Goth in the Country
I was immediately intrigued by the title of this book, Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country by Chavisa Woods, and knew I would like it. The design and font on the cover solidified this notion. It's the type of title that makes you slightly jealous you didn't think of it first. To me, it also screamed for some photos showing what a goth in the country would do. Luckily I have a house in the country now. It seemed perfectly fortuitous so I made it happen.
As a recovering daily all black, heavy on the black liquid liner teen this is a book I would want and covet. My favorite color combination was pink and black, heavy on the black. I was angsty and misunderstood scrawling weird thoughts in my journal while listening to Metallica feeling trapped and small in the suburbs. I always felt rebellious but didn't do much to rebel besides dress to scare adults. I liked to stay up late and make out with my boyfriend saying we were at the movies on the weekend. I was under stimulated in school and at home so I would read for hours while finishing up my homework 10 minutes before class. Real rebel right there.
All of the clothes and accessories I already owned. They were just laying around my room waiting to be found. The only item I purchased is the long black lace robe which is awesome and I will probably keep wearing in real life. I feel like goths get a bad rap just because they bring attention to the side of life no one wants to think about. They are just following Johnny Cash's lead when he sang about being the Man in Black. You don't have to be a Johnny Cash lover to appreciate the message in that song. He doesn't want us to be morose all the time but not to lose sight of the world and the tragedies that happened and will keep happening.
Every now and then I feel a bit rebellious even though I am firmly planted on the side of adult now. I like to make my own fun and do creative projects that entertain me and possibly others. The short stories inside Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country are excellent. My personal favorite is the last one which is the book's namesake. It reminds me of that wild yet sullen youth lurking on the fringes. I did work up a sweat in all of these outfits because we shot this project in August in Texas. Not the smartest idea but no regrets!