procedural writing

The Serpent Sigil

While serpents ordinarily rule over life/death/rebirth, fertility and the dichotomy of “good/evil” and light/dark, wishes need not be confined to these parameters – apply instead the concept of the kundalini,the force of desire. || for more information on my use of the serpent, see Feeding the Black Serpent ||

A Few Uses

  • The Wishing Serpent: To use, simply write your desire, beginning where the neck of the serpent meets the head. If you choose to recreate the sigil in favor of printing (when this sigil is used at its exact size, the “uncoiled” measures around 3 feet), ensure there is room to complete your desire. Cut along the lines, which should leave you with a long, serpent ribbon. This is best performed outside, though it may be done inside away from flammables over a large-mouth bowl. Using a candle placed on the ground (of a fitting color – red works as a default), allow the tail of the serpent to catch, holding the snake by its head, allow it to burn from the bottom to the top. If used inside, scatter the ashes to the wind, otherwise they have already been aptly scattered. 
  • The Healing Serpent: Utilizing much of the same procedure as above, write the name of he/she you wish to heal 7 or 9 times upon the face of the sigil – again, starting from the neck of the serpent. Cut along the lines. Coil the serpent back and flip it over, on the reverse, write 3, 7, or 9 times the name of nature of their ailment(s). Using a black, white or red candle, perform the same process as above – reading the prayer:

Coiled serpent, now – 
Unwound – Behest: 
My bidding, go about 
The soil,
Viper tongue splayed –
Oh, Black Serpent,
Recant the poisoned-
Tooth venom,
And devour that sickness
That you hath cast,
Recant – by witch’s will – 
And feed it to the forge.

  • The Witches’ Watch: Should an event arise that calls for a timed ritual, this serpent might serve as time-keeper –such as for opening the realms, crossroads work, evocations, invocations and possessions. Simply cut along the lines and drive a piece of cotton cord or thread through the head of the serpent and hang it in a safe place. When you are ready to begun your working, ignite the tail with your working candle – burn times vary based on paper used, circulation, temperature, etc. I recommend trying a test burn using the same paper and location, to get a general idea of your time frame. Play with the size of the sigil to shorten or lenthen your working time.
  • The Poison Serpent: On the face of the sigil, write out your unsavory desires, perhaps something to the extent of: “May the poison serpent rot the flesh and mind.” On the reverse, write your victim’s name nine times, beginning not at the neck, but at the tail. This pairs the elevation of your desire (over your victim) with the symbol of their force of will (to fight) being eaten away as the serpent is devour by the flame and freed into the aether. Collect the ashes and blend with sulphur powder, a poisonous plant of your choosing (ideally one that’s symptoms match the nature of your desire), iron oxide (optional) and bone dust (optional). 

There are countless uses! Please, by all means get creative with it! I’d love to hear what some of you guys [would] do with it!

Wisdom Teeth

           A happy technicolor of magazines were sprawled across the coffee table in a messy heap. The glossy covers glinted beneath the cool fluorescents, while a fishtank gurgled. And nearby, a nightmarish stuffed bear posed precariously on an end table with brochures. It almost hurt to look at the poor thing–slumped over and top heavy from the set of dentures lodged awkwardly in its little stuffed mouth, its beady eyes appeared glazed over. In agony.

           The blonde receptionist cleared her throat, and called her name. Oh boy. With slight hesitation, she finally slid from her seat, unsure of what she would find. At the end of the hallway, a poster read, “No worries! Just smiles!” She remembered Mulder’s door was to the left of it.

           “Yes, that’s me,” Scully answered, and ducked back near the window.

           “You’ll need to sign this,” the receptionist droned. The woman then tapped a blue pen into Scully’s palm.

           “What is this?”

           “We had to restrain the patient and give him a stronger dosage of anesthesia. He consented to it beforehand, but we can’t get his signature. Yours would be fine.”

           Scully eyed the paper again. Restrain? We’ve dealt with flukemen, forest monsters, murderers, and this is what he can’t face?

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So there was this Boys State and Girls State thing where certain kids across the state get selected to go to several seminars on local government and participate in a mock senate and house. It’s a great opportunity to learn parliamentary procedure, practice writing legislation, and otherwise learn about local government.

The girls made legislation in favor of clean energy, decriminalizing drugs and prostitution, and other legitimate topics. The debates were largely very passionate moral activist issues.

The boys however seceded from their mythical nation, made Saturday a sabbath for “cracking a cold one” with the boys, passed a bill to carve Texas into the moon, and pushed another bill passed to solve global warming via sunscreen.

anonymous asked:

hi! i'm thinking of writing a piece about a detective having to solve a case, and i'm sort of wondering if you all might know of any links/resources/other tumblrs that might help be start reading and learning about police (detective) procedures and what happens as they try to solve a case? because i really want my story to seem realistic, but i have no idea where to start. :( should i watch shows too (to get an idea)? please, any help would be greatly appreciated! <3

Hey Nonnie,

We might not be a lot of help with police and detective procedures since we are the more sciency side of things, but let’s see what kind of resources we can send your way.

For Tumblr blogs we are not much help, Watson’s dash is mainly pretty art and Sherls likes shitposts so… yeah we can’t give you much. However there are plenty of other places to look.

The FBI Handbook of Forensic Services offers procedures regarding evidence collection, preservation, packaging, shipping, and handling. Be warn it is a dense read. 

The Toronto Police Services offers some public procedure information sheets which might have useful crime related terminology and explanations. 

Google standard operating procedures for different law enforcement agencies and see what pops up your way. Also another good way of gaining information is to conduct interviews with people in the field since you can ask them more nuanced questions.

The last way you can probably find information is to attend court. Not sure how it is in other places, but court in Canada is open to the general public unless there are special circumstances (ie. Involvement of a minor/publication bans). If possible, try to attend a criminal case trial. There are tons of information on procedures since it has to be explained in excruciating detail to the juries and lawyers are very thorough with their cross-examinations. This way you learn a bit more on how the forensic works, you can see how the justice system is run, all completely free.

Fun with Dr. K...


(Dr. K at work, sick with a cold, being a ginormous baby)

Me: If you look at the green stuff pouring out of my patient’s NG tube into the canister, you can have a Kale, super food smoothie to make you feel better.

Dr. K- I cannot with you. (Turns and leaves)


(When I’m charge mass chaos always ensues.)

Dr. K - Good night. At least you didn’t let the unit burn down today.

Me- Good times. Hey, let’s do it again some day.

Dr. K- NO- Never again!


Me : My patient is confused, rebuking me in the name of Jesus.

Dr. K: That doesn’t sound confused. I rebuke you in the name of Jesus every day.


FriendNurse: My patient has a critical sodium of 165.

Me: So he’s almost as salty as you, Dr. K.

Dr: K- I resent that, I am much saltier.


TV news airing story about a woman impersonating a doctor and performing procedures and writing prescriptions for months in another hospital in a sedated patient’s room.

Me: Hey, are you running that same scam here?

Dr. K: (laughs) I’ll get you back for that one.

Writing up an experimental procedure

This is my write up of a simple experimental procedure to produce furoin in the style which the Journal of the Chemical Society (JCS) would publish its works. 

3-benzyl-5-(2-hydroxyethyl)-4-methyl-1,3-thiazolium chloride (0.67 g, 2.5 mmol) dissolved in absolute ethanol (15 cm3) was kept under a  N2 atmosphere. Triethylamine (2.1 cm3, 0.015 mol) was added to the mixture, then 2-furanaldehyde (4.2 cm3, 0.05 mol) was added dropwise over 6 min. The reaction mixture was stirred at room temperature and monitored using TLC (eluent 1:1 Et2O: light petroleum), visualised by UV light then 2,4-DNP. After 24 h, 2-furanaldehyde (Rf = 0.48) was not detected in the reaction mixture. The mixture was cooled at 0°C to form crystals which were dried and washed with ice cold absolute ethanol (3 x 2 mL). A solution of CH3OH (40 mL) with 3 drops of acetone at 80°C was used for recrystallization to produce furoin crystals as a sandy yellow crystalline solid (3.767 g, 78 %); (Rf = 0.29); mp = 134-137 °C (from CH3OH/acetone); (solid state IR using ATR attachment)/ cm-1 3409(OH), 3127(CH), 3963 (CH), 1674(CO).

Key things to note:

-Space between numbers and its units
-Report any analytical data such as Rf values
-Specify quantity, duration and reaction conditions
-Do not include glassware and equipment unless it is unique
-Include enough details so that another scientist can duplicate the reaction
-Always report what your product looked like

I wasn't interested in you in the first place. || Harry Styles

I don’t know why this came to me but I got this idea from a man getting really mad at me for taking a photo of his roses for my grandma. It tweaked it a little but though. 


requests // asks

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When I first moved to London to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer for a magazine, I didn’t think I would have to walk the streets to fulfil one of the articles in the gardeners magazine that’s like the one my Grandma reads, but, I knew I had to take baby steps. 

After getting one of the highest grades in my class for my art GCSE, and being able to take photography in college and passing, I managed to get myself an internship a major magazine firm in London. But after doing so well as the lead photographers assistant, I was able to get the job as the lead photographer for the garden and home magazine that’s issued only a few stores around London. 

Only one problem about doing the garden and home magazine is that whatever idea the editors come up with for this week, I have to go and find photos out and about in London to fix the heading - and that wasn’t my favourite thing to do. 

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Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles
One thing has become apparent to both the president’s allies as well as his opponents: When it comes to governing, speed does not always guarantee success.
By Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman

So this NYT article (written by a Glenn and Maggie btw) drops quite a few bombshells:

  • The Biggest: Bannon really is pulling Trump’s strings. Bannon wrote the order putting himself on the National Security Council and had Trump sign it. Trump did so without knowing what Bannon had done
  • Bannon and Priebus (former RNC chair) are in a huge power struggle. After this disastrous 12 days, it looks like control over Trump’s ear might shift from Bannon back to Priebus for now
  • But also, Trump has not fired Bannon, even after a deceptive, bold power grab that humiliated him. This makes me think Bannon’s hold on Trump goes pretty deep. Certainly deeper than the establishment GOP
  • Btw, Trump pretty much just signs whatever executive orders. He only offers input into them after they’ve been drafted
  • Trump’s Dad’s middle name was Christ
  • Trump has no photos of his wife, kids, or other family up anywhere in the West Wing, just his father Fred Christ Trump
  • Trump is totally isolated. His adult kids are off playing DC socialite, Melania and Baron are in NYC, and he is flanked by yes men who will not (can not?) tell him when he’s screwing up, but are clearly more than happy to talk to the Press. Leaks abound. When confronted by the painful reality that people hate him, and his agenda is getting derailed by the judiciary (and the fact that people hate him), Trump is frustrated and confused.
  • Trump is vain and image-obsessed (we already knew this)

More fun tidbits from the article!

Trump is angrier about being tricked into signing Bannon onto the National Security Council than he is about the backlash to his Muslim Ban, but he still has not fired or demoted Bannon

Remember how the Trump team didn’t realize they’d be responsible for staffing the entire West Wing? Remember how they have literally no one on their team with previous governing experience? Remember the present where they bungle procedural matters, write illegal executive orders because they refuse to consult their betters, and have yet to staff various essential agencies? This is just a new, and hilarious level of pathetic:

So as fun as it is to read about how much of a trainwreck this administration is already, it’s important to remember they have always been a trainwreck. All the smart people were betting they’d self destruct before the primaries, and then certainly before the election. Trump has always been delusional. He and his team have continuously fumbled important matters, and been plainly and clearly evil. 

But still, look where they are. 

My point is, laugh, but don’t let up the pressure. And don’t forget to register to vote, make sure your friends and family register, and drag everyone you know to the polls in 2018. Anticipate large-scale voter suppression efforts. Anticipate outrage fatigue. Anticipate normalization of near daily tales of fecklessness and disastrous policy. Anticipate all of it, and make a plan to fight it now. This will be a marathon, not a sprint.

I’m writing a bunch of lab manuals and procedures on how to use the lab setup and one of the procedures I’m writing is how to pressurize the beamline so it can be worked on and how to depressurize it after and can you believe they won’t let me name it “how to do the perfect succ”

Classroom management help

Three students, friends, competing to see who can be most disruptive. Trying to play the system as much as possible. Me: not wanting to send students to the deans or get them collected so they get to miss class.

Right now they’re on a “three strikes you’re getting a write up” procedure. They’re fighting and trying to bargain with the system.

I need strategies. I’ll take solutions if you’ve got them.

Scriptlawyer’s Ultimate Mythbusting Guide to Court Procedure

You’re writing along, and realize that your hero is about to stand trial for the murder of Plot Device #3 – now what? You draw on every episode of Law and Order you’ve ever watched, and probably that’ll cover it, right?

Ehhhh… To be honest, even the best of fictional portrayals are not super accurate. There are a lot of really good and legitimate reasons for this, which you’ll hopefully understand by the end of this post, but I’m a firm believer in the maxim that you have to know the rules before you can break them.

But before we get going, a piece of advice: If a courtroom is going to figure largely in your story, I highly recommend that you visit one. Nothing you read or see on TV will replace the actual experience of being in a courtroom and watching what’s going on. By and large, courts are open to the public and no one will remark upon you coming in and watching so long as you’re quiet and respectful.

And now, on to the myths.

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The challenge in writing procedurals is how to get beyond the technical to the heart. Donahue says: ‘The mistake we all make, including me and all of our writers on the first draft, is we do load it up with clues and we go to plot. Here’s the thing: no one cares about plot. No one ever has. But story - story is not the same thing.
You look around and it’s the story of the guy who doesn’t want to lose or who wants to go the distance. That’s something people care about.’
—  Douglas, P. (2011). Writing the TV Drama Series 3rd Edition: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.
Is he really gone?

Honestly this is probably just me being strictly in denial, but anyone else feel like Jasper’s death scene didn’t feel like an end to his story? I mean we literally didn’t get to see him “dead” for more than 2 seconds before Monty was off to get Harper? He’s a main freaking character and idk it’s pretty standard writing procedure to give recurring characters a true final episode that revolves around them or at least leaves the audience with no doubt that they could never come back (i.e. Finn centric episode ending with him being stabbed, Lincoln shot in the head in a long emotional ending to an episode, Lexa long drawn out death by gun shot with dialogue to say goodbye) But with Jasper we never even saw Monty check for a heartbeat. So I don’t know is it too wishful to think he could still be alive? The whole final scene was maybe a total of 4 minutes in the middle of an episode cutting to other story lines. That’s not only uncharacteristic of the 100 when they kill off characters, but television shows in general. So I’m not convinced Jasper Jordan is gone forever…

anonymous asked:

Hello! The story I'm working on has several medical situations in it-for example a doctor inserting a chest tube. Being a Nurse I find myself including a lot of details when writing. How much is too much? Do people want to read that much detail? Just because I'm comfortable and understand the jargon and procedure do I write it at that level or just say "they inserted a chest tube..."

So the answer to this is going to depend a lot on the kind of story you’re writing. Are you being detailed and descriptive about everything, from the wallpaper to the windows, or are you just detailing medical things?

I wrote a post not terribly long ago called Finding Baby Bear: How Much Detail is Right For Your Story? that you might find helpful and has several considerations.

The bottom line may come down to pacing and big events. If your book is fast-paced and action-focused, a single sentence about the chest tube might do: “There was a spray of crimson as Docter Haversham put in a chest tube, but Billy’s breathing eased.” But if your story is more ponderous, you can go into more detail.

Just be sure that your story is about t he story, not necessarily the medical bits.

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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a list of the stupid crap I’ve looked up in the last few days entirely for fic

so yes, nothing about muslim queens of buddhist empires, no fashion-forward monks, and definitely nothing about greek princes. but instead I’ve looked up:

  • bee-healthy gardening tips
  • average age of a bee
  • average age of a white dwarf star
  • how hot is a star in kelvin
  • how hot is a human in kelvin
  • average age of meteors
  • what han china called comets (”sweeping stars”, jsyk)
  • what han china called novas (”visitor stars,” thanks smithsonian)
  • hawai’ian astronomy
  • pretty poisonous plants
  • length of time to heal a gunshot wound to the stomach
  • preferred soil types for gardening
  • how to install a trellis
  • edible flowers
  • japanese high school hiring procedures