After doing some soul searching, I finally pinpointed what I would want from Tristan should things get that far: casual dating.
I think I’d be okay with that.
Something low stakes.
But today: ask him to lunch.
I JUST NEED TO BE KISSED AND CUDDLED RIGHT NOW OK I DESERVE IT IM A GOOD PERSON I RECYCLE
oh my god so i was band merch hunting at hot topic yesterday, and you know it was busy, lots of other folks in the store looking around, when all of a sudden the intro to Welcome To The Black Parade came on
LITERALLY THE WHOLE STORE WENT SILENT
IT WAS LIKE 20 EMOS HOLDING THEIR BREATH AT ONCE
they changed it mid song because i think someone was about to start crying
When you go to a haunted house, it may seem like you’re being funny by trying to scare the actors or jump out at them when you go through a second time, but guess what? ITS NOT FUNNY.
You pay us to scare you. It is your choice to go, so don’t fucking go through if you’re going to ignore the rules and get too close to the actors as a ‘joke’.
These bruises happened because over the course of 4 hours, several people ignored the instructions that CLEARLY stated that they were to wait in the front room until told otherwise. Rather than listen, they ran into the next room and slammed into me- effectively throwing me into the wall. This didn’t only happen once. It happened ten times at LEAST.
Then we had this asshole who thought that once I ‘died’ for the haunt, he could pretend to kick me to see if I’d moved. I, being used to people abusing me- jumped back and slammed my head into the concrete wall.
YOU ARE NOT FUNNY BY BEING RUDE AT A HAUNTED HOUSE. WE ARE PAID ACTORS THAT YOU CHOOSE TO COME AND SEE PERFORM. YOU PAY US TO SCARE THE SHIT OUT OF YOU, SO DONT HIT US WHEN WE DO
I feel that this is relevant considering it is October and more Haunted Houses are opening up. I know it seems funny to scare the ‘monsters’ but all you do is hurt real people. So stop.
It’s not even October but I’m still spreading this
SIGNAL BOOOOOOOOSSSSSTTTTT!!!!!!! Now
Yeah…your director may want to consider reblocking
We don’t have a director? Or blocking??? It’s a haunted house bro, not a play
Reblogging for relevance-
I work at a Haunted House every October, and have been for the past few years. Our house in particular is staffed by Volunteer workers who are either earning credits for Graduation, or people who know the Family that owns the haunted attraction. In our City, we’re one of two Haunted Houses, so while we open in late September, we tend to get incredibly busy during the month of October and often work from 6pm until 2, 3am on weekends.
We do not get paid to help out. Due to our location, we get a lot of drunk guys coming through, and a lot of ‘funny’ teenagers. In my several years working there, I’ve seen Actors get grabbed and thrown, stomped on, kicked, bitten, everything. A lot of the Actors at this attraction are young teenagers, Middle and Secondary School students, so this kind of abuse is terrifying and potentially emotionally scarring.
There’s a position half-way through the house we call ‘Psych Ward’, and it’s essentially a jump scare. The scare is a corner-room, boxed in with walls and broken windows, that the Actor pops out of and shouts and taunts the people going through. October, 2012, a couple were going through the Psych Ward corner and the scare went off as per usual. The girlfriend of this couple got very startled but laughed it off and continued on. The boyfriend, however, back-tracked and went up to the broken window and punched the Actor in the face for scaring his girlfriend. The Actor, who I’m going to call Tracy, had a black eye for a good two weeks solid and the couple had to be escorted out of the house and were banned from the property. Ever since we’ve ruled that Veteran Actors (someone who’s been there for 3+ years) are the only ones allowed in this particular Scaring Spot.
He paid to get scared and then got violent when we delivered.
There are so many stories I can tell of ignorant customers banging back on scares and injuring the Actors inside, grabbing props from the actors and hurting them with it, destroying props because they thought it would be ‘funny’.
I just want to raise awareness that the ACTORS ARE STILL PEOPLE. We’re instructed to get the best kind of scare out of you, sometimes with no pay at all (like this particular attraction), so please respect our work.
We wouldn’t come to your job, mock you, and push you around trying to be ‘funny’. Don’t come to our job and do that to us!
When people say they “don’t see color/race”…
What you THINK you sound like
What you ACTUALLY sound like
I texted Tristan.
It was cute. <3
Tomorrow’s the real plan:
ASK HIM TO LUNCH/DINNER/SOMETHING.
I apologise for the language, but here is some motivation! ~DP
HREADSBOOKS 1K FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY!
I’ve reached 1,000 followers! That means it’s giveaway time again. I wanted to thank my followers so much for all the great book discussions and recommendations, you guys are incredible!
1. There will be one winner. They will get to choose three books from the following list:
- The Virgin Suicides By: Jeffrey Eugenides
- Sharp Objects By: Gillian Flynn
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By: Michelle Hodkin
- Wintergirls By: Laurie Halse Anderson
- Night Film By: Marisha Pessl
- The Name of the Star By: Maureen Johnson
If the winner has already read these books (or they want the next in the series, etc.) I’ll work something out with them. All books will be paperback (covers may be different than the ones pictured) and sent from The Book Depository. The winner must be willing to give me their address.
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3. You can blog this once for an entry. Likes do not count.
4. If you are younger than 18 please ask parents permission.
5. This giveaway is international. If the Book Depository ships to you, you are eligible.
6. This Giveaway ends 10/22/2014. Once I contact the winner, they have 72 hours to respond with their address.
If you have any questions please ask.
penw0man: What do you mean by "councidence can't be used to solve his problems"? do you mind elaborating thanks:)
Hello there, writerly friend~
For those of you wondering, this question has to do with the quote I posted earlier today:
So, what is the point of this quote? Well, the thing is. Storytelling is most effective when there is drama, and danger, and something at risk. It’s okay to have coincidence worsen a character’s day. If your character is trying to escape from prison it’s entirely fine to have coincidence get in the way. Oh, you know the 8:00PM patrol? Well they just decided to patrol at 7:50PM so your plan just went to hell.
This is good. If tension was an element— it would be fire, and the only way to keep that flame going is to keep feeding it drama and danger. This is why the climax of a story is practically a firestorm, everything that could’ve gone wrong goes wrong, and the characters have to attempt to survive against all odds.
This is what telling stories is about: drama and danger.
People tend to think that a story ‘needs’ combat, and death, and cataclysmic events to make a climax interesting— and that is the wrong way to look at things. It’s not about conflict— it’s about something being at stake. An engaging story needs to have something in the balance— and no, it doesn’t have to be the fate of the world. It can be a character’s dream of fame, or their hope for a better future.
This is why it is okay to have things go wrong, it’s more fuel to the fire.
Now, that being said… Why is it bad to solve problems through coincidence? Because you are throwing a bucket of water on your book’s tension. Let’s go back to the example I mentioned prior.
Your character is trying to escape from prison, but the 8:00PM patrol is ten minutes early. The whole plan just went to hell— except, just as the patrol is walking towards their cell, the patrol says “Wait, I forgot to take my break” and turns around.
It would be like a horror movie where the main character is running away from the killer— and then suddenly trips, they are left defenseless, they’re going to die, they’re done for, except— wait, they just found a gun in the bushes. What a stroke of luck!
Or what a way to kill the tension.
Some of you may be nodding your head and saying "This sounds like Deus Ex Machina, Max talked about this not so long ago" and you would be right. Having things unexpectedly get better is pretty much what Deus Ex Machina is, if you want to learn more about that, you can click on that link.
Now, I have encountered a lot of young writers in the past who have difficulty with this lesson— and I understand. Sometimes you feel like you have walked yourself into a corner. That you can’t write anymore, and that you need a quick fix.
Thankfully, I have just the thing for you. You know what to do when you think you’ve walked yourself into a corner? Have things go wrong.
Have things go wrong, and write them without fear. Trust your characters, meet them by the fire, and I can promise you that you will find a way out together. But, please— please, do not throw water on the fire. Don’t go for easy or quick fixes. Write dangerously. Follow your characters into hell.
It will be more fun that way c;
Instead of caramel apples this Halloween, melt jolly ranchers in a 250 degree oven for around 5 minutes, then pour over your apples. Add edible glitter for the sparkling space effect!
this is kind of genius
WHOANIGHT VALE APPLES
But won’t the jolly rancher crust be hard as hell when it dries?
I saw someone recommend adding a bit of corn syrup to remedy that.