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Sparks | Joshua Hong

Originally posted by misskoalacouture

Pairing: Joshua x Reader

Genre: Fluff

Summary: Joshua and you spend the day at the beach/board walk


He makes my heart flutter. He might not know it or feel it, but I feel it.

“Y/N?“ Joshua waves his hand in front of my face from across the table. I smile shyly and look down at my hands.

"I was thinking about something I’m sorry.” Joshua laughs and there goes my heart again. His smile was so bright and warm.

"As I was saying, did you want to go to the bonfire tonight at the beach?“ Joshua asked. 

"Who’s going to be there?”

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Why shouldn’t it be that way for the rest of us? Why not just go with it? Just walk the dog and send the tweets and eat the scones and play with the hamsters and ride the bicycles and watch the sunsets and stream the movies and never worry about any of it? I didn’t know it could be that easy. I didn’t know that until just now. That sounds good to me.
—  Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Seventeen as stereotypical teen movie characters
  • S.Coups: the head of the jocks who throws all the keggers and flirts with the main character to bug them
  • Jeonghan: the quiet creative guy who's actually really funny. skeptical but supportive best friend of the main character
  • Joshua: the jock whO CAN SING???¿ (think troy bolton)
  • Jun: the jock who flirts with everyone and everything. always initiating games of suck and blow and spin the bottle
  • Hoshi: the nice inner city guy who teaches underprivileged kids how to dance
  • Wonwoo: the older brother of the main character who's always teasing them and calls them a "stupid kid" and it seems like they hate each other, but then gives them some heartfelt advice and says something cheesy like "you're not so bad after all"
  • Woozi: the cynical sardonic best friend of the main character who's always rolling their eyes and having to clean up the main character's mess
  • DK: the captain of the glee club
  • Mingyu: the one everyone is intimidated by but is actually really unassuming and chill when talked to
  • The8: the enigmatic 'bad boy' no one knows anything about
  • Seungkwan: the comedic over the top bossy best friend of the unassuming main character who gives them good advice the main character never follows, which makes them roll their eyes
  • Vernon: the jock who seems like a huge dick but then gets partnered with the main character for a science project and ends up being chill and really smart
  • Dino: the really enthusiastic nerdy kid whose knowledge saves the day

Writer Joshua Ferris’ new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about a morbid dentist who grapples with death and atheism. In the interview Ferris explains his own religious beliefs: 

“I’m not sure that I’m entirely comfortable with being described as a non-believer only because there’s this little shadow of a doubt that I keep open. I have a character in the book describe herself as a "non-practicing atheist,” and I think that’s how I would describe myself. When push comes to shove, and I’m forced to think reasonably, I affirm again and again that there is no God.

But as a rule, as I go through life, I find that can lead to a dogma that is no more welcoming to my way of thinking than the dogma of believers. So I tend to want to keep the door open an inch, which I think sounds to many people like cheating, but to me it’s simply a matter of keeping — not my options open — but my mind wide, as wide as possible, and my heart open to new possibilities.“

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Never had to walk, never had to seek out food, never had to carry around the heavy and the weary weight, and in a measure of time that may have been the smallest natural unit known to man, or that may have been and may still remain all of eternity, he realized that he was still thinking, his mind was still afire, that he had just scored if not won the whole damn thing, and that the exquisite thought of his eternal rest was how delicious that cup of water was going to taste the instant it touched his lips.
—  Joshua Ferris, from The Unnamed

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Today in Book News: More than 70 years since it surfaced in public, John Steinbeck’s story “With Your Wings” will see publication in print today for the first time Friday. The Associated Press reports that, despite being read during a 1944 radio broadcast by Orson Welles, the story had never been put to page and released — so far as experts are aware.

Also today, Joshua Ferris has won the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize. In a ceremony Thursday night, the American author’s recent novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, beat out a shortlist of six other books that included such favorites as The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize winner; and Eimear McBride’s Baileys Prize-winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

And  Bill Watterson, the man behind the beloved Calvin and Hobbes, has made another tentative step back toward the spotlight this week. Tapped for honors at the Angouleme International Comics Festival in France, Watterson drew up a brand-new strip to serve as the festival’s poster.

Read more here.


An Amazon.com Best Book of the Month (December 2014)


In “Safety Tips for Living Alone,” Jim Shepard weaves the stories of four families whose lives are upended when the men go to work on a dangerous and isolated surveillance platform off the coast of Long Island. After working his way up to Captain, career serviceman Gordon Phelan is offered the command of Texas Tower 4—a wobbly “box over the ocean.” Among the team of military personnel and civilians joining Phelan aboard the platform are Roy Bakke, Wilbur Kovarick and Louie Laino, three strong and dutiful men trying to ensure better lives for their families. But when as a powerful storm approaches the Tower, the four men—and everyone on board—must face their increasingly probable deaths.


In his introduction, Joshua Ferris writes “There’s no better way to describe the experience of the reader of Shepard’s reimagining of this forgotten, misbegotten episode in American history” than to say one is “moved and appalled.”


Read it for free tomorrow in Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading for one week before its release as an exclusive Kindle Single on December 10. Or pre-order your copy today.



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Today’s top  book news item:

Two Americans are on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, which this year for the first time was open to writers of any nationality whose books were written in English and published in the U.K. Americans Joshua Ferris (To Rise Again at a Decent Hour) and Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves) made it to the shortlist Tuesday alongside the Australian Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) and British writers Howard Jacobson (J), Neel Mukherjee (The Lives of Others) and Ali Smith (How to be Both).

Jacobson won the prize in 2010, and Smith is a perpetual contender. In his announcement, chair of the judges A.C. Grayling called the list “a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English.” The winner of the prize, which until last year was restricted to the citizens of the U.K., the British Commonwealth, Zimbabwe and Ireland, will receive about $80,000. The winner of the Booker prize will be announced Oct. 14.