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Big List of Fantroll Facts from Hiveswap

This is all pulled straight from the game with 0 (or attempted 0) bias from me or @peckonthecheek

We have both played the game so I can verify several things on the list. Most of the information comes from @peckonthecheek​ who exhaustively did everything in the game and recorded useful information.

If you want to add to this post, feel free to screenshot what you want to add and send it to me!

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Snap Decision

(A chance meeting with a stranger at a bar helps you recover from a bad breakup.)

Warnings: 11000+ words of mostly sex stuff.  Bad ex boyfriends. People doing inadvisable things.  Listen up kids: in real life you should be more cautious about who you let take naked pictures of you! Lots and lots of sex.  If you’ve read my stuff before, you know the drill.  

You thought it would be fun to work in sales after you graduated from university; you would travel around the country, meeting new people, holding meetings in fancy high rise office buildings in big cities, wining and dining clients at gourmet restaurants while you closed deals and made boatloads of money.  The reality was that you were selling industrial wastewater management systems, making a moderate income, while traveling four days a week to factories and chemical refineries in some of the least glamorous locations on earth.  You didn’t mind the work itself, but the evenings alone in small town hotel rooms were dull and disheartening, so you would frequently head out to a local movie theater or neighborhood bar to distract yourself from the loneliness on the road.   

 It was pouring down rain outside and you decide to run to the closest place you could find to grab a drink, rather than risk driving around and getting lost.  That’s how you found yourself sitting alone at the bar of the Applebee’s restaurant that was adjacent to your hotel, sipping on something called a Blue Hawaiian, in a town you couldn’t even remember the name of.   

Unruly children sat with their families having dinner in the nearby booths, while innocuously bland pop songs played overhead.  You took one sip of the cloyingly sweet blue cocktail in front of you and immediately regretted your decision to come here tonight. Given the lousy week you had experienced, you would have been better off drinking cheap whiskey at a dive bar filled with unapologetic alcoholics.  Here, the family friendly atmosphere mixed with the empty promises of a fruity cocktail that was designed to trick you into thinking you were on a tropical island vacation instead of in your real life.  Your real crappy life. 

You had totally blown the sale today.  The clients had a million questions about the technical specifications of the products you were trying to sell, but you kept tripping over your words and making yourself sound like an idiot.  You blamed your poor work performance on lack of sleep.  And you blamed the lack of sleep on your boyfriend, David.  Actually, he was your ex-boyfriend now.  After more than a year together, you dumped him for cheating on you.  

He claimed he was faithful, but you were certain he was lying.  He never picked up his phone when you called him from out on the road.  He would eventually call you back, but his stories about where he was and what he was doing always sounded a little off.  The final blow came when your friend Stephanie told you she saw him going into a movie theater with another girl.  David claimed Stephanie was mistaken and that you were just paranoid and jealous for no reason.  You wanted to believe him, but deep down you were sure that Stephanie was right.  All the unresolved questions you had about what David was doing while you were working could easily be answered if he had been cheating on you.  David cried when you told him it was over, he begged you to reconsider, but you were resolute and just walked away.

That had been a week ago, and every day since then, you questioned whether or not you made the right decision.  You had no hard proof that he had been unfaithful.  Sure, Stephanie said she saw him, but she only saw from a distance.  Maybe she was mistaken.  Maybe it was just someone who looked like David.

“Is this seat taken?”

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I think I might have a thing for Python (and Lukas but who wouldn’t)
Also anyone who has a 3ds and likes RPGs should get this game because if it doesn’t sell well Intelligent Systems is probably just going to continue making “Waifu Emblem” games. We don’t want that. Not my art. 

All credit goes to original artists

“You’re staring at Mister Vimes, Reg.”

“Am I?” Reg asks, eyes fixed on Vimes’ back as he speaks to some new recruits.

“Yes Reg,” Nobby says. “You’re staring, Reg. Why’re you staring?”

“He… just reminds me of someone, sometimes. The Commander.”


He’s twenty-five and he’s standing on top of the barricades, flag in his hands and pure defiance in his voice.

He’s twenty-five and he should be dead, is dying, blood gushing from more wounds than he can count but he’s still crawling forwards, still fighting, propelled by nothing but willpower and conviction because he will. Not. Give. Up.

He’s twenty-five – but is he, still? – and fresh air washes over his face, not quite ridding him of the taste of mud and dirt still filling his mouth.

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Rick & Morty Quote Starters

Change Names pronouns and plurals as necessary! Feel free to add more!

  • “So what are you the devil?”
  • “ He’s not pressing charges. I mean, that’s got to be the “you shot me” equivalent of not being mad.“
  • “I’m gonna have a bruise! It’s picture day!“
  • “Weddings are basically funerals with cake.”
  • “You’re young, you have your whole life ahead of you, and your anal cavity is still taut yet malleable.”
  • “He’s not a hot girl. He can’t just bail on his life and set up shop in someone else’s.”
  • “But those bad thoughts are the real you. The fact that you’re old, the fact that we’re all going to die one day, the fact that the universe is so big, nothing in it matters—those facts are who you are! “
  • “I wish that shotgun was my penis.”
  • “Here’s five hundred dollars cash in unmarked moneys. I’m just gonna put it on the floor and uh, kick it on over to ya. You guys go nuts.“
  • “We’ve been split for twenty minutes and your lives are already scattered to the quantum fucking wind!”
  •  “How long exactly do I have to wear this things? It’s really embarrassing.“
  • “If we’re gonna survive tonight, you’re gonna need to harness your repressed rage.”
  • “Well I’m sorry, I’m not the one that’s so fucking uncertain about everything!“
  • “2003 called, it wants its easy target back.“
  • “We all got pink eye because you won’t stop texting on the toilet.“
  • “Trust me you don’t wanna know how many answers that question has.”
  • “Oh, oh, yeah, yeah, shame me. At least when I’m disgusting, it’s on purpose.“
  • “You think maybe I could get something from this place? Like a souvenir? Like just to have, like something cool, you know? “
  • “You can run, but you can’t hide, bitch!“
  • “In my culture this is considered a dick move.”
  • “Psyche! Just kidding, my new catchphrase is: “I don’t give a fu-u-uck!!"”
  • “What? What teenage girl has pictures of her family? It’s not like we’re mormon or dying.“
  • “You guys, we got to hurry. I just got back from Walmart. They’re selling Nintendo 3ds systems for $149.99 on sale, plus every time you buy one, you get a $50 gift card. Brings the total price down to $110 after tax. Now, listen, we can flip those sons of bitches for 230 bucks apiece easy! They’re all limited-edition "Zelda” ones. Hurry! Hurry! Come with me! We can be rich, and we also all get to keep one and we can play nintendo games! Nintendo, give me free stuff.“
  • “ Oh, wow. That’s an intense line of questioning“
  • “I’ve got about a thousand memories of your dumb, little ass and about six of them are pleasant. The rest is annoying garbage. “
  • Have you acquired creepy specific old stuff from a mysterious antique or thrift store that gives you powers, but fucks with you in unforeseeable ways? 
  • “I don’t want him to leave again, you dumb asshole!!“
  • “My people have another saying. “Gubba nub nub do ra ka.” It means, “Whatever lets you sleep at night."”
Ninjago High School Headcanons


- Everyone treats the ninjas as celebrities, and the other students have the Ninja of the Week posted on the bulletin board.

- There’s a fan club for each of the ninja and they spend their time talking about conspiracies on who the ninja’s secret identities might be.

- There’s an underground system of selling and buying pictures of the ninja. The most popular request are the pics of the green ninja but their also the hardest to get. (Surprisingly, Lloyd is the only one who can get good pictures of him. Weird)

- Teachers need to be careful when talking about the ninja. Sometimes the students will get riled up about them that the whole class will be wasted.

- Every Valentines Day, there’s a poll in which the student body tells who they would give their Valentine to. The green and grey ninja are always tied with the most votes.

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Forty Tarot Business Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me

Starting a Tarot or soul centered based business is hard work. Throughout my time as a professional Tarot reader, I’ve made countless mistakes, been in tricky situations and learned many things about myself and the way I like to work. Running a Tarot business isn’t always glamorous. It can be frustrating and lonely. I wanted to share with you all some Tarot business tips I wish someone had told me.


You are the only one who can decide if you are ready to start a Tarot or soul centered business. There is no grand proficiency test you can take. If you want to start your own Tarot business you either take the plunge or play the waiting game. I played the waiting game and I really regret it.  I sought so much validation in others that I forgot to validate myself. Once I gave myself the permission to go on the journey of starting my own Tarot business, everything changed. Taking the steps to start my Tarot business was the scariest thing I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding.


Know your local, state and federal laws. Starting any business, let alone a soul centered or Tarot business is hard work. I encourage you to do your homework when it concerns your business type, liability, the laws that proceed how you are conducting your business online versus local, etc. If you can afford it, I would highly suggest obtaining legal advice before proceeding. Please do not try to mirror someone else’s business or think that just because someone is doing something in their business it is okay for you to do it too. Keep in mind that there are various different rules, regulations, disclaimers, and laws that precede your location, state, country and the businesses in your area that can and will differ from someone else’s location.


Write a business plan. I know it sounds a bit scary or intimidating but before starting any business, really sit down and think about why you want to be in this business. The next question you should ask yourself is how you would like to help others with your business. Think about what you would like to offer in said business. Do you want to sell readings, courses, printable content, a membership?  What are your goals for your business? Who is your ideal client? What is your niche? These are important questions.


Pick a name. Do not take this lightly. Your business name will be a reflection of you and your services. Switching your business name mid business can be a difficult situation in regards to branding yourself, but not impossible. Try to pick a name that is easy to spell and memorable. Once you’ve chosen a name search to see if the domain name is available and if social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Gmail, etc are also available for that business name. If all is good, I highly recommend purchasing the domain name and signing up for social media websites and obtaining those usernames.


Create a website.  Although this is not for everyone, it looks very professional when presenting your business to others. Gone are the days of needing to know complex coding and HTML. You can get a website up and running with web services like Wix, Squarespace, Weebly,, and Sitebuilder. Your website will be the central hub for you to showcase your services and what your business is all about.


Pick a platform or online e-commerce system to sell your readings and services. For those who own websites that lack e-commerce functionality, Many online and in person readers like myself use external websites to sell our services. There are websites like Etsy, Storenvy, Shopify, Squarespace, BigCartel, Squareup, Paypal etc where you can list your offerings to clients. *Each respective website or service has their own fees and rules you need to be accountable for.


Start a blog. Starting a blog helped me not only connect with my business peers but allowed me to share my experiences, much like I am doing in this post. Blogging also helps to create a community of people with like minded interests. Running a blog helps to create a personal connection between you, your readers and potential clients.


Provide services that excite you. You do not need to sell a particular type of reading just because it is popular. Be unique in your offerings. What I think about when coming up with a new service or reading is what would be something I would love to purchase myself.


Have a clear and simple way for potential clients to find your services. The purchase process should be safe, secure and seamless.


Stay organized. My first few years of business were a wreck. I learned quickly that organization could become my best friend instead of my worst enemy with some simple tricks.

  • Create a separate user account on your computer for your business and business related content. Keeping your personal files away from your business files is half the battle.
  • Use folders both on your computer and in your work space. 
  • Create folders for spread offerings (sort them by card number, topic, etc.) Create a folder for reading templates, business ideas, previous client readings, etc.
  • Start a business journal for business ideas, traffic stats and do some book keeping.  Keep records and logs of readings you have done, the income you have made, expenditures, incoming and outgoing payments, bills, etc. Keeping track of your sales is also beneficial when filing your taxes.


Create a separate e-mail account you only use for when you get paid. I had my PayPal account hacked and someone tried to clear out my funds. Thankfully PayPal noticed the suspicious activity and stopped the transaction. Ever since then, I have a separate e-mail address that I only use for when I send out invoices or charge for a service. This limits the number of people knowing that e-mail address and keeps things a bit more secure.


Obtain a separate phone number for your business. I use to give out my cell phone number to clients. Many clients abused this privilege and because of this, I sought out a separate number. I utilize google voice as it works seamlessly with my phone. A few friends of mine have also used MagicJack, Skype Voice, Call centric and YouMail with great success. With these such services, you can enable do not disturb settings when you are off call. *Each respective service has their own fees and rules you need to be accountable for.


Have business hours. As I mentioned above, many clients abused the privilege of having my personal number. I would receive calls all hours of the night. After having a business number I made it clear what my hours of operation were and placed it on my website, blog and social media accounts. You can also mention your business hours in your voicemail greeting for your business number. Setting business hours also helps you to manage your time.


Use a scheduling application or keep a daily work schedule for when you do readings, appointments, etc. I learned very quickly that having a clear way to share with clients my availability made the purchasing process easier. It also allowed me to allot a specific time in my day for a reading without losing track of time.


Back up your files and computer often. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve dealt with computer crashes and corrupted files. Backing up your content on a continuous basis. It would be ideal to invest in an external hard drive to keep your business files and personal files backed up in case of hardware or software failure. I once had a computer malfunction and lost a forty minute video reading. Since then, I back up my computer all the time. It is better to be safe than sorry.


Create templates. Before implementing templates in my Tarot business workflow, I spent so much unnecessary time designing each reading one by one. I now have set templates for each reading that I offer. I am able to drag and drop photos of the custom reading after taking them and also insert the typed out portion from my word document into the reading template when it is all done.


Create product and service listing that are easy to understand and compelling. Some things you may want to include in your reading listings are:

  • Subject of Tarot reading or service.
  • Who the ideal client is for the reading or service is.
  • What divination tool will be used. (Tarot, Oracle, Runes, a combination?)
  • How many cards?
  • Estimated delivery times.
  • Previous testimonials from previous clients who purchased said product or service.
  • A link with an example of the reading.
  • Reading or service format (Audio, typed, snail mail, video, live, skype, recorded call, etc)
  • Spread positions (If using a spread)
  • Deck choices (If using decks)
  • Any addons (Extra cards, rush delivery, etc)


Set clear boundaries, ethics, and policies in your business. Also, it is okay to say no. I think it is important to be upfront with who you are, what you do and what you don’t do. This will help prevent being put into situations where you would rather not be put in. Remember that there is nothing wrong with saying no. It is okay to not read for everyone who wants a reading or service from you. I ensure that every client knows my ethics and policies beforehand. Some policies I have in place for my business are payment policies, privacy policies, disclaimers, refund policies, rescheduling and cancellation policies.


Set small goals for yourself (daily, weekly, bi weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly) Being a reader with chronic illness, I like to set monthly goals as it helps with my energy management and I also do not feel rushed. I also like to hold myself accountable for my goals by tracking my progress and either changing or evolving a goal if it no longer feels right to me. Some goals you may want to consider are how many sales you want to make a day, week, a month? How can you make X amount of money each quarter of the year?


Comparing your business to someone else’s is the quickest way to discourage yourself. How you measure the success and lessons in your business should not be put against someone else’s. Remember that we all started somewhere. Focus on how you can better your business instead of putting it down.


Be patient. I know this one is easier said than done but rushing to try and make money isn’t the way to go, at least for me it wasn’t. Growing a business takes time. Overnight successes are few and far between.


Find your people. During the first years of business, I found it significantly more important to build an audience and a following before trying to sell to people who had no clue who I was and what I was about. Build your own community of clients and like minded people. Creating authentic interaction, and building trust helped me so much and I highly suggest trying it.


You and your services are not meant for everyone and they shouldn’t be either. Not every client and service provider can be a perfect match. That is okay. Focus on those who find value in your services and who you are.


Do not be afraid to market yourself. With the power of the internet, you can use social media and old school marketing like business cards, fliers, to promote yourself, your content and your business. I know it can be easy to be scared of feeling scammy or annoying but if no one knows who you are or what your business is about, how can you connect with those who are searching for a business like yours? I like to promote by teaching things. This helps create an even exchange of promotional material and digestible content for my viewers. Something that I also like to do is to create a marketing plan and use social media apps to automate the process. This helps take the guess work out of marketing and it is done for a month in advance. Don’t fear doing what you can to put yourself out there. Marketing is essentially a call to action. You are allowed to take up space. There is no shame in that. People need a way to learn about you, your business and if they want to support you. Marketing helps with that.


Engage and collaborate with your peers. I used to be so scared to talk to some of the Tarot readers and diviners in my same field but quickly learned that interacting with one another created awesome friendships and helped us learn from one another in the process. Networking is key. I cannot tell you how many times one of my peers have highlighted me on their blogs or sent a reading referral my way. I have also done the same.


If you primarily sell readings, your income will fluctuate on a consistent basis. You will find that some weeks you will book out, and others you won’t make any sales at all. It was so difficult for me to understand this. Something that may help you obtain a more stable stream of income would be providing self-sustaining services and products like courses, e-books, decks, and mentorships.


Expect naysayers and doubters. Try not to take it personal. Not everyone is going to believe in your business or services and that is okay. You are not there to prove your worth to someone who has already made up their mind that you aren’t worth their time or respect. There are going to be those who want nothing more than to discourage you. Spend time bettering your business, and silence the noise of those who want to see you fail.


Be consistent with your service rates and what you are offering. While you are growing your business it is okay to do rate increases sporadically but having inconsistent rates can put off potential and returning clients. The same can be said for your services. If you drastically change your business model or offerings, it can leave clients feeling insecure with doing business with you. Making changes when necessary and ensure a seamless process for your clients.


Have a working Tarot deck. I had a client of mine bend one of the cards in my favorite deck while they were shuffling. I was horrified. From that moment on I used to never allow the client to shuffle my deck out of fear, but it always felt wrong to me. I now use a working deck or a deck that I use just for clients that if damaged I can easily replace.


Be consistent with self-care and have a plan for it. I cannot tell you how much having a self-care plan has helped me during those days when everything becomes too much for me to handle. Being a Tarot reader who is also diagnosed with anxiety and depression, taking care of myself and having a self-care plan has saved me from potentially detrimental situations. Being a serviced based business, we are used to putting the needs of others before our own. Remember that you deserve the same care, if not more, that you give to your clients. Some things I like to do is paint, write songs, turn off my phone and computer, treat myself to a nice cup of chai tea and take a long walk to help clear my mind. I also have a Feel good file on my computer. This file includes letters and positive testimonials from clients, pictures of cute puppies and successes I’ve had in my business. *Everyone’s self-care plan will be different. Do what works for you.


Refresh your learning. Take some time to read new material, take a seminar, sign up for a local class, meet up with a local group, enroll in a self-study course, watch videos or find blogs in your niche. This will not only help you stay current but also help you grow your business and knowledge.


Learn your reading style and use it to your advantage. Are you a predictive type reader or a holistic spiritual counselor? Are you a psychic medium or fortune teller? Use your unique way of doing things to tailor your reach to potential clients who are looking for your services. Do not be afraid to think outside the box.


Recognize your limiting beliefs and work at chipping them away. One of the hardest parts of starting my Tarot business was accepting that my worth as a reader was not determined by the amount of sales I made. It was difficult at first but I did some proactive journaling and set some time weekly to address the limiting beliefs I had about myself and my business and how I could help alleviate those things. It took some intense work but I am finally at a point where that particular limiting belief no longer affects my work and business.


Make a budget for your business and determine where your money is going? It is important to be accountable for things like taxes, insurance, liability, licenses, book purchases, deck purchases, copyright and trademark registrations, business registrations, domain registrations, web hosting fees, etc.


Celebrate your successes and goals. There is nothing vain about being happy for selling one hundred readings. Pat yourself on the back and realize that your hard work and dedication is paying off.


If you are a Tarot professional who has to hide their practices from their everyday job, like I am, keep your main work life and your Tarot life as separate as you can. Being someone who works in a business where I could be fired and shunned for doing Tarot, I do all that I can to keep my Tarot life private. You may want to use an alias, not show your face or not provide voice readings, etc. It is all up to you and what you are comfortable with. You may be more comfortable conducting your business online versus in person. * Having to hide your tarot reading business to protect your main business does not make you any less of a professional reader. You are just as valid.


Running a Tarot or soul centered business can be lonely. I found that my first few years of launching my business, I didn’t really have a social life in person or online. I spent and devoted a lot of my time to helping my business grow and succeed. While I appreciate the hard work I put in back then, I always felt sad because I felt isolated from the world. When I was working, especially on holidays, everyone I knew was having fun and I resented it a little.  Something that helped me tremendously was to visit local metaphysical shops and attend some of their hosted events. I started to make friends with other Tarot learners and business professionals and it helped fill the void I had in my life.


There is no room for drama, gossip, and bullying in your Tarot or soul centered business. What you say, do or allow in regards to your business speaks volumes for your business, clients and potential clients. I had another tarot business bully me and I promptly blocked them. I didn’t want their negativity in my space or the space of my clients and peers. No one wants to find out that they are supporting a bully because of a tweet, blog post or facebook post you made about someone else. The quickest way for a business to be tainted is if its business owner is involved in drama, gossip, and bullying. Your priority should always be to handle even the most negative situations with the utmost professionalism. If you focus on bullying or negativity, all it shows clients that that is your main focus.  If someone is being disrespectful or hurtful to you or your business, do not stoop to their level. It will only reflect badly on you and your business. Have a plan of action and handle the situation as best as you can.


Remember that set backs happen. It is okay to have a bad week or month. The important thing to do is analyze how you can improve, what you can change and ultimately what lessons you can take from this situation. We all have set backs in our business. Give yourself time to regroup and evolve your business from this situation. I like to get out of my comfort zone a bit and try something new and sometimes that causes a creative spark that I implement in unique services and offerings for my clients.


Take accountability for your actions, your mistakes, and failures in your business. None of us are perfect. Mistakes happen. Did you forget to pay your taxes? Did you forget to send out a reading? Are you behind on several of your services? It is important to understand that if something you have done or said in your business has negatively affected you, your life or someone else, you need to address it and make it right. Hiding behind your mistake and trying to escape from your responsibility does nothing good for your business.

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Title: Forty Tarot Business Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me
Copyright:  © Ivan Ambrose 2017
Deck: Rider Waite Smith
Safe Space Tags: Long Post
Disclaimer: This post in no way, shape, or form is intended to tell you how you must go about being a Tarot reader and starting your own business. What may work for me, may not work for you and vice versa. The intention of this post is to share my experiences with having a Tarot business. I can only speak from personal experience and what has worked for me for countless years. I encourage you to do your own research, to do what you are comfortable with and to tailor any advice provided henceforth to your specific needs and individual situation. Also please keep in mind that there are various different rules, regulations, and laws that precede your location, state, country and the tarot reading guidelines in your area that can and will differ from those in my location. I encourage and open up this conversation to respectful debate and added commentary to supplement this post of any kind. 
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  • Nami, bursting into the ship's dining room: You guys, we gotta hurry! I just got back from Wal-Mart, they're selling Nintendo 3DS systems for $149.99 on sale, plus every time you buy one you get a $50 gift card brings the total price down to $110 after tax! Now listen, we can flip those sons of bitches for $230 a piece easy! They're all limited edition Zelda ones! Hurry! Hurry, come with me! We can be rich and we also all get to keep one and we can play Nintendo games!

Inktober Space Travelers Day 14: The Mercenary

If somebody comes to your door selling a home security system and asks if you have one, always say yes.

If they ask which company, tell them it’s none of their business.

Many people looking for homes to rob will come to your door asking about security systems. It gives them a chance to case the home and look for weaknesses like if you don’t have a dog or if the house is homed by women or the elderly.

Edit: Great advice from /u/OA27

Furthermore, document the encounter to the best of your ability. This is not the time you want to shoo someone away immiediately. Be comfortable being uncomfortable and without escalating the situation, ask as many questions as you can. Who are you with (even if they lie, they likely have told that lie before), contact numbers, etc. Did they come in a vehicle? Take the plates down, make, model, any damage to the vehicle. Which direction did they go in, did they talk to any neighbors.

Don’t Tell Your Father (Jack Kelly x Reader)

Request: hii could you pls do an imagine where the reader is a very wealthy girl who’s out with her mother and jack spots her and he falls for her immediately . They would get a chance alone and he would just talk how beautiful she is +lots of fluff

TW: social classes causing issues

A/N: Sorry this isn’t exactly like the request, but I hope you like it

Masterlist Mobile Masterlist

“(Y/N), dear, would you mind going to the store with me? I would go alone, but I’m looking for a dress to wear to the company ball, and you are much better with this stuff than I am,” your mother says, knocking on your door.

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Why you pay your employees what they have earned.

Many years ago, I was working as a telemarketer selling security systems. I worked in a call center, with the hours of 10am-8pm. We were given two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break throughout the day, which we were told was unpaid.

Our pay was $290 (minimum wage @ 40 hours) + commission per week, on a draw so that if we didn’t sell enough to make the $290 it would come out of any extra we got in subsequent weeks.

I had a bad feeling about the job because I had never been asked to fill any sort of paperwork out at all. No tax forms, no NDA, nothing. After a few months of working there, they started having us come in some Saturdays and at 9am instead of 10am - but our pay did not increase.

At this point, I started looking up the Fair Wage laws and found that what they were doing was completely illegal. First, the 15 minute breaks must be paid, and also they had failed to ever pay us overtime. I told a couple friends, and eventually got so fed up that I quit the job.

After quitting, my final paycheck was short a full week’s worth of pay, and the manager said “That’s to make up for the draw”.

I filed a complaint with the board of labor immediately, and about a month later I got a frantic call from the manager asking how many hours I had worked there. I told him that it was his responsibility to keep records of what employees had worked there, but thankfully I had kept track of my start/end date, so I just gave him an estimate that came out to be 55 hours/week for the duration.

A friend of mine who still worked for the company said they had been shut down by the government for defrauding their employees, had to pay a huge fine, and we were all getting back pay.

A few months later, I got a check for about $1,500 in the mail. I hated working there, but I felt pretty good about the whole thing after the end. =)


Tommy boy x Reader

Requested by: Anon

Is it at all possible to request a Tommy Boy x Reader? Perhaps one where you’re an newsie too, Tommy Boy has been your selling partner for ages and your heartbroken when he turns up to sell papers when all the other newsies and you are on strike (even though he eventually joins the strike too). Thank you! -H”

A/N: Heads up: This doesn’t have a happy ending :(( I’m thinking of making a part two for this though!! Hope you enjoy!


“Y/N, you’re with Tommy boy.”

Those five words formed a friendship.

Ever since you and Tommy became selling partners, you’ve been inseparable.

He always looked after you, and you looked after him. There was a little system the two of you had where if one was sick, or hadn’t sold all their papes, the other would cover for them. You had a promise that you’d stay by each other’s side no matter the situation. You both called it “Always.” It was something the two of you said before you decided on something. “Always”, has also helped the two of you resolve conflict and such.

But after 3 years straight of selling together, a system wasn’t the only thing you’ve formed.

To say you didn’t have a crush on your fellow selling partner was a lie.

Your supposed little crush had grown bigger and bigger to the point that it bugged you every time you’d think about him.

Now, news had just been spread that the Newsies were going on strike and Tommy Boy wasn’t too thrilled about it.

When you told him that you were joining them, he frowned and immediately tried to change the subject.

“Tom..” you began, when he snapped at you for talking about the strike. You had called him that nickname whenever he was feeling upset. You knew he loved it.

But this time, Tommy boy ignored you. He didn’t even bat an eye.

“Tommy Boy.” You said, this time more sternly. He didn’t budge.

After a few more attempts of trying to get him to talk to you, you gave up.

“Just- be there tomorrow okay?” You sighed before adding, “Do it for me.”

When he didn’t answer, you just left.


The next day, you were all gathered up near the wagon. Each of you with your fists in your pockets, a mean look of determination spread across your faces, and hope in each of your hearts.

You looked around, noticing every Newsie of Manhattan was there-

Except Tommy Boy.

“Scab!” You suddenly heard someone say.

Turning your head around you watched as Tommy boy and two of his other friends buying papes.

As his eyes met yours, you frowned, disappointedly.

The two of you stood there, frozen. Your eyes full of sadness and your heart suddenly heavy.

“What happened to our promise?” You said, tears beginning to well up in your eyes. “What happened to always being by each other no matter what?!”

Your voice had suddenly raised, and your fists were now clenched.

Tommy Boy just stood there, guilt spread all across his face.

“What happened to Always?” You finally whispered, keeping your voice at a hush.

“Y/N- I..”

“No. I’m leaving.” You interrupted, bounding down the street to who knows where. As you heard shouts calling your name behind you, you ignored it.

Hot tears streamed down your face and you suddenly stopped at an alleyway.

Slumping down, you cried.

Turns out always didn’t last forever.

Kalafina concerts and the science of purchasing tickets

Well, well… @chibalein made a post about Kalafina’s upcoming acoustic live in Nikkō and since she asked a lot of questions, I thought I’d use this opportunity to talk a little about the science (YES, I do indeed consider it a science XD) of acquiring tickets for a Kalafina live.
I feel like the below gif is an accurate depiction of most of us when we think about getting Kalafina concert tickets…

So without further ado, let’s get right to it 〈(•ˇ‿ˇ•)-→

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anonymous asked:

The white supremacist, racist, nuclear war stuff and Trump in general is taking a toll on me. I hate how things are going on. I don't know how to cope. This is so stressful and scary. How can we cope? Your post on fighting him was so useful. But now the stress is getting to me.

[anon #2:  Not sure if you answer political questions, thought I might give it a shot. After what happened in Charlottesville, I’m really scared for the future. Being biracial, I’ve always been looked down upon by my white side of the family. I was talking to my grandma recently, and she completely supports Trump. It really broke my heart. I get so angry because it seems like I can’t convince her otherwise. Hate is just exaggerated fear. Why can’t she see that? Why does it feel like we’re moving backwards?]

Running a blog like this, I frequently hear heartbreaking things, and sometimes I have nothing soothing to say because the reality is what it is and there’s no avoiding it or sugarcoating it. Personally, in situations like this, I try to contextualize things, to look at the bigger picture, to get a better understanding of how we got here and what might be the best way forward. “Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live, giving up victory and defeat.” If you know about history and keep up with social change, you know that issues of equality have been brewing for decades. It’s easy to get lulled into complacency in times of peace and progress. However, our society always defines someone as the “loser” at any given moment, so politics evolves in cycles as losers try to regain power from the people who have branded them as such. Opposing forces (like acceptance vs intolerance) are always battling with each other somewhere, sometimes under the radar in the underbelly of society, sometimes at your kitchen table. The more you try to suppress or stamp out one side, the more it stirs and festers and ferments, eventually bursting back on the scene swinging harder than before - this is human psychology writ large. If you descend into a hateful mindset whenever provoked by the other side, it only serves to feed emotional energy into their narrative of being persecuted and victimized, actually helping them to reinvigorate their motivation. When one side has the social (if not institutional) advantage in being able to sway public opinion, that side starts to drop the ball and gets lazy about recruiting new blood even as the other side grows increasingly motivated to recruit because they feel downtrodden (and feelings matter because they motivate action). 

After 8 years of making incremental progress, here we are experiencing a jarring transition in the political cycle. Progressives have to get their act together and start inspiring people instead of just reacting or fighting moment to moment. Right now people believe the system is broken, so the way to inspire them is to come up with great ideas for how to fix the system and sell those ideas hard, not just making moral judgments and condemnations from the peanut gallery. Many people are not extreme partisans, they simply feel lost or disillusioned, and these are the qualities that make them ripe for radicalization because they want something to belong to, in order to feel influential in society. Radicalization is merely a symptom of a deeper societal problem related to feelings of alienation and strife, so trying to stamp out radicalization rarely works if you are not addressing the reasons why people become radicalized. It is important to reach out and capture these people before the other side does, which requires you to understand them instead of just condemning them and pushing them into a corner. If you argue with them based on your perspective only, you will fail because you’re not addressing their concerns. E.g. Immigration is a legitimate concern and does in fact affect social stability, so don’t pretend that there’s a simple answer or that anyone who raises the issue is automatically a racist. Read the stories told by reformed radicals about how they became radicalized, be they religious fundamentalists or white supremacists, you will quickly see that people are never as black and white as cynics and soundbites would have you believe. You obviously can’t convert everyone to your side, but you will never inspire anyone if you never try, if you don’t see the actual underlying conflicts and heal them.

It sucks that humans often have to learn things the hard way, taking two steps forward and one step back, often repeating mistakes. It seems that every generation has their own lesson to learn about what “freedom” means once we collectively start taking it for granted and forget just how much people in the past sacrificed to secure the freedoms we enjoy today. Keep the larger arc of history in mind. We’ve made enough progress that there are more peace-loving non-bigots out there than bigots, remember that the majority of the country did not want this and did not vote for it, and a lot of relatively decent people voted without understanding the full ramifications. At this moment, the bigots hold the balance of political power because our collective political apathy has allowed our institutions to slowly rot from within, making people so desperate for change that they’re willing to risk anarchy. If you want to regain political power for your side, you must tip the scales back in your favor as quickly as you can. Whenever you see something negative or hateful, counter that by putting something positive and uplifting back into the world. Feelings like anxiety and frustration often stem from a sense of helplessness or hopelessness, so the best remedy is to treat such feelings as a call to action, to DO something constructive to rebalance and redress the situation, to gradually add more weight to your side of the scale. It could be something as small as voting in every election, or something as big as organizing/participating in countermovements, or something personal like taking on the responsibility to sow more kindness, tolerance, and understanding among people in your daily life.