If you comment on this post, I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.
Gilding the lily - Gilding the lily means attempting to improve upon something that is already perfect. It has been a frustrating habit of mine, likely linked with my obsessive-compulsive disorder. Sometimes I have to remind myself that things are just fine as they are. And sometimes, although I do recognize this, I just can't help myself! So, it's sort of a reminder to myself, and sort of a way of saying, "Yes, I know... I shouldn't worry so much about it, but I do."
Indigo children - Indigo children are supposedly people with indigo auras who are to bring about a change, an evolution for humanity. They are described as particularly sensitive, intuitive, precocious, curious, and truth-seeking, and they often feel out of place and that they have a distinct purpose for being here. Some people are skeptical of the concept, believing that parents would rather credit their child's aberrant behavior with their being "special". But others feel that indigo children are often misdiagnosed with ADHD and other disorders because of their nature and the difficulties of trying to fit in in this world. I suspected I might be an indigo child. I think I even wrote down the "signs" I exhibited. I think that the concept has perhaps become overpopularized though. According to the personalities of the different auras, I'm definitely somewhere on the purple/violet/lavender/indigo spectrum. I can't say for sure whether I believe in it or not though. But I do notice a number of traits in myself.
Lostkin - Lostkin are otherkin without any memories of their "other" selves. And otherkin are a whole other controversial metaphysical concept. *snicker* Basically, otherkin are non-human souls born into human bodies. When I first discovered this concept, I thought that these people were nuts. And I'm sure some of them are (or at least deluded)! Then, I thought about it some more, and it seemed more plausible. And, for a while I suspected I might be an otherkin. Although, having no memories or any real basis aside from those similar traits and intuition, I identified as a lostkin. So, I sought to find others like me, and perhaps "find" myself. But, I've drifted away from that now. Most otherkin seem to have a firm grasp on who they are/were, and sometimes it's just hard to believe. You don't know if they're serious or just messing around, if it's actually true or just what they've led themselves to believe. So, yeah, I'm kind of in a limbo with my spirituality in general. Just not sure what to believe. So, I'll keep flowing on and see what comes.
Mudding - Ah ha, my addiction for years. A MUD (Multi-user Dungeon) is an online, text-based roleplaying game. And "mudding" would be playing a MUD. There are a wide variety of MUDs, but a large number of them are fantasy-based. On the game, you can create and level up a character by fighting monsters, roleplay with other players, explore the world, and collect items. It's sort of like Dungeons and Dragons, only online and text-based. :) And it's terribly addicting. I think I've managed to overcome it though. But sometimes I do still get the urge...
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - MST3K is a show I used to watch on the Sci-Fi channel in its later seasons. In it, a man and two robots are trapped on a spaceship and forced to watch bad movies, making hilarious mocking comments. Full of funness. If you've never seen it, you should. Because everyone loves mocking bad movies! And even good movies. My little brother and I have classic lines we say when watching the Lord of the Rings movies and any other movie we've seen a million times. I'll have to watch some earlier episodes of MST3K and compare them to the later ones, cause I feel so out of the loop in that regard!
Scenes from a Memory - Metropolis pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is an album by Dream Theater, and one of my favorite albums of all time. It's quite possibly the first album I listened to that I loved from beginning to end, every single song. It's a concept album that tells the story of a man named Nicholas who undergoes past-life regression to try and understand the dreams he's been having of a young woman named Victoria who lived in the 1920s. He discovers that she was murdered and tries to uncover the truth of what happened to her and her relationship with two brothers. I'd love to write a play/screenplay about this story and/or have the chance to play Victoria. But the music would have to play an integral part as well. It's so intricate and melodic, and can go from powerful and heavy to tender ballads. The melodies of each song stick with you too, which I wish there was more of in Dream Theater's more recent stuff. Altogether, it's a great album.
Tragic characters - I seem to have an affinity for tragic characters. I always go for the dark, quiet, brooding sort, and those whose lives are plagued with misfortune. From Maeglin, to Hamlet, to the Phantom of the Opera... Even my own characters all seem to suffer in some way. Maybe I find it more dramatic and interesting? You can feel for them and connect with them. They just have an appeal to me, their personalities and their stories.