Blogger Dossiers: Karin

Blogger Dossiers

It’s that time of the month for another round of Blogger Dossiers, featuring Karin! She blogs at Imaginary Karin and is active on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve been reading her blog for a couple of years now. Her love for the outdoors along with all the other geeky hobbies make her an interesting blogger. I also love the artworks she does. Get to know her better with this post!

Karin of Imaginary Karin

My name is Karin, I’m 33, and live in Sweden. I’m a blogger, artist, web developer, gamer, and just a general geek girl. I’m also a massive nature and animal lover, i.e. an Internet addict who actually likes being outdoors and away from technology.

Personifying Photographs

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Remarkable Recollection

Picking a travel destination feels a bit cliché, but I’m gonna do it anyway.

I’ve always had a thing for Scotland and the Highlands, and in July 2015 I finally got to go there in person. We stayed in Edinburgh which is such a cool city. I fell completely in love with it during the week we lived there. And then we travelled up into the Highlands, as far north as Fort Augustus by the southern end of Loch Ness. I didn’t get to see Nessie, but the landscape was more than enough. I’ve never seen anything like the Highlands before, the rocky treeless hills and deep glens were beyond beautiful.

Scotland is probably my favourite of all places I’ve been to. It was a dream come true and I’m dying to go back there again!

Musical Moment

You sure? You know I’m into metal, right? ;)

I’ve been listening to a lot of In Flames recently. They released a new album last autumn and The End is my favourite song from it. The video is pretty meh, but the song is great!

Coffee Break Conversation

What’s the funniest story about your pets?
I don’t actually have a lot of funny stories about them. I mean, they’re always hilarious, but it’s just small everyday things. Like the cat holding long conversations about things obviously very important to her, but nobody else understands (she’s very talkative), or falling off furniture and trying to look like she meant it, or the dog just . . . being himself.

I love watching Zaphod trying to run in snow or on the ice. You know that scene in Disney’s Bambi? He looks exactly like that! XD Or how he always sleep in completely twisted positions with his eyes partly open and his tongue out. It looks like he’s dead and his spine is broken, or at least like he’s severely brain-damaged. The whippet is supposed to be a graceful and elegant breed, but honestly, most of the time they’re just weird and derpy.

The snake is funny when she falls off the branches in her terrarium and hits the water bowl. It makes a huge splash and looks ridiculous. Or when she tries to eat her food (rats) backwards or sideways instead of starting from the head like she’s supposed to. How corn snakes even survive in the wild is a mystery to me . . .

If someone were to visit Sweden, and money and time wasn’t an issue, where would you take them as a tour guide?
Oh wow, I would need like a full year to show everything! The thing about Sweden is that it’s a completely different country depending on which part you visit, and if you go in the summer or the winter.

Up north are the mountains and the wilderness, with the midnight sun in the summer and dark snowy winters when you can see the aurora borealis. Down south are where all big cities are and where most people live — they also have short mild winters with very little snow, if any at all.

I’m from the north end myself, so of course I’d like to take this imaginary person on a winter adventure. Probably to Kiruna, the northernmost town in the country.

Up there you can ride snowmobiles or go dog sledging, see the mountains, make a fire somewhere and cook food, listen to the silence and of course: watch the auroras.

I’ve seen the northern lights every winter of my life, but I’m still as fascinated by them as I was as a child. They are truly magical, and it never gets old. They’re not always super big and bright, but even a small aurora is still fascinating and almost hypnotising to watch. If you ever have a chance to see them, go for it! The pictures and videos do not make them do justice!

Outside Kiruna is also the famous Icehotel of Jukkasjärvi. It’s exactly what it says it is: a hotel made entirely of ice and snow. Every summer it melts away and every winter they rebuild it. Artists and architects come from all over the world to build fantastic sculptures and decorations for every room, so it’s a real work of art. There are other similar projects in other countries around the world, but the one in Sweden is the original. It’s fully functional as a hotel, too, so you can sleep in one of the rooms, on a bed of snow with a reindeer fur as a blanket. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Who are your art influences?
My favourite artist is John Bauer, a Swedish artist famous for his illustrations of trolls and faeries. His style is beautiful and ethereal, truly like something from another world.

There are so many talented artists I love and aspire to be like, I couldn’t possibly list all of them. But I want to mention Tove Jansson, Hans Arnold, Amy Brown, Heather “Kyoht” Luterman, and Christy “Goldenwolf” Grandjean. Google them — they’re all amazing!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I know everyone says that in order to be successful you should make goals and plans and such, but I’m honestly a bit afraid of that. I feel that if I try to imagine too much of my future, or plan ahead too much, I might jinx it or subconsciously self-sabotage or something? It’s a weird hangup, especially since I don’t actually believe in jinxes and destinies and such.

That said, I do have some loose plans and dreams. My boyfriend and I are working towards buying a house and getting married, so hopefully, I’ll have both a house and a husband within five years. I’ll probably have a second dog, too. :)

What is one of your quirks?
I’m very left-handed — my right hand is basically useless — except when it comes to computers. Back when I was in school and first started using computers, they all had the mouse on the right side and I didn’t know you could change that. So I struggled in awkward silence, and by the time I learned you can actually change which side you put the mouse on, I had already trained my right hand to work it perfectly. These days I can switch seamlessly between using my left and right hand, usually without even changing the settings as my left hand can simply use the middle finger to “left click”.

Quite useful actually, and it always raises people’s eyebrows when stuff is in the way or something, and I just pull the mouse to the other side and continue working. “How do you do that?” ;D

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for featuring me! I feel honoured to be asked to be part of this blog series, and it was fun answering the questions :D

    • I found the story about your computer mouse interesting! I used to use my right hand until I experienced a lot of pain in my right (dominant) hand and chose to swap my mouse to the left. I use mice that are symmetrical, and change the settings so I can mirror what one would normally do with their right hand. 😆 I used to piss off a lot of my coworkers who would try to show me something on my computer then realise the buttons were reversed.

      They would later tell me that when they went back to their own computer they would try using their right hand on their own mouse but as if it was left-handed 😂

  2. Sweden is on my list of countries to visit! I’ve heard it is beautiful out there. Karin is an amazing artist!

    Ah, that’s so funny that she spoke about visiting Edinburgh and I literally just went there. Mutay and I want to go to the Highlands too, and we’ll hopefully be doing that in the summer! Maybe we’ll find Nessie :D

    Thank you so much for featuring Karin ~ I will definitely be checking out her blog. She seems like such a cool person!

  3. I loved reading this! I have been reading Karin’s blog for a couple of years now too, and I love her creative and interesting personality. Her hobbies are so interesting to follow, she loves the sort of music I am into, and she lives in such an interesting part of the world.

    I haven’t listened to In Flames recently at all, but I used to listen to some of their stuff 5-10 years ago.

    I have been thinking about visiting Sweden on my next trip to Europe!

  4. I loved getting to know Karin and I’m definitely going to start reading her blog!

    I totally volunteer to on a winter adventure with her because I’ve wanted to do something like that for a long time and I haven’t seen much of winter here in the U.S. recently.

  5. I’ve seen Karin’s name here and there before. I am loving the detail of her tattoo! Karin is an awesome artist [really legit artwork]. It’s fine picking a travel destination as a good memory. It gives great memories and relaxing vibes :).

    Cats are the cutest things. I love how they act (unless they’re trying to scratch me). It sounds like Sweden is the place to be for great sightseeing! I need to go to check out the northern lights! The ice hotel sounds pretty neat!

    Even though planning too much sounds like a recipe for disaster, it’s good to have general guidance. A house is one of them ;). A husband is even better ;). I wish I can use both hands for the mouse!

  6. I love this column because I get to be introduced to awesome bloggers. Karin sounds super cool, thanks for sharing! Karin your tattoos are amazing! I’ve always wanted a tattoo sleeve, but been to scared of the commitment.

    That’s awesome that Karin has snakes, I know a lot of people who have snakes and I still find it fanscinating :-)

    I’ve been wanting to go to Sweden for a while! It looks gorgeous!

  7. I love these posts, Karin seems super cool too!!! Thanks for introducing me to new blogs!

  8. Karin is so awesome and it’s so wonderful she was featured here. Loved reading it. :D

  9. Oh geez, her description of what to do in Sweden sounds like a fantastic vacation! And I didn’t realized the ice hotel was a fully functioning hotel. That’s so neat!

    Best of luck to Karin on her future endeavors to buy a house and get married! Exciting milestones!

  10. I love following Karin! Her artwork is soooo good. I love that she chose an In Flames song. Both my husband and I are fans, but I haven’t heard their newest stuff yet.

    haha, I liked reading about her pets. Sweden also sounds so lovely! It’s been on my “to travel” list, and all of the things she described are things I’d totally want to see.

    I didn’t realize Karin was left handed! Neat that she can use both hands with the mouse :)

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