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  • hi yws <3

    it's been awhile since i was seriously active on here, but i've recently been bitten by the #NaNo bug like i usually am this time of year, and just had to pop on by while it was on my mind. still settling on a novel idea right now, but right now i keep feeling the VERY strong urge to somehow rewrite my seventh grade self-insert novel.

    no matter what, i have a feeling this will be the #NaNo with me being way more true to me, either with a slightly gender funky protagonist or a platonic love story between a girl MC and a boy MC.

    Dossereana So glad to see you back Mage!!!!!!!! <333333
    Oct 23, 2023

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  • started a new roleplay with a friend off of yws, and i'm way too proud of this starter for it

    There was a man in a diner.

    The diner was a rather generic-looking diner, one that admittedly seemed a little more out of a movie than an actual restaurant. It had the booths, the counter with a few stools attached firmly to the ground, and a tired waitress dutifully taking everyone’s orders while a gruff cook with an incredibly stained apron dutifully cooked everything to an edible averageness. The diner was mostly white and black, with a few splashes of red here and there.

    The diner was never all that busy. It was just off the stretch of the highway, but in a Southern town that no one particularly cared for, especially not the residents. The only notable thing about the town was that it boasted a hotel with a notably more popular, yet also notably more expensive, restaurant. It was the type of hotel that could easily be used as a venue for events like conventions, but that was a story for a later time.

    No one knew the man, but they knew he had a rather pleasant accent and voice, the kind that made people want to hear him say more, and also to listen eagerly to every word that left his lips. He was currently eating a juicy, thick burger. A modest helping of fries was still present on his plate, and he had a half-finished milkshake in one of those old-fashioned, tall glasses next to him. It was a miracle, really, that he had only gotten a few stains of ketchup or juice from his burger on his pristine, light tan suit, but someone else may have observed that those stains were there when he entered the establishment. His outfit choice wasn’t all that odd, seeing that sometimes businessmen stopped by for meals after work, but the one thing that stood out about him was the pair of sunglasses that remained on his face even after he walked in.

    But the waitress didn’t get paid enough to ask, and the other customers were all too busy minding their own business at the moment, so no one questioned why the sunglasses were there.

    Not out loud, at least.

    He did get a few looks, here and there, but he did his best to ignore them. His stomach ached. There was too little to eat in a stretch of land like this. His choices were limited.

    His burger, fries, and milkshake would have to do for now. He needed somewhere more…discrete to eat what he was truly craving, anyways.

    Messenger But why did I envision black and white checkered floor with red booths from the first sentence 😂
    Sep 10, 2023

    Ljungtroll Oh my gosh is that the Corinthian
    Sep 11, 2023

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  • can't believe i'm officially eight years old today 🥳

  • why did i ever think i wanted to teach high school middle school is amazing

    Carlito they're lucky to have you mage! <3
    Aug 30, 2023

    Mageheart 🥺🥺🥺

    thank u !!!

    Aug 31, 2023

  • suddenly realizing i have a very captive audience, so, for anyone on yws who has strong memories associated with their middle school science classes: what do you wish your science classes did? what did you really like? and what really made some of your favorite middle school teachers stand out to you?

    im currently in the process of turning my visions for my classroom into a reality, and want to see how i can revise them to better fit potential kinds of students.

    LuminescentAnt Hmm...
    Spoiler! :
    Well, middle schoolers ARE - I'm sorry to say - quite annoying, so when stuff happens, you will want to have a good handle on things. But you also have to balance it out - students like teachers who talk to them at their level - as in they don't glare at them intimidatingly or scold them for very small things. Instead, you want them to treat you as a friend, not a superior being to be scared of, if that makes sense. That might seem difficult to balance, (which it probably is) but no teacher is perfect, so try your best.
    Now onto the science part: Well, I think science lessons that I enjoyed were ones that were fun and engaging, but also helped you learn stuff. As in, don't make your students sit down and listen to you talk about all the words you need to memorize, because I think this doesn't really help with long term memory of them. Making it into a game or a puzzle or something might make it more enjoyable or easier to remember. Oh, there was also this thing my teacher had, where she would put a graph she found on the internet on the board, and ask a question about something on the graph, like, "What was the most popular favorite food in the survey?" And then if you got it right, you would add one to your streak, and every day she would put a new graph. After your streak passed certain milestones, you can win candy or prizes, so it was fun and educational. But buying all that candy and prizes is a big investment, so maybe if you tried doing this, you could change it to like +5 points on an assignment or an extension on a homework assignment or something

    I wrote a lot, sorry, but I hope this is helpful. Good luck with teaching! You'll do great!

    Aug 22, 2023

    Spoiler! :
    Keep in mind student's inside jokes that form through the class, especially if you work with different class periods. Each class should feel catered to that specific group.
    If whenever possible be enthusiastic about what you teach, but teach in a way that these kids (who might not know jack squat about the thing) will actually understand. As much as I like my science teacher for high school, sometimes her teaching methods go along the route of "I've been teaching this thing for decades so I know it like the back of my hand, so you should get the hang of it pretty quickly". Spoiler alert: we did not.
    I wish some of my science classes focused on the practical side of the scientific method. I remember in 6th grade doing so many labs that had zero impact on me and made me hate doing experiments because of how ridged everything was and just kinda not cool it felt.
    But my absolute favorite thing a science teacher did was actually let us make ideas and execute them. For a state testing review, we made a little game show called the nerdy mcnerd show where we wrote out review questions for the year and have it be review in a game show style. It was all the student's idea and she totally rolled with it. She didn't have any input other than being a judge for what answers were right or not. whenever possible she made things into games and I retained so much of it from the thrill of getting the answer right and rocketing my team into first.
    So whenever possible make teaching fun

    Aug 22, 2023

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  • feels very weird to be posting from the teacher side of things, especially with my current miraculous ladybug avatar, but

    officially had my work orientation today, and i'll be heading into my classroom (again) tomorrow to prep the room for my students. i'll be teaching middle school students science on wednesday next week, which still doesn't feel entirely real, but feels slightly more real now that i'm staring down all the lesson plans i still need to write.

    Quillfeather You're going to be a great teacher<3
    Aug 22, 2023

    Mageheart 🥺🥺🥺

    thank you !!!

    Aug 22, 2023

  • found out that the principal i was super excited to work for is transferring to another school district to be closer to home, which is absolutely valid and very much something i would have done too, but now i'm :( thinking about how i won't even get to work for the guy who was nice enough to hire me and be so excited about said hiring

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  • i am a very serious writer who makes very serious references




  • me: buys a new book yesterday
    me: buys two more books today, but USED so they're cheaper and way easier to justify <3

    (one is a hardy boys detective guide and the other is a book on faking your own death because i feel like one of my characters would appreciate both greatly)

    Mageheart (i also bought two books for someone else, too, with one being a prank and the other being a gift to make up for the prank)
    Aug 13, 2023

  • went to see the barbie movie with some friends yesterday and i don't think i've ever had so much fun with a movie. one of us dressed up as barbie, and the other three dressed up as ken. we did some fun little photoshoots out front of the movie theater, then went inside and proceeded to have the best movie viewing experience i think any of us have ever had. i STILL keep grinning when i remember some of the one-liners.

    i'm also pretty sure this movie is going to do THINGS to gender studies classes, and i personally am fighting the very strong urge to reach out to a professor that did a class on motherhood and feminism because oh BOY this would be a great film for that.

    Mageheart (i also, admittedly, was the kid who used to reach books on feminism and historical feminists for fun, so this really was my cup of tea, despite also being the kid who would rather have played with legos than barbies)
    Aug 13, 2023

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    Join the Worldbuilding workshop tomorrow to gain and share some tips on crafting imaginative, immersive worlds! This workshop will run at two times to hopefully catch people from different timezones.

    Pop in on
    or !

    The link to a wfp will be posted on the day of.

    Psst... not sure what a wfp is? Click on the spoiler below!

    Spoiler! :
    Wfp stands for writerfeedpad, and it's a place to write and chat with other people online. To join a wfp, just click on the link! You should be taken to a screen that looks something like the image below.


    You can change your name and color by clicking on the name at the top right. On the bottom right is the chatbox. Type a message there and hit enter to send it and chat with other people! The large box on the left is the main area of the wfp. It's typically used when you have to write more, or to store things that you don't want to get lost in the fast-moving chat.

    Feel free to ask the other people in the wfp (also called the pad) if you have any questions! We're always happy to help <3

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