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My self-summary
I'm creative and passionate, with a tendency toward bouts of extreme laziness. A softie at heart, I often cry at Disney movies, Hallmark commercials, social injustice, and cruelty to other living things. However, I am able to distance myself from ordinary problems, so some people perceive me as icy. I'm not, but you'd need to get to know me before you see the real me. I'm a bit of a hermit and like my privacy, yet I'm willing to share if I trust you enough. I crave good conversation, fun times, and someone to laugh at my silly puns and understand my off-beat humor. While blunt at times, I don't generally blurt out things I don't mean. This makes me seem quiet. Actually, I just don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, so sometimes I don't say much at all. Other times you can't get me to shut up. I can't stand stupid or mean people. I'm really easy-going and casual, however, and most people enjoy my company.

I am artistic, intelligent, and empathetic.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a professional illustrator, so I get to sit and draw little pictures at home and get paid for it. Woo hoo. Sadly, my job has recently been outsourced to India (grrr), so if you're hiring, I'm looking. If you live in India and took my job, I'm not very happy with you.

I've recently discovered I have a knack for writing erotic fanfiction. It's fun and I like that I can write my own stories about characters or shows or movies I am interested in, and other people actually seem to read and like them! (If you want to read them, let me know.) --NEW-- Legend of the Seeker got canceled, and I'm extraordinarily bummed and have lost my (mojo?) will to write fanfics. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I was on a roll and ugh... now what? There's so little lesbian or lesbian wannabe stuff that I'm at all interested in. *sigh*

Other than that, I've just moved to Phoenix, Arizona (from Monterey Bay, CA), and am in culture shock from all the zillions of retail chains everywhere here. It's just totally unreal, and is seriously cutting into my hermitude. Shopping irritates the hell out of me, and having strip malls on every single corner is frightening. And the heat... people actually go shopping to escape the sun! They don't call it "Phoenix" for nothing, sheef! *spontaneously combusts*

Yeah, I sound acerbic, but I am not... Blame it on the internet where I get to pretend to be obnoxious. In real life, I'm very mild mannered and polite. Almost always, that is. I do say please and thank you while most people grunt or nod.
I’m really good at
Being lazy. (!)

Anything I set my mind to. Really, I'm kind of a chameleon and can do just about anything well.

Telling stories. If you don't ask, I'll just start.

I'm also really good at staying up very, very late. I've always been a night-owl. I burn just thinking about going outside in the daytime. Keeping out of the sun is a new skill.

Other things I'm good at include fixing people's computers, teaching, avoiding cameras, and acquiring stray cats. In fact, I think I hear another one outside... Probably wants me to teach him how to fix his computer while he photographs me with the secret cat-cam all felines have under their tail.
The first things people usually notice about me
My green eyes, tattoos, or the fact that I look much younger than I am.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
BOOKS - Split Infinity, by Piers Anthony; anything by Neil Gaiman or Pablo Neruda. I used to read a lot more than I do now. Not sure why that is... I guess it has to do with how accessible my computer is vs. me wandering over to the bookstore or library or even the bookshelf right over there (how lazy is that?).

MOVIES - Victor/Victoria is my very favorite. I like pretty much any movies, though, as long as they're not so stupid I want stab my thigh repeatedly with a rusty scissors or ones that will give me nightmares. The Man with Two Brains ("Into the mud, scum queen!") is a lot of fun, while movies like Donnie Darko and Million Dollar Baby make me think. Once is fantastic. I adore Princess Mononoke (and all the other Hayao Miyazaki films), Monsters, Inc., and Ratatouille, and of course D.E.B.S., Stardust, Amélie, and Enchanted need a mention (yes, I do like fantasy!). Mmmm, and The Hunger... While not movies, I enjoy some television series: Legend of the Seeker, Dead Like Me, Torchwood, Dr. Who, Xena, Bones, Eureka, Leverage, InuYasha... too many to remember. I'm bummed Wonderfalls was too misunderstood, but I did buy the DVD.

MUSIC - Throwing Muses/Kristin Hersh, Marc Almond/Soft Cell, Siouxsie, Bel Canto, The Motels, Missing Persons, Yaz/Alison Moyet, Heather Nova, Tears For Fears, All About Eve, Black Uhuru/Michael Rose, Garbage, Portishead, The Starlite Desperation, Lykki Li, any roots reggae... my collection contains a lot of various genres.

FOOD - Anything vegetarian (ok, I've been vegetarian for over 30 years, but I've long since learned to let people eat what they eat and not be concerned, so don't worry, I won't forcefeed you tofu, haha) without mushrooms or bell peppers (or cantaloupe). Spicy Thai or Indian is my very favorite, although I loooove a good veggie burrito. Bonus points for those who can make a nice romantic Italian dinner (or love hot hot hot salsa, mmm Mrs. Renfro's Ghost Pepper Salsa). I "create" what I like to think is the world's best pizza, too.
Six things I could never do without
Friends, Pets, Computer, Music, Sex, Sight
bonus thing: parentheses
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The ultra-crappy 26 days I spent in the hospital for a ruptured appendix and its subsequent complications, and how I never want to go near a hospital again. Oh, and the $220,000 bill associated with that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Home with my cats, playing computer games (yay, Dragon Age (1 and 2) and Torchlight... and I'm almost ashamed to admit I love Fishdom and the fairly misogynistic The Witcher 2)... or working. *sigh* I'd go out, but I don't know anyone here.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm an INFP.

The word "encroachment" is my least favorite word, so if you use that a lot, don't message me. I'm serious, it should be stricken from the vocabulary of every language ever, forever. I've now shocked myself that I actually "typed" the word, and I'm more shocked that I've dedicated an entire paragraph to it. ARGH!

Other kids wanted to be a doctor or lawyer or nurse or fireman... I wanted to be a hermit and live in a cave. If we meet, I'll tell you exactly why.
You should message me if want to. I don't bite. Well, not usually. And not very hard. Unless you ask nicely.

Guys who think they need to "convert me" and creepy couples: I'm not interested. Please don't bother. Unless you're Rob Lowe, and only because you have the world's most perfect eyebrows... or if you sound like Sally Kellerman, who has the world's sexiest voice. *sigh*

Ok... if you got this far, you know what to do.
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