new material to work with!

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Don Juan Photoshoot with David Tennant

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Go for the thing you actually want to do.  

Many students, teachers and family told me studying 2D animation in school from 2009- 2013 was foolish because there were already no more 2D animation jobs, and that I should study 3D animation. But I hate rigorous, technical work, I honestly hate computers all together. I’m not built for that kind of thinking, and I’m not interested in it. I was and am far more interested in drawing and film making than mastering technology. I’m almost four years out of school now, and have now had far better career opportunities than many of my 3D classmates because I am passionate about what I do.

My senior year of college,  I narrowed the parts of the animation process that I am most interested in to writing and storyboarding. But, I was afraid to pursue those jobs because I knew from interning in studios that they were highly coveted positions. So, I went for cleanup and animation jobs, hoping to work my way up. I even got lucky and landed character design work down the line, though I’m not particularly interested in design. It was only when i started taking storyboarding classes, making storyboards in my spare time, pursuing storyboarding jobs, calling myself a storyboard artist, that those opportunities started to become available to me. And it turns out, I’m far better at storyboarding than I was at those other positions, because it’s the thing I enjoy the most. This is not to say “don’t take that cleanup job that pays the bills.” Take that job, and do online storyboarding classes at night, and read storyboarding blogs on your lunch break, make storyboard samples and comics in your free time on nights and weekends… Then, ask for storyboard tests, and test and test and test. It might take a while, no worries. Go ahead and put ‘storyboard artist’ on your website in the meantime instead of ‘illustrator’ or 'cleanup’ or whatever your more accurate fallback job is.

Don’t work in a studio in your fallback job and wait for someone to give you the opportunity. You might think because you are hard working at your compromise job, the management will reward loyalty with the job you politely asked for, or maybe were even too polite to actually ask for. They won’t give you that job. They probably won’t even help you get that job. So test within that studio if they’ll let you, and apply other places in the meantime while you keep paying the bills with that job.

There’s no excuse to me. Even people who want to direct can direct their own animated shorts in their spare time and build up a commercial directing portfolio from those shorts. You can do the same thing making crappy live action films with borrowed equipment in your spare time. It’s costly and time consuming, but you can throw your musician friend a couple bucks for the score, get a compositor buddy to throw effects on your short in exchange for some animation she needs, and buy a bunch of friends pizza to help you clean up scenes or hold lights or whatever. I’ve done it before.

I used storyboards as an example above, (read blogs during lunch, etc.) but apply that same tenacity towards whatever you want to do: vis dev, character design, comic penciler, stop motion fabricator, 3D modeler, whatever. I want to be a writer now, that’s the next hurdle for me. I’ve written two pilots and I’m taking it seriously, going to writing events, talking to people, refining my work and writing new material, and generally conducting myself as a writer. I have no idea how long, or even if this will take, but I’m pursuing it like it’s real because I enjoy writing, so I think I’d be good at it. Please don’t be one of these people that talks about all the stuff you’re “working on”, when you are really just thinking about working on that stuff. Too many of those in the world, please just go and get things done. “There are those who write, and those who talk about writing.” An adage I like. Apply it to whatever you like “There are those who design characters, and those who talk about designing characters…”

So please, everyone, go for what you want, don’t stop short now. You’ll be a lot better at your job when you’re doing the thing you like.

arcpitia  asked:

What do you think Ouma would have been like if he survived to the end of the game? Or what about just outside of the game, like in an au where this game didn't happen? (I'm sorry I just love his character and I want the next game(?) that says no one ever died and they're all living happily)

There’s no need to apologize! I really love these particular questions, and it’s not exactly a secret that Ouma is my favorite DR character—I would honestly have loved to see him survive, moreso with what an important, vital character he was to the whole game even after his death. The fact that even after dying, Ouma was essentially “present” at both the Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 trials (first because of the Exisal plan with Momota, then because of all the clues, hints, and mysteries surrounding him that led to them finding out so much of the truth) has always struck me as very, very interesting. And he had so much potential as a survivor, especially with his cover blown and his plans against the mastermind made clear.

I’ve actually talked a little bit about my ideas on this before, in a post here a while back! And some people like @klepotmaniac and @ouma–kokichis have also expanded on the idea and been interested in it! I still feel like there was real potential to take the Exisal plan in Chapter 5 and take it in another direction entirely. It was still incredibly amazing with how well done it was in-game, of course, but I feel like there was definitely a very noticeable opening there where Ouma could actually have been one of the survivors.

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tetsuroupapi  asked:

Hey Nina. This is kinda a depressing question, but my prompto cosplay is not going how I want and I have to wear it in two days to my school. But I'm really questioning that because 1. it just looks funky and 2. I don't want people making fun of me. Though it is only the 3rd cosplay I've made, I'm losing my confidence in all of my cosplay plans for the future. I'm a perfectionist and I compare myself to others so much. Since you seem like a really helpful & nice person, how do I deal with this?

First off: I’m very sorry for likely replying after the fact. It’s extremely difficult for me to keep up with my inbox on this site (especially for messages that need a lengthier answer like this), so I don’t always get to respond to inquiries with a quick turn-around. I hope your event at school ended up going well, though!

Secondly: I’m so proud of you for tackling a project outside of your comfort zone to push your skills! It’s important for artists to do that; it’s what helps us grow and learn and most of all, improve. The worst thing you can do as an artist is never push yourself or try new things. It’ll make you stagnate and cause your progress to plateau. So good job for attempting such a difficult costume so early in your cosplay journey!

Thirdly: Yes, Prompto is an extremely challenging costume. It involves a ton of little techniques and details that aren’t apparent at a first glance, and as a result, it’s a project that can get easily overwhelming. (Trust me: been there, done that!) So it’s no wonder you’re feeling frustrated, especially as a novice cosplayer! In which case, my recommendation from here on out would be that the next time you feel frustrated with your progress, take a step back. Evaluate what you don’t like and assess what you need to change in order to be happier with the final results. Don’t like the plaid you chose? Rip it off and find something else. Not happy with the paint job on the shirt? Start over. Take your time and use a different method. Unhappy with your wig styling? Wash out all the hair product and try again. There is no shame in remaking something two, three, four, or more times. Keep remaking it until you’re happy with it, even if it takes 10+ attempts. You will have so much more fun wearing something you’re proud of rather than something you just “settled” for or finished half-heartedly. (Also, on the note of budgeting: budget for this. Set money aside as a “back-up” fund in case things go wrong and you need more materials. That money should always be included in your original estimations! And if you end up not needing it? Cool, treat yourself in the Artist Alley.)

Lastly, and perhaps the most importantly: be more forgiving and let yourself make mistakes. You’re still learning. You’re still teaching yourself these skills. You have just started making costumes. Yaya’s first costumes were not perfect. Kamui’s first armor build was not flawless. Jessica started out with a Pikachu bikini and now she’s making stuff like this. Heck, look, here’s my first real cosplay that I made versus my most recent:

It’s taken me ten years to get this far. Why? Because for a lot of those years, I didn’t push myself. I stayed in my comfort zone. I chose projects that didn’t teach me new skills or force me to work with new materials. It wasn’t until the last 4 years that I’ve really been focused on my craftsmanship and improving my skills, and that is what has allowed me to finish costumes like Sheik, Rapidash, and yes, Prompto too.

I know it’s hard. I know it’s frustrating. But you’re doing the right thing by attempting more difficult projects. Just remember that the frustration is part of the learning process. It’s good to get frustrated because it means you care and want to push yourself harder. It’s good to have high standards for your work because it means you’ll always strive to do your best.

However: it’s important to not let this frustration stunt your growth. Acknowledge your frustration, accept it, and learn to manage it. Take breaks while working. Don’t be afraid to revisit the drawing board. Set the costume aside and practice the skills you need to finish it before making another attempt. And again: forgive yourself for making mistakes. Yaya, Kamui, and Jess make them all the time. And you can bet your patootie I do, too. (Anyone who’s watched my livestreams knows that I mess up quite a bit, haha!)

Whether or not you ended up wearing it to school, I hope your Prompto cosplay turns out in a way that makes you happy! Don’t give up; work smarter, not harder. You’ve got this! <3

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Art School | Nathan Bell (Los Angeles, CA)

As one of the shows featured in our April First Thursdays, Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Bell’s upcoming solo show ‘Mixed Feelings’ will featured 400 works using materials such as french paper, coroplast, and mixed media.  Self described “introverted over thinker with a design background,” Bell expresses himself through the painted word, or rather words –a whole lot of them. Through experimenting with “language, typography and aesthetic,” Bell’s work focuses on thoughts, ideas, wordplays, inside jokes, reflections, all of which he has been creating for the last two years!  

We’re excited to feature him on Art School where we find out more about his works and words! From working with new materials to his process to what we should expect in his solo show ‘Mixed Feelings,’ which opens Saturday, April 22nd at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles. 

Photographs by Katherine Sheehan

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Bts Reaction to Their S/o Covering Themselves because of Insecurity!

Seokjin would be stunned as your hands wrapped round your hips to cover them, he would take your face into his palms and bring your gaze up to meet his before telling you how beautiful and perfect you are; reassuring you of how your hips are one of his favourite things about you.

“You’re gorgeous, the effect you have on me is ridiculous. You really have me under your thumb; one swing of your beautiful hips and I would do anything, so use your power!”


When you began to cover your thighs to stop Yoongi from viewing them he would sigh deeply and pull you into a tight hug so as to give him an extra couple seconds of thinking time to work out how to make you feel better. After breaking the hug he would firmly put his hands under your thighs, picking you up by them and leaning you against him as he talked to you.

“You know I think you’re perfect, your thighs are alluring and gorgeous. All I want is you to love them as much as I do.”


Hoseok would begin to blame himself the second you tried to cover your stomach with your hands, had he not been praising you enough? He would look like a kicked puppy for a second before remembering that he needs to cheer you up, he would put that aside before removing your hands and bending down to you stomach level. He would place soft, sweet kisses leading from your stomach all the way up to your lips.

“You’re so beautiful. All of you… is so beautiful”


Namjoon would be so caught up in the moment that it would take him a second or two to realise that you were looking at the floor and covering your thighs with crossed arms. He would bite his lip in sadness, why couldn’t you see what he saw because if you did you would love yourself too. He would sit you down on the bed across from him and talk to you, wanting to convince you of your perfect body.

“I could write hundreds of songs but I could never explain how beautiful you really are; they could never compare to the person sitting in front of me right now”


You had helped Jimin become more confident in his body by praising him and telling him how much you love him every single day but he would realise in the moment that your palms moved to hide your hips that he hadn’t been doing the same. He would put his hand on his hip and pull at the thin sheet of skin that laced over the bone and show you that everyone had padding there.

“You tell me how amazing you think I am all the time even when I have this so why can’t you allow yourself to have the same padding on your gorgeous hips, it makes my hands fit even more perfectly?” 


You couldn’t bring yourself to even look at Taehyung once the clothes has come off, you held your stomach in protection, wanting to hide from his gaze. He on the other hand couldn’t see a single flaw that you thought you had and the fact that you saw the most beautiful things about you as ugly. He would tackle you onto the bed tickling you and screaming praise at the top of his lungs as the loving and loud person he is. 

“Admit you’re perfect. Admit that you’re the most gorgeous person ever or I won’t stop tickling you.”


Jungkook would understand you feelings of insecurity because he used to be less confident than he is now but he has fought and become a stronger person so he would know exactly what to do when he saw you hiding your hips in your hands. He knew is was a long process to gain confidence so he would start slow, by telling you he understands what you feel.

“I know its hard to love yourself but just know that I’m here for you and I think that you are beautiful, every single bit of you is gorgeous. I promise I will help you learn to love yourself.”


A request from an anon <3

I have a LOT of requests in so it will take a while for any that have been submitted but I’m not going to close my submissions or asks because I always like new material to work on :)

-Aylee x

Announcement

Good news, witchlings!

Following several successful months, some practical discussion with my husband, and a great deal of thought, I have decided to make writing and selling my books my fulltime job.

As of today, I am officially a professional author.

I’m going to continue with the part-time work I’ve been doing to keep regular money coming in between direct sales and royalty payments, just as a safety net. But the bulk of my working time will be spent either cultivating leads, marketing the books, sending orders, attending events, or writing new material.

It’s definitely going to be a lot of hard work, but it’s also the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, and I’m ready for the challenge!

I want to thank everyone who has supported my writing thus far. Without your enthusiasm and encouragement, none of this would be possible.

Best Regards,

Bree NicGarran

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Mika Tajima

Negative Entropy, 2012


Negative Entropy is a series of abstract Jacquard woven portraits of industrial and information production.

The subject of these portraits are factories that employ industrial textile Jacquard looms (a precursor to digital technology) and computer data center sites that comprise the new economy infrastructure. These works are simultaneously images and material records of their own making.

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Since we’ve been getting some news about Kingsman 2 and Taron has decided to tease us all a bit I thought I’d better let you all know this blog’s spoiler policy.

I won’t be reblogging any unofficial news, and will be unlikely to reblog anything official besides trailers and posters unless it’s particularly exciting news. Anything like this will be tagged with kingsman 2.

When we eventually get a trailer and clips I’ll try to hold off using any caps from them for at least one week after they’re posted. Any posts made with new material (ie, trailers and clips) will be tagged with: 

  • kingsman 2
  • kingsman 2 spoilers

until the release of the DVD, then they’ll just tagged with the usual kingsman and kingsman 2.

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Trying some new giffing techniques, so it’s nice to have new material to work with.

I love love love hearing the actors talk about their characters with such passion. 

As a fan, it’s a real treat to see how into getting that portrayal just right these actors are. Because it’s important to the fans, it’s important to them, and in studying the characters they begin to fall in love with them themselves. :)

It’s clear to me how excited Matt gets talking about Alec and his progress. :D Can’t wait to see him in Season 2 utilizing his new-found freedom.

I know we all want a group comeback and are always waiting an extended amount of time for that. Though, we can appreciate the girl’s solo activities rn?

Victoria’s is popping over in China and I know that seems to get in the way of ot4 activities but Vic truly is doing her thang over there. She’s filmed dramas, movies and had a special dance stage on a show (I believe for NYE). Plus, her recent topless cover for breast cancer A++. I take that one to heart.

Amber with her ranting monkey show, recent cfs (that involves women empowerment), and show appearances here and there. Not to mention, we ALL know she’s constantly working on new material for us. That’s what she does has a songwriter and we should never forget that. Lastly, the total Sm station domination × cross roads releases last year.

Luna’s talents earned her a spot in a recent collaboration and she just launched her “Girl’s Can Do Anything” underwear for a FANTASTIC CAUSE! Not to mention her casual charity work in general. She has also had her share in acting for a web drama and musical last year. Not to mention her awesome album release + killing it with Amber in Sm station last year.

Then our beloved Krystal, who’s really came into her own the past 2 years. She has revealed her art exhibition with a beautifully haunting song and art flim. I also read she even won something for it on Sm’s Facebook page??? Then obviously her solo that’s happening that’s she been preparing for us.

Whenever we feel tired of waiting or fed up; Let’s try and remember these great things! I encourage anyone to add more to this post or even in the tags!

What  I liked about 12x12

(first notes after watching)

Holy hell, what a ride! I loved every second of this.

—————————I LOVE YOU!!!!! But I’m getting ahead of myself …—————————-

Tarantino: As a kid of the 90s, these movies were the benchmark for great cinema for me. So I enjoyed this a great deal. From the camera angles to the music cues to that awesome slomo of Dean, Sam, Mary, Wally and Cas to the small details like the glowing box Crowley gave to Ramiel (as a throwback to the suitcase in Pulp Fiction). At no point did it feel like a cheap copy but always like a love letter and an homage. Well done, Davy Perez and Richard Speight jr.

Cinematography: Which brings me to my next point – that camera work! I mean we know the attention to detail is out of the park with this show, but the shots in the diner and the fight scenes in Ramiel’s house were fantastic even by those standards. Great editing, too! The first hard cut from the diner to Ramiel’s house stands out, and the cuts to the music for Crowley’s first meeting with the prince of hell.

Mythology: Speaking of that. It’s always a gamble to bring new adversaries into play, but I think Davy Perez did a very good job with this. The background for the princes fit well into canon as far as I can see (I’ll have to consult the verdict of the specialists later) and sounded coherent. Ramiel was a three-dimensional villain and the actor did an amazing job! Favorite line: “Three humans with one good liver between them and a busted up angel” – new catchphrase!!! And there are two more princes – so much new material!

Mary: Even if I don’t like her working behind the boys’ backs, I appreciate that she’s getting her own storyline and the way she held her ground against Mr. Ketch. Her just driving over Ramiel was awesome, too.

Crowley ex machina: That was a great twist imo and the throwback to his history with Ramiel was well done, too. I always like to see characters get fleshed out through good storytelling. Just as we saw with Rowena last week, Crowley showed a massive development with this is my book, because the wise thing to do would have been to vanish and hide from Ramiel. Also: “What’s up with feathers?”

CAAAAAAAASSS: Wow, that hurt. “You’ve changed me.” *Gross sobbing* Seriously, that was the best kind of heart-wrenching angst. The line about how this was the best part of his life … I don’t think he stated it that clear before. Misha was amazing and all that gore looked positively disgusting – kudos to the make-up department!

Cas and Dean: (Cas looks at Sam, then Mary) YOU’RE MY FAMILY. (looks down, cut to Dean, who doesn’t meet his eye). I LOVE YOU. (still Dean, still not looking at Cas, lips moving as if he wants to say something) I LOVE ALL OF YOU. (Dean again, then Sam). AAHHHH, the feels. I’m gonna need every slow motion analysis of this scene as soon as I post this and can go through my dash. And: “No.” - “Yes.” And: “Let’s go home!!!!!!!!!”

Bonus points: I liked Wally as a character and he gave a good outside view on the chaos that is the Winchesters’ life+++Lucifer manipulating Crowley – great ending scene+++”Urination. I understand. “ Cas knowing about human things…+++”When do you get off?”- “Whenever I can.” The one good line in that whole mess with Mandy. +++ THE MUSIC+++I LOVE YOU!

Things I have observed in different fandoms, French edition

Kaamelott

  • C L A S S I C
  • everyone is in it. you’re french you’re in it.
  • gifs for everything
  • ships 
  • LOTS OF SHIPS
  • MOST OF THEM ARE BASED ON LIKE A TWO MINUTES INTERACTIONS
  • but everyone is chill you it’s cool
  • no drama no ship wars no discourse
  • in hiatus since 7 years? just dead inside when you mention it
  • best representation of depression on tv ever
  • perceval is precious. bohort is precious. arthus is precious. venec is precious. everyone is precious just protect them
  • in denial about Mani


Visiteur Du Futur

  • usually the same as tomitch
  • still receive material now? when the serie ended in three years ago? and actual new material that extend the story?
  • has to work with INCONTINUTY and PLOT HOLES explained by “time stuff lol” in canon
  • still very happy that everyone is queer
  • there are 5 different media they are all canon
  • no one talks about belettexrenard
  • The Henrisiteur Consprancy is on
  • Giant Gay Robot ™ can pull off the moustache
  • do not mention judith
  • or Matteo s4
  • made of 30% of accurate textpost
  •  Raph needs to be protected he is a babe
  • writers and directors and actors approchable af, giant nerds, take pictures of fanarts, 11/10 would recommend


Tomitch

  • Not the name of the show but the fandom was created mostly around the ship so hey
  • THE SHIP NO ONE ASKED FOR AND WE RECEIVED AS A GIFT
  • like 20 people in it so you know everyone
  • more fics than vdf? WAY MORE FICS? IN SUCH A SMALL TIME? good work
  • trans headcanon accepted by almost everyone
  • and talked about with the writer who wants to know more about it
  • I did more than 50% of the fanarts
  • already did two meet-up when the fandom was created like 9 months ago
  • stuff is problematic and we do talk about that
  • Johnlock AU
  • Funny Web Serie Was A Slow Burn Agonising Gay Pining Story All Along, read more on page 9
  • really just headcanons and gifs and welcoming people


Hero Corps

  • discreet. Does it exist? yes. Can you find it? probably not.
  • s5 entirely paid by fans
  • i n  s i x  h o u r s
  • PINAAAAAAAAAAGE
  • klausxdoug aka the schodinger ship
  • I don’t think anyone not french can understand the show on all levels tbh


Dead Landes

  • was really active for like 3 weeks
  • so much problematic stuff in the show
  • Sam is a babe
  • the only only-DeadLandes tumblr is recommended by the writer for any technical question and thanked by the communication team for any gif. how surreal is that.


Politics

  • makes actual memes about actual politics who want to run/have run this country why does this even exist
  • why is it so present
  • and why does it make so much sense
  • still won’t let the 0.3% go (nor should they)
  • composed only of left wing people let’s be honest
  • makes a pokemon trainers AU
  • meet up only to eat raclette
  • use Assemblée National debates’ quote to talk about scooby doo
  • zorro?
  • kinda gay for NKM but not too much because she’s of The Right Wing
  • ships. way too many ships. vallande 2.0. 7/10 not sure I would recommend.
  • managed to get us frenchie tumblr users to get actively interested in the politics running our country of fucked up is that


Other ones I forgot?

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On this day in music history: March 13, 1999 - “Believe” by Cher hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, also topping the Club Play chart for 4 weeks on December 12, 1998. Written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray and Timothy Powell, it is the fourth solo chart topping single (fifth overall) for the pop music icon and Academy Award winning actress. After focusing on her film career for much of the 90’s, Cher turns her attention back music when she signs to the UK division of Warner Bros Records in 1998. Working with dance music producers including Junior Vasquez, Todd Terry, Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling, it will be the singer’s first dance oriented album in nearly twenty years since the release of her Casablanca albums “Take Me Home” and “Prisoner”. Rather than going for the retro-disco sounds of those works, the new material is cutting edge and in step with the current techno dance phenomenon dominating the club music scene. British songwriter and producers Taylor and Rawling (Gina G, Danni Minogue), presents Cher with the song “Believe”. She asks them to re-write the lyrics a number of times before agreeing to record the song. After recording Cher’s vocals, the producers hit upon the idea of processing some of the vocals with a Digitech Talker (aka “Autotune” processor). At first, they are nervous to play the track with the altered vocals, but once Cher hears what they’ve done, she immediately loves it. Warner Bros initially does not like the autotuned vocals and wants the effect removed, but the singer insists they remain as they are. “Believe” is an immediate smash in the UK, spending seven weeks at number one. Warner Bros in the US picks up the record for release on the back of its UK chart success. Entering the Hot 100 at #99 on December 20, 1998, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. Cher makes history by having the longest time span between her first number one single (“I Got You Babe”) and “Believe”, which is thirty three years, seven months and three weeks. She also becomes the second oldest artist in Billboard chart history to top the Hot 100 (Louis Armstrong is the record holder at sixty two years, ten months and one week old at the time “Hello Dolly” is at number one), as she is fifty three years, nine months and three weeks old at the time “Believe” tops the chart. The single is also a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in twenty three countries. “Believe”  wins Cher her first Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000, also receiving a nomination for Record Of The Year. “Believe” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

anonymous asked:

do you have any advice for staying up late to study? some personal issues came up and i was unable to catch up on my work today and now im behind and it's midnight and im just starting (i have to wake up early, too ugh) :/

hey omg i’m so sorry for the super late reply, i was having a super packed day! i really hope the studying went okay, but for future reference, here’s some of that advice coming right up!

when it comes to staying up late to study, as much as i try to avoid it, it always ends up happening and some very late nights every once in awhile is inevitable. when it does happen, here are some key things to keep in mind while you’re studying away:

  • KEEP HYDRATED: YES!! I AM VERY AWARE THIS IS SAID SO SO MUCH EVERYWHERE but that doesn’t make it any less important!! i myself am really bad with this but it’s good to drink water (or some sort of liquid, preferably not sweet sodas) because dehydration can often make you groggy, which doesn’t help with the whole late night situation. just keep a water bottle or like a mug of tea (if you need the caffeine kick, for example) an arm’s reach away from you so when you look up from your notes, you’ll see it and maybe take a sip
  • try not to take breaks as frequently as you would in the day: the reason for this is pretty simple; when it’s midnight and you start getting a little to comfortable with your break, this almost always leads to lying down or a nap. this either turns into falling asleep or a decrease in productivity, so it’s best just to try and get everything done quickly as possible and then sleep. 
  • that being said, this doesn’t mean keep yourself awake all night working nonstop!!! if the studying is being done the day before a test/exam, try to at least get 4-5 hours of sleep. for example if it’s around 3 am and you have class at 9, try to use the next hour (from 3-4) wrapping up and summarizing what you know. don’t try to stuff brand new material in your head, especially this late. work with what you know and get rest.
  • breathe: literally just because more oxygen to the brain will help you stay awake better
  • for studying in general:
    • if you’re reviewing material, make use of highlighters, study as though you’re teaching yourself the material for the first time, and your review notes should be half as long as your initial lesson notes/handouts
    • if you’re learning material for the first time before a test: scan for main ideas and drill those into your head, use bullet points (keep it brief and to the point) and ask fellow classmates what they think the bulk of the material is
  • please put away distractions because if there was ever a time social media could be detrimental, it’s now. don’t even just close the app, shut off your phone or put it on do-not-disturb until you get at least 80% of your studying done
  • FOR GOD’S SAKE DO NOT STUDY ON YOUR BED, I REPEAT, DO NOT STUDY ON  Y O U R  B E D!! you will fall asleep. don’t argue with me on this one, because you cannot. if sitting gets uncomfortable, stretch or do quick exercises to get rid of stiffness. this will both keep you awake and help you avoid the warm, soft blankets that will undoubtedly lure you to sleep.
  • pull late night study sessions as little as possible! self-explanatory, but it’s definitely not good to get used to staying up late studying, unless you become nocturnal and are getting tons of sleep during the day. in terms of learning and being productive, there’s no real substitute for sleep: coffee tries, but frankly, it just can’t do the same job

i hope this was of some help, and if anyone has any additional tips, feel free to add them because i’m sure i didn’t cover everything. good luck to everyone who’s suffering through all nighters!

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Prompt: Clarke meets her favorite porn star, Bellamy (you can make him have a pseudonym for his movies or not; the choice is yours). So, yeah, run wild with this. I just demand a shit ton of smut. I don’t care what happens. Just Bellamy and Clarke getting it on.

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Clarke is an exhausted, overworked resident. She’ll be the first to tell you, residency sucks. Especially when she’s worked six nights in a row. It’s the same routine every morning she comes home after a night shift… She kicks off her disease-covered shoes at the front door and immediately strips out of her hospital-issued scrubs and tosses them into the pile of dirty ones that sits by the door. She should find a better place to put these, but it’s easier to find them if they don’t make it to her room. Not to mention, her room is her sanctuary. Work does not get to invade her bedroom. She stands there in her tank top and underwear and stares at the heap of greenish colored garments, then realizes she’s been standing there for a while. Shit, she’s forgotten why she’s even staring. Her brain really needs to rest. 

She desperately wants to flop down on the couch and pass out, but she’s sure she’s covered in MRSA, and really doesn’t want disgusting bus- and hospital-contracted microbes all over her furniture. Must shower… With a tired sigh, she shuffles to the bathroom. She smirks when she sees that she’s still got her phone in her hand, and feels a familiar heat building up between her legs. She turns the hot water on and lets it run, and it takes fucking forever to get hot because this apartment is shit. Because she’s a resident and the salary is shit (Yet another reason residency sucks)… Wait, what’s she doing? Oh right, water. Shower. Phone. Ooooh, phone… As she waits for the water to heat up, she strips off the rest of her clothes, then searches for the zip-lock baggies she keeps in the bathroom so she can take her phone with her into the shower and watch her favorite naughty video while she gets herself off under the running water. Just as she finds one under the sink, she hears the telltale chime of her phone telling her that the battery is nearly dead. Goddammit.

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