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.

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“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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Bookish This Or That

Tagged by @ashamelessartist

1. Hardback or paperback? Hardback
2. Borrow or buy? Buy
3. Buy in a bookstore or online? Bookstore
4. Amazon or Bookdepository? Bookdepository
5. Fantasy or sci-fi? Fantasy
6. Love-triangle or love at first sight? Erm, neither. I think it’s hard for me to be into this type of thing unless it’s really good written and things make sense which usually don’t happen especially with love triangles. I just hate them lol
7. Wall shelves or bookcases? Bookcases
8. Mass market paper backs or large print books? Mass market
9. Bad plot with good characters or good plot with bad characters? Bad plot with good characters. Good characters can help you get into it even if it’s a bad plot but there is no way you can sympathize with bad written characters. To me storytelling is all about the characters. If I don’t care about the people I won’t want to follow the story. Especially if the story involves a villain, it has to be well drawn. The plot has to interest people, for sure. But it’s the characters that make you want to stay.
10. Booklr or Bookstagram? Booklr
11. Booklr or Booktube? Booklr
12. Contemporary or Fantasy? Depends. It’s usually fantasy lately
13. Fiction or non-fiction? Fiction
14. Buy a book based on the cover or the description? I do both
15. Alphabetical shelves or color coordinated? I used to have color coordinated shelves until I realized it’s so not functional lol. I still love them for aesthetic reasons but I choose alphabetical as I suffer less to find the book I need
16. Different sized books or matching sizes? Definitely matching please I have ocd
17. Matching covers / spines or non-matching covers / spines? Matching
18. Marathon a series or read as released? Read as released I have no self control
19. Movie or TV adaptation? Honestly neither I have when movies or tv shows ruin my favorite books but if I had to go with one it would be movies
20. Perfect adaption of a bad book or bad adaption of a perfect book?
Perfect adaptation
21. Zombies or Vampires? Vampires
22. Vampires or Werewolves? Werewolves
23. Vampires or Fae? Vampires
24. Reading inside or outside? I like reading inside more especially when it rains and I can watch the rain and be all cozy 
25. Coffee or Tea? Coffee
26. Eating while reading or not eating? Not eating
27. Bookmarks or random objects? Bookmarks
28. Dog-earing or bookmark? Bookmark I’m not a heathen
29. Be your favorite character or be their best friend? Favorite character
30. Be your favorite character or date your favorite character? Date them
31. Physical or E-book? I will never not choose a physical book over an ebook. I only use ebooks if I have to
32. Audiobook or ebook? ebook
33. Read in bed or on a chair? Bed
34. Series or stand-alones? Series
35. Duology or Trilogy? Trilogy
36. Reading in winter or reading in summer? Reading anytime and anywhere
37. Read with music or without music? Without. My attention span is already worse than a goldfish
38. Finish reading books you hate or stop reading mid-way? Umm I can’t leave them half read unless I really really hate them but even if I do I usually skip some parts of it until the end to see how it ends 
39. Yearly book challenge or no book challenge? Yearly book challenge
40. Classics or modern books? Classics

Tags: @bookssentials @booksandtravelling @englishmajorinrepair @keepwarmread 

Will You Rather

I was tagged by the wonderful @gracebabcockwrites ❤

1. Hardback or paperback
2. Borrow or buy
3. Buy in a bookstore or online 
4. Amazon or Bookdepository
5. Fantasy or sci-fi 
6. Love-triangle or love at first sight
7. Wall shelves or bookcases 
8. Mass market paper backs or large print books
9. Bad plot with good characters or good plot with bad characters 
10. Booklr or Bookstagram
12. Contemporary or Fantasy
13. Fiction or non-fiction 
14. Buy a book based on the cover or the description  
15. Alphabetical shelves or colour coordinated 
20. Perfect adaption of a bad book or bad adaption of a perfect book
21. Zombies or Vampires
22. Vampires or Werewolves
23. Vampire or Fae 
24. Reading inside or outside 
25. Coffee or Tea 
26. Eating while reading or not eating
27. Bookmarks or random objects
28. Dog-earing or bookmark
29. Be your favourite character or be their best friend
30. Be your favourite character or date your favourite character
31. Physical or E-book
33. Read in bed or on a chair
34. Series or stand-alones
35. Duology or Trilogy
36. Reading in winter or reading in summer 
37. Read with music or without music
38. Finish reading books you hate or stop reading mid-way
39. Yearly book challenge or no book challenge
40. Classics or modern books 


Tagging everyone :)

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.

anonymous asked:

You're 25, right? Shouldn't you have grown out of that fake wrestling phase?

Ha! This question is so great. I have a full time career, I have a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with honors, I will have my Masters degree in less than a year in Higher Education Administration, I have my own car, a great relationship, I’ve lost 85 pounds, I have tons of friends, I’ve traveled to Miami, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Disney World, Daytona Beach 3 times, Maine, Virginia, Boston, Salem for Halloween, Myrtle Beach next month and New Orleans In April (For Wrestlemania actually). With all of that said you’re going to question my hobbies and interests? I am not here to toot my own horn but I have accomplished more by the age of 25 than the majority of Americans will in their lifetime. I am pleased to say I love professional wrestling. 

Here are some facts about the WWE by the way:

  • They are a publicly traded company on the New York stock exchange
  • Their top star John Cena, has granted more wishes than any celebrity for the Make-A-Wish every has before, hitting his 400th wish this past week actually.
  • They run a nation wide anti-bullying campaign and do tours of schools to talk about their experiences with bullies and what can be done to prevent it.
  • Wrestlemania, their biggest show of the year (you know the one that’s been around for 30 years) sells out and breaks attendance records in NFL stadiums. Those people come from all around the world.
  • They have been producing weekly live shows every single week 52 weeks a year since 1993. More than any other weekly episodic show in history.
  • Oh here’s a big one, In two weeks they’re launching their own network! 
  • They offer a rehab program free of charge to any former employee that may be suffering from drug addiction.
  • They have a very strict wellness policy in place to prevent drug use. You may have noticed that wrestlers aren’t as big as they were 25 years ago.
  • They do a yearly special for United States military members called tribute to the troops at various bases not only in the USA but around the world. I’m pretty sure you have to be older than 18 to enter the military soooooo…….
  • This year they donated $1 Million to Susan G. Komen for a cure to fight against breast cancer.
  • During breast cancer awareness month they make a pink version of every superstars shirt to sell on WWEShop.com in which all the profits go to fight breast cancer.
  • They offer a yearly reading challenge to kids in which the winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to Wrestemania.

Here are some facts about my knowledge of professional wrestling.

  • I do know that it is scripted much like the hunger games or twilight, they aren’t actually true stories. It’s called entertainment for a reason.
  • It allows me a release every week from the stresses of my job and school. It brings me back to my childhood when I started watching in 1998.
  • It is no different than a soap opera except the fact that it’s live so they only get one take making them much more talented actors than the ones on any show you may watch.
  • Those wrestlers train for years to be able to pull off the moves they do without actually hurting their opponent much like Cirque du Soleil or stuntmen do.
  • There are countless college students and adults that watch cartoons like Spongebob and Disney movies but for some reason wrestling’s different because you found out it was fake (good for you but guess what, it wasn’t a secret)

My final point is that with my extensive knowledge of professional wrestling being scripted and still enjoying it for the performance aspect that they put on every week constantly developing characters for years at a time, makes me smarter than someone that thinks there’s an age limit to enjoying things in life.  I am not ashamed to support and love a business that goes so far above and beyond to help people fighting cancer, or supporting make-a-wish, encouraging kids to read, fighting bullying, or supporting our troops. If you don’t like fake things then you should only watch the news, no more sitcoms, movies, reality tv, or magazines. 

This is entertainment, people and I for one am proud to be entertained by a company that does so much good.

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. 

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

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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.

Source.

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

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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.