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My self-summary
I've got a degree in history - the period of choice is the Civil War. I enjoy long walks on battlefields at midnight... No really, I do! I would like to work at a Civil War Battlefield when I grow up... and write novels on the side. It's a toss up as to when I might consider myself actually grown up.
I could also live quite happily in Wales- preferably in the South near Swansea and Cardiff (but where there's plenty of nice scenery and castles) and write for a living.

I am a practicing Pagan and I'm not open to being converted and I hate being preached at.

I took this out once, but after a few recent messages, I'll restate this: I'm not interested in much older or much younger men. Ten years either way is my hard limit. And if you're closer in age to my parents (roughly twenty years) or are too young to remember Buffy or Friends, then I won't be interested.

I love traveling and going on adventures- and if there are ghosts or old ruinous castles involved, I'm in. I think that falling in love would be an interesting adventure.

I read a lot, and I write, and I like guys who are well-read and erudite. It bothers me that there are people in this world who are proud of the fact that they don't like to read!

And no, before you even ask, I live no-where near Chicago. Havana is a little town on the Illinois River midway between Peoria and Springfield.

I have severe asthma, and since cigarette/ cigar smoke and smoke residue are some of the worst triggers for me; I don't go out with smokers. It has nothing to do with how nice or good-looking or smart the guy is, if he smokes, I'm not interested. This is strictly for my health and peace of mind. I've had to explain this a couple of times lately, so I'm putting this on my profile in hopes of forestalling anymore awkward conversations.

Please don't call me by any pet or cutesy names, especially if I've never spoken to you before. Frankly, I find it demeaning and there are few things I hate more than being called "babe" or "baby"... Or pretty much anything that I've not given leave to be called. It is a matter of common courtesy.
I am erudite, esoteric, and oddly charming.
What I’m doing with my life
I'll be going back for my Master's soon... Eventually... At least that's what I want to do. Other than that- writing and other various projects are in the works... cause I'm suffering the fate of a college graduate- I'm either too educated, or I don't have enough experience. Sucks, doesn't it?
I’m really good at
I'm a good actress- I've been involved with theatre since I was a little girl. I sing soprano, but can fill in as an alto or soprano II when the situation arises. I'm also a decent writer, and I have a piece published in the Welsh journal Cambrensis. I'm really excited about that, and I've sent a few more stories to some magazines in the hope that I can get more published.
I'm learning to be a seamstress, I love making costumes.
I am also a font of all sorts of trivia and other useless knowledge... and some not so useless. Everyone says I should go on a game show, but I'd rather write the clues for one- that would be a better and more secure form of work.
The first things people usually notice about me
My sunny disposition... OK, that's a bit of a stretch. Most people usually notice my passion for various things- the Phantom of the Opera, along with the Civil War, and of course the country of Wales (not England- there's a big difference; or the animal- that mistake gets on my nerves).
I know, they're kind of an odd combination, but it works for me. In reference to the first, yes, I am that much of a nut I got the mask tattooed to my back (but it looks cool, so I don't see myself regretting it). Besides those, the fact that I'm always scribbling down snippets of conversations, plot ideas for stories, that sort of thing. Everything is fodder for a story.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: I run the gamut between soppily romantic, unbelieveably geeky, and just plain weird. Here's a few examples: 1.)The Phantom of the Opera. The mask is such a turn on... But I prefer the new 25th Anniversary stage show to the movie.Gettysburg ties for number 1- especially for the month leading up to those three days in July when the Holy Land is Central Pennsylvania. Otherwise I have an eclectic taste in movies; from Harry Potter to Dogma to Elizabeth to Indiana Jones. I like the Muppet Movie, but my favorite song from it is "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" not "Rainbow Connection." I'm also fond of the SKY adaptations of Discworld (Loved Going Postal).

Books 1.)Essentially more of the same- though I'm also addicted to Elizabeth Peters' mystery novels and the Terry Pratchett Discworld series, as well as Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising. I enjoy fantasy that incorporates mythology (I prefer Welsh) and I'm very picky about what I read: I consider the Harry Potter series to be well-written and entertaining; and Twilight is frankly a hack job. Severus Snape and Sam Vimes are my favorite male characters of all time, if that tells you anything. I have been known to stay up all night reading medieval poetry and can quote many and varied authors of both poetry and prose from Dorothy Parker to Richard Lovelace. When I say that I am a geek- I mean that I am mostly a Lit geek.

Music: Broadway musicals and instrumentals are the fav for listening to.- And despite the fact that the movie was aggravating in the extreme, there are redeemable parts of Gods & Generals- namely the soundtrack. The Irish Brigade's charge up Marye's Heights and the lonesome sound of Paddy Maloney playing uileann pipes for starters. Beyond that- anything pretty much of Celtic (Welsh, Irish, Scottish, etc.) extraction. Mary Fahl, ect. My favorite band is Saving Jane, but I'll pretty much listen to whatever is on the radio, provided the musicians actually sing.

Foods- Like with just about everything else; my tastes (literally) are eclectic; I enjoy Italian, Mexican and Chinese. Though Welsh lamb has been a big fav for the past decade I love that you can get all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies during the summer months- my favs are black raspberries and black currants... you can't get them in stores around here.
My fav TV shows are Dr. Who, and I've recently been re-watching all seven seasons of Buffy... when it was first on, I used to have an enormous crush on the character of Spike... still rather do, point of fact. I like TV that is well-written and witty, so favorites tend to be few and far between.
Six things I could never do without
A notebook & pen or a laptop with unlimited battery power and access to the Internet so that I can write; MP3 player w/ Phantom, Wicked and various assorted music that I can sing along to; my glasses- I'd be pretty well blind without those; A book of some sort, probably either something to do with Discworld or a history book- I really am a history nut... or one of the Harry Potter novels...
Number six would probably have to do with modern living, like indoor plumbing or air conditioning- or my inhaler as I have severe asthma. Even though I can rough it when absolutely necessary, I like my creature comforts.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The difficulty that I'm having finding a job with a BA in history. Besides that, I'm trying to figure out how to get my novels in progress wrapped up so I can try and get them published.
On a typical Friday night I am
Rescue me from this living hell that is Central Illinois! Lame, isn't it? Or maybe someone just to hang out with who isn't settled into domestic bliss... I could do without the whole domestic part- and head straight for bliss. Most of my friends are paired up and starting families, and I'm sick of being the only single in the group.
I need to get traveling again!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm allergic to fish and hot peppers. They make my throat go closed and my mouth go numb.
You should message me if
You've got a good ghost story.. If not, you can tell me something interesting. The best friendships are begun with learning about someone's quirks. I can also keep up with "Nerdspeak" especially on the topics of fantasy novels (Pratchett, Tolkien, Lewis, Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander being my specialties...) and various movies.
I like a guy who can sing tenor properly. I want someone to sing with...
The two of us