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tori-ayne  asked:

How long have you been writing, both for fun and with seriousness (sorry, that's a subjective word for it)? You have this voice/tone in your writing that is incredibly natural and distinct, and you're really able to get us into the heart of your characters, which so many writers struggle to do. When I read your work I easily lose track of time. That's what every reader wants, and man, you do it!! I guess I'm just curious about how you got to this point, and what you hope to do in the future. :)

Oh, boy. Okay. So.

I’ve been writing since I was eight. I remember exactly what I started with, too. A red Dollar General journal bought in Marengo, Illinois and a blue colored pencil (I thought it looked cool), which eventually turned into composition notebooks and whatever I could get my hands on. I did that compulsively for years and read whatever was on my mom’s shelf on top of tons of manga. A lot of romance novels, true crime and YuYu Hakusho.

I didn’t consciously think about writing as a craft until I was 15-16, and that’s because I read some fanfiction by these like, Ivy League students who all buddied up and were stellar writers (with educations my Kentucky public school brain couldn’t conceptualize). Something clicked and I accepted good writing is hard won and writers tend to always age well, so that’s when I knuckled down and tried to better examine what makes good writing. I started reading + studying books I thought were ‘important,’ and I began compulsively posting fanfiction online. This is probably why I’m so whatever about posting. I’ve been doing it for ten years.

The big breaking point was around 19, tho. I got this awesome mentor who really pulled me aside and was like – “You have something.” He supported every wild idea I had and trained me to gamble with my penchant for writing things ugly and uncomfortably honest. I don’t think I thought I was even mediocre at writing until that point, really. I ended up dropping out, but he really got that ball rolling.

Community college, some trauma, and one factory job later, I enrolled in private university and was put with this hard ass writing professor who trained me to self-edit and properly read. Now you have to consider that throughout all these life changes I never stopped writing. I compulsively wrote even if it was just shit writing because I wanted to be the best. It was all I could ever fixate on or care about, and it was all I ever felt I had because I was a God awful middle/high school student.

Did I mention I have ADHD? The hyper fixation ran/runs deep there. Writing with ADHD is like, an intrinsic part of my mental development. Overwhelming emotions and human experiences would make my skin crawl, so I learned to compartmentalize them into an art form. This is really common for people with ADHD, but I think it’s why what I write can be close to the bone. I have a hard time conceptualizing bullshit (idealistic fluff). I only grasp onto what’s immediately there and link that shit together as it is. I’m not saying this is good or bad, but that’s probably where my style comes from. I’ve tried to understand it for years.

I like gray characters or making good characters fluctuate into gray because I think people are gray in general, so it’s all I see? If that makes sense. People are a lot.

As for my future! Haha, uh. I’m pitching stuff and have like, 3 major projects, but as it stands? I’m just trying to figure it out and give people cool stuff to enjoy + pay bills. I’d like to work on this thing I’ve had going for 2 years, but I gotta get my Patreon to a certain point before I can knuckle down on it. Life, you know?

But thank you so much for the praise and questions. This was really nice.

TLDR: writing for 17 years is gonna inevitably make you good and I wanna be involved with a 100 things

some of the best customers I’ve had at Dollar General
  • the woman who comes in every day and buys a single can of cat food. The brand she buys has the deal that if you buy 5 cans, you get them for $2. When I told her that she said “I don’t need five at once. Terrence only needs one a day.”
  • The old man who came in and asked me “Why do you think McDonalds doesn’t sell hotdogs?” When I told him I didn’t know, he said “Well, I guess it would be hard to keep a straight face and order a McWeenie.”
  • The teenage girl whose boyfriend held her foot up as she hopped around the store to get her things. Come to find out that she had lost her flip flop and didn’t want to step on the floor with her bare foot.
  • The elderly spanish man who comes in every day to get a pack of Marlboro Lights. His english isn’t very good, so when I asked him if he wanted shorts or 100s, he looked at me confused. Realizing he didn’t understand, I said “Pequeño ?” His face lit up and nodded enthusiastically. Now every time he leaves, he smiles and says “Hasta mañana” and I say it back.
  • The other day when I was outside on a smoke break, he was riding on a bike and yelled ”HASTA MANANAAAAAA” as he rode by.
  • The old woman who came in and bought 24 air fresheners. I asked her if she was stocking up, and she told me about how she got a new boyfriend who lived in a mansion, and that she was putting one in each of the rooms. She then proceeded to tell me about how the mansion is haunted.
  • The little kid who was probably around 4 or 5 who ripped open a pack of skittles. As me and the people in line watched the skittles scatter across the floor, he looked up and said. “It wasn’t me.” 
How to adult on a budget for the lazy and new adulting people (by a not-so-adulty-adult)
  • learn how to cut your own hair. If it’s something easy like an undercut or just trimming your ends every month, you’ll look clean and put together without shelling out $20 every month. (my hair cutting stuff cost like $20 total)
  • if you have to go to a laundromat, make your own detergent. Or just in general. It’s about $15 for everything you’ll need and it’ll make you a solid 6-10 batches depending on how many soap bars you get. 1 bar ivory soap or fels-naptha (ivory works just fine tbh. Cheaper and easier to find) Grate that shit. 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing powder. Mix that shit. 1 tablespoon in the wash. Boom. Add essential oils if you so choose. 
  • On the topic of laundry, throw all your clothes in the same load. Use the cold-cold setting and you can put those red shirts in with your whites with no bleeding whatsoever. (read those tags tho. unless it needs special care, most shirts/pants/socks/underwear can all be thrown together)
  • When money is tight for food, rice, 2 pounds of chicken, some kind of stock or bouillon cubes, and frozen veggies make about 2-3 different meals. 
  • Keep a few bouillon cubes handy tbh. Cook rice in it. Make soup. They’re so much cheaper than stock itself.
  • Coconut oil for everything from actual oil to chapstick to cracked skin. 
  • Baby powder makes a fairly good dry shampoo. Put it on your roots, scrub around, brush out. Boom. 
  • Make scripts for all phone calls you ever have to make to make them go smoother. (bills, doctors, work, etc)
  • Fill 1 side of the sink with water to do your dishes and then rinse with the smallest amount of water possible so you dont end up using a lot of water. 
  • Gasbuddy.com helps you find the cheapest gas near you!
  • Aldi has great cheap groceries
  • If you live alone or with 1 roommate, you don’t really need more than 12 megabyte internet speed. By yourself? Don’t get more than 6 tbh. You won’t need it. 
  • Freeze all meats and veggies! Let’s be honest. You wont be eating carrots every day or that ground beef often enough for it to not go bad, Throw it in the freezer. 
  • Dollar store cleaning supplies save the world. Everything there besides liquid soap is basically just as good. (glass cleaner, bleach, magic erasers, so on and so forth)
  • Dollar stores in general. Most things there will do in a pinch. (earbuds and most electronic/battery powered things are a no-no however)
  • Nail polish remover gets hair dye stains. Hydrogen peroxide gets up blood. Milk for ink. Chalk for oil. 
  • Once you finish using a pot or pan, put hot water in it until you’re ready to clean it. Stuff will just wipe off.

Sometimes Neil has to put on Andrew’s glasses because Exy all hours of the day (and night) has ruined his eye sight. Usually he just reaches into Andrew’s pants or jacket pocket and takes them (lesbereal they’re usually in his jacket because his pants are so tight), but on a few memorable occasions he plucks them right off of Andrew’s face (can you imagine the foxes’ faces watching Andrew - Andrew Minyard - stoping mid-sentence and keeping still so that Neil can take the glasses off of his face without poking him in the eye).

The foxes take bets on whether or not Andrew will get fed up enough that he’ll make Neil go to the doctor and get his own pair, or if Abby and Coach will end up mandating that he gets them. The only person that thinks that Neil will voluntarily get his eyes checked is Kevin (you sweet dumb soul you, when will you learn).

After a while, Andrew begins to just expect to wake up without glasses on the mornings when he doesn’t have class but Neil does, so he buys himself a three-pack of readers from the dollar general and hides them in the night stand.

I need the image of Neil wearing his tight pants and a soft sweater with his hipster hair and wearing his boyfriends glasses, just plsplspls

The Raven Cycle as Weather.com Headlines

The Gangsey: 7 Kids Taking Selfie on Central Park Pond Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Gansey: Brooklyn Man Tries to Avoid Shoveling Snow By Listing His Prius For $100

Ronan: ‘Stop The Wind From Blowing’: Caller to Niagara Falls Police

Adam: Man Rescued From Waist-Deep Frigid, Muddy Water in New Jersey Has No Idea How He Got There

Blue: Texas Snake’s Unusual Markings are Full On Hipster

Noah: Beaver Caught Plundering Charlotte Hall, Maryland, Dollar General Store

Henry: California Avalanche Buried Friends Alive, So They Took a Selfie

Chainsaw: Dog Crashes Car Into Wal-Mart After Owner Leaves AC On to Keep Them Cool

The Dream Pack: 'We Are Not Screwing Around’: Officials Pull the Plug on Dumpster Pools

Kavinsky: California Coyote Attacking Cars on Highway May Be High, Scientists Say

BONUS! Pynch: Two Faults ‘Holding Hands’ Could Unleash Massive Earthquake in California, Study Says

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You’ve been watching Youtube💻🖥👨🏻‍💻 and drag queens 💃🏽👩🏻‍🎤from Rupaul’s 👴🏽👸🏽 Drag Race 🏁 and you think 💭 that’s the only drag 👩🏻‍🎤💃🏽 that there is, well I’m sorry sweetheart 💝, that is not 🚫. Yes, I have done pageants 👑 , I told 🗣 you to do it damn. This is for somebody 🎅🏼 who try to let me have it but I ain’t goin to say 🚫🗣 their name ‘cause they’re 👨‍👩‍👧 probably tryin’ to get some exposure ☀️ but grind don’t you ditch out your name ✍🏽, I’m just gonna let you have it in a nice way💋. Bitch 🐶🐶, I told you to do the little bar pageant 👶🏻🍻👑 at your damn, at- in the city 🏘 that you was in. You said “no 🚫, I don’t wanna do it ‘cause I don’t wanna be labeled 🗂 as the pageant girl 👸🏻.” But bitch 🐶🐶, 1️⃣ thing about a pageant 👑 that I learned that I have doing for years 👵🏾, it molds you to be professional👨🏾‍💼, girl 👧🏼. It really does. ‘Cause you know you have to be there for a certain time 🕔 for registration🗒 or you’re gonna get docked 🛳. You know gotta come in there with your shit 💩 prepared 📱💗 PHONE VIBRATES 💗📱, you know you got categories to make your dress for and everything, so I’m not sitting there trying to 📱💗 PHONE VIBRATES 💗📱umm, force 💪🏾 you to do something that you may not wanna do, it’s just the experience 👨🏽‍💼 of doing it so you could know all the shit 💩 so when you get into a show 🏃🏽‍♀️, you know if it’s 3️⃣ girls 👩‍👧‍👧you have enough time 🕠. Ok bitch 🐶🐶, I 👩🏾 can get through it ‘cause you already done it in the pageant 👑 so you had that experience 👨🏽‍💼. But if you wanna take your ass 🍑🍑 out there believing RuPaul’s 👴🏽👸🏽Drag Race 🏁🏁 is what drag 👩🏻‍🎤💃🏿 is about, bitch 🐶🐶 your ass 🍑 gonna be in the same gutter like some of the rest of you girls 👩‍👧‍👧 that ain’t going nowhere 🚫. Because all y’all look the damn same 👯👯. You all got the same fucking face 👱🏼‍♀️👱🏼‍♀️👱🏼‍♀️, you all got the same goddamn Dollar General 💵or Family Dollar 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦💵 panties and bra set 👙. That ain’t drag. I’m sorry it’s not drag👩🏻‍🎤💃🏼. Everybody wanna wear these damn leotards 👯👯to the fucking club🍹. Bitch🐶🐶, can ya add a damn RHINESTONE ♦️💎 to it. Why you wear leo-. For 1️⃣, it’s winter ☃️ out here in California, I know it’s winter ☃️ everywhere else, everybody’s ass ❄️🍑is freezing. But you still go out in a leotard 👯. GOING TO the club 🍾? 📱💗PHONE VIBRATES💗📱 But you’re not 👩🏽‍🍳❌ serving it. You are NOT serving I’m sorry to tell you 📱💗PHONE VIBRATES 💗📱bitch 🐶🐶 that ain’t cute. Your ass 🍑 is like your ass ❄️🍑 is freezing 📱💗PHONE VIBRATES 💗📱. I don’t care about how many stockings you got on your pants👖 bitch it’s ☃️cold 📱💗PHONE VIBRATES💗📱. And that’s the drag 👩🏻‍🎤that we are in tod- and it’s 📱💗PHONE VIBRATES 💗📱 not fucking drag, it’s not drag. Then when you see a girl 📱💗 PHONE VIBRATES 💗📱come out all glamorous 🎎 and all this, “OHHH WOW OOOOooo”, and all, no bitch. “SHE OLD SCHOOL 👵🏾🏫” not bitch 🐶🐶 she ain’t nobody 👤 old school 🏫, bitch old school’s 👵🏾🏫 the one that got you to the new school 👶🏼🏫. And panties and bras 👙 is not the damn way. SIMPLE. Now if I hurt 👊🏼 anybody’s feelings 🙍🏻‍♂️ by this video 🎥 that was not my intent but I just got tired 🙇🏽of these queens 🤴🏼🤴🏼🤴🏼hitting me up axing 🔪me about this stuff, I don’t know 🤷🏾‍♀️. I don’t know 🤷🏾‍♀️ where the best place to get a corset 🤰🏻, bitch I have never even WORN a corset🤰🏻, my waist size is a 2️⃣6️⃣. I’m 3️⃣9️⃣☠️! I don’t know where to get corsets🤰🏻 and things and from and garter belts⛓, bitch 🐶🐶 I don’t wear that stuff that’s not my zhush 🚱, that’s not 🚷in my foregay 4️⃣🌈 I don’t do that. So I’m not being rude🐲. Again I’m just saying 🗣, I don’t know 🤷🏾‍♀️. But it’s not drag 👩🏻‍🎤💃🏼for me, that’s just ‘bitch let me pull out my momma panties 👵🏼👙and go on stage and make all this money 💰’, I’m sorry. And if anybody hear this from….some show 📺. Don’t come calling ☎️📞 me talkin’ bout you can’t…no bitch 🐶🐶, it’s your fucked up drag 👩🏻‍🎤💃🏼 bitch 🐶🐶. BOTTOM 👏🏼 LINE, 👏🏼 CUT 👏🏼 AND 👏🏼 DRY ✂️🏜. It is what is is 💁🏽‍♂️🖐🏽.

So I’m a customer at a certain variety of “dollar” general store and there’s a pretty bad storm moving in quickly, and the power goes out. It comes back on immediately, but we have to wait for the system to boot. Customer decides she is too important for that and starts demanding that the cashier take her cash and scan her item (an all important bottle of b-12 gummies) later.

Obviously this is a ridiculous demand and the cashier is like “I literally cannot” and this woman proceeds to bitch and complain as loudly as possible. Now, I don’t work in retail any more, thank god, but I remember the feeling, and folks, I fucking LOST IT. I went right over the top of her rant and I was like “YOU KNOW WHAT, WE’RE ALL HAVING TO WAIT, WE ALL WANT TO GET HOME BEFORE THE RAIN, AND YOU ARE LITERALLY ASKING HER TO RISK BEING FIRED OVER YOUR STUPID B-12 GUMMIES, FUCKING SHUT UP.”

She was a bit taken aback, and attempted to tell me that it was none of my business, to which I replied, “You made it my business when you started acting the fool in front of everyone.”

She shut up and I felt amazing. So many times I have wanted to do that and now I finally can.

tunatakotuna  asked:

i work at dollar general and we accidentally blew up too many balloons for a customer so she let us keep one. later there was a lil kid who was crying so i whispered very casually to my cashier to give the kid the ballon and i think we made her night c:

You are a good soul and I should carry an inflated balloon on my person at all times for just this sort of event

Hey kids I just wanted to mention that I’ve seen a post going around about how Karatsu, the city that Hasetsu is based off of, has a population of ~122,000 and therefore Hasetsu isn’t as small a city as we think it is and my response to that is more or less “Yes, but.”

Because the number 122,000 is actually the number of people living in Karatsu AND its surrounding towns and villages, of which there are seven or eight.

Also: The population density of Karatsu is 250 persons/square kilometer, and Karatsu is 480 square kilometers.

To put that into perspective, I come from a small town–the population is roughly 28,000 people, and there were 900 people in my high school the year I graduated. Max capacity for the school was 1000, and the only reason we even came CLOSE to filling that capacity was because it became a school of choice (Meaning any kid from the neighboring cities could attend, and not just people with an address in the city) during my sophomore year of high school. 

So you’ve got a city where the max capacity of the high school is 1000 people, and there are 28,000 people living in it. And I see people I know almost every time I’m home. They work at Tim Horton’s, or Dollar General, or in the pizza shop down the street, and we have this awkward moment where we pretend we didn’t spend four of our most formative years sitting in the same classrooms together. It’s great. And every once in awhile someone goes away and comes back having done something impressive and people don’t shut up about that person for the next six months.

“But Maggie, 28,000 is less than a fourth of the population of Karatsu!”

Yes kids, I know.

HOWEVER.

The population density of my town? Is 1500 PEOPLE PER SQUARE KILOMETER. Six times that of Karatsu. My town only has 28,000 people in it but those 28,000 people are all shoved into 18 square kilometers’ worth of space.

So like. Consider Yuuri Katsuki. Consider Hasetsu. Would Yuuri Katsuki coming back to Hasetsu after spending five years in America be a huge deal? YES. Because even though there are 122,000 people living in Hasetsu (If we assume the demographics are the same) only PROBABLY 10,000 of those people live in Yuuri’s part of town? Maybe even less?

And by anybody’s metric, town of 10,000 people is downright puny.

Would dozens upon dozens of people be all up in Yuuri’s business because small towns are inherently incestuous and nobody has anything to do but gossip? Yes.

I’m not sure of the point I’m trying to prove here, aside from 122,000 people in an almost 500 kilometer area isn’t as much as you think it is and also Your small town Hasetsu headcanons need not be forfeit but I hope this analysis helps somebody? 

But yeah, thanks kids. I won’t yell at any longer.

FORGIVE ME FATHER, FOR I HAVE SINNED

Just trying to buy my kid some snacks at Dollar General after dance class and I’m literally next in line and decide to get a slim jim and I turn to grab it aND THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS STARING ME RIGHT IN THE DAMN FACE AND IT’S A BLU-RAY AND IT’S ONLY 5 BUCKS AND IT’S SO PRETTY AND IT’S PRECIOUS…MY PRECIOUS. 

LIKE HOW DID THEY KNOW I WAS THINKING OF SGU WHILE I WAS STANDING IN LINE THOUGH? CAUSE I WAS LITERALLY THINKING OF DISCUSSIONS I WANTED TO POST HERE AND BOOM FUCKING NICHOLAS RUSH IN MY FACE. IT’S LIKE THE SCARILY ACCURATE FACEBOOK ADS AFTER YOU GOOGLE SHIT EXCEPT IT WAS REAL LIFE

Anyways, long story short I now own half of season 1 of SGU on blu-ray.

My mom woke me up angrily telling me that we were going to dollar general. For some reason I was very mad and stayed in my pajamas. When we were there, I sat in the cart as she pushed it. Then, we came to the makeup section and there were these urban decay highlighters I wanted, so we went to the counter. But my mom vanished and instead some dude was standing there and said he’d pay. I was fine with it and turned around, but when I looked back at him, he’d scraped all of the highlighters into one container and said, “look, now they’re all one.” I was so upset I started crying and yelling at him and then went and tried to attempt to separate the highlighters.

im sitting in the parking lot at dollar general listening to the CD from region band this year with the windows down and this dude just gave me a “why are you listening to the star spangled banner” look. it’s ART, hoe

D and D alignment meme for Pasta Westerns, some reasons/who’s who under the cut. Please note that I interpret ‘lawful’ as ‘most likely to stick to a defined set of rules/code and not deviate from it’ rather than literally ‘follows the law’.

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