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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Branden. Might as well get one thing out of the way now: I'm a tremendous nerd.

I like to read. A lot. Some of everything. I like to write too. My favorite is fantasy, especially of the YA variety. I dabble in poetry too. It's not my forte, but I enjoy it. And it's a convenient genre when you find yourself busy pretty often.

I'm big into music, too. Following what's going on with my favorite bands and catching new ones is a fun hobby for me. I play it too. Guitar mostly. A little vocals. Sometimes I pretend I know what I'm doing on a harmonica. I recorded an album with my best friend once, that was an experience. We're still friends and it sold four copies so I guess you could say it wasn't a complete disaster.

I've gotten more into fitness in the last year. Not full-on gym-rat-bro status but I've been pushing myself and I'm proud enough of the results. This has not stopped me from enjoying food immensely.

I'm in my last year of college, studying for my master's degree in secondary education.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in a one-year master's program at James Madison University right now. When it's done I'll be certified to teach English at middle and high schools. Pretty exciting to be almost done with the classroom, even though I'll just be moving to the other side of it.
I’m really good at
Playing guitar, writing, making people laugh. Sarcastic facial expressions.
The first things people usually notice about me
I would say it's that I'm ridiculously good-looking, but that would make me Derek Zoolander.

In all honesty it's probably my nerdy sense of humor.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I could go on forever here. I love a lot of classics and complicated novels (English major, what do you expect), but I'm also into a lot of fantasy and science fiction, and I read a lot of YA. (I could throw out the excuse of it being research for my position as a future teacher, but that would be a lie because I love them.)

A couple examples: Harry Potter et al, Snow Like Ashes et al, The People of Paper, American Gods. A little Faulkner, Hemingway, and some medieval lit.

Movies: Mostly comedy and action movies. I'm loving this endless barrage of superhero movies... at least on the Marvel side.

Music: I love a lot of classic rock, prog rock, and various forms of metal. I'm into some blues and some jazz fusion too, but I'm less of an expert there. This is another category where I could go on forever.

A few examples: Dream Theater, Agalloch, Devin Townsend, Katatonia, Mastodon, Yes, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Steve Vai.

Food: I like Mexican food, Italian food, some Chinese food... and I love good ol' American food too. Of course, bacon. Spicy things. Alcoholic beverages are cool too. Even though they don't count as food. But while we're on that topic... Stouts, hard cider, fruity wheat beer, whiskey/bourbon.

Shows: The Blacklist. Criminal Minds. Breaking Bad. Chuck.
Six things I could never do without
Family and friends. I might be an introvert but I need them all.

Music, art, writing, and other forms of expression.

The Internet, to satisfy my curiosity with ease.


My guitar(s).

Growth and/or self-improvement.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Teaching. Music. Stories and characters.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either working or dealing with grad school, but I welcome a distraction.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I currently have two tattoos. They are the logos of the first two bands I ever saw in concert, and are location on the upper portion of my arms. These two bands have been a huge influence on me musically, and those shows were amazing experiences. (I was going to keep adding more of them down my arms as I saw them, but that started piling up way too fast. I would like to get more of other things though.)

I own way too many good-smelling things.
You should message me if
If you would get amazing new experiences out of me. If I could get the same out of you. If you share any, or maybe even all, of my passions. If anything I have said intrigues you. If you think I'm hot. ;)
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