Monday, August 28, 2017

Fashioning My Cyber Microcosm: I've Been Tagged! -- Darkling Tag

I was tagged by the ethereal Vulcan Butterfly with questions provided by Graveyard Kitten.

I tag the incredibly talented and fellow spooky sewist Mary Mourning (Autumn Moon Enchantment), the mistress of the Gothic Cottage in the Spooky Forest Mrs. Insomniac (Insomniac's Attic) and last but not least, the ever inspirational Luna Von Bat (Batshit & Lipsticks).

Honourable mentions include:
Frykitty -- Frytopia
Sarah -- Tales From A Geordie Goth
House Cat -- Domesticated

Prepare for a long winded affair my friends; questionnaires (and reading them) are such fun for me-- and a great way to procrastinate on my current project list, haha! ...

Simple Questions
What is your favorite candle scent?
I prefer burning incense.
Do you have a favorite book?
Favorite book-book will always be Frankenstein, but I'm more of a comic book and graphic novel kind of gal. My current favorite is the Dark Crystal series published by Archaia. They also have the Labyrinth series which I'd love to read once I finish my current batch of comics.
Are you a tea or coffee person?
Could never acquire a taste for coffee in any of its various forms. I do like a good cup of tea... but it still wouldn't be the first thing I crave.
What's your favourite perfume/cologne?
My own blend? Heh. Perfuming would be one of my hobbies... current combination is heavy woodsy, and a touch of spice.
Song of India makes sumptuous perfume oils that I've used for years, but they don't make many blends.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
I respect Lupita Nyong'o, she's very talented and graceful. I guess also Crispin Glover and Jim Carrey. These three view the world with such amazing depth and complexity that at least for the latter two, seemed to be a detriment to their acting careers.
If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what it would be?
I'm using it...
What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad?
Only you can judge what you can wear based on your tolerance to heat.
What song will always make you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band)?

Dignificada by Lila Downs

and one more for good measure...

Isobel by Björk

Are you active in the arts (ex. play an instrument, paint, write, etc)?
I'd say sewing is an art, especially at the level I aspire to... but for this example, I do paint and draw fairly well, it just isn't that often. I am also quite fond of writing haiku's every now and again.
What is your number one non-gothy hobby?
Gaming. I always say that if I am not sewing or crafting, I am gaming; I share this hobby with my husband who I met through a game.
I am mostly a PC gamer, but we own several consoles ranging in Gens from current to old-- including handhelds. My computer rig is now dated down to about a mid range by current available hardware; I built it two years ago. I can still run many games on ultra settings maintaining a nice FPS, but it can always be better. Keeping up to date isn't cheap, and lately we've had a lot of expenditures that put off upgrading our PC's back up to high tier. We're looking at AMD for our next cards; we sported EVGA currently and in the past; my current card is a GTX 970; hubby's is a GTX 980 Ti-- he gets the better gear since he has no other hobby he spends his dosh on. It's only recently that AMD have been competing enough to turn our heads, so our future builds will include them.  Love Corsair for keyboard and mice-- I have never had better-- had a couple Razer's but I never enjoyed them. I have a vengeance k70 cherry mx brown keyboard and a vengeance m90 mouse to match-- the mouse is no longer available, and the complaints people had with it are my pluses; has a smaller profile (good for tiny gamer hands like mine) and it has some weight to it (that a combination palm/fingertip gripper like me appreciates). Currently I have a Thermaltake Overseer RX-I snow edition case... would have preferred a Cooler Master since they generally have a wider profile, but aesthetically, none matched my vision at the time; my hubby's rig is black and red, and mine is white and blue... red corner blue corner as in most games, black and white as in chess... yeah... Looking to change that now and adore the idea of tempered glass or the open air ones.
Well... I could continue, as there is much more to be mentioned... but I will stop here before I make this post longer than it needs to be... heh.
If you're interested in reviews of games or a full post on my equipment, let me know-- I usually leave it out since it always seems like a thing best suited to video reviews... and I am nowhere near that level of comfort, hehe.

Thought Provokers

If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why?
Dr. Manhattan. Here's his wiki to understand why. Look at the side info bar of his abilities for the tl;dr version.
What horror monster super-powers would you have?
All powers of a typical witch. I may not live to forever, but I can extend my time and of those around me damn near long enough through potions and arcane knowledge. Plus flying on a broom and conversing with my cats? What's not to love.
Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other goths or gothy people (online or irl)? Why or why not?
If my stats were laid out in RPG format, Charisma would be in the negative.
Which is more important for a look: great hair or great makeup?
Well since I am adept at neither... least of which would be hair...
I guess that would make makeup my answer.
Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture?
I wish more goths of color would pound out content, as we are still lacking in general representation. It's a trickle, but if we involve ourselves more we can make an impact to help curb the stereotype that goth belongs only to those who are white enough. Never heard people more vehement against goths of color, than people of my own ethnic background. That said, it pains to me admit I know no goths of color in person or online (though I subbed to a few on youtube very recently)... I want to change this, so comment your favorite goth blogger who happens to be a person of color (comment your blog if you are a POC as well, don't feel badly about self advertisement!). Heck, I'll follow IG alternative model accounts if you got 'em-- the only real stipulation is that the site is maintained a least semi regularly.
Care to share an embarrassing story related to your "darkliness"?
My life is a series of embarrassing stories related to my darkliness. I blunder through all things.
How are you at DIY?
There isn't much inside my house or on my persons that hasn't been made, repaired, refurbished or installed without my direct involvement.

Confessional (aka True or False)

I love watching cheesy romance films.
True/false. I pop them on as background noise mostly.
I always remember to wash off my makeup at night.
True. When I wear it, always.
I sleep with plushies.
True. I have a plushie that I had since I was 4 that rests at my side of the headboard-- Charlie, a little Dalmatian that barks when you boop its nose. Never far from where I sleep.
I wear non-black pyjamas most nights.
False. I can count on one hand the number of full color garments in my revolving wardrobe, including undergarments...
I think Andrew Eldritch is overrated.
I don't think about Andrew Eldritch outside the music.
I don’t like vampires.
I don’t like clubs.
True. Only been to one club and a handful bars in my life (neither by choice). In general I have a hard time enjoying myself in those environments-- I get easily overwhelmed by external stimuli.
I don’t enjoy graveyards.
True/false. I love looking at them from afar, but again... I get overcome with all kinds of emotions when I linger too long. Sometimes filled with good in which case I'll stick around a while, and sometimes filled with bad, and I'm gone.
I'd sooner faint than pet a spider.
Depends on the spider. I would rather not pet one that has the ability to necrotize an appendage with a bite.
I don’t like haunted houses.
True/false. For the same reason as graveyards.
I’ve never read Dracula.
I think “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a long and boring song.

Thanks for the tag, and I look forward to reading those whom I tagged!
Spook you later!


  1. Lol I read your build with rapt attention having just built my PC not long ago! Nice build! Wish mine was as color coordinated as yours! I have a white case with white lights, but everything else is black and I haven't customized the lights on my mouse and monitor so they are random lol. I also can't believe you're the first person who said witch as a super power! Great answers

    1. Far out, I'm so happy to discover you're a fellow builder! =D
      I'd love to read up on your build!

      I never wanted to live forever, though the idea sounds nice... just seems so lonely are tormented-- whereas with witches, they usually have their sisters or people they consider family. Seems so tight knit, as I prefer things lol

  2. Dr Manhattan is awesome! And you are soooooooo creative!

    1. He's a very fascinating character, and even his creation too
      Thank you ^.^

  3. Thank you for the tag Mari! I have put one up today! You are quite the Gamer!

    1. Glad to spread the joy!
      haha! Problem is there is never a stopping point-- always an upgrade to be had, a new game to get my grubby fingers on...
      Seems no different than sewing, eh?
      I live for the torture, I guess =P

  4. it's been so interesting reading everyone's responses to this tag! As far as POC in the goth community, GothicSoulFlower on YouTube is one you might want to check out if you haven't already. I never got into video games but really loved Vampire: the Masquerade in the 90s :)

    1. Yes, I have enjoyed reading through these-- getting to know everyone stil up in the blogging community. Feels nice to be part of it.
      I do follow her! She's nice to listen to =}

  5. I didn't realize you made your own perfume, that's pretty neat!


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