anonymous asked:

Hi, Aunty Scripty! Thanks for running this blog! It's such an amazing resource, and I appreciate all the hard work you put into it! On to my question, my character is in a bad situation, and as a last resort, because his hands are bound behind his back, bites his attacker's throat. Would it be possible for him to actually tear out his attacker's throat with his teeth? Sorry that it's such a gruesome ask! Thanks again!

Probably not, but it’s certainly worth trying. 

The throat is pretty well protected. The skin is thick and tough, the trachea itself is made of hard cartilage rings, and it’s actually surprisingly difficult  for a human to get a good mouth-hold on another human’s neck. (If you have a significant other who is okay with this, give it a try; don’t actually bite down though). 

Hunters who do the throat-ripping thing usually have longer mouths than we do, which helps them get a grip on their prey. Humans have fairly short mouths by comparison, and really aren’t evolutionarily adapted for this task.  

Now, that is not to say that having a human try to rip out your throat is not an absolutely fucking terrifying thing, because it is, and flesh missing from the neck can be psychologically devastating even if it’s not actually physically lethal. Your character could probably significantly damage the musculature and the skin, and possibly cause a severe venous bleed from the external or internal jugular. 

If your character is going to get any better of a bite than that they’ll need their hands to hold the neck in place while they bite. 

(Also, bites in fights is proooobably more @howtofightwrite‘s territory much more than it is mine ;) ).

Best of luck!

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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my bullet journal: 3/???

My March spread! Can you guys tell how much I love Do Bong Soon? Because I do! I actually did scripty writing for the first time, and I gotta say, it’s my favorite of 2017 so far. I slipped up a bit since I put it in pencil first and when I try to erase it, it smudges haha. I need to get out of that habit! Speaking of habits, I haven’t done more than one for the these first three months, so hopefully I branch out in April and do more! But still, I love this monthly one and I hope you do too.

Forensic Science: what is it?

WATSON REALIZED SOMETHING IMPORTANT!! And by that she means she was hit with the sudden realization that both Sherls and Watson never covered what Forensic Science is. And given the massive influx of new followers (thank you everyone, you guys are amazing!) Watson thought she should define forensic science and cover the sub-disciplines in the field. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of forensics, Sherls and Watson have a pretty general science background, so don’t be afraid to ask us about anything. 

Forensic science, in the most broad definition, is the application of any science to the court of law (both criminal and civil). Essentially, it is using the scientific method to help with court trials. It’s important to keep the law part in mind, because everything we do in the field, scene processing, evidence collection, evidence analysis, all the tasks are done with a goal in mind: to preserve the integrity of evidence so that it is viable in court. Their third job is to search, find, and collect possible evidence in an efficient manner to ensure fragile evidence isn’t lost, but also in a careful way so that the evidence is preserved properly and not contaminated. With that said, we have a very general knowledge of law, and it mainly pertains to the Criminal Code of Canada, while @scriptlawyer​ is the better person to go to for detailed law knowledge. 

The most publicly know facet of forensic science is crime scene investigation. These are the people that come in a scene in full Protective Personal Equipment/PPEs (bunny suit, gloves, goggles, mask, boot covers, etc.). Their first job is to protect the scene, make sure nothing is tampered with. The second job is to record and document the scene in a thorough manner (photography, video tape, hand written notes), to ensure that the scene can be revisited later in the future. 

Below, in no particular order, are brief synopsis of forensics in a given sub-discipline: 

Pathology – they are the coroners and the medical examiners, performs autopsy and is responsible for determining manner of death, cause of death, and estimating Post Mortem Interval/time of death (PMI) 

Biology/DNA – looks at the biology of the scene, including DNA and any other bodily fluids (blood, semen, saliva, urine, etc), when looking at DNA, will be intimately familiar with a process called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), will also look at hair and fibre samples, botanical material, and soil 

Toxicology – the chemistry side of the science, examines compositions of drugs, glass, paint, explosives, soil, determines presence/absence of drugs and poison, alcohol, uses lots of fun equipment, refer to @scriptchemist​ 

Firearms – looks at firearms (we are hoping that is obvious), discharged bullets, spent cartridge cases, shotgun shells, ammunition, gun shot residue (GSR), approximating how far from the target a weapon was fire 

Fingerprinting – studying minutiae of fingerprint, comparing prints left behind in a crime scene to prints from known origin, there’s actually not a lot of work being done on how accurate fingerprint is, and fingerprinting is under a lot of scrutiny right now for lack of organizational structure (some one should change that) 

Computer/Digital – one of the new emerging fields, basically finding, collection, preserving, and examining data from digital devices (computers, cell phones, etc.) Sherls and Watson do not have enough technological background so we will refer everyone to @scripthacker​ 

Anthropology – deals with skeletal remains, differentiating between human and animal remains, determining approximate gender, age, height, race, and any physical injuries or osteo-diseases 

Entomology – uses insect (mainly flies and necrophilious insects), flies life cycle, and the cycle of arthropod successions to determine long term PMI 

Psychology/Behavioural – this is a subfield of psychology/psychiatry. In criminal cases, work tasks might include determining if a person is fit to stand trial, evaluate for behavioural disorders, looking at behavioural patterns to set up a profile. In civil cases, they might determine if an individual is competent to decide when preparing a will, settling property, or refusing medical treatment. Both of us do not have much experience in this field, and would like to refer you to @scriptshrink 

Documents – document analysis studies handwriting, type-writing, type of paper and ink, tries to authenticate sources, basically anything to do with documents, neither Sherls or Watson has much experience with this 

Odontology – this field looks at dental evidence when the body is unrecognizable. Enamel in the teeth are hardy substances and can last for a long time, identification of the person can be made based of characteristics of the teeth, their alignment of the mouth, the great thing about living is the first world country is that almost every one has a dental record. Bite marks compared to dental cast has also been used as evidence in court (see Ted Bundy), but Sherls and Watson are both leery about this particular field, since there are not a lot of research proving that there is a scientific basis behind the field

Engineering – looks at failure analysis, accident reconstruction, and causes and origins of fires/explosions, mainly looks at the structure sides of things (is there an engineering scripty around? Because Watson would love to see one)

Others Watson found while researching: theres units for polygraph and voiceprint analysis too apparently. We do not know much about these two fields either.

*Phew* We know there is a lot of information on this post, we are planning to break down a few things we mentioned here and go into more detail in future posts. Send us asks if you lovelies have any questions.

How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,
and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say,
God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the words
Get it wrong. We say bread and it means according
to which nation. French has no word for home,
and we have no word for strict pleasure. A people
in northern India is dying out because their ancient
tongue has no words for endearment. I dream of lost
vocabularies that might express some of what
we no longer can. Maybe the Etruscan texts would
finally explain why the couples on their tombs
are smiling. And maybe not. When the thousands
of mysterious Sumerian tablets were translated,
they seemed to be business records. But what if they
are poems or psalms? My joy is the same as twelve
Ethiopian goats standing silent in the morning light.
O Lord, thou art slabs of salt and ingots of copper,
as grand as ripe barley lithe under the wind’s labor.
Her breasts are six white oxen loaded with bolts
of long-fibered Egyptian cotton. My love is a hundred
pitchers of honey. Shiploads of thuya are what
my body wants to say to your body. Giraffes are this
desire in the dark. Perhaps the spiral Minoan script
is not a language but a map. What we feel most has
no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses and birds

Jack Gilbert - The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart

Image:  Early Sumerian pictograph

anonymous asked:

Stop. Just stop. You're embarrassing yourself.

Specifics darling. If you’re going to dom you need to be specific. 

For example, let’s take this passage from Insensate:

Please Beloved.”

“Please what? Use your words Ben. Let me hear you say it.”

“Please let me fuck you.”

She eased down then, so wet and ready there was little adjustment required, still she stilled for a moment. But then she began to move, her pace unforgiving and as he watched himself slide in and out of her, Rey’s hand snaked up his chest to grasp his chin.

“Eyes on me.”

Fuck Rey.”

See how Rey was very specific about what she wanted from Ben, see how Ben was very specific back? 

Does that help? Feel free to try again. X

“How astonishing it is that language can almost mean,
and frightening that it does not quite. Love, we say,
God, we say, Rome and Michiko, we write, and the words
get it all wrong. We say bread and it means according
to which nation. French has no word for home,
and we have no word for strict pleasure. A people
in northern India is dying out because their ancient
tongue has no words for endearment. I dream of lost
vocabularies that might express some of what
we no longer can. Maybe the Etruscan texts would
finally explain why the couples on their tombs
are smiling. And maybe not. When the thousands
of mysterious Sumerian tablets were translated,
they seemed to be business records. But what if they
are poems or psalms? My joy is the same as twelve
Ethiopian goats standing silent in the morning light.
O Lord, thou art slabs of salt and ingots of copper,
as grand as ripe barley lithe under the wind’s labor.
Her breasts are six white oxen loaded with bolts
of long-fibered Egyptian cotton. My love is a hundred
pitchers of honey. Shiploads of thuya are what
my body wants to say to your body. Giraffes are this
desire in the dark. Perhaps the spiral Minoan script
is not language but a map. What we feel most has
no name but amber, archers, cinnamon, horses, and birds.”

- Jack Gilbert, The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart from The Great Fires

Limericks inspired by Script Medic

((What can I say, sometimes I get ideas and then have to write them. @scriptmedic is a blog you should be following if you like writing about medically-unpleasant things happening to your characters, and you want to be accurate.))

Amnesia! that oft-beloved trope
Of writers both lazy and soap
But Aunt Scripty says no
Medically, that won’t go
If you use it, she thinks you’re a dope

A coma can ruin a life
Many works are with errors just rife
Uh… what else to write
Writer’s block has a bite
I know Script Medic sure loves her wife

You really don’t want to get shot
That’s what we all now have been taught
Head or hand they are equal
In that both can be lethal
The only safe gun wound is NOT

Hitting someone on the head
May not leave them unconscious but DEAD
Sedation is hard
Still, be on your guard
Think of other solutions instead

jottingprosaist  asked:

How did you meet Ms Scripty? Please tell me it was very gay and adorable!

It was extremely gay and adorable. 

We met writing fanfic. 

It was a torrid affair: I wrote, she commented, I commented back. I came home from school every day waiting to see if she’d left more reviews. 

Then came the first contact: “Can you help me write this character better?” 

Then: “Do you want to write a story together?” 

And it worked, or it didn’t, but we got to know each other as people and fell in love: by email, by telephone, by this passion we found in each other. 

About 18 months later she moved all the way clear across the country to be with me. Thousands of miles in a pickup truck, getting chased by bison and wildfires and dogs, seeing a beautiful desert for the first time, the wind blowing so hard I thought there was lightning in the tent from the sparks as the rain fly slapped a gainst the tent itself. 

We were married in a park, her in a shirt and pants, me in a dress, and I couldn’t be happier. 

If you’re reading this, Mrs Scripty, I love the hell out of you. 


anonymous asked:

How do you plan on getting your creations and work out there after film school? Do you believe it will be a difficult endeavor or an easy one?

This is a big and scary question!

The short answer is: I don’t know, but I don’t think it will be easy.

Discouraged? Don’t be. Read the long answer below!

There are endless ways to get your creations out into the world. Film festivals, screenwriting contests (*winks*), sharing and working with your peers, and commercial work are just a few ways.

I am currently working in a (sort of) commercial job where I make promotional and training videos as well as graphic design work. This may seem boring, but I am actually challenged because I get to be creative in the way I share information. In this way, I am already sharing my works. The commercial work I do, while more business than creative, has given me connections, skills, and works that I can show to clients and other filmmakers.

The best way, I think, is to collaborate with other filmmakers. There is never just one person involved in making a successful film. There are dozens, sometimes hundreds of people working on a single project. The popular phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is very true in the film industry. I am a writer, so I talk to my director and cinematographer friends when I want a film produced. I work on sets as a scripty and have had people ask me to send scripts their way because they aren’t writers but desperately want to make a film. The people you create films with have their own networks and the more people you know and work with, the more exposure your creations will get.

After film school specifically, I hope to work in television. In television, you work with a lot of the same people for a longer period of time, whether it’s on set or in the writer’s room. I am already involved in a writers room and I hope to build more connections in the TV world. (I got my hands on scripty notes from Empire via one of the show’s editors and I was so excited!)

Do I think it will be easy? Absolutely not. I am an introvert by nature and networking is something I struggle with. I also tend to procrastinate and be indecisive when working on personal projects, which makes writing a slow process for me. However, I still try to be involved in projects and I keep creating.

I hope this helped and I didn’t overwhelm you with my lack of a plan for my future.


also this is a weird post   for me to make but i thought w/onder woman was a solid, fine film, probably one of my favorite superhero movies so far, and as a young woman currently majoring in film with dreams of becoming a director, patty motherfucking jenkins is such an inspiration. i find a role model in the actual woman behind the genuinely sound film and i am excited to follow her career as it continues, because one day, that could be my name in the credits right after ‘directed by,’ just like hers was.

anonymous asked:

So in medical dramas sometimes they'll get someone who is seemingly dead but wakes up in the morgue due to a condition that makes the heartbeat difficult to detect. What's the condition called? How can doctors mistake someone as dead where said person will stay unconscious for hours until waking up in the morgue?

Hey there nonny! Sorry to say, this isn’t a realistic scenario with modern medicine. At least in the ER, patients aren’t declared dead without an EKG (electrical activity), multiple pulse checks, rounds of medication, and a cardiac ultrasound which will let doctors see the heart move, or not. 

ERs don’t pronounce people dead unless they’re well and truly dead

In the hospital, rapid response teams will do everything except the ultrasound, but it’s still just… not going to happen. And in the field, EMS use clinical signs of death: rigor mortis, dependent lividity (blood pooling). 

The only way this is going to happen is possibly in a nursing home, on a patient with a DNR order, and even then it’s almost impossible. 

Sorry about the lack of drama, nonny, but I’m not sorry that we don’t have people wake up in morgues on the regular. 

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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dixiethumbelina  asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me what treatment would be for a character with a stomach bug in a small, late 1870s-early 1880s Wild West town would be? I thought it might be more suited to you than Aunt Scripty due to the historical aspect :)

That’s sort of within my wheelhouse. Your character would probably be given some kind of medicine. Unfortunately, this medicine would likely do nothing to help cure them. Worst case the medicine is actually poisonous;for example “booty balls” which consisted of mercury.  A lot of different kinds of medicine for pain are substances that are still know and to some extent still used today. There was the risk that your character would be fooled by the traveling medicine salesmen who soled cure all medicine. Of course, this was “snake oil”; concoctions that weren’t actually medicine but a mixture of at best harmless substances. At times the concoctions would contain opiates to ensure temporary relief for the patient and to try and get them addicted.

I don’t usually make lists but here you have one on a few kinds of medicine, made in, or imported to USA, and what they were used for:

  1. Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup: Made for teething and otherwise fussy infants and put on the market in 1849. It contained “65 mg of morphine per fluid ounce”.  It wasn´t until 1911 that the medicine was discontinued due to it having been proven to be more likely to kill the patients than helping in any way.
  2. Green’s August Flower: The medicine was simply laudanum (an alcoholic solution of opium) and had no actual curing abilities. It was sold until 10 years after the patent ran out (that is until 1916). It was claimed to be able to cure all sorts of illness and it´s not at all impossible that it could be prescribed for a stomach bug.
  3. Hadacol: It was marketed as a cure-all but in reality it was a solution of alcohol and very diluted form of hydrochloric acid. What it would actually achieve was to get you instantly intoxicated. 
  4. McMunn’s Elixir of Opium: What it says on the tin; opium, plain and simple. It was said to be able to cure a hole slew of illnesses and it was claimed to be less dangerous than other opium based concoctions, but that was entirely untrue. So not only did it not cure any illness, it was likely to kill the patient.[1]

Hope this was at least somewhat helpful! Good luck with your writing!

Signed, Captain.


Disclaimer: It should go without saying but this is not medical advice. The so called medicines have long since been discontinued but do not ever attempt to try and use any of the substances found in the above examples as medicine.

ScriptBrit is Archived Indefinitely

Hey all. Aunt Scripty here, speaking in for Mod Tea. Tea’s life has become much more complicated than it was when this blog was started, and she’s unable to continue with the blog. 

Therefore, in coordination with Mod Tea (and at her request), this blog is being archived. 

All previously existing posts will remain up and searchable. However, no asks will be accepted and no new posts written until such time as either a new mod takes it over, or Aunt Scripty decides to move to the UK and live there forever. 

Thank you for your understanding, and please join me in wishing Mod Tea all the best in life. 

P.S.: The questions that were in ScriptBrit’s inbox have been deleted, as without an active mod they cannot be answered. 

xoxo, Aunt Scripty

anonymous asked:

Hi, I asked about the supersoldier thing earlier. You seem to know a bit about that sort of thing so I was wondering if you had some more information on that sort of thing or could give me some tips on what/where to search. I was thinking either drugs (not necessarily existing ones) could be used to create a supersoldier instead of genetic engineering before birth? You said it would be many people but what kinds of scientists and what would their job be? Sorry if this is off topic or confusing!

This is a followup to this earlier question.

In real life we don’t have any super soldiers, so anything involving super soldiers is tripping into Aunt Scripty’s “you break it, you bought it” policy. Hopefully you’ll find the below helpful, but ultimately this is up to you as the writer.

Drugs are supposed to induce a change in your body via biochemical pathways. That’s the point. Modafinil promotes wakefulness through unknown mechanisms (we know it inhibits dopamine transporters and elevates histamine, among other things, but those don’t seem to be responsible for its wakefulness-promoting behaviour), ibuprofen inhibits the cyclooxygenase enzymes, which inhibits synthesis of the prostagladins that mediate pain and the inflammatory response, so on so forth.

But in general, drugs are not supposed to induce a permanent change in your body. If you want enduring effects from your drug you have to keep taking it. There are plenty of drugs we take on a limited duration or as-needed basis, but that’s because the root cause has been addressed or because the drug was only temporarily addressing the symptoms. You stop taking antibiotics because the ones you’ve taken have eradicated your infection. Anti-inflammatories can be stopped when healing–from your body, not from the drug–has progressed sufficiently. Et cetera.

However, inducing Wolverine healing powers or bulletproof skin or whatever is taking a human well beyond their natural capabilities, or adding brand new capabilities altogether. What you’re asking to do is genetic modification via drugs because you want to permanently and dramatically change how this particular human body works. You may not be manually inserting or removing genes from this organism, but you are manipulating (mutating) their genes all the same.

Even if your fictional world is one where scientists know the human body inside and out and understand everything that goes on within it, you would need an astounding number of scientific and medical professionals for the super soldier project. You’d need the biochemists, geneticists, and all their subdivisions, because they would be the ones who know how the human body is supposed to work in its vanilla form. You’d need the medicinal chemists and pharmacologists, because they’d be synthesizing and devising the drug that makes this happen. You’d need the genetic engineers too, as they would be the ones familiar with manipulating genes and genomes. You’d need medical professionals galore: doctors and nurses and pharmacists, technicians and radiologists, to study, stabilize, and treat the subjects whether they succeed for fail. You would probably need a panel of consultants from every area of medical specialty that exists, to help determine whether Drug Trial #652 actually induced observable or meaningful change in any area of the human body. Mutagens often induce cancer so you’d probably need some oncologists to determine the type of cancer, its progression, and its treatment, for documentation’s sake if nothing else (but honestly, you would likely have a lot more failed subjects than successful ones, and from an ethical standpoint they should try to keep their subjects alive to the best of their abilities). Pathologists would perform autopsies to discover any new information in death that the doctors couldn’t obtain in life, with samples from the cadavers sent off for lab analysis. I’m probably forgetting a whole bunch of people too. There are also many people who would never have direct contact with the super soldier subjects but are nevertheless integral to everything running smoothly: the clerks with the paperwork, the janitors keeping everything clean, the facilities staff who make sure the lights stay on and orders the supplies, the maintenance crew who keep the instruments running, the analysts who analyze the samples at their labs, the grant writers obtaining the research grants/cash flow, the IT folks maintaining the databases and computers, et cetera ad nauseum…

For the record, you’d need almost the exact same array of experts for all iterations of the super soldier project. You may have slight variations to the extended team depending on which vector you choose to introduce your new genes. For example, you may swap in virologists for the medicinal chemists and pharmacologists if you decide to use a retrovirus to introduce the new genes. But most of the scientists, medical personnel, and support staff would stay.

And after all that…well, even for fiction, some powers are probably more believable than others. As the writer, you’ll need to decide what kind of super soldier you’re trying to make. What do you want this person to be capable of?

In our current reality we have therapies and drugs that can accelerate healing via growth factors and boosting stem cell production and whatnot. So in a far off future with all the advantages and caveats above, I might be able to believe they’ve enhanced healing capabilities significantly (I mean, I can suspend my disbelief for Wolverine and the Hulk for the sake of enjoying the story, and Marvel doesn’t even try to explain their abilities in the present day). But if you’re trying to make your super soldier breathe fire, then that would involve dramatically changing the human body not just on a genetic/cellular level, but on a physiological level as well, and that’s harder to explain away with any modicum of scientific plausibility.



Ori Apollonis Niliaci, de sacris notis & sculpturis libri duo, vbi ad fidem vetudti codicis manu scripti restituta sunt loca permulta, corrupta ante ac deplorata - Jean Mercier - 1551

Stethy and Coffee fanart!

So, Stethy is the new mascot of @scriptmedic, and we ship her with Coffee, so I thought I’d draw some cute shipping fanart. It turned out better than I expected!

For the people who see my art fpr the first time: the small marks there, beteen Stethy and Coffee, are my signing. Just some tengwar letters, nothing more. Please do not repost this picture or remove my signing. Reblogs are of coure always welcome, and feedback too! If you post this on another site, REMEMBER TO LINK THIS TO MY BLOG. I haven’t had problems with people reposting my stuff, and I don’t want to ever have those.

This was quite challenging, because this cute, very non-realistic drawing style is something I’m not really used to. And I don’t often use colors in my drawings, so that wasn’t easy either. And it’s almost 1 am here, so I had to really think bout how to get good enough light that the picture would look good. (Yes, drawing something in the middle of night when you’re tired and you have to wake up 6:35 next moring really isn’t the best idea ever, but who cares?)