Writer and photographer who enjoys shiny things and the way books smell. Life ambition: to become a dragon. (Or maybe I already am.)

they tell me you have questions...


for Flight Rising friends

my username is aithne and I have no idea what I am doing but my bb dragons are the cutest.

First $5 bouquet of the season!

First day of the #issaquah farmers market! I am super excited.

· issaquah ·


Angry tiny tortoise!

  · tortoise ·


Having to google internet slang your friend is using because you have no idea what the fuck it means.


  · about me ·


Bound (1996)

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s crooked boyfriend Caeser.
No wonder this movie is known as “most lesbians favourite.” Go watch it!

“We were an empire,” Felassan said again, and this time she heard the anger in his voice. “It was not the Golden City. It was not the peaceful afterlife of this Maker the humans have made for themselves. Take the richest district of Val Royeaux, and tell me how many fools are scheming against each other at every ball? How many servants are flogged for improperly arranging the silverware?”

“We were the nobles.” It hit Briala like a blow. She remembered a slow trickle of blood winding toward the spot where she had hidden in the reading room of Celene’s childhood estate, where her parents had died on the orders of Lady Mantillon.

“We were everyone. There were no humans, no dwarves, no race but the elves. Every atrocity you seek to avenge for your broken people in their alienages, elven nobles committed upon elven servants.”

Briala swallowed. “Why are you telling me this?”

“Your empress,” he said. “You trust her. You believe she will free your people.”

“I do,” Briala said without hesitation.

“Then who’s going to scrub the floors?” Felassan asked, and smiled.

- (via theladymonsters)



Y’know people say shit about social media along the lines of ‘OMG no one cares what anyone had for breakfast’ and like.

I do? I care. I’m pretty sure a lot of people care. I want to hear that the people I care about are having delicious breakfasts or saw something odd at work or flirted with a cute barista. Or just any little thoughts they have that they feel are worth sharing.

I’ve always kind of assumed that’s how you’re supposed to feel about your friends.

i like the selfies where you’re having a good hair day or proud of your new shirt

i like the delicious food you cooked for yourself because it made you happy to cook it and eat it, even though i’m sick and can’t eat it right now

i especially like these things from friends who i know are struggling because it means you are having a good moment and you deserve it :)

Ficlet: White Lilies

I am a terrible person who has terrible ideas sometimes.

One of those ideas is, “So what if, instead of Leandra, Quentin takes a Circle Mage Bethany during All That Remains? And what if Cullen has to go after her?”

The result is this story.

Read More

Damp blossoms under a grey sky.




aphreal42 replied to your post: “After seeing that Yakko’s Nations of the World post again - which will…”:
Where are we going to find leather pants our size?

But who’s going to put the tutus on the Klingons?

But how will we get a pair of Abe Vigoda’s pants?

But where we find a duck and a hose at this hour?

But how will we get seven dwarves to shave their legs?

The Confidence Gap →

It’s easier for young girls than for young boys to behave: As is well established, they start elementary school with a developmental edge in some key areas. They have longer attention spans, more-advanced verbal and fine-motor skills, and greater social adeptness. They generally don’t charge through the halls like wild animals, or get into fights during recess. Soon they learn that they are most valuable, and most in favor, when they do things the right way: neatly and quietly. “Girls seem to be more easily socialized,” Dweck says. “They get a lot of praise for being perfect.” In turn, they begin to crave the approval they get for being good. There’s certainly no harm intended by overworked, overstressed teachers (or parents). Who doesn’t want a kid who works hard and doesn’t cause a lot of trouble?

And yet the result is that many girls learn to avoid taking risks and making mistakes. This is to their detriment: many psychologists now believe that risk taking, failure, and perseverance are essential to confidence-building. Boys, meanwhile, tend to absorb more scolding and punishment, and in the process, they learn to take failure in stride. “When we observed in grade school classrooms, we saw that boys got eight times more criticism than girls for their conduct,” Dweck writes in Mindset. Complicating matters, she told us, girls and boys get different patterns of feedback. “Boys’ mistakes are attributed to a lack of effort,” she says, while “girls come to see mistakes as a reflection of their deeper qualities.”


Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

  1. One thing that had me pulling my hair is that these guys love mud, which makes it very hard to distinguish who is dark and who is dirty. This pudgy guy is the darkest I could find in captivity and be (semi) confident he didn’t just take a dunk in a puddle or isn’t stained with blood. His fur is very shaggy, distorting his spots into larger blotches. If anyone knows of a picture of a darker one and are sure it’s not that way because of dirt, point me towards it! [x]
  2. Very crisp white countershading on the undersides and around the eyes against orange tan gives this younger animal nice contrast[x]
  3. Probably the coloration that is most iconic in this species, a sandy tan that is fairly even in color. [x]
  4. This hyena has a grey base coat, it’s markings a faded red-brown towards the front of the body and gradually darken towards the back..[x]
  5. A gorgeous light colored animal with a bit of an orange-y mane. I believe this is the same animal from the side and in the shade, so the colors are pretty much true. He’s from a zoo in a cooler climate as well, so his longer fur probably lightens his look as well.[x]
  6. Trio of varying shades, a blond, redhead, and a silver fox. [x] The middle animal in the next image (from a different zoo) has a foxy red mane, possibly the most ginger a spotted hyenas can get. [x]
  7. A pair of hyenas with and without black legs. The larger one with dark socks is also more heavily spotted and has a bit of a grizzled look. [x]
  8. Two animals with two very different spotting, one with dark black and the other with light ginger. It’s very possible the light hyena is older, since it’s common in this species to have their spots lighten as they age, or it could be her own special look. Here was the oldest hyena in captivity, and she wasn’t nearly as light as this example. (I didn’t have enough space, but baby hyenas are born dark brownish black, and lighten from the head down.) [x]
  9. The adult is either very old or a bit mangy (or a combination of both), and looks spotless and balding in some area. [x]
  10. Two common mask types I’ve noticed, the whole muzzle including around the eyes or mostly on the bridge with or without a bit of grey at the end of the snout. While the first is most likely younger, and the second seems like it is for sure an older animal, it’s not always age related. I’ve also seen ones that appear to have no mask, or ones that extend and cover most of the head, but they seemed to be covered in dirt or stained with blood. However, it would not surprise me if there were a maskless or full masked hyena! [x] [x]
viwan themes