Yay, I can has blogging awards! Three of them, to be precise. I am going to try and fit them all into one ridiculously long post - wish me luck.
These first two I snagged from Stephanie at The Odd Duck, a lovely and very honest blogger whom I have just discovered. Also, she wore leather pants. In school. Which boosts her instantly to the top of my 'badass awesome' list, or would, if I had such a list. Thank you, Stephanie!
2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
INNER stubborn side?! As Dan will tell you, I can be stubborn to the point of idiocy. Both of the two physical fights I have been in could have been avoided if I had chosen to walk away... in particular the second one, where I actually was walking away - then turned back because I couldn't stand to let that bitch have the last word. Oh yes, and I lost the fight, and then nearly had clumps of my hair pulled out because I refused to 'apologise'. Clearly, I am not a good role model...
3. What do you really see when you look at yourself in the mirror?
Depends which day you catch me on, really. Most of the time I am happy and comfortable with my body, at least (although I don't like my face much without make-up; I have been known to describe myself as 'the bastard lovechild of Michael Jackson and E.T.'), and I adore my tattoo; but throughout my teens I have struggled with eating disordered behaviours (though not a full-blown eating disorder, I hasten to add) which sometimes makes me very uncomfortable with my body despite being a healthy size ten (U.S. size six).
4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
Apple Lucozade. I love apple-flavoured things =)
5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
Read, watch a movie, blog, do my nails or experiment with make-up (I broke a nail yesterday, which I am not happy about as I am trying to grow two-inch talons...), flick through my copies of Unscene, Gothic Beauty and Bite Me or go shopping.
6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life?
Oh, God, so many things! I want to gain some make-up, hair and beauty qualifications and set up with my friend Bronwyn as mobile beauticians, learn how to make my own clothes, travel abroad (to date, I have NEVER left the UK), get married (shut up), write some more trashy novels... the list is almost endless!
7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?
I guess to begin with I was a shy over-achiever with a really wacky dress sense (electric blue leather jacket, for example) which didn't exactly go down well with my peers. I ditched almost the entire year between ages twelve and thirteen because of bullying, so eventually Mum pulled me out of the system and I home-schooled myself with Open University courses.
8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?
Well, I had a bit of a moment this morning when I realised that, aside from my current lack of a job (I have applied for loads but haven't heard back from any), my life is perfect. OK, it's not how it was supposed to be (I was supposed to go to college, then university, and become a famous writer), but I have two amazing and beautiful best friends whom I love very much; an almost-boyfriend (my ex, we were together for six years, have been separated for four months and are now dating - things are looking really good for us) whom I'm falling head-over-heels in love with all over again; two brilliant parents who I get on really well with, and I'm finally taking steps towards the career that I really want. And I still love writing, but it isn't going to make me any money - and that's OK. That felt pretty poignant to me.
9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog, or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?
Well, as you may have noticed, I do like to talk about myself, and I'm not one to lie or censor my thoughts. That being said, I do enjoy writing more 'factual' posts about Goth culture in general as well as just talking about my own experiences.
10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?
Read a book, definitely. I hate, hate, hate making or taking phonecalls. I don't know why. It just terrifies me. My new phone doesn't have voicemail, so I actually have to pick up my calls, which irritates me no end...
I would like to pass this award on to:
1. Laurel at Blind Goth
2. Miss Gracie at A Goth in College
3. The Beard at Uncivilised Ramblings
Lastly, I picked up this award from Morrigan, who thoroughly deserves a 'Stylish' award for her great beauty blog. Thank you, Morrigan!
1. Thank and link the person who gave you the award.