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What to do when you really don’t want to study.

I think we’ve all been there - the class is important and you know you need to study but when you sit down you end up feeling grOSS AND YOU don’t want to. So here are some tips to overcoming that:

 Take a deep breath and reevaluate why you need to study. Try to stay positive.

  • When I’m not motivated I keep saying things like “what if I just don’t do it?” And then - surprise! - I end up not studying and suffer/regret it later. When coming up with reasons to study, try to keep it positive. Don’t say things like “if I don’t study I’ll fail the class.” Instead, say things like “if I study, I have a better chance at doing well on the exam. Future-me will be so proud of current-me.”
  • If you truly cannot find a single reason to study, set your studying aside for later and do another productive activity or take a long break.

Drill it into your mind that you really don’t need motivation to do well.

  • Even if you find the reason to study, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are very motivated. Sometimes we feel like no motivation = unable to study. This isn’t true.
  • Make a deal with yourself. Try studying for ten minutes. And actually try to study. If by the end of ten minutes you feel like you can continue studying, great! Keep going! If not, then you can take a break and do something else.

Choose a study scheduling method that works for you.

  • Some people feel great studying for hours on end once they get in "the zone.” Others feel the need to take quick breaks every half hour. Studying and scheduling methods are different for everybody! Play around with scheduling to find out what works for you.
  • In high-stress times, work (studying, assignments, etc.) can feel pretty overwhelming. To organize all the stuff you have to do, write it down! This takes some of the stress of remembering tasks off from your brain, so that your brain can focus on the more crucial things.
    • If you’re making a to-do list, keep the general list short. This way, you won’t feel overwhelmed by too many tasks. (You can keep sub-lists on separate paper/sticky notes to break down each task.)
    • If you’re making a time-table, keep your schedule loose. Give yourself buffer time to complete each task, just in case you overestimated your efficiency.
    • It’s totally okay to overestimate efficiency! - ifyou do, you learn more about yourself and how you study best.

Small (pomodoro) breaks

  • Pomodoro technique in a nutshell: 25 minute blocks of working with 5 minute breaks in between. Feel free to change the length of the blocks according to your preferences! During your breaks, you can
    • Get more water
    • Get snacks
    • Make tea/coffee
    • Stretch
    • Do a tiny bit of yoga
    • Walk around the room/building
    • Stretch
    • Five-minute meditation
    • Head massage
  • Try to avoid looking at a screen. When you look at a screen, you stimulate your brain and it won’t get its rest. Also, the internet might suck you in and your break could last longer than intended. (cough tumblr)

Long breaks

  • Sometimes I really really really really reALLY don’t want to study. Or do anything. And I feel kind of gross and am on the verge of a mental breakdown. If you feel this way, stop.
  • Take a hella deep breath. And another one. One more. Aaaaand one more just for good measure.
  • Get away from your desk. I associate desk with studying, so getting away from it helps me relax. Lie down on a bed, or move to a different room if you can. If you can get near a window, try looking into the distance to relax your brain and eyes.
  • Breathe for a couple of minutes, then evaluate how you feel. Again, try to stay positive. Instead of “I feel shitty and I don’t want to do anything,” try “I feel tired right now and resting can help me feel better.”
  • Based on this evaluation, estimate the amount of time you need to rest. If you have a lot of studying to do, try to keep it under an hour. Set a timer for the amount of time you have decided on. (remember to include buffer time!) Getting back to work on time can make you feel more productive, which conduct better productivity!
  • During a long break, do an activity that makes you feel good and takes your mind off studying. You can
    • Take a long walk. If you live near a park or a trail, try strolling around in it.
    • Eat healthy food. Junky comfort food can make you feel groggy, especially foods that are fried. Instead, try eating some fruits or nuts.
    • Take a shower/bath
    • Talk with a friend
    • Make some art
    • Enjoy a long coffee break. (avoid caffeine if you feel anxious/panicky, though)
    • Play with a pet
    • Take a power nap
    • Longer meditation/yoga
  • Again, try to avoid looking at screens. Also, avoid thinking about studying. Let yourself have the luxury of NOT THINKING ABOUT STUDYING for a while, so you can return to it with a fresh mind.

Mental health days

  • Sometimes everything is just too much and you might feel the need to stop everything for a day. If so, take a mental health day!
  • Think of mental health days as physical health days. If your body isn’t feeling well, you are allowed to stay in bed and sleep/not do anything for a day. Similarly, if your mind isn’t feeling well, you are also allowed to stay in bed and sleep/not do anything for a day.
  • Let your parents and teachers know that you don’t feel well and can’t go to school. From my experience, most teachers are pretty understanding and will let you have the day off. (You might have some work to make up later, though.)
  • Do not study on mental health days. Don’t even think about studying on mental health days. Instead, just focus on getting better. You can
    • Sleep in
    • Clean your room
    • Take a super long bath, complete with bath bombs and candles
    • Watch a good movie
    • Read a good book
    • Sing your favorite songs really loudly
    • Literally anything that (IS HEALTHY and) makes you feel good about yourself.

Study groups can keep you going, even when you kind of don’t want to

  • Setting up a time (like a date!) can keep you on track
  • Study with someone you trust to keep you accountable. Don’t study with someone you know you’re going to gossip or watch cat videos with.
  • If you really feel the need to cancel a study date, it’s ok! Just like canceling any kind of date, it’s 100% okay to back out if you feel uncomfortable.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and happy studying!

anonymous asked:

I love your blog and I constantly look to it for advice but I have a bit of an issue Can you give a few tips on forming good study habits? I've never really had to study and I've managed to keep good grades my entire life. I just started uni and I'm starting to struggle with work and keeping up with everything. Struggling academically and studying are both new things to me and I really regret being too arrogant to form good habits earlier

Studying Tips

1. Study schedule. Before you even start studying, sit down and plan out your time. Print out some weekly templates and physically write out your time schedule. Don’t schedule studying time during unproductive hours like early in the morning or late at night. Make sure to spend an equal amount of time on all your subjects (even the ones you “know” already) and to revisit each subject as many times as possible.

2. 90 Minutes. 90 minutes is the absolute maximum that you should study without taking a break. Over 90 minutes, and your ability to retain information is lost. Don’t push yourself! Take a break and come back to it later.

3. Make flashcards. You probably already have some lying around your room, if you don’t they cost like $2 at CVS. These are absolutely necessary for finals with lots of vocabulary (like History or English). See my flashcard procedure below!

4. Neat. You’re going to be starring at this study material for a long time- you might as well make it as clean and easy to read as possible! Rewrite any notes that were scribbled hastily. Make your study notes look like Mona Lisa!

5. Colorful. Highlight only what is absolutely necessary and study that, so that you won’t waste time studying what’s not important. Also, color code everything! Your Calculus notes are blue, so that it doesn’t get mixed up with English 102, which is green.

6. Post-its. Want another way to memorize vocab? Write words and definitions on post-it notes and stick them around your apartment/house/dorm. I like to put them in my bathroom so I have to stare at them while on the toilet, on the fridge at eye level, and by light switches.

7. Separate subjects. Don’t try to cram all of your subjects into one study session, especially unrelated subjects like Art History and Accounting. Take one study session to work through Art and one for Accounting, and so on.

8. Review before going to bed. Studies have shown that studying directly before bedtime does help us memorize things better. While studying before sleeping may not be a completely conducive process for you, try to incorporate some reviewing before you close your eyes. Go over vocabulary in your head, recite formulas, etc.

9. Study over time. Don’t try to study for all of your finals in one shot! Spread your studying over as much time as possible. Go back and review subjects that you already feel confident about.

10. Avoid the anxious atmosphere. I’ve always hated that anxious atmosphere that develops around people who are about take finals. You know- one of your classmates will be crying, another rocking back and forth while listening to music, yet another pacing up and down anxiously trying to memorize last minute equations. You don’t need to be distracted by all this anxiousness- you’ve already prepared as much as you possibly can! Unless you have somebody who is calm and willing to work through flashcards with you, avoid your classmates like the plague!


Flash Cards Procedure

This is my personal favorite way to study with flash cards!

1. Learn the first flashcard, recite the answer out loud and place the flashcard down in a pile.

2. Learn the second flash card, reciting its answer out loud.

3. Before finishing with the second flash card, turn back to the first flash card and recite the first flash card’s answer out loud.

4. Put both cards down in their own pile.
Move on to the third flashcard, reciting its answer out loud.

5. Then recite the answers for both the first and second flashcard, before adding the third card to the pile.

6. Continue on this way, reviewing the answers to the previous cards before moving on to the next card.

This may seem super redundant, but it really works and got me through my History of Music 2 final which included 100 short answer vocabulary questions!

Dating Fred Weasley would include..

READER HOUSE SPECIFIC

A/N Gif isn’t mine; it’s from Google. Can’t tell which is which so have both!

 GRYFFINDOR READER;

-Staying up later than everyone else, just to cuddle in front of the fire in the common room. Ron, who had passed through several times just scoffed and muttered something under his breath.

-In the Great Hall, after about a week and a half of you two dating, everyone knew to keep a space so you two could sit together.

-You had quite a few classes together, which involved sitting that close to earn a look of disappointment from several teachers, forgetting to listen because of casual flirting or plain snogging; yet again, look of disappointment.

-Before going into Snape’s class, both of you would make a bet on how long you two could snog before Snape says something about it. George writes the times down and would time it whenever you started to snog. 

-After you being on a winning streak with guessing, Fred guessed 7 minutes, while you guessed 6 minutes; you got caught at 7 minutes and 32 seconds. Oh, boy, you didn’t hear the end of that. He had won, and bragged about it too.

-Attending every Quidditch match; Fred always looking to find you just before the game starts, ether winking or blowing a kiss; that earned many Gryffindor’s groaning in disgust. 

-Or if you were on the team, a few matches he was more focused on watching you and making sure you didn’t get injured. But once you proved that you could take care of yourself on the field, he worried less.

-Once, you were in incredible pain, with cramps and couldn’t attend the match; Gryffindor ended up losing. Since then, he believes you being at the matches are good luck. Even though, he completely forgave you for missing the match, he still makes sure you can absolutely attend the match.

-Laying in bed, looking into each others eyes, hands in hair or just roaming, admiring each others features, a few sweet nothings said; whenever you two want to escape from reality, relax after stressful classes or a Quidditch match.

-Getting sent a Weasley sweater, in Gryffindor colours, with a tiny ‘F’ patched onto the sweater. Fred groaning when you unwrap it, edging you not to wear it, calling it embarrassing; but that gave you more reason to wear it proudly.

-You and Fred got together a short while before Xmas, so once you were strutting around with a Weasley sweater, everyone knew it was official.

-Dates during the breaks are the best, if you’re at the Burrow, it involved walks through the garden or cooking (or as Molly liked to call it, making a mess). If you were in the muggle world, trips to the beach at sundown, going to pet adoption centres too look at pets and mucking around in stores became frequent dates.

-Constantly helping Fred & George with their pranks until, teachers and students alike start to become wary of yourself too. Often you would be the one to distract teachers or students whilst they did the prank. 

-Ron taking a while to warm up to the idea of you two dating, but Ginny was over the moon. She soon considered you her old sister, and often came to you for advice. Percy saying “It’s a wonder how Fred got such a responsible girl,” which then locked in yours, Fred and George’s next prank victim.

-Molly admiring that you could cook and so willing helped out doing so, as none of her other kids did. “Trying to become favourite child aye, Y/N?” “Well yes, I think its working too, so you might want to take some notes.” 

-The first time you cried in front of Fred, was when you over said Molly talking to Arthur; saying how she can already seeing your last name changing to Weasley, and becoming Fred’s wife.

RAVENCLAW READER;

-”Studying” together a lot, but not for actual classes or school work. Often, he wouldn’t hear from you in a “concerning amount of time,” and come to see what you were up too. You had discovered some new creature or a way of magic that hadn’t been brought up in classes and you were eager to learn more. 

-He would often just lay beside you and admire your determination with the subject; and try to learn a few things along the way. Whatever you were interested in, he was interested in. 

-You did the same with Quidditch, it was something that interested him, so you tried to learn the rules and how the game works. Rumour has it, he even went to Oliver to get tips on a easy way to explain the game to you. 

-The amount of times that yourself and him stayed up, talking about everything and anything had gotten countless. Much to the annoyance of both your house and his. You would stay in his dorm or your common room.

-Five months into dating each other, on one of the nights staying up till dawn, talking about everything was when the first ‘I love you’ was muttered. Both of you were tired and your eyes were starting to sting; he took your hand, laying a lousy but simple peck before muttering ‘I love you.’ 

-He looked up through his lashes, to see your reaction. You simply ran a hand through his hair before repeating the words back. A small smile crept on both of your faces. “Really guys, gross. I’m trying to sleep.”

-Fred informing you on most recent prank plans. Once he caught you screw up your face half way through explaining, “What’s wrong with it woman?” “Well, if you went to say the Hufflepuff common room instead of the Gryffindor common room, it would throw off a few teachers.” 

-After that, he would come to you with the plan, just to get your opinion if they could improve it. Once you started hearing and helping them  make the plans, the rate of them getting caught went down quite a lot. 

-Sometimes there wasn’t any way to stop the twins from doing the stupidest plan ever devised. Once, it took place in the Great Hall, you sat beside Luna, Cho, Neville and Hermione, awaiting the prank. As it was happening, all five of you narrated the entire thing.

-Having arguments over the dumbest things; why the Bloody Baron is well bloody, whether pineapple belongs on pizza, how would giraffes wear pants, whether the cat that just passed was Professor Mcgonagall or not, how to pronounce yacht. 

-Fred would be very vocal in his affection for you, with constant little compliments, it didn’t matter what you were doing, he found a way to compliment you. “You hair looks amazing darl, but it now has four pens in it.”

-Laying your head on Fred’s lap whilst reading a book, he would be leaning against a tree, discussing more ideas with George for their store. Every now and then, “Whatcha think of that one Y/N?” “It sounds great dear.” 

-He would help you calm down and relax whenever you collapsed under the pressure of class work, grades, expectations to live up too. Meanwhile, you would comfort him whenever he was doubting things or feeling not good enough.

-You would plan out the dates in advance, sometimes down to what booth you’d be sitting in. But Fred would prefer to wing it. Sometimes Fred would give in and let you plan the date.

-Fred couldn’t stand not touching you. He would always have his arm wrapped around your waist or neck, his hand resting on your lower back or your thigh. Constant little pecks, on your hands, neck, forehead, jaw, the crease between your nose and cheek was his favourite. 

-Fred showing you around the secret pathways and passages himself and George had found. You would absolutely amazed that he and George managed to find such beautiful and quiet places. 

SLYTHERIN READER; 

-At first, people didn’t believe it, especially Slytherins. A slytherin, dating a Weasley?? How bizarre. After that, whenever you entered the room, Fred would stop his conversation and yell out, “That’s MY girlfriend!! Guys look at her!!” 

-PDA to the max. This was just more of Fred’s plan to prove that you two were dating. Multiple kisses before going to different classes, sitting closer than humanly possible, sitting by yourselves, giggling at onlookers. 

-So many inside jokes, George got a little jealous after a while, but he got over it. Casual conversations in class or in the Great Hall, and you or Fred adding a small comment. This was followed by yourself and Fred laughing whilst everyone else is just left dumbfounded. 

-Slytherin and Gryffindor literally are polar opposites. Slytherins look out and protect themselves first, whilst Gryffindors are more loyal. Fred was very open at the start of the relationship, meanwhile you took a while to open up.

-You’d be the one whispering idea’s in Fred’s ear then he would go prosecute whatever you suggested. You would be in the background, whilst Fred would rather be front and centre. This mixture worked perfectly in prank wise, getting a new, sharper new perspective for pranks delighted both himself and George.

-Fred and yourself pushing and challenging each other when it came to tests and grades. You always challenged and battled each other to achieve higher than the other. You were rather ambitious and worked hard to achieve whilst Fred was just as stubborn and impulsive. 

-This battle continued onto the field. Both of you were on the Slytherin & Gryffindor Quidditch teams, respectively. You were a chaser. Often time you two would yell banter at each other, must to the disapproval of several teachers. Lee Jordan would mention everytime too.

-As a Slytherin™, you wouldn’t show emotions a lot in public, especially. But when you finally let your wall down to Fred, and let him comfort you; your relationship went to another level. From the moment on, both of you were closer than before.

- Once, he hit your arse whilst you were walking to your next class, when you turned around he would pretend it was George. Then proceed to go mad at him for touching his girl.. That made George go bright red, and that story still gets mentioned at Xmas dinners.

-He would get a little jealous, as for almost the entire first month of your relationship, everyone thought it was a joke. He wouldn’t show his jealousy though, it wasn’t until hours after, say, some boy casually flirting with you when he would casually say a remark about it.

-Dates and walks through the Forbidden Forest. Professor Mcgonagall and Hagrid would turn a blind eye, unless it was after dark. It was a nice, sweet escape from the teasing and general stress. Finding little berries and snacking on them.

-Fred, George, Harry and Ron talking in the Gryffindor common room or Harry’s and Ron’s dorm; Harry was complaining about Malfoy, his gang and Slytherins in general. “I know whatcha mean Harry, Slytherins can be real annoying sometimes mate.” “Dude, your girlfriend is in Slytherin.” “Oh yeah.” 

-Wearing each others sweaters and scarfs. Fred sporting a Slytherin scarf, meanwhile you proudly wear a Gryffindor sweater. Although, Snape wasn’t very happy but he ignored it anyway. 

-F&G would often prank you, but one day you just were not in the mood. But furthermore, they persisted. Half way through the prank, you turned around and said, “I swear if you two continue to keep annoying me, I will slit your throats in your sleep and then bathe in the blood.” George passed you a chocolate frog, “Here Y/N, eat this, your Slytherin is showing.”

-Making out in all of the secret passage ways that himself and George had discovered. Making it yours and Fred’s personal goal to make out in every room, or at the very least, every common room or one room from each floor.

HUFFLEPUFF READER;

-Taking food from the Kitchen, to give to Fred and George after Quidditch matches, knowing they’d be exhausted and starving. They would look forward to what you would bring them and even took guesses on what.

-Doing the most stupidest things, at the most stupidest hours. Listening to Queen, in only a long jumper and socks, sliding dancing on the marble floor. Pillow fights before classes, breaking out in song for no reason, discussing the most stupidest theories.

-Once, you two had a ‘girls night’, although Fred would never admit it too anyone else. He walked in to your dorm, as in the hufflepuff dorms didn’t have the whole staircase thing, to you braiding your hair. Since, his was rather long at the time, you braided his hair too; face masks might also have been involved. 

-Cloud gazing together. He would insist on you laying your head on his stomach so grass didn’t get throughout your hair, lying near the lake. Both of you would point out the stupidest looking cloud and say ‘That’s you.’ Many afternoons were spent down near the lake.

-Being that cute and adorable that you two could probably melt Snape’s heart. Always having a hand resting in anothers or an arm around the neck or waist. Little smiles with rosy cheeks. Eating ice cream together and somehow getting some on each others noses.

-Fred asking you to Yule Ball with a bouquet of flowers, conveniently coloured yellow and red. Earning a best dressed award on the night, time stopped for a second when you two entered. 

-Always defending each other without thought. Every knew not to insult Fred in your presence after you shouted numerous insults at a Ravenclaw student until you got detention. Fred then made it his job to get detention so you were together.

-Cute, adorable PDA. Stares that are a little longer than normal, warming up each others hands, sweet nothings said, blushed cheeks, delicate pecks before separating for class. Grabbing each others hand and twirling them around in corridors.

-Molly making you a Weasley sweater with your house colours, with the tiniest bit of red knitted into the wool. Fred mentioned your love for scarves, so you also received a hufflepuff x gryffindor coloured scarf. 

-Him being excited for you to show him muggle ways of doing things, muggle movies, muggle toys etc etc. His favourite muggle film quick became The Parent Trap and Wreck it Ralph. 

-Building a fort, with password protection, snuggling snacks from the kitchen. Watching Disney films until sunrise. You and his first kiss was in the fort. You were watching Lady and the Tramp, you had gotten some sauce on your upper lip, he wiped off with his thumb, before moving his hand to your jaw and pulling you closer.

-Him laying on your bed in your dorm, whilst you were in the shower singing. He would lay and listen to your singing muggle songs mostly, but he enjoyed it just the same. 

-Skipping a two or three class day to cuddle in his bed, which the sun perfectly shone onto. Fingers running through each others hair, casual resting on bare skin above each others hips. Not caring about the repercussions. 

-Him attempting to braid, or style your hair whilst you were studying, at the start your hair ended up in knots but you taught him simple buns and braids. A few girls were jealous that their boyfriend couldn’t braid their hair but you took it in your stride.

-Becoming good friends with George, Ron, Ginny, Harry, Neville and Hermione. You moved to their table during meal times and sat with one of them in any classes you happened to have together. 

KARD reddit AMA

Q: are you guys friends with any other kpoop groups?

Jiwoo- gugudan Mimi unnie and Boys24 Doha oppa

Somin- twice Jeongyeon, and seventeens Mingyu and Seungkwan are my school juniors

J.Seph- gfriends Sowon

BM- day6 Jae and ladies code

Q: do you guys lurk/look at social media like Reddit and Twitter often to see what fans are thinking/saying?

Somin- yes we do. I look at instagram hashtags. Thank you for always cheering us on.

Q: 1- which of your songs is your favorite? 2- which is you favorite choreography? 3- what are your thoughts on being a co-ed group? 4- whats a musical style do you want to try in the future?

J.Seph 1- don’t recall

Jiwoo 2- the next song thats coming out…I think that choreography will be really awesome

Somin 3- I’m really happy about it because we’re very much like a family. I feel like we have a really great foundation because we have two oppas.

Q: Just wondering…whats your reaction to this gif?

a/n: gif cred to hwasuga

J.Seph- oh it’s cute!

Q: What were your initial thoughts/reactions after seeing how large your international fanbase was? what are some of your favorite songs at the moment?

J.Seph- at first I was flabbergasted. I never even thought about it. I saw a picture of our fans in Brazil waiting in line to buy our tickets and it was so amazing. I don’t know these people but they know me. So i wanted to see who they were so I zoomed in and looked at their faces. (laughs)

Q: how did you guys come to know of r/kpop? do any of you frequent this sub and are there possibly any other kpop stars out there that do?

Somin- out tour manager unnie set it up for us! It’s our first time here!

Q: 1- were you surprised to receive so much attention internationally with your pre-debut singles? 2- BM and J.Seph: did you expect to receive so many singing lines (like in rumor), and do you get nervous when you have to perform them? 3- do you think that having many international fans will continue to make kards music more diverse (like how rumor had a latin sound)? 4- what are some of you favorite western artists or other genres of music to listen to?

J.Seph- I was nervous and excited. I want to show a good side of me but I’m still lacking so much. I tried really hard to do my best.

Jiwoo- there are so many genres that we want ti try right now. I think we will definitely continue to be more diverse when it comes to our sounds.

Somin- Tinashe, Ariana Grande / Jiwoo- Beyonce, Rihanna, Kehlani, Alexander Jean / J.Seph- Little Mix!

Q: 1- will you be continuing the “hidden” concept after officially debuting? 2- is there a different concept or sound you would like to try in the future? 3- were any of you kpop fans before beginning training? if so, what groups? if not, what made you want to become an idol?

J.Seph 1- we’re not sure how we’re going to come out again, but we want to keep releasing good content.

Somin 2- I want to try R&B…but honestly I want to try everything.

Jiwoo 3- I liked TXVQ sunbaenims and BoA sunbaenim. I wasn’t focused on being an idol but I really wanted to do great music in general.

Q: who eats the most? who makes the most jokes?

Jiwoo and Somin together- J.Seph!!!!!!

Q: how many times does BM dab per day?

BM- at least 20

Q: bm what advice can you give to other tall guys who don’t want to look really awkward? also, in the Oh NaNa with fun video your necklace flipped up and nearly chipped your tooth! do you have any other memorable stories that were a result of dancing too hard?

BM- all dudes. short or tall.. own it and swagg out with you got. haha I almost lost a front tooth that day.

Q: 1- which music show do you most look forward to appearing on? 2- with your big international following, you seem to be doing better than other co-ed groups of the past. what unique challenges do you face in korea being a co-ed group? 3- what country are you looking forward to visiting most on your world tour?

1- Jiwoo- Infinity Challenge! / Somin- Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook

2- J.Seph- Dubai / Somin- Europe and I really wanted to go to America…actually I want to go everywhere. / Jiwoo- Dubai / BM- Greece and London…Spain…Chile is dope too

Q: for BM: what were your motivations for pursuing a career in kpop having grown up in LA? did you ever doubt whether it was the right choice, for example following your appearance on kpop star, and how were you able to bounce back?

BM- definitely had a lot of times where I felt like I should quit..almost did a lot too but I had a lot of good support around me. #blessed

Q: 1- you guys have great chemistry, how long have the four of you trained as a group? 2- co-ed groups are obviously still rare, how did you all react when you found out that you were going to debut together?

1- J.Seph- 5 years / Somin- with the oppas it’s been 5 years / Jiwoo- I joined 6 months ago!

2- J.Seph- at first when I heard it was a co-ed group I was a bit overwhelmed. I saw Somin from such an early age when she was little, but I never thought  that I would be in a group with her. It felt so strange, but as we started to practice and come together, it became really great.

Q: BM, please rate the english level of the other members!

BM- 1 being baby. 10 being able to communicate comfortably…j.speh 3, somin 3, jiwoo 3. all pretty similar

Q: when you guys/gals were kids, what did you first want to be when you grow up?

BM- I wanted to be a lawyer

Q:  I laughed so much when I saw you dancing “Olha a Onda”, a Brazilian song from the 90s. Knowing that your songs so far evoke latin (and thus Brazilian) beats, is there anything each of you would like to learn about our culture? Foods, drinks, clothing, local music genres, anything?

Jiwoo- I want to learn about the food because I love trying new foods.

Jseph- I heard about Carnival and I really want to go. I also want to learn about samba. 

Q:  BM! Are you close with Ladies’ Code’s Ashley? What are your favorite things about being in this group and what do you feel about the amount of love you’ve been getting from the international fans?

BM-  thats my homegirl fshooooo shoot still super unreal to me.. super humbling and super thankful

Q:  BM: Was it hard to make the decision to move to Korea from USA and become an idol? Did your family support you all the way?

BM- I didnt know squat about the language and culture before i came so yeah it was a hard decision. yeupp one hunnit percent they supported me

Q: many kpop artists are encouraged to learn new languages. What new language would you want to learn and perform in?

Somin : English… (laughs) And French! 

(Jseph says : Bonjour) 

Jiwoo: Chinese and Japanese 

BM: Portuguese

Q:  Regarding your positions as ‘King’ ‘Ace’ etc. were they assigned to you or could you choose which card you wanted to be? Also, can we expect a ‘Queen’ member joining in the future?

Jiwoo - We decided together after a meeting.
Somin - I like the black joker though… I don’t think I would fit the other cards.

Q: BM! What’s your favorite bar in LA?

BM- i came to korea before i turned 21 in LA so i havent been able to turn up too much in my hometown yet :[ send me some suggestions!

Q: when did you start getting interested in music?

Jiwoo - When I was around 8 or 9 I wanted to be a singer. 

Jseph - When I was 7. 

Somin - Probably around junior high.

Q: To BM: Got any workout tips? How did you get so “big” :O

BM- i used to be real hefty. turned all that fat into muscle through dieting.. dieting is 70% workin out is 30%

Q:  What are you all most looking forward to during your tour?

Jiwoo: LA, because I am excited to see Matthew oppa’s family!

Q: BM, do you have any advice for someone who is trying to get and stay in shape?

BM- stay strict and have self discipline one your self diet. workout is a MUST stay active

Q: BM how much can you bench press?? I just started so I can barely do 70 ://

BM- i stopped benching after almost snapping my shoulder. i just do flat bench and incline dumbbell presses now

Q: Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?

BM: horse sized duck

Jiwoo : 100 duck sized horses… I’m scared of birds

Jseph : Horse sized duck

Somin : Horse sized duck 

just a little bit of love (is all you really need) | pjm

summary: jimin’s something of a legend at gymnastics, but suddenly you walk in and turn his whole world upside down. quite literally, might i add. 
{gymnastics!au}
pairing: jimin x female reader
word count: 4.5k
genre: fluff
warnings: none!
a/n: inspired by this post which, if you see my tags, is pretty much this entire fic laid out straight up. i power wrote this before a football game, so it’s unedited. also, flexible jimin?????

Jimin’s always kind of been flexible. He remembers playing in the park with his brother when he was three, jumping around and playing as three-year-olds do, when his brother taught him how to do somersaults in the grass. That summer, any time Jimin was presented with a flat surface in front of him longer than two meters, he’d do somersaults over and over and over, to the point where his neck would be sore and his head would be dizzy, and he loved it.

The following autumn was when his mother decided that enough was enough, and that if Jimin was going to be tumbling around the carpet in her house, she might as well get him into lessons where he can tumble elsewhere and get good at it. So she signed him up for toddler’s gymnastics at the local gymnastics center, and by the time he turned four that October, he was somersaulting like a pro.

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The Space-Time Continuum in BBC’s Sherlock Part II: Reflection and Reproduction

So, @tjlcisthenewsexy made some great comments on the original The Space-Time Continnum in BBC’s Sherlock meta and I started to reply, but then I had a big breakthrough and I feel it needs its own post.

The amount of parallels and direct homages to previous episodes in Series Four are more than numerous at this point. There are so many that its almost like they are re-doing entire episodes. Well, they are. The reason and method of which was confounding me for awhile, but I figured out the reason with my original Space-Time meta, and the method I just discovered this morning.

Here is a basic timeline of episodes in BBC’s Sherlock

Now, accounting for what we learned in The Space-Time Continuum Part I meta, here is some additional information:

The glass in TAB serves as a reflection or mirror between Series three and Series Four, which is why the Series MIRROR each other, as in literally mirror. 

EDIT TO ADD: @tjlcisthenewsexy pointed out the awesome phrasing that Molly gives us in HLV during Sherlock’s MP fall after being shot. She wonders if he should go forwards or backwards. This moment could easily be considered a second zero null vector because it is at this point Sherlock decides to start going backwards-towards TRF. Didn’t it seem odd how quickly he forgave Mary and how quickly The Watson’s marriage was back on track? That’s because he started rewinding the state of their relationship to the beginning of that episode!!!

(Interesting Side Note about Peppers Ghost, the parlor trick used in TAB. (Taken from Wikipedia)

The basic trick involves a stage that is specially arranged into two rooms, one that people can see into or the stage as a whole, and a second that is hidden to the side, the “blue room”. A plate of glass (or Plexiglas or plastic film) is placed somewhere in the main room at an angle that reflects the view of the blue room towards the audience. Generally this is arranged with the blue room to one side of the stage, and the plate on the stage rotated around its vertical axis at 45 degrees.[2] Care must be taken to make the glass as invisible as possible, normally hiding the lower edge in patterning on the floor and ensuring lights do not reflect off it.

When the lights are bright in the main room and dark in the blue room, the reflected image cannot be seen. When the lighting in the blue room is increased, often with the main room lights dimming to make the effect more pronounced, the reflection becomes visible and the objects within the blue room seem to appear in thin air. A common variation uses two blue rooms, one behind the glass and one to the side, which can be switched visible or invisible by alternating the lighting. (x)

This would explain Blue light hell @skulls-and-tea!! Every time we see a blue light, what we are witnessing is a reflection of something else from the series!)


So, the three episodes of each series literally reflect each other like this:

So the episode breakdown would look like this:

Do you see how the series are literal reflections of each other? There is of course still parallels to each of the episodes outside of this flow chart (like illusions to Sumatra in TEH and TST), but that can be accounted for by the fact that time isn’t actually linear. While these series reflect eachother as a basic method of understanding, the space of each episode still exists all in one time, so there will still be homages to “other” space-times.

The reflection of the two series explains why The Six thatchers is so similar to His Last Vow, with the guns and the slo-mo gunshot and Mary’s secret assassin storyline and would help a lot of us EMPers who are so attached to HLV being the beginning of EMP realize why we thought this so vehemently after TST. TLD and TSoT are connected by their emotional focus and their progression of John and Sherlock’s relationship. They are also linked by the only two JohnLock hugs in existence. TEH and TFP are very similar in the countdown/bomb motifs, bond-esque baddie plots, A focus on Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship, and the inclusion of The Holmes parents. 

Now, if you notice, Series Three and Four also has A LOT of parallels to Series Two, but they don’t work as a mirror! Series 3 & 4 are not a reflection of Series 2, but a reproduction of it! If Sherlock is working is way through how to defeat Moriarty at point zero, then he will need to work through all the steps (Absolute Past) that led him to that point- (i.e Series 1 and more specifically, Series 2). So the entirety of Series 3 & 4 is a retelling of Series 2, folded in on itself. Why? Because TIME IS NOT LINEAR! For the visual learners (that’s me) this explanation would look something like this:

Its a circle, folded in on itself. Its literally the space-time continuum come to life!! If we want to break it down episode by episode I made table for that! (I’m really getting a lot of use out of Word today)

This is just a short list off the top of my head, so Im sure there is more- feel free to add on! Like John being kidnapped ASiB, TEH, and TFP!  

As I stated before, there will definitely be parallels within every episode to every other episode because time has folded and twisted in on itself in Sherlock’s mind. Its all existing at once. So the parallels in ASiB to TST or in TRF to TFP, are purposeful and a reminder that time is not linear. 

I hope these charts helped explain the theory a little more!

Tagging some people that I think might enjoy it based on their comments on the first part!

@ebaeschnbliah @isitandwonder @longsnowsmoon5 @loveismyrevolution 

Let You Go || Park Jimin

Originally posted by yoonmin

Word Count: 3.0k

Genre: Angst/Fluff


The airport was a busy place, filled with busy people living busy lives and heading to their own respective places. It just so happened that you happened to be one of the few who wasn’t as busy, which meant you could take your time to look around at everyone walking around you. It amazed you to see how many people lived here, how many people were constantly traveling It was like an entirely different world to you.

Your parents had moved from Seoul when you were at a very young age, and moved to America. You had been living in America and you had grown up learning to speak English and Korean, as your family didn’t want you to forget where you were from and at some point they were planning on moving back to Seoul, they just weren’t sure when.

Jiwon was one of the only other Korean people you knew in New York. The two of you had instantly bonded over the fact that you shared the same nationality and you became instant friends. You were excited to finally have someone you could talk to in your native language, and it seemed she was just as excited. The two of you would gossip all the time and you would find yourselves always getting into trouble.

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Versace on the Floor (pt. 2)

Jimin x you

After a night of partying and spilled drinks lead to royal heir Park Jimin entering your life, he’s insistent on making it hard for you to get rid of him.

Pt. 2/5, rated K for Kill me, Jimin

Oh, baby, look what you’ve done to me
Look what you’ve done now
I’ll never leave if you keep holding me this way

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The Effect of Emotional Abuse on Each Type: INTP

SUBMITTED by hannah-elizabeth-j

I’ve seen a few posts/requests on here about the effects of emotional abuse and the affect that it has on each Myers Briggs type so, as someone who works with a lot of domestic abuse victims I thought that I’d give my two cents worth. I wanted them to be quite detailed to give people a fair amount of information so this will be the general format; a general description of what it will look like, how this differs from similar types (ie. the ENFJ compared to the INFJ and ESFJ) and a character in fiction who acts similar to this (may not be for the same reason and I might not get one for each type but I’ll try).

INTP

There will be some variation depending on when the abuse took place in their life but there are some things that will remain the same.

Okay so, INTP’s lead with Ti. This means that during the abuse an INTP will often detach themselves from the situation and by doing so allow themselves to get through it. Unlike the Te doms however, they do not compartmentalize, in that they will not get through a day of school or work only to fall apart at times when they are alone. Instead they will learn to detach themselves at all times meaning that when they are in the situation they will often not truly ‘feel’ it. This can also manifest itself in excessive alcohol or drug use as this does technically distance someone from the reality of their home life, but it is far less common in INTP’s than ISTP’s.

This means that during the time of the abuse they will be even more introverted and removed from reality than a healthy INTP would be. They will remove themselves in any way they can, excessive reading, watching TV or playing video games is common, anything that means they can for want of a better phrase ‘enter another world.’ To others they will often come across as cold or anti-social as they are placing so much emphasis on not feeling what is happening. This will lead to an underdeveloped Fe and if the abuse goes on for a long time this will lead to a resentment of Fe not only in themselves but in other people. They tend to go into a judgmental mode when others seem to be leading with Fe or at least those who hold ethics over what is logically consistency.

The thing about this however is that it can easily create a negative cycle. What an abusive person wants is to cut you off from other people and by the INTP behaving in this way it becomes hard for them to form strong or deep relationships with other people anyway. They become closed off, spend more time with the abuser and therefore get even more closed off.

So, in short, the main way that abuse will affect an INTP will be that they cling onto their Ti with everything they have; their other functions are of course utilized but they are underdeveloped and extremely limited.

Once they are out of the abusive situation they tend to go into a shock mode, meaning they do everything they used to do into day-to-day life and keep to their usual routine (Si) but they tend to do so with a blank mind. Next comes the Fe, often a grip. This will take a few weeks/months to get to but when it hits, it hits hard. They’ve got however many months or years of actually connecting to the lower function on a serious level as well as dealing with what happened to them.

While this does happen for most Ti doms within the first few months, some don’t accept this. They stay in the over powered Ti state, the issue with this is that (particularly if the abuser was in their life for years) the only way to truly get better from anything is to fall apart first so you can put yourself  back together, something that can be a bit challenging  for Ti doms to get themselves to do. 

INTP vs. ISTP

  • When going through the abuse, the INTP will appear to be more closed off, because Ne as a function is less focused on engaging with the external environment than Se so even though the types will often feel the same amount of detachment, the ISTP will appear to others to be more grounded
  • If either type tries to please the abuser (which most people of every type do in some way) they tend to do it in different ways, the ISTP will often make themselves look perfect (more so if it is a partner, not a parent) they will stay in good shape, look presentable and beautiful etc. an INTP will tend to focus more on making themselves seem what they define as ‘interesting’ or ‘deep’ (this is their interpretations of it, however, this is not to say that they will end up being this way, in fact, they rarely are as  they are not in a stable state to truly be this way)
  • Issues such as eating disorders and problems of over indulging the senses are more common and last longer in the ISTP than the INTP

INTP vs. ENTP

  • The ENTP will simple not seem nearly as removed from people as the INTP when the abuse is happening, they are not necessarily using their Fe functionally, but others tend to see them as far less cold and removed
  • The ENTP won’t experience a Fe grip
  • When going through the abuse the INTP will stay reserved, the ENTP will tend to go from one extreme to the other. They will go out for days even weeks on end, stay in crowds, go to parties and then spend the next few days somewhere they can be alone, phone off, not speaking.

I have honestly really really struggled and failed to think of a fictional character that applies in this situation but I couldn’t think of one. If anyone can think of one please mention it.

This for the other types will be coming soon. If there are any further questions I’d be happy to answer (send them to me not this blog).

What Is Beauty?

When I was younger, a lot of people would approach me awkwardly. “Wow, you’d be so pretty if you stopped wearing all those boy’s clothes!” or “Wow, you’d be so pretty if you’d let me give you a makeover!” Sometimes, these people had somewhat good intentions, others were waiting for the moment to join the crowd that bullied me. I experienced all the fake smiles and snickers behind my back. We all know how this goes. Your friends and your family tell you you’re beautiful. They tell you, “oh, honey, don’t listen to them.” You’ve grown accustomed to thinking “well, they are my family/friends, of course they say this to me.” Well, reality check sweetcheeks, you are indeed beautiful. After many years of soul searching and trying to figure out my self worth, sexuality, and gender identity, I’ve finally embraced my own version of beauty.

I’ve mostly presented masculine during my lifetime. However, it comes to a shock to people when I discuss my dating history with men. I’m pansexual/omnisexual, which means I experience attraction despite someone’s biological sex or gender identity. So with that being said, with being masculine presenting, and dating women, the word dyke was heard a lot. I was told to stop lying about my sexuality, to stop looking at men, to stop dating men, because it was a mere cover-up for my lesbianism. This, however, was before discovering my gender identity. I felt stupid not being able to explain how being boyish didn’t correlate whether or not I could be attracted to men or be deserving of any man taking a second look at me. I was made to believe I needed to prove my femininity, which made it even less believable for some.

I love the feel of sweatpants and tank tops, but I also find myself in lust with the “girlish” things in life; make-up, cuddling, teddy bears, cute throw pillows on the bed. Even in same-sex relationships, I have found myself wanting to be the little spoon or be the one to take 30 minutes to look pretty. The only response I would receive is “oh, that’s kind of weird.” I researched for years what this could’ve been called. At first, I was almost willing to give people what they wanted, and acknowledge myself as a boy trapped in a girl’s boy, but that didn’t feel right. I dressed in drag a few times and it felt great. It felt great when I was dolled up too though. I realized with time and research that I was genderfluid but was unfortunately quiet about it for a very long time.

More specifically, the type of genderfluidity I experience is called being fluidflux. This means my gender and the intensity of my gender changes. I loved days where I was feminine, I loved days where I was masculine, I loved days where I was a little in between, or days I didn’t really feel like either. It felt like a balancing scale that my brain would tip in whichever direction it felt like, but I learned to enjoy the ride, though tough at times. Midday switches can suck!

My version of beauty is different than what most are used to. So let me take a second to say this: fuck your standards of beauty. What is beauty to you? Is beauty painting your face everyday with endless amounts of make-up? Is it laying down at just the right angle when you take a selfie so your cleavage shows? Is it pouting your lips and poking out your hips when an attractive fellow walks by? Is it filtering your speech so you don’t offend anyone with your somehow masculine tone and language? Here’s an idea: maybe this is only considered beauty to you because this is what society has conditioned you to believe is beauty. As cliche as it sounds, we all have our own brand of beauty.

So you might ask… what do I believe is beauty? Beauty is being confident in who you are no matter how you present or what kind of clothes you wear. When I present female, I’m beautiful. When I present male, I’m beautiful (and hella handsome, might I add!). When I present female with a touch of masculinity, I’m beautiful. When I present male with a touch of femininity, I’m beautiful. When I present a mix of both female and male, I’m beautiful. When I walk out of the house in plain attire, not really sure where I am on the scale that day, leaving the world to decide what the hell I am, I’m still beautiful.

Beauty is leggings, beauty is jeans, beauty is sweatpants, beauty is skirts, beauty is basketball shorts. Beauty is a bun, a fohawk, a ponytail, hair straightened, hair curly, hair spiky. Beauty is make-up, beauty is natural. Beauty is baggy clothes, beauty is skin tight. Beauty sees no specific sexual orientation. Beauty sees no specific gender. Beauty is whatever you decide. Beauty is whatever you make it. Beauty, my dear, is your invention, and do with that beauty as you will. You are beautiful as you are, don’t be told otherwise.

Things one could do with Zexion’s powers

Alternate Title: Why Zexion’s powers are broken as fuck in the right hands

Notes: 
This is an exercise in creativity not morality. 
Also doesn’t account for probable energy/planning needed to do all this crud.
Also there is admittedly some overlap but not a ton 

  1. Do a lot of social experiments 
  2. Avoid anyone who annoys me by turning invisible every time they walk by
  3. Avoid people by turning into someone else and giving them false directions
  4. Get out of random things in general by turning invisible and sneaking off
  5. Create an illusion of godzilla and have it rampage through town
  6. Create a bunch of will o wisps and see how many travelers I can lead astray (this is admittedly inspired by the fact that Zexion’s powers are similar to that of Japanese folklore foxes) 
  7. Ruin someone’s reputation by pretending to be them 
  8. Pull a Noctis and summon a bunch of different weapons to fight with (this idea didn’t come from Noctis, it’s sort of a natural progression from summoning a bunch of the same weapon which we saw in Kh II, speaking of which)
  9. Summon a bunch of the same weapon to fight with
  10. Copy anime fighting moves or just action fighting move in general (like you could totally summon the giga drill from Gurren Lagann) 
  11. Create clones of myself to make things like cleaning and homework go faster
  12. Have my clone appear to be attentive during a meeting while I secretly do something else in a spot nearby 
  13. Be the best cosplayer ever 
  14. Make small changes to my physical appearance for short amounts of time 
  15. Talk to multiple people at once (admittedly they probably have to be fairly close in proximity to one another and I would have to able to keep track of multiple conversations at once)
  16. Throw a giant boat at someone
  17. Create cute animals for other people to pet and hold
  18. Bring imaginary creatures to life 
  19. Turn into an animal myself and sneak around 
  20. Make it seem like some ferocious animals have escaped from the zoo 
  21. Make people think a place is legitimately haunted 
  22. Open a kick ass haunted house and make a ton of money 
  23. Become the best special effects artist ever and make a ton of money
  24. Become the most amazing magician ever and make a ton of money
  25. Cheat on an exam by A. Creating a clone to take the test B. Having the original me stand behind the smartest kid in class while invisible C. Having my clone copy answers from the smartest kid in class 
  26. Be the best voice imitator ever
  27. Imitate the voices of people I don’t like and make them say stupid shit
  28. Be the best singer ever because I change my voice to sound like anyone and hit any note
  29. Memorize a piece of music and then pretend to play it on an instrument
  30. Actually learn a piece of music and then use my illusions to make it sound slightly better
  31. Summon a clone and then have a discussion/argument with myself 
  32. Mute annoying people (if I can create the illusion of sound I can probably create the illusion of silence) 
  33. Reenact entire movie sequences to a T
  34. Bring cartoon characters to life 
  35. Make people question whether reality is real or not
  36. Start an urban legend or perpetuate an urban legend
  37. Fake my own death and then show up to my own funeral 
  38. Make money and then buy stuff with it (like I said exercise in creativity not morality) 
  39. Become the best spy ever 
  40. Make an area seem cleaner than it actually is
  41. Sneak into movies 
  42. Be the master of pranks
  43. Create the illusion of an army and then storm a place (also works for protests)
  44. Carry around contraband items by making them look like something else
  45. Always pass room inspections
  46. Make yourself seem older or younger than you actually are  
  47. Create an imaginary friend that isn’t invisible 
  48. Make something appear to spontaneously combust 
  49. Start a fight between friends by either pretending to be one of them or doing the whole invisible thing (be invisible, do something, wait for one person to blame the other, repeat until they’re fighting one another)
  50. Throw random glitter and confetti into the air 

Edit: Oh forgot one, create 3d models to help visualize what you’re trying to create with an artistic medium (ie you need to draw the dragon you see in your head, make an illusion of the dragon in your head and then draw it) 

anonymous asked:

Pbarmercy prompt where pharah secretly rescues a lil puppy during a mission and later shows it to mercy in her quaters

Starts with Angst, ends with fluff ;)

This is such a cute prompt … I’m sorry I rushed it a bit, there was honestly so much more I could have written ^^;


It is a hell hole. It is always a hell hole, the places they go.

Pharah ducks behind a crumbling building, the scraps of decommissioned omnics spill oil in the streets which coats the inside of her nostrils. Oil has become synonymous with blood in her mind, in the synapses which transfer information through it. She gags because they were alive and now they are not, and it always hurts; it always burns deep in her stomach like acid.

“Pharah, position?” Someone says over comms - she thinks it is Winston.

“Outer edges,” she replies. All threats have been neutralized. They are not far from base, it is truly horrific how close they sometimes get. Fareeha worries about her comrades, how she will protect them all if a time may come that they are all under fire. It is … terrifying.

“Acknowledged,” says someone else, “can you meet us back at base?”

“Copy.” Replies Pharah, “I will check in at the gate.”

“Good, over and out.” This time is is Angela, her voice is exhausted and beautiful. Fareeha deflates behind her barricade, looks down at the sparking omnic beside her.

There is a cemetery not too far off, she remembers it; she hoists the body over her shoulder and walks quietly in the Raptora (in the heavy silence of a battlefield) there; digs a hole, sets the body in it.

Fareeha Amari knows the value of the rite into the afterlife; everyone deserves a proper burial. There is a rock off to the side; medium sized and flat-ish. She goes to it, bends to pick it up.

There is a sound like whimpering, Pharah is surprised that there is a puppy crouched behind it, tail between its legs. It must have been caught up in the battle.

Cemeteries are, ironically, relatively safe places to be during war. Pharah knows. Pharah remembers a mission during her first deployment; how she and her captain had taken cover in a cemetery for two days after the squad had been dismantled.

In a way, she feels as though this puppy is an echo of her, then. Twenty-two and woefully unprepared. Emotionally scarred, even now.

She reaches her hand out tentatively, the fleshy and warm one, the one that connects with the world around it, and is pleasantly surprised when the puppy does not shrink away from her. It accepts her with a nuzzle and a lick and Fareeha knows already that she will not turn away.

She finishes up with the makeshift headstone, and heads for home.


The puppy is probably a retriever, Fareeha guesses, watching it scramble around her room - if the amount of fluff and the yellow coloring is any indicator. She has scraps for it in a bowl on the ground along with some water and a mat made of the formal attire she is relatively certain she will never have the occasion for; despite this, it seems to be more interested in a pair of socks and the relative firmness of her barrack bed.

Fareeha sighs heavily as she sits next to it; she knows this was unwise. There are a lot of things she is not equipped to handle - regular walks and a steady schedule for avoiding incidents.

Fareeha has been assigned to the bulk of all missions lately…

Tomorrow, she resolved, she will deal with it tomorrow.

The puppy curls up beside her as she lays down, obviously exhausted.

She does not blame it; she feels the same.



For two weeks, things go well enough. Fareeha is more reclusive than she is generally known to be, but people do not mention it.

For two weeks it is fine, and then she is assigned to a mission in America and things become entirely more complicated.

She’s named the puppy Ernill, which was the name etched on the omnic that night. She has learned that it is a male, that he definitely enjoys socks and that he can absolutely not be left alone for any extensive amount of time lest he destroy everything.

At midnight the night before her deployment, Fareeha knocks lightly on Hana’s door, knowing the girl is up and streaming. After a few minutes, probably the time it took to finish her current match, Hana opens the door, looks at her strangely, a silent question.

“Can I ask a favor of you?” Fareeha asks, quietly, seriously.

“Depends…” Hana says, deceptively intelligent and always a little more than wary. Fareeha pulls out a leash.

“… is this something kinky?” Hana asks. Fareeha goes red with indignation.

“What? No! Of course not,” Fareeha says. “I … adopted a dog … on our last mission.”

This catches Hana’s attention, she leans forward, interested.

“It would be unwise to tell Winston of it. But I cannot leave him alone for so long after I leave tomorrow.”

“If you’re asking me to watch a dog,” says Hana, “I’m already sold.” And she grins and Fareeha feels relief she has not felt in ages.

Fareeha introduces Hana to Ernill, the two get along well. Or, perhaps Hana just really likes dogs. Regardless, when Fareeha leaves the next day, she is please at the thought of the little dog’s safety.



Fareeha returns a week later, bruised and exhausted. Briefly, she forgets that a dog even exists. She nearly forgets she exists. She just wants to sleep.

Despite the success of the mission as a whole, she feels like she has failed in her own way - a success means no injury, and she is definitely feeling the hole in her leg.

When she opens the door to her room, she expects empty, dark, silence.

What she gets is Angela, dressed in a tank top and flannel pajama shorts, playing with Ernill, a rope toy in her hand and in his teeth; they are both sitting on her bed. Everything Fareeha thinks she feels seems to vanish, all but the warmth up her neck and in her ears.

She sets her bag down at about the same time they both turn to look at her.

Angela is smiling freely into the empty room and it is like sunlight; Fareeha is not sure she has seen anything more calming, more needed in a particular moment in her entire life.

“Welcome back,” she says, quietly, wonderfully. Ernill nudges the hand the rope toy is in, demanding attention.

Fareeha does not recall having purchased a rope toy.

“Oh - thank you,” says Fareeha, shuts the door behind her to avoid prying eyes.

“How are you?” Angela asks, and eyes the way Fareeha is favoring her left leg skeptically. Fareeha tries to hide the pain of it.

“Fine,“ and then seeing Angela’s disbelief, adds unconvincingly: "Nothing serious,” a pause, “I see you have met Ernill.”

At this, Angela’s face breaks out in another winning grin, she scratches behind his ears affectionately and then stands. Ernill jumps off the bed as she does so.

“Hana asked me to watch him, she left for a mission yesterday.”

Fareeha is beyond relieved that Hana had passed off the task - even if it only ended up being for a day.

Fareeha watches the way Angela walks toward her. Watches the way Angela places a hand on her right thigh, blushed deeply when she makes contact.

“What are you-” she begins, but then Angela pushes lightly and pain shoots up her leg and oddly, through her spine. Fareeha winces, stumbles. Angela frowns contemplatively.

Ernill barks and they both glance briefly to the door to make sure no one has heard.

“Nothing serious?” Angela repeats. Fareeha has the sense to chuckle lightly and try to play it off.

“Relatively,” she responds. Angela sighs and shakes her head, turns back to Ernill.

“How long have you had him?” She asks, her tone lighter now, more joking.

“A few weeks,” Fareeha responds, “since the mission in London.”

“Who knew; Fareeha Amari is not all stoicism behind the soldier facade,” Angela smiles. Fareeha wonders if this is how they all see her - as some statue of marble, unfazed. She wonders if she is not just repeating all of the same mistakes she has made in Helix.

“He was having a ruff day, I could not just leave him,” Fareeha says. Angela blinks once, twice, and then something seems to crack in her and she laughs and Fareeha blushes for no other reason than that Angela has a beautiful laugh.

Fareeha would tell a thousand awful jokes just to hear it again. When Angela recovers she is still smiling.

“I should … let you get some rest,” she finally says. “But do you mind if I visit? I’ve grown rather attached.”

“Come anytime you like,” Fareeha tells her sincerely. Angela smiles, and leaves for the door, but stops just before opening it. Turns to Fareeha, leaning just a little on it, Fareeha does not know why she feels the rise of a blush but it persists just the same.

“And Fareeha,” Angela says, “see me tomorrow about your thigh, I want to get a proper look at it.” There is something about the way she says this that sends a jolt of electricity through Fareeha’s stomach.

When the door closes with a light click Fareeha glances down at Ernill. His tail is wagging, tongue out, he barks once, happily and Fareeha feels as though something has changed which she cannot name; but which Ernill probably could - he looks … almost happy with what has just transpired.

Shoma’s Quadruple 2017+Plus Interview

Interview conducted in January 2017, published in Quadruple 2017+Plus magazine in February 2017.

“A 19 Year-Old’s Ideal and Pride”

A new era of men’s singles skating has arrived—the competition heats to astronomical levels as the amount and type of quadruple jumps swells.
Uno Shoma has not changed his stance on wanting to be competitive in artistry—continuing to devote himself fully in that area.
With his perseverance as a source of strength, this 19 year-old is carving his own path.
Working towards his ideal level of skating—this national champion is always giving his all.

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The Harlequin Formula || Peter Parker x Reader

You all know about those short novella like romance novels published under the name Harlequin, right? Well, there’s also many manga artists who often transcribe the written text into a graphic novel form that I just adore reading!

So reading Harlequin comics is like one of the things I do for like, guilty pleasure and stuff because those kinds of comics is super pandering to young women (like me). Sure, a lot of the times the romance seems forced and unlikely to happen, but let me tell you, I read a Harlequin comic last night and the fact that it had a strong heroine who wasn’t afraid of the main love interest AND could read him like a book-

I was hooked.

So this whole story is inspired by the whole “harlequin formula” usually seen in those types of stories and how the ‘reader character’ tries to break them in hopes of finding a genuine type of love.

I hope you readers will enjoy this story ;w; .

warnings: none

word count: 3,300+

**don’t repost/plagiarize this story! Reblogs are fine!

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When you were younger, you often filled your romantic daydreams with Harlequin novels. You didn’t know what true love felt like and often read these short novellas in order to get a glimpse of how love worked.

It was through these short stories that you learned the following things:

Love is when a demure woman falls for a powerful man.

The powerful man is often a multi-billionaire of some sort who comes off as cold and aloof, but is innately missing something all the same.

And whatever he was missing would always be love, to which the leading lady would offer him almost unconditionally, regardless of how cruel he was to her.

After the end of these novels, you would find yourself with tears in your eyes at just how wonderful the love story was. “That’s what true love has to be about, finding love in unexpected places while following your man to the ends of the earth.”

Each time you would finish a story, you would sigh and fall back against your twin bed, your hair fanning out beneath your head as you clutched the novel to your chest before softly murmuring (as if hoping that the more times you said it, then it would likely come true), “I honestly can’t wait to fall in love.”

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Hey, you! {Boyfriend! Johnny}
  • Pairing: Johnny X Reader
  • Genre: Fluff; Bulleted Scenario
  • Request: “do something with johnny boy, boyfriend or cuddle time :)) thank you”
  • Word Count: 859
  • Summary: Meeting/Dating Johnny is like…

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anonymous asked:

I'm surprised ppl haven't brought up Yuuri's gaming hobby. Imagine him and Yurio playing Smash Bros with Yuuri coming out super savage on cat son. Also imagine the trio doing a let's play of Resident Evil 7 with Yuuri playing with stone, cold eyes while Yurio and Victor are scared out of their wits. Lastly, imagine Phichit and Yuuri doing LPs in off seasons during their Detroit days

(Referring to Yuuri’s Japanese Skating Federation online bio. I added the arrow and box to point where it says ゲーム“game” - gaming/video gaming)

Thinking about it…I’ve only seen maybe one or two fanfiction/Tumblr drabbles early EARLY in the season that touched on Yuuri with gaming and I think I’ve seen a couple of fanart here and there. There might be more now, but I don’t watch AO3 every hour, so I do miss some stories (if anyone knows some good fics on this, please rec them!).

I may not be as avid a player as I used to be, but that doesn’t mean I can’t talk a decent amount about video games~ I’m putting a majority of this post behind a cut because it got a bit long with musing on what game genre and platforms he might play, along with some headcanons.

I’m pretty sure Yuuri’s athlete+student lifestyle would mean the depth of his gaming hobby is going to be similar to Yuzuru’s gaming hobby - perhaps a little more since gaming is Yuuri’s only major hobby, or perhaps a little less now that Victor is spending time with him. Regarding Yuzu, he trains hard on and off the ice, balances university work, is a serious audiophile, and has other obligations (advertisements, ice shows, publicity, etc.). But when he plays games, he’s a completionist. His beloved series is Monster Hunter (check out those links for the commercials). When Yuzu has his foot in a cast, or gets out from surgery and is on bed rest, he says that he catches up on schoolwork and plays videogames.

So I imagine that Yuuri also has little time to be a hardcore gamer, but if that’s his single notable hobby, he’ll probably sink time into games that can be done on the go, or games that don’t require lots of planning and forethought (unlike, say Fire Emblem or 9 hours 9 persons 9 doors). Basically, the ideal games would be the kind that he can drop back into, see what the next quest/next dungeon is, and can get back on track. Games that feature lots of grinding, such as RPGs/MMORPGs, are good because they’re pretty straightforward, have repetitive actions/tasks, and offer a range of options and sideplots to keep them interesting for a long time.

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Things I Learned From Freshman Year at MIT

I don’t believe in blanket statements, because everyone is different. I like details, caveats, and qualifications. I like taking a little bit of this and that and putting it together into what works for me. I hate blanket commands–”Work smarter not harder” “Be more focused” “Be more productive”–because these don’t tell you how to do any of that, and though the sentiments behind those goals are good, they are not very helpful.

Summer is a good time for planning and reflection. I’ve seen a lot of “Things I learned from college” posts on tumblr, and I applaud the studyblrs for being very specific–I once saw a list of sixty-six individual items that were all pretty detailed. But that being said, we’re all a little different–which is why you can never have too many of these posts :) This is my own little contribution. I hope to make a fancier and more final version for the admissions blags, so, look out for that~

Studying/Academic Work

(^from when I was studying at Ames Street Deli near the MIT campus)

I noticed that the following occurs when I am super stressed out/tired/etc., since it is the behavior I exhibited during the end of finals when I was very burnt out but still needed to cram. Some of it is rather odd, but there you have it. Since this is the case at an extreme, I hope that if I take action in accordance with these behaviors even when I am not as worn out, hopefully my productivity levels will increase.

I have had ADHD since I was a child, though I’ve now (presumably) grown out of it, to the point that for a time I wondered if my diagnosis had been false. After a lot of personal reflection and research (and realizing I trusted my doctor immensely) I decided that it was definitely not false, and some of the effects still linger. I have tried, in the past year, to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate my work habits. Instead of fighting against my own strange idiosyncrasies with traditional studying or work techniques, I decided to allow them to exist, work around them, and hopefully take advantage of them. Most importantly, this involves realizing what they are

  • I work best in 2-hour intervals, preferably there is a change of location between each interval (e.g., library→coffee shop→library→home)
  • When I am feeling exceptionally lazy or unproductive, I should just sleep/nap (since usually I’m also feeling tired). This will make me more productive later.
  • I work best in the early morning or the evening, I work worst in the afternoon (~2-6pm)
  • If I have a whole day to work, regardless of when I go to bed I should just get up early and then take a nap in the afternoon, because getting up later than 7:30AM throws me off (in the spring time that is; this is probably a different time interval for the fall/winter when the sun rises later)
  • Although I prefer to listen to music while studying, I work best when I do not listen to music. The best sound environment is the library, or a cafe when quiet, around other people working. Sometimes, music is good to start my work, because it makes me feel less stressed and more comfortable, but as my concentration mounts it’s best to turn it off.
  • Other people working influences me to work. This is why libraries and cafes are good environments.
  • I do not work well in my own room/home.
  • The worst work environments are:
    • by myself in my own room anytime before 10pm (After 10pm, if I have been working the whole evening, the momentum of working helps me still get work done in my room if I need to change locations and come home)
    • around other people not working/only sort of working/talking/etc.
  • Physical movement is the best break (walking from one location to another, stretching, taking a walk, doing ab exercises, etc.) Watching things/writing distracts me for too long a period of time.
  • If I am feeling particularly lazy, it helps to find someone disciplined/equally worried about next test/assignment/etc. to work with. We can explain things to each other without distracting each other.
  • In Hayden library, although I like the window seats, I work best at the long outlet tables, preferably when other people are working there.
  • The best way for me to study/work is to first organize information and then problem solve/do examples. If I try to do this in reverse order I get easily discouraged when a problem is hard. Passive studying first, active studying second, but in short blocks of passive-active, passive-active, passive-active, by subject material.
  • When I feel overwhelmed when studying (all the time) it is best to first make a study plan, whether I follow it or not. A study plan involves writing down all resources, practice exams or problems, available notes and relevant topics. I can organize these into what will help me most and/or what I should do first. Making a plan calms me down and allows me to focus.

Sleep

  • Ideally, I would average ~7 hours of sleep a night
    • as a matter of fact, slightly less than 7 is preferred. For some reason, when I sleep too much or don’t have enough to do, I start getting insomnia. This always happens in the summertime…
  • I usually average a little over 6 hours of sleep a night. This is doable for the week, but I have to rest well on weekends.
  • If there is a test the next day, I have to get at least 6 hours of sleep the night before.  
  • If I get 5 or fewer hours of sleep, I have to get 7 hours the next night.
  • I have to wake up before 8:00AM at the latest in the springtime, or else I am significantly less productive the rest of the day. Wintertime may be a little later, since the sun rises later.
  • Classes after 3pm are hard to sit through; it is preferable to start early and end early.
  • I usually cannot work efficiently after 2AM if I am problem solving or studying
  • If I am writing a paper, I cannot work efficiently after 4AM.
  • Naps are great. Take them, but not for more than an hour.

Food

(^my roommate and I were the cooking dream team during IAP)

  • Breakfast should be light and late. Eating too early makes me hungrier the rest of the day, and there’s no point in forcing my metabolism to start up before it’s ready.
  • Lunch or dinner should also be light, and potentially split into twice a day or interspersed throughout the day. Eating less food but more frequently is most effective; I usually feel awfully tired or uncomfortable after a full meal.
  • It’s important not to drink coffee too regularly. When there’s a less stressful week of work, take a detox (no coffee or even tea the whole week). This will also keep smaller amounts of caffeine more effective when you do drink coffee. 
  • If you’re hungry late at night, go ahead and eat to maintain your energy, but try to eat (dried or fresh) fruit or nuts or yogurt or something healthier. Drink lots of water with it.

Next year, I’m cooking for myself, so I’m trying to get a really good idea of exactly what my needs are–both for my own health and the health of my bank account :P I’m going to try to fully feed myself. Literally, I’m going off the meal plan and paying for all my own food instead of my parents, using what I earn from my internship this summer…here goes nothing O__O” I hope to get on a road toward more self sustainability.

A note: college students (and definitely MIT students) usually have a less regular schedule, and often longer days. We don’t wake up at 8 and sleep at 8 every day–if you do, you’re very on top of things, but it’s my belief that you don’t have to do that to be on top of things, especially if, like me, you know that’s never gonna happen. People say this irregular schedule contributes to the Freshman 15, but I don’t think it has to.

Rather, pay close attention to when you get hungry. Throw away social norms, and just plan to eat whenever and how often you get hungry–frequently, but in smaller amounts of healthier food. If you always get hungry at midnight, consider splitting your dinner into two parts, or just eat later, or plan for healthy late-night snacks. If you are always hungry every four hours, bring granola bars or whatever to class. Drink lots of water, especially late at night and whenever you’re tired.  

Seventeen Reaction: Him Being Your First

To keep it short and simple for anyone who doesn’t understand the title: You losing your virginity to him 

S.Coups: “Wait what, really?” Feels honored to be your first. Do not get it twisted though, it’s not because he somehow feels superior or anything like that, but rather because he feels honored that you trust him enough to care for you in this manner. 

Originally posted by svnteen-idiots

Jeonghan: Won’t make it into a bigger deal than what it is. “Oh Y/N, don’t worry. If at any point you don’t feel good let me know, okay?” Jeonghan is super caring and attentive of your expression during the doing, he only cares about you being comfortable. my angel

Originally posted by jnnghan

Joshua: “Oh” actually shocked because it’s probably his first time too and he was hoping you would guide him. “I guess that makes it even more special right?” definitely a learning experience for the two of you. 

Originally posted by lovejoshua17

Jun: Although he’s not super experienced, he’s experienced enough to know what precautions to take in order to make you feel good  and no not just sexually u perv ;p “Don’t worry, if anything just tell me when it’s too much for you to handle.” 

Originally posted by fy-junhui

Hoshi: Flustered, he doesn’t know what to say. “Guess that makes two of us then.” probably blushing super hard too. Probably thinks about everything he should and shouldn’t do. 

Originally posted by wonuflake

Wonwoo: Feels a great amount of pressure, he was already under a lot pressure due to this being this being his first time going this far with a person. But gentleman Wonwoo is more concerned about you feeling comfortable rather than worrying about himself. “It’s all right we- you’ll be okay.” tries to reassure you and him both that everything will turn out fine. 

Originally posted by halungkat

Woozi: Inexperienced bean too, the second he hears you tell him that he would be the first he turns bright red. He’ll try not to let you know that though. rosy cheeks are a giveaway tho Similar to Wonwoo he’ll try to reassure you the best he can. 

Originally posted by woozioppa

DK: Will probably tease you a bit. “Oh really now?” like ye duh thats what u said. The teasing is short lived though, Seokmin could never be that careless. “I’ll make sure to take care of you, trust me.” 

Originally posted by pabospoiler

Mingyu: You two would be in his dorm kissing it up, as things started moving to a different direction. Mingyu already knew it would be your first time, which is the reason for his attentive attitude towards you. “Are you sure you’re ready? We don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.” You would just reply with a nod and off you go

Originally posted by mvpgyu

The8: One minute you were watching a movie, the next minute things were getting heated. Minghao’s hands starting moving closer to your abdominal area. “Minghao? I- this is my first time doing anything like this.” The second you tell him that, he’ll become really nurturing. “We don’t have to anything, that’s okay.” he’ll say trying to make you feel comfortable. After convincing him that you’d be okay, he’s really caring towards you and will try to make this experience as good as it can be for you.

Originally posted by dokyummm

Seungkwan: Gets all giggly about it, but will snap himself out of it. Has to remind yourself that this is something that will stick with you and him both, so he wants to make the best out of it. “We’ll be fine Y/N, we’ll take it slow and figure it out. All right?” !!!

Originally posted by performanceunit

Vernon: When you first told him that you were a virgin he wasn’t surprised, after all he was the first boyfriend you ever had and you both were still quite young; yet he still treats you as if you were some fragile china. a concept vernon holding you by the head lmao kidding xD

Originally posted by hanwooz

Dino: From the moment you told him, Dino was completely understanding. He never once pressured you into doing anything you didn’t want to do. When you finally told him you were ready to take it to that level, he was surprised and kept asking you if you really wanted to go through this. “There’s no rush Y/N, are you sure about this?” asks you for like the 100th time. 

Originally posted by tekukii

A/N: As promised. I will be working on some request I have in my inbox tomorrow, so to anyone who sent them don’t think I’ve forgotten!! Also make sure to check out the small drabble I wrote today  maybe give it a bit of love? idk if it’s any good, constructive criticism is always welcomed

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fourteen.

Paulie had been staring at these numbers for the better part of the morning. She was lounging on her couch with her laptop propped up on her thighs, a half-empty and long gone cold cup of tea on her coffee table, and her eyes set on all the money in her savings account. In said savings account there was one hell of a lot of money. The money that her grandmother had left her, that Niall had suggested she used until she knew what it was she wanted to do with her life. It was sitting in the bank, untouched, and with the interest she got for it, it was basically just getting more and more by the day.

Paulie was fucking loaded and no one other than her close family and Niall knew about it.

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