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ALDNT Extras: Catarina

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Queens, NY

Magnus inhales. Slow. Deep. Lets the smoke fill his lungs. And he holds it there. Waits for the burn.

Eventually, he lets the flame extinguish from the tip of his thumb.

And he exhales.

He doesn’t blow in any direction, he just sort of… opens his mouth. Lets it fall out. And with his head hanging upside down off the foot of the bed, the smoke falls right into his nose before it can dissipate.

“You shouldn’t do that,” Catarina says flatly, not even looking up, “it’s bad for you.”

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I love you blog and your edits. I was wondering if you could possibly do a tutorial on how you make your solid colored background gifs like you did in in your most resent Sansa meme gif set? I am so horrible at it. If not that's fine but if you could thank you in advance. :)

omg thank you sweetie!!! (if anyone’s curious this is the gifset) of course, i’d love to, these are some of my very favorite types of gifs to make. it may be kinda hard at first but once you get used to it it’s really fun! i hope this helps x 

HOW TO MAKE GIFS WITH A SOLID COLORED BACKGROUND

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Kidney Stone or UTI

GROSS UPDATE YET AGAIN

Maybe it is UTI. GROSS UPDATE. When I jerk it 2-3 times at night. I kinda just fall sleep and not clean anything.

I’ve had syptoms months ago where the tip was red and hurt simply putting boxers over it. After washing with warm water, things improved then.

That was some sort of Fungal infection

Could be the case here when it stings when I pee.

Will check with doctor Tuesday

I blog about these things since someone else may have solutions or whatever

I know posts like this are already making the rounds, but just in case someone needs it again, here are tips if you want to message Stefan Karl but are nervous:

1. Try to keep it a reasonable length. He gets tons of messages! He loves to hear from fans, but remember that this started out as support for him. Be polite, respect his time, and send him a message that you yourself would like to receive. 

2. Keep it appropriate. Honestly, guys, as someone with kinks, for the LOVE OF GOD, I AM BEGGING YOU, STOP COMMENTING WITH WEIRD SHIT ON HIS INSTAGRAM AND MAGNUS SCHEVING’S INSTAGRAM. I hate adding this but Safe, Sane, and Consensual means you shouldn’t even jokingly direct comments like that towards another person. Treat these men as you would want to see any human being being treated. If you wouldn’t send the message to a woman or nonbinary person, don’t send it to Stefan or Magnus. 

3. If he doesn’t reply, that’s okay! He still cares about you! He has a family, a greenhouse, and his own health to take care of. Having nice things said to him makes him very happy and he’s said that having so much support makes him a very rich man. Message him out of the kindness of your heart. If you feel like you need to ask him for support, offer him something in the message as well in the way of support. 

5. You’re not bothering him with a question about Lazytown, his career, or something about art! I’ve messaged him just to show him the art I made before! He has NOT always responded to me, so remember also that, to be fair, you can’t monopolize the time he spends on fans. 

6. He’s a kind, easy going dude with a great sense of humor. If you want to ask him a question, ask him directly. Don’t use his family members as a way to indirectly ask something to or about him.

7. I’m still very confused about how Icelandic names work, but one time I called him Mr. Karl which I’m pretty sure is really wrong and I think in Icelandic you actually refer to people as their first name? I’m not sure but he responded that time anyway. 

8. Robbie Rotten is magic. 

Meet the Artist Meme

I’ve been meaning to make one of these for forever. I just never got around to it. Turns out there isn’t a lot I dislike, though. I had to think on that for a while. I picked my two default outfits/hairstyles for this too because I wear both about equally.

I did a little Whats in my bag section. From left to right: Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, 3DS with Deku Link, chapstick + lotion, Kindle, battery pack, sketchbook, mechanical pencil, felt tip pen, coffee, keys, S7 with a wallet case, and of course my little black back pack.

Not much else to say. Just going to leave this here. Hopefully some of you enjoy this a little.

Have a lovely night!

anonymous asked:

whats your pen settings?? :0

I do all my lines in SAI, and my pen settings aren’t anything special! I use the default “pen tool” except with all the hardness settings maxed out, like so:

The pen settings by themselves might not be super helpful, though, so here’s some extra bits in case anyone finds them useful:

TIP #1 —– Draw each line quickly and in one motion, stay loosey-goosey, and ctrl-z until you get a line that’s the right shape. If it’s easier, draw the line longer than it needs to be and just erase the extra.

TIP #2 —– Take advantage of layers - keep whatever you’re doing on a separate layer until you’re satisfied with it, and then merge it with your actual line layer.

TIP #3 —– Vary the absolute heck out of them line widths.Thicker lines for: closer parts, larger parts. Thinner lines for: smaller parts, more distant parts, details.

TIP #4 —– Small details = instantly more fancy (darken edges of mouths, dark triangle under chin, add clothing seams, wrinkles/tendons if applicable, etc.). A quick example:

I will also add that part of why my lines look the way they do is that I use a large pen size but press lightly, since my tablet can pick that up really well - it gives a good, uh, wibble to the lines. Actually paying attention to your pen pressure would probably be an adequate substitute. :’)

I hope this was helpful!

A Quick note about Archery poses.

Hello! Here are a few quick archery drawing tips to help you draw your archers, wether they be Hanzo, Hawkeye, Legolas, Katniss, or your own OC Here are just some tips on how to draw archers

as a note, when you are doing archery, you hold the bow with your oposite hand and draw with your dominant hand. in Hanzo’s case, he is holding the bow with his left hand and drawing with his right. A lot of people like to draw(art wise) archers pulling the string back at chest level or even at hip level, which is a bit of a problem because you can’t aim when shooting like this. You can’t see where the arrow is going to land because it’s so far down it doesn’t match your line of sight. It also isn’t a good place to draw because you can’t pull the string as far back as possible. You could probably do a little damage like this, but you’re accuracy will be terrible and your shot’s won’t be powerful enough to stick or do much damage.

This is how you would really want to shoot. When an archer is pulling back the string, you want your dominant hand at your cheek or chin level (I like to match it up with my mouth/ear personally) Here you can see that the arrow and Hanzo’s eye line are roughly the same, so he can aim and get that sweet POTG. His shoulder is up now so he can pull all the way back and get a nice clean headshot on Tracer. Also as a note, I drew it wrong here (woops) but on Hanzo’s bowstring is a little notch that helps him pull the string back, If I remember correctly, in game he actually pulls it back with his whole hand and then let’s go, but I drew him here using his top two fingers, (which is what I do). His glove has his thimb, index, and middle finger covered and pinky and ring finger uncovered and this is probably why. ALSO also, the arrow should be on the side of the bow that goes towards your dominate hand, that way you can rest it on either the bow or your hand holding the bow giving you more stability when firing. 

Another note, for your oc’s and other characters. The bow string is really powerful and when you fire, it hit’s your bare arm and IT HURTS. A LOT. Most archers will wear an arm guard or something to keep from getting welts, stings, or even bruises. Hawkeye  & Merida can be seen wearing arm guards most of the time, and Legolas and Katnis wear long sleves, but Hanzo here is apparently too TOUGH AND MANLY with his BOOB OUT and HIS EPIC DRAON TATTOO to care about bruises on his arm. Edit: someone noted that the string normaly only hits your arm if you have the wrong arm posture with a bent elbow, but that it is still a good idea to wear and arm guard, sorry, my bad and thanks for pointing that out!

I hope this was helpful! Please continue drawing awesome archer people because I love awesome archer people, they are my loves, like literally all my fav characters are archers, I love them so much. 

As a note I am not a professional archer, or even a good archer, I’ve just had a bit of experience with archery, watch a lot of archery, and adore archer characters like Hanzo and Hawkeye, so take everything I say with a grain of salt and if you’re not sure, do some research :) 

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any good things to read while having an anxiety attack? Or maybe just some tips or something? I don't know they've just been getting worse lately and I don't know what to do haha. I hope you're having a nice night. Thank you in advance if you respond.

oh no. I’m sorry, love. I can definitely understand. Try reading something from @an-exotic-writer and @chimdeer … they have writing styles that I would describe as the perfect thing to read in such a case.

also, recently I made a ‘calm’ playlist that you can check out here. when I feel my anxiety is getting to the point of a panic attack, i’ll listen to this a bit! It has songs that have soft music and nice voices to listen to. And some are just game soundtracks and piano. I used it a lot for writing, too.

And here’s 100 things you can do if you’re feeling anxious. Sometimes a distraction is all we need! Also, here is a masterpost on things to calm down!

I hope it can help!

Here’s some cute junghope to make you feel better! You can get through this! <3

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anonymous asked:

Hi, I really want to start this novel but idk how ??? I have some scenes but these are part of the middle. Do you have some tips?

Hey! So a while ago, I really wanted to be an author. Because of this, I did do a bunch of research and spent my fair share of time on writing blogs reading articles on this exact thing so here are some points/tips I’ve learned:

  • For starters, the first part of beginning a novel is establishing your idea. From what you’re telling me, it seems as though you’ve already established it and you’re trying to build off of it. But still, just in case you haven’t drawn out a basic outline of major events and scenes that you want, it helps if you write it out on paper in a timeline type of structure. As you do this, think about whether or not this material could make a lasting story. There are some stories that are better left as short stories rather than novels, and we want to be sure that your idea is sustainable. Through this, you will hopefully develop a bigger and better picture of what you want. 
  • Now, you have a few events and ideas about events in your book but they’re all over the place and not really connected. My advice for piecing things together would be to work backward. Take one of your events and focus on how they got there and why they got there in the first place. 

Know the elements of what the first chapter of a novel should consist of. From my experience, you want to establish a setting, the main character, as well as generate an interest for your potential readers. There are different ways in which you can do this. 

  • First, you can establish a problem/failure for your character. For example, the third sentence from the book My Left Foot by Christy Brown begins states this: Mine was a difficult birth, I am told. Here, we are introduced to a problem, enabling the reader’s interest to ask themselves the question of “Why was it so difficult?” While this may not be the best example because it is a memoir, you can still feel the anticipation for wanting to know more. This is a very common technique and in my opinion, the best way to begin a novel. 
  • Second, you can begin your story by establishing what an ordinary day would look like for your main character. This isn’t my favorite technique, but it does have its perks. Through doing this, we learn about your character’s patterns and their daily activities. This arranges the perfect set up for later introducing a problem or disturbance, effectively giving them a reference to what their day/life should be like. This will put emphasis on the differences. 

While there are many things that you want to do with the first chapters, there are also many things that you want to avoid. Here are just a few things that tend to be very off-putting:

  • Creating a faux scene is a very common mistake. A faux scene would be something that sets up a false environment. An example of this that is often used would be the book beginning with a dream. No one wanted to read about a dream believing that it is reality up until the next chapter where the first sentence is something like “he awoke in a puddle of his own sweat, grateful that it was all just a dream.” A lot of times, these scenes are considered to be irritating due to the fact that they are completely unnecessary. 
  • Not having a clear goal for the main character can be a total killer. Most of the time, a book will consist of a problem that needs to be solved. If there is no problem or predicament, then what makes this story important? What separates that from a random diary from a teenage girl? Having a clear goal is very important. 
  • One thing that I’ve noticed that seems to be very common is the use of purple prose. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically prose that is overly elaborate and ornate. These days, brilliant metaphors and over exaggerated details and descriptions are praised for their beauty and splendor. However, too much isn’t good. Purple prose can often come off as boring to the reader as they attempt to interpret every metaphor you write and even try to find something out of nothing. If you’ve ever been in a high school literature class, you’ll get what I mean. But overall, this type of writing is often considered to be insincere and even pretentious. 
  • Avoid the clichés. Stuff like a staggering drunkard in a crime novel or a character jolting up in their sleep as they wake up from a nightmare can be a painful thing to read. Also, no random life or death situations. Don’t randomly start with the character having a gun against his head without any context. It’ll leave the reader confused.
  • No prologues. Just don’t. These are so commonly hated and disliked. 

It’s also important to note that many authors, if not, all, go through several rough drafts prior to coming up with the final one. That being said, you don’t have to have your novel start off as some brilliant, award-winning piece of literature from the get-go. You can begin with something basic and build your way up from there. That’s always been my approach to things, as I’m a very careful and meticulous planner.

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Nobody's Princess

I stretch my fate
a little more
again
Just in case
I get to
Brush the tips of my life
with your existence
A little of love
spread on the sunsets
with extra layers
of warm care
all along the edges
May be we would have shared
same eyes
A little darker shade of your hairs
perfectly same smile
I would have the laughter
orbited around your words
Those little lies of world
too small to kick out
the giant bond of ours
We could have claimed
the time of our journey here
You and me buddy
we will always be a team
I would let you have
that last cookie of mine
and get you those tickets
Before you have to whine
I would be the first
you knock the door of
and I would be the last
to ever go off
A womb we would have shared
My blood proud to be the same
As the one flowing in yours
You me the team
If only in a parallel universe
I could stretch my fate a bit more
There is nothing more
Or anything else
I could ever ask for
That’s the scene buddy
You and me
Me and you

Writing Characters That Make Your Story Come Alive

Originally posted by ahorrorstorycircle

Writing characters is tough. Writing the right character for your story is even tougher. Here’s a few quick tips to kick your characters into high gear: 

  • Don’t plan too much. Sure, it’s great if you know your character’s favorite color, but over-planning in my case has always lead to failing characters. In my experience, my most successful characters came about very organically. Once you get a taste of their personality, it spills out. You know as much about them as your reader does, you remember to write the important things. You will know them just well enough to know that you can figure out anything you don’t yet know about them. 
  • All characters want something. Don’t give them too many wants. You might write out a list of twenty five things they want, but it’s not worth it. Come up with one thing they want more than anything else. See ahead to what kind of conflicts they’ll have. It’s easy if their wants go along with their conflict, for instance, the girl with the self esteem problem wants only to feel appreciated. Remember: not all characters should have to want the same thing. Other smaller problems are subplot. 
  • Make memorable characters. A character does not have to be a total weirdo to be memorable. Sometimes, it’s just how normal and relatable they actually are that’s going to make readers like them. The rule to go by though: give them personalities. Give them opinions and habits, make them moody sometimes. No one is happy all the time. A character with personality is going to be memorable. Think about your favorite characters in published works of fiction or movies and think about their various habits to get you started. 
  • Let the characters be who they are. This may mean writing things the character wants instead of what you want. The character won’t always have their way, but be sure that they stay true to their persona and act accordingly. This means that if you are writing a character who is a total player, he won’t just be a player when it’s convenient for you, he’ll go out of his way to pick up hotties even when you don’t really want him to. It will effect the way most social situations play out. 

Its different for some artists but i find that the key to getting rid of an annoying art block is just getting yourself in the mood to draw again. I thankfully don’t get it often but get it from time to time with a bad case of too many unclear ideas and not feeling like doing them…

Here are some of my tips for it!!
-Gesture drawing helps me sooo much, (its also good anatomy practice) I suggest doing 30sec fast gestures so you don’t get bored.
-Just doodling, it doesn’t have to make sense
-If you’re stuck with no ideas then try redrawing a very old artwork
-Try to find some incomplete art or an older sketch to colour/finish, colouring is the most fun for me and gets me in the mood to draw again.

Feel free to add your own tips as well!

A Christmas-to-New-Years-to-Valentine’s-Day-Gift: “Your Arms Around Me”

IT’S FINALLY DONE! AND IT ONLY TOOK ME THREE MONTHS! (nervous laughter) 


But here it is! “Your Arms Around Me”, a… romantic short comic starring @procerperficio and @alternatefiction, based on the song by Jens Lekman (about a man who is so distracted by his girlfriend’s entrancing beauty that he accidentally cuts off the tip of his finger). I changed a few words to fit the situation, and I pretty much had to invent an imaginary kitchen for the first few scenes. Also, I realize that setting this mid-August isn’t exactly the most seasonal gift. And that’s about it as far as disclaimers go. 


This is the first time I’ve really done a full project on my own time, all my work comprises of either rough sketches or small pen drawings, and the comics I’ve done are either very rough or very short. This was my very first time drawing storyboards first, then going in with pencil, then doing over in pen. It’s been quite the experience, and I feel that I’ve come out a stronger artist than before, if I should allow myself the praise. Now, I’ll shut myself up before this becomes an essay. I hope you enjoy this!


(Oh, pssst, Cim&Eva: I’ll be leaving the link to something like an author’s note in your inboxes, so click ‘em when you have a minute!)

spacestatue  asked:

Hey there, I just read your answer to an anon about astral projection and was just wondering if you had any tips for beginners? I've been curious about astral projection for a while, but still lack the appropriate knowledge to begin training myself. Thanks for your time! 🙏🏻🌙

Hello! This question is a bit difficult to answer for me, so I will direct you to my previous answer to it, here.

One tip I didn’t mention in that post is that I recommend not taking on the form of yourself in the astral plane. That way, if any malicious spirits start eyeing it, it’ll be harder for them to follow you back into the physical plane.

I also recommend practicing with others if you can. 

I also also ran into a sigil to help astral projection the other day, just in case you’re interested. (๑•́ω•̀)

If you have any other questions or curiosities, send me another message, DM me! Thanks for reading my responses, and have a lovely day! ( ゚▽゚)/

anonymous asked:

I bought myself a cane for my bad days and it should be here on Wednesday but I'm not sure about it. Any tips on how not to be embarrassed using it, I'm only 18 and I feel like people will stare and that rlly affects my anxiety

Ah, I relate… I honestly don’t really have any advice, since I’m still dealing with the same thing

Best I can say is: There’s nothing wrong with using a mobility aid, you need it. Try to remember that in most cases people aren’t really staring, just throwing a glance that you caught at the wrong time!!

Followers? (Please send an ask if you have advice, replies get lost in the activity!!)

-Rhys

@americans who are young: 20% is the correct amount to tip your server or delivery person

i say this (and repeat it a lot. probably too much. sorry.) because i know a lot of younger people who are just starting to go places on their own do not know how much they should tip, and i know this because i have heard this dilemma come up sometimes w/ tables of teens i’ve waited on, cause they just don’t know. 

i’m here 4 u teens of america: it’s 20%, unless ur waiter is an asshole (like not bad day asshole but Premium Asshole Asshole) or creepy, in which case it is 15%, dropping appropriately to 10% as their Assholery or Creepiness climbs.

just multiply what your bill is by two and drop the second digit. for example: i spend 15 bux, 15x2 = 30, drop the second digit and the appropriate 20% tip is 3 bux.  or u spent 48 bux, thats like 96, that’s p close to 100 so just tip 10 bux to be Cool. 

if you stay at the table for a long time, also compensate accordingly – servers usually have a limited number of tables that they are given responsibility for (so these five or six tables in the corner are my section, anyone who sits there is my table to take care of) and if you camp out for a long time that can cut into yr servers ability to Make doll4rs and/or Leave Work.

if you know that you’re gonna be catching up w/ an old friend for two hours, you can, honestly, just go “hey i’m planning on chatting w/ my friend for a while, but I know we’re taking up this table, and I’m going to tip extra for your time” and that’ll work out for everyone in the long run. people like to know you’re trying to be respectful of their time + effort. everyone is nice, everyone has a nice good time. 

6 Tips for the Green Witch to connect with nature in everyday life.

The goal of the green witch is to seek an unique connection with nature and work in partnership with Mother Gaia. Not all of us have the luxury of just popping off into the wood to experience nature in all her untamed glory but that doesn’t mean make any less as green witches. So here are some tip for us green witches (to anyone really) to help us to engaged with the green world: 

  1. As Green as the Grass ~ Wearing certain colours can affect our mood (feeling blue anyone?) so, by wearing green, the dominate colour of nature, we are engaging with nature’s energies - healing, renewal, fertility etc 
  2. Stop and Smell the Roses ~ While it is important to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the moment, in this case I mean to literally smell the rose or at least something rose scented. Roses are natural mood boosters and can life our spirit to a higher level helping us to connect with Source.
  3. Look out the Window ~ Nature is all around, and at time we forget this in the urban, concrete jungle of modern society. Make a game of looking out of your window and seeing how many green beings you can spot. 
  4. Drink up ~ Drinking herbal tea is a great what of connecting with the energies of certain plants. Alot of commercial tea brands like Twinnings, Clippers (UK), Lipton and even some supermarkets/groceries store carry their own kinds of herbal and fruit tea. I you try these out before you dabble in buying bulk herbs and making your own, and of course do your research before you ingest anything.
  5. Get Grounded ~ Grounding is something that some witches using do before and after performing spells and rituals, but it is also a great way of just connecting with the earth & align one’s self with her. Simple stand, barefoot and visualise yourself as a tree, see the root coming out of the soles of your feet and root chakra burrowing into the earth, and your head & arms are branches reaching out into the sky.
  6. The Mind is a Forest ~ If you can’t go to a forest then make one. Make yourself a woodland sanctuary within your mind, a place of renewal and healing. Make a habit of spending time there, you can spend a few moment here and there throughout your day, when you wake up, when you take a shower,on break during work or school. There is always time to dwell there in those in between moments.

Quick little “How to Draw Elena” tutorial I made for someone on twitter based on some of the tips given to me by her incredibly amazing character designer Ritsuko Notani.

It’s not the most perfect drawing of Elena in the world (I always make her forehead either too big or too small and I see that her neck’s too long which is sort of a habit of mine), but I figured I may as well post it here for people to have access to, since the basics are there… Y’know, just in case someone finds it helpful in some way…

Important notice: Just like book has a disclaimer before it starts, the moderators of this book club felt it necessary to reiterate a similar note here:

“This book [club] is designed to guide the reader on a path of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care.” We are not medical professionals - we are all just women on this path together. All advice or tips given come from a place of love, but should not be taken above advice from a therapist or medical practitioner.

WE are a circle of friends, a circle of women doing our best to heal ourselves with the help and support of other women around us. Page 313 is the start of a fantastic resource section in We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, and anyone who feels they need further treatment or advice is urged to look into resources for professional care.

a kismesitude aint just about pokin fun at someones wweaknesses an somehoww bondin ovver makin fun of each other

its about findin someone you RESPECT an ADMIRE to some degree that findin out they aint fuckin perfect is

for lack of a better wword

frustratin

you wwant them to be the fuckin best they can be

you dont wwant to keep em dowwn that aint the fuckin point

if you just wwant someone to toss about an to not care wwhen they lose that aint a healthy fuckin kismesitude thats just beatin on someone to make yourself feel better about yourself or some bullshit like that

you wwant to CHALLENGE them an wwhen you wwin its EXCITIN because theyre your perfect fuckin match an youvve essentially won wwhat should be unwwinnable

obvviously that aint alwways the case but wwere talkin ideal scenarios here

and its got to be MUTUAL wwhich is the hardest fuckin part cause if the scale tips too far one wway or the other it dont fuckin wwork

if one side is alwways wwinnin for example then somethin is bound to get fuckin ugly cause the other clearly cant handle em

but wwhen you got that perfect fuckin balance

wwhere you can go tossin your all at your partner an trust they aint goin to buckle under it an you knoww full fuckin wwell that they aint holdin back neither

wwhen you go from banter to bruises so if it comes dowwn to it some night the twwo a you can hold your fuckin owwn cause the wworld aint barrin blowws so wwhy should you

you knoww you can handle each other sure but it aint so comfortable that you go gettin complacent neither you got to constantly be one uppin each other an knoww theres that CHANCE theyll get the better a you an thats wwhat keeps you learnin

just

i could go on for fuckin HOURS