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…

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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/pan 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 apatheism 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: Courier. I deliver food and groceries and other things.

I have three pets and an honorary fourth. First is 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.

Piper (named after Piper McLean of the Riordanverse) was a 13-week-old feral I adopted when she was brought in for spay at the clinic I was the cat lady at. She loves to leap, and cuddle her best friend Hiko; and she will play fetch with the rattleballs as long as you are willing to throw for her.

Most recently acquired is Suki, whom I also adopted at my former workplace. She’s an adorable little bitemonster driven by the desire for food. She’s friends with Piper, mostly ignores Hiko, and takes turns bullying and being bullied by Galileo.

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. He doesn’t like me very much. He does like to sing a wonderful song.

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, Mystic Vale, and Trogdor!! The Board Game with my family (house rules).

Favorites: First know that, because art is so important to me, I keep a (supposedly) 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 Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon, 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, though I also enjoy Bishoujou Senshi Sailormoon (original series, not dumbass Crystal). Tiger & Bunny is another beloved title.

Western television: I love anything animated with Batman in, and also, pretty desperately, Castlevania. I’m currently following Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Chat Noir and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Older favorites include Sofia the First, The Clone Wars, The 10th Kingdom, The Boondocks, both Avatar series, Disney’s Gargoyles, and some older, less artistic but more nostalgic things from my childhood including the original He-Man and She-Ra and Jem and the Holograms. I’m trying to catch up on the Arrowverse, but there’s just so damn much of it.

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