who buys a car with cash


My car just broke down and is permanently dead :(

I’m going to have to move back to Tennessee just because it’s so cheap to live there and I’ve got to buy a plane ticket and a uhaul just to move our stuff. The plane ticket is for jay my fiancé because they can’t ride in the car for that long. Then I’m gonna have to stay at my parents house (who hate me) just so I can look for an apartment for us to live in and we’re strapped on cash. Then I have to actually get a car!!

If you can donate, literally anything would help we need all we can get :( PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

My PayPal is: unity.mccanless@yahoo.com

Thank you so much!!

send me a ship and i'll tell you
  • -who cries when someone dies in a movie
  • -who wears the ugly holiday garb
  • -who pays for the meals
  • -who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone
  • -who brings home stray animals
  • -who leaves the bathroom door open
  • -who tells the 'dad jokes'
  • -who wants kids more
  • -who travels more
  • -who spends more cash
  • -who buys the things in infomercials
  • -who draws in the dust on their cars
  • -who starts the snowball fights
  • -who throws away the directions to things
  • -who puts up holiday decor
  • -who is more likely to forget to bathe
  • -who gets more obsessed about things
  • -who sings in the shower more often

anonymous asked:

Atomwave and “It reminded me of you.”, please?

Ray pulls up in the car and Rip starts groaning like he’s been stabbed, clutching his gut. “Raymond, what the hell did you buy?”

“Oh, it’s a Ferrari F40,” Ray says, “the twin-turbo 1987 make? I dunno, it’s pretty cool, right?”

Rip puts his hands over his mouth and wheezes through his teeth. “Where are we putting that, then? Surely you don’t expect to fit a whole car on the ship?”

“Ask Mick, it’s for him,” Ray says, getting out of the car and tossing the keys to Mick. He doesn’t catch them, and they clatter at his feet–he’s too busy staring at Ray, jaw clenched, tight with shock.

Ray takes a hesitant step forward. “Mick? You…you like it, right?”

“That’s why you wanted to come back to 1987,” Mick says. “Haircut, you idiot. Did you pay for that thing in cash?”

“Oh yeah, right on the show floor!” Ray enthuses. “And besides, I’m not the only one who wanted to come back. Sara said something about buying some My Little Pony toys in mint on card condition to sell on ebay.”

“Okay, but that’s not a Ferrari.”

“Yeah, but some of those toys run for like, a thousand bucks mint on card? Pretty wild if you ask me.”

“You just–you just bought a Ferrari in cash,” Mick says. “Haircut, do you know what money does?”

“I had to get it,” Ray says. “It’s handsome and red and I just–it reminded me of you. That’s all.”

“We’re not putting a Ferrari on the ship,” Rip groans, and Sara elbows him, two huge bags from Toys R Us hanging off each arm.

“Hey, shut up, don’t get in the way of true love,” she protests. “Just because your idea of a romantic gift is buying me royal wedding commemorative plates–”

“Excuse me, I went back in time to Elizabeth’s wedding specifically to buy you a set–”

“A Ferrari,” Mick says, shaking his head and putting his hand on the door. “I just–Ray. You don’t have to do this. I like you ‘cause of you, not your money.”

“And your big dick,” Sara pipes up. “Can’t forget the dick.”

Ray blushes, hiding his face in his hand and grinning. “Well, I just–I thought the surprise would make you happy, I could shrink it down until we get back to 2017 and you could put it in one of your safe houses maybe? Or just–”

Mick lifts his hand away from his face, replacing it with his own, his callused fingers stroking Ray’s face, his thumb running over his jaw. Ray’s lips part just a little, pliant and pink and hopefully pouting at him. 

“Surprised your big brain didn’t think that far ahead,” he teases. “But thanks for the gift. I mean it.”

“Well, as long as you’re happy–” Ray finishes his sentence as soon as Mick’s lips collide with his, a sharp, bruising kiss that makes him cling to Mick’s jacket, melting in pleasure against him.

“Why don’t we take a drive,” Mick says, “before we leave, just you and me, so you can see how happy you made me?”

“Oh,” Ray sighs, laying his head against Mick’s shoulder. “That’d–that’d be nice.”

“Gay,” Sara says, and Mick knocks the bag of toys out of her hands, Ray laughing as Sara and Mick start yelling at each other, bending over to pick up the keys and toss them at Mick. This time, he catches them without looking.

Yeah, so haven’t been posting much a lot here because of some major issues.

The first one being…

This. I only have .70 cents to my name, because any money given to me by WC is used to pay big bills (Laptop down payment, Phone, Internet and Car Insurance) and WC don’t offer a lot, so I’m still stuck with money I have to owe.

I can’t use my Paypal cash, because that’s mostly for mailing out postage to clients.

Also, my car had been going through some issues, when it starts, the entire car trembles badly. So my dad, who I thought was helping, was nice enough to buy a part for the car… ONLY FOR IT TO BE IN EVEN WORSE SHAPE!!

So now, not only do I have to try and find some way to pay bills, but now my dad is telling me I have to pay them for fixing my car… THAT HE MADE WORSE!!

So please guys, if you can, commission me. Like, anything helps at this point. ANYTHING!

             I’m taking Commissions! Contact me at:

                               Skype> Stacy.M.Medina

                      Discord> Ask GiggleBug#0702

                        I’m also accepting Donations

anonymous asked:


-who cries when someone dies in a movie: Marinette, and Chat cradles her when she does
-who wears the ugly holiday garb: Chat makes Marinette wear it with him
-who pays for the meals: Chat will never let Marinette pay
-who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: Chat does both and Marinette is silently judging him from afar
-who brings home stray animals: BOTH
-who leaves the bathroom door open: IT’S ALWAYS CHAT
-who tells the ‘dad jokes’: Chat makes one and then Marinette tells one back
-who wants kids more: Surprising, Chat does!
-who travels more: They travel together
-who spends more cash: Chat spends all of his money on her
-who buys the things in infomercials: Chat always wants to but Marinette stops him (unless he gives her the kitty cat eyes)
-who draws in the dust on their cars: ALL OF THE DOODLES ARE CHAT’S DOING
-who starts the snowball fights: They always end up throwing a snowball at each other at the same time
-who throws away the directions to things: Chat, he knows where he’s going (or at least he think he does)
-who puts up holiday decor: Marinette has to beg Chat to help her
-who is more likely to forget to bathe: Definitely Chat 
-who gets more obsessed about things: Both of them are pretty obsessive
-who sings in the shower more often: Marinette and Chat ends up singing along with her outside

The 5 Tears Of Sugar Daddy

The 5 Tiers of sugar daddy

Whale Daddy- will buy you an apartment, car, and all the luxuries your little heart desires. Most likely a spoiled girlfriend/kept woman scenario. Congratulations!

Sugar Daddy- gives you an allowance, buys you something pretty now and then, takes you on vacation. Just because your man is not a whale, does not mean you shouldn’t appreciate and care for him.

Splenda Daddy- a little bit of cash, some presents. May be Splenda due to financial situation OR will. Stay friendly, why not? They can be great friends.

Salt Daddy- does not understand how sugaring works, but not inherently bad. I.e., the ones who think VS and 300 USD is a good offer, or offer an unstable/unsustainable arrangement. Politely tell them they’re on the wrong site, or that you have met a really nice guy that you care for.

Fuckboy- does not care how sugaring works. Selfish and only looking for sex and how to manipulate, bully or browbeat girls into sex, but have no intention of cherishing their partner. Thinks that sugarbabies are a means for that thanks to CNN.
Will also turn on girls and scream at/insult them due to internalised shame- they KNOW they are wrong, but they take it out on you instead.
May even resort to date rape, ‘financial’ coercion (I would have given you 1k right away, but you said you weren’t up for chemistry on the first date, etc. etc.), or rape. STAY AWAY.
Have fun sugaring.


Today, I fucked up by thinking that I won $5,000 at a car dealership.

This happened about three hours ago. I am still very ashamed of myself.

I got what looked like a scratch off game card in my mailbox that was from a car dealership a couple towns over. It looked like a standard promotion/junk mail and I would normally throw this stuff away but this card had differing amounts that could be won simply by scratching off the various boxes on the card. Well wouldn’t you know it, I had a combination of symbols that, on the key on the right side of the card, said I had won $5,000. I then read the fine print on the back of the card and it seemed legit. No red flags to speak of.

I am normally EXTREMELY skeptical on these types of things. You can’t just win free money, right? So I called the number of the dealership and was transferred to a man who acted very excited that I had won this promotion. I asked him point blank, “Is there anything else that I need to know? Did I really just win $5,000 on a free mailer that everyone gets?” He said all I have to do is come down to the dealership and match the code on the back of the card. If it matches and I can prove that I live at the address on the mailer, he would cut me a check for the amount that I won. Keep in mind he didn’t say “$5,000” he said “Amount that I won”.

I’ll be honest, and I was still skeptical, but I could really use that kind of money right now (I mean who couldn’t right?). I basically laid it on the line and said, “Listen your dealership is at least 45 minutes away. I am not buying a car today. This isn’t like cash back on a new car or anything is it? Please tell me this is for real. I cant afford to drive that far both ways if this isn’t what you are telling me it is.” Without hesitating, the man on the phone said “This is for real. If we verify it and you really did win, we will cut you a check today.”

So, I hopped in my car and drove the 45 minutes to the dealership. When I walked in I saw a few people holding the same mailer. I was suspicious but at the same time there were several levels of money, all the way down to like $25, that could be won according to the game card so I figured these people had some amount of money as well. I walked up to the sales counter and told them who I was. I said, “Hey I’m the guy that called about an hour ago. I won $5,000 on your mailer game”. The three guys at the counter cheered and congratulated me. One of them ushered me into an office and asked me for my ID and proof that I lived at the address listed. Once I gave him that he asked me for the game card. He then gave me a form to fill out to claim my winnings. He punched in the code into his computer and said, “Alright man, lets find out if you won.” “What do you mean, if I won?” I said back. “One of you told me on the phone that I already had won.” I began to shake because I knew I had been tricked, no, straight lied to earlier. This man looks me in the face and says “You did win. You won a spot in our contest to see if you won $5,000.” I was speechless. He said “Don’t you want to find out if you won the money?” I realized then that I had been scammed into driving to this dealership. I said nothing. I looked this man in the eyes for at least thirty straight seconds in dead silence. I was so angry I could barely get words out. I am normally a very calm, easy going person and I hate confrontation, but I was so ashamed that I fell for this. I finally said, “You mother fuckers lied to me. You lied and told me I had won this money. I just drove all the way from (my town) to (this town) because one of you assured me this wasn’t a scam to get me here. I asked you if there was anything else I needed to know, if this was for real, and you said it was.”

He responded by saying it wasn’t him, that it must have been one of the other employees. He then told me that my drive “Wasn’t really that far”. I lowered my head, got back into my car, and drove home.

And that is how I fucked up today. I really hope that the son-of-a-bitch that put this together wins a bunch of money in the lotto and then dies of a heart attack before he can collect his winnings. Thanks for reading.

TIFU: Internet`s best fucked up stories are here.

anonymous asked:

(same anon as before) HOW COULD I FORGET. Mammett? For the otp thingy ma bob

  • who cries when someone dies in a movie: Marty, probably because it reminds him of when he watched Doc got shot ;n;
  • who wears the ugly holiday garb: Doc! Marty tries to be embarrassed but he loves Doc’s hideous fashion taste
  • who pays for the meals: Doc. Marty tries to argue but Doc insists
  • who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: Doc’s on the trombone, Marty’s at the oven door!
  • who brings home stray animals: Doc does. Einstein is getting a little sick of all these new brothers and sisters!
  • who leaves the bathroom door open: Marty, I’d say
  • who tells the ‘dad jokes’: Marty, but only when nobody but Doc can hear
  • who wants kids more: Doc, but he’s happy enough with Einstein~
  • who travels more: Marty probably travels around with his band occasionally
  • who spends more cash: Marty!
  • who buys the things in infomercials: Marty. Doc can just build whatever he wants (or so he insists)
  • who draws in the dust on their cars: Hmm, I can’t picture either of them doing it? I’d say if anyone it’s Marty though
  • who starts the snowball fights: Marty, for sure!!
  • who throws away the directions to things: Both of them lol
  • who puts up holiday decor: Doc!
  • who is more likely to forget to bathe: Doc, too caught up in his latest project
  • who gets more obsessed about things: Doc!! Remember that time he spent his family’s entire estate on inventing time travel?
  • who sings in the shower more often: Marty!!

anonymous asked:



-who cries when someone dies in a movie - definitely Souda

-who wears the ugly holiday garb - I bet Gundam would fucking rock it

-who pays for the meals - hmmm… Both probably

-who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone - oh boy Souda slams the oven door and Gundam plays trombone

-who brings home stray animals - GUNDAM NO DOUBT

-who leaves the bathroom door open - Souda tsk tsk

-who tells the ‘dad jokes’ - Souda

-who wants kids more - probably Souda

-who travels more -Gundam most likely

-who spends more cash - with all the parts he needs for inventions, probably Souda

-who buys the things in infomercials - SOUDA

-who draws in the dust on their cars - Gundam (he draws the 4 dark devas)

-who starts the snowball fights - Souda (get wrecked fam)

-who throws away the directions to things - Souda lmao

-who puts up holiday decor - different holidays for different boys

-who is more likely to forget to bathe - probably Souda lmao

-who gets more obsessed about things - hmmm…. Depends on what….

-who sings in the shower more often - Souda probably lmao

Thanks for sending!!! This was a lot of fun!

cup-ah-jho  asked:


Send me a ship and I’ll tell you


- Who cries when someone dies in a movie: Kayano.

- Who wears the ugly holiday garb: Nagisa.  :’D

- Who pays for the meals: Nagisa bcoz he is gentleman af.

- Who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: Nagisa plays the trombone and Kayano slams the oven door.

- Who brings home stray animals: Nagisa. Kayano then lecture him but after that she doesn’t mind about it anymore.

- Who leaves the bathroom door open: KAYANO.

- Who tells the ‘dad jokes’: Nagisa. :’D

- Who wants kids more: Nagisa.  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Same goes for Kayano but she never say it to Nagisa because she find it embarassing.

- Who travels more: Kayano.

- Who spends more cash: Kayano.

- Who buys the things in infomercials: Kayano.

- Who draws in the dust on their cars: Kayano.

- Who starts the snowball fights: Kayano.

- Who throws away the directions to things: Kayano.

- Who puts up holiday decor: Both.

- Who gets more obsessed about things: Kayano.

- Who sings in the shower more often: Kayano.


- Who cries when someone dies in a movie: Okuda.

- Who wears the ugly holiday garb: Okuda.

- Who pays for the meals: Okuda wants to pay but then Karma insist that he should pay.

- Who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: Okuda plays the trombone and Karma slams the oven door.

- Who brings home stray animals: BOTH. :D

- Who leaves the bathroom door open: Karma.

- Who tells the ‘dad jokes’: Okuda.

- Who wants kids more: Karma.

- Who travels more: Karma.

- Who spends more cash: Karma. :’D

- Who buys the things in infomercials: BOTH.

- Who draws in the dust on their cars: Karma.

- Who starts the snowball fights: Okuda.

- Who throws away the directions to things: Karma.

- Who puts up holiday decor: Okuda.

- Who gets more obsessed about things: Okuda.

- Who sings in the shower more often: Okuda.

anonymous asked:


  • -who cries when someone dies in a movie Kiba
  • -who wears the ugly holiday garb Kiba
  • -who pays for the meals Shino
  • -who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone Oven-Kiba, Trombone- Shino
  • -who brings home stray animals Kiba
  • -who leaves the bathroom door open Kiba
  • -who tells the ‘dad jokes’ Shino
  • -who wants kids more Neither
  • -who travels more Both
  • -who spends more cash Kiba
  • -who buys the things in infomercials Kiba
  • -who draws in the dust on their cars Kiba
  • -who starts the snowball fights Shino
  • -who throws away the directions to things Kiba
  • -who puts up holiday decor Shino
  • -who is more likely to forget to bathe Kiba
  • -who gets more obsessed about things Shino
  • -who sings in the shower more often Kiba

rjdaae  asked:

What was involved in the purchase of airport!Erik's car? (Did he choose it himself?; was there a test drive?; how did it get to his house?)

Again, the magic of the internet. He gave Khan money to go out and buy the car in cash after seeing it online and communicating with the person who was selling it over the internet. Khan took public transportation to the seller’s house, and drove the car to Erik’s, where it’s mostly a sidewalk ornament now.

anonymous asked:

Takeda and Jacqui for the shippy thing, pleaseee ;*

eh why not I’ll do this before going to bed

  • who cries when someone dies in a movie Takeda. The boy is INCREDIBLY sentimental and sensitive, he’ll cry if he thinks someone is even CLOSE to dying.
  • who wears the ugly holiday garb – They wear matching horrible sweaters. Jacqui’s taking one for the team while Takeda’s having a blast.
  • who pays for the meals – Usually Jacqui. She wants her baby to have nice things and nice food.
  • who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone – Jacqui’s on trombone, Takeda’s on oven door, Hanzo and Jax aren’t home.
  • who brings home stray animals – TAKEDA. He usually doesn’t KEEP them, more just bringing them in to clean them up and check them for diseases before taking them to a good shelter or animal hospital. But being something of a stray taken in himself he can’t just leave the poor cats he sees in alleyways on their own.
  • who leaves the bathroom door open – Jacqui is incredibly comfortable in her own home so usually her.
  • who tells the ‘dad jokes’ T A K E D A A A A A A A
  • who wants kids more – Takeda again. Jacqui is sort of neutral to the idea of kids while Takeda loves kids and is really good with them.
  • who travels more – They both travel a good deal, having essentially the same job.
  • who spends more cash – Jacqui, but this is compared to Takeda who was raised by Hanzo “Five Dollars is Too Expensive” Hasashi.
  • who buys the things in infomercials – Takeda. He owns two Slap Chops, a Snuggie, and one of those juice-pouring things.
  • who draws in the dust on their cars – Takeda, though instead of writing stuff like “wash me” he just draws smiley faces and flowers.
  • who starts the snowball fights – Frost showing up to ruin their dates because dIE SHIRAI RYU S CU M
  • who throws away the directions to things – Jacqui, mostly because usually she doesn’t NEED them.
  • who puts up holiday decor – Jacqui again. Once again, Takeda was raised by Hanzo “What the Fuck is a Christmas” Hisashi so the idea of putting things up around the house for the holidays is completely foreign to him.
  • who is more likely to forget to bathe – When they’re on leave, Takeda. Jacqui can usually fix that with a simple “I’m gonna take a shower. Wanna join me?”
  • who gets more obsessed about things – Takeda gets INCREDIBLY excited and invested in things and Jacqui thinks it’s adorable
  • who sings in the shower more often – Both of them, and both of them are pretty decent. However Jacqui sings things like “Chasing Pavements” and Takeda belts out EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIIIIGHTTIINNNGG–

anonymous asked:

Add x Ara for the "send me a ship" thingy!

oOOOMG MY OTP BLESS UR SOUL ANON QuQ come off anon so we can talk abt how cute add and ara are ok

  • who cries when someone dies in a movie: ARA like every time omg. add will sometimes cry but only when an animal dies and ara NEVER lets it go lmaaooo
  • who wears the ugly holiday garb: EVERYONE IN THE ELGANG wears them, team mom rena MAKES them. but add and ara’s MATCH and it’s really cute which cancels out the ugly and tOTALLY DEFEATS THE PURPOSE. WHY DID U TWO HAVE TO BE SO CUTE!! >:0
  • who pays for the meals: add does for the most part but doesn’t mind letting ara pay from time to time (when she wants to)
  • who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: ara plays the trombone and add slams the oven door (when team mom rena isn’t home lmao)
  • who brings home stray animals: ohh my god add would bring home so many stray cats he loves cats but he doesn’t want to ruin the image everyone in the elgang has of him so he just HIDES THEM ALL IN HIS ROOM but ara finds out and they end up taking care of the cats together aaaa. tHEIR CHILDREENNN
  • who leaves the bathroom door open: add would at like 3 am when he’s half asleep from working on his dynamos all night (but ara would be fast asleep so no problem there lmao)
  • who tells the ‘dad jokes’: AAAADD OMG ADD WOULD LOVE DAD JOKES. he’s never heard of them until he heard raven tell one and he’s just been doing it ever since like. wow. he is amazed by these jokes “hI HUNGRY I’M ADD KEKek the english language is INCREDIBLE”
  • who wants kids more: ara probably!! i like to think that after losing her family she wants more than anything to have kids and continue her bloodline and have family in her life again :’> i imagine add would feel similarly (what with the loss of his own family and all) but be more apprehensive about the whole thing, since he’s so closed up and probs has oodles of trust issues… (i also h/c him as demisexual so there’s that hehe)
  • who travels more: ara!! add is more of a stay-at-home-working-on-dynamos person, but if ara wanted to travel he’d go w/ her probs!!
  • who spends more cash: add. he likes the things he buys to be high-quality B)
  • who buys the things in infomercials: ohh my god even tho add spends more ara would be the impulsive buyer. “ara what IS that” “okay add get this…. it’s like an ice cube….. BUT IT DOESN’T MELT” “oh my god” add totally lets her tho b/c her face tOTALLY LIGHTS UP WHEN SHE GETS THE NEAR-USELESS STUFF and it makes his heart flutter (/)//w//(\) NOT THAT HE’D ADMIT THAT THO HAHA
  • who draws in the dust on their cars: ara!! she doodles cute lil cats and sweet reminders for add onto the windshield and it embarrasses the heck outta him but he secretly finds it really endearing QuQ
  • who starts the snowball fights: NEITHER lmao but they’re always roped into snowball fights by the rest of the elgang and it’s always either elsword, aisha, or lu who starts it and it’s like a partnered snowball fight thing w/ like 2-3 ppl per team. it’s always either team eve+rena or team add+ara who win. team chung+raven and team lucielesis are close tho. haha rip team elsword+aisha u two started this mess
  • who throws away the directions to things: ADD he’s like that dad who thinks he can build an ikea shelf all by himself but then “add why is it mounted on the ceiling??” “i. i don’t know ara. i fucked up. sorry”
  • who puts up holiday decor: ara!! she’s probably a very festive person in general whereas add who’s lived in isolation all his life is just??? *points to christmas tree* “what is this ara” i think it’d be really cute if ara taught him all about normal customs/traditions *u*
  • who is more likely to forget to bathe: add b/c he’s always busy working on his dynamos. add forgets everything tbh sometimes ara even has to remind him that he needs to eat and sleep “i’ll be fine, ara” “you need food to live, add”
  • who gets more obsessed about things: add, hands down. he’s like the epitome of obsession tbh
  • who sings in the shower more often: ara!! her voice is probably rly pretty omg. like gentle, but can still be loud if that makes sense?? and it vaguely reminds add of when his mother used to sing to him when he was a little boy and sometimes he presses his ear to the bathroom door just to hear ara sing. wHAT A NERD WHAT A FUCKINf NERD
(/◕ヮ◕)/$$$ RADIO the GazettE (2016.04.22) #2
  • *Question from a fan: I have recently acquired a credit card (for the first time), and when I use it, my heart starts pounding (goes doki-doki lol).Do you guys usually shop with a card? Do you guys remember the first item you bought with a credit card?*
  • Aoi and Uruha: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Your heart goes doki-doki?!
  • Uruha: I usually use a credit card, I guess.
  • Aoi: I'm half and half.
  • Uruha: So you'll pay with cash?
  • Aoi: I'll occasionally pay with cash, because my heart will also go doki-doki sometimes. (lol)
  • Uruha: I see. I kinda understand, I might pay half and half too. Because if you start using your card for everything,your bills would be a disaster/scary.
  • Aoi: Would you buy a house (with a card)?
  • Uruha: NO NO NO NO I have never heard of anyone buying a house with a credit card! I'm not trying to brag or anything, but in the GazettE, I'm the only one who really doesn't purchase cars.
  • Aoi: Now now now,really..but you see....
  • Uruha: I mean, how many cars have you bought so far? *laughs*
  • Aoi: Now now now,...
  • Uruha: You've thought about calming down right? *chuckles*
  • Aoi: Now, now...but isn't that fine?
  • Uruha: Well, you have told me about your dreams with cars...
  • Aoi: Yeah yeah yeah
  • Uruha: Like the erotic ones...*chuckles*
  • Aoi: Now, now, now...but something I bought recently was a boat.
  • Uruha: A BOAT?!
  • Aoi and Uruha: AHAHAHAHAHAHAH
  • Aoi: I'm just joking!
  • Uruha: With a credit card?
  • Uruha: AHAHAHAHAHAHA!But I think Kai uses his card the most out of the GazettE members. But he's smart about it (knows how to keep track of his financial activities).
  • Aoi: What have you bought recently?
  • Uruha: For me...probably clothes? How about you?
  • Aoi: Machines.
  • Uruha: Machines? Ohhhhh I see.
  • *LOL at Aoi struggling to come up with an explanation,and Uruha's voice is so calming : )*
Building the Series, Part I: Beginnings

Warning: This is not a How To Guide for Writing.

What this is, is an exploration. Specifically, it is an experimental look, using The Raven Cycle as a starting point and lens) to discuss structure in a longform series–for a narrative that is meant to have multiple beginnings, multiple middles, multiple endings, and (simultaneously) one beginning, one middle, one end.. It is an examination of how an idea can evolve to become not merely a story but a fully realized, living, breathing world.

Because, I think, that is really what a series is: a world of your own making, with the structure and form your medium of choice requires to live a life within it.


(or The Raven Boys, and The Lie of “Show, Don’t Tell”)

The first rule of writing is: Show, Don’t Tell.

It’s a rule I’ve always taken to heart, as a consumer of narrative. My mind wanders listening to endless exposition, when I feel like I already know the rules. I scowl when a character beat or plot point I’ve already seen demonstrated gets signposted, or, in rare cases:

Say, you know, that.

It’s obvious why we get fed this rule, and it makes perfect sense. Of course you Show–how boring otherwise. How repetitive your sentences would be in all Tells: “He was sad.” “She was delighted.” “They were not happy together, but they were in love anyway.” How complicated it would quickly become, if your audience felt like they were being told something they were not being proven: “He and she are a bad match and probably shouldn’t be together but I decided as a writer to do it anyway so nuts to you.” 

So: Show, Don’t Tell. Of course. We get it, we’ve got it, good.

Of course, the first line of The Raven Boys is:

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.

For some of you, that might seem to make sense too. Of course you Tell–how difficult otherwise. How would you even write that, in a Show? “Whispers in Blue’s mind told her again.” “A man half-cast in shadow would fall before her.” “Twin lips brushed together, and turned black at the touch.” You have to Tell it–it’s obvious to Tell it.

So: Tell, Don’t Show. Great, got it–

Wait, don’t got it, no. Maybe some of you do, but. I know for myself, I’ve never found it so obvious, for whatever reason. And by for whatever reason, I mean “for a specific few, many of which I’ll get into Part IV.”

But most importantly one: I think the first rule of writing is Show, Don’t Tell. I also think the first lie of writing is Show, Don’t Tell. Not because it’s inherently, universally, wrong (see SW example above), but because it implies it is inherently, universally right. There’s something glorious about the Show, about seeing a scene and knowing, feeling, in our gut, the truth of it.

But also, there is: 

The Kuleshov Effect

Demonstrated by and named for Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, the Kuleshov Effect is meant to demonstrate how cutting in cinema creates meaning. An audience member, seeing two images in quick succession, will create a meaning and a relationship between the two of them due to the natural human inclination to tease out patterns and create narrative in seemingly random events. The shot of the man in the above short is always the same: a blank, neutral expression. Yet, depending on the image immediately preceding it, we understand the emotion differently. We bring to him subtle nuance and shades of meaning that are, patently, not truly there.

It is a testament to the rule of Show, Don’t Tell that we are able to do this. The man does not need to Tell us he’s hungry. We understand hunger, and we understand that looking at a piece of food (rather than ignoring it) generally indicates it. However, I also think it demonstrates very well the lie. The man’s expression never changes–and, on its own, the man’s expression Tells us nothing. There isn’t anything really in this part of the Show. Were the shot of the man unmoored from the short or were it cut to come after a scene of ambiguous value, something we do not inherently understand, then the same power the human mind has to find nuance or create patterns actually only becomes a weakness. It leads to argument, or confusion, as different audience members gather different things–and without a Tell to keep them in line, there’s no real way to determine, who is right and who is wrong.

Not all beginnings are created equal. Your series might take place in a white siding house with a white picket fence–a narrative we have been fed, however incorrectly, as being the norm, and thus, something many people understand as a baseline. Your series might take place in alternate history rococo Space France–a narrative that we have not been gifted, however unjustly, as the norm (thanks, universe). Or, like The Raven Cycle, your series might take place in a not quite real town in Virginia, with pockets of world that are exactly like our own, and pockets of world that only seem like our own. These are different levels of distance from reality, with different levels of inherent understanding we can bring to it–and thus, different levels of Tell, I think, that we in practice need to have along with our Shows, to make sure our Shows are actually Telling. 

This is particularly true, I think, when we’re looking at beginning our series. If a series is an idea fleshed out to make a world–not a story with three parts (beginning, middle, and end), but a genuine universe with a life to be lived within it–then the beginning is the start of that life in that world. It is the promise of what is to come.

So, on that note …

What Are You Promising?

No, not just what you are setting up, promising. They are the same (until they are different–more on that later) and knowing that–knowing this is a question to ask–is probably the most important thing you can do in any beginning. We understand Exposition. Whether or not we are good at it, we get the purpose. It is, after all, what we do as the writer. 

What I think we understand less, to differing extents, is what we don’t actively do but which occurs as a direct result of our actions: What I think can be safely called Establishment and Expectation.

Establishment, at least, is a word we get thrown as writers. Though, I want to talk about it not as a synonym for exposition, not as an action we do as writers, but as something the book does with our exposition. Kind of like an echo of what we shout into the cold, dark abyss. 

Let’s go back, again, to our first line:

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.

It exposits just that: Blue knows she will kill her true love. But there’s more than that going on here. With this line, it is also established that Blue is a pretty strange duck. Having true loves, killing true loves. It is established, very lightly, that this is not your average kissing book, and not your average true love tale. It sets a tone, one the rest of the prologue supports with

We continue with:

Her family traded in predictions. These predictions tended, however, to run toward the nonspecific. Things like: Something terrible will happen to you today. It might involve the number six. Or: Money is coming. Open your hand for it. Or: You have a big decision and it will not make itself.

Exposited: Blue’s family is magic, but not omniscient and exact (Told and Shown).

The people who came to the little, bright blue house at 300 Fox Way didn’t mind the imprecise nature of their fortunes. It became a game, a challenge, to realize the exact moment that the predictions came true. When a van carrying six people wheeled into a client’s car two hours after his psychic reading, he could nod with a sense of accomplishment and release. When a neighbor offered to buy another client’s old lawn mower if she was looking for a bit of extra cash, she could recall the promise of money coming and sell it with the sense that the transaction had been foretold. Or when a third client heard his wife say, This is a decision that has to be made, he could remember the same words being said by Maura Sargent over a spread of tarot cards and then leap decisively to action.

Exposited: Blue’s family is specifically the fortune teller kind of magic, but in a modern world (note cars, note lawn mower) (Shown). The town loves them for it (Told.)

But the imprecise nature of the fortunes stole some of their power. The predictions could be dismissed as coincidences, hunches. They were a chuckle in the Walmart parking lot when you ran into an old friend as promised. A shiver when the number seventeen appeared on an electric bill. A realization that even if you had discovered the future, it really didn’t change how you lived in the present. They were truth, but they weren’t all of the truth.

Exposited: That magic is therefore not showy, and doesn’t make them wizards (Told).

I should tell you,” Maura always advised her new clients, “that this reading will be accurate, but not specific.”

It was easier that way.

But this was not what Blue was told. Again and again, she had her fingers spread wide, her palm examined, her cards plucked from velvet-edged decks and spread across the fuzz of a family friend’s living room carpet. Thumbs were pressed to the mystical, invisible third eye that was said to lie between everyone’s eyebrows. Runes were cast and dreams interpreted, tea leaves scrutinized and séances conducted.

All the women came to the same conclusion, blunt and inexplicably specific. What they all agreed on, in many different clairvoyant languages, was this:

If Blue was to kiss her true love, he would die.

Exposited: Blue is different–the magic foretelling her future is very definite (Told). No matter what kind of magic it is (Shown). If Blue kisses her true love, he’s done (Told).

And, through all the above: Established: Blue’s kiss is dangerous, and this is definitely not your average magical true love kissing book.

Expectation is a bit trickier. It is less what you do, or even what the book does, and more what the audience does with that information from there. What thoughts the information you’re expositing and establishing has led them to have. 

Because of what has been said about Blue’s kiss, the audience can expect several things: That Blue’s kiss, whenever she does have it, is going to be very important. That romance, whenever Blue does experience it, is going to be very complicated for her. That Blue will kiss someone (because otherwise what even is the point); that the other bits and bobs we pick up about the rules of magic in this universe will somehow tie into this, even if we can’t say just this second what those bits and bobs are (because otherwise what even is the point). Even that Blue is a/the main character–because, otherwise, what even is the point.

That’s all with a pretty easy few paragraphs, ones which do a lot of Telling, and just enough Showing to keep things interesting. What do you do when you throw Kuleshov into it? When your audience will always find nuance and patterns, and thus will always create expectations based upon them that you may not even be planning for? This could end up terrible. After all, no one fully knows the mind of another person.

This could also, however, end up great. After all, you can use this. If the reader will create expectations, if the reader will feel promised something based on what you are expositing and establishing, that means you’ve got some nifty things in your toolkit now. You have intrigue. You have tension.

And you also, I think, have organization. You can now sort your set up, into information we must in book one know right now and information you actually don’t. Information that sets up and promises, and information that may, in fact, be better as a reward.

After all: If your audience has expectations, then you can meet them. But you can also flip them right where it hurts. Stab them in the eyes and leave them for dead. 

But, that’s for Part II and The Dream Thieves to tackle next.

scenerdoth777  asked:


(For the shipping meme!)

-who cries when someone dies in a movie:
**Mabel always cries during movies (Bill thinks it’s funny when chaotic things happen in movies, but he comforts her and hugs her close anyways)

-who wears the ugly holiday garb:
** They both do!! Mabel knits them tons of holiday sweaters

-who pays for the meals:
**Bill refuses to let Mabel pay for their meals - he’s either paying or they’re skipping out on the bill

-who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone:
**Bill slams the oven door, Mabel plays the trombone

-who brings home stray animals:
**Mabel does, and Bill is always paranoid that they’re going to turn on her or give her some obscure disease (he’s incredibly protective about basically everything)

-who leaves the bathroom door open:
**Mabel, she’s comfortable enough with Bill to never have to close a door, and if she’s getting ready to go out then Bill automatically knows to come in and help her with her hair

-who tells the ‘dad jokes’:
**Both!!! At one point, Mabel takes Stan’s uncle joke book and uses every single joke on Bill, and so they both end up with an unusual amount of uncle jokes that they randomly say at different times

-who wants kids more:
**Mabel wants kids, at first Bill doesn’t because he thinks he’ll let everyone down, it’s too much responsibility, they’ll always be in danger, etc. But when they do have kids, Bill’s the most awesome dad and couldn’t be happier

-who travels more:
**They don’t really travel that much - Bill’s seen everything there is to see, and he’s content with just being there with Mabel. They do take vacations sometimes, and sometimes Mabel spends a couple weeks on the Stan-O-War II with her Grunkles.

-who spends more cash:
**Bill spends as much money as he physically can all the time to show off, and Mabel’s not even sure he’s ever really understood how the monetary system works (when it comes to money, he sees himself as a celebrity because he’s on the dollar bill)

-who buys the things in infomercials:
**Mabel! She makes Bill watch the infomercials with her and dial the numbers while she writes down everything she wants to buy (which is usually a lot)

-who draws in the dust on their cars:
**Bill draws his triangle wherever he can, and Mabel doodles whenever she can get the chance, so it’d be both

-who starts the snowball fights:
**Both!! Mabel will either sneak up on him, or Bill will quickly make a ton of snowballs and then throw them at her, followed by him cracking up laughing

-who throws away the directions to things:
**Bill! He refuses to follow directions - “Hey I’m the all-seeing eye, I can get us wherever we need to go by myself!”

-who puts up holiday decor:
**Mabel, she decorates their house to the nines in holiday decorations (and Bill somehow ends up in Christmas sweaters and reindeer ears)

-who is more likely to forget to bathe:
**Bill, sometimes he forgets some things humans have to do, like sleeping or showering, and when he remembers he complains that they’re a waste of time. So Mabel has to literally drag him into the shower, or else he won’t end up ever taking one

-who gets more obsessed about things:
** B I L L

-who sings in the shower more often:
**Mabel does, and since her singing is infectious to him, Bill can’t help but sing along

latenightyaoi  asked:

Pssst poly~ do the poly fam

-who cries when someone dies in a movie: Clear is the only one who cries in front of them. The others make some excuse to leave the room so they can cry all they want and keep the tough act.

-who wears the ugly holiday garb: Clear was the one who started. Noi doesn’t mind wearing them on the street. Koujaku and Mink an’t say no. Ren and Aoba want Clear to be happy, so they join in.

-who pays for the meals: They take turns.

-who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: Ren and Aoba (?) while Noiz films.

-who brings home stray animals: Clear.

-who leaves the bathroom door open: Noiz.

-who tells the ‘dad jokes’: Koujaku. He will embarass their kid so much.

-who wants kids more: I can see Noiz being the first one to bring it up. Koujaku also confesses that the idea of having children has crossed his mind more than once.

-who travels more: Noiz because of his business trips. When he comes back he was his boyfriends awaiting for him at the airport.

-who spends more cash: Noiz, since that is canon.

-who buys the things in infomercials: Clear and Ren.

-who draws in the dust on their cars: Noiz and Clear.

-who starts the snowball fights: Koujaku, Noiz and Aoba.

-who throws away the directions to things: Ren.

-who puts up holiday decor: Clear and Mink. When they don’t have a ladder, Clear hoists Mink up.

-who is more likely to forget to bathe: Noiz, in the middle of his work and videogames, so one of the boyfriends has to get him in the bath with the promise of shower sex.

-who gets more obsessed about things: Noiz.

-who sings in the shower more often: Clear can’t probably shower. Aoba puts Goatbed playing and sings along. Mink also does it from time to time, but only when no one is around. Ren sings whatever comes to his mind. Koujaku sings the most annoying songs so Noiz turns off the hot water, hoping it will shut him up.

mozartieri  asked:

Fo the "send me a ship and i'll tell you" Dopfird, maybe? C:

I’m assuming you mean dipford? I’ll GLADLY answer for Dipford!! ^.^ And literally any other pairing/ship but y’know you asked for the nerds so the nerds i will give you

So about halfway through this, I realized I’m thinking about it as if Dipper’s living with Ford as his apprentice so I guess that’s what this is lol.  I’m sure Stan’s somewhere around there too, and maybe Mabel’s going to GFHS (without Dipper) but Dip somehow managed to get the apprentice gig without it being a gross and unhealthy completely-dependent setup lol

  • who cries when someone dies in a movie: Dipper!
  • who wears the ugly holiday garb: Dipper, but he at least manages to get a pair of reindeer antlers or Bunny ears on Ford hehe
  • who pays for the meals: Ford pays and Dipper is perpetually bashful about it
  • who slams the oven door and who plays the trombone: Dip’s got the trombone, Ford’s slamming that oven door like it’s Bill’s asshole triangle body
  • who brings home stray animals: Ford does, and he gets cleverer about it every time and so it becomes more and more difficult for Dipper to find and free them, the poor things.
  • who leaves the bathroom door open: Ford, mostly because he was so used to living on his own in the Shack before the portal and even though he KNOWS Dipper’s here too now, he just forgets to close the door.  Dip is so nervous and flustered about it because he’s a hormonal teenager who’s dating his great uncle lmao
  • who tells the ‘dad jokes’: Ford, and Dipper rolls his eyes every time but he loves it
  • who wants kids more: this is a touchy subject because it’s Dipper, but he doesn’t bring it up because he knows Ford will either a) scoff at the notion of wanting a family over more research, or b) become acutely aware and guilty of the fact that Dipper is young and basically choosing to devote his life to Ford and his isolationist research.  Dipper doesn’t want to feel silly for wanting a family and he DEFINITELY doesn’t want Ford to feel guilty for something that Dipper chose for himself, so he just keeps quiet.  Don’t worry eventually they do talk about it and everything is okay.
  • who travels more: If they travel, they travel together because Ford quickly realized that Dipper’s anxiety gets worse when he doesn’t know if Ford is okay.  Plus, they really do work better as a team.
  • who spends more cash: Dipper… Ford prefers online shopping ever since he discovered it.  It’s much more convenient and his options are never restricted to what’s in stock!
  • who buys the things in infomercials: Ford.  It’s like online shopping but he can also count it as human interaction because of the toll-free phone call!  He wrongfully assumes this will get Stanley off his ass about socializing more. 
  • who draws in the dust on their cars: Ford sometimes sketches out diagrams and equations/ideas if Dipper’s out somewhere with the journals. What a nerd.
  • who starts the snowball fights: Dipper!
  • who throws away the directions to things: Ford does and it frustrates Dipper to no end because lists and plans are his LIFE
  • who puts up holiday decor: Dipper
  • who sings in the shower more often: Dipper! He sings a beautiful hairbrush rendition of Disco Girl ;)