75% of my bookmarks are about occult things, demons, and other creepy myth stuff. I didn’t even realize until one of my assignments was to find a bunch of websites making good use of colour. I need to find some normal websites, I can’t blow my cover
Okay, I'm curious about Eli's cooking skills: Can he only make certain dishes? Does he have favourites/preferences? (e.g.: is he better at/enjoy doing desserts than dinners or...?) Are there certain dishes he just can't make, because they're too difficult or...? Or is he like a wizard with cooking and can make anything you wish for? Also, is he more likely to strictly follow a recipe or add his own personal touch/improvise or both?? (whoops a lot of questions, sorry)
In canon, Eli’s not necessarily good at particular dishes or a master of certain recipes, but what he IS good at is making something tasty out of almost ANYTHING edible. He’s learned to work within the limits of rations, scavenged food, and foraging. He knows how to improvise, mix things up, and season things to get the best possible flavors, even when what he has access to is very limited. He often comes off as a miracle worker to people who have never experienced his food. Give him two cans of chili, a bag of nuts, and a pan, and he comes back with this casserole-like dish, seasoned in herbs he found. There’s also rumors he’s made raccoon stew. (is that cannibalism? People keep calling him a raccoon because his eyes)
He’s never gotten the chance to bake before, so much to his dismay he can’t make baked goods yet. He’d slide very easily into modern cooking, and given the chance, I think he would pick up baking very fast too.
That being said, I know in modern day AUs he’s great at baking, as well as cooking, so yeah. In a more modern setting, I think he would prefer making desserts over dinners, his favourite thing forever being cookies. Quick, easy, and delicious! And you can make them look like anything. But he isn’t a wizard, he can’t make EVERYTHING. I see him being very bad at frozen treats. Snow cones, homemade ice cream, popsicles. HOW DO YOU MESS UP POPSICLES ELI? I DON’T KNOW!?? And I think he’d have a hard time cooking rabbit or lobster because of his personality. As for how he follows recipes… he’ll follow them closely enough the first couple times, but enjoys adding his own touches to all his dishes. Often he invents a whole new recipe based on one he’s read.
Luthe has never at any point in his life worn shoes.
New shoes are pretty much the best gift you could give Avril. But only, like, hiking boots or running shoes, not heels or ballet flats. It’s post-apocalypse, new shoes are hard to come by for a poor courier.
OC thing: Teresa wants to own a shop when she gets graduated and has been on the hunt for a good old-timey money holder thing that she can fix up and use
If things had been different, Eli would have loved to open his own little restaurant or cafe when he grows up. He’s honestly a really good cook.
…Now I have these images in my head of Eli being on Hell’s Kitchen, and he’s this shy ball of nerves that nobody expects to do well. But he actually does amazing, even under pressure, and Gordon Ramsay compliments him and his dishes. Harsh Ramsay voice, “THIS IS—” Eli visibly shuddering and wide eyed "—the best cherry pie I have ever tasted.”
Okay, this is super random/odd.Just so you know, I've decided to name my two house plants after StC characters. I haven't decided whether I'm naming my bamboo James or not. I might wait and name the cactus I want after him. :P I have a geranium that's from a cutting off a bigger plant and it almost died in transport to college so I'm naming it Eli. Also it had a pretty bunch of blossoms that fell of during that same transport but it's already budding again!
People are naming house plants after my characters? I HAVE HIT THE BIG TIME. Okay I really REALLY hope that didn’t sound snarky or mean, because this message actually put a HUGE smile on my face. That’s a really cute idea, and I’m honored you would pick my characters’ names. Thank you for dropping by to tell me! <3
A pretty bunch of geranium blossoms that that fell off, yet it’s budding again already? Taking plenty of punishment and close calls but still going and still growing, sounds a lot like Eli indeed aww.
Um, I'm working on a story myself and I was wondering if you'd recommend starting with the characters or the plot?
Well for me, my work tends to be very character driven so I often start with characters first. I figure out who they are, what they want, and what kind of growth I want them to go through, then I build a plot around that.
For me the plot basically serves as the vehicle to help propel my character growth. When I get an idea of the emotional beats I want to hit, and hurdles I want my character to overcome I find plotting much easier. Them having goals really helps to. Their goals drive the story, so when you figure out what THEY want, you can get an idea of what a plot with them in the spotlight might include.
Another big tip I must offer is FIND YOUR CORE THEME. I cannot express how important this is. Whenever I felt lost while writing Soul to Call I just reminded myself of my core theme. I built EVERYTHING around my theme. I changed my entire setting to benefit my theme. Having that core idea REALLY brings everything together. Don’t fumble around in the dark like me for years, try to find your core first. It does not have to be big and ambitious. Your core theme can be really simple. A single word even. Mine is basically just “family” But figure that out, it will serve you well all through your plotting.
Try stuff out and see what works for you! Good luck with your story! :D
HOLY MOLY I DON’T THINK I CAN DO THAT MANY, I appreciate it though! Let me do at least more than one…
★ Avril is actually pretty decent at cartography. She likes making maps as a hobby, now if only she could fly…
★ Eli can’t stand when people cannot decide on one radio station, and constantly flip back and forth. The stress of the constant changing sounds and babbling, clipping voices give him a headache.
★ James likes pinball machines a lot. … A LOT.
★ Tiffany is a BIT of a grammar nazi. One of her pet peeves is people who don’t know the difference between its/it’s, your/you’re/ and they’re/their/there. Just because the world ended doesn’t mean you have the right to butcher the language!
Don't know if you answered this yet, but I was wondering what kind of films your characters would like, and if there are any specific films they would enjoy.
I’ve always been of the mind that Avril is a big fan of the Indiana Jones trilogy. In general she likes action/adventure movies, and superhero flicks like The Avengers. She too is waiting for a Black Widow movie.
Eli would like Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks movies, some of his favourites would probably be Hercules, How to Train Your Dragon, and WALL-E. Also fantasy films, and comedy, but leaning more towards British sketch comedy, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
James likes Sci-fi. There’s a special place in his heart for the old, good Star Trek movies. He also likes movies based on true stories, as long as they’re not totally ridiculously “enhanced” from the original story that it becomes stupid. Movies like The Social Network.
Tiffany likes documentaries on ANYTHING, and romance movies. but only the non-cliche, cute romance movies. Some comedy is great too. A big fan of Easy A. Also Studio Ghibli films.