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This blog is not spoiler free, not for canon or my own stories.
You'll find this blog populated by:
- The occasional spoiler (given out at my own discretion, but not by request)
- Me answering your questions
- Clarifications regarding parts of the story I left vague
- Expansions on characters
- Scenes that could have been, but were scrapped
- The occasional one-shot
- ...and some selfies on Mundays
- Leave the stabbing object in the wound! Pulling it out will increase blood loss and pushing it will cause further injury.
- Stop the bleeding. Apply pressure on – or around, if the object is still embedded – with a clean shirt or towel. Minimize contact with the person’s blood by wrapping plastic bags or disposable gloves around your hands. If you have limited supplies, place sterile dressings atop the wound and apply non-sterile dressing (clothes, dirty towels, etc.) on top of the dressing. Apply extra padding if the intestines or other internal organs are protruding. Secure the bandage with padding and push down with light pressure if the person needs to sit up or vomit. Do not lift or remove the dressing after you put it on. Moving the dressing will disrupt the clotting process. Do NOT use a tourniquet except as a last resort.
- If the wound is bleeding profusely, apply pressure to the major artery leading to the area with the pads on your fingers while your other hand applies pressure to the wound itself. Press on the inside of the arm just above the elbow or just below the armpit to slow bleeding in the arm. Press behind the knee or in the groin if the leg is bleeding.
- If possible, reposition the person so the wound is above the level of the heart. It will reduce blood loss.
- Treat shock only after stopping or slowing the bleeding.
Japan, why must you be American in disguise? Is it because I don’t know ditty squat about you?
Hmm, yes, that’s exactly it.
When working on stories about Japan, it seems that many tend to forget that it’s well…Japan. It’s pretty different from America (and other places) and no matter who a person is or where they’re from they will get culture shock (which is pretty true when you enter different countries either way). But, when it comes to certain aspects of Japan, it’s hard to accept or let the blunder slip by if something obliviously canon in the anime is ignored, especially if it’s something that is true in real life.
I find it important for stories to be accurate because the best kind are those that honor the whole fandom by focusing on the details, the facts, the characters and when effort is put into making it seem real, it shows. You know, when stories that make you think like, ‘wow, this story is so good that if I didn’t know any better I would have honesty believe this happen for real in the book' or something to that extent.
What I’ll be focusing on, is the fact that Japanese schools are not the same as American ones. But sometimes I wonder if writers honesty believe that they are. Or worst, they just didn’t want to do the research on it and Americanize Japan…well more like they made it America disguised as Japan.
To break down the information of what Japanese schools are like I’ve split it into three parts, A, B and C. The letter A contains all the facts and information about the elementary school from grade 1 to grade 6 in how it’s run and so on. The letter B is about grades 7 through 9 which is secondary school (the equivalent of junior high school). The letter C deals with the upper secondary education, which contains grades 10 through 12 which is high school. All together each section explains how Japanese schools are run, the duties of the students and of the teachers, and basically everything that happens in it.
As a warning, there’s a massive amount of information. So I hope it doesn’t scare you off.
Edit: I didn’t expect this to get so many notes after it’s been posted for so long. So you should be aware that this post is old, as in I did this research a long time ago (at the time it was difficult to find relevant information on the subject) and some of the information may be out dated. But that doesn’t mean that the research is useless or that it doesn’t apply to how Japanese schools are now, they still do. You just need to keep that in mind that schools are now updated with technology and whatnot.
- The average human body has about 1.3 gallons (5 L) of blood
- It accounts for 7% of total body weight
- Veins are large blood vessels carrying deoxygenated blood to the lungs. The lungs oxygenate the blood with oxygen from the air. Then, the blood goes into arteries. Arteries are large blood vessels that carry the newly oxygenated blood to every corner of the body
This is a map of major arteries and veins in the human body.
- If one of these arteries or veins is cut open, the victim may bleed out within several minutes. Bleeding to death is called desanguination (massive loss of blood) or exsanguination (complete loss of blood)
- Alcoholics or those with liver disease are particularly at risk for de/exsanguination because an impaired liver reduces the blood’s clotting ability
Bleeding (scientifically known as Hemorrhaging (America)/Hæmorrhaging (Britain))
- Class I – loss of 0-15% (0-0.75 L) of a victim’s blood; vital signs stable; transfusions and saline solutions not necessary; just to be safe, victim should not engage in vigorous physical activity
- Class II – loss of 15-30% (0.75 L-1.5 L) of a victim’s blood; victim experiences a faster heartbeat; skin cools and appears pale; victim appears dazed or irritable; saline solutions may be necessary
- Class III – loss of 30-40% (1.5 L-2 L) of a victim’s blood; blood pressure drops; heart rate increases; victim goes into shock; victim is mentally deficient, dazed, has difficulty moving, is hard to understand, and acts strangely; saline solutions and blood transfusions necessary
- Class IV – loss of 40% (+2 L) or more of a victim’s blood; victim passes out; saline and blood; heart goes into ventricular tachycardia (the heart beats unsustainably fast); transfusions necessary; require resuscitation to prevent death;
- A cancer patient was found with just 25% (0.9 L) of her blood in her system and survived. She lost the blood over a period of weeks, not all at once
- Donating blood about takes 8-10% (0.4-0.5 L) of a person’s blood
- The average woman loses 1 cup (0.24 L) of blood during menstruation
- Redheads do not bleed faster than other hair types
The Color of Blood
- Humans and other mammals have red blood because of a compound called hemoglobin. Blood from veins is darker red than blood from arteries because arterial blood is oxygenated. Veins appear blue because of the light-scattering properties of skin, not because the blood is actually blue.
- Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning have bright red blood
- Victims of cyanide poisoning have bright red blood in their veins
- Skinks have green blood
- Squid, cuttlefish, snails, slugs, and horseshoe crabs have blue blood
- Sea squirts and sea cucumbers have blood that turns yellow when exposed to oxygen
- Blood types are determined by the presence or absence of antigens – substances that trigger an immune reaction to foreign objects in the body. An A blood type has A antigens, a B blood type has B antigens, an AB blood type has both A and B antigens, and an O blood type has neither A nor B antigens on red blood cells, but A and B antigens in the plasma
- Type O can donate to A, B, AB, and O; Type A can donate to A and AB; Type B can donate to B and AB; AB can donate to AB
- The universal blood cell receiver is AB
- There is a third antigen called the Rh factor, which can be present (creating a + blood type) or absent (creating a – blood type)
- The universal red cell donor is O negative
- The universal plasma donor is AB positive
- O+ and A+ are the most common blood types
- B- and AB- are the least common blood types
Blood types are inherited through the parent. This Red Cross chart will help you figure out someone’s blood type
- Emperor/Empress, Kaiser/Kaiserin, Tsar/Tsaritsa: rules over everyone
- High King/High Queen, Maharajah, Pharaoh: rules over other kings
- King/Queen, Sultan/Sultana, Shah/Shahbanu, Raja/Rani, Rex: rules over everything (Europe) or leader of a large area or province (ancient Egypt, Persia, India)
- Crown Prince/Crown Princess, Emir/Emira, Dauphin: also called the heir apparent, next in line for the throne
- Prince/Princess: other children of the imperial or royal family
- Archduke/Archduchess: ruler of an archduchy
- Duke/Duchess: ruler of a duchy; highest rank under the royal family; While some duchies have their own lineage, members of the royal/imperial family can also be dukes (ex. Queen Elizabeth II is the Duke of Normandy)
MARQUESSATE, MARGRAVIATE, OR MARCH
- Marquess, Margrave, Marquis/Marchioness: the ruler of a marquessate, margraviate, or march
- Count, Earl/Countess: ruler of a county; known as an earl in England, but their wives are still countesses
- Viscount/viscountess: ruler of a viscounty; rank below counts/earls
- Baron/baroness: ruler of a barony
- Baronet: British title ranking below baron and above knight
- Seigneur/Knight of the Manor: rules a small local fief
- Knight: basic rank; used to denote someone who owned land and fought on behalf of their overlord
- Baron/baroness (Scotland only): ranks below a knight and above a laird; hereditary position
- Laird (Scotland only): ranks below a Scottish baron and above an esquire; landowner’s title
- Esquire: indicates someone who attends or is apprenticed to a knight
- Gentleman: the lowest rank of gentry; owns a small manor or plot of land
1. Use the archive filters.
Sure, it’s great to discover those gems which haven’t received enough attention and give them much-needed reviews. On the other hand, if you’ve gotten to the point where you’re convinced ALL FANFICTION IS TERRIBLE, it might be time to let other people take up that slack for you.
Search by favorites if you’re on ff.net, by kudos if you’re on AO3, by equivalents elsewhere. Use the word count filters. Change it up a bit by searching for the genre, character, or tags you’re in the mood for. Searching by reviews can be helpful, but comment flame-wars can up review counts as easily as gushing praise and CC.
2. Skim through their most recent reviews.
This is a bit of a twofold tactic.
In historical fiction it is important to be accurate and the only way to do so is to research the era. What is highly recommended by many writers is to write your story first. While writing your story, mark the parts that you’re not sure are correct and then do the research after you are done. This is to prevent you from from doing unnecessary research that may not be relevant to your work. You want to spend your time wisely!
To begin, the Victorian period formally begins in 1837 (the year Victoria became Queen) and ends in 1901 (the year of her death).
- 1000 Most Popular Victorian Names
- Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
- Victorian Darlings - British Baby Names
Society & Life
- Victorian Society
- The Victorians: Life and Death
- The Victorian Working Life
- A Woman’s Place in 19th Century Victorian History
- Victorian Occupations: Life and Labor in the Victorian Period
- Flirting and Courting Rituals of The Victorian Era
- Victorian Working Women
- Victorian Life
- Glimpses of Victorian Life
- Victorian Rituals & Traditions
- Victorian Etiquette
- Etiquette, Manners and Morals
- Victorian Britain - Children at Work
- Children in the Victorian Age
- Daily Life in the Victorian Era
- How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died
- The House of Mourning - Victorian Mourning & Funeral Customs in the 1890s
- Ideals of Womanhood in Victorian Britain
- Etiquette of a Victorian Lady
- Going to School in Victorian Times
- History of Working Class Mothers in Victorian England
- Life of the Victorian Woman
- The Working Class and The Poor
- VictorianWomen’s Work
- Needlework, Knitting and Crohet
- Victorian Etiquette - Births and Christenings
- Victorian Ballroom Dancing Etiquette
- Ballroom Manners and Etiquette
- Sex & Sexuality in the 19th Century
- Victorian Homes and Gardens
- The Shops and Shopkeepers
- Victorian Christmas
- The History of British Winters
- Top Ten Pet Peeves, or Horse-Related Mistakes to Avoid in your Story
- Marriage in the Victorian Era
- Victorian Wedding Guide
- Victorian Technology
- History - Victorian Technology
- British Money
- Wages and Cost of Living in the Victorian Era
- Pricing and Money
- Victorian Money
- Cost of Living in Victorian England
- How Much Is That - Calculating Prices Throughout the Years
Entertainment & Food
- Victorian Menu - Cooking and Recipes
- A Time Traveler’s Guide to Victorian Era Tea Etiquette (PDF)
- The Victorian Pantry
- Victorian Era Food Recipes
- Victorians Food Facts - Cookbook
- Food, Recipes and Tea
- Victorian Tea Time Recipes - Sandwich and Cheese Straws
- Victorian Era Recipes
- Victorian Food, Party & Recipes
- Victorian Dinner Parties
- 19th Century Food and Drink
- What the Poor Ate
- The Arts in Victorian Britain
- Victorian Art, Literature and Music
- Music, Theater, and Popular Entertainment in Victorian Britain
- Victorian Entertainments - We Are Amused
- 19th Century Hobbies and Daily Activities
- Victorian Pastimes and Sports
- Victorian Fun and Games & Other Pastimes
- 19th Century British and Irish Authors
Hygiene, Health & Medicine
- Health and Hygiene in the Nineteenth Century
- Victorian Diseases and Medicine
- Health & Medicine in the 19th Century
- 19th Century Diseases
- Victorian Health
- Five Horrible Diseases You Might Have Caught in Victorian England
- Alcohol and Alcoholism in Victorian England
- A Look Back at Old-Time Medicines
- Victorian London’s Drug Culture
- Victorian - Medical Breakthroughs
- Victorian Hospitals
- Victorian - Baths and Washhouses
- Medicine and Health in Victorian Times
- The Victorian Revolution in Surgery
- Victorian Science and Medicine
- Victorian Health and Medicine
- Women’s Health
- Victorian View on Menstruation
- Reusable Menstrual Products
- Childbirth and Birth Control in the 19th Century
- British Maternal Mortality in the 19th and early 20th Centuries
- The Historical Horror of Childbirth
- Contraception: Past, Present and Future Factsheet
- History of Contraception in America, 19th Century Artifacts
- Dressing the Victorian Woman
- Victorian Hats
- Victorian Jewelry
- Victorian Hairstyles & Headdresses
- Hair of the Nineteenth Century
- How to Dress for Travel in 1852
- Victorian Men’s Clothing
- How to Dress Like a Victorian Man from the 1860s
- How to Dress Victorian
- Victorian Era Fashion
- Royal Fashion
- Victorian Fashion
- Boy’s 1860s Fashions
- Dressing the Victorian Girl of the 1890s
- Victoria’s Real Secret — The Victorians Knew Underwear
- How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance
- Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 1, luxurious silk hose, colorful stockings, & socks
- Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 2, Chemises and camisoles
- Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 3, Pantalettes, pantalets, drawers, and bloomers
- Victorian Ladies Shoes & Boots
- Victorian Swimwear
- Victorian Men and Woman Swim Wear
- Victorian Language
- The Language of Flowers
- Victorian London - Words and Expressions
- A Dictionary of Victorian Slang (1909)
- Victorian Slang
- 19th Century Swears
- Victorian Slang - Lower Class and Underworld
- Cliches and Saying of the Victorian Era
- The Dictionary of Victorian London
Justice & Crimes
- How Safe Was Victorian London?
- Crime and the Victorian Household
- Danger inside the Train: Crime on Victorian Railways
- Railway Mania
- How Widespread Were Concerns About Prostitution?
- Fallen Women
- The Great Social Evil: Victorian Prostitution
- Sexual Violence in Nineteenth Century England
- Victorian Poisoners
- Crime and the Victorians
- Victorian Crime
- Victorian Crime & Punishment
- Victorian Women Criminals’ Records Show Harsh Justice of 19th Century
- Sentences and Punishments
- Types of Punishments - Hanging
- Types of Punishments - Imprisonment
- Victorian Children in Trouble with the Law
- Child Prisoners in Victorian Times
- Victorian Crime
- Victorian-era Serial Killers
- The Development of a Police Force
- The Metropolitan Police
- A Work-Life History of Policemen in Victorian and Edwardian England (PDF)
- How The Victorians Cracked Crime
- Tracking a 19th-Century Serial Killer
me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit (via jtoday)
WHILE WE’RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT’S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. “but i look stupid!” lalalala but we’ll avoid that ~dramatic moment~ where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL
and stop yanking IV lines out of your arms the minute you wake up in the hospital
That is a broadsword, why are you fencing with it
There is a freaking door right there. Stop smashing through windows, damn it.
yes, mr. action hero, I am aware that running dramatically from the baddies at breakneck speed is important, but know what else is important? NOT GETTING SHOT. RUN IN A FUCKING ZIGZAG PATTERN ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT THE MOOKS WERE NOT COACHED IN MARKSMANSHIP BY THE IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS.
Oh, hey, you there, sneaky hero-type breaking into any place for any reason? WEAR SOME FUCKING GLOVES. They’re called fingerprints, dumbass. You have them and you’re putting them all over the fucking place.
If something really fucking huge is falling on you, don’t FUCKING RUN ALONG THE LENGTH JUST TAKE LIKE TWO FUCKING STEPS TO THE SIDE
Do authors cry when they kill the best character or do they smile, laugh and have a cup of tea with satan
The latter, most definitely.