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Inspiring Blog Award

Posted in Art, Books, Entertainment, Food, History, Hobby, Life, Movies and Theatre, Photography, Science, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2012 by urbannight

Wonder

Hey, I got nominated this!  WOW.  I never thought of myself as inspiring.  The thanks for this nomination go to storiesbywilliams who has an amazing wealth of knowledge about science and science fiction that just puts me in awe.  The amount of research it must take, with the amount of writing and blogging he does, I don’t know how he finds the time to do things like work, eat, sleep, and generally live.  He always reminds me of things I’ve forgotten and challenges me with things I didn’t know.

Now is the part where I talk about myself.  Ouch.

1. Canon.  To the annoyance of some of my friends, I sometimes get a little too caught  up in the idea of ‘canon’ and get annoyed an non-cannon stuff in films based on books, comics, or older films.  I’m not good at pretending it is an alternate universe. I have no problem with suspension of disbelief until the universe contradicts itself.  Then it all comes crashing down on me.

2. Tea.  I drink a lot of it.  I am, at this moment, sipping on Pumpkin Spice Warm up the Day Tea from The Republic of Tea.

3. Cosplay.  My unit at work wanted to go a group costume idea for the Halloween contest.  But I didn’t care for the idea.  It wasn’t elaborate enough.  Over the past years, I’ve set an expectation of fairly elaborate costumes.  The Fairy Goth Mother, A Kabuki Ghost, Marie Laveau – Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.  I didn’t want to go dressed up as a computer, a headset, a mouse, a new loss form.  So I am doing my own thing.  Either a representation of The Raven or a Death Maiden.

4. Cooking.  I love to cook.  Lately, I haven’t been doing too much of it.  The budget has been tight, so elaborate dishes have gone by the way side for a while.  I really want to post some more cooking blogs, but I’m just not here with it right now.  Maybe after I meet a few other goals I’ll get back into it properly.

5. Temper.  I have one.  It doesn’t come out to play much.  But one morning, a person I actually value ticked me the hell off and I sorta unleashed.  He didn’t like it and deleted and blocked me on Facebook.  I’m a little sad but I admitted I over reacted.  I could admit that but he is the one who decided to take his ball home and not play with me anymore, to use a childhood metaphor.  It will probably take another 10 years to reconnect again.

6. Cats. I have two.  They are almost as anti-social as I am.  But the one likes to lay across my boobs when I’m working on the computer.  This requires me to use both arms to hold him so I can’t get anything done.  He had gotten me killed many times in online games.  Maybe I ought not to have named him Puck?

7. Tarot Cards.  I have a Tarot Card addition.  I love to accumulate them.  There are so many lovely sets out there.  So I stay away from places that sell them when I have no money.  I think I have about 8 sets right  now.  I just love seeing all the different interpretations of the cards that people draw.

Here is the part where I nominate a bunch of other people who inspire me.

1. Fogs’ Movie Reviews. This reviewer is one of my favorite all time movie reviewers.  We have a blend of similar and dissimilar tastes in films.  He reaffirms some of my thoughts on movies while also, occasionally, getting me to give something a try that I had planned on skipping.  Even when we disagree on a film, I can appreciate where he is coming from on his assessment of it.  My movie reviews are nowhere near as detailed and in-depth as his and me makes me realize how I could do so much better an makes me want to improve my style of reviewing.

2. Gin & Lemonade. This lady writes some of my favorite posts about everyday life.  She reminds me that nothing is to big or to small.  It all deserved to be valued and appreciated.  But perhaps the small things need it most of all.  Because the big things are all made of small things and we tend to ignore or brush aside the small things most often.

3. Kloipy Speaks.  This gentleman fluctuates between movies and life, much like I do.  His focus is a bit narrower and he comes across titles that I haven’t seen and really should.  Although I think our taste in horror is a little more divergent than, say my taste in movies when compared to Fogs.

4.  Madame Guillotine‘s amazing quality of research reminded me how much I used to like researching things.  (right after college, I continued to research stuff just for the fun of it.)  The really weird thing is that I want to write fiction and I keep getting really great ideas for non-fiction projects anymore.  She also posts about things she buys or her husband has given her that I drool over; weird and wonderful gothy sorts of things that the average person just doesn’t get or understand.

5. Meanwhile, back at the farm. . . .  This blogger is probably on with whom I have the least in common.  Her photography is wonderful.  Her blogs remind me of home despite the fact she is from the Dakota plains and I am from the mountains of North Idaho.  Her blogs often make me think of my father, who grew up on a farm in South Dakota.  She makes me miss my old camera that broke when it got caught in a door and hate my new camera which was the closest in comparison to my old one but simply fails at taking as good of shots at that one did.  Still, thanks to her, I’ve started carrying it with me at all times, like I used to do.

6. Rantings of an Amateur Chef is my favorite food blogger.  Not only does he post the most amazing things, his food has even gotten me to try food items I normally hate.  Oddly enough, I still hate them, but I keep on trying them.  He is better than a lot of the cooking shows out there.  I’ll take his blog, any day, over the food network.  Well, over anything except Without Reservation.  But that isn’t a cooking show so much and an interesting food and travel program.

7. Sweet Mother has to be the funniest blogger I’ve come across.  She cracks me up.  I appreciate this a lot because I just do not think I can do funny.  And we all really need a good laugh at least once a day.  More is preferable.  And she is guaranteed to produce at least one good laugh, if not more, out of nearly every posting she does.

 

I’ve been Nominated!

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by urbannight

The blogger I’m most likely to repost,  Storiesbywilliams, has nominated me for the Versatile blogger award!  There is truth in that. I don’t have one single focus. I blog about books, movies, hobbies, and food with an occasional smattering of politics or whatever is in the news that trips my trigger.  All from the point of a middle-aged, sci-fi fan, cosplay, gamer, goth girl. 

So, you want to know 7 things about me?

1.  I have to many hobbies and not enough time.  I need to find someone who wants to fund my hobby addiction and support me while I work on needle crafts, read LOTS of books, watch tons of movies, spend hours gaming (PC or Real World), and help me lose weight to I can properly indulge in my costuming desires.

2. I love ethnic food.  Thai, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, being my top favorites.  I love spicy food and use cayenne in most things I cook just for myself.

3. I would like to write the next great Vampire Novel, but that is not going well.  More on that later.  It was my topic for today.

4. My ideal home would be a cave in the woods.  So long as it has a good bathroom with a spa tub, a great kitchen, electricity, a reliable internet connection, and a steady supply of books and computer games.  Hermitting in Style.

5. I’m a misanthrope.  I like some people but think that humanity in general is a lost cause.  I often get extremely angry with humanity and the older I get the more I think that trying to make humanity better is a losing fight not worth the time and energy.  Maybe that is bad of me and it means I’m not a good person.  I guess I’m just not the type to go tilting at windmills.

6. I’m a bit weird.  I don’t really fit in any mold or category.  As a result, I’ve never really fit in anywhere.  So I’ve made my own niche of other weird people who don’t fit in for various reasons.  I’m not quite goth enough for a lot of the Goths.  (But it is still the closest descriptor to use) I’m not a hard-core enough gamer for some people (I’m not willing to spend a month trying to solve one thing in order to move on in a game, I’ll look it up).  I guess I’m not ‘enough’ of anything for most groups of people to truly accept me.  I guess it might go back to the point of having to many hobbies and to many passions and not enough time.

7. If I had the money, I’d spend my life in school studying everything I want to know.  History, Archeology, Sociology, Anthropology, Religion.  I’m interested in Psychology but I left it out because in many ways, it relies to heavily on the agreed upon societal norms inside particular cultures.  I think some of the things work across the board but others are group based and don’t work as well when you are trying to analyze people and cultures within the culture or by comparison with similar culture groupings.  I’m really interested in the connection between the physical environment on how culture and religion developed differently in different parts of the world as well as the interconnectedness of underlying religious themes across cultures despite the differences in form and structure in the actual practice.  I want to know where people come from, not in the physical sense, but in the cultural identity sense.

I’m supposed to nominate another 7 people.  Oh, how to pick? More importantly, I never learned how to hide a link under a name.  But I may have figured it out!

Madame Guillotine  This historical blogger covers a wide range of topics.  From Napoleonic France to Jack the Ripper’s London, she also touches on movies, books (mostly historical), personal relationships, interesting things from her life, and wonderful dodads and geegaws that would appeal to most Goths, Steampunks, and neo-Victorians.

Gin and Lemonade This personal blogger writes delightful blogs about her life from her unique perspective.  She manages to laugh at things that would make me rage.  She also blogs writes about books she is reading and coffee. 

Fluffy Bunnies This is basically a mommy blog.  It is a wonderful blog that I enjoyed before they moved to Romania and loved even more after.  One day a week she writes a regular blog.  One day a week she does a photo blog.  One day a week she does a Haiku blog.  Most every day, she poses a question or two at the end of her blog.  While I have no children myself, I find that I really relate to her and it often reminds me of my childhood or my interactions with my friends who have families. 

Sweet Mother This humorist blogger writes on topics all across the board from a very definite point of view with a unique voice.  It’s really hard to describe her so I recommend you just read her.

I can only come up with four.  There are many other bloggers that I really love.  But their focus is pretty specific.  Food writers that really stay focused on food and food prep, writing blogs that really stay focused on the author’s writing, and so on.   I could add them but I don’t think it would be staying true to the intent  of versatility.  I also decided not to include people who suddenly dropped of the face of the earth.  Of course, maybe I should.  Maybe it will get them to start blogging again?

Jackie O Goes Goth

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Life, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2012 by urbannight

I wish I had some photos or any drawing ability.  They you could have some visuals.

Several years ago, Sears or Yonkers (I think) had done a line of clothes that seemed to point back to Jackie O’s style when she was First Lady.  But they were in pink, black, and grey.  They were cute.

But I couldn’t really get them out of my mind.  Ever since then, I keep thinking that a line of cute Goth clothes based on former First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s style would be fund to have. 

So I think I’ll browse pattern books and try to find some old patterns or some retro patterns that suit the look and maybe I’ll break down and try to make a few things. 

We will see if I can actually find patterns first.  If I can, I may have yet another big project to document for public viewing.