Hey look, Liam hoodies are now available in the store (after 85 years because I’m really behind in pretty much everything!)
Now try and win one because I feel bad for making everyone wait forever for these. I’m sorry I’m trash.
Also to note: I’m going to be at Dragon*Con this weekend onto Monday so I’m not going to be around much to field questions about this particular giveaway run. Also, it’s going to run a little bit longer than usual for that reason. Please be patient with me :(
- Someone will get a lacrosse hoodie!
- Any size, any character (it doesn’t have to just be Liam, but he is brand new, so that’s neat!)
- Shipped anywhere.
- TO ENTER: Like and/or reblog this post ONE TIME. Please don’t spam. Please don’t use side blogs. Please be fair to other people and make my life a lot less chaotic.
- THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd. A winner will be notified via tumblr message after 10PM PST.
Okay, sound good?
Teen Wolf 4x11 “A Promise to the Dead” Sneak Peek #2 (1080p HD)
Teen Wolf 4x11 “A Promise to the Dead” Promo (1080p HD)
too little too late - an early to mid 2000s throwback playlist - l i s t e n -
that’s so raven theme raven symone // bootylicious destiny’s child // sk8er boi avril lavigne // beautiful soul jesse mccartney // hollaback girl gwen stefani // too little too late jojo // start of something new high school musical cast // since u been gone kelly clarkson // crazy in love beyoncé // lucky britney spears // cheetah love cheetah girls // can’t get you out of my head kylie minogue // everytime we touch cascada // like whoa aly and aj // fergalicious fergie // if we were a movie hannah montana // all star smash mouth // girlfriend avril lavigne // we’re all in this together high school musical cast // hips don’t lie shakira // candyman christina aguilera // the best of both worlds hannah montana // we belong together mariah carey // keep holding on avril lavigne // push it to the limit corbin blue // no scrubs tlc // cinderella cheetah girls // barbie girl aqua // overprotected britney spears // milkshake kelisNSMSKSHSBENWIWN
Life can be magical when you have a clear set of personal rules to live by. Here are my top 10 picks for living a happy, abundant life. (I hope they inspire you to create your own set of rules for living life to its fullest.)
Life Rule #1: Look for the good side of everything
Whether it’s your partner, your brother, your pet, your home or work, try placing the majority of your attention on the things you really love and appreciate, rather than looking for the things you find tiresome or irritating.
Life Rule #2: Do what you love and love what you do.
Try, as much as possible, to live a life that is not tethered too tightly to the actions and opinions of others. Do what you love and love what you do.
Life Rule#3: Appreciate Where You Are Right Now
As you work your way toward your ultimate goals and dreams, make an intentional effort to recognize that where you stand in the present moment is as much a gift as where you are going. Every day, look for at least one thing about your life RIGHT NOW that satisfies you.
Life Rule #4: Have Some Fun
Laugh, dance, do something silly. Watch a funny movie, go for a swim, have lobster for dinner. Whatever you consider fun, pick something, and Just Do It.
Life Rule #5: Say What You Need to Say
Don’t hold back…if you want to say, “I love you,” say it. If you need to say, “You hurt me,” say that too.
Life Rule #6: Surround Yourself With People You Love
Make a list of the people who make you feel safe, inspired, happy, and motivated. Keep them close and let them know, on a regular basis, how much they mean to you.
Life Rule #7: Forget About The Money (If just for a little while)
Sure, money makes the world go ‘round, BUT if everything you do is monetarily based, you’re destined to miss a lot of life on the way to your “riches.” Make a habit of doing at least one thing every day that doesn’t cost you a penny or make you a dime.
Life Rule #8: Focus on what is not temporary
Contrary to popular belief, life is not about struggle, conflict and endurance. Often, simply deciding that you will look the other way, turn the other cheek, or smile and say “no problem,” can spell the difference between misery and happiness. It’s always your choice.
Life Rule #9: Think about the needs of others
Neither everything is about us, you have to decide be consumed by the needs of others too.
Life Rule #10: Put God above all else
God is our base. Your word, your love and your mighty hand can do everything. Our faith moves mountains and in his way and only in his way we will find happiness.
the time is now!
we are the key to open the locks of the captives! We are instruments of GOD!
In six seconds, you’ll hate me.
But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.
From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs. These include: Thinks, Knows, Understands, Realizes, Believes, Wants, Remembers, Imagines, Desires, and a hundred others you love to use.
The list should also include: Loves and Hates.
And it should include: Is and Has, but we’ll get to those later.
Until some time around Christmas, you can’t write: Kenny wondered if Monica didn’t like him going out at night…”
Instead, you’ll have to Un-pack that to something like: “The
mornings after Kenny had stayed out, beyond the last bus, until he’d had to bum a ride or pay for a cab and got home to find Monica faking sleep, faking because she never slept that quiet, those mornings, she’d only put her own cup of coffee in the microwave. Never his.”
Instead of characters knowing anything, you must now present the details that allow the reader to know them. Instead of a character wanting something, you must now describe the thing so that the reader wants it.
Instead of saying: “Adam knew Gwen liked him.” You’ll have to say: “Between classes, Gwen had always leaned on his locker when he’d go to open it. She’s roll her eyes and shove off with one foot, leaving a black-heel mark on the painted metal, but she also left the smell of her perfume. The combination lock would still be warm from her butt. And the next break, Gwen would be leaned there, again.”
In short, no more short-cuts. Only specific sensory detail: action, smell, taste, sound, and feeling.
Typically, writers use these “thought” verbs at the beginning of a paragraph (In this form, you can call them “Thesis Statements” and I’ll rail against those, later). In a way, they state the intention of the paragraph. And what follows, illustrates them.
“Brenda knew she’d never make the deadline. was backed up from the bridge, past the first eight or nine exits. Her cell phone battery was dead. At home, the dogs would need to go out, or there would be a mess to clean up. Plus, she’d promised to water the plants for her neighbor…”
Do you see how the opening “thesis statement” steals the thunder of what follows? Don’t do it.
If nothing else, cut the opening sentence and place it after all the others. Better yet, transplant it and change it to: Brenda would never make the deadline.
Thinking is abstract. Knowing and believing are intangible. Your story will always be stronger if you just show the physical actions and details of your characters and allow your reader to do the thinking and knowing. And loving and hating.
Don’t tell your reader: “Lisa hated Tom.”
Instead, make your case like a lawyer in court, detail by detail.
Present each piece of evidence. For example: “During roll call, in the breath after the teacher said Tom’s name, in that moment before he could answer, right then, Lisa would whisper-shout ‘Butt Wipe,’ just as Tom was saying, ‘Here’.”
One of the most-common mistakes that beginning writers make is leaving their characters alone. Writing, you may be alone. Reading, your audience may be alone. But your character should spend very, very little time alone. Because a solitary character starts thinking or worrying or wondering.
For example: Waiting for the bus, Mark started to worry about how long the trip would take…”
A better break-down might be: “The schedule said the bus would come by at noon, but Mark’s watch said it was already 11:57. You could see all the way down the road, as far as the Mall, and not see a bus. No doubt, the driver was parked at the turn-around, the far end of the line, taking a nap. The driver was kicked back, asleep, and Mark was going to be late. Or worse, the driver was drinking, and he’d pull up drunk and charge Mark seventy-five cents for death in a fiery traffic accident…”
A character alone must lapse into fantasy or memory, but even then you can’t use “thought” verbs or any of their abstract relatives.
Oh, and you can just forget about using the verbs forget and remember.
No more transitions such as: “Wanda remembered how Nelson used to brush her hair.”
Instead: “Back in their sophomore year, Nelson used to brush her hair with smooth, long strokes of his hand.”
Again, Un-pack. Don’t take short-cuts.
Better yet, get your character with another character, fast.
Get them together and get the action started. Let their actions and words show their thoughts. You—stay out of their heads.
And while you’re avoiding “thought” verbs, be very wary about using the bland verbs “is” and “have.”
“Ann’s eyes are blue.”
“Ann has blue eyes.”
“Ann coughed and waved one hand past her face, clearing the cigarette smoke from her eyes, blue eyes, before she smiled…”
Instead of bland “is” and “has” statements, try burying your details of what a character has or is, in actions or gestures. At its most basic, this is showing your story instead of telling it.
And forever after, once you’ve learned to Un-pack your characters, you’ll hate the lazy writer who settles for: “Jim sat beside the telephone, wondering why Amanda didn’t call.”
Please. For now, hate me all you want, but don’t use thought verbs. After Christmas, go crazy, but I’d bet money you won’t.
For this month’s homework, pick through your writing and circle every “thought” verb. Then, find some way to eliminate it. Kill it by Un-packing it.
Then, pick through some published fiction and do the same thing. Be ruthless.
“Marty imagined fish, jumping in the moonlight…”
“Nancy recalled the way the wine tasted…”
“Larry knew he was a dead man…”
Find them. After that, find a way to re-write them. Make them stronger.