I'm smart. I'm funny. I'm sarcastic and I love to snark. I'm articulate, well-read, and always interested in learning new things. I go through books like some people go through food. I've had some of my short stories published. (This is significantly less impressive than it sounds.) One of the things that attracts me to people, both romantically and platonically, is how well they use language, and whether they can make me laugh. I'm silly, geeky, computer-savvy, game-friendly, and open to a great many more nerd-shaped things. Despite my health stuff, I have a good life with good people in it -- I keep busier than you'd think.
I'm sexually experienced and adventurous; I help run sex education forums/communities/workshops and helping people in that department is very important to me. I'm into cis girls, cis boys, trans*, and whatever else people want to throw at me outside of the gender binary. I am not possessive and do not have jealousy issues. I'm in a poly triad and while I know non-monogamy is a major dealbreaker for a lot of people, I promise this isn't as weird or scary as it sounds. Ours is actually a pretty normal, boring, stable relationship in just about every other way, and that's how I like things. None of us are into casual sex, we have strict rules about STI safety, and we are very respectful and supportive of healthy boundaries. You are not expected to be more than casually friendly with my other partners. You can be a monogamous person, or not. Come as you are.
I'm open and really honest; I'm even learning how to temper the less happy end of that with a little grace. I'm deeply protective of the people I care about. I'm fond of kids and animals, and am good with both. I think critically about the world around me. I don't believe in pity-party one-upmanship, and I always take responsibility for my thoughts, feelings, and actions. I take criticism well. I'm politically-conscious and left-wing. I'm a feminist, not a misandrist. I'm organized, responsible, and respond well in a crisis. I get annoyed as often as anyone else, but I'm hard to really offend and even harder to shock.
Aaaaand now the bad:
I'm disabled. I have health problems. They limit my ability to go out and do things as much as I'd like to, have made me a little overweight, and generally make life frustrating sometimes. I am not disabled in the sense that I'm blind with a cane or have a wheelchair. For the most part my disabilities are "invisible disabilities" -- if you saw me walking around on a good day, you would have no idea I was ill. This is both a blessing and a curse. I promise I will never make my health problems your problem -- they're not a crutch or an excuse and, after twelve years of living on my own, I'm quite good at taking care of myself -- but there will be times where I have to cancel plans at the last minute because I'm having a flare-up (sometimes I have very little warning) or because I just don't have the energy. I try to do my best but it's the reality of my situation, so I try not to guilt trip myself about it too hard. (That way lies madness.)
I'm low-income. I take classes when I can and I work part-time as a teacher during the school year, but I'm still on disability and that's what pays my rent. I'm not as poor as I used to be, but both me and my wallet would prefer it if most of the time we hung out in ways that don't cost much money.
I think that's about as thorough as I can be. If you read through the whole thing, you deserve a cookie. (Did I mention that I bake?) I know it's more common for people to talk about the specifics of what THINGS they like -- shows, books, music, etc -- but that doesn't really tell you if you get along with somebody past the small talk level, so I thought I'd go for what makes me who I am instead. I hope it finds the right people.
Thanks for taking the time.