so i thought i need to make a collection of these

honestly, this has been on my mind for a while, but I think there are some people I need to… not distance myself from, but sometimes, often, I’m more excited about a friendship than the other person is and it just creates this weird feeling of imbalance. I don’t know if that sounds weird, but when I was a kid I was first bullied and later I had to really put an effort into making friends with people, I was rejected a lot (I assume because I was a girl, but I acted like a boy, because later when I started hanging out with boys this all got easier) and I don’t want to put myself in that situation again. this isn’t a critique of anyone, it’s alright to not be super enthusiastic about a possible friendship, and that’s probably exactly what I have to remind myself of: it’s ok if people don’t want to be ‘besties’ with me and I don’t have to try to convince them of otherwise. I’m already extremely introverted so, in short, I think what I’m saying is that I want to focus my energy on the people who are openly wanting to be good friends with me.

So there have been a couple of posts about Sportacus’s book… closet (that is not a shelf) and a few of them have some decent resolution and I just have to say that Sportacus’s reading selection is… pretty specific? We’re talking like picaresque novels, bildungsromans, themes about murder, revolution, revenge, and redemption, heroes fighting against insurmountable forces, disadvantaged young/youthful heroes being shunned by society and striving to get any kind of tiny moral victory, children being the center focus of very dark situations… Kudos to the people who put that kind of thought into what he’s reading but now I can’t ever look at Sport the same way. I don’t want to make too specific a statement about his reading list because I haven’t identified most of the books and read even fewer, but. Dude. DARK.


edit- I forgot a major theme to many of these books: SLAVERY. He even has a book (The Weeping Wood) about the history of rubber production and the exploited Indian slaves!

anonymous asked:

How do I make my dialogue seem more authentic and less formulaic?

Hi, anon!  Thanks for your question :)

This is a common issue, and one that I’ve been working on in recent years.  Improving primarily comes from observation – listening to real-life conversations, watching experienced actors, and even recording your own thoughts/speech/monologues.  Writing good dialogue means that you have to analyze and pick apart speech patterns that our brains usually filter out.  It’s all about hypervigilance.  This is how you collect the tools you need.


Features of Authentic Dialogue

Notice the use of the word “features” – because it’s not just words or phrases that create dialogue you can hear in your head.  Speech patterns, interplay between characters, silences, and environmental factors can make a conversation come to life.  So when dialogue is sounding stale or formulaic, try some of the following:

  • Favored terms – The number one thing that really pulls me into dialogue is when I see a character use the same term/phrase a few times throughout the story.  That’s how real people speak!  We have cliches that we grew up hearing or that stick in our head, and we use them whenever they apply.  So build character with this tool.
  • Delay and “loading” phrases – Formulaic dialogue is made up of straightforward skeleton sentences: “I’m sorry I lied to you.  I was scared.”  Adding in delay makes time for characters to think, which helps readers hear their voices: “I, uh… I’m sorry, you know.  For lying.  I guess I was just scared.”
  • Unfinished thoughts – Some of our thoughts are expressed verbally.  Some of them are kept to ourselves.  But some of our thoughts stop somewhere in between – we get them halfway out, and we realize we either don’t want to say it or don’t know how.  So when it applies, have your characters start to share something (maybe something “dangerous” or personal or out of line) and stop – rephrase.  This works especially well in situations of conflict.
  • Run-ons and fragments – This sounds similar, but it’s different.  This isn’t a conscious stopping and going – it’s just normal human grammar mistakes.  Writers are so focused on their own grammar that they treat dialogue the same way, which isn’t realistic.  So have characters mesh two sentences into one, or express thoughts without a subject + verb structure.  It doesn’t make you a bad writer.  Don’t worry.
  • Forgetting words or phrases – This happens to a varying degree with all people.  Having a character stop mid-sentence and snap their fingers and ask:

“What is it?  When it’s like something that happened, like, because of fate?”
“Uh, coincidence?”
“No, more like it’s supposed to happen, but it’s still- serendipity.  That’s it.”

This can take up valuable page space, though, so only use it when it applies or when your conversation is lacking interactivity.

  • Shorter speech bursts with action in between – Not all of what a character has to say should be expressed in one long monologue.  In fact, it can often be better to write a sentence or two at a time than to write out a whole argument at once.  When a character pauses, fill the space with action or internal dialogue.  This is best for scenes in which two characters are walking somewhere or engaging in an activity.

Beyond these ideas, though, I have a few extra tips that involve two or more characters.  When 2+ people are engaging in a conversation, they are prone to:

  • Cut each other off – Holy heck, this happens a lot in real life, especially if your characters are both talkative or dominant.  Conversation sounds more realistic when your characters aren’t acting like they’re on a debate stage and they aren’t allowed to speak until a light comes on.  Even if it’s just cutting off the last word of each other’s sentence, or attempting to interrupt unsuccessfully, give it a shot and see how it amps up a conversation.
  • Stop listening – Or they never start listening at all.  When characters are distracted or in the middle of conflict, they may not hear what each other says – or they may misinterpret.  If you need to pace a conversation or increase miscommunication, this is a good way to do it.
  • Hang on to details – When Character A makes a long statement, Character B doesn’t always listen all the way through – but not always intentionally.  People can get caught on certain details in what’s said.  For example:

“All I’m saying is that- listen.  When two people are in a relationship, they don’t go around behind each other’s backs, okay?  Even if it has nothing to do with each other!  It’s full disclosure.  How would you like it if I did something like that?  If I just… looked at you and lied to you?  Wouldn’t it bother you?  Would you ever look at me and wonder, ‘What if she doesn’t mean that?  What if she’s hiding something else?’”

“Is that what this is?” he asked, eyes narrowed playfully.  He bit back a smile.  “A relationship?”

  • Get distracted – When two characters talk, they don’t talk in a vacuum – there are environmental factors that stall or accelerate conversation.  If two characters are rushing to get dressed for a party, they will speak quickly or rashly.  If they’re in line at Subway, they’re thinking about what they want on their sandwich.  If they’re driving, they may need to stop talking to figure out which exit they take off the highway.  Allow their environment to interact with their conversation, and your scene will feel more immersive.

That’s all the advice I have right now!  If you have any other questions, send them in and I’ll respond shortly :)  Good luck!


If you need advice on general writing or fanfiction, you should maybe ask me!

Another Collection of AUs the Internet Doesn't Need (by me)

• It’s 10:30 at night and I left my glasses at home so I can’t read any of these labels and you’re one of the only people in the grocery store and GODDAMMIT DO YOU HAVE ANY TOMATO SAUCE WITHOUT CHUNKS AU

• We go to the same support group; I have social anxiety and you’re a kleptomaniac who sorta stole my heart AU

• You thought you were alone at the bus stop so early in the morning so you started passionately singing Fall Out Boy but your Patrick Stump impression could use some work and I’m not really afraid to point that out AU

• I’m an artist and you have a really nice face so would you mind if I drew you? AU

• We’re rival up-and-coming singers and every time one of us releases a new single the other does a cover to try to make it better; we’re always trying to top each other and out-cute each other, but half our fans aggressively ship us; our agents use this to their advantage and decide we should do a duet because it’ll be popular; unfortunately now that we’re in the same studio and I’ve seen what you’re like I really wanna know what your lips feel like AU

• PLEASE I REALLY CANNOT FIND MY CAT AND I KNOW IT’S THREE A.M. BUT NEIL CATRICK HARRIS AND I WOULD BOTH APPRECIATE THE HELP AU

• We were both stood up for dates at the same nice restaurant so we decide to eat together and split the check but I dunno you’re pretty interesting aside from your distractingly enormous eyebrows AU

• We met at a mutual friend’s cheesy masquerade party and we agree that the only good thing about this party is the masks so you can’t judge a book by its cover only now that we’ve been talking I want to see your face but I don’t know how to ask AU

• You used to date my friend who absolutely hates your guts after a messy breakup and now you’re flirting with me and I really shouldn’t be so interested in you but I am AU

• I don’t know you but you’re singing along really loudly near me at this concert and it’s kinda hilarious because you just make up things when you don’t know the words AU

• We pass each other every day while we’re biking on the same path so we’ve started smiling at each other and one day you’re stopped because you’re having an asthma attack so I offer you my extra water bottle and now we’re talking and now I’M the one who’s breathless AU

Return to Earth - SuperCorp Oneshots Ch. 1

So this is my collection of SuperCorp one shots. I was originally going to make it one big fic but it wasn’t flowing like I wanted so I split it up. As of right now, they’re all going to be in the same universe but no particular order! I’m hoping to have a second chapter with a holiday theme posted soon!

Chapter 1 - Return to Earth. Kara meets up with Lena and they (finally) have a post Cadmus chat. 

It’s been one hell of a week, guys. Hopefully this is as cathartic for you as it was for me.

Kara felt terrible.

When she had followed Barry and Cisco to the other earth, she hadn’t really given it a second thought. Her friend needed her and so she did what she needed to do.

She also hadn’t expected to be gone three days.

Three days with a certain pair of green eyes always lingering at the back of her mind.

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during my homework/study/revision sessions, i often find myself wasting precious time making frivolous decisions and adjustments i should have already figured out. i thought of a couple ways to avoid such procrastination and distraction, and to make the most of your study sessions!

1. COLLECT EVERYTHING YOU NEED BEFORE YOU START.

even if you think you MIGHT need it, grab it. when you need something in the middle of doing homework, studying, or revising, it might cause you lose focus and track.

now, mind you, this one isn’t a super huge problem if you simply get what you need and go back to your study space (or don’t leave it in the first place), but just in case, get everything you need so you’re not tempted to wander, go check your phone, etc.

2. HAVE A COLOR CODE / SCHEME.

i can’t tell you how many times i’ve been sitting down to make notes, a study guide, or something similar, and i end up going through my stationery collection and staring at my paper for 10 minutes trying to decide which colors to use.

establish a color code for the subject you’re taking notes on, and/or already have the colors you want to decorate/write your notes in chosen.

3. MAKE A STUDY PLAYLIST.

it will eliminate the need to go on your phone/computer/ipod/etc. to change the song, which can lead to you using it for social media and other things.

put songs you LOVE on there so it’s constant jamming—not constant distraction!

4. CREATE SPECIFIC, DETAILED TASKS TO COMPLETE / GOALS TO MEET.

this is a huge one for me—probably my biggest issue. i find myself at the end of the study session with barely anything accomplished because i don’t have a game plan in the first place.

chunk your assignment or topic of study/revision into small, manageable chunks so you’ll not only feel more productive, you’ll BE more productive.

you’ll have a clear list of everything you need to get done by the end of your session, motivating you to work and steering you along the way so you don’t end up idling the whole time.

5. KNOW THE NOTE-TAKING METHOD / STUDY STRATEGY YOU’LL BE USING.

if you’re taking notes from a textbook, video, test prep book, novel, etc., decide on a note-taking method before you even start. this will keep you from being dissatisfied with your notes and starting over, scrolling through tumblr/social media for inspiration then straying away from actual work, getting overwhelmed because you don’t know what to do, and (obviously) getting no notes taken.

as for studying/revising, choose whether you’ll be using flashcards, summary foldables, re-reading, highlighting, etc. to study or revise the information before you start. this prevents spending time trying to figure out HOW you’re going to study/revise INSTEAD OF studying/revising, and helps you actually get some learning done.

6. TRY SETTING A TIME LIMIT

some people work well under pressure! the time constraint might motivate you to get as much done as possible in the time you’ve allotted yourself, thus decreasing your will to turn your attention to other things.

moral of this post: plan out your study sessions so you’re fully prepared for success, productivity, and accomplishment! :)


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Chapter 91 Thoughts.

aka IS THIS ATTACK ON TITAN?!?!

The moment I clicked the new chapter was the moment I had the very same thoughts. I even double checked the titles. Then the penny dropped to my mind.

So Isayama decided to make another time-skip and also a change of character views as well.

It has been almost 80 years after this:

Almost 40 years after this:

Almost 30 years after this:

Almost 20 years after this:

9 years after this:

4 years after this and other events from the first chapter of manga:

And 3 years after this:

And we are at the year 854 now.

Cool.

Continue under the cut!

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RFA Profile Picture Collection Project

Hey, @zentherainbowunicorn here with another MysMe project ^^

I thought about writing a bit of an intro for this blog, but the tl;dr is that there are a lot of profile pictures used by the characters in Mystic Messenger that never get saved to your album as they are not “full CGs”, and I’d like to collect as many of them here as possible :)

Since the profile pictures change based on route and time of day (and can’t be viewed in the Extras), I need the fandom’s help to collect them all! All you need to do is go into your game and screenshot each member’s current profile picture and submit it to this blog. Ideally you should screenshot it directly from their profile, like so:

This is the highest-resolution version of the picture, which will make it nicer for use as icons and such.

After I collect several of these, I’ll crop them and post them in a photoset for use on your blogs, Twitter, Tumblr, whatever you like. Thanks for all your help!

Submit your screenshots here!

Tea Time #2

This is one of the newest additions to my collection, and I absolutely love it. 

Type: Tea bags, which is quick and easy for a witch on the go like me. 

Price: I got this at Walmart, but you can find it at Kroger, and various websites. It runs about 4-6 dollars per box, with 20 tea bags, making it about .25 cents per cup, depending on how strong you like your tea. 

Witchy Things: I initially picked this up because I’ve started drinking more coffee recently, but I know how it feels to completely overload on caffeine. This blend is 100% herbal and tastes exactly like coffee. It’s awesome. 

So why add this to your stash? Well, we all have those days where we need an energy boost, but don’t want to stay up half the night. This is perfect for a spell during a late-night study session. 

Coffee is also great for removing internal blockages and repelling negative thoughts. Consider using this as an internal protection charm before sleep to ward off stress and nightmares.  


Have a favorite tea blend you use in your practice? Let me know, and I’ll try it and add it to the series!

Many blessings-Kate

amandaxohugnkiss  asked:

J Hope is my bias wrecker mostly because there are these little moments when his sexiness comes out and when it does it's the hottest thing ever. It makes me want to ride him in a bath with fizzling bath bombs, then have him lay on a bed so I can grind on every part of his body, then ride him again until he's spent. Then I'd slowly and gently caress his arms and chest while he falls asleep. But hey different strokes for different folks! 🤷‍♀️😄

I can tell you’ve given this a lot of thought!

I was thinking about how different the boys are when they do a hip thrust move while dancing.

Tae is eye-fucking the audience while he does it.

Jimin is hell bent on making your orgasm on the spot with the sexy smirk and the way he rolls his hips when he thrusts and he engages his whole body into the move and… I need a moment to collect myself.

Jungkook used to be just generally hot when he was hip thrusting, but lately he’s changing a bit.  I feel like he’s putting in the extra effort specifically so he can steal Jimin’s thunder.

Yoongi is kinda aggressive.  It’s a dominant thrust meant to show you he’s the boss. “You want me? Fine, here I come. *BAM BAM BAM* You’re welcome.”

Namjoon over thinks it.  He knows this is sexy time and he’s clearly thought about how he can make this his own, but it comes out a little stiff and practiced. Bless his heart.

Jin is usually just trying to get through all the choreo.  That hip thrust is one of many and he’s already thinking about what the next move needs to be.

But Hoseok will get all serious faced when he’s thrusting and then, immediately after, he breaks into a smile because he is just having so much fun dancing!

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“To be acquainted with someone who’s gaining such notice and profiting so well from her career, it would most likely make her a target as well if I am not careful…

Hopefully, whenever I do reach her, we could meet as discreetly as possible… and from there I could inform her of my situation, and perhaps see if she could assist me. If fortunate enough, she could allow me a place to stay and collect my thoughts before making my next move. I won’t force her to, but it is worth attempting. After all, it would be very sudden for her.

She may just be an acquaintance, but she’s better than no one to fall back on at all. I just need to find something to cloak myself with before heading into the next settlement to see her…”

[ @bannanaswishes / @askteamsomberwish ]

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Colour Swatch | Reference

Decided to try out some new pens the other day, so I bought some PITT Artist Brush Pens from Faber-Castell and a Glitter Posca Pen in Pink (I am so amused by the glitter pen 🙀✨)

And thought I might as well swatch my copic markers at the same time (because I keep forgetting to make a reference sheet (c" ತ,_ತ))

So if anyone thinks they need a reference sheet for the colours and codes, feel free to use these 🙆🏻💖


*I collect them only a few at a time, so I’m sorry if I don’t have the colour you’re looking for.

To All Suggestions Blogs

Hello there!

I’m trying to make an inventory of us all so people could find us easier and have us be more organized!

I also thought with this we could also start different events and activities maybe if anyone was interested in that! (This is just an idea, if everyone is against it we don’t have to.)

I’m also looking for mods to help me collect suggestion blogs! If you are interested in being one please message me on my main! I am @hellhasnowelcomemat!

To be added please reblog this post and give the information at the bottom of this text post. If you don’t feel comfortable with answering any question with a * next to it feel free! The others are needed for basic information so please do those! (Not in the tags please but in the text.)

I’m going to classify the suggestions blogs as the following categories, this is what I mean by “type of blog”! Please only use one for your category!

~happy/good feeling blog
~sad/depressing blog
~angry/aggressive blog
~hateful/spiteful blog
~loving/caring blog
~romantic blog
~jealousy/envy blog
~dark blog
~conceited/narcissistic blog
~dreamy/imaginative blog
~character play blog
~non-categorized blog

Suggestion Blog-
Type of Blog-
*Name-
*Age-
*Pronouns-
Possible Triggering Things That you May Post-

The willows are just getting buds out here in western Washington! I thought this was a good time to share one of my favorite tricks for starting plant cuttings: willow water! 

Willow species (genus Salix) contain salicylic acid (SA) and indolebutyric acid (IBA). The IBA functions as a plant rooting hormone, while the SA protects the cutting from pathogens. To make willow water, all you need to do is collect some fairly young, green willow branches, cut them into small (3 cm or so) segments, boil them, then soak them for a few days. Or just soak them (I prefer this method). Then you just stick your cutting you want to root right in the water, like flowers in a vase! Once they start rooting, you can place them in propagation medium like normal.

can I just be super sappy and say… I’m so proud of this fandom staying along all throughout the hiatus? during season 3 I kept thinking I should wait with making this blog until it ended because there needed to be more active fans during the hiatus because not many would care anymore then. but there have been so many people around? the whole 3 months? maybe we just needed some time for ourselves to process, create, collect our thoughts, find our identity as a fandom because let’s face it. it’s not gonna be quite like that once the season starts. but anyways I just wanted to say I’m so impressed and surprised <3

Johnny Imagine

Requested: Could I request a Johnny X Reader where the reader is usually composed and collected but one day they completely break down and have an anxiety attack? I’m sorry if this is too much. I had a really bad anxiety attack the other day and I needed some comfort.
Warnings: Anxiety 

Johnny’s POV

It has been a day since I saw Y/N. Last time I saw her she had been acting strangely so I just wanted to check up and make sure everything was okay. I went to her house and walked in - since she always says I dont need to knock. 

I call out her name but no answer. I roamed around looking for any sign of her. When I found myself at her door I knocked to give a warning and walked in. She was on the floor next to her bed in tears. So many thoughts rushed through my head but all I could think of was if she was okay and that I needed to comfort her. 

I sat beside her and cautiously put my arm around her. “Hey.. whats going on?” I asked in a whisper. She couldnt get her words out but Ive seen this before - Ive had this happen to me before. 

However, I never saw her like this. She was always so tuff and relaxed around me, which is why i was so concerned. “I-I dont know. Ive just.. had enough”. I just held her there for as long as she needed me. I will always be there for her - even when she doesnt need me


A/N; Eww this is so cringey im sorry 

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So I thought I would share this as it came to my attention while testing my current set that people may not know you can do this easily. It is no collection folder, but if a set has a unique name used in the item name, it can compile them all together so you don’t need to search through all the categories. Also it makes up for how limited the CC filter is. So if you know this great, and if not, hopefully you can put it to good use and make finding content (custom or EA) a little easier. 

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m finally back to posting more printables.. just in time for those of you who go back to school soon. I have 4 to share! As usual, my complete collection of printables can be viewed and downloaded here (or click here for the quick link to my Google Drive).

‘Goal Getter’ goals planner

Someone called me a ‘goal getter’ once and I thought that was the cutest, motivational saying! So I put it on a printable! *CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD*

Month at a Glance

This is perfect for summarizing your entire month and it’s events on one handy piece of paper. Keep track of birthdays, goals, events and ideas. *CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD*

Grade Tracker

This would be perfect to keep in your class binders. Print off as many as you need depending on how many assignments you have per class, or combine different classes on the same page. *CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD*

Defintions

For those vocab tests or general studying! *CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD*


That’s all for now, but more will be posted soon! Let me know what you think!xo

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Overwatch Aesthetic - Modern Roadhog and Junkrat / Roadrat

This turned out to be more of Junkrat and Roadhog as individual characters instead of as a couple (which is okay, not every aesthetic needs to be a ship), buuut it would’ve been nice to make a pure roadrat one, so maybe in the future if I find more stuff :)

I thought collecting pictures would be much harder but I’m pretty happy about how it turned out? Imo junkrat and roadhog are actually just really fucking cute characters, especially roadhog HE’S NOT UGLY BLIZZARD THE FUCK??

If you have any characters/ships you want to see aesthetics of, send me an ask!

modern widowtracer {x} modern mchanzo {x} pharmercy in highschool {x

modern d.va {x}  modern genyatta {x}  modern mercy76 {x}

modern symmetra {x} modern pharah/symmetra {x} modern mercymaker {x}

modern zarya/mei {x} modern reaper76 {x} modern pharah {x

modern lúcio {x} modern widowmaker {x}

1. He will forget everything, and you will forgive him for it. He will apologize, but don’t let him. Never let him apologize for being himself.

2. His eyes are the color of coffee; you will be addicted to their caffeine.  
3. He will close off sometimes; give him the space he needs to collect his thoughts. He has thousands of them every day and he can only share so many of them with you. Let him build his bridge to you, and don’t burn it when he tells you things that make you question his intentions.


4. He will call you when he’s drunk and giggle and he’ll say “I love you so much” twenty times in twelve minutes. He’ll tell you his favorite things about you, and then fall asleep and forget to hang up the phone. Make sure you whisper that you love him as you hang up to the sound of his breathing, and remind him to take an aspirin in the morning. 


5. Do not tell him he can’t do anything; he will only try to prove it to you as soon as the challenge leaves your lips.


6. Listen to his troubles, he has so many. Your heart will break for him. Don’t let it break you, too.


7. His laugh is clear and bright and sounds like sunshine. You will want to make him laugh just so you can hear it again, and again, and again. Soak up the sound of his happiness. Burn it into your skin. You make him happier than I did, after all.


8. I don’t envy you, or hate you because you are all that I am not. Thank you for taking care of him in ways I never could. His safety has always been my first priority, and I’m happy he found happiness with you.


9. He takes his coffee with two sugars, remember that. 


10. He broke my heart for the sake of finding yours. Let him handle yours with the same tenderness as he did mine. You will not regret loving him, I swear.

—  to the girl who loves him next