Names: kuroiyousei is my artistic handle, and as such I consider it as real a name as anything legal and used face-to-face. Yes, it’s composed of Japanese words (I write it 黒いよう精, in case you’re curious), but this is not meant to indicate any kind of preoccupation with Japanese culture. I just happen to have written a lot of fanfiction in a Japanese setting, and I think the name looks and sounds good. You’ll also see me using “Black Faery” sometimes, and occasionally referring to myself as “this faery.”
In “real life” my name is Robin. I’m fond of it because it’s a nice bird and a nice set of heroes that follow Batman around. It’s my middle name, used because my first, Jennifer, though a nice enough name, is ridiculously common, especially among women of my age. And speaking of which…
Birthdate: September 2, 1980. I’ll be in my 40’s soon; how cool is that!
Gender and sexuality: Cis female (she/her), graysexual lesbian. I identified as bisexual for several years (after the usual heterosexual confusion of youth), and would probably currently i.d. as bi or pansexual if I didn’t so loathe what our society raises men to be. Ugh. In any case, not all that much into sex.
Religion: Art-worship, and apatheist in regard to a conscious god. I revere the connection of human minds and spirits through artistic expression, the potential of art to improve both individuals and societies, and the elevation of thought and emotion that comes from experiencing and creating art.
I’m also involved in certain art-related magical practices that are more a discipline and source of interest than a religion or source of spirituality.
Most important thing in my life: Writing. This should be no surprise after the above. A secondary consideration is my beloved pets (see below).
Profession: Veterinary technician. Currently I’m the designated Cat Lady at a non-profit spay/neuter clinic, and it’s a lot of fun. I do the preliminary examination on cats coming in for surgery (10-20 a day), and assist in anesthetizing and recovering them around the surgery itself.
I have three official pets and an honorary fourth. The first is Tokio, a lovely, elegant, and gentle domestic short hair that came to me on a cold December night many years ago. These days I mostly call her Waybee.
Then there’s Galileo (the honorary pet, since he technically belongs to my brother), a Very Silly Bean who was a stray and now wall-jumps around our house, attacks Waybee because she’s old, and doesn’t like me very much.
And Hiko, a Maltese-poodle mix (maltipoo) I got from a rescue that loves to jump and play with him dinosaur and wag him tail and lick him kitty’s ear.
And most recently, Piper (named after Piper McLean of the Riordanverse), a sweet DSH I rescued from a short life of wildness at the age of 13 weeks or so (we do a trap-neuter-release program at work, and when someone brought this tiny feral in for spay, I had to have her). She loves to leap and play with the rattletoys and cuddle her best friend Hiko.
I post a ridiculous number of photos of these four in my Two Weeks In Photos entries, should you happen to want to see more of them.
Hobbies: I enjoy drawing, and indulge in it more seriously (i.e. spend more money on it) than my level of talent perhaps justifies. I like making games in RPG Maker (VX Ace, in case you’re curious), though I’ve never yet made one available for public consumption. I love reading (and collecting) tarot cards. I play a lot of Dominion with my family (house rules), and like designing new cards for that; lately we’ve also gotten way into Mystic Vale.
Favorites: First know that, because art is so important to me, I keep a bi-weekly Art Experience Log that is a not-very-well organized and often very truncated record of my reaction to the art I experience. But for specific lists…
Books: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Watership Down by Richard Adams, and Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott are my top three that don’t tend to change. After those, I love nearly everything by Edgar Allan Poe, J.K. Rowling (by any name), Rick Riordan, Jane Austen, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters, the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and more. Lots more.
Manga: I love Saiyuki (in its variety of subtitles), Kuroshitsuji, and just about anything by Yoshinaga Fumi. My all-time favorite used to be Rurouni Kenshin, of course, but these days not so much.
Anime: Shoujo Kakumei Utena is far and away my #1 favorite anime. GetBackers is one of the few anime I like better than the manga it’s based on, and Bishoujou Senshi Sailormoon (original series, not dumbass Crystal) is a second. Tiger & Bunny is another beloved title.
Western television: I love anything animated with Batman in. I’m currently following Brooklyn 99, Steven Universe, and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir. Older favorites include Sofia the First, The 10th Kingdom, The Boondocks, both Avatar series, Disney’s Gargoyles, and some older, less artistic but more nostalgic things from my childhood including He-Man and She-Ra and Jem and the Holograms.
Movies: I love anything animated with Batman in. Other good ones are The Princess and the Pauper, Clue, Megamind, Zootopia, and the new Star Wars installments. My movie-watching is sparse and eclectic (though skewed toward animation and musicals), and I go into severe anaphylaxis at nearly all book adaptations.
Music: I’m easily bored, but I love almost anything that doesn’t bore me. Some favorites (or at least artists/bands that have enough non-boring songs to be listed here) include Barenaked Ladies, David Bowie, Coheed and Cambria, Dream Theater, Flo Rida, Gackt, Adam Gontier (with or without Three Days Grace), Michael Jackson, Toby Keith, L’Arc~en~Ciel, PSY, Rammstein, Shakira, Sting, System of a Down, and Toto.
I think that’s all I have to say about myself for now! Probably more than enough, eh? ;D