yearly challenge

Written as a part of an event - stereksecretsanta

for lovely @whatthehellisahoechlin

Title: I Hate You!

[Read on AO3 here]

Tags - Highschool AU, Teen!Derek, Growing up together, Friends to Lovers, Truth or Dare, First Kiss.


“You know you love me…I know you care…

A sudden strangled noise beside him made Derek snap his eyes open. He huffed out an angry breath, pursing his lips, irritated at the interruption.

It was Stiles. Stiles with bulging eyes, a red face and a hand clamped on his mouth. He was struggling to keep back his loud snort. Derek shot him a piercing glare, trying and failing to find his rhythm again.

“Just shout whenever…”  Derek grated out, hissing at Stiles. “…and I’ll be there…WHAT?

“Bieber? Really Derek-” Stiles choked, laughing as if he had lost his mind.

“You got a problem with that?”

Stiles jerked away from a snarling Derek, huffing out – Whoa, raising both hands in surrender. Not even a beat later, he shot a shit-eating grin at Derek.

Derek hated him.

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365 Days of Pride

As Pride month comes to an end, I think we should all take a 365 Days of Pride challenge.

Pride for being LGBTQPIA

Pride for being a witch

Pride for our own unique mixture of heritage

Pride for being an artist, musician, writer, actor, or singer

Pride for being you.

The Challenge:

1. You choose the start date. On the first day, I challenge you to make a vision board/to do list/mind map/etc for what you want to accomplish and bring about in your life for next 365 days

2. I challenge you everyday to post a compliment about yourself.

3. I challenge you to post a selfie every week of you being you.

4. I challenge you every month to document a funny story, incredible experience, spiritual awakening, or just something profound that happened.

5. I challenge you at the end of the 365 days to make a collage of your challenge and write about your experience.

stereden  asked:

I adored the story you just wrote :D Can I ask for another? If yes, “did you think i forgot?” or "killed him? wait, what, literally?” with Maria Hill?

Fury turned, startled. His hand already digging into his secret pocket for his gun when Maria stomped into the breakroom, hand tightly fisting a set of rather thick documents. 

“Did you think I forgot?” she asked him.

He blinked slowly at her, the way one does when facing a predator. “Forgot what?”

“This is that yearly challenge you had with Barton, isn’t it? The ‘oh I think Maria will forget this whole debacle on Glitter bombs!’ so let’s have it next year ago.” She slapped down the pink studded glitter file, releasing a cloud of glitter while floated then settled into Fury’s coffee. “Glitter bombs! IN THE ARCHIVES! And also-”

“Ma’am! I have captured the assailant,” Rumlow said, strolling into room with a bound and gagged Barton on his shoulder. 

“Oh good,” Maria flashed Rumlow a smile then turned back to Fury. ”What would you like to say for yourself?”

“I have no motherfucking idea what you’re talking about.” Fury lifted his cup of coffee and frowned as he realised the floating bits of glitter still drowning in the black liquid.

Her lips twisted and she tugged Barton’s gag off. “Report, Barton.”

His eyes darted from Fury’s then to Maria’s and back to Fury’s. “Sir. Target achieved. Stark has been bombed with pink glitter.”

@stereden I’m starting to think that this Maria Hill drabbles are becoming a chain. XD! 

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april wrap up 💐

tbr jar challenge: Winger / completed!

books & ratings (ft. the little boy who lived):

Paper Girls: Volume Two by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★1/2

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Rating: ★★★★1/2 | re-read (not pictured)

1984 by George Orwell
Rating: ★★ | for school

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Rating: ★★★★★ | book review

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
Rating: ★★★★★ | book review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs & Cassandra Jean
Rating: ★★★★ 

Winger by Andrew Smith
Rating: ★1/2 | book review

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I’m not gonna do it.

Every year for the past couple of years I’ve participated in the Goodreads’ yearly challenge and this year I’m not doing it! It’s actually a relief to finally say it. So you may be wondering why I’m not doing the challenge this year and my answer is pretty simple. I don’t want to. I feel like the challenge puts an unneeded amount of stress on reading. Every year I set my goal to a number that’s comfortable but still gives me that push. Every year I look at the number and break into a metaphorical sweat. “I’m x amount of books away from my challenge, I’ll never do it. What will happen if I don’t complete the challenge? Will that make me a failure? Look at all those people who have higher goals than me, they’re crushing it. Wow, now I’m disappointed in myself.” Why do I, and others, put that pressure on themselves? Sure I see my goal as a motivator but as the end of the year comes around I always get mildly nervous about not finishing it. I could always lower the number but in some ways that is worse lol. So this year, I’m going to R E L A X. I’m going to set my challenge to 1 book and I’m going to read as much or as little as I want. I’m going to do my own thing this year and it’s going to be great. I’m excited. I’m still going to track the books I read in 2016 but I’m just going to go with the flow this year. Now if you don’t agree with me or my thoughts that is completely okay. I don’t expect you to agree with me and I’m not asking you join me in doing this, I’m just explaining myself. This is going to be a little experiment for me. My reading goal for 2016 is just to enjoy myself. No pressure. Just reading what I want, when I want. Happy New Years my friends. 



Jaxon: so curious about Santa…his legs eventually got tired.
Casen: my little curly-headed eater loves ‘dip’.


There are always yearly photo challenges happening…lots of my mom friends are participating in the 52 week project where you take a photo each week of their little one for the whole year. I think that is a little ambitious for me being I am no longer a wahm. So I am challenging myself to 12…once a month, a photo of my boys. See the whole project here.

Nina Dobrev on Her 'Vampire Diaries' Departure and Finally Getting to "Graduate"

The Vampire Diaries is poised to head into a new phase as leading lady Nina Dobrev(Elena) exits the series this week following a six-season run.

For Dobrev, Thursday’s season finale is bittersweet. “The fairy tale has to end, and the next chapter has to begin,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I knew this was my time, and I’m excited for the next step.”

Dobrev spoke with THR about her first — and last — days on The CW vampire drama, fan reaction to her departure, the excitement of starting something new and saying goodbye to her TVD family.

With your final episode just a few days away, has it hit you yet that your time on Vampire Diaries is nearly over?

It wouldn’t have hit me if it didn’t come out the way that it had. It leaked a little earlier than we anticipated, which forced us to make a statement prematurely. But it was a blessing in disguise, in retrospect. It didn’t hit me; I got to say goodbye with my family and with the fans. People made videos of — what was in their opinion — the best moments of the last six years. It helped me relive the last six years, and be nostalgic, grateful and look back at those moments and celebrate this experience as it ends, instead of mourn it after I left. I got to say goodbye to my family, and spend my last moments with them, and look back and remember how awesome it has been.

What was the day your exit leaked like for you?

I’ve known [I was leaving] for such a long time — for a couple of years — so it’s been a big secret I’ve been having to keep for a while. But once people finally knew, people were really upset and outspoken. But ultimately, supportive, which I was very appreciative of. It was strange, one of the days after it was announced, I had people come up to me in the street, crying, like, “What are you doing?” and angry. And then I told them and they were like, “You go, girl. Do your thing. We support you. We can’t wait to see what you’re doing next.” It’s 50-50 [support].

When did you know you’d be leaving?

It wasn’t one specific moment I knew. I just knew I wanted to go on this journey with these characters, and their lives…it’s a vampire show. It’s been a great journey, but at the end of the day, I’m not actually a vampire. The fairy tale has to end, and the next chapter has to begin. I knew this was my time, and I’m excited for the next step. I am very sad that I’m not going to get to spend every day with my favorite people in the world, but, that’s why we have FaceTime and phone calls. Friendships are like vampires: They’ll last forever if they’re real.

As you’ve been reaching the end of the road of playing Elena, how much have you been reflecting on your early days on the show?

I remember the first day on set, I was with Kat Graham [Bonnie], we were shooting in a car, driving around, and she was the worst driver. I was terrified for my life, but if anything were to happen, it would have happened with a smile on my face because we both made each other laugh so much. There was an excitement and nerves, and we didn’t know if we were going to get picked up or not, and tension, too, and butterflies. Anything for the first time, the unknown, the fear, those are all emotions that are so exciting, ultimately. I love that feeling, and I really want to feel that again. That’s why I’m excited about this next chapter: I have no idea what’s going to happen, and that means anything can happen. That’s what’s most exciting to me — the prospect of anything.

What was your biggest challenge on the show?

There were daily challenges, there were yearly challenges, there were character challenges. The whole show was challenging in different ways throughout the six years. The multiple characters, the hours, creating characters, deaths. I was constantly crying, it felt like. But for that reason, it kept me occupied, I was never bored, it never felt stale. I always came to work excited, and looking forward to the next thing I got to do. It was almost like actor boot camp, or a college experience. I started college in real life, but I never finished. I went to high school in real life, and then went to Degrassi high school, and then four years as Elena — 12 years is a long time to go to school. I need to graduate! I’m ready now. I’m ready to go into the real world. I’ve literally grown up on this show. I was a baby when I started, and now I’m a woman. I feel like I’ve learned so much and have grown so much because of every single person, and every single character, and person I’ve worked with. They made me who I am, and I’m excited to apply that to the next chapter.

What conversations did you have with Julie Plec and the writers about Elena’s ending?

We had many conversations over the years. I remember when we first started, we wondered how long the show could go. And there are times when people said six or eight years. If it was up to the studio [Warner Bros. Television], it would be 30 years. It just depends on so many different factors. When we talked over the years, I always felt Elena’s journey would be a six-year journey, and I felt that I did so much in those six years, and I wanted to always feel that passion, and that excitement, and fond memories. And I do. I have nothing but love for every single person there. The show must go on, and it is going on, and I’m excited to see what next season is going to be like.

Will you watch next season?

I think it’ll be easier to watch, now that I’m not on it. I hate watching myself! (Laughs.)

What can you share about the finale? Last we saw, Elena was knocked out after Kai [Christopher Wood] crashed Jo’s [Jodi Lyn O'Keefe] and Alaric’s [Matt Davis] wedding.

I’m in the hospital. That’s in the promo, I can tell you that. I spent a lot of time, horizontal, lying down. I fell asleep a couple of times during takes because I had to pretend to be unconscious. So I can tell you that. Basically, I can tell you nothing. (Laughs.)

What was your last day on set like?

My last week or so, I was very aware that everything I did was going to be the last time I was getting to do it. I was very aware; in the moment. I’m so happy it was like that, so I could be present in what was going on around me, and appreciate everyone for the impact they had in my life. But especially the last day. My last scene was with Ian Somerhalder [Damon], and we were shooting a scene I can’t talk about outside that was very beautiful. I’m in a gown, we’re outside somewhere, and the last shot, a camera operator came up and said there was something in my hair, was trying to help me, and then he pulled me into a bear hug so I couldn’t escape, while the entire crew got a cake and whipped cream and dumped it all over my body. And they filmed it. And put confetti and a whole bunch of stuff [on me]. It was amazing. I couldn’t have been happier for that to be my sendoff. I knew something was coming; I could feel it in my bones. I’m a prankster, I would cake people on set all the time, but no one ever got me. And they got me good this time. If they hadn’t done something like that on my last scene, I would have been really disappointed. That’s how I knew they were my real family. That’s what family does. They don’t tell you what you want to hear, they tell you the truth. And they have fun with you, and they make you laugh, and they make you cry, and they see you at your worst. I did not look cute, I will tell you that. Cake is not a good look on me, but I loved it that one day.


lavender-bats  asked:

Where and how do I apply for one of those Library Cards?! And how do I get it without attracting the attention of the librarians?

The Librarians hold a twice-yearly challenge for the privilege of owning a library card. The strongest and the toughest compete in a variety of blood sports that inevitably end in a duel to the death. The victor must present the kidneys of his or her opponent, ritually carved in the usual manner, to the Head Librarian, along with a $1.50 registration fee and a copy of their driver’s license. 

If you are not a resident of Night Vale, but still want to apply for a library card, have no fear! You can fight in a separate competition against one of the librarians, selected for you by the vague yet menacing government agency that runs the Night Vale library system. If you emerge victorious, you must also present the Head Librarian with a pair of kidneys as well as the pancreas, to prove that you can hold your own along with the residents of Night Vale when it comes to ritual dissection. You must also bring a $2.00 registration fee and proof of residence from your home state. 

Good luck!

anonymous asked:

How can I get into a reading habit?

  1. Carry a book with you everywhere or get the Kindle/Nook app on your phone.
  2. Make a list of the books you want to read. Goodreads will help with this.
  3. Dedicate time to reading, schedule time to read if need be. Start small with 10-15 minutes a day or 3 times a week.
  4. Set goals. The Goodreads yearly challenge really motivates me.  
  5. Don’t pressure yourself.


Jaxon: A little Mr. Bubbles overdose at bath time.
Casen: Relaxing in his fave spot on the couch after he snagged my beanie.

There are always yearly photo challenges happening…lots of my mom friends are participating in the 52 week project where you take a photo each week of their little one for the whole year. I think that is a little ambitious for me being I am no longer a wahm. So I am challenging myself to 12…once a month, a photo of my boys. See the whole project here.