I promise to try not to talk your ear off about mediaeval
What I’m doing with my life
PhD in mediaeval studies (well, technically English, but once you
get that far back you have to do the cultural and linguistic and
manuscript and archival work yourself before you can even have your
text in hand), after which I intend to hang around universities for
the rest of my life. Someone might even, eventually, pay me to do
I’m really good at
Deciphering early 14C Latin abbreviations? Not really a vital life
skill, but it's rather fun. Also dog-wrangling, sniffing out good
coffee places, making good food from scratch (just learned a new
technique for kneading pasta dough the other day!), getting
obsessively analytical about (some) TV shows, persuading my macbook
to have interesting icons rather than those ugly grey things they
put in for Lion, and writing fanfic for Supernatural.
The first things people usually notice about me
... I honestly have no idea. Possibly that I come across as a bit
stand-offish, as there are many social situations that I still find
awkward? Most first impressions tend to be visual-based, I think,
and I'm not exactly qualified to comment on my own appearance.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oh goodness. This one could get excessive. This is definitely a
The six things I could never do without
- I would say 'books', but a more accurate way to put it (given how
much of what I read is digitised) would be some form of literature
- anything from 18C early novels to a decent TV show to that
ridiculous 15C poem called "The Grene Knyght" which is basically
really bad fanfic for "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", though I'd
prefer not to be stuck with that one for all eternity if I had to
- The ability to cook for myself at least every so often. Also,
decent fresh (vegetarian!) food when I can't.
- On which note, cheese. Cheese is seriously amazing. Would prefer
to keep my cheesemaking apparatus too.
- I can live without my dogs - I am having to at the moment - but
I'd really rather not. As soon as I have my own place again,
they'll be back in with me.
- I think this question is hyperbolic. There are very few things
that I really couldn't live without. Work, I suppose - I go crazy
very quickly if I don't have something that I HAVE to do, rather
than just projects that I'm choosing to work on.
- I'd rather have my crocheting too, and my music library (whether
on ipod or computer) and my movie/tv show collection, but I'm
hardly going to expire tomorrow without them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Whatever I'm writing most obsessively at any given time - either character development in a story, or how to best summarise this 35-page chapter into a 10-page conference presentation.
On a typical Friday night I am
Not very wild. Really, I can't handle too many conversations going
on around me or too much background noise - I'd much rather curl up
with a book or with my computer or a movie and do quiet
winding-down things. Or write some interesting tension-filled
dialogue, of course.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
... definitely varies depending on whom I'm addressing.
You should message me if
... you think we could have interesting conversations, and are
happy with just having interesting conversations.
Really. That's it. I'm usually fairly wary about progressing past
that - if it happens, it happens, and that'd be great, but if I get
the sense that you're pushing too hard in that direction I'll be
likely to close down. And if you actively try to persuade me into
something I don't want to do, I'm afraid you're a dick and that's
that (but I sincerely hope you already knew that!).
So, basically, I'd rather approach it as looking for a friend, in
the first instance. Anything else is a bonus.