do people ever actually use tags like that

You know what else I don’t get about ADHD? We have to go through hell and back and bounce between doctors and psychologists for months to get diagnosed but once you do your doctor just writes you a prescription without any advice and without bothering to tell you that

  • you’re not supposed to eat grapefruit when taking ADHD medication
  •  you can’t eat or drink citrus fruit, soda, Gatorade, and anything carbonated an hour before and after taking your medication 
  • you should monitor your heart rate if you take the decongestant psuedophedrine when you have adderall in your system because it also has the side effect of increased heart rate 
  • you should really avoid caffeine when on adderall (haha I know we’re all hooked on caffeine) but lots of people with add feel like they need to be drinking a “study beverage” like coffee/energy drinks constantly while working. Give your adderall the 1-3 hours it needs to kick in before you do this, drink a placebo beverage like decaf tea instead

I’m not a pharmacist, none of this is medical advice, but as the girl who used to start her day with a whole grapefruit and glass of orange juice… I wish I’d known this. I got more instructions for my strep throat medication then I ever got for adderall.

This isn’t the first time and it certainly won’t be the last.

Whenever you see a reblog with just an emoji, it’s most likely a subtle way someone is trying to self-promote by getting their name onto popular posts. This is an example of one that is even more blatant. And this person’s blog is completely FULL of posts like this. That’s how you know it’s not a reaction, but an advertisement.


Clicking the source is the most efficient way to go to the original post (because, as you can see, this post didn’t update my new URL). If you want to reblog a certain post in the chain, you can click the username on that reblog.

Hijacking other people’s posts is NOT the way to get followers. You get followers by creating good content, tagging it, and interacting with other people in the community. That can include adding useful commentary onto a reblog. But this is NOT useful commentary.

Besides. If you do happen to get followers from fake sources like this, does it actually mean anything? No. No it doesn’t.

Granted, this is not the most amazing content I’ve ever produced. It was self-affirmation I didn’t expect to get notes. I’ve had posts I’ve made that involved extensive research which have fallen victim to this bullshit. But it doesn’t matter what it is.

If it’s not your post, don’t advertise yourself on it.

[Normally I wouldn’t include usernames but I asked for the post to be removed and it wasn’t.]

Me: im aro
Rats coming out of the wood work: aw :( thats a shame, i feel like you would be happy if you just :) opened :) up :) to :) people :)
Me, who is an open book to like twenty different people and has no shame: ????????????

anonymous asked:

Teach me how to be as amazing as you!! Have you ever thought about doing an art tutorial because I'd love to see one from you!

aa i’m not really sure how i would do a tutorial…
i’ve been drawing for a long time but i actually only started drawing people about a little over a month ago. if you go back to the beginning of my scribbles tag, you can see my older art where i first started drawing them.

if i had like.. any tips it would be to just use shapes a lot !! and practice, like everyone says…

I need people to realize that Barry just saying “it’s my fault it’s my fault” to the people he hurts (intentional or not) isn’t taking responsibility, it’s just him trying to make himself feel better. Like yes, admitting is the first part of it, but he has yet to do anything to actually try to make amends with Cisco other than wonder aloud if he was ever going to get over it. 

Prince!Ashton - Part 4

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3


Ashton’s interesting. He has been here for around a week now. I’ve got to speak to him a lot this week. He’s a nice guy and the children like him. I feel like we have become friends. Now that I know he isn’t a threat, I have begun to trust him. His leg has healed so he can walk now. He’s leaving today and to be honest I’ll be sad to see him go.

I walk into the med hut, carrying his breakfast, which was a bowl of porridge. “You’re awake” I smile as I see him leaning over his bed, putting his few belongings into his bag that Calum had recovered for him. He smiles at me. “I brought you breakfast” I smile at him as I hand him the bowl.

“Thank you. I’ll eat this then I’ll be out of your hair” he says. He smiles but I couldn’t help but notice the small look of disappointment in his eyes. He sits down and brings a spoonful of porridge to his lips.

“Where will you go?” I ask as I sit down on the bed next to him. 

“Honestly, I don’t know.” he sighs. 

“You know you’re welcome to stay” I say, nudging his shoulder. His head turns to look at me. 

“Seriously?” he asks.

“Yeah, of course, everyone likes you. Obviously now that you’re healed you would have to pull your own weight around here but we would like to have you around” I say, giving him a genuine smile. 

“I’d like that” he smiles. Suddenly I feel his arms wrap around me, pulling me to his chest in a tight embrace. I was surprised by his action. I pat his back gently before pulling away.

“There’s a spare bed in my cabin if you want, or you could stay in the med hut, it’s up to you.” I say as I stand up. Ashton quickly finishes the last mouthful of his porridge before setting his bowl down the small table. 

“I don’t want to impose” he says sheepishly.

“You’re not imposing. I know this hut isn’t the most cheerful place and to be honest it would be nice to have some company. Everyone else has at least one roommate” I shrug. Ashton smiles. 

“Okay, as long as you don’t mind” he smiles. I notice he had a really nice smile. I smile back at him.

“Come on, I’ll give you the tour” I say as I stand up and nod my head towards the door. He stands up and follows me out.

Ashton’s POV

I walk out of the med hut behind her. This is the first time I had fully looked around the village. It was small, no more than fifteen houses that all join the central trodden down path. I follow Y/N down the path, we reach a small wooden house that borders the forest. We walk inside.

It was a plain little home, there was a counter in the corner and a small table. There were two beds in the far corner, separated by another small table. 

“You can take that one” she smiles at me as she gestures to the bed that wasn’t covered in clothes. I put my bag down on the bed before sitting down and testing the mattress. It was comfier than the one in the med hut. It was nothing compared to my mattress at the castle but I didn’t mind.

“Ready for the grand tour?” she announces grandly. I chuckle as I stand up from my bed and follow her out.

She shows me around the whole village, pointing out each building and what it is used for, most is housing that they had put extra beds in but they had buildings for cooking, washing, farming and they used the butcher’s house to cut up all the meat. 

“So do you have any idea what you want to do around here?” Y/N smiles at me as she feeds one of the horses that roamed the open field we were stood in.

I shrug. The problem with growing up in a castle is that I had people to do these tasks for me. I have no idea how to wash clothes, or harvest crops or prepare a meal. 

“Well you look like quite a strong guy, my first instinct would be to help the carpenters but as you said you ‘don’t have a passion for wood’ maybe not” she pondered, tapping the side of her cheek as she thought.

I chuckled, she had remembered the complete lie I had told her. Even though the story I had told her was a lie, it warmed my heart to know she was paying enough attention to me to remember what I said. I found that back at the castle, people would talk to me all the time, but no one really listened, unless I was giving them an order.

“Have you ever hunted before?” she questions. I smile, that was something actually knew how to do. I nod in response. 

“I used to go with my best friend all the time” I add. That was true. Michael and I would always go hunting. He was easily one of my most skilled guards and my best friend.

“Okay so you could do that, the hunting party should be leaving soon. You could tag along, see if that’s what you’d like to do” she offers with a smile.

Her smile never failed to amaze me. How could someone have been through so much but still have the brightest smile. She was so caring and everyone in the village loved her. I could see why. She’s a leader, but she doesn’t act like it. She doesn’t force anyone, doesn’t make anyone do anything for her. Everyone knows that she’s in charge, but she doesn’t see herself as above anyone else, and somehow that made her more beautiful.

Calum walks out of the farm hut, which I learnt was also where they kept the hunting gear. He was carrying some bows and three quivers of arrows over his broad shoulder. “Calum” Y/N shouts, grabbing his attention. He turns and walks into the field towards us. “Ashton is going to join your hunting party today” she smiles at him. Calum had a stern look on his face, his expression unreadable, which for some reason intimidated me.

“As long as that’s alright with you” I add quietly. This was obviously the area Calum was in charge of and I didn’t want to impose on him. Calum’s face lightened as he chuckled, he patted me on the shoulder. 

“I’m just messing with you, course it’s alright, the more the merrier” Calum smiles at me. 

“Brilliant” Y/N claps her hands together. “I’m off to sort out the chickens, have fun” she smiles at us before turning and walking back into the village, towards the chicken coop. I watched as she walked away, the sunlight making her look like a glowing angel.


I’m surrounded by woodland. It felt amazing after limping around the village all week. The hunting party had split up so it was only Calum and I. Josh, the sixteen year old hunter, had taken Lily and Jake with him to the lake to teach them to hunt fish. I learnt their dynamics. Calum was a master of land hunting. Josh was best at water hunting. Since we started, I’ve shot a couple of squirrels. My aim is a bit rusty, as I haven’t been hunting in a while, but Calum seemed impressed.

“I’m glad you decided to stick around” Calum smiled as we sat down to take a break. 

“Really?” I asked in surprise. I hadn’t spoken to Calum as much as I had Y/N. I wasn’t even sure that he really liked me.

“Yeah, it’s nice to have a guy my own age around” he smiles. “Don’t get me wrong, I love everyone in this village, but it’s nice to talk to someone my own age, it makes this whole situation feel more normal I guess” he shrugs.

I know how he feels. Everyone at the castle is significantly older or younger than me. The only true friend I have is Michael. All the other guards expect me to follow after my father, as they served him for many years. Michael is relatively new, he treats me like a friend, not like a prince.

“Isn’t Y/N the same age as you?” I ask. 

“Yeah, but she’s like a sister to me. She’s a mother to this whole village but I’ll always see her as my little sister, even if there’s only a month between us” he shrugs again. “Speaking of Y/N, when are you going to tell her about your crush on her?” he smirks at me.

“What?” I say in shock, not believing what he just said.

“You heard me, and don’t try and deny it, I know that look” he says with a smirk as he shoves my shoulder gently, he was playful but there was a hint of sadness in his eyes.

“What look?”

“The look of curiosity and awe in your eyes at everything she does. She could be saying the most boring sentence in the world but you would hang off her every word” he says as he looks off into the distance. I could tell by the glazed over look in his eye that his mind was elsewhere, there was still that small hint of sadness.

I decided not to ask. If Calum wanted to tell me, he would. It was obvious, whatever it was, was personal and I didn’t expect him to blurt it out to some guy he barley knew. Calum scrunches up his nose as he sniffs the air, snapping himself out of his trance.

“For all means go for it, she must like you. She’s wary of all outsiders but she seems to trust you.” he said. “ She deserves some happiness” he mutters as he stood up, gathering his things ready to get moving again. I stand up and pick up my bow. “But if you hurt her, I will kill you” he says looking into my eyes. I knew he was deadly serious.

We continue our hunt until around lunchtime, we meet up with the others and go back to the village. Y/N is playing a hoop tossing game with some of the younger children when we walk back. She smiled and greeted us as we walked towards her.

“How did it go?” she asked me, her familiar smile gracing her lips. 

“I’m a bit rusty, but it was nice, I think I want to be a hunter” I say, smiling at her. 

“Great” she smiles back. 

I spend the rest of the day following Y/N around. I helped her tend to the animals and play with the younger children. Seeing her playing with them was amazing, she looked like a mother playing with her children. It was beautiful. She’s beautiful.

The sun sets and we go back to Y/N’s cabin. Well, I guess it’s ours now. We say our goodnights and crawl into our beds. I lie so that I’m facing her, she closes her eyes. I don’t sleep immediately, instead I watch her as she drifts off.

She’s so beautiful, she looks so natural. I’ve never met anyone like her before and I don’t want to leave. Maybe I could stay here forever, I didn’t even know this village existed, I not even sure where it is in the kingdom as I came here unconscious. I know that if I don’t go back when my month is up, mother will send the guards to look for me. But would they find me here? I push my thoughts to the back of my mind and drift off to sleep.

I awake to the sound of footsteps walking towards my bed. I open my eyes slowly to see Calum walking towards Y/N. I close my eyes so it seems like I’m sleeping, but I watch through squinted eyes, my curiosity getting the best of me.

“Y/N” Calum says softly. I could tell by the sound of his voice, that he had been crying. He shakes her shoulder gently, awakening her from her peaceful slumber. 

“Calum?” she says, her voice heavy with sleep. She seems to wake up a little, “What’s wrong?” she asks as she looks up at him, the fatigue was completely gone from her voice, replaced with only concern.

“I had another dream about her” he whispers sadly. I couldn’t see his face, but his voice was pained. Y/N sits up and shuffles to one side so that Calum can sit down next to her. She opens her arms wide. He cuddles into her side, holding her tightly as he rests his head on her shoulder. She rubs his back soothingly. 

“I just miss her so much” he chokes out through quiet sobs. 

“I know” Y/N responds in her gentle voice. 

“They should have taken me instead” he sobbed. 

“I know” she repeats gently. “Cal, you tried your hardest, there was nothing else you could do” she said calmly as she tried to soothe him.

I had no idea who they were talking about, but it was obvious she was important to Calum, whoever she was. I felt for him. Whenever I’ve seen him this week he seemed so strong, intimidating even, but here he was reduced to tears. I felt for him, he seemed strong, but he was clearly broken on the inside.

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anonymous asked:

Something important I need to know: Does cat!Michael ever do the tongue thing? The thing where cats forget to put their tongues back into their mouths?

It happens a lot more than he’d like.

indirectly tagged by @qserasera so am taking the opportunity to pretend that i exist, for once ;;

Rules: tag 20 as usual i tag no one because i don’t like making people feel Obliged to Do Things but PLEASE DO THIS IF YOU WANT (!!!!)

Nickname: …..jan? i have an old friend who speaks japanese and calls me jan-chan in a semi-joking manner but we don’t talk about that

Zodiac: aquarius | fire rabbit

Height: 178cm

Last thing I googled: Anne Sexton, 1974

Favourite music artist: guess.

Song stuck in my head: i don’t even like it but

Last movie I saw: Kedi, a documentary about the STREET CATS OF ISTANBUL, it was full of cats and kittens and kind human beings and excellent shots of istanbul, basically as great as it sounds *_*

What am I wearing right now: still in my work clothes because this is the kind of person i am

Why did I choose my url: i was a pretentious uni student okay :(

Do I have any other blogs: :)

What did your last relationship teach you: more things are possible than you think. walking holidays are a lot easier with a stick (it’s the downhill bits that are tricky, especially if covered in wet leaves).

Religious or spiritual: nope

Favourite colour: probably still pale blue tbh

Average hours of sleep: close to seven but i keep promising myself to get this up to eight (via methods other than sleeping too long on the weekends)

Lucky number: what is luck

Favourite characters: the same few i always name

How many blankets do I sleep with: one, because i sleep with air-conditioning as that is the only way i can survive this equatorial climate. i’m sorry

Dream job: i can no longer answer this question in a void because i immediately think about whether i will have enough money and enough days of annual leave to feed my travel habit. but if we’re dreaming and practicalities are irrelevant, then i would love to be paid to come up with puzzles. or even be a cryptic crossword setter, except my standards are really low so i would have to set crosswords for beginners. i used to think i would like travel writing but the more i travel the more i’m just “how can you think that your x days in y country qualify you to say anything meaningful about it”, so.

11 questions...

I was tagged by @pureren @zaevran @glaspaladin @z-ayauitl and @kcgane ty so much !!! ♥

1. Always post the rules
2. Answer the questions given by the person who tagged you
3. Write 11 questions of your own
4. Tag 11 people

my questions…

1. what’s the worst piece of clothing you own?

2. what’s the coolest piece of uh fashion that is so cool you can’t even wear to go out? lol

3.- what book have you read that you feel it has been the worst?

4.- What’s the healthiest meal you actually like?

5.- do you love keith kogane? (or vld keith lmfao what u prefer to use)

6.- something paranormal ever happened to you? if yea, what?

7.- do you get jealous easily? with who? (friends, popular ppl, talented ppl, the s/m)

8.- what’s the cutest thing you own?

9.- what are your favorite crisps?

10.- do you have a favourite drink?

11.- can you tell im hungry? what hobby you wish you liked or wish you did?

i tag: @kukinta@kittyr0se@heirith@liesfromsatansbuttcheeks@sheith-love-always@acequeenm@blessedkeith@lukaspatel@ke1th@ace-pidge@keith8​ but only if you want to!

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anonymous asked:

Any suggestions or comments for a first time participator? (:

Yep! Have fun

I know that sounds really corny but it’s so important to remember, I’ve been participating in ship weeks for YEARS and the first couple I did I obsessed over and worried over and that just isn’t necessary, let yourself go, be creative, and do NOT worry about things like sticking air-tight to the theme or getting every work in on time religiously, also, don’t ever worry about TELLING us if you don’t see your peice reblogged, I know that can be intimidating and I always worry about it when I participate in events, but seriously, it’s NEVER a problem for us as mods to get a reminder, it actually really helps, Admin Void and I just finished Sterek Bingo and found out that the tags ate a BUNCH of people’s works, we felt so bad for not knowing so it’s always better to tell us if we don’t reblog your work in a few hours rather than worry about “bothering” us and letting Tumblr feast on it

And…. it’s never too early to get started xD I know that sounds funny because it’s JUNE but dude… I started Sterek Week stuff in July last year- writing, that is- and I was STILL running late in October because I wanted to take it slow, so if you ever go “Am I starting work on this too early?” the answer is always no ;)

~Admin Asagi

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anonymous asked:

In response to anon saying that harries are shit at voting: most of us don't care about a TCA or KCA for the fact that the awards are not only rigged but also not relevant in terms of how we want harry to be seen as a serious artist. I'd rather spend my time tweeting about how cute his reeboks were than spend time clogging people's timelines with an ugly tag for an award nobody in the actual music industry will ever take seriously. I don't mean this to be like I'm hurt, just wanted to do an FYI.


Ask my OC thing hosted on Deviantart! @neonxus17 asked Bastien: 
“What’s your favorite thing to do” 
Bastien: Hey, man. I really enjoy helping build and fix our ARRW’s.

ARRW stands for “All Research Robotic Walker”, and are the units used by human studies peeps to do their archeological stuffs. (also dinosaurs). It’s pronounced “Arruw” or something like this. Maybe “arrU” with a heavy “u”

This is the first picture I’ve ever made of Bastien actually doing the things he’d do at college and work

…shirtless under the cut…

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6ungjin  asked:

🍯 🕯 (if you're still doing it that is :~))

*looks around* *points at self* ….me?

🍯What do you do for fun? 

I watch a lot of jdrama and anime, and I like to game a lot (mainly console games). and i listen to a lot of different kinds of music, lately i’ve been getting back into jrock. and like any stressed out college student, sleep is fun. 

🕯: Do you have any scary stories to share? If so, what? 

okay so i moved into a new place not that long ago, and there was one night when i was sleeping i swear i heard my flatmate knock on my door and ask if i was in there and that she walked into my room, but when i asked her about it in the morning she said she was with my other flatmate the whole time in her room, so there’s that. my flat is haunted i swear.

that was fun!!! you are literally the first ask i’ve ever gotten, thanks!!! (also, you have the best url ever)

random Genderfluid!Dan hc (some of these hc apply to just cis boy dan too tbh but yeah hEADCANONS) these are all over the place so yeah, keep that in mind.

- poking himself in the eye a million times when learning how to do eyeliner
- also that pretty transparenty clothing where you can sort of see skin (he loves it bc he knows he looks hot af and it drives phil mad)
- ALSO large cute sweaters that like the ones he wears now (w paws omg please) and above the knee stockings and lingerie (imagine phil coming home to that yes please)
- dan loves painting his nails. sometimes it’ll just be black but he’s a pretty artistic person (as well as a perfectionist) so he’ll probably want to do designs sometimes and phil loves how into it he is so he learns how to paint (solid color only) nails and sometimes indulges dan and lets the boy paint his as well and he ends up liking the pretty colors (he sometimes wants to do crazy colors though and dan’s like oh god no what have i done)
- this leads to them having a v large nail polish collection
- some days when he feels like a boy he’ll wear ‘’’’’boy’’’’’’ clothes (what he wears now irl) but sometimes he’ll be a boy and still wear skirts and do his makeup and some people are assholes and call him out on it saying why he calls himself a boy when he’s dressing like a girl would but phil is just like fuck that fucking piece of shit and defends dan to no end and tells him he’s a beautiful boy and everything’s ok again
- sometimes the same thing happens but vice versa (dan is a girl and she wears what would usually be called boy clothes and phil is rlly just super protective)
- phil is really just very protective over dan and takes no bullshit he will kill whoever makes his dan feel bad
- v pretty dresses (omg backless dresses yes????? fuck yes) and cute skirts (and this is just gr8 for phil bc he loves his legs)
- phil uses dan’s chosen dan of the day as much as he can without sounding weird (like breaking it like he did with orange) bc he knows how good and happy it makes the other feel
- they start the day w phil making coffee for them and dan preparing the anime and phil always asks ‘how’re you feeling, love?’ or something like that and if dan replies normally he’s neutral that day and yeah they have things like that so phil can always know and address him properly
- dan’s super shy about correcting new people so sometimes phil has to butt in (once he knows that dan’s not opposed to them knowing bc while dan is in fact out, he doesn’t feel inclined to feel like he should tell every single person they meet unless he’s comfortable w that)
- at first phil made the mistake of telling people the correct pronouns and they’d fight about it bc he would do it without dan letting him know that he was comfortable w these people
- phil learned pretty quickly though and wouldn’t do it unless he knew one hundred percent dan was comfortable
- phil plays around w gender neutral dating partner names and always wants to make it rhyme and dan rolls his eyes at him but he’s secretly v happy and wonderstruck by his boyfriend’s dedication and love
- they do the ‘boyfriend does my make up’ tag and for the first time ever phil actually tries to do it right and he tries so so so hard but ofc he makes mistakes so he pouts and gets adorable frustrated and dan’s in hysterics but he still kissed the frown right off
- some times (before dan’s out) they have to go to public things and dan doesn’t feel like a guy but she needs to act normal and dress accordingly and phil can see her getting so frustrated and upset by people using the wrong pronouns so when that happens he comes up with an excuse or an illness or something so they can leave and dan’s sad that she “ruined” phil’s evening and she feels guilty about being relieved about leaving but it’s only for two seconds before they get home bc phil assures her everything’s perfect and he’d rather spend the night with her happily than uncomfortable and frustrated w everyone and he tells her to put on something she likes or get in her pjs and they cuddle while phil continues to waffle about what a beautiful girlfriend he has

Clear's Summer Side Story

For some reason, what (in my opinion) is the cutest and funniest of all the Summer Side Stories was one of the ones that never got translated into English, so I thought I might as well do it myself.

Somehow I actually finished translating this. I know, miracle, right?

Anyway, Enjoy. Please let me know if I stuffed up with it somewhere.



Hi guys! I’ve been bullet journalling for over a year now, but I feel like it’s only in the past few months that I’ve actually gotten good at it. I just started a new bujo  about a month ago after searching for the right notebook, so here’s a setup post :) 


Okay guys, I’ve used like…five different notebooks for bullet journalling. They’ve all been small notebooks, either lined or unlined. All of which, turns out, is the opposite of what I need in a bujo. I like grids, and I like larger notebooks. This is just a regular ol’ composition notebook with grid paper (or “quad ruled” if you want to be fancy) . ((It actually was my calc notebook before I figured out a better note taking system, so there’s some notes in the first pages lol))


I know that the “new” bullet journal system uses dots and x’s, but I prefer my boxes and circles. I like to fill them in, and it works better with color coding. And I color-code EVERYTHING. Some people say they like to color-code because they can see what they have to do at a glance – me, I just love colors and making things look pretty. (And I’ll admit that my bujo isn’t that pretty, but it’s making me improve my handwriting which used to be horrible but now is okay.)

I have room for my index on this page too, but I’ll admit that I never use the index, like ever. I just have it in case I ever decide to actually use it. Instead, I mark important pages with sticky tags for quick reference.


Because my notebook is so big, I can put two months at a time on a spread. In my old notebooks without a grid, I’d painstakingly measure out my calendar. With the grid, you can just count out squares. Grid paper is a lifesaver, seriously. I’m still tinkering with my system, but I have tasks on one side beneath the calendar and goals on the other, and I think that’s how I’ll keep it.


The future log is just like a mini monthly overview, but for a year at a time. I put appointments, events, and birthdays in there. I also use the calendar app on my phone for this stuff, but I find that writing it down helps me to remember. …probably why the bullet journal system is good for me in the first place. The paper in this notebook is kinda thin, and you can see where my mildliners bled through on the left. 


Since I just started this notebook, I don’t have a lot of extra collections. My books to read/read collection is in the picture, next to my April log. I put start and finishing date, as well as title and author. I’ll be adding a movie/TV watchlist, a financial tracker, and a writing project page soon. 


On the left, I have a bunch of things I refer to throughout the week. It includes my trackers – I have a table of habits I want to do every day, as well as how much I exercised, word counts, and what/if I cleaned. I also have space for health notes; I do have a chronic illness (spoonie power!!) and having a place where I can write how I feel overall/any extra medications I took is really helpful. On this page I also have goals and events for the week. On the right side, I have my daily logs. Those are pretty much just to-do lists. I also have my tasks for the week on the right page, but that was because I didn’t have enough room that week; now I have it on the left page as well.

That’s it! I hope you guys all liked this :) remember that you can tag me in posts using #studntstudies and I’ll reblog/like your post!

ashloftining-deactivated2014053  asked:

You've been making zines for a long time. How do you think the culture has changed since you began, and is it for better or for worse?

Oh, gosh. I have been making zines for a really long time, but I don’t know how to answer this question! Here are some changes I have noticed:

1. It’s more expensive to make zines, now. Photocopies and postage have both gotten ridiculously expensive over the past 20 years. On the other hand, it’s easier to make your zines available for free, because if you have access to a decent computer and the Internet, you can easily upload .pdf versions.

1.5 One reason it costs more: You used to be able to scam both copies and postage so much more easily. Now, almost every copy place uses some kind of prepaid card, so you can’t just lie about how many copies you made; postage-wise, as soon as they started using the sticker-stamps as opposed to the kind you lick, it became nearly impossible to reuse postage. Dang.

2. Maybe this goes along with things being more expensive - but more people seem to be treating zines like a business. I’m not talking about people who actually have zine-related businesses, like distros and zine shops, nor am I talking about people who charge enough for their zines so they can at least break even - I am in the latter category, because, as I said in #1, shit has gotten expensive and we can’t all afford to give copies away for free at shows, y’know? I guess I’m just talking about people who, like, make zines that are six pages long, and the pages just have, like 5 badly-photocopied photographs and one poem or something, but then they use cardstock for the covers and then charge, like, 8 bucks for the zine. It pisses me off because, first of all, some of us spend a really long time on our zines, craft them as if we’re writing books, and some of us write zines that are almost as long as books, and then these people charge ridiculous amounts of money when we’re still just trying to break even? And also: if you want to get rich, doing a zine is a really silly way to try and do that. Doing a zine usually has the opposite effect; it’s usually more like: “Do I eat this week, or do I make photocopies?” I don’t know where I’m going with this point. There have probably always been people who charged way too much for shitty zines. Some people think even charging for zines at all is a sell-out/capitalist move (those people have obviously never had to choose between zines and life necessities). Maybe I am just bitter because I thought that at this point in my life I’d be able to afford getting my zines professionally printed, a la Cometbus or Burn Collector, and I’m still stuck doing it all oldschool. Who knows.

3. Zines are considered to be more ‘legit’ now, but also…not? It’s like, on the one hand, if you become somewhat known for your writing, and people find out that you used to do a zine, they get all excited and want to publish an anthology of it or something. “Oh, see how s/he’s risen!” they say. “From poorly photocopied rants and record reviews to a real published book!” But on the other hand…if you’re still here, doing zines 20+ years later, no one’s going to just offer you a book deal. (Unless you’re Cometbus.) No, I’m not bitter at all!

4. Computers have become more prevalent in doing zine layouts. Some people still do all their zines by hand, with the aid of maybe a typewriter, and I admire those people, and yes, there is something to be said for the cut and paste aesthetic, and the tactile rawness of typewriter text or handwriting, and I love the smell of glue sticks in the morning but…even 15 years ago, I used a combination of computers and more analog tools in my zine-making, and now it has gotten even easier. I mean, now I can use my computer to make the text look like it was typed on a typewriter, but I still have the ease of editing that comes with a computer, and I can make my photos look all dot-screened Xerox art-style…but I don’t have to spend hours bent over a copying machine at the local office supply store? (Cos that isn’t even fun anymore, now that a. their photocopiers work just like scanners, so you might as well be on your home computer anyway and b. see point #1.5.) You mean I can use my word processing software to lay out all the text and graphics and print it all out like that and not have to get cramps in my hands from hours spent with scissors and glue? Sign me the fuck up!

5. The main difference has to do with the Internet. I’ve heard some oldschool zinesters and pseudo-luddites lament: “The Internet has killed zines! No one writes zines anymore, they write blogs! Where are the ziiiinnneeesss?” And, wow, have those people ever actually searched Etsy for zines, or checked out the #zines tag on Tumblr, or anything like that? Sure, some people write blogs instead of zines, and a lot of people write both, but, if anything, the Internet becoming what it is now has made it so much easier to find zines! Back in The Day, unless you were in a bigger city with a cool shop that sold zines, you had to read a review in, like Maximum Rocknroll or Slug and Lettuce or whatever, and a. take the reviewer’s word for it that the zine was good (this is not to discount the importance of zine reviews, but bear with me) and b. send 2 bucks to the address provided and hope that it would get there safely and that the zinester would actually send you the zine eventually and not just spend the money on beer or whatever. And there were zine distros, but you usually had to send stamps to get their catalog or something, and it was a whole lot more complicated. Now, now you can find zines everywhere, thanks to the Internet! It doesn’t even matter if you live in Bumfuck, Nowhere - if you have access to the Internet, you can find zines! And you can usually see pictures of them and read some excerpts! And if you have PayPal or a debit card, you can order them from Etsy or Storenvy or directly from the zinester, and you know that the money is getting there; same with the websites of zine distros and stores like Quimby’s - you can see their whole catalog online and order a bunch of zines at once! Furthermore, if you dig doing zine trades, the Internet has made that easier, too - you can email someone you want to trade with and say: “Hey, I do a zine too, interested in trading?” And if they say yes, you can exchange addresses, and you’re good to go. I don’t know, there was something special about spending hours scouring shops for rad zines (and records, this goes for records, too), and I still like to do it when I get the chance - but as far as I’m concerned, the fact that it’s easier for more people in more places to find zines (and cool music) now is a good thing, and zines are far from being dead.

Wow…this got really long. Apparently no one should ask me about zines, because I will ramble endlessly. To answer the second part of your question: are the changes for better or worse? Neither. Some things are better, some are worse, and overall, it’s just different. But zines (and print) are far from being dead, despite what some cultural alarmists/Grumpy Old White Dudes say. And: as much as I grumble about wanting a book deal and that I’m still ‘stuck’ doing zines, well - I do want a book deal, but even if I write a New York Times bestseller (haha, yeah right), I will still probably always do zines.