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My self-summary
They taught us in psych class that you can learn alot about a person by the way they complete the phrase 'I am . . . ' You can use a descriptor - lonely, beautiful, smart, funny, insane; a relationship - mother, student, citizen; a hobby or practice - birdwatcher, couch potato, writer, dreamer. So to repeat an old exercise, let's see how well I can sum myself up with 6 'I am's

I am me. Whoever that is.

I am tired: Probably shouldn't be writing this late at night on not enough sleep, but also tired with the fatigue that comes of running too long on too little. I love my kids and my partner, but taking care of them while managing my mental illnesses is exhausting.

I am hopeful. Things have been steadily getting better for the past year+, some big plans are coming together, I have friends and family I can rely on again... yeah, the future looks positive right now.

I am broken. Whatever the future will bring, I've pushed myself too hard getting to where we are now. I definitely need some time to relax, to take care of myself and heal. Luckily, we're in a stable enough place that I'm about to get that time.

I am an author. With three books out and several short stories, I am finally comfortable saying I'm an author. Long road to get here, longer road (and lots of books) ahead of me. Time to get it done.

I am surviving/striving. Every day is still a struggle. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD, plus kids and caring for a disabled partner... well, see, "I am tired..." :P But I'm not just standing in place, I'm moving forward. Pushing towards the goals and the future I know we can reach.

Alright, there's my 6 'I am's. Feel free to tell me what you think ;)

(updated 1/10/17)
What I’m doing with my life
Taking care of my family and trying to build a career as an author (fiction and non-fiction). Some friends and I are trying to launch an ebook publisher. Wish us luck!
I’m really good at
Writing, understanding people, plans & organization, explaining the weird quirks of Judaism, avoiding getting work done
The first things people usually notice about me
I have no idea, really . . . depends on where they meet me I guess. Very quiet in public, more outgoing and comfortable in small groups or with friends.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Grand Central Arena by Ryk Spoor, Tinker and the Elfhome series by Wen Spencer, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Best Boy Ever Made by Rachel Eliason, Vanilla Twist by CJ Ellison, just about anything by Courtney Milan, Elizabeth Lowell's Rarities series, Shakespeare, Song of Songs, lots more

Movies: hard to say - unlike books I tend to watch a movie once, enjoy it and move on. Um . . . Well, Princess Bride, History of the World Part 1, Shawshank Redemption, I enjoyed the super hero movies that were coming out a few years ago, less taken with the more recent ones. . . . My Best Friend's Wedding, Ordinary People, Renaissance Man . . .

Music: Doors, Rolling Stones, Queen, Enya, Clannad, Sons of Somerled, Puccini, Beethoven, They Might be Giants, Rush, Voltaire, Alexander James Adams, filk, folk, Hamilton...

Food: Japanese, Pizza, my own baking, a well-roasted chicken, broccoli smothered in cheddar cheese, wild greens salads, chili, vegan burgers, mild curry

TV: haven't bothered with tv in years, but enjoy NCIS when I get the chance to watch. Was really into Bones for a while, but the season 7(?) was a disappointment.
Six things I could never do without
stories, food, drink, oxygen, clothing, family.

Everything else life has forced me to do without at one point or another, and while I didn't like it, I know as long as I can survive, I can deal with anything.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Writing, activism, my family, stories, raising my kids, how to be a good person,
On a typical Friday night I am
Either at synagogue or crashing as soon as the kids are in bed.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am an incest abuse survivor. Doesn't affect on my daily life nearly as much as the rest of the shit I'm shoveling, but sometimes messes w/ my sex life.
You should message me if
you want to. If you message me, please include enough in your message so I can tell you actually read my profile. If you are monogamous and looking for the love of your life, we are NOT COMPATIBLE.

If I'm hanging out on OKC, chat requests are welcome.
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