just finished reading the last chapter

GH Vol 1 Ch 4 Update

So, this took longer than expected (my mother came to visit and I couldn’t get anything done), but I finished translating chapter 4 last night. I just need to do a read through/ edits, prepare it for posting, and write up translation notes. It’ll take a day or two, but maybe a little longer. I’m supposed to do some kind of graphic design for my husband’s work by Thursday…. so I kind of need to do that first ($$$). But the chapter will be up by the weekend.

In other news, I kind of wondered why no one blogged about the Inada Shiho Noll/Gene Birthday comic yesterday, so last night I started to translate it (the kanji was hard to read >_<). I pretty much got it all translated, but then it didn’t make sense to me lol. I guess I have to read last year’s comic because I need more context. So for now, that’s going on the back burner (or maybe someone else can translate it). But hey, Naru got Gene Converse shoes!

Okay fine, here’s what I have of it:

Happy Birthday 2017

Panel 1

Gene: Last time was a disaster, so this year, I’ll make the first move!!

Gene: “Happy birthday, Noll! Here you go!”

Gene: I’ll show him… heheheh

Gene: He got me this last year, so I’ll return the favor~ (not sure - 去年もらったからおかえじ~)

Panel 2

Noll: “Oh…”

Noll: “Then while we’re at it, I’ll give you this as well.”

Panel 3

Gene: “Eh?”

Box: Converse

Noll: “Wasn’t that what you wanted?”

Gene: Was I obvious about it?

Gene: Yes! This is what I wanted~

Panel 4

Gene: “Oh, yeah. This is right. Um, thank you.”

Noll: Good (よし - maybe ok?)

Panel 5

Gene: Huh? Something’s off with my plan… I wonder if this outcome is okay?

Noll: He behaved exactly as expected.

Lol I didn’t plan to share that. Anyway, there’s probably a better translation, but there you go.

Not Your Average Zutara Fic Rec

So I’ve gone through a LOT of Zutara fanfiction, probably too much if I’m being honest, and finding good fics can be really hard. When looking up fic rec lists I’ve noticed that a lot of the lists are just the same select fanfictions recommended over and over (We get it, everyone and their mother loves ‘His Majesty Prefers Blue’ and ‘Stormbenders’ [I never finished HMPB, sue me]). 

So this list is for all of you who are in my shoes and can’t seem to find anything besides the same ten or fifteen stories recommended and are desperate for something new. Everything listed is complete! (If I listed the incompletes/abandoned stories I’d have a lot more chaptered stories listed… RIP ‘The Confrontational Approach’…) 

I have a lot of bookmarked stories that I have yet to read and am in the middle of (Almost caught up on @firelordandlady ‘s ‘Say Anything’!), so I’ll try to update this when I finish something I think deserves a recommendation. 


In the Same Candlelight by Like a Dove

In a world where there is no war, Zuko and Katara spend their summers together. Growing up is messy, embarrassing, and at times sad, but they think it might be okay because they have each other. Edited summary.

I know. I KNOW. I LITERALLY JUST SAID I WASN’T GOING TO RECOMMEND FANFICS THAT ARE ON EVERYONE’S LIST. But I NEED to mention this one. I spent so long not interested in this fic. I don’t like drastic AU’s, or modern AU’s. My taste is strictly canon divergence, so I didn’t think I would like this. I WAS SO WRONG. Trust me, if you are like me and don’t like big AU’s, read this anyway. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Characterization is still so spot on, even with such a different take. Aang is precious. There is nothing but fluff, fluff, and fluff. It will melt you. You will probably die and your spirit will rise up smiling and beaming out rainbows and sunshine. That’s what happened to me. 

Lilacs and Lily Pads by sadladybug

A tale of clumsy courtship and calamitous court weddings, featuring awkward family encounters, floral mishaps, cultural complications, and good old fashioned fluff and conflict. Takes place in the five years following war’s end. For Zutara Week 2016. A prequel to Bones.

Clothe Me in Seasons, Dress Me in Snow is a very commonly recommended Zutara fic (And for good reason, I shed many tears reading it). But this two-shot (A companion to Bones, a smut one shot) by the same author is really underrated and beautifully written. It follows Zuko and Katara as they try to plan their wedding, as well as shows two scenes from before they got engaged that solidified the relationship to be one they knew would last. Just really well done overall and very very sweet. 

EDIT: I talked with the author and apparently it isn’t finished?? But they are apparently working on the next chapters so yay!! And each chapter is independent so it doesn’t feel unfinished.  

The Slow Path by Tazainian Devil

Eight years after the fall of Ozai, Aang returns to the friends he left behind - Taang, Zutara, Sukka

This is technically a Taang fic, and if I’m being honest I kind of just skimmed through the non-zutara chapters, but the Zutara storyline was good enough that I think it’s definitely worth the read. And the overall plot has a great premise. Be warned, it has a sequel that was never finished. 

Another Word For Alchemy by FanPanda13

Five years have passed since the Avatar defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and the members of the Gaang have all gone in their own direction. But when Aang invites them all to a Peace Summit at the North Pole and tells them of his new project, for which he will need their support, the group comes together again for adventure, fun and romance. AU. Zutara. COMPLETE.

So this fic is crazy for me. At first, it started as just really good natured fluff. The writing wasn’t anything fantastic (Although I loved how it broke the 4th wall and didn’t take itself seriously), and there were some definite OOC moments. But I had so much FUN with it. The plot (while definitely not the focus as everyone is more concerned about when Zuko and Katara will get together) was interesting, and there were some really sweet moments. It was also HILARIOUS and I had multiple moments where I genuinely laughed out loud. But then about five chapters before the end, the quality SKY ROCKETED. As the plot and mystery come together, the characters all come together in a moment that truly feels like it came from the show. Even the writing quality increases by a lot and I was genuinely shocked and impressed. Definitely recommend. 

Kyoshi Hold ‘Em by cupid-painted-blind

When a blizzard shuts down the fourth annual Peace Summit, the group has to find some way to pass the time. /Zutara, Taang, Jet/Mai, Jet/Everyone, Sukka

If you’re looking for a good crack fic, look no further. It’s post war and utter nonsense. Jet is alive for some reason??? No one questions it and he’s shipped with pretty much everyone. It’s funny, it’s decently written, there are drinking and sexy time shenanigans, and overall just lighthearted. Also, it does a great job of being a crack fic without crossing the line and becoming unfunny and just a trash fic. A lot struggle to find the balance and resort to going over the top and ridiculous, but this one does a really good job. 

Come With Me by Steamboat Ghost

Coauthored by fuzzytomato. Troubled over his newly restored honor, Zuko finds solace in the familiar guise of the Blue Spirit. In a chance meeting with the Painted Lady, a friendship is forged as the two heroes seek to help the Fire Nation’s neglected.

I’ll admit it: I’ve never gotten into Blutara fanfictions. I only read the first couple chapters of HMPB and dropped it after the tree scene. I don’t know, it felt really OOC for me and I may go back and read it again just because EVERYONE raves about it, but IDK. I’ve never been a huge Blutara fan because while I love the concept, I’d much rather see the Painted Lady and the Blue Spirit come together as equals. Most fics present Zuko behind his mask to Katara, and it feels imbalanced. There aren’t a lot of stories where we see their alter persona’s come together even though that’s the entire point of the parallel between the two. Insert this fic. I only wish there was a sequel dealing with Zuko in the Gaang after these events. Hey, a girl can dream. 

A Zutara Story Anastasia by LastSunset

Katara, the only suviving waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe, joins two con men, Zuko and Iroh, while a fearful admiral chases for her death. A Zutara Story. Based on the movie Anastasia.

So this isn’t so much a retelling of Anastasia but with Katara and Zuko as it is a fanfic version of the movie but with the characters names and world changed. It takes a lot of lines from the movie. But WHO CARES? It’s Anastasia and Zutara!!! What more do you need??? 


this burden you bear by cowlicklesschick

Word travels, and war stories will be told round campfires and on freighter ships until every person in the world knows what Master Katara did for the new Fire Lord. She fights the burning in her throat at the thought of people knowing why she had to heal him in the first place. Post-war Zutara.

This is an angst-with-a-happy-ending, which I say is the absolute BEST type of angst. Katara deals with the guilt of what Zuko did for her as the Fire Nation celebrates what she did to save his life during the Agni Kai. The two come together beautifully while struggling to see the feelings they both share. Really well written and like I said, it has a happy ending, which we all need. 

The Best of Me by Laririn-Shadow

The night before his eighteenth birthday Zuko wraps a bandage around his left wrist. He has a country to run and no time for frivolous things. It will make everything easier if he waits. Zutara Soulmates AU

Soulmate AU’s usually aren’t my thing (With the glaring exception of one Until Dawn Soulmate AU, but that’s besides the point), but I really enjoyed this oneshot. It isn’t sweeping or insanely romantic and the reveal isn’t “OMG I’VE LOVED YOU THIS WHOLE TIME” But it’s a subtle love that grows, which I really like.  

my salvation, he’s not anything by sarsaparillia

Let’s run away and start another war. — Zuko/Katara.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can I say? I love the ‘Let’s run away together, consequences be damned’ trope. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Time is Ripe by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2012 Day Seven: Seasons. There are many stages that a heart goes through before it can finally be ready for the love it was meant to have. The road is often a rocky one but eventually, it leads you home.

A oneshot for the Zutara Week 2012 prompt ‘Seasons’. Not too much to say about it. Short, sweet, and well written. What more do you need? 

Serendipity by Boriqua-chan

Iroh goes hunting for tea leaves and finds something…interesting. /Zutara week, day 1/

Secret relationships! Fluff! Happiness! And all from Uncle Iroh’s perspective!! Everything I love in one great oneshot! 

Too Close for Comfort also by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2010 Day Three: Pain. After watching “The Ember Island Players”, no one is in the mood for teasing. But a little slip of the tongue leads to the painful realization that the play was more accurate than they were willing to admit.

There are two Zutara plots/tropes that I am a complete and utter SLUT for. The first is the ‘Let’s talk about that EIP show’ trope. This is one of my favorites. 

The Color of Truth is Red by Mrs. Pettyfer

Written for Zutara Week prompt “awkward.” Zuko and Katara discuss the Ember Island Players.

Another post EIP oneshot

Enlightenment by Blade Quill

Choices are made on the day of Zuko’s coronation, and sometimes, enlightenment is just the simple truth at hand. Zutara. AU of the final moments of the Book 3 Finale

The OTHER plot/trope I’m a slut for is finale rewrites. LET ME SEE THEM COME TOGETHER AFTER HE TAKES LIGHTNING FOR HER. Ugh, I love it. 

Framework by profoundlycan

What if in “Sozin’s Comet” Katara had come into the room instead of Mai? Zuko/Katara. Prequel to Schema.

 Another finale rewrite! Let’s just get Mai out of the picture here… 

Lightning Shocks the Heart by drunkzutarafeels

Why do our hearts remain dormant until a climactic moment makes time stand still?

And here’s yet another finale rewrite. There is a really popular Zutara gifset that someone animated of the Agni Kai ‘Thank you’ scene, but Katara kisses Zuko after she hugs him. This is the fanfiction equivalent of that gif set. 

Sunrise by lewilder

The days go on and on, and even if she feels more comfort from the moon, Katara learns to cherish the promise of each new sunrise. Zutara AU, largely finale-centric. Oneshot.

LAST FINALE AU I PROMISE. Really sweet, starts right after The Southern Raiders and goes past canon. 

all the ghosts we cannot kill (we learn to love) by raisindeatre

Zuko and Katara; the moments we didn’t see. Or: Maybe we are all somebody’s ghost. And maybe sometimes we can be more than that.

“…My quarrel has only ever been with you, Zuko,” she says, his name sharp on her tongue. “This has only ever been about me and you.”

“You’re wrong,” he rasps, his voice rough in the late afternoon sunlight that falls around them, tangles them in golden nets. “This has only ever been about me and the Avatar. Not you and me. What we hold between us has nothing to do with it.”

This is a really beautiful one-shot that follows a battered, war torn and hardened Zuko and Katara through the scenes we DIDN’T see throughout the entire show. A Zutara must-read.

Drabble Collection/Series

And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Advocaat

A collection of humorous and crack-tastic oneshots corresponding to the days of Zutara Month

Really great Zutara Month themed drabbles, and it contains the only body swapping plot that I’ve read and really enjoyed. Also the chapters ‘Potential’ and ‘Festival’ are some of my all time favorites. 

Zuko Was No Coward by hootowl

Zuko was many things, but a coward he was not. A collection of Zutara100 prompts. Title may change.

Definitely some heartbreakers and angsty drabbles in here, but all well written and thoroughly enjoyable. If you read ANYTHING from this list, read chapter two of this drabble collection. I MELTED when I read it. It’s perfection. Aunt Wu’s prediction has always been a plotline I’ve loved in Zutara fanfiction, and this one just does it PERFECTLY. 

Zutara Week 2012 by ichilover3

A collection of oneshots inspired by the prompts for Zutara Week

Not much more to say. The first, third, and fourth prompts are my favorite from this series. 

Zutara Week 2015 by bianca_anna

It started at a tea shop and ended with forever. My entries for Zutara Week 2015. I hope you enjoy them.

Oh my GOODNESS. So they’re Zutara Week prompts, but all set in the same universe. The Zutara!Family depicted in these drabbles has become my headcanon. I’ve seen many a Zutara family, but this one is by far my FAVORITE. This is now my official family for them. I want the very last chapter fully animated because it’s so good and epic and I want more of this families adventures. 

Love Is Just a Game - art by @panda-capuccino​ [Fic complete now!]

[Modern Day Hooked Wayfinder AU] When couchsurfing globetrotter Maui meets backpacking student Moana in the Harrods store in London, they are complete strangers in a part of the world that is unfamiliar to them both. Circumstances lead to them participating in a prestigious Valentine’s Day competition, pretending to be lovers, just for laughs. But when they actually win a holiday together, they learn that playing pretend that they’re in a relationship isn’t as hard as they thought it would be.

She barely knew the song but she played it all the way through from the first note to the last
The others usually skipped halfway or didn’t pay attention
But she listened to the whole thing
While glancing up and smiling at me
It makes me feel like she’ll stay to read the whole book
Not just a chapter
She won’t just leave a crease on a page she likes or fold the bottom right corner to save a memory
I feel like she will read the whole book page to page start to finish, and once she’s done
She’ll read it again
—  biancandthebeanstalk, Please God let it be her, she has to be the one

So the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is coming up and I thought it might be fun to do a group reread! 

This is for anyone to get involved in, no matter your house, so hopefully we can all go back and relive the magic together

I’m aware that people have different commitments and a lot of people still have exams so, by popular consensus, we’re going to be taking it slow so there’s no pressure to read particularly fast. We’re going to be reading one chapter a day on weekdays, and two chapters a day on weekends which hopefully is a pace everyone will be able to keep up with

This means the reread will last just under two weeks, so we will be starting on the 14th of June, meaning we’ll finish on June 26th, the actual 20th anniversary

It’s up to you how much you want to get involved and how to document your own rereading journey, but I’ll be posting my own thoughts on each chapter on this blog; things I’d forgotten, things I never picked up on before, favourite quotes and moments, how my thoughts on characters have changed, that kind of stuff

I’ll also be posing a discussion question based on the chapter so feel to chip in your own thoughts on that!

If you want to reply to me or make your own posts, artwork, questions, anything like that then use the hashtag #hogwartsreread so we can all join in each others discussions and talk to each other about our rereading experience! 

Reblog if you’re interested so we can get as many people involved as possible! I’ll be posting reminders as we get closer to the day but I’m so excited and hopefully you guys are looking forward to it too! 

When they don't finish the fic

Me: ahh I NEED TO READ A FIC! Oh this one looks good!

(5 hours and 34 chapters later)

Me: Oh my god this is AWES- it’s unfinished…when’s the next chap- NO

Last updated: January 2010

Me: oh just FUCK OFF! WHY WHY DID YOU DO THIS?! they didn’t kiss yet?! THEY DIDN’T EVEN KISS WHY I WILL NEVER FORGIVE THIS TRANSGRESSION AGAINST ME I HATE EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW WHATS HAPPENED! Never mind I will never read fanfic again! I swear ao3 you are dead to me.

(2 minutes later)

Me: oh this fic looks interesting…

Let’s talk books and blogging

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  1. What book did you last read??
  2. What book are you currently reading??
  3. Do you read books just because you saw them on tumblr??
  4. Is there a book that you think needs a bigger fandom??
  5. Do you have a snack while reading or do you close the book first??
  6. Can you ever stop in the middle of a page or do you have to finish the page or chapter first??
  7. Do you borrow books from people??
  8. Do you lend your books out to friends??
  9. How do you find the Booklr community?? 
  10. What would you like to change/see more of in the community??
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  12. How many books have you read this month??
  13. How many books have you read this year??
  14. Do you set yourself a reading challenge every year??
  15. Do you set yourself a TBR list at the start of the month??
  16. What book has been on you TBR pile the longest??
  17. Is there a book on your TBR pile that you don’t think you will read
  18. Do you know anyone else that likes books??
  19. Why did you start your book blog??
  20. Is it how you thought it would be??
  21. Do you write??
  22. Tell us a little about your writing.
  23. How did you get into reading??
  24. Have you read a book that was really hyped up but you didn’t enjoy??
  25. Do you prefer physical books, Ebooks or audio books?? (/there is not wrong answer)
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  27. Name a book that you own starting with (Pick a letter). Have you read it?? Did you like it?? If you haven’t read it, are you looking forwards to it.
  28. First book that comes to mind, tell us about it. Rant
  29. Have you ever bought a book because the cover was so nice??
  30. Can you leave a series unfinished or do you have to own all the books and try them all??
  31. How do you think you would be described if you was in a book??
  32. “They edged towards the shaking box that had just been delivered.” Should they open it?? You decide what happens next.
  33. How do you organise your shelves??
  34. What do you do to mark your pages??
  35. Do you have a lot of bookmarks?? or just a few??
  36. Favourite bookmark??
  37. Is there a book that you think everyone should read??
  38. Favourite genre??
  39. What book that has made you cry??
  40. How do you feel when you find a typo/spelling error in a book??
  41. Do you put a book under your pillow at night??
  42. How do people read in the bath?? Please tell me, I’m scared of getting my book wet….
  43. Free rant, go ahead, we all know you want to. 
  44. Favourite book quote, go.
  45. Do you take your own book photos??
  46. Do you have a bookish tattoo?? Do you want one??
  47. How many books do you take when you go out??
  48. Do you write, highlight, underline etc in your books
  49. Worse book you’ve ever read??
  50. Do you read classics?? If so, what’s your favourite??
Professor || Sebastian Stan || Pt.3

Part One | Part Two

Relationship: Professor!Sebastian x reader

Summary: A one night stand turns into more of a problem when you realise that your professor is your one night stand.

Warnings: Smut (18+), unprotected sex, professor/student dynamics, age gap (10 years), fluff

Word Count: 1994 words

A/N: okay this wasn’t supposed to be a smutty part but what can i say things happen when i think of professor sebastian (i do not own the gif!)

Keep reading

Manga/Manhwa Worth Reading (Ongoing)

I’ll upload a list every month! Stay tuned.

1. Killing Stalking (depictions of strong violence and harassment, warning). The only reason I’m reading this is to find out how the relationship between the main characters will turn out to be.

2. Kamisama Hajimemashita (the most important arc of the manga just finished)

3. Tokyo Ghoul :re (the clowns are here)

4. Saezuru Tori Wa Habatakanai (One of my favorite yaoi manga. Warning, not everyone’s cup of tea, even though it’s a masterpiece)

5. Shingeki no Kyojin

6. Moritat (Law and Jesse omg)

7. Never Understand/ Out of control (last chapter came out this morning. An interesting read)

8. Kuroshitsuji (another arc finished, right?)

9. Horimiya (slow updates, but worth it)

10. A Man Like You (oh, the angst)

My Fanfiction Recommendations for BMC


Updated: 8/13/17

-1 New One-Shot Added
-1 Ongoing Series Added
-3 Author Fixes



Title: November, Christmas Break, January 27th, March 31st
Author: Kealpos @sempiternal-odieux
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Instagram Kinda AU
Rating: G
Words: 1.7k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11634339
(This is a Third Person Omniscience and I usually don’t like them? But this one worked out really well. It’s short and sweet and has a Trans Jer.)

Title: Straight guy worries he’s being homophobic to gay roommate
Author: Abiggaynerd @abiggaynerd
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: College fic
Rating: T
Words: 2.5k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10949730

Title: Stars in his Eyes
Author: cataclysma
Ship: Established Boyf riends
Type: Modern Day AU No Squip
Rating: T
Words: 3.3k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11579352

Title: Is This Love? (That I’m Feelin’?)
Author: aspiringwordsmith @bloodclawspause
Ship: Established Boyf riends
Type: Promposals Fic
Rating: G
Words: 3.8k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11687925

Title: if i find my name’s no good
Author: mercurially @mercury-in-motion
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Trans!Jeremy Pre-Musical
Rating: G (Has Mama Heere be a Transphobic bitchhhh)
Words: 3.8k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11645055
(I really love Trans!Jeremy fics. And this is probably one of the best ones I’ve read. I really related to the gender confusion Jeremy has in this fic.)

Title: i ain’t the way you found me
Author: loveinamaltshop @starkerpeter
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: College Fic
Rating: T
Words: 3.8k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11749485

Title: I Took the Stars from My Eyes
Author: Shima2112 @shima-draws
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Time Loop AU
Rating: T
Words: 4k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11052027

Title: Pining and Pole Work
Author: radlovejoy @radlovejoy
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Marching Band AU
Rating: T
Words: 4.1k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11248110
(Has sequel oneshot)

Title: When You Smile At Me You Know Exactly What You Do
Author: acindra @acindra
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: County Fair Fic
Rating: T
Words: 4.2k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11102958

Title: I’d Break the Bank to See You Smile
Author: strawberrylemonade1225
Ship: RichJake
Type: Companion fic to Next Town Over
Rating: T
Words: 4.8k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11534607

Title: Temporal Vertigo
Author: Micheoffttash
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Time Travel AU
Rating: G
Words: 5.1k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11655681
(This fic is really REALLY SAD! I cried while reading it. But it does have a sequel fic that is a lot happier and took all the pain away.)

Title: To Say No
Author: Jealpe12 @jealpe12
Ship: RichJake
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T (Mentions of Rape)
Words: 5.6k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11219691
(This is an extremely powerful fic, and I really appreciate its existence. Rich’s character is just so believable and honest. I truly love this one.)

Title: i’ll take what i can get (‘cos i’m too damp for a spark
Author: everglow @pixelbadger
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Zombie AU
Rating: T
Words: 6.2k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11494965

Title: richjake is Cannon (get it??? like the camera?? bc jake’s a photographer??? i hate myself)
Author: actualsunshinejakedillinger @gaytreebros
Ship: RichJake
Type: Proposal Fic
Rating: T
Words: 6.2k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11571756

Title: The Summer Camp Fic
Author: Probably_an_Idiot @probably-an-idiot
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Summer Camp Canon Universe
Rating: T
Words: 7.5k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11376120

Title: 3 Times Jeremy Failed to Propose and 1 Time He Accidentally Succeeded
Author: Jealpe12 @jealpe12
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Proposal Fic 3+2
Rating: T
Words: 7.7k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11094972

Title: goodnight moon
Author: reptilianraven @actualbird
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Bakunawa!Michael AU
Rating: T
Words: 7.5k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11319813

Title: I Don’t Love You Like I Loved You Yesterday
Author: Jealpe12 @jealpe12
Ship: Established Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T
Words: 8k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11193225
(This is one of the most angsty fics I’ve ever read, like, I wasn’t sure if I could make it. But it’s really great if you like angst!!!!)

Title: Call Me, Maybe?
Author: ClockWorkQueso
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Accidental Text AU No Squip
Rating: G
Words: 8.1k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11652879

Title: smooth operator
Author: reptilianraven @actualbird
Ship: Boyf riends minor Pinkberry and RichJake
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T
Words: 8.3k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11101578
(Omgggg this fic is absolutely HILARIOUS!! I love how quickly this all just falls apart for Jeremy. The agony is real. Really funny, really recommend.)

Title: Practicing
Author: Abiggaynerd @abiggaynerd
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T
Words: 8.5k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10837182

Title: your song’s got me like
Author: DivineProjectZero @listentotheshityousay
Ship: Tree Bros Minor RichJake and Pinkberry
Type: DJ AU
Rating: E (Smut, but GOOD SMUT)
Words: 10k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11459169

Title: when he sees me
Author: actualsunshinejakedillinger @gaytreebros
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Long Distant Internet Friends AU No Squip
Rating: NR
Words: 11k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11349993
(Is it bad that I read this without ever seeing Waitress?… I bet it’s fine. But this fic really is adorable and I’m a sucker for Thespian!Jeremy.)

Title: Chicken Alfredo with a Side of Fries and Smoke
Author: FlailingRaptor @flailingbuptor
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T
Words: 14k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11670177
(Okay this fuckin made me cry. But the writing is really well done! Jeremy is so believable in his actions and I honestly thought the tags were lying to me midway reading through this. But it’s really great and thanks to the anon who recommended it!)

Title: you say you’re okay (I’m gonna heal you anyway)
Author: DivineProjectZero @listentotheshityousay
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Siren!Jeremy Deaf!Michael Supernatural Elements AU
Rating: T
Words: 16k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11651589
(This fic is so strong?? I mean, Michael’s character is just done so fantastically. The way that Michael and Jeremy’s relationship is struggled is just amazing and Michael’s feelings during the whole thing and Jeremy’s guilt eating him alive is just… this amazing READ IT)

Title: Drop of Moonlight
Author: livlaughplayo3 @musidoodle
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Tangled AU
Rating: T
Words: 16k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11628600
(I never thought that a Tangled AU would be made but here it is! It’s not the greatest one I’ve read, but it’s still pretty good!)

Title: Riptide
Author: Nymm_at_Night
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Selkie!Jeremy AU
Rating: T
Words: 19k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11566476
(I’m not gonna lie, this one is kinda weird. I didn’t know what a selkie was? Until I read this. But other than that, it was really good. I love Michael’s character in it and Jeremy in the climax is amazing.)

:MINIS: (2-4 Chapters)

Title: The Songs You Sing
Author: bigenderbabe
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: G
Chapters: 2/2
Words: 2.1k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11425521
(I feel like they could’ve gone further with this, but I still love the concept all the same.)

Title: m+j
Author: actualsunshinejackdillinger @gaytreebros
Ship: Boyf riends (mentions of others)
Type: Wedding Fic
Rating: G
Chapters: 3/3
Words: 8.7k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11515590/chapters/25843959

Title: The Trampoline
Author: Well_Then_Extract
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: NR
Chapters: 3/3
Words: 10k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10945113

Title: Lab Rats
Author: Abiggaynerd @abiggaynerd
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Experimentation AU
Rating: T (Violence)
Chapters: 3/3
Words: 11k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11304432
(Has a sequel oneshot)

Title: One Player Game
Author: apocalypseanna @suburbanromances
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Squipped!Jeremy AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 4/4
Words: 12k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11582340
(If you are kind of confused on this. Michael is basically Jeremy and Jeremy is Rich. But it doesn’t go where you’d think it’d go which is AWESOMEEEEE. I love Michael in this fic and the struggle he is going through is a real thing that happens. So I like this one (tho the ending could’ve been better))

Title: Words of Wisdom
Author: nillial @nillial
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Cannon Universe
Rating: G
Chapters: 2/2
Words: 13k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11341470
(This is just really fluffy with Jeremy being super up on drugs because he got his wisdom teeth pulled out. It’s just pure cuteness.)

Title: i want you (and nothing comes close to how much i need you)
Author: GlisteningNovak @casserious
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Hanahaki!Michael AU
Rating: M
Chapters: 3/3
Words: 17k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11364780/chapters/25440348
(Probably the best Hanahaki fic I’ve read. Which, isn’t saying much. But it’s still pretty good!)

Title: Contretemps
Author: sassycsap @sassycsap
Ship: Boyf riends minor RichJake and Pinkberry
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T
Chapters: 4/4
Words: 31k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10964109
(I! Love! This! Fic! It’s too adorable and it has Thespian!Jeremy and the last chapter is just… ahhhh so cute!!!! This is like, pure fluff. But there is minor homophobia from a Mrs. Heere.)


Title: Don’t You Ever Fear, I’m Always Near
Author: acindra @acindra
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: G
Chapters: 5/5
Words: 10k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11203311
(Has two sequel oneshots.)

Title: New Save File
Author: carefulren @toosicktoocare
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Modern AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 7/7
Words: 12k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11107464

Title: The Pride Saga
Author: HotBoyfRiendsGarbage
Ship: Established Boyf riends
Type: Kinda Canon Universe
Rating: T
Chapters: 10/10
Words: 17k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11632173
(This fic kinda just… spirals out of control. But I still like the idea of Micheal and Jeremy going to Pride. Just a warning that this starts out all fluffy but then just explodes on itself.)

Title: Blowback
Author: sacrebleuo @xsalazzle (Based of a post by @actualbird )
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Spy AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 7/7
Words: 23k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11696754/chapters/26335044

Title: Dad’s Heere
Author: pastelsuperhero
Ship: minor Established Boyf riends, Established RichJake, and Established Pinkberry
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: G
Chapters: 10/10
Words: 27k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11061576
(This is probably the only fic here that doesn’t focus on ships? And it’s well worthy. It’s Jeremy’s dad being an awesome dad and taking everyone in. It’s amazing and has a sequel one-shot series and just a separate one-shot with a DEH crossover.)

Title: How Can I Fight My Demons When You’re One Of Them
Author: Dying_Is_Easy_Living_Is_Harder @jasnahkholin
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Squip!Michael AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 21/21
Words: 34k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10909974
(Has a finished RichJake sequel series.)

Title: Next Town Over
Author: strawberrylemonade1225
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Internet Friends AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 11/11
Words: 38k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11386434
(I really love this fic!! It’s adorable and the fact of how oblivious these two dofuses are is hilarious!)


Title: Run To You
Author: ssentenial @ssentenial
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Reincarnation AU
Rating: M (Character Death)
Chapters: 1/10
Words: 1.5k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11433948
(Ok, so this one may or may not be dead (they haven’t updated in a month???) but I really love this contempt! So if it doesn’t get updated I REALLY hope that someone else can make a fic outta this.)

Title: A Long Distance Correspondence
Author: astrosoda
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Pen Pals AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 4/?
Words: 5.1k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11662641
(This started out good, I hope it can keep it up. Based on the latest chapter though… I’m not sure.)

Title: A Lack Of Faith
Author: SquipGrandma @latenightbutterfiies
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Soulmates AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 8/9
Words: 10k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10904298
(This is a short cute one. I might even just recommend waiting for the last chapter before reading it. But there is school bullying and homophobia in here so make sure to read the tags!)

Title: Patchwork
Author: starlithorizons @starsketch
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Canon Universe
Rating: T
Chapters: 1/13
Words: 13k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11781558/chapters/26565741
(This is a new one! And it started off really strong. I really love where this is going and there is also a really cute chapter cover too on their tumblr. I’m excited to read more!!)

Title: Millions of Stories
Author: heereandqueer @connormurphweed
Ship: Boyf riends minor RichJake
Type: Actor/Author AU
Rating: G (But I think it should be a T)
Chapters: 5/?
Words: 15k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11553771
(This is such a cute idea?? I love it?? And I really just need more of it. And the fact that there’s a Trans!Jeremy makes it like 5000x better!)

Title: 24-Hour Life Tickets
Author: Shima2112 @shima-draws
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Life Ticket AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 4/?
Words: 18k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11088588
(I love this idea??? So much??? I love this blog as well!!! I really just can’t wait for this one to be updated!!!!)

Title: is this a forest? 'cuz there sure is a lot of pine
Author: reptilianraven @actualbird
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Pining!Michael Canon Universe
Rating: T
Chapters: 9/10
Words: 35k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11014593
(I swear to god if you have not read this fic yet you NEED TO. I very much love the characterization of Michael and the Filipino adds the mix flavor and pulls together Michael’s character AMAZINGLY!)

Title: no such mirrors
Author: Kalopsia @danisnotofire
Ship: Boyf riends
Type: Spider-Man!Jeremy AU
Rating: T
Chapters: 14/?
Words: 65k
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10960287
(I’m a HUGE sucker for Spider-Man Jeremy. And this is super well done! I love all the other character’s super powers, I love the fight scenes, I love Michael, I love FUCKIN SPIDER-MAN!!! And I’m always really excited to read more!!!!)

Considering it’s been a few years since I first started professionally tutoring high school students, I know that this time of the year is always anxious for graduating seniors. You know what college you’re going in to, what you want to (hopefully) study for the next four years - it’s a good time for the nerves to start kicking in! I try to follow a little acronym called “hope” (nope it’s not my favourite word nope) and I pass on this advice to my students every year - so I thought I would share it with studyblr this year!

→ Hobbies Are Important!
Your hobbies are things that shape you and define you, activities that provide you solace and peace of mind when you need it. When college rears its ugly head and life gets busy, it’s really easy to drop your hobbies but it’s really important to continue on with them, as best as you can. Once you’re finished with college, you may find yourself with a lot of empty time on your hands. The workplace doesn’t need you to do homework, prepare for exams and make study guides - so what does one do in all this spare time? Your hobbies are as good as anything, here. No matter how significant or insignificant they are, remember to hold them close to your heart.

→ Organisation Skills Are Key!
Many of the studyblr community understand this already, so I won’t elaborate on this too much. Much of the work at the K-12 level is structured easily for the student to understand, with things like worksheets and handouts. They’re not common in college (in fact, I’ve only had them in 2 classes in 3.5 years), so to keep on top of things, it’s important to have good note-taking skills, maintain a good planner and use whatever review methods work most effectively for you to study! You may feel like college is information overload, so rather than trying to keep it all in your head, it’s better to keep it written down, so that your mind is free to absorb new information!

→ Preparing Ahead Isn’t Just For Nerds!
That’s right, cool kids can do it too! Nothing bad has ever come out of reading the next class’ chapter ahead of time or starting a study guide for the next exam right after you finish the one during last class. Being aware of the context when learning makes it much easier for your brain to comprehend and understand new material - so if you read up ahead on the chapter and you don’t understand much of it, chances are that when you go to class your brain would’ve remembered keywords, which it’ll pick up during class and help you retain this information more.

→ Expectations Are Personal!
Success is a very relative term and should be taken on a personal level. Doing your own best is always what is important - don’t be weighed down by the expectations that others place on you. Many of you will be living away from home for the first time and it’s not easy, at all. “Work smart, don’t work hard” and such quotes make it seem like being disciplined and diligent is all that matters but it is also important to take breaks and take care of yourself too! Know when to take breaks and when to take time for yourself- but also remember to try outdoing yourself before outdoing anyone else!

Once again, this is just my opinion and tips based on my college experience. It is, by no means, an exhaustive list and I believe that once you begin, you too will come to realise some things on your own. I truly wish someone had pointed these things out to me during my freshman year at college but I hope that you come across this post and don’t go through the same mistakes I did! As usual, my askbox is always open for if you ever want to talk/discuss/chat/rant/whatever! I’m so thankful for this wonderful community and I cherish you all lots, just trying to do my bit and give back!

- alli ❀

Me reading a manga
  • Me: Maybe I'll read one more chapter before I go to sleep
  • *after reading one chapter*
  • Me: Okay. I think one more will do.
  • *few minutes later*
  • Me: That was a cliffhanger! I should read the next chapter.
  • *after a while*
  • Me: one more chapter
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  • .
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  • Me: Crap. I just finished the whole manga.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I was thinking about this the other day; the RFA reacting to finding fanfic of themselves? X3


  • It’s not really fanfic of Yoosung as much as it is of SuperYoosung (aka, his online persona)
  • Thing is, he was talking to a girl he met while playing LOLOL and she was awed by him
  • So, she started talking to him regularly, always admiring him and all his hard fought work and so on
  • Then he finds out from a guild member that she’s writing fan fiction versions of his exploits in game (and out, but in the context of in game)
  • He reads them and the character she’s made him out to be is this brave, handsome warrior who travels the land searching for his one true love, fighting evil, helping innocents and fellow warriors alike, and just being a hero
  • Yoosung is embarrassed to admit he got super sucked into the story and the way it progressed like a real fantasy novel, and is so disappointed to find that she’s two chapters from finishing it, although the last two chapters promise to have a reunion, a final battle, a satisfying wrap up, and a happy ending
  • Yoosung talks to his online buddy and learns that she never named the female character because nothing sounded right, so he tells her to use the real love-of-his-life’s name
  • She does, she startled people are so happy with the reveal of the name, Yoosung cries over the ending three months later
  • Now, he’s subscribed to her, so any fanfics she writes about SuperYoosung or based around his adventures, Yoosung will read
  • It’s totally a guilty pleasure, he can’t even bring himself to share it with MC


  • So, you know, she was casually scrolling through some Zen fan fiction when she saw an “RFA” tag
  • So she clicked it out of curiosity
  • First of all, SO much Zen/Jumin porn
  • Just like
  • Wow
  • one of the main writers for these fics username is HackerLoveGod, and she swears it’s Saeyoung
  • Then she finds a tag of her name
  • She clicks and finds an overwhelming amount of fanfics about her
  • It’s mostly really cute fics about her interacting with the RFA, possibly flirting with someone and finding someone inside or outside the RFA
  • Ironically, MC is in very few and is never the romantic interest
  • The only romantic interests Jaehee has is either one of the guys (most Jumin, she’s mortified to find out, with Zen as a close second) or a random guy, once it was even Rika
  • Jaehee never admits that she found any of this, still kind of shaken by the idea that people are actually interested in her so much that they theorize about her happy ending
  • It’s kind of creepy


  • It’s to be expected with a big name actor, especially when he’s cast in so many romances because of his good looks
  • Plus he canonly has a romance writer who bases a lot of her male leads off of Zen
  • But most fanfics are extremely romantic, long winded stories about how he and MC met, their whirlwind romance, and how they had to fight off Echo-girl
  • They’re all extremely romantic, some better than others, some even becoming soulmate au’s because some fans love and respect his love so much
  • NGL, Zen totally uses a few fanfics as platforms for romantic dates (he takes MC ice skating because of one fic where he did that, she almost fell, he caught her, and it was all very sweet, where as the reality was that he tripped and accidentally pulled her down with him and she ended up pinned under him by accident)


  • A woman actually wrote a book with a character loosely based off of Jumin as the main lead
  • It was a rather… inappropriate book, especially coming from a woman that had never met him
  • But one day, he finds MC sitting on the couch, laughing at her phone with Elizabeth in her lap
  • She shows Jumin the hundreds of self-insert fan fiction where women meet and ultimately fall in mutual love with him
  • When he asks why she thinks this is so funny, she points out two things
    • 1. At least a third of them take 2-14 days for them to fall in madly in love, which parallels real life, which she thinks is hilarious
    • 2. All the ones written after MC and Jumin got married, MC is this monstrous, smoking, drinking, possessive, greedy bitch, and the women “rescue” Jumin from such a terrible woman
  • Jumin fails to see the amusement in these, especially the idea that MC is evil
  • She finds a few really bad ones and reads them to him so that he can truly enjoy them with her
  • She also reads some really good ones that are super romantic and Jumin totally takes ideas from (i.e. Gifts to give, restaurants to eat at, things to do together)


  • “I’ve hacked the world in which you exist. I found the lives you imagined we’d have together. Let’s make one a reality.”
  • Hahaha, ignore that please, it’s mildly creepy
  • Also, there’d better not be fan fiction of him as that could be a terrible thing
  • Seriously, he’s a hacker, he lives in the shadows, so if anything gets out about him, he’s screwed
  • So that means, the only reason he’d find fanfic of himself was if the RFA or someone that knew him wrote it
  • When Saeyoung finds the fan fiction, he’s horribly confused for obvious reasons
  • He reads them, is slightly disturbed that the character dynamics between him, the RFA, Saeran, MC, and others are so spot on, but actually becomes pretty invested in some of these adventures
  • Eventually he backtraces everything to…. his house? What?
  • When he finally figures which computer is posting it, he’s surprised to find Saeran’s writing it, while he was expecting MC
  • Then it hits him; that’s why she’s been giving Saeran feed back about his writing lately
  • Saeyoung totally hacks Saeran’s computer to watch him write, so he can have the next chapter now
  • When Saeran starts to kill Saeyoung off, he can’t help himself, opens a chat box and says “NOooo!!! You can’t kill your own brother!! Why would you do this?!”
  • Saeran types back, “I FUKCING KNEW IT!!”

I finallly finish one piece I’ve been working on!


I woke up and first thing I wanna do is these two rough sketches.
and this gif below is me while reading ‘Half way across’ last night. (just finished chapter 8)

My god, it so good. I mean everything were beautifully written. (I don’t know how to type in English to describe my feeling right now but you know… I LOVE this Batjokes fanfic so much! Many thanks to DracoMaleficium the author of this fanfic I Love you!!)

If I have more time I’ll do a color fanart, I promise!

One of my majors is english, so I do a lot of reading. Having to read an entire novel each week is rough, but it really helped me refine my annotating methods. Here is how I annotate fiction and nonfiction books! 



I’m someone who has a lot of trouble with keeping track of characters, especially if there are a lot of them. To remedy this, I use one of the blank pages in the front of the book to make a list of each of the characters, and sometimes I’ll write something about them so I can place a name to a character. Here’s a quick example: 


If you aren’t someone who likes to actually write in the book, you can obviously use different colored post-its for this instead. I typically use three different colors when highlighting, and this is what the colors mean for me:

Pink - Character introductions: I use pink to highlight any time a character is introduced for the first time. You will often be asked to write about characters’ personalities, so this makes it easier to find descriptions of characters later. 

Green - Important plot points: I use green to highlight any important things that happen that I think I’ll need to look back at. 

Yellow - quotes: I use yellow for important quotes, or anything that is important but doesn’t fit any other category. 

Extra - Purple: After you finish reading a book, your teacher will usually point out important passages too. When this happens, I use purple to highlight those sections to denote that my professor found them important, because this probably means they’re worth talking about in an essay. 


To make sure you really understood what you just read, it is a good idea to write down a brief summary on the last page of the chapter. This helps with remembering what you read, and it also makes it much easier to go back and find events in the plot that you want to talk about.


I’ve pretty much had to write an essay on virtually every book I’ve had to read in both high school and college, so I’ve made a habit of using post it notes to bookmark pages with content that would be helpful in making arguments in an essay. Make a short note on the post it so you remember what point you were planning on making with that passage. *This is especially helpful for timed essays during which you’re allowed to use the book as a resource. That way, you can have essentially your entire argument planned out ahead of time. 


I use similar methods when annotating nonfiction, but instead of paying attention to plot points, I try to focus on main arguments and ideas. 


Like with fiction, I like to use a blank page at the front of the book to summarize different sections of the book. This makes it easy to remember all the main ideas without having to flip back through the entire book.


When I read nonfiction, I care much less about color-coding my annotations. I typically just use whatever I have around me at the time. What really matters about nonfiction is making sure you really understand the content, so I write down summaries in the margins on nearly every other page. 

As you can see, there’s a lot of different colors going on. They mean nothing. Honestly, my yellow highlighter was just going dead so I was going back and forth between that and my purple one. The red pen was the one I was using during my initial read-through, and the second time I read these pages, I just happened to have a blue pen, so don’t worry about the colors.

Anyway, what is really important about this is my short summaries in the margins. Doing this not only helps you dismantle the arguments being made, but it also forces you to become an active reader. 


Like i just mentioned, engaging with the book by writing summaries frequently makes you an active reader. It is difficult to get anything out of a book if you aren’t actively engaging with the material, especially if it’s nonfiction. To fully understand the ideas being presented in the book, you need to find a way to actively engage with it. You can do this by using my ‘writing summaries in the margins’ method, or you can do whatever it is that makes you really focus on the content of the book. Anyone can zone out and look at words on a page, but if you want that A, you need to really dive into the book! 

anonymous asked:

Do you have a favorite guide? something like "Story Plotting for Idiots" type thing? I think I'm pretty well read in terms of lit and movies and such. But I'm at a loss as to where to start to start working on my own. I have TONS of ideas, always have, but the organizing of something longer than say, 500 words always gets bogged down. HALP?

I guess the closest thing to a favourite writing guide that i have is Stephen King’s On Writing, though there’s less ‘this is how to do writing’ and more ‘this is how Stephen King does writing’. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you think of it, there’s no single way to approach writing that is going to work for everyone, it’s all very subjective and personal.

Even going from one project to another, sometimes the same approach won’t work, it’s a matter of what works for you at that moment, for that project.

You can google ‘how to write’ and you’ll come up with dozens of ‘foolproof’ guides and approaches, ‘save the cat’ or ‘the snowflake method’ or a dozen other things. Some of them will have elements that will be helpful to you, and you should feel free to cherrypick what you need and discard the rest – these approaches are written by people for whom they’ve worked. If it doesn’t work for you don’t agonise over it, just move on, try another approach. Keep on plugging.

That said, the one approach that I’ve consistently been able to use and have work for me, is a very blunt approach. Similar to Stephen King’s ‘write three pages a day every day’, and sort of inspired by the whole NaNoWriMo approach to writing, “BICHAK” (Butt in chair, hands on keyboard).

I call it ‘tippy tappy’.

What I do, is I have my ‘outline’ – which is usually a single sentence describing what will happen in a scene, plus a couple of sentences about the emotional/ conflict outcomes that should come from that scene – and then I sit down, set a fifteen minute timer, and just type until the buzzer goes.

So long as you keep tippy tappying on the keyboard for the whole amount of time, you’ll have something to show for it. One scene at a time, one fifteen minute chunk at a time, and that’s pretty much the only way I get anything substantial done.

Now as to HOW to plot?

I seldom know exactly how my story is going to go, or how exactly it will end. I’ve talked about a Problem based approach to narrative, and I start with that, generally. Here is a Problem that is going to affect the characters, who are these people and how are they going to react to it, what is going to happen in their lives as a result of the problem?

I’ll use my current project as an example, I’m about 4000 words in, it will probably wind up being around 60-80k by the time it’s finished. My outline so far encompasses the first two chapters. At the moment I don’t know exactly what the antagonist is going to do, but I do know how to lead up to it.

My outline looks like this:

[Sorry about the blurring, I just wanted to show how I have it laid out without folks reading my awful notes!]

So I have an A4 notepad, ruled with a line down the middle, just for personal preference. In blue headings and green notes, I have my outline for chapter one. I’ve finished all but the last scene in chapter one, and I’m at 4000 words in the manuscript, so you can see it’s a fairly compact way to outline. 

The black heading and red notes is for chapter two. It also just happens that I’m writing from alternating perspectives between my two protagonists, so the different colours helps keep those two POVs distinct. I may or may not write a chapter or two from the antagonist’s perspective at some point, and when it gets to that I might pick a third colour set to write those in, depending on how complex my notes are to look at.

When outlining, the main thing that needs to happen is that you have to be able to tell at a glance what you’re up to and what you wanted to happen next. I quite often get into trouble because I’ll start writing an outline and then wind up accidentally writing on my outlining page, I get so caught up in details that I forget the longer-term goals that I set out intending to write down.

Using bullet points to keep outlines manageable is something else that I’ve found helps. Keeping things simple ‘Jack wants X but he’s conflicted about Y and that leads to trouble with Z’. These are just the notes to remind yourself of the path you’re going to take. And if you find a path that branches off in a direction you didn’t expect, but it looks more exciting? Take the branching path. Keep your old notes in case it leads to a dead end, but after wandering around you’re going to have more material to work with, and more material is always good.

No writing is wasted.

I have TONS of ideas, always have, but the organizing of something longer than say, 500 words always gets bogged down

Okay, having tons of ideas is a way better problem than having not enough ideas, so we can work with this. 500 words is a great starting point.

  • Pick your favourite ideas that you think will fit together.
  • Decide what you think the big Problem of the story is going to be, what do your characters need to resolve in order to have an ending?
  • In one sentence, write down what will happen in the first scene
  • In 1-3 sentences, write down how the main character will feel about it, what changes for them in the course of that scene, and what they want going forward.
  • Do the same for the next two or three scenes.
  • Sit down at your writing implement of choice (computer, notebook, stone tablet, etc)
  • Set a timer. You can start with ten minutes and work your way up. Sometimes I do 20 minute or 30 minute stretches, but mostly I find that 15 minutes works best for me, personally.
  • Close all windows except for your writing project, pause netflix, turn the tv off. Have your outline beside you.
  • Start the timer and until it goes off you’re either writing, or you’re staring at the blank page. Trust me, writing is a whole lot better than looking at a blank page.
  • Keep writing. Tippy tappy.
  • When the timer goes off, go get a drink, walk around. Look at facebook or scroll tumblr, whatever you want to do.
  • Repeat until you have a novel.

Essentially, whatever system you pick can only take you so far, no matter how you organise it, writing a novel is a whole lot of just sitting down and writing. One letter after another until you have 80k words. Tippy tappy.

I find that not worrying too much about the whole novel helps. I just focus on the next 5000 words. I know what will happen in the next 5k, and I can write 500 words and then 500 words and then 500 words, and it adds up. 

The overarching Problem of the story keeps the gist of the scenes pointing in the right direction, and having the open-endedness of the plot as a whole means that if I suddenly discover a new direction as I’m writing I don’t have a whole bunch of outline work that I suddenly feel like I’m abandoning or losing.

Figuring out what outlining method works for you is going to take trial and effort, but you’ll get there. One scene at a time, one paragraph at a time. Every little bit will help you learn what you’re doing and what you want to do.

Dear Night Valeans,

This is a PSA because I think it would be so terrible for WTNV fans to miss out on this amazing YA book, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. It’s a book about a girl who got involved in her favourite fictional podcast and the author made no secret that the main inspiration for it is based on Welcome to Night Vale (the MC even has a WTNV poster in her room!). The author even had a paragraph in her acknowledgement page dedicated to Welcome to Night Vale.

Now, you may think that this sounds like a rip off of the podcast, especially if you read the description of the podcast in the book. But the best thing about the book is that it’s definitely captures the spirit of WTNV while telling its own unique story that most people can relate to: being true to who you are, realizing that what people want for you may not be the best thing for you, and finding your own people who can accept you for who you really are.

Furthermore, the book and characters are incredible diverse and when I say diverse, I mean really diverse:

1) MC is a bisexual mixed-race British/Ethiopian girl, and she uses the actual word “bisexual” to describe herself instead of the more ambiguous “I just like whoever I like.” Trust me, so many books would rather have their characters say that rather than to use the actual word. Also, the author did not use any love triangle to as a plot device to prove her bisexuality. She says she’s bisexual, so that should be enough.

2) There are two other gay characters and their sexuality was accepted without judgment, although there are discussions on why it’s not easy to come out to everyone.

3) Two of the characters (including the MC) are mixed POC and they have a discussion on how they regret not being in touch with their heritage due to being born in UK. Also another character is Indian and she’s more in tune with her cultural heritage.

4) All the main characters are NOT straight. Seriously, when was the last time you’ve read a good, well-written non-heteronormative book? Other than Francesca Lia Block’s brilliant Love in the Time of Global Warming of course. 

5) The main character is Frances and Aled. A boy and a girl. THEY DID NOT FALL IN LOVE (this is not a spoiler, there is zero will-they-won’t-they plot). In fact, after we finished the Meet Cute scene there is a special chapter in page 85 where Frances gives the reader a heads up that they WON’T fall in love with each other just because she’s a girl who met a boy. Also Aled declared that he’s platonically in love with Frances and Frances thanks him for saying the boy-girl equivalent of No Homo. THEY’RE SO CUTE GUYS.

6) The best and rarest thing: there is a genuine and honest discussion on asexuality. I repeat, there is a genuine and honest discussion on asexuality. Seriously, what other book does that, especially YA book?? There is a discussion on asexuality, demisexuality and also the burden of not knowing that your partner is asexual which will put strain in your relationship and this is why visibility and awareness is important people. It blows my mind that Oseman even went there and she deals with asexuality with kindness and sensitivity that the issue deserves.

You would think that all of this makes the book preachy and try-hard but it’s not, these facts are just part of the characters and not shoved in the readers’ faces and incorporated to show that the world and the people in it is so diverse and does not fall within the trappings of society’s binary expectations. 

I always wondered if I should find other podcasts to listen to other than Welcome to Night Vale, but the fact is there is nothing quite like Night Vale, with its truly diverse, female-friendly characters and incredibly clever plots. Similarly, I have never read anything quite like Radio Silence, and I hope to see more of this kind of writing and I’m forever thankful for WTNV for inspiring a generation of new voices that will not not be limited by the trapping of heteronormative, cliched storytelling.

I actually planned to draw something else on day 24 but I just read the last chapter of call me beep me by @gajeelredfox and I AM SO EMOTIONAL RIGHT NOW.
It ended up being a 10 mins inked sketch but I’m planning to draw something more appropriate for this fic, like idk watercolor????? as soon as I finish jeanmarco week~