two-ingredients

anonymous asked:

hey, any chance of a telegram sticker pack? your art is so cute and also, memes, the two basic ingredients of any great instant messaging addition

i know it’s an IM thingy, but what exactly is telegram and what do stickers do
pls explain :o

Things I have been learning about cat food today

- ‘Holistic’ is not a regulated word and means jack shit. Any food claiming to be 'holistic’ is trying to put one over on the consumer.

- 'Organic’ and 'Made with Organic Ingredients’ are different. Companies don’t need as much 'organic’ material to make the latter claim.

- ’[Meat] Cat Food’ is required to have significantly more of the named meat than 'Cat Food With [Meat]’

- Ingredients are listed by weight

- If the first ingredient is not a named meat, walk the fuck away

- Non-specific 'Meat’ and 'Fish’ and any by-products or meals of such are highly suspect.

- ’[Meat] by-product’ is questionable because it means any squishy part that isn’t counted as 'flesh’, aka giblets and offal. While some of those (liver, heart) are healthy and good, others are meh. Needless to say this should not be the primary (and thus first-listed) source of protein.

- ’[Meat] meal’ is actually preferable to just ’[Meat]’ in dry cat food because the weight of 'Chicken’ might include water weight, while 'Chicken meal’ is weighed without moisture and is thus a more reliable measure

- Corn and wheat are distressingly common and are completely useless for your cat. If they’re anywhere in the first five ingredients, your cat is gonna eat twice as much and most of it’s gonna end up in the litterbox.

- Re the last point, Meow Mix is utter shit. So is Friskies.

- Filler carbs are necessary to hold the pellets together but should not be one of the first two ingredients.

- Soy, beef, dairy, and fish are the most common cat allergies and can develop at any time

- There are a fuckload more reviews for dog food than cat food

- Regulation in the pet food industry is frankly apalling

7 simple water spells that use 2 ingredients or fewer

Not everyone has the time or money for a busy, involved spell. It takes practice, a quiet place to sit down, and often a lot of meditation or introspection before you can create a really POWERFUL spell. However, sometimes what you need isn’t power, but speed - these spells answer just that need combining water and no more than TWO other ingredients to create useful, flexible spells. They’re not the most powerful bits of magick you can perform, but they work fast, they don’t need a protective circle to cast them, and they can be re-performed easily and with almost no ingredient costs! 


  1. Fill a glass with water, and invoke the healing elements of Water and Earth. Pour healing energies into the water, and add a sprinkle of salt to cleanse out impure energy. Drink this water in one go for a fast and easy noticeable healing spell. Please note, however, that it is not a super-powerful spell! If you really need healing, perform a proper, strong spell after going to a doctor

  2. Dip your finger into a glass of saturated salty water, and use the water to draw a pentacle upon your table or altar. When the water evaporates it will leave the salt behind, creating a perfect salt pentacle perfect for keeping your altar free of harmful energies. This also means that it can be washed off in seconds with a damp paper towel or wash-cloth, making it easy to clean up and easy to dispose of in an instant if you are a secret or hidden Witch in an unfriendly environment.

  3. Mix sugar and a spice, such as vanilla* or cinnamon, into water and bless it under moonlight. Dedicate it to the moon and to the cycles of nature. Then, before the sun rises, pour the water out over any plants in your garden that need a little extra help staying healthy and strong. 

    *Please only use vanilla extract, vanilla paste, or vanilla bean for this! Vanilla essence is NOT real vanilla, and has never seen the inside of any herbs at all. Vanilla essence is a chemical called vanillin, which was created synthetically in a factory - it is NOT a real herb!

  4. Add rosemary and sage to a jug of cool water, and leave it to sit in the fridge for three days. Take the jug out and dip a paintbrush into this water, and then paint the potion upon the top of any doors in your house that face the outside. This will prevent negative spirits from entering your dwelling, and will help prevent you bringing stress in from the outside world with you too!

  5. Add together 3 parts dried rosemary (or 5 parts fresh), 6 parts water (8 if using fresh herb) and 2 parts salt, boil together in a pan for at least 10 minutes, then leave this to sit in a cool place away from as much sunlight as possible. Leave this potion to sit and infuse for at least 2 weeks, and then during your showers measure out about a quarter-cup (~60ml) of the potion. Apply this to your scalp and hair, massaging vigorously, and then after at least 1 minute of leaving it in wash it out with shampoo and water. This potion is extremely nourishing for the hair, and will help your hair stay stronger for longer. Soak your hands and feet in it for 10 minutes twice-daily as a nail strengthener, too! Keep refrigerated when not in use!

  6. Under a full moon, step out into nature and bless a bucket of water. Add a handful of salt, and command the salt to dispel all impurities and harmful energies in the water, and then use whatever incantation or wording you choose to tell the water that anything washed within it will be cleansed of foul energies and made new again. Then use the water to wash down any items in your house that might have negative energies attached; for example a necklace that was given to you by an abusive ex; a favourite toy from your childhood before you moved away and couldn’t play with it anymore; or perhaps a ritual tool that has not been cleansed in a long time and has energies built up inside it. This water will remove all the bad energies, and leave the good ones, allowing you to make the object’s energy “new” again and remove bad associations. 

  7. Fill a glass of water and dip your thumb into it, before pushing your Will into the water to infuse it with creativity, confidence, and innovation. Drink this water, or give it to someone you think needs it, and for a little while it will infuse them all the tools they need to be strong, confident, assertive and make their points well. Drink it before anything that requires these skills, such as a job interview, a presentation for school, or before asking your crush out on a date. It will fill you with confidence and help you get the job done right!


I hope this helps a lot of Witches who might be busy or secret or poor or forgetful, or maybe all of them together! Good luck my wonderful Witches, and may the Goddess bless you all!

– Juniper Wildwalk

quick and easy scented dough recipe

so easy in fact, you only need two ingredients: scented lotion and cornstarch

You just mix them together (i’m not gonna specify any measurements bc every lotion is different, but you should have more cornstarch, at least 2:1) and you get a soft dough that feels exactly like playdough but smells great!

And if you want to add some color, it takes food coloring very well

That said, it’s not without drawbacks. It dries out very quickly  so when you’re done playing with it you either need to store it in an airtight container or throw it away. 

Still, it’s quick, simple, and fun and it smells amazing. 

Harmonious Love

A bottle to promote harmony and love in a relationship. 


  • Sea Salt
  • Lavender
  • Passion Flower
  • Rosemary
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Basil
  • Sage/Sandalwood oil
  • Mint
  • Marjoram

Salt for a fresh, clean foundation

Lavender for a calm love

Passion Flower to inspire harmony and friendship between both partners 

Rosemary to inspire both partners to keep a youthful outlook on love and the relationship

Cumin to inspire fidelity

Ginger to keep passion for one another

Basil to remind each other to forgive and communicate

Sage/ Sandalwood to promote manifestation of wishes both partners have for the future, each other and their relationship 

Mint to remind both partners to keep things fresh and be inspired to try new things and have fun

Marjoram to strengthen love between both partners 


I had a rather large heart bottle waiting to be used, so I decided to make a bottle to remind me and my partner of some important parts of our relationship. The idea with this bottle is to put it somewhere visible. Every time you or your partner sees the bottle, they’ll be reminded of what it stands for. It’s meant to embody key points of a good relationship. 

Because it’s such a large bottle, there are quite a few ingredients in this one. You could certainly trim the list down! Added to that, mine contains a lot of lavender compared to other ingredients. I was trying to fill space! I also added magenta and red glitter to catch my eye and be a little more visually stimulating. For those adding glitter, a combination of big glitter and fine glitter works best. The fine glitter dusts the glass and it looks more obvious in person. 

I also personally added a taglock from both myself and my partner. I certainly don’t think it’s required, and I don’t often used taglocks, but I felt moved to use it in this particular bottle. 

I used both loose sage and a sandalwood oil for the purpose of manifesting wishes for the relationship. My partner and I often dream of going places or how our future will be, so I decided two different ingredients were appropriate for the one purpose that has a lot of meaning in our relationship. Be careful with the oil. Use only a drop or so if you can help it. It will clump up some of the herbs and can make the whole thing less visually appealing (if you’re going for the look as much as the intention). 


If you make your own version of this, or have any thoughts on it, I’d love to hear what you guys think! 

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todays edition: sleepy bananya milk!🍼🍌

its very simple, the only tool you will need is a spoon, a cup, and a blender. i have not perfected the recipe yet, but there is only so much banana mylk a kid can drink in the span of two days!

ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 (more/less, to taste) tbsp of honey
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cup of almond mylk ( note: i don’t know how this will taste with cow milk, but feel free to try! )

process:

  1. put all of your ingredients in the blender, and mix until it’s all blended!
  2. feel free to taste, and add more water/honey/milk if you want
  3. pour in your favorite cup, and enjoy !
"If she is crazy. Then I am crazy too" (Draco Malfoy)

A/N:Yayyy!! My first Harry Potter fandom imagine! I hope this lived up to the expectations.
Pairing: Draco Malfoy x Slytherin reader
Warnings: None that i’m aware of.

All I was doing was sitting in Potions when I heard two girls behind me talking.
“God have you heard what she is saying?” I heard a certain Pansy Parkinson say.
“No! What?” The girl next to her said.
“That she is dating Draco Malfoy. Oh my merlin she has clearly lost it. Draco Malfoy would never date her.” Pansy said.
“She has definitely lost her mind.” The girl next to her said.
I don’t understand. Draco and I had been dating for five months. But know one think that we are. I’m not crazy. I mean him and I had been quite secretive because i didn’t really want to attention to myself and he already had a lot of stuff on his mind.
“Miss Y/N, can you please answer the next question” Professor Slughorn asked as he pulled me out of my own thoughts. I hear my housemates behind me giggle.
“The last two ingredients are a Squill bulb and a Occamy eggshell.” I said.
“Very good.” He said.
Just then class was over, I picked up my books and shoved them into my bag. As I was leaving the room Pansy stopped me.
“You may need to check your head. Draco would never date someone like you. You don’t even deserve someone like him…”
“Actually you should check your head darling. I think the fumes from Potions today made you delirious.” I interrupted.
“You ugly little witch. You better back off. He is mine and you will never date him.” She said as she pushed me against the wall.
I don’t understand why people just don’t believe me. I ran to the Slytherin common room and of course who i wanted to see was sitting next to the fire reading a book.
“Draco” I said in tears.
He immediately jumped up throwing his book down.
“What’s wrong darling?” He said hugging me.
“They think i’m crazy because I said you and I are dating. They don’t believe me.” I said breaking the hug.
“It’s alright. I will prove to them. Just sit down. Do you want a drink?”
“No i’m okay.” I said as I placed my head on his shoulder.
I must have fallen asleep because I woke up to Draco telling me it’s time for dinner.
We walked into the Great Hall, hand and hand. He looked directly at Pansy and said “If she is crazy. Then I am crazy too, because I love Y/N.”
Out of no where he kissed me.
“I love you.” He whispered in my ear.
“I love you too” I whispered back.
The look on Pansy’s face was priceless.

So your bird needs medicated

And you’re not looking forward to the fighting and the manhandling that might involve. But DON’T WORRY FRIENDS. Let me show you my secret weapon:

Motherfucking BABY FOOD. The secret to smuggling medicine into your little scream child and making them think it’s the greatest gift you’ve ever given them. And also the secret to training your healthy bird to see the medicine dropper as a vehicle for treats instead of medicine. Just choose their favorite fruit or veggie in baby food form. In this house the favorites are bananas, apples, pears, and sweet potatoes. 

(I can’t find the source anymore, but make sure you don’t get the combo flavors. The idea behind this is the combo flavors have more ingredients and potentially something not good for your birds. This banana baby food only contains two ingredients: bananas and a little bit of lemon juice.)

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Witchy Ways To Protect Yourself/Protection Spells

NOTE: Many of these are my own invention, just thought you should know. 

By protection I am referring to spiritual protection and protection from negative energy and bad spells. I am also suggesting the use of these (not in place of actual psychiatric help) for people with anxiety disorders and other disorders that can cause paranoia. Using these for nightmares could also be beneficial.

For these you don’t need ingredients (except two of these of course) so even closeted witches can do them. 

Plant Helpers

-If you want to use something alive for protection then ferns and cactuses might be a good plants to use. Keep in mind this is my own invention but blessing the plant by charging them can help keep bad things away. Put an emotion (a positive one such as peace, love, happiness, etc.) Into the plant. You don’t necessarily have to touch the plant themselves but you can touch the pot they are in. Close your eyes and picture a light of the color of your choice surrounding the plant. Imagine that light going into every part of the plant and then spreading out to touch you and the room. Picture a lock in the middle of the light that locks itself to keep you safe. You can also whisper this to the plant: “Dear little friend, keep me safe unto the end.”

-Imagine your heart. See it beating within your chest. Envision a flower of your choice flowing from it and wrapping you in its roots. Repeat to yourself: “All is well and I am safe, from here to every space. The plant shall hold me safe and sound, to protect me from what’s around.”

Animal Helpers

-Put snake statues at every corner of the room you sleep in. This is what the Ancient Egyptians did to fight off nightmares.

-Picture your heart (it doesn’t have to be anatomically accurate). Envision a glowing ball of light flowing out of it and transforming into an animal that brings you comfort, be it a real or mythical animal and in the color of your choice. See that animal gently leaping from your chest to the floor of the room you are in. Imagine that they are encircling your body in a blanket of light that surrounds all parts of you almost like a mummy. As they tuck the last of the blanket around you, slowly repeat these words: “Friend of joy, friend of light; keep me safe each day and night.”

Misc.

-Imagine a light comes from within your heart or brain and envelopes you in a bubble. Feel the warmth of this bubble around you and see the way it holds you safe and sound. Know that all bad energies will bounce off the bubble and not reach you. 

ATTENTION HUMANS
  1. get a banana (old or fresh- doesn’t matter)
  2. peel it and mush it into a bowl with a fork
  3. add a packet of instant oatmeal
  4. mix
  5. add a handful of chocolate chips
  6. add anything you can find in your pantry- i added craisins, little bit of cocoa powder and freeze dried strawberries
  7. mix more
  8. separate into ~8 pieces of dough onto a greased cookie sheet
  9. bake for 15 minutes at 350°F
  10. DEVOUR.

AMAZING.

The Destiel of It All: Part I

Briefly before We Begin

Hello. I’m new. I’ve not been in this fandom for very long, but I’ve loved Supernatural for longer. I’ve now read some meta and have found it so uplifting and enjoyable to read through thoughts that reflect my own so perfectly that I felt inspired to begin putting my own impressions into actual words and sharing them with you all. Being in this fandom is like stepping out of the cold and into a warm, lovely, welcoming room of kindred spirits - all kinds of wonderful - so I do apologise for the repetition I’m undoubtedly going to bring to the table, but hopefully I may bring some fresh angles as well. 

Part I of, well, I honestly have no idea.

That said - let’s start.

Romance or Bromance?

The core premise of a romantic coupling, the idea that makes the Love Story so powerful, is two people coming together to open each other’s eyes to what they really need, rather than what they think they want. It should be said that the bromantic coupling is also rooted in this idea: the completion of an emotional puzzle, where the character traits of the one help evolve and, ultimately, unless it’s a tragedy, better the other. However, I will argue my point in the following posts that the relationship between Dean and Castiel is, and always has been, romantic. Not only because of how the showrunners have chosen to write these characters’ dialogue, or because of the blatant use of romantic subtext, evident in how they’ve set up the shots and how the actors act out the scenes and how those scenes are then edited (more on all of that later), but because of how the showrunners have chosen to angle these characters’ joint journey of self-discovery.

Here’s what I mean: in many an example of the romantic narrative, two Opposites will argue and refuse to see eye-to-eye, but unavoidably they will learn from the lessons the other is teaching. This growth is what finally allows them to see past what they’ve always thought they wanted (the conscious external motivation for their journey) to what they really need (the subconscious internal goal of that journey), which is right in front of them: in the case of a romantic narrative this is their other half. Pairing up with their other half and getting what they need, in a well-written story, will usually result in the characters also being able to attain what they truly want, which is typically a variation of the external motivation they’ve been striving towards all along.

For example: In the romantic comedy Leap Year, the protagonist ANNA has one main desire, which is to marry her boyfriend, but she also wants to gain access to a prestigious apartment building in central Boston, which is made easier by the fact that she and her guy Friday are a successful couple, and they’ve both wanted to live in that particular building for a long time: an internal goal (marriage) going hand in hand with an external goal (apartment).

When Anna goes to Ireland to surprise her boyfriend by proposing to him (since he’s seriously dragging his feet), bad weather leaves her stranded and at the mercy of Irishman DECLAN, who runs the small hotel she finds refuge in. Anna and Declan clash immediately, but as Anna needs someone to get her to Dublin, and Declan needs cash to pay off the debts on the hotel, their journeys intertwine. A battle of wills ensues as they go on the road and both clamour for control of the situation, questioning the other’s behaviour, challenging one another and, ultimately, growing to understand each other and lend each other support and encouragement. By the end of their shared journey, their joint external motivation: Dublin or bust, will lead them to call out truths about each other that has them see new truths in themselves, ending in them fulfilling their inner goals: Declan makes peace with his past and Anna let’s go of her expertly planned future. Their reward for learning their lessons and daring to evolve: sharing true love and finding happiness together.

Why am I outlining the plot of this romcom? Because this romantic structure is so applicable to the interlinked character journeys of Dean and Cas - to the point where it’s such an integral part to their narrative - that I cannot imagine it’s not used with every intent and purpose. I would go so far as to say that Dean and Cas being the central love story is very much canon, and have so been since Castiel’s epic entrance into the series, because visual and verbal subtext is every bit as important as the superficially stated - I’d argue it’s more important - to the intricate narrative of this show. When it comes to why the showrunners would need to, rather than outright choose to, keep this love story in subtext is something I’ll (also) discuss further on, so back to the topic at hand: the romance.

Let’s begin with the two most vital ingredients for any narrative, but especially for the romantic one - The Characters.

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The shounen tropes of protection and a future, plus Juvia’s promise to Silver in the Gruvia relationship

Not long ago, I wrote a meta of Juvia’s character up until Tenrou Island. From someone who was so lonely and isolated, Juvia fell in love with Gray, with Fairy Tail, and used “the power of love” in her fight with Meredy, and how that’s incredibly motivating.

Juvia’s story doesn’t end after Tenrou, obviously. I tried to leave out Gray in her character analysis but honestly, Juvia being more involved with Gray was foreshadowed, then we were given the full story in Tartarus. The Gruvia ladies have mentioned fairly often in their podcasts that Juvia’s character and backstory is done, that her story became much more entwined with Gray’s in Tartarus from her battle with Keith.

Not counting that the foundation of her character is “maid” for Gray (that pun is totally intentional, you’re welcome), there have been quite a few instances where we were given hints that Juvia will be more involved with Gray’s story. Please note, I may be looking too deep into some of these, so feel free to disagree with me ^^

1) Juvia said she will protect him in their first meeting.

2) She protected him from Simon once,

2b) and a second time.

Both occasions left Gray either confused or irritated because why would a girl he just met say/do something like that, and because “she made Simon get away”.

3) She has been referred to as the “future” for Gray, by Ultear.

Protection and future are two very important, if not absolute necessary ingredients, for two characters romantically intended for each other in a shounen.

You see it in Bleach, in Naruto, and in Inuyasha (throwback there sorry, lol).

I never read the manga for the former two, but from manga caps and posts I’ve seen on my dash, it seems like protection and a future with someone are also running themes in both series.

I can only speak about Inuyasha, and specifically Miroku. Sango, and having a future with her was his motivation in the final arcs of the story, and convinced him to live for her (and their future) when and if in any other circumstances or in his life prior to meeting Inuyasha and co., he didn’t value his life as much, and would’ve easily thrown his life away because of his Kazaana.

I see Gruvia following a very similar storyline/development because while I have shown Juvia here protecting Gray, they have both [from @frozenrain22] been actively protecting each other [from @thatsvicchan] throughout the manga.

Protection and future are two closely linked themes in shounen because it is often what drives the male characters [very often, but it could be the ladies’ too] to fight on, to win, to live to see the end of a very big, often final, battle.

I say final battle because it is usually not until then that “future” becomes all the characters’ sources of hope and drive to win and live. Not just those romantically developed together.

Do we need a reminder of the Alvarez prologue? Aka chapter 453? Aka Gray’s “I’m grateful you’re always by my side”?

It wasn’t just Gruvia in 453 though. In the same chapter, we also had Nalu and Zervis.

I mentioned in an earlier Juvia meta that a happy ending in shounen is two characters having kids as the epilogue. The “future” in this case, basically means happily ever after, married, and with kids.

What was the ending for Bleach? In Naruto? In Inuyasha?

ALL THE MAIN SHIPS GOT MARRIED AND HAD KIDS.

It’s why even if Mashima keeps stalling, it’s obvious what the ending is. You have two characters actively protecting each other and mention a future together. There’s no doubt that Gray’s answer will be affirmative, it’s going to happen.

Reason I’m confident? These are all typical shounen tropes. If you read enough manga and watch enough anime, then it’s even easier to tell with Gruvia and other FT ships. Mashima doesn’t make things complicated for his characters and ships (probably for the sake of his own sanity too).

One thing that I think is significant with Gruvia, compared to the other animes I listed, is the role of the parent in Gruvia’s story.

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Alec & Jace Lightwood: a touching friendship

City of Ashes:

“I couldn’t sleep, so I went for a walk,” Jace said. “When I got back, I bumped into this sad bastard mooning around the porch.” He pointed at Alec.


City of Glass:

“Did you ever think that in a past life Alec was an old woman with ninety cats who was always yelling at the neighborhood kids to get of her lawn? Because I do,” Jace said.


City of Fallen Angels:

“Alec keeps sending me annoying photos. Lots of captions like Wish you were here, except not really.


City of Heavenly Fire:

“It’s Magnus birthday,” Alec said, flipping the phone shut. “I didn’t want him to think that I didn’t—to think that I forgot.”
“You’re pining,” said Jace.
Alec shrugged. “Look who’s talking. ‘Oh, I love her. Oh, she’s my sister. Oh why, why, why—’ ”


“Are you still mad because I broke your phone?” Jace said. “Because you broke my wrist, so I’d say we’re even.”
“It was sprained,” Alec said. “Not broken. Sprained.”


“Jace could get himself killed putting his pants on in the morning. Being his parabatai is a full-time job.” 


“The first time you saw me,” Jace said, looking down at his hands, looped around his knees, “I bet you didn’t think, He’s going to get me killed.”
“The first time I saw you, I wished you’d go back to Idris.” Jace looked over at Alec incredulously; Alec shrugged. “You know I don’t like change.”
“I grew on you, though,” Jace stated confidently.
“Eventually,” Alec agreed. “Like moss, or a skin disease.”


“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.

The Recipe for a GREAT Story Idea

CYBORG plus CINDERELLA  

REVOLUTIONARY WAR plus HIP-HOP 

BOARDING SCHOOL plus WIZARDS

The World’s Most Famous Detective Stories plus Modern-Day London.

What makes these story concepts so intriguing, and so repeatable? 

 Yes, they’re genius ideas. But there’s a recipe you can glean from those genius ideas, one which anyone can follow.  And if we can follow it, we can create our own genius ideas. It has, unsurprisingly, two ingredients.

I thought of cooking, then I thought of Stitch baking a cake. 

FIRST INGREDIENT: 

Something timeless. Familiar. Well-known already. Your reader already has imagery and expectations attached to this thing. Take Cinderella for example. When I hear it, images pop in my head instantly: a glass slipper, a clock striking midnight, a pumpkin coach, a ball at a castle, a servant girl. Or how about boarding school? A huge ancient building, classrooms, kids in uniforms, dormitories, living at school with a ton of kids your own age. Mental images abound. And they’re most likely the same images for everybody. 

(I want that dress. I’ll wear it when I go to Barnes and Noble and I’ll throw books at anyone that gives me odd looks.)

SECOND INGREDIENT:

Something new. Unexpected. Contrasting with that timeless imagery. Creating something one-of-a-kind, uniquely yours. Something surprising. We all have a lot of traditional expectations when we hear “Cinderella”, so when we add “Cyborg” to it, our brains start applying sci-fi to those expectations. Same with Sherlock and boarding school and all other examples. Our imaginations instantly start having fun, creating possibilities of what could happen in the story. Which makes us want to read and find out how those expectations are met. The ideas shouldn’t go together, but that’s what makes them work so well. 

It’s like this Remy gif:

Apart, the ideas, or “flavors”, are excellent. But when you combine them, things get infinitely more interesting. Downright magical in some cases. 

BUT! 

More than the delight and imagination sparking properties of these concepts make them work so wonderfully. Each ingredient is serving a distinct function. 

– One ingredient is suggesting STRUCTURE.

– One ingredient is suggesting AESTHETIC, WORLD, or TELLING METHOD.

STRUCTURE? 

Ask anyone to tell you the story of Cinderella, and they probably can. Everyone knows it. There are versions of it throughout the world. With boarding school, almost everyone knows the outline of a school year. Most people have a rough idea of how the revolution (or any revolution) played out. We instantly have a linear outline of events in our heads, no matter how rough or foggy. 

AESTHETIC? 

Witchcraft and wizardry. Modern-day London. Hip-hop. Cyborgs. When you hear these, they evoke possibilities of what the world of the story is going to be like. What it’s going to look like, feel like, how that story is going to be conveyed. And the “world” of the story is one of the most intoxicating parts of a story, that we really love. It’s one of the reasons we can read the same book over and over again; you’re in another world, a fascinating world, a world that can feel a lot more like home than your own. Give readers a concept of a setting they can easily imagine, and when it’s applied to that narrative, easily want to take up residence within.  

With “boarding school” you imagine school sports like badminton or soccer or that one where people slide rocks on ice. 

But when you add “wizardry” to “school”, you can imagine sports where children hurtle through the air on cleaning tools, while cannonballs try to smash into their heads.

Besides making your story timeless and unique, and far stronger for it, this also makes the concept of it highly repeatable. Because what happens if you surprise your reader, spark their own creativity, and delight them because of it? 

You’ve created something they actively want to share. 

The cycle of finding something you love isn’t complete until you’ve shared that thing with other people. It’s just how humans work. Just ask every person I have systematically infected with Hamilton. You’re not bribing, or bullying, or cajoling people to spread your story: they’re doing it of their own volition. Viral marketing is what you’re going for. The best kind of businesses are ones that “don’t require you’re time or presence” right? It’s the same with selling books. If you create something contagious, all you have to do is tell a few people. Then those people will tell other people, who will tell others, until you’ve spread a delightful bookish plague everyone is happy when they catch. You little plague rat you. Or plague flea, I suppose, would be more accurate. 

Oh, one more thing! This element of your premise can usually be summed up with a pithy little one-line of genius: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry or “America then, told by America now.”

Yup, squishing it down into one sentence makes it even more wildly contagious. 

So get that one sentence, sit back, and watch your story take over the world. 

The bartender will get to you, Susan.

One of my squirrelfriends is a bartender/drag entertainer/nightlife personality in the city and I had to show y'all this post.

This is just common sense, really.  Nobody wants strangers yelling out their name – pretty sure if they’re tending bar in New York City, this ain’t their first time at the rodeo and they see you.  There are so many ways to make your intention known that you want to order a drink besides yelling out the bartender’s name as if you are the only person waiting on service, as if that will make your service faster.  It’s like honking your horn at the car in front of you.  You might feel proactive, but nobody responds positively and you’ll probably be waiting longer.

Also, America is a tip-for-service oriented economy.  I think it’s terrible, but that’s just how it is and we all know how to navigate it before we’re old enough to order a drink in a bar.

And just a sidenote: this isn’t a hotel bar with $18 cocktails.  It’s a high-volume dive bar usually staffed by one bartender.  Your drink should ideally be two ingrediants or less because your $1 tip on a labor-intensive, time consuming beverage does not provide the same ROI for that bartender as the $2 tip someone left on a Corona.  Again, every person old enough to drink in NYC should know this.  A dive bar is not the place to go for your favorite cocktail you saw on ClassyDrinks Dot Com or whatever.

That said….look at what this I Was Told By Applecare gay commented.

Y'all – Y'ALL!!!!  I hate him.  I want to throw every drink in his face.  He could’ve saved himself a lot of keystrokes by saying “I’m a prick and very unpleasant to almost everyone around me” but instead he wrote out his own Customer’s Bill of Rights.

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anonymous asked:

101 can u make me a pie?

i can’t make a pie “for three reasons. one, because i do not have any pie ingredients. two, because i don’t actually know how to make a pie. and three because i am not your bitch,” one of better alec quotes from the book tbh

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