Hey love your blog :) I've been trawling through tumblr trying to find mandarin langblrs lol I've been learning mandarin for about 2 years now (but I'd class myself as an advanced beginner tbh) do you have any recommendations for any books or apps or websites or anything where you can read stories/any texts in mandarin? preferably at a beginner (but not too easy) level? thanks a bunch! Aliyah :)
I don’t have many beginner resources sadly, but i do have a few suggestions for things you should definitely check out and maybe save for later:
Du Chinese: This is an app that has a bunch of short readings that range from easy to difficult. The readings are organized by HSK level so you can pick what level you want to read at. While reading, you can click on words you don’t know and the definition will appear on the top of the screen. Also, if you hold down on the word, a couple bubbles will pop up above the word and one of them gives you the option to save the word to a vocab list that you can review. Reading the stories is free when they come out but, after a week or two, you have to pay to view each story. It would be nice to have free access to all the stories, but you still have access to the vocab so that’s a plus.
漫画人 Manhuaren is an app i’ve talked about on my blog before. It’s an app where you can read manga translated into Mandarin for free. It’s a Chinese app, so everything is in Mandarin. Also, I was unable to find it in my phone’s app store, so I had to go to the app’s website on my phone and download it from there. It’s a resource intended for native speakers so the manga might be difficult to get through but if you’re interested in this it’s definitely something you should check out.
短美文 Duanmeiwen and 短文学 Duanwenxue are two websites where native speakers post short pieces of writing. The content ranges from poems to short essays about almost any topic imaginable. These are also made by and for native speakers of Mandarin so the website is in Mandarin and the content will be slightly more difficult to understand, but there’s definitely some interesting stuff on here. (A really simple piece I recommend is 你知道我喜欢你吗. I made a vocab list here if you’re interested)
成语故事大全 Chengyu Gushi Daquan is a website that has the stories behind a bunch of 成语 chengyu (set expressions that are typically four characters long that refer to a story or historical event; they’re like idioms but a little different).
Chinese Reading Practice: this website has short stories and poems with English translations and relevant notes. It was created to help people learning Mandarin so it’s a little different than the other resources. Everything is divided by level of difficulty. It also has a scrollover dictionary feature, so you can see the definition of words when you scroll your cursor over them.
童话故事 tonghuagushi: this has a bunch of fairy tales. I haven’t really explored this site much but it looks promising.
Another suggestion I have is to find some Chinese or Taiwanese musicians, actors, models, etc., that you like and follow them on social media. They’ll usually make really short posts and they sometimes use slang or more colloquial expressions that you might not learn when using a textbook.
Like I said, I don’t have many beginner resources for reading so I’m sorry if this isn’t helpful right now. If anyone else has some other suggestions though that would be great!
• open your tumblr dashboard and finish the installation.
• refresh and click the new xkit button at the top of your dashboard.
• you can hit cancel tour or continue to explore the extension.
• click get extensions, then the install button below the blacklist extension.
• click my xkit, and then select the newly added blacklist tab.
• scroll down to blacklisted words and click add new word.
type a word or tag you want to block in the “enter a word here” input box, and then click add word.
• when you’re done, return to your dashboard and you will see that any post containing the blacklisted word(s) are displayed as “blocked because of the word _____”. you can click show it anyway if you want to see the post.
• you can always add to this list. note that the extension might make your web browser run a bit slower.
I decided to make a master post of all the programs (free, of course) that I have used over the years to get me through AP’s, studying and exams! Most of these are either apps on my iPhone or programs that I have downloaded onto my Mac. However, all of these *should* be available for Android and PC as well, just let me know if something doesn’t work out!
Grammarly: This is a service that I use in computer program form, it is both a Chrome extension and a downloadable application. Not only does it edit your online posts (SUPER helpful to avoid making mistakes in important emails or posts!), you can download your paper into the application and it will edit both grammar and spelling in a way that I find more uniquely helpful than regular old spell check. Additionally, if you are reading a PDF or other article for school online you can click on certain words and Grammarly will define them for you!
Zotero: Guys, I can not stress enough what a freaking godsend this program is. You download it onto your computer, and you can save articles/PDF’s from databases directly into it as you are researching, which negates the need for thousands of tabs! You can also have it create your bibliography for you, which is insanely convenient, and you can take notes on the article within the program. That being said, the format was very confusing for me at the beginning. I would recommend watching YouTube videos on how to use it and doing the full tutorial online before you start!
Scribd: Scribd is both an App and a website where you can look up books and read them for free online. It does have ads if you don’t want to pay for the full version, and I would recommend the phone app as opposed to the website formatting wise! I used this to find books at the last minute, and I also used it to find the teachers key for one of my textbooks in order to check my work while I studied for an exam.
Quizlet: Let’s be real, we all know what this one is ;) But I have to give it a shout out! Flashcards, quizzing yourself, fun games, TONS of language options…oh Quizlet how I love you! Comes in both website and app form.
Pomodoro: A study timer that uses the Pomodoro method of timing out your study session with specific break time lengths and study time lengths to optimize your performance. I use this one for memorizing vocab and to study for repetitive tests like math, but I really do not find it useful for writing papers. That being said, everyone is different and some people swear by it! iPhone and Android app.
Forest: I love this timer app, I use this for reading and writing papers! It has the added bonus of tugging at your morality by bringing life into the equation. As you study and don’t touch your phone, a little tree is growing. When your time is up, the tree is added to your forest. But if you touch your phone before your time is up, the tree dies! I honestly get super invested in it. App for iPhone and Android.
Genius Scan: This one is a bit more logistical, you can take pictures of documents on your phone and it scans them and converts them to PDF’s. I used this to share notes with classmates and to have my own notes with me for on the go review. I use this one surprisingly often! App for iPhone, not sure about Android.
Wunderlist: Wunderlist is my all time favorite to-do list app. Generally, when I’m studying, I use a notepad to make my task list because I love the satisfaction of crossing out tasks. However, I use this for everything from chore lists to groceries to lists of books I want to read. You can have categories and multiple titled lists, and it’s super satisfying to check things off! App for iPhone, not sure about Android.
These are all the apps and programs that I use with extreme regularity, but I love productivity apps and I am always looking for more! If anybody has anything to add or has any recommendations for me pleaaasssseee tell me about them. Good luck studying!
This time last year I was just starting to peek out from lurkerdom. There was a little bit of time cause of holiday breaks and I’d read so much amazing stuff at last year’s erised, but I was so nervous to start commenting. A year later it’s way easier and I figure there are some other people out there in the same boat I was in. So, from a fanfic writer and frequent commenter, some thoughts about how to start commenting with minimal fear
1. Before we even get into this, do writers really care about comments? OMG, we care so much. Writing is hard and you don’t know if anyone is going to like what you’re writing. Finding out that you did something right, that you don’t suck, means everything. Really. There have been moments where I’m stuck on a story and get a comment on an old fic and it’s so encouraging and energizing. Your words mean more to us than I can even really describe.
2. But why would they care about my comment? You - yes, you, exactly, precisely you - you, the reader, are who we’re writing for. If you’re reading our stuff, we care. It doesn’t matter if other people have commented. You, as a reader, as you, come to the story with feelings and perspectives that no one else can bring to it. Just by having read our stories, you have something worthwhile and important to say about them, and we truly want to hear you.
3. What the hell do I say? First and most important: anything nice you say will be the right thing. Short of telling us that we suck and our stories are awful, you really can’t go wrong.
4. No, but actually, what do I say? Here are some things you can say. You can use one or two or all of them. You can mix or match. But these are some good tangible ways to start.
You can keep it simple - Great story!“ "Loved it!” Taking the time to share a few short words still means loads to us.
Say how the story made you feel - “This brought a smile to my face!” “I got all choked up!” “I needed a cold shower!” “I couldn’t stop laughing!” Anything like that is fantastic.
Tell us what it was like to read the story -“I was on the edge of my seat,” “That was a great twist,” “this stayed on my mind all afternoon,” “I could see this world so clearly,” “I totally lost track of time.” Writers can never know what it’s like to read our own work - telling us what it was like for you is a huge gift.
Mention moments you liked - “[Favorite Line Here] - wow, what a great line!” “I loved when X just threw Y up against a wall and kissed him!” You don’t have to explain it. Saying what stood out is helpful and exciting and can be an especially easy way to comment - copy, paste, “loved this line!” and go.
Talk about aspects of the storytelling that stood out to you - Plot development, pacing, dialogue, characterization, the conclusion, chemistry between the characters, secondary characters, how the story related to canon, cool headcanons that were included. I think this can be the hardest type of commenting because some of this stuff is hard to articulate, so maybe this is more like Commenting 102, but if you’re trying to figure out what you liked or want to be more specific in your comment, anything from that list would be a great place to start.
4. But what if I embarrass myself? What if there’s a typo or I comment on the wrong story or just end up flailing incoherently? I think most of us kind of love it when readers are left in a state of incoherent flailing? So don’t sweat that. If you’re worried about commenting on the wrong story, double check that you’re on the right page, then proceed. And if you do comment on the wrong story, delete it. No harm, no foul - really. We’ve all clicked on a wrong tab sometime. If there’s a typo, don’t sweat it. There’s probably a typo in the story. There’s probably a typo in this post. I’ve misspelled “typo” a couple times already. NBD. You left a comment - you are already a winner.
4a. No, really, I’m not sure you get how nervous this makes me. Totally possible. I’ll mention one other thing that helped me (and I was really super nervous): starting with anon fests. The anonymity made it way easier. Maybe I was commenting to one of my all-time faves who would normally leave me totally incoherent, but maybe I was commenting to another n00b just like me. Anon fests are a great way to give it a shot.
5. But what if English isn’t my first language and I accidentally say the wrong thing? First, if you’re reading and commenting in a language that’s not your first language, props. You’re awesome. That’s awesome. Second, it’s the general sentiment that matters. I’ve gotten comments where the grammar or conjugation is a little off and, really and truly, I am so excited to get the comment that that’s what matters. And knowing English isn’t your first language and you still went to all the effort of reading my story is an unbelievable gift. I will be flattered and amazed by you.
6. But I don’t have a username, what should I do? There are two great things about non-anon comments: (1) we can thank you, (2) It’s super extra exciting to realize someone liked one of your things enough to read another one of your things. So I generally am in favor of having them, and they’re free and whatnot, but that’s an opinion. If you don’t have one and don’t want one and still want to comment, unless a comm has disallowed anon comments (which if it’s done is usually to prevent trolling), go on and comment anonymously. Your words still mean a lot, and we still want to hear them!
7. What if I didn’t like the story? Just don’t comment. Easy.
8. What if I really liked the story but I’m kind of embarrassed that I liked the story? Yeah…been there. The story’s great, but it’s got a kink you never knew you liked and whoa why do you like it so much? Or it’s kind of cracky, or it doesn’t align with your politics or whatever - it happens. And you’re never required to comment. You could also sit on it for a while and come back later if you decide you want to comment or you could comment anonymously. One thing to think about: if commenting feels like putting yourself out there, imagine how it might have felt for the author to hit “post.” Being honest about what you like is a way to end up with more of it, and to show support for authors who are willing to take those risks.
9. If I start commenting, do I have to comment on every story? Nah. It’s lovely if you do, but comments are not a requirement. It’s not like entering into a new world of homework. Comment on what you like, on what moves you or excites you, on things you enjoy. There’s also, at least on AO3, the kudos option, which is still a nice way to give a writer a general thumbs up
10. That’s all nice or whatever, but why should I spend my time commenting? Aren’t the stories just there for me to read? Well…kind of. The stories are there for you to read whether or not you leave a comment after you read them. But fandom is a community, and fanfic is a labor of love. Reader feedback is really the only thing we have to go on. The most popular on A03 in the whole of my favorite ship has gotten kudos 7% of the time and comments .001% of the time. Repeat: comments .001% of the time. And it’s a little hard to know, as a writer, what’s going on there. If a story of mine has been viewed 7500 times and has 320 kudos and 13 comments, does that mean that 7180 people really didn’t like it very much? Are people clicking on it, reading the first paragraph, and deciding it’s so bad they have to back-button immediately? I don’t think that’s the case, but without reader feedback, all we know is that you clicked on something. Without knowing that you liked things, or why you liked things, or what things you liked…it just gets hard. Harder to feel like the writing is doing what (for a lot of us, anyway) it’s meant to do: tell stories that move you, that help you stay in these amazing worlds, that give you (and us!) a way to revisit favorite characters and ideas. Harder to be motivated to write. And then ships and fandoms start shrinking, and no one wants that, right? So, yes, the stories that are already there will be probably there whether or not you comment. But commenting is a way to keep a fandom healthy and thriving. It’s a way to meet people (if that’s a thing you want to do), to encourage writers, and to end up with more fanworks to enjoy. Your comments are the wind in your favorite ship’s sails, basically. And that makes commenting one of the absolute best ways to show your fandom love.
11. Okay. This makes sense. I’m ready. How do I start? The next time you read something, click “leave a comment.” Write some words there. You can use some of the examples above if it helps. Let yourself be nervous if you’re nervous. Try an anon fest if that makes it easier. If you want to try it with someone who is thick-skinned and non-judgy and hard to offend, you can try it with mine (potentially self-serving, I realize, but you already know I’m down for comments and chill about them). And then hit “submit.” And you will have made somebody’s day.
how do I get into morrowind I really want to but it seems really complicated
the combat and the tempo of the game isnt for everyone but hopefully i can explain them conciselyi said this before making this post it ended up not being concise at all
so every action in this game is decided by a diceroll, basically. including combat
your main attributes, similarly to how it is in newer tes games, are health [red], magicka [blue], and fatigue (stamina) [green]. what many people overlook however, is that your fatigue bar also has an influence on the diceroll that indicates the chance of success of your actions - landing a hit with a weapon, casting a spell, etc
haha funny joke because its hard to keep your fatigue high because you use it up for jumping, running etc
but basically the “waving my weapon helplessly at an enemy” problem usually comes from overlooking your fatigue level, and not using the right weapon for your class
which is to say if your long blade skill is at, say, 5, and you try to hit an enemy with a longsword, its the equivalent of someone who’s never held a longsword in their hand waving it very slowly and clumsily at an enemy who has plenty of time to make a dodge. that’s basically how it looks in practice
the weird damage numbers on weapons that look like this 1-10 actually indicate how much damage you do when you make a short swing (first number; clicking) or a heavy attack (second number; holding down your mouse). there’s also usually separate damage stats for thrusting, chopping, and slashing, since different kinds of attacks are effective for different kinds of weapons (try stabbing someone with a hammer or whacking someone on the head using a spear like a stick, technically hurts but not as effective). whether you thrust chop or slash with your weapon depends on which way youre moving while attacking. if you want you can just check the “always use best attack” option in the menu and then you only gotta worry about the most effective of these stats for each weapon
magic is… both more complicated and less complicated. keep in mind that fatigue still affects whether or not your spells are successful. idk magic in morrowind rocks because you can make your own spells which is neat
levelling up is super similar to oblivion except you dont gotta find a bed. you can take a nap in a swamp if you want
the quest journal, while being pretty uh realistic and immersive, is kinda garbage and hard to organize. if you get a quest remember to exhaust all dialogue with the quest giver by asking all the questions you can. if you see a highlighted word, click it. there’s no quest markers or a compass but most of the time the quest giver will mark the location on your map, especially during the main quest, and from that you can just rely on your map and roadsigns. or just teleport in straight line to the objective. things get complicated if you only get some directions such as “follow this road until you see a tree, then circle around the tree and go left”, but even then i think its not as scary as people say, it’s actually quite cool and immersive, and if its too hard or the directions are too vague, remember that this 300-year-old games fanbase is massive and there are like 10 maps and guides on how to get to this place in some random sidequest on the internet
i think these are the basics… it’s not actually as complicated as people make it out to be. the key is talking to npcs a lot. and always having some potions on you. and using the correct armor and weapon for your class. and keeping in mind that the wildlife of vvardenfell will fuck you up. that’s basically it.
otherwise i found this game very easy to get into (unlike, say, daggerfall), it offers a lot of freedom and immersion, and it’s just really nice and cool to play.
A/N: Here’s part 2! Sorry it took so long, but here it is. Things start to get real. Feedback is always appreciated, and thank you so much for the love and support you’ve all given me since the beginning. I will creating a masterpost for the series soon so all the parts will be compiled in one place. I just want to see how this chapter does beforehand. So let me know what you think, and enjoy!
P.S- there is mention of an outfit the reader is wearing, it is hyperlinked so you can click on the words & it will show you a picture of the dress I had in mind. (:
Etsy is one of my favourite websites for finding unique items, especially jewellery. Over the last few weeks I have collected my favourite shops to share with you. All the prices are in Australian Dollars, so remember to convert if you’re from overseas. Continue reading to see the favourite stores!
LuvMinimal is one of my absolute favourite Etsy stores. Specialising in minimalist, dainty jewellery, there is so much I could buy. My sister came across this store in early 2015 and we’ve ordered lots of different pieces since. I purchased my formal jewellery which you can see buy clicking each of the words - necklace, earrings, rings. Each of the pieces were beautifully packages and look beautiful so I would definitely recommend!
MinimalGV is another delicate jewellery store which offers worldwide shipping. Offering a mix of minimalist jewellery and opal pieces, prices start from around $10 and go up to $100. My favourite items include this choker and these arrow themed ear climbers!
Another one of my favourite jewellers in London based, Wild Fawn Jewellery. These items are all handmade from eco friendly & ethical sterling silver and gold! Wild Fawn offers all my favourite minimalist jewellery including ear cuffs, and hammered geometric inspired earrings. Shipping is available within the UK, Europe, North America, and the Oceania region. You can follow Wild Fawn on Instagram here!
Seeflower is another Etsy store which creates handmade gold and silver jewellery. With numerous funky designs including astrology necklaces, ear jackets and fox bracelets there is something for everyone! These pieces could make super cute and unique gifts for friends.
Specialising in edgy, minimalist jewellery AIRlab is another store which you need to see. Based in Sweden, these handmade pieces are great for those who like to have stand out jewellery. AIRlab’s jewellery averages around $25 and offers worldwide shipping. These geometric line earrings are one of my favourites!
Another one of my favourites is GLDN Jewellery which specialises in all kinds of necklaces. Designs include V necklaces, Y necklaces and geometric necklaces. My favourite piece is the Friendship Necklaces, which comes in two, three and four pieces. Each piece comes with individual box which makes it a great gift for a group of friends!
Another store that I love on Etsy is Shazoey. Based in Sydney, shipping can be within 2 days which is fantastic! Whilst this store is relatively expensive it seems to be worth it, as the reviews rate Shazoey five stars! Giftcards are avaliable at $25, $50, $75 and $100 which are fantastic for presents for jewellery obsessed friends and family!
The final store on my list is RabbitsFantasyWorld, which is based in the Netherlands. This store is a mix of quirky, unique and minimalist jewellery. A few of my favourite pieces include these super cute and Christmas themed reindeer earrings (I would seriously buy these for the holidays!) and these eye stud earrings. In my opinion the store is really well priced, especially as pieces are suitable for sensitive ears. RabbitsFantasyWorld also offers worldwide shipping which is great for us living in Australia.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful. What is your favourite piece of jewellery or store? If you have enjoyed this post, please like and reblog! x
i know i’ve talked briefly about the dictionary apps i use most often, but it’s been awhile since i made those posts so i decided to update the list and give more detailed accounts about each dictionary i have on my phone
Hey! Do you think you can make a post about your kindle/e-reader? I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you❤️
Yes, of course!!
I’ve had my Kindle Paperwhite since 2015, and I am absolutely in love with it! For anyone who doesn’t know, Kindles are e-readers created by Amazon. There are four versions currently for sale:
- Kindle: The basic Kindle device (which currently costs $79.99 on Amazon) is the cheapest e-reader Amazon offers and, consequently, the one with the least features. It’s just a simple touchscreen, so you can either tap or swipe to change the page (to go either forward or backward). As far as I can tell, there are really two things that set this Kindle apart from the Paperwhite: it has a lower screen resolution–only 167 ppi compared to the Paperwhite’s 300 ppi (for perspective, the iPhones 6 and 7 both have 326 ppi, at least according to a quick Google search I just did haha),which really isn’t a huge deal as the text is still perfectly visible for reading; and the screen doesn’t light up. This second flaw is really the only reason I chose the Paperwhite instead. While you would still be able to read just fine in daylight, you would have to turn on a lamp or something to read in the dark. I imagine you could buy a book light and clip it onto the device, but I just personally felt that would be more hassle than I wanted.
- Kindle Paperwhite: The Paperwhite (which is what my Kindle is), currently costs $119.99 on Amazon. You can pay more to get your Kindle with built-in WiFi and/or 3G, but I have never quite understood how that works and not having it has not been a problem for me, so I wouldn’t recommend that. Again, the Paperwhite is just a touchscreen like the cheapest model. It actually has the biggest screen of all the Kindle devices, which is interesting. I pretty much already covered the differences, so basically it is just the basic Kindle with a built-in light and higher screen resolution. In my experience, the built-in light is one of the best things about Kindles because it allows me to read in the dark without needing a lamp (which is especially convenient when I’m outside or in a car in the dark–I still remember the struggle of squinting in attempt to read in the car at night because my parents would never let me turn on the lights in the car). The light is adjustable, so you can have it set to anywhere from 0 (basically no light) to 24 (AKA blinding light). To give you an idea of how bright it is, I typically keep it at around 10 when I’m reading in the dark before bed and increase it to 15 or so during the day–it all depends on the lighting. As you might expect, it definitely drains the battery more if you keep the brightness high, but it’s clearly not necessary to have it that bright.
- Kindle Voyage: The Kindle Voyage, which was the fanciest model at the time when I was trying to figure out which one to get, costs $199.99 on Amazon at the moment. Its screen is smaller than that of the Paperwhite (but slightly bigger than the basic Kindle), but its main feature is that it has “page press,” which is basically just these sensor-button things on either side of the screen. You can still use the touchscreen as you would on the other Kindles, but you can also change the page simply by pressing the buttons. Initially, this was the Kindle I wanted, but I tried it out in a Best Buy store and decided against it. The “buttons” aren’t raised or anything, so instead you have to press pretty hard on the side of the device to get the page to turn, which just seemed like more effort than it was worth, in my opinion (granted, that was two years ago, so it’s possible they have since improved the technology–if you think you might be interested, I’d recommend going to a physical store that sells the devices to try it out for yourself). In my opinion, it’s just not worth an extra $80 just for some buttons and a smaller screen.
- Kindle Oasis: Finally the most recent addition to the Kindle family is the Oasis, which costs $289.99. In my opinion, this is way too much money for not much improvement. What makes it costs so much is that it comes with a cover that charges the device. Frankly, unless you’re going to be somewhere where you won’t have access to electrical outlets for weeks (or, according to Amazon, months), there’s no reason to pay this much money (as far as I can tell). As I will explain more later, all of the Kindles have incredibly long battery life even without this fancy cover. I just don’t get the point of the device.
As someone who doesn’t make a habit of purchasing new books, I love buying books on my Kindle. I am fortunate enough that I usually receive several Amazon gift cards each year from family and friends, so I just put them on my account and constantly keep my eye out for deals. I never buy Kindle books for full price (frankly I think $10 for just a digital copy is ludicrous), but Amazon constantly puts eBooks on sale for $2.99 or less. Most books I buy are $1.99, and they’re not just random books no one has heard of. To give you an idea, here are a few books I have purchased for $2.99 or less in the past year or so:
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
First & Then by Emma Mills
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
And the list goes on…
Also, as you may know, most classic novels can be “purchased” for free in eBook format as older novels are usually in the public domain. This comes in handy when I want to have a more portable copy of whatever book I’m reading for class, as most are in the public domain.
While I love both of those features, the way I get most of my eBooks is through my local library’s digital book collection. Many public libraries offer eBooks through Overdrive, and those eBooks can easily be sent to your Kindle for you to read while you have them checked out. I absolutely love this because I could get a new book in the middle of the night without the obstacle of library hours.
As I alluded, the Kindles (or at least the Paperwhite) last forever without charging. Depending on how much I’ve been using my Kindle, I can usually go at least one week, if not two or three without charging (and even then, I’ve never actually let it run out of power). I never have to worry about bringing my charger on vacations because I know I’ll be fine, which is so great.
Here are a few of my favorite features of Kindles:
Goodreads: You can easily access Goodreads on Kindle, which is nice for finding new books and updating your reading progress.
Kindle Store: You can also get to the Kindle Store and purchase books right on your device, which lends itself well to impulse buying (thus how I have so many books on my Kindle, haha).
Highlights: It’s super easy to highlight quotes you like, all of which are stored in a “book” called “My Clippings” for easy access (it even stores highlights from library eBooks that have since been returned). As you can probably guess, this is super useful for me in storing quotes to share with you guys, especially if I am at school when I come across them, though I’m weird and nostalgic so I like to go back and look at the dates and times when I highlighted certain quotes (I like to figure out what class I was in at the time lol). Also, the highlights do save even if you are not on WiFi.
Dictionary: Even when you’re not connected to WiFi, you can always click on a word (or sometimes even a phrase) to look it up in the dictionary. On WiFi, you can also look up a word on Wikipedia or have the device attempt to translate it into another language.
eBooks vs. Physical Books
I know lots of people are against eBooks (in fact, I used to be one of them), but I love them so much. The Kindle screen really feels like you’re just looking at paper, so I don’t find it to be hard on my eyes at all, unlike how my phone and computer are. It makes me able to read more books in more places and carry multiple books at once. It has been so incredibly helpful with reading at school. Now, I am able to sometimes walk to class while reading (I haven’t run into anyone yet lol), and it’s not quite so cumbersome to get a book out and start reading as it is with a physical book. I do still love physical books and read them regularly. I think they both certainly have their merits!
So, long story short, I absolutely adore my Kindle! I use it almost every single day. If anyone has any more questions about Kindles, please feel free to ask!!
I have no idea if half of you will even see this tbh, because it appears my blog has been marked N/S/F/W for the most part.
I’ve come onto tumblr mobile this morning and realised that the very vast majority of my gifsets have been marked with this
1000% innocent gifsets with absolutely nothing N/S/F/W about them at all have been marked. When a post is marked this way, new users who have this feature on my default (thanks tumblr) will not be able to see your posts, nor will people who have safe mode on.
If you see your stuff has been marked this way, you can click on the bolded word and submit it for review.
As of this moment, I’ve found no way to have your work reviewed from desktop (despite tumblr support telling me there should be a ‘request review’ button on flagged posts. There is not). I’ve viewed my posts on desktop that I know have been flagged, both on the dash and on my actual blog, and there is no indication that they have been flagged, nor anyway for me to submit for review. So basically checking your posts / having them reviewed must be done from mobile.
The vast majority of my blog and posts rn are unavailable for people with safe mode. When all my posts are completely innocent and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Just wanted to let people know so they could start reviewing their posts (most likely you’ll have to do this on mobile, as I’ve yet to find a way to do it on desktop) and submitting them for review so people can see your work.
(And for all those interested, a screengrab of my one of my offending gifsets is under the cut, just to prove that completely innocent posts are being marked)
I would suggest using a template to help with the technical side of formatting. Keep the design simple, clean cut, and professional. You can find some good ones just by opening word, click on new, and typing cover letter in the box that says “search office.com for templates”.
Proofread thoroughly, but beware of over editing. Sometimes we look at something for too long and make so many changes that we miss simple typos and errors from moving things around too much. Avoid this by having someone else proofread for you.
Okay so…there’s this site called animelon and it’s got anime with subs in English, hiragana, katakana, romaji, and full Japanese, and then when you don’t know a word you can click on it, get the translation, and even…..have mini quizzes….on all the words you clicked bc you didn’t know them so like…….\
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I accept/have accepted commissions mainly for:
Boku no Hero Academia
Yuri!!! on Ice
Other fandoms might have to be negotiated (i.e. if I haven’t read/watched it, I might need some time to do so).
Rates go at $1/100 words, but you can click on the link for more details!