Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I came to the US of A from Indonesia when I was 15, went to high
school, got my bachelor's, and am now fighting to get my doctorate
in Plant Pathology.
I love writing stories and making up people and worlds. I love
coming up with weird concepts and trying to make a narrative around
it. I love looking at events through various lenses and I envy
authors who can write multiple characters and viewpoints just like
that. I love high-concept fantasy, science fiction, alternate
history, or just something so mundane that we don't think about
much seen through a very different lens. That stuff fires up my
imagination. That stuff is exciting. One day I too want to create
something that can fire other people's thoughts and imaginations. I
want to get them excited. I want them to think about ideas and
characters that will stay with them even after they finish reading
That's honestly what I base a good chunk of my whole life about. I
get excited easily. If I eat something that tastes amazing, I'm
going to want to make it myself and learn how to do it. If I play a
really good game with some cool gameplay ideas, it makes me want to
learn programming so I can make something on my own. If I hear a
really good song, I get excited and want to learn how to play
another musical instrument. Other people make things that get me
fired up. So I want to make stuff of my own.
Why else do I own my harmonicas anyway?
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm a grad student in plant pathology pursuing a doctorate. It's
frustrating difficult work sometimes, but it's fulfilling when I
actually do succeed in something. I get the satisfaction of doing
something that nobody's done before and finding something somewhat
novel about the world. And that's a joy in itself.
Other than the pursuit of my doctorate? I'm also working towards
competence in programming and DIY electronics in my spare time, on
my quest to understand better the mystical workings of circuitry
and robotics. Just in case robots take over the world. I've been
trying to take up archery to release tension and stress. It's a
good way to lose yourself for a bit when you think about nothing
except how to shoot your target. Music-wise, I like playing the
harmonica. I once had dreams of being an awesome
blues/rock-and-roll musician with nothing but a guitar and a
harmonica. I like to write a lot because I can't keep myself from
daydreaming and getting distracted, so sometimes I put my daydreams
into paper. I like archery. I like the feeling of the bow when it
releases the arrow. Sometimes I hit the target.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Apparently I'm good at computers. I've built one for friends,
family, and myself, yes, but here's a secret. It's not very hard! I
can definitely teach you how.
Mentioning obscure facts and trivia I read in books or podcasts or
random internet articles. I can cite some of them.
I'm also good at self-control. I won't embarrass anyone when I'm
drunk (that's a good deal!).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Fiction: Dresden Files, Temeraire, Benjamin Weaver
series. Great worldbuilding and characters for the first two, and
as for Ben Weaver, mind-bendingly exciting 18th century detective
series, what's not to love?
Nonfiction: A crapload of history books about too
many subjects. Currently reading about the history of colors and
I have a strong weakness for Kung Fu movies and Hong Kong action
and comedy flicks like Shaolin Soccer. Otherwise, my most recent
favorite movie is Mad Max: Fury Road. What can I say? I'm a sucker
for great visuals and a strong narrative without much
Shows: I watch too much anime for my own good. I
also watch Breaking bad, Sherlock, Foyle's War, Luther... I'm
considering watching The Wire soon since it's apparent that I like
Music: Depending on my mood, I can spend a month
or two listening to nothing but classic rock, metal, jazz, hip-hop,
or any genre that I'm currently in love with. Mostly classic rock,
though. If I have a favorite band, it would be Queen. Current
favorites: Elbow, Foxy Shazam, Jizue, Ben Folds, The Protomen,
Classic DIO and Black Sabbath/Ozzy.
Food: My diet consists of rice, beans, potatoes,
chicken, and eggs mixed up in different ways. I'm generally not
picky, though I have a weakness for the food from the
Favorite video games: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange
Journey, Dark Souls, Crusader Kings 2, because they're fun and
gives me a good challenge, enough for me to sink hours and hours to
think up a good strategy to beat the things the games throw at me.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. My smart phone, because it has everything I need in life
2. Privacy. I need a lot of time alone.
3. The internet. Being connected to the whole world with a device
on the palm of my hand. It's an awesome feeling.
4. Peace and quiet
5. Sunlight. I can't stand windowless rooms, man. They suck.
6. Sleep. I love sleep. I cherish the chance to actually get a good
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
My mind wanders a lot. Recent thoughts are mostly historical
what-ifs: what would happen if The First Roman Triumvirate didn't
dissolve so easily? What if Qin Shi Huang Di wasn't such a huge fan
of ridiculously gruesome punishments? What if Trotsky actually got
chosen to be Lenin's successor? etc.
Also common: plant biology, fictional fantasy universes, relating
the whole world to a philosophical system based on cell biology.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Cooling down after a week's worth of work by watching TV, playing
games, or spending some time productively to try to write something
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I dream about being a published fiction writer but I'm scared to
death of sending my short stories in.
You should message me if
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Not just if you want to date, honestly. I'm also here if you're
interested in hanging out, try new foods, new beers, play video
games or watch Kung fu movies.
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