July writing prompt

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Please refrain from copy this prompt and claiming it as your own. I worked hard to get them done so I could gift them to all my wonderful readers.

June is…

June is dead…. well not dead more like finished. Yep! June ended. And classes ended too.

I can still feel the bittersweet taste of each class. I’m still looking for some answers for many questions and I definitely don’t know what some professors are looking when they correct exams. Another semester in college is gone and I’m still trying to figuring out some inner workings of it.

Some items of my to-do list

  • Working in my research.
  • I will try to publish some articles
  • I have been planning to be a teacher aid (It will be something completely new for me)
  • I need to revamp a website
  • revamp this blog is a “maybe”
  • Working in some posts for this blog…
  • Read is a must
  • Study… once I decide my plan of action for the next term (I wish I have more certainties in life.)

My b-day is next week… I may have some surprises… or not =) Who knows?

I can’t find my planner… god knows which were the things I planned for us this month!

Great article!!

A lot of questions and no answers

Ok… this is a kind of situation that I have never encounter before.

A few days ago, I sat for an oral exam. The girl next to me was really nervous, but that is completely normal. When the oral exam began, the professor asked the girl a question. The girl answered, a very shaky answer but I does not really matter. At of the blue the professor ask the girl to explain an example he provided (with a clear sexual implication.) The girl got even more nervous and answered the professor about the example avoiding the implication. She gave him a different context to the example making it sound sarcastic. However, the professor did not accept her answer and began questioning her further on trying to elicit  the implication he wanted to hear. The girl, who did not want to play his game,  refused to answer. But he kept on…. and the girl started crying (she was now having a panic attack.) The professor was now really pissed and (probably because another professor entered the room) he stopped his assault and change the topic. At this point the girl could not control anymore and stopped him and left the room crying uncontrollably.

I was in the room the whole time. I felt so powerless. I knew the girl was really nervous and it was hard for her to answer the professor’s questions. However, I cannot understand the professor’s obsession to make her answer with the context that he wanted. The girl’s answer was possible but he was dead set to make her talk about the sexual connotation.  What it is more, when he mentioned the same example in class, no one laughed.   At the end he made a girl had a nervous breakdown and when it was my turn to talk he never let me finish a single sentence. We ended up being affected by the whole situation and he did not got his way. Or his only goal was to make the girl cry her eyes out?

So many questions and no answers to any of them. This was more than unfortunate situation… this was…. I don’t know. … I simply don’t know.

Writer’s block remedies?

I’m back for a little bit this week since is Easter and I find that one of the groups that I’m part of is writing about my nemesis… writer’s block.

Things I do to fight writer’s block…

  • Music playlists for sure. I always write with music playing in the background. If your regular music does not help ask someone else with a different musical taste to recommend you some songs. It really helps.
  • Exercise. A good yoga class helps specially if it includes some meditation.
  • A nice relaxing shower… in which you can talk to yourself a loud. Acting out is good even if you don’t have writer’s block.
  • Writing prompts help a lot. Not only to start a new story but also to unblock it if stuck.
  • Read… Sometimes reading a nice book or story can help to unblock you… Thinking about what you characters will do in the same situation can lead you to find your muse.
  • Whach a movie or a short drama. I watch k-dramas and I have two or three stories I will love to write once I get some free time… Now that I finally got my own laptop for Christmas Yay!
  • Shopping… I always get inspired after I spend time in the office supplies shop.

If you need some writing prompts you can check my blog or pintrest. For music recommendations I’m listening to Sia and Selena Gomez and I have been writer’s block free. Even if this only includes academic writing.

I’m sure there are more tips but these are the only ones I can think of now.

Where are you March?

March ended, and I feel that I haven’t post at all. Yes, classes began two weeks ago and it’s hard to get used to it. In the end, the week ends to be a long sequence of the same things: the long hours sitting in the classroom, the long waits in the xerox room to get a copy of all the professors booklets, all the planning to get to class in time with the bus arriving late, the weekly planning of outfits and make up, and -the most important part- the studying sessions and all the note taking to have everything read and analyzed before class… and yoga which helps you to relax and unwind, and makes you sweat like crazy -the best part-.

I’m not really complaining (well… maybe about the bus… definitely, I’m complaining about the bus… and the stationery store that was close at 3pm and I wanted to buy a color pen.)

Sometimes life is not so boring and tedious… until you write about it and you realized that maybe it is. However, I kind of like my life right now. It has more meaning than three years ago. Even if your doctors tell you to life you life normally, follow their “advice” is pretty hard and you end up spending a lot of time until you get the hang of it. I never really have any hang on life so I’m kind of lost here, but I think I’m slowly getting use to this rodeo. I hope I don’t find out that this was a circus and not a rodeo.

College, classes, and so on

Classes began this morning. Usually, the first week, the atmosphere in the classroom is relaxed. Everyone is trying to get used to work and study again, so they are not in a rush. However, it seems that the teacher did not get the memo and he rushed us throughout several dozens of new concepts no one had any idea they existed.

A happy me or, more precisely, an unhappy and extremely confused me did not have any of the material that the teacher was making reference to. Therefore, my week will have as main mission getting the material (a hazard task per se) and studying it so that I can have a beautiful set of notes ready for next Monday. I hope tomorrow´s classes do not follow the same pattern.

Agenda

No, I don’t have a secret agenda… or maybe I do, who knows?

Finally, I finished my agenda. Yes, we are already in March but I was still enjoying my summer break so I did not need one. Classes will start next week, so I really need one to keep track of my college life. Last term I used an agenda for the very first time and it was a great experience. The best part of it was… that I didn’t run out of time to complete assignments and study for exams.

This time, I got a lovely A5 folder and I created my own agenda because I could not find one that suited my needs and it was affordable enough to fit my tiny tiny budget. It was nice because I could personalize it to the last detail.

Here is a picture of the folder… I took it the day I bought it

 

 

Oh March…

Today is my little sister’s b-day. We have a really interesting relationship… most times we are best friends but sometimes we are the bitterest enemies. She always complains about my love for procrastination and I complain about her obsession to clean and to complain about it.

G is a great student and teacher. She is a overachiever… there is no thing she can’t learn and do (leaving cooking aside). Sometimes I wonder what I can do to be more like her and really be able to accomplish all the goals I set… I really admire that part of her personality. However, I dislike her phobia towards planning. She hates my to-do list, my goals list and all my planning. I understand that she believes that planning is just dreaming about what you can do instead of doing it… but I can’t help it.

G, I wish you a happy, happy, very happy b-day my little sister. And I hope you achieve all your barely planned dreams. You deserve them!

 

In the world of randomland

I’m thinking of re-vamping the site. I don’t know … it looks a little dark and pinkish. Originally, I wanted it dark because it was easy on my eyes. However, along the way, somehow, it turned out a bit more pinkish than I intended it to be. I like pink but it is not even close to my favorite color or any other color I would choose for my personal blog.

I may take a few days to think about it but I will definitely change the theme of this blog… alongside with the background and the header. I need to choose a nice theme and work on the graphics so that they fit the color palette. I love art, especially digital art, and I´m sure I will be able to come up with some good background and header that are more of my liking.

Suggestions are welcome and my comment section is open…feel free to post.

February quiz

You Are Old Fashioned

You think that the best things come from the past. You love anything vintage or retro.

You have a good memory for facts. You always are an ace at trivia.

Art excites you. You try to bring it into your everyday life as much as possible.

You have a few key interests that are borderline obsessions. You can’t stop thinking about them!

Fine again!

I’m really happy. I’m fine again. After seven days of physical rehab and a lot of practice from my part, I finally got the clear check from the doctor and I regained the 100% of my arm’s mobility.

I’m also happy because the beginning of this year I woke up with an awful pink eye but that’s gone too. I’m finally free of diseases, and I can enjoy my Christmas present and write and study to my heart content with my very own laptop. Plus, I can go back to practicing yoga!! OMG! I missed yoga so much. The calmness, the exercise, the slight discomfort (that comes from trying new positions and wanting to go a little beyond of your comfort zone), I missed it all so much. I can’t wait to go back and exercise my body off.

I have so many things on my head… so many stories… Soon I will post something.

A little crash

On Thursday, I got involved in a crash. I climbed on the bus and I was making my way to the back…when a 4×4 truck hit the bus. The bus was crossing and the truck driver got the great idea that his car was immaterial (?) and he could cross through the middle of the bus unscratched.

Long story short, I got my shoulder injured and….a Merry Painful Christmas. No alcohol for me on Christmas Eve (The only time of the year were I actually drink… the rest of it I’m a faithful no-drinker.) Now, I have a whole week of physical rehab ahead. The good part of it was that the doctors were really professional, and I got all the tests done quickly and without a fuss.

Something lost, something gained

Yesterday, my little brother turned 20. He was, is, and  forever will be the baby of the family. This only got me thinking… Yes we live our lives so carelessly. Tomorrow is always in a far away land. We run always planning and envisioning the future, the tomorrow. And, like a grammar teacher told me once “future is not a tense, it is just a modal”.

We are not growing younger, yes… We may live longer now but that does not change the fact that we spend all our present living for a tomorrow that may never come. I feel like I should stop for a few moments and say something about it. It is so hard to stop it, I know, but after all the things that happened this last years in my life. Not say it, no think about it… I don’t know… I might regret not to speak my mind while I can.

I will quote Ke$ha here ” ‘Cause no one’s getting out alive. All the gold on Earth, it won’t buy time”. Life is a precious thing but it is fragile and ethereal. If you have a religion, you have the relieve of believing in an after life. However, everyone is afraid of death. The only thing that is absolutely true and unstoppable is the thing we fear the most. We live fearing our demise, but we cannot stop postponing evething for a tomorrow … maybe thinking that death only comes for those who have not plan anything … for the ones who are mindless about tomorrow and they like to enjoy the present.

I will stop my depressing philosophical rambling. I will take a few days off.  I will stop dreaming  about the future and I will enjoy the present. I have some writing in my head and I want to get it right so I can put it into paper. Next week, I will go back to study… coding and web design, this time.

I think I will come around soon but if I don’t. I wish you all a happy holidays, whatever you religious believes are… I wish you a beautiful week. Until next time!

Happy December

Well December is here… I don’t like Christmas but I know people who love the Christmas season. Classes are over so I might indulge myself with some Christmas cheer.

I have been working really hard on this blog, some of you would be able to realize about it some other don’t. After all this moving post and so… I found myself at crossroads. I could keep a semi personal journal style or give a try to some of the things I  had found on my old notes. And I chose the second option. I found a lot of writing prompts written on a notebook and some attemps of writing from those prompts. I know for sure that I posted some of them on my missing blog, however, this time I want to make it right.

I typed all of the prompts and I added new ones. I also search for some of the quizzes and websites I marked on my notes.(some of them are long dead 😔 I have to look for similar ones). I’m going to post little by little, all the things I have been working on. First, I’m going to fill the space between my last post on livejournal and today (which will be the years I worked on my missing blog) and then I will post in the present. I won’t make a exclusively writing blog because that’s not who I am. I’m sure this will have a randomland section, together with some art, studying, and life updates (hey! I need to vent from time to time).

As a way of starting over… The following post will be December writing prompt and December quiz of the month… I’m not sure which other ideas I’m going to choose to add but soon we (me included) are going to find out.

A little bit of updating… full of wishes

Hello everyone or no one. I really don’t want to get all depressing philosophical on this.

On Thursday, I will get the grade I got from the linguistics exam. To be honest, I don’t know if I’m incredible smart or incredible stupid. The exam did not look so hard and I was able to answer all the questions. My classmates think the same, however, this is not the first time in which everyone think that the exam was easy cake and we end up on an epic fail. So I will keep my comments to myself until I get the grade. =)

On a different topic, I’m getting ready to go back to my secret not so secret pleasure… learning coding. Last year, I had to give up because I did not have a computer good enough to handle the coding programs… but that’s not longer the case so I’m back!!! Anyway, I still have to study for some finals (I’m gathering courage for it.) and I really want to get good grades during the next term and year.

I should get going. Tomorrow there is a meeting for some researching group so I should be there.

Study habits and study time

In a week I have a linguistics exam. I haven’t study as much as I wanted but I really like the note taking method I am using right now. I used to read and highlight the material and write all my notes on the computer. However, it took me a lot of time and the benefits were not so visible. And now… I am handwriting all my notes without highlighting anything. I truly can see the results. In the exam, my thoughts are clearer, I can write faster and with more confidence.
I know without doubt that writing is the best you can do but handwrite is even better if you want to improve as a writer. The mere fact of being in front of a piece of paper and the fear of running it, it really gets you to think a little more about what you want to write and how to convey your message.
Well I will finish this entry here. I’m going to study a little more… only seven days to go. 😃

Moving and moving on

I created this blog a few weeks ago. This is not my first blog, it is not even my third blog.I had been blogging for more than 12 years now, in different platforms, different styles, and with different type of content.The end was always the same… write. It never mattered what, it only mattered the process of writing whatever it comes to mind.

Now I created this blog to, little by little, contain all my previous blogs, at least the ones I can still access to. It will take time to finish… I finished copying my livejournal blog, I copied my tumblrs, I tipped one of my many paper journals, and I just realized that there is not way I cannot recover the tipped version of my old multiply nor msn one. I guess I will try to rewrite them with all the paper drafts I have in my notebooks.

My idea is to compile all those post and create (finally) only one blog that reflex who I am as a person and as a writer. This journey is far from over….

 

studytext:

hey! as a natural procrastinator and normally lazy student (thank you studyblr for helping me stay on track), i’ve noticed that i have the tendency to tell myself, “oh, i don’t really need to do that extra credit assignment,” or, “i can skip this one class,” and the worst form, “i can just do this later *never does it*”. here are some things that i do to remind myself that i should do the extra credit, that class matters, and i have to do my work.


when sleepiness is my excuse:

  1. i organize my work, bookmarking readings and stacking things according to what order i want to do them in.
  2. then, i take a twenty minute nap. it’s true that i’ll be no use for studying if i’m wiped out but it’s definitely not an excuse to forget school completely. 

or

  1. if it’s too late in the day (or, rather, too early in the morning) and it’s just smarter to go to bed, i set my alarm for the next day earlier than scheduled. the time depending on how long the assignment will actually take.
  2. you can also find time within your day to try and complete the exercise on time.

when stress is my excuse:

(meaning i’m thinking things like, “there’s so much! i can’t possibly do it all!”)

  1. take a breather. sometimes, i’ll take a short break (no matter what my pomodoro timer says) and maybe do a session on headspace
  2. when i return to my work, it’s good to be reminded that even though it may take a while, it’s 100% possible for me to do.

or

  1. change the pace that i’m working at. if i’m working for an hour at a time with a short break, i’ll scale it down and have a break every half hour. 
  2. i may also change how i’m doing my work. if i’m taking notes on a textbook (which notoriously stresses me out), i might switch to just highlighting if i can. 

when “lack of time” is my excuse:

  1. put down the phone and reschedule. whenever i feel like i don’t have enough time, it’s almost always because i’m managing time in the wrong way.
  2. a way to reschedule could involve making a study plan or something that can help you stay on track and tell you what to do when. this way (unless something unexpected happens), you know you’ll have enough to time do whatever is listed.  

or

  1. i’ll let myself waste a little bit more time (because that’s likely what i’ve been doing up until this point) and then start work slowly. i find that if i try to throw myself into work from doing nothing, i’ll retain less and will be more likely to give up on the whole endeavor. 
  2. i start working on easier things first just to get into the groove of work. also, it could be helpful to take more frequent, shorter breaks in the beginning and, as you continue, spread them out the longer you’ve been studying. 

when i just don’t want to do it:

  1. if it’s a class, i have a look at the syllabus and see what is scheduled for that day’s class. i remind myself that if i miss out on this topic or exercise, i’ll be behind and that i’ll be doing a lot more work just catching up.
  2. if the class that day doesn’t seem particularly important, i ask myself what i’d be doing instead. even if i’d only be learning minimal new information, i’d still be doing more than just playing on my laptop.

or

  1. if it’s an assignment, i still apply the syllabus method but instead look at how much it could impact my grade just by ignoring it.
  2. i try to break up the work into small parts if possible and work bit by bit so things don’t seem as overwhelming or tough. 

i hope these tips help you as much as they help me! stay dedicated!

scholarlysquad:

hey guys!!!

so this entire past month has been extremely, extremely stressful for me because i had so many exams and i only realised how hideously unprepared i was for them on the day before the exam, which was really really awful. so in the middle of september i created a studyblr to keep myself motivated + get some helpful tips from the studyblr community on how to go abt studying for tests. the results proved to be super helpful and ive resolved to keep running this blog for as long as i can, because it really helps me stay motivated and i’ve already learned so many things from the community, despite the fact that i’ve only been here for around a month.

but anyways, i decided to create this masterpost in order to help others stay motivated + keep studying not only well but also properly i.e. not necessarily studying for exams but life in general, if that makes sense.

~ staying motivated + focused

~ staying organized

~ note-taking

~ research techniques

~ essay writing

~ free online resources & courses

~ languages

~ survival tips + advice

~ mental/physical health

~ stress reliefs

~ music

i think that includes most of the best resources i could find!!! feel free to message me in case 1) any of the links are broken, 2) u want me to add on to something, 3) u have a suggestion for a masterpost [i would love that so go ahead and ask if u do] or if u just wanna talk! also, feel free to reblog and add ur own comments/resources. hope this helped!! 

mli