If I believed in reincarnation, I would want to come back as a fairy or a nymph in my next life.

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What I love:

• writing compelling, thought-provoking, art-related content for social media platforms and websites
• exploring and embracing the multifaceted nature of my mind, artistic potential, and of the world through interdisciplinary interests.
• my project, the Uncanny Archive, a digital art platform promoting and analysing haunting art, photographs, and films, with the aim of exploring the Freudian phenomenon of the uncanny through art, as well as the connections between art and the human psyche
• research revolving around the uncanny, memories, identity, dreams, and the Unconscious mind
• art cinema
• psychological horror
• dreams and dream worlds
• mythology
• Ancient Egypt culture
• antiques
• old photographs
• fantasy
• fashion- particularly Gothic and Victorian fashion
• snowdrops, acacias, and other scented plants
• ruins and abandoned places
• eerie phenomena

As a fan of Marcel Proust, I thought I should write down my answers to the most popular version of his iconic questionnaire in my first unequivocally personal post, even though my answers may very well change tomorrow! Get to know a version of me here.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Time travel. Interplanetary travel. As for a slightly more down-to-earth answer, visiting the most beautiful, inspiring- ethereal or eerie- places, absorbing every moment spent there and feeling connected to the place, living in the present, and having a cultivated soul.

What is your greatest fear?
Death. Non-existence. Annihilation. Oblivion. Aging. Bugs.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Literary figures: Virginia Woolf & Sylvia Plath.

Which living person do you most admire?
Tilda Swinton. Richard Dawkins. David Lynch. Plus anyone who positively influences the world, who is aware of the whole picture and manages to focus on the good rather than the bad in the world, overall.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I will mention a few, although I have conflicting feelings about these traits as I don’t always deplore them: the low-key need to be in control, scepticism to the point where I start being sceptical of my own scepticism, ricocheting between emotional frostiness and impulsiveness, and taking myself too seriously sometimes (but otherwise I probably wouldn’t be able or feel propelled to write!).

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Duplicity, hypocrisy. Prejudice. Lack of empathy and inability to listen. Arrogance. Wrong life values. Underestimating me.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My luxury perfume collection. Occasionally not sleeping at night.

What is your favourite journey?
Towards self-awareness and self-development, through self-indulgence and creative fulfilment.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience. Sympathy (not empathy). Contentment. Humility and prudence in women’s case. 

Which living person do you most despise?
Anyone who uses their power to negatively influence, harm, ruin, or eradicate the lives of innocent people, either on an individual level, or on an organised level.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Aesthetic. surreal. oh my god. yeah. no.

What is your greatest regret?
Caring when I shouldn’t have. Not caring when I should have.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Perfume, cinema, music, labyrinthine architecture

When and where were you happiest?
I don’t remember exactly but I’m gonna say it was probably a case of frisson- “aesthetic chills”- that I experienced whilst watching a hypnotic, revealing, or epiphany-inducing film or piece of art.

Which talent would you most like to have?
A mesmerising, emotion-inducing, magical singing voice.

What is your current state of mind?
introspective. conflicted.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d give myself an infinite dose of productivity and the capacity to love the world freely and unconditionally. Getting rid of grudges.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Rising from the flames like a Phoenix.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A fairy or a nymph.

What is your most treasured possession?
My perfume collection, my films collection, my velvet dresses collection,

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
not living the life you want, letting obsessions or demons consume you, feeling trapped.

Where would you like to live?
In a beautiful place adorned with paintings and different styles of decorations on each floor or in each room (Gothic, minimalist, dreamy, airy fantasy style etc). Also, in the distant future, maybe on a different, ultra-advanced planet. Either that or in one of the many film fantasy worlds I love.

What is your favourite occupation?
maladaptive daydreaming

What is your most marked characteristic?
Being artistically-inclined. Being headstrong, perceptive/astute, experiencing derealisation; being inquisitive, independent-minded, and a freethinker. Looking sad or annoyed when I’m actually in a neutral or thoughtful mood.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Intelligence (including emotional intelligence), genuineness, confidence -not cockiness, self-awareness

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Strength, genuineness, intelligence, confidence, self-awareness

What do you most value in your friends?
Kindness, authenticity, having my best interests at heart, trustworthiness, & respecting confidentiality

Who are your favourite writers?
Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Vladimir Nabokov, Hermann Hesse

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Jessica Jones, Vanessa Ives, Jean des Esseintes, Violet Baudelaire, Rogue

Who are your heroes in real life?
Inspiring women who are unapologetically fierce and do whatever they feel like (unless they are psychopaths or something equally worrying).

What are your favourite names?
Morgana, Diana, Ariadna, Artemis, Mordred, Crystal.

What is it that you most dislike?
Pity, prejudice, labels.

How would you like to die?
Knowing that I will be revived as an immortal goddess, mostly because I want to live forever, but all the other perks would be fun too!

What is your favourite motto?
C’est la vie.
Incantation-“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
Quotes-“I stopped explaining myself when I realised other people only understand from their level of perception.”
“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”

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