Introducing: Hazel's Guide to Navigating Fanfiction
Ok guys…. I did a crazy thing! I started another blog. Yeah, another. It’s called @hazelsfanfictionguide and I’m super stoked about it.
We’ve all seen general writing help blogs and posts. As a community, fanfiction writers give out tips and advice. We try to help each other along and encourage one another. Writers, new and old, join our ranks and look for help to get their blogs going, to write better, to find their community. Basically, as fanfiction writers, we need help often, but there is no one place to get that help.
This blog will be a great resource for this!
Hazel’s Guide is for writers of all ages, experience levels, fandoms, and genres. It will feature writing tips, blog building tips, and more. You can get help with plots or grammar, ask questions about characters or scenes. Or you can ask about tagging systems or how Google Docs can help you as a fanfiction blogger. Any and all topics related to fanfiction blogging will be covered!
The ask box is open for your questions, the submit page is available for you to give advice to other bloggers. There is a tagging system for writing tips, blogging tips, writing resources, and inspiration. The blog is still in the early stages of operation, but as it becomes more active, there will be more and more resources at your disposal!
I’ve been working hard to get this up and running the past few days, so I hope you guys enjoy it and find it helpful. And if you have any suggestions or if there’s issues with the site, feel free to IM me!
I never thought I’d get to see club penguin’s iceberg tip but here we are, probably 10 years since I stopped believing it was possible, and dreams have come true. (Excuse the sniff in the middle - I was holding back tears)
I will say, hands are some of the hardest things to grasp when learning how to draw! Even people who have been drawing for years can be intimidated by these lil appendages! My methods for drawing them might be a bit weird, but I’m happy to share some of the things I try and keep in mind while trying to capture the essence of The Hand
I hope some people can find this useful! I could probably have gone on and on about drawing hands in this post but it’s already long enough-
warnings: smut, some dirty talk, oral. (male receiving)
prompt: you’re pining over scott while derek pines over you. he helps you forget scott in his own way.
AN: let’s just pretend derek is still in teen wolf and he never lost his alpha title. i’m such a sucker for alpha hale right now.
beacon hills was a beautiful town, strange but beautiful none the less. you’d lived here your whole life, fortunately you’d managed to go most of your life without knowing what truly lurked in the dark but in the end, you were exposed to it all and fighting things nightmares were made of was a daily occurrence now.
Sorry in advance for the TMI but I may have found the holy grail to my acne issues and I want to share for anyone struggling. as far back as I can remember, I have struggled horribly with nodule cystic acne, not just on my face but my neck, chest and back. Sometimes so bad that I can’t even lay on my back or wear bras because it would hurt too much. I have been in and out of dermatologists since I was 13 and I was unwilling to try accutane, which is a drug that closes your sweat glands to minimize acne, though it can have severe health defects.
I’ve always hoped I’d grow out of it and when I didn’t (I am 25) the lab experiments continued; every kind of chemical claiming to fix it, every kind of natural remedy to cure it, tanning, in and out of doctor offices testing my hormones, showering 3 times a day because I am an athlete..NOTHING WORKED.
Well recently my back has been flaring up again and it’s been painfully embarrassing, so willing again to play chemist, I put my knowledge to use and made a concoction, put it in a spray bottle (to easily access my entire back) and OMG! it’s been 2 days and my skin doesn’t hurt to the touch and almost all the inflammation is down already.
1 part witch hazel; a well known acne fixer 2 part Apple Cider Vineager; known to kill bacteria, dissolve dead skin cells, and balance ph levels 1 part bactine; acne of any type is a wound, treat it as such! Bactine is an antiseptic with lidocaine aka a PAIN RELIEVER so sooth your painful cysts
throw that all together in a little spray bottle and spray on 1-3 times a day and watch the magic
Some of my witchy friends keep their practice secret for various reasons, so here’s a handful of tips for witches trying to do the same!
-Take up an interest in stones/zodiac/plants/etc
-Design your altar inside a shoebox that can easily be closed and hidden away
-Drink lots and lots of tea
-Dress or paint your nails in corresponding colors
-Use a cleansing spray as perfume/air freshener
-Use herbs when you cook for correspondences
-Stir things clockwise
-If you’re not a tea fan, use ingredients in your coffee corresponding with intent/goal for the day (ie cinnamon or mint for luck/prosperity, sugar for a sweet day, etc)
-Take advantage of various mundane tools (cosmic witches can use galaxy themed objects, art witches can use paint water for potions and things, green witches can use a rake as a broom, so on.)
-Cleanse and clean at the same time! Wash negative energy off your floors/dishes, sweep away negativity, etc.)
-Incense is a relatively normal thing nowadays, and candles are always cool. Carve symbols into candles, use incense according to scent to cleanse or whatever
-Draw sigils in places that are difficult to see: purse, wallet, shoes, etc
-Enchant/charm various items you use daily (charm your keys so that they’re difficult to use
-If you don’t mind not speaking aloud, speak spells in your head
-Store your supplies in places where people won’t go, such as under your bed or in the back of your closet.
-If you’re making moon/star/sun water, leave it in a plastic water bottle. Of anyone asks, tell them you’re just a little messy and forgot to put it away or something.
-Make spell jars look like galaxy jars, candle holders, etc and people will be much less suspicious
-If someone asks, tell them sigils are just random doodles/made up language/brand symbol/etc
-Open up your windows as much as possible to let in natural light/fresh air!
-Dress your house will pictures of the moon/planets/stars/patron god/goddess/etc because ~aesthetic~
-Make your grimoire/BoS/whatever you like to call it look like a notebook, document, file, or something else relatively unsuspicious
-Remember that you are a wonderful, qualified witch no matter what type of witchcraft you practice
…..but I am surprised at how people who claim to have it as their first (and often, only) language cannot tell the difference between possessive and plural forms.
This is the possessive form of the word ‘table’: table’s. You use the apostrophe (‘s) when you want to describe something that belongs to the table, or some quality of the table, or something that the table fucking possesses. For example;
This is the table’s edge.
This is the table’s right place.
This is how you write the table’s fucking possessive form.
This table’s slightly crooked. (Here you are describing an attribute of the table - crookedness - by contracting “the table is” to “the table’s”).
If the word itself ends in an ‘s’ don’t add another ‘s’ - just add an apostrophe (’).
The abbess’ piety is well-known.
The skittles’ colour is green.
My glasses’ frames are green.
On the other hand, if you want to write the plural form of the word table, you leave out the apostrophe and just add an ‘s’: one table, two tables, many tables, but never “table’s”. For example;
I’m going to buy five tables at IKEA.
We can just put all the food on the tables.
’Tables’ is how you write the fucking plural form of ‘table’.
The same rule applies when you are talking about people. Therefore, I present to you the possessive:
This is Jonny’s hockey stick. (Don’t forget the apostrophe because there’s only one Jonny)
This is Geno’s dog. (Don’t forget the apostrophe because there’s only one Geno, thank goodness).
Derek is Stiles’ werewolf. (If the word or name ends with a ‘s’, you just put an apostrophe at the end of the name and don’t add an extra s.)
Draco’s love for Harry is well-known.
Hermione’s commitment to good grammar is what makes her weep when she reads your fan-fiction.
This is Sidney’s house.
And now the plural:
The Malkins are coming over for dinner. (You are referring to more than one Kane, so you use the plural form. Not “the Malkin’s are coming over for dinner”, but “the Malkins are coming over for dinner”.)
Sharpy and Kaner are both mocking Jonny, and that’s more Patricks than Jonny can handle. (You are referring to more than one Patrick, so no fucking apostrophe).
Sidney has built several houses and he hates them all. (You are talking about several houses and not the particular attributes of any house).
Draco has lots of pet snakes. (Not snake’s)
Hermione is way too old for all these silly mistakes. (Not mistake’s).
What if you want to write about many things that belong to many people? Don’t let your head explode. Here’s how you do it.
Who are the people? Let’s say you’re talking about the Hale family.
What are the things? Let’s say you’re talking about all their houses.
What about the houses? Well, let’s say they’re beautiful.
The Hales have many houses.
Let’s break it down. Many people named Hale? Say Hales, not Hale’s. More than one house? Say houses, not house’s.
The Hales’ houses are beautiful.
Let’s break it down again. More than one Hale? Hales. More than one house? Houses. Possessive form of Hales? It ends with an ‘s’ so just add an apostrophe and you’re done. Hales’ Houses.
Some more examples:
Derek started a solo construction company, and he named it ‘Hale’s Houses’.
Derek Hale has a house. It’s Hale’s house.
Derek and Cora started a construction company, and they named it ‘Hales’ Houses’.
Derek and Cora Hale have a house. It’s the Hales’ house.
It took me a long time to learn this (as the title of this post indicates, English is not my first language, or even my second, or for that matter, my third). If I, at the hoary old age of twenty-three could learn this, you, who have been speaking, reading, and writing this language for your entire life, should be able to master it too. I still don’t get it right all the time, but I try.
I’m going to preemptively apologise for all the grammatical mistakes that I myself have made in this post. I’m happy to correct them if you point them out, because learning is an ongoing process and I will never be ashamed of making mistakes as long as I am willing to try and learn from them.