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darkempressinfinitemind asked: How did you get into freelance?

The short version? Accidentally!

Longer version? It started with a friend hiring me to ghost write their memoir (before either of us knew what ghost writing was. Also he apparently had this awesome life before he knew me and never bothered to mention it before the idea of writing a book came along. Who knew? Random happenstance). I became more confident in the idea of writing for others, and then was referred to the site Peopleperhour.com by a friend of mine, who was trying to pick up freelancing.

I applied for my first job there, and it was literally months before I got any bites. My first bite ended up paying me $3 an hour. I was desperate, so I took it. It gave me a reference, and I got a better job, and a better job, and a better job, until I had enough references to apply for REALLY decent jobs. Fast forward, and here I am with my own Wordsmithing business.

But you want advice, don’t you?

  • Find a Freelancing Website

There’s Elance, PPH, and a wide range of others. Pick one that works for you (or multiple) and start drumming up your profile there. Get samples out so people can see your style of work.

  • Get Reviews at All Costs

Get people you know to write reviews. Take low paying jobs to get reviews. Take whatever jobs you can and get reviews, because they really are everything to a beginning freelancer. I started out with a GED (not even a high school diploma) and still got high paying jobs, because no one needs to see your credentials – they just need proof that real life people have given you a test run.

Degrees and all that? They’re to prove you know your stuff; that someone has tested you and written off on it. Reviews are the internet’s new degrees; be willing to invest some time and effort into them.

  • Take Any and As Much Work as You Can

Not only for the reviews, but for practice. There’s a new song and dance involved with freelancing that you won’t find anywhere else. Big companies are paying millions on Big Data to figure out what little nuances make customers happy. You don’t have Big Data, and you’re up against thousands of freelancers just like you – you have to figure out the key to standing out by hand.

Getting as many jobs as you can early on gives you a chance to test the waters and find your stride before you’re dealing with big clients that are less forgiving of your fumbles. You’ll learn something new from every job so you really ARE the top professional you claim to be.

  • Claim to Be a Professional

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I should give you advice about being honest and doing the leg work before you get started. But they say to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. So act like the professional you want to be, not the one you are.

If you’re 18 and this is your first freelancing job, make your profile and all your correspondences look like you’re 37 and have been freelancing for 10 years (don’t lie, just be indirect. Talk like you’re older. Say you’ve been freelancing for several years, even if you’ve only been freelancing for a few months. If you’re living at home with your parents and the topic of family comes up, just call them “family;” the client won’t know if you’re a married mother of five or are talking about your dad). People will look right over you if they THINK you’re not capable, without even giving you a chance to show what you can do. If you take away that first – sometimes incorrect – assumption, your foot’s in the door and you can prove yourself.

Then after you have 300 five-star reviews and a client list as long as your arms, you can reveal yourself as 20 with three years’ experience, and people will believe you’re a prodigy. Then you’ll get hired for being the talented young professional who IS their target audience, so you’re perfect to create a product FOR their target audience.  

  • Be Ready to Put in More Hours

Once you’ve been in the game a while and have established yourself, you can make your weekends sacred with no work stuff. But before then, you need to be on call all the time. What’s going to make you stand out against the rest in the beginning is timeliness.

If it’s a toss-up between you and someone just as qualified, the client will decide on whoever replies the fastest and most coherently. Reply to messages as soon as possible. Talk back and forth on the weekends. Offer as tight a deadline as you can for every project, and if you can deliver early, deliver early. Once you have your reputation and your reviews, then you can tone it back to the same level as any other job; you work on your work days, and you’re gone from the planet on your off days.

  • Follow Your Heart – But Follow the Money First

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I hate web copy. Detest it. A client can have the coolest website idea ever, but having to don my promotional hat and describe their services to a target audience is tedious and unfulfilling as all get out. What I enjoy is blog writing, where I get to explore a concept and tell it (sometimes) in my own voice. I love product descriptions even, where I get to sharpen my description skills to be later used in fiction. But guess what? Web copy writing pays well, because it is difficult and it’s in huge demand.

Here’s a quick insider look at the market: Today, every style of business in existence needs a website. That means web designers are the key holders in a world full of locked doors. They’re making a killing, but every website needs CONTENT. They’re cranking out 15 websites a month but they’re just blank pages without some writing to make them REAL. That’s where my industry comes in, the Tonto to their Lone Ranger, to make their home pages, their about pages, their service pages, etc. so their website is a real website. So long as online business booms, web designers are Sauron and copy writers are the one ring to rule them all.

That’s where the money is. So even if I really hate web copy, I’m good at it. That’s what pays the rent, grows my business, and keeps my employees’ checks signed – giving me the financial security I need to then ALSO do things I like. Ghost writing, book editing, blog writing, working on my own stuff.

If you want to make it in freelancing, you need money for bills. But you also need money to prove to your freelancing site that you’re worth promoting. Be willing to do jobs you’re not crazy about, so you can grow to the point of having enough income to afford doing what you really love.

  • Embrace the Uncertainty

One of the hardest things about freelancing is the irregularity. One month, you’re swimming in cash. The next, you scrape by. At the beginning of the month, you only have one project; at the end, you have 10. I’ve been at this for years, and I still have a mini panic during summer when I’m sure this is the year that my career finally ends. But it never has.

The upside to this uncertainty is you’re never sure when great things are going to happen. The security of a 9-to-5 lets you know exactly how much you will make, but robs you of the chance for those surprise miracles where a massive client falls in your lap and pays your rent for four months within two weeks. 

Take faith that a slow month is giving you a chance to rest up for when that tsunami of work comes in. Having a new client every week is giving you a chance to have fun before you have one client for an entire year (which can get boring at times). Freelancing can be a science, but you still need a little faith. It keeps you on your toes, it gives you unexpected bonuses none of your 9-to-5 friends can count on, and it gives you freedom.

Breaking into freelancing is slow going at first, but so long as you’re good at what you do, you will break in. There’s seriously never been a better time in living memory for it.

Hope this was helpful!

parawhore212  asked:

Can I request the Lords styles of parenting plus MC's style of parenting? 😘

 Ok so this one took me 2 hours to make because I wanted it as accurate as possible. i had to research parenting types and read about them and what the differences between each one was. I had to use multiple websites but the one that covers them all best are from this website in case you wanted to look into the parenting types in more detail than I went into. http://www.positive-parenting-ally.com/types-of-parenting-styles.html

Nobunaga: Authoritative parenting- I chose this type of parenting for Nobu because he very much the type to establish set rules, however he is not an authoritarian, as he is more nurturing and understanding.

Mitsuhide: Slow Parenting- parents who use this style of parenting, make sure that there is family time, and while they are more traditional in the things that they allow their children to use, they also take a step back to allow their children to get to know themselves. 

Inuchiyo: Unconditional Parenting- I chose this parenting style for Inuchiyo because as the name suggests, the parents show their children unconditional love so that tthey grow up feeling accepted for who they are. 

Hideyoshi: Permissive Parenting- This type of parenting encourages equality between children and parents as well as encouraging one to develop themselves. They don’t use strict disciplines and tend to be warm and caring. I chose this one for Hideyoshi because of both the way he treats his retainers and based off of his free spirited nature.

Mitsunari: By the book parenting- He seems to do most things by the book, and I doubt it would be any different for parenting. I do think that overtime he might develop an Authoritative parenting style however.

Ieyasu: Helicopter parenting- Ieyasu I feel would be an overly concerned/protective parent. With the things that happened to him as a child I feel like he would try to hard to make sure his child didn’t have to go through anything similar. This type of parenting is not a very healthy form of parenting though as it often leads to spoiled children who are unprepared for the real word. Fortunately he has MC to balance it out.

Kenshin: Positive Parenting- I strongly believe that Kenshin would be a very supportive father. He wouldn’t make ‘rules’ but guidelines for his children to follow.

Shingen: Positive Parenting- Similar to Kenshin, Shingen doesn’t believe in controlling hischild, but guiding them towards a good future. He lets them make their decisions and supports who they are.

Yukimura: Attachment Parenting- This style of parenting involves making sure that the child’s physical and emotional needs are quickly met. It is argued whether this style causes kids to be spoiled and dependent or if it prepares them for healthy independence. I can see Yukkins  being very attentive to his chil’s needs and so that is why I chose this one.

Saizo: Authoritative (borderline Authoritarian) Parenting: I feel like Saizo would be a fairly strict parent, but still have understanding and warmth for his child. There would be rules, and he expects his children to follow them, but he isn’t as harsh when the rules are broken as most authoritarians would be.

Masamune: Unconditional parenting- Masamune grew up with a mother who used toxic parenting on him and he didn’t feel accepted until MC came along and changed his life for the better, so I feel like he would want to raise his children the complete opposite of his upbringing so that his children feel accepted and loved as they are.

Kojuro: Spiritual parenting- Despite what the name implies, it is not a religious thing, rather it is a “lead by example” sort of parenting. Kojuro has already proved in story events that he likes to be a role model to others and thus would act the way he wants his kids to grow up.

Shigezane: Attachment Mixed With Authoritative Parenting-  Shige knows that his kids need to learn that when you fall you have to pick yourself up. He also knows however that when a child has fallen down hard and can’t get back up on their own, to pick them up and show them the way again.

MC: A mixture of Positive and Slow Parenting- Just from the way I have seen her treat children in main routes as well as story events she shows tendencies from these 3 parenting styles.

jackstylecosplay  asked:

Hi question! Im an american army, do you know if the 105m votes include the official website votes or all they all twitter?

Hi ^^ For the last hour I searched and went through the voting rules. However, In no way I could find a clear explanation. 

My deduction is that the votes in twitter may include the ones made in the website, because they are called “votes” and in no way Billboard called them “twitter votes” or said “according to the votes on twitter”. When they made an annoucement of BTS leading they said “BTS are leading by over xx votes”. Will it not be false and misleading if the website votes weren’t included. So my assumption is “YES they are” but there is no 100 % way to make sure.  

studynest  asked:

Hey sorry to bother you but I'm a new studyblr and I was wondering if you had any advice or tips for me since I'm new to all of this ps I love your blog so much

Hi there! Welcome to the wonderful world of the studyblr community :) 

When I made this blog, I had absolutely no idea on how to begin , even what a studyblr was (true story haha).  But, I do remember seeing posts of lovely handwritten notes and those hella nice mildliners. I was instantly drawn to this fantastic rabbit hole. It motivated me to become more productive and enthusiastic in learning.

Here are my tips for you  。◕‿◕。

1. Choosing your url

You can have any url that you fancy. Yet, I would recommend that having a username that is study-related will let people know easier that you are a studyblr.

2. Determine first your aesthetic

Every studyblr has their own aesthetic. You might be someone who likes pastel-y posts, or maybe you prefer posting about cute stationery. It can be a mixture of anything under the sun! There are no rules. You can post whatever you’re passionate about.

3. Designing your theme, background and icon

A theme that is clean-looking and pleasing to the eyes will surely do wonders. My favorite theme makers are : iliyon, sorrism, ladmilk, shythemes, pohroro and neothm. For your desktop, you can also get these pretty wallpapers from Design Love Fest and from @thearialligraphyproject​. Your icon can be your selfie,  study desk, pet goldfish or perhaps something that has an affinity with your url.

4. Following studyblrs 

There are SEVERAL of studyblrs out there. You’ll get to meet tons of fantastic people who will constantly inspire you. You could check out this studyblr map to see studyblrs near your location. You could also see some communities and study groups. Here’s some of my studyblr faves as well ☺ 

@areistotle, @studyign, @gryhffindors, @dangostudy, @academla, @gracelearns, @thearialligraphyproject, @cmpsbls, @milkystudies , @studyfulltime, @studybuzz, @studyingtill-am, @17tri, @productiveflower, @jessastudy, @studeity, @elkstudies, @studyrelief, @collegetothestars, @katsdesk, @studycxlture, @studytildawn

5. Original Content

Try to make your own original posts! It could be about your notes, desk, handwriting or tips. Your posts can also range from masterposts, videos, playlists, printables or even just photos. Your original content will surely introduce you the studyblr world. As much as possible, try to be consistent. I try to post at least once a week. Don’t forget to tag it with #studyblr and #studyspo

*You can also signal boost your posts by tagging studyblrs who have their own tracked tags ☺ Some will be delighted to reblog them! You can track me in your posts and I will be happy to boost them as well

* It helped me too when I made an introductory post. I met tons of mutuals through it

* An important rule to remember is reblog never repost. It would be very rude to steal someone else’s work, and it will upset them too.

6. Apps + stationery

Here’s my masterlist of apps and extensions. You could check out my resources tag for more websites. For stationery, popular ones would be Moleskine notebooks, Stabilo or Staedtler Fineliners, MUJI pens, and Zebra Mildliners. But it isn’t necessary to buy them all, since some are very expensive. Here are some cheaper (still nice) alternatives by @elkstudies.

8. Reminders

For me, I learned that being a studyblr is not defined by the number of notes and followers one must have . Being a studyblr doesn’t require fancy handwriting or a Macbook laptop. A studyblr is someone who aspires to be a better student. She/he works hard to achieve success. A studyblr is someone who is also willing to help their fellow studyblrs, they support + help one another  ☺

Here are some advice as well from other studyblrs:

I hope this helps and if you have questions. Feel free to ask. Goodluck!!  ( ゚ヮ゚)

How I Learned Trigedasleng:

After my last post, everyone has been asking how I learned Trigedasleng. So, here is my crazy process of learning the language over 2 and a half months.

Look at all of my stuff!!!! I actually used all of this too. I was dedicated.

I started with a pocket notebook, one that I could carry with me everywhere. The one on the left was my first one and has a small dictionary in it. The one on the right doesn’t have a dictionary in it, but I carry that one with me most because it is cleaner than the other. In these, I wrote down all of the rules from the Trigedasleng website from start to finish. This is how I learned the grammatical rules… most of them anyway.

In the first few pages I wrote the annunciation for each of the letters. Names came next, then pronouns, and so on and so forth.

Flashcards.
The bane of my existence. I started 2 and a half months prior to this (before the start of season 3), so these are the ones that I used for the first month after a ton of words were added to the online dictionary. I started with regular flash cards but started cutting them in half after the first couple. This helped me learn the nouns, adjectives, conjunctions, adverbs, and prepositions. The verbs and phrases are trickier. The phrases were all for specific instances. “Thank you,” “You’re welcome,” “Hello,” “Goodbye,” etc. were easy to learn as phrases when I used them in conversations. My sister was practice for this because she was the only one that tolerated it.

My dictionary started about a month and a half in. I needed one that could evolve with the language so I left space in between each word to add new ones. The sticky notes are markers of where a certain letter starts.

Lastly, I started this one from the beginning. When I was trying to learn the language I wrote out sentences for fics that I was writing, sentences that I saw every day, lines from the show, things people said to me, etc. Then I translated them. Some phrases don’t translate well. Others do. After I learned all of the words and rules, it was easier to feel out the sentence. If I screwed up, I knew something was wrong. I highly recommend doing this otherwise you will be saying things wrong a lot.

There are a few rules that you need to know before you start learning this language:

  • Trigedasleng is a spoken language, not written. The Grounders do not write. You can write it out as I have, which is easy.
  • Not everything translates exactly. There will be MANY instances where you either have to simplify the sentence in your own language or rearrange the way you say it in Trigedasleng.
  • There are a few words that are spelt and pronounced exactly the same. Use context clues to figure these out.
  • It may be derived from English but just about every letter is pronounced differently. I recommend that you learn the pronunciations before anything else because some words have dual meanings. Their meanings will vary depending on how you say/ pronounce the word.
  • There are A LOT of hidden rules in this language. Beware the hidden rules. The best example that I can think of off the top of my head is:
    • Yumi na teik won sonraun au
    • The literal translation is: “You and I will take one life (out)”
    • It actually translate to: “Will you take a life with me?”
      • Questions are the prime example of these hidden rules. I still mess them up a lot. 
  • If you are going to curse, be incredibly careful. Words like “shit” translate a little too closely.
    • Shit = Skrish

I wish you all good luck in learning the language. If you have any questions, feel free to message me, I will try my best to answer them. I will even translate something if you want.

Hey guys! This week’s blog is an Intro to Artist Alley. Some of the people that expressed interest in me making this blog are brand new to Artist Alley so instead of diving right in to things I think I’ll take a moment to introduce everyone to Artist Alley.

(Me and George celebrating the last pillow being sold at the Polkadot Cute booth @Katsucon)


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Hey everyone!

I’ve been working like mad and making a lot of progress lately! Tweaking here and there as I learn more stuff about renpy or python.

Anyways I won’t bore you with tiny details but here is the deal;

I’ll make 6 pretty big libraries in all 6 major cities and there will be shelves and shelves of books in all 6 of them. I’ll make every single book read-able by the player in these libraries but if I try to write them all by myself, the game won’t finish.

Here is what I want from you,

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1.5k! This is so amazing guys, i never would have thought reaching this many followers! thank you so much for following me, that means the world to me!

mutuals // fav

@space-bound: rebecca… you have no idea how much i enjoy talking to you, you have no idea how much support you brought me, you make me smile every time we spoke and when i feel down you always cheer me up! you make me see things on a different view but in the end we always agree with each other, your friendship is so precious honestly, i love you so much it’s crazy! <3

@marauders-groupie: lana you’re such a wonderful human being! i was so intimidated by you at first but you’re one of the nicest person on this website, you’re so nice and always here for me! with you everything is just easy! you’re such an amazing writer, i keep telling you i hope you know it by now but really im always amazed by your writings and i hope your dreams will come true! <3

@selflessbellamy: jo! jo jo jo jo!!! im so glad i started talking to you! you’re such an amazing person <3 you’re so talented for everything like im so jealous you can write you can make kickass edits, you make A+ analysis!!! i kinda see you as a little sister, you’re so amazing, love you! <3

@lupinsfurrylittleproblem: helga you’re seriously the best, you’re so funny and extra all the time, you have such a positive attitude all the time! your stories are the best and i want to hear all of them <3

@ersttagseuphorie: true friendship is based on sending each other pics of bob morley and crying about it <3 Kirsten you’re seriously so nice and peaceful, like talking to you is so perfect, you just like things and don’t make a fuss about it you’re literally just enjoying things you like and it’s so refreshing! #morleyforpotterforever

@bellamybb: kat is obviously my fav because she speaks french and she knows the city i live in… seriously, you’re amazing! you’re always nice and respectful of everyone, that’s the best! you’re also super talented and i love seeing your edits on my dash!

@sassamyblake: caitlyn time zones suck so much!!! i feel like we’re never around at the same time :( that being said, i love you and your blog so much! you’re the definition of small cimarron rolls who will fight you if you’re being stupid. you’re just a lovely puppy <3

@thelovelylights: jen is amazing and deserves all the follow in the world! like you’re so talented too!!! your gifsets are always beautiful and you always speak up when there’s something that is wrong on this website and in life in general, i truly admire that! you’re so beautiful inside and out, love you! <3

@bobsfluffyhair: my #1 nemesis… follow her i guess… she has the worst tastes when it comes to hair… just kidding of course! i love marie because she’s french and she just gets me <3 your blog is seriously the best and so are you!

@scarmander: FRENCH SQUAD RPZ! (i just love my french girls okay) Flo is the nicest, sweetest person alive, she’s amazing and french so perfect :))) everyone should follow her because she deserves everthing in the world!

@mynameisravenreyes: medha is so nice to everyone!!! like seriously!!! she’s the best!!! and she ships memori!!! how could you try to beat this??? i feel like we’re not online at the same time anymore too, but medha i see all your posts and i love it <3 self-confidence rocks, it’s so great that you’re doing this! you rock and i love you and i love when you call me bbcakes *blushing* it’s just so sweet! ‘i know you call everyone like that but i just LOVE IT)

@gxldentrio: ria is amazing and sweet and nice and talented and beautiful and everything we dream to be! im so glad we started to talk because i really love you a lot okay! you’re amazing dont change (and everyone go check her blog it’s absolutely perfect)

@jamesandlilyaredead: idk that url tbh but… nai is amazing! like we were meant to like each other! we both ship bellarke and jily to no end, we both die for james potter or bellamy blake… im so glad to have met you! you’re absolutely awesome and i love you really really much! your fics and edits are so great and funny and perfect i love everything about you and your blog! (also like you’re just super beautiful and im always in awe when i see your face on my dash <3)

@tempestaurora: bethany is amazing and funny! you’re an amazing writer and i love your fics! i love talking to you even if it’s not often! you’re just so great! <3

@blyedeeks: cam is my soulmate i really think so, we just agree on so many things and first on how important positivity is! you’re literally a little ray of sunshine, don’t ever change! <3

@bellarke-stydia: nikola, we could kill each other with bellarke and stydia feels, but luckily we can cry together over how perfect they are! we just have the same tastes and the same opinions on everything. AND OF COURSE YOU SHIP JILY TOO BECAUSE YOU’RE PERFECT! you make amazing edits and you deserve all the love <3

@magicalice: since i went to poland this summer i’ve been thinking of how much i love polish people and how they are so amazing! you’re no exception <3 you’re a little bitter sometimes and it makes me laugh haha but you’re honestly one of the most positive person on this website! you’re absolutely too cute and you call me cupcake i love it never stop <3

@the-ships-to-rule-them-all: abby you have to know how many people love you! you’re really amazing and you’re just so sweet! your poems are always mindblowing, i often tell you idk really know why i love them i just do and that’s art bitch <3 stay awesome and perfect!

@lydias-martin: tbh everyone should follow you giulia because you laugh at my lame jokes and that should be rewarded :p honestly i really like you! you’re so sweet and your blog is amazing <3

@coramalia: meg babe you’re wonderful girl… you’re so peaceful, i love talking to you! i hope you know how amazing you are! you deserve the wolrd <3

@kateyfuller: ariel makes me suffer but i love it? i just love you and your blog idk what more to say! you’re an amazing artist, your fanarts are so beautiful! your videos always punch me in the face with feels and im left speechless for a few hours after watching them… you’re funny and talented and i love you <3 #brillerforlife

@pevxnsie: NARNIA you have no idea how much i love narnia and how much i love your blog wind! you’re such a positive person and i love you for that! you came into the bellarke hell and we can truly be friend now <3

@junebugninja: amanda is one of the sweetest person on this website, she’s always so nice, to everyone, it’s so amazing to see people like her! i love your post and your cutie face <3

@mechaniicreyes: mariana i like you a lot okay? we dont talk much but you’re one of my fav person on this website! you’re so nice and so sweet all the time! you deserve everything <3

also follow these lovelies cuties

A - F

@anxiouspineapples @awitchfromwildmoor @alectightwood @arrogantbullyingtoerag @ariadnearcheron @alrightevans @baetrice-duke @bobbysking @blueeyedballoon @belacanto @bigquidditchhero @belloblake @bellclxrke @blakemedown @blakeesgriffin @bellslarkes @bellarnyblakc @blakesbellcmy @bellamyblake @bellamieblaike @bisexualbellclarke @captainssolo @crackedgrace @clarkethena @carolinesenecal @caspasta @dancingjily @dorcasdeadowes @felicitymegans @felllikeamarionette @fetchalgernon @fleamontpotter @fuckyeahstydia

G - L

@gracereadstoomuch @griffinslaw @grumpybell @greatserpent @harold-potter @hanleics @holland-rodens @halloweenwiththemarauders @halfbloodblake @hathawayroza @idontgiveaneffie @iolanthepotter @i-am-a-snitch @illthrowyouaballofsass @jamespotterz @jawn-stop-das-gay @jchnmurqhy @jiilys @jamesandlilys @kingbobbymorley @klarkgrffn  @livingsarandipitously @lilypotterrs @leslie-wyatt @lydiamartinn @lothbroek @liilyevanspotter @lydiamartinskie @livwholikestv @likeoatmeal

M - R

@messrprongs @mattymurducks @mrganagriffns @mileschris @mrsprongsie @mydeadotp @marionetteblues @merdok1993​ @margaeryen @msjillianholtzmann @monroeszoe @mego42 @nickymorello @nataliecrown @ohdear-prongs @ofpotterandwho @onemanbellarmy @october31st1981 @potterfanciesevans @pastel-potter @phantomromanova @padhaleckis @padfootdidit @prosciuttoe @poseysbellamy @prongsdied @prvngs  @potterevanss @rhysand @rvsvlka @rubyredwisp @raevnclaw

S - Z

@skylerwhte @struttinglikeapotter@sunshinedaisieswindmills @summerfinns @shewasdramatic @scared-of-clouds @secretxlittlexdarling @summerflowers-wintersnow @skyewarrior @sithkylor @simplyslc @stevxrcgers @sxrxusblck @takeharryandgo @thestagpatronus @train-wreck101 @the100thbellarker @thatweirdparamedicstudent @vvivaa @wellamyblake @wedwellondreams @westyros @wellsjahasghost @weasleyzs @wsetallen

anonymous asked:

Can you suggest good websites to learn English grammar? Or simply improve it?

Of course! Sorry this is a bit late. But hope that it’s still useful. My main advice for people who wants to improve their English is WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE. Don’t use a computer, because of all the spellchecks and grammar checks are really accessible. Too accessible. Use pen and paper. Read over it. See if there are any obvious mistakes that you catch, just by editing yourself. Then type it up and send it to someone else. I personally offer personal editing services as a helper. I will gladly read over anything you may have written and help you edit, whether it’s an academic essay or an application to a RP. I will read over it and tell you what grammar mistakes you have made. It’s always easier to read someone else’s work and point out mistakes. Does anyone else offer the same type of work? If so, please comment or reblog this post stating that you do so. I would also recommend any University tutors, if you can fork over that money. There are many websites out there offering essay editing and tutoring services. Always good to find someone else to help you. But make sure that you are writing the material and they are only looking over it. Anyway, here are some resources I have used in the past that has helped me. 

Next, I would really suggest picking a website that works for you. My mom used to buy me so many grammar books, but I always finish two pages and then abandon them. If you want to improve, it’s just about finding that motivation to get you going and be able to complete all the lessons and quizzes from the website. If you don’t like one website, change! There’s no point in trudging through something you hate. With that said, grammar isn’t something that’s very interesting, it’s often very dry. So that’s why I always recommend writing and asking someone else to edit for you as the best way to get better. If you have trouble understanding some concepts, look it up then. 

Some Editor Websites:

  • Lang-8: It’s this amazing website that finds people to translate your text for you. In return, you translate something else in your native tongue for someone else. Never used it before, but highly suggested to me by some users. It’s free! So that’s always good.
  • Prowritingaid: One of those automatic editors online, so I wouldn’t trust it too much. But it gives you a summary report at the end, so that’s definitely something that WORD can’t give you. It also tells you things like how many sentences you repeated or spelling consistencies. With payment, you can go premium and ask a pro. Whatever that means! But check it out. 

Some Grammar Websites:

  • SAT Website: Although the SATs has been the bane of my existence in High School, it has no doubt ingrained some of the most important grammatical theories into my brain. Hopefully, it will help you a lot too. Don’t just do the practice tests. Study the theories, learn the theories, and the reasons first. You can also sign up for daily practice questions. They’ll send you an email daily and you can have a chance in figuring out the answer. When doing so, always give a reason why you think the answer you picked is correct, not just willy nilly this sounds right. It’ll help you out a lot in the long run. They also have some amazing vocabulary updates. A lot of the vocabulary I have now is due to studying for the SAT. Sighs, don’t you just hate it when something despicable actually taught you something. 
  • List of Interactive Quizzes: I have personally never used this website before, but it seems quite interesting. They teach you lessons and then makes you play games. It’s a really comprehensive list of rules. So if you’re really gunning to learn grammar from scratch, this might be a good list to work towards completing. I just looked at their vocabulary quizzes, and it is quite hard. But the other grammar exercises looks good. 
  • English Grammar Exercises: This is taken from a Deutsch/English website. The grammar lessons are less interactive than the website above. But still very useful and helpful. Lesson than quizzes. 
  • Self-Study Grammar Quizzes: I don’t really like this one because of how the quizzes are set up. I like to fill in all my answers before checking all of them at once. This one makes you do it inside your head, cause then they show you the answer at the bottom of each question. They don’t have lessons, so this one is definitely just a list of review quizzes. 
  • OWL: I use this website for everything, especially when I’m writing academic essays. So many resources. So many essay structures. So many tips on grammar. There’s a special section on ESL. The material is a bit dry though, especially when it teaches you about grammar. Nonetheless, handy to keep in mind when writing essays. 
  • EGO4U: Bright colors to engage you. The lessons are short and simple. No quizzes but if you’re confused about something, this website explains it really well. 
  • Grammarblog: This is actually an amazing website that uses humour to engage you with grammar. If you’re bored, definitely waste your time on this blog. More educational than buzzfeed or 9gag, or whatever youths visit these days.
  • Lousywriter: Easy to navigate. The cheatsheets are genius! Very in-depth explanation for everything. It’s hard to learn it all, but the basic principles are still explained there. Works if you really just want to take your knowledge to a next level. It is hard to memorize everything on the cheatseets, but good to take a look over. 
  • Dailygrammar: Partners with Yeah Write! Sign up for email subscriptions of daily grammar tips. Never used it. Doesn’t hurt to try.
  • Grammargirl: Cool infographics that engage you on some of the principles and reasonings behind the mystical English Grammar. 

Hope that helps!

/ Weeks 5-7: Body Language Overview

Congratulations! You are officially done with the first month of this training program. Have you noticed improvement in your observational skills? 

Whoa, hold up, what are you even talking about? 

Well, if you don’t know what the training program is, click here for more information, and here for the overview on Weeks 1-4. I hope you’ll join us! 

If the training did not go as well as you expected, don’t get discouraged- chances are that you are more observational now than you were a month ago, and if so, you have fulfilled the main objective. 

If you followed the program religiously, I’m guessing you are ridiculously better now than you were at the beginning, and I applaud you for your dedication! You are well on your way to becoming an astute observer. 

In either case, you now have a choice: repeat the first month, and continue to work on observation, or start our next major part. To be perfectly honest, you may find it beneficial to repeat the observation portion, as it is so so so important. However, also know that some observational exercises will be incorporated as we move forward, and of course you can come back to Weeks 1-4 whenever your heart desires. 

Before we move forward, if you have any comments about how the last month went for you, or any suggestions on what we can do to improve the program, please don’t hesitate to contact us! 

Alright, so the next three weeks are going to be about 

don’t underestimate how long I’ve been waiting to use that. 

The focus on this part of the program is strictly to observe and analyze the behavior of other people. This means we will be looking at how they are acting, not what they are wearing or whose house they are in. Body language is one of the most important skills to have, as it is estimated that up to 93% of communication does not rely on the spoken word (this statistic has been in controversy in it’s creation, and if you would like to know more about where it comes from and why it is possibly misused, see the source at the bottom of this post). 

Disclaimer: Yes, I know the difference between nonverbal communication (which includes tone, voice, etc) and body language. This section will cover body language only as that is easier to observe and deduce from at a distance. 

/ 9 Rules You Must Follow 

1. Observe people!

For this to work, you will have to look at people. Do it from a distance. Do it up close. Observe, observe, observe.

2. Observe behavior in context

Is it cold outside? Is it crowded? What’s the mood of the place? All of these factors must be taken into consideration when looking at behavior. If a person is nervous in a job interview, it is understandable. If they are nervous when talking to their significant other of 20 years, it can indicate something more going on. 

3. Learn universal behavior

More on this in another post, but learning behavior that can be observed in most people is a good foundation to start. Especially when observing from a distance, or observing someone you don’t know. Much of our exercises will be focused on this aspect. 

4. Recognize and decode idiosyncratic behavior

This is essentially the opposite of universal behavior. It is behavior that is unique to a person and easier to recognize the longer you know a person. Think nervous tics. 

5. Establish a baseline

Baselines will be covered in another post, but it the normal behavior for a person. If a person is normally fidgety and jumpy, this is their baseline. If they are normally calm and collected, that is their baseline. Kapeesh? 

6. Watch for clusters

This is an important one. No single movement by itself means enough to deduce from. You must look for clusters of behavior (generally three that indicate the same emotion) to be confident in your hypothesis. The more, the better. 

7. Look for changes

Another very significant one. Changes in body language indicate changes in emotion; therefore you must look out for when someone’s body language changes, and then try to find out why. 

8. Detect false/ misleading cues

More on this later, but as you become a better and better observer, you will need to learn how to know when someone is being misleading with their body language. This will only come with practice, and needs to be handled carefully, as it is very difficult to tell when someone is lying. 

9. Distinguish comfort from discomfort

The two broadest categories are comfort and discomfort. First, learn cues that will tell you which of the two a person is feeling. From there, you can narrow down further and analyze their situation with more clarity. 

/ Reference Chart

This will be a word document I put together. I suggest you all print out, take with you and use until you until you memorize cues. It is available here

Here, you can also access amateur-deductions original posts about body language, which I suggest you read. There is only one right now, but more will be added when I get to them as the course progresses. 

/ Having Trouble?

Read through the body language posts referenced above. 

Read them again.

Read body language books.

Go out and observe people.

Observe your friends and, based on how they act afterwards, determine if you were right (or ask them). 

Ask yourself questions. 

How close are these people based on their body language?

What signals does this person exhibit?

Based on their signals, what can I tell about their state of mind?

Is this person comfortable/ uncomfortable right now?

Is there any one person who is exhibiting behavior different than everyone else in this situation?

Why?

Make up questions like these to keep yourself engaged and alert. 

/ Sources Used

There’s a lot, I’ll keep adding as I remember them. 

  • What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro (Book)
  • The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara and Allen Pease (Book)
  • Ellipsis Behavior Laboratories (Website)
  • Six Universal Expressions (Web Article) 
  • Body Language in the Workplace by Barbara and Allen Pease
  • The 7% Rule by Philip Yaffe (Web Article)

/ Above All…

Remember that Sherlock Holmes was not born with the ultimate knowledge on how to deduce. He had to learn it, through years of practice. With dedication and patience, you can too.

-L.K. 

SCAM! - BEAUTIFUL-HALO

A couple of weeks ago I received a message from bh-fashion-bella​ asking me ‘whether do you have interest to cooperate with us’. I should have known from the start that this was a scam, the broken english and disorganized website made it obvious that this was just another Chinese sweatshop hoping to lure naive shoppers into buying low quality clothes. 

Before I had even applied they sent me several emails harassing me and repeatedly asking me to join, even when I had told them I would do it when I could.

So I eventually joined the Tumblr Affiliate Program, the idea was simple enough, you supply a link to their website and when the link has gotten enough clicks they supposedly pay you. Except they don’t.

Within ten days I had gotten 300+ clicks, meaning Beautiful-Halo owed me $15. Then, a couple days ago I received an email saying, 'How are you?When i visit your tumblr today,I found that you link all your post to our website,it violate our rules,so I close your account’.
Umm, what? This was a complete lie and was sent just one week before I should have been paid. This was the response I sent them: 'I post many photos daily, none of which source beautiful-halo as a content/ click through link. They only link to beautiful-halo in the captions. No where in the FAQ does it mention this as a violation’.
Then they changed their story and started accusing me of linking their products to irrelevant photos when I hadn’t been linking their products at all. When I called them out on this they promptly stopped responding to my emails.

I thoroughly regret wasting my time with this company and hope to warn anyone else who may get this message (since it seems they’re desperate).

Read other negative experiences here.

P.S. Look at these obviously photoshopped images!

Tall, Dark and Handsome: Chapter 3

TITLE: Tall, Dark and Handsome

CHAPTER NUMBER/ONE SHOT: 3/?

AUTHOR tomcuddlesfic

WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: AU Tom / Business Man

GENRE: romance / erotica

FIC SUMMARY: Twenty four year old Amelia Hart has never had a boyfriend before. Not wanting to step outside of her comfort zone, she rarely starts conversations with the opposite sex and makes little to no effort in correcting her single status. However, what she did not plan was meeting a man who manages to steal her breath away at every look. A man who does not stop until he gets what he wants. And the one thing he only wants right now just so happens to be her.

RATING FOR THE WHOLE FIC: M

Author’s notes: comments would be lovely. I still have no idea what I’m doing.

Chapter 1 |  Chapter 2

Keep reading

Let It Go: No More Golden Weapons Anymore parody of let it go from Frozen by Disney (Think of LEGO singing this) 

Rip offs showing in rebooted tonight
All the problems, can be seen
A kingdom of frustration
And it looks like we’re the kings

The fandom’s howling
Like this swirling storm inside
Looks like syfy’s in
Thought we’d give it a try

Just real them in, make'em have a spending spree
Sell them toys, they want to see
Steal, have feels, give them the show
Well, now they have a ‘show’…!

Let it go, let it go
No more golden weapons anymore
Let it go, let it go
At least the snakes opened the door
We don’t care what you want to say
Let the fandom rage on
The fangirls never bothered us anyway.

It’s funny how some merchandise makes fangirls scream and all
And the common sense that once controlled us, can’t get to us at all!
It’s time to see what we can do to test their limits till their through.
No right no wrong, no rules for we, we’re free!

Let it go, let it go,
No more golden weapons anymore. 
Let it go, let it go,
We’re going to make you cry!
Here we stand, and here we’ll stay;
Let the fandom rage on

Our power flurries through the websites all around
Your souls are spiraling into frozen fractals on the ground. 
And one thought crystalizes ya’ll like an Icy blast: 
Jaya’s never coming back;
The past is in the past!

Let them go, let them go
And Zane will finish with the Nindroid’s dawn
Let him go, let him go; that perfect nindroid’s gone.
Here we stand as a company
Let the fandom rage on!
Ninjagians never bothered us anyway….

💌CLUBKENZOS’S FAVES💌

Hi all! guess what… i’m finally make a faves page! i’ve been contemplating this for a while now and now since i’ve reach 1.5k i’ve decided to make one. This page will consist of 15 of the most elite, fashionable blogs on this website so you all better look out for them!

rules

reblog this post

- likes will not be included but they do count as bookmarking

- you must follow me heheh sorry

- you MUST be a fashion blog

higher chance

- talk to me i promise i’m a nice person (i hope) plus i’ll remember you more if you talk to me :)

i track the tag #clubkenzo so tag a post with that hashtag and tell my about yourself and also why you want to be on my faves page 

just reblog!!!!

what you’ll get

- a spot on my faves page, i’ll also give your blog a rate out of ten and the reasons why i chose you and why people should follow you

you’ll get a promo when ever you ask for one 

a new friend :)

I’ll be choosing the faves when i feel i have enough notes

happy blogging!! 

(p.s please reblog this so I don’t look like an idiot)

Rant of sorts

There’s been something on my mind for a while now and today, a tweet fully pushed me to the limit. I have to get this out, and now. Throughout this post, I will be using examples from people I’ve seen on twitter, keeping names anonymous. If you recognize any of these tweets or people, please don’t point them out. It’s for everyone’s safety.

As you guys know, there is the idea of being an official fan of a certain kpop group. For example, “Official Insprit,” or “Official Baby.” This past year, Infinite opened up registration for fans to become official 4th generation Inspirits. Now, Infinite being my bias group, I obviously had the wish to become one. You get a special ID Card with your name, a special ID number, special photocards and goods, and a lightstick. While the lightstick is not something exclusively for official fans, the rest of the goods are, including the Official 4th Generation Inspirit website.

A while ago, the website officially opened up, ready to enter and explore for anyone who had an ID number. Fandoms being fandoms, the major fanbases entered and immediately started sharing the content with the rest of the fans who didn’t have membership. A few minutes later, after everyone had become thoroughly excited at the fact that new pictures and messages were out, the fanbases realized there were a set of rules that came with the website. One of the most important ones being, do not share content. Much like the official fancafe, where you have to level up to a certain level to see all content, none of the content is permitted to be shared anywhere else, other than the fancafe or website.

The fanbases realized the rules of the website, and followed them, deleting the content they had posted, and also requesting fans to delete anything they themselves might have posted. After all, rules were rules. If we didn’t follow them, the whole fandom might be affected. Thus everything was deleted and taken down, with respect given where it was due. Well, by most. After this happened I noticed a few fans, who had paid into becoming official Inspirits getting a bit…irritated about the content being shared. I can understand that, but the way they went about tweeting about it made me a little jittery as well. As it was over a month ago that this happened, I cannot find the tweets, so it is up to my own memory to relay the information. I don’t remember exactly what was said, but none of it was nice. It was along the lines of ‘I paid into it so my content should not be shared,’ ‘Is not my problem if you can’t pay into it,’ ‘its not my problem lol maybe save up for next year.’

There is a difference between claiming what’s rightfully yours and acting privileged. You paid into it, you pulled money together from somewhere, somehow, to pay for it. I understand that. But that does NOT mean you are any more important than the rest of the fans who have the same desires you do: supporting the group. Not everyone has the same life you do. Some of them can’t afford to spend $80 all at once, some people don’t have enough at the end of the month to start saving up, some don’t have the approval of their parents, whatever the reason may be. But that does not make them any less loyal to the group.

I feel sad every time I come across someone with that attitude. I feel like apologizing to them for not being able to pay for certain benefits. I’m sorry I can’t pay into it. I’m sorry my parents work hard to feed and clothe me instead of buy albums and merchandise. I’m sorry you’re so insecure that you feel the need to boast about official membership, and look down upon those who don’t. I’m sorry you feel the need to pay to have a sense of the security of superiority. Because I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to spend $80 to bring something over to the US, whose benefits can only be fully reaped in South Korea. I wasn’t raised so recklessly.

There is also another thing I’d like to address. Music Bank was held in Mexico City recently, and I follow some of the people who decided to go. I was excited for them at first, because so many great artists were attending, like Infinite, Bangtan Boys, Beast, Exo-K, Ailee, BAP, and Girl’s Day, just to name a few. I was excited for them, just the way any kpop fan is for another when they have the opportunity to see their favorite groups in person. This enthusiasm was curbed however, by some of the tweets I saw. It’s true that not everyone likes every group ever created. It’s not meant to be that way. But that doesn’t give you permission to be disrespectful to them.

I saw a twitter conversation take place during the opening act of the show, while Bangtan was performing. Someone I follow on twitter was there, in the middle of the crowd right near the stage. They were the only Inspirit. All of the other people in the crowd were enjoying Bangtan’s performance I assume, while they were the only Insprit in the crowd. They claimed “I’m like the only one who doesn’t care,” only to be replied with, “u go girl you show them how it’s done.”

This conversation made my blood boil. Not only was this disrespectful to the fans and the fandoms, but also the artist. You may not be a fan of them, but that doesn’t mean no one else is. To each their own. It doesn’t mean they didn’t work as hard as your favorite group. It doesn’t mean that by you acting this way towards them will keep them from being successful, from possibly being more famous than your bias group. I’m pretty sure that if you saw someone acting that way towards your precious oppas, you’d get hurt and angry. It doesn’t hurt to show a little respect towards the artists that have likely gone through hell to be where they are right now. If you probably wouldn’t be able to last a day, a couple of hours in their shoes, I don’t believe you have the right to be openly disrespectful.

If you’ve read this far, thank you. I appreciate your loyalty. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll change yourself, or open someone else’s eyes. I sincerely mean no disrespect with this post, just some things I noticed, and hope will change.

Again, if you recognize any of these people or tweets, please do not point them out. I do not want to be a victim, nor do I want anyone to be a victim. I just want the kpop fandom to be a better place.

Thank you.

You're best friends and he kisses you (Niall)

MASTERLIST

It’s a typical Friday night while the boys are home. It’s Liam’s turn to host your movie/ game night and the six of you are all sprawled on the couch watching Toy Story… again. As the movie ended you all just sat there staring and the credits when Louis announced, “I’m bored.” “Yeah, me too,” Harry agreed. “Let’s play a game. A good one.” “Ooh. Truth or dare. Like when we were kids!” Liam was already excited. Niall turned to see what you thought, but being your best friend he quickly recognized your ‘I don’t like this idea’ look (It was quite popular around the boys). “Only if Y/N wants to,” he said. “S'okay, I’ll play,” you told them, not wanting to ruin their fun, “but only if you get the questions off an app or a website or something. I don’t trust your dirty little minds.” At first they were reluctant, but eventually they all agreed and soon enough you were all sitting in a circle with Liam’s laptop in the middle for the questions. “One rule,” Zayn said. “You have to answer 100% truthfully, and no skipping out on the dares.” “Okay,” Harry said. “Niall you first. Truth or dare?” “Eh. Why not? I’m goin’ with a dare.” Niall answered. “Okay.” Louis said clicking the dare button on the screen. He had the laptop turned toward himself, so only Louis and Liam could see it, and as soon as the dare popped up they both began laughing. “What does it say?” Niall asked, you could already hear the worry in his voice. “'Kiss the person to your left.’” Liam read. Oh my God!! you thought, already starting to panic before Niall even realized what he was supposed to do. Okay, stay calm, you told yourself, it’s just a kiss in a game. Even though you secretly wished for more than 'just a game’. You looked at Niall and he just kind of stared at you like he had no idea what was happening. “C'mon you have to do it,” Harry pushed. Niall decided to just go for it, grabbing your face and pressing his lips to yours. After the initial shock wore off you began to kiss him back, but quickly pulled away when the other boys began cheering. You looked around feeling your face redden by the second. “So, who’s next?” You asked, raising your brow, trying to move on. “You,” Louis decided with a smirk. “Fine, I’m gonna go with truth.” You said, not wanting to repeat what just happened. “M'Kay.” Lou said staring down at the screen. You began regretting your decision the minute you saw his face. “These questions must be meant for twelve year olds but this one fits… 'Who do you like?’” He read. Now your face was scarlet. What have I gotten myself into?! you thought. “Well, you might as well say it. He’s probably already figured it out now!” Zayn laughed. You shot him the 'say one more word and I’ll hit you’ face, but he continued laughing and the other boys joined in. You turned to Niall. “So…” He asked. “I really should have just let them pick the questions.” You sighed. “But then I wouldn’t’ve had the chance to kiss you. I’ve been waitin’ to do that for a long time.” He admitted as you stared into his deep blue eyes. “Well you don’t have to wait anymore.” You said kissing him again knowing it wouldn’t be the last time.

Liam

Louis

Harry

Zayn

COGDELL, GA : The Cogdell School Board banned the teaching of the controversial “Theory Of Math” in its schools Monday. “We are simply not confident of this mysterious process by which numbers turn, as if by magic, into other numbers,” board member Gus Reese said. “Those mathematicians are free to believe 3 times 4 equals 12, but that dun [sic] give them the right to force it on our children.” Under the new ruling, all math textbooks will carry a disclaimer noting that math is only one of many valid theories of number-manipulation.        

- Georgia School Board Bans ‘Theory Of Math’, from satirical website TheOnion.Com

kirindave  asked:

I figured you'd be mad about this. You can be mad at Lomadia, I guess. But this is exactly what I experienced. There is no way to tell who is being innocent and who is threatening you, and you get a fair bit of both. You're mad at Lomadia (and maybe me) for seeing these. But the thing is, Tumblr is the one who changed all these rules without explaining them to everyone. Tags are all but dead, by Tumblr's design. They've forced self-protection further onto the user. This website is bad for users.

Is it an issue of learning how to use the site, then? If you want to bypass the change you can do it by typing “/tagged/tag” into the address bar. Even using search, it’s possible to see how posts are tagged. PEBCAK is no excuse to shake down hapless fanfiction writers, and if she’s finding that Tumblr isn’t a safe space for her to browse anymore, she can’t chase everyone out one-by-one to make it better.

It’s not like there isn’t a solution for this even if she doesn’t want to give up the mobile app or use the address bar. Just follow a curating blog. That’s what literally everyone else does. Good #lomadia blogs even show up when you land on the search page.

It was remarkable in the first place that they’d managed to form some sort of law over their tag. Most large fan groups have no such regulation, so it was really just a matter of time. That’s what I said almost a year ago now - the ability to use social pressure to enforce some sort of rule over “main” tags is a fragile, Goldilocks thing and can’t be presumed to work. In a way, tags were never meant to be the main method of browsing content. They’re just there to help you find blogs to add to your dashboard.

Tumblr is bad for users who don’t know how to use it, just like bikes, blenders, and critical thinking.