,fake id's, car rentals, pick-up lines, books, prank calls, movies.Give a random name to that special someone you meet at the bar.

RinkWorks - Fantasy Name Generator
One of the perks of creating fantasy stories -- whether by writing a story or game or by role-playing -- is you get to make up the names. Some people relish the task while others are frustrated by it. Some like it but can't seem to create names that are diverse enough. Fantasy Name Generator is a tool that can help you. It can generate an endless number of random names (of people, places, or anything) that would be suitable for use in a fantasy setting. It can generate names on its own, or you can tell it what kind of name you're looking for. Feel free to use this tool and any name that comes out of it (assuming it doesn't accidentally generate a legally protected trademark or something).

Family chronicle
Surnames and information about their origins

The Baby Name Site

20,000 Names
International names and their meanings

Behind the Name

Other Types of Generators

Fantasy World Map Generator

For a feast of generators (plot, characters, ideas) go to The Page of Generators at Seventh Sanctum.
Try their long list of setting generators
(and don't forget to name that pirate ship!). *also evil name generator, vampire namer, sword generator, and adventure site generator.

Name Your Character's Pet
If you're ever in need of a companion animal, this is the best place to go. But did you know the site is also full of unusual names, photos, and descriptions to spark your imagination?
Dani's Comprehensive List of Cat Names
2000 Dog Names
Name Your Horse
Bird Names
Bird Names suggestions for naming many types of birds at

Mystery and Suspense

Mystery Writer’s Resources (Agents, publishers, forensics, law, copyright, police procedure, guns, poisons, mafia, security, etc.)

“10” Codes for Police officers Click on state.

Forensic Medicine (University of Dundee)

DNA Learning Center

Writer’s Guide to Autopsy

Anything you could possibly want to know about serial killers, mass murderers, etc. is at this site.** Warning: Not for the weak.

Also good: (particularly the link to characteristics and crime scenes)

Great site on Profiling

University lecture notes on criminal profiling

Click on any of these classes in Criminal Justice.
It will take you to the course syllabus.
In the Syllabus will be a schedule of lectures.
You can click on a lecture and get the lecture notes for that class.
(Forensic Law, Forensic computing, Intelligence Analysis, Profiling, Terrorism)

Phone Bugging and Wiretaps
Scroll to near the bottom of the page for lots of links including how the professionals will go in and check for bugs and remove them.

Any one writing suspense might want to check out thunderwear.

Court TV Library


The University of Texas Psychology Department has a website devoted to stalking behavior. It is . The introduction says:Welcome to StalkingHelp.Org, an information resource center for the victims of stalking. The goal of this website it to provide stalking victims, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel with scientifically validated, continuously updated information to help prevent stalking and its negative consequences.There are descriptions of stalkers and their victims, as well as what a victims can do in his/her own behalf.

Survival Methods taught by US Marine Corps training manual.


“Fantasy World” building questions

Fantasy World Creators

Fantasy World Map Generator

World Builder’s Home Page

RinkWorks - Fantasy Name Generator
One of the perks of creating fantasy stories -- whether by writing a story or game or by role-playing -- is you get to make up the names. Some people relish the task while others are frustrated by it. Some like it but can't seem to create names that are diverse enough. Fantasy Name Generator is a tool that can help you. It can generate an endless number of random names (of people, places, or anything) that would be suitable for use in a fantasy setting. It can generate names on its own, or you can tell it what kind of name you're looking for. Feel free to use this tool and any name that comes out of it (assuming it doesn't accidentally generate a legally protected trademark or something).

Sci-Fi Resources on the Web

Language Construction Kit
(Guide to creating your own languages)

Classical Mythology Home Page

Norse Myths

Water Spirit Legends

Aura Color Meanings

Paranormal Investigations

Witch's Voice Newsletter

Info on Genies appears to be limited. Their source of origin is islam, arabic holy men and the Quran (Koran). The most common source of reference for most of us comes from "Tales of Arabian Nights", "Aladdin" and (I think) Sinbad the Sailor). There is some rumor of genie type stories that come from China but I haven't been able to locate them. - Encyclopedia Mythica is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. It contains over 5700 definitions of gods and goddesses, supernatural beings and legendary creatures and monsters from all over the world. Some of the topics you will find: Legendary animals such as unicorns and dragons; Objects like Excalibur and Mjollnir; Gods and goddesses from many religions, including Greek, Japanese, Hindu, and Native American; Imaginative places such as Atlantis, Avalon, and Thule. The site even features supernatural creatures such as gnomes, leprechauns, and fairies. - Eerieland: A Paranormal Tour of Ireland Provides a tour of Ireland, a beautiful country filled with folklore and mystery including banshees, leprechauns, fairies, singing ghosts, haunted lakes, and the dobhar-chu.

Hidden Files: Law Enforcement's True Case Stories of the Unexplained and Paranormal by Sue Kovach. NTC/Contemporary Publishing; ISBN: 0809231212. Most of these amazing stories of unexplained events from the files of law enforcement across the U.S. and Canada involve actual police cases, or occurred while an officer was on duty. These are thought-provoking and fascinating accounts, supported by credible witnesses. This book features intriguing stories of ghosts, UFOs, and other reports of paranormal phenomena. In Hidden Files, Sue Kovach presents some of law enforcement's most intriguing files. Such information often test the bounds of credibility, but can such reports be easily dismissed when the witness is an officer of the law trained to make calm, detailed observations under the most stressful situations?

Fairy Dictionary

Fairy Encyclopedia

Legend of the Irish pooka (Celtic Tiger)

Irish Mythology

Celtic History, Faeries, and Magical Places (This is Great!)

Irish Myths and Legends

Angels and Ghosts


Gnostic Library - Esoterica: The Journal of Esoteric Studies does not endorse any particular methodological approach to the study of esoteric traditions. It offers full-length studies such as, an exceptional examination of Renaissance magic by Wouter Hanegraaff entitled "Sympathy or the Devil" and listings of all recent doctoral dissertations and many current books in the field. The word "esoteric" traditionally refers to spiritual, initiatory, or inner knowledge. The site's primary emphasis is the scholarly investigation of esoteric spiritual traditions, with a special emphasis on Western esotericism. Western esoteric traditions are of a remarkable variety, ranging from Gnosticism and Hermeticism to alchemy, magic, Christian mysticism, Kabbala, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and other secret or semi-secret societies. Wonderful background material and resources. - Giordano Bruno: The Forgotten Philosopher - A brief history of Giordano Bruno, the spiritual alchemist who was burnt at the stake in the year 1600, by agents of the Inquisition. A fascinating look at how the transitional Church (medieval to reformation) dealt with dissidents. Bruno was reported to have answered the sentence of death by fire with the threatening: "Perhaps you, my judges, pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it." Need some serious, external threats for your time-traveling hero. This time and place had it all. The Alchemy Lab - Alchemy Resources for the writer or would-be practitioner. This large, content-rich site has something for everyone. It even presents two search parameters, Solar (logical) and Lunar (intuitive). It is a treasure trove of information concerning both ancient and modern alchemists. There is even a subdirectory that offers an alchemist dictionary.
Knowledge Hound.

Shrine of the Forgotten Goddess
(Scroll about half way down to the drop down menus for every region. This site provides a plethora of inspiration for imaginative writers: A mini-course in Pendulum Dowsing; How to pray the Rosary; When to kneel, stand or sit at Low, High, Requiem or Solemn Mass; Conversion to Judaism; Salat: How To Pray As A Muslim. If you want to research a religious background for your character, this site is a must.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Religion

Facinating blog this sites offers links to dozens of on-line articles about Reincarnation and Reimbodiment. If you are researching Reincarnation as a possible plot driver, this is a great place to start.

"Theosia: Nature of the Gods"

Sacred Texts Time Line (and links to texts)

Tao Te Ching

A look at the extreme religious right

Near Death Experience Research Foundation

First UU

Channing UU

Tarot and Esoterica Links


Also this site on interpretation

An excellent Golden Dawn link

General info (art)
(Marina Tosic, Silvia Hartmann)

Esoterica Links

How Firewalking works:
How ESP works:
How Horoscopes work:
How Nostradamus works:
How Witchcraft works:
How Vampires work:



Hyper History Online Links

World Civilization Virtual Library

Jump Back in Time

Colonial America

Compact Histories Links for Native American Tribes

History Of The Cherokee

Native Americans

Native American Herbal Remedies

Fact Monster (Year by Year)

Day Of Birth

dMarie Time Capsule

The History Net

The Historical Gazette

Lively Arts History Association

Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century

Do people have sex in the old west? Or do they "sleep together"? How about "bedding"? A hero can "bed" the heroine, but can the heroine "bed" the hero?What is the correct terminology for having sex in the old west?Jax, I keyed in courting and sparking... two terms I'd heard from the *olden days*... It directed me to

The Gunfighter Zone

History Buff. Com

Resources & Links on Women in History

Virtual Library of Museums
(links to a large number of museums on-line)

Making of America
Digital Library of American Social History

Information Please

Godey's Ladies Book (from the 1850's-60's)

Food timeline (Who ate what type of food and when)

History of Eating Utensils (California Academy of Science department of Anthropology)

Culinary Heritage

Ancient Inventions Links (Photos, descriptions and history of ancient inventions.)

Karolinska Institute has a great collection of links on each century in general:

An intriguing time, the 19th century medical practices:

Early rubber pants and diaper info:

Info on what women wore in 1830 to 1850 in the Southern US,particularly plantations in Louisiana:

Costumer’s Resource for Period Clothing

TV History

In Search of the Real King Arthur

Weapons Link

Virtual Renaissance Links

Regency rules of inheritance

Forms of Address

Internet Medieval Source book

A Medieval Atlas
More maps of the world as it was in the Middle Ages.

The Great Mortality
A three-part overview of the origins and course of the Black Death, from your Guide.

Plague and Disease in the Middle Ages
Sources for the study of leprosy and various plagues as well as the infamous Black Death.

Ben Franklin

The Music of China Links
The Betsy Ross Homepage Links
Native Americans: Legend and Folklore

Ireland & Celtic
Clans, Maps, Etc.

Culture & History

PHILOSOPHY: This site offers helpful information for students of the Western philosophical tradition
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy — An excellent site with a useful search feature.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy — A reliable source of philosophical information.
Guide to Philosophy on the Internet — A comprehensive list of philosophical web sites.
Philosophy in Cyberspace — Information on web sites, mailing lists, and newsgroups.
Philosophy around the Web — Peter King's thorough index of on-line philosophy.
Philosophy Research Base — A fine collection of links from Danne Polk.
Online Philosophy Resources — A useful general guide from Blackwell Publishers.
Philosophy at Large — from Stephen Clark and the Liverpool Philosophy Department.
Björn's Guide to Philosophy — A good source of information about individual thinkers.
Ethics Updates — Fine source of information on theoretical and applied ethics.
Women's Studies Resources — Including feminist theory; from Karla Tonella.
Women of Color Web — from the Global Reproductive Health Forum
Noema — The Collaborative Bibliography of Women in Philosophy.
The Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy — at the University of Maryland.
The Culture and History of Science Page — Hartmut Krech's fine resource.
Mind/Brain Resources — Cognitive science materials from Valerie Gray Hardcastle.
History of Economic Thought — Archive at McMaster University.
Blupete — Peter Landry's fine materials on law, literature, and philosophy.
The Realm of Existentialism — An excellent introduction by Katarena Eiermann.
EnviroLink — Extensive treatment of environmental and animal rights issues.
Anarchist Archives — Dana Ward's excellent resource for anarchist history and literature.
The Secular Web — A worthwhile source for nontheistic thought.
Twentieth World Congress of PhilosophyPaideia: Philosophy Educating HumanityBoston, Massachusetts U.S.A.August 10-16, 1998
APA Online — The official web site of the American Philosophical Association.
International Society for Chinese Philosophy — from Chung-Ying Cheng.
Filosofie — An extensive guide from the Czech Republic, by Josef Šlerka.
Encéphi, L'encyclopédie électronique de la philosophie — Par R. Tremblay et M. Robert.
Die Philosophie-Seiten — Ein Verzeichnis von Philosophie-Datenquellen von Dieter Köhler.
Philosophers Today — Von Joachim Koch und Lara Bandilla.
PhilNet: Internet-AG — Am Philosophischen Seminar der Universität Hamburg.
Dictionary of Islamic Philosophical Terms — A significant new resource from Muhammad Hozien.
Philosophy Sites on the Internet — Philosophy-related links from Tel-Aviv University.
Servizui Web Italiano per la Filosofia — Lucian Floridi, Università di Bari.
Enciclopedia Multimediale della Scienze Filosofiche — Marco Campogiani.
Philosophy Links — from fambof in the Netherlands.
Polish Philosophy Page — Guide to Polish thought from Francesco Coniglione.
Filosofía — Por J. Hernández Reynés, Universitat Autònoma di Barcelona.
phrónesis — a philosophical review published by el Grupo Sartre in Argentina.
The Philosophy Net — from Daniel Rönnedal, in Swedish and English.
No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed — Philosophical videos from Ken Knisely.
ephilosopher — an on-line community hosted by Paul J. Neufeld
Animus — An excellent on-line philosophical journal.
The Philosophers' Magazine — An attractive magazine for philosophical issues.
Factasia Philosophy — R. B. Jones's extensive philosophy site.
Truth Awakens — Philosophical Essays from Joshua J. Peete.
Here, Madam — A graphic introduction to philosophy.
Society for Philosophical Inquiry — from Chris Phillips.
Philatelic Philosophy — Postage-stamp philosophers, from Alan Soble.
Philosophical Humor — Sufficient conditions for producing an occasional smile.



The Costume Page

La Couturiere Parisienne

The Costume Site

Swords N Stuff

The Internet Public Library

Miscellaneous Topics

Reports on Misc. Topics

Holiday and Misc Drink recipes

Books and Book Collecting

Guide to Irish Gaelic Pronunciation

SurLaLune Fairy Tales Resource

Gnostic Library

History of Underwear

Sex toy History

Sexual Desire in the Middle Ages

Dictionary of Sex

General Research for Writers


Writing Links - A massive amount of links related to writing

Copyright Clearance Center
for information on copyrights, copying articles...and even copyright on the Web.

The English Server at Carnegie-Mellon University
a cooperative which publishes texts online covering a wide range of interests.

Your Dictionary.Com
You can also access dictionaries from different years

Publishing Online

Writer's Reference Desk

Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors*

Basic Resources on the Web

A great website for ongoing and accurate stats related to the publishingindustry is

Links for writers

Writer’s Aids

Erotic Reader’s & Writer’s Assn

Publishers and Agents

Good List of Publishers

Suspense Publishers

Writer Beware

Reference Books

The Physics of Star Trek, BasicBooks; ISBN 0-465-00559-4, by Lawrence M. Krauss. What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? What's the difference between the holodeck and a hologram? What happens when you get beamed up? What is the difference between a Wormhole and a Black Hole? What is antimatter and why does the Enterprise need it? Discover the answers to these and many other fascinating questions as this renowned physicist and dedicated Trekker explores The Physics of Star Trek. Every futurist needs this on her bookshelf.

On This Day in History by Leonard Spinrad, Thelma Spinrad, Anistatia R. Miller, Jared Brown, Anistatia Miller, and Jared Brown; Prentice Hall Press; ISBN: 0735200645 ; Before you shoot your hero or Heroine back through time, check out this unique historical reference book. It takes the significant events of the world, one day at a time. The book is appealing because it doesn't take a chronological approach to history. Each event stands on it own; you notice it and think about it more freshly, which lets you see it for the accomplishment it is rather than as just another occurrence in the progression of time. On This Day features an index that refers you to the appropriate page for any of more than 1,500 events, where you can discover not only, what day of the year it took place, but also get a full description of what happened and its context.

Fun Stuff

So many ways to waste time, it’s sinful

Modified Myers-Briggs


Holiday and Misc Drink Recipes

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Let Me Seduce You

I've been collecting research links.
I should have been a research Librarian.
(I took a left turn instead of a right on my career path)
(( No that's not a political statement!
Hmm. Okay, maybe it really is. ))

Originally I wanted to post them all on a webpage
so I could refer to them any time I wanted.
Since I still haven't figured out how to create a webpage,
I've decided to post them here instead.
The Problem:
At the end of each month everything gets archived.
There is no way to keep them visable all the time
unless I repost them each month. - too much work.

So . . .
December 1st, write that in you calendars!!
I will begin posting research links.
The archive for December 2005 will always be
where you need to go to find them.
I think I can continue to update them even in archives.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Rinda (WIZARD of BLOG) Saves the Day

I found it!
I know, you didn't know I'd lost it, but here it is.
I knew I'd created a blog.
I remembered doing it.
I also remembered not writing down my member name and password information because I just knew I would remember something so simple.
By October I couldn't even remember where in the internet to find the damned blog.
It felt hopeless.
Then - And it's a miracle - Rinda Elliott mentions that she checks my blog to see what's up.
Checks it?
I can't even find it!
I humbled myself and, like a senile old lady, asked her "Where am I?"
Once I found my way home, I then had to e-mail blog central to ask "Who am I? and What is my password?" I was being cute the day I created it. Easier to remember cute, right?
Evidentally my brain doesn't work that way.
So now I'm back!
If I don't lose myself again, that is.


Go to Rinda's on line stores ! BUY STUFF !!!

(*If you do, I can sleep nights and stop worrying about her starving to death or becoming so thin she blows away in the gawd awful Oklahoma winds.)
Besides they are REALLY COOL designs.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Testing. . . One, Two, Three !!

Casting myself into cyberspace with absolutely no idea of what I'm doing. Wishing myself a long rather than short journey.