The Beginnings of Domestication For thousands of years humans have lived side by side with animals, and they have become central to the culture. From the dog that paces side by side to its owner, to the teams of horses that pull countless carts and carriages around the world, and the sheep and cattle that provide meat milk and wool, and cats that help to keep the fields and barns clear of mice and rats. Animals are an important part of every walk of life. Yet most give little thought to how this came to be. It is often assumed that domestication is an act of human initiative. Domesticated animals of all kinds share a striking number of physical and behavioral traits that are not found in their wild cousins. There are numerous advantages to be found in domestication. Perhaps, in the relationships shared by humans and animals today lies the key to how it all began. Domestication is a phenomenon caused by changing evolutionary pressures, pushing ani
Sonnet #1Shall I compare thee to a thunderstorm?You are similar in so many waysWherever you pass things twist from the normSurrounded by chaos for all of your daysYour anger's as hot and swift as lightningYour will as fierce as the strongest windThe youngsters act as if you are their kingBut in you, the will to rule can't be foundYour sorrow falls in tears, so much like rainAnd they, like the rain, are a force that healThere are some mortals who would seek to baneYou from this world, and hearts that revealBut yours is a spirit so strong and freeCaging you would be like damming the sea.
Razor FocusThe unique state of mindIn which you Are completely Utterly Focused on your goalYet notice Every Single DetailWhen every rustling leafEvery pebble under your feetAll come back to one Razor sharp GoalThis is when you are truly alive.
Oh Boy...I woke up this morningIn the strangest of placesMy body was all soreFrom sleeping on the floorI opened my eyes to a table overheadAnd wondered why the racketHadn't already woken meI looked round to find myselfIn some sort of humongous pubThere was a stage at one endAnd a bar along the wallAnd doors that lead to other roomsI'd just gotten over my shockWhen this guy with pink hair ran byShouting at a blonde woman he called LucyAnd there was some dudeWearing nothing but underwear!I looked up, hoping to salvage my sanityAnd spotted a banner up thereBearing a stylized fairyAnd the words, "Fairy Tail"
Vanishing TrustI used to like everyone I met and trust came easy.But now I see the darkness there and find it hard to open my heart.
A Dark Warrior Adrian "Taktak" Silverblade was definitely an intimidating presence. To start, he was well-muscled, broad shouldered, and stood over six feet tall. He kept his black hair cropped short, and his steely eyes were a pitch black broken by flecks of gold. A tattoo, resembling black, thorny vines, surrounded his left eye and a small, crescent shaped scar graced his right cheek. Furthermore, he was dressed almost entirely in black: his jacket and pants were dull black and battles scarred, his boots, also scuffed, were dark brown. Worst of all, twin blades, held to his back by a simple leather harness, gleamed malevolently. The blades were long, slim, and slightly curved; their hilts were wrapped in soft black leather, their battered sheaths crimson. Yet, it was difficult to be frightened of someone nicknamed after a cuddly toy...
Wild Child There are all sorts of characters in the world. Some of them are kind, others mean. They can be energetic, lazy, or somewhere in between. Their appearances also vary, from short and chunky to tall and skinny; hair colors everywhere from red to black to blue. One person in particular has caught and held my attention for quite some time. Her name is Xalia Lore. Xalia's overall appearance is unremarkable. Her clothing is plain, practical, and often rumpled. Moving on, her skin is tan from countless hours spent outdoors. She never bothers with makeup for any reason, and usually ends up dirty by the end of the day. To top it all off, she is short, barely over five feet standing straight. This is somewhat offset by her striking red hair and green eyes. However, she still makes for a rather unimposing figure on most days. In social situations, Xalia attracts little attention. She rarely
Properly Bent Bending, and even breaking, the accepted rules of writing can serve various purposes. Some feel that only famous authors can get away with doing so, but this is simply not true. In fact, nearly all, if not all, fiction writers will deviate from the accepted guidelines in this manner.Why do they do this? While they have numerous reasons, it mostly comes down to timing and intensity. Sentence fragments can add speed and urgency to a scene; all caps are used in all kinds of writing, from books to informational flyers, as "shouting," and to draw attention. Slang can be used to help establish the setting and characters, and make them more authentic. Also, language is evolving, as is evidenced by old works such as Beowulf, and grammar must evolve with it. If the rules are to change, they must first be broken. It is for these reasons that, in certain circumstances, it is acceptable, even necessary, to break the rules of writing.
What is a Person? Constantly, people peer into the stars, searching for signs of intelligent life; hoping that we are not alone. At the same time, more and more evidence surfaces of animal intelligence here that rivals our own. We tell ourselves that they just animals. Well, so are we. There is no reason that other animals could not be considered "people" as well. It is true that the dictionary definition of a "person" specifies it as human. However, the word is rarely used in this manner; in works fantasy and science fiction any race considered to be equal to us are referred to as people. Moving on, we must also consider the fact that it is difficult to measure the mental abilities of other species. This means only that we cannot rightly assume that they lack the traits we prize. It could also be argued that animals can't be as intelligent as us, because they don't have any technology. Well, that depends somewhat on what you consid