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the no bullshit guide to getting your shit together: for the lazy student

Let’s be honest: time management and organization? They’re really hard. Sure, at first you might feel like you’ve gotten the hang of them, that you’re in control of your life. But how often have you fallen off the wagon? Procrastinated on one thing and the next moment, you’re behind in all your classes? I know that sometimes laziness feels like a part of who you are, but honestly, fuck that. Do you really want to give up your success for the disinterest of a moment?

If your answer is no (it better be no, or you really need to get your priorities straight), let’s get to it. 

STEP ONE: BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF

“This class doesn’t even matter.” “I don’t care about my grades.” “I can finish this the day before.” Sound familiar? You might feel great now, but when you’re staring down at your report card later, it’ll feel like you just got punched. 

This is a cliche, but the greatest obstacle to your success is yourself - especially the lies you tell yourself! Sit yourself down and be honest about what you need to improve on. Be as blunt as you can, but for god’s sake, don’t throw yourself a pity party! There’s no use agonizing over what you can’t change. Instead, set realistic, achievable goals, and make a game plan. Struggling with math? Go to extra help. Behind in all your classes? Stay in for a couple nights and actually work. 

STEP TWO: STOP WITH THE FANCY SHIT

Now you know what your goals are, but maybe you want some inspiration, so you log on to tumblr and are instantly bombarded by all these beautiful, well lit shots of the most gorgeous bullet journals, planners, and notes. Impressive, right? Well, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: they’re all useless! A simple phone planner works just as well, if not better, than a fancy agenda, because you’ll always have it on you, it’s not a hassle to carry around, and you don’t feel obligated to make it look pretty. 

Riddle me this, where are you going to find all this extra motivation to keep prettying up your bullet journal? To write all your notes in perfect, colour coded printing? There aren’t many times in life where taking the easy was out will actually benefit you, so take advantage! Stop wasting your time; get a phone planner and write your notes in your natural goddamn handwriting. 

STEP THREE: CLEAN YOUR ROOM

Yep, your entire room - not just your study space! This one can be put on the back burner for a bit if you’re on a really pressing deadline, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I’m notoriously messy, and if I don’t watch myself, I’d find myself in dirty-laundry-and-old-notes hell. A little bit of organized chaos is fine, I even encourage it! But try working when your desk is covered in mounds of paper and you have nowhere to put your laptop – it’s just not conducive to success. 

Keeping your entire room clean is a way to stave off stress, frustration, and even embarrassment, because nobody wants to show potential roommates how much of a mess they are. 

STEP FOUR: ACTUALLY WORK

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “actually work? Who does this girl think she is?” I’d probably think the same thing, except I’ve learned the valuable lesson of sucking it the hell up, and you will too. When you get home from work, grab a snack and work. When you have a free period, figure out what’s due and work. Stop reasoning yourself out of work: you’re not going to finish this later, and that will be on the test. There’s really not much to say about this one, because it’s the step that requires the most raw effort, and you’re really only going to find that within yourself. Tell yourself what’s at stake, and realize that, by setting the standard for your mediocrity now, you’re potentially trapping yourself in a cycle that will last for years. 

STEP FIVE: CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK

Maybe you’ve been on top of your shit for a day, a week, or even a month, and that’s really great. But then… you fail. You miss a deadline or you bomb a test. So what do you do now? Do you allow yourself to fall back into your old habits? Fuck no! Everyone fails, even that studyblr with those perfect bullet journal photos and a perpetually clean study space. I’m going to tell you something that’ll sound really strange: you should value your failures, especially if you worked hard to avoid them. What?! Be HAPPY about failing when I actually TRIED? Yeah, you heard me right. If you don’t know how to handle failure, then when you inevitably experience it, your reaction will be much worse. 

Failing hurts, and boy, I know how embarrassing it can be. But learning how to deal with failure, and especially how to keep trying after it happens, is an invaluable lesson. 

STEP SIX: TREAT. YO. SELF.

Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting you treat yourself after the most basic of tasks, because please. Treat yourself when you know you goddamn well deserve it. Remember that “all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.” If all you do is study and do your homework, then, pardon my french, your life sucks. If you don’t have friends, play a video game! Eat an entire jumbo chocolate bar! Indulge in whatever the fuck you want, you deserve it. I’m someone that has trouble prioritizing future benefits over immediate gratification, so by allowing myself little pleasures, I save myself from crashing and burning. 

Hope these tips helped, but remember to take them with a grain of salt - you’re you and I’m me, and different things work for different people. Good luck!

anonymous asked:

So I have a character who learned how to use a longbow when she was a child to hunt. My question is two-tiered: one, in what ways would that impact her physical development; and two, would this help her if she needed to use a bow against people?

Strong shoulders, strong arms.

In all honesty, the bow is a weapon you build to as a hunter. The first weapon she’d have learned was the sling. More useful for small game, and you can be deadly accurate with it. The David versus Goliath story in the Bible isn’t actually a joke or overblown. A child taking down a grown adult with a rock and a sling is entirely plausible if said adult isn’t wearing a helmet. The sling is the weapon of children everywhere, shepherds and hunters. In many parts of the world, they still use it. It’s also better for small game. Katniss would’ve done better braining the squirrels with a sling rather than a bow, like children do.

As a child, she’d be trained on a child’s training bow and work her way up the different types of bows practicing on a single target. The longbow is a weapon that requires a fairly hefty amount of upper body strength to wield, and she’d have to work and train up into her early teens before she was allowed to use it for hunting. The amount of strength you can draw dictates how far the arrow flies and how deep it penetrates. Depth of penetration is important, as is how far the arrow flies. Both define how close you need to be to your target in order to be successful. Herbivores don’t stand around waiting for a predator to kill them, and carnivores might just decide turnabout is fair play.

So, most of her childhood was spent on dummy duty with her bow as she learned to clean and care for it. Learning to stand, and that’s a whole series of lessons. Learning how to string the bow, learning how to hold it, learning to draw before she was ever allowed to shoot.

What whoever was training her would set her on before that is the other skills, and she’d act as a gopher for them the way all apprentices do. Following behind the older hunter, carrying their equipment, watching them and acting under their direction. You can’t hunt if you can’t find game, and you can’t eat it if you can’t clean it.

Hunting comes with a necessary subset of skills which allow the hunter to work. They don’t just go out into the woods and kill shit then come back. It requires patience. It involves waiting in one place for an animal to come by, sometimes for days. Traps, tracking, reading sign, learning to move through the underbrush without disturbing it, hiding your scent, etc.

Your hunter will catch more food that they eat on the regular with snare traps set for rabbits and other small game than they will with the bigger game like deer. Bigger game takes more investment, more energy, and a lot more luck. There’s also a higher chance of injury.

There are plenty of herbivores that won’t go down quiet, deer included. If your hunter hits wrong and they sense/smell them, there’s always the chance they won’t run and will come right in after the hunter. Animals have “fight or flight” too, and a doe can gore you just as well with her hooves as a buck can with his antlers. Any poor soul chased up a tree by a moose or just gut checked by a horse can tell you, herbivores are assholes. On an unlucky day, they’ll kill you just as well as a carnivore and that’s if you can find them at all.

The chances of managing a “one hit kill” with an animal like a deer are low and, even if you land a killing blow, they’re not just going to fall over dead. You’ve got to be able to follow it, recover the body, and kill it as it lies there bleeding out on the ground if necessary. You’ve also got to have some way to carry it back. Then, there’s the risk you run with whether the herd animals will return to the same place or move somewhere else if too many of their number die. If they do, and they’re your primary source of food, then you’ve got to move with them. Nevermind that there are quite a few animals a bow is simply no good for, like bears and boars. Where you need other tools like dogs and spears.

Hunting is a complicated business, and it doesn’t come with any guarantees.

Now, those skills do translate over well on a certain level to dealing with humans. Though, it’s not the weapon skills so much as the other less flashy ones. Many scouts in medieval armies, for example, were hunters of one sort or another. As were the foragers tasked with feeding them. The ability to tell how many people passed, where they passed, and what they brought with them from the tracks left on the roads or in the hills was a valuable ability. The ability to move through the woods without being seen, to hide your passing, to tell who is breaking trail, and to find their camps was also helpful.

The Ranger class in DnD is built on the hunter. You want a character who has more in common with Aragorn than Katniss. Aragorn uses a bow, but it’s not his only weapon.

The reason for this is that the bow isn’t a great weapon for close quarters. More importantly, it takes time to prepare. You don’t travel with it strung, as that wears out the string. If the string is no longer taut when strung then you can’t fire the bow. You don’t travel with the wood left to the elements. It needs to be wrapped, and packed away. Constantly be oiled to maintain its elasticity/limberness so it can be drawn. A dried bow is a bow you can’t pull, no matter how strong you are. You also can’t get it wet. It’s a weapon which takes a lot of prep in order to be used, a lot of care, a lot of maintenance, more than average, and a lot of hard work.

When you’re in, say, a military or part of a raiding force that knows its attacking then that’s great. Or someone who is on watch for certain periods during the day and will be relieved by another, that also works. Or when you’re sitting alone in the woods waiting for an animal to come by. However, the necessary prep time a bow requires is a lot less helpful when you’re taken by surprise.

By the time you’ve taken it out, unwrapped it, strung it, you’re dead. The enemy was also probably too close for the bow to really be of help anyway. Its a weapon which requires distance. Awesome when you’re pegging people from the ramparts, halfway up a tree, or fifty to a hundred feet off. Less so when they’re standing over you, axe in hand. The traditional role of archers in a military structure is artillery, and not that different from how we use the modern one. Their purpose is bombardment, they soften up the enemy so the vanguard can break their lines and kill them.

There is one kind of single combat the bow is useful for: stalking.

The bow is a silent weapon, and when used in a hunter-stalker mode, can be terrifyingly effective. It’s a stealth weapon, meant for ghosting in and ghosting out as you pick your enemies off. However, this kind of combat requires a proactive mindset and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

It’s also vindictive and, from the perspective of most modern morals, it’s cruel.

Humans are no more lucky than animals when it comes to hunting. The bow is the slow death. No character, no matter their skill level, is going to be guaranteed clean kills. However, what they do get is debilitating blows. An arrow through an arm, a leg, or better a lung, is going to take enemies out of the fight and if they’re not dead yet then potentially another one with them. Harassment is the order of the day. The slow path of carving off opponents, damaging them so they can’t fight back, following as they try to run, before moving in for the kill.

It’s a predatory style of combat, it is (really) just hunting. Hunting humans instead of animals. The terrifying form of combat that haunts so many horror movies. It’s psychological warfare.

However, it’s the kind of combat that takes time, patience, and a strong stomach. It’s up to you to decide if that’s the kind of combat you envisioned for this character to participate in. Or the kind of story you want to tell.

People embrace the Predator and Lara Croft from Tomb Raider (2013), and countless others that have this particular combat style.

It might, however, behoove you to consider coming up with other weapons this character has familiarity with. From knives, to traps, to fishing lines, to other more improvised weapons built on the fly. This character has a range of options within their skillset, and there’s no need to stick to just one.

Also we have a bow tag, and an archery tag for past discussion on this subject.

-Michi

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Study a language in the lazy way #3

When you have to learn verbs, don’t just take a random list and memorize it. Think of a certain order.

Ex: to wake up, to wash, to eat, to prepare, to leave, to walk etc.

They have a story behind, and in this way you learn only the verbs you will use more often, if you want to be an advanced learner, you have to learn even the fancy verbs but that’s later, don’t stress with them as a beginner or intermediate.

You can apply this daily for nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs. Choose daily a story (suggestions: going to the story, library, going out with a friend, cook etc), an object or an action and think of words connected to them. 

If you choose a noun then you can make a list with other nouns from the same category. (ex; pencil is connected to other school supplies like a pen, notebook, book etc.)
Or for adjectives, choose an object and describe it. (ex: a book => big, small, red, heavy etc.) For adverbs choose an action and think how it can be. (ex: to eat => fast, slowly, etc)

If you do this  and think of 3 words daily at the end of the week you have learned 21 words in a logical way. You won’t forget them because they are connected and they are words that you use often so you don’t bother to learn unnecessary stuff only to forget them the next day.

anonymous asked:

i feel like all larries knew about cricky except me.. why didnt anyone tell me omg i was just minding my own shit till i clicked on this tag and i thought it was an animal but its cris and his "husband"???? whaaat i didnt even know he liked men what is this mess ??? where am i

ohhhhhhhh boy, anon! it’s CRICKY TIME

Here I’ll leave you with this: 

Editing after NaNoWriMo

Anonymous asked: How do you approach editing/revision? (Especially for a nanonovel) When I write so quickly, its hard for me to mentally visualize my overall story (even if its mostly written) and then I get overwhelmed because I don’t know how to approach editing it. Any tips?

Actually yeah! That’s a great point. It can be especially difficult after NaNoWriMo because you become so immersed in your novel. It’s hard to take a step back to see the bigger picture. Outlining becomes helpful again. Even if you are not a planner, creating a chapter by chapter outline will be really helpful. Try to plot it on a page and ask yourself how each chapter moves the plot forward. 

Once you have a first full draft, don’t delete anything. Edit in a new document. Editing will feel like rewriting - and let me tell you, it kind of is, but because you have a solid draft completed, you’re not changing the whole thing at once and starting from scratch. You’re reconstructing it to make it better. If one of your edits isn’t working, you can always refer back to the original to start that chapter over. 

You may need to put your novel away for a few weeks (a month is good) and then go through it with a red pen. You can still think about your novel and work on trying to summarize it over those weeks - but don’t actually write it. In fact, write something else. Maybe a short story or two. I can’t handle more than one novel (without having a writing partner) at a time, so short stories are great. 

Once you’ve waited a month, get away for a day and read you novel. Read it the way you’d read a book you didn’t write. Read it with a red pen and mark every time it stops feeling like a novel. No nostalgia allowed. Kill all your darlings or at least circle them in pen. If you like them too much to get rid of them, see why they’re not working. That might be something to play with later and figure out. There may be a way to keep the sentiment but change the words. Don’t edit while you read, just read. 

Listen up ladies

I find that a lot of us (collectively, our generation and the ones following) tend to neglect our manners. How we act (to others, in high society, in casual settings, over text, etc) is such an important factor, not just in sugaring, but in our lives in general. Please, ladies (because that is what we are, we are ladies first and foremost), keep yourself in check. If you’re dealing with a salty SD, be the bigger person, do not start unnecessary battles, even if he is a jerk. Remember, channel your elegance and manners into everything you do, think before you act on a thought. Here are the four main things I’ve noticed that really, we shouldn’t do:

  • Ignore an SD (salt, splenda, or sugar)
    • Rule of thumb, if he’s not for you, send him a quick text or call him, to thank him (for his money, time, etc) and say goodbye. Simple as that.
  • Start battling it out
    • There is no need to ruin an hour or two of your time, arguing with someone who you will just end up blocking. Be the bigger person, know when to stop.
  • Talk badly about past SD’s/POT’s you’ve met, to a current SD/POT
    • All that displays is your willingness to turn someone’s actions (and perhaps kindness) into a rude retelling.
  • Not show up to a set meeting
    • This is perhaps one of the biggest mistakes an SB can make, this sets root to the idea in an SD’s head that most SB’s are unreliable and flaky. Some sugar’s turn salt due to faults in their previous experiences, eliminate these faults and we’ll have less salts. (theoretically, don’t quote me on this, some men are just plain salty right off the bat!) All you have to do if you can’t show is a tend a text letting him know, simple as that.
Answering Some Asks

@lowonfaith I LOVE that you used a Little Mermaid comparison, it makes it easy to picture the enthusiasm  XD  Thank you soooo much!!!  <3  I haven’t had as much time for it lately but I LOVE drawing scenes from fanfics.  Writers just have the best ideas.

Discoverer Anon - I’m glad you found me too!!!  Welcome!!  <3

Doodle Anon - “Doodlefest” is just what I call it when I set aside some time on a specific day to draw as many requests as possible from Asks people send in.  They’re just quick drawings, (at least, quick for ME, I’m quite a slow artist, lol) black and white doodles, sometimes with a splash of color if I feel like it. I didn’t have a specified theme last time I did one, but it feels like I got mostly kiss requests!  Which of course, I’m more than happy to comply with  X3 

Artist anon - Depending on what you want to draw, try to learn more about the object itself.  Whether it’s how light affects the shading of an object in a still life, or learning anatomy for drawing people, it’s important to understand WHY an object looks the way it does.  And the most important thing, draw A LOT!  The more you practice the better you’ll become!  (At anything, really!)

Affectionate Anon - Thank you~!!  <3  Go ahead!  *smooshes cheek against computer monitor*

@vegabondjumper - I’m actually working on the illustrations right now!  I’m going a bit slow because I’ve got a big illustration deadline coming up, but hang tight because it’s coming!  ^__^  Thank you for reading!  It means a lot to us that people are enjoying it!  It totally motivates us.  <3

Writing Tips: Denotation vs. Connotation

Denotation: 

Definition: A denotation is the dictionary definition of a word.

Example: One example of denotation would be stating that the word cheap means inexpensive.


Connotation:

Definition: A connotation is a definition of a word, but with cultural and personal feelings added in.

Example: One example of connotation would be that the word “cheap” often has a negative meaning, or connotation in this case. For instance, when someone says something was “cheaply made”, it’s often taken to mean that the item wasn’t made very well and won’t last very long.


Using Denotations and Connotations in Writing:

As writers, denotations can’t be the only thing we focus on when we write. We also have to look at the connotations of words. For instance, when you go to describe a character as a more dominant person, you have many words to choose from. You could use words like assertive, aggressive, or pushy. However, although all of these have a similar denotation, they have very different connotations. Out of these three words, assertive is the nicest as it means someone is willing to assert their opinions. The word aggressive implies potential violence, and the word pushy implies that the person tends to force things onto people. The word you would use would obviously depend on the character, but word choice is very important. As a writer, you have to consider the connotations of the words you use, in and out of context. Readers only get to know your characters and settings and such through text, they don’t get to have you there to describe what you meant. As such, it’s best to make sure you pick the best word for your specific meaning to make sure your writing comes off as you meant it to.

~Victoria

anonymous asked:

hi!! i watch your streams, and while you edit you use a brush that moves parts, do you know how i can get that? I'm fairly new to photoshop, Thank you!

At the top bar of photoshop you will see filter, then you press that and you will see ‘liquify’ (filter > liquify)