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The Walking Dead: Melissa McBride on Carol’s ‘call to duty’ in season 8

Carol has left the cabin. And that is good news for the unified forces taking on Negan, as well as viewers ready to watch the fan favorite kick ass and take names when The Walking Dead returns on Oct. 22. It was a season of solitude for Melissa McBride last year as she was separated from her fellow actors while Carol quarantined herself to deal with her Morgan-influenced aversion to killing. But McBride is back in the fight in season 8, and the actress couldn’t be happier about it.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why don’t we just start by talking about where Carol’s head is as we move into season 8. Obviously, she was trying to distance herself from everybody so she wouldn’t have to keep killing, but now she’s been pressed back into duty. How is she handling that?

MELISSA McBRIDE: I think given the rise of Negan and all the horrible things that she survived since she left, she’s, she does feel a call to duty, and that’s the idea that her family never left. She just went off to save herself, but she knows she’s got to fight and she knows what that means to her. She laid it out for Daryl when he came to her cottage that she’s running a risk of losing herself in the fight, but it’s worth it to her. And I think we’ll see she’s going to fight the conflict in her mind, it’s going to be alive there too. There’s just no way getting around that — if she comes to terms with it. We’ll see.

Does she at this point consider herself an Alexandrian still? Does she now consider herself a member of the Kingdom? Or is it neither or both?
Oh, I think it’s both. They’re coming together to fight this one horrible enemy. She’s still got her family that she started out with. They’re all very special to her and now these new factions are moving in and she’s developing relationships with the Kingdom and they’re good people. Good versus bad, that’s what’s so compelling about this is because everybody’s just trying to survive. And where do you make that distinction that we’re all doing nasty, ugly things in an effort to survive, but everybody thinks they’re right? Even Negan. He’s like. “I’m doing it for these people and they can’t do it. They’d be lost without me.” It’s very compelling on that level and I am enjoying season 8, I’ve got to say.

I remember talking to Lennie James and Norman Reedus, who were very open in their complaining about being separated from other folks last season. Is it nice to be back working with the group and with people you didn’t get to see a lot of last year?
Oh, yeah. This is like back in the old days, you know? This is what I was yearning for last year. I mean, I totally understood — we’ve got stories to develop and we’ve got an arc to get over, and we’ve got to prepare and set up a stage for this war to come. But boy, it was nerve-racking. I guess it kind of helped a little bit too, in Carol’s need for solitude, just to get away, but also the conflict of getting away from the people that you really are concerned about even though you’re being eaten alive by the circumstances. I mean, I enjoy the conflict of the show, but being separated was just nerve-racking. I couldn’t wait to see where this was going and when we’re all going to get together again.

So how would you say season 8 is different from 7 in terms of what we’re going to see on screen?
There is a lot of action. There is so much action. Carol’s armed. She’s blowing things up, so cover your ears!



sorry I’m kinda late this time. I would usually not post after 10 but I decided posting a part is more important than that. also I’m so mad the 2nd to last panel is crooked but I’m so tired to change that. anyway, i was out playing pokemon go like the trash I am but I’m only level 8 cause i live nowHERE my nearest stop is like 2 miles away hahaha. I went to a small town and now I’m v tired

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anonymous asked:

Hi there, I have a quick question, if you don't mind. I've started to listen the the Adventure Zone and am in, I guess, the third season? (They just turned level 8) anyway, being as late to the party as I am, I'm not as unspoiled of the events as I like and, though I still don't know jack, I gotta ask one thing, and as spoiler free as you can, if at all: do the boys get a happy ending? I wanna be braced if it doesn't end in a prismatic bow at the end (though I'm still gonna listen to it)

They don’t NOT get a happy ending? :’) nah, yeah, they do all kinda get a happy ending, Griffin made sure of that. That’s not to say they don’t go through some massively depressing shit before that, but the last episode ties it up really neatly and it’s by no means a downer. 

I’m really excited for something for the first time in a long time.

Paper due at 11:59.

Paper finalized and submitted at 11:59



I always had this scene in my head where Mob Boss!Bog and Chanteuse!Marianne are in a corner getting lost in each other in conversation and teasing and just can’t stop looking at each other like ‘HEARTS EYES MOTHERFUCKER’.

This in particular is early in the morning and Marianne is coming in for rehearsals for a performance. After that she has a little break with the boss.

Ugh what a bunch of nerds.

Also if you’re getting a kinda BioShock: Infinite vibe from this kudos because I was kinda going for that as well!

As always for suzie-guru, joons, artbymaureen, and also thechickwiththesketchbook!

Historia Reiss - 1.15 - Emotions
"Krista probably would've been worried for everyone. But Historia Reiss... wasn't loved by her parents or anyone for that matter... She didn't wish to be born into this kind of life... Everyone's lost hope haven't they? The real me is empty like this. There's no such thing as good girls like Krista Lenz."
You’re an Imposter! Wait…

First of all, thank you for all those who responded about upcoming posts.  The general plan is to start sprinkling in interviews as of July.  (If any of you think you may want to do a Skype interview, please hit up my inbox.  I have a list of locals to start with but will love to expand.)  The Polyglot by Personality series will start at the very end of August, when I start school.  It will be a 16 part series, one article for each Myers-Briggs type and therefore can run for a bit while I’m in the chaos of starting a new school year.  Top Tips may start soon… I need to gather some data but would love to start getting those out to all of you.  On to today’s post, which was one of those requested.

We’ve all had those moments, both in language learning and in our general lives.  That moment when you become utterly convinced that you have NO idea what you’re doing, everyone else is surely going to realize it any minute now, and you will be ridiculed out of whatever it is you are faking doing. Amanda Palmer (whose book I am listening to and it is fantastic- I highly recommend it) calls it the fraud police.  Psychologists and personal growth experts call it imposter syndrome.

I’m fighting off a strong bout of imposter syndrome this week.  Next year I am offering a college level Spanish course in the high school I teach in, as a way to not only keep students in Spanish for a fourth year but also to get them a couple credits they can use.  This is all well and good but I ended up having to sell a bit of my summer soul to the college I’m adjuncting through and am taking a few graduate level Spanish courses.  I’m in the second week of my first course- a 5 week class on Chicano/a literature.

And I am freaking out.

It’s been 8 years since I wrote a college-level paper in Spanish.   The classes I teach now are focused on the basics of grammar and general communication.  And to top it all off, I am reading and writing academic papers analyzing LITERATURE which I haven’t done at this level in nearly a decade.  What the hell makes me think my Spanish is good enough to do this?

I mean sure I could read the professor’s syllabus as easily as I do English now but that doesn’t mean anything.

And I mean yeah I knew most of the words in the poetry we had to read last week and the few I looked up immediately made sense but I mean I used Google Translate.

And okay maybe I did score 11/12 on my first paper for the class (that I was certain I bombed because I couldn’t clarify in my own head what I wanted to say) but I mean he was probably being nice, right?

It can’t POSSIBLY be that I know my stuff… can it?

I think we all know the answer to this one.  See the thing is, if you are pulling something off in your L2 (or L3 or L9), you simply aren’t an imposter.  You are actively using your language and achieving tasks- which means you are a user of that language.  BUT knowing that rationally doesn’t always quiet the gremlins.  Especially when you are thinking about trying something (like going up to talk to that stranger in the coffee shop) but haven’t actually done it yet.  At those times, the fraud police can be particularly loud.

So what can we do when confronted with Imposter Syndrome?  Well here are my suggestions:

1) Recognize that being a LEARNER and an IMPOSTER are two different things. No one is expecting your language use to be perfect, even when writing a graduate level paper in Spanish.  It is okay to screw up within reason for your level and context.  That is part of being a learner, not a sign of an imposter.

2) To that end, realize the power of OWNING your mistakes.  By recognizing and owning your mistakes, you are more firmly establishing yourself as a learner who wants to improve, rather than an imposter who only wants to impress.

3) Realize that you are surrounded by EXPERTS, not idiots.  Here’s the thing about imposter syndrome- when you think you are somehow fooling everyone that you can do something when you can’t, you are actually saying you are smarter than they are.  I am not so brilliant at faking Spanish that I fooled my professor into giving me an A-.  He has a Ph. D. in Spanish literature and is a native speaker to boot.  No, a far more likely possibility is that maybe, just maybe, my Spanish is better than I give myself credit for and maybe other people’s judgments to that effect have merit.

4) At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.  If you accomplished your tasks in your target language, it really doesn’t matter how you did it.  Maybe you consider yourself a fake for using a translator to help you or for relying too heavily on gestures.  Maybe you question whether or not to jot down your language skills on your resume because you aren’t positive you’ll know all the jargon you need.  But here’s the thing- are you able to accomplish the tasks you encounter?  If so, you are no imposter my friend.  You are a language user.  Welcome to the club.

I had another moment of Imposter Syndrome this week when the tallies started coming in about what makes one a polyglot.  Many argue that you have to be able to speak 3 or even 4 languages fluently to qualify.  This made me concerned- I speak 2 languages fluently, I’m conversationalish in the 3rd, and I’ve finally hit beginner mid in my 4th.  Does this make me unqualified to call myself and my blog Polyglot Weekly?

I gave it some thought and came to the conclusion of no. I am well-educated in language education and linguistics.  I love languages and pursue them with passion.  I have 12-15 on my want to learn list and I make them an active part of my life. You see, I believe in the Polyglot mindset being more important than achieving the Polyglot dictionary title. Languages are an essential part of my being and to me, that makes me a Polyglot.

Have you ever encountered/dealt with Imposter Syndrome?  What worked for you?  I’d love to have more suggestions for those confronting it.  You are all as Real as it gets in my book!   And on that note, it’s time for me to sign off lovelies.   Keep calm and Polyglot On!