name: Maral Agnerian
nicknames: Herself the Elf, Sarcasm-hime
things I hate: stupid people, people who act like experts when they don't know anything, sexist jerks, religious fanatics of any denomination, green peppers.
hobbies: collecting and wearing kimono, choral singing (soprano), costuming, bellydance (Egyptian cabaret and Tribal styles)
weaknesses: Beads, rabbits, fancy textiles, historical clothing, silver, moonstone, embroidery.
what i do for a living: Jewelry/accessories designer, freelance illustrator and costumer.
affiliations: staff at Anime North; member of the Toronto Kimono Club and International Costumers' Guild
- Japanese - soba, chirashi-don, wakame salad, onigiri, ochazuke
- Armenian (it's what I grew up with) - sarma (similar to Greek dolmades), mante, madzoun kefta
- Moroccan - chicken olive tajine
- Veggies - broccoli, eggplant, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, GARLIC!
- Beverages - lots and lots of tea (earl grey, jasmine, mint, green, genmai), carrot juice, soy milk, bubble tea
- Booze - Amaretto, Strongbow (cider)
Elizabeth Hand, Tanya Huff, Robin McKinley, Mercedes Lackey (older stuff only), A.S. Byatt, Jane Yolen, Lloyd Alexander, Patricia McKillip, Nancy Springer, Connie Willis, Susanna Clarke, George R. R. Martin
all-time favourite comics:
Sandman (Brief Lives especially), Black Orchid (original), Books of Magic (original), Elfquest (original series), Finder, Watchmen, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Fables
Niyaz, Vas, Tarkan, Imogen Heap, Tori Amos, Buck-Tick, Kokia, Akino Arai, Maaya Sakamoto, Gackt, Pizzicato Five, Yungchen Lhamo, Happy Rhodes, Hedningarna, Mylène Farmer, The Sisters of Mercy, Khaled, Angélique Kidjo, Sheila Chandra, Ayumi Hamasaki, Moist, various anime mp3s & soundtracks. Also a hell of a lot of middle-eastern music, from Algerian or Egyptian pop to classic bellydance music.
RPGs and world-building games like Civilization (although I always get bored as soon as I hit the 1700s or so, coz then everything's been explored and it's just politics and war). I love games where I get to explore and figure out things. What really got me hooked was the Sega game Phantasy Star.