Study breaks are really important, but sometimes it can be difficult to think of what to do, or even know what kind of break to take. So here are some suggestions for breaks depending on how you’re feeling at the time. 

Some generic multipurpose breaks:

  1. Yoga or guided meditation.
  2. Moisturise your hands, or paint your nails.
  3. Go to the toilet, and get a drink.
  4. Go for a walk.
  5. Play a game online.
  6. Listen to some music.
  7. Write down a bit of your daydream.
  8. Make a meal.
  9. Play with a pet.
  10. Read an article/wiki page

For when you’re overwhelmed:

  1. Have a relaxing shower with a favourite body wash.
  2. Make sure to step away from your study space, this is important.
  3. Go for a walk; do a short yoga routine, or a 15 minute guided meditation.
  4. Talk to a friend or parent, see if they can give you some support.
  5. Give yourself a treat - like a packet of chocolate buttons, or something small you enjoy. Eat them, and savour them, away from your desk.

For when nothing seems to be coming together:

  1. Make a to-do list of what needs to be done.
  2. Look at the task as if you’ve never seen it before.
  3. Have lunch or a snack, or nice drink. Do it away from your desk.
  4. Do something you enjoy, like reading a bit of a book, or playing a playlist you like.
  5. Talk to someone about the problem; ideally a supportive parent, friend, or teacher

For when you are stressed and want to rip your hair out:

  1. Shower, or have a bath.
  2. Watch funny videos online, or read those funny reviews, like the Haribo gummy bears ones.
  3. A short yoga or guided meditation video can really help (and I’m not one of those ‘yay, yoga’ people, but it can really help).
  4. Do something you are capable of doing without much stress - this could be a chore, a hobby, or something random you like.
  5. Make yourself a drink you enjoy, make it as special as you can, and then find somewhere else to drink it.

When you are bored:

  1. Engage in productive procrastination.
  2. Learn a new skill - such as a basic crochet stitch, or how to start a fire without a lighter.
  3. Watch a TedTalk, or short documentary on YouTube.
  4. Make a study playlist, try to include some music you’ve not heard before.
  5. Find a new recipe to try / place to visit.
  6. Play a quick game online - bingo, pictionary, etc.

When you are hungry, but the bored kind of hungry:

  1. Try eating something that takes longer to prepare. Not just a snack that’s quick to grab, but something that takes a little more time. Cut up your fruit, make it look nice; make several snacks that can be stored for latter or another day.
  2. Take a few minutes to some pictures of your study space or notes, edit them and make them into a post ready to pop on your blog.
  3. Go for a wander. It needn’t be outside, even walking around the stacks in a library and looking for some interesting titles can give you a break (and an inflated reading list, so do this one at your peril).
  4. Paint your nails, or do some cuticle maintenance by moisturising them.
  5. Spend five minutes on Pinterest looking at ideas for crafts or something you enjoy (make sure to set a timer for this, it’s easy to be distracted).

When you haven’t taken a break in a while because breaks are for wussies:

  1. Read about the Pomodoro method and how it helps boost productivity. Use a free timer app to give it a go.
  2. Zentangle, relaxation colouring, going to the toilet, etc.
  3. Just chil-lout. Seriously, do something to relax yourself. You need a break!

When literally anything is more interesting than what you’re supposed to be doing:

  1. Go for a short walk, or do a few stretches away from your study space.
  2. Watch a TedTalk on something interesting or a totally random subject.
  3. Find an article/wiki page on something you know nothing about. Remember to limit yourself, time-wise, on this sort of thing.
  4. Organise your bag/folder/pencil case (anything small you have on you).
  5. Listen to some music in a target language/language you would like to learn.

When something keeps distracting you:

  1. If it’s something you can get rid of, try to do that.
  2. If it’s something you need to do, if possible, then to do it.
  3. If it’s a thought that won’t go away, take five minutes and write it down in as much detail as you can, and then put it away for later.
  4. Leave your study space for a moment, get up and walk around a bit, maybe stretch your neck, back and arms.
  5. Tell your pet what’s wrong. Bonus if you do this in another language.

For when you feel like giving up:

  1. This is a good time to step away from your work and doing something else entirely for a little while. Take a longer break, watch an episode of a show you like, or browse for some new music, read a bit of a book.
  2. Take a shower.
  3. Make yourself a drink and something to eat, and eat it away from your desk. Relax a bit while you’re doing so, and set up a pomodoro-style timer when you get back to studying, so you can remember you’ll soon have another break.
  4. Engage in a small act of kindness.
  5. Pet a cute fluffy friend.

When you feel entirely unproductive:

  1. Perform some productive procrastination! Vacuum the house; wipe down a window, scrub the kitchen tiles, reorganise your underwear drawer. Pick a chore that needs doing and do that. Honestly, even just tidying a bookshelf, or taking your washing out of your room, or packing away some clothes can help. Do something where you will be able to see a visible difference that your actions have made.
  2. Spend half an hour on a hobby you like - knit, make origami swans, fiddle around with a robotics project.
  3. That thing you’ve been putting off? Go on, go and do it, and tick it off your check-list.

I hope that these give you a few ideas for much-needed, and productivity-boosting breaks.

 consider: parent swap AU

  • Evan is Larry and Cynthia Murphy’s only child and they expect a lot from him. 
  • He’s terrified of disappointing Larry, who expects him to get the best grades, the best test scores, the best rec letters, and Cynthia, who expects him to be someone she can show off and boast about at Larry’s office parties and at the yoga studio. Evan never talks to them about how he’s too scared to talk to people, how he sits alone at lunch, how he feels like nobody would even notice if he disappeared. He doesn’t tell them about how his only friend–Alana, who lives in his neighborhood and who is speeding towards a bright, amazing future without him–is too busy with extracurriculars to spend time with him anymore. He doesn’t tell them how he really broke his arm, and they don’t ask.
  • Despite being anxious and withdrawn, Cynthia and Larry never take him to a therapist, despite his guidance counselor telling them that he would benefit from something like that. Larry doesn’t think his son needs to go to a therapist to talk about his feelings and Cynthia doesn’t think having a child in therapy would look very good.
  • When Evan gets his license–which Larry guilts him into doing, because “you can’t expect me and your mother to drive you around whenever you need, Evan, we have other things we need to do”–he starts going out to the national park he remembers his parents taking him to when he was little. He likes to climb up in the trees and appreciate how beautiful everything looks from up there. That’s where he breaks his arm the summer before senior year.
  • Evan started memorizing tree facts in middle school because, whenever he starts to feel nervous, reciting tree facts to himself helps him calm down a little bit. That works until halfway through high school when it suddenly seems like nothing can alleviate his anxiety, not even for a second.
  • Connor and Zoe are Heidi’s kids, and Heidi’s the Best Mom. 
  • The moment Connor started acting out in elementary school–read: the moment Connor threw a printer at his teacher–Heidi took him to a psychologist so he could get help, and she’s been supportive every step of the way. She doesn’t coddle him too much and she trusts him to be careful with his medication and to do his therapy homework. When she finds out he’s been smoking pot, she doesn’t fly off the handle and ground him or get angry at all, really. She just tells him to not make a habit of it and to make good decisions. 
  • Heidi doesn’t focus all her attention on Connor, though–she cares a lot about Zoe too, and she takes off of work to go to her jazz band concerts and gives Zoe pamphlets for colleges with good music programs so she can start thinking of where she’d like to go. When Zoe was little, Heidi took a few days off over one summer and painted the ceiling of Zoe’s room to look like the night sky. It’s really just black with a bunch of tiny dots, but Zoe loved it. 
  • Connor and Zoe fight. A lot. Heidi steps in when things get nasty and sends Connor to his room to cool off. He’ll usually come back out to find Zoe watching Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal on the couch in the living room a few hours later. Connor apologizes and Zoe reminds him that just because he’s depressed doesn’t mean he gets to be an asshole and Connor promises to do better. 
  • At school, Connor spends most of his time with Zoe or Jared, their family friend who likes to be an asshole just because. Jared may be an insensitive douche 99% of the time, but Connor likes his dumb commentary when they play mind-numbing video games after school, so he doesn’t mind having him around. Much.
  • One day, some asshole in the hall is giving Connor shit about his hair and lo and behold there’s Evan, laughing at him. If there’s one person at this school who’s a bigger loser than Connor, it’s Evan. He has no friends–the only person Connor’s ever seen him talk to is Alana, and Connor’s pretty sure Alana just talks to everyone because that’s what high-strung overachievers who spend their summer break boosting their resume do. They talk to the losers, throw them a bone once in a while. Connor gets pissed and, because he’s a dumbass who does dumb shit, he pushes Evan and immediately feels guilty because fuck the kid’s got a broken arm and here Connor is, pushing him on his first day of his senior year, and that’s just a real dick move.
  • Connor tells Zoe about pushing Evan and she tells him that he needs to go apologize, so he tracks him down at the end of the school day in the library, because of fucking course Evan goes to the library after school. From what Connor’s heard Alana say in Chemistry, Evan’s a shoo in for being salutatorian, so he probably spends all of his time studying. Connor accosts Evan as he’s getting ready to leave, probably heading to track practice. Connor’s seen Evan run a few times and, to be completely honest, Evan’s awful at it; he’s probably doing it for his parents’ sake or because he thinks doing some kind of sport will look good on college applications. 
  • Connor apologizes and Evan acts all flustered, saying that it’s fine, that it was his fault. Connor signs his cast–signs his name in big ass shaky letters because then it won’t be so obvious that this kid has no friends. He won’t lie; he feels bad for Evan. Evan’s awkward and anxious as fuck and he reminds Connor of himself a little bit.
  • After that, Connor starts saying hi to Evan in the hallway and tracking him down at lunch so they can sit together. He introduces Evan to Zoe–which is awkward as hell because Evan is horrible at hiding that he has a massive hard on for Connor’s sister and he stumbles through an introduction that is, quite frankly, painful to watch. He introduces Evan to Jared and Jared immediately starts being an asshole to him, because that’s the Jared Kleinman Way, but Connor tells him to fuck off sometimes because Evan is sensitive and seems to have trouble telling when something’s a joke not an insult and the whole point of introducing Evan to people was to help Evan make more friends, not to make Evan more miserable.
  • When Connor invites Evan over to his house the first time, he introduces Evan to Heidi and Heidi absolutely loves him. She treats him like he’s her own kid and, over the next few months, Heidi becomes a kind of second mom to Evan. She even talks to his parents about letting him go to therapy and, after a few tense conversations, Larry and Cynthia agree to take him to see someone.
  • Eventually, Evan admits how he broke his arm to Connor. He tells him about how hopeless he felt, how he figured nobody would even notice if he disappeared. He also tells him about how grateful he is to Connor. Evan has friends now–he has Connor and Zoe and Jared and Alana. He’s getting the help he’s desperately needed for years because of Connor and Heidi. Evan gets all teary eyed and Connor pats his shoulder and tells him its no big deal. Connor tells him that Evan is the best friend he’s ever had.
  • Evan tells Alana and Zoe and Jared about what happened after his conversation with Connor, and they’re amazing. They don’t get upset and they don’t make it about themselves. Alana suggests they start a group–an organization to help kids who feel the way Evan did, the way they all have at one time or another. 
  • Connor and Evan are co-presidents, Alana is vice president, Zoe is treasurer, and Jared is… well Jared is there, and that’s what counts.
  • Connor gets a scholarship to the state university and Evan gets admitted to a few different schools but settles on going to the state university with Connor. They request each other as roommates and spend the next four years screwing around, being dumb young adults, and it’s better than anything Evan could have imagined for himself.


“Oh but they’ll just say yes anyway!” 


There are SO MUCH reasons why artists would say no: 

  • you’re on anon. They won’t approve of anything if you send no information about you and where you are reposting.
  • the artist may not like the website that you will be reposting on. (ex. Facebook) 
  • You are gonna use it for something other than sharing it around with people.
    • TRADE IT.
  • It’s already posted on the site you wish to repost it on. 

And for god sake… 






Artists have enough to deal with already. Give us a break.

Study Tips!

1) STUDY WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPY! Instead of reading a bedtime story, try and study for a few minutes before going to sleep. When you’re asleep, the brain makes connections to make your newest memories stronger and more prominent, so by studying before bed, you’re more likely to remember what you learned or reviewed that night.

2) DON’T TRY TO LEARN IT ALL AT ONCE! Space your studying out. There’s a new learning technique that is called “spaced repetition,” which involves breaking all the information that you need to learn into small chunks of information, and then reviewing the chunks slowly over a period of time. PLEASE don’t try to remember an entire chapter from your textbook in one reading session; instead, learn a few paragraphs a day and review each paragraph before starting anything new. 

3) MAKE IT INTO A STORY! Make whatever you’re studying into a fun, crazy tale. When you turn the information into a story, the info becomes more meaningful. For example, there’s PEMDAS.’PEMDAS’ stands for “Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction.” PEMDAS is a way to remember the order of mathematic operations, but the order that each letter comes in may be confusing, so we’ll make a story out of the letters! For example, PEMDAS becomes (P)lease (E)xcuse (M)y (D)ear (A)unt (S)ally!

4) GET UP AND MOVE! Research has shown that by studying in different places each time we study makes us less likely to forget information. Every time that you move around, you are forcing your brain to form new associations with the same materials so that it becomes stronger in our memories.

5) CHANGE IT UP! Don’t study just one subject in an entire study session. Study a lot of subject in one sitting, instead. When you study like this, you are helping your brain to prepare you to use multiple strategies to find a solution to one problem. For example, when you study a lot of division problems at once, you’ll later remember that those problems require some division, but by doing both multiplication and division, you will be training your brain to consider what method will best solve the problem. 

6) TEST YOURSELF! When you quiz yourself, you’re preparing yourself for the real thing. Don’t worry about getting nervous while trying to remember what the Four Noble Truths are in Buddhism; the harder it is to remember something you learned during practice mode, the more likely you are to remember it on the real test. 

7) ACTUALLY WRITE THINGS DOWN! Research shows that the human brain stores more information securely when we write it out than when we type it. 

8) MAKE SOME NOISE! By reading information out loud, you are mentally storing it into your brain in two ways: seeing it and hearing it. 

9) DON’T STUDY WITHOUT A DRINK! Sorry, not an alcoholic drink, though. Lots of research suggests that caffeine-filled drinks such as coffee or tea, will keep us awake and alert while studying. Especially when it seems like there’s nothing more interesting than staring at the ceiling until you doze off. 

10) REWARD YOURSELF! Take a little walk, eat something sweet, give yourself five minutes on your phone - do whatever makes you’d like. When we know that there’s a little bit of a treat waiting for us after we finish a certain amount of studying, it makes it a lot harder to procrastinate so much.

11) WORK TOGETHER! Not everyone learns well in groups, but if you do, a study group is perfect for you! Get together with some pals every few days and review whatever you need to with them. It also helps to put certain people in the group in charge of certain things, such as cleaning up trash, providing extra materials, making or bringing snacks, etc). 

12) TAKE A TIME OUT! Taking some time to plan everything out is probably the most important study skill that you can have. Make small weekly goals for yourself. When you set your goals, don’t just tell yourself that you want to pass that English exam, tell yourself that you need to reach multiple smaller goals in order to succeed at you much bigger goal. 

13) STARE AT THE WALL! Before you force yourself to stare at a text book for three hours straight, look at your wall for three minutes straight. It’s not exactly meditation, but it has the same effect as meditation does. And meditation is known for reducing anxiety and boosting your attention span. 

14) DO SLIGHT EXERCISES BEFORE YOU HIT THE BOOKS! Research has shown that just half an hour of exercise can improve our brain-processing speed and other important cognitive abilities. Simply by jogging around the block, you may go to studying with a higher IQ. 

15) WHEN IN DOUBT, DANCE IT OUT! If you’ve ever relied on Beyonce’s singing to make it through an all-nighter of studying, you can agree that music helps to reduce stress. Even though everyone has a different music taste, studies show that classical music has been the best at reducing anxiety and tension. So, give your subjects a soundtrack and get to work. 

16) GET YOUR OMEGAS! Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in olive oil, nuts, and certain fish, are famous for boosting brain power. Studies have even shown that consuming a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids before taking an exam have reduced test anxiety.

17) TAKE REGULAR BREAKS! I know that people are always saying to give yourself a break every now and then, but it’s very important that you do give yourself some time in between subjects! Science has proved that by taking breaks regularly, you are boosting your productivity and improving your ability to focus. 

18) GET SOME SLEEP! It may seem like a great idea to stay up all night and commit yourself to memorizing every possible answer to each question, but all-nighters rarely get you an A on anything. Actually, staying up all night has been shown to make cognitive performance worse, along with increasing stress. Try to get a good night’s sleep every night so that your tiredness doesn’t undo all your hard work.

19) STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREEN! I’m pretty sure that we’ve all had those times where we’re trying to study so hard but our phone or laptop or tablet or TV or any distracting electronic device is just calling us to it. Try to avoid as much technology as you possibly can while studying. If you absolutely must have technology nearby, mute the notifications for apps, put your TV remote away, and temporarily block certain distracting websites (such a Tumblr) until you’re done studying. 

20) BREATHE! Studies have shown us that smelling certain essential oils, like rosemary or lavender, can help to ease nervousness before a test. 

21) FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! Everything is different for different people. Some people are early birds who work best in the morning, some people are night owls who learn better late at night. Some work better with others, some do better when studying in silence. Nothing is the same for everybody, so just find what work bets for you and what makes you feel the most comfortable, most intelligent, and most successful. 


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A nice way to start the day or a workout! 

This is perfect for anyone trying for anyone at any level to break a sweat, boost energy, and warm you up for a hardcore workout!

 You could do this Daily if you wanted!


Please pray for Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino County, CA. There are several serious fires, high-speed winds, and over 1,500 houses and buildings have already been destroyed. Everyone in my city also had to be evacuated starting at midnight, October 9th.

*Update* Over 73,000 acres have been destroyed. Ash and smoke are clouding the sky as far as the eye can see. This is one of the worst fires in California history.

*Update* Over 115,000 acres and 2,000 buildings have been destroyed, and 16 people have been killed.

*Update* 23 have died, 170,000 acres have been burned, and there are also fires in Mendocino, Solano, and Yuba county. In addition, the Marin fire has been contained and put out.

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Rick sauntered into the bedroom Michonne was systematically clearing.  He watched as she threw random bits of clothing and hygiene products into a half full storage bin.  The room was feminine with a distinctive bohemian feel.  A sad looking four poster bed sat in the middle of the room.  Whoever had lived there had tied panels of white gauzy fabric to each post with long brightly colored ribbons.

Rick’s boots nudged a bunch of random pillows that were scattered around the foot of the bed.  He blinked as a lace bra flew past him, narrowly missing his face, to fall on top of his boot.

“Sorry.”  Michonne said, “Aim’s off.”  She grunted as she pulled a metal trunk out of the closet.  Flexing her shoulders to ease the tension, she opened the trunk, and stared inside.

“Huh.” she muttered, looking at the contents.

‘What is it?“  Rick asked, catching her reaction as he bent over to grab the stray bra, but she only shrugged her shoulder in response.  

“Nothing we can use.”  She closed the lid quickly, and wiping her hands against her pants leg, moved to his side.  She reached for the lace, but Rick used it to pull her into a quick kiss.

Humming in appreciation, Michonne wrapped her arms around his shoulders, and almost sank into the kiss, before pulling back reluctantly.  "We should go,“ she looked out the window, “try to find another house before dark.”

Rick’s hands rested on the sides of her hips, anchoring her.  "Not yet.“  He leaned in to nibble along her neck before murmuring, “We should take a break.” Boosting her higher, he angled his body so her bottom hit the edge of the mattress.  "A quick break,“ he said with a touch of humor in his eyes.

Looking at the bed, then back at him, she giggled, "A quickie?” weaving her hand through his curls she laughingly teased, “Rick Grimes, what do you know about a quickie?”  

“Let me show you,” he grinned before setting her down on the bed.  Stepping back he pulled his shirt over his head.  Michonne, toeing off her boots, tugged her own shirt up and over her head.  Before she could get it all the way off, Rick was unzipping her pants, lifting her hips just enough to slide off her pants and panties.

Rick dropped to his knees, and pressed soft butterfly kisses to Michonne’s inner thighs before his tongue flicked over her most sensitive spot.  He began applying steady pressure over her clit, a steady suction that sent shudders up her body. 

With one hand she grabbed his head and arched her back, her legs draped over his shoulders, and her heels digging into his back.  Amused by her impatience Rick slowly pushed his fingers inside her.  Michonne bucked against him, twisting and turning, sending the storage bin crashing to the floor.  He showed her no mercy, bringing her to the edge over and over, licking and sucking her clit and expertly massaging her g-spot.   

She almost snarled when he stood and with a hard feral smile, slowly unzipped his jeans.  Reaching down between them, he rubbed the head of his cock along her opening, teasing her. Centering himself, slid his cock home.  She was perfect, hot and tight, and her inner muscles were milking him, sucking him deeper into her depths.  He moved slowly, giving her time to adjust to his size, but when she started to whimper and convulse around him he lost the last threads of his control.

Grabbing her hips, he drove deep, digging his fingers into her ass.  His thrusts were powerful and moved them steadily up the bed until she was bracing herself against the headboard.  Attempting to regain control of her position, he palmed her ass, lifting her into his downward stroke. 

He knew she was close, as her back arched even more and she strained toward him.  Sweat pooled between them, and the sounds of their slapping bodies filled the room.  Using his upper body, he pushed her firmly into the mattress and bracing his feet, he started moving into her with short unrelenting strokes.

“Look at me.” he growled.  Eyes locked, Rick slammed into her harder, relishing the soft mewling noises she made. 

“Please,” Michonne could barely speak, “Rick!”

The desperation in her voice pushed him over the edge, and they came together, Michonne purring as her muscles milked him and Rick growling low as he pressed almost painfully against her.

Spent, he collapsed by her side, both of them breathing heavily. "That was … ” Michonne stretched, her body still tingling. “Yeah.” Eyes closed he blindly reached for her hand and pulled her into his arms. Michonne’s head nestled on his chest and she listened to his heartbeat. “You know there’s no time for cuddling in quickies right?” She couldn’t help but tease him.

anonymous asked:

Thank you so much for answering my questions! Just one more that came to mind, is Determination still a human thing even though monsters have stronger souls? Or is it proportional to the strength of their souls? (It would be interesting if it was easier to absorb a human soul than a monster's, despite the fact that it doesn't increase a monster's power much.)

Alright, let’s do this again! Before I get into Determination I have to explain what a SOUL is.

SOUL: Max cap of how much strength you can gain.

SOUL is the limit of how strong you can become; whether it be in magic or physical strength. For example, if the max cap of your SOUL is LV. 20, then that’s as far as you can train.

Everyone is born with a set strength of SOUL that cannot be changed UNLESS you gather more SOULs. The catch is monsters cannot absorb the SOULs of their own kind, which leaves–you guessed it–human SOULs. But the second catch is a single human SOUL is too weak to have any effect. A monster would need A LOT of human SOULs in order to “level up” their own.

Determination: Limit breaker.

Determination (also called DT) is a boost which breaks all limitations of your SOUL. In other words, if the max cap of your SOUL is LV. 20, then DT will allow you to surpass it by 10 or more as long as DT persists. BUT, like any wonder drug, too much of it can be detrimental. There’s only so much DT your SOUL can take before it begins to deteriorate your mind and body. 

Having a stronger SOUL would help, but the ironic thing is that only humans are known to have the ability to naturally create DT. (There are rare cases where some monsters could also create DT but with heavy consequences). DT has been their greatest weapon in times of war, yet their weak SOULs limited its capabilities.

Hope that answers them all! :D

anonymous asked:

Could you elaborate on other compositions around sombra and tracer running a higher chance of failing? Why is that so?

[This is a followup to a previous question, just to clarify]

It’s partially because of what makes the composition I mentioned great, and a part of the other heroes’ strengths or purposes. Note: The reasoning for the composition is only based on your team entirely, and is not taking any enemy team compositions into account, just the heroes’ synergies and strategic value.

The ideal composition I mentioned could play out like the following (as an example):
Reinhardt can shield, Soldier can attack from behind that shield which also means the healers have a protector next to them. Mercy can keep Reinhardt alive when his shield breaks and can boost Soldier, Soldier can deploy his healing if Mercy and Zenyatta get too low without regenerating enough in time, Zenyatta can aid flanking or backline harassing teammates Tracer and Sombra through healing orbs if he sees them, and is otherwise aiding Soldier with his discord orbs and dishing out a lot of damage himself. In dire situations, we have Zenyatta’s ult and Mercy’s ult to generate a big amount of emergency healing or to push through a point, a Reinhardt that can stun enemies with his ult which a) saves time in case of struggle to stay alive and b) is super profitable to Tracers ult and Soldiers ult. Tracer and Sombra both can seek recovery behind Reinhardts shield if needed.
If Soldier isn’t there and you don’t want a third DPS, you can replace him with another tank, preferably one that dishes out damage as well (, for example) but that’s already where some decisions need to be made - You can have a Reinhardt and then alternate with D.Va’s DM so shields can be recharged one after another so it never really goes down, but for some people, only having 2 heroes absolutely having to stand behind the shield isn’t paying off (since D.Va has her own and doesn’t need to rely on Reinhardt). This is why we need to look at hero roles and their kits and decide what accomodates the two flankers and what doesn’t as much.

Focusing on 2 “flankers” (as said in the previous ask) as DPS in your team composition means accomodating the healers on the team to that - As mentioned, Zenyatta because his orbs are reliable to land and have a nice range and are good for backline harassers Zenyatta can see behind the enemies, for example; Mercy to heal any tanks you have because she has the most immediate healing power to heal a high healthpool target. Ana can heal more mobile and far away heroes too, but orbs are more reliable to land especially on quick heroes like Tracer that blink and rewind. You also have to think about Sombra here and what healing options can reveal her and what healing options don’t. Zenyatta’s orb is not revealing Sombra, but a Mercy beam or an Ana shot are visible effects on an invisible target. Plus, Mercy isn’t necessarily made to follow flankers everywhere babysitting them, especially because Sombra can just translocate out, and Tracer can rewind and leave Mercy completely helpless; so she’s better near tanks and staying put. So we need a healer that can accomodate high mobility and flexibility of those heroes and aid them from afar while staying put behind Reinhardts shield. Lucio was more of an asset to this before his rework, but his area of effect is much smaller now. Standing near his teammates, his radius will probably not reach Sombra or Tracer well. He pays off the more people are actually in his area, so he should ideally be somewhere near the crowd of teammates instead of solely running off with two others while abandoning the rest. While his healing is higher now, he’s still no match to Mercy in healing up a tank fast and keeping him going. That’s why Zenyatta and Mercy are preferred in my proposed composition.
An alternative is relying on Sombra’s hacked healthpacks alone if you want the third DPS and two tanks, but if you can have a healer for you, it’s easier.
That shows: Having a different composition can result in less reliable healing, or employing healers that are less accomodating to two flankers means a higher chance of failure. More deaths, more failure.

Now, the tank(s). Reinhardt makes the most sense the more people can actually profit off of his shield. In the case of Mercy, Zenyatta and a third, for example Soldier to demonstrate this example, it’s perfectly reasonable. Having another composition would mean no shield (except Winston or D.Va), and that means less protection for the supports and less protection for Soldier to be bold or to even finish more than 2 seconds of his ult. Winston can use his bubble as shield for the team, but he is also a high mobility hero, jumping back and forth and barging into enemies or pushing them around with his ult. His shield lasts only 5 seconds, can be destroyed fast, and only has 600 health - Reinhardts shield has a longer durability usually and has 2000 health. During those encounters, it could mean Soldier is alone with having to protect 2 supports, and that is usually a lot more to handle and has more fail potential.
Replacing Reinhardt with D.Va, the shield is more inconsistent than Reinhardts with a shorter duration and more cooldown. Sometimes it’s not entirely clear what gets caught and what isn’t and by how much it extends; for some D.Va players, it’s hard to judge if their DM really covers a specific area right now or if it’s too narrow or too short (high ranked D.Va players will usually judge accordingly, but I felt like I should mention it that the visual cues can be weird for both D.Va and the people expecting to be shielded). Also, with having to babysit 3 teammates, D.Va’s mobility isn’t used to its full potential. It’s nicer to have her as secondary tank while someone else keeps by the three others.
Zarya, who only has small bubbles and technically not a shield, can’t shield all people and herself simultaneously - just herself and one other person and then it’s on cooldown. Again, not enough protection in comparison to Reinhardt that can protect better against incoming attacks or a turret/sentries.
Roadhog doesn’t provide a shield or protection to his teammates at all so they’re unprotected (-> higher chance of failure), and while we do have damage on “his” side (Soldier, Zenyatta) it’s also pulling targets away from our backline harassers Sombra and Tracer - targets these exact heroes would single out and kill on their own. Despite him being classified as a tank and his difficult changes in the past, he functions best as a tanky flanker. In the front, he is an ult battery for the enemy team and a liability.
The takeaway is this: Less protection of supports and less ensuring that Soldier’s ult goes through well is a liability and a higher chance of failure.

Why I mentioned Soldier specifically in that composition is that he works well with Reinhardt and can usually be found behind Reinhardts shield, and he has a good damage output not only in general, but also in terms of range. A third flanker like Genji for example possibly harms this composition because that in turn makes only the healers stand behind Reinhardt - and while this isn’t the worst of the worst, you can get so much more out of an Overwatch team. You could technically assign one flanker to stay with Reinhardt, but that is wasted potential. Tracer’s, Sombra’s and Genji’s kit has mobility at its core. Then you’re better off choosing a hero that is much better at the role you need.
McCree and Reaper can be an option, though it’s almost the same thing here: While they can be played behind a Reinhardt shield and close to the enemies, Reaper usually uses wraith or his repositioning to get in good, unexpected positions and angles at the enemy and McCree is an anti-flanker, meaning he isn’t spending most of the time behind Reinhardts shield usually, but on your ‘side’ preventing flankers and backline harassers from the enemy team from reaching you. He’s a really good support protector, but it usually doesn’t mean he stands right beside them all of the time.
Pharah is not really an option because again, she isn’t using Reinhardts shield a lot and is easily shot out of the sky while ulting, which isn’t the case for Soldier when he ults behind Reinhardts shield. Having a Pharah ult behind Reinhardts shield on ground level is wasted potential on Pharah’s part.
In conclusion: We already saw why Reinhardt is such a nice pick, and to keep and validate him, it’s important to use him for his full potential while ensuring that DPS heroes get chosen that are really fit for that without wasting anything from their kit.

Without that third DPS Soldier, and taking D.Va instead as an example, we have enough damage similar (though not equal) to Soldier’s, D.Va can aid Reinhardt with his shield, and D.Va has the mobility, shield and damage to defend Zenyatta and Mercy from incoming flankers. A good alternative.

I hope I explained it well? It’s really just weighing the advantages and disadvantages while combining some synergies that makes this composition have a lesser chance of failure than other compositions on paper. This doesn’t take the enemy team and countering their heroes into account though, since the compositions on their part have endless possibilities that I can’t possibly predict here.

mostawesomepineapple  asked:

Can you do a blackstairs one shot with prompt 45 I think. The one about losing dignity.

Of course I can.

“Thankfully the only injury was to my dignity” featuring Blackstairs.

Emma often tried to show off, especially when Jules was around. It was something he loved about her. And because Emma often knew what she was doing, he never worried about her getting hurt. But then again life was full of firsts.

Jules and Emma had been on the beach when it happened. Jules had talked Emma into going for him to collect some inspiration for his art, and had promised Emma chocolate if she came. Not being able to turn down either chocolate or Jules, Emma had agreed.

They had been there an hour or so and Emma had started to get bored. Sensing this, Jules turned and suggested “why don’t you run and jump over a couple of wave breaks Em, call it training” which had caused Emma to scoff. Jules smirked then. “Is it because you think you can’t?” He challenged, knowing this was the golden line to get Emma to do anything.

Emma ran and successfully cleared a couple of wave breaks, which both boosted her ego and made her cocky. On the third one, she didn’t quite lift her legs high enough when she jumped, meaning she caught her foot, and landed like a starfish on the sand. Jules, who had been watching burst out laughing. That would prove Emma not to inflate her Ego too much. After a lot of laughing, Jules realised Emma hadn’t moved, and started to panic, thinking she was hurt.

Kneeling at her side, he asked “Em, are you ok? Tell me” which made Emma roll onto her back grinning and said “Thankfully the injury was to my dignity” which made them both laugh. Needless to say, Emma avoided the wave breaks for a long time to avoid a repeat performance.

I saw most of you plaster your walls in thoughts and analysis about Vegas, as was deserved. Now, after two bombs in Mogadishu have killed over 300 people, and that number is growing rapidly due to many with extreme injuries, my dash is radio silence. Last night, I was trying to find any of the news channels I get talking (not just rewriting the AP wire piece with a few more words) about the tragedy. The closest I found was CNN using an outdated number (CNN said it was 230 people killed though AP news at the same time had it at 276 people killed) scrolling fast on their *chyron* while they talked about Woody Allen’s bullshit thoughts about Weinstein. They positioned a quote by a known sexual abuser about a known sexual abuser as MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE LITERAL MURDERS OF TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX INDIVIDUALS AND THE SEVERE INJURY OF OVER THREE HUNDRED INDIVIDUALS. This is intentional, it is prioritization based on antiblackness and islamophobia and a hierarchical worldview of individual worth which excuses the terrorism against people in part to excuse our own use of murder and terror because “these things just happen in certain places”, and it cannot be ignored.

Plaster your fucking dashes. Be dismayed. Be outraged. Be devastated. If it suits you, pray. Don’t be swayed by harmful ideology that devalues non white-American/European individuals. Demand the attention Mogadishu deserves.

[Event News/Notice]

Along with the release of Pablo’s route in Modern Cinderella are the Bouquet collection event, Take a Break, and a login event.

Take a Break is now on boosting and the earlybird prizes are available 5 days from now, this event will run until November 27, 2017, 9 pm (PST).

Login event, login to both Modern Cinderella and Wizardess Heart for three consecutive days with the same mobile will grant you the prizes. This will run until November 15, 2017, 10 pm (PST).

Prizes for the login are the following:

Wizardess Heart

  • Taffy on the Cow (Garden)
  • BBQ in the Garden (Garden)

Modern Cinderella

  • Taffy and Ronny
  • Garden Tea Party
My Top Ten Tips for Studying Well

I’m quite conventional when it comes to studying. Chances are, you’ve probably heard of some of these at one point of another. But I’m here to show you how they have worked for me, how some are helpful and others not so much.  Detailed post below!

1. Find your motivation. 

The first thing you need to do is find motivation.  Now I’ll admit, this is the hardest but definitely the most important.  It will define your work ethic and as work features so centrally in our lives, your character and purpose in life. 

List out your motivations for studying.  Think properly about them. Think about the things you value most in life and how they relate to your studies. Though this may be an important part of it, try to think about it beyond just what your parents, school and society expects of you. 

 And bear in mind, they may change as time passes too. That’s why you need to constantly ask yourself: Why am I studying?  And make sure you can answer it clearly and truthfully. 

2. Mind over matter

Your brain is like a muscle. It needs to be trained, pushed and honed to function at it’s fullest potential.   Just like those crazy fitness junkies who enjoy the burn / torture exercise. (Blogilates y u do dis?!) They tell you the pain is really all in your mind.  80% of the battle is mental. 20% is  the actual effort.  

Sitting down to actually do your work is arguably the most arduous first step. Half the time when we don’t want to start something is because we’re scared of failure. It will happen, so just embrace it and move on. An unfit person will always struggle at first. The decisive factor is whether they continue even when they don’t feel like it.  

A lot of this process is conditioning your mind.  You must believe that you can do it and will do it in order to actually do it. This can include positive affirmation, reminding yourself of your values and goals, imagining the process and the results.  I had a teacher who told us about a student who would approach his essays with an attitude that he had already finished.   This would take off the pressure and the stress he felt initially so he could actually do it. 

Therefore, most of my tips below relate to making the first step to sitting down to studying easier and mental conditioning, rather than actual study techniques.  

3. Create the space

This is obvious but: find a clean, quiet place to study free of distractions.  And then stick with it.  
This is part of mentally conditioning your brain to associate one specific place with studying.  Don’t play games there, don’t eat eat there, don’t hang out there. Only study there.  This is to combat procrastination and distractions.  Your brain will eventually cease to seek out things to do other than study once you condition it to think there is nothing to do but study. 

Make it an environment you want to be in. Mood is largely dictated by atmosphere.  If you wouldn’t want to be in a messy room generally to begin with, you are so not going to study in it. 

Here’s my checklist for a solid study environment:

  • Good lighting - Poor lighting strains your eyes and makes you sleepy. Natural sunlight, a well lit room or a solid white light lamp are the best.
  • Minimum noise - Some people can study with a lot of background noise, I can’t.  I try to places with minimum talking or music because it interferes with my concentration.   
  • Chairs and Table - Find a solid chair with a back.  Your back will get tired if study for long periods with nothing to lean on.  It is important to also find a chair that is proportionate to your table and body height.  Normally if you are sitting up, the edge of your table should line up near your belly button. (Can be hard to find, so don’t be super pedantic unless it’s an adjustable chair.)
  • Aesthetically pleasing - I make sure it’s neat and tidy.  For the decorative types, motivate yourself by sticking up inspiring pictures and quotes.   You’ll find yourself much more excited to study in this visually appealing space than usual.

4. Plan 

Plan backwards.  Start from your goals and work out how you will get there. This will extend from plans on a long term to mid-term basis all the way to daily disciplines.  You’ll find that once you’ve thought about what you need to do and how to get it done, the overall process of studying is less overwhelming.

It’s helpful to brain storm and list out how you will achieve your goals over a year long / semester long basis.  Once you’ve got the long term figured out get a diary, a planner, a piece of paper whatever.  Plan out your weekly schedule to include your activities, study sessions and rest.  This will help you to see if you are on track to achieving your long term plans.  To do lists are also helpful in planning what specific tasks you need to complete in a day.  Prioritising tasks helps you to not waste time because you always know what you’re supposed to be doing. 

An important thing to keep in mind while planning is that ironically, things do not always go to plan. Don’t be disheartened if they do (took me a long time to learn).   Make sure you set aside buffer time for distractions, interruptions, things that come up and the spontaneous moments that make up life. 

5. Be organised

What’s the difference with planning and being organised? You ask. Well, planning just means knowing what to do, being organised basically means knowing where your stuff is.  Like planning, organisation helps reduce the overwhelming feeling that you have no idea what is going on.  It gives you a sense of control over your studies.  

Firstly, figure out what medium is most helpful to you whether it be computer, paper and pen etc.  Create a comprehensive system where you know where all your content goes.  Make it a priority to review and reorganise those folders whether digital or paper every week. 

Physically organising your information is a way to review your work and also help your brain compartmentalize the information.  If you understand the contents’ order and purpose in the syllabus you’ll have greater recall. Furthermore, it saves you all that time trying to organise notes during the week of exams which you could use actually studying. 

6. Study in blocks

The key to studying well is not studying more, but studying effectively

I’ve had many people moan to me about how much they study but how little it pays off. That’s because they’re doing it wrong.  12 hours of study in one day does not equate to 12 hours of effective and productive study.  (Unless you are a machine.)

This is essentially another aspect of mental conditioning and body hacking. Your brain can only concentrate to its highest capacity for a certain period of time.  On average it’s an hour, depending on the individual and the task.  After around the one hour mark, your brain begins to wander and it cannot take in as much information.   The way around this is to study in timed blocks with timed breaks.  

My study blocks are based on the tasks:

  • 1.5 hours with 30 minute break- Out put orientated tasks e.g. essay writing
  • 45 minutes with 15 minute break - In put orientated e.g. readings 
  • 30 minutes with 5 minute break - Computer orientated e.g. typing notes 

Taking a timed break helps boost concentration by giving your brain a break so it doesn’t feel so tired.  Normally breaks should be taken away from your study space doing something different to what you were doing before.  It’s best to not to spend your break on Facebook or YouTube, as it interrupts your studying frame of mind.  The best things I find to do are: reading, eating, listening to music or talking to people. 

7. Create an incentive system

This really relates to the above study block system during breaks but extends to other forms of incentives too.   

After completing your required study for the day, treat yourself to something.  It can be you get to play a game, watch an episode of Friends, eat a whole chocolate cake as long as it proportionate to the work you’ve done.   This way, you’re mentally conditioning yourself to think that study is rewarding.

Other more long term incentives may be a day out, a holiday, a chance to do something you’ve really wanted. Try to think of a creative incentive that motivates you (aside from your academic goals.)  

8. Maintain healthy habits

People tend to underestimate this, but your health is the absolute cornerstone of your existence, let alone your academic performance. 

You need to get enough sleep.  At least 8-9 hours to be functioning at a healthy optimal level. 6-7 hours is just not cutting it.  There is countless research out there showing us that inadequate sleep effects you in every way.  Therefore, constantly pulling all nighters for assessments will not allow your body to perform optimally for  exams.  Your recall, concentration and  problem solving skills will not function as well as it would after a good nights sleep.  

Another key thing is also when you sleep.  If you sleep for ten hours from 3am-1pm, chances are you will still not feel very great. The sleep deficit myth is a trap.  You cannot make up for lost sleep by oversleeping on the weekend.   Our bodies function best when we follow the patterns of the sun.  Of course, in our day and age this is very hard so it’s best to be asleep by 11pm in order to allow your body to get the rest it needs from deep sleep between 1-2am.  

Other key things include eating well.  Overeating or a poor diet can have direct impacts on your concentration and energy levels.  Try eating a massive Maccas meal and see what happens? Food coma.  

Staying hydrated is also connected to concentration. A lot of the time that I have headaches is from dehydration.  Also constantly sipping water makes you want to go to the toilet which keeps you awake.  It’s better than coffee!  (Which makes you dehydrated.) 

9. Balance out your life

If your life is all about studying, you are very soon going to find it is a miserable and isolating slave driver.  Study is a means to help you understand and interact with the world, not the ends of itself. 

Remember what you value in life and stick with it.  Make as much time as you would for those activities and relationships as you would for study.  This will help you to keep perspective as to why you study. 

Do not make my mistake or one that I constantly see repeated in many others, to throw my social life, my hobbies and passions at the mercy of study.  I reprimand myself for how I neglected people and things that were equally, if not more important to me. 

A healthy work life balance is important to your mental and spiritual well being. Many scary stories are told to us law students about lawyers driven to anxiety, depression and even suicide through insane 70 hour work weeks.  I myself developed what I considered to be a mild form of anxiety that came and went through my last year of high school through to the first few years of university. 

If you are developing some form of mental or physical health issue due to the effects of study, stop.  It’s not worth it.  Make sure you talk to someone about it, whether it be a friend or even a doctor or counselor. You worth more than your performance. 

10. Be intentional with your rest

In light of the last point, you can imagine how important this is.  Rest needs to be ingrained into your schedule.  Without it, you will soon find yourself burnt out. 

I have also come to realise that rest is not just simply being a potatoe and watching netflix and scrolling through my feeds a million times over.  Often I find these activities tire me even more and do not motivate me further.  

You have to use you time of rest intentionally.  Think about what things invigorate you most: that inspire you, challenge you and build up your character.  For some it may be spending with family, doing something you love like music, art or volunteer work.  For me, it is spending time with God and realising that all of the above that I do is only made possible by Him and for Him.  I am reminded that here is why I study, what my goal is and where my identity really lies.  

Of course, you always do need some time to be a potatoe and just watch netflix. 

Hope my own tips and ideas were helpful and all the best! (:

The Konoha 11 as teachers!

Requested by anon!

What would the Konoha 11 be like if they were teachers?

1. Naruto

Naruto would be a laid back kinda guy, yet strict when it comes right down to it. He would have some teaching traits of both Kakashi and Jiraiya in him, and would occasionally let his students land a hit on him to boost his confidence. However he would also slack off to eat ramen with them every once in a while.

2. Sakura

Sakura would take greatly after Tsunade when it comes to her teaching methods. She would be incredibly tough on her students, sometimes even turning to brute force to get them to learn. But she would also be caring and compassionate, taking her students emotions into consideration. 

3. Shino

Shino would definitely fit the strong, silent type of teacher. His teaching methods would be confusing at first, but his students would slowly come to realize that the methods work incredibly well. He would prefer his students to learn through trial and error rather than showing them straight away. 


Hinata would be gentle, yet very firm with her students in the nicest possible way. She would never scold them for failing a task, but would instead give them feedback on how to succeed the next time. Whenever they successfully did something as a team, she would treat them to dinner. 

5. Kiba [ + Akamaru]

Kiba would be a lot like Naruto in his teaching methods. He would be very hands on, whilst allowing Akamaru to be his ‘teaching assistant’ [The students would love riding on his back]. He would give critical feedback which would annoy his students at first, but they would soon learn to learn from it. 

6. Shikamaru

Shikamaru would be a lazy teacher, hands down. He would often show up late for training, making excuses similar to Kakashi’s. However he would be a very good teacher, showing his students how to think logically about the situation they’re in before acting. 

7. Ino

Ino would get frustrated at her students for not completing tasks correctly the first time. She would try to contain her frustration but it would occasionally be let out in random bursts. This would scare her students at first, but they would soon become used to it and try even harder the next time, which pleased Ino. Deep down, she really cares about her students.

8. Choji

Choji would be very chilled, and very laid back. He would let his students take time in learning new things, insisting they take snack breaks to boost their energy up. His students would love him, taking on his laid back personality but working their hardest to impress him.

9. Rock Lee

I don’t even need to give much of an explanation for this one. Lee would take after Gai in every way possible. He would set his students training regimes for each day, specializing in Taijutsu. His students would be like he was; not very gifted in anything but Taijutsu. This is why Lee would be a perfect teacher for students who need a more physical based training; whilst relating to them at the same time. 

10. TenTen

TenTen would be a very happy go lucky teacher. She would show her students how to use weapons properly as a first lesson, and incorporate that knowledge into most of her training sessions. Her training would mostly be Taijutsu as well, but she would incorporate the other types of jutsu in there as well.

11. Neji

Neji would first appear as a very strict, very 'no smiles allowed’ kind of teacher. At first he would often scold his students for messing up tasks, but over time he would grow to care deeply about them and end up smiling whenever he trained them.