five objects

out of all the aspects of millennial-bashing, i think the one that most confuses me is the “millennials all got trophies as a kid, so now they’re all self-centered narcissists” theory

like– kids are pretty smart, y'all. they can see that every kid on the team gets a trophy and is told they did a good job; they can also see that not every kid on the team deserves a trophy, and not everyone did do a good job

the logical conclusion to draw from this is not “i’m great and i deserve praise”– it’s “no matter how mediocre i am, people will still praise me to make me feel better, so i can’t trust any compliments or accolades i receive”

this is not a recipe for overconfidence and narcissism. it is a recipe for constant self-guessing, low self-esteem, and a distrust of one’s own abilities and skills.

where did this whole “ugh millennials think their so-so work is super great” thing even come from it is a goddamn mystery

Sticks, Stones, and Bones; Divination Through Casting Objects

My wonderful friend @peacock-witch and I regularly Skype and have fun divining with found objects. This means, whatever is at hand! One night I picked up a pack of cigarettes and started tossing them in the air to see how they fell. Thus was born my love of casting objects to divine. Casting objects is simple, easy, and super “witchy” and in my opinion quite fun and accurate as well! All you need is a selection of two to ten power objects.

What are power objects?

In this context, a power object is whatever has special significance or meaning to you. Just as a deck of tarot cards has 78 distinct meanings to it, your collection of power objects will each have their own distinct meaning. When you cast them on your cloth, the way these objects fall in relation to each other will determine what the reading is.

Here are some ideas of what power objects could be and what their meanings might be:

  • Crystals, stones: Use traditional magical meanings (love, strength, wisdom, protection, etc.).
  • Runes, ogham: Include a full set of runes or ogham sticks, or include certain ones that have special significance to you.
  • Matches, lighters: Guiding light, technology, civilization, fire element.
  • Feathers: Air element, communication, travel, motion, movement.
  • Cigarettes: Sickness, indulgence, hedonism, disease.
  • Ring: Family, bond, friendship, trust.
  • Key: Answers, wisdom, truth, opening, awakening.
  • Coin: Wealth, prosperity, earth element.
  • Glass beads: Creativity, glamour, manipulation, water element.
  • Pills: A state of being unwell, problems, where healing is needed.
  • Battery: High energy, energy blockage, energy containment, energetic flow has been altered.
  • Pen or pencil: Society, lawfulness, rules, order, regulations.
  • Skittles: Sweetness, well-being, happiness.
  • Animal figurines: Use animal lore and meanings to determine what the animal should represent.
  • Walnuts: Brain, intelligence, mind, cunning.
  • Popsicle stick: Bridge, pathway, path, route, solution.
  • Pins and needles: Pain, attack, aggression, fear, worry, unease.

You can really pick up any object around you, assign it a meaning, and cast it with your power objects. Over time you will gain the discernment to tell when an object adds meaning and depth to your readings, or when it becomes clunky and unwieldy. At the start, just cast 2-5 power objects; as time goes on you should experiment with adding more and seeing how it affects your reading. Don’t be afraid to add or especially remove objects that aren’t working for you.

It is a good idea to search for object that are equal in size. For example, casting 5 cigarettes may be a more balanced reading than casting a dime, a lighter, and a crow’s feather. When objects are similar in size they fall similarly and may provide with a more balanced reading to start with, or at least, a reading that is easier to read! This is in my own experience however, perhaps to you the size of the items doesn’t matter at all.

So where do you find power objects? Anywhere! @peacock-witch​ and I pick up whatever is in the room with us and figure out a way to divine with it. To make that list of objects above I just sat still and looked around my kitchen. Even carrots and celery sticks will do if you’re really short on objects to toss around.

Remember that you can mark on or alter your objects! I draw meanings on the filters of cigarettes. You can draw symbols on coin with permanent marker, write words on Popsicle sticks, or dab paint on figurines to give them extra meaning.

Put meaning to your objects

The way your power object collection looks will reflect what type of questions you want to divine for. If you want to do love divinations you may have five different objects each representing a subtle form of love. If money is your concern, you may have extra objects representing the economy, cash money, debt, savings, wealth, and financial players.

Assign one object to represent the person you are reading for. Suppose you are using Skittles to divine. Red can represent the person you are reading for; Green stands for love, yellow for wealth, purple for spirituality, and orange for success.

Experiment with different meanings for your objects. See what group of meanings works well together. You should be quickly able to tell what meanings work as a group, and what are clunky, redundant, or nonsensical.

Trust your throw

Just as you trust tarot cards to come up correctly, you need to trust your power objects to come up correctly. What works for me, and for many other readers, is to have a ritual you follow each time you cast for a question. One such example ritual is to hold the power objects, focus on your question, then cast in the same way every time.

Observe the fall

Once you have focused on your question and cast your power objects, the real fun begins!

Let’s go back to our Skittles example. Suppose you want to divine a person’s love life, so you cast the red candy (the querent), the green candy (love), and the orange candy (success). Now, you read the position of the candies to determine whether or not love will soon be in their life. Suppose the person is closely touching love but is far away from success. Maybe this means they will get very close to their goal but never be successful. Or, what if it means they do not need to be successful to find love? As a reader it is your job to interpret how the candies fall.

  • Look at how your power objects are oriented on the board. Do they appear to make a shape or picture? Do all the power objects appear to be pointing towards one side of the board? Do they give you a feeling of active motion, or a feeling of stillness? Do some seem to be clustered together as if they are stuck in a gravity well, or are they spread outwards as if there was an explosion? Take time to consider the board as a whole and the entire picture made by the objects.
  • Look at how your power objects interact with each other. Are some objects touching or even stacked on top of each other? Do some objects seem to mirror each other across the board? Are two or more objects pointing at each other or facing away from each other? Consider everything!! This is the true fun and excitement of casting power objects :3 Take time to consider the objects individually and how they interact with each other.

Casting power objects is an especially useful form of divination to use when you want to determine the nature of relationships between things. It is a powerful system because you can select as many objects as you want and give them their own meanings, as opposed to runes or tarot where there are a set number of meanings for a set number of objects. It is also impressive because you can pick up literally anything and cast it, and you will be able to divine (once you get the technique down of course!)

My advice is to be careful about how you label your objects and pay special attention as to how the objects interact until you get a good team of power objects working for you. Also make sure to keep looking for new levels and depths of meaning. Group readings are a great way to get new levels of depth in your readings, by having multiple friends each read the same spread and share their interpretations.

Describing & Portraying

Lately I’ve been getting a record number of questions asking how to describe or portray things. As per my ask rules, I will not answer these questions, but I wanted to take a few minutes to explain why. :)

How do I describe…?

As writers, a significant part of our job is to describe things for the reader. When you ask another writer how to describe a specific thing, it is like a painter painting a landscape asking another painter to paint the trees for them. Figuring out how to describe a specific thing in your story–whether that thing is a person, animal, building, event, etc.–is one of your many responsibilities in writing your story.

If you have difficulty figuring out how to describe things in your story, here are some general tips you can try:

- describe the item from the bottom up or the top down.
- avoid using labels in lieu of description.
- remember to include other sensory details, not just visual.

If you want to improve your descriptive abilities, here are some exercises you can try:

- choose a random object, and then choose three to five features of the object that stand out, from the bottom up (or top down). Write each of those features down on a piece of paper. Then, choose three more details specific to each feature, and write those down. Keep going until you can’t “zoom in” any closer.

- sit someplace where there is activity going on, whether it be a mall or park bench, a bus, a coffee shop, or even a busy room in your home. Now, close your eyes for a few minutes and focus on what you can hear, smell, touch, or even taste.

- pretend you are writing a letter to a friend. Choose an object, place, or activity, and explain it to your friend.

- READ! Seriously, reading is the very best way to improve your description skills. Read as often as possible and read a variety of books.

- read through the posts in the the description section of my post master list.

How do I portray…?

I get this question a lot. Sometimes they ask for something specific, like, “How do I portray a character who is sad?” In this context, the person is asking “how do I describe a sad person.” And, as explained above, it’s your job as a writer to figure that out–even when it comes to things like emotions, illnesses, battles, etc.

Other times, the questions are more general, like, “I am writing a story about two women who fall in love with the same man, and they fight a lot about it and there are some ups and downs, but ultimately they care about and respect each other. How do I portray this?” When I get questions like this, what I hear is, “How do I write this story?” And, once again, it’s your job as a writer to figure that out. You may feel very overwhelmed and not know where to start–that’s perfectly okay! However, you just have to grit your teeth and get to it.

Here are some tips to help you tackle tough portrayals:

- do your research. If you’re trying to portray a particular situation, odds are good it’s a situation that either occurs in real life or at least has components of a real life situation. If you’re writing about a magical disease, for example, reading about real life diseases can help you understand how diseases work. Just gaining that understanding make it easier to work through the details of your fictional situation. In this day and age, when more people have blogs than do not, you can almost always find personal experiences to give you an inside look at what a particular situation is like.

- make a list of the most important elements of the situation you are portraying. Whether those are elements that effect character development, the plot, or contribute to what you want to be the “takeaway” of the story. Sometimes, by breaking something down into smaller pieces, it becomes a little easier to see how everything fits together.

- remember you are writing a rough draft. What you write now is not written in stone. It can be re-written, changed, added to, erased–it is just a starting point. So, don’t be afraid to just dive in and start writing.

- start at the beginning of your character’s day. Imagine there is a camera crew following them for the day. What do the viewers at home see? What does your character do? Who do they talk to? What good and bad things happen to them throughout an average day? Where do they go? What do they eat? Where do they hang out? By following your character through an average day, you can often find an unrealized point of origin for your story to begin, and this can be especially handy when you’re not sure how to portray your character or their situation. :)

Have a writing question? I’d love to hear from you! Please be sure to read my ask rules and master list first or your question will not be answered. :)

another pointlessly fun oc ask post

because i’m crazy about fleshing out characters. I tried to keep these questions mostly positive.

send me one (or more) of these for any of my ocs!

1. what does music mean to them? what role does it play in their life?
2. if you were to hug them, what would they smell like?
3. what’s their favorite food?
4. what’s their least favorite food?
5. do they like nature? if they do, what’s their favorite natural setting (woods, beach, desert, lake, etc.)?
6. what’s their most prominent personality trait?
7. what’s their mbti?
8. hogwarts house?
9. d&d alignment?
10. if they were in a modern high school clique (jocks, goths, hipsters, geeks, etc.), what would it be? why?
11. tea or coffee?
12. dusk or dawn?
13. country or city?
14. what do they do in their free time? do they have any hobbies?
15. do they like animals? if they do, which ones?
16. how are they in platonic relationships?
17. how are they in romantic relationships?
18. do they have any insecurities about themselves?
19. what’s their favorite genre of book or movie (if they like to read or watch movies)?
20. what would their dream vacation look like?
21. how many hours of sleep do they get on average?
22. what is their body shape? are they trim or tubby? tol or smol?
23. if you had to pick five words/phrases (objects, places, weather, etc.) to describe your oc’s aesthetic, what would you pick?
24. do they hold onto grudges?
25. are they fiscally responsible? or would they prefer spending with wild abandon?
26. what’s their favorite kind of weather?
27. how old would they be if they didn’t know how old they are? (e.g., what’s their mental age?)
28. what’s their opinion of children? how are they around children?
29. what’s their sexual orientation?
30. what’s their favorite color?
31. what temperature would they prefer the room to be?
32. how mannered are they? how proper to they act?
33. how do they dress?
34. which season do they prefer? why?
35. what is their “morning ritual”?
36. what is their “nighttime ritual”?
37. have they ever had a one-sided crush?
38. do they like art? what form?
39. how do they read a book (if at all)? slowly, over the course of a few days, or within a few hours? do they sit, stand, lay down, all of the above?
40. do they have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
41. what would be their favorite subject in school? (e.g., English, Math, Science, History, Recess, etc.)
42. what physical features do they find attractive on other people?
43. are they patient or impatient? what situations would make them feel one or the other?
44. what is their opinion of authority?
45. what is their opinion of tradition?
46. are they into folklore and/or conspiracy theories? or do they think both are garbage?
47. if they were to have a “happy place” they retreated to in their mind during stressful/boring situations, what would that place be? what would be in it?
48. what is one value they hold higher than any other, in others and in themselves? (e.g., loyalty, intelligence, compassion, responsibility, etc.)
49. what is(are) their love language(s)?
50. what is their opinion of cheese?

me: i hate sports

sana and yousef: talk about football and basketball

me:  Basketball is a non-contact team sport played on a rectangular court by two teams of five players each. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by-

Sunday, 7 May 2017: Mass evacuation in Hannover after WWII bomb find

Today, on Sunday, 7 May 2017, about 50,000 people – about one tenth of the population of Hannover – have to be evacuated from the Vahrenwald, List, and Nordstadt neighborhoods. The evacuation has started at 9:00. At 14:00, the area is expected to be fully evacuated. Public transport in the area is suspended. Trains will no longer stop at Hanover Man Station and will be deviated. Train service from Hannover Main Station to Hannover airport will be replaced with buses. Businesses in the area have to stop production. Only then can experts begin to further investigate the suspicious site. The work is expected to be finished not later that 22:00. To ease the troubles of the evacuated, Hannover offers an extensive cultural program, offering free or reduced admission to museums, theater plays, zoos, etc. Emergency accomodation has been set up in sports halls and schools.

Five large metal objects have been identfied with magnetometers on a building plot. Whether they are indeed unexploded WWII bombs is not yet known as the metal objects have not yet been excavated. However, the authorities take the greatest possible care to avoid any risk. This is due to the fact that the bombs are becoming more dangerous as they are ageing.

Many of the unexploded bombs have a time-delayed chemical trigger. It contains a glass vial filled with acetone (the solvent in nail polish remover) and a couple of plastic discs holding a spring-loaded pin in place. Upon impact, the glass vial was supposed to shatter, releasing the acetone, which was supposed to eat through the plastic discs, which took an indeterminate and varying length of time. When the plastic discs were weak enough, the spring-loaded pin would impact a crystalline, pressure-sensitive explosive, which would then trigger the bomb. The idea to implement such a random time delay was to interfere with rescue and firefighting activities after a bomb raid.

However, quite often the glass vial remained intact and the bombs would not explode at all. Now, more than 70 years after the war, two mechanisms make the bombs prone to detonate at the slightest disturbance. Firstly, the plastic discs are ageing and are becoming brittle, posing a greater risk of spontaneously releasing the pin. Secondly, the crystalline pressure-sensitive explosive undergoes modifications of its crystalline structure, making it sensitive to any kind of movement. Spontaneous bomb explosions have already happened, and in 2010, three bomb defusing experts were killed during their attempts. Also construction workers have already been killed when they had accidentially hit a bomb hidden underground.

That’s why builder-owners in areas suspected to be contaminated are required by law to investigate their property with metal detectors at their own cost prior to digging into the ground. In case something is found, the federal states are responsible and bear the full cost for risk assessment, removal, and destruction. The actual work at the site is carried out by expert companies.

It is estimated that about 100,000 unexploded bombs are still buried underground in Germany. Every year, about 5000 bombs are discovered and rendered harmless.

Painted Constellations

Summary: Dan is a painting major at uni who needs someone to paint on for his art project, and Phil is a photography major who needs Dan to model for him.
Word Count: 8613
Warnings: alcohol, mentions of suicide, a lot of Van Gogh talk, smoking, mentions of sex, homophobic comments, depression


There is a certain relaxation in allowing images to unfurl themselves from the bristles of a brush onto the white emptiness of a new canvas. The paint is smooth and fragile, breaking into nothingness if smeared or smudged, now an entirely new picture. The colours would then blossom into a new galaxy of flowery fields, the starry night sky, or even a dog waiting by a picket fence for it’s owner.

The possibilities were endless and alive; a painter does not have to live in a dull world when they can create their own.

But there is also with great certainty that artists have something missing from their lives - whilst they can create so many beautiful universes, they deal with having to be trapped in the cruel world that is the Earth and all of it’s humanity. It was no wonder that Vincent Van Gogh would eat yellow paint to be happy, claiming that “the sadness will last forever” after attempting suicide and lying on his deathbed.

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anonymous asked:

Why do you think craving attention is such a bad thing? Whenever I tell my therapist I'm worried I'm "just an attention seeker" she always tells me that even if that was true, attention seeking is a sign of unmet emotional needs and that it has an underserved harsh stigma.

Things like starving, binge eating, purging, manipulating, isolating, anger, doing drugs, and cutting are also “signs of unmet emotional needs”. Are those not bad things? I mean, in the context of coping mechanisms, they aren’t *good*. They are bad.

And although I agree attention seeking can be a part of a mental illness or an emotional/psychological problem, I’d like you to explain why you think it’s *not* a bad thing. Give me five objectively positive or healthy things that come from attention seeking.

While I wait, I will give you a list why attention seeking isn’t positive:

1.) You exploit yourself.
2.) You may put yourself in compromising situations that can hurt you or put yourself in danger (posting explicit photos, posting personal and identifying information, engaging in harmful behavior like drug use or unsafe sex, etc.)
3.) The attention you receive usually only serves to keep you sick (feeds into your insecurities, strokes your ego, etc.)
4.) You most likely bring others down with you (attention seeking in a family environment, for example, may put all the attention on you, thus making it unfair for everyone else).
5.) You most likely engage in manipulation to seek attention (engaging in unhealthy behaviors instead of asking for what you need)
6.) You may very well end up in a “cry wolf” situation (one day people will get sick of your attention seeking and stop responding even if you truly need help).
7.) It’s unhealthy if all you do is need – one day you have to start helping yourself and stop relying on others to save you.

In other words, unless the attention you are seeking is from the right people (family, friends, treatment team) in appropriate ways (healthy communication, healthy affection) during appropriate times (when you are in a stable condition and able to communicate in a healthy way), then all other forms of attention seeking is unhealthy. Period.

Okay, so I’m using capitalization, and you oughta know, that’s when shit is serious. It’s been brought to my attention that someone I write with — someone I love and adore was passive aggressively called out because they (and I’m paraphrasing here because the post was deleted) ‘interact with a character who was on screen for five minutes and inanimate objects’. By inanimate objects, I can only assume they’re referring to the humanization of things like the Tesseract, Mjolinir, and others that I’ve seen on tumble.

And by ‘character who was on screen for five minutes’, I’m going to assume they mean me. Bereet.

Here’s the deal. Be as salty as you please, but guess what? I don’t care. Sure, my pink alien was on screen for five minutes and had THREE LINES, but I have taken that, and I’ve run with it. I’ve given her my take on her life, I’ve given her a voice, and I’ve turned those five minutes into so much more. And if that’s something to shit on, well, fuck me.

I’m sorry you feel neglected or whatever, I’m sorry you feel that people aren’t paying enough attention to your OC — I get the OC blues, I do. I’ve tried, people weren’t interested, and I dropped the muse. I don’t deny it isn’t hard, or nearly impossible to breakthrough the prejudice given to OCs. When I first starting RPing, many eons ago, I came from AOL — where playing canon characters from movies and comics was frowned upon. So much so that people didn’t really write with you. And OCs were the norm, they were welcomed with fanfare.

Does it suck that it’s opposite day here on tumblr, everyday? Abso-fucking-lutely. There are some amazing writers on here who have thought out every inch of their OCs, and they do some amazing world building. They are inventive and it is an absolute joy to watch them create and interact. @fcllowthecode is one. No one is saying OCs aren’t good. Some people just don’t want to take the time to figure your OC and your characterization out, and that, quite frankly, is their loss.

And some blogs are, by nature, private and selective. Their reasons for that are their own.

But don’t come around shitting on me because your OC isn’t getting as much attention as you’d like. Don’t come disparaging my character’s ‘five minutes on screen’ as some sort of dismissive insult because people are writing with her more. There are plenty of bit characters on tumblr that people are writing and making their own. Plenty of characters with minimal screen time that are being turned into full-fledged blogs. Plenty of characters that appeared in one episode being given new life.

You do you, and I’ll do me.

Pinky out.

anonymous asked:

OK but what about lawyers summoning Terezi for help with a case that's been corrupted, or detectives dealing with a seriously mysterious case and can not for the life of them find that one vital clue, or people summoning Karkat with trashy romance novels and candles for help with relationship advice?

Anon, your invaluable contributions are going in my folder of ideas for what I’ll be doing after DDOTA wraps. Thanks, I needed more post-game troll content that didn’t center around shipping or rebuilding troll society!

(There’s actually no magic involved, if the kids find out about being “summoned” they just teleport one another to the summoner).

Quick, everyone, what five objects would you put in a circle to summon the Homestuck kids?


DwarfWeek - Day five: Dwarven objects

“Dwarves were taught special skills by the Vala Aulë and spent most of their time crafting, smithing and mining in their massive underground cities. The Dwarves were some of the greatest miners ever to exist in Middle-earth. The Dwarves dug immense halls under mountains where they built their cities. Dwarven miners dug for precious minerals such as gold, iron, copper, and silver from all over mountains in Middle-earth, though the Dwarves considered coal mining degrading. In ancient times, the Dwarves found Mithril in the mines of Khazad-dûm. While mining in Erebor beneath the Lonely Mountains, they discovered the Arkenstone at the Heart of the Mountain." 

"They were also capable masons and smiths - Dwarven smithing skills were said to be rivaled only by those of the Elves, and their masonry creations were bested by none. The skill of the Dwarves was unmatched; they crafted objects of great beauty out of diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. Everything Dwarven was beautifully crafted and intricate. They crafted many famed weapons, armors, and items of art and beauty, among them Narsil, the sword of Elendil, the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin and the necklace Nauglamír." 

"Dwarven armies were vast and powerful, and possessed vast legions of soldiers, cavalry and siege weapons, and their soldiers were equipped with powerful weapons, armors and tools for battle. Many different weapons were utilized by their soldiers, such as swords, axes, throwing axes, throwing knives, and warhammers." 

"They had a knack for starting a fire almost anywhere out of almost anything. Although they knew how, Dwarves did not farm or herd often, as they preferred to spend their time underground mining and crafting. They rather traded crafted items with men and elves in exchange for food.”

The next time you have a panic attack:

Breathe in, count to four.
Breathe out, count to four.

Name five objects you can see around you.
Name four objects you can touch around you.
Name three sounds you can hear around you.
Name two things you can smell around you.
Name one thing you are wearing.

Breathe in, count to four.
Breathe out, count to four.