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Ah, shit, I’m Sorry

I’ve kinda been quite the crappy friend/follower of late. Not to lay it on thick or anything … but I do seem to have had a lot on my mind recently - literally. So I haven’t been there for any kind of support for those folks who needed it the most.

My bad.

My brain is so far behind that it’s taking a little while to catch up with everything, especially those folks who manage to reblog at a really rapid pace. Geez, honestly, how do you do it? For just one or two reblogs of mine, I’ve seen some folks manage a staggering 35!! 

But getting back on point, any time anyone wants to bitch/whinge or just generally let off steam and the little green dot is telling you that I’m available. I’ll try to be there for you.

Can’t guarantee that I won’t nod off halfway through the conversation though. That’s me trying not to be rude, tiredness WAS mentioned during one of my assessments. 

Let’s call it therapy for my brain. It’s not inconvenient, trust me on that one. I could do with a little stimulation now and then. I’m managing to potter around the house, doing little bits at a time - nothing too strenuous, trust me on that one, hubby will NOT allow me to haul heavy laundry around. Ironing I can tackle next week, it is kinda piling up a bit. That should give me something to do


best + worst assignments for stormtroopers

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me taking the SAT: everything i’ve learned so far has prepared me for this test. i’ve studied so hard and i know i’m ready. i’m gonna get a good score and get into the college of my dreams

the college board:

Even after all this - although I care about you differently - I don’t care about you any less.

        All your secrets are safe with me.
        I’ll still protect your scars.
        We don’t have to speak again
        For me to be on your side.
        I’m on your side
        Even. in. this. fight. I’m on your side.
        The color of your heart
        Is still one of the most
        Beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
        I know I saw but a piece
        A piece of that heart is all I need.
        If this is goodbye, I want you to know
        I don’t care about you any less.
        You are still and always will be
        Safe with me.

Hauntingly Beautiful & Sad Music Has the Power To Lift Your Emotions

An investigation led by psychologists at the universities of Kent and Limerick has revealed that “beautiful but sad” music has the power to make unhappy people feel better. The study was titled “Listening to sad music in adverse situations: How music selection strategies relate to self-regulatory goals, listening effects and mood enhancement” and was published in Psychology of Music. So what exactly is it about brooding melodies and siren-like symphonies à la Lana Del Rey, which makes us feel better?

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basically brains make no sense and I am Angry. Theres this syndrom called Anosognosia where a patient who can be seemingly sane and intelligent is unaware of their physical disability, even with something undeniable like paralysis. A doctor may ask the paralysed patient if she is able to move her arm, to which she would say yes. If he then asked her to touch something with her paralysed arm, she may employ excuses like “my arm is feeling tired today” or even “I don’t appreciate taking orders”. 

And this is not just a simple case of denial, the patient genuinely believes what she is saying. However, the weird bit comes in here: If the doctor injects a syringe of ice-cold water into her left ear canal, her eyes start to jerk around in a movement called nystagmus and when asked again about her arm, she will calmly admit it is paralysed. 

IT GETS WEIRDER THOUGH. If you were to go to the same patient the next day and ask her about the appointment 24 hours ago, she will tell you that she told the doctor she was fine, thereby completely denying her earlier admission of paralysis. Almost as if she had reconstructed that memory entirely. 

All About Writing Fight Scenes

@galaxies-are-my-ink asked,

“Do you have any advice on writing fight scenes? The type of scene I’m writing is mostly hand to hand combat between two experts. I’m definitely not an expert so when I try to write it, the scene ends up sounding repetitive and dull.”

Fore note: This post is coauthored by myself and one of my amazing critique partners, Barik S. Smith, who both writes fantastic fight scenes and teaches mixed martial arts, various artistic martial arts, and weapons classes.

I (Bryn) will tell you a secret: I trained MMA for seven years, and when I write authentic hand to hand fight scenes, they sound dull too. 

The problem with fight scenes in books is that trying to describe each punch and kick and movement (especially if it’s the only thing you’re describing) creates a fight that feels like it’s in slow motion. 

I write…

Lowering her center of gravity, she held her right hand tight to her face and threw a jab towards his chin. He shifted his weight, ducking under her punch. His hair brushed against her fist, and he stepped forward, launching a shovel hook into her exposed side.

But your brain can only read so fast. In real life that series of events would take an instant, but I needed a full eight seconds to read and comprehend it, which gave it an inherent lethargic feel. 

So, we have two primary problems:

  1. How do we describe this fight in a way the reader can understand and keep track of? 
  2. How do we maintain a fast paced, interesting fight once we’ve broken down the fight far enough for readers to understand it? 

(We will get back to these, I promise.) But for now, let’s look at…

Different types of “fight scenes:”

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