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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    foo fighters ( that song with the mentos parody video)
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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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My fic recommendations here. You kinda have to scroll down a bit since it was from a meme.

I'm Back in the Classroom

You guys know that I am a teacher, right? However, I have been out of the
classroom since 2008. I had been doing tutoring one-on-one, though.

But ever since my mom and I moved here in VA, I had been volunteering in
this private academy since last year. And this brand new school year, I am
back in the classroom once again teaching 3 classes: English, Math, and
American History.

Yesterday was our first day of school, and I tell you I AM RUSTY. It
would've been fine if the grades I'm teaching are what I had signed up to
be a teacher in the first place and that's Kindergarten-4th grade. But I am
npw dealing mostly with 7th and 8th graders. Ugh. I didn't want to be in a
middle school setting.

If I really want to teach again, I have no choice. And I want to teach
again, so too bad so sad, Shadz.

Ph, did I mention today is only in the second day of the school year. Tgis
is gonna be a looooong journey.

Pray for me and my students.

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.)