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Victorian Era Names, A Writer's Guide

Victorian Era Names, A Writer's Guide
circa 1840's-1890's Being a compilation drawn from old census and vital statistic records. A large part of creating a good set of characters in fiction writing is giving your imaginary populace good names. The right name resonates on the tongue and lingers in the mind, as just the right "fit" for who that heroic - or despicable - person was. The same holds true for writing stories set in the 1800's. Nor was it unusual for parents to look closer to home, borrowing from close friends or people they admired. In a few places on this list, I have enumerated certain first and middle names together, (such as Sarah Ann,) because I find them joined thus so many times on old public records, that it is apparent those name-pairings enjoyed great popularity. Special thanks to Christine/Sevenstars, for her comments and assistance with this collection. Compiled by G. Old West Slang Writer's Guide ~ Colorful sayings for colorful characters, and links for research and study of the Old West. Related:  Our pastHow to write a book

Frank Worsley and Antarctica | NZHistory, New Zealand history online Photograph of Frank Worsley, taken by Herman John Schmidt in July 1903. New Zealander Frank Worsley captained the Endurance during Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. But he is best remembered for navigating the expedition party to safety after the Endurance was crushed by ice floes in the Weddell Sea. Frank Arthur Worsley was born in Akaroa in February 1872. Worsley faced some difficulties – including a shortage of coal – while sailing the Endurance to Buenos Aires between August and October 1914. Worsley no longer had a ship to sail but he did not ‘put his feet up and rest’. His skills as a navigator came to the fore when the floe the party was camping on suddenly split apart on 8 April 1916. The success of the journey depended entirely on the accuracy of Worsley's navigation, but taking precise measurements was virtually impossible due to heavy seas and strong winds. Worsley joined Shackleton again in 1921 as navigator and hydrographer on the Quest. Books

Ladies' Page - Beauty Secrets - Victorian Page Hair - A Woman's Crowning Glory Detail from a fashion illustration of 1852 showing side ringlets and a plait on the crown of the head Victorian Hair StylesLong luxuriant hair was prized throughout the century though modes of arranging it- for the wealthier classes- varied according to the current fashion, whether rolled into thick ringlets gathered at the side or back, plaited and coiled over the head or tied at the back, or worn up in pleats. Evening coiffures for the fashionable could be very elaborate, and in the second half of the century there were times when hair attachments in the form of chignons were essential for many women, incidentally providing cartoonists with a new target. Hardy lovers will recall the much more sombre and resonant use of Mrs Charmond's secret purchase of Marty South's hair to embellish her own thinning tresses in his novel, The Woodlanders. Her hair is swept up at the back in the prevailing fashion but in a very much simpler style. C.

Kate Chopin - Childbirth and Birth Control in the 19th Century Kate Chopin's Experiences | Birth Control | Childbirth | Kate Chopin's Writing Kate Chopin's Childbirth Experiences At the age of 19, Kate met Louisiana native Oscar Chopin, a cotton broker, and married him on June 9, 1870. In her diary, she doesn't discuss her sex life openly, but she recorded the consummation of her marriage on June 12. She and Oscar had six children, and she had a physician attending each of the births. Kate had unconventional physicians attend the births of her children, giving birth in the most modern way, by the use of chloroform. Kate Chopin's first child was born on May 22, 1871. "I can remember yet that hot southern day on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Kate Chopin had at least two tragic experiences with loved one's deaths during childbirth, and it is believed that these experiences influenced her writing, rather than her own personal experiences. Birth Control in the 19th Century Attitudes about birth control were changing readily by the mid 19th century.

Creative Uses of Magic in Your Fantasy Story Creative Uses of Magic in Your Fantasy Story by Philip Martin Return to Speculative Fiction · Print/Mobile-Friendly Version How can you create an interesting form of magic for your fantasy story? Will magic, in your fiction, be like a tool? A technique? A language? Or will you have several forms, as Tolkien did in The Lord of the Rings, where the dark forces use magic like a bulldozer to gain power, while the elves have a wonderful nature that is magic simply because everything they do is "more effortless, more quick, more complete" than the abilities of those around them? In fantasy fiction, magic is the central nervous system. Magic doesn't need to be plausible, but it has to work well. 1. Magic needs to work according to firm rules. Everything should be set in place long in advance. 2. For dramatic impact, as important as the powers of magic are its limitations. In the Harry Potter books, Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, has great powers, but even so, those powers are limited. 3. 4.

Cliche Search Result: the shoe is on the other foot if the shoe fits, wear it goody two-shoes close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades Back in the brown shoe days. if the shoe fits, wear it I felt bad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet Any old stocking can find a old shoe walk a mile in my shoes it will be hard to try and fill his shoes don't criticize him until you have walked in his shoes So, now that you've found the cliche you're looking for, this suggests a bigger question: What is a cliche? Oh, the ways to answer that question! A cliche, then, is really just an unoriginal thought. Thus, we can play a fun game: with every phrase we hear or read (or even think!) Actually, I am now thinking of forming the Cliche Brigade -- where we are on the lookout for silly and fun cliches! I love discussing cliches with everyone and anyone! To me, the web is just a big conversation -- as cliched as it is!

Worsley, Frank Arthur Mariner, polar explorer, naval officer, writer This biography was written by P. Y. Frank Arthur Worsley was born at Akaroa, New Zealand, on 22 February 1872, the son of Vincent Georgiana Priscilla Fulton and her husband, Henry Theophilus Worsley, a labourer. In 1914, after nearly 27 years' experience, he applied for a position in Sir Ernest Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition and was made captain of the expedition ship Endurance. From 1916 Worsley was on active war service in the Royal Navy. In 1921 Frank Worsley accepted the position of navigator and hydrographer of the Quest, Shackleton's Antarctic expedition ship. Although aged 67 at the outbreak of the Second World War, Worsley became actively involved. Frank Worsley wrote several accounts of his experiences: Under sail in the frozen north (1927); Endurance (1931); Shackleton's boat journey (1933); and First voyage in a square-rigged ship (1938).

Wedding dress Physical description Wedding dress consisting of a cream silk satin bodice and draped and trained skirt decorated with embroidered net and artificial pearls, and a veil and a non-associated petticoat. [Bodice] Fitted bodice of silk satin. Decorated with rows of cotton machine-embroidered net, artificial pearls made from cellulose nitrate, and metal thread tassels. The pointed, elbow-length bodice is boned and lined with cotton. Place of Origin London, England (made) Date 1885 (made) Artist/maker Gladman & Womack (maker) Materials and Techniques Silk satin, cotton machine-embroidered net, artificial pearls and metal thread, boned, laced, and lined with cotton Object history note Registered File number 1990/1787. Worn by May Primrose for her wedding on 10 June, 1885, to Major Herbert Littledale at SS Phillip and James, Cheltenham. Gladman & Womack were Court Dress Makers with premises at 26 Portman Street, London. Descriptive line Exhibition History Labels and date Materials Techniques Categories

Materials for Ladies 19th Century (1800s) clothing There are a variety of materials available for our women's clothing. They range from cotton (inexpensive) to Silk (expensive). Material choices: Cotton Batiste: Semi-Sheer white cotton material, similar to thin muslin. Not all colors and shades are available in all fabrics / patterns at all times. Custom made item, please allow 4 - 8 weeks for delivery. 30 Days of WorldBuilding By popular demand, you can now download the Magical WorldBuilder Guide in three easy-to-carry (non-DRM) formats: PDF for printing out at home or reading on a computerePub for use with many fine ereader devicesMOBI for use with Kindles and MobiPocket software.As of 2007, The world-builder exercises are licensed under a Creative Commons license to help you in deciding whether you can translate (yes, with credit back), distribute to your writing group (yes, with credit), sell (not without permission), reprint (yes, for non-commercial purposes), or mirror (yes, with credit back) this useful guide! In October, 2004, I posted 30 days of world-building exercises to the NaNoWriMo discussion forums. These are short, 15-minute exercises that can help you make crucial decisions about your world, and what you want your story to say about it. These exercises have been edited for general use and re-posted here. So, give yourself 7 and a half hours this month-- 15 minutes a day-- to build a world.

Myth, Legend, Folklore, Ghosts Apollo and the Greek Muses Updated July 2010 COMPREHENSIVE SITES ON MYTHOLOGY ***** The Encyclopedia Mythica - SEARCH - Areas - Image Gallery - Genealogy tables - Mythic Heroes Probert Encyclopaedia - Mythology Gods, Heroes, and MythDictionary of Mythology What is Myth? MESOPOTAMIAN MYTHOLOGYThe Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology FAQ Sumerian Mythology Sumerian Gods and Goddesses Sumerian Myths SUMERIAN RELIGION Mythology's Mythinglinks: the Tigris-Euphrates Region of the Ancient Near East Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Monsters of Mesopotamia The Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ More info on Ancient Mesopotamia can be found on my Ancient River Valley Civilizations page. GREEK MYTHOLOGYOrigins of Greek MythologyGreek Mythology - MythWeb (plus a fun QUIZ)Ancient Greek Religion Family Tree of Greek Mythology Greek Names vs. VARIOUS FAIRIES, ELVES, UNICORNS, MERMAIDS, & OTHER MYTHICAL TOPICS HERE BE DRAGONS!

Primary History - Victorian Britain Victorian Clothing at Vintage Textile: #2592 Bustle gown Fancy silk bonnet, 1850s With elaborate trim and soft ruffled brim, the lovely bonnet embodies the Romantic period aesthetic. It was made from cream colored silk ruched and pleated to create a highly textured design. These tender roses in bloom are of the last degree of feminine charm. The inside of the bonnet is lined with matching organdy and is outlined with organdy ruffles. The condition is almost excellent. The bonnet is 7" from front to back.

The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English | Marriage 3.0 Here are my top ten words, compiled from online collections, to describe love, desire and relationships that have no real English translation, but that capture subtle realities that even we English speakers have felt once or twice. As I came across these words I’d have the occasional epiphany: “Oh yeah! That’s what I was feeling...” Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start. Oh yes, this is an exquisite word, compressing a thrilling and scary relationship moment. Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. From what I glean, in common usage yuanfen means the "binding force" that links two people together in any relationship. But interestingly, “fate” isn’t the same thing as “destiny.” Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone's hair. Ya’aburnee (Arabic): “You bury me.”

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