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Inspired by a conversation with my brother about someone with a house so big it had its own bowling alley and cinema complex. The conversation went something like:
"But those are things you go out to do, as a treat with friends!"
"But, think about it, a house that size you could invite, like, five hundred friends over, and- and-"
"-And they'd never even have to meet each other..."


Day seven
It's been seven days since the host left me alone, and I’ve decided to keep a diary to track my progress- or lack thereof. I haven’t seen another living person for three days, and food supplies are running low. Luckily the plentiful bathrooms have meant I have not suffered water shortages so far, however they now seem to be dwindling in frequency as I head in what I desperately hope to be the direction of the front door. I can only pray that they don’t peter out completely.
Judging by the faint smell of pizza from the north-east, I’d say that the kitchen is only another three day’s trek. If I can just make it that far, I can stock up on food, and rest up for a while before setting out again. Perhaps I’ll find another lost soul there with whom I can swap information on the layout of the house. Or perhaps the host will be there, and after blackmailing him into showing me the way out, I can punch him in the face for what he’s put me through. Yes, that would be very satisfying.
Then again, I may have to be cautious if- when- I reach the kitchen. I know I am not alone in this building, although I do not know whether the number of other captives can be counted in handfuls or thousands. Some may have been trapped here even longer than me. The scent of pizza gives me hope that they have not yet resorted to cannibalism, (I assume the faint aroma of meat is merely ham or pepperoni) however I cannot be certain that any who have found their way to the sanctuary of the kitchen will be happy to share vital resources with a newcomer.

Day Eight
Good news is I found another bathroom and a broken vending machine, from which I was able to stock up. Bad news is I have just passed them for the third time in five hours. I must have been travelling in circles all day, and in this area of the house the scent of the kitchen has been entirely drowned out by chlorine. I believe there to be a swimming pool nearby, possibly a large one. By the prevalence of the smell and the faint sound of ocean waves, I estimate it to be at least four miles long. Not that I’m planning on going swimming any time soon- the host took my spare clothes and valuables to put them in a secure locker for the duration of my stay. Very kind of him, I’m sure- or it would have been, if he’d ever returned. I have little hope of ever seeing my belongings again.
All I have is a makeshift backpack I fashioned from a shower curtain, this notebook I found on a coffee table, and three plastic bottles. Two I took from that vending machine, but one I brought with me from home, and it therefore currently has great sentimental value. The supermarket brand printed on the side serves as a reminder of life outside these endless corridors. It is far more than a humble carrier of water. It is a symbol of hope.
I’m going to set up camp for the night in this abandoned bedroom. It doesn’t appear to have been inhabited for years, if the size and number of spider webs is anything to go by.  I could keep wandering for longer, but if I ended up back here one more time I don’t think I could take it. Maybe I’ll have greater luck in the morning.

Day nine
By unravelling the bedclothes I have gained a great quantity of thread which I am now using to mark my trail, ensuring that I don’t have a repeat of yesterday’s pointless circular ramblings.
I have been joined on my journey by a small clump of matted fur. I found it shut in a bathroom, and I believe that the half-starved remains of a Persian cat may lie somewhere underneath. Clumps of a substance suspiciously similar to old, dry toothpaste cling to the fur around its face. Or rather, to the tangled blanket of off-white hair where I assume its face should be. The poor creature must have resorted to consuming bathroom condiments in order to survive- a terrible ignominy for a once proud member of a dignified feline breed.
Although it is impossible to tell either way, I have decided to call it a “him” for convenience. I have shared with him some of my meagre rations, and I have hope that he will repay me by leading the way to either food or his owner. Even if he doesn’t, he may still be of some use. Currently the thought of cat meat is abhorrent, but if my situation becomes desperate I’m afraid I will be forced to put such luxuries as ethics behind me. If I was bit smaller and had a tail, I’d expect him to do the same to me. In conditions such as these, the concept of “survival of the fittest” suddenly becomes all too relevant.
Besides, sustaining an unfortunate traveller on his quest for justice and a front door/ window/ chimney (at this stage, I can’t afford to be picky) is surely a nobler fate than being accidentally starved to death in a bathroom.
For the time being, however, he sits on my shoulder- far too weak to walk- and is a very welcome companion on this hellish pilgrimage. I have named him Theseus. A tad optimistic, perhaps, but what else do I have left, other than hope and the slightly desperate amusement of ironic mythology references?

Day ten
More corridors. More unused lounges, bedrooms, cinema complexes, etc. But nothing even slightly resembling a kitchen, although I can smell cooked food again so there is now a direction to my quest.  By the occasional muffled mewls issuing from his mouth area, I can tell Theseus has perked up a little; I think he scents it too. I did my best to groom him last night, so that he could at least see where he was going. Two large, black eyes now peep out from deep within the shaggy, knotted rug of his coat.
At the moment I am sitting on (or rather, sinking into) an overly squashy leather sofa at a small railway station. This is obviously how the host copes with the practical issues of a house that seems to be the size of a small planet, or at least country. However, like the other stations I have passed, it is utterly deserted. Not a single train has arrived in all the time I have been sat here. The tracks remain silent, empty, gleaming with vindictive laughter- No! No, they don’t. I must not personify objects against myself. That can lead only to insanity. Patience, calm, rational thinking. I must maintain my grasp on reality.
The tracks seem to run in the same direction that I am heading in. It would certainly be easier to walk along a track than to lose myself once again in the maze of hallways. This thought will not leave me alone, although I know it would be foolhardy to give into it. If the train were to come when I was trapped in the long, dark corridors that the tracks run along, I would have no way to escape. The thought of dying in this lonely, forsaken place with only a cat to hear my final breath is not particularly appealing.
Nevertheless, I cannot help but wonder if the railway line would provide a shortcut. Without all of the twists and turns and dead ends that have made my journey so far so frustratingly slow, surely it would greatly reduce the length of my trek to the kitchen? If, that is, it leads to the kitchen at all. To be honest, even if it doesn’t, it couldn’t possibly make me any more lost than I already am.
I cannot decide whether I dare to take the risk. Oh, how I long for a human companion with whom I could discuss the issue! Theseus, when I explained my thoughts, merely yawned and proceeded to ignore me in favour of a nap. I think I will join him, and sleep on it. Perhaps it will be easier to decide on the most prudent course of action in the morning when I am well rested.
Quest for a Front Door
The writing website I use seems to have disappeared forever (I'm heartbroken :'( ) And so I guess I might put more stuff on here.

This is kind of ongoing. Slowly. I have vague ideas of where I want it to go but I'm not sure if it'll ever actually get there...
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I have never done a tag thing before but I was tagged by :iconphi921: and the questions were interesting, and so I decided to do this one. Apologies in advance for the longish philosophical rambles that a couple of the questions sparked...

Also, I'm going to tag people BUT I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND IF TAGS ANNOY YOU AND YOU DON'T WANT TO DO IT. I did try to at least think of some interesting and/or ridiculous questions for anyone who does decide to do it...

1) You must post these rules
2) Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves
3) Answer the ten questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for your ten tags
4) Choose ten people and put their icon in your journal (I don't have 10 people TO choose, so I can't really do this)
5) Go to their page and inform them that they have been tagged by you. (Don't people get notifications from being tagged anyway? I SHALL REBEL AGAINST YOUR PECULIAR POINTLESS RULES)
6) NOT something like " you are tagged if you read that"
7) You have to legitimately tag 10 people
8) No tag backs
9) You can't say that you don't do tags
10) You MUST make a journal entry. (Unless you don't want to).

10 Facts

1- Of all the strange and adorable and fascinating animals in the world, my favourite is still the rabbit. Although it’s a close call between them, momongas and mudskippers.

2- I got stuck on top of a Mayan temple in the rainforest once. The rope snapped when someone else was climbing down and the guide had to climb up and rescue the rest of us. It was like being in some sort of adventure book/film. We also visited the Mayan underworld…

3- I became obsessed with the Large Hadron Collider in about Year 9 and briefly wanted to study physics until I realised how much maths was involved and quickly changed my mind back to ecology. But I still know the Large Hadron Collider Rap off by heart…

4- I love having a weird name and I’ll never get bored of the looks of terror on peoples’ faces when I introduce myself to them and they panic about having to remember how to pronounce it, even though it’s only two syllables. Looking at the many inventive attempts to spell it in the greetings cards I receive is also entertaining. (And no, my name isn’t actually Lily, I just like the flower :P)

5- I find it difficult to think of even three things to say about myself, let alone 10.

6- I invented chocolate cous-cous cake. It is a peculiar substance which, according to my flatmates when they tried it, may be an entirely new form of matter. It’s nice though, honestly!

7- I once bribed the toothfairy to visit using a rainbow face-sticker (remember face-stickers?!) because she hadn't collected my tooth for several days.

8- One of the things I’m proudest of was when I was a paired reader at secondary school and I convinced a year seven who struggled with and hated reading that he actually liked it after all. He’d previously said that he hated reading and it was boring and stupid and the other paired reader just let him play computer games instead. I asked what he WAS interested in, if he didn’t like any of the books available, so we ended up reading a website about car engines and at the end of the session he told me that he’d actually enjoyed it more than playing computer games and could we read more of it next week?

9- I enjoy balancing chemical equations. It’s kind of relaxing. It’s the thing I miss most about studying chemistry at school/ AS.

10- Most spiders are horrible and scary, but tarantulas are adorable and fluffy like mutant eight-legged hamsters.

Answers to 10 questions

1. What inspired you to become an artist?
“Become an artist” …I’m not one. I’m a scientist who dabbles :P But I don’t really know. I’ve loved writing and drawing and making things for as long as I can remember. I guess I’ve just always been very imaginative.

2. Why have you chosen the art you have chosen?
Well… I haven’t really chosen any particular art form. If I have access to the equipment I need, then I will try it. I like writing poetry because I can make better sense of my own thoughts and feelings when I’ve condensed them into solid words, even when the poetry itself would seem to anyone else to be completely unrelated to what inspired it, and I love to see how other people interpret it. It’s fascinating to see how the same words can mean such different things to different people, and often I find others point out things- symbolism, word play, meanings- that I hadn’t even noticed myself, which help me to gain a greater understanding both of what I’ve written and of myself. Poetry, I think, is something that needs to be shared in order to ever become complete. It’s unique in its ability to share feelings, change feelings, explore thoughts, make people think, expose controversies and start discussion. I like writing prose too because it gives me something more concrete to focus my imaginings around, which allows me to explore them more solidly than when they’re just floating around as general concepts and ideas in my head. Words are beautiful and powerful, and to be able to wield them is both exciting and inspiring in itself.
Drawing I enjoy I guess as a form of meditation? It’s relaxing. Occasionally I really want to try challenging myself, but for the most part I just like doodling. I also like being able to give my characters a solid form so I can see them more clearly. Or at least, attempting to. They rarely turn out like they’re supposed to XD
And I like crafts because I’ve always found it exciting to be able to create my own things. I’m quite good at picking new crafts and techniques up, and I enjoy making pretty things, and presents for people.

3. What is your greatest interest in life? Is it your major, if you are a student?
It probably is my major, I guess. I study environmental biology. I’ve been fascinated by the environment since before I could talk, apparently. By the age of about three I’d decided that humans were destroying the environment, that I wanted to save it, and that the only way to save it was to learn as much about it as possible. I love nature, I love being out on mountains, in forests, places I can feel entirely surrounded by it. Unfortunately I don’t get to do that very often.
It’s by no means my only interest though. If you want to tell me something, chances are I want to learn it! Science, history, folklore, philosophy, religion, culture… everything except pop culture and sport, pretty much :P And even those, I’ll listen and learn anyway despite having no interest in them.

4. What are your other hobbies, other than art?
Singing! I love singing, particularly folk music and in choirs. I also kind of play violin (badly!) and I’ve taught myself keyboard/piano. I’ve recently joined a living history society called Historia Normannis, so I spend about 8 hours a week now being killed by Norman/ Anglo-Saxon weapons. SO MUCH FUN. We do crafts too, so I’ve been learning to make Anglo-Saxon clothes and leatherwork. But I guess that’s back to art…
I sometimes play tabletop rp campaigns… but even though they’re great fun I find them quite difficult to join/ get into.
I used to do aikido, but I’ve mostly had to give it up since starting uni unfortunately.

5. What are your religious or spiritual views, if any?
Ummmm……… Complicated and changeable. Agnostic, I guess? Or perhaps theologically bewildered? XD I was brought up semi-Christian (believing in the Christian God and Jesus, but never really going to church), and I used to believe whole-heartedly as a child but now I don’t know. I want to believe (*cue X-Files theme*)… but I can’t quite. I still pray sometimes, cos I find it helpful. Something I really struggle with in Christianity is the concept that anyone who doesn’t believe in the Christian God will go to hell. What kind of omni-benevolent, omnipotent creator would say “Hm, yes, you’ve been mostly a good person all your life, that’s all fine… oh, but I see you’re muslim/hindu/Buddhist/atheist/etc, because I caused you to be born into a family that brought you up to believe that religion/lack of instead, or because your experience told you it was more logical. Sorry. Nope. You were wrong AND NOW YOU MUST SUFFER.” It doesn’t make any sense!! I think perhaps, if there is a god, that all religions are true in some way. Because God is an entirely unknowable concept, something beyond human understanding, and perhaps all religions are just the same thing viewed from a different perspective. Attempts to put God into terms humans can understand, which necessarily become twisted by human emotions, thoughts, experiences, ambitions because we’re incapable of understanding anything except through our own subjective lenses. And as such, missionary work and trying to force people to believe the same thing, taking away peoples’ cultures and traditional beliefs… it’s pointless and immoral.
Then again, studying evolution and science makes me wonder. How can there be a god? Why should there be one? Where? I hope that there is, I try to believe there’s SOMETHING… but there are so many doubts.

6. What’s your life philosophy or life motto? Why?
I’m not sure, really. It used to be “every little step you take takes you one step closer to your destination”… but in the context of a whole life that’s actually more depressing than motivational. I wish I could answer this question, but my mind-set changes frequently and drastically. It’s difficult to have a particular motto or philosophy with nothing solid within yourself to attach it to…

7. What do you think your purpose in life is, if any? Why?
Um... TW- please don’t read if depressed/ suicidal. This probably won’t help.
This is something I’ve been wondering about a lot recently. I really don’t know. There doesn’t seem to be any point to life. That’s not to say I’m suicidal, but… why does anyone want to live, other than instinct to survive? From an evolutionary perspective, the only point of being alive is to reproduce. And the only point to that is so that your offspring can reproduce, so their offspring can reproduce… ad infinitum. Or at least ad until-the-sun-explodes-and-everyone-dies-anyway. And that seems so empty and cold. There is no real point to it.
So we give life a purpose. We decide on a thing to do with our lives, but whatever it is still just a human construct. Everything in human society is just constructs build on ancestors’ constructs, just created to block out the terror of death and the unknown and the fact that actually there is no reason for us to keep going. To pretend that we know what we’re doing and we’re not all just as confused and frightened as one another. And I guess it’s a good thing, because it allows us to enjoy life… but it’s also absolutely terrifying when everything suddenly turns transparent and you realise that there actually is no base to anything. We’re walking on the tops of ancient towers that don’t actually exist, and the only thing keeping us up there is the fact that most people don’t realise it. Or if they do, they don’t mention it, and so we all keep pretending it’s fine and normal and natural…
Well. This is cheerful. Most the time I don’t think about these things. I generally consider myself to be quite happy ^^;;
But the purpose I’ve chosen for my life is to protect people and the environment as best I can, I suppose. Because that, at least, is something I can believe is solid and worthwhile.

8. What are your political view and why?
Most politicians don’t seem to understand that the point of their job is to do what’s best for the people of their country, not what’s best for themselves and their friends. Too much power has been placed in money and businesses, to the point that we allow them to rule us rather than peoples’ welfare and quality of life. Money has no conscience, businesses have no soul. They don’t care about the future of our species, because they’re just things. They’re not designed to. But so many politicians listen to them instead of the needs of people.
Therefore, I vote Green. I don’t agree with all of their policies, but they seem to be the only ones who aren’t corrupt and actually understand what politics is for.

9. What’s your favourite song?
No! Don’t make me answer this! It depends entirely on my mood! It used to be Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, but now I honestly don’t know. I quite like Silver Lining by First Aid Kit at the moment… but I also love songs by Enya and Vienna Teng and John Spillane and Emilie Autumn and Helen Trevillion and Christy Moore and SO MANY OTHERS!!

10. If you could move to any country, which would it be?
IRELAND. Specifically, county Kerry. I’m half Irish and I utterly adore Ireland. Music, folklore, accents, the countryside… it’s all so beautiful. I feel at home when I visit my family over there. I feel a physical pull towards it when I haven’t visited for too long because I miss it so much. It’s a country so full of life.

10 Question for anyone who decides to answer them

1. What feature do you primarily use to identify people? Hair/ eyes/ face shape/ general build/ clothes/ etc.?

2. If you could live healthily for a thousand years, would you? And what would you do with all that time?

3. QUICK, NAME THE FIRST SONG THAT COMES TO MIND. Do you like it and why/ why not?

4. If you had to be transformed into something other than a human, would you choose to be an animal, a plant or a rock? Any particular type? (Oh dear, I’m running out of things to ask already…)

5. How do you prefer to listen to music?

6. Out of anything and everything that could be considered artistic in some way (pictures, literature, dance, music, etc), what is your favourite medium in which to view/experience art?

7. If you have a favourite artist, who is it and why?

8. Pick a superpower out of these two and explain why you chose it- the ability to see with your feet, or the ability to taste with your eyebrows? (Because the last three questions seemed dangerously close to normal and boring).

9. What is sentience, and are humans the only animals to have it?

       

10. With what fictional character would you most like to run screaming in terror from three angry rhinos, a warren of rabid Rhosgobel rabbits (the ones Radagast uses in The Hobbit films), and a hungry dragon? (No, you can’t set the dragon on the rhinos and rabbits. It’s a very fussy eater :P)


Tags- :iconsepiawren: (Because you made the mistake of explaining to me how tagging works. Sorry :P) :iconsupernova2395: :iconambercatlucky2: :iconrheic-ocean: :iconqueenofcrows1: :iconbryosgirl: :iconspice5400: :icondariyakutepova:

(Again, no pressure to actually do it. Pleasedon'thateme >.>)

Dragonfly birthday card by Celtic-Lily
Dragonfly birthday card
Birthday card for mum, I'm quite proud of it ^^ It looks like it was supposed to and I managed to colour it without ruining it! And it has shiny gold bits!! :D 
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Sometimes I think it must be so much easier if people don't like you cos at least then you wouldn't have people attaching themselves to you like they're suddenly your best friend just cos you were nice and tried to help them with something. And you wouldn't have them demanding attention and time you can't afford to give them for the sake of your own mental health, or expecting you to take on extra responsibilities that you JUST CAN'T COPE WITH and refusing to take no for an answer and I really wish they'd all go away and leave me alone and stop demanding so much of me but there's nothing I can do to get rid of them without hurting them. I can't deal with having this many people all trying to lay claim to my time, I already have all the close friends that I want and these people have no right to try and force themselves into that circle cos there's a limit to the number of people I can dedicate my time and energy to and that limit's already reached and I. CANNOT. GIVE. ANY. MORE.
And loud housemates who bring random men back to your house are a nightmare and I'd quite like to stab all her boyfriends if they can even be called that for messing up my space and my sleep and any sense of security I manage to gain in this house.



Sorry for the rant journal. But I swear I'm going to lose my mind if I don't write it out somewhere.
More doodles... by Celtic-Lily
More doodles...
Procrastination of uni work seems to be my main reason for putting things online >.> XD 
I worked out how to draw Elenor fairly consistently/ accurately (but only from one angle XD I now have many many scribbles of her at a 45 degree angle) Also sort of how to draw another of my characters, Denna, from the side (top right).
Top left is the most accurate Elenor I've drawn yet even though it's scribbly ^^ Why do things always turn out better when they're on the margin of my uni work and have either a hole punch or writing through them...? -.-
Not entirely sure what her expression in bottom left is meant to be... :P
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I have never done a tag thing before but I was tagged by :iconphi921: and the questions were interesting, and so I decided to do this one. Apologies in advance for the longish philosophical rambles that a couple of the questions sparked...

Also, I'm going to tag people BUT I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND IF TAGS ANNOY YOU AND YOU DON'T WANT TO DO IT. I did try to at least think of some interesting and/or ridiculous questions for anyone who does decide to do it...

1) You must post these rules
2) Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves
3) Answer the ten questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for your ten tags
4) Choose ten people and put their icon in your journal (I don't have 10 people TO choose, so I can't really do this)
5) Go to their page and inform them that they have been tagged by you. (Don't people get notifications from being tagged anyway? I SHALL REBEL AGAINST YOUR PECULIAR POINTLESS RULES)
6) NOT something like " you are tagged if you read that"
7) You have to legitimately tag 10 people
8) No tag backs
9) You can't say that you don't do tags
10) You MUST make a journal entry. (Unless you don't want to).

10 Facts

1- Of all the strange and adorable and fascinating animals in the world, my favourite is still the rabbit. Although it’s a close call between them, momongas and mudskippers.

2- I got stuck on top of a Mayan temple in the rainforest once. The rope snapped when someone else was climbing down and the guide had to climb up and rescue the rest of us. It was like being in some sort of adventure book/film. We also visited the Mayan underworld…

3- I became obsessed with the Large Hadron Collider in about Year 9 and briefly wanted to study physics until I realised how much maths was involved and quickly changed my mind back to ecology. But I still know the Large Hadron Collider Rap off by heart…

4- I love having a weird name and I’ll never get bored of the looks of terror on peoples’ faces when I introduce myself to them and they panic about having to remember how to pronounce it, even though it’s only two syllables. Looking at the many inventive attempts to spell it in the greetings cards I receive is also entertaining. (And no, my name isn’t actually Lily, I just like the flower :P)

5- I find it difficult to think of even three things to say about myself, let alone 10.

6- I invented chocolate cous-cous cake. It is a peculiar substance which, according to my flatmates when they tried it, may be an entirely new form of matter. It’s nice though, honestly!

7- I once bribed the toothfairy to visit using a rainbow face-sticker (remember face-stickers?!) because she hadn't collected my tooth for several days.

8- One of the things I’m proudest of was when I was a paired reader at secondary school and I convinced a year seven who struggled with and hated reading that he actually liked it after all. He’d previously said that he hated reading and it was boring and stupid and the other paired reader just let him play computer games instead. I asked what he WAS interested in, if he didn’t like any of the books available, so we ended up reading a website about car engines and at the end of the session he told me that he’d actually enjoyed it more than playing computer games and could we read more of it next week?

9- I enjoy balancing chemical equations. It’s kind of relaxing. It’s the thing I miss most about studying chemistry at school/ AS.

10- Most spiders are horrible and scary, but tarantulas are adorable and fluffy like mutant eight-legged hamsters.

Answers to 10 questions

1. What inspired you to become an artist?
“Become an artist” …I’m not one. I’m a scientist who dabbles :P But I don’t really know. I’ve loved writing and drawing and making things for as long as I can remember. I guess I’ve just always been very imaginative.

2. Why have you chosen the art you have chosen?
Well… I haven’t really chosen any particular art form. If I have access to the equipment I need, then I will try it. I like writing poetry because I can make better sense of my own thoughts and feelings when I’ve condensed them into solid words, even when the poetry itself would seem to anyone else to be completely unrelated to what inspired it, and I love to see how other people interpret it. It’s fascinating to see how the same words can mean such different things to different people, and often I find others point out things- symbolism, word play, meanings- that I hadn’t even noticed myself, which help me to gain a greater understanding both of what I’ve written and of myself. Poetry, I think, is something that needs to be shared in order to ever become complete. It’s unique in its ability to share feelings, change feelings, explore thoughts, make people think, expose controversies and start discussion. I like writing prose too because it gives me something more concrete to focus my imaginings around, which allows me to explore them more solidly than when they’re just floating around as general concepts and ideas in my head. Words are beautiful and powerful, and to be able to wield them is both exciting and inspiring in itself.
Drawing I enjoy I guess as a form of meditation? It’s relaxing. Occasionally I really want to try challenging myself, but for the most part I just like doodling. I also like being able to give my characters a solid form so I can see them more clearly. Or at least, attempting to. They rarely turn out like they’re supposed to XD
And I like crafts because I’ve always found it exciting to be able to create my own things. I’m quite good at picking new crafts and techniques up, and I enjoy making pretty things, and presents for people.

3. What is your greatest interest in life? Is it your major, if you are a student?
It probably is my major, I guess. I study environmental biology. I’ve been fascinated by the environment since before I could talk, apparently. By the age of about three I’d decided that humans were destroying the environment, that I wanted to save it, and that the only way to save it was to learn as much about it as possible. I love nature, I love being out on mountains, in forests, places I can feel entirely surrounded by it. Unfortunately I don’t get to do that very often.
It’s by no means my only interest though. If you want to tell me something, chances are I want to learn it! Science, history, folklore, philosophy, religion, culture… everything except pop culture and sport, pretty much :P And even those, I’ll listen and learn anyway despite having no interest in them.

4. What are your other hobbies, other than art?
Singing! I love singing, particularly folk music and in choirs. I also kind of play violin (badly!) and I’ve taught myself keyboard/piano. I’ve recently joined a living history society called Historia Normannis, so I spend about 8 hours a week now being killed by Norman/ Anglo-Saxon weapons. SO MUCH FUN. We do crafts too, so I’ve been learning to make Anglo-Saxon clothes and leatherwork. But I guess that’s back to art…
I sometimes play tabletop rp campaigns… but even though they’re great fun I find them quite difficult to join/ get into.
I used to do aikido, but I’ve mostly had to give it up since starting uni unfortunately.

5. What are your religious or spiritual views, if any?
Ummmm……… Complicated and changeable. Agnostic, I guess? Or perhaps theologically bewildered? XD I was brought up semi-Christian (believing in the Christian God and Jesus, but never really going to church), and I used to believe whole-heartedly as a child but now I don’t know. I want to believe (*cue X-Files theme*)… but I can’t quite. I still pray sometimes, cos I find it helpful. Something I really struggle with in Christianity is the concept that anyone who doesn’t believe in the Christian God will go to hell. What kind of omni-benevolent, omnipotent creator would say “Hm, yes, you’ve been mostly a good person all your life, that’s all fine… oh, but I see you’re muslim/hindu/Buddhist/atheist/etc, because I caused you to be born into a family that brought you up to believe that religion/lack of instead, or because your experience told you it was more logical. Sorry. Nope. You were wrong AND NOW YOU MUST SUFFER.” It doesn’t make any sense!! I think perhaps, if there is a god, that all religions are true in some way. Because God is an entirely unknowable concept, something beyond human understanding, and perhaps all religions are just the same thing viewed from a different perspective. Attempts to put God into terms humans can understand, which necessarily become twisted by human emotions, thoughts, experiences, ambitions because we’re incapable of understanding anything except through our own subjective lenses. And as such, missionary work and trying to force people to believe the same thing, taking away peoples’ cultures and traditional beliefs… it’s pointless and immoral.
Then again, studying evolution and science makes me wonder. How can there be a god? Why should there be one? Where? I hope that there is, I try to believe there’s SOMETHING… but there are so many doubts.

6. What’s your life philosophy or life motto? Why?
I’m not sure, really. It used to be “every little step you take takes you one step closer to your destination”… but in the context of a whole life that’s actually more depressing than motivational. I wish I could answer this question, but my mind-set changes frequently and drastically. It’s difficult to have a particular motto or philosophy with nothing solid within yourself to attach it to…

7. What do you think your purpose in life is, if any? Why?
Um... TW- please don’t read if depressed/ suicidal. This probably won’t help.
This is something I’ve been wondering about a lot recently. I really don’t know. There doesn’t seem to be any point to life. That’s not to say I’m suicidal, but… why does anyone want to live, other than instinct to survive? From an evolutionary perspective, the only point of being alive is to reproduce. And the only point to that is so that your offspring can reproduce, so their offspring can reproduce… ad infinitum. Or at least ad until-the-sun-explodes-and-everyone-dies-anyway. And that seems so empty and cold. There is no real point to it.
So we give life a purpose. We decide on a thing to do with our lives, but whatever it is still just a human construct. Everything in human society is just constructs build on ancestors’ constructs, just created to block out the terror of death and the unknown and the fact that actually there is no reason for us to keep going. To pretend that we know what we’re doing and we’re not all just as confused and frightened as one another. And I guess it’s a good thing, because it allows us to enjoy life… but it’s also absolutely terrifying when everything suddenly turns transparent and you realise that there actually is no base to anything. We’re walking on the tops of ancient towers that don’t actually exist, and the only thing keeping us up there is the fact that most people don’t realise it. Or if they do, they don’t mention it, and so we all keep pretending it’s fine and normal and natural…
Well. This is cheerful. Most the time I don’t think about these things. I generally consider myself to be quite happy ^^;;
But the purpose I’ve chosen for my life is to protect people and the environment as best I can, I suppose. Because that, at least, is something I can believe is solid and worthwhile.

8. What are your political view and why?
Most politicians don’t seem to understand that the point of their job is to do what’s best for the people of their country, not what’s best for themselves and their friends. Too much power has been placed in money and businesses, to the point that we allow them to rule us rather than peoples’ welfare and quality of life. Money has no conscience, businesses have no soul. They don’t care about the future of our species, because they’re just things. They’re not designed to. But so many politicians listen to them instead of the needs of people.
Therefore, I vote Green. I don’t agree with all of their policies, but they seem to be the only ones who aren’t corrupt and actually understand what politics is for.

9. What’s your favourite song?
No! Don’t make me answer this! It depends entirely on my mood! It used to be Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve, but now I honestly don’t know. I quite like Silver Lining by First Aid Kit at the moment… but I also love songs by Enya and Vienna Teng and John Spillane and Emilie Autumn and Helen Trevillion and Christy Moore and SO MANY OTHERS!!

10. If you could move to any country, which would it be?
IRELAND. Specifically, county Kerry. I’m half Irish and I utterly adore Ireland. Music, folklore, accents, the countryside… it’s all so beautiful. I feel at home when I visit my family over there. I feel a physical pull towards it when I haven’t visited for too long because I miss it so much. It’s a country so full of life.

10 Question for anyone who decides to answer them

1. What feature do you primarily use to identify people? Hair/ eyes/ face shape/ general build/ clothes/ etc.?

2. If you could live healthily for a thousand years, would you? And what would you do with all that time?

3. QUICK, NAME THE FIRST SONG THAT COMES TO MIND. Do you like it and why/ why not?

4. If you had to be transformed into something other than a human, would you choose to be an animal, a plant or a rock? Any particular type? (Oh dear, I’m running out of things to ask already…)

5. How do you prefer to listen to music?

6. Out of anything and everything that could be considered artistic in some way (pictures, literature, dance, music, etc), what is your favourite medium in which to view/experience art?

7. If you have a favourite artist, who is it and why?

8. Pick a superpower out of these two and explain why you chose it- the ability to see with your feet, or the ability to taste with your eyebrows? (Because the last three questions seemed dangerously close to normal and boring).

9. What is sentience, and are humans the only animals to have it?

       

10. With what fictional character would you most like to run screaming in terror from three angry rhinos, a warren of rabid Rhosgobel rabbits (the ones Radagast uses in The Hobbit films), and a hungry dragon? (No, you can’t set the dragon on the rhinos and rabbits. It’s a very fussy eater :P)


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Rheic-ocean Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: :glomp: :wave: Thank you so so much for the watch!!! :D
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Celtic-Lily Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
You too! I barely ever get watched back, that made my day ^^ Glomp! 
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Nawwwwww you're welcome! :D :glomp:
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pseudozufall Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the watch ! ! i wish you all the best Hug 
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thanks for the fave :rose:
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keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks also for the watch. :D (Big Grin) 
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keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav for my DD Celtic Lilly :) (Smile)  There are many more drawings on my DA page. Feel free to comment. 
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Celtic-Lily Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
I'll have a look at the rest of your gallery when I have time, it's pretty amazing :D How you draw so realistically is beyond me, I'm truly impressed!
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thank you for the fave!
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