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I am deeply entertained by this
http://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/03/heres-why-youre-still-single-based-on-your-myers-briggs-personality-type/ - Why you are still single based on your Myers Brigg type. (Which I agree is pretty pseudoscience, but still fun and more accurate than a horoscope.)

Incidentally, I'm somewhere between an ENTJ and an INTJ:


You’re single because: You have impossibly high standards and you’d probably just marry yourself if it were legal.
You’ll get into a relationship when: You decide that it is practical to do so, at which point you will assess potential suitors for mate value and propose to the most logical subject.


You’re single because: You over-analyze social interactions to the point where it seems easier to just avoid them altogether.
You’ll get into a relationship when: A hell-bent ENFP follows you around for a long enough period of time that you eventually just accept that you’re dating.

(I'm honestly probably more INTJ in dating.)

Costume Timelines
Despite the horrible drama, I have decided that I shall continue with costumes, for I am not to be easily swayed!

The three I have planned are:

She-Ra (She-Ra)

Isabel of Castile (historical gown from painting)

Cersei (Game of Thrones)

I started looking at materials, just cause, and realized that I'm going to have to buy multiple items from different online sources. (Primarily Dharma - this is where I'll get the white cotton satin for She-Ra + the silk lining for Cersei + the silk gauze for Isabel - Mood - where I'll get the gold ribbon for Isabel + the red cotton satin for She-Ra, and Farthinggales - where I'll get the coutil, lacings, and grommets for She-Ra and Isabel as well as the boning for She-Ra. Isabel will use cable ties.)

Particularly Farthinggales (because it's in freaking Canada) has expensive shipping. So...if I can get everything to be sent at once, it'll save me a bit of money. Unfortunately, this means that I'm going to be stuck in mock-up hell for quite a bit. I think the order will be:

1. Mock up corset for She-Ra, stays for Isabel (so I can place the Farthinggales order).

2. Full Isabel chemise, stays, farthinggale, and petticoat (so I can mock up the outer garmets for Isabel)

3. She-Ra cape and Isabel outer-dress (so I can place the Mood order).

4. Cersei mock up (so I can place the Dharma order for pretty much everyone else).

Then I can start tearing through the outfits one after the next (probably She-Ra, Cersei, then Isabel, although at that point, I may be hating myself and the mere existence of costumes.)

So evil!Julia was just told by OKC that she is one of the most attractive people on the site. Good!Julia was not deemed worthy.

WTF is wrong with men?

Things I am Learning About Online Dating
In no particular order:

1. There is no conceivable way in which I can go out with everyone who wants to go out with me. This is baffling, in that there are approximately as many men as women on the planet, and the laws of time should apply to both of us equally. Ergo, the expectation would be that I could go out with approximately as many people as want to go out with me, because with an even divide among genders and an equal amount of time, theoretically it should work out. But I can't. Either I am wildly popular or men violate physics. Choose your favorite and run with it.

2. For this reason, it no longer makes sense to go out with people who don't:
        a. Meet my minimum requirements
        b. Have at least three interests in common with me.
Enforcing these rules probably makes me sound like a raving bitch (no, I won't go out with you unless you can name three things we might have in common. Deal with it!), but it does act as a great time saver. (In addition, people with normal social skills seem capable of a) not messaging when they don't meet my requirements and b) mentioning things we have in common, so that enforcement is unnecessary.)

3. I know fully well that a generic guy is messaging me because he finds me attractive and wants to have sex with me. There is no conceivable other reason to message someone on a dating site. (Unless, I suppose, he is an extremely odd duck who saw something on my profile that he is deeply curious about so is popping in for an exceedingly specific question.) These things are so obvious they do not need to be stated, and those who state them in a message show an overwhelming lack of social sophistication. Since I value social sophistication, these are automatic deletes.

4. Being brutally blunt is a suprisingly good strategy. Evil profile is both more fun and seems to be attracting more interesting people than good profile. (Also, people who try to explain to me how I ought to improve my evil profile are freaking hilarious.)

5. Liking people is more effective than messaging them. It's faster, and if they feel so inclined, they will message back. Messaging men also seems to freak them out for some incomprehensible reason, although occasionally they do respond. Just none of these responses has resulted in a date, while liking people seems to have a pretty good  hit rate. Why? No idea. Possibly, yet again, men violate the laws of physics.

Life Casting - Stalk
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So I'm going to do The Stalk from Saga because, well, she's awesome. The biggest problem though are the arms. I have arms. She doesn't. (At least on her torso. I guess she has eight leg/arms on her abdomen.)

My plan for dealing with this is to cast my legs then connect them into my forearms, then cover the tops of my arms with black cloth. Hopefully this will make them look connected to the abdomen + weird and a bit spooky, although we'll see. Also, for fun, I want an arm holding a gun sticking out the back side.

Anyhow, I know where to get casting materials in California, but not Seattle. (And shipment is hard due to freeze issues.) So...I figured why not cast while here? (A good friend offered to help with the process too.) Why not indeed?

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Elsa Skirt
Back to costuming stuff!

So I finished this costume a bit back but (like so many) haven't posted pics.

Anyway, with the Elsa skirt I started by painting it in a silver pigment so that it would look more shiny/frost-y.

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Since It Appears We Have Some People Who Like to Objectify Men Here...
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Dating bingo is ON.


Let me know if you have any ideas for squares. A lot of these seem kind of boring.

Edit: Because my friends are as bad as I am, we now have bad date bingo:

Bad Date Bingo 11-14

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Oooh, so looking at the various cosplay releases and wondering whether it would be worth trying either Cassandra or Vivienne. I'll admit that Vivienne is more my normal costume type, but Cassandra looks so freaking awesome. Hmmm. Hard decisions.

Cloth Decisions
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Anyway, so Cute Guy has finally set a time to move up. (Late next month.) Yay! As a  negative, this means that I'm like, "OMG, I need to get projects finished so that he doesn't wander into the horrifying place I call my apartment and be like, "WTF is this mess?" (He'd be more polite but still...)

Which means I've been working like crazy to get some projects finished/underway.

The fabric for Elsa came in on Friday, so dyed it on Saturday...

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Have not posted in like the last million years or so, but...
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Anyway, am still alive. So far, so good. Move progressed smoothly. (I have a ton of pictures that I sort of meant to post and may eventually, but not sure how exciting they really are in retrospect.)

Am adapting well to new area + new job. Still with Cute Guy, who sent me some totally ridiculous flowers yesterday. (Because ridiculous is what he does best. :)

Am continuing to write and edit, but nothing especially exciting on that front. (Alas.)

Am also working on a couple of costumes. Am trying to come up with something for whatever conventions come up over the next few months. Am thinking Elsa from "Frozen", since while I suspect she'll be overdone to excess, whatever. It's got sparkles. I'm already sold. (And have found the rectangular turquoise sequins I need for it, so what the hell. Why not? Now I just need a massive source of sparkles for her crazy cape.) I'm also tempted to use all my scrap leather in trying to come up with some version of the Seeker armor from DA:2/DA:I, but am still trying to figure out whether I really want to get myself involved in that insanity!

How are all the rest of you?

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