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IN THE LAP OF THE GODS: Kathmandu Valley, Nepal - photography: Gentl & Hyers - text: Isabella Tree - CNTraveler August 2013

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CUISINE: Gascony, France - photography: Gentl & Hyers - text: Michael Ruhlman - CNTraveler July 2013

LAIKIPIA,CENTRAL KENYA - photography: Christopher Churchill - text: Sophy Roberts - CNTraveler April 2017

  • “Sausage prepared by Dominique Chapolard, who grows the grains his pigs eat on his farm.”
  • “Turmeric, coriander, buckwheat greens, and tree tomatoes are among the staples at one of Bhaktapur’s markets. Nepal’s spicy cuisine isn’t all vegan, though - most people also eat meat.”
  • “An offering to the Hindu god Ganesh, consisting of vermilion, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, juniper, rice, cotton, and lentils.”
  • “Still life of local fruits at Kate Hill’s Kitchen at Camont cooking school.”
  • “Lunch at Arijiju, including chili beef, green papaya salad, and ginger-steamed bok chop.”

Stress Management Techniques for Reducing Test Anxiety

Technique #1: Challenge yourself–defeating thoughts

“If you knew you could handle anything that came your way, what would you have to fear.”
— Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.

The way you think about a situation dictates how you will react to it. If you are thinking about test situations in a negative, worried, or fearful way, you will likely have a high degree of test anxiety. You are scaring yourself by telling yourself you cannot handle tests. These thoughts are self–defeating.

To challenge yourself–defeating thoughts, first identify what you say to yourself about tests. These statements typically have “catastrophic” overtones. Once you recognize what you are saying to yourself, come up with a realistic coping statement. Coping statements allow you to problem–solve instead of panic.

Example : “I could never study enough for this test.” -> “I have a lot to study for this test, but if I stick to my schedule, I can do it.”

Technique #2: Thought Stopping

When you feel anxious, listen to what you are telling yourself. Interrupt your anxiety-producing thoughts by yelling “STOP” to yourself. Take a deep breath, and make yourself come up with a coping statement. Do this as often as necessary before and during a test. Use the following procedure to learn this technique.

Practice the thought–stopping technique any time you begin to feel anxious. Eventually, it will become a method that feels comfortable and almost automatic.

Technique #3: Recognize your control in the outcome of a test

It is self–defeating to tell yourself that your test performance is not in your control. These thoughts create anxiety and prevent you from studying effectively. Focus on what you can do to improve your test performance.

Technique #4: Deep breathing

Deep breathing is one of the simplest techniques you can use to reduce anxiety before, during, and after a test. Breathing provides you with oxygen necessary to think clearly and releases physical tension at the same time.

  1. Close your eyes.
  2. Breath through your nose. Breathe in deeply into your abdomen. Pause before you exhale.
  3. Breathe out from your abdomen slowly.
  4. Use each inhalation as a moment to become aware of any tension in your body. Use each exhalation as an opportunity to let go of tension.
  5. Repeat once, then return to the test.

Technique #5: Imagery and Visualization

Use this technique before a test to calm yourself and improve your concentration. Create a visualization that works for you. Remember, the purpose of visualization is to help you relax and cope.

Imagery

  • Imagine a scene that feels pleasurable and relaxing.
  • Let  yourself stay with that scene for a few moments
  • Once you feel relaxed, imagine going in for your test.
  • Imagine yourself calmly sitting down, waiting for the professor to pass out the test. As you receive the test, you say to yourself “I am prepared. Relax. Concentrate.” You turn the test over and read the directions, planning your time carefully. You read and answer the first question…

Visualization: “Quick pics”

  • Think about something melting when you want to relax. “Melting” evokes many images:
  • snow melting in the sun
  • a flame melting candle wax
  • marshmallow melting in hot chocolate
  • butter melting in a pan
  • chocolate chips melting in Toll House cookies

Technique #6: Muscle relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is a very effective technique, which you can use daily as well as before and after a test situation

Technique #7: Avoid stress triggers

Avoid people or situations that create anxiety.

  • Avoid discussing course material with other students immediately before the test. Last minute cramming generally causes more anxiety and concern about how and what you studied.
  • Pay  attention to the time allotted for the test, but avoid excessive     clock–watching
  • Avoid getting to the test “just in time.” Plan to arrive early to settle in and  relax.
  • Avoid food or drinks that are stimulants and increase “jitters.” (This varies by individual).
  • Avoid believing rumors you hear about the test. Check it out with the person who really knows – your professor!
  • Avoid talking about your test grade with other students if this increases your anxiety. If you feel uncomfortable with being asked “How did you do”, respond with “I did as well as I expected.” or “I’d rather not talk about my grades.”
  • Avoid checking the progress of other students during the test. Remember: it doesn’t take long for someone to complete a test when he/she hasn’t studied.
  • Conduct your post–test review by yourself if discussion with your classmates increases your anxiety.

A Rare Behind The Scene’s Photo from the book Labyrinth - The Ultimate Visual History. Pictured from left to right : Brian Henson, Ludo (Rob Mills) Shari Weiser (Hoggle) Jennifer Connelly (Sarah) Jim Henson, Cheryl Gates McFadden (Choreographer).#rarepic

Dirty Mouth

Characters : Jon Moxley (or Dean Ambrose, its more Mox era though) x OC/Reader

Summary: OC gets turned on by how Mox treats her in the ring. She goes to find him in the locker room. Fun happens.

Warnings: NSFW, Sexual Content, Choking, Blood, Swearing, Dirty Talk, Unprotected Sex.

Do let me know if you wanna be tagged in any of my fics (:  Please please please let me know what you think!


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Eyes of the Swarm - lore pt. 1 (the world, the Swarm and its first avatar)

This post is a part of Eyes of the Swarm, my and @zlukaka​’s visual novel in development. Any feedback/comments will be loved & treasured!

As you might remember, we promised some more info about the setting Eyes of the Swarm will be taking place in. And instead of just writing about it, I decided to draw some doodly pictures. This part will introduce some basic trivia; the dimension where most of the game will be taking place, the factions that live there (the fauna of the world will have its separate post/s) and the history of the Swarm worship.

The homeworld and its inahabitants

The world where the main part of conflict between the Swarm and the Realmsguard takes place, is covered with water - there are no continents there, only archipelagos of jungle and cavern covered islands and solitary pillar-like rock formations (usually those are more scarcely distributed than on the picture below but I wanted to give you an idea of how they look like). 

(Just to be clear - we’re talking about times before the Realmsguard here.)

Over the course of centuries, people of the world began to populate the natural “holes” in the pillars, finding the conditions there more favourable than down on the constantly flooded, predator-bristled islands. They built their villages just above the water at first, where they would still have easy access to their fishing grounds but then they connected some of the holes with roads, and built primitive rope-based elevator systems between other ones, and started settling progressively higher and higher.

In time, the division between those who decided to stay in the jungles and those who went to live on the pillars grew. Up there, villages often turned into towns, and the civilization advanced, while the tribes that stayed in the jungles stagnated, and started to be regarded as savages, assaulting the fishermen, or trying to climb to the lowest towns in the pillars to raid and pillage. 

It wasn’t much of a problem until they tamed flying beasts, and even then, the threat was manageable, because the islanders were disorganized, tribes from different islands hardly cooperated, and so only some of them had access to trained beasts. But that was only until the people of the islands were brought together in the worship of the Swarm.

The Swarm and its worshippers

Nobody today remembers who found the Swarm or what happened to them. But the islanders came to realize quite soon that the gods they discovered were powerful and hungry, and that they seemed to be pleased by human sacrifices.

Swarm-worship spread quickly among the island population, further deepening the divide. Now the beastriders didn’t just randomly raid. They weren’t just self-appointed plunderers anymore but warriors and messengers dispatched by their shamans to spread the will of the Swarm. Sometimes, they forced the villages they raided to officially submit to the Swarm worship. Sometimes, regular tributes were enough.

But the terror they sowed was still nothing compared to the time when the Swarm worshippers from all over the world became united under a common leader.

What follows, is a sketchy comic about the first avatar’s rise to power, which I also dub the Story of a Large Peasant XD

United under Kron’s reign, the Swarm-worshippers (that came, in time, to call themselves the Swarm, as they saw themselves as the extension of their gods’ will) became a violent and increasingly organized force. Slaughter of entire villages who refused to succumb to the Swarm and worship it became common, taking away all the feeling of safety from the civilized part of the world’s population.

One of the people who lost their entire family that way, was Nathan.

(yes, he was originally blind)

This is all for now, the story will be continued in the next lore post, next week :)

If you read this far, please, please tell us what you think, any comments on this project mean the world to us! (if you’re hesitating between liking this post or commenting, please comment) Also if you have any questions, we’ll be delighted to answer them <3