i was going to add it to my queue but i wanted to post it :)))

attention artists of tumblr

I’ve been seeing a lot of those posts around recently that say “reblogs help an artist gain more exposure”, and that’s absolutely right. the more I read about it, the surer I am about my decision.

I will not be liking any more art - simply reblogging.

there won’t be a change to my blog. i’m not going to spam you with art. i’m just going through all of my likes and un-liking the pieces of art I previously liked, only to add them to my queue.

why am I letting you know this? well, there’s some art here that has very few notes on it, and the artist would notice a change. i’m telling you that just because I un-liked it, it doesn’t mean that I dislike it. I still love the art. don’t worry friend. <3

also because reblogging art does so. much. more. for the artist than a simple like. it lets so many more people see it. it does so much more for the artist. I love the artists of tumblr and I will do anything I can to support them, as much as I can.

this has been an announcement ty for reading :D

While going through my drafts looking for things to add to my queue, I found this, which I’d apparently written but never posted.  I feels like now is the appropriate time to do so.


I had a thought, and I am probably not the first person to notice this so please pardon me if someone else has mentioned this first BUT I am excited and want to talk about this.

So Umbreon’s markings look like a solar eclipse, right?  And this makes sense, because the “umbra” is the darkest part of a shadow, and specifically during a solar eclipse, it’s the darkest part of the moon’s shadow, where the total eclipse is visible from.

What I didn’t realize until just now is that Espeon has this connection too!  During a lunar eclipse, the moon doesn’t disappear.  Instead, due to interference from the Earth’s atmosphere, it turns red, like the gem on Espeon’s forehead!

SO LET’S TALK “WHO’S THE TRAITOR” SOME MORE

If you’ve never read my initial theory post, please do yourself a favor and check that shit out. It is a foundation for the theory that, regrettably, was missing a lot of information that I wasn’t able to get to until I was able to do a reread of the series, plus I wanted to wait for the series to develop a little further. The original post was made right after “Deku vs Kacchan 2” was released, so we’ve had about 30 chapters of development. You might be wondering how on earth 3k words isn’t enough to make my point the first time, but here I am yet again! 

I might sound crazy, but believe me when I say… I am the MOST serious. 

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@yaxawa masterpost

tumblr user @yaxawa has already been called out multiple times but since theres no comprehensive 1 off post with major receipts im posting this

nina yaxawa is 18 years old and reblogs lolicon art frequently and unapologetically. i am not saying she is a pedophile but thats extremely Not Ok to do regardless 

@ninacallout @ninaphobe

warnings for lolicon art, mild nsfw, sexualized underaged characters

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//so I was thinking this morning (always a dangerous sign) that I’ve talked a bit recently about how the Tumblr RP community isn’t always very good at encouraging people to find ways to manage or get to their drafts, and is instead more likely to coddle peoples’ anxieties without actually helping them at all. 

So this is a post of a few tips and tricks that might help RPers manage some of the more common anxieties I see crop up in our circle. Now, I’m not a full psychologist and nor am I licensed counselor. But I do have my master’s degree in clinical psychology with the intention to go on for the PhD (or get licensed to practice if I don’t get into a program) so I do kinda know what I’m talking about. Hopefully some of this advice is a little helpful:

1. “My drafts just stress me out.” This is a pretty common complaint, but I think in most circumstances it’s caused by stress going on outside of the RP world. Take a step back and breathe. Handle whatever is going on in your real life. That always comes first. If you come back and your drafts are still causing you to feel panicky, the next step is to find out the more specific reasons why. That’s going to help you best address the anxiety. Read on for some common reasons.

2. “I’ve gotten so behind, there’s so many and I’m overwhelmed.” This happens all the time! You take a hiatus for a week or two, or life just got really busy for a while, or just lost muse and now it’s back. But in the meantime, your drafts have piled up- suddenly you’re looking at 20, 50, 100- how do you even start? 

The best way I’ve found to handle this is to break them up into smaller chunks. It might be helpful to copy and paste your partners’ replies over into one or more word documents. You can then further organize those word documents even more. One for short replies, one for long, one for medium length. Or you can organize by muses, by how long the draft has been in your folder- whichever way you want to handle this. If you want to put one reply per document, you can organize them into folders instead. How you do this is entirely up to you.

Set a small goal for yourself- even one draft a day is better than no drafts at all. But by breaking the work up into chunks, you’ve taken a lot of the pressure off yourself. A goal of 1-5 drafts a day is a lot better than looking at all 50. 

Another tip- use the queue! Or simply keep completed drafts saved in the drafts folder until you’ve caught up enough to start posting. The queue will stagger your posts so replies aren’t coming out all at once, and your partners aren’t able to immediately reply back. And obviously keeping them in drafts even after they’re done lets you have more time to catch up. These are just a couple of tips, however, and there are probably other good ways to manage drafts. Find what works best for you!

And don’t be afraid to drop a couple if you have no muse for those threads anymore. Just let your partner know, they’ll understand. And if they don’t, they’re just an asshole and who needs that, right? It is better to communicate that you’re dropping them, however, so you’re partner isn’t left hanging.

3. “I haven’t replied in weeks, I’m worried my partner hates me.” I guarantee this is not true. Most people in the rp community are very understanding of slow response time. Your partners want to rp with you- they’ll be thrilled to see a response, even if it’s been several weeks. Responding, even slowly, shows a lot more dedication and excitement over your threads. 

So if it’s been several weeks, and you finally have muse for that thread and want to reply to it, but feel guilty or anxious because it’s been so long- reply anyway. Your partner will be so happy to see your response. 

Another way to alleviate this anxiety is to simply talk to your partner. And I know, this can be scary- but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do the thing that makes you anxious. Take it slow if you need to, but communication is the best way to feel better about it. And I guarantee, you are going to feel so much more proud of yourself if you did the thing that made you anxious than if you didn’t.

That goes for replying as well. 

4. “I feel so inadequate compared to others. I should just stop.” This is an example of what mental health professionals call a “negative automatic thought”, or “NAT”. And like real gnats, these little thoughts get all up in your ears and start buzzing around. They can spiral out of control very quickly, until you feel absolutely terrible about yourself. These thoughts are very common in people with both anxiety and depression. 

But the thing is, they can be changed. You can actually re-wire your brain with a little work so that it won’t think these thoughts quite as often. One of the most effective ways is to simply replace the negative thought with a positive one- even if you don’t believe it. So if your negative thought is “I’m horrible compared to other people,” a replacement thought could be “No, I’m just as good as anyone else,” or “my writing is unique to me and it has value.”

You will not believe yourself at first, and it will seem a little bit weird when you start. It’s also a little challenging- your negative thoughts are automatic, you’re so used to thinking them that you aren’t even fully aware of it it half the time. But when you do catch yourself spiraling off into those negative thoughts- try to stop them. This is something we teach in therapy and over time, it does help. And it does get easier.

5. “It has to be PERFECT.” Perfectionism is at the root of a lot of peoples’ anxieties. But I challenge you with this- why? Why does it have to be perfect? What will happen if it’s not perfect? 

The answer to that, usually, is “my partners will hate me/lose interest/think I’m stupid or a bad writer.” Perfectionism is usually a fear of judgment, and it’s usually fueled by feelings of inadequacy or fears of failure. So to that, I refer you back to the previous advice about negative automatic thoughts. 

Challenge your thinking about your perfectionism. A good replacement thought for this one is “even if it’s not perfect, my partner will still be happy that I responded. My writing is still valuable to them.” Another good one- “imperfection means there’s room to grow. Mistakes don’t mean I’m a failure or no good.” 

In general, don’t let anxiety say “I can’t do this.” You can do it. Anxiety is not a permanent state. The body cannot sustain it very long- the elevated heart rate, heavy breathing, heightened arousal- it’s physically impossible for it to last. Eventually, your body will start to calm itself and even back out. This is something that is very hard to sit with, because your natural instinct is to run away from the thing that’s making you anxious. Your instinct is to close the drafts folder, to close the messenger, to log out of tumblr and ignore it all completely. But the truth is, that only makes your anxiety worse in the long run. 

Now, if these tips don’t help, or you’re finding your anxiety is so bad that it’s affecting your daily life in almost everything- I encourage people to please see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or some other mental health professional. Anxiety that’s chronically preventing you from doing the things you enjoy is anxiety that probably needs treatment. Having the extra support of a therapist or medication often makes it possible to implement some of these strategies, or find better ones that work for you. Especially if you’re having a hard time managing things on your own. 

Anybody that wants to add to this with other ideas that have been helpful to you, please feel free to do so. 

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Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, and Mother Nature’s wrath

Firstly, I want to say that I’m devastated by the hurricanes, floods, destruction, and despair that our precious country has endured over the past several weeks. It’s like Mother Nature wants to be sure we understand that global warming is real. I get it, but enough already. The good side of this, if you want to squeak out anything positive, is that people of all walks of life have pitched in to help. Florida’s mess is so deep and so wide it will take years to recover. I didn’t feel I could post about food or fun without first paying homage to the turmoil. Take care of each other my friends.

But in addition to everything else going on, the garden is getting away from us. It’s been a less than stellar year here for tomatoes, but the freezer is stocked with bags and bags of Frenched green beans, and the basil plant looks like a hedge. Weird squash are growing from volunteer seeds, and our lemon cucumbers are plentiful.

I have two wonderful friends who think of me when they run across stellar recipes. I’m posting this one today, and the next in the queue (maybe this weekend) is for a creamy, one-dish meal that cooks together in twenty minutes

This fabulous tomato concoction sat on our counter yesterday working its magic, and every time I walked by I couldn’t help but breath in the aroma. Garden fresh tomatoes were chopped and then swam in a bath of their own juices for six hours, along with garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh basil, and some salt and pepper. After an afternoon of marinating, all of this tomato goodness was combined with hot pasta – linguine is recommended, but I used spaghetti and any pasta would do. We loved this fresh combination and I ate some of the leftovers today for lunch. Delicious! It was a perfect summer meal, and a great way to use up your garden tomatoes.

I don’t know the source other than it came from my friend Nancy, so thank you Nancy for the share! If I find out the source at some point I will include it.

Linguine with fresh tomato sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 pounds ripe tomatoes, chopped (I used lots of cherry tomatoes)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped basil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a heavy, small skillet over medium low heat. Add garlic and stir. Do not brown. Transfer to a large, non-aluminum bowl. Mix in tomatoes and their liquid, remaining 3 tablespoon oil, basil, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand six hours.

Just before serving, cook linguine or other pasta in a large amount of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain well. Transfer to large, preheated bowl. Add olive oil and toss well. Add sauce and toss again. Top with Parmesan cheese.

anonymous asked:

Hi!! I was wondering if you had any advice for a newbie studyblr / bullet journalist ?

Hello there, lovely anon!! ♥ I actually joined the studyblr community pretty recently (just this month!) so I hope I can answer your question well /// !! Since I’m pretty new, there’s still quite a bit I have yet to learn myself! 


➸ advice for a new studyblr

Don’t be afraid to just start. 

  • Honestly! There’s no need to feel insecure about your posts, spreads, handwriting, picture quality, stationary - everyone in the studyblr community is so sweet and positive and helpful I begin to feel spoiled. I hope you do to!
  • Don’t feel self conscious about anything. You’re beautiful, wonderful, and perfect just the way you are. There is no better you than you!
  • Stop comparing your posts and blog to other people’s. There’s a lot for you to learn, and it won’t all come immediately. Notes, followers - it takes time. 

Reach out to other studyblrs!! 

  • Say hi, send asks, make friends! Make comments on other’s posts, send compliments or help where you can. Just being active in the community can help you get attention but also give you a wonderful time. A studyblr is to help you grow, and this is a great way to keep you motivated in doing so.
  • Along the same line, try to find ways to interact with your followers!

Tags, Tags, Tags! 

  • A lot of studyblrs will track a tag and will often reblog your content if you tag your original posts with it! You can find out what tag to put by checking out a studyblr’s page (for example, I track #studyfeather). You can make a list for yourself if that helps! (: But try not to be too overwhelming or overuse it. Maybe switch up which tracked tags you use from post to post. 
  • Make a tag for you to track! It would make sense that if you’re using tracked tags to make one for yourself to spread the love. 
  • Have a tag that is specific to your original content (mine is #featherpost)!!! It will make it nice and easy for those who come across your blog to find what you’re posting about. Having original content helps others have more interest in your blog!
  • A lot of what you are reblogging can serve as a resource for yourself. I like to reblog posts that inspire me, or have spreads I might try, masterposts, etc. If its important for you to find what you’re reblogging for later, make a tag system for yourself. For example, heres @ / studypetals’ tags page or @ / studyquill’s navigation page if you need any ideas. This is a great idea if other people begin using your blog as a resource as well. 

Take advantage of all the information you see. 

  • There are so many posts that address procrastination, time management, stress, note taking, school - anything at all - that is made available to you. It’s one thing to see the information, but it’s another to make use of it. (And don’t be afraid to share your knowledge either!) You can even make posts about trying out different advice if that helps motivate you to try something out.

Make an introductory post!

  • Help others get to know you better by putting together an introductory post! It’s never too late to make one, so don’t worry about making one if your blog has been up for a bit.
  • From what I’ve discovered, introductory posts tend to have the following information (not every one has ALL of this, it’s up to you what you’d like to add): name, age, school year, why you started a studyblr, your classes, some of your favorite studyblrs, other blogs you have (and other sites you’re on), any anything else you’d like to say/add. 
  • If you use tracked tags or tag studyblrs you love, it can help get your blog noticed! (:

Post original content!

  • I touched on this earlier, but this is so important. One of the best ways for your studyblr to succeed is posting your own work and sharing it to the community. You never know how many people will love it, be inspired by it, follow you from it, or contact you because of it.
  • Be fairly consistent in posting original content. I try to post at least once a week even though I’m pretty busy. It helps motivate me to keep my bujo and studyblr going! You can try out the 100 days of productivity or some studyblrs put together monthly study challenges you can keep up with. As an example, here’s a May Study Challenge I might try out!
  • In posting original content, make sure you link information you’re referencing to help others that much more!

Queue your posts!!

  • A great way to keep your blog active is to queue your posts. I have my posts queued at 10 each day and try to keep at least 20 posts in my queue at all times, in case a couple of busy days keep me from adding more. Some people unfollow inactive blogs - and this can be a way to prevent it. 
  • The only thing I don’t queue are original posts and asks, but it’s up to you if you decide to use the queue system or not!

➸ advice for a new bullet journalist

Real quick!! I would advise taking a look at the bullet journal’s official website to help understand the basics of bullet journaling. 

  • It’s designed to be quick and customizable way for you to keep information and tasks organized. A great way to make use of this (that I’ve found) is to make a key for each of your logs. You can see my key here. You can also search tumblr for bujo keys to see what others have come up with. If you do want to make a key, make it so that it works for you!  It can be as simple or detailed as you want, with or without signifiers, etc. If you don’t like this system, that’s just fine!

Discover different journal options and where to find them.

  • There is no set journal to use, however there are popular choices among the studyblr community: Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, and Muji journals - but it is NOT limited to these. Working with a regular notebook works just fine as well! 
  • It’s one thing to find and purchase something online - but I like being able to find what I’m looking for in person. It saves shipping + handling costs, and I get to it immediately. And, sometimes, they can be cheaper too! I found my moleskine journal I’ve been using at Barnes and Noble, and have also seen Leuchtturm1917 journals at my school’s book store. (The temptation is real every time I walk past OTL) 

Your bullet journal is for you, so let’s make it that way.

  • A big part of having a studyblr is to help yourself in becoming more productive in learning and improving a lifestyle (or this may just be how I see it). So! There is no set format for you to use a bullet journal. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for you.
  • You can take inspiration from other people’s post to help experiment with different spreads and layouts. (Be sure to credit/tag if you do! Just to be safe.) 
  • You can find out different things that you can add to your bujo! Habit trackers, daily/weekly/monthly/yearly spreads, lists of things to keep track of (books to read, tv shows and episodes to watch, shopping/wish lists, bucket list, etc), anything you’re interested in. Depending on your interests and areas you wan’t to use a bujo to help you with, this can vary. If you want, you can test out different ideas to see if you like it or not. It will take time to find what you like, so don’t stress about it in the beginning. You’re just starting, after all!
  • There is always something for you to do, it’s just a matter of finding out what that is. If you need any help of finding something to do, feel free to message me! (As long as you don’t mind me asking a bunch of questions haha.)

Don’t be afraid to use pencil first when making your spreads.

  • Me being me, trusted myself to use pen right off the bat. Boy, do I regret that XD It got to the point where I purchased an erasable pen but I’m finding nothing can beat pencil before pen. But before you erase the pencil - make sure the pen has dried. I can’t stress this enough. I’ve gotten impatient multiple times and go ahead to erase, and instantly wished I hadn’t. You can try to find pens that prevent this from happening, but waiting is the best alternative. Something you can do is make a spread at night, and wait to erase when you wake up in the morning. You can keep your bujo open to the page you worked on for it to dry better.

You don’t need any fancy or expensive stationary.

  • Seeing the pastel highlighters, wide variety of pens and miscellaneous tools it’s easy to think you need to have it all but … you don’t have to have any of it. Especially if you are low on funds, don’t worry about getting anything new. Just work with what you have! I have been using pens I’ve owned for years and have hardly touched to see what I can do with them and am pleasantly surprised! I have a bunch of supplies that I have gotten for school that haven’t been used that I plan on finally putting to use. 
  • Your basic school supplies with notebooks, highlighters, pens and pencils, post it notes, can take you as far as you wish!

Having a difficult time coming up with a spread? Here’s some ideas! 

  • Try out different hand written fonts. This can include headers/titles and subheaders/subtitles. Try headers, banners, and dividers too! Here’s some different ideas: x | x | x | x
  • Give your spread a theme. Disney, movie, music, history, art, cartoon shows, books - anything at all! This can help with finding art to fill in blank spaces to give your spread some more interest. Here’s a post with a bunch of ideas you could use.
  • Colors! Try out different color combinations! Being an art student, I’m overly conscious of colors. They can help set a mood, evoke certain emotion, some colors work best with others (be smart when using complimentary colors), etc. Here’s a site that covers basic color theory. But … this is me being nerdy. This can take quite a bit of thought - but you honestly don’t have to (: !! It’s best if you stick to one or two colors within a page not to overwhelm what others are seeing, especially if you’re wanting to keep things minimal. If you want me to go deeper into this, and talk more about contrast and whatnot … I can make a separate post as not to clutter this one ♥
  • Make goals for yourself! This can be included in a habit tracker, but doesn’t need to be. They can be as small as going on a 20 minute walk each day during this week, being sure to stay hydrated, doing something with a family member or friend, completing or starting a big project or assignment, etc. 
  • Find some quotes and add them! Here’s some quote masterposts I’ve come across: x | x | x | x

When taking pictures, be conscious of lighting.

  • The best kind of lighting is natural lighting. Taking pictures outside (or inside) during the day will help your image quality! I know before I said picture quality doesn’t matter much, but this can be a simple and easy way to help improve your posts. 
  • If natural lighting isn’t helping you the way you want, you can take a look at different apps with photo editing capabilities or filters. I have a horrible app finding ability, and just use Photoshop (you can get PS CS2 for free here) or Clip Studio Paint to edit my photos. My favorite tool to use is the tone curve. However you can see this post to look at other options, like apps (it also links to other posts you can look at)!

Have a good time!

  • Honestly, I feel this is what it boils down to. As long as you are enjoying what you’re doing and continue to have a passion for studyblr related content, you’ll succeed. Don’t stress about it and take one post at a time.

I’ll start putting together a post of how I started my studyblr in case that may help as well! Thank you for asking, anon! Hopefully this helps, and that I was able to cover everything! T o T Sorry I kinda went on a bit of a tangent in some areas.

Potions: Crafting Liquid Magic

A great many things have been happening at a wonderfully quick pace lately, and while that’s all fantastic in its own way, it’s left me no time to actually make this post, despite my interest in doing so. However, now that everything is slowing down and I’m finding the time to catch up on things, and after receiving an ask related to this process, I can finally share one of the most important parts of my practice: Potion Brewing. I’ve made a few small posts here and there about it, and how one might use certain ingredients, but I’ve never really gotten into the process. With that said, here are my thoughts on potions, and why they’re an incredible part of any witch’s skillset. 


When approaching potion brewing in witchcraft, there are several things one has to keep in mind. First and foremost, there is very little historical evidence to say that practitioners of either witchcraft or cunning craft ever actually brewed potions. Most of the time, the concoctions were herbal tonics, simples, or other forms of herbal infusions used in medicine (queue the major importance of witches also taking up and learning about herbalism). I have seen posts floating around which indicate that the image of the witch and the cauldron comes from medieval beer brewsters which, while I haven’t done enough research on to confirm or deny, would not surprise me in the slightest. Now while their may not have been much actual historical creation of potions in the way we think of today, the lore has always been there. Even if witches never did brew potions in the past, we do now, even if it is an underrepresented subject. To my knowledge, there are only two titles which cover the subject of potions, one of which is so expensive that very few people will be able to purchase it. This means that potion brewing becomes something that each witch must develop on their own, if at all. Some never will, and that’s perfectly fine. But for those that want to, the road can be quite harrowing. 

The second things to remember is that Verdant Ones used in the creation of the potion are not just tools. Lavender is not good for love, basil is not good for money, and so on and so forth. Just as you have your own spirit, so do the Verdant Ones, and they are far from simple tools to be used and disposed of when the creation of the work is complete. In truth, the creation never will be complete if the botanicals are treated poorly and never addressed. Many may disagree with this, but how then may any botanical be “good for” something or another if not by the agency of the spirit within? Is it the chemical makeup? It is the atomic structure? However you view it, you are tapping into something more than the phsyical body, and must give that aspect the necessary attention. Otherwise all you have done is created a tea with no real magic at all save for whatever power you may have given yourself. This brings me perfectly to my next point. 

A potion is not just a tea. I have seen several posts which have perpetuated this idea, and it’s something which I vehemently oppose. Posts encouraging the creation of luck and success potions, love potions, and the like which have ingredients seemingly pulled at random from a table of correspondence, all thrown together hastily in a tea-pot or simply set to steep in a cup. Looking at the creation of these, there is little to no respect for the agency of the botanical, and even less towards the actual process. The creation of a potion is not as simple pouring hot-water over an herb or two you got from the store, then drinking it. Potion brewing is an involved process wherein the practitioner must return life to the botanical if they purchased it, or whisper to the living Verdant One from which they wish to take. Potion brewing is the coalescing of spirit into matter, blending power and fragility in a dance that combines the embodiment of the kingdoms of Land, Sea, and Sky. Potions are liquid magic, and their creation is an involved process. With all that said, let’s get on the actual process. 


1) Know Your Goal

This may sound simple, but it is truly the most difficult part of the brewing process. What is it you seek to accomplish through the creation of this potion? This will tell you how it will be used, as well as the medium by which it will be create. Are you seeking out luck? Probably best to stick with a water-base take it internally. Do you seek love and, if you do, are looking to attract a new lover and enfold a specific person in your grasp? If the former, you may elect to go with a potion applied topically, crafted of an oil which will hold the scent well. The latter, they’ll need to take it internally, meaning you could perhaps craft an oil in which to cook their food, or an additive to a drink (bearing in mind that while this may be viewed as an older method, it is illegal in many places to add something to someone’s drink without their knowledge). This will also tell you what you can and cannot use to create the potion. If taken internally, it’s probably best to avoid botanicals that are known to be offensive to the body. My exceptions to this rule are mandrake and henbane, both being poisonous creatures. However, in my use of them, I have found that they rather enjoy working with people, and not always in negative ways. There is a reason henbane has been reputed be work well in love potions for centuries. Mandrake is glorious when seeking the creation of lust. Mind your experimentation, though. While these beloved ones may enjoy working with people, they are strong and must be treated with respect. When I include henbane or mandrake in a potion, its usually in the amount of ¼ tsp per a five-cup potion. If the potion is to be used externally, you’ll need to stay away from anything which may irritate the skin. If you are using it to mark a space with protection, to lay a curse, or any other goal, you may decide how best to employ it. 

2) Create the Recipe

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the process, the creation of the recipe for the potion itself. This process may take only a few minutes if your goal is simple. However, I know that this is something that will take me days to complete. As I sit and ponder over how to create something that will properly meet my needs, I look at several factors. How will it look? If ingesting, how will it taste? Is it going to be something you need to keep on the shelf for a while? If so, what’s the best way to keep it from rotting. Once you have all this information, you can begin formulating. Many people will begin with simple potions consisting of only a few herbs and spices, maybe a little chanting, and that will do. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, as it’s how I started. It’s when you move beyond this that things get interesting. Something I find often overlooked is the inclusion of tinctures in potions. These little alcohol-based extractions may be considered potions in their own right if crafted with care, but the use of them to expand what may be included in a potion will blow the doors of the potion-brewing process wide open to those who want to use them. Tinctures allow you to add in a more concentrated form of a botanical, as well as include botanicals which you may not otherwise be able to include. A good example here is myrrh. Myrrh resin is a wonderful, and quite oily substance, with many older herbals reporting it to be a wonderful antibiotic. However, rendering it into a potion through boiling in water is…not a good idea. The gum will melt to the bottom of the vessel, and begin to burn, making the whole thing near impossible to clean. But, through the tincturing process, the gum in the resin falls away, and you are left with pure myrrh extract in the alcohol. Now you are able to use it in potions. Formulating a potion is an incredibly fulfilling process, and easily the most rewarding. What you put in it is what you’ll get out of it. 

3) Brewing the Potion

This is the fun part. Once you’ve got your potion formulated, it’s time to brew. But this comes with its own set of difficulties. For me, potion brewing is the perfect union of the kingdoms of Land, Sea, and Sky, all through the heat of the fire that renders all through other. This may also be viewed as the union of the four elements by some, though that’s not a particular concept to which I pay much mind. It is a delicate process, requiring the brewer to pay attention to the formula they have crafted, and the needs of the Verdant Ones therein. Are there roots or barks/spices in the potion? They will need to decoct for at least 20 minutes covered, and you’ll have to chop them beforehand. Flowers? They need to be added only after the potion has been removed from the heat. Any herbs will be best brewed with a low simmer, lest they be burned by the heat. But it can go further than that. Have you included animal parts? If so, what are they? The heart of a chicken will need a different brew time than the bones of a rat to infuse properly into the liquid. I don’t deal much with the inclusion of metals or stones, but each of these will also need to be considered as their own bodies which need infusion time. But this has only focused on half the equation so far. Certainly, potions should have the physical attributes of the included bodies. But what of the spirit? This is where the true finesse of the work comes into play. When you are brewing, you are not just crafting a tea, as stated before. You are coaxing the spirit virtue of each material included therein to release itself from the body it has known, and comingle with those other bodies and spirit virtues to create something new. You are not just brewing. You are, through the power of the fire within, creating a new spirit virtue from all those blended together. Those spirit virtues are transformed by the act of brewing, and through the witch’s will, something new is born. This also begs the question of how you will brew. Will you brew over an open flame (my preferred method)? Will you infuse for a full lunar cycle in the windowsill? If so, you will need alcohol to prevent rot. Are you going to be taking any particular ritual actions while brewing, such as stirring certain ways or numbers of times? Are you going to encant a spell while you stir? Will you be able to keep your will and fire focused on the goal if such actions are taken? Are you waiting for a certain moon phase to brew the potion properly? What about after? Will you be working further potency in it by placing it upon the hearth to cool and “cook” further? Or will you be gathering in the spirits of the home to assist as it is brewed? So very many ways of brewing exist, and it’s up the practitioner to decide how they will best go about the process. All that really matters through the process itself, though, is that the witch bring those spirit virtues out of their bodies, and into the brew. I oftentimes see the cauldron spoken about in books as a tool to “symbolically” stir in virtue. There is no symbolism here. You are literally stirring the virtue together in the womb/tomb that is the cauldron. Quite an experience when you really get going. This leads to the last part of the process…

4) Employing the Potion

After all that work, it’s time to employ the potion however you have elected. It’s here where you want to begin paying close attention. If your potion was supposed to excite lust, how did you feel after drinking it? Are the effects strong or weak? If you are trying to induce good luck, how was the day/night that followed the drinking of the potion? How did it taste? How did it smell? What did it look like? And most importantly, did it actually accomplish your goal. Don’t try to fool yourself here. Potion brewing can be incredible if you are honest with yourself. If it didn’t work, what might you be able to do to rectify that? What can you change? Do you think it was something wrong with the formula, or the brewing process? Was your will not focused? Was your mind wandering to places unrelated. Certainly there’s nothing wrong with thinking of past lovers when working a love potion, but if you’re head was occupied with your late car payment, you’ll hardly get the love you want. Conversely, such a thing may work well to help attain money through means of a potion. 


The art of potion brewing is certainly not an easy one, but it is one that is so greatly rewarding. A witch who can brew a potent potion is a witch who is closer to the the Verdant realms. The spirit interaction teaches the practitioner the respect of each and every body used in the creation of each brew, and help them to foster a closer connection with those spirits in the future. In my own opinion, every witch should have the experience of creating a proper potion, if only for the ability to see if it’s something that fits in with their craft.

 If you want to know more, I highly recommend Daniel Shulke’s books “Ars Philtron” (a book that’s literally dedicated to the art of potion brewing, and doesn’t skimp on the use of things like mandrake) and “Viridarium Umbris” (a book about the path of the Verdant Ones, and how a practitioner may comes to know the spirits within the bodies themselves). They’re expensive, but both are on the site “Scribd,” which has a number of fantastic books on witchcraft. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an ask. 

Waking up early is a struggle for many students, me included. As someone who wakes up at 6am every school day I know this all too well. So I decided to create this post to give you some tips on how to make it a bit more manageable to wake up early. 

It can be really difficult to force yourself out of bed but I think that there are more advantages than disadvantages to it in the end.

So here we go!


The night before

Start your night routine 1 hour before you want to close your eyes for the night. For me that time is 9pm since I want to go to bed at 10pm. So I try to stop studying around that time and start making my bag and such. That usually takes 30 min which means that I have 30 minutes for myself before bed. 

Put out clothes for the next day. This is a classic but it works really well. Check the weather for the next day and choose appropriate clothes. This way you will save time in the morning and won’t have to stress about what to wear. 

Make your bag. This is very effective and saves loads of time in the morning. Put all your school books in your bag for the next day and add any snacks or drinks that you’ll bring. 

Put your alarm somewhere you can’t reach it. Put it away from your bed so that you have to get up to turn it off. This way you are less likely to get back to bed. Also it prevents you from using your phone into the endless hours of the night. 

Put your alarm so that your have more time than you need in the morning. I personally don’t like being stressed in the morning so I’d rather put my alarm for a bit to early. 

Have a glass of water by your bed. In case you get thirsty in the middle of the night. 

You will have to go to bed on time. This is unavoidable if you want to feel alive the next day. I personally like to go to bed at 10pm. I’ve never been much of a night person. I would recommend getting at least 7 hours of sleep. 


In the morning

Let all that light in. Don’t dwell in the darkness because you’ll just make it more difficult to get up.

Don’t snooze! I know that it is tempting but don’t do it! You’ll just go back to bed and be more tired and get up an hour later and then be late for class. 

Splash your face with cold water. A kinder version of the cold shower. I personally don’t like to shower in the morning and this works just as well. 

Get dressed ASAP. Then you feel more awake and you’re less likely to go back to bed. 

Do something that you like. I like to watch a tv show episode in the morning because I really like my tv shows and it also gives me a reason to get up on time. If I don’t get up on time I won’t be able to watch my episode. But you could do anything that you enjoy like sudoku or drawing. It becomes a good start of the day. 

Food! I am personally not a big fan of breakfast to early in the morning so I eat really slowly which is another reason for why I like to have a lot of time in the morning. Make something that you know you like, and if that an is avocado sandwich then great but simpler stuff like a cheese sandwich works just as well. 

Decide on a time that you will leave the house. This will make it easier for you not to lounge around at home for too long.


Benefits of an early start

You have time to exercise in the morning! I know that this isn’t something that people like but it is a very good way of waking up. You don’t have to do a full out work out routine, it can just be a 20 min yoga session or a light jog. 

You add like 3 hours to your day. This is what enjoy the most when it comes to waking up early. It really feels like your day becomes twice as long. 

You can distribute your studying time. I personally like to study in the morning if my classes start after 9am. That way I don’t have to do all of my schoolwork in the afternoon. 

You get some me time. Wether this will be in the afternoon or in the morning is up to you. But in the end you will have more time for yourself. You can also be completely by yourself in the mornings since you’ll be the only one awake. I quite like that. 

You get to enjoy the sunrise! 


This advise is based on what I like to do in the morning so everything might not work for everyone but I hope that you might find some of it useful. And be patient, because it will not be easy to wake up early on the first day. But if you do it for a while it will become easier :)

Broadway

Anthony Ramos x Reader
Words: 604
Request: Can I ask for some fluffy Anthony x reader?Like the girl loves Hamilton but she only listened to the soundtrack so she can’t recognise anybody,she works in a cafe near Richard Rodgers and she’s in charge of music so she plays Ham and Ant comes there?          

I REALLY LOVE THIS REQUEST BUT I DON’T THINK I DID THIS JUSTICE
anyway, hi! hows your day? or night. I’m probably like being active too early… all my american friends are asleep cry.

my point of this note was that i have revision week next week and also exams after that, so the next two weeks will involve me not being incredibly active. like, i might write in advance and then add posts to my queue but idk how to work a queue so yeah.

enjoy! requests are open as usuaaaaal x

Originally posted by i-hope-that-you-burrn

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You were extremely relieved to walk into your work and find out that your manager had called in sick for the day. The job was hard enough as it was, but with your manager constantly breathing down the back of your neck and telling you that everything you did was wrong… you had nearly quit, many times.

You knew that as you were basically in charge for the day, you were able to choose the day’s music. You smiled, plugging your phone into the speakers and pressing play on the Hamilton soundtrack. You made sure to take the sadder songs off your playlist, moving to the door and turning the sign.

You had been working in the café for a few months now. It was situated in West 46th Street and 8th Avenue, meaning that you were close to the broadway productions that played a massive part in New York’s culture. You had never seen a show, as they were too expensive, but you had listened to all of them. Your favourite so far was Hamilton. The original cast recording was always on replay.

The soundtrack to your favourite musical seemed to make the day go quicker and easier. You were a few hours into your shift when it started to get quiet again. You grabbed your water bottle from under the bench, taking a quick sip and putting it back when you heard the sound of the door opening.

“Hi! How are you?” You said, smiling at the freckly man in front of you. He raised his eyebrow slightly, looking you up in down.

“I’m good, how are you?” he asked, pulling out his phone.

“Good, how can I help you today?” You asked, smiling when you heard Story Of Tonight Reprise come on.

“I was just wanting to get a few coffees. But I’ve been refused at the last few cafes I was at. How quickly can you make twenty coffees?” He asked.

“Do you have five minutes?” You asked, grabbing a notepad.

“Yeah, easy,” He replied. You passed him the notepad and a pen.

“Just like, get your order down and then let me know when you’re ready,” You replied, smiling cheerily.

“Of course,” He replied, starting to write his order down.

“Have you got a meeting or something to go to?” You asked, adding his order into the cash register.

“Oh, no. Just an uncaffeinated cast,” He replied, handing you the notebook back.

“Nice,” She replied, starting on the coffees.

“Is this your music?” He asked, leaning against the bench.

“Yeah. Well, usually my manager chooses what we play, but today she’s away, so I get control of the speakers,” You replied, finishing the first few coffees.

“Do you work here often?” He asked.

“Yeah, I have daily shifts. Pays the bills, you know?” You replied, starting to fold the cup holders.

“So Hamilton, huh?”

“It’s a work of art. I’ve never heard anything like it before, and I’ve listened to a lot of Broadway shows.”

“You should come see it sometime,” He suggested. You chuckled quietly.

“I don’t have that kind of money.” You put the cups into the cardboard holders, pushing them towards him. “That’ll be seventy dollars.” He slid the money into your hand, smiling.

“My name’s Anthony by the way, you probably know me better as John Laurens and Phillip. I’ll see you tomorrow?”

You froze up slightly, your eyes widening. “I-uh….,” You blushed.

“Come by the Richard Rodgers sometime soon. Good coffee, by the way.” He smiled, dropping a tip into the jar and leaving.

“Oh, uh, thank you!” You called after him, blushing wildly.

anonymous asked:

Hey :) Just saw a swap au by a very talented artist (iacediai) and idk if you already know about it, but I'd loooove to read your thoughts! Have a nice day/evening/night!

Ahh! Yes! I’ve seen that post. It’s actually sitting in my drafts waiting to be queued, because I p much add things to my queue in batches of 100-200 about once a month. (Here’s a link for anyone who’s not sure what we’re talking about.)

First of all, A++ designs, I love them so very much. Loverboy Hunk and Sunshine Pidge are probably my favs, but I love them all.

I don’t have thoughts specifically about that role swap combination, but a while ago I saw pepplemint’s role-swapped!Lance art, and boy did that give me ideas. Specifically for a limited role swap AU where the only real *swap* is that Lance went to Kerberos in Shiro’s place.

  • Lance and Keith trained under Shiro after graduating from the Garrison. They were rivals, not least of all because Keith and Shiro were so obviously friends that Lance felt ignored outside of training
  • Shiro was originally supposed to pilot for the Kerberos mission but was in a car crash or something similar that injured his arm to the point he needed to have it amputated. This was, like, six months before launch, so at first the mission is just delayed–there’s no one to take Shiro’s place, and everyone at first is hoping that if the Garrison pays for the top of the line prosthetic maybe Shiro will still be able to go. (After all, they’ve already pumped so much money into this mission and into Shiro specifically.)
  • But Shiro’s recovery is slow, and PTSD + reduced dexterity mean he just can’t fly at the same level as before. So the Garrison decides they’re going to find a new pilot and have Shiro train them, since he knows better than anyone what this mission is going to require.
  • This is about the time the show would have started–one year after the original launch date. And the Garrison needs some gimmick for the media to “salvage” the mission from a PR standpoint. Shiro was literally the face of the Kerberos mission, and the public is more concerned about his recovery than the Garrison’s expedition (which is… you know, a good thing? But the Garrison cares about the publicity. They want the Kerberos mission to drive recruitment and all that.)
  • So they go to the next graduating class of fighter pilots and say, “Hey, guess what? One of you is going to be the youngest solo pilot in history, and you’re going to go farther than anyone else has ever gone. Ready? Cool. Now duke it out for your spot on this crew.”
  • (In more PR-friendly terms, obviously, but that’s the intent.)
  • Keith and Lance are the two top contenders, so both get to undergo training with Shiro. They’ll both have the full training, just in case there’s another car accident or something, and the Garrison is running it almost like a reality show, getting the public invested in the Big Question of Who’s going to pilot the mission???
  • The decision is ultimately Shiro’s, and he’s as pissed off about the spectacle of it as Keith is. (Lance, conversely, is absolutely loving the attention.) He doesn’t know what the public opinion is, and frankly, he doesn’t care. (It’s about 60-40 favoring Lance, but the Garrison bigwigs are split the opposite way, because Keith is Iverson’s golden boy the same way Shiro was–just a little less inclined to put up with bullshit.)
  • Lance is sure Shiro’s going to pick Keith. Frankly? So is Keith. Both of them are shocked when Shiro picks Lance.
  • Lance and Keith have a big fight after it’s announced, and they didn’t talk once in the last month before launch.
  • It’s now about two years later than canonverse–Lance is 20 for most of the mission, but they launch when he’s still 19, purely for the headline “Teen Pilots Landmark Mission to Kerberos”
  • The Galra still attack, and the disaster still goes down in history as pilot error.
  • Pidge didn’t have to sneak into the Garrison–she entered openly a year before the mission launched, has her own crew, and is the top communications cadet in the Garrison. She wants to wreck shit when Sam, Matt, and Lance are declared dead, but Shiro talks her down. (He stayed friends with the Holts even after he was removed from the mission, and through him Pidge knows Keith.)
  • So Pidge takes a week or two off from classes to grieve and to talk with Keith, both of them stoking the flames of their anger. Pidge doesn’t buy the official story and when she returns to classes she starts hacking the Garrison computers–secretly–looking for the truth.
  • Keith, in contrast, fully believes Lance was at fault and blames him for killing Pidge’s family. He doesn’t think any of them survived, and he has no outlet for his anger, so he starts going on long flights into the desert–which is where he stumbles upon the Blue Lion’s cave.
  • Hunk graduated along with Keith and Lance, having been Lance’s engineer as in canon. He spent the year/year and a half after graduation working on Garrison ships, but when Lance “dies” he quits and opens a restaurant/gets a job as head chef at a restaurant instead. He can’t stand working at the place that reminds him of his best friend.
  • Shiro is a regular patron at Hunk’s restaurant, and the two are pretty good friends, all things considered. He knows Pidge and Keith distantly–Keith mostly as “Lance’s rival who’s actually a pretty cool guy” and Pidge as “Shiro’s friend who’s always on her computer looking at technical diagrams.”
  • Pidge and Keith both wind up at the crash site in the desert as they do in canon. Lance has visible scars and a white streak in his hair, but he has a cybernetic eye and maybe a prosthetic leg, too, instead of the arm Shiro has. Keith and Pidge break Lance out mostly to get answers about the Holts, and once they have him, they kind of panic because, hello, they’re now fugitives.
  • Keith calls Shiro and tells him exactly nothing except that Lance is at their shack in the desert. Shiro was at Hunk’s restaurant when he got the call, and Hunk overhears. He rips off his apron and demands that Shiro bring him along, so the five of them are once more all together in the Blue Lion’s cave when she chooses Shiro.
  • Shiro still kind of thinks of himself as Lance’s mentor and it takes a while for them to get used to the changes. Because Shiro is still happy and mostly healthy and he wants to protect the younger paladins, Lance especially, but he can’t deny that Lance is far more suited to protecting the rest of them. He knows the enemy, he has practice fighting, he’s a scary good sniper and just as deadly in the heat of battle. Lance ultimately becomes the team’s leader, while Shiro acts as their emotional support.
  • There’s also friction among the younger paladins–a much deeper rooted conflict between Keith and Lance than in the show, and Pidge’s festering resentment about the Kerberos mission (she knows it’s not Lance’s fault, but she and Keith fueled each other, so she can’t quite let it go). Hunk is 100% on Team Lance, so he initially doesn’t get along well with Keith or Pidge, and Lance just isn’t interested in repairing bridges other people burned for him. It falls to Shiro to play peacemaker and get them all on the same page.

And yeah, idk where the plot goes from there except more or less the same way canon goes, but there’s lots of angst. ^.^’

レイジさん、好きです

Soooo I wasn’t about to rush anything out for tomorrow, because Reiji only deserves the best. So instead I’ll just ramble on about why I like him so much. You’re free to reblog, but please don’t add to this post. If you have something to say then just make your own. Thank you.

  • His Drive. For one thing I find it incredibly admirable, even if it is a coping mechanism of sorts. The fact that he works so hard to become as perfect as he possibly can at every possible thing is sort of inspiring to me, in a ‘fake it till you make it’ kind of way, because I believe him to be much more insecure than he lets on. 
  • His Wit. It’s no secret Reiji has the oral skill *coughs* to talk you into a corner. You’ll be contradicting yourself before you know it. He knows how to make you agree even if you disagree. And to me that sends freaking shivers down my spine. A man who knows how to use words is more alluring than one with a sword. 
  • His Property. He takes so much pride in the things he owns, holding them to the same expectation of perfection as he does himself. He also treats them with great care, which to a certain extent is put onto the Heroine as well, since he defines her as such. 
  • His Awkwardness. As direct as this man can be, there’s no denying that he doesn’t really know how to properly express himself in terms of what he feels for the Heroine. He’s always coming up with explanations “because you’re my property” or other excuses to justify his otherwise endearing actions. I find that incredibly lovely. 
  • His Voice. This is a big one for me. Both in the way he sounds and the way he speaks. It’s so formal, and yet incredibly condescending, and when he chuckles it’s always at your own expense, but it’s the most beautiful sound these wretched ears of mine have ever been blessed with. 
  • His Desperation. To become better, to be recognized. I love to think about the look in his eyes. Where his need for her becomes more than just the blood, to the point where his body ‘moves on its own’ and YES  I will quote that line any chance I get because it surpassed just wanting to save her, it became instinct, and if that doesn’t show just how deeply he cared then I don’t know what does. 

I could go on for years, but these were the ones that popped into my head first, so I’m assuming they’re the most important ones. It saddens me to think that people skip his route simply because he’s the “bad guy” when in reality his route was perhaps the most engaging HDB had to offer. I enjoy how cruel he is, and how that cruelty slowly evolves into something that’s not quite as sadistic. I love how he wants the heroine to stand on her own two feet, rather than become some mindless doll that’s attached to his side. I love how proper he is, and how he sticks to his own values. How despite the lack of any appreciation or recognition, he is what holds the Sakamaki Household together. For all of this and more, I love him. 

レイジさん、お誕生日おめでとうございます。

30 Day Studying Challenge

I just found this challenge (here) and I’ve decided to give it a go!

I didn’t want to do a challenge for posting studyblr stuff each day because I won’t have the time realistically and my phone is broken (probably a Godsend) so I can’t take any pics. 

Day 01: Find something that inspires you to hit the books.
Day 02: Clean up and organize your study area.
Day 03: Add an extra half hour to your study time today.
Day 04: Make 10 flashcards for a subject of your choice.
Day 05: Write a page of notes that has at least one diagram or flowchart.
Day 06: Make yourself a nice cuppa of whatever.
Day 07: Prove the Pythagorean Theorem (a^2+b^2=c^2) in three minutes.
Day 08: Think of favorite celeb/OTP while studying and see how it goes.
Day 09: How long can you concentrate in one studying session?
Day 10: Eat with your non-dominant hand while writing/studying. No spills!
Day 11: Spend one full hour on your most-hated subject.
Day 12: Ask a question that you’ve previously thought was too stupid.
Day 13: Teach someone a concept you are learning right now.
Day 14: Preview tomorrow’s lessons or things you plan to learn.
Day 15: Compare the effects of rap and classical music while studying.
Day 16: What is your best subject and why are you good at it?
Day 17: Share your favorite inspirational quote.
Day 18: Try out the Cornell note-taking system if you haven’t already.
Day 19: Carefully record how you use your time and make a time log.
Day 20: Open up Tumblr or something else. Study in front of the screen. Do not touch or do anything. See if you can focus on your work.
Day 21: Watch an OCW video and take notes.
Day 22: Show us your favorite stationery for studying.
Day 23: Try speed-reading a news article and summarize it.
Day 24: Organize your notes.
Day 25: Plan your work beforehand and finish it before the day ends.
Day 26: Don’t bring questions home… solve all questions before leaving school.
Day 27: Put on a queue and stay off all social networking sites for 12 waking hours.
Day 28: Healthy eating: no junk food today.
Day 29: Set a large goal and reward yourself if you finish it.
Day 30: Celebrate and see how far you’ve gone ;)

Escape Plan//Theo Raeken

Oh my God! I thought this was in the queue and posted! I figured it had flopped and when I looked in my drafts I facepalmed so hard! I’m so sorry! Plus it’s also kinda short so I feel even worse 😖

Characters: Scott McCall, Malia Tate, Stiles Stilinski, Theo Raeken, Reader.

Originally posted by asplittingoffrerard

“He’s downright dangerous, Y/N! You can’t have anything to do with him.” Scott looks you in the eye.

You sigh. “He’s not dangerous with me. Trust me okay?” You look up at him and he shrugs.

“Okay. Fine, I guess. Can you promise me you’ll be safe?”

“Scott, I was born a werewolf, I can protect myself.”

That was the last conversation you’d had with the pack before being taken by Theo. He was using you as bait to draw everyone to him.

“You don’t have to do this.” You look up at him. You weren’t even tied up, just locked in a room.

“I know. But, you’re the only one the whole pack would come for.” He smiles at you.

“You’re being awfully nice for someone who’s kidnapped me.” You look down at your lap.

“I’m nice to you. It’s what I do.”

The pack bursts in the door, Scott rushing for Theo. He grips his neck, lifting him up.

“Easy, Scott.” He chokes out. Malia and Stiles rush you out of the room, taking you out to his Jeep.

“We’re taking you home. You need to pack.” Stiles says as Malia helps you up into the backseat.

“How long was I gone?” You lay back.

He blows air out of his mouth. “About two weeks.”

“Jesus Christ, it took you two weeks to find me? Nice to know that I matter.”

“Theo sent us a text on your phone pretending it was you. He said your parents took you on vacation. Malia saw your mom at the grocery store and we pieced it together.”

“Theo disappeared into thin air too, it wasn’t really hard to find you, we just had to trace your phones.” Malia smiles.

“Hey, why do I need to pack?” You lean forward.

“You’re leaving town. We talked to your parents about it already. You’re going to go stay in Arizona for awhile.”

“So I don’t get a say in this?”

“Not really, no.” Malia shrugs.

“Theo’s too dangerous. We told you before, but now more than ever. You need to stay away from him.”

“Arizona? Are you freaking kidding me?” You slam your head back against the headrest.

“Hey! Easy on the seats?” He looks at you through the rear view mirror. “We’ve got you set up with another pack. You’ll be safe.” He adds.

“I want to stay here. I want to live my life with my family and friends. Not an unfamiliar pack in Arizona.” You groan.

“It’ll only be a month or two, Y/N. Tops.”

It’s been six months. You call each day asking if you can come back. You’re walking towards your apartment when a familiar smell washes over you. You stop in your tracks, your senses somewhat overwhelmed.

“Theo?” You look around.

“How’d you know?” He approaches you from behind. You turn and look at him, he looks filthy. “Where’ve you been, Y/N?”

You’re speechless. “I uh..mean…here? I have to go.” You remember all of the things Scott told you about him being dangerous and you slowly back away.

He grabs your arm. “Hey…can we talk? I’ll make it quick. Here’s the rundown.” He doesn’t give you a chance to answer. “They killed me, decided they needed me, brought me back to life. I helped, I’m a new man by the way, and now I’m here to see you.” He gives you a toothy grin.

“Me?” You raise an eyebrow.

“Yep. You. You’ve always been my favorite.”

“Favorite?”

“You really don’t know anything about this, do you?”

“About what?” He raises his hand on your arm as you talk.

“Stop asking questions. It’s cute.” He smiles. “I have a major crush on you. I know crush sounds juvenile but I do. I actually think I love you.”

“You stopped me in front of a convenience store to tell me you might love me?”

He nods in response.

“I’ll take it.” You smile and he kisses you, his lips fitting perfectly into yours. Like you were meant for each other. He runs a hand through your hair as he pulls away. “Let’s get you packed up and home to Beacon Hills.”

Favorite Whump Scenario - List of Episodes

So, one of my most recent posts described my favorite whump scenario - stab wound/gunshot wound to abdomen, or broken ribs, and the guy can’t get help so he has to keep going but he’s in too much pain and… I’m rambling. Long story short, I was asked a few times to do more of my favorite whump scenarios (which I will) but I was also asked to provide a few examples of episodes in which my favorite whump scenario happened. That’s what I’m doing right now!

On a side note: I want everyone to know that I am making a conscious effort to swear less. I apologize if my language offends you.

*Once Upon A Time: 2x12 (season 2 episode 12). Hook (who, may I add, is gorgeous) gets hit by a car. He breaks a few ribs and spends the entire episode (and a few thereafter) wincing and groaning and being beautifully whumpy; a shit load of breathlessness and pained grunting.

Also, I’m not entirely sure whether this counts or not (because we don’t know what the exact injuries are) but episodes 12 to 15 of season 5 (5x12 - 5x15) of OUAT are amazing. Hook gets the shit beat out of him, and there’s a lot more of that grunting and groaning that I love so much - with added limping, hunching, near-collapsing, and need for support when standing. He’s covered in blood and his arm is PERMANENTLY wrapped around his ribs. Fuck yeah!

*Frontier: 1x6 (season 1 episode 6). Harp gets tortured in the previous episode (as I have so often explained on my blog… I know, I know; I’ll give it a rest) and he gets stabbed in the stomach. He spends the whole of episode 6 hunching over, gasping, grunting, groaning, wincing and barely able to stand… all while being deathly pale and sweaty. Literally best whump ever.

Quanitco: season 1 episodes 7 and 8 (1x07 - 1x08). Ryan is shot in the stomach. Alex has to perform field surgery on him. He can’t stand straight and Alex has to help him walk. He’s in terrible condition the entire length of episode 8. His arm is wrapped around his stomach at all times. YAY!

*Homeland: season 5 episode 4 - 8 (5x04 - 5x08). Quinn gets shot in the stomach and he can’t go to a hospital, resulting in bleeding out, infection, trembling, collapsing, sweating, and all round whump. It’s amazing and can we congratulate Rupert Friend on his acting? Plus it lasts MORE than one episode, guys!

*Graceland: season 1 episode 10 (1x10). Mike warren gets stabbed in the stomach. He then checks himself out of hospital early, is forced to go undercover in prison, and is subsequently tackled to the ground. Queue a lot of hunching over and almost-collapsing. There’s this great scene where he trips in water and he has to grab a statue as he curls in on himself to prevent himself from collapsing.

AND in season 3 episodes 1 - 3 (3x01 - 3x03) Mike is shot in the stomach. He’s actually shot in the finale of season 2, he just spends the next few episodes being generally unable to move and being pushed to the ground. He groans A LOT and holds himself together (AGH) with his arm, as though if he lets go, he’ll fall apart - which he probably would.

*Taboo: season 1 episode 3 (1x03) Delaney is stabbed in the stomach. He cries out a lot, limps, and has to grab onto something as fast as he can to stop himself from collapsing OFTEN. Even though the whump lasts less than an episode, it’s well worth it; I promise. Plus, Tom Hardy…

*Bones: season 1 episode 15 (1x15). Booth is injured in an explosion. He breaks a few ribs and damages his shoulder. He does go to hospital but he checks out early to save Brennan. Eventually - as predicted - he collapses and he has to be taken back to hospital. Lovely. Fucking lovely.

Season 11 episode 1 (11x01). Booth is shot in the stomach. There are impromptu procedures performed, that kind of help him not to bleed out but don’t do much else. He can’t get up; he can’t stand straight; he can barely even breathe. It’s glorious and it fucked with my emotions.

*The Walking Dead: season 4 episodes 8 and 9 (4x08 - 4x09). Rick gets beat up in a fight. We never really find out what his injuries are, but I think he broke a couple ribs; he wheezes for ages afterwards, goes sort of comatose for a while, and struggles to keep going but perseveres because he needs to. It’s really really good whump; it usually is with Rick.

Season 2 episode 11 (2x11). Daryl accidentally gets impaled by one of his own arrows. He’s lost in the forest and has to get back home, but he’s in a lot of pain and he’s losing a lot of blood; long story short: delusions, passing out, crawling, and groaning make up a vast majority of this episode. We get a little bit of H/C in the episodes that follow, but not much.

*Twelve Monkeys: season 1 episode 1 (1x01). Cole gets shot. He basically bleeds out and spends a lot of the episode sweating. There’s a lovely collapse scene, too. The episode might not have the best whump out there, but it’s sufficient enough to satisfy your whump needs for a little while.

*Banshee: season 1 episode 3 (1x03). Lucas (or whoever the fuck you are, man without a name) gets into a fight with a professional mma fighter. He wins, but he gets the shit beat out of him. He spends the rest (like ten minutes…) of the episode bleeding, holding himself together - hence my conclusion that he broke a few ribs - and needing help to walk. There’s a lovely scene where he collapses that makes the lack of H/C almost seem alright.

Season 1 episode 10 and season 2 episode 1 (1x10 - 2x01). Lucas is tortured by his arch nemesis. The torture is slightly over the top, but it ends with Lucas getting stabbed. 10/10 for acting, Antony Starr. He spends the beginning of the next episode hallucinating, trying to work out but failing, and wincing and moaning. Worth it. Banshee is a relatively good show for whump in general; Lucas gets the shit end of the stick most times. However, continuity can be problematic.

*Ray Donovan: Season 1 episode 7 (1x07). Ray gets beat up and he breaks a rib or two. He’s quite a fucking stoic guy so he’s not obviously in pain, but there’s a lot of grunting and halting movements whenever he has to sit down or stand back up or turn or whatever. Plus the actual moment that his ribs break is pretty great.

Season 3 episode 12 (3x12): Ray gets shot in the stomach. I love this episode because at first you don’t even really take note of it (it’s definitely there), but once his hand comes away bloody you start to notice all of these grimaces and grunts. He has to change tops cause he’s bleeding a lot. Eventually, he collapses. Plus he cries which is amazing and heartbreaking all at once.

*Emerald City: season 1 episodes 1 and 2 (1x01 - 1x02). Lucas has been stabbed in the stomach. Initially he can’t walk without assistance and he groans a lot when Dorothy helps him off of the crucifix. It’s really … I have no words to describe it, actually. He limps when he tries to keep up with Dorothy. BUT his wound gets infected and he winds up collapsing many many times, barely able to breathe or keep his eyes open. Dorothy has to feed him, guys. DOROTHY HAS TO FEED HIM BECAUSE HES TOO WEAK.

*Z Nation: season 3 episode 5 (3x05). I haven’t watched this episode but I looked up the synopsis and watched a couple clips. Basically - from what I gather - 10k gets shot in the stomach; he has no choice but to carry on even though he’s in a lot of pain and getting weaker.

*Safe House: This is a movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Towards the end of the movie (last half hour/twenty minutes) Ryan’s character gets stabbed in the stomach. He goes red in the face from strain; he can’t breathe, nevermind stand or walk. So, he collapses and wakes up a while later. He basically falls off the bed and crawls to find a gun when he’s under threat, because he can’t stand. Really worth it.

*Firefly: season 1 episode 5 (1x05). Mal gets shot in the stomach. He’s alone and running out of oxygen. He has to fix the firefly’s engine and call back the others, all while bleeding out and losing strength. He has to hold onto the wall to keep himself upright, and eventually, he collapses. Plus, he has to inject himself with adrenaline to keep himself going. Fucking fantastic!

*True Detective: season 2 episode 3 (2x03). Ray is shot; he had a bulletproof vest on, but the impact broke his ribs. He spends the whole episode looking really pale, wincing a lot, sweating and groaning. The best part is when he tries to stand or sit. And then there’s this part at the end… I don’t even think I’m gonna tell you; just watch it… trust me. Besides, you can never go wrong with a little Colin Farrell.

*Sherlock: season 3 episode 3. Thank you, anon for this suggestion. I haven’t seen this episode, but it looks worth it based on the gif sets and summaries. Sherlock gets shot, and spends the episode in pain - weak and unsteady. Eventually, he’s hospitalized, but he sneaks out to be the hero, and - of course - he collapses again. Looks really good… I’m going to watch it.

*HONORABLE MENTION:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Steve gets shot in the stomach, but I just didn’t feel like it was good enough. Yeah, he struggled through the pain before eventually passing out (which, I admit, was beautiful), but it didn’t last long enough. Whilst the quality was fantastic, the quantity just wasn’t up to scratch. Yes, I’m aware of the fact that he has regenerative powers faster than that of a normal human, and that’s the sad part for whumpers.

Outlander: season 1 episode 9 (1x09). Outlander is one of the best shows to watch if you’re looking for whump. Jamie is gorgeous and he’s extremely whumpable. In this episode, he gets stabbed (shallow wound) in the stomach. It doesn’t last nearly long enough, but it’s pretty decent quality. His wife has to stitch him up and she’s angry with him, which means a lot of tugging and grunting. Then he gets shat on by the clan leader, and he has to hold onto a table as he stands, his one arm wrapped around his stomach. Just not long enough!

As I think of more, I’ll add them! Hopefully I’ll make this list a little longer. There are a few more scenarios where the character gets shot or stabbed or gets broken ribs (like Hawaii Five-0 and Gothom) but I’m not adding them purely because I feel like the whump was seriously underplayed.

3912?!

You are all AMAZING! When I asked last night to be at 3.9K by 11:59 PM, I think I was there by 8! And to wake up to 3912 this morning?? We just might make 4K by Sunday night. 

Originally posted by stellarnature

So here’s what happening now! 

My intention was, at 3.9K, to give one extra entry to my 4K giveaway (when I get there) for every reblog of this post, and two for anyone who sees your post and follows me coming into my inbox and saying “[USERNAME] sent me here!” But, since we hit 3.9K by the deadline last night, I’m doubling that! And, yes, I say WE because I couldn’t be where I am without all of YOU. 

Here’s the deets: 

1. Obviously you’ve got to be following me to get your extra entries. And yes, I will check. 

2. Reblog this post and you will receive two extra entries to my 4K giveaway when the time comes. Please use “signal boost” in the tags! 

3. You might want to add a little something to your post so that people know! If someone sees your signal boost, follows me, and comes into my ask box and says, “So-and-so sent me here!”, two wonderful things happen: they receive two extra entries to the giveaway and you receive four extra entries! 

4. This entry special will be in effect until I hit 4K. Honestly, probably a smidge longer because that number yo-yo’s sometimes, but I’ll let you all know when this special stops. 

Isn’t doubling things fun?! This means you’ve got the potential to get up to six extra entries to the giveaway – or more if you get more than one person to send in an ask! – I’d say that ups your chances pretty well! Just remember, whoever comes into my inbox must also be following me. No follow, no dice. 

Going to tag some peeps under the cut because that always helps in spreading the word, but anyone and everyone (who is following me) is welcome to participate. I’m so excited for this, as you can probably tell, so let’s make it big! 

Yes, I will ship international, so to my global followers, please join in on the fun! If you’re under 18, please make sure you have your parents’ permission to enter the giveaway before participating. Taking that on the honor system!

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A Guide for Langblrs

As i promised to an anon, i make this post to give some tips, ideas and advice to new langblrs/small langblrs/whoever wants to read this. 

Note: What you will read are things i do and things i’ve noticed since i made this langblr.

The beginning

First thing is to decide your URL. You can choose something language related or something completely different. Don’t feel pressured if your URL doesn’t have the word language, polyglot, literature etc. People will find you harder, yeah, but it’s better like that than disliking your URL. (try to choose something catchy that makes sense)

Choose a description. When people come to your blog for the 1st time, they want to know a bit about yourself.

Make an introduction post. (this is optional actually, but it will be nice to make one) Tell to others who you are, what you like, why you made that blog, what you want to achieve with it, what languages you are learning. If you want, you can even add some langblrs that inspired you.

Tags. I want to mention this here since this is pretty important. Develop a tagging system. Whatever you post should have a tag or something since this can make a difference between a well-known blog and a small blog. I’ve seen once a post in Mandarin, it was perfect. However, it didn’t have any notes. Why? The blogger didn’t tag it with anything and regardless of how good that post was, people couldn’t see it. I’ve seen it only because i have the habit of checking out blogs once in a while. So, don’t forget to tag things.

e.g. languages, langblr, langblog, tongueblr, (the language i’ve used in the vocab/grammar post), polyglot, multilingual, bilingual, language blog, study, grammar, vocab list, vocabulary, learning languages, language learning etc.

I use these tags (most of them) at every post i make.

Posts

Here i’ll make a mixture of ideas and tips.

  • Decide what you like to do/what makes you comfortable. You like to write vocab lists? Do that. If you prefer grammar explanations, go for that. Memes? Jokes? Make such posts if this is what you like. I know people who likes writing posts about anything language related but dislike making vocab lists and there’s the opposite, people who build their blog on 80% posts that are vocab lists. See what works for you.
  • Mention in the title (if it’s a vocab list) what it’s the topic and the language(s). (Animals in Korean; School supplies in Chinese etc)
  • If you make vocab lists for people who learn your native language, pay attention and try to avoid making mistakes of any kind.
  • If you write vocab lists for your target language, remember that you make those lists for you in the 1st place and then for others. 
  • You can make vocab lists in 3-4 languages. (This is a new trend actually)
  • Grammar explanations. People just love them for some reason? Even i can’t stop reblogging a grammar explanation when i see it, regardless the language.
  • If you have a good sense of humour, make memes/jokes. Langblrs like to laugh and you can get pretty popular with jokes.
  • Make posts with resources. Langblrs like to collect resources so if you have something new or some kind of list, share it.
  • Be different. In this community it’s kind of hard because “someone came with that idea before” it’s what you will think when you’ll try to be original. If you are different, you get more attention than you expected.
  • Don’t focus on the notes of a post. They don’t define you and you shouldn’t care if a post has 5 notes or 500.
  • If you have “tag game” posts, tag them with not “language related”. 
  • If you have tips for language learning or just an amazing method to study, that will help others if you share it. A very nice langblr told me once “Langblrs are good with learning languages, but they don’t share their methods usually.” So share it with us, maybe we can learn something. (Unless you have the secret of learning an entire language in 2 weeks because let’s face it, that’s a secret no one will ever share.)
  • Reviews. You can make reviews of books, sites, apps. You’ll be surprised how many people know Duolingo, but you will be even more surprised by how many didn’t hear of it.
  • Share your progress with us. You finished your duolingo tree? Tell to others, everytime when i see such a post i say “congrats” to that person because they deserve it.
  • Remember to choose a suitable title for your posts. Also, as i said before, the more original you are, the more popular you get. You have looked at your food and thought of “How to learn a language while cooking”, write that. It’s new, no one wrote that, go for it. (Listen to this because this is how i wrote a post when the power went out and i wanted to study)
  • Tell us what you do daily in order to study your target languages. Not many blogs do that and i’ve seen only 4-5. Studyblrs do this mostly but we don’t need to take a picture or so. Write a 2 line post that you played on duolingo and watched a movie and that’s fine. You have no idea who you might inspire.
  • Try to post once in a while, don’t focus only on the “reblog” option.
  • Be sure your queue has enough posts. That option will save you when you aren’t online or you’re on holiday.
  • If you have a youtube channel and it’s language related, share your videos.
  • Tag the posts you reblog. Even if it’s only 1 tag with the language and that’s still great.
  • You have a blog now, so you have a voice, be careful how you use it.
  • Moodboards. This was pretty popular a while ago. However, if you make such posts, be careful not to offend someone.
  • Music/movie recommandations. This community needs this. You can even practice your target language and translate the lyrics! 

Tips

What will be a post without some tips?

  • Don’t check your followers too often. People will follow and unfollow you constantly, that shouldn’t matter.
  • Don’t think too much of “i want to become popular”, better think of “i want to help more”. (I know that everyone wants that, i wanted that too, but after a while you learn that’s better to focus on helping than becoming popular.)
  • Be sure your ask is open and that you allow anons to ask you stuff. Many people have social anxiety so the anon option helps them a lot. (You need a computer to set this.)
  • If you get a mean ask, don’t answer it. Your blog is like your reflexion and you don’t need that kind of negativity. Just delete it and move on with your life.
  • If you get more hate even if you didn’t answer to the mean asks, use your computer to log in and next to the “answer” button, are 3 dots, click on them and “block” the anon. They will never send you asks again.
  • Make friends. Try to talk/send asks to other blogs. If you are active like this, people will remember you.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t talk to many blogs or you don’t interact a lot with others.
  • Don’t judge your followers/anons and try to help them with what you can.
  • Don’t get angry if you get the same question for the Nth time. Just redirect that anon to your old answer or make a FAQ.
  • If you have time/skills to make printables, do that. People will love you.
  • Change your notes once in a while. I check them daily in case anyone tagged me somewhere.
  • Be nice with everyone even if you dislike their opinion/attitude. Just ignore them if you can’t be nice to them.
  • If you see new blogs, welcome them. They will check your blog out at some point, or they will just have a nice opinion about you and follow you. (I remember when i made my introduction post and there was this nice blog who said welcome and wished me luck, i just loved them)
  • Treat everyone equally, even if they are well-known in the community or just newbies.
  • If you need help, feel free to ask. If no one can’t help you, someone might suggest you someone who can.
  • Your blog is about languages, don’t forget this when you make posts. The blog is for your language learning journey, not to get attention.
  • Accept that everyone is different and every person has another point of view, don’t use swear words or insults when you try to say your opinion. Even if the other one may do that, you don’t have to be like them. You said your point of view, your job is done there.
  • Once in a while, reblog an “ask game”, allow to others to ask stuff about you so they know you better. (the credits for this tip goes to the anon who said that i’m “reserved”, i will never forget you!)
  • Don’t forget to add in your description what languages you know.
  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Don’t expect anything so you can be more excited when things happen.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong.
  • Don’t make a “joke” post. Now, i don’t talk about jokes like “I want to learn a new language. *** 1st April joke, i actually want to learn 6″, i’m talking about posts with fake info. A while ago i reblogged something in tagalog and a native wrote to me to delete it because those words weren’t actually what the blogger said they are.
  • When you make vocab lists, check the notes because if you have any mistakes, someone will point them out and you can correct them.
  • Don’t get upset/frustrated when someone corrects you or gives you advice. You, just like everyone else, will learn a lot from others in this community.
  • The last thing is to have fun. Langblr is a nice community so enjoy your studies!

I hope this post will help you guys. If anyone wants to add anything, feel free to do so. (I’m pretty sure i forgot something and in like 2 hours i’ll remember it)


*Don’t delete the text or self- promote*


Hi lovelies! Since I’m always running out on queues, and sometimes have no idea where to turn to, to “re-fill” my queue, I’ve decided to create a queue list! So if you’re interested on being added, continue reading!


♥  RULES

- must be following me ( @glossomly )
- must reblog this post!
- must have a Q+ account, obviously
- must be an active blogger


♥  PERKS

- follow from me, if not already
- i will queue from you loads, within reason tho :) 
- possible follower gain
- a new friend (me yay)
- you can queue from me whenever you want to (if you want to, you don’t have to, ofcourse!)
- q4q w-h-e-n-e-v-e-r you want
- featured on my Queue list page (under co)
- and ofcourse, you are now my go to for queueing!


 HIGHER CHANCES

- have a similar blogstyle! (clean/ minimal/ aesthetic/ white/ fashion)


OTHER

- banner was made by me ( @glossomly ) picture from weheartit
- i will pick around 10 blogs (depending on the blogs) whenever this reaches a descent amount of notes. i will probably add more blogs to the list over the span of time
- if you’re on the list, and i notice that you’ve changed blogstyle, which may not be in my interest, i’ll have the right to remove you from the list! 

if you have any questions, don’t hestitate to send me a message!

Good luck guys, and happy reblogging! :)


Lots of love,  Sheryl    ♥

voltron s2-inspired reverse asks

get to know your followers and see what they think of you. then maybe respond back! reblog if you want them to answer any of these questions. if there are any you don’t want them to answer any of these, put them in your tags

wormhole - how long have you been following me?

safe and warm - why do you follow my blog?

junk galaxy - what’s something about my personality that you’ve noticed or stands out to you?

teludav - you get the chance to go anywhere, real or fictional. where do you want to go and why? would you bring me with you?

the slipperies - how are you feeling?

space mall - what’s your favorite thing you remember seeing on my blog?

blade of marmora - you’ve just invited me to a secret, exclusive club. what is it called, and what do we do there?

pool - what’s something you do to relax?

weblum - what’s something you’ve done or accomplished that you’re really proud of?

slav - do you have any quirks or habits? do i have any that you’ve noticed?

yupper - cutest thing about yourself? or cutest thing about me?

echo cube - what’s a gift you would love to receive? what’s a gift you think i’d like?

vrepit sal - recommend a good food place to me! why do you like it?

across the universe - do i seem like a space, forest, or ocean person?

olkari - what’s your favorite original post you’ve seen me make?

lotor - what’s something about me that you’re curious to know?

texan keith - what’s something you were really surprised to learn about me?

kaltenecker - if i was an animal, what kind do you think i’d be?

seventh wheel - what’s a talent you noticed I have?

sharpshooter - give me a nickname or alias