Hmm, how to start. I'm an introvert with a penchant for zany humour
(though this sometimes takes a while to show) and a fondness for
books, who also believes that saying the phrase "rights and
freedoms" is simply a repetition of the latter word, and, as the
quote says, "The expression "individual rights" is a redundancy...
... But the expression "collective rights" is a contradiction in
terms." Excessive noise gets on my nerves fairly quickly, as I
value the ability to hear my thoughts. It's been pointed out to me
that I find my thoughts distracting, from time to time, and that's
probably true as well; I'm perfectly comfortable in silence.
People have told me I'm self-assured. The difference between this
and calling me mildly arrogant is that the self-assured are
actually good at what they do. But what does my bringing that up
I vaguely resemble some kind of amateur musician (I play trumpet
and piano, though you probably don't want to hear me play the
trumpet, ever). I've been in a few (highly) amateur 'theatre'
performances. I play board games and tabletop RPGs socially (That,
in contrast to the stereotype, is what they're for, after all!),
and, on the other hand, am a CYA-certified sailing instructor
(currently expired, alas) with a fondness for things out-of-doors
as as I have for my computer; I've tried my hand at camping,
canoeing, and, of course, rock-scrambling above and below
And then there are the books. Yes, indeed.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying to finish off writing a book, right now. I did two years
at the local university studying English literature, and am now
taking some time off, with plans to get back to it in time.
I’m really good at
Learning new things, to start with. I have a random assortment of
talents; I'm decent at baking, I can barbecue a good steak, I'm
good at climbing trees, am excellent at losing myself in a book, am
probably not quite as good at canoeing or sailing as I was when I
spent more time on the water, and I'm a great listener and not much
of a speaker. I consider myself fairly good at writing accents.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm wearing sunglasses indoors...?
No, they'll return to transparency soon enough.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
When I say I couldn't do without books, I do mean it. I read a lot;
primarily, it is fiction, with the odd (and I do mean odd!) bits
and pieces of fact mixed in; I lean towards fantasy (I am a massive
Tolkien geek, and can recite at least a few of the poems from the
books; my username is another of Turin's many names. Not that I'm
cursed, I assure you! The Wheel of Time series, David Eddings
works, and... a bunch of other things are also high on my list),
but science-fiction (even if it's mostly fantasy in disguise) and
crime/mystery books are also frequent reads. In those categories,
the names Robert Heinlein and Ellis Peters spring to mind. Perhaps
I'm strange in that I read philosophers' novels for entertainment;
however, it's hard to argue that those are... unique (Nietzsche was
cracked, but in some ways hilarious!). Beyond that, Cyrano de
Bergerac seldom fails to entertain me.
I don't really watch much television, though there are exceptions
from time to time (I watched BSG and enjoyed much of it, saw a
single episode of Firefly and plan to watch the rest eventually,
and, if you didn't catch it, I rather enjoy the LotR movies). In
the past I really only listened to 'classical' music (with a
particular fondness for Chopin and Schubert, though including all
from Bach to Scriabin); however, I later mixed a lot of traditional
music in (although much of that was from the British Isles
somewhere), and I've been broadening my horizons a little more
recently. Rap, and forms of rock which consist primarily of loud
and insensate drumming, are, like '5', right out.
I enjoy food. Really, so long as something doesn't carry health
risks (i.e. raw meat), I'm probably willing to try it once. I enjoy
spicy and strong-flavoured foods (possibly as a result of a reduced
sense of smell making it harder for me to pick up on subtler
tastes, but who knows?), and I've always been a big fan of seafood.
And chocolate. What would we do without it?
The six things I could never do without
My glasses. I'm short-sighted and would never find my way anywhere
without them. And transitioning lenses - it's never too bright
Water (Lakes and rivers, or drinking water... who can say?)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The last word of the question leading to the answer 'forty-two'
isn't entirely accurate, but is a better one-word summary than
anything else. Besides, it would be boring if I told people
everything before I met them.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm usually doing some tabletop gaming with a small group of
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Funny sort of question. If they're private, I'm not willing to
admit them to strangers, and if I'm willing to admit them to
strangers, I generally don't consider them private.
That said, heights give me vertigo. It's never kept me away from
You should message me if
If you feel like it! If you like the looks of my profile, after
all, there's no harm in sending me a note, though in particular I'm
hoping to meet someone intelligent with a quirky sense of humour
and at least a few interests in common. There's more, it's true,
but most of the rest are optional bits and pieces. So say
However, I will warn you that I'm a bit obsessive over spelling and
grammar. Sending me a note consisting of broken words or ignoring
cases or syntax is likely to irritate me.
Also, if you recommended "The Name of the Wind" to me recently,
apparently you no longer exist as an account so I can't respond.
However, it's on my to-read list.