revising this later

Got tagged by @abalisk with regard to my top three favorite fics that I’ve written.

Catch Your Breath

Naruto (in progress)

Waaaaay back in 2013, after I’d spent way too much time reading Dreaming of Sunshine, I decided to write my own SI OC fic because of course I did. I figured, hey, even if I didn’t have the slightest idea of how to write a truly long story, I’d give it a shot and use it as a learning exercise.

Boy howdy did I ever learn. And over a hundred chapters and six thousand reviews later, here we are. It’s about the only fic I seem to be known for, and I’m definitely okay with that.

It’s also about the only fic I’ve ever approached with the mindset that “editing is okay” and fully intend to revise later on.

Ocean Stars Falling

Naruto/One Piece crossover

Spin-off to Catch Your Breath that got incredibly out of hand until it had to be posted as its own thing. It’s quite interesting to be playing with late-game skills in a “new” setting, which is one of the things I’ve tried to tackle in more than one story.

And when I say that, I also mean writing skills. It’s one way to also show how I’ve improved by writing CYB for four years. Sort of like a performance test.

#optomstudies here with a post about university studying! I’ve been reading many study tips masterposts in the community, but some of these won’t work that well for university. So here are 3 tips for adapting to uni study!

Loose leaf? Notebook? Neither! (but if you must choose between the two, I recommend hole-punched loose leaf - easy to file :D) There is just no time, especially once you get to your higher years, that you will be able to write paper notes especially considering the level of detail that you are required to learn things to get good marks. 

When I was studying therapeutics, lectures were more like an essay crammed into 60-80 ppt slides! Using 10pt Calibri, 1.15 spacing, custom 1cm margins - I still had 12 pages for a 2 hour lecture (see below)

Two lectures / week, for 12 weeks! Although this was the most-content heavy subject, my other courses were still way too time consuming to write notes for. Sadly, you can’t summarise much, because MCQs pick at details.  

As for laptops, cheap netbooks are only ~$300, but I’d recommend these really great student laptops

And yet, you have to wonder why #studyblr doesn’t have more digital notes? Isn’t every studyblr the owner of a computer as a tumblr user? I’m trying to encourage everyone to feel more confident about posting their digital notes as part of the “#studyblrs get real” tag (see here), so if you have some great typed study notes, please tag me with #optomstudies and I’ll be happy to reblog you!

Read through your lecture slides so that you have a basic grasp of the topic before classes. If you have any readings assigned, do them too. This means that you’ll

  • go in knowing what concepts you need clarified
  • revise one more time (remember the forgetting curve?)
  • be much better placed to answer questions and participate in class discussions (get those participation marks!! ;))
  • find it easier to follow along with much more complicated topics than you’ve experienced in high school!
  • remember a lot more of the topic when you come back to revise later on!

Yes, I know, studyblr blasphemy right? But this is what you do when strapped for time. Particularly with biological/chemical sciences, lecturers will have basically summarised what you need to know on the slides. 

Before your lectures, read through the slides (should take about 30 minutes for a 2 hour lecture) and mark/circle anything you don’t understand - then when you get to the lecture, jot down a clarification in your own words based on the professor’s explanation. Eventually, you’ll find that you have studied the topic well enough to not need your own footnotes. 

It takes a little experience to know which professors have slides you can study off (tip: it’s usually the ones where you don’t have to write down much) but it’s totally worth the time you save!

Hope this has been an informative post about the differences between university and high school studying! Please follow me for weekly study tips, study pics and now kpop vocab lists!



SEE ALSO My Tips This Past Month - It’s too long to list everything, see all original posts here and my study tips directory (web)

 + my cute stationery + my spreads!

smol not so conventional note-taking tips.

* = methods that can work on computers/devices as well.

1. Split your pages into two columns. Write out your class notes in one column, and continue to do this with your notes. Then, when you’ve read over your notes, try to recall as much info from each page as possible and write it all out on the second column. I find that remembering things with no trigger (for example a question) makes it more likely to actually the remember the info on a test. Then, fill in the info you couldn’t remember, preferably in a different colour, and flashcard/summary foldable this info. This is based on my other post. *

2. If you need to understand how different concepts link together, don’t just put together a mind map with the concepts in front of you. If you want to do this in class, box different concepts/sub topics in random places across the page and just keep doing that.  Your boxes don’t need to be surgical precision neat, they can be weird squiggly kind of lines, it really doesn’t matter. Once you’re done with the lecture, try and remember as many of the boxes as possible (and again fill in the gaps and flashcard if you need to memorise it) and then link as you keep writing out the boxes. Guess what?! You’ve linked all of your stuff, and from memory too!! The boxes with the most links should be the focus of your revision later on. *

3. If you’re taking notes from a video, sure, write down the dialogue, but also do a quick sketch of the diagrams that go along with the dialogue, and draw arrows to indicate which goes with which for future reference. And then, to test yourself in a more visual kind of way, redraw the diagrams only and see if you can remember the info associated with it. That way, you’re not only presenting info in a different way but you’re also testing yourself on the info but in a more fun way. This could work really well with chem compounds, and bonus, you can even box certain components of the diagram to help test your knowledge on both the info associated with the diagram and the diagram itself! (If your diagrams are hella complex, print them out, or if you’re using a computer, just drag and drop and layer on some text boxes friend I got you) *

4. Use a multi-pen for class notes if you want to colour code but save time so you don’t fall behind during the class/lecture. (for all my handwriters, this one’s for you)

anonymous asked:

review time: thoughts on champion?

we all knew before the song even dropped that it was going to be a sports anthem and here it is. this song is definitely more along the lines of what you’d expect to come from fall out boy instead of something more risky like y&m but it did bring a new sound + kept a consistent distortion and mood that kept the two consistent with each other. it’s interesting to play y&m and then have it bleed into champion but the severe contrast is what makes it interesting

the kick off into “and i’m back to the madness / i’m a champion” has me going off every time, it’s got a determined and deadass angry bite with a mix of what feels like some back to earth vibe. it’s definitely got the construction of a single which isn’t unexpected, you’ll find in a lot of albums there’s a few that seem to be more radio friendly. they’re not making music with the intent on it being a huge hit, they don’t care about it as you can see with y&m or even ab/ap which never really hit the charts because of how unconventional both were.  but you can listen to this and know espn is already signing every contract and catch this one on the radio for a possible late summer jam

lyrically it’s not really the strongest and it’s very repetitive and i’m not sure how many times they can say champion in the background but they did that. as myself and others have seen, pete’s lyrical direction has definitely changed with how he’s become as a person. less vindictive and not necessarily channeling the lowest parts of his mental illness into his writing simply b/c he no longer needs to. so there’s a hungriness for achievement which is why you can compare centuries “you will remember me” to from now on we’re enemies “i’m just the man on the balcony singing: ‘nobody will ever remember me’”

of course you can keep that mindset and goal and still make something much more lyrically complex and he’s got the chops for it, so i’m ready to see that in action hopefully in non-singles (ie like where did the party go or just one yesterday). but champion at least to me was what i wanted and expected, the preaching anthems are what ignite entire crowds and it’s a message that pete constantly wants to promote, like he literally cannot shut up about it

but it’s nice to see that they’re taking their time with the album and working to make it cohesive instead of whatever they can create in a last ditch effort to follow a successful single. so champion is a banger but i’m anticipating the rest of the album to see what else they’ve got in the holster

Tips for Fighting Writer’s Block.
  1. When you struggle with finding your voice or a source of inspiration, reading can help motivate you to write. Go for your comfort read or perhaps a new book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten around to. 
  2. Watching movies can give you the same inspiration as reading does. The dialogue and scenery could spark some ideas for you or challenge yourself to mentally write the scene.
  3. Take on some writing prompts. Sometimes we just need a helping hand. Write World provides writers with all kinds of different ways to get the creative juices flowing from sentence prompts, picture prompts, and music prompts.
  4. Listen to a playlist that isn’t your own. If you can’t work with lyrical music or music at all, search for a nature playlist, one with the natural sounds of the world like rain falling or waves splashing. You can listen to our playlists here.
  5. Draw something. Doodle things at random or draw out a character you’ve always had in mind or even a new one. It doesn’t matter if you’re good but it’s always best to be inspiring. 
  6. Pamper yourself. Self care is always important it’s the best way to really give yourself a break. Do your nails, take a shower, take a nap, practice some yoga, do your hair, go for a jog.
  7. Clean your room. Change your linens, dust the corners, rearrange some furniture to give yourself the feeling of a brand new space.
  8. Clean your work space. If you’re like me, you find it hard to be productive in a messy work space. Spend a few minutes organizing your desk and I guarantee you’ll feel a bit better about tackling your writer’s block. Arrange your notebooks, pens, maybe even add a special touch like a small vase of handpicked flowers or a candle for some aroma therapy as you write.
  9. Change your environment. Visit the local coffee shop or a quiet park for a change of scenery when you write.
  10. Keep a small notebook with you to help you think up character profiles and jot your ideas down at random. 
  11. Play video games. Take your mind off writing and play a video game with a fantastic story and wonderful characters. This can help inspire you to create your own.
  12. Bounce ideas with a writer friend. Nothing is better than sitting down with someone who shares the same interest as you and being able to share ideas with them and provide constructive and beneficial feedback.
  13. Write. Simply write. Write the first thing that comes to mind and allow yourself to be a little messy. Don’t worry about your grammar or punctuation, remember you can always revise later. Continue writing for a half hour before allowing yourself to stop and revise. Set a goal of maybe 250 or 500 words (1,000 words if you’re really feeling committed) and write until you’ve reached that goal, take a break, and then continue writing. Sometimes setting a deadline for ourselves can be extremely helpful.

Operation Valentine’s Day

I couldn’t possibly miss out on this golden opportunity of a holiday when this handsome synth has stolen my heart now could i? One could say it would be a crime if i did!

[Revamped] About Sheet

This is a better organized version of the initial one I posted several months ago; to see a live example of my about sheet being used, you can view it in its completed entirety on a character account of mine! This about sheet is supposed to be a ‘catch-all’ and cover everything but not be too complex that it’s overwhelming (so it’s the Goldilocks of being just right); things can of course be filled out later, revised and etc… (used and updated however you please). I’d also like to say thank you to all of you that use my about sheet; I’ve been complimented, linked to and mentioned on many occasions by roleplays using my about sheet for a task of theirs and I think that’s really awesome! Thank you to everyone that utilizes it and is able to get the most out of it! Remember, this is tailored to each of your characters and can be adjusted as needed!























johngalt  asked:

Hey there, love your blog. Upon editing the second draft of my novel, I've realized I have some big ugly info dumps that screw up the pacing. Do you have any tips on how best to break them up? xoxo -M.P.

Breaking Up Info-dumps

The sad, sad truth about writing a novel is that you will always know more about your characters and settings than your readers need to know, and your eagerness to get it all out of your head usually ends in info-dumps. 

As you go through your draft, highlight every block of info-dumping. Read and re-read those info-dumps, and ask yourself: 1. Does the reader need this information right at this very moment to understand what is going on? If the answer is no, then you can immediately ctrl+v that stuff to another document. 

Analyse all the stuff that you’ve taken out, and ask yourself: Does this information serve a purpose, or is it just a cool fun fact? 

If it’s just a cool fun fact, then sorry but however cool it is, you should probably ctrl+v that into a file titled “COOL STUFF ABOUT MY WIP” to look at whenever you’re particularly uninspired. 

If it serves a purpose like building up a character or setting or foreshadowing a thing that’s going to happen later, then think of ways that you could casually work that information into your writing. But remember, If you’re writing a close POV, you should only mention what catches your POV character’s attention.

For example, a person’s appearance and personal style wears can reveal a lot about them but that doesn’t mean you should pull a My Immortal and list out everything our dear Enoby Dark’ness is wearing all at once.  Same goes for settings– for example, instead of saying “She lived on Planet X, a dry desert planet with three moons,” try work in something like “She hated the constant sandstorms and scorching heart. The only thing she loved about about her home planet was the way its three moons shone in the sky at night.”

I’d also recommend taking a look at this article on structuring scenes if you’re still worried about info-dumping overtaking the rest of the scene. 



P.S. If you’re still on your first draft, info-dump away. Get it all out of your head now, and you’ll have plenty of time to revise later. 

The Sith Academy

By Imperial Law any and all beings, whether Sith or slave, found with any degree of Force sensitivity be taken to the Sith Academy or the Sith Preparatory School.

Beings from age 5-15 go to the Sith Preparatory School which is located on Korriban.
The younglings are taught within classes of their own age groups, under several different teachers. The teachers cover the basics of math, science, writing, literature, programming, history, music, art, basic combat, and use of the Force.

  • Math is fairly straight forward.
  • Science can be branched out into specialties, but they do more of this at the Academy.
  • The reading, writing, and literature are all covered in Basic as well as some rudimentary (common) Sith.
  • Programming should cover all the basics with dealing with computers, droids, datapads, and etc.
  • History is focused on the Sith Empire (obviously).
  • Music is mostly revolved around the use of musical instruments since learning to play one at a young age helps develop other skills.
  • Art is usually in the form of the visual medias.
  • Younglings are not given a lightsaber at the Prep School (for obvious reasons), but they are taught the basics of forms and some unarmed combat techniques.
  • At this stage, the younglings are taught basic control over their range of emotions and how best to discern and feel them. This then will lead to better utilization of the Force.

After age 15, beings are sent to the Sith Academy, also located on Korriban.
At the Academy, the initiates and acolytes are no longer grouped by age. Rather, they are grouped by skill, and later on, specialties. The courses are more specific and diverse.
While there are teachers and instructors at the academy, the students are grouped (by skill) under an overseer. The overseers personally keeps track of the students’ progress and grades. Eventually leading them into a specialty.

The different “classes” further in specialization, but not all are mandatory. In fact, the only ‘mandatory’ courses are Combat and Force Techniques (usually for the slaves or latecomers). But many at the Academy choose to further their education, especially ones that come from established Sith family lines.

Brief Overview of the Courses:

  • Literature
    • Classic Sith literature
    • Also language classes regarding common, formal, and classic Sith dialects
  • Writing
    • Writing can be focused on poetry and prose
    • Or also in the documentation, for the purpose of writing historical and scientific articles
  • Math
    • Advanced arithmetic courses. Like all of them, idk (I don’t like math lol)
  • History
    • Ancient History of the Sith, pre arrivals of Exiles
    • Post exile arrival history
    • History of the greater galaxy, including the Jedi and Republic
  • Programming
    • Also deals with slicing
    • Coding hardware and software
  • Art
    • Drawing, painting, sculpting, metal-working, etc.
  • Music
    • Continuation of one’s musical instruments
    • Also added are:
      • Sith Opera classes
      • Dances, formal or otherwise (think ballroom)
  • Science
    • Sith alchemy
    • Xenobiology
    • Basic medical programs
    • Biotic sciences
    • Genetic engineering
    • Beast taming
  • Combat
    • Lightsaber forms
    • Hand-to-hand combat
    • Use of other (improvised) weapons
  • Force Techniques
    • Sith sorcery
      • Lightening is a favorite
    • Mind tricks, or how to protect one’s mind from said tricks
    • Telekinetic abilities

From time to time, Lords and Darths will go through the Academy and talk to the overseers when looking for a new apprentice.
Overseers are usually good at advising/guiding a Sith toward a path that is suited to their strengths. (Doesn’t mean they have to be nice about it *coughHARKUNcough*)
The “graduation” can occur at any age, so long as an overseer approves that a Sith has adequate training AND a Lord/Darth chooses them.
Sometimes, groups of Sith may be chosen to rise to the rank of Apprentice at a similar time. Then the Academy may throw a small congratulatory ceremony for them.

Deaths occur at the Academy. It’s just a thing that happens from time to time, though at the Prep School, the goal is to NOT get the younglings killed.

The Academy provides lodging for its students, like “on campus dorms”. If the student has family residing on Korriban, they may live “off campus”. (Korriban, has a planet wide public transportation system)

GCSE study tips
  • Take extra notes in class (that you will be able to revise from later!       
  • Revise for every subject – not just the ones you enjoy most
  •  Practice past papers and exam questions under a timed setting
  • Use colours to help you remember what you are writing.
  • For maths and science make notes of every formula you use.
  • Make flash cards.
  • Go to any revision sessions available.
  • If your school offers parentpay buy your revision books through that as it is cheaper.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day and eat well.
  • This may seem nerdy but if you have finished all the work in class ask for an extension task.
  • Use this youtube channel  *clicky clicky* for English lit. (You can also email him work for him to grade I believe)
  • Keep any old work/exercise books to revise from
  • Don’t constantly revise- take a ten minute break every twenty five minutes.
  • Eat a healthy snack or chew gum whilst you revise, if you can then chew the same gum during the exam (only if you can, please don’t get disqualified) it triggers a memory reflex.
  • Don’t cram everything two weeks before the exam, revise over a long period of time.
  • Make sure there aren’t distractions whilst you revise.
  • Don’t stress out – no matter how much the government fucks us over with the new grading system and the new specs it is not worth risking your mental health for a few numbers on a piece of paper.
How to Actually Complete Something

I’m about to give you some advice you’ve probably never heard before and is typically only applicable to writing. “Quantity over quality.”

Spew out whatever words come into your mind without thinking about it. Write as much as you can. Most of your time should be spent on revision later. It will come a lot easier once you have an idea of what exactly you need to be doing. Worry about how great your work is once you’re finished. To actually accomplish something, throw together whatever your mind can come up with. In the rough draft, you are creating the clay from which you will carve a masterpiece in the revision phase.