How to write your book step 209

Rehash old ideas. 

 Is there an idea that you started to write out a while back but it just sort of bled out into nothing?  You never finished it, but it never really went away? It’s still there occasionally popping into your mind, even though you haven’t given it any real thought? It’s totally okay to use that idea. To open it back up. You could completely re write it.  You could incorporate it into whatever you are working on right now. It might not be the best idea  you’ve ever had, but on the other hand, it won’t go away so you might as well put it to use. 

Maybe you’ve completely forgotten about something and then one day you will be rummaging through your old stuff and find a story you wrote in primary school about you and your best friend of the time. Maybe it’s terrible. Maybe it should be left to rot under your bed. Or, maybe, it might be harboring brilliant secrets that one more rewrite will unleash. 

It’s okay to do the same thing over and over again. It’s okay to use the same ideas in different ways. You will get different results each time. Don’t be afraid to look back at your old writing. Just don’t get stuck there forever. 

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Rewrite.

All Along the Watchtower - 12x23 (and 12x22) and Circular Narrative Structure

An entity with yellow eyes enters a nursery:

1x01(Azaezel Prince of Hell over Sam’s crib)

and 12x23 (Jack the Nephilim, son of Lucifer and Kelly)

A woman dies in a nursery:

1x01 (Mary Winchester burns on the ceiling)

and 12x23 (Kelly Kline dies in a blaze of light giving birth to Jack)

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The Raven Cycle Obsession Never Dies Down
  • Me: okay, before I start a new book or new series, I think I'll re-read A Raven Cycle Book.
  • Me: *reads The Dream Thieves*
  • Me: Wait I need to re-read the Raven Boys now
  • Me: But I want to move on to Blue Lily
  • Me: But The Raven King is my favorite
  • Me: ... Maybe I should re-read the whole series
  • Me: Why the hell didn't I start with The Raven Boys?

anonymous asked:

I know you posted before, but what are the scariest moves of the 21st century? I wanna be really scared

i like the specification of 21st century !! ok here’s the list (in somewhat of a particular order but not really)

- martyrs (2008)
- goodnight mommy (2014)
- hell house llc (2015)
- tale of two sisters (2003)
- it follows (2014)
- under the shadow (2016)
- train to busan (2016)
- oldboy (2003)
- rec (2007)
- rec 2 (2009)
- don’t knock twice (2016)
- i saw the devil (2011)
- a l'interieur (2007)
- green room (2015)
- haute tension (2003)
- the wailing (2016)
- the descent (2005)
- devils pass (2013)
- eden lake (2008)
- the orphanage (2007)
- the strangers (2006)
- sauna (2008)
- chained (2012)
- hansel & gretel (2007)
- cold prey (2006)
- noroi, the curse (2005)
- bedeviled (2011)
- la horde (2009)
- the eyes of my mother (2016)
- the autopsy of jane doe (2016)
- don’t breathe (2016)
- re-cycle (2006)
- the girl with all the gifts (2016)
- the conjuring 1&2
- sinister (2013)
- a dark song (2017)

i’m sure there’s a lot more on my list but this is all i can think of for now!! all of these genuinely terrified me….will probably add to it later too xo


“Re-cycled” - It’s hard to believe that five years have passed since Matt and Jenna took to the streets of London for their “make-believe” motorcycle ride. But, on October 16, 2012, they did just that. Once Matt got the hang of keeping the bike upright it was smooth sailing…or cycling.

P.S. It’s terrific that Jenna was lucky enough to have such great chemistry with both her leading men.

Okay. I have been re-reading The Inheritance Cycle and I’m on the part where Eragon and Arya are sitting in his tent and drinking. And then all shit breaks lose and Nasuada is taken and blah blah.
I have a canon that eventually, Eragon and Arya will be reunited and will get drunk together.
However, they will station all the extra guards and riders everywhere to ensure that no one gets kidnapped or interrupt their drinking and dancing.

TBH, I really just want both to relax and just hang out without having to worry about anything. Is that too much to ask in the next book??

Blessed be to the Morrigan

There are several sites associated with the Goddess Morrigan in Northern Ireland. One such place is a county town known as Armagh which translates as “Macha’s height” or Machas’s high place. The Dá Chich na Morrigna (“two breasts of the Morrigan”), a pair of hills in Co. Armgh, which was considered the capital on Ulster in the chronicles of the Ulster Cycle. In the county of Louth, there is a field known as Gort na Morrighan (Morrigan’s field), which was said to be given to her by the Dagda. Boa Island, the largest island in Northern Island hbbis named after Badb. In addition, inscriptions invoking Cahaboduva (battle Raven) han mve been found in the Drome region of France.

Weapons: spears, swords, sorcery, shield, shape-shifting

Other: death, re-birth, the cycle of life, fate, battle, skulls, blood, prophecy, sovereignty, land

Animals: Scavenger birds, i.e. crows, ravens, vultures, eels, wolves, cows and horses

Colors: red and black, white, purple, and dark blue

Stones: Obsidian, Rubies, jet, Amethyst, Garnet, bloodstone, Clear Quartz

Symbols: Three interlinking lines or inverted triangle

Herbs and plants: Blackthorn, Belladonna, Juniper berries, Nightshade, Dragon’s blood, Mugwart, Yew

Moon phase: New, dark, waning

Regions: Fords, rivers, lakes

Seasons: Autumn, specifically Samhain

Foods: Mead, milk, whiskey, apple, water, red colored foods

Colors: red and black

Elements: Fire and water

Festivals: Jan 7-The Feast of Morrigan

Folksongs: Celtic nursery rhymes and folksongs referring to three black birds or ravens

Although it appears that Morrigan teaches us how to fight on the battlefield, if one looks as life as a battlefield, there is much more to learn. She challenges, tests, and encourages us to take action in our lives, to become stronger, to create change, to release what no longer benefits us, to fight for what we believe in and stand up for ourselves; to point out the truth, to change our fate or accept it, and to use our own power as Goddesses. She is a woman of influence, and although we cannot physically transform ourselves into other forms, we can in numerous other ways. This is a lesson anyone can learn.

bee-cake-deactivated20150916  asked:

Hello, Tena! Do you have a good list of Asian horror films? I'm on a kick tonight and want to watch some good ones! Thank you so much in advance (:

Ah, an excellent choice.  Asian horror is one of my favorite flavors (okay, so all flavors of horror are my favorite, so sue me).  In any case:

If you have access to Netflix:

  • Ichi the Killer (2001)
  • Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
  • The Host (2006)
  • Helldriver (2010)
  • White: The Curse of the Melody (2011)
  • Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011)
  • Dumplings (2004)
  • Tormented (2011)
  • Dororo (2008)
  • Sick Nurses (2007)
  • Strange Circus (2005)
  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
  • Battle Royale (2000)
  • I Saw the Devil (2010)

(Sadly, they’ve removed quite a few titles recently)

Available elsewhere online:

Guinea Pig film series:

Bear in mind, all of these are pretty strong stuff.  The series is notorious for a reason (the second one in particular for being falsely mistaken for a snuff film).  Some of the other films above, such as Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and Bunman: The Untold Story, contain some pretty graphic and disturbing imagery.

I’m only disappointed that I couldn’t find links for Organ (1996), or Ab-Normal Beauty (2004).  Also, take note that some links may require a bit of cajoling to get things started (whether it be waiting for ads, or waiting for it to load).  I’m sure I’m probably forgetting a few good ones, as well.  In any case, enjoy! :3


NASA has selected a science mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, which is the cosmic material found between stars. This data will help scientists determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in our Milky Way galaxy, witness the formation and destruction of star-forming clouds, and understand the dynamics and gas flow in the vicinity of the center of our galaxy.

The Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO) mission, led by principal investigator of the University of Arizona, Christopher Walker, will fly an ultralong-duration balloon (ULDB) carrying a telescope with carbon, oxygen and nitrogen emission line detectors. This unique combination of data will provide the spectral and spatial resolution information needed for Walker and his team to untangle the complexities of the interstellar medium, and map out large sections of the plane of our Milky Way galaxy and the nearby galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud.

“GUSTO will provide the first complete study of all phases of the stellar life cycle, from the formation of molecular clouds, through star birth and evolution, to the formation of gas clouds and the re-initiation of the cycle,” said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director in the Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “NASA has a great history of launching observatories in the Astrophysics Explorers Program with new and unique observational capabilities. GUSTO continues that tradition.”

The mission is targeted for launch in 2021 from McMurdo, Antarctica, and is expected to stay in the air between 100 to 170 days, depending on weather conditions. It will cost approximately $40 million, including the balloon launch funding and the cost of post-launch operations and data analysis.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, is providing the mission operations, and the balloon platform where the instruments are mounted, known as the gondola. The University of Arizona in Tucson will provide the GUSTO telescope and instrument, which will incorporate detector technologies from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Arizona State University in Tempe, and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research.

NASA’s Astrophysics Explorers Program requested proposals for mission of opportunity investigations in September 2014. A panel of NASA and other scientists and engineers reviewed two mission of opportunity concept studies selected from the eight proposals submitted at that time, and NASA has determined that GUSTO has the best potential for excellent science return with a feasible development plan.

anonymous asked:

(left-uncovered) Re: heat cycles, I propose you post a fic that's tagged with Heat Cycles / In Heat and then when people open it it's just a very long and clinical description of reptile homeostasis with charts and figures, written in the style of a scientific paper


i still feel like i would have to justify posting it as fanfic, so itd be a fic thats straight up just michael giving a presentation of reptile homeostasis. it’s a very good paper and but his powerpoint presentation utilizes various motion and sound effects. it is, miraculously, not enough to turn off the well researched nature of what he’s done.

//boomerang sound. //word art title bounces across the slide. HEAT CYCLES: REPTILE HOMEOSTASIS

anonymous asked:

What exactly is the ego? And how does one "destroy" it?

You are walking in the dead of night through the woods. Ahead of you on the path, you see a giant coiled up snake. You feel fear. You wonder if you should kill it. You think about running away but you have somewhere you need to be. You struggle internally about what to do. 

Then suddenly the clouds in the sky part and the moonlight shines through. You see that what you had mistook for a snake is actually a coil of rope. All of your tension and struggle vanishes. You walk past the rope without a second thought. 

The ego is like the snake. It doesn’t exist. But it seems to exist so long as we don’t look closely enough. And, like the unreal snake, the ego can make us have very real experiences of fear and confusion. 

Of course, the person walking through the woods who sees this snake might think they have to overcome their fear of snakes. They might think they have to learn snake-handling. Or they might want weapons training. All of that is missing the point. Look closer and the snakeness vanishes. 

The ego has byproducts such as fear, hate, obsession, and needy desire. We can try to tackle each of those in their numerous forms one by one or we can get at their source: the ego. 

So what is the ego? The ego is the collection of identities and identifications that you have mistakenly fallen into the habit of assuming are “you.” It is like the rope believing itself to be a snake. 

What is the difference between me and my ego? You are alive. You are the feeling of existence. The ego is not alive even though at times it may seem to have a life of its own. In fact, the ego is more like obsolete technology than it is like a living thing. 

What defines the ego? Everything that you identify with that aren’t inherently awareness/existence.

  • The Body. Every identity you may make of your body is part of the ego. That includes gender, skin color, physical appearance, abilities, disabilities, and so on. All of these may change throughout a single lifetime. Bodies are born and bodies die. The nature of awareness/existence, however, is formless. When you cling to any particular form as “me,” that is ego–mistaken identity. 
  • The Mind. Judgments and perceptions also shape your ego. Who/what you consider yourself to be shapes who/what you see others and the world as being, and vice-versa. The mind is a tool for understanding our role in the world and enacting that role. However to mistake yourself to be defined by that role is ego. All roles are temporary. And when the mind’s use in judging, defining, and perceiving becomes fixed, then you create a prison out of your own thoughts. 
  • The Story. Your story of your life situation is not you either. Where you come from, what struggles you have faced and are facing, your dreams and ambitions for the future. All of that is a nice story but it is ultimately meaningless. A blade of grass has no such story yet it is no less alive than you are. 
    • Past and Future will dominate the minds of people whose egos are largely defined by their stories. The present only seems to exist for them as a means to an end and it is largely covered up with labels. 
  • The Pain. Every experience of suffering, fear, and pain that you have undergone but haven’t forgiven forms together into the ego. This comprises what triggers you into certain emotional states of fear and suffering. Forgiveness is a virtue not merely because it is noble but because it frees you from the ego’s triggers. Early childhood and romantic relationships seem to play into this strongly, as well as traumatic experiences. 
  • The Anxiety. A constant background of being ill-at-ease is a symptom of egoic consciousness. No matter how much you get or achieve, something seems to be lacking, even if only slightly. There is always something to worry about, something to need, something to achieve. 

How to destroy the ego? As I have touched upon before, you cannot destroy something that isn’t real. You cannot “kill” the snake. All you can do is find out just how unreal it is. Here are some major methods:

  • Daily meditation. The impact and influence of this practice is inexplicable with words yet also repeatedly demonstrated in myriad scientific studies. 
  • Daily mindfulness. Always keep as much attention within yourself as you have going outward through the senses. See the changes in mood and thought that overcome you throughout the day. Don’t believe everything you think and feel. The book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is majorly beneficial. 
  • Forgiveness. The burden of the past has a large part in the structure of the ego. Learning to forgive will free you from re-enacting the same cycles of suffering from the past. 
  • Gratitude. The ego thrives off of needing things. It gives the illusion of being incomplete and then urges you to find ways to complete it. Learning to practice gratitude puts you in a place of abundance rather than lack and counteracts this egoic tendency. 
  • Compassion. Tonglen meditation is a tangible way to practice compassion. It helps us extend our consideration beyond ourselves to others and urges us to go beyond our limiting perspectives and identities. 
  • Be present. Whether you are recalling the past or thinking of the future, it only ever happens in the present. Everything that has ever happened has only happened in the present. Never lose touch with the present because that is life itself. Constantly recognize the here and now as this living moment. This is part of mindfulness as well. 

The ego is not personal. Recognizing the ugliness and the beauty of your ego shouldn’t be taken personally. Don’t fear the ugliness, don’t fawn over the beauty. Awaken from the illusion of misidentification. 


bassimelwakil  asked:

RE: "Cycle or discard" triggering twice; if a trigger can be triggered twice, it's written twice. For example, "when you cast a red spell, draw a card. When you cast white spell, draw a card" would mean you'd draw 2 cards off a card that's both red and white. But "when you cast a red or white spell, draw a card" will only ever draw one card per casting.