Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quick and Dirty

I really am trying to be better about my blogosphere participation, but heck - Thursday is just a busy part of the week for me.

So, here's a quick and dirty list of sites I find useful for writing.

1. Behind the Name - any name from almost any culture. You can search by name, language, sex, or meaning.

2. Intertran - a good online translator. Mind you, it's probably best to have a somewhat working understanding of the language before dropping big blocks of auto-translated text into your manuscript.

3. Thesarus.com - I live here. I don't care what Stephen King says.

4. deviantArt - Talk about inspiring. I'll admit it - I feed off of other people's creativity. You can get LOST in there . . .

6. Futureme.org - Not only is this useful for sending yourself reminders and or setting goals for yourself, but some of the stuff people put up there is good author fodder. I mean - it's life's drama. That's what this is about, right?

7. theromantic.com - A collection of famous love letters. *sigh*

8. brainyquote.com - I love quotes - ideas that have been immortalized.

9. poets.org - I usually start here and look for something to detail a google search. The point is that poetry is word-craft in it's highest form. What writer wouldn't want to immerse themselves in that?

10. etymonline.com - This is one of the coolest sites I've found. It's great for creating your own universe terminology based off of root and linked words. Good stuff.

11. Okay, I'll admit it. I rely on Wiki more than I should. But research is not the fun part of writing for me. I usually stay vague enough that Wiki suits, and make the rest up.

What do you mean that's only 11 items on my Thursday Thirteen? Um . . .

Google counts as two.

5 comments:

Unhinged said...

Ohhhh!

A very nice collection.

I'm into names big time.

Never heard of Intertran, but I'll be checking that out, too.

I've been to deviantArt. Dangerous place, that. So much eye candy. So much 'Net slackertude.

Futureme, I'll have to check out. I want drama, man. And lord knows I need reminders.

I love quotes.

I love Wiki (got me my own page).

And I agree. Google DOES count for two.

[pretend you see the butt smiley here]

Heather said...

Google counts for two...LOL - great list, Gwen!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I get lost in DeviantArt, too. I wish I could hire way too many of those artists and have them make art just for me... *sigh*

Thomma Lyn said...

Great collection of links! :) I love Behind the Name. And I hadn't run across Intertran -- gonna go check it out! :)

Eaton Bennett said...

That is an interesting list to check out ~ Thesarus.com, theromantic.com, and poets.org captured my attention. A big *hug* and thank you for visiting my blog ~ I appreciate that you visit me and to see what I'm up to...:)