this has been sitting in my drafts for like 3 months

After Palmetto, Andrew signed on to a good pro team and played there for 3 seasons before he and Neil get married bc they’re in love for legal rights or whatever

  • The fact that Andrew Minyard was married came as a surprise to literally all of his teammates.
  • There hadn’t even been an engagement that the team knew of.
  • Andrew had simply shown up after the off season with a ring on his left hand.
  • One of the new teammates, who’d had the least amount of experience dealing with Andrew was the one to ask if it was a wedding ring.
  • “What the fuck else would it be?” Andrew replies
    • probably the most some of his teammates had heard him say since he’d started playing for them three years ago
    • Everyone sits in the lounge gaping at him until  Andrew sighed and finally confirmed their suspicions, “Yes it’s a wedding ring.”
  • The captain was the first to get her act together and cleared her throat awkwardly. “I didn’t know you were seeing anyone.  Congrats, though, that’s awesome.”
  • Andrew just like nods in her direction
  • Another young teammate asks “What’s her name?”
  • “Or his,” says the only teammate Andrew doesn’t actually hate
  • Andrew answers “It’s none of your business.”
  • Their coach is like “While I love this enthralling discussion of Minyard’s personal life, we need to focus on what I actually pay you to do.”
  • And then they go back to focusing on exy and Andrew being married isn’t really brought up again but everyone remembers
  • UNTIL

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When Grantaire asks Enjolras out, he almost says no.

He doesn’t want to date Grantaire. Grantaire is antagonistic, apathetic, annoying, infuriatingly intelligent and nothing that Enjolras is romantically attracted to.

But Grantaire looked up at him with nervous eyes and Enjolras had wanted to go to that exhibit, and Courfeyrac had said he should try to fight with Grantaire less and it’s only one date, what’s the worst that could happen? It will be awkward then they’ll both forget about it.  

Then the date is wonderful. Awkward at first, but they begin to talk about art programs in underfunded schools and they talk and talk and end up at a cafe, eyes wide and bright, listening to each other, trying to understand that other not just dismiss what the other says out of habit. They don’t fight, and when Grantaire quietly asks for a second date at the end of the night Enjolras doesn’t even think about finding a reason to say no.

So it goes week after week, date after date, and at some point they end up holding hands every time they are together, lips pressed to cheeks in greeting and goodbye.

It’s not something Enjolras particularly wants or needs but it is nice, he doesn’t mind. When Grantaire calls him his boyfriend, Enjolras likes the title, even if he doesn’t feel like Grantaire’s boyfriend. Grantaire is still antagonistic, apathetic, annoying, infuriatingly intelligent and nothing that Enjolras is attracted to. He doesn’t want to write sonnets about Grantaire eyes, or that curl right behind his ear, or buy Grantaire flowers.

But Enjolras still wants to go places with Grantaire, and hold his hand, and hear what he has to say about the world. And that’s enough.

And then Grantaire has a dance recital– he comes to ABC meetings right after rehearsal, still in leggings and a loose shirt, smelling like stale sweat, a smile on his face; “today we finally perfected that last pass, it should be ready for Friday, I hope you all can come–”

and oh.

Enjolras goes home avoiding Combeferre, Jehan, Joly eyes filled with concern, “no I’m fine just a little tired.” Avoids Grantaire, “yes, of course, I’ll be there on Friday, I just need to go home right now.”

And then he’s alone at home and he thinks about the smile Grantaire had, the way the skin around his eyes crinkled, the way he almost hit Bosset showing how he lifts his partner and how his shirt rode up and

oh

His first reaction is to call Combeferre, call Courfeyrac, but this is something that they can’t help with. This is him and Grantaire. He needs figure this out by himself.

Enjolras sits and he writes. He writes down every single thing about Grantaire, pinning him to paper, no detail left unnoticed, no virtue or vice dismissed. He sits and he writes for hours, turning over the man who had crept into his life without notice.

Finally, at two in the morning, he puts his pen down, leans back and thinks aloud ‘I have a crush on Grantaire’

and chaste, firm, upright, hard, candid, terrible Enjolras, blushes and—

‘I have a crush on Grantaire,’

He picks up the phone and calls him because Enjolras doesn’t waste time or emotion and—

—and Grantaire had, at some point, without him noticing, become the most contacted, most thought about, most important person in his life.

and Grantaire sounds so concerned fuck, Enjolras still hasn’t explained why he left the meeting like that, why he was acting so oddly and it can wait because right now the most important thing is

“Grantaire I have a crush on you”

“Enjolras our year anniversary is coming up in 2 weeks what do you mean you have a crush on me?”

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That’s been the toughest lesson to learn from auditioning these last six, seven years, that when you don’t get a role it’s not because you didn’t hit that beat perfectly or you didn’t get that idea to the extent you would’ve liked. It’s actually that someone else did something different. Better or worse, it’s just part of that vocabulary.

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♬ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" ♬

ft @doddleoddle​, @danisnotonfire​, @amazingphil​ and @evanedinger

ok so this idea has been on my mind for MONTHS and after finally drafting it out i managed to finish it properly so I hope it was worth the wait!!!

inspired by:

  • rambles with the lovely Madison / @showbizhowell ♡ who actually suggested the song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by the Beatles
  • as well as certain moments during the TATINOF performance which i talk about here (contains spoilers obvi)

also special thanks to the wonderful Kips / @dostmotherknowyou​ ♡ who sparked me to create this drawing as part of an art collab a while back… which amazingly enough dodie & evan noticed on twitter x and subsequently motivated me to create the comic you see above!

dedicated to Izzy / @thedepressiveoptimist​ ♡
 and of course, the (now) memory of Dovan Flat :( ♡

I came across a tweet today that read, “why pansexuality is anti-bi; a thread”, which had 50+ likes and retweets. the thread explained that since pan means all, and bi means two or more, then that means pan = bi. the thread went on to explain that if you use pan to refer to bi people, you’re overshadowing bi people and thus being anti-bi. also noteworthy, the thread had a disclaimer, telling people not to reply with hate or debate, because they don’t want to argue with anyone who thinks pansexuality exists.

and I honestly just don’t know where to begin explaining how disheartened and tired I am by this. I guess I’ll just try to break it down.

1. pansexuality is not inherently bigoted against other identities. it just isn’t. individual pan people can be bigoted against other identities, just like anyone else, but the identity itself, is not.

2a. bi can and does mean all for some people. but that doesn’t mean pan is a useless, unneeded label. pan is useful and needed for people like me, who don’t identify with the bi label and never have, because it just doesn’t feel right for me or fit me. and that is okay! that doesn’t hurt anybody, that doesn’t hurt bi people. just like someone who is attracted to all genders or whose attraction is not determined by gender identifying as bi, does not hurt pan people! it is a personal preference that should be respected.

2b. identifying as either bi or pan would still be a valid, personal choice, even if the words did mean the exact same thing. there are tons of words that mean the same or similar things, and they’re all valid words, and people’s choice to use whichever word they want to is valid. there are a bunch of different terms to describe women who are attracted to women, and everyone will have one they prefer over others and that’s okay and accepted in the community, so why can’t pan be accepted by the community, even if you think “bi already covers it”?

3. if calling bi people pan is overshadowing bi people and anti-bi, then surely calling pan people bi is overshadowing pan people and anti-pan, right? oh yeah, I forgot, according to you, we don’t matter or exist *eye roll*

4. you don’t get to post a bunch of ignorant and bigoted shit, and then reject any kind of criticism or discussion and ignore the people calling you out.

I’m just so tired of this. queer people like this are always calling out bigotry against their own sexuality, while spreading hate about another.

do they honestly see nothing wrong with telling pan people that their identity isn’t real or valid and that it’s harmful to id as it? when will fellow queer people stop accepting anti-pan shit as a legitimate opinion? when will fellow queer people start showing up for pan people and having our back? when will fellow queer people start being as inclusive and accepting as they claim to be?

Victor Nikiforov Appreciation Post!!!

I just want to take a moment and talk about how much I love Victor Nikiforov and how he’s just such a refreshing character. I know everyone and their dog has done a post like this already but I’ve been crying over this lovable goof for months and this had been sitting in my drafts for too long now anyway and also I’m avoiding my textbooks AND THIS SORTA TURNED INTO A CHARACTER ANALYSIS I’M SORRY.

So as far back as the PV, there were assumptions flying around that Victor would end up being an antagonist of some sort. That either he was using Yuuri for his own gain, or was just straight up evil. Laughable now, of course, but the reason those rumors were prevalent was because we see it so often. How easy was it to think that Victor was “helping” Yuuri only to further his own goals in the end? We’ve seen this common mentor-betrays-student trope before and it’s no wonder that early on fans were afraid of this even as the show progressed. And honestly? This would have made for some great drama—for Victor to turn out to not be such a nice guy and for him to eventually become someone Yuuri had to defeat in competition. However the show did not go down that route at all. It turns out that yeah, Victor is actually just a really nice guy who cares a great deal about Yuuri and the people around him. He doesn’t show up in Hasetsu with any evil ulterior motives—he just wants to get to know Yuuri and help him take his skating to the next level, and maybe find inspiration (and love) along the way.

Also how could a man with a heart-shaped smile be evil???

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NurseyDex Week Day 3: AU

That One Coffee Shop AU

Derek hated being that guy who wrote in Starbucks–there were hundreds of better coffee shops in the city of Philadelphia, but he’d been coming to the same South Philly Starbucks since he moved to the city last spring after finishing his MFA at NYU.

Honestly? He loved New York, but he’d spent his entire life around the city, and Philly was the exact change he needed in his life. It was calm compared to New York, and Derek loved the local poetry scene. Any night of the week he could find a reading to hit up if he was feeling restless and wanted to meet new people.

“You mind if I sit?”

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[Destiel AU] - For three years, Castiel has been the singer of Forbidden Angels, an extremely popular band that Castiel takes a lot of pride in. His life wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty damn close. That is, until an up and coming band called The Freedom Hunters threatened Castiel’s #1 spot on The Billboards Top 100. It didn’t take long for the two bands to despise each other.

Their rivalry lasted months. Vulgar insults paired with Dean’s dire need to annoy Castiel by copying his trademark hairstyle and pierced ears, quickly became the only thing talked about in Celebrity Gossip News.

Castiel hated it. He hated how easily his top spot could be replaced by some no-name band from Kansas… but he didn’t let that stop him. It was time for Castiel to take matters into his own hands. 

smoothie klance au?? i guess

you would not guess how many half-written AUs i have in my drafts that become WAY TOO LONG for me to ever consider publishing in a text post. yes this is a short one.

  • keith makes smoothies for a living. it isnt a big deal until it is.
  • one night, this dude comes in. who cares about build-up, we all know its lance, and he looks frazzled. he sits at the counter and orders the fruitiest smoothie on the menu. keith makes it and doesnt think much of it, except to note that something about this kid is just… weird?
  • 1: hes coming in alone, which people their age usually dont. 2: hes dressed pretty nicely. 3: hes just sitting there??? drinking a smoothie??? not even scrolling on his phone or anything, just looking around and slurping. okay weirdo. 4: he seems off. keith does not use the word “aura” on a regular basis but lance has an aura. (which does not make sense to keith, who barely understands his own emotions, let alone someone else’s.)
  • lance thanks keith, and leaves like thirty minutes later. hes certainly not the weirdest customer keith has ever served, but for some reason that random, singular dude sticks out in his mind.
  • but the shifts come and go, and gradually keith forgets about lance.
  • until he comes back in again.

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anonymous asked:

My partner is set to deploy next month. This will be our 3rd deployment since we got together. It has me thinking about Sterek Military fics. Marines, Army, Navy, Navy Seal, Spec Ops, whatever I will take them all. Bless you and this blog for getting me through many lonely nights.

Awwww, sending your partner good vibes and well wishes!  Tried to find you some completed fics with happy endings bb, hope they help <3  -Emmy

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I’m Coming Home by redhoodedwolf 

(1,031 I Teen I Complete)  *military!Stiles

Prompt from Tumblr:
I’m not sure if your still doing prompts… but if you are I would love you forever if you could write a Military!AU, where Stiles surprises Derek be coming back early!! Very FLUFFY!!!

Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday by wirewrappedlily 

(1,395 I General I Complete)  *soldier!Derek

When Stiles woke at ten the next morning, Derek was curled tight around him, Erica’s head in the dip of Derek’s waist, and Isaac’s thin form thrown over their legs, Scott lying around both Stiles and Isaac while Lydia slept in as small a ball as possible on Stiles’s chest, Boyd’s hand on her head as if she’d had a nightmare. Stiles smiled to himself, going back to staring at Derek’s sleeping features. The curve of his eyelashes and the relaxed shape of his mouth. He wanted to trace his finger over the line of Derek’s nose, leave hickies over the straight edge of Derek’s jaw. It was new and old and so good Stiles wanted to cry.

Derek was home.

Coming Home For Christmas by Nerdy_fangirl_57 

(1,780 I General I Complete) *soldier!Derek, married!sterek

Stiles was trying to be the best dad he could be for his little girl after Derek was drafted into the military 3 months ago. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel like crying when Alex tells him that all she wants for Christmas is for Santa to bring her papa back home. 

What a Difference a Day Makes by the_gramophone 

(1,888 I General I Complete)   *soldier!Stiles

Derek is struggling not to feel lonely this Valentine’s Day, but he does his best to put on a brave and happy face for his daughter. Both their days take a turn for the better when they get an unexpected surprise.

Home Without a Heart by 138andcounting 

(2,145 I Not Rated I Complete)   *marine!Derek

Derek leave the Marines due to an injury, and finds himself in a small town in California, Beacon Hills. Not being able to stop helping others, he joins the police, where he meets 18-year-old Stiles Stilinski. A year of dating later, they moved to NY for Stiles to go to college. After dating for two years, Derek get’s an unexpected visitor.

Coming Home by Ella Dean Pendragon 

(2,277 I General I Complete)  *soldier!Derek

It’s been three hundred and seventy six days since he left and Stiles has been living each day as it comes but all that is about to change. Non werewolf AU. Army AU, Sterek, Slash. Other pairings Scisaac, Dethan and Lydia/Aiden.

A Soldier Surprise by Eburn 

(2,765 I General I Complete)  *soldier!Derek

The one where Derek is a Soldier and Stiles is at Uni, and they’re engaged. Derek surprises Stiles by coming home early.

Traveling Soldier by Angelwithwingsoffire 

(3,006 I Not Rated I Complete)  *soldier!Derek

Stiles works in a diner when one day a soldier walks in, dressed in army greens and sits down at one of Stiles’s booths. They end up talking and soon enough Stiles is sending letters off to one Sergeant Derek Hale, until one day, the letters stop.

Thank God Your Heart is Too Close by hoars 

(3,469 I Not Rated I Complete)  *soldier!Derek

There’s a boy, (“Fuck you, dude. I’m seventeen. Not fifteen.” Stiles laughs in his memory) waiting for him back home.

Coming Home by WyldeWombat (orphan_account) 

(3,766 I Teen I Complete)  *soldier!Derek

Derek joined the military over four years ago, and Stiles doesn’t get to see his mate very much. In fact, he hasn’t seen Derek in over a year. Little does he know, Derek is coming home.

In the Air, On Land, On Sea by enthroned 

(6,443 I General I Complete)   *marine!Derek, marine!Stiles

In which Derek is a marine on his way home.  He meets Stiles, a marine on his way to war.

Marine Sergeant Hale by Angelwithwingsoffire 

(6,258 I Not Rated I Complete)  *marine!Derek

Stiles has been bullied for years and it gets worse when the Sheriff is deployed one last time. One day, in the middle of the daily beating, a Marine comes to his rescue. A very hot and muscular Marine who also happens to be in uniform. And unbeknownst to Stiles, they’ve met before. Stiles can’t remember but Derek remembers it all.

If You’re Not Here to Turn the Lights Off (I Can’t Sleep) by losingmyangelgrace 

(7,234 I Explicit I Complete)  *marine!Derek, teacher!Stiles

“Honey! I’m home!” Stiles shouted into the empty apartment as he moved quickly through to the kitchen, dumping his backpack onto bench before crossing to the fridge and crossing off another day on the calendar. A month and a half. That was how long was left until Derek came home, until he was safe. Everyday felt like a lifetime to Stiles.

Grace - Prologue by Venchaser 

(9,655 I Explicit I Complete)  *historical au, WWII au, soldier!Derek, doctor!Stiles

Twoshot - Prologue (Complete) . It is the 1939, the world is on the brink of a second World War. Stiles is the son of a wealthy high ranking ministry official. His friend and childhood protector Derek Hale is off to the same medical school as he is, with the financial help of his own father, something Stiles is not too happy about, though he won’t admit it to himself that there might be feelings involved. Yet.

The Last Time by clawstoagunfight

(10,874 I Explicit I Complete)  *Soldier!Stiles

Stiles is leaving in the morning and Derek can’t find the words to say how he feels. Instead, he shows him.

Secrets of Suburbia by GiaUrsula 

(17,338 I Mature I Complete)  *historical au, Soldier!Derek

Lydia Martin was the Queen Bee of Beacon Hills so it was her job to welcome her husband’s nephew, Derek, and his new wife into the neighbourhood. Derek has returned home after service in Korea to settle down and marry his sweetheart, Gen, who Lydia becomes fast friends with. But after stumbling upon Derek cheating on Gen, she isn’t sure what to think. But who was the man she saw him with? Who is Stiles?

Air Mail by Handsofred 

(20,229 I Not Rated I Complete)  *soldier!derek, dad!derek, teacher!stiles

‘’Oh my god’’ Stiles breathed out as heavy booted footsteps faded away down the hall. ‘’oh my god’’

‘’Stiles?’’ Allison asked as he scrambled around the desk searching for the last letter before he was thrusting it at their faces.

‘’It’s him…my soldier…it’s him, it’s Mattie’s dad’’ He told them, his eyes wide as Allison took the letter from him, ‘’oh my god, oh my god and I fainted in front of him…oh Jesus Christ’’

Protecting Home by countrygirlsfun 

(38,400 I Mature I Complete)   *soldier!Stiles, Teacher!Derek

Stiles Stilinski is now an ex-army sniper and engaged to kindergarten teacher Derek Hale. All he wants is to leave his military service and experiences behind him so he can move on and build his life with Derek.

But it isn’t always easy when the battlefield follows you home.

I’ll Be Seeing You by thepsychicclam 

(81,489 I Explicit I Complete)  *soldier!derek, WWII au, historical au

In the summer of 1941, with the country on the brink of war, diner waiter Stiles meets Derek Hale, an army soldier just passing through Beacon Hills.

knitman  asked:

hi! i've been living on my own for awhile lately but always with roommates, do you have any tips on moving into an apartment alone for the first time?

I actually spent four months living in my current apartment on my own when we first moved in. As part of my boyfriend’s associates degree, he was required to intern out of state, so we had that long distance lifestyle for a few months. That was interesting. I guess technically he still lived with me because he helped pay the rent, but it sure as hell felt like I was living on my own. In my experience:

1. PKW. Phone, keys, wallet. Every time you go anywhere. Check twice. The worst part of living on your own is having to rely on yourself to never forget to lock yourself out or leave your wallet at a sandwich shop in a mall. Make absolutely sure you have duplicates of your keys (I would get a couple made) and give one to a friend who lives nearby who you can count on. I also like to keep an extra set inside the apartment itself in a secure place, just in case. Your landlord can let you in during office hours, but giving a key to a trustworthy friend helps you 24/7.

2. Cleaning routine. You don’t have to sit down at a writing desk and draft this out, but spend a few minutes coming up with a basic cleaning regime for you to follow. It’s definitely easier to do a little each day, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule set aside at least an hour and a half during your time off to get your apartment spotless. I don’t know about you, but whenever I deep clean my apartment I feel like I’m living in a hotel for a day, and I absolutely love it.

3. Make a “moving” shopping list. This is everything you will need (minus food) for your first week at your new place. First aid kit, cleaning supplies, tape, cat food, etc. Your first week moving into your new place will be stressful enough, you don’t want to be halfway through setting up your living room and realize that you forgot to buy trash bags.

4. Secure yourself. I’m not the most agile or fast person in the world, and I do live in a mid-sized city that has a good deal of crime. The apartment complex I live in is very safe, but I still like to double lock my front door at night. It might be smart to keep some pepper spray or a baseball bat somewhere in your apartment, just in case. 

5. Stay social. Even the most anti-social person gets lonely. Make sure to hang out with your friends, not just your co-workers, your actual friends. Get out off your apartment every few days and go see a movie, get a cup of coffee, go people watching at the park, etc. It’s easy to get depressed if you’re living alone and doing the same things the same way every day- allow yourself to mix it up.

6. Meal prep. It can be stressful and seem useless to cook complicated or “fancy” meals when you’re living on your own. Plan your meals for the week and make a list before going shopping. Get yourself enough food to make a variety of dinners that will only take you fifteen minutes. If you do want to go crazy and make steak and mashed potatoes for yourself, make enough for two meals. Also, nobody is going to think poorly of you for stocking your fridge with a couple frozen dinners.

7. Customer service. Living alone means that you are going to be doing a lot of talking to customer service representatives. Get comfortable talking to people over the phone. Tell the rep what you need as quickly as you can, and try to be polite because customer service at a phone center is a garbage job that doesn’t pay well. On the flip side, don’t be afraid to ask for a manager if you’re upset or unhappy with your service. Take their survey at the end of your phone call, tell them how unhappy you are. It’s someone’s shitty job to look at all those surveys, no complaint goes unheard. Companies with great phone service: Verizon, Apple, Amazon. Companies with awful phone service: USPS (literally the worst), electric companies, health insurance companies.

8. Guest space. This is not required, but it’s a good idea to have some sort of space for a friend to stay the night. A friend of mine had a bad breakup, showed up at my apartment with ten minute’s notice, and then fell asleep on my couch after an hour of crying. It as 7:30! Whatever, she needed it. Keep an extra blanket and pillow in your closet, I like to keep travel sized shampoos and conditioners in my bathroom cabinet on the off chance a guest wants to use my shower. I got these at a hotel for free, but they’re available at CVS and other pharmacies.

9. Toilet paper. Don’t let yourself run out of toilet paper! I like to buy more when I notice I only have one roll left. The same deal goes for paper towels.

10. Enjoy. Living on your own is simoltaneously exciting and exhausting, but an all around must-have experience. Enjoy the freedom to forget to make the bed, to decorate your bathroom however you want, to have ice cream for dinner, to watch reruns of Friends and cry when Rachel decides to move to France. Make sure to give yourself lots of space to move at your own pace, but please remember to eat three meals a day and to go to the doctor’s for a checkup at least once a year!

36 things I wish I had known a year ago

1. AP scores aren’t really that important as far as admissions go. (So don’t stress about them too much.)

2. DO NOT take the ACT/SAT for the first time in September. If you haven’t taken it in the spring of your junior year, take it over the summer. That way if you don’t do as well as you’d like, you’ll have time to retake it without stressing over the fact that you only have one shot. Plus, you don’t want to be worrying about tests when you should be writing essays:)

3. You don’t need a 36 or 2400. Lots of people think those scores mean you can get into any school you want, but they guarantee literally nothing except for automatic scholarships at state schools (which are great, but a 35 or 2390 will get you exactly the same thing).

4. But if you think you can get a perfect score, and you want to take the time to try, then go for it. Not gonna lie, the 36 feels pretty good (can’t speak for the 2400, but I’d imagine it’s similar). Don’t let anyone shame you for wanting to do your best, even if you don’t have to.

5. Look at the rubric for the writing sections before taking the test! A well-written essay can score pretty badly just because it doesn’t follow the rubric exactly (full disclosure: I made this mistake on both tests, and my scores show it).

6. If you need help with test prep, ask for it. Ask someone that you know did well, a counselor, a teacher, or anyone you know. (Ask me! I’d love to help y'all out.)

7. Take 2/3 SAT Subject tests if you’re planning to apply to any competitive schools. The numbers don’t need to be stellar, but some schools require or highly recommend them. Look at practice tests to decide if you’ll do well. (Speaking from experience, don’t take the physics test unless you’ve taken AP Physics 2 because it’s fucking hard and a one-year non-AP physics class will not cut it.)

8. Chill the fuck out. This is super stressful for almost everyone, and it’s going to be okay.

9. You don’t have to know what you want to major in yet. But do have a list of a few (or many) subjects that you find interesting. Most schools don’t really care if you’re undecided–they just want to see that you’re passionate about learning something.

10. In the same vein, it’s totally fine to put a major you’re not 100% sure you’ll end up pursuing. Most people change their majors anyway, and colleges know that.

11. Over the summer start compiling a list of schools you might want to apply to. Make this list as long as you want.

12. Take that list of schools and (yes, over the summer) start skimming their websites. You can eliminate a few here because some probably won’t have the program/major you want.

13. If you can, visit as many of these schools as you can (or just whatever schools are close to you, even if you don’t necessarily want to go to them). Going on as many of these tours as possible does get boring pretty quickly, but it helps you figure out what you want in a school.

14. It’s okay if you don’t immediately fall in love with a school while walking on campus. Deep down, you’re still freaking out about the whole application process, which is fine–once second semester senior year hits, you calm down and it’s so much easier to think about what the right school for you is.

15. Also over the summer, start getting organized.  I recommend an Excel spreadsheet, with each school getting its own row. Potential columns include whether or not the school is on the common app, if it has supplements (be careful with this one–some will say they don’t have essays and will require you to do “short answer” questions which sometimes turn into small essays, so make sure to check all parts of the common app once it becomes available), deadlines, honors deadlines/application details, scholarship deadlines/application details (some schools require you to apply by November to be considered for merit awards even if the admission deadline isn’t until January or February), your login information (!!!!! you will end up with dozens of usernames and passwords), test scores they require, if you need a teacher rec (and how many), if interviews are offered, and when decisions are released. This information can get pretty overwhelming once you have more than three schools, so this helps you stay organized. If you listen to anything I say, DO THIS. I didn’t and it took me almost two months to get organized (since I was dealing with school at the same time) and I ended up very stressed from October-December because I hadn’t had time to really write rough drafts until a week before my deadlines. Don’t waste the time you have after prompts are released getting organized. Even creating an empty Excel sheet with all of your headings is better than nothing.

16. Make a resume before you start applications. (Ideally, do this over the summer.) It doesn’t have to look amazing; this is mostly for you to use later. Good headings include test scores, honors/awards, activities/clubs, volunteer work, work experiences, and miscellaneous (like any presentations/seminars/conferences you’ve gone to). List everything, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, because you can make a lot of this stuff sound way more impressive than it actually was without even lying at all. Then, briefly describe each activity (ex. Library volunteer-responsible for assisting patrons and shelving and organizing library materials) because most applications will make you write descriptions, so you might as well do them all now. You’ll thank yourself later. 

17. You don’t have to write any essays over the summer. (Most of the prompts haven’t even been released yet, and you’d probably want to rewrite it before you submit it later in the fall anyway.) Don’t feel bad if people start sooner than you.

18. Once school starts, get transcripts sent and rec letters dealt with as soon as possible, so you don’t have to worry about them later.

19. Two teacher recs + a counselor rec will probably be enough. For scholarships later in the year that require  recs, just ask your teacher to submit the one they already wrote.

20. When you finally do have essay prompts, put each one in its own word doc and title it by school (ex. oklahoma_scholarship, emory). You can also put the deadline after the school name (emory_nov15) to help you prioritize. Put these word docs in a folder labeled College App Essays or something like that. These docs are where you’ll brainstorm and ultimately write your essays.

21. Use google drive. Do it. I left my flash drive at school more than once and had to rewrite completed essays; it was not fun. Don’t be like me. Access your files from anywhere with google drive. Google drive.

22. Write what you’re passionate about. Admissions officers can tell if you’re sincere and it’s really obvious if you try to pander and guess what they want you to say. If they don’t like your essay, fuck them, you don’t need them anyway. They can sit in their stuffy little room shitting on teenagers’ essays while you go out and live your life because you’re a goddamn superstar and you didn’t sell your soul to get into that snobby elitist place.

23. Don’t just give up after five minutes if you can’t think of an essay topic. These are supposed to be fairly reflective, so sometimes the most productive thing you can do is sit and think for twenty minutes.

24. Print off your essays at least once and edit them. If you can, have other people edit yours (and edit your friends’ essays–it helps them out and it helps you learn what to do/what not to do in your own essays). Don’t be shy about asking people to help you; by December it was as common for me as asking whether there was math homework or not.

25. While I’d definitely recommend editing your essays, sometimes you end up writing them on the day of the deadline and submitting them five minutes before they’re due. It’s fine. We all did it. (If anyone says they didn’t, they’re either lying or superhuman.)

26. After a certain point there’s nothing you can do about your previous grades, test scores, and activities. So stop worrying about them and write your essays.

27. Don’t be that person who applies to only Ivy League schools and no safeties. Just don’t. Unless you’re a complete genius and Harvard has already personally sent the president to your house to beg you to apply, have at least one safety–one that you’d be happy at if you end up attending. 

28. Right now you might think you need to go to a prestigious school in order to feel adequate, and you’ll probably feel like this for a while, but sometimes it’s better to take the big scholarship and be the star student at a state school. Nobody will think any less of you.

29. To reiterate, NOBODY WILL THINK ANY LESS OF YOU IF YOU GO TO A STATE SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

30. Read #29 again.

31. If you know you don’t want to go to X school, don’t apply. First, if they require essays, you won’t have to do them, and second, you’ll save about $100. But only do this if you know that you’d be absolutely miserable there and have some concrete reasons why.

32. Once you’ve applied, don’t write off any schools (again, unless you have specific reasons why you don’t want to go there). I had almost forgotten about the college I’m probably going to attend in the fall after applying because I figured I wouldn’t get into their top program (I did, and I’m in love now).

33. It’s okay if you don’t have a top choice or dream school. (This phenomenon often ends in heartbreak, so you’re escaping that whole side of the issue.)

34. On the other hand, it’s totally okay to have a dream school. Just don’t get too obsessed and keep and open mind:)

35.  Yeah, technically you’re competing with all of your peers, but you can’t do anything about how awesome they are. Be happy for them, recognize that same awesomeness in yourself, and show that to the admissions officers. 

36. I’ll leave you with some advice my mom gave me right before I went into an interview.

SHINE.

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MASTERLIST

Pairing: Lin-Manuel x Reader

Summary: All of the in-between moments of a relationship, captured in the one-sided monologue that is voicemail. 

A/N: 

This has been sitting in my drafts for over a week whoops.

This isn’t the Untitled Garbage Fic that I’ve been rambling about but hopefully it will hold you over until that one is post-able.

Basically, I wanted to start getting words flowing again for the first time since we finished WYCH and that manifested in me choosing the absolute worst format for telling a narrative story. Honestly, this may or may not be the dumbest thing I’ve ever posted like @ becca why would you think this is a good structure for a fic? 

I hope you get a kick out of me fumbling my way out of writer’s block lmao.

Also ps shout out to @fragmentofmymind​ for being great at all times and for reading through this monstrosity for me (and providing that gif), she’s super awesome and super talented and if you aren’t following her already then honestly where have you been??

Word Count: does it even matter? the format on this is weird I’m so sorry.


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Soulmates - Part 2

Prompt: Part 1 here
Warnings: None
Words: 1800+

You race backstage, not taking any time to celebrate this historic moment in your career. You just wanted to find Seth, to know that everything was okay, that he was okay.

“Seth!” You screamed tears streaming down your face. You hadn’t realised you were crying until tears landed on your hands. “Where’s Seth?!”

“Hey y/n calm down. They took him to the hospital around the corner. Everything's fine” Roman said grabbing your shoulders to calm you down.

“Everything’s not fine Roman! It’s black and white!” 

“What?” 

“My vision! It’s black and white again!” you cried as Roman’s eyes went wide. He knew what that meant, so did you, you just didn’t want to believe it. 

“Come on let’s go” Roman said putting his arm around you escorting you to his car. The ride to the hospital was silent beside your heavy breathing. You managed to control your tears but every so often a tear would fall. You couldn’t help it. Roman had barely stopped the car before you jumped out and raced inside, Roman hot on your heels. Pushing doors open, running to the waiting room, dodging doctors, nurses and patients. As you ran into the waiting room, your eyes landed on Dean first. He was sitting with his head in his hands. Hunter was there too with Vince and Stephanie, who looked like she had been crying. 

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I’ve Fallen for You - Tom Redwood

Synopsis: It’s not meant to be a secret. Written as a birthday gift for the one and only @radycat <3.

Pairing: Fareeha “Pharah” Amari/Angela “Mercy” Ziegler

It’s not meant to be a secret, because it’s not meant to be anything. They find each other as the sun is rising, one morning when they both have time off. Angela looks tired, like a week’s worth of sleep would be too short, but her eyes are wide open, watery and blue in the gray-white light that streams in through the common room window. Fareeha is, and has been, leaning against one of the windows, one leg slung over the extended sill, half-sitting, half-perching, her arms crossed and her eyes on the horizon.

“Why is it always you?” Angela says, and Fareeha has to smile. The dimple in her left cheek shows. Angela stares at it, at Fareeha’s profile, cradled softly by the imminent dawn. She has a strong jaw, high cheekbones, soft-looking wet lips, long eyelashes.

“I could say the same of you.”

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It’s You - VII

IT’S YOU MASTER LIST


SUMMARY: It’s been 2 years since Sebastian’s fiancé died and his friends and family have been telling him to move on because that’s what’s best for him. Then, one day he suddenly bumps into you and theres an instant connection.

WARNINGS: language, mention of alcohol, drunken shenanigans 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: n/a

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Sebastian stood in front of his closet and stared at the clothes hanging in front of him. He hummed to himself, having trouble deciding what to wear to your birthday gathering.

He ended up putting on a nice dress shirt underneath a leather jacket to brace the cold, dark denim jeans and a pair of black leather boots. He styled his long hair and decided to leave his scruff. It was too cold to go out bare faced at the moment.

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kept {one}

What: BTS Fic
Genre: Angst + Implied Smut
Pairing: Jeon Jeongguk x Reader 
Words: 2.2k

Jeongguk and you grew up together and has had a huge crush on you since childhood. One night together changes the equation. The question is, is it a good change?

Suggested Listening: My Love - Majid Jordan

A/N: There is implied smut in this fic simply because I’m THE worst at writing smut but after much encouragement (and multiple draft checks) by the actual angel @taecup I decided to post this. I owe you a lot bb, thank you so much for always always encouraging me! Ily :3


“I’ve waited so long for this, I can’t believe it’s actually happening.” he said in a breathy tone, sitting patiently with his hands crossed and clasped tightly behind him, in the gold ornate chair of your hotel room.

“Did our little Gukkie really think of me that way? I’m flattered.” you twittered pleasantly from the bathroom. It wasn’t a lie, you were genuinely pleased that he wanted you this way, you had never known. 

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