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My self-summary

I'd like to get my religion out of the way here since it's kind of a polarizing issue: I am a Christian, albeit a pretty liberal one by US-centric standards (which pretty much means centrist to the rest of the world). Mostly because I'm too pessimistic to believe that humanity could ever save itself without a God intervening on our behalf. But the fact that I'm Christian doesn't mean I'm conservative or judgmental... I'm not a big Jerry Falwell fan, I don't want to prevent gay marriage, I don't think Marilyn Manson is evil (I quite like his music, actually...), I'm fairly positive towards President Obama, and I do my best not to get angry with people for trying to find happiness in ways that I may disagree with. Nor am I one of those lucky people without doubts... in fact, I'm more of a doubting Thomas type. I try to have passion, but I also try to not stop asking questions. I'm not big on moral relativism, but at the same time I don't want to go around assuming I already have all the answers. So far I've also found a great deal of interest in learning about other religions for comparison - there's more common ground between them than one would initially suspect.

Politically I used to think of myself as a moderate or centrist, but I've been drifting more to the left lately. I sympathize with people on faith-based issues but don't feel that a nation should be governed by theology for various reasons (most importantly because it actually pushes people away from the doctrines it tries to enforce). And the more I learn about Republican financial strategies, the more I disagree with 'em. This basically makes me the most liberal Christian I know in the Bible Belt, but I don't feel that these things make me any less of a Christian.

I have a strong predilection for fantasy-themed things, be it a story in any format ([cartoons, in particular anime, are appreciated), board games slash card games slash computer games, such as (HeroScape, L5R, Silent Hill, Don't Starve and Team Fortress 2 are my current favs, but most rpg or fantasy type things in general = fun), or something else entirely. And yes, I know that was a convoluted sentence, I was trying to get all the keywords in there, dagnabbit. You can look up my Steam profile for more of an idea of how I waste my time if so desired. I have no sense of dignity whatsoever in my fantasy-things preferences, to me Sailor Moon and Tokyo Mew Mew (Mew Mew Power, for you dub fans) are just as fun as Lord of the Rings or Beowulf. I'll read a childrens' book with just as much as enthusiasm as I would devote to classic literature such as the Prince or the Illiad. In addition to the fantasy love, I also have a particularly strong predilection towards 'twisted' film and cartoons... Invader Zim only scratches the bare surface. Stuff like Odishon (a psychological horror flick that fools you into thinking it's a romantic comedy for the first hour or so), Guinea Pig (essentially 'artistic' faked snuff films), Satoshi Kon works (he did Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue, for example), A Tale of Two Sisters, and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (cutesy schoolgirl harem anime gone horribly, psychotically wrong) make me a deliriously happy audience member. I love, in particular, anime with a strong psychological focus, which is so many of them, in contrast to Western animation. And if you can find it on the Snowblood Apple extreme Asian cinema site, I will have either watched it or have it queued up for download to watch at a later date. I love stories that try to push boundaries in some way or defy expectations rather than wallowing in traditional story structures.

I'm a writer of pretty much any kind of good story idea I come up with that I think might be marketable, with genres mostly sticking to horror, fantasy, and light science fiction, usually with parodying twists. I've churned out a few novels and parts of novels, a dozen or so short stories, and even 'wasted' my time with some fanfics (Karkadinn at the one and only fanfiction.net) when I hadn't anything better to write at the time. This has also turned into non-fiction work on the side, as I'm now paid a decent chunk of change for churning out articles about malware.

I love animals, they're much less stressful and complicated than people. I'm used to having cats around and like dogs too... it's a yin/yang thing. Animal rights are important to me, but on the other paw, I love eating animals, so you won't find me preaching vegetarianism although you might find me ranting about how poor the quality of life is for animals in farms.

I have glasses instead of contacts because I hate things that get invasive about my eyes (among my many, many other minor phobias), and a beard because I consider shaving a waste of time for both genders. I'm not hugely demanding when it comes to aesthetics, and the world of fashion completely flies over my head, although I'm not a total slob, and I can appreciate a beautiful outfit.

Other than frequent walks for pleasure and pragmatism when in appropriate neighborhoods, I get relatively little physical exertion. On the other hand, I try not to eat too much, and my metabolism likes me. It's good to take care of yourself, but I can't find the enthusiasm to carve myself into a Greek statue.

I'm available on Steam, Twitter, Facebook, and various other chatting and IM programs by Karkadinn. If you're interested in gaming sometime, want to keep up with my creative writing updates, or just want a peek to see a bit more of what passes for my social life and leisure time, those are good ways to get a window in.

What I’m doing with my life
Constantly wooing various literary agents, magazine editors, and book publishers in usually vain attempts to convince them that my stuff doesn't suck, really. Trying out random new cooking recipes that make something I haven't ever had before (I figure if I can't see the world, I can at least bring the world to the kitchen). Moneywise, I'm currently getting by with a lot of odd jobs, mostly articles and ghostwriting gigs.
The first things people usually notice about me
Offline? Probably my beard or my hair, which is thick and curly when long.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A. The Bible (granted, just my 'favorite' parts really even though all of it is useful one way or another), the Little Prince, Watership Down, Black Beauty, Diane Duane's Wizard series, Peter Beagle's the Last Unicorn, Paula Volsky's the Wolf of Winter, Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. B. Ravenous, Fight Club, the Secret of Nimh, the Neverending Story, the Princess Bride, the Nightmare Before Christmas, Gremlins 2. C. Marilyn Manson, K's Choice, Yohko Kanno, Yuki Kajiura, Evanescence (mostly their pre-Fallen work), Voltaire, Mark Lowry, Beethoven, Finger Eleven. D. Pizza with lots of meaty toppings and/or cheese (I make my own these days, no frozen or delivery for me!), strawberry pocky, a nice greasy fast food burger.
Six things I could never do without
God. Caring friends. My writing. A little greenery around my home. Peace and quiet. I used to have pets here too, but I currently don't have any... but, yeah. Freaking pets. I'm going slightly batty without them.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...hopefully the rest of the overly detailed profile gave you some idea.
On a typical Friday night I am
Writing, watching cartoons on Cartoon Network, and/or indulging my inner gamer.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The absolutely most private thing? Hm. Sometimes I get teary-eyed when animals die on Animal Planet shows. Screw philosophical non-intervention, just help the dang animals already!
You should message me if
...you aren't ashamed to admit that you like things society would consider you too old to enjoy. ...you're interested in religious or philosophical discussion, not because you want to force your beliefs on uninterested people, but because you want to learn more about yourself in the process. ...you're lonely, or bored, and just need to kill some time talking.
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