On Writing the War: A Guide to Military FictionA Guide to Writing the Military, Soldiers, and Their EnvironmentOn Writing the War: A Guide to Military Fiction3 years ago in Writing More Like This
0. Why Are You Writing This?
I. How and What to Research (Building Armies, Building Battlegrounds, & How to Select Good Information)
II. Creating Realistic Soldiers (A start to finish tip sheet on how to make your soldier a complete person, with 3 writing assignments)
III. Creating a Narrative (Painting war as a background, Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey, Vulgarity in War *NEW*)
IV. What Not to Write (How to avoid Plot Killers, Pace Killers *NEW*, Writing a Text Book, and Soldier Sues)
V. The Politics of your War Story (Polemics & Writing Wars of the Modern Day) *NEW*
VI. You Will Be Criticized (What to Expect, Strategies Towards Coping) *NEW*
A note before I begin: I will be using the word ‘army’ but certainly everything I go over is applicable to any branch of the armed services. Also this is geared mostly towards historical fiction, thus ‘he’ is used for t
Pattern - Iron Man handwarmersPattern - Iron Man handwarmers3 years ago in Other More Like This
First of all, I didn't write down much of the pattern while crocheting so this is all from memory and counting stitches on the finished gloves. If you find something that I should change or add to the pattern please send me a note!
I used a 4 mm crochet hook and acrylic yarn for 8 mm hooks.
Make the "wrist part" first. You might have to make less or more rows depending on what yarn/hook you're using or how big your arms are.
The whole "wrist part" is crocheted only in the back loops of the previous row, to get the ribbed look.
Start with yellow yarn.
1: Ch 26, turn
2-9: sc 25, ch 1, turn
Switch to red yarn
10-35: sc 25, ch 1, turn
Fasten off and leave a long end, and stitch it together.
Now the "glove part". It might look complicated (at least that's what I though when I first found a pattern made with this technique), but if you try you will quickly get the hang of it. And the result looks really good!
You make "sets" of one single crochet and one chain to make small arcs, and then yo
Sci Fi Ship Class GuideI.L. Jackson's Guide to Ship ClassesSci Fi Ship Class Guide2 years ago in Other More Like This
As anyone who has glanced at my gallery knows, I am a star ship fan(atic). I love designing my own starships and I know others do too. But, I've noticed that a lot of artists do not have a good idea of ship classes, what they do (traditionally) and their uses, particularly in a fleet. So, here is a guide to ship classes as they have been used traditionally and how they would likely be used in a sci-fi setting.
This is the one a LOT of people get wrong. A Capital ship is an anchor ship for a fleet, meaning that fleets are built around the capabilities of the capital ships. Just about every other ship in the fleet has some job relating to the capital ships, whether it be defending or tending or supplying that ship.
Capital ships tend to be the largest warships in the fleet. Capital ships also virtually NEVER operate alone. A great example is (original universe and original series) U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek. It was a heavy cruiser.