i will add it to this post and it will serve as a growing resource

Color Reference Guide to Recognize & Avoid Whitewashing

I’ve made a tutorial on how to color adjust to fix washed out coloringsbut I noticed people aren’t always sure when their coloring needs fixing in the first place. So I’ve made a bunch of colorings you can use to compare your own to. It’s designed to help avoid whitewashing, but also help avoid over-correction.

If you’re not a content creator, you can also use this guide for reblogging as well. :)

Using the Guide

  • Each set comes in three: cool, neutral, and warm. If your coloring is bluer/whiter than the cool tone, consider readjusting.
  • Examples of what might be too pale/bright are beneath each set
  • There are various categories (daytime, night scenes, etc) for each type of scene you might encounter
  • Each coloring has a color palette beneath for the highlights, midtones, and shadows of the character’s face. If you’re having trouble eyeballing it, use the eyedropper tool to double check.

1) For the sake of simplicity, I’ve used one character per category, but characters of color are not interchangeable. Identify the skin tone for the character you’re coloring and work with that. This is only meant to give a frame of reference for what is and isn’t whitewashing

2) If any of the colorings look different than what they’ve been stated as (i.e. the cool tones look too warm or some look way too dark to be visible) calibrate your monitor. It means your screen color and gamma needs readjustment.

Guide itself is under the read more!

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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.

Hellenic Polytheism Books, pt. 2

Hey again! My last post got a comment that pointed out that none of the resources I included were actually about Hellenic polytheism; they were just references for information on mythology itself. So allow me to make another post to provide more options!

Originally posted by visitgreece-gr

I haven’t read these. Hell, I didn’t know literature on my practices even existed, to be honest! I simply searched around and compiled some results, but I thought an informational post like this would still be helpful! I’m gonna leave the covers off for length’s sake, but I’ll include a snippet of their pitches.

Hellenismos Today 
by Timothy Jay Alexander
ISBN: 9781430314271
“Do you hear the call of the old Gods? This book is a thorough introduction to Hellenic Polytheistic Reconstructionism. For experienced Hellenic Reconstructionists, this is an excellent tool to introduce friends and family to your beliefs and practices.”

A Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos 
by Timothy Jay Alexander
ISBN: 9781430324560
“This book provides the reader with an easy to use and understand guide to begin their worship. It explains in detail modern Hellenic practices and the reasons behind them, and serves as a common sense guide about this fast growing modern religion.“

Hellenic Polytheism: Household Worship, vol 1
by the LABRYS Polytheistic Community
ISBN: 9781503121881
“[The book] serves as a useful introductory manual for the newcomer to contemporary Hellenic Polytheism as they take the first steps on their journey to worship the Hellenic Gods in a traditional manner.“

Komos: Celebrating Festivals in Contemporary Hellenic Polytheism
by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
ISBN: 9781515222392
“If you have been wanting to add festivals to your spiritual practice but weren’t sure where to begin, or if you just need some ideas to supplement your existing celebrations, this book can help. May you find within these pages the spark that lights your torches for many festivals to come.“

Kharis: Hellenic Polytheism Explored
by Sarah Kate Istra Winter
ISBN: 9781438231921
“It covers not only the basics of worship, but also how make the ancient religion relevant to modern times, cultivate relationships with the gods and other divinities, and create a deeply satisfying spiritual life. The emphasis of this book is on the concept of kharis, the reciprocity so implicit in the practice of Hellenic polytheism.“
Note: Kharis is (basically) the belief that you get what you give in Hellenism, and it is considered pretty vital to how the religion was/is practiced.

Gods and Mortals: New Stories of Hellenic Polytheism
by H. Jeremiah Lewis
ISBN: 9781449931292
“You can read all about ancient Greek religion in hundreds of academic tomes - but none of them will tell you what it’s really like, from the inside. The only way to do that is to hear our stories, in our own words. Stories of gods and mortals.“

Hellenismos: Practicing Greek Polytheism Today
by Tony Mierzwicki
ISBN: 9780738725932
“Learn how to forge personal relationships with the ancient Greek deities. Recreate the practices of the Greeks and enjoy the richness of their spiritual practice.“

Phew! There we go!
I’m interested in a few of these, unfortunately for my shelves…


anonymous asked:

You've mentioned how one thing GRRM could have done in terms of world-building to add distinctiveness to each of the 7K would have been to come up with different cuisine for each region. Could you elaborate on that? After reading your amazing posts on military doctrines and burial customs I'm interested in your take on that. Thanks.

When it comes to designing regional cuisine, the things you have to think of are, what foods are available in that region? What vegetables grow in the soil, what game are in its wilderness, and whether or not the area is suited for pasture. Anybody who’s a grower, a farmer, or just likes old school au naturel foods feel free to add anything, I’m a rank amateur when it comes to this stuff.

The North: The North is cold, so sheep would be the primary animal crop instead of cattle, and oats and barley would take the place of wheat. I’d imagine the commoner would typically eat boiled roots, herbs, wild onion, and other hardy winter vegetables in a pottage. Meat would be rare except when the herd needs slaughtering during long winters, and the bones would be left to flavor the soup as stock. Blood sausages and hearty roasts of mutton, venison (elk if you can get it), and cold weather birds like grouse. Meals would be filling, so they stay with you longer when rations are tight. The crannogmen would be eating swamp vegetables and frogs, primarily, with a lizard-lion if you could catch one.

The Vale: You’ve got rich black soil for tasty, hardy vegetables, and mountain valleys for cereal grains and pasture, so I’d imagine a healthy mix. The Vale would probably produce fine sheep and goats. Space is a premium, so more ‘efficient’ animals are desired. The soil is rich and dark (probably peaty), so legumes, mushrooms, root vegetables, and some dark leafy greens that can handle a chill. All of that makes a fine hearty, brown stew. I’d imagine the Vale, snooty learned and cultured that they are, would produce exceptional cheese, as well as whiskey.

The Riverlands: Given how large the Riverlands is, there’d be a lot of variety between different regions. The colder climate of the Twins would be different from the warmer climate of the Blackwater Rush, after all. But given the plentiful water resources. There’s plenty of food and forage for a wide variety of meats, so you’d expect different places to have beef, pork, venison, and boar, with a nice variety of ducks, geese, and chickens for poultry. Fish would be salmon, trout, pike, carp and perch. In lands with little in the way of arable land, you’d have fish and wild game, while flatter, richer lands that can support large-scale irrigation works would have fine wheat. Anything that doesn’t require the hot climate of Dorne can be grown in the Riverlands. Viva variety.

The Iron Islands: Since space is a premium, most of the bounty comes from the sea. Saltwater fish is the primary delicacy, caught fresh and poached with a light sprinkling of salt, or salt-cured, even fermented like rakfisk. Other sea creatures would find their way to Iron Islander tables, too, I can’t imagine the Greyjoys worship krakens so much that they wouldn’t pass up good octopus, and who doesn’t like a good dish of clams and oysters? Hardy, shaggy sheep call some of the smaller islands their home, and they’d form a place to, in warm stews and meatcakes.

The Westerlands: The soil of the Westerlands is probably has chalk and/or clay in it, but that wouldn’t stop the early First Men from growing fruit trees and summer vegetables like cucumbers, squash, and eggplant that thrive in that good clay. Good grains like millet, rye, and wheat, cooked into porridges and baked into breads would be the common fare. Nobles would eat warm roasts and sauteed vegetables. Some of the more southern Westerlander houses probably have a fair hand at making crisp cider.

The Reach: The verdant fields of the Reach mean a wide variety of crops, and a wide variety of flavor. More than any other region, the Reach would turn cooking into an art form, with prized chefs being valued and well-compensated servants. Crisp fruits are simmered and stewed, vegetables are chopped and arranged, and seasonings are bountiful. A Reachmen might think other regions as frightfully bland (except Dorne and their love of spice), even their breads would baked with herbs to give it a unique regional taste. Wheat is the primary cereal crop, so lighter breads than the darker North. Once you go to the Reach, you might never want to leave.

The Stormlands: As we might expect, the Stormlands is rainy and heavily forested, so primary meats would be game: boar and red deer. The heavy rains means that farmers need to worry about drainage, but that also means that a wide variety of crops can grow in the Stormlands. You’d probably have dishes made of meat, spinach, onions, and bread, served in a dark broth, which keeps you warm on those wet, windy days. Commoners probably make do without meat, eating hard bread and milk.

Dorne: Lucky for us, Dorne has been well-developed already in terms of foods, with olives, citrus fruits, and spicy peppers for a fine Mediterranean diet. Lighter fare is essential in the arid deserts of Dorne, and those on the Greenblood would probably prefer fish to meat. Foods fried with the native olive oil and spiced with peppers, tart red wines on the side, and blood oranges as a midday snack, Dorne’s palate jumps from one flavor to the next.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Hello & welcome to my latest crazy idea! 

I absolutely adore reading and writing sims-based stories. However, I have found that it is incredibly difficult to locate them as there is not one central location, database, or tag that sims storytellers or writers use. So…I have decided to make one: 

Welcome to The Digital Ink Blot! 
This blog will serve as a database/directory for all things sim-story related. 

That being said, I have yet to actually add any stories to the database, as I know that writing can be personal and not all sim authors may want their writing included. Because of this, I will only be adding stories/writing that the authors have okay-ed themselves to be added. I hope to add my own, and many others’, writing to the page soon!

The page will function similarly to Lana’s CC Finds - only instead of CC, the content will be stories. 

Please feel free to look around the blog, submit posts, resources, or ask any questions that you may have. 

I hope to see this project grow exponentially with your help! :D 

***If you would like your story added to the database, please like, comment, or reblog this post, and let me know which story and how you would like it to be classified!***

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was just wondering if you could do a post on detailed character requirements? So physical, personality and everything please. I’m just finding it really hard to write my character and I keep changing her thought process and personality throughout my novel, and I’m just not finding my character very interesting or her thoughts very cohesive. Sorry this is quite a big ask! Merry Christmas!

I can definitely add this to my ideas for Sunday long-posts, but I’m not sure all the issues you list would be solved because you’re not supposed to have a super-rigid character like some too-detailed sheets can create. There’s a reason Why You Should Avoid Knowing Your Characters Too Well, at least earlier in planning stages.

Your characters need room to breath in a story, and while there are certainly some guides that can be helpful, you want to be careful to not put your people in a box. I can definitely understand that you want a record of character, but I can’t be expected to write a guide to make something “more interesting” when I know absolutely nothing about the story. “More interesting” is a very story-specific thing that an outsider should not be telling you what to think. My fear is that you’re going to rely too heavily on forcing your characters to fit onto a worksheet which can lead to too much development before you even get into the story itself. The story needs to affect and work with your characters, not serve as a train track for them to run along. Guides also make any new ideas hard to implement, because it can be scary to have to edit them.

So I will create one, but it’s going to be about character concept, not a giant list of questions where half of them may never be relevant to your story. I’m going to keep it somewhat open-ended to ensure that your character still has room to grow and develop. It’ll help you keep track of characters to help with consistency, but I’m not going to throw questions at you to make someone “more interesting” because I can’t possibly cover all the potential for more interesting parts in your story, and I don’t want to include any questions that make you feel like you’re forced to answer. Forcing an answer on a guide is how you create cardboard characters or end up with aspects that don’t actually fit in the work. (Or you get stuck on the answer and never get anywhere, making the entire thing rather counter-productive.) You should be careful not to rely too much on boxing everyone in, but having an organized concept is certainly a good idea!

I’m predicting a January 7th release for the character concept guide, since I have other things I’ve already planned. I’ll add it to my “Future Posts” on the Post Masterlist and if there’s any change to the date it will be reflected there.

This is actually quite a good request and I hope that what I create can help!

Good luck with your work, and keep an eye out for the post.

anonymous asked:

After 222 hours, I have finally unlocked the Crystal Ship in FTL: Faster than Light. Unlocking the thing requires unbelievable amount of luck, as you need to succeed a random event, and find two different systems that just happen to be in only certain sectors (which may or not even spawn in a run). My question is, why do some developers put nearly impossible achivements/goals into their games? Is it just to keep crazy people like me trying, or is there some other reason?

When we’re creating content for players, we try to build a good variety of rewards for objectives in the game. The lion’s share of the development time and resources will be spent on things most players will see - core systems, the game’s critical path, etc. However, we also need to make sure that we cover a broad variety of objectives and tasks to reward players for engaging with different elements in the game. This means potential special rewards for doing quests, crafting, killing things, filling out a codex, reading the books, etc. We spent all this time building that content and using it to populate the world, so it makes sense that we’d throw in a few rewards for the players who are participate.

When we build hard-to-obtain rewards like the Crystal Ship, there’s generally a few requirements - it isn’t super resource-intensive to build the content, and there are plenty of other options available for players who don’t get the reward. This way, it’s viewed by most as a bonus for coolness than it is a necessity. Content like this serves as rewards for hard core engagement with the game to show off to others without affecting the game too much. A great example of content like this are the ultimate weapons in the Final Fantasy games. None of them are necessary to finish the game, they are often locked behind esoteric and wacky tasks (e.g. dodge lightning 200x in a row), and only provide a few bonus stat points over other options, but collecting them provides the players who engage a sense of accomplishment and a visible reward for doing it. The Final Fantasy weapons and quests aren’t significantly more expensive for us to build than any of the other weapons; they’re just harder to obtain for the players.

As long as players don’t see these rewards as necessary to have a good time with the game, they’re viewed as polish added to make the game feel better and it adds to the game’s engagement factor to have certain difficult goals to attain. If players do view them as necessary to the core experience (e.g. Destiny’s collector edition emotes, Battlefront 2′s hero character access, etc.), they will complain. These rewards aren’t just for players like you that like chasing this sort of thing, but also for players hear about it. They may not necessarily engage at the moment, but they might think about and maybe come around to later as a goal they can grow into. Creating content like this is a reasonably efficient means of adding longer-term engagement to the game, assuming the core experience is fun enough overall.

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Got a burning question you want answered?

anonymous asked:

If you had the chance to write for the new Zelda TV show (I'd DIE of happiness if you got that opportunity, by the way), how do you think you'd write the show?

All right, so, sorry this took so long.  I got carried away.  It’s super long and I didn’t even finish everything I wanted to cover, but hey.  Better posted than wasting away in my drafts, right?!  I can add to it later.

So, without further adieu:


Three unlikely allies are caught in the affairs of kings and churches as they search for the one thing that can save the world…or destroy it

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  • Monday, January 18th is Gluttony
  • Tuesday, January 19th is Greed
  • Wednesday, January 20th is Sloth
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  • Friday, January 22nd is Envy
  • Saturday, January 23rd is Pride

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