Though Steampunk is my particular geek culture, I dip my toes into a wide variety of interests and activities. I've never been shy about shaking my bustle on the dance floor or taking to the microphone for karaoke madness. For an adventure out with friends, I'm as likely to drag them off to a tiny local place for tea and conversation as I am to plot a grand invasion for shenanigans in historical costume.
I admit that I am not only an extrovert but a people person. I love conversation as much as sitting in a local cafe with a good book enjoying the crowd around me. I enjoy urban adventures and local treasures as much as a weekend at a Comic Con. Some people have occasionally accused me of being flamboyant, they are understating the problem. If I can inspire a smile or laughter, however, my flamboyance has done it's job.
I love cooking for friends almost as much as working on costumes, and I have had pretty good reviews.
Laughter is one of my particular skills. I totally bring it when it comes to laughter.
I can pull together a well coordinated ensemble in 10 minutes.
I'm a crack hand at silliness.
I can roll my r's.
I sing an awesome torch song. Even when I'm happy.
I have what might be charitably called a book problem. I'm an avid reader and am as likely to pick up Jane Austen as Neil Gaiman. "American Gods" is such a favorite that I often keep an extra copy in the house to give away to friends who haven't read it yet. I run a book club in Tucson so much of my reading is consumed by reading and previewing books for that. I often find a favorite of the month or the year this way.
As far as movies, I do love many of the classics... and sports movies are a guilty pleasure. Though I have not owned a television since my teenage years, the advent of online streaming means that I am more acquainted with current popular culture. I've happily caught up on Sherlock and a number of other BBC shows, and I have a long time love of Doctor Who, Star Trek, and a number of older Sci Fi shows, including that special treasure Firefly.
I love music, everything about it. I started my academic career as a music student, and music continues to be a large part of my life. I listen to everything--from opera to rap--but honestly, I was a Goth as a teenager and that carries through. In times when I need to ground myself with favorite bands, I still turn to the Cure, Depeche Mode, and The Smiths.
Food? I lived in Rome for a summer so I have a great passion for Italian food. Could I eat pasta every day? Almost certainly if I get to explore the many varieties of shape and sauce.
Essentials that most certainly are not things:
My dearest friends, my cats, and a good tea house where everybody knows my name
Does this bustle make my butt look big? I certainly hope so!
My song list for karaoke.
Just what secrets about undergarments I should share in my Victorian Secrets panel.
The way a confident gentleman moves across the room. Not false confidence but the kind that speaks to a deep down, sincere assurance. Delicious.
Consonance and assonance and the sound of beautiful language
The way witty banter, repartee and well executed flirtation sends a zing up my spine.
How to work golden tippy into a sentence. I yearn to turn tea into innuendo.
That breathless moment when I lose my train of thought and forgot momentarily how to speak in any language.
As a very small girl, I thought I had to eat red food to keep my hair red. I still like red food.
I'm not a romantic but I appreciate romantic gestures.
I have driven across country several times with my 12 inch Godzilla in the passenger seat.