Great! I’m glad you want to reach out and start a conversation with the many creative, giving people who take time out of their busy lives to pen the stories that have captured your imagination. This post is going to cover leaving reviews, giving constructive criticism, and a few do’s and don’t’s.
If you like a fic, leave a review! You can do this a couple different ways.
Reblogging with tags. Every single creative person I know, be they writer or artist or musician, religiously stalks the tags when people reblog their work. Tags are an amazing way to communicate with a creative, especially if you’re shy about sending them a message directly or are afraid your comment will go unnoticed in their inbox.
Don’t know what to say in the tags? Think about the moment you decided you were going to reblog this piece instead of just hitting the “Like” button. Was it a particularly well done piece of dialogue? A description that made you feel like you were a part of the story instead of just reading it? A scenario you’d never considered before but changed the way you thought about [character a, situation b, or fandom c]? There’s a reason you’re taking time to reblog instead of like, so let them know why! Not every reblog needs to be a tag flail.
Alternatively, you can send the author a message. Fanmail if you’re shy and don’t want your adoration made public. Sometimes, if I don’t have time to tag a fic the way I want for whatever reason, I’ll like the piece and then shoot the author a fanmail or an ask telling them what I liked. This is also acceptable. Who doesn’t like getting mail? Crazy people who don’t use social media, that’s who.
Ok, but wait. What if you DON’T like what the author has done with their fic? What then? Yes, there are options.
Option #1: You ignore the fic. You neither like nor reblog the story. You and the author both move on with your lives. You may choose this option at any time. It is not necessary to let the author or anyone else know you have chosen this option.
Option #2: Ask the author why they chose to go that route. Politely. We’ll go over what that means later.
Option #3: Give constructive criticism. Now. Be careful with this one. Creatives are sensitive people. Make sure the author is open to it before you go barrelling into their ask box. If you message me, even on anon, saying, “Hey, I just read your latest fic and I have some concrit I wanted to run by you. Is that ok?” that is perfectly fine. If my answer is yes, go for it. If not, see Option #1.
What is concrit? Glad you asked.
This is concrit: “I totally get the vibe you were going for with that scene, but I was a little confused about the angles of the body parts. I don’t think you meant for them to be doing xyz there. It just took me out of the moment a little.”
This is NOT concrit: “You’re actually not very good at writing smut. You should probably just let [other person] write it and stick to what you’re good at. Which is not smut.”
What’s the difference? In the first one, you acknowledge what you think the author was going for. You explain what has you confused. You explain how you interpreted it. And then you leave a way for the author to contact you to respond to the concrit. You could be right. Maybe the author’s beta was having an off day and missed that awkward elbow maneuver. Maybe they don’t have a beta. Or maybe it’s you that’s missed something. The second example is rude. This criticism is not designed to help the author. It is designed to tear them down and discourage them.
Some people adore concrit. Some people only want it before they publish a piece. Some don’t want it at all. None of these are wrong.
SIDE NOTE FOR AUTHORS: If you ask for concrit, do not be upset, offended, or throw a tantrum when someone sends you a respectful message. You did not want concrit. You wanted to ask for concrit and revel when no one sent you anything. Those are not the same things. Concrit, when given correctly, is designed to make you, the author, a better writer.
Ok, let’s go back to Option #2 now. Where you liked the piece overall, but the characters are acting a little wonky. Something’s not quite right, you think. You don’t really have any concrit, but you want to say something. Here’s what you can do, especially if the author is posting a work in progress.
Acceptable: “Hey! I just read the latest chapter of [amazing story you’ve been following since day one]. I’m enjoying the story so far, but this last one has me a little confused. Why did [character a] do [this]? I feel they would have done [that]. Am I missing something?”
Not acceptable: “Your latest chapter was a big disappointment. I feel like you just don’t know the characters anymore. There’s no way in hell [characters a and b] would be [doing xyz]. I’m sorry, I’m unfollowing you.”
In the first example, you let the author know you like their work. You are making an attempt to understand their vision. You give them a specific example of what’s bothering you. You acknowledge that there may be things coming that you aren’t aware of yet. In the second, you’re an asshat who is wasting bandwidth. The tone has shifted from commenting on the story to commenting on the author.
And here are a few general DO’s and DON’T’S:
DO tell an author you are excited to read the next chapter.
DON’T send an author a message saying only “update soon” less than five minutes after the new chapter was posted.
DO speculate on what’s going to happen next.
DON’T tell the author how to write their story.
DO ask your author how the writing process is going.
DON’T ask your author why they haven’t updated yet.
DO send your author love.
DON’T send your author anon hate.
THERE ARE NO PROFESSIONAL FANFICTION AUTHORS.(We’re not gonna talk about she-who-must-not-be-named of the fifty shade variety). Every single fic author has a job, family, friends, school, religion, other hobbies, or sleep equally vying for their attention. Respect their time, respect their work, respect them as human beings, and we’ll all get along fine.
It wasn’t really in his life plan to get a tattoo, because, y'know - huge freaking phobia of needles over here, thank you very much! - but Stiles kept reading these things about images and words imprinted on a person’s skin actually having power in the magic books that Deaton had given him. (There were actual emissary books in the world, who knew?! They would’ve been helpful a year ago, but whatever. Deaton was still vague and cryptic as all fuck, but the books were helping now. A bit. It was hard to think of anything as helping, especially after the nogitsune, but Stiles couldn’t sleep without waking up screaming, so he figured reading these books were better than the alternative.)
After the events of the nogitsune, Stiles decides to get a tattoo without letting the others know. Derek finally finds him at the tattoo parlour and decides to stay with him, even after the end.
“Careful, Stilinski. Don’t think you can go around telling me what to do, or coddling the werewolf.”
“What does it matter to you?”
“If the feral alpha kills you, it will be my fault, as your supervisor.”
Stiles’ head whipped towards the werewolf. He couldn’t see much of him apart from his red eyes, always following Stiles. Crazy as it might sound, it comforted him. The werewolf wasn’t the rabid animal Elis seemed to picture. He was just… hurt.
There had been a tremendous amount of stress, emotional and physical tolls pressing down on all of them. There had been death, pain, sadness. Many things pushed him to act, certain moments that told him it was time to make a move.
So he left with a note to his dad and two bags of stuff before getting on a bus. Beacon Hills turned into a distant memory behind him as the bus drove through the night. No matter how much guilt he felt, there was a fire in his chest that told him he was doing the right thing for himself.
That was three years ago, and now he’s back. Armed with victory scars, a new outlook on life, and a new list of priorities.
Number 1: Derek Number 2: Himself
He’s only here for a favor, that’s it. He needs to do his job, and get the hell out.
Stiles was really hoping that after the whole Kanima and Gerard thing that things would go back to normal. Well, normal-ish? Whatever. It didn’t. She really just needed to accept that this was her life now. Werewolves are a major pain in the ass. Especially those of the Alpha variety. Ugh. She could handle a lot of bull-shit, but really? Really? Werewolves, man. Werewolves.
He folds his arms under his head and nods at Derek as he approaches, claws extended. Stiles exhales deeply, eyes fixated on the tips of Derek’s claws. “I’m ready.”
Stiles doesn’t tense under his touch like Derek thought he would. He doesn’t whimper or writhe with aborted movements to get away from Derek’s touch when he starts on the first leg of the Triskelion, the incision too shallow at first. He doesn’t ball up his fists when Derek has to dig into the beginning of the first leg to split the sinew apart deeper than before.
His heart rate doesn’t make alarming jumps and he never tells Derek to stop, not even when Derek digs his claws into the pale, vulnerable flesh of his stomach above his navel as he draws the second leg of the Triskelion.
While running in the woods, Stiles is attacked by a feral werewolf. This leaves him marked but unclaimed, which makes it open season on Stiles, which means that any wolf can claim him and take him away. Derek presents a solution, but Stiles says the price is too high. After all, it’s only his safety that is at risk, so he can say no. Right? Wrong.
Stiles is running from things he doesn’t want to face. Derek is running from a past he cannot leave behind. Their paths collide on a lonely stretch of road when Stiles’ car breaks down and Derek is the only mechanic on hand. An unexpected closeness develops, but both men are harboring secrets and Stiles may have just found the one person whose luck runs worse than his own. When the past catches up with the future, it may be one collision that neither of them can survive, and it may end up pulling everyone they love down with them.
As everything begins to unravel, choices must be made. Stiles must decide how far he’s able to go to protect the people he cares about, and what he’ll do when he hits his breaking point. Derek must decide whether he can overcome a lifetime of betrayal enough to trust in someone again, and what he’s willing to sacrifice if he is. And Scott and Allison must decide what it means to stand by your friends, and what price they are each willing to pay to do what is right.
After the disaster that was junior year, Stiles is more than ready to finish his last year of high school and move on to college. He splits his time between his studies, taking care of the pack—well and truly blossoming into his new role as the alpha’s mate—and training his powers with Deaton. At the same time he learns shocking secrets about his heritage, strange things start happening around town and to the pack themselves, and he finds himself in a race to save everyone when a new evil arrives and threatens to destroy everything he loves.
To start off 2017, let’s take a look at where femslash is at right now. Here’s the current number of fics for the top ten pairings on AO3:
Note the complete lack of f/f pairings in the top ten. Also wtf is up with all this snape crap? After clicking the f/f box, here are the stats:
So, um, yeah. The top “f/f” ship is Drarry, and only half the ships in the top ten are actually femslash pairings. Of all the fics in the HP fandom, only about 1/10 are femslash. So then we arrive at the question: why?
Common excuses reasons I hear for having so little femslash:
The protagonist is a guy, so it only makes sense that the top pairings include him. Yeah, true, but…they don’t. Seven pairings in the top ten don’t.
The fandom is full of straight girls fetishizing gay men. Fetishization is definitely a problem–in every fandom, not just HP. But it also isn’t a good reason for so little femslash. To start, generalizations like this are negative and damage fandom unity, pinning people against each other. Second, if the entire m/m category was fetishized smut for people to masturbate to, this might be the case. But…it’s not. There are thousands of meaningful, in-character m/m fics that people of every sexuality can enjoy, because fanfic isn’t just about sex (though that can be a major factor, and that’s okay, too!). It’s about reimagining canon and seeing your favorite characters face new situations and go on new adventures and fall in love and more. So if we can have non-fetishizing m/m fics, then we should be able to have f/f fics that meet the same criteria.
That stupid nonsense where people hate female characters that get in the way of m/m ships. Like??? Femslash solves this??? But so often it’s part of the reason there isn’t any. Think about it. Ginny doesn’t have to be the raging, jealous ex in the Harry/Draco equation. She can date Luna. Simple as that.
Femslash is never as well developed because the female characters are two-dimensional. Sure, female characters don’t interact with each other very often in Harry Potter, but in no way are they two-dimensional. Part of the magic of Harry Potter is that JKR develops even her side characters extraordinarily well. If that’s not being conveyed in f/f fanfic, then that’s our challenge–to bring JKR’s beautiful, dynamic characters to life.
Straight up sexism. There seems to be this idea that sex and relationships aren’t as meaningful or important if there isn’t a man involved. I don’t think this really needs an explanation–can we all agree that’s just…wrong? Cool? Cool.
Now that we’ve established the issue and rebutted the inhibitors of f/f pairings, let’s look at the reasons we should all contribute to the femslash revolution:
To get rid of the stereotype of objectification. Lots of the f/f out there is fetishized rubbish, and it gives sapphic women a bad name (remember when commotion with the lesbian tag? yeah me, too). By creating more realistic, meaningful femslash content, we can start changing those stereotypes and normalizing sapphic relationships. Yay!
vAriEty… Let’s make this simple. More pairings, more diversity, more fics, more content, more.
Equality, anyone? There’s so much sexism in the world without us contributing to it. Hermione wouldn’t stand for it. Ginny wouldn’t take this sitting down. (funny how those two expressions mean the same thing) Neither should the rest of us.
Reminder: You don’t have to feel guilty for m/m pairings. My blog title is “Riddikulusly Drarry”–not going to judge. The purpose of this isn’t to keep you from shipping your otp. It’s to bring awareness to the lack of femslash and encourage the creation of more. We’re trying to lift f/f pairings up, not bring m/m down.
So…what now? We make it happen. Here are a few ways you can contribute:
Read some femslash. Either you’ll be lucky and find some of the beautiful gems out there, or you’ll see why we need a revolution. Win-win.
Support creators of original femslash content by liking, reblogging, and following
Create your own femslash content! Write a fic. Draw some fanart. Make an aesthetic or a photo manip. Create headcanons or write a chat between characters. Write and record a song. Note: I track the tag #owlswithfins and I’d be happy to reblog any original content you create. Submissions are also open if your blog isn’t HP oriented.
It’s a new year, and we have the opportunity to make a difference. Like, reblog, and start femslashing it up!
Lopapeysa – the significance of patterns in the Icelandic sweater: introduction
So I promised a while back that I would publish my BA thesis about Icelandic sweaters for you guys – here’s the first part! I made my thesis about sweater patterns, even though I’m actually studying graphic design, so the main focus of the thesis is on the designs on the sweaters. I decided to publish them in parts, chapter by chapter, so that it wouldn’t be one big chunk to read. I’ll tag the parts with a tag lopapeysa thesisso it’s easy to follow the parts. This is the introduction part, and later on I’ll go deeper into the history and future of the sweater. If you have any questions or opinions on the way, feel free to send an ask, start a conversation in the reply box or reblog with your comments! :)
in other Nordic countries, children in Finland learn to knit in elementary
school. Like many other kids, I also made my first socks when I was about 10
years old – they were horrible and I hated every moment of making them. The
Finnish school system failed to inspire me to continue knitting in my free
time, but since those days, I have rediscovered knitting on my own. I made my
first “Icelandic sweater” in 2013 from Finnish wool (Figure 1) and got
closer to my passion when I moved to Reykjavik in the fall of 2015. As an avid
knitter and a graphic design student living in Reykjavík, it was only natural
that I would be drawn to the graphic patterns of the Icelandic sweater, lopapeysa. Ever since I came to Iceland,
I must have knitted countless of socks and mittens and a dozen sweaters from
different Icelandic wool-types and gone through a variety of patterns and
techniques. In my opinion as a knitter, knitting the pattern on the yoke is the
best part in making the sweater – it is at the same time very repetitive and
easy to follow, but at times challenging and exciting to work with. This lead
me to examine the work that goes into designing the patterns and how they have
formed over the years.
Figure 1: My
first Icelandic sweater, “Dalur” from the book “Knitting with
I first got introduced to the Icelandic sweaters, I thought the graphic
patterns in the yoke were the defining factor – but are there other factors
that are more important? In this thesis, I will try to find out what really is
the signifigance of the patterns in the Icelandic sweater and how have the
patterns developed over the years. Where do the patterns draw inspiration from?
How are they designed and who designs them? Have the patterns changed with the
current trends and fashion?
find answers to these questions, I will have to start from the beginning: the
material of the sweaters. I will go through a brief introduction of the
materials and techniques used to make the sweaters by researching pattern books
and publications about yarn production. Following the history of the material,
I will take a look at how the knitting traditions of the surrounding nations
have influenced the patterns, and how much of Iceland’s own tradition is truly
included in the pattern designs. As a graphic designer, the design process that
goes into making the patterns is of particular interest to me: what
restrictions does the sweater’s shape and material bring to the designer, and
on the other hand, what possibilities does it offer? In a world of blogs and
social media platforms, anyone can be a designer; this is why I will also see how
has the internet affected the rise of Icelandic sweater’s popularity amongst
knitters and how do people share their designs? Finally, I will take a look at
how the patterns have morphed from traditional into more modern adaptations and
how the sweater has made its way to mainstream fashion in Iceland and
have been a number of papers and research articles written about Icelandic
wool, sweaters and knitting traditions, most of them written in Icelandic. Due
to language restrictions, the material I’m examining is mainly in English, although
some publications like Sjónabók (a
recreated collection of the traditional box patterns), Ull verður
gull (the history of wool production in Iceland by Magnús Guðmundsson) and
others I had to include in the research, since they provide too many good
insights to ignore them. From the English material a big portion are pattern
books translated from Icelandic to English, such as Knitting with Icelandic
wool (introduction by Elsa E. Guðjónsson) and blog posts on the subject. Some
articles published in English provide great overlook on the history and tradition
of the sweaters, such as Nation in a
sheep’s coat: The Icelandic sweater (by Guðrun Helgadóttir) and shed light
on the politic history of the sweater as well. As I look into the current
situation of the sweater, I will also use blogs and social media platforms such
as Facebook, Raverly and Instagram to find out what influence they’ve had in
the sweater designing.
I chose this subject because I see many things in common with knitdesign and
graphic design: both diciplines are subject to technical constrain and constant
pressure on marketing, and both fields have a similar working process. Due to
the fact that this is a thesis focusing on the graphic side of Icelandic
sweaters, I have chosen to include many pictures. The pictures in the thesis
are shown relatively large, since the focus is on the patterns of the sweaters,
and no details can be spared.
hello, all! in response to the lack of variety on my dash, i’ve decided to do my first ever follow spree here! i’m mainly looking for anime/manga content, so if a majority of your blog isn’t that, please don’t reblog. for the next two days, please reblogthis post if you’d like me to check your blog out! also, add to your tags if you post/do any of the following:
d. gray man
ballroom e youkoso
seasonal anime/older ones
shoujo manga caps
fanart (or just art in general)
have a tagging system
did i mention haikyuu
also, bonus points if you:
are following me
don’t repost others’ works
are not an arsehole to people :^)
and @ my mutuals, if you could signal boost this for me to get the word out, that would be greatly appreciated! thank you guys (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤
EDIT: i also forgot to mention that i am very picky about what blogs i follow, so please don’t take it personally if i don’t follow you!
[Merry meet, my lovelies! Today I thought I’d talk about Dedication Altars that I do for people. There are plenty of different kinds of Dedication Altars that I’ve done in the past, and for plenty of different people!]
[So, let’s get right into it!]
|What is a Dedication Altar?|
A Dedication Altar is an altar that is dedicated to a person, animal, deity, anything really. They can be small, medium, or large. I, personally, use mini altars for Dedication Altars. They’re easy to take with you in travel, they are very basic, and they’re so cute!
|How do you use them?|
Just like a normal altar, you can have the symbols for the elements, incense, anything; however, since this is a dedication altar for certain things and people, then you’ll most likely want to have symbols or tools that tie to them or remind you of them.
I usually just have small prayers for those whom I make these altars for. I also carry them around with me, so they can absorb a lot of energy and make any spells or intentions a bit more powerful. You can do whatever you want with them!
For those of you who use curses, or hexes, you may also use them. (I myself don’t, but that’s my personal preference since I’m not a cursing witch. I’m not against those who do curse, or hex, though!)
|If I do a curse or hex, what should I do afterwards?|
The best thing to do after a curse or hex, is to simply cleanse all materials and the altar itself. If you plan on cursing again, keep the altar and tools you used concealed in a black cloth. If you aren’t going to curse again, then I’d suggest cleansing them and getting rid of them (safely, of course since we don’t want to ruin the environment by burying harmful things or anything like that!)
|Can these be used to contact spirits too?|
Oh yes, definitely! You can use a variety of different things to contact them, too! (I’ll be making a “Spirit Communication” post soon that lists the ways of communicating with spirits!) You can dedicate these altars to ancestors, spirit guides, patronuses (another word for familiars), etc.
|What gave you the idea?|
Well, one day I was thinking about how to help someone who lived far away. Then I got the idea: People use altars to connect with deities, who are definitely far away.. So why not do altars dedicated to people? Plus it’d help me connect to them better, since it’s literally an altar, just for them!
[I hope you enjoy this little idea I had. If you have any questions at all related to this, or anything else, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m always open for questions. :)]
Brightest Blessings my lovelies! )0(
[Also, an FYI, I’m keeping an eye on the tag #everythingwiccan, so if you have anything you’d like me to see or share on here, include that tag! :D]
Hi!! I was wondering if you had any advice for a newbie studyblr / bullet journalist ?
Hello there, lovely anon!! ♥ I actually joined the studyblr community pretty recently (just this month!) so I hope I can answer your question well /// !! Since I’m pretty new, there’s still quite a bit I have yet to learn myself!
➸ advice for a new studyblr
Don’t be afraid to just start.
Honestly! There’s no need to feel insecure about your posts, spreads, handwriting, picture quality, stationary - everyone in the studyblr community is so sweet and positive and helpful I begin to feel spoiled. I hope you do to!
Don’t feel self conscious about anything. You’re beautiful, wonderful, and perfect just the way you are. There is no better you than you!
Stop comparing your posts and blog to other people’s. There’s a lot for you to learn, and it won’t all come immediately. Notes, followers - it takes time.
Reach out to other studyblrs!!
Say hi, send asks, make friends! Make comments on other’s posts, send compliments or help where you can. Just being active in the community can help you get attention but also give you a wonderful time. A studyblr is to help you grow, and this is a great way to keep you motivated in doing so.
Along the same line, try to find ways to interact with your followers!
Tags, Tags, Tags!
A lot of studyblrs will track a tag and will often reblog your content if you tag your original posts with it! You can find out what tag to put by checking out a studyblr’s page (for example, I track #studyfeather). You can make a list for yourself if that helps! (: But try not to be too overwhelming or overuse it. Maybe switch up which tracked tags you use from post to post.
Make a tag for you to track! It would make sense that if you’re using tracked tags to make one for yourself to spread the love.
Have a tag that is specific to your original content (mine is #featherpost)!!! It will make it nice and easy for those who come across your blog to find what you’re posting about. Having original content helps others have more interest in your blog!
A lot of what you are reblogging can serve as a resource for yourself. I like to reblog posts that inspire me, or have spreads I might try, masterposts, etc. If its important for you to find what you’re reblogging for later, make a tag system for yourself. For example, heres @ / studypetals’ tags page or @ / studyquill’s navigation page if you need any ideas. This is a great idea if other people begin using your blog as a resource as well.
Take advantage of all the information you see.
There are so many posts that address procrastination, time management, stress, note taking, school - anything at all - that is made available to you. It’s one thing to see the information, but it’s another to make use of it. (And don’t be afraid to share your knowledge either!) You can even make posts about trying out different advice if that helps motivate you to try something out.
Make an introductory post!
Help others get to know you better by putting together an introductory post! It’s never too late to make one, so don’t worry about making one if your blog has been up for a bit.
From what I’ve discovered, introductory posts tend to have the following information (not every one has ALL of this, it’s up to you what you’d like to add): name, age, school year, why you started a studyblr, your classes, some of your favorite studyblrs, other blogs you have (and other sites you’re on), any anything else you’d like to say/add.
If you use tracked tags or tag studyblrs you love, it can help get your blog noticed! (:
Post original content!
I touched on this earlier, but this is so important. One of the best ways for your studyblr to succeed is posting your own work and sharing it to the community. You never know how many people will love it, be inspired by it, follow you from it, or contact you because of it.
Be fairly consistent in posting original content. I try to post at least once a week even though I’m pretty busy. It helps motivate me to keep my bujo and studyblr going! You can try out the 100 days of productivity or some studyblrs put together monthly study challenges you can keep up with. As an example, here’s a May Study Challenge I might try out!
In posting original content, make sure you link information you’re referencing to help others that much more!
Queue your posts!!
A great way to keep your blog active is to queue your posts. I have my posts queued at 10 each day and try to keep at least 20 posts in my queue at all times, in case a couple of busy days keep me from adding more. Some people unfollow inactive blogs - and this can be a way to prevent it.
The only thing I don’t queue are original posts and asks, but it’s up to you if you decide to use the queue system or not!
It’s designed to be quick and customizable way for you to keep information and tasks organized. A great way to make use of this (that I’ve found) is to make a key for each of your logs. You can see my key here. You can also search tumblr for bujo keys to see what others have come up with. If you do want to make a key, make it so that it works for you! It can be as simple or detailed as you want, with or without signifiers, etc. If you don’t like this system, that’s just fine!
Discover different journal options and where to find them.
There is no set journal to use, however there are popular choices among the studyblr community: Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, and Muji journals - but it is NOT limited to these. Working with a regular notebook works just fine as well!
It’s one thing to find and purchase something online - but I like being able to find what I’m looking for in person. It saves shipping + handling costs, and I get to it immediately. And, sometimes, they can be cheaper too! I found my moleskine journal I’ve been using at Barnes and Noble, and have also seen Leuchtturm1917 journals at my school’s book store. (The temptation is real every time I walk past OTL)
Your bullet journal is for you, so let’s make it that way.
A big part of having a studyblr is to help yourself in becoming more productive in learning and improving a lifestyle (or this may just be how I see it). So! There is no set format for you to use a bullet journal. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for you.
You can take inspiration from other people’s post to help experiment with different spreads and layouts. (Be sure to credit/tag if you do! Just to be safe.)
You can find out different things that you can add to your bujo! Habit trackers, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly spreads, lists of things to keep track of (books to read, tv shows and episodes to watch, shopping/wish lists, bucket list, etc), anything you’re interested in. Depending on your interests and areas you wan’t to use a bujo to help you with, this can vary. If you want, you can test out different ideas to see if you like it or not. It will take time to find what you like, so don’t stress about it in the beginning. You’re just starting, after all!
There is always something for you to do, it’s just a matter of finding out what that is. If you need any help of finding something to do, feel free to message me! (As long as you don’t mind me asking a bunch of questions haha.)
Don’t be afraid to use pencil first when making your spreads.
Me being me, trusted myself to use pen right off the bat. Boy, do I regret that XD It got to the point where I purchased an erasable pen but I’m finding nothing can beat pencil before pen. But before you erase the pencil - make sure the pen has dried. I can’t stress this enough. I’ve gotten impatient multiple times and go ahead to erase, and instantly wished I hadn’t. You can try to find pens that prevent this from happening, but waiting is the best alternative. Something you can do is make a spread at night, and wait to erase when you wake up in the morning. You can keep your bujo open to the page you worked on for it to dry better.
You don’t need any fancy or expensive stationary.
Seeing the pastel highlighters, wide variety of pens and miscellaneous tools it’s easy to think you need to have it all but … you don’t have to have any of it. Especially if you are low on funds, don’t worry about getting anything new. Just work with what you have! I have been using pens I’ve owned for years and have hardly touched to see what I can do with them and am pleasantly surprised! I have a bunch of supplies that I have gotten for school that haven’t been used that I plan on finally putting to use.
Your basic school supplies with notebooks, highlighters, pens and pencils, post it notes, can take you as far as you wish!
Having a difficult time coming up with a spread? Here’s some ideas!
Try out different hand written fonts. This can include headers/titles and subheaders/subtitles. Try headers, banners, and dividers too! Here’s some different ideas: x | x | x | x
Give your spread a theme. Disney, movie, music, history, art, cartoon shows, books - anything at all! This can help with finding art to fill in blank spaces to give your spread some more interest. Here’s a post with a bunch of ideas you could use.
Colors! Try out different color combinations! Being an art student, I’m overly conscious of colors. They can help set a mood, evoke certain emotion, some colors work best with others (be smart when using complimentary colors), etc. Here’s a site that covers basic color theory. But … this is me being nerdy. This can take quite a bit of thought - but you honestly don’t have to (: !! It’s best if you stick to one or two colors within a page not to overwhelm what others are seeing, especially if you’re wanting to keep things minimal. If you want me to go deeper into this, and talk more about contrast and whatnot … I can make a separate post as not to clutter this one ♥
Make goals for yourself! This can be included in a habit tracker, but doesn’t need to be. They can be as small as going on a 20 minute walk each day during this week, being sure to stay hydrated, doing something with a family member or friend, completing or starting a big project or assignment, etc.
Find some quotes and add them! Here’s some quote masterposts I’ve come across: x | x | x | x
When taking pictures, be conscious of lighting.
The best kind of lighting is natural lighting. Taking pictures outside (or inside) during the day will help your image quality! I know before I said picture quality doesn’t matter much, but this can be a simple and easy way to help improve your posts.
If natural lighting isn’t helping you the way you want, you can take a look at different apps with photo editing capabilities or filters. I have a horrible app finding ability, and just use Photoshop (you can get PS CS2 for free here) or Clip Studio Paint to edit my photos. My favorite tool to use is the tone curve. However you can see this post to look at other options, like apps (it also links to other posts you can look at)!
Have a good time!
Honestly, I feel this is what it boils down to. As long as you are enjoying what you’re doing and continue to have a passion for studyblr related content, you’ll succeed. Don’t stress about it and take one post at a time.
I’ll start putting together a post of how I started my studyblr in case that may help as well! Thank you for asking, anon! Hopefully this helps, and that I was able to cover everything! T o T Sorry I kinda went on a bit of a tangent in some areas.
you nct fans hype them up wayyyyyy to much. I heard the teaser and it wasnt even that good. they dont deserve everything they are getting, meanwhile sm completely ignores talented groups like red velvet
Okay so first of all, just by reading this I can tell that this isn’t about NCT at all. You’re just salty because SM promotes them well while Red Velvet gets the short end of the stick, which I can understand. Nothing wrong with that, I mean if you feel SM isn’t being fair, that’s how you feel. Secondly, of course we are going to hype NCT up. What fandom doesn’t go crazy when their favorites release something? Thirdly, I mean, obviously you have some interest in NCT if you bothered to click on the video and sent this message. You could have easily scrolled past it and keep living your life, but you didn’t. You clicked on the video, watched it, and then sent this message to me, an NCT stan. I don’t even know why you bothered, like did you think I was going to agree with you? Fourth of all, if ANY fandom should be angry here it's the f(x) fandom. Now there’s a group who really gets NOTHING from their company. I’ve seen Red Velvet stans in the freaking NCT tag on tumblr (which by the fucking way can we keep the NCT tag instead of bombarding it with other things?) complaining about how SM went all out and is announcing NCT’s new fandom name too soon. Like boo, didn’t f(x) have to wait FUCKING years for their fandom name!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Do I think SM plays favorites? Heck yeah they do! There’s no denying that. But does Red Velvet really have it the worst. No, they don’t, f(x) does. Because at least Red Velvet is on variety shows, dramas, and things like that. The f(x) members seriously get nothing, I mean you got Amber spilling tea on instagram about how SM isn’t letting her pursue her music, now there’s someone who is really suffering. Yeah Red Velvet fans had to wait a while to get their fandom name, and yeah SM should have gone all out for them too because those girls seriously deserve it, they’re amazing, but boo, f(x) has it so much worst. f(x) are actually ignored by SM, Red Velvet is not. Anyways, I'm probably going to block messages for a while because I’ve been in arguments with Red Velvet stans before and I honestly don’t feel like going through that again. I don’t wanna fight, I just want to peacefully enjoy my bias groups comeback, please and thank you.
Request: My passion is dancing and I was wondering if there was any possibility of a fic where Jug sees reader dance (as in dance class or something, and I don’t mean ballet, maybe contemporary or modern dancing) for the first time and falls in love with her all over again, like maybe realizes his feelings.
Warnings: like one swear word
Word Count: 1,238
A/N: This is my first non song-based fic, so I hope it’s okay! I also wrote it in one go without editing too much, so that’s why it might be a bit shorter than some of my others.
Your life had revolved around mirrors and wooden floors and worn out dance shoes. You were always busy trying to perfect the next move for contemporary, stretching and watching yourself meticulously. You were your own worst critic, your body always sore.
It was another day of practice, stretching on the floor before working on the dance you were planning on performing for the school variety show. It had to be perfect, as this was the first time you would ever be dancing in front of people from school. It was the first time you would be dancing in front of him.
The boy you had had a crush on since the beginning of high school, the boy that you had somehow befriended and still managed to keep your feelings a secret. You guys were close, sure, but nowhere near as close as him and Betty or even him and Archie. There were some sly glances in the hallway and occasional brush of the shoulder, some inside jokes, but you didn’t know if any of that was considered flirting. Your body did a better job of communicating than your voice ever could.
Early on, you decided the dance would be for Jug, dedicated to him even, but you weren’t going to tell anyone. You were hoping your body could do the talking for you.
You began putting on your shoes in the dance studio at school. It wasn’t much, tucked away in the far corner of the building, mainly for the cheer team and dance team to use, but it was better than nothing. You were here everyday after school, sometimes as late as midnight trying to get something right, and today was no different.
Except you couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching.
You continue as normal, though, going over the whole routine about 10 times, each time making mental notes of the things you needed to fix when you did it again.
Finishing your last move you hear a faint clap coming from outside the door. You turn to see none other than the guy you were practicing for.
Your face heats up and you turn off the music, embarrassed that of all people, it had to be him. You can’t help but smile, though, giving a slight curtsey as he nods his head and turns to walk away.
Only then do you begin to panic. How long had he been watching? Did he hear the music? Could he tell you were dancing for him?
It’s hard to read him, what he’s thinking. His hands in his jacket pockets, his beanie placed perfectly on top of his head. He seemed to be the only one in existence to make a beanie look perfect and natural. His hair flowed in perfect curls just peaking out from underneath. His lips turn upward in a small smirk as he kicks one of his feet back and forth. It was little things like this that you noticed all the time.
You take a deep breath. He didn’t seem too interested because he walked away, so you start the music from the beginning and do the routine again, then quickly stashing everything away and going home for the night.
“I was so embarrassed, Ronnie, I bet I looked like a tomato.” you say to Veronica before the variety show about a week later. No matter how hard you had tried, you couldn’t get the moment our of your mind. You haven’t practiced in that room since, nervous that he would be there again. You couldn’t risk it, so you practiced at home in the basement.
“I doubt it, and besides, it’s obvious he’s in love with you.” She states, picking up a piece of your hair to put back for the dance routine.
“No, no way.” you deny, shaking your head, causing Veronica to moan in frustration, “sorry.”
“Just watch, after he sees you tonight, he won’t be able to contain himself. He’s going to ask you out.” she states matter of factly, a smug smile on her face, like she knows something you don’t.
You look around to put your shoes on and you realize that one is missing. It’s not in your dance bag, and it’s not in your purse either. “What are you looking for?” Ronnie finally asks.
“My dance shoes, I’m missing one, I can’t go on without it.” you start to panic.
“Calm down, I’m sure it’s here somewhere.” Ronnie comforts, beginning to pick up things and look for it as well.
The crowd cheers, only one more performance before yours.
“(Y/N), I think you might have to perform barefoot.” she says, sighing as she realizes that there’s no other shoe there.
You take a deep breath. Maybe this was a sign, that you shouldn’t do this. Then, your resolve hardens.
“The show must go on. I do it with one shoe. It will add to the piece.” you say, convincing yourself more than Ronnie.
The crowd cheers once more. It was for Archie singing on the guitar and unsurprisingly, his song went off without a hitch, just like you all knew it would.
The lights dim on the stage, your cue to enter.
You walk to the center of the stage and strike your beginning pose. The lights come up, the music turns on. You feel the floor beneath your feet and your head in the clouds, and you knew that this was the right choice. This was how this was meant to be performed. Your eyes search the crowd for the familiar beanie, and it only takes about 30 seconds to see him, standing in the center of the crowd, his eyes fixed on you. You let the music flow through you, your body and mind moving as one on the stage. Time flies as the three minute song seems to go by in the blink of an eye, and you’re hitting the ending pose before you know it.
The loudest cheer was his, you could hear it above everyone else’s.
You exit the stage to your friends in the wings, smiling from ear to ear.
“You killed it out there!” Betty said, her smile almost as big as yours.
“You were beautiful.” a voice says.
You all turn to see Jug standing there, awestruck.
“Thanks, Jug.” you say, a small smile forming on your lips.
“Oh, and I think you forgot something.” Jug says, pulling out your other shoe from his bag, “you forgot it last week. I went back every day to try and give it back, but you weren’t there.” he admits, giving you a shy smile.
“I also went back every day to see if you would want to go out on a date?” he asks, hope in his voice.
“Doesn’t the story say that you have to make sure the shoe fits first?” you tease, a small laugh escaping.
Jug doesn’t say a word. He just kneels and slips it over your worn out feet.
“Perfect fit.” he says, standing and looking in your eyes, glancing down towards your lips, leaning closer and closer still.
“Fucking kiss her already.” Ronnie says, growing impatient.
You close the gap, bringing your lips to his. He cups the back of your neck with his firm hands, your body’s pulling closer as if by some force unknown to both of you.
This was the beginning to your happily ever after.
Last year, we had such a great time with the Louden Swain Writing Challenge (which turned into a mini bang) and the band LOVED seeing the results so we’re going to do it again! (Please be gentle with me as host, as this is my first time being involved with any kind of bang, much less hosting one.)
Let’s show Rob and the band some love by letting their songs inspire us!
I’m looking for BOTH writers and artists for this! Last year, we had art for every story (thanks to hours and hours of work by @leatherwhiskeycoffeeplaid ) and I’d love to do the same this year. Whether you’re drawing or making aesthetics or doing something else, WE WANT YOU. All art and stories will be put together, printed, put in a snazzy binder, and presented to the band at ChiCon!
Here are the rules:
Deadline for everything is June 30th. I will need time to put everything together, print it out, and assemble it. NO LATE ENTRIES! Last year I only gave myself a week, and I was still sorting through everything Friday night after karaoke. I’m not going to make a deadline to sign up, but if you sign up the week before the end, you will only have a week to complete your part.
Artists: - You will be expected to work with writers so the art reflects the story. Whether you pick a song you like and get together with the writer, or pick a writer you like and get together on a song, it doesn’t matter to me. - If you’d like me to pair you with a writer, let me know, and I will match you up with someone. - When you’re making your art, keep in mind that it will be pasted into a Word document, printed on letter-sized paper, and put into a sheet protector in a binder. You might want to print out what you make to see how it looks on the page. - You can post your art in your own post and tag me and #2017 Louden Swain SPN Mini Bang or submit it to me through my blog or send it to me via carrier pigeon (please don’t send it via carrier pigeon, I have cats) or drop me a line and I’ll give you an email address to send it to. - I will need cover art! Last year’s cover was beautifully drawn by @vyles-ray as a favor to me when I freaked out about needing a cover. If you have an idea for cover art, let me know, and we can talk!
Writers: - Can be any pairing or ship, reader-insert or OC, or even no pairing, whatever floats your boat. Please no RPF. - Please no smut. Anything else is up for grabs. Or maybe just a headcanon kind of thing. - Pick a song and SEND ME AN ASKwith the song you have picked to sign up. I will update this post with the songs taken. Songs will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. - You can’t write for the same song you wrote about last year. This is to ensure variety in the stories from year to year. - Tag me in your fic, plus use the tag #2017 Louden Swain SPN Mini Bang. You can also submit your fic to me through my blog, or send me a message and we can discuss the pigeon and email options. (Really prefer no pigeons.) - You must use a Keep Reading feature if your fic is posted to Tumblr and over 500 words. - Your fic can either be a story based on the song or just have it somehow highlight the song. Since Rob will get to read these, I’d rather the fics be more relevant than just a song playing on the radio in the background, but do what you can. - Your fic can also be a part of another challenge, BUT make your fic relevant to the song you choose, please! (Basically, please do more for this challenge than having a Louden Swain song playing in the background.) - If I haven’t liked or reblogged your post within a couple days, let me know I missed it!
UPDATE - Audio & Video submissions!
I have been convinced to add audio/video submissions to the project! What I will do is link them to the masterpost for the whole project, and dedicate a page in the book directing the readers to the masterpost to find links to the other submissions. (I’ll list the submissions, too, with whatever description you’d like me to add, so it won’t just be a throwaway line, it will be clear how many videos, etc are there to be seen.)
This was supposed to be a short little ficlet but it turned into an almost 6k mess, so I hope you enjoy it, Charlie! (also on ao3!)
Derek had never celebrated an anniversary before. At least, not an anniversary for a romantic relationship.
In the past, he had never had the opportunity nor the necessity to. But now that he was dating Stiles, and had been for exactly a year now, he finally did.
Precisely a decade ago, way back in high school, he had only ever dated one person seriously and that had been Paige. Despite the fact that they had been together for several months, they had never celebrated an anniversary.
They had been too busy making out behind the bleachers and passing love notes and secretive looks in class, too preoccupied with being stupid teenagers to worry about anniversaries. Not when they could be focused on thinking about the next time they could slip away to some vacant broom closet or the backseat of a friend’s car.
And then Derek had made one of the worst, most disastrous decisions of his life, getting the idea in his head that things would be so much better if his girlfriend was a werewolf like him. Poor Paige had ended up dead, buried in the middle of the woods away from her family and friends in an unmarked grave by the Nemeton.
The only anniversary present she ever got from him was a funeral bouquet.
He had no anniversary to speak of with Kate. They had never even really been dating in the first place. It had taken him a long time, years, as a matter of fact, to finally realize that.
She had just been using. A much older woman seducing a vulnerable, naive teenager, manipulating him with sex for her own gains.
Unfortunately, it was only after the fire and years of intensive therapy that he realized she was nothing more than a monster.
It was almost the exact same situation with Jennifer, or rather Julia or whatever the hell her real name was. All she had done was use him for her own nefarious purposes, using a bit of dark magic to help her turn him into a pawn.
Luckily, he had come to terms with the fact that she too was nothing more than some kind of heartless monster. He wasn’t sure if it hurt more or less that time.
But it was different with Stiles. They were dating. Really dating. And it was wonderful. He didn’t think he had ever been happier.
After the frankly terrifying ordeal with the Nogitsune, the whole debacle nearly costing Stiles his life, Derek had finally mustered up enough courage and gall to act on his feelings for the beautiful, brave, infuriating boy. Steeling his nerves with a deep breath, Derek had thrown caution to the wind and strode right up to Stiles, carefully grabbing him by the collar of his shirt and kissing the daylights out of him.
Looking back, Derek had to admit that his timing had been absolutely terrible considering the fact that they had been in the middle of a crowded hospital room, right in front of the Sheriff and the rest of the pack. Admittedly, he hadn’t thought much about that, too busy making sure that Stiles knew how much he cared about him.
And if that meant that they shared their first kiss in front of all of their loved ones then so be it. He certainly didn’t regret it. Especially since shortly thereafter they had begun officially dating.
With turnabout being fair play, a few days after their first kiss, Stiles had strolled up to him in the middle of an important pack meeting to grab him by the lapels and tug him into a deep kiss. The chorus of raucous wolf whistles and fake gagging from the pack that greeted their kiss did absolutely nothing to detract from how meaningful and amazing it was.
Pulling back from the kiss, his big brown eyes still closed as he licked his lips, Stiles whispered a soft request, inquiring if Derek would like to go out to dinner with him sometime, maybe that upcoming Saturday. Derek had eagerly, suggesting one of the local Mom and Pop diners that he knew Stiles loved, drinking in the smile on Stiles’ gorgeous face with a beaming grin of his own when he said yes.
And now, exactly a year into their relationship, Derek was busy making preparations for what was both his and Stiles’ first anniversary and the first anniversary he had ever gotten to celebrate.
Characters- Reader, Maisie the dog, Missouri, RodeoCowboy!Dean Warnings- None Word Count- 1,123 Summary- It’s a usual day until a face from your past shows up. You never thought you’d see him again, but fate seems to have other ideas. A/N- The first in this series! I’m so excited to share this one with y’all since it’s been in the planning stages since January. I had some computer troubles, but luckily I’ve been able to get it working enough to write, so all’s well. It’s all outlined, so I’m just so excited to finally share!
!!! I’m only tagging my Dean taglist in this first part, so if you want to continue to be tagged or start being tagged in this series, you have to sign up to the series taglist!!!
Squinting against the sunlight filtering in through your windows, you sigh before glaring at the beeping alarm on your nightstand. You’d done all the chores you’d needed to the night before, just to spend an extra hour or two in bed this morning. You should have known they’d fly right on by.
Your morning is much the same as always- get up and ready to do some chores before you head out to breakfast at Missouri’s Diner. Your small horse ranch requires daily maintenance, all of which you take care of yourself. Hauling hay, feeding the horses, daily grooming, cleaning stalls- all are a part of your daily chore list.
You open your front door to a bright dawn, bright orangey-yellows melting into blue. The sight brings a small smile to your face, thinking of all the people who are too busy stuck behind a desk to ever see the beauty of a fresh new day. Running a ranch may be hard work, but you wouldn’t trade it for the world.
February 16, 1978. Excerpt from the interview between a 3 police officers (Don Patchen, Steve Bodiford and Norman Chapman) and Ted Bundy.
Q : State your full name and age, please.
A : Um, I’m 29.
Q : Ok. You just gave your age. You wish to remain anonymous… Is that correct?
A : Yes, sir.
Q : Ok. Before you answer any questions, or make any statement, you must fully understand your rights. You have the right to remain silent. Do you understand that?
A : Yeah, I understand.
(There was a lengthy reading of defendant rights.)
Q : Let’s go back to Tallahassee… and tell me how you obtained, uh, the car that, uh, you’d stolen…
A : Uh. Simply, uh, I was walking past it and happened to notice the keys in the ignition.
Q : Where were you when you noticed it?
A : I Don’t know the street name…
(There were questions about the car and the tag, or license plate, which was on the car.)
Q : Is this the tag that you stole ?
A : Well, it certainly looks like it. I didn’t memorize the license-plate number.
Q : Do you remember what type of car you got it off of?
A : Off a Volkswagen, I believe.
(He was asked about numerous identification and charge-account cards found in the car.)
Q : Did you steal all these identifications?
A : (Sigh) Uh, yes.
Q : …Do you recall where you got most of them from?
A : No, I don’t…
Q : How long of a period did you say it took you to obtain all these credits cards ?
A : Ummm, let’s see… Maybe a week, a week and a half.
Q : Do you recall who you took these from?
A : I really can’t tell you.
Q : Did you steal these cards ?
A : (Sigh) Yes, I did.
(There was a lengthy identification of the cards - Mastercharge, Gulf, Shell, Texaco, BankAmericard, others, with a variety of people’s names on them. Bundy recalled stealing them at various places - a supermarket, a shopping mall. Then the questioning let to the discovery of how Bundy planned to adopt a whole new identity in Florida.)
Q : Do you recall where you got the notebook?
A : I think it was in a car (in Tallahassee)…
Q : Ok (turning pages) All this writing inside, with Kenneth R. Meisner’s name and, uh, father’s name and mother’s name and high school … (are those) all entries from you?
A : Well, yes… I typed those in.
Q : I’m holding up a certificate of birth in the name of Kenneth Raymond Meisner (from the) Department of, uh, Health Services in Raleigh (N.C.). Do you remember this?
A : Yes I do.
Q : How did you obtain that?
A : I wrote for ‘em.
(More questions and answers suggested that Bundy had stolen a Florida State University student card owned by Meisner, then began to get other documents in Meisner’s name to create a new identity. Ironically, one of the first erroneous news reports which would come out incorrectly said Kenneth Meisner - who, in fact, was a member of the F.S.U. track team - was a suspect in the Chi Omega murders.)
Q : Have you done any other crimes in Tallahassee… other than steal credit cards and what have you.
A : Cars and cards …
Q : Do you recall stealing cards out of Sherrod’s ? It’s a bar they have around F.S.U.
(Patchen asked that question. Sherrod’s is next door to the Chi Omega house and police were wondering if the sorority house killer had been at that disco bar.)
A : Yes. I recall being there. Yeah.
Q : How would you obtain these cards ?
A : Cards. Well, they’d be in, like, purses would be under a … under a desk, a table or bench or something. And there’d be a large crowd of people. And I’d just take the pocketbook out of the purse. (He further explained he’d not broken in locked cars.
I’d (laugh). Yeah, I’m really an amateur all right. I don’t know how to hotwire a car… Any cars that I went into or car that I went into would be open ….
It’s been a week since the mid season finale and the first Shadowhunters AU Monday is finally here! We promise that there will be a wide variety of prompts in the following weeks (less mundane and generic ones), but we decided to start off with a familiar, much beloved au to make sure no one gets overwhelmed before we even get started. So without further ado:
But fear not! This theme does not only include coffee shops, but also bakeries, cat cafés, and any sort of quaint little coffee place to get your daily caffeine fix. And whether it’s in the middle of New York, in a small town somewhere, on the moon, or placed in the 1920′s is entirely up to you!
Remember to tag your work with #shaumondays (one of the 5 first tags), and make sure to make it clear if your work has any triggers. It would also make things a lot easier, if you could somehow try to indicate which main characters, otps and brotps are involved in the work, especially if it a piece of writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the tags or somewhere else in the post.
Also a quick reminder that these prompts are meant for all sorts of fanwork and we can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Inspiration can be found under the read more if needed.
happy valentines day, pals!!! this is a list of the wonderful people ive gotten to know through inuyasha, and boy there’s a lot of them! under a read more to keep from flooding dashboards so read on to see me use words like “i love” and “like” and “omg” and “!!!” 1000 times!
the past decade the Western VN scene has
dramatically. From being the realm of a few die-hard fans enviously
eyeing those who could read Japanese, it’s become a small but profitable
niche of the Western game industry. With both home-grown talent and
official localisations starting to target the expanding fan-base, we can
expect to see changes in the kind of content being produced. This
series of posts will try to track those changes and perhaps offer a
glimpse into where the medium is going.