not crap for a change

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“Well, let’s see. My dad owns a gas station. It’s kind of a small market too. My parents run it. I have two sisters and a brother. We have a tiny dog named Chewy. He’s annoying. Oh, my mom has a parrot, Sal. He’s annoying too but I love to mess with him. Uh, my dad’s pretty strict, I guess his parents and the way their mentality is, they expect everyone to behave. I don’t know, but my mom’s family is the total opposite, so I love when we have things together. My siblings and I always make bets. You know dumb shit, who on dad’s side is going to make a face first. Or who on mom’s side is going to get drunk first, or make an inappropriate comment.”
She sighed gently.

“You miss them don’t you?”
She ran her hand through my hair again. “I do. So much.”
“Do you still live around them?”
“No, I ended up moving states. To, to uh. To be with my girlfriend.” She pulled her hand away and I could feel the tension. I quickly sat up.
“I should get home. It’s late and..”

I felt my heart heavy now. I was being stupid. Even if she was the one always initiating things, I shouldn’t give in to her. I don’t think I could take another heartbreak. Especially not from Kota.

Descendants 2

Descendants 2 had a lot of strong points but what this post is going to focus on is the character development in all of the characters.

Mal -

Obviously this movie focused a lot on Mal. She has grown a lot from the first movie but not in a healthy way. She developed some bad habits (spelling things and people) and developed some self image issues. This is a vast difference from our defiant and confident Mal from the first movie. While I don’t like the softer Mal that was shown, even closer to the end of the movie, I like that they explored these identity issues. By the end of the movie Mal has reconnected with her roots, her group and what made her want to change in the first place. I think it leaves us with a strong Mal with more room to grow in the right direction.

Evie -

THIS IS MY GIRL! Gonna be honest, I disliked her in the first movie cause she was a ditz but my girl has come a lonngggg way. Evie grew from a superficial girl into an incredibly smart, talented and confident lady. She has a booming design business and doesn’t take crap from anyone, and right beside her for these changes was her supportive boyfriend Doug. I love the dynamic they have because they are equal to each other, she is the strong one but he will still defend her to princes, he manages her business finances and supports her dreams. BUT she is not a dainty princess and he know he isn’t her “prince” but he is her knight. I will defend this ship with. My. Life. Also, she has a big heart and is fighting for the kids that she grew up with. She is going to be a great advocate for the isle.

Jay -

Jay came a long way from his rule breaking enthusiastic lifestyle. He even obeys the smallest (and more sexist) of rules. We also saw that he became less aggressive than before. It was curious to see him as a responsible captain, and it was very fitting. Through out the rest of the movie we got to see him step up as a leader when Mal was lacking or when something needed to be said. Like when everyone was arguing he calmed them down and when Mal and Evie were chatting about her hair, he took initiative to bring them together. Jay is a born leader and is doing the one thing his father, jafar, could not. Being successful and compassionate in a leadership position. In the end when he forfeits his title as captain to Lonnie(?) so she can join the team that is him doing what is best for the team. She is strong and they needed her. He sacrificed his title for the greater good and I hope that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Carlos -

Our shy boy came a long way as well. Carlos is a more outspoken and confident person. I don’t think he lacked confidence in the first movie but I believe he was more introverted, now we see a more open Carlos who stands his ground. For example, kicking Chad out of his room repeatedly. He is dismissing a prince and gives 0 cares. We also have a slight mention of how he programmed his 3D printer to have really cool hacks and such which references his special abilities with computers. Jay can be physical, Evie can be smart, Mal can be sly and Carlos can hack. This is important. Finally we see our boy finally ask Jane out. Tbh, I didn’t see it. BUT I am not against it. The little dorks make each other happy and they make each other stronger, for Carlos he has someone to protect and for Jane she has someone who makes her feel beautiful which is not to be under-estimated.

Jane -

Jane grew in a few notable ways. She became a more involved and outspoken person than the shy, squeaky girl from the first movie. Now she is coordinating big projects and making sure the schedule is kept to. BUT she is still insecure about herself and you can tell, even the way she thought Carlos wanted to go to the party as friends until he spelled it out for her is a sign of the insecurity. Carlos makes her feel beautiful and while that isn’t the best place to get a confidence boost it is still a wonderful development for a young girls self esteem to have someone like that.

Duke -

well, he/she learned English so that is pretty impressive.

Ben -

Ben was a goodie two-shoes in the first movie. While he developed a wicked streak in the second one, he NEVER abandoned his big heart, which is what truly makes him King Ben. He was trying to tackle the life struggles of ruling a kingdom, dealing with an engagement, helping the project areas and maintaining his grades. We know he had to quit his different sports teams because he didn’t have time, the time he spent with Mal dwindled to near nothing and we know he was overwhelmed. He never complained though. Ben is a strong character who is taking care of business and while he might not be the first to throw a punch he is powerful with words before fists, and he doesn’t let his girlfriend fight all his battles for him. In the end when he still trying to seek peace, preventing what could have been a catastrophic battle, he was doing his duty as a king. He put his life on the line. His biggest development in this movie was seeing the other side of things and understanding just how abused these kids were. It is one thing to hear about it and think you know, but he never really knew.  And Uma abusing his kindness and spelling him didn’t scare him away from continuing to seek justice for these kids. Ben is a good leader.

Lonnie -

In the first movie we never really got to explore her character. We saw that she wasn’t afraid of our lil’ villains and that she was still compassionate towards them but that was it. In this movie she is introduced as a threat. She is powerful and smart just like her mother, and she may be a love interest for Jay which is a perfect math. Talk about power couple, am I right?! I look forward to seeing more of her.

NEW CHARACTERS -

Uma -

You can see the results of abuse and bullying in her personality. All she is looking for is validation. This is the entire point of “Say my name”, she wants to be acknowledged. Her dwarf rats don’t really obey her, they still challenge her constantly and call her “Shrimpy”. While she has issues, there is room for change. I really hope Disney takes the opportunity to properly show kids/people how to interact with someone who comes from that abusive background.

Harry Hook -

Dang.. Uh, not gonna lie, I am so weak to this little out law. I was practically drooling over him, and when he tickled Ben my heart skipped a beat. I could ship that, I wont cause I will be lynched, but I could. I could see him being a bigger problem in the future. He has more of a cutthroat attitude than Uma and it is clear that him and Jay have bad blood. I hope we see much more of that delectable pirate. Gil - I bet you are one that gets to leave the isle. You don’t seem inherently bad, just kinda a dunce. Definitely room for improvement.

Why I Don’t Highlight

“What”, you say, clutching your  Zebra Mildliners to your chest, “she doesn’t highlight? But… How does she study?”

I’m coming clean: Yes, the rumors are true. I don’t usually highlight. 

I am not opposed to highlighting - I think it can be very beneficial when used correctly. 

(The TL;DR of this post comes down to: Do what’s right for you. If fifteen different shades of highlighter help you retain information, that’s great. But don’t let studyblr pressure you into thinking that highlighting will always help you. Conversely, if your system is working for you, don’t let me pressure you into thinking that you shouldn’t be highlighting, either! But maybe stop for a minute and reevaluate whether you should actually be highlighting. I was a serial highlighter until I realized that sometimes it’s literally just a waste of money.)

My personal reasons for not always highlighting are the following:

  • When first going through a textbook, you literally have no idea if what you’re reading is a main point or not. If you’re a repeat reader, like I am (meaning you like to go through your textbook multiple times), you’ll likely still have no idea on the second and I’d argue even on the third run through. In many fields, you probably won’t know what’s truly relevant until you first start actively applying your knowledge in a job. By the time you’re knowledgeable enough to take the exam with a passing grade, you’re probably ready to highlight. Which is usually where I stop because I hardly aim for an A in university (not very studyblr of me but I’m trying to graduate here) and they also design exams to fail a lot of us.
  • Most of my textbooks are already structured so well that they hardly need more highlights. The most important things are already bolded, they use clear diagrams, a consistent system of what formatting is used for examples, key terms, etc. 
  • My textbooks are also already the most condensed version of the material you are going to get. If they left anything out the information would be incomplete or inaccurate. I need to know everything that’s in there. There are not key points to identify - everything is going to be important if the topic is tested. If it’s not important, the textbook usually won’t elaborate on it but rather simply refer to the corresponding § in the law code, or often, quite literally, say that “it’s complicated” or “subject of discussion in academic circles”.
  • Color coding doesn’t exactly help me. Or if it does, the effect is miniscule. Too often I have let myself be lured into thinking that I know what it says on the page when in reality I simply recognize the layout and the colors (something Marty Lobdell also mentions in his infamous lecture). I can’t do anything about layout, but I can avoid thinking “ah yes, I have definitely seen that bright yellow highlight in that place before” and instead focus on the material as much as possible.
  • This is a more economical reason, but oftentimes I have to buy my books new, and when I do, I want to resell them for as much money as possible. Books that look as untouched as possible sell for more money.
  • I go to and take notes in class, and thus will know what the professor elaborates on. I don’t need to highlight that in my textbook, where it’s permanent - I can simply refer to my notes. Most of the time I will also make note of when the professor hints at a topic being a frequent exam question.

In what cases do I highlight, after all?

  • In my law codes. I have a color coding system, which will usually change depending on subject, but in civil law for example, I have separate colors for contract law, family law, property law, etc which make it easy to distinguish, and also trigger my brain to think of property law even if the location of the particular law is in a place seemingly unrelated to property law.
  • PDFs. The great thing about PDFs is that you can annotate them and highlight the fuck out of them and it’s not permanent. Which means if halfway through your class you decide that your color coding system was crap (been there, done that) you can change it with little effort or remove highlights that you decide are no longer essential.
  • Cases. Long cases, especially for civil law, are designed to be confusing as fuck, so highlighting things where your brain immediately goes !!!!! is wise. But I also always did a brain dump for those where I put down my initial thoughts and reflexes before getting started on a structured solution. If anybody is interested, I can make a separate post on how I approach solving cases.
  • Digital notes of any kind. In my digital notes, I make any additions to the case solutions I prepared at home distinguishable, and highlight what the professor elaborated on or emphasized especially.

lauragmaldon  asked:

Hi, Leigh :) As a writer, how do you differentiate between the ideas that are brilliant (and should be developed/incorporated into a story) and the ideas that are crap? What does that creative process look like, and how does it change with the format (like a novel or short story)?

I find the best ideas are the ones that don’t let you sleep. They keep you up asking questions. They unfold. But it’s important to remember that there is no MAGICAL BIG IDEA. (I talk about this a lot when I teach.) 

The trick to writing a book is not falling in love; it’s staying in love. Because as enchanted as you are with an idea, a moment will come when it loses its shine, when it stops being exciting and you have to find a way to stay committed. 

As for the creative process… I outline pretty heavily when drafting novels. I don’t do that with short stories. I just let myself tell the story, often out loud, usually in the bathtub. 

But regardless of format, we all have good days when the story just unspools and we feel like geniuses. And then we have bad days where it’s sort of like lying in a ditch covered by ravenous weasels while your friends lie in their own ditches shouting “I feel ya, buddy!” in solidarity. 

Good luck in your work. I hope you stick with it. And keep track of all of your ideas. Even the ones that don’t seem like keepers could spark something extraordinary in the future. 

Attached (Part 3)

Summary: Modern AU. Your first day at the New York Bulletin takes a catastrophic turn when you accidentally overlook a fellow employee’s private chat session. Inspired by the novel Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

Word Count: 1,377

Part 1 - Part 2

A/N: As always, thank you all so much for reading/commenting on this fic! You guys are the best. 

Originally posted by nopebucky

J. Barnes has initiated a live chat session with S. Wilson.

J. Barnes: Hello my best friend in the whole wide world! How’s it going?

S. Wilson has ended the live chat session.

J. Barnes has initiated a live chat session with S. Wilson. 

J. Barnes: Hello my best friend in the whole wide world! How’s it going?

S. Wilson has ended the live chat session.

J. Barnes has initiated a live chat session with S. Wilson. 

S. Wilson: Oh my god…

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☆ ———– MTV SCREAM SENTENCE STARTERS.

❛ I mean, call me crazy but I think we’re in Freddy vs. Jason territory here. ❜ 
❛ It’s like the killer is combining these two legends into one brand new murder spree. ❜ 
❛ I was expecting crazy Ralph from Friday the 13th so nope. ❜
❛ I’m barely responsible for myself.  ❜
❛ I thought you said this was going to be a mansion.  ❜
❛ I know my mansions, this is really more of a bungalow. ❜
❛ We’re trying to lure the killer and you show up.  ❜
❛ I’m sorry, this is a pretty classic “don’t let him in” situation, right? ❜
❛ I guess I didn’t think of you as the hospital visit type. ❜
❛ You know the whole, horrible, embarrassing story. ❜
❛ You broke my heart! I loved you, okay, and you broke my heart. ❜  
❛ That’s a pretty outdated way of thinking. ❜
❛ Virgin? Seriously? Where did you learn to do that? ❜
❛ It’s a terrible movie, but one hell of a sex scene. ❜
❛ See this is why people think you’re creepy. ❜
❛ Do you think I’m creepy? ❜
❛ I’m sorry, this isn’t the right place. ❜  
❛ This is the stupidest, most insane thing ever. ❜
❛ The only thing scary here is this dress. ❜
❛ I’m not a stranger, okay, I’m just strange. ❜
❛ That’s never gone bad for anyone in a movie ever. ❜
❛ First shut up, second, it’s just a study session.  ❜
❛ I get that you’re scared, but I understood. ❜  
❛ We all have our ways of coping.  ❜
❛ The kid screwed me over and skipped town. ❜
❛ This is my life. Not some stupid campaign. ❜
❛ You mean looking out for my boobs? ❜
❛ Are you flirting with me? ❜
❛ Thank God because this drink is undrinkable. ❜
❛ If one of us gets hurt, we all get hurt.  ❜
❛ Second chances are rare. Don’t waste them. ❜
❛ I’m making a knife stick. ❜
❛ I need, like, a Men in Black brain wipe. ❜
❛ Is that a pig? God, I’m never eating bacon again. ❜
❛ I’m the only one who knows how to reset the router. ❜
❛ Well we don’t want you getting arrested.  ❜
❛ If I can’t trust you, I can’t be with you. ❜
❛ Aww, you wanna come in the hot tub with me? ❜
❛ The weak are outed and then eaten. ❜
❛ It’s the time honored enforcement of the food chain. ❜
❛ Considering my ex-beau might be a mass murderer, who am I to criticize? ❜
❛ Love the colors, but the spots? Too much. ❜
❛ I can’t believe you two came here without me.  ❜
❛ Hey, we could team up: Bi-curious and the Virgin.  ❜
❛ I was gonna be the Babadook, but then my mom made this cape. ❜
❛ What? No, you love taco Tuesday. ❜
❛ So, pretty much everybody’s a suspect, including us.  ❜
❛ I think this is the beginning of a beautiful mutual tolerance.  ❜
❛ Cue creepy murder music. I knew I was missing something. ❜  
❛ You’re not going to die! Tonight, we change the ending.  ❜
❛ Oh, crap. I’m gonna die. ❜
❛ Actually, we could all use a minute. ❜
❛ Hey, um, thanks for saving my life. ❜
❛ Boom, but then what? Take a victory lap around the pool? ❜
❛ We know what you’re going through, and we’re here if you need us.  ❜
❛ I’ve never seen him/her with his/her mouth shut before. ❜
❛ Maybe it’s time to dig a little deeper. ❜
❛ Pick one, slay one, console one, then repeat.  ❜
❛ What made him/her start killing people? ❜
❛ Okay, not a lesbian, not discussing it. ❜
❛ You root for them, you love them, so when they are brutally murdered, it hurts. ❜  
❛ You have to care if the team wins the big game. ❜
❛ You have to care if the smart, pretty girl forgives the dumb jock. ❜
❛ You can’t do slasher moves as a TV series. ❜
❛ You wanna feel the sting of this sexually-confused Atheist’s foot up your butt? ❜  
❛ Hey, hey! I made you microwave popcorn, remember?  ❜
❛ I know you want the truth. So, let’s find it. ❜
❛ A yearbook? That’s not so weird. ❜
❛ That’s the world’s saddest crime fighting duo. ❜
❛ No, I’d rather channel my anguish into something productive. ❜  
❛ Did you just try to tase my man parts? ❜
❛ There are not enough happy face emojis in the world to express how much I needed that. ❜ 
Imagine Jensen and Jared calling home on stage at a convention

Danneel’s phone started buzzing on the cabinet while she was changing Zeppelin.

“Crap, Y/N, can you get that?” she asked, and you nodded. 

You put Arrow down in her playseat before grabbing Danneel’s phone.

“It’s Jay,” you told her, sliding to answer the FaceTime call from your brother.

“Hey, baby,” Jensen said as it connected, obviously not noticing it wasn’t Danneel on the other side of the call.

“I’m not your baby,” you shot back, and loud laughter came through the phone, Jensen rolling his eyes at you while Jared’s laugh drowned the crowd. “Are you on stage right now?”

“Yeah,” he admitted. “They were asking after the twins. Now why does my sister have my wife’s phone?”

You grinned, moving the phone so that Danneel and Genevieve were in view.

“I’m the only one that doesn’t have their hands full of baby,” you explained as Danneel picked up Zep, Gen still gently rocking Odette in the armchair.

Jensen turned his phone around, showing you to the audience even though it was probably only the first few rows that could see, resulting in ‘awwww’s.

“You looking after my girls?” Jared asked, and you smiled.

“Yes sir,” you promised, handing Danneel her phone so that she could talk to her husband now that she had a hand free.

“What’s Y/N doing with y’all?” Jensen asked, and Danneel laughed.

“There are three babies,” she reminded him. “And she’s free childcare.”

“Hey!” you laughed, coming back into shot with Arrow in your arms. “I’m also great company.”

The crowd laughed again, Jensen grinning at you through the phone.

“You sure are, squirt.”