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Hey friend!

It’s Meg for TUTOR TUESDAY! Today we look at Part 2 of last weeks tutorial! Let’s take a gander at painting trees this time! Here is Part 1 for anyone interested! If you have any tutorial recommendations lemme know here or my personal! Keep practicing, have fun, and I’ll see you next week!

((I did something productive for once– this is why I was up so late))

@seminarianleo you’re in it as well so I should probably tag you haha–

Brownies that taste like a professional made them!!!

Brownies:

1 cup butter

2 cup white sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking powder


Frosting:

4 tablespoons butter, softened

5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ¼ tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar sugar


Brownies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9inch by 13inch pan. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and mix them together. Then add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix. Spread the batter into the pan.Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes (can be up to 30 minutes)

Keep checking it, over cooking can make it cakey but still delicious!

Frosting: Combine butter, cocoa, honey, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Stir until smooth.

Take the brownies out and let them sit for ten minutes and then frost! Try without the frosting first though in case you prefer it without and you should have like…20 or more brownies depending on how you cut them!

alright but how about an adorable, fun baker!phan au. here me out:

- dan is a boy from a prestigious upper-class family that has had a long history with baking. his mother heads the Howell bakery chain as the CEO after she married dan’s father, who inherited the business. dan’s father works as one of the bakers and is world-renowned.

- phil is from a working-class family and his father works as an accountant, and he’s been teaching phil the logistics of the job but phil dreams of being a chef and owning his own bakery.

- phil is inspired as a child when he peeks into a Howell’s Delights bakery and finds the smell of freshly baked goods and a kindly man kneading dough behind the counter. the man smiles at him and asks if he wants a sample. little phil eagerly says yes and ever since he’s wanted his own bakery.

- the man was dan’s father, and phil has no idea

- dan never really had a passion for baking but he goes off to a prestigious culinary school at his mother’s insistence

- phil begs his parents for help and after saving money over the course of 10 years he saves enough to scrape by with a scholarship from the same culinary school. phil is elated.

- people already know dan’s name and face when he gets to the school because of his family. dan enjoys the attention but brushes off actually doing schoolwork. he doesn’t care enough. he’s wildly popular but he doesn’t care because he knows half of it is just because of his last name.

- phil is known as well, but for a different reason. apparently he’s practiced baking his whole life and specializes in sweet desserts. he’s a prodigy for his age and that’s why he was awarded the scholarship.

- dan gets wind of this so-called prodigy and after a chance encounter with this phil lester (involving a squashed chocolate cake and batter dumped on dan’s head) he decides that he’s going to surpass phil in everything just to prove he can, because phil calls him lazy and for some reason it just irritates dan to death when he says that and why doesn’t this one boy like him

- so dan and phil become rivals at the school, which everyone finds amusing as a whole but it causes a divide

- dan’s from a rich family so a lot of people treat him specially (which pisses him off sometimes) so to get on his good side a group of people start bullying phil

- phil refuses to back down and knows it isn’t dan’s fault they’re bothering him, but still dislikes dan because he thinks he’s lazy and just trying to beat him because dan’s spiteful

- (dan at this point won’t admit that he really, really admires phil and finds him amazing because of the rivalry)

- they don’t really hate each other, it’s a friendly competitive rivalry

- over time, after watching phil bake and the passion he puts into it, dan discovers a new love of baking inspired by phil’s and starts specializing especially with breads like his father

- when dan gets wind of the people bullying phil, a few people saw him storming down a hall with a red face. mysteriously the bullying stopped the day after and several of the boys had black eyes.

- when phil finds out dan’s mother has really been cracking down on him for grades and finds out the amount of stress dan’s been under, dan mysteriously finds a beautiful, freshly-baked pistachio muffin at his door

- basically a story about two boys competing at a culinary school and finding out about the other and slowly developing a relationship over time and i should probably start writing this right now

“DRAW JOHN CONSTANTINE WEARING… 6) Formal gala garb” for @wobblywibbly ! “

Bit experimenting and trying to survive without my usual brushes right here :’)
And well love drawing fancy things. Outfit kinda inspired and referenced from ones in The Halcyon :’)

anonymous asked:

How do I decide what story to write if I have upwards of ten ideas, all in roughly the same stage of development, that I am equally excited about? Every resource I've found or person I've asked has suggested methods that I can't use, either because I have too many ideas or because there aren't any that I'm more excited about or ready to start writing yet. What can I do to narrow down my options? This is especially difficult for me because I've always struggled for ideas and now I have so many.

Hi anon!  Thank you for your patience as I was delayed a couple days from answering you.  Honestly that’s a great problem to have, because whatever you choose, you’ll have multiple backup options in case one doesn’t work out or you need a break.  And I mean… 10+ ideas.  Personally, it’s hard for me to come up with one idea of what to write.  That’s frickin’ amazing.

Originally posted by allreactions

But if you feel that all these 10+ ideas are equally exciting and planned, that does make it a more difficult choice.  Still, those are only two aspects to a good story idea; there are many more things to consider before your plot bunny becomes The One Story To Rule Them All…

1. Emotional Connection

The strongest source of continual inspiration throughout the first draft is your emotional connection – to the characters, the plot, and the themes of the story.  Think about which of your story ideas will interest you in the near future.  Think about your future.  For example, I’m a few months away from adulthood, graduation, and then college.  So this year, I plan to write an adventure novel filled with characters who are filled with fear, of being unsafe, of running out of food and supplies, of losing their way through these hugeass woods.  I’m channeling my real emotions into these characters, which makes the story more believable and also gives me an emotional outlet.  SO BASICALLY: think about what you’re experiencing right now or in the near future, and find the story that connects to you most.

2. Plot Thickness

You’ve stated that your story ideas are all in the same stage of development, but even so, they will differ in plot thickness.  Some stories will be heavily character-driven, and some plot-driven – that’s fine.  But some of these ideas are likely excitement-driven.  You may have one story that’s set in this magnificent world, with all these deep and interesting characters… but the only plot is that they meet and all start falling in love, or they all have to survive the apocalypse, or something like that.  It’s a general idea, but not a developed plot with an arc and a theme.  So narrow down your options to the most developed, most thicc 👀👌 plots and you’re doing yourself a favor.

3. Characters

And I mean simply: look for the plots that have characters.  They don’t have to be fully fleshed out yet.  They don’t have to be super interesting or deep yet.  But if you don’t have even an idea of your cast, you’ve got no story.  Story comes from characters, no matter how interesting their setting or situation is.  Every plot-directing decision is made by characters.  If you don’t have any characters for one of your plots, then you don’t have a plot at all.  So put it away for later.

4. Surprises

Don’t get me wrong – you can totally write a love-triangle vampire story with a happy ending and still make it quality.  Writing is not a battle of the most unique storyline.  You don’t get points for being different (clearly; look at Treasure Planet’s box office earning.  I’m still bitter about that.) but that’s not what I’m talking about here.  Surprises = unexpected writing decisions.  This includes non-stereotypical characters, divergent story arcs, complicated plots and complicated resolutions, and basically anything that isn’t boy-meets-girl or boy-saves-world.  Find the stories that will keep readers guessing, and focus on those.  Predictable writing is worse than erroneous writing.

5. Iconic Hook

At the end of the day, our favorite stories are drawn back to one iconic idea, big or small – the White Whale, the Great Gatsby, the One Ring, the Scarlet Letter, the Hunger Games – basically, the Something that sticks with you after you’ve read it.  The character, object, place, or event that exists as its own idea outside of the plot.  Find the story that has the most memorable idea, the most presence, the most authority.  That undefinable quality – that one focal point that ties everything together.  If nothing sticks out of your story, the reader doesn’t know where to look.  They don’t know where everything’s headed.  Even in mystery/thriller novels, where the reader is given very little information, they get a hook – someone died, someone went missing, something was stolen, something’s out there, someplace is haunted, and so forth.  So find your strongest hook, put it on your fishing reel, and start fishing… for subplots and characters and stuff.


I hope this has helped you a little bit at least!  If you have any more questions, hit me up and I’ll hopefully be able to respond a bit faster ;D  Happy writing!


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

Y'all wanna talk heroines?

Let me list some of my favorite genres with endlessly inspiring heroines to choose from if you don’t mind!

- 19th century European literature
- cyberpunk anime from the late 80s-present
- 30s films about late 20s-early 30s women
- silent films from 1915-1922 (roughly)
- 80s-90s movies abt female friendship
- Japanese new wave movies where everyone wants death after a life of abuse
- 40s Mexican or Italian melodramas
- most horror movies from the past 2 decades
- survival horror video games from Japan