what i do during class now: write

my math teacher is honestly really great like,, I keep forgetting how to write the different forms of equations and what they're​ called and how to rewrite and solve them. and we had a math test today. there were like 5 minutes left of class and I still wasn’t finished so she came over and was like “ok what’s wrong; I literally went over this with you during lunch?? I know you know this stuff,,” and then she helped me figure out wtf I was doing. like somehow instead of doing something like (x+6)(x-4) as an equation, I had a FUCkiNg square root symbol in there??!??? and then she was like “ok flip the page over what else did you do wrong? ok look all you did was miss the last step, just finish it up. and for this one, just start by splitting it up; solve this half first. ok but you forgot the negative sign.” and I’m honestly so grateful that she’s like this, so shoutout to her for helping me

So, I mentioned in one of my posts that I’ve been kinda sorta successful in my efforts to be a morning person. Lot’s of people were curious because waking up early is STRUGGLE, right? Is it possible to become the strange mythological person that is the morning person? 

Let me be honest, I am pretty new to being this creature too. I experience setbacks every now and then, but as a whole, I think I’ve been pretty successful. Here’s what I did :

STEP 1: Develop a clear reason for waking up early.

I’ve been trying and failing to wake up early for years (and when I do have to wake up at 5 am on weekdays, I more or less snooze off the whole time on my way to classes and even though I don’t sleep during lectures, I still feel disoriented). None of my actions worked till I realized that I was running out of preparation time for some important exams that I will be writing by the end of this year and I don’t have enough time to prepare. This is what spurs me to get out of bed in the morning. 

What do YOU want to achieve very badly? Think of ways in which the morning hours and the ensuing productivity will help you in your goals. Once you think and develop on your reasons, waking up in the morning sounds like the most effective solution to those of us who feel demotivated in doing our work or feel like 24 hours are not enough. If you think you need reminding, write down your long term goal down somewhere you can see it in the morning.

STEP 2: Prepare a list of tasks you want to do the next day.

 Add some fun items on it as well that you willingly feel like doing. Make sure that it isn’t overwhelming and is doable. Cut it down into smaller tasks.

STEP 3: GO TO BED EARLY

Well, duh, right? But this is really, really, important. Past-me thought she could go to bed late and still wake up early. Saving time, right? Past-me was wrong. At-least six hours of sleep is a must, so if you genuinely, honestly, want to wake up early, go to bed earlier. Change the sleeping and waking time in small quantities so that your internal clock can adjust to the changes.

STEP 4: Do NOT keep your alarm on snooze for more than three times. 

The problem is, once you know that your alarm is going to ring again, you go back to sleep trusting future-you to get up. But future-you feels the same way. If you plan on getting up at x o’clock, just bare yourself the pain and get up the first time you hear it. You have to get up anyway. :(

STEP 5: Do the easy stuff first. 

Wash your face. Make yourself a cup of coffee/tea. (However sleepy I might be, the process of making something jogs my brain to think and by the time the coffee is made, I am much less sleepier.) Eat something not too sugary.

Now is the time to start work. This is where I made the biggest mistake in my previous attempts to wake early - in my attempt to be productive and make use of the morning time, I dove straight into my books. Do NOT do this. Tick off some easier stuff in your to do list (and things you like doing, as mentioned above). By now, the ticked boxes give off a sense of accomplishment and your sleepiness would be more or less gone. Time to hit the books!

STEP 6: Cut yourself some slack.

If you start feeling sleepy, take a break from studying to do something you like that is guaranteed to keep you up. Make sure you set a time limit for this, as this could go on for hours if you don’t put yourself in check. But most of all, remember - if you mess up, you don’t have to wait for the next day to start over. 

Try and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. There are lots of tips online but nothing works until you have the will to do it. I used to sleep at 3 am and then waste my day feeling sleepy until 9pm and the cycle continued. It takes trial and error to find the methods that work for you, but don’t ever give up. 

If this helps you or you have other tips to get up early, don’t hesitate to message me!

Tips for feeling more awake in the morning (without caffeine)

[image of Dubai sunrise from my friend. Edits by me.]

General Tips for Math Notes


Not being a studyblr, I’ll apologize now if this isn’t really up to standard; I am writing this because @hexaneandheels requested some basic information on how to structure math notes (pure & applied) in a more purposeful fashion.To give myself some authority on the subject, I am going into my fourth year as a mathematics major, focusing more on the pure side of things. I’ve certainly taken my share of math courses and therefore, have written my share of notes. I have bounced back and forth between numerous different styles, layouts, color codes— you name it and I’ve probably tried it out.

For me, I have found that I process my notes better and can read through them more easily when then is a minimal amount of ‘fluff’ to my notes; this could very well be a personal preference, but when note taking, there is rarely any sort of fanciful borders, colors, or anything more than some bolding or strategic underlining. I will say that there is a bit more room for eye-catching additions when taking notes for applied math classes instead of pure ones. For example, my Calculus notes are much more visually eye-catching than my Linear Algebra notes or Number Theory notes. Also, as my classes have become more rigorous, I have found that I generally do not have the time to draw extraneous diagrams, pictures, or color code every definition. My goal is to get down what is in front of me, make crucial notes to myself, and do my best to comprehend what it is my professor is lecturing about at the moment. All of these ideas are sort of what go through my mind when I am considering how to take my notes at the start of each course for every semester. Some more specific guidelines for each type of math class are:

PURE:

  • First of all, and this will probably drive some people bonkers that I do this, but I take my notes in a two column fashion. I write into the margins and split the page in half as best I can when taking my notes. I have found this to be much easier to read when going over notes rather than looking at a wall of writing on a single page. It breaks things up nicely on the page and I find things to be neater. This works well for me primarily because I have small, neat, efficient hand-writing. I can understand why this would not be the best option for some.
  • These classes in general tend to be more theorem and definition based (kind of a ‘duh’ but it’s important to note taking) so it is pretty damn crucial that you can look up and identify a necessary theorem/definition/corollary relatively quickly without paging through your entire notebook. The easiest but most identifiable way that I have found to separate these from the rest of the notes on a page is to start off each definition with a ‘DEF’/’THM’ header, double underlined, just off to the left in margin so that I can scan my pages much more quickly when trying to identify a theorem. NOTE: this will probably be easier to visualize when I am able to upload photos after my vacation.
  • I would assume that most professors take a similar approach to my own in the fact that after defining a theorem, they then present the proof for it. When I take down the proof for a given theorem, I almost always try to indent some before starting the proof and maintain the indentation until the proof is completed so that I can easily differ the theorem from its corresponding proof.
  • Personally, I do not feel the need to put my notes into different sections or distinguish between one lecture and the next; therefore, I just allow my notes to all flow together. Given that every pure mathematics course I have taken to date builds so heavily on one concept to the next, so much that they become intertwined in my mind, it just seems easier to not worry about dividing my notes by section, concept, etc.. At most, my notes are divided by exam: I make note of when an exam is, what specific ideas are on it, and that is it. That is the only division of my notes that I have.
  • Essentially, the more clear, concise, and to the point my notes are for these class types, the more successful I have found myself to be and digesting information goes much more smoothly.

APPLIED:

  • When taking notes for an applied course such as Calculus, DE/AdvDe, or Numerical Methods, I still maintain my two column approach to my notes. This is less important in this case given that more graphs tend to be drawn and can take up a good chunk of space.
  • Once again, make sure all definitions, theorems, and formulas are easily identifiable; formulas in particular become much more prevalent in applied courses so it would be understandable if you wanted to bold them, write them in red, draw a box around them—something to bring them to the forefront of your attention. I am golden when it comes to remembering mathematical concepts and theorems but I have always had the most difficulty remember formulas, so do whatever you have to do to make sure you know what is a positive or negative, greater than or less than when it comes time for an exam.
  • Examples, too, become much more important in applied courses. The physical practice of working out a problem and recognizing specific cases in which you have to apply or manipulate certain formulas is great, but it makes no difference at all when you’re at home and cannot recall what was so special about that problem that made your professor think it worthy of showing to the class. Write ALL examples down clearly and jot a note to the side about something you should notice/remember about that problem type. Professors pick problems for a reason.
  • Make your graphs as detailed, colorful, and beautiful as you want, but you should probably wait to do that at home when going over your notes. It takes time to draw some wonky 3-dimensional function by hand and make it look like it should; forget perfection in class and get the essential shape of the graph down during the lecture and perfect the art of it later. Odds are that, while you’re doing masterful shading, your professor is saying something that you will completely miss.

Things to say in general: I write my notes by hand. It kills my brother and friends that I do that, but I remember things much better when I do. Take history notes or English notes on your computer, but take your math notes by hand. It is easier to personalize them that way and that muscle memory will pay off in the long run. I know some people need doodles, borders, and color coding when it comes to their notes; I get that. I don’t need that so I don’t do that. Do whatever you feel is necessary to get yourself to retain the information. Still, I am a firm believer that less is more when taking notes for a math course and most of it comes down to practice so that recognition becomes second nature. Simply taking the colorful (or boring) notes is not enough: make note cards, make posters. I drew a massive flow chart poster to help me visualize how all the different concepts in Linear Algebra worked together. Do whatever you need to do to get the grade you need. These are just general suggestions that I have found work for me most of the time; I still adjust accordingly to each class. Sometimes, if a professor moves too quickly during lectures for me to write as neatly as I prefer, I do what I can to keep up and recopy them later, more neatly, in a different notebook (another great thing for muscle memory). Now that my cliché rant is over, I hope this was of some use to whomever may have actually read it. I will try to get some pictures up of my actual notes once I am home.

Things I regret not doing in college

So I graduated last year and now that I’m enrolling for my “MA” degree I’ve been thinking about those things I regretted from my BA years.

1. Go to class and sit up front. I know, no one wants to be the nerd sitting up front but thing is, lecturers and professors only see the first two rows and that means that they’ll remember you when exams times come. There’s the added bonus that you will be forced to take notes. (Always ask before recording a lesson btw)

2. Make Connections. Sure I got a couple of peers who I still hear from, but the connections I’m talking about here is the old boring guy lecturing you all day long. Start early and make friends with lecturers, they are people too and some of them are really lovely too. Also, it’ll be useful when you’ll have a thesis to write, as most lecturers would rather take under their wing a student they know for sure will be reliable than just risk getting a sloucher. So maybe if there’s you (the student the lecturer doesn’t know) with the same grades of a student that they know already, they won’t pick you. Ah, they can write recommendation letters when time comes and you want to get a certain job or doctorate.

3. Go to Conventions and Panels from experts. I was a International Relations Minor and we were given the possibility f attending various conventions and panels for free or half-price. Moreover my lecturers organised some themselves and invited us all. I only ever went to those that would be in the exam. That was a sad mistake, although rationally, I do live 30 mins of a risky train out of the campus. Anyway, if the thing isn’t too late at night, go!! First off, if you’re not interested in “more” then you’re not interested enough in what you’re studying in the first place, secondly - those conventions is where you can make connections that will come in hand later. 

4. Pick up the phone and just ask. College bureaucracy is fucking hell and their websites are even worse so don’t be afraid of picking up the phone and call the administration or whatever they offer as “student care”. I remember my course was experimental still, so we had procedures for the damn bureaucracy that were different from all other courses and they were just all over the place. It was hell, and somehow the administration decided we didn’t need a “how to graduate” faq page like every other course on the course webpage, so they just held this meeting once a year with lecturers that didn’t even know what they were doing anyway (no one did tbh). Of course we all ended up blowing up the stupid administration bureau for weeks until they eventually realised that maybe writing down the whole stuff was easier for every party involved.
So yeah literally just ask, chance are it’s a question they’ve heard a billion times before already. (Write an email first, but consider that they usually reply with “it’s written on the website” without even pointing out where. It could be an automatically generated answer tbh)

5. Eat well! I can’t stress this point enough. I’m not saying not to eat junk, but be sure to get all the nutrients you need. Some universities offer blood work for free. Get it tested (stds too, ince you’re at it anyway). If you’re missing nutrients like iron, studying will be way slower and sometimes even pointless. I made this mistake and had really bad chronic fatigue up until a few weeks ago because, yes my iron was not too low, but coupled with my mild anaemia and being a vegetarian it made my life way harder. Sometimes you feel tired and stressed and it just happens that you’re low on some stupid nutrient.

6. DRINK AND SLEEP. okay?? I mean everyone pulls all-nighters close to exams, but don’t stay up for the sake of it (=tumblr). You will regret it the day after and you’ll regret it even more when you’ll have to spend the night studying. Also don’t pull all-nighters the night before an exam. It probably won’t help any and you’ll be dead tired for the exam. AND DRINK WATER. no!, tea and coffee don’t count. you need water to function. Drink 8 glasses everyday, more if you are going to end up drinking alcohol. When you take a break from studying, drink some water. It’ll help restore concentration.

7. Work a routine out and stick to it. I’m not talking about a daily routine, but take into account everything you want to do in your week, scratch out what is not a priority and work what’s left into a manageable routine. Leave “Free periods” in it, so that you will be able to “make time” and work any unexpected event/request/work/whim into your routine. Don’t be to rigid about it, but try to stick to it and tweak and change it as you go. A planner could come in hand, but whatever works for you it’s gold.

8. Make time for yourself. College is gruesome and it will burn you out if you don’t just stop, take a step back and spend some quality time with yourself. I personally drive myself into an early grave way too often, so much that I always end up sick after (and sometimes even during) my exams. Try not to follow that example.

9. Start thinking on your thesis now. Even if it’s 3 years away. Even if you have no clue what you want to work on. Hell, even if you already know what you’re going to do. Write down those weird ideas that come up during class or studying, write down those weird questions you ask yourself at 3 am the day before an exam. Write down those shower thoughts you amuse yourself with. Those are all great ideas. At the end of all your courses, those are all starting lines, you’ll need all of the ideas you have, because thesis is one kind of hell that almost put me off permanently from higher education. Don’t let yourself write a thesis you don’t care for and you don’t like, if you can. Consider that your thesis is the first big actual step you take towards your dream job. Your thesis is something you can use in your career, it a publication you can even quote on your curriculum vitae. Make good use of it.

10. Don’t be afraid to change your course. This is not something I’ve been through but my brother is having a rough time. Sometimes you pick a course and you believe it’s the greatest ever, but six months in and it sucks, one year in and you hate it or you’re failing all your courses. Maybe it’s just not the course for you. Switch course if you can. You can drop out too if you feel that RATIONALLY it is not your path. Just don’t let self-pity and anger make decisions for you. There’s nothing shameful in changing course or dropping out. It might feel like a failure, but college is not for everyone - and your emotional and general well-being should not be strained just for education. Of course you can also take a year or a semester to figure things out, just don’t get lost in the system. Talk to a specialist if you feel the need, they will help.

Stay safe and healthy and don’t give up on yourself.

About the Author

Tagged by the lovely @galadrieljones <3

Is there a snack you like to eat while writing?  

Carrots <3

What time of day do you usually write?

Whenever I’m in the mood, which can be any time from while I’m at work at 4am to during class in the middle of the day to when I should be asleep at 2am. 

Where do you write?

Either in my bed or at work.

How often do you write a new fic?

Mm I write new drabbles for DWC every week! But I’m working on a longer fic now. ;)

Do you listen to music while you write?

Not really? Sometimes instrumentals.

Paper or laptop?

Lappy

Do you have a special pre-writing ritual?

Nahhh.

What do you do to get into the writing?

Read! Reading fanfiction always gets me in the mood to scribble. :)

What do you always have near the place you write?

My tablet with a rain sounds playlist.

Do you have a reward system for word counts?

Nope

Is there anything else about your writing process your readers don’t know?

It usually all happens at once, especially with smut. 

tags for @ladylike-foxes, @darmisu, @anyone else? lol

2 Truths, 1 Lie - phan oneshot

Summary: Dan decides to come out in a 2 Truths, 1 Lie video.

Title: 2 Truths, 1 Lie

Genre: fluff

Warnings: none

A/N: This oneshot was inspired by what one of my friends said in class during the first week of school. I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now but never got around to doing to.


Dan’s POV

“Dan are you ready to film yet?” Phil said, walking into my room.

“Um yeah let’s go.” I said as I put my computer down and got up to follow Phil to his room. When I walked into his room I noticed that he already set up the lights and camera in front of his bed. We both sat down on his duvet, and checked our hair on our phone screens. We decided earlier that we were going to film a “2 Truths, 1 Lie” video since we hadn’t done one in a while.

“You ready?” Phil said looking over at me. I’m not sure if I’m ready. The main reason why I said we should do this video is because it would be a good way for me to come out. I’ve waited a while for a good opportunity to do this, but I could never find one, but maybe I can now. Phil knows I’m Bi, but he doesn’t know that I’m planning on coming out during this video.

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An Open Letter to Dan Howell

on June 11th, 2014, I was counseling two-week summer camp, fangirling because it was the 23rd birthday of a youtuber I had discovered only two months earlier. I spent lunch break that day watching his videos, giggling like an idiot.

and here I am, one year later, writing him a list of all the reasons he’s great.

now I know you don’t like your birthday; it’s a lot of unnecessary and unwanted attention. it’s people calling you and giving you presents, leaving you with the obligation to say “oh thank you” on repeat for at least a week.

but this is something you don’t have to say thank you for. don’t try to say “oh I’m nothing special” or be bashful; I’m simply telling the truth, and there’s no need to feel like you don’t deserve to hear the truth.

24 Reasons Why Dan’s Not a Fail (yay!) (in no particular order)

  1. He’s attractive. While looks are not everything, it would only be fair to include the fact that you’re cute. From your dimples to your cute lil tummy, everything about you is nice to look at (especially accidental model Dan Howell like that’s gr8.). 
  2. He’s intelligent. While you see your opinions and thoughts on things you’re passionate about as rambling or waffling, I personally find them to be well-thought-out and gracefully worded. That’s part of why I love your liveshows so much; I love hearing your thoughts on things you care about. I (and many others) would be so willing to just sit and listen to you talk for hours because when you feel strongly about something, everything you say about it is so well-put and eloquent and articulate.
  3. He’s successful. At 24 years old, you should be just out of college, still trying to find your place in the world. Instead, you’re living in London with your best friend and working for one of the largest radio companies in the world. You’ve met, interviewed, and played little games with countless celebrities. I mean you and your best friend have written a book and been in an Oscar-winning film for god’s sake, and that’s pretty damn incredible.
  4. He’s nerdy. You get really enthusiastic about anime and music and video games, which is extremely adorable. You whole-heartedly, completely unironically love so many things that most people I know would look at me strangely for liking, and I love that about you.
  5. He’s a survivor. From dropping out of university to the multiple existential crises, you made it. Even when you had no hope for yourself, even when all seemed pointless and you felt as though you had no worth, you kept going. You survived, and because of you, I survived too.
  6. He’s selfless. You care so much about others, sometimes more than yourself. You seem to go out of your way to help others, and that’s something not many people will do nowadays.
  7. He’s relatable. From your reflections on the universe to your fear of the dark (tbh same), people watch your videos and they understand where you’re coming from. Although it wasn’t until I started watching your videos that I started to realize that I have a place in the universe and became self-aware, which is both the greatest and worst thing to have happened to me in a while.
  8. He’s inspirational. Your videos have inspired so many people. More specifically, you’ve inspired me to start making youtube videos. It would be a dream to create content as creative and funny as yours, but just making the videos would be enough. 
  9. He’s heroic. From personal experience, you’re a hero. You - and many others - saved me from myself, saved me when I felt lost and hopeless and alone. Numerous people (including myself) are on the road to recovery from mental disorders because you helped them get there.
  10. He’s humble. You refuse compliments even though you deserve them. You don’t believe you’re anything special when you are. You don’t let people tell you how lovely you are, even though it’s one of the truest things about you.
  11. He’s sarcastic. You’re full of witty comments and sarcastic remarks. From one smart-ass to another, your sarcasm is just another great thing about you.
  12. He’s funny. From your “Danecdotes” to random comments in liveshows, your somewhat dry sense of humor paired with your sarcasm makes for a comedic style that cannot be replicated.
  13. He’s awkward. Just another relatable thing about you is that you’re awkward. As someone who is very prone to feeling alone in a crowded room or feeling overwhelmed in large crowds, I find knowing that you sometimes find yourself in the same situation a bit comforting.
  14. His ironic appreciation. Your ironic love for Comic Sans, swag, yolo, etc. is one of the dorkiest and cutest things I have ever seen. Although I do sometimes worry whether or not it’s all ironic.
  15. His meme-ness. There is no denying that you are meme trash (with a surprisingly good doge face), but you’re cute meme trash so it’s okay. (Also I - a stupid American - am now educated on how to speak Lad so thanks for that, too.)
  16. His laugh is contagious. Whether you’re laughing at one of Phil’s silly jokes or something else, I can’t help but laugh along with you.
  17. His smile is a beacon of light. Your smile is possibly one of the greatest things I have ever seen. You seem to light up a room whenever you’re happy, and your smile is just another thing that glows.
  18. His fashion sense. Although some of the things you wear might seem odd to some people (but they look damn good on you tbh), your wardrobe is something I envy. I always seem to find myself wondering “wow where did he get that shirt?”, occasionally paired with “holy shit I can’t afford that what the fuck is this?”
  19. His friendship with Phil. You and Phil’s friendship is one of the most genuine friendships I have ever seen. I can only hope that one day, I will find that companion. 
  20. His taste in music. Although I personally don’t listen to rap music, I love your appreciation for weird artists (also I used to hate Kanye but now I have a respect for his music). The first Muse song I ever heard was “Panic Station” on one of the old radio shows, and now they’re one of my favorite bands. An old friend originally introduced me to Fall Out Boy, and now - despite not really listening to them when he was still my friend - I own all of their songs (my favorite song is “Coffee’s For Closers” even though that’s irrelevant information). You introduced me to St. Vincent and My Chemical Romance, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the 630-song iTunes library that reminds me that I’m alive. 
  21. He can play the piano. Despite your arguments that you’re bad at it, you’re actually really good. As a matter of fact, I asked my mom if she would teach me to play because of you. I actually taught myself three songs; well, part of three songs (the intro to “Welcome to the Black Parade”, the intro to “The End of All Things”, and the intro to “Terrible Things”), but I’m learning.
  22. He’s a star. Dan, simply put, you glow. In everything you do, you shine and sparkle and glow. You are made of starstuff. We all are, and that is why we are all beautiful.
  23. He’s wise beyond his years. You’re smart, Dan. You know so much for someone so young, and you’ll only learn more as you get older. You have taught me so much about life, about my existence. You know more than I can ever hope to learn, but I hope that you can teach me more.
  24. He’s only 24. Dan, you’re still so young. There is so much life ahead of you. Few people are your age and as successful as you are. There are still so many things you haven’t experienced, so many things you are yet yo learn, so many days left to enjoy.

Dan, life is short. You helped show me that. You helped show me that I only have one life to live, and that I’ve got to have the courage to live it. Because of people like you, I’m figuring out what I want to do with my life. I’ve figured out that I want to go to an arts school in my state to take writing classes during my last two years of high school. I’ve figured out that I want to move to London when I’m older. I’ve figured out that I want to be a youtuber and a writer. I know so much more about myself than I did a year ago.

“I don’t know who I am, but now I know who I’m not.” This lyric by one of my favorite artists (Sleeping At Last) could not be more true to me. 

I’m still young, and yet I know so much about life. In comparison to the vast expanse of the universe, I am but a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of it, and that’s okay. I know death is inevitable. I know that I only have a relatively short amount of time to really live, but because of you and Phil and so many others, I know how I want to live it. There’s so much to life that I have yet to learn, and it wasn’t until recently that I started wanting to learn it.

Daniel James Howell - born June 11, 1991 - turned 24 today. He still has his whole life ahead of him, and yet he’s done so much with it already.

For anyone else reading this, you still have your whole life ahead of you. There is so much life has to offer, and you only have a short amount of time to experience it. I was in a bad place a year ago, caught in a war with depression. Since then, I’ve started to recover. We all have bad days, and that’s okay. It’s okay not to be okay.

But because of this man, this meme-loving, anime-watching dork of a man, I know that I will be okay.

So, Daniel James Howell - danisnotonfire - thank you.

BMW Poetic License

In light of all the Farkle publicly exposing Riley’s feelings even though she doesn’t want them exposed, I started having flashbacks to the season 6 episode of BMW where Cory reads Shawn’s poem (about Angela even though they’re broken up at the time) without his permission. In particular, I was thinking about this scene, where Shawn gets mad (and rightly so) [I couldn’t find a video that didn’t look like it was filmed with a potato so here’s the transcript]:

Shawn: Okay…how do I put this…..who do you think you are??
Cory: Well that’s a silly question, Shawn. I’m your best–
Shawn: No, no, no, no. No jokes. No backpedaling. Look into my eyes, Cory. I am dead serious! We have a problem here.
Cory: Alright. Shawn, I’m sorry.
Shawn: No, no, no no. That’s not what I want to hear. Not this time!  I wanna hear that you were wrong. That I asked you to back off and you wouldn’t take no for an answer! That you TOTALLY…DISREGARDED my feelings! You went way too far this time Cory!
Cory: Alright! Alright! I did that. But I just wanna say–
Shawn: Oh there better, there BETTER NOT be a “but”!
Cory: I did this for your own good!
Shawn: You have no idea what my poetry is about, do you? That poem that Feeny read in class, do you even know what that was about?
Cory: *stunned silence*
Shawn: Nothing….Cory, I can’t say certain things. So I write them down. That’s how I get them out. Now, I do that for me. Not for anyone else.
Cory: I heard the poem, Shawn!
Shawn: You heard it, but you didn’t listen to it!

I remember how freaking mad at Cory I was during this episode (similar to how I feel about Farkle atm). So when they had this scene with Shawn getting pissed, it was so good and Cory deserved it. And tbh, I would totally be down with Riley freaking out on Farkle too. Farkle’s line of “I did the right thing” reminds me of Cory’s “I did this for your own good”. What if Farkle says his line to Riley while she’s yelling at him? Farkle did a dick move, regardless of motive, and I’m on board with him getting called out just like Shawn called out Cory.

And Riley calling out Farkle like that would definitely be a moment of realization for him and allow him to grow. We saw a baby version of this in GM Friendship when she scolds him for his negative campaign ad against him. And we could see by his reaction how much it shook him (”Riley, I—” and then he eventually decides friendship is more important than dictatorship).

Advice: Figuring Out Scenes Between Events

Anonymous asked: Hi there! Your blog is lovely <3 I have an outline for my novel and know what’s going to happen but I can’t connect the plot points together with any scenes and when I try to think about details for my novel to put in my mind comes up blank because I have no idea. Help!


Aww, thanks!

Part of having an outline is knowing what scenes connect everything together, so you’ll need to expand what you have. A good way to do that is to look at look at each plot point separately, see what the next plot point is, and figure out what has to happen to get them from point A to point B.

Let’s say that I know my story starts when a high school is locked down because a zombie virus has spread outside of a quarantine zone. Then, let’s say that the next plot point I know of is a huge chaotic assembly in the school gym. What I need to look at first is who needs to be in the chaotic assembly scene? Let’s say I know that my characters Joe, Sally, and Meredith will be in that scene. So, now I have to look back at the beginning of my novel. What information needs to get across to the reader? 1) The setting is a high school. 2) There’s some sort of zombie virus outbreak which is, at that point, contained. 3) The virus is no longer contained.

The first thing I need to do is figure out who my main character is and how I want to introduce them. Let’s say I decide to have Meredith tell the story. I need to establish who she is and get her to the high school. Is her home life and family important at all? If so, I probably want to start her off at home, getting ready for school and introducing her family. This will tell us a lot about who Meredith is, what her home life is like, and can even provide us with an opportunity to set-up some back story. Maybe during breakfast, Meredith listens to a news program that talks about the zombie virus and the quarantine zone. It might even set-up the fact that something unusual is going on at the quarantine zone, but that nothing specific is known at that time. Next I need to get Meredith to school. I know I need to introduce her friends, Joe and Sally, so I could do a scene where Joe and Sally pick Meredith up to drive to school. Or maybe the three of them walk together or ride the bus. Or, maybe I skip to when she has arrived at school and have a scene where she meets up with Joe and Sally at the lockers. From here it might be a good idea to do a classroom scene just to set things up a bit more. Maybe Sally is Meredith’s best friend, and maybe Sally has a crush on Joe, but she doesn’t know that Meredith also has a crush on Joe, which she keeps secret so as not to hurt her friend. A classroom scene with the two of them would be a great way to set-up their friendship, and also their respective feelings about Joe. Now I need to get them to the gym for an assembly. Maybe I have an announcement during class where everyone is told to go to the gym. Or, maybe the announcement comes during a passing period between classes. Maybe I skip ahead to lunch and it happens then.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but if you use each known scene as a signpost, you can work backwards and forwards from them to figure out what has to happen in-between. :)

So I saw one of my favorite former students this morning. At the hospital for my exam, she was the receptionist helping me fill out my paperwork. She asked if we knew each other. So I looked at her and then at the name ‘Kristi’ on her shirt, and I remembered exactly who she was and why she was one of my favorite students. Kristi and her friend Andrea had one of my English courses at the community college around 5-6 years ago. Nice pair of gals, around my age (late 20s at the time) and smart and outgoing. 

What was remarkable about Kristi and Andrea, though, was how they basically adopted one of the other girls in the class. There was a younger girl in the class, whose name was also Kristi, who was fresh out of high school. Kristi the Younger was a very bright young woman, but small and highly introverted. What was so amazing was how Kristi the Elder and Andrea immediately became pals with Younger Kristi and on the second day of class started sitting on either side of her. I wish my memory was good enough to give examples of specific incidents, but it was really kind of an over-the-semester progression. They’d ask Young Kristi for feedback and opinions on things. They’d prompt her during group discussions, and even got her to speak up during class discussions. And frequently they’d comment on how smart she was. It was kind of impressive just how much more confidence Kristi the Younger was showing by the end of the semester, both in her writing and in her interactions during class. (I remember getting the impression that the three of them hung out outside of class a bit too. Which was cool as well.) Though I haven’t taught in a few years now, I always placed a great deal of value on my older, non-traditional students and the ways that they can influence and even mentor the younger students—often without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. 

anonymous asked:

Hey! I have a prompt. I saw it on castlefanficsprompt's blog... Prompt: Castle took the art class in college that Kate modelled for in 'Not a stitch' (can be a continuation of your current college AU or completely separate. Up to you)

Part 11

“You free tomorrow?” Rick asks into his phone, mindlessly pacing back and forth in his bedroom.

“I’m not actually. At least not during the day, anyway,” Kate replies on the other line.

“Ha well perfect, neither am I. What do you have going on?”

“Work,” she sighs.

“Ooo you got a job? An internship with the police department?”

She laughs into the phone. “No, nothing quite as glamorous. What about you? Big plans to lock yourself away and write all day?”

This time it’s his turn to laugh. “No, that summer class I have to take is starting. After this, I’ll finally be done with my general education requirements.”

“Overachiever,” Kate coughs into the phone.

Ricks sighs. “Call me whatever you want, but right now I’m on track to graduate perfectly on time and if that means I take one short summer course, then so be it.”

She smiles. “But I’ll see you tomorrow night then?”

“Yeah, yeah. Call me when you’re done with this mystery job.”

“I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow, I promise. I just want to see how the first day goes.”

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Rick walks into his art class the next day and learns that they’ll be drawing nudes right off the bat. His professor said she enjoyed viewing ‘shocked’ art and couldn’t think of a better way to draw that out of non-art majors. He almost felt sorry for whoever their nude volunteer was going to be, just for how poorly he was going to butcher her image. He was writer for a reason after all. But it was either take this or some acting class he would never hear the end of from his mother. So Art 101 it was.

The model walks in, clad only in a silk robe, and he can’t believe his eyes. She looks just like Kate. Wait a second. That is Kate. Her eyes scan the room and lock onto his. He can see her breath hitch in her throat as panic washes over her.

He has the need to talk to her, tell her it’s okay. Tell her that this isn’t how he pictured seeing her naked for the first time either, but here they are. But his professor is directing her away now, trying to get her settled. And he really doesn’t need the whole room to know that they’re about to draw his naked girlfriend.

Rick feels the jealously of that thought start to flare as he glances around the room to count how many other men are present. The class is mostly women, but there are five other men. Great. He gets to share this highly intimate moment with his girlfriend and thirteen other people.

But as she steps up to the platform where the couch is positioned for her to pose on and she starts to slip out of her robe, she keeps her eyes completely focused on him. The robe falls into a puddle at her feet and she kicks it off to the side. His eyes trace over her body as she positions herself on the couch. She’s still staring at him and he realizes that she’s making this whole thing about him, about them. She’s tuning everyone else out and it’s just the two of them in the room.

“You’re beautiful,” he mouths, before bending his head to put pencil to paper.

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She finds him after the class, her regular clothes back on, her heart still beating erratically.

Rick raises his eyebrows when he sees her. “Work?”

Kate rolls her eyes, sidling up next to him. “I wanted to step out of my comfort zone.”

“By posing naked for strangers?”

“You’re hardly a stranger.”

He slips his hand into hers as they step out of the building. “You’re full of surprises, Katherine Beckett.”

She hums, squeezing his hand. “More than you know.”

NICOLE DRESPEL

ND: I did college improv. Langan Kingsley mentioned the group–it was called Dead Serious at Wellesley College. One of the girls on that team, Kylie, was a super comedy nerd. She talked about UCB. There was one weekend where we went on a trip to New York and were going to UCB, but we got tickets to Saturday Night Live instead. We slept on a sidewalk.

So I didn’t actually go to UCB until a year later on spring break, my senior year of college. My wild spring break was coming home to my parents’ place with a friend of mine, going to ASSSSCAT, and then going to the Bronx Zoo. That was how I spent senior year spring break.

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