Posted 1 day ago

Gathering Ashes: Chapter 15 (1/3)

Hello, how are you? Has your day been good? I hope so. Anyway, have the first part of the chapter.

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Posted 3 days ago

mapleglowsticks:

thehat2:

meladoodle:

what do you mean a thesaurus isnt a dinosaur

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this is adorable as fuck and you can’t tell me otherwise

(Source: meladoodle)

Posted 5 days ago

Cat Post

damegreywulf:

I love cats a lot so why the hell wouldn’t I make a cat post too?

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  • Contrary to popular belief, cats can be trained. In fact, some cats have been used in rescue missions and police work.
  • Cats eat grass when they want to vomit. It’s essentially self-doctoring. If you buy cat grass, be prepared to clean puke.
  • Like dogs, cats lick out of affection, though not quite in the same way. When a cat licks a person or another cat, they are grooming. Grooming is a common bonding ritual for many animals, and cats take it to heart. When a cat grooms you, it means it regards you as close as family.
  • Contrary to popular belief, cats can be loyal, lonely, affectionate, clingy, noisy, and so on. Even wild cats come in a wide variety of personalities. Some populations of cats - particularly barn cats - will develop a system like a wolf pack, or a system like a lion pride. There are many stories of cats traveling great distances to be reunited with owners, or dying from depression after an owner’s or companion animal’s death. Cats can also be extremely talkative, especially if they learn early that their owners respond positively to sound. Cats are not always solitary, quiet, brooding, aloof creatures.
  • Cleaning cat boxes is a necessary but unhealthy task. Especially if you are pregnant. Cat feces and urine have many nasty chemicals that could be detrimental to your health. Please clean often (so there’s less build up) and use gloves and possibly a mask.
  • Cats do not have collar bones, so if they can get their head through a crack or hole, most can get the rest of their body through too. This, unfortunately, leads to a lot of cats getting stuck in bad places (such as walls or drains).
  • Cat back claws do not retract. This is for traction and grip! For this same reason, cheetahs’ claws on all four paws do not retract.
  • Purebred cats, including show cats, are typically healthier than purebred dogs, but most are still riddled with genetic problems, particularly Munchkins with short legs, Scottish Folds with folded ears, and flat-faced cats.
  • Cats can’t see in the dark. They can see in dim light better than humans, but they use their other senses to navigate actual darkness.
  • Cats have been associated with death throughout history, including accusations of them killing people. This is possibly because many cats have been observed seemingly “predicting” impending death of sick and elderly people, often by being with them just before their death. Additionally, animals in cradles have been a source of suffocation and illness for infants, so this may also be a reason, or the root of the Spanish legend that Adam’s wife Lillith became a cat and killed infants in defiance of God.
  • Cat claws and teeth are highly infectious. Wounds from cats should be treated immediately. Cat saliva can be fatal to animals such as rodents and birds, and even infants. A condition called cat scratch fever is a disease resulting from cat wounds, and is most common in children.
  • Calico and tortoiseshell cats are primarily female, due to the genetic factors contributing to multicolouring in fur. Rarely, males are born, though they tend not to survive past kittenhood, and if they do they are sterile.
  • While the Black Plague is commonly contributed to rats being brought from foreign lands, many theorize that a big reason the Plague was so fierce and widespread, was because the Catholic Church commanded a mass killing of cats at the time, leaving boats with no guards, and diseased rats with no predators.
  • While cats were often associated with death, many cultures also celebrated cats as guardians, particularly cultures in the Fertile Crescent and Mediterranean areas. For example, some Muslims regard cats highly, as it is said that cats were dearly loved by Mohammad, and the M on a tabby’s forehead is a symbol of Mohammad.
  • Cats need heights. They feel most secure when positioned off the ground. Cats with nowhere to climb or sit up high are often stressed, aggressive, and misbehaved.
  • Purring is similar to laughter in humans. It can mean a cat feels comfortable, affectionate, happy, or entertained, but it can also be a spontaneous nervous reaction.
  • A stressed kitten that won’t sleep can be soothed with a hot water bottle to lay with and a ticking clock .
  • Not all cats hate water. In fact, some breeds of cat are well known for loving swimming, such as the Turkish Van. Tigers also love the water.
  • Cats do not see all the colours humans do, but their vision is not black and white as is commonly purported for animals.
  • The cat door can be traced to Isaac Newton, who supposedly invented it to satisfy his cat while he was trying to do an experiment.
  • Cats mainly meow at people and other animals. Cats are rely more on less vocal communication with each other. Supposedly, cats’ meows have developed specifically to sound appealing to humans.
  • Contrary to popular belief, dairy products are not good for cats. It can cause digestive distress and overall stinkiness. Table scraps, particularly vegetables and canned meat, are also not good for cats.
  • Cats mainly pant as a sign of extreme stress and anxiety. Cats also open their mouths a bit to fully inhale a scent they find particularly interesting, strange, or pleasant, which many erroneously interpret as a grimace or bad reaction.
  • Cats can survive long falls better than short falls, because long falls give them more time to correct their position and brace themselves.
  • Cats can live long lives outside, but it is much better for them to be inside. Cats are prey just as much as they are predators, so raptors, canids, bears, and other animals may prey on them. Additionally, cats are over-indulgent and as such take a huge toll on local bird and rodent populations when allowed to roam free, regardless of how well they are fed. Also, cats are more difficult to see in streets, and more likely to hide in cars, than stray dogs, and so can be easily killed by vehicles. Finally, people are awful and readily shoot, torture, and kill cats they see or find.

Famous cats:

  • Fatso was a cat who starred in a silly VHS tape of him seemingly “playing” an electronic keyboard. After being posted to YouTube, the video suddenly caught the Internet’s attention, and Keyboard Cat became a meme.
  • Tama is a calico cat in Japan who is the official station master of Kishi Station. She has a train dedicated to her; decorated with her image, as well as featuring a cafe, gift shop, and library. Similarly, a cat named Stubbs in a small Alaska village is the mayor, a cat named Hank ran for the Virginia Senate in 2012, and finished in third place, and Tuxedo Stan ran for mayor in a Nova Scotia town.
  • Lil BUB is an Internet famous cat, who has many health disabilities resulting in giving her a small, “perma-kitten” appearance. However, she is living a full life in the loving care of her owner. She’s cute, she’s full of personality, she loves life. She and her owner help cats in need around the country.
  • Tardar Sauce is another Internet famous cat, who has dwarfism, giving her the appearance of always scowling. Her image has been sold to many companies for merchandising.
  • Maru is another YouTube celebrity. He lives in Japan with a younger cat named Hana, and videos of him playing in boxes, frequently too small for him, have become a viral sensation.
  • Shiro and his companions, though rarely known by name, are easily recognizable across the Internet for the many gifs of them there are. They belong to a Japanese resident who frequently uploads videos of them to YouTube, often displaying how tolerant, casual, and relaxed they are.
  • Henri is a cat famous on YouTube for starring in French existential noir videos.
  • Colonel Meow was an Internet famous cat who was also known for a stern expression. He holds the record for longest hair on a cat.
  • Creme Puff currently still holds the record for longest-lived cat (died at 38 years).
  • Dewey Readmore Books was a cat who lived in a library, and become a temporary icon for children’s literacy.
  • A feral cat, who was later named Scarlett, rescued all of her kittens one by one from a fire.
  • Thomasina was the subject of a novel that was later made into a movie by Walt Disney Studios.
  • A cat named Simon is the only cat to have earned a Dickin Medal.
  • The Unsinkable Sam was a cat who supposedly survived three ship-sinkings in World War II.
  • Mike was a cat who guarded the British Museum a hundred years ago. He acted just as any guard animal would.

Posted 5 days ago

Pros of focusing a story around friendship instead of romance

the-right-writing:

  • Less danger of writing awful purple prose
  • Friends can survive without constantly being around each other
  • Friendships are really cute
  • It’s easier to write healthy friendships
  • Somebody can be friends with two people without it turning into an annoying “friendship triangle”
  • Positive female-female friendships are underrepresented
  • Female-male friendships without romantic undertones are underrepresented outside of children’s books
  • Most people don’t collapse into irrational heaps of strong emotions whenever they see their friends, which makes it way easier to fight off attacking ninjas
  • More stories about online friends would be nice
  • Friends don’t have to be conventionally attractive in order to sell books
  • Did I mention the cuteness factor?
Posted 5 days ago

Gathering Ashes: Chapter 14 (2/2)

Unwelcome visitors. Bonus: Ambrosia is not a happy pooch.

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Posted 6 days ago

Gathering Ashes: Chapter 15 (2/3)

I wish I had some funny mall story to tell you, but I spend most of my time at stores making fun of all the products. Have some fiction instead.

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Posted 6 days ago

Gathering Ashes: Chapter 14 (1/2)

Warehouses. It’s always warehouses.

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Posted 6 days ago

I don’t know why I’m so bad about uploading Gathering Ashes on here.

Here I have up to chapter 13.

DA is up to 16.

Posted 1 week ago

meladoodle:

deoxyhemoglobin:

I was chatting with a donor before I drew his blood, and he was a dentist. when I actually drew him, there was just a little squirt of blood and it surprised him

I looked him in they eye and told him “you’re bleeding because you don’t floss”

and he went dead silent

the use of ‘dead’ as an adjective in this little anecdote is slightly concerning considering the fact that you’re stabbing him with a needle and taking his blood

Posted 1 week ago

myheadisweak:

asylum-art:

Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!

I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

  1. Autumn In The White Carpathians
  2. Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA
  3. Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
  4. Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan 
  5. Autumn Path
  6. Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan
  7. Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan
  8. Dark Hedges In Ireland
  9. Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic
  10. Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring

 

Number 7 looks exhausting.