It’s come to my attention that someone has plagiarised some of the Warriors-ifies I’ve written, and is taking credit for themselves, which is a rude and dishonest thing to do.
I don’t have an account for the forum, and I’m not going to bother making one over something as trivial as this, but if anyone does have an account, I would be much obliged if you would pop over there and point out the theft.
People should not be getting credit for stolen anything.
Note: If the thief who did this thing is reading this note, and you feel sorry for what you’ve done, as you should, you could make it up to me by removing your posts or, even better, crediting the original writer, which in this case is me. I don’t mind if people share my stuff, as long as they do it ethically.
Don’t take credit for other people’s work, ever. Anyone who likes you for what you “wrote” is liking you for something you are not. Please remember this, and be yourself. People will still like you - but you have to stop being a thief.
11:50 pm • 16 April 2014 • 6 notes
Anonymous asked: Hey, Grey, what's your opinion on medicine cats in homosexual relationships? I've been toying around with a fanfic idea, and two of my main characters are partly defined by being extremely close. (As in, by the end of it they're unambiguously mates.) The problem is, one of them is the medicine cat. Do you think their relationship would be okay since obviously they can't have kittens to distract the med cat with, or should the med cat avoid getting that close to anyone at all to avoid bias?
Hmm. A very interesting question. No-one’s asked this before.
Firstly, I think it’s important to note that not all homosexual relationships are biologically unable to reproduce; transgender or intersex cats could be homosexual relationships and still be able to have kittens, for example.
But since that’s not the case here, I won’t focus on that right now. Like you said, these two cats can’t have kittens, but I think the medicine cat rule of “no mates allowed” isn’t just about the ability to have babies.
Since Warriors itself is a heteronormative series, I’m sure that would have played a part in why Erin Hunter made up the rule, don’t get me wrong, and there is definitely some sense in insisting medicine cats of any gender refrain from having kits. The clan really can’t afford for a medicine cat to need to nurse or raise their kittens, because the medicine cat is such a vital role in the clan; their specialist training isn’t something that just any cat can take over in their absence, which is what makes the medicine cat different from the deputy or the leader. If the leader has to look after their kits for a bit, the deputy can take over; if the deputy needs to look after their kits for a while, the leader can manage without them for a few hours - or get a senior warrior to lend a hand in the meantime.
But a medicine cat doesn’t have that freedom to take some time off, unfortunately. Even when a medicine cat has an apprentice, their job is to actually be teaching that apprentice, and while giving the apprentice some responsibility and hands-on practice is a good thing, I don’t think a medicine cat should be too far away when that happens. There’s a lot that could go wrong, and compared to a warrior apprenticeship, a medicine cat apprenticeship has enormous pressure. If they fuck it up, someone could die, and it would be their fault.
Besides the fact medicine cats need to be ready for action at any time, more or less, there’s also the question of bias, which you brought up. If a medicine cat did have kits, their parental feelings will very likely make their job even harder. If it came to a decision of using the last of a particular restorative herb on their own child, or another warrior, who would they choose? It would be an agonising decision to make; I couldn’t even begin to imagine it. So by disallowing medicine cats from having babies, it removes the need to make the choice in the first place.
The same would go for mates, although the waters are murkier and more difficult to navigate there. If a medicine cat had a mate, and that mate got injured in a battle, would the medicine cat treat their mate first or treat another, equally as injured, warrior first? If they treated their mate before someone else, would other cats in the clan suspect favouritism and get resentful? That could harm the clan’s morale quite badly.
But people - and cats - aren’t that simple. They can’t just turn off their feelings. So of course there are going to be some medicine cats who are deeply in love with other clan-mates, or even cats from other clans, and that is just as likely to make them biased, too. At least by saying, “no mates allowed”, it frees the medicine cat from being under constant scrutiny by others. If anyone whinges about favouritism, the medicine cat can simply say, “What in the world are you talking about, you big silly - medicine cats aren’t allowed to have mates, and that cat is not my mate, and I’m just doing my job, so there!”
So, personally, I think that the celibacy/”no mates allowed” rule is a blanket rule for all medicine cats, regardless of gender or sexuality.
However, I also think that’s mean as hell, and if I were a leader, I would absolutely bless the relationships of medicine cats - with one condition. They would have to have a fully-trained medicine cat apprentice standing by and ready to take over the medicine cat’s job. At that point, the medicine cat apprentice becomes the clan’s prominent medicine cat, and their mentor - having served the clan faithfully until then - can decide to stand aside a little and live a romantic life, if they so choose. They’re still a medicine cat, but they have the freedom of being able to do warrior duties and raise babies, too.
That, to me, is the best solution to the problem.
1:16 pm • 13 April 2014 • 13 notes
Anonymous asked: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU so much for setting this up and still taking the time to answer people's questions. I don't know if you get enough thanks so I just wanted to say this for everyone that uses your blog.
You can’t speak on anyone else’s behalf, Ruddles, ehehe. But thank you very much for telling me that you appreciate my work.
10:30 am • 13 April 2014
Anonymous asked: Hi Grey! Do you think you could help me? I made a traditional-type RP, and I made it very obvious that I would like traditional names (adding in animals that are also from Canada, where this takes place), I explained how names would work traditionally and gave links to ailuronymy and your lists... But the first four people to show up all had lyrical/non-trad names. I'd feel mean to ask them to change it, but I did explain the system. Is there much I can do, or should I just let it go?
I don’t think there’s any meanness in pointing out the rules of your role-play. The rules are there for a reason, after all, and people shouldn’t ignore rules because they feel they know better. It’s your role-play, and you want it to be traditional. You don’t have to compromise on that.
If someone turned up with atrocious spelling and illegible grammar, and asked to join despite your rules saying, “Please be able to form reasonable sentences and write interesting paragraphs”, I don’t think any sensible person would think you were mean in nicely telling said someone that your role-play is not for them. I know I wouldn’t think any less of you.
If I were in your place, Ruddles, I wouldn’t let it slide. If you want a particular type of role-play, and you go to the trouble of setting it up, then I don’t see any reason why someone else’s want to join has to override your wishes because they don’t share that wish. So I think, if you have your heart set on a traditional role-play, you should stay on course and gently break that truth to anyone who thinks your rules are optional.
Good luck, Ruddles. I hope your role-play works out. Have fun.
10:25 am • 13 April 2014
Anonymous asked: If there were a clan of cats living in a jungle setting where there are red pandas, would Panda- be a good prefix for a ginger cat?
In theory, yes. I’m not sure how likely it would be for a clan to live in a habitat with red pandas, though.
10:14 am • 13 April 2014
I wanted to give a bit more insight onto what’s going on in the prologue of the fic exactly… It does get explained but it does sound off to me so I figured… Why not?
Basically, what I thought would happen in the situation of having nearly 1/4th of the total number from all four Clans around the lake after the Great Battle in the Last Hope is that even being there anymore would be severely… I can’t think of the word atm so I’ll say depressing? For all the cats. It would hurt them so badly mentally to even be there anymore that they’d just leave?
Perhaps I’m human-ifying them too much when I say that, but I know if I was in a Clan like that, with three other Clans against my own, and suddenly we were wiped out like that… That’s what I’d suggest we do? So that’s kind of what I did. u~u
Anyway, here it is! Also, note that some of the names are ah… Well, not very good, because I didn’t care as much when I started writing it, and that Lint is in fact more of a joke name than anything. :’)
Grey’s notes: Thank you for sending in a link. I’ve added it to the Fanfiction Library.
2:41 pm • 12 April 2014
Anonymous asked: Do you think Morningnose would work for a fluffy, mostly white cat with light brown splotches, who has a good sense of smell? Also, Squirrel- for a dark brown cat with dark grey and tan markings (which I know would probably be impossible, but...)
No, I’m sorry. I’m not an advocate of morning- for a brown-and-white cat. Some morning- cats might have some white on them, and that’s okay, but mostly white isn’t in keeping with the prefix. The suffix -nose is for cats who are exceptional trackers.
To me, squirrel- represents either a dark ginger cat, or a grey cat, depending on the clan’s location. So I’m going to have to say no to squirrel- for the cat you’re describing.
I hope this helps.
2:39 pm • 12 April 2014
Anonymous asked: My favorite part of traditionalism is definitely how quickly it spreads! It's interesting to see people want to make their previously non-traditional cats into traditional ones *_*
I think the sense of community traditionalism has might play a part in why it’s so attractive to people, as well as the idea of having these extra customs and guidelines for making characters.
2:35 pm • 12 April 2014