It’s still Getting to Know You Week for Blaugust, and since this is the first time I’ve blogged in a good long while, I thought it might be a fun idea to introduce (or reintroduce, I suppose) myself by listing off five things at random that you may or may not have known about your intrepid blogger and streamer. After all, it might be kind of nice to get to know the person behind the screen, right?
So without further ado, here are…
5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Me
Thing the First
When I was a little kid, one of my dream jobs was to be a knight. No, it did not matter to me at all that that didn’t seem like a “valid career path” at the time.
See, on one trip to the bookstore as a kid, I discovered a young adult fantasy novel that was part of something called the Song of the Lioness Quartet. These were four books that took place in a fantasy realm called Tortall, and they were about a girl named Alanna who hid her identity to become the realm’s first female knight.
From the moment I read those books, I wanted to be Alanna. Like… really badly.
I devoured those books over and over again until I finally discovered that it was part of a much larger story. It turned out there were further books in the Tortall universe that brought in characters from previous adventures, and little me could not have been more thrilled. I now own every single book currently available that’s set in that universe. I may have a problem.
Come to think of it, those books might be part of the reason why I really want to go to a boffer LARP at some point.
Thing the Second
Believe it or not, I survived my body trying to kill me.
Back in 2013, I was having some breathing issues, but we didn’t uncover the cause until December of that year. It turned out that I had something called spontaneous tracheal stenosis in which my airway was constricting itself for no discernible reason. This was preventing me from inhaling the necessary amount of oxygen to do, well, anything.
And yes, it is as scary as it probably sounds.
It’s all resolved now, fortunately. I was lucky enough to have access to an amazing surgeon who went in and fixed everything for me, and I consider the resulting surgical scars on my neck to be my battle scars from the ordeal. It was still scary as hell at the time, though.
Thing the Third
Before the surgery, I was a classically trained soprano capable of hitting a high C above the staff with a surprising amount of clarity. Despite the range I had, Younger Me was dismayed to learn that she was never to be a coloratura soprano. See, the arias they get to sing are some of my favorites to this day, and Younger Me most certainly would have died if she had been able to sing them at all.
So what does a coloratura sing? Think something like the Queen of the Night’s rage aria from The Magic Flute (“Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen“). I love it to bits, but I couldn’t (and still can’t) pull it off. I wished for many years, but it was never to be.
I’ve always been more of a character performer, though. Some of my favorite parts to sing were Despina in Cosí Fan Tutte and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, and they’re still some of my favorites even today.
Unfortunately, after the aforementioned surgery, I don’t have the range I used to. And yes, sadly, that’s with taking practice into account. Some of my higher notes still don’t sound right even with practice. I still sing when I can, but it’s been difficult accepting that my voice might not ever be what it used to be.
Thing the Fourth
I have a ridiculously huge love for magical girl anime.
Yeah, that’s right. I’m over 30 years old and I love magical girls.
Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever saw back before I knew what anime really was and I loved it. Card Captor Sakura was another favorite of mine, although I knew it as CardCaptors back in the day. I loved that there were girls on my screen who got magical powers and could save the day like the boys always got to in the Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch as a kid. And most of the time, the girls got to look ridiculously cute while doing it. Best of all, though, was that they didn’t need to be saved. They could save themselves or save the boys.
To a younger me, that was actually amazing.
Thing the Fifth
I have absolutely no problem giving my characters a voice in video games if the situation calls for it.
Part of this stems from being a theatre kid, but this wasn’t something I did seriously until I started playing Dragon Age Origins. It actually bothered me a little that while there were a variety of things my Warden could say to their companions, they weren’t given an actual voice of their own for whatever reason. The silence as I clicked on my chosen dialogue options made every single conversation in the game feel a little awkward to me and I eventually got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore.
So I started reading my Warden’s conversations aloud as I chose their dialogue options and I’ve been doing it ever since. This is why I take the time to sit through and read out the dialogue in Elder Scrolls games when I play. My character having a voice is just that important to me.
And now, dear friends, it’s your turn. What’s one thing you’d love for us all to know about you?