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Hey everyone! It’s my birthday, so I was thinking of doing a week long decal sale! Buy 2 get one free!
I have been working on a lot of new products to sell at the upcoming Salt Lake City comic con convention! The last set I have to finish up are my Game of thrones sticker badges! Weee!
This is why you should have a cat y’all. Egyptians believed that cats repelled evil spirits.
Cats are evil spirits. They’re just the strongest so all others must bow to their greatness.
Actually according to legend, cats are guardians of the Underworld. So once you are dead if you try to sneak back into the land of the living they send you back where you came from. They protect the living from the dead.
While there were many other feline goddesses worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians, Bast was the only one represented as a domestic cat. Cats were believed to be a manifestation of the goddess Bast. (Bast/Bastet originally was a Lion, or a lion-headed goddess, but her head eventually changed to a domestic cat as legends shifted)
Bast was originally a goddess of Warfare, but over the years it shifted to protection and fertility (and also the protector of all cats, because Bast is a badass like that)
Nearly every Celtic country has cat-legends. The Welsh believed that ship-cats could predict weather and tides. The English were worried about cats stealing a babies breath and the Scots had a very gruesome ritual called the Taghairm. (There is another ritual of the same name not involving cats.)
In one version, the Taghairm is said to be one of the most effective means of raising the devil, and getting unlawful wishes gratified; the ritual included roasting cats alive, one after the other, for several days, without eating. This supposedly summoned a legion of devils in the guise of black cats, with their master leading them. Kitty Devil~
Another variation of the ritual was said to summon a demonic cat called Big Ears, who would grant the summoners answers to their questions, and fulfill their wishes. Basically the same thing, but Lucifer wasn’t involved (yay?)
Norse mythology said cats were sacred to Freya, goddess of Warfare and Hunting, as well as love, beauty and fertility. Her chariot was drawn by two cats, and if you wanted her blessing on your marriage or harvest, you could leave a bowl of milk outside.
She apparently had such a soft spot for cats that she would bless those who were kind to them. If a cat showed up at your marriage, that was a sweet sign of fortune.
The Babylonians believed that the souls of priests were escorted to paradise on the back of a cat. The Babylonians also encouraged the overbreeding of cats so they would hunt and keep away the vermin.
There’s a ton more history and mythology attached to felines, and I definitely encourage people to check it out sometime.
Six Types of Courageous Characters
by K.M. Weiland, author of Dreamlander
1. Heroic Bravery
When we think of heroes these days, we generally think of those who qualify for heroic bravery.
What is it? This is the kind of bravery that makes a character do crazy dangerous stuff, either to protect others or to advance a cause in which he passionately believes. He’s not a fool. He knows what he’s risking, but he believes the danger is worth it.
2. Steadfast Bravery
Steadfast bravery isn’t as flashy as heroic bravery (although it exhibits bursts of heroism), but its patient doggedness challenges fate every single day.
What is it? This is the kind of bravery we see from someone who is enduring a bad or dangerous situation day in and day out. A POW, a soldier in the trenches, or an informant in enemy territory will probably exhibit steadfast bravery.
3. Quiet Bravery
This one is perhaps the least flashy of any type of bravery. It can even occasionally be confused with cowardice.
What is it? Quiet bravery gives a character the courage needed to endure bad situations with grace and patience. It’s basically an offshoot of steadfast bravery, but it usually surfaces in situations that are less physically dangerous. Cancer patients, overworked single mothers, and trod-upon servants who maintain their sense of self-worth and hope all exhibit quiet bravery.
4. Personal Bravery
Not all brave characters are going to face death or save the world. Sometimes the bravest thing a person can do is take a chance to advance his own lot in life.
What is it? Personal bravery demands characters reach for the stars and chase their dreams. Instead of remaining in a bad situation and taking it and taking it, they risk everything for a chance at a better life. Personal bravery is perhaps the most common kind of bravery of all, since it’s something every single one of us chooses to exhibit at one point or another in our lives, whether it’s in dreaming of a better education, a better career, or just a life-changing trip around the world.
5. Devil-May-Care Bravery
Here we find the domain of the anti-hero and the fatalist.
What is it? Devil-may-care bravery isn’t bravery so much as a cynical realization that death (or whatever the worst-case scenario may be) will come no matter what we do, ergo let’s meet it with arms stretched wide. Characters who have nothing to live for can often exhibit insane courage, but they’re doing it from a place of negativity.
6. Frightened Bravery
Finally, we have the most dichotomous, and often the most compelling, bravery of all.
What is it? Frightened bravery finds the hero a knee-shaking, gut-churning, terrified mess. But he rises above it. He enters the fray in spite of his terror, and, in so doing, becomes the bravest of all characters. Frightened bravery can go hand in hand with any of the other types (save perhaps devil-may-care bravery), since the very act of overcoming fear is what makes a character brave.
None of these categories are exclusive. A character may well exhibit all six types of bravery during the course of your story, and often you’ll find the categories overlapping. In creating a strong character, it’s important not only that he qualify for at least one of these types of bravery, but also that you identify which is the strongest category, so you can further strengthen it on the page. Once you’ve done that, it’s almost a cinch readers will find your character fascinating.
I did that thing where you accidentally start to flick through your favorite books as you clean your bookshelf and pretty soon you’re not cleaning anymore you’re just reading
…guess who is my favorite Good Omens character it starts with C and ends with rowley
Our internet went out yesterday and we just got it up and running again, but while it was out I suddenly had lots of uninterrupted time to draw. Went through some old art and realized I miss drawing this jerk