No, Seriously, I Am Just That Random
I am a surprisingly insightful cheeseball who likes bad puns and brilliant introspection. I observe everything, and I feel everything, and I think about everything - so I get selective about what I expose myself to, because all the world is damn intense for me. I love connecting to genuine people on deep levels, and I don't play the social games that would keep those connections shallow and filtered. I am filled to bursting with creativity, and I scrabble for any outlet possible to let the steam escape the kettle - which is why I have so many hobbies and forms of expression.
I don't care about the media, or politics, or names and dates and times, or pop culture, or sports, or cars, or cutting-edge gadgets. Instead, I am wholly fascinated by the natural world, hard sciences, all forms of creativity, languages, psychology, the body and its motions (especially martial arts), Eastern philosophy, the emotional and spiritual inner worlds, and where quantum physics and metaphysics meet. I am unapologetic for my passions and disinterests, and I don't deal well with categorization or labels.
Identity and Spirituality
Gender & Sexuality: I'm genderfunky (also known as genderqueer among normal people). This means that I don't consider myself 100% male or female; I'm something of both or neither, and where I stand on the gender spectrum varies by the day. I occasionally refer to my gender as cat. I'm also pansexual-- I often call myself gay, but that indicates that I'm with a partner of the same gender and/or sex, and since my gender is fluid/non-binary, it's not technically true. Gender issues are a hotspot for me, and I tend to be highly aware of genderizing and stereotyping.
Spirituality: My spirituality is founded in science, and my magic is based in psychology. I am strongly nature-based and animal-centric with a heavy shamanic influence; I have considerable Taoist/zen leanings, thanks to my martial arts training. I'm also exploring the path of Kemeticism (ancient Egyptian religion). I take what works for me and weave it into a personalized eclectic path. Entities particularly of interest: Sekhmet, Nebt-het (Nephthys), Hethert-Nut (Hathor the Celestial Cow), Ma'ahes, Serqet, Cernunnos, Yemonja/Olukun, Twtw (Tutu), Brigid, Quetzalcoatl, sphinxes, and mythological shapeshifters/animal-people.
Expressions of Creativity
Writing: I work in sci-fantasy, mixing possible science with plausible magic. I write novels and unstructured short stories, plus the occasional personal poem. I've participated in National Novel-Writing Month since 2003 and reached the 50,000 word goal every year save one. From 2000 to 2009, I amassed over 700 pieces of fiction.
Geofiction: "Geofiction" is worldbuilding for worldbuilding's sake, rather than just to back up a story. I explore alien and fantasy worlds, investigate strange and mystical flora, study bizarre creatures and monsters, and take notes on the quirky details of intelligent cultures, even going so far as to learn the language in some cases. I have been creating for longer than I've been writing and have amassed over three hundred intelligent species, over a hundred different worlds, and some dozen languages. I have two wikis for my geofiction, one for Gurhai and one for everything else.
Art & Photography: I love to doodle - the more conceptual and small, the better. I'm developing a clean, illustrative style of linework and a messy style of coloring. I've started playing around with painting (acrylics) on little canvasses with a somewhat stick-figure style. I also have a great point-and-shoot camera. I have an eye for good composition, and I love taking photos - there's something magical about preserving life in split-second snapshots. Oh, and I do web design too, which sort of counts as art.
Music: Music is my lifeblood, my oxygen, my sunlight. I write songs. I sing. I drum. I'm good with percussive keyboard instruments, and I'm learning to translate that to an actual keyboard. I'm studying guitar with my classical and my electric bass. I mess around with harmonicas. I just acquired an electrolin (electric fiddle) and am diving headfirst into it.
Housemates: My beloved, beringed partner, J. My two cats (Mary, Kitsune), my dog (Orion), J's two cats (Nicodemus, Terror), a long-term houseguest (Bitty, aka Deathcat).
Home: Three-bedroom house (renting, not owning) in McKinney, Texas. Large fenced yard, two-car garage, quiet and tree-filled neighborhood.
Job: I am the
paid geek web professional for an organic vitamin/supplement company. I love my job and my coworkers, so much so that I went from Nevada to Texas for it.
Vehicles: My Chrysler Sebring (Meamare), J's Subaru (Monster), my Honda XR 500 (Comrade), J's Yamaha Seca 400 (Seeker).
Computers: My gaming desktop, my work laptop, my old laptop, J's old laptop, an old HP printer-scanner.
Gaming Systems: PS2 and Gamecube.
Instruments: Seven guitars (classical, electric bass, twelve-string acoustic, six-string acoustic, and electric, plus two half-functional electrics), two mandolins, a banjola, a tenor banjo, two fiddles (a broken student acoustic and an electric), a keyboard, two djembes, two bodhrans, one skin/frame drum, one doumbek, a dozen harmonicas of varying keys, a travelsax, a few pennywhistles, a couple recorders, some ocarinas, and various ethnic wooden flutes.