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I’ll be entirely honest with you: I’ve read crap all this year so I’m probably going to miss many of your own favourites, but this is just a list of fics that I’ve actually read and loved in the year 2016. There’s plenty I’ve started and have loved, but am either incredibly behind on or have not yet read enough of to form a strong enough opinion on. In the new year, though, I do promise to read more and be as supportive and encouraging for this community as I can. Fingers crossed that this time next year this list will be much, much longer.

Also, because talking about fic is one of my favourite things ever, feel free to let me know if any of these are also your favourites from 2016 or even just what your favourites in general were! Let’s start the positivity and support now!

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ive sneezed so hard my soul shifted out of my body a little bit! i will be blogging from the astral planne for a bit but i will getback into my body eventually :) 

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.
-Remember, Christina Rossetti

detail Night and Sleep, 1878, Evelyn De Morgan

for Remembrance Day

Hey, bud :)

I’m so sorry, I know that

and chances are that you’ve already made up your mind, but just in case you haven’t, I think that I owe you a proper response.
I obviously cannot judge your aptitude in either musical theatre or drawing, so I’m gonna go ahead and say that you’re equally talented in both and that’s why you’re conflicted. So what is one to do as a person of many talents?

0) Reality Check

Are you able to afford an education?

Are you able to cover your expenses while you’re studying?

Are there universities/colleges in a location that is accessible to you/would you be willing/able to move?

Are there universities/colleges that offer the programme(s) you’re looking for?

If you answered yes to all of these, please continue! Here’s a koala, because koalas, amirite?

1) Ask for professional opinions & determine your own stamina

You’re probably very good in both areas, but just how good is “very good”? To turn a passion into a job, you mustn’t only be good, you must be GOOD (and lucky). You’re still in school, so please don’t start pressuring yourself into having to be a prodigy already - you still have many, many years ahead of you to learn the craft and you should do so carefully and not in a hurry. But it’s always good to get an (educated) outsider’s opinion - where are you right now, according to your musical theatre and drawing teacher? How would they judge your capabilities?
(You can also put some stuff online and see how people react, but this is pretty risky if you’re not used to trolls.)
You obviously shouldn’t take anybody’s word as gospel (they might have their own prejudices and there are a bazillion tastes out there), but it’s good to get a feel for how one or more member(s) of the craft would judge you (and whether they’d be willing to write recommendations).
Once you have their opinions, ask yourself if they align with your own opinions. Next, decide on just how much work it would be to get yourself up to snuff and whether you would be ready to make that sacrifice.
(This is also a good exercise to test just how resilient you are to negative feedback and how strongly you believe in your dreams.)

After this step, you might already feel pulled more towards one than the other, but keep your options open for now. There are still some challenges to overcome.

2) Put yourself to the test

A good friend of mine is a super talented artist, so, naturally, she thought about applying to art school. But when she was forced to put together a portfolio of fixed pieces and to adhere to certain parameters within limited amounts of time, she found that this just wasn’t what “art” means to her.
For her, “art” has to come from the heart, it’s highly personal and you can’t just force that out of yourself - you have to be inspired to make art that means something.
Well, unless you’re a professional.
In that case you sometimes have to make stuff, even if you hate it, you have to hand stuff in, even though you’re not 100% satisfied, you have to perform even though you’re not on one wavelength with the character yet. Professionals have to power through this. They have to reach an audience, they have to bring money in and if that means doing a comissioned work of a zebra even though you’re zebraphobic, then so be it.
So test yourself.
Are you able and willing to put that pressure on yourself?

Fix a date one month in the future. Until then, you have to study a huge role you have never played before or create your kind of craft you’re responsible for on stage. Act as if this was an admission test. Put your focus entirely on musical theatre for that one month (except for school and friends, obviously). Don’t even touch a pen, don’t even think about a pen. Find yourself in that role.
How does it feel to do this under your own pressure?
Do you let yourself go and just stop at some point, because you’re not passionate enough about it? Do you feel like you’re going crazy because the pressure is too much and this is not how you thought it would be? Or does it feel like this is what you’ve been wanting to all your life?

Then, rinse and repeat with a huge art/animation project one month into the future.

Compare the two experiences.
Which felt more natural to you? Which made you happier? Which outcome was better?

3) Reflect and look ahead

Think about both of these exercises and analyse what they did to you. They can tell you where you are right now, but your tastes are subject to change. Do you believe your current obsession with musical theatre/drawing is intrinsic to you and you’ll still have it in you when you’re old and grey? Are you willing to take that jump?
Write two letters adressed to yourself 5 years in the future. Describe where you see yourself as an artist in five years. Where are you? What have you achieved? Which masterpieces have you created? Who have you become? What’s your social circle? Where do you live? Where do you study? What do you look like? What is your dream vision?

Then do the same thing with a musical theatre-you.
Which flowed more naturally? During which could you hear yourself mumbling “Oh god, that would be so amazing” and “I would die if that really happened”.

By now, a clear favourite should start to crystallize. Time for the last exercise.

4) Read theory

Art isn’t only about creating, it’s also about learning different techniques, knowing what you’re doing and being aware of the history and implications that your art carries. So take an afternoon off, go to the library and pick up a beginner’s college-level introduction into (musical) theatre/art/animation theory and see which one you jive with more easily. Really try to understand what you’re reading and see how often you go “Ooooh, I could use this” or “Aaaah, I never thought about it that way”.

Now, lean back at the end of that afternoon, close your eyes and

I know it’s cheesy, but it’s also true. In the end, only you can know where your heart really lies. And it’s not as if you have to abandon one or the other - you can still practice one as a relaxing hobby (in fact, I’d highly recommend that).

What does your heart (and mind) say? Which one could you practice professionally and which one takes a muse and inspiration?

I hope you’ll find your way and if you still cannot make up your mind after that, you know where to find me!

Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college
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So this is kind if my way to bullet, i use printables and a notebook, i thing it’s a easy way to bullet since i dont have enough time and this offer me the possibility of more time to plann, and less on decor. Also i only use 4 higlither colors, in order of importance, if doesn`t matter where im using, just how important things are on the lst. 

The tabs i use are five different colors, each one for the day of the week, in that way i know where i have to finish something in my planner. @studyign

Printables from: @theorganisedstudent @thearialligraphyproject

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11&12/100 | 30/08/16 & 31/08/16

Yesterday was my last day of summer holidays so I plannned my whole year and also made a printable that will help me with revising biology! I spent the evening in the garden, picking apples and reading under the blankets :)

Today I am beginning my biology study session that will last til January. Wish me luck!

Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was no planning for retirement, There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for plannning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future–you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college.
—  John Green, Papertowns