I hope you all enjoyed the first round of Braincandy for Writers. If this is your first time here, just scroll back a post or search the Keyword at the bottom. While I'm zipping around in a Land cruiser at Tarangire National Park, my Zombie Crew has once again plundered my super-secret stash of writing links and listed them below. Now I know they are trying to be useful while running The Bookshelf Muse, but really, would it kill them to dust the place and maybe throw in a load of laundry once in a while, too?
Life in Ancient Egypt: A popular setting for books, this will tell you everything you need to known to insert realism into your writing. Clothing, food, metals, currency, beliefs, work, slavery...you'll find a trove of good content for this culture.
Senses Word Pack & More Senses Word Packs: Here's two neat little list of words for Taste, Smell, Sounds, Textures and Sight. It might help you brainstorm an exact match for your character's experience.
Character Archtypes: A list of 140 different archtypes. I know--140? I had no idea there were so many out there in the big bad world of fiction and film, but here they are. This is probably the most complete list I've ever found.
Food, Past and Present: OMG people. This is so much more that a simple Food Timeline. You have to see it to believe it. If you are writing about any point in history and want to know exactly what crops were available, what people in different countries ate and how it was prepared then BAM, this is the place.
Pirate Dictionary: Because let's face it, Pirates are awesome. #nuffsaid
The Renaissance: Literally EVERYTHING you could ever need to know about this time period, broken down by topic or significant event. The lady who compiled this is nothing short of OMNIPOTENT.
Zombie's Pick: Frawsome (freaking awesome) Generators
Horror Plot Generator (Warning: Hilarity!)
Detailed Character Generator
Look for Post #3 in a few days, and in the meantime, enjoy! If you want to pass these on, feel free to link to this post, tweet, etc!