Putting in work

Make Your Dreams a Reality – How Much Do You Really Want it?

This is something I’ve thought about and learned a lot about since starting my novel. 

How much do you really want to make your dreams a reality? When we were little, our parents, teachers, and guardians told us to fight for our dreams. They told us to do everything we can to make our dreams a reality and that it was possible for us to accomplish whatever we put our minds to.

Then we entered high school and, for the most part, those encouragements stopped. They told us to be realistic. They told us to plan for college. They told us to let go of silly pipe dreams that would never work out.

Well, you know what? I didn’t listen.

I may not have known what my dream was when I graduated high school early, but I knew that I wanted to be my own person. I wanted to make my own choices and follow my own path. Fast forward a couple years and I fell back in love with writing.

When I made the decision to someday be an author, it was not just a dream to me.

It was my new reality.

I made a conscious decision to work. Because that’s the only way you can ever make your dreams a reality. You can’t expect to have these big dreams and then have them handed to you on a silver platter.

You know what that “silver platter” looks like? Hard work. Every single day. No excuses.

If you think you have a dream that means everything to you, something that you talk about all the time, that you want to make happen more than anything else in the world, do you really want it or do you just want to have the “label” of whatever it is? Ask yourself these questions if you think you really want it.

1. Are you doing something every day– no matter how small – to get a step closer?

Working toward anything takes time and hard work. Even if you’re ridiculously busy with life and work and even school, there’s time to work toward your goal. Even doing something 5 minutes before you fall asleep is enough to get you there someday. The point is, if you really want something, you should be working toward it daily. Every single day. No excuses. You may work harder on some days than you do others, and that’s okay! So long as you’re putting in the work, that’s all that matters.

2. Do you talk about it more than you’re actually working toward it?

I think a lot of people love the idea of being able to say they want to be something someday. Take being an author, for example. There are tons of people who say they want to be an author someday. They talk about the book they’re going to write and how they’re going to “make it big” like JK Rowling. But when you ask them about their progress or for details, they shrug, mumble something about not having time, and move on to the next person who will listen to their ramblings about eventually becoming an author.

If you really want something, and I mean you want it more than anything in the world, you do more than you say. You put in the work, then tell people about it. You can back up your dreams with concrete evidence of work and effort (not that anyone else needs to see evidence of it, but still).

3. Are people able to dissuade you from doing it?

Now, I understand when you’re young and have parents or guardians who thwart your progress because they want you to be “realistic”, but if you don’t have that and other people are able to change your mind about it, do you really want it? Assuming your dreams are moral and don’t harm you or anyone else, a few people chattering in your ear about how hard it’ll be or how much time it’ll take should never be enough to make you stop trying. If it is, then you don’t want it. If you truly want something, nothing can stand in your way.

4. Do you make a lot of excuses for your lack of progress?

There are hundreds of excuses you can make every day as to why you haven’t done anything that’ll help you reach your goals. You can be tired, sick, busy, and a lot more. But how many of those excuses are legitimate? Probably not a lot. If you’re in the hospital because you’re sick or you’re caring for someone who’s injured or ill, that’s obviously fine. But if you just pick a lame excuse to justify your lack of work (and let’s be real, laziness), you don’t really want to make your dreams a reality.

Stop making excuses and start making progress. Even if you know you’re tired and being lazy, don’t sugar coat it. Don’t make the excuse that you’re busy when you’re not. Admit to yourself that you’re being lazy in your pursuit to make your dreams come true. Doing this may actually give you the kick in the ass you need to see clearly about how you’ll reach your goals.

5. How far are you willing to push yourself to get there?

Let’s just take Simone Biles, Olympic Gymnastics Gold Medalist, and use her as an example. Do you think she didn’t contemplate how much work it would take to get to the Olympics? She had to think hard about that decision. The moment she made the choice to put in the work to make it to the Olympics, she realized how far she would be willing to push herself.

And you need to start thinking about that if you really want to make your dreams a reality. I guarantee, no matter what it is you want to do, that it’ll be hard. You will have to work and work hard to make it happen. Are you willing to be tired and busy and not have the extra free time you have now? Because that’s what it’ll take. But if you really want it, you should be willing to do whatever it takes.

To me, it’s not a matter of if I’ll be an author someday. To me, it’s a matter of when. If you want to make your dreams a reality and accomplish something that means the world to you, you have to put in the work to make it happen. You have to want it more than anything.

icsek  asked:

So something popped up in my head and now I can't get it out. Studs will often bite a mare's neck when doing a live cover so there are these things called bite guards to prevent that from happening. I would think if the omega and/or alpha didn't want to mate, one of these would probably be employed so a mating mark couldn't be made, especially if the Alpha lacks control. I could especially see these being used in brothels or safe rooms employing actual Alphas vs. toys. Thoughts?

Oh man I never thought about something like that but yeah, you’re right those would totally be a thing.

And TBH they would probably be considered a part of safe sex practices. Like, in the cultures that teach it, it’s considered just something you do if you don’t want to mate with the person you’re sleeping with. Sure you have some that claim they have the self-control to stop themselves, but generally it’s considered safer to wear one just in case (because you can never know what will happen in the heat of the moment).

And yeah brothels they’d be just standard, like condoms are.

… actually they’d basically be condoms culturally. Except like condoms also exist. But they’d be treated much the same.

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Some early design work for my klance Swan Princess AU. I’ve got about 30 pages of notes on the plot along with some script and storyboard stuff already. Aside from this thread on twitter I haven’t reeeally yelled about it publicly, but I’m excited about it :D I have Plans. 

Happy birthday Zen!
Here’s my April Fools’ prank. I promised something spicy but you get fluff instead. I hope you’re not making a sad face. I’m smiling (: 

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#LastYoungRenegade past references | PSNDDF

Put Up Or Shut Up - The striped background.
So Wrong, It’s Right - The birds.
Nothing Personal - The skeleton.
Dirty Work - The bottle being popped open.
Don’t Panic - The monsters.
Future Hearts - ‘Driving in a car with broken tail-lights’ + Back To The Future Hearts Tour poster

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Here, Have some Klance as korrasami… redraw!!
This pic is dedicated to that cute little anon in my ask box from the other day!

anonymous asked:

Hi, 7goodangel. I am here to ask you about PaperJam as a shy, smol and innocent being (mainly thegreatrouge made him be). There has been some conflicts regarding his trait. Some said his canonical personality is a jerk, like what you wrote in his bio / info and some said that is severely wrong and being shy, (which made him shipped with Fresh), is his canonical personality. What are your thoughts about this? I mean, it is your character and people are taking control of it. Don't you disagree?

Well… I have talked to people and seen public conversations and this has happened several times to me over months. I guess I’ve gotten a little numb to it now… or maybe it’s due to school that I haven’t given it the attention that it deserves. Probably due to school. 

I just can’t update constantly like others - even though some others in school were and are able to update constantly. I can’t keep going around and holding up my bio of PJ and police people. It’s exhausting to me… it really takes up the small bit of free time I have. 

I think after I get a solid job that I’ll be able to go around better… but anyway - back to your question. 


While I love seeing interpretations and do not want people to be limited by something and have their imaginations go forth… it’s proving that a huge con comes with that mentality - which you have pointed out. A lot of people swear that PJ is the cute, innocent interpretation that really, did get PJ popular in the first place. While I did have him as a jerk from the beginning - I kinda kept that info to my RP blog - so you could say it is my fault this is all happening and I do think that. I could of done something to make it not as bad as it is now… 

It’s just like the NSFW stuff… people just assume the first thing and run with it. And it really does make me feel like I really am not needed for my own character at points. 

It’s a struggle - I don’t want to have people stop interpreting PJ within AUs… but I also don’t want people to just see him as an innocent child to ship with Fresh. 

And I’m still trying to find the best solution to it. 

But… I feel like the damage is already done. It’s too late for me to talk to all of these people going around swearing on their life that PJ is canoncally like Rouge’s interpretation/AUs. It feels like an hopeless battle to me. 

And I guess I needed someone to ask me this question so then I can fully say my thoughts on this. 

So in short, while I love creativity and don’t want to snuff it out (considering some people would probably think I’m doing that already with saying “No Sin”), I still don’t like it. It irritates me, irks me, frustrates me, and I feel like even as the person who thought of PJ in the first place, my voice isn’t enough. Communities seem like they don’t care about artists unless they reach a ‘certain goal of popularity’ or seem like they have a more professional style of art. I know I do not reach either of those titles. 

People misspell my username all the time - I actually claimed ‘7goodangle’ on tumblr for that reason.

People still say “I’m too lazy to find who made PJ” when they clearly mentioned they looked at the bio on the wiki. 

People still go around arguing others on the canon ship of OmniPJ and swearing that FreshPaper is the true canon ship, when all people are pointing out is that they need to keep the canon ship in mind when going around with information.

Even just basic personality traits… and these things are happening on sites that I do not nor want an account for. 

I still want others to have fun - to be happy; but I don’t know… I guess I’m cutting out my own happiness to get everyone else happy? I want to eventually write a version of PJ within his own universe and story… and he is more like the version I created within the UT verse. Not exact - but close. Though who knows… I might shove PJ to the side and replace his role with another character. I’m still weighing options.

Cause PJ was the first character I ever put this much time and thought into… my first character that was balanced, well rounded…

And what happens?

…well.

You said it Anon. 

They took it - changed it (initially as an AU but now people think it’s canon) - and I can’t do much about it. Due to school and not much free-time… due to how many don’t know the true creator… and just back talking anyone who is just mentioning it to people who swear by it. 

As an artist and a character designer…

It makes me not want to show designs, characters, and stories ever again online.

Considering if this is how I was treated on the first one… why even take a chance at a second one? If it has brought me so much stress, frustration, and time… why even try it again?

I said I was only going to do fanart so if anyone stole it, it didn’t really matter. 
I think I should have stuck with that thought process. 

In conclusion, there are some major things to take away here. First – that yes, I do not like how it has skewed this far to the point of arguing over a fandom version with the canon. Canon is canon and I get the different AUs – this is too far. Way too far. I am emotionally drained from this – from this whole mess that I have been defending throughout majority of PJ’s lifespan. I will state this – Paper Jam is my character. He is my original character that I created more than a year ago. And the UT AU fandom took my character and warped him to something he is not and all of his original meaning is lost. I do not like to hurt others or make other sad – but I must put my foot fully down. This miscommunication needs to stop. I am tired of repeating things over and over and I have past my breaking point time and time again. I just want people to see PJ how he really is… and I wish that people could be focusing more on the reality of him instead of the alternate that they all claim as truth.

Final words: I still like Undertale – I still like creating characters and having fun – but the Undertale AU fandom is ridiculous now. The Amino UT community is insanity in an app, and there is a lot of stuff that has made many artists and creators to their breaking point and leaving the fandom entirely. Everyone in this fandom needs to take ten steps back and look at what they are doing. Go back to the game. Play it again – watch your favorite let’s player’s videos of it again. 

And just… food for thought… please don’t jump the gun on someone else’s OC’s personality and actions. 

I do not want anyone to experience what I had.