i debated for like 4 hours whether or not to post this

What if Steven went through public schooling along side learning gem stuff?

Imagine:

- Showing off his gem in like kindergarten but not being able to use it
- Human History with Bird Mom
- REFUSING to comb his hair until he’s like..13, and then everyone being confused because his hair is just super curly but if he doesn’t comb it it becomes an afro
- Being super annoyed with English classes because he thought itd be writing stories but it’s just essays
- Every April fools day he does SOMETHING with shapeshifting
- In P.E. classes discovering his gem strength and making sure to be much more careful
- Quartz growth spurts where he gets like a foot taller in just a few months, then stops growing for long periods of time
- Eventually being at least a head taller than everyone he knows BC quartz build
- Hating desks as he gets taller because his legs get all cramped
- Discovering wrestling and joining school teams
- Shapeshifting to look like an adult to skip class with friends–then getting caught and chastised by Pearl and Garnet. But cheered on my amethyst
- Willing to fight anyone who is fatphobic anywhere anytime
- Enjoying history and math and constantly asking questions about them to his teachers, sometimes even annoying them with his enthusiasm
- Joining choirs and performing in musical dramas (shapeshifting makes for some WILD costume changes..)
- Bringing gem tech from Pearl into Show and Tells when he’s young
- One time Steven got really pissed off and a door handle bent to his hand after he used it. Nobody asked him why.
- Inexplicably being friends with EVERYONE
- Having to awkwardly explain his absences due to gem missions
- Coming to school running on coffee and 2 hours of sleep after a gem mission in high school
- MESSING UP bullies
- Being super annoyed in highschool because he’s that one student bending down to get through doorways and everyone always makes “how’s the weather up there” jokes
- People flirting with him and he just doesn’t know how to respond at ALL
- Riding lion to school
- That one time a gem corruption came on campus, and everyone saw Steven kick its butt and bubble it. Nobody asks how.
- Sneaking healing spit onto friends who got hurt
- Pearl crying on his first day of school
- Garnet walking in on mile time day, telling the P.E. Teacher every students mile time, then walking away
- Going all-out on artsy projects and stuff
- “Why do you smell like roses all the time?”
- Going into astronomy/architecture in college because “going into a medical field feels like cheating”
- SENIOR PRANK WITH AMETHYST
- The Gems telling Steven he should get 2nd place in nationals wrestling because getting 1st would be suspicious (imagine the scene from the Incredibles with dash in the race)
- People always get confused and slightly afraid during his quartz growth spurts because he’s always eating or looking to buy food during them. People swear he’s glowing sometimes.
- Food fights with a shield
- Garnet spending a solid 30 minutes talking a teacher into a corner in a debate on whether or not Steven’s hair is too long and needs to be cut. Steven gets to keep growing out his hair.
- This one time Steven only got like an hour of sleep in a week and someone pulled his hair as a joke, he threw them down a hallway (they weren’t hurt but were pretty shaken).
- Visiting Connies speech and debate tournaments and getting stares because everyone’s wearing suits and stuff and he’s there with a tank top and gym shorts
- In P.E. he almost got suspended in high school because he got into a sort of contest of who could lift more with someone he didn’t like and ended up breaking a bench press machine but adding too much weight
- Using his shield to ride down staircases like a slide
- Giving his biology teacher a hamster grape
- Cooking clubs!!
- Being a guide for freshman coming into high school when he’s a senior and immediately regretting the decision once he starts talking to them because none of them will stop making height jokes
- Pearl WEEPING because she’s proud of Steven for getting into Empire City University with a full scholarship from wrestling
- “Can you drive?” “No. I have a magic lion that can travel via portals.”
- The football coach trying to convince Steven to play football, and Steven is vaguely interested, but Pearl REFUSES to let him play
- Really intense truth or dare games. One time he snuck into a club with shapeshifting from one of them.
- Always having a pair of headphones. ALWAYS.
- Forgetting homework and getting it from home during passing periods because Lion can get him to school and back in like a minute
- Somehow managing to be late sometimes just because “oh, I have lion, I’ll be on time” so he sleeps in then realizes school starts in 2 minutes and he hasn’t even put a shirt on
- Figuring out how to fuse somewhat reliably, and fusing with friends at school
- Randomly disappearing from the campus for quick gem missions during lunch
- He’s bumped his head in doorways more times than he can count.
- Stevens 1-4 grade teachers low-key hating Garnet because every time she comes over at least one child gets into her hair and she almost walks out with them because she doesn’t realize
- One time Steven tried to go to a parent teacher conference by himself because “I’m my own mom”

Honestly I love the idea of Steven going through public schooling and college so much.

Just lil APUSH tips from someone who surprisingly got 5 on the exam

Hello to all juniors! I see a lot of people are going back to school pretty soon, or already started school, and I didn’t wanna just let my APUSH experience die & wanted to help those who decided to take APUSH this year. I really started from “are the Roosevelts father-and-son?” to “oh Lord Jesus I GOT FRIGGIN’ 5″ in like, 10 months. If I can do it, I am so so sure you can do it.

1. Make sure you take time on reading primary sources.

If you ever see the released APUSH exam or practice tests from review books (I personally recommend Princeton Review; there’s a reason for all the hype it gets on Amazon review), you will realise the multiple-choice questions are nothing like the history tests you have taken in regular middle school or high school history class. Basically, what it does is it gives you an excerpt from a primary or secondary source and then asks you on what you know about the time period or event(s) the excerpt is talking about or sometimes the author’s point of view. I saw a lot of people in my class who procrastinated until the very last minute and finished the more-than-10-page primary source packet in like 30 minutes. DO NOT DO THIS!! It might be hard at first because 1) you are not used to the language and 2) you have never (or rarely) read historical documents before, but trust me on this it will definitely get better by the time April hits. Learn how to read and comprehend and get the information out of the sources. It will help you in multiple-choice section, short answers, and of course, DBQ.

2. Spend AT LEAST AN HOUR everyday on studying APUSH.

For me, being a non-American student whose first language isn’t even English (disastrous, right?), APUSH homework took me 2 hours on week days and 1 to 1.5 hours on weekends. My daily assignment from my teacher was to read 9 pages of textbook every night (except on weekends when I had two days to read 9-10 pages) + to make notes for each chapter + to finish the chapter workbook + to read primary sources due every test. Even if your teacher isn’t this hardcore and doesn’t assign you chapter notes for homework, you are still responsible for reading your textbook. If you are lazy to make notes, then at least read the textbook and highlight the important terms, events, people, etc.

3.  Don’t focus too much on little details, but rather, focus on the social and political background of that time period. 

I’m not going to say too much about this since it’s pretty obvious that the College Board will not ask something like “what is the Marshall Plan?” or “Henry Clay’s American System consists of all of these except” on AP exam. AP stands for “advanced” placement for a reason. In the grand scheme of APUSH, they won’t ask for too much detail like those above or every single battle in a war, but I found it really important to know the social background (e.g. pre-Civil War debates on slavery, gold vs silver debates in the late 1800s, Progressive movement, etc.).

4.  Take at least 4 practice tests.

Here’s the tip: if you get a review book, whether it’s Princeton Review, Barron’s, 5 Steps to a 5, etc., there will be at least 2 practice tests; there is one released exam on the AP Central website (just google “released APUSH exam” in case it’s not on AP Central); your teacher should have at least one released exam. Luckily for me, the one I found online and the one my teacher had were not the same released exam (I guess because teachers have more access to the resources), I was able to take 4 different multiple-choice practice tests before taking the actual exam.

5.  Crash Course videos are for “brushing up the materials,” not “John Green will teach you everything that you didn’t bother to study.” 

Crash Course US History videos are great. If you already know the materials. I learnt my lesson about 2 weeks before the exam by binge-watching the videos, cramming 500+ years of history, and hoping that they would teach me everything post-Nixon presidency. After I closed my laptop, I honestly didn’t remember a thing about post-Nixon. I recommend watching them 2 weeks before the exam at the latest, if you already have at least a basic idea of the materials.

6. Women and minorities are probably more worth studying than you think they are.

My hard-core APUSH teacher gave us year-long projects, for both semesters, in order to have us focus on women and minority specifically. What I had to do was to make notes for all the people, events, legislation, etc. for women and minorities. Her reasoning was that every year, there is a DBQ or LEQ on women or minorities, and she was absolutely right. Since bomb DBQ and LEQ can possibly transform your score from 3 to 4, and 4 to 5, I think it is worth studying for women and minorities.

These are my tips on preparing yourself for APUSH exam. I am excluding essay tips because I heard the College Board is changing LEQ and DBQ rubrics, without periodization and synthesis, and JoczProductions on Youtube makes brilliant videos on how to write APUSH essays. Make sure to check them out at the end of the first semester when (hopefully) they update the LEQ and DBQ videos. What I will say about the essays, though, is that know the essay rubrics by heart. No matter what the new rubrics are going to be.

Have fun in APUSH class and I wish all of you a good luck! Regardless of what other people say, have faith in you and you will do great. If you need any help, feel free do l ask me anything.

Why the Voting Gauntlet is Flawed

Alright, people, I have to get this off my chest because it has been bothering me from the start. It’s about the Fire Emblem Heroes’ Voting Gauntlet. It’s terrible. Absolutely terrible!

At first, I liked the idea of a popularity vote contest since Awakening did the same thing as did Heroes for its 5 star characters, but this Voting Gauntlet is awful for many reasons.

Before I start, let me make this clear: I have only played Awaking and Fates. I haven’t played any of the past Fire Emblem games so I am not a ticked off veteran looking to pick a fight.

Second, this is simply my opinion. If you love the Voting Gauntlet, that’s fine with me; however, I despise the way Intelligent Systems is handling it and how broken the mechanics to this Gantlet is.

The first issue I have with this Voting Gauntlet are the characters that were chosen to participate.

Here’s the characters of the last gauntlet:

And now here’s the current gauntlet:

The problem here is as clear as day. Popularity imbalance. What I mean by that is that there are some people, myself included, who go into these things knowing only two or three characters at most because they played the games they were in. I have no clue who Erika, Minerva, or Palla are. Am I likely to side with their army? Well…I sided with Erika because I liked her design, but nothing more and that’s a problem. Fire Emblem Heroes is a game that exposed the newer players to older Fire Emblem characters, but it doesn’t give the newer players a compelling reason to like the characters enough to side with them. The people who are complaining about Lucina and Camilla (so far) single handily winning the Gauntlets have to realize that Awakening and Fates brought tons of people into the series; therefore, it is not surprising at all that Lucina and Camilla, the most popular characters from those games, are beating both Gauntlets.

None of the new fans have either heard of the past Fire Emblem games or even wanted to play them, so they don’t know any of the older characters like Erika. Why support a character whom you don’t even know the game they are from? Which brings me to one of the reasons why the Voting Gaunlet is flawed: the fandom is divided.

There are the old Fire Emblem veterans and there are the Awakening/Fates players. The veterans despise every aspect of Awakening and Fates and the toxic side of the fans who played the games while the newer fans are turned off by the older games due to either toxic veteran fans or Classic mode. So the fandom is literally cut in half with the needless bickering of what Fire Emblem should be. Why do a voting gauntlet that brings all the characters from all the games and expect it to be fair with everyone choosing “this character” because they look cool? No, people are picking their characters in the gauntlets because they know the character compared to the rest. That’s why Lucina and Camilla are winning because it shows how many new fans there are compared to the old fans. Whether you want to debate with me that it is because Lucina and Camilla are waifus and nothing more is up to you, but my main reason why is the former.

Now let me talk about the mechanics of the Voting Gauntlet. Oh…my…lord…the Voting Gauntlet is Takumi levels of broken and not in a good way! Tell me: what is the first thing you think of when you see “Voting Gauntlets”? A mode where you join with countless people around the world and vote for the character you like the most to win these things, right? Well here’s what’s bugging me: You can vote more than once and depending on the number of flags you have, your vote is worth more or less than other people. I’m sorry to the people who like the flags, but I fucking hate them.

The way the flags work is that if you have collected a certain amount through missions, which are more of a chore than anything else, you can use them to boost up a number of points your vote is worth. Depending on your rank in the arena, a regular vote can be worth around less or more than 100 with the difference being around 5 more or fewer points, but as we go higher in the multiplier, it gets worse. In the maximum amount of point multipliers, 200, the difference in points you could contribute is separated by 1000. So if you contributed say 19000 points, somewhere out there, someone contributed 20000 points for the same price of 200 flags because they are ranked higher than you!

And people are complaining about the roster being unbalanced, the flags are close to the rosters of how unbalanced they are. You can say how much I am blowing this out of proportion, but I’ve never had a good feeling about the flags ever since I saw what they could do and how much they could affect the scores. Just look at Camilla’s score when she slaughtered Hinoka. 5 billion+! Might as well stop participating right there and then because no one else is going to hit that. And now look at what’s happened in Camilla vs Cordelia. Camilla hit almost HALF a million in the span of a fucking hour at the START and now she’s at 4 billion points looking to break her record! And people are saying Minerva stands a chance? Not with the bullshit easter costume Camilla got which, in my opinion as a person who likes Camilla, is completely unnecessary and too coincidental.  That’s why I hate the Voting Gauntlet flags. They give too many points and all people need to do is collect them through chore missions, score high in the arena, and spam the fuck out of the 200 multipliers knowing that someone is doing the same but with higher points at the same price. It saps out the confidence of a team which is why Hinoka and Cordelia are scoring so low! They see the massive score Camilla has and just gives up.

Chrom vs Ephraim and Subaki vs Beruka were the best parts of the Voting Gauntlet because the no one knew who was going to win. Everyone had to pitch in and not laze around, or the team could have lost a vote that would have gotten them their victory. Those are the kinds of battles people want more of. The kin that are a test to how much people really want their character to win. People can’t just drop their phone or tablet and not do it for a few hours like they know they’re going to win. The Voting Gauntlet is something that requires undying loyalty and dedication which is something Hinoka and Cordelia fans are unable to display thanks to Camilla’s lead. What’s the point of even trying? That’s something I should never think of when it comes to these things. Even though I don’t like the fact that you can vote more than once, the concept behind it is debatably understandable.

While I do like the Voting Gauntlet as a concept, it isn’t a perfect mode to participate in. It’s too broken with both the characters that are selected and the flags points that are used in it. The first gauntlet kinda made these problems form in the back of my mind, but with this gauntlet with Camilla in it, there’s no doubt in my mind that Intelligent Systems are screwing everyone over.

Last time an Awakening character won and now a Fates character will win. How much of this can the Fire Emblem veterans take before they just start boycotting Intelligent Systems? How much more divided can this fandom get before it falls apart? Say what you want about the old veterans, but they do not deserve this level of neglect IS has continuously shown. As an Awakening fan, I know people will say that I don’t have a right to say this, but this is not what I want from a game that is suppose to bring old and new fans together. This game is supposed to introduce the new players to the old Fire Emblem characters and promote the past games. It worked for me because I have a 5 star Maxed out Lyn as the leader of my team and I want Erika more than even Camilla and Cordelia! I even want to play the games they are from because they are so interesting!

That is the purpose of Heroes and no one can tell me otherwise!

So I am going to make a post on how to fix the obvious mess that is the Voting Gauntlet. Sure it will be subjective and based off of my own opinion, but I’d rather be subjective than stay completely silent forever on this issue. One of the messes that needs to be fixed are definitely the flags. GET RID OF THE FUCKING FLAGS INTELLIGENCE SYSTEMS!!

And on a final note, my 5 star Maxed level Lyn says the next Voting Gauntlet will be Blue vs Red vs Green tome mages and Tharja will win it single handily with Male Robin in second place.

anonymous asked:

"We're in an exam study group and I just send you my nudes by accident oops" Minjoon

Pairing: MinJoon (Jimin x Namjoon)
Prompt: “We’re in an exam study group and I just send you my nudes by accident oops” AU
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2,447
A/N: *whispers* Minjoon is so precious ^~^ thank you anon for requesting and sorry I took forever with this (I hope you still get to read this)!! (P.S. Jimin’s doing the swearing on my behalf bc I swear that I don’t really swear at all irl – pun unintended) Enjoy!

Jimin’s phone vibrates once in his lap. He ignores it, working on the math problem he has in front of it. It vibrates again, then a series of vibrations start. Jimin curses under his breath, dropping his pen down to pick up his phone instead. 

There’s a flood of kakaotalk messages from Taehyung. 

[4:32PM TaeTae]
im bored

chimchim

talk to me :( 

[4:33PM TaeTae] 
i hate math

save me

chimmm

why you ignoring me

chimmmmmmmmmmmmm

Jimin looks up and shoots a glare at Taehyung who’s sitting diagonally across from him at the table. Taehyung’s face lights up with a triumphant smile. 

[4:35PM Jimin]
I’m trying to do my math problems, stop trying to distract me

Jabbing the home button, Jimin picks up his pen and goes back to staring at the same question that he’s been stuck on for nearly 20 minutes. There’s a reason Jimin’s here, stuck in study group past 4pm on a Friday afternoon rather than practicing his dance moves in the studio. 

Whoever deigned it necessary for a music student like him to take math in university should rethink their lives. How the hell is math even remotely needed in his degree? Something about holistic education and well-roundedness or some shitty excuse is what the deans will say but that’s honestly a ton of bullshit. Bullshit that has people like Jimin suffering because his midterms came back with an ugly 30/100 on the top and a “see me” post-it note tagged on the side. Taehyung had the nerve to laugh at him when he barely scraped a 33/100 on his. 

So here they are, stuck in a study group that’s supposed to coach them into passing finals. Jimin’s only here because the fear of having to retake the module and suffer another semester of math is real. 

His phone starts vibrating again. Jimin tsks under his breath, trying his best to ignore it, which is nearly impossible when his phone is basically wiggling its way dangerously close to his crotch. Stupid Taehyung and his non-existent attention span. Resigned, Jimin sighs and picks up his phone again. 

[4:37PM TaeTae]
im still bored 

dont be mean chim

stop ignoring em

me*
chimmmm lets go for tonkatsu later

i feel like treating myself after this torture

[4:38PM TaeTae]
yah i know you can feel your phone 

if you keep ignoring me im gonna tell namjoon hyung you have the biggest crush on him 

i swear 

Jimin sucks in a breath. Dammit why did he ever let it out to Taehyung about Namjoon? He should have known that Taehyung would use it to blackmail him someday. 

Not that intoxicated Jimin had cared a week ago when he, in Taehyung’s words, “wailed for a solid hour about Namjoon hyung’s beautiful gaze and lips and body and everything”. And no, Jimin is still adamant that he couldn’t have been as pathetic as what Taehyung makes him out to be. It’s just a tiny crush okay, Jimin can appreciate good aesthetics and that’s not his fault.

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anonymous asked:

What are some of your headcanons for the Murphy fam? What about for everyone else?

This ended up so much longer than I thought it would alright here we go

  • Cynthia is hella smart, like speaks-4-languages-and-plays-multiple-instruments smart. She’s a MASSIVE math person (PhD massive) and teaches part-time at the local college but they’re usually either online or summer classes
  • of course neither of her children nor her lawyer husband share her appreciation for mathematics but Zoe picked up music with ease at 8 and Connor liked to try and parrot her Irish Gaelic or help her grade exams so it was okay in the end

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Strong Dom or Aux Fi?

Hi there, I’ve been waffling back and forth the last couple of months or so on my own typing, and though I’ve searched your blog and read all the posts on the differences between INFP/ENFP, I’m still stuck, primarily on the topic of Fi.

Initially, when I was younger, I typed as an INFP (using online tests, however reliable those may or may not be) and had always considered myself an introvert, particularly because I have social anxiety and interaction, particularly with people who are new or less than engaging, can sometimes be taxing. As I became more interested in MBTI, however, and learned about the functions, it became more clear to me that I might be an extrovert, and I can see Ne as a huge driver in my life the more that I learn about it and for a while now have thought it to be my dominant function. Since I’ve gotten older and shaken at least some of my shyness, I’ve been able to see how I get energized and wound up by discussing plot ideas, theories, different characters or shows with my friends, even hypothetical would you rather this or that conversations with my ISTJ father who could not care less. I do feel, as well, that Si is more likely to be my inferior than Te, as I struggle more with retaining details, tend to skim and misread things, and be oblivious to Big Signs most others notice.

Saying that aloud (or in writing, anyway), I suppose it sounds like an easy case, or did to me, at first, but the more I learn about Fi, the more I feel there could be a case for it being my dominant as well. When I read posts on your blog discussing how ENFPs use their Fi, they often sound much more closed off to sharing, unaffected by bouncing around different opinions and ideals, and better able to make light of their deeper feelings than I feel I am. There was even a post about telltale signs someone is not an ENFP, one of them being that other people’s moral choices do not bother them. Maybe my Fi is just developed in an unhealthy way, but none of those things fit me, personally. I find I tend to want to share my feelings and opinions with those around me most of the time and seek their assurance or approval, and I also tend to make snap judgments and be staunch about my opinions or moral judgments I make in the moment and usually need to be dramatic to express the range of my emotions. Even though there frequently can be details I overlook in developing said opinions that may make them debatable, I usually stick to them at the time. However firm I am in my convictions in the moment, though, I tend to let things go quickly after and forget about them and move on; if not right after, within the hour or so. I guess all this just concludes to the question of where Fi would really fall in my stacking. I even have a book I just ordered on the cognitive functions to help better make sense of typing, but I’m still unsure whether I’m an INFP or just an odd, maybe rigid ENFP.

I’m sorry this became so so long, but I figured I’d at least give this a shot since I’ve explored as many posts as I can on my own thus far. If you read all this, honestly, bless; and thank you so much!

You’re safe calling yourself ENFP.


There seems to be two kinds of feelers: those that share, those that don’t. Those that make light of their feelings, those that don’t. I meet very few EXFPs as detached or uninterested in sharing their feelings a I am. Most are easily hurt, react to things externally (in the sense that it spurs a reaction, not that they can articulate it as a Fe might), and struggle to get past a strong Fi into Te. (I laughingly refer to myself as “emotionally constipated,” but I come off much more detached in writing than I actually am in real life, where I’m a walking ball of conflict-avoiding angst sometimes.)

A good example of this is Marianne Dashwood in Sense & Sensibility. I see her as an outgoing, romantic-minded (probably) Enneagram 4 ENFP. She has STRONG opinions, and she is not afraid to voice them. She has STRONG emotions and most people know of them. She can be QUITE dramatic, most of the time (that comes with her Ne – you’ll notice INFP Anne Shirley also is incredibly dramatic about her emotions ;). But she is quite different than the less-outwardly-emotionally-expressive Lizzie Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, who is another ENFP (of undoubtedly a different Enneagram type, though I know not what). Lizzie hides her feelings behind witticisms and cutting remarks, then broods internally.

Two ENFPs can be very different from one another. Why? What their Fi prioritizes when it comes to emotions (I value logic, so I strive not to have any humiliating emotional meltdowns – doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, though!). What their Enneagram type is, and the level of health within that type. Etc.

There was even a post about telltale signs someone is not an ENFP, one of them being that other people’s moral choices do not bother them. 

Hyperbole. My life would be so much easier if I didn’t give a damn about the moral choices other people make. I used to get judged for judging everyone else’s ethics. I still have JUST as strong of opinions (and not likely to change), I just shut up about them to avoid the inevitable conflict expressing them brings. But in my mind: there is right, and there is wrong, and some things are just wrong. I’m not going to act like they are not wrong, when I believe they’re wrong.

The fact that you think you MIGHT be an extrovert means you probably are; that you admit that you have greater weakness in Si than in Te supports ENFP; that you have emotional reactions and then move on QUICKLY suggests you are not prone to INFP looping behaviors. Call yourself ENFP. :)

- ENFP Mod

Uncomfort Zone (1)

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Do not reuse, edit or copy and of my work(s). ©
First part of a series
First time writing/posting anything at all! Enjoy :)
Themes=  😖,🌟,💣,🎭.

Summary: A series in which your biggest nightmare returns to you, in the form of a person. Main characters include: Reader, Jungkook, Yoongi, Taehyung & Hana

Part 2  Part 3  Part 4  Part 5  Part 6  Part 7  Part 8  Part 9  Part 10 Part 11 Final Part

Word Count: 1,906.


You were never a popular kid; in fact you didn’t have friends. But that didn’t bother you, you were okay with that. Socialising wasn’t really your thing anyway you preferred to keep yourself to yourself, you valued ‘alone time’ highly and so having no friends was kind of a blessing rather than a curse. You were also quite different to everybody else, you were aware of that too, it was obvious you were foreign, you hair was different, your style too, even the lunch you brought with you to school was different from all the other kids, but most days you didn’t even think about it, you didn’t let it bother you. The other students spoke about you often you knew it, you could feel it and occasionally you would hear the odd whisper or two when walking down the corridor. ‘Why is she always so lonely, won’t she ever make friends’. ‘What 18 year old still doesn’t have friends, what’s wrong with her’, ‘Yuck, what is she eating’. So many things were said about you and if you were having a really bad day then maybe some of the remarks would bother you, but 80% of the time you really couldn’t be bothered. The bell rang signalling the beginning of next lesson and you sighed heavily “Psychology” you groaned. You wondered how stupid you were sometimes, as you were clearly an introverted person, yet you decided to study a highly controversial subject, where group work and class room debates were always a necessity, for a straight A student, you made some foolish decisions. You found your way to your usual seat at the back right hand corner of the room, far enough to distance yourself as best you could from the other students but on the same side as the class room door so you could be one of the first to leave, although nowadays it wouldn’t have mattered whether or not you sat in the corner or directly in the centre of the room, as you were required to join in with group work and class debates anyway.

“Right everyone!” Your psychology teacher; Mr Ryu shouted, pushing his glasses further up the bridge of his nose. Why was he so loud? You groaned inwardly and rolled your eyes. “We’ll be carrying on with last lessons debate, however we’ll be pairing up in order to strengthen our argument, as they say strength in numbers” he grinned childishly a few students had already stood up moving across the room to partner up with their friends. “Ah! - I’ll be picking the partners today, go back to your seats”.  Your teacher earned a lot of disapproving grunts, but he proceeded anyway. ‘Seriously!’ you thought to yourself, another debate, couldn’t you just do some basic textbook work for once or copy notes from the board, you thought the whole point of school was to focus and not talk to others in the first place, so why did this stupid teacher of yours insist on making you constantly mingle with each other. You didn’t know whether or not you felt sorrier for yourself for being forced into yet another disgustingly uncomfortable social situation for a whole hour, or for the person who was going to be paired up with you, as you did not intend on making an effort to communicate with them at all.

Mr Ryu began calling out names “Eunji and Mina”, the two girls squealed, you looked at them in a weird way, you never understood why girls got overly excited over things like this, but then you wouldn’t understand would you? You had no friends. You were not paying attention to the rest of the pairs until Mr Ryu got round to you “Y/N and Jungkook”. You felt your soul die a little bit, because you really didn’t want to partner up with anyone, especially not Jungkook he was quite a sociable person. Girls liked him, they thought he was gorgeous he had mysterious dark hair, he was lean and was quite a talented guy and guys wanted to be him or at least be friends with him, you on the other hand really could not care less about him, but you knew that partnering up with him would mean your brain would have to work double time as he spoke plenty.

“No, I can’t” Jungkook said whilst raising his hand looking directly at Mr Ryu, his hair falling over his right eye.

“What do you mean you can’t” My Ryu frowned, not really understanding what Jungkook was trying to say.
“I mean I can’t work with her, I don’t want to” Jungkook said, leaning back in his seat this time whilst giving you a quick glance from over his shoulder. At this point everyone in the room was looking at Jungkook, in surprise. Jungkook may have been popular, yes. But he wasn’t your typical high school jock who had no manners, in fact he was quite polite and so this was completely out of character and dare you say rude, it’s not like you couldn’t hear what he was saying you were sitting right behind him. At this point Mr Ryu was tapping his foot on the floor impatiently and scowling in Jungkook’s direction. “Mr Jeon Jungkook” He frowned “I don’t care how popular you are, how expensive your clothes are and how many friends you have, nobody in this class is choosing their partner and you’re no exception, now turn around and face Y/N.”

“It’s not about picking my partner” Jungkook shook his head whilst running a hand through his hair “You can pick my partner, I don’t mind who I’m with, just not her. Please sir”. Although you didn’t care about what people thought of you on most days you were starting to get slightly agitated, what was wrong with him, this was embarrassing the whole class was beginning to stare in your direction, it’s not like you had a contagious disease that you were going to pass on to him and did he have to be so loud about the whole situation?
“I can hear you” you whispered angrily, but a little too loudly.
“Oh?” Jungkook turned around to look into your foreign face. “So you can hear but you can’t speak? No, I’m sorry but I refuse to work with a mute, she never speaks to anyone, and class participation is 20% of our overall grade, I’m sorry but I’m not prepared to fail.” He was beginning to get slightly angry now, pushing his hand roughly through his hair and scowling so hard creases started to form at his lips. Mr Ryu began to walk slowly towards Jungkook’s desk, breathing at a slow and steady pace; he stopped right in front of him and bent over. Mr Ryu was a very tall man around 6ft3 with long hair tied back and small piercing eyes and so at this point he looked extremely intimidating.
“Listen Jungkook” He breathed out slowly and began to smile sarcastically which was actually quite creepy. “This is my classroom and these are my rules, this isn’t an option, it’s an order.  Now either you do as I say or you fail participation” He stared at Jungkook for a while, who still hadn’t budged. “Jeon Jungkook, if you want that 20% I suggest you turn around- NOW!” He shouted banging his fist on the table. This time Jungkook turned around, pulling a face when he looked in your direction. You were so weird he thought to himself, you looked so different your hair was curly and hung messily around your shoulders, your eyes were big. Although he didn’t necessarily think that you were fat, you weren’t as skinny as the other girls, and you were tall, the girls in this school were an average height of 5ft3 give or take two inches but you were around 5ft8, you were unconventional, an outlier you didn’t conform to the norm, but what pissed Jungkook off the most at this moment in time was the fact that you didn’t speak, how was he going to get a good participation with a partner that didn’t communicate. For a while you both stared at each other in silence, his eyes were dark and intense, and you felt sick. Had you have known that today would turn out like this you wouldn’t have bothered coming in, maybe you would’ve just gone to the city library instead and buried your head in a book, you felt as though Jungkook was assessing you, probably comparing you to every other girl in the school and how different you were, uncomfortable would be an understatement of what you were feeling right now.

It was about ten minutes into the debate and you still hadn’t said anything, The left hand side of the class argued that Schizophrenia is an illness caused by social factors whilst your side argued it was due to biological causes. Eunji and Mina were on fire today, when Eunji made a point Mina would back it up with research into the field, whilst Jungkook tried his hardest to fight his corner. It would be a lie to say you didn’t feel sorry for him having to put in 110% of the effort but you just couldn’t speak you were socially anxious and you really didn’t want to engage in conversation. “Do you have anything to say?” Jungkook asked, turning to look at you “Oh, that’s right I forgot you don’t speak” he glared at you angrily, which was beginning to make you angry, but you were trying your hardest to suppress whatever was bubbling up inside of you.
“Awkward…” Eunji scoffed from the left side of the room, earning an angry scowl from you. Why was it every person’s mission to push your buttons?
“Seriously, what is wrong with you!?” Jungkook finally exploded pushing his hair back out of his face and standing up from his seat. “Don’t you care about the 20%, don’t you care about my 20%, why are you so selfish, what is your issue!?” And it was at that point you could not control yourself anymore. You stood up abruptly from your chair pushing it down to the ground with a loud bang and throwing your desk forward in Jungkook’s direction. “My issue?” you shouted hysterically “is every single person in this school! My issue is you! If you have a problem with me Mr. Oh So Popular deal with it yourself, don’t pester me! Leave me alone! I’m sick and tired of all of you, each and every single one of you” you stared around the room, scanning everyone’s shocked faces; you were the quiet girl, why were you acting this way?
“Sit down Y/N” Mr Ryu said calmly trying to diffuse the situation. You snapped your head towards his direction. “I mean really sir, does it look like I want to sit down right now, in a class full of people that constantly judge me? DOES IT LOOK LIKE I WANT TO TAKE A SEAT!?” You picked up your backpack. “I know what goes on in those minds of yours” you sneered, pointing at Jungkook “Judging me, assessing me constantly, find a new hobby you idiots” and with that you stepped over your chair that was still lying on the floor and exited the classroom, not bothering to respond to your teacher that was still calling your name.

Lightning Strikes

Day 2 of Kaminari week → AU │Jealosy │Storms 

Rating: sfw (i don’t know the rating  letters and stuff but there’s nothing weird. i’m positive everybody can read it.)

Words count: 936


You might think that because of Kaminari’s quirk, he’d love storms and enjoy being in one. Definitely not.

He liked rain, sure, but if it had lightning, he was like a magnet; everything would come near him. Whenever he used his quirk, it could mix with the storm and get out of control, although it’d make him more powerful. In any way, he wasn’t really fond of storms.

Now, Kirishima and Kaminari were both walking when the strong rain happened. It was sudden, the weather forecast didn’t say anything about it nor did the weather app. Kaminari was sure this was some sort of punishment for teasing Bakugou.

“Damn, it’s raining so hard” Kirishima commented “maybe it’d be better if we went into a shop or something?”

“We don’t know when it’ll stop; we could stay inside for many hours. And that’s not the plan.”

Kirishima nodded. They saw a lightning and a few seconds later the thunder followed. Kaminari gulped and looked at his sides and then at Kirishima, whose hair was down due to the rain but his big smile didn’t flatter when he looked at Kaminari.

“Maybe we should separate?” Kaminari tried. He knew that if a lightning hit him, nothing would happen; his body would automatically absorb it. But Kirishima was a completely different story.

“Separate? Why would you even say that?”

“Well, it’s just that…” Kaminari looked to the side, debating whether telling Kirishima or not was a good idea. He sighed “my quirk doesn’t really mix well with storms. I attract the lightning and I was just…”

“Well, that’s fine!” Kirishima assured and Kaminari blinked. He mentally facepalmed; Kirishima could be stubborn when he wanted to.

“Kirishima, I appreciate it, but I’d rather we go different ways now.”

“Oh, come on, Kaminari! We shouldn’t let the weather ruin our fun!”

Kaminari took a deep breath while another lightning happened; to calm himself down and to try to control the electricity inside him.

“Look, Kirishima” he was interrupted by the thunder. They had stopped walking and were in the middle of a street with no one around, only some trees along the street and a park on the other side. “It’s literally suicide to be near me when there are storms happening. I get it, you wanna have fun, but we can’t. At least not here.”

“I’m sure it’s not…” Kirishima trailed off and Kaminari looked at him, only to see his widened eyes. Kaminari then saw a lightning hitting the tree near Kirishima. The force of it shook him and sent him at Kaminari, who managed to catch him in his arms.

“Are you okay?” Kaminari screamed louder than the thunder. Kirishima nodded, but didn’t move from his place in Kaminari’s arms. The storm had gotten extremely bad now.

“Let’s go back to your home. You’ll be safe there, won’t you?” Kirishima asked, finally willing to start walking.

“Yes. We have a lightning rod for these cases.” His home wasn’t far away, and as another lightning hit a tree on the other side of the road, Kaminari couldn’t help asking. “Are you sure you want to come with me? I’d understand if you decided to leave now.” Then he muttered, mostly to himself “you wouldn’t be the first one to do so.”

Kaminari wasn’t brave enough to look at Kirishima after saying it, so he opted to look at the sidewalk and see how the raindrops collapsed with it. However, he looked up at him when he felt Kirishima’s hand holding his. Kaminari blinked.

“Of course I want to come with you” he smiled softly at Kaminari “you know, your quirk’s pretty awesome! To be able to make electricity is something that many people would like to have. It’s true that it has it downs, like the storms thing or when you electrify your brain. But it doesn’t mean it’s less manly or cool!” Kaminari felt Kirishima tightening his grip, “plus, you’ve saved many people with it, including Bakugou and me.”

“That’s not…” Kaminari tried to stop him, mostly because it was the first time he’d been told that.

“Shush, let me finish! You’re strong too, and you always try to make things less hard than they are, or less scary, even when you’re the first one to be affected by it. I think you’re going to be a freaking awesome hero, Kaminari.” Kirishima finished, smiled and gave him a thumbs up.

On the other hand, Kaminari blinked. He was loss at words. Was he supposed to say thank you or hug him, he didn’t know. He opened his mouth to say something, but no words would come out. Kirishima laughed.

“You don’t have to say anything.” Kirishima smiled. “Oh, look! The storm and rain have stopped.”

Kaminari had been so attentive to Kirishima’s words that he hadn’t noticed. He took out the phone to look at the hour. “It’s only 7pm. We can still do something to have fun.”

Kirishima nodded at him “Let’s go get an ice-cream!”

Kaminari laughed “Sure! I really feel like eating one now.”

They started walking towards the shop when Kaminari stopped. Kirishima stopped too and looked back at him. “Hey, is anything wrong…?”

“Not really. I just wanted to say thank you” he made eye contact with Kirishima and smiled brightly. “You were the first one to say all those things to me, so…”

“I was? I’ll have to say it more often, then!”

“What? I didn’t say that! What are you even talking about?”

Kirishima laughed and Kaminari too did. He was lucky to have someone like him in his life, that’s undoubtable.

blue lace

Part 1/?.  Story of Seasons, primarily Klaus X Minori.  Special tumblr early release; will be posting the full chapter one at some point this week, but here’s a sizable preview.  Enjoy! :)


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Winter 31st.  Oak Tree Town.  4:00 PM.

It was cold.

Minori buried her hands deep in the pockets of her coat.  She had forgotten to bring gloves for the walk to Lillie’s house, and, after several minutes of exposure to the frigid temperature, her fingers were going numb.  

She sighed, the air leaving her mouth in a puff of white.  The Inn was only mere minutes away; she had just passed the bridge into Oak Tree Town.  Hopefully Lillie would have a fire in the hearth and hot coco ready for drinking — or at least a pair of gloves.

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Four codenames: Antarctica, Langdale, Porlock, and Love.

Five people in the room: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Vivian Norbury, Lady Smallwood, and Sir Edwin.

It’s time to play…

“Who then is Porlock?”

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A not-so-positive but debatably necessary update (ptw)

I’ve been umming and ahhing about whether or not I’d make this post all night and all morning. As much as I want to ignore the fact that I’ve been struggling I feel like I owe you guys and myself the honesty and I don’t want my blog to give the message that recovery is fine and dandy and easy because that’s just not the truth. This might be a long(ish) and rambly post whilst I check in with myself and try to figure out what the heck has actually been going on. 

I’m embarrassed and ashamed to say that I’ve slipped up with self harm. I’m upset that I’m back to day 1. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what led up to this because there’s gotta be something more than “the urges were stronger than I was” because I’ve been managing to resist urges for 5 weeks so something must have been different about the past 24 hours. ED thoughts have been really loud and on a few occasions I think I’ve replaced one behaviour with another (I don’t want to go in to detail about behaviours etc because I don’t want this to be *overly* triggering for anyone). I haven’t been being realistic with myself and I’ve been pretending that this is okay but logically I know that it’s not. My intake has slowly been slipping and certain foods have been becoming more scary and hard to face again. I think that this weekend being Easter hasn’t been the greatest help because chocolate is a trigger food for me with regards to b/p so being surrounded by so much of it has honestly been overwhelming. I woke up this morning and very stupidly restricted breakfast but after checking in with myself and realising that this wasn’t okay I did manage to bring myself to eat some toast to make up for it and then pep talked myself into morning snack. The main thing that’s keeping me going with eating is the fact that I know that restriction leads to b/p and that’s a road that I can’t send myself back down because it spirals out of control so quickly and before I know it it’s all that I do all day, everyday. You give bulimia an inch and it takes a mile. Thinking about it, I know that this lapse with self harm isn’t a good thing by any means but I’m kind of glad that it was that rather than purging because I feel like I can get more of a hold on this but I always go at bulimia with an “all or nothing” mindset so if I even have one slip up with that I know that it’ll be for good and after a few months of being in relapse I’d end up having to restart the recovery process all over again. 

So going back to what’s led up to this lapse. I think I’ve kind of put a lot of pressure on myself to have the perfect recovery and I haven’t let myself feel sad or admit that I’ve struggled since I came home from the hospital a few weeks ago. Exams are coming up and the pressure is high and I’ve been socialising a lot more and I think I’ve just been pushing and pushing and pushing myself until I reached the breaking point and couldn’t take it anymore, and rather than using DBT skills to get myself through the crisis I went back to self harm because it’s something I’ve been using to cope since I was 13 so there’s that sense of comfort and safety attached to it. I wanted to call my DBT therapist because I need help today but I can’t call her for 24 hours after I engage in a target behaviour (which is ridiculous if you ask me because now is when I need support the most but hey ho) so I’m just going to have to hold on until I see her on Thursday and then my care co on Friday. I’m trying not to feel guilty about taking time off revision today because despite having done nowhere near enough I know that I’m essentially on the edge of relapse so taking the day to make sure that I eat enough and keep myself safe and well is more important right now.

But, looking on the positive side of things, this could’ve been a lot worse. I’ve been in a bit of a “whack-a-mole” with ED behaviours/rules with new ones creeping in under my nose but now that I’ve acknowledged them I can put a stop to them before they escalate. I’m still 39 days purge free and having control over bulimia is the most important thing for me. The moral of the story is that recovery is by no means perfect or linear or easy and having slip ups does not make you weak. I’m trying to recover from two things at once so I guess it’s understandable that one thing had to slip to keep the other afloat. I’ve had a slip up but it doesn’t erase all of my recovery efforts so far and it doesn’t mean that I have to relapse completely. I can still commend that after 4 years of self harming almost everyday I managed to stay completely clean for 5 weeks. That makes me pretty damn strong. I’ve had my time to wallow and isolate myself but doing that won’t make me recover any faster so it’s time to get off my ass and make myself some lunch and fight through the rest of the week. It’s okay to be sad sometimes. It’s okay. I’m okay.

I love you all so much. Thank you for all of the love and support that you give me continually. You’re all wonderful and amazing and strong and a light in this world. xxxxxx

How Sherlock Survived His Heart Stopping - A Medical Analysis

A medical analysis of how Sherlock survived “flat-lining”.  I discuss:

1. Why Sherlock was never actually dead

2. What the doctors did to keep him alive.

3. How Sherlock managed to spontaneously recover 

4. What the physical consequences for Sherlock were after he recovered

The Most Miraculous Thing

The medical explanation I am about to give for Sherlock’s survival is nowhere near as uplifting or exhilaration as watching Sherlock struggling out the steps of his mind palace with the sheer determination to live for John. 

I personally enjoy interpreting Sherlock’s “revival” as a miracle of love and a testimony to our inner strength.

The reason I am writing this article is to explain the medicine behind the poignant scene for people who are interested to know how things work in real life because miracles do happen in reality. 

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rate yourself and rake yourself, take all the courage you have left

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Mark’s Tokyo Edge Planner 2017 Review

I didn’t keep one last year and this year I think I’ve found the perfect one for me! I have been debating for the last 6 months over whether or not to go for a Kate spade or passion planner. Before I committed to either (very expensive and awful shipping costs) I did some research (I.e. Procrastination) and found this diary range from marks Tokyo edge.
I could do a comparison of every diary I thought was good but that would take forever so here is a list of why I’m super excited about this one:
1. You can do that thing when you are super stressed/classes/every minute counts and time block every half hour of everyday. I find this is really useful in exams (I have mocks atm) and when I’m trying to see when I can do things without impacting social life because goddamn it I’m still gonna be a teenager AND have a good education.
2. Each day has a goal for the day at the top (or task) and a little space at the bottom where you can put todos for that day or allocate tasks - so you can plan for when you have a spare minute or sometimes I put quotes or jokes at the top to stay focused XD
3. The goddamn side thing which is dotted. One for each subject at a level - I squealed when I saw this. It means I can put my homework on the side for the week AND put a full description of the task. Literally can you imagine how easy this makes your life?
4. Monthly overview so you can plan the month and at the beginning there is a yearly overview as well.
5. DID I MENTION ITS GREEN AND THATS MY FAVOURITE COLOUR?!
6. The ribbon bookmark thingies - not one but TWO asdfghjkl I don’t really use them as much since I like the big post it tabs but I do use them for monthly a week overview
7. The days count down to the new year 2018 and from new year 2017. ‘Nuff said.
8. There is a tab thing on the side for each month is super useful
9. The minimalistic clean plain design allows you to be creative and do what you want and add stuff instead of annoying fonts and pictures which you want to murder (cough you know the Planner I’m thinking of)
10. Internationally tube/metro/underground maps at the back
11. The best thing about Mark Tokyos Edge stationary is the cover of the notebooks it effectively a zip pocket where you can store cards (my school ID and timetable) and is waterproof - no crumpled pages.
12. Paper quality is great but not too thick and doesn’t bleed and yayayaya

That’s all for the moment folks. I also use 2Do to organise my time as well. Tell me if you want any more reviews - I may do one of my favourite study apps!

running-after-silmarils  asked:

Hi! Thanks for the encouragement and helpful tips when I sent in an ask about track a while back. I've decided at the end of things it is sprints and hurdles I want to focus on, found a track club in my area where training would start in September where they hold practice twice a week. However, I do want to stick to training 5x a week and am wondering if you've got sprinter-specific workout recommendations (esp weights + plyo!) for other days. Thanks! (I was formerly mafiaprinceza if that helps)

Yay I remember you, that’s great I’m glad to hear that. Always a pleasure to help!

Well typically most track and field athletes will train 5-6 times per week, so I’m glad to hear that you are planning on training more than twice per week. Evidently, if you are considering moving forward in the track and field world biweekly training wouldn’t be sufficient because you need to build and maintain strength, and in order to do so you need to train more than twice per week (in my opinion). High levels of relative strength are necessary in many sports for world-class success. The same rules apply for recreational athletes or guys who just want to look good naked. With the exception of a handful of pure strength sports, a leaner body will perform better and faster!

The fact that your training only starts in September is a great thing because it will give you plenty of time to build muscles and develop your strength, stamina and endurance; these are all very important aspects when it comes to sprinting.


Sprinters focus A LOT on strength and this is why they are some of the leanest and strongest athletes on the planet. These athletes are the total package of strength, power, speed and explosiveness wrapped up into a lean mean running machine. They possess the perfect storm of fast­ twitch dominance, exceptional reaction time, great work capacity, and a favorable endocrine profile. Physically, they look pretty damn good too. Now you may suspect that a sprinter’s physical characteristics are all a product of awesome genetics, but that’s only one aspect of the resultant physical outcome. Yes, a certain body type is preferential for success in sprinting, but training, lifestyle, and diet all have a big impact on the expression of physical qualities. To understand my point, just attend a collegiate level track meet and you’ll note that certain track events develop specific physical characteristics in their participants. 

For example, if you look around a track and field event sometime and you’ll notice the relationship between sprinters and bodybuilders actually goes both ways, meaning a lot of full-time sprinters also have damn impressive bodies! Even the guy or girl who places dead last in the 200 or 400m sprint will still typically have well developed glutes, hamstrings, and fairly low body fat levels. Even though they may not have what it takes to win even a Junior College track meet, their body resembles that of a world­ class athlete. But what does it really take to look like these athletes? I attribute this to the training.

First and foremost, you will have to focus more on APPEARANCE than weight loss! Building muscles means than you will eventually put on weight! I feel if you focus on the numbers it can add a sense of unnecessary stress, especially if you’re working hard. Before you start freaking out about putting on weight let’s take a look at the wonders muscle building does to your body.

FOCUS ON APPEARANCE NOT THE NUMBERS!

BUILDING MUSCLE AND BURNING FAT SIMULTANEOUSLY: IS IT POSSIBLE?

If I remember well one of your concerns when your first inboxed was in regards to fat loss. 

I didn’t really touch on that matter previously when I replied to you, so I will take the time in this post to touch on that aspect. You’re probably looking at these pictures and thinking “well most of these girls were already thin to begging with, what if I want to build muscles, but lose fat at the same time?”

Can I build muscles while trying to lose fat? Yes, but before touching on that I want us to pause and analyze the terminology I’ve used, notice how I mentioned  “fat loss” instead of “weight loss”.  Why? I always feel the need to mention the difference between losing weight and losing fat when I write posts like this because the “weight loss” mindset is so prevalent in our culture. In short, I don’t want you to lose weight, I want you to shred fat!

This distinction is really important because the wrong types of exercise cause you to lose weight (which often means muscle) instead of just fat.
Here’s an abstract from a post I’ve written: 

People often say they want to lose weight. This is sort of a dumb statement, because “weight” can be a few different things. For example… water, glycogen, muscle or fat. Hell, you can cut off a leg and you’ll lose “weight” just fine. In reality however, what most of us want to lose is fat, NOT muscle.

What’s the difference between weight loss & fat loss? People seem to use both terms interchangeably. After reading hopefully you’ll understand the difference between weight loss & fat loss, but also which one you should aim for and how.

Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss.  What’s the difference? Let’s start by defining weight loss & fat loss so you know what I mean here. If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat. There are people who must lose weight, like athletes before a competition, but most want fat loss. So stop weighting yourself. Remember above I mentioned you will need to focus on your appearance rather than the numbers!

2 people with similar height can weigh the same, but look completely different because one has lower body fat than the other. Check the picture below for an example. The more muscle your body caries the slimmer you appear to be.

That being said, let’s answer our main question (can one build muscles and lose fat simultaneously?). As I mentioned earlier yes! However, here’s the dilemma; every time you are trying the lose fat you can lose your pretty hard-earned lean muscle mass while only trying to lose your ugly body fat! The body will always try to preserve as much fat as it can; the body for some reason like to hold onto fat, so it will burn anything it can as fuel before burning fat. You do not want to lose muscle - the goal when losing fat is to preserve as much muscle as possible. Many people lose muscle when they lose fat. This is not desirable because it spells havoc in the long term. Even though you can achieve very quick weight loss this way, it comes at a tremendous cost. Losing muscles slows down your metabolism so it’s inevitable that you will gain back the weight very quickly, usually accompanied by a few pounds of fat you didn’t have before you lost weight.

The body doesn’t really give a crap about what you want. It just knows that in order for it to survive and function under the current conditions, it will need to pull stored energy from somewhere. And that can mean fat, muscle or a combination of both.

Here are a few tips I consider to be the best ways to lose fat WITHOUT losing muscle; I’ll try to keep it short…

  1. Avoid Excessive Amounts Of Cardio (LISS)

The most pervasive myth when it comes to losing fat is that “cardio” is the number one fat burner. That’s a belief that’s leading a bunch of people to failure and poorer health.

When I use the term cardio, I’m talking about any routine or program that puts you in the “target heart rate zone” for extended periods of time (typically 30 minutes or longer). This could be running, Tae Bo, certain P90X workouts, ellipticals, Jillian Michaels, and the list goes on and on.

I’m not going to spend this post tearing down cardio, though. Instead, I’m going to tell you what kind of exercise actually shreds fat and helps you sculpt your body so you can focus all of your time and energy there rather than on something that’s counterproductive to your goals.

Now when I’m talking about cardio it is important to differentiate between two types of cardio:

1) HITT: HIIT stands for High intensity interval training, which consists of short sprint intervals coupled with low­ moderate intensity work. An example of this would be a 30 second sprint followed by a 4 minute steady pace walk to cool down and bring your heart rate back to normal and then repeating it.

  • Studies have shown that HIIT can be effective for both sprinters and endurance athletes and it can be incorporated into just about any training protocol whether it be weight training, sprinting, rowing, climbing, or sport specific workouts.
  • The key is to pick exercises that use the majority of muscle groups. Using HIIT for isolation exercises will be ineffective. However, using them for full body exercises like sprinting, squats, deadlifts, and plyometrics will really kick your fat loss into high gear.

2) LISS: LISS stands for Low intensity steady state cardio, which consists of purely low ­moderate intensity work. An example of this would be walking on the treadmill or riding the bike and being able to hold a conversation.

Having said that, let’s solve the debate on low intensity (duration) vs. high intensity workouts (intensity). There are many conflicting statement about how long and how hard you need to exercise in order to lose fat. In my opinion, unless you are obese I wouldn’t recommend overdoing extended cardio sessions (LISS) all the time. Why?

  • Well first of all, in my personal opinion individuals that should perform extended period of low intensity cardio such as jogging are obese individuals, athletes such as distance runners, triathletes, or someone needing to lose muscle tissue. Yes, you read right, unless your goal is to have LESS lean muscle mass, the hamster wheel approach to energy system work is not for you.

  • Second of all, because the body is very adaptive. We tend to see a lot of people doing hours and hours a week of LISS and according to calculations they should be losing pounds, but they can’t lose anything because your metabolism adjusts to low intensity exercise. It just doesn’t cut it because it’s just a calorie burn at that time, not 24-hour energy expenditure. If you do LISS all the time, you’re basically trading calories in and calories out and you can cut these same calories through diet and still get the same effects.

Steady state cardio may encourage fat loss in the beginning, but your body will quickly adapt to that training intensity and create a new set point. Once this occurs, fat loss will slow, muscle loss will be encouraged, and other negative side effects like increased hunger and systemic inflammation (even injury) begin to occur. 

Ex: You burn 200 calories over 30 min of LISS, you can cut out 200 calories through carbs or fat and get the same effect as opposed to getting a 24 hour energy expenditure through HIIT cardio. 

  • Third of all, because your hormones and mitochondria love intensity 
  • And lastly

Now, I’m not saying that low intensity workouts are bad. Low intensity exercises are beneficial for warming up and cooling down, before and after high intensity phases. Many people have legitimate orthopaedic, cardiac, and even psychological reasons to avoid HIIT, so LISS is their only option. Besides, low intensity exercises are also good for the elderly, anyone recovering from an illness or injury, someone who is significantly overweight and out of shape, or someone who is just beginning to workout.

An excellent approach to your training is to mix intensities. Sometimes you go easy and long, and other times you go hard and fast. I’m a big believer in doing both HIIT and LISS combined. I feel they both should be incorporated into your routines since each have specifically different effects. Here are the following reasons why:

  • You can’t do HIIT 5­6 days a week because eventually it will have a negative impact on your weight training and interfere with growth
  • HIIT could be dangerous if not used right and could lead to injury
  • HIIT and LISS on either a combined, cyclical, or rotational basis seems to be the best formula in my opinion

The Bottom Line
Do the type of cardio that you have a personal preference for. Whichever one fires you up the most because you’ll most likely work harder at it. HIIT is quicker, proves to be more effective for fat loss, creates metabolic changes, and helps with muscle retention but not everybody can do HIIT. LISS is safer, but takes twice as long to accomplish similar things (except for obese individuals) and it still has its place for fat loss in moderate amounts, from a pure calorie burning standpoint (meaning only to burn calories & not make changes to your metabolism). My intentions weren’t to favor one form of cardio and bash the other, even though it sounded like that. My intent was to educate and notify you that times have changed and science is proving some good stuff with HIIT cardio. But at the end of the day it’s up to you on what kind of cardio suits you best.

Hopefully, after reading this you should have a really good idea of what kind of cardio is right for you and how to effectively use it.

        2. Maintain Strength/Intensity/Weight On The Bar

The single most important training requirement for anyone who wants to lose fat without losing muscle is maintaining your current levels of strength. When on a fat loss diet, just maintaining your current levels of strength (aka intensity, aka the weight on the bar) is what now signals your body to maintain muscle. If that signal goes away, your body’s need to keep your pretty muscle tissue around goes away right along with it. Weight training obviously needs to be kept around as it provides the primary signal that tells your body to maintain muscle and only burn body fat.

That’s why the insanely stupid myth of lifting heavier weights to build muscle but then lifting lighter weights (for higher reps) when you want to lose fat, get lean and get toned is the absolute WORST thing you could possibly believe when you’re trying to avoid losing muscle. In reality, you lift heavy weight to build muscle, and then lift that same heavy weight if you want to actually maintain that muscle. If you start purposely lifting lighter weights while in a caloric deficit, your body essentially thinks: “Hmmm, it looks like we only need to lift lighter weights now. I guess all of that muscle I built for the purpose of being able to lift heavy weight is no longer needed. Time to start burning it for energy instead of body fat! YOU DON’T WANNA BURN MUSCLE YOU WANNA BURN FAT! Maintaining the amount of weight you currently lift on every exercise is the key weight-training requirement for losing fat WITHOUT losing muscle.

Muscle Gains & Fat Loss. You’ll gain muscle while losing fat when you get into strength training. But on the weight scale it will look like you’re not making progress: your body-weight doesn’t change. Track your body fat using a fat caliper and you’ll see your body fat is going down.

While weight training obviously still needs to be kept around as it provides the primary signal that tells the body to maintain muscle and only burn body fat, cardio on the other hand is completely optional. Cardio without strength training & diet is useless. If you are not morbidly obese excess cardio will burn muscle, not fat.

Now that we have discussed cardio and weight lifting, let’s answer your main question regarding sprint workouts. There are various sprint routines that can be found on the net, but since you asked me about my recommendations I’ll share some of my favourite sprint workouts.

During the indoor collegiate track season I stick to the drills we do during practice. Evidently, when I’m not having practice or during the off-season I have my own routine. When it comes to my personal routine I would say that it is a mix of everything; all the knowledge I’ve acquired over the years. I try to incorporate different exercises; I like exercises that target the whole body – reason why I love sprinting.

As I’ve mentioned above it is impossible to do HIIT 7 days a week because it will have a negative impact on your weight training and interfere with growth — reason why I am a big believer in doing both HIIT and LISS combined. Usually, there will be 3 to 4 where I’ll focus on HIIT exercises such as sprinting and the remaining 3 days I’ll do LISS. 

Some of my favorite HITT exercises include:

  • Sprinting obviously (when I go to the track I like to spent a least an hour) 
  • Hill sprints − Hill sprints are amazing; they’re a pain in the a**, but OMG they give you stunning warriors legs. The steeper the hill is = the better leg workout you’ll get
  • Stair sprints
  • Boxing 

If you are planning on incorporating sprinting to your routine as HIIT workout, always start with a dynamic warm up to prime the nervous system for fast movements.

Now you should be nice and fired up ready to turn it loose on the track. The two track sessions below are devised to target different aspects in a sprinters training—both vital to their competition prep.

  1. TRACK TRAINING SESSION ONE (Conditioning Run)
    8 x 200m, walk back in 2 minutes for rest, target time: 30 seconds or under.
  2. TRACK TRAINING SESSION TWO (Race Modeling Run) 
    250m, 150m x 2; Rest 90 seconds in between reps and 8 minutes between sets.

*If you don’t know what 200m, 150m dash looks like don’t worry— what you can do is sprint half the track and walk/jog the other half this will do the job as well.

Hill Sprints:

Hills sprints, as I mentioned above are a pain the butt, but damn Lord they do wonders to your legs and have the ability to transform your entire body.

Hill sprints are a great way to dramatically increase the caloric expenditure of an activity that already burns a boatload of calories when performed on flat ground. Again, think of hill sprints as a cross between sprinting and weightlifting. This has amazing benefits on body composition!

Because of the inclined surface, you are forced to lean forward as you sprint, which teaches you the proper acceleration mechanics that you would want when sprinting on a flat surface. Hill sprints actually become your sprint coach because you almost can’t help but do it right!

Hills sprints also teach aggressive arm and shoulder action, which is so critical for maximal acceleration. You simply cannot sprint fast up a hill without deliberate arm action. This helps teach the coordination and little-appreciated upper-body drive needed to sprint effectively on a flat surface.

If you cannot find an all-weather running track close to your house hill sprints are great alternatives. I am not gonna lie to you they are brutal, so the first time you run hills I recommend not doing more than 5 sprints at about 75% of your maximum effort. They really are brutal and you don’t want to burn yourself out on the first set. Increase your intensity with every sprint. Add 1-2 sprints per week until you are performing 20 per workout with maximum effort.

WEIGHT/STRENGHT TRAINING

Some of my favourite weight/strength training as a sprinter includes:

  • Squats (all type of squats = sumo, barbell, dumbbell, name them all I LOVE squats)
  • Deadlifts 
  • Lunges
  • Bench Ab V-ups 
  • Calf raises
  • Kneeling DB Front Shoulder Raise
  • Lateral Raises
  • Overhead Dumbbell Shoulder Press
  • Dumbbell Hammer Curls
  • Dumbbell Row

They are so much more, but these are just a few of the weight/strength training I favour.  


NUTRITION/SUPPLEMENTATION

I really wasn’t going to touch on nutrition since this post is already long, but I figured out if you’re going to train like a sprinter might as well know how to eat like one.

Now that you’ve had a taste of what a sprinters training is like, don’t forget that expending that much physically requires you to put double back in to recover. Unlike distance runners whose diets comprise of carb loading for longer periods of running, sprinters lean more towards higher amounts of proteins (perfect when trying to build muscles and lose fat) and fats for the short amounts of explosive strength their events require.

3. Eat Enough Protein
Third tips when trying to lose weight and build muscle eating enough protein! I can’t stress this enough! Protein and BCAAs are life and they will be your best friends!

Protein: As the main source for building muscle, protein is absolutely necessary for your muscle-building strategy. Take in around 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight (this equates to 180-270 grams for a 180 pound individual). This will guarantee that your muscles will be getting the correct dose of amino acids for maintaining and building muscle tissue. Some prime sources are chicken, lean steak, fish, turkey, ground meat, eggs, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and protein powders.

BCAAs: Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and the branched-chain amino acids—leucine, isoleucine, and valine—are the best of the bunch. BCAAs are as close to magic foods as we’ll ever get. They help you recover from hard workouts by reducing the protein breakdown within your muscles; they increase testosterone and growth hormone, your body’s most important fat-fighting and muscle-building hormones; and they have their most profound effect when you’re following law number 1 and cutting calories in order to lose weight.

Fat is emergency storage for your body, so when you get on low calorie diets your body will burn muscle first. The first and best way of preventing this is by getting a sufficient daily protein intake; the single most important dietary requirement for maintaining muscle. It’s not meal timing, or supplements, or the exact size of your caloric deficit, or the quality of the foods you eat.

Nutritionally speaking, losing fat without losing muscle is all about eating enough protein every day. Even in the absence of a proper weight training routine, more of the weight you lose will be body fat rather than muscle mass just as a result of an increased protein intake. So, the first step of any muscle-preserving diet is always getting your ideal amount of protein for the day. What is “ideal?” Well, the good old “1-gram of protein per pound of body weight” recommendation still remains a perfectly fine starting point for most people with this goal in mind. Since your focus is on fat loss I would recommend to consume foods that are low in calories and high in protein such as egg whites, Greek yogurt, chicken breast, tuna, etc.

Some of my favourites supplements include: L-Leucine by Source Naturals and Combat Protein Powder & BCAAs by MusclePharm.

Sprinters diet roughly resemble that;

Fruits and Vegetables  (The darker the better - 30%)

− Raspberries
− Kale
− Yams
− Bananas
− Broccoli
− Pineapple
− Spinach
− Blueberries
− Leeks
− Pomegranite
− Seaweed

Protein Sources and Amounts (1g per pound throughout your day - 60%)
− Chicken Breasts
− Fish (Salmon, Tilapia, Mahi-mahi, Tuna)
− Lean Beaf (Ground chuck, London broil, Flank Steak)

Fats 10%
− Natural Peanut Butter
− Almond Butter
− Oils (Flax seed, Fish oil)

4. Don’t Reduce Calories By TOO Much

Last but not least, one more thing worth mentioning is fuelling. If you train like an athlete you will need to fuel your body like one.

     "Athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and exercise.“

As you must know, in order to lose any amount of body fat, you need to create a caloric deficit. And that means you’re going to need to reduce your calorie intake below maintenance level so stored body fat can be burned for energy instead. However, you should NEVER starve yourself or skip meal, never.

As I mentioned previously in one of my post I do not believe in [die]ting. I disagree with the whole concept of counting calories and drastic calories reduction. I believe that athletes are warriors and we should feed ourselves like warriors.

Here’s an excerpt from one of my post, which perfectly illustrates my point of view:

When I hear people saying that they don’t eat, skip meals or drastically reduce their calories because they’re trying to lose fat it makes me laugh (deep inside) because not eating or eating too little actually slows down the metabolism, so by doing this people are sabotaging their weight loss efforts; slow metabolism = NO weight loss! The body thinks it’s starving, so it will go on the “survival” mode which means it will literally slow down its calorie-burning capacity in order to “survive”.  

In other words, by not eating the body will senses that it is in “trouble”, so it will try to conserve the few amount of energy it has left as much as possible, which will result in a slower metabolism! Fat is emergency storage for your body. Your body will burn muscle first if you get on low calorie diets, so the body is going to use muscles as fuel, yes muscles, so not only the metabolism will slow down, but the body will also lose some precious muscles.

So… Moral of the story, you don’t have to eat less - you just have to eat BETTER!! In the above picture you can clearly see the sticking difference between 1575 calories of “junk” foods and healthy foods. 

THE END

I wanted to include an example of my workout routine, but as you can see that is quite a long post already 😂… I went a bit overboard, but I wanted this post to be as informative as it could be. Anyways, I hope it answered your questions.

xoxo

Stephiie M 💪

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Do you have any more Deacon headcanons you'd be willing to share? :)

I’m always willing to share them! As always, these are just my own thoughts/interpretations of Deacon! Under the cut for length as usual c: These are just some random things I’ve had bumping around in my head for a while 

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be sure to ring the doorbell

summary: dan’s a tired sports reporter, phil’s a friendly vampire with no real sense of boundaries and a propensity for bad dracula jokes as well as leaving his unconscious victims in dan’s kitchen. this isn’t how dan thought courtship goes, but he’ll take it.

notes: wanted to write something about modern city vampires for a long time - and then an anon talked about my angst and said, i challenge you to write something absolutely ridiculous, and of course i have a secret folder of ridiculous prompts waiting around to be written, so… i did.

based on the sentence prompt you need to stop leaving dead bodies in my kitchen , although no one really dies. full title reads: be sure to ring the doorbell (before you climb in through the window). enjoy. (warning for: blood and vampires-related business. no character died in the making of this story.) also read on ao3.

 

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Dan finds a passed out woman bleeding onto the kitchen floor at two in the morning, sighs, then flicks the light switch on.

“All I wanted was a bowl of cereal,” he tells the woman who’s only just waking up, clutching her head between two palms and looking around in confusion. “Like, seriously. Some respect for people’s midnight snack schedules, right?”

The woman looks at Dan like he’s mental. She’s got a point, maybe, sitting on a stranger’s kitchen floor smudged with her own blood while the stranger’s talking to her about midnight snacks. Dan hands her a glass of water and a prescription bottle of iron tablets and can’t help but think that the last one was more polite.

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Replies to the art theft post

tanialel replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

You must talk with the Gays on Ice’s admin, she understands what is going on and also she wants to solve the problem, just take it easy and talk at the first place. Maybe you’re overreacting… (I don’t want to offend nobody.)

lizeth-sandwich replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

Why are you like this? Not everyone knows who are you, I didn’t know who were you until you pointed out a page that I follow. What is so wrong about sharing “FANARTS”? I mean, they want to share it because they like it, and they are your draws, yes, but it is Kubo sensei work, intellectual property… For me, and a lot more followers is sharing art knowing who the artist is to follow her. I can’t believe there is people getting angry and want to report it.                

lizeth-sandwich replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

+I mean, is a page where we can laugh, where I can find people who share the same love for this beautiful art. If you want to delete that page just for that simple reason is unthinkable for me. Deleting a page because they want to share your beautiful art, how sad. I shared photos of concerts, I could take money out of them but I didn’t because I like when people say thanks to me, I like to share. I did found people sharing my photos without credits.       

lizeth-sandwich replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

+but didn’t make a fuss of it, I just commented on my pic that it was mine and followers saw me. Some others edit giving me credits. But anyway, I wrote all of this to make you understand that if you talk to them they might comprehend, you should not rush with your statements. We want peace not war, everything solves by talking.                

mallenlisromero replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

Well….you have your point but this is overreaction, everybody knows this blog and the content is yours but your reaction is incredible. The people who repost your work is because they love it. I don’t know why that reason is bad. Are you angry for that? Well, the best solution will be to delete your blog. That way no one sees your work and doesn’t feel like sharing. I don’t want to seem rude, but it’s very illogical and childish your rule of repost. You must ask to the                

mallenlisromero replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

+You must ask to the people who repost “why you repost?” I don’t think that they respond “I’m a fanart thief ” If they do, it would be funny. That’s my opinion.                

mallenlisromero replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

I understand, everyone wants the credit for their work and that’s logical because they did but… Don’t repost, don’t share…both are “pendejadas", sorry I don’t find a word in English for this expression. Your art is good, You should be happy with your fans, and proud that they share your work, obviously with the credits              

sofiarvs replied to your post “I was going to post art today…”

Ellos ponen el autor!!! Así es como conocí muchos artistas, que culeros                

Okay, I’m going to break my habit of only posting replies one time a day in the afternoon. Apologies in advance, and I hope you also don’t mind if I reply to these all together to avoid giving repetitive answers.

You’re right, the series, the characters themselves, and canon is the intellectual property of Kubo-sensei and the other YOI producers. However, fanart that I created is mine. I have never claimed that I own the characters, just my specific depictions of them in images I have created. There is a whole discourse on this, but that is a conversation for another time.

You’re also right, that not many people know who I am unlike the creators of canon material like Kubo-sensei. People will see an official art, and automatically know how to find the people who made it, they’re credited on all official media sites. For nobody fanartists like myself, not so much. It’s just “fanart.” Most people will not know of me or my blog just by looking at art they find floating around the internet. All the more reason that I would like that they know.

I stated specifically in my call out post that I want people to be respectful, and I apologize if the community is getting any harassment, that was not my intention. My intention is to hopefully get you and others to realize just how hurtful art theft is. “You’re overreacting. Creating a fuss. It shouldn’t matter, they share because they love it!” are statements that do not try to understand how the artist feels. You do not know how I felt creating my art, you did not experience the time and effort and struggle it took to finish and upload them, so I feel that you do not have the right to tell me how I should feel.

I am not an art machine. I’m a person, who dedicates more hours than one would expect at a full time job to nothing but producing art content that I make available for free. We are all fans here; I want to create and share drawings that hopefully make people happy, and I hope you can enjoy them in ways that do not hurt me in return.

There are so, so many ways in which art theft is hurtful. Notes/attention is certainly part of it. My art on the community in question had over 1K likes, when the original post barely had 2K. Think of how much more motivated I would feel to draw more similar content if even a fraction of those people decided to view my work on my blog, possibly even like, reblog, or comment. Instead, those views simply tell me that those people don’t care about the creator, just my content.

If you actually want to discuss, please be willing to learn. HERE’s one post that describes very well what art theft does. HERE’s another. Some quick scrolling and searching #art theft will give you plenty of results.

Different creators (not just artists) have different policies regarding reposting, because we all feel differently about how we are comfortable with our art being shared and we all have different past experiences with fandom, which shouldn’t come as a surprise because we’re all different people. Most people have their rules stated somewhere on their blog, and if you can’t find it (please search first) it doesn’t hurt to ask. Crediting is not the same as permission, as explained in the posts above. Some people allow reposts with credit, some do not. Please respect everyone.

I personally feel my own policies are pretty clear. You also cannot make the argument that you didn’t know.

The fact that I am uncomfortable with my art being shared on other sites should be enough, if you respect me and wish to support my art you shouldn’t need more reasons. I shouldn’t have to explain my history of being more open at first, but being more and more hesitant to give permission after a long stream of abuses. I shouldn’t have to describe to you in detail how it has impacted me personally, how it has played into my depression, how it has made me stop drawing and leave fandoms in the past, and the amount of effort it took to come back from that and give posting online another chance. Me asking you to please stop should be enough.

On top of that, this particular post was my first nsfw work I put on Tumblr, after almost 4 years of having this blog. It took a lot of debating on whether I should do it or not. When I did decide to do it, I took a lot of precautions to ensure that I would be comfortable with my decision. It is incredibly mild, I posed them so nothing showed, I tried for the right balance (to me) of erotic but not smut, I went out of my way to try to make sure no one looked underage. I posted beneath a cut, I added tags and warnings. I was nervous, but wanted to share, thinking maybe if it went well I might get the confidence to do a little more. Instead, NOPE, that’s it for me, people reposting with none of my precautions, my discomfort is through the roof.

I’m not asking you to not share my works. I’m not asking you to not enjoy my works. There are ways that you can do that that only inconvenience you mildly, but do not hurt me. If you are on Tumblr or Twitter, you can reblog/retweet. If you want to share on other sites like facebook, please just share the link to my blog. Yes, it may not match your community aesthetic, yes, it will take one extra click for people to see the images on my blog, and yes, it may be tedious to then go back to your community to have your conversations there. But is that really too much effort to ask, in comparison to the effort it took to draw from scratch? If it’s just sharing the link, you don’t even need to ask me for permission. I promise that I’ve made my blog as easy to view as possible, and there’s easy navigation that lets you maybe find other art too that you can share in the same way. You can have your conversations on your site, and I can still protect my works on my blog and choose how to present them and get traffic. Does this not work?

I do not want to have to put my art behind a pay wall like Patreon. I like that anyone can view it. I don’t want to have to block out non-Tumblr users. I don’t want to have to create a locked community. I don’t want to stop posting my work online, and only have my work available through purchase of physical copy like many Japanese artists. I would like to keep my watermarks small enough that you can still enjoy the images.

I don’t ask for money or make you join a community. You don’t even have to like, reblog, follow, or comment on my work, though that certainly is wonderful. All I ask is that you please, please, not hurt me for posting art.

I am not asking that you delete your community or blogs, like you above have suggested I delete mine. I do not want people to be angry with you, and again I am sorry if people have been acting disrespectfully. I do however want to ask you to please try to understand artists, to please respect our wishes, to please treat us like people. So many artists have stopped drawing because of art theft, or have lost faith in the internet and feel they can no longer share. Please do not contribute to that culture. I do not want to be driven from this fandom too.

If you didn’t know how much art theft damages the artist, that’s okay. Now you do. I hope this post helps explain part of why it’s bad.

I know you love the series and want to enjoy fanworks. We creators want you to enjoy them too. We like the same things. All I ask is that you reconsider how you think of sharing art. A small change in how you share art is all it takes to no longer hurt artists, but instead encourage us. Yes, it is a bit more work, but isn’t it worth it? Please support us and treat us with respect, and we’ll draw more things you can enjoy, and together we can create a better fandom community.

Thank you.

-Kazu (YukiPri)

Edit: I hope no one does this but I’ll say it anyway: please don’t harass any of the people I posted this in reply to. I’ve said my piece, and I’d like all conversations to be respectful. I posted this publicly because I want people to know the discussion going on, but I have no quarrel with individuals. Please do not bully. Thank you.

EDIT 2: If any bilingual Spanish speakers would be willing to translate my response to the Spanish-speaking community, I would be incredibly grateful. I feel like they’re mostly getting “the artist is mad and we should just not share her work,” and that is not the point of this post, which seeks to explain WHY it is hurtful and therefore should not be done, and alternatives on HOW to do better. (EDIT 3: Someone has kindly offered to translate, we’re working on it now! Thank you!)

some facts abt derek nurse, writing major
  • (from ur friendly neighborhood Real Life writing major)
  • the creative writing department is one of the gayer departments at a liberal arts school, esp in terms of variety. here are some friends nursey has made in workshop classes
    • huge nerd, essentially married to her girlfriend/cosplay partner
    • looks like girl bassist of a cigarette-smoking grunge rock band and drops acid with/pines after an older female friend
    • the most politically active southern boy to ever draw a stunning comic about intersectionality and coming out
    • girl with the Asexual Bangs who writes scifi concepts that leave u sittin back from ur desk like damn am i gonna be ok
    • very smol boy, likes surreal horror a lot, always has earbuds, looks sad till u realize he’s just snapchatting his bf under the table
    • snarky bisexual in a sorority t-shirt (pls Mary Sue me into ur fics)
    • i swear i know all of these people and i have so many more pls ask
  • nursey has absolutely had the inevitable debate about whether or not the young man shakespeare wrote half his sonnets about was his lover. (he definitely was.) one guy in the class, who had read chaucer in the original middle english, insisted shakespeare was straight
    • 90% of lit discussions are abt whether or not the author wants to bang their subject- man, woman, the concept of truth, the rolling fields of the english countryside, God Himself, nothing is off limits
  • all the writing teachers are cool except the token asshole. this is an older white guy who Loves hemingway or kerouac. when nursey ends up in his class he needs at least 1 hour to pace angrily afterward about the way the professor willfully misunderstood, then gutted his poetry
  • being a writing major is a constant rollercoaster of “am i any good? i’m terrible aren’t i. everyone’s better than me. no i’m pretty good. am i any good? should i jump ship for a more practical major right now?” and nursey has to fight very hard to show his poetry to anybody because what if he actually is terrible
    • he isn’t
  • most of the offered lit classes are on the same 4 crusty british and english guys, but nursey hunts down stuff like “Colonialism and Latin-American Boom Literature” and “Japanese-American Writers in the Context of World War 2″ which are taught by ppl with cool accents who have professional writer friends visit the class
  • there’s a lot of intimacy to reading someone’s work for a workshop class. u can absolutely fall in love over the scribbled comments at the edges of paragraphs and understanding looks shared when a classmate Just Doesn’t Get It
    • even if you’re, say, a computer sciences major who’s taking this as his 3-credit Arts requirement
  • if ur lucky, you’ll meet the writers who do readings at the school. when tracy k smith or nikky finney come to speak at samwell, nursey sits in the front row as they read and is too shy to introduce himself afterward.
    • he walks into his poetry class the next day and tracy k smith is in the corner talking to his professor. he nearly dead-ass faints when she joins in for their whole workshop and compliments the way internal rhyme and enjambment make his poem feel breathless
    • like he actually ascends
    • Writing Hoe Derek Nurse