least favorite aunt

Try to get rid of me in an overseas big city? We'll get rid of you instead.

(long story. tl;dr at the end)


Back in 2011 me and my immediate family traveled to Saudia Arabia for Umrah, or what’s known as the lesser pilgramage. You visit Makkah, make rounds around the Kaabah, pray with all your heart and soul, you get the picture. My dad and I were excited because we were all about going on a spiritual journey and casting away the problems of the world - but as it turns out, some problems just wouldn’t leave us.

As soon as we landed in Jeddah’s airport, our plan was to take a taxi to Makkah and get the Umrah done while we were still gung-ho about God. However, we were instead diverted to our relatives’ house in Jeddah, where we discovered that 4 or 5 of my mothers’ relatives and their families had gathered up and spontaneously crashed in my grandfather’s house for one giant family reunion. Naturally, my dad and I, as well as my maternal grandfather, were really upset over this development as my mom’s side of the family is full of … for the lack of a more polite word, the shady folks. Most of them I was on good terms with, but once I realized that my least favorite Uncle and Aunt had come with the crew, my enthusiasm just deflated like a balloon.

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so, last week i was thinking somebody should write a comic about a shy teen superhero whose powers are fueled directly by her own sense of embarrassment

then i, uh, wrote a ten-page script for it? and wound up kind of liking it a lot?

so consider yourself cordially invited to read issue #1 of my extremely indie superhero comic, and if you wish, you can illustrate it inside your mind, using the power of imagination!

(A teen girl sits on a swivel chair in her bedroom, facing the viewer. She’s got braces and glasses. Her hair is in a messy braid.)

PONNI: Hi! My name is Ponni Murthy. I’m sixteen, and um…

(We zoom out a little. She’s wearing a T-shit that says “The Moon ROCKS!” She’s holding a cane—covered in glow-in-the-dark star stickers—in one hand, and a stuffed animal cat—wearing a sloppily homemade astronaut costume—in the other. Posters cover the walls: fantasy movies, rocket ships, Ada Lovelace, Aamir Khan, Sally Ride, etc. She has multiple posters of the solar system. She gestures dramatically with her cane-hand)


(We return to her face. She looks very earnest.)

PONNI: That’s not, uh, directly relevant to the story, I just—I love it, so much.

(She has now taken on a pensive expression)

PONNI: I love a lot of stuff. But I used to feel a little weird about that.

(She is cheerful again)

PONNI: This is the story of how I got over (some of) my shyness, and rescued a gymnasium full of people, using dark powers I only kind of understand!

PONNI: We begin last year…

(Close-up on her stuffed cat, which is now holding a title card that reads): THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PONNI MURTHY A.K.A. SHAME-FLAME THE UNCONQUERABLE)

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When Paulie woke up half an hour after her alarm was supposed to go off, she should have known. When she stumbled into her bathroom and noticed she had run out of toothpaste, she should have known. When the outfit she had prepared mentally before falling asleep the night before turned out not to look as good as she’d thought, she should have known.

She should have known that this day was going to be shit.

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Dear Aunt Mable

Dear Aunt Mable,
You have always been my least favorite aunt. Aunt Jenny is so much better than you…


1. You are writing to your aunt Mable for something (money, a job, help)

2. Your character finds an old letter on the attic that was written to their great grandmother.

3. Aunt Mable is reading the letter and throws it away

4. Describe the paper the letter is written on, the handwriting, the scent of the paper, the envelope it was in.

These are only ideas to help you if you are struggling :) goodluck!

These are for my 7 Day Writing Challenge (click here for more info) so don’t forget to tag your work #QU7DayChallenge so I can reblog it within the next 48 hours! If you don’t see it after 48 hours, just message me so I am notified!

Meme Based on Marvel Characters
  • Captain America: What is the most treasured memory of your life?
  • Hulk: What makes you the most angry?
  • Thor: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  • Iron Man: If you had a million dollars, what would you spend it on?
  • Black Widow: What is a big secret from your past?
  • Hawkeye: What are some skills you wish you could acquire?
  • Loki: What are the dark thoughts that enter your head at random times?
  • Star-Lord: What is your favorite song?
  • Gamora: If you could only have one friend, who would it be?
  • Groot: What is your favorite word?
  • Rocket: What is your favorite quality of yours?
  • Drax: If you had to kill one person in your close group of friends, who would it be?
  • Ronan: Do you ever think of world domination?
  • Lady Sif: What is your greatest physical accomplishment?
  • Frigga: What would you name as your greatest quality?
  • Odin: What is a major flaw in your character?
  • Nick Fury: What is your dream job?
  • Bucky Barnes: What is your biggest regret?
  • Falcon: If you had one chance to live your dream, but it came at a large price, would you take it?
  • Spider-man: What is your least favorite animal?
  • Aunt May: What is your dying wish?
  • Mary Jane: Who is your secret crush?
  • Peggy Carter: Where do you stand on social issues?
  • Ant-man: If you could see the world through anyone's perspective, whose/what would it be?