Why Did I Go Vegan?

 

This is the most common question that I’ve heard since the moment that I became vegan. “Why did you do it?” Like it’s some unimaginable concept that somebody could become vegan, that somebody could make the decision to change their eating habits to this degree.

 

I’ll admit that I changed a lot, it wasn’t even one of those things that I slowly began to cut things out, all of it was simply gone one day. I had one last day where I ate tuna sandwiches and cereal and almost had half a thing of nutella as my parting goodbye. It was a decision, something that came about from a moment of curiosity.

 

I was struggling with food, something that has been an on-going battle which will definitely be something that I discuss more in the future. At the time, I was 200 pounds and felt absolutely disgusting and I was binge eating all of the time. I was not in a good place.

 

And then one day, I was on YouTube and I found all of these vegan YouTubers. I started watching vegan videos, like foods and recipes. I watched videos on why people became vegan and why people were not vegan and I became curious.

 

I started watching documentaries and videos of how animals are treated and it was during “Cowspiracy” that I had this epiphany. Or rather this general disgust. I was watching how cows were treated and I just couldn’t stomach the idea of eating meat ever again. I couldn’t stomach the idea of being the reason why these animals were being mistreated.

 

But it wasn’t just that, I was going through some things. I was unhappy and sad and I hated my body and I hated my diet. I didn’t think Veganism would fix it but I wanted to try.

 

Alongside all of these reasons, I have chronic stomach pain where I randomly get stabbing pains in my stomach which came after Gallbladder surgery back in November of 2015. I wanted a way to make this better and I knew that there was a possibility that changing my diet would positively impact this problem.

 


 

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Welcome to Brunesville 2

If you have not read the first part, click here.

 


If you want to check out the character page! It will take you to a google document with basic information for the character. At the beginning of every part, I will be posting the character page at the beginning. Feel free to look over it for information in regards to Margana Hazelwood.


 

Welcome to Brunesville

Part Two

 


 

She looked around once more, taking notice in the vendors that didn’t seem to be nearly as busy as some of the other stores and decided that she would talk to them. Noticing a Goblin who looked particularly more kind than the others surrounding him dressed in lavender clothing and seemed to be selling fruits and wines, she decided to walk towards the man.

 

(Charisma Check – 15) “Hello sir,” She began softly and in a sweet manner. “I was just curious if I could ask you some questions?”

 

(Roll – 19) The Goblin smiled, completely surprising Margana as he gestured her to continue.

 

A little apprehensive, she bit her lip as she debated if this was really a good idea before sighing. “So, I’m not from here. In fact, I’ve never been here in my life and I have no idea how I got here. I tried to ask the scroll keeper but he wasn’t very responsive. So, I have to ask somebody. What are the rules here? What is going on?”

 

(Roll – 20) The Goblin didn’t seem to be fazed in the slightest as he sighed, looking nervously between the other vendors before sighing. “There are many rules in regards to this small town. The King had revealed to us some time ago that there was a disease going through the entire world and that in order for us to survive then we must stay here forever and never leave in order to survive this sickness. Since that day, the king has not left the palace however after some time, and in order for us to know how many animals have died, the knights were sent out to tag every living creature. After that, a rabbit had been found in somebody’s yard without a tag and people came to believe that animals had not been affected by this disease as they were superior to us. Which has resulted in the consumption of any animal to be completely prohibited and you must send either money for foods to the king in order to not be sent to jail. This has resulted in mass- malnutrition and health concerns across our city and many, including myself, have come to believe that there has not been any disease wracking the world. You are our proof. Our living proof that there has been no disease. Tell me child, what was the last thing you remember?”

 

(Roll – 20) “Not much, I had been fighting a monster and then the next thing I knew, I was waking up on the outskirts of this town.” The Goblin nodded in understanding before taking out an incredibly small, round vial of glittery gold liquid. “Perhaps this can help you in your journeys… However, don’t take it quite yet…”

 

Margana smiled softly, taking the vial in curiosity as she examined the glittery contents that sloshed in the vial before smiling a thank you. “Thank you, thank you so much,” She whispered softly as she placed the gold liquid into her bag as she turned around to leave, bidding the man goodbye, he stopped her wait. “Wait, you should leave.”

 

“Leave?” She had questioned in confusion.

“I can not leave but you can. Leave before it’s too late.”

“Why can you not leave?”

“I am being tracked, they don’t know of your existence.”

“I want to help.”

“You’re of no help if you are dead.”

 


 

So fun fact, the Goblin was very much inspired by the story from Christina Rossetti, “The Goblin Market” and had she rolled low with his perception of her, he was going to try and sell the same drink from the story to her. That version of the story was called the “Goblin Market Quest” but instead, he absolutely adored her and gave her a potion!

 

What do you think the potion is capable of doing?

 

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Welcome to Brunesville 1

 

If you want to check out the character page! It will take you to a google document with basic information for the character. At the beginning of every part, I will be posting the character page at the beginning. Feel free to look over it for information in regards to Margana Hazelwood.

 

Welcome to Brunesville

Part One

 

Margana woke up with a start, her eyes coming face to face with the dirt as she pulled herself up to notice a wooden sign that said, “Welcome to Brunesville.”

 

(Wisdom Check- 12) Upon closer inspection, she recognized the name to be from a storybook of sorts, having always regarded it as a piece of fiction but for some reason could not remember anything about the story or how she ended up here.

 

(Perception Check- 16) After deciding to look around, she stepped further into the town to realize that the town was fairly large, with stores lining in front of her for as far as she could see and vendors everywhere. The vendors had a stark contrast in comparison to the stores as they all seemed to be brightly colored while the stores had a dark aura surrounding them.

 

Deciding to walk further into the town, she noticed a beautiful jewelry store that almost seemed to be gold in color and before she could even comprehend her actions, she was walking into the jewelry store to see a fashionable woman in a dark blue dress and covered in jewelry from head to toe. Margana recognized the jewelry likely belonged to her, and had an incredibly antique quality.

 

(Perception Check- 17) Deciding to look around the store, she noticed that there were pieces of jewelry ranging from incredible antiques to modern pieces throughout the entire store, and a laminated sign that says, “DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING!”

 

(Roll – 14) Deciding to talk to the lady, she gave a kind smile that almost didn’t seem to reach her eyes as she guided her around the store, showcasing some of the more expensive pieces.

 

Even though Margana knew that the woman likely would not tell her, she still found herself asking, “Do you have any magical pieces?” The lady laughed in response, shaking her head, “Sorry, my dear.”

 

(Perception Check – 21) As she walked out of the store, she looked around once more, curious about her surroundings and still wanting to learn something of what was going on, as she took notice of those walking around as they eyed the vendors in mistrust, and while some were stopping by, for the most part they simply avoided the gazes of the workers, and instead continued to walk into the stores. Some of the stores that she saw was a bar, a small bookstore, a bank, an inn, and a clothing store. While some of the vendors that caught her attention were potions, books, herbs, drinks, and even foods. Additionally, for some reason, she finally takes notice in a man dressed in dark clothing as he held a scroll in front of him, preparing to read the contents in a professional manner.

 

Curiously, she walked up to the man and as she stood still in front of him, he calmly cleared his throat and recited the scroll calmly, “Take care in the rules and remember not to hurt a soul.”

 

(Charisma Check – 24) Deciding to delve deeper, she decides to take the opportunity to ask some questions, “I apologize but who are you?”

 

“I am the scroll keeper, I read the scroll to newcomers. However, there have not been any newcomers in quite some time. The time of disease has come upon us and we are the only ones left.” The man’s voice is very grave, and his malnutrition body almost stopped her from continuing to ask questions despite her burning curiosity but she had one final question.

 

(Roll- 2) “What rules?” Margana found herself asking as his nose turns upward in her direction, changing his position as he faces the entrance of Brunesville more directly. “Excuse me?” She tried once more, but he continued to ignore her.

 


 

So, this story is very interesting to me. I know what I would like for her to do but these rolls keep stopping me from being able to pull it off. I’m incredibly excited to end up rolling a one and I would also like to say that I basically have written a cause- and- effect version of this story.

 

So based off their roles and what they do, depends on what they manage to get or what they manage to find out. I thought this would be a fun and interesting thing to incorporate into my blog as it lets you have an idea of my creativity and writing style in a way that I have never done before.

 

What do you think will happen? Do you think jeweler genuinely had no magical items? Would the man have told her more had he not rolled a two? All interesting questions to ask…

I Am a Proud Mother of Apple – My Ferret

 

So, to be completely honest. I absolutely adore all animals. Whether they are soft and furry, scaly, or even just insects. I have always been interested in animals and obsessed with them at that.

Another important aspect of my character is that I am absolutely obsessed with research, I am obsessed with knowing every little thing about any one single subject. When we first moved to a new house, I obsessed over getting a Black Moor Goldfish and obsessed over the perfect tank mates and the right foods and all the right supplies. I put my all into knowing everything I could that at this point, I can look at any single fish and know exactly whether or not they are sick or not which was really helpful when a few months ago, my two Black Moor’s both got ick at the exact same time.

With this fact being known, please don’t start fighting with me in the comments over any of my following choices and revelations as in all honesty, I will listen but in the long run, I probably won’t follow any of your suggestions (depending on what they are) because trust me when I say this, I did my research.

So for as long as I can remember (also known as when I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for the first time) , I have always been in love with ferrets. When Alastor Moody transfigured my dear Draco Malfoy into a ferret, I have been completely and utterly in love.

However, it was not until a few months ago that I really took any of my love for ferrets seriously and began to do the research and when it comes to ferrets, you delve deep into that research. You learn about the tricks they can learn, the temperatures they prefer, the amount of time they need, their natural personalities, the foods they need, the treats that they like that are food for them. You learn everything you can and pretty fast because people seriously do want you to learn and know everything you can.

Research has especially become easier due to YouTube though no, this was not my main form of research and yes, I did use various channels and information to perfectly understand what I was being told.

But really, I don’t want to talk about the care and what you’re supposed to do or what you’re not supposed to do though after a bit of my time with my ferret, Apple, I would love to tell you more based off my personal experience so that I include what I have learned.

Before you ask, no I did not adopt Apple primarily due to my mom wanting a baby due to various reasons that can only make sense to her so no, I can’t explain anything more than that. However, we also did not buy from PetSmart or PetCo as I personally am very against both companies and hate the treatment that they give their precious animals. It saddens me that such big companies could just kill an animal and yes, I do realize that some of the stores are an exception but it also disgusts me that they do not do any research nor do they have any knowledge of their animals from my experiences at the store.

Instead, we went to a small shop near where I live that sells a lot of different animals but is not a big name company and gets all of their animals from various breeders locally. I love this place for a variety of reasons, for every employee they have done specific research and each specialize in a few different animals showcased in the store.

I spoke with one of the ferret experts who had previous experiences with ferrets as they had four for themselves in the past and gave me a few amazing tips about them and even helped up get their necessary equipment. They explained to me that at 8 weeks old, they get a shipment of ferrets every couple of months which is really helpful for them as they run out of ferrets very quickly and I was incredibly lucky because when I bought Apple on June 8th, 2017, they had gotten their shipment of ferrets yesterday so my gorgeous little Apple was born on April 12th, 2017.

Because of this, I really wanted to share my love for the store called Friendly Pets which is located in Greensboro, North Carolina but beyond that, I really wanted to talk about Apple who is currently sleeping on my chest as I am typing this.

Apple was in a group of about 5 ferrets at the store and no, I did not get more than one ferret however despite this, when I first saw him, I was immediately fascinated by him. In a group of five ferrets, they were all sleeping and the four were all lying on top of each each and cuddling except for him. He was curled up in a ball sleeping and he was the only one I could reach because of the large glass surrounding them.

When I got an assistant to help me pick him up because I could reach him too well, all I could do was pet him and I was scared to try and pick him in fear of hurting him since I didn’t have a good grip and when I held him, he immediately woke up and starting climbing onto my shoulder to check out the people behind me and started licking my neck and hands and it was the cutest thing ever and I knew from that moment that he was my ferret.

During the car ride home, he ended up going to the bathroom in the box they put him in so he got really upset and wanted out so when I took him out, he immediately started laying in my arms and sleeping and on the way home, we had to stop by Dollar General because we were missing litter and a few other items for him and I really wanted to pick it up so instead of putting him in the box again, I carried him inside and he was so calm. Like he woke up a bit and was looking around but he made absolutely no attempt to get out of my arms.

When we got home, I think he was finally ready to start playing because he started running around the living and looking for things to go into and stuff like that but when my mom and I finally got the cage perfected and I put some of his toys inside the age as well as his very own blanket, he went inside, used the litter box and went straight to sleep but obviously, a little while later he woke up so I let him play around in my room since there is absolutely nothing for him to climb inside and immediately he found a big bouncy ball that has like all the continents and stuff on it and starting pushing it around with his nose.

So here are a few thing that I have already noticed about him and things that I already know I need to work on and even things that I love. The first thing that I did notice was that he does have a bit of a biting problem, it is not remotely hard or mean and you can tell it is only play biting. I want to watch a few more videos on this topic because for the type of person who is never truly done researching.

Right now, what seems to work saying, “No!” and putting my hand up which seems to be working relatively well but I want to look it up a bit more to see if  I can find anymore tips and tricks.

Another thing that I have noticed that I feel really grateful for is the fact that he is already litter box trained. The second he had to go to the bathroom, he immediately started looking for a litter box and used it in seconds and he even seems to like the box itself. You definitely need to get a litter box that your ferret can put all four of his feet inside as he seems to really like putting all of his feet inside.

Beyond the biting, which I am confident and patient enough, I thoroughly believe that Apple is an amazing pet and I am already proud to be an amazing mother to him and I adore the fact that he enjoys sleeping in my arms as much as he does.

Sorry for the really bad picture quality (and how bad I look) but I really wanted to share the picture of him laying in my lap and please also excuse how bad I look. Just enjoy how cute Apple truly is.

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17 Things I Love

 

Hey guys! So I wrote this a little bit in advance but today is December 7th, 2016 meaning that I have been alive for 17 years! So in honor of this, I wanted to tell about 17 things that I love. These things rang from television shows, book series, hobbies, foods, and absolutely whatever else that I can think of.

This list is in no particular order.

 

  1.  Writing!

I have been obsessed with writing for as long as I can remember! With my dyslexia, you would think it started after but that is actually not the case. I have always really liked the idea of storytelling and when I was struggling through dyslexia and all of that, I have a vivid memory of writing this story about two girls from very different worlds finding out they are sisters. Like a celebrity and a normal person, a princess and a commoner. I have no idea what I was wanting to do with the story but I had written out they met more than 30 times and I was constantly drawing pictures for this story (even though I sucked at drawing!)

However truly writing didn’t come to me until much later and my love for writing and my interest in the pursuit of writing was a long process. However, I began writing poetry in the fourth grade (so like 2009-2010) when we had this class in the library about what poetry was and what haiku’s were and so much more and I just fell in love.

I dedicate my love for poetry to Mrs. Wilson who worked in the library at my middle school.

During the summer of going into 6th grade, I was taken into the world of fan fiction (which will be delved into deeper in another spot!) and I began to read it obsessively on this website that was called Quizazz but later changed to Quotev.

On this website, I wrote two stories that were original. My story about Dyslexia (published on February 3rd, 2014) and another story about a train that is no longer published. During this time, beyond these stories, I also obsessively wrote my own fanfiction that would later be published on Wattpad (via thinking that Quotev was officially too childish and I had ran out of fan fiction!)

Many, many, many attempted stories later would result in the Social Butterfly which is still my pride and joy for the fan fiction part of my life however I ultimately gave it up when I began pursuing The White Butterfly which I began writing in 2015 and on Christmas Eve of that same year,  I finished it.

Before The Social Butterfly, however, I knew that I wanted to be a writer and my biggest problem was honestly just getting my story out there and being motivated enough to write it.

In the seventh grade ( so like 2012-2013), I met two people. A girl that I called Rainbow and who would become my favorite teacher of all time, Mrs. Thompson.

These two encouraged me in ways that I never believed and to this day, I thank them for thinking of writing as a profession rather than just an interest. They also convinced me to submit my first poem into a poetry contest at my local library’s poetry contest (that I lost but I still loved the experience and continued!)

2. Harry Potter

Literally if you ask anybody that I know personally, they will tell you that I have an obsession with this series. Which is one hundred percent true because while I hate the character with a passion, I love the world and other characters. I love that there is so much to debate about the series and it isn’t even the magical portion of this series that I love, what I love is that she put so much thought into this series that I could write history books about these various topics that have nothing to do with stupid Harry James Potter.

I had always kinda loved Harry Potter, as a child my brother was never home a lot and he was really important to me as a kid and I began to love the series because I associated him with the series.

However, it was not until I got hurt (I don’t remember how) and I had a lightning bolt cut on my forehead, similar to the character itself which caused me to research the series more which introduced me to Harry Potter fan fiction.

Of course, my interest in the series has changed a lot varying from Harry himself to Draco Malfoy (marry me?) to the teachers to the Marauder Era, light versus dark, the parallels to the real world and the series, and so much more.

3. Coffee

Okay so ever since I was little, coffee was like heaven from above. My mom would only let me have one cup of coffee every couple of months in these super tiny tea cup with teddy bears on them.

As I grew older and my mom stopped caring how much coffee I have had, the magical powers that I associated with a kid continued.

4. Gilmore Girls.

This is a show that I have watched like 6 times, I even stayed until 3 a’clock in the morning (stupid Eastern time) in the attempt to watch A Year in the Life which I did manage to do (finishing at almost 11 a’clock!)

But beyond my obsessive habits with this show, I have become entranced with the mother- daughter relationships between Lorelai and Emily as well as Lorelai and Rory.

I have had my opinions of Paris Geller and I have rooted for Sookie and Jackson, I have screamed at Luke Danes for being an ass, and I have even created an all out shipping war. Team Logan, by the way though I am partial to Jess. Not Dean though, Dean sucks.

5. My Aunt’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

No matter how many times I have attempted to recreate these little pieces of love that are my Aunt’s chocolate chip cookies, I have failed epically. I am convinced that my Aunt has some sort of magical amazing powers that ensures that I must get down on my knees to beg for another one of the amazing cookies.

6. Corn Beef and Cabbage.

This has been a food that my mom has made on rare occasions from the day I was born. Unfortunately, the meal is not exactly cheap and more so, half my family hated the food until the divorce.

Regardless, this is an amazing food that I would kill somebody for (Not really..)

7. Disney / Pixar Movies.

These movies have always reminded me of childhood, of a time where I dreamed of a one true love and of a marriage so sweet and so pure. I dreamed of the life of Ariel as a child, I grew up to admire Belle for her individuality and love for books, and gradually became invested in the mechanics of the series.

The Pixar Theory by Jon Negroni that introduced me to my favorite YouTuber, SuperCarlinBrothers, where we analyzed the movies way too much to find connections and I have fallen in love with the movies all over again.

8. Wifi.

Oh wow, a teenager who loves wifi, how original.

Yes, I am seventeen years old and I love wifi so sue me! I love being able to talk to my friends at the drop of a hat, I love having access to the world at the tip of my fingers. I am oh so sorry that I am enjoying the world that is around me.

This is not something to judge teenagers for enjoying as I am ensure that when you were a teenager, you loved something that the adults hated. It’s how the world works, something new comes out that we love and those who lived in a world before it tend to hate it.

So yes, I love wifi.

9. Animals.

As a child, I grew up with this dog. I got her when I was three years old and I named her Fluffy though my mom claims that she told me that, at least apparently I said that but unless we live in the world, Life of Pets, I highly doubt that.

As a child, she was my favorite person in the world. She walked with me when we walked around the neighborhood, she stayed the night with me when I was scared of the dark, she listened to me rant about friend drama, and she even protected me when she didn’t like somebody.

She was my best friend and because of her, I had a love for animals that never really stopped. Unfortunately, she passed away over the summer.

As time went on, I found a love for sharks where I earned the nickname Sharky because I knew a lot of weird facts about them (which never really went away with some of my middle school friends) and it continued on even further to Llamas and Cows and Goats, Cats, and Fish.

Currently I have 8 fish : Zaniello, Casiopa, Lyra, Ursa, Oblegine, Denubla, Nunki, Altair.

2 Snails : Leafy and Sheldon.

I love them all deeply. ❤

10. Friends.

Friends have always been an important factor in my life and it is my friends who I believe have slowly molded me into who I am today. They supported me in my choices, relationships, and so much more that they all became so very important to me.

I even dedicated my last book, The White Butterfly, to my best friend but we are currently struggling but that doesn’t mean how much she meant to me has changed and I will forever appreciate her for that books existence because I wouldn’t have finished it without her.

11. Family.

Family has always been a weird topic for me because my family is weird but for this one, my family includes the people that have stuck with me through thick and thin because I don’t believe blood is what creates family and I definitely don’t think they are family just because they are blood.

Family, in my opinion, is someone who supports you in what you do and loves you for who you are regardless of your choices and opinions and life. That family, that is the family I love and I am so lucky that I have them in my life.

12. Blankets.

As much as I love the cold, blankets are amazing. The reason behind liking the cold is because you can always get warm by putting on thicker clothes and blankets but with being hot, your only option is getting naked and that isn’t exactly sociably acceptable and plus, it probably wouldn’t work anyways.

But anyways, back to blankets, they ensure warmth and security. They are soft and they are amazing and I just really love blankets.

13. The Smell of Cherries.

There is this hand soap and hand sanitizer at Bath and Body Works with the smell of Black Cherry Merlot which honestly just smells like cherries and it is amazing.

This has been a recent interest but literally anything cherry like has been absolutely amazing for me.

14. Music.

As a teenager, I have used music as getting people to not talk to me, I have jammed out to Insane Clown Posse, Theory of a Deadman, Blink-182, and even Smashing Pumpkins. I have hummed the music of Queen, Iron and Wine, and the Beatles. I have sang at the top of my lungs to Bob Marley, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, and Elvis Presley.

I have listened to music during sadness and anger as well as love and happiness.

15. Books.

I have over 300 books.

Clearly, I have a thing for books. They make me feel like it is a getaway from everything going on and it is amazing. I love living from another person’s life.

16. Peppermint.

When I was in the seventh grade, I was absolutely and one hundred percent obsessed with peppermint, I had like 60 peppermints that year and everyone got them for me on my birthday and on Christmas.

Of course, I eventually got weaned off the peppermint, apparently 60 of them does that to you. But I have always remembered that year, that so many people remembered and noticed how much I love peppermint and they got it for me.

Peppermint means more than just the food or the amazing smell, it reminds me of caring and acknowledgment of me, myself, and I. That so many people noticed and cared.

17. Supporters / Fans

You guys, you guys are something that I absolutely love.

You guys have supported me, you have appreciated my work and I love you guys for it, thank you so much.