now i'm wondering how this will play out in book 2

slow-clapping-in-the-distance  asked:

Hello, I have always loved the Samoyed breed but have wondered how they are as pets. I know they're known to be heavy shedders, and some tips on how to deal with that hair would be very much appreciated! I have a Westie right now, but I used to own Spitzes and I'm pretty used to the shedding :)

Heavy shedders indeed! While different Samoyed owners will report different levels of intensity - and it will vary depending on gender, neuter/spay status, and time of year - you’re still definitely looking at heavy shedding. If you aren’t prepared to… 

  • desensitize your puppy as young as possible to the grooming process 
  • brush daily during certain times of the year, several times a week the rest of the year
  • vacuum a lot
  • have hair on your furniture, clothes, eyes, inside of your mouth
  • pay a decent amount for an experienced groomer semi-frequently OR do your own set up 

…then you should not get a Samoyed. 

As with the varying opinions on intensity of shedding, there are also varying suggestions on how frequently you should take your Sammy to the groomer (or bathe them yourselves), but it should be at least twice a year for the puppo’s health. More information here, from the Samoyed Club of America: https://www.samoyedclubofamerica.org/the-samoyed/health-and-care/grooming/  

The #1 best way to keep shedding down… is with frequent line combing and brushing. Do not ever shave your Sammy unless it is necessary for medical reasons. Do not ever use a Furminator, please, it will damage his coat. If you want to do your own grooming setup, here are the best videos & resources I’ve found online. These are all done by the Samoyed Moms who consist of some owners and breeders. 

Anyway, that’s grooming. If you’re more interested in what they are like as pets, then I would turn to YouTube videos and the Samoyed reddit. I would also recommend contacting the SCA and seeing if you can attend some shows, get involved with rescues, or even meet a breeder just to get to know the dogs. 

Originally posted by dailyhappylife

Every Samoyed I’ve ever known has a very relaxed, polite temperament. They are not easily bothered or stirred - they politely and gently remove themselves from the situation instead, if necessary. Important things to know about them as a breed are the following: 

  • They NEED to be with you and your family. While they are an ancient breed, they are more people-oriented than, say, huskies. Some are cuddle bugs, some are less so because they get hot, but they are still not the type of dog to do well being left alone for long periods of time. If you do that, there is a good chance there will be some destruction as a result of boredom and potentially anxiety. 
  • They are independent thinkers. Training will be different than other dog breeds. Once they’ve learned a new trick, it’s better to generally move onto something new than to keep repeating something they’ve already learned. It’s boring and they’ll definitely let you know. 
  • They are, in general, jokesters. Some breed judges prefer Samoyeds that aren’t perfectly behaved in the ring because they feel that better represents the breed as a whole.

In essence, the Samoyede people that the breed is named after bred and raised them to work independently from humans. Typically, they’d have several dogs and one would be the “lead” dog that took some instruction from the humans. That dog would then lead the others to their tasks for the day - herding, pulling, what have you. At the end of the day, though, they returned home to their people, often to snuggle up and help keep everyone warm. Notice how throughout their typical day they are either with other dogs or people, though! They don’t like to be alone. 

Finally, if you keep the giant wads of fur you’ve brushed out of your Sammy, you can do as the Samoyede people did and save their fur for spinning and knitting (another trait they bred for was their fur texture!). 

Answered by: @phdpaws

anonymous asked:

I'm curious to know what you think about Zuko's character arc, like did you like him betraying Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 or did you find it OOC? Did you like how he wanted throughout Book 3, cause to me he looked like a douchebag yelling at Iroh, hiring an assassin etc, really looked like Bryke was trying to make him as bad as possible and pair him up with Mai, to cancel him as a love interest for Katara.

I believe his betrayal of Katara and Iroh at the end of Book 2 was entirely necessary for his character arc. Zuko always showed himself as one who needed to make his own decisions and mistakes before he learned from them. His uncle could preach at him all he wanted, but Zuko only ever recognized Iroh’s truth after he’d pursued a goal to no avail. 

For example, the greatest turning point in Zuko’s story during Book 2 was when he let Appa go. Now, he wasn’t planning to do so. He only released Appa after much urging from Iroh, and Iroh’s explanation of Zuko’s past failings: 

Iroh: So, the Blue Spirit. I wonder who could be behind that mask …
Zuko: [Sighs and takes off the mask.] What are you doing here?
Iroh: I was just about to ask you the same thing. What do you plan to do now that you’ve found the Avatar’s bison? Keep him locked in our new apartment? Should I go put on a pot of tea for him?
Zuko: First I have to get it out of here.
Iroh: And then what!? You never think these things through! [Points at him.] This is exactly what happened when you captured the Avatar at the North Pole! You had him, and then you had nowhere to go!
Zuko: I would have figured something out!
Iroh: [Starts yelling.] No! If his friends hadn’t found you, you would have frozen to death!

Iroh is quick to tell Zuko that his lack of planning will ultimately lead to his downfall. He was never successful in the past because he never thought his schemes through. What did he really hope to accomplish by capturing Appa? What was his end goal? How exactly did he think revealing his identity in the Earth Kingdom’s only stronghold was going to play out? And this was after he went on a date with Jin, after his uncle had found some success in Ba Sing Se, and after Zuko had a taste of what a normal, peaceful life could be if he’d just let his destiny go. 

Zuko: I know my own destiny, Uncle!
Iroh: Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?

He was happy in Ba Sing Se, but largely so, because he had no other choice. His life no longer followed the trajectory he had planned— he couldn’t hunt the Avatar because doing so would mean revealing his location in Ba Sing Se and he couldn’t return home because he couldn’t hunt the Avatar.

Jump back up to Iroh’s last line listed above: Is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you? That can easily be applied to his hunt for the Avatar, but look how easily can that also be applied to Zuko’s newfound life in Ba Sing Se! His actions — pursuing Appa the second he knew the bison was in the city, even after experiencing peace and success — prove that his life in Ba Sing Se was another destiny being forced on him. 

Now, I know you may be arguing in your head that Zuko’s metamorphosis proves that he had changed— but I don’t think so. I think Zuko’s metamorphosis proved he hadn’t, foreshadowed by this exchange: 

Zuko: Stop it, Uncle! I have to do this!
Iroh: I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you, and what do you want?

His transformation in Book 2 was his wrestling with this question: What do I want? Zuko didn’t know. He had no idea. Everything was conflicting in his head. Did he want the Avatar? Did he want peace? Did he want to go home? Did he want this new life? This is particularly evident in the warring dragons in his dreams: 

Blue dragon: It’s getting late. Are you planning to retire soon, my lord?
Zuko: I’m not tired.
Blue dragon: Relax, Fire Lord Zuko. Just let go. Give in to it. Shut your eyes for a while.
Zuko slowly starts to shut his eyes but widely opens them upon hearing the other dragon.
Red dragon: No, Fire Lord Zuko! Do not listen to the blue dragon. You should get out of here right now. Go! Before it’s too late!
Blue dragon: Sleep now, Fire Lord Zuko.
The dragons disappear, and the room they’re in, as well as the guards watching Zuko, crumble to nothing. The blue dragon reappears in front of him. Two golden eyes appear, followed by the face of the blue dragon, which closes rapidly.
Blue dragon: Sleep. Just like mother!
Charges at Zuko and opens its mouth. Inside the dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother, Ursa. Within that darkness, the camera draws closer to Ursa, who drops her hood.
Ursa: Zuko! Help me! 
Zuko disappears through the floor.

Later when Zuko awakens:

Zuko: What’s happening?
Iroh: Your critical decision. What you did beneath that lake. It was in such conflict with your image of yourself that you are now at war within your own mind and body.
Zuko: What’s that mean? 
Iroh: You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience, but when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.

I think a lot of viewers take Iroh’s final comment as the end all and be all sign that Zuko was supposed to fully transform here and join the Avatar’s side, however, I do not believe this is the case. I believe Iroh’s comment wasn’t exactly wrong… it’s just interpreted incorrectly. Zuko did change when he woke from his coma: He didn’t change sides or soften or discern all of Azula’s lies, but as became evident in Book 3, Zuko woke from his coma and was able to finally recognize the truth in Iroh’s words

Let’s delve into the imagery of the metamorphosis… not only is he plagued by weird visions such as taking on Aang’s body, the dragons in Zuko’s dreams symbolize the two dueling sides of him. One part of him wants to enjoy the life he’s found in Ba Sing Se, evidenced by the red dragon warning him to get away from the influence of the blue dragon— 

[SIDE NOTE: Zuko may know that Azula always lies… but he always seems to fall for it i.e. that time she said father wanted him home. that time she said he’d be welcomed home. that time she gave him credit for killing Aang as a favor. that time she said the Agni Kai would be one-on-one]

—while the blue dragon represents his desires lying in the Fire Nation. He nearly succumbs to the blue dragon’s suggestion that he sleep, until the red dragon appears and warns him off. However, in the end, Zuko is charged by the blue dragon: He is swallowed by the blue dragon, and in the blue dragon’s mouth, Zuko sees his mother (representing his long-lost childhood desires— to protect those in need and be gentle/kind/innocent) calling for help, before sinking into the floor. 

What does this mean? Well, I believe it means that Zuko gave in to the blue dragon, and it was meant to foreshadow him giving in to Azula’s seduction in the Crystal Catacombs, rather than foreshadowing him saving sides. It also foreshadowed his recognition of his mistake and his distraught emotional state following his choice to betray the red dragon (Iroh (and Katara)). 

Again, to break it down even more so: 

Zuko wants to give in to the Blue Dragon’s request to sleep. 
In the real world, Zuko falls prey to Azula’s bait, challenging her to an Agni Kai and being imprisoned. 

Zuko is warned by the Red Dragon of his choices. 
In the real world, Iroh pleads with Zuko not to listen to Azula. Twice, actually. Once when Iroh flees the palace and Zuko says he’s done running, and again, below the city, when Iroh pleads with Zuko to make the decision he knows is right.

Zuko is swallowed whole by the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko falls into Azula’s scheme. Unbeknownst to him, Azula is using him— she knows she cannot defeat Aang and Katara alone, so she entices him with the promise of being welcomed home a hero. 

Zuko panics over the vision of his mother (innocence), but is ultimately lost to the Blue Dragon.
In the real world, Zuko is completely absorbed in the version of himself he thinks he needs to be. He is angry. He is violent. He is a betrayer. He has lost all connection to the innocence of his childhood and the image of himself that he nearly reconnected with during his metamorphosis. 

Furthermore, being lost to the Blue Dragon symbolized Zuko’s emotional and mental spiral in Book 3. He was incredibly unhappy, even after he sold his soul to come home. He’d lost it all. He had no one to blame but himself but he didn’t want to blame himself— he wanted to blame Iroh for being right all along. Zuko’s behavior towards Iroh was unacceptable, yes, but it was in character when you consider Zuko’s complete and utter implosion and the destruction of his soul in his decision to betray everyone. 

I fully believe the betrayal was Aaron Ehasz’s idea. In my opinion, it was fundamental to Zuko’s character. As long as he had the support and guidance of his uncle, Zuko would never transform on his own. He needed to hit rockbottom. He needed to realign himself with what he wanted, and the only way to do so, was to have everything he wanted and nothing at all at the same time. 

I do not believe it was a ploy by Bryke to destroy Zutara, as the pair came back together in Book 3 and were closer/stronger than ever. 

What Avatar struggled with the most was the timing of Zuko’s arc. Book 3 spent too much time focusing on useless episodes that could have been utilized to showcase Zuko’s actions in the Fire Nation and his resulting decision to leave his place there. His treason could have taken place earlier and, as a result, we could’ve spent more time with the transformed Zuko and the Gaang.

I also think Avatar suffered greatly by cancelling Book 4. If we’d had a chance to see Zuko rule as Fire Lord, I believe his transformation would’ve felt complete. 

anonymous asked:

hi arc can i ask a question that seems a bit silly even as i write it? how do you keep being so brave about your fanwork? i used to post a lot of fic when i was younger before all the like holier than thou purity politics stuff happened. but the purity politics stuff sort of... made me scared to interact with fandom? like i want to write and post the fics i have ideas for but i'm SCARED and i don't really know how to?? stop being scared i guess? idk i can't really get my thoughts down now sorry

(scared anon) i just guess i was wondering if you had any advice on like pushing past that fear and just doing fanwork without being scared of how people might react?

Oh, honey.

Christ, lemme think about it….

1. I flat out do not follow any “main” tags. In RT, I never followed #ragehappy. In Borderlands, I never followed #rhack or anything. In HS, I don’t follow any ship tag. So I literally do not see most negativity. This is helpful because people like being dicks in tags and to put their shitty vagueblogging in there, but are often too fucking cowardly to come at you personally.

90% of the time, my awareness that people resent me for having “””impure””” popular fics comes from friends giving me a heads up that someone is talking shit. And when they do, I block that person.

2. Relevant to the above: It took me a long time to understand that people resent my fics being popular, not their actual subject matter. It’s a jealousy thing. I have written some filth that never got really popular, and no one gave a shit. It’s only when I start getting a lot of comments and kudos that suddenly I’m the Great Satan. Keeping in mind that bitches be jealous super helps.

Most recent example: people didn’t start to talk shit about ASAFAF until I started to see fanart based on the story. C’mon.

3. I genuinely believe in the diversity of stories we tell. Like, gushing gold is a great example of a fic I deeply enjoyed writing and sharing, but that I also knew was not for everyone. But it was for some people.

When you are writing a subject matter that you are passionate about, understand that other people are going to be passionate about it too. There are people who need difficult or uncomfortable stories told to affirm they aren’t alone, to help work through rare subject matter, to just enjoy in a world that doesn’t offer them much media.

No story is for everyone, but every story is for someone. Take pride in that.

4. No, really. Block people. Block anyone who makes you uncomfortable, and never look back.

I know it’s apparently a Thing, to block someone, then check in on them? I don’t do this. Once someone is blocked, they no longer exist in my universe.

5. Avoid younger fans. This obviously applies to older fen like me, but broadly speaking, this purity politics culture comes from younger fans attacking older fans, and a lack of understanding that Fandom is a place for a wide group of people with disparate experiences and interests.

Not all young fans are part of that, obviously, but… if someone young enjoys my stuff, I’m glad. I hope they like it. But I avoid deep discussion and interaction and attempts to befriend me, because I am 27 years old and write porn on the internet and shouldn’t be talking to young folks. If anyone doesn’t understand the logic of that, for my protection and for theirs, that is genuinely not my problem and I’m sure they’ll figure it out later.

Boundaries: they are important for adults as much as kids. Enforce them.

6. …

A lot of it is that I’ve been in fandom for over half my life now. I’ve seen a lot of shit. I’ve been through a lot of shit. (Anyone remember that pissant who tried to report me to the government because I told them to stop harassing me after +6 months of bullshit? lol) I’ve had great fandom experiences and I’ve had ones I would love to hit Undo on.

There are amazing people in fandom and there are fucking hilariously awful shitheads in fandom. The majority of people are decent, and they enjoy what I do, and if you start making content and sharing it, you will find people who enjoy what you do. There are people who follow me who shoot me out of the blue supportive Asks on bad days, who read my fic even when they don’t know the source material, who encouraged me to write my book and then bought the damn thing.

The purity police are scary, abusive fuckers. But they are not the majority, and the less you interact with them, the less they can affect you. They want an opponent, they want someone to fight so they can play victim, they want to be the Valiant Warrior Of Purity.

Ignore ‘em. Make them take their boring pedantic morality play elsewhere.

ETA: 7. Don’t fight the purity police and don’t try to convince them or win them over. It literally never works. These are people who are in a bad place and you cannot move them from that place. Only they can, when they grow the fuck up. Don’t do it. You will not win, you will expend energy on people who gobble it up to fuel their shitstirring and vagueblogging, and they will just know they can successfully antagonize you.

Take that annoyance and frustration. Channel it into writing more rad shit. 

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I hope this helps at all, anon. Remember, also, that the AO3 is your friend, and you can keep your tumblr and your AO3 a little bit separated. That can help.

anonymous asked:

Hey has anybody or do you know if Camren or David knows about this latest development for Bat/Cat? I'm not on Twitter & I know Gotham Bat Cat handle & blog is Baby Batcat. Some of the followers don't even know about how Selina is in the comics so I was just wondering if somebody let those 2 know. I think David might since he reads comics but it would be really good if Camren knew. I mean sometimes I don't think they understand the iconic nature of the couple they are playing. Or future couple.

She knows! Camren Bicondova retweeted the now “iconic” cover for Issue 24! And she was tagged on it from a couple of fans from Tom King’s timeline. Seems like the response from Twitter is “about time” or “please don’t be messing with me”. Quite a few males too :) And it seems like she is very defensive about how Gotham Selina cares about Gotham Bruce and even Alfred. I can tell she is definitely a Gotham BatCat shipper. #BabyBatCat (2/2)

:D

David seems to be less active on twitter and instagram and he hasn’t posted anything since the Gotham finale. I believe I remember reading somewhere that he said he was a comic book reader (and a fan of Hush) so I think it’s very likely that if someone hasn’t informed him yet he’s found out by now. 

Week 2

Sorry this is a little late but Sunday was my birthday so I was out and about instead of posting! This past week was intense but I think I figured out a good system of reviewing things. As per my earlier post - I did see improvement on my practice exam Saturday, but still have a little bit to go so - back to the grind this week! For my birthday I got to go out with some friends, walk with my mom, shop A LOT (I got surgery shoes!!! They are so cute!) and go out to dinner!

What I studied:

Cardio: Shhh don’t tell anyone but cardio is one of my least favorite organ system. Really happy though that I was able to figure out murmurs (a work in progress but still an improvement!) and anti-arrhythmics.   

Respiration: Just the usual suspects. I’m always getting obstructive and restrictive data mixed up and also lung cancers are so weird. Not a lot of pharm videos but omg I definitely needed to revisit them - I understand so many things now! 

Neuro: Maybe it was a bad idea trying to do both Neuro and Psych in two days but…I think I got through the most important things. There’s definitely a long list of Neuro topics on my “catch up” list but overall I’m pretty strong in Neuro so I think it will be ok even if I don’t get to all of them. 

Psych: Good old psych…literally just had to review the Ego defenses, personality disorders, timing of certain things (schizophrenia vs schizophrenifrom vs schizoaffective) and addictions so squeezed it all in between the big guns Neuro stuff. But for real what killed me the most those two days were the 17 (17!!!) sketchy pharm videos I had to do. Oh I died.  

Drugs on drugs: Every organ system has drugs! I’ve basically done about 2 hours of sketchy pharm every afternoon for the corresponding organ system so I can get through all these videos. I suuuck at drugs - there’s too many names! So I need to dedicate this time to remembering them for good.

How I took breaks:

More running: The ultimate soother of my soul. Also still slowly making my way through Kimmy Schmitt - one episode a day. 

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: Basically my bedtime meditation this week. If you haven’t tried this podcast you must! It’s so so beautiful and has basically been my rock since I got my concussion at the beginning of this year. I did get a little behind this spring so I was playing catch up and now I’m going to read the books while listening. 

The Bachelorette: sorry I’m not sorry that I’m obsessed with this show. But there’s this whole group of us in my class who compete with the weekly predictions and it’s the best. Might be a bit of a distractor but…whatever.

What I learned:

Yes you CAN still have fun while studying for boards: I was a little sad honestly when I realized that I would be deep in study mode when my birthday came around, but this weekend was so wonderful it was as if I wasn’t even studying! I loved all that I was able to do and all the new professional wear I was able to get (did I mention my Dansko surgery shoes…yes? Well too bad because I’m obsessed). 

But not too much fun: The problem with this weekend was that when Monday morning came around I was EXHAUSTED. It took me a while yesterday to get back in the groove of things and feel like I was really focused. I also took a nap for the first time since starting studying - you know it gets bad when I decide to take a nap. Due to this self realization I decided to cancel a trip next weekend to see some college friends. It was never really official - but I wanted to celebrate my birthday with them and thought it wouldn’t be a big deal because I would be taking off the same amount of time as I normally do each weekend. The problem is - it requires traveling and probably staying out late and a bunch of humans packed into a 24 hour period. Just THINKING about it exhausted me. So instead for my last weekend home I’ll be sitting in bed watching TV and hanging with my sister (who comes home from school this week!). 

ATHLETA: Y’all have GOT to go there - they have SO MANY cute clothes that are professional looking but HOLY DAMN THEY ARE COMFORTABLE. Seriously - I’m in love. 

anonymous asked:

Okay, I have a question. I was reading the Book of Acts recently and if I'm not mistaken, a woman named Lydia was referred to as a "disciple." I was raised non-religious but cultural Protestantism was still pervasive enough for me to pick up on the ideas about gender roles in the early church. I have been hesitant to convert simply because of how anti-feminist the Bible appears. Now I'm starting to wonder if women were simply written out of Biblical history like every other part of history.

(pt. 2) I mean, it makes sense, considering the time and setting the Bible was written in. But Jesus himself seemed to be quite willing to listen to women’s opinions in a way that was radical and unusual for the time. So… I’m at a loss. Are there resources out there that discuss women’s involvement in early Christianity and offer a different perspective on this issue? Where should I start? Thanks so much for your insight.

I was named after Lydia!!! I think the Orthodox Church considers her to be “Equal to the Apostles,” but I could be wrong. 

I understand your struggle. The way some aspects of the Bible depict women and LGBT people, made me leave Christianity for about three years. 

I think most scholars agree that women (and their achievements) were often excluded from the Bible. There is a large amount of evidence that show women playing detrimental roles in early Christianity (here is an article by Karen L King that I really like). There is also evidence that women were allowed to be priests in the Early Church. Not to mention that there were early sects of Christianity that worshiped feminine aspects of Deity. 

Although it’s not canon, I recommend reading the Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Christianity initially was pretty radically progressive.  I think when the church became hierarchal and powerful is when things started really getting… messy. 

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

anonymous asked:

Could you please explain for me how Will mistreats Nico. I'm not trying to be rude I just legitimately don't understand

Of course! Lemme just get my handy dandy copy of BoO and the THO books.

To begin, I’d like to point out that I am writing this from the POV of a gay male. I am a gay male with a lot of resentment toward my sexuality. I was forced out at around the same age as Nico as well so I strongly identify with his feelings. I want you to know that I am speaking from experience when I discuss how Will treats Nico. I’d also like to say I do not hate Will as a character (in fact, I quite adore him as a character when he isn’t around Nico.)

There are many routes I can go with discussing Will and Nico that all take place in how Will mistreats Nico and all of it can be summed up as “Riordan can’t write romance, at all.” Anyone who has read through HoO can see the messy writing with the other ships in the series as well.

So with that, let’s pull out BoO first, shall we?

This was the first time where I had problems with Will. We have a character that pretty much appeared out of thin air after having no relevance before this point (other than healing Annabeth once 5 books ago) and what’s he do? Constantly bicker with Nico. Nico hates it. It’s in Nico’s internal monologues that he does not like the way Will is treating him. This is climaxed at this point. This despicable point. This is genuinely the worst thing I have seen with people still shipping a ship. Will, quite literally, invalidates Nico’s feelings that are sprinkled throughout the 2 series’ and says they’re his fault. Will put the blame on Nico for being ostracized by the rest of camp. We’ve seen from both Percy and the other campers that while, yes, Nico does distance himself, but the campers were also very scared of Nico. They didn’t like him. This wasn’t some made up fantasy Nico had and yet here’s Will basically telling Nico to get over himself and that he’s just being angsty for no reason. Who tells a depressed kid to just “get over it?” That’s not okay.

This dismissal of Nico’s feelings is honestly continued throughout the next series.

Here’s where “Riordan is just a bad writer” comes into play. I don’t expect Riordan to be able to write a gay male’s recovery story well because he’s straight (as far as we know.) But I still expect him to understand how people fundamentally work. Sure, THO takes place 6 months after BoO but let me be honest with you: That’s not enough time. There is no way Nico would have a boyfriend because he’d still be trying to accept himself and trying to gain the trust of others. There’s no way he would love Will who told him his feelings don’t matter which continues in the next book:

Ah yes, the legendary significant other scene. Also known as the scene that actually made me gag. Nico is clearly uncomfortable here. There is no denying it. Will is literally teasing Nico about being uncomfortable with how open Will is. As someone who was outed by force and is very uncomfortable with their sexuality, I get how Nico feels. It’s scary and you don’t like being like this. The last thing you want is to be reminded of it. It makes you sick and depressed. But here comes Will just straight up ignoring how Nico feels. This is not okay. This is not how a relationship should ever be. Your feelings should never be used for the butt of a joke. That’s just awful.

It’s already canon in HoO that Nico doesn’t like being touched. We can assume this has continued 6 months after as he literally pushes Will off of him. It can be evident that Will, based on his character, probably does this a lot. Now, I don’t know about you, but I hate it when someone touches me without me asking. I don’t like being touched in general and this would just peeve me. The fact Will does this without even caring for Nico’s feelings is just sad to be honest.

For an added tidbit:

There’s small implications here that Will probably stares at other guys and whatnot. There might be implications that Nico is wary that Will is going to cheat which is – well – pretty messed up. It shows that Nico has not grown to trust Will at all and it might have to do with how Will treats Nico.

To sum it all up, Will invalidates Nico’s feelings constantly and always pushes Nico’s comfort zone to uncomfortable levels. This is the sign of a toxic relationship that should have ended but hasn’t. The lack of trust makes me wonder how Riordan ever thought that these two characters should have gotten together. I mean, it’s only been six months there’s no way Nico would be comfortable like that at all and he isn’t. So why is Nico still with Will when, if he was in character, there would be no doubt that Nico would hate Will?

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm having really bad anxiety attacks because it's finals week and I'm afraid of failing a class I should've done really well in but didn't because the professors a dick and tests on tiny little details that shouldn't be important anyway I'm ranting a lil how would the RFA handle MC freaking out over finals

Hiya anon we are so sorry to hear about rough finals and your dick of a professor and we really hope this helps you!  - Mod DK

Hope your finals week ended up going smoothly! We’re both college students so we know exactly how rough it can be. Good luck to anyone still dealing with finals! Love you guys. - Mod MC

Zen:

  • Finals are coming up and after events that happened with the RFA your grades may have slipped a little and now you’re in full freak out mode.
  • 2 weeks before the finals start you have a mental break down.
  • Zen considerably flips out, he’s never seen you like this before.
  • Hell you barely batted an eye when Saeran attempted to kidnap you but this brought you to your knees.
  • Seriously, grades suck ass.
  • Zen calms you down and gets you a cup of your favorite tea and gives you an amazing back rub.
  • “ZEN THE KNIGHT WILL SAVE HIS PRINCESS” he proclaims as he opens your calculus textbook
  • With one look at the first page he slams the book shut and looks at you with newfound respect in his eyes.
  • He tries to help you by tutoring you but since he isn’t familiar with the subjects you were studying he can’t help much.
  • So instead he makes flashcards with you and quizzes you on said flashcards.
  • He brings you coffee and tea constantly.
  • Even though he knows pulling all nighters is bad for your skin he will still stay up with you because he loves you that much.
  • And then he promptly puts strawberries over his eyes to help the swelling
  • he is an actor after all.
  • He constantly tells you how much he believes in you and how smart you are.
  • You are tempted to just study for hours on end but he always gently reminds you to take breaks and short naps because Jahee gave him all these tips on how to study like a pro.

Yoosung:

  • Your professor reminds you that finals are coming up in a week and like every normal college student you freak out.
  • You end up on the floor of your shared apartment with Yoosung just rocking back and forth.
  • Yoosung comes back sees you on the floor and sits down and starts rocking back and forth with you.
  • You both are so screwed.
  • After hours of having a crisis you try to get your shit together.
  • You know that if you try hard enough both you and Yoosung will be able to make passing grades.
  • Every free time you both have you are studying.
  • Coffee cups are everywhere and chocolate milk cartons because at one point Yoosung remembers the pass out after drinking caffeine syndrome and freaks out again.
  • You and Yoosung make a pact to not play LOLOL until finals are over.
  • It’s hard and sometimes you catch him playing but you let it go because he is doing his best and needs some time to just relax and have fun.
  • You both somehow pass and you both end up crying and have a marathon of playing LOLOL and eating the perfect balance of junk food.

Seven: 

  • Finals. Are. Coming.
  • You are freaking out and seriously reconsidering dropping out and moving to New Zealand and becoming a sheep herder for the rest of your life.
  • After a horrible nightmare where your final exam comes to life and tries to eat you he figures out what is going on and intervenes.
  • He is kinda offended that you didn’t come to him first but
  • “GOD SEVEN FORGIVES ALL”
  • You are kinda doubtful of his teaching methods when his first “brillant idea” is to eat a shit ton of Honey Buddah Chip and chug PHD Pepper but you have no other choice.
  • You already knew that Luciel was a genius but damn this boy really knows everything.
  • And even though some of his teaching methods were unconventional he was a really great tutor.
  • When he wasn’t working he would be reteaching you the shit you didn’t understand which really makes you wonder about why you are paying your really expensive school fees.
  • Seven already has really bad habbits of not eating right and pulling all nighters so he never discouraged you from the same
  • There were many timesyou woke up from falling asleep on your very uncomfortable textbooks.
  • Even though you looked and felt like shit when finals finally came around you passed all of your classes and then fell asleep for 24 hours straight right after.

- Mod DK

Jumin:

  • You are the best procrastinator in the world.
  • Due tomorrow? Do tomorrow
  • That’s been your motto for the past few years of college.
  • You’ve never had a significant other around finals time to encourage you to get your work done at a reasonable hour
  • Jumin has never had a significant other
  • And he’s never seen you during finals time
  • He didn’t know how bad your habit of procrastination was.
  • It was the night before your portfolio of work was due for your writing class and you hadn’t even started.
  • Jumin was frustrated because it was already 2am and you had yet to come to bed but he understood you were busy.
  • When he heard something thud in the bathroom and your muffled curses follow he was out of the bed in a flash.
  • He whipped the bathroom door open only to find you in the tub
  • Not taking a bath though (ya perverts)
  • You were in the tub scrubbing away with cleaning products.
  • Cleaning was one of the most effective ways you had to procrastinate.
  • Jumin was a little miffed to say the least, “MC, we have a maid for that.”
  • Then the tears started to fall as you began freaking out.
  • You explained that you were procrastinating and after a short lecture from Jumin he made you get to work.
  • He called out of work the next day, much to Jaehee’s chagrin just so he could stay up and make sure you kept working.
  • You did however get the best back rubs ever while you were typing away
  • The two of you took a bath together the next day to relax ;)

Saeran:

  • He cracked his knuckles and stood up from his desk chair, he was done working for the day.
  • He walked to your shared room only to find something strange.
  • When he found you asleep in a pile of papers on the bed he knew something was up.
  • He blew his bangs out of his face and walked over to you quietly
  • He saw how tense you looked and shook you awake
  • You jerked awake, eyes flying open as you realized what happened.
  • “No, no, no. This isn’t happening, Shit!”
  • You frantically shuffled through the papers attempting to get them in some sort of order.
  • He saw the beginnings of a panic attack
  • He was so not okay with you doing this to yourself.
  • In a move somewhat unlike him, he wrapped his arms around you and pressed you to his chest.
  • He wasn’t going to let you have a total meltdown.
  • “MC, tell me what’s wrong, I want to help.”
  • You didn’t want to burden him but you couldn’t afford to turn down the help.
  • You explained that you had a really hard final first thing in the morning and even though you’ve been studying like crazy for the past few weeks you still feel like you aren’t getting the content.
  • He’s immediately ready to help
  • He’s super smart just like his brother so tutoring you is no problem.
  • The two of you make flashcards and he teaches you everything as you make them
  • You’ve never understood anything so well in your life.
  • You thank him with an A1 makeout session before the two of you go to sleep

V:

  • He noticed you were slightly wobbly when you came home from school
  • “MC, are you drunk?”
  • You explained that you were not in fact, drunk, just very sleep deprived.
  • You had finals all week and you hadn’t slept the night before because you were studying.
  • V remembered those days.
  • You went to make yourself another cup of coffee
  • He straight up confiscated your cup and ushered you to bed.
  • “Nap time, MC.”
  • “But, V, I have to study.”
  • “No Ifs, ands, or buts MC. You’re taking a nap and once you aren’t completely out of it I’ll help you study.”
  • You slept for five hours
  • When you woke up you smelled food
  • You went to find V and were pleasantly surprised to find V with a plate full of dinner for you and neat stacks of flashcards sitting on the coffee table.
  • “I hope you don’t mind but I used your textbook to make flashcards while you were napping.”
  • You felt so guilty and told him he should have woken you up.
  • He was so not having it tbh
  • “You needed your sleep MC, besides I’ve gotta keep my darling healthy and happy. What sort of lover would I be if i couldn’t manage that.”
  • You knew he wouldn’t let you refuse to you just went along with him spoiling you while you studied.
  • You made sure that he got all of the cuddles and spoiling he could handle once your finals week was over.

- Mod MC

Dance with Devils Unit Single 1 Kaginuki Rem vs Sogami Urie: I'm the Prince! (English Translation)

Dance with Devils Unit Single 1 Kaginuki Rem vs Sogami Urie (English Translation)

Track 1: I’m the Prince!

Seiyuu:
Kaginuki Rem (CV: Soma Saito)
Sogami Urie (CV: Takashi Kondo)

Spicy’s Notes (aka) Things you might like to know before you get started:

(1) The crack. So much crack. Mix in the fairy tale references and this is a thing of beauty.

(2) The drama track itself is actually titled 王子は私 / 僕だ! using the differing forms of self address that Rem and Urie use respectively. But since “I’m/I’m the Prince!” makes no sense in English I went with the title choice above.

(3) Usual disclaimers, there may be parts I misheard and such. Knowing me there’s definitely going to be typos. Sorry for that. The SFX have my own special touch to them.

(4) Not currently planning to do the rest of the CD. (It’s just the single and then a couple quickie monologues anyway.) In any case, this is where the good stuff is.

Okay? Ready? Onward!

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anonymous asked:

Hi! So I'm making a Chinese character who is originally from China and I was wondering if you had any good guides to help me out please?

Hey there!

So, my answer is pretty long, mostly because I don’t think a guide on “how to play a Chinese person” exists. There’s so many elements and things to consider when playing someone of a different culture/race, so I’ll give some points to consider for character building.

NOTE: I’ll preface my answer by saying that I’m an ABC (American-born Chinese), I’ve never even been to China, and my parents are Vietnamese and embrace Vietnamese culture. That being said, my experience and advice would be different from someone who’s actually lived in China.

So, here’s some basic things to think about for writing your Chinese character, with some helpful links throughout:

1. WHERE IN CHINA?

[link] Understanding the Ethnic Geography of China (@drunkasianhistory​)

First, you want to distinguish whether your character is from mainland China or from Taiwan. China has a lot of ethnic groups, mostly unknown to those who aren’t familiar with the country, with their main ethnic group being Han Chinese. I’m not sure what I am myself, but depending on your character’s family, they could be really into their heritage, or just consider themselves Han Chinese (like me).

[link] A compilation of Chinese fashion among the different Chinese ethnic groups (@fuckyeahchinesefashion)

2. RESEARCH THE LOCATION

If you were writing a European character, you’d probably specify that they were from London, or Paris, or Rome, right? Do the same with a Chinese character: choose their city of origin, and research things about that city, such as what homes look like, businesses in the area, schools, etc.

[link] If your character is from Taiwan, here’s a wonderful guide by @rpchew about the location.

3. HOW LONG HAVE THEY LIVED IN CHINA?

Because you said “originally from China,” it makes me think that this person now lives outside of the country. For immigrants or children of immigrants in general, you can do plenty of research about what’s it like living in a different country, or growing up with a different culture.

[link] Here’s a great guide from @byunhelps on playing first-gen kids. I highly recommend checking it out!

[link] Here’s a general guide about writing someone of a different race, courtesy of @erikadprice.

Some questions or things to consider:

  • What’s their name? They’d have an official Chinese name on record, but do they go by an English name or nickname? Do they use their Chinese name formally, and English name informally?
    [link] An informal guide on gendered naming in China
    [link] An answer about Chinese name “meanings”
  • How long have they lived in China? Did they move out completely, or do they move back and forth? (For example, I have a friend who was born in China, attended middle school in the U.S., went back to China for high school, and is now back in the U.S. for college. Her parents live in China.)
  • Which culture/place do they identify with more? There’s a lot of differences between Chinese and American culture and societies are pretty different (especially considering one is collectivistic, one is individualistic), so it’s important to research what culture and traditions are like over there. Religion, fashion sense, filial piety, friends, even views on smoking–these are all things that could vary depending on if your character IDs more as Chinese, or as American, or is equally affiliated with both, and it definitely affects their outlook on life as well.
  • Which traditions do they follow? Perhaps there’s traditions that their family follows that they personally don’t do, or traditions that they used to follow back in their home country, but don’t anymore in their new home. For example, I used to go to temple every week to pray with my family, but now that I’m in college and away from the Asian community I had back home, I don’t consider myself that religious anymore. The same could go for foods they liked to eat, or rituals they used to do.
    [link] Here’s an article that goes over some basic Chinese traditions!
  • How are they received? If you’re white (or even not Chinese), I wouldn’t recommend going into extreme detail about how Chinese people face racism outside of their country, because that’s not your story to tell. However, microaggressions do exist–even unintentionally. Some people are just curious about “what actually goes on in China.” Racism aside, people are also just curious about foreigners. So you could consider, is your character open to these kinds of questions (in an appropriate situation), or do they not like talking about their motherland, to try to pass as “American” as possible?

4. BEWARE STEREOTYPES AND RACISM

This is probably a given, but I’m still including this because the more caution, the better. I wouldn’t be able to give an exhaustive list of stereotypes about Asians, so I’ll link you some resources instead:

  • [link] @thisisnotchina is great blog! A+, you can go ahead and ask any questions you have, as long as they’re not too invasive and worded respectfully.
  • [link] @angryasiangirlsunited is a fantastic blog that magnifies the voice of, well, Angry Asian girls. They’ve discussed racist stereotypes, microaggressions, current events, and more! They also have Asian Face Appreciation Day on the first of every month, and the people who submit always have interesting stories to tell. I’m not saying that you’d be allowed to go in and ask them everything you want, but it’s a good blog for listening to Asian women.
  • [link] Here’s a masterlist of racist stereotypes. All the links there go to tvtropes.org.
  • [link] Here’s another masterlist of racist stereotypes, courtesy of @frankunderwoodhelps!

And lastly, the best research is to read the words of actual Chinese people. If you can find blogs or books written by Chinese people in China, you’ll definitely get a better sense of what it’s like there!


I hope you find my answer somewhat helpful! Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with–and again, if any followers or readers have more knowledge on Chinese culture, let me know and I’ll add it here!

A critical examination of “Endgame” (1x12)

or “Why I find the Book 1 finale very disappointing”

There are many people who love the finale of Book 1. I’ve read a lot more praise for it than I’ve read criticism. I understand why people love it. There are a number of awesome scenes in this episode. I, however, don’t like it very much. In fact, it’s one of my least favorite episodes.

I want to be clear that I’m not trying to convince others to hate on it. I am simply laying it out here why I find “Endgame” so disappointing.

I thought it would be easy to write this post. After all, it’s just one episode, and I already knew which elements really irked me. However, I wanted to try to understand what was going on, and through making that effort, it only made me more frustrated with the episode.

I am not going to lament on the lost potential of the Equalist plot, express disappointment that Amon is a waterbender, or make suggestions on how certain issues could have been better served if they carried over into Book 2. My criticisms focus mostly on “Endgame” itself and how it works as the finale of Book 1.

This is a very long post – a much longer post than I ever expected to compose. I walk you through the entire episode. It’s not that I hate every minute of “Endgame” that I do this. I do it to help keep things in context.

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SCM: The Royal Red Myth Ch. 8

Pairing: King X MC
Genre:
Mostly romance, some angst and drama later in the series
MC’s Name:
Rhea
Word Count:
825
Chapters:
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [9 Bonus] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19 Deleted] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23 Forbidden Ending]

Tagging: yamyyams, smile-smile-ichthys, icedragonsprincess, mafiaprincesskiss, mycrzyobsessions, the-spacebetween-us, alleykatgotgames, 01paige01, xcoticallyxquizit, weburythesunlight22, ninja-shinigami, lephrasia, feelme-mylove, pinkkbeblackk, sarahjanesteaparty - seriously, thank you all for your kind words and comments. Hearing how much you all love this fic really gives me the motivation to continue! Thank you!!!

Note about the King’s Name: So many people have sent in suggestions for his name and I really appreciate it!! I’m not sure if I want to do a vote or just pick the one I like best… What do you think? Do you want to vote or will you be happy with whatever I choose? I don’t mind either way.

Anyway, again, thank you for all your support guys!! It means a lot to me! :)

Enjoy~

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I'M ON A FLIGHT, ENTERTAIN ME AND ASK ME QUESTIONS PLEASE! (send me a number)

(Credit: questions snagged from questionslisting but there was no way to add a “read more” to my reblog and I didn’t want to post a giant list)

1. Do you bite or lick ice cream?
2. What is home to you?
3. What was the last lie you told?
4. Does everyone deserve the truth?
5. What is the creepiest toy ever made?
6. Describe a moment in which you did something unacceptable in a bad situation.
7. List two things that are more easily done than said. (No, I didn’t mix them up.)
8. When was the last time you worked really hard to achieve something?
9. How many all nighters have you pulled?
10. If humans didn’t evolve to laugh or smile, how would we express our happiness instead?
11. How many romantic “things” or “flings” have you had?
12. What is your paradise?
13. What is your favorite background noise? (Ex. Water dripping, people talking.)
14. How many hearts do you think you have broken?
15. What is the most important thing about electronics? What does this say about you?
16. Why do people care about celebrities? Do you care about celebrities?
17. What is the most annoying thing someone can do to you?
18. Do you over-exaggerate? What are the pros and cons of this?
19. Have you played any instruments before? Which instruments?
20. Do you like taking selfies? Why or why not?
21. List 3 things you like about yourself?
22. What is the best advice someone has ever given you?
23. Do you have what it takes to raise a child? Why or why not?
24. How do you cheer yourself up after a bad day?
25. When was the last time you felt awkward? 

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anonymous asked:

Hitler was a mental case (anxiety and other mental disorders) and a junkie who tried a concoction of all sorts of drugs. How about Ouma begins experimenting with drugs in the nurse's office in order to cope with his anxiety of the killing game. After a while, he begins abusing the drugs, and his behavior changes to the point where others worry. This prompt has some creative liberties because drugs affect people differently, especially drug cocktails. I'm interested to see how he recovers.

I’m probs gonna have to write a Part 2 to this story, because I couldn’t fit in the recovery aspect that you’re interested in. Sorry D: Probs post a part two tomorrow? Or maybe after doing a few other prompts (got 15 other in me box here oh wow :0) Either way, a Part 2 is defs being planned! :D

Anyways, I like writing an Ouma who has completely given up. An Ouma in despair, not despair crazy, just, despair… empty. Despair… sad. You’ll see I guess. :0 

Also, as a side note… I have… no idea, about drug stuff, at all. I’m kinda… not the best at that so uh, I’m sorry if my portrayal isn’t accurate D: Anyways, um, please enjoy ^u^ 

To Rekindle Your Hope

There was something seriously wrong with Ouma Kokichi.

Amami barely noticed it at first, just an off-hand comment or a strange look Ouma gave Amami every now and then. It wasn’t anything memorable, it wasn’t anything concerning. It was just a moment of weirdness that everyone got from time to time, right? Amami thought there was no need for concern.

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TFLN Sentence Starters (Part 4)
  • [text] Do you ever get high and look at your cat and feel like you know them on an intellectual level?
  • [text] Three of my exes and one of my exes' brothers have hit me up and it's only been a week. I hate semester break.
  • [text] Remember when I got punched in the face on NYE last year? I don't
  • [text] I wasn't going to just ask my parents for a damn vibrator for christmas
  • [text] I put chex mix in your purse for when you get hungry while doing your walk of shame tomorrow!
  • [text] I snuck out three pillows from the hotel i was rolling so hard. They are like little clouds. I regret nothing.
  • [text] Went out with the family last night and some 40 yr old lady wanted to take me home. My mom was not happy with me
  • [text] If it snows I'm making an igloo and getting wasted in it
  • [text] new years resolution: more sex, less car punching, more chipotle.
  • [text] He's interpretive dancing to Crazy by Britney Spears and expressing his feelings for either me or the guy next to us
  • [text] He puked in the middle of it and I still wasn't disappointed.
  • [text] Well I've made a drinking game out of the Wiggles but I think I've got this babysitting thing down
  • [text] You are the jesus of drinking
  • [text] Never underestimate the power of loudly proclaiming you want to make out with someone
  • [text] Pretty much gone. He was in the backseat and kept whispering that his "toes felt like pigtails"
  • [text] Holy shit, add "successfully got stoned secretly at a party where a cop was" to my list of accomplishments.
  • [text] I'm smoking a bowl in my bathtub. I'm meant to be alone.
  • [text] friends are allowed to bang on New Years, I read it on the Internet somewhere.
  • [text] I hope my margaritas pass through security.
  • [text] Go have fun. I'm gonna go shower off the regret.
  • [text] Never again let me pretend to be australian for free booze.
  • [text] woke up this morning with a pool of champagne in my purse. apparently i was saving it for later.
  • [text] just had a flashback of you pouring champagne into my mouth from someones balcony..
  • [text] Unless you can cure my hangover with your penis I'm not interested.
  • [text] They tried to dine n dash at dennys and the waiter jumped on their car and broke their windshield
  • [text] The first thing I did in 2015 was suck a dick.....so.....
  • [text] Woke up with champagne in my hair and honey mustard on my hands. Strangely, I'm okay with this
  • [text] For future reference, don't put tape on your nipples. Ouch.
  • [text] I wish I could take a screenshot of how things literally look from my eyeballs right now
  • [text] I'm gonna write a book. Almost Awesome: all the times I ALMOST got laid.
  • [text] Dude you asked your tattoo if it wanted to go swimming
  • [text] Called my dealer in tears and we talked for an hour until I felt better. That's the way it should be.
  • [text] Mmm. Champagne. Weed. 17 pounds of animal crackers.
  • [text] Just scratched my head and I basically rained glitter.
  • [text] Did the walk of shame past her kids. I'm younger than one of them.
  • [text] its not facebook stalking, its market reasearch
  • [text] I've never been so excited to have my ass in so much pain.
  • [text] Drunk me just left a note for sober me apologizing for all the fucking crumbs in our bed
  • [text] I feel like I was playing penis roulette last night nd I landed on the wrong one.
  • [text] but I'm still not sure how you became more and more fluent in Spanish the drunker you got
  • [text] The vodka told me to go iceskating on my frozen pool. I may have attempted.
  • [text] Remember the girl I had sex with in the dorm stairwell? She got married!
  • [text] I haven't had an orgasm since 2014. So you can see why I'm having a bad year.
  • [text] do you have any idea how expensive it is to have the munchies at Disneyland?
  • [text] I'm drunk in your building find me and we can have sex.
  • [text] Dude. I don't even want cuddles. I just want an acknowledgement that I just had balls in my mouth.
  • [text] I'm getting "congrats on your engagement" shots. I need to get engaged more often!
  • [text] I wanna snuggle with you as we feed each other chipotle burrito bowls and that's just where I'm at right now
  • [text] I don't know. I'm drunk and dressed as a pirate but ill do the math tomorrow morning.
  • [text] woke up to the trail of sugar cubes leading to my bed........was i that uncooperative last night
  • [text] I'm serious-it was like trying to deep-throat a minivan.
  • [text] I would say that that is the last time I ever drink a bottle of jack in two hours, but really who am I kidding?
  • [text] I'm honestly wondering if my vagina did something to offend the universe
  • [text] if becoming an adult is chugging a bottle of wine in your bed and crying about your stresses while your dog watches you, sign me up
  • [text] i cant believe we used adam and eve as a sexting theme last night
  • [text] I'm trying to be sexual and you're sending me smashmouth lyrics
  • [text] I saw your dick pic and thought there goes the last thread of my heterosexuality.
  • [text] I mixed Jack with hot chocolate. This may be the best or worst idea ever. I have yet to find that out
  • [text] Listen. I'm a changed woman. I have no problem using him for sex.
  • [text] do you think your dog feels awkward being in the background of your nudes?
  • [text] his ex girlfriend sent him a pic of her naked in the bathtub so I sent her a pic of me sucking his dick
  • [text] I knew it was time to stop when you guys were playing a drinking game called "every three steps take a drink"
  • [text] You couldve had sex with 2 drunk chicks on an alligator slide.

anonymous asked:

ok it's always been clear that dan is 'phil af' but after your brilliant post the other day I just see it even more now. like in connor's video dan was so concentrated on phil the whole time? just the way he was looking at him and everything. i'm probably over-reacting though.

Right? Phil is certainly Dan’s ‘center’ if that makes any sense. In general, he always tends to orient himself toward Phil. That hyper-focused attention could be interpreted in several ways. We know they tend to be security blankets for each other so perhaps it’s a method of seeking comfort in a more foreign situation. It’s just what feels most natural to him (I personally felt like he came off as way more comfortable with Phil there as compared to his solo one). Or maybe he’s really genuinely enamored by Phil and finds that what he does/says is automatically deserving of his undivided attention. I tend to think it’s probably a little mixture of both. People always joke about ‘heart eyes howell’ and while the saying is kind of overused sometimes, there certainly was a reason for its origin. Dan truly has moments where he looks so goddamn smitten. Moments where you can just tell he thinks so highly. Call it fondness, call it love, call it admiration…call it whatever you want. But his face is an open book. It doesn’t take an expert to pick up on that change in his expression.

Keeping on the topic of my "Dan praising Phil" post from the other day, I found 6:44 to be very sweet. “Phil’s too polite. Phil would never say 'block and report.’” He’s always making comments about how genuinely kind Phil is. Always the first to point out the goodness of his character. It reminded me of them playing that board game with people and Dan saying “I don’t think that Phil could lie.” He’s not usually the most open when it comes to talking about Phil on camera, but for some reason he has no qualms about compliments. He’s always willing and ready to shed the absolute best light on Phil. I really admire that about him. It doesn’t just read as a display of fondness but also a sign of his own altruism and selflessness. He doesn’t require the attention being directed on himself at all times. In fact, I think he gets just as much if not even more satisfaction at Phil being praised or given credit for something. It’s a really wonderful quality and I don’t feel like Dan gets recognized for that enough.

But yes, I definitely noticed the way Dan was concentrating on Phil in this video as well. I think it’s even more apparent when there’s someone else in the room to compare with. The moments that stood out the most for me were 1:25, 3:19-3:22, 4:55-5:00 (god dan) and the whole part from 8:22-8:35. When Phil talks, Dan just appears so invested in his every word. And I had to laugh about the whole “jealous Dan” thing. As much as he was intending it to be a joke, there were a few instances where his expression somewhat told otherwise. “More pats?” lol it was quite funny to see. I need to watch it again because right now I’m so biased by my excitement that I’m probably reading into things too much. But if one thing is certain, their chemistry is undeniable. They work 10x better as a team and that will always translate on-screen.

anonymous asked:

So I just started a new quarter at school after joining the honors program and now I have to keep my gpa really high in order to stay in it which I really want to do. I'm having a hard time being confident, I'm worried I won't be able to do it. Help?

Hi. 

I know you can do it. You can’t think that you can’t, cause then you won’t. 

SCHOOL

Time Management:

  • How to prioritise tasks
  • A guide to different planners
  • Apps for scheduling
  • My planner
  • Planning your time
  • Creating a schedule
  • Using your spare time (during your commute in this example)
  • General time management tips

Motivation & Procrastination:

  • A useful app for motivation
  • Reasons to study now
  • 10 tips for getting started on an academic task
  • Blocking apps/extensions
  • Motivation tag

Study Techniques & Studying:

  • How to make flashcards (electronic and paper)
  • What to write on flashcards
  • Some general study techniques
  • Some more general study techniques
  • Essay writing
  • Creating and using mindmaps
  • Studying using textbooks
  • The benefits of textbooks
  • Making time for the required readings
  • Learn instead of memorising
  • How to deal with family distracting you from study
  • Studying vocabulary
  • Study guides
  • Using whiteboards

Notetaking:

  • How to take notes using Evernote
  • Some information about Cornell notes
  • Organising notes
  • Colour-coding
  • Graphic notes tutorial
  • Different styles of notetaking
  • Taking good notes in lectures

Exams and tests:

  • Looking after yourself after exams
  • Exam tips
  • The day before an exam
  • Oral tests and exams
  • Spelling Bee

General Academics:

  • Public Speaking
  • Getting the most from lectures
  • How to choose a major/university course
  • Knowing what course to choose
  • Structuring an essay

Health/Issues:

  • Dealing with stress
  • Problems with sleep
  • Studying maths with dyscalculia
  • Failure anxiety

get started:

  • prepare your self
  • block sites that could distract you here or here
  • background music

    doing an essay?:
  • free microsoft word
  • PRETEND to type an essay uhum that’s right
  • forgot an essay? buy yourself more time
  • how to write an essay you’re wondering? this could also help
  • written? kitten!
  • word on the tip of your tongue

    studying?
  • how to organize yourself and study
  • learn how to study
  • and now study skills
  • also how to memorize
  • need help with a subject? don’t worry, they’ve got your back
  • learn some shit outside school
  • help beat world hunger while studying (wow ikr)

    homework?
  • solve any math problems
  • conversion perversion (get it?)
  • if your physics teacher sucks
  • learn geography
  • free books? more free books?

    is it a research? aw shit:
  • how to read and research
  • how to google
  • find books for your research
  • free bibliography
  • understand how stuff works (great for work reference too)

    fiNaLs weEK??
  • how to pull an all nighter (only use in extreme cases! don’t make it a habit)
  • finals survival guide
  • when should i sleep?
  • productive study break
  • for when you get really tired and overwhelmed

    and some other helpful links:
  • the best school masterpost EVER
  • another school masterpost hell yeah
  • educational websites
  • how to survive in college

studying

  • science translated to english
  • a site that explains literally everything
  • study skills
  • learn geography
  • finals guide
  • get motivated to study
  • tips for a productive study break
  • when should I go to bed?
  • microsoft word equivalent
  • can’t do your homework?
  • “no homework” excuses
  • make flash cards
  • math problem solver (2)
  • online ruler
  • pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
  • a whole blog dedicated to study motivation, tips, and advice!
  • techniques for studying and learning
  • time management
  • help on reading and research
  • help with memorizing and testing
  • ultimate educational website
  • Thinking & Memorizing Tips
  • Research & Reading Tips
  • Finals Help Guide
  • Homework Help
  • Math Help

writing

  • Writing Masterpost
  • A website for big words
  • alternatives to “said”
  • alternatives to “whispered”
  • ultimate writers resources masterpost
  • tip of my tongue
  • writing fantasy stories
  • Masterpost of writing software
  • character flaws
  • writing a death scene
  • bio help
  • degrees of emotions
  • writing ref
  • Fictional Character Name Generator
  • Fictional Character Name AND Personality Generator
  • you’re a writer? here’s a whole bunch of writing-related blogs
  • read/post fanfiction
  • read/post stories
1. Learn ´em languages
  • Learn terms and glossary in Quizlet.
  • Learn a language for free on Duolingo.
  • Learn a language for free on Busuu.
  • Oxford Dictionaries.
  • Games and fun activities for English learners.
  • Irregular English verbs.
2. Do your research
  • Google scholar.
  • Scholarpedia.
  • You can learn anything (KhanAcademy).
  • Didn´t listen in class? (Crash Course).
  • Simple Wikipedia.
  • Learn littérature without having to read it(SparkNotes).
  • Wolfram Alpha.
  • TED.
  • Open 2 study. (Online studying)
  • Free college courses.
3. Learn how to write like a God
  • 10 practical tips for writing better exam essays.
  • Writing an essay.
  • Harvard writing resources.
  • Writing application essays.
  • Writing a personal statement.
  • Genre characteristics.
  • Writing a literary analysis essay.
  • Answering essay questions.
  • Get feedback.
  • Bibliography maker.
  • What is the word you´re looking for?
4. Oh yes sweet reading
  • 8 tips to remember what you read.
  • How to read Shakespeare.
  • Effective reading and note-taking.
  • How to take notes while reading.
  • Note taking tips.
  • 170 free textbooks.
  • 1000 free textbooks.
5. Get your studying and organization game on
  • Time Management
  • Get your school life in order with organization.
  • Reach your goals.
  • Goals worksheet.
  • Finding information on the internet.
  • Using sources.
  • Get a hold on mind mapping.
  • How do you learn best?
  • Sound without music (Such as cafes).
  • Make flashcards.
6. Stress and anxiety management because school is stressful
  • Coping strategies.
  • Stress reduction tips.
  • Stress relief for students.
  • Managing test anxiety.
  • Dealing with test anxiety.
  • Self help: Keeping calm.
  • Introverts in college.
  • Coping and calming down. N.1
  • Coping and calming down. N.2
  • Do nothing for two minutes.
7. Go get ´em tests
  • Study skills for test taking.
  • Study tips for finals.
  • Multiple choice exams guide.
  • The seven days study plan.
  • 15 steps to success.
  • How to prepare for a test.
  • Checklist for essay tests.
8. Classroom participation - because teachers love that shit
  • Active listening.
  • Classroom discussions.
  • Presenting projects in the classroom.
  • Preparation before class.
  • Participating tips.
9. Software and pages for us nerdy kids
  • Openoffice and Libreoffice.
  • Dropnote.
  • Google docs.
  • EverNote.
  • Prezi (For presentations.)
  • Calculator.
  • Grade calculator.
  • Grammar check.
  • Staying focused for Mac, Chrome and Firefox.
  • Plagiarism check.
  • Best apps for students masterpost.
  • Homework help.
10. Yo! Take some time to care ´bout yo´self
  • 100 000 stars.
  • Workout masterpost.
  • Movie masterpost of masterposts.
  • Self-help masterpost.
  • 8Tracks.
  • Learn and do yoga.
  • Voulenteer.
  • Learn to play guitar.
  • The thoughts room.
  • Disney games because hell yeah.

College needs:

  • Advice on college
  • Alternatives to buying expensive textbooks
  • AP Cram Packets
  • Cheat sheet for becoming an adult
  • Dorm room survival
  • Free online college classes
  • How to survive college masterpost

Food

  • cheap & healthy snacks
  • chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
  • Coffee recipes to help stay awake
  • Every Starbucks drink and pasty FTW
  • For the vegans you bad ass motherfuckers
  • Herearesomedeliciousfood
  • macaroni cheese / mac&cheese in a cup
  • quick and easy soup recipes
  • study snacks
  • Study snack
  • thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
  • Yummy cheesiness!
  • 40 on-the-go breakfast recipes

Helpful sites:

  • Challenge your brain
  • Feed the hungry while using your vocabulary
  • Free online textbooks
  • Grade calculator
  • Quizlet
  • Rape Escape
  • Whole page dedicated to studying/organizing

High school needs:

  • For Juniors or Seniors With Low Income Families Looking For Scholarships
  • How to survive freshman year

Mental health resources:

  • a website that is always relevant.
  • falling asleep tips
  • How long to sleep
  • how to talk to and help an anxiety-ridden friend
  • how to wake up in the morning
  • keep taking your mind off of it
  • mental illness recovery tips
  • need a motivational speech? i like this one for myself.
  • not having a good day? :c
  • picking up a hobby can relax you during the school year!!
  • seriously just please try to relax ily
  • take your mind off of it
  • tips on self-love
  • when to go to sleep/wake up
  • working out is a total stress-buster.

Misc resources:

  • download free books
  • express yourself with make-up
  • Hobbies masterpost
  • I fucking love to study to this.
  • please remember this.
  • Sick ass movie list I have more but, this is a school one so message me for more.
  • Sites to help you not get distracted with other sites. (Mac)(PC)
  • Various ways to where a scarf
  • What’s the fucking weather

Motivation:

  • earn a cute kitten picture after writing
  • how to get motivated
  • Procrastinator?

Music/Sound:

  • calm/nature sounds
  • chill playlist
  • coffee shop blues
  • coffee shop sounds
  • concentration playlist
  • relaxation
  • study playlist
  • 4hours of classical music

School resources:

  • An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms. TO KIND OF HELP)
  • bibliography maker
  • educational links fucking galore
  • my favorite tutoring website
  • online ruler
  • pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
  • Social media citing
  • study like a college kid
  • Time Management
  • Psychology Lectures by a Professor from Yale University

Stress relief:

  • Calm
  • compliments generator
  • how long to nap
  • go to a quiet place
  • learn more about anxiety.
  • panic and anxiety information masterpost
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stress Analyst
  • the thoughts room
  • take a guided relaxation
  • yoga poses

Studying/school help:
English/History:

  • Best place to get help for English
  • essay structure guide
  • essay writing help
  • free microsoft word alternative
  • Grammar and spell checker
  • Graphic Essay Organizer
  • Help on reading/researching
  • Make a kick ass essay
  • Masterpost of writing software
  • microsoft word equivalent
  • more essay writing help
  • On books you you don’t want to read
  • Tip of my tongue

Foreign Languages:

  • Learn, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian

Geography:

  • learn geography

Math/Science:

  • calculators (includes graphing, geometric, stats etc)
  • College/high school Chemistry notes
  • math problem solver (2)
  • Periodic Table
  • Thinking/memorizing
  • This is the math god

Study Needs:

  • Answers to the textbook
  • Beneficial studying tips
  • Crash course in any subject with John Green
  • Free Educational resources for anyone and everyone
  • help in a ton of subjects
  • Helps you in any subject
  • homework help
  • how to google
  • how to study, Study guide
  • finals survival guide
  • improve your studying skills
  • Learning Websites Masterpage
  • Looking for a word
  • make flash cards
  • One of the best learning websites
  • Scholarpedia
  • Tips before/during an exam
  • Tips on Exams

TIPS:

  1. Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
  2. Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
  3. Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
  4. Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
  5. If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
  6. Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
  7. Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
  8. Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
  9. Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
  10. Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
  11. College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
  12. Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you.
  13. Be kind to one another.

Resources:

  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Six Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem
  • Why Confidence is So Important (and How to Boost Yours)
  • Tips for Building Self Esteem & Self Love
  • Increasing Self-Esteem and Happiness
  • How to Improve Your Self-Esteem: 12 Powerful Tips
  • 25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence
  • 6 Tips to Improve Your Self-Esteem
  • How Can I Improve My Self Esteem?
  • Mayo Clinic: Self-esteem: Take Steps to Feel Better About Yourself
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Esteem Struggles and Strategies That Can Help
  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Dr. Nerdlove: How do I Quit Being Insecure
  • Dr. Nerdlove: Finding True Confidence
  • Dr. Nerdlove: Leveling up: How to Reinvent Yourself
  • Ask Dr. Nerdlove: How Do I Feel Better About Myself
  • Dr. Phil: Action Plan For Getting Back to Better Days
  • Dr. Phil: How to Give and Receive Support
  • Dr. Oz: Ignoring Public Perceptions & Finding Your Self-Worth
  • 6 Tips to Find Yourself
  • 3 Powerful Insights About Finding Yourself and Creating Change
  • How to Find Yourself, When You’ve Lost Yourself

hope this helps. The links are more useful then anything i could tell you. 

~Kaylee

anonymous asked:

Free to be me is awesome! you've got to continue. Cos I'm hooked :)

You asked for it, Sunglasses.

‘No.’

'It wasn’t a question, dumbass.’

'Well that’s a reply for you in anyway.’ Steve replied, ignoring his sister’s incessant requests.

'Do you want me to tell mom what you were actually doing last Saturday night?’ Gail said in a sing-song voice. Damn, she was saving that one for something important. Well, this was important.

Steve narrowed his eyes at her. She must be bluffing.

’ I heard that you almost got caught at the bar with all those fake -’ Gail continued, knowing her brother would have to surrender now.

'What. Do you want.’ Steve muttered through his teeth. He was going to have to be more discreet the next time.

Gail smiled. Now, this was going somewhere.

 *-*-*-*-*-*-*

Gail spotted the brunette at the top of the benches in the grounds. She never understood what the brunette did there for so long, every evening of the week. She did spend most of her time reading and Gail wondered why she just didn’t go to the library instead.

Of course Holly didn’t text her. And Gail didn’t really know what to make of that. It had been 2 weeks since she slipped her number into Holly’s locker, and the brunette hadn’t done anything at all. Gail was miserable. This woman wasn’t going to go easy on her, and she going to have to was pull out all her best tricks.

Gail had tried her best to not spy on her, but it was hard. Especially today. She expected the brunette to be swamped with hoards of people today, but it was just like any other day. Holly just went about her day as usual. And that really fascinated Gail. A lot.

She took a deep breath before walking to the bleachers. She knew she was going to have to play it cool. One last check of her satchel, she made sure her leather jacket was alright and her hair wasn’t a mess and she was good to go.

'Nerd!’ she called out with wave, climbing up to the top of the benches. She saw the brunette rolling her eyes at her, but that wasn’t going to stop her. Nope. Not today.

'If it isn’t 'Smoking’ hot.’

Gail took a seat next to the brunette, not caring what she thought of it.

'If you must know, I am on chocolate now.’

Holly laughed at that, ‘Chocolate’s better for the lungs.’

Gail nodded at the book, ‘You would know that, Holly.’ emphasizing on the name.

Holly eyed her with confusion, trying to remember if she ever told this annoying blonde her name.

'How did -’

'Text book, Nerd, Text book.’

Holly looked down and realized she had written her name on the cover of her textbook. Points to the blonde.

'Are you spying on me?’

Gail scoffed at that, she would have dearly loved to know more about Holly, if only she could. Her brother had told her only 2 things, and as hard as Gail tried, she could only pick up a few notes on the brunette.

'No Sherlock, saw it the other day at the coffee shop.’

Holly nodded hearing that. Clearly she had underestimated this blonde. Now she had to beg the blonde to get her name. Drat.

'And since I’m on chocolate now, why don’t I get my daily fix?’ Gail continued, carefully pulling out a little box out of her satchel, hoping nothing was too badly squished. It was a box of chocolate donuts, which surprisingly had only 2 . Gail took one and offered one to the brunette, who eyed her with suspicion.

'They’re not laced with nicotine - or sleeping powder, Scouts honor!’ Gail promised, thinking that perhaps she hadn’t thought through this plan enough.

'I was just wondering who buys 2 donuts instead of a dozen or two.’ Holly replied with a smile. Gail internally groaned at that. That had been the original plan, but she didn’t have much money left over after her big purchase.

'Just take Nerd, it won’t kill you.’ Gail insisted, and heaved a sigh of relief as the brunette took the donut. Atleast something went to plan.

Holly took a bite of her donut, and suddenly laughed.

'How am I Sherlock?’

Gail looked back at Holly with a mouthful of donut, an eyebrow raised at the brunette. Ok maybe the brunette wasn’t right in the head.

'You got my name off the book. That makes you Sherlock.’

'And yet, you’re the nerd.’ Gail finished taking another huge bite of her donut, which seemed to help calm her nerves.Holly grinned at that and took another bite of her donut as well. This wasn’t as bad as she expected it to be. Atleast she wasn’t fainting yet.

'When’s your birthday?’ Gail blurted out, swallowing the last of her donut, as innocently and laid-back as she could manage.Holly looked at Gail in surprise; it seemed like such a random yet eerily planned query.

'If you must know, it’s today.’ Holly replied as casually as she could, though she couldn’t help smiling a little. She wasn’t big on birthdays, not one for huge parties and get-togethers. She just loved having a day as blissful as anyother. Fact was not many people knew it was her birthday, and Holly wasn’t one for advertising the fact.

'Wow, Nerd, a happy birthday I guess.’ Gail replied with a happy smile on her face. Gail had thought the brunette would have been as elusive as ever and she was glad she finally got a reply from her that wasn’t a comment to hit back at her snark.

'Thanks, Sherlock.’ Holly laughed, finishing her donut and gearing up to leave home. After all it was quite late in the evening.

'And thanks for the donut, but I’ve really got to get home.’ Holly started, packing up her books in her bagpack. Gail hadn’t thought of that in her plan, however. Next time I’m getting a party planner.

'Well I’ll walk you home.’ Gail blurted out again, desperately racking her brains to think of someway to complete the plan.

'To spy on me?’

Gail rolled her eyes at that. Damn this woman was really such a paranoid person.

'See Nerd, spying on you would be me calling up the Security Council and getting your number and your address.’

Holly chuckled at that. ‘So, thank you for not spying on me, but I think I can get home just fine.’ getting up and walking down the benches. Gail grabbed her satchel and climbed down behind the brunette. Elusive mode back on again I suppose.

'Come on Nerd, no one should walk home alone on their birthday.’

Holly smiled at that. Maybe she was going too hard on this blonde. After all, she had given her a donut. And had wished her a happy birthday, inspite of the death-wish she had given her a few weeks back. She waited till the blonde was at the bottom of the bleachers, and the two began walking to the brunette’s home.

'Dare I ask why you were smoking that day. Or attempting to smoke?’ Holly began, slowly walking with this blonde. Damn it’s too weird to ask for names now.

Gail groaned. She wasn’t exactly comfortable about her little escapade that day.

'I was trying to piss off my mom.’ Gail replied in a flat tone.

'And giving yourself cancer would do that how exactly?’ Holly shot back, wondering if this blonde did actually have any sense of self-care.

'I don’t know! Seemed a cool idea to begin with. Which reminds me - what do you suggest I do to piss off my mom?’

'Why are you so intent on annoying your mother!?’ Holly wondered out loud.

'She so badly wants me to be the model kid. Just as she’s the model police-officer.’ Gail replied, recalling all the times her mother brought up the 'police officer’ talk.

'Police Officer? You’re Steven Peck’s sister aren’t you!’ Holly gasped in surprise, it all made sense now. The siblings were notorious for their ideals of rebellion.

'Look who’s Sherlock now.’ Gail replied with a bitter smile. 'So, what do you suggest I do then?’ she continued, hoping to take the conversation back to the list of things she could do to irritate her mother.

'What exactly did you have in mind?’ Holly asked, not exactly aware of the lengths this blonde was willing to go for revenge.

'I was thinking of flunking science - ’ Holly stopped in her tracks to glare at her.

'Math?’

The glare was still on her face, not a hint of a smile there.

'I guess talking to a nerd about flunking school isn’t appropriate.’

'Nope.’ Holly replied, starting to walk home. 'What else you got?’

Gail sighed, she was running out of options of which Holly would approve.

'Last resort was dyeing my hair black.’ Gail sighed, sure that Holly would start on a sermon about all the chemicals in the dyes and so on.

'But I like you blonde.’ Holly replied with a soft smile, stopping outside her house, putting an end to their evening stroll.

Gail had been so surprised at that answer, she almost didn’t realize she had reached Holly’s house. Holly smiled and left the blonde who was staring at her she walked up to the front porch. For some reason, she loved leaving the blonde hanging on her last words as she did.

'Bye.’ she called as she walked up to the front door. Before she could press the bell however, Gail had already rushed to the porch as was standing next to her.

'What do you think you’re doing?’ Holly whispered, afraid her parents might hear them. They wouldn’t exactly mind, but she was sure she wouldn’t be able to bear all their prodding questions.

'I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday again,’ Gail whispered back, following Holly’s suit. 'And give you this.’ Gail fished out a book which was gift wrapped and Holly stared at the blonde in disbelief.

I don’t know if you’d like it and I certainly didn’t want to see your face as you opened it so here,’ Gail finished, thrusting the gift in Holly’s hands and sprinted off into the night. Holly for once, was tongue tied and stared the tag on the present.

'Happy Birthday Holly, From Gail.’ it read. Holly smiled at that. Got her name now.

Taking her present to the privacy of her bed room, she tore off the cover - wondering what on Earth could Gail have gotten her.  She certainly hadn’t expected this.

 A hard back copy of Grant’s Dissector.

 *_*_*_*_*_*

Gail rushed home as quickly as she could, hoping to shake off her nerves in the mad dash. When she got home, she noticed the message on her phone and heaved a huge sigh of relief.

'Loved the book Gail.- Holly.’

Gail felt like she could have done a victory dance.She had managed the brunette’s number. At last.

anonymous asked:

I just want to thank you for taking the time to do this wonderful Bokuto/Akaashi. I'm completely glued to your blog daily, reading and checking constantly to find out what happens next. I love you for this!!!!

Well look no further! Here’s part 6! This one is a little less angsty, a little more feel-y. The next part will be angsty again, don’t you worry! Please enjoy!

(Part 1)(Part2)(Part 3)(Part 4)(Part 5)(Part 6)(Part 7)(Part 8)(Part 9)(Part 10)(Part 11)(Part 12)(Epilogue)


You went through all the motions of being pregnant. Every morning for the first few months, you found yourself hunched over the toilet, vomiting out what felt like every organ in your body. Your stomach stared to grow, a few new stretch marks coming in here and there. The cravings were getting more intense, and you found yourself wandering aimlessly around the kitchen at 2:00 in the morning eating without an end in sight. You’d even started to feel the baby moving, a few kicks startling you every now and then.

Everyone told you that everything you were experiencing was normal.

So why didn’t you feel anything?

Why didn’t you feel connected to the small life inside you? Hours spent researching online told you that most women bonded with the fetus fairly quickly, and there were even some tips for feeling connected to it—talking to it, singing to it, keeping a journal of your experiences, even doing yoga. But nothing worked. There was nothing that made it feel like anything more than a bump. Nothing that made it feel like yours.

Bokuto liked to talk to the bump. He would lay with his head on your chest, talking absentmindedly about things that would come to his mind. He told the bump that he would teach it how to play volleyball, that he would take care of it, that he would give it whatever it wanted.

Akaashi liked to touch the bump. He would lie next to you as he always did, fingers trailing over your stomach, tracing those impossible patterns. A few times you actually thought he was writing kanji. But it was almost impossible to follow. And when you noticed he was staring intently into your eyes, you realized it didn’t matter.

They both felt so connected to the life inside you.

What was so wrong with you that you didn’t?


Bokuto was anxious. He flipped through the magazine in his hands, and you could tell he wasn’t even remotely reading it. His leg was bouncing so fast it shook the table in front of him. You placed a hand against his thigh, never looking up from the book in your lap, and the bouncing halted abruptly. His hand found yours on instinct and gave a strong squeeze.

“What if there’s something wrong with it?” he asked not for the first time.

“We’ll figure it out,” you said. “But I don’t think there’ll be anything wrong.”

“How can you know though?” he asked.

“Everything was fine at the last checkup,” you replied.

Bokuto said nothing. You knew it was probably a sore subject. He’d taken off of practice this morning so that he could be the one at this check up. You’d come home from the last one smelling of the cologne that made him sick. He hadn’t said anything, though you knew it killed him.

But you couldn’t do this alone.

When the doctor called you back, Bokuto shuffled into the examination room behind you. You could see her eyeing you speculatively as he helped you onto the table. It made sense, and you couldn’t blame her. She’d seen Akaashi do the same thing with you last month. But she said nothing. You almost wished she would’ve.

Bokuto’s hand held yours so tightly, you thought he might break it. His palm was sweating. You squeezed back, trying to calm him without words. But he still looked so scared.

The doctor squeezed the gel onto your stomach, and though you knew she was probably judging you, she gave you a gentle smile anyway.

“Any guesses?” she asked offhandedly.

“I can’t even take a shot in the dark,” you sighed.

“What about you?” she looked up at Bokuto.

“Ah… Well… It doesn’t matter to me,” he faltered.

“Well, let’s find out.”

She pressed the probe to your stomach and you could hear the heartbeat almost immediately. Bokuto’s entire body seemed to release all of its tension.

“Told you,” you murmured.

“Well, I was still nervous,” he sighed.

The probe moved around your stomach as the doctor watched the screen in front of her. Then she smiled again, wider than before.

“He looks perfectly healthy,” she said as she turned the screen toward you.

“He?” Bokuto gasped.

The doctor pointed him out on the screen, showing you his legs, his hands, his head. Bokuto was beside himself with happiness. But you still couldn’t feel anything. The image on the screen looked like a blur of black and white lines. How could it be something living inside you? How could it really exist? Why didn’t he feel like yours?

But when Bokuto looked at you, his face was split into that wide smile. It was the smile you remembered, the one he always wore before he was broken. The one that made you fall in love with him. You felt yourself smiling right along with him.

“I thought you said it didn’t matter to you,” you teased.

“It didn’t, but… But I’m so happy,” he sighed.

He leaned down and wrapped an arm around your shoulders, burying his face in your hair. For a minute, you forgot just who it was. You looked up to see the doctor watching you closely. But she wasn’t judging you. She looked at you with something that seemed like… Pity?

Her sad smile confirmed it. She pitied you.

You didn’t deserve it.


Four sharp raps against the door. One, two, three, four…

The door opened and Akaashi appeared looking anxious.

“So?” he asked. “How was it?”

“It’s a boy,” you replied.

You barely caught the look of elation that crossed his face before he pulled you over the threshold and into his arms. He buried his face in your hair. You forgot just who was holding you for a moment.

“Could I get some water?” you asked as he pulled away.

“Sure.”

You settled on the couch, wondering as you always did if it could swallow you up. Akaashi returned with a glass of water that you drank half of immediately. He settled onto the couch next to you, fingers finding yours against the cushion.

“Is he healthy?”

“He’s perfect,” you nodded.

“You don’t make that sound like it’s a good thing,” he noted.

“It’s not that.”

“Is it the same as before?”

You’d told Akaashi about not feeling connected when he found you hunched over his computer at 4:00 in the morning once looking up pregnancy horror stories—stories about mothers who ignored their children after they were born, mothers who hated their children, mothers who abandoned them. He’d held you while you sobbed, begging him not to let you hurt it even if you didn’t love it.

“What if I never feel it, Keiji?” you asked weakly.

“You will,” he urged. “Remember what we read? It isn’t uncommon. Some women don’t even feel anything for weeks after the baby’s born.”

“But what if—“

“You’re going to be an amazing mother,” he cut you off.

You wanted to believe him so badly. But the fingers of doubt still lurked in the reaches of your brain, taunting you, telling you that you were going to fail.

“Do you have to go home?” he asked suddenly.

“Kou left for a tournament this afternoon,” you replied. “I… I would be there by myself.”

“Stay,” he urged.

You could never turn down that request. So, a few minutes later, you found yourself washing your face in the bathroom, one of his t-shirts slipping over your shoulders.

Then, something happened. You felt it so suddenly, you weren’t immediately sure what it was. It felt like a gasp of air, but you hadn’t done anything. You pressed your hands against your stomach. When it happened again, you jumped.

“What are you doing?” you whispered.

As if in response, it happened again. A breath of air, a breath that wasn’t yours.

A hiccup.

“Did I drink the water too fast?” you asked gently.

He seemed to give a hiccup in response. Like he’d understood.

“I’m sorry,” you murmured.

“Are you okay? Why are you crying?” Akaashi asked suddenly from the doorway.

You glanced up at him in surprise. A hand slipped to your cheek, feeling the warm tears that stained it. You hadn’t even realized.

“He’s hiccupping,” you noted.

“Does it feel weird?” he asked, drawing up to you immediately.

“Yeah,” you nodded.

But it wasn’t just weird. It was so much more than that. You felt it so strongly. How could you have ever doubted that it would happen?

He finally felt like yours.