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anonymous asked:

I want to live by myself when I move out of my parent's place but I'm really afraid of money problems? I'm afraid that the only place I can afford will be in the ghetto and it'll all be torn apart and I'll only be allowed to eat one granola bar a week. I'm really stressing out about this. I don't know anything about after school life. I don't know anything about paying bills or how to buy an apartment and it's really scaring me. is there anything you know that can help me?

HI darling,

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Once you’ve looked over all those cool links, I have some general advice for you on how you can have some sort of support system going for you:

Reasons to move out of home

You may decide to leave home for many different reasons, including:

  • wishing to live independently
  • location difficulties – for example, the need to move closer to university
  • conflict with your parents
  • being asked to leave by your parents.

Issues to consider when moving out of home

It’s common to be a little unsure when you make a decision like leaving home. You may choose to move, but find that you face problems you didn’t anticipate, such as:

  • Unreadiness – you may find you are not quite ready to handle all the responsibilities.
  • Money worries – bills including rent, utilities like gas and electricity and the cost of groceries may catch you by surprise, especially if you are used to your parents providing for everything. Debt may become an issue.
  • Flatmate problems – issues such as paying bills on time, sharing housework equally, friends who never pay board, but stay anyway, and lifestyle incompatibilities (such as a non-drug-user flatting with a drug user) may result in hostilities and arguments.

Your parents may be worried

Think about how your parents may be feeling and talk with them if they are worried about you. Most parents want their children to be happy and independent, but they might be concerned about a lot of different things. For example:

  • They may worry that you are not ready.
  • They may be sad because they will miss you.
  • They may think you shouldn’t leave home until you are married or have bought a house.
  • They may be concerned about the people you have chosen to live with.

Reassure your parents that you will keep in touch and visit regularly. Try to leave on a positive note. Hopefully, they are happy about your plans and support your decision.

Tips for a successful move

Tips include:

  • Don’t make a rash decision – consider the situation carefully. Are you ready to live independently? Do you make enough money to support yourself? Are you moving out for the right reasons?
  • Draw up a realistic budget – don’t forget to include ‘hidden’ expenses such as the property’s security deposit or bond (usually four weeks’ rent), connection fees for utilities, and home and contents insurance.
  • Communicate – avoid misunderstandings, hostilities and arguments by talking openly and respectfully about your concerns with flatmates and parents. Make sure you’re open to their point of view too – getting along is a two-way street.
  • Keep in touch – talk to your parents about regular home visits: for example, having Sunday night dinner together every week.
  • Work out acceptable behaviour – if your parents don’t like your flatmate(s), find out why. It is usually the behaviour rather than the person that causes offence (for example, swearing or smoking). Out of respect for your parents, ask your flatmate(s) to be on their best behaviour when your parents visit and do the same for them.
  • Ask for help – if things are becoming difficult, don’t be too proud to ask your parents for help. They have a lot of life experience.

If your family home does not provide support

Not everyone who leaves home can return home or ask their parents for help in times of trouble. If you have been thrown out of home or left home to escape abuse or conflict, you may be too young or unprepared to cope.

If you are a fostered child, you will have to leave the state-care system when you turn 18, but you may not be ready to make the sudden transition to independence.

If you need support, help is available from a range of community and government organisations. Assistance includes emergency accommodation and food vouchers. If you can’t call your parents or foster parents, call one of the associations below for information, advice and assistance.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • Kids Helpline Tel. 1800 55 1800
  • Lifeline Tel. 13 11 44
  • Home Ground Services Tel. 1800 048 325
  • Relationships Australia Tel. 1300 364 277
  • Centrelink Crisis or Special Help Tel. 13 28 50
  • Tenants Union of Victoria Tel. (03) 9416 2577

Things to remember

  • Try to solve any problems before you leave home. Don’t leave because of a fight or other family difficulty if you can possibly avoid it.
  • Draw up a realistic budget that includes ‘hidden’ expenses, such as bond, connection fees for utilities, and home and contents insurance.
  • Remember that you can get help from a range of community and government organizations. 

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Dear Dystopian Writers,

I am diabetic and I do not want to die. I am a fighter, a survivor if you will. I’m not sure HOW LONG I would last in a dystopian world but there is one thing I am positive of: I would NEVER be the flat character in your stories that is like “I’m going to die anyway so please just leave me behind.”

Like… EXCUSE ME?

1) It’s just as inevitable for me to die as it is any of the other people there.

2) Even if I AM going to die, I’m not going to just stand there and let it happen faster. I want to live! Isn’t that in human nature? Just because I have a disability (in this case, diabetes) does not mean I won’t go down fighting.

3) NO ONE EVER WANTS TO BE LEFT BEHIND! Like my goodness! “Oh, go on. I’ll just wait here while the zombie hoard catches up…. and I’m alone… and it’s nighttime… in the woods… where there are also crazed maniacs with guns.” Who in their right mind would want to be left behind by themselves in an apocalypse!?

4) I would rather die because I was trying to live and my disability got in the way, than give up on life because I have a disability.

5) I am human. I care about myself and those around me. I want the world to be a better place. And I want to live a happy life.

So please please please! Stop using disability characters as instant sympathy grabbers. If you want people to feel for them when they die then make them worth feeling for. Make them the character that everyone loves. And make them independent! Unless they received the disability IN the apocalypse they should know how to take care of themselves. They’ll have to make adjustments but all of your characters have to do that so why should they be any different?

If you don’t know how to make a normal disability character then talk to someone with a disability. Or take constructive criticism from people with that disability after you’ve written the character. Or simply don’t make that character have a disability.

Opening Lines

Don’t underestimate the power of your opening lines.

Your first words are super important when writing your novel. They are what draws your reader into your novel, and makes them want to read more. It might sound easy, but in reality, it can be quite difficult to achieve. Here are some tips.


Open in the middle of action:

‘Danny dove behind the crumbling wall, clenching the knife in his hand.’

Immediately, you are giving your readers questions. Why is Danny running? Who is he hiding from, and why has he got a knife?


Open with a question:

‘Do you ever get the feeling that you’re always one step away from experiencing something amazing?’

Again, it invites your reader to continue by outright asking a question. What does the narrator mean when they say this? Are they about to experience something amazing? Most likely, but what?


Open with dialogue:

‘Are you freaking kidding me? Again?’

This one is tricky. If you’re going to do this, pick the right dialogue. You don’t want to start a story with a mundane conversation about someone’s shoes. Start in the middle of an arguement, or someone calling for help. With dialogue, you need to be right in the middle of it. 


Open with inner thought:

‘Aly often thought of falling.’

Any type of inner thought/dialogue would work, but again only if it makes your readers ask questions. A thought about another character, an event, or a sassy comment will help pull the reader in. ‘These chips are good,’ won’t work as well.


Hope this helps!

Oh Sehun//Fast Lane

Summary: You finally find out how your big cousin earns her money - she’s the flag girl for the illegal street races in your neighborhood, and now she’s dragging you along. And that’s where you meet the Hawaii-shirt wearing, orange-headed Oh Sehun, ace street racer and smartass.
Scenario: street racer!au 
Word Count: 6,337

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anonymous asked:

how do u make sure u don't info dump the first chapter? and how do u keep it interesting? sorry if this was already asked thanks!!

Hello there! Info-dumping is something a lot of people struggle with, so don’t worry!

There are a lot of reasons to avoid info-dumps - they’re not only boring, but they can also make the reader feel like they know too much and have no reason to continue reading. So, in theory, you want to methodically drop information here and there wherever it’s needed to enhance or advance the story, which keeps readers adequately informed and interested. 

However, that’s usually easier said than done. 

First of all, don’t worry too much about your readers being under-informed. That’s probably not the case, because most readers aren’t expecting, or even wanting, to know absolutely everything about your story from the get-go. So don’t feel that you have to spoon-feed them information at the start - leave them wondering and questioning a bit. (Just make sure you don’t give them too little!) 

Your story will feel a lot more realistic and natural when this information is spread out over time. There are a few ways to do this; dialogue, progression of the plot, or flashbacks (which should be used with caution and a light hand), among others. 

Dialogue 

In my opinion, dialogue is the easiest method, or at least my favourite. Having one character tell another character information that the readers need to know is a good way to make the relaying of information seem normal. If a new character is introduced, you have an opportunity to have another character catch them up, and so on. Readers can also learn a lot simply through character interactions and observations. 

However, be careful you don’t have characters repeating information to someone that they both already know. If they’re saying something the other character knows, perhaps have them add their opinion to the dialogue so there’s a reason for them to be saying this. (E.g. “It’s raining outside,” vs. “I hate the rain. Why can’t it just be sunny all the time?”) 

Flashbacks

Another way you can introduce or convey information is through flashbacks or a character’s inner monologue. Flashbacks should be used sparingly, however, as it is easy to go overboard and bore your readers or overcomplicate things. The same can be said for inner monologues, however. Your characters can (and probably should) reflect on past events, or at least think about them sometimes. However, make sure you don’t do this too often or have characters simply narrate an entire event in their head for no reason, as most people don’t do this (and that’s probably a flashback at that point). 

Plot

Finally, simply progressing the plot can also sometimes give your readers some insight. They might learn something from an action a character decides to take, or understand why something happened. This method is also something that probably should be happening naturally in your story already, but you can also take advantage of this a bit and use this to relay information.


These are just a few ways you can avoid info-dumps and spread out information (which will keep readers interested), but I hoped it helped! If you’re still unclear or have any other questions, feel free to ask. Thanks for the question, and happy writing! 

- Mod Gen


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WARNINGS: smut !!, oral (both receiving), unprotected sex, messy stuff, language, choking, this is just all smut au & sin tbh

summary: handcuffs in bed are nice and kinky but if your boyfriend’s alter ego was spider man, why not try using his web-shooting abilities instead?

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anonymous asked:

Hey, do you have any tips for how to write the first chapter or at least the beginning of a chapter? I'm just so bad at this. The rest would come to me If I just know how to begin

Hi, love!  Thanks for your question and for your patience :)

So writing a first chapter is basically a two-party process: brainstorming a few different ideas, and deciding which suit the purpose of introducing your story.  The second part is the one that always gets me – because no matter how many possibilities there are, I worry about which one is the best for the purpose.

So that’s what I’m going to outline here.  What should be the criteria for a first chapter?

  • A feel of the setting.  As soon as a reader opens the first page, they need to be immersed in your world, no matter how significant the setting is to the story.  If you’re bouncing between ideas, pick a setting with strong imagery and sensory details.  It helps to take the primary emotion of the scene (e.g. if a character is being chased, the primary emotion would be fear) and use it to color the scenery (wind/rain/thunder, darkness) and sensations (flashes of color, conversations blurring together, heart pounding, panting).  These will tie your theme together and draw your reader in, as well as inspiring empathy for the POV character.
  • Information about the main character.  Don’t see this and jump to infodumping, though – no one cares about your character’s MBTI at chapter one.  But they do want something to let them know who they’re dealing with.  Take a predominant trait and let us see it and feel it throughout that first chapter, so we feel like we’ve learned something.  It’s like when you meet someone at a party!  If they share too much, you’re uncomfortable; if they share too little, they’re just “that person whose name I forgot.”  But, if they’re that guy with the big hat, or that girl who kept shouting “You communist!”, then it’s a lot easier to remember their name is Sam.
  • Something obscured from the reader’s view.  Your first chapter risks functioning as a short story, or “that interesting book I started but forgot about,” if there isn’t incentive to keep reading.  You need to answer a lot of questions, of course, but you have to leave a few unanswered.  Take the mystery of your plot (and if you don’t have one, that’s another ask entirely) and drop us right into it – even if it’s something small.
  • A taste of what the story will be.  The first chapter should be interesting, exciting, yes – but it should represent what the story is, so think about the whole story for a minute.  What’s the genre?  Who are the key characters?  What’s the arc and the plot that we need to look for?  It’s like a first date – you want to look good, of course, but if you misrepresent yourself, the relationship won’t last. Let the readers hear your author’s voice, loud and clear, and let them know what to expect from here out.
  • Stakes, stakes, and more stakes.  Mystery is one thing.  Not knowing what might get you is one very good thing.  But knowing for certain that something is out there – something bad is going to happen and it’s only a matter of time – will turn pages for you.  Even if we don’t know exactly who the character is or what they’re facing, let us feel that nervousness of, “What if she does this?  “What if he doesn’t get there in time?”  “What if he never breaks up with that girl?”  Otherwise, you’re advertising a merry-go-round, and that’s never as popular as a rollercoaster.  I know that from Rollercoaster Tycoon too.  Seriously, merry-go-rounds make garbage money.

So when planning your first chapter, consider these aspects and narrow down your ideas.  That way, when you know you’ve planned well, you can feel confident to get started!

If this doesn’t answer your question, be sure to let us know!  I hope this helps :)

- Mod Joanna ♥️


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03. Watch Me, Watch You (pt. 3)

Jimin x Reader, College AU, TA!Jimin, Camboy!JImin
Genre: Smut, this is it ya’ll the big finale! 

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“Good Evening everybody, Professor Kim couldn’t make it to lecture so I’ll be giving the lecture instead.” You heard a very distinct voice say, your head snapped back and up towards the source. You could not believe your eyes as they feasted upon the sight that was Mr. Park Jimin, the very man that had been haunting your sleep since the first time you laid eyes on him. He stood at the front of the lecture hall wearing a deep blue button up, with his sleeve rolled up to his elbows, broadcasting his incredible forearms, while his muscular thighs were practically bulging through the black slacks he wore. Upon the bridge of his nose sat a fashionable pair of glasses that hid his mischievous eyes. 

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anon requested: hit me with that against-the-wall, i-almost-lost-you jon snow smut?

notes: smut, smutty, s m u t. i tried to, so enjoy like 1,400 words of smut not counting the cut above. enjoy!!! bc i really did omg


Jon lifted you up off you feet as you appeared before him. His arms wrapped around your shoulders, as he gasped.

You were here, he thought, she’s here.

You laughed as he kissed your cheeks, “I thought you were gone,”

You raise your brow at him, patting his stubbly cheeks. “Jon, I told you I was going home for awhile.”

“No, you didn’t.”

“Yes, I did,” you said as you tiptoed to kiss him passionately on the lips.

“I thought I almost lost you,” he continued as he broke away. He placed your hand on his chest, kissing your inner wrist.

“You overreact sometimes, wolf,” you giggled as you placed you down. You reached up to kiss his jaw, and he kissed your forehead.

He reached down to nibble down at your ear as he whispered, “Let me show you how much I’ve missed you.” He cocked his head to the side with a subtle wink and you tighten your hand around his own as he walked up the stairs with you to his room.

When he closed the door, you leaned knowingly against the wall, feeling his eyes move to your hands as you untied your coat at the tips. He took in a breathe as the coat was disregarded at the bottom, and walked over to you, his hands on both sides of your neck, “Dirty,” he whispered as you stood before him in a low cut top, showing him generously your chest.

And he began. And you did, too.

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“This is amazing, Shawn” I muttered, my jaw dropping amazed. 

“Dude, it’s dope” Brian agreed, nodding excited. 

Shawn had invited us all around to see his new flat and though the rooms were impressive, Shawn’s view over Toronto beat every view I’d ever seen in my entire life. Even the sunset Brian and I once watched in Sri Lanka didn’t do this one justice.

“Your mother outdid herself finding this” I said, looking out at the CN Tower lighting colourfully up in the dark. 

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Member: Jungkook x Reader

Type: Angst, Fluff, Smut.

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Breakfast In Bed (Tom Holland x Reader)

It was a lazy Sunday morning, you woke up to an empty bed and the smell of bacon lingering in the air.

You rubbed the sleep out of your eyes as you noticed the small yet visible indent on the right side of the bed, meaning your boyfriend had just gotten out of bed not too long ago.

You sat up and stretched your arms, a soft groan left your lips as you felt your muscles contract and wake your body up. Lazily, you plopped out of bed pulling the shoulder of Tom’s T-shirt you were wearing up. Sleeping in his large T-shirts was one of your favorite things to do but due to their size you always woke up a bit more exposed than necessary.

You trudged out of your shared bedroom as you followed the smell of the bacon and  smiled as you saw two plates full of food on a tray with two glasses of orange juice and a single rose from your backyard bush. You then realized Tom was trying to surprise you with breakfast in bed and rolled your eyes at your cheesy boyfriend but that didn’t stop your heart from swooning and your smile from spreading.

You heard a flush and the door knob to the bathroom in the hallway start to jingle so you quickly and quietly rushed back into your bedroom so you wouldn’t spoil Tom’s surprise. Just as you pulled the covers over you the door creaked open and in tip toed your boyfriend trying to balance the tray while holding the rose in between his teeth. You tried your best to act asleep and thankfully, he bought it.

You felt the bed indent next to you and then a sweet and gentle kiss to your temple as your boyfriend whispered “darling get up” followed by another kiss to your forehead.

You, playing the part, just slightly groaned acting as if you were still asleep. You heard Tom’s throaty chuckle as he started peppering your face in kisses resulting in you giggling and pushing against his naked chest.

“I’m up I’m up I’m up” you laughed as he pulled away giving you a satisfied grin.

“That doesn’t mean you could stop..” you teased as he gave you a raised eyebrow and obliged by leaning back down to pepper your face and neck in more kisses.

His soft lips brushing against your neck made you you laugh as it tickled, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up until he finally pulled away, the both of you laughing. He gave you one final kiss on the lips and you appreciatively smiled as he turned towards the two plates of food laying next to you.

“I see you got busy this morning.” You said giggling as he picked up a strawberry and dangled it over your mouth.

“Only the best for my love.” He stated, pride and admiration evident in his voice.

You lifted your head and bit into the strawberry, its sweet juices filling your mouth and dripping down your chin causing Tom to chuckle and swipe his thumb across your chin and lips lifting it to his mouth, sucking the excess juice.

The tension in the air increased as neither of you said a word, just fed each other your breakfast in comfortable silence. You finished up the meal, Tom got up and gathered the plates taking the dirty dishes to the sink. You laid back down waiting for your boyfriend to return, playing with the hem of his oversized t shirt you were wearing. He entered with a smug smile tugging at his lips as he went to the foot of the bed and connected his phone to the blue tooth speaker.

You couldn’t help but admire his toned chest and the way his curls fell over his eyes messily. You loved the crease in between his brows, meaning he was deep in concentration and the strong prominent curve of his jawline. Your eyes trailed down to his Calvin Klein’s peeking out from underneath his grey sweats, hanging loosely and low on his hips. Sometimes you had to pinch yourself to remind you he was real, and he was yours.

“What are you doing?” You asked quirking an eyebrow up, getting a smile in response.

Suddenly “Into It” but Chase Atlantic filled the room as Tom smirked and set his phone down on the counter, crawling up on top of you slowly, holding his body weight on his arms as he looked down at you.

“Quite interesting song choice there mister” you quipped, Tom just chuckling in response before he leans down and kisses you full on the mouth.

“I thought it fit the mood quite nicely.” He responded pulling away, a smug and proud smile spreading across his face.

“Oh?” your brows furrowed together.
“And what exactly is the mood sir?”
You asked innocently.

This time you didn’t even get a response. Tom lifted a hand to your cheek, caressing it down to your neck slowly and bent down lingering his lips across yours,

“The one where I get to eat my second most important meal of the day.” He muttered before cupping your face with the same hand and sliding his thumb to your jaw turning your head to leave soft and lingering open mouth kisses along your neck.

His lips brushed your collarbone and you shuttered, goosebumps appearing making Tom smirk against your skin. Tom slid his hand from your neck down to the curves of your body, giving each one extra love and attention, until he reached your thigh.

He gave your left thigh a squeeze, picking it up abruptly causing you to involuntarily squeal and placed it around his waist giving him more leverage in between your legs. Tom’s hands started caressing your body once again, this time starting from your thighs sliding their way up, only stopping to glide his t shirt up off your body kissing a trail up the new exposed skin.

He dropped his T-shirt you were wearing on the floor next to him. You were bare in front of him, the only piece of fabric you adorned were your light blue boxer shorts, although you wouldn’t for long. Tom stood on his knees, drinking in your body. No matter how many times he had the privilege of touching and marking it, your body was his paradise and he planned on getting lost in it every chance he could.

Hooking his fingers into the waistband of your underwear, his eyes met yours asking for consent and you hastily nodded in approval. Without hesitation he slid the last piece of fabric off of you, flinging them behind him without a care where they landed.

By the look in his eye and his body language, you knew you wouldn’t be leaving the bed all afternoon. You may have had breakfast, but you were both starving and planned on feasting all day.

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes


Yields 12 cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • Teal & pink fondant
  • Sky blue & royal blue buttercream frosting in decorating bags
  • Large decorating bag fitted with #1M open star tip
  • Green, gold, and pink luster dust
Equipment

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and sea salt until well combined.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well to combine.
  5. On low speed, beat in flour mixture until combined. Add buttermilk, and mix until just combined.
  6. Scoop the batter into cupcake liners and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.

Time to decorate!

  1. Roll out fondant and use the whale cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  2. Use a curved fondant tool to create scales on each mermaid taile. Allow tails to set for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine gold and pink luster dust and lightly brush some over the pink tails.
  4. Mix green and gold luster dust and lightly brush some over the green tails.
  5. Scoop dark blue and light blue buttercream frosting into two separate decorating bags. Place both bags inside a larger decorating bag fitted with an open star tip.
  6. Place each cupcake inside a blue cupcake wrapper and then frost the tops to look like waves.
  7. Place a mermaid tail on top of each cupcake.
  8. TaDa! These mermaid Tail Cupcakes will have your party swimming in a sea of deliciousness!