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20
Aug

caledoniarps:

I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty

001. CALEDONIA’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE

002. WRITE LIKE A FUCKING ANGEL

003. READING ISN’T ONLY FOR NERDS AND FANGIRLS

004. STUDY MOTHER FUCKER

005. LEARNING SHIT

006. PRESENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL WORK AY

007. USEFUL WEBSITES BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS A WONDERFUL PLACE /SOMETIMES/

008. MUSIC TO CALM DOWN UR SCHOOL DAY BLUES YO

009. ALL THIS STUDYING??? YOU NEED A BREAK, MY FRIEND.

010. TIPS FOR SCHOOL N STUFF BCUS I WANTED TEN BITS

  • try your best. not everyone can get all As, and getting all As does not make you better than everyone else. just do the best you can and be the best person you can be.
  • don’t sleep in class! i know it seems so so tempting but slept my way through geography last year and i got a C in my exam instead of the expected A so…
  • Don’t tick off your teacher, follow the rules to an extent, get to class on time, respect your classmates and teachers. you know, just be a decent person.
  • be positive!!! and not just for the first week or so, keep the positivity going throughout the whole school year. if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
  • "you can do it, wildcat, i believe in u" — something troy bolton said one time probably definitely
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20
Aug

postgraduatepurgatory:

Essential Productivity Apps for any student:

  1. Caffeine-  Prevents your screen from going into sleep mode. Great if you’re writing notes on an article and the screen keeps dimming, whilst you hope that if you stare long enough, the phrase “homologous ways to a view of hegemony” will start to make sense.
  2. Flux- If you find that you can’t sleep for ages after studying late at night, then this app is a total game changer. It basically turns the light on the screen red, because science people say that blue light keeps you awake and red light doesn’t. (*Full Disclosure* I’m not a scientist)
  3. Focusbar- The annoying voice of your mother nagging you to finish your homework…in app form. You can set the annoying level (I have it set on “wildly annoying”) and a bar will appear in the corner every few seconds to remind you that you’re supposed to be doing something else besides looking at cat photos. 
  4. Microsoft Office- self explanatory, so I’ve linked to an article about life hacks for Microsoft Office instead. Because I’m just that awesome. 
  5. Nag- Does your 5 minute study break keep turning into an hour on Youtube? Then you need Nag in your life. It’s basically an alarm/timer. But an extremely loud and annoying alarm/timer that’s very difficult to ignore. The bells genuinely sound more judgemental the longer you ignore it.  
  6. Self Control-  Also known as Cold Turkey for Microsoft users. If you absolutely cannot be trusted with an internet connection, then you need Self Control in your life. You add a list of websites to the “blacklist”and then set how long you want the app to work for, and for that duration of time you wont be able to access those website. Seriously, not even rebooting your computer or uninstalling the app will let you access the blacklist until your time is up. Tough love at its finest.
  7. Zotero-  The new love of my life. Zotero allows you to manage all your citations and sources in one easy place. It’s an absolute life saver- no joke. There’s an in-word add in, so it will write your bibliography and citations for you in any format you want. There’s a chrome/firefox add in and a mobile app, so you don’t even have to type the citation into Zotero. Just press the button it does all the hard work for you. It even updates itself online, so you can still access your bibliography if your computer crashes. I <3 Zotero 5eva. 
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20
Aug

storyninja:

Interesting read for any budding sci-fi writers out there.

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20
Aug

deducingbbcsherlock:

Q: Why does that character have to be gay/bi/black/Asian/Hispanic/etc?

A: As opposed to what?

I’ve found this to be a useful response, because many people will hesitate before saying “white” or “straight.” That hesitation comes from the realization, however subconscious, that they have defaulted all characters to white and straight, and are thereby declaring this normal, while everything else is other. From here, if they choose to acknowledge their internalized (unintentional but still harmful) supremacy rather than going on the defensive, they will begin to understand the real value of representation.

Q: This story isn’t about romance! Why does it matter if the characters are gay? 

A: What should they be instead?

Essentially the same response. By that logic, any character in any story who does not have a romantic or sexual story arc should be aromantic and/or asexual. But the truth is, sexuality is only one part of a character’s identity (hey! just like IRL!). Any character of any race, gender, or sexual orientation can go on an adventure that does not involve sex or romance.

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19
Aug

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you like Eleanor and Park, try Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz because both of these YA novels feature love stories between seeming opposites.

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19
Aug

I'm trying to write a blind character who is also a detective, but I'm finding so many difficulties with it. Can I get some realistic tips on how a blind man can make a good detective please? xxx

Anonymous

thewritershelpers:

I’ve been reading this question over and over this past hour and have avoided answering it because I don’t really know how to, I’m going to admit that first and foremost. 

My fear with answering this is that I look like a moron or I answer wrong so this is what I’m thinking. I could be wrong. 

I would think that a large part of a detectives job would be based upon observing things for example: crime scenes, witnesses, suspects, security footage etc. If you want to make him successful you need to think of a way around this problem- how can he observe without seeing? You need to figure a way for him to do his job without sight, which might be hard to get your head round at first. Try doing some research because it might make it easier for you to find a way for him to be successful.

Here are some links on blind characters:

Blind characters  - this has numerous links and is a helpful resource for you. 

How to play a blind character

If anyone else has anything to add to this then please do, I don’t feel like I really know enough to give decent advice on this- so please! 

-S

loricori said: The episode of Monk “Mr. Monk Can’t See a Thing” comes to mind; he’s an excellent detective and in this episode, he’s blind. Might wanna check it out?

riannavarro1 said: Check out the tv show Blind Justice (2005) - it’s about a detective who returns to the line of duty after becoming blind. the blindness gives the detective a unique perspective on crime scenes as he has to look at them with his other senses

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18
Aug

thenewinquiry:

To Supplement Dr. Christina Sharpe’s essay, Black Life, Annotated, TNI asked Sharpe to create a syllabus for further reading on the subject and she graciously obliged, with help from Mariame Kaba and Dr. Tamara Nopper.

Introduction to The Prison Industrial Complex

I recommend everything on the blog Prison Culture “How the PIC Structures Our World…”

The Black Youth Project

Young People Continue To Talk About the Cops

Louder Than A Bomb 2014: Chicago Youth Have Their Say 

Nicholas K. Peart, “Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?

C Angel Torres and Naima Paz, Young Women’s Empowerment Project’s Bad Encounter Line zine

Rose Brewer and Nancy Heitzeg, The Racialization of Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice, Color-Blind Racism, and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex

Sylvia Wynter, “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues

On Fugitivity and Captivity

Slave narratives, from Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl: Written by Herself, to Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave: Written by Himself, to David Walker’s Appeal, to Ida B. Well’s The Red Record

Keguro Macharia, fugitivity

Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study

Tavia Nyong’o, Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

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18
Aug

yeahwriters:

everybodyilovedies:

amandaonwriting:

Benjamin Dreyer is the VP Executive Managing Editor & Copy Chief of Random House Publishing Group. Below is his list of the common stumbling blocks for authors, from A to X. 

  • One buys antiques in an antiques store from an antiques dealer; an antique store is a very old store.
  • He stayed awhile; he stayed for a while.
  • Besides is other than; beside is next to.
  • The singular of biceps is biceps; the singular of triceps is triceps. There’s no such thing as a bicep; there’s no such thing as a tricep.
  • blond man, a blond woman; he’s a blond, she’s a blonde.
  • capital is a city (or a letter, or part of a column); a capitol is a building.
  • Something centres on something else, not around it.
  • If you’re talking about a thrilling plot point, the word is climactic; if you’re discussing the weather, the word is climatic.
  • cornet is an instrument; a coronet is a crown.
  • One emigrates from a place; one immigrates to a place.
  • The word is enmity, not emnity.
  • One goes to work every day, or nearly, but eating lunch is an everyday occurrence.
  • flair is a talent; a flare is an emergency signal.
  • flier is someone who flies planes; a flyer is a piece of paper.
  • Flower bed, not flowerbed.
  • Free rein, not free reign.
  • To garner is to accumulate, as a waiter garners tips; to garnish (in the non-parsley meaning) is to take away, as the government garnishes one’s wages; a garnishee is a person served with a garnishment; to garnishee is also to serve with a garnishment (that is, it’s a synonym for “to garnish”).
  • gel is a jelly; it’s also a transparent sheet used in stage lighting. When Jell-O sets, or when one’s master plan takes final form, it either jells or gels (though I think the former is preferable).
  • Bears are grizzly; crimes are grisly. Cheap meat, of course, is gristly.
  • Coats go on hangers; planes go in hangars.
  • One’s sweetheart is “hon,” not “hun,” unless one’s sweetheart is Attila (not, by the way, Atilla) or perhaps Winnie-the-Pooh (note hyphens).
  • One insures cars; one ensures success; one assures people.
  • Lawn mower, not lawnmower.
  • The past tense of lead is led, not lead.
  • One loathes someone else but is loath to admit one’s distaste.
  • If you’re leeching, you’re either bleeding a patient with a leech or otherwise sucking someone’s or something’s lifeblood. If you’re leaching, you’re removing one substance from another by means of a percolating liquid (I have virtually no idea what that means; I trust that you do).
  • You wear a mantle; your fireplace has a mantel.
  • Masseurs are men; masseuses are women. Many otherwise extremely well educated people don’t seem to know this; I have no idea why. (These days they’re all called massage therapists anyway.)
  • The short version of microphone is still, so far as RH is concerned, mike. Not, ick, “mic.” [2009 update: I seem to be losing this battle. Badly. 2010 update: I’ve lost. Follow the author’s lead.]
  • There’s no such word as moreso.
  • Mucus is a noun; mucous is an adjective.
  • Nerve-racking, not -wracking; racked with guilt, not wracked with guilt.
  • One buys a newspaper at a newsstand, not a newstand.
  • An ordinance is a law; ordnance is ammo.
  • Palette has to do with colour; palate has to do with taste; a pallet is, among other things, something you sleep on. Eugene Pallette was a character actor; he’s particularly good in the 1943 film Heaven Can Wait.
  • Noun wise, a premier is a diplomat; a premiere is something one attends. “Premier” is also, of course, an adjective denoting quality.
  • That which the English call paraffin (as in “paraffin stove”), we Americans call kerosene. Copy editors should keep an eye open for this in mss. by British authors and query it. The term paraffin should generally be reserved for the waxy, oily stuff we associate with candles.
  • Prophecy is a noun; prophesy is a verb.
  • Per Web 11, it’s restroom.
  • The Sibyl is a seeress; Sybil is Basil Fawlty’s wife.
  • Please don’t mix somewhat and something into one murky modifier. A thing is somewhat rare, or it’s something of a rarity.
  • tick bites; a tic is a twitch.
  • Tortuous is twisty, circuitous, or tricky; torturous is painful, or painfully slow.
  • Transsexual, not transexual.
  • Troops are military; troupes are theatrical.
  • vice is depraved; a vise squeezes.
  • Vocal cords; strikes a chord.
  • A smart aleck is a wise guy; a mobster is a wiseguy.
  • X ray is a noun; X-ray is a verb or adjective.

I usually never reblog these bc I’m way too awesome to make mistakes, but omgosh there’s some I didn’t know here!!!

Holy useful Batman!

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16
Aug

teacoffeebooks:

I’d like to submit a picture of my cat cuddling with my book collection, I think it fits with the theme! awesome blog btw!

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15
Aug

kdhart:

katiedoyle:

FINISHED.

THE FEMINISM! THE INTRIGUE! THE SOCIALISM! THE CRAZY RELIGIOUS FANATICS! I LOVE IT ALL! 

Obviously, since I just read it in one sitting. Thanks katiecoyle for writing such an EXCELLENT AND SO SO ENJOYABLE book. I can’t wait for the sequel! (like actually can’t wait, will probably pre-order it as soon as I post this…)

AND HERE. HERE IT IS, THE BEST WAY TO TELL ME ABOUT A BOOK! Kudos to hotkeybooks for coming up with a WAY more helpful way to describe the contents of a book than saying “it’s like John Green and Hunger Games had a baby and only ever fed it Maureen Johnson”. (which is not how I would describe this book, but is totally a book I would want to read).

I’m finding so many things on their website I want to read! Like this one book described as “supernatural, true love, noir detective, and murder”. Oh, yeah. That’s  a book I need to read.

GRABBY HANDS

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13
Aug

thewritershelpers:

Your character is stranded in a wood with no supplies, what can they use to survive? Your character is from the medieval times, how would they light a fire with no match? Your character is injured with no medical supplies? What can they do.

Below is a list of links that should help you with writing survival skills. It might not make you a survival expert but hopefully it will kickstart your research.

Getting Water

Practical survival guide 101: Water

Survival guide: Water

Finding water (and making it safe)

How to find water in the wild

From reading these there are many different water collection techniques depending on the items you have to hand. If you have any type of bottle, jar or carton you can collect rain water. This is probably safer than getting it from a river or a lake. Once you have your water you need to decontaminate it as it could have dangerous micro organisms. Then you need to be careful to ration the water, especially if there are a few of you and you are leaving the source of water or you are relying on rain water.

Catching Food

Survival food

Nuclear war survival skills: Food

Primitive traps for catching food

Traps and Snares

Again with food you should only eat what you need and keep rations. Make it last as long as possible. Remember that you don’t have a fridge, so leave it too long and it is going to make you sick.

Making a Fire

How to build a fire

Survival skills basics: Making a fire

How to start a fire without a match

How to make a fire

How you build your fire is critically important, honest! Even with an ignition source such as fire lighters if you have a badly built fire it will struggle to start burning. Using a flint isn’t as easy as they make it look on TV. It is worth researching flints and how to obtain them in more detail.

Making and Finding suitable shelter

Shelter

How to build a shelter

Warmth and Shelter

Wilderness survival skills: Finding Shelter

Exposure is more likely to kill than lack of water or food. If your character is exposed to the elements one of the first things they need to do is find shelter, especially if it is cold or the temperature is going to drop.

First aid

Basic wilderness first aid

Survival first aid: Bites and Stings

What to keep in your emergency first aid kit

Survival pack: Emergency aid

Surviving without doctors

Basic survival medicine: wounds

Medicinal plants

Other useful links

5 Basic survival skills

Wilderness survival skills

Wilderness survival skills everyone should know

Basic survival skills (youtube)

Basic wilderness survival guide

Hope these links help you guys out! It was fun to research this and I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

-S