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Cafe conversations

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So here’s a little something I’ve been working on… (Not that littles– 2847 words – like shit that’s a lot of words right?!)
Anyway get on with it girl…


She was stood in what appeared to be a random position of the café, stuck in the heap of squashed tables with barely enough room to squeeze past without knocking something off. Luckily for her there wasn’t all that much on the tables considering it was 3am, generally speaking not a lot of people were up and about at this time. It was the quiet before the storm, she knew that. About 2 hours previously the shop had been filled to the brim with all sorts, people who passed by and fancied a coffee, those that couldn’t sleep, those who were simply trying to sober up after a night out. She knew that in about 2 hours the café would become full once again with people on their way to work, or even those on the way home from work.

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merlin--loves--arthur  asked:

Do you have any tips on writing short stories? I have to write one for school but am having a ton of trouble condensing it down to 3,000 to 5,000 words.

Hi! So I was in the same boat you’re in for years. Every story I started ended up being a prologue to a trilogy that I never finished because I got caught up in world-building and dialogue and Big Plot!

Here are some suggestions on how to bring all that in to make a nice 3k to 5k story!

1) Skip the exposition. Take out the “Once upon a time” or history lesson or scene showing the main character doing a mundane task in an Unexpected Way. It’s going to take up a good 500 words of your story (at least) and has the nasty tendency of slowing down your pace! Instead, try feeding necessary information into the story when you need it and only then!  If you don’t need details to explain the actions happening in the story, leave them out! They’re background worldbuilding details and best saved for longer works.


Once upon a time there was a Kingdom named Kingdom. It had once been a peaceful and beautiful place, filled with open markets and friendly people, but the war had changed all of that. Now the markets were barren, trade routes disrupted by spilled blood, and the people stood anxiously watching the sun as they waited for family members to come home.

Sylvia hoped to be the one to save them from their eternal vigil.

She had in her bag a message from Country, the kingdom to the north that would change everything. Or, perhaps, restore it. Country was offering to reestablish trade with Kingdom.

She adjusted the straps of her bag and continued on, looking neither left or right as she passed by a town on the main road.

Instead, try:

Sylvia adjusted the straps of her pack and looked neither left nor right as she passed through yet another war-torn village. Her clothing, torn as it was, was better than that she saw on the villagers, but the message in her pack would change that.

…then later in the story introduce the trade idea as it’s presented to the King. Hope that makes sense!

2) Don’t condense–magnify! Your plot might be a Big Book idea and that’s okay! Short stories don’t have to span years or even days. They could span just one hour! A lot of short stories are just snap shots of main characters lives! They have rich histories and big futures, but for that one moment they’re slowed down enough for the reader!

So maybe Sylvia is from Kingdom, but moved to Country just before the war began. The conflict prevented her from coming back and she was forced to go years without contact with her parents. As a displaced child, she was put in an orphanage where she met the Prince of Country and became good friends with him. Then, when he became King, he decided he wanted to end this war and entrusted her, a Kingdom citizen and his friend, to carry this trade agreement to Kingdom.

So instead of starting there with her whole history, we start the story with her just coming into view of the Kingdom Capital and the story is how she sneaks in to get an audience with Kingdom’s King!

3) Resolve a smaller issue in the story: Part of what makes a story interesting is its layers. The Big Plot doesn’t have to be the only plot! Resolving a smaller issue–a character’s insecurity, collecting a necessary asset, etc– can make a really great short story!

Sylvia could, in a short story:

  • Go to meet her parents, see that they have another kid, and resolve to come back once the war is ended.
  • Find a Kingdom knight and convince him to take her to the King. Because how else is she going to get an audience with the King??
  • Find out that the Country’s King (her childhood BFF) is tailing her, yell at him, and march him back to the border before continuing on her way.

Hope this helps a bit! These are only a few ideas, there’s no right or wrong answer here :)  If anyone else has any advice, feel free to comment!

Voltron High School AU where Allura is an art teacher who leads an after-school club for troubled students and she gets assigned Keith, Lance, Hunk, and Pidge. she’s really struggling to get through to them so she recruits the help of the school’s new guidance counsellor, Mr. Shirogane, and it turns out he’s super hot and really sweet and great with the kids and the group is going great. and long story short Allura and Shiro are blatantly falling in love with each other right in front of four mouthy teenagers who livetweet the entire thing and keep asking them when they’re going to get together

I’m gonna write a very cute very gay story about a novelist and her girlfriend and it’s gonna have the best title ever but I don’t wanna spoil it cause it’ll be great and I also already have an entire au plotted out because of a pun on that brilliant title. Be excited if this is your thing. And if I remember to post it on here.

All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is of another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason. And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours.
—  from Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

sinister-violinist  asked:

will you teach me the art of the lined-eye, oh Great Master? (long story short, i tried to day and it failed. so bad. the eyeliner didn't even look like eyeliner- i looked like a raccoon)

oh, man. it’s way easier to show someone how to do eyeliner than to tell them, but… i can try. this is gonna be long, i’m gonna try to make it as thorough as i can. 

first of all, don’t be afraid to mess up. seriously, that perfect wing™ takes practice… no one’s just born knowing how to do it (except shiro). i’ve been doing it for years and i like to think i’m pretty good at it, but if you all saw the amount of q-tips and makeup wipes i go through to make it perfect… you’d lose your faith in me. lol

anyway, if you’re learning, i find pencils are the easier to use. you’re less likely to make the line bumpy, because it’s a softer line in the first place, but if you try to do a wing you’ll probably need a q-tip to sharpen the end. gel is a bit trickier because you need to use a brush, but it’s wayyyyy easier to make a wing or a bolder look. liquid pens are the easiest of the liquid variation but i hate them because they dry out so easily, while liquid dip liners are definitely the hardest to use, but overall (in my opinion) are the best ones to use if you want that really sharp perfect look. 

okay so actually doing it… everyone has their own way, but the tip we usually give clients is to put the pencil/brush sideways on your lash line (rather than straight on) so that it’s laying flat on your eyelashes. it makes it WAY easier, trust me. kinda like this: 

then, instead of drawing one, continuous line (NEVER do that in makeup– you’re just screwing yourself over) do small, thin strokes across the lashline. you can make it thicker if you want, i just find it’s easier to start with a thin line, then build it from there. and make sure it’s right on top of the lashes– no one wants that weird strip of eyelid between the liner and lashes.

if it makes it easier you can shut your eye, but try not to tug too hard on the skin when you hold it taught (the skin around your eye is really delicate, and you’re just harming it by doing that).

for the wing, take the flat of the brush/pencil and press it to the corner of your eye and up, as if continuing your waterline. like this:

then fill it in!

remember it’s okay to fuck it up. q-tips exist for a reason. (another tip is take a clean angled liner brush, dip it in a waterproof makeup remover, and remove/fix smudges like that!) 

i hope this helps!! this is generally how we teach it to clients, but everyone kinda has their own way of doing it, you just have to practice :D

My Fic-list:


Tattooed Memories & Hidden Stories

“[AU] Emily Fields has been a thriving tattoo artist for over a year now, living in the outskirts of NYC with her longtime friend Hanna Marin. Although content with how life has unfolded after high school, Emily soon realizes that she’s missed the feeling of being needed when Alison DiLaurentis, an impulsive & family-neglected twenty-three year old, stumbles into the shop one night.”

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January of 2011

“[Following a three-chapter prologue] Five years after running away, Emily and Alison are happily together, living in the suburbs of New Jersey. Within minutes, their future is put on hold when old pieces of their past begin to surface with lies coming out one after another, and the two scramble to hold themselves together. [Canon events until 2x12 & a bit after].”

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Place Your Bet

“[AU] After drifting apart during high school, Emily and Alison reluctantly re-meet and drunkenly get themselves into a sticky situation six years later. Too defiant to fix what happened, the two girls fight to gain the upper hand as they fall into a game of “let’s see who submits first.” That is… until old feelings catch up to them. [Loosely based on: “What Happens in Vegas”].”

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A Rosewood Blizzard

“A heavy snowstorm hits all of Pennsylvania just as Emily and Alison find themselves tangled in a bundle of miscommunication and stubbornness. Good thing they’re snowed in together A four-part, winter-oriented, Emison story, taking place sometime after 7x10 – Happy Holidays.”

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What If (This Happened)?

“A collection of small scenarios/one-shots/prompts, just because I think Emison has great potential for short side-stories.”

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Eryka x Elise | The Spook’s Ultimate Love….For Her Copper

A long time I have loved the sunned mother-of-pearl of your body.
I go so far as to think that you own the universe.
I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells,
dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses.
I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

- Eryka reciting Pablo Neruda’s poem, “What Spring Does To The Cherry Trees” to Elise (real or not is up to one’s own imagination!)

[Laura de Boer x Clémence Poésy, “The Tunnel”]

The fact that Eryka’s an avid reader, loves poetry, and has a very complicated profession. The fact that, like Eryka, Elise is also a bibliophile, and a very unique character. They share a lot in common. Their personalities compliment each other. The ultimate kicker is the fact that both are one half of their twin siblings whom they’d lost during their childhood. 

Love kick-arse characters who also happen to be bookworms, too! How often do we come across that, aye? Cheers, Mr. Ben Richards!

Now, bring back Eryka Klein in S3!!

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