aww nasa has a page for space technology terms you can use in science fiction



sitcom where people gradually get killed off and their spot in the opening title theme is replaced with dead silence


new romantic comedy pitch: a young woman falls in love with two people at once: her best friend and a guy she met online dating.

PLOT TWIST: her best friend is a girl. she’s bi. she says the word bisexual in the script.

PLOT TWIST 2: she’s not forced to choose. it ends in polyamory. all three of them are in a healthy, open relationship where they all equally support each other physically and emotionally.

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urhotmess asked:

How do you make the flowers for the flower crown? like specifically what material is it? Its super cool and I want to make one I just don't know what I need.





Hmm, I just reblogged it from another site, but I think I can help you in terms of what to buy and how to do it. If you click the link, it’ll take you to the complete photo post that shows you what you need. In any event, here’s the list:

  • Nail polish
  • Floral wire, a thin bendable wire is ideal. 26 Gauge is fine. imageimage
  • Floral Tape            image
  • Wire cutters/scissors
  • a pencil or cylindrical object to wrap the petals around
  • Ribbon (optional)


  1. First, you’re gonna need to make the crown. You can do this by using the wire you already have or you can use an old headband or anything that you like that resembles a headpiece. Thicker wire is also fine for this step.image       As you can see, OP twisted two pieces of wire together and left loops at the end (to attach the ribbon). Then they covered it in brown floral tape.
  2. The second step is to make the flowers. Using your pencil/cylindrical object, twist the wire around it to create a ‘petal’. Repeat this until you have at least a couple of petals. 3-6 is usually fine, it’s really your call. image
  3. SLIGHTLY bend the petals back to create a natural looking petal.image
  4. After you are satisfied with the shape of your petals, cut out your flower, leaving some wire left to attach it to your crown. 
  5.  Repeat the first few steps and make the rest of your flowers.
  6. Take one of your flowers and CAREFULLY apply nail polish to it, one petal at a time. Think of it like making bubbles. It may be easier to pour the nail polish in a flat plate and dip it, or dip the entire flower into the polish.imageRepeat this for all your remaining flowers.
  7. Twist the two ends of your flowers together to form a ‘stem’.image
  8. Wrap the stems with floral tape, preferably with the same color you used in the base of the crown.imageRepeat this for all your remaining flowers.
  9. The third step will be attaching the flowers to your crown. You can do this a few ways. One way is to wrap the stems around the crown. Another way is to just wrap the stems with floral tape as you go along, like the OP did.imageDo this until all your flowers have been attached to your crown.
  10. At this point, you can tie the ribbons to the loops like OP did, or decorate it any other way you like. :)


Enjoy your new floral crown!


  • You can purchase most of the items in Walmart, Michael’s or any craft or flower store. You can also order it online. :)
  • REMEMBER, this tutorial is just a guide. If you don’t want to use brown floral tape or if you prefer using the green floral wire, don’t be afraid to change it up. You can use any color or material your heart desires.

This is the link to the DIY Floral Crown post. 

Sorry for replying late. I hope this helps you with making your own crown. :)

holy shit this nail polish thing is so clever! 8O




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When I’m judging stories for Writers of the Future, I don’t have time to write comments on every story that I reject, so today I’m going to start a series of articles that will tell “What’s Wrong with Your Story?”

As I read, I silently go through a mental checklist, looking for weaknesses. So here is a test. Look at the following paragraph and see if you can figure out why I would reject this tale:

Joshua lay in bed, mind blank, as the kitchen faucet dripped. Plop. Plop. Plop. Out in the living room, the cuckoo clock began to chime, and the cuckoo came from its little hutch and whistled three times. Joshua considered climbing out of bed, turning on some late-night television, but the very thought bored him. Some people die from bombs, he thought, but I shall rot away from this tedium… .

I read several stories similar to this today, and I rejected all within a page, since the author wrote about the protagonist’s tedium ad infinitum.

The problem of course here is that there is no significant conflict, certainly not enough to instantly grab your reader.

There are three things that you as a storyteller need to deliver in his opening pages:

1) a character—preferably one that is likeable or interesting

2) a setting—hopefully one that is intriguing

3) a substantial conflict—one that instantly pulls the reader into the story.

My mentor, Algis Budrys, had a rule for submissions. He said, “If they don’t have a character, a setting, and a substantial conflict within two pages, it’s an automatic rejection.” Why? Because your average reader won’t bother to keep reading your tale if those three things don’t appear quickly.

Not all conflicts are substantial. A character who is bored doesn’t have a conflict that will carry a tale. A character who is engaged in inane conversation, or who is waiting at a traffic light, or who is sitting and thinking—all probably lack sufficient conflict to start a story. I could go on, but I think that you get the idea.

Very often, I’ll find that a story like this won’t really become engaging until five or six pages in. It’s as if the author is trying to warm up.

So what do you do as a writer? You cut the pages where the character is sitting on a log, thinking. You rip out the scene where he’s bored. You delete the crud where he and his buddies exchange stupid jests at the bar. That’s all fluff.

The story has to kick into high gear as soon as possible.

When you write a scene, even a two page opener, ask yourself these questions: Do I need this scene? Is it engaging? Does it start out strong and get stronger toward the end, or does it fall flat? Do I introduce the conflict, characters, and setting smoothly? If I don’t get to the main conflict of the story in the opening two pages, do I at least have a compelling conflict that will carry the reader until he reaches the inciting incident?

On this last note, remember that you don’t always have to lead with your main conflict. It may be that your protagonist is going to find himself in battle with a demon throughout the book, but perhaps he doesn’t make that discovery for twenty pages. So you can have a smaller conflict, something fascinating that holds the reader until that main conflict is introduced.

So if you get a rejection, look to see if the opening conflict feels insignificant.


i —— foreword

Fairly recently I realized that a lot of writers and US citizens alike don’t really know and fully understand their rights when being arrested/interrogated.  This is mostly a writing guide but if you’re a US citizen this stuff is just useful to know.  Basically, the police won’t tell you most of your rights aside from what you know — but they don’t even explain those.  I hope this helps. 

ii —— being arrested

If you are not served with a warrant, the police can not arrest you.  They can say they have one, but unless they show it to you, you don’t have to cooperate with them.  Upon being arrested, you will be read your rights.
        “You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say           or do can be held against you in the court of law.  You           have the right to an attorney, if you can not afford one           you will be provided one without any cost to you.”
Every so often the police officers fail to say this to the suspect before the questioning session and usually that results in negative consequences for the officers involved.  What they don’t tell you is that you are allowed to have an attorney present before and during your questioning.  They also don’t tell you that what you don’t say and do can be held against you.  An example of this is, say you’re being accused of murder.  If you sit there expressionless and stoic while they’re telling you that you killed your mother its gonna seem suspicious and they can use that in their favor.  Now, in that same respect if you sit there sweating and vehemently denying it — they can use that against you as well.
Alright, they also don’t tell you that you can accidentally forfeit your ‘right to remain silent’ (fifth amendment right).  If you say “I didn’t kill my mother.” you just gave up your right to remain silent.  They will likely try to provoke you to say something like this that will make you give up this right.  That’s why you want a lawyer present during and before your questioning.

iii —— interrogation techniques

There are a lot so I’ll only be outlining a few major things.  Additionally, this guide is only applicable to lawful interrogations of arrested individuals that are US citizens and do not fall under the “terrorist" category, because military interrogations are quite a bit different.  I might touch on that later.
The room is set up strategically.  In almost every interrogation room, there is a table, two chairs, and a mirror/one way glass.  The suspect sits on one side of the table, a police officer on the other, and the interrogator stands.  The sitting police officer serves to corroborate and support the other police officer, or participate in the good cop/bad cop facade.  The one sitting will usually pretend to be more friendly and try to feed you the age old lie “if you just tell the truth it won’t be as bad”.
The sitting cop will also look for microexpressions and pay attention to body language while the standing cop will generally pace around and give off aggressive vibes to intimidate you, the suspect.
On rare occasions, you can be questioned without being served a warrant.  During these times, you have not been read your rights most likely and you do not have to cooperate.  Sometimes its in your best interest, other times its not.  Either way you don’t have to stay.  On other occasions they are allowed to detain you for up to 12 hours but that is exceptionally rare.
The police officers questioning you will try to make you trip up on your own story.  They do this mainly by trying to speed up the process so you have less time to think and process — the aggressive body language comes into play here.  If you feel threatened you’re more likely to stutter and stumble around than if you have a clear mind.
If they’re having a difficult time getting you to start talking, they’ll ask you harmless questions — questions usually about your family members, your birthday, etc.  These are always things they know already but it gets the metaphorical ball rolling.  Along with that, they can establish a baseline of what your body language is when you’re telling the truth so they know when you’re lying.

iv —— "enhanced interrogation" techniques

As far as the less lawful interrogations go, just keep in mind that all pain would have to start at a minimal level and incrementally increase in intensity to be effective.  You also have to factor in disorientation due to pain and possibly blood loss.  At a certain point in time, your subject will realize they are going to die and there is no going back and they will stop caring.  If they think it could possibly stop, you can get information out of them.  There always has to be the possibility of getting out of it alive.  Or you could also kidnap someone close to them and hurt them in front of your subject if that works.
The most commonly known about method is waterboarding, but its not the most widely used.  The mechanics are basic, actually.  Some sort of material is wrapped over the subject’s head — like a thick canvas material, or plastic — and water is poured over it.  Essentially they feel like their drowning but you are just asphyxiating them.  Its more mental torture than anything else.
Sometimes hypothermia is used, and that is basically just taking the subject’s clothing and putting them in a room about 50* F.  Then every couple of minutes the subject is doused in cold water.
A very common technique is to shake the subject and that is fairly self explanatory, I believe.  Not enough to hurt them, just enough to instill fear that you will.  An open handed slap to the face or abdomen is also used.  Punching is usually not employed by the government because it harms the prisoner, but if you’re talking about another country or a rogue operative, maybe a drug dealer — who knows.
Sometimes it is as simple as making the subject stand in one place in the same position for hours.  It causes intense strain on the muscles and is usually quite effective.

v —— end thoughts

I could have gotten a lot more in depth on a lot of this but I felt I covered it enough to give a general idea.  I do hope this helps people write these sort of things more accurately, or maybe even if they get into a scuttle with law enforcement (which I hope does not happen).  If you have any questions, comments, or anything additional that I should add, don’t hesitate to contact me.
  • Accusatory: charging of wrong doing
  • Apathetic: indifferent due to lack of energy or concern
  • Awe: solemn wonder
  • Bitter: exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief
  • Cynical: questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people
  • Condescension: condescending-a feeling of superiority
  • Callous: unfeeling, insensitive to feelings of others
  • Contemplative: studying, thinking, reflecting on an issue
  • Critical: finding fault
  • Choleric: hot-tempered, easily angered
  • Contemptuous: showing or feeling that something is worthless or lacks respect
  • Caustic: intense use of sarcasm; stinging, biting
  • Conventional: lacking spontaneity, originality, and individuality
  • Disdainful: scornful
  • Didactic: author attempts to educate or instruct the reader
  • Derisive: ridiculing, mocking
  • Earnest: intense, a sincere state of mind
  • Erudite: learned, polished, scholarly
  • Fanciful: using the imagination
  • Forthright: directly frank without hesitation
  • Gloomy: darkness, sadness, rejection
  • Haughty: proud and vain to the point of arrogance
  • Indignant: marked by anger aroused by injustice
  • Intimate: very familiar
  • Judgmental: authoritative and often having critical opinions
  • Jovial: happy
  • Lyrical: expressing a poet’s inner feelings; emotional; full of images; song-like
  • Matter-of-Fact: accepting of conditions; not fanciful or emotional
  • Mocking: treating with contempt or ridicule
  • Morose: gloomy, sullen, surly, despondent
  • Malicious: purposely hurtful
  • Objective: an unbiased view-able to leave personal judgments aside
  • Optimistic: hopeful, cheerful
  • Obsequious: polite and obedient in order to gain something
  • Patronizing: air of condescension
  • Pessimistic: seeing the worst side of things; no hope
  • Quizzical: odd, eccentric, amusing
  • ribald-offensive in speech or gesture
  • Reverent: treating a subject with honor and respect
  • Ridiculing: slightly contemptuous banter; making fun of
  • Reflective: illustrating innermost thoughts and emotions
  • Sarcastic: sneering, caustic
  • Sardonic: scornfully and bitterly sarcastic
  • Satiric: ridiculing to show weakness in order to make a point, teach
  • Sincere: without deceit or pretense; genuine
  • Solemn: deeply earnest, tending toward sad reflection
  • Sanguineous: optimistic, cheerful
  • Whimsical: odd, strange, fantastic; fun

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