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My self-summary
I am a paladin. I play World of Warcraft, and I used to play a lot, back when I had a guild and a raid and all. Now, I have school, so WoW has become more of a casual engagement. But it will be a life-long love. It's a natural progression; I grew up on table-top RPGs. My formative years were spent in White Wolf's original World of Darkness. I am a Gangrel, a Glass Walker, and most importantly, a Euthanatos.

I am a feminist. I am highly political. I am far left.

Some time ago, I realised that most of my innermost convictions are a direct product of a childhood spent with Japanese anime shows, and the wisdom those impart.

I love: lists. Hm. Water, crazy nights out. Games, dragons, all shades of blue. Summer nights, dancing, spending time in good company, sumptuous food. Cats, writing, quiet chuckles. Big words, big concepts, spending time alone. Glass shards, hardbound books, sleeping, photography. All-night conversations. Shiny baubles. Sweet red wine.

I hate: inconsiderate people, and those who meander. Lame excuses. Cowardice. Talking before thinking. Wanton stupidity. Cruelty.

Yet again, I am told that I am hopelessly naive. I believe in people. And I take what they say at face value, until proven otherwise. That sets me up for a world of hurt, I know, but is there an alternative?

I am grandiloquent, inquisitive, and nocturnal.
What I’m doing with my life
Getting my shit together. It's taken this long, but I now see a way to save humanity. Further updates as events warrant.

Like everybody else who reads a lot, I am obviously working on a novel. Or two, or three.
I’m really good at
...language. It's my favourite hobby and I develop an understanding for the fundamental structure of a language rather easily. I really like words, I like discovering new ones in all kinds of languages. Or finding old friends again in a new outfit. I recently found the French word for "beach" on a Ukrainian riverside. I often do language for its own sake (e.g. talking much and saying nothing), and I can endlessly quote from movies and other sources.

... remembering things. Especially useless knowledge, which I have an amazing memory for. Mostly, though, I'll remember every drunken night out, everything you've ever said, and all the things you would really rather I forgot. Twenty years down the line, I'll say, "I told you so."

... cooking! Have you truly experienced life before you've tasted my chocolate-orange muffins? Ah, I've finally concocted my perfect dinner. Sautéed shiitake mushrooms! Steak flambé in cognac sauce! Pears in red wine and honey! Have dinner with me!

Contrary to the impression I'm making here, I am told that I listen well. I am able to understand a great deal about human behaviour. It takes a lot to shock me. Not that you have to go out of your way to try.

For an amateur, I'm good at Astrology and reading Tarot cards.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I am "exotic". I grew up as an anomaly, so I decided to make people look at me on my own terms. And they do. I'm easy to recognise and easy to remember. Also easy in some other ways, as well as horrifyingly bitchy when I catch you thinking I'm easy in *every* way.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Oh, the list is endless.

I used to have a long-winded text about Shakespeare right here. I deleted it. For brevity's sake, Shakespeare is the greatest playwright of all times ever.

I'll read anything by Charles de Lint, who makes me want to write, even if I know that his genius cannot be equaled, let alone surpassed. MZB, under whose red sun I spent my adolescence. Jacqueline Carey, whose heroes know pain unimagined by lesser mortals. Mercedes Lackey, who gave manifold meaning to the term "sisterhood".

The Otherland series by Tad Williams. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. David Eddings' Elenium and Tamuli series. Practically all of White Wolf's first World of Darkness, especially Mage: The Ascension.

Harry Potter, and, just for the record, I knew the truth about Snape from the start.

As someone said, I'll read anything that isn't nailed down, and most things that are.


Movies: Sense and Sensibility, One Day, Cloud Atlas, The Help, Monsoon Wedding, The Matrix, Tron, 12 Angry Men, 10 Things I Hate About You, LotR, Much Ado About Nothing, The Lake House, The Magnificient Seven, all of Star Trek, all of Star Wars (yes, even Episodes I - III), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Hair, Donnie Darko, movies with ensemble casts or superheroes. It goes on and on. I own some 400 DVDs, and that's just my favourites. People want me for a lifeline on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in case they get a movie question.

TV Series: everything Star Trek, especially Deep Space Nine; ER, CSI (Vegas), Criminal Intent, and Picket Fences. Oh, okay, Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, Anna and the King of Siam (the Yul Brynner one), Designated Survivor, Madam Secretary, True Blood. Most recently, I've been watching Person of Interest. By all means, hit me up if you want to/have to talk about it. Fate/Stay Night. Suits. The 4400. Farscape.

I have never seen Firefly. Tell me why that's wrong.


Music: Heavy Metal!! Slayer, Tarja Turunen, Heroes del Silencio, Kate Bush, Stephan Eicher, Queensrÿche, KISS, The Sisters of Mercy. Bollywood movie soundtracks!! Celtic stuff. 80s music. Everything with a strong and evocative voice.

Right now, I'm having an extrem visual kei phase, and I've been basically listening to Versailles for the last three months. Other favourites: Matenrou Opera (摩天楼オペラ), Diaura, The gazettE, .lynch, Moi dix Mois, Exist Trace, etc.

Foods: God, I love food. A lot of food. I can't even pick favourites anymore. I sometimes blog about food, although I'm bad at this whole discipline thing. But hey, have a look anyway:
Six things I could never do without
In a nutshell: love, lust, intimacy, conversation, entertainment, awesome food.

Paramount among those is intimacy, in the sense of a deep bond with other humans. Not necessarily physical, but the connection between souls. An example would be the relationship with my sister, which borders on the telepathic. I have such a connection to only two other people, and it is a rare and precious thing. Satisfactory survival also requires long conversations, about life, the universe and everything; it needs singing, dancing and a sense of wonder. And it needs the irrepressible knowledge that Utopia is not only possible, but that we carry its seeds inside us.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to remedy the three worst mistakes we have allowed to occur: Capitalism, Monotheism, and Patriarchy. Yes, I know they're related. One of my favourite topics of discussion at this time is the completely subjective nature of reality.
On a typical Friday night I am
probably home. The weekend is for amateurs.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You were looking for something dirty, embarrassing, and painful, right? Okay. Here goes:

I often leave the fridge door open for no good reason.
You should message me if
You should NOT message me for cybersex. It bores me; I'm a "hands on" kinda girl. I might indulge you if I like you, but for that, I obviously have to know you first.

Now that that's out of the way, you SHOULD message me if you like to rant and rave about the BIG ISSUES. If you're into visual kei, the WoD, urban fantasy, Terre d'Ange, or any other item you find in my description. If you speak Japanese, and want to help me learn. If you want to go questing. If you want to go out and eat at awesome restaurants. If you're interested. If you're interesting. If you dare.
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