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college advice from someone who’s been on both sides of it

So I’m finishing up my Ph.D. and preparing to depart for the real world (no, just kidding, I’m going to be in school forever, only in a different capacity) and I thought I’d put together a list of some college tips to share with you all. I graduated with my B.A. in 2012, magna cum laude, with 2 majors, 1 honours thesis, 2 on-campus jobs, and 3 music things. Since then, I’ve gone to grad school and also taught six semesters of first-year seminars. Now I’m going on the job market for teaching positions. All of this means that I’ve seen both sides of the college experience, as a student and as an instructor. There are a lot of great & useful college advice posts going around studyblr this time of here, and I wanted to add my own. I hope it’s useful. So here we go, with a “read more” because it’s long (sorry if you’re on mobile):


  • find your classrooms ahead of time (profs’ offices too)
  • figure out how long it will take you to walk between places
  • figure out where your best seat will be & claim it
  • say hi to the people next to you, learn their names
  • take notes in class
  • take advantage of extra credit
  • try your best not to fall asleep in class (and if you do fall asleep, apologise to the prof afterwards)
  • bring your glasses if you need them, don’t be stubborn about it
  • check out the library, wander in the stacks, talk to the librarians
  • figure out how & where to print
  • buy used books/textbooks, or rent them, but be careful with ebooks (some profs don’t allow them)
  • plan breaks into your class schedule, or block everything together, whichever works best for you
  • work out the pros & cons of 8am classes and/or night classes
  • plan ahead – have a planner, put things in it, do them
    • fake deadlines are a thing (write down earlier deadlines, trick yourself into meeting them, bask in satisfaction)
  • grades won’t be what they were in high school
    • keep in mind GPA values: a 3.5 will see you graduating with honours
  • be nice to the departmental administrative staff, thank them for helping you (even with small things)
  • office hours versus emailing profs: both will get your questions answered (probably) but if you can go and talk in person, do it
  • profs & TAs are people too, they have lives, they have bad days
  • if something comes up, talk to your prof, be honest but don’t overshare, just show them you’re trying
  • on that note, try

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An Introvert's guide to dealing with extroverted personalities

SUBMITTED by anonymous


- Don’t let them boss you around. Whether it’s literally your boss, a spouse a family member or a friend, ExTJs naturally take control over things and more often than not….people. Especially introverts because they make less “noise” so to speak. It’s not always meant as a bad thing, in many cases they think they’re doing you a service. But let them know that you have your own ideas and thoughts, they can very responsive to that.

- Show confidence. In regards to the last point, they will especially be prone to walking over you if you look lost or doubtful. Again, not necessarily bad in their eyes, they may think they are helping you. But if you show you have quiet confidence and can stand on your own two feet, they will respect that. 

- Respect their lavish lifestyles. Te-doms are often naturally successful at life, mostly in academics and business. And likewise they also LOVE to show off their success, through materialism, appearance, social status etc. (especially ENTJs) It’s not always shallow, it’s really what they like. Realize that in many cases, they actually…..did work really hard to earn that stuff. So check to see if your disdain about this isn’t actually the jealousy bug.

- Listen and appreciate their advice. Te-Doms are just really good at helping you out if you approach with any kind of problem. But yes, they do have a tendency to talk about you as if you were them. Keep that in mind.


- Understand that they have a hard time with “reserved” individuals. This is the bane of all ExFJs. They like to communicate, get you out there, and sometimes force you into uncomfortable situations. Understand that not only do they mean no harm by that, it’s actually because they have an interest in you, otherwise they wouldn’t bother. Be open minded while at the same time reminding them that you like your personal space. 

- They like to talk. If you have to deal with an ExFJ and hope that the two of you will just stay quiet, tough luck. Prepare for at least minimal conversation. 

- Respect everything they openly share. Pictures of kids, food and various events and messages flooding your Facebook wall. This is especially a strain for IxTx types, but understand that yes, ExFJs do indeed like attention, that stuff also means something to them. Either validate it or refrain from criticizing it.

- Be very careful with humor. The raunchy and offensive type of course, especially if it’s about something or someone that really matters to them. Fe usually hates that. I once replied with a joke on an ENFJs’ political status on Facebook. That was the last I ever heard of her. Keep it more PG and light-hearted with ExFJs. Many other types will appreciate your R-rated humor. 


- They are intense! You have been warned. If you like peace, quiet and taking it slow, then by all means stay away from them as even ISxPs may find them overwhelming. If you want a good time however, they are your go-to people. 

- They know what’s “in”. Look no further for fashion advice or what’s trending. Many extroverts are keen on this, but none like ExSPs

- Speak directly. Metaphors, being passive-aggressive and worst of all “you should know…” will drive them absolutely up the wall. Yet at the same time they’re really good at picking up on you so… You got something to say, say it clearly and quickly, that’s their communication style. Don’t mice words, especially with ESTPs.

- Do not lecture them about being impulsive. Chances are they already know that or they don’t care. Either appreciate that aspect of them, offer advice or stay out, but being a disciplinary parent to them will not work.


- They are mentally stimulating as well as exhausting. You INxPs may be able to keep up with them but for you other introverts, be prepared for rapid-fire questioning and topic shifting. But by all means, you can halt them when they open up a topic or debate that interests you. Just be prepared that this said topic, will also be dissected quickly on all fronts.

- Respect their flight of ideas. As an introvert, you need time to process things, they don’t. Do NOT tell an ENxP “Hey…weren’t you supposed to do what you said you would do?” Unless it was a contractual commitment or something of that nature. That irks them. Ideas are fun for them to shoot out, but follow-up can be another issue altogether. When they are serious about something, you’ll know, don’t worry. Actions will speak louder than words.

- Religion and politics are NOT off limits! This is sacred and personal to you? Though luck, ENxPs will put it on the table sooner or later. ENxPs will most likely bust you open and ask all the details of your personal life, sometimes even moreso then Fe-Doms. So either be ready, embracing of that, or let them kindly know what’s off limits. 

- They have a “geek” side. Especially ENFPs. Respect and appreciate that and please don’t knock it. “You’re too old for….” will absolutely bring out their anger. Dom Si and Fi are usually good at respecting that because they know about sentimentality, but other introverts need to thread lightly. 

Note that many of these points are also valid for extrovert on extrovert. But this was written for all introverts’ processing downtime and reservations vs. extroverts’ rapid assessment of their surroundings and better ease with people in mind. 

If one of you extroverts want to do the opposite guide, be my guest.

Fics written since Sherlock series 4 aired:

In light of it being Sherlock positivity day, and also because I need to update my Guide to (My) Fics page anyway, I thought I’d make a post. I understand how hard series 4 rocked our fandom and how a lot of people felt the need to stop reading fic or found themselves unable to read ir or create it. That’s totally fine, I get that. But my (self-appointed) duty in this fandom has always been to fix: fix Reichenbach, fix series 3, and I’ve been continuing along those lines with series 4. Here are the fics I’ve written since series 4 began to air: 

1. These Four Walls
Posted: January 3rd, 2017
POV: John
Pairing/rating: Gen (background pairing of John/Mary, hints of John/Sherlock), mature
Length: 1,590 words
Summary/notes: Written after The Six Thatchers aired, this little story is just a look into what John must have been thinking during the episode. Just as after series 3, my fixing had to start with John, whose behaviour I found incredibly problematic throughout this series. This is just a little look at his frustrations and feeling of entrapment during TST

2. Exile
Posted: January 4th, 2017
POV: Sherlock
Pairing/rating: Gen (background pairing of John/Mary, hints of Sherlock/John), mature
Length: 4,247 words
Summary/notes: Also written after The Six Thatchers aired, this story goes with These Four Walls. It’s Sherlock, after John has pushed him away following Mary’s death, descending into a pit of despair as he contemplates having failed John and thereby losing him forever.

3. Where My Demons Hide
Posted: January 10th, 2017
POV: John
Pairing/rating: John/Sherlock, explicit
Length: 13,825 words
Summary/notes: Written after The Lying Detective, this is the first story I wrote wherein John apologises to Sherlock for his behaviour during that episode, specifically for the hospital beating. This story also shows John going back to Ella and trying to work through his feelings regarding Mary’s death, his own drinking, what to do about his child, and Sherlock.

4. A Satellite Out of Orbit
Posted: January 15th, 2017
POV: Ella
Pairing/rating: Sherlock/John, mature
Length: 6,512 words
Summary/notes: Also written after The Lying Detective, this story is a companion story to Where My Demons Hide. Told from Ella’s POV, it shows her meetings with Sherlock as he descends into drug use and despair over John, and his obsession with Culverton Smith. However, it bridges the first story and shows Sherlock and John coming in together afterward, too. I had such fun writing Ella in this little series!

5. Now That the Dust has Settled (We Can See the Stars)
Posted: January 13th, 2017
POV: Sherlock
Pairing/rating: Sherlock/John, mature
Length: 4,352 words
Summary/notes: Yes, so I wrote this one before A Satellite Out of Orbit, but I wanted to post those two together! This is the second of the three stories I wrote between TST and TLD! I had no idea what was going to happen in TFP, but I wanted to write something that was vague enough to gloss over those events and show a potentially happy outcome for Sherlock and John anyway, just to give us all a smattering of hope for the future despite our dread of TFP. We all thought that either Mycroft or Rosie might die in TFP, so I left out any reference to either one of them completely in this! It was written deliberately aiming to still function regardless of what happened in TFP, and I kind of think it still does, if you don’t ask too many questions about Rosie’s location, lol.

6. A Case for Domestic Propinquity
Posted: January 29th, 2017
Pairing/rating: Sherlock/John, explicit
POV: Sherlock
Length: 32,370 words
Summary/notes: My first post-series 4 fix-it! After His Last Vow aired, I sat around trying to digest it for about an hour, and then I buckled down and started writing Deductions of a Lesser Mind, which is a John POV, and I then posted the following day. But The Final Problem left me feeling so flat I wasn’t ever sure I’d want to write again.But I did. It took me a few days to get going, but this story is my first of what I can only assume will be MANY attempts to fill in the holes and fix the wrongs of series 4. This story focuses primarily on the after-effects and damages of series 4, rather than trying to unravel the mysteries of the events themselves. It focuses on getting Sherlock and John together at last, what to do about Rosie, how Sherlock’s family is doing after everything went down, etc. It opens with Sherlock and John repairing Baker Street and with it, their friendship. It also contains one of my favourite first kisses. 

7. Hell Hath No Fury
Posted: March 4-6, 2017
Pairing/rating: John/Sherlock, explicit
POV: Vee Holmes (Mummy) and John
Length: 53,170 words, 3 chapters
Summary/notes: If A Case for Domestic Propinquity was about mainly getting Sherlock and John together, this story was meant to go back to the series and dig into some of the inexplicable events therein. Divided between Vee Holmes (Mummy)’s and John’s perspectives, it’s almost a dual story that eventually joins. Vee’s parts look specifically at the Holmes family history: what, exactly, happened to Sherlock as a child, who or what Victor Trevor was, how the memory drug TD-12 is related to all of that, Uncle Rudy’s role in it all, and how all of that effects the current situation. John’s story looks at he and Sherlock cautiously rebuilding their domestic life together, all the while feeling as though they’re being watched. They are, and while working on a string of kidnappings around London, Rosie is also taken – by someone who is not as dead as she should be. It’s a complex, complicated plot, and devastating in places. Some parts of it hurt to write. Nevertheless, it ends as it should.

I wrote this story for my friend @totallysilvergirl, one of the absolute rocks and mainstays of my life.

8. From the Bottom of the Well
Posted: May 7th, 2017
Pairing/rating: John/Sherlock, explicit
POV: John
Length: 36,079 words
Summary/notes: My next point to tick off on my list of things to address regarding series 4 was the straightwashing of Sherlock Holmes via Irene Adler, and the imagery of John Watson being chained to the bottom of a well was just too perfect to resist. This is the leitmotif of the story, with John suffering recurring nightmares about being in the well again, all the while feeling the parallel keenly as he watches Irene Adler re-enter their lives and attempt to seduce Sherlock beneath his very nose. This is a story about John Watson learning to break his own chains at last.

9. Bridging the Ravine
Posted: June 11-13, 2017
Pairing/rating: Sherlock/John, explicit
POV: Sherlock
Length: 58,931 words (3 chapters)
Summary/notes: After all the previous fixing, I wanted to take a little break. I’ve never deliberately written a known trope before, but this one time I thought I would indulge, and wrote a going-undercover-as-a-couple story. In this story, Lestrade gets Sherlock and John to go undercover at a retreat centre that offers relationship counselling for same-sex male couples. My newest kink since series 4 aired has been to get these two some therapy, so this was a lot of fun! I loved creating the retreat centre, Ravine Valley, and I loved making these two finally talk! Honestly, I can’t think of the last time I enjoyed writing a story as much as this one! Between the spa services, the five-star chef’s menu, the physical setting, etc, it was just a nice world to be immersed in. Plus, I wrote a record number of original characters for it! I was really pleased that people liked them so much, too! There were, in total, 21 OC’s in this story, about 14 of which were fairly important to the plot! Fun times. I particularly adored writing the first kiss in this one, too! I’m currently writing a sequel to this.

So there you have it! It’s been rather difficult to be a fan of BBC Sherlock since series 4 aired, but we’re still here, we’re still writing and creating and meta-ing and talking and that’s a beautiful thing! <33333333333333333333333

This question’s been sitting in my askbox for WEEKS now, apologies for taking so long to respond to this!

To preface this post it’s important to note: I’m not a professional, and don’t have professional experience.  All thoughts are based on personal opinion, preference, and prior experience designing characters for personal projects!

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saturndream  asked:

Hi!! ive been on tumblr for a while (and following you for a while haha) and i just haven't been growing. im active and posting alot of my own pics but i havent gottan any new followers in 2 months! do you have any tips?

hello! first of all thank you so much for sticking around yay love yaaa! 💟 here’s a slightly elaborate (and quick) list of my tips to gain more audience:

1. ask ppl to check your blog! a little note that some people might find this annoying!! i find this okay bc i constantly feel the need to find and discover new blogs! however, that is not always the case for everyone. please do check the faq of every person before hitting up their asks!
2. make/post your own content. simple ones like cute photos, selfies, thoughts, etc. please do tag other people who can reblog it for you too! in my case, my tag is: peachisty! this really helps in gaining more notes i believe. this is because more notes = more audience!
3. get a nice lay-out, personalize it. dont just settle for the lay-out you took from the theme-garden. style it! literally the codes are everywhere in google! but if you have no idea where to start, feel free to hmu! i know lots of css stuff and im p much skilled with web designing so yeah :~)
4. choose your blog style and stick with it! in my case, it’s personal/art/positivity i guess? changing your blog style once a month doesn’t help tbh bc people want consistent content! and having literally super random stuffo is chaotic i believe?
5. get a nice, catchy url and dont just leave it around!!! dont change ur url everyday! my url is p much a gem so i dont rlly think i will ever ever change it tbh haha. i do have some saved ones that are centuries old btw!! if u dont have something in mind, feel free to hmu so i can give em to you
6. talk to your pals !!! may it be thru saying: “if u ever need somebody to talk to im here!” or thru posting updates about you or your day!! i think it just makes me feel safe and happy to read regular updates about ppl on my dash!!! i guess the same goes for other ppl!
7. make your own tag and reblog the stuff ppl tag you into!!! usually, your tag may be your url bc it’s easier to remember! i think this helpz bc u can gain pals thru exchanging of posts tooo
8. make a faves page! haha idk, but faves page made me discover tons of really cool blogs!!!!!! this assures u new mutuals too!!! mutuals that match your aesthetic! ;)
9. join networks. this did not entirely help me in gaining followers but it did help me gain friends!! this is bc networks treat each other like family!!! and idk!! that’s the very reason why i made tumblr tbh!! to meet new beautiful ppl that have the same aesthetics and passion as mine!! networks give u that! along with it, u can do group blog rates, follows, etc!
10. follow similar blogs! this is p much obvious! u follow similar blogs in order to have similar posts on your dash that u can easily reblog! also, if u have the same content, there is a huge possibility that the person will follow u back!!

last note: i want you to know that it is never about the amount of followers!! if you’re using tumblr as a platform to showcase your art: im pretty sure it feels more validating to have sum ppl recognize your talent but please do not entirely depend on it! dont stop making art just because you dont have lots of audience! the amount of ppl who sees your art =/= your skills ok !!!!! :0 at the end of the day… if you come to think of it… i can delete this blog and im back to 0?? i mean… do you get me? you’re still youuu! :)

i hope this helps !! good luck on your journey bb 🐝

So you want to write a sugar daddy AU?

It’s a really popular trope, and I get it. The life of a sugar baby is just taboo enough to make it romantic, and most people aren’t super familiar with the details so you can kind of do whatever you want with it. But as a sugar baby myself, I have a hard time reading any sugar daddy AU’s I come across, just because they’re so completely unrealistic. And I know the authors have good intentions, there’s just a lot of misinformation out there. Which is why I’m here to give you a crash course!

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anonymous asked:

I have an alternate history where, during the AIDS crisis, mandatory quarantines where put in place for all HIV+ people. I know HIV can be passed from mother to child, but can a baby born the virus pass it to their child and so on? It's in a future setting, so medicine has advanced (they might even be more medicaly/sciencey than the non-quarantined because they came up with all of the life saving/extending stuff). How might "genetic HIV" affect their health and everyday lives?

Hey nonny! This is really interesting, and I’d be interested in reading your story when it’s done…. but you have some research to do before you get started.

I hope you’re aware that a lot of the context around HIV is actually homophobia. In fact, HIV wasn’t called HIV at first – it was called Gay Related Immune Deficiency (GRID) in a time when gay was a dirty word. So understand that what you’re calling “quarantining HIV” would amount to a sequestering of, in large part (though far from exclusively), gay men. (And intravenous drug users.)

….You see where this is going, right? A majority “quarantines” a vulnerable population because they’re a “threat to the society at large”, complete with “scientific justification”. This is also in a time when the disease was soundly ignored and research was underfunded because the victims were gay men.

You’re basically looking at some really strong comparisons to Nazism and concentration camps in America in the 1980s. And unless you’re writing something horrifyingly dystopian – in which case go ahead!! – you need to be prepared for that perception from your readers.

What I am saying is this: spend a lot of time researching the disease and its history. And the social history of gay men in the 70s and 80s through today. And the history of antiretroviral medications. In fact, further down, I’m going to give you a read/watch list. It will be far from complete. But it will be a start.

I have a good news / bad news moment for you as well. The good news is that HIV isn’t genetic. It’s not carried down from mother to child via DNA transmission or even viral load entering the bloodstream of the fetus in utero.

So how do babies get HIV? Well, birth is a messy, bloody, poopy business. Neonates become infected when they’re delivered through a bloody  bloody birth canal and the blood enters their mucus membranes (eyes, mouth, etc). Also, babies drink bodily fluids for the first 6 months of life, which is definitely a transmission vector for the disease.

From a WHO page on mother-to-child transmission:

The transmission of HIV from a HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breastfeeding is called mother-to-child transmission. In the absence of any intervention, transmission rates range from 15% to 45%. This rate can be reduced to below 5% with effective interventions during the periods of pregnancy, labour, delivery and breastfeeding. These interventions primarily involve antiretroviral treatment for the mother and a short course of antiretroviral drugs for the baby. They also include measures to prevent HIV acquisition in the pregnant woman and appropriate breastfeeding practices. 

So first off, the chance of any child of an HIV-positive mother getting HIV are less than one in two. Second, again, the virus isn’t “genetic” in its transmission. So if a child of an HIV+ mother was infected, the odds of them transmitting the disease to their child is the same as it was for them. It’s not a guarantee.

Also understand that if medicine is “more advanced” than it is today, and we already have cases of HIV being completely eliminated from people’s bloodstreams with modern medications, your society would likely get to a place where HIV can be, if not eliminated, made far less of a global crisis.

In fact, you mentioned medicine being “more advanced” inside of the “quarantine” than outside of it. But this isn’t likely, because you have to understand that the “quarantined” area is wholly dependent on the outside. They only get what they’re given (or can monkey-wrench from what they have). And separate but equal is inherently unequal. They’re social pariahs, they’re the underheels of society – they won’t be given the tools to advance beyond the society around them. If anything they’ll be the subjects of unwilling experimentation and get gaslighted into horrendous conditions with the vague and distant promise of a cure.

Here’s the thing about HIV (that, admittedly, wasn’t well understood at the beginnings of the disease): Without blood to blood or sexual contact it’s almost impossible to contract. You can’t get it from saliva without (drinking a liter of it). You can’t get it from sweat.

So I’m going to give you some homework to help you understand the background of the story you want to write.

First, films, because they’re easy and fast and will get you up to date as quickly as possible. There’s a list from Verywell (which, admittedly, I don’t love completely) with a list of films portraying HIV in culture.

I would start with #9, a movie called And The Band Played On. (It’s even on YouTube if you don’t mind a little piracy). It’s the story of how HIV came to be understood, told from the scientific side, and dealing with all of the prejudices of the Reagan administration. Philadelphia is also amazing and a must-watch. Angels in America was supposed to be phenomenal (I haven’t had the chance to see it yet).

Also do some searches on HIV and then-president Reagan, and how he dealt with –  or, more accurately, did sweet fuck-all about – HIV. It’s the story of one of the biggest failings in American history (and there have been some whoppers of failures!).

I also reached out to lovely blogger poztatt, who has commented on this blog in multiple instances about the relationship between medicine as a whole and HIV, and here’s what Pozzy had to say:

One : Transmission.  Here in BC vertical transmission has been pretty much eliminated due to good regimens.  We can, if we know about it, prevent it by using pre-existing regimens with mothers so they don’t transmit it.  Clinical guidelines are that mothers have to be on the medication (there are actual legal cases of women being charged for reckless endangerment and/or negligence for not informing doctors of their status.  Also all women in Canada that are pregnant are automatically tested.  It’s less thrilling, human rights wise, than I personally like but that’s Canada.

Second : Well, you’re sort of right about quarantine.  Fun fact : it actually is legally entirely possible to quarantine someone with a public health threat - aka communicable diseases.  Second fun fact in 1987 there was a bill proposed here in BC called Bill C34 that would have sent all people with HIV / AIDS to a leper colony island in the Georgia Straits. 

It got defeated but it had components cannibalized and put into the health care acts that allows quarantining of people with communicable diseases.

Though it’s not been enacted as there are no precidents for it outside Ebola.

So while it’s not presently a thing, it was proposed in multiple jurisdictions across N. America.

Also location is important. Sidenote: In N. America it landed in the gay male community and hit white gay men hard.  They had influence and power, as well as money, so they made noise.  It ALSO hit injection drug users and other sections of the gay community but they had less social cache to fight for care.Outside of N. America it’s predominantly location dependant. Huge swathes of African countries it’s heterosexual.  When writing about it (for the question) it’s important to note the different history depending on WHERE it’s being written about.

Poz also recommends the films When We Rise and How to Survive a Plague, as well as reaching out to your local LGBT centers and seeing if your city has an LGBT archive.

If anyone has additional resources for the Nonny here, leave a comment. I’ll screenshot them in a day or two, or copypaste, and reblog this with additional resources.

Best of luck,

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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anonymous asked:

hiiii idk why i'm so nervous but i really really wanna start writing fanfiction. ljke full out "woah this makes me feel stuff" fanfiction and i thought you'd be the best place to come for pointers because you're literally amazing but anyways do ylu have any suggestions as to 1. where to write it 2. starting tips 3. what not to do?? thanks!! i really really want to but i'm little scared to


How To Start Writing Fanfic for Beginners: 

  • Okay, so, the first thing we usually do is have a beta reader– someone who looks over stories and checks for writing flow, typos, and, most importantly in the case of fanfiction, characterization. You find one before you start writing so that you have a cheerleader who can talk about ideas with you and push you through when you feel like you wanna quit. This is a formality, though, and can be skipped. My one-shots usually are in the 20k+ range so I like to have three or four people look over them, but if I’m writing a 6k one shot, for example, I only have one beta reader.
    • I’m actually pretty sure that the origination of this practice actually came from everyone trying to figure out how to make friends in fandom. If you’re the beta reader on someone’s story, you’re automatically buddies. Google docs has made this way easier, though– it used to be long email chains. *shudders*
  • Step two, decide which host sites you’re going to post your fic on. Different fandoms are more popular on different fic sites. The most popular fanfic sites are , (AO3, we call it), and sometimes tumblr, depending on the length of the fic! 
    • So, for example, the Percy Jackson fandom is really really into (or at least was when I was writing for it?) That’s where you get the most reviews/comments and the most hits for that fandom. In the case of Teen Wolf/Stydia the most popular site is AO3, easily. But if the piece you wrote is a drabble (in the 1k range), you can also plop it on tumblr. If it’s in the 2k range, it’s acceptable to put it on tumblr under a “read more.”
    • For all these sites, you need an account, but AO3 is technically in beta mode (idk why; it’s been like that for multiple years?) and therefore you sign up and then have to wait for an invite. But it’s worth it because once you have an account, you can view the history of the fics you’ve read, bookmark faves, leave comments, and, of course, publish fics.
    • Unlike ffnet, AO3 also categorizes fics into fandoms, which is really really helpful if you write for multiple fandoms. Their sorting system is really good and really specific, which is why people use it. I think that, at this point, AO3 is undoubtedly the most diversely enjoyed site.
  • Here’s some things you definitely need to know about posting on AO3: 
    • (This is SUPER important), it’s considered REAL bad manners to tag characters/ships that aren’t the centric pairing. So, the fic is gonna ask you for characters and the ship. If you’re writing a fic where Stiles and Lydia are the centric pairing, you’re gonna fill in Lydia Martin, Stiles Stilinski, and then Lydia Martin/Stiles Stilinski. But say your story also has a few scenes with Scott? Either don’t mention Scott, or do “Scott McCall- Side.”
    • The reader should be able to clearly tell what type of fic it is by your tags. (Unless you don’t want them to know). You can create your own tags or you can use the site’s already established ones. AO3 tags can get slightly obnoxious but nobody’s going to call you out for that so enjoy. 
    • If your fic takes place within the bounds of the series, you tag it "Canon Compliant.” If it not only fits with the plot of the series but also takes place literally during the series, tag it “Missing Moments.” If it diverges from the plot line of the series, you tag it “Canon Divergent.” If it is after the series is over, tag it “Post-Canon." 
    • If it’s AU, tag the kind of AU it is. “Coffee Shop AU” “AU– The Hunger Games” “AU– Everyone Lives” “AU– Stiles is Olaf from Frozen and gets it on with Anna who is Lydia.” (Spoilers for my next fic.) (Just kidding.) 
    • ALSO when you’re posting, it’s a huge struggle because AO3 either requires HTML coded stuff (for italics, etc) or rich text. My suggestion would be either putting your fic on tumblr and copy and pasting the rich text from the finished post, or getting an account on ffnet and using their document uploader to c+p your fic into, then save it and copy and paste it into the rich text part of the fic loader on AO3
  • So now, ratings. 
    • Here’s what you’ve got: G,T, M, E. 
    •  G is like… no swearing, no mention of sex, you could read it as a bed time story to a 6 year old.
    • T is swearing, acknowledgment that sex exists, maybe some kissing (but you’re getting to shaky territory as soon as you venture anywhere remotely past second base) light, non-descriptive violence (there’s also a tag for violence under "archive warnings” because some people get triggered by it.)
    • M is lighter sex scenes (I would say anything that doesn’t describe genitalia? Idk, this is a real fine line. I think you’ll feel it in your bones. Or, bone, in the case of smut. 
      • Nailed that joke. 
      • HA GEDDIT. I did it again.
    • E is like, you’re going to hell for writing this, enjoy hanging out with satan in the fiery pits, I hope it’s worth it.
  • If you post on tumblr, tag appropriately. Tumblr tagging is different from ao3– you just tag to sort things, and so that the right people see your work. So, like, if you wrote a Stydia fic, obviously don’t tag it Sterek or Sciles because you’ll get hate, lmao. You can tag character names, but I would suggest you don’t tag “Stiles Stilinski” or “Lydia Martin” because the Sterk/Mrrish/Stlia shippers tend to attack you. Also, only the first five tags count.

And now, the Don’ts of fanfiction***

  • Make sure your spacing doesn’t look awful. 
    • It makes people not wanna read it 
    • You should know what regular spacing looks like. If you’re able to correct it so that there’s not eons of space between paragraphs, I would do that. 
  • Don’t say “Sorry for the bad summary I promise it’s better than it sounds” in your summary. 
  • “Their tongues battle for dominance” or other equally cliche dialogue
  • Original characters as main characters
  • Fandom crossovers are almost always rolled their eyes at in the fic community. Like, you can thrust your characters into a different universe, but normally, you can’t use the original characters. So by all means, write a Percy Jackson AU, but don’t make Fitzwilliam Darcy best friends with Annabeth Chase. 
    • Okay this is really delicate because some people can do it really well and some people can’t
    • Switching back and forth between character point of view within one section of your fic is really hard for the reader to keep up with and it tends to look clumsy. It’s a no-no. 
    • If you have divides between sections, that’s where you can switch POV. 
    • However, I tend to write almost all of my fics with just one POV. I pick Character 1 or Character 2 no matter how long it is. It’s cleaner that way. 
    • I need to remember this one– don’t describe clothes too much. You’ll sound like a cheesy YA novel. (I’m a hypocrite, okay?) 
  • Titles matter. Work hard on picking a title. I s2g it actually makes a big difference. Idk why. Titles. 

***Side note: All writing rules are all allowed to be broken. There is truly no such thing as a steadfast writing rule. The more comfortable you get with writing, the more comfortable you could be with breaking these rules. Does that make sense?

To all the new Reylo shippers (a small little guide)!

Welcome to the Reylo family. We’re a diverse place full of awesome group of people from all around the world. You’ll never find a more creative and smart  bunch anywhere else in fandom. We’re packed full of metas, predictions, fan art, fanfiction, discourse, Kylo Ren thirsting, multishipping fun, gifs, memes, fan vids, podcasts, wacky headcanons and trashy kinky goodness!

Thanks to Star Wars Celebration 2017 being just as about Reylo blatant as you can get without telegraphing the obvious to the general public, we’ve seem to have gained quite a few new mutuals in our snug corner. I don’t know how many of you are completely new, have been hovering around the edges of fandom anonymously, are in fandom already but didn’t ship Reylo till now but for the sake of this post I’m going to treat you like you are new to Reylo and its accompanying subculture. 

For those of us who have been in the Reylo fandom for a long time (and Reylo started right after TFA came out) certain self-governing rules and forms of etiquette have become commonplace and even expected in our space. I feel it important to illuminate these to those who are new to whom it may not be readily obvious. Don’t worry, this isn’t like what kinks are acceptable or anything like that. 

For more, keep reading (or not)

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magnolia-monday  asked:

Girlfriend you look amazing!! Would you ever be interested in doing a blog post about your healthy eating and exercise routine?

thank you! 

I’ve talked about my recent healthy eating/exercise routine a few times over the past few months, but here is a more detailed explanation because I have been getting this question quite often. I do want to say though that I am not a nutritionist or health guru by any means- these are just things that have worked for me :) different things work for different people!

I lost about 10 pounds last semester. My main priority for my senior year was to treat my body the best that I could by changing my exercise and eating habits (my intentions were not to necessarily lose weight). My other priority was to be more mindful of how I spend my time in general. Though eating healthy and working out in college can be difficult at times, I have found it to be very rewarding. I think it’s always a great thing to make positive goals for yourself- no matter how small they may seem. 

Here are some things that worked for me over the past semester or so:

Healthy eating

  • At the beginning of last semester, I decided to transition towards a vegan diet. I now eat about a 95% vegan diet. I eat vegan as frequently as I can. However, a few months ago, my friend’s mom cooked only grilled chicken, so in that case, I did eat that. I eat vegan when I can, but if a friend/family friend is only serving meat, I will eat it. For me, eating a vegan diet isn’t necessarily an ethical thing for me. It’s definitely more about the benefits that come with eating a plant based diet (documentaries like Forks Over Knives really touch on this topic).I am very lactose intolerant (and I have been for pretty much my entire life), and I have been strictly dairy free for several months now. I feel my best when I eat a vegan diet, though it isn’t the easiest choice while living in Mississippi. When I do eat dairy, I have an allergic reaction, and I’ve learned it’s just not worth it (even though Mac & Cheese is like my favorite food on the entire planet). 
  • I feel like I mostly eat small meals throughout the day instead of a traditional three large meals. I eat a TON of Lara Bars (the chocolate brownie and mint chocolate ones are my favorites), almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds (I eat these with a spoon a few times a week, which I think grosses out my roomies/family), coconut milk yogurt, skinny pop, almond milk, blackberries, blueberries, kind bars (which have honey- but most are dairy free), and hummus. We just got a Chipotle in MS, and I went 4-5 times last week with friends, and it’s super easy for me to eat vegan there. I always order 3 soft tacos with black beans, lettuce, and guac. I also recently learned how to make Acai bowls, which I am super proud of! I make them with frozen acai packets + medjool dates + almond milk + bananas + frozen berries + chia seeds (all in my blender). On top, I usually add blackberries, agave granola, and pumpkin seeds. However, some of these ingredients can be hard to find in my tiny college town, so I do drive to Whole Foods in Memphis about once or twice a month (and to also see my high school bestie who lives in Memphis). For meals, I do go to Panera quite often now that they have brought back the black bean soup (yay!). I get that a few times a week, and I love it! If you do eat meat, you should try the Panera turkey chili soup. It’s really healthy & yummy (and dairy free!)!
  • In the future, I would like to eat 100% vegan, but that is not always possible, especially in the deep south. After graduation, I would really like to eat a vegan diet 100% of the time if I can. It’s really helped the way I feel throughout the day and it has definitely cleared up my acne. I also find it has made me appreciate food more and really learn about what it is I am eating & how it affects my body/the way I feel.
  • I do not drink alcohol (I am almost 22, in case anybody was wondering). I have had alcohol maybe twice in the past 6 months or so. Giving up alcohol was a huge decision for me, but it has been such a rewarding, positive experience for me personally. I think it has definitely contributed to my weight lose, and it has cleared up my skin. But most importantly, it has given me more time to focus on the things and people in my life that are important to me. On that note, I mostly drink water & I drink a ton of water every single day. I believe it’s so important to stay hydrated. I do go to starbucks usually once a day, and I almost always get a trenta unsweetened ice green tea (I am a little bit addicted). 
  • For cheat meals, I love getting a bean burrito without cheese from Taco Bell (no shame). I also love Chipotle chips & guac. Oreos are my other guilty pleasure (because they are strangely enough dairy free..). 

Working out

  • I started going to Orange Theory at the beginning of last semester, and that has made a huge difference! OTF is not easy by any means, but it’s incredible. It’s a science based workout class that tracks your heart rate while you work out. I find it really challenging, but fun at the same time. I go 2-3 times a week depending on my school load (school is always my top priority). If you have an Orange Theory Fitness near you, definitely try it out. The first class is free! My mom goes every single day and loves it as well. I couldn’t recommend it enough! 
  • On days I don’t have time to go to Orange Theory, I usually workout at my apartment’s gym (though I definitely don’t work out every single day- especially if I am super busy with school/sick/etc.). I usually workout for about 30-40 minutes, and I walk/run on the treadmill for 1-2 miles and lift weights (I also do a lot of abs/arm work). 
  • On weekends, I love to go hiking/walking with friends out on the trails! I go alone sometimes when I am stressed out to clear my mind. Being in nature is such a great stress reliever, and I really enjoy going on walks.

I hope that could answer your question! Again, I am no health expert by any means. These are just things that have worked for me!

It’s ok if you don’t do this kind of thing here, and if so please disregard, but is it possible to put a call out to other followers to ask for advice? I’m applying for disability for the second time and it’s wrt fibro, interstitial cystitis, etc. and just wondering if anyone is willing to give me advice or share their experience. TY <3            

herboreal @herboreal

(ACK!  I’M SO SORRY! I have a cat sleeping right next to me so I am typing in cramped conditions.  And my keyboard hit my mouse and sent this to you privately.  Thank goodness it was stored to my outbox! Admin J)

Sure thing!  I have SSDI and my personal advice is:

1. If you are applying for SSDI (which is what you would do if you have a work history) GET. A. LAWYER.  Do not screw around with this.  They know exactly what to do and how to go about appeals and will represent you if this goes to court.  The cost will be 25% up to $6,000 of your backpay.

(Backpay is payment of what you would have received had you been approved the first day they received your application.  You can receive payment from before that date if a judge deems it applicable, but that is very unusual.)  This seems like a lot of money, but you have a better chance of approval, which means a future income, and you have to do very little work yourself, so it is worth it in the long run.  

3.  If you are applying for SSI, you will probably be unable to hire a lawyer.  However, there are hundreds of disability lawyer websites with huge amounts of information.  Many of them keep blogs to help people with the process.  Use those websites.  

They are free and the information is accurate, compared to personal examples which will be skewed to individual experiences.  (Not that they are always wrong, but in my experience, most of us forget about the process after approval.  I don’t know if it’s stress or just not wanting to think about it, but we tend to be hazy on the details.)

3.  I don’t know if you mean this is your 1st appeal or 2nd application.  If it is a 1st appeal, meaning they have have already denied your claim once, be prepared for another denial.  The 1st appeal process is called reconsideration.  And it consists of them handing off your file to another person to look over.  

They don’t take in new evidence or input from you and my understanding is that 1st appeal approvals are somewhere around 10%.  The 2nd appeal is where they collect any new evidence and you go before a judge to appeal your case.

4.  KEEP APPEALING.  The process is set up in hopes that people will give up before they are approved.  I believe the majority of cases are approved after going before a judge.  They hope that you will give up after being denied twice and a lot of people, especially people with invisible illnesses, only receive serious consideration when going before a judge.

5. Collect copies of all your doctor records for your own personal files. Request a copy of your file from each doctor’s office so you have a record of your previous visit.  And then make them give you copies of your notes, test results, etc, after every visit.  

Talk to your doctor or their office manager to find out what the best way to do it ever time is and follow through.  You need to see what your doctor is writing down because this is what the disability office will be looking at.  And if there are issues that need to be addressed, then you will know. 

(They will not want to do this, but they are required by law to give you a copy.  And they are also limited to what they can charge you, which is usually a set rate of cost per page copied.)

If our followers have any suggestions, additions or corrections, please reblog with comment, reply, or send in an ask if you with to give anon advice (we don’t have anon on, but we will not publish your answer.)

Best of luck to you!  And feel free to write back in if any of this is unclear.

Admin j

Edited to Add I was in such a hurry to correct the publishing error, I forgot the most important.

6.  ALWAYS DESCRIBE YOUR ABILITIES AS IF IT WAS ON YOUR WORST DAY. This is important because THIS is why you need disability.  And they will determine your case based on what you say.  And if you tell them you can do something on some days, they WILL assume that is what you can do everyday.  If you say that you can sometimes lift 25 pounds they will determine that is what you can do every day. 

When thinking about what you can do, imagine what you are like during a flare, or when you are muggle sick on top of your current illnesses.  This was the advice from the company I hired to get my disability and it will make or break your case.

Borusara Fest Week 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome to Borusara Week 2017.

It’s been two and a half years since our OTP Borusara (Boruto Uzumaki X Sarada Uchiha) has been introduced to the world. However, it came to our notice that there has never been a BoruSara fan event on Tumblr despite BoruSara being the most popular ship of the new generation. So, a few weeks back, one of our mods asked about the possibility of such an event on her post and the response has been tremendously positive.

A few of us went ahead with the idea of such an event and created this blog where we can host the first ever Borusara week. It took us a while but we hope that we haven’t kept you waiting. Thank you all for your patience.

Please follow the rules of this event. Remember that rules are set for the ease of hosting this event and that our mods have worked hard to bring together this event. Information about the event is as follows:

1. The BoruSara Week 2017 will be held from July 3rd - July 9th 2017.

2. Any kind of work is welcome. This includes fanfiction, fan art, doujinshis, AMVs, edits, GIFs, etc. Please submit your work to us only on this blog during that week. We will upload your work up on the blog so that others can enjoy it.

3. As with other fests, we are also setting up prompts as imagination boosters. The prompts for Borusara Week 2017 are :

  • Day 1 : Teamwork
  • Day 2 : Empathy
  • Day 3 : Encouragement
  • Day 4 : Banter
  • Day 5 : Observation
  • Day 6 : Rivalry
  • Day 7 : Childhood

4. In order to make this event as efficient as possible, the mods have come up with a tagging system. The tags are as follows :

  • #borusaraweek is the general tag and has to be included in every work which is being submitted in this week.
  • Every post in relation to Borusara week should be tagged with #bsw in front of the prompt and day, example: #bswday1
  • Must use appropriate tags in order for posts to be tracked/posted to the fest blog. The day must coordinate with the prompt.The first two tags in bold in the example below are to be tagged no matter what day/prompt it is during the fest week.
  • Example: #borusara,  #borusaraweek, #bswday1, #bswteamwork.
  • if your work is based on the first day’s prompt, please tag it as #bswday1. Same goes for #bswday2 (for day 2), #bswday3 (for day 3) and so on.

5. Please note that you don’t have to stick to the day’s prompt if you don’t wish to. Any work related to Borusara is welcome. Please tag these works with the general tag #borusaraweek. The day tag is to be excluded here.

6. Stick to the tags of the day and general tags rules. Tag your work correctly. Double-check them if needed. Remember the tags are there for the convenience of both the participants and the moderators. Incorrectly tagged work may not show up on the blog. So please tag your works properly and correctly.

7. Any work which is to be submitted to the event has to be submitted within the week itself. The submission box will not be opened before 3rd of July 2017 and will be closed after 9th of July 2017.

8. You can participate on any day and leave on any day. You can even mix up day prompts and general theme. Remember this is a fan event and this is meant to showcase your love and dedication towards Borusara as well as your talent as a person. Relax and enjoy yourself.

9. Please remember that the mods have a life outside Tumblr and while doing their best to stay alert, they may also need some time to upload your submissions. Please do not harass them and be patient. They will surely upload your work.

10. If in case your work was submitted but not uploaded, please check the tags again and check the tags with the work you have submitted.

11. Disclaimers have to be included in your works. That’s a must. Remember we are using Kishimoto-sensei’s creations and we don’t want legal repercussions of that.

12. This event is a shipping event where happiness is the ultimate aim. No shipping or character bashing is allowed in any form. We mean it. It’s not allowed. I repeat IT’S NOT ALLOWED. Keep it out of this blog. If you don’t like any character or ship, please refrain from indulging in that in your work. Focus on Borusara and try your best to stay positive.

13. Rude comments, foul language, curses, antis and haters will be ignored and blocked. We are not going waste our precious time on them. Be respectful. If you don’t like something, please refrain from indulging in it. Just ignore it. Also, please report to the mods if you see any such comments on this blog. That person will be blocked.

-No plagiarism.

-No offensive material.

-Accurate ratings

-No attacking artists or writers

14. Borusara is the main ship of this event. Please keep the focus on this ship in your work. Try not to let other ships or characters in your work overwhelm it.

15. Please do not repost other people’s work. This event is to create and promote original fanworks.

16. Feel free to join in even as just a visitor. Please like and share any works you have enjoyed. It will encourage the creators.

Anyone is free to check out the fest blog but just know it is currently under construction at the moment but will definitely be ready by the time of Borusara week. 

The team for Borusara Week 2017 consists of @curiouscrimsoneyes, @lazymilkshakecolor and @roopshasil. Please feel free to message us for any further info.

Please like, reblog and share. We hope that you have lots of fun.

How-To with Ashley: Volume I


One thing I can confidently say I have learned in my program is how to write a strong legal memo in IRAC format, and I want to share that knowledge with you all! This isn’t likely to be the definitive, super-detailed post I would have liked to find when I first started writing these, but it should be either a quick review or a quick how-to, depending on your familiarity with this format! A small disclaimer: this is how I was taught to write as a paralegal, and your professor or supervisor may not want your memo to follow this style. Where the two differ, always defer to the standards your professor or supervisor has set out!

The Goods

First of all, what does IRAC stand for?

  • I: Issue
  • R: Rules
  • A: Analysis
  • C: Conclusion

Remember that “memo” in this sense of the word is not the traditional concept of a memo–it’s not so much an office communication as much as an essay in several separated sections. 

Write as if you are writing for the Court, because this type of memo is sometimes attached to motions and writing as if every memo will be submitted to the Court is a good habit to get into–it will make your life easier when you are writing for the Court! 

More detailed information and examples of each section are below. (The inclusion of examples may be naive of me but I’m trusting that if you’re reading this, you’re smart enough to know that resources, citation manuals and standards of writing vary greatly from state to state and attorney to attorney so my exact words will probably do you very little good. Also, I like to believe academic integrity is strong in this community, so there’s that.) Please note that all clients referenced in said examples are fictional and any resemblance to any real clients or fact patterns is unintentional. Case law cited in these examples, however, is valid and ideally, still binding. 


This will probably be another long and detailed post in the future, but basically, your research is the hard part. Like any other writing project, it is sometimes better to map out your thoughts while you do the necessary readings. At any rate, remember that legal research is just a bit different from research in other subjects and take full advantage of the resources provided to you (law libraries, Lexis Advance, Casemaker, etc.)!

Issue Section

This should be one or two short, concise questions that you are trying to answer in your memo. If you are answering more than one question, your professor/supervising attorney may prefer you use Roman numerals to individuate and keep your issues separate and distinct. If this is the case, be consistent!

I usually start writing with a very vague Issue section and revise my questions to be more specific once the bulk of my research and writing is done. This helps because you are less likely to end up seeming to go on tangents (or miss your stated point entirely) as you may be if you start with a super specific question or set of questions and do not revise those questions.

Here is an example of an introduction section I wrote last term:

Rules Section

This is another section I save until I have finished researching and writing, for reasons that will become obvious momentarily. It is a statement of all the cases, rules, administrative regulations, etc. you have cited in your analysis and conclusion sections. 

Depending on who you’re writing for, this section may sometimes be substituted for a Brief Answer section or a Standard of Review. My professors seem to prefer the alternatives to a formal Rules section, so I’ve included examples of both alternative sections below.

Brief Answer:

Standard of Review:

Remember to use the correct format for citations, especially in this section, where mistakes are more noticeable by virtue of its isolation. LexisAdvance has a very helpful feature that will generate your citation for you in your chosen style, meaning that all you as the writer have to do is check that it’s stylistically correct, and let me tell you, it’s a lifesaver!

Analysis Section

This is the meat and bones of your argument. I find it easiest to pick out similarities between established precedent and the instant case first and then to acknowledge the differences between the same, but some of my professors wanted each case analyzed separately. Again, go with the flow and don’t forget to cite everything. If you used or paraphrased more than three words from any source, you’d better cite it. This is where short citing comes in handy, which will probably also be discussed at a later date, but basically, Id. is my (and your) best friend.

Since this section is so large, my example may be hard to read, but you get the general idea of formatting and such.

If you used Roman numerals to separate issues, your analysis should look something like this:

There’s more to the second analysis but again, you get the idea.

ALSO, not everyone is a fan of block quotes (obviously, I am, but some of my professors limited how many we were allowed to include). Keep this in mind when deciding whether to quote directly or paraphrase a case.

Conclusion Section

Much like the conclusion of an English essay, you’ll want to restate your point succinctly and using slightly different wording in this section. Unlike an English essay, however, you don’t necessarily want to incorporate a new idea here. I tend to use this section as the “short, sweet, and to the point” version of my analysis, because as my professor put it, the Court is busy. There’s a good-to-fair chance that they’ll skim over the bulk of your writing and go to your conclusion section for your argument. As my friend Corinne ( @teetertotterpinata ) put it, this is where you want to drop the mic.

Here’s an example of one of my favorite conclusions:

So there you go! Legal writing doesn’t have to be an intimidating showdown of intellect. In fact, it’s probably better to be as detached from your argument as possible so that you can see and address possible flaws in your own case before the other side has a chance to do so. Stick to the basic as much as you can and you have less chance of going wrong. I hope this helps! If you have any questions, I’d be happy to try to help as much as I can (without violating Academic Honesty or UPL standards, of course).

anonymous asked:

What would you say are the most important parts of writing the Master in general?

Depends on the incarnation, since each one is different. I know you said in general but I’m going to focus on Delgado a bit since he was the one I was talking about in my previous post.

Something I find interesting is the shift in the way Delgado is perceived, because we all think of him as the reserved, serious one, but based on interviews with Anthony Ainley that I’ve read, it seems Ainley was considered the serious one back when he was playing the role and Delgado was the fun one. And I can see why, because Delgado’s characterisation was in many ways lighter and more playful than Pratt’s, Beevers’, and Ainley’s. I think Roberts and Simm are probably the ones who changed this perception amongst fans, since Delgado does indeed seem very serious and restrained compared to them. But seeing him as only that misses an important side to his character.

I’ve read too many EU stories where the Master is just… boring. A dull, cliche villain with nothing noteworthy to offer. If that’s who he’d been in the TV show, I wouldn’t care about him at all. I mean, conceptually, the Master has never been that unique a villain, which is why it’s vital he written and acted in a compelling and entertaining way. No one likes the Master because he’s a megalomaniac trying to take over the universe—we like him because he’s fun, or because of his relationship with the Doctor, or because the actor makes it work. That’s what got me invested in him when I watched Terror of the Autons. Roger Delgado could completely sell any line he was given and keep you totally hooked. He could do sinister, he could do funny, he could do charming, and he could chew the scenery in a way that never seemed too over the top.

Unfortunately, many writers only focus on his role as an antagonist and write his whole personality around that. But the thing is… I don’t really care about that. I don’t care what his evil plan of the week is, especially when they don’t even give him entertaining plots like deadly plastic daffodils or disguising as a vicar to summon the devil. I’m not interested in watching him simply strut around gloating, serving as nothing more than an obstacle for the Doctor to overcome. But this is how he’s so often used. For example, what prompted my previous post was the recent DWM comic where he meets Twelve. There are a few good moments there, but ultimately it turned out to be rather a let-down. You could have some amazing fun with Delgado and Twelve—so much wonderful banter, little moments of friendship, a bit of angst depending on how you played it, foreshadowing for the Master’s future interactions with Twelve as Missy, etc.—and all that potential is basically wasted. The story is only interested in using him as a one-note antagonist.

The thing is, villainy isn’t actually the Master’s best/strongest trait. As an antagonist he’s rarely all that threatening. If that’s the primary aspect of him you play up, he’s going to get boring very quickly, and it will make the moments when you should play up his villainy less effective. This is something Moffat got right with Gomez, by establishing her first as a villain, but then using her as an uneasy ally (which was always a fun part of many Master stories in the Third Doctor’s era) and thus adding another layer to her characterisation, but ultimately keeping her darker nature intact with moments like her trying to make the Doctor kill Clara.

That’s what makes the lighter side to Delgado’s personality so important, because it contrasts wonderfully with his terrible actions. Not only does his charm make us like him, but it makes watching him murder people all the more unsettling. Something that bugged me in the comic was a scene where Twelve remarks, “I’m always angry in this body!” while he’s confronting the Master, and the Master replies, “Intoxicating, isn’t it?” which doesn’t really make sense, because Delgado wasn’t prone to anger at all. He has occasional flashes of anger that pass quickly rather than being constantly moody. If you study the way he interacts with his henchmen, you’ll notice he’s frequently very lenient with them when they mess up—usually just a brief “you incompetent fools!” telling off, and then he sends them off on another task. He would probably have more success if he weren’t so congenial towards them.

It’s not that he actually cares about any of them, of course, he just knows that sometimes people are more likely to do what they’re told if you ask nicely, and he does enjoy playing the smooth, dignified, impeccably polite gentleman. If you’re going to work for an incarnation of the Master (which is a bad career move that has a 99% mortality rate, so I wouldn’t advise it), go for Delgado. He’ll still kill you, but at least he’ll treat you well until then.

An important thing about Delgado is that he doesn’t have the same desperation or darkness to him that later Masters have, because at this point he hasn’t been through all the ordeals they have. He hasn’t struggled to stay alive in a decaying body or fought in the Time War or any of that. Life is still mostly a game to him, one he thoroughly enjoys playing (especially with the Doctor), so he’s not all that put out if he loses a few rounds. He’s just having a good time doing what he does. Sometimes he messes up really badly and that shakes him a bit, but as long as the Doctor’s around to fix things it’s all good, right? At this point he still genuinely believes that he can do anything, control any terrible force from the dawn of the universe that he chooses to summon, and make anyone do what he wants and see things his way, just because his will is just that strong and he’s that awesome.

I don’t think he’s even all that malicious/sadistic at this point, though there certainly is a bit of that from time to time. It’s more a case of using any means necessary to achieve his goals rather than actually wanting to hurt people (unless he has some beef with them, in which case he will definitely make them suffer). I think part of him honestly believes that his offer in Colony in Space—a benevolent co-rulership of the universe with the Doctor—is a good, feasible idea and the Doctor is being thick for not getting it. In reality, it would never actually work, and his reign would remain benevolent for maybe five minutes at most, but at this point the Master isn’t quite so set in his role as a villain (at least not in his own mind) and wants power and the Doctor’s approval more than he wants to inflict harm on anyone. Killing people is often a necessary part of his plans and he has fun with it, but he doesn’t see it as a goal in and of itself.

Anyway, I feel like I’m rambling on here, but what I’m trying to say is that when writing for Delgado, you can’t just write the “mwahahaha I’m going to take over the universe because I’m evil” side of him. You can’t write him as purely cold and serious. You need an element of fun and playfulness to his character, and you need a certain level of friendliness between him and the Doctor. You need to understand his point of view and why he actually does the things that he does.

This kind of applies to the Master as a whole. You need to incorporate the specific elements of each one’s personality, you need to keep in mind their motivations (which are more complicated than they appear and are wrapped up in a desire for power, a superiority complex, and the Master’s dynamic with the Doctor which can take on many forms ranging from competitiveness/antagonism, a desire for approval and/or the Doctor to admit they were right, and a simple need to restore their previous friendship), and above all you need to make sure they’re entertaining. They don’t necessarily have to be having fun—I love a good story where the Master suffers, or better yet a nice helping of internal conflict—but whatever they’re doing has to be compelling. If all they do in a story is act as an obstacle they are going to fall flat because, like I said, it’s not the concept of the Master that’s interesting, it’s the presentation. If you want a conceptually interesting villain, go with the Monk or the Rani instead. The Master serves an entirely different purpose.

learningtodolivingtoserve  asked:

I just finished my first year of undergrad, and while I've shadowed at a vet clinic before, I'm about to start a job as a veterinary assistant. While I'm super excited, I'm also extremely nervous. Any advice for starting a first job at a vet clinic?

Ooh fun question!
Congrats on finishing your first year and getting your first job as a vet assistant!

I volunteered/shadowed on and off from when I was 12-18, then got my first job as a part-time assistant at a general practice when I was 18-22, and now I’ve been working full-time as an assistant at an emergency hospital for the past year.

So much comes to mind, so this may be pretty long.


-Be willing to learn! Accept that there is a lot you don’t know, and always be willing to listen and learn from more experienced people.

-Don’t be afraid to ask the doctors questions about cases. Most are more than willing to answer and explain.
(Everyone there who is more experienced has been where you are now one day in their life - when you become an experienced person, remember what it was like to be a nervous, new assistant.)

-Don’t be afraid to ask the other assistants/techs for help. If you don’t know how to do something, it’s a million times better to ask than to guess and do something incorrectly. (Same goes for clarifying what you’re ALLOWED to do.)

-On the same note, if you don’t know how to do something, but want to learn, say so, or the experienced assistant/tech may just do it FOR you.

-Restraint. Start with the nice ones!
If you’re not comfortable restraining an aggressive animal - SAY SO.
Don’t be afraid to use muzzles, e-collars, comforters for big dogs or cat-muzzles, e-collars, towels for cats - they don’t hurt the animal and they help keep everyone safe. Despite what the owner believes, the dog CAN breathe through the muzzle (be careful with muzzles and vomiting patients though).
Sometimes you can even distract patients with food (make sure they’re not on a special diet or NPO or anything). You can also pet their heads (if they’re not aggressive, just squirmy) or tap their heads gently with a pen (if they are aggressive) to distract them.
If an animal is really stressing themselves out or has a high possibility of hurting you or someone else - tell the doctor. Medical restraint (drugs) is great!
There are so many different ways to restrain animals of different sizes and temperaments for different procedures, that I don’t even know where to start. You’ll learn over time! Always be cautious. Even the nicest animals will bite when scared or in pain. Watch out for teeth and claws, but also those sneaky back feet and headbutts.

-Bring a notebook! Write down any questions you have (if it’s too busy to ask them) - you can look them up yourself, or ask them later. Write down things you learn, write down instructions on how to do something new, etc. (I actually looked back at my notebook from a year ago and had some fun reading my old questions).

-Bring snacks/drinks. My GP (general practice) shifts were 12 hours, my ECC (emergency and critical care) shifts are 11 hours. It’s a long day!

-Wear good shoes. When I started working, I wore converse sneakers and my god did my ankles hurt. It’s constant standing and walking - buy good walking sneakers!

-Everyone has their own way of doing things. If it’s something menial, take everyone’s methods into account and form your own way. If it’s something important, find a high ranking person (doctor, practice owner, head technician) and get it clarified which way YOU should do it.

-Try to keep busy! If you don’t know what to do, ask anyone if there’s anything you can do to help them. If not, you can always sweep/mop/clean. Your coworkers and employers will definitely take note of it.

-Check on patients. Maybe this comes from my emergency experience, but you can never check on patients too often! From something small like pee sitting in the cage, to a change in breathing patterns, you don’t want anything to go unnoticed for too long. If anything looks abnormal to you - ask for a second opinion.

-(May be targeted more toward Emergency.) Learn normal vitals. These are your first indicators of something going seriously wrong. Learn what a normal heart rate is for a small/medium/large dog and for a cat (and how it sounds!), learn a normal respiration rate, and normal gum color. Not as urgent - but temperature too. A change in vitals may be a normal occurrence of a disease process or side effect of medication, but always bring it up to the doctor just in case.
Hopefully you’ve been around mostly healthy animals before shadowing, so learn what “breathing weird” looks like, and whether it’s increased effort (dyspnea) or increased rate (tachypnea)… or both. You hear about pale gums and cyanotic (blue/purple) gums a lot, but if you ever get to see them, take note of what they actually look like on a living patient. Mentation is important too - is that crazy energetic puppy suddenly only glancing over at you when you open the cage door? That cat who wanted to kill you an hour ago not even hissing when you disconnect his fluids?

-(May be targeted toward emergency). Triage. In the emergency room, we triage everything. In GP, we did not. Sometimes it’s obvious, like a patient hit by a car needs to be rushed straight back, and a puppy hopping around for a vaccine appointment does not. But if you get a chance to look around the waiting room, take a look at the patients. Take note of any abnormal breathing, mucous membrane color, a patient lying on its side (laterally recumbent) and not really reacting to its environment. Sometimes owners don’t realize how serious of an emergency they have. It’s important to pick out the important pieces of information from what owners tell you. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions.

-Double check your math. If your doctor gives you medication doses in milligrams, you’ll have to convert them to milliliters. Even if you’re just filling oral meds in the pharmacy, you may need to figure out how many tablets equates to the right number of milligrams. Double check your math. Triple check your math. Ask someone else to check it. Check it until you’re confident. (Soon you’ll get an idea of “that seems like a really high dose”, is it written correctly?)

-Be clear. Working around other people who know a lot about animals and medicine gives us a skewed perspective. Don’t assume every owner knows something that’s “common sense” to you. Be very clear with explanations or medication instructions. 

-Label everything! If you have a pill just sitting somewhere, that’s extremely dangerous. Always write the type of medication, the dose, and the patient name. If an owner drops off treats for their pet in the hospital - label it! If you have a pet temporarily in a cage, write his name (you definitely don’t want patients getting mixed up and getting the wrong treatments). Label everything!

-Always keep a record, write things down. When the doctor asks you 8 hours later what diet you fed a specific patient this morning when there’s 20 other in-patients, you’ll be glad you did!

-Be nice to clients. People are frustrating, some people are very rude, but get used to your “customer service” persona!

-If you don’t have qualifications, be careful answering client questions. Depending on the rules of your practice, you may not be allowed to answer certain questions unless you’re a doctor. Unless the doctor explicitly tells you that you can tell an owner something, always tell the client that you will have the doctor come right in to talk with them.
Unless it’s a straightforward question like, “Has he vomited today?”. (I’m talking about questions like: “When are we gonna decrease his medication?” “When can he come home from the hospital?” “Do you think he’s gonna live?” “Have his kidneys gotten worse?”)

-Learn how the front desk works! Just because you’re working as an assistant in the back doesn’t mean you should be confined back there. In my first job, the front desk was completely separate from the back treatment area, and none of the assistants knew how to work the front desk. Sometimes it’s busy or you need to cover someone for lunch, and you should learn how to check someone out, book an appointment, answer a phone call. It’s very helpful to understanding how the practice works as a whole. 

-Clean up after yourself. If you make a mess, don’t leave it for someone else to clean up - this is a good way to annoy coworkers, haha. Of course, this isn’t always doable. Sometimes it gets busy, and everything turns into a mess at once.

-Respect the dead. Everyone in the medical field gets calloused to death/euthanasia because we have to. As sad as it is, sometimes euthanasia really is the best option for a suffering animal. We see death so often that letting every death tear us apart emotionally would be unsustainable. (Ever see that Scrubs episode where they talk about a patient dying, and how his whole family is taking the day off, but all the doctors have to move right on to the next patient a minute later? They say how they make jokes because it’s the only way to cope.)
All that aside, have some respect for the patients. It’s okay to be emotionally calloused, but don’t be disrespectful. Don’t throw patients into body bags. Remember that this was someone’s best friend for a number of years. Treat them how you would want your deceased pet to be treated. 

-That’s a good overall rule. Treat your patients how you would want your own pet to be treated in a hospital. 

-Shadowing is a lot different than working. I’ve heard stories of people who graduate veterinary school, and all their experience is shadowing. They’ve never worked as an assistant or a technician, and when they handle their first patient, it’s clear they’ve never restrained a fractious cat. When shadowing, you just kind of stand there and watch. Your whole purpose for being there is to watch and learn - so you get to see all the “cool” cases and procedures and ask questions whenever. When you’re working, you may miss a “cool case” because you’re busy restraining the dog with an ear infection. But you learn what it’s REALLY like to work in an animal hospital on a daily basis - your future career! And it taught me a huge amount. A recent veterinary graduate told me that having all this experience working will help me immensely in veterinary school. Instead of just learning the concept of a disease in school, you’ll be able to relate it to that patient who HAD the disease and what the symptoms actually looked like.


Good luck! 

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would you ever do a gif tutorial?

of course!!! the main things you need are:

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