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harrysbbylove23  asked:

Mad Harry

It’s very rare for you to see Harry mad. Maybe he’s upset because he can’t seem to write a good song or find any inspiration.

He’d walk in the house & kick his shoes off while tossing his keys on the couch. You’d stumble in the living room with such excitement only to find the person who gave you such excitement wasn’t so happy. His face was red & his eyes were glossy.

“H, what’s wrong? ”

“I fucked up so much today & I’m just so pissed off at myself. ” He made his way to the couch & plooped himself down & you followed.

“everything will be okay” you cooed & he placed a gentle kiss on your head.

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Just Writer Things™️

  • “i don’t think this pen helps with my creativity, I gotta buy another one”
  • This is the third notebook I bought this month I need to s t o p. I don’t even write in them anymore
  • That overwhelming feeling when you found the perfect song for your work
  • One-word horror story: titles
  • Sequel to one-word horror story: summaries
  • “I know exactly how to start and finish this…I just…need to figure out how to bridge them…”
  • Me while reading an older work: what the fuck are you talking about :)
  • Me while reading a recent work: what the fuck are you talking about :)
  • Physically stops myself from using fucking as an adverb…again
  • Hello, constant self-doubt, my old friend
  • That one song you listen to on loop when writing a scene that by the end of writing it you’re already sick of the song and ready to fight anyone if you have to listen to it again
  • Me while writing a character intelligent in something im not: what the fuck should I talk about :)
  • Writing for a fandom and seeing people make passive-aggressive posts about fanfictions as if fanfic authors are fandom slaves
  • why are tenses so fucking difficult
  • That feeling when making a playlist for your wips
  • Writer’s block is so fun huh
  • Daydreaming about your wips
  • “is ‘fuck’ a curse word during the 1700’s”
  • Thinking of the dialogues/banter and not noticing that you’re saying it out loud until you see someone giving you a weird look
  • “im self-projecting too much aren’t I :)”
  • Looking for writing tips and following none of them because ‘you have your own style’
  • Someone seeing your google history and wondering if you’re a murderer because why the hell do you have ‘how to hide dead bodies’ in there
  • Not knowing how to feel when people are liking more the thing you half-assed than those stories you shed tears writing
  • This is a ridiculous idea but would make an interesting story
  • Me while writing: im never gonna be good enough I cant im horrible I should give up - | me when I finished something: I am god no one can stop me now I will take over the world | repeats cycle
  • Spends three hours researching about lamps
  • That one person you want to impress. You know, them.
  • Writing dialogues: okay, good, so poetic, much majestic | writing descriptions: the sky is blue and the water is blue too because of it
  • “wait, fuck, I already used this scene in my other story”
  • Me while writing using my third language: im using this word correctly right
  • Me while writing using my first language: im using this word correctly right
  • I thank god for the creation of thesaurus
  • That conflicting feeling when you read someone’s work and it’s really good, so so amazing that you’re both inspired and envious and you feel bad for feeling envious
  • I have 167 ideas and im writing none of them
  • Don’t listen to that voice in your head that’s telling you you should take a quick break when you’re on a writing roll. Just don’t. It won’t be a quick break.
  • When you have the time to write but you choose to do other things that there’s really no need to do
  • Like me writing this post
  • And you browsing tumblr
  • Open a document now
  • Write
  • Your wip is waiting for you
  • And it’s gonna be amazing and all so worth it
  • So don’t be too hard on yourself.
  • Someone out there fell in love with your style. Someone out there will fall in love with your style.
  • I love you and keep creating. :)
things i’ve learned as a slush reader

in the past month, i’ve read over 200 submissions for the literary organizations i volunteer with, and i want to share some of the stuff i’ve learned about writing as a slush reader.

(a slush reader is someone who reads submissions, and either declines them or pushes them through for editors/judges to make a final decision on whether or not a story will be published.)

  • a rejection does not mean you are a bad writer or that you’ve written a bad story. it’s all chaos. there’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. i was chosen as a reader for these publications because my personal taste in literature jived with the editors. that’s all it comes down to – personal taste. if your taste doesn’t match the taste of the slush readers, you’re not going to get published. there is no way you can predict that, so all you can do is keep writing and keep submitting and hope your work aligns with someone who gets what you’re trying to do. that said, there are some across-the-board things that are worth noting:
  • your story should be doing some kind of Work. what is the intention of your piece? what are you trying to comment on, explore, or do? it doesn’t have to be concise or obvious or complex, it can be literally anything in any way, but if you’re writing something just for the sake of getting published, or to validate yourself, it’s going to be pretty obvious to readers. that is not to say that self-validating work is not valuable, or that a story cannot be both Doing Something and self-validating, but readers want to see that you have something to say, some work to do other than, “i want to be a good writer.” 
  • readers will probably have made their decision by page 4. probably sooner than that depending on the quality of the writing. that means you have (if you’ve written in 12pt serif font and double-spaced, and please dear god, do these things unless you’re intentionally playing with form) about a thousand words to engage a reader. if you’ve written a short story, personal essay, or novel excerpt (sorry, cannot speak for poetry), this means your core conflict needs to have been introduced by this point and headed in some kind of direction. to put it more clearly: i need to know what’s going on. elusiveness is not your friend. i want to know: 1) who is the main character, and 2) what do they want? if you do not have these things established by page 4, your work might still be an early draft.
    • caveat being, of course, if you’re writing experimentally, in which case i hope you’ve submitted to an experimental publication. but there’s a big difference in good experimental vs bad experimental writing, and that is:
  • write with intention. intention is the difference between dancing alone in your bedroom and becoming a ballerina. both forms of dance might be good, you might be an innately talented dancer alone in your bedroom, but choreographed dancing takes discipline and practice. when it comes to writing, every sentence needs to be chosen to determine if it works for the piece. this is unfortunately one of the hardest parts about writing.
  • take risks. my least favorite stories are the ones that make me think, this has been done before. having to read hundreds of stories means repetition – i see the same themes over and over (white man feeling conflicted about cheating on his wife), the same writing styles (purple prose run-on sentences), the same characters (middle-class english teachers). i want to read words i don’t expect about stories i’ve never thought of. i want to see confidence in creativity. i want to see writing that acknowledges convention and destroys it for something better. show me newness, ingenuity, artistic expression. show me the stuff you’re afraid to write for fear of ridicule – that’s the stuff that gets published.
  • THE WORLD WANTS TO HEAR FROM FANFIC WRITERS. when i volunteered with one publication, the application involved a list of the last 15 novels i’d read. and i thought, i don’t want this gig if i can’t be brutally honest, so you bet your ass i put fanfic on there. i was accepted within a day. when i’ve told my writing mentors that i write fanfic, their faces have all lit up in excitement and they have a ton of questions. i cannot tell you how many submissions i’ve read where the interactions between characters feel stilted and normative, and all i’m looking for is the kind of dynamic tension and chemistry that fanfic authors have mastered. so if you write fanfic and don’t think you’re good enough to write “literature” i’m here to tell you, you absolutely are. 
How to read a scientific article

Hey y’all! This post is aimed at people who are making the transition from textbook-based science classes to article-based science classes. Scientific journal articles are dense compared to textbooks and aren’t written with the intent to teach basic concepts but rather with the intent to expand scientific knowledge. It can often be very confusing to figure out what is going on. Here’s how I was taught to read them 10+ years ago and how I still approach them today. 

(I) After reading the title, start for real with the Results section. 

Why would you do this when you know the abstract will give you a basic overview of the study and the introduction will set the context? Because you want to be an active reader. You want to figure out what happened in this study in a way that makes sense to you rather than be able to parrot what the author’s say happened. This is the major difference between reading a textbook (where you need to regurgitate the information later) and reading an article (where you need to be able to intelligently discuss the content either in class or in writing). 

Look at the tables and figures first. Can you tell what the independent variables were? What the dependent variables are? What might the relationship between them be? What trends or patterns do you see? Depending on your style, it may be a good idea to mark up your document with this information or jot some notes down somewhere else. 

Now read the text part of the results. What parts of the figures are the authors choosing to highlight in the text? Are there any results buried in the text that you can’t connect to part of a figure?   

Now pause and think. What is the most important result of the study? Highlight where this appears in the text and figures. Remember that important doesn’t necessarily mean statistically significant! A good p-value doesn’t signify real-world meaning; you need to make that connection yourself. Take a moment in this step to notice what results still don’t make sense to you– no need to panic or write questions down yet because you haven’t read the rest of the paper. 

(II) Get the gist of the Methods. 

Chances are your professor did not assign you this reading with the intent to make you replicate the study. You don’t have to understand every sentence (or even most sentences!) of the methods unless you’re an advanced graduate student. You do have to be able to explain in layman’s terms what the researchers did. 

Particularly important questions to answer that can be found in the text include: What were the independent variables? What were the dependent variables? What variables were controlled for, either statistically or through researcher manipulation? What statistical methods were used to look for an association?  In health research, we use the acronym PECOT to deconstruct method’s sections.  

  • P = population– who was being studied? 
  • E = exposure– what variable were the researchers trying to determine the impact of? This might be an intervention (ie., a smoking cessation video) or something outside researchers’ control (ie., at least 5 years of daily smoking). 
  • C = comparison– who is the population of interest going to be compared to? This may be a formal control group (ie., smokers who were shown a video on handwashing) or something outside researchers’ control (ie., former smokers of a similar demographic background who haven’t had a cigarette in 5 years). 
  • O = outcome– what were the researchers looking for? This is also known as the independent variable. 
  • T = time– how long were participants/subjects tracked and when were measurements taken? 

(III) Read the Introduction. 

Now that you have a very good idea about the design and results of the study, you’ll be better able to understand the introduction of the study. The basic goal of an introduction in any scientific paper is to explain why the study happened. The background may give you some helpful context, or it may be redundant at this point. I typically don’t spend much time on the introduction except for the end where the study purpose/research question and hypotheses are usually written. Mark these in the text! You should already have a good idea of the study’s purpose from the methods and results. Here’s some questions you should answer internally or in your notes at this point: 

  1. Did the methods align with the purpose? 
  2. Did the results support the hypothesis? 
  3. What are the scientific implications of these results? 

(IV) Read whatever is at the end of the article: Discussion, Conclusion, Reflection, Limitations, Research Implications etc. 

It is very important that you save these sections for last because these sections are where researchers tell you what to think of the results. You need to be prepared to critically engage with their interpretation of the results by already having your own. That’s what the three questions above are about! Of course, the discussion was probably written by multiple advanced scientists and you are but a lowly student. That doesn’t mean you should accept their conclusions without seeing their logic. As you read the discussion, think about these questions: 

  1. Do the researchers think the results support the hypothesis? 
  2. How are the researchers interpreting the primary results? [Bonus: what other interpretations are there, and are they mentioned?]
  3. What do the researchers think the scientific implications of these results are?
  4. What limitations do the researchers acknowledge, and how could those limitations be impacting the results?

(V) Synthesize it. 

Try to boil down everything in the paper to just a few sentences that an 8th grader could understand. Whether you think through it internally or write it down is up to you. I usually print out my readings and write my synthesis on the blank back page using the following sentences starters: 

  • The researchers wanted to know whether… 
  • They found that… 
  • This means that… 

Taking the time to write the synthesis and any lingering questions you have can be really helpful if, like me, you do reading far in advance of class and need a quick refresher to glance at before class starts. It can also be helpful for paper writing or exam studying later. Consider revising your synthesis after you participate in the class discussion or hear your professor’s take on the article in lecture. Don’t rely on the abstract– that’s someone else’s synthesis, not yours.

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I hope this was helpful!! Don’t feel bad if this process is ridiculously time consuming. I have spent probably 3-4 hours on a 5-page study before. The goal of science writing is to be as concise as possible, which makes reading short articles more difficult than longer ones. I am a graduate student at a top American university, and I typically read 9-12 articles per week this deeply. If a professor assigns more than 4 research study articles per week for a regular course, make sure they explain what students are supposed to be getting out of each article so you can target your reading better. Chances are, you can skip some sections and focus on coming to class with clarifying questions rather than a firm understanding.

Happy reading!! 

@phd-one-day

They say to find friends like shadows, but in the dark your shadow won’t show. Instead look for friends like stars, so even when you cannot see them you know where they are.
— 

Melayna 6/23/18

Quick Publishing Tip: Don’t Bury Your Gold

For those of you who are submitting short stories or novels for publication, I offer you this quick tip: Don’t bury your gold.*

The harsh truth is that most magazines, agents, and editors receive so many submissions that they rarely read past the first paragraph (of a short story) or page (of a novel) before they begin to make a decision. And if you don’t show them something they want to see within that time, they may not finish your story at all. So don’t bury the good stuff!

I often see stories where the writer “hides” their best stuff in the middle of the story. This can happen on a story-level when the writer doesn’t reveal the “hook” of the story until five pages in. It can also happen on a style or skill level when the writer doesn’t show their best writing until the middle or end of the story.

This strategy might work for writing that you share with your friends or family, but if you want to get the attention of an overworked, underpaid, stressed out editor or agent who has already read 50 stories that day, open with your gold, don’t keep it buried in the middle where they might not even see it!

As a first reader for literary magazines who is often in the position of reading through tons of submissions in a day, I can not stress this enough. Editors are much more likely to overlook weak or uninteresting writing halfway through a story that had a strong beginning than they are to keep reading a story that has a weak start. Show us what you’ve got, and show us right away. Hope this helps!

*If you are working on a story right now, please please please don’t let this advice get in the way of your creative process. As with any publishing advice, I recommend that writers make these kinds of changes to their story in the later stages of writing, after it’s done or almost done, rather than obsessing about them while doing early drafts or outlines. That will only lead to writer’s block!
December Positivity Meme
  • Christmas: tag someone who has become a personal friend to you.
  • Hanukkah: tag someone who you see as a light in the rpc
  • Kwanzaa: tag someone who you see as a positive influence & who influences unity in the rpc
  • New Years: tag someone who you've known/followed/written with/etc for a long time.
  • Boxing Day: tag someone whose writing style you love
  • Yule: tag someone who seems to always have a positive attitude
  • Mistletoe: tag your shipping partners <3 or talk about a ship/ships you love
  • Candle: tag someone who has helped you on a dark day
  • Stocking: tag someone whose small gestures have meant a lot to you
  • Snow: tag someone who is So Good, So Pure™
  • Gingerbread: tag someone who is dedicated to their muse
  • Menorah: tag someone who has looked out for you
  • Sled: positivity for canon roles
  • Snowshoes: positivity for OC roles
  • Ice Skates: positivity for male roles
  • Snow Angel: positivity for female roles
  • Hot Chocolate: positivity for gender-nonconforming roles

anonymous asked:

Hey could you please write hcs for the reader spending a lot of time with Lotor because they don't want him to feel lonely when the paladins have him locked up in that thingy? Thanks 😊😊😊

You can’t hear her, but Mod Rowan is yelling that she would gladly volunteer to keep Lotor company.

-Mod Lou



-You were the member of Team Voltron who was always referred to as ‘the kindest’ or ‘the sweetest’. You’re the one who always tried to see the good in people, and who would adopt stray animals from the planets you visited because they ‘looked sad’ (Kaltenecker has a lot of tiny friends now)

-Since you’re at war, your pleasant demeanor and forgiving attitude has lead to problems more than once. But you’d be damned if you let your enemy’s cruelty break your kind heart.

-When Lotor was brought aboard the castleship, you were just as distrusting as the rest of the team. I mean, this was the guy who had tried to kill the paladins once, and who had risked their lives for the sake of his own plans. You’re understandably bitter about it.

-But over the next week, when the information Lotor gives you keeps checking out, you start getting a niggle in the back of your head. A niggle that you recognize all too well.

-It worries you at first, tbh. You think back to the other times you’d trusted your enemies too quickly, and how they’d turned on you and nearly killed someone you loved. You really don’t want that to happen again.

-But…being kind to someone doesn’t mean you have to trust them…right?

-Right! and that’s all the convincing you need!

-To make sure you don’t cause a ruckus, you wait until the rest of the castle is busy or sleeping before you pack up a bowl of food, an earth book or two, and head down to Lotor’s cell.

-From the way he’s slouched back and staring off into the void, you can tell he wasn’t expecting anyone anytime soon. That fact alone makes your heart ache a little bit.

-You walk up to him as quietly as possible, but it’s unsurprising when he hears you anyways. However, the split-second expression of shock he shows is…amusing. Clearly he didn’t expect you to be…well, you.

-Neither of you say anything at first. This is technically the first time you’ve met each other, and you’re not really sure what you’re doing. You may be kind, but you’re not exactly suave or good at conversation. On top of that, you’re on edge from being alone with him. 

-Luckily he seems to pick up on how you’re feeling, and makes an effort to appear nonthreatening. (well, as nonthreatening as he’s able to).

-But it helps you relax, if only slightly.

- “I um…brought you some dinner. Actual food, not just the gooey stuff,” and you slide the bowl through the feeding slot in the cell. “Not that there’s anything wrong with the goo! It’s decent enough. But…I figured something with flavour in it might be…appreciated…?”

-Cue internal screaming. This is so awkward.

-You’re both silent while you wait for him to finish eating (which he does in record time, much to your dismay), and you slip him the books you’d brought after you take the bowl back.

-”So you’re not at risk of dying from boredom,” you tell him, and head back to the elevator with a small “Goodnight, Lotor”. You completely miss the fondly confused expression he’s wearing.


-Over the next few days, you continue to sneak him meals and small things to keep him entertained.

-‘Sneak’ being a relative term. You’re pretty sure Coran has figured out what you’ve been doing, if his concerned glances are anything to go by. You want to reassure him that you’re being careful, but at the same time you really don’t want to draw attention to yourself.

-Besides, it’s not like you’re doing anything illegal, yeah? Just…keeping a dude company?

-Lol jokes on you, because Lotor is actually kind of pleasant to speak with, even if your conversations are still kind of stunted. (Okay, it mostly consists of you bringing him food and talking at him until he’s cleaned the plate)


-”Am I annoying you?” you ask him one evening, when he has his cheeks stuffed full of something that resembles chicken.

-He looks at you like you’ve suddenly grown another head.

- “Because like, you never say anything, and I’m just sitting here spewing hot nonsense out of my mouth while you stare at me with a somewhat judging expression. You can tell me to shut up, you know. I’m not going to stop bringing you things.”

-You’re both very quiet for a few seconds, and you can feel your face warming up under his intense stare.

-Then, out of nowhere, he laughs.

-Honest to god laughs. (you try not to think about how nice it sounds?)

-But it’s like all of the tension in the atmosphere has suddenly dissipated, and you can actually breathe.

- “You’re not irritating me, Y/N. Not with your presence, not with your conversation, not even with the bizarre novels you lent me.”

-You take a seat on the ground in front of his cell, and tuck your knees up to your chin. (Lotor tries not to marvel at how small you are compared to him, and tells himself that you’re not something he needs to protect.)

- “All you ever do is watch me, though. Whenever anyone else is down here, you talk just fine. I figured you were trying to set me on fire with your mind or something.”

- “What?” That startles him a little bit. “Why would I-”

- “I’m making a joke, Prince.”

-You don’t miss the way he squirms when you call him that, but you decide not to point it out.


-You visit him more frequently afterwards, roughly three or four times a day. Sometimes you bring him more books (he enjoys some of them, but others he wants nothing to do with ever again), or snacks (he likes sweets, you’ve learned, as long as they don’t have almonds in them). But most of the time, you wander down to his cell with a pillow, plop yourself on the ground in front of him, and you’ll just talk for an hour or two.

-He tells you about the things he’s seen and learned, and answers all the questions you may have. In return you tell him about Earth, about your life there, about some of the dumb things you did as a kid. You get him to laugh again when you tell him about the time you and one of your friends rolled down a hill in old tractor tires.

-Everyone else eventually catches on to what you’re doing. None of them are…particularly pleased about it, especially given you track record with trusting your enemies too quickly. But you assure them you’re being careful, and not giving away any information regarding Voltron or the team.

-By the time Lotor is regarded as an ally by Allura and most of the others, you already consider him a friend. Maybe more, judging by how fast your heart beats when he’s nearby.

-But you still…don’t trust him.

-Not yet, at least.

How To Be A Good Med Student In The Clinical Years

A doctor once told me that the best instrument we have is medicine is the retrospectoscope.  Basically he was saying that often it is easier to make sense of things when looking back from the vantage point of the future.  This is true of life too.  After being an intern for two months I suddenly understand what things make for a strong med students, and what things do not.  Unfortunately, I feel like I lacked many of the qualities that would have made me a helpful med student.  Though I cannot rectify my own mistakes, perhaps I can pass my advice on to future generations of third and fourth year medical students.  I now present, how to be a good clinical med student:

  1. Show up.  This seems obvious.  When you are there to work, then be there to work.  It is so frustrating when medical students are mysteriously absent all the time (only to be found later in the cafe or cafeteria) or when they are there but totally disinterested in what is going on.  I understand that sometimes as a medical student things get slow - like when the interns are putting in orders and notes or when there is a slow call day.  But at least bring something to read.  Don’t play Pokemon Go.  Don’t spend all day on Uworld.  Make an effort to learn real clinical medicine.
  2. Take initiative to learn.  When I was a third year I would wander the hospital to find learning opportunities.  I made friends with the telemetry nurses and they started a folder of good tele strips to give me each day.  I would go to other teams and see if their patients had good exam findings.  I found the cardiology fellows and asked if they had good patients with murmurs.  There is so much learning that can happen if you are willing to experience it.  Now, referring back to number 1, make sure you always let your residents know where you are.  Personally, I would be ecstatic if my students went to hunt down murmurs rather than playing Pokemon Go. 
  3. Read your patient’s chart.  This can be very helpful and will make you look like a star.  Residents are busy taking admissions and sometimes don’t have the time to hunt down records that are three and four years old.  You can stand out by doing that  Look at a patient’s past hospital notes or their specialty clinic notes.  For example, you might be able to alert the resident that an old echocardiogram demonstrated a below normal ejection fraction, which in turn might change how much fluid the patient is given.  Or perhaps you found that during a hospitalization in the past the patient became delirious and needed a one-to-one sitter.  Find ways to add information in a helpful, non-prescriptive, non-judgmental way.  I guarantee your reviews will benefit.
  4. Read about your patient’s condition.  Even if you just browse Medscape, UpToDate, or some other curated source, make sure you understand the basics of your patient’s primary diagnosis.  If they are there for heart failure, read over the basics of treatment.  If they have autoimmune hepatitis look up some info on diagnosis and prognosis.  These things will get noticed, especially when you ask intelligent questions on rounds.  Do not be like a med student I had who, when asked, reported for 4 straight days that he had not read about his patient’s disease.  He instead responded he was too busy with Uworld so he would get a good shelf score.
  5. See your patients.  I literally had students who, on rounds, tried to present without actually having seen the patient in the morning.  This is a huge no-no.  Get to work early enough to see your patients, review their labs, and their overnight events.  
  6. Practice your presentations.  Even if it is on your own or with other medical students, spend time working on your presentation skills.  Heck, even ask the residents to watch you.  I would be happy to do that for any of my students.  Unfortunately, none have taken me up on that offer and instead bumble through their presentation each day making the same mistakes.  By the end of medical school you need to be able to make a good presentation. 
  7. Spend time working on note writing.  Compare your notes to your residents’, your attendings’, and the specialists’.  Everyone has a different style.  Look at lots of notes to determine a style for yourself.  
  8. Forget all the step 1 stuff you learned.  I find many students perseverate on the terrible stereotypes and patterns they see on step 1.  Not all black people with cough have sarcoidosis.  Not every patient with acute kidney injury needs urine eosinophils.  These are good associations, but realize that step 1 has little overlap with real clinical medicine.  Take those associations with a grain of salt. 
  9. Don’t just look for zebras.  I cannot tell you how many times students opt not to follow a patient because the case “doesn’t seem that interesting.”  The majority of medicine is made up of mundane and common diseases such as heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, cirrhosis, etc.  It is pretty rare to get the exciting cases, like disseminated histoplasmosis or a crazy paraneoplastic syndrome.  A lot of learning can happen on cases that are “bread and butter” medicine.  Make sure you follow those cases too. 
  10. Be gentle to your interns/residents.  The transition from 4th year to being a doctor is swift and brutal.  It is easy to criticize when you aren’t the one taking 5 admits.  Find ways to help your intern/resident, because in return they will help you.  I learned this lesson the hard way my 4th year, when I unintentionally threw an intern under the bus while trying to look smart.  Afterwards she took me aside and reminded me that she controlled much of my fate while I was a student under her.  I learned my lesson and we went on to become very good friends.

The clinical years of medical school are daunting.  You constantly feel like a tap dancing monkey, trying to impress people you barely have time to get to know.  But personally, I am not looking for someone who knows everything about everything.  That’s why you are in school.  The best thing you can get out of third and fourth year is how to do a good history and physical, how to write good notes, and how to triage patients.  The best students are interested, willing to learn, and know their patients well.  If you keep that in mind, the clinical years are much simpler.  I promise, if you follow your patients you will learn much more than just doing qbank questions.   

Best of luck on your clinical rotations.  Don’t make things too complicated.  At the end of the day have fun, treat your patients right, and keep an open mind.  The learning will happen whether you recognize it or not.

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There are many reasons why I find this conversation between Clarke and Echo in Damocles Part ! as one of the most important scenes in season 5, or even the entire show, but it’s especially important if you analyze it from Bellarke angle. And there is a looot to unpack her, so I’m only going to focus on the small portion of their talk. 

To put it in a little perspective - before these lines, Clarke informs Echo that men behind her are ordered to kill her as soon as they will stop talking and that she, Clarke, doesn’t want Echo to be killed. As Clarke would be completely justified in a desire to have Echo dead - at least from Echo’s perspective - Echo asks her for a reason. 

And so Clarke says:

“Bellamy loved you.”

This moment drops heavy. So heavy, that, in fact, for a second or so there is a total halt. The reason why it feels so significant to a viewer it’s because this is the first time when Clarke and Bellamy verbally and explicitly acknowledge the other’s romantic partner since - Finn, I think? Bellamy has certainly never commented on Clarke’s relationship with Lexa, the closest he came to doing so was their conversation when he asked her to come home to her people and she refused. He has never said anything about Naylah either and she has never acknowledged Gina, probably because she has never met her. Accidentaly or not, the two of them were always really careful not to bring out any other people during their personal, private conversations, even when they were fighting. Up until this point, Clarke doesn’t even ask Bell about Echo.   So Clarke being so bashful in this moment is very, very interesting. Also, in this moment, her own heart betrays Clarke. She doesn’t really like Echo, she doesn’t trust her, in fact, Echo is a threat to her and Madi. But Clarke finds it hard to hurt someone that Bellamy loved. She has demonstrated it time and time again with the way she handled Octavia - Clarke has to run out of the every other possible option before she decides on hurting Bellamy by hurting people dear to him.

And lets also remember that, in this moment, Clarke very much believes that Bell is dead - still, she wants to honour his memory in the only way she can. She refuses to betray him one more time. 

 But then, even more heavy blow falls as she continues:

“You were good to him.” 

And this has been always very interesting to me, because how exactly Clarke knows that? It’s not like she spent a lot time in close proximity to Bellamy and Echo together. But we were shown that she watched them, observed them at least a few times. What’s more, I think it also hints at the fact that Bellamy has changed. He has never been more self-confident than in season 5 and i don’t mean the faux-cockiness of season 1 but real, true confidence. Sureness of one’s strenghts and weaknesses and role to play. And in my opinion, because Clarke hasn’t been on the ring and couldn’t see how her abscence influenced him, she writes off at least part of those changes to his relationship to Echo. Plus, I think she is grateful he had someone beside him.. as shocking as it might have been for her, when she found out. 

And also, again - Clarke doesn’t want to kill Echo, because she feels she kind of owes her for being there for Bellamy and being a good partner for him when Clarke couldn’t. 

“As far as I can tell, he was good for you too.”

And this, oh THIS. If Clarke didn’t spent time with the both of them and if she doesn’t know Echo well enough to asess the changes in her personality because of Bellamy’s presumed influence… Why does she say it? She could be hinting at the fact that Echo became a team player instead of the lone wolf, or that he smoothed out her edges, but again, Clarke has never been close enough to Echo to notice that. What she says here, she adds “ as far as i know” which suggests this is her assumption. And where this assumption comes from? 

 Well. Because she knows Bellamy was good for Echo, that’s why. Clarke knows how Bellamy loves, that it’s passionate and loyal to the fault and all-consuming. Clarke knows Bellamy was good to Echo, because, well - he used to be good for Clarke too.  There is a bitterness in this line, a pain that Clarke doesn’t know how to hide. 

She cares, oh, she cares so much. And it all spills out seconds later:

“I ALWAYS cared.”

This line comes out a little hysterical to be honest, breaking Clarke’s composure. This is out-right establishing dominance. This is a clear shout-out to the history that Bellamy and Clarke have, a long history that Echo can never understand. And it shows, thiat while Clarke respects the relationship Echo and Bellamy have now, she will not allow her to come between them. Romantically-tied or not, Bellamy is dear to Clarke, more precious than anoyone else besides Madi. 

And this whole conversation with the woman she detests but ultimately decides to save FOR Bellamy, to try to make up for what she did to him - this conversation displays it beautifully. 

Klance Fic Recs: Completed Works

 I have spent an incredibly large chunk of my life reading Klance stories that I decided that I might as well start jotting them all down. Here we go, these are all completed long works, I’ll do recs for one shots/WIPs later.

of florists and tennis shoes  by  venpast

One of those pure AU with the pure headcanons that you can’t get enough of. It’s a flower shop AND a coffee shop AU so you can’t go wrong. It includes flower language which is one of my favorite things so that’s a plus. Keith works at the flower shop and Lance buys flowers to try to impress girls but turns out that the only person being wooed by flowers is him. The cutest thing ever, great story, great idea, just very great.  Rated T and 63,774

The Different Rules of Summer by themultifandomnerd 

This fic is the cutest thing in the world, it’s is a modern day AU where Keith and Lance are volunteers at a library and meet by talking about ghosts and aliens. In this fic, Keith is deaf and it is all written very well. It was my favorite thing to read because they updated everyday. This is fan-fiction gold right here. Interesting story, well-written, and has fluff galore. It’s a great read. Rated G and word count is 57,589

A Shove Towards Love  by General_Button

OooOOoo I love this one. This one is a bop for sure. It’s a (somewhat) soulmate AU so you know you already wanna read it. Basically some aliens think Lance and Keith totally should be together 5ever (same really) so they sorta like. Bind their souls. Anyway, some crazy stuff happens to them because of this so basically you just have to read it. Rated T, word count 30,955. 

time out of mind  by  aknightley

I loved reading this one. I’m a sucker for older, domestic klance and well here we are. Keith and Lance wake up one day and they are several years in the future. And married. Hilarity ensues. This fic is so read as we see all of Team Voltron older and how Keith and Lance react to it all. Also I love the writing style. An A+ fic in all. Rated T and 27, 849 word count

your claws in me by burlesquecomposer

This one is intense, angsty, and dark and it’s soooo good. Lance falls under control of a druid, which turns him dark and takes the rest of Team Voltron on crazy ride to try to contain him and get it back. If you like angst then here it is and it’s amazing. They write Dark!Lance so well, I swear you get hooked fast. Rated M for ya know. Mind control and violence and all around angst. Word count is 49,072

in stasis  by  ilgaksu

Another good angsty one with a super interesting concept. Lance’s body goes way out of commission, so he is programmed into the castle as an AI while he recovers. The writer does an awesome job working with an awesome idea and this fic is perfect in every way. It deals with a lot of topics regarding albeism and anxiety. A lot of langst, but with just the right about of humor to make any Lance-lover put this fic on the top of their list. Rated T and word count of 26,940

Spaghettification and Other Extreme Sports by SociopathicAngel

I might be slightly biased on this one. This fic takes place in a final battle with Zarkon, where he opens up a black hole like the jerk he is. Lance, ever the hero, sacrifices himself to save the group. However, in the blackhole, Lance is taken to a universe where things are similar, except for one or two or several important details. Especially how a certain Red Paladin treats him. It’s super intriguing the way things are set up in comparison of the two different universes. An amazing, well-written story and the writer is also awesome and fantastic and you should check out everything they have written and shower them with praise. Rated T, word count 17,980

Sealed by Fate  by  thejapanesemapletree

A fantasy fic where Lance is a selkie and Keith finds him and takes in him, this is one of those stories you just really want more of. I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with Lance and mermaids, this is a interesting spin on it all. Selkies are a really interesting branch of the whole water fae, and this was a really awesome read. Rated T and word counts stands at 25,973

Shameless Self Advertising but I happen to have a completed klance story as well. It’s called  Sand as Fuel and it’s rated T and has 20k words. It’s set some time the future where Shiro had never returned back to Earth. Lance, Hunk, and Pidge all graduated from the Garrison like they were supposed to. Everything was going smoothly until they crash while colliding into a mysterious ship and Lance somehow finds himself being dragged across the desert. 

Hope you find something you like! You can find any more of my fics at  somethingaboutamoose!!!

Snufkin

Snufkin is one of the most iconic and popular Moomin character. He first appears in the book Comet in Moominland (1946) and if one of the characters who appears in almost all media; comics, animations, additional stories… Snufkin is the child of Joxter and Mymble, which makes him a younger half-brother of both Mymble’s daughter and Little My. Some adaptations remove his relation to the Mymbles, such as comics and 1990s animated series.


Snufkin was created when Tove Jansson was in a relationship with Atos Wirtanen, a left-wing politician, journalist and cultural critic. Snufkin’s wide smile, pipe and hat are modeled after Atos. Snufkin’s independent and bohemian way of living is similar to both Atos and Tove but it’s also apparent that Tove’s little brother Lars was also a model for Snufkin. Lars has been said to have been the family member Tove was closest to right after their mother.


Snufkin values freedom above all else. Tove herself stated that “freedom is the most important thing”. She described Snufkin’s loneliness as “the good kind”. This is in contrast with Fillyjonk’s “wrong kind” of loneliness. Snufkin’s loneliness is something he chooses for himself. Snufkin does not attach himself to places, possessions or people. He can throw his tent away and is happy just looking at beautiful things rather than taking them with him. Snufkin values his own space where he can concentrate on his melodies. He can sometimes come off as unfriendly because he has a habit of being rather curt with people who invade his peace. For better or for worse, Snufkin is very charismatic and people flock to him to hear his wisdom.


The strongest attachment in Snufkin’s life is Moomintroll. No matter how hard Snufkin tries, Moomintroll and how he misses him will always come to his mind. And Moomintroll will always miss him and wait for him. This is clearly similar to the relationship between Tove and Atos. For Tove, Atos was the center of her world. She was entirely dedicated to their relationship, while Atos was preoccupied with his career and political ideals. Like Moomintroll, Tove was always waiting for Atos to spend time with her.


After Tove’s love for Atos cooled down, they remained good friends until the end. She was able to see his faults in a more critical light but also understood them with humor. Similar friendship after love can be seen between Snufkin and Moomintroll in later stories. It’s still good to remember that Tove Jansson’s style was to write characters and themes inspired by her life rather than actually insert them in her books. Snufkin and his relationship Moomintroll are more likely meant to reflect themes about admiration, dedication and waiting. With some small exceptions, characters in Moomin books are independent and more inspired than based on actual people. This is why Snufkin also is inspired by more than one person.


Snufkin’s character changes a bit as the books go on. This is most likely affected by the stories becoming more mature and Tove’s relationship with Atos changing. In the first books Snufkin is a passionate artist. He tells outlandish stories about himself and is actually happy to meet people. In later publications, this was among the things Tove Jansson fixed. She made Snufkin’s character more consistent and made him more quiet and distant to match his characterization in later books. He is the contrast to Moomintroll’s naivety and has a great effect on Moomintroll’s personal growth.


In Moominvalley In November (1970) Snufkin seems to let go of his aversion to the company of others. His character arc is about realizing that he was always free with the people who loved him because they actually let him do as he pleases. This realization leads him to return to the Moomin’s house even though it’s getting close to winter.

She’s A Devil Between The Sheets (Harry Styles Smut One Shot)

This wasn’t requested but I had inspiration to write this one because of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show! Sorry I got a little carried away, sorry if its abit long, but enjoyed every second of writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it! If you have any requests let me know and ill get back to you asap. Enjoy! -K

Warnings: Extra smut

Word Count: 10K

Pairing: Y/N and Harry

Y/N’S POV
“Babe your phone is ringing” I heard Harry shout from the living room downstairs as I was putting my skirt over my legs, getting ready for the stressful day ahead. Well not really a physical stressful day, just emotional. Last week I had flew over to New York to meet with the owner and producers of Victoria Secret to talk about me walking this year. I worked so hard to get to this point, and to even be asked to come down and have a meeting with them was a big thing let alone actually getting picked. But I know for a fact I wont get picked, I’m not like the rest of the models. They are all like six feet tall, skinny. Its just not me.

I quickly ran down the stairs to grab my phone, which Harry had at hand at the bottom of the stairs. “Hello?” I jumped onto the couch tummy first, leaning on my elbows listening to my manager greeting me back. “Hey so I have some good news, the producers of the Victoria fashion show wants you back into the casting room in New York” “What again? I’m literally just back” “Well they want you back, you must of done something right Y/N” A slight giggle came from her mouth as I sat there not knowing what to reply back. “I’ve cancelled your stuff for the week and ill pick you up in a few hours to head to the airport, okay?” “Yeah sure ill see you soon” I hung up the phone and threw it behind me on the sofa. “Who was that?” “It was my manager, Ed Razek and Monica Mitro from Victoria Secret want me to come back to their casting studio like as soon as, Claire is coming to lift me in a few hours to go there and see what they want to say” Harry’s face lit up in pure excitement. “Y/N that is really good news, your going to be a angel” He quickly ran over to the sofa beside me, lifted my arms up to make me stand and grabbed my waist, pulling me off of the sofa. “Harry I haven’t got it, its just to talk or something” I giggled as he continued to dance me around the living room. “Y/N, c’mon, they would be pure idiots if they didn’t cast you. Plus, if you walk you’ll be with me, and you know how I love you wearing sexy underwear”

He grabbed my waist pulling me into him while he attacked my neck, giving me goose bumps all over. Harry is performing in this years show in Shanghai and he’s been excited ever since I had met them the first time to talk about walking. Harry was going to turn it down because he found women walking around in their underwear in front of the whole world very objectifying. The only reason why he accepted was because its really good publicity for his music, so it was a no brainer. But when I told him that I was being considered he was ecstatic, he couldn’t of been more excited to have someone there with him, and that he wanted to see practically naked.

“Harry your going to be singing, not judging. You should be concentrating on your singing. Besides you’ll be eyeing up all of the ladies anyway, I wouldn’t judge you” “Y/N your insane, yeah I will be looking at them because they are there, but ill not be looking at them the way I look at you when your dressed like that, fuck” His breathing got deeper with the thought of me dressing like that. His hands went straight to my bum like a magnet and clutched it, giving it a quick smack making me moan into him. “H don’t start something you cant finish, I have to start packing” I pushed his chest away from me and looked up at his grin growing on his lips. “I’m defiantly going to finish what I started” He grabbed at my waist yet again and lifted me over his shoulder making me yelp in surprise. “Harry put me down” I screamed with pure laughter rising within my chest as he walked up the stairs. “I’m just going to help you pack, after I’m finished with you”

Once I got off of the plane of course it was a media frenzy, trying to get the best picture of me, but I wasn’t having it. I wrapped my scarf around my face as I walked/ran down to get into my car to head to meet the producers. I’ve never felt so nervous in my entire life, this is such a big deal for me. I just hope that I done as much as I could do.

“Y/N, so nice to see you again” Monica Mitro, the main producer of the show, came over to greet me when I walked into the studios. As I made my way to her I was looking round at all of the drawings and planograms for the show. Looking the other way I seen the outfits on the manikins all ready for the show. “Thank you so much for coming back, I know you just landed back in London when you got our call” “No not at all, its fine” She wrapped her arms around me in a warm embrace as I tried to hold back my nervous shaking in my body. “So the reason why we brought you back is because we want to see you walk for us again. All of the models are so outstanding this year and we are having such a hard time deciding who to choose, so we wanted to make sure that we were picking the right people. I hope we haven’t put you through a lot of bother bringing you back?” “No no, honestly I would give up anything to be here so don’t worry” We both giggled as we walked to the dressing room. “So at this point it doesn’t really matter about what underwear your wearing, so you can wear your own that you have on or we have simple thong and bra’s here if you want to have a little nosey through them. We will be waiting in the casting room. Don’t panic about us and just enjoy it. Pretend your walking that stage and you strut your stuff” Her grin was contagious looking back at me. “No problem, thank you Monica”

I took off my clothes and looked at my underwear that I had on, baby blue with silver diamonds on the underside of the bra. Its perfectly fitting for this audition, if that’s what you would even call it. I quickly flipped my hair across my shoulders making sure it looked sexy, even though it was just pure jetlag hair. One of the stylists on the set gave me a pair of stiletto heels to match my undies. Lets hope I don’t fall with them on, that would be the biggest nightmare of my life. I pulled the curtain back and walked straight into the casting room, which had around 30 people with cameras and clipboards, with Monica and Ed sitting beside a desk. As I walked in everyone’s eyes were on me until I stood right in front of the two producers. Oh god. Panic and nerves set heavy in my chest as I couldn’t take my eyes off of every single person in this room. “Okay Y/N whenever your ready” Ed stated while he leaned onto the deck with his elbows resting on the marble surface. I gave them a quick smile and turned around to make my way to the back of the room. My mind was racing 100 miles an hour, thinking of all the things that could go wrong within these crucial minutes. I suddenly thought of Harry, and remembering when I was practising the first time at home. Just think that your walking for Harry, c’mon Y/N you can do this. The small prep talk gave me a sudden release of confidence and I turned around facing the VS team. I started walking down, swinging my hips with my hands on them. When I made my way to the end of the walk, I gave my most cheesy grin and posed the way Harry thought was the sexiest way, pulling my waist to the side I gave them a smile, wink and blew them a kiss and strutted my way back to the back of the room with pure sass and attitude in it. I know I went over the top, but that’s the only way they will even consider me.

A round of applause came from the bottom of the room as I made my way down to the desk and audience in front. My face turned a pink shade with a mixture of embarrassment and excitement emotions running through me. “Y/N that was brilliant” Monica gushed as the claps in the room started to die down. “What are you doing on the 20th of November?” My smile gushed to my face knowing what he meant. “Nothing I guess” I giggled looking at them in complete shock. “How would you like to walk for us?” “No way, are you serious?” My body just crouched down to the ground with my hands wrapped around my face, again in complete shock. “Oh my gosh yes of course I will, thank you so much” I got up and made my way over to them and gave them a hug. I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. “Your different than the rest of the models Y/N. You stand out, and that’s what we look for in this fashion show, originality. Walk just like that and the cameras wont take their lenses off of you, good job” “You have a month to rehearse and get ready, which you don’t need anyway, your a natural” “Thank you so much I cant explain what this means to me” I couldn’t let go of both of them, tears coming down my face, I’m on cloud 9 right now. “Now you can go tell Harry, I’m sure he will be ecstatic that your walking with him” “I cant wait to tell him, thank you so much” I ran out of the casting room and jumped right on Claire, my manager. “I’m walking Claire I’m walking” I shouted as her face lit up. “Didn’t I tell you that you could do it” “Yes oh my god I need to ring Harry and tell him the good news”

I quickly ran into the changing rooms where my phone was hidden in my coat pocket and quickly dialled his number with my hands shaking with pure excitement. “Hey beautiful, how did it go?” “Hey Harry, I’m walking, I’m fucking walking I cant believe it” “Your lying” “No I’m dead serious, this is actually happening H” “Y/N I’m so proud of you baby girl, you done it. Now we can go together, this is going to be so fun. I have to go sweetie, I’m in the middle of rehearsals for x factor tonight. When are you coming home?” “I’m coming home tonight, so ill see you in like 8 hours” “Okay baby ill see you soon, love you” “Okay, have a good show, love you too” I hung up the phone and ran to get changed. This is going to be the longest month of my life

**1 month later**

“C’mon Y/N were going to be late for our flight” I was rushing round and making sure that I was packing everything that I needed before I left. I didn’t wanna forget anything, this is the biggest thing that is happening in my career and I want it to go smoothly without any problems. “I’m coming H” I had a final look around the bedroom making sure I had everything and walked out to meet him in the car that was lifting us to bring us to the airport.

Once we got to the airport there was nothing but paps, reporters and fans waiting for us at the entrance. Once it came out the line up for the models and performers, social media went crazy for us two being there at the same time. Fans, radio stations, even Ellen had mentioned it on her show, I didn’t even think it was a big deal that I was walking when my boyfriend was performing. But yet again who’s boyfriend is Harry Styles? “You okay?” Harry brought me out of my panicked state and I looked straight at him. “Yeah of course I am baby” I lifted my hand and placed it on one of his hands, squeezing it a little. I knew that Harry could read through me, he knew how I was feeling. “Look babe I know you don’t like the paps and a lot of media but this event is what its about. No matter where we go in the next few days that’s all that’s going to be in our faces. I love you and I wont let anyone hurt you or do anything, but you just have to go out there and not let them bother you and walk as if their not there. At the end of the day we have bodyguards there to help us get through. If anyone says anything to you just brush it off and don’t reply back to them. Just make sure you get through to security without any problems. But don’t worry ill be right behind you, okay love?” His eyes never leaving mine, he takes my hand in his two. “Yeah okay, just don’t let go of my hand, please” “Of course I wont Y/N/N” All of a sudden our door swung open and we both walked out of the car. As soon as we walked not even 10 feet, we were bombarded with fans and paps, literally right in out faces. But I did what H said and just put my head down and rushed through the crowd of people who were screaming our names. No matter how many times I go out with Harry in public, I’m still not used to this whole thing. But I will have to be if I wanna be with him forever, because that’s the way its going to be I guess.

Once we got onto the plane and sat down, I took a massive sigh as relief rushed through me. Harry came and sat beside me and I placed my head on his shoulder and closed my eyes. He wrapped his arm around my shoulder, pulling me in closer to him as I quickly went into a deep sleep. This is probably going to be the only calm moment were going to have for the next few days, so I’m making the most of it. The smell of him making me feel so much comfort, no matter where I go I always feel at home with him. And I hope he feels the same way.

The plane had landed a lot quicker than I had wanted it to be, even though the flight was 11 and a half hours long. “Babe c’mon we have to go” “But Harry I don’t wanna get out just yet, I wanna sleep” “I know babe, the time difference is crazy, but we have no time to sleep, were already late, lets go” Harry’s voice more stern and his grasp on my arms tighter as he dragged me out of the chair and brought me to the door of the plane. I was so shocked to see that there was no paps or fans waiting out in the airport for us, thank god I thought. “So the plan is you are going straight to the stadium to try on your outfits and go through the line ups, and then your going to a Victoria Secret dinner with all the models and directors of the show. Then your going straight to bed quite early, you’ll need as much sleep as you can get cuz you have to get up at half 5 to do your promo and a lot of rehearsals” Claire was listing off the schedule on her paperwork as me and Harry was grabbing our luggage from the conveyer belt in the airport. “Wow, okay, so I guess ill not see you until tonight when I come to the hotel room” I looked at harry giving him the cutest puppy eyes I know that he loves. “I know babe but it’ll be worth it seeing everything and knowing what you need to do, you’ll love the experience for sure” He grinned as we were putting our luggage into the back of the car, harry helping with mine of course. “Y/N your coming with me” Claire raised her voice when I turned around to face her, seeing her getting into a different car. “Wait, can I say bye to Harry?” “C’mon be quick” She yelled as she was getting into the car waiting for me. “Babe you go ahead before she drags you into the car” Harry smirked looking at the car then back at me. “I love you, ill text you later when I get a chance yeah?” “Course babe” He answered as he pulled me in for a quick but deep kiss. I ran towards the car and got in. I never took my eyes off Harry as the car drove off to the stadium, I miss him already.

Once I entered the stadium there was nothing but people and lights and even more people. It was all like a dream, I thought to myself that this is going to be the best week of my entire life. I cant wait to get started. One of the stylist came over to me and shook my hand. His name was Olivier, he is the owner of Balmain which is based in France, and has designed the pieces for the clothing line. “Hello Y/N very nice to meet you, i’ve heard and seen a lot of you recently, I cant wait to see you walk in my clothing” “Its lovely to meet you too Olivier, I know all about you, I follow you and your fashion everywhere, I’m such a huge fan” “Thank you very much I’m so glad you like my work, its good to see the models enjoying my clothes and want to wear them, that’s what makes this job worth while you know” We both laughed and he brought to a different room that had all of the clothing ready to be tried on. We walked to a specific piece of clothing on the stand, which was absolutely breath taking. It had a very rock n roll meeting sexy innocent girl vibe. It had a black silk bra with silver studs around the pads and the Victoria secret logo underneath, with the same material on the hot pants. He had matched it with a spiked silver necklace, thigh high laced boots, and to top it off, a metal designed leather jacket with the Victoria Secret logo placed on the back of it. It was absolutely amazing looking at all the pieces put together. “When I was looking at all of the models polaroid’s on the table a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to pair this look with some of the models, but I couldn’t find the perfect person that would suit this. But when I seen you I thought that you were the perfect person to wear this piece, so I want you to wear this” “But Olivier, this is a big piece in your clothing line, you normally give this to Cara Delevigne or Bella Hadid to wear because the always lead the show?” “Well I feel like your going to be the eye of the show this year, and I want you to wear it” He took my hand and grasped it into his. “No way, oh my goodness this is amazing, I would be honoured, thank you so much” I said as I looked towards the eye catching bit of clothing. “So lets try it on”

Harry’s POV
I sat here in the hotel room, for once not doing anything at all, which made me feel out of place, like I felt like I had to do something. I got up and rang one of my friends that joined us on this trip to see If he wanted to meet up for a walk around Shanghai, to take in the city. I never really get around the cities that I’m in when I’m working in them so this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

We walked around the nature part of Shanghai when we heard a lot of screaming coming from behind us, when I realised that no one had actually found out that I was already here because we were playing it on the down low. Me and Ben ended up staying here for a good hour going through each girl, taking pictures, signing books and my album. It was nice that I could take my time with each person and talk to them. I soon realise that it was time for some dinner before I went to lift Y/N from the models dinner. Me and Ben got some food sent to the hotel room. I couldn’t really be bothered going out for something to eat, I was just too exhausted. “So Harry, you excited for tomorrow?” Ben asked as she was stuffing his face with vegetable noodles. “You know what? I’m actually nervous. I don’t really know what to expect. I mean I know its girls walking around me in their underwear, and for most guys that’s their dream come true. But for me I just cant wait to get it over with, I never wanted to do it from the beginning” “Really, man as you said anyone would kill for to do that” “The only thing that’s getting me by is knowing that Y/N is walking around me, she always makes me feel so comfortable and she just makes me feel at home no matter where we are” I smiled looking down at my food, which I had no appetite for just thinking about Y/N and how lucky I am to have her. “Speaking of Y/N, how is things between you two?” “It honestly couldn’t be better, I sometimes look at her, if its when were out for dinner, out with friends, or even if its just her lying in our bed with no makeup on and she’s reading a book, and just think to myself how did I get so lucky to have her” I couldn’t whack the smile off of my face if I tried to. “Man you’ve got it bad, its good to see you happy though” “Yeah she’s defiantly the one for me. You know when you know I guess”

Me and Ben were just sitting talking about random shit when I realised it was time for me to get Y/N to bring her back to the hotel for a good nights rest. If anything I just cant wait to get into bed and cuddle her to sleep. When I got into the car I sped off to the entrance of the stadium and waited for her to come out. It didn’t take long until her face was in sight, looking out for me. I dooted the horn to make her look my way. She smiled and ran her way over to the car and got in beside me. “Hey baby how was it?” “It was the best day of my life so far I cant believe it” “I thought the best day of your life was meeting me?” I quickly frowned at her, with a chuckle rising from her chest. “No babe in my career, silly boy” She pushed her fingers through my hair and brought it down to my thigh giving it a squeeze. She better not start this, she knows the way I get when she touches me there. “We had done the dress rehearsal and after they were so impressed with me that they asked me to open and close the show” Her smile was so contagious when she was staring at me, just pure happiness radiating off of her. “Baby that is amazing I’m so proud of you baby girl” I pulled her towards me and gave her the biggest hug I could and gave her a quick peck, I never like giving too much pda in front of people because I always like to keep certain things between us. I know were not having sex or anything around other people, but there is always certain things you like to keep to yourself you know. “Thank you sweetie” She smiled up at me, I couldn’t take my eyes off of my girl. “Oh my god it just hit me, guess who’s opening and closing the show also?” “No way, are you kidding?” “No I’m performing kiwi and only angel at the start and at the end, not sure what order though but that’s all I know so far” “Harry that is amazing, I cant wait to see your face when I walk, I think it’ll be the only thing that will calm down my nerves” She said with a sigh of relief to it. “I think It will be the only thing that will calm my nerves knowing that your going to come out on stage with me too” I sunk my head into the side of her face and I whispered “It will maybe make me feel abit more excited too while your there, I don’t know what your going to wear but I know for a fact it will be something that I cant wait to take off later” Her eyes lit up as she smacked my harm harshly. “Harry, your so horny recently what’s gotten into you?” “You”

We finally arrived at the hotel and we made our way up to the hotel room. Once Y/N got to the bed she flung herself onto it and made a groaning noise. “Thank god that day is over, it was such a long day. Everyone was everywhere and there was so many people looking me at the one time I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. Don’t get me wrong I loved every second of it, but it was just so draining” I sat down beside her and placed my hands on her back, massaging her shoulder blades a little, receiving a little moan in return. “Love I know how you feel. Its the same when I’m on tour. One person wants me on stage to make sure that the lighting is right, then Lou wants me over to try on some looks, then my vocal coach is with me at all times checking my voice. It’s all just an adrenaline atmosphere, but you do get used to it after a while. I know this isn’t your true job, but this event will defiantly get you into modelling if that’s what you really wanna do” “Yeah it is, but signing is my natural calling I guess” “Well you can use both, sing for Balmain’s events” I chuckled at my own joke and Y/N turned around on her back, lifting her arms up to lean on her elbows looking at me in awe. “You can do anything you put your mind to, love. If you really want something, do it. Because I know that you can do it.  No matter what you wanna do ill be routing for you, you know that right?” I sighed as I looked down at her sleepy eyes, rubbing her stomach in small circles. “Yeah of course H, I love you so much” She brought herself up to me and gave me such a passionate kiss. The kiss quickly deepened as she quickly jumped on my lap with her legs wrapped around my waist, her hands trailing up my chest and into my hair. A small groan came from within me as my hands went straight to her tight bum, my dick twitching in my jeans when she started to grind up and down on me. “Baby you need your rest, you’ve got a big day ahead” I quickly let go of her lips to look up at her. Her face just full of lust, her emotion right now was pure desperation and need. She wanted me and I never ever turn her down, but under these circumstances she needs her rest. Even though I’m trying my best to contain my hard on in my jeans underneath her grinding on me. “Baby please, I’m just so stressed and horny, please just really quick” Her body still pulling and pushing against me, this woman pure tortures me. I flipped her over so she was lying on the bed, and I was hovering over her. “The things you do to me woman, its a good job I love you” Her face went a state of confusion at my statement, oh shit that came out wrong. “Do you not want to have sex with me?” My face was emotionless as I looked at her reaction, which was pure hurt in her eyes, the lust slowly draining out. “No no babe that came out wrong, I meant to say that I would do anything to make you happy, even though I want it too and I know you need your rest” “Just shut up and kiss me” She giggled as she pushed my head down to meet her lips and she immediately sucked on my bottom lip, she knows that gets me going. Her hands diverted straight to my jeans, unbuckling the belt within seconds. Fuck she must really want me. Such a turn on. Her hands went underneath them and my under and started to rub at the base of my dick, which made me leak instantly. I couldn’t hold in my moans as they escaped into her mouth. “Fuck” I mumbled when I decided to take my lips away from hers and took my clothes off so I was naked in front of her with my dick hitting off of my lower abdomen. She decided to take off her tiny little dress, her bra and knickers being pooled to the floor beside the bed and she just lay there, waiting for me. Fuck this is so hot. “Well what are you waiting for? Are you guna fuck me or not?” Her giggles filled the hotel room when her hands started to roam around her body until they got lower and her fingers started to roam around her slick little pussy, rubbing her clit. The pleasure ran through out her entire body while she was rubbing herself, which again made my dick twitch. I couldn’t waste anymore time and I took my dick and rubbed it on her clit, teasing the shit out of her. “Don’t tease me please Harry” Her pleads ran over her lips as she looked at me in the way that she always does when she wants something, especially when she wants my dick ramming into her. I forced myself into her with ease because she was so wet. “Jesus Y/N your soaking for me, fuck” I mumbled into her ear when I leaned down to give myself more balance to ram into her harder. I reached down to grab her legs and pulled them over my lower back and pulled her pelvis as close as she could get to reach deeper into her. Now that she is on the pill I can finally feel her without a condom, and it is like euphoria. The way she feels around me makes me cum in seconds. “Aw so warm, soft, so tight for me baby” Her moans got louder and quicker by the second when her orgasm was getting closer and closer. “Harry, fuck, I’m cumming” I love when she cums really hard, she just clenches around me, pulls the cum straight out of me, so hot. Her hips started to shake uncontrollably which made me have to hold them down with my hands. A loud scream whelped out of her voice as she came around me. My high was coming just as she finished, ramming into her harder. “Fuck, I’m filling you baby, I’m filling you oh god” I moaned just as I was cumming, spurting my load straight into her. Both of out sighs filled the room when we finished. When I pulled out of her my cum started to ooze out of her tiny hole, which I then got up and walked to the bathroom to get toilet paper to wipe her clean. “Look at you looking after me, such a gentleman” “Well I cant have my cum making you all dirty” As I pulled the toilet paper around her she winced with the sensitivity of her clit. “Sorry, love” “Its alright, just come to cuddle with me will you?” “Course I will babe” I threw the tissue paper into the bin beside us and got in, pulling her body into mine and resting my head on her waist. “Thank you” She mummered as her eyes tiredly closed. “For what?” “Fucking me until my stress went away” She giggled beaming down at me. “That’s what I’m here for, to help you de-stress” She quickly fell asleep which I joined, its going to be a hell of a day tomorrow.

Y/N’S POV
The hours of sleep felt like minutes when the alarm went off at half 6 in the morning. This is the day of the show and I am beyond excited. The feeling going through me was hard to explain, nerves, excitement, abit of everything I suppose. “Harry, get up” I poked at his back every second to get him out of his deep sleep. I felt so bad that he had to get up with me. He looked so comfortable and peaceful just lying there. I could have looked at him forever. “Okay I’m up, I’m up” His puffy eyes looked directly onto mine while I ran my fingers through my hair. “The car is coming in like half an hour so I’m guna go shower and all that stuff, then we should be ready to go” “Okay ill shower after, don’t be too long now, I know what your like” I sniggered whilst I got up to get ready.

Once we got into the stadium it was all fully ready for the show, the lights sitting perfectly, the names of the important guests stuck onto their seats, the décor looking 10 out of 10, I just cant wait to get up on stage. We were all gathered to the stage for a prep talk which Harry wasn’t apart off. At this point he was getting ready for to do his rehearsal sound check. “Okay ladies we only have a couple of hours to go until the big event. I hope everyone got a good rest last night.” The thought of last nights events running through my head was turning my mouth into a small grin, I wish we had more time last night, I was still so horny for him. But hopefully after today he will wanna go all night. “So the plan is were going to run through the performance one more time, then your going to do your hair and makeup, then your going to do some press interviews, Snapchat updates etc. Then the show will start. Y/N is opening and closing this year for the first time so Y/N the pressure is on you my lovely” All of the girls started to laugh and I joined in. Thanks for making me feel better about it Monica. “Harry is performing the opening song with kiwi, then Miguel is up, then Jane Zhang, then Leslie Odom, then Harry is closing the show. So there is plenty of time for you girls to walk then change, there is like 11 songs altogether so it shouldn’t be a problem. Then after the show you’ll be getting a lot of pictures for the class of 17. Then you’ll do more press, and then it’ll be the after party so you’ll need more glam and change your outfit of course. SO you guys have a lot ahead of you today, but just enjoy it and have fun. Good luck ladies” We all started to cheer and clap our hands while Monica walked off of backstage. All of us gushed to the dressing room to get everything set up and all glammed up.

A few hours later and I was all done with my glam. I hadn’t seen harry from this morning when I arrived, knowing the whole day is pure hectic, I would have liked to have seen him before the show started. But its still early days yet I guess. I put on my robe and walked towards Karlie Kloss which was standing there with Bella Hadid. “Hey Y/N girl how are you feeling?” Bella greeted me with a hug when she asked me. I also gave Karlie a quick hug and looked back at Bella. “I’m so excited its beyond words, but also terrified. Like if I fall or do anything it will be seen all around the world. A lot of people tune into see this. Its a lot of pressure” I awkwardly giggle to them. “Don’t think of it like that, just think that your going out there for a photoshoot or something and your having fun on set like you always do when you with us. You’ll be fine once you get up there” “Thanks girlies” Random photographers were coming up and taking pictures of us talking which is something I have never had done before. “This is a weird kind of photography” I laughed to the girls as I saw them taking photos of everyone and anyone apart of the show. “Yeah that’s what they do, they like to capture the moment without having to act fake in front of the camera, they like to take photos in the moment which I think is a good concept. It takes pictures of the energy and excitement of the whole day in the room” Bella explains as she is looking towards a lot of the photographers. “Yeah I guess that’s a really good idea, you would never even think about that” “Okay we have to on ahead to do abit of press interviews, wanna join?” Karlie asked as the started to put on their pink robes. “Sure”

Going through all of the media interviews and being asked the same questions all the time is very exhausting, all of which is about Harry, of course. “So Y/N are you excited to be with Harry when he performs for the first time on the big event?” “Of course, he isn’t used to an event that is as big as this one to be performing on it, its a good way to promote the album and I think that he will enjoy it” “And this is your very first fashion show how are you feeling?” “I’ve been so nervous this past week but now that its here I cant wait to get on the stage and start the show, it’ll be an amazing day. Especially wearing Olivier’s new clothing line is so exciting for him. He’s always wanted to work with Victoria Secret and now its here, its a very big moment for him today and I’m so proud of how far he has came” “Thank you Y/N have a good show” “Thank you, wish me luck, ill need it” I walked away back into the dressing room, sighing at the fact that the media interviews is done. I never liked that part of any event, especially at award shows. Its not something I’m very confident with.
“Okay so we have half an hour until the show starts so everyone into your outfits. Y/N your starting off in your grey and blue outfit first so make sure that your ready in 15 minutes” The first outfit I was wearing was a grey lacy bra and underwear with a silk material running down my arms, attached to them with diamond bracelet like jewellery around it.

I stood looking out at the side of the stage off all the photographers sitting all around, with fans sitting in the background, and I couldn’t even see the ending of the stadium it was that big. Seeing all of this now finally hit me, I now feel like anxiety kicking in. I seen Harry making his way over to me, eyeing me up and down. “Y/N you look absolutely stunning baby girl, cant wait to see you out there” He gave me a quick kiss and walked back to the side of the stage where he was going to enter out of. “Good luck babe I love you” I shouted as she turned around and faced me giving me a cheeky grin. The music started filling the stadium and I knew it was my queue to go in like a few minutes. “Okay Y/N get ready, your heading out in 10 seconds” A lot of people was working with my hair and fixing my tiara on my head. The crew ran off to the side of the stage and the doors started to open. Oh no what have I done. The screams of fans grabbed my attention and Harry’s instrumental part of Kiwi playing as I started walking out. Thinking about the way I walked in my audition was the only thing I could think of in that moment in time. I quickly raised my hands up so the silky material was waving at my sides as I was walking to the end of the stage. I stopped and pushed my hip out to the side and started to smile. I blew a kiss to the camera and made my way back, walking with pure sass in my hips. My smile couldn’t wash off of my face when I seen Harry coming walking onto the stage and he stood watching me walking towards him. His baby blue Gucci suit uncoincidentally matched my first outfit, and my god he looked so good in it. As I walked past him I blew him a kiss and he sent a wink my way, touching my arm as he started to sing the first line of the song.

As the show went on I went out a few times with the first outfit on. I was defiantly feeling more comfortable every time I walked out onto the stage. I was dancing to the different songs as I walked out, getting into the beat of the songs, which is what a lot of the other models were doing too so I didn’t want to look like I wasn’t having fun.

It came to the end of the show and Harry had changed into a different suit. A black suit with a pink shirt on underneath. Yummy. I had changed into Olivier’s outfit which looked amazing on me I have to say. Once Harry started singing Only Angel I couldn’t wait to get back out and walk around him singing. When I seen him perform it was always him by himself, and I always wanted to get up beside him and dance with his songs. This time I can actually do it and I couldn’t wait. Half way through the song I came out, and I was the first thing that Harry laid his eyes on as I walked past him. I could feel eyes burning into my stomach, radiating through out my body. I again stood at the end of the stage laughing at the camera as I done my poses. I walked back and again blew Harry a kiss while his voice was running right threw my ears. It came to the end of the song and I came walking out again, by myself. I walked to the end of the stage yet again and started to sing the lyrics and I then turned around to show the Victoria Secret logo on the back of the jacket. I stuck my bum out and moved it to the beat of the song, then turned around to stand in the middle of the stage and waited for the rest of the angels to come out to join me on stage to close the show. At this point Harry’s song had finished, and he was waiting for the rest of the singers to come out and he made his way into the middle of us. Of course he moved himself so he was standing next to me, applauding all of us as we applauded them. He was trying so hard not to look down at me because the media would take a picture in that split second and sell it to the media so he tried not to throw something out that people would report. They are doing enough reporting as it is about us being out here let alone anything else, which is understandable. We started to walk back to the backstage area once it was all finished and the class of 17 pictures were taken, I’m just glad its over now.

Harrys POV
Thank god the show is over, I actually had never felt so nervous doing a performance before, but this one was different. There was million upon millions of people watching this live so I kind of had to make sure that my voice was perfect. Another thing that was perfect was my girlfriend. She done the show so well, you would think she had been doing it for years. She looked sexy as hell. Through out my performance all I could think of was taking her back to the hotel and fucking her brains out. Once it got to the end of the show we all walked out and I went straight to Y/N. She looked so drained but still gorgeous. At least now I can take a look at her in her outfit, fuck she looked sexy. Her gaze was on one of the models, talking her life away as usual. “Y/N” I shouted to get her attention. Her gaze set on me and she quickly ran to me giving me the biggest hug and a kiss. “Harry you did so well I’m so proud of you” “I’m so proud of you, you looked really good out there” “Thank you H” Her lips retrieved back to mine for a quick peck. I pulled her head to my lips and whispered “Can you keep the underwear that you wore on stage, would love to see you do a walk for me tonight” “Maybe I will, just for you” her eyes grew a lust again, she is still horny from last night, I know she is. She’s always craving my cock even in public, I love it. “Right guys its press then the after party, so ladies lets get changed and lets go and get drunk” We all cheered at Ed as he walked off again. “Okay well I’m going to go and get changed and ill see you at the after party yeah? I shouldn’t be too long” “Wait are you not doing press?” “I done it before I went on so I don’t have to do it now” She smiled. Smart thinking my girl has. “Well you better make sure you take that baby blue undies home with you.” “Don’t worry I will”

A few hours passed and I was standing talking to Alessandra and her daughter when I seen Y/N make her way into the room, holy fuck. She was wearing a black cut out dress. It had a slit up the side and it had half of her body exposed with a bra top which faded into a full crop top on the other side of her body. She had her hair tied in a messy bun up so show the turtle neck finish on the dress. Could this girl get any sexier. She made her way to Bella to talk to her. “Sorry I’m going to be really rude but Y/N just walked in and I haven’t seen her for a while, do you mind if I go over?” “No not at all Harry, it was so nice to see you” “And you, have a good night” I replied and walked on to meet Y/N standing with my back to me. “Excuse me my lady but would you like a drink of your choice?” I tapped her on her shoulder and she turned around with Bella looking towards me. “ Harry you scared the living death out of me” She giggled as she looked straight back at me. That laugh. I could listen to that laugh every day. “I can see that you liked the blue suit better then H” I quickly changed my suit back to the baby blue one because I love the colour of it, plus it made me looked tanned and ripped so why not. “It looks good babe, like really good” Her hands made their way down my arms to my forearms and squeezing them lightly. “What do you say we get out of here early” “Sounds like a good plan baby girl” A hour or so later we left to our hotel to get some ‘rest’. We told the guests that we were too jetlagged and tired to stay any longer, what a good way out.

Y/N’S POV
We walked into the kitchen part of the hotel and immediately decided to take my shoes off. Wearing heels all day isn’t as glamorous as it may seem. “Did you have a good day love?” Harry asked as he was standing near me, eyeing up my body. “Yes it was the best day, just glad all the madness is over now though” I pushed my hair back from the bun and pulled it through my fingers, loosening the curls slightly. “So…” he sighed, taking another step closer to me. He’s suddenly in front of me, brushing against me and looking down at me with lust in his eyes. “What are we going to do now?” “Mmm, I think I have a rough idea” I pulled hard on the nape of his neck and pulled him into a forceful kiss. He returns the kiss immediately, his hands finding my waist as my fingers tangle through his hair, just the way he likes it. He steps forward and pushes me against the island in the kitchen while he pries my mouth open, giving him full excess to the inside of my mouth, licking inside, making me breathe out a small whimper. I feel him pouring everything he had into this kiss. It feels like everything is happening is going in slow motion, the way his tongue is grazing yours, his hands tracing the bottom of the waistline of your open cut dress and running his hands over your exposed torso. I grab him tighter with my arms roaming around the top of his muscular back, feeling each muscle tense with my touch, I just want to feel and kiss every inch of his body. “So you know that underwear that you wanted me to keep?” His face dropped. “Well its on me right now” I suddenly felt his trousers restrict below me on my thigh when his face smirked at me. “Baby girl you know what you do to me, you can feel it cant you?” I smile at him and press my lips against this again. His hands roamed around to the zip of the dress on the top of your neck and quickly pulled it down, stripping me doing so. The cold air hit my skin giving me goose bumps. “Bed, take me to bed” I whimpered, and he obliged, grabbing my hands and making his way to the bedroom. You squeal when he drops me onto the bed and his cute little giggle lifts the atmosphere to the way we normally are. I quickly started to shed his clothes off, piece by piece, ever so slowly, teasing the crap out of him. His raspy moan escaped his lips as I flipped him over so that I was straddling his hips once again, like last night. I started licking and kissing his chest making sure I never missed a exposed inch of his body. Harry groans again, and I fight back a smile knowing that this is what I do to him.

His eyes rake down my body seeing me in my underwear from the show, eyeing me like a piece of meat that he can only have. “Harry just fuck me until it hurts” I made my way to the bottom of his naval, looking up at him through my eyelashes as I was pressing feathery kisses to it. Harry lets out another raspy groan again and snaking your hair into his hands, bringing your face up parallel to his. “I will baby girl” His green eyes have become a dark emerald, his hands never leaving your body as they made their down from your chest to your waist, then to your naval, then down to your thighs. “Ill do anything you want me to do baby, I’m all yours” “I want you so bad Harry, just fuck me” He pulled me into his chest and wrapped his large ring covered fingered hand around to undo my bra and he took them into his hands kneading them. He took one of them into his mouth as you started to rock onto him slowly. His hand reached down to your ass to help you move on him harder. “Fuck” His head fell back in pure pleasure that I was giving him. “I bet you touch yourself thinking about me ramming into you when I’m gone, don’t you?” “Fuck” You whisper while you grind on him harder and squeeze my eyes shut. I don’t know how he does it. He can make me cum just by his words let alone his touch. I brought up the courage to say something that I know would make him bust a nut right in his boxers, which also is the truth. “No, I think, fuck, I think about you ramming into me, spreading me open, making me scream” I look down at him and I see his reaction to me. His face is filled with concentration and lust. He’s looking at me like he’s imagining the different ways he could destroy me. “Fuck baby, your so good to me, knowing that you do that will make me fuck my own hand way better when I’m gone” Just the image of him doing that alone while looking at pictures of me that I sent him so that he’s reminded of what he’s missing at home just gets me off.

He pulls me to lay on the bed and crawls between my thighs, looking at the wet patch on my knickers then back up at me. “Please Harry, just touch me, or do something” I’m begging him with everything I have for him to touch me, and he groans hearing the desperation in his voice. He curses just by looking at how wet I am for him and he pulls his face away to look at me in a moaning mess. “Jesus baby your dripping wet for me, soaking your panties is all I think about” He makes his way back down to my wet centre and pushes my knickers to the side, and pushes his fingers down, rubbing my folds, gathering the wetness from me and swirling his tongue around them. “So sweet, my favourite thing to eat” He puts his fingers back to where they were, only grazing my clit with the tip of his baby finger. The moans loudly roll off of my tongue, meanwhile Harry looking up taking in the sight before him. “Baby please, just give me your cock, I want it so bad” He brought his body up to me and started to kiss me again, and I pulled my hands down to his boxers and pushed them down his muscular legs. He pushes his boxers off of his legs and he uses his hips to pin me down on the bed which made me scream in pleasure. His hips rubbing against my heat, the only thing separating me and him was my soaking wet thong. The heat coming from my hips is starting to become unbearable, the sudden ache feeling went through out my body. Harry is taking far too long to touch me. All I want in this moment is to feel his head poking at m entrance, and rock his hips into mine, but he is purely teasing at his point. “Harry just get in me already, please I’m begging” His face began to smirk and his hands grabbed your wet thong and dragged them down your legs and throwing them on the floor. He finally made is way back to me and pushed inside me, and when he finally did, it was so fucking amazing. I tried to make a sound but nothing would come out. The little grunts that he makes while he is thrusting into me is echoing in my ears. He is so deep that I can feel him hitting my stomach, he feels like he is stretching me, making me feel so full of him, he’s so big, I can take him.

His pants take up the whole room as his thrusts become faster. “So… tight” He pants as his eyes are squeezing shut, pained groans filled your ears as he continued. It starts off with his hips slowly reclining, so slow that its pure torture, then ramming into with force, hitting places that you didn’t know he could. My hands reach up to touch his swallow tattoos then up to caress his hair through my fingers as he continues to get into a pattern with his thrusts that can reach so far up inside me. “Your… so deep.. Harry, I’m oh my fucking god” I cry to him with the burning pit in my stomach forming. “Are you close baby? He presses his lips onto my neck, bringing his lips down as low as he could go while he was still ramming into me with great force. “Such a pretty cunt, taking me so well, so wet, dripping for me, fuck” My hips buck up when he suddenly hits the spot I’ve been waiting for. “I’ve got every inch inside of you, do you feel it baby girl?” I couldn’t coherent an answer, I just looked up at him, in his eyes, which was still a dominant dark green colour, looking straight at where we were connecting, looking at his cock sinking in and pulling out of me. “C’mon baby girl, give me a good one” He whispered as he looked directly at me again. His speed slowed down as he decided to go for a forceful slow pump, angling his body so his pelvic bone hits at my clit as he rides me in and out, sending me to my orgasm. In a few thrusts after I came his trusts go faster reaching his high at the end. He pulled out of me and wanked himself off onto my stomach, letting out a massive inhumane moan. He moved himself off of me and lay beside me out of breath. He grabbed tissues from the side of the bed and wiped my stomach clean. Thank god he remembered to put tissues there instead of going to the toilet to get more roll. “Wow” I was speechless when I looked at Harry, still coming down from my high. “I haven’t came like that for a while” I said to him as I laughed. “Neither have I, it must of been the underwear.”

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While a great editor can bring your fiction to its highest level and teach you priceless writing skills in the process, other editors can leave you in worse shape than you started—frustrated, confused, and out a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. I don’t want that to happen to you, writers! In this post, I’ll walk you through the 10 essential questions to ask an editor before you hire them, so you can make sure you end up with a winner.

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Although we tend to use the catchall word “editing” to describe all work done by an editor, not all editing services are the same… and not all editors are created equal. Just like writers, they’re individuals with strengths and weaknesses. Because each book or story requires different abilities, it’s important to prepare yourself before and during the process of hiring an editor to make sure you’re getting what you need.

Here’s a list of 10 questions to ask a editor to find out if they’re right for you and your writing… before you hire them.

(Note: Some of this information might be included on the editor’s website, so you may not need to ask. But if you have any uncertainties, double-check with them! Remember, this is their job. If they’re not willing to give you the information you need, consider it a red flag and look for someone else.)

1. What editing services do you offer?

There are lots of different kinds of editing! Manuscript critiques, developmental editing (also called content or structural editing), line editing (also called stylistic editing), copyediting, and proofreading… just to name a few. Each one has a specific purpose and skill set. Don’t assume that every editor offers every kind of editing. For example, here at The Literary Architect, I offer manuscript critiques and developmental editing, but not copyediting or proofreading. Meanwhile I know other editors who provide only copyediting and nothing else.

2. Do you have a specialty?

Just as you can’t assume that every editor provides every kind of editing, don’t assume that they are equally skilled in all genres and forms. Hiring an editor can be a big investment. Try to find someone who has experience with your kind of writing. You wouldn’t want a textbook proofreader to critique your novel, or an editor who specializes in mysteries to edit your memoir!

Even if the editor appears to offer all services for all kinds of writing, ask them anyway. Most editors are more experienced with one genre, editing type, or style than another, even if they don’t say that upfront.

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anonymous asked:

What's the best way to study?

Hi there! I’ll list a bit of a step-by-guide for what I tend to do:

  1. Firstly, it is important to make the distinction between what you’re studying for. As in are you studying for your finals, an in-class assessment or just a topic quiz in your next class? Obviously, bigger exams require a lot more studying and generally over a longer period of time whereas a topic quiz might just be some quick revision over a couple of days. Understanding the format of your upcoming exam or test can be important for knowing how to study!
  2. Figure out what you have to study. Write down what you need to go through to revise. You could do it on a computer, as a to-do list or as a mindmap - whatever works best for you. When you’re studying for several things at once, separate your subjects and use subheadings for each topic. I always use my syllabus or curriculum to see what I’ve got to cover. It’s always a good idea to make a point of anything tough topics. For example if there is something you’ve struggled with during class, make that a priority rather than studying something that you already know.
  3. Make a study plan! Having a schedule is a great way to organise and methodically study prior to your upcoming test. I would recommend using one my study schedule printables which you can download here (under weekly schedule) for free. Plan out your weekly routine - including activities you already have. Then you map out when you can study. You can check out an example of planning it out here.
  4. Get out everything you will need. Tidy your desk, pick out a few pens, a notebook, your laptop. Whatever you think will help!
  5. Have a read through your textbook (if you use one). Highlight or flag anything important. If you want to, summarise each chapter in 5-10 bullet points once you’ve read it.
  6. Figure out how you’re going to take study notes. I will generally do new study notes if I have big exams coming up. For me, I find writing study notes easiest on OneNote. You can see my formatting here. I will read through my in-class notes and textbook to take really brief notes. I will also add any additional information I find useful from the internet. You don’t need to re-do notes if you’ve already got some that are good for studying. I generally won’t re-do my notes properly if I have a smaller test coming up - perhaps just use flashcards or make some rough notes.
  7. Sometimes simple notes aren’t as effective than other revision methods. You could try writing flashcards (for things like vocabulary, definitions, summarises, equations), mindmaps for linked ideas (for things such as facts about a person or subheadings under one topic) or timelines/cause-and-effect maps (for history subjects or seeing connections between events). Figuring out what style works for you will make your study more effective. If you’re unsure what your learning style is, take this quiz! Once you know you can find more precise ways to study.
  8. Once you’ve finished notes, you need to review them! Read over them when you can. Highlight them. Teach your friends or family members!
  9. Read through past papers or sample answers. Depending on what examination system you’re doing, you might be able to access previous years tests and the recommended style of answers. This is a great way to see how you compare and what you can do to improve your answers! It’s always a good way to test yourself if you do timed practices papers. That way you can see if you’re within the time frame and can finish.
  10. Check out YouTube for any educational videos on what you’re learning! Sometimes they’ll be short, descriptive videos about the topics you’re studying. It can be good to watch someone else teach you about it - especially if you’ve had trouble understanding from your teacher.
  11. Whilst studying is important, remember to take regular breaks and not overwhelm yourself. Taking time to destress is very important for your health. Burning out from over-studying isn’t fun.

Here are a few other links that might be useful to you:

I hope this helps! Best of luck with your studying. Remember to stay focused and positive. It is all worth it in the long run xx

anonymous asked:

dear cass, what a BLOODY MASTERPIECE THAT LAST HATEFUCK!HARRY BLURB WAS :((( i hope you elaborate on.. what happens the morning after?

thank u!!! this is a continuation of this blurb here xx

When Harry wakes up the next morning, he’s surprised to see that you’ve cuddled into his chest. 

Also, you’re naked.

His eyes widen and his jaw drops, but then he remembers waking up sometime during the night to you shuffling around and whining under your breath. You were obviously still drunk, not having slept off the effects of the alcohol. Harry had watched as you kicked out your legs in frustration, before rolling off of the bed and standing on wobbly knees.

“’S wrong, love?” he’d grunted, cracking open one eye. It had taken a moment for his eyes to adjust to the dark room, but once they did, he saw you wrestling with the zipper at the side of your dress. Your fingers fumbled, but eventually you’d managed to pry the garment from your body, stepping out of the material as it pooled around your ankles. Harry lowered his gaze, thinking that would be the end of it.

He’d been wrong.

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anonymous asked:

Several times now, I saw authors get really offended when someone said in the comments that they won't be continuing to read a fic for so and so reasons. None of those comments sounded mean or entitled to me but the reaction they got was pretty shitstormy. I'm a bit torn, tbh. I'm in a position of those readers now: a story I loved and commented regularly became upsetting and borderline triggering, so I can't continue reading it but do I just... fuck off without a word? That seems even meaner.

As a writer, I can say that someone leaving without a word can be a blow to an author’s self-esteem if you’ve been commenting on every chapter. However, reading about it in comments is sometimes a hard pill to swallow.

If you have another way to contact them like PMs on FF.net or on their Tumblr, that might be a better way to go and I think most writers would really appreciate the heads up. They don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, but publicly being called out on something you’re not a fan of can be a bit upsetting. 

Perhaps a good way to phrase it would be to let them know that you love their writing but it’s getting a bit triggering for you and so you’ve opted not to continue reading but that you’ll be back for their next fic.

Perhaps we should open the floor to our readers and see what other writers have to say?

–Mod M

365 Writing Challenge

New year, new writers! Here are 365 challenges to take you through each day. The stories don’t need to be long, they don’t need to have continuity, they don’t need to be good. These are all exercises to help you be a better writer; some of them I stole from my former creative writing classes. Have fun with it!

Edit: Please tag me if you do any of the prompts! I want to see your progress :)


1. Write a story about a character after a New Years’ Eve party
2. Write a story using only dialogue. No description. Dialogue only.
3. Write a story with absolutely no dialogue.
4. Write a story with no characters. Let your scene tell the story.
5. Write a story in the style of your favorite author
6. Write a story in the style of an author you hate
7. Write a story in first person
8. Write a story in second person
9. Write a story in third person
10. Make a moodboard for your story or one of your characters
11. Make a playlist for your manuscript
12. Reblog writing from 3 other writers.
13. Leave a comment on 3 other writer’s pieces.
14. Write a description using all five senses
15. Write a story based on five things you find in your pockets or purse
16. Write a description of what you see outside of your window
17. Put your music player on shuffle, or turn on the radio. Write as long as two songs last, and write according to what you hear.
18. Write a fantasy story
19. Write a sci-fi story
20. Write a story set in a time period before your birth
21. Write a story set in modern times
22. Write a romance story
23. Write a scary story
24. Write a mystery
25. Write about what happened after dark
26. Write about what happened in a storm
27. Free write for 20 minutes. It does not matter what the words on the page are. Do not stop writing for 20 minutes.
28. Write 500 words today. One of them will probably be good
29. Outline a story. Enjoy deviating from that outline later
30. Take a walk and write about something you saw on the walk
31. Take a shower or bath. Write about the idea you got there
32. Write about what happens the day they showed up
33. Write about love
34. Write a story. Don’t let any sentence be more than five words.
35. Write a story. Don’t let any sentence be less than five words.
36. Write about your favorite smell
37. Write a story set in winter
38. Write a story set in spring
39. Write a story set in autumn
40. Write a story set in summer
41. Write about someone who hurt you
42. Write about someone who made you happy
43. Write a story about where that smell is coming from
44. Drink water. You probably forgot to today. Write about being thirsty
45. Write a story that involves a cat
46. Draw one of your characters. It doesn’t matter if you can’t draw. They can be a stick figure. Draw them anyway.
47. Write about what your character wore to a funeral
48. Write your character’s death
49. Write your character’s birth
50. Write about the noise you heard in the middle of the night
51. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Let it out slow. Repeat five times. Write something relaxing
52. Write a story set by the sea
53. Write a story set in the mountains
54. Go back to an old prompt. Repeat it. See which version you like better
55. Write as badly as you possibly can. Break every writing rule. Spell everything wrong.
56. Go back and edit that worst possible writing. Try to make it as polished as you can.
57. Treat yourself because you had to edit terrible writing. Then go back and edit it again and see if you can make it even better.
58. Like 3 other writer’s pieces
59. Talk to someone you don’t know today, online or in person. Write about something unexpected you learned.
60. Write about someone who made a bad decision
61. Write a story about someone who is not where they belong
62. Look inside of your refrigerator or pantry. Write a story involving three items there.
63. Write a story about an unusual day at work
64. Write about your favorite holiday
65. Write a bad memory. Write it on paper so you can enjoy ripping it to shreds later.
66. Listen to the playlist you made for your manuscript. Write 500 words.
67. Write a story that features the color blue
68. Write about your character’s children. Write about why they don’t have children.
69. Write about someone who is the opposite gender of you. If you’re non-binary, pick a gender to write about.
70. Write about someone of a different sexual orientation than you.
71. Write about someone older than you
72. Write about someone younger than you
73. Write about yourself
74. Write in the style of another writer on tumblr. If you’re feeling daring, tag them in it
75. Write a fanfiction
76. Write something original
77. Write about being late for something
78. Write about a volcano
79. Look back at the moodboard you made. Do you still like it? How would you change it? Is it because the character changed or the story changed? Take some notes
80. Eavesdrop on a conversation. Use it in a story.
81. Write about an apology
82. Write about the scent of the earth after rain
83. Eat a snack. Write about being hungry.
84. Describe one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
85. Look up the definition of a word you don’t know. Look up a synonym of a word you do know.
86. Write another 500 words
87. Write another story using only dialogue. Which one did you like better? What did you learn?
88. Write a horror story
89. Write a love story
90. Write a story that has aspects of both
91. Write about what started the whole thing
92. Describe panic
93. Free write for 20 minutes again. Do not stop. I see you looking at tumblr. 20 minutes, no stopping.
94. Did you forget to set your timer? Did someone interrupt you? Do another 15 minutes of free writing.
95. Write about lightning
96. Write about the time when it hurt
97. Write using your opposite hand. If you use a computer, try to type with your eyes closed.
98. Write about why the chicken crossed the road
99. Write about an idiom.
100. Write about reaching a goal
101. Write the first line of a story. Write the last line of a story. Try to connect them
102. Write about being scared
103. Describe something powerful
104. Time is short. Write what happened in under 20 minutes.
105. Go back to another piece you have written. Edit it. Bonus points if you don’t cry.
106. Write something that would make your readers cry. Bonus points if it makes you cry.
107. Describe a field of flowers
108. Describe what’s hiding in the field
109. Write a piece that English professors would want to analyze. Use as much symbolism as possible. Nothing is real. Everything is a metaphor
110. Write a list of metaphors and similes.
111. From that list, pick your favorite and write a story using it
112. Write about a flood
113. Drink water again. Write about someone forgetting something.
114. Did you remember what you forgot? Spend the day thinking about what else you’ve forgotten. Write any plot ideas down.
115. Start a dream diary. Keep a notebook by your bed, and write down what you can remember of your dreams when you wake up.
116. Describe what’s in your character’s bag
117. Write a story set in Paris
118. Write a story about the cliff
119. Write a poem
120. Write a story about a fight
121. Remember that dream diary? Write a story based off of one of the dreams
122. Describe something you would see at the zoo
123. Write about the first day of school
124. Write about the first day of work
125. Write about the last day of work
126. Describe the smell of fall
127. Listen. Write about what you hear
128. Write your character’s dream
129. Find a faceclaim for one of your characters
130. Outline a story.
131. Take a walk. Write about whatever you thought of while walking.
132. Write about the first time someone saw a giraffe
133. Write about an extinct animal
134. Describe the sound of bells
135. Write a story set in space
136. Write a story about something soft
137. Describe hands touching
138. Describe what anger looks like
139. Describe what happiness looks like
140. Write what was behind door number one
141. Get a deck of cards and draw a card. Write about the card.
142. Flip a coin. Heads, write about winning. Tails, win about losing. If you don’t have a coin handy, write about cheating.
143. Write a story about someone getting caught.
144. Describe fire
145. Go read one page of a book. Write the next page.
146. Find another writer online and send them an ask about their story or characters
147. Get up and stretch. Write about why someone’s joints ache.
148. Write about anticipation.
149. Find another writer online and comment on their work. Make their day.
150. Describe the feeling of disappointment
151. Are you still keeping that dream journal? Did I tell you to stop? Write about a dream.
152. Go back to any other prompt and repeat it. And probably drink more water.
153. Write about a mom
154. Describe how you feel when someone you love is near you
155. Write about a cliff
156. Write about your zodiac sign
157. Write about a misunderstanding
158. Describe something underwater
159. Write about your least favorite food
160. Do a chore around the house. Bonus points if it’s washing dishes or something equally menial. Think about your manuscript while you do it. Did you get any ideas?
161. Write a story set in Egypt
162. Describe the color red
163. List as many words as you can think of that start with the letter Z. No cheating. Use one of those words in a story.
164. Look into a drawer. Write about what’s inside.
165. Write about why someone deleted their social media
166. Describe winter
167. Write about the heat
168. Write what you want to write. Make sure it’s at least 500 words.
169. Write about a fairy
170. Describe the feeling right before you fall asleep
171. Drink water. Write about someone’s chapped lips.
172. Write about flying
173. Write a story about someone who made a mistake
174. Write about a superhero
175. Describe home
176. Send an anonymous message to someone on tumblr and make it positive. Write about their reaction. (or lack of reaction!)
177. What language have you always wanted to learn? Write about how that language sounds.
178. Write a story about a magician
179. Write a story in first person
180. Write a story in second person
181. Write a story in third person
182. Look back at your first, second, and third person stories. Edit your favorite.
183. Write about a pillow
184. Describe the feeling of pins and needles
185. Write about anxiety
186. Write about someone strong
187. Write about someone weak
188. Have them meet
189. Write about someone who had too much to drink
190. Describe restlessness
191. Free write for 20 minutes
192. Write nothing at all today. Think about your manuscript.
193. Set yourself a new writing goal
194. Write a story without using the word “the”
195. Write a story about a character with no gender
196. Write a story about a character who is asexual
197. Reblog writing from 3 other people. Make sure you leave a comment.
198. Write about a bite
199. Describe New York City
200. This is prompt number 200. Go back to another prompt with the number 2 in it, and repeat it.
201. Write about frustration.
202. Describe the feeling of someone watching you
203. Stretch. Write about someone who exercises too much
204. Drink water. Write about a mermaid.
205. Write about a monster
206. Write a story with a happy ending
207. Write about why someone pops bubble wrap
208. Describe a character’s clothing in detail
209. Turn on the radio or shuffle your music. Write a story based on the first song that comes on
210. Write about the moth attracted to the flame
211. Go back to one of the pieces you’ve written and edit it. Let the red ink flow.
212. Describe someone stepping on a Lego
213. Write a sci-fi story
214. Write a fantasy story
215. Write another story with absolutely no dialogue
216. Write a story about an animal
217. Write someone’s surprise party
218. Take a walk. Write about how you got there.
219. Describe a haunted place
220. Write about the grim reaper
221. Write about someone who is not in control
222. Describe how your character breathes
223. Write about snoring
224. Write a funny story. Bonus points if you laugh while writing it
225. Give feedback to another writer.
226. Direct another writer to this prompt list. (Kidding.) Write about someone being self-serving.
227. Free write for 20 minutes. Is it becoming easier yet?
228. Write in five 5 minute increments today. Were you eager to go back to writing?
229. Write a story that takes place in a courtroom.
230. Describe the smell of a tree
231. Write about a werewolf
232. Write another description using all five senses
233. Describe someone salty (Erotica writers, it’s your time to shine)
234. Still keeping that dream journal? Write about another dream
235. Write about pain
236. Write a story using as many long words as you possibly can. Make it pretentious.
237. Pick a name that you dislike for no reason. Name a character that, and write a story about them.
238. Kill a character.
239. Save a character.
240. Drink water. Redo another prompt.
241. Your character can no longer say any curse words. What do they say instead?
242. Write a story that has a bad pun in it.
243. Describe a reflection
244. Write a story set somewhere hot
245. Describe your character’s scars or tattoos. If they don’t have any, give them one.
246. Describe someone else’s character. Tag them in it if you feel bold.
247. Write about someone avoiding their past
248. Write a story about someone who does not want to be there
249. Write a story in the form of text messages back and forth
250. Write about a phone call
251. Stretch. Do something you’ve been putting off doing.
252. Describe your character’s hair
253. Write a story in the style of someone who doesn’t understand the correct definition of words. Their, there, and they’re must all be used incorrectly. To, two, and too, too. Which deer is my dear? Remember, English steals words from everywhere, so it gets confusing.
254. Fix that story. Feels good to edit it, doesn’t it?
255. Write a story in the form of twitter posts.
256. Write about someone of a different nationality than you
257. Share a piece of writing
258. Write about unraveling
259. Write about why your phone won’t stop ringing
260. Describe lights reflecting on a car window
261. Free write for 20 minutes
262. Write about what you found in your closet
263. Write about what you found under your bed
264. Describe something soft
265. Describe something hard (Erotica writers, here’s another free pass)
266. Write about a scandal
267. Like 3 other writer’s pieces
268. Drink water. Write 500 words today.
269. Find out something new about a time period you’re interested in. Try not to lose yourself in Wikipedia articles.
270. Write about what you found out.
271. Describe a sunset
272. Try to write like an author from your childhood
273. Describe an item in a museum
274. Write badly. Laugh at yourself
275. Stretch. Look up the best stretches for writers.
276. You thought I forgot about the dream diary? Look back at some old dreams
277. Write about a nightmare
278. Write about an exhale
279. Write about someone being saved
280. Write banter between two characters
281. Write fanfiction. Write bad fanfiction—try to make the characters as opposite as possible.
282. Write about joy
283. Describe something sticky (Erotica writers…)
284. Repeat a prompt, but write it from a different perspective. Can be stylistic, or simply from the viewpoint of a different character.
285. Write the beginning of a story
286. Write about why someone killed
287. Describe a character wearing facepaint
288. Write about success
289. Write about failure
290. Write about something that is both
291. Describe what jewelry your character wears
292. Outline a story.
293. Write at least 500 words
294. Boost another writer. Give them encouragement, reblog their writing, leave a comment, send them a prompt.
295. Drink water. Write about the ocean.
296. Describe music
297. Write about someone waiting
298. Write about someone who said the wrong thing
299. Describe someone who appears intimidating, but is actually a cinnamon roll
300. You’ve reached 300. Redo another prompt that includes the number 3.
301. Write about why someone wears gloves
302. Describe a kiss
303. Write what your character does for their favorite holiday
304. Write about something disgusting
305. Write using slang from another generation. Tubular, dude.
306. Draw your character. No eraser necessary.
307. Take a shower or a bath and plot.
308. Describe the scent of a candle
309. Free write for 20 minutes
310. Go back to your playlist. Pick three songs, and write a story based on those songs. Write for as long as the songs last.
311. Boost another writer. You know the drill by now.
312. Take a deep breath. Take a few more. You are a good writer. You are getting better every day. You can do this.
313. Write about being tired
314. Write about someone who has missed something
315. Describe the sky
316. Write about someone named Oliver
317. Describe what was left after it happened.
318. Write about someone with a lot of money
319. Go back to another prompt. Do it again
320. Write about a bird
321. Write a story that includes the word “plant”
322. Write about a heist
323. Describe the smell of a wedding
324. Write about a mythical creature
325. Write about what’s behind door number two.
326. Which door was better, number one, or number two? Think about it. Write about it.
327. Boost another writer. Support the community.
328. Write about gratitude
329. Describe someone who can’t get to where they’re going
330. Write about the stars
331. Write something about a dystopian future
332. Describe a theater seat
333. Write about a character who cannot sing
334. Describe what your character does when they are bored
335. Go back and edit one of your other prompts.
336. Drink water. Describe what your character goes for when they are thirsty.
337. Write about getting something for free
338. Write about not getting something for free
339. Write your character’s worst day ever
340. Ouch. Why don’t you make it up to them? Write something good happening.
341. Boost another writer
342. Write about someone who helps another person
343. Finish a task you’ve been putting off. Does not have to be writing related.
344. Describe hands not touching
345. Write about a bruise
346. Write about the reason why someone stayed
347. Write something that makes you uncomfortable. Delete if afterwards if you need to.
348. Take a deep breath. Relax for 15 minutes. See what happens
349. Write about goals for the next year
350. Write about a Viking
351. Describe the dark just before the dawn
352. Write about the number 29
353. Make a new character
354. Write as badly as you can. Is it getting harder or easier to write badly?
355. Go back to your dream journal. Write about a character who has a repetitive dream
356. Describe what your character wears on a date
357. Describe something green
358. Drink water. Write about an angel
359. Describe someone trying not to be seen
360. Write about someone being discovered
361. Repeat a prompt. Do it better.
362. Write about nearing the end
363. Write the end. The End. Big E.
364. Boost another writer
365. You’ve made it! Celebrate by sharing some writing.

anonymous asked:

dear,emma may you please help me with my studying i do not understand how to properly study

Hi there! I’ll list a bit of a step-by-guide to getting started and actually studying. Hopefully that will give you some pointers and you’ll be able to revise!

  1. Firstly, it is important to make the disctination between what you’re studying for. As in are you studying for your finals, an in-class assessment or just a topic quiz in your next class? Obviously, bigger exams require a lot more studying and generally over a longer period of time whereas a topic quiz might just be some quick revision over a couple of days. Understanding the format of your upcoming exam or test can be important for knowing how to study!
  2. Figure out what you have to study. Write down what you need to go through to revise. You could do it on a computer, as a to-do list or as a mindmap - whatever works best for you. When you’re studying for several things at once, separate your subjects and use subheadings for each topic. I always use my syllabus or cirriculum to see what I’ve got to cover. It’s always a good idea to make a point of anything tough topics. For example if there is something you’ve struggled with during class, make that a proirity rather than studying something that you already know.
  3. Make a study plan! Having a schedule is a great way to organise and methodically study prior to your upcoming test. I would recommend using one my study schedule printables which you can download here (under weekly schedule) for free. Plan out your weekly routine - including activities you already have. Then you map out when you can study. You can check out an example of planning it out here.
  4. Get out everything you will need. Tidy your desk, pick out a few pens, a notebook, your laptop. Whatever you think will help!
  5. Have a read through your textbook (if you use one). Highlight or flag anything important. If you want to, summarise each chapter in 5-10 bullet points once you’ve read it.
  6. Figure out how you’re going to take study notes. I will generally do new study notes if I have big exams coming up. For me, I find writing study notes easiest on OneNote. You can see my formatting here. I will read through my in-class notes and textbook to take really brief notes. I will also add any additional information I find useful from the internet. You don’t need to re-do notes if you’ve already got some that are good for studying. I generally won’t re-do my notes properly if I have a smaller test coming up - perhaps just use flashcards or make some rough notes.
  7. Sometimes simple notes aren’t as effective than other revision methods. You could try writing flashcards (for things like vocabulary, definitions, summarises, equations), mindmaps for linked ideas (for things such as facts about a person or subheadings under one topic) or timelines/cause-and-effect maps (for history subjects or seeing connections between events). Figuring out what style works for you will make your study more effective. If you’re unsure what your learning style is, take this quiz! Once you know you can find more precise ways to study.
  8. Once you’ve finished notes, you need to review them! Read over them when you can. Highlight them. Teach your friends or family members!
  9. Read through past papers or sample answers. Depending on what examinatinon system you’re doing, you might be able to access previous years tests and the recommended style of answers. This is a great way to see how you compare and what you can do to improve your answers! It’s always a good way to test yourself if you do timed practices papers. That way you can see if you’re within the time frame and can finish.
  10. Check out YouTube for any educational videos on what you’re learning! Sometimes they’ll be short, descriptive videos about the topics you’re studying. It can be good to watch someone else teach you about it - especially if you’ve had trouble understanding from your teacher.
  11. Whilst studying is important, remember to take regular breaks and not overwhelm yourself. Taking time to destress is very important for your health. Burning out from over-studying isn’t fun.

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I hope this helps! Best of luck with your studying. Remember to stay focused and positive. It is all worth it in the long run xx