Learning-Anywhere

anonymous asked:

how did you learn how to draw? and any tips for people who want to learn?

i get this question often and i’m never quite sure how to answer it, because i didn’t really learn it from anyone/anywhere? for me it wasn’t about how i “learned” to draw, but how i “allowed” myself to draw. for years i felt guilty drawing because it was something i did secretly instead of studying. this went on forever until around 2 years ago, when i finally gave myself the time to draw. so, to answer your question my tips would be-

  • don’t rush
  • when you’re drawing, you’re drawing. try and forget about everything else
  • give yourself some time
  • explore different styles (especially when you’re beginning. having an “artstyle” doesn’t make you cool)
  • look back at your progress from time to time and feel good about what you’re doing
WORKING AS A TRANSLATOR #1

A long, long time ago, I promised you to make some posts about being a translator… Finally, I have some free time to do it! Sorry, for being so late! As I said before, I’m not super experienced in translation, but on the other hand I don’t feel like a total beginner anymore, so I want to share my knowledge with you. Let’s start with the basics.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED?

Some people will tell you that you don’t need any qualifications. And sometimes it’s true. There are people, who work as translators even though they have no official qualifications. But of course, it’s much easier when you get the right education. There are some things that will look very well in your resume.

Originally posted by butteryplanet

STUDY LANGUAGES/TRANSLATION AT UNIVERISTY

That’s probably the best thing you can do. You can learn the language really well, you have opportunity to work with professionals, you are going to be well-prepared and you will get the right knowledge. Your future employers will appreciate a degree in languages for sure, if you want to work as a professional translator.

LANGUAGE COURSES

Taking part in language course is also a good idea, especially if you can get a diploma that proves your participation. You can learn many useful things and sometimes you can also enroll in a course abroad. Learning with native speakers is a great way of practice!

COURSES FOR TRANSLATORS

Some language schools organize special courses for translators. They can teach you about translation methods, special software for translators etc. It can be very useful.

LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES

Many translators study one or two languages at university, but they are also fluent in other languages. To prove their language proficiency, they get language certificate. The higher your level, the better. C1 or C2 level is always impressive.

GET A SPECIALIZATION

Translating is not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes you have to translate a text about something and you don’t really know the vocabulary in your native language… That’s why translators often choose their own specialization. Some specialize in translating technical or medical texts, other focus on literature, art and psychology… The list is endless. So if you are interested in something, try to read about it in your target language, too. There are also special courses where you can learn specific vocabulary.

LEARN LANGUAGES ANYWHERE

Learn languages on your own. Take a Duolingo course, learn on your own, read foreign books. Not everything can be taught at school, you need to put a lot of effort in learning languages. The sooner you start, the better. Practice make perfect!

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Since making the first set, I’ve seen many comments being added about how animation meant so much to so many people. That it’s changed their life, their view on the world, and how it’s taught them valuable life lessons they couldn’t have learned from anywhere else. Don’t you see how important animation can be? How so many lessons, so many feelings and emotions can be carefully packaged into a twenty minute show? They’ll only continue to make our lives warp into something magnificent.

Gideon

it’s insane that there are people who don’t think Gideon is the embodiment of white. He believes 100% in that which is greater than him- his irregulars, the gatewatch, the boros army, the allies on zendikar, the gods- and fully believes that without the unity and structure of the whole there is no path forward. Gids has been adrift since losing his faith in Theros and getting his spark, and everything he’s done in the story since then has been towards the end of finding and rebuilding that belief in the greater. He’s maybe the perfect essence of White.

And really, i’m tired of listening to folks disparage the idea of being lawful good paladin protector or whatever. it’s tough to give of yourself so much, to put yourself out for little to no reward, simply for the satisfaction of knowing you helped someone else. Gids resonates with me because of his legit selflessness and desire to be the best support structure there is. He’s extroverted, vulnerable (emotionally, not physically), and willing to go to any length in order to make sure the group is happy.

This leads into yesterday’s magic story and a little personal context.

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Neil mouths off at Kevin during night practice, so Kevin makes him run up and down the stairs of the stadium in full uniform and carrying his heavy racquet.

  • Kevin is a big fan of doing the thing with the person you’re punishing training, but doing it way better than them
  • To show off how much better he is so that Neil sees how much he still needs to learn to be anywhere near Kevin’s level
  • And so that Neil can’t complain about Kevin making him do it while Kevin just stands there watching him
  • And Neil is all smug because Kevin’s so stupid to make him go running as a punishment
  • Neil likes running and he is faster than Kevin and Neil is so damn smug and ready to embarrass Kevin
  • And he tells Kevin that
  • Then they actually start and Neil refuses to admit that his thighs are burning from running up and down stairs and using different muscles groups than on flat ground
  • But he has figured out why Kevin is making him do this, even if he does like running
  • Neil’s already acted too smug though and he refuses to give in to Kevin, so he keeps on going anyways
  • Because Neil will not ask Kevin to let him stop
  • He’d rather run until his legs physically give out underneath him
  • Andrew has absolutely zero desire to join in on their stupid pissing contest, so he takes a break and lies on the bleachers, half-watching them as they go by
  • Kevin gets annoyed when Neil keeps going even though it is clearly straining him more than he expected
  • Kevin’s legs hurt too, but there is no fucking way he is going to give Neil the satisfaction of stopping before Neil does
  • This goes on for a while
  • Andrew even goes for a power nap
  • Kevin asks Neil if he needs to stop yet and Neil insists that he can do this all night
  • Neil catches a sudden second wind at the idea that Kevin might be asking because Kevin is getting tired, so he speeds up
  • Kevin speeds up too because he refuses to be upstaged and Neil needs to fucking learn
  • And he wants Neil to tire himself out and give in because then maybe he will listen
  • Andrew gets bored of watching them and waiting
  • And he’s not fucking carrying them when their legs give out
  • So, he tells them he’s bored and they better go change if they don’t want to walk home
  • Neil and Kevin are both a little relieved for the excuse to stop, even though they wanted to beat the other
  • Neil and Kevin’s legs are even sorer the next morning and both of them are worse than usual at practice because their damn legs are killing them
  • Wymack could not be much less impressed that they burned their legs out being over-competitive little shits against each other
100 reasons to love Daniel James Howell

Phil’s appreciation post

The main point of this is to show that we should love and appreciate him whatever the situation. So without further ado, here are 100 reasons to love Daniel James Howell a.k.a. @danisnotonfire! Feel free to add to the list!

  1. His name is so bloody British and I love it.
  2. He’s British and so has a British accent.
  3. He has the warmest eyes on the planet.
  4. He is a soft squish…
  5. …but also really fucking hot.
  6. He fits perfectly into the “get a man who can do both” scheme in every way possible.
  7. He is patient.
  8. He is really fucking kind, loving and affectionate.
  9. His sarcasm is on point.
  10. He’s the ultimate memelord…
  11. …but he is a human who feels human emotions and has human thoughts.
  12. He has a better origin story than Batman.
  13. He is intelligent.
  14. He is also really fucking creative.
  15. He has a wide range of talents…
  16. …including being a great actor, singing and playing piano.
  17. He is consistently loyal.
  18. He is unapologetic in who he is and what he thinks.
  19. Even when he hated himself, he didn’t try to change himself in anyway.
  20. He is aware of his limitations and has not a drop of arrogance.
  21. His hair always looks good, whether straight, hobbity, in a quiff or just unnecessarily long.
  22. He was the cutest foetus, and is now the cutest man.
  23. He has taught me more about life in less than a year than I’ve learned anywhere else.
  24. He has shown so much wisdom and so many well-thought-out ideas…
  25. …and god knows how many more he has.
  26. Basically he’s the wisest man I’ve ever met at the young age of 25.
  27. He is honest and expressive about who he is.
  28. He has stuck with us since 2009. TWO THOUSAND AND NINE.
  29. He deserves the world, but I don’t remember the last time he asked us or anyone for anything.
  30. He has a great sense of humour.
  31. He is relatable and understands how people think.
  32. He is open to diversity in society and ideals in every topic area.
  33. His best friend is the world’s other leading sweetheart, Philip Michael Lester.
  34. Together they are the sun and the moon (who’s who, I’ll let you decide).
  35. Together they’ve done so much and pushed the boundaries, which include:
  36. - Writing two books full of memories and good-natured banter, which you can tell were made straight from the heart.
  37. - Making a game together.
  38. - Doing an original long-term radio show on BBC Radio 1.
  39. - Writing a script for a full-scale stage show.
  40. - Taking that stage show around the world to meet as many of their fans as possible.
  41. - Making that stage show and its development into two movies.
  42. I literally could go on for hours about what they’ve done together, which is a feat in itself and deserves to be its own reason.
  43. Basically they are YouTube’s Power Duo, as acclaimed by the King of YouTube himself.
  44. They’ve been best friends for over seven years, and roommates for about five (as of the date this post was published).
  45. They are totally identical and yet total opposites.
  46. You get the idea, they are friendship goals is what I’m saying.
  47. He never uses clickbait - all his titles and thumbnails are completely relevant to the video’s content/purpose…
  48. …which is not the same for most YouTubers or internet stars, which makes him even more special.
  49. He has brown hair. (This is a matter of personal preference, but brown hair is hot, okay? Don’t kinkshame me.)
  50. He is a nerd, and nerds are cool.
  51. He encourages weirdness.
  52. He appreciates the art form and subculture that is video-gaming.
  53. He loves and appreciates anime…
  54. …and is generally a massive weeaboo.
  55. He has dimples, really deep ones at that.
  56. His smile lights up a dark room…
  57. …as does his laugh.
  58. While he can be a kinky lil shit, he is also the purest man I’ve ever known.
  59. He has freckles.
  60. His collarbones, thighs and arms are ∞/10 (let’s be real though, everything is).
  61. He understands irony, which in this generation is a necessary life skill.
  62. He has inspired creativity and art.
  63. He has great taste in music.
  64. His obsession with shibes is my aesthetic.
  65. His aesthetic is on point.
  66. He is kind of a devil but also an angel (thought I’d mention this on no. 66).
  67. He’s so affectionate and expressive, you have no idea.
  68. He is never afraid to stand up for who he loves…
  69. …or what he thinks is right.
  70. Basically he cares more about justice than his own reputation, I wish more people were like that.
  71. He is honest.
  72. He is good with animals and loves dogs.
  73. He has saved millions of lives, including mine.
  74. Very few people have achieved the above point at all in history…
  75. …and he did it with just a laptop, a camera and wit…
  76. …and he did it in less than a decade. Tell me he’s not a hero.
  77. He makes an active effort to interact with us by hosting weekly liveshows and responding to our tweets.
  78. He is able to joke about his mistakes and insecurities.
  79. He is able to discuss death and existentialism.
  80. He’s over 6ft tall. (What? Tall people are another one of my kinks. Don’t lie to me, you can relate and you know it.)
  81. He’s brought people together and inspired friendship and love.
  82. He’s really fucking brave.
  83. He isn’t one to kinkshame people.
  84. He calls himself jealous, but was he jealous when Phil won Creator of the Year at the BONCAs? Hell, no. He was happier that Phil won it than he would have been if he himself had won it.
  85. Phil called him up on stage to share the award with him but at the end he still said “Phil Lester, everyone!” and in doing so was still giving Phil full credit.
  86. If he’d won that award, we all know that he would have called Phil up just like Phil did to him.
  87. Basically he’s really fucking selfless.
  88. He’s not afraid to show what he has/feels against society and labels. That takes guts.
  89. He isn’t one to get involved in drama, and when he does it’s for the right reason.
  90. He’s donated thousands of pounds to charity, including 100% of the profits from The Internet Is Here.
  91. He cowrote and featured in a chart-topping single with Phil, The Internet Is Here.
  92. He doesn’t underestimate us, or anyone else.
  93. He doesn’t undervalue us either, he really loves and cherishes us.
  94. He has always persevered, whether dealing with bullying or self-esteem issues or pressure from work/uni.
  95. He is very civilised and cultured.
  96. He has worked very hard on every single project he’s ever engaged, whether it be a BBC documentary or a stage show or just a casual video.
  97. He handles negativity extremely well.
  98. He is the literal antonym of the term ‘sell-out’.
  99. He’s learned not to give a fuck about how people perceive him, which is something many people never learn.
  100. He is everything and more that we could ask of anyone, and is the perfect role model/idol. We need more people like him to exist, and I love him to the bottom of my heart.
  101. 100 reasons doesn’t even begin to cover why we should love Daniel James Howell, but it’s a start.

“Italy Diaries, page 1 // This summer I decided to move to Italy for an entire month. I got my heartbroken in the spring by a boy I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with and my only escape from the thoughts in my head was to leave. Leave my surroundings. I couldn’t even go to the grocery store without being reminded of him. So I did it. I got rid of everything that reminded me of what we shared and left. It started off with cutting my hair. He always loved my long hair and he hated bangs. So I cut bangs and also my ends. I left the states in June and went to Milan for a month where I stayed with an unbelievably incredible family and taught English. I was eternally grateful because not only was I teaching, but I was also learning. That month was full of soul searching and getting back to being myself again. But truth be told, I didn’t go back to my old self. I reinvented myself, I was reborn. Italy and the people I was surrounded by taught me so much that I couldn’t learn from anyone or anywhere else. To love myself as much as the love I give in return. “Veni, Vidi, Amavi.” - I came, I saw, and I loved.”

Instagram photo and caption by Orion Carloto (@filmforher)

taintedvirus  asked:

Out of all the designs you've done for Jwittz's alola and mega forms, which from each category would you say you had the most fun coming up with and liked Tue most? In my opinion Alola Clefable was just beautiful, and I loved the Mega Flygon.

Thanks! My favorite from the Mega Evolution designs was Lunatone because I had to come up with what sorts of design changes for it would reflect its change in type to part Fairy, and giving it pretty clouds and a more opalescent color scheme was nice, but my favorite part was adding the bunny ears crater to its eye - giving it a reference real world folklore (tsuki no usagi)!

My favorite of the Alolan designs was definitely Clefable. Alolan forms are such a cool concept because Pokemon physically change based on environmental factors (and human interference). So I had to figure out what sort of changes like that would affect Clefable. My thought was, “lunar rainbows are such a fairy tale-like phenomenon, I wonder if they occur in Hawaii anywhere?” I learned that Hawaii is actually one of the more well-known places to view them, so basing Clefable’s Alolan counterpart around that was rather fitting! 

Marks of a Martial Artist

Before my master passed, he wrote a few books about various topics relative to martial arts.
Among these books was his his student manual. In it he included what to expect of the class, the ranking process, terms, material, testing tips, striking points, and history, in addition to other important subjects to cover about a marital arts class. It truly is a thought-provoking and well-written book.

He also included 17 marks of a martial artist. The martial arts are more than just the physical aspects. The mental aspects and way of life is just as crucial.
Each one is different and holds special purpose and meaning. This has helped guide me, show me what to remain aware of and what to aim for– Especially after everything that has happened to me in my journey.
My master portrayed each of this inside and outside of the class room; I hope this helps others as much as it has helped me. I miss him more than I can handle, but his memory and teachings will remain.

1. Enthusiasm:
A martial artist must be enthusiastic in order to achieve success.
If someone doesn’t like what they are doing, imagine the limit that will put on them. Enthusiasm is crucial in order to be effective and efficient. They put effort, and they are happy to do so.

2. Self-motivation:
Self-motivation is what drives one to go to join, go to class, etc. When someone is self-motivated, they will progress quicker as they are in the optimal state of mind and ready to improve. What is important, however, is that one also recognizes this must be done inside and outside of the class room- practice.

3. Self-discipline:
Some people may be wondering what the difference is. Self-motivation gets one alert and started, and self-discipline keeps one going. The example my master provides exclaims self-motivation is the vehicle by which one will strive to maintain a strong and efficient practice. On the other hand, self-discipline is the fuel to remain. It is the willpower to do what one knows needs to be done.
A student who shows up to class and claims to want it and love it in their life, but does not practice or show persistence, is an example of motivation without discipline.

4. Curiosity:
Curiosity, spirit, interest– A martial artist should ask questions because they are thinking. They are thinking about what they are doing and also thinking about what they are thinking about.
“Why do some people have 10 degree black belts? What can I do to improve accuracy? How did this originate? What is the purpose of this movement?”
They strive to go above and beyond what is simply told to them in class. They aim to study on their own, think about it on their own, ask questions. etc.

5. Conscientiousness:
This is when one is aware and mindful of detail, one’s performance, mentality, emotion, and technique. They must also strive to be aware and mindful of what is around them, whether it is with an opponent or not. Additionally, recognizing one’s efforts and limits is important. Going beyond safe limits will be hazardous. All of this is important for improvement, safety, and health.

6. Humility:
With proper humility, they can learn anywhere, anytime, from anyone. Regardless of rank, a martial artist should know that they are not “above” anyone, and that it is not about being "better" than anyone else– it is about self-improvement. Humility is shown whether one is teaching, being taught, or not. They furthermore have no problem deferring to legitimate, well-meaning authority.

7. Sportsmanship:
With the amount of physical contact, possible competitions, and the like, sportsmanship is a crucial part of martial arts. Martial artists should aim to understand that one never truly “loses” if they learn something from every encounter. Regardless, it is not about winning– it is about self-improvement and learning. Resentment, anger, the need to overrun others, etc., is put at a minimum. 
Additionlly, my master explains with sportsmanship, a give and take scenario can be achieved through respect and with what one can teach each other, whether they are a student or a teacher.

8. Cooperative attitude:
Cooperative, not competitive.
My master states, “With a competitive attitude, we feel the need to be superior to others by beating them, and with a cooperative one, we extend a hand so that everyone rises to their fullest potential.”
It’s not about going in the class room and kicking higher than others, hitting harder than others, etc. That may not only cloud one from their own goals and personal progress, but it will also show in their attitude.

9. Integrity:
Integrity is the alignment of actions with words. If one claims to be humble, then they should show such in their actions, and so on. Our choices, must be aimed to align with living the life of a martial artist. There is also a balance.

10. Tenacity:
Another word for perseverance and determination, my master specifically describes, “Persistent, stubborn, obstinate, not easily pulled asunder… these are all different ways of describing the quality of tenacity.”
They aim to break through difficulties and obstacles, and remain determined and persevere while doing so. Board breaking can symbolize such concept.

11. Goal orientation:
This will provide guidance, like a map, to a martial artist. Both short term and long term goals are relevant. While earning one’s black belt may be a long term goal, there must be short term goals to reach it.
If one doesn’t have the short term goal of improving a basic kick, they will not be ready to perform longer term goals with such a kick: breaking boards, jump kicks, and sparring applications.
Martial artists should strive to obtain a foundation and a layer of hard work.

12. Kindness:
My master states, “No status worth having is ever held with any true dignity absent the mark of kindness. Kindness amplifies all other qualities and synergies them to form something that all other marks could not by themselves reach.”
With such authority, skill, and codes of conduct, and representation, kindness is relevant in martial arts.

13. Fortitude:
Whether it is a test, pain, adversity, or temptation, inside or outside of the class room, physically or mentally, one must strives to remain courageous and strong at these times.

14. Resilience:
There will be aspects like such ^ that will try to bend or shape you. One must  have the ability to bounce back from them.
My master states, “If I transform/change, it is because I needed to, and not because someone or something threatened to reshape or break me.”
They remain whole and are in control.

15. Loyalty:
Like integrity, martial artists should strive to show such through words as well as actions. Loyalty to the school, instructor, and other students– they aim for this because they are returning what is done for them and they know the benefits of martial arts.

16. Appreciation:
My master states, “I realize that I can buy an instructor’s time, but I can never buy knowledge or improvement at any price.”
My master taught me how to live– I can show such gratitude by living the way, going above and beyond, and by aiming for humility and many of these other marks.

17. Compassion:
Martial arts concerns itself with the well-being of people. It provides physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional components– as well as a way to defend and benefit others. Having compassion is like the umbrella of martial arts.

Overall, my master made it important to note a martial artist should put forth effort and realistic improvement (inside and outside of the classroom)within these marks, and that one does not have to be perfect.
AWAS. All rights reserved August 2012.

My master states in his other book in a dedication to me:
“If you look for the parallels, you will find that the classroom is a microcosm that represents situations in our outer lives as well. Sparring allows others to challenge us to a higher level of development with friendship and respect – this lesson could serve you well in whatever profession you choose and even in your home life. When we break boards we learn the satisfaction and the possibility of smashing through obstacles that seem to block our way - you’ll need that lesson throughout life. When we perform and refine our forms, we practice a sort of moving meditation that allows us to find stillness in the midst of motion, and to center ourselves within ourselves for our best performance, regardless of what is going on around us - you’ll need that lesson in a very busy world which sometimes threatens to unbalance us with its commotion, activity, and drama.”
-Kwan Jang Nim Chad Boxx, June, 2013

Deep Blue

for Day 6 of @thulazweek (Family / Domestic)

link to ao3 | beta’d by @voxiferous

you’ll take the dads of marmora from me when you pry them from my cold deads hands


“Laz! Laz, c’mon!” Keith insisted. The four-year-old was eagerly bouncing up and down on his toes, pulling on Ulaz’s hand in an attempt to lead him to one of the tanks on the far side of the walkway. An annoyed pout was beginning to form on Keith’s features.

Ulaz laughed softly as he gave in, allowing the cub to lead him over to the tank. “Keith, calm down, the fish aren’t going to go anywhere!”

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The Six Month Novel Project

Hello, and welcome to @the-six-month-novel


What it is:

I’m sure by now most of you have heard of NaNo, or National Novel Writing Month. NaNo is an annual writing event in which participants aim to write a novel (or 50,000 words) inside a single month. A lofty goal, and one a lot of us simply can’t manage. The Six Month Novel Project is designed to give people a little more time. Six months to be exact. Six months to write a novel. From concept to first draft.


Okay, but what is it really:

Mostly I’m just looking for a little accountability and structure to get my second novel written and I thought, while I was at it, I might as well run a bit of a workshop and take people along for the ride. Misery loves company, after all.


Need something a little more concrete:

Let me lay it out for you. You have a novel in you. But figuring out where to start and how to stay on track isn’t exactly easy. And that’s why I started the Six Month Novel Project. Together we’re going to take that single spark of inspiration and flesh it out into a workable story.

During the first month, we’re going to do some planning. This will mean getting to know our characters, building our worlds, and plotting our story. During this time the Six Month Novel Project will be here to guide you through the process. We’ll assign weekly tasks and provide all the resources you need to get the job done. By the time we reach the writing phase, you should have working outline of where you want your story to go, realistic characters that move the story forward, and a fully fleshed out world for your characters to live in.

Once we have the bones of your story, we’re going to start writing. We’ll spend the next four months getting your story onto paper. The Six Month Novel Project will guide you through this process too. There will be weekly word count checks and an opportunity for participants to share their successes. We’ll help guide you through writer’s block, and provide tips and tricks to help improve your writing. You can even ask us questions.

We’ll spend our last month cleaning up our first drafts. But don’t worry, we won’t abandon you there. The Six Month Novel Project is designed to get you from concept to first draft, so if you want to leave at that point you’re welcome to, but we’re in this for the long haul.

After our six months are up, we’ll show you how to revise and edit your first draft into a second draft. We’ll then help you seek out critique so that you can strengthen your second draft into a third. Finally, we’ll help you polish your manuscript into a final draft, including getting the formatting right.

Once that’s done, we’ll help you navigate the world of getting your novel published. We’ll show you how to write a query letter, discuss the benefits of seeking out an agent vs approaching a publisher on your own. We’ll research markets and even touch on self publishing your manuscript.

This is a big commitment. You can expect to be working on this for upwards of a year, but I’m committed to seeing this through and would love it if people decided to join me.


Where and when:

@the-six-month-novel is the where. The when is August 1, 2017. Our schedule will look something like this:

  • August: Planning
  • September-December: Writing
  • January: Editing
  •  February/March: Revising/Critiquing
  • April/May: Polishing/Finding your manuscript a home


This whole process is designed to be spread over time, so that you can do things like work that full time job or finish that degree or take that vacation, all while writing in your free time. We’ll help you through that too, with tricks like setting aside dedicated hours, or learning to write anywhere/any-when without setting the mood.

This is a very realistic goal. One we can definitely accomplish. And by the end of it, you’ll have a novel. Whether it’s your first or fortieth, we can get you there.

Be sure to check back with us in July as we get setup for the August 1st launch date. In the meantime, happy writing.


@nekosmuse writes both professionally and fannishly. She has written dozens of short stories, hundreds of fanfictions, and had her first novel published in 2014. This by no means makes her an expert, but she’s very good at pretending she is.

ID #67851

Name: Océane
Age: 21
Country: France

Hey everyone!
I’m Océane, I’m a French university student and I’m 21, turning 22 in July.
I’m a very shy and awkward girl, it’s quite difficult for me to talk to new people and make friends but I’m willing to make a huge effort here cause I really want to meet new people!

I speak French and English, and I used to study German and Italian but that was a while ago already. I’d love to talk to people from anywhere because learning new languages and learning about new cultures are things I really enjoy! I am a feminist and part of the LGBT+ community.

Things I like: writing, reading, sushis, Harry Potter, lord of the rings, the hobbit, marvel movies, Dead Poets Society, fanfictions (gay ones, lets be honest), grey’s anatomy (I’m only on season 9 bear with me), friends, ghibli films, Detective Conan, any kind of music really. I love Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts and movies by Xavier Dolan (among many many other things)

Preferences: Age, religion, gender and sexuality don’t matter to me, as long as we share some interests!
I just want respectful and open-minded people.

I’d like someone ready to talk through emails and tumblr — I don’t have enough time to write and send full letters.

Imagine being Dean and Sam’s little sister and Amara bringing you back instead of Mary.

Dean couldn’t understand what Amara meant by saying that she was going to give him what he wanted most. He hadn’t understood it then nor the days after that but then again he didn’t find it in himself to care when he had to look for Sam. He was already worried enough about his little brother to think about what could have possibly happened. And quite honestly it didn’t seem to him like she had done anything in the first place so he willed himself to not think about ‘what if’s… much less what it was that he really wanted and she could give.

But then it all changed and Dean realized everything the moment those were spoken.

“Stay away from my boys!” your voice echoed through the dark place and both Dean and Sam froze in place, just as did the British woman of letters.

It was at that moment everything fell in place. It was the moment you came into view and Dean got to see the little girl, well not so little, but to him you always were that, that he lost all those years ago to the very things he hunted. He blamed himself more than Sam did, because more or less they both felt responsible for not doing something more to save you.

And now, both he and Sam were staring at you like you were going to burst. You ate happily on your pie “Man death got me more hungry than I thought.” you laughed and Dean and Sam chuckled softly at the words that gave away how much of a Winchester you were. You chewed happily on your food before stopping and raising an eyebrow at them “Everything alright?”you asked through a mouth full and Dean grinned widely.

“Nah” he shrugged, sharing a look with Sam “Just remembered that we’ll have to buy double the pies from now on.”

“Oh hell yeah you will!” you grinned after swallowing “And I am definitely getting a room of my own in this huge place, which you till have to tell me how you got by the way.”

“Don’t worry kiddo.” Dean placed a hand on your shoulder “We’ll fill you up on everything.”

“As long as you are willing to stay.” Sam said softly and you gave him a smile.

“Sammy I ain’t going anywhere, I’ve learned my lesson.”

“Yeah you better.” Dean clenched his jaw and you gave him a look. You were the youngest one, yes, but you always were the one to support your brothers and be their rock.

“I meant being more careful, not giving up my life for you. That I would do again and again and all over again as long as you two are alright.”

“Yeah well-” Sam sighed, looking at Dean for a moment “We weren’t really.” he confessed and you sighed, dropping your fork.

“I know you weren’t. And I understand but these holes- we can fill them, the way we always had. The Winchester way.” you placed a hand on each of their own.

“And we got plenty of them, don’t we?” Dean muttered and you squeezed his hand, knowing you were quite responsible for it. You could only begin to imagine how they would feel at having to burn your body. Hell even carry to burn it.

“Well- truth is that- having you here?” Sam gave you a weak smile “It feels in the biggest hole.”

anonymous asked:

Hey there! Hoping you or followers can help. I recently have gained a lot of weight and my biggest issue is with shaving/trimming my bikini area. Do You have any advice? It's so much harder for me now because my stomach is in the way and I can't see and reach well. It's kind of embarrassing but idk what to do. Are there ways to shave well in that area when you're significantly overweight? I'm too nervous to go and get waxed.

You know what? Thank you for asking this question. I know so many fat people are ashamed of the ways that our large bodies can affect our mobility or the ways we need to change our habits to accommodate our changing size. But we shouldn’t be ashamed of that. People’s mobility and abilities change throughout life for all kinds of reasons – gaining weight, injury, illness. It is nothing to be ashamed of and we need to be able to talk about these things and help each other learn new ways of getting shit done. I know we aren’t going to learn about this stuff anywhere else! Can you imagine if Cosmo actually wrote about this kind of thing?? I think I would die of shock.

Now I don’t have any advice on this one as I am far too lazy and fed-up to groom much of anything anymore.. so, followers? Any tips?

Title: Superhero’s Daughter (daugther of Scott! reader x Peter)

Summary: Reader’s studying at home when she receives a knock at her door. Her boyfriend Peter stands in the doorway, injured from saving the city yet again.

Word Count: 1551

Warnings: slight language

A/N: I’m not the greatest at summaries for some odd reason?? Idk man. BUT HEY IT’S MY BLOG’S FIRST BIRTHDAY. Wow I cannot believe it. Also; I freakin loved this. So much. Sorry that it took a while, I wanted to make sure it was perfect! Peter Parker is my boyfriend, my husband, my love. OKAY ENJOY!

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phans-eldarya-adventure  asked:

I have an ask for you. :D I asked this Andy already, but I hope it is ok: Gardienne gives Valkyon a notice where is written "kiss me". Later when he is at work he reads it and gets all flustered and thinks all the time about it. He cant find time for her, so she had to wait all day to get the kiss. (Maybe the same for Ezarel too?)

@phans-eldarya-adventure, It’s here! It may not meet your request 100% because my hands sometimes go out of my control lol but I hope you’ll like the outcome nevertheless~!

There’s only an imagine for Valk here but I will try to write one for Ez later when the idea from here flies out of my head :>

Thank you so much for requesting me and I hope you enjoy!


”Kiss me” . The little note written in the paper plane in the handwriting he knows well makes him blush when he reads it. He lifts his head immediately for his eyes to meet yours as you smile at him across the room then bite your lower lip teasingly. He would love to get up and walk up to you now but he has to finish the report with Ykhar and Kero as quick as possible, not to mention it’d be just rude to take a break now when they are in the middle of explanation. Your eyes linger on him for only a moment though before you are called by someone and leave the library while sending a wink in his direction.

“Valkyon..?” his attention snaps to Ykhar who looks at him questioningly and he clears his throat before apologising and continuing on his most hated duty, his thoughts coming back over and over to the note making it harder for him to focus.

When he finally finishes, he immediately rushes out to search for you but as he asks Nevra if he’s seen you anywhere he learns you were sent to the forest for potions ingredients that have almost been all used up by now. So he just sighs a frustrated sigh and goes for a stroll around the gardens to try to get his thoughts in check while in hopes you’ll arrive before his training session with his guard’s members.

It seems like the luck is not on his side today though as you return the moment he has to take care of his duty and he can only wave back at you as you walk by the cherry tree with the basket full of different herbs. What doesn’t help much either is the pout you send him as you leave the training ground the gesture making him think back on the note he received from you in the morning.

With an unhappy grumble he turns back to his men and throws a command. He cannot simply leave his post and this fact makes him a little more restless than he would even like to admit.

It’s only when the sun sets does the training end – it’s the usual amount of time he makes his subordinates practice every few days so he couldn’t really shorten it just because of personal reasons.

After he takes a quick shower he strolls through the headquarters’ halls and right to your room on which door he knocks quietly, wondering whether he’s interfering in your readying yourself to sleep or if you’re inside at all to begin with.

When he lets his hand fall, he hears shuffling  on the other side and a moment later you open the door, your day clothes still on you but the pyjama laying on your bed ready for you to change in it.

“Come on in.” You smile at Valkyon the moment you notice him and take a step to the side, while opening the door wider for him to enter. You don’t manage to say or do anything else though, because the moment he steps over the threshold you’re immediately dragged towards him, his lips crashing on yours in a surprisingly gentle kiss for the sudden movement. And as his left hand rests on your neck, right running small circles on left side of your lower back, you let your fingers tangle in his still wet silvery-white hair.

When the two of you part, you hear him sigh in content and you can’t help grinning at him in response “Took you long enough.”

He hums, before diving in for another kiss and you respond immediately, happy you got more than you asked for.

Rosula

Chapter 1, pt. 2. “Just a rose (days in the sun)”

The Enchantress showed her cruel manners in more ways than one. The trapped servants were not able to leave the walls around the castle; they were left to live with the little they had and had to learn how to cook, and clean, and harvest. That wicked witch appeared to only keep them alive so they could still suffer for all eternity, it didn’t matter in what conditions they were under.

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Korean Folk Magic Masterpost



What aspects of the culture influence it? What defines it from other folk magic? - queerlittlemermaid

Since this is a korean folk magic post, of course korean culture is 100% included within it. You can’t take out korean from korean folk magic. If someone did, they’d have some shade of a torn up bramble. Growing up, the most prevalent culture influence was ancestor veneration (as is pretty typical through China, Korea and Japan) but also traditional medicine. My mother often (and still does, though she doesn’t view it as magic I find it to be a pretty important aspect of our folk magic) dries herbs on newspaper and then grinds it to a powder, minces it, or keeps it whole to add into tea or food. The side effects to a specific herb (e.g. ginseng boosts energy levels) are the main thing to keep in mind. The practice actually works alongside spiritual reasoning. The active ingredients in ginseng helps to influence blood pressure and insulin production, and increase metabolism. As for the spiritual reasoning, ginseng boosts energy because it is said to affect the Gi (기) and is used to treat a “yang” deficiency in the spleen and kidney. 

I would say what really defines it from other folk magic I’ve seen is that buddhist/taoist religious views are integrated into cultural views, so you’d probably see a bit about 기 and keeping that in balance. And to do that, one would need to eat something that would help your ailment both physically and spiritually.

What differences does it have from European folk magic? - queerlittlemermaid

Korean folk magic has a very animist worldview. So, like the Cunning Folk and rootworkers, prayers has its place. Except we prayed to Korean gods (some of which absorbed Buddhas and Bodhisattvas), even Jesus and deities not from the local folklore were included. It is believed that each stone, plant and animal has a spirit. If your life has recently turned to shit, we didn’t think someone would have cursed you (since it was somewhat uncommon). Instead we would use divination to see if it was a spirit that was upset at you causing your troubles to run amok. 80% of the time, it’s because of a spirit. It could be your recently deceased great aunt because she thought she didn’t have a grand enough ceremony for her passing. It could be the roadkill because you didn’t try to *not* run its body over - and if you didn’t have the space on the road to avoid it, the least you could have done is sent it a quick prayer of “Sorry that happened”. Our whole life is filled with our ancestors and other spirits that can help or hinder our day to day. 

I would say the main difference I’ve seen is that we would listen to our clients’ problems, figure out if there’s an herbal medicine that we can give them, if we can’t then we will divine if the reason for the problem is because of a spirit. If it IS because of a spirit, we will placate it to leave the client alone. If it isn’t (possibly due to a curse), then we would purify the client and draw them up a 부적 (bujeok - a drawn/written talisman typically on white or yellow paper with red ink. It is said that bad spirits are scared of the color red and even repelled by it) to keep them safe. Whereas Cunningfolk seem to have a lot of saints being called upon, a cleansing would ensue, tobacco smoke seems pretty important, and non-edible items as charms to keep around. And candles, obviously. Just as a really general comparison.

What is commonly used? - queerlittlemermaid

In traditional medicine, there’s a lot of herbs being used, mostly for teas and powders to add to food. For instance, my mother recently made a dried batch of 도라지 (doraji, Korean bellflower) roots and ground it up into a fine powder. It’s meant to clear the mucous built up in your lungs from a cold and helps a lot with getting rid of coughs. It is, however, pretty bitter so you only want to add a teaspoon to whatever it is you’re drinking (I would highly advise to start with a pinch and go from there). 고추 (gochu, chili pepper powder) is another very important and often used spice. Ginger and ginseng as well (both are very different with different uses). Another important aspect is FOOD. There are ALWAYS side dishes with the main meal (as is typical of a Korean home) and each meal has a “use”. For example, hangovers are said to be cured by eating 콩나물국 (kongnamulguk, soybean sprout soup). If you’re feeling like you’re coming down with a cold (as you can see there’s a lot of ways to combat the cold in a typical Korean home - this is because the climate in Korea can be cold throughout the year, the climate usually being 19 F to 86 F), you can whip up some 삼계탕 (ginseng chicken soup). On a sidenote, it’s a very common belief that if you have a fever, you “need to burn it out of you” with very spicy food and ginger tea. 부적 are also used pretty often, as are other talismans.

SO, in summation, herbs to put into teas and food is most prevalent in korean folk magic to heal and the placation and bribery of spirits and gods to help us get what we want.

What is traditional korean magic look like? - Anon

This question is phrased a bit awkwardly, so hopefully I’m understanding Anon correctly. Traditionally, during a ritual (for example, 제사 jesa, a ritual or ceremony for venerating one’s ancestors) there will be a pattern of a bunch of fruits, side dishes, rice, 떡 (tteok, rice cakes) and 소주 (soju, korean vodka). There is usually a specific way to do this, depending on the family. All the rituals tend to follow a specific format unless your parents tend to be nontraditional (like my mother) and in that circumstance, the formats are often different from what you’d typically see. It’s also very common for the father and eldest son to take care of specific rituals like 제사 since it was a duty to the family and the family’s ancestors, which usually fell to the man (since Confucianism had quite an effect on Korean society). There will always be candles (typically white to refer to spirits), incense (usually stuck straight up in a bronze urn or bowl), food as offerings (which are eaten by the humans that attended after the ritual because it strengthens the bond between ancestors and the living family). If you’re not referring to specific rituals, on a daily basis, it kind of looks like this: herbs drying on newspaper around the kitchen, containers of whole and minced and powdered herbs and roots, aloe and ginger pots, 부적 around the house, 장승 (jangseung, guardian totem poles) around the yard, 탈 (tal, traditional masks for luck) on a wall. Sometimes, (I know I’m going to have these in my home regardless) a 해태 (haetae, the Korean version of a Foo dog) statue in the home or in the yard to protect from wrong-doers and fire, jade to ensure longevity, prosperity and health. A bunch of different teas. A bunch of candles and incense. 

What would you call a person who uses Korean folk magic? - Anon

I would typically call them 마녀 (manyeo, witch) or 주술사 (jusulsa, folk magic practitioner). Folk magic itself is called 주술 or 마법. We incorporate muism, sometimes daoism, buddhism (and whatever deities we actively worship) but are not 무당 (mudang, Korean shaman). When a 마녀 is initiated, I would probably call them 만신 (manshin) instead, as 무당 refers to old school Korean shaman traditions and still harbors negative connotations in Korea and in Korean communities in the US. 만신 essentially means ten thousand spirits which refers to the shaman’s ability to be possessed and speak to spirits and acts as a mediary for the humans and spirits. It’s a newer term for 무당 without the negative connotations and because of this, I personally feel it has the ability to incorporate more than muism alone, but incorporates the folk magic aspect better than under the 무당 umbrella as well. Then again, some may simply prefer to be called 마녀 still.

Where can one learn more about Korean Folk Magic? - Anon

Specifically from a Korean who works with such. :) It’s not really a wide spread or known practice like hoodoo, it’s not really published about, it’s not really talked about. Because of the colonialism from the US into South Korea, during recent years (I want to say in the last couple decades) they have been denouncing muism as illogical and “primitive”. It’s only in the last few years that muism has seen a rise in popularity, generally amongst politicians because a mudang’s performances are VERY expensive to pay for all of the offerings and such (we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, US-wise) but they’re also popular with teenagers for fortune telling. The colonialism also made Korea one of the top countries to convert to Christianity, and of course the priests and preachers absolutely condemn the traditions. 

However, traditional medicine can typically be learned anywhere in books or online. Fairly easy to find, more often than not you’ll read about Chinese Traditional Medicine, and while there are similarities, Korean Traditional Medicine still has some unique techniques.

And obviously, I’ll be open to questions.

Do you know of any books that cover Korean Folk Magic? And it doesn’t bother you if a non-korean learns Korean Folk Magic? - Anon

There are some books that cover mudangs and Korean shamanism (which is a closed, initiatory tradition). As far as I know, there are no books that cover korean folk magic in all that it entails (e.g. how muism beliefs, traditional medicine, and spirits all tie in together to make rituals and spells).

To be honest, I would feel very upset if someone were to attempt to learn korean folk magic from someone who isn’t korean. I mean, this is my whole life. It’s intrinsically tied to how I grew up and is submersed in my culture. My culture is one of the reasons I was bullied and picked on by my white peers in school for as long as I can remember (“Korea isn’t even a real place” - 3rd grade. “I thought Koreans all had perfect skin and looked gorgeous? Are you sure you’re Korean?” - high school. ”-pulls eyes back to ‘look asian’- It’s just a joke!” - elementary, grade, middle, high school AND after. et al)

Just like how some black people feel that non-blacks won’t really “get” vodou (and hoodoo, etc). It’s because we grew up around it, constantly surrounded. It’s not something to pick up and learn for fun or just because you’re curious. It’s literally our life. I’m sorry, I just have a lot of feelings about this kind of shit since I’m still working through my internalized racism.

If someone were learning the language and culture and our history, then I wouldn’t mind if they wanted to learn korean folk magic from a practitioner as well. To me, it already is a part of the word “culture”, specifically my culture. So if you wanted to learn korean folk magic, but weren’t interested in our language or history, I’m going to tell you that there is nothing I can do for you. If you wanted to learn korean folk magic but not from a korean practitioner, it isn’t going to be korean folk magic. I’d also take a long hard look at why you specifically want to learn korean folk magic. It’s not really open, it would be very difficult to find a teacher, etc etc.



*Disclaimer: This is how it was practiced in my home with some of it being taught from my ancestors. Not every Korean’s home had folk magic in it (and if it did, it’s highly probable it wouldn’t look to be the same because it depends on the family), but the aspect of traditional medicine is still very prevalent.
**If I get more questions sent in, I’ll edit this post accordingly.