Overwatch’s Newest update may be the beginning of the death of dive comp.
Doomfist’s introduction into the game as a counter to both Winston and D.va, as well as a possible protector of the backline (his secondary attack instantly killing flankers) will make targeting specific characters harder, especially in solo que
Zayra’s buffed ultimate (description) may bring her back into the meta since Genji, Tracer, Sombra, D.va, Winston, and other agility based heroes can not escape. This will allow more team wipes involving her ultimate.
McCree’s flashbang can now stop enemies completely in their tracks which means high mobility flanking heroes won’t slide behind corners anymore.
Reaper’s shadow step’s sound has been reduced by 50% so enemies won’t hear a loud “HEY IM RIGHT HERE SHOOT ME” before reaper attacks (Reaper is included because he is a counter to Winston)
Reinhardt can now swing his hammer 10% faster, he will finally pin people when he charges, and his fire strikes are more likely to land. This means that he has a higher chance of hitting a flanker that tries to go past his shield as well as him having a higher dps count.
These changes could at least have a large impact on the current dive meta, leading to possible changes in the near future.
*A plastic coffee stir stick can fool any push in coin acceptor that loads the coins on edge. Just insert stir stick, push the mechanism forward until you feel the stick hit a bump, push the bump down with the stick and push the mech all the way in
*If you look like you know what you’re doing, no one will bother you.
*When lying, always include something slightly embarrassing, or something that makes you look bad, as part of your story. It’s not only going to disarm their skepticism (admitting to something embarrassing gives an impression of humility), but even if they remain skeptical, they’ll be left wondering why you would make something up that you’d rather keep secret if it were true
*Using Clorox or any bleach will turn the red/pink liquid detection dot on electronic devices back to white so they replace them under warranty
* “A drug dealer in DC taught me to pick my nose if the police are staring at me. No one picks their nose if they think someone is watching them, so it’s the ultimate way of being nonchalant.”
* "I learned that you can get into almost any special event by wearing a chef coat. Even just carrying one and walking like you know where you’re going will work every time. Most people don’t want to look stupid by asking you who you are.“
* "My go to missing work call was never "I’m sick”, it was “Family problems”. They never questioned it, it’s vague enough and embarrassing enough that nobody ever asks.“
*As part of the employee training at Target, they teach you that if a customer argues over a price, and the full price is under $20, to just give it to them for whatever price they claim. It’s cheaper for the company to move on to the next customer than to call in a price check.
*Put a rolled up sock in the change slot on a vending machine, come back back 4 days later….and pull sock….you will be 6-ish dollars richer.
*If it’s a small lie, like who farted or who put the empty milk carton in the fridge, I’ll tell a terrible lie. I’ll not be able to hold a straight face, contradict myself, basically suck at lying.Now everyone I know thinks I can’t tell a lie to save my life. So when I really need a big lie, I nail it every time. No one ever suspects me when I lie straight faced.
*Bring crutches to an airport. Bypass every line (including boarding) and you are chauffeured to your gate the second you pass through security.
*Make up a secret to share with someone- they may open up and share far more valuable real secrets.
*Here’s a classic. Drive over to your 7/11 of choice. Fill up a Slurpee and drop some candy bars in that bitch. Make sure the candy bars aren’t showing. Cover the Slurpee and pay for it. Free Snickers bitch.
*I tell everyone i’ve never done any drugs. Suddenly everyone offers me cocaine, ecstasy, pot, lsd. I think i’ve had $200 worth of drugs each weekend for free.Same with liquor. "Im not drinking tonight” BOOM! Everyone gives me booze. Its like everyone wants to break your integrity as soon as you tell them you are not doing whatever they are doing.
*If you need to cash from an ATM and its not a large amount, buy a 5 cent piece of gum from a gas station that has the cash back option. Its cheaper than a $3 charge
*Act less intelligent than you really are. Acting stupid can get you out of some tricky situations. Feigning ignorance is way better than admitting you knew better but did it anyway. My old man used to say ‘It is easier to beg forgiveness than ask for permission’…sometimes it’s true.
*Every time I fly, when I land I’ll pen a little complaint to the airline that flew me. You know, I’ll come up with something like “oh, they denied me a drink! Oh, the food wasn’t vegetarian!” Whatever miscellaneous hogwash potpourri comes to my crazy brain. And like clockwork, within a business day, they’re reimbursing me with a $50 voucher, a $100 voucher, I can sell that on the secondary market.
*I’ve always had a lot of success in shutting nosy people up by blaming any personal issue on allergies. Crying from a panic attack? Allergies giving me puffy eyes. What’s that mysterious pill I’m taking? Allergy meds. Why am I acting spaced out/hungover/tired? Allergies meds making me drowsy.
*If you really wanna get away with some shit, buy a reflective vest, a white hard hat, and a clipboard. You can go ANYWHERE.
digital Artists!! Are you tired of restarting your tablet drivers??
So as you should all know, if your Wacom tablet is acting up (pen pressure stops, it glitches, or just won’t work) then the first thing to do is: unplug, plug back in, and restart the tablet driver!!
Here’s how people usually do it:
But it’s a bit of a hassle to pull up the services app every time, especially if your computer is slow like mine, and can’t handle a lot of programs at once, the poor thing.
Here’s how you SHOULD do it:
1: Open up notepad (you know, the simplest program on windows?) and write these exact three lines. Simple!
Don’t be scared! This is basically just some simple code that will restart the Wacom tablet drivers!
((I have an intuos pro, so I’m not sure if the service name is different for other tablets. You can double check, but it should be the same. You can see that the service name in my text file is the same as the one in the first screenshot! Cool!)
2: Save that bad-boy as a .bat file, and don’t forget to set the type to “All Files” or else I’ll come to your house and slap you! :3c
((We want to save it as a .bat file, so that it can actually run the code!! And don’t worry, the name doesn’t matter!! Feel free to name it something silly :D))
3: Slap that sucker on your desktop for easy access, and give it a good ol’ double click when your tablet is being rebellious!! A lil black box should pop up, and voila! Tablet (hopefully) fixed!!
This is so much nicer than waiting for the services app to pop up, and having to wait through a loading bar! You still gotta restart your art program (sadly), but this is just so much more convenient! I usually restart the drivers once every few hours while drawing, or just when it starts to get sluggish!
Have fun drawing with pen pressure, lightning speed, and all that good stuff!! <3
My Spiderweb Spread! I posted a hasty version on my old blog @thewrittenwitch but never got around to making a half decent graphic, so here you go! I use this when a card keeps popping up in readings and I can’t make sense of it.
Over the last few months, I’ve been noticing something.
I’ve been seeing writers who are less talented than others find more success.
At the same time, I’ve become more aware of talented writers, smart writers, or passionate writers who sort of drift away.
Since I left high school, I’ve come in contact with a lot of people who
dream of being writers. And over the years, I’ve seen many educated and
intense aspiring authors … just stop pursuing. Sometimes these are
people who have all the right personal qualities to succeed. They are
sharp, driven, dedicated, passionate, and they have critical thinking
skills. Sure, they may need more practice, but that comes with time.
Perhaps, though, it is because they are so intense and critical, they
stop believing they can succeed. They don’t think they can actually “make it.”
A few weeks ago, I was talking with a family member about the fact that
we as human beings often (and sometimes unknowingly) limit ourselves and
what we can accomplish. Mentally, almost silently, we think, I can’t do this,
and in just believing that, we cut short our abilities. The mental
energy we spend thinking about what we can’t do takes away from the
mental energy we could use simply pursuing what we want or need to do.
What’s strange is that over time, I’ve seen people who appear to lack a
skill or quality find more professional success than their peers. They
might win an award. Get a steady readership. Make more professional
sales than people of higher writing abilities. I don’t think this is
because the world has gone all topsy-turvy. I think it’s because these
people don’t limit themselves as much, in that way. Maybe they are blind
to their weaknesses, or maybe they aren’t. Whatever the case, they
don’t let those weaknesses hold them back. They don’t let fear of not
being good enough hold them back.
Lately I’ve been thinking about people I’ve met, in college, in
day-to-day life, wherever, and how some could be doing what they dreamed
of doing, if they simply pursued it a bit more carefreely as some of
the people I meet at writing conferences do. But they never gave
Of course, life happens, and priorities can happen. Everyone writes
differently and every writing career is different. I’m not saying we
need to run out of our houses and throw crappy first drafts out
everywhere. I’m just saying give yourself the permission to jump in. For
some, that might mean allowing yourself to begin taking writing
seriously–to take yourself serious as a writer. For others it
might mean finally submitting a story somewhere. For another, it might
mean allowing yourself to self-publish. For someone else it might mean
allowing yourself to write and enjoy writing.
On occasions, I have talked to instructors that say the most talented
people are the ones who are hardest on themselves. And it makes sense.
They have a strong eye for criticism. They expect a lot out of their
work. They demand a lot of themselves. And they don’t settle. In
contrast, the students who are less talented may be the ones who think
they deserve the highest marks in the class. This seems backwards, but
it’s often true. This second group ends up pursuing all kinds of
avenues, because they believe they deserve it, or simply because they
give themselves permission to. They are more likely to find success than
the talented person who never submitted, published, or shared anything.
Years ago, a family member and I used to repeat this observation to each
other. “Why is so-and-so a bad-a**? Because he thinks he’s a bad-a**.” The idea is that everyone who seems to act like they are awesome
and cool are simply that way because they believe they are.
In some sense, that same principle can be applied to other areas. Why is
that person a writer? Because she thinks she’s a writer. Why is that
person successful? Because he think he’s successful. There are limits to
how far this principle can extend, of course, and there are exceptions,
but in some ways, following it is like starting on training wheels. It
slashes down limits you’ve put on yourself. You are what you are because
you believe you are.
Now success might not mean the same thing to everyone. Success to one
person might be selling a lot of copies of her book. Success to another
person might be being able to write full-time, regardless of exposure.
It might be becoming the best current writer in that genre, even if the
genre has a small readership, like weird west fiction.
Ideally, we become the best of both groups of students mentioned
earlier. People in the first group may need to let themselves take a
chance to pursue. People in the second group may need to sharpen their
critical eye and dedication, because while they may already have found
success, that success will have a ceiling based on their talent.
Whatever kind of writer you hope to be, whether it’s a bestselling,
award-winning writer, or fierce fanfiction writer, decide today to give
yourself permission to pursue success.
As I’ve talked about on my blog several times, an important part of
growing as a writer is learning about writing. For years I’ve wanted to
compile a list of writing books I’ve read, liked, and recommend. Today
I’m happy to say I now have that list to add to my blog (perfect timing
for anyone who likes summer reading). I’m sure over time, this list will
be added to.
Many writers I’ve talked to have read
quite a few of these books. How many have you read? And is there one I
need to look into? (You can comment at the bottom).
If you haven’t read any of them, cool. Now you have a list to chose from should you ever want to.
of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a
book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the
editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and
In this completely revised and updated second
edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply
the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on
dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other
techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go
through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with
examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have
vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a
partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives
without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good
engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are
master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling,
sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an
ineffective way to begin.
Story Engineering starts with the
criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and
design of a story–and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest
potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of
storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered
artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.
author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to
staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times
Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of
Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel
so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to
become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach
will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
do you create a main character readers won’t forget? How do you write a
book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your
readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a
character’s past into a story?
Write Great Fiction: Characters,
Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all
of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with
interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:
Choose and execute the best point of view for your story Create three-dimensional and believable characters Develop your characters’ emotions Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story.
road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Agents and editors
agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to
publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no
one will keep reading. It’s just that simple.
In Hooked, author
Les Edgerton draws on his experience as a successful fiction writer and
teacher to help you overcome the weak openings that lead to instant
rejection by showing you how to successfully use the ten core components
inherent to any great beginning.
Plus, you’ll discover exclusive
insider advice from agents and acquiring editors on what they look for
in a strong opening. With Hooked, you’ll have all the information you
need to craft a compelling beginning that lays the foundation for an
i know there is a lot of hype about how having a smoother, bigger, rounder butt is more “attractive”, but you know what? fuck the standards, ALL butts are cute and you shouldn’t feel pressured to make yours look a certain way. 💖