Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fashioning My Cyber Microcosm: A Thread In The Weave.

I get the impression from people that I am known only for my sewing, and I get it-- the dominating topic of my personal blog (not a sewing blog) is sewing (ironically). It's not a hard leap to make.

As much as I tout being an avid gamer and lover of things fantasy and sci-fi related, I don't discuss them at length do I? Aside from a little glib on the side bar not much can be seen of my supposed love for anything other than sewing. I have found that my love of sewing underplays my love of gaming, and that my love of gaming underplays my love of sewing.
I think a large part of that is due to expectation and assumption. 
The expectation and assumption that a nerd who sews inevitably cosplays.
It's a logical train of thought, and I won't deny it. 

Khan named for Khan Noonien Singh
I do love these things, I just don't show it in the way many of my ilk do... I know it's a bit queer for someone who spends equal amounts of dollars and hours gaming and upgrading their PC as their craft room to not partake in cosplay... but I get the feeling I let down a lot of people's expectations... frequently, but for the most part inadvertently.

Not that I disapprove of cosplay, mind you. 
I have tried it once or twice to be sure, but truth is my desire to be a certain character is limited to digital format-- to be connected but be assured of the divide between my actual reality, and the reality I've built for myself in the cyber world.
As it is, I spend countless hours simply refining builds, synergizing abilities and subsequently spending even more hours playing, collecting, fussing... is it a wonder then that it can be tough to garner the desire to spend more money and even more time being a character from these games outside the gaming room? Hahah.
Not to mention that it would leave little time for my other avocations, each individually motivated through different themes and different allocations of which I have many of; other expensive pass times, all needing real estate in my brain, all vying for existence in the finite span of my free time and physical constraints! I have difficulty enough quelling this blog of one singular topic! And to be completely frank, I don't want my sewing to be seen as exclusive to my costume making abilities. I want each achievement to shine individually without needing to validate its success and pleasure with something else I do!

....So no... I don't cosplay... but I will gladly sit and play a game or sew with you, whichever you prefer.

10 comments:

  1. What games do you play? I stopped playing videogames when the started to get my marks down because I was too obsessive. I spent countless hours in Diablo 2 and Neverwinter nights. I also don't cosplay because I prefer to be my own person and nt replicate anyone else. But I admire the work and dedication that cosplayers put into their costumes!

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    1. At this moment, I have been devoting the most time to playing Elder Scrolls online. I have started fidgeting about with D3 again since all of my friends flew the ESO coop for Overwatch, but this morning only marks my third login in a couple years lol. I haven't fully jumped onto the Overwatch bandwagon as of yet, but I did play the closed beta and it seemed fun enough-- they're super quick matches, but like Heroes of the Storm (which I also have been playing on and off) it doesn't give me the substance gaming I truly desire.

      Still, I am more than happy to be playing with someone, when that chance does arise.

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  2. Uhm...Why do you did you get the urge explain yourself for not cosplaying? I get it, you're a nerd, you're a seamstress and cosplay is so widely known these days, that the question must pop up in every discussion you have about your hobbies...but still, it can't be expected...:)
    By the way, I cosplay exactly because I enjoy crafting and sewing - not that I'm any good...^^ -, but I just don't start making random props to decorate my living room with or sewing random clothes for myself...I wish I did, though...:)

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    1. Well as you said, it does come up *quite* a lot, especially with it being as popular now as it ever seemed to be; I've had some salty discussions which have stoked the urge, heh... of course working at fabric stores, these things tended to come up in high frequency.
      This affirmation is no different than someone who feels the same urge to share their desire to cosplay-- I am simply joining in on the discussion with a differing perspective on it.

      The end bit of this post is my admittedly more abrasive than it should be-- damn emotions heh. I think cosplay is playing an important role in the market, which I failed to mention-- my bad. Sewing is feeling less and less accessible, with a plethora of fabric stores either closing their doors or making the dominant switch to quilting cotton, and cosplay has coaxed some variety back into the mix. However, it's still not as diverse as it once was-- its still rather difficult to find anything that isn't basic and isn't for quilting, and now, for costume. I mean people still make due, but it would be nice to have options again. Plus the prices are exorbitant, which does not help on the whole.

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  3. XD I totally see that cosplaying would use up money you need for sewing or gaming or whatever live needs! And if every gamer would do cosplays it would be boring! (to me my 'cosplay' stuff shrank to halloween costumes, nothing else anyomre, that's the amount of time and money I am willing to spend...)

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    1. A lot of money and time does go into making a very good cosplay-- I'll leave that to the people who have ambitions for those things, and enjoy it from the sidelines hehe =)

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  4. Are your fingers double-jointed?

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    1. They used to do pretty crazy things until carpal tunnel started setting in, hehe.

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  5. Ah well, I seem to only post fashion on my blog at the moment, even though my every spare moment is usually spent lost in a book. And I knew you liked science fiction and things, I am sure I remember you sewing game related things. ha ha. Post what you like! <3

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    1. I do partake in the making of game related things, that's true. Only when I can afford it and it coincides with whim... which is very very rarely lol. We do buy a lot of game and geeky paraphernalia! Like I said, I'm not at all against doing what you love to do but not everyone shows their love the same way, heh.

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