my country has no name

I think based on the fact that the Daroga also knows Erik as Erik and they go way back it’s more likely it is his real name. But since he told Christine he had taken the name Erik “on accident” I personally think he might have used that alias since a long time. Maybe even since a young age because he doesn’t know what his actual name, the one he was given at birth, is. Which would make his statement still true, even though Erik is at that point basically his real name.

Democratic Nomination 2020

so I figured I’d give my hot take on 2020 Democratic nomination because why not?

No Country for Old Men:

Jerry Brown: Brown’s name, to my shock, has come up a few times. The first a most major problem is that Jerry is ALREADY 79 years old, and will be in his 80s by 2020. Not to be grim, but it’s mathematically unlikely for a man who is 82 on taking office to live to serve two full terms, even one term would be a gamble. Past the mathematical issue, Jerry is a household name in California politics but over 40 years has never managed to build up a base of support outside is home state. Best known as “Moonbeam” two flopped runs for President hint how round 3 would go even if he was 10 years younger.

Bernie Sanders: It’s pretty clear that Bernie is at least thinking about another run at the Presidency. His problem is in the same as Brown, if slightly less intense. He’s 75 right now meaning he’ll be 79 election day 2020 asking people to vote for a President who will be in his 80s in office is a tall order. I realize that age for whatever reason didn’t hunt the 70 year who eats trash, never sleeps and hates work outs, but I feel like a nearly 80 year old can’t get away with it. I’ve heard many of his supports saying he should run on age alone. Past this Bernie failed to connect with black and latino voters in 2016 and has made a few notable missteps since becoming a mega political figure. More and younger progressives are interested in running and the fandom around Bernie is unlikely to relight with the same flame in 2020, even if it did, it was not enough in 2016, he needs to widen his support outside of white liberals and college kids to win the primary.

Joe Biden: again age is the biggest single problem he’ll be 78 years old on election day 2020, and like Bernie it’s pretty clear Joe is at least thinking about it. Again I think asking voters to have a President in his 80s is a bridge too far. Though the health of the sitting President might be a factor, if Trump very unhealthy lifestyle plus the horrible stress of being President leads to Trump looking sick, weak and unhealthy after 4 years, even a older man who was slim and fit and sharp might benefit next to a fat slow unhealthy mess. Though it might also serve to highlight the risks of an older President. Past age Joe has no geographic or Ideological base. While remembered with a level of fondness by Democrats, his image is as something of a drunk uncle (I know he does not drink) who’s fun and says what we’re all thinking. I’m unsure that translates and the warm fuzzy feeling people have about him as a member of the Obama team I don’t think boost him much. His last two tries to run for President were total failures and his 2015 non-run didn’t show very impressive polling for a sitting VP

Hillary Clinton: While much younger than the 3 other people in this camp (she’ll be a youthful 72 come 2020) and younger than Trump, she’s a woman and as we saw in this campaign women are badly punished for showing signs of age. It seems fairly clear Hillary does not want to run. Her running would set all the former Bernie people’s hair on fire and generally the press would have a field day printing nasty stories and playing the 2016 primary all over again along with “have the Democrats learned nothing?” all pretending that Hillary didn’t win the popular vote and is super out of touch, blah blah blah. What’s more many of her hardcore supporters suffered a soul crushing loss and might not have the energy to gear up for a 3rd bitter battle to the nomination, while many feminists who like Hillary but aren’t worshipers likely feel it’s time for a new younger woman to try to take down the glass ceiling

When you’re famous, they let you do it:

Kanye West: he said he will run for President, if he means it, or remembers saying it, who knows. A lot of people will say in the age of Trump we should count out any rich or famous person. However this over looks that the Republican Primary voter and the Democratic Primary voter are very different. The later is more likely to be college educated for one thing, as well as ethnically diverse and think experience is important. Getting back to West, he’s generally seen as a huge egomaniacal crazy person. His troubles with mental health are public record with his very public break down in November 2016 (and some other things). His ego and weird need to pick a fight with the First couple of hip hop Jay Z and Beyonce has made him a messy and controversial character even with-in Hip Hop and the black community. What’s more is November trip to Trump Tower and on stage weird pro-Trump rant are unlikely to go away. Also there’s the in-laws, his wife is someone a lot of people love to hate, and his step-mother-in-law Caitlyn Jenner has gotten a lot of well earned stick for being a Republican Trump supporter and rather tone deaf on most issues.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: He has a history, low key granted, as a Republican, has not really voiced any support for any policies or issues. On the plus side he’s handsome, can laugh at himself and seems generally likable and well liked. That said there’s no proof he’s smart in any way and much of his history has been playing over the top characters and then over the top characters making fun of the fact that he’s the Rock. All of which might give Democratic votes Trump flashbacks. If he can speak clearly on issues and takes progressive stands on things he’ll have an outside shot, but if he can’t sound like an adult and draw a line under the guy who stars in the Baywatch remake he has no hope

Mark Cuban: As boorish and bullying as Trump, with vague political ideas that mostly circle around Ayn Rand and discount libertarianism Cuban is unlikely to get Democratic voters hot. Voters will likely also dislike his early softening on Trump after the election. That said Cuban has clearly made a lot of money, a lot of Democratic Primary voters loath Trump and might wish for a candidate who only bullies, attacks, and mocks the object of their hate, his money and experience with politics before now puts him above Johnson or West but behind the next guy

Mark Zuckerberg: One of the handful of business people in the 21st century to be a household name. Young, tech friendly he and his company seem the very embodiment of white millennial ideas of diversity and inclusion. Sadly for the Zuck the place one might expect him to most popular, with people under 35 who are on-line a lot is the place he’s the least popular. Justified or not a lot of people get a creepy big brother vibe from Facebook and Zuckerberg has become something of a Hollywood stock villain type, with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor just being a retread of his performance from The Social Network. indeed that movie is a major problem for Zuckerberg, he’s a villain and a creep in a hugely popular movie all about him. Zuckerberg is and always has been a slightly awkward, slightly off nerd, and lacks the charm to fight off attacks that he stole Facebook from someone, he’s too California tech kid to be relatable for much of America. That said weirdly Zuckerberg might play well with older voters who didn’t see the Social Network, don’t understand the problems people have with Facebook and see a young, fairly good looking young man who built a company they know and likely use, who’s used his money to do good stuff, who has a charming and beautiful wife and a multi-ethnic family, basically a kind of anti-Trump. Outside of the story of how Facebook started I’ve never heard any stories of him being a jerk on a personal level, and while we laugh at him feeding cows, some people like when the big city liberals come out and get their hands dirty.

The (White) Dude abides:

Steve Bullock: Freshly re-elected in a bad year for Dems out of a Red state. All sounds good, but the state is Montana, who’s Democratic party is hardly reflective of the national party. In a party headed to the left it’s unlikely a western conservative will get people off. past this he has no national name recognition, and his last name is a British slang term for a testicle, something the internet will love

John Hickenlooper: a two term governor of a key swing state that Democrats need to win, Hickenlooper has a fairly progressive record, will likely make stoners and college students happy because his state has legal pot (even though he didn’t support it, that’s likely to be a detail glossed over by 2020). counting against him is that he’s largely unknown outside his state and political nerd circles, and he has a frankly ridicules name and is skinny and odd looking. A strange looking man with a very weird lass name, politics can be piety that way.

Terry McAuliffe: another governor from a key swing state, but like Bullock and Hickenlooper with very little name recognition outside is own state. Past this McAuliffe will have been out of office for 3 years, the 2017 race is likely to get far more attention than his race and if Tom Perriello replaces him, he’ll have been beaten in what looks and feels like a Clinton Bernie rematch, with Perriello as Bernie, close links to the Clintons will likely get him tarred as a corporate Democrat.

Still feeling the Bern:

Tulsi Gabbard: A lot of ink has been spilled about Gabbard, but she’s young, very pretty, multi-ethnic from a minority majority state with a military record. Her support for Bernie endears her to a block of his voters. However, she’s just a Representative, no one since Garfield has jumped from the House to the Presidency. Again remember Democratic Primary voters different from Republican ones. Her support for Assad has won her alt-right fans, but both those facts will likely be horrifying to most Democratic voters. It’s unclear if she’ll be able to use her status as a minority and woman to hide from attacks based on past homophobia and islamophobia. Finally her early meetings with Trump, her statements about Russia and Putin and the bridges she burned down with non-Bernie supporters in the party are all likely to hurt her badly

Elizabeth Warren: Likely the only person the American Left liked more than Bernie going into 2016, and her being a lady and feminist well known for forcefully speaking her mind warmed her to one group Bernie struggled with, Feminists. That said Warren likely suffered damage by sitting out the 2016 primary as long as she did, hardcore Bernie supporters feel betrayed and did nothing to win the hearts of Clinton fans. Past that Warren’s tone and attacking passion has made her a hate figure for Republicans but not widened her appeal past the left of her own party.

The Senator from somewhere

Sherrod Brown: A populist leftie in a key swing state. Downsides being he sided strongly and early with Hillary, thus is “no longer a progressive” to Bernie supporters. Much ride on if Brown can be re-elected in a state that is getting redder all the time, his raspy voice has never lent itself to rising oration, and it’s a little unclear what he brings to the table, despite his best efforts he’s never captured the left of the party’s hearts and minds the way Sanders and to an even greater degree Warren did before 2015.

Chris Murphy: having been in room with Chris Murphy, Chris Murphy thinks he should be President. He’s young, good looking and has laser focus on one easy to understand policy idea that is fairly popular with base Democrats. Sadly for him, that policy is gun control. While nothing he’s saying is radical the NRA will do anything to stop him, and his campaign will likely get attacked early and often by Newtown truers fueled by Alex Jones. bluntly Murphy is not a great speaker or a very interesting guy, nice enough but likely to struggle in any state without be cities with gun crime problems, like say Iowa or New Hampshire.

Cory Booker: He’s young, he’s black, he’s hot. Sadly for Cory every time he opens his mouth people want to hear Obama. Booker lacks Obama’s speaking skills and has failed to impress basically every time he’s gotten a prime time shot at the mic. Past that he doesn’t have a lot of accomplishments to his name, For whatever Reason Bernie supporters went after him hard early in the year for voting against Bernie, if this is a sign of the progressive reaction to him or not is hard to say. Booker seems to be skating on Street Fight 15 years later. Past that Booker is a single man, in politics being young, handsome, and always single makes people talk

Mark Warner: Senator from a key swing state, looks like he was sent from casting to play the President some time between 1940 and 1964. This hinges a lot on what the next 4 years looks like, Warner is not the fire breathing Trump slayer a lot of Democrats want right now, but will they still want that in 2020? Will Warner slowly become a national figure based off being the face of the Congressional inquiry into all things shady Russian and Trump? who can say, if not Warner is too bland and boring, if he’s the claiming face of justice slowly wading toward the truth, thats a leg up

Al Franken: Funny, witty, and good on the attack. Al is the kinda guy millions of liberals are turning to every week, the grandfather of political humor in the style of the Daily Show, as well as of left wing TV (MSNBC’s Maddow got her start with Franken on Air-America Radio) It’s the world he help build that’s keeping millions of Democrats sane. However most of them don’t know this, Al’s more or less been on ice since getting elected though his first book in 12 years might help people rediscover him. Another problem is Franken has been in comedy for 40 years, jokes that were funny and/or off color in the 1970s are surely offensive now, so there are surely hours of clips of Al saying racist, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic things as joke on SNL and later stand up and in his often crassly funny political books from the 1990s and 2000s

The Ladies doing it for themselves

Tammy Duckworth: A lot of women were put out and also made spitting mad that a sexist monster beat a woman for the Presidency and want a woman badly. Duckworth is a war hero with an inspiring story, a fresh and new face in the Senate. Sadly for her, her disability will surely be an issue, it wasn’t in her Senate race because she was running in a deep blue state, against someone who also had a disability and couldn’t walk well. However a FIT President is important and the standard to be a fit woman President was clearly higher, people won’t be comfortable with a President who has to sit to talk to world leaders. Past that she’s never been a great public speaker and would face “well she’s been a senator for what? 15 minutes?” criticisms

Tammy Baldwin: A strongly feminist Democrat from a state Democrats normally win but lost in 2016 and want back badly. Having heard her speak she’s not amazing but pays the bills. Sadly for her she’s a lesbian, her sexuality, the electability of same, would likely take over her campaign, with people gun shy about “identity politics” it would likely handicap her against more well known candidates.

Amy Klobuchar: One of the longer serving Democratic Women in the Senate, Al Franken’s other half, a well established member of the establishment liberal wing of the party. She likely will suffer by not being as well known as others, she’s also awkward both physically and in speech, funny she’s just a little big too nerdy, to nasally, plus as an establishment woman she’s likely to rub Progressives the wrong way

Kirsten Gillibrand: Young, beautiful, experienced in the Senate and having built on a rock hard anti-Trump record, one of the one’s to watch, the connections to Hillary (a blonde NY Senator holding Hill’s old seat) likely will get those hardcore Hillary supporters behind her, but also runs the risks of setting off progressives, her hardcore anti-Trump stand and not having jumped into the Clinton campaign as forcefully as some may help

Kamala Harris: A lot of people see her as grown in a lab as an admixture of Obama and Hillary. Young, Beautiful, smart, well spoken, black multiethnic and coming out of the State that is framing itself as the anti-Trumpland. Kamala has downsides of course, first being no one is gonna know how to say her first name, but if Obama got over it so will she, second the “what she’s a been a senator for 5 minutes?” her race is likely to get people talking about “identity politics” though she’s managed to make a good case on that, likely her time as Cali AG will bring the wrath of some parts of BLM but we’ll see how much that matters

Too Slick by half

Andrew Cuomo: Governor of a major anti-Trump strong hold, managed to score some out of state progressive brownie points with a very public free college plan that had both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton next to him. However Cuomo is loathed by the progressive base of his state’s party and is seen by basically everyone in the know as a low-key political mobster, his New York sleaze factor is unlikely to go over well in Iowa or New Hampshire (just ask Chris Christie)

Gavin Newsom: Still young, still pretty Newsom has waited a long time to get from “rising star” to Star but he’s almost there, just has to manage to win the California governorship, but that seems pretty likely. Newsom has the record of granting gay marriages at the unthinkable time of 2004 which likely will buy him support of the LGBT community (or at least it’s professional activists) likewise he’s been pro-pot something likely to endear him to college students, much will depend on what he does with real power once Governor, and many will say that he’s only been in high office a year. Past that many again see Newsom as “establishment” making him not very popular with the left of his state party, how much this will be translated outside of Cali, if his slick California air and style will play poorly in eastern rural early primary states is hard to say

It was going to be one great big Plantagenet joke, but I got sidetracked.

Original here

emperorforshort  asked:

Hey so I just saw your post about venezuela and, you should delete it. It's... It's so wrong on so many levels. I'm Venezuelan. Please. It's very misleading. It shouldn't have appeared on my dash in the first place.

(Cont.) Delete everything that has the name of my country from this blog. You’re spreading misinformation, you’re being completely ignorant of the situation at hand and it is DISRESPECTFUL.

Honestly, I am serious about you deleting everything about Venezuela from your blog. You’re spreading dangerous misinformation about the situation in my country and it’s disgusting. You white socialists disgust me.

Look, we can have disagreements about politics without attempting to censor one another's point of view. 

If we disagree about the reasons that there are major shortages of goods in Venezuela we should debate it. You seem to blame the issues on the economic system in place and you are completely right to do so. But it is not the Socialistic tendencies of the economic system that is destroying Venezuela, it is the greed of those leading the country. 

Greed is not confined to a single economic system or its proponents specifically, greed is a part of the human condition.   

You will find examples of every type of economic system having issues with a small group of people being greedy. This is even more evident in countries with a large number of natural resources, like oil. In political science, we call this the resource curse, or the paradox of plenty. 

The paradox of plenty basically states that any country that has a large supply of natural resources tend to have less economic growth, less democracy, and worse developmental outcomes than countries with less natural resources. 

There are a few reasons for this, leaders that do not rely on the taxation of their people in order for their government to function they tend to be less responsive to the populous. Also, the pressure to get a return for those resources ends up being high. This results in what we call Dutch disease. 

Dutch disease is where the focus on the export of natural resources causes the currency in a country to appreciate. The rapid appreciation of the currency leads to the exports of other industries in that country are no longer competitively priced. Exports in other industries begin to fall and the price of imported goods begin to be cheaper than goods produced domestically. 

This creates a system where the people in the country are buying imported goods, thus starving the companies that provide jobs in their country of revenues. This leads to a massive recession and major layoffs in all industries that are not a part of the natural resource export. 

Of course, when no one has jobs, and therefore no money to buy goods, imports become scarce and the industries that produced goods domestically have already been long gone. This leads to huge shortages of food and other essential goods. 

When you compound that with the fact that the government used the money from the export as a cash cow to fund everything you end up with the situation you see in Venezuela. 

- @theliberaltony  

p.s.

The mod who made the post you want removed is Black and the Mod who is replying to you now is Latinx. 

So… you might want to be careful throwing around the whole “white socialist” thing around here. 

colonel-chicken  asked:

Hi! You mentionned seagrass ropes as a safe alternative for birds... Would they make good perch too? My cockatiels have both cotton and hemp perches right now, and I really want to get rid of them but i can't find seagrass ropes anywhere in my country for some reason? Do you know if it has another name, or what it is made of?

So, seagrass perches have to be made by hand from seagrass rope.
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Ive never seen seagrass as perches they more so come in activity mats or platforms which are a soft material (if your looking for that as an alternative) on the bottoms of feet.

Perch alternatives to cotton;

1. Natural Branches;

i am a big advocate for this and it is the only type i use. They keep nails trim (rough kinds) and provide exercise for feet and legs. This is from the different widths, and ridges etc.
They are a great source of enrichment as chewing is irresistible. Just ensure if you get them naturally from a tree you disinfect them well before putting into the cage. Otherwise you can buy them online or pet stores.

Pumice/concrete perches

are okay if they are on it occasionally during the day and have natural branches in their cage too. If too long is spent on these branches sores will develop under their feet from repetitive rubbing.

Calcium perches

are good for chewing and keeping nails trim. They aren’t very good hygiene wise as they soak up bacteria from foods and droppings, I have used them in the past but maintenance requires a new perch every 2-3 months and they are so easily chewed away in that time which exposes the screw.

Dowel perches

are well, quite frankly boring. They’re straight, one length (usually too small width for feet), chewed through like lighting, offer no exercise for feet and are too smooth

Today, I fucked up... by going on a date with the wrong stranger

I (22F) am a server at a restaurant. Last week we had lone male customer come in, and asked to be seated by the window (my area of serving) we immediately hit it off. He was older than me, had a sexy Scottish accent, hilariously witty and very out-going. I was thrilled when he left his number on the back of the bill. Fast forward one week: after a few small talk texts we decided to meet up, and agree at 3:00pm at the city fountain, right downtown in a busy area. I arrive a few minutes early, and decide to sit in the shade of a nearby statue and wait. Within seconds an older, relativley handsome guy wearing sunglasses approaches me. “Hey, it’s great to see you!” I smile and greet him, and he immediatley lunges into some big 5 minute long story about a fender bender he got into on his way driving to meet me, and apologized profusseley for being late. By this point I could clearly tell he didn’t have a Scottish accent. “You don’t have nearly as much of an accent that I thought you did, am I crazy?”, he laughed and gave me a weird look, agreeing how I must be crazy because he has never had an accent. We continue walking slowly on the downtown strip, making more small talk. By this point I had a feeling something was off.. I could’ve sworn the accent was the main reason I had been drawn to him in the first place. When he asks me how to produce my name, as the “O with the dots” is relativley uncommon in our country. I say my name (which has the letter O not Ö) and he is immediatley giving me a weird look. We stop in the middle of the pathway surrounded by people walking. He takes off his sunglasses, revealing an unfamiliar face. You’re not Ben are you?“ I ask awkwardly, to which he shakes his head. We both burst out in laughter, realizing we clearly fucked up. "I’m supposed to be meeting a girl I’ve met online, down bedside that statue at 2:30! She’s a redhead but I haven’t a picture of her face!” We speed walk back to the fountain, both almost in tears due to the hilariously embarrassing moment that we found ourselves in. We part ways just before the fountain, and i see my REAL date sitting reading a book. Didnt mention the ridiculous event that happened moments before, and had a terrific date.

TL;DR Went on a first date, ended up being the wrong date, found my real date eventually.

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I’M IN THE LIBRARY LISTENING TO MUSIC WHILE READING AND THEN MY EARBUDS SOMEHOW CAME UNPLUGGED AND FREAKING RITE OF SPRING STARTED BLARING AT FULL VOLUME AND I DON’T THINK I CAN SHOW MY FACE HERE AGAIN

anonymous asked:

Are there any resources/advice to help me find place names or a title for a story?

((Note: this ended up being a LOT longer than I anticipated!  I put a summary of tips at the end of the first section as a bit of a tl;dr thing. It also became kind of a “what does Bailey, a largely unqualified 19-year-old writer, do?” rant. Sorry for that.))

Places:

This site has a TON of categories for place name generators, and though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend pulling a name exactly from a generator, it could definitely be a good place to get some ideas and inspiration.

For fantasy settings, personally I usually try to establish a sort of “style” or sound of name for each different country/region so that all the locations (and even character names) for each country are somewhat coherent. For example, in one of my stories, one country has places with names like Icereach, Mistmoore, and Caerwood that are either compounded English or made-up English-sounding words, whereas another nation on the other side of the continent that would have had minimal contact with the first country, and therefore a completely different language and culture, has entirely made-up names like Draka-kel and Nanghé.

Obviously this isn’t the only way to go about naming places, and it probably doesn’t help much at all if your setting is all one country with a single language. In that case, there are a lot of different ways to go about it.  I actually just started worldbuilding a new setting recently, and I had my friend who was sitting next to me read out the random letters in her Words with Friends game and used those as starting points to make the main city names.  It sounds kinda ridiculous, but it actually worked pretty well!  You could also pick random Scrabble tiles or something like that.  Or sometimes I just pick a random letter that I want the name to start with and just go over a bunch of random sounds until I start piecing together some stuff that sounds right.

Another idea is drawing up a map of the place you’re making names for and picking names based on the geography of the area– like a crescent-moon-shaped body of water called the Crescent Bay and stuff like that.

If you already have some worldbuilding like mythology/history done, you can use names of the country’s ancient heroes/royalty/etc. or mythological figures as names of landmark locations.  It can really help make a fictional setting seem more real if it feels like the mythology and history actually have had an impact on the development of the country.

Also, if you have any old stories that you wrote when you were younger or just never got around to finishing, you can go back and pluck out some good names. Unless you’ve posted the stories online, no one will ever know that you “recycled” them from past projects!  I actually have a planning notebook with 100+ names from mentioned-one-time side characters and random locations from stuff I wrote in middle and high school, and I use it all the time.  It took a while (and was a bit painful) to scrape through all that old writing, but it can save a ton of time and effort in the long run!

Okay this was kind of a random all-over-the-place info dump, so here’s a slightly easier-to-reference recap of ideas for naming:

  1. Using a random name generator as a starting point
  2. Picking a particular “sound” for the names in a country and making them all sound coherent that way
  3. Starting with random letters from a game like Scrabble or Words with Friends
  4. Basing names of geography
  5. Using existing worldbuilding like mythology for naming places
  6. “Recycling” names from old stories

Titling a Story:

Okay I’m literally a terrible person to ask about this; like 90% of my stories are sitting in my writing folder titled by the name of a main character (damian1.docx, damian_old.docx, damian-original.docx… you get the point), or the genre if it’s something I don’t write much (witches.docx, apocalyptic.docx).

For the few things I do have real titles for, though, I try to pick something short and concise that sums up the theme and/or the mood of the story.  For example, I have one fantasy story called “Origin” that’s about the formation of a country and its monarchy while also following several teenagers/young adults as they grow up and either become heroes or succumb to temptations of power, so in a way it’s both the origin story of these characters who eventually go down in history, and also of the newly formed country.  

On the other end of the spectrum, I have a sci-fi project called “Riot Raiders” because the main characters are the crew of a spaceship called The Raider and they tend to cause a lot of chaos.  The actual phrase doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s loud and kind of catchy and sounds fun, and the story is meant to be somewhat light-hearted and comedic, so it suits the mood.

One important thing to keep in mind is genre cliches.  Tolkien and Lewis could get away with names like “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” because they were some of the early innovators of the fantasy genre and there really weren’t cliches for it at the time they were working.  But if nowadays a story titled something like “The [place/item name] Chronicles,” “The Legend of the [legendary thing],” or “The [insert magical weapon name here]” probably won’t stand out that much.  Does that mean you by all means cannot use these names and be successful? Of course not. I mean, you have Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” and shows like “Legend of Korra” and “Legend of the Seeker” that are all successful and recognizable. But if you’re a new writer and looking to stand out, using something a bit less ubiquitous could be a good starting place.

Often picking a title once you’re done with a story is the most effective way to go.  While you’re working, you might write a few lines that really stand out and you can pick a good title from.  Think about “name drops” it movies/TV shows– it lets you know that this is an important part in the story, so going through the most important scenes in your story could yield a perfect title.

Okay, rant done.  I hope there’s a couple useful tidbits somewhere in all this rambling!!

Today, I fucked up by going on a date with the wrong stranger

I (22F) am a server at a restaurant. Last week we had lone male customer come in, and asked to be seated by the window (my area of serving) we immediately hit it off. He was older than me, had a sexy Scottish accent, hilariously witty and very out-going. I was thrilled when he left his number on the back of the bill. Fast forward one week: after a few small talk texts we decided to meet up, and agree at 3:00pm at the city fountain, right downtown in a busy area. I arrive a few minutes early, and decide to sit in the shade of a nearby statue and wait. Within seconds an older, relativley handsome guy wearing sunglasses approaches me. “Hey, it’s great to see you!” I smile and greet him, and he immediatley lunges into some big 5 minute long story about a fender bender he got into on his way driving to meet me, and apologized profusseley for being late. By this point I could clearly tell he didn’t have a Scottish accent. “You don’t have nearly as much of an accent that I thought you did, am I crazy?”, he laughed and gave me a weird look, agreeing how I must be crazy because he has never had an accent. We continue walking slowly on the downtown strip, making more small talk. By this point I had a feeling something was off.. I could’ve sworn the accent was the main reason I had been drawn to him in the first place. When he asks me how to produce my name, as the “O with the dots” is relativley uncommon in our country. I say my name (which has the letter O not Ö) and he is immediatley giving me a weird look. We stop in the middle of the pathway surrounded by people walking. He takes off his sunglasses, revealing an unfamiliar face. You’re not Ben are you?“ I ask awkwardly, to which he shakes his head. We both burst out in laughter, realizing we clearly fucked up. "I’m supposed to be meeting a girl I’ve met online, down bedside that statue at 2:30! She’s a redhead but I haven’t a picture of her face!” We speed walk back to the fountain, both almost in tears due to the hilariously embarrassing moment that we found ourselves in. We part ways just before the fountain, and i see my REAL date sitting reading a book. Didnt mention the ridiculous event that happened moments before, and had a terrific date.

TL;DR Went on a first date, ended up being the wrong date, found my real date eventually.

Today, I fucked up by going on a date with the wrong stranger.

I (22F) am a server at a restaurant. Last week we had lone male customer come in, and asked to be seated by the window (my area of serving) we immediately hit it off. He was older than me, had a sexy Scottish accent, hilariously witty and very out-going. I was thrilled when he left his number on the back of the bill. Fast forward one week: after a few small talk texts we decided to meet up, and agree at 3:00pm at the city fountain, right downtown in a busy area.

I arrive a few minutes early, and decide to sit in the shade of a nearby statue and wait. Within seconds an older, relativley handsome guy wearing sunglasses approaches me. “Hey, it’s great to see you!” I smile and greet him, and he immediatley lunges into some big 5 minute long story about a fender bender he got into on his way driving to meet me, and apologized profusseley for being late. By this point I could clearly tell he didn’t have a Scottish accent. “You don’t have nearly as much of an accent that I thought you did, am I crazy?”, he laughed and gave me a weird look, agreeing how I must be crazy because he has never had an accent. We continue walking slowly on the downtown strip, making more small talk. By this point I had a feeling something was off.. I could’ve sworn the accent was the main reason I had been drawn to him in the first place.

When he asks me how to produce my name, as the “O with the dots” is relativley uncommon in our country. I say my name (which has the letter O not Ö) and he is immediatley giving me a weird look. We stop in the middle of the pathway surrounded by people walking. He takes off his sunglasses, revealing an unfamiliar face. You’re not Ben are you?“ I ask awkwardly, to which he shakes his head. We both burst out in laughter, realizing we clearly fucked up. "I’m supposed to be meeting a girl I’ve met online, down bedside that statue at 2:30! She’s a redhead but I haven’t a picture of her face!” We speed walk back to the fountain, both almost in tears due to the hilariously embarrassing moment that we found ourselves in. We part ways just before the fountain, and i see my REAL date sitting reading a book. Didnt mention the ridiculous event that happened moments before, and had a terrific date.

Too Long; Didnt Read > Went on a first date, ended up being the wrong date, found my real date eventually.

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