My favorite thing about that Dadvid hug in the finale is how genuinely surprised David is and his entire reaction after the fact.
Like, everyone expected Max hugging David to end in David squeeling and freaking about it and being so excited, but I’m really glad they did it how they did.
Because David was just completely stunned, and then he gave this smile:
Which is so much better?? Because he was still showing that he was happy Max hugged him, but he also had that calm reaction and didn’t just starting freaking out over it because he knew how important it was that Max actually showed his love and trust in David in that way.
And he didn’t downplay how important of a moment it was and then reacted in a way that both showed his feelings about it and was a reaction that would make Max feel more comfortable about it all.
ik davids not crying but hey I’m a sucker for making it more dramatic. I spent like 5 to 6 hours on this and I am still not really satisfied with it, but ah well. I saw ppl doing like screenshot art thingies so I decided to do that with my favorite scene in camp camp, and I’m positive someone has probably done a screenshot thing for this scene as well. eh oh well. heeree it iss .. (btw my captions are gold, fyi)
Making Your Murder Board (or, Creating Fiction Through the Mind Map Method)
With Camp NaNo quickly approaching, I find myself facing the daunting task of writing two novellas without much of an outline in place. I can’t imagine that I’m the only one in a situation like this, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite methods for organising my stories.
In the past, I’ve certainly been the type to write out a full outline with Roman numerals and topic sentences like it’s a fifth-grade book report from the 1980s.
While I can’t deny that this can be incredibly helpful when it comes to writing specific scenes and keeping timelines in place, it’s a bit too technical when it comes to more grand-scheme ideas that get the plot rolling in the first place. I don’t know about you, but I like to visualise my stories on a large scale before I start getting down and dirty with the details.
Enter the mind map.
I personally like to refer to this as my Murder Board, as it makes me feel like I’m on Criminal Minds and trying to solve the case by connecting all of the little red strings and thumbtacks. It can get pretty involved and can look damn scary depending on how many details you include, but I absolutely swear by it.
This strategy was recommended to me by a friend, and I can’t offer enough praise for it and how much it’s helped me to get my stories on track. If there are any of you out there still struggling with how to string your plot bunnies together in time for writing to start on July 1st, I definitely recommend taking some time to put one of these together.
I’ve illustrated my preferred method below using Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as an example. As a quick disclaimer, I’m the type of writer that puts a lot of emphasis on character. As such, this method is specific to character and relies heavily on the primary protagonist’s perspective— if your story isn’t particularly character-driven, this exact method may not work for you. I still strongly advise giving it a shot, as you never know what sort of details will be uncovered as you work on putting together a map.
With that in mind, let’s begin! (I apologise in advance for the quality of the photos— my camera isn’t the best)
JERMY FARTZ (S2E4) MASTERPOST: NO BREAKING INTO PARTS, WE SCROLL LIKE MEN
I laugh at that name every time, and I’m not even sorry.
So I haven’t touched the 2 latest episodes because I’m lazy, but this was so much fun that I had to devote some time screaming to it! So get ready kids, because there is screaming (and spoilers) below the cut.
Though first: someone who’s never seen Camp Camp tell me what’s going on in this picture:
Realizing that his man was liable to crack up, on April 16 Tallmadge sailed with Brewster to Setauket to reassure Woodhull that Washington was properly appreciative of his efforts. Owing to ‘a violent storm and contrary winds,’ as well as the unexpected decision by a couple of British officers to billet themselves on Woodhull, Tallmadge was forced to hide in the woods near Woodhull’s house for five days. Whenever Woodhull sneaked food to him, the two old friends talked of ways to relieve the pressure.
Alexander Rose, Washington’s Spies
This is one of my absolute favorite stories about the Culper Spy Ring, and Ben specifically. He was such a loyal and reliable friend. He camped out in the woods for five days just to make sure Abe was okay, since Abe was so anxious about spying. Reminds me of this scene from the show…
Nick Joaquin once said that Filipinos have this tendency to build things and group together and eventually collapse. … Here’s one guy who’s trying to bring things together but the natural tendency of the Filipino nation is to be in pieces. - Jerrold Tarog, director (Heneral Luna, 2015)
22 Horror Movies for Snow Days *all available on Netflix right freakin' now!*
This photo from American Mary is just here for the thumbnail.
A promising surgical student drops out of school after a traumatic event and gets caught up in a black market for extreme body modification. Expect wit and gore but not jump scares. This is one of my personal favorites. Watch the trailer here.
2) The Taking of Deborah Logan
Do you like occult films but feel like you’ve seen everything the subgenre has to offer? Try The Taking of Deborah Logan. The film follows a group of students making a thesis documentary about Alzheimer’s. Naturally, things take a dark turn and we find that nothing is as it seems. This made my Best of 2014 list. Watch the trailer here.
3) The Damned
How do you destroy an entity that can’t be destroyed? Watch the trailer here.
If you’re more into laughs and camp, you might like Stitches. In this slasher horror-comedy, a crude, sloppy clown comes back from the dead to exact revenge on the people who killed him during a freak accident at a children’s party. Watch the trailer here.
5) Cabin in the Woods
A group of friends goes on vacation to a cabin in the woods… AGAIN. Same old slasher movie you’ve seen a million times before? Uh, not quite. Find out who’s behind the scenes making this trip a complete nightmare. Nothing is what it seems at this cabin… and nothing is a coincidence. Another one of my personal favorites- a movie specifically for horror fans who like to poke fun at horror archetypes. Watch the trailer here.
A masked killer stalks and kills the high schoolers of a small town. A group of friends realizes that in order to survive they must follow the rules of typical horror movies. It might sound generic, but it’s very self-aware and witty. If there is ever a chance for me to recommend Scream, I will. This is one of my favorites of all time (yeah, seriously!) Watch the trailer here.
A young woman seeks to exonerate her brother after he is released from a mental rehabilitation center, where he had been kept since childhood for allegedly murdering his father. What does she attempt to prove? That a mirror was responsible for the strange events and murders that took place in the homes of its owners, including their own. It’s really great but be warned the it has a non-linear narrative film structure, meaning scenes jump back and forth between present day and flashbacks. This made my Best of 2014 list. Watch the trailer here.
8) You’re Next
Another film that takes the slasher genre and turns it on its head. A well-to-do family comes together for a weekend to celebrate the mother’s and father’s anniversary. What’s supposed to be a fun celebration turns into a nightmare when the family realizes they are being hunted down. Find out why when you check out this unique, surprisingly funny, gory slasher. This made my Best of 2013 list with a tie for first place. Watch the trailer here.
9) The House of the Devil
A babysitter realizes her clients have a strange, dark secret. This is a slow-paced film with a 70s or 80s look. Not everyone will be into that, but it’s really good if you make it through the slow parts. Watch the trailer here.
A young woman contracts an STD… or so she thinks. Watch the trailer here.
11) The Innkeepers
During a hotel’s final days of being open, two employees seek to reveal its haunted past. Along the way, they experience some strange, creepy events. This film is made by Ti West, the same person who made The House of the Devil. It’s also slow-paced, but it’s good if you make it through the slow parts. This movie is pretty funny, so it makes the slow parts more bearable. Watch the trailer here.
12) All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
A group of high school friends invites the nerd-turned-hottie to a weekend getaway at a summer house. Of course, things go wrong and people end up dead but nothing is as it seems. Watch the trailer here.
13) Witching and Bitching
A group of thieves are trapped in a town full of witches by a coven. This film is hilarious, witty, and tons of fun. It’s in Spanish, but don’t let subtitles scare you away from great movies! This movie made my Best of 2014 list. Watch the trailer here.
Women seeking a more youthful look turn to a rather unsavory remedy to do the trick. This movie is foreign, so there will be subtitles. It will creep you out and it will gross you out. Watch the trailer here.
15) We Are What We Are
This slow-paced, gothic-style film follows a family preparing for a secret ritual. The last 5 minutes are worth the build-up. Watch the trailer here.
If you’re looking for a more cerebral type of movie, give Proxy a try. Essentially, the film follows three parents who have lost children. It’s gory, unique, and definitely keeps you guessing. You’ll think you have it all figured out, but you’ll probably be wrong. This made my Best of 2014 list. Watch the trailer here.
17) The Snowtown Murders
Based on a true story, a teenager falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his group of neighborhood watchmen who use murder and torture as a means of protecting their neighborhood. It’s pretty graphic and violent, so it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but Snowtown really is worth the watch. Watch the trailer here.
After The Village and The Happening, did you lose all faith in M. Night Shyamalan? Sit down and watch Devil, a murder mystery that takes place almost completely in a stuck elevator. It’s creepy and fast-paced. Watch the trailer here.
19) Alyce Kills
Alyce accidentally (“accidentally?”) kills her friend and subsequently delves into a world of sex, drugs, and murder. It’s cerebral, it’s badass. Watch the trailer here.
20) Kill List
A former hitman takes on a new job with a promise of a big payoff. It seems like a normal job at first, but things get darker and darker. It builds up suspense, so there aren’t really many jump scares. Watch the trailer here.
21) The Conspiracy
Friends making a documentary about conspiracy theories decide to infiltrate the ritualistic gathering of a secret society. Watch the trailer here.
22) The Haunting
This haunted house-themed remake is only on this list because it’s the first horror movie I ever saw in a theater and because I didn’t want to end the list at 21. I have a soft spot in my heart for it. Watch the trailer here.
Summary: You’re a famous author struggling to meet the deadline for your latest book, until your husband helps you recall a memory the two of you share, inspiring you to finish.
Word Count: 2,675
Warnings: None; an occasional curse word.
Author’s Note: Anything written in italics involves a flashback the reader (Y/N) is having. Also, for the full effect of this one shot, listen to “Gracie’s Theme” by Paul Cardall while reading. It’s a beautiful song that I listened to on repeat while writing this. Please enjoy! Requests are open!
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap…
Your fingers fly furiously
across the keyboard of your laptop, working at lightning speed to finish the
manuscript that’s due to your publisher by tomorrow afternoon. As an author
with six novels to your name, deadlines weren’t unfamiliar to you, but you have
never found yourself struggling to string together a book the way you have been
with this one. Thrillers, mysteries, those were your forte, and those were the
genres that got you nominated for a Pulitzer Prize last winter. However, when
your publisher approached you with the idea of taking a break from fiction to
produce a memoir for your readers, you were more than hesitant. Sure, you were
placed in extraordinary circumstances after graduating college with a
literature degree, but you didn’t find yourself
to be extraordinary. Eventually, you caved, but you found that writing about yourself
was a lot harder than it sounded. Why was it so much easier to make up stories
about other people than it was to tell the truth about yourself?
on the door of the master bedroom pulls you from your trance-like state, and
you direct your attention to the sound, finding your husband peeking his head
in the door frame and looking at you with curious eyes.
interrupting the artist’s work on her latest masterpiece?”
giggle and motion for him to join you on the California king bed where you’re
propped up against the headboard, a couple of fluffy pillows acting as a
barrier between your backside and the cold wood. The mattress underneath you
shifts as he throws one leg over onto the bed, and then the other, crawling on
all fours until the right side of his body is butted up against your left. You
sign heavily and lower the screen, throwing it off to the side before placing
your cheek on his shoulder and softly stroking his forearm with your thumb.
artist I am tonight, Gray. I’ve never cut a deadline this close before, and the
crunch time is not motivating me
whatsoever. Everything I type sounds like absolute shit when I read it back… It’s
dry, it’s uneventful, and I’ve hit a lull after talking about the experience of
getting my first novel published. I don’t want to submit this low-quality work
tomorrow. I’m half-temped to call and ask for another extension.” The words
make you cringe the moment they leave your lips; if you did such a thing, it
would be the third extension you asked for on the manuscript.
chuckle escapes Grayson’s body, causing your head to move up and down with the
jarring of his shoulders. “Well, there goes our mortgage payment for next
look up at him with narrow eyes, only to have his lips graze your forehead
tenderly. “Sweetheart, relax. I’m the last person putting pressure on you. You
know that. The past couple of weeks, Grayson has kept his distance, letting you
lose yourself in your work with minimal interruptions aside from the occasional
reminder to eat (Your readers are
probably not fond of how Y/N’s writing sounds when she’s hangry), sleep (The writer’s block will clear in the
morning, love), and take a breath of fresh air (A walk will do you some good, come take one with me). Ever since the
beginning of your relationship, his ability to gauge when you need him close
and when you need him to disappear into the background has been impeccable, and
you haven’t taken it for granted in the almost-five years you’ve been married.
fingertips touch the silver wedding band on your ring finger, and you hold your
hand up in response, letting the low spotlighting in the bedroom refract off
the small stones. Because you rarely wear jewelry (aside from the nose piercing
you gifted yourself on your eighteenth birthday so many years ago), Grayson
knew to pick a simple engagement ring, one with a single oval diamond in the
center of the set. The band he chose to put on your finger the day of your
ceremony, however, was more his taste: slightly more extravagant and covered in
bling. The engagement ring and the band complimented each other well, though,
and when the two of you went to get them welded together, you couldn’t help but
notice how the rings mirrored your relationship; you were both opposites who
seemed destined to always belong with each other.
voice drops just above a whisper. “It’s still beautiful after all this time,
it is… Every time I look at that thing, it brings me right back to the day I
proposed. I was so nervous, I could barely walk in a straight line. The box was
burning a hole in my coat pocket for hours.”
lean forward and grab the pillows behind your back, laying them flat against
the mattress to rest your head on. Grayson shimmies down next you, reaching to
take a fistful of comforter bunched up at the foot of the bed and drapes it
gently over the both of you as you shift to face each other. His forehead meets
yours and he takes both of your hands in his, holding them close to his chest.
This was the position you both took each time you reminisced about your
relationship, and you urged him to tell the story again. A huge smile breaks
out onto his face and he complies, because this is a story he never grows tired
you back to where it all began, remember? It was in the vast, breathtaking, dense
woods where I fell in love with you. It was when were there the first time that
I knew one day, I was going to ask you to be mine forever.”
close your eyes, recalling that place with ease:
Grayson took you camping on
your first date together, but instead of opting to rent out a plot of land on a
campsite for the weekend, he wanted to take you far away from the bright lights
and the constant buzzing that was always surrounding your lives. The both of
you were younger, more naïve, and your first novel had just sold over one
million copies. Before the date, you were instructed to layer up, lace on some
hiking books, bring a warm sleeping bag, and leave the rest up to him. He
showed up at your apartment in a pick-up truck on a Friday afternoon, the bed
already packed full of supplies and gear you would need for the weekend and
told you to relax as he drove for hours, each mile taking you farther and
farther way from civilization.
You looked over at Grayson, taking in his
profile for a moment before crossing your legs underneath yourself. “Do you
mind telling me where we’re going?”
Grayson smirked and turned his
head to meet your eyes. “Don’t worry, our destination still has cell service,
so you can call someone to come and pick you up if you get tired of me.”
“I’m not concerned about getting
tired of you. I’m concerned about coming home from this date in a body bag, or
bags, depending on if you like your victims in tact or not.”
Your response elicited a loud
cackle from him; he glanced over his shoulder before clicking on his turn
signal and changing highway lanes while the sound radiated from his body. You
closed your eyes. That beautiful sound would never be something you’d get used
“Are writers always this imaginative? The thought of something that horrific never even crossed my
“Comes with the territory,” you
shrugged. “But to be sure, you have actually
read my book, right?”
“Why do you think I kept bugging
you on social media until you’d talk to me?”
“Well, I’m sure you’ll be glad
to know I’ve started working on my second one.”
Grayson let out a small squeal. “Wow,
I am glad. Let me know when you’re done with your first copy. I want to be the
first one to read it before it’s even submitted for editing.”
“I wanted everyone to
witness it. My family, your family, everyone.” Grayson’s voice brings you back
to the present, forcing you to open your eyes. “They were there for hours
before us, adjusting cameras, building the fire, even meticulously laying down
the path of white orchids.”
favorite flowers,” you mutter.
know. Now they’re my favorite, too.”
believe it went off without a hitch.”
The scene for the proposal looked like
something only from your wildest dreams. It took Grayson weeks to plan it all,
you would find out later, and he was able to finesse your two younger sisters
and parents to help set it all up in tandem with his brother, sister, and
parents. You hadn’t been to the camping spot since your first date, and it was
his suggestion to make another weekend trip to the woods in celebration of
three years of dating. Night just began to fall, but it wasn’t the sunset that
made you gasp as Grayson turned the car off the highway and onto the dirt path
that led to your spot. Rather, it was the paper lanterns strung far along the
branches of tall pine trees and the white orchids laid out, concealing the
brown dust on the ground.
“What is all of this?” You inquire, climbing out of the car, Grayson following close behind.
Soft, melodic music began to
play out from speakers tucked somewhere among the thick brush. A crisp breeze
danced around your body, rustled the trees, and caused you to shiver; you
pulled your wool trench coat closer to your body and buttoned it up to your
collar to prevent anymore wind from climbing down the front of your body.
Grayson, clad in jeans, Doc Martens, a thick black scarf, and a trench coat of
his own, reached for your hand and slowly intertwined his fingers with yours.
You reached across the front of your body to grab his bicep with your other hand
and the two of you set forward on the path, lightly marching to the tempo of
the music, careful to not destroy any of the flowers underneath your feet.
“This is all for you, my love. I
wanted to find an unforgettable way of celebrating the last three years of our
“So naturally, you brought us
back to the place we fell in love…”
“…But I spruced it up a bit,” he
finished your thought for you. “You’ll see what I mean.”
“I already do see what you mean,”
you scoffed in amazement, motioning to the lanterns before placing your hand
back on Grayson’s arm. “This is breathtaking.”
“I just wanted it to resemble
You rolled your eyes before
breaking out in a toothy grin. Cheesy compliments always made you cringe, but
with the amount of work Grayson put into the presentation of this date, you let
it side. He was always doing that, finding a way to work reminders of how
beautiful he thought you were into every conversation you had with him, and
even though you shrugged them off as they came in an attempt to remain modest,
they truly touched you every time you heard one.
The two of you continued to walk
along the path, hand in hand, your eyes constantly scanning your surroundings
in awe, Grayson’s eyes on you, elated his plan was working. After a few
minutes, he reached over with his free hand to brush away stray hairs that fell
into your eyes as you began to hum the melody of the new song that began
playing from the speakers. “This is one of my absolute favorites. I listen to
this song on repeat when–“
“When you get a new idea for a
book, I know,” he cut you off. “Actually, this is perfect timing, because I
only want your favorite songs to be connected to your favorite memories, and here’s
to hoping this is the best memory yet… Because we’re finally here…”
Grayson steps behind you to give
you a complete view of the made over camping spot that was nestled behind a
small bending of the thick trees, and a loud exhale escaped from your lungs. An
enormous bonfire the size of a teepee burned in the center of the space,
casting a red glow on your surroundings. Smaller candles were lit and placed
around the perimeter, boulders rolled behind them to ensure the flame wouldn’t
fall and catch the foliage on fire. More white orchids were placed on the
ground, and the trees above twinkled with blinking lights, smaller and more
vibrant than the paper lanterns on the trail behind you. Your favorite part of
the view, however, was the cliff edge that sat over the river, giving way to
the hues of pink, orange, and purple that swirled in the sky.
“Gray,” you muttered, releasing
your hand from his and taking a step forward to pace around the fire. “You did
all of this? When? How?”
The music from the speakers
picked up and sounds of violins cascaded through the air, forcing you to choke
back sobs. The atmosphere, the décor, the sunset, everything was picturesque,
almost from out of a movie. You couldn’t believe someone cared about you enough
to do this for you.
“Well, I don’t want to take all
the credit. I enlisted the help of a few workers.” Your back was turned away
from him at this point, hands in your coat pockets, staring out into the open
abyss. “There’s no way I could have pulled something like this off all on my
“Workers? What kind of workers?”
The smell of the fire filled your nostrils and you took a deep breath, wanting
to remember everything about this moment forever.
“Ones who love you almost as much as I do.” You could hear his voice
getting closer with every word, but by the end of his phrase the sound suddenly
fell to the ground, as if he had dropped it on accident. Befuddled, you turned
around, lowering your eyes to the dirt before involuntarily throwing your palms
over your mouth with a loud yelp.
“Y/N, every day I spend with you
feels like something from a dream. I cannot believe that I was able to steal
the heart of someone as magnificent and exquisite as you. Your intellect, creativity,
and tenderness constantly amaze me. I don’t deserve you, I really don’t, but I’d
love to spend the rest of my life trying to prove to you that I do… God, you’re
so much better with words than I am, but I’ve been holding onto these four little
ones since our first night out here: Will you marry me?”
just like that,” you breathe, “you were kneeling on the ground, holding the
ring, waiting for me to stop sobbing long enough to give you a response.”
let go of your hands and placed his palm on your cheek, rubbing the high planes
with his thumb. “Do you remember what you said to me?”
even think I said ‘yes.’ I think I just looked at you and told you that I
actually saw what you meant before grabbing the ring and putting on myself. And
then our families startled me half to death, running out from behind the trees
with cameras, hooting and hollering before swinging us around in glee.”
who could blame them? Marrying you was all they heard me talk about since the
moment I met you.”
smile, suddenly realizing that the best moments of your life actually took
place after your first novel was published. Sitting up, you grab the laptop,
opening up your latest word document before glancing back over at Grayson, who
lay watching you.
“Hey, Gray, thanks. I might actually finish this thing tonight because of you.”
winks before reaching to scroll through his phone. “That’s my girl.”