it takes effort to look this good

Schuyler sisters modern au hcs

Eliza
● loves animals
● except birds, birds are assholes
● wanted to be a vet when she was a kid
● is a great photographer
● loves movies and always has the best recommendations for her friends
● likes to sleep in until noon
● can’t draw for shit
● is kinda good at music though
● loses her keys on a regular basis
● has the softest hair
● knows a bit of swedish bc she has an internet-friend from malmö

Peggy
● cuts her own hair
● has an under-boob tattoo that very few people know about
● used to work in a travel agency
● always takes the stairs cause she’s kinda afraid of elevators
● sends her friends memes in the middle of the night
● has a great memory
● is good at maths (how???)
● looks really good in dresses
● doesn’t do relationships
● wears contacts

Angelica
● is going to med school
● never had braces yet has perfect teeth
● she reads so much
● not really a family-person but will murder you violently if you hurt one of her sisters
● good kisser
● goes to comic-con
● has a lowkey crush on captain marvel
● puts effort into paintig her nails
● wears mismatching socks
● takes really great selfies

How to Change from being a Toxic Person

Even if you hurt other people in the past, or been the kind of person that you really don’t respect, you can always make the decision to change. The tips below might be helpful for this.

1. Look for the good in the people that you meet, and try to empathise, and understand others’ viewpoints.

2. Remind yourself of this: “That it’s not all about you” … and the feelings and the wishes of others matter too.

3. Be polite; try saying “thank you”; and don’t take people for granted. What they did took thought and effort, and it’s nice to be acknowledged.

4. Think before you speak. This will save a lot of grief. For once those words are spoken, they cannot be taken back. They may never be forgotten, and can haunt you later on.

5. Check your tone of voice and the words you choose to use. These can cause misunderstandings, or create a bad impression.

6. Don’t gossip about others; look for things to praise instead.

7. Don’t take the bait and be pulled into arguments. Just let the comment go. You don’t need to rise to that.

8. Make the effort to be kind, and offer others your support. And do something that’s special, and which demonstrates some thought.

abcnews.go.com
Trump Will Continue LGBTQ Worker Protection Order Signed by Obama
The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump will continue a 2014 Obama-era order protecting LGBTQ employees who work for federal contractors from workplace discrimination. The announcement came after reports that an executive order affecting the LGBTQ community was coming. "President...
By ABC News

So this was the big news that they were talking about for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Do you see the smokescreen?

We were riled up and ready for it to be something bad like taking away our marriage rights or enacting RFRA-type discriminatory laws and what’s the big news? Federal employees will continued not to be fired over their sexuality. 

And they phrase it like he’s a champion of our rights, but during his election he promised to take away our right to marry. He said he’d protect us but ‘from a hateful foreign ideology’ as if we don’t know he means Muslims. 

And this order comes after complaints that there is nothing on the white house website about LGBTQ+. 

You know what this looks like to me?

‘See? I’m the good guy here!’

This is the barest of minimums, framed like a gracious effort.  

I’m not falling for it. 

Okay, in an attempt to be helpful and not just a grumpy old man about this:

To people complaining nobody reads their lore  (and who are genuinely sad/wondering why)

Like any other creative content, getting any kind of fan base takes patience, practice, and time. Nothing will magically be handed to you. Throwing stuff out into the abyss and hoping someone sees it and responds is well and good, but if you’re really looking for readers, you have to specifically make the effort to get that attention and keep it. You’ve got to make content that works on the platform you’re using. Content that’s interesting. You’ve got to make it often enough that people have something to read now, and are always looking forward to what’s coming next. There’s a lot of factors to consider. Here are just a few things you need to keep in mind: 

1) People want quality writing. You need to keep practicing so your lore is actually good. Developed, intentional, polished. The more you do it the better you get. Not making content isn’t going to get you anywhere. Having a huge pile of lore with barely any notes is still going to benefit you more than not writing anything because at the end of it you’re a better writer. People want good quality content. There’s no getting around this, you’ve got to put in the practice. 

2) You need to know your platform. Putting lore on tumblr is probably going to be more popular if you write short snippets and vignettes. Small stuff that doesn’t always need a “read more.” Think about the worldbuilding posts that get notes here: Someone writes a couple paragraphs that start with an interesting idea and explore that idea, and keep it brief. Start with that format. If you see a popular post, look at what makes it good and try doing that. Images also help; drawings, graphics, edits, photos. That’s just what tumblr is made to share. Use that to your advantage.

(If you’re wanting some attention on FR, it might be less straightforward because FR isn’t designed to count your popularity by a simple number count. The site is designed for you to build up your lair mostly for your own benefit. You will have to put effort into writing in the creative forums and writing interesting bios. Dragon bios should be brief, good for short stories, summaries, or brief info dumps, while the forums are great for posting longer stuff, content that is updated daily/weekly, etc.)

3) Make content that is interesting. They will not care enough to comment on lore that has nothing interesting about it. You can’t always just write for yourself if you really want attention for your work. Think of what makes each character interesting and write about that. Play it up. All those other uninteresting lore details are boring until people are actually attached to your characters. Write humor, too. People get attached to what makes them laugh. They will relate to and remember a character who makes them laugh. Humor draws people in quickly. It’s one of many strategies to get people interested fast. But it’s not the only way. Get creative.

4) Be the attention you want to receive. Do you complain that nobody reads your lore, but you don’t read anyone else’s? Do you participate at all in the community you want to succeed in? Read other people’s lore and reblog things you like, comment your thoughts, and share feedback and critique. Commission artists to illustrate your characters, especially if you don’t draw yourself. Commission other writers write about your characters. Send hatchling letters. All of this boosts your own popularity while also helping others.

5) Be part of the community outside of your creative work. Make friends, chat with people, maintain a nice presence around the site and on the tumblr community. Be yourself, but remember your general personality will effect who wants to read your work. 

People who are “popular” are inherently good at these things, often from practicing in the past, or they naturally are outgoing and social and they just enjoy it. But they are always putting in this effort. Always. You can develop your skills in gathering a fan base just like any other skill. Keep it up, it takes time, it can be hard work, but there is a lot of success to be had. Remember, there are always people out there who want more fun lore and interesting characters to read about! Your audience is waiting for you!

Laws of The Great Spirit

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect. Remain close to the Great Spirit. Show great respect for your fellow beings. Work together for the benefit of all Mankind. Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.

Do what you know to be right. Look after the well being of mind and body. Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good. Be truthful and honest at all times. Take full responsibility for your actions.

Great Spirit, give us hearts to understand; never to take from creation’s beauty more than we give; never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed; never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth’s beauty; never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand that to destroy earth’s music is to create confusion; that to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;    that to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench; that as we care for her she will care for us.

We have forgotten who we are.
   We have sought only our own security.
   We have exploited simply for our own ends.
   We have distorted our knowledge.
   We have abused our power.

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst, help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution, help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with misuse,help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.

Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed, help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost in selfishness and corruption, help us to find the way to restore our humanity.

~ George RedHawk Photo Motion Effects

Please don’t put people down for their choice of subject in school. What may seem like an “easy” class for you, might be very challenging for someone else. 

So the next time you laugh at a Math Studies student, and tell them that they’re taking it easy; take a good look at yourself and re-evaluate what it is you’re trying to get from doing that. 

For all of you Physics HL and Chemistry HL students who decide to belittle us Biology HL students because apparently, “Bio is the easiest science, you don’t even have to put effort into understanding the course material”, stop and think about how your words can effect us. 

If you make fun of someone who isn’t excelling at their language subject even though its their native language; I feel sorry for you. That you feel the need to further humiliate someone, who probably gets that same bullshit from their family, is beyond understandable. 

There is absolutely no benefit in belittling someone for their subject choices. So why do it? Stop being salty and get off of your high horse.

Sincerely, 

an IB student  who actually gives a shit about others

(A little demon cleaning the Virgin Mary statue― I just have no choice but to slack off♪)

“Hey, wait a minute, Ruby, listen to me― just because it’s a big cleanup doesn’t mean you have to put so much effort into it. Couldn’t you pull back just a little? Nobody looks that hard at the Virgin Mary statue in the entrance hall anyway―”
Even if I were to tell her that.
With Ruby struggling wholeheartedly with a cloth― it wouldn’t reach her ears anyway.
Scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub― the sound of Ruby rubbing with her wet cloth echoes through the hall.

A~ah, this won’t do♪
Ruby’s a good girl― but sometimes it wounds me how much interest she takes in anything and everything, you know?
Just because it’s the big cleanup day before winter break.
The little demon Yohane, a fallen angel cast out of hell, cleaning the Virgin Mary statue― what kind of joke is this?
(Chuckle) That sort of thing, on the name of little demon Yohane, with the worst luck in the world― no, with strong bad luck!!
There’s no way I could do it♡
Ah― Of course, I’m not slacking off because of that and making Ruby do all the work, okay?!
I― don’t want to touch the Virgin Mary― so I’m just mopping the corridor a little.
Fufufu♡
A~ah, when will this end.
When the big cleanup is over, today we’re all going to wrap up the second semester by going to Numazu for karaoke.
It’s been a while since I’ve went home with everyone― Fufu♡♡
Both for myself and for Ruby, who’s doing a lot of work seriously― I’ll treat us to potato chips♪♪

Was Heidi crushing on Eric before getting with him?

She is the only student who is never happy at seeing him beat up by Wendy. (Breast Cancer Show Ever)

She often elects to sit near or next to him, or otherwise close by to him. (For example, The Ungroundable)

It’s obvious that she’s checking him out and not looking at the cow. (Ginger Cow)

While it takes place after Heiman became canon, the very fact that Heidi made an effort to find Skankhunt’s identity instead of blindly believing it to be Cartman before quitting Twitter could be one. In fact, she did at first, but eventually decided to take him at his word to find the real SkankHunt42. (Fort Collins, set prior to Skank Hunt)

She instigated their hangouts from the beginning. In other words, she was the one who started their hanging out. (The Damned)

It seems like she’s simply been waiting for a good opportunity. 

(Sure, she got upset when paired with him initially in Follow That Egg, but it was established prior that he’s bad at school projects. Anybody who got him would be f**ked. After it turned out he wasn’t that bad at this, she never voiced any intent to abandon him or otherwise get rearranged partners, even before the moment where he breaks the egg and wants her to have a better grade.)

You can’t just wear a shirt that says, “I’M IN LOVE WITH ERIC CARTMAN!” in South Park Elementary. You’ll never live it down, and it’s unlikely that word won’t reach Cartman himself. Of course she’d have to hide it.

Just some food for thought. Maybe I’m wrong.

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My first miniature (c. 2006) and (among) my latest.

I’m still well below ‘professional’ quality and I’ve accepted that I likely always will be- my hands are a bit shaky, for one thing -but also a lot of the time between when I first started out and now I simply haven’t painted, at all. You can’t improve if you don’t paint.

To anyone just starting out and unhappy with your painting and looking to improve:

  • Probably you will never be happy with your painting. That’s okay. That’s how you improve. 
  • Watch painting videos online. Listen to the tips. Try them. Try them a few times because you will screw up at first. That’s how you learn.
  • The best way to get better at painting is to paint. Like any other skill, it takes time and effort. 
  • Some people have more natural talent than others. Some will shoot past you and turn into insanely good professional-tier painters in the time it takes you to get the hang of using a wet pallette. That’s okay, as long as you keep improving. 
  • Don’t be jealous of people whose work you admire- seek them out, ask them for tips, bounce ideas off of them. Most of them care enough about their hobby to want to talk shop and will be happy to share. 
  • Okay, well, you can’t just *stop* being jealous but channel it productively into your painting rather than getting pissy at people who you should be befriending.

Natasha Romanoff listening to Trish Walker’s radio talk through her headphones as she is plotting an escape route on a blue print for her next mission

Melinda May visiting Peggy Carter once in a while to check and see how her original S.O is holding up, and sometimes spending the evenings recalling good memories with another (when Peggy is able)

Daisy Johnson looking through old SHIELD files and finding a fact file on Angie Martinelli, and smiling happily as she reads and learns about the heroics she did in order to help Peggy Carter in times of need back in the day

Jessica jones sitting with her feet on her desk lazily, with a beer in hand, as she watches an old news report on her laptop, showing Lady Sif easily taking on some street thugs with no effort at all and smirking in approval

Wanda Maximoff and Sharon Carter both grieving over the loss of a family member, but supporting each other when they can and eventually helping one another train to utilise more of their skills

Claire Temple helping an injured Bobbi Morse at the hospital, sighing softly with a small smile on her face as she realises she’s making a special career out of helping and aiding superheros 

Karen Page texting Jane Foster in delight when she hears about her old high school friend winning a nobel prize

Jemma Simmons adoring Helen Cho and the brilliant work that she accomplishes, and is always gushing about her when she has the chance

Today I am 28lbs lighter than I was in the picture on the left. It’s crazy how everything on your face suddenly starts to look bigger as you keep losing weight. I feel like my eyes got bigger, my lips and nose became more prominent, my dimples and eyelids got deeper, etc.

I want to keep continuing losing and being better and get to my goal. It’s only been 5 months since I started working out again and this is the progress that I’m seeing. Things don’t just happen over night, everything good in life takes time. This is one of the things that took time and effort. I know I just can’t expect to see results right away, but I also know that I’m getting there slowly. Everyday is a challenge and everyday is a struggle to see if I truly want that burger or pizza or hot cheetos, but I grow stronger everyday. I don’t want to give up on this. I’m already half way there. I want to see myself change and be better, and I know I will. I will do all those things. Stay strong. Patience is everything. 💪🏻

As a Straight Girl I just can’t understand how a woman could cheat on her boyfriend or husband?? Because it takes SO MUCH time and effort to like a guy and psych yourself up to be ok with doing physical stuff with him… Why would you put yourself through all that for a guy who’s not even your spouse??? Like?? I just don’t get it?? At all??

*Sees a picture of one of my celebrity girl crushes* God she’s so incredibly hot and her body’s amazing I MEAN I THINK SHE JUST LOOKS REALLY GOOD BECAUSE SHE’S LIKE FITSPO Yeah that’s it she’s just aspirational for me and the reason I suddenly feel physically hot and energized when I look at her is just because she motivates me to workout… That’s all it is…

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oh man. i was going through my brother’s ipad (which was honestly a huge part of what made me get into art, just the ability to use it to draw even if i only had my fingers to use as pencils cause ipad styluses are expensive ) and found this gem from 2014 which is probably one of the first things i ever drew and was very proud of and oh boi. 

i remember drawing this while waiting at the airport and the plane was taking forever and when i finally finished this i was like “wow, this is pretty good". it took me an hour just to finish that, mainly cause of that dual colored background you can see i put a lot of effort into. 

so i was just looking at it and i thought, well, what could i achieve now? (so naturally, i doodled yamaguchi.) i mean, i always bring myself down because i see my art and i see other peoples art and i’m like, “holy hell, i’m shit”, but never think about how much i’ve improved along the way and this was a great eye-opener for me. 

i still think my art has long ways to go but i’ve definitely walked a long distance since i started too. i guess this is just me trying to say don’t give up doing what you like to do!! perseverance pays off (yams is a great testament to that - that’s why i love him). don’t expect to become great overnight, if it were that easy, everyone would be an artist.

tl;dr: don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself with yourself.

Mystic Messenger Valentine’s Day Greetings

Zen

  • What kind of spell did you cast on this chocolate? You suddenly look way prettier!
  • I didn’t receive any chocolates today. I’m planning on only accepting one.
  • The chocolates you gave me are so precious, it may take me a few months for me to finish them.

Yoosung

  • When I eat bitter chocolate, I feel like an adult.
  • I made chocolates while thinking of you. They should…taste good…probably. 
  • I put a lot of effort into putting your name on this chocolate…but I think it turned out well! I’m proud.

Jaehee

  • They say that chocolates relieve fatigue. Eat them when you’re tired! 
  • You’re giving these chocolates to me? Thank you, I’ll enjoy them!
  • It’s not expensive or anything, but I found myself buying chocolates for you. Please accept them.

Jumin

  • You made this? Really? It’s much more delicious than chocolate made by an expert.
  • You are sweeter than any of the chocolates I have ever had.
  • I want to preserve the chocolate you gave me for the rest of my life. What should I do? This is tough.

707

  • Do you want to try the chocolates I made? The contents are random, though. Haha!
  • It’s weird for a guy to give chocolate? Who cares about that stuff anymore? If you like someone, just give them chocolate!
  • People say that eating chocolate gives you a similar feeling as falling in love. Want to test it out?

Rika

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Five male members plus Jaehee equals a total of six people. I wonder if I’ll be short on ingredients?
  • I’ll give a special chocolate to V!

V

  • The members seem to like your chocolate.
  • To me…Rika’s chocolate held a lot of meaning.
  • Valentine’s Day…After I lost Rika, I stopped caring about these things.

Unknown

  • That chocolate…be cautious about eating it.
  • Valentine’s Day? If you fall so easily for a Hallmark holiday like that, you definitely won’t be able to escape my trap.


[I cannot for the life of me catch Unknown’s last line. It starts with “As it gets sweeter, and the time of hopelessness approaches…” Just know that it’s something edgy and mysterious, as usual.]

Disappointed but not with the episode...

Well looks like I’m in the very small percentage of people that actually liked The Final Problem.

The amount of time and effort that it takes every single one of the people that work on that show counts for something and for people to be slating them and saying ‘they’ve let every one of their fans down’ and that 'they should be ashamed of themselves’ is disgusting to me. They deserve better than that. Was the episode perfect? No, course not. Nothing ever is but it was a damn good episode and if people can’t see that then there’s something wrong.

I know a lot of people (not everybody) are saying the show was 'queerbaiting’ to which I roll my eyes. I’m aboslutely on the side of the lgbt community being represented in the media and in tv shows but do not blame a show and it’s writers for something not happening that was never promised to you in the first place. No ship is ever promised so when it doesn’t happen do not throw a tantrum and say you’ve been 'let down’ or that they’ve 'taken the right from you’. You never had the right. Nobody ever said it would happen.

Was Johnlock hinted throughout the show? Maybe. Maybe not. I know people that have watched the show and never even seen a hint of Johnlock and the idea of it is ridiculous to them. I, as a Johnlock shipper, have maybe looked into subtle things that I have considered hints. However, just because I have looked into that and considered it in a Johnlock context does not mean that the show intended for that. For example, I’ve seen the quote from Sherlock in ASiP about girls not being his area being used as an example of Moftiss 'queerbaiting’ thier audience. If you choose to see it as Sherlock saying girls aren’t his thing, guys are, so John and Sherlock should be together then that’s your porogative. Others might see it as Sherlock saying I’m not into people all together. It could even be seen as simply as Sherlock isn’t good around girls. Either way, it’s dependant on the person watching and what they choose to see and what they don’t. What everybody is crying about 'queerbaiting’ I personally believe to be people looking too closely into the show.
Another example I found of this was when I was scrolling through Tumblr after The Six Thatchers was aired and someone had taken a screencap of the bus that John get’s off of while talking to the mysterious 'E’. They had pointed out how the number of the bus was the same as the date that gay marriage became legal in one of the US states (can’t remember now which one). Now maybe Moftiss fully intended to do this or maybe we as fans have become so obsessed with finding the hidden meanings and symbols that we’re looking far too closely into things?

Similarly, I’ve seen people saying that the characters were never Moftiss’s to use like that and they are 'ours’ and we know better.
All I can say to that is don’t be so ridiculous. They are the writers and creators of the show and they can do whatever they want to with it!
Just because we choose to write fanfiction, just because we can draw some fanart, just beause we have different opinions to them does not mean under any circumstances that we know better than they do. We as a fandom are being selfish and choosing to lash out at the writers for what they choose to do with their show. We have no right to get mad for our AU’s not happening or for our ships not happening. That’s what the fandom is for, so that we can create all that and take pleasure from doing it. If Moftiss just gave in and said sure do whatever the hell the fandom say then what would be the point in having a fandom at all? What fanfiction would we write if it was already being showed in the show?
Don’t claim to 'know better’ about their own creation. That’s like somebody taking someone’s new invention and showing it round town, boasting about it and claiming it as their own when they haven’t even read the instruction manual. It’s rude and just makes them look the bigger idiot.

Don’t get me wrong, the episode wasn’t perfect and I have said that I didn’t think this series was as good as series past. There were a few plot holes and the show has definitely taken a more dramatic turn, straying away from the simple 'solve a case’ layout it began with. Yet, that does not warrant the amount of hate and the vile words that I have seen going around.
I have been a huge fan of the show since the first episode and have always taken great comfort in knowing that the fandom was out there and have made so many friends from it but after last night I can honestly say that I am ashamed to be a part of it.

Some of the hate directed mainly towards Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt is absolutely disgusting and I can only hope that they see some of the positive comments coming from the few fans out there who don’t feel the need to completely disrespect the writers, actors and crew of such an amazing show.

I hadn’t intended to go on a rant but last night, after scrolling through the Sherlock tag, I was left with a sour taste in my mouth that had nothing to do with the episode, only the fans.

Tom- You all need to shut up.

Matt- Okay! I’m ready now!

Tom- Oh really? That didn’t take too long. You look good,

Matt- Well thank you Tom~! I did try! Glad you appreciate the effort I put into my looks!

Tom- We’re leaving Edd.

Matt- Bye Edd! We’ll be back in a couple hours!

Tom- By the time we get there it should be night time, so the sun wont be a problem.

Matt- Thank you for taking the time to plan that out!