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My self-summary
First up, I think I should explain the screenname I chose. A friend of mine pointed out that someone might think I'm trying to say I'm the man of your dreams or something. (Trust me, I'm not that forward.) John-a-Dreams (or John O'Dreams) is an early modern English term for "daydreamer." I thought it fit: my name's John, I'm a daydreamer. But now I'm a little embarrassed.

More to the point, I'm not sure the phrase "self-summary" could be any more intimidating. I could tell you that I'm reading just about 24/7; if I'm not, I'm probably writing. I could tell you that I'm attending graduate school, with the hope of eventually getting a PhD in early British literature and psychoanalysis. I could tell you that I sometimes think getting a PhD makes me an egotistical, self-indulgent, economically privileged scumbag who should be out in the world, helping people. I will tell you that this causes me a great deal of anxiety. I could tell you my favorite television show of all time is Xena: Warrior Princess and, if you knew anything about it, you could find pretty much every piece of personality somewhere in that show. I could tell you that I love cooking and that I'm typically happiest when I'm making a huge dinner with my family. I could tell you that I love my family--even the ones I hate--and would do anything for each and every one of them, no matter what. I could tell you all these things and more and it would never be enough.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm currently a graduate student, working on an MA in English literature at Indian University of Pennsylvania.

While that doesn't leave time for much else, I'm working on a handful of writing projects. A book of flash fiction based on Captchas, a book of short stories based on an art project of my friend's, an experimental artbook... thing and a book of short comics all based in a retirement home.
I’m really good at
The first things people usually notice about me
According to first-hand reports, my voice. It's fairly deep and I've been told it carries very well. To quote a friend, "When you talk in a noisy room, it's like God is using my skull as a megaphone."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm an English major, so this list could get out of hand very quickly. I'll save some time and say that I specialize in early British literature, so Beowulf, Shakespeare, Paradise Lost—things like that. Most of what I read otherwise is speculative fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural/paranormal, superhero, utopian/dystopian, etc. Generally speaking, if a work of art more-or-less accurately models reality, I won't find it interesting. (China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, A Song of Ice and Fire, PKD, etc.)

The greatest movie of all time is The Silence of the Lambs. I follow directors mostly besides: Hitchcock, von Trier, Malick, Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Eastwood, del Toro, Cuaron, Scott, Gilliam, Fincher, Herzog, Lynch, Godard, Kubrick, et al.

Hannibal, Game of Thrones, Bates Motel, American Horror Story, The Americans, Arrow, Da Vinci's Demons, Louie, The Newsroom, Sherlock

This is a weird one. I didn't listen to music as a kid; just didn't like anything I heard. When I was 11, I stumbled on the soundtrack to the cinematic marvel that was Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. One of the tracks on that album was Rammstein's Engel. Since then, I've listened to mostly German dance metal. Yeah. I do listen to some "normal" music, too; I swear I'm not completely crazy.
Six things I could never do without
In no particular order...

1. Books
2. The Internet
3. A notebook & pen
4. My Family
5. ...

I ran out of things. I'm kind of into minimalism.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I'll spare you a thorough examination of my thoughts about my academic work. The audience for Lacanian interpretations of 17th century poetry is pretty small.

Most of my thoughts lately, however, are more creatively inclined. I've been writing stories since middle school. I like to think I've gotten much better since then, but I can't guarantee that.
On a typical Friday night I am
It's 11:06pm on a Friday night at this very moment and, apart from filling this out, I'm putting the finishing touches on a proposal for an essay on Arrested Development. In my defense, it's summer break and if I were in school I'd probably be with friends at a brewpub. (Who am I kidding? I'd be working on a paper.)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm afraid anything I put here will be a total cop-out. I'm not a sharer.
You should message me if're crazy enough to not have left already.
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