crouton sounds like it could be used an insult like if you were to say “shut the fuck up you pretentious crouton” but alas it is only a piece of fried bread for salads
It’s not fried but dried.
Croûtons are literally bits of old dried down bread that you wouldn’t use for anything else than soup or salad.
Originally, that is. Now they spray it with garlic flavourings, seal it in aluminium bags and sell it for way too much its value price.
Actually, in french we use “crouton” as an insult. As in “vieux crouton”, it basically means you are old and useless, like an old piece of bread.
Jonh’s look …
Do you know what my problem is with this scene ? It’s that because it’s the first time they ever heard him say he was sorry, suddenly the matter disappears. And that enrage me greatly. Molly is so right to finally tell him off, but he shuts her up with a sorry, and a kiss on the cheek.
Saying you are sorry doesn’t mean shit, even if you realised you did something bad. Saying sorry doesn’t mean you get forgiven on the spot. Sometimes you have to work hard to get people to forgive you. And when you are such a big asshole as Sherlock, you have so much to work for that a simple “sorry” shouldn’t cut it.
I once wrote a character like Sherlock, who was saying dispicable things to everyone, even his best friend, and the day he finally told her he was sorry, she was surprised and glad, but told him that she refused the apology. It doesn’t mean she wasn’t able to appreciate the step he had made, and she told him so. She just wanted him to understand that saying “sorry”” should never be taken for granted. He would have to prove her was really sorry by never treat her as badly as he did.
The scene really started with his apology, it wasn’t the conclusion of it. That’s what should be important, that’s how you make your character grow.
Guide to Writing Steampunk
Punk Genres: most common genres are in italics
So why are there so many sub genres? For starters, they help agents and publishers get an idea of what they’re in for if you’re going through the traditional publishing route. While bookstores usually just put these genres within science fiction or fantasy, you can still market your book through sub genres to reach a specific group of people who are looking for these genres.
- Atomicpunk: Optimistic retro science fiction based on the Space Age. Think The Jetsons.
- Biopunk: This genre is about altering genetics and DNA. These stories often take place in the near-future in which humans have been altered or in which human experimentation is common.
- Candlepunk: Similar to clockpunk, but darker and with less technology.
- Clockpunk: Think Da Vinci’s inventions, but more advanced while. This genre follows the aesthetics and technology of Western civilization during the mid to late middle ages, though sometimes it’s set in the Victorian era.
- Cyberpunk: Has advanced technology and often focuses on artificial intelligence and the cyber world. The setting is often near-future rather than far-future. Blade Runner is an example.
- Dieselpunk: Based on aesthetics and technology between World War I and World War II, sometimes up until the Cold War.
- Decopunk: Ranges from the aesthetics of the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Decopunk aesthetic is heavily based on modernism. Less gritty than dieselpunk.
- Elfpunk: Basically urban fantasy, but with common high or epic fantasy creatures put in an urban setting rather than vampires and werewolves.
- Nanopunk: Similar to biopunk, but biotechnology is less available and nanotechnology is common.
- Sandalpunk: Set in ancient worlds, such as Rome, but with advanced technology.
- Splatterpunk: Extremely graphic and contains a lot of gore.
- Steampunk: This genre gets its name from the heavy steam-powered technology involved. Aesthetics are based on the Victorian and industrial eras of the Western world, though other cultural elements may be used.
- Western Steampunk: Similar to steampunk, but with Western (as in Wild West) aesthetics and settings.
However, there are a lot of sub genres, most of which many have not heard of. If you’ve written one of these genres and intend to publish it, the best would be to put it under another name (with the exception of steampunk, cyberpunk, and biopunk). For example, if you have written a candlepunk story, you can propose it as fantasy, alternate historical fiction, or any other genre it may fit in. While atomicpunk is quite common, it’s not well known by that name. If you have written an atompunk story, the best way to market it would be to call it retro science fiction.
But what’s the difference between punk genres and historical fiction? The technology is a big difference. It’s usually more advanced for the time it’s modeled after.TECHNOLOGYThe technology is one of the defining aspects of steampunk. It’s the basis for the world you’re writing in. For the typical steampunk story, technology will be (of course) steam powered.CHARACTERS & FASHIONAnother defining feature of steampunk is the aesthetics and the characters. Steampunk takes the latter part of the word (punk) to mean the opposition of the mainstream, though that’s not always necessary in your story.Research jobs common in the Victorian age and add steam to it. Your characters will revolve around their setting and their clothing may be a part of that too.READING
- Best Steampunk Books
- Best Steampunk and Gaslight
- Favorite Steampunk/Alt History
- Best Fantasy, Steampunk, and Science Fiction BDSM
- Asian Steampunk
- Buttkicking Female Steampunk
- Best Steampunk YA Books
- Best Unknown Steampunk
- Steampunk Adventures
- Gay Steampunk
- Best Vampire Steampunk
- Steampunk Novels and Short Stories
- Best of Cyberpunk
- Best Cyberpunk Books
- Books with Cyberpunk Themes
- Books About Video Games and Virtual Reality
- Researching Steampunk
- A Brief Introduction to Steampunk
- Steampunk Tropes
- What is Steampunk?
- So You Want to: Write a Steampunk Story
- Steampunk Inspiration
- 8 Tips and Tricks Every Steampunk Writer Should Know
- Writing Steampunk Fiction Tips
- Kady Cross Shares her Secrets to Writing Steampunk
- Tips for Successfully Creating Steampunk
- Steampunk Wiki
- List of Writing Steampunk Resources
- Steampunk: a List of Themes
- How to Write Steampunk
- Writing Steampunk
- Tips for Writing Steampunk
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