NaNoWriMo’s Office Captain and Event Coordinator, Shelby Gibbs, wants you to learn from her mistakes as you race to finish your novel:
There are five (fairly) simple steps that can make or break your word count. As someone who’s going to “lose” NaNoWriMo this year, these are the things I have thus far failed to do, but that can undoubtedly push you into the winner’s circle. Learn from my mistakes:
- I didn’t keep up with my writing pace.
- I didn’t embrace the plot bunnies.
- I stopped writing with my friends.
- I didn’t use effective writing rewards.
- I won’t be validating my novel for an official win.
NUMBER ONE: Keep up and write regularly.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS:
Every. Single. Night.
Knowledge about plants that can cure or kill has been prized, and feared, for centuries.
Flip through an enchanted botanical book and learn the history and mythology of many poisonous plant species.
What is this sorcery? That book is some straight Harry Potter business. You should really go flip through it, though. Well done.
I wonder … what does it take for a plant to be poisonous? As Paracelsus said:
All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.
That a plant is medicinal, poisonous, or just plain delicious/nutritious is up to the mouth that mascerates it, so to speak.
I think we discussed this a while back, but it seems like nature has a general rule about bitter things being a universal sign of “No, no, you don’t want this." I haven’t studied it deeply enough to make a blanket statement, but consider the following:
Whether it’s the bitter compounds of coffee beans (which also contain the potent insect neurotoxin/human stimulant we call “caffeine”), or any number of bitter leafy greens (whose compounds are meant to discourage feeding bugs), where we find plants producing bitter we find plants begging “Please … please no, please go do something else, I’m gross and bad for you.”
Botany fans, what interesting cases do you know of where we consume a plant for food or medicine, while other creatures would treat it like a box of rat poison?
One night at a music festival, someone put something in my drink. What happened next was humiliating and taught me how common these incidents are, and how easy, and wrong, it is to blame the victim.
A good first-hand account with some neurobiology about roofies and other similar drugs. Always ALWAYS watch your drinks, friends. Even if you’ve been holding it the whole time.
Do you consider yourself part of a fandom? Want to contribute to a scientific study?
Daniel Chadborn is conducting a project to study the impact that fandoms have on those who are a part of them, and why people are fans to begin with. The more people that they hear from, the more powerful their science can be.
If you’d like to participate, visit the link above. You can find out more details about the project below, direct from Daniel, and please feel free to share it with your communities.
This is a psychological study to look at the similarities and unique differences amongst fans and fandoms, particularly why individuals are fans. Our research team is made up of four Psychologists, three of which are active academic researchers, and one retired Clinician. We have a combined total of over 60 years of teaching and research experience.
This is the next step for the research we began almost 3 years ago with Brony Study (www.bronystudy.com) and is most likely the first comprehensive study of multiple fandoms in the field of psychology in examining the reasons and functions fandoms serve for those apart of them.
If you could please spread the word, re-blog and signal boost this information. This research is NOT about marketing, NOT about negativity, and NEVER has been about painting fandoms in a bad light (in fact nearly all of the research we have found has generated positive results for the importance of fandoms as social communities and places to benefit those who belong), a general worry most have when researchers are interested in the groups they belong to. Our primary purpose is to investigate and better understand a misrepresented population within Psychological research and what roles these vast online and social communities have in a wide array of settings. Its success and findings however ultimately hinge on the survey’s completion, buy You, the fans.
So please take a look at what we have done before, we are legitimate, IRB approved, and associated with several universities in the United States. Our past work has collected nearly 40,000+ participants worth of data and we continue to push forward in our research with the Brony Fandom.
If you are a fan of ANYTHING or know a fan of ANYTHINg, please take the time to check out the survey or at least pass it along for others. Whoovains, Bronies, Homestucks, Helatians, Sherlockians, Trekkies, Potterheads, Fans of Fashion, Sports, Movies, Television, Art, News, Science, Literature, Anything and Everything. The more diverse and robust group of fans we can get to fill out the survey the more accurate and comprehensive our findings can be.
We thank you for your time and any questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also plan to post our findings for everyone to access once we finish data collection and analysis.
I did have a few breakups I would qualify with, “I don’t mean ‘I can’t be bothered to figure out where things went wrong, I mean that she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder,” but for the most part, “crazy” meant “acting in a way I didn’t like.” I didn’t realize just how damaging this attitude was in the way I related to women.
This is a really good look at how language can really affect people and choosing your words is important. I used to have a friend that did very similar things to me (as this guy describes in the article), and it really is a damaging thing. And anyone reading this who has been treated this way, see it for what it is. It’s manipulative and selfish, and it doesn’t describe you. It may take a while, but eventually, if it doesn’t stop, that person will lose you.
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