one website to rule them all

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 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!

yatoscrown  asked:

To you ane anyone who knows anything about Net Neutrality, I was wondering if anyone could tell me/give me tips on what I should write to fcc? I honestly don't know enough about net neutrality to know what to say...

i personally used form letters! form letters are like templates, they take care of what to say so you don’t have to worry about Saying It Right.

here’s one from BattleForTheNet:

Dear Senators and Representatives:

Please support any amendment that would strike out Sections 628, 629 and 630 from the Government Appropriations. These sections would undermine the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules and prevent the agency from enforcing these critical protections. It is unacceptable to use a budget bill to circumvent the FCC’s open rulemaking process that millions of citizens participated in.

The American people have called for strong net neutrality rules. Congress should let the FCC do its job, and not engage in unproductive partisan brinksmanship.

Thank you,
[Your name here]

you can edit it(or not!) according to yr will and there’s no pressure :)  and here’s another, much longer one, that might help you learn what the current Net Neutrality battle is all about!

The FCC’s Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) are extremely important to me. I urge you to protect them.

I don’t want ISPs to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, or split the Internet into “fast lanes” for companies that pay and “slow lanes” for the rest.

Now is not the time to let giant ISPs censor what we see and do online.

Censorship by ISPs is a serious problem. Comcast has throttled Netflix, AT&T blocked FaceTime, Time Warner Cable throttled the popular game League of Legends, and Verizon admitted it will introduce fast lanes for sites that pay-and slow lanes for everyone else-if the FCC lifts the rules. This hurts consumers and businesses large and small.

Courts have made clear that if the FCC ends Title II classification, the FCC must let ISPs offer “fast lanes” to websites for a fee.

Chairman Pai has made clear that he intends to do exactly this.

But if some companies can pay our ISPs to have their content load faster, startups and small businesses that can’t pay those fees won’t be able to compete. You will kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small businesses and created the 5 most valuable companies in America-just to further enrich a few much less valuable cable giants famous for sky-high prices and abysmal customer service.

Internet providers will be able to impose a private tax on every sector of the American economy.

Moreover, under Chairman Pai’s plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don’t like. They’ll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can’t pay up to have their voices heard.

I’m sending this to the FCC’s open proceeding, but I worry that Chairman Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has made his plans and will ignore me and millions of other Americans.

So I’m also sending this to my members of Congress. Please publicly support the FCC’s existing net neutrality rules based on Title II, and denounce Chairman Pai’s plans. Do whatever you can to dissuade him.

Thank you!

i hope this has helped u!!

be sure to visit and they will direct your letter to the appropriate government office!

preschool au hcs for the Golden Trio! (o!c, lizzy, sieglinde)

(I work at a preschool day camp and I just had to do these)

1. They’re definitely Unlikely Friends

2. Sieglinde is always breaking rules and trying to climb on things/eat things off the ground/yell really loud, mostly because she doesn’t want her disability to define her but also because she’s an Adventurous Little Shit

3. All the teachers have bruised chests from Lizzy taking nosedives into their laps.

4. One day during my students’ lunchtime I asked them if they needed anything and this one kid yelled out “Earrings, please!” –that would be Lizzy.

5. When they have iPad time, Ciel always somehow gets into Safari and ends up on these super adult websites…either that or he goes to the app store and drives the preschool into tons of debt

6. Sieglinde is like a little monkey with the way she can just climb all over the jungle gym without using her legs. There have been a few times where she got up a little too high and needed about five teachers (and in one case, the fire dept.) to come get her down.

7. Ciel builds super elaborate and borderline genius block and Lego sculptures, that Lizzy then gleefully knocks down. Cue a screeching little-kid-babble argument. The teachers have dubbed them the Little Old Married Couple.

8. Ciel refuses to take part in the group songs and games, but god Lizzy is sooooo into them. 

9. Ciel directly argues with the teachers as if they’re his peers. They’re all (not so) secretly intimidated by him.

10. Show-and-tells are hilarious. (Ciel: “This is a skull I found in my dad’s office. I’m not sure if it’s a real skull or not. It says “Grandma” on the back.”) (Sieglinde: This is a laser beam I made all by myself. It can kill you all…probably. I haven’t tested it yet, but in theory it could kill you.”) (Lizzy: “This is my brother Edward. He can read.”)

11. Basically the three of them just spend most of their days in Time Out.

tales from the bug report forums

the funniest stories I have from flight rising is the one time I went into the bug forums. I’m an IT specialist and I’m good at this kind of shit, so I thought I might help someone. Someone said that their ads weren’t displaying correctly, and they didn’t want to be banned for using an adblocker when they weren’t. So I told them to check in inspect element (because they sounded twelve) and how to see if it was blocked client side, or if it was a problem on FRs part. Well, they sent me a message saying ‘I’m going to report you for HACKING! no way am I going to hack the website!’ and I got blocked

the next one was when someone told me that a proxy is against the rules. When all it does is mask your IP. Hoe, I could be using fucking Tor browser (which I do sometimes, but not for illegal things. I don’t trust big corporations) and I don’t mind the longer load times. Tor is good for privacy, as I am big on that. 

short one of someone who told me you can’t put malware/spyware into an ad that makes it onto the site because 'no one would do that!!’

the third was when someone asked about their Hard Drive that wasn’t working, so I told them to take it to a professional, and they sent me a picture of it open and said 'you’re the professional, what do I do now?’ I nearly shit myself. A 3tb drive, just sitting open on their CARPET. Holy. Shit. Who lets these people have computers? 

The last one was someone who told me using Linux was against the TOS, and that Ubuntu could be used to exploit Fr. As in, my Distro was going to give me a competetive edge over other users, or duplicate items. Um. No? It just runs a million times better than windows, and gives me more freedom? 

this was when I stopped going into the bug report forums. wew lads.

Writing Tips/Advice: Editing

On what to edit

  • Combine paragraphs and sentences: This may be considered more of a “revision”, but I think it works here too, especially when you’re slowly reading through the story. You want the writing to be as tight and fluid as possible.
  • Take out unnecessary sentences: I have a tendency to over-write, which makes it wordy and repetitive. If that’s you as well, try to get rid what you don’t need.
  • Transitions: Focus on how you get from one idea to another, both between sentences and between paragraphs. If you have the opposite problem as me and tend to “under-write”, then you might need to bulk it up here a bit.
    • You might also have the problem that there is a transition, but it’s awkward or could be rewritten. Even if you don’t know how to change it right away, highlight it and come back to it later.
  • Fixing errors with punctuation: There are a lot of rules, so don’t worry about not knowing them all. There are books and websites that are dedicated to this subject; keep them close.
  • Word choice: Now, this can be a touchy subject, but I’m going to add it anyway. Use your thesaurus well. Don’t overuse or change perfectly acceptable words into words you don’t know. Changing a word is really to help you more accurately describe whatever it is you’re describing. At the end of it, the writing should still sound like you.

On the process of editing

  • Take your time: This may seem obvious, but really slow down and read carefully.
  • Read it out loud: This honestly helps, especially when reading it on the computer. It will also slow you down. You’ll catch so much more when you read it out loud, especially the awkward parts. Often times, it can sound alright in your head, but when you try to read it out loud, it can be more challenging or sound odd.
  • Print out the story: This can be expensive, but it is worth it. I would suggest printing it out once you feel like you’ve revised and edited enough on the computer. Once you reach that point, print it out for final edits. You’d be surprised how much you’ll probably still find to change, rearrange, etc. I always print my stories when I’m sure I’m done. And by the end of reading that printed copy, it is covered in red pen.
  • Edit at least twice: once on the computer, once off for me is minimum. Often times though, I will do two complete edits on the computer (just to make sure I found everything I can before I print it out), and then do the print-version edit. It may seem ridiculous to edit this much, but if you’re sending in your story to a publisher, agent, magazine, etc. you want to make a good impression.
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.

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.

anonymous asked:

My character and her partner go undercover in a suburban area, besides the new identities and learning their backstory how else might hey be prepared? Also what are the rules for undercover work?

In undercover work, not only do you have to learn your background, you have to look the part too. Even if this means looking like a homeless drug addict with all the unhygienic territory that comes with it. An undercover cop must also learn everything they can about the assignment, if this includes drugs then they must know how they are bought, sold, diluted, transported, smuggled, concealed, used, and also trafficker’s language and street terminology.

There is one rule that exists above all others: never be the instigator of a crime. This is called ‘Agent Provocateur’ in legal terms and its to prevent entrapment. Entrapment is tricking someone into committing a crime that they would not have originally committed if you were not there to provoke them into action.

Below are some websites that you may find helpful:


Guidelines on Undercover Operations

The Art of Darkness: Keys to surviving undercover

‘Hostboys’-Namjoon Fic (Chapter 1)

I’m writing this together with @kpop–fics ,make sure to check out her blog, she’s a really good writer~~

Chapter 2   Chapter 3  Chapter 4

word count: 1018

Short summary: You’re chained to your house and your strict parents and decide to hire a hostboy. 

What are hostboys?Hostboys are a Thing in Japan, you can ‘hire’ a Boy and go out with him on dates. It costs a lot of money but it’s for those for example, who don’t have time for normal relationships… Please don’t confuse this with prostitutes, hostboys don’t do anything sexual. They don’t gor further than kissing, hugging, holding hands, etc. Normally. If you’d like to know more about that topic, I suggest to ask me, google it or watch a documentation on YouTube. Now have fun reading~

Bored, you listened to what your father had to say about your life. Not that you cared, you just had to listen because he’d freak out if you didn’t. “Dad, you’re worrying too much about me. Just let me live my life okay?”, you said, a bit pissed. He shook his head no. “You have a house arrest now, young lady.”, he said and got up. “WHAT. WHY?”, you yelled after him.

Well, when you came home last night, you’ve been completely drunk and of course your parents were not happy about that. But you really didn’t care. You wanted to live your own live and have fun. But you were chained to this house and your strict parents.

You took your phone and surfed a little in the internet to calm down. Suddenly, a pop-up blocked your screen. It said “Host Boys, click here for a date!”, under it, there were seven pictures of good looking boys. Jin, Yoongi, Namjoon, Hoseok, Jimin, Taehyung and Jungkook.
“Sounds interesting.”, you mumbled and clicked the ad.

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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.

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.

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)

Abuse of power

okay now the DA admins are abusing their power as they said i was only a one month suspension and now all of a sudden there’s a ban on my account with no grounds to give them the right to do so. we really need a petition to either remove or change the admins of DA cause they are abusing their power and their rules are literally against everyone who posts anything about who they consider underage characters even though the canon series authors and artists were doing that before the fan arts came in to try and do the same. if Deviantart can’t stop this abuse or update their rules properly then maybe it’s time we all started looking for a new website or see if we can make one better than the actual Deviantart where people can be free to post what they want like they used to be able to back when it first started.

A Very Important Post

Hey guys, so it seems we’re having some trouble on the fundie wikia page. The Naugler family isn’t happy about the things written about them, even though they were all things made known to the public.

I’m going to ask you guys to follow some rules, but there’s no real powers that I have, even though I’m the one who created the site. Wikia is a website that anyone can use and anyone can contribute to, and only the Wikia company’s employers can do anything about who posts, aside from deleting the inappropriate posts within the page.

First off: minors. If a minor is not consistently and recently on a reality show (ie: the Duggars and Bates), please do not make a page for them and post their individual picture.

Second: please do not post opinions. This Wikia was created to just stockpile the information that the families themselves have made open to the public. If there was a CPS investigation, or molestation scandal, please only post the facts that the families have released. Do not make assumptions about who the victims were.

I was not able to read the offending pages before a person on the Naugler’s side deleted the information and put in their own comments. This Wikia was not created to spread rumors or invade privacy. It was only created so those that were curious about prominent members of the fundie community could find some basic facts about them. If you’re writing an entry and you’re wondering if it’s too invasive, then don’t post it. If the family/person gets upset that they have a page, then delete it. What goes on the Wikia is a lot easier found than what is talked about on these blogs. Please be respectful and remember that even though you may not agree with their beliefs, these are still real people. Thank you.

Scholars wanted!
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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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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?


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.


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)

This post ended up a little long so you can read the full information under the cut. This will probably be the longest post I make for awhile. Don’t worry I broke it up for 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

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@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

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@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

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@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

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@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

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


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.





Tall, Dark and Handsome: Chapter 3

TITLE: Tall, Dark and Handsome


AUTHOR tomcuddlesfic


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.


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

Chapter 1 |  Chapter 2

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