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OC-tober Challenge

As OC-tober approaches I wanted to make a list of possible prompts and ideas for myself. Feel free to use this and enjoy!

1. The Team™
2. Bickering / Enemies
3. Sleepover / Nightgown
4. Best Buddies
5. Beach wear
6. A hobby of your OC
7. With a pet
8. Favourite Food
9. A crush
10. Different hair styles
11. A weakness of theirs
12. Casual Outfit
13. Working Clothes
14. Body modification
15. Babysitting
16. Someone else’s oc
17. Crying / Scared
18. Flower crown
19. Them relaxing
20. Workout
21. Family
22. As a child
23. Alternate Universe (AU)
24. Wounded and/or cared for
25. First meeting / impression
26. Genderbent
27. You in their universe
28. Cuddling
29. Flustered
30. Their favourite season
31. Happiness

100 days of productivity

1/100 | 20/08/16 [12:24pm]

Today I am about to finish chemistry tasks and do revision from the next 3 chapters!

Hey guys, my name is Maja, this is my first day of being productive and also my first day in studyblr community! Here are some blogs that inspired me: @studyign @studycubs @nehrdist @studyingohdear @pillowstudies @studydiaryofamedstudent thank you all!

When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be free from problems, we must transform our mind.

–Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Weekly Art Challenge #202 (September 11th-September 25th)

The two main archetypes in all stories is the hero, and the villain. We have so many preconceived notions of what makes these character who they are- including design, colors, and shapes! Usually villains use darker color palettes and sharper shapes while heroes opt for the bright colors and softer shapes.

Create and illustrate either a hero character or a villain character and be sure to keep in mind these design elements!

Things to note:

-As this is a character design challenge, no fanart this week.

-Submission limit of two, so feel free to create both a hero and a villain :D

-We the viewers should be able to immediately tell which one your character is.

-All mediums welcomed as always! Also, what do you guys think of having challenges for two weeks instead of one? :)

[The deadline for this challenge will be September 25th at 6PM PDT/9PM EST]

For more information about the group and it’s submissions, please read the FAQ! If you have a question you do not see mentioned there, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Make sure to submit your piece using the submission page, and tag it for the appropriate challenge! If you don’t complete in time for the deadline, still post it to your Tumblr and tag it as ‘WAC’ & ‘wac challenges’! Have a great week!!

~hiyokos

In our daily life, problems invariably arise.  But problems themselves do not automatically cause suffering.  If we can directly address our problem and focus our energies on finding a solution, for instance, the problem can be transformed into a challenge.  If we throw into the mix, however, a feeling that our problem is ‘unfair,’ we add an additional ingredient that can become a powerful fuel in creating mental unrest and emotional suffering.  And now we not only have two problems instead of one, but that feeling of 'unfairness’ distracts us, consumes us, and robs us of the energy needed to solve the original problem.
—  Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

Weekly Art Challenge #196 (July 17th-July 24th)

I think it is safe to say that we all love color palette challenges! And I also think that you all know the drill by now! This time we will be using a more pastel color palette which tend to have their difficulties.

Using only the specified colors, create a submission of any subject matter as long as incorporate only these colors.

Things to note:

-In case you do not already know, you are to use only these five colors.

-No adding any other colors such as white or black. You may use blending modes and blend within the given colors.

-For those using any medium other than digital, try to match the colors as close as you can:)

-All mediums welcomed and submission limit of two, as always!

[The deadline for this challenge will be July 24th at 6PM PDT/9PM EST]

For more information about the group and it’s submissions, please read the FAQ! If you have a question you do not see mentioned there, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Make sure to submit your piece using the submission page, and tag it for the appropriate challenge! If you don’t complete in time for the deadline, still post it to your Tumblr and tag it as ‘WAC’ & ‘wac challenges’! Have a wonferful week!

~hiyokos

“The leopard meets the tortoise on a lonely stretch of road. The leopard has been trying to catch the tortoise for a long time. The tortoise is a trickster, and so obviously has been escaping. And then on this day the leopard finally catches up with him and says, ah-ha. You know, now I’ve got you. Prepare to die.

And tortoise says to leopard: Can I ask you one last favor? And the leopard says, yes, why not? And tortoise says: Give me a short time to prepare myself for death. And the leopard looked around, said: I don’t see why not. Yes, go ahead. But then instead of standing still and thinking, as the leopard had expected, the tortoise began to dig and scatter sand all over the road, you know, throwing sand in all directions with his hands and feet.

And the leopard says: What’s going on? Why are you doing that? And the tortoise says: I’m doing this because after I am dead, I want anyone passing by this spot and seeing all this sign of struggle on the road to say: A man and his match struggled here.

And the moral of this is the importance of struggle, that we cannot - no one is going to guarantee us the outcome. Nobody’s going to say if you struggle, you will succeed. It would be too simple. But even if we are not sure how it is going to end, what success will attend our enterprise, we still have this obligation to struggle.”

— Author, Chinua Achebe in a great conversation with Terry Gross. 

Photo Source: Literary Arts 

🌠 Day 2: Storm

Storm: Write a spell based on any type of storm!

I’m doing this challenge in whatever order I want. 

There was an outrageously heavy but brief thunderstorm this morning, and, being the early bird that I am, I dashed out and collected as much storm water as I could while it poured and then thought Day 2 could do with a little spellcraft. And so, I wrote a spell for my sister.

☈ Swell Storm Spell

Purpose: To soothe or healthily release strong bottled-up emotions–rage, debilitating loneliness, terror for the future, etc.

Requires: storm water (c.f. @stormbornwitch “storm v. rain” water) 💧 ; sea salt 🌊 (pref.); “charger” (crystal, candle, luck charm, etc.) (optional) 💎; tea or coffee ☕

  1. Set your “charger” token near your workspace. 
  2. Collect storm water in a clean jar outside near your home. When filled, bring back inside immediately to reduce possible contamination (i.e. small animals, insects).
  3. Add a pinch of salt for protection and as a gesture of good will. It doesn’t have to be a lot–afterall, salt and coffee don’t taste great.
  4. Using the storm water, begin preparing the drink. If you’re drinking tea, heat your water. If you’d rather drink coffee, prepare it conventionally. 
  5. While the water is boiling/coffee is brewing, reflect on the emotions of the person drinking this, yourself or otherwise. What is this person’s feelings? Why do they feel this way? Why do they bottle it up? Affirm that you love this person and that you only wish for them to be happy and health, whatever the outcome of the spell.
  6. If you’re inclined, read the poem “Trauma (Storm),” by Gregory Orr to imbue the drink with your love and concern.

    Hunkered down, nerve-numb,
    in the carnal hut,
    the cave of self,
    while outside a storm
    rages.
            Huddled there,
    rubbing together
    white sticks of
    your own ribs,
    praying for sparks
    in that dark
    where tinder is heart,
    where tender is not. (x)

  7. If you don’t like this poem, it’s whatevs. You do you. I just prefer poetry to chanting or invoking deities or self-affirmations, is all.
  8. Once finished and brewed and sufficiently doctored with cream,honey, sugar, etc., serve. Enjoy.

*The end product of this spell is meant to be ingested. For your safety, please do research on the pollution levels where you collected the rain water and ensure that it is safe for drinking (pH, minerals ppm, salinity, etc.). If not, storm salt is an apt substitute for both storm water AND the salt.

7/10/16


Good morning🌴


Thinking about the pursuit of happiness again… (Throwback to a happy day in Hawaii last August) These are my top four in that quest:

1) Accept who you are

2) Do things at your own pace

3) Embrace change

4) Pursue your passions

Happy Sunday!

Love,
Haruko
XO

Weekly Art Challenge #199 (August 7th-August 14th)

I am sure there are many of us who wish they could meet their favorite character from a TV show, movie, comic, etc! Or perhaps even an OC we have created! It may or may not be the most fun depending on the character but I am sure we have all had that thought at one point or another and one cannot deny the interesting experience it would be!

Things to note:

-Any character from any media or OC is welcomed!
-If an OC, please provide us with a little introduction of this character :D

-You submission should include both you and your character that you picked.

-Submission limit of two, all mediums welcomed.

[The deadline for this challenge will be August 14th at 6PM PDT/9PM EST]

For more information about the group and it’s submissions, please read the FAQ! If you have a question you do not see mentioned there, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Make sure to submit your piece using the submission page, and tag it for the appropriate challenge! If you don’t complete in time for the deadline, still post it to your Tumblr and tag it as ‘WAC’ & ‘wac challenges’! Have a lovely week!

-hiyokos

stories for monday

Everything’s fine when you’ve got a legendary love like this. Meet me on the left coast where we’ll tell stories for Monday, bringing in color to the dull world around us.

a challenge inspired from songs by the summer set! each person is writing a one-shot based off their chosen song and boy, and the stories will be posted on monday, september 5th. if you have any questions contact me or @moonandmore (kaitie)! edit done by eriza ( @booksncoffee )

authors include: @moonandmore, @wildestdreamsfics, @wokeuptired, @northernsunrises, @booksncoffee, @mrsmiresa, @supernovalaauren, @beggingforfics, @masterjinoras, and @tinyfelthat