but i'm cleaning out my drafts so this had to go

anonymous asked:

I'm having some problems to get a character from a place to other. Basically, her parents died a while ago and she's living somewhere else. She lived in their parents' manor, now she lives at a relative's, and has just discovered a (magic) artifact that may belong to her mother, but she doesn't give it much importance. I want her to go to the manor but don't know how to set up the necessity. A young naughty girl may activate the artifact and raise questions, but don't know if it's good enough.

Unmovable Plot Facts (or what I like to call Very Important Facts - V.I.F.)

This sounds like a case of: “I need event B to happen, but it can’t happen unless event A happens, but event A has no logical reason to happen.”

It’s rare that we ever plot stories in a linear way, that is, we hardly ever plot our stories out in order. We often get ideas for much later in the story, and then we have to backtrack to figure out how we make those ideas happen. And this can be really difficult to do when our ideas don’t seem to fit together. So how do we fix it?

  • Assume NOTHING about your plot.

When we’ve been working with a story for a long time, there are certain facts and details that have been part of the story since the beginning. These facts are so cemented in our minds that we don’t even question them anymore. Things like: So-and-so’s the villain, the story takes place in a forest, my character is new to all this crazy phenomena. 

But what if so-and-so wasn’t the villain? What if the story took place in a desert? What if your character is a seasoned pro to the extra-terrestrial or paranormal? 

Whenever a story fact is proving to be inflexible and immovable, to the point where your story can’t operate around it, it’s time to make a change.

And it can be scary to make that change, especially when we’ve been plotting the story for so long with these facts in mind. But if we need event B to happen, and the event supposedly causing event B to happen (event A) is a longshot, then maybe we need another event to cause event B. 

TO MY ANON: What that means is, rather than coming up with a reason to get her to the manor, why can’t she already be there? Isn’t it possible that after her parents died, they willed her the home, and she moved back in? Could she have found the artifact while cleaning out an area of the house as she was moving back in? Or even years later when she suddenly needs the extra storage space/living space?

When changing one fact, you might argue that you can’t change said fact, because then you’ll have to change another fact, and what if you end up changing the whole story? Maybe you will, I don’t know. The goal is figuring out what facts of your story are most important, and if you can’t work out how to make other facts work with those Very Important Facts (V.I.F.), then those less important ones will have to change. 

  • Examine the V.I.F. itself and decide if it truly is a V.I.F.

So in my last point, I talked about changing event A entirely to work with event B (our V.I.F.), and in the case of the anon, event A is our character returning home, and event B is the character finding the magical artifact. She cannot find the artifact unless she goes home. If you can’t come up with ideas for how to get her to the manor, and you can’t really change the fact that she no longer lives there, then you have to examine what event B is actually doing for your plot, and decide if perhaps there is another V.I.F. that events B/A are getting in the way of.

In this step, ask yourself: what is my story’s conflict? And once you’ve defined that in one sentence, determine how many different paths there are available to getting there. Is event B directly tied to your conflict? Or is it merely one option of jumpstarting the real V.I.F.? 

For example, if the conflict of our anon’s story had to do with our protagonist inadvertently activating this artifact and then becoming involved in some epic quest to stop a great evil, there are actually numerous ways of getting there. Some questions we might ask:

  • Does the artifact have to be a family heirloom?
  • Does she have to discover it after her parents are deceased?
  • Could the artifact have been passed down to her years ago, got lost in a box, and resurfaced at the onset of our story?
  • Could she find it in an antiques store?
  • Could a friend find it and give it to her as a gift?

The important part of this story may not be how she comes by the artifact; instead, it could be what happens as a result. In which case, you could explore other options for getting it in her hands and activating it. 

  • For a rough draft, skip A entirely. Focus on B, because B gets you to C.

My last option for solving this problem is basically to ignore it. If you’re working on a first draft, or even a second draft of the story, and you can’t get over this one problem, then solve it by ignoring it. For our anon, if you can’t come up with a reason for her to go to the manor, then simply say: “She decided to go to the manor,” and let that be the end to it…for now. 

Because allowing yourself to skip event A enables you to focus on fleshing out event B - something you seem much clearer on- so you can move forward with the story. When we’re working with drafts, it’s best to work on the parts that exist most vividly in our minds, and then work on stringing them together in whatever haphazard way we need to. Cohesion and structuring will come later on, once we know a little more about what we’ve created. 

One last note to my anon: Try not to get too stuck on this detail. Change the setup if you need to, in order to make it work, or gloss over it until you’ve got more of the meat of the story written. As you’re writing the middle, you might come up with some amazing backstory detail that helps explain how everything started, and it may have nothing to do with her going to the manor. 

I hope this wasn’t a confusing post! I tried my best, but I think what it comes down to is accepting that your plot should be flexible, and you should be willing to change details to work with other details, rather than trying to force them to work together when they don’t. 

-Rebekah

exbeaut  asked:

i'm so scared to live alone.... any tips?

You know I do! Living alone is a really intense and exciting experience, offering you the chance to explore your independence. It may seem daunting at first because you’re solely responsible for taking care of all your shopping, cleaning, and home related maintenance. But if you go into this experience prepared and confident, you’ll do fine- you’ll flourish!

Living alone is definitely not for everybody, especially if you’re an extraverted or super social person. In this case, you may want to buddy up with a friend and look into two bedroom apartments. Ask yourself- will you be okay spending a day on your own without interacting face-to-face with anybody? If the answer is no, you should find a roommate. 

Check out this post which details how to locate, inspect, and set up your first apartment. And…

Living Alone

1. PKW. Phone, keys, wallet. Every time you go anywhere. Check twice. The worst part of living on your own is having to rely on yourself to never forget to lock yourself out or leave your wallet at a sandwich shop in a mall. Make absolutely sure you have duplicates of your keys (I would get a couple made) and give one to a friend who lives nearby who you can count on. I also like to keep an extra set inside the apartment itself in a secure place, just in case. Your landlord can let you in during office hours, but giving a key to a trustworthy friend helps you 24/7.

2. Cleaning routine. You don’t have to sit down at a writing desk and draft this out, but spend a few minutes coming up with a basic cleaning regime for you to follow. It’s definitely easier to do a little each day, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule set aside at least an hour and a half during your time off to get your apartment spotless. I don’t know about you, but whenever I deep clean my apartment I feel like I’m living in a hotel for a day, and I absolutely love it.

3. Make a “moving” shopping list. This is everything you will need (minus food) for your first week at your new place. First aid kit, cleaning supplies, tape, cat food, etc. Your first week moving into your new place will be stressful enough, you don’t want to be halfway through setting up your living room and realize that you forgot to buy trash bags.

4. Secure yourself. I’m not the most agile or fast person in the world, and I do live in a mid-sized city that has a good deal of crime. The apartment complex I live in is very safe, but I still like to double lock my front door at night. It might be smart to keep some pepper spray or a baseball bat somewhere in your apartment, just in case.

5. Stay social. Even the most anti-social person gets lonely. Make sure to hang out with your friends, not just your co-workers, your actual friends. Get out off your apartment every few days and go see a movie, get a cup of coffee, go people watching at the park, etc. It’s easy to get depressed if you’re living alone and doing the same things the same way every day- allow yourself to mix it up.

6. Meal prep. It can be stressful and seem useless to cook complicated or “fancy” meals when you’re living on your own. Plan your meals for the week and make a list before going shopping. Get yourself enough food to make a variety of dinners that will only take you fifteen minutes. If you do want to go crazy and make steak and mashed potatoes for yourself, make enough for two meals. Also, nobody is going to think poorly of you for stocking your fridge with a couple frozen dinners.

7. Customer service. Living alone means that you are going to be doing a lot of talking to customer service representatives. Get comfortable talking to people over the phone. Tell the rep what you need as quickly as you can, and try to be polite because customer service at a phone center is a garbage job that doesn’t pay well. On the flip side, don’t be afraid to ask for a manager if you’re upset or unhappy with your service. Take their survey at the end of your phone call, tell them how unhappy you are. It’s someone’s shitty job to look at all those surveys, no complaint goes unheard. Companies with great phone service: Verizon, Apple, Amazon. Companies with awful phone service: USPS (literally the worst), electric companies, health insurance companies.

8. Guest space. This is not required, but it’s a good idea to have some sort of space for a friend to stay the night. A friend of mine had a bad breakup, showed up at my apartment with ten minute’s notice, and then fell asleep on my couch after an hour of crying. It as 7:30! Whatever, she needed it. Keep an extra blanket and pillow in your closet, I like to keep travel sized shampoos and conditioners in my bathroom cabinet on the off chance a guest wants to use my shower. I got these at a hotel for free, but they’re available at CVS and other pharmacies.

9. Toilet paper. Don’t let yourself run out of toilet paper! I like to buy more when I notice I only have one roll left. The same deal goes for paper towels.

10. Enjoy. Living on your own is simoltaneously exciting and exhausting, but an all around must-have experience. Enjoy the freedom to forget to make the bed, to decorate your bathroom however you want, to have ice cream for dinner, to watch reruns of Friends and cry when Rachel decides to move to France. Make sure to give yourself lots of space to move at your own pace, but please remember to eat three meals a day and to go to the doctor’s for a checkup at least once a year!

anonymous asked:

I know this may sound funny, but I swear I'm serious. Please write that Mc gets stuck in a toilet, RFA+minor trio, please

This is really funny, it made me laugh out loud but… did… did this happen to you? Where did this prompt come from? I’m so curious.

Also, I have no idea where you’re from and if you meant “stuck in a bathroom” or “stuck in an actual toilet” so I wrote for both. That’s probably just me overthinking things, so you don’t have to worry about anything being unclear.


Yoosung

  • It was late at night
  • MC was sleeping over, and woke up because she had to pee
  • She didn’t want to turn on the lights and disturb Yoosung, so she made her way to the bathroom in complete darkness
  • However, she didn’t know that Yoosung had left the toilet seat up, so when she went to sit, her knees hit her chest and she let out a startled yelp
  • The seat the hit her in the back 
  • Once she’d calmed down (although a little frustrated at the situation), MC went stand, she realized she’d gotten stuck
  • Thankfully, the ruckus had already woken Yoosung, and MC was able to call for his help without disturbing the neighbors
  • Yoosung, the poor baby, felt really guilty, apologized a million times, and promised to put the seat down from now on so that it wouldn’t happen again

Jaehee

  • When she walked into the bathroom to find MC trying to pry her hand out of the toilet tank, where it had gotten stuck, she straight up called emergency services for help
  • As embarrassing as it was, MC was extracted from the toilet by the fire department
  • When Jaehee asked MC why she had her hand jammed in that part of the toilet anyways, MC holds up a plastic baggy with an engagement ring inside
  • She’s been hiding the ring the only place she thought Jaehee in wouldn’t look
  • However, MC also says that she’ll propose another day, because this is not remotely romantic and Jaehee deserves something special
  • Jaehee ends up laughing despite herself, and MC has so many mixed feelings as she flushes deep red

Zen

  • They were on location, Zen was shooting a scene, and MC really had to use the bathroom
  • So she ran off to the use the porta-potty they had set up nearby
  • While gross, MC was desperate
  • Once she had finished her business, MC went to leave, only to find the door stuck
  • This was bad
  • She tried calling out for help, banging on the door, but nobody seemed to hear her
  • So she went on the Messenger
  • 707: Hey hey MC! What’s up?
  • MC: you’re not going to believe this, but I’m kind of stuck.
  • Jaehee: stuck?
  • MC:….. nevermind. I shouldn’t have said anything.
  • 707: Traffic?
  • 707: gasp! Maybe she was abducted! Now she’s stuck on their space ship!
  • Zen has logged on
  • Zen: MC, where are you? I can’t find you anywhere! I’ve been worried sick!
  • Jaehee: she’s missing?! I’ll call Mr. Han!
  • MC: NO!
  • MC: Jaehee that’s not necessary! It’s not that bad!
  • Zen: Then where are you?!
  • MC: Zen…. I’m stuck in a porta-potty.
  • 707: lol
  • 707: lolololol
  • MC: 😓
  • 707: lololololololololololololol
  • MC: look can… can someone just help get me out of here? The door is stuck.
  • Zen: I’m on my way.
  • Turns out there was a truck parked in front of the porta-potty
  • Like, it backed up so it’s bumper held the door shut
  • If Zen didn’t cause a fuss about it, MC might’ve been stuck in there for hours

Jumin

  • The newly painted doors in their newly finished were a fraction too big and their was a draft 
  • How did MC know this?
  • Because the door swung shut hard behind her when she had to run to the bathroom, as she’d been feeling kind of sick lately
  • Now the door was stuck because the paint caused the door to jam
  • Because she left her phone outside of the bathroom, MC had to wait for Jumin to wonder where she was
  • The moment she told him the door was stuck, he brute forced the door open himself
  • He’s a mix of angry and concerned, and after assuring that, yes, MC is fine, he makes a few calls to make sure that the doors will be replaced immediately so that this doesn’t happen again, especially when he’s not around

Saeyoung

  • He had prank days
  • Saeyoung would booby trap the house and certain things would become unsafe
  • It was usually harmless, like switching the salt with sugar and such
  • This time, Saeyoung decides to grease the toilet
  • So now, MC was somehow sitting, with her butt lodged in the seat, unable to get out
  • But she refused to give Saeyoung the pleasure of seeing her like this
  • MC tries to pry herself out, but no matter what she does, she can’t seem to wiggle free
  • Whatever Saeyoung greased the toilet with, much to her dismay, works against her getting out
  • She manages to get out after about five minutes of struggling
  • MC cleans the toilet, then puts chili pepper and garlic powder in his HBC and waits

V

  • MC had politely excused herself to go use the bathroom while she was helping him go through some of his new work
  • V hadn’t thought to tell her that the lid was broken and he hadn’t bothered to replace it yet
  • Then he heard a loud snap, a crash, and the sound MC screaming
  • Immediately he was on his feet and at the bathroom door, knocking and asking if she was okay
  • It turned out she’d gone to the bathroom to text Jumin and ask a question about V she was too embarrassed ask to his face, had sat down on the lid, and it had given way under her weight
  • Now MC was more embarrassed about their accident than anything else, especially since her skirt was wet and she was stuck
  • V carefully helped pull her out, found a pair of old sweatpants that she could borrow, and put her skirt in the wash, reassuring her the whole time that it was fine and she doesn’t need to be embarrassed

Saeran

  • The plumbing had burst at their apartment, so they were temporarily staying in a tiny hotel room until it could be fixed
  • Saeran was watching some TV while MC is taking a shower
  • He vaguely hears the water turn off, but he’s not paying attention until he hears a yelp, a crashing noise, and then a groan of pain
  • Saeran ignores it, because she’s probably fine…
  • Then she calls for him
  • When he walks in, he actually bursts out laughing
  • Because MC slipped and fell so that she’s jammed between the toilet and the wall
  • Honestly, she has no idea how she ended up that position, but arms are stuck and she can’t get out
  • After some help from Saeran and some wiggling, MC finally gets free
  • The only downside is that Saeran’s still laughing the whole time

Vanderwood

  • MC had forgotten the toilet seat was broken, so she tried to stand on the seat to grab something off a shelf, the seat snapped, and now her foot was stuck
  • Vanderwood’s first react was to raise an eyebrow and wonder how in the world this happened
  • He helps get MC free, a little exasperated the whole time
  • Sometimes he’ll remind her and laugh

squigglyness  asked:

i'm abt to be 18, in college & this summer i'm living in an apartment with 2 other girls, in august i'm moving into my own studio apt. i'm getting used to living away from my parents this summer,but i feel like it will be different in fall w/o roommates. parents are buying everythng for new apt for birthday, so i don't have to worry abt money. idk wht it will be like moving in, since my roommates were already here this summer when i got here, so it was furnished. any advice for living on my own?

Living on Your Own

1. PKW. Phone, keys, wallet. Every time you go anywhere. Check twice. The worst part of living on your own is having to rely on yourself to never forget to lock yourself out or leave your wallet at a sandwich shop in a mall. Make absolutely sure you have duplicates of your keys (I would get a couple made) and give one to a friend who lives nearby who you can count on. I also like to keep an extra set inside the apartment itself in a secure place, just in case. Your landlord can let you in during office hours, but giving a key to a trustworthy friend helps you 24/7.

2. Cleaning routine. You don’t have to sit down at a writing desk and draft this out, but spend a few minutes coming up with a basic cleaning regime for you to follow. It’s definitely easier to do a little each day, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule set aside at least an hour and a half during your time off to get your apartment spotless. I don’t know about you, but whenever I deep clean my apartment I feel like I’m living in a hotel for a day, and I absolutely love it.

3. Make a “moving” shopping list. This is everything you will need (minus food) for your first week at your new place. First aid kit, cleaning supplies, tape, cat food, etc. Your first week moving into your new place will be stressful enough, you don’t want to be halfway through setting up your living room and realize that you forgot to buy trash bags.

4. Secure yourself. I’m not the most agile or fast person in the world, and I do live in a mid-sized city that has a good deal of crime. The apartment complex I live in is very safe, but I still like to double lock my front door at night. It might be smart to keep some pepper spray or a baseball bat somewhere in your apartment, just in case.

5. Stay social. Even the most anti-social person gets lonely. Make sure to hang out with your friends, not just your co-workers, your actual friends. Get out off your apartment every few days and go see a movie, get a cup of coffee, go people watching at the park, etc. It’s easy to get depressed if you’re living alone and doing the same things the same way every day- allow yourself to mix it up.

6. Meal prep. It can be stressful and seem useless to cook complicated or “fancy” meals when you’re living on your own. Plan your meals for the week and make a list before going shopping. Get yourself enough food to make a variety of dinners that will only take you fifteen minutes. If you do want to go crazy and make steak and mashed potatoes for yourself, make enough for two meals. Also, nobody is going to think poorly of you for stocking your fridge with a couple frozen dinners.

7. Customer service. Living alone means that you are going to be doing a lot of talking to customer service representatives. Get comfortable talking to people over the phone. Tell the rep what you need as quickly as you can, and try to be polite because customer service at a phone center is a garbage job that doesn’t pay well. On the flip side, don’t be afraid to ask for a manager if you’re upset or unhappy with your service. Take their survey at the end of your phone call, tell them how unhappy you are. It’s someone’s shitty job to look at all those surveys, no complaint goes unheard. Companies with great phone service: Verizon, Apple, Amazon. Companies with awful phone service: USPS (literally the worst), electric companies, health insurance companies.

8. Guest space. This is not required, but it’s a good idea to have some sort of space for a friend to stay the night. A friend of mine had a bad breakup, showed up at my apartment with ten minute’s notice, and then fell asleep on my couch after an hour of crying. It as 7:30! Whatever, she needed it. Keep an extra blanket and pillow in your closet, I like to keep travel sized shampoos and conditioners in my bathroom cabinet on the off chance a guest wants to use my shower. I got these at a hotel for free, but they’re available at CVS and other pharmacies.

9. Toilet paper. Don’t let yourself run out of toilet paper! I like to buy more when I notice I only have one roll left. The same deal goes for paper towels.

10. Enjoy. Living on your own is simoltaneously exciting and exhausting, but an all around must-have experience. Enjoy the freedom to forget to make the bed, to decorate your bathroom however you want, to have ice cream for dinner, to watch reruns of Friends and cry when Rachel decides to move to France. Make sure to give yourself lots of space to move at your own pace, but please remember to eat three meals a day and to go to the doctor’s for a checkup at least once a year!

You got this babe!

Date Night

“Alec, what are you doing?” 

Alec looked up over the pot he was currently stirring in the Institute kitchen to see Isabelle leaning casually against the door frame. 

“I-” Alec started before cutting off abruptly when the pot began to boil over. Once he turned down the heat he finished, “I invited Magnus for dinner here tonight.” 

“You… Invited Magnus here? Like, for a date?”

“Yeah,” Alec responded grimly. 

“Why?” 

Alec sighed, “we are always at his place, or we always do things that he suggests… I just didn’t want him to think I’m ashamed of him or something, and that’s why we never come here.” 

“Um, obviously. You never come here because here sucks,” Izzy responded gesturing to the general area of the Institute.  

Alec rolled his eyes and threw some spices into the pot, “are you going to say anything helpful anytime soon? Because if not, leave me to my meal.” 

“Actually, that’s why I came. It smelled like something was burning, and Alec… I’m pretty sure food isn’t supposed to look like that.” 

“You have absolutely no leg to stand on,” Alec said defensively, “it’ll be fine. I’m sure if I just keep adding things it’ll eventually even out.” 

“By the Angel, what is that awful smell ” 

Alec sighed when Jace walked in. The exact last person he wanted to see right now. Jace would never let him live this down, so Alec resigned himself to humiliation. 

“Alec invited Magnus here for a date and offered to cook for him,” Izzy said with a smarmy grin.  

Jace’s eyes widened, “you invited him here? Are you aware that he owns a beautiful penthouse apartment with the world’s most luxurious showers? Honestly, I’m glad to be home… But I still daydream about that shower. Also, there are way fewer people… Don’t you want privacy?” 

“Considering how often you guys interrupt us anyway,” Alec said ignoring Jace’s sound of protest,” I’m not actually sure it matters where we are. And would you stop! He’ll be here in half an hour, it’s too late to suddenly change plans. So, either help me or leave me to my misery.”

Jace and Izzy shared a look that Alec knew well- it was the ‘Alec is such a loser’ look, but he didn’t call them on it. Especially because, after a moment, they both shifted their shoulders back into soldier positions. They may drive him insane, but they’ll always come through for him. 

“Sure, buddy, why don’t I help you make a dinner that resembles human food?” Jace offered, and Alec sighed with relief. Of the three of them, Jace was by far the most capable in the kitchen. 

“Where were you thinking of setting up?” Izzy asked. 

Alec blushed slightly, but responded, “it’s nice out… So I thought, maybe… We could eat on the balcony of my office?” 

“Wow, look at you, bro,” Izzy said punching his arm playfully, “you are actually a secret romantic.” 

“Shut up,” Alec said turning away. “We don’t have much time, so Jace…”

“Say no more,” Jace responded, taking Alec’s pot and dumping everything out ignoring Alec’s soft sound of disapproval. “We don’t have a lot of time, so I think your best bet is some type of pasta dish, we’ll throw some fish on top because fish cooks faster than meat, make a salad and call it a day.” 

“Do you have wine?” Izzy asked. 

Alec nodded, at least that part he had completed. “Yeah, it’s chilling in the fridge.” 

Izzy nodded in approval, “I’ll go set up your balcony. Alec, why don’t you go shower and get ready?” 

“But what if Jace needs my-”

“No!” Jace said with alarm, “no, it will be less work for me if you’re not here. But don’t forget, you’re going to owe me big time.”

“Duly noted,” Alec responded, “what do you want?”

“I’ll tell you later,” Jace said already focused on his task of chopping vegetables. 

Alec nodded and ran to his room, cursing softly. It was disorganized because he’s been so distracted and busy lately. He hastily shoved a few empty, day old mugs into empty drawers, chucked his clothes into a laundry basket and then put that in the closet. With his room now looking moderately less terrible he rushed to take a shower, shaving his face and using the after-shave he knew Magnus liked so much. Or at least, Alec thinks he likes it based on the way he always seems to nuzzle closer on the days he uses it. 

He knew he couldn’t waste any time, Magnus was religiously punctual (at least, with Alec. Otherwise he was more than content to make people wait. The preferential treatment always made Alec smile.) 

By the time he got back to the kitchen Jace was just about finishing up dinner. 

“Okay,” Jace said upon seeing him, “I plated it and put the extras in your office, so that should be fine. I did place a heating rune on the pot, so no worries.” 

“You are the best parabatai,” Alec said pulling into a hug that surprised both of them. 

“Sap,” Jace said squeezing back just as hard. 

“I’m done with the balcony. I put the wine in an ice bucket out there,” Izzy said as she walked in on them hugging. Alec pulled her into the hug as well, because while his mother may insist that Lightwoods aren’t huggers, that particular family trait did not pass down to her children. 

“Try not to be too tragic, okay, Alec?” Izzy said as they pulled away. Alec made a face. 

“I’m not tragic.” 

Jace and Izzy shared that look again, “okay.” 

Alec opened his mouth to respond but his phone vibrated, with a message from Magnus letting him know he came. 

“I gotta go,” Alec said. 

Jace turned to leave with a wink, “if you end up fucking on the desk in your office I wouldn’t blame you.” 

“Goodbye,” Alec said walking away to let Magnus in through the front door. 

Magnus took his breath away, as usual. He was dressed well, but Alec didn’t expect anything else. There was something special about this, though, about having Magnus on his turf and opening the door for him. It was nice knowing that for once, Magnus really didn’t have to do anything- Alec could take care of him completely. It was a surprisingly heady feeling, Alec thought he might ask Magnus to come here more often after all. 

“I didn’t want to come empty handed,” Magnus said holding out a cake tin. “So I figured I’d bring dessert.” 

Alec took the cake and leaned down slightly to meet Magnus’s lips for a welcoming kiss. “Yes, very sweet.” 

Magnus rolled his eyes at the line but smiled anyway and kissed him again. When Magnus pulled back he immediately nuzzled Alec’s cheek, which made him smirk internally. Looks like he was right about that aftershave.

Alec led Magnus to his office and was hit by the scent of well-cooked pasta covered in a fragrant sauce. Jace really was a life saver. The second thing he noticed was the table on the balcony, with candles placed over a clean white table cloth, beside it was a smaller table with the wine he got chilling in an ice bucket. He even heard soft jazz playing in the background. 

“Wow,” Magnus said his eyes slightly wide, “is this some type of anniversary I forgot?” 

Alec laughed, “no. I just… Wanted tonight to be nice. Jace and Izzy helped a lot.” 

Magnus smiled, “I thought I recognized that smell. I think Jace made this for me once when he was staying with me.” 

Alec was burning up with happiness that bordered on giddy. He walked to the table outside, his hand still holding Magnus’. Letting go briefly, he pulls out Magnus’ chair for him. Magnus, who has been watching him with a soft smile, actually blushes at that. Alec thinks that if he can keep that wide-eyed look of wonderment on Magnus’ face as often as he can, he’ll have lived a good life. 

The place settings already had two plates full of food on them and had a small warming rune burned into the corner of the ceramic. 

He moved to open the bottle of wine when he realized he didn’t have a wine opener. Alec opened his mouth to start stuttering something when the bottle was suddenly uncorked in a haze of blue magic. 

“Thanks,” Alec said, his cheeks still slightly red. 

“It’s the least I can do,” Magnus said gesturing around them. 

Alec rolled his eyes, and reached one hand out to grab Magnus’ and pressed a gentle kiss to his knuckles. “I’m glad you like it.” 

“Of course I do, you didn’t need to go to all this effort but I do appreciate it. I love you,” Magnus said, his eyes warm and gentle as the looked at Alec. He was always struck by how beautiful Magnus’ eyes really are, they express so many emotions, they can be gentle and kind, and icy cold. Right now they radiated love, and Alec’s breath caught in his throat. 

“I love you too,” he responded. “Now, should we eat? This looks delicious.” 

“Sounds like a plan, Alexander.” 

i’ve had like three people ask if i was writing simpsons fic when i posted stuff about bart allen, so i was just thinking about everyone he meets making jokes about the simpsons to him. and he’s just like ??? wtf ???

what is a simpson? is that a drug? BLUE WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING AT ME?!?!?!

so jaime shows him some of the simpsons and he’s like NOPE not sharing this name anymore and he tries to change his name for a while. 

bart: hello i’m bartholomew! 

jaime: that’s worse

bart: call me b. 

jaime: sure, if you wanna get confused with BUMBLEBEE 

bart: fine, whateves. how about b.a? 

jaime: that’s short for badass. 

bart: THAT MAKES IT COOLER 

and of course, none of these stick and he eventually he has to go back to bart and just sort of deal with it. and he’s just like fuck it i share a name with this cartoon character with spiky hair/head 

bart: blue is that his head or his hair? 

jaime: no one knows 

and then he goes as him for halloween 

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm just a girl in love with your writing. Could you please if you have time write an au about either kanej's wedding or cute cuddling? Thank you so much:)

you’re so cute, tysm! i already did a cuddling one but…i couldn’t help but do another. w/o angst this time!! consider this a companion to my domestic hcs. plus i FINALLY used my kiss hc concept ahh


  • when they lived in the barrel inej had been conscientious about remaining scentless in order to be unnoticeable
  • but these days the fragrances of farm living have a way of embracing her, lingering to her bronze skin and weaving through the seams of her clothes
  • she carries these scents of home wherever she travels
  • it’s why kaz finds himself burrowing to her side in the van eck guest room even though jesper and wylan are waiting for the pair to unpack and join them downstairs
  • he can’t help himself. soon enough ketterdam will sheathe her in the rot that climbs from the depths of the canals and pollutes the air 
  • so he buries his face into the crook of her neck to savor the pure scent of summer while he can
  • he breathes deeply, inhaling the morning sun and clean air that got tangled in her tresses. he can faintly smell the perfume of inflorescence from the tree branches that brushed against her clothes when she picked apples that morning. and when she raises her hands to run them through his hair, the scent of fresh clover is still clinging beneath her nails
  • he’s learned to rely on these things, as well as the rhythm of her heartbeat, to keep from drowning in his hellish memories
  • inej can feel the moment when he starts to doze. his body goes lax, the grip around her waist loosens, and he breaths more evenly. 
  • tapping his shoulder she tells him they can’t fall asleep, but he grumbles something and snuggles closer
  • “jesper will kills us if we make them late for the show”
  • “i think we can take him”
  • she giggles, trying to push his shoulders. she manages to roll him over, but with his arms locked around her waist he just pulls her with him
  • so now she’s tucked against his side, a leg wrapped around his, his hand cradling the back of her head and holding her against his chest. she gets distracted by the feel of his heartbeat for a moment
  • but when she finally remembers where they are and that they have plans, she leans back to look at him without disentangling their legs or removing her hand from his waist. “kaz?”
  • she knows he’s pretending to be asleep so she sits up to get closer and flutters her eyelashes against his cheek
  • he tries to fight his smile but he can’t and he slowly peels his eyes open to see her smiling back at him
  • “we have to go.” 
  • he tucks her hair behind her ear. “fine.” but neither of them move and his gaze is fixed on her mouth. he softly places his hand against her neck and his thumb caresses her pulse. she knows this means he’s contemplating kissing her
  • his eyes meet hers, checking to see if she’s with him, and she nods as she leans in to meet him most of the way
  • the second their lips meet he smiles bc he can feel the leap of her pulse
  • “maybe they won’t notice” he says in between kisses and she laughs into the kiss. he’s never felt more alive than in that moment as he gets to taste the laughter he loves so much
  • when she finally manages to get him out of bed, they fix the pillows and the blanket just as jesper starts pounding on the door. kaz rolls his eyes.
  • “guys! what the hell are you doing? we’re going to be late. i’m coming in! do you hear me? i’m coming in!” the doorknob rattles and he steps in with his hand placed over his eyes. but a wide gap between his fingers reveals his curious gray gaze
  • “oh.” his eyebrow furrows as he looks at them. “what’s taking so long?”
  • wylan comes in behind him, his cheeks burning red.
  • inej laughs at both of their expense. “kaz fell asleep. i hope there’s time for coffee.”

So hey, @mossandmushroom ? I was cleaning out my mail the other day and I found an ancient ask prompt about a post-Underworld conversation. I haven’t written any fic since I think November, I’m rusty, this is only 500 words long and pretty raw, but here you go. :)


Emma traced the line of the dagger on Killian’s forearm, the curled letters of Milah’s name. “You want to talk about it?”

“I don’t know.” He didn’t ask what she meant. The street light cast a steady glow across the bedroom floor. Rain pattered on the window as the promised storm made its approach, and a draft moved the curtains. They would have to fix that before winter, Emma thought.

“Been a while since we got back.” Weeks now of normal skies, and not the threatening red of the Underworld – for values of normal that include dirigibles and the occasional dragon, anyway. Weeks of holding each other when they could, too many days spent with Emma’s secret nibbling at her peace.

“True.”

She curled her fingers around his wrist and pulled his arm closer around her, his chest pressed against her back. Things were better now, since the truth was out. Whatever came next, they were together.

“There’s little gain in pondering it.”

“I don’t know, you might feel better.”

A minute passed before Killian’s sigh stirred the hair on the back of her neck. The house creaked as if in answer. She had gotten used to its noises in the sleepless, haunted nights before he died.

“I would have liked to see her. I don’t know what I would have said, after this long. Nothing she didn’t always know, most likely.”

“You’ve never talked about her much.” Another pause followed. She wanted to turn around, to see the thoughts move across his face, but she didn’t move, just listened to his steady quiet breath.

“She wanted new things, always. New lands, new stars, new songs in her ears and her lips. I cannot imagine how it must have been, to wait in that same shadow of a town for centuries. And now….”

Emma squeezed his arm again. “I don’t think we can believe much that Hades said. Things had already changed there, before you left, with the river. She’ll find her way onward.” And if not, Emma thought, when we return, whenever that is – we’ll make it happen. The Oracle’s words returned to her, like a particularly tiresome song on the radio, told her that it might not be a long wait. “I really liked her. For whatever that’s worth, I mean. I’m glad I got to meet her.”

“And I, however ill the circumstances.” He withdrew his arm from her grasp, moved her hair, and kissed the back of her neck. “I love you, Emma.”

“Mm.” She smiled at both his words and that he seemed to think she needed to hear them just then. “I love you.” She fumbled around and dragged the comforter up. “Should get some sleep. Tomorrow is another day.” Magic scissors, honestly, what’s next? Hairpins, maybe. We already did hats. She fell asleep still smiling.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you had any writing tips in general? I'm a huge fan of your writing, it's incredible. I love writing stories, but sometimes I find myself having writers block that eventually results with me believing my writing is trash and I stop 😅 I hope you have a great weekend, and thank you for instilling new found hope in Stydia! We made it!

Here’s my, like, writing holy grail rules: 

  • Read your dialogue out loud. Like, you need to use lots of contractions, have your characters stumble over their words. The hallmark of bad dialogue is dialogue that sounds like it was written. 
  • Read books. Poetry, especially– I would recommend Bluets by Maggie Nelson and The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace. Learn how to incorporate different genres into your writing. Learn what you think is pretty, what you don’t like, what makes your heart stop, what makes you roll your eyes. Collect pieces of other people’s writing and fold it into yours. Not their direct lines, but their style. 
    • (This also applies to fanfiction and other types of amateur writing. One summer I spent six weeks at a writing camp with other people my age, and my writing changed for good. It was truly never the same again because of this one girl named Claire who wrote so beautifully, it changed me forever.) 
  • Write a story you want to read. I write stuff that I would love to read or watch because I know nobody’s gonna do it for me. And because of that, I’m always excited to write and I’m never out of ideas. 
  • Make a plan. The enemy of productivity is chaos. Plan out what’s going to happen in your fic. Know where it starts, where it ends, and what scenes you want to make sure you include. Know how you want your characters to grow. 
  • Be nice to yourself. Later on, you’re gonna have to edit and tear your stuff apart, but when you’re writing, go back and reread some stuff you’ve done and compliment yourself. Be like “hey that’s a funny line” or “NOICE what a hella pretty sentence!” Encourage yourself. 
  • Walk around with your fic for a little. Don’t write it down right away, and especially don’t write it right away. Daydream it. Think about it when you’re falling asleep at night. Think about it when you’re listening to music. Think about it when you’re taking a shower. Write your first draft in your head, and I promise, draft 2 that’s actually on paper will be better for it. 
  • Get yourself a cheerleader. Have a friend who has a stake in the story, who you can talk to when you’re stuck, who will get all excited about it with you. It’s always good to have someone to  talk to when you need to iron out kinks, and sometimes they even give you incredible ideas that you never would have had without them. Plus, insta-beta reader. Boom. 
    • Side note: Have a beta reader. And I know you don’t want to, but reread. Edit. Pay careful attention to sentences that seem clunky, that don’t flow well, that don’t fit your style. People notice when stuff is chunky, so don’t let yourself off the hook. (I often let myself off the hook and my beta readers have to clean it up.) 
  • Have a So What? So you’re writing a thing. Why? What’s the point? Why is the reader slugging through all this text to reach a conclusion? What’s the “so what” of your piece? Which leads me to…
  • Learn through your writing. I use writing as a tool to work through my issues, to figure out what i believe about something, to make myself feel like I’m going through something even when I’m sitting in a chair at my desk in my sweatpants. I truly, genuinely do not believe that you simply have to write what you know. In fact, I think that’s stupid. If I had done that, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t understand myself the way I do. So don’t write what you know– use the tools offered to you through your experiences, through books you’ve read, through movies you’ve watched, to write what you’re curious about. if you’re scared of something or yearning for something, there’s a reason. Find out what that is. 

Hope this helps!

anonymous asked:

Hey, I have a process question! Do u like to do really sloppy first drafts or get the right words in the right order right away? I noticed in the ask u answered about writing software that u have a lot of notes - do u do that instead of a messy first draft? I find I try to write a fluid, 'telling myself the story' first draft but then accidentally fall into prose, (and then I end up cutting a bunch of laborious stuff) so I'm always interested in how other writers approach the issue.

i just, like, write some stuff down and hope for the best. sometimes what i’ve written is really clean and fine and doesn’t need any editing at all, and sometimes it’s just the fucking worst and needs to be entirely scrapped. it’s a crapshoot! here is my vague Beginning A Story process: 

  1. come up with a DOPE IDEA, or read a DOPE IDEA that someone else wrote, and steal it (with credit) 
  2. write ONE SCENE. this is sometimes the first scene. more often than not it is a later scene. for crammer the first thing i wrote was hermione et all approaching hazza on the tube platform. i thought this would be the first scene at the time but i was wrong, all wrong. 
  3. make a few little notes about my narrator(s): what do they want? who are they? i usually include a few key adjectives so i can keep that in mind for their voice. 
  4. carry the momentum of that One Scene as far as possible. i just keep writing, whatever, i usually knock out a few thousand words at the start of a project with minimum agony. 
  5. get totally fucking stalled. now is OUTLINE TIME. possibly also RESEARCH TIME. now is the time for notes. i usually have about 2-8k written, so i have a basic idea of what i want this story to be, the tone, the characters. this is when i accrue massive amounts of notes.
  6. just fuckin. work. on it. usually i start a writing sesh by going through some of what i’ve previously written and fixing it. i tend not to do a laborious final edit at the end because i’ve been editing as i go. the story changes a lot as i’m writing – for example, there was a period during which crammer did not have hermione as one of the narrators – but it’s not important to me to have a fixed outline from which i never waver. i like to have the basic idea and then sort of follow it, see where it goes. 
  7. at the start of every section, chapter, whatever, i tend to do a mini-outline but more importantly i make a list of beats i want to hit.
  8. rinse ‘n repeat. 

i’m not especially precious about drafting because this is fun time fanfiction zone, but of course i want things to be, you know, fairly decent. i’m an as-i-go editor, although i do a big read through at the end for tone and narrative gaps and also to fill in all the scenes i skipped writing. huge swaths of my notes are totally useless but are fun to look back on for example

my outlines are always stupid garbage 

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anonymous asked:

Hey jasper! Idk if anyone asked this (plus it's not in your faq) but did you go to art school? And are you working in the art industry now? If you're uncomfortable or already answered this I'm sorry about it

I took painting summer classes and other small stuff like that back when I was a kid, and attended poster-making competitions as an elementary school student, so that might’ve helped out~

back when I was a college freshman we had drafting and rendering classes in architecture, and that was also pretty helpful in cleaning up my linework

for anatomy and people, though, I was able to find a lotta online tutorials as a high school student and taught myself to draw! I was kinda rejected from our school’s art club and so I taught myself to improve out of spite lmao

anonymous asked:

mini prompt: "you're getting crumbs all over my bed." i'm thinking a breakfast in bed sorta thing? but whatever inspires you! (p.s. i hope you post your mini prompts on ffnet! :] )

Thanks anon! Great idea, but I did go with something slightly different :) I drew some inspiration from something that reminded me of my friend’s hatred for crumbs in the bed and how she addressed the problem with her husband. Hope you like it! 

The Vow

“Klaus,” she whined, entering the bedroom and obstructing his view, no doubt on purpose. “What have I told you about this?” 

Klaus was so absorbed by the Chelsea football match on television that he wasn’t quite sure what she meant. Knowing his fussy wife, he figured it could be a myriad of things. 

“I know your thoughts on football, love, or that other word you like to use that I detest, but this is the finals!”

“Funnily enough that isn’t the most pressing issue here.” He looked around madly, trying to figure out what was the cause of her ire. “Oh come on Klaus, it’s not that difficult.”

“You’d be surprised,” he mumbled, trying to catch a sneaky look at the score on the television behind her. 

“We’ve been married for like five weeks.”

“And it was the happiest day of my life, sweetheart,” he grinned, thinking just how amazing the night portion had especially been. 

“But yet you’ve already forgotten your vows,” she complained.

“Let’s see; love, honour, cherish, obey,” he recited, like he was checking off a shopping list. “I hate to brag but I thought I was doing bloody brilliantly so far.”

“Yeah, you don’t like bragging at all,” she growled. “Unfortunately, your love of remembering things doesn’t seem to compare, Mikaelson.”

“Richer or poorer, sickness and in health, ‘till death do us part,” he replied. “Okay, got it.”

“You know exactly what I’m talking about,” she guessed. “I don’t know many couples who added vows like ours.”

When Caroline had told him during the lead up to the wedding that she wanted to write her own vows Klaus wasn’t really surprised. It was Caroline Forbes after all and she liked to do things differently. One of the many reasons he loved his wife. 

What he hadn’t expected though was her chosen content. He’d assumed she’d come up with something overly mushy and romantic, what he got was nothing of the sort. He could still remember that discussion.

“You want me to vow to keep the toilet seat down?” He’d baulked, reading through her draft proposals as she put it. Klaus had a feeling that she’d only used the term draft so he felt like he’d been consulted.  

“Yes,” she answered simply. “Given we’re going to be living together forever, it’s best we address this bad habit sooner rather than later. Klaus would have argued but he was too busy scanning the list wondering what else he was supposed to promise not to do. 

“Oh come on, I’m not that bad with the remote control!” Sure, he liked to switch channels, didn’t everyone? 

“You flip channels like a maniac,” she scoffed. “It’s like my very own strobe lighting. Who needs to go to a nightclub when I have my very own show in the comfort of my own home?”

“I still maintain that I allow a good few seconds between clicks,” he argued. “You know, fine I’ll agree to all of these. IF I get to choose some of my own vows.”

“But I’m perfect,” she boasted. 

‘We’ll see about that, love. How about we start with your need to hog all of the closet space and colour coordinate the toilet paper with the towels. I could go on but I should really get this down now so I don’t forget anything…”

People still spoke about their elegant but unusual wedding ceremony, each vow getting funnier and crazier to their unsuspecting guests.

“The toilet seat was well and truly down when I last checked,” Klaus confessed. “Unless Kol decided to pay us a visit and mess with your rules just to get me in trouble. It wouldn’t be the first time.”

“Remind me never to get into a guessing game with you ever again,” she drawled. “You’re getting crumbs all over my bed!”

“Oh come on love, it’s only a few Doritos,” he explained, pushing them onto the carpet beside the bed and sending her a knowing smirk. “See, it’s all better.” 

“You live to tease me,” she muttered in frustration, flopping on the bed beside him.

“Only because you make it too much fun, love,” Klaus grinned, pulling her closer and raking his hands through her soft waves. 

“Don’t think that gets you out of cleaning it up though,” she said, snuggling closer to him. “Now, about this soccer match.”

“If you’re going to make me abide by the vows then you sure as hell are going to do the same by not referring to my beloved games by the horrible S word.”

“Call it payback, my darling husband.”  

anonymous asked:

Ty so much for answering my ask! I was hoping to get some advice, I've read some of your posts but Idk if maybe I missed some. I'm 24, living with my parents and siblings. I have stayed around trying to help my then dysfunctional family emotionally and later as I got older economically as well. However I'm now ready to have my own little space which I've never had, but I'm scared because I would more than likely be living paycheck to paycheck once I do that. So any tips would be so great!

First of all, I am so excited for you! Deciding to move out is such a huge and exciting step. You don’t deserve unnecessary stress in your life, and having your own place is one of the best parts of “Adult life”.

Living Alone Tips

1. PKW. Phone, keys, wallet. Every time you go anywhere. Check twice. The worst part of living on your own is having to rely on yourself to never forget to lock yourself out or leave your wallet at a sandwich shop in a mall. Make absolutely sure you have duplicates of your keys (I would get a couple made) and give one to a friend who lives nearby who you can count on. I also like to keep an extra set inside the apartment itself in a secure place, just in case. Your landlord can let you in during office hours, but giving a key to a trustworthy friend helps you 24/7.

2. Cleaning routine. You don’t have to sit down at a writing desk and draft this out, but spend a few minutes coming up with a basic cleaning regime for you to follow. It’s definitely easier to do a little each day, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule set aside at least an hour and a half during your time off to get your apartment spotless. I don’t know about you, but whenever I deep clean my apartment I feel like I’m living in a hotel for a day, and I absolutely love it.

3. Make a “moving” shopping list. This is everything you will need (minus food) for your first week at your new place. First aid kit, cleaning supplies, tape, cat food, etc. Your first week moving into your new place will be stressful enough, you don’t want to be halfway through setting up your living room and realize that you forgot to buy trash bags.

4. Secure yourself. I’m not the most agile or fast person in the world, and I do live in a mid-sized city that has a good deal of crime. The apartment complex I live in is very safe, but I still like to double lock my front door at night. It might be smart to keep some pepper spray or a baseball bat somewhere in your apartment, just in case.

5. Stay social. Even the most anti-social person gets lonely. Make sure to hang out with your friends, not just your co-workers, your actual friends. Get out off your apartment every few days and go see a movie, get a cup of coffee, go people watching at the park, etc. It’s easy to get depressed if you’re living alone and doing the same things the same way every day- allow yourself to mix it up.

6. Meal prep. It can be stressful and seem useless to cook complicated or “fancy” meals when you’re living on your own. Plan your meals for the week and make a list before going shopping. Get yourself enough food to make a variety of dinners that will only take you fifteen minutes. If you do want to go crazy and make steak and mashed potatoes for yourself, make enough for two meals. Also, nobody is going to think poorly of you for stocking your fridge with a couple frozen dinners.

7. Customer service. Living alone means that you are going to be doing a lot of talking to customer service representatives. Get comfortable talking to people over the phone. Tell the rep what you need as quickly as you can, and try to be polite because customer service at a phone center is a garbage job that doesn’t pay well. On the flip side, don’t be afraid to ask for a manager if you’re upset or unhappy with your service. Take their survey at the end of your phone call, tell them how unhappy you are. It’s someone’s shitty job to look at all those surveys, no complaint goes unheard. Companies with great phone service: Verizon, Apple, Amazon. Companies with awful phone service: USPS (literally the worst), electric companies, health insurance companies.

8. Guest space. This is not required, but it’s a good idea to have some sort of space for a friend to stay the night. A friend of mine had a bad breakup, showed up at my apartment with ten minute’s notice, and then fell asleep on my couch after an hour of crying. It as 7:30! Whatever, she needed it. Keep an extra blanket and pillow in your closet, I like to keep travel sized shampoos and conditioners in my bathroom cabinet on the off chance a guest wants to use my shower. I got these at a hotel for free, but they’re available at CVS and other pharmacies.

9. Toilet paper. Don’t let yourself run out of toilet paper! I like to buy more when I notice I only have one roll left. The same deal goes for paper towels.

10. Enjoy. Living on your own is simoltaneously exciting and exhausting, but an all around must-have experience. Enjoy the freedom to forget to make the bed, to decorate your bathroom however you want, to have ice cream for dinner, to watch reruns of Friends and cry when Rachel decides to move to France. Make sure to give yourself lots of space to move at your own pace, but please remember to eat three meals a day and to go to the doctor’s for a checkup at least once a year!

Additional Resources

1. Apartment hunting 101: My definitive (and very long) post about all things apartment hunting.

2. First apartment advice: There are so many things that need to happen before you can actually “move in” to your new home. This post will help you get started!

3. Budgeting on minimum wage: My post on supporting yourself while working for next to nothing. It can be done!

4. Savings: My thoughts on how much $$ you should have saved up before moving.


Hope this helps!

brightside.

pairing: cho chang + roger davies
notes: so maybe he’s always liked her, and maybe he’s always wanted her to look at him the way she still looks at diggory, but this–

–he doesn’t know how it ended up like this.

(a non-magical au look at how roger davies likes this girl so much that he doesn’t sleep with her. a look at the morning after.)

A soft gasp and the feeling of someone jerking away wakes him up.

Roger groans, feeling a slight pounding at his temples, and he turns from his side onto his back and releases a satisfied exhale when the welcome semi-orgasmic quiver that comes with all great stretches finds a nook in his abdomen.

He opens his eyes slowly, adjusting his vision until it’s quite clear that the pastel green star stickers on the ceiling most certainly are not his, so he sits up.

Roger.”

She’s sitting at the foot of the bed with a blanket drawn modestly around her torso and her dark blue push-up bra is hidden behind long, silky hair, but he’s not sneaking glances at her chest, is he, because he can’t pull away from her gaze, fixed so firmly on him, and her eyes are wide, half measures worried and confused, while her dark lips are parted slightly, and never in a million years did he think he would be in the same bed as her–

Roger swallows and feels the inside of his mouth turn to sandpaper.

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Dance With Me Tonight 

banner by eriza


“Whilst on their year (or so) long hiatus young Harry Styles has been drafted into the whirlwind of the Strictly Come Dancing experience, or so the rumours would lead you to believe.

I mean it’s something that my mum would be proud of me doing.” He stopped to laugh, “and I guess it would be a great way to keep up my fitness over the winter months.” Taken directly from the man’s mouth, at the premier of Dunkirk in Leister Square.

Is that enough confirmation for you?  It is for us.’

a OU Harry fic to prove the illegitimacy of The Strictly Curse

//COMING SOON TO 1DFF//

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aph-awesomeprussia  asked:

What are the stages of drafts? I'm trying to write my own book but I dont know how to draft properly and I feel like I'm gonna be stuck in a gutter if I don't know

Yesssssssssssssss someone finally asked it!!!

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to explain this and show everybody my inverted pyramid :D :D :D

I present, The Inverted Pyramid of Revising a Book

Now I’ll explain each section of the inverted pyramid:

THE FIRST DRAFT

  • This should be self-explanatory. You write the first draft. For novels, 75-150,000+ words of the world inside your head.

PLOT, CONTENT, SCENES, AND MAJOR CHARACTERS

  • Go back and fix it all up. Did you tell the story you wanted to tell? Did you include scenes and events that add up to the conclusion you present?
  • Are there any unnecessary scenes you could delete, or scenes that are redundant to other scenes? Get rid of them. If this means entire chapters have to go, wave bye-bye.
  • Do your main characters have believable back stories and arcs, and do they act appropriately in character at all times?
  • Is there any point in time when your characters do something that they literally WOULD NOT DO? Change that up.

WORLD-BUILDING, CHARACTERIZATION, HONING IN PLOT POINTS

  • Now pay attention to the deeper aspects of the story. Delve into the world your characters live in. Do they react appropriately? Does any part of society influence them more than others?
  • What does your world look like? Delve into the setting. The cultures, the technology, the history.
  • Work with your secondary characters and how they interact with your main characters. What role do they serve overall? Does the main character’s journey affect them at all, or vice versa?
  • Tighten up plot points. Stay concise if possible.

SENTENCE STRUCTURE, FLOW AND PACING OF SCENES

  • Now that the major parts of your story have been patted down, you can begin focusing on the technical stuff. Start broad.
  • Do you have redundant sentences? Do you start multiple sentences the same way?
  • Throw in short sentences.
  • Drop the pronoun from the beginning of a sentence every now and then.
  • Use commas instead of ‘and’ if you find you use ‘and’ a lot.
  • Does the flow of sentences and paragraphs fit with the tone of the scene?
  • Chop sentences apart. Use quick, sharp words.
  • Or combine sentences and flowery language and soft words.

BETA READER CRITIQUES AND SUGGESTIONS

  • Now that you’ve really patted this thing down, find people willing to read your work (hopefully for free).
  • Ask them to point out inconsistencies. Are they confused by anything?
  • Beta readers can tell you when things are boring or exciting. They’ll laugh. They’ll fangirl. They’ll beg you for more chapters.
  • Your brain is soft from so much revising. Beta readers are fresh, and will pick out things you’ve glossed over from seeing it so many times.
  • Shake things up and host a video chat for you and your betas! It’s a great way to make friends :)

PUNCTUATION AND MISSING WORDS

  • NOWWWWW you’ve finished all the major revisions and your story makes sense!!! All that’s left to do is get the broom and sweep it up (or the vacuum cleaner, or generate a black hole from the Large Hadron Collider to suck out all the errors because that’s super-effective**).
  • This is the nitty gritty stuff, and I highly recommend either forcing yourself to read really, really slow, or better yet, read your book out loud, start to finish.
  • You’ll trip up over misplaced commas and periods.
  • You’ll literally hear when a sentence is awkward.
  • Your brain will get confused when there’s a missing word.
  • Fill in the gaps, hammer down the boards, tidy up the place like you’ve got guests coming over.

THE FINAL DRAFT

  • OMG
  • OMG
  • OMG
  • OMG IT’S FINISHED AND YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD AND BUY PHYSICAL COPIES THAT YOU CAN HOLD AND SMELL AND RUB ALL OVER YOUR FACE AND DRAW IN AND DOG-EAR AND TOTE AROUND TO SHOW PEOPLE AND SIGN AUTOGRAPHS AND BECOME YOUR OWN LITTLE CELEBRITY!!!
  • Email the newspaper (I’ve appeared multiple times).
  • Email the local TV station (I’ve appeared on live TV).
  • Email book talk radio shows (I’ve had a Q&A for an hour on live radio).
  • ……..Marketing is hard.

I hope that helps!

N.B. **please do not ask CERN for permission to use the Large Hadron Collider to create black holes that suck out all the errors in your book. You’ll look silly, and you might destroy Earth in the process.

Some post-Trespasser feels. 


They had been talking all evening, Dorian sitting at his desk with the crystal glowing gently beside him, quill held loosely in his hand and paperwork forgotten as they recounted the events of their days. It was strange, for so long they had shared nearly every moment of the day. Now they did everything alone and Dorian found himself constantly looking forward to when he could finally share it all with Elden, and hear everything he had done in return.

It was late now, however, and as a silence grew between them, Dorian wondered if Elden had fallen asleep. The only sound now was the scratching of Dorian’s quill as he returned to his work. This was often how they ended the day, leaving the crystal open so they could just listen to each other and pretend they were in the same room again. Even just falling asleep to the sound of Elden’s even breathing was comforting. Well, more comforting than the silence that was left when he would finally put the crystal away. Eventually, though, Elden spoke and broke the silence.

“I’m afraid,” Elden said, his voice barely above a whisper, as if he wasn’t sure he wanted Dorian to hear.

“Of what?” Dorian tried to keep his voice nonchalant but he felt his blood run cold and he nearly dropped the quill in his haste to pick up the crystal. Danger seemed to be all around them these days and he couldn’t help but hold the crystal tightly, as if that could somehow shield Elden as well.

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anonymous asked:

Hey there! So I'm kind of sloppy with my pattern making and I play it by eye and I know it's not really good to do that, so I was wondering if you guys have any tips on drafting patterns? Your patterns look so neat and clean and you guys do a very nice job of figuring out what needs to go where

There’s a lot to say here and I’m slowly working on a master post for drafting patterns, so for this ask I’m just going to start with the right tools for the job, because that tends to make a huge difference. When Christine taught me how to draft this way, my cosplay game surged. Having the right drafting toolkit is invaluable.

A typical draft for us includes the following tools:

White drawing/sketch paper. We buy this in a 50 yard roll, generally around 36″ wide. You can probably expect to pay about $50 for this, which is a decent start-up cost, but Christine and I have both been working on the same roll for about a year and a half now and we’ve done probably 25+ costumes on it and we’re barely halfway through.

This is the paper you’ll use to draw all your patterns on, flat, without seam allowances. All your patterns should exist primarily on this paper, because they are the foundations of your drafts: if you want to make changes to the pattern, this is where you make them. If you want to add decorative seams on the pattern, this is where you make them. Making your patterns without seam allowance here also means you can “pull” pieces onto the tracing paper with different seam allowances as you so desire.

We also keep these and label ‘em and pull them out again from time to time. Shazz’s Lucina tunic, for example, was initially traced and pulled from a 60s dress pattern that Christine had made for Shazz, and then I refined it down into its own pattern. More recently, I pulled Anna’s sleeves from Say’ri’s sleeves – Emmy and Syd are the same size and the characters have the same style sleeves, so why not? If you’re making costumes primarily for yourself, you might do this a lot, coming back to re-use old drafts or adapt old drafts. If you know they already fit you, might as well!

Tracing paper, typically Borden & Riley #41 tracing paper, bought in 20 yard rolls, 36″ wide. These cost about $15 CND from Curry’s and generally get a good number of costumes out of them; the current roll I’m working on has done almost all of Tiki, Anna, Libra, Say’ri, Ike and Emmeryn. (Not including Tiki or Anna’s capes, including Emmeryn’s cape.) (These also make great gifts for cosplayers, given their functionality and price point.) This paper is what your final patterns are on, traced from the drafts you’ve drawn on the sketch paper – you trace them and add seam allowance as you desire. 

Various quilting rulers. I believe these are called 8th rulers, but I’ve encountered so many names for them that I’m not sure what to call them beyond the quilting umbrella. We like quilting rulers because they typically have a lot of demarkations we use a lot, and they measure across the entire surface of the ruler, rather than just down one edge. I can measure 3/8ths away from an edge (looking through the clear ruler) and then draw a straight line that is exactly 3/8ths away – that kind of thing. Something like these Westcott ones in 18″ and 26″ are great.

A french curve. With enough practice you can draw curves like a beast with a straight quilting ruler, but a french curve will help you get all those angles. Plastic three-piece kits like this one are cheap but invaluable; I think I’ve been using the same $3 ruler set for like ten years now.

A large eraser. You’ll make changes. You will. Standard Staedtler white erasers are my favourite.

Mechanical pencils. Don’t use regular pencils. A 0.5mm mechanical pencil will prevent you from constantly running to the sharpener and your lines will be neater, thinner and hopefully smudge less. Regular pencils will get you dull lines as they lose their sharpness.

A big surface to work on. Currently it’s the kitchen table for us, but when necessary we will spread out on the hard floor; try to avoid this whenever possible because it will hurt your back and knees over time. You may want to acquire a large folding worktable or find some sort of dedicated surface to work on that isn’t your kitchen table, too; my table is 10+ years old and looks like hell already so I don’t mind working on it, but lots of craft work will eventually damage the surface. The poor thing gets wiped down from graphite and pencil nicks and whatever all the time. 

Good lighting. We don’t have this and it is slowly killing me.

Scotch tape. Sometimes we use the tracing paper to trace an element, mirror it (flip the paper over) and then tape it to another part of the pattern to repeat something. Alternately, we sometimes use it to trace and element and then MOVE it in the pattern. Notice how in that image I wasn’t using scotch tape? That’s because I was out of scotch tape. Scotch tape is neater and thinner, and while harder to reposition than masking tape, a lot less distracting/ugly.

A flexible tape measure. Need to make sure two seams are the same length? This guy. Need to do a long distance your quilting ruler can’t cover? Make notches along the way with this guy. Need to figure out a measurement on yourself and transfer it to paper? This guy.

Paper scissors. Sing it with me: you never, ever, ever cut paper with your fabric scissors. Keep dedicated paper scissors and dedicated fabric scissors and never, ever cross over. In this household, we mark the handles of paper scissors with white electrical tape. You know there are commercial locks on the market specifically to lock your sewing scissors together to prevent the ignorant from using your sewing scissors to hack into cardboard? I’m serious. They’re wonderful.

Some sort of filing system. Patterns are very easy to lose. We use standard 8x11.5″ envelopes for our patterns, sometimes larger/thicker for bigger projects. If a pattern is not in use, it goes in envelope – no excuses, don’t lose pieces. (But hey, if you do… you can trace another off your draft!)

Some sort of labelling system. Nothing sucks more than unfolding a dozen drafting papers trying to find so-and-so’s shirt or so-and-so’s pants ‘cause later down the line you realized you could use it again… if you could find it. 

Anyway, them’s the basics :) I’ll try to follow up soonish with more on this subject, because I honestly think it’s the most helpful thing I’ve learned in this hobby, hands down.

- Jenn

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