this is not accurate at all /lies

all right. so. this is a Harry Potter AU, in rambly and abbreviated form.

  • this is a version of events where, on the morning of November 1st, 1981, the police are called to a house in Surrey.
  • when they arrive, a large man with a red face and a moustache is waiting for them, brandishing a baby.
  • to be more accurate: he is brandishing a basket. the basket contains a baby.
  • he tells the police that his wife found the basket on their doorstep that morning. “Gave her the shock of her life,” he says, with a chuckle that does not seem the least bit sincere.
  • the police officers have a lot of questions about this, but the man does not have any useful answers. his wife, he tells them, is not in any shape to be interviewed. “she’s been poorly,” he says, “and we’ve got a baby of our own to worry about, keeping us up at all hours.”
  • the baby in the basket seems to be about a year old. he is cheerful, seems healthy aside from a cut on his forehead, with a crooked sticking plaster on it. he has startlingly green eyes.
  • there is no identifying information in the basket, except for a torn scrap of paper with ‘his name is Harry’ on it in a delicate hand.
  • there is nothing else to be done, it seems. the officers take baby Harry, and leave.
  • one of them comes back a few days later for a follow-up interview with the woman who found the baby. she seems a little fragile, and her own baby, in the next room, keeps up a constant shrieking tantrum the whole time the officer is there. “I’m sorry,” the woman says, with a brittle smile. “this has all been a bit much. I recently lost my sister, you see.”

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100 Tips for the Secret Witch! 

  1. Use a shoe box to hide your more obvious items.
  2. Keep herbs stored in ziploc bags to easily conceal them.
  3. Take up “rock collecting”.
  4. Candles and incense because they “smell good!”
  5. Use an Altoids tin as an altar.
  6. Buy crystal jewelry.
  7. Use perfume to cleanse.
  8. Essential oils can be used in place of most herbs and are less obvious.
  9. Get into cooking, buying herbs is justified then. Plus, kitchen magic!
  10. Use old makeup/perfume/mason jars for spell jars.
  11. You can use almost any necklace as a pendulum.
  12. Use spice jars for tiny spell bottles.
  13. Put an altar in a spare drawer.
  14. Playing cards can be used in place of tarot cards and are very common.
  15. There are a lot of virtual apps geared towards witches that are easily hidden.
  16. You can put sigils, tiny crystals, among other things in lockets to hide them but be able to wear them.
  17. Farmer’s almanacs are just as good as the witch geared ones if you add some information to them, and they are more mundane.
  18. Acorn caps make good biodegradable offering cups.
  19. Get into crafts! You can make some really cool witch stuff that can also just be taken as “artsy”.
  20. Taking a few pinches from your parent’s kitchen cabinets is never a bad idea . Unless caught.
  21. Store things in big, boring looking books.
  22. Seashells and rocks with natural holes make great windchime elements.
  23. You can say your bos/grimoire is a dream journal, which are fairly common and not suspicious.
  24. Draw sigils on with lotion or washable marker.
  25. A tea bag in your clothing drawer can help imbue clothing with the attributes of the tea you use.
  26. Draw sigils on the bottom of your shoes.
  27. Make a virtual altar instead of a physical one.
  28. Always remember to clear that browsing history!
  29. Draw small sigils on your nails then cover them with nailpolish.
  30. Pretty much everything at a craft store can be used for witchcraft. Except maybe the older people who shop there.
  31. You can buy really really small jars online and make them traveling spell jars.
  32. You can enchant jewelry to keep spells close to you.
  33. You can make friendship bracelets/lanyards with colors corresponding to your intent.
  34. Enchanting something you wear daily like glasses or shoes with a ward is something that could be done if one doesn’t wear jewelry.
  35. If you’re into sewing/cross-stitching: incorporate secret sigils into the design.
  36. You can grow plant ingredients under the guise of eating healthier.
  37. Buy soap/shampoo etc with scents to match different intents.
  38. Pencil cases are inconspicuous!
  39. You can use birthday candles instead of actual candles.
  40. Obtaining scented candles a covert way of having colored candles… and if you want scentless you can just say you like the aesthetic but not the smell.
  41. Bath salts can have magical intent and be just as effective as a for bath.
  42. Doodling is a great way to cover up sigils in a notebook.
  43. Grow plants. Collect rainwater. Say rainwater is for plants. Cackle to self.
  44. Make a private discord server for taking to deities.
  45. Threads that hang off of clothing or coats are good for thread magic so long as you don’t have to do a ton with them.
  46. Cleaning and cleansing go hand in hand.
  47. Virtual or sketched altar.
  48. Usually the isle that carries Ethnic food carries SUPER cheap herbs.
  49. All astrology is just you getting really into horoscopes.
  50. If you want a more accurate birth chart, ask your parents for your time of birth. Say it’s out of curiosity.
  51. Weird witch stuff lying around? You like the aesthetic from Charmed.
  52. Sigils don’t have to be considered witchcraft. Say they’re like a good luck charm.
  53. Make your own jewelry, beads, gems,threads, color correlation, etc.
  54. Pinterest boards are great for various things. Dedicating things to deities, saving spells, etc.
  55. Stuffed animals as representations of deities.
  56. Thread magic = sewing and crocheting.
  57. Side blogs on Tumblr are similar to pinterest boards!
  58. Sigils on the bottom of hair spray cans for glamours.
  59. Nail Polish = color correlation.
  60. Quote: “My room smells weird so that’s why I’m burning like 100 candles and some incense”. Works every time.
  61. You can make your own tarot cards with inconspicuous symbols and photos on them, say they’re drawings.
  62. Fairy lights in your room because they “look cool”.
  63. Put your bos in something that looks like a school notebook.
  64. Leave offerings outside if safe. Bury them! But don’t bury things that are bad for the enviroment!!!
  65. If you want to use a ouija board, there are quite a few virtual ones.
  66. Any herbs you can get be purely for tea and nothing else.
  67. If someone catches you meditating, tell them it’s for relaxation.
  68. Draw sigils on the top of your ceiling fan. The fan will charge them while on! - Not recommended you do with a permanent marker!
  69. Draw a sigil on the charger base of your electronic devices.
  70. Charge your makeup/hair products/perfume/cologne up with whatever you’d like.
  71. Lemon water makes a great cleansing spray and is usually not suspicious.
  72. Sigils inside your phone case!
  73. Enchant your jewelry or watches.
  74. Draw a sigil with a white crayon on paper.
  75. Put a pouch of herbs in your clothing drawers, if someone finds them, say it’s to decrease bad smells.
  76. Incorporate magic into art.
  77. Write poetry to your deities.
  78. Study herb pouch and gemstones in your backpack.
  79. Oils and herb pillow for your glasses case to encourage clear vision.
  80. Make your own paper and use flowers/seeds/etc to create a design.
  81. Sticky notes for sigils inside a school locker.
  82. Correlate your clothing to your intent that day.
  83. Sigils on a hair ribbon or enchanted ribbon.
  84. Put your intent into your food and drinks.
  85. Learn to make your own tea.
  86. Keep a penny in your pocket for luck.
  87. Google drive vs physical bos if you’re worried about your parents seeing it
  88. Slowly start buying candles and bam you wont be questioned because they are just candles!
  89. Craft store stars painted with black-light paint placed on your ceiling in constellation arrangements.
  90. Drink fruit infused water/tea.
  91. Carry salt in old film bottles or similar cases to help cleanse your purse or bag.
  92. Salt packets are free at fast food places.
  93. Enchant your bank account/wallet/piggy bank/etc so that it charges your money!
  94. Use travel size medicine bottles to hold random mini witch things: twig,  pebbles, sand, salt, etc. 
  95. Draw elemental items to encourage their energies around you.
  96. Leave sticky notes with magical symbols on your desk or in your locker to generate positive energy for the next school day overnight.
  97.  Terrariums and shadowboxes have always been popular, make it your altar or invitation to the fae.
  98. Fairy gardens have been a thing for a long, long time. They’re not suspicious and very good for attracting the fae!
  99. Enchant counter bowls of fruit or breads so that the food decays slower.
  100. Remember that no matter what, whether you can openly practice or not, that you are just as valid of a witch!  
AP Gothic
  • You open the test booklet. The first page is formulas. The second page is formulas. They’re all formulas. You can’t find the questions. Everyone around you is diligently working. You flip through the booklet but all of it is formulas. They consume you.
  • “Close your booklet and stop working.” Pencils sound as they hit the desk. Time is called. Time doesn’t answer. Where is it? It is lost. You are all lost.
  • You are told to seal the multiple choice question booklet. The white labels don’t fit properly in the designated sections. None of this fits. You may never discuss these questions. They no longer exist. They never existed. Ryan tried to fight back. They drag him away. Ryan never existed either.
  • The test references AP students in it. Haha. The test is very funny. Laugh. College Board wants you to laugh. College Board just wants to be friends. College Board is very friendly. College Board beckons you closer. Closer. They are very funny. L A U G H
  • You may only use black or blue ink. Your pen breaks. The ink spills everywhere. Milky black liquid falls over everything you knew and loved. The College Board confiscates it. “How can we accurately assess your skills without gathering all your materials?” They smile. You never noticed they had so many teeth before. 
  • The proctor reads the instructions and you begin writing. The proctors circle you. They lean over your test and make disapproving noises. They are hunting. They pick out the weak. You will be next. 

only ACCURATE stagings of shakespeare from now on. no more “modern settings” or “movies” or “set pieces” or “women.” we do it as the Bard intended: 

  • empty stage
  • all costumes fished out of a dumpster
  • live (angry) bears 20 feet away
  • every single member of both the cast and audience just drunk as hell
  • groundlings in mortal peril every time explosives or effects are used
  • plague
The Best Online Astrology Resources

Originally posted by space-photos

Because the subject of astrology is so broad and there’s endless sources out there, I often get asked to list some of my personal favorite online sites to learn astrology. So, here’s 20 blogs that I used to learn and still frequent, that I think would be great for a beginner or advanced astrologer to use! 🌟

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50 Tips for Tarot Novices and Masters Alike!

  1. Always make sure your deck is shuffled and cleansed.
  2. There is no one way to shuffle, find what works for you.
  3. Cards that fall out when you’re shuffling may hold extra important meaning.
  4. Learning from books is good, but use your own intuition as well. 
  5. Thank your deck after a reading.
  6. Be sure to charge your cards and be nice to them.
  7. Using a cheat sheet or a book is not a bad thing.
  8. Biddytarot is great for learning basic card meanings.
  9. If you don’t have a tarot deck, you can use regular cards or make your own.
  10. Tarot and Oracle are NOT the same thing.
  11. There are a few tarot apps to help you learn (golden threat, galaxy, etc)
  12. Watch for multiple cards from one suit.
  13. Pay attention when a card follows you through multiple readings, it is usually trying to tell you something.
  14. Find the card that matches with your birth-date/you feel a significant connection to. Use it in personal readings to help strengthen them.
  15. Always be sure you’re using a deck that works for you!
  16. Pay attention to the symbolism and art of the cards.
  17. Interview spreads are great for getting to know a new or old deck.
  18. Divination is not specifically witchcraft and is not always tied to it.
  19. Don’t let anyone but you touch your cards unless doing a reading and you want them to touch them- messes with energy.
  20. If someone besides you does touch them, make sure to cleanse.
  21. Decks have different personalities, don’t be bummed if one doesn’t work out for you.
  22. Be prepared for a deck to get sarcastic and give out riddles.
  23. Keep a journal/notebook/google doc of different spreads. You can even organise them by type. 
  24. Daily draws are great, but don’t knock yourself if you can’t do them every day.
  25. Meditating before a reading can help gain clarity. 
  26. An easy way to cleanse your deck is to put them all in order then shuffle them again. 
  27. Flash cards are good to memorise meanings.
  28. Bonding with your deck can help readings be more accurate. An easy way to do this is sleep with them under your pillow.
  29. Cleansing/charging your deck can be as easy as leaving them in a windowsill, or as intricate as a ritual.
  30. You can have as many or as few decks as you want. 
  31. Making your own cards does NOT make you less of a diviner.
  32. Readings are not set in stone, take them with a grain of salt.
  33. Reversals are not always bad.
  34. Upright is not always good.
  35. The death card does not mean death. 
  36. Keep a journal to record your readings.
  37. Try to remember one keyword/idea for each card to help you learn.
  38. Make sure your deck fits in your hands comfortably.
  39. If you’re just starting out, use simpler spreads. 
  40. Past/present/future is great for beginners.
  41. Amethyst is a good stone to have around.
  42. But, letting your deck choose it’s favourite crystal is also important.
  43. Using a tarot cloth can help keep unwanted energy off of your deck, especially if divining in a public place. 
  44. Tarot bags are easy to make, just find a drawstring bag tutorial and edit the measurements to fit your deck. 
  45. Playing music while doing readings can help you focus. 
  46. It’s okay to redo a reading if you don’t feel it’s right, but keep the first one in mind. 
  47. If you practice witchcraft, you can use tarot in various spells. 
  48. You don’t have to read reversals!
  49. If tarot doesn’t work out for you but you still want to use divination, try other forms such as oracle, scrying, pendulums, cartomancy, and more. 
  50. Practice!!!

My highlights of DP2*:

(I’ll try to put them in chrono order. SPOILERS: Do not read if you haven’t seen the movie.)

  • The Logan windup clock, lol.
  • Probably my favorite highlight as a mega-fan of old movies was Wade killing a sex trafficker and dozens of other bad guys to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5″. I’m a HUGE fan of that movie and I was dancing in my seat to it. Such a twisted delight, lol.
  • Deadpool popping out of the coffin at the funeral to fxck shxt up.
  • Vanessa and Wade planning to have a kid. They’re so cute.
  • CELINE DION. When I heard her voice in the movie, I flipped out. And the song, “Ashes” is BEAUTIFUL.
  • Dopinder is too pure for this world. And now he wants to be a contract killer. He is too be protected at all costs.
  • Al is back everyone, and she’s still hilarious.
  • Wade’s stash of cocaine under the floorboards next to “the cure for blindness” (a joke from the first movie).
  • Wade’s Olympic Gymnast cocaine clap.
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead is back and as sultry sweet as ever.
  • SOOOOO many more references to other Marvel movies in this sequel.
  • Xavier’s mansion and some of the core X-Men seeing Wade and hiding immediately.
  • YUKIO. Omgoodness, Yukio is quite literally a ray of sunshine.
  • Also, NTW and her are a couple. The studio gave us the smol grumpy bean/(taller) but smol upbeat bean and they are so very perfect.
  • Shoutout to this movie for bringing the FIRST plus sized person with abilities to the big screen. AND he was a kid. That is going to be a HUGE deal for all children and teens who identify with him physically. It’s about freakin’ time.
  • Also Russell has the cutest tween face of all time. And he wants to be a gangster so bad throughout this whole movie.
  • Wade acknowledging that the inspiration behind the X-Men comics were civil rights issues.
  • How Wade changed when he realized that Russell was being abused.
  • The orphanage and the workers were clearly inspired by people who believe in gay conversion therapy.
  • Deadpool acknowledging that Josh/Cable isn’t the height he should be.
  • For the life of me I had no idea who the max security prisoner was so when it turned out to be THAT character I was like yessssss.
  • A clearly pansexual Wade Wilson who has the hots for Colossus.
  • Also THAT character was done justice, unlike his portrayal in his first movie.
  • The soundtrack is just so freakin’ good.
  • DOMINOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  • X-Force being totally cancelled just as fast as they formed the group, lol.
  • BRAD PITT.
  • The obvious similarity between Slipknot (Suicide Squad) and Shatterstar, whether intentional or not. #GoneTooSoon
  • DP being so affected by Peter but not being able to remember his name.
  • This movie threw an eerie amount of jabs towards AIW, and seeing how it was released right after, I wonder how its possible they were so impressively accurate.
  • Wade serenading Colossus “Say Anything” style.
  • Did I mention the movie’s soundtrack?
  • “Hi Wade!” “Hi Yukio!” I love how much they like seeing one another.
  • Domino showcasing her skills was actually my favorite part of the movie at this point. Sorry Dolly, but the woman is incredible. She kicked all of that ass while rocking her natural hair AND she also had hair under her arms. I loved that they treated it normally and didn’t bring any attention to it.
  • Once again, I’m a fan of older movies, especially those from the 80′s. So the One Eyed Willie/Goonies reference was stellar to me.
  • Wade showing off his swordplay when getting shot at by Cable. Idc that half of the bullets hit him. The shit was DOPE.
  • Domino telling Lady Luck to take the wheel was such a dope moment for me and I don’t really have the words to say why.
  • Dopindur’s superpower is courage. He’s such a precious rainbow cloud.
  • Baby legs. Shirt cocking it. That is all.
  • Basic Instinct reference with the legs being open lol.
  • Diplo playing at the PERFECT moment.
  • Cablepool team up. I’m here for the bromance.
  • Domino taking on the orphanage attendants to save the kids inside the burning building.
  • Colossus vs THAT character. Awesomeness. 
  • Wade + growth = I was here for it.
  • Colossus just accepting Wade cupping his butt.
  • Yukio and Wade are clearly going to be great friends. “Bye Wade!” “Bye Yukio!”
  • Vanessa! Thank goodness for the cream cheese spreader!
  • Deadpool killing the f-ed up version of Deadpool, despite that movie not being canon to his timelime. Loved it. Wish it was new footage of Hugh but for obvious reasons I get why it wasn’t.
  • Ryan really freakin’ hates Green Lantern on for that he’s my favorite person on the planet.

*this list will grow the more I remember this film’s best moments.

okay I need to get this off my chest so here is a list of the AMAZING things one day at a time did in season 2:

  • had a whole episode exploring depression and anxiety (accurately) and the repercussions of stopping meds and therapy when you think you’re all better
  • The Gayest gay stuff god it was gay
  • A non binary character!!! Who used they/them!! In a popular comedy!! And everyone respected their pronouns!! Even the people who at first were confused still respected them!!!
  • A worthy love interest for Penelope! Because it’s what she deserves.jpg
  • Elena’s Suit
  • Characters embracing themselves in the face of adversity! Loving themselves when others let them down!
  • Same excellent use of emotional and human conflicts as season one
  • Lydia
  • More discussion on serious and impactful issues like racism, immigration and citizenship
  • The Doctor and Tardis costumes… Idied
  • Elena Alvarez
  • Syd. Everything Syd.
  • Elena and Syd muddling through a first relationship and coming out the other side better (no pun intended)
  • Also someone writing knows their stuff about the internet gays because that was a freakin accurate portrayal of some gay nerd shit with several Supergirl references thrown in
  • “I’m Butch.”
  • Elena the Handy-Mam
  • Schneider. what a man i liked him more every ep
  • Schneider discussing his problems with drugs and alcohol as more than just a punchline!!
  • Alex
  • The best homecoming ask I have every had the privilege to witness
  • Dr Berkowitz getting a little emotional arc of his own! Embracing his feelings and acknowledging his love he’s so sweet and hopeless
  • Some resolution with Victor what an ass but at least he’s getting better
  • The CURTAINS
  • Penelope Alvarez light of my life what a woman
15 Psychological Facts about Love
  1. Good relationships don’t just happen. They take time, patience and two people getting through all the hard times together.
  2. Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.
  3. Life is very short, so forgive quickly, believe slowly, love truly, laugh loudly and never avoid anything that makes you smile.
  4. Your gut feelings are usually accurate & correct. If you truly feel there’s something, chances are there is.
  5. Psychology says, the person who tries to keep everyone happy often ends up feeling the loneliest.
  6. Scientists have found that babies sometimes cry at night to prevent their parents from making another baby.

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i’m a symmetra main and i think about how i would rework symmetra a lot because if you ask me, nothing short of an overhaul will fully address her problems.

so this is my dream rework scenario.

the goal was to make her a real support hero and more accurately reflect her lore, personality, and how a character like satya would go about things.

it is very convoluted, but it is not satya vaswani if it is not extremely convoluted

edit: i also took a nerf bat to all this in an imgur album with extensive notes b/c i actually cannot stop thinking about symmetra.

OKAY I GOT A CRAZY THEORY THAT SOMEONE PROBABLY ALREADY CAME UP WITH BUT HERE GOES

SO BASICALLY

I DON’T THINK LONG-HAIRED SHIRO IS THE REAL GOD DAMN SHIRO

LIKE OKAY THE WHOLE THING IS SHADY TO  BEGIN WITH.

so i was just finishing the last episode and i randomly thought of that pic of matt and shiro that kimiko glenn (the va of Pink Galra Lady) posted on her ig story. now stay with me here. 

  • shiro’s unnaturally long hair

so when “shiro” wakes up, we see he has long hair which wouldn’t make sense considering the timeline. we don’t know exactly how long this takes place after the last episode of season two but considering the diplomatic meeting that takes place in episode one was the first time they tried to unite after the battle, it couldn’t have been that long.i believe that they made him look ragged and beat up to make him believe he was gone for copious amounts of time. therefore further encouraging him to find his team faster.

  • the “second” shiro we see being tortured

unless shiro had some crazy ptsd flashback possibly triggered by being back in the hands of the galra (although entirely possible) seems a bit unlikely. i think this shiro we see being tortured is the actual shiro. i believe they may have used og shiro to make a potential weapon/infiltrator. they may have essentially hacked his being to transport all the things that make him shiro into this clone of him. even including his own will to fight against galra. i mean they gotta make him believable enough to fool the team. 

  •  operation kuron and stage three of it being underway once “shiro” escapes

i just think it’s TOO SHADY that they let him leave and then state that “stage three is underway.” they wanted him to escape. even if this is the real shiro we have no idea what they did to him. i believe they built him to have this reaction but once voltron had rescued him, they would activate whatever the fuck they did to him.

  • the black lion sensing his distress but shutting down on him once he got close enough

now this is the part that got me because i didn’t know how the hell the black lion could sense a fake shiro and believe it was him, but that just proves how believable this shiro can really be. don’t worry, the black lion saw right through him once he tried to pilot her. that’s why she wouldn’t budge for this shiro. not because keith has this bond with her but because no matter how accurate this shiro is, the galra can never truly recreate the bond the real shiro worked so hard to create. 

and last but not least 

  • why the fuck shiro was acting so normal after almost dying like five times

now this is what really convinced me this wasn’t the real shiro. we all saw how damaged and defeated he looked when keith was talking to him in his room. he was not ready to face the team after nearly dying literally five times. we all know shiro is the one to act like nothing is bothering him because he’s the fearless and mature leader of voltron but he was truly defeated. he was nearly caving in on himself when keith was talking to him. and for him to walk out of his room no less than what seemed like maybe 10 minutes; clean-shaven, hair all cut off, dressed in his normal attire and with a positively bright attitude after the scene beforehand? it just seemed so unbelievably impossible to me. i believe that once keith left the room, the galra somehow activated whatever they did to this shiro to create him into what we have now. i don’t know what they’re planning on using him for but i don’t trust him, and i don’t think y’all should either.


TL;DR the shiro we have now is a clone that the galra made as some secret weapon/infiltrator and i don’t trust him

The neurodivergent representation that we get in the media is horrible. Why? you may ask. Well, mostly because we’re the antagonists or we’re the victims. Either we get painted as villains or we get dehumanized into something less than human for pity points. It’s rare to see movies or films show us with accurate symptoms and a fully-developed character and not just ____-code characters or use us as a trope. 

We have:

  • The “funny” kid with ADHD. So popular, always forgetful- hey look a butterfly
  • The genius autistic man that knows what you did 2 years, 7 months and 3 days ago by how you blink. 
  • Or on the other side of that coin, the “child in an adult body”, helpless, unable to do things others can, a tragedy.
  • The schizophrenic that hears people that tell him to kill people. No negative symptoms, delusions all tie in with the reason he’s violent and nobody ever thinks to treat him for schizophrenia.
  • The Abusive Bipolar who is a burden to their entire family. Always angry or in bed and their children cry outside the door of the bedroom.
  • OCD character with a color-coded closet. Move anything and they will Stab you. Do not do it. No obsessions are ever mentioned. All you know is they are super organized and perfectionistic.
  • The Anxious dorkball that somehow just looks cute and never shows any other of the ugly symptoms like shortness of breath, sweating, panic attacks, not leaving the house for days because the anxiety is too bad, or excessive fear. 
  • The Depressed teenage girl that is magically cured by a cute boy. 

But do we have accurately portrayed neurodivergent people? No. We have stereotypes and we have poorly-written characters whose arc ends in death or suffering. That’s the problem with the representation we get in the media- we don’t really see people like us getting a happy ending or learning to be happy with their life. It’s always in spite of their disorder, even though they’re disordered. And that’s not okay. People like us should have happy stories too. Tell the funny sides of the disorder, the dark sides of the disorder, the good and the bad times. 

But don’t reduce us to a caricature. 

First Aid Basics

I just got certified in CPR and First Aid last month with the American Heart Association. I wanted to share this information with you, because a lot of what we see on TV is not at all accurate as to what you’re supposed to do to actually help someone. Here are some of the topics that were covered:

First Aid Basics

Here are the steps you should follow when addressing a situation where a person may be injured/unconscious: 

  • Check to make sure the scene is safe- you are no help to anybody if you also get hurt
  • If the person is responsive: “Are you okay?”
  • If they are unresponsive, hit their shoulders hard and yell: “Are you okay?” to see if you can rouse them
  • Phone 911 and put the phone on speaker (you can delegate this task to somebody else if you’re not alone)
  • Have somebody get a First Aid kit (don’t leave the person if you’re by yourself unless the 911 operator tells you to)
  • Is the person conscious? Unconscious?
  • Check them for any obvious signs of injury
  • Check them for medical jewelry

Remember

  • Time is of the essence! Be decisive and confident. 
  • Don’t be afraid to call for help and assign people tasks
  • You can only perform CPR on a flat service. If a person needs CPR and is on a bed or in a chair, move them to the floor immediately. Don’t worry about hurting their head or anything, if they don’t get CPR immediately, their life expectancy is significantly less. (See my CPR post for full details)
  • Do not move the person unless the area they’re in is unsafe. If you have to move the person, drag them by their clothes and pull them to safety.

Adult Choking

There are both mild and severe cases of adult choking. In a mild case, the person choking will be able to make a sound or cough loudly. Typically these cases resolve themselves. 

  • Ask: “Are you choking? Can I help you?”
  • If the person cannot make a sound or cough in response, they are suffering from severe choking.
  • Walk around back of the person and put your arms around them
  • Make a fist with your dominant hand
  • Place your fist slightly above the belly button and below the chest bone.
  • Grasp the fist with your other hand
  • Give quick upward thrusts
  • If the person is overweight or pregnant, put your arms around the person’s armpits.

If you are unsuccessful in removing the blockage, the person will quickly become unresponsive. You will need to perform adult CPR and call 911.

After chest compressions (see above link) check person’s mouth to see if the thing they choked on is visible. If it is visible, remove it. Never going digging around in someone’s mouth

Amputation

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Get a First Aid kit
  • Both these steps can be delegated to someone else if they’re around
  • Put gauze on the wound and apply pressure until the bleeding stops
  • Do not remove the gauze if it’s bled through- this will remove any blood clots that have formed. 
    • If the gauze is bled through, add more gauze on top and keep applying pressure until the bleeding stops
  • Clean the amputated part with water
  • Warp the amputated part with dressing 
  • Put the amputated part in a small plastic bag
  • Get a larger plastic bag and fill it with equal parts ice and water
  • Put the small plastic bag inside the large plastic bag
  • Label the bag with person’s name and time of the injury

Asthma (How to Operate an Inhaler)

People diagnosed with asthma will typically be aware of it and may have an inhaler on them. If someone has an asthma attack:

  • Ask them: “Are you okay? Do you need your inhaler?” 
  • The person will probably be able to give some sort of indication in response
  • If they need their inhaler: 
    • Locate the inhaler
    • Put the medicine (metallic capsule pictured below) in the inhaler if it is not already in there, it will click into place
  • Shake the inhaler to activate the medicine
  • Attach the mouth piece if it’s unattached (not all inhalers have one, it is not pictured below)
  • Remove the cap (cap is darker blue piece pictured below)
  • Have the person put their head back
  • Put the inhaler in the person’s mouth
  • Push down on the canister and have them breathe out slowly
  • They should begin to feel relief immediately, but you should still have them sit down and take it easy for a while
    • Call 911 if they are still having difficulty breathing after the inhaler has been administered

Bee Sting

Usually bee stings present only mild irritation and pain. If the person stung has a severe allergic reaction, you will need to call 911.

  • Get a first aid kit
  • Scrape away the bee stinger and venom sack using a credit card or something similar in nature
  • Wash the affected area with lots of soap and running water
  • Wrap a bag of ice in a towel and place it over the affected area for 20 minutes or until the pain is gone
  • Watch the person for up to 30 minutes for signs of an allergic reaction
    • Call 911 if they present any classic allergy symptoms

Bleeding from Nose

  • Have the person lean their head forward
  • Get a First Aid kit
    • Or have someone else get one
  • Have the bleeding person apply pressure to the bridge of their nose using gauze from the First Aid kit
  • Do not remove the gauze if it’s bled through- this will remove any blood clots that have formed. 
    • If the gauze is bled through, add more gauze on top until the bleeding stops
  • Call 911 if the bleeding lasts longer than 15 minutes

Heat Cramps/Dehydration

Can lead to heat exhaustion! These typically happen when someone is dehydrated and tries to do lots of physical activity.

  • Have the person sit down and cool off
  • Have them drink something with sugar and electrolytes
    • Water will work in a pinch but sugary drinks and gatorade are preferred

Heat Exhaustion

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Have the person lie down
  • Cool the person by pouring water on them or wetting them with wet cloths until they begin to act normally
  • Have them drink something with sugar and electrolytes
    • Water will work in a pinch but sugary drinks and gatorade are preferred
  • Wait with them until help arrives

Opioid Overdose

My instructor said that these will often happen in an unsafe or an isolated environment. Always check to make sure that the scene is safe- look out for needles. 

Naloxone is used to revive people who have overdosed on opioids. If you find someone who has overdosed on opioids you happen to have naloxone on you and know how to administer it, the American Heart Association recommends that you use it instead of waiting for help to arrive.

Responsive:

  • Yell for help
  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Wait with the person until help arrives

Unresponsive

  • Yell for help
  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Perform five cycles of adult CPR
  • Wait for help

Seizure

Seizures are abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Typical seizure symptoms: spasms, muscle rigidity, and unconsciousness. Seizures typically last between 60-90 seconds before the person gains consciousness. 

  • Do NOT touch the person who is having a seizure
  • Do NOT put anything in their mouth
  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • If there are people around, ask them to get a First Aid kit while you wait with the person having the seizure
    • Don’t leave the person having a seizure if you are alone
  • Move objects away from the person having the seizure so that they don’t knock into them
  • If possible, place a small towel/pad underneath the person’s head
  • If the person starts vomiting, turn them over on their side so that they don’t choke
    • If possible use gloves and an eye mask from a First Aid kit to avoid exposure to bodily fluids
  • After they come to, they may be bleeding from the mouth. 
    • Use gauze from a First Aid kit to stop the bleeding
    • Have them apply pressure with the gauze until the bleeding stops
  • Stay with the person until help arrives

Splints

Splints should be significantly longer than the injured area. They’re used to constrict movement, so the person is injured should not be able to move freely once the splint is applied. Splints are use to treat broken/dislocated bones. It’s very difficult to tell if a bone is actually broken or just dislocated, so don’t worry about it and just splint the thing.

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Get a First Aid kit
  • Both these steps can be delegated to someone else if they’re around
  • Put on gloves/eye glasses from the First Aid kit to avoid contamination from bodily fluids
  • Cover exposed wound area with gauze
  • Do not remove the gauze if it’s bled through- this will remove any blood clots that have formed. 
    • If the gauze is bled through, add more gauze on top until the bleeding stops.
  • Place a strip of rigid material underneath the injured area
  • Use gauze/dressing from the First Aid kit to secure the splint by wrapping material above and below the injured area
    • Never tie material directly over the injury
  • Have the person stay as still as possible until help arrives

Stroke

Strokes are caused from blockage/bleeding from things like blood clots. Typical signs of a stroke: face drooping (or numbness), arm weakness (or numbness), and speech difficulty. There is nothing much you can do except wait with the person and try to make them comfortable until help arrives.

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Note the time that the stroke symptoms began (this will help hospital technicians)
  • Stay with the person until help arrives

Tourniquets

Some First Aid kits will come with a pre-made tourniquet. If your kit does not have a tourniquet you can make one fairly easily. Tourniquets should only be used for injuries where the person is squirting blood. No squirting blood? Use a splint.

  • Call 911 and put the phone on speaker
  • Get a First Aid kit
  • Both these steps can be delegated to someone else if they’re around
  • Put on gloves/eye glasses from the First Aid kit to avoid contamination from bodily fluids
  • Fold cloth or a bandage so that it’s long and an inch wide
  • Wrap the the bandage/cloth two inches above the wound
    • Never apply a tourniquet bandage/cloth on a joint (like elbows or knees). 
  • Find a small stick
  • Place the small stick atop the cloth/bandage and tie it there
  • You can now turn the small stick to tighten the cloth/bandage
  • Have the injured person lay down and try to move as little as possible
  • Do not remove the tourniquet- even if the bleeding stops.
  • Wait until help arrives.
Alternian Translations #4

Let’s look at some more of Dammek’s wall:

Gee, Dammek, tell us how you really feel.

Yup. Pretty much the right reaction to seeing drones in the sky.

This image hanging up on that same wall in Dammek’s hive, but the copy I used for translation is a higher-res image that had been released in one of the promos. A few translation notes on this one:

  • This poster has several more spelling errors. The text at the top should read: “For all this pomp and circumstance this seems like a more accurate depiction!” The text on the arrow pointing at the corpses should read: “She’s in this with someone else / the white man??”
  • I’m pretty sure about the number 5,190 - that’s what it looks like, and the characters don’t really match any letters, but we don’t have a lot of samples of numbers in Alternian. The clock on top of the portal in Dammek’s hive appears to read “11:11:…” though, so I think it’s safe to assume they use our numbers.
  • Alternian appears to use double-tick marks for quotes like English, except that the opening quotes appear in subscript instead of in superscript.
  • The line scrawled across the top is interesting. It seems to imply that Trizza’s public persona makes her seem less violent than she really is (or at least less than Dammek believes her to be).
  • Others have speculated that “the white man” is a reference to Doc Scratch, which seems pretty plausible to me.
Why should costume designers be appreciated
  • They have to decide between comfortable for the actor and accurate for the role
  • They work so hard
  • It seems to be so easy but it takes a proper skill and talent
  • “We should have ordered that dress a size smaller/bigger
  • COSTUME CHANGES are stressful for everyone 
  • They have to design so many clothes it’s horrible
  • All the different fabrics and patterns OMG
  • Sometimes their costumes have hidden meanings that fits within the play and it is awesome
  • They almost never get a credit for what they are doing
  • “We had 25 black hats on the opening night, but now we only have 12 WHY”
  • They spend so much time on every single costume I mean are they even alive
  • It is the worst feeling when you design and make a costume and it does not quite fit
  • The SIZES are hell
  • THEY ARE GREAT AND MUST BE LOVED, thank you
The Chat Drawings

I have some hcs revolving around a one-shot I’m considering on writing to start off my writing in the ML fandom (before I move on to my huge amount of multi-chapter fic ideas.) In any case, this isn’t really how I assume the fans of Paris are like, but it’s an interesting idea to me.

  • Marinette doesn’t like how most fan art of Chat Noir is either just plain silly or literally making him out to look like some handsome, mysterious god of the night. There’s either shit comics featuring badly drawn pictures of him or detailed portraits of him looking all suave, no in-between.
  • It starts to really bother her the more she thinks about it, so she decides to contribute a different sort of illustration. She makes a sweet drawing of him just smiling really widely, wearing a flower crown and bathed in sunlight. He’s a dorky, lovable goof, and she feels like he should be portrayed as such. (AKA he’s not a flirt master nor is he just a meme.)
  • Obviously, Alya finds out, gushes about how great it looks, and begs to post it on the Ladyblog. Marinette reluctantly agrees, after hours of trying (and failing) to convince Alya that her work isn’t good enough.
  • Of course, Adrien, the boy who stalks that blog like a hawk, sees it immediately and he’s positively glowing in happiness. Then he sees the name of the artist, and he’s practically bouncing off the walls.
  • Most of the time, people who make detailed drawings of him either make everyday action scenes as seen from civilian eyes or draw him as this mysterious hero under the moonlight. He doesn’t know why— maybe it’s the black suit? The cat eyes? 
  • Who knows, but what he does know is that Marinette has a totally different view of him. Instead of cold white lighting, he’s in warm orange sunlight. Instead of smirking, he’s full-blown grinning. She even drew the setting sun behind his head, a little to the side, almost like a halo. It’s strangely personal, but very warming and flattering.
  • He’s a little surprised that she noticed that only one of his cheeks has a dimple, and he’s very surprised by the incredibly accurate depiction of his suit, honeycomb patterns and all.
  • Wait does Marinette maybe have a crush on Chat Noir?
  • (No, Adrien, you dumbass.)
  • (Okay maybe she does a little.)
  • Adrien confronts Marinette at school the next day and compliments her work, and asks her if she’s a fan of Chat Noir. Her answer is very honest, surprisingly, and she doesn’t even stutter this time. She’s more lost in thought.
  • “I think people don’t really wanna see how Chat really is, and it’s a little upsetting. I mean, I’ve only met him a handful of times, but he’s this goofy, dramatic, nice guy, and it’s a shame that everyone keeps trying to cover it up by either viewing him as this walking, talking shitpost or as some smooth Casanova, you know? So I’ve been… drawing some of my own interpretations. I, uh, I guess you could say I’m a fan. But I’m not a fan of how most people in his fanbase views him.”
  • Probably one of the first thoughts that comes to Adrien’s mind after hearing that is “I would die for Marinette, holy shit.”
  • The next thought is “wait did she just admit to having drawn more than just that one drawing?”
  • Adrien asks if he can see more and Alya being the best wingwoman in the world immediately takes over by yelling “LOOK AT THIS SHIT, CAN YOU BELIEVE SHE DOESN’T THINK IT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO BE POSTED ONLINE?!” The moment Adrien sees it he’s also yelling “HOLY CRAP MARINETTE THIS IS AMAZING?!
  • One of the pictures is of Chat Noir sitting down at a cafe table in broad daylight chatting with a group of three little old women over cups of tea. 
  • Another picture is of Chat Noir sitting at a public bench, a denim jacket over his suit, sunglasses over his mask, slid down the bridge of his nose so he’s looking over the lenses, puckered lips smiling around the straw of his red and black smoothie. 
  • Another picture, and this one’s his favourite, is Chat Noir dressed as the Dread Pirate Roberts, wielding a saber, battling a made-up akuma that looks an awful lot like Inigo Montoya. There’s speech bubbles, “Who are you?” “No one of consequence.” “I must know!” “Get used to disappointment.” It’s clever, definitely something he would say.
  • Now Adrien, Nino, and Alya combined are trying to convince Marinette that she needs to put her work online. Alya even mentions that since she’s posted the first one, Marinette got several thousand notes and comments on it. 
  • Marinette wants to fight it, but now that she has three determined heathens on her back, she really can’t do anything. Alya sets up an account for her and posts more of her work, and she very quickly gains a fanbase. In fact, her follower count explodes the moment the art is posted, and keeps climbing overnight. 
  • She’s now known as the Chat Noir illustrator. It’s strange, she knows that her work isn’t overly amazing or anything, but it’s ridiculously popular, moreso than most Chat Noir artists. She supposes it’s because of her unique take on him. Everyone seems to adore it, and it’s like she somehow started a movement or something.
  • She’s not really surprised when Chat Noir decides to make a little visit. She is surprised when he visited her in her school library during her studying time, but the actual act of him visiting isn’t too surprising. That doesn’t stop her from telling him to get lost, because they’re in public.
  • He doesn’t get lost, if you couldn’t tell. Instead he takes a selfie with her, posts it on his social media, and has a 3 hour long conversation with her about everything and nothing. She gets no studying done. By the end, he concludes that either Marinette has absolutely no interest in him at all or she’s just really good at handling a crush, which is more than he can say for himself.
  • (Yeah, he had the ulterior motive to see if she had a crush on him. So what? He’s a little shit, and if that grin is anything to go by, he knows it.)
  • Six new drawings are posted that night, and he comes to realise that Visiting Marinette = Art Inspiration. 
  • Marinette is deeply regretting the hole she dug herself into. Deeply, deeply regretting it. 
  • Chat starts bugging her about recreating those drawing she made in real life and quite frankly she’d rather die, but saying that isn’t going to stop him. So he buys a denim jacket, a huge pair of shades, and a dark red raspberry smoothie filled with boba. Marinette didn’t expect to be ridiculously pleased with the image. It suits him.
  • Now not only has she become the Chat Noir Illustrator, but she’s become the Chat Noir Photographer, the two of them going out and recreating all of her drawings. She regrets this idea a little less, she thinks, after she takes a picture of him having tea with a group of little old ladies.
  • She’s finally on board with everything when they convince the fencing instructor to dress up as Inigo Montoya. It was the best photo they had taken. She been sucked in, it’s too late for her, she’s emotionally invested in this now.
  • Adrien, Nino, and Alya don’t help they’re encouraging it. Adrien especially, weirdly enough, he seems particularly enthused. None of them attempt to talk her out of all this and she’s not sure whether to be happy or disappointed.
  • Shit hits the fan when everyone starts assuming that Marinette’s now Chat’s Best Friend. She may have gone too far, she thinks, dangling in the grip of an akuma, formed to look like an oversized lemur. Maybe she should… not do this anymore.

I got a little tired with this but I still love it, so I’m just gonna post it. Tell me your own HCs, additions, thoughts, etc! 

The Sides as things me and my friends have said

Virgil-

  • “Punk’s not dead, punk’s running on four hours of sleep and a crap ton of Dr. Pepper to finish this essay.” 
  • “I try to avoid saying ‘damn straight’ now because the only straight thing about me is my plummet straight into depression.” 
  • “I only aim for the bare minimum so I’m either satisfied with my work or I surprise myself with how much I’ve done.”
  • “I like being a pessimist because I’m either right or pleasantly surprised.”
  • “No thanks, I’d rather suppresso my depresso than face it.”
  • “I’M A REAL EMO, OKAY?”
  • “How many (x) band songs do you know?” “,,, oh, that’s a lot… Marry me.”

Patton-

  • “Why be sad when you can be… Not-sad?” “I have depression, dumbass!” “Oh, right.” 
  • “Wake me up when I don’t have to be fake happy anymore.”

  • “I’m strong and independent and I don’t need anybody- but there’s a roach in my room and I can’t find it and I’m hiding in the bathroom please help”

  • “The average person eats eight spiders before they die.~” “THEY WHAT??” “He’s lying-” “Well, I guess the only solution is to be immortal. *nonchalant shrug*”

  • “What are you getting up to today?” “Oh, just having another depression session in my isolation station.” 

  • “I REALLY LIKE YOU.” “I REALLY LIKE YOU TOO.”

Roman-

  • “Guys, I made a poem, listen. *YELLS LOUDLY IN PAIN*”
  • “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, why is writing so damn hard? Up above the world so high, this character’s gonna die! Twinkle, twinkle, fucking shit! This is bullshit, I’m done, I quit!” 

  • “I’m writing, I don’t have time to eat. Wh- hey, no, get back here and give me that food!” 

  • “Yeahhhhhh, this isn’t getting done today… Time to pull an allnighter!”

  • “Do you like it? I stayed up all night to make it. :)))”

  • “I haven’t slept in two days because of this project. I can see colors- I- I mean I can hear colors! Of course I can see colors, I’VE BEEN SEEING COLORS NONSTOP FOR TWO DAYS STRAIGHT. Well, two days gay. I’m not straight, not even for two days.”

  • “Hey, look! You like Disney, I like Disney… Guess we should make out.” 

  • “LESBIAN ELSA 2K17″

  • “You never realize how much black [Virgil] wears until you try to draw and color him in, then run out of black.”

  • “I don’t need sleep, I need my followers on Tumblr to love my content

Logan-

  • “Well, it says here in my totally accurate scientific calculations that you’re being a little bitch.”
  • “Well, logically… I am better than all of you. Logically.”

  • “Feelings? Who’s that? Never heard of ‘em.”

  • “I COMBAT YOUR ANGST WITH COLD HARD FACTS!”

  • “I need eight to nine hours of sleep to maintain maximum health… And it’s already 3:00 AM. Never mind.”

  • “Are you sleeping?” “NOT ANYMORE-”



ragaire-nights  asked:

how do you get so creative with your outfits? ive always struggled the most with dressing my different characters

thank you so much! ;0; that’s very reassuring to hear because i do still struggle with it! this is gonna be a long post, sorry!

i try to consciously consume as much fantasy art with characters whose costume design make sense. i redraw, reference, and experiment;

  1. research/moodboards
    i like to browse character design art and collect references of characters with the outfit/armour or vibe i want; my brain likes to look at this stuff painted/drawn, i’m hyping myself up for drawing while looking up others’ art.
    i also look up photos of elements that are actually made, both historically-accurate pieces from museums, and stuff made up for cosplay - they give me the idea of how it actually behaves on a body, and how functional it is. i personally dislike shit like floating pauldrons, chestpieces that makes no sense, and general idea of all aesthetic and no function. (but you do you)
    i screencap/save all the pieces onto one reference/moodboard so that i can glance quickly at them while drawing instead of franctically clicking through tabs to find X.
  2. study
    i like to grab a photo of a piece and make a study. usually by first tracing to get the shape memorised, and then making a drawing it while just using the photo as a reference - i find that redrawing these pieces helps me notice how they work, what goes where, why am i drawing this strap??– oh it goes here and does that, makes sense, didn’t notice that before;
    once you know how a thing is constructed, what it needs, what it can’t have - you are able to construct it yourself.
    this step is especially helpful for things i haven’t drawn before, i’m not doing this every time. it helps you understand the material.
  3. design
    looking at the moodboard i have i draw outfits onto the character; some i redraw accurately, mostly i focus on one element of it i like and try to translate it to my style and overall design. i find myself that drawing the pieces themselves is easy enough, but what gives me trouble is to try to keep in mind what mood/feature i’m going for when i move onto actually trying to come up with stuff.

examples!

this is what i did with the outfit designs for retka. i wanted to keep the outfit#1 reminiscent of a ship captain, #2 and #3 of a bounty hunter - comfortable to walk around with, simple; #4 is casual and lightweight; #5 is more orcish and ornate, i don’t imagine it’s easy to quickly put on when going out in a rush to fight, and it’s so different from everything else because retka herself is distant from her orcish heritage. the element i wanted consistent is high boots and a coat - they’re not the same garment, but the same kind, even her orcish straps around her thighs imitate the coattails: (more+zoom here)

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once i have a design ready i like to break it down to see how it works and if it actually makes sense:

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i like experiment with colours (i now see in this piece i didn’t go wild enough) to find the palette i like! (more+zoom here)

and that’s the short version ahah i recommend following concept and character artists, character design enthusiast; pinterest and artstation is full of photos and art, and they’re my go-to; good luck to both u and me my dude because outfit design is fun but TOUGH

the tragedy of the clones

when considering shiro’s clone - referred to here as kuron for simplicity - it’s hard not to see the tragedy. he believes he is shiro, just with something wrong, not a being engineered specifically to infiltrate and eventually kill his family. but here, have some extra heartbreak. because here’s what we know:

  1. there were dozens, if not hundreds, of clones. not just in the facility seen in the black paladins, but in the ship from which kuron escapes in the journey.
  2. we know that “phase one” and “phase two” of operation kuron are handled by galra scientists in controlled conditions. it’s unclear exactly what those phases represent, but it likely has to do with conditioning, attaching tech, etc.
  3. we know that “phase three” is the clone escaping - or more accurately being released - into the wild.
  4. kuron comes incredibly close to dying in the journey multiple times. between his crash, the monsters of the planet, and his ill timed adventure in a galra fighter… well, it took a literal miracle to spare him suffocating to death in open space.
  5. haggar is a bitch who plans for all contingencies. she wouldn’t risk her plan by only sending out one clone who could easily fail to make it to the team.

so…

how many clones died trying to get back to team voltron, never aware that they’d been built to kill the same people they desperately wanted to see again, unmourned and unremembered on distant planets throughout the universe?