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Hollstein Fanfic Rec (Feb 22 - March 27, 2017)

*Listed chronologically by last updated

New:

  • Distant Worlds - MMORPG AU.  Smut
  • The Mediator - Ghost Smut ayyyy.  Laura can see the dead.
  • Common Ground - Laura and Carmilla are assholes to each other upon meeting.  Hate/Love.  Smut.
  • August to November - Another hate at first sight.  
  • i know your face all too well (still i wake up alone) - Her AU with a promise of Hollstein end game.  Mild smut.
  • All Or Nothing - Carmilla and Laura are ex-wives who find themselves remarried after a wild night in Vegas.  Smut.
  • Night Out - One-Shot.  Hollstein are thirsty for each other while out for dinner with Laf and Perry.  Smut
  • hold me by the heart - One-shot.  Canon compliant for episode 3.22.  Smut.
  • In Every Universe - “After Carmilla dies unexpectedly, a distraught Laura receives help from the gods and goes on a mission to make sure that they meet and fall in love in every universe”
  • Tempest - One-shot.  Domestic married Hollstein.  Smut.

Recently updated fics I’m still reading since last rec:

anonymous asked:

*curtsies* One of the things I really admire about you is your independence and I really need some advice about moving out for the first time. My best friend and I both got into the same MA program so we'll be roommates but it's the first time we're going to be living away from our parents. We're both quite introverted people and I'm the type of person that hates change. However, the reason I decided to move away was so I could experience adulthood. Do you have any advice for a starter adult??

*curtsies* Right, this started as a normal paragraph post but then it got too long so here’s a list.

Advice for Starter Adults

  1. Budget. Everything is more expensive than you think it is. Figure out what your monthly spending cap is, figure out what the necessities are going to be each month and how much you’ll have left over for pocket money. Then STICK TO YOUR BUDGET. There is nothing worse than your card getting declined because there’s no money in your account or not being able to pay your rent at the end of the month. Most importantly: (1) Leave yourself a cushion and a backup plan for emergencies. Things come up unexpectedly. You don’t want to be down to your last five dollars when your car breaks down on the side of the road. My advice is to put a chunk of money in a savings account and just pretend it’s not there until you’re in a tight spot and you need it. (2) Keep track of what you’re spending on what. Ask for receipts. This is a really good habit to get into and trust me, you will be much better off when you start doing your own taxes if you have an exact record of all your spending. (Also: Don’t use a credit card at the bar. Take cash out at the beginning of the night and when that runs out, stop. This is a great way to avoid the unpleasant surprise of an $80 bar tab in the morning and also keeps you from getting embarrassingly drunk.)
  2. Talk to your roommates. Turning from ‘friends’ to ‘roommates’ has wrecked a lot of friendships. It might sound ideal to live with your best friend but it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds. The best way to avoid hating your best friend is to communicate. If they do something you’re not okay with, tell them instead of stewing about it. Encourage them to do the same. Talk to each other and establish ground rules even if you think you’ll never need them. Because you will. 
  3. Talk to people besides your roommates. When you go off to college with a good friend it can be really tempting to use that person as a security blanket and only hang out with them. Don’t do that. The first risk you run is that you’ll get sick of each other and it will have a seriously negative impact on your friendship. The second is that you won’t meet anyone new and you’ll regret that down the road. A friendship is like any other relationship in that being conjoined at the hip isn’t healthy. Have other friends, pursue your own interests, and get back together to talk about it at the end of the day.
  4. Clean up after yourself. Especially in shared space, and don’t wait until three days later to do it. This goes not just for your house or dorm but for classrooms, libraries, etc. Nothing says “I’m still a child” like not cleaning up your own mess. But this goes for your own space, too. You will have a much easier time functioning if your room isn’t a wreck, so just keep it clean. It will do wonders for your mental health. 
  5. Budget time for housework and errands. If you don’t make time to do laundry and go to the grocery store you’re going to be naked and hungry a lot. These things take time. So book hours into your schedule on days you don’t have class to get shit done. 
  6. Budget time for work AND relaxation. A lot of people crash and burn in college and grad school because they don’t understand how to divide their time. Yes, schoolwork should be your priority, but you also need to make sure you’re spending time relaxing because if you don’t, you will wreck your mental health. Take your playtime seriously.
  7. Make lists. Make lists of what groceries you need to buy, what you need to get done before Monday, emails you need to send, whatever. Write shit down and cross it off as you get through it. This will not only greatly reduce stress because you know exactly what you need to get done in a given day and you’re not going to forget anything. 
  8. Eat as healthy as you can. Trust me, I understand exactly how expensive produce is and how tempting it is to live on coffee and Cheerios because it’s cheap. But that kind of diet (or worse, a diet of Doritos and Aristocrat) will take a toll, believe me. Find a place to shop where you can get some reasonably healthy stuff at reasonable prices. Buy store-brand versions of name-brand stuff. (It’s a lot cheaper and it tastes exactly the same.) If your diet sucks it’s going to cause all kind of other problems: breakouts, weight gain, lethargy, etc. Learn how to feed yourself. Make lists for the store so you have the stuff to make actual meals at home. And if you have problems with junk food or overeating, here’s the most important tip: Just don’t buy that shit. Don’t keep beer or potato chips or chocolate in the house if you know you’ll end up eating it while you binge-watch The Crown at three in the morning. Buy healthy snacks instead and you’ll have no choice but to eat those when you have a craving, and save the chocolate for special occasions.
  9. Get more sleep than you think you need. The older you get, the more you will start to feel it when you don’t get enough sleep, so guess what? BUDGET YOUR SLEEP TIME INTO YOUR SCHEDULE. There are only 24 hours in a day and you need to use like at least seven of them for sleeping. 
  10. Exercise. Look, being a teenager is great because you have an elastic metabolism, hangovers don’t exist, and you’re going to bounce back pretty quickly from eating a cheeseburger every day for a week. Once you hit about 23, the glory days are over and before you know it you’ll have gained fifteen pounds and be feeling pretty crappy. So nip that in the bud. Most universities have student health centers, and even if they don’t you can always exercise in the great outdoors for free. Find some kind of exercise you like and guess what? Budget it into your schedule. If you’re a person who’s never exercised in the past, don’t get me wrong, it will suck the first few weeks you do it. But after that it will start to feel really good and you will be much happier and healthier. (Not to mention, you will look better, and that’s always a plus.)
  11. Don’t put off doctor’s appointments. Dude, I am SO bad at this. It takes forever and it’s always awkward and it’s just easier not to think about it. But you know what? It’s even easier to plan it in advance instead of trying to shoehorn it in at the last moment because you need a prescription refilled. 
  12. Don’t do dumb stuff just because you can. Getting out from under the parental eye can be exciting and very liberating. However. Most of the rules your parents have are to keep you from accidentally maiming or mortally embarrassing yourself. So take careful stock of decisions that seem reckless. Like, don’t go out and adopt an 80-pound dog because your parents never let you have a puppy. Don’t get wasted on a Tuesday and hook up with a random stranger twice your age just because nobody’s going to stop you. Being an adult is about having the freedom to make your own decisions but not being a dumbass about it. 
  13. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start small. Under-commit yourself at first because I promise things are going to come up that you didn’t expect. So don’t sign up for twice the recommended number of classes and three intramural teams at the same time. Start small and add to your workload if you find you have the time and energy to do more. You have much greater odds of success that way.
  14. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Adulting is hard. There is no instruction manual. If you need help, ask. Professional Adults understand that being an Amateur Adult is hard, because they had to do it once, too. Chances are they will be happy to help so long as you ask politely. So. No idea how to balance a checkbook? Ask your mom. No idea how to get grass stains out of your jeans? Ask your dad. No idea how to navigate the library? Ask. No idea how to format a college paper? Ask. Admitting you don’t know how to do stuff and then doing what you have to to learn is part of being an adult. Pretending you know how to do stuff you don’t and accidentally breaking your dishwasher is not.
  15. Don’t beat yourself up if you screw up. Look. Inevitably, it’s going to happen. You’re going to lock yourself out of the house or overdraw your bank account or hit a mailbox backing out of your parking lot. Shit like that is going to happen for the rest of your life regardless of how good at adulting you are. The most adult thing you can learn to do is deal with it reasonably. Melting down because you made a mistake is childish, so don’t do that. When you screw up, laugh it off is that’s appropriate, fix it if you can, and get on with your life. 

Anyway, those are the basics. Good luck!

Truly an Irresistible Mistake!

Alright so the long awaited new game is out and we’ve already received reports of a number of cardiac arrests throughout the globe….

I for one almost died from secondhand embarrassment because I decided it’ll be a good idea to play the game on the bus but I couldn’t stop blushing and smirking so first and foremost my friends: 

DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME IN PUBLIC!

Take this advice from this senpai…..

I think what has made this game already so popular when it was just released is the fact that it’s really different from typical voltage games and there’s one element in the game that definitely helped; and that would be the element of surprise!

This game is full of surprises and I will list some of them here and try to be spoiler free:

1. Badass MC

This is how you get introduced to the mc:

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Like ….really….

You have no idea how much I laughed at this & this is just the prologue! Be ready my friends cuz we’ve finally got a decent MC! Voltage finally heard us!

You can already see we’ve got a refreshing MC and she truly is blunt & badass! She’s probably the most adult-like MC which could be not so relatable for younger players but she says what’s in her mind, she’s confident, funny, possessive (in a…natural (?) way) and doesn’t let the guy dominate her. 

Ok this may sound stupid to some but this is one thing I also noticed:

The MC is wearing formal suit pants! For some reason I was bothered by the fact that voltage MCs ALWAYS wear skirt/dress even if it’s clearly raining cats and dogs outside so I kinda noticed this and was lowkey happy…. /0\


2.The Boss is not a jerk!

I’m gonna guess this is how ppl would react to this:

But you read it right my friends! 

If you’re into voltage you know they have a pattern with their guys.

The first/main guy is always the boss/superior in some way/annoyingly dominant !

But Shun is the biggest surprise of this game to me after the MC.

He’s so sweetly bright to me and I loved him so much that I already hate him for loving him to this extent after reading just his main story….

He did piss me off when he couldn’t make a decision more quickly and made the MC suffer for a while but I will forgive him cuz the MC bluntly let him know “she’s tired” which made him get his shit together. 

Just to give you an idea of how original he is: He took the MC to MacDonald on their first date!:)))   I mean how cute is that lmao

He is also voiced and if you play both the endings you can get his special voiced movie and that movie made me like him even more… ugh =_=

3. Mature plot

I think everyone already knows we’ve got a mature story here.

The MC wakes up finding herself in a hotel room and figures she has slept with a coworker and the rest is about how she handles the mess and tries to act professionally at the same time.

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I personally liked it. Even though only one guy has been released so far I’m def gonna play the rest and I’m sure I’ll enjoy them potentially even more than the first route!

p.s: The sex scenes are quite intense! Probably the most intense I’ve ever seen in a voltage game; comparable to Otome CD dramas. lol

Just a heads up to people who don’t enjoy these things & *winks* at fellow sisters who’re into it! ;^)


4. A childhood friend who’s not playable!!

At first when I noticed this I was like

Like he is just your childhood friend who went to kindergarten, school, and now  works at the same company as you and just happens to be super cute!! But he is not playable!!!! At least not yet….

There’s also a cute doc who’s Shun’s childhood friend but much to my surprise he also isn’t in the options!! 

As much as I liked the childhood friend I don’t mind him just be there for her…Not in a romantic way. In real life, not all childhood friends have thing for each other and so his existence in the game like this is refreshing :)

5. MC has a pet!

Correct me if I’m wrong but I think this is the first time!

I don’t know why I found this surprising but if you have played Voltage long enough you’d know this is probably the first time the pet is MC’s and not the guy’s!!!

I didn’t even think about this much until I played this game and noticed and now I’m wondering why voltage has never gave their MCs a pet until now?🤔  

And well, the cat is SO CUTE!!


Overall I’ve really enjoyed this game so far! 5 episodes of Shun’s main story are free for a limited time and if you play his main story you can read 3 episodes of the next guy for free in the campaign. 

I can’t wait for the next cinnamon rolls to be released and I will update once they’re out!

If anyone wants the CGs message me. Just didn’t wanna spoil it for people who wanna play the game ^^

Happy playing ^_^)/

Sanvers 2x17

What I’m hoping for:

  • Emily being one of Maggie’s first girlfriends, and bringing back all of Maggie’s baby gay memories. She wasn’t always as confident and sure of herself as she is now.
  • Flashbacks to teen!Maggie. (Hey, this list is called ‘what I’m hoping for’ not ‘what I’m expecting’)
  •      -  Bonus if the episode begins with a flashback of young Maggie and Emily doing something illegal, but we don’t know it’s them until later in the episode.
  • Maggie being a former troubled teen who straightened herself out -pun not intended- with the police adacemy.
  • Alex getting jealous. (Almost a given but hey.)
  •     - Bonus if her jealousy turns into concern when she discovers what Maggie (and Emily) used to get up to.
  • A proper fight.
  •     - Bonus if one of them lashes out and makes a few digs at the other.
  •     - Double Bonus if Alex mentions how much Emily looks like her, or Maggie having a type.
  •     - Triple Bonus and me having a stroke if it’s public.
  • Alex storming out of the restaurant.
  • Maggie crying/tearing up (because Floriana is just so good at this and we deserve to see it, though I’m more hopeful for 2x19 delivering this).
  • Alex pointing out that Maggie calls her ex by her first name all the time while Alex is usually ‘Danvers’ unless things are emotional.
  • Alex talking to Emily by herself (I’m an angst hoe, sue me.)
  • An honest conversation where Alex explains how jealous/insecure she felt, and Maggie reafirming that they’re the real thing.
  • A nod to ‘fresh of the boat’.
  • Alex comforting/giving words of affirmation to Maggie this time around.
  •      - Bonus if something of this sort makes an appearance: “Who you used to be does not define who you are (and I love you…which brings me to:
  • I LOVE YOU (s)
  •      -Bonus if it’s Maggie who goes “Alex, I love you” first

And last but not least

  • A Good Long Kiss. (Lemony Snicket voice: A ‘Good Long Kiss’, Long as in a kiss that lasts more than 3 seconds, more than just a meeting of lips but a  physical expression of all the progress the characters made in their relationship. And Good, meaning the actresses delivering and opening their mouths.)

I’m gonna be in class when the episode airs but I’m gonna come back to this and cross out everything that actually happens. (I have faith at least some of it will.)

anonymous asked:

Melly I'm going to set the scene and you're going to do some Zaynglish improv ok? Picture this, Zayn has discovered a secret serum that elevates his already incredible natural highlight/Strobe game by a 1000%. But he is understandingly concerned that this miracle product may have been tested on animals. Well clearly, not on his watch! He is now on the phone with the customer rep trying to get more info. and GO. Please and thanks

“Yiss hullo ah wuld lyke tuh speak tuh yoar Manageh. Dis is ahn impohrtehnt business matteh”

“Hello sir. I can tell by your voice that you have must have really good hair and probably a secret list of products you use to achieve that which you refuse to tell anyone about. How may I help you?”

“Dis serum luks guhd but ah wanted tuh check if dis wuz testid ahn animuhls fuhrst.  Here is dis videoh of meh spreyin’ a bunneh to shoah yew. Daht is NOHT okeh heah. Daht bunneh was fahke soh it wuz okeh. Ah still felt bahd doh.”

“Sir, we’re only on the phone here but I can tell your skincare is flawless today. I also maybe only understood 33% of that but I think you asked if this was tested on animals. It has not been.”

“Dis product is bunneh & caht sefe? Okeh, thank yew. “

maychorian  asked:

Gosh, I didn't even get twenty-five percent down list. Anyway, here are two prompts. 15. “I made your favorite.” for Hunk and Lance, gen, please. Or 16. “It’s okay. I couldn’t sleep anyway.” for Shiro and Lance, also gen. Obviously you don't have to do either if you don't want to. Thank you for considering!

It’s the 1000 Followers Special!  Based on these prompts.  Prompts are now closed.  Don’t want to see all 35 of these?  Block ‘1000 Followers Special’.  Can’t read on mobile?  These will slowly be posted to AO3 starting in a few days as ‘Hold Up Half the Sky’.  A huge thank you to Xagrok for the beta’ing!

(Shockingly, I picked the Shiro one)



“Couldn’t sleep?”

Lance jolted, nearly losing his balance and falling over.  Impressive, given that he was sitting, but he’d been resting all of his weight on his braced arms.  Turning, Lance saw Shiro in the doorway, one hand resting on the frame.

Shit.  Caught.

Lance shrugged elaborately, going for casual.  “I’m restless still,” he replied airily.  “Figured I’d mess around with something until I was ready for bed.  Get around all that energy from our awesome fight.”

Stepping over, Shiro nodded, not looking down at where Lance sat.  “I see.”  He glanced over the projected star map in front of Lance, depicting a very specific solar system, then looked back down.

Lance tried not to squirm.  He didn’t really manage.

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anonymous asked:

Can we have a list of things the paladins would do if they were interested in the same person as another paladin. Like how they would try to win their love

Lance: Lance is already super flirty so he’ll up the flirtatiousness around you and gets a little more touchy feely with you if you seem okay with it when the other party is around.

Shiro: Shiro will make a considerable effort to help you out more and he won’t admit it, but he will resort to the occasional bout of sabotage if it involves you and the other person(he has a devilish side).

Keith: Keith will sulk when the other party gets you alone but he’ll try to be a little friendlier and will go out of his way to make you laugh(preferably in front of the other party). 

Pidge: Pidge gets pretty nervous when it comes to “fighting” for your affections and tries to really get to know you. They don’t desire and conflict with the other part involved. 

Hunk: Hunk is the most open to a polamorous relationship(you do a spit take when he says this) if that’s what you and the other party want, but he is also fine with whatever happens. Do expect some extra treats from Hunk, though.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a big fan of your comic, Always Human. I recently started writing my own story and I could use some advice. I have somewhat of the plot planned, especially the end, but I'm not sure at all how to get from the beginning to the end. I kind of write as I go? I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. For Always Human, did you plan out everything before writing, or do you just write with a general idea of how you want the comic to turn out? Thank you c:

I’ve known how Always Human will end for a long time, and I have a vaguely-chronological list of things I wanted the characters to suffer though deal with, in order to challenge them and help them and their relationship grow. I’ve also known since the beginning what strengths Sunati and Austen have that will help them through the crap I throw at them, and also what weaknesses they have that will make everything worse.

Other than this, I tend to work out the details as I go.

Usually, I don’t know for sure how the next episode will pan-out until I’m at least half way through drawing the current episode. Sometimes, when I try to plan things out in advance, I realise that most of what I’ve planned won’t work, and then I panic and try to forget the things I’ve planned so that I can work out what actually is going to happen. This is super stressful! Trying to work out the details ahead of time never goes well for me. Many small details have changed as I write.

A couple of big details have changed too (eg. originally I thought that Sunati would change her look at around the same time Austen decided to stop dieting and chopped her hair off. Then while writing I realised that Sunati would change her look much, much earlier.)

I find that I work best if I write as I go, as long as I stay keep in mind how I want the characters to develop, how I want their relationship to develop, and what outside forces I’m going to throw at them :)

Of course, Always Human is 100% character driven, there’s no plot to speak of (other than me throwing crap at the characters) so it’s pretty easy for me to write as I go. For a different genre I might need to do a lot more plotting and may need to find a different way of writing.

Anonymous said to alwayshumancomic:I love how you review fanart, it’s such a nice and thoughtful thing to do. also a lot of the ways that austen and sunati interact remind me of me and my gf, and I couldn’t stop smiling when I was reading it yesterday cause I could put myself in their shoes so easily. also your art style is so pretty, I love everything about your comic tbh

Awww, you’re a sweetheart, thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoy the comic :D

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I was a primary school teacher for a few years, and during that time I developed the habit of being really specific when something made me happy, and that habit hasn’t faded away yet. I think it’s a nice habit to have :)

AAiM: This’ll Be a Breeze!

As always, this is all in fun, tag however you want if reblogging, credit me when using my screencaps and links to all the crack are in the ML Crack Post Master List.  The introduction for this series is here.  I’ll try to do a post per week, but I make no promises.


Alya’s Adventures in Matchmaking: Round 1

Episode:  Stormy Weather/Climatika

The Goal: To get Marinette’s head out of the clouds and teach her how to interact with Adrien like a normal human being.  Also, flirts.  Teach her the flirts.


  • Alya shows up at Marinette’s with GREAT NEWS
  • Adrien’s in the park doing a photoshoot
  • What better opportunity to get these knuckleheads together than to interrupt him at work and STARE at him?
  • I mean, it’s not like you can talk to him while he’s working…
  • …not sure what Alya’s plan was here…
  • when you think you have a foolproof plan to get your friends together
  • but you need to look up the definition of “foolproof”
  • you forget who you’re dealing with there, Alya
  • ah, no
  • she knows EXACTLY what she’s dealing with
  • Mari:  what would I say to him?!
  • …well, she’s got you there, Marinette
  • real friends are honest AF
  • or that’s a reenactment of Jurassic Park idk

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The Course of Honour - Chapter 15
By Organization for Transformative Works

We’re Married And The Only Place We Can Get Private Time Is An Awkward Snowbound Trek Through The Middle Of Nowhere.

(Just as a heads-up, I’m travelling Wednesday-Sunday this week. Friday’s chapter should be up as usual but I won’t be able to fix any formatting screw-ups. Hopefully it will all go smoothly.)

By: @writingsofryanmichael

It wasn’t until almost a year after they died when the world slowed down again for Sirius.

He had been dealing with legal issues with being imprisoned without a trial and all that, on top of trying to get custody of Harry, which is what was listed in the will. And after him, the Longbottoms, and then McGonagall, and Dumbledore knew that. And yet he used nonexistent power to put Harry in the care of his horrendous blood relatives.

It took months of doing, but finally Harry was back with them. But the legal battles weren’t over, so Harry was in Muggle nursery much of the time.

It was a warm spring day in May when it happened. Everything was still going fast, there was the suit against Dumbledore for kidnapping Harry and endangering him, as well as muggle legal issues with the Dursleys.

But it was a Sunday, so Sirius had just washed the clothes and was hanging them on the clothesline to dry (they smelled better that way). Harry was playing quietly in a wizard playpen when he spoke up.

“Dada?”

Sirius smiled sadly, glancing Harry’s way. His hair was it’s usual mess, and he had a smear of mud on his cheek.

“No Sprog, Dada’s gone.”

“Dada not gone. Dada here!” Harry was holding onto the rails and bouncing.

Sirius looked around, wand in hand, “Where’s Dada?”

Harry pointed to him, “You Dada!”

Sirius froze before rushing over to the jumping toddler, “No Harry, I’m not Dada.” He picked him up, “I’m Padfoot. Dada’s gone.”

“No! You Dada! Help baff, food, clean! You not uncle or gampa. You Dada! Dadadadadadadada!”

Sirius conjured a glass of water and took a large gulp before attempting to speak at all.

When he did manage to speak, after a few sputtering false starts, his voice was raspy, “I’m uncle Padfoot buddy. We just don’t usually say the uncle part.”

“But. But. You wear pants in the house. Like dadas do.”

“Why not you Dada?”

Sirius walked slowly around the house, trying to gather his thoughts quickly, and without sobbing, “Because I didn’t help make you. Merlin and Mama and Dada helped make you. I just help raise you.”

Harry thought for a few minutes before nodded, “Okay! Lego now?”

Sirius nodded, deciding he could finish the laundry later, “Let’s go play Lego.”


((OOC: ….I don’t know whether to smile or sob right now. Thanks for the submission, Ryan <3))

Wiccan spell to get out of a rut

More so chant but anyways if you’re stuck in a rut such as relationship issues, piling work, do this to improve your luck.

For relationship/stress/bad luck do something nice for someone else. Make in genuine such as sending healing energy to those who need it, charity, or even simply a nice comment about someone

For stress and piling work get at least one thing off your list

After doing each of these say

“May this act/good deed come back to me in three,
In positivity
And may it harm none,
So mote it be!”

It may take a while for your luck to turn around so don’t be discouraged. You may do this chant as often as you wish.

carbonjen  asked:

13. “I made the mistake of thinking ‘This can’t get weirder.’ Sorry.”

This took me forever to get to, because it took me forever to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with this prompt. 
When I finally came up with an idea, it ran away with me. I had a lot of fun writing this! Thank you for sending the prompt in, and I hope you like it!

Prompt is from this list.

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Landing in an alternate dimension was the last thing Jason wanted out of his Friday night.

He supposed it could be worse. Bizarro could have come tumbling through the portal along with him. Navigating a completely different timeline with his new friend by his side would surely make things a lot more difficult.

On another brighter note, Jason had also thankfully landed in Gotham. This version of the city wasn’t too far off from the one he’d grown up in either.

Unfortunately, his ride here was sure to have shown up somewhere on the Bat’s radar. An alternate Bruce was the last person Jason wanted to run into. Who knows what kind of relationship his alternate-self had with the man, and how that relationship effected his willingness to help him. Did he even have an alternate-self?

The question was answered only moments later, when a figure dropped down in front of Jason, cutting him off.

Jason stared at who was most likely his doppelgänger. The red helmet, a few shades darker than his own, stood in the way of him being certain.

The Red Hood grabbed him by the lapels of his jacket, and slammed his back into the brick wall of the nearest building.

“Who the hell do you think you are?” he growled, pressed so threateningly close, their helmets nearly touched. “Is this some kind of sick joke?”

“I promise you that it’s not,” Jason replied, fighting off every instinct inside of him to not fight back. God this was so fucking weird.

“Then what’s with the get-up, imposter?” Hood demanded, pulling him forward, only to slam him back against the wall.

Jason sucked in a deep breath, before taking a chance, and praying he was right.

“I’m you, asshole. And if you’d let go of me, I could prove it to you,” he gritted out.

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STUDY MONDAY #4: Low Energy Study Hacks

I’m a student and I’m a spoonie. In spoon theory of disability and chronic illness, a person who is disabled and/or chronically ill has limited energy, or spoons, to get through the day. It can be caused by symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, and so on, experiences like sensory overload or a panic attack, or even by the requirement to modify your behavior (for autistic people - having to pass as neurotypical).

As a result, things that may seem simple, like brushing your teeth, making your bed and cooking a breakfast, can require a lot of energy. Most spoonies can only do a limited amount of things in a day and then we get so exhausted, we have to rest or even wait for the next day to get more spoons. And as you can imagine, studying when your energy sources are limited is quite tricky. This is my list of tips and tricks that might make your spoonie student life a bit easier.

1. Get some sleep

I’m putting this first because in my opinion this is the most important advice I can give you. I feel like my energy levels are very dependent on sleep quality. If I am sleep deprived, I barely have any spoons. And I’d guess it is like that for many people. So getting enough sleep should be your number one priority.

I know it might sound like “just don’t be depressed!”. I understand. I have delayed sleep phase disorder and I’ve had it all my life. Melatonin pills are the only treatment that helps me. For you it might be something simple, like turning down blue light on your smartphone and drinking calming herbal tea, or something more complex, like meds and a strict sleep schedule. Not everyone will find their solution, but many will, so don’t give up.

You should be getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day. Some people need less, some need much more. If you sleep for more than nine hours and still wake up feeling groggy and tired, you might need to adjust your schedule to not wake up during the REM phase (the one where you dream the most). Experiment with alarm clock time, and find a balance that allows you to wake up without sleep inertia.

And some generic advice: don’t consume caffeine six hours or less before bedtime (yes that includes black/green tea and dark chocolate!), don’t nap for longer than half an hour, keep your bedroom cool (almost cold) and clean and don’t eat a big meal an hour before bedtime.

2. Prioritize

Prioritizing is sometimes the only thing you can do when you have ten important tasks and enough energy to do just five. It starts with being honest about your abilities, as well as responsibilities, and making a realistic plan. In your to do list, the tasks should be arranged from the most important and urgent to the least important and urgent. If something can wait, it can wait - do the assignment that is due in two days.

It might also mean “neglecting” things people feel are essential. You don’t actually need to make your bed in the morning - it only helps the dust mites to breed. You don’t actually need to take a shower every single day - once every 48 hours, or even three times a week, is enough. You won’t get malnutrition if you have frozen pizza for dinner once a week - your body can manage. You can wear the same shirt for an entire week - as long as it’s clean, it’s unlikely people will judge you for it. And so on.

I’m not saying “live like a filthy animal”, but sometimes you have to cut down the amount of tasks in your daily to do list, and it’s better to choose wisely. Sometimes you have to admit you will never be an A only student, and set a goal of learning as much as possible. If you need a certain average grade, calculate how many good grades you actually need and don’t worry about others (as long as you pass). For example last semester I had two “I don’t give a damn” subjects which I barely passed, and my average was still 4.2 out of 5. Pick easy subjects when possible! It’s allowed. Get your As and Bs where you can, but don’t forget to rest and take care of yourself.

3. Make compromises

You will have some days when you will be able to do very little. You will have many such days. On those days, the most important thing is to do /something/. Just a little bit. Just one small thing you can manage. If you can only read ten pages of a book, do it! Ten less pages to read tomorrow. If you can only write two paragraphs of an essay, do it! Two paragraphs less to write tomorrow. Every tiny thing you will manage is an achievement, and it’s progress. Don’t fool yourself into thinking “that’s not enough, so I won’t do it at all”. A tiny bit of work is still work.

You will also have days when you won’t be able to study at all. If you realize that nothing you try is working, it’s okay to stop and take a break. Use such “useless” days to take care of yourself. Watch five episodes of your favorite show. Eat junk food. Stay in the shower for an hour. Talk to your friend (or maybe even to your cat). Listen to some good music. Relax! If you know you can’t do anything today, you can either be miserable about it or enjoy a tiny holiday. I know what I would choose.

4. Waste some time

When you have a lot to do, instead of panicking about it and rushing your work, slow down! Sleep an extra half an hour. Go through your morning routine as usual. Calmly examine your to do list. Prepare your study place. Take a deep breath in. Yes you just “wasted” an hour, or even more. But, you hopefully got into a calm, determined mood, and will be able to deal with stress and do your work much more effectively. Believe me, it is worth it.

5. Find low energy study methods

The best form of studying for me is making study/revision notes using many different sources of information, then reciting them. I can’t do it every day though. On some days my executive dysfunction is bad and I don’t have energy to write study notes. That’s when I use my low energy study methods.

My favorite is YouTube. Crash Course is rather brief, but good when you are unfamiliar with the subject and need an introduction and a great explanation of the basics. Khan Academy is more detailed and has lectures for many different subjects. Just searching YouTube for good videos also works sometimes. For me this is an amazing study method because it is engaging enough but passive - all I need to do is watch and listen. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than doing nothing.

Find a low energy study method that works for you and use it. It will make a huge difference on “low on spoons” days.

6. Feed your brain

Your brains favorite fuel is a simple sugar: glucose. And it needs a lot of it. Human brain consumes around 20% of all calories the body needs, and it weighs less than 10% of the total body mass. When you eat carbohydrates, your body can extract sugar directly from it. When you eat fats or proteins, your body needs to metabolize them to produce sugar. Your diet should contain all kinds of foods, and you shouldn’t eat too much carbs, especially simple carbs. HOWEVER.

When you feel tired and can’t concentrate, sometimes it’s because your glucose levels are low. If you don’t have metabolic issues like diabetes, a sugary snack can help get you back into working mode. Chocolate, fruits and sweet drinks like tea, coffee or juice are all great for giving you a quick sugar boost. Some people say even the taste of sweet in their mouth helps them concentrate and study, and chewing gum with an artificial sweetener is enough for that. So if you do this in moderation, a sugar boost is great for low energy studying. Just don’t abuse it. It loses the effect if overused.

7. Be compassionate to yourself

No matter how hard your try, sometimes life is just difficult. It’s okay. It’s okay to fail a test or an exam, it’s always a learning opportunity. It’s okay to not get the grades you wanted, it can be a totally random thing. It’s okay to miss class sometimes, everyone does it. It’s okay to take breaks, you earned them. It’s okay to ask for help, you deserve it. Measure your success by how hard you tried, not the result you got. And be kind to yourself. If you did your best (which definitely doesn’t mean exhausting yourself to a point of mental breakdown), it’s enough.

That’s all I have to share. Hope it helps. What are your low energy tips and tricks? Share them in the replies!

Late night confession

You yawn as you zip up your suit case. It was almost midnight and you just got finished packing all you thinks to go back home to states for a month.
You are a photographer who got lucky enough to get the chance to tour with seventeen to capture photos and videos of them for memories, music videos, etc. And of course you are beyond happy and blessed with this opportunity but like anyone else you get home sick.
Going over your mental list of everything you need you hear a faint knock on the door. Wondering who on earth would be awake at this time let anyone coming to your room you walk to the door.
“Joshua? What are you doing here?” You ask eyeing the boy up to down. He’s wearing some pajama pants along with a plain black tee and scruffy bed head. To say the least he looked so darn cute.
“Can I come in? I want to talk to you about uh..something.”
“Yeah of course come in.” You open the door signaling for him to go in. He nods as he walks past you and sits on your couch, you slowly make your way over to him.
“What’s on your mind?” You ask Joshua as you shifted on the couch to fully face him.
“I heard that you’re leaving tomorrow..back to the states I mean.”
“Oh that I didn’t tell you before?” You ask and Joshua lowers his head and shakes it. You clear your throat as you realized that you’ve been so busy you completely forgot to tell any of the boys about your trip.
“Well um.yes I’m leaving tomorrow back hom-” Joshua quickly cuts you off.
“For how long?”
“For about three weeks. I really miss everyone so I’d thought I make this visit longer.” He nods his head understand your situation.
“Before you leave I was goi- I mean want to confess something to you..” You raise an eyebrow at him.
“Yeah?” He starts to nervously tap his foot and play with fingers trying to find the right words to say.
“You see um..well uhh the thin-thing is umm..you know what nevermind I’ll just go bye y/n!” He gets up quickly and makes his way to your front door. Confused on what just happened you called him.
“Joshua what the heck? Come back and talk to me.” He pulls his hand away from the door knob as he turns back to you.
“I like you. I like you y/n.” You choke on your spit as you hear those words come out of his mouth. “I’m sorry wha-”
“I like you! What don’t you understand?” Joshua asks desperately.
“No I heard you but..why?”
“Why do I like you? Well because-”
“No why are you telling me this now.. the day before I leave for a while.” Joshua walks closer to you.
“Because I realized when you leave I would want to text and call you the whole time. Asking you what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with and if you’re eating and what did you eat and how are you sleeping an-” you let out a small laugh and smile at how cute he’s being. He clears his throats and begins to speak again.
“ and I realized with me wanting to know all those things how creepy I would look if all I was to you was just a guy that you work with. I at least wanted you to know how I felt about you..and everything else. And I understand if you don’t feel the same way but I needed to get this off my chest..” you reach for his hand and you intertwine your fingers with his.
“So you basically confessed to me so you wouldn’t look like a creepo trying to text me and call me 24/7 huh?” You ask teasingly.
“Wa- wait no no! I mean I guess maybe that was half my intention but that wasn’t the biggest reason. You see the thi-” you stoped his rambling by pulling him into a hug. He stops speaking to hug you back and he lets out a breath he didn’t realized he’s been holding in for so long.
“I like you too you dork.” You say as you nuzzle your head on his shoulder. He laughs as he pulls you in tighter.
“Good. Okay so this means I have permission to call you when I miss you?”
“Sure. But to be fair you never needed permission. Honestly I would’ve been a little upset if you didn’t call and text me like crazy.” He pulls way from the hug and he looks at you with a huge grin on his face. He then places a kiss on your head.
“It’s getting late I should head back to the dorms.” You frown as he lets you go and heads to the door. You quietly walk behind him.
“I’ll be back here in the morning to go get breakfast with you and take you to the airport.” You nod.“I’ll see you then. Bye Joshua.”
He waves and says his good bye as he leaves. You shut the door and you slowly slide your back against the door frame and your hand in on your chest. You couldn’t believe want just happened but you sure were happy that it did.

anonymous asked:

Can you please do 40 from March prompt list with Matt Donovan please

Matt Donovan - “That’s not what I meant and you know it.”

“What’s going on?” You had your eyebrows frowned and you stared at the chaos on the market square. “I’ve heard something about a gas leak, but considering that none of the gas leaks have ever been gas leaks…”

“It’s not a gas leak.” Matt swallowed, but he didn’t even take the time to look over his shoulders. “But you have to get out of town just like the rest of the people.”

“What’s going on then?” You repeated your question and crossed your arms over your chest. “I’m not leaving town before I know what’s going on.”

“I don’t have time for this!” Matt raised his eyebrows and he turned around shaking his head. “My sister is up there ringing that bell and when she rings that thing for the twelfth time you can’t be here anymore. No one can be here anymore.”

“Your sister is trying to unleash hell on earth?” You dropped your jaw and widened your eyes. “Can’t you just stop her or something, I mean, she’s your sister and maybe she’ll listen to you when you try to talk to her.”

“You think I didn’t try that first?” Matt rolled his eyes and he tensed all his muscles. “You think I’d be telling the entire town there’s a gas leak once again if there had been some other solution?” He sighed. “Do you think I’m dumb or something?”

That’s not what I meant and you know it.” You sighed and softened your voice. “I know you’re not dumb, I wouldn’t have fallen in love with you if you were.” You shrugged your shoulders. “I’m just surprised that she didn’t listen to you.” You looked up at the clocktower and felt a shiver rolling down your spine when the bell rang again.

“I guess getting out of hell is more important to her than the damn town that judged her for everything she did anyway.” Matt bent his head and he stared at the ground beneath his feet. “I can’t really blame her for it, you know?”

You licked your lips and eventually you nodded. “So, are you coming with me then?” You cocked your head, but you already knew the answer when he clearly avoided your glance. “You’re not coming with me.”

“Bonnie is gonna try something.” Matt paused for a moment. “And I can’t really get outta here before everyone is gone and I’m not sure if I can still make it after that.”

“If you’re not leaving, then I’m not leaving either.” You grabbed his hands and squeezed them. “We might not be married yet, but I do remember saying yes when you proposed and I’m still planning on saying yes when someone asks us if we promise to love each other until death do us part.”

Matt took a deep breath and his lips trembled a little. “You really don’t have to stay. My dad is gonna stay with me, so whatever happens I won’t be alone.”

“But if you die, I will be.” You pulled him closer towards you. “I’ve already almost lost you a few too many times, Matt. If you die this time, I’ll die with you.”

Matt swallowed, but he pressed a soft kiss on your forehead. “Let’s hope then that we don’t die today, okay?”

“Let’s hope then that we don’t die today.”

Hypocrite, thy name is Fakebaby

The fakebabies be putting out lists of supposed “anti recast bullies” meanwhile one of the BJD Addicts mods got *literal death threats* even after turning off Anon, so much that she had to leave tumblr for a while. Don’t fucking tell me you shitbags are the ones getting bullied, and waah waaah you’re the victiiiiiims!

Let a pro-artist person put out a list of names of fakebabies, see how quickly y'all freak out. Know why your asses don’t want your names out there? Because you fucking KNOW you’re doing something wrong. Meanwhile, the pro artist owners are taking pride in that stupid list because we are PROUD to support our artists.

I don’t know, I guess I find it funny that pro-recast people have jumped the shark like this? Labeling hundreds of people as “insulting/stalking” seems like the strangest self-victimization I’ve ever seen. Do they really think we have nothing better to do than come after them? That is a weird kind of guilty narcissism. I barely even have time to sleep and get my Etsy listings done.

blessthe-lord-ohmysoul  asked:

Martha! So I'm going to be attending my local Byzantine Catholic Church for Mass. I'm so excited, but I don't want to look like an idiot. Any do's/don'ts i should be aware of?

AAAAAAAAH, my friend you’re going to love it. Like I’m most definitely biased but I think the Eastern Church is the most beautiful form of worship on earth and I always get excited when people decide to attend liturgy.

•So you should definitely venerate the icons! They’ll most likely have one on a podium thing, standing front and center (sometimes as many as three). I usually venerate the icon as soon as I enter and the last thing i do before I leave. It’s super simple: stand before the icon, cross yourself twice, kiss the icon on the lower corner, and then cross yourself again.

• Don’t venerate the icons while wearing lipstick tho because the last thing you want is a bright pink kiss mark on it😂

•Cross yourself and bow in the direction of the iconostasis (the beautiful screen of icons which connects the knave of the church to the sanctuary, where the altar and tabernacle are kept) before entering your pew! There may not be pews, if not that’s okay. Bow upon entering and exiting the church.

• Don’t genuflect or kneel. In the east kneeling is is viewed as an act of penance and sorrow. But Sunday is a little Easter, it is a joyous occasion! So rejoice!!!! Stand during the consecration and after receiving the Eucharist😁

• The whole liturgy is in song! Your church will most likely have a little book that contains all the prayers and hymns if you want to follow along! Even if you can’t find the book, there’s a few parts that are repeated a LOT! By the end of Liturgy you’ll be singing “Lord have mercy” like a pro

• Before the Homily, the priest may say “Glory to Jesus Christ” and you’ll respond by saying, “Glory to him forever.”

• Do receive the Eucharist! (As long as you’re properly disposed to receive of course. Any Catholic may receive the Eucharist at any Catholic Church, Roman or Eastern. But Catholics aren’t permitted to receive Eucharist from an Orthodox Church.) The Byzantine Church use leavened bread, not communion wafers. It’s cut into little sugar cube sizes and and mixed with the wine. The priest administers the Eucharist directly into your mouth with a spoon. You’ll walk up with your hands folded over your chest, tilt your head back, open your mouth (but don’t stick out your tongue), and the priest will give you the Eucharist. He may ask your name right before too.

• Don’t shut your mouth down on the spoon! Don’t stick your tongue out because the Body might fall. And if you’re not going to receive communion, don’t walk up for a blessing, just remain standing.

•Do venerate the cross! Anyone can do it, Catholic/Orthodox/Protestant whatever. It’s super easy. The priest will say the proper greeting for the Liturgical season, and you reply with the proper response. As of right now the priest would say something along the lines of “Christ is among us”, to which you would reply, “He is and ever shall be” (these change during Christmas and Easter though) After that you’ll kiss the cross and then kiss the priest’s hand that’s holding the base of the cross. We kiss the cross because it’s the instrument of our salvation and we kiss the priest’s hand because his hands have held the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus.

•Some parishes don’t do the hand kiss though, so you may want to double check.

•Do partake in the antidoron, just like venerating the cross anyone can do it! After you kiss the cross you’ll walk past an altar server carrying a bowl or a basket. It’s filled with bread. Blessed but not consecrated, so it’s not the Eucharist, just bread. Take it. Not the whole bowl though because rude, take one piece. If there’s extra they’ll pass it around and then you can get more if you’d like.

•Cross yourself as often as you’d like and whenever you feel it’s appropriate. There are a few parts where you bow but the priest will tell you “bow your heads to the lord” so you don’t need to worry about knowing when, and you can also just take queues from those around you! ☺️

• If you have an Eastern Christian friend, ask them to go with you. They can help answer any questions about why something is or how something should be done. If you don’t know anyone from the Church already, I would get there a little early and introduce yourself to the priest or deacon or just a friendly looking lay person. These are usually very small communities so if you introduce yourself to one person you’ll quickly become acquainted with just about everyone.

I know it sounds like a lot, but everyone there is going to be so kind and understanding, so don’t worry about doing everything _perfect_ Your primary concern should just be being there, and worshiping Christ and encountering him with all your senses. Like literally hearing, feeling, taste, touch, smell; It’s amazing. I wish I could go with you! There’s nothing I love more than bringing friends to Liturgy with me!