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My self-summary
There are cookies awaiting anyone who reads through this. I warn that I occasionally drift into verbosity...

I am a relaxed person by nature, and I enjoy going with the flow until it comes time to go against it. It's very difficult to offend me, and even more difficult to make me angry. I have a sense of humor that runs the gamut, from stupid and silly, to sarcastic and biting.

I was named after William the Conquerer because I was born with bright red hair and my mom is a nerd for British history. The hair has since changed, but my desire to conquer England has not.

I have been drawing since I was capable of holding a crayon, and painting once I had learned it wasn't supposed to be eaten. While my art has shifted more towards the digital realm as of late, I still try to make time for the fine arts. I go through several sketchbooks a year, and I go slightly mad if I am without a drawing apparatus of some kind for any length of time.

Equal to this is my fascination with the written word that, were it a physical being, restraining orders might need to be issued. I love everything about books - the feel, the sight, the smell, and, if I am being truly candid, occasionally the taste. I am saddened by the lack of appreciation given the Oxford comma. I await book releases with the giddy anticipation of a child promised candy.

Boredom terrifies me; I keep my mind occupied, when I can, a habit which has led me to learning for the pure enjoyment of it. Philosophy, history, science, art, psychology... I devour them, reading everything, experiencing everything, yet still craving more. I learn the most by talking to people who know things I don't, who know more than me; if I have messaged you, chances are that conversation is one of the primary reasons.
What I’m doing with my life
Gee, way to give me an existential crisis. I don't NEED this kind of pressure, Internet Dating Website.

Living. Learning. Spent two and a half years in art school before discovering that environment wasn't for me. Got back into school a few years later, and this coming fall (2013) I'll hopefully be graduating.

Paying the bills with the fruits of retail subservience and the odd freelance design gig. My passions of late have veered more towards writing, although I suppose a career as a designer would be enjoyable while I'm working at becoming a published (and hopefully professional) novelist. Art and writing have been my life for so long, the idea of being without both is strange and frightening.

Currently trying to teach myself how to braid my own hair. It's not going well...
I’m really good at
Or, as I like to call it, "The section where I try not to sound too egotistical."


Art and various arty things. I miss having the time and money to paint and sculpt like I used to. Much of my work is digital these days, but I still find the time to indulge in traditional mediums. I've recently discovered a "where have you been all my life" love for screen printing, and wish I had the time and space to do it more frequently.

Writing and the various intricacies of language. Spelling, grammar, sentence structure... all that jazz. Bonus points if you can name all fourteen punctuation marks in the English language without Google.
Drunken Scrabble.

Obsessing over books and authors. Seriously, if you are capable of talking about books for several hours, you will become my very favorite person and I will buy you ice cream.

Sleeping. I'm horrible at getting to sleep, and I suck at waking up, but man... I am a champion sleeper. If it were an Olympic event, I'd take home the silver.

Arguing in favor of Batman winning just about any fight.
The first things people usually notice about me
Either my hair, my sarcasm, or, if I have been screen printing that day, the ink stains of various colors spotting myself or my clothing.

It's slightly awkward when there's a lot of red on my hands....
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I am a fantasy addict, from epic to urban to heroic. But I read just about everything, fiction and non-fiction. Horror, scifi, biographies, true crime, mystery, history... I devour literature as if I required it for sustenance, which I'm still not certain I don't. My favorites are numerous, but here's a small sampling:

Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time); Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time, Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive); Jennifer Roberson (The Saga of Tiger and Del); Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files; Codex Alera); Carrie Vaughn (Kitty Norville series); Scott Lynch ( The Gentleman Bastards); Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicle) Terry Pratchett (Discworld); Neil Gaiman, Freda Warrington, N.K. Jemison, Dan Wells, Catherynne M. Valente, Mira Grant, Carl Hiaasen... I should stop here, or it'll cease to be a "small sampling."

Currently reading: The Unfolding of Language – An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention, by Guy Deutscher.

The Shawshank Redemption, Casino, The Godfather I and II, Serenity, The Avengers, Stranger Then Fiction, Gangs of New York, and anything that you can find a RiffTrax for.

House of Cards, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dead Like Me, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Doctor Who, The Daily Show, The West Wing, Star Trek, Psych, and anything by Joss Whedon.

My musical tastes are very eclectic. A random sampling from my iPod shows Walk off the Earth, Bad Religion, Emelie Autumn, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flogging Molly, Miles Davis, Arch Enemy, KMFDM, Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, Steeleye Span, The Beatles, Tori Amos, Vitamin String Quartet, Queen, Rasputina, Tapping the Vein, Garbage... this is another one that could go on. I also love instrumental of almost any kind, opera, and jazz.

After years of being a picky eater, I've been forcing myself to try new things. Discovered some things I really enjoy that i didn't think I would, and some things that I feel I was right to have shunned previously. Spicy is difficult for me, though. I enjoy good beer (Spotted Cow being a favorite), but my drink of choice is scotch.
Six things I could never do without
1. Something to write on/something to write with.
5. Books. All of them.
2. Art
Q. People who can take a freakin' joke.
6. Sarcasm.
6. Tic Tacs.
3. Making lists longer than you're supposed to, and numbering them wrong.
10. Waffles.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The book I'm currently reading, writing, typography, color, how to braid my own hair, language, various issues and aspects of society, the nature of experience, squirrels...

The inevitable robot uprising, and how much it would suck to have happen during the zombie apocalypse.
On a typical Friday night I am
Most often, at home with a book or a movie. Sometimes out with friends on various ventures.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I lost a tooth in a mugging a number of years ago, and have been a bit self-conscious of my smile ever since..
You should message me if
I'm looking for someone who enjoys good conversation on just about any topic, who can tell me things I don't know. Someone who can take a joke, and fire an even better one right back. Someone who is aware of the world around them through means other than Twitter or Tumblr.

Or, if you just have a book that I totally need to read. I am always happy for recommendations.

Or, perhaps we have a high "Enemy Percentage," and you would like to become adversaries.
The two of us