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Raven Rock baked ash yams

Ash yams are the staple food of Raven Rock, and the locals have gotten creative over the years with how to use this hardy and simple vegetable. These baked ash yams are served under a blanket of delicious white meat ragout, preserving the heat for cold winter meals. When shopping for yams, be sure not to confuse them with sweet potatoes. Yams can be either orange or purple, but both taste great!

You will need:
4 medium sized yams, washed and scrubbed
Olive oil
Garlic salt
½ brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup butter
2 chicken breasts, cubed
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup white wine
1 tbsp mixed herbs
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Preheat oven to 220C/425F and line a baking tray with foil.

Baste the yams liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 45 minutes and prepare the ragout in the meantime.

In a pan, brown the onions and garlic in the butter. Add the chicken breasts and continue cooking until golden brown and cooked all the way through. Remove from heat.

In a pot, combine the chicken broth, cream, and wine. Cook on medium heat, then add the chicken, onions, garlic, herbs, and salt and pepper. Stir well and cook until the chicken is soft and tender, about 8 minutes.

Remove your yams from the oven and cut into halves (be careful and wear oven mitts as they will be very hot). Transfer to a deep dish and ladle the ragout over. Serve immediately.

Arcturian Frequency Art 

Healing timelines in earth system 
All is connected, every situation in life has been embedded in your current bodies cell memory, we can change and transform our consciousness by letting go of the past, letting go of fears and useless programming which can be stored even early as childhood. Who we truly are, is a field of non local, creative infinite potential, and the memories and identifications we hold in our bodies memory banks can keep us stuck and resistant to receiving the guidance and blessings of the source within, of timeless intelligence. 
By healing and unifying your earthly timelines that are connected to the months, seasons and astrological cycles, you grow stronger in all aspects. 

Vocalize star language mantra below 12 times while staring at the middle of the picture 

Ohmm - Sah - Kiiii
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Sing it strongly, vibrate it through your being and Breath in between each time you say it, 

- one love -

- EHANI -

“The aspiration to be a writer and share my world with others has been present within me since I first fell in love with words as a child. This being the case, it’s fitting for my first time in print to be about holding on to this childhood hope. This is the first piece of myself printed on a page and shared with anyone and everyone who wishes to receive it, and I don’t expect it to be my last.” - Monica Salazar about our latest Wolfie Submissions.

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modern au? modern au

precious schoolgirls sakura and elise, college losers takumi hinoka and leon, camilla the Coolest Neesan who rides a cool bike, most boring businessman marx and ryouma i just dont know he looks like inspector cabanela from ghost trick maybe he works at the police station

I had a sense of calmness and comfort when we met
I think apart of me knew we were true love before we had even started.
—  P.Romero
Tips for Artists: How to Network on Social Media

A lot of my recently graduated students of art and design don’t really know where to begin when it comes to getting connections, clients and jobs. Rest at ease, because social media is the best place to start! Here are a few tips to get started from my own experience.

And remember, networking does not happen over night, it can take months or years of hard work. But when it starts paying off, it REALLY starts paying off.

  1. Show your work! Don’t overload people with your stuff, but don’t be afraid to show your creations! You’ll be surprised how many connections you can make over it.
  2. Show your process. This can attract other creatives, who are all fascinated by how others work. Think of how many speedpainting videos you’ve watched.
  3. Get involved! Make sure you are actively engaging with others on social media, rather than just waiting for others to come to you. They might be doing the same thing!
  4. Consider doing a weekly art challenge. The smaller the group who takes part, the better. Sharing work under a similar theme can spark conversations. (It also improves your skills, bonus!)
  5. Post things that interest you. This can be anything from football scores to pictures of your favourite animal. Artists are people too and we are allowed to have interests, this will also spark conversation.
  6. Share what you are learning. Found an awesome tutorial or video? Share it! People may be more likely to connect with you if you are consistently sharing helpful tips and tricks. It’s also good to show that you are still actively learning, nobody likes a know-it-all.
  7. Stay consistent. I try to post at least once a day, even if it’s a progress screenshot or an artist’s portfolio that I like. You don’t want to follow an artist who hasn’t posted in 5 weeks!
  8. Go to local meet-ups. For the brave, going to local meet ups for creatives can be very rewarding. It gives you a good base of connections in your local area. If you can’t find one, start one!

I hope this helps! Good luck out there!

pratt update

hey guys! so, unfortunately, my program at pratt was filled up before i raised enough money. as sad as i am, my main concern is making sure that no one feels scammed/wronged, so if you donated and would like your money back, please don’t hesitate to let me know. i’m planning on using any of the leftover donations to apply to and attend a much shorter local creative writing program. thank you all so much for your kind words and support! if i was on my phone i’d be giving 1,000,000 heart emojis.

Support your local autistic &  their creative endeavors this April.

A few years ago I decided to put a parody organization into my super-powered series; in this series, the science-fiction premise is that in an effort to destroy disabled people, and create a /superior/ human, scientists created the Genesis Spectrum. Everyone on this spectrum had powers, and / or supernatural mutations; almost ironically, disability stayed ingrained in this new type of human.

The idea of the plot is to show that no matter how superior you try to establish yourself, you cannot just say disabled people are sub-human.

Also, it is very hard, and almost terrifying to be ableist to a person with laser eyes.

Scientists didn’t really want to admit that they failed, and these people were already developing powers, so they decided to cut their losses, and shipped the experiments off to a series of islands in the hopes they would die off. Of course, they didn’t, and what resulted was an incredibly accommodating society until something pushed a mass migration / exodus back on to the mainland. What the Genesis Spectrum folks were greeted with were two sides: one that advocated complete and utter genocide, and one that advocated soft!genocide and forced cures. The latter parodies Autism Speaks, and is called Evolution Speaks.

“Let’s light it up WARNING YELLOW for your mutant! Awareness for those natural selection abandoned! Let us search for a cure!” the group preaches.

The people on the Spec (Genesis Spectrum) fight back; some go for peaceful protests, and others go for powered demonstrations such as using electrokinesis to mess with electronic billboards, and mind control to mess with ableist speakers. In the end, E$ speaks against the Spec, and begin to preach two more ideas:

“Evolution has pushed them to violence they do not want!” and “See! These poor creatures have been forced into monsters! Let’s cure them of their disease, so that they can live a normal life!”

And, in protest to another terrible idea: “We need to stop putting them down, and start bringing them up to a functional level of human!”– the Spec form a rival idea:

#ActuallyMutated.

And, now, to celebrate April, and my fellow autistics– and even other disabled folks!– I’m inviting you guys to talk about what your #ActualMutation would be, and what type of powers you would have. They don’t erase disability, of course, and they don’t even need to accommodate to it.

If you describe yourself, and tag me in it, or post in #actuallymutated then I may put you as a background character in either my novel, or comic! You don’t have to be autistic to participate, but it is rooted in my ASD experiences, so remember that.

Please support your local autistic, and their favorite idea!

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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Official Video from POW! WOW! Worldwide on Vimeo.

Having taken their artistic vision to eight cities around the world to date, POW! WOW! recently arrived back in their hometown of Hawaii, bringing an array of international artists and musicians to collaborate with local creatives. With a vibrant blend of live art installations, exhibitions, panel discussions and concerts — including Steve Aoki, who closed the event — the POW! WOW! project continues to shine a spotlight on local art scenes while fostering a sense of community within the art world.

Video directed by Andrew Tran, Jonas Maon, and Cory Martin.

An Intern’s Guide To: Interning

Yesterday I turned 19. Meaning today it has officially been one year since I claimed the title of intern. That’s one year of intern knowledge, and then some, that I would like to share with you. 

Let’s begin with a bit of background. I lost my intern virginity last summer. I started applying in spring and, to my surprise, heard back from all the magazines I applied to - bar one. But their Twitter pic hasn’t changed in a year so I’m not quite sure what’s going on there. I ended up becoming an editorial intern at two magazines. Both of different genres - I figured it’d be beneficial to  get a diversity of experience. The first was a fashion magazine and I absolutely loved it. It was the first magazine I set eyes on and I even modelled my entire CV around one of its covers (more on that later.) I enjoyed it so much that I re-arranged the dates of my next internship just so I could stay longer. I woke up every morning last summer looking forward to what my day had to offer. Even though I struggled to afford travelling into London everyday, and got achey eyes from hours in front of a laptop screen, I began each day with a flurry of butterflies in my stomach because I loved writing for them so much. It felt like the right fit from day one. Despite arriving 2 hours late on day one that is.

I was given so much freedom to write exactly how I wanted to — much different to my next internship, where despite the fact it was a much younger magazine, had a more traditional approach with its interns. Everything would get sent back with highlighted notes and once it was finally published, lost all remnants of its initial vitality, but in turn gained the slick and polished voice of an edited feature.  I did learn a lot from all that editing. Things they’d usually teach you in journalism school like “numbers under ten are expressed in words.” Not only did I learn a lot but met some really wonderful people.

Despite each internship’s differences, both editors seemed happy with my work and expressed they wished I could stay longer! I now write for the first magazine, which is beyond what I could’ve imagined when I began applying last year (have a read of my elated response to first-time publication here.) I’d like to stress that I had no contacts nor family members who have a clue about this industry. If I can do it, you most definitely can too! So from me to you, here’s how to become an intern.  

Find Your Own Experience.

High-key every intern’s #goals

Before writing your CV you need relevant things to fill it with. Instead of waiting for opportunity to knock on your door, why not make your own? With the Internet at your fingertips there is no excuse. Gaining experience and building a portfolio is as simple as e-mailing your favourite blog and asking to contribute an article. Starting your own blog and making sure it’s in tip-top shape when future employers decide to Google you, and sincerely reaching out to growing online platforms asking to write for them. In the beginning I built my portfolio through Twitter search. I would search key phrases like “bloggers wanted” or “writers wanted” and volunteer my services (@UKFashionIntern is fab for this). You’d be surprised how far a well-composed e-mail can get you! Experience wise, you really don’t need anything fancy, you just need to show employers that you’re competent in the basics. So e-mail the editor of your local paper and ask to shadow someone for a week, or get down to your local radio and volunteer your time for a few days. If you’re at school or university make use of all the opportunities to write for the magazine or paper. This is all classed as experience, will build your portfolio and get you suited for an internship.

Stand Out.

Duh.

I think this is most important. Especially if you’re lacking in the experience department. It’s imperative to set yourself apart from all the other candidates who have the same or more experience than you. Two ways to get your application an eyebrow raise are your e-mail subject line and the aesthetic of your CV. Editors’ inboxes are filled with hundreds of e-mails a day so use your subject line to stand out from all the other intern e-mails. Make it short, concise but interesting so they have to read it. I’m not sure where I came up with mine, but I definitely did a ton of research, looked at lots of examples and steered away from the conventional. Think of it like a headline, but always ensure it’s appropriate. 

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your CV. Fashion and media are industries where creativity is celebrated after all, so you can afford to push boundaries with your application (although as was suggested to me by Heat’s Senior Editor, simplicity is often better). It’ll make you memorable and give you a chance to show your personality and how badly you want that internship. Think of the dozens of black and white word documents an editor receives then *boom* in comes your creative piece of curriculum vitae. At one of my internships, the editor showed my CV to the entire office and asked how I created it. I used photoshop (good way to showcase photoshop skills) in order to create an infographic CV. Infographics are a succinct means of getting your experience across, way more visual and fun to look at, and a great way to play on human psychology (psych student coming thru). Who wants to read through dozens of identical applications when you could present the same information through image, colour and an attractive aesthetic. Chances are they won’t be glossing over your CV. It’s different to the usual application so they’ll take note. If you dont know how to use photoshop - like me pre-CV - just google everything. Google is your friend.

Be as modest or as extra as you please

For infographic inspo I did a Google and Pinterest search for creative CVs. I saved my favourites and used them for inspiration on how to design my own. As mentioned in the intro, I based the colour scheme of my CV on the cover of the first magazine I applied to. Partly because the colours were soo beautiful, and because I wanted to impress them. I literally used a colour code finder to find the exact colours. If that doesn’t show how bad you want that internship I don’t know what could! A strong subject line and a pretty CV are bound to give you a good footing in the application process.

Here’s a buzzfeed link to CV ideas you could use for any job, not just creative ones

Use your Initiative/Be a Ninja.

Once you’ve got through the prelims and finally land that internship, it’s time to be on your A-game and stay on that A-game. Bring a notebook so you can take note of instructions, feedback and stay on track. It also makes you look like an eager beaver who’s ready to work. It’s important not just to do what you’re told, but to go beyond that. Do things that your editor didnt even ask or expect you to do. Make everyone’s life as easy as possible by doing more than you have to. So if you’re asked to write an article for online, write the tags and social media posts for it too. If you’re asked to research an interviewee organise your research in an easy-to-read format and suggest interview questions - even if you weren’t asked to. You must always be one step ahead. It’s important to be quick but not to sacrifice quality. So edit, edit, edit. You better be the most helpful and competent ninja that office has ever seen.

Be Present.

Carrie started as an intern. Who wouldn’t want to be Carrie?

Don’t be scared to contribute to discussions. An intern is still a part of the team so offer your ideas and when asked - dont be a neutral party - give your opinion. Be sure to make the most of your time at a publication and get to know people. A good conversation starter is to ask them questions about themselves. Like how they came to work there or any advice they could give you. Dont be a silent voice in the background, you’ve got to be a helping hand and a smiling face. Remember, these are the people giving you references and everyone seems to know each other in fashion, so they could recommend you to someone or even offer you a job based on how lovely you were during your stay.

Be a Nice Human.

UAL produced McQueen and Phoebe Philo. Their word is golden. 

This is integral in any field. Be nice and respectful to any and everyone you meet. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met and googled when I got home only to realise how major they were. These are the people you could be working with one day or the key to your next opportunity. You need to be remembered as a pleasant and competent person because in order to advance, it really can be about who you know. So greet and say hello to everyone. Even if you’re shy and really awkward, you have to do it! Try to get as many contacts as you can and keep in touch. Whether that be e-mailing them for advice once, thanking them for your experience or offering your time to help them (I recently did this and ended up working at Topshop’s flagship for a few days - score!) This includes fellow interns. A lot of people in the industry started as interns - look at where they are now? Who’s to say that intern on the Mac next you won’t go on to work at a PR firm that might just be hiring, or recommend you when a last minute stylist assistant is needed? Just leave a good impression on everyone you meet, k?

In summary, get off your bottom and seek experience whether that be online or in your local area, get creative with your e-mail, cover letter and CV, always be one step ahead of your editor’s needs and treat everyone with upmost respect. Fashion and the media aren’t as mean as TV and film make them out to be. People tend to be very helpful. The opportunity is there you just have to be willing to go for it!

Now you’re equipped, go get that internship!


Yours truly,

@thestoryofshama


Like the advice? Check out my previous How To’s:

How To Be Organised: From the Least Organised Student in Existence.

How To Revise: A-Level Edition 

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Guess what (who) my new obsession is.

Still gotta adjust the style a little bit.