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random writing tip: on the virtues of the word “fuck”

now i know what youre thinking. migi, why would you ever think about the usage of the word fuck? well, my dear little fledglings, let me tell you something. the calculated use of the word “fuck” (and hey, even most other harsher swear words) can be the difference between a scene punching you in the gut or falling flat like a limp noodle. dont believe me? well, heres an example:

now most of us are familiar with harry potter, right? well, we all remember our first time reading/watching the deathly hallows and that iconic moment when molly weasly was fighting bellatrix and shouted “NOT MY DAUGHTER YOU BITCH”. i for one recall in the theater the entire crowd cheering and shouting, losing their collective shit. it was a FUCK YOU moment and everyone was invigorated by it. the way this worked was by a calculated usage of swears and expert timing. most works, be they for younger readers or mature, avoid an overt usage of swear words. some characters just dont use them often, or it doesnt fit the mood. but, if youre clever and know how to utilize them correctly, dropping an impactful “fuck” can make a tense, emotive moment all the richer.

audiences can and will get desensitized to swearing. its just a fact. by being selective and thoughtful of when and how you use curse words, you can ramp up the seriousness of a scene when it otherwise might have just fallen flat. a mild-mannered motherly type in the throes of a battle to the death with a woman intent on murdering her children? yeah, you drop a fuck or a bitch in there and your audience will be on the edge of their seats, cheering. a hard boiled type who curses between every other word? yeah, not so much. there’s no sign that the situation is affecting them as much as it could, and your audience loses out on an impactful moment that could have been better executed.

now, im not telling you not to let your characters curse. if its in their nature to swear, then let them swear. but keep an eye out on who they swear around and in what situations. make the reader understand these verbal cues as well, and use them to your advantage. the word “fuck” is as useful as any other word, maybe even more so given its ability to convey so many layers of intent. its a strong word to have in your arsenal, so make sure you’re using it to its fullest potential.

I love how people reblog pictures of their biases and they always look so chiseled and beautiful

and then there’s me 

reblogging this noodle 

in his natural habitat

but the noodle goes from 0 to 100 so fast 

and it just kinda

hits you in the feels

like a fucking train

I made a lasagna! The noodles are flat sheets of “pasta” made from egg, cream cheese, and psyllium husk powder. Grain free, and surprisingly effective. I found half a block of cream cheese in my fridge. Not enough to make cheesecake, but enough for weird fake noodles!

Also pictured, how ridiculously uneven my oven is, with one side nearly burnt and the other not quite done. The little apartment oven that (almost) could.

Krumplis Tészta (Hungarian Potato-Paprika Pasta)

quick, simple, very filling comfort food! basically like a pasta salad or mac n cheese, but with mashed potato and paprika instead of cheese sauce. traditionally it’s made with flat square egg noodles, but i’ve made it with bow tie and i think it’d work fine with any short non noodley pasta. hungarian paprika is also in the original recipe but can be substituted with a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt of typical american paprika/ w/e grade paprika u have and maybe a dash of cayenne.  and there’s no set amount, anyway- you add to your taste!

you’ll need:

  • a pot each for the pasta and potatoes, or just one and you can empty the pasta in a separate bowl
  • your desired amount of pasta- let’s go with 250 g (half a normal size package)
  • a few potatoes- maybe 3 medium ones or a bunch of tiny guys
  • hmmm 5 cloves of garlic or more to taste. garlic powder or cream would also work
  • salt n pepper
  • paprika to taste
  • lil bit of oil for pasta
  • onions if u want to sautee some and throw em in. red or yellow are nice but any would be good

any kind of sauce/addition for pasta is best done before the pasta. boil potatoes and garlic in a small amount of water, and when they’re tender + the water is reduced a good amount, mash them >:). don’t worry about getting it too smooth like normal mashed potatoes- the chunks won’t taste as awkward. add paprika and additional seasoning, and last mix nice and evenly with the pasta. add sauteed onions, a fried egg, sausage, parsley- whatever!!!! i think a runny egg yolk goes nicely w/ all the yummy starch. 

and i guess this is….not too unhealthy??? better than mac n cheese. you’re getting some veggies n spices. paprika has loads of health benefits too. i heard that hussars (hungarian horsemen) used to eat this before long journeys bc it kept them full. so there ya go

どんどん庵桜通大津店で、きしめん小240-50、さんまの天ぷら150 、〆て340円也。

Kishimen and a Pacific saury tempura at the Sakuradori-Otsu branch of Dondonan in Nagoya city.

10月26日はきしめんの日。 きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

October 26th is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

どんどん庵桜通大津店で、きしめんころ小240-50、エビ天2個260、〆て450円也。

Cold kishimen and Prawn tempuras at the Sakuradori-Otsu branch of Dondonan in Nagoya city.

10月26日はきしめんの日。 きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

October 26th is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

どんどん庵桜通大津店で、きしめん小240-50、コロッケ110、〆て300円也。

Kishimen and Croquette at the Sakuradori-Otsu branch of Dondonan in Nagoya city.

10月26日はきしめんの日。 きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

October 26th is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

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昭和区桜山の芳乃家で、カツカレーきしめん、880円也。

Pork cutlet curry kishimen at Yoshinoya in Sakurayama, Syowa ward, Nagoya city.

10月26日はきしめんの日。 きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

October 26th is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

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錦3丁目のえびすや本店で、海老おろしきしめん冷、1,450円也。

Prawn tempura and Grated daikon radish cold kishimen at Webisuya-honten in San-cyome, Nishiki, Naka ward, Nagoya city.

本日、10月26日はきしめんの日。 きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

It is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day today, October 26th. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

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どんどん庵桜通大津店で、きしころ小240-50、うどんの具100、生玉子50、〆て340円也。

Cold kishimen, Toppings, and Egg at the Sakuradori-Otsu branch of Dondonan in Nagoya city.

10月26日はきしめんの日。 きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

October 26th is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

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どんどん庵桜通大津店で、カレーきしめん500-100、メンチカツ130、根菜サラダ100、〆て630円也。

Curry kishimen, Fried cake of minced meat, and Edible roots salad at the Sakuradori-Otsu branch of Dondonan in Nagoya city.

本日、10月26日はきしめんの日。きしめんの日をそれぞれの流儀で楽しみましょう。

It is the Kishimen, Japanese flat noodles, promotion day today, October 26th. Let’s enjoy the day of Kishimen by your own way.

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