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SGSelfie by curlscat SGSelfie :iconcurlscat:curlscat 1 3
It is a seizure 
medication, given to you because it also controls
pain, after head trauma.
Side effects include:
weight loss,
diarrhea, nausea, constipation, loss of appetite, stomach pain,
headache (hello, irony),
feeling like your body is not exactly where you left it, even as it continues to do what you tell it to do, or has changed size or shape,
and kidney stones. Drink lots of water while taking this medication.
See your doctor if these side effects continue or are bothersome.
Call your doctor
when you realize that this medicine is emptying you back out inside.
Call the prescribing doctor, the neurologist,
two hours' drive from here, and tell him
this medicine is keeping your head
from pounding off your shoulders and exploding
with the pressure of a little bit of blood
by taking out everything that interests you
just after you got it back.
Stop taking Topamax if you experience suicidal thoughts.
Stop taking the one thing
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Today I was assaulted. Today
An old man pressed his lips against my skin
without me asking
without my encouragement
He rubbed my thigh and his lips touched my face--
this man I'd known only two hours
And I did not stop it.
I didn't say no, didn't
move back, didn't
know how,
wanted to,
but as I always do when it is important, I
froze (I am more rabbit
than Kat)
And now I will not
report it, because I am wearing a low cut shirt and shorts; because
and because I did not know who
to call for help
Because I could not force myself to speak
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On the possibility that other choices were made
Scientists have posited the theory that our world hates making decisions so much that each time a choice is put forward, the universe splits in two: dividing in perpendicular paths, one in which each option is chosen.
It follows, then, that there are universes out there (multitudes) where we made the choices that saved my father.
There is one in which he never got cancer in the first place. One where my mother let them remove the fungus that actually killed him. One where he listened to me and went to the doctor four months before he actually went. One where I worried enough to make him go anyway. One where we kept him at the same hospital. One where he listened to his own body and didn't need us to tell him to go to the doctor. One where the doctors at the third hospital did their job. One where the doctors at the FIRST hospital did their job. 
There are universes in which one of us was a little faster, a little smarter, a little more on top of things, a little more dedicated, an
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These are things that I know:
The smell of cut grass; lilacs; bacon; vanilla; coffee
The sound of my father's voice
The feel of asphalt beneath my feet; feathers against my palm; mud between my toes; pages between my fingers
The taste of a chocolate chip cookie
Sunlight against my skin while my eyes are closed
The dappled light that hits the grass beneath a tree
Green in all its forms
Written words which I can return to time and time again
And the ache of knowing:
there is something I have lost; something I will never touch.
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He stops work.
Looks up.
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Imaginary Plains
They caged her.
She saw fields.
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Surrounded by Mahogany
She hides from him between bookcases.
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Dear Death
Hi there.
You've shown up in a lot of media, I don't know if you've noticed. I was just watching a movie about you the other day, actually. You were kind of sweet there, like someone who came to end pain for people in suffering. I'd like to think that's what you're like.
Still, I'm pretty freaking ticked at you, sir. ... Madam. Whichever. I mean, I know it's been almost two years, but you took someone I really cared about, and I wasn't ready for him to go.
Most of the time I'm okay with it, anymore. Most of the time I can say, "My dad's dead," and not even make an awkward pause in the conversation, because usually (almost always) I can pass it off as if it's something in the past, something I've gotten over, and the people I'm talking to take their cues from me.
Other times, though, I still want to break down sobbing, or go out and find you and rip you from limb to limb as if you were a real person, because I want you to hurt like I do. I want you to lose something the way
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Rumplestiltskin's Revenge--Name Yourself
Kijani uses his name as a rebellion. The queen may have taken away his mother, his father, even his ability to control his own body, but every time she says "Jon, I have a task for you," even as he does what she commands, he thinks to himself, my name is Kijani. My grandfather was a merchant across the Middling Sea, and when my mother came here, she named me to remember her home. I am Kijani. And someday, I will be free.
Moire embraces her new name. Goldiloks has always been a mouthful, and it's a strange non-name, the kind of thing only royalty would even consider giving their child (because who would dare laugh at a princess?) Moire, though, that's a name for an adventurer. The kind of name you can give yourself. Moire isn't a useless princess who can never be a ruler. Moire isn't a bargaining chip to keep a kingdom safe. Moire isn't responsible for her brother's disappearance. Moire is useful. She can save her brother. She can make everything better. And she is fr
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Title suggestions would be nice.
Most days, I see traces
of the Vlad I fell in love with:
Sarcasm Vlad.
Vlad who reads.
Vlad who loves his mother.
Vlad who loves me.
Vlad who sings like it's a Disney movie.
Vlad who thinks machines are beautiful.
What-do-you-MEAN-you've-never-seen-Star-Wars Vlad.
Vlad who is always there for me.
Vlad with the gorgeous eyes.
Vlad who loves politics.
Vlad who will travel the world with me if I ask.
Vlad who thinks sitting on a roof with a box of fruit is a good date.
But it has been a long
time since this
was the Vlad who was around
most often.
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A Tutori-Scussion: Love Triangles
So love triangles are a big thing. Writers use them all the time. They're popular, a lot of readers love them, and they're effective.
That doesn't necessarily mean you should use them. See, the problem is that most of the writers who use them are women writing from a female point of view about a girl who is drawn to two different guys. And most of the readers who enjoy these love triangles are also female. Part of this is because the book industry is very much a girl's game.
The thing is, it doesn't allow it to be anything OTHER than a girl's game. I'm not saying boys can't like drama, and I'm not saying all girls do (I personally find the catty kind of soap opera drama to be uninteresting). But what I'm saying is that there are few books out there that are geared for boys, and things like this encourage it.
Love triangles like this work because girls love to be desired. The reader, as an assumed she, will put herself into the mindset of the girl main character, and when this main char
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Some Musings on Magical Alt-History
Full title:
some musings on an alternate European and American history in which there has always been working magic which focuses on the manipulation of energies already present in the world,

Curlscat trying to not have a noble savage trope and still salvage a story idea because I love the main character.
When the One True Unified Church of the Holy God took over Caucay, magic pretty much got wiped out there as evil witchcraft and the product of the devil. This church certainly wasn't the only place to think that way-- the followers of Adonai had been exorcising demons from people for millenia before the One True Church even got its holy book together, and they were just the first example to come to mind. Of course, then Mr. Luther came along and found out that a lot of the 'miracles' the priests of the One True Church were working could be explained pretty easy with magic, and after he posted his list of all the problems with the One True Church, all hundred or
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Sometimes Rose hears Gwyn crying in the middle of the night, or just rustling around as quietly as possible. She doesn't usually say anything--Gwyn doesn't want her to know. She knows her sister wants her to think she's happy to be adopted here, happy to have seven grandmothers and a sister that she didn't before. But tonight is different. Tonight is Gwyn's birthday.
(Rose doesn't know how her grandmothers knew this, but she accepts it as a fact, and files it into the same part of her brain in which she stores the fact that she doesn't know what happened to her parents; the way her personality changes with each grandmother she lives with; the knowledge that most children have one name, not seven and a nickname-- things she will ask about when she's older. Things Primrose-her doesn't think are important enough to bother about. Things that really bother her when she's Briar.)
So tonight she climbs into Gwyn's bed and gives her sister a hug. "You know I'll always be here for you," she whi
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Savior Complex
They'd lost. The girls and their friends were effectively captured, surrounded by enemies in a warehouse with no way out. So they stopped fighting.
The leader* called out, "All right, which one of you is Sabrina Grimm?" He looked around at the silent room and said, "If you give yourself up, girl, we won't kill anyone else."
Without hesitation, Daphne stepped forward out of the crowd and said, "I'm the one you're looking for."
Before her brain had time to process what exactly what was going on, Sabrina had already opened her mouth to scream at her sister, but Puck's hand clapped over her mouth faster than she could make a sound. As she began to struggle, he wrapped his free arm around her arms and waist, effectively securing her.
"Let her save you for once," he hissed, gripping her tighter as she began to struggle.
She tried everything she could think of to get free as Daphne walked to the leader and allowed herself to be tied up and stripped of weapons, magical or otherwi
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A Moment Too Short
My favorite poems fill me with longing
to fit myself inside them: a crocus 
wrapped in March 
fog by a riverbank.
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That's right, guys! Tomorrow we start week two!

Now this doesn't mean that you can't submit a selfie. We'll still spread the word around and all, so if you haven't finished yet, don't freak out.

BUT it would be super cool if we could get ten participants in the first week. We've got eight people who did something so far, so if you wanted to do something, just you and one other person would make ten! 

C'mon, please? DA has almost no participation.


Kat Errickson
Artist | Student | Literature
United States
I like to read, and write, though most of my writing doesn't end up on here. I'm a grammar nazi and proud of it, and I enjoy drawing. My biggest fandom is the Sisters Grimm

Current Residence: New Jersey
Favourite genre of music: Rock/metal or alt
Favourite style of art: manga/traditional
Operating System: PC
MP3 player of choice: whatever I can afford
Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: He wasn't trying to kill himself, he was just trying to relieve the pressure!


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IndigoFantasia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
Happy early birthday, Beautiful! Love you and miss you and hope life is treating you well! <3
kittay123 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016   Filmographer
hi how are you and plus how old are you
curlscat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student Writer
Um I'm 22 why
kittay123 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   Filmographer
I was wondering my brain wanted to know
DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Thanks for the fave, Lovely! How've you been?
curlscat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Writer

I've been okay. Crazy busy. You?
DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Crazy busy with work and prepping for this internship, and also getting over a sickness.
curlscat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Student Writer
Fun fun fun
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