- 5 days ago
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Elaine Stritch passed away today. She is an incredible performer - I grew up listening to her sing and she constantly made me laugh whenever she was on 30 Rock.
So in her honor, please reblog and join me in raising a glass - one for her and ‘one for Mahler’. I’ll drink to that.
- 1 week ago
Everything I said was quoted from comments made on my channel.
Uncomfortably real and honest post is uncomfortably real and honest.
Also, props to Emily Eifler for the incredibly creative way to discuss such a difficult topic. You guys are all watching BlinkPopShift, right?
(via edwardspoonhands)Source: blinkpopshift
- 1 week ago
- 2 weeks ago
I feel like i’ve been gone for ages! Probably have. Things aren’t looking all too good at my end right now. Its one of those times when nothing is specifically wrong, but is still wrong anyways.
Trying to do graduate applications and going through interviews may actually be sucking the life out…
BEEN THERE so hard. Here’s my two cents (edit - ok this might’ve turned into a whole dollar) from 2 years of grad school and friends trying to make it in the real world.
I’m guessing you and your friend are in similar fields? If not, don’t compare yourself. My field (astronomy) is tiny. If someone in biology compared their success rate to mine they would cry. And I’m busy crying from comparing my success rate to another astronomer.
And if you’re similar, you should compare yourself! In a good way! AS IN ask her if you can look at her application or if she’ll look over yours. Hell, best advice I ever got was from asking a guy in finance to read my personal essay for grad school. We keep applications so private and personal that it really hurts all of us - you can’t know what to write until you know what a successful application looks like.
The whole experience thing is really just an endless cycle of evil. The trick is to find experience in unusual places or in bad experiences that you don’t consider worthwhile.
Example: I did a summer research program where my advisor was no help and absolutely no science results came out from it.
Translation: I independently managed my own research project, and taught myself the necessary software and code
Example: I did Girl Scouts through high school, including getting roped into volunteering for Science Day
Translation: I’m comfortable with public speaking, have outreach experience working with children, and have been part of organizing larger events
It’s not lying, it’s not even bragging. Companies/schools want to know what makes you special, even though we’ve been brainwashed for years to stay humble. And you’ve learned tons from your experiences, even your non-traditional ones. I’ll even give you an example for YOU! (Though you might not actually use this on an application)
Example: You’ve written an awesome Mollcroft fanfiction of which I am an anxiously awaiting the next chapter *hint, hint*
Translation: You have significant writing experience as well as project management experience from researching and outlining a story, to writing, editing, and publishing it.
(sorry this is so long for anyone else following me who doesn’t care about this stuff)
Don’t let them turn you away because you don’t have traditional experience. Find the parts of you that are awesome and unexpected and show them how those experiences have made you special.
Good luck :DSource: bloglavictoire
- 2 weeks ago
Question - Does anyone really ever get negative fic reviews (besides random ship hate in the bigger fandoms)? Or even just actual constructive criticism?
At least in all the fandoms I read/write, I only ever see super positive stuff. I’ve seen authors begging for critique at the end of their fics (which I try to honor) because silence is worse than criticism. The worst part about posting a new fic is watching the hit count increase but the reviews/fav/follow count stay at zero.
I love how encouraging and open fandom is but I know my writing is mediocre at best. That’s why I’m a scientist, I nearly failed 8th grade English, and I only passed one of my college humanities thanks to the professor’s pity. Does everyone else go through this too?