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anonymous asked:

I'm starting my first comic and I'm having trouble storyboarding the pages. What does your process for planning out comic pages look like?

When it comes to stories longer than 2 pages, we write a short page-by-page screenplay before we start working. We gauge how much action/dialogue we can fit in one page and pray we can work according to script. Sometime we change things in the process. Most of the time I have a relatively solid layout idea in my head before I sit down to draw.

I don’t think I’m amazing at paneling and overall composition but I try to make sure my pages aren’t exact copies of each other composition-wise, panels + speech bubbles are in a readable order and the latter are not covering anything important.
I don’t care about the quality of my layout drawings. I’ll refine sketches later or hand them down for @cameronaugust to draw if it’s a collab. If halfway the page I feel like I need more space, I just select and squish panels. For comparison, here are some pages with their layouts:

^see, how some of the drawings are kinda squished on the layout on that last page? It’s because they turned out too big or were positioned wrong and I had to resize them. It’s kind of like a tetris of ideas. If something doesn’t work, you try another solution until you find something you can roll with. Those sketches are just crappy throwaway place-holders, you should be 100% willing to sacrifice them while planning.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm thinking about becoming a beta reader. Thing is, I'm not known in any of my fandoms. I was wondering, is there anywhere you can sign up to be available as a beta? Thanks!

Thanks for your question, dear!  Beta reading is a great activity to take up in your free time :)  And there are a lot of different kinds of beta reading to try, too!  So first you should consider your options.

There’s one obvious first distinction: reading for original work vs. reading for fanfiction.  Your problem of having no name in your fandoms can be resolved – making an online presence in your fandom (on twitter, tumblr, facebook, etc.) is easy if you’re offering a service like this.  Still, if you find that entry difficult, there are always other outlets…

Fanfiction Beta Sites

  • – One of the two most popular fanfiction databases on the internet.  To become a beta reader, you must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a registered member for at least 1 month or more.
2. Must have published at least 5 stories on the site OR have published entries totaling at least 6,000 words.
3. Must accurately complete both the Profile and Preferences part of your beta profile.

You’ll share a bit about your personality, and what fandoms/genres/ratings you’re comfortable with reading.  Those tags will help readers to filter through the beta reading database and find you.  So make sure to decide what you’re interested in covering first!

  • Archive of Our Own (AO3) – The other most popular fanfiction website; I’m not a member there so I don’t know the exact process of becoming a beta, but I know I’ve never seen a clear-cut beta search forum there.  The link I’ve provided opens up to a search page, though – type in the Tag section, “Beta Wanted,” and sort by recently updated (+ whatever fandoms/ratings you’re interested in).  This should get you started on making connections with other writers.

Original-Work Beta Sites

(Sorted by those I’ve used to those I haven’t – not by quality!)

  • FictionPress – I recommend this first because it’s a sister site to, so the layout is nearly identical.  The difference is that it’s based on original works, not fanfic, so there’s less of a fandom-barrier to cross.
  • NaNoWriMo forums – National Novel Writing Month (more information here) takes place every November, along with similar NaNo events in April and July.  At the end of these events (and usually months afterward, too), people come away with first drafts in need of critiquing.  This is likely to yield more deep beta reading, if that’s what you’re after – but it can also be as simple as grammar and line edits.
  • Scribophile – I’ve never used this, but I’ve heard great things.  Scribophile is very community-based critiquing network, where you can read for others and also take advantage of their blog and other resources for improving your writing, getting published, and so forth.
  • Critters – I’ve also heard good things about Critters, another critiquing workshop.  This one is specific to science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, though.  The website is a little cluttered-looking, though, so it’s not my first choice personally.

Hopefully one of these will work for you!  If you have any more questions, be sure to hit me up and I’ll get back to you within the week :)  Good luck!

If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

mizulekitten  asked:

I can't for the life of me remember if this was you or someone else: but do you perchance know any reference posts that showed off the lounge and dining area. I can't remember exactly who did it, but I know you do a lot of meta and info gathering so I figured I'd ask xD Thankies~

I actually don’t know of any reference posts like that - so I tried putting one together myself^^’ Let’s start with the lounge (if this is what you meant with ‘lounge’):

  • front view

I’m pretty sure that the thing behind Shiro is a screen and that’s why the bench is facing away from the “main door”. There are 2 more doors to the left and to the right from the screen, even if they don’t look like they open in this screenshot :P Also, the lighting in the room is whiter than in other parts of the castle. 

  • from the back

That’s the screenshot with the most “ceiling” I could find^^’ Notice that the dark part of the floor doesn’t go all the way through like the first screenshot might make you believe.

  • some random perspective

Just to give some ideas what the room looks like from a “persons” angle. On these two screenshots you can see that the doors next to the screen actually open - aaand they forgot the dark part of the stairs in the second cap hah :’D

[dining room under the cut]

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learngeo  asked:

Hey! Just saw your DBT spread and I was wandering if you'd have some more and would be willing to show them? I've been thinking about good ways to incorporate DBT in my bullet journal but am not sure how. Yours look lovely! I hope you have a good day!!

(i’m gonna post this if that’s okay???)

hey! thank you so much!!! <33 that was actually the very first DBT spread i’d done, as the ones before were printed sheets that my therapist gave me (which imo were so ugly LOL sorry @ my therapist)

i’ve still been using the same layout for my mood/action entries, just more neat so if u want a better/closer look this is a better pic

(this isn’t even as neat as it should be rip)

those are all just moods/actions that i personally struggle with most. at my clinic, everyone’s DBT entries are customized to keep track of their personal struggles, so if you do plan on making DBT entries (if u don’t have one/made one already) then i highly suggest asking ur therapist to help u customize one or making one for urself even. 

this was the original layout for my diary card in case u were wondering what the hell any of that means LOL

in addition to this though i wanted to have some personal things i wanted to keep track of, like sleep, medication, hygiene, and whether i’d actually filled out the diary card LOL so this is the tracker page that i use

believe it or not, i actually used a ruler while drawing those lines smh i have such shaky hands LOL

so yeah, this is kind of basically what i do to make it a little less boring to fill out my dbt entries. 

i hope this helped!!!!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for how to network at conferences? I always find myself a bit overwhelmed and then I get too scared go talks to anyone bc I'm not sure what to really say

Hi! I’m definitely not the best at networking (being an introvert and all) but I’m working on getting better. some things that have worked for me are as follows:

  • Go to events specifically geared towards networking. Every single conference I’ve been to has designated networking events. These are usually filled with refreshments (sometimes of the alcoholic kind), have a room layout conducive towards small-group-chats (like small standing tables), and most importantly, have people there who want to network and strike up conversations with new people. If you’re a trainee (grad student, med fellow, post-doc, etc), look for events that are specifically geared towards young investigators. I’ve found that it’s much easier to talk with others in similar career levels. Just find someone who looks like they’re up for a chat (eg. they’re standing alone but facing the crowd) and head on over. If they’re rude and don’t want to engage, that’s their problem (and loss), not yours. But I’ve yet to meet a rude person at a networking session. What the heck are they doing there anyway.
  • Don’t see the goal of networking as establishing work relationships, but more as a way to just meet people and friends. It’s a lot less intimidating that way, because if you want to talk about sports or the weather, then talk about sports and the weather! It doesn’t have to be dry; you’re allowed to (and encouraged) to have fun! A lot the people I’ve met at conferences started with convos totally unrelated to our research. 
  • Use poster sessions to network. I feel like this is such an underrated networking opportunity, but it’s a great “baby step” for networking on a grander scale. A poster session is great to practice because:
    • The presenter guides the conversation by presenting the research. Just approach them and say “hi! so can you tell me about your poster?”
    • It’s easy to ask them questions about their research if the research is literally right there
    • You can see their name and institution so that prevents the whole awkward “sry i didn’t catch your name!” and also gives you common ground to talk about if you’re familiar with their institution
    • Poster presenters can get lonely (and sometimes really disappointed if no one stops by), so they’re always eager to talk to anyone remotely interested in their work
    • The convo is usually 1-on-1 so it’s less intimidating
    • Exchanging contact info is as easy as saying “can i have your business card so i can follow up on your research?” 
    • The exit strategy is as simple as saying “well thank you for taking the time to tell me about your research! good luck!”. 

    • If you’re a poster presenter, talking to the people next to you is great too. As I said, sometimes it gets lonely, so everyone’s pretty ready to strike up a conversation. 
  • Have an icebreaker ready. Just something that’ll get the convo going, like if you have a question about their research/poster/talk, or if you know they’re a graduate student ask them what they research, etc. Getting the conversation started is usually the most intimidating part, so having a handful of ice-breakers helps. I like the good ol “hi, i’m (insert name here). so what do you work on?”. Other things like “so what did you think about that talk?” also work really well, as it gives you two immediate common ground. 
  • Practice your introduction regarding yourself. It’s good to practice your elevator pitch–just a few lines that describes who you are and what you do. I tend to keep mine short, and if the other person is interested in hearing more, they’ll ask. 
  • If your goal is to establish a long-lasting contact for work, have something to bring to the table. Of course, you don’t need this if you just want to simply meet people, but this is important if you’re trying to establish a new collaboration or potential job (eg. post-doc). The only tip I have for this is to practice what you want to say. 
  • Have your contact info ready, be it business cards, resumes, etc. I always carry around a bunch of my business cards, and they get exchanged like crazy during conferences. If your department doesn’t provide them, you can get them printed elsewhere for reasonable prices. 
  • Be friendly. I know it can be hard when you’re nervous, but conversations and first impressions are always much more favorable if both people are amenable. A foolproof way to come off as friendly is to be interested in what the other person is saying and ask them questions regarding their area of expertise. 
  • Follow up afterwards, either by adding them on LinkedIn, or sending an email. A lot happens during a day so any way to cement your new relationship after the event helps. You can also use this opportunity to keep the conversation going, but in the comfort of your room!

Some other networking tips from websites:

Networking tips and conversation starters for introverts

HuffPost’s Networking Masterpost

Networking tips from Forbes

101 Networking Tips for Conferences (my favorite)

Good luck anon! Like any other skill, networking requires practice, so keep at it and you’ll get the hang of it!

anonymous asked:

I'm too shy to come out of anonymous... but how did you start your studyblr?? It looks so professional!

hey anon! dw, jo here has got your back! B )
     (& don’t be shy, anon! feel free message me or de-anon and tell me to answer privately if you have any questions or just want to talk!)

onto your question, personally, I kind of tripped into the studyblr community one day and simply put, fell in love. So I decided to start my own studyblr as means to motivate myself, but only started working on it about three weeks ish ago? anddd the rest, they say, is history.

WARNING: A LONG POST BC JO TENDS TO GO OVERBOARD (and i probably forgot something even tho there’s this huge post but whatever oops)

but hey! i’m sure my blabbering wasn’t quite what you’re looking for, so
here’s what I’d recommend if you’re looking to start or spice up your studyblr!!

  1. find a nice theme: I find that if you can find nice, clean, simplistic (but cute and aesthetically pleasing) themes, you’re well onto your way to becoming a v nice studyblr. but still, you don’t need a theme to be a good studyblr!
    here are a few blogs that make really nice themes you can look at!
    1. shythemes - is where I got my theme. Shythemes has very simplistic, clean type themes that I really like. These themes look crisp and neat and a sort of minimalist feel.
    2. ciralismthemes - has a cute, magazine/website layout (??) type theme. Cute and clean type of theme, ciralismthemes almost seems to build a little personalized "theme” within a blog. lots of choices, each theme different and unique.
    3. micaelis - has cute, tidy themes. ‘Mediocre’ is the theme that some studyblrs seem to favor, is compact and has lots of options and things, has other themes anime-related.
    4. zenthemes - zenthemes has clean, neat, minimalist themes. loads of options, all free. take a look around and choose as you like!
    5. tumblr’s themes - tumblr has loads of free themes all ready to go, you can pick and choose whichever theme you think you like!
  2. customized backgrounds/icons: let me say this first. you do not need to have all these “pretty, cute, aesthetic, personalized items” to be a great and amazing studyblr. you don’t. but I do suppose that it makes your blog look better strictly-aesthetic wise? I’m not saying you need perfect themes and great everythings to be a good studyblr, but this is something that people seem to like, if you get what I mean.
    but here are a few things you can do
    1. on your desktop - you can do a few things with your desktop theme and stuff
      1. find nice background wallpaper - choose a wallpaper! i don’t recommend complicated backgrounds or pictures as your wallpaper, because it can make your blog look messy and hard to look at. instead, choose pastel colors or solid colors with a simple pattern (like with gridded lines or dashed lines, maybe). 
        you can also put random things on your wallpaper to customize it. I put a border with my url on it, but you can do a lot more, like add pictures of people, flower petals, stars, anything! to do that, you can use photoshop (software) or picmonkey, etc. (online photo editors) to edit.
        the usual size for wallpaper is 1920 x 1080 btw!
      2. don’t clutter - make sure your blog doesn’t look to cluttered, i guess? remember KISS (keep it simple, stupid).
    2. on mobile - just like desktop view, you can pretty up your mobile look
      1. make a header - you can either make your own personalized header (like I did for my mobile theme) that fits with your desktop (or doesn’t) or you can put nice, pretty pictures as your header.
    3. make an icon - icons are like, super important. to me, at least. so try and make or find a good icon!
      1. letter/url icon - you can make an icon by putting the initials of your url or your entire url into the icon and setting a (most often pastel) solid color as the bg. it’s pretty popular and what my icon is. you can also add things that represent your url to the icon.
      2. photo icon - set a nice photo as your icon. i don’t think there’s much to say about this type of icon.
      3. selfieeeee - you can set yourself as your icon! only if you want to though (though i’m 100% you’re super handsome/pretty, i know it ;) )
  3. URL making - you can make up anything for your url!
    1. i’d recommend you add something related to studying or academics so that people know that you’re a studyblr, but you don’t have to!
    2. most often, people find good urls by either doing
      1. favorite object/thing/color/anything + study/studies or
      2. studywith + name
      3. name + studies/studying 
  4. Original Content - make original posts! here’s the thing, i’ll be honest with you. if you have good lighting, nice notes, nice filters, etc., your stuff is more likely to get noticed. but they don’t have to be. the only step is that you post stuff! don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a lot of notes because you aren’t defined by notes. just post photos (if you need motivation, try doing the 100 days of productivity challenge), make your own masterposts, write about things, make a advice/tip list, etc. do anything! 
  5. Signal Boost - related to original content! when you make your own posts or whatever, you can tag people! put their urls or whatever tag they track in your tags because then studyblrs will see your posts! the studyblr community is a great and friendly place, we won’t ignore you or your posts (promise) unless we don’t see it on accident! people do it, and if you don’t feel comfortable tagging studyblrs you look up to or just studyblrs in general, tag me! i’ll def reblog and boost your stuff, so feel free to tag me (and it’s ok to tag other studyblrs in your posts, honestly!) and if you have any mutuals, tag them too!
  6. Intro Post - oh gosh, the intro post is like, the most important thing ever. you should make an introduction post, introducing yourself to the community! in general, the formula for an intro post is your name, age, what you’re interested in, etc. etc. and tagging studyblrs that have inspired you or helped you make a studyblr. It took me a month to get around to this, but ohhh boy, can I tell you what a difference it made. It’s important to show yourself to the community, so do this!!
  7. Get Talking & Be Nice - not like you aren’t nice, but be friendly and outgoing and nice and kind to people in general and you’re gonna get far in both the studyblr community and in real life. and you should talk to people! reach out! find new studyblrs or talk to studyblrs that you look up to, etc and message them / send them an ask (like you did me!) this gets you far, youngun, trust me <3
    1. Communities - also, you can join communities and other study groups to get connected. 
  8. Reblog - reblog posts and stuff that you like and you’ll get nice content filling up your blog in no time. also, the queue is your best friend if you’re pressed for time. 
  9. Extra things - extra things idk where to put
    1. nice things - you can buy nice things to treat yourself. buy stationery, paper, just nice things to treat yoself. they look really nice btw and yes just do it. 
      1. stores -  you can buy things at stores like muji, kikki.k, tokyo pen shop
      2. brands- that are really nice include pilot, uniball, sharpie, copic markers, etc
    2. apps/extensions - apps and stuff people use
      1. Focus Now/Forest - keeps you on focus by having you put your phone away. you either kill or grow a tree for a certain time you don’t use your phone. (extension for chrome: Forest)
      2. Leoh - chrome extension that opens on a new tab. includes to do list, time, goal for the day, news, weather, etc.
      3. Momentum - the typical studyblr extension, gives time and sets goal for the day
      4. - alternative to Momentum, gives time, has a built-in pomodoro timer, and a lot of lists and stuff to keep track of things.
      5. Flashcards+ - helps you study by opening a new tab and having you do flashcards.
      6. OneTab - a super lifesaver. Onetab collects all the tabs you might’ve had open and saves it so you can go right back to here you were last time if you need to close your laptop, etc.
      7. Pomodoro Timer - sets a 25 min timer to have you do things and keep you on track, etc. 
    3. Bullet Journal - keep a bullet journal! A bullet journal is a sort of to do list, note, journal, and everything else mashed into one. Lots of studyblrs and other people use bujos. You can search reach the official bullet journal website or look on tumblr to see more about bujos. 
  10. I don’t know what else, but if you have any more questions or if I didn’t answer your question properly, contact me again, anon! (If you were referring to my wallpaper and icon looking professional, I made them myself and you should contact me if you’re looking for stuff like that!) 

Other (great and quite possibly better than my hastily written answer) New Studyblr Posts:

also, some great studyblrs you should follow just to get you on your feet, etc: 
@standardunistudent @succulentstudy @hope-studies @studyign @studybuzz @studyblr-bri @haleystudies @hayley-studies @academla @sirenastudies @studylikeslytherin @studytildawn @elkstudies @studycxlture @study-well @studylou @katsdesk @studyvet @the-brightest-witch-studies @studyandblacktea @green-tea-and-studying @emmastudies @milkystudies +  hella lotta more lovely people

i hope this helped, anon! feel free to come and talk to me whenever xoxo


anonymous asked:

I'm not sure that the Undercover Lover Jon thing is true, even though I get why people believe it. If it isn't true tho, what is the third treason that Dany's going to suffer? I thought it was pretty much agreed that it was going to be Jon.

Hokay I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about this, but I am nothing if nothing contrary af. SO anon I am going to use your ask as a kind of like ~general layout~ of my thoughts on the potential of UCJ.  I’m going to maintain though that I would prefer not to discuss any potential consent issues for personal reasons. 

I am also gonna shout out to the other few anons as, well as @ladyanyawaynwood and @lyanna-mormont, who also sent me asks on this topic. 

SO all right folks *drum roll* It’s the new favorite fandom Disc Horse! Either you love it or you hate it! Either you want to have its babies or want to kill it with fire!… It’s THE UNDERCOVER JON THEORY!

Before I start rambling, you should all totally check out the bottom part of this really excellent post by @him-e about some of the details and possibilities of this theory, because Claudia is so much better at words and explanations and life than me. There’s also this post by @blindestspot, whose no nonsense approach I always really appreciate.

Ok, first of all: I would like to go on record once more in saying that God I really dislike the name Undercover Jon. I primarily hate it because I feel like it’s misleading, at least in terms of what I personally would consider this theory to be. I feel like “undercover” implies deliberateness and ill intent and malice aforethought that I generally don’t really think is involved here. Also, I guess I don’t really subscribe to the Undercover Lover theory at all, because I don’t think Jon’s feelings for/sexual relationship with Dany have anything to do with it (i.e. I do not think Jon purposefully and deliberately seduced Dany for the sole purpose of manipulating her, nor do I think he is merely pretending to have feelings for her for the sole purpose of personal/political gain). 

I truly don’t believe Jon is in any way maliciously gaslighting Dany as part of any Grand Scheme. Personally, I feel that would be too much at odds with the Honorable and Noble character and narrative established for Jon. But that’s not to say that I don’t think the general theory is totally with out merit. I actually think some elements of it could definitely make up a potential plot line. I have explained my take on it as more Flying By the Seat of His Pants Jon- I think “scheme” would be way too strong a word, I think “plan” would probably even be too generous. It’s probably more along the lines of “ok so this is what we are doing now.”

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boom clap (the sound of my heart)

words: 4.8k
summary: You can learn a lot of things about someone during a thunderstorm. Sometimes even more than you bargained for. (A post-Jackady Ladrien/Adrinette one-shot)

a/n: this is dedicated to @gabzilla-z for inspiring me to write this silly thing and talking through the whole story, to  @matchaball for listening to me geek out over plot details, and @mylady-fangirling for helping me navigate my way through French expressions of surprise! ❤️❤️❤️

AO3 | Fanfiction

When Adrien Agreste learns that Ladybug is none other than Marinette Dupain-Cheng, he feels like he’s been struck by a bolt of lightning—electrified, illuminated, and shocked to the core.

But he doesn’t know that yet.

All he knows is that in the two days that have passed since Ladybug came to the Agreste Mansion to help him save his father from being attacked by Jackady, he’s been replaying the events of the day in his mind over and over again, especially when he’s alone in his room in the evening.

The memories flash into his mind when he least expects them, distracting him from his surroundings completely. So when it happens again on this particular evening, he almost doesn’t even notice that Ladybug is standing on his window ledge, grinning and knocking on the glass.

Luckily, her knocks are loud enough to distract Adrien from his reverie, and he practically runs to the window to help her inside once he realizes that his lady is actually here in the flesh and not just in his imagination.

“Ladybug! It’s—it’s so nice to see you! What are you doing here?”

He hopes his cheeks aren’t as red as they feel.

Salut, Adrien! I, um, just wanted to check up on you, to make sure that you and Monsieur Agreste are doing fine. Just a nightly check-in, since it’s been a few days! You know, hero duty and all. It’s what we do,” says Ladybug in a torrent of words.

She hopes she doesn’t sound as nervous as she feels.

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anonymous asked:

Congrats on your interviews and i hope you get a job 😊 i'm starting uni in Wales next week and I'm only 17. I'd like to get a job ASAP to help pay for my accommodation (EU student) and also for the extra cash. But i don't have a lot of work-

-experience. The only thing I’ve ever done is Volunteer at a cancer charity shop for a month. Also, i don’t have an ni number (don’t know if it’s needed in Wales) and i don’t know how to make a cv…

Hello! And thank you very much! (I hope so too :) )
Congrats on getting into uni, and I hope you have a lot of fun there!

I’m not 100% sure about the national insurance number part of your question because I have one so I don’t really pay attention to the non-UK applicant part of applications, so that’s definitely worth researching but I think it should be possible.

And you do have experience, nonnie, you mention it yourself. You just need to focus your CV on the skills and things you did during that time. For example, you might say:

  • Advised and assisted customers, and operated the till. 
  • Answered customer enquiries, both in person and on the phone. 
  • Worked with a strong customer focus to meet store goals, and maintain client base.
  • Able to deliver a high standard of work under pressure.
  • Developed commerical awareness.
  • Initiative (e.g. what did you do when problems arose? What if goods were damaged before being paid for, or if a customer /colleague was taken ill?)

And some skills you could mention:

  • Numeracy skills
  • Time management
  • Leadership (did you supervise any shifts?)
  • Communication

As for writing your CV, there are lots of templates out there (Word has some built in but websites like Monster also offer templates). Personally, my CV has my name and contact details at the top, and then a short personal statement about myself and my skills (only about 3 lines). Then I list my work experience, including dates, locations and responsibility (most recent first). Then I have my educatioon, again most recent first. Then I have a list of relevant skills, followed by my referees. It’s about 2 pages in total. 

Here are some posts that I think might be helpful:

  • How to write a cover letter

I really hope this helps, and good luck!

sheerpoetry7  asked:

Thanks so much!. I'm pretty new to tarot and am slowly amassing a collection of spreads, but they're all ones that have popped up on Tumblr! Not sure what to search for yet, so I'm making do (and doing a monthly challenge). Anyway, thanks again!

No problem! Glad it was helpful. And yeah, the various monthly challenges are a great way to learn and get use to the cards.

Tumblr has a lot kickass, creative spreads, and I would also suggest that it shouldn’t be your only source for spreads. Some more options for making do, friend…

  • If you have one, the guidebook that came with your deck. They usually have 1 - 3 spread options, which is awesome. Typically a 1 card, 3 or 5 card, and a Celtic Cross variation.
  • Tarot blogs! Biddy Tarot, The Tarot Lady, and Little Red Tarot are a few of my big suggestions.
  • If you’re just looking for spreads, Google is pretty good. Some helpful search terms might be “tarot spread,” “[X number] card tarot spread,” “relationship*  tarot spread,” “decision making tarot spread,” etc.
  • If you just want to search a specific site for a spread via Google, you can use the site search function, like so: “relationship spread”. I find that google’s algorithms are better at site searches than I am, lol. I even use it to search my blog and tumblr sometimes, especially if I’ve failed to tag something properly. Plus tumblr’s search function is kind of shitty.
  • Outside of the internet, tarot books are amazing for spreads. I have a mix of physical and kindle books that have all been helpful. They also address a lot of traditional spreads and really breakdown why spreads are put together the way they are. This is especially helpful when you want to start building spreads of your own. I have the kindle edition of Barbara Moore’s Tarot Spreads: Layouts & Techniques to Empower Your Readings that I like.

Some solid traditional spreads:

  • 1 card draw. Can be a daily draw, situation, advice, whatever.
  • 2 card cross. Card 1 is situation, card 2 is obstacle. Card 2 crosses card 1 at a 90-degree angle.
  • 3 card spread. Can be laid out as a 2 card cross with an advice or potential outcome card. Can be you // something to know // advice. Can be past // present // future. Can be anything! I found, personally, that 3 card spreads were the best for learning. Not too long, not to short, and there were enough cards for some good interactions. I love 3 card draws. @arcanemysteries has a great post on some ways to do 3 card spreads.
  • 5 card cross, which I wrote up for you last night. I like using that when I read at events. You can use it as a general spread (no question) or to answer a question. I’ve found that when I read IRL, I can do that one in ~10 - 15 minutes.
  • Intuitive spread. Legit, I just lay down 3 - 5 cards in a line and see what it tells me. No positions, just the cards and the question. That can be extremely powerful in it’s own right…and a little scary! It took me some time to get comfortable doing those kinds of readings. But damn, they can be good.

I know you didn’t specifically ask for it, but I hope this is helpful!

…Now I want to write a post on building spreads using traditional methods…

Originally posted by red-raxus

I started a new file in Stardew Valley. I heard about the new farm layouts when they came around, but never got to try them out myself since I was already well-established in my original save by the time that happened.

Even though I still have plenty to do in my original file, I just want a fresh start. I feel like I kinda rushed through the game so I could get married(too used to doing that in Harvest Moon haha whoops) so I never really got to know the other singles and see their cutscenes or even really get close with the regular, non romanceabke townsfolk. Meanwhile my farm is eh and the community center still isn’t completed in my year 3 of gameplay.

This time around I’m gonna take my time, mostly focus on the appearance of my farm, restoring the community center, getting to know the npc’s, and then after getting 10 hearts with all of the romanceable characters I will make my choice haha.

I chose the farm layout with lots of water for fishing and this time I’m playing as a dude named John(fun fact John would have been my name if I was a boy) and I guarantee even then I will still wind up in a same sex marriage as I did in my first file.

anonymous asked:

ahh, where to begin?? i love your style so much and im learning to draw rn myself. so i have this skellyton character im trying to refine but i can quite get it right?? if you have the time, do you think you can kind of demonstrate how you envision/draw skeleton people? ive been looking for references and i love your stuff!

(Aaah my first art tutorial!) (I hope this makes a lick of sense)

When I drawing skellingtons, I stick to pretty general human anatomy that I learned in my figure drawing class. I try to focus on proportion first/keep it in mind. Nothing too fancy, and these are for people, but I use them for skeletons, too - 

That and drawing from real skeletons (well, real fake skeletons) is really good practice, either in person or from photos. Something I also do for practice (and I don’t know if other people do this, actually) is look at pics of heads and try to draw how the skull fits in there. I posted some a while back, and while I don’t think they’re perfect, it might be worth a try! 

Okay, with all that out of the way, here’s how I draw a cock-eyed skull:

I start with a general shape with crosslines for layout - 

Then I add more details for the “eyebrows,” cheekbones, teeth, and jaw - 

I add in the eye sockets and nose hole (which is actually a lot closer to the eyes than I used to draw it), add a center line for the teeth, and shade in the area behind them. Some pics I’ve seen of real skulls don’t really have this, but I keep it because otherwise my skulls sort of look like cheapo Halloween masks -

Then the teeth. I used to draw the teeth farther down and smaller and they looked like they were about to fall off the face - 

(Quick thing: I try to keep lines for the teeth light. They’re so small and in a tight space that drawing big dividing lines is, in my stuff, a little off-putting. It’s the power of suggestion~~)

Aaand then just some quick colors for this guy!

And for bodies (which I don’t draw as much as I should; I just like skeletons in suits, heeh), I do go for a little bit of that Skeleton Dance aesthetic of simplified, slightly rubbery bones.

But there are a lot of different directions to go with drawing skeletons, and you can definitely work on it until you’re comfortable! For other references, this blog has a lot of great resources for human anatomy. (And art things in general) I look there a lot, actually, when I’m not sure how to do something!

Hope this helped/wasn’t too much info all at once! Good luck with Mr./Mrs. skellyton!

The Erebor Project - Planning

Hey guys!

So, some of you may have seen @striving-artist‘s posts yesterday about our plans for making a walkable 3D full model of Erebor. We get some barely adequate shots of several areas in the movies (throne room, front gate, etc.), but there’s a lot more to the mountain than that - it was a fully functional city before Smaug came, and the mountain’s ten miles across and 150-200 floors above ground by my current estimates. That’s a lot of space to fill in.

If you’d be interested in working on the 3D construction of Erebor (or just want to see how legit this is going to look) take a look at @striving-artist‘s post properly introducing our idea.

This post is for my part of it, which is sorting out where everything is and how it’ll all fit together. So if meta and heacanons are your thing, read on.

I’ve been able to piece together a good idea of where everything we see in the movies is located, but in order to structure the rest of what we’ll need to fit in (living areas, workshops, food related things, cultural areas, markets, etc.) I’m going to have to come to some decisions on how the mountain and the dwarves within the mountain function. So basically: headcanons. Lots and lots of headcanons. And meta.

Now I’ve been thinking about and researching an Erebor map/model for months and months, so I’m just going to jump into some of the headcanons I’ve developed from all that for pre-Smaug functioning of the mountain. Please talk to me about your thoughts on any of them (or others you have)! (Point numbers can be used for easy reference)

  1. Living Areas: My current plan is to have these large column areas be the main living areas for dwarves in the mountain. Lots of windows and balconies, and the walkways we see between them aren’t made for any kind of shop district imo. The shots we see in the AUJ intro also makes it seem like the walkways could have been a more social setting.

    Dwarves seem to be pretty social in general, so having families living together in the same column, and just having everyone not super spread out, seems like something the dwarves would do.

  2. Districts: That being said, Erebor is still b i g, so we’re probably not going to be able to fit everyone’s homes into a nice small area (and why would we, when we have so much space and can give everyone the room they need?). This brings up the problem of distance to get to areas like markets, food, etc. - if there’s only one market in the mountain, some people would inevitably be up for a long trek to get there, and one back with anything they buy. Not ideal.

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anonymous asked:

72 Supercat?

72. “I will knock you on your ass if you even think about it.”

Kara’s sure that Cat is doing this just to taunt her.

And Rao, it’s working.

There are several things that Kara has never quite been able to resist: donuts, is one. Puppies, another (even though she’ll never trust herself to own one, lest she inadvertently hurt it thanks to those pesky superpowers of hers).

The third thing is cupcakes from her favourite bakery in National City, the one that’s expensive enough for her to only be able to justify buying from there on very special occasions, and the fourth thing?

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So I’ve been bullet journaling since the beginning of November, but in the new year I decided to change my approach to it, since I’m done school, and try to have a bit more fun with it.

I like this because it allows me to be creative while also being organized. 

The main features of my journal are my to-do lists for each month and my weekly spreads with goals and to-do lists. Since I’m planning a wedding right now, the to-do lists are saving my life and keeping me sane and organized. 

I’m find ing the goals pretty helpfull too, actually. Even though I use MyFitnessPal to track my food, there’s something about jounraling that leaves you feeling more accountable. 

I start off with a calendar and a to-do list for the month (I’m not sure I’ll do the full calendar next month… not enough use). Then I do a goals chart for whatever goals I want to track. These goals can be based off of whatever I want. For example, fast food can mean a number of different things, and if I’ve eaten a lot of junk food I will mark that one red. Essentially red means bad and green means good. I also compare my progress in meeting my goals each week by counting the number of red and number of green. 

The next page is my first attempt at a weekly spread. It wasn’t big enough though, so I opted for 2-page spreads after that. They are working much better for me. They allow me to write very little or quite abit, depending on my mood, and allow room to add quotes where I may not have wirtten as much. 

I also have weekly goals and to-do lists. The to-dos are intended to be things that I would accomplish that week, but they sometimes get migrated to the next week. The goals are just my small steps to become more healthy. I’m actually finding it a lot easier to work on small goals weekly and to be actually writing them out than to say “I want to eat healthier”. 

I apologize for the length of this post, but I hope you guys enjoyed it!

@journaling-junkie I tagged you in this because I’ve used your monthly challenge in my journal and wanted to give you credit :). 

Free! Meeting Online AU: In which Haruka and Makoto are tricked by their friends and end up meeting each other through a dating website.

#9 Meeting Online AU; MakoHaru

Fandom: Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Part: 1/1

Genre: Fluff

Rating: PG-13

Character(s)/Pairing(s): Makoto/Haru, Rin

Summary: Haruka doesn’t have Twitter, or a Tumblr, or even an Instagram, and he definitely does not have an account on something called GayMingle. Also known as: How Haruka and Makoto meet through an online dating site as a joke.

A/N: Written for danderedreams. Hope you like it! For more AU prompts, click here.


            There is no way in hell this fine specimen of a man is single and looking, much less so on a cheap-looking, unsophisticated gay dating site.

            ‘This must be a trick,’ Haruka concludes, but now that his curiosity has been piqued, there’s no turning back.

            If this guy turns out to be decent as well as being handsome, then it’s a lucky day for Haruka; if he ends up being only pretty on the outside, well, he can still appreciate what that body can offer, right? There’s no harm in that. People hook up all the time, even though Haruka would scarcely categorize himself as that type.

            Goodness, Nagisa’s tendency to make terrible life choices must be rubbing off on him.

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kids that i once knew (1/?)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier CS AU. 

Note: This is only part one, of who knows how many parts. I’ve been working on this for over a year, and have purposely avoided reading all variations on Captain America CS aus within the fandom. Dunno when the next part will be ready, but, well. This is a project near and dear to my heart. So it’s definitely not going to be abandoned. Shout out to @swallowedsong​ for encouraging me to post, @alchemistc​ who I’ve been telling about this for ages, and AU week in general for rallying us all together and inspiring so many wonderful works. 

Title from the song “Dead Hearts” by Stars. 


            He wakes up fuzzy, warm and cold all at once, head pounding and tongue heavy in his mouth, like he’s swallowed sand that tastes like the worst toothpaste he’s ever tasted in his life.

            He wakes up and he notices several things in quick succession:

            The bed beneath him is strangely soft.

            His clothes are strangely tight and unstarched.

            The air feels stuffy and fake.

            The game on the radio is several years old. He knows this because he was at that game with Liam.

            He sits up and he knows—he knows that something is very, very wrong.

            (The last thing he remembers is a plane, and cold, and water, and her and—

            “I’m gonna need a raincheck on that dance.”

            “All right. A week next Saturday at the Rabbit Hole.”

“You got it.”

“8 o’clock on the dot. Don’t you dare be late. Understood?”

            “You know I still don’t know how to dance.”

            “I’ll show you how. Just be there.”

            “We’ll have the band play something slow.”

            “Killian? K—”)

            “Captain Jones.”

            He pulls himself out of his thoughts and glances up at the woman who’s just walked in. Something about her is off, too. Everything is wrong.

            “Where am I?”

            “A recovery room in New York City,” she answers with a smile. Her uniform is right—like the one he’d seen Emma wear (Emma) but—

            “No. Where am I, really?

            Her smile falters.

            “I don’t understand.”

            Well, he thinks darkly. That makes two of us.

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anonymous asked:

Hey! I love your blog and the writing tips and encouragement you put on my dashboard every day! I'm an aspiring author and was wondering your opinion on a) traditional versus indie publishing and b) how to find/choose an editor? I have two drafts complete and in editing (by me), and I'm approaching a place where I want to share my work, but it's very difficult to figure out how to actually do that... Thanks!

Hello, dear Anon!

Glad to hear you’re enjoying my silliness writerly posts~ It’s seriously my favorite thing to hear, since I have a lot of fun making them :D

Now, let’s look at your questions:

Traditional VS Indie

This is a question I get all the time (I’m actually going to do a talk on this very subject two weeks from now at my local college— funny how things like this line up!). Now, I have to be honest with you, if you’re looking for me to tell you which is the best of the two— you won’t be seeing that here. Both ways have ups and downs, and have difficulties of their own.

This is gonna be a very long reply, so I’m tossing the answer under the READ MORE, sorry mobile users— you’re going to get a wall of text :x

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anonymous asked:

I'm happy you're going to do it, but please make sure to not stress too much about it! Your happiness and health is more important after all :>

thank you for the concern but i’m in no rush C:

I had thought it’d take a week to reach 10k, maybe never, so while yes it’s REALLY THROWN ME, it’s only because of the sheer number of supportive messages.

I still have a plan of action on how to tackle this.

I’m going to take time on it, going beyond my age 13 habit of “do one sketch and it’s done” by using references, going to do media tests, layouts, um basically as if it’s an exam piece LOL

The FINAL CRASH tag will be what i’m using for the development of “THE ABOMINATION HD,”  and I’ll be posting updates and sketches as i go along.

if I’m going to do it I’m going to enjoy kicking my ass.

A letter to Phil

Summary: Phil’s gone but he was wrong - Dan misses him like hell so now it’s Dan’s time to try and get him back
Word count: 1,344
Warnings: Brief mention of alcohol
A/N: This is a sequel to A letter to Dan so please read that first! I hope this brings a happier light upon that fic, I kind of suck at writing happy stuff but this was the best I could do; enjoy!

Wishing he could take it all back, Dan wiped the tears from his eyes. The letter Phil had written him was heartbreaking and watching Phil’s last video was just as crushing. His world was crumbling down and come to think of it, Phil was wrong. It was Dan’s fault.

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