road blocked

a thought:

if you’re going to be constantly backing up the alley to deliver wood from one end to the other

why not just park the wood truck on the end you need it

rather than load from the truck, beep-beep-beep to turn into the alley, drive down the alley, deliver, beep-beep-beep-beep-beep-beep back down the alley, repeat

for two days

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Daymond John’s Story serves as a reminder that it’s still possible to go from nothing to something. Don’t let the road blocks get you down. Keep on pushing! #MondayMotivation

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I'made it! I didn’t killed anybody!

And believe me, it was close. My day was looking like a special, berserk mode, in the game of life. So many rude people in a daily combo was rough, but i passed. Okay, now train to Elbląg (the girl next to me was upset because she couldn’t book all 4 seats, come on, next station is the main one, you’ll have to rearrange your junk anyway), road to my commie block and contact with my dad. Everything can happen.

Love 💙 Marta P.

The face of someone who FINALLY reached a 4 week goal IN the 4 weeks she set for herself. Solidly in the middle of a new weight “decade” that I usually get to and then gain again. I’ve broken through this road block and I’m ready to keep chugging along. Here’s to crushing my next 4 week goal!

The world is full of limitless opportunities, and we are given one life. People may tell you that you can’t do certain things because it’s not a practical career or goal, but practicality has absolutely nothing to do with it. It is my firm belief that anything is possible, if you are truly passionate about something and are prepared to put all of yourself into it, there is absolutely nothing that can stop you. Sure there are things that will slow you down and it sure as hell won’t be a walk in the park, it could be road block after road block, but if its truly something you want with with all of your being and you are willing to put all of yourself into that aspiration I have absolutely no doubt that you can do it, but its important for you to believe that as well, doubt is healthy, but belief is powerful. If you you really want it, you can have it.

ok apparently there are MULTIPLE KINDS of tractor anarchy happening currently like 1) Catalan farmers blocking roads with their tractors to fuck with police 2) American farmers using Ukrainian firmware to hack their tractors after John Deere changed their licensing to forbid user repairs because “they own the tractor software, you’re just using it”


we live on a hell planet but tractor anarchy gives me hope

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Keiynan Lonsdale photographed by Storm Santos for VULKAN Magazine

“I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, and I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different… which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, and it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block and I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step and actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologizing for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more and more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it’s fucking inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are and not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we’re all one. Just love.”

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Keiynan Lonsdale, who stars in The Flash on The CW, came out as liking girls and guys in a lovely Instagram post a few days ago. He wrote:

I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming. Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different.. which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live. Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it’s fucking inspiring… so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren’t exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we’re all one. Just love. Keiy. ❤

Welcome to the family, Keiy. ❤ (via the Huffington Post)

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The party is a ring of book smugglers, illegally distributing books, and maybe printing presses and parts thereof.

Pros:

  • party members can be anything, from starry-eyed idealists to greedy criminals, and still have a vested interest in working together from lvl 1
  • characters have a reason to travel far and wide
  • perfect for “zooming out”: you can start small passing leaflets to the next village/district and end up distributing to the whole kingdom
  • you can easily combine wilderness and urban environments, social encounters and combat, monsters randomly blocking the roads and law enforcement (or other nefarious organisations) going specifically after the party
  • which books are illegal and why? who writes them? who reads them? who wants to spread them and who wants to collect them? these are great worldbuilding questions for the DM. you can make a setting out of this.
  • player choices include the risk Vs reward considerations that arise in every criminal adventuring endeavour, but also, should ALL books be smuggled? what about the ones we disagree with? what about the dangerous ones? what about the Book of Vile Darkness? what about all that terrible poetry? :p
  • BOOKS
  • HEISTS

Cons:

  • there are literally no cons

Our party has arrived back in town in need of funds and unsure what our next step should be. We decide head to the Orion Guild, where we can earn some gold and hopefully get a clue as to where we should go next.

DM: As you enter, you see Guildmaster Cid in his usual spot on the counter. It’s early enough in the day that most of the tables are empty… [and so on]

Me: [Fighter] checks the board for bounties.

The DM puts down a small handful of papers in front of us–the bounties that we’re eligible to take at our current ranks in the guild. One bounty reads:

ROAD BLOCKED!

A Crash of Rhinoceros has taken up station NE of Neverwinter on the main trade road, charging those who try to pass. They need to be removed, by force if necessary.

Sister: This one shouldn’t take too long, it’s just on the road.

Me: And [Druid] will probably like it.

My sister looks confused, which I don’t understand since her druid’s been taking every opportunity to seek out new animals to wildshape.

Sister: What’s [Druid] got to do with bandits?

Me: What bandits?

Sister: The crash of rhinoceros?

Me: Oh, I think he meant crash as in group. Like, actual rhinos.

DM: Yep.

Sister: …But then how are they collecting the tolls?

There’s a moment of silence. I actually lean over to look at the bounty again, since I didn’t remember reading the word “tolls” anywhere. Then he speaks slowly:

DM: …what tolls?

She looks at us like we’re nuts.

Sister: The ones they’re charging people on the road…?

And then she gets it. Her whole face changes.

Sister: Oh. You mean the rhinos are actually charging people.

We had to break for a few minutes until we got the laughter under control.

Cartomancy ABC Guide

What is Cartomancy?

Cartomancy is divining with playing cards.  Each card has a meaning and are interpreted by the reader who organizes them into certain spreads.  Spreads are the way that the playing cards are set onto the table and I’ll be talking about them more later.  Some readers integrate their spirituality into their readings, calling upon deities or spirit guides or connecting with their higher self.  Others may use their beliefs to explain how cartomancy works.

Card Meanings

Hearts

Regarding emotions and home

  • Ace: New friendship or romance
  • Two: Deepening attractions
  • Three: Joy in company, friendship, or celebration
  • Four: Turning inwards, apathy
  • Five: Despair, loss
  • Six: Childhood, nostalgia, good memories, old frienship
  • Seven: Daydreaming, wishful thinking, choices
  • Eight: Emotional detachment, leaving love behind, making a hard choice
  • Nine: Satisfaction, sensual pleasure, spiritual growth
  • Ten: Contentment, fulfillment, joy, family
  • Jack: Falls in love easily, romantic, talkative
  • Queen: Emotionally dependent, empathetic
  • King: Wise, tolerant, diplomatic, feeling, patient

Diamonds

Regarding work and out-of-house affairs

  • Ace: New projects, home, or success
  • Two: Juggling resources, waiting for results
  • Three: Teamwork, improving skills
  • Four: Possessiveness
  • Five: Loss of items, job, or money
  • Six: Giving or receiving money, a pay raise, obtaining resources
  • Seven: Reassessment, turning point, mild dissatisfaction
  • Eight: Paying attention to details, focus, practice
  • Nine: Independence, self-reliance, increasing wealth
  • Ten: Great wealth, family, property, or inheritance
  • Jack: Reliable, hard working, quiet, hidden depth
  • Queen: Practical, warm, dependent, motherhood
  • King: Self-made, business, encouraging

Clubs

Regarding finances

  • Ace: New ideas, business action
  • Two: Planning, preparation
  • Three: Leadership, exploration
  • Four: A goal achieved, rest from action
  • Five: Competition, disagreement, irritation
  • Six: Victory, achievements, passing exams
  • Seven: Defense, conviction, strong belief
  • Eight: Organization, moving quickly, pregnancy
  • Nine: Continuing a balance, endurance
  • Ten: Carrying burdens, doubt
  • Jack: Unreliable, hot headed, risk taker, athletic
  • Queen: Energetic, career minded, untidy
  • King: Creative, forceful, hot-tempered

Spades

Regarding road blocks and difficulties

  • Ace: New insights, realizations
  • Two: Failure to communicate
  • Three: Miscommunication, misunderstanding
  • Four: Recuperation, recovery, contemplation
  • Five: Discord, dishonor, hollow victory
  • Six: Moving on, travel, mentally getting to a better place
  • Seven: Lying, deceit, theft, irresponsibility
  • Eight: Illusion of being trapped, powerlessness
  • Nine: Nightmares, problems, worry, guilt
  • Ten: Giving up, victim, martyrdom
  • Jack: Rebel, fights for a cause, intellectual, political
  • Queen: sharp intelligence, ruthless, insight, organization
  • King: Introspective, ethical, communication, stern

I use the joker to represent unlimited potential but I’ve seen various meanings.

Spreads

Here’s an example of a cartomancy spread:

A reader places a card on every rectangle pictured above.  They would then apply the meaning of the card to the situation it stands for.  A spread sets up the situation you are looking to divine about.   Here is a spread focusing on a person’s whole life but a reader could lay out a spread that’s centered on a person’s love, job opportunities, or present struggles.  

Cartomancy tips

  • If doing a face-to-face reading, it’s a good idea to ask the receiver to shuffle the cards.  This allows them to connect to the cards and engage in the reading.  
  • When you draw the cards, you can choose from the top of the deck or spread them out and choose whichever call to you. 
  • There is more to consider in cartomancy than the set card meanings.  A group of certain colored cards can be significant as can a group of court cards (kings, queens, jacks)
  • The more you know about the cards, the easier readings become.

Context: the party was trying to travel to a town to see one of the characters’ fathers. The surrounding area was impassable terrain, and the only road was being blocked by a Hill Giant who demanded all our food, and then wanted to eat the horse pulling our cart. 

Tiefling Rogue: “Well you see, we absolutely would give it to you to eat, but this horse is actually just skin and bones. There’s absolutely no meat on it, and it’s sick and dying, so we wouldn’t want you to get poisoned by eating it.”

Human Ranger: “It’s true. This horse is hard kept. I wouldn’t even feed its meat to a dog.”

TR: “Honestly I don’t know why we still have it. We were going to try to sell it in town, but I doubt we could even get one gold piece for it. We probably should’ve just gotten rid of it by now.”

*succeeds on Deception roll*

Hill Giant: “Horse no good?”

TR: *sigh*… “horse no good.“ 

Thanks for the massage bruh!

This happened couple years ago. Long story, TL:DR at the end.

I was a student and i was working shit tons to be able to pay for my school. I was driving a cab or a limo at nights so I usually would skip classes except exams or finals. It was one of days that i had to be in school for a final exam. This exam would determine if i need to go another semester or not.

I borrowed my friends car that day. I was kinda hungry. After a quick drive thru, i grabbed some burger king. We hit a red light. I knew it was a long one. I pulled out fries, opened a ranch sauce and i was enjoying the fuck out of them fresh fries. Until i look at the rear view mirror. I was the very first car at the lights, in a super busy street. I saw a buick in the mirror, coming at me really fast. I totally knew that he/she wouldn’t be able to stop. I put it on park, pushed the hand brake (i’m still holding the ranch sauce.)and stepped on the brake so she won’t hit and push me to the crossing street. Sure enough she hit the brakes, her car slided and rear ended me. It was a noisy hit but i knew it wouldn’t damage the car too bad. Being a driver gives you that experience. It was the 4th time i was rear ended that year. Big city traffic. Smh.

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anonymous asked:

Are weak plots really bad? Bc I can't really think about a real good one

A plot is merely a series of plot points, so for this, we need to answer the following questions: 

What is a plot point?
What makes a plot point strong? 

In order for something to be a plot point to begin with, it must provide a point within the plot where the story could go in more then one direction. In most situations, it’s the character’s choices (generally those of the main character, though not necessarily) which pick the direction the plot takes from this point. 

Looking at a plot point from this angle, we can deduce that the plot has a lot to do with who our character is. This makes sense. Goals are absolutely necessary for almost every story imaginable, because if your character doesn’t want something then you have no plot.

So we have a character who’s striving towards their goal. How do we turn that into a strong plot point? Characters who have goals should also have beliefs, (or in some cases, secondary goals), and these two things must conflict somewhere. Anywhere the character must choose between them, we have a foundation on which to build an interesting, strong plot point. On the other hand, if we don’t have these things, our plot point won’t ever be as strong as it might otherwise have been, no matter how many cool things we throw into it. 

So to create a strong plot point we can start with a character who needs to make a choice in order to reach their goal. We make this choice more interesting by throwing road blocks at the character. It might help to ask yourself these sorts of questions:

  • What can we throw at this character to make them change their choice partway through?
  • What can we throw at this character which we know will stress them out personally?
  • What can we throw at this character after they’ve made their choice, which they’ll have to now overcome because of the choice they’ve made? 
  • What sort of consequences will come out of this choice and how do we show them?
  • And if you’re willing to do some work in order to find a realistic way for your character to get out of the situation: What can we throw at this character which will turn this into their worst nightmare; the most awful possible version of this situation?

Knowing what makes a strong plot point, we can finally answer the question: Are weak plot points – and the weak plots they create – really bad?

Plot points and plots with weak foundations are really bad, yes. Weak plot points which don’t revolve around a character making tough choices in order to reach their goals will generally fall flat to readers.

But, not every plot point needs to be a crazy, chaotic mind blowing twist either. 

Sometimes the choices we find most emotional and stressful are the ones everyone else tells up should be easy. The key to engaging your reader in a plot point is to convince them that this is emotional and stressful for your character and that your character believes there will be consequences to making a bad choice, and to instill in them the need to know what choice your character will make and what outcome that choice will bring.

tl;dr Plots don’t have to be constantly unique or fancy or even action-packed in order to engage a reader. They simply need to show a series of plot points where a character the reader is already engaged with has to make a decision which will change the course of the plot.