Semi-lock journal

Yes, even if my banner says otherwise.

What I usually post about:
1. What's going on in my side of the world.
2. Johnny's Entertainment (JE), particularly Arashi. I also fangirl about non-JE Japanese celebs.
3. The J-dramas I've watched.
4. Craft stuff, particularly sewing and t-shirt reconstruction.
5. Graphics making.
6. Fanfiction.

I won't add you if your journal is empty unless I know you from somewhere, real life or otherwise.


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HYD-love so sweet

Fan Fiction TOC

A new TOC layout. I added more details to each fic. Hopefully the links are in order. Just holler if they aren't.

Also, at the bottom, I added links to the stories I've requested that others were kind enough to write for me, and I also added a link to my recommendation list (which is not really updated recently-dang it! Now I have to think back where those fics are. *kicks lazy ass self*).

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ONE SHOTCollapse )
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My fic recommendations here. You kinda have to scroll down a bit since it was from a meme.
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Beyound Ridiculous

Our wifi is crap and it's driving me batty. Why? It's ridiculously slow.
It's a true test of character. How patient are you?

I think it's more a time waster having a slow wifi than a fast one because
when people are used to faster internet, they usually stay in front of
computers to wait.

Like me.

Like what I'm doing now.

I'm writing this while I'm waiting for something to download. Now, granted,
it's a video file, but even a 1gb dl in a big city only takes about 5-8
minutes to finish. But a 300+ Mb at 1 h?! Are you kidding me?!

Oh, wait. Sorry. It's now at 4hrs in a rate of 20.4 kb/s. FML.


Now you can also see in in the other side of the coin. It'll be a great
tool to practice patience and the art of Doing Something Else Beside
Internet. Yeah.

But what if your livelihood is online? What then?


Next time, if... oops, WHEN I find myself waiting for the internet to load
a picture or something, I will list some things to do while practicing the
art of Doing Something Else while waiting for a slow wifi.

Have you ever experienced a slpw wifi/internet network before? What do you
do while waiting?

[Writing guide series] That’s What She Said- Dialogue Part 1

Hello, Imouto-chan.

I’m back once again for another installment of this writing guide that isn’t much of a guide. I already told you my disclaimer on the first one so I’m just gonna go right ahead.

So you wanna learn about dialogue, huh? It’s gonna be long and hard.

that"s what she said

Where do I begin? I could tell you about writing good dialogue between characters or help you out in how to write the structure correctly. My inner beta reader is screaming at me to help you write a proper quotation sentence, or whatever they’re called. (I’m such an expert, aren’t I?) Ah! Before I go on, let me remind you that I use American English, so if it looks like I used the wrong quote marks (you know, British English uses single quote marks vs. double quote marks when writing dialogue), that’s why. Still the same structure, though.

So here’s a quote:

(1) “Wait, I’m not ready,” Nino said.

Here’s the formula:

open quote mark + blah blah blah + comma + close quote mark + subject + dialogue tag + punctuation

Yes, it’s really the formula. Look it up. It’s scientific.

Another example:

(2) “Well, hurry up!” yelled Jun.

Le, gasp! Shadz-nee, you didn’t capitalize “yelled.” Ooh…

Uh, how should I say this, it’s not wrong. I think I’ve already established that English is one confused bitch, and likes to confuse English speakers on how to explain to non-English speakers. Yeah, I didn’t get it, either, when I first started, so let me explain what I sorta kinda figured out. A dialogue sentence is a complete thought even if there are question or exclamation marks inside the quote marks, so if you use a dialogue tag, it is within the dialogue sentence. Understand? Okay… what’s the rule for a sentence? When it’s a complete thought.

“Well, hurry up!” Yelled Jun. <- That is not a complete thought (bolded phrase). Unless it is the first word of a sentence, dialogue tags are never capitalized.


(3) “I told you,” Ohno said. “He is never ready.”

Always end a sentence with a punctuation mark. In this case, the mark is inside the quote, even if you “interrupted” the quote with a dialogue tag, the last part of the quote has to end in its proper punctuation.

(4) a. “Ah, Sho-chan,” Aiba said, “so good.”
b. “Ah, Sho-chan-“ Aiba licked his lips “-so good.”

What happens when you want to interrupt a quote with an action? Shit hits the fan. It’s also scientific. Look it up. No, actually this is another example of the dialogue sentence as complete thought. True, in the second sentence “Aiba licked his lips” is a complete thought and can have period in the end, but it is really just a preference of style and how you want the dialogue to flow.

And those are basically some of the common dialogue structures. There are other special punctuations that can be used in dialogue, but I’ll talk about them when the time comes.

Awesome. Now I can write better dialogues using this!

Whoa, hold up. Not quite. Knowing how to write a dialogue structure correctly doesn’t mean it’s enough.


But this post is long enough already. I’ll post a part two of this. Till then, adieu.

Any questions or comments? Anything to add? Let me know, comment below. (Oh, hey, I rhymed.)

[Writing guide series] Blast From the Past… or Present?

A while back, Dini (nino1711azuki) had been asking me about lots of writing advice and stuff that I had the urge to just get it in writing so she can refer back to. This may or may not be of help to you. Either way, I’m always happy to learn if you have other ideas/topics I could write about or learn from, so please leave a comment.

Disclaimer: I AM NOT in any way a Jedi master in the English language. I didn’t even get a university degree in English, and it wasn’t my major or minor. In fact, English is my second (third?) language. I do, however read a lot and write a lot in English (not to mention watch a lot of movies and TV and have family members who only speak the language), and have a good alpha reader to keep me in line. I do like to share what I learn to those who want to learn and improve. With that said, if there are grammatical errors you find, you know why.

Anyway, onwards.


Blast From the Past… or Present?

Okay, Imouto-chan. you’ve been asking about this. Honestly, though, I didn’t think this was an issue: if you want to tell the story that seemed to happen in the past, use past tense. If it seems it’s happening in the now, use present.


[Also, I’m not even going to touch future tense because I hardly see that in books and in any writing I’ve encountered, so if you want to learn more how to use that, Google is your friend.]

So, that’s all. If you want the story that happened in the past, use past tense. If it’s happening in the now, use present.

Haha, just kidding.

Seriously, though. Past tense is most often used in a lot of fiction writing. Personally, I used it more, too, because I find it easier to use. It is ingrained in my brain. I think that in the past, stories are told verbally and usually they were about events that did happen in the past, so stories evolve that way.

The usage of present tense is hard for me to explain. If you have noticed by now, I am using present tense in this “guide” or whatever you want to call it. Why? Because I feel like this is happening in the now, as if I’m chatting with you on Line (which I could have done so, but then my thumbs would hurt from typing on my phone and ugh… but I digress). If you want your story to sound like the narrator is speaking to you personally, or doing a “play-by-play” of the events, present tense may be your best bet.

Okay, Shadz, but HOW do I know I am using a past or present?

Glad you ask, Imouto-chan. My answer: Google and Dictionary are your friends. Haha. Some writing advice, huh? Not because I’m lazy (which I tend to be, but that’s not the issue here) and I didn’t really research this much (which may or may not be true…) but because there are SSSSOOOOOOO many verbs in the English language that I’d be crazy to list them all.

Leave it to me making a grammar guide using memes that break grammar rules.

So why verbs? How do they come to play with the tenses? Because they indicate if it is past or present (and future, but whole ‘nother can of worms). Luckily for you, most action verbs used the suffix -ed or -d (play-played, bake-baked, lie-lied, say-said) to let your readers know it’s in the past or had happened in the past. But English is a bitch, and there are also a lot of verbs that just don’t wanna go by the rules (bring-brought, can-could, may-might). Those, you either memorize/internalize or find a Pinterest board of English verb usage.

The main point you have to remember, if nothing I said has yet sunk into your brain is this: KEEP IT CONSISTENT!

If you started out using present tense, for the love of God and the sanity of your beta reader keep going. Same thing with past tense.

Okay, that’s all I have about this. If you have any questions or just want to add something, comment please.

Later, Imouto-chan.

P.S. What should I write next? I have an idea what else, but I could always need more. You asked so many questions about writing that I couldn't keep track. Ha!
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