i choose the pen

how is it possible that i have all four books of the raven cycle, eight sticks of sealing wax, a fortune cookie, a newspaper clipping from 1920, a map of India, and a plane ticket from 2009 in my backpack and yet, not one pen

a masterpost solely dedicated to notes and stuff part one: general stuff you should know

UPDATE: Part 2 is on! Check it out here!

Heyooo everyone!

Yeah I’m finally doing stuff hahaha :D I still have some masterpost requests pending, so I decided to make one of them. This one was requested by @information-learner, so I apologize for the long wait and here you go!

Note: I know there are other requests, but I still have to figure out what to put in there… sorry and stay tuned!

Okay, so as you know, notes (!!) are one of the most important things you do during your studies. There are many types of notes and methods of taking them and tbh, there is no right way to take them cause human everyone is different and has different needs and patterns of thinking yaaay i love differences okay let’s stop this weird intro and get into the actual masterpost *cough cough*

… oh and it will focus mostly on handwritten notes, but due to my recent experience with notes on laptop, I will mention that, too ^^

And it got quite long so consider this as part one of… right now it looks like three :D


Okay, so first of all. DON’T WRITE YOUR CLASS NOTES IN SENTENCES UNLESS IT’S A GIVEN DEFINITION. Never ever. And I’m gonna tell you why. Firstly, it’s too long. Straight up you’re wasting time with it and probably you’re gonna miss the next thing that your teacher says. And you don’t want that. So no. Secondly, as I said before, every person has a different thinking process. Which means that someone might think of and say a collocation of words that you would never use in any way. Which means that you write a sentence which might really confuse you in the future. So please do yourself a favor and write in bullet points.

Again, I’m emphasizing that I mean class notes. It actually is a good idea to come home, take out your notes and summarize them in sentences OF YOUR OWN aka how would you yourself say it. It is really a cool method to kinda develop your own thinking process, find out about phrases you are okay with using and also finding a way of explaining the thing by yourself and you develop a better understanding of the subject leading to actually thinking about it better and being able to analyze it. Which is great and let’s be real, this is gonna help you in your future studies, especially at uni.

The second thing I want to say is that you should choose a pen that you can write with comfortably. Writing a lot hurts, actually, but if you have a good pen, it won’t hurt that much. I know it’s quite difficult to find the perfect pen, but try everything, from the cheapest ballpoint pens to whatever ink pen or like anything, just make sure your hand won’t go crazy from hurting. And choose a notebook you like. Just to motivate yourself to actually write in it.

And lastly, colors. Brain needs them. I hugely recommend using colors in your notes, because let’s be real, colorless notes are dull and boring. Colors help you associate information and retain them better. But don’t overdo it. In general, it’s better to write your notes with a blue pen and use a maximum of three additional colors. Too much colors lead to confusion about what the hell is actually important on this page??? yeah okay. Anyway, this of course depends on the person, as there are people who need to use more colors in their notes. Generally speaking, you should have some kind of a color-coding system.

Okay this is getting really long so I decided to split it up and make a series! Wow :D so I’ll continue and I’ll add links to the rest of it so stay tuned everyone!!! 



Other masterposts by meee~~

Study tips masterpost

How to bullet journal masterpost

Study methods

How to kickstart your new semester


Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the responsible adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, her responsibilities weigh more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool.

As Ramona falls more in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift as well, and she must decide if knowing who she is is more important than figuring out who she might become.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

Ramona was just a child when Hurricane Katrina uprooted her life. Ever since, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Being one of the only two lesbians in her small town, standing over six feet tall, and with bright blue hair, Ramona feels like she’s outgrowing the trailer she’s come to call home. But with a flaky mom and an overworked father, and between juggling her two jobs, Ramona feels the weight of responsibility. Especially now that her sister Hattie has fallen pregnant. The return of a childhood friend, Freddie, is a welcome distraction. As Ramona’s love for swimming grows, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift.

I really enjoyed Ramona Blue. It’s a fantastic, well-developed YA contemporary with lots of talking points and issues. There are so many things I enjoyed. Firstly, the sibling relationship between Ramona and Hattie. I loved (and I mean loved) their relationship. I’m a sucker for well-developed sibling relationships, and I loved how Ramona knew Hattie better than anyone and vice versa. Hattie was a bit selfish, and I really enjoyed the exploration of the dependency and responsibility between the two. And on top of this, I thought that the familial relationship was very well done. Whilst I wasn’t a fan of Ramona’s mother, I really loved her father; I particularly enjoyed the loving and supporting figure her father was.

Additionally, I thought that exploration and the genuine look at poverty was very well done. It’s definitely something I would like to see more of in YA fiction, because I do think it’s lacking. And I think that this also ties in with the supporting familial relationship because it’s rare that we get a look at poverty and supporting families, because there is quite often this assumption that poverty means neglectful parents and that’s definitely not always the case. So yeah, that’s definitely something I really enjoyed about Ramona Blue (yes–her mother was flaky, but her father was a stable and reliable parental figure and that’s who she lived with).

I loved the exploration of sexuality and how it’s fluid, and how Ramona was the only one to define her identity:

“I was so scared that by having sex with Freddie, I would lose part of myself-part of my identity. Instead, I’ve embraced another facet of myself. Life isn’t always written in the stars. Fate is mine to pen. I choose guys. I always choose girls. I choose people. But most of all: I choose.”

Whilst I enjoyed the romance, and it was sweet and well-developed, it definitely wasn’t the focal point of the story, and so was probably the aspect I least enjoyed. Nevertheless, it’s still a sweet romance, and Ramona Blue is still a book I would recommend to YA romance fans too.

It’s not quite a 5-star read for me, but it’s pretty close. I would definitely recommend Ramona Blue to fans of realistic fiction and contemporary romance.

Rating: ★★★★☆


“I think the pen or the laptop are the tools of very confident, very solitary writers, but pencils are the tool of collaborators.”


What do you do?

I’ve made my living as an actor on stage and on television for the last nine years, but recently I’ve started to pursue some writing projects. I have written the book and lyrics for a new musical with the band Teen Commandments which is readying its premiere, as well as a pilot and a novel which are in process.

What does your work space look like? Where do you like to create?

Because I am so transitory with work commitments, I rarely have the luxury of a set space. However, as someone raised in the theater and the Catholic church who is now something of an amateur occultist, ritual is very important to me. Thus, I keep some small items with me so that I can create my space in any hotel room I find myself in- basically altar supplies like specific stones, incenses, and oils to great my creative energy flowing and to give me some sense of ritual in ever changing surroundings. It also makes the tools I use that much more important.

What role does the pencil play in your process?

I don’t think the pencil-as-magic-wand image is a new one, but it is definitely an apt one. Almost every magical system uses some kind of wand for magic, because the wand is a symbol for manifestation- it is the disembodied trunk of a tree which begins in the roots of your intention and grows to the fruits of your labor. The pencil, like a wand, is the bridge from my mind to the physical world of my script, or my draft.

Why do you choose to work with pencils and, specifically, Blackwings?

I think the pen or the laptop are the tools of very confident, very solitary writers, but pencils are the tool of collaborators; you are in the room, interpreting the ideas of everyone on the team, scribbling in the margins, making cuts, making changes, never married to anything. I learned about Blackwings from a video in which Stephen Sondheim sings their praises for lyric writing. I sought some out, hoping (here’s the ritual aspect again) that I might channel some of his genius by using the same tools, and now I’m hooked. When you are a freelance artist, it is hard to take yourself and your work seriously, but I find having proper tools helps in a big way.

What other tools are essential to your process?

I keep a kit of Blackwings, pens, highlighters, notebooks, and whatever script I’m working on in a genius little carry-all called the Mod from a company called This Is Ground. I reserve this stuff only for work so that as soon as I unzip the thing and break out the tools, my mind is in work/creative mode (back to ritual).

How do you overcome ______ block? Writer’s block, artist’s block, etc.

Sometimes with magical means, but usually just by focusing on producing quantity over quality. I learned from watching theater writers toil away at pieces I’ve acted in that even when you throw in band-aid revisions just to get through a preview performance, there is usually some idea worth keeping. Those ideas add up, piece-wise, until they form a better whole. I find that to be true of all writing- if you keep generating ideas without judging them or expecting to nail it the first time, you find kernels of what you’re after, and get a bit closer each time.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“The secret to life is the graceful execution of plan B.” Nothing ever goes exactly the way you expect it to. Some of the greatest developments in my career and personal life were absolutely accidental. I really think success lies not so much in how you act, but in how you react. Another reason to use a pencil!

we’re playing rock paper scissors? any other stipulations? how many rocks and/or scissors am I allowed to each battle, assuming class specs limits me to using one weapon. How much paper. is it a stack of paper? I suppose it would depend on the dimensions of my opponent’s rock, if I were choosing paper that is, has anyone seen my pen, am I allowed a pen, do we need a scorekeeper, does that interfere with the stipulations of the ‘paper’ class. does rock have good base def stats? whats the DPS for scissors. are we allowed to duel wield

New Year, New Planner; 
• Happy new year to everyone and may this one be better than the last. Personally im looking forward writing in my new planner cuz its so darn cute, plus i got all the supplies needed, like washi tape stickers calligraphy pens …. i really think i choose the right one cuz it fits my personality very well. Also this planner has all weekls pages and some blank ones , but i especially like all the cute patterns .

• and if anyone wants to know i dont it on ebay for 20$ . ♥

Herbs-And-Journals’s “Don't you dare come in my room without asking” spell.

First of all what a title.
This is a spell I came up with because my family doesn’t know what knocking is (mainly my brother).
This spell is very simple and has so far worked very well. 

What you will need:
-any type of paper (a small piece)
-pen of your choosing 

First I made this sigil and wrote these runes.

The runes read as follows:

Closed of to outsiders
My door is locked
Knock they must to enter
Or night mares they must endure
~So mote it be.

The night mare part is just what I came up with, I was kinda angry at the time. This can be changed to anything you wish and you don’t even have to used the runes if you don’t want to. 

The next and last part is to just tape it to your door and say the words out loud (or something like it).

And thats it! Quick and simple. So far everyone has started knocking and Im pleases its working. 

Good luck to you and may the Moon shine brightly on you.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Your writing tips have been a god send and actually inspired me to start working on my own novel. I am just wondering what you think of pen names? I like my first name but my last name is Mustafic which is not only hard to spell for some but has also given me a lot of backlash through the years so I'm thinking of changing it! Do you have any tips on that? Should I just go by first name? Sorry for my bad English I'm a german writer. And once again thank you for your amazing tips!

If you want to use a pen name, use one. My tips are to research the legalities (I have no idea if there are any, as I don’t use a pen name) and to choose one that isn’t already taken by a famous author. 

Go forth and conquer. 


I received this on one of my posts, and I just wanted to answer publicly in case any other people want to know!

So I didn’t really go to any site or post to specifically learn calligraphy. How I learned (although I am really not the best) was actually through faux calligraphy. Faux calligraphy is making the impression of calligraphy without using brush tips or the like, but just with a pen. It is done by writing in cursive your words, then thickening the downstrokes. I know some studyblrs also choose to use a thicker pen tip on the downstrokes, but I personally never really bothered with that.

After practicing faux calligraphy, I began to understand more when to broaden my strokes, and I developed my own style of writing. Then I received my Tombow brush pens, and I just started practicing from there! Hold the brush pen at an angle so the tip doesn’t fray later on. Write in cursive as you would with a pen, but apply pressure on your downstrokes. Practice as much as possible until you develop your own preferences. Later on, try using highlighters and markers (chisel tip, maybe?) where you have to sometimes turn the marker itself to get a broader tip. It gets a little difficult there.

I did watch some YouTube and Instagram videos, but none of them helped me as much as just practicing a lot! I would write random words in faux calligraphy in the margins of my worksheets. Today I went to check my finals scores and I found a calligraphy “hello” in my math final exam. When you scroll through your dash, try to be more aware of other studyblrs’ calligraphy style: do you like the way they do their v’s? Do you like how much extra broadness? Your personal calligraphy style will be ever-changing. 

Hope this helps, and good luck!

  • Shani: *appears* We should go on a date ;)
  • (My verse) Geralt: What? No, I'm in love with Yennefer.
  • Vlod: We, I mean you should bone her.
  • Geralt: No!
  • Guests at the wedding: You two make a lovely couple!
  • Geralt: Oh for the love of... I'm TAKEN
  • Dog: Woof
  • Geralt: Fuck off *tries to leave Shani behind*
  • Gaunter: What the fuck are you doing, mate? Go back and bone her!
  • Geralt: You know what? FINE. I'll bone her. But if Yennefer finds out I'm dragging you all to hell with me.

april study challenge by @nkbstudies:

18 (Tu). How do you like to take notes? What method is your favorite?

I don’t have a specific way of notetaking. I write the title and then just write down notes in bullet points. I add tables, I highlight information or write it in a silver pen. I don’t use colour coding(only in history tho) but I choose a colour “palette” for every lession (for example: green highlighter, green pen, silver pen, black pen).


What’s in My Pencil Case (and What’s Not)

I was going through my stationery before uni starts and I thought it could be nice to show you how I organize everything! The first 2 pics show what’s in my pencil case (what I carry around when going to classes), the big one shows the supplies that stay at home in my desk’s drawers!

Basic stuff (pic 1): a pencil with a rubber and a pencil-sharpner, basic pens, a ruler, a pair of scissors and two Stabilo felt pens (I use the red one for writing important titles and the yellow one when underlining textbooks quickly during lectures).

Colours (pic 2): some highlighters, some coloured pens and some glittery-pens. I am quick at writing down things during classes so I am always able also to highlight very important information; this way I’m sure I’m going to remember what to put in evidence when reviewing/rewriting. I choose in advance one colour for each course. Pens are mostly for my agenda.

Desk supplies (pic 3): these are all the things I use during my study sessions and my revision, when rewriting and reorganizing all the material I have. Sticky notes, page markers, paper clips and a wide array of highlighters and pens and colours in general (even if I end up using always the same 2 things lol).


howard w a monocle!! it was a v important look. i used this cap of @bythepoweroftopshop‘s as ref for the first one!!!