At my going away happy hour thing someone asked how long I was planning to take off before looking for a new job. “That’s it? Take a month, at least.”
Today marks 3 months.
My former manager offered to review my resume when I finally got tired of hiatus-ing. I sent it to them last week.
So now I’ve got a resume I can send out or whatever one does with those things these days. Put it on LinkedIn, I guess. I’ll worry about that when I get back from Sweden.
Every YouTube video I’ve watched on ‘traveling to Sweden’ or 'how to speak Swedish’ or 'what have I gotten myself into with this whole Sweden thing’ has included a line about how almost everyone in Sweden speaks English so just go with that, no really, it’s fine. So there’s that.
Extended versions of the above have been on my mind a lot lately. I thought I’d worked through it all and settled on a plan, but apparently there’s something I’m missing.
I was hoping this concert would distract me for a while, but since I wrote most of this out between the penultimate and ultimate bands, I guess that didn’t work out.
The talking smoke detector with an overactive imagination also didn’t work out. It may have been murderized after thinking there was a fire between 2 and 5 am for the fourth time in a month.
Don’t spend paragraphs/pages on a character’s thought process. Focus on dialogue, action, and emotions. Let the reader infer the rest. Communicate your ideas clearly, concisely, and in a way that holds the reader’s interest.
2) Get rid of “had” and “have” whenever you can while still making sense.
“She had died” vs. “She died,” “He had read a book about it” vs. “He read a book about it.” See the difference? The word “had” contributes nothing but clutter.
“I have had this dream before” vs. “I had this dream before.” Same thing- usually, when you use ‘have’ and ‘had’ side by side, you can delete the ‘have’ and still make sense.
Use either past tense or present tense. Present perfect tense contributes nothing. It’s confusing, irritating when overused, and unnecessary.
3) Use character names and pronouns.
Try to avoid shit like “the taller man” or “the brunette.” Unless a character hasn’t been introduced yet, the reader will know who you’re referring to by name. There’s usually no need to allude to people’s identity via physical traits. Try to keep it to a minimum.
4) Well-constructed characters either have more flaws than virtues, or an equal balance of both. This leaves plenty of room for growth.
5) Plot is secondary to character development. Plot exists solely to feed character development and dynamic relationships.
Stories are about people. Make sure your characters are more interesting than the plot, and your story will write itself.
6) Explain as little as possible while still making sense.
Readers often come up with theories that are better than anything you can conceive. Be mysterious. Keep them wanting more. BUT-
7) Don’t repeat the same question and refuse to answer it.
Ask it three times, tops, before either answering it or dropping it entirely. (Calling out Lemony Snicket and J.K. Rowling for dragging that shit out. Except they kind of did it well).
Don’t lead people on unless you have something AMAZING on the end of that hook.
8) Ask yourself, “would I be interested in this information?”
Would you want to read three paragraphs describing someone’s outfit (*cough* George R.R. Martin *cough*)?
Do you care to hear about the shape, structure, and composition of a Very Nice Castle™?
Is it fun to hear about Protagonist waking up, brushing her teeth, looking in the mirror, and describing her own reflection?
Bruh, if anyone irl came at you with this BS, you would tune them out in a second. Don’t bore your readers unless you ABSOLUTELY have to with CRUCIAL information that comes in handy later.
9) Write what you want. Fuck rules. Fuck this post. Fuck what anyone else says. Listen to yourself. Make something crazy and new. Stop trying to be like other people.
Be bold, selfish, and unapologetic. Always write for yourself.
blubird, yeah thats what i was gunna say. blubird, thats me ha h a, my past is totally not catching up with me- uhh, i mean, wh a t past? i dont have a past,,, i was born yester d a y, yeah, yeah totally.
Please let’s not remember him for how he died, but for how he lived. Let’s remember him for how he made us laugh with his constant energy and sense of humour. Let’s remember how he gave us so much life with his energy, both one stage and off. Let’s remember him for the comfort in his music, knowing there was someone out there who understood what we were feeling. Let’s remember him for the motivation he gave us in his lyrics to go on, to keep on living. Please let’s remember him for the wonderful person that he was.
Thanks for everything that you do Mark! You brighten my (and a lot of people’s) days with your hilarious videos and just being you. So keep it going buddy, I know you’re going to achieve whatever your dreams are :D
Also, check the hashtag #MarkIsAHero! I promise you’ll like it!
Keith and Shiro decide to go to the beach. During the day, Keith gets a spider-man popsicle (because is nerd af) with temporary tattoos in it. Shiro suggests to use them, he loves his boyfriend so much.