down to the details

How to Overcome Procrastination

1. Be honest with yourself and admit that you’re putting off stuff that really needs to be done.

2. Try and figure out why you’re procrastinating. Is it because you don’t like it, it creates anxiety, you don’t understand it, it feels overwhelming, you’re disorganised …?

3. Decide to break the habit of procrastination by deliberately rewarding yourself for doing something you’d rather not do.

4. Make a pact with a friend –where you deliberately and regularly encourage each other, and hold each other accountable.

5. Sit down and think – in detail – about all the likely consequences of not doing what needs to be done. Be brutally honest, and try and picture what you’re life is going to look like 6 months, a year and five years from now ( if you continue to procrastinate).

6. Decide to break large tasks down into smaller, more achievable tasks, and then tackle these smaller tasks one at a time.

7. Recognise your progress, and affirm and praise yourself for making these changes – and doing things differently, even though it’s hard.

myorchestralromance  asked:

Have there been thing which are too painful to write? If so, how did you deal with it?

No but I want to write my mother’s story. She was around the age I am now when she was in the midst of war torn Cambodia. She’s been through the most horrendous things, yet she’s the strongest person I know. I think it will be hard for me to sit down and listen to all of it in great detail. I think it would break my heart but it’s something I have to do. 

Before actually drawing anything specific with new characters I always do some sort of sketch/doodle page with them. Usually just getting basic details down that I find necessary for the character then whatever else.

This is the page I did for Hanzo and McCree ( > ಥ wಥ)>

anonymous asked:

hey did u hear abt the new bbc scotland channel

Yeah I did, I’m quite skeptical.

On one hand, it’s fantastic and it’ll be a great way to nurture Scottish journalistic talent.

On the other, it’ll all be down to the detail. It’s only being given £5 million more funding that the Great British Bake Off. Its also suspiciously been announced to start in autumn 2018, roughly when a second indyref is due.

The BBC gets £230 million in revenue from Scotland. I think we’d be better off setting up our own broadcaster. What’s the point of having a broadcaster that replicates the idea ofWestminster setting Scotland’s budget.

Why do we want the BBC to ‘allow’ Scotland to have its own 21:00 show?

empressofthelibrary  asked:

I find myself having significant trouble drawing proper human proportions on the computer. Pencil and paper works just fine, but I always wind up with wonky-looking folks on my screen. I figure it'll just take practice, but do you have any tips to make it easier?

It is a lot of just practice, but it may also be how you’re working. With paper, you can see the entire paper in your field of view. On the computer, that’s a little harder. You may want to either open another window, and keep that one zoomed out enough that you can see the entire figure, or work on the general drawing down to the details later. So you zoom out, draw the general image, then zoom in and work details.

It may also be that you’re just not quite used to a tablet yet, it may be the texture of your tablet, in which case you can tape a square of paper to your tablet to simulate the feeling and texture of paper. c: It’ll wear your nibs a li’l faster, but I found it very helpful back when I used a regular tablet.

As far as just getting proportions down in general, I have two tips for you: the first is to learn the proportions in terms of “how many heads.” Learning where points of the body are in a six to eight heads tall character. Like this!

You can see nips hit about the second line, belly button at the third, groin at the fourth, knees at the sixth, etc..

The second tip I have is actually this anatomy game called Poke-a-Muscle! Every so often I will go in and play it for a few hours, and I will almost instantly notice significant improvement in my ability to draw bodies, because I can remember where muscle masses are that define the body.

anonymous asked:

I'm confused by how you wholeheartedly support intellectual property law, but not normal property rights. If a lawyer can own a thought inside my head based on it being similar to one someone else already had, why shouldn't I be allowed to own the piece of land I live on by virtue of paying for it?

You misunderstand me; I don’t oppose property rights for land or other things, indeed it would be impossible to organise modern society without them. I just don’t think they are founded on pure logic or are present in the laws of physics; just like other human social arrangements they are things we thrash out based on what works in practice and what satisfies our sense of fairness and justice, which can be highly contextual to the specific time and place.

(Also there are clearly many cases where IP law has gone off the rails, but the basic concept of granting temporary monopolies as a reward for coming up with clever things is clearly useful, even if the details are tricky to nail down thanks to continued technological changes).

A fan spotted Jungkook and Jimin sitting together, just the two of them, on a train heading back to Seoul from Busan. She couldn’t comment on their hair colors and stuff (because it could potentially spoil things for their comeback) but she did mention that they looked healthy and were given space by the public. 

How People Watching Improves Your Writing

Sensory detail. 

When I was fourteen or fifteen, I liked to draw. I’d look up internet tutorials on how to draw the human figure, and nearly all of them suggested going outside and sketching anyone who goes by. Not only was this relaxing, but I noticed my art style become more realistic over time. I think we can apply similar concepts as writers to improve sensory description. 

How to practice: Try writing down specific details about the people you see. How is their walking gait? What does their voice sound like? What quirks about them stand out as you observe them? Write down descriptions using all of the senses (except maybe taste) and, over time, you’ll notice your words become more lively.


You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to benefit from observation skills. Writing stories is all about noticing connections and seeing the extraordinary in ordinary life. People watching can boost your ability to notice little details and recognize them as important, and it can help you sense patterns more easily.

How to practice: In this case, remember once again that you are not Sherlock Holmes. Don’t assume that you know a person’s life story based on what socks they’re wearing (and definitely don’t try making such assumptions with friends or family). 

Try to take in people who pass by and the small, unique details about them. Notice how they’re interacting with other people and the world around them. Think about why that might be and write down any thoughts or connections that interest you.


Writing first drafts can paralyze anyone. We all know that getting the words out is the first, most important step, but that can feel like torture sometimes. If you’re a hesitant writer, freewriting can help you feel less self-conscious when writing and jot down thoughts or impressions as they come. Other exercises can help you with editing later on, but you can’t get there unless you freewrite.

How to practice: Write down anything that strikes you without worrying whether it’s important or you’ll use it later. I like to focus on one person per minute and during that time, write anything that I find interesting. Once the sixty seconds are up, I move onto another person and continue that cycle as long as I want to keep going. With time, you’ll get faster and may notice that words come more easily.


In the book Stargirl, one of my favorite parts is when Stargirl and Leo go to the park and play a game where they make up stories about the strangers they pass. As they connect together little observations, they create vivid backstories that may not necessarily be true, but that’s not the point. What matters is stretching their minds.

How to practice: Play this game for yourself. Pick a person at random and, piecing together little details you notice about them, give them a backstory. What are they doing, and where are they going (both right now and in the long-term)? Why are they hurrying so quickly to wherever they’re going or walking almost aimlessly along? Don’t worry about getting it “right” so much as creating an interesting story for this person.


Developing empathy as a writer is so important, though not often talked about. If you can put yourself in the shoes of another person and consider what complexities, challenges, and little joys life holds for them, you will create emotionally powerful pieces. People watching helps train your eye to notice those around you more and remember that yours is not the only voice in the world.

How to practice: Remember the definition of the word “sonder:” the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Look for those complexities. Notice relationships. Notice facial expressions and emotions. Don’t just look at them but see them, and write down what strikes you about them.

It’s okay if you write your journal entries in 10¢ notebooks or loose-leaf paper instead of expensive name brand journals.
It’s okay if you don’t use your journal every day.
It’s okay if you only complete an entry once a month.
It’s okay if you don’t write down every single detail from your life.
It’s okay if you use supplies that you find around the house or you find at the dollar store instead of using supplies from Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
It’s okay if you only write in black ink.
It’s okay if you write in pencil.
It’s okay if you don’t use perfect grammar or spelling in your entries.
It’s okay if you run a studyblr and you don’t get good grades/marks.
It’s okay if you quit journaling for a while.
It’s okay if you can never fill up a journal cover to cover.
It’s okay if your journal is only full of negative things.
It’s okay if your journal is only full of positive things.
It’s okay if you don’t feel like journaling for weeks at a time.
It’s okay if your journal is ripped or damaged.
It’s okay if you only write instead of drawing or putting in stickers or photos.
It’s okay if you can’t write about exciting things.
It’s okay if you have writers block.
It’s okay if you have sloppy handwriting.
It’s okay if you lose joy in journaling or can’t seem to concentrate on it.
It’s okay if you have incomplete entries.
It’s okay if you never travel around with your journal or take it places.
It’s okay if you quit journaling.
It’s okay if you journal on the floor or in bed instead of at a fancy, organized desk space.
It’s okay if you have to trace or copy drawings from online.
It’s okay if you’re not the best at drawing.
It’s okay if you can’t come up with original ideas or creations.
It’s okay whether you decide to let other people read your entries or if you keep it completely secret.
You do you.

It is never okay to:
Read someone’s journal without their permission.
Steal someone’s journal
Give their journal to someone else
Destroy someone’s journal
Try to find someone’s journal or tell someone else where it might be
Rip a page in their journal
Write or draw in their journal
Hide their journal
Take photos or videos of their entries
Blackmail them
Share their private information.
It doesn’t matter if the journal belongs to a 6 year old or a 60 year old. Everyone deserves privacy, respect, and a safe place for their thoughts.

I’m glad we had this talk.

Tips for Improving your Concentration

1. Eliminate noise and other distractions from your environment. It takes approximately 15 minutes to reach a place of focused concentration. Thus, constant interruptions will stop you reaching that place.

2. Deliberately structure your environment so that the focus is clearly on studying - and not on doing, and seeing, other things. That may mean changing the room you work in, moving your desk, and so on.

3. Clarify your goals for each piece of work. If you don’t know what you’re doing, or you’re hoping to achieve, you’ll likely go in circles, and simply waste your time.

4. Break large areas of study down into smaller sections, and then plan how you’re going to work through each of these.

5. Set reasonable time limits for each portion of the task – and also for completing the final project. That should help to stop you wasting time on needless details, from wandering down blind alleys, and from procrastinating.

6. Be clear about the requirements for each task. For example, what are the guidelines you have to follow? What standard or quality of work is expected? How detailed does your knowledge have to be? If you’re writing as assignment, how long should it be, and what style and format is required?

7. Isolate yourself. Often, it is best if we lock ourselves away, and avoid other people, when we really need to work. Find a place to hide away, or put a sign or your door – but refuse to talk to anyone until the work is done!


I got really excited about old man Corvo today

anonymous asked:

season two thoughts???

i watched all of this as soon as it came out last night so i probs forgot a lot of details lol. here’s some stuff i liked about s2:

  • sheith fucking died good riddance
  • shiro in ep 1 just being like “guess i’ll die lol” Mood
  • episode 2
  • pidge being cute heals my wounds
  • for some reason i wasn’t expecting a rebel galra organization at all so i really liked that!
  • that monster from the 3rd episode that essentially vores things and then vored itself and died
  • the pool scene and also every klance interaction in general tbh
  • paul blart mall cop space edition! how does netflix know who i am and what i want!!!!!!
  • lance’s cow that just fucking disappeared 
  • galra keith!!! Nice!!!!!!!!!!!
    • hunk making galra keith jokes is my fave i hope we see more of that lmao
  • the scene w lance’s insecurities setting the stage for a lance arc in s3
  • i wasn’t expecting the twist w haggar at all and now i want answers lol
  • i really loved every coran scene i would die for coran

things i didn’t like about s2

  • hunk being reduced to food and fat jokes like…he’s so much more than that wtf hunk deserves better
  • building up other character’s intelligence at lance’s expense is :/// lance is a Smart Boy give him some credit wtf i hope we see lance being respected more in s3
  • lance, hunk, and allura weren’t really around but i’m hoping that this means that s3 will be focused on them like how s2 was focused on keith, shiro, and pidge
  • i wish we saw more of ppl’s (and keith’s tbh) reactions to galra keith but i’m hoping that’ll be addressed in s3 cuz i doubt keith can adjust to this info as quickly as it seemed like he did
    • i hope we learn more about keith’s parents too wtf where is keith’s mom
  •  i can’t remember anything else but there’s a good chance i’ve missed some stuff

so yeah i liked season 2 a lot!!!! it wasn’t perfect but i have a feeling that s3 is gonna be way better and probably make up for what a lot of s2 neglected

Detail, people, detail.

Two scenes:

“I guess you didn’t know the real Naruto got a cut on his face before this test! You also have your shuriken holster on your left leg not your right, but the real Naruto is right-handed!” — Sasuke Uchiha

“You think Naruto could memorize all that and get it word for word? Not the Naruto I know, not in a million years.” — Sasuke Uchiha

Another prime example of how well Sasuke Uchiha knows Naruto—down to every detail. And yes, even without the sharingan.

Cute Things About the Signs

Aries: Will get mad about things for you, if you ever need to vent or be angry they will always bet there to yell with you

Taurus: Will make constant eye contact when you talk to them, will listen to you and make you feel appreciated. Literally so sweet always wants you to be and feel your best, hates when people are uncomfortable even if they don’t know you.

Gemini: Will laugh at every joke you make even if it isn’t funny and will listen to all your problems. Honestly always there for you when you need to talk even though they may not be the best comforter they’re there.

Cancer: Makes sure everyone is okay at all times and notices when someone isn’t, will try to talk to you straight up if something is wrong and won’t make you feel like a baby tip toeing around it.

Leo: Notices EVERYTHING. Jots every detail down mentally and brings it up in future conversations. You think something you do goes unnoticed but they catch it and make you feel like they care way more than they do. (Makes you feel good)

Virgo: Knows EVERYTHING. You can ask them one simple question and they’ll spoon feed you all the fucking information from the weather on the day the event took place to the last words said that night.

Libra: Want to come off with a bad vibe like you can’t fuck with them but they’re literal harmless sweet hearts will probably hug you too hard as the worst thing they could do to you.

Scorpio: Will love you so much it’s impossible for them to talk to you and not like you, if they dislike you at all they’ll let you know. But when they love you they get so warm and insecure to lose you they just don’t know how to show it so they get flustered.

Sagittarius: Knows the strangest things. Will start a convo about how many lizards there are in the world, literally do not give a fuck.

Capricorn: Will fight people for you. Will want to attack anybody who harms you, one thing they can’t stand is when someone they love is hurt like it directly hurt them in the chest. Will feel more anger than you with something that doesn’t even have to do with them.

Aquarius: When they get to know you and get more comfortable with you you’ll notice it in the tiniest things. Loves saying the corniest things in the dumbest moments. Will make you feel like a child and full of love.

Pisces: Will always know what’s up with you, will remember the smallest details about you. You said you didn’t like vanilla cake in a random conversation you don’t even remember? They will never allow vanilla cake on their birthday for you. Love you in the smallest ways possible, makes it feel huge.