should i do this self help book

Artemis Fowl II is honestly one of the most relatable characters ever

because in literally every book of the series he’s like “wow I should exercise more… why did I not exercise before I started doing all of this running and jumping??… I NEED to work out… crap the only thing I’ve lifted in the past 12 years is my phone HELP ME… as I run to my death, I think of all the various reasons why working out would benefit me… Butler I promise I will exercise after this pls just let me survive”

but then over the course of EIGHT ENTIRE BOOKS he never actually manages to work out once, and if that’s not some A+ self-destructive procrastination then I don’t know what is

i think one thing the studyblr community doesn’t talk about enough is how hard it is to do any “self-care” actions while living with strict/abusive parents/guardians. 

like when i was in high school, if i was “caught” watching TV or sitting outside in the sun reading a non-school-required book or even talking on the phone with friends, i’d get yelled and lectured at for “wasting” time and i should get back to studying or practicing violin, or if those were done then “great, why don’t you go do the laundry or cook dinner”. 

i’m not saying i didn’t want to help around the house and whatnot, but i just… wanted to rest. to recuperate. to take a few minutes to myself to stay healthy. and it was so difficult to do that when my mom thought any second i was not studying or practicing violin was a second wasted and it was going to land me unemployed for life (literally her thoughts). and if i told her anything like “hey i don’t think i have the time for this” she’d just go “well so-and-so is taking these classes and doing these extracurriculars and blah blah blah so why can’t you why are you such a failure” etc etc. and wow.. that hurt. 

so even if i did find a chance to rest and relax, i always had that fear and anxiety in the back of my mind that my mom would walk in at any second and start yelling at me. 

but i did find times to truly 100% unwind, such as when she was engaged in a long phone call, or had left the house. so it wasn’t all too hopeless…

but yeah, for those of you out there who can relate and understand the reality of “self-care” isn’t always easy to obtain, i just want to let you know that you’re not alone. i understand telling you this doesn’t do anything to alleviate your situation, but i get you, and what you’re going through is awful, but real, and therefore your feelings are valid. 

and i will also say that it gets better. if you have the opportunity to move out after employment or when you go to college, your life will become more and more your own. so hang in there <3

Posts You May Not Have Seen

Hey kids, this blog has officially been around since Dec 2011! So since ya’ll love being in the moment it occurred to me that you might not have had the time or patience to dig through my tags, posts, or lists. So here’s some posts that I am pretty fond of and think will help people out, all in one place.

anonymous asked:

Hey! I just wanted to ask how do you stay motivated like I give up really easily. Also I've my exams coming up and there's no motivation in me to study. WHAT DO I DO?!?!?!

hmm this isn’t the easiest question to answer

but first, don’t rely on motivation to keep you going!! discipline is the most important thing!! motivation is study aesthetic, all those beautiful things that make you FEEL like studying. discipline is when you actually get yourself out of bed and start working.

here are some posts on this: 

how to develop discipline by @tbhstudying

discipline vs motivation by @bibi-loves-books 

self discipline tips by @marias-studyblr

quote by @seven-colors-of-highlighters

50 reasons why you should study by @studymedically

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secondly, this is kinda rare idk but studyspo actually motivates me to study. not even the aesthetic of it but how devoted people on studyblr are. (also i’m an overachiever and im horrified of not doing my best, so even when im being really lazy and exhausted i overwork myself rip but that’s just me) 

i hope this helped!! and good luck with your exams <3

“This doesn’t change anything,” Dex mutters later, pointedly not looking up at Nursey as they wash pie plates side by side in the Haus kitchen.

He can feel Nursey’s bicep tense where it’s pressed up against his own, so casually and consistently of late that he barely notices anymore. And barely remembers to wonder if anyone else on the team notices either.

“Doesn’t change anything yet,” Nursey corrects, quiet but serious, and also not looking up from where he’s rinsing and then drying the sudsy dishware he gets handed.

“That’s making a hell of a lot of assumptions about a relationship we didn’t even know existed until an hour ago. What if they never come out publicly, huh? What if they’re happier–”

“Are you happier?” Nursey interrupts.

Dex swallows and stops scrubbing for a moment to just grip the edge of the Haus kitchen sink with his rubber gloved hands and breathe. “…We aren’t them,” he says at last.

Nursey snorts. “No shit.”

“What I’m saying is that even if they’re comfortable enough to– That doesn’t mean I– And what if I never–” Breathing suddenly becomes a little more difficult, but his whole body relaxes the moment Nursey places a comforting hand on his back. Despite the fact that said hand is sopping wet and quickly soaks through Dex’s shirt.

Will,” Nursey whispers the word, but it feels just loud enough in Dex’s ears to drown out everything else. “Stop doing whatever fucking calculations you’re doing, alright? I’m not saying we should take a page from the Bitty and Jack book. What they do doesn’t have to mean anything for us, I just thought… I just thought it would help you feel safe. But if it doesn’t, and if nothing ever does, I don’t care, alright? I still got your back. Always.”

Dex swallows and nods. “Yeah. Yeah, alright. Got your back, too.”

“I know,” Nursey smirks, like he really is that easily confident of exactly how much Dex cares about him, and isn’t the unexpectedly self conscious mess underneath it all that Dex has just started to learn how to look for.

Dex plays along though, and shrugs Nursey’s hand away. “You owe me a dry shirt.”

“Put it on my tab.” Nursey winks.

Dex does indeed put it on his running mental tab. And then takes a wet sponge and squeezes it out onto Nursey’s shoulder. 

This quickly devolves into a wrestling match that gets them both banned from the kitchen for the rest of the week. But as they jog back to their dorms, dripping wet and trying not to freeze, Nursey’s eyes twinkling in warm affection every time they land on Dex, it feels impossibly worth it. Whether anyone else knows about it or not.

[ENG Trans] JB on Urbanlike Magazine October edition Interview
  • Q: There’s this strong impression of JB that he’s a leader who carries heavy responsibilities on his shoulders. Have you heard about this a lot?
  • JB: I don’t think I can say that I can’t feel the responsibilities or burden as a leader. But now, before we also know it, it’s been 3 years for us. Each of us, to some extent, had accumulated experience, and so we’ve grown to believe we can do well on our own. Thanks to that, more than the start, I think I can let go of my burden.
  • Q: Also because the members have all somehow become more mature.
  • JB: Exactly. Now if I want to say something or stop them from doing something, I think it’d be like nagging, so now if it’s not something that should be corrected when we gather up for a meeting, I wouldn’t say it.
  • Q: It’s a relief that you’ve become more comfortable. To JB, I thought books would somehow be a breakthrough for your leader’s responsibilities and burden, wouldn’t it?
  • JB: I think I read a lot of self-improvement books. I’m sure that it has helped me a lot with me being a leader. When you read self-improvement books, you’d think “I need to be careful in this situation”, and I can recognize it if it happens again. I also think I read analects quite well. Without me even knowing, I’m able to gain comfort from those kind of books, so I like them.
  • Q: Have you ever looked for self-improvement books more about positions in the team?
  • JB: I’ve read books deliberately on self-improvement in leadership’s cases. How to do it, am I able to become a little better at being a leader. I also thought that I wanted to live like a decent human. Even if I can’t live being formal every second, I want to keep a certain standard.
  • Q: Anyhow, the position of a leader is difficult, isn’t it?
  • JB: It was difficult at the beginning. I wanted the members to open up comfortably, and it’s been like so, but somehow I think from the “leader” position there’s the next limit. For example, there are times when you have to speak sternly, as a leader, but if that situation builds up, since when, the members would also conceal their weakness, or the bad parts of them that they don’t want to be seen. Then later on, when I came to know, I’d be like “If they were to be honest, I wouldn’t have said anything back then. Why did they hide it?”, I get upset thinking that the members were hiding. I think that kind of situation that can’t be helped is a bit difficult. But now I tell the members not to think of me as a leader, but a teammate. I think now all 7 people have shared the responsibility of the leader position.
  • Q: Have JB-ssi enjoyed reading since you were young?
  • JB: I used to just went straight to sleep when I read books. I was first immersed in books through fantasy novels. I couldn’t remember exactly what book, but I was somehow so concentrated that I drew out the world inside the book in my head. I think that’s how I came to find books interesting. There’s a hyung who danced with me enjoyed reading self-improvement books and analects, and as I read the books that hyung recommended me every once in a while, I naturally came to read books.
  • Q: You came to pick up reading under the influence of someone, and now you’ve become someone to influence someone else to read books. We heard that the largest part of Jinyoung-ssi liking books was from JB-ssi.
  • JB: Rather than recommending a book, I remember giving a hint to Jinyoung who didn’t read books like he does now, by saying “How about reading?”. I didn’t say anything but “Reading is really good. It helps a lot.” Jinyoung began to read one or two books. I think that him reading consistently until now is because he likes it himself.
  • Q: Do you also usually talk to each other about books?
  • JB: I recommend the books that I liked, and I as I say to Jinyoung “This book might be fun,” there are also some books that I gave him. Jinyoung is currently reading "The Big Picture" from Douglas Kennedy. Then we’d talk about it, right? “Up to where have you read? Then if you read a little bit more there’ll be this aggravating part.” (laughs)
  • Q: I’ve also thought about GOT7’s image in the waiting room. You might have different ways to spend your own time, but how was time mostly spent?
  • JB: If we go on music broadcast, we spend almost all of our day in the waiting room. If during the time we don’t do anything, time will go on meaninglessly, doesn’t it? That’d be a waste, also when we practiced singing while traveling. I’ve tried working on music. Among those, the most effective way to spend time was to read books. While reading books, if there was a good word, I’d write it down. I think that’s the simplest way too, to be able to make good use of time, so I mostly read books in the waiting room.
  • Q: Anyhow, I think that because you’ve been together with Jinyoung-ssi since JJ Project, you’d have particular sentiment towards each other. Now you’re influencing each other in reading too.
  • JB: That’s right. We don’t go that far to discuss about books, but sometimes we talk about the books each of us read from time to time. “I thought about it this way, but I guess Jinyoungie thinks that way.” When that kind of talk comes up, I think I get inspired. More than anything, the thing I learnt from Jinyoung, I think it’s him managing himself thoroughly. Looking at him not neglecting to manage himself, I feel the lead of my goal changing for sure.
  • Q: What kind of book are you reading now?
  • JB: I’m reading Alein de Botton’s "Essays in Love". I’m still at the early stage of the book so I’m still reading the part that’s overflowing with love. But it has sort of a difficult feeling. I started with saying I read a novel, but I have a feeling that I think I need to learn about words or expressions.Q: They say when reading books, if you look back at yourself you’d feel embarrassed. I’m curious when you ever felt that sentiment.
  • JB: When I read self-improvement books, I think I’ve felt that. I don’t think people can be perfect, but when I can’t do something I already knew or there’s something I can’t do properly, I feel embarrassed on my own. I started reading self-improvement books and fix my weaknesses. Looking at the things I can’t carry on properly, I feel doubtful as of why I read these.
  • Q: Even so, what’s your reason of reading?
  • JB: I think I want to relieve my stress through reading. I also want to feel the story inside the books and its emotions. There are a lot of things that are similar to the cases in novels, aren’t there? When you put yourself in the shoes of some character, you’d feel the same emotions that character feels just through reading. The book "The Moment" (Douglas Kennedy) was like so. Set in Germany in the past, it’s about the tragic love of two people. As I reach the end of the book, without me even knowing, I was reading the book while crying. (laughs)
  • Q: Who was a character in books that you’ve felt specially emotionally connected?
  • JB: The story of the wandering teenager in "Kafka on the Shore" hit home to me. I didn’t want to wander around like the main character but some more time to myself to reflect on deep thoughts. All these days I think I couldn’t make efforts to get to know myself more, so I’ve always felt bad. Therefore, I think I could sympathize more with that.
  • Q: Seems like you read a lot of novels lately. Is there a specific genre of book that you like?
  • JB: I don’t nitpick about the book’s genre. But then there’s a book that evokes the feeling that “This might be difficult for me”. Judging from the fact that I can’t focus, I’d put that aside and read it when I can focus later. Now if I can read I focus on one book.
  • Q: Do you have your own way of reading books? Before, you said to take notes of good words.
  • JB: That’s right. When I read books, if I somehow read an influential line/paragraph, I read it while underlining it. This thing you can also sometimes see in a book, but if you read a book in some country, and that book is so good, they say to leave it behind so another person can also read it. Looking at it, I thought it was a very cool idea. If it were me, I think others might notice my emotions, so I don’t think I can do that. (laughs) Ah, there’s this thing too. At first, every book that I’ve read, I cut the last part of the bookmark I put in the book and tied them in a knot. That’s my personal sign that I’ve read them all.
  • Q: That sounds interesting. Then what kind of method do you use for marking now?
  • JB: I put my name down on the front cover of the book. I use my pen-name DefSoul though. I write down that name. And instead of using bookmarks I fold the books that I read. Then when I opened the book again I’d know, oh so I’ve read up till here. That way I’m able to know easily.
  • Q: I know that you went to school in a theater department. Of course you write lyrics but Do you have any stories or scripts you’d like to try writing more?
  • JB: I’ve tried coming up with scenarios through school assignments, but it’s really hard. While writing lyrics is from a particular situation, or the words you’d want to say to someone, scripts are about getting the big picture and from there, you have to write dialogues one by one. That is still not an easy thing. Instead, now I write down the emotions that I feel. I write down the date today, how I’ve been feeling today, what emotions I felt.
  • Q: If you have a subject matter or story in mind, what would it be?
  • JB: At school, I also made a film for a school assignment. A story that had a fantasy element. One day, when the main character was sleeping, he met his ideal type. He didn’t know for certain who that was, but he felt and remembered the silhouette. But when he opened his eyes, he felt the intuition that this person was somewhere in the real word and came to find the girl. In the movie that I made, I gave it a twist. In the end, the girl was the person that the main character killed, and the character fell into amnesia because of guilt. One day, he opened the closet to go on a date. That girl’s corpse was there. It was a 3-minute film so it ended shortly. That was the story.
  • Q: I think you can make a full movie with that. (laughs) Lately, what has been on JB-ssi’s thought the most? Is it the comeback that’s coming up?
  • JB: That’s right. This album had a lot of self-composed songs that the members wrote by ourselves. Among 13 tracks, 11 tracks were directly written by the members. I also took part in 3 songs. While making the songs, 2 were the tracks that I was writing while thinking they would suit GOT7. One track was more about the kind of music I wanted to do.
  • Q: So that’s a song that’s more to your own taste. It’s your 2nd full album. Personally, and between the members, is there a new goal?
  • JB: Although it’d be nice if we can also get first place this time to have the chance to grow more, I think I have no regrets about not caring about the rankings. While working on this album, we came to take in many opinions on the direction we want to head more to. Every time we make an album, I think that we want to grow more. I think that growth should not just be seen in numbers as a result, but what you want to relay as an artist. You concentrate while working and work with precision, then when you play you won’t be able to regret about playing. I want to be able to grow so that people would say “GOT7 are such diligent and cool artists!”.
  • Q: Usually, when talking about this, is it JB-ssi’s turn to talk?
  • JB: I’m actually just listening in the back. Jackson and Jinyoung would do the talking. I listen to what the kids are saying, and later on add on “In order to reach your goal, I think it’s better to do it this way.”
  • Q: Such a natural leader. I think you’re very mature for your age.
  • JB: I think that’s the only way. More than me being a leader, I think among all 7 people, there needs to be a person to organize like this, so I’m just taking that role.
  • “As time goes by, I read a book I’ve read once again. When time passes and you’ve gained more, you’ve changed a lot. I feel that each time. I’d have to keep reading incessantly.” - In JB’s interview
BestFriend!Michael Would Include:
  • lots of drives around with music, windows down, and fast food
  • so many sleepovers!!!
  • staying up all night to watch really bad movies and making fun of them
  • “cuddle me please”
  • days where you two just sit on the couch with his playlist on, scrolling through your phones
  • so much crying when he leaves for tour
  • the boys teasing that you two are already dating
  • his family inviting you over for dinner even if he’s not home because they love you like their own
  • surprising you by coming home from tour early and picking you up from work/school
  • having him over to bake and ending up singing into spoons to each other
  • staring his sentences with “hey best friend…” whenever he wants something
  • sending stupid pictures to you via text whenever he finds them
  • “please, you don’t need to call anyone. i can fix this for you! you should be glad you have such a strong, handsome man in your life”
  • chillen in your underwear and his shirts when it’s a lazy netflix day
  • lots of selfes!!!!!!!
  • phone calls into the late night when he’s on tour because he saw a funny sign at the show
  • getting super cute gifts for each other on birthdays and holidays
    • also getting gag gifts like dildos and sex books
  • “i’m horny”
    • “that’s your problem, pal”
    • “can you help?”
    • “…this is the only time i will do anything like this”
  • that being a lie when you come over and he’s naked for whatever reason
  • GETTING TO HEAR HIS CUTE GIGGLE WHEN YOU MAKE HIM LAUGH
  • cute “best friend date nights” where you go out dressed up to come home in a few hours, strip down to hardly anything, and watch netflix with alcohol
  • getting drunk at holiday parties/parties with the boys and sloppily kissing, probably
  • getting really close the others and touring
    • sharing a bunk with michael
    • “move mikey, i have no room”
    • “well stop hogging the blanket”
  • being each other’s rocks
  • “hey, so, i kind of really like you and we’re practically dating anyway but… would you want to make it official? like, be my girlfriend?”

+MASTERIST / +ASKBOX

Chained To London

Pairing- Kit Harrington x Reader

Warnings- smut, BDSM, pain play, mild degradation, language.

Summary- Your last night in London turns out better than excepted.

A/N- I do NOT advocate novice whip/flogger use as it can be very dangerous without extensive training. Always be safe!

@elizlyn

thank you chica! Thanks for dealing with my drunk writing and all the great feedback! XOXO

@hypnodollie

this one was for you my love!

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How to deal with an unhealthy INFP

So I have seen some posts about how to help an unhealthy INFP and as I am an INFP myself I thought I would give my two cents. Especially because there were some things I didn’t agree with. I'm not an expert on this and I am simply speaking for myself here in the hope that some other INFPs will relate. And of course, no two INFPs are the same.

First of all, I said ‘ deal with’ rather than ‘help’ for a few reasons. INFP’s are generally - or at least deep down on the inside - vulnerable, emotional and self conscious people. This sensitivity means we are going to have our low points - a lot. These low points can be really clear and concerning to others, or it could be more subtle as it fluctuates. Basically these low points are inevitable - regardless of the form they take. INFPs can also be quite stubborn and distant when unhappy so any attempt to help will be in vain and leave you feeling frustrated. Rather than trying to ‘help’ them so you can fix them, I advise that you simply acknowledge and accept them as they are. Know that eventually it will pass, but it’s vital also to remember that it will return again at any point. (This of course does not apply if you are seriously concerned for their mental health in which case you should encourage them to seek professional help). 

Words that best describe unhealthy me:

  • Moody (grumpy/serious and/or mood swings - cannot take pleasure in things the way I do when I’m healthy)
  • Stubborn 
  • Easily frustrated (can get unnecessarily angry about things that would not usually effect healthy me)
  • Forgetful (about physical possessions and events in mine and friends lives)
  • Disregard for physical possessions (Messy room - like REALLY messy, dirty clothes, un-organised uni books etc)
  • Distant, guarded, quiet, private (to a point where I can come off as cold and unfriendly)
  • Fatigued, sleep-deprived.
  • Uncaring and self-centred (it’s all still there deep down inside but it’s hard for me to focus on external things when I’m unhappy/tired)
  • Lost sense of humour. 

Sometimes these things don’t shine through as I can still act interested or like I find something funny even if I really don’t.

For me personally some signals that I’m probably stressed and unhappy include: losing personal possessions/leaving things behind more often and getting sick, always tired.

What to do:

  1. Give me space. I mean this in the most literal way possible. When I’m not doing good the last thing I need is someone being close in proximity or trying to be physically affectionate (healthy me is the opposite as I do not ever feel comfortable expressing affection in words and prefer to opt for hugs and close proximity). Sometimes great hugs can feel relieving, but generally speaking - unless I’ve got the hots for you - don’t touch me (please and thank you). I need to be left alone completely. If you want to contact me - use social media and I will respond if I want to. Please do not demand attention or affection from me. This ties in a lot to the way I become distant and quiet when unhealthy. I cannot explain why I feel any of these ways, but I do and I need space to combat it. I am usually guarded with everyone except for my closest friends and family, but when unhealthy I become distant to everyone. It will pass. Like a cat, you need to wait for me to come to you on my own terms.

  2. Patience. I’m just going to apologise for this one. Sometimes I will be self-centred and even though I’m thinking of them, I will not show support, care or friendship for those I care about and their struggles. I will be stubborn, short-tempered and probably quite irritating. All of which I am sorry for. (But also if you keep your distance you probably won’t have to deal with this as much). 

  3. Don’t use guilt. Please don’t make me feel guilty for not being affectionate, social, interested or open. Guilt is like poison to me and will eat away at my insides and will definitely not improve anything. I cannot help the way I feel, nor do I want to feel this way but I do and you need to let me breathe. 

  4. If you are frustrated be open and honest. One of the things I hate most is passive aggression. It makes me furious. (Surprisingly a lot of posts have described unhealthy INFPs as being passive aggressive which astonishes me. I cannot imagine ever being passive aggressive. I internalise and do not tend to let my anger out or show people when I am annoyed with them. I am more likely to be blunt and honest - if provoked - than passive aggressive. Or I will vent to a friend. I cannot be passive aggressive or tell people what I think to their face because it feels cruel and unnatural. It is just not possible for me. My anger goes deep down inside and then explodes later when my anger bank is full). Find a time to speak to me gently about what is on your mind and I am 10x more likely to listen and take it on board. 

That’s it for now. We are all complex beings and even this lengthy post doesn’t really do me justice. 
If you relate to this please let me know. If you need more help dealing with someone like this feel free to ask me things. IF YOU DISAGREE/DO NOT RELATE AS AN INFP LET ME KNOW BECAUSE I AM CURIOUS.

Adrien Accidentally Does Cocaine

Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Pairing: Adrien/Marinette
TW: drug use, depression, making out
Synopsis: After unwittingly mixing up pill bottles with another model, Adrien takes a dose of what he thinks are his antidepressants and goes a little crazy during a study session with Marinette.


To be completely honest, Adrien was terrified of taking medication. The potential side effects scared him and since he’s supposed to be alert when saving Paris as Chat Noir, he felt like he shouldn’t take anything that compromised his focus. But depression was hard to beat without medicine. He’d been suffering for years and when Nathalie found out about it, she put her foot down and got him put on antidepressants.

The little bottle felt like a weight in his bag as he picked it up off of the trailer’s floor. The photo shoot for his father’s winter line was done and it was time to go home. He had to miss an entire day of school for this, but he didn’t really mind. Since Nino was banned from his house, Marinette was the one to bring his assignments to him.

This was the one thing he liked about missing school since he’d get to spend time with her afterwards. She was more comfortable around him now that they had known each for a while, and although she still had that adorable stutter, they could hold a conversation. In fact, he’d lie to her and after skimming the notes, he’d tell her he didn’t get it and ask her to talk it over with him just to get to spend some extra time with her.

And speak of the devil, his phone started to ring and the selfie he’d taken with Marinette a few weeks ago popped up on his screen. That had been such a fun day. His father had bailed on a Disneyland trip and Adrien had taken Marinette in his place. The picture was of them about to face a thirteen story drop on a ride and Marinette’s face was priceless.

“Hey, Marinette. What’s up?” he asked.

“Nothing much. I have the homework and notes for today and I was wondering if you were home from the shoot,” she said.

“I just got done and I’m heading home now. It’ll probably take me about twenty minutes to get there.”

“If I leave right now, I can make it in less than five. Do you want some time to rest before I come or would you rather get this over with?” He chuckled. If he had his way, their study session would never end. There was no such thing as trying to get it over with.

“No, I’m fine. Come over soon,” he replied.

“Oh, okay! Sounds good! I’ll see you when you get home!”

“Yeah,” he said. “I’ll see you then!” He grinned, eyes flitting towards the sky to thank whoever was up there that he’d get to see Marinette today. Adrien was stopped in his tracks as he collided hard with someone twice his size. He fell back onto the ground, as did the other body, and their bags went flying, contents scattering everywhere.

“I’m so sorry!” Adrien apologized, sitting up and extending his hand to help the other guy up.

“Don’t worry about it. It’s not the first time I’ve been knocked down by someone smaller than me,” Grégoire said with a soft smile. He’d known Adrien since he was a baby, as he was a protege of Adrien’s mother. He started reaching for his stuff, cuing Adrien to do that same. After all, he needed to get home before Marinette got there; the last thing he wanted to do was keep her waiting. “Who were you talking on the phone with? I saw that smile. I know when a guy’s in love.”

“Oh, it’s. uh, she’s just a girl in my class,” Adrien said, feeling heat rush to his face. Grégoire grinned as he put away his pill bottle.

“Sounds like she’s more than that,” he teased. “Have you made a move yet? Or are you still too in love with Ladybug?”

“S-shut up! That was years ago!” That was when I thought we had a chance, he added silently. And that was before he’d gotten to know the real Marinette.

“You should take her to the wrap party we’re having. I’m sure taking her to a party like that would make her fall right into your arms.” Adrien snorted, grabbing his cell phone and standing up.

“She’s not really into those kinds of parties, but she’d like to make connections. She’s going to be a fashion designer someday.”

“Then bring her along! After all, your dad’s the one that’s throwing it! I’m sure he’d let you have a friend come along!”

“Thanks, man. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“See you.” Grégoire had a point. His dad liked Marinette enough; maybe he’d let Adrien bring her along. It would be nice to not stick to Grégoire and his partners’ sides through another party. And it’d be a good excuse to go shopping with Marinette and see her in a cute, fancy dress. They could dance the night away and then they’d take a break and go and look at the stars. And then he’d give her his jacket and get enough courage to kiss her and ask her on a real date.

I’m getting ahead of myself, he thought as he and Nathalie got into his car. There’s no guarantee she’ll even want to go to the party.

“Nathalie, I’m having a friend over once we get back to the house,” he said.

“Who is it?”

“Marinette.”

“Is she staying for dinner?”

“I … Probably not.”

“Then good.” The cabin fell silent as they drove through the streets of Paris. It was only once they arrived back at the mansion did Nathalie speak up again. “Remember to take your medication before Marinette gets here.” Right. His medicine.

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Everyone loves her. Everyone still loves her even after all the shit she pulled. Teachers are lining up to talk to her, students and patrons ignore me or just straight-up tell me off because they want help from her, not me. She grins at me after every single one of them tell her how awesome she is because she knows I’ve never had a professor come to my workplace and tell me that. I’m reshelving books and in the meantime she tells other patrons that we’re “understaffed” while looking right at me, because apparently even trying to do my job is wrong. And they just eat it up.

Maybe I should become a cheating manipulative emotionless self-serving asshole too. At this point I’ll do anything just to know that I’m loved.

Zodiac's inner mind and demons
  • Aries: Bringing happiness into other's people life brings me joy, but shiiit I don't ever think of myself.. should I?
  • Taurus: I tend to get what I want, but I fuck up people's lives when I do... am I inconsiderate?
  • Gemini: I am social butterfly, but deep inside I know that no one is fucking there for me.. am I lonely?
  • Cancer: I may seem bursting with self confidence, but I have so many damn insecurities that no one knows about.. help me?
  • Leo: I have a resting bitch face, but get to know me before you judge a book by its cover.. can you stop fucking assuming?
  • Virgo: I am always thinking and analyzing, but only because I'm afraid of what my already fucked up future looks like.. please can you not hurt me?
  • Libra: Yes, I get along with most people but deep inside I probably only do that shit because I can benefit from them.. I guess I'm sorry?
  • Scorpio: People tell me all their secrets and yes I keep them ALL THAT SHIT, but do they ever consider that it may be all too damn much?
  • Sagittarius: On the outside I may seem fucking reckless, but in the inside i only mean the best.. why does this shit happen to me?
  • Cancer: I may seem like I have everything under control in my life, but NOPE I DON'T! I AM A FUCKING MESS. save me?
  • Aquarius: I don't care what people think about me, but deep inside I actually do and I remember all the fucked up bullshit things people have said about me.. Erase them please?
  • Pisces: I should escape from reality, but WHERE THE FUCK WOULD I GO?
Thomas Jefferson x Reader. Studying. Part 1.

AN- This is litteraly my first fic, ever. You have been warned. And I’m so sorry if the bottom doesn’t indent where its supposed to, it glitches out a lot and wouldn’t work. Also this was supposed to be posted on Sunday, but I’ll post it now because it won’t let me write any more.13,000+ words

Another day at school, another opportunity to see your friends.

The warning bell rang violently as you ran towards your debate class. Correction, ‘friendly argument class’. You walked in the classroom about to sit down when you were rudely (and not to mention, harshly) cut off by the bell pronouncing you as late.

“Mrs. L/N,” your professor, Dr. Washington, spoke up catching your attention, “You’re late to my class, again,”

“I’m sorry, sir, I swear it won’t happen again,” you cut him off before he could give you any more of his eyebrow sass.

“Just. Sit. Down.” He paused cruelly between each word to drag the sentence on before he could start class successfully.

You nodded and plopped into your seat. It wasn’t long before you heard a faint chuckle coming from behind you, you started to turn your head, but then remembered //who// sat behind you.

Jefferson.

You were about to ask him why he was laughing when Prof. Washington interrupted with, “Teams are being randomly selected with a name generator as we speak, the first team,” he paused to make sure everyone was on the same page, “Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Madison, and…”

He hesitated, waiting for his computer to load up the last name, your best friend, Alexander, sweating with anticipation, hoping it wouldn’t be him, however all the girls in the class that weren’t utterly lost in Alex’s eyes were practically jumping out of their seat to be on Jefferson’s side.

It was only three per team.

“ Mrs. L/N,” you practically froze. Why him? Why //Jefferson//?! You nodded politely and stood next to James. Not making eye contact with neither Alexander nor Jefferson.

You were broke from your trance with a heavy sigh from Dr. Washington, “Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Hemmings, and Mr. Reynolds,” he paused to rub his eyes “You will be against the topic of an old classic of ‘School Uniforms’, you may begin disscusing with your team. As for the others in this class, you are to take out your notebooks, open to the next available page, write down your opinion, and take notes once the debate begins,”

“Hey? You with us?” James nugded you politely, popping a cough drop into his mouth. “Huh? Oh, uh, yeah. Pro school uniforms team, got it,” ___________________________

“How could you side with- with- with Jefferson?!” Alex had a tone of almost utter betrayal in his voice and he glared at you as if you had ripped his favourite shirt or something.

“It was my assignment, Alexander, why are you over-reacting?” You rolled your eyes, “I get you dislike him, but he made valid arguments, and even though he’s a cocky peice of obnoxious magenta, he’s really not that bad.”

“Me? Over-reacting?” he scoffed, “You’re the one who’s got their story mixed up. I’m not speaking to you until you realize how childish you’re being.” turning angrily (which you didn’t think was possible) and walking away, he didn’t even stop to look back.

You sighed and head to the library for your free period before lunch.

_______

Everything was going great, you were reading up on slavery, getting all of your notes done, and you were peacefully drawing up some doodles in your mini sketchbook (it’s really adorable and you carry it around everywhere, you honestly always have it with you).

“What’s a friend of Hamilton’s doing drawing the great Thomas Jefferson?” your gaze almost instantly jolted up towards the man now leaning on the table in front of you.

You coughed, and quickly hid your drawings under your APUSH text book, blushing like a mad man. “Jefferson?! I wasn’t drawing you! It was um.. The king of Floofstown!” You said it so fast you didn’t have time to process //what// you were saying.

He chuckled at your panicked whispers, “The king of Floofstown? Sounds interesting, I’ll need more information on it later, but right now, I need your help studying for the test in history next period, you in?”

Was he- did he really just? The Thomas Jefferson, needed //your// help?

“Uh,” you paused looking up at him, all the cockiness was gone in his expression, he looked…cute.

No, you do not think Jefferson is cute. He is everything //but// cute.

“Sure, sit,” you replied patting the seat next to you. An hour that you have to bare Thomas Jefferson.

____

You found yourself laughing while packing up your stuff to head to lunch. “Jefferson, maybe you’re not so bad after all.”

“I would certainly hope not,” smirking at you, he raised an eyebrow, “Sit with me and James at lunch? It would be a lot more fun with someone who actually laughs at my jokes,”

“I’d love to,” you then said your goodbyes because you got lunch from school and he brought his. Unfortunately you bumped into Alex and waited in line with him.

“We’re going to talk about Laf’s new hobbies today at the lunch tables, plus John drew you a turtle and-”

“I’m not sitting with you guys today,” you cut him off, only to see him almost turn straight around with a questioning look.

“I’m studying with someone today, I’ll sit with you tomorrow,” You rolled your eyes at his mock offense and got your lunch.

Thomas waved you down, surprisingly, the only people at his table were him and James. They sat pretty far in the back actually. That really surprised you.

“Jefferson,” you nodded at him, “James,” you gave your gaze to him as we smiled slightly “How are you two?” you asked sitting down next to them.

“Ms. L/N, aren’t you supposed to be sitting with the other ‘revoulutionaries’? ” James asked in reference of the time you all went on strike about how stupid the assignments were for a shared class.

You blushed when Thomas chuckled in remembrance to your hand made signs and the short tunes Alex wrote. ‘No project discrimination without representation’. The good days.

______

It’s been a few days since you had become friends with Thomas, but you still called him Jefferson. You hadn’t told the Hamilsquad (Alex decided to name it that, you had no idea why) about it being Thomas, but you wouldn’t think they’d mind.

“Y/N, your phone’s ringing,” John called from the kitchen of Alex’s apartment.

“Can you answer it? If it’s my mom tell her I’m not visiting this holiday,” you replied while fixing up your hair in a ponytail.

“Hello? Who is this?” John spoke into the phone.

“I’m looking for Y/N, this is Thomas, who are you?” John shrieked and hung up.

You ran in the kitchen, “What’s wrong?!” you asked frightened as John pulled you outside.

“Why is Thomas Jefferson calling you? And why didn’t you tell us?” He wasn’t angry, but shocked.

“Alex would have freaked, and I’m going to the park to study with him, if you tell Alex, you’ll never see me again.”

“Do you need a ride?” he asked smiling slightly, which took you back a little. He was helping you?

“Please? That would be amazing!” you whisper yelled, thanking him whilst embrassing him in your signature potato hug. “Do I look okay? Is my hair too fluffy? Should I try and brush it straighter-”

“Y/N, you look great, just put your shoes on so we can spare Jefferson from looking at me,” you nod and follow his instructions, but still fixing you hair to where not all of it was put back, but you didn’t care.

_________

You found your self packing up your books after what seemed ten minutes of studying that was really two hours.

“ So, do you think you finally understand what we’ve been studying, Jefferson?“ You raised an eyebrow looking at him with a smirk. “Or do you need another tutor?”

“Well, Y/N, maybe I was just making sure you understood it, since I have an A, and you,” he paused grabbing his backpack and turning his head over his shoulder, “Have a C. Goodbye L/N”

You stood there in shock for a few seconds, “Wait, I’m going to walk home in the dark, alone?” you voiced your thoughts out loud not realising you didn’t have a ride back to you and the squads apartment.

Thomas stopped and watched you walk passed him, looking in both directions trying to remember which way you were supposed to go. He sighed and put his hand on your shoulder. “Where do you live, L/N?” he asked smiling slightly, but it wasn’t a cocky smile. It was a genuine one.

“Do you know where Alexander lives? I live with him and my friends.” you audibly heard him rolls his eyes, which is another thing you thought was impossible.

He chuckled turning you around and walking the other direction. “Well he certainly doesn’t live on that side of town,” a meek ‘oh’ escaped your lips and you felt heat in your cheeks. Then, the NY winter air hit you, and it hit you hard.

You shivered slightly trying to keep your teeth from chattering as you rubbed your arms. You heard an unfimilliar zip and looked up to see Thomas giving you his magenta hoodie. He zipped it up and smiled at you drowning in the fabric. “Thanks,” is all you could say. He didn’t reply.

All he could do is look at you, smiling as you messed around with the extra fabric hanging from your hands. Karate chopping at the air and giggling. You spin and skip as if you were a kid pretending to be a ninja.

You didn’t know he was staring until he burst out laughing at a “Whaaachaaa!” you had made. You froze, as red as a tomato and started laughing awkwardly. “Sorry about that,” you cleared your throught as he walked you up the steps to your apartment. You started taking off your jacket but he stopped you since you weren’t inside yet.

“Just give it back to me tomorrow, since we’re studying again,” he shrugged it off as you thanked him for everything and requested a buzz in from Alexander.

At some point you forgot you were wearing Thomas’ hoodie and started jumping up the stairs to tell John all of your new jokes. Alex heard you coming and opened the door.

He saw the hoodie and was out cold.

anonymous asked:

Have you ever explained your feelings to Toris?

….Truthfully…I don’t..know if I should talk about Ivan when Toris is around.

I hate it, but my brother’s relationship with Toris is probably..even more complicated than my relationship with him..

So, what I’m going to do instead is ask Katyusha if I can live with her for a while. 

I’ll feel less lonely, and actually be around someone I can trust, so that’s already a good start.

After that I’m going to work harder to become stronger, and to move past this whole ordeal by myself.

Starting with getting back into aerobics, regular exercise and self help books..

My new end goal : Repress everything and feel nothing about anyone that’s harmed me.

Riarkle's First Kiss
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b></b> This scene was requested by anon. It's based off of Luke and Lorelai's first kiss in the season 4 finale of Gilmore Girls "Raincoats and Recipes". Everybody is in their thirties. Riley and Maya just open their own inn together. They are throwing a test run for everyone they know.<p/><b>Location:</b> Honey Peaches Inn.<p/><b>Dining room</b> <p/><b></b> The dining room is full of people from the town. They are playing games at every table. Farkle, Zay, and Lucas are playing poker. Riley is walking around to make sure everyone is having a good time. Farkle watches her and smiles. Riley sees him and smiles back.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> (waving his hand in front of Farkle's face) Earth to Farkle. Are you paying attention? It's your turn.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I just got distracted.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> Yeah, we noticed.<p/><b></b> Zay gets up.<p/><b>Zay:</b> (yawns) I think I should head up to bed. Are you coming, Farkle?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> No, I'm going to stay down here awhile.<p/><b>Zay:</b> Don't stay too long. I need you.<p/><b></b> Zay leaves.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> Is there something going on with you two?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> No. Tonight's the first time that he is sharing a bed with Smackle all night.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> So?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Zay gets night terrors. He's afraid that he will scare off Smackle. He wants me to stop him from traumatizing her.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> What does he do?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Apparently he does random things. But the one constant thing that happens is he always ends up running outside naked and screaming.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> Poor Smackle.<p/><b></b> Maya walks in the dining room. She sits with Farkle and Lucas.<p/><b>Maya:</b> What's going on losers?<p/><b>Lucas:</b> We're just talking about Zay's night terrors.<p/><b>Maya:</b> He still does that?<p/><b></b> Farkle watches Riley as she is talking to some guy. She looks upset that he is there.<p/><b>Maya:</b> Farkle, are you paying attention?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Who's that guy?<p/><b>Maya:</b> (turns around to see Riley and the guy talking) That's Charlie Gardner.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> That's her ex-boyfriend?<p/><b>Maya:</b> Yeah. I didn't know he'll be here.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Are they getting back together?<p/><b>Maya:</b> I have no idea. Why?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> No reason.<p/><b>Lucas:</b> We should head up to bed.<p/><b>Maya:</b> Good idea. Good night Farkle.<p/><b></b> Lucas and Maya leave. Farkle sits there. One by one people start heading off to bed, leaving Farkle alone. Farkle walks to the library in the inn and sits down. He starts reading his self-help book on love. He hears footsteps and turns around. He sees Charlie standing there.<p/><b>Charlie:</b> Hi, I'm Charlie.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Farkle.<p/><b>Charlie:</b> So, you're the famous Farkle that Riley keeps talking about?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Yep, that's me. So what are you doing here?<p/><b>Charlie:</b> I wanted to wish my girlfriend good luck on her inn.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I thought you broke up.<p/><b>Charlie:</b> We did. But now we are back together. I realized she's the right one for me. She's right, I'm right, we're right.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> (annoyed) Right.<p/><b>Charlie:</b> She's the best thing to ever happen to me.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> (getting more annoyed) That's great. I hope you will be happy together.<p/><b>Charlie:</b> We will.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I have to go.<p/><b></b> Farkle starts heading to the front door. Riley walks in and see Farkle.<p/><b>Riley:</b> You would not believe what just happened.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I believe it. Congratulations on your inn.<p/><b>Riley:</b> Are you leaving? What's wrong?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Ask your boyfriend.<p/><b></b> Farkle walks outside. Riley follows him.<p/><b>Riley:</b> What? I'm confused. Are you talking about Charlie?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I had to listen to him talk about you two getting back together. He talk about you being right, him being right, and the whole time I was thinking about how wrong I was, thinking you felt the same way I did.<p/><b>Riley:</b> Charlie and I are not back together. I'll deal with him later. I'm still not certain how you feel.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I think I made my intentions clear. I brought you your favorite flowers today.<p/><b>Riley:</b> And I love them.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I dressed up for you. And I never dressed up for anyone.<p/><b>Riley:</b> You look very handsome.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Last week, when we left Auggie and Ava's wedding and I walked you home, I thought we shared a moment. I don't know if it meant anything to you, but it meant something to me.<p/><b>Riley:</b> Of course it meant something to me. How could you think it didn't?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I don't know. You haven't say anything about it since it happened.<p/><b>Riley:</b> Neither have you. I've been waiting for you to bring it up.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> I never been good with talking about feelings. My self-help book said-<p/><b>Riley:</b> You have a self-help book?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> That's not important. But the thing is that I'm supposed to let my actions speak louder than my words.<p/><b>Riley:</b> What does that mean?<p/><b></b> Farkle steps closer to Riley while she steps back.<p/><b>Riley:</b> What are you doing?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Will you just stay still?<p/><b></b> Farkle pulls Riley closer to him. They stare in each other's eyes. Farkle leans down to kiss Riley. They both get into the kiss. They pull back from each other.<p/><b>Riley:</b> (flustered) Wow!<p/><b>Farkle:</b> Wow!<p/><b></b> Riley stares at Farkle. She steps forward. Farkle steps backwards.<p/><b>Farkle:</b> What are you doing?<p/><b>Riley:</b> Will you just stay still?<p/><b></b> Riley kisses Farkle. It's more passionate than the first kiss. They both deepen the kiss. They pulled back again. They are more flustered than before. They are about to kiss again when...<p/><b>Zay:</b> AHHHHHHHHHHHH!<p/><b></b> Zay comes dashing down the stairs still sleeping and naked and runs outside.<p/><b>Riley:</b> What's going on?<p/><b>Farkle:</b> It's a long story. It's a Zay thing. We'll talk more later?<p/><b>Riley:</b> I'm looking forward to it.<p/><b></b> Farkle chases Zay. Riley watches. She goes back inside and smiles.<p/><b></b> The end.<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
Can You Make  a Living in Comics?

So I read this thing where someone said almost no one makes a career in comics and that most people have a day job, spouse or other money to support their art. And I thought, well, you know, probably true, but that goes for most of the arts, doesn’t it?

It’s not like the majority of musicians & actors are career working artists, either. It’s tough to make a career in the arts. I have a career and make a good living but it is a roller coaster.

If you admit to having a bad year, people gloat. If you admit to having a good year, people complain you’re bragging. It’s like there are only two attitudes for people in comics: schadenfreude and pernicious envy.

In the good years, you prepare for the bad. And in the bad years, you hope the good ones will roll around again. In good years you pay off all the debt you incurred in the bad. And so it goes.

I’m in the upper middle class earning range now: admitting that means people will hate my guts, but there are a few to whom this news is a source of hope.

You can make a living in comics. And a good one.

If you have something people want to buy.

There are a few people who will gnash their teeth in rage that I am not having a bad year, because everyone has a list of creators they don’t think are deserving of having that career. That’s too bad, because the paying audience makes that choice, not them.

But while it’s true that the career self-supporting comics artist is rare, I’ve only had 1 year since about 1986 when I wasn’t entirely self supporting.

There are many people who denounce any non-self supporting creator as invalid. No one says you’re not a “real” bank teller if your spouse helps support you, do they?

The binary thinking about artists and income is toxic. If your books aren’t making you stinking rich, people think they suck. If your books are making you stinking rich, then you must be a sell out. And if you’re not rich, you should quit art and get a day job.

People get very touchy about status and validity in this business, furious that they’re not considered a pro if they don’t have the catalog or income to back up the claim, angry that they don’t get table space at conventions, asked to speak on panels, enraged that they don’t get invited to parties, dinners, to hang out with the A-list.

No one told you you weren’t an artist when they didn’t invite you to speak on a panel. You just didn’t get invited to speak on a panel.

No matter what you do or how much money you make at art, it’s going to be “wrong” to somebody. So make art anyway.

It is possible to make a career in comics. It’s not likely, but it doesn’t make you a bad cartoonist if you don’t. So make comics.

The trick is to find a way to finance the making of those comics if you’re not making a living at comics.

Not being a full-time pro artist does not mean you’re not an artist. It doesn’t mean you’re not good. You can be a fine amateur. You can be a fine semi-pro.

Keep making art because it is what you need to do. And if the money comes, great. Because making a good living (and I do) at what you love is pretty awesome.

And I hope it happens for you, too.

Good luck.

mysticalunknowncrusade  asked:

Hey uhm for whatever reason I'm having trouble with finding resources for Mandarin which I desperately want to learn (and might live in China for a month next year possibly?) can you please help me with any resources, online/book/whatever? No rush whatsoever & thank you :-)!!

Hi! i’d be happy to provide mandarin resources, i’ve been self studying so i know quite a few 

Pinyin

learning pinyin is the first thing you should do and BBC has a great explanation on pinyin and the tones, there is also a fun game you can play to see if you can recognize the tones. The phonetic description aren’t the best but they’re fine for a beginner. If you know IPA here is a Pinyin-IPA chart. 

Characters

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how you should wait on learning characters until after you learn pinyin, but i don’t personally think it’s the best method. My advice is to learn it separately at first. Learn some basic characters that have only a few strokes just to get the feel of them. BBC has a really great introduction on characters. These characters are not necessarily the most important, but they are very simple to learn and lead into the more complicated characters. 

If you are farther along in your character learning here is a great online (free) dictionary with stroke order. Unfortunately it only has stroke order for simplified characters. 

Here is a really great dictionary for chinese characters, and here is a website that lists them by frequency with the definition, HSK level, simplified/traditional version, and pinyin/zhuyin pronunciation. 

Unfortunately I haven’t found any websites that are very good for stroke order for traditional characters. 

HSK

If you haven’t heard of the HSK test, it’s a test that tests fluency in Mandarin Chinese, it’s really useful for learners. It’s divided up into six levels, HSK 1-6. 1 i beginner and 6 is advanced. 

Hello HSK has a lot of good practice tests and vocabulary lists for the HSK test. And here  is a website with free HSK practice test (audio included). It’s not an interactive test like on Hello HSK, it is in a PDF format, but I find it a little easier to use. 

Grammar 

Chinese grammar is tricky at first, but fairly easy to get used too. Corresponding with the HSK system (i’m not sure if it exactly corresponds though, i’m not very versed on that topic), grammar is divided into 6 sections (A1(beginner), A2, B1, B2, C1, C2(advanced) and is a helpful system for learning Mandarin Chinese grammar. 

The best website I know of for this is All Set Learning, it gives you a clear explanation about each grammar point along with a ton of examples and other helpful notes. 

Also here is an explanation of Chinese sentence structure. This helps when starting out. 

Apps

(I use an iPhone so I don’t know how many of these are available for Androids) 

Hello HSK has mobile apps for your phone, my favorite is Hello Words, which gives you the vocab for each HSK level, along with extra useful vocabulary. 

You’ve probably heard of Memrise before, but they offer some pretty good Mandarin Vocabulary lists. 

ChineseSkill is a fun app. It is similar to Duolingo but for Mandarin Chinese. 

MindSnacks also is a fun app for learning Mandarin. It gives you games that help you practice during your free time. I like this one a lot better than ChineseSkill (they both work very well though),  but you have to pay to get all the lessons. 

Miscellaneous Resources

Here is a website that gives a long list of useful Mandarin resources. 

Also I’ve reblogged a bunch of stuff about Mandarin so here is my Mandarin tag, and here is my Chinese tag. 

Good luck with your Mandarin studies! It’s a challenging but also very rewarding and fun language to learn. 

anonymous asked:

I've started to study Japanese and I was wondering do you recommend any textbooks I should use, I have hiragana and katakana down is there anything you suggest? Thank you in advance

Here are some of the books I use:

Japanese Kanji Power

Genki I + Workbook

Complete Japanese Grammar

600 Basic Japanese Verbs

Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communicatioin

Guide to Writing Japanese Kanji and Kana

I have a bad habit of taking notes and never reading them over. That’s why I like workbooks because they require you to exercise what you’ve learned. Hope this helps! :)

anonymous asked:

How do you publish independently?

How do you publish independently?

Publishing independently means that you take care of the process yourself, either directly or through hiring professionals. It is different from self-publishing (though really it’s just semantics) in that self-publishing is viewed often as an amateur type of approach, where the quality of the book is not comparable to that of mainstream, traditionally published books.

Below are the steps of indie publishing:

-Editing

-Proofing

-Cover design

-Publishing (either e-book, paperback, or audio. I did all three!)

-Disributing

-Marketing and advertising

Indie-publishing is such an ordeal that I am writing a whole how-to guide that  that I will give away (as an e-book) for free. If you are interested subscribe to my website at www.gaiabamman.com; it should be ready sometime in the summer ^_^ 

Originally posted by lisavertudaches

Meanwhile, feel free to browse my blog. All my posts are there from drafting to copyrights! Below I added a previous post that might help you :)

What are your publishing options?

  • Traditional publishing through a company (typically via a literary agent)
  • Indie publishing can refer to either publishing through a small independent company, or publishing on your own, through founding your own independent company
  • Self-publishing typically refer to authors printing their own work without the skills or resources to do so.  If a “self-published” book looks professional, is well written and edited, it is considered indie
  • Vanity presses will take your money to “self-publish”, meaning your book will still look home made and you will be a few thousand dollars poorer

How do I get a publisher?

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

In order to get a publisher, you need to find an agent.

A few publishers will consider writers with no agents, but the typical submission route sees an agent pitching your work to publishers

Who are agents?

Agents are experts in the book business. They consider hundreds of books a day, choose a few promising clients a year and try to pitch their work to publishers. If you did get an agent you found your best bookish friend!

Originally posted by disneylandwheredreamscometrue

Agents are experts who believe in your book. Treat them fairly and don’t expect them to be your biatch.

Their job is pitching to publishers, not advertise your book nor edit nor listen to you whine. Know what to expect.

What do agents do?

They select authors as clients and try to get them good deals with publishers. They are paid when the writer is paid. Never give money to anyone to read your work! A serious agent would never ask for money.

What don’t agents do? They don’t advertise your book, they don’t edit

How do I get an agent?

To get an agent you have to write a query letter (see my old post on how to do that). In fact, on average, you have to write about 100 queries to find an agent and that is only if your book is prime stuff. An alternative is to take part in “pitching competitions” like PitMad on twitter or attending a writers’ pitch conference.

How do I select which agent is right for me?

Don’t flood all the literary agents of the world at once. Choose two or three who published books you liked and are similar to yours. If you can’t think of any you should probably be spending more time reading before you consider publishing. Check AgentQuery to find agents open to submissions in your genre. Do some research on them, make sure they are a good fit and be ready for rejection.

How do I deal with rejection?

Originally posted by gurl

Dismiss it. It’s part of the job and good for big egos. Finding an agent is like finding a soulmate, all you need is one. BUT, if after ten queries nobody asked for a partial of your manuscript, you might want to ask yourself if there is something wrong with your query or  if you’re pitching for the wrong genres.

Why go traditional?

Publishers and agents have a ton of experience.They will guarantee that your book is the best it can be. Also they can offer you the best distribution at no cost (out of pocket at least). There will be (almost) no typos, the cover and format will be impeccable, they will distribute your book in bookstores countrywide and it will have the best title ever. So, if you have the time and will to pursue this route, go for it!

What are the disadvantages of a publisher?

Spending a year writing query letters and being rejected. Spending another year to find a publisher and close to another year to see the book in stores. Losing some of the creative freedom (they’ll decide your cover, title, illustrations, although of course you do have a saying in it!). Losing part of your royalties (which are already quite low) to pay the agent and the publisher.

A typical publishing deal gives the author 15% of the royalties (NOT 15% of the retail cost!)

For example…your book sells for $15. Printing and other costs are $6. Book stores get a 55% discount (they need to make money too!). Bookstores get it for $6.75. If printing costs $5, per book you make 15% ($6.75-$5)= 26 cents

What are the advantages of independent publishing?

Your revenue per book will be much higher! Yes, amazon takes a cut, but you still make much more then 15% per book. You have complete freedom over your book. Your book can be published in a jiffy. With print on demand you don’t have to prepay paper copies on your books.

What are the disadvantages of independent publishing?

You have to learn A LOT and do even more. You are responsible for your book to be the best it can be, that’s hard without experience! But it’s doable, and once you learn you can help others :) I’ll be honest with you, most of the self published books out there are terrible. Still some of my favorites authors are self (independently) published. Do your research, be thorough, be professional!

Originally posted by vuivenchy

So, traditional or independent publishing?

The hard facts:It takes on average about a year to find an agent. Only 5% of authors with an agent get a book deal. A pretty good book deal is a $1,000 advance and 15% on every book sold after that. First time authors, on average, sell 400 books and will have to pay back the publisher for unsold books over their advance, let’s say return $200 of the original grand. Wanna cry? Go right ahead.

Also, publishers, typically, have one or two huge book releases per year. They will not put all their advertising money on little unknown you, they will invest it where they have a safer return, let’s say…Stephen King.

My advice

Never conform your writing to the industry, write about what’s important to you and…

Originally posted by crowloop

Indie-publish your first few books. Learn the trade. If you are selling a decent number of books (more than 400 per title) within a short time that will be a great card to play to seduce an agent.

Regardless of the route you choose, publishing it’s going to be a ton of work (if you actually want to sell some books). Roll up your sleeves and happy publishing ^_^

GBA

Who am I to give you advice?

I think that honesty and humor are the best spices of life. Add a bit of sass, some Italian flavor and you got me; the author of the Italian Saga (#TIS): an irreverent indie series taking place in Italy and speaking of love, pain, and happiness with a healthy dose of humor <3

You can check out my books pretty much anywhere including Amazon andSmashwords,  Apple, Barnes & Noble (US and UK), Scribd, Oyster,Kobo, Yuzu, Blio and Inktera  OverDrive , Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), and Odilo (2,100 public libraries in North America, South America and Europe). You can also order them at any library or bookstore (bring author name “Gaia B Amman” in case they are not available) and you can get the audiobooks with an Italian accent on Audible!

GBA