Not Ophelia (most days)


Valerie. 44. Chicagoland. Actress, office drone, and fledgling digital media professional. I do not suffer snobs gladly.

Here you will find things Pre-Raphaelite, fannish obsessions, fabulous fashion, gorgeous humans, and awe-inspiring nature.

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transdimensionalboundaries:

dirtybetanerd:

kedreeva:

8bitrevolver:

This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

Let me tell to you a thing.

This is Lenore. I first saw her in a little cage at the Petco I frequent (I used to take my parents’ dog in for puppy play time), and she looked like the grouchiest, old, crotchety cat in the world, and I fell instantly in love. She was cranky, she was anti-social, hanging out at the back of her cage. Her fur was matted because she wouldn’t let the groomers near her.

She was perfect.

But I didn’t have a place for her. I wasn’t living in my own space yet, and where I was, I wasn’t allowed cats. So I pressed my face to the bars of her cage and I promised that if no one had adopted her by the time I’d bought a house, I would come back for her.

I visited her every week for over six months while I looked for a house. At one point, they had to just shave her entire rear-end because the mats or fur were so bad. They told me she clawed the heck outta the groomer that did it, screamed the entire time, and spent the next two days growling at anyone that came near the cage.

A couple of weeks later, I closed on my house. I went back and I got an employee, and I said: “That one. I need that cat.”

They got the paperwork and the lady who ran the rescue that was bringing the cats in told me that Lenore (at the time, Lila) was 8 years old, had been owned by an elderly lady who had died, and brought in to a different rescue, who’d had her for six months on top of the time I’d been seeing her at Petco.

This kitty had been living in a 3x3’ cube for over a YEAR because she was older and “less adoptable.”

I signed the paperwork, put her in a cat carrier, and drove her to my new home. I had pretty much nothing; a bed, an old couch, a couple of bookcases, and a tank of mice I called “Cat TV”. I let her out of the carrier and onto my bed, and I told her “I told you I would come back for you when I had a place. It’s not much, but it’s yours too now.”

Lenore spent the next three days straight purring non-stop. She followed me around the house purring. Sat next to me purring. Slept next to me purring. Leaning into every touch, purring, purring, always purring. She still purrs if you so much as think about petting her. She’s amazing, and I love her.

So, you know, if you’re thinking about adopting, and you see a beast that others consider “less adoptable,” think about Lenore.

FUCKING IMPORTANT

The STORY THOUGH.

Tagged: kittehcynicism detox

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anachronisticfairytales:

Leslie Ann O’Dell

anachronisticfairytales:

Leslie Ann O’Dell

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charles-chuck:

get to know me meme: [2/5] favorite female characters; amy dyer (in the flesh).

Deep down, fearing the Reaper is the reason why everyone’s so messed up in the head. They know the end is nigh, but there’s nothing they can do about it. So, it drives them nuts, and they live their lives with one eye on the clock. We don’t have to do that. We can smash the clock to pieces.

Tagged: in the fleshemily bevanamy dyerscratch the surface of a manic pixie dead girl and you get more than you bargained forand i love itanimated gifs

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riseandshinedearie:

life-in-a-fantasy:

Mucha Princess Series by Hannah-Alexander

For a moment I thought those were the Card Captor Sakura’s cards.

Tagged: art nouveaudisneyfan arthannah alexanderso much gorgeous

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The scene in the train station where a young boy smiles at Cyclops and he smiles back was unplanned. The boy was a huge X-Men fan, and Cyclops was his favorite. The scene originally called for Cyclops to look at the train schedule, but according to Bryan Singer the boy could not stop smiling at James Marsden. Finally, during one shot, Marsden just looked back at him and smiled, much to the boy’s delight. Bryan Singer liked the idea so much, he kept it in the film

Tagged: x-menjames marsdenscott summerscyclopsactors at workDED OF CUTEanimated gifs

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I ran across this blog post in the course of my Frankenstein dramaturg-ing, and now I really want to see Amy Manson play Elsa Lanchester.

I ran across this blog post in the course of my Frankenstein dramaturg-ing, and now I really want to see Amy Manson play Elsa Lanchester.

Tagged: the bride of frankensteinelsa lanchestermary shelleywell technically still mary godwin at this pointbut details detailsanimated gif

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The lawn drowned, the sky on fire,
the gold light falling backward through the glass
of every room. I’ll give you my heart to make a place 
for it to happen, evidence of a love that transcends hunger.

Is that too much to expect?

Tagged: being humanlenora crichlowannie sawyerghost becomes goddessi don't know where these words are frombut this post is perfect

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vixyish:

glorious-hunger:

I WANT TO BE THIS FUCKING CUTE PLS

OMG the costume is AMAZING and the wings are PERFECT and the cosplayer is GORGEOUS and this photoset has caused me to lose all punctuationnnnnn

Tagged: tinkerbellcosplayassorted gorgeousfairyhow do you everything

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stem-cell:

rosalarian:

pourquoi-nutmeg:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

stem-cell:

rosalarian:

pourquoi-nutmeg:

nortonism:

The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

YES.

Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

“You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

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legionofpotatoes:

Companion piece to my Star-Lord poster, I decided to do a similar one for Groot after seeing the movie for the second time yesterday. Vin Diesel needs to stop making me cry over CGI creatures.

legionofpotatoes:

Companion piece to my Star-Lord poster, I decided to do a similar one for Groot after seeing the movie for the second time yesterday. Vin Diesel needs to stop making me cry over CGI creatures.

Tagged: guardians of the galaxygrootwe are grootfan art

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