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Enchanted Weaponry To Tools Of Witchcraft Part 1. Stormfang.

So this is a new series I’m gonna do because why the hell not? I will be taking inspiration from video games to make enchanted weapons (real, replica, or toy) to use as tools in witchcraft. Whether it be for offerings, directing your power, or whatever witchy. (AND IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR THIS SERIES INBOX ME AND MAYBE I’LL MAKE A GUIDE TO IT! :D)

So today’s weapon of enchantment is Skyrim’s Stormfang, a sword from the Dragonborn DLC. Now it may look like a regular greatsword but it’s enchanted with Shock. 

Here is its description from the game. 

“Stormfang is a weapon in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn that causes the target takes 30 points of shock damage, and half as much Magicka damage.” 

So when making this weapon you don’t have to use a greatsword, you can use a bastard’s sword, a dagger, or a simple kitchen knife and this weapon would be ideal for storm, sea, and electricity witches and to be used in directing storms and curses. So, let’s stop pussyfooting around and get into how to replicate this beauty and it’s power.

What You’ll Need

  • A sword or knife (could be any kind of sword; wood, steel, iron, replica, real, but if you’re using a real sword or a knife be very careful to not cut yourself)
  • Tissue paper
  • Gray thread
  • Bowl
  • Storm water
  • Thistle
  • Henbane
  • Oak
  • Yellow, blue, and gray candles
  • This rune, Thurisaz

What To Do

  • Do this outside in a damp area and preferable before a storm comes. Do not preform this spell inside for fire hazards could be present.
  • Start burning your oak with the yellow candle but make sure you’re burning it carefully. You want to get it blackened so you can write with it.
  • Then put your henbane into the bowl first then pour the storm water over it.
  • After that drip some blue wax over into the storm water.
  • Take some thistle and wrap it around the knife or sword with the tissue paper and gray thread.
  • Once the oak is blackened enough use it draw the rune onto the tissue paper covering the thistle.
  • Take your gray candle and start to burn the thistle and tissue paper so it burns around the knife or sword.
  • Put out the flame by pouring the henbane and storm water onto it.
  • Dry off and enjoy your new witchcraft tool.

skatingdj  asked:

Hi Florbe, I've been a huge fan of your work for the longest time and I've always wondered what program software and pad&pen you use to do your art. You've inspired me to try some stuff for myself!!!:)

daaww I’m happy that you want to start! 

Ok, I haven’t got a lot of knowledge tbh hehehe, I only work with Paint Tool Sai. It’’s a nice program, so easy to learn to use . 

Recently I bought a new Tablet pen, a Wacom Intuos (comic) and I’m very happy with how it works :D… 

I haven’t tried many different softwares or tablets so as to make a comparison and guide you in what to do/ to not do from now on, but I working with those tools I do feel quite confident ^w^

For anyone thats interested to make their own charms, I’m opening up my inbox to anyone who has any queries about making and selling charms in general, whether shipping online or tabling at a con. All replies will be public for information sharing unless otherwise requested! 

Verdict

Shine was in the other room unconscious being tended to by angels.  Armor and her family were waiting in another room.  They knew what was happening right now.  They had mixed emotions.  Shine’s mother, Harmony and Peace wanted her to stay.  They wanted the council to tell Shine that she could not ever go back to that place.  Shine’s father wanted whatever Shine wanted and he knew Shine would be devastated if she could not go back but he also wanted his baby girl to be safe too. Armor knew Shine was going to go back and he knew what it meant if Shine went against the council.  This decision could possibly change Shine’s life forever.  So they waited.

In the grand room of the building the angel council met.  The angel council is made up of the highest ranking angels.  Michael is the head angel.  Then you have David, Dina, Gabriel, Charmeine, Ariel, and Afriel. The purpose of the council is to guide and lead the angels.  The council makes the rules and restrictions that angels must follow.  These R&Rs as they are known change according to what is happening in the world and can be different depending on the type of angel.

The council also has the important aspect of healing.  The council members are the only ones who can heal angels from the dark spot. The council also has the power to ban an angel from traveling to a specific location or ban them from traveling all together.  This is the decision they were making for Shine.  

The dark spot was worse than they had seen in a long time.  Shine was filled with anger and hatred and had thoughts and feelings of wanting to harm others.  But this dark spot was also different.  It was filled with feelings of fear for others, shame of not helping enough, loneliness, and failure.  

When the council tried to heal the dark spot for Shine she became unconscious.  It was too much.  The council visits her everyday and everyday they work on removing the dark spot. Everyday they are hopeful and everyday so far they walk away knowing they have still have work to do.

Today they have decided is the day they will make the decision if Shine will be allowed to return to that family if she does wake up.  This is a big decision.  They have talked with each of Shine’s family members.  They have looked into Shine’s mind and seen the happenings of the family.

Michael:  “Order Order we have a decision to make.  Let’s start by taking a vote.  Raise your hand if you are in favor of Shine being banned and never returning to the family” Michael looks around and sees 3 hands in the air.  “Okay, now if you are in favor of her being able to return and continuing to serve the family raise your hand”  Only two hands are raised.  “Afriel you are undecided?”

Arfriel:  “Yes.  I see both sides.  I want Shine to be okay and I worry what will happen if she returns but I also see the good that she has done for the family.  I am just not sure what is best for Shine.”

Gabriel:  “She has done a lot of good and yet they do not care for her. They do not respect her.  Now that they know she can heal that is all they use her for.  When Shy came home that was the first thing they did was have Shine heal her. “

Dina: “Gabriel, Shine is an angel. She is allowed to heal and you know Shine wanted to heal.  She had to be asked and she was by Saga.  Shine would have been hurt if she was not able to heal Shy.”

Gabriel:  “okay fine but what about this Anxiety?  He hates her and I am worried he may hurt her like he did before if he cannot control that Panic. And Roman what is up with Roman and this Alexander.  Why would they offer to teach her how to use a sword?  She does not need to use a sword”

Ariel:  “I kind of agree with Gabriel about Anxiety.  I do not think that he hates her but I do think he is angry with her for not being able to protect Shy.  I think he has some issues he needs to work through. Maybe we should send him his own angel.”

Michael:  “we are not here to discuss Anxiety Ariel.  We are here to discuss Shine. Charmeine why did you vote for allowing Shine to return?

Charmeine:  “She is part of their family.  Missy would be devastated if Shine did not return. Shine loves Missy as if she were a part of her own family.  Shine would never forgive or speak to us if we took Missy away.  She also has Eva who has been a good friend to Shine.  She promised Eva she would return.  We cannot let Shine break promises. I believe, Gabriel, Roman wants her to be safe in a fight and if he can teach her how to use a sword then he probably feels he is doing something to help her stay safe. ”

David:  “We can send an angel to erase their memories of Shine, like she never existed.  Shine is in danger there.  They do not let her fight, then they let her fight and then they get mad that she fought. They rely on her too much.”

Charmeine: “ They love her David. They want her safe.  They do not want her to get hurt which is why they have a hard time letting her fight.  Do you not listen when they speak David?”

Michael: “that is enough”

Ariel:  “I agree with David and Gabriel.  I voted against and think it is a really bad idea.  Look at the shape she came back in.  She is unconscious from that spot.  If she had waited even another day she would have turned.”

Dina: “Michael, Shine loves this family and they love her too.  Please let her go back.  Missy needs her.  She has so many friends. They all need her.  I think they see it now.  I think they realize how much they need and want her there.  Please do not take her away from them.  Even if we erase their memory a part of their family will feel like something is missing.  Do you really want them all living with that forever?  

Michael:  “Afriel have you made a decision? What is your vote?”

Afriel:  “I vote to send her back.  She is needed and loved and I cannot take away this new family from Shine.”

Michael: “ so that makes the vote 3-3 and I will make the final decision. I have taken into consideration everything that I have heard from you all, the family and everything I have reviewed from Shine’s mind.  I can see the benefit of each side.  My decision for Shine is….”


@blackhearteva @shy—anon  @calm-anon @heartt-anonymous @darkness-anon @marty-the-anon @imasmallchild @agent-upsilon21 @mint-anon @winter-anon @chaoticgood-anon @fluffbird @andy-the-anon @fallen-anon

anyone who dissociates semi-constantly, please avoid traditional mindfulness

I have now been told by two mental health professionals in two days that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES EVER am I to practice traditional Mindfulness exercises

Apparently ‘feeling like I’m dissolving’ and also that ‘I’m rising out of my body’, and being passing-out-exhausted afterwards, are all the complete OPPOSITE of what’s meant to happen

Who knew???

But seriously - this is something that apparently happens to people who are low-key (or not so low-key) disassociating semi-constantly, and is really really not good for you. So if you’re one of those people, like me! then there are other forms of mindfulness that may be more appropriate for you - specifically touch/sensation based, rather than the guided-thinking, breath- and sensory-focusing exercises that make up traditional mindfulness programs/exercises. Talk to your local health care professional if at all possible. 

But basically, if you know you have issues with disassociation, and somebody recommends a mindfulness program to you, BRING UP THE FACT THAT YOU DISASSOCIATE. Because normal mindfulness can be super bad for you. There ARE apparently mindfulness programs that can be helpful, but they have to be catered to the disassociation. So.

Please bear that in mind, everybody.

tips for writing Star Wars fanfic/Star Wars roleplay things

  • it’s not concrete; it’s duracrete
  • viewports are the windows on ships
  • not a plane; ship or speeder
  • it’s not steel; it’s durasteel
  • books are rare; holorecords or datapads
  • it’s not a glass pane it’s transparisteel
  • caf is the equivalent of coffee
  • it’s not paper it’s a flimsi
  • medcenter is a hospital

Star Wars can be very similar to things we’re already used to, but getting familiar with some of these terms can make your writing really fit in with the universe

Heart Cinnamon Rolls


Yields 5 rolls

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls
  • White glaze icing
  • Heart sprinkles
Equipment
  • 8 inch round cake pan
  • 8 inch round parchments
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #6 tip
  • Baking spray
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Parchment paper

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Remove cinnamon rolls from canister. Unravel each roll and shape strips into hearts. Arrange in a greased and lined cake pan. The tips of the heart should point towards the center.
  3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a cutting board to cut out individual cinnamon rolls.
  4. Scoop glaze icing into piping bag and drizzle on top of cinnamon hearts. While the icing is still wet, place sprinkles on top.
  5. TaDa! Here are some sweet hearts for your sweetheart!
Dear mom, thank you. For being there every second of my childhood life. You took care of me when I couldn’t take care of myself. My tomorrow always starts with you. Your smile becomes a morning habit to me. Thank you for having patience with me when I didn’t want to eat the food you cooked just because it has vegetables or whenever I pretend sleeping at noontime. I’m sorry ifI love to play all day. Thank you for lending your arms whenever I cry at midnight, I always find solace in between them. Your voice melts my worrying, and it becomes a lullaby to me. Thank you for teaching me how to walk on my own, you showed me how a little sunshine could do wonders in this world. I have enjoyed my childhood life because of you.
Dear mom, thank you. For being my life’s greatest teacher. You have colored my days with your guidance, affection, care and attention. Thank you for teaching me how to write, count and read. Thank you for comforting me on my first day in school. For the provisions, I needed in life. I know, we are not rich, but you always make a way just to ensure I’d have a bright future. You prepared my better days, and I’d be forever grateful with that. Thank you for disciplining me the right way and teaching me how to become a better person.
Dear mom, thank you. For everything. For being my provider, teacher, friend, protector and my home. You will always have the biggest place in my heart. Thank you for teaching me how to become confident and independent. Thank you for always wiping my tears and calming all of my fears. Thank you for introducing our Lord God in my life. For all of the countless times, you were there to become a friend and become my shelter whenever there’s a storm. Thank you for caring me whenever I’m sick. For making me feel safe every time. Thank you for believing first in me and guiding me on every decision I make in life. I wouldn’t be here where I am in my life without you.
I know, these words will never be enough to thank you for every sacrifice you have done for me. But give me this moment to say this: Mom, I’m rapturously in love with you. I don’t say it as often, but I love you, and I will always be grateful to have you. My life is in the better place because of you. Your love is the reason why I’m strong, inspired and successful. Thank you for letting me walk on my journey. Don’t worry. I will always be your little child. I will always stay with you, through whatever and whenever.
I love you more than you’ll ever know. You are the greatest; you are my everything. And I will always see you in every wonderful experience that will happen to me.
—  E.J. Cenita, Mom, This Letter Is For You
Hogwarts House Study Moods
  • The Gryffindor: group quizzes and jeopardy and flashcards, interacts with material whenever possible so they make models for chem and draw out maps for history and act out Shakespeare, studies in some friend's room a bit too loud to actually be focusing, highlights bc it's the quickest, pomodoros involve longer time divisions, always in OH listening to others' questions, forgets to eat and then they all order pizza followed by a Taco Bell run in the wee hours of the morn when they're hungry again
  • The Hufflepuff: learns by teaching others, has to study in advance bc they know others are going to ask for help during exam weeks, secretly procrastinates by planning for everything in their bujos, washi tape tabs, fruity non-caf teas and herbal teas to relax or sleep or to settle nerves, has gel pens in every possible color, draws the neatest diagrams, can't prioritize so studies everything, uses that essential oil trick to remember things better by smell association, focuses best with dubstep
  • The Ravenclaw: notes, notes, and notes, mind maps to connect ideas no matter how unrelated they seem, solo studying in their rooms, green tea, classical music in the background, gets led off track focusing on details that have never been mentioned in class, will die for graph paper, accidentally pulls all-nighters bc they're so obsessed with understanding every single thing inside and out, color codes with basic colors nothing fancy, eats a bunch of toast and cereal bc they don't want to waste time
  • The Slytherin: practices old tests and gets extra material from others who have taken the class, motivated by watching others study so they're always at the library during finals or at dark and quiet cafes, the night owl-iest of the bunch, iced cold brews no matter the weather, makes comprehensive study guides that cover all testable points, does nothing all term but kicks into high gear a week and a half before any exam, owns a billion black pens and has an opinion about each of them, listens to indie alt
How To Blend Cultures (Without Making Impossible Mixes)

This is a guide specifically about fantasy worldbuilding. WWC gets a lot of questions around “I’m mixing two cultures together, how do I do that?” and this is to explain both how to do that and when you very much should not.

For starters, you should avoid blending empires with their surrounding properties, especially if there is recent political strife along those lines. This is why Japan/China/Korea (or even China/Tibet) mixes should not be done. For more information on that, take a look at Research:Large to Small Scale, Avoiding Homogenizing East Asian Cultures, & Paralleling Regions Appropriately.

Next up, mixing Greece/Rome with far-flung cultures gets a little bit eyebrow raising. Unless it was a direct trading partner/conquered property, Greek/Roman cultures do not mix with non-European cultures. The Greek empire only went to the Northern regions of India at its very peak, and that is limited to the ancient world. Rome stopped in the Middle East, so, again, you don’t have the cultural backing for a mixing of anything outside of its borders. 

Depictions of Rome and Greece in ancient literature shows other ancient cultures found them quite backwards, and were adverse to mixing with them. By many standards they were very backwards, and it’s only Europe (and, as an extension, America) that revered them to the extent they do. Asia and Africa had no reason to see them as advanced, because they made many more technological advancements than either. North America and Oceanic cultures hardly interacted with either, and had both their own technological advancements+ cultures closer by to borrow advancements from, instead. 

Outside of that, cultures are born out of the environments that made them. As a result, places with wildly dissimilar climates and resources pools will not be able to blend harmoniously unless you’re taking a modern analogue society where globalism has happened. This is plain old because resources only travel so far, and people are more likely to build culture around resources they have easy access to (even well-established trade links can lead to people re-creating things: Han purple and Egyptian blue point to an ancient trade link, but they were made with local materials processed differently).

Roman architecture exists because the Romans had access to copious amounts of concrete materials/marble and lived in the Mediterranean, which got very hot summers, heavy rains, and not a whole lot of cold. As a result they created structures that worked for this, which included open airways, pillars, easy to clean floors, shade, and ventilation. Places that lack these resources will not be able to replicate Rome.

Their resource pool was very specific to their regions, and there’s a reason Rome had the rule that anybody who did’t live like Romans were slaves: it was really hard to live like a Roman, and they wanted their slave pool as large as possible. 

Different cultures with different resources formed in wildly different ways, and might not even have anything similar to Greece or Rome. Because of this, you need to look really close at why culture developed the way it did. If it’s because they had extremely dissimilar resources pools, it’s wise to not blend the cultures (or at least not think they’ll look anything like their original cultures) 

Which brings me to value systems. Cultures put value on different things. Each culture ends up with a base philosophy for what they esteem and how they use resources, which proceeds to influence how it develops. Architecture has meaning to it. So does what colours you use in different applications. Because these things are sacred and/or practical for certain social orders. “Sacred” in cultures ends up becoming a shorthand for “this ritual helps us survive.”

There is no such thing as “aesthetic” when you get down to the root of each single item, because that aesthetic has a practical purpose. There is also no such thing as a “solely religious reason” under the same logic. Cows have become sacred in most varieties of Hinduism— because cows (and oxen) have been the main farming animal in the Indian subcontinent for millennia. They provide milk for sustenance, power for ploughing fields, and dung, which can be used as a floor polish and, when dried, a source of fuel for fire that gives off a more even heat than wood. As a single provider for crucial elements of agrarian life, their sacredness developed from their practicality. Having cows roam freely meant absolutely everyone could have access to an efficient cooking fuel.

Chinese brush painting has meaning. Jade sculpture has meaning. Pagodas and sloped roofs and gates have meaning. The philosophy, environment, history, and present circumstances of a culture is built into every. single. little. thing. about that culture, meaning you cannot just change it out.

Unless you learn the very root of culture, their values and stigmas and honours and shames, you cannot modify it accurately. Cultures survive because that was the best way to respond to the world at the time. A long-standing culture such as China’s has to be functional and incredibly well suited for the environment, otherwise it would not have survived. There is something about Chinese culture that works extraordinarily well for it to perpetuate itself, and you cannot disrespect that.

Learn the “why” of culture. Learn how it came to manifest and the reasons behind its manifestations. Study the geography and resources available to the people at hand. Know a culture so well you can explain how it works in real life and how your world’s history parallels the circumstances that created a similar culture in fantasy.

Only then will you be able to pull it off with respect.

~ Mod Lesya

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Different Martin Freeman hairstyles. Look at this little pumpkin.

Which is your favorite?

And why? ;)

so there’s been a fair amount of discussion on harry’s lyrics, both here and from reviews, but i thought i would make a handy guide on the REAL meaning behind the songs on the album, Harry Styles by Harry Styles, otherwise known as Emotional Erection:

meet me in the hallway: im sad

sign of the times: ????   ?? …… ??????? ?

carolina: party antics 

two ghosts: still sad

sweet creature: i can be a nice wholesome boy when i want to be

only angel: im a sub

kiwi: im still a sub

ever since new york: im sad yet again

woman: to the surprise of no one, im still a sub

from the dining table: i like to cry and jerk off, in no particular order. maybe even simultaneously 

How To Study For Final Exams?

The secret for a successful final exam preparation is a plan! After three years of college, I developed a strategy for an effective final exam study session. Here it is:

1. How much time do you have left?

The very first step is to determine how much time is left and how much material you need to cover during this period. 

  • Count how many days you have left before the final (e.g. 6 days)
  • Count how many chapters and sections in this chapters you need to study (e.g. 4 chapters with 5 sections in each => 4 ch x 5 sec = you have 20 sections in total)
  • You need to spread 20 sections through 5 days and leave 1 last day for a total review. Here you have 4 sections per day. 
  • If your chapters are not broken down into sections you can either break them down into sections yourself or just use the number of chapters. You can also use the number of points in your study guide if you have one.

I like this strategy because it customizes a study plan for any class and time you have left.When I know what I need to finish every day in order to kill this final, it makes me less stressed and more motivated.  

2. Determine what you know and what you don’t know

  • Let’s use your time efficiently. Don’t waste your time on what you already know, focus on information that you don’t understand or don’t remember. 
  • If you have a study guide, look through it and circle points that you can’t answer from the top of your head. 
  • If you don’t have a study guide, go over your notes or your student book, and analyze the material. Write down the topics that you’re not 100% confident about (you don’t have to be specific here, just make a simple outline). That’s gonna be your personal study guide.

3. Study Plan

When you know how much you need to study every day, you need to create a study plan. The study plan includes what do you need to do with all this material. It can be reading, rewriting notes, practicing problems, memorizing formulas, and etc. As you can see, the study plan will depend on the class and the chapter. 

To create a study plan write down what you need to do every day. 

E.g. Day 1: you need to finish reading 4 sections, rewriting and memorizing definitions you don’t know yet, then you need to practice 2 problems per section. 

Do this sort of thing for every day and for every class you have a final for, and this is gonna be your final exam study plan. 

4. Track your progress

  • It’ll motivate you
  • It’ll make you feel accomplished
  • It’ll make you stay on track every day

I usually track my progress crossing out the number of sections I’ve done. I draw it as a “download bar”. 

Every class is different so they will have a different amount of material. 

5. Switch subjects

Don’t study for one class 5 hours in a row! Switch subjects, give yourself a break, eat.. There’s a Pomodoro technique when you study for about 30 minutes and then have a 5-minute break, and then study for 30 minutes.  

For me, 30 minutes isn’t enough for one study session. I usually study 1 hour and then have a break or I finish 1-2 sections (depending on their size), and then have a break and move on to another subject. 


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“Dear Isak. I’m sitting, now, where we met one another for the first time, and I’m thinking about you. Soon, it’ll be 21:21. I want to say a thousand things to you. I’m sorry for scaring you. I’m sorry for hurting you. I’m sorry for not telling you that I’m bipolar. I was afraid of losing you; had forgotten, that it’s impossible to lose anybody. That all people are alone, anyway. In another place in the universe, we’re together, forever. Remember that. Love you. Even.”

- Skam.