Summary – Will
an obnoxious neighbor help you get to know your soulmate?
Word Count – 1,610
Warnings – None
A/N – Written for
the SPN Fanfic Pond’s Pond Writing Challenge.
My prompt was trope #4: Neighbor AU – You knocked furiously on my door
to tell me to stop having loud sex, but when I appear fully clothed in front of
you, we are both disturbed by the thought of it being the old lady from above.
It had been the week from hell at work. It was finally Friday, and all you wanted to
do was put on your most comfortable pajamas, grab a bottle of your favorite
wine, and watch Netflix until Monday came rolling around again. You got the mail and started trudging up the
stairs to your second floor apartment.
With all the ugly that been going around lately - here’s a bit of good. My neighbor of 15+ years posted this in our community’s facebook page and I couldn’t help but share.
If you have a Muslim neighbor, even if you’ve never spoken before, consider doing a kind gesture like this. Worst case scenario they feel a little weird about it, but best case scenario your make them feel welcome in your community with an added bonus of getting to know your neighbor better!
I was tagged by @the-forest-library. Thanks friend! They are amazing, everyone go follow right now yesterday.
What was the last book you raved about? Probably The Odd Women or The Bleeding Heart, but I also haven’t stopped raving about The Well of Loneliness for however many centuries it’s been since I read it and EVERYONE GO READ IT. What book was the one you were most surprised about liking? I am thinking it was Lolita. Obviously the description alone put me off, but the writing!! Do you have any reading goals for the year? Nope. I never make them because I never have the motivation to keep track of them. Are there any authors you own multiple books by but have never read? Oh. Oh I don’t know, but now I’m obsessed with the idea. I’m going to scour my shelves after this. WHAT IF THERE’S SOMETHING THERE? What’s your favorite classic? Les Miserables still takes that cake. Honestly, though, Liss + any 19th century lit = <3<3<3<3 Have you ever won an award for your writing? Not an awarrrddd, per se, but I did once get a ticket to go see a hockey game during the Olympics in Salt Lake City and I’m fairly certain it was for writing. It was so long ago. Our school got a certain number of tickets and teachers could enter kids to win if they wanted and I got one. What are your favorite things to get at bookstores beside books? Bookmarks. I have so many bookmarks. Cool bookmarks are the way to my heart. Is there a character you’d like to trade places with for a day? I want to be that guy that hangs out in Gatsby’s library all day. If you had the ability to go into books and become part of the story would you? Depends on what one. I’m not down jumping into The Exorcist for all the tea in China. What plot element or character would you like to remove from a book? None, everything stays. Go to page 113 in the closest book to you, and write down the third sentence. “The song petered out in a melee of tangled bodies and laughter.” - His Bloody Project (I cheated a little and grabbed the one next to me that I’ve already read because, with my luck, I’d open one I hadn’t read and see spoiler right of the bat.)
I’m going to tag all of the people and I’m going to leave these questions because I like them and want to see what everyone else says.
You greeted the man with a cursory nod, balancing your grocery bags in one hand and getting your key into your front door with the other. Maybe one of your neighbor’s dates, though they’d never made much small talk with you crossed paths.
“Excuse me,” he tried again. You looked to him with your door half open. “You wouldn’t happen to know when your neighbor’s getting home…?”
“Uh. No, sorry. We kind of keep to ourselves,” you said. He nodded, pursing his lips.
“Huh. Well, maybe you could help me.”
“If you’re selling something, I’m not interested,” you began, but he held his hands up, placating.
“Not selling anything. I’m actually FBI,” he said, reaching into his jacket pocket and pulling his badge from it, giving you a quick look. He stowed it again, throwing you a grin that felt friendlier–flirtier–than a fed. You glanced at the car he’d come in, at his jacket and jeans, and you narrowed your eyes at him.
“Is she in trouble?” you asked, eyeing your neighbor’s house.
“No, no trouble,” he said. “I just have a few questions for her.”
“I don’t know how much I could help,” you said, hesitating on your porch. “And I’m kind of in a rush.”
“That’s no problem,” he said, still giving you an easy smile. It was the strangest thing; his gaze was making you wish you’d done something with your hair before you’d gone out, or at least put on a proper outfit, and you didn’t know why you cared.
“Sorry I couldn’t help you,” you said, forcing one foot forward across the threshold of your place.
“Don’t apologize,” he said with a shrug, and waited until you met his eye before continuing. “I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Visited a local Synagogue today and it was a really interesting experience. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming even the police officer. He was there for the entire service quietly standing outside keeping watch. And nothing makes me more furious than the fact that he HAS to be there so people can worship in safety.
Summary:You’ve just moved to a new apartment and are totally crushing on the guy who lives in 2F. Now if only you could remember to catch his actual name…or see him anywhere outside of the laundry room for that matter.
Warnings: A couple swears I think thats about it
Word Count: 1,453
Notes: This stems from so many mini prompts that I’m not going to mention them all. Also I suck at titles and descriptions. Whoops?
Still being a newbie in your apartment, you haven’t quite had the time to get to know any of your neighbors. While getting mail one day you’d met the guy who lives in 2F and had a great conversation about his work and your recent move, but then stupidly you left without getting his name. Now every time you see him in the lobby or in the hallway, you’ll exchange pleasantries by addressing each other with your apartment numbers. Sure he had said to swing by any time if you needed anything, but he probably, no he definitely didn’t mean if you needed his name and number because you thought the only neighbor you’d met so far was cute as all hell.
5 things you’ll find in my bag There’s always at least two books Pens Notebook Post-it notes Wallet
5 things in my bedroom A big stack of books More notebooks More pens Alarm clock More mugs than I care to mention
5 things I’ve always wanted to do in my life Travel and then travel some more (which I’ve been lucky to do a lot of, but it’s not enough) Be the first person in my family to get a PhD (that’s 99% out of spite, though) Spend a year teaching abroad in a place that really, really needs it Camping in the Alps (not during winter, though) Learn another language (I’m so bad at it, friends)
5 things that make me happy Books (duh) Remembering to drink the tea while it’s still hot I’m moving out of the swamp in a couple of months, which is amazing Raspberry cheesecake gelato Really big thunderstorms
5 things that I’m currently into I discovered Audible channels a while ago and it’s been constantly playing ever since. I’ve been listening to a loooooot of Aerosmith lately I discovered Theodore Dreiser (thank you, Professor Teacher-Person) and so a lot of that is happening, too Mulled wine tea (thank you, Bluebird Tea Co.) Some of my people (headed by @i-lay-reading and @singingktp) got me into this bullet journaling thing, which I suck at, but it’s nice when I actually remember to do it. I have lists. I get to check things off when I do them. It’s honestly the thrill of a lifetime when I get to check off the WHOLE LIST.
5 things on my to-do list Got some homework to do Blog posts to write for work Should probably consider making myself lunch sometime soon Get paint for the exterior of this house so I can leave it prettier than it was when I got it Laundry
5 things you may not know about me Terrified of needles. My mom tells me it’s because when I was two I developed an infection in my neck and they had to give me a shot where the infection was. Been throwing fits about syringes ever since. I have a scar inside my lip from smacking my face into a steering wheel during a car accident when I was 17. Once upon a time, when I was a rebellious youth, I got my tongue pierced (mom was so maaaaaad), but I lost a ball at work one day and had to take it out. Never remembered to put it back in and I’m still furious with myself. One summer (also in my rebellious youth), I lived in a van with a bunch of hippies. It was, in fact, usually parked by a river. I’m really good at cooking and I’ll invite people over just to show off.
How can I change a theme of a story, from simply thriller/horror to romance with some suspense and terror here and there. Thank you so much. I asked this because Indonesian reader not that much into thriller/horror recently.
You can definitely combine romance with thriller/horror. All you really need are two characters who have chemistry. Then, just build character interactions into the story that build the relationship through the various stages of love. Here are some posts to help you with that:
Hi. Do you have tips on writing male characters falling in love? How would they behave in front of the person they like?
That’s not something that is really dependent upon gender, so think about how you act in front of someone you have a crush on, fit it to your character’s specific personalities, and write that. Here are some additional posts that may help you:
Anonymous asked: How can I write romantic attraction, flirting, and sexual tension in such a way that it is not very noticeable that it is happening, but readers won’t be surprised when the two characters hook up? Sorry, tough question, I know.
How can I write a forming friendship? Character A is starting a new job at the beginning of the book and I need/want him to be BFFs with character B by the end of it but I can’t figure out how to show them bonding.
Did you check the post master list? This one’s actually in there! :)
i am writing a book where two characters a boy and a girl starts their relationship as project partners but the girl is not an easy character when it comes to emotion so i want to transition them to the romance part but i don’t want to go the cliche way so i do i ease them into the relationship.