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inyun

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 4:24 PM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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If you throw a knife at a persons chest, it stands a good chance of bouncing off the intended victims rib cage. A knife wound creates very little blood splatter below the neck but head and neck wounds bleed profusely. If one intends to stab someone in the chest, care must be taken to hold the blade sideways to slip between the ribs.
jeanetteraleigh

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Posted: Jan 11, 2012 5:28 PM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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Well, since I'm not an expert in poison, I can't vouch for accuracy, but I thought Deadly Doses was a great reference when I was looking for a poison for my antagonist.

Here's an example of how the book is written...It covers 3 full pages, but I've drastically reduced the information, just giving a feel for the format.

Strychnine:

While Strychnin is not the fastest-acting poison, it is certainly one of the most startling...(goes on to describe convulsive effects).

Name: Strychnine Other: Dog button, mole-nots, mole death

Toxicity: 6

Form: Strychnine is a colorless, crystalline powder with a bitter taste...goes on to describe how one can be poised, where it resides, effects & symptoms.

Reaction Time:
Antidotes & Treatment: stomach pump, charcoal
Case Histories: A few older case histories from 1891, 1924 and mention of the use in an Agatha Christie novel.

Notes: Doses less than necessary to cause acute poisoning will show no symptoms.

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cdhussey

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 11, 2012 8:40 PM   in response to: jeanetteraleigh in response to: jeanetteraleigh
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119% today. I may have to amp up my word goals...

IDK, this [i]is[/i] working for me.
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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 12:31 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
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Thank you Inyun. I think I've got a better idea what I'm doing now, and I'll move the wound from the back to the neck. I do cover off the fact that the assailant would need a good knowledge of anatomy (and know trajectories, balance etc) and it isn't a skill any old murderer could master.

Thanks Jeanette for your thoughts on the books. It looks like they are all written by different experts. The weapons one has reviews saying it mainly only covers guns, very little on knives.

Wow, well done everyone on the word counts. This forum is definitely helping. Thanks Aman for starting it.

So for yesterday I only did 1,500, but I did also type out responses to a blog interview, which took some time.

Hoping to get a solid day done today.

Janet
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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 4:19 AM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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I imagine being stabbed in the neck would be very very messy. Now, just to throw a spanner in your works, is there a difference in blood colour if you hit an artery vs a vein??? Or does the exposure to oxygen in the air invalidate that?

My uncle got stabbed in the knee a couple of years ago (he was being a have-a-go-hero and was asking for it) and I remember him saying that the surprising thing was the smell: old blood that's exposed to the air stinks. His clothes were rank by the time he got to hospital. It's okay, he has a very butch scar now that apparently all the ladies love.

And I'm at an impasse...the conversation my characters need to have just isn't flowing right and I've rewritten it three times. Think I'm going to go back and work on some earlier scenes that need expanding until something clicks. Well done everyone else! We are a productive lot!
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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 5:42 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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Hi Kate

I did know that about the blood stinking, funnily enough. I used it in my second novel.

I haven't said anything about what colour the blood is, so I think I'm OK. I guess it's always red though, isn't it, once it hits the oxygen. Maybe lighter or darker red, but always red.

Have your characters got to Italy yet?

Janet
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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 6:35 AM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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My characters are still trying to sort out their car crash of a relationship. They're due to fly out in a week, so they'd better hurry up! Francesco is waiting to make some smart-mouth comments about them.

BTW...does anyone know colloquial Italian? I might need help!!

I still haven't decided where in Italy they're going. Apparently one of my characters owns a villa somewhere in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere but not that far from the airport, and it's pretty sunny as he has a decent tan and a swimming pool. Off to google earth I go!
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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 8:48 AM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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2500 so far.

And the first novel in my series (Space Turbulence) has just hit the UK science fiction, mystery and crime best sellers list, so I'm beaming all over.

I expect it'll drop out again soon, but this is where I'm seeing it at time of posting.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bestsellers/books/426336031/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_1_4_last#4

You were nearly right, Aman. You predicted by Christmas, only a few weeks out.
asanand13

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 9:00 AM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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That is fantastic news Janet - and well bloody deserved too!

2012 could well be a breakout year for the Kolian Chronicles!!

Aman
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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 12:50 PM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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That's so true! I was really disgruntled watching Ringer. They wrote it so the day after she kills a guy and stuffs him in a truck, there's a party with a hundred people walking back and forth in front of the thing while it's leaking blood.

I was thinking, Come ON, it's GOT to stink.

Okay, rant over...
diamondlifestyle

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 1:09 PM   in response to: jeanetteraleigh in response to: jeanetteraleigh
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isn't it scary what people can end up talking about?? or do you think it's scarier what people read? I remember my old manager at work was addicted to thrillers. I tend to read m/m stuff myself so more romance, which she thinks is weird. She read my first novel and said it was far too graphic for her taste (and there was me thinking I'd kept it pretty vanilla...) and then the next thing she's telling me all about this book she's reading about some guy who rapes and murders children and posts their body parts back to their parents - and [i]I'm[/i] too graphic!!! give me man-love over that any day!
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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 7:00 PM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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Daily word count = 130%. Daily gruesome murder research = 0. Book three cover mock-up = win! Eveillez Mock Up
naughtybutnice

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 11:35 PM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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Final word count for yesterday = 3000

Plus two covers for a short story collection

Plus research on - forensic anthropology / exhumation of bodies
and (not related to the exhumed body) almost impossible sex positions.
asanand13

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Posted: Jan 13, 2012 1:16 AM   in response to: naughtybutnice in response to: naughtybutnice
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Keep up the good work everyone! I hit 1,500 yesterday - it probably would have been half that amount if I didn't have this thread to post on!

I also did a fair bit of research about chemosynthesis and a region in China where full on ghost cities exist - I love the avenues that the G.C.P.U. project is taking me down!

Aman
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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 13, 2012 1:19 AM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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oooh I likey. I've got an artist designing new covers for my books, I'm due to get the first drafts this week -- I'm terrified and thrilled at the same time!

Yesterday's word count: 1250. Total wordcount just tipped 60k. Finally got the conversation to go the way I wanted it to, although it did end up in a kinkier-than-normal clinch. (Note to self: stop reading Kim Dare!)

And I have to ask...Janet, which "almost impossible" sex positions?
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