How to make Mitarashi dangoHow to make Mitarashi dango3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
200 g of rice flour
200 ml of hot water
100 ml water
2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp corn starch
1.) Mix the rice flour and water together.
2.) Knead till dough is as tough as your earlobe.
3.) Fill a pan with water and heat up.
4.) Rip off bite sized pieces of the dough and steam them for 25 minutes
5.) Throw the balls into a bowl and mush together with a wetted wooden spoon.
6.) Knead the dough
7.) Roll out dough into a long stick shape.
8.) With a wetted knife, cut bite sized pieces off.
9.) roll the pieces into balls.
10.) wet skewers and apply an even amount of dumplings to each.
11.) pour sauce over dumplings and enjoy.
1.) Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan.
2.) Simmer till thickened.
3.) Pour over dangos.
Ramen RecipeRamen Recipe5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1 Package Ramen noodles or 2 Chukamen bundles (noodles)
1 can of chicken/beef/fish/pork stock (prefer chicken. Its tasty!)
1 can of water
¼ Tsp of salt
1/8 Tsp of pepper
1 clove of garlic (or 1 tsp of garlic powder)
4 Tsp soy sauce
¼ Tsp onion powder
1 Tsp of sesame oil
1 small carrot chopped into thin circles
2 chicken breast cut into pieces
In a pot, pour stock of choice. Using the can, fill to rim with water; add to pot.
Put onto flame (med) and let simmer for five minutes. While waiting, grab a small bowl. Add salt, pepper, garlic (if powder), and onion powder. Stir in small bowl until well incorporated. Set aside. Inspect liquids on stove. If you see a slight foam on outer rim, stir in sesame oil and carrots. Stir about 20 times. Then add soy sauce and stir until incorporated. Add dry seasonings and stir. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes. Raise heat to (med/high) Add chicken breast. Let cook for 5 minutes
In a separate bowl place Chukamen bundles into bo
Pickeld Bean And Beef RamenOutcome of recipie varies on independant or personal tastes.Pickeld Bean And Beef Ramen7 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Package of Beef Ramen
Small can of Mushrooms
or1 full mushroom
Meat(s) of your choice
Spiced or pickled long Green beans
Parsley (Fresh or packaged)
Sage (fresh or packaged)
Spices of your Choice
Pour x Ammount of hot water in pan and let simmer. When its almost ready to boil add the sage ginger parsley and spices to taste. add a pinch apiece of salt and pepper and add rame spice packet. chop spiced or pickled green beans into choice lengths and add to ramen. Cover and let cook untill noodles are soft, Add meats of your choice and 1/3rd can of mushrooms. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Serve.
How to make yakitori chickenHow to make yakitori chicken3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
2 chicken breasts, cut into about 3/4 inch pieces
1 negi, cut into about 3/4 inch pieces
Bamboo skewers (soaked in water to prevent burning)
For tare sauce (makes about 1/2 cup):
5 Tbsp soy sauce
5 Tbsp mirin
3 Tbsp sake
1 1/2 - 2 Tbsp of sugar *adjust the amount to your preference
A slice of ginger (optional)
Mix sugar, sake, mirin, and soy sauce in a sauce pan and stir well.
Put a slice of fresh ginger, if preferred.
Bring to a boil on high heat and turn down the heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened.
Stop the heat and set aside.
Thread chicken and negi on skewers alternatively.
Grill the skewered chicken and negi over hot coals until the surface of chicken turns white.
Brush the skewered chicken and negi with the sauce.
Grill until cooked through, brushing the sauce a couple of times.
Mary-Sue: Part 4Mary-Sues: In a FightMary-Sue: Part 42 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
From a petty cat fight with slaps and hair pulling, to an action-packed superhero vs. super villain brawl, action scenes can start anywhere; however writing them effectively is harder than planning on who wins. It isn't just about writing down who hit who, and if you don't describe how a character handles the situation, you can accidentally make him or her seem stronger than they should be. If the character seems too powerful without explanation, your audience will point the finger and label it a Mary-Sue, and you don't want that (unless you're purposefully writing a parody). Action scenes, whether it's important to the overall plot or not, are an effective tool to establish your characters' strengths and weaknessesweakness being just as essential to highlight, if not more so, than strengths. But first, you have to know how to write a fight scene in order to know where to insert these vi
Mary-Sues: Part 2Mary-Sues Part 2: How Not to Write Like Your Character is a SueMary-Sues: Part 23 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
After reading Part 1 many, many times, I decided that another part would be helpful in that extra step. In Part 1, I described what a Mary-Sue/Marty-Sue etc. are, what they are not, and how to develop a proper character, in addition some of the reasons why some Suethors would create them (more or less on accident). This second part will go into more detail and give you tips on what not to write in your story that will tip your readers off that your characters might be underdeveloped, even if the character will be developed.
MS don’t have specific physical, behavior, cliché traits, but in combination to impossible physics laws in the universe, along with underdeveloped personality especially with other characters, they come out to be boring and annoying to readers. Unlike Part 1, I failed to mention that it also depends on how the writer writes the story itself that their beloved characters can
Major Character CharacterizationMajor Character CharacterizationMajor Character Characterization2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Also known as:
Previous Locations lived in:
What is going on in the world around them:
Hair Color; Length; Style:
Head and Face Shape:
Most noticeable feature:
Scars? Birthmarks? Etc?
Flaws (Tip: Have at least 2 more flaws than good traits):
Thinking or Feeling:
Judging or Perceiving:
Intuitive or Sensing:
Extravert or Introvert:
5 quotes that shows their personality:
Mary-Sue: Part 10How to Write Dreams and FlashbacksMary-Sue: Part 101 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
For once, I couldn't find any how-to guides that I liked so I could reference off of, so I'm on my own for this, otherwise this would probably be longer and probably be more organized. This should actually tell you something: there are practically no definite rules on how to write dream or flashback sequences. There are rules telling you not to write either of sequences, but screw that! If the only reason that having dreams and flashbacks being barred in fiction because they aren't well-written, then keep writing them and get better at it until you get the hang of it. Telling someone not to do it at all because they suck at it is just telling them to give up before they try. In some stories, dreams and flashbacks are important for different reasons.
There's no possible way I can tell you the right or wrong way of writing dreams. Some
Mary-Sues: Part 3Mary-Sues: How Much Power is Too Much Power?Mary-Sues: Part 32 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I’m sure everyone has heard that an obvious Mary-Sue is one that is too powerful, but no one has explained to me in enough detail when the line is crossed. “Oh, an original character can control all four elements? That’s way too powerful!” Since when? Since it became a clichéd idea? That idea was around since before Avatar: The Last Airbender aired on Nickelodeon. Aang, the main character in that show, along with eventually mastering all four elements, also practically came back from the dead a century later in the very first episode of the show, and no one called him a Gary-Stu (which he is not, I’m just saying that labeling a character over power is overused)! As I said in my past two guides, Mary-Sues aren’t about clichés, they’re about lack of explanation and key details that would help in their development of the cha
Mary-Sue: Part 8Romeo and Gertrude?Mary-Sue: Part 82 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
“Names. What’s in a name, really? I mean, besides a bunch of letters or sounds strung together to make a word. Does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet? Would the most famous love story in the world be as poignant if it was called Romeo and Gertrude? Why is what we call ourselves so important?” (Julie Kagawa).
I’ll answer that question with another quote:
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage” (L.M. Montgomery).
Names, despite its seemingly simplistic role in society, do have some importance, even in fiction. So how do you name your character? Names aren’t just an arrangement of letters that sound cool or unique; they have meaning, language, and culture behind them. Names are so important, that, in real life, people are discriminated
Plushing DictionaryPlushing Dictionary.Plushing Dictionary5 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Appliqué A picture or pattern made up from bits of material, and sewn onto your finished product.
Backstitch A very strong type of stitch commonly used. Copies that of a sewing machine.
Best side The side of fabric you want showing on the finished product.
Blanket stitch Pretty stitch that can be used for decorative purposes, or hemming. Sometimes called buttonhole stitch.
Cotton 1. A type of thread. Comes in many colours, can be used in hand or machine sewing.
2. A type of fabric that is lightweight and suitable for most craft work including dressmaking. Comes in a vast variety of colours and patterns.
Crane game See UFO catcher.
Embroider To sew detail onto something using many tiny stitches. Can be done by hand or by embroidery machine.
Eye Hole in one end of a needle, use
Writing Tips for DummiesWriting Tips for DummiesWriting Tips for Dummies5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Listen, I know I'm a half-rated author in training. I'm sixteen, what can you expect? But I've read critiques like this, and I decided to make my own, because many tutorials instructed me to give my own advice in order to take it.
This is probably going to be a fairly short tutorial anyways.
Think about how your character speaks. A problem I've actually seen in some young authors' is that they try to sound smart ALL the time--including in their character dialogue. True, some characters such as professors and generally serious people will speak with a certain intelligent ring, but not everyone speaks that way. For example, do you think MOST four year olds use the word concurred? I don't think so. Think about your character, their intellect level, and even how much of it they show through speech, which is a part of characterization. For example, I know people who are very smart who try not to show it through speech because it makes them sound supe
Mary-Sue: Part 9Mary-Sues: The Eye of the TigerMary-Sue: Part 91 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
In all of my previous guides, I had assumed that most, if not all characters, were human, or mostly human, instead of thinking of the possibility of main characters, or even minor characters, being animals. Well, it doesn't really matter, because, for the most part, the rules for creating human characters, including names and powers, writing presentation, and even romance would also apply to animals. There would just be a slight variation from humans, and this slight variation can make a world of difference in your writing.
A more common complaint I've seen about writers who write about animals at all, is that the animals, whether they are the main character, or whether they are a human's pet, is that the animal is "too human." While humans are technically animals too, what this complaint is really trying to say is that the animal has too many human-like qualities from having a voice to feeling human-like
The Rumour of IcarusIcarusThe Rumour of Icarus3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
there is a rumour that your father killed you, that
he bent your wings until they broke and then
told you, "Fly."
If this rumour is true, then it lives in the throats of
those fragile boys who wear your death like Cain's mark,
whose tender hands split like swollen tomatoes when
they pluck strangled seabirds, whose
arms slump beneath the weight of their father's genius.
And this rumour lives on
the under-skin of their eyelids so that when they die
or simply sleep
they dream of their fathers
or maybe just of Daedalus, standing with
his hands full of feathers and wax,
their blood-flecked down under his fingernails.
your face is gone, icarus, you are a warning & a tragedy &
the patron saint of boys who will not listen but also you are a god, icarus,
a god to these boys and still, when you fell
said Bruegel in oils, Auden and Williams in verse
no one gave a damn.
they also say that your father strained the sunlight into an amphora
and told you, "Dri
Character Development 2.1Whuz crackin' m' lackin's? As you may know, I love characters. I love OCs, I love making them, I love developing them, I love writing with them. Though I don't do it as much any more as I would like, roleplaying is one of my favorite ventures. Not knowing what your partner(s) will contribute to the story next keeps you on your toes and is good practice for fleshing out characters by exposing them to these situations they may not usually experience. And of course, the biggest part of any roleplay is the characters, right? Well the problem I have been running into lately is people with characters who, to put it bluntly, majorly suck ass. Like they might have good qualities, but they have one or more major things that make you go "yeeeeergh", like a stripper with no teeth. So I'm face-lifting this guide once again to continue to help out you kiddies when it comes to developing characters.Character Development 2.13 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
The Three Major Character Components
These are personality, appearance, and background. No cha
Naming Your NovelNaming Your Novel2 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
*This is also helpful for other types of fiction and possibly even non-fiction.*
Note: How careful you have to be naming your novel depends heavily on if you are planning to sell it, and how you are planning to sell it. If you are an unknown who is self-publishing and you want a lot of people to read and buy your novel, you need to do extensive research on the market. This article only covers a few tips, and I am in no way a publishing expert. But, even if you don't plan on going mass-commercial, that doesn't mean you shouldn't spend some time deciding on a name for your labor of love and I hope this article provides some useful ideas.
Consider important items--does your story revolve around a magical staff, sword or pendant? For example: "The Staff of Alema," "The Sapphire Sword," or "The Destiny Pendant." (I know these are cheesy but you get the idea).
Consider who your protagonist IS--is it an assassin, a magician, an apprentice
Yoshi Cookie RecipesYoshi Cookie Recipes8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
In addition to the following ingredients, you'll need a baking sheet and some aluminium foil.
Butter - 50 grams
Sugar - 50 grams
1/2 an egg, beaten
A dash of vanilla essence
Cake Flour - 130 grams
Baking Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
Take the butter from the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature.
Flatten the butter in a bowl as best you can, then whisk it until fluffy.
Add half of the sugar and beat it into the butter, then add the other half and beat until creamy.
Add the egg a little bit at a time, mixing well.
Add the dash of vanilla essence.
Sift the flour into a bowl, then add it to the other ingredients.
Use a wooden spoon to mix everything together, and shape it into a dough.
Wrap the dough in clingfilm/plastic wrap, and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to about 5mm thickness.
Use a cookie cutter to cut out heart-shaped pieces, and put them on a sheet of aluminium foil on a baking tray.
Mary-Sues: Part 5Mary-Sues: Writing Realistically. . . According to the UniverseMary-Sues: Part 52 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I’m sure I’ve told you that you have to be as realistic as possible in order for your character to seem, well, real. Believable. Three dimensional. Someone who can practically pop out of your writing or comic and interact with you. The truth is that was half of an exaggeration. Yes, be real, but only as real as the universe it takes place in is. If the universe is more manga-esque or cartoony where the average female can punch a burly person sky-high, and you create a character who doesn‘t do anything of that sort, or if you as the creator think you can‘t do that, then your character can become quite plain because you‘ll restrict yourself. Basically, be as real, or as loose, as the universe is.
If you’re a person who constantly makes the, “This is totally unrealistic” comment when reading a story, especia
Mary-Sues: Part 6How to Review Character SheetsMary-Sues: Part 62 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Everyone has there own way of making character sheets. Some deem the looks more of a top priority than the skills or hobbies. Most include the "Likes and Dislikes" tab while others forgo it altogether. For describing how to analyze character sheets, I will be using my own personal template as an example.
Character sheets aren't needed. If you include it, it's usually the first sign of underdevelopment.
That's not necessarily true. Lots of people make character sheets whether if it's as simple as the name, age, and looks, and others make it more complex, but they're used to help the author keep the facts straight while writing the story. It's when people post the character sheets online that people make a big deal over them. When people put up the character sheet in the first page, what usually happens is that the author doesn't take the time to introduce o
Minor Character CharacterizationMinor Character CharacterizationMinor Character Characterization2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Also Known As:
Hair color; Length; Style:
Flaws (Tip: Have at least 2 more flaws than good things):
Most known for:
1 Quote by them that shows their personality: " "
In the Story:
How does the main character know them:
Relationship with main character:
Do they get killed off:
When are they introduced:
What led up to them meeting the main character:
Did meeting the main character help or hurt them:
What in their past makes them who they are today:
Pink Smoothie RecipeIngredients:Pink Smoothie Recipe2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1 banana (2 optional)
1 container banana+strawberry yogurt
1 cup orange juice
A good handful of strawberries...can be frozen or raw.
~Place all of the fruit in a blender. Next, add the yogurt, orange juice, and ice(if desired). Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy! Makes about 2 servings.
~If the ingredients do not blend well at first, try adding a little more orange juice.
~If you want a super-thick smoothie, add 2 bananas instead of 1.
~This beverage is naturally sweet, so no sugar will be necessary for all you sweet-tooths out there
Recipe: Batty Basil BiscuitsBatty Basil BiscuitsRecipe: Batty Basil Biscuits2 years ago in Editorial More Like This
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil
1 stick butter, cold, cut into tiny pieces
¾ - 1 cup milk
Milk, for brushing
Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and dried basil. Cut in the butter until the mixtures looks like smallish bees. Then, mix in the milk. The mixture should be sticky. If too flour-y, add more milk, if too sticky, add a bit more flour.
On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and roll out to about ½ inch thick. Now, with a Halloween, bat shaped cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits.
Place on prepared baking sheet and brush with the milk. Place into a preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Best served with something like chili.