underwoodfive
30 Burbank, CA
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My self-summary
I'd like to imagine myself as a younger, slightly taller Phil Coulson., However, I believe that I have not quite reached that level of awesome yet, so let's call that an ideal to pursue for the time being.
What I’m doing with my life
Writing. Defintion: Putting a set of words down in an order that they've never been put in before.

Full disclosure, I stole that from Chuck Wendig, one of my authorial heroes, but you know what? It's true. Every setence, every story, every blog and every feature treatment is a new journey that no one has even taken before. Even a re-write is a journey that takes you down new paths to the same destination.

I write like I try to live my life. I plan with a map, but I bring a GPS so I can take a last minute detour because I have to see the bat caves that have been advertised on the freeway for the last half-mile.

Full disclosure: I stole that from Alton Brown, one of my culinary heroes.
I’m really good at
Well, I'm a Southerner, so I pride myself on my manners, hospitality, and cooking. People tell me I'm a pretty snappy dresser, and obviously I think I can tell a good story.

UPDATE: Experience has taught me that I need to go full disclosure on this one too, but I'm afraid I don't have a Southern accent. I sound like I should read the weather. Think young Walter Cronkite.
The first things people usually notice about me
Imagine Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, but better dressed and talkative enough to give Rocket Raccoon a run for his money.

Also, not a tree.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
That's a hard one. I'm so enthusastic about most things and am so frequently looking for something new and cool I don't keep favorite for very long (aside from my all-time favorite movie, Ghostbusters). So let's go with:

Shows: Yes, and I watched all of Ash vs. Evil Dead with my family while I was home over the Holidays. Because that's the kind of family we are. We open presents, smoke hams, and watch Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Movies: Yes to all, and I saw Concussion recently and loved it. I'm not even a football fan at all, but it was more than just about football. It's an immigrant story, a story of what it is to be American.

Music: Yes, and just to reveal how incredibly desperate my music tastes are, the three artists I'm listening the most to are: Cam (Country), Bronze Radio Return (Indie-rock), and Chromeo (electro/80's tecno)

Food: Yes, and because it is Winter, that means it's time for stews and braises. Lamb shank, anyone?

Comics: Yes, and I just finished Neil Gaiman's run on Sandman Overture. God, that is a gorgeous book.

Books: Yes, and I'm at that terrible point where I pick my next book -- the third in the Gentleman Bastards trilogy? The many short story collections from the Humble Bundle? The game design textbooks I got for Christmas? The books on Buddhism I got for Christmas? Decisions!

Games (board, video, tabletop RPGs, and otherwise): Yes, but I've recently rediscovered my love of Civilization. So dangerously easy to fall into that game! I'm also finally finishing a full play-through of Persona 4 -- extra brownie points if you know that game.
The six things I could never do without
1. Tea. I don't drink coffee, but I drink leaf-juice by the bucket load.

2. Podcasts and audible. The only way to do housework and navigate our fair city's traffic patterns.

3. Sunshine. I may love video games, but I've never been much of an indoors-only kid.

4. My cast-iron enameled dutch-oven (file under: cooking utensils I would grab if there were a fire).

5 and 6. I'll let you know when I figure it out. It's always best to leave a few spaces blank for emergencies.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Many things, often very quickly. That I will likely tell you about if you don't stop me.

I do have a habit of wondering what's going on in that building. Or in that empty field. What's the story behind a grave or a plaque or a piece of architecture that makes no sense. Writers. Always looking for stories around every corner.
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday -- the night of a million possibilities. Hosting a party (game nights a specialty) catching a movie (blockbuster, indie, outdoor picnic in a graveyard), taking in a lecture, or going on a foodventure.

Fridays aren't really a Netflix day for me. I do watch a lot of Netflix over the week though. Especially Saturdays are good Netflix days. I run Parkour on Sundays, which usually ends up meaning Sundays are good nap days as well.
You should message me if
If you're unabashedly, uncontrollably, passionately nerdy about something. Anything. If you can't wait to tell me (or any other gentleman or lady you meet on this website) about this thing.

Because I really want to hear about it.
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