If I have responded to your comment on my blog, or you’ve seen my ramblings on Twitter, you know I talk about the giraffe shifters. And, unless you’re Kelly, you probably have no idea what the big deal is about giraffe shifters or why I even talk about them.
Well, wonder NO MORE! I am here to address your curiosity (or, alternatively, your slightly horrified fascination).
It all started with Kelly’s niece (who is lovingly referred to as the Nieceling). Though I am no longer sure about the specifics, we were discussing the different types of shifters, and I believe the Nieceling asked me about shifters other than the “usual” shifters (e.g., wolf) and in my infinite wisdom, I blurted out giraffe. I was egged on by the above picture and this one (which must have been on lolcats around the same time):
And the giraffe shifter was born.
Later our conversation turned to deer stalkers. (trust me, this is related, just HOLD ON) Mostly, again, because of another picture. I do love the lolcats page.
See? Deer stalker. This led to a conversation about how I had a deer stalker once — seriously, she was standing right outside my window — and I named her Jane. Then I made the connection of deer stalker –> stalkers need to be able to look into windows –> giraffes have long necks –> GIRAFFES WOULD MAKE GOOD STALKERS.
This is when the giraffe shifter took on a life of its own.
Honorable shifter mention: the hippo shifter (great for enforcement and sitting on people, but tends to be cranky a lot)