location: Boston, MA, USA
sexuality(optional): Rather questioning. Leaning towards girls. In muddled idiotic teenage phase :P
reason for your username: It was supposed to be a pun. 'Otose' (Japanese for seal) plus 'Selkie'. Only I later found out that otose (really spelled ottosei) is old-fasioned, and it's usually 'azarashi', so that flunked. But I had the journal already, so what could I do?
where you found us: An ad in city_faeries
favorite books: The Lord of the Rings, The Immortals, Lord Peter, Nausicaä of the Valley of the WInd, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Break With Charity, Brother Cadfael.
favorite bands: Great Big Sea, The Kennedys, Jefferson Airplane, Arlo Guthrie, Nightwish, They Might Be Giants, U2 (and countless singers on their own. If those count, I'll ad them ;)).
favorite movies: Captain Blood, The Fellowship of the Ring, Dance Grozney Dance
bands you really dislike: Most of those fluffy-bunny-type pop singers like Hilary Duff. I also have a great dislike for Kate Wolf, probably because my mother listened to her all the damn time when I was little.
guilty pleasure song/artist: smile.dk
favorite song(s) and why: Dance Around in the Rain – The Kennedys. This song is so bright and optimistic, you can't help but like it. It talks about being happy with what the world throws at you (dancing in the rain). And Maura Kennedy's voice is gorgous.
General Taylor – Great Big Sea. I am a sucker for a capella, traditional songs and low harmony. Put all three together and you get me as a pile of goo.
Darkest Hour – Arlo Guthrie. I love the imagery in this song. It makes me want to write a story about it. I have a clear vision of everything that happens in it, and the melody is great.
favorite lyric: don't post the whole song There are poems in the seaweed/Down by the snowcross/Northern and mossy they will echo off a star/And the jangle poets sing their songs/While the pilgrim travelers will listen from afar – The Kennedys
favorite concert/show you've been to: I have been to very few concerts, but I would have to say Arlo Guthrie. He talks to the audiance between songs – sometimes during songs! – imparting bits of wisdom, funny stories and the occasional random thought. If you're sitting in a huge hall he can make you feel like you're right up near him. And he's a wonderful singer/musician, with or without backup. (I have had the pleasure of seeing him both ways, and hope to see him again in Symphony Hall this November!). The second time I saw him, he sang Darkest Hour, and I nearly squeed out loud.
favorite celebrity: . . . I don't follow celebrities, but I guess I'll say Miranda Otto. Because she played Éowyn, and she's beautiful.
homosexuality: Certainly. Go ahead. If you can find someone who really loves you and who you love, that's more than most people can have. I see nothing wrong with it. I don't consider it An Issue. Unfortunatly, some people choose to single others out and discriminate for what they are, or to deny part of themselves because they've been taught that they're 'wrong', and that's what makes it An Issue. I grew up with gay neighbors (they're still living here after eleven years), so I've had more 'exposure' than some people who are complaining about them have, and it hasn't effected me in any negitive way.
abortion: I believe that is a woman's right to choose whether or not to have a child. I do not think anyone should be forced either to have a baby or to abort it. It's your choice. There is an abortion clinic near my house, and while we've lived here they have had two people killed, had bomb threats and been bombed. While I am for the freedom to disagree, I am against any person who uses violence to make their point, be it a point I agree with or not. Forgive me, but I've never heard of a pro-choice person attacking a woman going in for her pre-maternal checkup.
religion: It's good and it's bad. What's good is that it gives people something to hang onto, something to keep them going. What's bad is that it then makes them kill people who disagree with them. Myself, I would like to believe that there's something good and great up there, but somehow I can't bring myself to trust my heart to it.
drugs/alcohol: Not for me, thank you. Alcohol in moderation is fine (when I'm of age), but frankly drugs scare the heck out of me. I'm a terribally curious person, and I'm afraid if given the oppertunity I would try some kind of mind boggling drug just to see what it's like and get hooked.
body modification: It's your body, go ahead. Tattoos and such are pretty cool, and piercings – I've always liked jewlry. If one of my aquantances were to want one, I would probably say something along the lines of "You know it's gonna be there for a long time, right?" and let them get on with it. Some piercings have gotten a little extreme *ahem*genitals*ahem*, and if you were to want one of those I would probably shove a bundle of articles about infection rates under your nose – because I care about my friends and want them to know the risks, not because I think it's wrong. Myself, I'm far too much of a scardy cat to get another piercing – two were quite enough, do it again and I'd probably faint.
labels: Everyone lables people, I can't stop it, you probably can't stop it... We've just got to live with it, as repulsive as it may be.
what/who do you really fucking hate? People with their heads stuck so far up their asses they won't even admit the other side has a point. I've found people like this on both sides of debates, and all I want to do is knock their heads together while yelling "Get a clue, you morons!"
something we wouldn't know from looking at you: I'm homeschooled.
something else: I hate most of Nanci Griffith's singing, but I'm obsessed with her song Pearl's Eye View (The Life of Dickey Chapelle). I've been able to sing it by heart since I was nine.
promote in two different places and link to them here: In my journal and notinschool
more than 2 but less than 8 pictures:
Taken last December, right after a concert:
Modeling the Starry Mantle I made:
Sharing a moment with my dog, Godzilla:
Self photography. I think it came out pretty well.