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Thank you that is so kind (:

As for plotting - I don’t think I’m good at it. Have a vague idea and as you flesh it out try to keep in mind how the various characters will be affected. Try to anticipate any plot holes and always have a rationale for why something is happening. Even if not explicitly stated. There has to be purpose in your actions and it should culminate to affect the end result.

It’s nice to have a skeleton idea of what you want from the story. Like, I really wanted to write the fall of SKB and have the reader thrown into the events that preceded it. So I didn’t know how tf we’d get to that point, but the further I wrote, the clearer the path toward that event got.

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“Q: At what time should I be training?

A: Anytime that’s easy to stick to!

There are a few theories about when the most effective time to train is, but the important thing is to turn your training into a habit. Try to find the time of day that’s easiest for you, but consult a doctor if you have questions about a training plan that’s right for you. ”

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The best advice I’ve gotten…

I think the best advice I’ve gotten a out losing weight and becoming healthier is to listen to your body. Everyone’s body is different. What works for some people doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Find out what works for you. Find out what makes your body happy and your soul happy and live.

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I made a drawing and I was wondering when did you get your first note? Was it immediate or did it take time?

It is definitely not an immediate thing, it is a very slow process. Honestly, the first things I posted on here got like 3ish notes? Those were from my friends and idk if they were pity notes or not! The first thing that got over 100 was a davekat post haha and then I slowly started to get a few followers with Nightvale, so I guess I decided fanart was where it was at. To gain the following that I have, and it’s rather small in comparison to most art blogs, it took 4 or 5 years??? I think it really depends on the quantity that you post and the upkeep of your blog. Because I have very long bouts of silence between posts sometimes and I see very little traffic during those times, but when I’m the most active and posting lots of things is when I gain the most followers and notes if that makes sense. 

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Guys from experience I will say, there is often at least one small thing you can do to help your mental illnesses. Exercise and eating right doesn’t help everyone and it isn’t a cure, but it does help some even if just a little. Breathing exercises don’t help everyone’s anxiety, in fact I panic if I realize my breathing is off and I’m anxious. They do help some though. Music helps some people. Some people can get help by writing or sketching. It’s all about finding what works for you. These things don’t cure your mental illnesses, but they can help.

In my experience my dad had depression issues for a while. He also is pretty likely to have autism. He was suicidal for a while, but you know what else? He worked four jobs at once to try and support a fucking family. It was probably hard as hell, but that’s what he HAD to do. Many things are harder with mental illnesses, but it’s a mental thing and if you push hard enough then you can still accomplish things. It’s just a lot harder. I saved up and moved states while having 4 diagnosed mental illnesses. This is difficult shit, but it isn’t impossible shit to do. The important thing is to find out what you need to do, how you personally can get there and for many people things like that actually help even if they were extremely difficult. If you say you just can’t do something then that’s solidifying the belief. It’s hard not to, but life is hard and even when mentally ill you gotta push on.

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There may be many setbacks and obstacles. What works for others may not be what will work for you. Keep pushing, find a way that works for you and go hard. You will get to where you want to be, it will just take time, patience, hard work and willpower!

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There is more than one way to do something. The key is to experiment and find what works for you the best. With practice and repetition, you will find it easier and easier to think thoughts that add to the overall positive abundance in your life. Instead of repeating the ones that cause you to be stuck in doubt and pain.

Be aware that you likely have some thoughts that are defeatist in nature. They will probably tell you that you have tried everything that there is to try, and that nothing works for you. In reality, you cannot be 100% sure that this is true. Really you are convincing yourself that your lack of control over your thinking is justified by the idea that there is no way for you to change. No matter how justified it is or isn’t, being open to the possibility that there could be some ways to change can be helpful.

If you have tried EVERYTHING, then obviously your thoughts about things never being able to change are true. Right? And obviously if things cannot be changed you will stay identified with all the thoughts that tell you that you will forever be stuck where you don’t want to be.

See, everyone thinks their thoughts are true, whether they are contributing to their peace of mind or not.

So if you are asking for help, and really would like to change, you will have to change your thinking. This can be a very difficult thing to do when you are already so comfortable thinking in the ways that have contributed to the experience of reality that you are wanting to change. That’s why you are to start out with small steps, and gradually progress over time.

With practice you can gain greater and greater control over your thoughts.

Defeatist thoughts, they will try to convince you that nothing works for you, and they will try to tell you that you are doomed to stay in the same reality that you are currently disliking. 

Defeatist thoughts are the master salesmen of doom. 

Be aware, that even in those moments, you yourself are being a master manifestor. The only difference is you have been attracting what you don’t really like instead of what you would like better.

If you can manifest what you don’t want on a very consistent basis, you can also manifest what you do want on a very consistent basis. It will just take some time, practice, and repetition. Experiment with different approaches and find what works the best for you.

Always be open to the possibility that there are positive solutions that work for you. Even if manifesting isn’t the right approach for you, it can at least be agreed that your attitude plays a big role in what happens in your life. If there is no manifesting and you have circumstances that you do not like, your attitude and thoughts will also play a role in the actions you do or do not take in order to give a shot at changing those circumstances and or making intelligent plans towards moving into better circumstances. Either way, attitude and mindset are key.

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This morning I had my appointment to get my IUD in. It started out as uncomfortable, and it got rather painful. Like, I flashed back to high school (before I started the pill) when I would have cramps so bad that even the female teachers wanted to call a hospital. This was even with pain medication. 

So that wasn’t great. Except then my doctor told me that she couldn’t get my cervix to actually open at all. There are apparently 2 holes that the IUD has to make it through… the first one was snug, but she said the second one was “completely clamped down”. She told me that she was afraid that if she pushed much harder she would risk perforating me. Which is bad. Very bad. 

My doctor recommended that I just go back on the pill, because I’ve never had any issue taking a pill every day at the same time. She said that if I really want to try again for the IUD that my cervix MIGHT be slightly more willing to open up if I’m on my period, but there’s a chance it wouldn’t. Either way, she didn’t feel comfortable trying to force the cervix open today. 

I’m just going to stick with the pill. It doesn’t hurt and I don’t find it that annoying to take. Plus it makes my periods so regular that I can time it right down to the hour. 

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Hi, I wanted to ask you a question! Your monsters are all A+ Super Cool, how do you design them? Like, do they start out as rough ideas/sketches you refine, or do they come out entirely as they are? Do you ever design characters by going like "ok I want a dude made of sugar, here's a few different concepts for that" or do you typically know what you want? Sorry if these seem like odd questions, I just really admire you and would like a look into your design process ^u^

Thank you very much, aha dang! Good questions, sure I can go through my thought process, its not super impressive or drawn out at all, but it’s what works for me and others.

  • For any character it all starts with a rough idea/concept. Usually my characters are based off of one or more particular animal/shape/object/theme, etc.

It takes some experimenting to see which things mesh together well, or what can be mixed together to make something different and creative.

  • And then from there I start to gather more resources to draw inspiration from. These resources could be from online, comics, books, TV shows, movies, real life, personal experience, other artists, etc. anywhere. 
  • It’s a good idea to stockpile pictures and links into folders so you can look at them later. Who knows! You might find something you forgot about and then want to use in the future.

Your example: A character made of sugar

  • Simply by googling “Sugar” I’m given an array of good reference pictures, and the ideas already start to pop up. If I were to go with a Sugar approach, I’d probably throw in some sugar cookie and candy heart inspiration~ (because I really love sprinkles and bright colors~)

The whole process for me is: think of a starting theme (ex. sugar), google references and inspiration, look in other media for other traits, use references + inspo to draw a rough-draft, pleased with draft = finalize design.

Once the character is designed they are open to changes and tweaks down the road. Remember! It’s okay to update your character’s design. The first drawing of them doesn’t mean their appearance is set in stone.

Maybe like? 80% of the time I already have an idea of what I want. After I see a couple pictures my imagination kicks in and I start drawing out the rough draft.

And it’s fine to not know exactly what you want at first. Be open to inspiration from surprising places! And as always: Keep practicing, show everyone what you can create~!  👍👍👍

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So for the longest time I’ve struggled with accomplishing things. I felt like I could never stick with something long enough to make it happen. That’s why I signed up for this half-marathon in the first place, I hoped that spending $80 to run 13 miles at 7:00 in the morning would motivate me to workout and continue working out. (So far so good in that department, go me!) But there were other area’s of my life where I just felt like I should be doing things but never could. Example- I don’t drink nearly enough water. I know that I should and I know that while working out consistently it’s downright stupid not to be drinking tons of water. I follow Julianne Hough’s blog and she started a water challenge. She found out what works for her, drinking two glasses of water in the morning and the one before each meal. So I thought, hey I’m going to try this out! I failed. Miserably. I wasn’t motivated and got so frustrated at myself for yet again not following through. 

That’s when something clicked in my head, I’m not sure what it was or why it finally clicked but I realized that I needed to find what worked for me. 

I know what you’re thinking. Well duh. But think about it, how many times have you decided to do something just because someone else is doing it. When is the last time you sat down and figured out what really worked for you? Now, if following celebs or challenges works for you then that is awesome. It didn’t work for me and I realized that the only way I was going to drink more water, or really accomplish anything in life, was to sit down and learn what makes me tic. So to finish up my water drinking example, I realized I like drinking from a straw. I drink more and I drink quicker. I also realized that I was going to need a water bottle that had measurements on the side so I could track exactly how much I was drinking. After doing some research and figuring out how much water I needed to drink a day, I am proud to say that I purchased a water bottle online and have started drinking the appropriate amount of water! So the moral of this blog is take the time to find what works for you and then do that. It doesn’t matter if a crazy 30 day diet worked for Beyonce, you are not Beyonce. 

Find what works for you and stick with it. 

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Neil Gaiman
Anything that keeps you happy and writing is part of my writing ritual: I like music, so I tend to have it playing in the background. But if I’m interested, I can write in an airport waiting areas.
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I recently started waking up at 5 a.m. during the week to fit in runs before having to be at work by 8:30 a.m. and I’ve gotta say, the thought of getting sweaty that early was extremely daunting, but has turned out to be the best decision I’ve made for myself recently.

What if I didn’t make it to work on time? What if I’m still sweating at work? Does this mean I have to go to bed at like, 8:30 p.m.? That’s so unrealistic, especially in NYC! Am I gonna crash during the day at work? Are my runs gonna get worse because I probably can’t eat much before such an early morning run?

Well, throw all that to hell because for some freak reason, my body is loving this — loving it enough that I’ve lost six pounds. I get up at 5 a.m., freshen up to wash sleep away, chug some water, eat a spoonful of honey and/or have a banana and I’m out the door by 5:30 a.m. hitting up good ol’ Riverside Park. 

Yes, occasionally I’ll take an evening spin class and probably will pursue some evening yoga classes, but “find what works for you and stick to it” has a renewed meaning for me now. And that little bit of weight loss is more than enough reason for me to keep chugging along. Not to mention the fact that my evenings are totally free now — happy hours! Dates! New recipes to cook up (aka more trips to Whole Foods, one of my happy places)! Restaurants!

Of course, this isn’t to say that I don’t think about the snooze button whenever that 5 a.m. alarm goes off, but it’s a work in progress.

P.S. I don’t go to bed at 8:30 p.m. (hehe). More like 9:30 p.m. if I’m particularly beat, or somewhere around 10 p.m.

Try it out if you’ve been considering making the switch to the a.m.! I’d love to hear about your morning routines… xo.

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