individualizing problems

The Fic Writer’s Beatitudes

Blessed are the readers, for theirs is the archive.

Blessed are the betas: for they help us write the stories we see in our hearts.
Blessed are they that kudo, for they reassure us that someone likes what we’ve done.
Blessed are the rebloggers and reccers, for they help the readers find our work.
Blessed are they which leave comments on a WIP that say something other than “write more please”: for they comfort us when we feel taken for granted.
Blessed are the commenters; for their words bring us joy.
Blessed are the loyal fans, for they keep the fandom alive.
Blessed are the fan artists, for they bring our worlds to life before our eyes.
Blessed are they which read an entire long fic and comment each chapter, for the string of comment notifications fills the writer’s heart with delight.
Blessed are ye, who rec our fics in public and tag us, for seeing that we made somebody squee is the light in our days.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in fandom.

Mars - The inner fire
  • Mars in Aries: Imagination and intuitive idealism, reckless defiance and rose petals of daggers await the Mars in Aries person as she sets foot on the battlefield. Mars is ruled by Aries and creates a ferocious storm with a smouldering expression, a deep fire inside filled with passion, desire, sexual power, and lava whipped warrior expression. She is brave, filled with infinite energies at her disposal, and susceptible to a volatile emotional nature.
  • Mars in Taurus: The wind blowing through the petals, the elemental rage of storms, the placid sequence of nature rhythms - these are all energizing sources for Mars in Taurus. The individual could be perceived as lethargic because she adopts the steady, calculative, and enduring pace of mother earth. There is a steady energy generated by the individual that is dispersed like the lyrics of the universe, sweet, melodic, lethargic, and everlasting.
  • Mars in Gemini: The Mars in Gemini person can be a tremendous debater, and use the sword of words to confront the battle of Mars. There is an incredible flow of ideas and vocal acuity, and the individual can become over excited in learning environments. When the mind is content the body feels refreshed.
  • Mars in Cancer: There are supernatural ripples triggered by the shifts of the Moon and the eruption of course, overwhelming and erratic energy levels that coincide closely with the current emotional state. Much of the resources utilized by the individual will be poured into establishing a sanctuary of comfort, support, interpersonal nurturing and negating extremes to avoid conflict or confrontation.
  • Mars in Leo: Mars in Leo people shine the sun on the battlefield, and she is brilliantly confident, amorous, gracious, fierce, explosive and exuberant. She is the Queen who knows how to rule with command and grace. When she is in love, the whole world knows about it, because her heart roars and her spirit spindles flames into gold.
  • Mars in Virgo: Mars in Virgo people are energized by their own mindfulness, the exploration through the temple of the body, the feeling of physical touch, the sensational bliss of thoughts rumbling through the mind. The individual generates powerful mental energies and stays fixed and focused in midst of chaos. This quiet, constant, and enduring inertia generates over long periods and can spill into nervous tension, stresses, and anxieties.
  • Mars in Libra: Mars in Libra people are socially energized and enjoy initiating gatherings and social encounters. Th individual is skilled at problem solving and conflict management, motivated by the need to instal tranquility amongst collaborations. Art, music, fashion and literature are charming pursuits for Mars in Libra, and many people born under this placement summon incredible resources of creative talent and energy.
  • Mars in Scorpio: Mars in Scorpio people are willing to charge and tumble headfirst into dark hidden hollows. There is something erotic about the secretive. If you manage to break down the barriers the Mars in Scorpio erects around her heart, be careful you don’t shatter it, because a broken Mars in Scorpio heart is powerful enough to cause earthquakes and hurricanes. She makes a formidable enemy to those who wrong her, and those who harm those she holds closely.
  • Mars in Sagittarius: A dazzling wildlife burns a spectacular halo through the Mars in Sagittarius spirit. Energy is directed through the thighs and circulated through the active and rambunctious mind. She quivers her bow and arrow toward the bursts of stars in the distance, her vision is tremendous and her dreams are far ranging and enterprising.
  • Mars in Capricorn: The battlefield planet steers the stern mountain goat in the direction of fiery and disciplined ambition, unwavering tenacity and the manifestation of fantasy into reality. Mars in Capricorn personalities charge headfirst into the direction of their dreams and exude a surging recklessness in their urgency to succeed, achieve, weave the tapestry of dreams, and dissolve opposition
  • Mars in Aquarius: Mars in Aquarius are energized by the promotion of progression and revolution and scatter their love amongst humanity in a detached and impersonal way. The natural course for them is to restrict all authority and ignore their plights of their elders, garnering their innovative thought streams and creating practical particle. Their rebellious nature can act to isolate themselves from others, and these individuals often view themselves as separate from society or wider humanity as a whole
  • Mars in Pisces: The emotional state reflects energy distribution in Mars in Pisces. Pisces is a sign known for its moods and instabilities. The experience of divine elation can energize and enthuse the individual, while melancholic states are lethargic and sleepy. And emotions are amplified with Mars in Pisces, because its like the longings of the heart fuse with the ferocity of Mars.
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YouTube’s LGBTQ restriction isn’t censorship. It’s laziness.

  • There’s an aphorism called Hanlon’s razor, and it goes like this: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”
  • In the case of this weekend’s YouTube censorship controversy, it wasn’t malice that caused YouTube to block videos with LGBTQ content — it was pure laziness.
  • YouTube’s “Restricted Mode” is a simple setting switch that works “like a parental control,” according to the site.
  • YouTubers began to notice that videos by LGBTQ bloggers suddenly disappeared when Restricted Mode was turned on, leading them to believe that LGBTQ content was being holistically labeled as explicit content not suited for young people.
  • So is YouTube censoring LGBTQ content? Not exactly.
  • YouTube’s Restricted Mode makes some decisions automatically, informed by masses of users clicking the “report” button.
  • If enough people click “report,” the item is marked as explicit. “We use community flagging, age restrictions and other signals to identify and filter out potentially inappropriate content,” reads YouTube’s page on Restricted Mode.
  • This problem isn’t about direct censorship or a group of moderators making intentionally political decisions in secrecy. The problem is outsourcing decision-making to the crowd instead of defining clear standards enforced by individuals. The problem is an algorithm. The problem is laziness. Read more (3/20/17 9:12 PM)

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(I started thinking about this bc @idontwanttogobacktoreality made a post. Thanks for your thoughts!!)

Every once in a while, I see a complaint from somebody demonizing YOI because it doesn’t include homophobia or racism or whatever other thing, and uhm, no

To be clear, Kubo and staff have said the YOI takes place in a homophobia-free universe. Cool, fine, good. But I see people sometimes saying the YOI isn’t proper representation and completely disregarding the series because of this. Like fine, you can have an opinion; I’m not prying your eyelids open and forcing you to watch anime, but to say that YOI isn’t “proper” representation or that it contributes nothing is completely misguided. 

First of all, a show–or any piece of media, really–that has a queer couple and/or character in it doesn’t have to relegate itself to being about discrimination. Sure, it can, and it’s absolutely important that there are cultural records of the awful shit happening in the world. But our lives are more than that. We’re more than the hate directed towards us. We’re all individuals with our own problems, perspectives, preferences. Why should every story including us have to essentially be a form of torture porn? 

For those who don’t know, the term ‘torture porn’ is used in cinematic circles to describe a subgenre of horror film that deliberately focuses on graphic depictions of torture, gore, violence, etc etc. That doesn’t mean any film with gore in it, it means a piece that has no real plot, emotional depth, or suspense; it’s only about suffering, plain and simple. Think of things like Bloodfeast (1963)–one of my personal fav b movies actually–the Saw series, and Hostel: Part II (2007). Films like Evil Dead 2 (1987), however, are splatstick because of the comedic tone. 

I make this comparison because if every single story with queer characters and couples only focused on the suffering of these people, then it just becomes an emotional–and sometimes physical–form of what I explained above. If it has nothing going for it but that, then the story is nonexistent, plot is flat, the characters are caricatures rather than people, etc etc. Again, it’s not a bad thing to portray stories like this. But it’s important to keep in mind that we experience more than hate and romanticized depression. 

Anyway, my point is is that YOI has a complex story on its own. Yuuri and Victor are people, not romanticized caricatures. They have their own problems separate from discrimination, and that’s so important in normalizing queer people and relationships. I mean, honestly, if we keep portraying queer people as “outsiders,” how are we going to get anywhere? 

I was talking to my mother about this, and she made a great point: not only is the show a great step for normalizing queer relationships–especially since younger generations will be able to see it–but it’s also a wonderful blueprint of what the world could be. It’ll take time, and work, but this is a place we can get to. People can love and be themselves and hold their identities proudly instead of repressing and hiding out of fear of assault or even death. 

If we don’t have a map, we’ll lose our way. YOI is a piece of the map to lead us to a better, kinder world. 

This show has worth, and it means things to people, whether you think so or not. Opinions don’t change the reality. 

Remember Supergirl Season 1 where Kara, James and Winn would have hijinks at CatCo every episode and Cat Grant would have some sassy but oddly inspiring line every episode and Alex and J'onn got characterised every episode and there was an overall threat that had an emotional pull to it but also there were smaller plots that didn’t overshadow this overall threat but still kept us hooked?
Like, remember when everyone interacted with each other and didn’t just exist in bubbles where they continued to ignore the rest of the cast?
Yeah. I miss that.

Anonymous asked:

I’ve recently started planning a book about a town filled with supernatural happenings however as I’ve started to plan it I’ve realised it feels more like a TV show, where every episode the characters fix a problem, only for a different problem to come along next. Some of the problems are linked to the plot while others are subplots. Do you think this type of plot could be conveyed through writing, or should I change my plan so it works better in book format?


Ideally, a story should involve three things: 

1) A character who wants something and goes after it.

2) An antagonistic person/creature/force (or multiple) that throws obstacles into the character’s way, making it harder for them to reach their goal.

3) The character attempting to overcome each obstacle, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing.

This dynamic of desired goal and the character’s struggle to reach it–that’s story. That’s what keeps people turning the pages or turning on the TV.

When, for whatever reason, you subdivide a story into chapters, parts (I, II, III, etc.), books in a series, episodes in a season, seasons in a series, or acts in a play, it is necessary for these parts to be able to stand on their own to some degree. Each of those parts needs to sort of tell its own story–one that builds toward the overall story, or the “story arc.” 

Here’s a graphic I did to show what that looks like in a book series:

In the graphic, “series arc” really means “story arc.”

So, my point to explaining all of this is what your story is doing–the character fixes a problem only for a new one to come along–that is the natural flow of a story. That’s the character struggling toward a goal, hitting obstacles, overcoming them, and moving on only to reach the next obstacle.

What you need to do, if you haven’t already, is figure out what your story arc is. What is the end goal this character is trying to reach? And, how do all of these little problems they’re overcoming help them take another important step toward reaching that main goal?

When you organize your story into goals, obstacles, sub-arcs, and the story arc, you’ll see a structure emerge that makes it feel less like your character is just fixing random problems before another one comes along. Giving your character an overall purpose will help give meaning to those individual problems and the overcoming of them. My post How to Give Your Story a Purpose goes into this in a bit more detail. :)

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Men are not the problem
Sexists and people who ignore sexism are the problem
Cis people are not the problem
Transphobic and tran-exclusive people are the problem
White people are not the problem
Racists and people who ignore racism are the problem
Straight people are not the problem
Homophobic individuals are the problem

We can find allies in those who recognize their place of privilege and want to do something to do something about it. If we focus on the issues and on educating the public we will make more progress than if we stereotype and attack groups of people who are different than us.

Don’t become what we’re fighting against.

Don’t perpetuate the hate.

It is such a beautiful day here today with rain promising to fall.

In the changes of life, I have to start dating again. This is a different experience for me because culturally I am a very different person than before my 15 years of marriage. My dating pool has changed as has how to meet individuals. My purpose in dating is to meet people and learn more about myself as well as to be social and have fun.

It is funny how we get the opportunity in life to revisit experiences from our past and try again. Growing up, I had bullies in my small town which made for some difficult childhood experiences. I went on a date this last week and discovered after the date that he is a lovely bully. 😒😒😒

But, life is different now. I told my youngest brother of my experience and my brother told me that if this individual causes me any problems, he will get some buddies and go take care of it.

Perhaps it seems silly.. but, I have never had anyone offer to care for me so… As the eldest child, I was supposed to be the protector. I am glad I met the bully for many reasons, but primarily because my little brother, the ultimate nemesis of my youth, became my Knight.

Hidden (Part 1)

Jinyoung loosens his tie as he settles at his desk. It’s been two years since the disappearance. Even with search teams, his mission never succeeded. The locked away drawer at his desk holds all of the past and as tempted as he is to get a glimpse of it, he fears of the emotions it’ll bring him.

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A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas.

Just as in every great idea, its power lies in its simplicity.

In a mind map, as opposed to traditional note taking or a linear text, information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how your brain actually works. Since it is an activity that is both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much, much richer way, helping in all its cognitive functions. And, best of all, it is fun!

This is a mind map about – conveniently enough – mind mapping itself. It presents, in a visual way, the core elements and techniques on how to draw mind maps. Yes, I know this may look a little too messy initially, but bear with me: once you break the ingrained habit of linear note taking, you won’t look back.

Benefits and Uses

I think I already gave away the benefits of mind mapping and why mind maps work. Basically, mind mapping avoids dull, linear thinking, jogging your creativity and making note taking fun again.

But what can we use mind maps for?

  • Note taking
  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups)
  • Problem solving
  • Studying and memorization
  • Planning
  • Researching and consolidating information from multiple sources
  • Presenting information
  • Gaining insight on complex subjects
  • Jogging your creativity

It is hard to make justice to the number of uses mind maps can have – the truth is that they can help clarify your thinking in pretty much anything, in many different contexts: personal, family, educational or business. Planning you day or planning your life, summarizing a book, launching a project, planning and creating presentations, writing blog posts – well, you get the idea – anything, really.

How to Draw a Mind Map

Drawing a mind map is as simple as 1-2-3:

  • Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop. I would suggest that you use the page in landscape orientation.
  • Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.
  • Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.

Some more recommendations:

  • Use colors, drawings and symbols copiously. Be as visual as you can, and your brain will thank you. I’ve met many people who don’t even try, with the excuse they’re “not artists”. Don’t let that keep you from trying it out!.
  • Keep the topics labels as short as possible, keeping them to a single word – or, better yet, to only a picture. Especially in your first mind maps, the temptation to write a complete phrase is enormous, but always look for opportunities to shorten it to a single word or figure – your mind map will be much more effective that way.
  • Vary text size, color and alignment. Vary the thickness and length of the lines. Provide as many visual cues as you can to emphasize important points. Every little bit helps engaging your brain.

Final Thoughts

Mind mapping is an absolutely fascinating and rich topic – this post only scratches the surface. If you want more reference material now, Wikipedia is always a good starting point.

In the meantime, please give mind mapping a chance – try it out. Follow these handy tips and see the results for yourself. Don’t worry too much about doing it the “right” way – just make it fun.

Kimberly

ya’ll... we gotta talk about this.

Nameless ~The One Thing You Must Recall~

ALL ABOARD THE FEELS TRAIN TO FEELSTOWN… FEELS TRAIN BOARDING NOW!

So, I just finished playing through every good ending for every route in Nameless. I accomplished this in a matter of three days. Three. Days. That’s how phenomenal this game is. I never thought anything would ever come close to my love for Mystic Messenger. Nameless blew me away. Everything about this game is beautiful. Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrack, beautiful voice acting, beautiful characters. I didn’t expect anything less from Cheritz. For those who aren’t familar with Nameless, it is a fully voiced visual novel-style game from Cheritz, the developers of the extremely popular mobile game Mystic Messenger. With Christmas basically here, I REALLY WANT EVERY ONE TO PURCHASE THIS GAME AND PLAY IT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I PINKY SWEAR. I’M GOING TO TRY AND CONVINCE YOU. 

The game description as found on Steam is:  “Eri (the name is replaceable) is a high school student and everything about her seems ordinary except she has a special hobby. Eri is into collecting ball-jointed dolls made from the doll company, Crobidoll. Although she treats her dolls like her real family, she cannot talk about them to even her "normal” best friends. With her parents living overseas, she was left all alone after her grandpa’s death. She started to rely on her dolls to escape from her loneliness. Then, one day, she had a dream about feathers coming out of her diary and when she woke up, she heard strange sounds coming from her kitchen…”

Now, let me just tell you. This game was full of emotions, just like Mystic Messenger. To be corny, it’s a literal roller-coaster of emotions. This game has made me feel really happy, this game has made me literally laugh out loud, and I have shed actual tears due to this game on multiple occasions. The characters are so precious and dear to me, and they all have their own individual problems. They are not perfect, they are flawed. Just like in reality, no one is perfect. I absolutely love games, ESPECIALLY otome games, that embrace that. And Cheritz is extremely good at this, as much in Nameless as in Mystic Messenger. I’ll tell you my opinions on the characters, of course with no spoilers, to further convince you to buy this game. I hate comparing characters, but for Mystic Messenger fans (AKA all of my followers), I will compare since I saw a lot of similarities.

Nameless’s MC, Eri | You can change the name to whatever name you wish in the beginning of the game. She is a freshman at her school, and she lives by herself in her grandfather’s house. Her parents are extremely busy and work overseas, so she lived with her grandfather from an early age. I really, really like this MC. I found her extremely relatable. She has such a gentle heart, but she has pessimistic tendencies and is mature for her age.

Lance | I really enjoyed Lance. He was Eri’s first ball-jointed doll, and the only one that was around when Eri’s grandpa was alive. He’s very smart, but he can be pretty cold at times. He is in the same freshman class as Eri, and is popular against his wishes. He doesn’t really express himself well in front of others. He acts like he doesn’t care about you, but actually cares a lot. He’s a classic tsundere. I couldn’t really compare him to anyone in MysMe personality wise, he’s his own person. I cried during his route.

Yeonho | Yeonho was Eri’s second doll. He had an owner before Eri, but he was sold at auction, with Eri as the winning bid. I absolutely LOVE Yeonho. He is so so so so so sweet. I want to love and protect him forever, the precious angel. I would definitely call him the Yoosung of Nameless. His voice even sounds similar to Yoosung. He is also in the same freshman class with Eri and Lance. He REALLY loves Eri, and is really attached to her. He’s 100% a yandere. He is also really popular at school and he is known as the Yellow Chick. I can’t really get to much into his character without spoiling anything.

Yuri | I like to call Yuri a Jumin-Zen hybrid, with some differences. He is very narcissistic and flirtatious, ESPECIALLY towards Eri. He is very fashion forward, and spends a lot of money on clothes and material items. Out of all the dolls, he appears the most mature physically. He enjoys music, and plays the drums really well. He teaches music at Eri’s school. He appears frivolous, but is actually pretty serious when is alone with Eri. Again, I can’t go into detail without spoiling. I cried during his route.

Tei | I think Tei is probably my favorite route, for many reasons that I can’t disclose without spoiling. I would compare him most to Jumin. He acts like the “mother/father” of the group, but he is actually very complicated. He is the most popular of the group at school, a sophomore, and works in a cafe part-time. I think that he has such a kind heart. I would say that he loves Eri the most out of everyone. Also a yandere. I definitely cried during his route.

Red | And lastly, we have darling Red, warrior of justice! Yes, I said “warrior of justice.” That wasn’t an error. Sounds like our dear defender of justice, Seven Zero Seven, doesn’t it? He reminds me SO MUCH of Seven sometimes, even his voice acting. He’s definitely his own person though. He’s innocent, kind of naive, and very slow at times. That just adds to his cuteness. He is full of energy and is bright like the sun. He loves online games and watching action shows about justice warriors. He believes that he will one day gain special powers. However, is his smile just a mask to hide how he really feels? His route… gosh. So many feels I felt like I was drowning. I definitely cried during his route. A lot. His route is also easily tied as my favorite with Tei’s.

IN CONCLUSION,

Please consider purchasing this beautiful masterpiece. It would make me so happy if you did. And Cheritz, 정말 고맙습니다. 사랑해.

Zodiac Signs and Sorrow

~More applicable to Moon Signs than Sun Signs~

Aries

The Ram is seldom sorrowful. Their natural optimism keeps them cheerful and excitable. Aries is not immune to sorrow, though. Their reaction to such is usually through distractions by being active (think of Tony Stark in Iron Man 3). They’ll keep themselves busy, because doing things is better than feelings things. When their sorrows do bubble to the surface, it is likely they’ll seem angry, because that, too, is easier for them to handle. On the other hand, Aries may cope by discussing their best traits, or the things happening in their life. This, too, is a sort of distraction for them - talking about the good can help them forget about the bad.

Taurus

Only those who are closest to the Bull will ever see even a glimpse of their sorrow. Taurus individuals prefer to isolate themselves when they are affected by their sorrow. They won’t usually cry unless they are alone. They also have a tendency to temporarily stop talking to everyone as they try to work through whatever has them upset. When around people, Taurus will bury everything, and choose instead to be cheerful, and silly. They’ll focus all of their energy in taking care of every else.

Gemini

When plagued with sorrow, the twins usually try to ignore it. They aren’t fond of unnecessary emotions. However, when something can’t simply be ignored, it tends to fester under their surface, causing them to erupt with anger and criticism that may seem source-less. When they aren’t lashing out, Gemini can feel an uncomfortable sense of restlessness. They may feel as if they absolutely need to be doing something other than what they are presently doing. This restlessness may manifest as a sort of irritability. When Gemini properly identifies the cause of their anger, they will try to apply logic to it. This can often be seen when they place labels of mental illness upon themselves, or simply by blaming it on the events leading up to it, or the people they believe to have caused it.

Cancer

When it comes to Sorrow, the Crab has a tendency to hold on tightly. They don’t lack the ability to move past whatever is causing them pain, but often don’t try to. Cancer can be rather reserved, so you may not know the source of their sorrow. However, they do have a tendency to wear their heart on their sleeve. Often, it may be obvious that Cancer is upset, even if the reason is kept to themselves. These people tend to have difficulty seeing past their intense emotions, so may seem recluse during the times that they are burdened with sorrow. However, Cancers also can be very open to people they consider close, and will often talk to their loved one about what’s going on.

Leo

Similar to Aries, the Lion isn’t usually burdened by sorrow. When Leo is upset, however, they will not usually make a big display of it. As flamboyant as Leo’s are, they need to protect their public image. Tears aren’t something they want associated with their name. In fact, Leo’s are so skilled at hiding their misery, that they can often hide it from themselves. When behind closed doors, though, they are prone to outburst  Whether it’s via temper tantrums or fits of sobbing can vary greatly from person to person. Typically, these Fire Signs busy themselves by focusing on the affairs of others. 

Virgo

The ever vigilant perfectionist, the Virgin often see sorrow as a weakness they’d rather do without. That’s not to say they’re impervious to such feelings - they simply have a tendency towards burying it. Virgo’s will often choose productivity instead. Whether that be reorganizing, cleaning, completing, or being productive. Virgo’s aren’t the first to open up about their sorrow, but if you’re close to one, they just might. They aren’t the type to mope and cry about it, but even stating that it exists is a big step for them.

Libra

The Scales know balance like the back of their hand, and with that ability they aren’t often weighed down by sorrow. Like the other Air Signs, Libra’s aren’t renown for having feelings run too deeply. They’ll likely think their way through problems, and detach from anything, or anyone, that weighs them down. When their balance is trifled with, Libra’s can find solace in social interaction. Since they are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, they may find a shopping experiences or surrounding themselves in beauty will help sort things out. Since they aren’t fond of misery, Libra’s will do anything to normalize their balance. Libra’s don’t often express their sorrow, even to those very close to them. Instead, they may withdraw slightly, returning when they are feeling better.

Scorpio

Prone to profoundly deep emotions, whatever the Scorpion feels vibrates through their entire core. Sorrow is no exception. When a Scorpio is plagued by Sorrow, they will usually keep it to themselves. Since they are so secretive, only the people they deem worthy are allowed to see them at anything but their best. Scorpio, ruled by Mars, will seek action to solve their emotional turmoil. This can be through busying themselves, though occasionally they turn to substances. They are, however, also ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation. As such, they have the ability to muster enough will power to move past their sorrow continue with their life.

Sagittarius

Optimism runs deep through the Archer, and as a mutable sign, they have a knack for bouncing back. When Sagittarius people are burdened by sorrow, they almost never show it. They choose instead to continue behaving upbeat, friendly, and chipper as ever. If it does ever become too much to handle, the only thing you’ll notice is that they won’t be as talkative as normal. They’ll withdraw into their thoughts, only speaking when spoken to, though their tone will remain light and happy. Those closest to a Sagittarius may be allowed a small insight into their misery, but it isn’t the most common occurrence.

Capricorn

Ever proud, the Sea Goat doesn’t often show signs of sorrow. Equipped with an unceasing gift of logic, many people assume they don’t feel such emotions (or any emotions). Since Capricorn’s are naturally aloof, they often withdraw due to negative emotions. They are not immune to sorrow, though, and are quite often touched by it. Similar to other Earth Signs, Capricorns will usually bury their emotions rather than deal with them up-front. They also don’t show people when they’re down, as they have a public image to preserve. Capricorn’s often try to use logic to expel their negative emotions. Things don’t always blow over as quickly as they like, but it doesn’t usually take very long at all. Capricorns, as mentioned, try to maintain their public image. So only those whom they are closest to will know that anything is wrong at all.

Aquarius

As the Fixed Air Sign, the water bearer doesn’t often feel sorrow too deeply. Usually this intellectual individual thinks through their problems until they find the solutions necessary. If there are people they are close with, and feel that they can open up to emotionally, they may talk out their problems as another way of finding a solution.When upset, Aquarius often uses their aloof nature to mask any sorrow. They’ll continue their philosophical debates and friendly conversations as if there’s nothing at all wrong with the world (save homelessness, and the other humanitarian causes they are involved in).

Pisces

The fishes feel every emotion intensely. When Sorrow has struck them, it tends to hit them hard.Pisces are stuck between to impulses, when burdened by misery. On one hand, they find it difficult to not wear their heart on their sleeves, and express their emotions. On the other, they don’t want to bother their loved ones, so may often try to bottle things up as an act of self-sacrifice.The Pisces individuals will often seek an escape, whether that’s through fantasy (books, movies, tv, etc) or temporary mood alteration (drugs, alcohol, etc).

Midheaven in Gemini

Career Fields for the Gemini Midheaven: Business, Communications, Education and Nonprofit

Knowledge is power with the Gemini Midheaven. They are usually smart, versatile individuals that have no problem sharing their wealth of knowledge with others. Gemini Midheavens are anything but boring and are super quick witted. They are also quick on their feet and so they do need jobs that require them to constantly be on their toes. They are fast paced and excellent multi-taskers, in which you can expect them to be juggling more than one career at a time because of this gift of adaptability they have. Gemini Midheavens also have the gift of gab and this could help them greatly because of their wide range of social networking. A Gemini Midheaven is never alone, they have a bunch of people supporting them along the way.

Gemini Midheavens are also creative and they can use this creativity to help solve many problems and bring new ideas to the table. They should learn how to properly verbalize the thoughts and ideas that race in their head though! This “child-like” curiosity and animation that Gemini Midheavens possess could be troublesome in the workplace because they are super restless and may not be able to focus on the task at hand. However, Gemini Midheavens are capable of balancing more than one task at a time and this leaves their boss or co-workers in awe. They seem almost superhuman. The lovely thing about Gemini Midheavens is their childlike wonder that so many people discredit as “immature”. The Gemini Midheaven is a trickster and loves playing jokes on people. They are the ones who keep everyone calm in a crisis and make light out of it. There is nothing plain or ordinary about this Midheaven sign.

Mental-health issues can’t be solved by psychologists alone—city design can help, too

The world’s cities aren’t very mentally healthy.

People who reside in cities are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia than those living in the countryside. No matter where you live, at least one in four people will have a mental illness in their lifetime, and everyone suffers from mental-health problems such as low mood, loneliness, stress, and anxiety at some time or another. These kinds of problems can affect everything from our relationships and housing to our social capital and resilience.

But mental health is not just an individual issue: It affects the whole city. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), economic costs associated with mental illness amount to 4% of national GDP. Mental illness increases a city’s costs of health and social care and puts people at higher risk of physical-health problems. There are also indirect costs to the city: People with mental-health problems can become disadvantaged in education and employment, and their opportunities for economic and social participation may begin to decline.

In these ways, mental-health problems affect a city’s ability to remain thriving, resilient, and sustainable. But while many of the more physical aspects of health have been addressed using urban design—for example, some cities have created walking and biking infrastructure that encourages physical fitness to reduce obesity, while others have separated pedestrians from motor-vehicle emissions to reduce urban air pollution and prevent respiratory diseases—most cities have not taken the same intentional approach with their citizens’ mental health.

The solution for mentally healthy cities

But urban planners can design the urban environment in ways that systematically address mental-health opportunities. For example:

  • Expanding access to green spaces—such as parks, street trees, or even office-window views of nature—has been proven to benefit mental health.
  • “Active design” is not simply a physical health effort: Because regular exercise can be an effective way to address some forms of mild depression (as well as reducing anxiety and some of the symptoms of dementia, ADHD, and even schizophrenia), interventions like creating walking circuits in a park or installing safe cycling infrastructure can have substantial mental-health benefits.
  • Positive social interaction increases self esteem and feelings of belonging as well as mitigating loneliness and anxiety. In order to encourage this, public spaces can install features like benches and chess tables to facilitate social interaction and provide settings for community activities.

When people are experiencing mental-health problems, individual and group interventions by mental health professionals are essential. But when it comes to promoting good mental health and preventing disorders, there are myriad untapped opportunities. When we shift the scale of innovation from the individual to the city, we can create long-lasting solutions that make our cities more enjoyable—and mentally healthy—for all.

Venus in Water

Originally posted by nosleeptbh


Cancer: How you love…
Like the Crab (symbol of the Cancer sign), With a venus in Cancer you tend to be sensitive, nurturers, and playful. Most of the time these individuals tend to give more than take, and want to make sure if their partner is doing well or okay. Venus Cancers can often be secure in relationships, sometimes they want to feel secure and cared for. They can end up being manipulative or remain distant when you hurt them.

These individuals are attracted to the smart, nice and sensitive.

Dominant or Submissive?

Scorpio: How you love…
Like the Scorpion (symbol of the Scorpio sign), With a venus in Scorpio you tend to be mysterious, intense and intimate. Most of the time these individuals have no problem of pursuing what they want, when they really want it. Venus Scorpions are very loyal and tend to pay attention to their partner and their partner only once committed, also enjoys having control over their partners making them quite possessive. They can end up being manipulative and extreme when triggered as their emotions switch rapidly.  

These individuals are attracted to the nice, submissive and understanding.

Dominant or Submissive?

Pisces: How you love…
Like the Fish (symbol of the Pisces sign), With a venus in Pisces you tend to be flirty, warm-hearted and selfless Most of the time these individuals tend to have a unique charm as they are playful, flirty and probably fantasizes about Nicholas Sparks movie scenes. Venus Pisceans can love unconditionally, despite your status, looks or negative aspects of you they will want to embrace it all if they love you. They may seem like a doormat but once you take advantage of them they can instantly become cold and aggressive; additionally they tend have crushes that come and go often.

These individuals are attracted to the charmer, understanding and ones with issues.

Dominant or Submissive?

bst japanese version has me dying so i punched this out in ten minutes bc im desperate despite being killed by rl hahakjfdlsjd sugakookie PLEASE ;_; will do tags and asks and messages later i promise im running late as it is but i NEEDED to write something its just OTL im a goner…


*




i love you in ways i thought were impossible; i love you.




it goes like this: a boy falls in love. a boy falls in love with another boy, makes a home in the heart of six and they are happy.

for a while.



*



in jungkook’s hair: the cold warm grip of yoongi’s fingers. in jungkook’s eyes: the secret laughter of yoongi’s joy. in jungkook’s mouth: a kiss a kiss a kiss that sets him dreaming all the time.



*



a piano that sings for both of them is safe enough, dangerous enough. jungkook remembers a piano from childhood, how he wanted to destroy it because it stopped speaking to him. and it’s not that yoongi is the answer to all his mistakes, but sometimes when yoongi’s elbow invades his personal space at the bench, it feels like he’s the answer to some of them. lights burst and jungkook throws his head back, his throat a sharp line of trust in the on and off dark. he feels yoongi smile the same as he feels their friends cluster in around them: the tide incoming.



*



it goes like this: a boy cannot save himself but he tries to save other people.



*



yoongi shouldn’t taste like blood and jungkook tells him so. yoongi laughs red but it sounds like crying when he mumbles, “look who’s talking.”




*



when yoongi isn’t home, he goes to the same motel, the same room, the same far-down place in his heart. jungkook finds him because of course he finds him.

reaching him is another matter.



*



sometimes jungkook lies down on the bed and waits to be noticed and sometimes waiting is all that happens.




*



it feels out of order; they feel out of order. on the ground: glass that is glass but is also a mirror, water and blood, and roses grave with longing.

if red roses are for destined love, they say blue is just as true.

just not quite as fortunate.



*



what hurts jungkook the most: yoongi’s trembling hands pushing through jungkook’s hair, yoongi’s trembling mouth against his split lip murmuring how sorry he is, asking jungkook to do the one thing jungkook fears the most.



*



it’s not that he doesn’t see the car.



* * *



in yoongi’s dreams, jungkook lies in the grass at his side. namjoon is near. they are all together with their individual problems. maybe this is true in yoongi’s waking world as well.

if only he could be sure.



*



say jungkook followed him like a love story like a ladder missing so many rungs the reach became almost too far. say something like that.

then yoongi follows jungkook like a ghost like a love story that remembers losing and wants to know if the other thing is still possible.

city to city they all look the same; motel after motel.

every time yoongi passes blue roses it rains.



*



sometimes yoongi hears a whistle and wonders who’s calling him. he hurries through the storm slicked streets, and does what makes sense: breaks into the nearest piano.

tries to connect.



*



he has this memory (and he’s even fairly sure it’s real) of kissing jungkook shadow light across his bruises, has this memory of jungkook’s lips on his fingertips like some kind of worship, has this memory of laughing together as the lights went bright brighter brightest and then…


…out.



*



every bed is incomplete, but that is to be expected.



*



under his grip, jungkook is not jungkook though yoongi doesn’t know why. he pulls him back by the neck of his jacket, pleads, rasps loud whispers, and yells even though he tried to promise that he’d never yell at him again.

when he holds jungkook fully from behind, he remembers jungkook’s hands gripping the back of his jacket days weeks months years ago.

remembers.

misses.

“jungkook,” he holds him tighter. “jungkook—

—wake up.”



*



namjoon is here but he’s not the namjoon yoongi swears he knows. this namjoon takes care of jungkook, which fine is part of the namjoon that yoongi knows, but this namjoon also won’t help him escape.

“can’t,” he corrects.

yoongi, seated at the head of a long table across from him, adjusts jungkook in his arms: sleeping.

eyes falling to the empty glass, yoongi can’t tell if he wants to cry or disappear. neither seems especially useful.

“i don’t think he recognizes me,” he admits, though to argue, jungkook shifts in his hold, murmurs incoherently, and sighs.

when yoongi looks up, namjoon has a glass to his lips. yoongi watches the movement of his throat, the press of his mouth, the almost cat-like open close open of namjoon’s eyes. somehow when he speaks his voice fills the room, outfits it in some new feeling of being Elsewhere without going Anywhere, without raising it louder than a thought.

“that’s not true at all.”

outside the window, the flaring lights make yoongi feel dizzy. he cards his fingers through jungkook’s hair, watches namjoon’s profile and thinks a hundred runaway things.



*


in yoongi’s heart: a piano, a fight he never wins, a boy he always loves, a dream handled wrong on all ends.

yoongi asks him to wake up all the time, has flashes of memory that tell him in another moment jungkook asked the same of him.

walking into the room where jungkook stares at nothing in particular that yoongi can see, he kneels as he places his hands on him, thumbs his shoulders and upper arms, digs in a little deeper than the norm, waits. but jungkook doesn’t look at him, still enthralled with what is in front of him, or isn’t, and it’s only as yoongi drags him out, jungkook’s wrist sharp in his hold, that he notices the blue rose tucked behind jungkook’s ear.




*



what it amounts to: one dream fractured.



*




slowly quickly yoongi cannot find the motel. he runs down the same long road and bites through his own tears every time there’s blood on the highway.



*


he remembers: jungkook looking in the mirror sometimes, staring at his upper back like there was something he was missing.



*



“people don’t fly,” yoongi said to namjoon who shrugged, shrugged and said,

“and dreams don’t last forever.”



*



the whistling takes shape the same as the view out an airplane window: suddenly clear but no less tangible. he would have to be on the ground for that; he would have to be a sound for that.

when yoongi can no longer run, he walks, and when he can no longer walk he crawls.

so it goes.

for a time.



*



it’s not that he doesn’t see the car.



* * *



looking out at the water, jungkook jumps a little as yoongi collides into him, throws an arm around him…and smiles.

it seems the love thing to do, to smile back.

it also seems…familiar.



*




he wonders if everyone hears a piano when yoongi touches them, if everyone feels words that aren’t happening but are definitely there all the same, if everyone knows that yoongi’s dream happens but only in pieces.



*




when yoongi is sure jungkook has fallen asleep, he drags himself along the grass until he can press his mouth to jungkook’s crown, kiss him hello.



*




hello again.



*



the truth: the dream.

the someday: laughing at a piano in a sunlit room whose walls are blue but not sad.



*




on the couch of an abandoned warehouse, jungkook listens to the catch of yoongi’s fire and imagines he’s trying to tell him something.



*


in a street where jungkook lies collapsed against a building, yoongi is afraid to touch him and is trying to tell him something.



*



at the piano where they come closest: a song they both know without having learned.

this one quiet idea.




*




love is not over.



*




wake up.



*



please wake up.



*



on a pier yoongi slips his arm over jungkook’s shoulders, jungkook holds his hand up to the light –


– and dreams.




*



the ocean waves they would see, if they looked closer, are made of roses.

blue. unfurling.



*




waiting to come home.



*



The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental illness. The chemico-biologization of mental illness is of course strictly commensurate with its depoliticization. Considering mental illness an individual chemico-biological problem has enormous benefits for capitalism. First, it reinforces Capital’s drive towards atomistic individualization (you are sick because of your brain chemistry). Second, it provides an enormously lucrative market in which multinational pharmaceutical companies can peddle their pharmaceuticals (we can cure you with our SSRIs). It goes without saying that all mental illnesses are neurologically instantiated, but this says nothing about their causation. If it is true, for instance, that depression is constituted by low serotonin levels, what still needs to be explained is why particular individuals have low levels of serotonin. This requires a social and political explanation; and the task of repoliticizing mental illness is an urgent one if the left wants to challenge capitalist realism.
—  Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher
the equation of love (pt. 6)

Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 | Pt. 4 | Pt. 5 | Pt. 6 | Pt. 7 | Pt. 8 | Pt. 9

→scenario: When you met Yoongi in a club, you thought it was fate that brought the two of you together. But after you walked into your college math class for the very first time, you weren’t so sure anymore.

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