anonymous asked:

//Can you think about at least one use for each talent through te game? (Murder, investigation, free time, daily life... everything goes.) -Naomi

//Each of them? Hmm.

-Folklorist- Kaede listens to Korekiyo’s stories and how they could relate to situations in life, and she learns more about Korekiyo’s past by reading between the lines of what he’s saying.

-Fine Artist- Angie could map out the crime scenes for investigations.

-Maid- Might make the meals for the rest of the cast, but she probably doesn’t think she’d be all too useful in investigations

-President- Every group needs a leader, I suppose. Though having him as the leader causes some concerns in my head.

-Cosplayer- Could disguise as another student and form a murder around her talent, though I really hope Tsumugi won’t be a killer.

-Robot- Beep Boop, what tf can you do? Maybe he learns more about human emotion in his free time events and gradually becomes more expressive around Kaede.

-Aikido Practitioner- The muscle of the group. Keeps everyone in line.

-Pianist- Maybe Kaede plays for her friends throughout the story, I can certainly picture it.

-Astronaut- Fucking useless idiot. He cute though, so it’s all good.

-Nursery Teacher- Help to keep the peace among the group. Lord knows with these kids that somebody has to try and be in control

-Detective- Pretty….self explanatory

-Tennis Player- Get rid of ball shaped evidence? I dunno, this guy still makes me feel weird.

-???- ???????

-Magican- Poof! Evidence is gone! Or she puts on shows for Kaede during the FTE

-Entomologist- Time for a quiz about insects, guys. Literally, where did he come from? And why is he so precious? He probably rambles about the characteristics of insects in his FTE

-Inventor- Makes machines and shit to help out with the investigation. Tests out prototypes throughout the game

anonymous asked:

So Adilet's clovers and Quire's shark teeth are magic? How so? Do the other souls have magic like that or something?

(( Yep! I have some headcanons for how magic works in humans and have applied such to the souls as I developed both how the magic works and the souls themself!

(golly,, it got long so,, under a cut, bless you if you actually read this;;)

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anonymous asked:

How did you learn to paint miniatures so well?

Thanks for the compliment! I started off studying other peoples’ methods and adapting them to my own style. It’s also a good idea to keep up with newer posts on CoolMiniOrNot and miniature tags on Tumblr/Instagram. Seeing how people interpret miniatures can inspire your own creative style - kind of like how reading books can expand your vocabulary. Also, I’ve been trying to learn more about color theory.

My biggest problem is actually using the brush. Still not great at that.. but that just requires more practice.

I will admit it. I have read all three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

I am not admitting this because I am ashamed of my sexual desires or even because I feel the need to rant and rave about the poor writing quality of these books. (And it is extremely poor. I set my Kindle to count how many times the word “gasp” is used in the third book and the total was more than 70). I am admitting this because I feel the need to share my opinions about what I consider to be the incredibly – and dangerously – abusive relationship portrayed in the books.

When I first heard about Fifty Shades of Grey and learned they began as Twilight fanfiction, I swore I would not read them. I have read all of the Twilight books and I did not enjoy them. I found the relationships between Edward and Bella and Bella and Jacob to be patronizing and emotionally abusive, and I also thought the writing was pedestrian at best and boring to read. Why would I devote the limited amount of time I have for reading for pleasure to a series like this?

But as the dialogue about Fifty Shades of Grey increased, both in the media and amongst my friends, my curiosity was piqued. I attended a talk titled “Fifty Shades of Grey - Bad for Women, Bad for Sex” and decided that I should see what all the fuss was about.

To quote the book, I gasped. I rolled my eyes. I even bit my lip a few times. But not for the reasons Anastasia, the protagonist, did. I did out of exasperation, boredom and disgust, but also out of fear. After reading this book series, I am deeply afraid that this type of relationship will be viewed as the romantic ideal for women. And I consider that to be extremely dangerous – much more so than anything that takes place between Christian and Anastasia in the Red Room of Pain.

Could the character of Anastasia Steele be any more of a stereotype? She is an introvert, has low self-esteem, has abandonment issues from her father, apparently has only one close friend who bullies her and even though she works in a hardware store, she doesn’t seem to possess any self-sufficiency aside from cooking for her roommate and herself. She seems to have no sexual identity until Christian Grey enters her life and requests that she become his Submissive in a sexual relationship.

In order to be Christian’s submissive, Anastasia is expected to sign a lengthy and detailed contract that, amongst other requirements, requires that she exercise four days a week with a trainer that Christian provides (and who will report to Christian on her progress), eat only from a list of foods Christian supplies her with, get eight hours of sleep a night and begin taking a form of birth control so Christian will not have to wear condoms. Anastasia negotiates a few terms of the contract with Christian (she only wants to work out three days a week, not four), but all of her negotiations are only within his framework – none of the terms are hers independently. Nothing in their relationship is hers as an independent.

The character of Christian Grey is a rich, superpowered businessman who was abused as a child. He is in therapy, and Anastasia frequently references his therapist, but based on how he treats Anastasia, he doesn’t seem to be making much progress. As Anastasia’s relationship with Christian progresses, his controlling tendencies affect her life more and more. When her friend takes portraits of her for his photography exhibit, Christian buys all of them, because he does not want anyone else looking at Anastasia. (They weren’t even in a relationship when he did this.) When she is hired as an assistant at a publishing company, he buys the company – to make sure she’s “safe” working there. When she goes out to a bar with her one friend, against his wishes, he flies from New York to Washington State that same night, just to express his anger – and exercise his control over her. When she does not immediately change her name at her office (in hopes of maintaining some professional autonomy, given that he bought the company she works at), he shows up, unannounced, at her office, in the middle of her workday, to pick a fight with her. When she asks why it is so important to him that she change her name, he says he wants everyone to know she is his.

Christian’s possession of Anastasia is the cause of much of my disgust and fear of the book’s influence on people and how they view romantic relationships. After they exchange their wedding vows, the first words he says to her are, “Finally, you’re mine.” The control he exercises over her does not reflect his love for her; it reflects his objectifying of her. Christian never views Anastasia as a person, let alone an independent woman. He wants her to obey him, and even though she refuses to include that in her wedding vows, it is exactly what she does. When her mother questions her choice to keep her wedding dress on rather than change before traveling for her honeymoon, she says, “Christian likes this dress, and I want to please him.” Her desire to try some of the “kinky fuckery” in his Red Room of Pain comes from wanting to demonstrate her love for him, not her own sexual desires.

Wanting to please Christian apparently includes subjecting herself to verbal and emotional abuse from him ‘til death do them part, because any time she tries to stand up to him – which isn’t often – he berates her, guilt trips her and beats her down verbally until she apologizes and submits to him. After she uses the “safe word” in the Red Room of Pain so he will stop, he bemoans his sad state of mind later, mentioning that his “wife fucking safe worded him.” He is not concerned with her well-being or why she felt the need to use the safe word. He only cares about how it affects him.

The question that I kept asking myself as I read the books was why Anastasia stayed with Christian, and the answer I found was that she has absolutely no sense of self worth. She only feels sexy when he says she is, and when he insults or patronizes her, she accepts what he says as the truth. One of the passages that disgusted me the most was when Anastasia was at a club with Christian, dancing and thinking to herself that she never felt sexy before she met him and that he had given her confidence in her body. Yes, being with a partner who frequently compliments you can increase your confidence, but Anastasia went from zero to one hundred thanks to Christian. None of that came from within herself. Because of his influence on her, nothing in her life came from herself – her job, her home, her way of life, or even her self-esteem.

The co-dependency between Anastasia and Christian is alarming to read and even more to contemplate. When she breaks up with him at the end of the first book, the second book finds her starving herself and wasting away to nothing until he contacts her again. When she thinks his helicopter has crashed in the second book, she thinks to herself that she can’t live without him. Their marriage only comes about because he is scared she will leave him, and when she asks what she can do to prove to him she isn’t going anywhere, he says she can marry him. Yes, origins of insecurity and desperation are a great start to a healthy marriage.

When Anastasia finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and shares the news with Christian, he rages at her, asking if she did it on purpose and storming out of the house, disappearing for hours. Even though Anastasia thinks to herself that the pregnancy happened too soon in their marriage, she never considers terminating it.

The themes of the novel – that love alone can make someone change, that abuse from a spouse is acceptable as long as he’s great in bed, that pregnancies should always be carried to term even if the parents are not ready to be parents, and the ridiculously antiquated, Victorian idea that the love of a pure virgin can save a wayward man from himself – are irrational, unbelievable and dangerous.

Our culture has seen a radical shift of ideals moving towards traditional gender roles and Fifty Shades of Grey is a shining example of that. Early marriage to one’s first sexual partner, having a baby even when saying neither of the partners is ready to be a parent, and submission to one’s husband as the head of the household are all aspects of life that feminists and progressive thinkers have worked to move beyond. Anastasia and Christian’s relationship is not romantic. It is abusive. The ways he tries to “keep her safe” are not masculine or sexy. They are stalking. Fearing one’s husband’s reaction to an unexpected pregnancy is not normal, because “boys will be boys.” It is sad and dangerous and should not happen in a healthy relationship.

Fifty Shades of Grey was one of the best-selling books of the year. Sex toy classes have been inspired by it, as have new types of cocktails. The film adaptation is already in the works. I sincerely hope that honest discussion will be had about the book and that the Christian Grey ideal of romance is not one that will be perpetuated throughout our culture. The best way that can happen is through open, honest dialogue that leads to healthy relationships of two equal partners. That, in my opinion, is sexier than anything that can happen in the Red Room of Pain.


I have two great loves in this world: shoes and books. I wanted to have some fun combining these two ideas, so I decided to grab a pair of old boots and the book that started it all: SHATTER ME. It’s a story about a girl with a lethal touch; but at its core it’s a book about a girl with a fractured heart and mind, and how she learns to put the pieces of herself back together. These shoes are about just that: proof that not only can you recover from being beaten and broken, but you can take what’s left and become something even more beautiful. Something that shines.

Enter: SHATTER ME Shoes.

I created these boots using a pair of dearly loved but worn-to-bits Jeffrey Campbells (Brisbanes - original here), about 50 broken mirrors (purchased from my local craft store), and some really intense adhesive

hope you guys have fun crafting (and reading!)!



So my historical costuming resources list from 2011 was less than a page long- I’m not saying that I’ve learned a lot in the past three years, but this list is now sitting pretty at a solid nine pages.  Whew.  And people wonder why I want to redo this damn series.

This list is by no means an exhaustive one- it’s a list of (primarily western) historical fashion resources, both online and offline, that is limited to what I know, own, or use!  It’s a work in progress, and I’m definitely hoping to expand on it as my knowledge base grows.  First things first, how about a little:


  • Read, and read about more than just costuming.  Allowing yourself to understand the cultural and historical context surrounding the clothing of a particular region/period can be invaluable in sussing out good costume design.  Looking at pictures is all well and good, but reading about societal pressures, about construction techniques, daily routines, local symbolism, whatever else will really help you understand the rhyme and reason behind costuming from any given context.
  • Expand your costume vocabulary.  When you’re delving into a new topic, costuming or otherwise, picking up new terminology is essential to proper understanding and furthering your research.  Write down or take note of terms as you come across them- google them, look up synonyms, and use those words as a jumping off point for more research.  What’s a wire rebato?  How does it differ from a supportasse?  Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Double-check your sources.  Especially on the internet, and double especially on tumblr.  I love it, but it’s ground zero for rapidly spreading misinformation.  Books are usually your safest bet, but also take into account their date of publication, who’s writing them- an author’s biases can severely mangle their original source material.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Do everything you can to find out information on your own, but feel free to reach out to people with more specialized areas of knowledge for help!  Be considerate about it- the people you’re asking are busy as well- but a specific line of questioning that proves you’re passionate and that you respect their subject matter expertise can work wonders.

Okay, onto the links!

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of getting off the internet and looking into books!  God bless the internet, but books are (generally, this isn’t a rule) better-researched and better-sourced.  Bibliographies also mean each individual books can be a jumping off point for further research, which is always a fantastic thing.

Remember- owning books is awesome and you should absolutely assemble your own library of resources, but LIBRARIES.  Libraries.  You’ll be surprised to find what books are available to you at your local library.


Patterns fo Fashion books
Detailed, hand-drawn diagrams of historical fashion, inside and out.  Pretty amazing stuff.

Fashion in Detail books
Not what you want if you’re looking for photos of entire costumes- note the “in detail” bit up there.  Just a beautiful series, and great reference for all the little things you might miss otherwise.  The V&A has an amazing fashion collection, and it’s great to see them share it with the world.

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People often ask me why I read so much fiction, and my go-to answer is escapism, but it’s not the only one- just easier to explain.

The deeper reason is because it makes me a more compassionate, less judgemental, socially conscious, overall well-rounded human being who understands how humans inherently work. It makes me think about why we act the way we do and what could push us towards certain actions.

Reading fiction is important because learning to be a decent human being is important.

That’s why I read so much fiction.

So since my finals are pretty much over, I decided to share some websites, apps and other (hopefully) helpful tips. So here we go:


Coffitivity - Café sounds for your studying sessions (also as app)
8tracks - Tons of playlists that make studying not that boring (also as app)
Rainymood - Provides you with rain even when the sun is shining
Sparknotes - Information about reading matter
Shmoop - Learning guides, information about reading matter
Evernote - For notes
Duolingo - Learn languages for free. 


I got a collection of playlists I listen to when I study here

Forest: Stay focused
Set the timer and don’t close the app in order to grow a little tree. if you close the app, the tree will die. it also shows you how much time you spent not using your phone.

There is also a website for it. i use it when I dont feel like listening to music. It plays 3 different café background noises for free.

Zombies, Run
Not really a studying app but it makes running so much more fun.
It tells you stories about a zombie apocalypse and you are part of it. 
As you run, you get to know the story, you collect objects and - obviously - run from zombies.. 

Other helpful stuff:

Google Drive:
I save all my presentations, readers and other data for uni there.
Google Docs is also really nice for taking notes, especially if you dont have office.

PDF24 Creator:
Put several pdfs into one. Helpful for applications or seminar / term papers
NOTE: ALWAY ALWAYS ALWAYS save your stuff as pdf as well. especially when you send your notes to friends or your term paper to your professor.

Protect your computer and phone.

If you get annoyed by ads, download this extention for your browser.

You should:

Find a study partner or a studying group:
My friends and I usually meet up at the library, study there and if we have questions, we’ll move to the group rooms and talk there about stuff we don’t understand. We also meet up right before exams to answer questions for one another. If you can’t meet up, skype. it really does help.

Ask your professor:
Make use of office hours and mail your professor if you have questions.
Also: always message them if you are sick or cant come to the lecture for another reason (train strikes for example. worst thing ever.)

Share notes:
When I am sick, my friends take pictures of their notes and send them to me and I do the same thing for them. Help each other out. Don’t make uni an 
“i can do this all by myself” - thing.
We also share notes when we had troubles with taking notes during the lecture as well.

Prepare your own food:
Gaining weight because of college sucks. I know what I am talking about. Dump that canteen food. it may be cheap but it never ever tastes good nor is it good for you. 

Find a native speaker:
When it comes to studying languages, it’s always good to know a native speaker in that language. I found people on tumblr who are helping me out and I am also teaching / helping some people with German. If you can’t find one, watch movies in the language you are currently learning. 

I figured 7 hours are enough for me. But please, go to bed and sleep.
You’ll end up wandering around looking and feeling like a zombie if you dont.

Try to avoid pulling all nighters:
Try to do it. I admit, I can’t avoid them all the time. Sometimes they are useful but dont go without any sleep. take at least a nap.

Stay hydrated:
Drink your water, kids.

Open your window and look out of it for a couple of minutes, or even better, get outside for a short walk. It makes everything better

Take a notebook with you:
Note down important dates, shopping lists or whatever you want to.
I always keep 2. One for organizing and one for creative writing.

Use the time you spend on the train wisely:
I commute 4 hours a day in order to get to uni and back home
(obviously moving would be a great idea but let’s just say I have really bad luck but that’s a whole other story)
Read stuff for your courses, read books you have to read for uni. Just do it. Looking out of the window may be nice but the view won#t do your work.

Helpful Items I carry with myself:

My netbook:
I own an asus 2 in 1 neetbook. basically it’s a tablet with a keyboard.
Since it is so tiny I can carry it with me all the time and study wherever I am.

Power bank:
I can charge my phone and my netbook with it. Those things will save your life.

For obvious reasons, duh

Girls, carry one with you. and a hair tie. always. I’ve got a little pocket brush with a little mirror. 

Chewing gum:
After lunch helper!

Once again: stay hydrated

An apple:
or some kind of fruit. You dont wanna end up getting something out of a vending machine. believe me. 

Glasses / sunglasses
if you usually wear contacts, please carry your glasses with you. the air in libraries can be so dry. I actually spend hours in there with irritated eyes.
Sunglasses are imoirtant as well. At least for me when I leave the library.
Another thing that may be helpful: eye drops. Dry eyes. avoid them and use your eye drops. literal saver of life

I forget mine way too often though.


Sometimes it’s gotta be quick and pizza usually seems like the quickest thing to make but I got some alternatives for you guys (note: I am not the best cook but I survive. Somehow.):

Sweet potato fries

You’ll need:
1 Sweet Potato
(I usually use the white ones but it’s up to you which ones you like better)
Chilli Powder
Olive Oil (optional)

Cut the Sweet Potato in stripes (the thinner the faster they are done)
Preheat the oven (220°C).
Lie the stripes on a baking sheet, They should not touch one another.
Season them as you like it
Leave them in the oven for 25 - 40 minutes
(depending on how crispy you like them)

Scrammbled Eggs

I think it’s not necessary to explain this one. I usually throw some ham, zucchini and tomatoes in the pan as well. 

My go to meal when I have no idea what I should eat

You’ll need:

1 Zuchhini
½ - 1 bell pepper
(i usually use half of a red or orange one and half of a yellow one)
1 canned pizza tomatoes
Chicken breast
(1 piece is enough but this is optional)
( Depends on how much you want)
Olive oil
Chili powder
Garlic or garlic powder

Throw the veggies into a pan with a bit of olive oil.
Season the veggies
Add the canned tomatoes
Season again if necessary

In another pan: fry the chicken in a bit of olive oil
Cook the couscous 
(I always use some quick couscous. all i need to do is throw it into a bowl with hot water, wait 1,5 mins and its done)

Throw all together on your plate and you’re done.
As an alternative you can cut the chicken into small pieces, fry them and throw them with the couscous and the veggies in a bowl. Sometimes I’ll add pieces of mozarella when I am feeling super fancy.

Another alternative is mixing honey, chilli and mustard and marinate the chicken with it. 


Spelt waffles or rice waffles 
Sugar snaps.
Popcorn (unsweetened)
Dark chocolate
Apple with Peanutbutter (I recommend Granny apples!)

Alright. That’s it. Hope this was kind of helpful.
Good Luck with studying! I believe in you!

Some of these may be fairly obvious, but I feel that sometimes people (me included) overlook the obvious. Hopefully by following these tips you’ll be able to study more effectively and see an improvement in your language learning!

1. Know how you learn best. You can take quizzes online to find out what kind of learner you are, whether you learn best by writing things out, listening to information, reading, etc etc. This might be obvious, but if you’re not using studying techniques that work for you, you won’t learn much (or it’ll take you much longer than necessary). Following on from this- DON’T LET OTHER PEOPLE TELL YOU WHAT TECHNIQUES WILL/ WON’T WORK FOR YOU. This happened all the time at school, teachers would tell me I can’t study by just writing/ reading my notes. Jokes on them, I got 7 A’s.

2. Do a bit everyday. This doesn’t mean you have to sit down in front of a textbook for 2 hours a day. Even just reading over the notes you made the previous week will help commit it all to memory. Honestly, rereading notes is the way to go when you’re tried/ just feeling lazy (we all have those days). Repetition repetition repetition!

3. Use more than one resource. Only using one textbook/ app/ website is only going to give you one definition/ explanation for what you’re learning. Having a ‘back up’ resource will mean if you come across something you’re not sure about you can easily look up another explanation which should help you understand it better! It may also cover something that isn’t mentioned in your ‘main’ resource, so you’ll be learning even more! That being said, try not to overload yourself with textbooks and online courses. Using too much will slow you down. 

4. Set goals. Breaking it down into smaller chunks will prevent you from feeling totally overwhelmed with the idea of learning a language. Setting goals like ‘5 grammar points and 20 words a week’ will mean that you can easily progress and achieve what was set, which will not only make you feel great about achieving those goals, but it will also mean you will be learning at a good pace. Following on from that…

5. Go at your own pace. Just because someone claims you can be fluent in 3 months (ya’ll know who I’m talking about) doesn’t mean it’ll work out like that for you. Sure, some people can learn a language to a high level in a year, but for others it may take them 2 or 3 years to get to the same level. That’s totally fine! If you try to rush, chances are you won’t actually learn much at all. It’s much better to take all the time you need (be it 3 months or 3 years) than trying to learn it all at once but never remembering it or learning it wrong.

6. Use the language in everyday life. You don’t have to travel around the world to do this. You can change the language on your phone/ laptop, make friends online who are native speakers, writing a diary, even just talking to yourself.  Using the language will help cement it in your mind and make it feel more natural when you speak it. Even just narrating your day in your head will help you become more familiar with the grammar and words used. 

7. Write things down. Even if you don’t write out pages and pages of notes from a textbook, keeping note of new words or grammar structures you’ve learnt will help you remember them, and if you forget something it’s all there in writing! It will save you from having to look it up again online or in your textbook, and the process of writing it out will help you become more familiar with it and commit it to memory. 

How to Learn 101

You can study for a long time and still fail, but if you study effectively, you can be successful in your academic career. Here’s a quick run down of key facts that you should know about learning:

Learning Style: There is no good research evidence towards the validity of learning styles. If you plan to be successful, you should become good at learning in multiple ways.

What you think about while studying is the most important factor in successful learning. If you read a text without comprehension or you memorize definitions, you use shallow processing, which will not help you learn. Rather, if you truly try to understand a text beyond the words, personalize the material, make meaningful connections, you use deep processing, which will help you actually learn the material.

Principles for Achieving Deep Process

  • Elaboration:  How does this concept relate to the other concepts? The more meaningful associations you can make, the better you’ll learn. 
  • Distinctiveness: How does this concept differ from other concepts?
  • Personal: How can I relate this concept to my personal experience?
  • Appropriate to Retrieval and Application: How am I expected to use or apply this concept?

Instead of rereading the textbooks over and over, close your textbook and recall as much information as you can. Write it down, explain it to a friend. Take advantage of the end of chapter questions, or practice tests.

Things That Don’t Help Learning:

  • motivation to learn
  • amount of time studied with shallow processing
  • memorization of isolated factors
  • learning style
  • multi-tasking

Things That Do Help Learning

  • minimizing distractions
  • maximizing focus
  • deep, appropriate processing of critical concepts
  • practical retrieval of information and application

Any task you practice enough can become automatic and done without consciously thinking about it, like driving down a familiar road or eating, etc. You should develop automatic skills in learning.

Overlearning information can make information recall faster and easier. It’s good to over-learn if you know you will have more complex material in the future relating to what you are learning now.

Don’t expect immediate results when you learn using deep processing. You have to break your previous automatic learning skills and form new ones. Learning is a continuous process. 


So, I have never posted on Tumblr before, although I have browsed Tumblr nearly every day for about a year now. I figured this was worth posting. 

For my friend’s birthday, I made her this book. Most of you probably recognize the title and the people on the front cover–yep, thats Zayn and Liam, from One Direction and from the fanfic “Permanent” by Scottmcniceass. I designed the front cover, back cover, spine, etc. If you want to know more keep reading. 

I first read Permanent about a year and a half ago. I was a huge fan of Scottmcniceass, so I introduced her writing to my friend, and she loved her too. Permanent was our favorite fic ever. So, using the website Lulu.com, I turned it into an actual, physical, paper-back book. 

I found the pic of Zayn and Liam here, and thought the white background worked perfectly, but Liam’s hat awkwardly cut off so I downloaded Photoshop, learned how to use it, and edited his hat into a normal looking beanie as pictured on the front cover. I liked how you can’t see their faces, and I also think this accurately represents Ziam as they look in the story. I then added the fancy looking title, and changed Scottmcniceass’s name to “C.M. Scott”. This way, it looked more official, and her first name is Caitlin so I thought it was clever.

The back cover’s picture I found here, and knew it was perfect: It was mostly black and white, it showed a long, snowy driveway (much like the one that Zayn and Liam run along in Waybourne as Liam is trying to rehabilitate) and a dog (much like Stark in the book) that stands out among the lack of color. I copy and pasted Scottmcniceass’s summary of the story onto the back, as well as some official looking reviews from comments on the fanfic, then outlined it all in black and blew up the outlines 50x to make it look like a big transparent bubble around each text. Boom. 

The actual text was easier. I copy and pasted the whole thing into a document, corrected 100+ spelling mistakes, added page numbers at the top and threw in an intro page. It totals about 377 pages.

After readjusting the sizes of the covers I created so that they fit perfectly into the size of the book I was buying, I was done. I ordered it and it arrived in a week or so. It’s the most proud I’ve ever been of a project I’ve made, probs cuz it took so much time and effort. And let me tell you, after reading it again, this time on paper, it was like 20 times better. Not sure why. 

If Caitlin ever sees this, I hope she is not upset but instead proud of my work. Unfortunately, she no longer writes, but the writing that she had done still lives on as the best Ziam fanfics out there. This was my tribute to her. 

I am fairly sure that I can allow people to order this book if they’d like, without me making any money from it, because that would be illegal (and disrespectful to my girl Caitlin). For me, it was under $20 with shipping. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask me!! 


Before the exam:

  • Look through your lecture notes and see what points your teacher/teachers touched on and study these things a bit more.
  • Learn speed reading, you can find tips on that here.
  • If you have several books on the same subject try to find the similar themes.
  • After reading all your books “read” them once more and by that I mean skim through your material.
  • If you’re visual try using a mind map, it can help a lot when you need to remember names and numbers. Here you can find a how to do a mind map.
  • Try to get a hold of an old exam from the same class and answer the test many times as possible, at least 3 times.
  • If you have time try to get around 8 hours a sleep before the exam.

The Day of the Exam:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Do not look through the material for the exam. Try doing something relaxing if you have some hours to kill before the test.
  • If you’re a person that eats or drinks while studying try bringing the same sort of food/drink with you to the exam. This can actually help you remember things.
  • Don’t stress, if you’ve studied enough you’ll pass.
  • When you get the test read through all the questions and answer the easy ones first. If you have essay questions, plan them before you start writing them. You should write down all the important points you’d like to include and where in the essay you’d like to bring them up.
  • When you start writing you’re exam imagine that you’re at home doing a simple homework.



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Summer 2015 Asexual Scholarship Call for Applications

Who is eligible?

  • Any ace or grace in any form of school or training in Summer 2015 (Winter 2015 for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere)

What is the scholarship?

  • $500 (USD) to use towards tuition, program costs, and/or books

How do I apply?

  • Fill out this application form by March 31, 2015. There are two different essays, depending on the program: for students continuing their regular studies, what you are learning/want to learn and why; for students doing a special program, what is special about this opportunity/why you want to do it.

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This Black History Month, I want to honor Black women whose stories are seldom told, yet have paved the way for all of us. Today I honor Septima Poinsette Clark (1898–1987). After the Charlotte, NC educator lost her job because of her “communist involvement” as an active member of the NAACP, Clark was instrumental in establishing Citizenship Schools. Using Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed, Citizenship Schools used cultural and daily experiences to teach Blacks people, mainly living in the rural South, how to read and write. The school had one primary goal: empowerment. Those who attended Citizenship School classes were paid $75/month to teach people in their hometown what they had learned–for some this was more than they received from their employers. Her schools were especially fundamental during voter registration initiatives to prepare for the literacy test. Septima Clark was a grassroots organizer who strongly believed in the relationship between literacy and liberation. Salute, Sister Clark!🍎

How to read scientific papers part 1

So, my major challenge when I first went into researh were the research papers I had to read. I used to just read them, without understanding a word of what was said there (seriously), so it was just really tedious to me, not productive at all and I wasn’t learning anything or making the most of my time in the lab since I wasn’t able to apply new concepts properly. But as time passed and I got more experienced, I found and developed a method that works pretty well for me, it helps me analyze and understand so I can later apply what I learned in my own research and time in the lab. It does take more time that just skimming through it, but it’s so worthy, trust me. But note that this may not work for everyone, it’s just a method I developed by experience (and honestly it’s pretty simple and typical) and also learning from others, which happened to be very effective to me. 


  • 2 highlighters: one for findings in the research you are reading, one for general and “universal” concepts mentioned. 
  • Your article
  • A notebook (try to have one exclusive for the research project you’re doing, if that’s the case, with a section for articles read that can be helpful)
  1. The first thing you’ll do is write the title in the notebook, because this will help understand the whole article. The title ususally has the ability to summarize everything in a sentence: it’s basically the hypothesis and procedure in one. 
  2. Second, we’ll work a little with the abstract. It’s a really small summary of everything but it contains the most common abreviations used throughout, so, we’ll extract and write them down to have them in handy while we read.

3. Usually the abstract has it too, the hypothesis, we have to find what was done or what was tried to prove with this research. 

4. Now, we analyze the introduction, tough simple and general, it can help us understand concepts better so we can later apply them. I like to make maps, charts and diagrams with the info so I can make sure I’m processing it correctly, and if I have any doubts I’ll just look it up! 


If important information is regarding the research itself, like a result or something like that, I’ll highlight it with one color

If and important concept is mentioned, but it’s a universal or general concept, I’ll highlight it using another colorm because it might be useful later, (like what are anthocyanins, or the explanation of a procedure commonly used) 

It is indeed and extensive post, so I’ll write the rest later. 

Completely new to this studyblr community, I would like to say that @hexaneandheels has been my principal motivation to make this blog! I love how her tips are always useful and practical, that she always creates great and original content and I admire so much that hardworking and productive personality of hers, besides she’s so beautiful! 

How To Study More Efficiently: The Curve of Forgetting

Recently, while training for my job working as an academic peer mentor, I learned about a psychological concept called “The Curve of Forgetting”.

The Curve of Forgetting can be applied to both lectures and readings. The general concept is that immediately after you read your textbook or listen to a professor’s lecture you understand 100% of the presented material.

However, we have all had that moment, that night-before-the-test moment, when we can’t remember professor X even teaching us that very thing. This is because the amount of material we retain decreases if we do not review it regularly.

The best solution to making sure that never happens again is following the psychology behind the curve of forgetting.

You should start by reviewing the material that was covered in today’s lecture/reading ASAP. Add anything you forgot or did not have time to write down, and also write questions in the margin/sticky if there is anything you did not understand or if you have any brilliant thoughts you want to bring up in discussion or in your professors’ office hours. Some people recommend re-writing or “revising” the notes but I think reading over them and highlighting important stuff is a much better use of time and more efficient.

Every day you should go back over your notes again and keep reading them so that the material starts to sink into your brain, and you begin memorizing it.

The most important thing is to remember not to cram, studying a little bit each and every day is proven to have better lasting results.