Not-Quite-Yours

tattoo artist! luke would have met you when you came into his shop, quite hesitant and nervous. Your hands would be shaking since you absolutely dreaded the pain the needle would cause.

Luke would smile at your nerves, offering you a drink and a speech before you had your tattoo done. He’d sit down beside you, resting his large ink covered hand over your shaking ones. He’d give your hand a light squeeze, “Just talk to me. I’ll listen. Just complain, bitch, scream all you want.. Do anything that’ll get your mind off the needle.” He let out a chuckle as he heard you giggle softly.

After hearing you laugh and slowly relax, he’d hold your hand gently as he leads you over to his station. Getting all the colours set out, the needle warmed up and the stencil where he’d gently place against the designated area where your first artwork would forever be displayed. 

“Remember what i said, if you need to scream, curse at me, do it. I won’t hold you back.. Just do whatever you need,” He reminded you once again before he went to his work. Gently wiping off the excess ink, and going over it with the needle. Hearing you whine softly before talking to him. You’d bring up how you’ve seen his work before and how you were inspired by some of his designs.

Luke would definitely be a little cocky after hearing that a beautiful girl like yourself had seen some of his pieces. However he’d continue the conversation and quite soon the tattoo was forgotten, you were so into the conversation with Luke that the time had flown by so quickly.

Both of you were laughing, joking and talking about everything as if you were the best of friends. After he was done he’d gently clean the area and apply a cream over the fresh ink while applying something over it in order to keep it sealed from bacteria. 

Luke would help you off the bench, and he’d smile. Before shyly asking for your number, dying to see you again.

And he did. 

You Haven’t Failed Until You Quit Trying

Have you ever considered quitting? Just giving up on that book, that short story, that epic novel that’s giving you trouble? Are you so fed up you’ve considered quitting writing altogether? Every writer goes through dark seasons along their creative journey. The highs are so thrilling, but that means the lows can feel really devastating. There’s a saying: Successful writers are the ones who keep going.

Writing is hard and there are no guarantees, but if you don’t give up, you’re bound to meet with some measure of success. So if you’re struggling with feelings of failure, or if you’re in that hard place where the thing you love so much has turned into a monster or a chore or a source of anxiety, I want to give you a few ideas to help you refocus, recharge, and reevaluate your writing from a happier, healthier place.

Don’t quit your writing yet, take a break

Sometimes perspective is the best medicine. You know that classic piece of writing advice—to be as objective as you can about your own work? Yeah, that is incredibly hard to do, especially when you work on a project day in and day out. So before you call it quits, give yourself the gift of perspective. Take an extended break first; walk away and do something else that lets you completely take your mind off of writing for a while. And I don’t mean a day or two, I mean weeks, maybe even months—time for your mind to shift away from your work. If you’re serious about getting perspective, sometimes you really do just need to give it time.

You know yourself better than anyone else; what activity, project, getaway, or hobby can you get absorbed in that will take your mind off writing? Go do that thing, and don’t be afraid to just dive in. Put your book away where you will not touch it. Try your best not to think about it. Now go out and get busy doing that other thing.

Here’s what will happen: you will enjoy yourself! You’ll immerse yourself in something else you love. And there’s no better way to get inspired, to create, to stir motivation to take up your pen (or keyboard) again.

Get inspired to write

One trick you can try to help get motivated when you’re just really not feeling it is to go looking for inspiration. Some writers seem to have an endless well of inspiration just springing from their minds at all times. That’s not true for everyone, though. And when we’re feeling down or uninspired, we need a little help.

Here are a few ideas for fostering that sense of wonder and imagination:

  • Make a Pinterest board, Tumblr account, or other online image gallery. Images have a way of inspiring our creativity, planting the seed of a question or idea that often blossoms into a full-blown story. But don’t worry about that for now. Just start a gallery and set aside dedicated and consistent time throughout the week to add to it or browse other users’ galleries.
  • Make a playlist of your favorite music or listen to new music. Much like images, music can be an amazing and unlikely source of inspiration. It can transport you in meaningful and surprising ways.
  • Watch Movies. Movies are narrative. When you watch a movie, you’re feeding your subconscious mind a story while entertaining your conscious mind at the same time. It’s a great way to relax, enjoy yourself, and feed your creative brain all at once.
  • Read a book or listen to one on audio. Do you love to read but you’ve been working so hard on your writing that you just haven’t had time for a book? Well, now is a great time to read something new—and NOT for purposes of researching for your book or improving your craft. Just pick up that book you’ve been aching to read, that one that’s been at the top of your To Read list forever. Go turn off your brain for a while and escape into a great story.
  • Listen to a radio show. I’m a big fan of podcasts and radio programs. There’s just something unique and engaging about this medium, and its stories and conversations always set my mental wheels spinning. The great thing is that the offerings are endless, there is a radio show to cover practically every topic, so you’re bound to find something that interests you. If you’ve never tried listening to a radio show, do an online search or browse a podcast library, see what’s out there that might interest you. I think you’ll be surprised at the new ways it gets you thinking.
  • Get outside. Nature has always been a prime source of inspiration in the arts. I don’t have to tell you how easy it is to avoid our natural environment in this digital world. Go take a walk, rest on a patio, sit by a river, hike through the woods, just get out and go somewhere. Enjoy yourself and get some rest outside. See if you don’t feel refreshed and inspired.

Go help someone

Have you ever participated in charity work? It’s of course important for the sake of helping those in need, but it’s also a way to connect with unlikely neighbors. If you step out into someone else’s world, lend a helping hand, and just start talking and listening, you’ll see that every person has a story. Maybe you already know that. But there’s something about making a new friend, hearing a true-life story that inspires a longing to construct our own stories again.

If this strikes a chord with you, if you’re struggling to stay motivated in your writing or grappling with feelings of failure, let me just say: You’re not alone. It can feel lonely and isolating. Burnout is frustrating and disheartening. But don’t let it push you into quitting; don’t give up too early on this thing that has brought you so much joy and fulfillment. Burnout isn’t permanent. You can feel those highs again and rediscover your passion for your craft, for that project that’s giving you trouble right now. Please give yourself the gift of time away to rest, recharge, and reload your creativity bank.

What tricks do you have for combating burnout? How has your writing benefitted from extended time away to explore other interests?

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Hope this helped!

Quick rant, please disregard.

WHO THE FUCK DOES THIS!? I bought this ice cream and had two spoonfuls. TWO. And I go to get some right now and it’s empty. IF YOURE GONNA FUCKING EAT MY ICE CREAM (without asking btw) AT LEAST HAVE THE FUCKING DECENCY TO THROW THE SHIT AWAY DONT BE A SHADY ASS BITCH AND PUT IT EMPTY BACK IN THE FREEZER.
This apartment frustrates me more and more. Go ahead and eat my other food because I don’t care about food. But not my sweets. Don’t fucking touch my sweets.

End rant.
Actually no. Fuck you bitch. And quit leaving the water filter empty some other people need to survive too ya know. And do your dishes. Jeez.

Now end rant.

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Twice, Then Quit: How to Train for Resistance to Change
Here’s what you’re never told: You’re supposed to feel afraid. It’s ironic: In hindsight, overcoming that obstacle you resisted will often mean more to you than the reward you sought after at the beginning of your journey. The solution is not to overcome resistance, indefinitely, (that’s impossible), but to learn how to become comfortable with it, as and when it arises. In other words, to lean into it. To push yourself a little more than you’d normally do. And one of the most effective strategies I’ve learnt to do that, is the “Twice, Then Quit” strategy. Twice, Then Quit Leo Babauta, author of The Power of Less, describes Twice, Then Quit using meditation as an example: When you’re meditating and you feel like getting up, don’t; then when you feel the urge to get up a second time, don’t; and when you feel the urge to get up a third time, then get up. So you sit through the urge, the discomfort, twice before finally giving in the third time. This is a nice balance, so that you’re pushing your comfort zone a little. You can do this in exercise and many other activities — push a little.

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I am having some trouble with writers block, I have some great ideas for the plot, but I just can't seem to get over that first hurdle, the first sentence/paragraph/chapter. any advice?

Starting the Story

This is a problem that I feel all too well, because I’ve struggled with this many times before. I suspect that the reason you’re having trouble is because any attempt you make to write that first sentence, paragraph, chapter doesn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I can’t speak specifically to what’s causing your dilemma, but let me share a strategy that worked for me and hopefully it will work for you. 

Pretend You’re Writing Fan Fiction

No, I’m not suggesting you take your favorite fandom and try to superimpose it on your story. What I’m suggesting is that you imagine the universe you created as a fandom. Pretend that your characters have already gone on adventures before, that they’ve lived life in books or on television already. And then pretend that you are just an excited fan that wants to write a story about it. 

The reason that this worked for me was because I ditched all the exposition strategies. When we write fan fiction, we go on the assumption that those reading our work know the basics. They know who the characters are, what they look like, who their friends are, what their situation is. So when we start a story, we don’t spend any time trying to reveal those things to readers. We just jump in and go. 

Looking back at all my past drafts (that didn’t quite go the distance beyond a couple of chapters), I’ve noticed it’s because those first few bits are so clunky and awkward, because I try so hard to get my reader “up to speed.” We’re taught to really start in the meat of the story, but for a lot of us, that means there’s a lot of information hasn’t been explained yet. While we do our best to only explain what’s necessary, there’s still lots of pressure to give the reader the info they need to understand and enjoy the first scene. 

So my suggestion to you, and anyone else with this problem, is to write under the assumption that your readers already know everything there is to know about your world and your characters. Don’t explain anything. Just write the scene like everyone reading it is inside your head and knows all the exposition already. 

When I used this strategy, I was so afraid that in the end I was going to have to go back and edit the crap out of the scene so it would make sense, but it turns out, when I stopped trying to explain things, the first scene became more interesting and the details that needed telling naturally flowed into the writing. It was the kind of beginning I could really get excited about. 

If this doesn’t work…

Keep writing, and don’t think of your resulting work as a “draft.” Think of it more as drabbles as you try to figure things out. You mentioned that you have ideas for the plot, so work on executing those ideas on their own, by themselves. One reason we struggle is because it’s overwhelming trying to get all our plots and subplots to work together into one cohesive story. So choose one idea and just go with it. Experiment with it. You might only get 5 pages in before you lose interest, but because this is a drabble, it’s totally cool! You can start fresh with the same idea or move on to something else. 

When you get your brain out of the mindset that you’re doing a “draft,” it becomes far easier to just let go and have fun. Getting to know the characters I’m working with now means I have tons and tons of drabbles as I brainstormed, reworked, and reimagined the world they live in. Now that I’m working on something more substantial with them, it’s also fun to go back and see where it all started.

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you need some other strategies.  

A couple of days ago, SPA! magazine (a gossip magazine for business man) picked up Saint Seiya and the interviews were like who do you want as you boss, your subordinate and who do you would ask for life consultations.

In this poll as you can see, a lot of business men choose Mu (44,5%) as their boss (over Shaka with 19,5% and Dohko with 17%), Aldebaran (20%) as their subordinate (over Aioria with 19,5% and Mu with 17%)  and Shaka (31,5%) for asking life consultations (over Dohko with 25% and Mu with22,5%) . 

(personally I can’t imagine Shaka like this, also if you want to ask him to quit your job he would say “Do you want me to cut your head off?” (In Japanese when you’re fired, they say “Being cut the head off”) so…I don’t know if is a good idea asking him things like this)

and you…who would you choose as your boss, subordinate and ask for life consultations?

(Thanks to sweetdreamssaintseiya for this) 

thefirstfandom asked:

PARTHENO!!! I need your help pretty pretty please??? I have a party for work, and I need someone to help me find the perfect outfit for it. *puppy dog face* Pleeeeeeaaase Partheno??? Please help me???

“Asking me was a wise choice. I’ll help you out, I think a white short dress with some lace would look quite lovely on your skin. Simple yet stunning.” 

For all those that have read undanewneon‘s “Love Me Dead”, I think you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

As soon as I heard the song “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes, I felt it really suited the fic. I don’t know if everyone will agree with me, but I think it would be a great song for Zoro to write/sing cuz it really explains his relationship with Baby.

I mean just read the lyrics and you can see the connection…

               Stitches

“I thought that I’d been hurt before
But no one’s ever left me quite this sore
Your words cut deeper than a knife
Now I need someone to breathe me back to life

Got a feeling that I’m going under
But I know that I’ll make it out alive
If I quit calling you my lover
Move on

You watch me bleed until I can’t breathe
Shaking, falling onto my knees
And now that I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches

Tripping over myself,
Aching, begging you to come help
And now that I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches

Just like a moth drawn to a flame
Oh, you lured me in, I couldn’t sense the pain
Your bitter heart cold to the touch
Now I’m gonna reap what I sow
I’m left seeing red on my own

Got a feeling that I’m going under
But I know that I’ll make it out alive
If I quit calling you my lover and
Move on

You watch me bleed until I can’t breathe
Shaking, falling onto my knees
And now that I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches
Tripping over myself,
Aching, begging you to come help
And now that I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches

[x3:]
Needle and the thread,
Gotta get you out of my head
Needle and the thread,

Gonna wind up dead

Needle and the thread,
Gotta get you out of my head, get you out of my head

You watch me bleed until I can’t breathe
Shaking, falling onto my knees (falling on my knees)
And now that I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches (and I’ll be needing stitches)
Tripping over myself,
Aching, begging you to come help (begging, “Baby, please.”)
And now that I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches

(And now that)
I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches
(And now that)
I’m without your kisses
I’ll be needing stitches”

Смело мы в бой пойдем/ Bravely we will fight
  • Смело мы в бой пойдем/ Bravely we will fight
  • Red Army Choir
  • USSR
Play

Hear, worker, the war began,
Quit your job, get ready for march.

We shall bravely go to the battle for Soviet power,
And we all to the last man shall die fighting for this.

The grenades are bursting, the machine-guns are rattling,
But Red companies don’t fear of it.

We shall bravely go to the battle for Soviet power,
And we all to the last man shall die fighting for this.

Now the lines of Whites appear,
We shall fight them until death.

We shall bravely go to the battle for Soviet power,
And we all to the last man shall die fighting for this.

Let the memory of fallen heroes live forever,
Eternal glory for those who live!

We shall bravely go to the battle for Soviet power,
And we all to the last man shall die fighting for this.

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anonymous asked:

If you weren't in a relationship with Six would you date a trans woman?

im a lesbian??????????? yes????????? quit with your bullshit twefness pls lmao chill

anonymous asked:

So my boyfriend and I have been together for over two years but he thinks that all I do is have sex with everyone when the only person I have ever had sex with is him. What should I do to ease the trust issues?

wow, I don’t know really that’s quite sensitive to your situation and I don’t know enough about it to give any solid advice. I’d say, sit down with him and have a quiet one on one chat. Tell him with sincerity that the issue is bothering you and you want to say, for certainty and in a promise that you have been faithful. It could be that he’s heard people say things about you, or that your habits may give him thoughts (however stupid that is). If the issues persist and he becomes volatile, unhealthy or unreasonable, then you’ll have to possibly reconsider your relationship.

anonymous asked:

maybe so but you sure as hell aren't the most skilled. You got lucky, so quit pretending your shitty anime porn actually awards you any merit.

I can only presume I ravaged your feelings by telling people to stop reblogging themselves multiple times begging for attention. Go back to your salt mine.