I am a graduate student currently studying the mortuary culture of the Late Roman and Early Medieval periods in South-West England. I lived over in Devon for six years and would like to return, but I had to come back to the states. I've been back for about a year now.
I love to travel and also enjoy hiking and camping. My main hobbies are reading, writing, taking walks, and hanging out with my friends. I'm particularly into fantasy novels and anything, fiction or non, to do with the Middle Ages. I have a dream of one day publishing my own novel. So far, all I’ve managed though is a poem in the university creative writing journal. But at least that's a start.
I also play around with photography and Photoshop manipulation, just for fun though. I had 13 years of piano lessons but I'm a bit out of practice now, although I mean to get back into practice. I also used to play the cello and have sung first soprano in quite a few different choirs over the years. Either listening or preforming, music is a very important part of my life.
I consider myself to be a optimistic realist – I believe in the essential goodness of the human spirit, I just don’t expect to see any evidence of this on a daily basis. ;-)
I am a spiritual and religious person. However, I understand the position of the atheist all too well. Sometimes I wonder if I'm only not one because I was raised to have faith. Or maybe I just like the safety having someone to pray to gives. Either way, I’m a rather cynical Catholic with ties to a local Druid Grove who also dabbles in Wicca and studies just about any and every other faith she comes across. I don't ask anyone to share my beliefs since I never know what they'll be tomorrow. All I ask is that those beliefs are given the same respect that I will give to yours.
I have a good sense of humour and a very active sense of the ridiculous. When all else fails, find something to laugh at. It’s always there if you look hard enough. *g*
At the moment, I'm mostly looking for friends. If things develop into something more later, great. If not, that's fine too.
My dream is to work either for the British Government, protecting and teaching about historical and archaeological sites, or to find a place at a research university. What really matters to me is the ability to continue my research while also having the opportunity to share my passion for my subject with others.
I’m rather good at reading out-loud and really enjoy it because of the fun of sharing a story with others. Warning to any potential girl or boyfriend. I will attempt to get you to listen to me read aloud. *g*
I try to make it a point to be a good friend, the kind of person who’ll be there when you need them and listen when you have to talk. I know that sounds pompous and no one can be that all the time. But it is something I try for.
I’m wonderful at remembering useless trivia.
I'm a fairly decent singer and when in practice a good pianist.
I’m a pretty fast typist, 64 wpm when I was last checked.
I can walk for very long distances.
I can keep my mouth shut during movies if talking really bugs you. If it doesn't, I always keep any commentary quite and to a minimum.
Some of my other favourite authors are:
Lynn Fleweling, Robin McKinley, John Douglas, Mercedes Lackey, and Georgette Heyer
I also have a thing about Robin Hood. I've been collecting re-tellings of the story for most of my life. I have about 50 now. I HATE the new BBC show though, it's a disgrace. The new Russel Crow movie could have been better, but it was still worth watching.
I listen to lots of different kinds of music – from goth to classical. It all depends on my mood. Generally, I’ll listen to anything but country and gansta rap.
Some of my favourite groups, artistes, and composers are:
Within Temptation. Emilie Autumn, Evanescence, Loreena McKinnit, Linkin Park, Enya, Ralph Van Williams, Vanessa Mae, amd Staind
I LOVE movies and listing all my faves would take forever. But here are some of them:
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Uninvited (the 1944 one)
Lord of the Rings
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
The Sixth Sense
Pirates of the Caribbean
Laura (also made in 1944)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The African Queen
My newest obsession is ANIME and MANGA. I've been to two cons now and it seems the interests is here to stay. *g* My favourit Anime series (so far) are:
Death Note, Trigun, Gurren Lagann, Princess Tutu (dumb name know, but a good show) and I'm just getting into Bleach.
My favourite manga are:
Pet Shop of Horrors, Finder, Okane ga Nai, Fake, Death Note, and XXXHolic (I know it sounds dirty, but it's actually not).
I'm a bit of a picky eater for the most part and this isn't helped by the fact that I'm a hopeless cook. I love seafood though. Generally, if it comes out of the water I’ll eat it. I like hearty stuff like a good cottage or Shepperd pie and pasties. I have a real liking for Indian and Italian food though, as long as it’s not too spicy. Actually, anything too spicy, I won't like.
Friends & Family
New Stuff to learn
I'm curious about dom/sub stuff (from the sub side) I have no experience what-so-ever but would really like to change that. *blushes a lot*
You're in the area and would like to meet up for coffee with someone willing to chat about anything that's NOT to do with pop culture (reality shows & bubblegum rock are boring).
If you're just looking for activity partners or someone to jump into bed with, I'm not your girl. I believe in letting things develop. First and foremost, I'm looking for friends who may or may not become something more as we get to know each other better.