this is relevant to my writing interests

Hello! A few followers of mine requested a post on my note taking system so here it is.

My notes
The above picture is of my Arc Notebook and is a collection of classwork and textbook information! When I’m writing notes I have to always write the date. I always mark down the dates on any worksheets I receive and sometimes add the topic of the class into the calendar on my computer. During classes, I try to pay as much attention as I can. Especially to the information which the teacher emphasises! Class notes are usually really scruffy or I type them and then I will later rewrite/condense and add after class. I find this pretty helpful, however if I miss a day I usually fall behind and end up with a lot more work to do! For rewriting the notes, I look at the syllabus and make sure I write something for each topic. I use colour coding to help too. I refer to the notes from class and other textbooks or the Internet! Having a selection of resources is really useful for understanding your topics. I am also trying to create even simplified topic notes to print later. 

My work layout
For starters, with a new topic I start on new paper. So I can easily find the one topic without having to make it by a title page or something, like in a regular exercise book! Titles are the sections of the syllabus which my notes relate to. Titles and always in black, underlined and capitalised. My notes are mainly in black and always in dot point form. I prefer having small sections of sentences compared to large chunks of writing. As you can see at points my writing goes in. I measure each time at either 1cm, 2cm or 3cm depending on the indent. Usually these notes are important for the line above, for instance an example or a definition. Also, you can see some sentences with arrows (either green or pink) underneath the sentences, these are just additional information which is relevant for either understanding or just interesting! I also leave one line between each section for easier reference.

My colour coding system
I’ve had a lot of messages about this so I thought I should include it! I use the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners for all these notes. I use black as the normal note taking. Red is for the topic of sentence, because I use dot point form the red makes the work stand out so I can quickly refer to that sentence! I don’t use red in every sentence, usually only if I’ve begun talking about something else. I use light blue for terms that I need to remember or are important. I find this useful in all my subjects! Dark blue is for names of people/places/businesses/etc and abbreviations. Orange is for examples and are usually indented by 1cm. I use green for relevant information to help understanding or to clarify and as previously mentioned, I use an arrow and indent at 1cm. I use pink for generally interesting information which isn’t needed but good for showing knowledge. I find colour coding useful, but it makes note taking quite a timely process but it does look pretty!

Overall, my note taking isn’t very complicated and pretty easy to recreate! I hope some of you find this post at least a little helpful. Check out emmastudies.tumblr.com/tagged/me for more. Feel free to message me if theres anything else! :-)

Steven Universe #9 - Behind the Script

Wow! I’m super flattered by all the positive responses to the latest Steven Universe comic issue!  Since this one is a somewhat deeper and more personal one (and one of my favorites) I thought it might be fun to talk a bit about what went into it.

I’ll put most of this under a cut since it’ll be a bit long.

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Advice and a Pep-Talk from one Autistic Writer to Another

I’ve seen enough “how to write autistic characters” directed at allistics but I’m not sure I’ve really seen any posts directed at autistics written by other autistics that’s just general writing advice. So here’s some tips and tricks and a pep talk.

1.   Write as many autistic characters as you want. It’s totally ok for every single one of your characters to be autistic. If other people can write stories without any autistic characters, you can write ones without any allistic characters. (After all, how can you write an autistic allistic character if you’re not autistic allistic. /s)


2.   Let your characters stim! It’s a great way to include body language in a way that feels natural for us.

On the topic of stimming, try and vary the stims your characters use. This is something I generally take care of in editing. Everyone would run their hands through their hair, but when they did that, it just became a filler description, so I cut the action from most of the characters and left it for a few. At that point, the stim became theirs. (I also then got to have lines like “Den ran his hand through his hair to calm his thoughts, a motion more like his brother than him.” which is like Look, characterization!)


3.  Body language and facial expressions are hard. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve described the body language or facial expression without actually saying what the character was feeling while writing, and then in editing have no idea what they were feeling.

It’s totally OK to write something like “their eyebrows jumped up in surprise as their jaw dropped towards the floor.” It’s descriptive enough to follow the “show, don’t tell” rule, but still names the emotion the character is feeling. It also lets you use non-standard body language (aka autistic body language and stimming) in a way that allistic readers can pick up on.

Reference sheets are a great way to have some standard allistic ways of expressing emotions via body language. This is a great way to make sure that if a character is expressing an emotion but it’s not something you can state in the story (or that your character is unaware of), that it’ll still be something your audience can pick up on.


4.   It can take a while to really get a feel for your characters. I tend to only really have their characterization solid enough to keep them consistent after I’ve written the initial rough draft. This is one of the reasons my first step after completing my initial draft is to rewrite everything. It’s just the easiest way I’ve found to make sure all the characters are in character - because if I tried to go through every single line and figure out what wasn’t in character, I’d be lost.

If you’re confused about why a character is doing something because you forgot what you were thinking and are having trouble figuring it out from context, it’s ok to take that bit out and rewrite it. Sometimes it might be because a character is acting out of character, and in that case it’s a good thing you’re fixing it.


5.      The details you include in your writing because you’re so detail oriented really makes the story come alive. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten told it feels like my world exists beyond the story and that my characters have lives beyond what’s mentioned on the page because I think about every little detail and make mentions of them.

Our attention to detail also tends to let us do unintentional symbolism and foreshadowing really well. We try and make every little thing relevant and tied into everything else, which is something that comes naturally to us and I’ve seen so many writers struggle with.


6.     Infodump in the rough draft as much as you want. If it keeps you writing, go for it.

You can remove (or better integrate) infodumps (because they tend to not be all that interesting to readers since they stop the story in their tracks) and any inconsistent details when you edit.

If you want to avoid just infodumping in the story itself, write down EVERYTHING about your characters, your world, your plot, everything you want to explain and anything that is relevant to know for the story in a separate document(s). For me, it gets the urge to explain EVERYTHING out of my system and helps me include only what’s needed when I’m writing. (Plus it makes a GREAT reference material for when you’re writing.)


7.      If you don’t explain something well enough, that can also be fixed in editing. This is where beta readers are useful since they can let you know where they’re confused and where more information is useful. This is also where taking a break between writing and editing can help, since if you’re confused it’s likely a spot where you need to include more information


(Again, this is advice for autistic writers from an autistic writer. Allistics and Writing blogs are encouraged to reblog this since this is writing advice, but unless you are autistic, please do not comment.)

anonymous asked:

you said your job consists entirely of 20 min or less tasks. i have adhd and would really love such a job. what is your job and what skills and qualifications would i need to get a similar one?

I take technical notes on software engineers and turn them into feedback emails for the engineers and summaries of their abilities for companies interested in hiring them. This requires writing ability, writing speed, and enough knowledge of programming to not sound ridiculous while talking about it, which is a pretty learnable amount of programming (I think learning the relevant level of writing is much harder than learning the relevant amount of engineering background). I did this remotely for like six months and kept getting more hours; I have a degree but it wasn’t relevant and I’m not totally sure if my employers know about it. 

In general I think there are lots of niche jobs that happen to be a really good fit for one’s skills and weaknesses, but that finding them is hard because you can’t search for jobs by ‘work is all in twenty-minute increments’, let alone for ‘environment good for people with social anxiety’ or ‘supervisor chill about unannounced thirty-forty minute breaks to go for a walk’. This really sucks, because there are lots of people who are miserable or functionally unemployable not because a job that they’d like and do well at doesn’t exist but because they have no way to find it.

I find it kind of surreal that we have this education system that manages to give you basically zero exposure to the majority of jobs people actually end up doing. We could have a class where every day one adult came in and said ‘this is my job, here’s what it’s like minute-to-minute, here’s what a good workplace for it is like, here’s what a bad workplace for it is like, here’s what I learned in order to do it and what I learned by doing it’ - for full-time jobs and part-time jobs, with disabled adults, with adults who went to college and adults who didn’t, with adults who’ve changed careers five times, just so kids have any information at all.

So it appears we’re in one of those booklr renaissance modes. Don’t get me wrong, I do love when these kinds of discussions happen because that’s how I found a lot of my tumblr friends, but it all seems so very cyclical and I’m frustrated by it.

And I feel this way largely because I have found my crew. When people say they feel like booklr is dead, I shake my head because I struggle to keep up with my friends and their content. If they are so alive, how can booklr be dead?

True, some of this despondent sentiment comes from bloggers who have been here for years who very legitimately feel sad that many of their old friends have left (I feel that too), but there are new people who are filling those gaps. New bloggers who are creating content and chatting left and right. Go find them. Befriend them.

So today’s lesson is:

Find your crew.

Everyone is looking for something different from this website, so finding friends will look different for everyone, but here are my tips:

  • Seek out the smaller blogs. Following big blogs won’t make you friends. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it’s simple math. When you have that many followers it’s hard to keep up with everyone. There are many great and wonderful people who run large blogs and by all means follow them, but if you want friends, your best bet is the smaller blogs.
  • Look for blogs that start the interactions. Look for blogs that send asks. Look for blogs that play tag games. Look for blogs that participate in challenges (especially the 100 Days of Booklr challenge). These are bloggers who are doing things and befriending people–and they’ll likely want to befriend you too.
  • Keep track of people. If you’re bad with names (like me), write shit down. Everyone feels good when they’re called by name or tagged in something relevant to their interests. At one point, I kept a spreadsheet with my mutuals and their names and what books they liked, etc. because I knew I had a bad memory for that. You don’t have to be that nerdy about it, but making the effort can go a long way in building friendships.
  • Search the booklr tag. I look through the recent booklr posts at least once a day. If I see someone posting a question or asking for recommendations, I do my best to respond. Sometimes I’ll just boost a post because I know I have followers who will jump in. I find a lot of new posts, blogs, and friends this way–and you can too!
  • (Tangential related) Find fresh content. Maybe booklr feels dead because it feels stale, like people are all reblogging the same posts for the hundred-thousandth time (literally). To fix that, don’t just rely on your dash because that’s going to be a feedback loop. Look for new posts on the booklr or other tags. A) it’s new stuff that no one has seen before and B) it’s supporting smaller blogs who may not get seen otherwise! Win-win! Doing this won’t necessarily build you a crew (it can help though), but I think it’s crucial to making booklr feel alive again so that’s why I include it here.

A couple last things to remember: not everyone you try to befriend is going to click with you and that’s ok. But I do think that we all can find friends on here and friends are what makes booklr a community. Just sometimes you have to be very deliberate about building that community for yourself. And also, there’s nothing wrong with being anxious about talking to people and wanting to just be a lurker. You can still make a difference. Stick to the last two tips and let smaller blogs feel loved with your likes and reblogs. Good luck!

Seen quite a few posts about how Link getting dicked by Sidon would kill him but you’re forgetting health is incredibly easy to regain in their world.

Someone write a fic where Sidon dips his fingers in a health elixir and Link licks and suckles it off him to heal the damage he’s inflicting. I could see it being not just a sexual thing but romantic as well, Sidon doesn’t ever want to hurt Link so he always has elixirs on hand when he knows he is coming for a visit.

Go forth and write with this knowledge my fellow sinners, as I leave you with these last 3 words; healing elixir lube.

Multilingual MC

I should probably be writing all the requests I still have left over from before I dropped off the face of the earth but this one piqued my interest. As you guys may know – if you’ve ever read my About the Author page – I myself am trilingual so this was right up my ally
Hope you enjoy!


Zen

♬ even when dating for a while and fully committed, certain things just never came up

♬ they weren’t dirty secrets or lies you told about yourself

♬ merely facts that had never seemed relevant enough to be brought up

♬ until one day, due to the strangest of coincidences, said thing comes up

♬ Zen was rather surprised to find out that you were fluent in multiple Slavic languages

♬ which he only really learned, because his new potential director was Croatian

♬ her name was Cintija Ašperger and while she lived in Canada now, she was born Croatian

♬ you could have talked in English, but you decided this way you could score bonus points

Oh Čintija, ne mogu ti opisat koliko je savršen za tu ulogu, vjeruj mi.

Ma ne, on nikad ne stvara probleme. Zahvalan je za svaku mogućnost, spram drugih glumaca.

Stvarno? Savršeno! Čujemo se, pusa.

♬ once you hung up with Cintija you informed Zen that he’d gotten the part

♬ he barely reacted, still staring at you with wide eyes and a slack jaw

♬ he broke out in a wide grin, telling you how amazing you sounded in whatever language that was

♬ later he sometimes spoke with a Croatian accent because that was just so damn cool

Yoosung

★ some people think that once you’ve been with a person for a year, you truly know them

★ those people are wrong

★ if anything, you only knew a person once you’d lived with them for a year

★ and even then there were always things that ended surprising you

★ like the one day Yoosung came home from work a little earlier

★ you’d stayed home, sick and wrapped into a blanket with litres of soup waiting to be eaten

★ he’d closed the clinic early so he could come home and take care of you for a change

★ he did not expect to find you screaming at your laptop in what sounded like perfect Japanese

★ 後に続け!意地になるな!

★ 感情について話すのはそんなに難しいか!?

★ 彼女にキスしろ! 彼女に既にキス!

★ as it turned out, you were a huge weeb that taught herself Japanese because of Anime

★ everyone else might have found that strange, but Yoosung was perfect for you, so he loved it

★ now you could sing anime openings together!

★ sometimes you even used certain phrases in daily life to annoy the others

Jumin

♛ for your first anniversary of marriage, Jumin decides to take you to Paris, France

♛ because of course he did

♛ the day was magical, as you got to explore the city of love

♛ at first you did all the typical tourist things like kissing on top of the Eiffel Tower

♛ but towards the end of the day Jumin took somewhere out of town

♛ it was a small but fancy winery, of course, where else would Jumin Han possibly take you

♛ the man keeping the place, however, had difficulties speaking English, let alone Korean

♛ which is when you finally managed to pipe up

Ah, monsieur! On peut avoir une bouteille de vin rouge, s’il vous plaît?

Bien sûr! Que désirez-vous, Mademoiselle

Le Château Lafite de 1865.

♛ Jumin looked at you with wide yet somewhat hooded eyes

♛ at first you were confused, but then you realized that he was turned on by your display

♛ you barely finished the bottle before he was tugging you towards the bathroom

♛ apparently you sounded different moaning in French, a fact Jumin explored in great detail

Saeyoung/Seven

☼ You and Saeyoung had been dating for quite some time at this point

☼ he’d become quieter since you’t met, a little more mellowed out in a sense

☼ despite having mature some, however, he was still a man-child

☼ especially now that he had his brother back and that weight was off his shoulders

☼ other than turning making toys into a job, he still loved pranks

☼ which you knew rather well, because he constantly pulled them on you

☼ they were innocent and silly, but sometimes you didn’t have the patience for his bullshit

☼ like that one day he’d put a lockdown on the door, even for you

☼ lucky for you, you know how to play that game

☼ أفتح الباب اللعين!

☼ the door unlocked and you winked at the camera, knowing he was watching

☼ Seven choked on his PhD pepper, spitting all over the screen

☼ you spoke Arabic?!

☼ he was equally impressed as he was terrified when you verbally whooped his ass

☼ you went off for half an hour and in perfect Arabic at that

Saeran

☀ certain things in life are utterly unpredictable

☀ it can be an illness you didn’t expect or an accident that wasn’t supposed to happen

☀ you generally try to stay on top of things, be as practical as humanly possible

☀ learning a couple of languages to be able to communicate in emergencies, was one of those things

☀ you didn’t use your German for a very long time, until Saeran happened

☀ to be more specific, the guys brilliant idea to join his brothers old agencies

☀ leading, of course, to you being sucked right in after him

☀ which someone resulted in the two of you ending up in German prison…don’t ask

☀ the whole thing would have ended in disaster, had it not been for you

Wir wurden von einer Koreanischen Argentur geschickt um Schrödinger auszuschalten. Er hat all die Morde begangen und dann versucht sie uns anzuhängen. Wir haben beweise!

☀ Saeran had no idea what you’d said, but it resulted in you being freed eventually

☀ honestly he’d never been so grateful that you were such a dork

☀ also, you sounded strangely sexy in German, all raspy and dangerous

☀ he’d never admit it to anyone, but you talking German was a huge turn on

☀ sometimes when you got freaky in bed he wanted you to do it in German

Jihyun/V

📷 when Jihyun finally returned, he decided to take you on a trip

📷 apparently he wanted to share the beauty of the world with you

📷 your first stop was Italy, Rome to be precise

📷 the inner city was as ugly and stuffy as any big city, but there was beauty to be found

📷 everything from the thermal baths, the catacombs up to the coliseum was mesmerising

📷 but the best part about Italy was still the food and not only the ridiculously overpriced restaurants

📷 the markets were filled with smells and spices you’d never experiences before

📷 Jihyun told you about how he’d want to buy some, but couldn’t due to language barriers

📷 apparently he’d planned on painting with spices and you liked the idea

📷 Scusi signore, io e il mio ragazzo vorremmo comprare delle spezie.

📷 Sí, prego. Per cosa vi servono? Alcune sono specifiche per alcuni piatti.

📷 Oh no, non vogliamo mangiarle. Il mio ragazzo é un artista e vuole usarle per i suoi lavori. Per favore, ci dia le piú colorate che ha.

📷 Jihyun watched, completely in awe, as you cheerfully chatted with the man

📷 in fact, he asked you to do all the talking from that moment on, just listening

📷 you inspired him and his new collection painted with Italian spaces bore your name

Story Masterpost

It was always my intent for this blog to be for my story writing, and as I’ve been asked about the order of them, I figured I should start a masterpost now before I post too many. Everything will be in chronological order of their relevant group.

For anyone not interested, it’ll be tucked away under the keep reading tab.

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Spy Au Missions

Continuation (sort of) of <this>

So I just got more ideas about missions I could put in my story

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And here’s the other thing I need to talk about before buckling down and finishing the review of the full episode: Alicia.

Before I get into it, I’m just going to give you the heads up that this post may be uncomfortable for some because it’s kinda skirting some dissociative topics. Please let me know if there is a more appropriate way to tag this.

There is already plenty of meta floating around about Alicia’s fate. It seems like most people are totally convinced that Alicia is dead, that something else is parading around looking like her, and/or that it’s just Alicia’s memories.

Meanwhile, I remain convinced that we’re not supposed to have a firm answer. Her fate drives us straight into a the philosophical discussion of self. Are we our bodies, or are we our consciousness? If you have all of your memories, all of your thoughts, all of your emotions, are you still you if all of those are taken out of your body and placed into something else? Conversely, are you still you if you still have your body, but not your memories or day-to-day emotions? It’s a philosophical question that I think a lot of people are at least peripherally aware of, even if they haven’t read all the standard writings on it.

Yes, the philosophy of self was probably my favorite part of my Intro to Philosophy course, but I also feel like this question was posed on purpose. Steve Yockey kinda played with this philosophical question in a previous episode of his – 12x10 Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets… although I don’t think we knew it was a question until we were faced with Alicia’s question of body versus consciousness.

I find that doll disturbing.”

This isn’t even the part of 12x10 that I find the most relevant here, but it’s interesting that Akobel made that comment at all. It’s just a doll – it’s a thing that resembles a person, but it’s also empty. The Alicia-doll is not empty.

But here’s what I really want to talk about:

I don’t think I’ll get any argument that this is Cas, or that this is any less Cas than the Cas we’re familiar with, even though he has a much stronger claim on his current body.

And to counter that, let me throw this in, as well:

I will also get no argument that this is still Dean, even though it’s Dean’s body, but without any of his memories or even knowing that he is Dean.

Why is that? Why is it that Dean is still Dean when he has his body, but not his memories? Why is it that when Cas is in a different body he’s still considered Cas, but Alicia is not?

Is it because she died? Sam, Dean, and Cas have all died… multiple times.

Is it because Max can take her free will away? Sam and Cas have both lost their free will to Lucifer. Dean somewhat lost his free will to the Mark of Cain. 

Why is this different?

This question doesn’t have to be rhetorical, by the way… just know that I’m really happy with the question… probably happier with the question than any possible answer. (The wonderful action of questioning is a big part of my personality, in case y’all don’t know this yet. Questioning is what makes humanity so spectacular, but that’s getting off track.)

Where I don’t think there is a question is whether or not what Max did was right.

Alicia died, and Max brought her back.

This episode did what 11x17 Red Meat did by taking Sam and Dean’s story and placing it in a different context. Red Meat placed the context of their codependency into the real world – Sam was nearly killed by a gun rather than a demon, while Dean tried to kill himself with an overdose rather than a sacrifice to a god or some other supernatural creature.

Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes took the codependency and placed Sam and Dean outside of it, therefore placing the audience outside of it, giving us an objective viewpoint of what’s really going on.

She’s disrupting the natural order by being alive. You of all people know what that means. Chaos and sadness will follow her for the rest of her life.

6x11 Appointment in Samarra

No matter what the answer is to what’s going to happen to Max’s soul as a consequence (did he sell his soul or not? The Borrower Witch specifically said all he had to do to finish the deal was touch the ring; she died first, but he still touched the ring), what he did was still not okay.

The Winchesters have been messing with the natural order for a decade now. On paper, they know its wrong and have sworn to themselves to stop doing it. However, that doesn’t undo what they’ve done in the past. Sam, Dean, and Mary all should have been dead years ago, and yet they still live.

Alicia’s death and resurrection is far more questionable than any Winchester resurrection we’ve ever seen, and it’s like that for a reason – no matter the situation, no matter the consequences or lack thereof, what’s dead should stay dead.

10 Ways to Get Smarter By Keeping an Art Journal

These journal prompts are designed to help you employ common memory devices to learn new things and keep track of information. Most of these techniques are taken from the books “Moonwalking With Einstein” by Joshua Foer, and “How to Develop, Train, and Use Memory” by William Walter Atkinson. These prompts emphasize the value of making connections, visualizing information, and decontextualizing key details to improve memory recall. 


1. Plan your learning:  Brainstorm a list of topics you want to learn about. When you feel left out of a conversation because you don’t know anything about the topic, take a note and add it to the list. 


2. Take Non-School Related Notes : Pick one of your listed topics and search for a simplified explanation of it on Youtube. Dedicate a page in your journal to take notes on that video. Define key terms, write in point form, and connect what you learn to things you already know by circling the point and writing in what it reminds you of. 


3. Learn About Current Events: Cut an interesting article out of a newspaper or magazine and paste it in your journal. Highlight key passages and take notes on the implications of the part you’ve highlighted. Beside the article, write your thoughts, opinions, and concerns regarding the article. 


4. Mix School with Your Personal Life: Dedicate at least a two page spread to taking notes on something related to school. If you’re not in school, take notes on something you remember learning but have forgotten all about. Use lines to connect your point form notes with elements from your personal life that are relevant to the topic. Example: If you’re learning about water pollution, you might connect a bit of information to your own experiences swimming in polluted water. Connecting school to your personal life helps makes studying seem like something you want to do, not something you have to do. 


5. Recall Insignificant Details: Cut the title page out of the book you are currently reading (optional, as I know a lot of people have a visceral objection to cutting books). Give a point form summary of everything that has happened in the book so far, without going back to remind yourself. Forcing yourself to recall small details will strengthen your ability to remember details in the future. 


6. Answer Your Own Questions: Draw a line down the page to divide it into two columns. In one column, brainstorm questions that you don’t know the whole answer to. Example: how does photosynthesis work? What is nuclear fusion? What trees grow in my area? Google each question and write the answers in the second column. If you find an answer that is particularly interesting, take detailed notes on the opposite page. 


7. Learn to Use Mnemonic Devices: If you are studying difficult vocabulary or something else that requires wrote-memorization, keep an ongoing list in your journal of terms and concepts you need to remember. For each one, break the word down into syllables and assign a picture or word that the syllable reminds you of. Then, put those words/pictures together in a way that is relevant to the word’s definition.  Example: the word “Zooxanthellae” (a kind of algae) can be broken into ‘zoo’ ‘zan’ ‘tell’ ‘eh’. You could think of an algae hiding in a zoo, telling a woman named Suzan about Canada, eh. Describe this situation in your journal. This is a highly effective memorization tool called a ‘mnemonic’. 


8. Kill Boredom With Memory Recall: Brainstorm lists of the books you’ve read in the past year, the things you bought at the grocery store last, the things you’ve eaten in the past two days, the characters in your old favourite tv shows, and anything else that requires detailed, accurate memory recall. Fill a page in your journal with these lists. 


9. Record Your Life: Write at least a small point-form journal entry every day describing what you did, who you saw, what you bought, and what you ate. Recalling these details strengthens your memory of them, and recording them creates memory-bridges that can be used to retrieve your memories of each day, even after you’ve completely forgotten them. In a few years, re-read your journal entries: you’ll likely be able to recall something from almost every day you took the time to record. 


10. Record and Perfect Your Thoughts, Opinions, and Ideas: Write a list of topics that you either spend a lot of time thinking about or that you have strong opinions on. When you feel like writing for a while, review this list and dedicate a page to recording your thoughts about each item. I like to title these pages “Thought practice”. Recording your thoughts will help you sort out inconsistencies and develop thought-out ideas that you can express more clearly in conversation (since you’ve already written out what to say :P) Make sure to ask questions and point out flaws in your own writing. Keep track of areas where you might be missing information.


Bonus: There are many more useful memory tips and tricks that I haven’t written about in these prompts. I’ve included a few below, but be sure to check out the books I referenced at the top if you’re interested in learning more. Both books can be found as audiobooks on Youtube.   

-Sorting information using different coloured pens or different fonts/ writing styles forces your brain to concentrate just a little bit harder, making memory bridges just a little bit stronger.

-Connect new information to something emotional, funny, or sexual to make it stand out in your mind. 

-Practice creating mnemonic devices in your head when you have some time to kill (at the bus stop, in line at the store, etc.)

-Study the same information in many different places, especially standing or moving around. 

-Teach others about what you have learnt whenever possible. Teaching reinforces memories and will also help you express your knowledge in a logical, linear way. 

jjjemmm  asked:

I wrote a novel but I'm having trouble getting people to read it. Any suggestions?

Thanks for your question, dear!  I’m not sure exactly how you’re sharing your novel, so I’ll cover the basics first:

  • Share your novel online.  This is a good way to receive feedback, make writing friends, and enter contests!  Remember, though, that if you ever plan to formally publish this novel, you probably shouldn’t share it online.  Some of my favorite websites for this include: Wattpad, FictionPressWritersCafe.org, & Booksie.
  • Advertise on social media.  Posting links with a short summary on media outlets like tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, can help you gain attention from people who are interested.  Make sure to tag your genres and any other relevant information about your story which might catch someone’s eye.
  • Commission (or have a friend create) a book cover.  People really do judge a book by its cover, so if you can snag some intriguing-looking artwork to post with your novel, it’ll really help.
  • Make your summary and title count.  Even though titles and (good) summaries are pretty brief, you need to take that space to make strangers stop scrolling and think, “Well hey, that sounds neat.”  Use powerful words and a strong narrative voice (and humor never hurts!).  Try to drop as much information about the plot, the characters, and the conflict as you can, with as few words as you can.  Otherwise you’re wasting one of the only tools at your disposal.
  • Compare it to other stories.  Yes, I know that’s the last thing an original novelist wants to do – compare their stories to other famous stories.  It feels like you’re just banging pots and pans together and shouting, “Hey everybody!  I did the same thing as Star Trek, but worse!”  But seriously, this is how fandoms work.  If you tell someone your story is completely unique and unpredictable, they may wonder if they want to invest time in something they might not even like.  But if you tell a Percy Jackson fan that your books have a Percy Jackson vibe, they’re probably more likely to take a look.
  • That said, make sure you deviate from fanfiction territory.  Fanfiction advertised as fanfiction is great and people love it.  Fanfiction advertised as an original novel feels like sitting down at a Chinese restaurant and finding out they only serve Mexican.  It’s not that one is better than the other – it’s just that you kinda came here for Chinese food.  So make sure both your content and your summary convey that this is, in fact, Chinese food.  Don’t get so wrapped up in attracting fandoms that you wind up advertising the Hunger Games/Star Wars/Doctor Who crossover from hell, instead of your novel, which only has hints of those other things.
  • Ask your friends to signal boost you.  The more word-of-mouth you can get going, the better!  After all, I’m more likely to read a story that’s recommended by a random person, than if the author themselves is trying to convince me it’s good.  It’s just natural.  I trust readers more than writers.  It may even help (and this is kinda cheaty but you know… who cares) to create another Twitter/tumblr account and fic rec yourself.  No one will know…
  • I could signal boost you if you’re interested…?  I’d want to read a few chapters first, since I like to know what I’m promoting, but I’ve got upwards of 3K followers, so that’s at least a little publicity I guess.  If you’re interested, you can message me about that :)

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for you at the moment.  Without knowing what outlet you’re using to share your novel, I can’t really help you out any more.  But if you have more questions, my inbox is always open!  Good luck :)


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

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Hypericum x moserianum, Hypericaceae

It’s such a grey and rainy day today here in Glasgow that I could only write about something big, bright and yellow, like the large blossoms of this ornamental variety of St. John’s-wort, whose parents are H. calycinum and H. patulum, both already quite showy. This clump-forming, perennial shrub is obviously a pleasure to look at (it might not actually give me sun endorphins, it’s as close as I can get), but by now you are probably aware the focus of my blog is more on learning to recognise species naturally occurring and with practical uses, especially edible ones with medicinal properties and those which is a good idea to have in your garden to attract wildlife and encourage biodiversity. So, although this variety is still quite beneficial to pollinators (it’s easy to see it covered in bumblebees when in full bloom, luckily it wasn’t turned into an inaccessible double-flowered/sterile, pointless creature), I will also write about the native species of Hypericum which you are most likely to encounter, as they are much more interesting and relevant in herbalism.  

Analysis/theory on Anti’s desire for control

I’ve wanted to write something expressing my thoughts and ideas on anti for a while now, so here it is! Here I link themes of anti with a book i think is quite relevant to his mindset. I hope you all find it interesting (apologies it’s long)

“Out of time” meaning anti is OUT … of time. He’s in the past. But he’s also stuck in a time loop. “Fucking circles” “over and over”. However this time loop isn’t all that bad. “Time is broken” for him. He’s everywhere, he’s always been here. He’s rewriting history by moving back and forth in time and by doing so he’s making his mark. He has power. He’s letting us know of his capabilities. Think of it like scratching a wound, over and over- it’ll never heal. And power means control. Control of the past, the future, the other egos- so all in all… jack’s channel. “I’ve always been in control.”


There’s no escaping anti, you look at the future, “see you soon”, he’ll be there, you look at the past, and he’ll be there. The present? Well… he’s most likely here too. And if that isn’t terrifying I don’t know what is. He’s “been here this entire time”. “I am eternal.”


The fact that he’s “still watching” suggests a kind of dictatorship/totalitarian theme, again, coming under the idea of control. He’s watching us because he wants this control. He’s “keeping eye on things”. Think of the book 1984 written by George Orwell: a leader named “Big Brother” watches over all the citizens through “telescreens”, he’s on posters, coins, everywhere, as to keep people from doing ‘wrong’ (i.e., going against the party’s ideologies, gaining too much power, autonomy etc). This links to anti because anti does not want us to step out of line and “stop paying attention”, he doesn’t want any ego to get too popular and have “someone to replace (him)”, and he doesn’t want us to speak our minds (for example, calling him “glitch bitch”). Big brother is portrayed as being strong, no one can beat him and no one can beat the party (Ingsoc, as it’s known in the book). There are no opponents, if there are, they’re tortured and eventually “vaporised”. This again links with anti because, “nothing gets rid of (him).” And all his opponents (jack, schneeple) are dealt with.


He wants to enforce his ideas, which are that he’s the 'be all and end all’ if you will. He’s trying to teach us a lesson, “how many times must we go through this?”, just as much as the party in 1984 does with it’s citizens, they are trying to erase everybody’s individuality and teach them what and who is right (them).


Going back on the idea that anti is 'rewriting history’ yet again can be linked with this story. In 1984, history is rewritten to make it look as though the party and Big Brother was the saviour of everybody, to make it look as though they have always been successful. Famous books have been rewritten as well as music, movies, even art has been redone. Perhaps this video was fine before anti came along and tampered with it? Another example is how past statistics are changed to show improvement in industry. Anyway, Anti is doing this to show that he has always come out on top, to show that he’s always been successful in his actions. Antisepticeye always gets what he wants, and what he wants is control and support and lots of it, purely out of greed, just like Big Brother, a leader of a totalitarian regime.

@therealjacksepticeye @anti-support-group @septic-theory-squad @chase-brody-protection-squad @marielgum @lum1natrix @fear-is-nameless

anonymous asked:

how about prompts on an immortal who keeps trying to die but always fails? or one that looks like a teen and has to keep reminding people that they're actually really old

The latter is certainly relevant to my interests, so I happen to have this just bouncing around my mind:

“Shut up – you’re like, 12.”
“Yeah, twelve hundred.”

And:

“I lived here before this two-bit dive bar was even built, and they still won’t let me in.”

And for the former:

“I’ve given up on life, but life hasn’t given up on me.”

“Dying is so easy. Everybody does it. Except me.”

Interview: Aibne Hesarose

Today we’re joined by Aibne Hesarose. Aibne is a phenomenal visual artist who works mostly in traditional medium. They’re still developing their portfolio, but already demonstrate an extraordinary amount of talent. Their drawings are filled with detail and an incredible use of color. It’s clear Aibne has a very bright future ahead of them, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to them for taking the time to participate in this interview.

WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’m still very much in a developmental phase of my work. On the one hand I want to illustrate children’s books, and on the other I want to be a tattoo artist. There’s nothing stopping me from doing both, except maybe figuring out the logistics. In a sentence: my portfolio is in the teething stage.

What inspires you?

Sometimes I’ll be watching a noisy blockbuster or an indie horror film, or walking home and it will start raining, or I’ll be on a long drive, and I’ll start getting ideas. At the moment I’m doing the drawtober challenge run by vonn.art and gawki, and that has been a great push in learning to elaborate on a prompt which is something I normally struggle with.

What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

I have been drawing ever since I was really little, and writing too, and I have always wanted to do both. It was only really after starting my writing degree at university that I really began to appreciate how much hard work, sheer luck and entrepreneurship is required to pursue a career in a creative field. I still want to be an author/illustrator, though. Those two areas are separate for me because, as creative practices, writing and art are mutually exclusive. They each have their own process, and even when I’m drawing something relevant to my writing, it’s like working from separate parts of my brain.

Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Because my style is still growing and changing, I haven’t really had the time to develop a signature thing. I do tend towards blending creepy or eerie characters with a calm, reassuring theme or palette, because that sort of juxtaposition interests me. I like it when things aren’t as they seem. It that adds to the visual narrative, and storytelling through art is half the fun.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Work hard. Keep working. Even when you can’t see improvement, even when you don’t feel like it, even when it isn’t immediately rewarding. Keep going.

ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m plain old ace cake.

Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

I’ve had the regular comments – you haven’t met the right person, you should see a doctor, it’s probably hormonal, you’re just frigid, you’re just trying to be label yourself, maybe you’re just closeted, maybe you were abused, maybe maybe maybe. When I think it will help, I engage the person and do my best to educate. When it’s obviously not worth the time, I tell them to keep their nose out of my business.

What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

Probably that it’s either denial, or a manifestation of illness. Basically, that asexuality is something that needs to be fixed. In relationships earlier in life when I was still figuring myself out, I had more than one partner treat my disinterest in sex as if it were a personal betrayal of some kind. I still battle sometimes with the automatic link people draw between love and sex – for me, it is possible to be very much in love with someone and not ever want to bang them. But unfortunately, most of the people I’ve loved feel unfulfilled by that.

TL;DR: my asexuality should not be an obstacle for other people – it is simply an aspect of me, and now that I’m a self-aware adult, I hate that other people feel entitled enough to my body to get upset by it.

What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

There is nothing wrong with you.

The world we were raised in has an attitude to sex that is not healthy. Everything is both hypersexualized and infused with shame. Too much significance is placed on losing virginity, how people have sex, who they have sex with, and how many partners they have.

In a way, it’s a very good thing to be naturally excluded from that shit.

Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

My art is on Tumblr at http://aibne-hesarose.tumblr.com/ and on Instagram at Instagram.com/Aibne.Hesarose

My writing blog is write-it-all-down.tumblr.com.

Thank you, Aibne, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

so when the ny times reports about duterte being practically responsible for over 7k random deaths in one year, in metro manila alone i might add, y’all r silent af

but one guy decides to write about his (again, very EXTREME) lifelong experience with his house help in the atlantic and suddenly y’all are up in arms???? suddenly the philippines is a relevant country and u suddenly KNOW EVERYTHING about what goes on here???

One of my kids got the Star Wars Lego Freemaker Adventures DVD set for Christmas. We’re still working our way through it. 

You GUYS: the last episode involved A SHEEV PALPATINE MUSEUM ON NABOO. IT WAS HILARIOUS. Hallways decked with dramatic headshots of Sheev. An ANIMATRONIC THAT TALKED ABOUT HOW THE RESTROOM WAS NOT “QUITE OPERATIONAL”. 

WHO WRITES FOR THE LEGO STAR WARS UNIVERSE AND HOW CAN I BE THEIR NEW BEST FRIEND. I died through the entire episode. 

( @awkwardanakin you need to ask for this for your next birthday or gift-eligible holiday. This seems relevant to your interests.)

the-nerd-bird  asked:

Hello Julia! Your blog is such a great resource and you seem like a super nice person. I just finished my bachelor's degree and start on a master's in biology this fall. I'm very nervous and know I have a lot to learn about how grad school works, in addition to what I'll actually learn in classes. What's your advice for making the transition from undergrad to grad school as smooth as possible?

Hello! welcome! and congratulations on starting your masters! 

So i think that master and PhD programs can vary a little bit, and though i do know a bit about master programs from friends and classmates, my experience is wholly in PhD programs, so some of my advice may not apply. 

But it’s always a good idea to do these things the summer before you start:

  • Understand the requirements. This can pertain to lab rotations (if applicable), finding a thesis lab, when and how to sign up for a student ID and register for classes, orientation dates, other major deadlines/program requirements, etc. Review and remember. You will most likely have an orientation though, where they go over the necessary things like registering for classes. Feel free to ask any and all questions, and jot down contact information in case things happen. 
  • And speaking of lab rotations if applicable, contact labs of interest right now. You may even be able to start rotations a few weeks earlier to give yourself more time to figure out if that lab’s right for you. Also, summer’s usually the best time to get trained, as current lab members tend to have more time then. 
  • Get back into the swing of academia. This may be easier for you as you just finished college, but it’s nice to get back to the routine of reading textbooks/papers. A good way to start is by reading the papers of labs you’re interested in.
  • Figure out all the nitty gritty stuff of your program/position, such as health insurance, anything related to money (either stipends or fellowships or tuition), parking and/or transportation passes, etc etc. 
  • Get to know your classmates. I don’t know how tight-knit cohorts are in Masters programs, but when I started my PhD, an email thread was sent to all of us over the summer to let us introduce each other. Then someone created a Google group (or whatever it’s called; do those even exist anymore) so we could all learn about each other/find roommates/etc. It was definitely nice and took away a lot of that “first day of school” anxiety of not knowing anyone. 
  • Have your supplies ready. And by supplies I mean things like making sure your laptop/computer/tablet is ready to go (like if you need something fixed/upgraded, now is probably the best time to do it), a good data back-up system (be it an external hard-drive or cloud). Things like that. 
  • Aaaand take the time now to relax! A lot of people will agree that one of the most relaxing times ever is that summer before you start a new academic program. You don’t have the stress of homework/studying/projects yet, but you have the assurance that your next step is covered. So take a breather and make sure you’re recharged and ready to go!

Some more things I talked about in a related post

More general tips here I dug up from previous posts (again, I just want to add the disclaimer that most of it is PhD-focused, so it may not apply)

Coming up with a research project (another post here too, and here)

Things no one tells you about grad school in the life sciences

How to turn your research project into a fellowship application

What it’s like with grad school colleagues 

How to deal with feeling burnt out (and another post here)

Choosing a thesis lab: old vs new PI’s

More advice on choosing a lab

A few basic “rules” for grad school to keep in mind

Some more lessons about grad school

7 pieces of advice for your 1st year of grad school

Learn how to take criticism before grad school

Tips for writing a journal manuscript

Keeping track of papers you read/take notes on

Attending conferences

Making a poster for presentations (and presenting them)

“Why do so many grad students quit?” and my advice on having a sound support system (link of the article is via clicking the title)

Keeping track of lab-related work via a calendar and kan-ban board

Good article on overcoming shyness when networking (and also anxiety in general when doing Adult Things)

Writing CVs for fellowship applications

Dear Grad Students - a letter from a recent graduate

Guide to PhD lab rotations (may apply to Masters rotations as well)

How to deal with scholarship rejections

I have a lot in my #advice of my tumblr too if you’re interested (and have like.. a few hours to spare lol). But I think I pulled out all the more relevant ones that I think will help the most :)

Good luck, and feel free to drop by any time you want! I’m always happy to answer any questions you may have to the best of my abilities (or at least direct you towards some good resources). And once again, congratulations!!! :D

Lately I have been reading a lot of articles for my master thesis project. I don’t know about you, but after a week of literature review I am not able to remember what each of the articles were about or if they had any relevant piece of information. That’s why I developed my “keep track of what you read” system. 

STEP 1 - organize your folders

Create a subfolder inside your project folder and give it a catchy name. I call mine “articles”, nice, huh? Then create a subfolder inside that folder and call it “to_read”. Now, every time you get a new article, you will put it into the “to_read” folder.

STEP 2 - give your PDFs a nice name

The default file name when you download an article is something ugly like “1-s2.0-S0140674607612379-main.pdf”. Change this for something that will allow you identify the article easily. I try to stick to the system “first_author (year)”.

STEP 3 - use the cloud

I have all my stuff stored in Dropbox or Google Drive. It’s the best if you are going to work from more than one device as it will keep your stuff synced and always accesible.

STEP 4 - create a reading log

My master thesis project is about auditory verbal hallucinations, language, and dynamic causal modelling, so I have to read articles about these three topics. To keep track of what I’m reading, I created an excel document in Google Drive with 3 different spread sheets, one for each of the topics. Now, every time I start reading an article, I open this document, I go to the spread sheet that fits, and I write down its title. 

STEP 5 - read the article and take notes

I am a color coder, so I highlight the articles as I read them. Something interesting? Yellow. Hypotheses? Green. Relevant results? Blue. Then I take some notes of the important stuff, either in my research notebook or in a Word document, depends on my mood. Once you are done reading, move the article from the “to_read” subfolder to the main “articles” folder. At this step, you could also consider to use a reference manager like Mendeley or EndNote, but that’s a topic for another time.

STEP 6 - update the reading log

Now write in your log a couple of sentences (or more!) about the article you just read, just to jog your memory in the future. You can also copy some quotes you think will be usefull in the future or references to other articles cited in the text that you might want to check later. It’s up to you.

STEP 7 - hyperlink

If you have everything stored in the cloud, you can add hyperlinks from your reading log to the articles and/or to the notes you took on them. If you took notes on a paper notebook, write down which notebook it is and the page number where you can find those notes (numbering the pages of your notebook is a must!).

Now, remember that everybody works differently and this is only the system I use, but I strongly recommend keeping a reading log. I might seem like an overkill when you only have to read a couple of articles for class, but you’ll be gratefull for it when you have to use something you know you have read about… and you can’t remember where you read it.