live animals in stone

Astra inclinant, sed non obligant

A short sci-fi story written for @caffeinewitchcraft’s Caffeine Challenge #12. My brain took the prompts and veered off a bit, but this was fun to write! The title means “The stars incline us, but do not bind us.”

I was born on the Saratoga, a class 2 transport running supplies between the consolidated colonies of the outer ring planets. It’s down in the records as the middle day of seven in a Night cycle as we drifted between suns, all lights on emergency use only until we could make it in range of the next system to recharge the auxiliary batteries. Mom always said that Night stretched so long because I was hoarding all the light for myself, so I could burst to life as five pounds six ounces of screaming starfire. She said she knew I’d be fine out here in the black, that she knew I could make my life here and be happy without a sun and a planet because even from that very first moment she could see the light in my eyes; a true spacer, whose inner fire keeps them warm even in the darkest times.

I never had the heart to tell her she was wrong.

My defection started like this: I was seven sol-years old and setting foot on a planet for the first time. Gravity dragged at me. My feet and hands felt heavy, my head hurt. The floor seemed to roll out in front of me, curving and bucking when I tried to walk. I fell more than a few times, and my mother tried to get me to go back to the shuttle, but I refused. Everyone else in my class had been planetside, even Monica and Neil, both two years younger than me, and I was determined to have my turn.

One of the station attendants gave me a pair of crutches and I gritted my teeth and kept going, one shaky step at a time, until I was through the doors and really, really in-atmosphere for the first time in my life.

The heat of the sun felt like a caress over my hair. The breeze tugging at my shipsuit was a revelation. There were sounds I’d never heard before, smells I’d never dreamt of, more colors than I’d ever thought possible. Actual living animals flew above me. Vibrant green plants pushed between cracks in the stone path, utterly unplanned-for.

It was too much. I cried. I screamed. I curled in a ball on the ground—real, solid ground!–and bawled my tiny heart out while the sun beat on my neck, and I refused to move no matter how my shipmates coaxed and pulled and scolded. Mom always said after it was some kind of sign, that it was proof I knew I belonged in space, even that young. The rest of the adults laughed about it for years. They’d muss my hair affectionately whenever it came up at a party, or a holiday, or a community hearing, or a graduation ceremony, and say things like That’s our Astra, and A born shiprat, you are.

I wasn’t allowed off-ship again for a decade.

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anonymous asked:

okay I get where people are coming from when theorizing peacock!nino ( with the whole eye pattern thing)but where would the brooch even go? with the turtle miraculous he can just put it on his wrist but with the peacock miraculous it'd just be to obvious if he pinned it to his t-shirt

Hey man I get where you’re coming from, the turtle braclet would be an easy fit but

he could also

clip the brooch

there ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Llangefni Eisteddfod Stone Circle, Anglesey, North Wales, 13.5.17. A modern stone circle that is now devoid of any atmosphere thanks to its situation amidst a housing estate, industrial unit and next to a supermarket car park! This is a real shame because a few carefully planted trees could cure all that.

Polytheist, pagan and witchy asks

1. How long have you been worshiping?
2. Do you have a deity that is particularly close to you?
3. Whats your favorite tale about your Gods?
4. Do you keep an altar?
5. Do you consider yourself an Oracle?
6. What brought you to your current path?
7. Do you believe in past lives?
8. Do you think plants, animals or stones have spirits?
9. What do you think your afterlife will look like?
10.Who’s your favorite divine power couple?
11. Do you listen to devotional music?
12. What are your views on virginity? Is it worth anything spiritually?
13. What deity do you turn to most in times of trouble?
14. What are your views on dreams? Have they anything to do with divinity or the future?
15. Do you prefer to party and celebrate or quietly observe holidays?
16. Which deity do you find has the biggest sense of humor?
17. What made you choose your religion over any others?
18. Do you have any food or drink that is spiritually important?
19. Do you have any numbers that are spiritually important?
20. Do you believe in fairies, nymphs or nature spirits?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Chapter 1 The Boy who Lived 

“Albus Dumbledore didn’t seem to realize that he had just arrived in a street where everything from his name to his boots was unwelcome. He was busy rummaging in his cloak, looking for something. But he did seem to realize he was being watched, because he looked up suddenly at the cat, which was still staring at him from the other end of the street. For some reason, the sight of the cat seemed to amuse him. He chuckled and muttered, ‘I should have known.’”

Redid this illustration for chapter one! hope you guys like it!!! 

bettaesthetic  asked:

Not sure if youve answered this before, but why do you breed your snakes? I know (mostly) that fancy rat breeders, breed for health, temperament, and go from there onto appearance, for the good of the pet rat community and continuing line. I'm assuming, since they're snakes, you can't necessarily breed for temperament? But I'm unaware of any serious problems in snakes besides neurological disorders which you can't "breed out" of a line. I'm just interested!

There are several reasons as to what I look for when breeding BPs.
While I am unsure if it is a hereditary trait or not, I do look for temperament. More calm snakes catch my eye. High quality morphs are also something I look for! I got Leli because she is a super, which means all of her babies will be morphs. I picked her specifically because her father was a very very dark mojave, which I wanted to see if that was hereditary as well. I breed because I want to see more high quality animals in the hobby, instead of low quality bred because they were cheap and they wanted a clutch. I want it to be less about who can make more babies, and more about who can make higher quality, breeding quality babies. Not only that, but I screen who buys the babies to try and make it more of a regular thing in the hobby as well. Good owners mean well cared for babies, and we need to see more of that in the hobby. If I sell to anyone who keeps their animals in teeny tiny enclosures with more enrichment, then nothing will change. If I sell to people who put time and effort into enriching the lives of their animals, that will start the stepping stones to become the norm. :)


Temple Wood Stone Circle B, Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, 15.4.17. This stone circle is likely an exposed cairn due to the list cairn chamber at its centre. It is not dis-similar to the nearby Glebe Cairn or the Nether Largie Cairn set. One of the orthostats has evidence of Bronze Age rock art which due to light and cloud conditions appeared to be very visible on this day; fortune smiled! At some point in the past in the exposed cairn became better known as a double lined stone circle; however these circle uprights were already in place initially underneath the stone cairn upon its original construction.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering how you would set up an altar and honor Hestia. Thank you!

Hello there friend.

Here is what I can suggest for Hestia.

Associated colours (candles, altar decorations are encouraged to be these colours): Gold, dark rose, lavender, silver and black.
Symbols: Hearth, home, living flame, architecture, bowl, veils, pantry and keys.
Sacred animals: Donkeys and pigs.
Stones/metals: Amethyst, garnet, gold, silver and brass.
Plants: Angel’s trumpet (Datura), California poppy, goldenrod, hollyhock, purple coneflower and yarrow.
Food/drinks: Wine and food that can be stored for a long time.
Perfumes/incenses: Angelica, iris, lavender and peony.

With luck, Magpie.


In the 1960’s Basilio Uschuya sold these stones, called “Ica Stones,” claiming that they were real, ancient Peruvian artifacts. In accordance with their style and the location at which they were claimed to have been found, they originated from Tiwanaku culture, which flourished AD 300 to AD 1000.

In addition to dinosaurs, some stones depicted mundane things like living animals and flowers, and some depict modern concepts that are also inconsistent with the culture’s timeline. If it was true that the stones were created by the Tiwanaku, it would imply that human artists had witness to dinosaurs or fossils, which is inconsistent with the geological record and the fact that the first documented dinosaur was named in 1824. It would also imply that Peruvians had advanced technology. In 1966, Peruvian physician Javier Cabrera Darquea bought over 11,000 of these stones, and he gave up his medical practice to open a museum dedicated to them. He also published a book insisting that they were proof that humans were at least 405 million years old and also the offspring of aliens. 

In 1973, Uschuya admitted that he had created them himself, as carving stones is “easier than farming the land.”

what if gems keep non-gem sentient stone creatures as pets or work animals? like, stone creatures that don’t have human-like intellect like gems do, but which are still living, emotional beings, the way earth animals are?

Flint stone parrots sitting around looking pretty and shiny in giant cages under the ceilings of public places

Elephant-like granites pulling difficult work loads and the coolest-looking of them carry gems around cities in capsules on their backs

Soft sandstone dog/cat things for company