but I figured I should just get it out into the world

anonymous asked:

It's obvious you are a compulsive liar. Work on improving yourself instead of expecting the world to cater to you, and you will be a lot happier.

anon, if anything’s obvious, it’s that you should think twice before pointing fingers. you aren’t qualified to question the credibility of my health issues. i know it’s a shock, but sick people exist! while i’m sure you felt extremely satisfied with yourself for sending me this since you were hoping i couldn’t defend myself against your lazy accusation, i actually regularly post snippets and screencaps of referral orders, test results, etc when i’m posting about shit that’s happening with my health. i’ve been doing that for like 2 years now, bruh. they’re in my main tags and shit, like alongside selfies even. the only kind of person that accuses of a sick & disabled person of being a liar is someone who’s fucking sketchy themselves. i don’t ask for donations, gifts, etc., i just post shit to chronicle what i’m going through as a creative outlet; if people like it, so be it. there’s no expectation for anyone to cater to me; i think you just hate that people like me, which is kind of… dark. 

since it’s no secret that every anon who sends rude shit like this is an insecure fool, i’m sure that it makes you rage that someone who’s considered much worse off than you is still accomplishing more than you are (assuming that you’re healthy/abled since no one in the chronic illness/disability communities sends this shit because they’re sick of their own credibility being questioned.) in your mind, if i’m sick & disabled but i’m still kicking ass in my classes so i can go to medical school while my fashion sense is on lock, you have no excuse to be mediocre. it’s easier for you to just hope i’m faking it so that you don’t have to feel even worse about yourself. 

the personal part of my whole blog is about improvement; i’m getting my health in order as much as possible in the couple years i have before med school, because it’s going to be really tough as it is. also, i know better than to take advice about improvement and happiness from people who say poisonous shit and accuse sick people of being liars; you sound fucking miserable. instead of pointing your finger at people living with illness and challenges that are of an ‘unbelievable’ magnitude, maybe consider improving yourself by educating yourself on our struggles if you give such a shit. or, maybe improve yourself by reflecting on how you project your self-loathing onto people and seeking counseling on it (i’m being genuine about this.) life is too short to be cruel, petty, and covetous; the sooner you let positivity into your life, you’ll be a lot happier.

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Here’s the Soulmate!AU collab @rickandmortygetschwifty and I did together! :) It was so awesome to work on this with you; you’re so amazing <3

Please, read @rickandmortygetschwifty ‘s part of the collab right here, under the cut!! (The comic will make more sense, after you’ve read it) Prepare to weep! The fic is long and heart-wrenchingly beautiful!!


For longer than you’ve known, you never truly understood what a soulmate was.

Your first memory was of your mother hovering over you, inspecting the reddening bruise that was blossoming over your knee. She was looking over at you in disapproval, tutting as she tried to hush your sobs.You couldn’t help the tears that ran down your cheeks as you cradled your leg and begged your mother to make it stop hurting.The pain you felt was unlike anything you experienced before. And so you cried and cried, hoping that your screams would drown out the unpleasant sensations.

Your mother simply picked you up, whispering sweet things into your ear as she bandaged you up.

“Oh, you poor little thing,” she cooed, flicking you playfully on the nose. “Rick, you need to be more careful, or you’ll make your soulmate sad too.

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can’t say you learn much lore from dragons but you DO learn that both shimada brothers are dramatic as hell

  • hanzo sneaking through hanamura like a criminal
  • genji watching him so he can make his entrance after hanzo goes in
  • hanzo fighting all the guards even though their positioning isn’t even that good and he could probably just flank left and around the back like seriously? you’ve lived here you should know that
  • shooting the cellphone
  • genji standing on the hut roof so he is dramatically silhouetted by the full moon behind him as his ribbon flows in the wind
  • the incense burning a decade after the fact and remember he murdered to get here
  • hanzo talking to genji without facing him and also basically daring him to fight
  • xbox on
  • all of the extra acrobatics genji does to dodge the arrows
  • firing out exactly 3 (three) shuriken that miss. i guess to look cool
  • genji dashing outside so hanzo will follow hjim and he can continue his dramatic callout 
  • cutting the arrow in half
  • hanzo going in with the bow melee
  • YOU ARE NOT WORTHY… TO SAY HIS NAME
  • well i can’t kill this guy with my arrows, time to unleash the fucking dragons
  • well this guy still hasn’t figured out who i am yet, time to unleash the fucking dragon
  • well i couldn’t kill this guy with my dragons, time to die
  • genji holding the blade to hanzo’s throat but probably not really even considering killing hanzo he just lives for the rush
  • face reveal
  • the world is changing once again hanzo … and it’s time……… to pick a side
  • genji’s jump away
  • i’m going to stop writing the dialogue down because all of it is pretty fucking wild
  • hanzo picking up the wall arrow and aiming it even though he’s landed exactly zero arrows and zero dragons
  • genji’s smoke exit plus feather

anyway that’s my rundown. see ya

20 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Young Adult Fiction/Romance

Originally posted by kallieburgers

YA Fiction is an incredibly popular genre of literature, and most people have picked one up and devoured it in less than a day, but there is a trend in the genre where in certain instances, people forfeit quality for a cheesy dramatic plot. A lot of these stories are just regurgitated cliches with vaguely interesting characters and just enough drama, fluff, and mildly (or extremely) sexual content to keep the reader paying attention. (No shade to the authors, because obviously, any author who writes and publishes a book works hard, no matter the end product.) 

There are a lot of aspects of YA Fiction that repeatedly rear their ugly heads and annoy readers or flat out scream dangerous messages to the young people that indulge in them. I thought I’d put the spotlight on a few in the hopes that it will help clean up the genre’s reputation as new and more awakened authors contribute content to it. 

Below you will read about some common mistakes that YA Fiction/Romance writers make that either ruin the story, promote dangerous messages, or unrealistically portray teenagers.


Making A Good Story

These are some things you should avoid doing when writing YA fiction/romance in order to make a generally enjoyable and enticing story.

Forgetting The Supporting Characters

The supporting characters are an important part of any story, even if the main plot revolves around two people. Supporting characters provide subplots, information to the reader, and more opportunities for your audience to connect and relate to your story. It’s always good to give your supporting characters love and attention when creating and writing them. Sometimes they end up carrying the story.

A mistake that a lot of authors make is that they give the reader a couple defining characteristics, a name, a relationship to the main character, and then just make that character pop into the reader’s view whenever the main plot needs them to. No backstory. No life of their own. Just support to the plot, and that’s a huge waste of potential. You don’t want your readers to put down your book and either forget the supporting characters existed at all, or believe that they were extra pieces of a puzzle.

Using Slang Badly

Writers should not feel the need to include current slang in order to make their story more relatable or popular amongst their targeted demographic. Slang is constantly changing, evolving, and most importantly, dying. Not to say that you should only write in traditional terms or put “thy” and “thee” everywhere, but using standard English and avoiding the trendy but temporary slang words is key. 

If you must use slang, try to use the bare minimum and only in fitting circumstances. If your character is the type to say “OMG her dat boi memes are on fleek” then, by all means, go right ahead, but you probably cringed when you read that. That would have been totally normal 2 years ago, but every bit of that sentence has died over time, and no matter how much you think a slang word will stick, don’t risk it.

Sympathy and Envy Mongering

Two emotions that YA Fiction and Romance always try to invoke in their readers are sympathy and envy. The author either wants the reader to feel bad for one or many of the characters, or they want them to be jealous of the awesome (and usually unrealistic) lives the characters have. Don’t be one of these. It’s tired and boring and not original in the slightest.

Are sympathy and empathy both totally okay emotions?

Yes. 

Are they all you need to write a good story?

Nope. Not at all.

The reader needs and wants to feel more than jealous of and sad for the characters in the story. The best stories are the ones that trigger a complex whirlwind of emotion. Sympathy and envy are the easy way out, and you get out of those emotions what you put into them. 

Unrealistically Portraying Teenagers & Teenage Life

Teenagers look up to and compare themselves and their lives to the characters and lives of the characters in your story. Keeping in mind that your audience is young and impressionable is essential for authors of the genre.

Love At First Sight

Love-at-first-sight does not happen. Infatuation, maybe, but love is more complicated than that. Writing a plot based on “love at first sight” can leave a bad taste in your readers’ mouths from the start, and that is something you should avoid at all costs. On top of that, love-at-first-sight is a very easy-way-out move and if you’re dedicated to your characters and your story, there’s a good to fair chance that you can come up with a more satisfying build up.

Unrealistic Romantic Situations

If you’ve ever opened a YA Romance, chances are you’ve read a scene in which the protagonist and the love interest end up in a stunningly beautiful place and the love interest sweeps the protagonist off their feet prior to riding into the sunset. This, unfortunately, does not happen very often, especially in teenage relationships. The most romance you’re going to get (usually) is the love interest offering to pay for the protagonist’s bag of skittles with the leftover money from their paycheck they earned at McDonald’s.

Just because teenagers don’t really go to great lengths to rent an entire ice-skating rink in the middle of the night so they and their crush can skate to Ellie Goulding music doesn’t mean there can’t be cute and memorable moments. Great doesn’t always equal grand and that’s important to remember. A lot of the time, teenagers appreciate fantasizing about things that are actually possible.

Happy Endings

Not all stories have to end happily, and you’ve definitely been told this before, but nobody ever takes into account how stories about teenagers have so much potential when it comes to endings. Teenagers read books about teenagers and unfortunately, this means that a lot of them will take what you’re writing about and try to change their own lives to match. Be honest in your depiction about what actually happens when you leave high school. 

The majority of the time, high school sweethearts won’t stay together. Long distance won’t work, they’ll find someone else, the spark will die out, their personalities will undergo drastic changes, and their goals and plans for the future will turn out differently than they expected. “And they lived happily ever after” is criticized harshly for a reason, especially in YA and YA Romance. Most stories don’t end happily, but there is more than one story in a person’s life and giving a person their happy ending as they graduate high school is a great injustice, to your character and your readers.

Avoiding The Dark Parts Of Teenage Life

Teenagers, despite what a lot of the media claims, go through some really serious and stressful and damaging things. Teenagers suffer from mental illness and deal with the intense pressure of the education system and hold their heads high in the face of stigma over every little detail about them. They suffer from eating disorders and body dysmorphia and self-harm tendencies, and that doesn’t even bring into account the bullying and family issues and the stress of constantly learning and feeling things for the very first time with little to no guidance or assurance or resources to ask for help. It is hard being a teenager. Do not forget that, and don’t leave the actual teenagers reading your story feeling underrepresented and/or abnormal because they aren’t as stress-free as the characters they look up to.

Exaggerating How Teenagers Interact With Each Other

A lot of teenage interactions are short, awkward, and uneventful. Teenagers aren’t super eloquent and socially apt, but YA Fiction seems to believe they are. It’s quite rare that a teenager will just walk up to someone they like, say “wanna go to dinner on Saturday?” and all will be fine and dandy. It’s quite rare that a teenager will saunter up to someone who talked about them behind their back, say something super clever and damaging to their enemy’s ego, and saunter off like the king/queen of the world. Those interactions look great in our heads, but they usually contain a few stuttered words and “um”s and blushing. Confidence is usually a trait that people develop later in life, so try not to push it if you’re trying to be realistic.

Maturity of Teenagers

Teenagers are underdeveloped human beings with minimal experience in most areas of life. They do not have it all figured out. A lot of YA books revolve around characters that are extremely intelligent, disciplined and ambitious at a level of maturity a 25-year-old be on. This is not accurate. Making characters “awkward” or “childish” does not have anything to do with how mature they seem to readers. There is a distinct difference between an awkward girl with childlike innocence and a girl who makes mistakes, does not have her life figured out, and is not yet comfortable with casual social interaction. The latter things I mentioned are pretty universal when it comes to teenagers. 

Unfitting Aspirations

There are more than two paths in life. It seems that in YA you’re either going to graduate, get married, pop out a couple kids and live the rest of your life in the suburbs, or you’re going to leave home, go to college, travel for 20 years and settle in some random country in Europe writing poetry until the end of your days. There is no in between, which sucks. There are a lot of interesting things you can do in life, not to say that either of the two life paths I mentioned are uninteresting. You could take a gap year and travel the world, go to college, move back home for a couple years then maybe get a job that has you traveling and exploring new things for the rest of your life. You could meet the love of your life in college and have some kids but put them in online school so you could travel with them. You could live your whole life in an awesome cabin in the forest casting spells and adopting wild squirrels. There are so many ways life can be and restricting it to opposite extremes takes the imagination out of the future. 

Not All Teenagers Think Their Relationships Will Last Forever

This one is pretty self explanatory, so long story short, not every relationship a teenager enters into is with the end goal of staying together forever, or even more than a few months. Most teenage relationships are pretty short and not very meaningful, and portraying every single couple in your stories as “we’ve been going strong for 2 years and plan on getting married right after graduation” is inaccurate and will probably cause your readers some disappointment in the future.

Relationships Aren’t A Teenager’s Only Concern

Most teenagers are more concerned about the F they got on a History test than they are about who they’re going to stare at next period. Everyone has more than just their crush to worry about. Some teenagers have to worry about where they’re going to get their next meal or how they’re going to get a ride home from school or even how they can apologize to a friend they’ve hurt. It’s not all about relationships for teenagers, in fact, relationships are a pretty small part of teenage life. If all your character has to think about is the hottie they sit next to in Biology, perhaps you should work a little more on character development.

Unnatural Appearances

Most teenagers are not model-level attractive. All teenagers have break-outs and leave the house late with greasy hair or with their shirt on inside out. No teenager shows up at school every day looking absolutely flawless, as if they’re about to walk down the runway. Please keep that in mind, because portraying teenagers accurately, especially when it comes to physical aspects such as weight, acne, etc. is super important. In YA and YA Romance, you must keep in mind that the teenagers you are trying to appeal to should not feel like a piece of trash because they aren’t as perfect as your characters. Yes, YA Fiction is Fiction, but just because you know that it’s unrealistic doesn’t mean your readers do. Readers of YA Fiction compare themselves to the characters in your books whether you like it or not. It is not hard to realistically portray physical appearances of teenagers. 

Avoiding Dangerous Messages

A common problem found in YA Fiction is the lacing of dangerous messages found in the smaller details. You may miss them the first couple times you read a story, but if you go looking for them, you will find them, and perhaps you will find the source of a lot of mistakes you’ve made. YA has a bad habit of endorsing mindsets that lead to bad decisions. Some of them, however, can be avoided in your own writing.

The Need To Change The “Flawed” One

Nobody in this world is perfect. Expecting the person you supposedly love to be flawless all the time is not realistic. People make mistakes. People are not always happy and bubbly and confident about themselves. People do not always act the same one day as they did the day before. Human beings are flawed and should be portrayed as such, especially in the stage of their life which is the most confusing and scary. Teenagers are underdeveloped human beings, and for some reason, teenager girls in YA Romance expect teenage boys to be charming and loving and never ever make a mistake, which is ridiculous. Creating love interests that appear flawless and can make no mistakes is detrimental to your audience. It raises your readers’ expectations to an unattainable level which causes them disappointment and might cause their future partners unrepairable damage to their self-esteem because they’ll think that in order to find a partner, they cannot be flawed and cannot make mistakes. 

Glorification Of Illegal Activity

It’s not “cool” or “edgy” to pump yourself full of deadly and mind-altering substances you know absolutely nothing about. It doesn’t make you “badass” and it isn’t a personality trait unless that trait is stupid. Whatever your position is on drugs or alcohol or whatever, there is no excuse for putting the idea in the heads of young readers that doing things that are illegal and addictive and that might even get you killed is ok. Not only because most of your readers are younger than 21, but because it will always be dangerous to take drugs, commit crimes, and drink. Your choices are your choices. Don’t impose your habits and excuses on kids who don’t know any better.

Slut Shaming

News flash: it’s 2017, people. Nobody cares who you’re kissing or dating or having sex with. People are finally getting used to the idea that maybe, just maybe, it’s not the end of the world if you do whatever you want, as long as you’re not hurting yourself or anyone else. This recurring theme of “I hate this person because they do what they want with their body” is getting old and annoying. Believe what you will regarding religion and morals and what is right or wrong or whatever you want to believe in, but the second you start turning your story into a commentary on the decisions and beliefs of other people, you’re in the wrong. There are other, more creative reasons to make your characters hate each other than their sexual activity. 

Forgetting The First Times

One of the most exciting parts of being a teenager is that everything you’re experiencing, you’re experiencing for the first time. Everything is confusing and exciting and 10x more painful or memorable or enjoyable, and that’s neglected all the time in YA. I don’t mean the common trope of the first kiss or the losing of virginity. I mean love and infatuation and loss and heartbreak; it’s all happening to them for the first time in their lives, and these events make up their memories that they will carry with them forever. Teenage years are incredibly heavy times for people. It is, after all, the years in which they learn the most and the fastest and where the majority of their brain development takes place. These moments that you’re writing, the first kiss, the first time having sex, the first time your character loses someone they love, they’re all going to determine how your character will develop in the future. Treat them that way. Teach young readers that it’s normal and perfectly okay to be scared and inexperienced and lost. That’s the bitter-sweet part of youth and it’s beautiful.

Bad Boys And Boring Girls

Bad Boys are, in reality, bad news. The real “bad boys” in this world are slimy, manipulative jerks who trick girls (usually more than one at a time) into thinking they have feelings for them, using them for things like sex or money, and then either end up controlling their entire lives, introducing drugs and problems, or breaking their hearts. It’s sad, but it’s reality. Yes, there’s always a cause for this behavior, and sometimes these bad boys grow out of it, but that’s not always the case. Portraying these bad boys as “changeable” is not only dangerous for the female readers but also the men in their future. If you make girls think that they can change whomever they’re with to be the perfect prince charming, they will never be satisfied with someone who is flawed (spoiler alert: everyone is flawed) and they may destroy the self-esteem of whoever they’re with by making them think they need to change to be lovable.

Boring Girls are, sort of, connected to bad boys in this sense. They show up in every story, which makes sense financially because authors who make more relatable main characters sell more books. It’s just demographics. But at the same time, this stretch for a wider audience can end up influencing girls’ expectations of themselves and their love lives. If you make every protagonist completely boring, compliant, and devoid of strong, defining traits, girls will take that as advice. They will learn that all a girl has to do to make people fall in love with them is sit quietly and be pretty, which is horrible, in case you hadn’t noticed. Teach girls to look up to strong characters with rich personalities. Nowadays, that counts as an original idea.

Generalization

Portraying every aspect of teenage life and teenagers themselves as if you opened a book full of cliches, closed your eyes and pointed at something is not ok. High schools and families and personalities are different wherever you go, and making blind generalizations about aspects of teenage life can not only change how your reader interprets their own lives, but how adult readers assume teenage life is when they’re not around. It is important to not reinforce the assumption that there is always a popular clique and mean jocks and awkward nerds and dead-beat stoners because these stereotypes are a way for people to justify their snap-judgements, and not only does that say a lot about you as an author, but that will breed a whole new generation of judgmental, close-minded people.

Glorification Of Unhealthy Relationship Behaviors

I’m gonna say this once: It is not “hot” to have the love interest constantly putting restrictions on their supposed loved one. It’s not okay to borderline stalk someone and use “I love you” as an excuse, even if the person reciprocates your feelings. It is unhealthy to ignore someone when they say “no, no, not now” or “no, stop, not here” when you’re in the middle of initiating sex or even just kissing. It is disgusting when romance, especially YA Romance, which has mostly young, impressionable readers taking in your messages, promotes these behaviors like they’re something to strive for. Like it or not, your writing is going to alter the way they imagine a “perfect” relationship. If you aren’t willing to take that responsibility seriously, you should not be writing YA, and especially not YA Romance.


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A Package Marked “Return to sender”

Story by reddit user manen_lyset

My neighbor is one of those annoying wannabe YouTube personalities. Over the years, I’ve seen him cough out cinnamon, lay flat on the hood of his car as it slowly creeps down the driveway, and douse himself in lukewarm water, all the while screaming epic win, epic fail, or, fuck, epic maintenance of the status quo, for all I know. It can get tiring to watch him go about his shenanigans in the pursuit of viral fame. So, when he knocked on my door the other day, told me he was going away for a few weeks, and asked that I get his mail, honestly, it was a relief. I can’t explain the peace of mind I had knowing I didn’t have to brace myself for any of his stupidity for a while. I was always afraid his stunts would wind up bleeding over into my life.

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Which Major Arcana are you?


So, recently I’ve been wondering which Major Arcana card I see myself as most, and I stumbled across the interesting idea that everyone’s birthday relates to a different Major Arcana card. It’s easy to figure out using simple numerology. 

For example:

If my birth date were 05/07/1990, I’d add those numbers together to get 31.

0+5+0+7+1+9+9+0 = 31. 

Now, if your number is 21 or lower, that number becomes the number of the Major Arcana card that you (according to your birth date) are most associated with or influenced by. There are only 21 Major Arcana cards, and so anything higher than this needs to be made smaller. The example birth date is 31, which is greater than the number of cards, and so the numbers need to be added together to make a smaller one. Like so:

3+1 = 4

So, in this instance 4 becomes the number associated with your card. You would then look through the Major Arcana cards to find the card associated with you (in this case it would be The Emperor.) 

Below, I’ve written my own interpretation of what I believe each of the Major Arcana cards would be like as a person, along with a simple sentence or two of advice. 



0 - The Fool

If you’ve added up your birth date and you’ve managed to get 0, I think you need to have another crack at it. Then again, if you’ve managed to add numbers together and find 0, perhaps this is the right card for you after all. If you were to be influenced by The Fool you would be someone who threw your all into everything without thinking of the consequences. Sometimes reckless and impulsive, you believe ‘if it’s meant to be, it will be’. The universe will provide it. Your life will be full of adventure, full of ups and downs, full of travel and journeys, and you’ll never be bored. You accept everything as it comes with no worries and no judgement. Remember: somethings need finesse and planning, don’t jump into everything head first. Just because you can’t see the bottom of the ocean, doesn’t mean you won’t find jagged rocks should you jump off the cliff.

1 - The Magician

The Magician is someone who has the power and the knowledge to make anything manifest. If you are influenced by The Magician, you work hard, are totally committed, and as such have the focus to create and enjoy all that life has to offer. You reach for your goals and you meet them, every time. You’re charming, charismatic and people will seem to in awe of you, though you need to be careful of this as you have the potential to use this awe to manipulate people, especially with the added use of smoke and mirrors. You’re very good at creating illusions to help you get your way. You might not even know that you’re doing it. Remember: not everything can be manipulated to your will. If you do it too often, you might just earn a reputation which will make your life a hell of a lot harder.

2 - The High Priestess

The High Priestess is full of wisdom, knowledge, and intuition, and as such, she can almost be seen as the keeper of secrets. If you are influenced by her, you will feel a pull towards a higher power, towards anything mysterious and spiritual and esoteric. You have a lot of inner wisdom, and as long as you can learn to trust your inner voice and subconscious, you will succeed. You’re quite private and prefer to follow your own path rather than everyone else’s. You decide who gets to know what and how much of what you know. Because of this, you remain mysterious and elusive to most people, potentially even distant, cold and smug. Remember: just because you know more than others, doesn’t mean you need to share that knowledge. Sometimes others won’t appreciate your attempts at sharing as it reminds them of just how little they know.

3 - The Empress

The Empress is the mother to all. If this is you, you have a fierce nurturing instinct and are naturally inclined to create abundance and life. You create chances and opportunities for people and things to grow and become what they always should have been. You’re the person who looks out for the underdog and nurses them back to health when they’re beaten down. You are incredibly creative in all that you do, whether this relates to working at the office, planning a date, cleaning the house or painting. You have a love of pleasure, of all things luxurious and beautiful, however, be careful of overindulgence. As the empress, you have natural power and leadership. You feel you know best in most, if not all, situations and because of this, you may have a tendency towards anger and control if you feel you are challenged. Remember: not everyone will accept your natural role as leader and mother. Sometimes you will need to let others rule, you will need to take a knee and let others blossom into leadership in your absence.

4 - The Emperor

The Emperor is a strong authority figure. You had a high level of self-discipline, and are protective of those who you see as “yours”. As such, you are charismatic and seem to have a following wherever you go. You are a natural, successful leader and come will all the natural traits that follow this: logical, organised, confident and ambitious. Your ambition naturally encourages you to be determined and focused on whatever goal it is you want to complete. Your vision narrows, and your whole being becomes fixed on your dream, your goal, your plan.  With this, however, comes a tendency to tread on those who are not as successful as you, mostly due to your single-mindedness. You don’t mean to do it, however, those you use as a stepping stone don’t know this. You can be seen as a tyrant, or as someone who doesn’t care about those outside of your circle of ‘followers’. Remember: compassion can be the greatest trait of a wise leader. There will always be someone who is left out in the cold, you can help them all, but there’s a difference between not helping them and kicking them to the curb as you surpass them.

5 - The Hierophant

The Hierophant is a lover of rules and boundaries and doesn’t often move from the orthodox way of attempting things. You are a rule follower, you do what is expected of you, and take joy from tradition. You might be drawn to exploring different philosophies and ways of looking at the world as you enjoy figuring out and learning about how and why things work like they do. You are a natural counsellor and mentor because applying these findings to other situations is a logical step for you, and you seem to be able to understand the small idiosyncrasies that have built up to cause the larger problem at hand. Incorporating your natural problem-solving skills and your love of tradition into a profession may mean you become a teacher, leader of a club or a spiritual leader. On a slightly negative note, you have a very strong view of what you think is right and you aren’t often tempted to sway from it. You may have a tendency to become too rigid and feel threatened when someone is encouraging you to break the rules. Remember: Just because there is a rule, doesn’t mean it is the right way to do something. Sometimes you’ll find it freeing to break out and forge a path for yourself.

6 - The Lovers

The Lovers not only stand for love, but also for balance. You strive for all things in your life to be in harmony, for the yin and yang, for the femininity to complete the masculinity. You enjoy bringing together two opposites or two broken things and making a whole. You’re a natural problem solver and you can’t resist tinkering and working every single aspect of your life. You may find yourself to be a matchmaker of sorts, constantly medalling in everyone else’s life to aid them in finding the balance. How can you relax when there are friends, or family, or parts of your life where not everything works as it should? Your life will be strewn with choices, with temptations and opportunities. They can seem overwhelming and distracting, but don’t allow the desire for balance distract you from your main goals. Not everything needs to be 100% balanced 100% of the time. Remember: whilst harmony is a beautiful thing, don’t allow the temptation of fixing others pull you from the important decisions you need to make in your own life.

7 - The Chariot

The Chariot is about opposing forces working together to reach victory. You are controlled, confident, wilful and, overall, successful.  Sometimes it may seem like your head and your heart wants two completely different things, however, as long as you stay focused, you have the sheer strength of will to reconcile these difference and make it work. You need to keep moving forward to reach victory, even when everything seems to be moving at an impossibly frantic and uncontrolled pace. Focus and direction will be everything for you. Once you have lost those, it will seem like you have lost control of everything. It may also seem like every aspect of your life is pulling you in a million different directions. Remember: you can’t control everything. The key to success is to control what you can and to not worry about what you can’t.

8 - Strength

Strength, no surprise to anyone, is incredibly strong mentally and emotionally. When life knocks you down, you are able to get back up, dust yourself off and carry on. Even when it seems like you’ve been hit a hundred times and every time you attempt something it fails, you have the sheer strength of will and determination to keep going. You are the embodiment of ‘Keep calm and carry on’. You also have a lot of compassion and love for others. People lean on you in difficult times as you radiate stability and power. Despite this, if your focus is lost, you can sometimes force issues and end up pushing too hard. The term ‘you don’t know your own strength’ springs to mind. Remember: sometimes the best thing you can do is to be patient and wait for the right moment. Push something too hard and it will break.

9 - The Hermit

The Hermit is a very introverted soul. You prefer your own company, often needing to draw back and spend time alone. You use this time to analyse things and to develop your own inner wisdom. You’re not one to ask for advice, preferring to work things out in your own head. You may find that many others are drawn to you for advice, seeking your counsel on all manner of things, and this can sometimes irritate you. Don’t become too insular, though. Isolation is fine when it’s for a purpose but everyone gets lonely sometimes. Being around other people can bring fresh new ideas and approaches to problems. Remember: a problem shared is a problem halved. Even if you’re not going to follow someone’s advice, sometimes asking for a fresh perspective can encourage new thoughts.

10 - The Wheel of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune deals with the unpredictability of fate. Have you ever noticed that your friends call you lucky? Opportunities are seemingly hounding you and pounding on your door. They arrive out of the blue and can take you completely by surprise. Finding a £20 on the floor, friends gifting you tickets to a concert, a dream job, finding the love of your life. It happens all the time to you. There will, of course, be bad times when things don’t go your way. Times when your luck has disappeared and you’re drowning under that big black cloud with holes in both your shoes. When times like this happen, you have a tendency to become overwhelmed and discouraged. You forget the highs and only focus on the lows. Remember: the purpose of a wheel it to keep on turning. You can’t appreciate the good without the bad.  

11 - Justice

Justice represents justice of any kind. You treasure truth, balance, fairness, and logic. You weigh things up very carefully, looking at the pros and cons of a situation before you make your decisions. You are aware that your actions have long-term consequences and it is because of this that you analyse everything. You seek the truth behind all, as you value honesty and until you know the truth, you cannot be honest. However, you also need to be aware that not everyone is as honest as you, which means thing won’t play out the way you had hoped. Sometimes people allow their emotions to rule their actions, and this is something that you forget. You can have a tendency to be slightly cold, or not as compassionate as you could be. Remember: not everything needs to be analysed. Sometimes it’s okay to do things just because. Allow yourself to have fun and leave Justice’s scales at home.

12 - The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man reflects the need to suspend action and not rush into things. You are the type of person who needs to contemplate your actions before you jump in. As with The Hanged Man, you may be someone who has a completely different view on the world; as one might image, being suspended upside down causes you to view things in a revolutionary new light. What is up becomes down, and what is normal becomes unusual. You are aware that some things need to be sacrificed if you are to move forward, hence your ability to suspend action in the face of decision when the natural instinct might be to keep moving forward. However, this ability can sometimes lead to you becoming stuck and restricted, or tied up, as it were. You need to get in touch with your emotions in order to truly be able to move on, and not just concentrate on what’s going on in the physical world. Remember: Not everything needs to be viewed in a completely new light. Sometimes things have simple answers. Don’t be tempted to over analyse.

13 - Death

Death represents the ultimate transformation and rebirth. You are someone who doesn’t care for tradition. You don’t want rigid patterns and suffocating structure and useless rules, you want something new and fresh and beautiful. You want to chuck out the old and usher in the new. You revel in endings and new beginnings. You are the type of person who always has sometimes new on the go, who is constantly closing one door to open the next. You create new projects, new meetings, new events, and opportunities, all so you can have that rush of newness. You try to never do the same thing twice. But because of this, you feel stagnant when you’re stuck doing the same thing. If change doesn’t happen, you feel constricted. However, just because something doesn’t change, doesn’t mean you can’t approach it in a new way. You can be the change you need to see. Remember: just because something is old or traditional, doesn’t mean it always has to be changed. Things become the tried-and-tested-way for a reason.  

14 - Temperance

Temperance is a card that talks a lot about balance. If this is you, you’re someone who doesn’t often get lost in your emotions. You feel emotion, but at the same time, you’re quite logical. You’re not tempted into excess, you’re grounded, and peaceful and calm by nature. When you’ve got ten projects on the go at the same time, you don’t let it overwhelm you. That doesn’t mean to say you don’t have a fire in you. You’re driven and focused, and willing to do just about anything to see what happens. You’re the type of person who experiments. The person who will put two opposites (people, elements, magics, religions, anything) together just to see what happens, to see if it works or to see if it goes bang. Remember: not everyone will appreciate being experimented on. Don’t let your curiosity allow you to forget people still have feelings.

15 - The Devil

The Devil is all about temptation and power. You’re very good at getting what you want and you get it by any means necessary. This might be through manipulation, through control, through smoke and mirrors, or simply by knowing just when to strike. Regardless, you get what you want and be damned all those who stand in your way. No one else controls you, you are your own power and ruler. You enjoy being in charge and in control, and when one of your ‘minions’ slips away and begins doing something that you don’t approve of, it can make you angry and irritable. You may give in to temptation far too often and have a fixation on materialistic things, or on something rather addictive. You can be distracted by ‘shiny’ things and you often find you obsess over them until they’re yours. Remember: being hell-bent on an idea, situation or endeavour might be your greatest downfall. Obsession can only lead to unhealthy relationships, addiction, and dependence.  

16 - The Tower

The Tower symbolises sudden and tragic changes. You find that your life isn’t stable and it is often shaken up on a regular basis. You dream about stability, about calm and tranquillity, yet it never seems to come. If you’re not changing job, you’re moving house or breaking up with your significant other. It’s one thing after another with you. You need to learn to accept the new experiences that life throws at you and accept that you won’t be able to control everything. The energy of the tower is dramatic and powerful, so even though it feels like your life never settles down, at least you know it will never be boring. Remember: Everything has a silver lining. With new experiences comes new understandings – you’re going to be incredibly wise and nothing will ever faze you.

17 - The Star

The Star represents hope and faith, and a sense that the Universe is looking over you. You are a romantic, optimistic and perhaps a little dreamy. You accept new phases of your life with a calm energy and mental stability as you know you will get through it in the end, perhaps because you believe you are being watched over and protected by a higher power. You’re someone who uplifts and inspires those around, you bring a fresh, bright energy to any room you’re in and people love you for this. Forgiving and forgetting is a natural way of life for you as you know it simply won’t matter in the long run, but don’t allow your faith and dreaminess to allow you drift off and become unreachable. You’re beautiful, inside and out, with an open-heart and generosity to spare. Remember: not everyone is as giving as you. Some will take without giving, and you may find yourself wrung out because of it.

18 - The Moon

The Moon often symbolises illusions and mystery. As such, you are someone that many people don’t quite understand. You have a completely unique look on the world; you are artistic and creative in how you approach tasks, and you seem to tread a path that others can’t see. You have very strong highs, for example when you like something you completely and utterly love it, but you have just as strong lows, and these can seem devastating. You may seem a little uninhibited sometimes, wild and free and willing to give in to your baser instincts. You can pull people in and your energy and spirit seem infectious. To others, this can seem overwhelming and confusing, and this might cause some to dub you as ‘strange’. Remember: just because others misunderstand, that doesn’t mean you aren’t right. It might take some time or explaining before others truly see your vision of the world.

19 - The Sun

The Sun symbolises fun, warmth and positivity. It should come as no surprise that you embody the same traits. You are blessed with the ability to love life to its fullest and to find the fun and the silver lining even in the most difficult of times. You bring energy to all situations and, due to your confidence and enthusiasm, it’s often infectious. You may find yourself at the centre of attention more often than not. People seem to orbit you, loving you and worshipping you, but don’t let that go to your head. Whilst having a huge group of adoring fans may seem like the ultimate goal, you may find it difficult to find your true friends. After all, there are some people in this world that are nothing but leeches in disguise. They will take your warmth from you and leave you drained and broken, lying on the floor. Remember: don’t allow the people who wish to bask in your warmth encourage you to gain delusions of grandeur. The higher you soar, the further you have to fall and fall you will.

20 - Judgement

Judgement represents a calling to something higher, something holier. You need to learn how to take the high road if you haven’t already done so. Grudges, resentment, failings, addictions, it should all become a thing of the past. Overcoming those things which have been pulling you down means you are, in a sense, reborn. Letting go means you can become the new you that you were always meant to be. There will always be something that calls to you, something that comes above all else, and you’re going to dedicate yourself it, be it religion, human rights, overcoming addiction or any other walk of life. Your determination allows you to walk the talk, to take action to accomplish and live up to the high standards you have set. Embrace it and follow your path without fear or doubt. You have the courage, perseverance, and determination to complete your goal in life and fulfil your life’s purpose. Remember: don’t be tempted to unfairly judge those who don’t see eye to eye with you. Use your knowledge and passion to teach, not condemn.

21 - The World

The World symbolises victory over obstacles. You are excellent at following your plans and seeing them through until they reach their completion. Your dreams have a way of coming true and you can always find the solutions to your problems. However, you may have a tendency to start a hundred different projects and spread yourself too thin – you’ll still get things finished, after all that’s what you’re all about, but it might near kill you to do it. Remember: even if you can do it all, doesn’t mean you should, especially not all at the same time. Concentrating on one of two things will reap better rewards.



Remember, this is just my own interpretation of the cards, yours may be slightly or completely different to mine. Use your own intuition and judgement. 

Kara Danvers vs. Kara Zor-El and the importance of Lena Luthor

I don’t know if anyone has written anything about this yet, but I have a theory about why Lena was the only person Kara was soft with on episode 3x01.

It’s nothing mind-blowing, to be honest, and I’d just like to say that while I totally believe Kara needs time to heal, she should not be snapping at those who love her.

but anyway…

Everyone else in Kara’s life besides Lena knows she is Supergirl; when they look at her, they see the hero they’ve put on a pedestal, and they expect more, they expect better of her – even though they’d probably never admit to doing so. 

The Super-friends need her to be Kara Danvers AND Supergirl, regardless of how hard being Supergirl actually is on her.

I believe deep down, Kara is saying “Kara Danvers” was a mistake not because it was (and is) what allows her to have real connections in life (after all, it wasn’t Kara Danvers who Mon-El fell in love with, it was Kara Zor-El; between the two of them, there was never the pretense of secret identities), I believe she’s saying that, because when she is Kara Danvers, it allows her to see she isn’t enough anymore: the world needs Supergirl, and her friends and family need her to be both.

And while it’s always Kara Zor-El who always has to sacrifice part of herself, who has to make tough decisions, it’s Kara Danvers who feels the weight of those choices; it’s Kara Danvers who feels the burden of being Supergirl (and it would explain this line since, once again, it wasn’t Kara Danvers who dated Mon-El, but Kara Zor-El).

So why would Kara renounce “being human” to be the very thing that weighs her down? The way I see it, and what the show constantly tells us, is that Kara and those around her truly believe Kara Danvers and Kara Zor-El are two separate entities, so if Kara stops being a Danvers (if she stops being human), she won’t have to feel the pain that being Supergirl brings her.

But ultimately Kara knows she can’t let that happen, because then we’d get Red!K Kara – and this episode is the closest thing we’ve seen of Kara behaving like Red!K without being infected by it.

And here lies the importance of Lena Luthor (and the importance of Kara keeping her secret identity from her).

I was going to ramble on, but Katie McGrath herself can explain my thoughts on this:

“It’s a relationship of equals. As far as Lena is concerned, Kara is Kara. Kara is not Supergirl. For Lena, she has a friend on the same level as her, who is fantastic at their job, is intelligent, smart, capable and strong. What’s lovely is it’s two normal women figuring out life together as friends. I think that’s what is important to Lena, that she has somebody where she doesn’t have to be the head of the company. She doesn’t have to be somebody’s daughter. She can just be herself. And, Kara can be that. She doesn’t have to be Supergirl or a reporter. She can just be the flawed human being that we are.”

When Kara is with Lena, she is reminded of the good aspects of being human; she is able to relax, take a step back and tell herself that it’s okay to feel, it’s okay to doubt oneself, it’s okay to make mistakes, because she sees all those things reflected back to her on Lena.

When Kara is with Lena, she’s allowed to simply be. And for someone who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, I can’t imagine how important that must be.

And I think that’s why Kara couldn’t bring herself to snap at Lena, because somewhere in the back of her mind she knows fracturing or potentially ending her friendship with Lena would ultimately shatter her last real connection to Kara Danvers (and her humanity).

Kara can’t break Lena’s heart, because she would be breaking her own.


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Matthew Mercer’s Raven Queen ™

I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of stuff being thrown around about the Raven Queen after the latest Talks Machina, mostly centering around the speech that could have happened if anyone in VM had tried to argue with the Raven Queen for Vax’s soul. For simplicity’s sake, just in case anyone hasn’t seen or read it, this is the speech Matt gave:

“Do you have idea how insignificant you are? You are the instruments of divinity. Everything you have accomplished is because we gave you the tools to accomplish it, for goals unforeseen to you that fit our needs and interests. You are nothing, and yet you come and beseech me this, after all I have done for you?”

And I get it, it’s incredibly rude! After everything VM has done, after everything they have bled for, struggled for, lived and died for, to call them insignificant at the moment of their greatest triumph? It’s a slap in the face right before she takes away someone who should have gotten the happy ending that everyone else was getting.

But I feel like maybe we’re forgetting a key element of the Raven Queen in the Critical Role setting.

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The part of the deep web that we aren’t supposed to see 

Story by Mr_Outlaw_

I’ll assume you all know about the deep web. Well, what you’ve heard is true, it’s not a great place. While some people are there to score legal weed or firearms, or even out of sheer curiosity, others… well they’re obviously not up to anything good. But I’m not here to talk about those sickos. I’m here to talk about what lies beyond that point. The more cryptic and unexplainable part of the internet. The part that nobody’s really supposed to see.

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Challenges For Writers II

The first edition of this post is one of my most popular posts yet, so I decided to make another one with a whole new set of challenges for songwriters, authors, poets, and journalists. Enjoy! x


Songwriters

  • Write a song about a memory that once was happy but now hurts to think about.
  • Write a song about being loved by someone you hate.
  • Pick up the nearest book and turn to page 27. Write a song based on the first line.
  • Write a song that inspires you to work
  • Write a song about a silent conflict
  • Write a song titled “it gets easier”
  • Write a song about yourself but through somebody else’s eyes
  • Write a song titled “For (insert name of someone who inspires you)”
  • Write a song giving yourself the advice you need right now
  • Write a song about the first person that comes to mind when you read the word “enemy”

Authors

  • Mimic the events of either WWI or WWII, but replace the world leaders, groups, countries, etc. with your own fictional details. Also, bonus points if there’s magic involved.
  • You are the AI of a self driving car. You have to make a morally difficult decision while driving.
  • Something terrible is about to happen, and there’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to wait for it.
  • Neither God nor Satan is quite sure how they ended being posed as opposites - they’re good friends, actually.
  • It is discovered that the deep ocean is really proving grounds for gods “Experimental Creatures” after the latest dive, you’ve found a pig with wings.
  • People are a lot more frugal with their souls nowadays. To help business, competing demons have been hiring human advertising executives in an all-out marketing war.
  • After searching through the black market you discover someone selling the admin login for the simulation you are unknowingly living in.
  • Humans gain personality traits directly from foods.
  • You always thought it was strange that your brother wasn’t in any family photos. Today you figured out why
  • On a journey to find yourself, you really do find yourself. An exact clone of you.

Poets

  • Write a poem about a bad habit you have.
  • Write a poem based on a lesson you’ve learned the hard way.
  • Write a poem about the promises you’ve made to yourself.
  • Write a poem about your biggest “flaw”.
  • Write a poem about your best friend(s).
  • Write a poem giving advice to your younger self.
  • Describe love to someone who doesn’t believe in such a thing.
  • Write a poem in which each line describes a color without using the actual name of it.
  • Write a poem from the point of view of a raindrop in the middle of a massive storm.
  • Write a poem about how the feeling you get when looking back on certain memories has changed over time.

Journalists

  • Write an article based on the events depicted in a song, only adding as much detail as the song provides
  • Write an article about “upcoming fashion trends” that you know are completely ridiculous, just to see how many people will take your word as gospel.
  • Write a persuasive article about why people should spend their next vacation in Antarctica.
  • Write an article about why parents should encourage their children to use curse-words.
  • Write an article about how graffiti differs in style in different parts of the world.
  • Write an article arguing that it’s okay for men to catcall women in the streets.
  • Write an article instructing people on how to survive the impending nuclear war.
  • Write a review for a piece of technology that hasn’t been invented yet.
  • Write a glowing review of a movie you’ve never seen before.
  • Write an article titled “Should Middle-School Students Be Drug Tested?”

If you use one or more of these prompts, please don’t hesitate to use #wordsnstuff so I can read your writing! I love reading your guys’ responses to my prompts:)

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I think a big part of how I see the world is that -

In college I was sick. In particular I was anorexic, and I nearly starved myself to death. I never accomplished anything, made commitments I couldn’t keep, lost track of time, and struggled with the most basic life tasks. I was anxious (mostly because I correctly knew that everything was going horribly) and lazy (because I could not possibly do enough things to matter, and doing things was hard and hurt) and unreliable and terrible. I ended up owing people a lot of money (I have since paid them all back) and failing at things that were really important to me and to other people.

And now I am in a good environment for me. I live with people who I can be reasonably assured don’t hate me and will tell me when they need me to do things differently, and I am no longer anxious. My work has clear expectations and is bite-sized and doesn’t pile up on me, and I reliably deliver it and do a good job. I have enough money I don’t have to deal with the mental overhead of deciding whether to buy the food I want, and I spend that mental overhead on better things. I am still messy and I am still bad at getting places on time, but I’m never late on rent. I am mostly a productive, honest, trustworthy, reliable person and I’m getting better at those things. I have friends and kiss girls (and the occasional boy) and I make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

Some of the difference was immaturity and lack of skills; much of the difference is that I had starved my brain until it stopped functioning; much of the difference was that I was in an environment that was not shaped to my strengths. But living through it gave me this powerful sense that the difference between a “lazy” person and a “successful” person, between a reliable person and an unreliable person, between a “good” person and a “bad” person, is a lot about whether they are in an environment shaped to their strengths. That almost everybody will be great in the right environment and really really struggle in a bad one. And some people have never ever encountered a bad one and think they’re just inherently great; and some people have never encountered a good one, and think they’re just inherently miserable and hard to get along with and unreliable and untrustworthy.

I absolutely think people are still accountable for the things they do in bad environments. I’ve worked really hard to fix the things I fucked up at when I was sick, and I don’t mean “it’s all the environment” to mean “it’s not you”. Just - the same you who was miserable and did bad things will be happy and do good things, in better circumstances, and lots of the human project is building those circumstances. 

I don’t know how to give everyone an environment in which they’ll thrive. It’s probably absurdly hard, in lots of cases it is, in practical terms, impossible. But I basically always feel like it’s the point, and that anything else is missing the point. There are people whose brains are permanently-given-our-current-capabilities stuck functioning the way my brain functioned when I was very sick. And I encounter, sometimes, “individual responsibility” people who say “lazy, unproductive, unreliable people who choose not to work choose their circumstances; if they go to bed hungry then, yes, they deserve to be hungry; what else could ‘deserve’ possibly mean?” They don’t think they’re talking to me; I have a six-figure tech job and do it well and save for retirement and pay my bills, just like them. But I did not deserve to be hungry when I was sick, either, and I would not deserve to be hungry if I’d never gotten better.

What else could ‘deserve’ possibly mean? When I use it, I am pointing at the ‘give everyone an environment in which they’ll thrive’ thing. People with terminal cancer deserve a cure even though right now we don’t have one; deserving isn’t a claim about what we have, but about what we would want to give out if we had it. And so, to me, horrible people who abuse others all the time deserve an environment in which they would thrive and not be able to abuse others, even if we can’t provide one and don’t even have any idea what it would look like and sensibly are prioritizing other people who don’t abuse others. If you have experiences, you deserve good experiences; if you have feelings, you deserve happy feelings; if you want to be loved, you are worthy of love. You flourishing is a moral good; everybody flourishing is in fact the only moral good, the entire thing morality is for. Your actions should have consequences, sure, and we should figure out how to build a world where those consequences are ones that you can handle, and where you can amend the things that you do wrong. When you hurt people, that can change what “you thriving” looks like, because part of thriving is fixing, and growing from, things you have done wrong; but nothing you do can change that it is good for you to thrive.

I reject that I ever deserved to starve, and so I reject that anyone, ever, deserves to starve. I reject that I ever deserved to suffer, and so I reject that anyone, ever, deserves to suffer. Happiness is good. Your happiness is good. And without a single exception anywhere I want you to thrive.

The Magick of Fashion 👛✨

It’s no secret that fashion on its own possesses an entirely different creative world that differs from everything else. The fabrics we choose to put on our bodies are gateways to the soul, a wonderful way to showcase on the ~outside~ how we are and what we feel on the ~inside.~ For Witches, fashion can be even more magickal (if that were even possible)! We proudly done special cloaks and robes to amp up our practices, lovingly accept the pointy hat as our longtime trademark, and flourish when slipping into rings and bracelets, accepting them as our battle gear. Here are some tips to bring magick and fashion together!

Enchanting Jewelry

- Jewelry is such a wonderful way to not only accessorize our bodies, but to help give us little boosts of confidence. How wonderful is it to be able to carry around a certain crystal by attaching it to a chain and wearing it around our necks? If you wish to encourage a specific emotion in your life, than look into crystal pendants, mala bead bracelets, dangle or stud crystal earrings, and crystal rings. Craving more love? Try a rose quartz bracelet hugged around your wrist. In need of protective vibes? Put on an obsidian necklace! There really is no limit to the minerals we can choose from to enhance our lives by wearing.

- Also consider making your *own* jewlery. If crystals as jewelry just isn’t your thing, try hand-making your own hemp bracelets or necklaces, adding special beads and charms and anointing your creation with essential oils.

- Cleanse your special jewelry accordingly! If ever you feel it’s power lessening, wave some incense/sage/palo santo over it while stating a blessing; leave it on the windowsill under a full moon, or create a small altar (placing your jewelry in the center), to boost its vibes.

Your Signature Outfit(s)

- As a Witch, there are no limits to obtaining things that make you feel your most powerful. Clothing can be one of these things (although, it is just as acceptable to work certain magick in the nude, if that is your preference)! Many witches assign themselves a certain outfit or article of clothing to slip into during rituals.

- Figuring out what your own witchy uniform is can be tricky, so try to get inspired! Try on several different things before deciding on what you feel extra powerful in. For some, this may be a velvet cloak decked out in glitter. It could be a pair of lace gloves that have been enchanted with a special energy that flows through your hands while doing spellwork. It could even just be a simple t-shirt! Anything that allows you to feel your most “witchy” and that you are attached to, will be the perfect thing to flaunt while working your special magick in.

- “Wardrobe Witchcraft” doesn’t even need to be designated for spellwork. If you’re like me, you may find magick within clothing each and every day. Your style belongs to you, and wearing something unique that screams “this is who I am” to the world is just as magical as anything else. Your favourite outfit may very well be your suit of armor. Develop your own sense of style, and let yourself feel as if you are celebrating your unique soul each and every time you get dressed in the morning.

Traveling Magick… In Your Clothes?

- You read that right! If you’re feeling extra creative and have a knack for sewing, why not sew sigils on the insides of your clothing? You may also consider sewing tiny pockets on the inside of jackets, sweaters, or bags, using them as a little storage space to carry stones and tiny bags of herbs. Enchanting your articles of clothing with symbolism and on-the-go crystals is an excellent way to enchance their energies!

Colours + Fabrics for Moods

- A final idea involves the work of touch and sight. Dress according to your emotions, or even according to what you *wish* to feel. Either way works, as it should allow you to get better in touch with your own emotions! Wishing for more passion? Wear a little bit (or a lot) of red. Feeling blue? Show it through the color. Longing to feel extra-feminine? That’s where pink comes in. It’s all so simple, it hardly even seems like work at all. :-) The same method can work through the use of fabrics themselves. Each material has such a different feel, and it’s quite beautiful that we have such a variety of fabrics to allow our skin to feel soft and warm. Wearing velvet on the night of a full moon may make you feel extra sorceress-like, whereas wearing delicate silks can help you to bring out your more angelic vibes. Showcasing your emotions through feeling and color is really so simple and yet so powerful - Think of yourself as a walking mood ring!

I truly hope that these ideas provide some of you with a spark of inspiration! Witches have a way of turning anything into something powerful and enchanting, so doing that through fashion should come as no surprise. Blessed be, and stay stylish ~ 😊✨💕

A cry for help: The Arch of Steven’s Mental Health.

Brace people, this is kind of dark. Honestly, the only wild ride I’ve been seeing in SU is Steven’s deteriorating mental health and self perception. He’s only 14, he’s been asked to be way too mature for his age, and some insane expectations are placed upon him- most likely accidentally- by his elders. That he’s in some way the person fated to continue his mother’s work (even if no one has told him what it was, exactly), that he is his mother, and therefore he’s to blame for all the shit she did, and no one has told him otherwise (i mean, Bismuth did, but we all know what happened there). Of course Steven’s not to blame on this. As much as I love Greg and the Gems, a lot of Steven’s current mental caos is on them too. They did the best they could with what they had, but when raising a kid and dealing with a teen, that’s often not enough.

So, we can examine Steven’s character AS IT IS NOW, with some specific factors:

  • Teenagerhood: We’ve all been- some of you are- there. Steven is 14, as I said, those years are chaotic, confusing and weird, you’re figuring yourself and your identity, slowly coming to terms with the changes in your life and body and starting to discover what you want of life. And that’s without being your own mother and having the impending end of the world on your shoulders, just imagine what teenager years will do to someone as kind and traumatized as Steve(v.Book 7 Harry). Of course he’s bottling everything up and not trusting anyone, he’s in a confusing period while the world is demanding him to keep a straight face and a clear mind, of course he developed unhealthy coping mechanis, which brings me to:

  •  Missplaced guilt and Individuality: The big, mayor issue I see here is Steven subconsciously crying for help in the form of “this mess is all my (my mother’s) fault, it’s my sole responsability to fix it haha”, and NO ONE is fucking correcting him. Steven developed this fixation with self sacrificing because he lost himself at some poin. Not hard to do being a teen with horrible expectations hanging over you, but somewhere along the road, Steven kind of gave up trying to assert his own identity actively and settled for being a less messy extention of his mother. He seems to have embraced the whole “i’m my mom” narrative, and thinks the only way to repair his mom’s awful mistakes (hang on with that one) is to offer himself as a scape goat for all the pain she has caused. That way, he kills two birds with a stone: Offers reparations and saves the earth, AND puts and end to Roses’ existence and shenanigans.
    The Steven we’ve been seeing lately is packed with self blaming and self loathing, between thinking of himself as a less-than version of his mother, and the heir to all of her consequences. He knows he isn’t like her in the good ways, but he’s started to think he is like her in all the bad ones.

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  • Distorted Perception: Steven’s judgement is clouded. He’s his own unreliable narrator. He’s not being able to process things objectively (or as close as one can get to actual objectivity), and I think the gems really should step in here. He keeps getting bits of the story, and Steven’s already traumatized mind can will fill those gaps with worse-case scnearios. He’s an optimistic at heart, but he has seen too much dark shit already, and too many of his childhood perceptions of the world have been shattered (Monsters are really gems; gems can get corrupted; his Mom started a war; his Mom hurt other gems in said war; Betrayed her friends; allegedly killed a living being; etc.) for him to even know what to think anymore.

    He can’t stand the fact that his mother betrayed Bismuth and “killed” Pink Diamond, he can’t even process new information because of the disgust he’s feeling for his mother’s actions. In the trial, he was provided with evidence that Rose in fact didn’t shatter Pink Diamond, and it went ollimpically over his head. He’s confusing facts and time periods (Rose never used The Breaking Point) without stopping o rethink it, he’s fixated in the version of the story he put together and again, no one is fucking challenging that view.

  • His family: Steven’s journey with Identity and self assertion is coming to a halt, he’s forgotten th fact that he is loved, wanted, and worthy. Beyond Rose Quartz, the gems, or his powers. Steven, along the way, has forgotten that he is an individual and not an exchange coin, even though he knows deep down that his family loves him, he’s keeping these feelings to himself because he doesn’t feel like he deserves any of it. And that’s truly heartbreaking. I’m surprised at how absent they’ve been of Steven’s emotional world lately, but more than that, I think they have to let go of Rose Quartz, and breack the vow of secrecy. They are painful memories, I get it, but their kid is tearing himself appart here. I think is long overdue that this family just sit down, and has a serious conversation.

So pease somebody sit him down, make him spill the beans, and fucking hug him because he needs to get out his head, and can’t do it alone.

♛ Exposing BTS Series ♛ Namjoon: A Born Leader (Part I)

Originally posted by ksjknj

Just from looking at his signs and aspects, one can tell that we are dealing with a man of great talent and purpose. Looking further into his natal chart confirms this. Let’s see what truly makes Namjoon our golden leader.

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STRAP IN, YOU GUYS, BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SCREAMING FOR SOME POST-THOR: RAGNAROK FIC AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE I’M GONNA SCREAM SOME MORE WHEN I FIND IT, BECAUSE THERE’S SOME AMAZING STUFF HERE ALREADY.

THOR: RAGNAROK FIC RECS:
home through shadows journeying by Etharei, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 3.5k
   Life on the ship is a lot like being in limbo.
I Want To Be More by ValkyrieShepard, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 4.4k
   When Loki comes to visit Thor after everything’s been done, a hug leads to something more intimate.
From The Ashes by IAmJustAlways (ThirtySeven), thor/loki & valkyrie & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 4.9k wip
   His people could now fit into a single hall in a space ship, and so many of them were children. Too many young faces would grow up without Asgard even as a memory. Of Asgard’s great, famed warriors there was only he and the Valkyrie left. How many healers with Asgard’s secrets resided in this hall, broken? How many of the mighty sorcerers? He had never cared much for books and things metaphorical, but in that moment Thor was ready to weep for all the knowledge lost in Asgard’s great Library.
gage by spookykingdomstarlight, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 3.8k
   “I don’t recognize the stars here,” Thor said after a pause so long Loki had thought he wouldn’t answer, would ignore him entirely. His voice seemed caught between rocks, spit out through sharp-edged pebbles that could only do what their nature told them to do.
followed you down by homovikings, thor/loki & asgardians, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
   It’s Asgard but it isn’t.
Keep hoping, Keep fighting by will_thewisp, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.7k
   Because that’s what heroes do. Thor gives Loki that hug. Post-Ragnarok (so, SPOILERS).
put out the flames by finalizer, thor/loki & avengers, ragnarok spoilers, 7.2k
   Thor has his doubts, but he takes Loki back to Earth. Somehow, it gets easier from there.
Here and now by Chelidona (Hobbity), NSFW, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.9k
   Thor: Ragnarok spoilers! A missing scene for which I am sure there are already 100 fanfictions I will soon look for at the end of the movie, a scene that just begged to be expanded.
two by homovikings, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
   They move as one.
better stop and rebuild all your ruins by ohliamylia, thor & loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
   Thor and Loki regroup. Immediate post-movie tag.
might as well be strangers (but oh, i don’t want to) by EllaYuki, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
   as they make their way to commandeer a ship out of sakaar, loki and thor have a conversation in an elevator. (loki’s point of view during the elevator scene.)
Bookie’s post-hug fic by thebookhunter, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 2.9k
   Thor has no intention to stop hugging. Fine by Loki. Like, really, *really* fine.

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anonymous asked:

do you have any hcs about how andrew and neil come out and how does the public react and stuff??

Do I ever!!! Okay, so this is probably gonna be a shortened version of my idea that I have thought about way too often, way too much. But maybe I’ll get super out of hand with it. Who knows?

  • Kevin Day is getting bad publicity and the media is dragging him for something
  • (Maybe a drunken incident and his drinking problem? Idk exactly… This isn’t really the important part, it’s just set-up)
  • So, anyways, exy’s golden boy is getting a lot of negative media attention
  • Neil feels bad and wants to help shift some of the focus off of Kevin
  • Especially after Kevin told Wymack he was his father for Neil when Neil needed attention shifted off of him
  • Neil talks about this with Andrew, trying to figure out what he’s gonna do to distract from Kevin as much as possible
  • He’s not at all expecting Andrew to make suggestions or want to get involved
  • He’s just thinking out loud and maybe seeing if Andrew wants to shoot down any ideas as the worst that he should definitely not do
  • But Andrew likes being needed by the monsters and Kevin is his baby bird to look after
  • And he doesn’t really give a shit if people know he’s with Neil
  • Like his life isn’t their fucking business, but he can handle people knowing and it’s not like it’d be the worst thing the media’s broadcast about him
  • So, he pitches the idea as casually as if he were suggesting they order pizza later

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Aspiring Sex Workers: Your naïveté is pissing me off.

Like all of the other legitimate SW blogs, I’m getting pissed off from the numerous dumbass questions you ladies should be able to answer on your own. I have no problem reviewing your profiles or helping you figure what to say to finesse more money out of men. That actually comes with experience that I’m aware most young ladies haven’t figured out yet. However, asking us ignorant questions shows you’re not worth investing help in if you’re not even able to tell me what screening means. If you honestly think posting a few cute selfies will result in cash after a mediocre blowjob with Greg, you will be rudely enlightened.

Honey, this is a multi-BILLION dollar industry. That means everyone successful here is an experienced player, and there will be players specifically looking for LAZY or naive girls to rape, abuse or swindle. Your naïveté isn’t cute, it’s dumb as shit.

Below is a list of questions you MUST be able to answer on the day you start working or you will eventually get seriously hurt or swindled. I designed the questions to help you figure out the BASIC workings of the industry and the items and things you need prior to start working.


•What is screening?
•What are the steps to screening?
•What does POT, Splenda, Salt, vanilla, and whale mean?
•What does WYP, SA, OKC, POF mean?
•What clues am I looking for on Tinder?
•Whose number do I have memorized incase I get arrested?
•What are the top blacklist sites available?
•Who has access to my location on my phone when I go see each client?
•What are the visible signs of a person infected with a STD?
•What do outcall and incall mean?
•What are 5 negative experiences other SW have shared, and how could they have been prevented? (Have at least one story in each of the following; raped, abused, stalked, convinced into an insulting price, clingy client)
•What are 5 common things SD’s or clients will say to take advantage of me?
•Why should I never give out bank or personal info?
•What is the consequence should a creep figure out my real identity?
•Where is my pepper spray?
•Where is my counterfeit pen?
•What sites will erase all geotags attached to my pictures?
•Are my tattoos and birthmarks concealed in my photos?
•Where is my disposable cellphone I purchased for work?
•Why is it important to separate my real phone from work phone (escorting)?
•Why should I never use the same photos from my personal social media for sex work?
•What is the approximate rate girls similar to my qualifications are charging in my area?
•Where is the closest clinic (like Planned Parenthood) should I accidentally expose myself to STD?
•What are the pros and cons of each branch of the sex industry?
•What is the difference between a PPM and monthly arrangement?
•What are the 15-20 SW blogs I follow and have read in its entirety?
•Where is my stash of condoms I purchased for this job?
•What does BP, SA, CV, TER, P411 or Eros mean?
•What is a reference?
•Which apps will generate a fake # for me to use?
•What is my email I made specifically for this?
•What is my work persona?
•What is my BELIEVABLE cover story for clients AND personal relationships?
•Why should I never have a meet and greet at a hotel room or somewhere private (sugaring)?
•What are my financial goals and plans upon joining the industry?
•What is entrapment?
•What are things you should absolutely avoid discussing with POTs?
•Do I have the mental strength to endure racism and sexism?

And finally, what is the first and only rule every single sex worker have in common?


***If after reading at least 10-15 blogs in its entirety, you still have questions; please DO ASK. I recognize not everything on the list will be easy to find. It’s designed to encourage a more in depth understanding of our world. You’ll find many of the questions easily discovered just by normal research and reading.

Stay safe ladies. 💸💸💸

Ladies, feel free to add to this list as I’m sure I’m missing several items.

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Star Wars Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armor by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray

Foreword by John Boyega

The first time I went on set for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in Abu Dhabi to shoot the scenes for Jakku. The sets were real; the archway was there; the creatures moved; the droids rolled by—and I remember thinking this is too much! We’re on a planet, a real planet. It was so surreal and amazing.

To be a Star Wars fan, getting cast to be part of the galaxy far, far away is an experience like no other. When J. J. called and asked me to meet him and I heard the words “You’re going to star in the next Star Wars,” everything froze. After a lifetime of fandom and seven months of auditions … YES! It was real.

My first introduction to Star Wars was when The Phantom Menace was released (yes, I am a child of the ’90s). The characters, the ships, the lightsabers, and the whole galaxy captivated me. As I got older and learned about story and character development, I delved into the original trilogy. I came to appreciate the worlds and truly became a fan. I dug into the comics and video games. In taking on the role of Finn, the first stormtrooper we would get to know as an individual, it was a chance to explore a character in a way that had never been done before in the saga.

Stormtroopers, from the history of the franchise and in comics, all look the same, wear the same armor and helmets. They do the same thing and follow orders. They are just one of many. And here’s a character who questions that. It’s such an important part of Finn’s journey that he questions that uniformity and investigates what that means to him. He has a complicated history of how he came to be a stormtrooper, and as he comes to question how he got to be where he is, it creates an interesting dilemma for Finn.

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Nursey was sitting at his desk, trying to get through a paper on the importance of sewers in Les Mis, when Dex slammed open their door, marched straight for their bunk beds, and flopped down face first onto Nursey’s bottom bunk.

Nursey was a bit too surprised to protest. Instead, he stared at Dex for a long moment, more confused than anything, before Dex said, “I’m done,” into Nursey’s pillow, and Nursey blinked.

He glanced back at his paper for a moment, before he spun in his desk chair to face Dex entirely, as he prompted, “Done with…?” expecting to hear Dex complain about an assignment, or his family, or the particularly hard practice they’d had that morning, and more or less ready for it. He had a few things he wanted to complain about as well, and Dex was always a good person to complain with.

However, instead of saying any of that, Dex said, “I’m never dating anybody ever again,” and it left Nursey even more confused than he’d been before.

Still, Dex didn’t offer up any more information on the topic so, after a moment, Nursey asked, “Are you… dating somebody?” sounding more incredulous than he’d meant to, but apparently not enough to earn him a glare from Dex.

Instead, Dex’s face stayed pressed into Nursey’s pillow as he said, “Was, Nurse. We just broke up,” and Nursey felt like the entire world had tilted on its axis.

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