meat&potatoes

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When the weather is getting chilly like now, there’s nothing better than this dish with a shot of soju for dinner. It warms you right up! This dish is full of everything tasty, big chunky juicy dark meat chicken, soft potatoes and deep, rich and spicy juice that tastes so yummy when eaten with rice. Soju is a korean liquor made with mainly potatos. It tastes somewhere between japanese sake and vodka. It’s used in Korean cooking a lot, especially in cooking meat. When heated with meat, the alcohol evaporates and takes away the gamey smell of the meat with it. So even if you are not into drinking this liquor, it’s good to keep a bottle for cooking purposes. And they are super cheap at Korean grocery shops, usually less then $7 a bottle.  It is the most popular drink in Korea and there are many different brands but most of them come in green bottles. You can use any brand for cooking. If you can’t find soju near you, no worries. You can substitute soju with sake or vodka. You can use many different types of chicken as long as it’s dark meat: bone-in chicken thighs, wings, and drumsticks…etc. Just make sure they are not too big, and you might need to cook them a bit longer in order for the chicken to cook through. I like to use boneless chicken thighs the best because they take less time to cook and also less messy to eat. 

somebodylost-chan  asked:

I'd like to ask, how do you know when fight/smut scenes are necessary? Or how to make them effective & not simply as fanservice or just for word count? Usually, I find myself skimming through fight scenes as a reader, bored. As a writer, I'm inclined to just 'fade to black' and imply stuff at the next chapters. I'm not really a fight/smut-scene writer, even though my characters know & need to fight. Thanks for keeping this blog. :D

A good fight scene (and a good smut scene for that matter) always works in the service of the narrative. It works toward the cohesive big picture.

From an entertainment standpoint, violence is boring.

You need your audience invested in the characters participating in the violence, in the actions and events leading up to the fight, in the aftermath and how this will effect the character’s overall goals.

In a narrative context, if you’re bored during a fight scene or a sex scene it’s because the build up to that moment failed. The scene itself may also have failed. However, your foundation is what makes your story sing.

Think of a story like building blocks. You’re playing Jenga with your reader on a homemade house, they’re slowly pulling out the pieces and you’re betting you built your blocks well enough to withstand scrutiny. You’ve got to keep them interested long enough to get to the end before the whole thing comes tumbling down.

A fight sequence which works in concert with it’s narrative is enjoyable, doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and ultimately works to build up the story it’s telling. Fighting isn’t fighting, you see. Combat is a form of problem solving, the fight itself is an expression of the character’s individuality. Everything we’ve been learning about them, their goals, and their behaviors are being put in a pressure cooker and dialed up.

You should be learning about the character as the fight progresses, the fight working on multiple levels in concert with its narrative to get the story where it needs to go. Often, a first fight is like an establishing shot in film. You get a feel for who this character is when under pressure, who they are. Peril can be a great way to get the audience invested, but its up to the author to prove why they should.

Poor fight sequences don’t tell you anything. They’re there to establish the character as capable of fighting but don’t even do that because their concept of combat is generic.

The combatants aren’t individuals expressing themselves, the fight isn’t proving anything except fighting, it doesn’t have meaning except for its attempts to prove the narrative’s poor concept of badassery. This often happens with no regard for the setting’s rules, the aftermath consequences, what the character’s actions will effect in the long run.

It doesn’t mean anything and, while violence is shocking and terrifying in real life, in fiction violence has to mean more than just an exchange of blows.

How many times have you read a book where several mooks show up to get their ass kicked by the protagonist? They limp off at the end and while they’re often in a perfect position to be seen again due to their connections, we never do.

In even just a moderately competent narrative, those same mooks are characters. We’ll see them again in bit roles. They’ll play a role, either to help or hurt later as an aftermath consequence of the protagonist’s earlier actions. These are callback characters we can use to remind the audience of what happened previously in the narrative, and offer up some catharsis.

In a really well written scene, these mooks serve an important purpose when it comes to establishing the protagonist’s character in a quick snapshot. Like the moderately competent character, they come back later to the aid or the detriment of the protagonist. The mooks’ response actions are a direct result of their encounter with the character, often acting as an inciting incident. The protagonist suffers direct consequences as a result of their actions, whether its injury, loss, or the attention of the villain which causes them to lose something. In these fight scenes, you can see the story’s trajectory because it acts as another way to get to know the hero, the secondary characters, the tertiary characters, and whoever else is participating. It’s working on five different levels.

What you often see in a good fight sequence, whether it’s in a written medium or film, is the culmination of a great deal of hard work on the part of the author. A smut sequence is a reward, it’s a way to pay off on the reader’s investment in the relationship between these two characters and the narrative’s investment in them. It doesn’t matter if that’s hardcore sex, or a Victorian hand touch, or a knockout blow to the jaw, the end result is the same. It’s entertaining, satisfying, and even cathartic.

A poor sex scene is just dolls bumping bits. A poor fight scene is just dolls trading blows. Nothing occurs, nothing happens, there’s none of the underlying satisfaction or catharsis in the outcome. You don’t have any investment, no consequences, it overstays its welcome and tells you nothing about the characters.

You’ve no reason to care, so you don’t.

As a reader, you don’t owe a writer attention when reading their work. They’ve got to earn it. If they aren’t, then it may be that the story isn’t for you and that’s okay. Take into account your tastes,

It takes practice to choreograph a fun fight scene. Writing sex and violence is mostly about learning to find your limits (i.e. what you’re comfortable with writing), and overcoming embarrassment. Determine the difference between need and want.

Are you avoiding writing these scenes because you’re scared of being bad at them or because they just don’t interest you?

These are two very different issues, and it’s easy to hide from the first behind the second. Be honest with yourself. If it is fear, then don’t give into it. The easy solution if you’re afraid of being bad at something is to practice. Start looking critically at the media you consume, when you start to get bored during a fight scene or a sex scene, when you want to skip ahead, ask yourself, “why?”. Check out the sequences and stories where this doesn’t happen, and try to figure out the differences between the two.

When it comes to the mechanics of both violence and sex, the more you learn the better off you’ll be at writing it. The more you practice writing violence/sex/romance then the better you’ll be. Like with everything, it’ll probably be pretty terrible in the beginning but the more you practice, the better you get. Writing itself is a skill, but its also a lot of sub-skills built in underneath the surface. Being good at dialogue doesn’t mean you’ll be good at action, having a knack for great characterization doesn’t mean you’ll be good at writing setting description. Putting together great characters doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be good at worldbuilding.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

All it takes to figure out whether or not the time to fight is right is by listening to your gut.

Remember, the best scenes are based in narrative cohesion and emotional investment. They’re a pay off in and of themselves for your audience, dessert after dinner. They aren’t the meat and potatoes. If you set out to just write a fight scene or write a smut scene then it’ll get gratuitous. Then the focus is on the fight or the sex itself, hangs entirely on their shoulders, and you’ve just upped the ante for how entertaining you need to be.

It’s not “how do I write a fight scene”, it’s “how did my characters get to this point and why are they fighting”. If you start from a character place, it gets easier. The same is true with romance. “How do my characters participate in a romance (sex or not)”.

Make it about the individuals, that’s when it really gets fun.

And, if you get too stuck, try writing fight scenes with characters who don’t know much about how to fight. Sometimes, it’s easier to get into it when you begin at the beginning. There’s a lot less pressure convincing an audience with a character who knows nothing than one at the top of their field.

There’s a lot less stress about “is this right?” when you’re trying to get a feel for the flow if you’re dealing with a character who doesn’t know jack shit. Fight scenes with characters who know nothing can also be really, really, really fun. They’re wild, improvisational frenzies where all you have is the character sorting through their alternative, non-fighting skills trying to figure out how to survive.

Believe it or not, this will help you because you don’t get to cheat with the idea that your character already knows what they’re doing when you don’t. It’ll help you tap into the character, seeing scenarios from their perspectives, and writing to that instead of “generic fight scene”. When you’re unsure, characters who know nothing about the subject matter they’re engaging in but still have to engage are great. They teach you how to write from the standpoint and perspective of the individual. You need those skills just as much when writing characters who are professionals or at the top of their field.

If you don’t think you can write an interesting fight sequence with a neophyte, then that might be a part of the problem. A character doesn’t need to be good at something to be entertaining. A smut sequence where everyone’s fumbling, knocking into each other, embarrassed, stuck in their clothing, cheesy, corny, and laughing can be just as fun (if not more so and more honest) than the ones that generally get envisioned.

For me, good is entertaining and the entertainment is based in humanity but you need to define “good” for yourself in your own writing. Be honest with yourself about your fears and you’ll find a way to bridge yourself to the kind of writing you want to be doing.

Freeing yourself of your own internalized preconceived notions will help a lot, and produce stories that are way more fun.

-Michi

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Mars Signs

If Mars is in Aries, one is often attracted to a strong, independent, and forthright partner, perhaps athletic in appearance, but more importantly, direct, confident, and straightforward. Ultra sensitive or shy lovers are not usually the most attractive lovers to these people, as they tend to prefer strong and independent types. Partners who don’t beat around the bush, who state what they want, and who display a certain level of confidence are ideal.

If Mars is in Taurus, one is often attracted to lovers who possess a stable, secure, and very strong aura about them. Meat-and-potatoes types are definitely these people’s “cup of tea”. Unstable, overly intellectual, or “flaky” lovers are simply not what these people would define “real men/women”. These people like their lovers simple to please, traditionally masculine/feminine, and strong. They often are especially turned on by sexually simple but sensual lovers.  

If Mars is in Gemini, intelligence ranks very high on one’s list of ideal qualities in a partner. An athletic or tomboyish look, sometimes on the slim side, is often preferred. Wittiness is a huge turn-on for these people. Versatility, liveliness, and playfulness are qualities in lovers that these people find devastatingly attractive. They’re not especially impressed with what they might consider “less evolved” types of lovers who display more typical, or traditional, masculine/feminine traits. Depressed or boring types won’t do. These people want to be stimulated, and their brains are their biggest sexual organs.

If Mars is in Cancer, one may prefer the “sensitive type” of partner who is compassionate, sensitive, and protective. These people sometimes are attracted to temperamental sorts, finding moodiness in a partner rather intriguing. They want lovers with “layers” (remember Shrek?). However, they are not into the type of “sensitive” lovers that Mars in Pisces people are most attracted to. In fact, they generally want lovers who are strong and traditionally masculine/feminine. Generally, these people prefer lovers who are physically strong or at least look that way - they love to feel protected.

If Mars is in Leo, one may be attracted to lovers who are proud, outgoing, and perhaps even gaudy. Aloofness or a dignified, confident aura is usually appealing to these people. These people are more inclined to enjoy lovers who possess a rather bold, confident manner–and style! Playfulness and fun are very important to these people, and the uptight type or overly serious partner is not going to do it for them. Stinginess is a huge turn-off, too. These people want their lovers generous, dignified, and confident. These people do want their lovers to be a little possessive and jealous, as it makes them feel more alive, wanted, and attractive.

If Mars is in Virgo, an appealing partner to one’s is usually an understated, rather simple appearance without too much glamour or ostentatiousness. Healthy, natural, and clean are most appealing physical qualities, and a certain amount of intelligence as well as a modest, sensible approach to life. These people are turned off by lovers who are overly confident, bossy, or unkind. They are looking for perceptive lovers who are kind and helpful. Competency is important, but these people aren’t big on lovers who are show-offs. A quietly competent aura is best.

If Mars is in Libra, one is most attracted to lovers with understated charm, good manners, and a pleasing and balanced appearance. Coarseness or rudeness is often a turn-off, and so is independence! These people prefer lovers who are cooperative and who are willing to please. Romantic lovers are a huge turn-on, and these people truly appreciate classy sorts.

If Mars is in Scorpio, a complicated, dark, powerful, and passionate partner is the biggest turn-on. One wants a partner with “layers”- one who has depth and is complicated enough to intrigue them. One is especially attracted to lovers who ooze sensuality, who are perhaps a little dark and mysterious (even brooding), and who have a magnetic and powerful aura. Intensity is a turn-on for these people - flighty, superficial, and indifferent types need not apply! These people generally do enjoy a certain level of possessiveness in a partner.

If Mars is in Sagittarius, one is most impressed with a partner who is playful, fun, intelligent, and honest. An energetic, happy aura in a partner is often most appealing. Joking around is a must, and a huge turn-on for these people! They want to have a good time, and to have long conversations with their lovers as well. They are not especially attracted to lovers who are overly groomed; generally don’t like too much “decoration” or lovers who put on airs.  A tousled, casual appearance is just fine with these people - in fact, it’s preferred.  A partner’s status is not of huge interest to these people - they are looking for honest partners whose egos aren’t tied up in what they do for a living or how they look.

If Mars is in Capricorn, one is generally attracted to competent lovers, perhaps well-established business types or otherwise accomplished lovers. One doesn’t necessarily go for status, but one does want a partner who has an aura of competence about them. One is looking for a certain level of security, and is unimpressed with lovers who are drifters, irresponsible, or flighty. A stable, directed partner with goals in life and a responsible, even serious, attitude to life is important to this person.

If Mars is in Aquarius, one can be most impressed by lovers who are somewhat unconventional or kooky in their choice of clothes and overall style. One wants an interesting partner; they can certainly be attractive, but boring? Hardly. A partner with a brain is important, although one won’t be attracted to a brainy type. Somebody who is perceptive, a little unconventional, and perhaps somewhat aloof is most attractive. Rigid or boring types simply won’t do.

If Mars is in Pisces, one is often impressed with a partner who is sensitive, compassionate, and intriguingly complicated. Lacking in confidence is just fine, and so is a touch of helplessness. A “starving artist” type may be appealing, or a partner who is downtrodden in some way, as these people enjoy lovers who have a distinct soft side. The strong, independent types are not turn-ons for these people.

Literally how I became happy.

A lot of you guys are always concerned about me because the more that I share, the more you realize I’m a real person with struggles and issues and I’m not 100% okay 100% of the time haha so I just wanna give an update and share some insight on how I’ve been doing and what I’ve been working on.
The hair cut is the visible part. The change is sooooo real. I look like a different person but I seriously FEEL like one. Surface changes: I live in Tennessee. I have short blonde hair. I’ve now dated two guys that I actually loved. I own a house and a car. Before, I lived in California, I had freaking long brown hair, I shared a mini van with four other people, I’d never been on a date and truly questioned whether I’d ever meet anyone that liked me for who I was, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life past like two years into the future and I felt like I would live with my parents forever. So a lot of big things have changed but honestly the biggest changes happened inside with less visible results. You can only see it in my smile and hear it in my words. But really you’ll see it in my actions over the next 12 months. It’s just the beginning.
I honestly don’t know where it came from. The last six years I have been so passive. My life has been happening to me. There have been some breakthrough moments where I learned a lot about myself and my confidence and self love, yes. I had some good times for sure. But as far as knowing what I want and where I wanna go, I was not good at that. I felt SO powerless and began to withdraw more and more, in my friendships, my career, our band, my family, everything. I shared so little each day, I had so few ideas, I didn’t create much, I only wrote when I was really upset or inspired (which wasn’t that often), I had no social life, no vision for myself, no confidence that anyone would ever love me and I just wasn’t living a rich life at all. I was an observer hoping that one day someone or something would come along and make my life actually enjoyable. I was constantly waiting. I journaled a lot and released a lot of emotion, that part was good. I just felt like I was living in a cave, stuck in the past, not doing much each day to actually experience life.
Then we moved across the country. *shock* *panic* *whoa*. That was the first time I was really shaken up.
Then I had my heart broken. Twice. I fell in love and both times it didn’t work out. I NEEDED that, to meet people who actually got me and appreciated my personality and loved all my quirks and my strange mind and how childlike I am. For the first time I felt understood. I wouldn’t change a thing. I was so closed off for so long and suddenly I was ripped open. Someone was asking for my time and attention and I had to give it to them. I was so scared but I really wanted to experience that side of life so I had to let those people see me and experience who I was. It was so good for me omg. I felt like my heart was shriveled and frozen before that, it had seen the sun maybe three times, but once that happened it absolutely bloomed. Not everyone has to fall in love to open their heart but for me that’s how it happened.
Anyway it was really intense and pushed me to the edge, dealing with that loss. I cut off all my hair. I just had enough. I was so drained. I had felt so vulnerable throughout my dating experiences, such a long period of trusting and hoping after so many years of doing the opposite, I guess I became a little over exposed. I pictured myself feeling tough and strong after a particularly intense weekend of fighting and I saw myself with no hair. It was kind of a crazy idea at first but it turned into a real desire. After a few days of thinking it over, I took the plunge.
What. A. Rush.
Suddenly I just wanted to feel alive. I went a little overboard but I did so many things. Concerts, road trips, bonfires, social plans nonstop, shopping, reinventing my style… I was really hurting during this time and I just wanted to feel better. I don’t regret doing so much but I’m glad I came down after a month and examined myself. I realized how much I was hurting and I faced it. I felt scared, hurt, abandoned, broken and vulnerable but it was comforting to identify that. Once you face it, you can feel it, release it and eventually let it go.
In October I realized I wanted more. I actually had dreams. Cutting my hair showed me I could have an idea, see it through and that it could actually go well! I wanted that on a bigger scale. I started writing again, all the time. I took an interest in my appearance again. Before, I just wanted people to think I’m pretty. Of course I still do but now it’s so much more than that. It actually is for me. When my outfit/makeup/overall look matches my mood, I feel so much more confident, comfortable with myself and ready to take on the day. Even in my work out clothes, I always try to coordinate them now and make them feel good because I know I just do more with my day when I feel confident and ready to put myself out there. You don’t need to look perfect AT ALL, in fact sometimes that can cause more stress because it puts more pressure on you. Just take the time to put yourself together and feel GOOD about what you’re wearing each day. It seriously makes a huge difference. And especially DO NOT wear anything that makes you feel bad. GET RID OF IT!!!! All your clothes should make you feel cute in some way.
Idk how this happened but I kind of just realized nothing is a big deal. The way I used to live, EVERYTHING was a HUGE deal. Texting a guy? Leaving the house? Spending 30 dollars? Calling someone first? All terrifying things I dreaded and avoided at all costs. I had to work through so much INTENSE anxiety when I first started dating, it was really sad how much that freaked me out and how much I had to work through just to get to a point where I felt comfortable going on one date or being the object of a man’s attention. I felt so incredibly unworthy.
Anyway, maybe it was the hair cut but sometime around then I just became really bold. Right now I feel like almost nothing scares me. My biggest fear is probably trusting people that have hurt me. That’s one thing I can think of that I’m struggling with and truly terrifies me, trying to rebuild broken relationships. I’m having help working through that. Other than that, there are so few things I won’t try, won’t pursue, won’t say to someone. I am becoming more bold, confident, comfortable in my own skin and sure of myself with each passing second. I just feel GOOD. Nothing is that big of a deal! Seriously force yourself to take more risks and you’ll quickly understand what I mean. You can spend weeks, months, even years fearing things and trying to predict what will happen but once you finally do them you’ll see just how unnecessary all that stress was. Nothing is that hard, that daunting, that permanent. Heck, even tattoos can be removed these days.
I think that was the biggest change of all so far: the removal of fear. Fear used to be the gas in my tank, it absolutely fueled me. Now it’s faith. I am so ON FIRE for my life!!!!!! I have so many exciting dreams I want to pursue, so much I want to create, so many places I want to go, things I want to experience, learn, master, people I want to meet and be around….. I love it all. I decide what I want and I go after it. I look at myself in the mirror and I smile. I’m starting to look as bold and unique as I feel. The long hair was beautiful and fun and maybe one day I’ll want it back but for now, it just feels too plain for how colorful and out of the box my mind is. I always used my mind a lot but I wasn’t exploring it much before. Now that I’m embracing my unconventional brain, I just want to express that openness and share it with the world.
Also I’ve noticed I’m getting disappointed comments from traditional, conformist men I never wanted to date anyway that used to love my hair 😂 so no offense but I was never interested in you anyway, there are soooooo many long haired women in the world you can comment on that you’ll probably never even meet but i’m just one less you need to worry about hahaha. All of the bold men that liked me before just like me more now. And I think it’s because I also like myself more! Confidence attracts confidence! I’m growing into the baller I was born to be and it’s just helping me attract more ballers 😂😂
BTW THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING LONG HAIR OR A MORE SIMPLE STYLE I FULLY SUPPORT IT. YOU DONT HAVE TO LOOK LIKE A CRAZY PERSON OR LIVE A WILD UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE TO BALL OUT ON EVERYONE THATS JUST HOW I CHOOSE TO DO IT HAHA. EVERYONE IS A BALLER IN THEIR OWN WAY I EMBRACE AVERAGE LOOKING PEOPLE AND WILD LOOKING PEOPLE, AS LONG AS YOURE LIVING A LIFE YOU LOVE AND CHOOSING WHAT TRULY FULFILLS YOU!!!!!!!!!!! WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE JUST LIVE IT BECAUSE YOU LOVE IT 🙌🏼
Anyway, I feel so much more confident in myself, men or no men. It’s funny cuz I finally stopped worrying about guys and now I actually interact with them the way I always wanted to hahaha.
I no longer rely on the approval of others to get through the day. I no longer feel paralyzed by fear every morning and night. I no longer ponder whether I’m worthy of a date or not. I no longer look in the mirror and sigh. I no longer think of the future as a blurry grey blob filled with hopelessness, uncertainty and fear. I know it will be whatever I make it and I am going to make it freaking phenomenal.
That’s a huge key, putting YOURSELF in the drivers seat. Forget this message of victimization. You are the person holding yourself down but YOU can be the one to lift yourself up!!!! Wow I just got a huge craving for meat loaf and mashed potatoes. HAHAHA. Anyway, put yourself in control. Ask God for guidance. Trust that you are taken care of always because YOU ARE. Embrace yourself. Stop thinking you have to be perfect. Stop thinking you’re unlovable. Realize how cool you are and how much you have going for yourself. Jump in and try things. Stop thinking you have to be “ready”. THE LESSONS OF FAILURE ARE FAR MORE VALUABLE THAN THE PRIZES OF SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!
On that note, go kill it. Embrace yourself. Blossom. Live. Come alive. You got this 👊🏼💗

Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs - Translations!! Part THREE

Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs is a school AU that the official anime Twitter came up with!

Have the third and final round! Translations were made by my awesome friend Maya @erochuya (Twitter) and yours truly! Enjoy~!

The question for part three is: Describe what you had for dinner tonight.

Keep reading

the girl at the bakery- h.s imagine

Anne looked into her not so little boy’s bedroom and smiled at the sight before her. Harry looked up from putting on his boots and smiled back at his mother, “Hey mom.”

Anne leant on the doorframe, “So what are you going to do first on your break?”

Harry stood up and patted his jacket to make sure he had everything he needed. “I think I’ll go pay Barbara a visit in the bakery.”

Before his big tour coming up, Harry wanted to spend as much time possible at home. He knew that if he didn’t, it would just make him even more homesick once the actual tour started. He took the long route to the bakery. He admired the children playing on the playground on the one that he played with. He passed by the tree where he had his first kiss and chuckled softly to himself. He even passed by the small river and threw a couple stones into it. Whenever he was home, it made him realize just how lucky and how blessed he is to be able to follow his dreams but he’ll never forget where he came from. He’ll never forget the people in his small town, the same people who got to watch Harry grow into the man he is now.

Harry stood outside W. Mandeville and noticed they got a new sign. He has to make sure he tells Barbara how “sophisticated” it looks, knowing it’ll bring a smile to her face. When he opened the door, the little bell above it rung. You looked up from your book and softly gasped. Never would you have thought Harry Styles would come in during your shift today.

Harry glanced around the empty lobby until his eyes finally met yours. He walked up to the counter and gave you a bright smile. “Hello.”

You tucked a piece of hair behind your ear. “Hello Mr. Styles.”

Harry chuckled and leaned on the counter slightly. “Mr. Styles?”

You chuckled yourself and glanced at the giant poster they had. Harry followed your gaze and laughed loudly. It was a giant poster of him when he used to work there holding a loaf of bread. You nodded and smiled at him, “It seems rude to call you anything else given your status here.”

Harry admired the girl in front of him. Rather than jumping up and down and screaming his name, you were unfazed that he was here. You even called him Mr. Styles for goodness’ sake. He hummed, “Mm. You can call me Harry. And you are?” He raised his hand for you to shake.

You took his hand and ignored the tingling feeling, “Y/N.”

Harry took his hand back, feeling a spark as well and started walking around, admiring all the pasties and desserts in the display. “I just wanted to pay Barbara and the others a little visit. Is anyone here?”

You shook your head, watching him. “Just me. Everyone’s gone home for the day.”

Harry looked over at you from where the rolls were kept. “They trust you to close the shop?”

You chuckled and crossed your arms. “Why is that so hard to believe?”

Harry shrugged his shoulders and muttered, “They never trusted me to close when I worked here..”

You chuckled softly, “Maybe because you would’ve closed much more earlier than you should’ve.” Harry smiled, dimples coming out. “Probably.”

You glanced at the clock on the wall and noticed it was time for you to start cleaning up for the days. You clapped your hands together, “Is there anything I can get you, Harry?”

Harry glanced at the pie display. “Maybe a meat and potato pie.” You nodded your head and began getting a bag ready before Harry loudly caught your attention, “Oh and a slice of the carrot cake! Been cravin’ it since I got here.”

You cut a piece of the cake and neatly wrapped it up for him and placed it next to the bag that contained the pie. Harry reached for his wallet before you stopped him. “Oh don’t even worry about it.”

Harry arched his eyebrow at you, “Are you sure?”

You chuckled and began putting everything in a take away bag for him, “If the ladies found out I charged their precious Harry, they’ll have my ass on the line.” You handed the bag to him, “Was there anything else I could do for you, Harry?”

He took the bag from you and gave you a kind smile. “It’s alright. Thanks, Y/N.”

You smiled and walked around from the counter. “Let me walk you out.”

“Oh no, you don’t have to.” Harry interrupted. You laughed before replying, “I need to lock the doors after you leave.”

Harry’s cheeks turned a slight pink as he began walking to the doors. He looked back at you, “It was nice meeting you, Y/N.”

You smiled up at him, opening the door for him. “Same to you, Harry.”

“Where you off to, love?” Anne asked as she saw Harry opening the door. Harry paused and shut the door and looked at his mother. “Just heading down to the bakery.”

Anne shot his son a questioning look. “Again?”

Harry scratched the back of his neck and smiled sheepishly at his mother. “The ladies weren’t there yesterday. Want to give them a proper hello.” And see if Y/N is working today.

Anne nodded and walked up to him and gave him a kiss on the cheek, “Alright. Make sure to grab something for pudding tonight then.”

“Harry!”

“Barbara!” Harry yelled out, giving the sweet old lady a hug. While he did he couldn’t help but glance to see if you were at the counter. He was a little bummed to see that you weren’t.

“Oh, my sweet boy! What are you doing back home?” Barbara reached up and grabbed his cheeks, unable to help herself. She loved Harry as if he was her own grandson.

Harry laughed and grabbed her hands, “You know what? I came to visit you specifically, Barbara.”

Barbara howled in laughter and pinched his arm. “Oh, Harry.”

Harry smiled and noticed you coming from the back of the store with a try filled with sausage rolls. You placed the tray down and looked up to see Harry already smiling at you, “Oh, Harry. Nice to see you again.”

Harry nodded, “Nice to see you, Y/N.”

Barbara glanced between the both of you, “You two met already?”

Before you got the chance to respond, Harry replied, “I came yesterday looking for you, love! Broke my heart that you weren’t here!”

You chuckled and proceeded to put the rolls in their designated place. Barbara chuckled, “Y/N’s been a blessing! Been helping me so much I can take a couple breaks every now and then.”

You yelled out, “As you deserve!”

Harry smiled and softly said, “Y/N’s something.”

Barbara heard the little comment and couldn’t help the thought sneaking into her head. If there’s anything she doesn’t love more it’s playing match maker. She called out, “Y/N? How about you take a break yourself, love?”

You walked back towards the cash register and picked up the notebook used to write down inventory. “It’s fine, Barbara!”

“Nonsense! You’ve worked since this morning. Go on and take a roll and have a proper break. Harry will join you, won’t you Harry?”

Harry and placed his hands into the pockets on his jeans, “Uh. Sure! If you’ll have me.”

You sighed and nodded your head. You quickly grabbed two rolls for the both of you and began walking towards Barbara and Harry.

Harry gave Barbara a quick kiss on the cheek and a promise to be back soon and began walking towards the door. You leaned and whispered in her ear, “You cheeky woman, you.”

Barbara laughed and watched as the both of you left and smiled a victory smile.

You and Harry found yourselves swinging on the sing set not to far away from the shop getting to know one another. You laughed at Harry’s story of how when he worked at the bakery, he accidentally dropped an entire tray of freshly baked cupcakes.

In between his own laughter Harry said, “I’m surprised I wasn’t fired then and there! It was Easter! You know we busy the shop got!”

You nodded your head, having to clench your stomach from laughing so much, “Please! Those ladies in there love you! They would never fire you!”

Harry smiled and turned in his swing so he could look at you properly. “They seem fond of you as well.”

You smiled and shrugged your shoulders. “I love all of them. They’re like family at this point.”

Harry hummed in agreement. One of the best things about working at the bakery was that everyone treated him like he was their own. That and they let him be their guinea pig when trying new dessert recipes.

You glanced at your watch, “I better get back and help close the shop.”

Harry nodded and stood up from the swing. He patted the imaginary dust from his clothes, “Let me walk you back.”

The two of you walked the short way back to the store. You reached out to grab the door handle before Harry stopped you, “I know this is sudden. But can I take you out tonight?”

You smiled, looking into Harry’s hopeful eyes. “Let me help them real quick. I’ll be out in a couple of minutes.”


feedback is much appreciated! :)

*Sees someone put a little bit of sugar in their drinks/food*
“Oh god, that’s so unhealthy for you! Now if you’ll excuse me.”
*Puts a fuck-ton of salt on my meat, veggies, fruit, and potatoes.”

How Reylo Can Happen

I’ve had a theory for months but haven’t wanted to post it because I wasn’t sure about it until after TLJ teaser and panel. I will try to keep my explanations short and to the point.

For Reylo to happen, there will need to be extensive character development and storyline between Kylo Ren and Rey. Those familiar with Reylo meta’s and theory have speculated Force Bonds (hearing/seeing each other’s thoughts) and Kylo saving Rey to gain her favor. Well, what if I said that both were possible? But not without a little thing called Halfway Plot Switch and something called Conflict Killer. What are those and what do they mean? Well, let’s go back to the Director himself, Rian Johnson. When asked what movies he watched to prepare for TLJ he mentioned a movie called Letters Never Sent (LNS). Immediately our eyes were drawn to the romantic storyline of this movie but that’s not important as far as Reylo is concerned. What is important is the structure of this film and the tropes within it. Trust me Rian isn’t concerned with the storyline. He is concerned only about how it was executed. 

I won’t go into the details of the storyline of LNS because that isn’t the point. What is the point, is that LNS starts out to be one movie about these geologist setting out to find diamonds, but it turns into something completely different when they are trapped fighting for their lives after a forest fire.

At the TLJ panel Riann and Daisy both state that it’s amazing how this movie starts out and how it actually ends. Daisy threw us a bone and stated (I am paraphrasing) that Rey is meeting her hero but sometimes you shouldn’t because they may not be what you’ve expected.

So, what does all this mean? What the hell am I babbling about? I’m going to warn you now do not read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled. Although yes, I am speculating it might hold more water than you think. Read on at your own risk.

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Hungry (M)

Requested by: @ioannadrit Hello dear I hope you like this <3

Characters: Kim Hanbin (BI, iKon), You (Reader/OC)

Genre: Smut

Warning/s:  Kitchen Counter Dirty Sex, Spanking, Choking, Hair Pulling, Everything OH GOSH THIS IS MY PASS TO HELL TYVM

Length: 2,284 words

Plot:   You are cooking dinner for you and your boyfriend because he texted you that he’s hungry.  However, when he gets home, you’ve realized that he’s actually not hungry for food.

A/N:  I personally think that I went a bit overboard but yeah I am always like that so I hope you enjoy and I apologize about any errors.

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”Jagiiiii, I am hungry :(!!!”

You smiled as you read your whiny boyfriend’s text message.  After such a long time, finally, he’ll be able to stay in again with you for the night.

For the last six months, Hanbin has been very busy with their group’s debut.  You’ve been together for a little over a year, and you are pretty happy about it.  You already know the consequences of dating an idol and you understand your boyfriend’s situation.  Despite his busy schedule, he would always make sure to make time for you and visits you every now and then.  With that, you’re satisfied and would never ask for more.

After you’ve responded that you’re going to prepare his favorite, you started grabbing ingredients from the fridge as you wait for the rice to cook.  You would like to make this night special and Hanbin should be more than satisfied once he tastes your prepared food.

While you are boiling some water, you began chopping the pork and the vegetables that you’ll put in to the soup.  You grabbed the kimchi from the fridge and put it on top of the kitchen counter.  You went back to the stove and began putting the ingredients in the boiling water, making sure that the soup won’t spill.  You began stirring while you drop the potatoes and meat on the pot.  You closed the lid and went to the kitchen counter to clean some of the mess that you have created while chopping and preparing.

Because of how focused and busy you are with your food preparations, you didn’t even notice the front door opening and your boyfriend coming in, dropping his bag on the floor.  He removed his shoes and coat and proceeded to the kitchen as soon as he smelled the enticing scent of what you are cooking.

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Getting Salty About Weathering

Hey there True Believers, today we’re going to talk about how to create your own convincing weathered metallics using a really simple technique. This whole project is done using Warcolours and an airbrush, but you can use these techniques just as effectively with any acrylic craft paints and a brush. 

SUPPLIES

Coarse Salt

Hair Spray

Hot Water

GETTING STARTED

First off, we’re going to need the the prepped model surface we’re going to be working on, in my case, it’s a spaceship corridor that I sculpted for a diorama out of cardstock and some other stuff. In your case, this can be for old pipes, rusted out cars, Land Raiders, junked planes, really, anywhere where enameled metals have been left to the elements. 


We begin by priming it black, in the standard fashion. Ensuring even coverage and allowing it to dry for several hours, prior to applying the next layers. Once we’ve got that established, we begin to build up the basis for our rust layers. We’re going to start with a neutral, high saturation brown, and warm it up with each step into a terracotta.

Below you can see the browns applied with an airbrush, Make an attempt to focus the warming in specific spots, but avoid allowing the redder browns to achieve 100% opacity. We’re developing “filter” layers at this stage, and will be altering the texture in the next steps.

You can see how I’ve focused the filter towards the bottom of the wall. This will be the area with the heaviest weathering, representing where it has interacted most with moisture and wear and tear. If you were doing this on a Land Raider (for instance) this focal area might be around the treads, instead. It’s important to have an idea of which areas will be most heavily influenced by the rusting out, and begin to develop them.


Next up, we’re going to be moving up into proper oranges. In my case, Warcolours Orange 4 and One Coat Orange. Were going to be applying these differently than we did the brown, as we’re going to use these to develop an erratic, rusting texture on top of the browns. We’ll need a bit of blister foam or sponge for this next step. The idea is to daub a bit on a sponge, and then stipple a paper towel or piece of carboard until you get a nice erratic pattern. It’s similar to the amount of paint you’d want on your brush, if you were drybrushing. 


Above, you can see the texture developed, post stippling. Note the areas where I’ve concentrated it, that will become important shortly. When you’re satisfied with this, it’s time to seal the project using the matte varnish of your choice. In this instance, I’m using Warcolours matte varnish.

Apply a couple of coats of varnish, and allow to dry 100% before moving on from this step. You need the layers under this to be well protected, as we’re going to be applying salt and scrubbing the model after this. If you’ve not thoroughly sealed this layer, you will work your way down to the primer/plastic, ruining the effect and all the work you’ve done so far. Learn this lesson from me, as opposed to the hard way… Trust me.

Next up, the real meat and potatoes of this technique, coarse salt and hairspray.

We’re going to be using the hairspray as a temporary glue, to hold the salt crystals in place. To that end, decant a little into a dixie cup by turning the hairspray upside down and spraying it into the container. This will smell like the 80’s, so it’s best to do it in a well ventilated area. After you’ve got enough liquid hairspray in the cup for your needs, take an old brush and start to apply it to the model, sprinkling the coarse salt over the top, and knocking away any excess. Focus these sticky salt piles on top of the regions of heaviest wear, where you developed the texture with the oranges. 

When you’ve developed enough sticky salt piles to satisfy, allow it to dry and then apply the paint/wall/enamel color. In my case, I’ll be using a mixture of Warcolours One Coat Yellow Green with a little One Coat Green mixed in.

Now it’s magic time! 

Dip an old toothbrush in hot water, and allow it to saturated the salt crystals. When they begin to loosen, scrub them away. You’ll immediately begin to see the rust pattern develop. In addition to the salt texture, you can scratch or rub any amount of weathering into the paint. Since the lower layers are well sealed, and this layer is sitting on top of a water soluable hairspray base, it is very easy to manipulate. You want to make sure that you’ve removed all the salt from the peice, even going so far as to rinse it in cold water. Any residue left over will dry a chalky white and damage the paint over time. 

After that, it’s a simple issue of sealing it with another layer of Matte Varnish. And you’re ready to move onto the rest of your project. This method is not only simple, but provides a higher degree of verisimilitude than painting the rust effect over the green. Not only is it actually beneath the paint (like rust would be), but it ends up with a randomness that is near impossible to replicate with the brush, and is far closer to the actual effect for it.



That’s it for today, true believers. I hope you find this useful. Keep your bristles damp!

Will


So I have been re-reading Harry Potter books as one does, and so, of course I have been thinking about food, because its so prominent in the series. 

The food in Harry Potter is SO BRITISH that its just kind of hilarious. It self-consciously exudes Britishness.

Like, Harry and his friends feast on roast meat, and potatoes and treacle tart. And like… I can’t tell you the full and detailed history of food in Britain, so I’m sure three are some exceptions to what I’m about to say, but it seems like clearly the Hogwarts House Elves haven’t bought a new cookbook since about 1800.

Harry Potter is a series with a very strong national identity, which is one of the reasons why trying to extend the universe into the rest of the world has been such a train-wreck so its no surprise, that this would show up in the food they eat, its funny, but its perfectly sensible.

Roast beef is very British, and treacle tart is extremely British so its no surprise that they eat that by the bucket

And given the laser focus on British food its not especially surprising that they give pizza and pasta a miss.

But they don’t eat fish and chips, which is very well established as a British food which has been around in Britain since the mid 1800s. And they don’t eat chicken tikka masala, which was declared a British national dish in 2001, only a few years after the series ended. 

So there’s a very specific flavor of Britishness on display.