This is a Diamond engagement ring (kinda obvious)
And this is an Opal engagement ring.
Just my opinion but why isn’t opal a giant thing :? You also get crazy variations like the Lightning Ridge Black Opal….
Dragons Breath Fire Opal…..
Even this fucking Harlequin Opal that looks like a rainbow on LSD
…JUST… OPALS MAN
✿ KNEE SOCKS ✿ // i always thought that winter was for lovers
001. knee socks - arctic monkeys / 002. let your love grow tall - passion pit / 003. chocolate - the 1975 / 004. mix tape - brand new / 005. bad blood (live piano version) - bastille / 006. seasons - said the whale / 007. coeur d’alene - the head and the heart / 008. stubborn love - lumineers / 009. new earth - zerbin / 010. mansard roof - vampire weekend / 011. costume party - two door cinema club / 012. sleepyhead (stripped down version) - passion pit [ → listen here ]
aspiring-writer asked: I’ve attempted writing a novel back in middle school (looking back I realize the plot and characters were completely ridiculous) and gave up shortly in. I was very unprepared, and I wish to be prepared this time seeing as I’d like to make a career out of writing. What are some things I should do to prepare myself to write a novel?The first thing you should do is learn about plot and story structure so you can understand what elements are important when you brainstorm plots. The more familiar you become with these elements, the better your plot ideas will be. You should also practice writing every day. Not only do you need to learn how to implement plot and story structure, but you also need to learn how to develop characters, how to write descriptively, how to write good dialogue, and how to incorporate things like foreshadowing and symbolism. You can free write, write short stories, or find writing prompts and exercises to do each day. You also need to read. Now, I know there are writers who argue that reading is not essential to being a writer, and maybe that’s true, but to be a good writer, you have to read—a lot. Just like a good musician knows a lot about music, a good writer should know a lot about stories. Read as much as you can and as many different kinds of books as you can. Find what interests you most, and this just might be the type of novel you would most enjoy writing.While you’re learning about and practicing writing, pay attention to the world around you. What kinds of human stories interest you? Where do you find the most inspiration? Buy a notebook or journal and write down everything that inspires you: colors, bits of dialogue you overhear, current events, locations, people and personalities, landscapes, sounds, smells, story ideas—everything. This will be a constant source of inspiration for you when you’re writing or coming up with ideas.
When you’re ready to start a novel, you need to find an idea if you don’t already have one. Using what you’ve learned about plot and story structure, you can begin to flesh out the details of your story, and then use what you’ve learned about character development to flesh out your characters. It’s ok if you have to refer back to your notes or read more articles about these areas—you don’t have to know it all by heart going in. Next you’ll want to do some pre-writing, such as outlining, scene development, and research. Then you’ll be ready to start on your novel! You can refer to my WQA master post list for some of the other details you might wonder about when writing. I would recommend following some of the other helpful writing blogs here on tumblr, too. Some of my favorites are listed in my F.A.Q. under #10. And, of course, I’m always here if you need any help or have any further questions.
Best wishes to you on this journey. I know you’ll do great!
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT HOW TO WRITE A DISORDER, NOT JUST ABOUT A DISORDER?
That’s… very hard, because every person is unique, regardless whether they share (a) disorder(s) or not. There’s so many variables that go into how a disorder manifests in a person, which is why even psychologists can be wrong in the first (or other) diagnoses. The mind and psychology is simply not cut and dry. I could tell you how to write a disorder, but that just wouldn’t do the disorder in itself justice, and it would only be one way to write said disorder. That’s why I always give people the diagnostic criteria unless I’m given specific situational context (like temperament, childhood environment, current environment, motivation, interests, interpersonal behaviour and/or experience, etc), because other than that, there’s not much else I can do.
The way I personally write something I don’t have first-hand experience in is to first research clinical information or information of people who do have first-hand experience, and then just let the character tell me how it manifests for them (meaning, you can get reactions you didn’t anticipate but feel natural for the character, and afterwards you realise it’s because of a certain thing in their personality).
WHAT ARE EASY TRAPS TO FALL INTO WHEN WRITING MENTAL DISORDERS?
Popular culture, caricatures, backpack-disorders, tearjerking, that stuff.
- There’s hardly any representations in popular culture (Hollywood specifically) that I can attest to doing justice to a disorder.
- Many people end up making caricatures of the disorder of their choice without even realising it (a schizophrenic who wants to kill everyone because the “voices told them to”).
- People who write their character’s disorder only when it’s convenient and when it’s inconvenient the character display no symptoms even when symptoms should be displayed.
- Then the tearjerking, giving a character a mental disorder for no other reason than to garner sympathy.
These are largely the things I take offence in when it comes to the portrayal in mental disorders, and you should really, really avoid in writing. If you can write a character with psychological issues without slapping a diagnosis onto it, do it. Hell, even if your character fulfils all the criteria for the diagnosis of a disorder, there’s no reason you should slap on a diagnosis just because criteria are fulfilled.
People are usually so very petrified to portray mental disorders because they don’t know exactly what they can potentially do wrong, and end up not doing it, which means mental illness remains invisible. The reason people are petrified is also because the bad representation of mental illnesses of other people/writers that saturate the global writing community makes it harder for those who genuinely want to do right by these things.
collections that are raw as fuck ➝ rami kadi f/w 2013-14
Vampire Weekend | Giant (Japan Contra Bonus Track)
I’M NOT GONNA LIE THIS RIGHT HERE WOULD BE AN AMAZING STORY IDEA
LIKE HOLY HELL IMAGINE A SECRET SERVICE OF WISH AGENTS, EACH ONE SPECIALLY DESIGNATED TO CARRY OUT A CERTAIN PERSON’S WISH
I WANT THIS TO BECOME A THING PRONTO
Headstrong | Trapt