Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Of Autumnal Askings


(Edit: I'm sorry for the weirdness with formatting this post! Luckily it's finally fixed...) 

It's been a while since I did a post that felt really goth-loli-ish, rather than just "this is my news since last time." I got this from this blog, who in turn got it from tumblr. (I am excited! Okay let's get started.) 

crunchy leaves: what's your favorite noise/sound to hear?

I LOVE the rain whispering outside.

chilly air: are you a warm weather or cold weather person?

Cold weather. The thing is I have sensory processing issues, and most sensations are too intense for me. It just happens that my range of comfortable temperatures is lower than for most people. So I melt in hot weather, but it's hard for me to wear long sleeves so too cold is bad too.(I actually tend to feel rather maniacally smug when for ONCE I'm perfectly comfortable and "normal" people are complaining. It's usually the opposite.) 

misty mornings: what time do you wake up? What for?

It varies. I'm between jobs, but I try to stay busy.

oversized sweaters: what sweater weather outfit are you looking forward to wearing? (Bonus if pictured) 

This question reminds me of my several years old goals for wardrobe building, which is a bit depressing .I'll get there though! Once I fix my sewing machine...

carved pumpkins: what holidays (popular or pagan) are you celebrating this fall? 

I always want to do more for pagan holidays but I haven't even managed to set up a proper altar for myself. Unless the tops of my dresser and bookshelf count. 

ghost stories: what books are you reading, how are they?

Does fanfiction count? I'm reading quite a few good fanworks. 

hot coffee: what's your drink this fall?

It would normally be peppermint mocha, but due to necessity it's tea. No milk even, just sugar. I'm waiting to have gallbladder surgery, and avoiding anything fatty that could set off my stomach pain until then. I miss lattes!

cold hands: anyone to hold them? 

My gods. ;)

spooky shadows: any increased spiritual activity? 

I haven't noticed ghosts or anything. My own activities are very spiritually oriented though. This witch is trying to bring her goals into reality, including those for her practice. 

apple pie: what's cooking? (Or planned to cook?)

I just finished baking some sweet potatoes! It's always exciting to find a food that I both like and can eat despite the gallbladder thing. I plan to put some brown sugar on them. (The ironic thing is that while I have to avoid fat, I can have as much sugar as I want. Salt, too.)

scented candles: 5 favorite smells

Roses! And roses, and roses, and roses...sorry. Ahem. Probably other flowers? And fruits. Vanilla is certainly nice too. And chocolate.

hurricanes: what do you do on rainy days?

My go-to is have a hot drink. That and reading a book or writing in a notebook while I listen to the rain.

cinnamon: what are you favorite spices?

Um...cinnamon, ginger... Let's see I like basil as well. I'm not too familiar with spices, and the stronger spices are difficult with my sensory issues, but I do like some of them.

haunted hayrides: do you see your friends over the summer or do you have to wait till fall?

I'm done with school for the moment and live close to my irl friends, so yes I get to see them. I have quite a few online friends as well.

monster masks: what's your makeup/morning routine?

Ah. Brush my hair and (if I'm lucky and feel like setting off my gag reflex) also brush and floss my teeth. I'd like to do more with outfits and accessories and makeup too, but I don't always have the energy and my clothing wardrobe is small right now.

black cat: what pets do you have/want? 

I grew up with cats, and I like them, but not as pets I'd want to look after. I'd really love to have a ball python. My best friend has one, and it's so adorable (and seems easy to care for--it stays in its cage unless you take it out). Plus my friends call me Snek, so... 

Tag your friends, pass this on, and keep the spooky vibes flowing!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Of newses and musings

Hello again! I hope the holiday season isn't bringing up depression or painful memories for you. But if so, know that you're not alone. I've experienced / am experiencing that too, but somehow I'm managing alright. Take care of yourself alright?

I'm still getting the hang of posting regularly again. Part of it is that I thought I would have fulfilled my lolita and gothy wardrobe dreams by now. It's been years since I started loving those fashions and making my own clothes. But not having a working sewing machine really puts a damper on that.

Well, until I figure out what's wrong with mine (or if it's fixable--I've never managed to get this machine to sew a seam EVER), I do have sisters who live nearby and have machines of their own. I need to pick myself up and go over there to work on some projects, and when I do I'll be sure to take pictures! Also, my mom who sews has offered to help me get another machine on craigslist, which I'm really grateful for. Even if I manage to fix my current sewing machine, it would be good to have two when if I'm wanting to take commissions and so forth.

In other news, I did manage to win NaNoWriMo, for the first time in quite a few years. I wrote a draft of the first book in the series I've been working on for a long time. I also decided I'd like to do a webcomic version of it, both because I love drawing my characters (and read a lot of webcomics), and in order to "practice" the story, which still has a few plot holes. I'm still preparing, but I'll let you know what becomes of that.

However first I should get a new mouse, as mine seems to have a lot of problems with the clicker, and I should probably look into getting a tablet as well. It would certainly save time with my digital art. Of course, there are problems to overcome with that as well, since I'm not currently working. I've been translating manga just for translation experience (though not for pay at this point). Since my partner supports me, I'm not in dire straights, but I do prefer having my own income.

I hope very much that you are all doing well, my dancers. Keep following your dreams, even if it's taking years. I'm told it's the journey that counts. And hopefully I can get back to reading all of your lovely blogs on my blogroll! (This is where I recommend a not gothic or lolita but still excellent blog of an irl friend of mine.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Of trying to light a lighthouse

A lot of people in America (and beyond, I'm sure) are scared and sad today. I want you all to know that you're not alone. I started this blog to be a lighthouse to other aspiring, isolated gothic lolitas. To reach out and invite them to step into this world with me. And I want to be a lighthouse to so many more people as well, especially now. To women and lgbt folk and nonbinary people and POC and immigrants and Pagans and Muslims and Jews and Hispanics and the disabled and those with chronic illnesses and... To everyone who's feeling scared and alone.

I may not update very often, and I'm definitely still figuring out how to be who I want to be, but I'm here. And I want you to know you're not alone.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Of writing (of several kinds)

I don't know what it is that keeps being a block between me and this blog. Well, between me and all the things I really want to do, that I consider "me," but just...don't. I think it's fear. And for starters, I need to give myself permission to post without including pictures if I can't that day, or to talk about things that aren't strictly gothic lolita. I mean, this is a lifestyle blog, right? And there are things I want to share with you, my dear Ballroom Dancers (how I've missed you all!) that are part of my lifestyle as a goth and a lolita.

Things like being Wiccan, or queer in more ways than I can count, or well, writing. It is November, and I'm doing NaNoWriMo. It's my 6th year, I think!

I believe I've shared some art of my characters before, though I certainly don't mind doing that again. But another time perhaps. My protagonists are a group of magical girls. Most of them are gothy in some way. You have a flowy romantigoth, an oldschool industrial type, a gothic lolita who makes her own clothes, and a genderqueer girl who wears masculine EGA/Aristocrat. And they're becoming friends with Visual Kei vampires and activist faery folk, and trying to save the world.

It's going...pretty good? There are so many plotholes that I've been working on for a long time. (This isn't a new novel, though I'm using NaNo as a chance to write/rewrite it.) But I think they're finally coming through. A lot of things started to clear up when I realized what I really want to write, and what's important to me. For example, I love magical girls, and it hit me that the story flowed much better when my main character and her friends became--or you might say transformed--into them.

That's all for now, but I hope your writing and other pursuits are going well!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Of logistics and ways to conquer them

I feel...silly.

The truth is, I've been thinking about this blog all this time, planning and hoping for when I could get back to it and be, as I've put it before, a lighthouse to others in our dark and lovely fashion.

I haven't felt I had relevant posts to make, or the time and energy (yet!!) and then I was sort of waiting till I fixed my sewing machine (I have) and braved sewing with an unfamiliar model (I...haven't?).

And I will continue poking my way back into sewing and the blogging thereof. But in the meantime, I realized I have a phone. From which I often write things, and take pictures. So...what am I waiting for?

I took this especially for you, just now, walking home under the moon.

The Faery Triumphant

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Of top hats and metal

As you may have guessed, the posting will be quite erratic till I get the path to my goals somewhat stabilized. However, I've been wanting to show you two tiny tophats that I bought from a (new) friend of mine, Raven of Sanguine Threads. She's a lovely person. We were basically BFF's from the moment we started talking, and I feel like she's a mentor figure to me now. I also recommend the band whose concert we were attending at the time, namely Lolita Dark, as their brand of melodic metal is stunning and they're also personal friends of mine.

Anyway! Hats.

Preeeeettty. The black butterfly on the right hat reminds me of my character Taralyn, as those are her symbol.
She threw in a couple other hair accessories as freebies! I've worn the black lace hairpins, but so far I've been sitting over the hats like a dragon on its hoarde, just going 'preeeeetttty'.

That is all for now, except for a small update that my sewing machine WILL eventually cooperate with me. (Context: it hasn't been.) I thought I wasn't threading it correctly but after having my mom look at it (I learned sewing from her), it seems there's a screw missing in the bobbin case. Oh well, there's a sewing machine maintenance store in walking distance of my house...

And then, I WILL get this cosplay dress sewn for my partner. And the cloak I promised a friend years ago. And *GLORIOUS* +BLACK+ ~FRILLS~ for moi.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Of moments when one feels lolita

After posting yesterday I tried to clean up my tags a bit. No more accidental tags like "thrifting diy lareine versailles halloween crafting"... Yeah, I probably forgot the commas when tagging that one.

Anyway, I'm at my favorite Coffee Bean near my house, sharing a mocha latte with my sheep.
Annabelle Lee says hai!
As well as cyber space, last night I also tried to clear up and reorganize my realspace, so it's closer to the dark lolita boudoir of goth fae princessness that I dream of having. I'm making progress! Enough to be proud of anyway.

I put all my accessories (below a certain size range) in one box, and I wanted to show you the result. I kid you not, that was the entire reason for this post. That, and not wanting to wait another month to post while I'm trying to revitalize my blog.

A box of black roses and lace!
My wardrobe is far from complete--indeed it's not even what I would consider 'acceptable' in the frills department. But sometimes when I see all these oddments gathered together like this, all of the particular aesthetic that makes me so happy, it's just...encouraging, you know?

On that note, I can't wait to get back to sewing, although I'm dreading having to get to know my new machine...
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