major project research

The last wedding

“I’m nervous.” Pansy rubbed the white lace covering her stomach.

“Of course you are.” Draco came up behind her and put two firm hands on her shoulders, looking at her sternly through the mirror in front of them. Pansy looked positively breathtaking. “After all if you do it right you’ll only get married once.”

“But am I doing it right though?” Pansy stepped back and leaned on his in tux clad chest. He leaned back a bit, careful not to mess up Pansy’s hair that Fleur had so meticulously put together just that morning.

“Pansy don’t be ridiculous. You and Granger are perfect together and you know it. Your love is so bright it’s hard to watch.” Pansy turned around with that familiar concerned look in her eyes. At the age of thirty three he was still very much alone. Too focussed on work he always said. Too busy running from happiness because you don’t believe you deserve it, Pansy always shot back.

“As long as you know that when the day comes for you you’ll have all six of us walking you down the aisle to give you away. ” She hugged him, painfully tight. Draco could hear she was crying.

“Now don’t start talking about me and my more than dead love life Pans, it’s your wedding day not mine.” The asian woman let him go and grasped his hands. She smiled the entire time Draco fixed her make up, something he had counted on with his planning. Merlin knew he’d done this often enough.

“Am I a crier?” She sniffed as he finished the last details on her eyebrows. “Compared to the others am I a crier?”

Draco smiled thinking back to all of his other friend whom he’d send off to have their happy ever after. First Marcus to Oliver, then Theo to neville, Daphne to Fred, Blaise to Ron and most recently Luna to Ginny. He’d been more than a just a bit surprised to be giving Luna away, but he supposed after five years of working together on a major thestral research project and fifteen years of being very good friends it made some sort of sense.

“Marcus was definitely the worst, but then he was my first so I hadn’t been quite prepared for the many emotions that come with a wedding day.” Draco stepped back into Hermione’s childhood bedroom, taking a quick peek into the garden that was now packed with people. Then he gently lifted up the veil from its box and held it out for Pansy. “You’re definitely doing better than Theo too if it’s any comfort.”

“Theo cried before he walked down the aisle?” Pansy asked surprised. Draco didn’t try to put her focus back on her upcoming wedding hour. Some brides or grooms to be needed distraction just before they committed themselves to their spouse. He knew that after organizing five weddings.

“Of course he did. He was actually worse than Marcus because he had just lost his father while Theo is secretly just a giant bloody sap.” Pansy laughed at that. Maybe he should make a business out of this. Quit the potions lab and just become a wedding organizer. At least he wouldn’t lose his eyebrows on a near monthly basis anymore then.

“Can you put it on for me?” Pansy held out the veil. She was suddenly serious and anxious again, but it was a good anxious. An excited anxious. A gorgeous anxious.

Draco suddenly couldn’t bring himself to say anything back. He had no other eligible friends left after Pansy. This was his last wedding. The last time putting on a veil. The last time talking courage into someone who was about to embark on the biggest adventure of their live. Realising that made this the first time he felt a tear welling up himself. Though of course it was the last too. No more weddings after this.

He took the veil over from Pansy again and carefully placed it on her bowed down head before pulling it down to cover her face. Once they had manoevered them and the dress down the stairs there was only one short moment left before the bridal march would commence.

“Ready?” He managed to whisper.

“I can’t wait.” Pansy beamed, and just as every other spouse to be had done before her she shone brighter than any star. Like an essence from another world her happiness radiated off of her because somewhere in this universe it had been decided that she was meant to be with this one person, and this one person was waiting for her at the end of that aisle. The start of a new life until death do them part.

Draco held out his arm, and together they slowly strode towards the altar.

For the last time.

The Clinical Psychology Megapost, Or: What Is A Clinical Psychologist And How Do I Become One?

What’s a clinical psychologist?

A clinical psychologist* is a person with a clinical psychology PhD or PsyD. Typically clinical psychologists focus on topics associated with mental health or psychopathology in any group, including children, people with chronic health conditions, older adults, forensic populations, families, people living in poverty, students, and people with developmental disabilities, among others. Often clinical psychologists work within mental health systems to improve care or other outcomes among people with mental health issues.

(*Although many of these things will apply internationally, this post is geared towards psychologists in the United States and Canada. If you are in another country, your mileage may vary.)

Clinical psychologists can work:

• In medical hospitals
• In psychiatric hospitals
• In research hospitals
• In forensic hospitals
• In state and federal institutions
• In private institutions
• In prisons and other forensic settings
• At Veteran’s Affairs
• At the Department of Defense
• In community mental health settings
• In outpatient clinics
• In private practices
• In universities
• In rehabilitation centers
• In halfway houses
• In residential settings
• In research settings
• In advocacy settings
• In policy settings
• In administrative settings

Clinical psychologists work with:

• People diagnosed with mental illnesses
• People diagnosed with physical illnesses
• People currently experiencing distress or dysfunction
• The families, loved ones, or other people associated with the people mentioned above
• Other people for lots of reasons. Typically clinical psychologists work with a more severe population (people experiencing more significant problems) compared to counseling psychologists (who often focus on things like wellbeing), but not always.

Clinical psychologists can work with:

• All ages
• All genders
• All sexual orientations
• All cultural and ethnic backgrounds
• All abilities
• All educational levels
• All socioeconomic backgrounds
• All religions
• All people in general, as long as the particular clinical psychologist is competent to treat that particular person and their particular presenting problem(s)

Clinical psychologists have extremely varied responsibilities and day-to-day tasks, including:

  • Clinical work
    • Individual therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Couples’ therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Diagnostic assessments
    • Neuropsychology assessments
    • Disability assessments
    • Functional assessments
    • Legal assessments
    • Aptitude assessments
    • Intellectual assessments
    • Needs assessments
    • Creating treatment plans
    • Monitoring treatment progress
    • Coordinating care
  • Research
    • Creating research ideas and questions
    • Conducting literature reviews
    • Applying for grants
    • Conducting research
    • Conducting clinical work within research projects
    • Analyzing data
    • Writing journal articles, books, and chapters
    • Presenting findings at conferences and other events
    • Disseminating research to non-academics, including mental health clinicians
    • Applying research in real world settings (for example, implementing a new treatment found to be helpful)
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
    • Mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, interns, postdoctoral fellows, early career psychologists, research assistants
  • Supervising
    • Supervising clinical work
    • Supervising research
  • Training other clinicians
  • Administration
    • Leading a mental health team
    • Leading a mental health treatment program
    • Leading a research lab
    • Leading a psychology department
  • Developing new treatments
  • Developing new treatment programs
  • Developing new policies
  • Evaluating treatments
  • Evaluating treatment programs
  • Evaluating policies
  • Consulting

13 not-easy steps to becoming a clinical psychologist

1. Complete a bachelor’s degree
You will need a bachelor’s degree to get into graduate school. The easiest route to a PhD/PsyD in clinical psychology is a psychology BA or BS, possibly with another major or minor in something like biology or sociology (meaning, something connected to your interests in psychology). However, a degree in psychology is not required to get into a PhD/PsyD program in clinical psychology. If you do not major in psychology, you may need to take post-baccalaureate classes later as most PhD/PsyD programs require specific psychology classes, usually including intro, abnormal, and research & statistics.

2. Get research experience
You will need research experience to get into a PhD/PsyD program in clinical psychology. I recommend at least two years and at least two presentations. You can do this while in undergrad or afterwards. You don’t need to do research full-time (5-10 hours/week is okay) but you do need to learn about research while doing it. Don’t accept a position where all you do is data entry or mundane tasks like that. Be a part of the action- developing research ideas, conducting research, analyzing data, presenting findings. Learn all that you can from your supervisor and other people involved. Use this time to develop research skills and become better at understanding other peoples’ research and developing your own.

3. Get clinical experience (optional)
You do not need clinical experience to get into a PhD/PsyD program, but it might help. I tend to recommend it so that you can get experience in a clinical setting and/or with a clinical population so you understand better what you’re getting into. 

4. Get teaching experience (optional)
You do not need teaching experience to get into a PhD/PsyD program, but it might help. 

5. Get a master’s degree (optional)
Some people choose to get a master’s degree in clinical psychology, counseling, or experimental psychology before applying to PhD/PsyD programs. I only recommend this if you need to show you have an improved GPA and/or you want to use a master’s program to get research experience. In either case I recommend a experimental psychology program first, and then clinical psychology. 

6. Apply to PhD and/or PsyD programs in clinical psychology
You need to get in to go! (here is a post about applying to PhD/PsyD programs and a post about picking the best programs)

7. Complete a PhD or PsyD program in clinical psychology
This is the key thing. While you are in your program, get varied experience in different clinical settings with different clinical populations. Get involved with research. Say yes to many opportunities but say no to things you’re not interested in or don’t have time for. Don’t stick only to your number 1 interest- try different things, explore the possibilities. Listen to feedback and use it to get better but don’t take criticism as a comment on you as a person. Publish. Get involved with leadership and/or administrative roles. Essentially, build an impressive CV that shows that you have well-rounded skills and experience, but also are creating a niche of your own expertise. See this ask for more.

8. Complete a dissertation
The major research milestone in a PhD/PsyD program (of any type) is the dissertation. This is your major research project, where you start to carve out your area of expertise in your field. You use the dissertation to show what you’ve learned, to learn new things, and to add something important to your field. It is an enormous and difficult undertaking, but so worth it. I recommend you pick something that is achievable in the amount of time you have left (don’t make your goal “discover all genes that cause depression,” make it “determine whether cortisol is higher among people with chronic depression compared to acute depression”) and something that you will enjoy enough to keep you motivated during the years you will be working on that project.

9. Apply for a predoctoral internship program
The last clinical milestone is a pre-doctoral internship. A match process is how it’s determined where each student applying for an internship goes (similar to medical school residency programs). Students apply for internships around the United States and Canada in the fall, and interview in December and January. Students each rank the places they interviewed at in the order of their preference, and put that ranking into an online system. Each internship does the same- ranks each student in order of their preference. The system “matches” each student with an internship, attempting to match each student with the highest ranked internship possible. However, there are more students applying each year than internships, so every year students go unmatched. This year about 82% of students matched, and of those, 80% matched to an accredited internship. Accreditation is very important for future licensure and employment. This gap in matching is one reason to go to a really really good graduate program- better programs have better match rates, and many internship programs won’t review applications from students who go to unaccredited or low quality schools. See this ask for more. 

10. Complete a pre-doctoral internship program in clinical psychology
This is your last big chance to get clinical experience. So my advice is to look for programs that will help you fill important gaps in your training (for example, are you interested in PTSD but don’t have experience in Cognitive Processing Therapy? Find a program that trains in CPT) and helps you fill out your area of expertise. So, both broaden and deepen your experience. Find programs that are really interested in training you and not just getting a cheap therapist for a year. Look for places that often hire their interns as postdocs or staff psychologists, and for places that send interns to the sorts of postdocs or jobs you will want. 

11. Receive your PhD or PsyD
You’re done! Congratulations! (Remember to do your exit counseling!)

12. Apply for and complete a postdoctoral fellowship (optional)
Many (maybe most) psychologists do a postdoctoral fellowship. A postdoctoral fellowship or residency is additional training after you finish your doctoral degree.  Typical clinical postdocs are 1 year, research postdocs are 2 years, and speciality training postdocs like neuropsychology are 2 years. However some postdocs might be longer or shorter. You might do one so you can gain specific training you want or need- for example, clinical psychologists specializing in neuropsychology nearly always do a postdoc in neuropsychology (and have to in order to be boarded as a neuropsychologist), or you might want training in a particular area of research you don’t have. You might do one so you can get licensed because many jobs require applicants to already be licensed or license-eligible (and many states require supervised hours post-degree and/or other requirements). You might do one because you want a research job and it’s difficult to get one without a postdoc, particularly in academia or academia-adjacent positions. You might do one because you want to get in with a specific institution and they don’t have a job for you that year (many places hire from within, particularly from their intern and postdoc pool). 

13. Get licensed
Clinical psychologists generally get licensed within a 2-3 years of graduating (but it’s possible to do it sooner). State requirements vary a lot, so do your research so you can a) get licensed in the state you want to right now, and b) make it possible to get licensed in other states you might want to in the future. Licensure in the US always requires passing the EPPP, the national licensing exam and graduation from an APA-accredited or equivalent graduate program and internship. Many states have additional requirements like 1500 post-degree supervised clinical hours, a state exam, or additional coursework. The process is long and expensive (like everything else in this process). 

14. Get a job
This is when you finally get to be a full-fledged clinical psychologist! There are many jobs available for psychologists, but the biggest areas of need are rural and other poorly served areas. Think about what’s most important to you- type of position, type of institution, money, location, etc. –and find something that’ll work for you. 

So how long will this take?

A typical path to being a clinical psychologist looks like this:

  • Bachelor’s degree: 4 years
  • Postgraduate research experience (optional): 2 years
  • PhD/PsyD: 4-6 years
  • Predoctoral internship: 1 year
  • Postdoctoral fellowship (optional): 1-2 years (get licensed during this)
  • Job! 

So an average range is 9 to 15 years from beginning your undergraduate degree to starting your first job as a licensed clinical psychologist. Some people will need more time but it’s very unlikely to do it faster than this.

You keep mentioning “APA” and “accreditation.” What’s that?

APA is the American Psychological Association, and it is the main body that accredits (recognizes as quality and meeting minimum standards) graduate programs, Predoctoral internships, and postdoctoral fellowships in psychology. The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC), and Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) are also reputable and professionally recognized accrediting bodies.

It is essential to go to an APA-, CPA- and/or PCSAS-accredited graduate program and a APA-, CPA-, CAPIC- and/or PCSAS-accredited internship. It will be difficult to get licensed and get a job if you don’t. Accreditation also protects students. (Also, unaccredited schools are unaccredited because they are not good schools. The accrediting standards are not very high). You don’t need an accredited postdoc, but you might choose to get one because it’s likely to make it easier to get licensed and boarded, and it may make you more marketable.

Major research project provides new clues to schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling psychiatric diseases and affects approximately one per cent of the population. It commonly onsets in late adolescence and is often a life-long condition with symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and anxiety. The disease mechanisms are largely unknown, which has hampered the development of new drugs. The drugs currently available are designed to alleviate the symptoms, but are only partly successful, as only 20 per cent of the patients become symptom-free.

Comprehensive picture of disease mechanisms

The Karolinska Schizophrenia Project (KaSP) brings together researchers from a number of different scientific disciplines to build up a comprehensive picture of the disease mechanisms and to discover new targets for drug therapy. Patients with an acute first-episode psychosis are recruited and undergo extensive tests and investigations. Cognitive function, genetic variation, biochemical anomalies as well as brain structure and function are analysed using the latest techniques and then compared with healthy peers.

The first results from the project are now presented in two studies published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry [1 , 2]. One of the studies shows that patients with newly debuted schizophrenia have lower levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in their cerebrospinal fluid than healthy people and that the lower the concentration of GABA the more serious their symptoms are.

Important for most brain functions

GABA is involved in most brain functions and along with glutamate it accounts for almost 90 per cent of all signal transmission. While glutamate stimulates brain activity, GABA inhibits it, and the two neurotransmitters interact with each other.

“Over the years, animal studies have suggested a link between decreased levels of GABA and schizophrenia,” says Professor Göran Engberg at Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. “Our results are important because they clinically substantiate this hypothesis.”

The other study used the imaging technique of positron emission tomography (PET) to show that patients with untreated schizophrenia have lower levels of TSPO (translocator protein), which is expressed on immune cells such as microglia and astrocytes.

“Our interpretation of the results is an altered function of immune cells in the brain in early-stage schizophrenia,” says Senior lecturer Simon Cervenka at Karolinska Institutet’s Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

Follow-up studies are underway

The results of the two studies provide new clues to the pathological mechanisms of schizophrenia, but it is unclear if the changes are the cause or the result of the disease. Follow-up studies are now underway to examine what causes the anomalies and how these biological processes can be influenced to change the progression of the disease.

KaSP is a collaboration between clinical and preclinical research groups at Karolinska Institutet and four psychiatric clinics under Stockholm County Council.

A Note to New English Literature Students

When writing an essay for class, journals, or anything online, you need to cite your sources. This you know (I hope).

But did you know… that you have to cite sources even if you didn’t use them?

It sounds dumb, but let me explain.

Pretend, for example, that you’re a reptile expert and are writing a paper about reptiles as house pets. Being an expert, you don’t need any outside sources. You write up your paper, hand it in, and fail. Why?

Because your professor wouldn’t know these reptile facts. They’re not common knowledge. And when you’re writing an essay, you need to prove that you’re credible. That’s why you use sources, cite them, and make sure that they’re reliable.

But your readers don’t know that you’re a reptile expert. They don’t know anything about reptiles. For all they know, you could be pulling this information out of your ass. If you include your bibliography, your reader can check your sources and see for themselves that you’re writing facts. And, if your writing for your prof, you can prove that you’re not plagiarizing as well as prove that the paper is accurate.

However, this depends on your audience as well. Continuing with the example above, let’s say you’re writing a paper for a herptological journal about the benefits of reptiles as support animals for young individuals with autism. You begin by specifying some issues with the prospect:

Though the advantages of reptiles as therapy pets are astounding, problems arise when you consider the advanced husbandry involved with reptile keeping. For example, all reptiles require a heat source and a certain amount of UVB light.

In this excerpt, we don’t need to include a citation. This is because of our audience. If we’re writing to a herptological journal, our readers will already know that reptiles need heat and UVB. Anyone who has ever studied or owned reptiles would know this.

Now, if we were writing to a general audience - your prof or the local newspaper, for example - you would need to cite a source.

Though the advantages of reptiles as therapy pets are astounding, problems arise when you consider the advanced husbandry involved with reptile keeping. For example, all reptiles require a heat source and a certain amount of UVB light (1 - Frances M. Baines).

Then, at the end of your paper, your bibliography will include:


1 - Frances M. Baines, M.A., VetMB, MRCVS.

And there you have it: when and when not to cite sources. As a rule of thumb, ask yourself: if you were to go downtown and ask 20 random people on the street about X, would 18 or more of them be able to answer? If yes, then it’s common knowledge and you shouldn’t need to cite a source. If no, you better play it safe and do a citation, even if you didn’t use a source to learn it.

And, of course, always cite sources when you learn something specifically for the paper. If it’s not directly from your own brain, ALWAYS cite a source.


i tried to look up t-giving recipes today but my head is just not into it.  i thought i’d be excited about trying my first cheesecake but every recipe seems to make my thoughts blur.

head is filled with what seems like all non-positive thoughts but on the plus side i seem to be faking it a little better at work this week.

fast forward to a major research project i’ve been doing that i can’t seem to remember from one minute to another but my boss’ boss asked me to do and i can’t wait until it’s over even though i normally like these type of things but i can’t function. ahh ff.

i have what seems like monumentally little patience atm.  enough i can’t find one whole minute to apply neosporin and a bandaid to a cut that will never heal but it doesn’t matter because i suck at healing and this will take a month anyway what is the point (hi auto-immune)

scruffy is in the bed being cute.  he isn’t doing anything in particular but is being.

i. can’t. 

anonymous asked:

If someone really dislikes conducting research, would you recommend avoiding a PhD program? I'm applying to a Master's program and want to eventually get a Doctorate in Clinical Psych, but I really don't like research. I like working with people, not studying them.


a PhD is a research degree first and foremost. A clinical psychology PhD is an outlier in that sense, because it integrates research with clinical training- it is essentially a hybrid doctoral/professional degree. But- no matter how clinically focused the specific PhD program is, if it is a quality program, it will require 2 major research projects minimum, years of classes (I took something like 8 classes in research and stats in my grad program), and probably other research involvement. So if you really really don’t like research, then get a master’s degree in a clinical discipline like clinical social work. 

however- I’d urge you to think about what research means to you now versus what it means as a clinical psychologist. undergrad research is often super boring- like, my first “study” was observing students in my university’s cafeteria (maybe how long people ate based on how many people were sitting with them? something like that). not interesting, and also a topic already fully covered in the lit. 

but here’s what I do now: today, I went to a long-stay inpatient program and worked with people with schizophrenia. I talked to them and helped them get started with a new treatment. but it was research- we are also collecting data to see if that treatment works. and that’s personally interesting to me, but it’s also really important, because if the treatment works, that opens up new avenues for people with schizophrenia to reach their goals. so when I do research, I do clinical research- the two things integrated. it’s not a boring thing or a vague thing, it’s an exciting way for me to help my chosen population get better care and have better lives. it’s fucking awesome. 

it’s totally okay if you don’t agree, but I hope that if you don’t already have a sense or even some experience with doing clinical research, you’ll look more into it before to give up on a PhD. because again, it’s fucking awesome, and we need excellent clinician-scientists who will use research to improve the lives of real people. 


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Three Small Words

Note: This is a one-shot John/Dave and Dirk/Jake happy fluffy feels fic that has nothing to do with Hopeless and Heartless.  Enjoy!

Three Small Words

When you were little, your kindergarten teacher gave you a homework assignment.  Write three sentences, three things that you love.  Your sentences only needed to be three words long.

Spelling didn’t matter.  Periods were optional.    You wrote the entire thing in blue crayon.




You still remember the look on your dad’s face when you proudly showed him that you could write.  When he first looked at you, there was something in his eyes you didn’t recognize.  You were confused and a little worried that you did a bad job writing.  But your unease melted away when he swept you up into his arms.  With a big smile on his face, he told you, “I’m so proud of you, son.”

When you were little, you told Dave you loved him all the time.  Dave told you he loved you too.  Dave was your best friend. Of course you loved him.

And when you were little, nobody seemed to care.  Your teacher just smiled at you.  The other kids were too busy eating paste to think about you two.

Dave’s older brother heard you tell Dave you loved him once.  He used a word you never heard before when he said, “too fuckin’ cute.”

After you asked your dad what a “fuckin’” was later, you weren’t allowed to play over at Dave’s house for a while.  But Dave still came over to yours every day after school.

Grade school flew by.  You and Dave were inseparable.  You did everything together.  By some stroke of luck, you were in the same class with each other every year.

And though some things never changed, one thing did.

Somewhere along the line, you stopped telling Dave you loved him.  Dave stopped too. 

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Windsong: Divination Excerpts

“Do you know what it’s like to have a PH.D. in Divination? Those student loans are murder. ” - WIndsong.

“Over a century studying and working and all I got was debt. You never heard about how my spellwork laid the groundwork for divining in combat….mostly because of the high death rate of those who’ve tried it. But it works!”

“My thesis and major research projects involved using divination on the battlefield and how to use it to gain an edge against opponents. Divination is always mocked for its lack of offensive spells- but how useful if your fireball spell if I can gut you before you cast it?”

She didn’t need a reflective surface for divination but it made her life easier. With such a personal item however. There was always a price to pay for what she’d see. It came with a sharp jolt, the world shaking and twisting.

“- No! Stop. Please, please, PLEASE.” I didn’t want to die. My hand weakly clawed at the earth. Nearby dirt crunched underneath booted  and a quiet voice drawled out: “Bilateral transaction- I didn’t think you were still alive.”  A cold, calm face looked down dispassionately.  I opened my mouth to… beg for help, mercy.  He twisted his hand in a sharp gesture…

“Whoreson!” I returned to the world disoriented with my eyes aching. The office spun around me and bile rose in my throat. Unable to stay balanced Windsong slide out of the chair, grabbing out blindly for a wastebasket. “No, Windsong, n-” The Magister’s voice broke off as she vomited into a rather expensive vase. Mostly on purpose and because it was close. 

The more personal the item, the more likely she would experience more of what the owner had. It came with consequences. More than one Diviner had died, stuck in what they were seeing and sharing an unfortunate death. The kind of things that can be seen with Divination could be beautiful, bring tears to your eyes as you witnessed a long ago scene, exciting as you searched for answers, or they could be horrible, appalling, awful things. Visions of the past, future, and the true nature of some things. Magical stains, horrifying scenes, the physical, mental, and emotional damage.

The countless possibilities continued to move in front of her but she focused watching the mage and the visions in Red- the countless possibilities.  Each red shade was the possibility, some that could happen. But there were so many. Countless possibilities. The right choices would see her taking victory. Over a century spent studying the school of divination and it came down to these seconds- seeing what they would do and acting on that knowledge.

WIP Meme

Tagged by @almost-annette! Here we are…a look into my OFF ITS FUCKING ROCKER BRAIN.

1) How many works in progress to do you currently have in progress?

Six. Three of those are fic, three of those are major school research projects for three classes. The Hypothetical Sequel and my Puerto Rico auction items are the others. There are other projects, obviously, I have many things sitting on the back burner (including an…odd…piece of original fiction), but I qualify “WIP” as something I’m ACTIVELY scheduling time to hammer out.

2) Do you/would you write fan fiction?


3) Do you prefer paper books or ebooks?


4) When did you start writing?

When I was, like, TWO. There’s a copy of one of my first stories hanging on my grandmother’s wall, it’s a cute exercise in Baby’s First Mythopoeia. I have never not been a writer. Words kind of…run in my veins.

5) Do you have someone you trust that you share your work with?

Of course I share with @pyxyltheamoeba, but @accio-toffy is my wonderful Dishonored buddy and @luminis-infinite hears a lot of my FB stuff before anyone else does.

6) Where is your favorite place to write?

Dorm room, the big window on the top floor in the Arts and Sciences building, or the hidden armchair in the back corner of the library basement.

7) Favorite childhood book?

Easy: The Legend of Drizzt, RA Salvatore. Formative.

8) Writing for fun or writing for publication?

Publication as a fanfic author for free on the internet!! But really though, this is just plain fun for me. I write for ME. And that’s a good thing. :)

9) Pen and paper or computer?

I fucking love writing pen and paper.

That said?

I can’t.

My brain goes too goddamn fast and the only way to keep up is on a computer because my typing speed can be 200 wpm if I go hard and that’s STILL not enough to keep up. I get behind. If I use pen and paper, it’s usually to jot out paragraphs while I’m in class or busy with something else. My notebooks are full of fragmented paragraphs…

10) Have you ever taken any writing classes?

Once, I hated it, never fucking again.

People try to box me in with diagrams and Hero’s Journeys and “don’t bother with all of that”.

Fuck no.

11) What inspires you to write?

I need it like I need air. I mean that, honestly and truly. Ask anyone: my greatest resistance to medicating my bipolar disorder is that I’m afraid of losing my ability to write, or crushing my drive to do it. There are stories inside of me; I’d be writing if no one was reading. The world’s a sandbox and I’ve been given a pail and a spade and that’s all I need. I want to write. I WANT to write.

It’s not a hobby, and I certainly don’t want it to be my career. But I am perfectly happy to call it a way of life.

Please consider yourself tagged, everybody; I have to get back to writing!! <3
Bishies in My Project

Me - Hi, I feel second-hand embarrassment easily.

Aquarius - My BFF, a rather gentle and artistic band geek, and my extrauterine sibling, into one or two manga series at the time

Kagome - Aquarius’ weeb friend from band class, boisterous but well-meaning, into all those “big” anime series from the mid-2000s with doodles of her husbandos on her folders

Commando - Tough athletic girl and friend of Kagome, thus tangential friend of Aquarius and me. Into video games, probably aware of anime and manga.

My experience was very brief but still gives me that uncomfortable feeling in my guts when the instance crosses my mind. Several years ago, when I was still in high school, I was into anime and manga style art. I liked to draw it. Wasn’t good, but wasn’t the worst, and at least the subject matter isn’t anything I’m embarrassed to speak of nowadays - mostly just people with superpowers, what I thought were neat clothing designs, whatever. No hardcore porn or overly busty self-inserts. At the time, I’d never watched nor read many series - Zoids and YuGiOh from my childhood were about the extent of my Japanese serial knowledge, with a few factoids about the current series of the time thrown in thanks to my friends.

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Ethnographic Writing Tip #1: Write about something you love

Yes, the thesis and dissertation are credentialing exercises, and the first book is something you have to get done before the tenure clock stops ticking.  If you are an adjunct or a postdoc, the book may be your golden ticket to a tenure track job.  The obvious temptation is to choose a “hot” topic, something that is au courant.  That way lies madness.  Your dissertation will follow you around for a long time, and the topic of your first major research project will come to define your career.

Forget the intellectual fashion. Ignore what your advisor says.  Find something that you love.  The first step to a well-written ethnography is an author who writes knowledgeably and passionately about her subject. Intellectual excitement vibrates through a text.