Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread

And then I made history teachers sad. Or happy. Something, anyway.

In case you wondered whether I’ll be attempting any sort of historical accuracy with this thing, NOPE.  I shall show a merry disregard for fact whenever it is inconvenient to what I feel like drawing.  Also, I shall make up oldy-timey spellings whenever and however I want, although that basically is accurate since spelling in English wasn’t codified until the 1780s at the earliest.  See, kids?  You don’t suck at spelling, you’re just historically accurate.

Great, now the English teachers hate me too.

True story, though – most of the books I had when I was first fluently reading were by British or Canadian authors, and I learned to spell by reading.  So if you’ve ever wondered if I’m just a pompous Anglophile whenever you spot a stray U or X or whatever, the answer is yes, a little bit, but not about that.  I just have to specifically think about it to use American spellings because that’s not what I see in my head.  One of the many memories I have of my mom heading down to the school to correct an injustice is the first time I got marked down on a spelling test for ‘colour’ because maybe it’s not how it was spelled on the study sheet, but it was RIGHT, damn it.

Also, do you guys see words in your head when you spell them?  Like, typed on paper in an actual font and all?  How common is that?



I keep having the sick impulse to make things rhyme, but no, dumbass, that’s how you end up crying over a hundred pages of sonnet or iambs or something else stupid.  STOP MAKING THINGS HARDER.



Places to buy stuff!

  • TEEPUBLIC: mostly t-shirts, a few other products.  Watch for sales, when shirts drop from $20 to $14!
  • REDBUBBLE: Just, I don’t know, a ton of different stuff.  T-shirts are more expensive than Teepublic, but there are a lot more options.
  • AMAZON: 2 colouring books, and now, a nearly-complete cartoon collection!  (Till I draw more.)

The Neurotic Owl Compendium: still flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dreadGeeky Gals Coloring BookDaydreams & Whimsies: A Most Fantastical Coloring Book

  • ETSY: beaded jewelry, bags of creepy tiny dolls, and The Neurotic Owl Tarot

Did I miss something?  I think that’s everything.


What’s making me happy this week:

  • Mooch actually rolled up on the couch next to me for A WHILE today and fell asleep holding my hand with his paws, and okay, that ended any hope of my getting other stuff done, but FLOOOOOOOF.  He is still not and probably never will be a lap cat, but the couch does seem to be gradually making him more lap adjacent.  Also if I sit with a blanket over my legs he’s pretty likely to come curl up on my feet under said blanket, and that’s awesome.

One comment on “And then I made history teachers sad. Or happy. Something, anyway.

  1. mommatrek
    December 9, 2018

    If you ask me to spell something and I have to think about it for more than about 2 seconds, I will automatically finger spell it using ASL finger spelling, because it’s an old, old habit. When I was in elementary, I learned that I was one of those VERY nerdy kids who was insanely proud that they were a good speller. I participated in local and regional spelling bees and finger spelling was how I practiced. I would say the word, spell it out loud verbally and finger spell it with one hand (usually my right, though I’m left handed) to reinforce it in my brain.

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