hold my hand and we can jump straight into the cold unloving sea
Under the Eyes of the Virgin Mary
Once upon a time, boy met girl. This is a modern story, so it's boy meets girl at club. She goes home with him. They have a great night filled with [redacted]. They don't have a happily ever after, just a happy one night stand. They never see each other again. The end.
I am innately drawn to murderous bodies of water. I was born in a typhoon that killed dozens and injured hundreds. The city I made my home is host to a river that has changed paths 26 times and killed millions as a result. And my favourite, the sea, has tried to kill me countless times. Nonetheless, I yearn for it.
My No Buy Year
Many of us live in a world where more often than not, we can live by the Ariana Grande quote, "I see it, I want it, I got it". Some would argue that this isn't necessarily a bad thing—after all, what's wrong with seeing a baby elephant desktop computer topper, wanting it, and spending your well earned pay check on it? It's a conversation starter, it's for mental health, it's just so you.
Vocal, please let me put my articles into categories
There are many common gripes about Vocal. It's hard to track SEO, we want to follow our favourite creators, etc. But one that I've not seen around before is that I would really like to put my articles into their own categories, to make it easy for readers to find more that are similar.
I got COVID-19 and I am begging you to get the vaccine
By all means, I am young. I am healthy. I eat a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and other good stuff, yadda yadda yadda. I still got COVID in a worse-than-mild-but-not-ICU-bad case. My symptoms included brain fog, complete fatigue (resulting in me sleeping 14-20 hours a day for 2 weeks), a lack of appetite, headache, etc. At various points, I would try to shower but simply lacked the energy to stand for long enough.
Dear Chocolate, I remember the day my sister first met you at the SPCA. I was stuck at home, doing homework. My mother told us that unless I finished my homework, we couldn't even think of adopting you. Being a defiant brat who did not want to do her homework, I refused to finish on time. But you were just too lovely to not adopt. So you came home to us on January 1st.
Tales of a Tasmanian Devil
This is the last instalment of a five part series about my five pets. It is preceded by: Dear Chocolate, Lady of the House, The Cat Who Wished He Was a Dog, and A Dog Named Doggo. Note: the other pets and stories ARE referenced here, it may be of use to read the other instalments first!
Lady of the House
Although this is the second instalment in a series of five, it references two dogs from later—Doggo and Tazzy. This is preceded by Dear Chocolate and succeeded by The Cat Who Wished He Was a Dog, A Dog Named Doggo, and Tales of a Tasmanian Devil.
I Binge Watched Twilight Like a TV Show and Here are My Thoughts
Before we begin, I have to say that I do not endorse Stephanie Meyer or her treatment of the Quileute tribe. Although better and more in-depth articles have been written about this topic, such as this one and this one, the basic summary is that Meyer appropriated real Quileute culture, bastardised it, and then profited from it heavily without giving a single cent to the Quileutes or even asking for permission. The film heavily relied on racist stereotypes about Indigenous people, such as aggression and abuse, and also heavily sexualised them throughout. BTW, the backlash here is not some 'woke 2020 hippies' making this a problem suddenly, but a problem that the Quileute tribe and others have been pointing out since the story's conception. If you want to support the tribe directly, check this link out.
3 Ways You Can Be a Better Ally for Autistic People
April is Autism Awareness Month. Whilst in years passed, I saw many people support Autism Speaks, or puzzle pieces, or other misguided attempts to be allies, I have seen an increasing amount of autistic people and allies speak up for what autistic people really think about this kind of support. Many people now know that Autism Speaks is considered to be a hate group by many autistic people due to the harm they have done towards autistics and that many autistic people prefer identity first language (i.e. autistic person instead of person with autism).