should be doing more productive things

nadiapyms  asked:

That last anon reminded me a lot of myself with champions. It was the first comic I bought and will always be special to me, but it's a chore as well now. Why? Because Mark waid is a 55 year old white man trying to write a book about nearly all poc champions and promised us it would be about the champions defeating injustice in the word the way the avengers didn't, and the last issue was literally about paintball. Im sick of it.

i had really, really high hopes for champions. i read all of waid’s anad avengers and never felt dissatisfied? but it’s hard to read a book like champions when ta-nehisi coates is writing for marvel. when roxane gay is writing for marvel (if you haven’t read bad feminist that’s a thing you should go do). when saladin ahmed is writing for marvel. when i have better options.

i was really, really angry after issue five but i’m trying to channel that into something more productive. i’m still going to write about how angry waid makes me, that’s what my personal blog is for, but i want to take every opportunity to point out the things about marvel that i like, the things that bring me back to comics

ms. marvel was my first ongoing series. i’ve read it monthly since it came out. the first series was an anchor for me in grad school. it’s a substantial part of my personal, academic, and professional lives. whatever it is that waid or brian or whoever else won’t or can’t do, other people, like g willow and sana amanat, have and will and they deserve our attention


1. Wake up earlier. Not only does this improve productivity but it also gives you more time to make a good, hearty breakfast.

2. Make your bed. Let’s be real, being welcomed to a tidy bed after a long day at work/school (or a long day in general) is probably the best feeling anyone will ever experience.

3. If you want, spend a little more time on your appearance. Take some time choosing an outfit, applying make up or whatever. Do what helps you boost your confidence and self-esteem.

4. Stay hydrated, folks. Keep a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

5. Stretch everyday or start yoga (or do both, why not?)

6. Create a playlist consisting of songs that make you happy and listen to it. Listen to songs for the mood you want to be in, instead of the mood you are in.

7. Compliment at least one person per day. This could be an acquaintance, co-worker, class mate, stranger, whoever!

8. Use your manners. If someone holds the door for you, lets you go first etc, they did it voluntarily and didn’t have to do it, so a “thank you” wouldn’t hurt.

9. Eat your fruit and vegetables and always choose the healthy version over the junk food.

10. Have a good laugh. Catch up with friends, watch some ‘Parks and Recreation’, go see some stand-up comedy, reminisce about funny moments that have happened to you. You don’t need to be a doctor to know that humour has many benefits.

11. Be optimistic. Always look at the positives. There’s no point on focusing on the negatives because that isn’t going to help anyones mood at all.

12. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything to intense. A run around the block, a walk with your dog or even a 'Just Dance’ session will do the job. 

13.Bring a book/magazine or collect the daily newspaper with you. Spend you spare time reading.

14. Try and learn something new everyday. This can either be an interesting fact you saw online or a new skill someone taught you.

15. Help others when you are able to. Help your classmates with school work or offer to help you struggling neighbour lift those heavy objects.

16. Stop procrastinating. No matter how unmotivated you are to, push yourself and complete what you need to complete. Do what you gotta do. You know you’ll love yourself for doing it.

17. Drink some tea, because that stuff is goooooood (and also beneficial).

18.Make time to do things that help you relax, whether that’s painting, having baths, doing you nails or going for a run.

19. Don’t dwell on your mistakes, but instead grow and learn from them.

20. And lastly, be kind to yourself. If you love who you are, everyone else will

These are my tips on how to be productive whilst also being very busy. 

  1. Get all of your daily habits done before you do anything for pleasure- this acts as an award system but also ensures that you’re taking care of yourself.
  2. Do one productive thing before leaving the house for the day- if you can’t do this you’re not waking up early enough. 
  3. Do 3 productive things after you get home- this minimum puts you track to do even more, or ensures an evening won’t go wasted.
  4. Plan your night in your head while traveling home- this motivates you to start as soon as you get home, instead of taking a 2-hour break and then going to bed. 
  5. Simplify your planning process- planning is fun but it should not take more than 15 minutes.
  6. Allow yourself to be on break- at work or at school if you’re on break rest, don’t burn out half way through the day. 
  7. Be disciplined- don’t allow yourself to be an in a routine where you don’t get tasks done because you’re already busy. 

   These tips were mostly for me… Good luck busy bees! 

(I edited the picture above but it’s not mine, you can find it here

Unpopular opinion:

The show is doing the concept of Shadowhunters far more justice than the books, and the deviations from canon have so far been good and thought-provoking and exactly what a TV show should be doing.

The characters are more fleshed out. They’re far more compelling than the books. I’m genuinely interested in where the writers are taking this season, and not just making my way through the book to get to the next mildly interesting fight scene.

And, of course, Malec being adopted by the production and given background and substance is the best thing to happen to the franchise since the writers lost Captain Crunch’s phone number on purpose probably.

This isn’t an attempt to get book fans to fight me.

Well, maybe a little.


Indicating Race through Letters and Texts

I’m planning a story that would take place in a college and be entirely told through the characters emails, texts, articles (one character’s on the school paper), social media, etc. It’s basically a light hearted rom-com that takes place during a college theater production.

Do you have any idea for how I can indicate ethnicity in this format? Specifically, I’ve got a Chinese-American hero and an African American heroine. Since people don’t normally give physical descriptions of other people in casual emails and texts, I’m trying to think of things I can do in addition to character names to communicate ethnicities. I’ve also got an Indian-American young woman, some more African American characters, and some white American characters. Any ideas, or directions I should look into?

Thanks! I love your blog. I really, really appreciate all the work you do.

It’s likely your characters will talk about themselves, their family, cultural aspects and racial and/or cultural grievances that make up parts of their everyday lives. Some examples:

  • A character mentions their aunt making their favorite Chinese dish for a holiday.
  • A characters faces or witnesses a racial micro-aggression and vents to friends or social media.
  • A character feels self-conscious about their looks and/or is complimented for their traits by a friend (see how to do this tastefully here)
  • A character on the school paper writes about social issues that affect her life (or her people’s) and reflects.
  • A character plays a character in theater known to be a certain race.

Please check out Defying White as Default which is similar to your question, except the asker’s story is a journal.

~Mod Colette


The Hamilton cast existed *gasp* BEFORE Hamilton and they all were in great musicals/projects and I recommend you listen/watch them ALL. Specifically…
-Renée as Mimi in Rent (there’s a version of the professionally recorded production on YouTube)
-Anthony and Lin in 21 Chump Street (Full Recorded Version on Vimeo, opening on YouTube)
-Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Pippa’s professional debut she sounds like a goddess 10/10)
-Spring Awakening (SMOL GROFF I CANT)
-Daveed’s music (he has an album called Small Things to a Giant and is part of the group clippng)
-Frozen (We all know Groff was in that and DESERVED MORE SONGS THANK YOU VERY MUCH)
-Smash (Leslie was in it and I believe Pippa had a small part, (haven’t actually watched Smash yet but WORKING ON IT OKAY))
-Venice (Leslie was in this at The Public a few months before Hamilton made its debut, and there’s a cast recording out there)
-Newsies (Thayne and Ephraim were both OBC members)
-tick, tick… BOOM! (Lin and Leslie with Karen Olivo from ITH, Jonathan Larson’s other less known musical. Some footage from this, no recordings. Great pics of Lin with his A. Ham hair but not the facial hair)
-House (Lin was in a few episodes season 6)
-The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Lin had a small part in this movie and it’s a great movie so watch it anyways)
-Freestyle Love Supreme (Chris and Lin are in this, it’s a TV show about the improv rap group they’re in)
-Modern Family (Lin was in an episode called Good Cop, Bad Dog)
-How I Met Your Mother (Lin was in an episode of the final season)
-The Electric Company (Lin was in a few episodes rapping about grammar in 2008 or 2009)
-Sesame Street (Lin was in an episode around 2010 and he was a rapping real estate agent for birds… Just look it up)
-Supernatural (Leslie was in an episode one time)
-Glee (Groffsauce was in it)
-The Book Of Mormon (Andrew Rannells, former King George and Rory O'Malley, current King George, both got Tony nominations for originating roles in this show)
-The Good Wife (Rènee was in it)
-The Lion King (Rènee played Nala)
-Matilda (Thayne and Betsey were OBC in the ensemble)
-Person of Interest (Leslie had a recurring role season 3)
-Gotham (Leslie was on episode 9)
-Law and Order (most of the cast has had appearances from time to time)
-The Color Purple (Rènee was Nettie in the OBC)
-One Life to Live (Rènee was on it)
-Star Trek (also Rènee)
-All About You (Rènee played Nicole, as well as co wrote and performed in the soundtrack)
-Pistol (Rènee played Drea)

If anyone has anything else to add PLEASE DO because these actors did plenty of great, super amazing things pre-Hamilton and I think we should all talk about it more. I’ll add onto this as people remind me of all the AMAZING projects the cast has worked on!
A Lesson in Love (The Little Things Part Two)

Summary: (College!AU) In which you’re assigned to write a story about romance, a subject you know nothing about, and Bucky, a hopeless romantic, offers you his assistance.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 3,317

A/N: The thing that Bucky performs is actually an excerpt from an original piece that I wrote a year ago. I hope you enjoy that along with this super long chapter to make up for not updating in a few weeks :) 

“A Lesson in Love” Masterlist

@avengerstories - I hope you know I depend on your editing like Hamilton depended on writing.

Originally posted by chrisevansz

There’s a knock at your door, but you ignore it, too immersed in your book to address whoever it is. It also doesn’t help that you’re entirely too comfortable in bed, tucked under your favorite fleece blanket and nowhere near motivated enough to get up any time soon.

With midterms fast approaching, there are a plethora of more productive things you should be doing, and yet, here you are. It’s as if the words on the page have taken you hostage and have no intention of letting you go.

Just as you begin to lose yourself in the book again, whoever’s at your door knocks even louder. Apparently they didn’t catch the hint that you aren’t in the mood for visitors. “Come in,” you yell distractedly, eyes glued to the page you’re on.

“I’m glad to see that my money didn’t go to waste.”

A Walk to Remember slips out of your hands, landing on your chest with a soft thud. “Bucky?”

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Shout out to the readers whose parents and/or family don’t support their reading habits. For every time you were told you are wasting your time filling your head with nonsense and you should be doing something more productive. For all those times they told you they’re not wasting any more money on books for you and for every time they told you to stop wasting your own money on books. For every time they called you weird and blamed books for giving you “ideas”. For all those whose parents wanted proof that you were reading a book for class and not for pleasure. For every time they took away your book and forced you to go do something else and for the times they threatened to throw away or burn your books. To all those whose parents strictly controlled what you read. Your interest in reading is valid. Be a rebel. Read.

The town musical

OK, so I’m seeing a lot of annoyance on how much time was spent on the town musical instead of devoting it to further the plot lines of some of the smaller characters. And I totally get that. I wish we could have gotten a lot more time with so many of my Stars Hollow favorites.

BUT, I actually think that the town musical served an important purpose.

Think back to the original series and how much Lorelai always delighted in whatever sort of wacky thing the town was doing. Kirk is starring in the elementary school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof? Sure, why not. Kirk is selling shirts that say “Babette ate oatmeal”? That’s hilarious, and does he take requests? Taylor has made an interactive experience with the world’s creepiest mannequins in the Twickham house? Let’s go see it two more times today, and tell all our friends about it. Kirk is doing a dance representation of being born? Gross, but another great Kirk anecdote.

Lorelai should have loved that wacky play. She should have thought them trying to copy Hamilton was hilarious. The 26 sex scenes should have been one of the first things mentioned when she called Rory immediately afterward to tell her all about this hilarious play and how she had to come see it.

The play was tacky, and disorganized, and made little sense. The choreography was atrocious, and the 9 ABBA songs at the end was so random. But that just really seems like stuff that Lorelai should have loved about it, if she had been herself.

But she wasn’t herself. She was grieving the loss of her father. She was struggling even more than usual with her mother. She was watching her daughter flounder. She was stressed about losing Michelle. And she was feeling stuck, both in her professional life and in the state of her relationship with Luke. She’s pretty friggin stressed and depressed at this point, so when she’s confronted with the latest case of Stars Hollow insanity that she would usually be highly entertained by, she’s just not feeling it. Her reaction to it is so starkly different from what I would have expected.

That’s why I think the musical was important. It showed just how lost Lorelai was feeling at that point in her life.

Sanguis Deserti

The children of the desert are cursed;
The children of the desert are blessed.
The desert gives and takes,
just as it pleases.

sanguis: Latin; noun; third declension, masculine; nominitive: subject
—-meaning: blood

deserti (from desertum): Latin; noun; second declension neuter; genitive: possession
—-meaning: of the desert

Leia Organa is covered in blood by the time she reaches the deck of Jabba’s sail barge. The broken end of the chain that had sought to bind her to her captor gleams in Tatooine’s harsh sunlight, wisps of hair pulled free of her intricate braid cling to the sweat on her neck and forehead, and a feral grin curls her lips and ignites her eyes to desert flames.

There is an ax in her hand, ripped from the dying grasp of a man who had tried to grab her as she fled out of the belly of the barge. He had grabbed her, and his blood had been the first to stain her chin, her shoulders, her hands. Its tip drips crimson, black, yellow-blue, the dying gasps of a dozen lives stolen by its razor edge and by the hands that grip its haft in a hold far too comfortable for a princess.

The wind tugs at her hair, coils around her ankles, brushes against her cheeks and forehead and bare shoulders. Welcome, welcome the desert sighs. Welcome home, dear child of the desert…

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                             i’m afraid.
  Of what? 

               —–  L I V I N G  like   this,   and   dying   for   N O T H I N G.                          

anonymous asked:

how do you handle depression or anxiety.? i feel like i always get this way around this time of year and i never know how to handle it hah

uhm…tbh im not good at dealing w those things;;; im used to handling it in a rly unhealthy way (by suppressing emotions) and u 100% should not do that, so idk what a good way to handle this stuff would be except for like..actual therapy ofc

i can tell u a few short-term solutions tho that make me a little less anxious/stressed and also help me be more productive:
- i get up rly early in the morning (around 7am) and try to do as many things as i can until midday (washing dishes, doing homework, studying, showering, feeding pets, etc etc)
- i try to make myself as comfortable as i can (comfy+warm clothes, listening to nice music, making some tea/coffee/whatever u like)
- if i listen to music i make sure only to listen to specific songs tho, bc if ur anything like me and music can be a big influence on ur mood, u wanna make sure to listen to songs that make u feel happy and energized
- i talk to friends (could be abt how ur feeling right now to get some comfort/support or just abt things u enjoy like shows/movies/books/etc)
- i try to remember that my brain is p much lying to me and even if it feels like the things that make me depressed/anxious are gonna destroy me, they wont. we can deal with a lot more stuff than we give ourselves credit for

To my American Spoonies

I’ve been avoiding the internet the last few days to prepare for the incoming apocalypse that is happening in my southern neighbouring country. But that is enormously unfair to all of you who need support right now.

Listen, I know shit has hit the fan. I know you are terrified that Trump is going to take away the small healthcare benefits Obama fought so hard to implement. He might very well do that, and nothing on Tumblr is going to make that any less scary. But you are a spoonie. You are a survivor and you deal everyday with things more intimidating than your wispy, orange president-elect. Your body is trying to kill you and everyday, you tell it to shut the fuck up and you go out there and live your life the best you can. Trump should be scared of you. Because if you can deal with pain that would put most people in the hospital, if you can be productive and live fulfilling lives and roll with every ridiculous curveball your immune system throws at you, if you can smile through doctors playing Russian roulette with your treatments, you can get through whatever shenanigans the carrot man tries to pull with your insurance and healthcare.

You’re all fucking champions. Trump may have won your country, but he won’t win your battles. You will all get through whatever stupid shit he has planned.

Bullet Journal things you should know before starting one
  • keep it simple - it’s tempting to fill every page with something given many inspirating bullet journals spreads people posts online but do you really need write down every little thing down? Your water intake or medicine remainders are better to keep on phone tracker apps tbh. Before you write something down in your bujo ask yourself if you really need to or you just want to make it look “full”. If it’s that’s the case, don’t do it.
    I was on bujo high when I started it in January and there’s so many things I regret that I did: some collections I don’t necessarily need and spreads that were way too much for my little needs. Some of these things took just too much of a time to set up which wasn’t convenient to do often.
    Bullet journaling is about time management and getting more productive before anything else so before you’ll get comfortable with your journal you should focus on that and maybe add more things along the way when you’ll know what works and what doesn’t for you.
  • you’ll make a lot of mistakes-like, a lot. If you’re sensitive to how thngs look like me you’ll probably want to start anew everytime you spell something wrong. Don’t do that. Think about your first bujo as practice. Don’t tear pages off just because you made an ugly line - you’ll just destroy your notebook making it more ugly. Instead find a way to cover your mistakes, i.e. stick something on it (washi tapes, photos, post-it notes with doodles or quotes), doodle over it - get creative with your mistakes! Something nice might come of it.
  • don’t be afraid to make things ugly - when I was planning my degree project I used my bujo to write down my ideas and doodles. It’s not pretty, definitely not aesthetic. It’s just ugly. But it’s okay. I needed to brainstorm with a piece of paper and a pen and where is a better place to do that than in my journal that I keep with me all the time. It’s just my notebook, I’ll be probably the only one to look at it anyway. It’s not the book I’m gonna sell or something.
  • don’t be afraid to steal - if you like something in others bujo try it in yours and see if it works for you. It’s okay if it looks the same. As I said you’ll be the only person to read it so there’s nothing wrong with it. Think of it as practicing drawing by following your favourite artists style. But if you plan on posting it online you should credit the person you got inspiration from. It’s the basic manners to do that.
  • don’t buy everything at the beginning - you don’t know what is gonna work for you or if you won’t drop your bullet journaling after a week or two so don’t go on a shopping spree for stationery. All you need is a pen and a notebook. You can buy the rest later.
  • sometimes you’ll go off the plan - and that is okay too. It happens. Don’t beat yourself for it. Life is more that just a list of things to do before you die so don’t live like your life depends on doing this homework today or not. Treat bujo as a thing that helps you remember about things you have to do not as deal with a devil over your soul.
  • follow studyblrs and bujo blogs on social media - these blogs are really helpful about keeping your life together or making it better. Follow them to get inspired and motivated.

I’m not a studyblr blogger but I thought I should write down my experience to share with others and post it here :) Feel free to add more to this if you think about something.

take whatever means of transportation you need to 

when you have to get to work
when you have to seek medical care
when you need food
when you need to hang with friends and neighbors

be conscious of the problems with our relations to the means of production and how that affects our relations to each other, talk about these things with your friends and neighbors, and, should you be able to, join a local organization and do something helpful towards social transformation that struggles against capitalist patriarchy, whiteness, heteronormativity, et al.

there’s no good reason to create more anxiety in your life over something like what should i do to get where i need to go. get there. take care of yourself, so you can help others take care of themselves. 

Things I have learned about growing locs

I really gotta stop looking at other people’s locs and expecting mine to look like theirs, loc envy is a bitch and is the reason I keep taking out my locs to start over… I just need to let them grow how they want and embrace the uniqueness of my locs even in the awkward stage

Don’t wash so often 😭 my hair was so damn dry all the time and washing my scalp all the time probably made things worse… use tea tree oil mixed with jojoba oil to calm itchy scalp, or witch hazel water or rose water

Drink lots of water!!!!!!!!! Water is great for your entire body but it really helps with hair growth and having healthy strong hair

Less is more when it comes to products, olive oil gel is great for starter locs but after a few months just some water and oil should be enough for retwisting

I keep retwisting to once a month, in the future I might do once every two months. Less manipulation means thicker healthier locs!

Yesterday ( 10/28/2016 ) I started my loc journey over and I want to keep these things in mind this time around… wish me luck ❤️

12 Things Every Twenty-Something Should Do For A Productive, Successful Life

1. Travel.

2. Accept uncertainty.

3. Be curious.

4. Be open minded.

5. Learn from adversity.

6. Foster the growth mindset.

7. Get out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t hold onto the wrong things.

9. Don’t wait for the right time or the right thing to say.

10. Don’t look for the perfect scenarios, partner, or job.

Two more things twenty-somethings should do for a productive life.

anonymous asked:

so although I love to drool over your skincare routine (and it clearly works), I will probably never in my life be able to afford sunday riley, fresh, etc.- do you have any recommendations for quality, cheaper products? not necessarily "dupes", but just like, effective products in a slightly lower price range? similarly, do you think some types of skincare should be "splurged" on vs saving (ie I tend to buy cheap/bare bones acids and sheet masks but will pay more for a good serum or cream)?

i totally get you, there’s certain things i splurge on and others i’m more conservative with. i great resourceful cleansing option is the herbivore pink clay or bamboo charcoal facial bars- they’re only $14 and last a couple months and are great for the skin, plus they’re all natural. before i got super into skincare i used to use the cerave face moisturizer and that always served me really well, and it’s like $8 at target. the things i would recommend splurging on are a serum and a mask- a good serum lasts because it’s used sparingly and you don’t need much, and it’s the same with masks. depending on your skin needs, youth to the people has a great serum with peptides and green superfoods that does wonders for fine lines, hyperpigmentation and acne. recently i switched over to their cleanser and face cream and i’m obsessed. another good option would be to invest in a beauty oil– i love the herbivore oils, sunday rileys luna and juno, and the boscia tsubaki oil ($46 for 1.7oz is a good deal!!). you can mix oils in with make-up products too for extra hydration. ultimately it’s really all about what your skin concerns are, and i’m happy to help!! good luck