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anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on publishers and self-publishing? Which one do you prefer?

I think it’s very much up to the author in question. Self-publishing happens faster, but it also takes a lot more work in doing your own marketing and networking. And unless you hire freelancers, you’re also responsible for the design and layout of your book, which can be really time-consuming. I’ve tried this before, and it’s not something I’d do again. However, I know other self-publishers who are very happy with their choice!

I’m currently pursuing an agent and publisher, the more traditional route, because with my graduate work I do not have the time or energy to commit to doing all that design and marketing work myself. There are downsides to that, too, but it’s all about identifying what your own publishing goals are and doing your research about which method will fit you best. No jumping into anything!

Polishing Up a Reading

This is how I personally do readings when I’m being fancy. I’m not saying your way is wrong.

INTRODUCE yourself. “Hi, nice to meet you! Thank you for letting me read for you today!”

DISCLAIM if you need to do this in order to feel comfortable. “Just as a reminder, this reading, as with all readings, should be taken in context of your personal experiences and with a grain of salt.”

RESTATE their question, especially if you had to slightly alter the wording to fit your method of divination. “I am reading for the question, ‘what will my love life be like next month?'”

INTRODUCE your reading. “Today I drew for you three cards…” “Today I cast these fives stones…” etc.

NARRATE your interpretations. “The Lovers card means you will have a healthy and fruitful romantic life in the upcoming month!”

DESCRIBE what about your tools helped draw you to this interpretation. This adds an extra layer of depth to any reading. “I was especially drawn to how the Lovers are holding hands, with a dove over them.” “I noted the close proximity of the Fehu rune to the Isa rune, which…”

SUPPORT your reading with the holy trinity: Intuition, Appearance, and Book Knowledge. Allow your intuition to flow forth and unite your spread in to a coherent narrative. Read the spread as it lies before you. Research extra textbook meanings to ensure nothing is missed.

SUMMARIZE your entire spread in to a paragraph. Hit your main points, reiterate the important messages, and give your querent a bite-sized takeaway of the entire reading. I believe summarizing is important even for one card, one rune, etc., spreads.

Healing: Energy Systems

This is a post on how to actually go through an energy system and remove/deal with blockages/anomalies. For information on how to actually read energy systems, refer to this article.

This isn’t a strict guideline of course, you are free to edit the method as you see fit. This is just a recommendation based on my own methods, with an explanation as to why I do each part.

Note that this should NOT replace going to the doctor/psychiatrist if you have an actual physical issue/mental. Doctor/psychiatrist first, magic second.

Pre-Requisite/Related Info:

Onto How to Actually do the Healing: 

1. Obtain permission to read and heal the person’s energy system. Permission is obviously very important because of consent. It also gives a person a chance to set their wards and other protections to allow you through.

2. Gather information on your patient’s energy; what energies they do and don’t work well with. The quickest way is to just ask them, most people know what energies they do or don’t mesh well with. This is important to know as some people react badly to certain energies, while on the contrary, energies they do work well with can ease the healing process even more. If your recipient doesn’t know what energies work well with them, you may have to do a general reading of their energy and/or use your intuition.

3. If you’re going to have something to help supplement your energy, get it now. “Supplements” are things that help to provide energy, so you’re not using too much of your own, or for the purpose of providing the element of the supplement. Some examples would be candles for fire energy, a charged bowl of water, etc. You can do a healing without a supplement but they do help, for both reasons listed.

4. If this is a distance healing, cleanse and ward your “connection”. This means cleansing your phone/laptop if using those, and/or cleansing the chat you’re using to talk (such as Tumblr IM, Discord. Usually just uploading a cleansing gif or two works wonders.) This can prevent gunk in the connection from interfering with the reading and healing. Not a strict requirement but it does help. Warding is necessary to prevent parasites and/or negative energy from coming back and sticking to you.  

5. Cleanse them or ask them to do a cleansing of themselves. Have them cleanse their environment (if distance), and cleanse the environment you will be performing the healing in as well.  This will help clean out any “interference” with the reading and make it easier to read their energy. It can also help to loosen blockages/anomalies a bit. This also isn’t a strict requirement BUT I do find it to be very helpful.

6.  Read the energy system. If distance, having a map is very very helpful. Additionally for distance, I recommend sending the actual energy through your communication device (phone/laptop/whatever) but using the map to “aim” the energy (and of course you will be using the map to read the energy system as well.) Details on how to make and use an energy map are available in this post.

7. Gently accustom the receiver’s energy system to your energy, or whatever energies you will be using. This is to prevent “startling” or “shocking” the energy system; to make sure your energies do not hit it too hard, and so that a person’s subconscious magical defenses don’t activate. I accustom the receiver by slowly sending a small amount of energy to each point, beginning with the Heart Point, moving down, then getting the points above the heart point.  

8. When you find a blockage/anomaly, figure out what you need to do to heal it. These are just a few examples; what blockages/anomalies you see and the methods to heal them are not limited to these few; also these are short summaries; for more detailed information, refer to this post. And of course, you can also communicate with points to help ease the healing process.

    • Rocks: Remove them, slowly and gently.  If the rock simply reforms, there may be an additional cause inside the point or in another part of the energy system. 
    • Leakage/Cracks in the point: Seal them up.
    • Toxic/Negative energy: Slowly remove it while adding in beneficial energy to replace the loss.
    • Blocked/closed valves” to points. Why is it blocked or closed? Are the valves calloused shut? Or are they blocked by something? Or are they shut with no apparent cause?
    • Shrunken energy point/point too small: Slowly add in energy to stretch and open up the point. Also check for blocked entrances that flow into these points. *
    • Point too large: This is usually because energy is not exiting correctly, the point is producing too much energy, or both. *
    • Calloused point: This is usually accompanied by a layer of negative energy. Remove the negative energy while “washing” the point; gently scrub and massage away the callous. If the callous simply reforms, there may be an additional cause inside the point or in another part of the energy system.
    • Parasites: Remove them from the body, then capture and kill it. Be EXTREMELY cautious as the parasite could just jump into your energy system instead; have your wards and other protections up.
    • *Tip for all of these: Always check if there is something else in the system that is causing the blockage/anomaly.  

9. Finish up. Methods may differ, but I like to close with an all-over healing and full body cleansing. Let your recipient know that you are finished with the healing.

10. Cleanse yourself. You want to make sure you didn’t pick up any of the recipient’s negative energy.

*Remember that energy systems are very relative- determining if something is unhealthy is based on strange, noticeable differences. For example, if someone has gigantic points in general, and their hand points are super large as well- then those hand points are probably healthy. However, if the hand points were small while the rest of the system has rather large points, then those points are highly likely unhealthy.

This is not an end-all-be-all guide; this merely contains suggestions based on my experience and my own method. Remember, this should not replace going to the doctor/psychiatrist if you have an actual physical issue or mental issue.  

I hope this helps and inspires some of you to learn advanced healing work! And remember, you have to practice, practice, practice, to git gud. 

The problem whenever there is a really successful superhero movie is that people think it means that every movie then has to imitate that one in order to be successful. 

I groaned at this headline, and I loved Logan. It was a brilliant movie - the dark tone worked for the story it was telling. But that tone doesn’t work for every story, and it doesn’t fit every character. Trying to make a “one-size-fits-all” method of storytelling just ends up boring and exhausting. 

Tell the stories that suit the characters, not an abstract type that you think is the only thing that sells. 

I don’t like the idea that this means that we’re heading into a new era of gratuitously “gritty” movies that don’t understand that what made Logan good wasn’t the violence or blood or swearing - those were important and necessary elements, but they weren’t the be-all-end-all. What made Logan good was the emotional resonance, the compelling interactions between three fantastic actors, and the ability to create a setting that was bleak and painful but not devoid of humanity. 

Good storytelling. Not just “gritty.”


Pistol Progression. In my opinion, the pistol is more impressive than a heavy squat and is much more useful for stability and injury prevention. This should be a must for athletes as it enforces unilateral strength. Don’t lower your depth until your full control and engagement in your current position
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Historical Paints Series - Grantaire + Verdigris

Verdigris is a blue-green pigment that has been used since antiquity, whose name derives from an Old French phrase meaning “green of Greece.” Though it was the most vibrant green pigment available for much of history, it had an unstable color prone to changing over time, making it tricky to work with. It ultimately fell out of favor in the 19th century as newer, more stable greens became available.

Your oldest brother is a military genius. Your little sister has cured three types of cancer. The twins are working on a new method of locating planets fit for terraforming. And you… You are mom’s favourite.

May 1st 2015. 7 pm. The Astros’ game is starting now. Didn’t wanna miss it but at the same time I wanted to do something, so I brought all the stuff to the living room. It’s my first time to watch a baseball game and also to use muji pens for studying. Lol I’m excited for both. By the way, the Lipton honey green tea that I’ve been drinking all day is awesome! Ahhh it’s a good Friday evening.

Waking up to the Adolph mansion was not something he had wanted to do anytime. But here he was. This did not feel like something that Esther would have done. It did not fit her method. But that didn’t stop him from going downstairs and fixing himself breakfast. He felt oddly strange without his dark hair and beard. As if he was naked though he had clothes – clothes he had thought he had once burned. And it was not something he did appreciate – especially since he was original and had not aged in forever. To be back in the exact shape that his father had managed to make fun didn’t put him in the best mood. And once he heard the footsteps he knew what was coming – rather who. “If I didn’t know any better I would say that you did this in order to ensure that I talked to you – but I think we both know that you would never ask for anything that would take you away from Everett.”  @southernalpha


The evolution of our Camilla armour draft! Drafting armour for legs and arms can be really tough to do by yourself, so luckily Jenn has me and my problem-solving determination to push through this long process.

Brief timeline of our work (not all stages shown in these photos):
1) Use the clingwrap and tape method for the form-fitting parts of the calf armour. Draw a centre line on the front and back so you can mirror details accordingly.
2) Mark where the three-dimensional parts will be. Cover with clingwrap so the 3D layer can be easily removed without damaging the form-fitting layer; this will also make it easier to correct the shapes on the 3D pattern pieces.
3) Start building up a rough structure out of aluminum foil, twisting and shaping it to give you the height you’ll need for the 3D parts. Tape the foil shapes to the clingwrap layer to hold them in place.
4) Experiment with creating the 3D shapes. We used heavyweight drawing paper (180gsm) and masking tape for this. For curves, try cutting a curve from two stacked pieces and taping along that curve, so when you open it up, you create a convex shape.
5) Keep messing around with this until you’re happy with it. You can do subtle corrections without wasting a ton of paper by simply building small paper pieces on top of your in-progress pattern. You’ll be cutting it all apart and tracing it onto paper for final pattern pieces anyway, so these mockup pieces don’t need to be super clean-looking.
6) Do test runs with the footwear (or similar footwear) that you’ll be wearing with the finished costume. Jenn borrowed my in-progress Tiki boot for this. Since Camilla’s greaves extend into talons at the ankle, we needed to base the claw angles on how much clearance they’d need when Jenn walks.
7) Do one final marking of where you’ll be cutting your pattern apart.
8) Admire metal-as-fuck greaves.
9) Have your drafting friend cut you free from your tape/paper/clingwrap prison, preferably along the seam where your finished armour will open up for you to slide in your leg.

We’re super proud of how this came out!!

- Kat

There are so many tips and tricks to increase productivity throughout the day, but these are 10 of my favorite tips! I’ve found that incorporating these into my daily routine has really helped me focus my energy and get more work done. 

Tip #1: Do a little bit every day.

This is huge! Breaking down big tasks and working on them in really really really tiny bits helps more than one would think. Knowing that a particular task will only take 5 minutes a day will help reduce the overwhelming feeling of having too much work and not enough time. This tip is something that some of the best students do, and it’s also key if you want to develop a new habit or get better at a skill.

Tip #2: Don’t worry about stuff.

You don’t need every single app or notebook or planner to get things done. Find a system and stick with it! What works for someone else might not work for you, so spend some time trying out different methods and find your fit! Remember that how you use your system is more important than what it consists of.

Tip #3: Choose 3 tasks that must get done and finish those first.

The easiest way to reduce a large to-do list is to work on the most important tasks first. Sometimes finishing everything on your list just isn’t realistic, and focusing on the most important things can prevent you from spending time on something that really doesn’t matter.

Tip #4: If something only takes 2 minutes, finish it right away.

It takes more time to plan when to do the task in the future than to do it right away. You’ll feel accomplished and you won’t spend valuable energy on something that ultimately doesn’t matter.

Tip #5: Use the Pomodoro technique.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Pomodoro technique you can read more about it here, or just by looking it up. Essentially, it’s a method of time management that breaks up work times in 20 or 30 minute intervals with breaks in-between. If you struggle with procrastination (and everyone does at some point) this technique is definitely worth trying out. So many people have had success with this method!

Tip #6: Take breaks and don’t feel bad about it.

It’s impossible to work in large stretches without giving yourself breaks. You’re going to burn out, and recovering from that won’t be enjoyable. Don’t feel guilty either. Enjoy your break wholeheartedly. Tell yourself that you deserve that break.

Tip #7: Say no.

You can’t do it all, so don’t try to. You know your limits, so don’t push them! Your precious time and energy won’t be wasted on something that you really don’t want to do, and in a few years you may not even remember doing said thing.

Tip #8: Keep a sheet of paper next to you to write down things that come to your mind, especially if your mind wanders a lot during work.

Part of my procrastination was due to the fact that my mind wandered a lot every time I sat down to try to get something done. Keeping a list of things that came to my mind while I was studying made it easier for me to focus on what mattered. Since the task is written down, you won’t forget it and when you have time later, you can go back and take care of it.

Tip #9: Keep temptations far away from you when working.

Whether it be your phone, email, or the TV, go far away from it when trying to get work done. There are a number of extensions and plug-ins that can block certain websites for a period of time which reduces the temptation to check Facebook one more time.

Tip #10: Monitor your progress.

I like to keep a list of all the things I’ve already done that day right next to my to-do list. I write down everything I’ve completed, no matter how small the task was. Sometimes seeing all the things that you’ve accomplished can make you feel better about the work in front of you. Applying this on a larger scale can be immensely helpful as well.

And that’s all! A lot of these have helped me with procrastination, so I definitely recommend trying these out. Let me know if you guys want any more posts like this, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Best of luck!


Yoga has become a diverse phenomenon throughout the world from spiritual gurus and meditation methods to physical fitness programs. Yet there is no doubt that Yoga as a term and as a movement overall has its roots in the Hindu and Vedic tradition over the last several thousand years and its prime texts like the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Shastras and Upanishads – including the use of Om, the essence of all Hindu teachings and mantras. Yoga philosophy follows Hindu concepts of karma, rebirth, liberation and Self-realization, and Hindu cosmology of the chakras and lokas.

Some people today say that Yoga is universal and so not limited to Hinduism. Yet the true name for Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, the “eternal truth or dharma.” Hinduism is also formulated as a universal tradition and yogic concepts of universality reflect those already existing at the core of Hindu teachings, which occur in all Yoga, Vedic and Vedantic texts.

In other words the universal view behind Yoga rests upon the universality of Hinduism and is not an outside or new concept that just recently has come into being. Hinduism is not formulated as one religious belief against another but as a set of dharmic teachings relevant to all creatures and to all worlds. It is not limited to One God, one scripture, one savior, prophet or revelation, but embraces all valid paths to Self-realization, wherever these may occur.

Does this mean one has to formally become a Hindu to practice Yoga? That is not the case, but one need not deny the Hindu roots of Yoga in benefitting from its teachings. One does not say that Zen is not Buddhist or Tai Chi is not Taoist, though these practices have been widely used outside of their original traditions.

Yoga is a great gift of India and Hinduism for all humanity. It has spread beyond India not only today but in many centuries past as well. May that sharing of Yoga continue and flourish!

—Vamadeva Shastri


Boxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing class at RCW

Last week we covered a variety of slip drills and evasive head movement as it relates to boxing. This week we continue the trend in Muay Thai as the use of the slip, bob and weave, and other evasions are performed under different context in Muay Thai.

Kickboxing is known as the science of eight limbs, they count the two knees and elbows as part of the physiology. As such with more tools available there’s a greater range of offensive and defensive knowledge required when compared to boxing. Both are incredible chess games with the human body and tons of fun. Yet both are unique in their approach, footwork, mechanics and delivery. Often the similarities pay off and make learning one method a natural fit for the other.

Other pieces like stance can be mission critical that you know the difference. For instance a wide stance as demonstrated here is great for punching power in western boxing and allows the trunk to be more nimble. In Thai Boxing it exposes the leg to the heavy kick and inhibits mobility. Sometimes in the UFC you can observe this when the fighter with the wide stance repeatedly takes shots to the leg.

It’s important if you pick an MMA coach or start taking kickboxing classes that your coaches understand the unique approach required for cross training. At RIver City Warriors we offer a variety of stand up classes in Tigard including Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA, Grappling, and Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s method.)

Don’t be fooled by others who say MMA is a simple blend of a little bit of this or that. At RCW you’ll find experts who’ve spent decades in each program studying them individually and as a cross training regimen. We can do the same for you, and you’ll find it a rewarding education. Casual in our attitude, serious about the training, welcome to RCW.

We all know my notebooks come in phases -there’s a reason i try to date my pages. My writing is constant across time, but never in location. There’s hardly any system to my madness - hardly any method, beyond what fits in my bag and a need to clear my head. To anthologize my words chronologically would be a mess, it causes even their creator some distress.
—  12 March 2016 // Grazia Curcuru

I really like the method of fitting everything onto a sheet of paper to study! All of my black pens had run out of ink a few days ago, so I ordered a box of sharpie pens and they arrived today to help me create this masterpiece.

To finish off my review of complex analysis, I’m going to look over my flashcards and do some practice midterms. I think I’m close to feeling prepared, but the test is tomorrow so I’m still feeling a bit anxious, haaa…

But, at least I know that, even if I don’t do as well on this midterm as I’d like to, I’ve got all the time from now until the final to master the material 💪