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How To Create a Self-Study Schedule Part II: Casual Studying

Hello polyglots! I apologize for the lateness of this post! As you know I posted about how to create a study schedule if you are studying a language(s) intensively. Now I’m going to talk about how to study one language or multiple languages casually.

First, I need to define what casual studying even means. Studying casually means that you are foregoing certain aspects of language study in order to maintain a slow and low commitment pace. For example, say you’re learning French casually. Instead of psycho crazy grammar schedules filled with practicing grammar and vocab over and over, and quizzing yourself every day until your brain turns to pulp, you opt for a simple audio lesson every day for 15 minutes after you come home from work or school. Easy right? Yes! That’s the goal. With casual studying your schedule is freed up for other things. In addition, casual studying gives you the leisure to take your time to learn things deeply and thoroughly. Casual studying, however, implies that you are not studying so much for full fluency but for practical, everyday usage. So casual learners care a little less about learning the specifics about complicated grammar but instead want to learn how to use it in conversation by learning dialogues and repeating phrases. So how do you create a casual study schedule? Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

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what this girl is saying speaks volumes to me right now. i just wanted to get somethings of my chest and thought this video summed it up a little for me. i get a lot of hate for being as comfortable in myself as i am. sometimes i don’t feel good and i don’t appreciate myself as i should. so, when i do, i get excited about how i’m feeling and i take a picture so i can always remind myself (when i’m not feeling great) that i’m doing okay. and i am doing okay. and not that this matters but i’ve come a long way to learning to love myself. this year has been so difficult for many different reasons and i chose to remove myself from everything negative and build a better life for myself. i moved city, i got a job, i payed my own bills and got my own flat. i’m proud of myself and my instagram reflects that. it reflects every single time i feel good about something in my life. i’m sorry that people misinterpret what i post, i’m sorry if it offends you or if you don’t like it. i’m also sorry that it makes some people think that it’s okay to interrupt someones journey to happiness by saying something mean. because it isn’t. i’m still learning from my mistakes and i’m still figuring out who i am but it’s hard enough without people negatively interfering with that. like this girl says it’s important to focus on you and let yourself grow. let other people grow to and by all means help them but never stop them. just be kind. always.

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lucas: do you know where he is? DO YOU KNOW WHERE WILL IS

mike: stop it you’re scaring her!

lucas: good! she should be scared! if you know where he is, tell us.

eleven: hey whats up you guys im eleven im 12 years old and i never fucking learned how to read

anonymous asked:

Hey:) Any advice about making stupid nervous writing mistakes during anatomy practical?

Hi there!

My anatomy professor- an old, very elegant lady, with a sharp tongue and pearl earrings, used to give us a lot of advice, some of them regarding medicine, some of them about life in general. But there was one thing she used to tell us every single class, once sentence she repeated every time we asked how we should study, how we should learn something, that at the time seemed to be an insurmountable amount of information- “repetitio est mater studiorum”, she used to say, “repetition is the mother of learning”.

In my humble opinion anatomy is one of the subjects where there is not much to understand, but rather a lot of memorise. Sure, neuroanatomy requires some understanding, but when it comes to learning all the muscles in the body, all you can do is simply revise, revise and revise. When it comes to practical exam I personally recommend doing online quizzes (I like this one and this one) and spending hours with your atlas, but you can also make notes or draw certain structures- the method doesn’t matter as much as the amount of time you should put into actual studying (as much as possible, with reasonable breaks of course)

And let’s be honest- there is no way to completely prevent making nervous mistakes. Even the most prepared people don’t always get 100%- your performance depends on so many things, some of which you can’t plan or prevent. However I truly believe that the more prepared you are (so the more you studied to put it simply), the less likely are you to be affected by your circumstances- to put it simply the more prepared you feel, the less nervous you are.

Hope this helped a little, if you have anymore questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Best of luck!!


Last night, this kid I went to college with for like a split second, that I barely said so much as a “hello” to messaged me on Facebook asking for advice because he’s struggling with his sexuality.

We talked about the struggles of understanding sexuality, coming out to ourselves, etc.

And he said he felt so much relief talking about this. He even at one point straight up said “I’m queer.” He vented about his life, his inner turmoil, everything.

At one point as I was giving him advice he said “how are you so good at this!? Honestly, it’s like you should do this for a living!” And it was so great to hear that bc that’s exactly what I want to do for a living! I want to do music and social media to help people learn about themselves, learn to love and accept themselves as they are, and not feel so alone!

By the end of it, he told me I made a difference in his night and really helped him out and that he felt relieved. He said, “I know we barely talked, but I’m glad I messaged you. Idk, I trust you.” And it warmed my heart. I was honored that he chose to share such an intimate part of himself with me and that I was able to help in some way somehow.

I wish him the best. And I hope once he’s more comfortable and more out and willing to share his identity, I’ll even be able to do a video with him. It’d be great to get a male perspective on coming out, especially from someone who didn’t really realize it until their late 20s.

My heart feels so happy.

anonymous asked:

I feel like I should tell you this but I have no idea how. So I play the piano and I’m practicing a piece by chopin. Idk if I saw one of your posts while learning it or what happened but there’s a part that every time I play it I remember you. Like my brain goes “okay play this note, oh btw LJ is pretty cool aren’t they? Yep well now the other note...” Every. Freaking. Time. And I don’t know what to do about it... i- i just felt like letting you know?

AH MAN THIS IS SO COOL!!!! And I actually GET it??? Like I play piano too and I was learning Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies one year and for some reason during the part where it goes to the minor key something somehow created this association to my uncle Jerry and now like even YEARS later when I play that song I get to that part and think, “Uncle Jerry!” for NO REASON AT ALL that i can remember, like…SOMETHING must have happened? To set up that initial association? 

My own stupid theory is that when your brain is in learning mode it’s more willing to form associations to help you retain the new information so you end up with these weird little random links like this? I dunno if that’s actually true but there you have it! 

Anyway this is super cool thank you for sharing!!! (Also omg thank you for thinking I’m cool???? I’m happy to be remembered fondly during Chopin!  <3 I have no idea how to make it go away though lol) 

anonymous asked:

what is your best advice for a new asm? i’ve never been on production staff (ive been on scenic crew and acted) and i’m the asm for my schools black box theatre show, any tips, tricks, or just generally what should i be prepared for?

I would repeat a lot from the last ask, then emphasize that you need to ask questions when you aren’t sure of something. Take lots of notes during meetings. Learn how to take blocking notes. You are the calm center of the storm, so do your best not to be reactive to stressors. Keep the train going.


we were both willing to lose it all as long as we had each other. but we’ve grown. we know too well thats not how love is. thats just a phase. scientifically, we all go through that high desire of wanting spontaneity and recklessness. it’s natural, just human nature. we only need a trigger to do just that, and being young and in love gives the right nudge to be stupid and shitty with choices. choices should be weighed based on its effects. and if most of it is bad, then it’s most likely wrong. even love cant change that. love is everything, but it’s not always going to be that option thats the best or is most likely enough.

bigkitty75  asked:

I'm pretty lost right now with my Korean. I know Hangul and I'm trying to learn some vocabulary, but where do I go from here? Grammar? Phrases? More vocabulary? I just don't know.

Hello love I’m sorry for the late reply but I’ve been so busy with school and life and  nfoefhouerfn. ANYWAYS ON TO YOUR ANSWER

Sooo since you’ve mastered Hangul already you should probably start learning the two different number systems, how to tell time, date/months/years, and seasons. While learning all of these it gives you a good base on vocabulary that you will actually use and you will also learn other words while doing this.

There is a youtuber that I love and her name is “Raki Wright” and I have been following her since the beginning and she’s really amazing and she recently posted a study plan that you can follow and another video where she gives a checklist of things to learn. I hope this helps :)


Here are links to the videos I’ve mentioned

https://youtu.be/hsP2fHCL3tU -Study Plan

https://youtu.be/EI4oa4w2XPg -What to Learn Next

anonymous asked:

hey i got a few bad grades & now i’m so demotivated i think i destroyed everything although i know it’s not true but i just feel so stupid & unable to learn anything :((((( also i’ve always been one of the best students & now i don’t even know how to start :( help me

This absolutely sucks, and I think the first thing you should do is take a day off. Spend half the day (preferably the first half) moping around, watching aesthetic youtube videos, crying, drinking tea etc and spend the beginning of the second half watching revision videos and scrolling through tumblr (trust me it works) and create a gameplan concerning revision for yourself. Tackle the thing that’s scaring you must by creating a poster of all the ways you want to revise for the subjects that you got a few bad grades in (make cornell notes instead of regularly ones, make flashcards, make summary sheets, get someone to test you, do tons and tons of practice problems, make mindmaps and test yourself by covering up sections and recalling as much as you can + annotating in red the stuff you forgot etc), ask your teachers for feedback and annotate this feedback on the sheets themselves. A sheet per subject. Stick these on or around your desk. It’s time to stop moping and take action, you may think you’ve hit rock bottom but it’s time to start climbing again. You owe it to yourself. Prove yourself wrong. Get to it anon. 

* helpful post by @fuckstudy here: http://fuckstudy.tumblr.com/post/152055590257/i-just-failed-my-chemistry-test-part-of-the-5

It’s so weird when gringos people are all like BTS SHOULD LEARN ENGLISH BC THEY HAVE MANY I-FANS. Bitch english ain’t even the world’s most spoken language and soo many people around the world do not speak a word of it. So what BTS should learn Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese…. to make sure ALL i-fans understand them? How about y'all make an effort to learn Korean? Stop thinking the world revolves around yo gringo asses.

If you’re thinking of quitting

read this first.

1 0   t h i n g s   to   ask   yourself   b e f o r e  q u i t t i n g 

(and their answers).

1. Why am I thinking of quitting? Is it because of outside forces or because of something inside me telling me I don’t want to do this anymore? If it’s because of people bullying you, being unkind to you or using you, then you shouldn’t quit because of them. You should, however quit THEM. Cut them out of your life completely, or as much as you can, until you learn to zone out their voices. Were they the reason you started? Then why should they be the reason you quit?

2. How do I feel when I wake up every day? Do you feel happy thinking of the prospect of doing this hobby/job/thing? Does it make you want to jump out of bed, or snuggle under the covers? Does it make you want NEVER TO SEE ANOTHER DAY AGAIN? Sorry, that was a bit too dramatic, but if that’s the case, then quit. No matter the cost. That’s no way to live. If, however, the thought of doing this thing makes you happy when you wake up, that’s a good indicator that you shouldn’t quit. 

3. Is it because of money? Sadly, we have to eat in order to live (I know, I was disappointed too, when I found out, but my mom fed me anyway, so here we are.) Sometimes the things we want to do don’t pay well. That’s the truth. Also sometimes, the things that bore us or are making us unhappy or unfulfilled pay really well. If the question is: how do I choose the thing that I really want to do over the thing that keeps me alive? Well, now, first of all, when you read that question, I bet something very specific popped into your head when you read ‘the thing I really want to do’ and something else popped into your head when you read ‘the thing that keeps the bills paid’. If so, then congratulations. You’ve found your calling in life. DEFINITELY don’t quit that. Maybe don’t quit the other thing yet, just make a plan. How many years until the thing you like starts paying off? Save money, plan ahead, get to working hard on your dream. But no, don’t quit because of money. 

4. Is it because people betrayed you? That question might not mean a lot to most people, but to me it’s the main reason I’ve ever thought of quitting anything (even this life). To me, the purpose of living is to be loved, and without that I can’t see the point in staying alive, much less committing to anything important. I wanted to quit my studies, everything when I lost my dad, but at least he didn’t leave me on purpose, so I kept on going. But there have been other times when the last person on earth I would ever expect to betray/ignore/hurt/abuse me did, and those were the times that I physically couldn’t create or find joy in anything for long periods of time. If that’s the case with you, let me tell you one thing born of years of experience and struggle: Don’t quit. It will get better. Days, years will pass and you will see that the fact that this person showed their true colors was a blessing. Learning the truth about someone, however painful at the time, can be so healing and freeing. Stay away from them, take as much time as you need to get over it, whether it’s a close friend, a family member or a boyfriend/spouse. But the thing that makes you you, your talent, your dream, has NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM. Don’t quit because of anyone other than yourself. If, however, they have betrayed you in a business sense, and you have to sue, or lose a significant amount of money, then you need to consule a lawyer, and depending of the seriousness of what they did, you might need to go a different direction. That isn’t quitting, of course, it’s just a detour on your way to success. 

5. Is it because you feel you’re not good enough? Now that’s my favorite question. Because there’s no if in the answer to that. The answer is always “don’t quit, but work harder.” Because you can become better, if you’re not good enough. It’s as simple as that. Stil, you should also check to see why you feel that way. Is it true? Are you comparing yourself to others? You should NEVER DO THAT, nothing constructive comes out of it. Do you have proof you are bad at something specific? What’s the proof? What are you lacking in? Be extremely specific. Why? Well, because after you finish being extremely specific, you are going to go out and buy books, take classes, consult teachers on that subject and become the best there ever was. Simple.

6. Is it because of illness? Then you should take a break. If it’s mental illness, don’t just take a break, go to a therapist. Go on medication. Do whatever needs to be done. Dreams can wait when health is the issue. Our well being is much more important. That being said, my therapy for the past 10 years almost has been writing. Illness, for me, is a reason to keep going all the more. But it’s not so for everyone, as I’ve found by talking to a lot of lovely peple, so do not quit, but take a break. You deserve it. You’ve earned it, just by staying alive.

7. Is it because you don’t want to do it any longer?

8. Is it because you feel it’s not right? If you feel it’s not right, morally speaking, then it probably isn’t. Piracy, plagiarism, exploitation… All those ugly words may not strike us when starting a project, but if they occur to you when you’re halfway, stop IMMEDIATELY. Not only because… you know, it’s wrong, but also because you could and will be persecuted. Also, if you’ve started creating something morally ambiguous  that’s hateful, bullying, harassing or promoting unhealthy things (like writing a fanfic about abusive relationships portrayed as cool, or a pro ana blog or things like that) you might consider letting it go. That’s not something you want to do for the rest of your life. It was fun for a while, but you can and you will mature out of it. You can leave it behind, and it doesn’t have to define you. Your life has a purpose, and that purpose can’t and shouldn’t be to teach young girls how to make their bones protrude from their bodies. You know I’m right.

9. Is it because your interests have shifted? Then you should probably quit. No reason to keep at something that brings you no joy. However, I don’t think you’d be reading this article if you were no longer interested in pursuing your dream. No, you are interested, but something else has you questioning it. 

10. Is it because you got discouraged? Then don’t quit. Simple as that. Do look inside yourself however, because you need to become stronger. You need to learn to persevere. Nothing comes easy in this life, and in order to mature you have to take failure and meet it head on. So what? You failed. Or you might fail. You might fail a thousand times. You’ll get it right the time after that. This comes from a person who has faced so much failure, if I began to tell you it would read like a horror story. I’m not joking. So get over your fear or disappointment, because if you let it stop you, you’re the one who will miss out on your dream.  

BONUS POINT: Is it because someone told you so? Of course you should never quit something that makes you happy because someone told you so, we’ve covered that above, but this is important: Who told you so? Was it a hater? A bully? Or was it someone who genuinely cares about you? Was it a parent? A good friend? A s/o? If so, then you must carefully look into their reasons (ask them). Do they believe it’s not time yet? Do they believe it’s harmful for you? Do they believe it’s morally wrong for some reason? Do they believe it’s a waste of time and why? Do they believe you’re not mature enough/not ready yet/not determined enough/too fragile? Talk to them, let them help you determine if this is the right path for you, and what skills you need to achieve to start on this path. 

If life has taught me one thing, it’s that only conceited or stupid people don’t take advice from someone who cares deeply about them (I’m not talking about unsolicited advice here. Nor am I talking about passive aggressive internet people who need to put you down to make themselves feel better. I’m talking about LOVE. People who love you, and have proven so not with words but with constant action). Yes, they might be misguided -that can be easily fixed by communication. But it’s far more important that they care. Do you know how rare that is? If I had someone in my life who cared enough to tell me I was making a mistake when I made the greatest mistake of my life (which made me sick for at least 5 years, among other things) I would be a completely different person now. Of course I’d still be writing, but I’d have avoided so much pain and loss, it boggles the mind. But I didn’t. No one cared back then. I was alone, and it’s a mirake I’ve come out of it alive. Well, maybe I had the dude, but he was in it too. We were facing it together, and we had NO ONE to help us. If someone cares about you, I’m sure you can talk and make them understand what you need, and they will help you figure it out. People who help us and care for us genuinely are as rare as a needle in a haystack. Appreciate them, listen to them, talk to them, let them into your life, because that’s the road to real happiness.

100 Days Challenge for Langblrs

Since the langblr community seems dead and studyblrs have this challenge that seems very productive, i thought i should try to make a langblr version.


  • There are 100 activities and you have to finish 1 task daily. 
  • There’s no particular order for these tasks. You choose what you feel like doing that day.
  • The tag for the challenge is #100daysoflanguages. In this way i can see how your studies are going and other people can get motivated knowing that someone else is doing the same challenge.
  • If you have time, write in your post what words/idioms you learned, what you’ve read/watched etc.
  • You can do this challenge for 1 or more languages.
  • Where i didn’t mention, there’s still a 95% chance that you still need to use your target language. [yes, i stopped writing “in your target language” at some point]
  • You don’t have to post about the challenge if you don’t want to, but i’ll be glad to see your progress or a post after you’ve finished the tasks. ^^


  • also, these tasks don’t really work for sign languages, at least not all of them
  1. Learn 5 new words.
  2. Learn 10 new words
  3. Learn 2 idioms.
  4. Sing a Disney song for 3 times.
  5. Translate a song.
  6. Memorize a poem.
  7. Read 1 article online about something that interests you.
  8. Name every thing that’s in the room for 5 minutes. Write down new words.
  9. Try 2 tongue twisters.
  10. Learn 15 words.
  11. Learn 4 idioms.
  12. Watch a movie/episode from a serie subbed or dubbed in your target language.
  13. Learn 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  14. Write about your day in 3-5 lines.
  15. Send a motivational message to another langblr. (in your target language of course) [it can be only a “don’t give up”, it still counts]
  16. Find 3 new songs in your target language and learn 5 new words from each.
  17. Learn 30 words.
  18. Learn 5 idioms.
  19. Write about your goals/dreams in 5-7 lines.
  20. Read 1 page from a book, any book.
  21. Write a dialogue between 2 people about anything; person A and B having each 10 lines.
  22. Learn 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  23. Write about your passions in 5-7 lines.
  24. Learn 5 words related to pets. [e.g. fur, claws, whiskers, paws, tail]
  25. Translate a short poem or song.
  26. Learn 1 Disney song. (you don’t need to learn it perfectly, if you know 3-5 lines without looking for the lyrics, that’s great)
  27. Try to talk for 3-5 minutes with someone and if you don’t have natives to talk to, write a mini dialogue about why you like languages.
  28. Choose a vocab list from tumblr, learn 10 new words/structures from there. [yes, it’s time for us to use those vocab lists]
  29. Read 2 articles about something that you like.
  30. Change your phone’s settings to your target language for 1 day.
  31. Learn 20 words.
  32. Learn 3 idioms.
  33. Watch a movie/youtube video subbed or dubbed in your target language.
  34. Write 5-7 lines about your favourite movie, serie, drama, anime, cartoon, youtuber.
  35. Talk to yourself for 5 minutes. [even if you don’t know a word, look it up, or change the entire sentence; just think in your target language]
  36. Learn 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  37. Read 3 pages from a book/comic/magazine.
  38. Translate 1 song.
  39. Translate 1 paragraph from a book in your target language. [if you don’t have a book, tell me the language and i’ll find you a pdf]
  40. Watch 2 videos on youtube in your target language or about your target language.
  41. Translate 1 paragraph from English/your native language to your target one.
  42. Translate 1 song from English/your native language to your target language.
  43. Write a motivational message in your target language to 2 other people.
  44. Write in 5 lines some things that you dislike.
  45. Learn 15 words.
  46. Talk to someone for 5 minutes/write a dialogue about anything.
  47. Write in 3-5 lines what you like about your target language(s).
  48. Learn 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  49. Read 2 pages from a book in your target language.
  50. How was your day? Tell me in your target language.
  51. What do you want to become? Why? Tell me in your target language.
  52. Tell me in your target language how you decided to learn your target language.
  53. Sing 1 Disney song.
  54. Learn 15 words.
  55. Make a vocab list of at least 10 words. You choose the theme. [if you want one; you could just choose random words]
  56. Try 2 tongue twister.
  57. Think in your target language for 10 minutes.
  58. Talk about your favourite animals in 3 lines.
  59. Learn 10 words related to school.
  60. Learn 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  61. Talk about your favourite sweets. [no limit]
  62. Talk about yourself. [no limit]
  63. Talk to someone in your target language for 10 minutes/write a dialogue/text.
  64. Learn 2 idioms.
  65. Read 1 article and talk about it a bit.
  66. Translate 1 paragraph from English to your target language.
  67. Translate your favourite quote to your target language.
  68. Summarize 1 page from a book, in your target language.
  69. Sing a song.
  70. Talk about your favourite celebrity. [no limit]
  71. Learn 15 words.
  72. Talk about your favourite book. [no limit]
  73. Watch a movie/episode from a serie/youtube video subbed or dubbed.
  74. Talk about a friend of yours/langblr that you like.
  75. Learn/Revise 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  76. Talk about a happy moment from your life. [no limit]
  77. Give in your target language 3 tips for learning a language.
  78. Translate 2 quotes that you like in your target language.
  79. Write in 5-10 lines anything. You choose the topic.
  80. Talk about your fears in 3-5 lines.
  81. Read 5 pages from a book.
  82. Learn 10 words.
  83. Write in your target language a sentence with the following words: earring, nightmare, bracelet, seahorse and jar. You can use the plural of these words.
  84. Talk about a pokemon. [no limit]
  85. Learn/Revise 1 new grammatical concept/make a post and explain a grammatical concept if you learned everything related to grammar.
  86. Write a motivational message in your target language to 2 other people.
  87. Write an advice.
  88. Read 1 article.
  89. Sing a song.
  90. Learn some lines from a poem.
  91. Summarize a story in few lines. [it can be a story from your life or a fairytale]
  92. Learn 10 words related to hobbies.
  93. Learn 3 swear words in your target language.
  94. Read 1 page from a book.
  95. Translate 1 paragraph from a book.
  96. Talk about a book you like.
  97. Translate 3 quotes that you like.
  98. Sing a disney song.
  99. Describe your room.
  100. Talk about what motivates you.

Since i made this challenge, you have for sure 1 partner if you decide to do it. We can motivate each other! ^^ I hope that many langblrs will try it. Good luck!

I love reading fanfiction. Why? It’s because I learned to be much more sensitive about other people. I address them by not judging their tastes, personalities, sexuality, gender, color or anything else. I can give them their privacies and learned how to step back if they feel uncomfortable. I can already hear statements that are just so wrong but seemed to be normal to the majority. I can tell a person’s emotion and how we should properly deal with them. I can now see if a person is toxic in a relationship. I can love people with genuinity and can give comfort to them without feeling insecure or unsure. I can give confidence to myself and encourage others to do the same. I can now say the right words (whenever I can).

I’m not perfect and I still do make mistakes, but I can definitely say that fanfiction made me into a better person.

Fanfiction writers (and writers in general), thank you.

Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes

by Stephen King
(reprinted in Sylvia K. Burack, ed. The Writer’s Handbook. Boston, MA: Writer, Inc., 1988: 3-9)

I. The First Introduction

THAT’S RIGHT. I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers’ school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn.  It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction.  But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes.

II. The Story, or, How Stephen King Learned to Write

When I was a sophomore in high school, I did a sophomoric thing which got me in a pot of fairly hot water, as sophomoric didoes often do.  I wrote and published a small satiric newspaper called The Village Vomit.  In this little paper I lampooned a number of teachers at Lisbon (Maine) High School, where I was under instruction.  These were not very gentle lampoons; they ranged from the scatological to the downright cruel

Eventually, a copy of this little newspaper found its way into the hands of a faculty member, and since I had been unwise enough to put my name on it (a fault, some critics argue, of which I have still not been entirely cured), I was brought into the office. The sophisticated satirist had by that time reverted to what he really was: a fourteen-year-old kid who was shaking in his boots and wondering if he was going to get a suspension … what we called “a three-day vacation” in those dim days of 1964.

I wasn’t suspended. I was forced to make a number of apologies - they were warranted, but they still tasted like dog-dirt in my mouth - and spent a week in detention hall. And the guidance counselor arranged what he no doubt thought of as a more constructive channel for my talents. This was a job - contingent upon the editor’s approval - writing sports for the Lisbon Enterprise, a twelve-page weekly of the sort with which any small-town resident will be familiar. This editor was the man who taught me everything I know about writing in ten minutes. His name was John Gould - not the famed New England humorist or the novelist who wrote The Greenleaf Fires, but a relative of both, I believe.

He told me he needed a sports writer and we could “try each other out” if I wanted.

I told him I knew more about advanced algebra than I did sports.

Gould nodded and said, “You’ll learn.”

I said I would at least try to learn. Gould gave me a huge roll of yellow paper and promised me a wage of 1/2¢ per word. The first two pieces I wrote had to do with a high school basketball game in which a member of my school team broke the Lisbon High scoring record. One of these pieces was straight reportage. The second was a feature article.

I brought them to Gould the day after the game, so he’d have them for the paper, which came out Fridays. He read the straight piece, made two minor corrections, and spiked it. Then he started in on the feature piece with a large black pen and taught me all I ever needed to know about my craft. I wish I still had the piece - it deserves to be framed, editorial corrections and all - but I can remember pretty well how it looked when he had finished with it. Here’s an example:

(note: this is before the edit marks indicated on King’s original copy)

Last night, in the well-loved gymnasium of Lisbon High School, partisans and Jay Hills fans alike were stunned by an athletic performance unequaled in school history: Bob Ransom, known as “Bullet” Bob for both his size and accuracy, scored thirty-seven points. He did it with grace and speed … and he did it with an odd courtesy as well, committing only two personal fouls in his knight-like quest for a record which has eluded Lisbon thinclads since 1953….

(after edit marks)

Last night, in the Lisbon High School gymnasium, partisans and Jay Hills fans alike were stunned by an athletic performance unequaled in school history: Bob Ransom scored thirty-seven points. He did it with grace and speed … and he did it with an odd courtesy as well, committing only two personal fouls in his quest for a record which has eluded Lisbon’s basketball team since 1953….

When Gould finished marking up my copy in the manner I have indicated above, he looked up and must have seen something on my face. I think he must have thought it was horror, but it was not: it was revelation.

“I only took out the bad parts, you know,” he said. “Most of it’s pretty good.”

“I know,” I said, meaning both things: yes, most of it was good, and yes, he had only taken out the bad parts. “I won’t do it again.”

“If that’s true,” he said, “you’ll never have to work again. You can do this for a living.” Then he threw back his head and laughed.

And he was right; I am doing this for a living, and as long as I can keep on, I don’t expect ever to have to work again.

III. The Second Introduction

All of what follows has been said before. If you are interested enough in writing to be a purchaser of this magazine, you will have either heard or read all (or almost all) of it before. Thousands of writing courses are taught across the United States each year; seminars are convened; guest lecturers talk, then answer questions, then drink as many gin and tonics as their expense-fees will allow, and it all boils down to what follows.

I am going to tell you these things again because often people will only listen - really listen - to someone who makes a lot of money doing the thing he’s talking about. This is sad but true. And I told you the story above not to make myself sound like a character out of a Horatio Alger novel but to make a point: I saw, I listened, and I learned. Until that day in John Gould’s little office, I had been writing first drafts of stories which might run 2,500 words. The second drafts were apt to run 3,300 words. Following that day, my 2,500-word first drafts became 2,200-word second drafts. And two years after that, I sold the first one.

So here it is, with all the bark stripped off. It’ll take ten minutes to read, and you can apply it right away…if you listen.

IV. Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully

This, of course, is the killer.  What is talent?  I can hear someone shouting, and here we are, ready to get into a discussion right up there with “what is the meaning of life?” for weighty pronouncements and total uselessness.  For the purposes of the beginning writer, talent may as well be defined as eventual success - publication and money.  If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.

Now some of you are really hollering.  Some of you are calling me one crass money-fixated creep.  And some of you are calling me bad names.  Are you calling Harold Robbins talented?  someone in one of the Great English Departments of America is screeching.  V.C. Andrews?  Theodore Dreiser?  Or what about you, you dyslexic moron?

Nonsense.  Worse than nonsense, off the subject.  We’re not talking about good or bad here.  I’m interested in telling you how to get your stuff published, not in critical judgments of who’s good or bad.  As a rule the critical judgments come after the check’s been spent, anyway.  I have my own opinions, but most times I keep them to myself.  People who are published steadily and are paid for what they are writing may be either saints or trollops, but they are clearly reaching a great many someones who want what they have.  Ergo, they are communicating.  Ergo, they are talented.  The biggest part of writing successfully is being talented, and in the context of marketing, the only bad writer is one who doesn’t get paid.  If you’re not talented, you won’t succeed.  And if you’re not succeeding, you should know when to quit.

When is that?  I don’t know.  It’s different for each writer.  Not after six rejection slips, certainly, nor after sixty.  But after six hundred?  Maybe.  After six thousand?  My friend, after six thousand pinks, it’s time you tried painting or computer programming.

Further, almost every aspiring writer knows when he is getting warmer - you start getting little jotted notes on your rejection slips, or personal letters…maybe a commiserating phone call.  It’s lonely out there in the cold, but there are encouraging voices…unless there is nothing in your words which warrants encouragement.  I think you owe it to yourself to skip as much of the self-illusion as possible.  If your eyes are open, you’ll know which way to go…or when to turn back.

Type.  Double-space.  Use a nice heavy white paper, never that erasable onion-skin stuff.  If you’ve marked up your manuscript a lot, do another draft.

If you haven’t marked up your manuscript a lot, you did a lazy job.  Only God gets things right the first time.  Don’t be a slob.

You want to get up on a soapbox and preach?  Fine.  Get one and try your local park.  You want to write for money?  Get to the point.  And if you remove all the excess garbage and discover you can’t find the point, tear up what you wrote and start all over again…or try something new.

5.  NEVER LOOK AT A REFERENCE BOOK WHILE DOING A FIRST DRAFT You want to write a story?  Fine.  Put away your dictionary, your encyclopedias, your World Almanac, and your thesaurus.  Better yet, throw your thesaurus into the wastebasket.  The only things creepier than a thesaurus are those little paperbacks college students too lazy to read the assigned novels buy around exam time.  Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  You think you might have misspelled a word?  O.K., so here is your choice: either look it up in the dictionary, thereby making sure you have it right - and breaking your train of thought and the writer’s trance in the bargain - or just spell it phonetically and correct it later.  Why not?  Did you think it was going to go somewhere?  And if you need to know the largest city in Brazil and you find you don’t have it in your head, why not write in Miami, or Cleveland?  You can check it…but laterWhen you sit down to write, write.  Don’t do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely cannot be put off.

Only a dimwit would send a story about giant vampire bats surrounding a high school to McCall’s.  Only a dimwit would send a tender story about a mother and daughter making up their differences on Christmas Eve to Playboy…but people do it all the time.  I’m not exaggerating; I have seen such stories in the slush piles of the actual magazines.  If you write a good story, why send it out in an ignorant fashion?  Would you send your kid out in a snowstorm dressed in Bermuda shorts and a tank top?  If you like science fiction, read the magazines.  If you want to write confession stories, read the magazines.  And so on.  It isn’t just a matter of knowing what’s right for the present story; you can begin to catch on, after awhile, to overall rhythms, editorial likes and dislikes, a magazine’s entire slant.  Sometimes your reading can influence the next story, and create a sale.

Does this mean you can’t write “serious fiction”?  It does not.  Somewhere along the line pernicious critics have invested the American reading and writing public with the idea that entertaining fiction and serious ideas do not overlap.  This would have surprised Charles Dickens, not to mention Jane Austen, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Bernard Malamud, and hundreds of others.  But your serious ideas must always serve your story, not the other way around.  I repeat: if you want to preach, get a soapbox.

The answer needn’t always be yes.  But if it’s always no, it’s time for a new project or a new career.

Show your piece to a number of people - ten, let us say.  Listen carefully to what they tell you.  Smile and nod a lot.  Then review what was said very carefully.  If your critics are all telling you the same thing about some facet of your story - a plot twist that doesn’t work, a character who rings false, stilted narrative, or half a dozen other possibles - change that facet.  It doesn’t matter if you really liked that twist of that character; if a lot of people are telling you something is wrong with you piece, it is.  If seven or eight of them are hitting on that same thing, I’d still suggest changing it.  But if everyone - or even most everyone - is criticizing something different, you can safely disregard what all of them say.

Return postage, self-addressed envelope, all of that.

Agents get 10% of monies earned by their clients.  10% of nothing is nothing.  Agents also have to pay the rent.  Beginning writers do not contribute to that or any other necessity of life.  Flog your stories around yourself.  If you’ve done a novel, send around query letters to publishers, one by one, and follow up with sample chapters and/or the manuscript complete.  And remember Stephen King’s First Rule of Writers and Agents, learned by bitter personal experience: You don’t need one until you’re making enough for someone to steal…and if you’re making that much, you’ll be able to take your pick of good agents.

When it comes to people, mercy killing is against the law.  When it comes to fiction, it is the law.

That’s everything you need to know.  And if you listened, you can write everything and anything you want.  Now I believe I will wish you a pleasant day and sign off.

My ten minutes are up.

Five Times Gabriel Agreste Caught Ladybug in His Son’s Bedroom (and the One Time He Caught Chat Noir)

Title: Five Times Gabriel Agreste Caught Ladybug in His Son’s Bedroom (and the One Time He Caught Chat Noir)
Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Pairings/Characters: Gabriel, Adrien/Ladybug
Rating: Teen
Notes: mentions of sex

“Adrien, your photoshoot has been moved.” Gabriel pushes open the door to his son’s bedroom, eyes scanning the tablet in front of him. “Nathalie will send you your new schedule for—”

His gaze flickers up, locking on the blonde sitting on the edge of his bed as well as the red- and black-spotted heroine crouched in front of him. Her hands on his knees, spreading his legs wide, face mere inches from his crotch, her blue eyes are wide with fright. A bright red has stained Adrien’s face, from the tops of his ears to the nape of his neck. Neither make an effort to correct their precarious positions.

There’s a stillness that follows his arrival, and all occupants freeze as they realize the predicament they’ve found themselves in. Gabriel’s mouth drops open, questions he’s not sure he even wants answers to on the tip of his tongue, but he still feels the need to ask.

“Adrien,” he begins, “Why is there a superhero in your room?”

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anonymous asked:

do you have an idea of a checklist for learning how to create digital art? like i know practice is essential, but i don't really know where to start or where to go from there. thanks so much xox

I think I can toss some stuff out here that might be of use.  Assuming an artist learning digital art starts from the beginning–owning a tablet & drawing program but not knowing how to use them–here’s an inconveniently long list of stuff that could help them.

TL;DR: 1, mess around till you’re used to drawing digitally. 2, study and create ad infinitum. 3, a bunch of tips that are pretty hard to TLDR so you should probably just go over em.  Step 2 is basically what you asked me NOT to tell you (“practice”!), but unfortunately it’s all I know how to do :,(

1) If you own a tablet that you plug into your computer (i.e., you don’t draw directly on the screen), feel free to spend a few weeks or even a month+ just getting used to it.  When you first start out, it’s really freaky drawing in one place and seeing things appear somewhere else, but trust me in that you won’t even notice the disconnect after a few months of consistent digital drawing.  I’ve been painting digitally for about 2 years now, and it’s actually slightly easier for me to draw digitally than traditionally.  [If you have a cintiq, or you use an iPad with Procreate, or something similar, then you probably don’t have to spend as much time in step 1.]

Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how good you were with traditional drawing when you start digital; the mental disconnect you have will make it very difficult to think about proportions, values, edges, colors, etc.  You’ll probably notice yourself making mistakes that you wouldn’t normally make on paper.  Don’t worry about them, just keep drawing as you usually would.  Digital you will catch up to traditional you in time.  

For now, get used to blending colors, drawing somewhat steady lines that go in the correct direction, and fooling around with brushes and brush settings.  If you come across a brush that you like (easy to work with + pleasing results), it may help to stick with it as you continue to learn.  Digital doodles and sketches are good for this stage; though try to keep doing traditional work so your base art skills don’t atrophy.  

If you’re just starting out with Photoshop or Sai or Krita or whatever software you’re using, you’re gonna be intimidated by all the funky buttons and settings that you first see.  If it makes you feel any better, I use maybe 0.1% of the tools that Photoshop offers me.  When you start, all you need to worry about is the brush tool and control-z, maybe the eraser too.

2) Do studies as well as pieces from imagination.  You can move into step 2 as early as you please; you don’t have to wait until you think you’ve become “skillful” at digital drawing (in fact, this step is what will probably help you become the most comfortable with digital).  It’s alright if your colors are icky looking and your values are off (tip, occasionally turn the saturation of your drawing to 0 to check the values), because as long as you keep studying reality and appealing art & continually learn from your mistakes, you’ll get better. 

Always remember to study or at least appreciate the qualities of art you enjoy.  It’s the same thing that people always tell writers–you have to read a lot to write well.  You probably shouldn’t shield yourself from the influence of other artists; while you may think that this action would help you develop artistically in the manner most true to yourself, in reality the vast majority of the process of learning art will be honing in on what you find visually pleasant so that you may, in turn, express your artistic taste in your work.  If you look at other people’s art, you can pick out tiny aspects of it that you like and incorporate that into your style.  It’s a bit trickier to build a style without the “help” of other artists, though you can always turn to nature for help. On that note, I also recommend referencing nature as much as you can, because we as human beings are sort of wired to find natural designs, colors, and structures beautiful.  Look at nature for the universally beautiful, and look at art for the subjectively beautiful (i.e., enjoyed uniquely by you).

If you find yourself getting burnt out pretty quickly, then just paint/draw simple and small things for period of half an hour to 1 ½ hours a day (and switch back to traditional).  You can spend this time mapping out proportions, creating thumbnails of values/colors, drawing linework, or whatever.  Add complexity to your pieces as the months go by, and if you already have a decent foundation in drawing aim to create somewhat finished pieces after maybe four months to a year.  Please note that the second part of that sentence was something I completely made up out of my head, because I’m trying to quantify pretty unquantifiable concepts such as a “decent foundation in drawing” and a “somewhat finished” piece of art.  If you find it unrealistic, or just too easy of a goal, disregard it entirely.  It can take you half a decade to learn to make finished digital art, or you can get it down in a couple months.

3) Fun fact, there’s not really a step 3 as you stay in 2 forever, always studying and creating.  But there’s a few other things about digital art that you ought to know, so here they are:

• If your computer doesn’t make a fuss about it, I’d recommend working on a decently large canvas (at least 3000 by 3000; I personally prefer 6000 by 6000). You’ll get less defined edges and colors if you go below 1000 by 1000, from my experience.

• If you have a tablet with pressure sensitivity (you probably should otherwise digital painting is kinda hellish), go to your brush settings and set ‘transfer’ to ‘pen pressure.’  This is what makes it possible to blend.  

• If you’re having trouble matching colors while studying, you can always color pick the ref (in photoshop: bring the pic into PS and use the eye dropper tool) and compare its colors to your colors.  Some people add too much red to their skin tones, some people draw their highlights with overly desaturated colors, some people make trees and grass in their landscapes too green; whatever the case, take note of and correct errors that you consistently make.  

• Get used to using the transform/warp/liquify tools (liquify is technically a filter but you get what I mean).  They’re lifesavers for fixing proportion mistakes that you’ve only noticed 8 hours into a piece. 

• Give layers a shot.  I only work on one layer, but I’ve heard from people who divide their piece up into multiple layers that they’re damn useful (until you draw on the wrong one). 

• Flip your canvas horizontally every once in a while to make sure stuff hasn’t gone awry. 

• Screw around with color modes; they can do some really fancy things that are difficult to duplicate with normal digital painting, let alone traditional.  On the topic of colors, don’t be afraid to use somewhat desaturated colors (near the center of the color picker square in PS). There are some very aesthetically pleasing color combinations that you can make out of somewhat dulled colors.

• If you’re using PS, bind ‘step backward’ to control Z, not ‘undo.’  This is under keyboard shortcuts.  Set up a bunch of shortcuts that are the most convenient for you–personally, I only keep my left hand near the lower left region of my keyboard (my right hand is away from the keyboard and off to the right, drawing on the tablet), so I have all of my necessary shortcuts in that area.

This was a bit longer than I expected, but I figure that someone out there can get something out of it.  Cheers to you, if you do.