i got an email letting me know

Mineral Lot Rules + Info!

Please read this if you will be participating in tonight’s big mineral lots sale! :)

There are 39 total, and each one is discounted! They range from $5 - $152 with most being in the middle.

Let’s review the rules really quick!

If you see a lot you like, just message me (over the instant messenger- if you send an ask, tumblr will eat it!) your email and the lot number. If you do not live in the USA, please give me your country too, so I may let you know a shipping price.

All the lots have free shipping for the US. Inquire for international shipping. (When you claim a lot, let me know your country if you’re not in the US) The first person to claim the lot gets it. I’ll let you know if you got it. One person can claim as many lots as they want, as long as they pay for it. :)

At the end, after all the lots are posted, I will send out the invoices. The invoices are paypal invoices which are sent to your email. You don’t need a paypal account to pay, just a credit or debit card. You must pay before Monday. Please do not claim a lot if you know you’re won’t/can’t pay- it’s not fair to me or everyone else who wanted the lot.

This is fast-paced, I know it gets exciting, it’s super fun, but please keep in mind it is also quite stressful for me because there’s so much going on. If you were the first to claim a lot, I will tell you right away. If you were too slow, I may or may not let you know, depending on how many other people asked about it. There’s only one of me and as much as I’d like to reply to each and every one of you, sometimes there’s just not enough time!

Thank you all so much, I’m so excited! There’s so much good stuff about to come :D

The giveaway item will be posted at the end of all the lots!

P.S. If you don’t wish to see any of these posts, you may black list the tag “mineral lots” as I will tag all of them accordingly! Thanks friends!

A Quick Note on Social Skills for Autistic Men, From an Autistic Woman

It’s not fair that we have to conform to NT social standards. It’s really not. It sucks and it’s hard work.

In most situations, I will nod my head and say that NTs just need to be more accepting and get over it.

The big exception I have, however, is when autistic men accidentally act in a threatening manner towards women.

Look, I’m an autistic woman and even I, knowing full well what’s going on, still get terrified sometimes. So I’ve just put together the three things autistic men do that immediately set off the red alert in my brain, with some quick tips for avoiding appearing threatening in ways that shouldn’t upset your autism.

(Side note: To be honest, a lot of this is applicable across all genders and interactions, but women get more leeway before their behaviour is seen as threatening. When other women do these things, I shrug them off, or tell them to knock it off. When men do them, I freeze up and panic. There is a cultural bias to see men as more threatening.

And, to be honest, that red alert in my brain is essential to my survival, and that’s true for a lot of women. In the past, when I haven’t listened to the red alert, and have tried to give the benefit of the doubt, I have ended up in some very bad situations. It’s unfortunate that ND behaviours get tied up in red flag behaviours, but it doesn’t make them any less red flag behaviours and women reacting as such is important to them as a survival skill.)

If You Find Out Personal Contact Information By Accident, You’re Not Allowed to Use it

Say you’re on a work night out and you and a co-worker share a taxi home. She gets out and walks to her house before the taxi pulls away to take you home. You now know where she lives.

She hasn’t given you that information. She hasn’t extended an invitation for you to call around. So don’t. In anything short of an emergency situation (e.g. she doesn’t show up for work and no one can contact her), you act as if you don’t have that information.

Similarly, if you happen to come across her phone number or personal email, without her having given it to you, don’t use it. Or start using it sparingly, and open with “Hey, it’s [your name]. I got your number from [X] because I needed to ask you [Y]. If you’d rather I contact you in another way, or just would have preferred it if I had I waited until we saw each other in person, please let me know.”

If she doesn’t respond, don’t send another message. Just let it go.

Showing up uninvited to someone’s house (when they haven’t given you an open invitation to call around whenever) or using personal contact information they haven’t given you makes you seem like a stalker. And showing up at her house especially violates her feeling of safety.

Step Back and Don’t Block Exits

Look, we all get excited when we infodump. We all get stimmy and have trouble regulating the volume of our voices.

Similarly, we all start frantically stimming when we get frustrated.

Both of these can be terrifying to be on the other end of, but it’s very simple to reduce the risk of the person you’re talking to feeling afraid.

Take a good step back. I mean it. A decent one. If you’re too far away for them to hear, they will step closer to you. Give them breathing room.

Don’t stand in doorways. Seriously, just try to be mindful of doorways. This happens all of the time and nothing makes me feel more trapped.

In fact, be mindful of any exit and avoid standing between her and it. She probably won’t run away, but cutting off the possibility will make her more likely to panic.

Be Upfront With Your Romantic Intentions or Lack Thereof

Look, the majority of autistic people cannot flirt. I know I can’t. So it can be difficult for women to realise that you’re trying to flirt with them if you’re not just upfront about it. And, to be honest, not being upfront can put you squarely in the “friend-zone zone”, where a woman gets anxious because she thinks that you think that you’re in the friend-zone and she has no clue how to approach that, or reject you concretely when you’re not being upfront about your intentions.

Yes, getting hurt sucks. But if you’re trying to get with a girl, for the love of Gandalf, just tell her. Do it casually and respect her right to say no, but tell her.

“Hey, so, I kind of like you and was wondering if you wanted to go on a date. But if not, that’s cool, I just thought I’d ask.”

If she says no, just keep it casual. Even if you feel like your heart just got stomped into tiny pieces, smile and say “Alright, that’s cool. I just thought I’d ask.”

Now, if you have no romantic interest in her, you should also try to make that clear. When autistic people get overenthusiastic about things, we can often accidentally send flirting signals. This can quickly bring about the problem of the friend-zone zone.

I actually don’t have a good suggestion for that one. Unless you’re not into girls and feel comfortable enough to tell her. But you should be aware that it can be a problem.


Okay, these were just the ones off the top of my head. Followers, feel free to add others.

I do get that this feels shitty. And I have gone back and forth about whether or not to make a post like this, because I get just how awful being told to stop ND traits can be. But I’m not telling you to stop, I’m giving you work arounds, because I cannot count the number of times my male autistic friends have terrified me accidentally.

Imagine One Shot -- Just Some Casual Stalking.

Tom HiddlestonxReader

Summary: Tom tells the story of how you get on a talk show.


Graham leaned forward, “So, Thomas,”

Tom laughed immediately, “Oh dear, this is going to be a big one,” he turns to look at the audience, “he only calls me Thomas before the really big questions.”

Graham laughs and nods, “It’s true, very very true. Speaking of True, is it true that you stalked your fiance on set before you met? ”

Tom made a face, “It was just some casual stalking,” Graham and the audience start laughing,

“No, no, Let me explain myself, you see, as you all know (y / n) was the screenwriter of (Romantic Movie Title). We spent hours talking about the script, my character, emails, texts, phone calls. All of that. But never met in person. So, it’s the first week of shooting and I see this girl. This absolutely adorable girl talking to the director. I think, ‘Okay, go get introduced.’ I got grabbed by wardrobe because there was some last minute change and by the time I get back. She’s not there. We start the scene. I think that was when we filmed the wedding scene, and I look out and there she is again, this time over clearly whispering to someone from production, and forget my lines. Totally gone. ”

There is another round of laughter and Tom laughs as well, adjusting a little awkwardly in his seat.

“Yeah, so there I am, speechless,”

Graham laughs, “Was that a first?”

“It was new.” He joined in the laughter and continued. “I shake my head and apologize and get back to filming. When it was a break to change the setup, I just instantly start looking for her again, I need to know who this girl is. I was a man on a mission and I found out" he had a pause for effect, “nothing, she was gone. So I figure, okay she must be involved with the film somehow right? She was talking to some important people. She had to come back. So by this time I was texting (y / n) pretty often, sometimes about the movie and sometimes just to say hello, I call her to save time in texting, she picks up and I say, Oh my God (y / n), I think I fell in love with someone on set today. So, she starts grilling me, what did she look like, who is she? and I start describing this girl,“ anotjer pause "and I hear her laughing,in stereo, turn around and there she is… that adorable girl. So yeah, a little bit of stalking and I found my best friend.”

@foureyedsiopao
The Only Exception (Part 8)

Summary: AU. Reader is given the task of running a popular love advice internet show when her coworker is fired. Her cynical attitude toward love makes her offer some harsh advice, and more than a few hearts are caught in the aftermath. Will hers be one of them?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 2,733

Warnings: language, fire, panic, dangerous situation, rescue, drinking, bad jokes, I’m off the handle because I no longer care

A/N: If you don’t like it, don’t read it. After the posts I saw last week that personally attacked me…I wish some people put half as much effort into helping others and the earth as they do being genuinely awful.

Anyways, it’s fiction.

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Originally posted by mizar113

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anonymous asked:

Can you link your job interview tips? I can never find them :(

I know… I’m working on an index sort of thing to help people find posts. Stay tuned!

The Interview

1. Work on your interviewing skills. Your resume will get you through the door, but your personality is what will eventually win you a job. Extroverts have an easier time turning on the charm, but introverts may have to work harder to gain the same ease of conversation. I would recommend seeing some amateur theater or live music performances in your community. Go to a high school musical, see the college Drama Club’s new play. You want the chance to see different levels of confidence in people. Just by watching the performers you’ll be able to easily see who is comfortable being the center of attention and who is not. Let the mistakes or triumphs you see on stage influence the movements, eye contact, and tone of voice that you will use when addressing potential employers. Also, if you don’t want to actually go out, there are loads of community theater youtube videos.

2. Practice makes perfect. Come up with a list of questions that an employer might ask you, and ready your answers confidently. Have a friend “interview” you and have them rate you based on how you respond. If your friend is too positive about your performance, get another one to interview you. You want honesty, you want critiques! If you have no friends or relatives who are able to help you, record yourself answering questions using a webcam. Luckily, there are lots of posts about job interviews on the internet. This is a good one.

3. Talk yourself up. In the interview, you never want to even imply that there is an aspect of the job that you can’t handle. You don’t want to outright lie, but exaggerate your skill levels knowing that once you get in the door, you’ll be competent enough. Never say “I don’t know that skill” say “I’ve heard a lot about that skill, and I’m interested to learn more”.

4. Ask questions. After the interviewer has asked you all their questions about the prospective job, make sure to ask them several questions in return. The more, the better. Really, truly, honestly. Ask them so many goddamn questions that they feel like they’re being interviewed! These questions should be as specific as possible and should show your interest in the company. Tie in any tidbits of information that you picked up on during your interview, and reiterate important points. Remember, people love talking about their jobs. Use this to your advantage. Get your interviewer talking about the different aspects of what they like and dislike.

5. Follow up. Send a “thank you” email to your prospective employer directly after meeting them. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you, and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them soon. This will show that you have initiative and follow through. Employers love that shit.

Feel free to message me directly about any of this information! I literally got an incredible job by beefing up my resume and talking myself up.

Job Hunting Masterpost

Asking Questions

General Job Advice

How to Include Dungeons & Dragons on Your Resume

How to Write A Cover Letter

How to Write A Cover Letter 2

How to Write A Resume (Like A Boss)

Job Hunting Support

Job Interview Outfits

My Post on Job Hunting

Professional Email Address (For Resumes)

Resume Tips

Strong Words to Use on A Resume

Talk Yourself Up!

Tips for Teenagers

About purchasing the YOI BD/DVD vol.6 from overseas

I’m seriously so mad at Avex right now. Apparently they forced AmiAmi to cancel all the orders of YOI related BDs/DVDs/CDs, even the ones placed last year when the ban wasn’t announced yet. How could they do this ONE WEEK before it comes out? They seriously don’t care about overseas fans at all…
(I still don’t know about CDJapan, so far the orders placed on their site before the ban in February seem to be valid?)

Avex and their nonsense policy make me feel stupid for saying from the start “please purchase the BD/DVDs to support the series, don’t download it illegally”…

Anyway, I have thought about what I could possibly do to help people get the BD/DVD vol.6 without spending a lot of money in commissions from forwarding companies and such, and I have decided this:

I am offering to personally purchase the YOI BD/DVD vol.6 on behalf of people living abroad and ship it to them, charging almost no commissions.

Details below.

“Almost no commissions”
I will only ask you to pay for:
1) the actual cost of the BD or DVD
2) the PayPal transaction fee (I don’t know how much it is)
3) the fee PayPal charges me to withdraw money to my bank account (it’s 350 yen, but if enough people ask me to purchase a copy in their place I will lower it because I can withdraw all the money at the same time and only pay the fee once)
4) the packing and shipping fees to send the item to you (you can choose the shipping method and packing style)

How it works:

1) Upon request, I am going to purchase the BD or DVD vol.6 from a Japanese shop, at its regular price (only Amazon seems to have it for less but they only allow 1 copy per person so that won’t work). I may use different shops depending on how many requests I get and how many copies I can find. I will only use physical shops which I can reach with my train pass because otherwise I would need to charge you transport fees or domestic shipping fees as well.

2) I will calculate the packing fee & shipping fee to your country based on your requests (it can be shipped in a padded envelope or, if you are worried, I can look for a sturdier box) and give you the total. For the shipping I can also provide an estimate in advance if you wish.

3) I will wait for you to send me the payment and your full shipping address (payment will need to be in JPY and via PayPal).

4) I will ship you the BD/DVD.

As you can guess, unfortunately there is nothing I can do for the all-volume purchase bonus. I might be able to provide you the Animate (can badge) or Animega (postcard) vol.6 bonus, but I can’t guarantee so I might only provide it at random, as I might also have to use other shops which have no bonuses at all.

Why am I doing this?

Because I feel really sorry for all the people who had their order canceled and/or are left with no cheap ways to purchase the BD/DVD from overseas. If it happened to me I’d be twice as mad as I am now… I also feel partly responsible since I’ve always encouraged people to buy the BD/DVDs even if they had no subtitles and I suggested to use AmiAmi recently because they still had them available.

How to send a request

Please send me a message (via ask) here on Tumblr with your name, email address, country and the details of what you need (BD or DVD). If you need a shipping quotation or have any other questions let me know that too. I will send you an email with the details. (If you’re one of those who got their orders canceled from a shop, please let me know that as well)

How many requests can I accept?

I’m not sure about that, but as I live close to Tokyo and have access to all major parts of the city I should be able to provide enough (I have no idea how many people will ask me).
Should I need to limit the number, I will say so and update this post too.
Some shops like Animate and Animega can temporarily sell out right after the release date but usually they get more stock afterwards, so it’s only a matter of waiting.

I am getting basically nothing out of this (except Animate points if I buy from there I guess..), but I really feel sorry for what happened and hope that I can be of help to someone. I’m not sure whether I’ll be doing the same for the soundtrack or event BD/DVD, most likely not because that’s a different story, but at least people can complete their collection with the last volume…

(I’ll probably write a post with instructions on how to send a message to Avex to complain about this too…)

The Only Exception (Part 5)

Summary: AU. Reader is given the task of running a popular love advice internet show when her coworker is fired. Her cynical attitude toward love makes her offer some harsh advice, and more than a few hearts are caught in the aftermath. Will hers be one of them?

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 3,844

Warnings: language, fluff, angst, sarcasm, hot firemen, draaaamaaaa, did i mention angst? this is getting ridiculous.

A/N: Cliffhangers are mostly unintentional. I got so many ACK HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO ME messages that I wanted to post the next part. Warning: it’s mostly just to move the plot along.

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Originally posted by sebuttianstans

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inthesilverymoonlight  asked:

So I'm trying to get my first job, and beyond having a stellar resume and cover letter, what can I do to up my chances of getting a follow up interview?

Great question! Here’s some general advice… if you have any specific questions please let me know and I’ll address them!

Resume + Cover Letter

1. Creating a resume. The first step to setting out on a job search is creating the perfect resume! Try to limit your resume to one page that is packed with well worded information about all you have to offer. You may want to create several different resumes that highlight your different skills. For example, I have an IT resume, a teaching resume, and a general resume. Here is a pretty thorough article on creating a resume.

2. Buff up your resume. Now that you’ve created your resume, go over it and exaggerate the fuck out of everything. Nobody is going to stick their neck out for you or going to talk you up. You need to be your own cheerleader. You need to create the most impressive version of yourself on paper as possible. Check it.

3. Keep it clean. First impressions matter! Your resume is going to be your potential employer’s first impression of you. You want that impression to be of someone who is organized, intelligent, and talented. Don’t clutter your resume or make it overly complicated.

4. Cover letter. Not all entry level jobs will require or even ask for a cover letter, but it’s good to have one prepared on the off chance that they do. Think of your cover letter as a teaser to your resume. You don’t want to reiterate it word for word, but you want to spark your potential employer’s interest. Check out this post on constructing the perfect cover letter. Remember- keep it brief, intelligent, and tantalizing.

The Interview

1. Work on your interviewing skills. Your resume will get you through the door, but your personality is what will eventually win you a job. Extroverts have an easier time turning on the charm, but introverts may have to work harder to gain the same ease of conversation. I would recommend seeing some amateur theater or live music performances in your community. Go to a high school musical, see the college Drama Club’s new play. You want the chance to see different levels of confidence in people. Just by watching the performers you’ll be able to easily see who is comfortable being the center of attention and who is not. Let the mistakes or triumphs you see on stage influence the movements, eye contact, and tone of voice that you will use when addressing potential employers. Also, if you don’t want to actually go out, there are loads of community theater youtube videos.

2. Practice makes perfect. Come up with a list of questions that an employer might ask you, and ready your answers confidently. Have a friend “interview” you and have them rate you based on how you respond. If your friend is too positive about your performance, get another one to interview you. You want honesty, you want critiques! If you have no friends or relatives who are able to help you, record yourself answering questions using a webcam. Luckily, there are lots of posts about job interviews on the internet. This is a good one.

3. Talk yourself up. In the interview, you never want to even imply that there is an aspect of the job that you can’t handle. You don’t want to outright lie, but exaggerate your skill levels knowing that once you get in the door, you’ll be competent enough. Never say “I don’t know that skill” say “I’ve heard a lot about that skill, and I’m interested to learn more”. 

4. Ask questions. After the interviewer has asked you all their questions about the prospective job, make sure to ask them several questions in return. The more, the better. Really, truly, honestly. Ask them so many goddamn questions that they feel like they’re being interviewed! These questions should be as specific as possible and should show your interest in the company. Tie in any tidbits of information that you picked up on during your interview, and reiterate important points. Remember, people love talking about their jobs. Use this to your advantage. Get your interviewer talking about the different aspects of what they like and dislike. 

5. Follow up. Send a “thank you” email to your prospective employer directly after meeting them. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you, and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them soon. This will show that you have initiative and follow through. Employers love that shit.

Feel free to message me directly about any of this information! I literally got an incredible job by beefing up my resume and talking myself up.

Additional Resources

General Job Advice

How to Include Dungeons & Dragons on Your Resume

How to Write A Cover Letter 

How to Write A Cover Letter 2

How to Write A Resume (Like A Boss)

Job Hunting Support

Professional Email Address (For Resumes)

Resume Tips

Strong Words to Use on A Resume

Talk Yourself Up!

Tips for Teenagers

While the tech people she worked with were open-minded nerds, senior management was “more traditional,” and Allison felt HR would immediately send her packing if she approached them. That’s why she emailed her co-workers first, “… the people who absolutely depended on me for the survival of this project. I let them know what was happening, that I would be transitioning … and reminded them I was indispensable. And within hours … this was out to 4,000 [people].”

She only met with HR once the cat was fully out of the bag and pissing on their rugs. “They were absolutely incensed … but by the time I got frog-marched into HR it was too late.”

They yelled at her for having the gall to exist, but thanks to a “tug-of-war” between management and the nerds who made their project run, Allison’s job was secure.

It’s worth noting that, at this point, Allison’s support group knew of only one other transgender woman, in the country, who had managed to openly transition.

“She did a sort of similar thing, so we sort of modeled my plan off of her.”

I Was Transgender Before That Word Existed: 7 Dark Realities

Wine and Starshine

Summary: AU. Reader has a crappy day and Bucky just won’t stand for it.

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader

Word Count: 468 (my first drabble! LOL)

Warnings: so sweet you might get a toothache, implied wine and brownie attack

A/N: for @beccaanne814-blog with love.

Originally posted by duckybarness

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anonymous asked:

How do I get a job, like I've had two previous jobs in fast food but i had school and other things going on they weren't very understanding with scheduling, I'm trying to get a new job and I've been applying online going in for applications and taking those back but no one seems to want to hire me, I'm only 18 and that sometimes seems to like think I'm inexperienced but honestly I'm just trying to pay my bills

From what you’ve said, it sounds like you need to update your resume and/or your interviewing technique. I’ve done a step by step listing below, but take a look at this right off the bat. 

Resume + Cover Letter

1. Creating a resume. The first step to setting out on a job search is creating the perfect resume! Try to limit your resume to one page that is packed with well worded information about all you have to offer. You may want to create several different resumes that highlight your different skills. For example, I have an IT resume, a teaching resume, and a general resume. Here is a pretty thorough article on creating a resume.

2. Buff up your resume. Now that you’ve created your resume, go over it and exaggerate the fuck out of everything. Nobody is going to stick their neck out for you or going to talk you up. You need to be your own cheerleader. You need to create the most impressive version of yourself on paper as possible. Check it.

3. Keep it clean. First impressions matter! Your resume is going to be your potential employer’s first impression of you. You want that impression to be of someone who is organized, intelligent, and talented. Don’t clutter your resume or make it overly complicated.

4. Cover letter. Not all entry level jobs will require or even ask for a cover letter, but it’s good to have one prepared on the off chance that they do. Think of your cover letter as a teaser to your resume. You don’t want to reiterate it word for word, but you want to spark your potential employer’s interest. Check out this post on constructing the perfect cover letter. Remember- keep it brief, intelligent, and tantalizing.

The Interview

1. Work on your interviewing skills. Your resume will get you through the door, but your personality is what will eventually win you a job. Extroverts have an easier time turning on the charm, but introverts may have to work harder to gain the same ease of conversation. I would recommend seeing some amateur theater or live music performances in your community. Go to a high school musical, see the college Drama Club’s new play. You want the chance to see different levels of confidence in people. Just by watching the performers you’ll be able to easily see who is comfortable being the center of attention and who is not. Let the mistakes or triumphs you see on stage influence the movements, eye contact, and tone of voice that you will use when addressing potential employers. Also, if you don’t want to actually go out, there are loads of community theater youtube videos.

2. Practice makes perfect. Come up with a list of questions that an employer might ask you, and ready your answers confidently. Have a friend “interview” you and have them rate you based on how you respond. If your friend is too positive about your performance, get another one to interview you. You want honesty, you want critiques! If you have no friends or relatives who are able to help you, record yourself answering questions using a webcam. Luckily, there are lots of posts about job interviews on the internet. This is a good one.

3. Talk yourself up. In the interview, you never want to even imply that there is an aspect of the job that you can’t handle. You don’t want to outright lie, but exaggerate your skill levels knowing that once you get in the door, you’ll be competent enough. Never say “I don’t know that skill” say “I’ve heard a lot about that skill, and I’m interested to learn more”. 

4. Ask questions. After the interviewer has asked you all their questions about the prospective job, make sure to ask them several questions in return. The more, the better. Really, truly, honestly. Ask them so many goddamn questions that they feel like they’re being interviewed! These questions should be as specific as possible and should show your interest in the company. Tie in any tidbits of information that you picked up on during your interview, and reiterate important points. Remember, people love talking about their jobs. Use this to your advantage. Get your interviewer talking about the different aspects of what they like and dislike. 

5. Follow up. Send a “thank you” email to your prospective employer directly after meeting them. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you, and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them soon. This will show that you have initiative and follow through. Employers love that shit.

Feel free to message me directly about any of this information! I literally got an incredible job by beefing up my resume and talking myself up.

My Experience with Zap! Creatives


Alright- so here is my angry post about my experience with Zap Creatives. I really didn’t want to publish this but as many other artists also use them I wanted to share my experience with this company.  Prepare for a novel, as I am not happy at all.



I’ve been a customer with Zap since 2012. My total spent while dealing with this company totals in the thousands.  I’ve always had my files set up right, my naming conventions down pat and my colours spot on. I want to make this very clear. I used their now ‘old style’ 1 inch charms for all of my orders. The items I received never had any major imperfections, usually 1-3 in a batch of 100 of a single printed design.  I have had over 5000 charms from this company, so in the long run I had little to no imperfections. I boasted about the quality of the items, how they are durable, scratch resistant and vibrant.



Over the years I have expanded to over 50 unique designs, and had a large quality of each printed with them. I never had any issues.  The back and forth with the customer service wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t something that really caused me any concern until recently.

In a recent order, December 2014, I ordered 500 charms. In this order, 60 of them were pony charms. Since 2012 I had updated these pony designs to new artwork. The naming convention was the same, but the customer service agent assured she replaced the files for me, and I was told all was fine. So while placing my order I did not worry - as I had reordered these newer designs multiple times in the past. So there shouldn’t be an issue, right?


Welp I was wrong, they sent me the 2012 designs rather than the 2013 designs that I had reordered multiple times throughout 2013-2014. Whatever, it was a mistake. Everyone makes them.  I’ve been dealing with them for a long time so it should not be an ordeal. I emailed them about the situation and I was given a reply within a few days

“Thank you for your reply. I have spoken to the production team and if you return the incorrect charms to the below address we will be able to get the replacements into production for you.”

Okay. I packed up the misprinted charms and sent them back to them right away. I assumed they would get my new charms mailed back out to me right away. The day I sent them back was December 19th. Well needless to say I was so wrong. I emailed Zap back for 2 months, finally getting a reply on February 4th.  They said they would have to wait for the charms to get back to them before they shipped out my replacements. I explained to them that I needed the charms for an event, and some were on backorder on my website after the holidays and I had customers expecting them.

“Thank you for your reply. I am afraid that there is not much we can do until we have the actual charms in our hands. If they do not arrive by the end of the week I will speak to my manager and see what we can do.

Please let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks :) “

So they said no can do, we need the charms in hand. I didn’t hear back from them for a couple weeks, so I sent them another email. In the email I sent them pictures of the mailed out parcel (I take pictures of everything I can when dealing with stuff like this) with the shipping label and information, and anything else I could do to help speed up the process. No reply.

March 1st rolls around. I needed to reorder another design desperately as I had sold out quickly, and emailed them saying I was pretty upset that this is being handled as badly as it was.

“Thank you for your email. I am so sorry about not being in touch. It is no excuse but it has been incredibly busy here and this slipped through the net. I have spoken to my manager and your returns must have got lost in the post as I have not received anything. As it has taken me so long to get back to you if you confirm what you require replacing and I can get this sent out to you this week. “

Great, exactly what I wanted to hear. Whatever, mix ups happen, the holidays just wrapped up, everyone was busy. I apologise for coming off angry, and resend her the design files and quantities to make sure they are correct. I reorder the design I needed as well.

It’s now March 10th. Zap announces they are getting rid of the old style charms. I’m pretty concerned. Now I need to backtrack to when Zap first announced they had a new style of charms – I ordered some samples of my designs in the new product. The new product is awful, the images feel like a sticker and I can literally pick them off with my finger nail (see Toothless image, top right ear). They also have this lovely white ring around the print that looks awful. So of course when I hear the style I print with is heading out, I email them to see whats up. I calmly explain to them that I was concerned about consistency (ordering restock of old style charms with the new style is going to suck, but I don’t have a choice so whatever) and asked why they are going to be discontinued out of curiosity’s sake.

“Thank you for your email. The reason we are stopping this service is all explained in the very detailed blog that Dave wrote. You can find the blog on our website. “

Wow, thanks for the copy paste answer. “Go read it on our blog!” I posted the blog the day it was emailed to me in an artist alley group I am in to give everyone a heads up about the change in case they didn’t get an email. I go on to explain that it sucks that this happened before convention season, and to port over all the charms into the new style is going to take a lot of work. I was told that it was just as much work to port over my designs to the new style as it was to go to another company, so it was up to me what I wanted to do. Wow, really? Yeah, because that is exactly what I want to hear right now after being a patron to your business for years – to be basically to be told “If you don’t like it, leave”. So I’m furious at this point, but I don’t know exactly what to do. Should I drop my entire convention budget before April 6th and order the old style charms to have enough stock for the year, just deal with it and go with the new style, or do as they suggested and go to another company? I pick the first option.  

I count my stock, tally my totals and reorder one last time with the company right before cut off day April 6th.

I still haven’t gotten my replacement charms from December. I email their customer service to inquire about the charms and to make my new order, and they reply that they were sent out in March. Thanks for the notification with tracking, that honestly would have helped out with my stress. They decided to mail the items together, and it was just yesterday, April 9th, that I received them. 

Needless to say, the items were horrible. The first thing I noticed was the acrylic was different. My boyfriend was the first to point it out. The acrylic was a different colour (more yellow then the usual white) and noticeably thinner. This doesn’t work for me, as something Zap likes to boast about how they thrive for consistency, something that is very important to me. This wasn’t that big of a deal until I seen the Baymax charms. 



The quality was just… awful. More than half of the items where misprinted or miscut, but mostly miscut. The Baymax on the left in the photo is the one from my previous order with Zap, and the right ones are the examples of how they were cut in my new order. This is just unacceptable. At this point I feel like the company is trying to make a point about their old printing after I complained to them, and now they are trying to reinforce that the printing style is bad. Never in my 3 years of dealing with them had I seen so many mistakes in one order of one design! I’m livid at this point, and email Zap telling them that this is unacceptable. I cancel my last big order of charms with them, and ask for a refund for the Baymax charms that are garbage. I write them a novel about why I am upset, how I have been loyal as a customer and want to work this out, and that I want this fixed.

And this is the reply I was given, word for word, copy pasted:

“Thank you for your reply. Once again I can only apologies. I have cancel your order for you. If you could return the charms that you require refunding to the below address and once we receive them I can process the refund.

Zap! Creatives 
3F Brighouse Business Village 
Brighouse Road 
Middlesbrough 
TS2 1RT 

Please let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks :) 


How would you rate my reply?
Great    Okay    Not Good “


Uh, needless to say it was not good. 


So I am 300% done at this point. I dropped Zap Creatives completely , and will be dealing with another company from now on. Dealing with this new company has been extremely refreshing, as they actually talk to you and want your business, unlike the automated responses like with Zap.

** UPDATE: I just checked my email, and got an email from Zap offering my money back and to convert a few of my best selling charms for free, as well as sending me some new samples - only after seeing my article.


This should be something that is offered to all of those who have been using your service for years and are on the fence about the new style charms. When you have people that are concerned about the new style printing, like myself, this was something that should have been offered from the start to keep their business. You could spend pennies offering people who are genuinely concerned about the switch by sending them some samples to prove this is a superior service. Or you can just lose peoples business all together.



People don’t like change, this is a fact of life. And there has been little to no accommodation regarding this change.



If you are going to change something, you can’t just tell people "Trust me, our new products are better” after they have been purchasing the same product from you for years.

**UPDATE 2: Zap retracted their offer to refund me after I emailed them the amount not usable and return shipping. Zap is officially one of the worst businesses I have ever dealt with. 

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Moral of the story - I guess it takes an angry article to get good customer service, rather then years of being a loyal customer.

Writer’s Block 6.1

Originally posted by lovershub


Happy Monday, Everyone! Here is a quick update for you. Longer than normal. I hope to have the next bit out by the weekend. Obviously the stress in my life is driving me back to writing. And less sleep! If you want to read the first 5 chapters, find them here


After making a few edits and many suggestions to Johanna’s nonfiction piece, I’m starting to rethink our deal. I’ve fulfilled my part, but do I really need hers? Peeta already knows I have no experience by my own admissions, so what will he think when I show up ‘looking like a pro’, as Johanna put it? He’s expecting virginal, not promiscuous. Maybe this is a terrible idea.

An abrupt knock on the door interrupts my concentration. My heart speeds up until I look at the clock. It’s too early to be Johanna. It must be Peeta, though he hasn’t made an attempt to contact me since he dropped me off last night. Not that it’s easy. We can really only communicate through google docs and I’ve been on for the last 3 hours, wondering why Johanna’s piece about the mating habits of moths sounds like it needs moth smut.

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The pain of letting of a narcississt Mother

Two weeks ago I received a Facebook request from my Mother. I swear my heart stopped then I pressed the “decline” button. A wave of anger and sadness rised up so I called my friend F. He reminded me that I did the right thing by declining her requested: “ You don’t need people like her in your life.” He lovingly listened to me. I then let my two other closest friends M and P know. They both had the same reaction: “ Are you ok?” “Do you think she was genuine?”

I was touched by my friends love and support. I was also trying not to analyse why she send me this request… But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why??? Maybe she is just checking in. Maybe she still doesn’t get why I don’t speak to her and rest of the family.

For those of you who are new to this blog, my Mother was a very abusive narcissist.Her little brother raped me but, apparently, I should forget about it. The fact that this was done to me isn’t an excuse for my difficult behavior. “ You have always been a difficult, unhappy child.” And, last summer, I relived the day when she beat me up telling me she was going to kill me… She never wanted me and I knew it really well. She didn’t love me (Please don’t tell me that crap “She loved you in her own way!! Abuse isn’t love. Not all Mothers are capable of loving. )

I stopped visiting her after my last holidays back home (France) with my then partner and our 6 months old Daughter. My Mother told me I wasnt a good Mother. She wanted me to clean the house using my Daughter as an excuse. She had tantrums in front of my partner. I came back in London and broke down. I didn’t want to hold my baby as I was scared to hurt her.

It took me a few more years before cutting contact. She had spend the last year trying to “commit” suicide. She was sanctioned. I was on regular contact with my little Brother and with her. I was listening to her and I supported her as much as I could. I got tired of not getting any update unless I called. When she was out of hospital, she was back to her usual self and putting me down. I had enough.


It was hard and it took me ages to recover from “divorcing” my Mother. Suddendly, I had a better and clearer understanding of what happened during my childhood. It was dark and terrifying.


Two years later, she send me an email. It wasn’t her first email but until then I didn’t reply. One of the first thing she said was: “ So, are you done being angry?” It didn’t last long as I told her not to give my personal details to any other members of the family but ,a few weeks later, I received an email from a cousin I barely knew. She needed help to find a work experience placement and somewhere to stay over the summer, here in London. She even told my cousin about my depression - I wasn’t well at the time. I stopped it then and there: it was clear I couldn’t trust her. I send her an email to let her know and blocked her.

I didn’t contact her since. Nor did she, until last week’s request. What got me this time was how sad I felt of not being able to reach out to her. I can’t have a loving Mother. I never had one and never will. It is even a matter of safety for me not to have her by my side. I still feel sad. I am grieving. I peeled off many layers of grief for the last few years and this process seems to get deeper and deeper at each layers. I am chanting for acceptance of this lose. I had two very emotional dreams about her since last week. None were traumatic but I’ve been feeling like retreating at home and resting. For once, I don’t give myself a hard time for needing my own space. Altough I got drunk twice and I knew very well it was my way to make it all better. I felt silly. I don’t like losing control of my emotions. The last few days, I feel even closer to myself Daughter. I love her so much and I will never let her go. I’ve also been in touch with my closest friends on a daily basis. They support me and I feel their love. I am not alone.
WRITING COMMISSIONS! BY ME! FOR YOU!

Hello, all!

I recently had surgery, and to help with my finances, I’m opening up writing commissions! Here’s a static link for the commission details, but since you’re here, keep on reading below!

Signal boosts for this post are much appreciated! If you’re not interested in a commission but want to help with my medical bills, I wouldn’t say no to a Ko-Fi! Thank you so much for helping out.

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I’ve written fanfic for over 15 years, and have written professionally for 5 years. I can safely say I have been a fanfic rodeo clown for a real long time. Here’s my AO3 account for samples of my work!

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Thank you so much for reading, and I hope that you’ll let me write the anime bullshit you’ve been dreaming of!

Keep an eye out for local toy stores, sometimes you can find a treasure trove of fidget/stim toys. I went to a toy store called Toyology in Rochester Hills, MI. It was part of an out door mall called Village Of Rochester Hills (if you live in Michigan and would like the address, let me know). It had so many classic fidget toys it was insane, it was almost like it was specifically for that. I only got these three things, but they also had twiddle, twiddle extreme, metal slinkys, fidget cube, thinking putty, koosh balls, soft hairy rubber squishes, ooze tubes, cute chewables, slime, pop tubes, and a lot of other things that are great for stimming. When I checked out I signed up for their emails and they gave me a coupon card that never expires, and sent me an email for 15% off my next purchase. So in summery, if you’re looking to buy stim/fidget toys in person, check out local toy stores in malls, or just in general. You might just hit the jackpot like I did today.

Hello, my lovelies! Have a Friday-afternoon-my-brain-is-done-with-this-week headcanon about turian affection that no one asked for!

So, shortened names, right? For turians, using a shortened name for someone is a sign of intimacy on several orders of magnitude beyond how humans use short names. They’re common between family members (ones that like each other, anyway) — e.g., Garrus calling his sister Sol, Solana calling him G, and Vetra calling her sister Sid. So if two individuals who are not family use shortened names with each other, it’s a sign that they are very close and are in a relationship they expect to be more or less permanent (usually in a romantic sense, but not necessarily) — e.g., Garrus referring to himself as G in his email to Shepard, and Vetra signing as V after Ryder has romanced her.

Now, for one turian to call another turian by a shortened name when they don’t have That Kind of Relationship is extremely forward and quite possibly rude or dismissive and can cause all kinds of problems, from “who the HAPPY HELL do they think they are!” to “do they think of me like that? do I think of them like that? Spirits, I’m confused what do I do???” That convention is relaxed, though, when it comes to other races (say, a salarian calling a turian by a shortened name), but there’s still usually a moment of “!!!” before they remember to let it go as a cultural difference.

*disappears again in a cloud of eezo dust*

6

“Hey, Aud!” It’s Malcolm Relf, her old boss and mentor at the Bridgeport Tribune. He often calls her for a chat, or a favour. But today his scratched, gravel-soaked-in-whisky voice sounds concerned. He wants to know if she’s heard any rumours about Alex.
Audrey feels something tighten in her chest, like a cold and tiny key.  
“No, Malcolm. What kind of rumours?”
“I got a strange email a couple of days ago, sent from a bogus email address. Saying that photos were soon going to be leaked that would show the world what a filthy pervert Alex Dunlop is. That was it.”
“Have you still got the email?” says Audrey. “Can you forward it to me?”
“Sure,” says Malcolm. “Are you going to tell Alex?”  
“I think I probably ought to,” says Audrey. “He can decide whether he wants to let the police know, although I doubt there’s anything they can do. Alex is used to being threatened with extortion. If you’re well-known and have a lot of money you’re automatically a target for these sickos.”
“So you think that’s all it is?” says Malcolm. “An amateurish blackmail attempt?”
“I’m certain that’s all it is,” says Audrey.“He’ll probably find an anonymous letter in his letterbox when he gets home, you know, put together with letters cut out of the newspaper. "LEAVE 5 MILLION IN UNMARKED BILLS ON A PARK BENCH AT BUTTERFLY ESPLANADE OR WE’LL LEAK THE GERBIL PHOTOS TO THE PRESS.”
“Gerbils, hahaha” says Malcolm. “How 80s.”
After she gets off the phone Audrey sits staring at the forwarded email for a long time. Then she gets up and walks over to the window, but the view doesn’t calm her in the way she has come to rely upon it to do. She takes a step back, to try and shake herself of the unfamiliar feeling of dread, of being drawn against her will towards the precipice. But the sensation of vertigo remains.  

rlnerdgirl  asked:

If you're not inundated with prompts... What about cat or dog or rabbit owner Stiles, who uses Derek's pet sitting service when he goes on vacation one week. Derek gives him photo & email updates, and Stiles' pet was so nervous at the beginning of the week but loves Derek by the end. So Stiles books as weekly time for Derek to just come in the afternoon to play with his pet, and then they meet again in person when Stiles is home sick one day and Derek walks in for pet playtime. Or something...

Aww, this is cute! I love it. I’ve always wanted a dwarf bunny so guess who is yet again living vicariously through fictional characters? That’s right, bitches


“Okay, so normally he’s loose in the house and kinda just free ranges but obviously if there’s anything on the floor that he shouldn’t get to or if you just don’t wanna that’s fine too. He’s fed twice a day, usually at 7 AM and 5 PM, but he doesn’t mind if you’re a little late. Oh and I have some peanut butter treats in the bag and if he’s hurt you can call Deaton, he own the clinic down the road and he knows Bean and -”

“Stiles,” Derek interrupts cautious but it stops the young man in his concerned ramble, “You laid it all out for me in the email. He’ll be fine.” Derek smiles, trying to be reassuring. Most pet owners were like this, protective of their precious pet to a near fault. But Derek understood, loved animals just as much, even when they weren’t his. 

“Sorry. This is the first time I’ll be leaving him for longer than a weekend since I got him when he was a baby. And he still looks like a baby and I’ll miss him and I just-”

“I get it, Stiles, really. Did you want me to take him now? Let him run around in here a bit before you leave so you know he’s happy?” Stiles nods sheepishly and Derek just goes to close the baby gate that seals off his stairs so the bunny can’t get into too much trouble.

Stiles pulls a hand from the front pouch of his hoodie to reveal the smallest bunny Derek has ever seen.

“So that’s why he’s named Bean. He’s really small.” Derek approaches slowly while Stiles uses a couple fingers to pet the bunny’s back. Stiles carefully sets him on the floor and they talk idly while Bean acclimates. Eventually Stiles leaves with a misty eyed good-bye to Bean who fits squarely in Derek’s palm. 

Derek can feel himself instantly become attached to the little thing and it’s happy antics. It bounces here and there and across Derek’s desk while he works, seems to like to perch on Derek’s shoulder while he watches TV and rests in Derek’s hoodie pockets when he cooks. He’s sure to update Stiles with all these things via email with plenty of pictures attached. 

Derek is sad to see the little guy go when Stiles comes to pick him up.

“He snuggled his way into your heart, too, didn’t he?” Stiles asks, sliding the bunny into his pocket with Bean’s stuff in a plastic bag. “Well, you can come visit, if you want? I didn’t say before, but I live down the hall. You could come by sometime.”

It only takes a few weeks before Bean is split in custody between the two apartments due to movie date nights being at Derek’s but trying new recipes happen at Stiles’.