Everyone has their own strategy for this one, but it’s also probably the aspect of writing that we ask each other about most of the time: what do you do to figure out your plot? How do you stick to a plot? How do you know where a story is going? How do you stay interested long enough to finish? How do you keep from getting lost? For first time writers, this is particularly daunting, as we tend to think of a book–all 80,000 words or so–as overwhelming and more than we know how to accomplish, as something too big or unattainable.
Some writers sit down with a single idea and go from there, letting the story come as it may and waiting for the ideas to strike as they write. For many writers, this works. For me, it doesn’t.
My process looks a lot more like this:
Wait for an idea to strike (and I mean strike; it has to come to me, haunt me, bug me, until I’m sure I can do nothing but write it)
Plot. Plan out everything. Write it all down, outlining each chapter–what will happen in each and how many there will be.
Step One: There are lots of good ideas out there, and my notebooks are filled with ideas; ideas that occurred to me in the middle of the night, ideas I thought up after witnessing something in a park or listening to a good song. New ideas are exciting and can lead to great things, but I won’t turn any of them into a book until I’m sure the idea won’t go away.
I don’t write it down. That’s the first test; if I haven’t forgotten it the next day, or the next, or the next, then I know it might actually lead somewhere, that it’s not a fleeting idea that will tempt me and then leave me hanging. I let this go on for a month–yes, a whole month–and if at the end of that month, I still can’t let that idea go, if it’s still rolling around in my head, waiting to be explored, then I move onto step two. By then, I know that the idea and me are long-term, that we’re in this for the long run.
Step Two: I plot. I plot everything.
I start with the main arc: where do I want the story to start, and where do I want it to finish. In my most recent story, for example, I knew that I wanted the main character to begin cynical of love and relationships, and I wanted the story to end with him opening his heart to the possibility (even if he wasn’t yet in a relationship–that bit I’d find out later). I knew I wanted the three strangers at the beginning of the story to be best friends by the end. I knew they’d all start with some trauma, and I wanted them all to successfully be on the path to recovery and healing by the end.
Then I looked to time: I believe it’s important to know just how much ground, chronologically speaking, a book is going to cover. I needed to know how long my characters would have to experience the emotional growth mentioned above (the less time, the more the plot would have to directly affect them, the more intense that plot would need to be). I gave them the summer. Just three months to learn and get to know each other, which meant every day was going to count, and I wasn’t going to be writing a lot of moments skipping ahead in time. (If the story was to last five years, for example, I’d have a lot more room to build these relationships, and so things could unfold more subtly and with large chunks of time between.)
Then I look to characters: I write down all the main and minor characters (naming them is a good first step, though this can change later) and I write down both their emotional state when the story starts and what they’re actively doing with their lives, and their emotional state when the story ends and where they’re at/going with their lives then.
As you’ll see, there’s a pattern here: I figure out point A and point B. Then I make a list of little things I want to happen, different scenes that have begun to play out in my head, interactions I want the characters to have, pitstops no the way from A to B. And slowly, I build the story around them. I begin to figure out how we get there, which road the story is going to take, and little by little, the story comes together until I have an outline that looks a bit like this:
Chapter One: Opens in [setting]. Character A talks to Character B about [topic] They meet Character C. Ends with Character A realizing [topic].
And so on, until we get to the last chapter. In a way, this outline becomes a script, my go-to plan.
Do I always stick to the script? No. But when I begin to write, I keep that list pulled up beside my new blank word document, and I read it from time to time. Sometimes, once I get writing, once I begin to know the characters a bit more, and once the story finds a voice of its own, I go off script, and the story takes me places I wouldn’t have expected. But I always make sure I refer back, make sure that one way or another, I come back to to road map. It’s okay to take a pitstop on the path, to go off on a tangent, but the plot map allows me to find my way back to what’s relevant, to what I know has to happen to get from A to B.
For any writers out there who worry about making their stories big enough, who have trouble thinking of side plots, this is also a good way to map that out and see where your story has room to grow and what it can encapsulate. It lets you see just how big the story will become and if it belongs in novel format or if, perhaps, the idea is better suited for a short story.
To all the writers out there: how do you plot? Are you a planner or a wing-it sort of writer, or is there some way to write in between? Feel free to comment her or message with your go-to tips!
So, one of those things that is helpful and sort of become a fad at the same time is bullet journaling. I really can’t complain about it becoming a fad, because that’s how I heard about it. However…my first attempts did not go well. I knew I had to get back to it because it actually helped me remember to take my medication on time and with diabetes that’s kind of important.
Like with everything though, the witchy has crept in, almost insidiously and has actually helped me keep up with it. So, I thought I’d share some of my ideas and such that I use. I have a hard time documenting my practise because a lot of it is either too everyday or random people cropping up, that bullet journaling has really helped. So…
1. Moon Phases - This can be as basic or as complicated as you like, or how often you track it. I simply put the phase in brackets on the other side of the date in parentheses like this [FM] for Full Moon or [WXC] For Waxing Crescent
2. Daily/Weekly Divination Pulls - A good way to track daily or weekly divination pulls is to list them in a bullet journal, that way, at the end of the week, month, or whatever, you can look back and see trends. You could also use this as a way to see trends in what you pull and what’s going on in your life at that time.
3. Sigils - Now, sigils are not a big part of my practice because of my perfectionism, but this is a useful way to imbue a day with a sigil for a particular thing without having to sew it on something or mark it on your skin, especially if you plan on carrying your bullet journal with you.
4. Quiet Time Reminders- If you are of a faith, but have a hard time remembering to pray or give offerings, a bullet journal is an easy way to remind yourself, and people who don’t worship can use this as a reminder of meditation, quiet time, or reading. As a polytheist, I find this particularly helpful in tracking to make sure I’m not losing track and accidentally snubbing anyone.
5. Spell Musings - Sometimes you just have a bit of a rhyme pop in your head, or an idea for a new working, or you do something on the fly you want to remember. Using a bullet journal means you can scribble down half-formed ideas or spontaneous castings, without having to commit them to memory in case you forget them before you have access to a spellbook, or if you’re like me and your spellcraft is more..scientific-method-y, note thins that just don’t pass muster for Big Book Status.
6. Dream Tracking - Sometimes you have a dream and your not the kind of person who regular journals these things, but this one seems important. You can put this there.
7. Deja Vu Moments: We’ve all had those moments of deja vu, and having someplace to write down these little moments can help, even if it’s just that feeling of ‘Wait, I’ve seen this before.’
There are loads of other ways bullet journaling can incorporate witchy things, this is just me sharing some I’ve come up with! If you have any more, feel free to add!
SILVER SPOON: Part 1 [Yoongi x Reader; Rom-com, fluff]
A girl who had to work hard every day of her life to
rise from nothing, meets a man who was born with and given everything.
A classic tale
of what happens when a cold, uptight farm girl meets a playful, rebellious, easy-going
city boy that was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
Summary: Having been born and raised in the country
side, you have worked hard your entire life to make it to the big city. You
eventually achieved your dream and now you have a wonderful paying job for a
large company and you continue putting your 110% into everything you do.
However, your perfect plan to climb to success through consistent effort and
hard work becomes disarrayed with the arrival of your branch’s new rebellious
and easy-going CEO, who never desired the position in the first place and has
never truly worked hard a day in his life. Your job is on the line if he can’t
be turned into a quality CEO within a year, but he has no intention of changing
himself for anyone or letting you boss him around so easily. How will you work
your way through this obstacle? Will you succeed in changing him or will he be
the one that changes you?
Reader (ft. Jimin & VIXX’s Leo as side characters; some other BTS members show up too in a later part) Office au Romantic Comedy, Fluff
A/N: Hi everyone ~ sorry for the week of no story updates :) I’ve been pretty busy (good busy) – I was offered a full time job last week! WOO! So I was scrambling to get all my documents together and stuff and I didn’t have much time to sit down and write x) but anyways, as promised, here’s a light-hearted series that I had been planning to write since a while ago. :3 Enjoy!
always been working to achieve what seemed like a far-fetched dream.
You were born and raised in the country
side of Daegu with your four siblings and several cousins, surrounded by farms
and pastures. But your mind was constantly fascinated with the promising change
of life that came with being in the city. The fast-paced bustling of people,
how lively everything was, how there were so many buildings and stores, and how
everybody had a purpose moving forward. While some people walked just to
stroll, the majority of people in the city were off to work or off to pick up
something before work. Everybody was going somewhere. Everybody was on their
way to be someone.
And you too wanted to be someone.
You didn’t like the slow-paced,
care-free, yet physically labor-intensive lifestyle of the countryside, and you
surely had no intention of staying and taking it over. You wanted to be more than
a farmer. You wanted more out of your life, and tending to animals and the
fields wasn’t going to cut it for you. But unfortunately, having a large family
such as yours meant strained funds. So you worked plenty of jobs to support
yourself through a decent university and eventually, you took the leap and
began interviewing for companies in the city.
You were turned down countless of
times without ever being interviewed and even when you made it through to an
interview, they rejected you without asking you any questions. They took one
look at your lack of connections, where you had grown up, where you had gone to
school, and immediately dismissed you as unfit. But you weren’t going to give
up; you just needed one person to give you a chance, one person to see you past
the first few words of your resume.
And one day, one such person saw
your value – Chairman Min.
You couldn’t believe your ears when
he told you himself that you were hired. From the look of the other board
members at the interview, they were just as astounded by his decision. As if
reading yours and everyone else’s thoughts at the time, he chuckled and
"I like the fire in your eyes,
and how you’ve worked your way here. That shows me you’re determined, used to
hard work, and you’ve got guts to go against the grain.“ the Chairman
grinned. "It’s rare to see that in people nowadays. People always constrict
themselves into believing that there’s just one path to take and one route to
get there, so I like how you stepped out of that mold. I’d love to have someone
like you work for my company. I’m sure you’ll be a valuable asset.”
You stood up frantically and bowed
deeply. “Thank you so much Chairman. I won’t let you down! Truly!”
He chuckled. “I believe you,
Ms. Y/N. Now go show us what you’re made of.”
And you surely did.
You became the heart and soul of the
company’s Daegu branch. Although your education only allowed you to be a
secretary, you took it upon yourself to learn other skills to help out your
co-workers or to fill in for someone as necessary. You were as much a fellow
office worker as you were a secretary. People looked to you reliably and
everyone, including the Chairman himself, knew you were the backbone of the
"Good morning, Y/N.“
You grinned, recognizing the
familiarly sweet greeting of Department Head Park.
"Good morning Mr. Park.”
"I told you to stop calling me
Mr. Park. Sheesh. How many years has it been?“ he chuckled as he handed
you coffee, which you happily accepted.
Jimin was your closest friend in the
office and in terms of work hierarchy he was at the top so you two worked
together often. He was an extremely sociable man and incredibly sweet. But thanks
to one office dinner party, and an unfortunately timed trip to the bathroom on
your part, you discovered the other side of his personality when you caught him
hitting on one of the waitresses. You dragged him outside at the time, thinking
he was drunk out of his mind, but you two ended up conversing candidly the
entire night– from your pasts to your dreams, etc. Naturally afterwards, he
felt comfortable with you and vice versa, so you grew to be close friends. And
it was nice to have someone like that in your workplace, or in general really.
you worked all through your school years to support yourself and your younger
siblings, you sacrificed having a social life. And you couldn’t quite vent out
your frustrations to your family. You didn’t want to burden them, and you also
didn’t want to give them a reason to consider that they were right about the
city life all along.
"But your office fan club might
think weird things if we’re on a first name basis.” You grinned as you
sipped your coffee. “Plus it’s more professional.”
Jimin exhaled. “Always
professional and uptight, Y/N.”
"Yes, always.” he
responded, chuckling. “But I mean, that’s why you’re the Chairman’s
favorite after all.”
You squinted your eyes at him.
"You know you are and you love
it.“ Jimin grinned cheekily.
You rolled your eyes. "Get out
of here, Mr. Park. You have work to do and you’re already a few minutes late to
"I know, I know.“ Jimin
laughed. "You have a meeting with the Chairman later right?”
"Yes, so you have to go to the morning
meetings by yourself today.“
Jimin pouted. "Now who am I
going to flaunt at the meeting to sway the others to do my bidding?”
"HIGHLY inappropriate Mr.
Park.“ You scolded sternly. "Clock in if you don’t want your chances
of being CEO to dissipate.”
"Yes, yes.“ Jimin grinned
and skipped away to clock in.
Sighing, you opened up your
color-coded planner and began sifting through your schedule for the day to
mentally prepare yourself.
my goodness. He’s hott.”
Yoongi smirked as he lifted up his
hood and zipped up his leather jacket nonchalantly. He shifted his bangs over
with a flick of his head, moving it away from his eyes so he could take a
better look at the girls fawning over him.
looking this way! He’s looking this way!”
He nodded slightly to acknowledge
them but continued on his way, feeling triumphant with the sound of their
suppressed squeals. Then he slipped sunglasses over his eyes, hoping no one
"Where did I park this damn car
again?“ he hummed to himself as he inserted in earphones to drown out the
sound of the busy streets and the obnoxious honking of city traffic.
He spun his keys around his finger
as he bobbed his head to a song. Through his music, he heard hurried footsteps
behind him but collectedly continued walking.
"I could’ve sworn Mr. Min was
heading this way!”
"How did he slip out of the
"I told you to bar them!”
"The landlord refused to comply
Yoongi smirked as they scurried away
from his path frantically. It was always so easy to get away from his
"Ah!” he grinned as he
spotted his expensive sports car a good distance away. He shuffled towards it
hurriedly and ended up colliding with someone also in a hurry. Quickly, he
realized it was a woman and helped her up from the ground.
"Whoa lady, gotta watch where
you’re hurrying to.“ he chuckled as he watched her dusting herself off and
adjusting the stiff ribbon on her neck.
"I believe the proper response
would be an apology?” she glanced at him, clearly offended.
"My bad. It was a joke.“
Yoongi lifted his hands up.
"Well it’s fine I guess.”
she replied curtly.
Yoongi furrowed his brow.
She glanced over. “Well what?”
"I think I deserve an apology
"What? You bumped into
"No we bumped into each
other.“ Yoongi crossed his arms. "And I helped you up. I believe the
appropriate response is ‘thank you’.”
The woman exhaled and glanced down
at her watch. “Sorry I’m in a hurry. Thank you and I apologize.
Yoongi shook his head at the
obviously insincere statements, but before he could make his retort, she was
scurrying away, her heels clanking dangerously on the sidewalk.
"Everybody’s always in a hurry
around here.“ he snorted as he jumped into his sparkling, sleek black car.
He pulled his hood down and ruffled his newly dyed pink hair. "Oh well.
Now where should I escape to?”
You huffed as you hurried to the
Chairman’s office building. You were going to be a minute or two off schedule
because of that hoodlum you had bumped into on the street. Luckily, the
elevator was already on the main floor so you quickly boarded one and checked
your reflection to make sure you were presentable. You pursed your lips as you
found your stockings had formed a small rip from your fall and hurriedly made a
note on your phone to sew it together later. The elevator doors opened and you
found the Chairman walking past you, emerging from the adjacent elevator.
"Chairman Min!“ You called
"Ah Y/N! I was worried I had
kept you waiting.” he smiled warmly. “You’re always so early.”
"I’m sorry. I ran into some
unexpected things earlier.“ you bowed and he chuckled.
"No, that’s perfectly normal,
Y/N. You’re right on time. How it should be. Come in.”
You two entered his large office and
his secretary set out tea for the two of you then left the room.
"How’s the company doing?“
he smiled as he took a sip.
"Well. Department Head Park is
doing a great job handling it.” You answered.
"As are you.“ the Chairman
You bowed your head gratefully.
"I’m just doing my job, Chairman.”
"And you’re absolutely
fantastic Y/N. That’s why I’m enlisting your help with a rather personal
matter. And I understand you’re close to Department Head Park to explain the
situation as well.“
You looked at him inquisitively.
"You see,” the Chairman
glanced out of his window forlornly. “I’m getting old Y/N.”
"No you’re not, Chairman!“
You blinked, flustered at the topic.
He laughed, "Why thank you for
that vote of confidence, but I’m afraid my age is increasing regardless of my
youthful appearance, and I really want to retire in a couple of years.”
You nodded understandably.
"With that being said, I
believe I’ve spoken to you about my grandson?“
"A bit. About how he’s
handful.” You smiled slightly, remembering the frustrations of the
Chairman over his rebellious grandchild.
"He’s still a lot to
handle.“ he chuckled. "But he is still the rightful heir to the
company. The board of directors aren’t too keen about him, considering he’s
done nothing much to help the company except act as the handsome face of it.
But I know he has great potential and a good head on his shoulders. I think he
just simply lost his parents too soon and I haven’t really been there for him
as much as I should have. He never had a sense of direction or a guide.”
You remained silent, wondering where
you were going to fit into all of this. As if hearing your thoughts, the
Chairman’s eyes found its way to you and you straightened up, waiting.
"I want you to help him find
direction. I want you to train him to be a great CEO, and a wonderful
Your mouth hung open, a million
questions dangling on the tip of your tongue. Mostly, wondering how exactly you
were supposed to do that. Sensing your hesitancy, the Chairman chuckled.
"Just be yourself Y/N. You’re
so determined and passionate. You’re organized and a natural leader. You’re
professional and on top of everything that needs to be done. I’m instating him
as the Daegu branch’s new CEO, and I want you to work closely with him to show
him how things are done. Keep an eye on him and keep him in line. And I hope
your personality will be a good influence on him.” He exhaled. “But I’m afraid you’re going
to have an incredibly difficult time handling him, so I would double your pay as
compensation, should you agree to help me. It’s a very important matter to me,
and to the Min family. This company has been under our care since the
Your mind was already locked onto
the mention of “double pay”. He could tell your interest was piqued.
"And…“ the Chairman slipped
a black credit card towards you. "Should he force you to buy him things, should
he break anything, or should you have to chase him to across the world to drag
him back to work, this card is linked to his account. I trust you’ll use it
wisely for repayment… and revenge.”
Your eyes widened in surprise and
spotted the Chairman’s eyes twinkling mischievously. You giggled understandably,
and took the card off the table.
"I’d be honored to help you
"Thank you, Y/N. I know I ask a
lot of you. Should you ever feel it to be too overwhelming, you can always back
out from the deal, and I will take over from there.” he smiled warmly. “But I do have to stress and emphasize how important it is for your job as well. Should someone else come into power, I can’t promise to protect you.”
You stood up understandably and bowed. “I’ll
do my best.”
"I know you will.“ he
patted your shoulder encouragingly.
You grabbed your bag and headed for
the door. But he called out, remembering something.
You stopped and turned to face him again.
"I do have one rule about this
His expression turned serious as he
stared at you. You gulped, never seeing the Chairman without a smile before.
"Don’t fall in love with him,
or else there will be consequences.“
You nodded slowly, "You have
nothing to worry about, Chairman. Work is always work for me.”
"See to it that it is.“
Yoongi exhaled as his tall, lean,
broad shouldered bodyguard towered over him.
"Figures you would be the one
to find me in the outskirts of town, Leo.”
The man’s face remained unmoving as
he stood beside Yoongi, waiting.
"Well, have a seat. You’re
scaring people as it is.“
"Yes, sir.” Leo bowed and
obediently sat in front of him.
"Do you want any food?“
"If you want to give me food,
Yoongi groaned. “Leo, are you
hungry or not?”
Leo was about to say something but
his stomach gurgled, doing the answering for him. The seemingly stoic man
finally blushed and casted his eyes downwards, embarrassed.
Yoongi grinned, “Another order
"Yes!“ the server called
"I’m sorry.” Leo bowed his
"Consider it a reward for always
"I never lost you sir.”
"I just thought you should know
your Grandfather has been trying to contact you.” Leo handed him his cell
phone. “You had left this behind in your escape. Then your car is a bit
flashy and obvious so it wasn’t hard to track you on the road.”
Yoongi exhaled. “You didn’t want
to take me back?”
"My job is to just protect you,
Mr. Min.“ Leo glanced at him, as if it was the most obvious answer in the
world. "I have no right to intervene in your life.”
Yoongi laughed loudly. “You’re
always so interesting, Leo.”
"Thank you sir.“
"Well? What did my gramps want
this time? Is he mad about the last photo shoot and interview that I did
without consulting him?” Yoongi smirked.
"No. He told me to say…“
Leo coughed lightly, a dust of pink forming on his cheeks, and reiterated
verbatim. ”'I’m hiring you, you
brat, so get off your lazy ass and get to work like other people your age! I
texted you the address. If you want more details, join me for dinner.’.“
Yoongi chuckled as he continued
munching on his meal. "Work, huh? He doesn’t consider doing photo shoots
and interviews as work?”
"Well you never say anything in
relation to the company.“ Leo responded.
"That was rhetorical, but
thanks.” Yoongi stated flatly.
"What shall I report to him,
sir?“ Leo questioned.
After a minute or two of
contemplation, Yoongi’s lips curled up, "Hm…I guess I can’t turn down a
free dinner. Let’s hear the old man out.”
"What do you mean someone else
is going to be CEO??“ Jimin whined and melted into his seat sluggishly.
You had taken him out for dinner
later that day to break the unfortunate news to him. You knew he was working
his way up to become CEO and had had high hopes that he was going to get that
"It’s nothing on you,
Jimin.” You patted his shoulder. “It’s the Chairman’s grandson so he
got special perks.”
"WHAT?“ Jimin’s eyes
widened and he sprang back to life. "The Chairman’s grandson is going to
be in OUR branch?”
"Oh my goodness.” Jimin
clapped. “That’s fantastic!”
"What?“ You furrowed your
brow, wondering why his mood had completely flipped.
"He’s pretty famous in Daegu
you know. People refer to him as ’D-boy’.”
"Why? Does he do like cool
tricks or something?“
Jimin laughed. "Nah, it’s just
his title really. It’s already crazy for Daegu to be home to the Headquarters of
a big company as opposed to Seoul, but to have their very own 'celebrity’ too?
Everyone hypes him up and he milks it. The public wants him and he doesn’t
mind. He is a chaebol, the next heir to the company after all. He was born into
the height of wealth and never had to work a day in his life. So I’m surprised
he’s agreeing to be CEO. He sounded like he wanted nothing to do with the
company in his interviews.”
"The Chairman himself said he
was a handful.“ You exhaled. "And who knows if he agreed of his own
"Yeah…“ Jimin glanced at
you. "Hopefully you don’t take this offensively, but he seems to be the complete
opposite of you.”
"Why would that be
offensive?“ you chuckled.
"Well regardless, you’re going
to have your work cut out for you.” Jimin smiled, clearly amused.
"Why do you think so?“
"You like to be in control of
all the variables, Y/N.” Jimin chewed and pointed his fork towards you.
“What’re you going to do if someone isn’t predictable and can’t be
controlled by your schedules and time table?”
You chuckled. “Everybody and
everything is predictable in some sense. I haven’t met anyone that I couldn’t
coerce to work.”
"You’re such a
manipulator.“ Jimin teased.
"Am not! I prefer an
You huffed then continued eating.
"Well, I’m looking forward to
it. I think work is going to get a whole lot more interesting if this guy is really
a handful.” Jimin grinned as you rolled your eyes at his excitement.
"I don’t know about that. I mean
how bad could the Chairman’s grandson be?“
"Mr. Min.” Leo stood at
his bedroom door as Yoongi was half-way out of his window, ready to make yet
Yoongi groaned at being caught.
“I’m just going to walk around, okay?”
"Are you going to check out the
company your Grandfather is assigning you to?“
Yoongi furrowed his brows.
"How’d you know?”
"You wrote it on that post-it
note on your desk.“ Leo pointed out nonchalantly.
Yoongi huffed and stepped out of the
window completely, landing on the fire escape. "Yes I am. So don’t bother
following me. I’ll be back soon.”
Leo nodded. “As you wish.”
"Great.“ Yoongi was going
to make his way down when Leo suddenly poked his head out of the window,
causing him to flinch.
"Geez Leo! What?” Yoongi
"Mr. Min.“ Leo handed
Yoongi his cell phone. "You were about to forget this again.”
"Ah…“ Yoongi laughed
nervously and slipped it into his pocket. "Thanks.”
Leo nodded and pushed down the
window with a definitive thud.
Yoongi chuckled and shook his head.
His main bodyguard was really something else. He pulled his mask over his mouth
and flipped his snap-back backwards, hiding his obnoxiously pink hair
underneath. Pushing his hands into his over-sized sweater’s pockets, he made his
way to the company his grandfather had insisted for him to take.
"Y/N.“ One of the office
interns hurriedly called you, out of breath.
"What happened?” You
glanced at her worriedly.
"Someone’s trying to enter the
company and causing a ruckus in the main lobby. They wanted to see who was in
charge here.“ she frowned. "Department Head Park is in a meeting
"I’ll take care of it,
okay?“ You smiled at her reassuringly then flew down the stairs to get to
You walked over to the security
guards blocking off the entrance to the office floors. They relaxed as they
spotted you and gestured towards the man dressed in all black leaning against
the wall arrogantly and clearly irritated. He looked suspicious with a mask covering
half of his face and a hood casting a shadow over what was visible. But you
caught sight that his eyes were sharp and piercing. He was a bit intimidating.
Encouraging yourself, you puffed out
your chest confidently and marched up to him.
"How can I help you?”
He visibly scanned you up and down
then clapped, surprising you.
"You’re the rude lady from the
"Excuse me?” You raised an
He pulled down his mask to reveal
his full face, grinning. “We bumped into each other and you didn’t
apologize properly. Remember?”
"Ah. Did you follow me all the
way here to get an apology?“ You glared skeptically.
He scoffed. "Don’t flatter
yourself lady. I just wanted to tour the company, but these goons won’t let me
through. What kind of place are you running here?”
You exhaled incredulously. “I’m
not sure who you think you are, but there are rules and regulations in the
workplace. First, if you have an appointment, you should have seen the
receptionist over there and they would have contacted whoever you were supposed
to meet with. Second, you can’t come barging into a professional building
dressed like you’re lounging around your house or hollering at chicks on the
The man laughed loudly. “Excuse
me? I’ll have you know these are all expensive brands of clothes. And who are
you to judge my appearance? Your stockings have a hole in it.”
You hurriedly glanced down and bit
your lip. There really was a new rip in your pantyhose. Heat traveled to your
cheeks from embarrassment and anger. You raised your head and gave a
threatening look to the gentleman.
"I’m sorry if I said anything
to offend you, but you have no business here. You’re scaring away our workers
and taking time away from their day. I have to kindly ask you to leave.“
"You’ll regret asking me to
leave and saying all those mean things about me.” he smirked.
"This is my company, sir.
Please leave before I have to get rough.“
"Oh?” the man chuckled.
You blushed and gestured to the
security guards who began approaching the man. He hurriedly scurried to
"Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let me make
a call and show you that I really do have the right to be here.“
You furrowed your brow and lifted a
hand to stop the guards.
"What makes you think that’ll
The man glanced over at your badge
as he dialed his phone. “Miss Y/N, is it?”
He raised his hand as he spoke into
his phone, cutting you off mid-sentence. "Hi old man. Still kicking? Well,
I’m at the company you asked me to check out but someone named Y/N is telling
me I shouldn’t be here.”
You glanced around at the growing
crowd in the lobby. Jimin emerged at the front of it, his eyes wide at seeing
you on the scene. He gave you a questioning look and you shrugged. You really
had no idea what was happening.
"Facetime you? Wow. So high
The man swiped at his phone and
handed it to you. You fumbled with it and nearly dropped the phone when the
Chairman’s face appeared on the screen.
"Ch-chairman!” You gasped.
"Hello Y/N.“ he chuckled.
"I see my grandson is already giving you a hard time.”
You gasped and glanced over at the
man in front of you who was grinning triumphantly.
"Oh my goodness…I’m so
sorry…Chairman I didn’t kn–.“
"No, no. That brat should know
better than to dress like that. Let me talk to him.”
You nervously handed the phone back
to its owner.
"YOONGI! How dare you interrupt
their work?!“ the Chairman’s voice roared.
"Well I was just gonna take a
look and not bother anyone but THEY made a big deal of everything.”
"And they should! You look like
a delinquent right now!“
"That’s hurtful gramps.”
The man clutched his chest playfully. “Well I’ve seen enough so I’m gonna
go old man. Thanks for vouching for my awesomeness.”
The man hung up nonchalantly, not
letting his grandfather finish speaking, and extended his arm out to you; his smirk
clearly jeering at you for your grave mistake.
"Now let’s try this again.”
He grabbed your hand forcefully and
"I’m Min Yoongi, the grandson
of the Chairman, the new CEO of this company, and well… your new boss.“
He grinned cheekily.
"Now Miss Y/N, what did you say
about me having no business here?”
My 93-year-old grandmother had a successful knee surgery after breaking her kneecap two weeks ago. She’s spent the past nine days in rehab.
The first few days of rehab were challenging, given that she lives a fully independent and active life, despite her age. Being bedridden now, with her leg immobilized and other bodily functions inhibited has led to much frustration and anxiety during the early stages of her recovery.
Family members, myself included, have spent as much time as possible at her bedside to help lift her spirits and to assist in whatever ways are needed.
Initially, I made a few photographs of her to include with written updates for concerned out-of-town family members and friends. These images, however, have taken shape into a photography project.
The aim going forward is to document, step-by-step, as much as possible, my grandmother’s recovery. Each time we visit, I’m shooting at least one roll of B&W 120mm film – analog, rather than digital, seems to be the appropriate medium for such a project. The best images will be complied into a book, I think, and I’ll also post some on this blog, to report on her progress.
My grandmother and her strength are the inspiration behind this project. I also credit Ted Forbes at The Art of Photography for encouraging photographers to produce “work that matters.” (I learned how to shoot and process film from his YouTube series.)
My grandmother has an orthopedist appointment tomorrow, at which time we’ll have a better idea of how long she’ll be in rehab. Based on what caregivers have said up to this point, we’re looking at three to four weeks, total. According to her PT and OT nurses, she’s ahead of the curve.
and that talk is about self-insert art and fanfiction and how it is 100% okay and nice and wholesome and don’t let any FUCCBOI ELITIST GARBO try to tell you that it’s not.
here’s the deal ok. like realtalk, neechan to u, no bullshit.
i fucking love self-insert fanfiction. i write it all the damn time. i have probably ten different note documents on my phone in which i have written (mostly) shameless fluffy bullshit between myself and my favorite characters because i fucking can???? if i want to smooch jonathan joestar NO ONE IS GONNA TELL ME I CAN’T SMOOCH JONATHAN JOESTAR U FEEL ME??? IT’S NICE AND CUTE AND MAKES ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF WHEN I’M HAVING A SHIT TIME.
don’t let someone tell you that ocs or self-inserts are bad; they’re just mad because someone else told THEM a long time ago when they were a wee young fan that it was bad and now they’re not BRAVE enough to do what you’re doing and share it.
everyone self-ships, that’s just facts. i can’t change the facts, only report them.
alright, how to do this. Since i was 12 my favorite author has always been Terry Pratchett. His Tiffany Aching series shaped who i am today, and i hold his writing above all other writing. i always fantasized about meeting him and telling him how much his writing meant to me and how grateful i was. And then he died the day before my 17th birthday. and god, i wept. i completely broke down. it took me a while to recover, and even longer to find the words, but i wrote him this letter, and i thought i’d put it by the terry pratchett memorial next time i came to london (i live in denmark), but by the time i came the memorial had been painted over. and so this letter has been sitting in my documents folder for a long time, and i feel like that iis wrong. i need to put it out there somewhere in the world - even if its just for closure. i watched the BBC documentary ‘back in black’ recently and i got the idea to publish the letter here, so i may live to regret this but here it comes; my badly
written, far too long letter to a man who will never read it:
Dear Sir Terry Pratchett,
I don’t really know why I’m writing
this letter. As things are, you’ll never read it, and even if you could, I
don’t know if I’d dare give it to you. Or if I’d even dare approach you. You
see (and you’ll probably disagree/dislike me for this/get miffed about this),
you rank frighteningly high on my list of natural forces, my hierarchy of
deities. You probably wouldn’t like that, rather a rising ape than a fallen
angel, but that is how it is. I believe in a god, but you are closer to him in
my accounts than you will ever be to me. Maybe that’s wrong, don’t put your
heroes on pedestals and whatnot, but I don’t think I can stop it now. It’s just
how it is. So I don’t really know why I’m writing this letter, or if anyone
will ever read it, but I think I needed to do it. Get out all the things I will
never get a chance to tell you. Very human, isn’t it?
The most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is to just write.
I used to self edit as I wrote. I managed 200 words, went back to sort out spelling and grammar and then wrote another 200 words. Then every time I opened my document and read what I wrote last I would edit again.
And so on and so forth.
But that stalled me. I was so concerned with making sure that what I wrote was good, I never made much progress.
Doing NaNoWriMo taught me to ignore what is written and just move on. I didn’t have time to assess my words, not if I wanted to write 1600 a day. I couldn’t worry about using the right word, or the exact phrasing I had earlier in my head.
I wrote 50,000 words and the majority of it was crap. And I had mis spelled ‘the,’ at least once a day. And I repeated myself a lot. And didn’t use dialogue tags.
But I finished my novel. And that was the most important part.
So if there’s one piece of advice you should take, it’s not to worry about how crap your first draft is. It’s supposed to be crap.
Your first draft does not define your talents as a writer, so don’t let it.
I had a rather brilliant idea, if I do say so myself. I’m doing my final exams this year, starting the 11th of May, so I’m looking back at my time in high school. Now I’ve used a journal/diary every year throughout high school, and they’re just laying around, gathering dust, I don’t want to throw them away because they document a tumultuous time in my life, the changes I went through, random events I went to, they’re precious.
I’ve decided to a little series of posts on them, from 7th to 12th grade, in every post I’ll tell you a little about myself in that time, what I struggled with, etc, it’ll be fun, I hope.
pt. 1/ pt. 2 / pt. 3 / pt. 4 / pt. 5 / pt. 6 / pt. 7 / pt. 8 / pt. 9 / pt.10
Ok, so I am a practicing accountant. I can’t really identify the country for confidentiality purposes. I had a very dear client, who was in the latter stages of cancer. As his condition worsened, we were contacted by the government for an audit. I submitted what I could, but without his assistance, critical pieces of information would be missing. I called the auditor, and let her know the situation. Literally, without even thinking, she said, “Since you are avoiding me, I will just disallow everything and find against him”.
I immediately demanded her name and her government ID. “You are not intimidating me, she said as she gave me her info. I put my practice on hold, and asked my client’s wife if I could get into her husband’s office and search for the documents. With the help of my wife, his wife and his two daughters we got absolutely everything. I held off until the auditor made good her threat. Then I launched an appeal.
In that appeal, I presented all of the documents. My client although having passed, by that time, was in the clear, and there would be no government claims against his estate. I then ended the appeal with the following: Due to the auditor’s inhuman treatment of my client, and her despicable actions, I hereby demand her termination.
There was a shit-storm that followed. First her supervisor calls me, tells me that I can’t demand her termination. I tell him to f**k off. Then the shop steward tells me that she is union and they don’t get to fire his people. I tell him that she violated several of their stated parameters and she can be terminated for cause. Then I get the deputy head of taxation for our region. He takes time and listens and says that it is difficult but I should not expect that she loses her job. The final call is her; How dare I! She lost her job. She is an immigrant to our country and her husband will beat her for losing her job. How can I do this to her? What has she done that was so bad? I basically told her that in this country we treat our dying people with dignity. That her actions warranted losing her job, and I hope her pension and benefits. She told me she was a year from retirement and she lost her pension. Oh I’m sorry, guess that money would be better spent on a human.
A friend just say to share and post homework I get weekly from all my classes to give a glimpse of life on campus. Everything starting from this term. I feel that this is a chance to document and share my growth through my time at art center. (At least the interesting stuff) For warning - I may disappear from reality for weeks at a time. BUT I WILL BE HERE!! I’ll figure something out to keep in contact with y’all - This is from my Design Process 1
That’s right, I’m now at the point where I need to make more money, and the only way I can do that is by selling my soul to the devil commissions to the general public. If you would like to check my rules and prices, you can take a look at my commission document HERE