maybe its the start of more different youtubers on my blog

Creators Misunderstanding Their Fan Base: Undertale

I love Undertale, so do many others. However, I love Undertale because of the fan base. I have met so many kind and determined individuals that I wouldn’t have met otherwise if not for Undertale. Many of these people are artists, and it’s nice to see the same characters drawn in so many different styles. Even better is when there is a story written about Undertale, a what if this happened instead of this? Great examples of this are Dreamtale, by @jokublog (currently not theirs more about that later), Glitchverse, by @camilaart, and Xtale/Underverse, by Jackei/@xtaleunderverse. There are many more alternate stories/universes I would love to share but I really want to focus on these two right now. As you may or may not know, both these creators make animations/comics based off their story lines, and they are incredible. The amount of effort that goes into each and every frame of animation is jaw dropping to say the least. The story is also pretty great compared to most, especially Glitchtale’s constant subversion of every expectation and Underverse’s imaginative plot and character portrayal are no small feat either. It’s immediately clear that a lot of effort goes into their work to make it as great as possible and create their animations fairly quickly. However, I’m not here to simply sing their praises because the title isn’t “Amazing Undertale Universes You Have To See To Believe” no, this is “Creators Misunderstanding Their Fan Base: Undertale” 

 Recently a story came out about Joku threatening to use her fan base against another person who was just giving feedback on a shirt that they made. This led to them deleting their blog and now it’s being held by a nice individual so that Joku can have the name back if she wants. Joku makes sure people know that she is getting lots of hate over this misbehavior of hers. She’s making it seem like her fan base is full of haters that demand comics every week and don’t care about the person behind the project at all. Her “fans” led her to deleting her blog that she had used for a while now, over one small incident. That’s. Not. True. Joku’s fans are passionate, without a doubt, but they have huge amounts of respect for the amount of work that goes into this complex narrative that Joku is almost always working on. Joku, you’re fans are there, making fan art, liking your posts, and sending positive words your way, but you don’t care about that, do you? You just want to show everyone that you can overcome the haters by yourself, but you can’t, nobody can on their own. You say you ignore the haters, but dealing with what I’ve heard people say about you in silence, isn’t a great idea. If you open up more to your audience, show your real fans that you still care about them, I have no doubt that there will be a shift in the types of people who view your content. I along with many others didn’t hate you for what you did, was it a bit uncalled for? Yea, a little bit, but that one incident with someone WHO’S ALREADY FORGIVEN AND APOLOGIZED FOR MAKING IT PUBLIC, shouldn’t have led to you deleting your blog. The blog is being held for you, your choices are to reset back to zero and build your blog all over again, or quit and leave everyone.

 Jackei, the creator of Xtale and Underverse, is passionate about her work. Her amazing narrative and intense animations make it a joy to experience through and through, but she has her flaws as well. One day you’ll get a hilarious shitpost from Jackei about how she got braces, the next a comic about how she is having to stand against her fans barrage of negativity. I’m saying it right now that there is a difference in HATING and CRITICIZING and it’s easy to tell which is which. Hate usually is opinionated, relying on the same feeling from others to help boost their opinion into more of a fact. Fans that criticize a work however often point out actual problems with the product they were presented with. Maybe the animation was a bit low quality in some places, or maybe the dialog didn’t add anything to the situation, but whatever it is its a real problem that they just shed light on for you. Those fans care, unlike the haters you insist are your fans. Many people really love your intense devotion to your work, making comics often along with incredible animations that have breathtaking moments a plenty, but it sucks when someone you hugely respect talks down to you. You make it clear that whenever you get hate you try to deal with it in silence, and for the most part if you are a strong enough person that works out really well for you. Not only does it improve your image as a creator but it makes fans think much much more of you as a person. However, you show us that side of you way too much, and its clear you want to be that person you portray yourself as. You’ve gotten much better about showing us that you can withstand the hate sent your way, and your shitposts/memes are always a joy to behold, but why not show off the better side of your fan base, the people who really care about you and your work. It’d make a difference in how you view your fans. Just remember Jackei, haters shout loud because they want others to hear them, but when a fan comments, they don’t even expect an answer from anyone.

 Camila is an incredible artist as well, creating a 20 minute animation in less than 4 months is unreal. On top of that the animations feature a standard of quality not usually seen in animations made in the same amount of time. However, Camila is known to harp on people for asking when the latest episode is going to come out. Her response is usually a meme or her telling them to chill and just wait. Camila has the opposite issue that Jackei does, she will show all the asks about when the episode is coming out, making it seem like that’s all her fan base cares about. That and her talking down to her fans often, sometimes calling them stupid for not understanding a small detail in the animation. She’s who Jackei strives to be, impervious to all hate sent her way. To be honest, it’s not the best way to act towards your fans, sometimes people honestly just want to know because they are hyped for the next episode. Especially with the amount of information Camila will spoil about the episode, when in reality it’s mostly misdirection to make hers fans come to one conclusion before the episode even starts, just so she can subvert everyone’s expectations in the end. It’s incredible how many times I knew what would happen just because I followed Camila’s tumblr, @camilaart. Camila, I desperately wanted to donate $50 to you on patreon after you lost part of your house because I desired to talk to the biggest inspiration in my life at the time. To be honest I still want to, but I’m only 15 and I have no income for which to donate to either of you, sorry /;-;/. Camila, your awe inspiring, I just wish you would act more mature and be more loyal to people. After what happened to Jackei you threw her under the bus, reblogging what she said just to garner it more exposure. It’s shocking how many people you turn on after someone comes out with something bad about that person, like Jackei and Ultima almighty. You’re getting much better though about pointing out positive things, like animators and artists who have almost no exposure on youtube, is pretty amazing. It’d be amazing though, if you could use the positives to detract haters instead of memes. You’re a role model for some people whether you want to believe it or not, and sometimes people take anything that role models say as undeniable fact. Your on the right path, please don’t reset again. 

(Everything I said are just my thoughts on these two amazing animators, I just really want to get these out their so that maybe they will both see this post and reflect on themselves as creators. I plan to do more of these but I don’t what topics/people to do yet. And guys, don’t hate these artists just for me pointing out a few things wrong with them, that’s the complete opposite of what I’m trying to say. If you don’t like them, then just ignore them, it’s as simple as that. Thanks for reading this, it truly means a lot to me.) 

((OMG!!! THANK YOU GUYS I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE. I INTENDED TO MAKE IT 3 SECTIONS AND ACCIDENTALLY MADE TWO THE FIRST TIME COMBINING JACKEI AND JOKU I AM SO SORRY!!! THANK YOU FOR POINTING THIS OUT TO ME!))

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you have any tips for studying for a subject you absolutely despise? ((looking at you Social Science -.-)) anyway, if you would have any tips that would be a great help! Thanks <3

Hey! Omg yes, my little demon was maths + corporations law fml. I’m sure everyone has a subject they absolutely hate with a fervent passion but have to get through. 

Here’s a few tips for studying a subject that you absolutely despise: 

1. Do the bare minimum 

Lol, let’s be honest here. There’s going to be subjects that you love and there’s going to be subjects that you hate. You don’t have to love every subject that you study - all you have to do is pass. 

So, canvass your syllabus/ course outline and see what you’re going to be examined on. Tab the relevant sections of your textbook and ignore the rest. Look at the broad areas of your course and how much weighting they’re given (e.g. the number of weeks dedicated to studying that portion, the assessment %, the type of questions in practice exams). 

Often you’ll find you’ve just condensed the course to about… well ¾ of your textbook/ reading materials. And out of those chapters, its not like you need to memorise all of it - just the key concepts (see: the intro, the conclusion and probably one body paragraph outlining the key example). 

All those extra readings? Fuck it. That set of extra essays or ‘areas of academic interest’? Screw that. If its not going to make up a huge portion of your examinable content, leave it to one side. 

Condense the course to the bare minimum you need to study so that you can pass. Sure, it’ll be an ugly, barely scraped through pass, but hell that’s all you need.

Use that time for a subject you enjoy. 

PASS, THEN MOVE ON.

2. Leech off someone who enjoys the subject (this includes your teacher)  

Sometimes, its a matter of finding what other people love about it. Finding a friend or another student who is passionate about the subject you hate, asking them what the enjoy about it or heck, just seeing their enthusiasm may help you appreciate the subject. Sure, you’re not going to love it but heck, at least you understand the appeal.

+ people who are passionate about a subject tend to love sharing their knowledge. Engage in casual conversation, ask them questions about areas you’re struggling with etc. 

And they may even point to an area or a niche area of the subject that may pique your interest. This leads me to my next tip…. 

3. Putting it into context 

Sometimes we hate a subject when we can’t put it into context - e.g. “what the fuck is the point of learning how to transform a fucking graph!” 

Ask someone what they love about a subject. Maybe they know an advanced application of what you’re learning that leads to an area of interest. 

Google shit. Youtube shit. Maybe you’ll find a small aspect that may help you appreciate the subject. Because the mere study of the subject doesn’t necessarily reflect its practical application. For example, I found contract law extremely boring and dry – it wasn’t until I started working in the area and realised how these contracts affected the buildings/ events/ my general day to day life that I really began to enjoy contract law. 

4. Be strict with your time

When you have a subject you hate, its easy to put it off to one side. Be strict with your time. Allocate a set time period to do your required homework/ reading etc. Clear your desk of any other subject, books etc phone. Anything not related to that subject goes out the fucking door. 

Start small - maybe 30 mins. After your allotted time is up - MOVE ON. The pomodoro method may help in this regard (see an intro post to the method by @etudiance

When you start out, it may be that you spend those 30 mins staring blankly at a book. But by day 6, with routine and time, you’ll eventually start slowly chipping away at what you need to do. 

As to the sequence…. I liked sticking it in between studying two subjects I enjoyed. So I could start my study session with something I liked, then do my allocated hour of doom and have something to look forward to later. 

5. Find a different way to study the same shit 

This depends on your study method tbh. But perhaps find a new way to study what you don’t enjoy - whether that be swapping out those flashcards for a mindmap, dictating as opposed to writing shitones of notes, youtubing videos on the concept etc. 

However, this doesn’t mean procrastinating. Don’t kid yourself - spending ‘3 hours to tidy up your desk before you start work so you can be productive later’ isn’t going to achieve your goal. You’re just putting off your work. Same with re writing the heading of your notes 10 times so you can get the right colours and fonts. 

Rather, space that ‘productive procrastination’ out between your study. Have a 30 min ‘preparation session’ before you study where you clean your desk, get all your supplies, draw up your headings. If you don’t finish, tough - relegate the rest of that prep in your breaks. Move on and get cracking with studying. 

6. Reward yourself! 

After you’ve finished that chapter? DO SOMETHING YOU LIKE. NON STUDY RELATED. Preferably healthy. 

+ heck, sometimes the motivation that comes with nailing 3 exam questions in a row is enough to keep your confidence and momentum up. 

Here’s a few more pointers from some other studyblrs! 

If you want specific resources re: social science give me another shout and I can dig some up (wasn’t sure what level you’re studying at), or check out some studyblr community lists etc (e.g. @studyblrindex) and I’m sure there’s someone who will be happy to help out (OR SCREAM INTO THE ABYSS TOGETHER W. YOU) 

All the best!  

terastormtas  asked:

How do you advertise your cosplays? and how do you start getting hired for cons. I'm looking to branch out with my cosplay work.

Hope you dont mind me answering publicly, I’ve gotten a lot of asks about this recently! 

It’s not so much about adertising as it is algorithms. And luck. At least for the ‘getting my cosplays seen’ thing. 

Theres a lot of luck thats determined by your cosplay quality itself, how recent the series your cosplaying is from, if your the first to cosplay it, and a lot of other stuff I dont even know how to master… hopefully I can help in other ways. 

Most social media run on algorithms of sharing content. For example, only the first 5 tags on tumblr get picked up by the search. Any tags after that are ignored. SO you want to make the first five the most relevent, and the most useful, so your post shows up in those tags. After that make sure to use clerical tags, for your own blogs organization. 

There are TIMES OF DAY to post that vary on each social media platform, and ways to maximize your level of outreach. 

Or another example is that Facebook nukes the promotion of other-app or outside-links. If your sharing from insta or twitter or linking out to a website, facebook purposely doesnt share your post as much. And they prefer image statuses rather then text ones. So always post your info with a photo. LATELY facebook only prefers videos too, cause the company is trying to compete with youtube. Which is why their player doesnt let you leave easy. SO making tutorials and guides and uploading SEPERATELY on fb and then again on youtube is best. Shares are the bread and butter of fb, not likes or comments. 

Then theres sites like ACP, great for getting hired as a cosplayer for events like NISAmerica and Funimation, because they have a long time relationship with ACP. 

DEVIANTART is a dead, dead thing. BUT journalists DONT like linking to things like instagram or tumblr – so they ALWAYS tap from Deviantart. DA has a better landing page for images and people like CosMonde, CosplayCulture, and Kotaku. Or even IGN and CompGamer link back to Deviantart exclusively. 

However… 

Social Media Marketing is a different job then getting hired at cons. I talk about that process HERE. 

Convention guesting isn’t always about the number you have, though it helps in  a capacity. Its about what PROGRAMMING you bring, as a cosplayer. Because you are a solution to filling an event. Not filling an event around YOU. 
They need programming to fill the event guide. 

That being said, once you get thats its SUPER easy to find what you can bring to a con. Maybe you love sewing and can host some sewing patterns. Or maybe your a health nut and can host a Cosplay Fitness panel. Or maybe you can talk about wigs or makeup, or heck, if you know a lot about making Gundum models or collecting Funkos, thats a panel too! There a lot of topics one can cover. Anything you’d like to share or help others with! 

I CAN GO IN DEPTH about both, but its really, a lot, a lot, a loooootttt of information. We actually host a panel on SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING for cosplay, annnnd. a panel on Cosplay Career, guesting and creating a job from cosplay experience. But those are 1 hr long panels. 

So if you want more info, you can always email me! I’ve actually thought about hosting maybe a livestream or online talk about these things. Maybe I can organize one after Anime Expo. 

aicosplays@gmail.com

Alright, since it’s Game Grumps 5th birthday lemme get a little bit sappy here. I made the keenveins tumblr and bounced around different fandoms after my old one died out. I didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere and I missed being a part of something.

My friend was like “you should watch Game Grumps!” but I kept putting it off because I had heard things about them that weren’t exactly great. Eventually I watched a Super Mario 3D World video because the channel I had been watching stopped making them. I watched one episode of SM3DW and literally never stopped watching Game Grumps since then.

I lurked in the fandom before ever posting about it and followed a bunch of blogs I liked. I started posting about them and had maybe 40 followers and that was mostly friends who had followed me when I re-made.

The community was fun, and big, and active and I had a great time. I started writing again and creating content for the fandom and things exploded (in a good way) suddenly I had a ton of followers and a lot of people who wanted my opinion on things, who wanted to talk to me, and get to know me. It was fun and incredible and I forged a lot of great friendships.

Basically, what I am saying is watching that one episode of Game Grumps led me to so many other amazing things. I met so many amazing people, people I’ve spent time with irl, that I’ve hung out with, shared experiences with that I wouldn’t change ever.

The fandom let me meet the absolute love of my life.

The fandom led me to being more creative now than I had been in years, to doing commissions, and feeling so much more confident in my writing.

It led me to being able to talk to Arin who did/does mean a lot to me and I’ll still never be able to properly thank that anonymous donor for buying that for me.

It led me to seeing Game Grumps Live, to meeting Vernon, to hanging out with amazing people in Chicago and seeing NSP in a sold out show. It led me to being able to talk to Jack on a consistent basis.

It led me to now where I have over 5,000 of you following me and enjoying this weird, and imperfect YouTube show with me. My time here has been a trip, and I don’t take it for granted. It boggles my mind how amazing this fandom can be and how many good things we can do.

Here is to 5 more years with you lovelies. <3

-keenveins

Ways to Cheer Yourself Up (When wanting to be alone) - 50 top things to do
  • 1. Go ON Tumblr, believe it or not, we don't care where you're from, what you do, how you're being you, as long as you are being you, you're pretty much welcomed on here. That's why i love it. Unless of course you are homophobic or judgemental or ignorant - then the people will speak for themselves, we look out for each other here.
  • 2. Read Books; escapism is a wonderful thing
  • 3. Listen to music; and no - not the sad, 'ALL BY MYSELF' type music, but the kickass songs like 'I will Survive' or 'Loser Like Me' just celebrate yourself for being awesome, because we know you are; even if others don't; especially then actually.
  • 4. Become your own superhero. Every single one of you have a talent or a dream. Follow up on that talent/dream. YOU ARE WORTH IT, and you can be whoever you want to be.
  • 5. DISNEY MOVIES. Unless you absolutely hate bursting out into song - better cut of highschool musical and glee while were at this, then Disney is the best pick me up ever.
  • 6. Watch your favourite TV shows. Remind yourself why life can be awesome. Watching your fav characters usually means you can relate to them.
  • 7. Go on walks - it's very pretty outside, and sometimes our heads can be overloaded with information or stress, I advise calming music and a nice walk outside in comfortable clothes.
  • 8. Have a diary. A friend of mine recently bought me one, and it's a godsend because all the anger, or emotions I feel, I try to put in the diary rather than putting it out on others. It also calms you down. I feel better when I write.
  • 9. Speaking of writing...if you enjoy it- WRITE. Writing is a wonderful way to escape. You can put all your emotions into your characters and they just come to life. I tend to do that when I'm stressed.
  • 10. If writing is not your thing then bake. I've actually ironically read in a fan fiction where a character would bake when stressed and try out new recipes, this character tried making butterbeer; maybe be adventurous; have a food blog or something to keep you occupied.
  • 11. Be With Your Pets - Pets are loyal creatures, and they love you, even when you're being a pain in the ass, and I hear they're very good listeners.
  • 12. Now I don't know about you, but I LOVE Musicals. If you are a musical fanatic like me and you're feeling a little down, my dears; listen to those awesome voices, because sometimes we just - need - a break (Also, if you haven't watched RENT, watch it - NODAYBUT TODAY...or Starkid...Starkid make the most funniest musical parodies, even if you don't like musicals I suggest it, and if you're not enjoying their YouTube Channel, then I'll eat my own hat).
  • 13. ASK ME ANYTHING. If you really want to talk to somebody but you don't want to talk to people you know and you just want to get things out, my ASK box is always open.
  • 14. Find a hobby. If you don't really want to talk to anybody, that's okay, sometimes we need to just have some 'me time'. In my me times, I usually deactivate from Facebook, and just focus on things that make me happy. Like; Puzzles, Sudoku, Games, writing, cooking, singing, whatever it is...travelling even. Enjoy yourself.
  • 15. Travel. Maybe being stuck in the same place is the problem, maybe you're head wants to be in a place where it can ACTUALLY THINK.
  • 16. Go Hiking. I suppose Hiking is similar to walking but if you're an outdoor person, this is a great way to clear your head and to feel fresh.
  • 17. Hit The Gym. Or even do your own exercises. I like to walk - do crunches, and I love Zumba. I love dancing. If you love being active, this is also another way to clear your mind from negative things.
  • 18. GO SEE A MOVIE!!! When was the last time you had fun? Even if it's just by yourself. You're allowed to treat yourself. Go, enjoy, be surrounded by people, even if they're strangers.
  • 19. If you like coffee, treat yourself for one at a local cafe. Who knows, you might meet your coffee soulmate in a cafe one day.
  • 20. STOP thinking Negative. Have a Pros/Cons List. Try not to outweight the Pros list with the Cons. Please?
  • You are good enough.
  • 21. Write down a bucket List, and start ticking them off. Having goals and dreams is healthy. If you have dreams, then you have a direction of where you're going.
  • 22. Get help. It's okay, if you're head is in a really bad place to reach out to people. It really is okay.
  • 23. Help others. If you're not sure what to do with yourself at all, be useful to other people less fortunate than you. Volunteer! Work with Charity, Feed the homeless, help the guide dogs association.
  • 24. Smile more. It looks good on you, believe me. Spend time with your guilty pleasures, my guilty pleasure is binge watching glee
  • 25. Please DO NOT go to a pub to drink to ease your mind, if you are going to do that, do it with a friend, or somebody close.
  • 26. Eat Chocolate. Okay yes while society says NO DON'T EAT THE FATTY FOOD. Hey; screw them. If you feel better eating a bit of junk go for it. There's nothing wrong with eating a whole pizza or tub of ben and jerry ice cream when feeling upset - just try not to make TOO much of a habit : p
  • 27. REBLOG YOUR FOLLOWERS POSTS, you might be surprised that you aren't the only one feeling the way you're feeling, you might be surprised by how much you're forgetting that hey - it's gonna be alright.
  • 28. Do something nice for your neighbour. Ah who knows, have you ever actually talked to them? Maybe they might be lonely too.
  • 29. Have a GAMES Night. A very good friend of mine loves Games. If You LOVE Games, then hell have a marathon of them. Play the sims, be in control.
  • 30. Speaking of marathons...dun dun dun - MOVIE MARATHON, I Don't Know About You Guys, But Having A Harry Potter Movie Marathon always cheers me Up. WITH FOOD Of course, and good company, but this is about cheering yourself up, so if you don't want company, that's okay.
  • 31. Draw. I love drawing too. I suppose I'm more of the creative person. There are a lot of different types of people out there, maybe you like solving things - do those fancy cube things Idk what they're called. If you are like my brother and you love Maths, then maybe you can tutor someone. On one hand you're helping someone, and doing something you like doing, just like I'm drawing because I like drawing.
  • 32.Be with kids. believe it or not, kids are the most innocent little munchkins, and they honestly don't care what you look like, if you play hide and seek with them they'll be thrilled, so long as you're nice to them, they're generally nice to you... but be warned, they tell it how it is too. I talk a bit different. The most popular thing they've said to me was "Is that why you talk funny, because of the things in your teeth?" (They've also never really seen braces before) I even had one kid determined to get me to sing 'Everything is awesome' I'll never forget that because this kid clearly didn't care how I sounded, and just wanted me to sing with her. I felt great.
  • 33. If you're into Fairy Tales, Please Please Read Chris Colfer's The Land Of Stories series 1-4. It's an amazing series, and you almost forget what world you're in once you start reading. Plus, there's more coming (I'm a little excited)
  • 34. Watch Pixar Movies. You can't go wrong.
  • 35. GO TO HOGWARTS. Harry Potter Fan? Visit - Platform 9 3/4s in London, or go to the Harry Potter World, or if you can't actually visit these sites, go on Pottermore.
  • 36. Read Fan Fiction, you might not be a harry potter fan, but whatever fandom you are in, believe me sometimes Fan Fictfion Cheer me up. I adore Glee *Don't Judge Me* and Dalton is the best thing ever. Or Little Numbers...or Both. They cheer me up big time.
  • 37. Role play. If you like superheroes or characters, go be with the crowd. I believe they have events like Comic Con, and on Facebook they even have Events for such things, go be with strangers! So long as it's safe of course.
  • 38. Write a letter to the person who inspires you most and send it. You might be surprised by an answer.
  • 39. Pick up your instrument. Don't ignore your musical talent if you do have a musical talent. Remember, you're worth it. I don't care what you've done. Pick, It Up.
  • 40. Maybe go visit your family? I know this is about 'quality me time' but if you haven't seen your family in such a long time or are at a distance. Maybe being surrounded by something familiar is what you need.
  • 41. Change Careers. If you're not enjoying what you're doing or studying, change it. I remember in highschool a teacher said you might change your job 10 - 12 times before getting it right. It'okay, you just haven't found where you're meant to be yet.
  • 42. Enter a competition - Who knows what will come from it, take risks.
  • 43. If you're a risk-taker, challenge yourself. IDK how you're going to do that, but google has some pretty good answers. Even ask your tumblr followers, they follow you for a reason after all.
  • 44. Go on a boat. Go Fishing! I don't know, it's not my thing, but if you like fishing, then hell - go out there and fish.
  • 45. Find time for yourself, are you working too much? Maybe you are working too much. You know life doesn't stop for nobody, and if you keep pushing yourself so hard, time will go so fast and you won't realise how much of that time you could have spent on your own self.
  • The world is not going to end if you treat yourself.
  • 46. You ARE Good Enough. Listen to my words. Sometimes encouragement is all we need, when people feel hopeless, or like everything's gone wrong. It's gonna be okay. I promise, just hang in there.
  • 47. Write Down Quotes that Inspire You. I have a wall of these, and of people that inspire me too, and it reminds me of the good things in life when I'm in a crappy mood.
  • 48. Find something to do. If you're not doing anything, go take up a course, research things that interest you, you might be surprised by what comes from it. Join a community that enjoys doing things you do.
  • 49. Go To The Beach - If you live in Australia like me, visiting the beach is actually really calming and me and my best friend always would go on a random drive, and drive up to a beach or a look out, and it was always calming. Enchanting too sometimes. Maybe we forget about the place we live in, and what's exciting about the place. If you're in New York, visit Broadway or The Statue Of Liberty, or if you're in London, go to the London Bridge, or the Eye, visit the Eiffel Tower if you're in Paris...just go Anywhere.
  • 50. Take a random journey. Go on a train to somewhere new, go on a road trip. You never know what's around the corner.

so it’s pretty daunting, going from being a student in the lower school to being a sixth former, and dropping down from having around 10-14 subjects down to 3-5, as well as the introduction of new peers or moving schools. Ive done it so im gonna spread some of what ive learnt from this past year to you younger folks

genereal

  • homies get ur folders big and durable, especially for things like maths (my friend used up a whole thick binder for maths by Christmas, so keep that in mind)
  • don’t feel u have to spend loads on supplies, u’ll probably break them/lose them
  • but don’t feel you cant have ur nice studyspo stationary u do u boo
  • get urself a big ass refill pad. That is your life now. Don’t lose it.
  • I would recommend getting an a4 expandable file (i have one from flying tiger) for putting any loose sheets/things that need hole-punching/things that need filing. I got one at the beginning of the year and it has saved my life and watered my crops ever since
  • always bring ur textbooks to lessons
  • if you don’t use poly pockets (I don’t) then keep at least one at the back of every folder to put in stuff that doesn’t fit or whatever
  • if you want to take rough notes and rewrite them, then do it, but u might get left behind in copying up, so be aware of that
  • do ur homework in ur frees
  • no messin around
  • i mean it
  • keep up any sports/hobbies. These will keep you sane during times of stress, trust me (my weekly dance lessons keep me sane, I don’t think id be as chill as I am without them)
  • don’t feel pressured into getting a job/learning to drive if you don’t want/need to.
  • same goes for drinkin and parties. Yall are underaged obviously but that doesn’t mean that ppl aren’t gonna do it, so don’t feel u have to if you don’t want to
  • for the first few weeks/months (say until Christmas) be really on top of your homework, always hand it in on time. Then if you need an extension on something, teach will be more chill with giving you an extension than if you are always late giving in homework
  • ton’t overwork ourselves, give yourself some free time
  • try and make at least one friend for each subject (if you don’t already have any) so if you miss a lesson u have someone to catch up from
  • if you want to, try out for prefect/house official roles. Its good practise for job interviews, and if you don’t try, u’ll never know
  • also if it doesn’t work out don’t  get too down (or bitter)
  • help the younger years and don’t be mean to them. Yes they are small and very scared of u so be nice.

questions:

@amazingmeghanisnotonfire

How is the work load different ?? And how does it feel from going from 7 subjects (?) To only a few ?

generally, you are expected to do more work independently, like doing reading/extra reading around the subject and revising throughout the year, as well as essays more frequently than for gcse. however, for my subjects, the amount of work has felt a lot less, as I have free periods within the week, where I got the majority of my work done

I went from doing 13 subjects down to 5, and it honestly felt so liberating, especially now that im doing subjects that I actually care about, and even though all of my lessons are longer now, they don’t seem to drag on nearly as much as the single shorter lessons I had last year, for things like maths or biology, and I don’t feel like the work is as dull bc I enjoy the subjects.

@iluvstaplers

This is kinda a complicated question but i’d love if you answered it, so for igcse bio for example, each chapter (2-3 pages) would take maybe a class or two to go over it, how many classes or hours does each chapter take during a levels?

honestly, it depends on what classes you do. for me, for English, we’ve spent roughly a term on each section, like modernist poetry one term and then Dracula and Dorian analysis the next term, but for economics, it can take between one lesson to two weeks of lessons to cover a topic, depending on how long the chapter is and how quickly  your class picks it up.

@estudier

how do you cope with such heavy content?

Im not sure entirely what u mean by heavy content, but for things that are maybe more dry in subject (like history) honestly do some extra reading to help you understand things better, it doesn’t even have to be books, it can be youtube videos, podcasts, songs, just something separate from ur textbook and class notes to help get a fresh perspective/someone else explaining it to you can really help (crash course is good, even if u aren’t a fan of john green)

anon

i’m starting a levels in september at a different school that no one i know is going to, what would your advice be for making friends and getting the most out of my time there? your blog is gold btw xx

umm, get yourself out there, be nice, smile at people and make eye contact, try and sit with people when you begin class, try not to isolate yourself from people. I personally didn’t move schools, but the people that joined our were all super rad great fun and have integrated into friendship groups which is pretty rad,  and ive made some pretty great friends with the new people, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Also there will definitely be new people there as well, so try not to stress too much! (also find something to talk about, like our whole form bonded during futures week over bake off and Brexit (it happened in the introduction week)) also I find that generally ppl are more chill and grown up in sixth form? and the people there want to be there but yeah (yikes I rambled a lot!)

if u have any other specific questions, feel free to ask me!

love, helena 🐝
After 200+ hours of playing  Breath of the Wild, I have finished my adventure. Here are my thoughts. (Spoilers)

So, almost two months after its release, I have officially completed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and oh boy, do I have a lot to say about this game. I’m a little hesitant to call this a review, I guess, because it’s not organized too well or intent on giving a score or anything silly like that. But considering my love for this series and acknowledging this game as a huge departure from what many have grown used to, its got my head spinning with a whole bunch of thoughts that I just feel like dumping somewhere. This is mostly an art blog, it feels a little weird sticking this here but I honestly don’t know where else I’d put it. I’ll try to organize my brain and keep things as short as possible, but for the most part I’m just gonna jump in.

Keep reading

T-Shirt Reveal

Y/N giggles to herself as she finishes wrapping the various gifts, excited for everyone’s reactions later in the evening. She had been planning it for a couple of weeks now, and was getting nervous and excited to finally reveal all to everyone.

Joe walks in just as she’s tucking them away, eyes down on his phone.

“Hey, love. Zoe said they should be here soon.”

“They made pretty good time, then. Didn’t they?” She walks over to give him a quick kiss on the lips, brushing a hand through his hair.

“Guess that means more time for you both to giggle incoherently about who knows what.” Joe smiles down at her, tucking his phone into his pocket.

“Incoherent to you, maybe. But to us, its an entire conversation.”

“Girls. I’ll never understand them.”

“That’s the plan, babe.” She winks at him, moving past him to head to the front door as there’s a knock on it.

“Hellloo!” Oli greets, popping his head around the door.

“Why do you even knock, mate?” Joe questions, having followed Y/N. “You just waltz in anyways.”

“Polite thing to do, I suppose.” Oli shrugs, hugging Y/N hello. “Don’t want to just burst into your place.”

“Awe, aren’t you considerate.” She coos at him, jumping slightly as the front door swings open.

“I have arrived!” Caspar bellows, arms thrown into the air.

“You mean like that?” Joe points over at him, eyebrow raised.

“Huh?” Caspar lowers his arms, confusion taking over his face as the other three start laughing.

“Nevermind, buddy.” Joe pats his shoulder, moving to close the front door, but is stopped as Zoe starts calling down the hall towards him.

“Looks like everyone wanted to show up at once!” Y/N grins, her hands coming together in front of her, bouncing on the balls of her feet.

“Are you going to tell us why you’ve gathered all of us?” Oli asks, while Zoe and Alfie waltz through the door, talking a mile a minute at Joe and Caspar.

“In good time.” Y/N winks up at him, moving forward to say hello to Zoe and Alfie.


Later on, after dinner is done and cleaned up, they’re all sprawled across the living room, chatting about life.

“Alright, alright. Gift time!” Y/N announces, jumping up and running into the bedroom quickly.

“Gifts? We’re exchanging gifts?!” Caspar’s panicked voice echoes across the room, and she shakes her head as she reenters, the packages she had wrapped earlier in her arms.

“Nope. Just a little something for a few special people.” She explains, handing out the gifts to the correct people.

“What are you up to, love?” Joe looks from the package to her, shifting forward on the couch, letting it sit on his lap.

“Just open it. All of you. Come on!” Y/N stands in front of them, smiling at all of them as they start to tear at the wrapping. Caspar frees his first, always excited to open a present.

“A shirt?” He lifts it up, letting it fall open so he can read the text. “Wait..what?” His eyes grow wide as he looks over at Y/N.

But she’s not looking at him right then, instead her eyes are focused on Joe, watching his eyes scan the shirt before he lifts them to meet hers.

“Are you serious?” His voice is soft, and Y/N nods, bitting her lip, suddenly very nervous. “Oh my gods!” Joe jumps off the couch, pulling her into a tight hug.

“I’m going to be an auntie!” Zoe squeals, holding the shirt against her, so the words Best Auntie Ever are exposed.

Y/N rests her head on Joe’s chest, his arms still around her, as they look at their friends.

“Cheers, Y/N.” Alfie chuckles, turning his shirt to show the words I’m the Pointless uncle with a Blog.

“This is awesome!” Oli grins as he holds his up, a cactus wearing sunglasses with the words I’m the cool uncle next to it.

“What does yours say, Caspar?” Joe nods at his friend, who’s still sat there staring at the shirt on his lap. Almost as if in a daze, Caspar lifts the shirt and turns it around for Joe to read the words The coolest godfather.

“Are you sure?” His voice is timid, and he meets Joe’s eyes followed by Y/N’s.

“Wouldn’t have anyone else, Casp.” She reassure’s him, while Joe nods in agreement.

“What does Joe’s say?” Zoe reaches across Alfie for the shirt, laughing as she reads it.

On the shirt is written I’m A… followed by a list of three different titles: Thatcher, YouTuber, Father.

“These are perfect, Y/N.” Alfie looks around at the different shirts.

“And such a cute way of announcing it!” Zoe looks down at her shirt again, the smile still on her face.

“I couldn’t just announce it.” Y/N looks up at Joe. “Where would the fun be in that?”

“How long have you been hiding this?” He asks her, dropping a kiss on her lips.

“I’ve known for about a month. And the doctor says I’m nearly three months.” She grins up at him, “It’s been very hard keeping it a secret from you.”

“Well, you did good, love.” He laughs softly. “I cannot believe I’m going to be a father.”

“None of us can, mate!” Oli teases him, nudging Caspar in the shoulder, who finally shakes himself out of his surprised state.

“Yeah, we figured Zoe would be the first.”

“I’m quite fine letting Joe be the first in the family!” Zoe holds her hands up. “Gives me some practice.”


While they talk amongst themselves, Joe drops his gaze back down to the woman still in his arms, smiling softly down at her.
“I love you so much, you know that?” His voice is hushed, the conversation just between them.

“I love you too, Joe.”

“You are going to be a great mum.”

“And you are going to be an amazing dad.”

“Oh, I know.” Joe smirks, kissing Y/N as she giggles.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm currently studying Islam and considering converting, and I have a few questions I'm hoping aren't stupid(: For one, what is dua? And I'm nervous about wearing a hijab and being covered all the time, because I've never done it and it's such a sudden change, you know? What advice would you have for that? Lastly, my family is super Christian, and will say I'm only converting to be dramatic and will probably disown me (I wish I were kidding). How can I come to peace with that? Thank you!

Hello :) No question is stupid, always feel free to ask me (or any of us) any question you have.

What is a Dua?

Dua means supplication, and is a prayer. When we ask for something (good health, good faith, protection from hell) we are making a dua. It is calling out to God and having a conversation with our Lord. Dua is an uplifiting & empowering way to facilitate a healthy and strong relationship with God. It places full trust in God through reliance & faith. It is a submission to God, and therefore an act of worship. When we call upon one God, Allah, we are showing Him that we understand only He can truly solve our worries and problems, and only He controls the outcomes of the world.

Muslims can make dua any time. It includes praises of God, thanking God, hope, and general talking to God. It can be out loud or in your heart. It can be made for you, your family, strangers, the earth, even all of humanity. It can be done in any language.

Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, encouraged the believers to make dua.  He said, “The dua of a Muslim for his brother (or sister) in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says, Ameen. And may you also be blessed with the same’” (Authentic Muslim)

The benefits of dua are immense,

  • a sense of closeness to God
  • the outcome of your supplication
  • increase in faith
  • feeling hope, relief to distress
  • reward from God
  • a moment of peace and clarity

Hijab

Converting to Islam comes with a lot of difficulties, hijab being a huge one. However, it is a task that is so worth it. Rushing into hijab isn’t my advice though, I believe a slow and steady approach to lifestyle changes is better for your faith and your commitment to it.

First I suggest you study the meaning behind hijab. Read the ayat & hadith about hijab and read about other’s experiences with it. Muslim women wear hijab because it was a commandment of God. Every single day when we put it on we are reminded that we must be model Muslim citizens; give to charity, respect our elders, be kind to animals, smile & be friendly, help out those in need, learn and educate ourselves so we can benefit the society we live in, etc. Just as fasting during the month of Ramadan is a commandment from God, so is hijab. So it’s primary purpose is the spiritual connection. Next comes the benefits & other aspects. I firmly believe that’s important to understand. Just like Ramadan has many secondly benefits (humility, health, etc.); but they are not the main purpose.

I’ve written a lot about hijab here. This is my hijab in brief post.

I am not a revert, so when I began to wear hijab the only difficulty I had was with my Catholic family & my society. There are so many sisters on here who have reverted to Islam and could do you much more justice. I encourage them to add onto this post for your benefit. My tips are based on my experience, and will not reflect the experiences of a revert, but are still semi helpful lol

My Tips for Wearing Hijab

  • Set your intention - doing this for Allah. For God. Remember this throughout your journey
  • Start by modifying your clothes. If you wear capris and t-shirts now, switch to long pants and long sleeve tops. Slowly start covering your chest more (less low cut tops) and begin to wear looser jeans and tops. Start to purchase longer tops that go to your hips, then past your bottom, etc. Hijab is different for every girl, and you have to decide how you want to achieve your goals of modesty. Once you’ve built that image, slowly work for it. It may take a year, and to me, that’s ok.
  • Remember that hijab is a character trait truly first. Start working on your ego, your pride, your humility, etc. These are the real meanings behind hijab & you don’t have to cover your hair to reach them
  • Watch Youtube hijab tutorials to find styles you like so that you have fun with it. Hijab is so much fun to style, match with your clothing, etc.
  • Start wearing hijab when you drive to the post office or go to the grocery store. Maybe even drive to the town next to yours and put it on and walk around where no one will know you. Get used to the change slowly. A lot of girls find that once they begin to wear it more often here and there, they find it so hard to NOT wear it.
  • Throw a hijab party. Once you meet more Muslim sisters celebrate your hijab and have a party.
  • If you’re attached to styling your hair, begin to let that go. Wear a pony tail often and tuck away your straightener/curler.
  • Be aware that people will make you feel uncomfortable (or worse). Accept it, but what you’ll find is a lot of people will accept you.
  • Notice your self-esteem. It may fluctuate through this, but most of us find (if we have chosen it ourselves) it skyrockets your self-esteem
  • Gather support. Revert sisters can provide you with excellent tips on how to battle your issues, and other sisters will just be there for you if you need to vent. We are a family, and we are here for you
  • Prepare your conversation with your family. That’s the toughest thing, but just showing up one day with a hijab won’t go over well (trust me, been there done that, grandpa wasn’t happy). Talk to your loved ones about your decision, and be open to questions.
  • Follow hijab blogs so you can get your inspiration on
  • Buy light hijabs for the summer. After a while your body will adjust to extra material, you’ll get through the heat
  • Know this: things get better in time. People will stop treating you odd (maybe not your family though, and that’s rough - see bullet point number 1). The insecure feeling will go away. It will become normal to your classmates

Reverts & Family

As I said, I am no expertise in this category. There are so many reverts on this site who are much better at these topics.

Coming to peace with these types of issues can be seemingly impossible, but at the end of the day, you’re doing this for your religion.

When I started wearing hijab, my grandpa stopped talking to me. Now, this is nothing like the anxiety you’re feeling, but I hope this can be helpful. I watched a lecture by Nouman Ali Khan about showing people what Islam is and changing their perspectives with your character. So I did that. It was all I could do. I worked hard to show him that I am a better person because of Islam, not despite it. SubhanAllah, after 4 years, it paid off. I’m not saying this is what will happen for you, but it’s my experience, so hopefully you can benefit from it.

These tips are one’s from my revert friends, and mostly from my mom when she converted, I hope they help.

Tips

  • Understand where your parents are coming from and try to approach them from their standpoint
  • Remain patient & calm, your anger will solve nothing. I know that might be hard if they are saying degrading things, but Islam tells us “Don’t get angry”
  • Accept that things might be really bad for a long time, but if they get better, forgive. Breaking ties of kinship should only be done in extreme situation - you’ll know. Try to forgive if you can
  • Remain hopeful and optimistic.
  • Keep in mind its better to be happy (have a faith you love) than to sacrifice that for your family. Your happiness matters and you should choose what makes you the most content
  • Make dua about it :D
  • Decide if you want to tell them immediately or not. Depending on your situation, this is really variable. By not telling them immediately, they may have a chance to see your character change before they flip out about Islam being the cause
  • Place your value in your deen. Allah is the only one who really can determine your worth - which is based off your character. You know who you are. Don’t let their comments and their attitudes toward you affect your value. You’re loved by many others.
  • Pray the 5 daily prayers, it’s comforting
  • Stay away from Christianity vs. Islam. Focus on, we are all people of the book, we all believe in one God, we believe in Jesus, we have similar stories, we are closer than you think in faith.
  • Start going to the masjid so that if you do get disowned, there will be people who can provide you with a place to stay and some food. You’re our family, and there will be people to help

These are probably not the best, but I know some blogs who would be better at this (I hope they don’t mind me tagging them):

@hannah–icarus

@s-a-b-r

@patoispapi

@reverthelp

@revertrants

@houseoftombombadil

@kirstinregina

@themooselambaconvert

@zhukran

@deslove937

@mt-lostsoul

@shake-for-a-sheikh

@xaproudmuslimah

@kalilahmarie

My revert tag has lots of information, but you’re always welcome to ask me anything

The Dangers of Shipping Real People

Am I a little too late to the party with this? I mean, shipping has been a part of fandom culture for years now but I suppose it’s still technically relevant so there’s no harm in adding to the millions of text posts out there addressing it. 

Here is the definition of shipping according to Wikipedia (because that’s obviously a completely reliable source):

To add further detail, the first notable ship unsurprisingly derived from Star Trek and its two main characters Kirk and Spock. There was no quirky ship name for these two; they were simply referred to as Kirk/Spock, and later as K/S. I guess people started getting more lazy. 

Originally posted by georgetakei

Supposedly the term “shipping” itself wasn’t used until fans of The X Files became more vocal about their hopes for Mulder and Scully to be in a relationship. 

But this isn’t a history lesson. I’m more interested in talking about what shipping has become and particularly my experiences with it in my main fandom, which *cough* totally isn’t obvious by my profile picture and endless reblogging….

I am totally for shipping and am an avid shipper myself throughout my various fandoms. I think that the passion directed towards the relationship of two characters or people can make your interest (or obsession) all the more…interesting. Wow I worded that well didn’t I? 

Anyway, now that most fandom members are wasting their lives on the internet (the only way to live imo) running blogs and fan accounts, reading and writing fanfiction, creating fan art and videos and basically striving for their Senpais to notice them, shipping has intensified into something globally popular over the past few years. Except it’s not only fictional characters now. 

Originally posted by plumkat

(Excuse my use of a Katy Perry gif, somehow it fitted the situation perfectly)


No, shipping has now exceeded to….

REAL PEOPLE!!?!??!!

Originally posted by traeresiaeutopia

Now, that may sound a little weird to some but trust me, it’s perfectly normal.

…nothing weird at all.

…completely ordinary.

…pffft I can’t think why anyone would find this strange.

All jokes aside, I have very little opposition to shipping real people-my OTP happen to be very real people after all (or so I am told). Nor do I have a problem with the…beautiful photos above that I just had to save on my phone for this *sigh*. There are times when people take things a little too far though.

Before I go on my mini ramble, I’d like to make it clear that in no way am I slamming anyone for ALL of the following things mentioned for I too am guilty of some of these. Now that’s over…

Some things I dislike about shipping:


1) Over exaggerating EVERYTHING:

Sometimes, when in a fandom where the ship isn’t confirmed to be canon and where most of the romantic action is portrayed through fanart or fanfiction, people need to turn every little thing they see the members of the ship do into proof to justify their need for the relationship to be GODAMN CANON ALREADY OKAY JUST ANNOUNCE IT YOU’RE FOOLING NO ONE!!!

Ahem….assuming that’s how people react of course.

Don’t get me wrong, watching two guys make some intense eye contact can be oddly fulfilling, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re “gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes”. Of course, I happen to be one of many people who have taken several screenshots of these moments and hyperventilated over them, so I guess what we can all learn about this is that I’m basically just a huge hypocrite. 

There’s also the matter of people freaking out when even the tiniest physical contact is made. I have literally seen comments going “OMFG HE JUST TOUCHED HIS SHOULDER JFC I CANT EVEN I AM UNABLE TO EVEN WHAT IS LIFE ASDFGHJKL”. 

Imagine if someone tapped your shoulder in order to get your attention and someone else started freaking out as they claim that “IT’S TOTALLY CANON” and “THE SHIP HAS SAILED”. Wouldn’t you find that a little strange? Terrifying even? 

Or I don’t know, maybe you’d just heavily relate to that person.


2) People who can’t accept other people’s views:

This may be news to some people, but funnily enough there is such thing as an opinion.

Originally posted by hunilikafa

Yes, somehow there are still people on the internet that don’t know the difference between fact and opinion. While we’d all like to believe that our OTP is the best ship of them all, people happen to be obliged to oppose this view. 

There is nothing wrong with someone saying that they don’t ship the same people as you do and there is absolutely no need to get defensive over such things. Honestly, the amount of people I have seen throwing hate towards non-shippers is ridiculous. It seems that some people are very one sided and aren’t willing to be open to other’s persepctives. Is directing such cruel, hateful language over such a thing as shipping really neccessary? 

Of course, it can be argued that everyone is entitled to sharing their opinion, as long as you’re not an asshole about it. Here is a tweet from Patrick Stump who articulated this much better than I ever could:


3) The Fanfiction:

As someone who loves creative writing, I absolutely adore fanfiction when it’s well written. And while I’m not saying that the following are all awful examples of literature…

Here is a summary of a couple of the most scarring fanfics out there on the interwebs. This may trigger some bad memories for those who have read any of these.

The Hat Fic: YouTube stars Dan and Phil have fun with a hamster. And apparently buy a new one every month.

The Milk Fic: Brendon and Ryan from Panic! At The Disco experiment with milk.

The Lung Fic: I’ve honestly no idea what the hell this is. Let’s just say that Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy defy all logic and we’ll leave it at that shall we?


4) Reality vs Fiction- where people can overstep the line:

Okay, here’s a warning. This could get dangerously close to a 500 word paragraph so if you want to skip this ramble I’ll post a summary at the end.

I understand that it is very easy to get incredibly obsessive over a ship but a lot of fans need to realise -particularly if they are shipping real people- that how we imagine the relationship to be is not necessarily how it actually is. 

These people have actual lives beyond what they portray to their audience; we only get a glimpse of them as people and there will be a lot of things that we will never know about them. We can fantasize all we want, but we may never know the reality of these ships, as difficult as that can be to accept. When fiction blurs reality, that’s when people can overstep the line and where the members of the ship can be personally effected by this seemingly harmless act. 

This happened recently with youtuber Ian Hecox. Ian and his friend Anthony Padilla have been making sketches on YouTube for years under the name Smosh and have even gone on to make their own movie, but the close friendship between the two has lead many to believe that their relationship is something more (we all know where this is going). 

Ianthony has been a huge ship for years among the fandom, but things have gotten out of hand, so much so that Ian himself has had to address the issue:

What baffles me most is how some people can sit there and think that it’s acceptable to harass another person over such a thing as shipping. Why has it become so serious? Shipping should be fun and harmless and the fact that in some instances it surpasses the “fanfiction realm” to such an extent that other people are hurt personally by it is ridiculous. Once again, this is an example of shippers going to great lengths to justify their ship being canon and to ensure it stays that way.

TL;DR, it is unlikely we will ever know the full truth about our favourite ships as these relationships are incredibly personal to them and we do not have the right to know such details. That doesn’t give us the excuse to be hateful or rude to those who we believe will “threaten” the relationship. Harassment is not okay. We as fans do not control their lives and we certainly do not determine who they pursue a relationship with. 


So I guess we’ve finally reached the conclusion of this text post. If you’ve reached this point, congratulations. I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want to spend their time reading a ton of words splurged messily onto a page but thank you anyway. 

I’m sure there are many others out there who have written on this subject much better than I have, but I felt it was important to address some of these issues, particularly the last one. For the most part, I don’t see anything wrong with shipping real people but there are limits to how far you should go and all too often I have seen people pushing these limits and crossing the line. 

Either way, what we can all agree on is that shipping isn’t likely to die away any time soon and I certainly don’t see any of us stopping in the near future. 

“But how will you make your life meaningful?”

Before we begin, I’ll briefly question the idea that simply producing a child will automatically make your life have meaning. I’m sure that raising happy, well-adjusted children is a wonderful achievement, and gives you a great sense of purpose. 

But just committing the biological act of reproduction doesn’t mean shit on its own. And even parents are vulnerable to that feeling of, “What is the reason for my life? What’s the point of me?”

So, with that said…

I know a lot of people get stuck on this one. How do you ensure that you’ll live a purposeful, satisfying life? 

Here’s something I like to do every few months. I take a piece of paper and a pen, sit somewhere quiet on my own, and I check in with myself. I like to sketch a mind map sort of thing, but you can write it, draw it - whatever feels like it means something to you. I go through each of the following categories in turn and I ask myself, honestly and gently, what would I like to see myself do? What would it feel cool to achieve? And I jot down whatever I’m thinking.

Some of these categories will produce maybe just a couple of ideas for you. Some will produce loads. That’s fine. Let yourself sink into the areas that mean the most to you, and rest in them, enjoying the thought of what those achievements would feel like.

1) Contribute to family.

‘Family’ isn’t restricted to just you, a heterosexual spouse and 2.5 children. 

Would you love a close relationship with a sister or brother? Do you maybe want to prioritise looking after your parents in their old age? Does your cousin always keep inviting you to stay with her in the city some time?

Go ahead and note down some Long Term Things you’d like to experience. “Make sure my niece knows I’m always here if she needs me.” Or maybe, “Take my dad on that fishing trip he always talks about.”

And if they come to mind, jot down some Short Term Things - these are little acts that wouldn’t take a few minutes, and you could do even this evening. “Call my aunt and see how she’s feeling after her operation”. “Send my brother a good luck card for his job interview. Tell him I’m thinking about him.”

You don’t need to create a family to have a family.

And make your friends into family, too. Anyone you love can be family. Is there someone you lost touch with? Is there someone you want to be in touch with, forty years from now? No, they are not biologically related to you; that doesn’t mean their life means nothing. Pick up the phone. Send them a postcard, even if you see them everyday. Next time you see them, hug them and tell them they mean something to you. Then their life will have meaning, and yours.

2) Contribute to your community.

You’ll be amazed how many groups of people out there would love your help - how much your contribution would mean to them. Even just a few hours of your time can make a huge difference, especially when they’re combined with the hours of others.

Have you always thought it’s sad, all that litter in the park? Have you watched that little old lady struggling up the road with her shopping bags for months now? Is there a local charity looking for someone to help organise a fundraiser?

You can do so, so much good. You can make someone’s whole life a little better. You can really mean something to somebody who needs you.

3) Contribute to animal lives.

When I was growing up, whenever I read about rescue animals who’d gone from an unhappy existence to a safe and loving home, I would get the hugest lump in my throat. That’s a good clue something means a lot to you. 

Honestly, just go put ‘rescue dog’ into YouTube. Get some tissues first. Watch for a while and see how much your life and your actions could mean to a lonely or mistreated animal. 

So many animals out there need a person. You’re a person. And wouldn’t that say a lot about you? You loved, and not just within your own species. Someone didn’t even need to be human for you to know they deserved love and safety.

If you’re like me, and this is a big one for you, go ahead and make your notes. Long term, you might want to regularly foster all manner of rescue pets. Short term, when did you last walk your dog? Have you been meaning to clean out your rabbit for a couple of days now? Is there a local shelter asking for donations of newspaper for litter trays?

Kindness is always meaningful.

4) Contribute to knowledge.

This doesn’t have to stay within the structure of schools and universities. You might like that idea, but you don’t have to be a student to study.

There are so many interesting things out there. And there’s so much room in the world of knowledge - more than enough for all of us. 

It doesn’t matter how obscure or specialised your interests are. You could start a blog, right now, this evening. All you need to do is tell yourself, “Hey - I’m going to stop beating myself up about the things I find interesting. I like what I like. I’m totally allowed.”

So Long Term, you might write down that you’d love to write an article for that magazine you buy sometimes. You might even want to get a degree or teach a class. (Did you have a teacher who meant the world to you? I did. That means her life had meaning, and I will always remember her.) 

Short Term, nothing too big. Nothing you couldn’t achieve in a small slot of time. Maybe you’ll just have a look around for pre-existing blogs on your subject, or nosy at Amazon for a nice new book.

Back when I was at university, I always found it thrilling in the library - all those old, dusty books, written by people who were long gone. Yet here I was, still eagerly listening to their voices, processing their opinions.

5) Contribute to ‘art’.

I’ve put ‘art’ in scare quotes here. No, you don’t have to take up oil painting and live in a filthy flat in Paris with no curtains or food in the fridge. You just have to make something that means something to you, put it out into the world, and I guarantee you will bring meaning to someone else as well.

It doesn’t have to be a grand, traditional art form. Maybe you love making badges. That’s fine! Make your gorgeous, colourful little badges. Look into having an Etsy shop, or maybe just give them to people for their birthdays. Perhaps you like making your own clothes, or woodcraft, or writing, or playing the drums.

It’s all good. 

So, Long Term? For some of you, that might mean seeing your name at the top of the bestseller lists. That’s fine. Dream big if you like. Or maybe for now you just want to paint your dog’s face onto a mug, and you feel like that would be meaningful. That’s fine, too. 

The trick here is to amass lots of ideas - big ideas, little ideas - that will all add up to meaning in your life.

6) Contribute to a political cause.

A good way to figure this one out is to ask yourself what makes you really angry. You can guarantee that it makes someone else angry too. A whole bunch of someone else.

You can find them with a simple google - and there are petitions you could sign too, this very day. Have you got some spare change in your bank account? That could mean the world to a small charity. Have you ever wanted to protest something that meant a lot to you?

Write it down! It’s fine. You don’t have to do all these things we’re dreaming up. All you’re doing is giving yourself some ideas, some sense of direction. Maybe you get fired up thinking about chaining yourself to ancient trees, standing there in front of the heavy machinery. Maybe you want to search for feminist quotes and scrawl them all over your favourite notebook. Maybe you want to respond to that newspaper article that made you angry. You’re allowed! Do it! Say the thing you want to say. Don’t die with your song still inside you.

7) Remember what you’ve already achieved, and take it day-by-day.

It’s easy to panic and worry that your life isn’t ‘going anywhere’. I’ve been there. And I’ve come to realise it’s pretty normal to go back there now and then, just to reassess, to make sure everything’s in order.

But don’t be hard on yourself.

Now you’ve made some jottings on what it might be meaningful to achieve, what things you might like to pursue, make sure you take some time to list your achievements so far. 

List everything that makes you proud to be you. Nobody has to see this list except you. If it makes you feel proud, even just a little, screw it - write it down. List the things you own, the things you did, the things you survived. Gather together all the meaning you have found so far in life, and sit with it for a while, like a dragon with your treasure hoard. Watch your gems sparkle. Be pleased with yourself.

And most important, as you go forwards in life, take each day by itself.

If the only meaning you can create for yourself right now, in this day, is that you take a shower - that’s fine. That’s where you are now. You are trying. And you’re caring enough to try, damn it. That’s a hell of an achievement right there. If the only meaning you can conjure up today is that you read this blog post, that’s perfect. Well done. Today, you made meaning in your life.

And don’t ever let someone convince you that just because they had unprotected sex, and conception happened, they’ve got the meaning of life all sorted. 

They haven’t. Parents struggle as much as anyone. There’s just a lot of pressure on parents to state publicly (and loudly) that their children make them wholly happy without condition and that they are absolutely fine thanks. Dissenters are often treated with outraged anger by the parent community. But all parents worry, and they all cry. They fear making wrong choices. It’s not all roses and rainbows and delirious sunny days crammed full of meaning.

So don’t worry - your life is wide open. There are many sources of meaning out there, waiting for you. Sometimes it just takes some quiet time and self-care to figure them out.

anonymous asked:

I know you've been asked a whole bunch of this, but I couldn't find it (or maybe I was being too lazy TO find it, lol). But, how is life as a Black woman in South Korea? I'm asking you because, I was watching Chonungooksaram (whatever how you spell it), and even though she is "Black", and living life as if it's wonderful, it seems a bit fake. So I was looking for other Black female teachers and here popped you! Is it fun there? People treating you nicely? Has your skin color ever been a problem?

Hello Anon :)

Yes, I do get asked this a lot but I usually respond privately. It’s my fault for not making a proper post on my experience and opinions. I think I posted about it a long time ago so it might be hard to find. Sorry~ 

To be honest, the “black girl in Korea” experience varies from person to person. One major factor is where you live (city vs rural). If you live in a big city you will be just another foreigner most likely. There are loads of foreigners in Seoul, Incheon, Busan and Daegu. The only stares I get are from old people (and they stare at everyone). The country side is different. They don’t see many foreigners. Whenever I went there, people would stare (at any foreigner, especially POC). They would start a conversation, shake hands and even possibly ask for a picture. Their intentions are kind and they are just curious about foreigners. Now, that is the general/ vague non-Asian foreigner experience

For me, Korea is incredibly comfortable for the most part. I live in Incheon and spend half my time in Seoul. My neighborhood has other foreigners (English teachers, international students, South Asians) so I’m not a special snowflake lol (a lot of people claim to be…). My students are very respectful towards me and western culture. They never said anything bad about black people or anyone (sometimes they do towards Japan which I stop always). I’ve been teaching them that everyone is an individual and not limited to their nation’s or race’s stereotypes. It really has been sticking with them surprisingly. I recognize my students are unique compared with others. My friends told me stories which are not so nice (ex: making fun of their hair/ skin). I just happen to have a lot more freedom when teaching and have kind students. 

Some things that you should know about me. 1. I know Korean. I studied a bit in University during my last semester so I came to Korea already knowing the basics and built on that. So I always know what everyone is saying about me and others. It’s my secret weapon! I don’t tell anyone right away. I like to hear everyone’s honest 1st opinions. I can tell you that they only say nice things like “Pretty eyes/ smile/ face/ legs/ ankles (once again the fucking ankles!)”. This country can be a bit superficial. But the whole beauty standards is a whole other conversation! 2. I’m ethnically East African. So I might not get the same experience as someone else of a different ethnicity. A big question many black girls get here is about their hair. I don’t get those questions because my hair is relatively easy to maintain. I never touched my hair chemically (straight or coloring) till this summer for the magic straight. Koreans are not curious about my hair cause it looks like theirs. But my friends with different hair textures have different stories (that I can post when I’m not freezing my fingers off).My facial features are also a bit more familiar to them as well. My skin color and my breast size is the most foreign to them lol. I can add more later but I’m running late. sorry~

My skin color has never been a problem here. If anything it makes me feel like some celebrity/ unicorn at times. My personality is pretty outgoing and welcoming so people feel comfortable around me. I really enjoy it here but I cannot see myself staying long term. Bonus of being a visible foreigner: FREE STUFF! People are really kind to me. They give me discounts and “service” (free stuff). They’ll give me more if I speak Korean. Score! But a big negative side of Korea is the discrimination in hiring foreigners at hagwons, private companies, entertainment companies and universities. Basically anyone that is not white from their preferred countries will be discriminated against. So essentially the darker you are the less likely you will be hired (and even less likely if you have a non American accent). Also, Korea is still rather uneducated about being culturally sensitive. A big issue for the past while was the use of Black Face in comedy skits. They don’t understand the history behind and why it offends many. This and other cultural appropriations are a big negative in Korea’s so-called “International/ Global” image they send to the world.

As for the Youtubers like Chonunmigooksaram and others, they give you a very small window into their lives here. She is black but many people don’t see her as that. Ultimately, how you are perceived will impact your experience. I wouldn’t like to call her videos fake but rather very limited. One has to also remember that she caters to specific audience (usually those who don’t live in Korea and like Kpop). But i believe that it is the same with most Youtubers here. rooneyontheloose had a field day with this topic a while ago. Maybe you should read that on some further opinions shared by many expats on the Black Youtubers in Korea. I share a lot of the same opinions as Rooney. I understand these Youtubers mean good by showing a part of Korean culture that they like but their videos fuels fire to the Koreaboo problem. Korea is not all about Kpop and whatnot. Korea is a country with many flaws like every other country. It shouldn’t be praised to the extent that some of these Koreaboos do. They are not culture experts if they never lived here and/ or only know kpop. Korea is far more than Kpop. I could get into this more, but my fingers are freezing (Korean Public school problems). 

I have to stress that Korean people are kind (for the most part). I believe intention is what matters. People here are just curious with good intentions, not rude for the most part. They just have a funny way of showing it since the manners are different here.

I really have a lot more to say. I’ve wrote a lot but I only touched the surface. This topic is too broad to answer easily. I suggest you check out other blogs to give you more point of views on this topic like chocolateandwater caughtinkorea rooneyontheloose (she left Korea but had many posts on this) and many others that I don’t remember atm (remember my fingers are frozen in this classroom of death!). Please add to this if you want to share your opinion!

Since im too scared to use my laptop, I still want to post something for you guys! Here's my top tips on writing & staying inspired 💕

TIPS ON WRITING
1) STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF
- if you cant write for certain characters or for certain scenarios, don’t force yourself!
- if you think that your understanding of a certain character is different from most people, GO FOR IT. Because most likely more people would read your work because of how different you portray your characters

2) (on tumblr) STAY SIMPLE AND GENERAL
- dont get too detailed or dont get too general. Thats because if you get too detailed, no matter how great your story is, more people cant relate to you. The purpose of you writing is so that people can relate to YOU and YOUR CHARACTERS. Ive seen so many talented writers on tumblr but people cant seem to relate to them because of this and it makes me so sad :( so if you want your audience to get you, get straight to the point. Even if its short. I learned that after someone suggested I try writing shorter. Its good to be descriptive in your scenarios, but youre not writing a novel (yet). Youre writing for a specific person, and a specific request. So it has to stay general because you want your scenario to be able to reach out to others despite it being requested by a certain person.

3) POST IT
- youre not confident over the work youve done? English is not your first language? POST IT. Believe it or not, posting works youre not confident on and getting feed back is what makes you grow. If you keep posting on things youre confident on and get frustrated when people dont like it, it will destroy your confidence. So its better to grow along with your content, characters, writing style and etc. over sticking to what you know

4) THIS IS YOUR BLOG.
- repeat this with me. THIS. IS. YOUR. BLOG.
Ive seen so many writers who reject scenarios because they dont feel it or they think it gets repetitive. Dont take that to heart. BECAUSE WHEN YOU START WRITING, youd see that some of the scenarios ARE alike. So you do have to reject some scenarios when theyre too alike. Not unless you found a new perspective for the same scenario. So dont feel bad if you feel like you cant answer some scenarios. Thats not your fault. Maybe you can answer it next time right?

- TAKE YOUR TIME. Dont rush. Dont do this because people are breathing down your neck to post faster. WRITING TAKES TIME. If your followers dont understand that, then let them go. Because those people dont understand whats its like to try to envision yourself in the shoes of each scenario submitted to your ask box. And its tiring to keep switching it up per scenario. SO TAKE YOUR TIME.

I suggest doing 15 mins break after each scenario OR after a scenario with a lot of characters so your creativity stays fresh and alive. When youre on break do something completely different from what youre writing. Watch your fave show. Go on youtube. Read a book (that isnt what youre writing about) and find inspiration

5) STAY INSPIRED
- find inspiration from your followers. Especially the ones that care about you. They will help you through your writers block.
- find inspiration from your fave books/show/art/manga/etc and take things that make your heart skip a little faster when you see it/remember it. You’ll be surprised how much that helps you when you write
- if you have a pet, play with him/her. His/her moral support will be forever 💕 so when you get frustrated pet them. It will get you back on track

- find music for certain genres! I have a go to angst song that gets me going when I write angst and usually when i listen to that song/playlist, my angst gets better even if im not fond of the character im writing about!


AND LASTLY (and personally my weird way of handling things)

DONT CHECK UR NOTIFS AND ACTIVITY. If you focus on the number of people who are following you. Youre doing it wrong. FOCUS ON YOUR WRITING. It doesnt matter if people unfollow you every minute, or follow you every second. Because that will always be constant. Because once you focus your writing based on the numbers? You’ll never be the best you can be.

So have fun! Breathe! And try making a scenario blog! Because it will be one of the best decisions you’ll be making in your life 💕

so this is my bullet journal!

heya! it’s anne from passionateravenclaw, and this is the bullet journal i’ve been using since september 2015! i’m writing this post mainly for the series of videos sareena aka @studyign is doing about different bullet journals and their systems, so if you want to have a look at it just head over to @bujobattles here on tumblr or sareena’s youtube channel

full post after the cut!


i began using the bullet journal system when i was to begin my junior year of high school, mostly inspired by the studyblr community here (i wasn’t a member of it yet, but it appealed a lot to me so it definitely inspired me to work hard and be creative when it came to studying, and i think the community is also kinda responsible for the good grades i’ve gotten at the end of it :D). i knew i wanted a squared notebook because i tried for two days the system in a ruled notebook and i wasn’t really comfortable, so i chose this green notebook and i decorated myself the cover and the back cover. this quote is from one of my favorite books, the name of the wind by patrick rothfuss.

(a (not that) little note: i try to write in english on my bullet journal, and i started it in english unconsciously, i think it was because of studyblrs being a mostly english-speaking community, but when i have to write down things quickly, or i’m too lazy to look up a term i don’t know in a dictionary, i end up writing things in catalan, my native language. sorry about that!)

as i planned to use it for my whole junior year, i pasted the weekly timetable i had made with photoshop over one of @theorganisedstudent‘s beautiful printables. i cannot remove it for my senior year but i don’t really know if i’ll continue using it as my main planner as i know now that a pre-printed planner works better for me when i’m stressed and/or overloaded throughout the school year.

this is my index. it’s really simple, just like the original system. the tweaks i’ve made are basically that i write the months in all-caps, and after a few months i’ve decided to write all the collections “inside” the name of the month they are located in. i initially added lots of aqua blue details because i loved that color, not because of color coding.

more initial pages: my future log and my key (color-coding and icon types). blue was for personal things, purple/violet for school, pink for work, orange for extracurriculars and miscellaneous, and green for home chores and health. i no longer use the color-coding system nor the future log: i just write events in a sticky note if i haven’t set up the monthly spread for them, and i found i couldn’t keep up with the color-coding after some months (more on that later). also, because i thought it was important, i wrote down the passwords to the wifi networks of my two houses, but they are out of date now: we’ve changed them!

my initial monthly spreads looked like this, and they haven’t changed much. i don’t use as much color as i did back then, since i’ve eliminated the color-coding and i write now the titles in black, but this can give you an idea of my system, which is basically the same as ryder carroll’s, the man who came up with the genius idea of the bullet journal. little changes i’ve done are that now i highlight the days as they pass by, and i have the page on the right divided in two: a section for miscellaneous notes, and a monthly goals list.

initially my dailies looked like this! there were lots of different colors, the headings for each day were carefully decorated and all. i couldn’t maintain this system for more than three months: the last color-coded, heading-decorated entry i have is from the 19th of november, 2015.

i stopped using the color-coded system for a while as i got really tired of keeping up with it: i spent more time working on my daily spread than actually being productive, and so i switched to the simplest system i could think of without losing the bullet/task system that actually worked for me. no colors at all, all black and without-thinking daily entries. but that didn’t work for me either: it all looked the same to me and it was difficult to pick out the tasks for the day and all. so i changed my system again.

this one was the third type of setup i tried. i didn’t have the stress of feeling like i had to decorate every single heading, but the color-code bothered me again. and so it lasted only from december 20th to february 23rd, with lots of skipped days, just like the previous system.

but the thing i am most proud of that i did during that period of time in my bullet journal was this collection, which is one of my all-time favorites: as i started a new year, i decided (since music is a reaaaaallly important part of my life) to give the girl i will be next year a song for each day of 2017. every month has its own color, and every day has a song. some are specifically for that day, but most aren’t: they are just songs that i like this year and that maybe my next-year-self will like to listen again to with a bit of nostalgia, just like i listen now to the songs i liked two years ago.

this is how my collections look now. i’m a bit more proud of them, partly because they aesthetically please me more, and partly because i now have more ideas for collections, things that i don’t want in my journal but that i need to organize myself and my life. the first one is a perfect example: a to-do list of things i want/need to do in order to get my life together if i want to study in the uk, and things i want to know so i can ask my professors or people who know about studying abroad.

in the summer goals one i instead of using bullets highlighted the completed goals. i’ve completed a quite decent amount of them by now!

aaaaaand this is how my dailies look now! i realized i didn’t need that much space for each day so i divide my pages in four. i write each day in a different color, and that color is the one i use to fill in all my tasks, which are written in black. that way i can pick out each day from the others without having to worry about keeping up with a color-code. i sometimes have extra space left the days i don’t have lots of things to do, and so i decorate a bit (when i have time) writing tiny motivational quotes on sticky notes, and i always have a pack of squared post-its in case i need them for things like this small packing list i did when i went to spend my weekend at my best friend’s. these last days i’ve tried highlighting the important tasks, so i’ll just try the system and see if it works for me.

and to end up the endless post and let you enjoy your day at last, this is the back cover. i did a mini-collage using pictures of two of my musical role models, florence welch (from florence + the machine) and kurt cobain from nirvana (i’m not taking as a model the drugs part of his life!!! haha), pasted over a symbol of the country of rohan from the lord of the rings, another of my favorite books, and a green paper on which i stamped some filigrees in gold.

i’ve used up exactly one hundred pages as of today, july 27, and think i’ll continue using it even if i switch to a planner for my senior year of high school, because i think this system is awesome and the flexibility it gives its users is incredible! so i thank you so so so so so much @studyign for coming up with the whole bujo battles idea, it has inspired me a lot and i hope it continues doing so, just like you and your whole blog and youtube and snapchat and basically all the things you contribute with to this great world that is internet inspire me each and every day!

thank you thank you thank you!

The Season 7 Finale and Predictions for Beth Greene’s Return

Hi lovely followers! This meta is going to be about the spoilers that were released for the season finale of Season 7. I’ll also be talking about interviews and other odd speculations surrounding the season finale. Also, i’ll be talking about how I think Beth will show up and how the ending of the season will go.

Warning: there will be major spoilers for the finale of Season 7b ahead, and some mild comic spoilers please do not read further if you do not wish to be spoiled.

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These Days - An Introduction!

Hi everyone! I’m going to try something new on this ol’ Tumblr.  

Welcome to These Days, a blog series on the PBS Digital Studios Tumblr. I’m Leslie, the PBSDS Tumblr person (among many things), and once in a while I’m going to ask those in front and behind the cameras of our PBSDS shows “What are you into these days?” Here we go!

ANNA ROTHSCHILD
Host, Writer, Animator, Editor of Gross Science (@grossscience)

For all the science nerds like me out there, I would highly recommend Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons series.

The books take place just before the industrial revolution in a world very much like our own, with one major difference: dragons exist. The narrator is a famous woman scientist recording her lifetime of adventures studying dragons. So far, there are three books in the series, and I just started the last one. I’m typically much more of a science fiction fan than a fantasy fan, but this series reads more like swashbuckling historical fiction than fantasy.

And, if you can’t get enough dragons, check out the tabletop game Dragoon. You are a dragon competing against other dragons to amass the most gold. Dianna (i.e. PhysicsGirl) and I played the other day and had a blast.



MIKE RUGNETTA (@mikerugnetta)
Host, Writer of PBS Idea Channel

Somehow I’ve played Dungeons and Dragons (or Dungeons and Dragons-like things) for nearly most of my life, and yet a last week ago was the first I’d heard of Gygaxian Unnaturalism.  It was in a piece by Matthew Neagley over at Gnome Stew and it’s had me thinking ever since. 

But first, necessary background! Gygaxian Unnaturalism is named after Dungeons and Dragons creator Gary Gygax. It describes the weird, arguably unnatural characteristics of tabletop game worlds: bizarrely laid out caves, vicious beasts unreachable by reason and hell bent on tearing you (the player) but not each other to shreds, confusingly fickle magic and machinery, and so on. 

On Gnome Stew, Neagley points out that in the earlier days of D&D, these characteristics were accepted without question, but that of course players would eventually want some explanation for the strange state of the world they’re spending so much time in. His post offers three such in-universe explanations for the unnaturalism of fantasy worlds.

I can’t help but ponder other, related fictional tropes: are there in universe explanations for why bad guys congregate at abandoned construction sites? Maybe dug up construction sites are the mook spawning point for a Live Earth’s antibodies. Or maybe there’s a newsletter: “Tough Lots Today”.

The other thing is Neagley’s implication that as time goes on, audiences need more explanation. Anecdotally, at least, I can dig it - looking back on older Hollywood films, the Continuity Error and the Unexplained Motivation don’t strike me as such significant faux pas as they do in modern films. If this is a trend, and the trend continues, what does Unnaturalism Accounting look like in the year 2175?



NICOLE SWEENEY (@sweeneysays)
Post Production Supervisor of Crash Course (@thecrashcourse)


My recent obsession is the game Twilight Struggle except by “recent” I mean “for all of 2016." 

I loved this game initially because of a weird obsession with Cold War History (see also: The Americans, best show on TV, except just kidding, don’t watch TV! Just watch YouTube videos) and this game’s fidelity to its theme is just wonderful. 

The scoreboard is a straight up tug-of-war in which each gain is countered by a loss and so on and so forth. The feeling of the game is incredibly tense, which might not be everybody’s jam, but is thematically ON POINT. That tension is something which is very difficult to properly convey in a history book, but which the experiential nature of a (well designed) game demonstrates very effectively. Everything from the game mechanics to the text on the cards is both thematically excellent and also really informative and educational. 

The fact that the board is literally a world map is such a brilliant depiction of the ways in which the entire world was sucked into an ostensibly two-sided conflict. Plus, most of my other favorite board games lose a lot of their appeal with only 2 players.


That’s it for now! Next time you’ll hear from 3 more PBSDSers on what they’re into these days. Now it’s your turn. What are YOU into these days?

Joe Sugg imagine || Sleep over. ||

postshithere said:

Can you do one where Joe is scared from playing a game and doesn’t want to sleep alone so he invites you over? Please. P.S. I LOVE YOUR BLOG MORE THAN LIFE💞💞💞💞

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It was just a bit after quarter past one in the morning when your phone started vibrating and ringing on the nightstand beside your bed, it woke you up groggily, you rolled over getting twisted in your blankets, your hand and arm exiting the toasty blankets feeling for the illuminated object, you grabbed it.

Squinting your eyes as it blinded you. Seeing ‘Joseph Sugg’ on your caller display with an ID picture of him pulling a ridiculous face. You always put your phone on Do not Disturb when you went to sleep since being a Youtuber with friends in all different time zones you would never sleep.

However a select few people were exempt on your DND list and of course Joe was one of them. You slide your thumb across the screen accepting the phone call. “Hello?” You asked sleepily.

“Hey!” Joes voice answered you brightly and you groaned lowly at his cheerfulness. “What’s up?” You asked, moving yourself to sit up in your double bed, you looked around the darkness of the room, feeling a bit stunned from still being half asleep. “Not much, just wondering if you wanted to come spend the night?” He wondered.

“It’s…” You took the phone away from your ear, watching the screen turn back on. “Almost twenty after one in the morning.” You yawned reading the time.

“Yeah, I know… But, come on. We could order late night pizza, watch a movie or something.” He rambled. “But… It’s really late.” You lay back against the mound of pillows you had, rubbing your forehead.

“Come on.” Joe urged again. “Why not tomorrow? We can make a day of it.” You offered him, you knew Caspar was back in South Africa for the week.

“Or.. You could come over now?” Joe countered again. Yawning again you turned on the bedside lamp to dim. “Why? What’s wrong?” You sounded a tad more awake now. “Wrong? Nothing is wrong.” Joe assured you and you nodded to yourself. “Okay, so I’ll see you tomorrow.” You bit the edge of your lip waiting for his reply.

“Okay, so … I played this really freaky game, like – terrifying and now I kinda don’t wanna sleep alone.” Joe caved in admitting to you the real reason behind his early morning phone call.

“Awh, you scared yourself.” You sounded amused and you could almost feel his glare from the other end of the phone. “I’m not scared!” He exclaimed.

“So… You don’t NEED me to come over?” You wondered getting up from your bed, grabbing your backpack that was your favourite colour.

“Well… I kinda do.” He whispered now. “Please?” He asked.

“I’ll be over as soon as I can, getting my shoes on now.” You put your MacBook into your backpack and its charger. “Great, thanks.” Joe sounded bubbly once more. “You owe me…” You added and he laughed carefully. “Yes, I sure do.”

“Alright, see you soon, buh-bye.” You said. “See you.” Joe said as your call ended, you grabbed your phones charger, putting it into the backpack.

Tossing some clothes into the bag, you caught glance of yourself in the mirror. You were wearing a pair of purple and white checkered pyjama pants and a black Alli Speed; 'Good Hello Everyone’ t-shirt. You pulled on a 'Trixin’ zip up sweater you got from this years VidCon from Shay Carl and shrugged. “Don’t even give a fuck.” You said out loud about your 'just rolled out of bed’ look, slipping into some shoes, you grabbed your hand bag and keys, leaving your flat.

Arriving at the bus stop you looked at the night Schedule for the bus that stopped at the corner of Joe’s street. “Awesome.” You noticed it should be about five minutes away.

You waited, seeing the bus coming you raised your hand flagging it down, it came to a stop and you walked on, tapping your Oyster card it beeped and flashed green, “thanks.” You smiled at the bus driver before taking your seat…

… Pushing the button beside you after the last stop before Joes you stood up and the bus driver opened the doors. “Thank you.” You said getting off the bus, walking up the street to the building of flats which housed The Jaspar flat.

Walking up the steps, you pressed the call button to the flat number and tried to hold back another yawn. “Hey, come in.” Joe’s voice spoke to you from the box and the door buzzed open, you pulled it open and walked inside. Walking down the hallway to the end, you knocked lowly and Joe opened the door immediately. “Hey.” He smiled seeing you, every light in the flat was on. “Jesus, Joe.” You noticed all of the lights and he laughed nervously. “I know. Uhm – thank you for coming.” He pulled you into a hug and kissed your cheek. “No problem.” You assured him with a smile.

“What do you wanna do?” You wondered. “Watch a movie maybe on the computer in bed?” He suggested and you nodded. “Sounds great.”

You both went downstairs – Joe made you go first and you held his hand as you walked down, looking at all the doors closed apart from his bedroom.

You walked in first and looked around. “This is adorable.” You admitted with a smile and Joe narrowed his eyes. “It is not… And if you tell anyone.” He added quickly. “Babe, relax – I won’t tell anyone you scared yourself silly over a video game.” You promised, taking your shoes off, you both got into bed with his computer and you nestled into the comfortable blankets, finding a funny movie on Netflix.

“Thank you for coming over again.” Joe looked at you, a calmness was over him now. “Of course, it’s no problem.” You snugged in with Joe, you rested your head on his chest. “No really, thank you – I fucking terrified myself.” He admitted looking around the room now. “It’s okay.” You promised as the movie credits ended.

“Do you want the lights on or off?” You wondered about five minutes into the movie. “Joe?” You asked glancing up, seeing his head tilted off to one side and his eyes closed, you let out a low laugh. “Aw,” you lent up and kissed his cheek.

Trying to Quit (Requested)

    Thump! Thump! You think you hear a noise, so you take out one ear buds and listen. Then you hear it again. Thump! Thump! Someone is pounding on your apartment door. You get up from your desk and go to see who it is. When you open the door, it’s Jc and Kian. “Oh hey!” you say.

    “God damn (Y/N), we’ve been knocking for like ten minutes!”

    You laugh. “Oh, sorry. I had my headphones in. What’s up?”

    Kian says, “We were shooting this video for O2L, but we kind of needed a different scenery. We wanted to ask you if we could maybe shoot a few scenes here?”

    You don’t even know why they bother asking. Both of you know that you will say yes. “Yeah, it’s fine.” Then you leave the door open behind you as they walk in.

    They wasted no time. Jc sets up the camera on its tripod, and they get right to filming. You sit back on your desk, watching them do their thing.

    You have no idea what their video is about, but it seems kind of funny. Kian sits on the couch with Jc, and then they start the scene. “You know, your girlfriend is kind of hot,” Kian says to Jc.

    You can tell Jc is trying not to laugh when he says, “Did you just call my girlfriend hot!?” You try not to laugh either.

    Things escalate quickly when Kian stands up and yells, “Yeah! You got a problem with that!?” Then he takes the cushion he was sitting on and begins hitting Jc with it. He hits him until he starts to laugh and then he stops.

    But as soon as he took of the cushion, your body becomes a statue as heart starts to pound so fast, so quickly. You see the little bag there, where the cushion was. Now Kian uncovered it, and you don’t know what’s going to happen next. 

    Kian suddenly stops as he slowly sets the cushion down. Then he bends over to pick up the bag. He smiles vanishes quickly, along with Jc’s once he notices what’s in it. He hold it up as he turns over to you and says, “Um… what’s this?”

    You quickly walk over to it and snatch it out of his hand. Then you hold it behind your back as you say, “Nothing. It’s nothing.”

    Jc sounds furious when he says, “Why the hell do you have marijuana?”

    You were really hoping they wouldn’t guess what it is, but you know they aren’t stupid. “It’s not mine.” Great, you just told them the most common excuse there is.

    Then Kian says, “(Y/N), I know your lying to us. How the hell did you get into that? And why?”

    They aren’t your parents. They have no control over you. You can do whatever you want. Now that they know you have some, might as well tell them the rest. “It’s not that bad. It’s not like I do it everyday. I met a friend at a bar the other day. She showed it to me.”

    “Oh, so it’s peer pressure that got you into this.” Jc now sounds like he could be your father.

    “No, it was my decision. So, if I want to do it, I will. You are not the boss of me. I do what makes me happy.”

    Kian laughs sarcastically and then says, “Oh my God (Y/N)! Are you being serious right now!? Do you know what that stuff can do to you!? It can kill you! And you are not hanging out with the right crowd if they got you to do that!”

    Nope, you are not letting them control you. You decide to yell just as loud to get them to leave. “It’s not as bad as you make it seem! I don’t care what you say! If you are not with me and you are just going to tell me how I’m ruining my life right now, well then maybe you should just get out!”

    Kian steps forward and is about to say something else when Jc put his hand on his shoulder and pulsl him back as he says, “Kian.” Then he shakes his head. You know he is telling him to back off. 

    Then Kian shakes his head and then just says, “We are not going to let you keep doing this.” Then they both give you a very disappointing look, pack up their gear, and they walk out the door. 

    You are bottled up with so many different emotions. You are mad that they tried to get you to stop what you want to do, but then again, you feel sad because they wouldn’t understand you and they just left. Now you don’t know where you are with Jc and Kian. You decide that you should give it some time, so you get back to work at your desk.

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    Hours pass. It’s now dark outside, and you finished your work and are now watching T.V. You are all relaxed on your couch. Then, you get a sudden urge. It’s kind of strong this time. You think that just a little won’t be so bad, so you take out the bag you had earlier from its new hiding spot. Then you take a scrap sheet of paper you have and tear it in half. You lay it on the table and put a handful of leaves. Then you roll it up and light. it. The first breath you take feels relieved.

     Then suddenly, you hear the doorknob move. You turn over to see the lock turn, and then door opens. Jc, Kian, Connor, Ricky, Sam, and Trevor come barging in. They came in so quickly that you didn’t have enough time to even hide the stuff. So you set it down and say, “How the hell did you guys even get in here!?”

    Kian barges over to you, swipes the roll from the table, stomps on it, and says, “We took you key when we left earlier.” He didn’t even look at you once.

    Then Jc says, “We brought all the boys so maybe this time you’ll listen.”

    Then all the boys walk right in front of you, cornering you on the couch. They are starting with this again. Now every single one of them knows what you do, and it does not look good at all. “This is ridiculous,” is all you say. 

     "We just want to help you,“ Trevor says.

    You scream back at him, "I never said I needed help!”

    “Yes you do. You just don’t see it yet.” Connor says very calmly.

    You just stare at them. Not knowing what to say next. They are obviously not going to leave, no matter what you say. 

    “Okay, now that we have you listening,” Kian begins, “We can start talking.”

    “(Y/N), why did you decide to hang out with someone who got you into drugs? Why would you even think of that?” Ricky asks.

    You answer his question with attitude, “She seemed cool when I met her. We became close really quickly. She’s my friend.”

    Then Sam says, “But you were so against drugs before. What made you change you mind?”

    “She showed me it and said I could just try it once. So I did. And then I kind of like it. But guys, I’m not like I’m an addict!”

    They all look to each other, knowing what the other one is thinking. Then Jc says, “But still, why would you do something that is going to kill you! Not to mention make you stink and it just ruins everything of you! Why would you still do it!?”

    You say, “Because- Because-” Oh my God. You don’t have an answer to that .You honestly don’t know why. Instead of trying to continue, your eyes begin to water as you put your head in your hands. They did it. They broke you down. They are starting to make you see it.

    Then you feel Kian sit on one side of you, Connor on the other, and then they rest of them sit on the floor in front of you, making the circle even smaller. Connor puts his hand on your shoulder and says, “We know. We know it’s hard. Can you now see that we all just care about you and just want to help you?”

    As you continue to cry even more, you look up to Connor and say, “I don’t know what I was doing. I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess- I just- I dont know." 

    Then Kian puts his arm around you and Connor puts his hand on your thigh to comfort you. All the guys to the same. Ricky then says, "We just wanted you to see that we care and that you’ll accept our help.”

    You nod your head. They made you see things clearly now. “Okay. Okay. Thank you guys so much for being here for me. I’ll stop, but it’s going to be hard." 

    "It’s okay. We are going to help you through this.” Trevor says. 

    You stop crying a little and you wipe your face. “Okay, so where do we start?”

    “Okay,” Jc says, “First, we need to get rid of everything. Was that the only bag you had?”

    Oh great. “Um… I think I’ll need your guys’ help.”

    “Seriously?” Sam asks, but then laughs.