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assdzoo:

There’s a pup on the premise. An 8-week-old gray wolf pup is being hand-reared in the nursery to be an animal ambassador. Photos by Helene Hoffman and Darin Sugioka.


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whosaprettypolyglot:

I find it really interesting how Romance languages have a whole variety of different ways of writing the /ɲ/ sound even in cognates

like if we just look at the word for “Spanish” we have

español (Spanish)
espagnol (French)
espanhol (Portuguese)
espanyol (Catalan)
spaniol (Romanian)

which are all pronounced basically the same (mostly, couple of little differences elsewhere)

I dunno this post is pointless I just find it rly cool okay


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mazarin221b:

porcupine-girl:

mazarin221b:

yalublyutebya:

clevergirlhelps:

writerhelp:

One thing I’ve always noticed is how some people find it amazingly difficult to write pregnant characters. A couple of months ago I wrote a full story about a pregnancy, and I did my research. So I might be able to help.
» Make sure you want to do this
Keep in mind that a pregnancy isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It takes doctor appointments, a lot of exhaustion, sickness and, most importantly, time. If you didn’t know, it takes about nine months for a baby to be born. That’s almost 275 days. That means that you should only go on if you really want to create a baby in your story, because you can’t skip too much time - it isn’t like the movies where in one scene the lady’s finding out she’s pregnant, and in the other, she’s already in labor.Here’s a tip: if you really want to make your characters happy and thrilled with the news of baby, but you can’t afford the time and sweat that it takes to cook one, you have from 21-23 weeks to write a miscarriage.
» Pre-Pregnancy
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the conception. Even if you don’t write any kind of smutty scenes, you should let the reader know when and where the pregnancy started.
Unprotected Sex: think about how you’re going to put this in your story. If your characters are usually responsible, they won’t simply forget wearing a condom. Think about what is going on: are they completely sane? Are they under the influence of alcohol? Are they high (which, I must say, wouldn’t exactly make your characters irresponsible - it would either get them too horny to care or even more responsible than they already are)? Or are your characters already drowned to each other in a way that they can’t think of anything else? Are they married and actually planned on having this baby? All of this will have an influence on how the pregnancy will flow, and how it will affect people around it.

Read More

Generally speaking, it’s a really good idea to get someone who has been through pregnancy to beta. Trust me, there are things even all the research in the world might not tell you.

Indeed.

A few problems with the labor/delivery part of this, at least if you’re writing about the US:
1. Water breaking is NOT usually the first thing that happens during birth - in fact, it only happens before labor begins 10-15% of the time! Usually you begin contractions first, and then somewhere along the way either the contractions break the amniotic sac or your doctor/midwife decides to break it to “help things along.” If your water does break, it can be the stereotypical “big gush,” or it can be just a bit of leaking. Usually you’ll go into labor within 12-24 hours of water breaking, assuming it doesn’t happen dangerously early (before 38 weeks).
2. “Doctors will give her a shot to relieve the pain” - first off, maybe things are different in the country the writer is from, but in the US there are no “shots” that a woman can get for pain during labor. If the OP is referring to an epidural, that is NOT “a shot.” An epidural is an IV put directly into your spine. Most of the time they are very effective, completely numbing you from the waist down, but occasionally they don’t work as advertised and only numb one side. They can also have severe, though rare, lasting side effects if not placed correctly - as you’d imagine for a needle jammed into your spine. In the US, there aren’t many other pain relief options, though some hospitals are starting to allow nitrous oxide, which is widely used in the UK and some other countries. Natural childbirth is becoming more widespread, and there are many things you can do to prepare for natural delivery to help you cope with the pain drug-free.
3. Truly elective c-sections are increasingly rare in the US. Choosing a c-section specifically “to avoid the pain of labor” is a pretty bad idea, given that recovery from a c-section takes 4-8 weeks and your abs are so messed up you can’t even lift the baby for the first few weeks - and that’s if there are no complications like infection. The operation might be painless, but recovery is usually anything but. It is major abdominal surgery. C-sections are overused in the US, but unless a woman has had a c-section previously, most doctors will really try to talk her out of an elective, scheduled c-section. Some will even refuse to do it altogether. Most c-sections are due to complications or failed inductions (or are repeat c-sections - even though vaginal birth after a c-section has been shown to be perfectly safe, many doctors are still skittish about it). Elective c-sections do happen, but the vast majority are not.

Well, yes, there are shots that can be given to relieve pain - a spinal block, which is, IIRC, a single injection, good to relieve labor pain but doesn’t slow down or reduce physical control over contractions/pushing. They don’t last too long, but they can help. I had an epidural - and while many people like to make it sound like there’s some sort of pride award given for being the toughest in the labor and delivery department, I sure as hell was going to take advantage of any and all pain relief offered. Natural childbirth may be keen for some people, but sure as hell not for me.
But this is what OP meant by “You can’t get everything from research” and I agree. If you’re going to write pregnancy/childbirth in any detail, asking for beta from a pregnant or previously pregnant person usually will net you the best results.

mazarin221b:

porcupine-girl:

mazarin221b:

yalublyutebya:

clevergirlhelps:

writerhelp:

One thing I’ve always noticed is how some people find it amazingly difficult to write pregnant characters. A couple of months ago I wrote a full story about a pregnancy, and I did my research. So I might be able to help.

» Make sure you want to do this

Keep in mind that a pregnancy isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It takes doctor appointments, a lot of exhaustion, sickness and, most importantly, time. If you didn’t know, it takes about nine months for a baby to be born. That’s almost 275 days. That means that you should only go on if you really want to create a baby in your story, because you can’t skip too much time - it isn’t like the movies where in one scene the lady’s finding out she’s pregnant, and in the other, she’s already in labor.
Here’s a tip: if you really want to make your characters happy and thrilled with the news of baby, but you can’t afford the time and sweat that it takes to cook one, you have from 21-23 weeks to write a miscarriage.

» Pre-Pregnancy

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the conception. Even if you don’t write any kind of smutty scenes, you should let the reader know when and where the pregnancy started.

Unprotected Sex: think about how you’re going to put this in your story. If your characters are usually responsible, they won’t simply forget wearing a condom. Think about what is going on: are they completely sane? Are they under the influence of alcohol? Are they high (which, I must say, wouldn’t exactly make your characters irresponsible - it would either get them too horny to care or even more responsible than they already are)? Or are your characters already drowned to each other in a way that they can’t think of anything else? Are they married and actually planned on having this baby? All of this will have an influence on how the pregnancy will flow, and how it will affect people around it.

Read More

Generally speaking, it’s a really good idea to get someone who has been through pregnancy to beta. Trust me, there are things even all the research in the world might not tell you.

Indeed.

A few problems with the labor/delivery part of this, at least if you’re writing about the US:

1. Water breaking is NOT usually the first thing that happens during birth - in fact, it only happens before labor begins 10-15% of the time! Usually you begin contractions first, and then somewhere along the way either the contractions break the amniotic sac or your doctor/midwife decides to break it to “help things along.” If your water does break, it can be the stereotypical “big gush,” or it can be just a bit of leaking. Usually you’ll go into labor within 12-24 hours of water breaking, assuming it doesn’t happen dangerously early (before 38 weeks).

2. “Doctors will give her a shot to relieve the pain” - first off, maybe things are different in the country the writer is from, but in the US there are no “shots” that a woman can get for pain during labor. If the OP is referring to an epidural, that is NOT “a shot.” An epidural is an IV put directly into your spine. Most of the time they are very effective, completely numbing you from the waist down, but occasionally they don’t work as advertised and only numb one side. They can also have severe, though rare, lasting side effects if not placed correctly - as you’d imagine for a needle jammed into your spine. In the US, there aren’t many other pain relief options, though some hospitals are starting to allow nitrous oxide, which is widely used in the UK and some other countries. Natural childbirth is becoming more widespread, and there are many things you can do to prepare for natural delivery to help you cope with the pain drug-free.

3. Truly elective c-sections are increasingly rare in the US. Choosing a c-section specifically “to avoid the pain of labor” is a pretty bad idea, given that recovery from a c-section takes 4-8 weeks and your abs are so messed up you can’t even lift the baby for the first few weeks - and that’s if there are no complications like infection. The operation might be painless, but recovery is usually anything but. It is major abdominal surgery. C-sections are overused in the US, but unless a woman has had a c-section previously, most doctors will really try to talk her out of an elective, scheduled c-section. Some will even refuse to do it altogether. Most c-sections are due to complications or failed inductions (or are repeat c-sections - even though vaginal birth after a c-section has been shown to be perfectly safe, many doctors are still skittish about it). Elective c-sections do happen, but the vast majority are not.

Well, yes, there are shots that can be given to relieve pain - a spinal block, which is, IIRC, a single injection, good to relieve labor pain but doesn’t slow down or reduce physical control over contractions/pushing. They don’t last too long, but they can help. I had an epidural - and while many people like to make it sound like there’s some sort of pride award given for being the toughest in the labor and delivery department, I sure as hell was going to take advantage of any and all pain relief offered. Natural childbirth may be keen for some people, but sure as hell not for me.

But this is what OP meant by “You can’t get everything from research” and I agree. If you’re going to write pregnancy/childbirth in any detail, asking for beta from a pregnant or previously pregnant person usually will net you the best results.


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30 Days of Calligraphy Challenge
Day 8: Write an inspirational “I am___” statement for yourself.

30 Days of Calligraphy Challenge

Day 8: Write an inspirational “I am___” statement for yourself.


muspeccoll:

Not your average alphabet book!  This is Juan de Yciar’s calligraphy manual, first published in Spain in 1548 and shown here in an edition of 1566.  Yciar’s work uses woodcuts to instruct the reader in various forms of calligraphy and ornament, elevating handwriting to an art form in a time when everyday script was being superseded by print.

(Notice anything familiar about that capital M?)

Icíar, Juan de, b. 1523?  Libro subtilissimo por el qual se enseña a escreuir y contar p[er]fectamete el qual lleua el mesmo orden que lleua vn-maestro con su dicipulo ([Saragossa?] : Impreso a costas de Miguel de Suelues … , 1566).  MERLIN catalog record


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hedendom:

Havsrå
Known as the “Sea Wife”, the Havsrå is the oceanic equivalent of the Huldra and is the keeper or warden of the seas. Passing sailors can get her good graces by offering a coin, food or gloves (in cold weather) as a gift. In return, she may reciprocate the gesture with a warning of any any approaching high winds, storms or icy conditions. She may also help fishermen who show her such favour with information about how and where they can land a big haul.
Havsrå can take many different forms but usually appears as an incredibly beautiful woman with long, flowing hair that she is often seen combing atop rocks. Sometimes her back is hollow (as with the Huldra) and she has many aquatic features such as a fishes tail where her legs would be. She may also transform into the guise of seals, sea birds or other marine animals.
There are also Havsmän (“Sea Men”) but it is not know if they are connected to the Havsrå. Some believe that the two are sexual partners and this is how their existence continues but others say they are solitary creatures (much more like the Nøkk). The Havsmän can often be seen walking or waterskiing on the ocean waves just before a storm.
The Havsrå lives at the depths of the ocean in an underwater castle on the seabed with enormous halls, each one finer than the one before, where she lives with her children and other aquatic vættir. Under favourable weather conditions a sailor may catch a glimpse of her palace which has given rise to tales of sunken castles out at sea.
It has been known for a handsome sailor to stumble upon a Havsrå castle and that he be taken in to live with her forever and lose all memory of their home and life back on land.
Sometimes, if a fisherman happens to pull in a remarkable catch, he may find in his nets a Havsbarn (“Sea Child”), a child of the Havsrå. If he takes such a child home and raises it as his own, the Havsbarn will grow up to be the greatest of fishermen and possess a mystical connection to the sea that others lack, despite living out their life as a normal person. One day, when they have reached adulthood, the Havsbarn will hear a call from their mother, the Havsrå. They will then reveal their true nature to their adopted parents and thank them before sailing out to sea and jumping in, never to be seen again. Many Scandinavians who come from remote islands and seafaring families claim that their ancestor was such a Havsbarn.
It has been known for a Havsrå to stop a passing ship and offer to buy it’s cargo. It is wise to be polite and take the deal, as the Havsrå pays very well and rewards the kindness with good wind in the sails and fine conditions. On the other hand, refusal or rudeness will invoke her wrath and the ship may soon feel her power, sinking down to the murky depths.

hedendom:

Havsrå

Known as the “Sea Wife”, the Havsrå is the oceanic equivalent of the Huldra and is the keeper or warden of the seas. Passing sailors can get her good graces by offering a coin, food or gloves (in cold weather) as a gift. In return, she may reciprocate the gesture with a warning of any any approaching high winds, storms or icy conditions. She may also help fishermen who show her such favour with information about how and where they can land a big haul.

Havsrå can take many different forms but usually appears as an incredibly beautiful woman with long, flowing hair that she is often seen combing atop rocks. Sometimes her back is hollow (as with the Huldra) and she has many aquatic features such as a fishes tail where her legs would be. She may also transform into the guise of seals, sea birds or other marine animals.

There are also Havsmän (“Sea Men”) but it is not know if they are connected to the Havsrå. Some believe that the two are sexual partners and this is how their existence continues but others say they are solitary creatures (much more like the Nøkk). The Havsmän can often be seen walking or waterskiing on the ocean waves just before a storm.

The Havsrå lives at the depths of the ocean in an underwater castle on the seabed with enormous halls, each one finer than the one before, where she lives with her children and other aquatic vættir. Under favourable weather conditions a sailor may catch a glimpse of her palace which has given rise to tales of sunken castles out at sea.

It has been known for a handsome sailor to stumble upon a Havsrå castle and that he be taken in to live with her forever and lose all memory of their home and life back on land.

Sometimes, if a fisherman happens to pull in a remarkable catch, he may find in his nets a Havsbarn (“Sea Child”), a child of the Havsrå. If he takes such a child home and raises it as his own, the Havsbarn will grow up to be the greatest of fishermen and possess a mystical connection to the sea that others lack, despite living out their life as a normal person. One day, when they have reached adulthood, the Havsbarn will hear a call from their mother, the Havsrå. They will then reveal their true nature to their adopted parents and thank them before sailing out to sea and jumping in, never to be seen again. Many Scandinavians who come from remote islands and seafaring families claim that their ancestor was such a Havsbarn.

It has been known for a Havsrå to stop a passing ship and offer to buy it’s cargo. It is wise to be polite and take the deal, as the Havsrå pays very well and rewards the kindness with good wind in the sails and fine conditions. On the other hand, refusal or rudeness will invoke her wrath and the ship may soon feel her power, sinking down to the murky depths.


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miyuli:

People say it’s good to drink warm beverages in summer. Hm…
Here’s a wip!

miyuli:

People say it’s good to drink warm beverages in summer. Hm…

Here’s a wip!


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The difference between bisexuality and pansexuality: a powerpoint guide. 

(updated) 

A+ post but i feel the need to add that we as a community should definitely not throw “slutty” or “confused” bisexuals and pansexuals under the buss bc they very much do exist. a lot of pansexuals and bisexuals are also polyamorous or just have a large number of sexual encounters or relationships and that is completely okay as long as everything is consensual and safe and not cheating thank u


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