combination method


here it is!
[this was requested by @fioha13 ]

this is my first tutorial post!

All I basically did was combine tutorials for different methods of calligraphy into one! I really hope you like it! Just tap/click on a picture to zoom and in stuff. If you want a detailed tutorial/ gif of any style in particular, let me know via my ask.

If there are any questions (or other post requests) , the best place to contact me would be my ask :D

Please reblog/like/follow for more posts like this- there’s plenty more coming!

If you learnt from this- PLEASE post a picture showing your skills/ a thank you note/ whatever you like really and @ me- I will happily reblog your post!

lots of love
-jasmine xx

anonymous asked:

scully reminds me of sully from monster's inc who is bigger than mike, his side kick. scully is bigger than hitchcock

AAHA WHAT HAVE YOU DONE Sulley is Scully and Mike is Michael Hitchcock, Sulley’s head is square, Scully’s hair is square, Mike is round, Hitchcock’s head is round, Sulley/Scully is the tallest , I’ m….  


A lot of us have difficulty when it comes to learning all types of new information. Especially when we’ve got other priorities to worry about. After much experimentation, I’ve found that the following tips helped me make the most of my time and also helped me plan much more fruitful study sessions!

- Designated Study Area.

A coffee shop, the library, a desk, or even your bed. Figure out where you are most comfortable studying - The right location provides comfort, no distractions and is quiet. Another factor to consider is timing. Are you a morning person, an evening person or a night person? Combine the time with the location and there’s your study area!

- The Key to Success is Time Management.

Plan your time using a simple schedule template, or make a simple to-do-list. The trick is to complete short tasks in a reasonable amount of time; like going over 5 pages of a textbook in approimately 15 minutes. Keeping a written schedule keeps you in line, and this way you won’t forget the tasks you need to complete for the day!

- Note Taking.

Personally, I like to keep a hardcopy of the days lecture and just scribble down any information that I think is important. BUT, there are some pretty cool note-taking strategies out there that you can utilise. Check out The Cornell Method, Mind Mapping, and the Split Page Method. Active learning produces more results than passive learning - so write down those notes and stay active!

- Meet the Syllabus.

The syllabus outlines the most important learning outcomes/ learning goals, and thats pretty much all you need to plan a productive studying session. 

Bid farewell to all that extra, unnecessary information. 

- What is your learning style?

Are you a visual, auditory, verbal or kinesthetic learner? Experiment with all 3 and find out which one works best for you. You don’t necessarily need to stick with one! Do you study better alone or do you prefer group study?  

- Bite-sized Learning.

Do not try to cram in a huge amount of information all at once. Instead, try breaking information down into learnable, manageable chunks. Combining this method with tip #2 will help you make the most of your time.

- Review, Review, Review!

It’s scientifically proven that the more you review material, the easier it’ll be for you to recall it when needed. So, take another look at your notes a couple of days after you make them, then again a week later, and so on.

These are the main tips I’ve found to be of help, and I hope they’re of use to everyone else!

anonymous asked:

I often have ideas for a scene or a character but there is no plot. How can I expand these ideas into stories? I just don't know what to do with my ideas to get a story out of them. Most plotting tips require that I know at least the beginning and the end of my story. But I don't even have that.

Hi Anonymous,

I’ve heard of other writers having this same problem, so you are not alone! Here are some ideas that come to mind when I think about this.

Coming up with a Plot (from scratch)

First off, you have ideas for characters or scenes, and that’s a starting point, and you probably (I’m assuming, because it wasn’t that long ago) saw my post, What to Outline When Starting a Story, which can give some guidance on what to consider. However, if you have no idea where to even come up with a concept for your plot that post can only be so much help.

Conflict out of Story Elements

Since you have some ideas about character and scene, I’d try building off that. In some cases, you might need to flesh those out a bit more to continue (I don’t know, since I don’t know how much you have those figured out).New York Times best-selling author David Farland points out in his book Million Dollar Outlines that characters grow out of their setting. We are all influenced by our setting–where we live, where we spend our time, what century we’re part of, etc.

Setting –> Character

Farland goes on to say that out of character (and setting) comes conflict:

Setting + Character –> Conflict

Plot obviously comes from some sort of conflict, the character reacting to and trying to solve that conflict or conflicts. But let’s finish out the diagram/equation.

Setting –> Character –> Conflict –> Theme

How conflicts are dealt with in the story create the theme.

It should be noted though that this diagram may not be helpful to everyone, and it’s also possible to work backwards from it. For example, I personally don’t like the idea of starting with the setting–although, realistically, pretty much all stories start there, if only to the most basic degrees (time period, real world vs. fantasy world, Earth vs. space, etc.). I often like to start with character. But as you work on your character, at some point, you are going to be looking back at what kind of life he grew out of and where he came from, and where he is now. Other people may like to start with conflict, and work back into character and setting. So, it doesn’t have to be linear.

But let’s look at the conflict part. You need some form of conflict to have plot. As I mentioned a few weeks ago in my post Are Your Conflicts Significant? the conflict should either be broad (far-reaching) or personal to the character. If it’s not either, it’s probably not that significant. However, it should be noted that you can make almost any conflict broad, or personal.

But how do you even get to that point? If you like Farland’s diagram, what I would suggest would be looking at those characters and setting. Brainstorm conflicts by asking yourself questions.

  • What conflict can come out of this setting?

For example, in some stories, major conflicts come straight out of the setting. Most if not all dystopians, like The Hunger Games fall into this category. You can even look at movies like Interstellar, which deals largely with space travel. The major conflict came out of a setting (Earth will soon be inhabitable). In a fantasy story, conflicts can come out of the world and worldbuilding (setting), whether it’s the magic system or the world itself. In Lord of the Rings, the major conflicts often come from the setting (Frodo has to make it to Mount Doom) and magic (the One Ring is a magical object that must be destroyed). In historical fiction, it can come out of setting–what are some of the conflicts the world was dealing with during WWII?

But what about something more small-scale than Panem, outer space, and Middle-earth? Setting can play a role there too. What kind of conflicts can come out of attending high school in 2017? What conflicts might be present there? What conflicts might come out of trying to start a career as a woman centuries ago? The story doesn’t have to be epic for this sort of brainstorming to work.

Les Miserableis a good example of how setting can play into conflicts, whether it’s being a struggling young mother, a convict, or participating in politics.

  • What conflict can come out of this character?

Once you have your character, you can try brainstorming conflicts for her. Now, there are sort of two ways to approach this.

One, you look at your character–her personality, strengths, weaknesses–and ask yourself, what would this character want? Figuring out what your character wants is often vital to a good story. In some stories, it can be more simple, basic, or straightforward. Maybe your character just wants money. In other cases, it might be bigger. Maybe your character wants to defeat an evil ruler. It can be somewhat philosophical. Maybe your character dreams of ridding the universe of a false god, like in His Dark Materials.

When you know what your character wants, you can start brainstorming conflicts by considering what could stop her from getting what she wants. In Lord of the Rings, Frodo volunteers to destroy the Ring, but there are literal obstacles in his way. Space, for one thing. He has to travel for miles and miles and miles. Then there are other people and creatures: orcs, Shelob, Sauron, even his own companions–these people are in conflict with him. He has to deal with getting hurt, wounded, and fatigued. All these things are keeping Frodo from his goal. And of course, his ultimate want is to return to the Shire, but he has to destroy the Ring first.

If your character wants to be in a relationship with someone, there are obstacles too. Maybe the love interest doesn’t know he exists. Maybe there is a family feud, like in Romeo and Juliet. Maybe there is a love triangle. Whatever your character wants, you start brainstorming what could keep him from getting it.

A second approach to brainstorming conflicts with character is to look at your character and consider what kind of situations would be difficult for them, what would make them grow. In some cases, they might be the reluctant hero. Love him or hate him, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, Edward Cullen is a good example of this sort of thing. He’s a “vegetarian” vampire living his life, and then out of nowhere, a girl shows up that is basically his personal brand of cocaine. How is he supposed to deal with this? Worse. He has feelings for her. Immediately, Edward is in conflict.

Now, you can combine both methods. And in reality, both those examples have both. Sure, Frodo volunteered to take the Ring, but he was basically the only person who could. But look at him. He’s just a humble hobbit. He doesn’t do magic, he doesn’t know warfare, and he knows very little about the world. But he’s thrown into a situation where those characteristics will be tested. Similarly, Edward is thrown into a situation, but he ends up having wants too. He wants to be in a relationship with Bella. But the fact he is a vampire and she has potent blood is a conflict that impedes that.

So you can brainstorm conflicts from setting and character.

Plot out of Conflict Types

Let’s look at this another way.

There are five types of conflict.

Keep reading

Some things to remember about sigils.

I’m thrilled to see how sigils have taken off in the magical community, but there are three things I keep seeing in the tags that could easily compromise your manifestation.

-Use positive affirmations. Take the “not” out of your sigil. Sigils use your subconscious to manifest, and in much the same way that your first response when someone tells you “don’t look over there,” is to ignore them and look where they just told you not to, your subconscious will skip right over the “not” and fuck with your results. For example, “I am strong,” versus “I am not weak,” where “I am strong” carries the positive affirmations and “I am not weak” carries negative affirmations. Your subconscious takes “I am not weak” and crosses out the “not” and sees it instead as “I am weak,” and therefore your sigil may manifest the complete opposite of what you had intended.

-Use present tense as opposed to future tense. I’ve learned from experience to not leave room for loopholes, and using “I will” instead of “I am” leaves some room for loopholes. The phrase “I will be strong” leaves an open loophole where your sigil could start working right away as you intended it, or, in the case that the universe decides to be a little fucker as it so often does, a year from now. “I am strong” denotes that this is a thing that is happening now, so it’ll manifest now as opposed to later when it might not even matter anymore. If you have to use the word “will,” then the phrase “it is my will” may work for you.

However, if your sigil is something that you planned on manifesting sometime in the future, (“i will meet my soulmate”) then go ahead and use “i will” in your phrasing.

-Your sigil has to be charged AND activated. Not one or the other. Both. Masturbate over it and burn it. Meditate on it and tap it. There are a number of methods and combination of methods to achieve this, but it’s important that you do both or your desire will not manifest.

>Banana Caramel Pancakes<

INGREDIENTS (pancakes)
(makes 5-7 pancakes)

½ cup rice flour

½ cup oat bran

1 tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp maca powder 

1 ½ cups 
rice milk/any non dairy milk 
1 big mashed banana

4-5 drops vanilla essence

Combine dry ingredients first and mix in a food processor until looks like fine bread crumbs. Add wet ingredients (banana, milk, vanilla) and blend. Set a non stick pan on low/medium heat and spray with coconut oil. Use about 1/3 cup of the mixture for each pancake.

1 tbsp hulled tahini
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp rice malt syrup/maple syrup
2-3 drops vanilla essence

Mix together until smooth creamy texture. Pour on top of the pancakes.

Enjoy! xx 

Instagram: @annietarasova

🍓 Energy strawberries! 🍓

This is an energy spell for people who are on low spoons or who can’t have caffeine for any reason (or who don’t like tea or coffee). You can either eat this before bed with the intent of it giving you energy in the morning, or you can eat it in the morning when you wake up!

🍓 Ingredients 🍓
- Fresh mint (just 1 or 2 leaves chopped) (energy)
- Fresh lime juice (energy)
- Strawberries (happiness)
- Sugar (happiness)
- Fruit juice (energy and happiness)

🍓 Method 🍓

Combine the strawberries, mint, lime and sugar in a bowl and mix it together

Get a glass of any juice you want too!

Focus on your intent while you eat and drink, think of happiness and the energy you need for the day

🍓 Optional 🍓
- Listen to music while you eat
- Watch something that makes you happy
- Sit with your favourite crystals

Sigil Activation/Use

When you create a sigil, you’re investing it with a certain amount of emotional importance. When you hear practitioners of magic referring to the “energy” of a sigil, ritual or spell, this emotional investment is often what they’re talking about. For a sigil to be effective, however, it requires more than just the energy invested in the creation. It needs to be “activated.”

People are divided upon how exactly you should do this. You’re looking for an intense transcendental experience where you can focus on this image and force it through your mind into the magical world while you are fully conscious. Pain, meditation and orgasm are some popular methods. Combine the intense experience with a good solid look at the sigil. Then close your eyes and think of it. Project it into your minds eye and out into the cosmos. Then destroy the paper it is drawn on and forget all about it.

Charging the sigil means infusing it with your energy. You have to get yourself to a point where you are full of energy but not really thinking anything, and then pour this energy into your sigil. There are several good ways to charge your sigil:

a) Meditation

The simplest form of meditation is to hold the image of the sigil in front of your eyes and stare intently at it. Try to get into a state of “not-thinking” but at the same time obsessively concentrating on the image of the sigil to the exclusion of everything else. Not the meaning of the sigil, but simply the graphic image itself as pure abstract, unconnected to any meaning – a picture and nothing more.

b) Masturbation

No really. Masturbate while visualizing the sigil in your mind’s eye. With the masturbation method you’re likely to get yourself to a point when you’re full of energy and no thought (orgasm). Hurrah! At the point of orgasm, visualize the sigil becoming big and bright and then exploding/disintegrating into nothingness. That’s it! Sigil charged!

c) Wild dancing

If you don’t like masturbating but do like dancing, pour yourself into wild wanton dancing – leap everywhere, go wild, spin round and round, get out of breath – it doesn’t even have to be to music. You just have to get to a point where you feel full of adrenaline and power and tingly and aren’t really thinking anything. Then visualize the sigil in your mind’s, eye, see it becoming big and bright and then let it explode/disintegrate into nothingness. And stop dancing.

d) Burn it

Light one side of it, and then place it carefully in a fire proof container, making sure not to singe yourself in the process. Watch as it burns, and imagine that all of the emotional investment you’ve placed in the sigil, as well as the idea it represents, is being transformed into a new form made of the universal forces of light and heat. Imagine that light and heat radiating out from this moment, into your past and future. Imagine the glow of the sigil’s tiny light spreading across your entire life. Watch it until the flame goes out.

There is also the “under-the-nose” method: If you prefer, instead of destroying the sigil you can put the sigil where you can see it all the time it will just fade into the background and you won’t really ‘see’ it, but your subconscious will. Paint the sigil somewhere visible on your body with water-soluble paint, then take a bath and let it slowly dissolve away while watching it. This is especially useful for magical work such as healing the body. Draw the sigil on paper or cloth with disappearing ink and stare at it as it slowly evaporates. ETC

Finally, it’s important to separate yourself from the magical ritual you’ve just done. Don’t do any meditation, other magical operations, or talk about the working with anyone. At least, not the first time you do a sigil – you need to find out what works for you. The idea is to shut the doors to the subconscious. It also keeps it from easily floating back into the conscious mind until the short term memory dumps it, which according to psychologists takes about three hours.

In the coming days, you’ll start to see little things that are eerily evocative of the sigil you activated. Don’t deny these. Don’t dismiss them, even if they seem minor. This is the process starting to work, bit by bit, to bring your intention into reality. The more open you are to these changes, the faster the magic will come into effect. It’s important, however, to note that your decisions play a hugely important part in how effective the sigil will be. If your sigil is about meeting a new romantic partner, for instance, you might want to think about going out to a place where that could plausibly happen. Staying inside your home, with curtains drawn and lights out, not answering the door, is actively working against the thing you want. Don’t count on the sigil to do the work for you.

If you’re uncertain about the whole “magic thing,” start with something minor and irrelevant. In fact, a great way to test the effectiveness of sigil magic is simply to create an activate a sigil that is of both fairly unlikely and of absolutely no consequence. You’ll soon be surprised at how utterly powerful sigils can be.


Tricks to coloring grey scale art

I wanted to recolor something but didn’t want to do it manually (I’m lazy…I know…but hey its cool) so here are two ways I learned to recolor grey scale art

1. Gradient Maps

In Photoshop, go to Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map

Here, you can apply preset gradients to your pieces by selecting them in the drop down.

(There are some rather interesting choices, as you can see from the random one I selected)

By clicking the gradient bar itself, you can edit the gradient you have selected, create a new one, or load in other presets.  Just make sure the gradient type is Solid and not Noise, it won’t let you edit the colors if it is set to Noise.  This method is helpful if you’re doing a palette challenge.

Here’s some of the results I got messing around with it:

2. Prisma

Prisma is amazing. Its and app, I thiiink it’s originally made to edit instagram picures, but it can do a lot more than that

You select a picture in the app, and from there you can select and test out different styles on it.  Some work better on certain works than others do, experiment a bunch. Each one takes a couple minutes to load, but its worth it

Here’s some of the styles I liked:

I’m sure you could combine both of these methods, but I haven’t tried that yet. Could be interesting

Now go forth and color your art!


Stretch & Tone routines are some of the most popular in the ZGYM. They combine different methods of movement such as yoga, Pilates, bar and more. It’s a gentle way to awaken even the smallest muscles in your body and help with recovery and rejuvenation.
I’ll see you in the ZGYM at
Outfit from @popflex_active
#zgym #zuzkalight #stretch #tone #yoga #pilates #barmethod #fitness #workoutmotivation #fitnessmotivation #flexibility

Made with Instagram

>Summer Fruit Smoothie<

Bottom layer: (mango)
1 banana
2 frozen mangoes
1 nectarine
1 cup coconut water

Top layer: (raspberry)
1 banana
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
1 cup coconut water

Combine and blend the ingredients for the mango smoothie. Pour into a jar until it’s half way full.
Combine and blend the ingredients for the raspberry smoothie. Pour into a jar, filling it up to the top. Top with frozen raspberries/anything else you would like.

Witchcraft 101: The Basics of Wards & Warding

I tried looking for some informative posts about wards and warding, and there are a few out there, but I thought ‘hey, why not bung all of the information you’ve gathered into a nice little post of your own!’, and thus, this post has come to be.

So, what are wards? Well - to put it simply - wards are a means of protection against negativity, negative energies and any form of ill-will that seeks to harm yourself, your loved ones or your home. They are a form of ‘psychokinetic shield’ if you want to use the fancy terminology, - a thing to deflect nasties. Wards can be cast on objects and items, in the home or a space that you want to protect, such as a workplace or communal space, or they can be cast in certain rooms. Some wards can be cast around the whole perimeter of an area - grounds included. 

When is the best time to cast these, wards you speak of? Well, my hard rockin’ friend, the short answer is this: whenever you feel is best. I find that whenever your home has been busy, or a high-traffic area, you may want to take down old wards and cast new ones, or perhaps after you’ve had a mad deep clean in your home. That works best for me, anyway!

Alright, Rowan you’ve got me hooked. Where do I start?

The first thing you need to do is cleanse
Cleansing is used in witchcraft all the time; we cleanse our tools and spaces often to make sure no residual energies or nastiness is in, on or around our stuff. It’s the same with wards and warding. When warding, you’re essentially creating a shield using energy and this is often done by visualising and forming a sort of… bubble. Cleansing any tools you plan on using and cleansing the space you intend on protecting (if this is your aim, of course) will wash away any left over energies or anything that you don’t want with the bounds of your ward(s).

You can cleanse using any of your preferred methods, such as smoke cleansing using incense, or by washing your area/tools/items in a charged water.

Right, so I’ve cleansed my things. Now what?

You’re clean, and you’re ready. Okay, cool beans. Let’s get down to business (to defeat, the Huns!).
You need to decided on just how you want to cast your wards as there are various ways and means of doing so. You don’t have to stick to just one - you’re more than welcome to dabble and to experiment, or use combinations of methods as long as it’s safe and suits your wants and needs.

I like using sigils and symbols! 

  1. So, you like sigils, do ya’? Me too! Sigils are a great way of establishing wards in and around the home. You can either choose a sigil that befits your intent, or craft your own - either is fine, and using incense smoke, oil blends or simply your finger and a little bit of visualization and a lot of focus on your intent, draw your sigils on the doors and windows of your home (primary access points), and on door frames and windowsills. If you’re creating wards for a property as a whole, you can engrave or draw sigils onto gates and fence posts too.

Incense floats my boat, Roe.

  1. Ah, good old incense. Now, bear in mind that sometimes using incense smoke may not be possible or appropriate, or perhaps you don’t do well with smoke - totally understandable, lots of people don’t. If this is the case, you can cast wards using water and oil blends instead! This can be done by putting the blend into a spray bottle and then by ‘spritzing’ your object or area.
  2. When you’re creating an oil blend or an incense, try your best to make sure that your protection herbs (rosemary, bay, cinnamon, salt, etc,.), are authentic because the magick is in your herbs!

A Quick Step-by-Step Guide to Incense Warding: 
Smoke or spray/spritz your item, if it is an item that you are warding. If it’s a room/building or space, you need to pick a place to start. If you are not drawn to any area in particular, then starting by your altar (if you are that way inclined!) or at a doorway, would be best.
*If you’re warding more than one floor, begin at the very top and work your way down.

Next, begin smoking/spritzing the room. You do this by moving clockwise around the room (to the right). As you do so, visualise the smoke or spray enveloping everything it touches; forming an impenetrable layer on all around you - a shield, if you will.
If you have problems with visualisation, then simply focus on your intent: protection, protection, protection. If you’re setting up specific wards, e.g., ones to stop bad spirits or fae, focus on that.

As you work, follow the layout of the space you are warding. Work from room to room. If you aim to set up a ward that protects an entire property, you may want to establish a perimeter. You do this by walking full circle, including the ground and gardens, if applicable.

What if I work better with energy, Roe?

  1. Then, my friend, the bubble/wall wards will work for you.
  2. Some people are naturally very good at working with energy and so this form of warding may work best for you, if you are one of those people. Using visualisation, take your object (if, again, that’s what you’re doing, if not and you’re warding a space, apply the following steps to the space you are working in), and channel your energy into it. Do this by envisioning, as best you can, a cord or light or a tendril of some form, coming from yourself and into the object. During this time, focus solely and intently on your intent. Put as much power as you can muster into this.
  3. If you are a proficient energy worker, you may be able to build a dome/wall/shield of energy that is capable of warding larger areas.

To add a little… oomph, to your wards, you may want to chant or add some vocal spell-work into the mix. If you do want to do this, you’ll need to find an applicable chant or create one of your own and then, as you walk through your space, you will need to repeat it over and over, keeping your intent in mind. As you cover you home, or space, you’ll need to speak it in each room you wish to protect!

Boiled creme treat

Boiled creme treats can be found in almost every kitchen and household in Skyrim, and once you get a taste you’ll know why! While there is quite a lot of preparation involved in making these delicious pastries, it will be well worth the effort (and this recipe serves 10, so prepare to wow your dinner guests)!

You will need:
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
4 cups flour
2 tsp dry yeast
1 ½ cups milk, lukewarm
½ cup caster sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup heavy cream
2 vanilla beans, scraped
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup caster sugar

¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Combine the dry pastry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Slowly add the milk and stir. Add the butter and egg, and knead by hand until the dough is smooth.

Place the dough in a warm space and cover with a cloth for an hour or until dough has doubled in size. Knead the dough to push out the air, then refrigerate.

On low heat, combine the cream, vanilla beans, and vanilla essence. In another bowl, whip the egg yolks and sugar until smooth, and pour into the creme mixture slowly, stirring the whole time. Continue whisking on low heat until the entire creme mixture is smooth and even.

To make the glaze, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla essence until smooth. Leave in a warm place until ready to use.

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F. Grease a large baking tray and set aside.

Roll your dough out into a flat rectangle about ½" thick. Use a small bowl (3-4") or similar round mould to cut circular shapes from the dough, then lay them evenly on your baking tray. Using a spoon, make a deep indentation in the centre of each dough round (do not cut all the way to the bottom), then bake for 10 mins. Remove from the oven and fill each well with creme, then glaze with a basting brush. Bake for another 10-15 mins, or until golden brown.

Wait until completely cool to eat.

Advice For Your First Year At University

So now my first year at university is over, I thought I would reflect on the year gone by and come up with a list of 10 things I would tell new students starting this September. This is just from my personal experience but I think they are some valid tips and definitely things I will be taking on board going into my next year.

1. Go to your lectures!: Trust me, the extra sleep in the morning might seem worth it at the time but it makes it a lot easier to keep up with the work load if you actually turn up

2. Use your breaks: Try to use those free hours between lectures wisely. Go over what was on the previous lecture, revise some other notes or catch up with some extra reading. Then you’ll have a lot less to do in the evenings/weekends so you’ll have time for recreational/social activities

3. Set a budget and stick to it: It doesn’t have to be super detailed, but work out how much you have to spend each week/month/term and make sure you budget enough for your essentials (rent, food, travel) to save yourself living off whatever is left in your fridge whilst you wait for your next student finance installment

4.Stop looking at everyone else: It’s easier to look at other people and think they’re doing more work than you, they’re going out more than you, they’re doing better on tests and assignments. But at the end of the day, you’re at university for yourself. Focus on what you’re doing and stop stressing about everyone else

5. Try new study methods: You might have found that up until now, you’ve gotten through tests by using one set method of studying that works for you. But people often find at university that this suddenly won’t cut it anymore. In the first few weeks, try a few different methods of taking notes and going over them to see what works for you. Using a combination of methods to try and learn things can often work a lot better at helping you to retain information than just one

6. Talk things out with your flatmates: Some people find they get on great with their flatmates, and for some people they hardly talk to them. Either way, there are bound to be troubles between you all at some point, whether it’s an argument over dishes in the sink or someones disagreeable personality. Passive aggressive post it notes or posting on facebook might seem like a great idea, but it’s better to take someone aside or try and get together as a flat to talk about things and try to resolve issues. Remember, whether you’re best mates or not, you have to live with these people.

7.Bring your own food/drink: It might seem like a pain to make a lunch to bring into university with you, but in the long run it’s a lot cheaper than buying meal deals every day. If you like hot food, try making food in bulk and split it into multiple tupperwares that you can easily take in with you each day. (These can be frozen to last longer and easily reheated in a microwave)   You can also do this with leftovers from your dinner. Same goes for hot drinks, rather than an expensive costa, just make your own and bring it in a flask. 

8. Take opportunities when they arise: University is the perfect place to get involved and try new things so don’t let this go to waste. Try joining a society, whether it’s something you’ve done before or something you’ve never heard of. Go to events you hear about, volunteer for positions within the university, try and get involved best as you can. You’ll need ways to take a break from studying and it’s a great way to meet new people. Plus, some things will look great on your CV

9. Don’t overload yourself: Although it’s great to do as much as possible, you need to know your own limits. There might be 10 societies you have an interest in but it’s not going to be realistic for you to do all these on top of your studies and other interests. Don’t feel pressured to do every single thing the university has to offer. Sometimes all you’ll want to do is laze in bed on a Saturday, and that’s okay!

10. Take care of yourself: University can be really tough. For some of you, it’ll be the first time you’ve ever lived by yourself. There’s a lot of new pressures you’ll experience and there will be times you breakdown and struggle to cope. Talk to your friends and family or make use of the support the university offers. And if you find that your mental health is suffering because of all the work, take a break. Go have a chat with some friends, play an instrument, read a book, take a walk or even just a long shower. It’s okay to have bad days, and remember it is okay to ask for help.

rienerose  asked:

Thank you so much for your previous answers! They have helped quite a bit. I have a follow-up quick question--what type of fasteners were used at this time? I am assuming there was not yet a rubbery-grip for stockings, so did they use garters or ribbon side-ties? Ties for slips? Did we have snaps, hook-and-eye closures, or zippers yet? Thank you!

Hi again! I’ll do my best to answer your question. :)

For closing and holding clothes in place, here was a multitude of techniques. Hooks and eyes seems by far the most common. The bodices could simply be closed in the front or the back with a row of hooks and eyes. Since they were usually worn over the corset, it was the corset who got the straining, and not so much the bodice itself.

It was common to insert a broad waistband, “anchoring” the bodice in the waist. This was usually closed in front with hooks and eyes. The bodice could then be buttoned over, as seen in this 1876 one:

Another common thing was to combine two methods. This 1879 bodice (from The Met) has a sturdy front-buttoned panel under a decorative “stomacher” attached with hooks and eyes at the left side:

Last but not least, bodices could also be laced together. This had been one of the preferred methods historically, as it allowed the garment to be adjusted in size. But it became less common in the Victorian era, and was often used as a “statement” detail rather than a practical detail.

Skirts were typically held together with hooks and bars, or buttoning, or lacing/tying. With overlapping panels and lots of drapes, it only needed to be firmly anchored in the waist, and whatever method enabled this could be used.

Zippers were however not in use in Victorian fashion. Simply because they were invented in the 1890s, and first came into use in the 1910-20s. Even then they were not common, and only used for jackets and the like.

As for stockings, they could have a rubber facing on the inside/top to make them less slippery, similar to what’s found today. Women often wore a belt-like construction in addition, with straps attached to the top of the stockings to hold them in place. One ad from 1897 shows the straps going down the side of the leg, but it could also be in the front and back of the leg:

But more common was the garter, which could be tied, buttoned, buckled or eventually also held together with elastics. Stockings usually were over-knee, or tied right under the knee. It’s how socks were held in place for centuries, and despite newer inventions also how many Victorian ladies did it. In the Edwardian era corsets became longer, extending down over the hips, and here corsets could replace the separate “hose supporters” as seen in the 1897 ad. This was in use until the socks themselves became more elastic and self-supporting.

Them Finding Her Crying on Her Own but Acting Happy After: BTS



Would silently hug you and pat your head whenever you were alone, letting you know that it’s okay to tell him what was wrong.


Would lock himself into his studio, working day and night until suddenly popping back out of that dark hole and presenting you with the most beautifully written track, with the best composition of lyrical flows that made you tear up all over again.


Would try to make you crack a smile to render you off from your defenses, and as he saw your demeanor change, he would attack instantly, asking you what was wrong with subtlety, so that you would not back down into your shell.

Rap Monster:

He would give you some time alone, trying to keep his distance until he saw you going through an inner turmoil. He dared not approach, in case he’d make the matters even worse. Only when he saw you becoming a bit calmer, he would come up to you, hug you, and reassure you.


If he saw you crying, you already know it- there will be no peace of mind for you. He’d be so damn worried that you might as well spill everything that’s been building up for you, so that he won’t start crying, too.


He would feel bat, seeing your tears rolling down. He would blame himself, as well. He’d blame himself on not knowing about your stress any sooner. Blame himself about being unable to calm you down at that moment, in fear of only worsening things for you. He blamed himself and even called himself the culprit of your distress.


He’d be at a clear loss of what to do, never handling such a situation before. He would try and think from different perspectives of his `hyungs`l; how would they cope with the situation? In the end, he would try and combine all of the methods from them and just go in and try to calm you down.

Mud crab cakes

Ah, mud crabs. If you’ve ever been in a position where you’re walking along the riverside or the coast, minding your own business, and one of these ugly brutes comes snapping at you without warning, then this recipe is your retribution! These tasty appetisers are a Stros M'kai favourite, and will put to use the tasty inner remains of those pesky mud crabs. Revenge is a dish best served hot with sweet chili sauce!

You will need:
215g fresh crab meat
80g plain flour
75g panko breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 red chili, seeds removed and sliced thinly
3 spring onions, finely chopped
Zest of one lime
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp ginger paste or fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
Sweet chili sauce, to serve

Combine all the ingredients except the oil, egg and breadcrumbs in a food processor and whiz until ingredients are combined. The mixture should be moist but still hold together. If it is too wet, add more flour until it forms a paste.

Shape the mixture into circular patties, about 3" in diameter. In a bowl, crack and whisk the egg. Dip the crab cakes into the egg, then roll in the panko crumbs until thoroughly coated. Set aside on a plate.

In a deep pan or a wok, heat the oil until bubbles form on the bottom and it is very hot. If you are unsure about oil temperature, drop a few panko crumbs in. If they start sizzling immediately, the oil is ready. Put the crab cakes in slowly to prevent splattering, and deep fry for 2 minutes on either side or until a dark golden brown. Alternatively, you can use a deep fryer instead if you have one.

Remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen napkins to drain the oil. Leave to drain and cool for 10 minutes and serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping.

paragon-arthur  asked:

Hey writingaid! I have to say, I love your blog so far! But I had a question. I can flesh out a story and all that, get everything done but for the life of me I can rarely force myself to actually WRITE, y'know? It's massively discouraging, as I've given up many stories because I lost the inspiration for them, and I'm getting depressed since being a writer is what I want to do with my life.

Hello, Paragon-arthur! I’m going to start off with a small warning: my answer to this might come across as a little disheartening at FIRST, but only because I’m being very realistic and honest.

If you want to be a writer, then don’t let anyone tell you that you cant, but know that it’s not an easy path unless you get really lucky. Most writers write as a secondary job because most authors don’t make enough to support themselves, and those that do, unless super-popular AND self-published, are often subject to their publisher’s demands (there are always exceptions, this is just what a lot of people experience). However, publishers are often really good at enforcing deadlines that can aid with productivity and they will work with you to increase sales with marketing tactics and good editing. What I’m saying is that the writer career is a little glamorized. It’s hard work, it’s frustrating work, so please understand that I’m NOT trying to discourage you but I have a little bit of concern when you say you want to be a writer but can’t get things on paper. If you aren’t experienced in the writing process, then do you really know what you’re planning to get into?

ON A HAPPIER NOTE: I see that you’ve come to me asking for help on how to fix this so you CAN pursue your dream. Every writer runs into issues, and you’ve identified yours. That’s a huge step and I’m flattered that you’re including me in your learning process! I can offer some methods that might help, but know that there is no magical way to fix the issue. I recommend a combination of these methods for optimal effect:

  1. Find someone who is interested in your work. I don’t just mean someone to spitball ideas with, but someone who actually wants to READ the story. This forces external motivation which often helps with productivity and can help keep up motivation since you have someone who’s hoping to get to see a final product. The goal of this method is to tie your writing to someone other than yourself so you can focus on “I’m doing this for _____” when you don’t personally want to work on it.
  2. Set deadlines/goals. 500 words a day. 300 words a day, even 100 words a day is a start. Just write, don’t think (at least not intentionally. Once you get better at actually writing things down then you can introduce other elements to worry about.) The issue here is that sticking with that goal can get tough when life happens, and life will always happen. I have some family staying over during the course of this week and I’m definitely not getting anything done, but I recognize that it’s a legitimate excuse and I won’t beat myself up over it.
  3. Steal productivity from other things. Maybe this only works for weirdos like me, but I find that if I’m being productive with other work, I’m more likely to get writing done too. I don’t know how many times in college that I stopped my research paper writing mid-sentence to open my story and work on that. I got more words written that way than any other method because I recognized that I was in a productive/focused mood and used it to my advantage. (To be fair, I also never worked on any papers last-minute so I could afford to divert my productivity elsewhere. Please don’t take attention away from school work if you don’t have the ability to.)
  4. Find a writing group/class. I saw writing groups in both high school and college, on top of the creative writing classes that were offered. I always found class to be especially useful for forcing things on paper because you have to show up with SOMETHING and you’re getting graded on effort/improvement. Groups are much more casual, but can lack that rigidness that is needed for some people to really get words down.
  5. Read. I remember the days of when I was almost scared to write and part of that was because I’m a person who works better with examples. By reading more I saw how other authors handled scenes and other elements, which allowed me to experiment with different style and techniques. Even if it was ‘throwaway’ work, every little bit of practice added up and eventually I was confident enough to branch out.

Those are the methods I personally used, but I know that every writer is different. What I’d do in your shoes is truly identify WHY you can’t write. Is it a lack of confidence? A lack of daily structure? Maybe you’re tired? By getting to the root of the problem you can better address it, but know that not all problems have easy and quick solutions.

Good luck with your work, and I hope I didn’t sound too harsh at first! I want you to do what makes you happy but I also want you to understand what that choice can entail. 

Zodiac Signs as Protagonists



He lived his life in a cruel unjust world, whose laws he doesn’t agree with. To defy the corrupt government nation he lives in, he works outside the law to be apart of the free. He’s a hero to the poor, to the young, and to the non conventional, though he has done nothing but freely defy their capitalist overlords. He’s on the wanted list of every cop in the city, causing mischief and mayhem for simply being free. There are many who follow his footsteps, that the police openly call a ‘gang’. He is a criminal, yes, but the only thing he is guilty of is not conforming to your capitalist ideals. Some call him the Robin Hood of the city, or the Peter Pan of his generation, taking from the rich, give it to the poor, unite the troubled youth against a system that had been built against them from birth. The Renegade makes his own rules, but he doesn’t expect anyone to follow his law either. As long as you do no harm, he could care less. 


The fairy tale Knight applies to him. He’s courageous and generous, and intensely loyal. The Knight’s loyalty to you will not waver, and therefore is the most dependable person in your life. Should you need him to defend your kingdom, or save the princess from the fire breathing dragon, he will do so, and not accept failure unless it is with death. With such a large heart, he will fall in love, but not with haste. It comes slowly as his trust in you grows, and he is patient to wait for you, and would not take flight to next pretty face. Like his armour, his heart is made of steel, and he would endure heartbreak as he endures wars and battles. He’s fiercely loyal as he is prideful and honourable. In a fair joust, he will do nothing but his best, but is chivalrous to the winner, and isn’t a sore loser. The only thing he will beat himself up over is if he failed someone he cares about, like his kingdom or his queen. 


You will either hate to love or love to hate him. The Anti Hero is a complex individual who’s more selfish than generous, but at the end of the day he is a good person. He’s not your superman or friendly neighbourhood spider man, as he will always put his interests above everyone else’s, but he’s one of the best of what he does. He’s clever and funny, and you’ll find that you enjoy that side of him. Likely he is your favourite hero, even if he does rob banks, kills people, and would probably trip you if you were being chased by zombies. Though at the last minute, when he’s caught between being selfish and doing the right thing, he will always do the right thing. Then hate himself for it the next day, or keep up the appearance of how he should have gone the other way. He will never admit it, but he felt good playing hero, just that once. Though that won’t be the last time. 


Her children don’t come from her body, like most mothers, she is a different kind of mom that takes in the unwanted, abandoned, and orphaned. Be it human children, or animals, she is caring and neutering. She’s naturally empathetic, and has a soft heart, but like many mothers, she is not weak. Her power and stamina comes from raw love, the kind of love only the bond between a parent and child can have, regardless if they share name, blood, or species. Should one of her children be harmed, threatened, or worse, she will attack with all the ferocity of a giant grizzly bear. She will put your life way before hers, and sacrifice herself if it means that you can live. Do not take her for granted, because she is the only one who stands between you and a world trying to hurt and kill you.


When she was a little girl, she witnessed her family’s farm being ransacked by bandits, and she was only able to survive by hiding under the floorboards of their house. Ever since that day, she has found immense regret over not being strong enough to save her parents and her younger siblings, as an oldest shoulder should be able to do. She has spent her entire life fighting, training, and has made herself into a legendary warrior. Her name and reputation has been spoken in taverns and inns throughout the kingdoms; of all the battles she has won, the wars she has led, and the people she has slain in combat. Enemies fear her, and allies admire her. She knows she is the best, and may come off as arrogant, but she has something to brag about. Because of her egoism, she is rarely pessimistic or doubtful in herself, and is always up for a good fight or battle. What she lacks in patience and humility, she makes up with her loyalty and honesty. The day she finds the men who had destroyed her family and home, she got her bloody revenge. The Warrior has no mercy to people like them. 


She is an essential person in every group or story, and no one would survive without her. Having learned the trade from ancient remedies past down in her family from generations, she has mastered the art of healing. Her parents, their parents, and their parents before her were healers, so she has an arsenal of tools; from herbs to pills, from crystals to scalpels, she has combined old healing methods to new. However, she has an natural instinct to heal, so her expertise does not limit to physical ailments or liaisons, but of the heart and mind as well. While some more narrow-minded individuals would call her a witch — and perhaps she is — she is far from the evil connotations. Incredibly intelligent and prescience, she is able to put together accurate diagnoses by paying attention to all the symptoms. Her dedication to her craft will guarantee you her unwavering determination to see you well.


Prince Charming grew up with a of expectations on his shoulders. From the day he was born, everything he did had to reflect his family and his future, as he would soon one day be king. The Prince takes this seriously the older he gets. While he learned ways of fighting with sword, as well as basic battle technique and strategy, Prince Charming has no will or want to fight or for war. He’s more of a diplomat and a lover, preferring negotiation and compromise over battle. His hopes are as high as his heart is big, and that is why he falls in love easily. Though since he is a natural romantic, his feelings would not fray away or move to someone else, unless given a good enough reason. Unlike Romeo, Prince Charming doesn’t fall for just another pretty face in the crowd. When he meets her, she is a mere milk maid at a farm, who had high morals and ideals, that reflected his own, that challenged everything he knew. 


The law states that vigilantism is when you take the law and justice in your own hands, which in itself is illegal. However, the Vigilante takes it one step further. He doesn’t do it for glory, fame, or for himself; he is a merciless killer, the bloody hammer of raw justice. He moves and acts outside the law, and instead obeys his own law and sense of justice based on basic human rights. He has taken down thugs, and entire mafias; robbers and bank heists. He has avenged deaths of the innocent, and has taken down cooperate scammers who has stolen money from their employers. The Vigilante has no superpowers, but has trimmed and trained his body to be a weapon, like the many he already uses. Of course, he is public enemy number one… because the Vigilante doesn’t discriminate, and a lot of his prey are the filthy rich. They paint him as a murderer in the news, but the people know better. No one knows who he is, and that makes him all the more terrifying.


From afar he was just an ordinary old man, and like many elderly, people tend to ignore him. He did not have any glorious jobs, but boy did he have a long life. A life that has bestowed him a lifetime of wisdom that he wishes he could give to his children or grandchild. Unfortunately, he hasn’t seen his son and daughter in seven years, and his grandchildren don’t even know his name. He made a lot of mistakes in his life, and there is probably a reason why that is, but alas, he cannot change the past, he could only offer this knowledge to someone. As it turns out, the neighbour’s kid is a punk teenager, who thinks he knows how the world works. As rebellious as youth is, naturally this kid snubs and insults the old man until theyre forced to spend time with each other, in which case the kid is force fed some nuggets of wisdom. From then on, the Mentor has found the pupil that he had been lacking his entire life, which is also shared with this kid who’s life changed the day he spoke to him. 


There is a certain stigma against women in the CIA, however she is entirely different. She breaks those false connotations of female spies the moment she walked in the office with her black heels and pencil skirt. Many jokes were made by her expense, calling her obvious show of femininity at the workplace an attempt at “being a Bond girl”. She proved them wrong on the field, that she was no Bond girl, but Bond himself. The Secret Agent used her looks as a weapon, as well as her intelligence and raw skill. Ignoring the sexist remarks, she does her job better than anyone on the force, not needing any partners to have her back, save for the voice in her earbud that guides her through her missions. However she is highly strategic, always thinking a step ahead. Enemies of the country don’t realize that their plans are often foiled by the same woman time in and again, because she is that good at being a spy. No one outside the office knows her name or her face. 


She wasn’t given much of a chance at a better life growing up, like most people in the country. As a girl she helped her single parent support the family, and as a woman she has grown angry and restless at the state of the country she grew up in. And so, she comes the Revolutionary, showing the world that you do not need money and resources to make a difference, all you need is a voice and strength to keep going on. Behind her marches an army of the nation, the shamed, the poor, the robbed, holding signs and flowers in their hands, and masks on their faces. The privileged will fight back, but even though they have the weapons, they do not have the numbers. Freedom isn’t free, and so it isn’t without sacrifice. Most will be captured, a lot will be injured, and some will sacrifice themselves for freedom. And even though she may be one of those people that gave up their life to the revolution, the Revolutionary will always be remembered, and her name and face will stand with everyone forever.


Wars for religion and faith has been happening for centuries, but even though they try to erase such things from history, everyone still remembers the Martyrs, as they do with her. When men invaded her kingdom, and forced upon her people a new god and new pantheon, it was either bend the knee or be executed as a heathen. Fear drove the people to submission, and love of their children forced them to choose life over sacrifice. But she didn’t. The Martyr refused to denounce her gods and the gods of her foremothers and fathers. She refused to bend the knee to those who raped her land and people, and kiss the rings of their false god and idols. She sacrificed her life and body so her people would not have to. Her blood and body soak the soil of her once free kingdom, and there where her body decayed grew a massive weeping willow tree, a monument and reminder of what was taken away.