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1  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Tia on: 11 June 2009, 05:15:44
Hello everyone, I have an announcement to make... As of 2:33pm today in UK time, I am now the proud auntie of a little princess called Tia!!!  grin

She weighs 8 pounds 12 ounces, and is the daughter of my older sister Emma and her partner Tamanya. And I have pictures...

*I am sure my sister will appreciate me posting a picture of her not looking her best*  :)

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa115/Lockhart_03/041-1.jpg

And little Tia sleeping peacefully *What a shame that probably won't last*.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa115/Lockhart_03/045.jpg

I hope those links work...

P.S. I am sorry I have not been able to spend time on my new entry recently, my exams are almost over then I will have plenty of time.

2  Santharian World Development / The Santharian Bestiary / Re: Xaul on: 29 May 2009, 19:47:32
You should modify your post so the message icon is set to "work in progress".
3  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Re: Cabin fever (although I am open to other name ideas) on: 29 May 2009, 18:36:12
Thank you Alysse, I actually really like that name, it just seems right. I am always terrible at coming up with names, thanks for the idea, I love it.

Yes I completely agree about it having to be more Santharian, I did write this pretty late last night so did not have much time to elaborate, but I though best to get it posted anyway. I was thinking about doing a history section with a few eye witness situations from different times in history, and perhaps even a survivor of the illness. Which I will get down to writing when I find the time between exams and revision.

I was a bit hesitant about putting the ulcer into the symptoms for that reason, but I would also point out that these kind of ulcers would occur in a lot of other circumstances, which would mean that scientists would have had plenty of time to hopefully find out what they are. Then when people with Cabin fever suffer from the same symptoms the connection could be made. Or perhaps I should just remove the ulcer from the equation and simply say a symptom is the abdominal pain and vomiting that it causes.
4  Santharian World Development / Miscellaneous / Gaol frenesye on: 29 May 2009, 08:37:05
Okay might as well just see how this goes...


Overview:

Gaol frenesye is a mental disorder that occurs during a long period of confinement with no change in surroundings and a lack of social activity or interaction. Although the illness is not deadly, it does mean the sufferer will be a danger to others and themself as they become violent.


Symptoms:

- Restlessness
- Inability to relax
- Insomnia
- Irritability
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Burning pain in the abdomin
- Vomiting


Effects:

A typical case of gaol frenesye will involve the sufferer becoming restless and unable to relax, or sleep in their environment. Compulsive and repetitive behaviours develop; this may include muscle twitches, a stammer when talking and repeating a particular action or phrase. Although the sufferer may become exhausted, they are often unable to sleep, due to the inability to relax and calm thoughts. The lack of sleep will cause irritability rendering the sufferer unable to properly converse with any other person; they will become anxious and depressed in their surroundings.

In some cases the sufferer will also develop a burning discomfort in the abdomen followed by vomiting. People suffering with this condition may become a threat to themselves and others around them, and are likely to become violent.


Cure/Prevention:

Over the years there have been many attempts to cure sufferers with soothing remedies to relax the mind, and although this may help to suppress the symptoms, the only known cure is open space. The feeling of being trapped is the cause of gaol frenesye, so the only way to recover is to be able to leave this confined space, which is often impossible. To prevent the onset of gaol frenesye it is advised to stay sociable and occupy time with useful activity as much as possible when trapped in a confined space.


Cause:

Gaol frenesye is caused by long-term confinement with unvaried social contact and activity available to occupy time. It is not known exactly why people become ill under these conditions; although it is suspected that the detachment from reality can cause distorted thoughts and concepts of what is normal.
5  Santharian World Development / Santharian Artists Workshop and Resources / Re: A little B-Day present for a wonderful Sage... on: 28 May 2009, 23:18:03
Happy Birthday Arti!

Hope you have a lovely day.  :)
6  Santharian World Development / Cosmology, Myths and Religions / Re: What is Reality? on: 26 May 2009, 19:57:10
Whenever I read this all I can think of is an episode of Dr Who that was on a while back, it really reminds me of that. For anyone who does not watch Dr Who, there were these angles like things, and whenever you looked at them, they turned to stone, just like they were normal statues. So whenever anything or anyone could see them they ceased to exist as living creatures and became statues. But as soon as you blink or look away they become real again and can move really quickly. I always thought that was a really scary race of creatures.

But I do really like this idea; it is a very primitive view of the world, yet in some ways brings to mind the cynical views of modern day people. I bet there is no one who can honestly say they have never thought, “I cannot believe it until I see it”.
But how you say that they only believe in what they see at any moment in time, that much mean they have a very short memory, and almost makes me wonder how they would survive, how could a mum care for her newly born young if as soon as she looked away, it ceased to exist, unless she never looked away. Then how could they eat, or sleep. Does this mean they would never be able to shut their eyes, because the whole world would cease to exist?
Imagine a world run by babies...
I really do not see how it would work.

Cannot help but like the concept though.
7  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Mental disorders and Santharia on: 25 May 2009, 19:50:45
Thank you for the reply, sorry if I used the wrong words there, I didn’t really mean it like that. I meant because it is set in medieval style, and back then they never went so deep into a person’s mentality when it came to such problems. They just saw it as something caused by demons, like you pointed out or that the person was mad. I will look at those philosophical entries though, sounds interesting.

There have in fact been cases of Anorexia Nervosa going back a long way, it has become more wide spread with the media. But even in some of the most unmodernised places in the world, people can become very ill from the problem. Although Bulimia does go back a lot further, and I think could be quite plausible that sort of behaviour may have been noted in some upper or middle class young women. As there has always been pressure on women to look better than all the others. But as you said, all of it was probably seen as a result of demons or witch craft.

I suppose it would be hard to interpret how these things would have been seen in medieval times. So it would have to be quite basic information, if anyone did make such an entry.
Anyway, thanks for your comment, if I do decide to do an entry about any of this stuff I will take what you said into account. Thank you.

Honestly I just want to do something worthwhile to keep me involved in the community until I get some inspiration to write some more poetry.
8  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Re: Mental disorders and Santharia on: 25 May 2009, 18:42:06
Altario - Yeah I know what you mean about the very basic science for medieval times. But I can imagine like a young anorexic girls sent away to live in nunneries to repent for their sins and be force fed. Or a mass suicide due to depression in a war. Or perhaps even a schizophrenic soothsayer. Oh and how about shellshock.

Valan – I like the sound of that, walking dead idea, good one, and I bet narcolepsy will be pretty interesting.
9  Organization and General Discussions / General Santharian Discussions / Mental disorders and Santharia on: 25 May 2009, 08:55:50
What would be your feelings on introducing proper mental disorders to Santharia? I know there is already an entry that is similar to alzheimer's, but that is more of a degenerative illness. But I thought it would be interesting to build on the depth of character, going deeper into the mentality of living beings in Santharia. I was particularly interested on doing an entry that is like Anorexia Nervosa. But I am hesitant, is that too kind of deep for the medieval style of this community. There are also things like Depression, Bipolar and Schizophrenia which could be interested.
So what would you think of going on to this whole new psychological level, rather than just (for want of better words) on face value. Or is it just too much like reality?

Or am I just completely missing something here and all of this stuff is already incorporated.
10  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: GCSE Poetry Live Competition on: 22 May 2009, 14:57:51
Thank you for the warm welcome, it feels like I have hardly been away now. It is lovely to hear from people who I have been away from for so long. *Hugs*
Interesting suggestion, well I suppose... Any opportunity to be creative.  :)
I will have to think about it though... *walks off, sits at a table and starts scrambling letters around on a piece of paper* 
 noidea

Oh by the way, can I just ask what that Gained Aura thing is all about?
I don't remember that.
11  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / Re: GCSE Poetry Live Competition on: 22 May 2009, 05:10:35
You got me... Wow am I really that obvious? grin
It has certainly been a while.

Anyway, thank you for your comments, you are certainly right I need to polish up my writing, since stepping out of the writing community for a while it has become very raw so I suppose it is time to get back on track.
Well starting with the first comment, I can see where you are coming from with that, but I suppose that was really supposed to be a bit of a pick at the British weather, or any other country with bad weather. Where I put “grave digger” I am sure you are aware I mean “Sad Australian”, then I kind of went on to say that how they get so much nice weather while we are left with all this rain, so how can they be sad. It is basically a bit of word play, and I suppose the “we” and “them” refers to all of us left in the cold, rain and wind.
The second comment, I suppose I have no excuse for bumpy writing rolleyes . If I am completely honest, I never actually meant for this poem to rhyme, so kind of weird that it came out that way. When I was writing it, I was mainly thinking about how I would read it, which I suppose is one of my many downfalls. I kind of go from doing it very quick, really quite “street” that is the middle section, and towards the end I slow down, soften and go into a more “posh” voice. I suppose that kind of adds to the diversity thing. Still I will try and work on that, smooth it out to make for easier reading.
Well the last bit is something that I myself have been very interested in for a number of years, what is “reality”. Is there one set reality for all, or does every living being possess there own reality, we could never see through another person’s mind, we will never know what others see, what they feel. Do we all experience the same world? Does the world create our minds? Or do our minds create the world?
But thank you very much for all your comments I will take them on board, and certainly work on improving my creation.
Thankk you again  :)
12  Organization and General Discussions / Non-Santharian Stuff: Life, the Universe & Everything / GCSE Poetry Live Competition on: 22 May 2009, 02:36:16
Hello everyone, it has been years since I last visited Santharia, so I bet no one will remember me. I created a new account because I wanted to start a new beginning; Santharia helped me through some very hard times in the past. Getting the chance to write poetry and my work being appreciated, I love this community and always will.
Anyway, back to the point, there is a competition in the Britain that happens every year for GCSE students to enter there poems. This year I decided to take part. This is my entry...


The human condition



What of us Apes?

An epidemic case called the human race,

We be with two arms,

And two of these transporters,

Opposable thumbs for flipping those quarters,

A little thing called our ticker,

So no need for any grave digger,

All that vitamin D make them too happy,

The rest of us gotta rely on some cocoa bean,

That be feeding our addictive personality,

What a shame it be clogging up your artery,

Everyone of us the same we would be,

Were it not for a little thing called reality,

A concept of the human mind,

Another symptom of our kind,

It gives words to my tongue,

It helps me grow from being young,

Although I may be a strange contraption,

I don’t really mind this human condition.


What do you think? Is there anything I could have done better?
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