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[ENG] Yo. It’s my first time writing on this blog since a long long time ago. Sorry ! I thought about how could I udpdate in a cool way this tumblr, and… Okay, I just didn’t touch CSS, javascript, html, or anything else, because I wanted to post quickly. So here I am ! I restart with a new positive mind, thanks to personnal development books and methods like Miracle Morning, KonMari… And I will explain more with drawings ♥. Bye bye !

[FR] Hey ! C’est la première fois que j’écris sur ce blog depuis un long moment. Désolée !! Je réfléchissais à comment mettre à jour mon blog de manière cool, et… Ok. J’ai pas touché au CSS, javascript, html, tout ça, parce que je voulais poster rapidement. Du coup me revoilà ! Je recommence avec un esprit optimiste, grâce aux livres de développement personnel, et de méthodes comme le Miracle Morning, ou la méthode Marie Kondo…

J’expliquerai plus de choses prochainement avec des dessins ♥ Salut, salut !

(PS : Sorry for my English mistakes…).

For the last lord knows how long, I have developed this rather nasty habit of spending up to half an hour each morning frittering away time on the internet. Religiously Checking X, Y or Z before doing anything creative or productive. A lot of high performing creatives, whose game I truly aspire to, talk frequently about the value of a mindful approach to both time management and investment. Evaluating my own habits, I really wanted to kick this, often mood altering, time sink to the curb so I decided to replace it with a bit of reading. In particular - Art Theory. 

This morning I finished “The science & Practice of Drawing” by Harold Speed, after having chomped through “Oil Painting techniques and Materials” and I have to say, I highly recommend them! I feel like I have learnt so much from them. When I originally ordered them, I was expecting much more in the way of an instructional format, as is often the case with any book on method and application but these books offer a much more in depth and wordy analysis than I have ever come across before. Every time I put It down, the fire beneath my creative ass was lit! I have not been so inspired to study for a long, long time. 

As I said, I cannot recommend these books to artists enough! Even if you work primarily digitally, there is a lot to be gained from giving these a go!

If Only

A/N: This fic could have been a hell of a lot better but A. I am sick, and B. I feel like shit (mentally and physically) so I tried to write a fic while I have the spare time. 

Pairing: (sort of) past Dean Winchester x reader, and a little bit of platonic Sam Winchester x reader

Summary: The reader (Dean’s girlfriend) struggles to cope after he dies and she is left alone to live life with Sam, but she doesn’t make it very far when she makes a risky choice.

Warnings: Alcohol, bad coping methods, strong language, depression, firearms, major angst, character death, and a major trigger that I put in the tags.

Word Count: 1,868

Tags are at the bottom!

I practically live on the feedback you guys give me. 

Disclaimer: Again, this contains major angst and I am NOT responsible for any shattered hearts in the process, thank you.

Originally posted by adaav

Whiskey and Rum bottles were all scattered around the library, some were half empty, and some were completely drained of the contents inside.

When you opened your eyes there was a bottle of Jack tipped on its side right in your line of sight.

You blinked a bit to clear the fuzziness, but as soon as you did that you felt a wave of pressure hit your head. You groaned and squeezed your eyes shut as you willed away the banging pain in your skull.

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*Me watching my season one Columbo DVDs and deciding why, overall, I think Columbo was perhaps a better, smarter, sharper detective than Sherlock Holmes.*

Columbo was a genius. But he left his ego at the door.  He acted like a silly, shoddy, bedraggled, working class, bumbling fool cop. That was how he caught and lured suspects. He pretended to be Lestrade, basically.

Sherlock was a genius, too. But he had to always let everyone know from the get-go: “Yes, I am a genius! And aren’t you impressed by that fact and my reputation!?!”

Columbo was always smart and canny enough to know that you don’t always let your intelligence on. 

Sherlock might have been too upper middle-class, snobbish and arrogant for such methods. 

anonymous asked:

ok little bit of a uh could we say controversial question here? do you think snape genuinely cared for harry or at least kinda grew to like him? we know he always saw james whenever he looked at harry (sans the eyes) but idk it's something brought up sometimes and i just want your personal take on the question :) sorry if you've already answered something like this before lol i'm fairly new to your blog (i'm totally pro snape btw)

this is such a hard question to answer. on one hand, i want to say yes, but on the other hand we just can’t ever really know. 

but here’s the facts: snape spends a lot of his time looking out for harry. snape, in my opinion, goes above and beyond in that aspect - things like scolding harry when he gets reckless with his own health (book three, book five) or trying to teach harry better methods of survival (book five, book six). there’s something there in those occlumency lessons - some sort of understanding or, at least, a potential for understanding that never really gets exploited. 

however, i think it’s the unfortunate truth that so much of harry for snape is built out of his parents’ parts - good and bad. snape sees harry’s recklessness, his independence, his aversion to authority built from his abuse, and sees james potter’s arrogance and disdain for rules he didn’t think applied to him. he sees harry’s eyes - perhaps is even able to see harry’s compassion, harry’s acceptance - and sees lily. so i don’t know that snape ever really gets to know who harry is as his own person (much in the same way that sirius never really does either) and that makes it all the more difficult for snape to like harry as his own person. 

and i do remember someone commenting quite some time ago about how snape turns defensive in that scene in tpt when dumbledore asks if snape has come to care for harry after all - he turns the conversation quite neatly over to lily without ever really answering the question, leaving it very open-ended. 

i think snape cared whether harry lived or died. i think snape even had some sort of sympathy for harry, at least at the end - once again, the “you have raised him like a pig for slaughter” line strikes hard precisely bc it’s snape speaking on harry’s defense, and that disgust feels genuine and deep. but without getting more snape’s thoughts, more of snape’s reactions to what harry himself has done, it’s difficult to say if he wanted harry to live for harry’s sake, or for lily’s.

however, i would like to say that i definitely don’t think snape HATES harry as much as he portrays. i do think that a lot of snape’s more negative feelings about harry are carefully constructed and portrayed for the benefit of death eater children who might be watching him. of course, i do think snape harbors some negative feelings toward harry, but his disdain is almost certainly exacerbated. look at those occlumency lessons - the way snape treats harry there compared to how he treats harry in his potions classroom is almost astronomically different. 

Hello! I’ve wanted to make a post for a while now about the top KonMari tips that helped me to organize my study space and my living space. So here are the tips that work best for me.

If you don’t know what the KonMari method is, or who Marie Kondo is, she is basically a tidying guru and has helped people around the world tidy their homes. I highly recommend her books. Her method isn’t like any I’ve ever read about and it actually works. I recommend that you try the full method. This is just a breakdown of her method in my own words. The most basic of the basics you could say.

1. Throw away everything that doesn’t spark joy

This is the defining feature of the KonMari method. Throw away anything that doesn’t make you happy. You have to touch them and hold them and ask yourself if they make you happy or in her words, “spark joy.” If they don’t, throw them away, if they do, keep them. This way, at the end, you should end up with things that only make you happy. The recommended order is




Komono (Miscellaneous)

Sentimental Items

2. Designate a spot for everything

This is probably the tip that helped me the most. She advises you to make a home for everything and make sure that items are returned to their homes after they are used. I find that after I only have items that spark joy, using this method is extremely helpful in keeping my space clutter free.

3. Make things easy to access

Keeping storage simple instead of having fancy-schmancy storage has been really helpful. It made things easier to get and put away which in turn, made me put things away in their proper place more instead of just leaving it out because I didn’t want to go through the trouble.

These are the tips from KonMari that helped me most. This is most definitely not the whole method and you should definitely try reading the book if you’re interested. But, these are the tips that I found the most helpful and I hope that you can try these out because they really will help out with keeping your space clutter-free. Thanks for reading and sorry if this isn’t very good, it’s my first text post thing-a-ma-jig :D.

We recognize science as a legitimate interpretation of God’s natural world. We affirm the validity of the claims of science in describing the natural world and in determining what is scientific. We preclude science from making authoritative claims about theological issues and theology from making authoritative claims about scientific issues. We find that science’s descriptions of cosmological, geological, and biological evolution are not in conflict with theology. We recognize medical, technical, and scientific technologies as legitimate uses of God’s natural world when such use enhances human life and enables all of God’s children to develop their God-given creative potential without violating our ethical convictions about the relationship of humanity to the natural world. We reexamine our ethical convictions as our understanding of the natural world increases. We find that as science expands human understanding of the natural world, our understanding of the mysteries of God’s creation and word are enhanced.

In acknowledging the important roles of science and technology, however, we also believe that theological understandings of human experience are crucial to a full understanding of the place of humanity in the universe. Science and theology are complementary rather than mutually incompatible. We therefore encourage dialogue between the scientific and theological communities and seek the kind of participation that will enable humanity to sustain life on earth and, by God’s grace, increase the quality of our common lives together.

—  “Science & Technology”, Social Principles: The Natural World, United Methodist Book of Discipline
🔮 A Beginner’s Guide to Low Budget Divination

Getting started in divination can be an expensive feat, especially if you want to try out a bunch of different methods. It gets slightly worse if you have to keep it hidden for any number of reasons. So I’ve compiled a list of ideas for (acquiring) tools and such, which might come in handy for those who don’t know where to start. 

This post will be focusing on a few popular divining methods, feel free to add more!


○ The cheapest possible option is making your own. You’ll need:

  • two regular plain playing card decks. You might have these at home, or you can check thrift shops or dollar stores for cheap decks. You’ll need a total of 78 cards, which is why you’ll most likely need two decks.
  • a pen

You can see where this is going. Grab yourself a list of minor and major arcana and write their names on the cards. You can add little drawings if you feel like it! It’s not the fancy pastel fantasy fairy deck, but it’s all you’ll need to get started. 

○ If homemade isn’t for you, check thrift shops and yard sales for used decks. 

○ Sometimes, the Rider-Waite goes on sale on Amazon, so I’d recommend checking that out. Also, the pocket-sized version is usually cheaper than the full-sized one (and easier to hide, if you’re practicing in secret), so keep that in mind.

Oracle Decks 

Again, thrift shops. Thrift shops all the way.

○ If you want to do it yourself, I can definitely recommend using this tutorial as a guide. Making your own really is a fun exercise and leaves you with a very personal tool.


Maybe I lied about thrift shops. They’re a bit of an unlikely bet in this case. I’ll be giving you five methods to make your own runes, though! 

  • collect smooth stones by the sea, a nearby lake or river, whichever is convenient. You’ll need 24 for a complete set of Elder Futhark runes, or 16 for the Younger Futhark. Write the runes on your stones, and there, you’re done. You can finish them off with any glaze you have available, if you want to. (Stones or rocks from anywhere else work, too, but they won’t be as smooth - it’s a matter of preference). 
  • make little disks out of modelling clay and carve the runes into them. These could turn out quite small if you want them to, making them very convenient for traveling witches (or those who need to hide their craft). 
  • if you happen to have wood-carving/wood burning tools available, you can also make runes from wooden discs. 
  • I know someone who knows someone who made her runes by writing them on bottle caps. Not the most orthodox method, but hey, they work.
  • something that just sprang to mind: you could make them from old coins/pennies/cents/what-have-you. I never tried it, but that’s another idea.


○ The cheapest one I saw so far was at a local occult shop, for about $10. Maybe there’s something cheaper close to you, it’s worth checking.

○ More often than not, I just use a necklace. Really, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. If you don’t want to use a necklace, you can make one by tying a ring to a piece of string. It’s a method I’ve seen mentioned by a lot of other practitioners, and it works fine.

Popular Divination Methods that Don’t Require Special Tools

(or at least nothing you don’t have at home already)

Palmistry - telling fortunes by reading the palm of someone’s hand. I have a palmistry tag in which you can find a bunch of different sources on how to read palms.   

Shufflemancy - a divination method which uses the shuffle function of any music player available to you; here is a handy little guide

Stichomancy - this method uses books for divination, check out this introduction

Further Reading: 

○ this list of divination types, some of which you might not know about yet. Not all of them are still in use, but they make for a really nice overview nonetheless.

this fantastic compilation of links for beginners on popular divination methods

anonymous asked:

Did you ever take AP european History? If so what are your tips on this class?How did you focus and memorize the material?

Yes, I did take AP Euro! This is going to sound very nerdy but I LOVED studying for this test. I did several different things:

  1. I watched all of Tom Richey’s AP Euro videos on youtube and took notes from them for review! He also has a 10 week study plan, and a huge review book! He seriously saved my life in AP Euro. Here’s the link. 
  2. I bought a Princeton Review book. I like these books because there is a lot of space to write on the sides, and it puts the information in easy to understand language. At the beginning of the book, there are lots of methods on how to take the test. To study from it, I wrote summarizations to the side of each paragraph so that I could flip through the book the day before the test and just read my notes on the side to review. Here’s my post on using the review book. I loved my princeton review book! 
  3. Make flashcards, or use someone else’s on quizlet! Here’s a couple
  4. Practice FRQ’s! A lot. There are some practice prompts in the review book, but here are some online prompts. You can find prompts and sample answers from past tests there, as well as DBQ’s and multiple choice problems. 
  5. My teacher taught our class how to imprint, which is basically to do a light, casual read through of your notes every night until the test. I started a month before. By reading through your notes every night, you solidify the information in your mind without really trying. I ended up being able to recall my notes word for word, which was pretty awesome. (Make sure you are engaging yourself while you read, not just running your eyes over the words!) 
  6. Take good notes. Re-write your class notes!

I have a post on how I focus here.

These are all of the things I did, and they worked really well for me! I hope this helped– let me know if you have any more questions! 

ambibambipuddingandpie  asked:

How do you write your sigils? I only know one method from the book Practical Sigil Magic by Frater and I was just wondering how you do them

I think he uses the ‘write it out, cross out vowels and repeated consonants, and use what’s left’ method doesn’t he? It was popularized by Austin Osman Spare. That’s the one I use. I made a How I make sigils post a while back showing how I made my icon. If you want to know about other methods here are a few.

The Answer

It’s one thing growing up with the Shelby’s, but it’s even harder when you have skeletons in your closet. For Elouise Whittaker, the overwhelming internal struggle is beginning to interfere with her everyday life and when it all becomes to much, she starts looking for the answer to stop it all. 

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anonymous asked:

Can you explain more the thing about cyclical narratives and why fanfiction is like medieval literature? it sounds cool

okay, it’s been quite awhile since i studied medieval lit, but i studied a fuckton of it a decade ago. @lesetoilesfous, my precious medievalist, let me know if i get something wrong. 

so basically before the advent of widespread literacy, available books, AFFORDABLE books, and methods of reliable preservation (and even for awhile afterwards), the idea wasn’t so much to tell a new story. new stories were about some guy nobody had heard of, and who the fuck cared about him? nobody that’s who. 

but what people did want to hear were the old stories. the ones based on heroic events. legendary people from the past. people that maybe really did exist, and certainly everyone had opinions about.

a lot of people have played that game where you whisper something down the line of players and at the end the phrase is a jumbled mess of what it used to be. and of course, that’s what happened with stories, but instead of a line of giggling eight year olds, you have people who are really good storytellers. who sure, love the source material, but who also have their own interests and biases. who maybe tell the story a little different than they heard it told to them, who give a heroine the red hair of their lover, or who maybe even change the setting a little to make comparisons to contemporary political struggles. 

of course you’ve also got those guys memorizing the illiad so they can sing it with a harpist, but that’s another side of this whole thing. 

it’s like the branches of a tree. wild stories branch out, highly cultivated ones maybe don’t so much. but they still do a little.

fast forward to the middle ages where we start to have recorded english writing (i’m talking english as a language, not translations of things in other languages that had existed for ages). new authors are writing the way they told stories. the goal isn’t to tell the newest one, but to tell an old story in a good, interesting way. people know what’s going to happen, but they’re thrilled, excited, delighted when it happens anyway. shakespeare did it too. milton did it with the bible. and a host of other writers.

they were writing fanfiction. or, rather, what we now call fanfiction is the original form written literature seems to have taken in most cultures that i know of. almost any story you find from middle english writing was based on another story. there are constant references which the readers would have excitedly noticed and been pleased about, or annoyed at the heavy handedness of. because stories in many ways follow the same pattern that humor does, as in, we have a cultural set of expectations and what’s funny or delightful or terrifying is how those expectations are played with, how they’re turned on their head, or just skewed a little. our expectations are cyclical. we want romance, then we want restraint. we want heroes then we want tragic antiheroes. and so on, and so forth. 

there is nothing wrong with original fiction. not at all. but fanfiction has an ancient history. i for one kind of prefer it. but also i like getting paid so there’s the struggle i guess. 

when will people stop acting like unhealthy coping mechanisms exist in a vacuum lmao unhealthy behaviors more often than not arise from unhealthy situations. stop focusing on the symptoms so much (as in stop pressuring and guilt tripping someone into stopping) without dealing with why those maladaptive coping mechanisms are there to begin with.