i think this is really profound

Witchcraft + depression =💥

Originally posted by a-ripley

Depression is a bad beast. I can assure you, I suffer from it. Days on end of feeling numb and unfocused plus zero motivation. It has an impact on every aspect of your life and even the most simple thing can be perceived as a huge obstacle.

If you’re a witch and you struggle with depression you’ve probably felt, at some point in your path, as if giving up your practice was the only option. Magic doesn’t work as it is supposed to, your tarot readings make no sense at all, and you wonder if you haven’t perhaps made the wrong choice in the first place by getting close to witchcraft.

Can you make spells when you’re depressed?

I remember this movie with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, where the two of them were sisters and witches. They were victim of a spell cast by an ancestor in a moment of profound sorrow that turned into a terrible hex. But it was just a movie. Even though I grew up thinking that witchcraft was something to avoid during periods of intense sadness, there isn’t any rule that prevents you from practicing.

On the contrary, witchcraft can be your safety net. After all, pain is a source of power. When I really feel down, I try my best to connect with my pain and turn it into energy that I can use in my spells.

Originally posted by obscurra

Tips for depressed witches

🍃 Before casting a spell, sit in Lotus position and place a crystal in front of you. Lapis Lazuli helps you overcoming your depression state, but don’t forget the calming property of Rose Quartz that can also cleanse the negative energy surrounding you. Visualize your sad thoughts as they leave your mind and flow away, neutralized by the power of the crystals.

🍃 Sun charges you. Open the window, go outside, let the sun rays flood your room or bathe into them. If you Wiccan, say a prayer for the Horned God and thank him for the strength He gives you.

🍃 Take your shoes off and walk barefoot. If you have the chance to go to the beach, dip your feet into the sand. The direct contact with the soil can ground you. Close your eyes, feel the healing energy of earth going through your body, from the sole of your feet ‘til the tips of your fingers.

🍃  Cleanse your surrounding. I usually fill a bowl with water to which I add drops of essential oil and I use the to wash every surface in my room with a cloth. Think of the dust stationed on your shelves as cumulated crumbs of your negative energy. Blow it off from the top of your books, from the corners of your room. Burn some dry lavender when you’ve finished.

🍃 Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile has a relaxing and sedative property. When your brain is overworking and your heart beats faster than it should do, nothing can be more helping than taking a break and drink some tea. Burn a blue candle as you do it.

Originally posted by lalgibi

Consult professional help

If you have an ongoing mental health disorder, don’t underestimate the power of professional help. Witchcraft can be palliative, but in the end you’ll require medical attentions.


Share your experience with me!
How do you deal with your practice during your periods of depression?

I love reading fics about OTPs having mental bonds and things like that, but they’re always so profound. It’d be so much more entertaining if they still thought like normal people. Imagine this stuff:

  • “You’ve had that song stuck in your head for days. It’s driving me nuts, too.”
  • “Why are you making a grocery list in your head while we’re having sex?”
  • “Is that really what you think about my ass?”
  • “Stop projecting so much belligerent boredom. I love this TV show.”
  • “No, you didn’t forget to lock the door. You can quit fixating on it now.”
  • “Yes, that sounds much better in your head.”
  • “Is that really who you’re daydreaming about naked?”
  • “Less homicidal thoughts about your annoying coworker right now, please. I’m in a meeting over here.”
  • “It’s coffee you’re craving. Go get some. And bring me some. You made me want it, too.”
  • “Thanks for the road rage thoughts. I’ll take the back roads home. See you in an hour.”
  • “If you think ‘knit, knit, purl,’ one more time, I’ll stab you with those needles.”

I just have such a profound need for best friend to lover AUs when both sides think there is no chance of anything ever happening.

Sharing beds together since they were little kids and never really growing out of that habit even though it now hurts to be that close to each other, knowing it will never be anything more than platonic cuddling. 

Each of them being that one person the other goes to to feel better when they’ve had a shit day or date. Bonus if it’s 3am and they spend all night talking.

Neither of them realising how much they act like they are dating/married and getting super flustered or sad when someone asks how long they’ve been together because do you have to remind me of this painful unrequited torment I die a little more of with every passing second?

How much they make each other smile when one of them walks into a room. 

Drunk kissing.

Practice kissing.

Going as each other’s dates to everything because it’s “convenient”. 

Wearing each other’s pyjamas when staying over somehow becoming more arousing than if the other person was naked. 

Having inside jokes and finishing each other’s sentences as casual as anything. 

Knowing random medical shit about each other. Bonus if one of them takes an allergic reaction to something and the other one just pulls out some random ass medicine like they carry it around all the time- spoiler: they do- just in case of this exact eventuality. 

The heart break of seeing each other with other people but doing their best to see it through with a grin and with as much encouragement as they can muster. 

Staring a little too long at each other. 

The awkward moment when they reach the age they said they would marry each other if they were still single.

Getting fake married as kids and family members always reminding them about it , maybe going as far as to put on the video of the fake ceremony and giving them knowing looks.  

Something happening- a kiss, sleeping together- and getting into an argument about it, scared this is it, this is the end, that they’ve fucked up and just wishing they could talk to each other about it, to their best friend. 

Having the best black mail material on each other but ready to pounce on anyone else who so much as dares try black mail their BFF. 

Having a song. Having a whole playlist. 

Laughing the first time they have sex. 

Already having seen each other at their very worst.

Getting to say cheesy things like, “I can’t believe I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend” or “I know I’m marrying you but…do you think I could still be in charge of your send off party? I’ve been planning this night for ten years and I will not have someone else mess those plans up.” 

Even after years of being together, still being in awe of the fact they get to have the one person they thought they’d never get. The person they helped ask other people out. The person they used to give the “you deserve someone who loves you for you” speech to. The person they used to look at and wonder why does it have to be you? The person they look at now and think it could never have been anyone else. 

How to unit Castiel and the Winchesters

Spn writers: Okay, I think we made clear that Dean hit rock bottom, right guys? So now, Sam and Dean are in the Impala. Both of them are visible.

Spn writers: Then Cas calls Dean. What a coincidence he calls Dean. Could have been Sam as well.

Spn writers: He could use his catch phrase. Hello Dean. That could work pretty well.

Spn writers: Do you think we have to actually say it?

Spn writers: Nah, they’ll know… But don’t forget the close up on Dean’s face!

Spn writers: Good, Sam and Dean are driving to get Cas. Who is still right beside the phone cell. Weird. As if he had nothing better to do than get back to Dean. Oh and Sam of course! Sam is very important in that reunion which is why we are pointing that out constantly.

Spn writers: When they see each other, we don’t want them to act on in right away. We could let them stare at each other. Don’t think we have done that before.

Spn writers: And some close ups again. Maybe one of Dean, one of Cas, one of Dean, one of Cas, one of Dean, …

Spn writers: Aaaannd The End. Great work guys!

Someone from a dark corner: But what about Sam? Wasn’t he right beside Dean?

Spn writers:

Spn writers:

Spn writers: Well, I think Sam importance is already obvious. Besides, Dean and Cas do share a more profound bond.

Spn writers: #nohomo

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In 2010, Sonia Vallabh watched her mom, Kamni Vallabh, die in a really horrible way.

First, her mom’s memory started to go, then she lost the ability to reason. Sonia says it was like watching someone get unplugged from the world. By the end, it was as if she was stuck between being awake and asleep. She was confused and uncomfortable all the time.

“Even when awake, was she fully or was she really? And when asleep, was she really asleep?” says Sonia.

The smart, warm, artistic Kamni – just 51 years old — was disappearing into profound dementia.

“I think until you’ve seen it, it’s hard to actually imagine what it is for a person to be alive and their body is moving around, but their brain is not there anymore,” says Eric Minikel, Sonia’s husband.

In less than a year, Sonia’s mom died.

An autopsy showed Kamni had died from something rare — a prion disease. Specifically, one called fatal familial insomnia because in some patients it steals the ability to fall asleep.

Basically, certain molecules had started clumping together in Kamni’s brain, killing her brain cells. It was all because of one tiny error in her DNA — an “A” where there was supposed to be a “G,” a single typo in a manuscript of 6 billion letters.

Sonia sent a sample of her own blood to a lab, where a test confirmed she inherited the same mutation. The finding threw the family into grief all over again.

Today, Sonia and her husband live and work in Cambridge, Mass., where they are both doctoral students in the lab of Stuart Schreiber, a Harvard professor of chemistry and chemical biology. Over the past several years, the couple has completely redirected their careers and their lives toward this single goal: to prevent prion disease from ever making Sonia sick.

A Couple’s Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Photos: Kayana Szymczak for NPR

Was It A Sign?

Well, maybe. Maybe not. Here are some little things that may help you figure out if it was really a grand message or not! The more of these you have, the more likely it is.

🦉It’s unusual. Let’s say you saw a deer. Sweet! That’s cool, but if you live in a wooded area and deer are really common, it’s really not that profound. It could be a message, or it could just be a deer.

🦉You asked for a sign. If you asked the universe or a certain deity for a sign, perhaps this is the follow through! For this type of thing, it’s usually good to ask for something specific enough that you couldn’t expect it every day, but not so much that it’s impossible. (My go to is a rose or a purple feather.) That way, you know that X thing is your sign without worrying too hard about it!

🦉It felt… different. Maybe the event isn’t terribly wild on its own, but it just really hit you, or the feeling was incredibly profound. Especially after doing research, and seeing how many things are symbols, your brain will make connections really quickly. That means sometimes we make something out of nothing. A strong emotional response is a good sign of a sign.

🦉It immediately felt like a sign. Let’s say you see a rainbow, and it’s really pretty. You enjoy it for a few minutes then go back inside. Later, you think, “Hm, that could have been a sign.” Maybe. But it also could be your brain going hey, I know things associated with rainbows! (In my opinion, this is the most important one. I feel like if you have to wonder if it was a sign, it wasn’t a sign. You might not know what it’s a sign of, but you will know it’s a sign. That’s just my UPG, though.)

🦉Any post-research lines up. If you get a neat vision and run the details through Google, you may find details that line up with certain lore. Maybe you knew this before, maybe not. If you didn’t, and connections keep happening with surprising accuracy, it’s a pretty good indicator!

🦉Think of why you want it to be a sign, if you do. There’s a big narrative that everybody involved in magic, Paganism, etc. is constantly having these profound religious experiences. This simply isn’t true. There’s no shame in wanting a story to share, or to feel special, or to “fit in” by getting signs from the universe. Sometimes we want signs for the sake of receiving signs, so if you’re trying to manufacture them by pulling on every little thing, you’re distracting yourself from enjoying the world exactly how it is. Don’t worry about signs and enjoy yourself. Animals and rainbows and all that are still pretty great even if every little thing doesn’t have a personal meaning.

The overwhelming call for the redemption of Kylo Ren on tumblr is very much reflective of a culture of toxic white male privilege that I would venture to say most users would probably claim they reject. Ben is a wealthy white boy, the son of war heroes, the son of a princess/senator/general. He came from a loving privileged background. He had the best opportunities. He had an uncle who trained him to be one of the only Jedi in the universe. That wasn’t enough for Ben, so Ben becomes Kylo Ren.

In America, we see it one week after the next. A white suburban guy in his early 20s decides to take his resentment out in the form of murder. “He was such a nice boy, such a quiet boy.” The smiling childhood picture. His mother cries on camera, rather than the mothers of his victims. He gets a sensitive instagram picture on the cover of newspapers and magazines rather than his mugshot. “Bring our boy home.” How many innocent people has your boy killed?

So the desperate clamoring for this white boy who had it all and chose that he preferred the path of mass murder is a very profound, very deliberate choice of villain in a movie with a very deliberate lead cast – a woman, a black man, a latino man. I think this is a really fascinating subject, but it’s not the conversation that’s happening here on tumblr. Instead we talk about his fabulous hair and his absolutely essential redemption arc and his “temper tantrums” as if they’re not completely real and completely representative of something very sinister in our culture.

It’s not just a movie. Good science fiction never is. We all know that, otherwise we couldn’t care so much. 

Deancas Graphics Challenge | punkascas
↳ Prompt: Round Ten – Endverse

Let us be damned
Let us be weird
Let us love the things
Which most do not

Sarah Dessen Quotes for the Signs

Aries: An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs of great stories led up to it, it would always have the last word. (Along for the Ride)

Taurus: If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again! (Keeping the Moon)

Gemini: But I think, personally, that it would be worse to have been alone all that time. Sure, maybe I would have protected my heart from some things, but would that really have been better? To hold myself apart because I was too scared that something might not be forever? (This Lullaby)

Cancer: I mean, it’s not surprising, really. Once you love something, you always love it in some way. You have to. It’s, like, part of you for good. (What Happened to Goodbye)

Leo: The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad, beach and concrete, the familiar and the unknown, big talkers and small towns. (The Moon and More)

Virgo: I don’t know. Just because someone’s pretty doesn’t mean she’s decent. Or vice versa. I’m not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting. (The Truth About Forever)

Libra: It was so risky and so scary, and yet at the same time, so beautiful. Maybe the truth was, it shouldn’t be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. (Along for the Ride)

Scorpio: Life is full of screwups. You’re supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of the human existence. (Along for the Ride)

Sagittarius: You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It’s not overrated. There’s a reason for all those songs. (This Lullaby)

Capricorn: I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn’t shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are. (Saint Anything)

Aquarius: You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together. (Saint Anything)

Pisces: I had this wild thought that he was the only one in all this chaos who was just like me, and that was comforting and profound all at once. (Dreamland)

Here's a genuine question for all of the Destiel shippers

I was thinking about all of the ways that Destiel could become canon, and I was also reading a lot of fanfics/posts that expressed how that individual would prefer the writers to approach it. Obviously a lot of the SPN fans don’t ship Destiel- some of them continue to attack and demean us- which gives the writers more incentive to not make a relationship between them outwardly canon. But then I saw a masterpost about how the show wouldn’t really change all that much if they were together because they: already sacrifice their lives for one another, have a profound bond, tease each other, make mixtapes (at least on Dean’s end), etc. *I’ll tag the post if I can find it again* All of that is true, but it’s not an absolute declaration of love. 

So! The point of this is to ask the shippers: if the writers made one small declaration of them being “a thing” and then continued to present moments of Destiel in the show identical to the ones that are there now, would you be satisfied? 

Like: 

There would definitely be comments about their relationship from other characters, like we previously saw with Gabriel, Balthazar, Meg, Crowley, etc, but they would be just as punctual as they had always been. 

Something like: 

Cause a lot of people are saying they want them to kiss or have sex or something objective like that in order to prove that bi!Dean is a thing and they are in love. But, given the type of relationship the writers/actors created between the two that would be odd and out of character (in the sense that it would be out of character for the pair of them). But as a Destiel shipper, I would be just as happy if they said they’re together and kept acting the exact same way around each other because they already act like a damn couple

Just wondering everyone else’s feelings on this?

Mr. Steal Yo Girl

So, at this point with Hinami we’ve seen this similiar kind of love triangle repeat three times, where one character on much more equal footing than them has a crush on another character, but that that character cannot respond to the feelings because they are so hopelessly in love with Kaneki Ken. 

Which begs the question, if Tokyo Ghoul is a manga about Kaneki Ken coming to understand the give and take of mutual love, and his intended love interest from the beginning was and always has been Touka, then what’s the point of writing it so that there is a harem around him? 

A harem plotline and a plotline about two people discovering mutual and unique love for each other are really not two things that interact well. It also might detract from Kaneki’s characterization as a person whose near constantly dealing with loneliness if there are three characters + Touka constantly tripping over themselves to prove their love for him. 

However, I am going to attempt to illustrate why Ishida chose to go this direction, and what it means for both Kaneki’s characterization, and also for the future arcs of Ayato, Urie, and Ui, who essentially repeats the same pattern as the previous two but with Arima as the center of the triangle rather than Kaneki. 

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honestly lately i’ve been wondering if i really liked season 1 as much as i did–season 2 has just been so bad overall, with a few shining moments but overrall: tedious

and then we had that scene, with cat and kara.

(and yes i’m still dying at “it just feels like this pain isn’t going to go away” “well, that’s what i said about childbirth” i’ve found a quip that beats should i call your mother a car? no, she can take her broom)

talking about emotions, talking about how kara has been feeling, how one of the reasons she started dating mon-el was because everyone in her life was in a relationship and she wanted that, for the first time all fucking season we got to hear kara, the protagonist’s view, on her relationship and why she was ever in one when she never seemed to like her boyfriend in the first place

and making a very profound moment, about emotion, about vulnerability, going into depth why this can be a strength, with something that isn’t just a cheesy line–this was something that i had to think about after hearing. and the entire time it was about kara, about dealing with pain and loss and for once this season something that i would want young girls to consider, to think about, great advice for anyone getting out of a relationship, especially with someone they maybe dont even really like, but just don’t want to be single, and all delivered so very well by the brilliant calista flockhart

this scene was all about kara. and so very little this season has been about the titular character. sure, cat talked about her own life–but that was to give kara context for what she was experiencing, to know that she wasn’t alone–the exact opposite of the isolation they’ve had kara go through the majority this season, with only monel to turn to even if she didnt really want to.

this scene reminded me of why i would stay awake until 3 am last semester abroad in ireland to watch this show, why i loved it in the first place–all with only a day and a half of filming from calista.

tl;dr calista your husband is a pilot please have him fly to you to filming every other week for a day trip or two we love you and miss you and melissa probably misses you more she got to be a protagonist again for the first time in ages

Originally posted by keltop

  • I feel as if Hugh wakes Millard up at an obscure hour in the night with such profound thoughts but then it makes Millard really think. Such as:
  • Hugh: PST, Mill.
  • Millard: What Hugh? It's 3 in the morning.
  • Hugh: I know but I just thought of something.
  • Millard: Again? Well, what is it?
  • Hugh: Bathtubs are just reverse boats.
  • Millard: ...
  • Hugh: ...
  • Millard: ...
  • Hugh: ...
  • Millard: Go to sleep, Hugh.
  • Hugh: Night.
  • Millard: *thinking* They really are reverse boats.

anonymous asked:

The Sander Sides is pretty much a tv show now. The "first season" arc clearly revolved around anxiety, and how to cope with something that while essential for survival, is detrimental to Thomas. Now looking at the Hogwarts Sorting episode, everyone is making an effort to make Virgil not be the odd one out. But Virgil, Patton, and Roman are all very emotional in nature. While Logan on the other hand is very detached from emotion. He's the odd one out. This season's arc will be about accepting him

im very interested in the development of logan and roman’s (platonic) relationship as well

i mean, you have your logic and your creativity. those two should be working together to make things - fighting like they are isn’t good.

and corresponding to this could be logan’s arc - as virgil’s arc tied in with the development of prinxiety (platonic or romantic, however you want to take it).

logan feels threatened by roman. i think that comes through a lot when you watch the “series” through with that in mind. especially since logan really hates when people go outside the ‘boxes’ he believes them to be in. for example, to him, patton is the comedic relief. he isn’t meant to say profound, smart things. roman is supposed to be arrogant - but never about his intelligence.

virgil, virgil’s supposed to be the one trying to bring the group down, for lack of a better phrase. i think the debate was very important for logan too, as that was when he realised virge wasn’t who he had originally thought. although, there are still moments when he sees virgil as just anxiety (the disorder). for example, in the new video, he calls virgil odd for trying to make thomas less anxious, and he is the first to call him “Anxiety” since the name reveal. the other sides are careful to avoid this.

anyways, back to roman and patton. patton invades on logan’s thing. throughout the series you see him shocking logan with the things he says that aren’t jokes, but rather deep statements or showing an understanding of more things than logan originally realised. however, because it’s happened consistently, i think logan has had more time to begin to accept it.

roman, however, is constantly insulting logan’s intelligence. in my experience, smart people hate it when their mistakes are pointed out because they suffer from impostor syndrome - or, simply, not believing that they’re as smart as everyone thinks. so for roman to point this out is a real knock on logic’s confidence, and combined from the other things thrown his way by the others, he has every right to be insecure and blame roman, or at least resent him, as even though roman has had his flaws pointed out, the sides still accept him and love him.

logan and roman need to work it out. i don’t really understand why roman hates logan, but im sure theres some reason for it. logan’s reason is far clearer for me (all that stuff above whoops).

TL;DR logan resents roman but until whatever grudge they have against each other is worked past, logan’s full development can’t occur.

(i realise this is a mess of an answer, so if you want me to clarify something, feel free to ask)

Nothing matters - or maybe it does

Okay so as much as I love “the ABCs of Beth” I have to say how much I hate the comments a lot of people made about it. Saying the message of the episode (or the whole show) is only that nothing matters. While of course this is a point Rick and Morty makes, this is not where it ends.
Yes, when you think about the age of our earth, the number of people on it, the endlessness of the universe or even the possibility of infinite realities, you will come to the conclusion that nothing you did - or will do - will ever matter for the universe.
However this realization actually has a really positive side to it: If nothing you’re doing matters for the universe, all that matters is what you think does. You can set your priorities, you can decide what actions really fulfill you and then go for it.

“overcoming nihilism requires a profound acceptance and love for the inherent meaninglessness of life and then the creation of one’s own values, in the context of a marketplace of ideas.”

‘But where is any of this philosophy in Rick and Morty’ you ask?
Let’s put it in Ricks words: “Maybe you matter so little that I like you. Or maybe it makes you matter. Maybe I love you.”
And after Beth said she’s not sure what to do his answer makes it even more clear: “Then stay and be happy in the life you know you have chosen. My secret bonus is that no matter what you choose, you finally gonna chill the fuck out.”
So yes, no matter what you choose it won’t be important, but to know that it is your choice and your mind in your control, can make it matter to you and let you be complete. 
For example we can’t be sure if the Beth we see in the last scene is actually our Beth (finally happy with the decision to stay with her family and finally chilled out) or a clone and yeah, it doesn’t matter to the family, or to us, the viewers. But it matters for her. The decision she made won’t make a true impact for anyone but herself.
The meaning of life is that there is no greater meaning to it than the one you chose for your life.
That’s the message I get from that episode.

just a friendly reminder that hannibal’s tears at seeing will alive in fromage are real. he’s not faking his relief. he was the one who sent will to interview tobias KNOWING how dangerous tobias was (in a fit of jealousy against alana lololol kidding) and obviously SOMETHING must have gone wrong if tobias—who appeared to be just as confident in his abilities as hannibal himself—was making a run for it all of a sudden. hannibal may have genuinely thought will was dead because of hannibal’s actions and you can SEE him praying in his mind that will is going to walk through the door and be all right (props to mads for acting that scene spectacularly as well). then when he tells will that he was worried about him, hannibal has this very gentle amazement in his eyes, this utterly genuine relief that will is still with him, framed by unshed tears. he openly, unabashedly GAZES at will, as if that’s all he wants to do for the rest of time.

this might be stretching it, but to me, this seems like a second of perfect clarity for hannibal. in every episode before this, he’s shown an obvious interest in will, but fromage is the one where i think it becomes something much deeper and more profound, platonic love or romantic. the show starts to hint at it in 1x07 when he’s so obviously disappointed that will doesn’t show up for their appointment, but it becomes really clear during the will-kissed-alana-and-dessert scene and the aforementioned relief-at-will-being-alive scene—hannibal lecter’s feelings towards will graham go much deeper than a simple “interest”.

Quick Revision Tip

When re-reading your own writing, remember to make at least one pass while reading at a clip. Writers tend to read their own work more slowly and carefully than a typical reader will. When you read faster, you’ll experience your work more like a reader would, and you’ll catch all kinds of problems you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

Note: Some people are slow readers by nature. That’s fine! Just make sure you are reading your own work at the same speed you would read a random book you pulled off the shelf. The goal is not to read with lightning speed, just to make sure that you’re not reading slower than normal.

Things you might notice about your writing when you read a little faster:

  • Clues or hints that you thought were reaaaaaaally obvious are easily missed.
  • Your paragraphs are too long.
  • You don’t put enough emphasis on important parts of the story that you want to stand out to the reader. (Paragraphing more and using shorter sentences can help with this.)
  • Your sentence or paragraph structure is monotonous.
  • You repeat yourself a lot.
  • There are places in the text that you tend to skim over. (Red alert! If you are skimming, your readers will, too.)
  • Awkwardly worded or punctuated sentences.
  • Too many names to keep track of.
  • Jumpy movement between actions or scenes.
  • What was once profound now seems melodramatic.
  • …and probably many more things I can’t think of right now!

This technique has really helped me in my revision process so I wanted to share. Hope it helps someone else, too!

i love bangtan and there are a lot of ways to interpret love; often it’s just eternally screaming at my laptop at midnight, and sometimes it’s me ogling over a new interview of them. but now, it is respect.

idols often sing songs of love and romance, or talk about establishing their image, boasting of their capabilities and strengths and what makes them stand out from the rest. but bangtan’s been straying from that route ever since they started the hyyh concept; instead, they chose to explore the concept of youth, the complexity, the meaning, the ugliness and beauty of it all. and in the process, they were willing to be transparent about how they worked on all of this, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears and insecurities to us that not a lot of idols would dare to do with their music.

i think that’s why i have such profound respect for bangtan; because they are so raw, unfiltered, passionate, and they are willing to show us the many dimensions of their personalities through their songs. they are so respectable, so considerate-to venture into a theme that everyone can so strongly relate to-and lastly, they are so human. sharing these experiences is not the easiest thing to do, yet they continuously open up to us. this is one of the most intimate ways an idol could ever interact with their fans.

i love bangtan. i really fucking do.