actually hardly an edit

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Happy Birthday Reiji!

ah community: we love jeremy!!
me: oh yeah? then where’s all the art and fics and stuff with him huh? if you love him so much why don’t you create content with him in it?
ah community: sweats and whistles as they back away

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I kept the sup in the middle from my older picture. I’m an original. Check out this rad fresh new content. It’s rad and fresh and new. B)

For real though, I love this game, and I’m so impressed at how far they’ve come. It just keeps getting better and better. 

firstly, trust me when i say i think it`s great that seokjin stans are so quick to come to his defense and make all of these appreciation posts for him, it`s awesome to see all of the seokjin stans showing their love for their fave and i can appreciate that. but i also really think that you all need to take a step back and look at each members popularity objectively, yes, seokjin is underrated but he`s not underappreciated- he has a ton of stans, you guys, that will make posts about him and talk about him and just over all, be great seokjin stans, but namjoon doesn`t have that. i`m not here to make this some kind of popularity contest between the two of them, because they`re undeniably both the least popular members.

but i hardly see any namjoon posts listing the good traits he has- actually, i hardly see any namjoon posts in general. barely any gifsets, edits, fanfics, text posts- again objectively, from the tumblr side of things, namjoon has the least amount of notes, so that leads me to the conclusion that he’s the least liked member.

people are probably rolling their eyes in the back of their heads by now and screaming, “don’t guilt trip people into stanning namjoon!” but that’s not the objective here. i just want to let people know that it’s a bit of a stretch when they say jin is the under dog.

- he’s the only original member who didn’t leave and had to go through the pain of seeing friends hate him for wanting to become an idol and god knows he’s hated that for so many years

- his friends left one by one and he was left on shaky ground wondering if he’ll ever make it, having only himself and his great ambition to make it through and to his goal and he finally did it

- people from overseas know his name. they know his group’s name. he did/is doing such a good job with bts. he’s probably the one who gives them the most advice and listens to them other than jimin like everyone might believe

- namjoon also, despite not being trained to, keeps up with the dancing. his dancing has been improving. i’ve seen people congratulating jin for keeping up with the choreography every time but what about namjoon? i love jin so much, but i wish namjoon was given respect as well for doing something that he doesn’t necessarily love, so well

- people did so much shit to him… they said he was too ugly to be an idol, they criticized his dancing and laughed at it meanly, they called him names, they were happy he wasn’t in the perfect man performance because they thought he would’ve ruined it…

- he taught himself english.. and god, english is so hard for koreans. they learn a totally new grammar and new sounds. namjoon never mistakes the r’s which is admirable since mistaking those is usually so common in koreans who learn english

- remember when he got hurt/didn’t attend the performances for run? probably not but i didn’t see as many encouraging messages sent for him from fans as much as i’ve seen for when the other members got hurt and it makes me sad. also when he still signed albums for the fans even with his injured hand eventually switching to his less dominant hand because he didn’t want the fans to leave without his autograph

- no one even thought the rat jokes, the lizard jokes, the death threats, his leaving the group jokes were too far. and yet he still attended.do you know how much bravery that must’ve took? it could have been a tragedy but namjoon put up with it

- also.. even though he’s the leader i legit never see anyone talking about how well he did at leading bts to success and to where they are now, i dont see people talking about how hes the person that probably solves all of their conflicts and problems, or how the song that HE PRODUCED!! is the one that got them their first #1…

- and not to mention when he spills his heart out and shares a lot of feelings in the fancafe, nobody ever gives a shit about it even when he talks about depression and loneliness. having no access to the fancafe is no excuse when we have several translation blogs. his posts about feelings and thoughts and experiences are always overshadowed by some other posts like yoongi’‘s storytime (which we love) or a maknae line selfie. i’m not disregarding the other member’s importance but namjoon’s posts are buried and never mentioned unless a namjoon stan brings them up

- when a fan told him she got his photocard, he felt the need to apologize for it?? he shouldn`t have to feel like he needs to apologize to his own fan for receiving his photo card, like it`s some kind of inconvenience??

- i`m sure he`s aware of the favoritism, there`s no way that he doesn`t know. there`s no way that he doesn`t know about how little fans he has, or about all of the awful shit people say about him. it`s near impossible to avoid seeing at this point because it`s everywhere, and it`s not fair that he has to see that shit because he doesn`t deserve it. he doesn`t deserve to have his own “fans” saying these things about him, whether they`re a joke or not.

- another little thing regarding the consistent praise for jin, power to y’all, and he definitely deserves the praise but he isn’t the only one!! why wont yall even CONSIDER realizing that namjoon… writes lyrics, raps, dances, sings, composes, produces, is a leader… .… .

- another thing, when will everyone stop sleeping on his masterpiece of a mixtape? you all nonstop, ask for yoongi`s mixtape (which we`re all waiting for, seriously) but we already have one, incredible, well produced mixtape out there for us to listen to. and not just in the meantime while we`re waiting for yoongi, but all the time. you can tell that namjoon worked incredibly hard on every song on the mixtape, but yet nobody gives a shit about it past talking about it briefly to keep up stan appearances. there was barely any recognition on march 20, 2016 marking his mixtape’s first birthday but i’ll leave that tea to turn lukewarm for yall

- lastly. where`s the love and appreciation for this song? namjoon is getting opportunities outside of bts for a reason. look at your oppas objectively and maybe you`ll realize that despite every other member being extremely talented, namjoon is also ridiculously fucking talented in multiple areas and it`s no wonder why he`s getting the opportunities that the others aren`t. he consistently puts out good material, whether it`s solo or in bts songs, and he deserves them. but yet i only see people complaining that it`s not their fave getting to do songs for soundtracks, or complaining that it`s not their fave getting solo opportunities yet. there`s a reason for that! it`s because he`s a great lyricist, great rapper, great producer and the best rapper out of the three (this is coming from me, actual full time Yoongi Worshipper.) and that`s not to say that yoongi and hoseok aren`t incredible in their own right, but namjoon has one up on them- he has experience that the both of them don`t and he knows what he`s doing. like.. .he got to feature in a song with YOON MIRAE of all people.. that obviously means something and yet nobody talks about it.

tl;dr at least jin stans wanna do shit for him, protect him, make countless posts regarding the “issue” and that`s all good, but really the issue lies within the under appreciation of namjoon. and if i gotta start the trend of making text posts to make people ~aware~, i will. seokjin having little lines or no acting gig yet doesn`t make him under appreciated, because he`s appreciated by all of his fans.. big hit/bts aren`t out to get him, they aren`t planning his downfall or conspiring against him for him to fail.. he`ll get his time eventually, but there are reasons why he`s not getting that time yet, did you ever think about that? whereas there`s no reason for namjoon to not be receiving praises and love from his own fans right now.

a psa by taeyeon and @pdnamjoon

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texting with jungkook.

So I’m disabled, and I have long used a trick to opening jars that is completely effortless. All the other tips out there (running warm water on the top, tapping it) aren’t 100% effective and often still require some strength and exertion to open the jar. This technique is quick and easy and will not strain your hands or require hardly any strength or strain.

Please boost this!

Edit: actually you CAN use can openers like this to open sodas with metal twist off lids too!! I’ll make a video about that some time. It won’t work on plastic lids though.

Edit 2: I’ll add text instructions for those who are vision impaired or deaf.

This technique will only work on a jar with a metal lid, not a plastic lid.

You take a manual can opener or bottle opener with a sharp end. You put the end under the lip of the metal lid of the jar. You pull the can opener out like a lever against the inside of the lid. The seal of the lid will pop. If you are able to, you will hear the seal pop or see it pop. You could probably keep your hand on the top of the jar to feel it pop if you can’t see or hear. Once the seal pops, the top will come off with no effort at all, it will come completely loose.

FAQ

After answering the same question about 200 times in the last week, I thought it might be a good idea to make an FAQ page. I’ve also updated some of the links at the top of my page.

Here’s the gist of it for any new followers and apologies to old friends who already know all of this <3


1. How did you become an Editor and what do I need to do to become one?:

By accident mostly. I graduated in the UK with my BA in English Literature and Linguistics, right at the same time my friend was promoted to Senior Editor in her publishing house. She needed an assistant to cope with her workload, and I needed a job.

I started at the bottom and worked my way up to being a final line editor, gaining experience in copy edit and formatting along the way. Usually a publishing house these days will require you to have a Masters in Publishing, but I got my know-how the old fashioned way through good old hands on learning, giving me a wealth of experience. Unfortunately I don’t have the shiny bit of paper, so unless I go back to school, I will likely never work for another publishing house again.

I’ve been working on and off as freelance over the years, but compared to an actual editing gig in a real publishing house, it’s hardly worth the effort and money. So if you’re serious about doing this as a career, talk to you career guidance councilor and look into post grad degrees in publishing and editing. There are also independent certifications you can get in proofreading and editing—I got mine from Publishing Scotland back in 2010, and if memory serves it wasn’t all that expensive, which will help you along the way. They won’t qualify you in the same way a Masters will, but it will help you toward becoming a more desirable candidate for the position you are hunting for.


2. Why did you move to the US from Scotland?:

I met a boy online almost a decade ago— before Tinder was a thing— and we really hit it off as friends. As things progressed we realized that we really, really liked each other, met up in person to see if we really liked Liked each other, then proceeded to date long distance over the ocean for 6-7 years. We got married in May 2013 and I moved to the US to be with him in 2014 and I’ve been here ever since.


3. Are your stories true?:

I get asked this fairly often, and people have gotten quite aggressive over it in the past. Yes, my stories are true, the one about Hugh Scott, the one about Crucifix Nail Nipples, the ones about my dad, the ones about husband and myself, yes, they are all true. I genuinely have had these experiences and wrote them down, either for my own enjoyment or figuring some of my friends might get a kick out of them. I never expected any of them to go viral, but such is the Internet. (I can only assume it’s because of my writing style.)

As for the common “no one has this much shit happen to them” rebuttal I tend to get a lot, I’m sorry you feel that way, but some people do lead eventful lives. For instance very few people would long distance date for 7 years over the ocean and wind up marrying that person and moving continents for them. That’s the stuff of romance novels and day time television. And yet I’ve got the expensive paperwork and the shiny new green-card as testament that it can and does happen. I’ve also got the scars, the signed copies of books from authors I’ve met, the family pictures and the testimony of friends that really, This Is My Life And Sometimes It Is Bananas. You can call bullshit and be skeptical all you want, but that doesn’t change the world from being round.


4. Please post Crucifix Nail Nipples, I want to read it!:

As stated previously, many, many times, I no longer have a full copy of the manuscript besides what is seared into my brain. It was nuked from orbit the moment the head publisher read it and made pterodactyl screeching noises of distress. And even if I did still have a copy, I am not about to steal someone else’s work and post it online without their consent. It’s one thing for me to vague bitch about it, it’d be quite another for me to take a manuscript in it’s entirety and post it online for free. That’d really ensure I’d never work in editing ever again. So no, I don’t have any copies, and please stop asking me to do something which is actually theft and illegal.


5. Will you edit my story?:

Sure! My fees start at $25 per hour for anything under 10,000 words, going up to $50 per hour thereafter. Oh you meant for free? Haha, unless I have already offered to help you with your writing or you’ve summoned me here by ways of black magic, then no, I will not edit your work for free. That’s not actually what the term “freelancer” means.

My general fees are as previously stated:
-$25 per hour for anything less than 10k
-$50 per hour for anything over 10k
-and depending on your length of script, if it’s over 10k I charge a minimum $50 ($100 if it’s a 100k+ manuscript) reading fee to tell you what I think of it and how much work I think will need done. This helps me give you a better quote of how much I think your actual editing work will come to, and also perhaps save you some money in the long run if I am able to point out small mistakes here and there which are easily fixed by you so you don’t have to pay me or anyone else to do it.

If you want to negotiate fees with me or need help with something (say a grad application) and are worried you wouldn’t be able to afford it, come talk to me, I still might be able to help. But please don’t try to email me a 100k manuscript and wave a $50 bill under my nose. You wouldn’t ask a structural engineer to just “do whatever you need to do” and slip them a $20 and hope your house wont fall down, why would you do the same with the manuscript you hope to one day make a living by?


6. You’re a writer, right? Where can I buy something you have written?:

Nowhere yet, but I hope to change that soon. I do create a lot of fanfic and people have been kind enough to throw a few dollars here and there into my Tip Jar (links to both in my description) if they’ve enjoyed my work. This helps me to keep writing as I have some serious medical issues that are hindering my ability to work, so throwing the equivalent of a coffee my way every so often really helps me to keep continue writing stories for you. And also y'know, not die.


7. Can I make a fic request?
Sure, ask box is open.


8. What exactly is wrong with you?:

How long do you have? Asking about my health is kind of a loaded question, because at the moment, we don’t really know what is wrong with me, and we’re still trying to find out. That’s why I have so many horrendous medical bills, testing is expensive. The basic gist of it is, two years ago my health finally fell apart completely after a gradual decline. Food which had never previously hurt me started to make me severely ill resulting in chronic digestive problems, and the sporadic bouts of joint/muscle pain which I’ve had most of my life pretty much became permanent. I’m exhausted 90% of the time and sort of functional the rest.

I also suffer from a general anxiety disorder which I should be getting help with but the thought of getting help makes my anxiety worse soooo there’s that to deal with. I also suffer from depression and have done for probably the last twenty years, and am prone to panic attacks and ocular migraines (not in fact oracular as I previously mistyped, I am not in fact Mrs Cake), so there’s just some days when I don’t have enough spoons to Person and need to sleep through it. If I take forever in posting something or replying to you, this is likely why.


9. Have you tried yoga/vegan dieting/gf/paleo/green tea/positive thinking? It really helped me when I was feeling down/I had a friend who…

I know you mean well, but telling a chronically ill person that yoga can fix them when you have no medical idea of what is wrong with them is not only pretentious unsolicited advice, but also potentially hazardous to their health. Yes, really, yoga. There are certain exercises and stretches I cannot do without risking my joints and I’ve been doing yoga for well over a decade. There are certain foods I cannot eat because they will literally kill me, most of them vegan. I cannot drink green tea or “detox” because it fucks with the fragile balance of my internal organs which I have spent the last two years trying to scrape back together by sheer force of will, and believe me, if I wasn’t already thinking positively I wouldn’t still be here typing this.

There’s a general belief that chronically ill people, physical or mental, are just lazy and haven’t sought out the correct medical help or even bothered to try helping themselves because they enjoy being ill, which is a bit like saying you enjoy standing in a burning house because you like the warmth. People with chronic illness know their condition better than you do. We have tried everything, from mindful thinking to the $100 pill which took away one symptom and replaced it with another. Sometimes we find things which work for us, which you may not regard as actual recovery. But you have to realize that for some of us, even reaching a point where we can live with our illness and not despite of it, is a huge milestone not to be sneered at. So if you are of this persuasion then I urge you to take some of your advice, and be mindful of others. Be kind. You never know what someone else might be going through.


10. What’s your scone recipe?:

40g slightly salted butter (room temp, not melted)
225g self-raising flour
25g caster/baking sugar
large pinch of salt
150ml milk or cream if you want to be really indulgent.

In a medium to large sized bowl, mix the flour and salt together and then rub in the butter until you have a fine breadcrumb texture. Next add the sugar and then the milk until you have a soft dough (it should be sticky but not runny). Turn it out onto a floured board and knead v lightly until it stops being sticky and you can roll it out to about ¾ of an inch. Using a scone cutter or a round cookie cutter if you have one, cut into the dough and place your rounds onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Lightly knead the remaining dough back together and repeat until you have used it all.
(Alternatively you can do what I do in a hurry and skip the rolling and work the dough until it’s easy to handle then pinch sections off and roll them into individual dough balls. You get a more rustic farmhouse shape but it still works well.) next brush the tops of the scones with milk, and then bake for 12-15 minutes in a preheated over at 220c or 425 until well risen* and golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack, then serve with filling of choice. Cream and jam is a personal preference.

*if they didn’t rise you might have over kneaded it. Try sieving the flour and salt at the start to create air pockets, and use a spatula to work the rest in. This isn’t a yeast bread, it doesn’t need too much kneading to make it stick. Think of it instead as a very crumbly cake mix. If you want to make them look shiny and professional use an egg wash on the top rather than milk.