Raised in central Texas, I joined the military shortly after
graduation and have been on my own adventure ever since. Most of
that time has been spent here in Northern California and I have
fallen in love with the area. Some of that time was spent in North
Carolina and Afghanistan as well. Didn’t care for them as
I’m a bit of a southern gentleman, but not in the Rhett
Butler/Scarlett O’Hara sort of way. Put simply, I was raised on the
idea of respect and chivalry, and that coupled with lots of reading
has gifted me with the heart of a romantic.
I’m an avid reader and writer, but I can just as easily get out of
the house and see the world around me, given the proper motivation
and lack of homework. I’m not exceptionally outdoorsy, as I had a
bit too much of that back home in redneck country, but I am not
adverse to nature either. In essence, I love adventures, no matter
the form they take.
What I’m doing with my life
After a decade in the military I've decided to pursue my degree.
I’m currently enrolled at a community college, and I will hear back
from Berkeley, and other universities, in May. I want to be a
writer, and so I am majoring in English and Creative Writing. I've
started a novel and multiple short stories. I’d like to be
published before graduation, but in the meantime, coming up with
characters and plot lines and twists (not the M. Night Shyamalan
kind I promise) is very enjoyable.
I’m really good at
I’m a story teller and a writer, and I hope that I am good at it. I
seem to keep others entertained, and that is the point of a good
story after all. I’m not trying to start a religion, so I don’t
necessarily need to write The Greatest Story Ever Told…then again
L. Ron Hubbard started a religion without writing that
Anyway, beyond telling tales, I’m a fantastic listener, I just
listen away. Pretty good at responding too, but I do my best to
wait for a pause. I have been known to dabble in the arts. Martial
and Fine, not black, I don’t look good in hats, so I’d make a
The first things people usually notice about me
It would be difficult not to notice my glasses, you could probably
roast ants with them is you were so maniacally inclined.
I have been told on multiple occasions that I have broad shoulders,
but I’m not sure I truly know the meaning of the phrase. Seems like
something people just say, and we all go with it so we don’t feel
stupid. It’s like we’re in on some inside joke with everyone else,
I mean you get it right?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: My favorite book thus far in my reading career is A Storm of
Swords, which had the most satisfying semi-ending I’ve yet read.
That being said, I loved The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn and Frankenstein very much as well.
Movies: I’m a sucker for historical fiction, so Braveheart is high
on my list, but Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction give it a run for
its money. Comedies are so very different from other movies, and
for me Eddie Murphy and Seth Rogen seldom do wrong, and there is
always The Big Lebowski.
Shows: TV with a pulse. Sherlock, Game of Thrones and White Collar
top my list right now, but Son’s of Anarchy and, as cliché as it
may be, The Walking dead are back on my list of things to watch. I
love Archer for the laughs.
Music: Strangely enough, not very important in my life, but I’m
from Texas so I am partial to Southern Rap. I also like various
forms of rock and even a little classical. Love Chopin’s
Food: Turkish, Mexican and Asian cuisines are my favorites, but I’m
not picky. Most cultures make something delicious.
The six things I could never do without
Family – I recently went back home for the holidays and reconnected
with my brothers and parents. I’ve been out of the house for ten
years and it is easy to forget just how valuable close relatives
Friends – While most of the people in our lives are simply
passersby, close and lifelong friends can be just as valuable as
family. In a way, they are simply an extension of the former.
Fingertips – I love to tell stories, and have a tendency to forget
to write them down. Fingertips come in handy to solve this issue.
Typing up some notes or a bit of prose is their forte.
Distraction – Life can be overwhelming at times, and the very
essence of beauty at others. When the beauty fades, having a good
book, a fantastic show or a small project to work on can be
beautiful in and of itself.
Laptop – The natural distraction for fingertips.
Books – Perhaps the most engaging form of storytelling known to
humanity, books are not a want, but a need. Whether it’s the
characters of George R. R. Martin, or the wit of Mark Twain, or
even the adventure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I cannot live without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
…what needs to be done next. I’m a planner, and even though those
plans are often altered as time goes by, having a foundation upon
which to deviate comes in handy. I’m a nerd though, so I also
contemplate everything from technological advancement versus
technological dependency to what is going to happen next in the
British television show Sherlock.
On a typical Friday night I am
Studying, or more appropriately, telling myself I should be
studying while I procrastinate until Sunday. I write quite a bit
though, I’m sure that often occurs on a Friday. If I’m not
especially tied up with said procrastination, I have been known to
frequent cafes with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a crazy fish phobia. Not sure why; also, not sure why I am
admitting it. I suppose avoiding awkward shrieks of writhing terror
in front of potential dates is a good reason. Nothing says
confident like hiding under the table when the waiter sets a
steamed fish in front of my lady-friend.
You should message me if
You fancy yourself a monogamist. I'm open to many things, polyamory
is not one of them I am afraid. Call me old fashioned.