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Unforgettable Fics.

It’s incredible how time flies! It’s been six months since I started sharing my monthly reads! 

To clebrate the ocasion, I’ve compiled a list of fics that have left their mark on me as a fan girl, or as a reader. Some of these are old classics. Take a look, you might find a new favorite among them.

Happy reading!

A/U Hunger Games, looking at how different things would have turned out if there were two volunteers from District 12 for the 74th Hunger Games, rather than just one. Mature themes, adult situations, strong language, and eventual Everlark.

This wonderful AU shows a side of Peeta I love. He’s strong, determined and incredibly flawed, which makes him incredibly human. One of my favorite victor!Peeta stories out there, and a definite source of inspiration for One Victor.

All of their friends are getting married. What’s a pair of single friends to do?

One of my favorite modern AU’s. Katniss and Peeta have a beautiful friendship. Now, if they could just understand they’re in love with each other, everythng would be fine.

Keep reading

milollita  asked:

I so want your book to happen. I just read the first two chapters and pre ordered it. I'm dying to know what happens asdfghjkkl! Good luck!

milollita said: Sent in an ask earlier about wanting to find out how the story ends but now I feel so silly because I just realized that you’d already written the fairy AU… I’m going to cheat and read the Evanstan version because I have no patience! But I’m still hoping that you get enough preorders! <3



I am super-excited about maybe actually getting this thing published (a real book! wow!) and sharing this story with readers! *excited bounces*

And for people who’ve read the Evanstan version, this one’s similar but different, too - there’s new stuff interspersed here and there, especially about Oliver’s (Chris’s) father and what happened to him, and some more world-building and other countries, and also of course there’ll be a whole new epilogue that actually deals with what happens when Tir’s (Seb’s) fairy-family shows up, and also their wedding-night… :D :D

Come pre-order a copy (or more than one! Inkshares counts number of copies ordered, and will refund if we don’t make it to 250 copies - but I think we can!) and support m/m fantasy romance and me getting to be a published author! <33


New comic! (link to comic)

In all of my workspaces I have been gendered as a woman, and all of these things have happened to me. . I find the more ‘technical’ or corporate the teams are, the more likely that the responsibility of 'non essential labour’ in the office falls on women and femmefolk (my current office is actually very good in this respect, which is really refreshing).

For more information on this phenomenon, read through this excellent metafilter thread on emotional labour.

What is this comic about? Well, generally things like keeping the office tidy day to day, setting up for and cleaning up after meetings, organizing gifts and social events, fundraising, congratulations and condolences 'from the office’, and administrative work like minutes-taking… pretty much everything that is 'volunteer’ is likely to fall to women.

Sometimes when people argue that this work is non-essential, and that women only do it because they want to do it (and that, by extension, these just aren’t things that men care about). The thing is, community building is essential work. People who talk about having great work environments talk about things like hanging out with colleagues after work, having summer sport leagues, lottery groups, that time everyone pitched in vacation time during a family illness, that gift card that appeared on your desk on your birthday…that’s all stuff someone thinks about and plans and organizes, and it’s non-billable work, so they often do it for free, and that person is more often than not a woman. And that’s important, vital work, it makes people feel like they can come to work every day and at least not hate it all the time.

It’s completely devalued labour, and it falls in the laps of women to maintain. Sometimes guys think they’re participating by having the idea of the work: “Jim’s mother passed away - maybe we should get a card to pass around for him” - but the idea is as far as that participation goes. The organizing and execution of that 'nice idea’ falls on someone else entirely.

Stuff like this totally undercuts women at work. For example, any time it’s assumed that I’ll take meeting minutes, my ability to participate fully in that meeting is compromised because I’m taking notes instead of concentrating on my own contributions.

And not doing this work has consequences too. There was a workspace where I was totally watching this happen, so I resolved to act like the men on my team did. I left rooms when they left them (in the condition they left them in), I used the kitchen in the same way, I left my desk in the same condition, but guess who got called out on failing to contribute to the office environment? It wasn’t the guys.

If you’re a guytype and you want to be a good ally in your worplace, be the person who volunteers. I mean it. Look around, see who’s doing the work that isn’t in their job descriptions, and pitch in. Take notes, buy cards, organize drinks, and for goodness sake, tidy the kitchen.  And it’s ok if this social stuff really isn’t important to you, but don’t you dare be the person who says that it’s not important work, and then feels slighted when no one remembers their birthday.

If you’re already doing this, awesome. Keep up the good work.

‘April is the cruellest month’ ~ T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land 

Reading poetry in spectacularly pretty Cambridge coffee shops has to have been one my favourite things to do during this Easter break. I first experienced The Waste Land when I was invited to a study day at Oxford University at the age of 16, and each time I read it the memories from this day flood back to me. I also always find something new in Eliot’s poetry each time I read it, it always keeps me interested, so I’m actually looking forward to revising his work for my Modern Paper exam this summer. 

- Sarah 

A selection of Doctor/Rose AU fics...

Basically, I felt like it? Might have seen some of these in the Nine/Rose or Classic (and Twelve)/Rose lists but this is just Alternate Universe fics. Um, it doesn’t include role swaps, alternate meetings, alternate Doctors/Roses or crossovers. Maybe another list, but this has all human, movie, supernatural style etc fics. Also, no WIPs, sorry…. Anyway, enjoy!


All Human - Modern Day - One Shots


Breaking It In - Morning After - As the Wind Howls - Separation (and making the best of it) - Fire in the Flame -  (Adult) John and Rose and moments in their life together.


Finding Home -  He’s a soldier, just home.

The Trip of a Lifetime - An American road trip

Bartender - She knows his type, seen it before

Ever the Mystery - (Adult) There’s something different about his newest client.

Bartender - He drinks to forget.

Exotic Dancer - She dances, though some people don’t understand

Every Artist Needs Her Muse - Beauty can be found anywhere. For sculptor Rose Tyler, it was found in the form of a physics professor with a gruff exterior and a heart of gold.

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i hate the fact that as a fat person i can’t talk about eating lots of vegetables or not drinking soda without someone assuming that it’s absolutely because i’m trying to drop 100 lbs. it can’t be for youthful skin or urinary tract health or just wanting to eat things that are good for me OR simply preference. the world is so consumed with weight loss culture that the possibility of wanting things to nourish you aside from the results of weight fluctuation has been eradicated.

it’s not new and i have said it before and so have others, but i have to say it again because occasionally, it eats at me (no pun intended). I challenge someone to find three articles from popular sources that don’t once associate healthy eating with losing lots of weight or its thinly veiled counterpart, “looking better” (read, thinner).

i’m tired of not only having to fight to love my body but also to fight for others to believe it and not think that everything i do is to conform to a society that hates me– because it’s detrimental to my health for people to vocally assume that I’m on some new diet or FINALLY trying to lose weight.

Question: We all know Avi looks up to lumberjacks for his fashion sense, but what about the rest of you guys? What or who inspires your style?

Scott: *Reads Question*

All: *Laugh*

Kevin: Mitch, you must go first

Mitch: I have to go first?

Kev: Yes. Because you, my friend are fashionable

M: That’s nice

Avi: fashionable

M: Um… ah…. I… oh god

S: (illegible) Anderson

M: I watch, I read a lot of blogs and I’m always shopping. So I get a lot of inspiration from photo-shoots… and the models… and tumblr

S: 100% of my inspiration comes from our stylist Candice.

M: And Candice, yeah

S: Because [Candice] brings all these amazing clothes.

Kev: Yeah

S: And I’m so inspired by that. And I find my favorite brands and I just by those clothes from those brands

Avi: ya, [Candice] pushes me slowly to try new things. And I’m like, ‘aw, I don’t know’ and I like it. I do that a lot

M: I want to take you shopping

Avi: I wouldn’t mind that at all

M: That would be so fun

Avi: Let’s do it! I’d like that. That would be fun.

S: (jokingly) a little date

Avi: On my gosh, I dig.

S: (still joking) Mavi is real!

Avi/Mitch: *gasp* *laughing*

Kev: Oh, No. watch the Twitter be like “are they serious??”

End of question


Serapuchi! - 41, 42, 43, 44

I’M BACK AAAAAA I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO SUFFOCATE TO DEATH BACK THERE. THAT WAS THE MOST PAINFUL THING I’VE EVER DONE. I guess you don’t know how much hatred you have for humanity until you’ve been dragged around from morning till night and ending with a clothes shopping spree of all things at freaking 9PM. And I didn’t even find a comic store because no one is anime trash like me - no, they’d rather walk an hour to find a bestbuy store instead, and then go back half an hour in. But enough about my ranting that no one even reads anyway, please enjoy the new chapters.

Source: Official Site
Cleaning, translations and typesetting by me

As long as you don’t take my work as your own, it’s fine.

store update

added a bunch of new things to the store, so including the shinji mug, we now have:

  1. shinji crying 

  2. “nosy fucker, aren’t you?” in really small manga font 

  3. kaneki did nothing wrong 

  4. trashiyama 

  5. and a few more

so yeah you can find the store here:


and a friendly reminder that, even if you’re not going to buy anything, you might still want to reblog this because one of your followers might really like one of these things and it would be great if they got something they really liked.

thanks for reading pretty ppl, i hope you all have a truly fantastic day ahead of you

stay classy san diego

- cfl


[image description: Pictures of three t-shirts being digitally modeled by people. Two shirts are navy in colour and are printed with the same words in different fonts. They read “I don’t ‘have autism’ I am Autistic”. One shirt is a golden yellow colour and reads “I love someone who is Autistic (it’s me)”]

Aaand here are the rest of the new designs I’ve put up. You can find them here. There are a bunch of t-shirt colours to choose from, and you can even get my designs on stickers and bags and things. Fun!

I wanted to do something for the upcoming holiday. I haven’t made a rec list for awhile, so here is a list of some really wonderful fics. This is a wide variety, so hopefully everyone will find something to enjoy. I went back through my last three months of reading, so they should all be fairly new. Enjoy. <3 

Happy New Year Everyone! 


A Curious Compliment  idareu2bme

Derek is a simple horseman from the mountains, Stiles is an enthusiastic university graduate ready to make a name for himself. In any other situation, they would have gone their entire lives never having met. It’s probably a good thing then, that they both happened to be in the wrong place at the right time.

A Fox’s Tale spellwovennight

Stiles loves A Fox’s Tale, a bookstore he took over after his mom dies. Unfortunately, a box store, Hale’s Wolftastic Books, is moving town and is going to be tough competition, but he has his friends, family, and texting buddy, Mr. Grumpy to help him through it.

Derek is annoyed to be moving to Beacon Hills to help start up the newest branch of Hale’s Wolftastic Books and to help Laura prepare for her upcoming wedding. He’s surprised to find himself falling in love with the town, and it’s inhabitants. If only his texting conversations with Smartass weren’t emotionally confusing.

Or a You’ve Got Mail AU that nobody asked for.

Alone Together  asocialfauxpas (fuzzytomato)

Derek has lost his pack. Stiles has lost his pod. They find each other on the high seas. 

Cut It Out And Then Restart  suchfun

Years ago, when they were first starting out both in their relationship and their careers, when they were babies and hardly understood their car insurance let alone the multi-billion dollar, all-consuming, world-encompassing, life-altering business of news reporting—back then, Derek would practice his expressions in the mirror, and Stiles would think, I’m so glad he’ll never have to use that face with me.

And then Stiles screwed up, and he’s seen nothing but that face for the past two years. Aesthetically, it’s still an awesome face, and it probably always will be, but Derek is so much more than another hot dude. And he always will be.

Don’t You Hear that Rhythm secondstar

Being the opener for Blue Pagan was only the beginning for Marked & Bitten frontman Stiles Stilinski. Falling for their violinist, though, felt something more like the beginning of something greater.

down in flames series standinginanicedress

Stiles has been fucking obsessed with famous werewolf author Derek Hale since he was fifteen years old and the first book came out. Like, embarrassingly obsessed. Like, had a poster of the guy hanging up on the wall above his bed, obsessed. When Hale moved back to Beacon Hills, Stiles just figured he’d hole himself up in his rebuilt mansion, writing his fourth book, never to fulfill Stiles’ endless daydreams about running into him and having the alpha fall madly in love with him.

It’s completely fucking improbable and nonsensical, would never happen in a million years, so of course Stiles somehow winds up in a no-strings-attached agreement with his literary idol, all while eating chicken McNuggets out of his pocket at random intervals and plotting the demise of the McFlurry mixer.


“And Stiles,” he’s addressed directly for the first time since this whole thing started, and when all eyes land on him this time, he just squeezes Derek’s hand and squares his shoulders. He can act like this doesn’t bother him. Derek can do it, and Derek’s here. He’ll be okay. “…how does it feel to know that millions upon millions of people are going to read intimate, private details about your life with Derek?”

“It doesn’t bother me,” Stiles says with a shrug, going for nonchalant and feeling like he’s doing it pretty well. “I knew what I was getting into. Besides – everyone wants Derek Hale to write about them, right?”

The flamingo in the yard  Vendelin

It isn’t fair that Stiles needs to work Christmas, when his dad is on the other side of the country. Or that his really hot, next door neighbour is around for the holidays as well. Or that there’s a power outage that makes things even worse. Or better.

here comes trouble grimm

All Derek wants is one day where he can sleep without worry of being woken by gunfire, without the threat of death hanging over his head. He wants a full stomach and no pain clinging to his bones, no ache in his feet from months of running. He wants a shower, a safe place to put his head. He wants his family, the healing comfort of pack. He’ll never have any of that again.

I Still Believe  IAmAVeronica

War is hell.
Falling in love with enemy solider Derek Hale, secretly mating him, and then accidentally being left behind by him when the war suddenly and violently ends is a special kind of hell apparently reserved for one human omega Stiles Stilinski.
But Stiles is determined to find his mate again, because Derek left more than just Stiles in a war-ravaged and werewolf-hating country - and with danger at every turn and nothing but Derek’s gun and his own wits for protection, hell hath no fury like Stiles now.

I Thought You Would Like That  Emela

Yeah, that was pretty bad, but what was worse was having spent the last three years pretending to hate Stiles, because it was better than being the guy who failed at emotions and got rejected for them, and now Derek was locked in the same room as him under the promise they would only be let out when they “did something about their sexual tension”.

Derek and Stiles get locked in a room together at an office Christmas party and end doing something about all that unresolved sexual tension.

I’ll Wait Up For You, Dear  WhoNatural

Derek is the Uber driver who always seems to be up when Stiles needs a ride home from work.

If the ley lines you should follow  InTheArmsofaThief

And Derek just stood there, staring at Stiles like he was a ghost.

“Dude, I know it’s been a while but you don’t have to look at me like you’re that surprised I’m hung over in the woods. It’s practically a tradition at this point.”

“Stiles?” Derek whispered, the name falling from his lips like a punch to the gut. Stiles watched, confused, as Derek took a deep breath in and took a shaky step forward then back again. “You’re not- you can’t be. Who are you?”

The Moon’s Gonna Follow You Home  turningterrific

Derek doesn’t want to call the window repair guy. He doesn’t want to sweep up the glass. He’ll inevitably miss a few shards and pull them out of the bottom of his bare feet for weeks.

He doesn’t want to try to make this place feel like home when it isn’t.

Derek stayed in Beacon Hills and tried to make it work because he wanted pack, wanted purpose. He gave his best effort and found himself back where he started: alone, with a few begrudging allies. He’s tired, and even though his werewolf body heals quickly, he feels the weary ache down to his center.

He packs his car with the few things he cares about enough to drag them from place to place. He locks the loft and calls a realtor about listing the building he’d bought in a misguided attempt to secure a future.

And then he leaves.

The More Things Change  KouriArashi

Ten years ago, there was a major war between the supernatural world and the mundane. Now Beacon Hills is cut off and the Argents are in control, and the supernatural creatures are slowly being hunted down. But when Stiles, who was adopted by the Argents after the death of his parents, makes friends with the Hale Pack, things start to change…

Never Walk Away  Dexterous_Sinistrous

Twenty-eight year old federal agent Derek Hale has been out of the family for some time, and he likes it that way. After six years of no contact with Laura, everything changes when Derek is sent back to Beacon Hills to infiltrate his old family.

And that’s how Derek meets Stiles.

Stiles is Peter’s favorite dancer. He’s Peter’s arm candy. He’s his little trophy to flaunt. The son of the one man who almost put Peter away–a cautionary tale for people to heed when thinking about going against Peter. Everyone knows the Sheriff is still in the hospital, his wife in a grave, his son in the devil’s den.

Derek doesn’t buy into it for a second. There is a way Stiles looks at Peter, like he’s the scum of the earth–like he’s a piece of gum stuck on his shoe that he can’t wait to scrape off. There is the way Stiles only lets Peter touch him for so long before he pulls away.

Derek knows that Stiles is there for ulterior motives, but Stiles is smarter than he looks. He’s more determined. If only Derek could get Stiles on his side.

Nothin’ but Blue Skies zjofierose

Scott McCall, “Stiles” Stilinski, Vernon Boyd, Isaac Lahey, and Jackson Whittemore are the hot-shot pilots of the USAAF’s Flight Five, based out of southern England in the end of 1943. The tide is maybe starting to turn in the war, but there’s still so many battles left to fight, so many bombs to drop, so many missions to run.

Up-and-coming young photographer Derek Hale of Life Magazine is sent out to do his first war coverage: interviews with and photographs of the brave young men of Alpha Squadron, Flight Five. It’s supposed to be an easy assignment- snap some photos of the boys and their planes, and go home.

But when you’re in the heat of the moment, when you’re faced with life and death, who’s got your back? Who is in that moment with you? When you start to ask that question, it’s after that when nothing is easy again.

Rare Books and Special Collections  KuriKuri

Derek Hale hates libraries.

Unfortunately, not all books can be ordered on Amazon.

(Or: in which Derek is a grumpy omega writer, and Stiles is an annoyingly attractive alpha special collections librarian.)

This Started As Only Make Believe thepsychicclam 

Derek is trying (and failing) to juggle his career, coach lacrosse, and raise his 5 year old werewolf daughter. When he adds his bitter ex-wife and his daughter’sslight attachment to him, Derek knows he doesn’t have any time for a life of his own - and definitely no time for the super cute daycare teacher.

tide pulls from the moon  paintedrecs

When Derek left Beacon Hills, finally ripping the tether free and remembering how to breathe, how to live again, it was Stiles who came after him. Stiles, who showed up at his door with blazing eyes, looking like he wanted to punch him in the face, but wrapping his arms around him instead, making him grunt in surprise at the raw strength of his embrace.

“You asshole,” Stiles said, slapping him heartily on the back as he extricated himself, his voice rough under his bright smile. “You couldn’t have made yourself harder to find, could you?”

You’ll See Me Again Matildajones

Stiles is standing there in his uniform, hair long and hands behind his back. There’s a blush on his cheeks and he can barely look Derek in the eye.

“Hey,” he whispers. He’s wearing the medal Derek had presented to him.

Derek stares. He doesn’t think he’s breathing anymore.

Stiles is the soldier who saved Derek and brought him back home. He doesn’t seem to care that Derek’s a prince or that he’s a little bit broken. Derek falls, quick and sure, but it’s not easy knowing that Stiles will soon have to return to the war.

Even titans need to have their teeth brushed as protection against tooth sensitivity, to prevent cavities and remove plaque



sorry for shitty doodle I just wanted to experiment with a new brush tool thing ok :)

Hi everyone!

It is that time of the year again… so my school has a mandatory magazine drive every fall and since selling door to door is probably one of the most painful experiences I have ever been through, I am taking it online for the second year in a row! If anyone needs to renew a subscription for ANY magazine or buy a new one, you should totally buy it through me so that you can help my school raise funds for important things (in the name of learning pls help). This now includes digital magazine editions for anyone out there who prefers reading online!! 

Anyway, if you go to http://www.gaschoolstore.com/ you can browse through the hundreds upon hundreds of magazines in every possible category or topic that you might find interesting. If you are interested in supporting my school (and by default, me), then please message me and I will send you the access ID code that you need to use in your transaction. Without this code, your purchase will not be associated with me or my school, and the money will go straight to the magazine distributor!! 

Last year, with JUST the help of my tumblr friends, I reached my quota within a week or so. This year, I am starting earlier, so I hope that I can raise more money in my last year of doing this!!

I appreciate every single bit of help I can get even if it means reblogging this post so that it gets around to other people who might want to help me out. 

Thanks :)


Someone stole my phone yesterday night.

I was sitting down with a friend and some moroccan man sat next to me and stole my phone and I didn’t notice it until 5 minutes later, but the man was gone.

I called to the police and me and my friends tried to find him but we couldn’t.

I’ve already made a complaint and blocked my SIM card.

Thanks god that my phone has an insurance so when it gets damaged or stolen I get a new one for free… ( my phone is a Motorola Moto G )

but all my photos, videos, music, friends phone numbers, games and apps are gone.

I will probably have to wait some days until I get a new phone…

the 90% of the time I post/reblog things on tumblr, twitter and instagram are using the phone app, so I will be inactive for some days.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the bad english ;__;

Spain and Romano’s relationship

So I read the new update and wanted to remark a few things:

  • Romano calls Spain for help, before and after the Italian Unification.
  • Spain gets really excited whenever Romano calls him.
  • Spain asks Romano if had eaten well.
  • Romano finds it easier to talk to Spain than to his brother
  • “And since then, South Italy have built a pretty good relationship together”

Things I have learned from Fifty Shades Darker (part 1/?):

2. IT’S ME
3. No really, I am doing this
4. I made a promise to myself to get through this whole trilogy and come out of it alive and kicking
5. Kicking the books into the nearest fire, but kicking nonetheless
6. E.L. James is still working on a new romantic thriller with a supernatural twist. So in Grey, do we find out Christian is part kraken? That would explain so much.
7. I legit don’t remember shit from the first two books. Blocking out things apparently works, just fyi.
8. Wait they already got married what the fuck. Did they get married in the second one? I remember discussions about it but nothing more.
9. I just glanced at the page count. 500 pages. What even is this. No
10. Nopenopenoepnopenope I will not last 500 fucking pages
11. Flashbacks, because why follow a linear plot when you can confuse your readers
12. Mrs Grey here, Mrs Grey there. And a shit load of Mr. Grey because using first names is so last season.
13.I do as I’m told” – probably one of the most used phrases in this book
14.Oh, Christian … my possessive, jealous, control freak Christian” – yet you still married the dude, Ana.
15. Me right now: ?!?!?!?!!?
16.My inner goddess purrs.” – the thing is back someone hold me
17. Ah, the promise of sex in the sea for later. Maybe I can find a way to cause this book to have an “accident” before then. Hmmmmm.
18.I am married. I am Mrs. Christian Grey. I am giddy with joy.” – I am appalled.
19. At least now that they’re married, they can stop with the whole “Mrs. Steele – Mr. Grey” shit when they’re talking to each other. Right? Right?!?!! *E.L.James laughs in the distance*
20.He’s still cool toward her even after six weeks.”- confirmation that literally everything has happened in 6 weeks. That’s less than 2 months. Let that sink in and haunt your dreams.
21. Christian wants them to leave their own wedding already. LET HER HAVE HER FUN, YOU DOUCHE.
22.Christian doesn’t want me to”; “I want to please him” – sneak peek of Ana’s married life, season 1
23.Another female completely captivated by my too-handsome-for-his-own-good husband.” – yes, the author still wants us to think that every woman is attracted to Christian, because he’s apparently God’s gift to women everywhere
24.Holy cow, What, Whoa, Oh my…” – in the span of one paragraph. PLS USE EDITOR KTHX BYE
25. Christian is one possessive motherfucker. He’s said that she’s his about 10 times in the last few pages. Dude. We get it. Do you know what he looks like in my head right now?

26. Christian is mad because Ana was sunbathing topless and the paparazzi may be stalking them. Thing is he’s reacting quite nasty, yelling at her and shit and that just grinds my gears because she’s an adult that can be reasoned with, not an insolent child.
27. Ana: “Every other woman on the beach is topless—it’s not that big of a crime” – heaven forbid Ana be in charge of her own. Fucking. Body. That would be a travesty. A blasphemy. A BLASPHEMY I TELL YOU!
28. “You think I’m going to punish you?” Christian’s voice is silky.
“Do you want to?
– actual lines of dialogue from this book
29.my inner goddess squints from her sun lounger where she’s trying to catch rays with a silver reflector fanned out at her neck” – can these rays kill her? Please? Pretty please? *silent prayer to any god out there*
30. “’You want to be?’
‘Depends’, I mutter, flushing.
‘On what?’ He hides his smile.
‘If you want to hurt me or not.’”
– The fact that Anastasia has to admit this about the man she LEGIT JUST MARRIED should be evidence enough that the dude is the worst thing since socks with sandals.
31. And now he’s made her feel stupid for not thinking that she might end up naked on the covers of tabloids.  Because hey, every person thrust into a world like this definitely knows that they have to think of shit like this. Everybody was born knowing everything. Fuck you, Christian, you insensitive ass butt.
32.Don’t pee? How rude. My subconscious looks up from her book—The Complete works of Charles Dickens, Vol. 1—with alarm.” – I’m mirroring this alarm.
33. Also, what even is the sentence above are you fucking kidding me
34. Metal handcuffs and airline eye masks – I already think I will want to scrape the next pages from my mind the second I read them.
35. Pray for my soul, I’m going in.
36.a Christian Grey Fifty Shades punishment fuck.” – that’s legit all you need to know. Brb drinking *downs shot of vodka*
37. I’m only on page 45
38. I cry
39. Also, send all your chocolate and wine and help a girl out

Things I have learned from Fifty Shades of Grey

Things I have learned from Fifty Shades Darker

Day 18 - This is my Current Read and boy am I loving it! Sarah has married my two favorite things in the whole world with this series. A New Steamy novel in an amazing high fantasy world! A Court of Thorns and Roses hits shelves May 5th and if you haven’t pre-ordered it yet you wanna remedy that right away! This book is absolutely fantastic! If you have pre-ordered though you can send your proof of purchase to Bloomsbury to get some pretty cool swag while supplies last, you can find more information about this by visiting worldofsarahjmaas

It is certainly unfortunate, but it appears that summer holidays are officially over, and school is back! It’s another semester (or year) of lectures, lessons, studying, exams and waking up early… but don’t cry yet! I have made a little list of study tips for you today, and I hope it’ll be handy for you. 

We shall ignore the ironic fact that I should be studying my readings right now when I am typing up this post. :) 

So, how to survive school again? Below are a few pointers!

1. Start school with a positive mindset. 

Try to find the great things about being back on campus and studying! For instance, isn’t it great to be able to do something productive again after such a long, lazy holiday? Also, it’s always nice to meet new people and friends in new lectures! Everyone knows 8am lectures are terrible so it’ll be great to make new friends out of it! (Collective whining is somehow more enjoyable than doing it alone, hee)

2. Start early

Ooh, I can’t emphasise this enough. Don’t go around thinking ‘it’s too early in the semester to study’ - that’s a killer mindset! Somehow in university, time flies by really, really fast. It’s important to consistently study to build a strong understanding and foundation so that by the time finals roll around, you’ll be more or less ready! It is really not fun to panic the day before your finals and try to cram everything at one go, so please heed this point! For starters, today is the first week of school and I have read my readings :) Ah, school. 

3. Don’t be afraid

If you don’t understand any content in the lecture, please don’t discount yourself and think 'that probably wasn’t important, I’ll be fine’. When in doubt, ask! Your lecturers are human beings and they won’t eat you up, I promise. In fact, they’d love to answer any questions you have! I have discovered that many professors are wonderful, funny people who are genuinely passionate in what they teach, so there is nothing they love more than a student (YOU!) showing passion and curiosity for what they are lecturing about. Besides, it is always helpful to strike up a good relationship with your professors for your Final Year Project, or for your future resume, eh? 

4. It is perfectly alright 

If you feel overwhelmed, afraid, or confused by new content, it is really ok. You’re not stupid, or screwed, or in trouble. Everyone needs time to absorb new content - that’s why it’s new, right? :) Take a deep breath, and read it several times until you get it. If you still have trouble, refer to point number 3! <3

5. Highlight, highlight, highlight

If you are a visual learner like me, there is definitely no shame in defacing your notes with a highlighter. It’ll help you learn and that is what is most important! Use different colours if necessary for different parts of a reading - they can get pretty content-heavy at times and it is important to ensure you understand it. 

6. Make notes

Don’t be lazy - just do it! Writing notes and repeating them helps you remember the content (this is especially so for the humanities modules, since there is always a lot to memorise). Besides, writing them down helps you check if you understand what has been taught. If you can write the material down without pausing, you’re set for that A! 

7. Be generous

When my friends don’t understand something, I always jump on the opportunity to help explain it to them. Why? First, it’s always nice to help someone :) Also, it helps me see if I understand what is being taught (like above!). If I catch myself pausing and mulling over something, it is time to look the professor. 

Now, I know Tumblr is a great supportive community, so a while back, many lovely people contributed their study tips, too! Some are conventional, but others are downright cool. Either way, all are worth a shot and I’m sure, helpful. :) 

littlemissyWhen studying for an exam, I first read + highlight the notes, then rewrite as colorful and with as many cheesy jokes. Lastly I take a huge A3 sheet and make a colorful map of the material, just headlines and keywords. As a visual learner, it works!

thehealthyteacupa study tip I find really useful, is using sticky notes in the shower. I know, it sounds silly. While you’re taking a shower, you can look at your material on sticky notes and study there! For some reason it helps me because I look at a test question and think “Oh yeah, I saw that in the shower.” Obviously it’s not for everyone. Good luck!

makemehealthyandsassylistening to a harry potter playlist! I don’t know it makes me feel a bit like Hermione while studying haha.

eatcookandrunEach night, write down what you have to study the day after, and stick to it ! If you have finished everything early, enjoy the free time :)

aegi-hohave a routine before you start studying. Making a cup of tea, clearing your table, getting out your books etc. will help your mind get ready to focus. Oh and my personal fave: Put everything you need to study in 1 pile and when you’re done move it to another and through the day watch the to-do pile get smaller and the done pile get bigger!

fatgirlgetsfitatlastOne thing I used to do for things that required boring memorization was make them into rhymes or even songs. I can remember the words to every song from the 1970’s, but I couldn’t remember the periodic table!! … so I made it into a song and managed to get out of chemistry without failing! :-)

curvesandtigerstripesdon’t be afraid to experiment with what kind of environment works best for YOUR study habits! Some people like having background music, other people need complete silence. For me, I found that getting out of my dorm room and into a library or a quiet place in a park worked best for me. 

lucysweatslove:I make flashcards “books” (with book rings) and I will exercise as I go through them. You can take them off the book ring and put them in piles too- stuff you know well, stuff you need some practice on, and stuff you hardly know. Go through the stuff you know least, then the stuff you know mediumly, again sorting them, and then restarting the process until all cards are in the “know well” pile, and restart. 

(I think what this means is that you keep going through your materials until you know them all well, especially if you’re unfamiliar with them! Am I right, Lucy dear? <3)

smile-you-bootiful-souls:After every 25 minutes of studying take a 5 minute break. This always works for me. Also study ponytails are totally a thing =) I recommend a fountain ponytail

happy-body-happy-mindMy absolute favorite study tip is to simply find a good place to study!! It’s a ton easier to get work done when you have a calm and comfortable place outside of home that’s used only for working and that gets you in a studying mood. I live right by a college campus with tons of beautiful, old libraries I like using. There are usually other people studying in them as well, who motivate me to get work done like everybody else is! Plus, being in old buildings makes me feel like I’m in a movie :)

PS Thank you so much for all your input, darlings! I had fun reading them and I will apply some :)

Also, thank you for reading so far! Please let me know what you think of it and if I should do another post maybe? :) (Feedback is realllllly appreciated <3)

anonymous asked:

hey there :) i've learnt kana but now im kinda overwhelmed about where and how to start learning kanji... do you have any tips for what the next step would be?

Hi, Anon!

I think a good first step, even before you’ve really started learning kanji, is to find some reading practice. Something you can go to as you’re learning and actually use all those new kanji. If you already have something you like in Japanese (a book, some song lyrics, manga, a game, a website, a textbook, etc.) then use that. If you don’t have anything, here are some ideas:

Things to practice reading kanji

Also get something to write with so you can practice writing new kanji and/or keep a list of new ones you want to learn (my favorite is one of those little whiteboards people write their grocery lists on, but even a napkin and a pencil works fine)

There’s kind of two ways to go from there (I used a mix of both, often within a couple hours of each other…) One is to read first and study later, looking up kanji for words you already know or ones that keep turning up again and again in your reading material. Do this when you’re feeling adventurous.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and want structure (or just want to do things more efficiently), you’ll want to study first and then read later. For that, you can find a course designed to teach you a bunch of kanji, then back it up with your reading practice. It can be tricky to find a complete, well-organized kanji course for free online (god knows I haven’t been able to make one on this blog), but here are a few beginner resources to get you started:

Kanji courses, dictionaries, etc.

Remember, it’s okay if you go slow or learn them in a weird order at first. Unless you already know Chinese, kanji use a different sort of logic from the writing system(s) you’re used to, and it’s good to kind of explore and figure out what works for you.