Thank you, Winter, for my third Liebster nomination!! Keep it up, and I'll start thinking people like this blog and get a totally swelled head! ;-)
I'm not going to do all the other stuff again, but I WILL answer Winter's questions because they are new (to me) and I like them.
1. Who are some of your favorite goths that influence you?
One that comes to mind is the musician, Voltaire, because he keeps the fun in funerals! Seriously, he reminds me that I don't have to be serious all the time, and I love his style of humor, even when it's more than a bit grisly.
2. How would you describe your style?
Definitely eclectic, as it changes daily. Right now, I'm favoring sheer net/lace skirts and my long velvet coat, definitely a Stevie Nicks style. But next week I might be into spikes and leather pants. I love being different and unexpected!!
3. What is your favorite horror or thriller film if you like those genres?
Absolutely "The Crow" (original version with Brandon Lee). And although it's technically considered an action/fantasy movie, I'd have to say the "The 13th Warrior" also fits this bill. I'd say these two are tied for first place in my list of favorites.
4. What is your favorite food? Chocolate!!!
5. Where would you like to travel to that you haven't been yet?
Egypt, Crete, Malta and Scotland, in that order.
6. What do you like to do for fun?
Gardening, dancing, reading, needlework, clothes shopping, cemetery walks and picnics (either by myself or with friends), traveling to neat places, fantasy and Renaissance faires, goth band concerts, writing poetry and short stories, hanging out with my friends.
7. Coffee or Tea? Definitely TEA. The only coffee I've ever tasted was in candy and ice cream.
8. Lace or Velvet? Yes! Wait, you can wear one without the other???? How mundane... ;-)
9. For you what defines goth?
For me, goth is first and foremost a state of mind. Clothing styles and music are important, but there are many different kinds of both that I consider to be within the realm of goth. The most important things to me are these: Being able to accept my own and others' darkness, and being comfortable with death as both inevitable and a part of life to be acknowledged and even celebrated. Being willing to accept myself and others for who we are AS we are, not as people who need to be changed in some way because we do not confirm to the status quo as defined by some anonymous "they" (excluding dangerous or illegal activities, of course). Then there are the other things, like music, clothes and accessories, decorations, etc. But they're just the red icing on the black-and-white skeleton cake, so to speak.
10. What is your favorite season and why?
Autumn, because it's just beautiful, although the colors are even better in the eastern U.S. than here in California. I actually enjoy all the seasons except summer, and I might enjoy that if it wasn't for the Evil Yellow Hurty Thing in the Sky.
11. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself working in a museum with ancient artifacts, having a ball AND making more money than I do now. I see myself debt free (except for student loans, they never go away!), and able to indulge my love of travel. I see myself publishing short stories, and who knows, maybe even a book of them. I see myself either renting or buying a house instead of an apartment, with a large garden to play in. I see myself able to contribute more to causes that are important to me. And I see myself surrounded by friends and family, enjoying myself thoroughly!