otka
40 Tucson, United States
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My self-summary
Once upon a time, I was a simple nerd with a thing for obscure words and space opera, but I've graduated to Geek Lady. When I'm not engaging in a little anachronistic, gear covered costume action, I happily join in geeky frivolity with my friends. Yes, polyhedral dice are sometimes involved.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
Recently, I returned to university and completed my degree in linguistics. I am an active performer and travel frequently to out of state conventions. I also volunteer with a variety of Geek-centric organizations, the primary one is an lively Steampunk social group. I work as a professional custom costume maker, and I am currently looking at picking up additional, more traditional work.
I’m really good at
I have a knack for languages and a passion for costuming.

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.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm a ginger. Outside of Scotland, the hair really stands out in a crowd.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite things are determined by my mood and the moment, but some few things remain as touch stones.

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.
The six things I could never do without
A good hat, an engaging book, my hand sewing kit, my sense of humor, my calendar, and the right shoes for the adventure

Essentials that most certainly are not things:

My dearest friends, my cats, and a good tea house where everybody knows my name
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Tentacles wrapping around my skirts and glowing eyes in back: Cthulhu creepy or ridiculous?

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.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I am not traveling and working at a convention, I like to spend my Friday nights out with friends either at a Geek specific type event or at some fun local spot. If I have been traveling a great deal, then I tend to spend a little more time at home with my cats and as often as possible good company.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm terrified of spiders.

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.
You should message me if
You love witty banter and love practicing the fine art of flirtation, and you enjoy the slings and arrows of an outrageous extravert and performer. You understand why I might not let you touch my dice but would encourage you to lead me on the dance floor. You would enjoy openly geeking out about your passions as much as you would hearing me wax rhapsodic about mine. The give and take of shared laughter appeals to you. You know just the moment to place your hand on the small of my back as we walk.
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