Archive for the Death Category

The Makings of a Mortician?

Posted in Creepy, Death, Life with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

MorticianSo posts are finally starting to pick up! This is the first proper one in quite some time. I hope I can keep this up.

It’s this stint I’m doing for Americorp that has kept me away; basically I’m tutoring kids with their reading skills. It’s nice to finally have a more long-term job that will help with paying off some of my student loans, but it’s very time consuming. Seems the difficulty of working over forty hours a week, plus having a social life, plus swimming on a regular basis has seriously cut into my ability to write. When I manage to have some free time I find myself taking a nap instead of doing something useful.

It’s not as bad as it sounds at all! I’ve learned a few things about myself volunteering with children. Mostly that I like kids. When I first started I was really worried I would discover that I was the kind of person that don’t enjoy their company. While they can be overwhelming at times and not everyone’s cut out for it, I found I can take it in stride. I especially enjoy the kindergarteners. Their energy can be difficult to contend with, but have got to be the funniest kids in the whole darn school.

For some time I was thinking about becoming a teacher. The kids are great, you get a lot of time off, and even though the pay isn’t great I’m not looking to get rich anyway. On the other hand there’s the parents, the administration, evaluations, state-run testing… Those parts of teaching are not so fun.

The truth is in order to be a good teacher and deal with all the nonsense, you really have to be dedicated to the job. As a writer who’s looking for a fulfilling day job in case things don’t work out, it didn’t sound like the profession for me. I know I’ll be happy to raise up some kids of my own someday, but the drive to teach kids isn’t high on my list of passions. At least not as high as a teacher’s should be.

So what are my aspirations? Writing’s the main goal, but what if I never become the next Stephen King or Neil Gaiman? What will I do then? I believe I may have stumbled across the answer. Considering my interests it’s weird why I haven’t considered it sooner.

Not too long ago a Reddit user studying to become a mortician posted an AMA on /r/creepy. I was intrigued by the user’s answers and delved further by looking into a YouTube channel they recommended. From there I became acquainted with Caitlin Doughty and her Ask a Mortician series. I binge-watched her videos and picked up her book Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (I may write more about it if the fancy strikes me). Suffice to say working with the dead sound like a fascinating and fulfilling career choice!

So the plan is to save some cash while I’m volunteering with Americorp, then find a job in the funeral industry that doesn’t require a license. Perhaps transporting bodies or operating a cremation oven like Doughty herself. After some time I’ll likely figure out if the profession is right for me and if so, try to get into a school with a mortuary science program. I fully intend to continue writing throughout this process and I’ll keep you up to date with my thoughts on the matter. Here’s to a new journey!

Advertisements

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Death, Science, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

I must apologize for the unfinished posts that went up this week. It’s been pretty busy for me and I let my duties with this blog slide much more than I should have. I’ll be more careful in the future and I’ll be sure to make it up to you.

This week’s video is a look into how the human body decomposes! PLEASE do not watch this if you are especially squeamish or while you are eating. I won’t be held liable if you vomit on your computer. Forensics

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animation, Death, Poetry, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week our delve into the creepy part of YouTube takes us to a whimsical animated list of all kinds of things that will kill you. Someone working for CollegeHumor is very talented! Have a great weekend!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animals, Dangerous Diseases, Death, Film, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
Happy 4th of July everybody!

Happy 4th of July everybody!

This week’s video shows how humans die of rabies. Interesting to see, but please be advised if you’re easily disturbed; this is a real person dying. Enjoy the holiday, have a great weekend, and for the love of all that is holy please go see a doctor if you’re bitten by a wild animal!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepypasta, Death, Memes, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

It’s been awhile since I made a video! It’s not so creepy as it is profound, but I hope you all still enjoy it.

If you’d like me to read a particular story, I do take requests. Just send me the link and I’ll see what I can do.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Death, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Ever wonder what it’s like to drown in the ocean? Thanks to French outdoor gear company Guy Cotten, you can now have that experience without giving your life in exchange! The interactive film is titled  “Sortie en Mer” – French for ‘A Trip Out to Sea,’ but many people on the internet simply call it ‘Drowning Simulator.’ Watching this guy’s fight for survival is a rather disturbing affair, as he deals with cold temperatures and struggles to keep his head above water. It’s pretty freaky for me, as I’ve started taking swimming lessons about a month ago. Remember to wear your life jacket folks!

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepy, Death, Legends, Locations, Travel, Weird Locations with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week’s video is very much on the macabre side of things; a documentary about a popular location in Japan for the suicidal.  This blog is dedicated to the creepy and uncomfortable, but I feel I must warn those who may be sensitive to this subject matter. This video has images of actual human remains! So if you’re not too put off, enjoy and have a great weekend!