solve writing problems

WIP Ask Game
  • 1: Summarize your WIP in 10 words or less.
  • 2: Post a line from your WIP with no context.
  • 3: Does your WIP have a title? If so, explain its significance. If not, what are you calling it for now?
  • 4: Describe the setting of your WIP.
  • 5: Search for the word "knife" in your WIP. If you find it, paste the line and explain the context.
  • 6: Search for the word "dream" in your WIP. If you find it, paste the line and explain the context.
  • 7: What are you most proud of?
  • 8: What is your biggest challenge?
  • 9: How would you describe your writing style?
  • 10: How would you describe your WIP's narrative style? (1st person, 3rd person, multiple POVs, single POV, alternating chapters, etc.)
  • 11: Which character do you have the most in common with?
  • 12: Which character do you have the least in common with?
  • 13: Your characters are stranded on a deserted island. What happens?
  • 14: Have you chosen birthdays for any of your characters? If so, when are they?
  • 15: Do you know your characters' MBTI personalities?
  • 16: What would your characters be for Halloween?
  • 17: Does your WIP have any themes or motifs?
  • 18: What's easier, dialogue or description?
  • 19: Post a picture or gif that describes your WIP.
  • 20: Post a brief excerpt.

WRITER LIFE

  • Tips on Getting Started
  • Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
  • 7 Tips to Become a Better Writer from Stephen King
  • Why Writers Must Read
  • 4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
  • Improve Your Paras
  • How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer
  • How’s My Driving?
  • Writing Lessons
  • Improve Your Writing Habits Now
  • 10 Writing Tips
  • Advice for Young Writers
  • Speed Up Your Writing
  • 5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
  • How to be Confident in Your Writing
  • Breaking Writing Habits
  • Writing Better Than You Normally Do
  • How to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers

Inspiration and Writer’s Block

  • 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing
  • Tips for Dealing with Writer’s Block
  • Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging
  • Writing Inspiration, or Sex on a Bicycle
  • Finding Inspiration
  • Busting Your Writing Rut
  • Solve Your Problems Simply by Saying Them Out Loud
  • On Habits

MUSIC

  • Coffitivity
  • August Ambience
  • Rainy Mood
  • Forest Mood
  • Simplynoise
  • Soundrown
  • Iserenity
  • Nature Sound Player
  • Mynoise
  • Music For Writers

SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Research Organization

  • A.Nnotate
  • Bubbl.Us 
  • Evernote
  • Freemind
  • The Literary Machine
  • Xmind
  • Mindmeister
  • Zoho Creator
  • Storyboard Template
  • Scrivener
  • Zotero
  • New Novelist
  • Realtimeboard

Family Trees

  • Family Echo
  • Genealogy
  • Legacy Family Tree Maker
  • Family Tree Builder
  • Xy Family Tree

Editing

  • Paper Rater
  • Autocrit
  • Pro Writing Aid
  • Cliche Finder
  • Editminion
  • Grammarly 

Writing 

  • Open Office
  • Calligra
  • Script Frenzy
  • Abiword
  • My Writing Nook
  • Zohodocs
  • Atlantis Nova
  • Jdarkroom
  • Lit Lift
  • Zenwriter
  • Ywriter5
  • Jarte
  • Storybook
  • Hiveword
  • Bighugelabs
  • Q10
  • Writer’s Cafe
  • Treepad Lite
  • Now Novel
  • Google Docs

Timeline Makers

  • Time Toast
  • Interactive Timeline
  • Preceden
  • Tiki Toki
  • Time Glider
  • Timeline Maker
  • My Timeline
  • Timeline Js
  • Timeline Generator 
  • X Timeline
  • Our Story
  • Dipity
  • Meograph

FORUMS, BOARDS, COMMUNITIES 

  • Fictionpress (Fanfiction.Net’s Original Fic Counterpart)
  • Figment 
  • Wattpad
  • Archive Of Our Own (Mainly Fanfic)
  • Bbc English Literature Message Board
  • Scribophile
  • Writer’s Cafe
  • Writing Community: Writer’s Workshop
  • Book Country
  • Greatwriting
  • Flickspin
  • Writing.Com

WRITING BLOGS

  • The Creative Penn
  • Jeff Goins
  • Write To Done
  • Writer Unboxed
  • The Writers Alley
  • Writer’s Digest

RESEARCH 

Culture

  • Culinary Post 1: Foraging And Food Sourcing.
  • Indian Names And Their Meanings
  • Update: Culutral Appropriation Do’s And Don’ts
  • Geography Post 1: Rational Impacts.
  • Geography Post 2: Cartography (Part 1)
  • Muslim Names And Meanings
  • Geography Post 2: Cartography (Part 2)
  • Primary Sources On Ancient Civilizations
  • Other Cultures
  • Clothing, Fashion And Art Post 1: Styles And Materials.
  • Clothing, Fashion And Art Post 2: Textile Technology.
  • Culinary Post 2: Food Cultures
  • Additional Information Post 3: Divination And Fortune-Telling.

Terminology

  • Fashion Terminology
  • Victorian Dialogue
  • 20’s Slang
  • Glossary of partner dance terms
  • English Slang
  • Ballet Terms

Mental Illness

  • Mental Illness
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Kleptomania
  • Psychiatric Hospital
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder

Crime

  • Mob Mentality
  • How Street Gangs Work
  • Street Gang Dynamics
  • Black Market Information

Survival

  • Limits Of The Human Body
  • Basic Wilderness Survival Guide
  • How To Build A Shelter
  • 5 Basic Survival Skills
  • Basic Survival Medicine: Wounds
  • How To Pick A Lock
  • Life After a Heart Attack
  • How To Make A Fire
  • Information On Burns
  • How To Find Water In The Wild

Self-Defence And Fighting

  • Fighting And Self Defence
  • Fighting Scenes
  • Problems With Fighting Scenes
  • Every Type Of Fight Scene
  • Fantasy Battle Scenes

Death

  • Stages Of Decomposition
  • Realistic Death Scenes
  • Death Scenes
  • How Bodies Decompose
  • How to escape after being buried alive in a coffin.
  • What Happens When A Person Dies
  • What Happens When You Kill A Man With An Erection

Body Language

  • Body Language Cheat Sheet
  • Importance Of Body Language
  • Non Verbal Communication
  • Body Language Of Flirting
  • Tips For Writers: Body Language
  • Flirting 101
  • Body Language: Mirroring

GENERATORS 

Names

  • Us Census Name Generator
  • Fake Name Generator
  • Random Name Generator
  • Quick Name Generator
  • Fantasy Name Generator
  • Random Rpg Name Generator
  • Fictional Characters Name Generator
  • Character Name Generator For Creative Writers

Plots

  • Quick Story Idea Generator
  • Short Story Starter
  • Plot Scenario Generator
  • Script Frenzy’s Plot Machine
  • Quick Story Generator
  • Dramatic Scenes
  • Plot Bank
  • Science Fiction Plot Generator
  • Random Plot Generator
  • Step-By-Step Story Plot Generator
  • Story Spinner
  • Story Kitchen

Prompts

  • Creativity Portal Prompts
  • Prompt Generator Lists
  • Creative Writing Prompts
  • Story Starting Sentences
  • Masterpost Of Writing Execrises
  • Writers Block?

NOVELS

  • Getting A Story Idea
  • Start Your Novel Already!
  • Planning The Book
  • Plotting The Book
  • Outlining Your Novel
  • Why First Chapters Matter
  • Your Novel Blueprint
  • Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes
  • How To Write A Novel
  • How To Increase Your Daily Word Count From 2k To 10k
  • Writing First Paragraph
  • Writing Chapter One
  • Writing Chapter Two
  • When To End Chapters
  • Chapter Length
  • Book Length
  • Formatting a Manuscript
  • Series Vs. Standalones
  • Writing a Blurb

 ROMANCE

Sex

  • Things Smut Writers Should Know
  • Write a Blowjob/Prepping for Smut
  • How to Write a Sex Scene
  • A Smut Guide
  • Domination and Submission
  • Smut - The Bare Bones
  • 3 Secrets to Writing Sex
  • Smut Guide: For Beginners
  • Writing Love Scenes
  • Casual Sex
  • 20 Tips to Writing Love Scenes
  • Making Love
  • A Guide to Language in Smut
  • Lesbian Smut
  • How to: Write a First Time Sex Scene Romantically
  • On Love And Sex
  • Tips on Writing Sex Scenes
  •  Smut (For Virgins)
  • All That Sex!

Kissing

  • Kissing
  • Writing Out the First Kiss
  • How to Write a Kissing Scene: Valentine Edition
  • How to: Write a Kiss (2)
  • Different Types of Kisses
  • How to Write a Kiss?

WORLD BUILDING

  • Eplans 
  • Planet Maker 
  • Timeanddate 
  • Roomsketcher 
  • Average Weather Settings
  • Apocalypses
  • World Building 101
  • Bringing Settings To Life
  • Creating A Believable World
  • Mapping A Fictional World
  • Mapping Your World
  • Religion In Setting
  • Fractal World Generator 
  • Creating A City From Scratch

PLOT

  • 25 Ways To Plot, Plan, And Prep Your Story
  • Creating A Compelling Plot
  • Plot and Conflict
  • How To: Write A Quality Plot
  • What is Conflict?
  • Plot vs. Exposition
  • Components Of Your Plot Page
  • The Elements of Plot Developmen
  • The Snowflake Method
  • Your Plot, Step by Step
  • Basics Of Writing A Plot
  • How To: Create A Plot Outline In 8 Steps
  • Writing a Plot Your Own Way
  • Writing Up A Plot
  • Guide To Plotting
  • The Top Ten Plotting Problems
  • How To: Write A Plot In 12 Steps
  • Eight Unique Plot Ideas
  • Adding Conflict to Your Scenes
  • Beginning And End, But No Middle!

CHARACTERS

How To

  • Backstories
  • Writing An Attractive Character
  • Effective Supporting Characters
  • Minor Characters
  • Creating Believable Characters
  • A Flirtatious Character
  • How to write Disabled Characters
  • Writing A Character Who Has Lost Someone Important
  • Writing A Bitchy Character
  • Character Under The Influence Of Marijuana
  • Writing Rich Characters
  • Make Your Characters Better
  • Pansexual Character
  • Writing Rebellious Characters
  • Writing A Character Based On Yourself
  • Eccentric Intelectual Character
  • Writing Vampires
  • An Indifferent Character
  • Writing A Character Who Self-Harms
  • Character With Night Terrors
  • Writing Child Characters
  • British Character
  • Make Your Character Special
  • Ballerina
  • Writing Convincing Male Characters
  • Writing A Drunk Character
  • Friends With Benefits Relationship
  • Writing Popular Characters
  • Writing A Character With Memory Loss
  • Writing A Female Bartender
  • Writing Villains
  • Writing Manipulative Characters
  • Writing A Feminist
  • Writing A Sociopath

Archetypes 

  • Villain Archetypes
  • The 12 Common Archetypes by Carl Golden 
  • Jung’s 16 Personality Types

Depth

  • Character Quirks
  • Celebrity Secrets
  • Addictions and Bad Habits
  • 16 Character Traits
  • 300 Possible Secrets to Give Your Characters

Questionnaires

  • Character Development Questions For Writers 
  • Character Questions 
  • Character Questionnaire 1 And 2  
  • Child Character Questionnaire 
  • Mbti Personality Test
  • Character Description
  • 100 Character Development Questions
  • Character Development Questionnaire
  • 30 Day Character Development Meme
  • Character Development Check List
  • Adult Character Questionnaire 
  • The Mother Of All Character Questionnaires
  • Character Questionnaire 
  • Character Outlines

Names

  • Popular Baby Names In 1930
  • Popular Baby Names In 1945
  • Top 100 Names In England And Wales In 1924
  • Top 100 Names In England And Wales In 1934
  • Top 100 Names In England And Wales In 1944
  • 1000 Most Popular Victorian Names
  • Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
  • Victorian Darlings - British Baby Names
  • 7 Rules For Picking Names
  • Character Names
  • Popular Baby Names In 1924
  • English Surnames
  • Dutch Surnames
  • Spanish Surnames
  • Scottish Surnames
  • German Surnames
  • Italian Surnames
  • Irish Surnames
  • French Surnames
  • Scandinavian Surnames
  • Welsh Surnames
  • Jewish Surnames
  • Surnames By Ethnicity
  • Most Common Surnames In The USA
  • Most Common Surnames In Great Britain
  • Most Common Surnames In Asia

EDITING AND REVISION

Reference Materials

  • Dictionary.Com
  • Thesaurus.Com
  • Oxford Dictionary
  • Spanish Dictionary
  • Medical Dictionary
  • Your Dictionary
  • Botanical Dictionary Of Plants And Flowers
  • Cambridge Dictionaries Online
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  • Rhymezone — Rhyming Dictionary
  • Onelook’s Reverse Dictionary
  • Online Etymology Dictionary
  • Lexscripta - Dictionary Of Slang

How To

  • General Revision Tips
  • Cliché Finder
  • Reading What You’ve Wrote So Far
  • Synonyms For Common Words
  • Urban Legends On Grammar
  • Common Grammar Mistakes
  • Proofreading
  • Three Self Editing Tips
  • Revising A Novel 

Synonyms

  • 25 Synonyms for ‘Expression’
  • How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
  • Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
  • Words Instead of Walk (2)
  • Other Ways to Say..
  • 300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
  • List of Misused Words
  • Words for Sex
  • 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
  • Transitional Words
  • Words to Use More Often
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
  • Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
  • Synonyms for Common Words
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’
  • The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
  • Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
  • A Case Of She Said, She Said

Editing Services

  • Academic Edit
  • Firstwriter.Com
  • Editavenue
  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Editing And Writing Service
  • Editor World
  • The Penn Group

Grammar

  • Grammar Girl
  • Common Errors In English Usage
  • Common Writing Mistakes
  • Grammar Handbook
  • A Guide on Punctuation
  • The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
  • English Practice
  • Guide To Grammar And Style
  • Commonly Confused Adjectives
  • The Tongue Untied
  • Guide To Grammar And Writing
  • Hypergrammar
  • How To Use English Punctuation Correctly

PUBLISHING

Self-Publishing

  • Making Your Own Poetry Chapbooks
  • Content Models for Spreading Poetry on the Internet
  • The Future of Ink: Digital Publishing
  • Putting Your Poetry In Order: The Mixtape Strategy
  • Top 10 Digital Publishing Posts for 2013
  • DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative
  • Internet Poetry & Self Publishing
  • Making Chapbooks

Agents

  • 1000 Literary Agents
  • Agent Query
  • Preditors & Editors
  • Subscribe to Publisher’s Marketplace 
  • AAR (Association of Author Representatives)
  • US Literary Agents
  • Poetry & Writers Guide to Finding an Agent

Software

  • Scribus
  • PagePlus
  • Libre
  • Spring Publisher

Querying

  • Query Shark
  • Writer’s Digest Series on Writing Queries
  • Media Bistro 

Literary Magazines

  • How to Submit to Literary Magazines
  • AIM (America’s Intercultural Magazine)
  • Calliope
  • Cicada
  • Cricket 
  • Listen Magazine
  • Seventeen
  • Suddenly Lost in Words
  • Sucker 
  • YARN

Publishing

  • 25 STEPS TO BEING A TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED AUTHOR: LAZY BASTARD EDITION

ACADEMIC

General

  • The Five-Paragraph Essay
  • Using Punctuation Marks
  • Deadly Sins Checklist
  • Formatting Your Paper
  • Writing About Literature
  • Basic Essay
  • Revision Checklist
  • Planning And Organization
  • Editing And Proofreading
  • Latin Terms
  • Essay Structure
  • Tips On Introducing Quotes
  • Academic Writing Tips

Introductions

  • Introductory Paragraphs
  • Introductions
  • Writing An Introduction
  • Preparing To Write An Introduction
  • Introduction Strategies
  • The Introductory Paragraph
  • Writing Effective Introductions
  • In The Beginning
  • Introductions And Conclusions
  • The Introductory Paragraph
  • Writing Introductory Paragraphs
  • How To Write An Intro

Body Paragraphs

  • Paragraph Development And Topic Sentences
  • Transitions
  • Transitions
  • Transitions
  • Four Components Of An Effective Body Paragraph
  • Writing Paragraphs
  • Paragraph Development
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Strong Body Paragraphs
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Writing Body Paragraphs
  • How To Write Body Paragraphs
  • Writing The Body
  • Writing Body Paragraphs
  • Body Paragraphs
  • Body Paragraphs That Defend A Thesis
  • How To Write Body Paragraphs
  • The Perfect Paragraph

Topic Sentences

  • Topic Sentences
  • Writing Topic Sentences
  • Topic Sentences
  • Topic Sentences
  • The Topic Sentence
  • Paragraphs And Topic Sentences
  • The Topic Sentence
  • Topics, Main Ideas, And Topic Sentences
  • Writing A Good Topic Sentence
  • Good Topic Sentences

Conclusions

  • Writing Effective Conclusions
  • Introductions And Conclusions
  • Conclusion Paragraphs
  • Conclusion Strategies
  • Conclusions
  • Tips For A Strong Conclusion
  • The Concluding Paragraph
  • Ending The Essay
  • Types Of Conclusions
  • Writing A Strong Conclusion
  • How To Write A Conclusion
  • Writing Conclusions
  • Guide To Conclusions

Thesis Statements

  • The Thesis Statement
  • Thesis Statements
  • Writing A Thesis Statement
  • Thesis Statement
  • Tips And Examples
  • Writing A Thesis
  • Writing The Thesis
  • How To Write Your Thesis
  • The Thesis
  • Thesis Statements
  • Guidelines For Writing A Thesis
  • Thesis Statements
  • Thesis
  • Thesis Statements
  • The Thesis
  • Create A Strong Thesis
  • How To Write A Thesis
  • Developing A Thesis
  • Guide To Writing Thesis Statements
  • Thesis Statements

Citing

  • When To Cite
  • Apa Documentation
  • Mla Documentation
  • Suggestions For Citing Sources
  • Research And Citation Resources
  • Citation Information
  • Mla Guidelines For Citing Poetry
  • Mla Style For Poetry
  • How To Format Your Paper

Argumentative Essays

  • Argumentative Essays
  • Argument
  • Argumentative Essays
  • Persuasive Or Argumentative Essays
  • Argumentative Essay
  • Argument/Argumentative
  • Argumentative Essays
  • How To Write A Good Argument
  • How To Write An Argumentative Essay
  • Writing Conclusions To Argumentative Essays
  • Argumentative Essay
  • Persuasive Essay Writing
  • Writing Concluding Paragraphs
  • Constructing The Argumentative Essay

Writing About Poetry

  • Writing About Poetry
  • Writing About Poetry
  • Writing About Poetry Q & A
  • Poetry Explications
  • Writing About Poetry
  • Writing About Poems
  • Explicating A Poem
  • Writing About Poetry
  • Writing A Thesis Paper About A Poem
  • How To Start A Poetry Introduction
  • Poetry Essay Structure
  • Poetry Explication

Expository Essays

  • Structure Of A General Expository Essay
  • Expository Essay Examples
  • Sample Expository Essay
  • Expository Writing
  • Expository Essay Model
  • Elements Of Expository Essays
  • Expository Writing Information
  • Expository Essays
  • Writing Expository Essays
  • How To Write An Expository Essay
  • Tips On Writing An Expository Essay
  • Expository Essays
  • Essay Map
  • Writing Expository Essays
  • How To Create A Strong Expository Essay
  • Expository Essay Writing
  • The Expository Essay

Research Papers

  • How To Write A Research Paper In Literature
  • Writing A Research Paper
  • The Research Paper
  • How To Write A Research Paper
  • Five Paragraph Research Paper
  • Sample Research Paper
  • Writing A Research Paper
  • Tips For A Research Paper
  • How To Write A Research Paper
  • Writing A Scientific Research Paper
  • Writing Research Papers
  • Research And Writing
  • Research Papers That Rock
  • How To Write An Effective Research Paper

College Application Essays

  • Application Essay Tips
  • Application Essays
  • Tips
  • 10 Tips
  • Application Essays
  • How To Write A College Application Essay
  • Tips For An Effective Essay
  • Do’s And Don’t’s
  • College Application Essay
  • How To Write A College Application Essay

Narrative Essays

  • Narrative And Descriptive
  • Narrative Essay Writing
  • The Personal Essay
  • Narrative Essays
  • Narrative Essays
  • Writing Narrative Essays
  • Narrative/Descriptive
  • Narrative Essay
  • Writing A Narrative Essay
  • Tips On Writing A Narrative Essay

anonymous asked:

HI! I was wondering what modern light infantry firearms would you recommend for killing giant monsters around size and weight of elephants but with agility more akin to cats. I was thinking heavy round assault rifles and or grenade launchers.

Well, not, “light,” but I kinda suspect you mean, “small arms.” The first thing that comes to mind is a .50 anti-material rifle. That’s not just because I did an ask on the Barrett AM rifle a few days ago.

With something that nimble, you wouldn’t want to get within half a mile of it, if you didn’t need to. And, because of how sound works, at those ranges, it wouldn’t even hear the gunshot before the round connected. (Technically, it would never hear the actual gunshot, just the bullet breaking the speed barrier.) Depending on how the critters are put together, a high-explosive round might be the best payload, but I don’t know how well their accuracy holds up at long ranges.

Getting close enough to use a grenade launcher (usually around 100-200m) doesn’t sound like a good idea. At least not if they’re that fast and agile. (For reference the M203 under-barrel grenade launcher is accurate up to around 150m, beyond that you can still put a round general vicinity of over there at up to 350m.)

By, “heavy round,” I assume you mean automatic rifles chambered in 7.62mm (and some other .30 rounds), at which point, that’s usually a battle rifle. I mean, it’s possible you might get the desired result from riddling the things with an H&K G3, but getting that close when you don’t need to be still sounds like a bad idea to me.

-Starke

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Unpopular Opinion?

I think Finn was actually an extremely well-written character (especially in light of Kim saying Finn was, to a certain extent, intentionally meant to be received by us in the way he was). Totally despicable and self-centred and obsessive and ultimately not cut out for the world he was thrown into, but well-written.

Why?

Because he’s real. 

People just like Finn actually exist. They pretend they’re a Good Guy and a lot of the time, we believe them, but that’s just not the case and eventually all their bad qualities start to come out and reveal themselves and at the end of it all we’re left shaking our heads wondering - just like Clarke - how we could be so short-sighted not to have noticed it right from the beginning.

I think that’s part of the reason why so many of us hate him so much. He’s not a typical villain. He’s not even an anti-hero. He’s that guy you know. The one you thought might actually be different. He’s that guy you thought you liked … the one who turned out to be everything he told you he was not. He’s the guy that broke your heart, and the entire time tried to pretend he didn’t by covering up the wound with a flimsy little bandaid that falls off with each movement. 

And then does it again, all the while sporting the complete and utter lack of self-awareness required to wonder why your cut is still bleeding. 

Finn’s so real, so realistic, so plausible, that it’s honestly unsettling. He’s the kind of character that makes you wonder how many Finn’s are wandering around in your life right now that have yet to reveal themselves. 

How the new Gen does Problem solving

Metal lee: Problem? What problem? There IS A PROBLEM?

Denki: *explaining something really complex*

Iwabe: Okay, but wouldn’t it be easier to just get hit by a train?

Kagura: See Nothing, KNOW NOTHING.

Sumi: I’m sure with enough people’s brains with bright ideas in the mix we can figure it out!

Chocho: Better to problem solve after a full meal.

Shikadai: How about we have someone else solve our problems? Problem solving is too much work…

Inojin: It’s better to draw out the problem to get the whole picture.

Mitsuki: My sun can solve any problem!

Boruto: Let’s not solve the problem at all and wait till the last minute to sort things out?

Sarada: *immediately knows the answer*

Shadowhunters AU

Where the Lightwoods take note of Alec’s sexuality earlier, after he had his parabatai bond with Jace but still a teenager, and decide to hire a warlock (not Magnus because I’d rather Alec be an actual adult when they meet for shipping purposes) to ~*magic*~ the gay away.

The warlock, not being a complete bastard, talks to Alec in private (because he needs specifics if the spell is to work properly and boys rarely tell the truth if they think their parents can hear, he tells the Lightwoods) and lays it out for him.  There is no spell, he can wave his hands and send pretty lights and sparkles out, and Alec can go back to living in the closet to make his family proud.  Or he can fool his parents for as long as he needs to to get out, and the warlock will find him a safe place to stay where people won’t try to ‘fix’ him.

Alec takes option 2 and slowly makes a name for himself with downworlders as an independent shadowhunter that truly cares (I’m thinking a Batman or Archangel-like figure that the Clave is aware of, but doesn’t really expend resources on unmasking because he helps more that he hurts them).  

By the time season 1 starts he’s been dating Magnus for a year or so, has friends and connection throughout all the downworld, and has been tracking all the Valentine rumors (and relaying them to Jace and Izzy, cause let’s be honest, they would never have taken any side but Alecs).

So much time spent
looking to the bright sky
for answers I can find
littered at my feet.


I trudge through mistakes,
noting their qualities.
Noting their quantity.
I’d like to say
they are lessons learned.

anonymous asked:

If Ketch's new orders are to eliminate the Americans hunters, then she's going to have to kill Mary, and they have a thing even if they say they don't have a thing, Ketch it's, actually, the one who looked like he knew about the thing but was too insecure or oblivious about it to tell her anything. It'd be... i DONT know, if that's the case I hope Mary kills him before

I’m not really sure I understand what you mean there, but yes, I do agree that Ketch and Mary are having very different reactions to their (unforeseen) night of fun. I think that episode revealed a lot about who Ketch is and what he wants, but, since this is Buckleming, I’m not sure it was intentional, and how seriously should we take it. For instance, we now know with some certainty that Ketch is colour-blind, in a sense - that when we’ve seen him being rude to women, it wasn’t about them being women, per se - Ketch seems to operate in a world where the only people worthy of respect are those who do his job, and do it well. And, even more unusual, he doesn’t seem to mind if someone - even an outsider like Mary - is better than him. When she corrects him in front of Mick, who, after all, is supposed to be his boss, telling him they’ve killed eight shape-shifters, and not seven, Ketch is not annoyed in the least. Instead, he’s admirative. Considering he’s an alpha male who kills and tortures people for a living, this tells us a great deal about how his mind works.

(Mary’s attitude in that scene tells us a lot about her as well - here she is, the failed daughter, the failed wife and the failed mother, doing the only thing she knows how to do and doing it whit a proud smile on her face. I’d say there is a parallel with Dean in there somewhere, Daddy’s blunt instrument and all that, but I’m not sure it’d be appropriate - after all, we know Dean wants out, in some way; that he doesn’t want to be that person, never has. Mary, on the other hand - despite her insistence in pointing out she can ‘have it all’ is not, in fact, having it all. Whatever she says, she’s deliberately chosen hunting and killing over her sons, and she’s having a whale of a time. This is not a moral judgement: I’m simply trying to understand the character.)

Like - when Ketch was talking to Dean, he never showed his hand at all, in a way. But when Mary told him she once left hunting behind because she wanted a normal life, David does an excellent job to convey what would be pity on someone else’s face and is, instead, a kind of half empathy on Ketch’s. I have this feeling that while he was trying to make Dean his (if not sexually, than professionally, even if the subtext supported both readings), here Ketch is acknowledging he himself belongs to Mary. In that whole scene, he behaves like a subordinate - flattering without being unctuous, polite without being distant. And when he says out right that he understands and respects her unusual and ‘unwomanly’ choices (“Mrs Winchester, I believe you’re drawn to danger.”) - I believe that’s when something inside Mary woke up and decided that, after all, why not? They’re adults, and they’ve got a room, and look at this gorgeous man. In a way, he is to Mary what Crowley was to Dean - a bad influence, sure, but also genuinely attached to her within the limits of his capability to feel anything, and also non judgemental in any way and completely hers.

(In fact, I can see Drowley beginning in very much the same way during that ‘summer of love’ Dean and Crowley shared: I have no problem whatsoever in seeing this exact scene play out - Crowley offering Dean a drink in this same amused, friendly, slightly subservient way, and Dean suddenly ignoring the glass and catching Crowley’s tie in his hand instead; and pulling.)

The thing with men, though, is that - and it could be cultural, or biological - I really don’t know - very often they assume sex will change things. Since sex enpowers them but sullies you, you sometimes meet this power shifting attitude - as the old movies told us in greatest detail, women have control over men as long as they don’t sleep with them; but once the deed is done, the thing is reversed, because, as I said, sex makes men stronger and women weaker.

(Exposed to the dangers of gossip and pregnancy, that is; cheaper and dirty now their virginity is gone.)

As idiotic as this concept is, it somehow persists and lasts, and I think you could see it unfolding in this last episode as well: how Ketch’s careful politeness changes to a sort of cockiness - look at him, sitting up against the headboard, completely naked, his legs open, his penis (still this ever-important sign of masculinity and power and all things sacred) in full display. Contrast him with Mary, already dressing, as if hiding her own nudity, and slowly putting her wedding ring back on like some sinful adulteress. But next, and, okay, for once they wrote an interesting thing, the relationship between them is reversed. Ketch tries to be dominant and mark some kind of point, and Mary shoots him down every time. Having sex was her decision, not his; she’s now deciding it doesn’t mean anything, and he doesn’t have any say in that; and when Ketch confesses, with some regret, that he’s okay with it because he’s not ‘built’ for that and he’s not, in fact, capable to care for other people, just like her, Mary’s almost needlessly petty in pointing out that, again, he’s wrong, because she can, and she did - with someone else, that is, and certainly not him. At that point - and, again, I like how David played this, because he tried to cover himself at first, closing his arms across his chest, but then he sort of - manned up, so to say, and got all alpha again, choosing to remain there stark naked despite Mary’s word and even playing a card he knew would upset her: “I notice you took my advice. You had a choice to make - your work or family ties…”. Ketch doesn’t finish his sentence, but he doesn’t have to. Mary may be a strong woman, and also an unusual one, but she knows her relationship with her sons is far from perfect, and also that she’s a big part of the reason why. Hearing Ketch pointing it out - yeah, that must have smarted a bit - and, again, instead of being a ‘good’ woman and take the criticism, Mary lashes out and defends herself. And this is when Ketch finally takes a step back, because this is the kind of people he’s been trained (or trained himself) to respect: a bigger alpha.

So, really, I don’t know how to read this whole thing. I think it’s a big character shift for Ketch and almost invalidates the idea he’s a psychopath, but, then again, psychopaths are hard to write, so there’s that as well. I still don’t know what to make of Mary, and if I like her as a person (I do like her as a character, though - good choices all around). And, finally, I can’t help but feel that, if you took their relationship and that entire dialogue and gender-bended it, well, here you go - Buckleming did manage to insert their usual bit of dubcon, and yay, because look at it - Mary’s clearly superior to Ketch in most ways (professionally and, very clearly, emotionally), so if this was Mark Winchester seducing wide-eyed, damaged and vulnerable assassin Ms Ketch, who calls him Mr Winchester and hopes sex will lead to something more even if, sadly, she’s not sure she can ever love anyone - yep. They never disappoint, do they?

Pegasus

Summary: Oliver visits Hogwarts after the war

Rating: T

Genre: Established Relationship, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Angst

Words: 910

A/N: @mxrcusflint asked if her birthday could be Make Marcus Cry Day so i thought why not both??? of them crying???

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When I started brainstorming Shark’s Eye, I assigned quirks to my characters.

My characters said, nah.

They picked up their own things instead. Estela is always in the garden? Oh, okay, didn’t realize that was a thing. Kit loves fancy coffee drinks? That’s news to me. Gabriel is prone to full-blown-can’t-breathe fits of laughter? Okay, cool.

They do what they want.

The only assigned quirk that stuck? August’s hatred of lemon flavored things.

STUDY HABITS: 

Writing a side post on studying efficiently – These are the things that I do, at least, to make sure I keep my GPA up and workload under control. 

UChicago gives a ridiculous amount of homework per week (ie, fall quarter this year I was spending 15 hours on homework in an econ class, 20 hours on a CS class, 5 on math, and 2 on engineering = 42 hours of homework, in addition to going to class (12 hours), working for 10 hours a week, and orchestra rehearsal (4 hours)), and these habits absolutely SAVED me. 

Here we go:

1) Read/skim last class’ notes before this class. 

This one seems to surprise people but it is insanely effective in cementing material in your head and learning efficiently in the classroom. I started doing this because I would forget what we learned last class – and found that with two-three extra minutes (speed reading) I could follow lectures a whole lot better. 

This allows me to retain notes better too – I normally don’t have to look at them again until when I’m studying for exams.

2) Take advantage of audiobooks and other online resources.

-Audiobooks:
Here, we take a sequence of humanities classes and a sequence of social science classes. This is around 100 pages of reading every class (~2 nights to read) very difficult stuff (Marx, Foucault, De Beauvoir, etc.). I’m not a fast reader so I only get time to read it around once (and then I always fall asleep reading so that doesn’t help). Listen to the audiobook version. Seriously. Why? Because then you can get readings done while you are brushing your teeth, eating, exercising, walking to class, riding the bus, etc. A lot of people don’t finish the readings but are really good at grasping the structure of the argument. If you can combine both, you will be good to go.

-Videos:
I learn math best through videos. Short concise walkthroughs help you condense important information.

-Other people’s flashcards
Chances are, the material you are studying or the textbook is not one of a kind. If you are lucky, someone else would have made study materials (on sites like quizlet) that you can borrow.

-Textbook website:
Sometimes textbooks have outlines and practice problems and visuals. Use them!

3) DO NOT RECOPY SHIT

Every rendition of notes that you produce should be different from the last. Straight-copying is a huge time-waster. Unless you’re one of those people who remember exactly what they write down (I’m not and I’ve met very few people who are), this is so inefficient. You process information  much faster than you write. Why are you burning excess brain functionality on writing something that you don’t need to turn in?

That’s not to say don’t write. I like to go through my notes and condense them into an outline using short key words to remind me of important ideas. 

But, to the people who are making pretty, colorful, and comprehensive notes–where are you getting the time? I normally assume that you just write that beautifully or are doing it in class to keep awake  (and even in class, shouldn’t you be paying attention?)– but if that is a study method…

4) Take advantage of office hours. Or if you don’t have them, make your own office hours by requesting them from your teacher (even if they decline, you will still look like a hard-worker). 

Go in with questions to ask your teacher/TA. Saves you so much time going about a problem on your homework completely wrong. 

If you are ill-prepared (been there, done that), here are good “questions” to get your teacher to divulge information:
- “Can you explain the intuition behind ….”
- “I’m a little stuck on this problem. Can you recommend a good approach to get me started?”
- “I didn’t quite understand the material that this problem is written on when we went over it in class. Do you have a textbook reference or a good resource for me to go over the material?” <– huge time saver, because flipping through a 300 page book not knowing what you are looking for is the absolute worst. 

5) Prioritize

I like to block off specific hours to do specific things, but the most important part of that, is that you do not sit down without a clear idea of what you need to get done.

I prioritize by 1) how much brainpower a task requires (studying takes the most, then essaying brainstorming, then problem sets “solving”, then essay writing, then problem set write ups*, etc.) 2) Their deadline 3) When I am the most productive. 

*I split homework into ‘solving’ and ‘writing up’. I know that I am sharpest during the morning/ early afternoon, so I save the most difficult/thinking intensive solving part then, and then actually type/write up my answers when I’m less functional. 

Hope this helps! Let me know what works for you/ if you have any good ones to share.

Problem Solving

A/N: The sequel to Bedhead, for @averil-of-fairlea and @princess-of-erebor1992 who were both particularly nice (and enthusiastic) about the first part. Sorry it’s not my best work– I haven’t edited it a whole lot, but here’s the sequel! Thorin x Reader drabble based on this imagine from @imaginexhobbit.

Word Count: 1301 oops I got a little carried away


The company did not forget what they now referred to as “The Entanglement”, and frequently brought it up before everyone bedded down for the night. They would warn Thorin not to sleep too close, lest your enchanted hair creep over and knot with his. They would remind you with mocking eyes to tie your hair up before you slept, or you would incur the real wrath of the King Under the Mountain. Nothing could shake them from teasing you about it. Not a pack of wargs hot on your heels, not a stay in Rivendell, not even a shapeshifter could distract them from it.

As it was, you were sure you had gained no small amount of Thorin’s loathing. He glared at you at all hours of the day. Even when you traipsed at the back of the company and he walked in the lead next to Gandalf (who was really the one leading the group; after all, Thorin’s directional instincts were questionable at best), he would throw glares at you over his shoulder. Fili and Kili, who had taken an immediate liking to you, tried to comfort you, but you had had enough of the icy-blue stares full of loathing. He no longer put his bedroll next to yours, but he was always closer to you in the morning than he had been the night before. It irritated you, especially since he leaped away the first chance he got in the morning. Bilbo and Gandalf both had tried to talk sense into him, and you had apologized for it every chance you got. But you had endured this long enough.

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Legit Tip #168

You probably know the story of Scheherazade. If you don’t, here’s a brief rundown. 

A Sultan is infamous for marrying his wives and, finding them boring, and having them beheaded the night after they’re married. Unfortunately for Scheherazade, she’s the next wife on his list. But she does have one ace up her sleeve - she’s an excellent storyteller, and she uses this to her advantage.

She tells the Sultan a story on their wedding night, but leaves off finishing the story before going to bed. The sultan is too interested in the story to have her beheaded, so he gives her just one more night to finish the story. And she does. And then she starts a new one, but doesn’t finish it that night, and so she gets one more day. And the cycle continues…

Anyway, after 1001 nights, we’re left with 1001 Tales and Scheherazade is left with her head intact. So, why is this relevant to you as a writer?

I doubt very much that Scheherazade had any long-term goals in mind when she started her storytelling. She was buying time. 

When your characters are in a tricky situation, it can be tempting to try and concoct elaborate plans for them to try and get out of those situations. But remember - the more elaborate those mechanisms are, the more likely they are to fail. 

Scheherazade’s plan was very simple, and relied on just one tool - her ability to come up with a new story each day. 

When you put your characters in a tricky situation, don’t be overwhelmed by thinking of overly complex schemes to get them out of those situations. Take a deep breath, sit back, and ask yourself what your characters need to do to survive the next 5 minutes. And once they’ve managed (or not managed, as the case may be) that, do it again. And again. 

Let your characters think on their toes. Let them rely on the simplest possible plans. It’ll cut down the excess in your narrative - less time trying to explain overly complex (and often unnecessary) schemes and, ultimately, it’ll prove more realistic in terms of real-life problem solving. 

And do the same as a writer. Don’t obsess over where you need to be in 5 chapters. Focus on the next 5 paragraphs. Keep moving forward. 

Take your cues from Scheherazade when it comes to problem solving in fiction. 

Till the Day I Die

Chapter 1 of what I hope to be a series of Bughead oneshots. This one is about the first time that Jughead and Betty meet. Feedback is always welcome :)


“Okay, Jughead. Good luck on your first day,” Gladys Jones says as she hands seven-year-old Jughead his lunch. It’s his first day of third grade at Riverdale Primary School after his mother decided it would be better for him to go there than South Side Primary School. A healthier environment, she says.

The bus ride is short. Kids pile out of the bus once they arrive at the school and Jughead is the last one off. His heart beat quickens as he walks towards the brick building in front of him. His hands are clammy with sweat and he dries them on his pants.

“Jughead!” a voice behind him calls. Jughead turns around to see a red-headed boy running towards him. Archie Andrews. A sense of relief floods through him at the sight of a familiar face. 

“First day, huh?” Archie asks, a little out of breath. Jughead nods.

“Don’t worry, the school’s great and everyone’s really nice.” It’s slightly reassuring but first day butterflies still flutter in his stomach.

“Who’s your teacher?” Archie asks.

“Mrs. Clearwater,” Jughead answers.

“Oh, I hear she’s great,” Archie grins. “I have Mrs. Brown. Maybe we’ll see each other at recess.”

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ginevra? - Chapter 22

Find me, her heart screamed.

Find me, her lungs whispered, and she bent forward in the chair and let out a growl of frustration instead of the words; the same words that danced through her mind in the night as she dreamed of his touch, of his smile, making her wake, hot and cold and aching, to watch with sleepless eyes as the stars wheeled across the indigo sky.

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