Monday, April 14, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Here are some scientific facts about blood loss for all you
psychopaths writers out there.
yeah, for writting..
now i am thinking about all the fics where a kid passes out because vampire and like how much can a vampire chug???
I feel like stories where someone loses blood but not a whole lot—such as from the aforementioned vampires, in medical stories, stories where a character loses blood for whatever reason—that simply the amount of blood lost is not the only factor in their reaction. For some people, the very commonplace procedure of having blood drawn for medical tests can make them pass out (a vasovagal response), and they don’t even draw a significant amount of blood (I know because I can be one of those people).
Some more things to consider in writing:
- Diet can affect their reaction to blood loss—if they have a bad diet or a condition (low blood sugar levels, diabetes, etc) that affects blood flow. I can speak from personal experience that it is entirely possible to have a vasovagal response if you don’t have a bit of food in your belly, too, so not even a bad diet, but food in general for some people.
- Anxiety—some people don’t like the sight of blood, some people don’t like needles, and so on and so forth
- Dehydration—it is a pretty big factor (along with food, in my experience and opinion) in helping to keep blood pressure from dropping, which can be a cause for a person passing out.
- Anemia and other blood-related conditions that affect blood cell levels and blood pressure and all that
These rules also can apply to someone getting a tattoo—you don’t lose a significant amount of blood by any stretch of the imagination, and oftentimes no blood is lost (at least half of mine didn’t draw any blood at all), and it’s not anywhere near as painful as rumor has it (though again, different for every person), but things such as anxiety, food, and hydration levels (or lack thereof) can all effect what happens.
I imagine it’s the same for any number of situations where physical pain and blood loss are involved.
Friday, March 28, 2014
5 Nice Things
Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send it to 10 of your favorite followers, not back to me, I did it already! Thinking good thoughts about yourself is hard but it will make you feel better so give it a go!
Tagged by felspar and because why not. I’ve been really quiet and there are perhaps a few of you who’d like to know I’m still alive.
1. After a night at a campfire, the next morning I was finishing up a song I was writing at the time and discovered my range went down to an octave below middle C.
2. I will always be there for family. Even those who don’t deserve it. As much as I tell myself not to be.
3. I try to always be straight up and as honest as possible with people. If not always tactful (not often, in fact).
4. I try to acknowledge my faults and strive to grow beyond them; I am always trying to balance two sides of the coin.
5. I am very present in the moment I am currently experiencing—be it a moment in the past, present, or future. People often confuse this with not being able to let go of things that are in the past, but it’s simply that I am reliving the moment.
I think most of you who I’d tag have already done this, and I probably couldn’t up with a whole ten anyway. So if you see this from me and want to do it, feel free, but I certainly don’t expect anyone to.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Okay, I don’t do things like this, but this guy is my cousin, and he’s been missing since around 2am Friday night/Saturday morning. I don’t expect anyone to know him, but if the signal could be boosted to anyone who might know him or have seen him or knows anything at all… The sooner he can be found, the better.
I’d rather this all turn out to be nothing and have him be at a friend’s with a dead phone not even aware any of this is going on than any alternative.
Thanks in advance to anyone and everyone who signal boosts.
I don’t know if more people aren’t reblogging because they think it’s a prank—because apparently that happens?—but it’s been over 72 hours now and my cousin still hasn’t been found.
Please, if you can, reblog—I promise you, this isn’t, a prank—because in that last link the news report said the state police suspended the search for him. I don’t know if it was because it got dark and the first two days they were searching no news teams were covering it at all, or if it’s because it was nearly 72 hours with no new information.
I know this is a long shot—I know. I don’t have many followers and people probably have been skimming over my posts because I haven’t been around or active since November or so, but I grew up with this guy; he and his sisters are the closest people to siblings I will ever have in my life. I remeber when he was a baby, I got him into all the cool games as a kid, we used to run around outside and in the basement as Jedi Knights and soldiers and Link and Sheik and so many others. He and his sisters and I all made up stories together for years and years.
Nobody on here knows him, and precious few of you even know me—and I thank from the bottom of my heart those of you who have already boosted, both who do know me and those to whom I am a complete stranger. I only posted this on here originally because I know some people who mutually follow me have a big follower base and I was hoping to get a six degrees of separation working in my cousin’s favor.
So please, again, if you can, if you are remotely able, please signal boost in case anyone has seen or heard anything about my cousin. The people who were at the party with him have mostly not been forthcoming with the police, and I’m holding out hope someone found him and is helping him or took him to a hospital that hasn’t been checked yet and they need to get in touch with someone. The weather isn’t good up in PA and the sooner this perhaps reaches someone who might help, the better.
Isn’t this what a social network site is for?
I don’t know if a reblog or a new post with a link will do better and reach more of you who have signal boosted (for which thank you), but I wanted to put the word out that this is no longer a Missing Persons case.
Thank you everyone who boosted, thank you. If you would, I’d request after you read this post to take down the reblogged signal boost so that it doesn’t crop up again in the future. It will not be needed again.
I will be taking the originals down from my blog as well, and keeping this post up for a little while. Hopefully it will reach everyone who reblogged.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Figured a bunch of you might be interested in this site, as well. Haven’t done anything but sign up for it, yet, but I’m atomicpen on there as well.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Anonymous asked: hey your gawyn hawke has wesley's haircut! how often do you think aveline accidentally calls gawyn by wesley's name in that first year in kirkwall?
Probably not more than once, honestly. It’s rather difficult to mistake Gawyn’s 6’4” bulk as someone else, after all…
But I could see her the first few times just seeing the back of his head, or the side of this cheek, the white scars spattered across his knuckles and fingers, and mistaking him for a brief moment for her Wesley.
But then he straightens his shoulders (much broader than Wesley’s), or turns his head and she sees the broken nose that Wesley never had, or he says something quietly to his sister in a voice much deeper. He was never Wesley, and she could only pretend so much while grieving on the cramped ship bound for Kirkwall. After they land there is no way to mistake him for her dead husband, no matter how they almost moved the same way in armor if she watched him just so. She only saw hardened steel in his eyes, and none of the yielding warmth that had always been in Wesley’s.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Personal psa nonesuch beneath the cut
Saturday, December 14, 2013
whyswhoswhats asked: I'd like to know what was in your brain when you wrote that heart-hurty Aeron-watches-Malcolm-die fic
(referring to this)
Honestly, I was mostly thinking about the closeness of Aeron to his father, the way Malcolm probably had known he probably wouldn’t get better and despite already taking Aeron under wing to teach him all he knew, he would have been more intense the last several weeks or so that he felt the cough settling into his lungs, the slow drowning feeling slowly overtaking him from the inside.
I imagined Aeron would have noticed early on what Malcolm was doing—even if he had been able to keep the actual sickness under wraps for as long as he could—and confronted his father about it, in private, and then grown stubborn and resolute for a while in trying to heal Malcolm. I was thinking of how Leandra wouldn’t have wanted to let go at all, wouldn’t have wanted to face the truth that her beloved husband was dying and there was nothing anyone at all could do about it. About how Aeron has always been his father’s son and as difficult and horrible as this was, it only really served to drive home all the lessons of making hard decisions Malcolm had always taught him. Of how no matter what happens, he needed to keep going—needed to keep them all going.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any fanfic I’ve written, and stick that selection in my ask/fan mail. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what’s going on in the character’s heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.
All right, hit me.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Gawyn + a few favorite things
I think Gawyn is my favorite Hawke of mine. Which is difficult to say because I love Aeron and Maebh for their own reasons, too, but Gawyn’s playthrough was one of the most interesting and fun.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Currently snowing; let the boys walk on snow for the first time.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Influential books meme
List 10 books that have stayed with you. Don’t think about it too hard, they just have to be books that have touched you. Feel free to tag me, so I’ll see your list.
1. Diamond Throne (David Eddings)
2. Winter King (Bernard Cornwell)
3. Taran, Wanderer (Lloyd Alexander)
4. Hyperion (Dan Simmons)
5. Tales of the Bounty Hunters (Kevin J. Anderson)
6. The Magician’s Nephew (C.S. Lewis)
7. Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Margaret Weis and Tracey Hickman)
8. Dragoncharm (Graham Edwards)
9. Myst: The Book of Ti’ana (Rand Miller and David Windgrove)
10. Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
because i was always sad when sebastian was left out of things due to dlc status.
it says so much that he wasn’t there on that page with the rest of the companions, doesn’t it? that he was there with them, but he wasn’t there with them. in so many ways, it did make my heart go out to him, for not quite fitting in or simply fitting with the others. for being the odd man out. whatever the stories make of him, it all depends on the storyteller. and since varric and anders were so close…
i’m glad to see this little portrait. because until it was all blown apart, he was a part of the party. (even if partying wasn’t technically his thing.)
Oh, I have to reblog again for commentary. Because this is what breaks my heart about Sebastian. He doesn’t fit in anywhere, even when he wants to, even when he tries.
whyswhoswhats asked: you already know I love your characters as much as I love my own, but I will always blame Gawyn and Aeron for starting it >:| I love how frank and honest Gawyn can be and I love that he's so grouchy until you peel back the layers to discover what a goddamn teddy bear he is under the grump. his backstory is probably my favorite (and not just because I fed you ideas for some of it). and Aeron is an actual disney prince, I swear, and his quiet, considerate sweetness is going to be the end of me.
Your lore knowledge was the last key into unlocking the full potential of those two, and I can’t thank you enough for it <3
I am forever flattered that you enjoy them so much, and I love both Gawyn and Aeron’s backstories for different reasons, and I really want to delve more into Gawyn’s relationship with Leandra—because I find it a rather interesting dynamic that sort of only exists in my head right now, and I feel it’s an unusual take on their relationship (at least, not one I’ve seen much of in my teeny corner of the fandom).