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My self-summary
I never know what to write in these things without sounding like a conceited prick. It's all very...earnest?

I'm an unapologetic third-generation nerd, fairly typical INTP according to the MBTI, and I like to dabble in vintage clothing. Waistcoats are the best of fashion accessories and that is all there is to say on the matter, frankly.

I'm good with kids, provided they're past the age they won't break when I drop them. Unkind people would say this is because there's not a lot separating us. Kind people just think it.

I love being surrounded by talented people. Please don't blow my cover if you see me out with any. They still think I'm cool. Saps.

I try not to take myself too seriously. You probably shouldn't either. Too many people have lost hair trying. I think casual and charming irreverence is the best way to live life. Mostly I get the casual and irreverent bits right, but I have my good days too.
What I’m doing with my life
I write and narrate feminist retellings of fairytales for an app. Check me out at!
When I'm not writing I teach English as a foreign language. It's a nice way of meeting lots of different people, sharing experiences, nurturing understanding and connection. The money is not superb, but money is not super important to me right now.
I’m really good at
I love writing and cooking, although depending on who you talk to I'm OK to awesome at both. I have ambitions of becoming a mad kitchen scientist, and struggle against the desire to buy ALL THE KITCHENWARE. Still, I think denial makes the soul stronger. And certainly the bank account. I'd say I've got a lot of willpower, at least when it comes to saying 'No'. Then again, it might just be vestigial Catholic guilt manifesting.
I like to listen to people's problems and I'm told I give good advice. Mainly I just want to understand how my friends work. Not entirely selfless, understanding people makes writing easier.
The first things people usually notice about me
Asides from the dandy hobo chic? The eyes, I suppose.
On good days people say I look like James van der Beek. On bad days I'm told I look more like Hugh Grant. I'm beginning to think the naysayers have a point.
I was once described as having the face that Matt Smith's face is a caricature of. Make what you will of that.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Blake -- Songs of Innocence and Experience
Mieville -- The Scar, but pretty much anything else
Gaiman -- Smoke and Mirrors, but pretty much anything else
Wilde -- The Importance of Being Earnest, but etc.
Waugh -- Brideshead, Revisited
Fry -- The Liar
Shelley -- Frankenstein
Atwood -- The Handmaid's Tale
Martel -- Life of Pi
Brewer -- K-PAX

Shaun of the Dead, Amelie, Edward Scissorhands, Howl's Moving Castle, Stardust, Donnie Darko, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sleepy Hollow, Labyrinth, Battle Royale

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Black Books, Spaced, Firefly, Elfen Lied, Game of Thrones, The IT Crowd, Farscape, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Misfits, Orange is the New Black, Beetlejuice, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, Danger 5, Battlestar Galactica

Muse, Blur, Radiohead, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, David Bowie, Parov Stelar, Smashing Pumpkins, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Sisters of Mercy, Gorillaz, Florence + the Machine, The Clash, Nostalghia, Haggard, Leaves' Eyes, Cradle of Filth, Pendulum

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Resident Evil 4, Civilization V, Perfect Dark, Banjo-Tooie, Mirror's Edge, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Sonic & Knuckles, Jet Set Radio Future, Pokemon, Hearthstone, Bioshock, Fallout III

Six things I could never do without
Y'know what, this is a silly topic. I'm going to talk about something else.

Did you know about octopuses? They're crazy smart for invertebrates. They can learn how to use child-proof bottles, use foresight to defend themselves by carrying coconut shells to hide in when danger appears, and exhibit a kind of 'distributed intelligence' where all of their limbs are capable of operating and reacting independently of the central brain, while still operating as a unit. Oh, and they developed this intelligence after branching off from the evolutionary branch that produced chimps, dolphins and humans around 750 million years ago. Octopuses are the closest thing to alien intelligence we have found yet. They're fascinating! Also, unfortunately, delicious. But at least they agree. Y'know, being cannibals and all.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I can be pretty hard on myself. I'm always trying to improve my behaviour, my habits, my attitude-- I like to set goals to achieve. I don't think I could be happy with someone who had no ambitions or drive to advance themselves in some way.

It means I spend a lot of time thinking about mistakes and regrets, and how to be a better-adjusted, more rounded person in the future. At the moment I'm trying to work on my time management, with moderate success.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either at home, writing, cooking and unwinding with some music, at a party with friends for a few drinks and general badinage, or watching a movie.
You should message me if
"I want a girl who stays up late/With fingernails that shine like justice/And a voice that is dark like tinted glass/She is fast, thorough and sharp like a tack."

Not too fussed about the Chrysler LeBaron. Wouldn't say no, though.

Oh! Also message me if you have a haiku you want to share. They're like the brownie bites of poetry.
The two of us