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My self-summary
Note: I am in a relationship right now that I expect to last. My profile remains up, by I am rarely active. If you want to talk to me or befriend me, that's fine, but I'm no longer looking to date anyone.

I'm a writer excited to have finished his MFA program in San Francisco and to have moved back to the east coast. I don't yet know what awaits me in the future, but I hope to be teaching Creative Wrting workshops, and to have my fiction and non-fiction published in multiple venues. I'm currently at work on a historical fantasy novel set in early19th century Scotland, and sending my work out to multiple publications, and that's what's consuming most of my thoughts at the moment.

I'm a quietly passionate, sensitive misanthrope, a cynical idealist, and a childlike dreamer with an over-active imagination. I am also something of an amateur artist, paleontologist, and theologian. I love movies, music, literature, history, paleontology, fantasy, science fiction, philosophy, metaphysics, nature, libraries, museums, art, and zoos. I try not to judge people and accept them as they are.

I am a believing but somewhat progressive Catholic. I suspect this will be the biggest turn-off to most people viewing this profile. Just to be perfectly clear: I am conservative only in a fiscal sense, I'm sex-positive, I'm far from anti-gay, and I have no interest in actively converting anyone to my religion by any means other than providing a good example. I also listen to death metal, read Tarot cards, and have forgotten more about dinosaurs and paleontology than most people ever care to learn (on an interesting side note, virtually all of the great paleontologists were themselves believing christians). I certainly don't take my beliefs for granted, and have given a lot of thought as to what I believe in, why I believe in it, and most importantly, why it is worth believing in.

I am mostly apolitical. Both the far left and the far right make me ill.

I don't believe in astrology in the slightest. It's totally fine with me if you do, of course, but I insist that knowing my sun and moon signs won't help you understand me any better.

If you'd like a category that does describe me slightly better, then my MBTI type is INFP, and my ennegram is type 4 (or 9, depending on the test).

I am enigmatic, intense, and incorruptible
What I’m doing with my life
Currently at work on my novel, and searching for jobs. Also looking into various writer and artist colonies, as well as PhD programs in Writing and/or Literature.
I’m really good at
writing (fiction and experimental creative non-fiction), story-telling, creative visualization, film and literary criticism, pencil drawing, listening while appearing not to, talking (to various degrees of success), reading the tarot (to various degrees of success), swinging my air sword while listening to metal, porn graffiti, catching salamanders, obsessing over details of no importance, daydreaming, making funny faces, outsmarting myself, taking the fantasy genre seriously, pondering absurd dilemmas, answering rhetorical questions, daydreaming, and fooling people into thinking I'm smarter than I am by talking about my interests.
The first things people usually notice about me
You might notice my vocabulary. Yes, I love words, though I don't make a distinction between "big" words and "small" ones.

My low-key, soft-spoken demeanor, the intensity of my convictions, the elaborate metaphors and stories I tend to tell to make my points.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Life of Pi, Catcher in the Rye, Frankenstein, The Princess Bride (the book, not the movie), Deliverance, The Secret Agent, The Divine Comedy, The Gospel of John, Raptor Red, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and the short fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. It's also hard to go wrong with Gene Wolfe or Roger Zelazny.

Movies: Pan's Labyrinth, Heavy Traffic, Ninja Scroll, Wizards, Taxi Driver, American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, Unforgiven, Deliverance, Dawn of the Dead (1978), Evil Dead 2, Conan the Barbarian, Aliens, Road Warrior, Adaptation, The Last Temptation of Christ, La Femme Nikita, Pulp Fiction, Robocop, King Kong (1933), Planet of the Apes (1968), A Clockwork Orange, Bad Santa, El Topo, The Seventh Seal, Amadeus, Ed Wood, Last Tango in Paris, Sideways, Groundhog Day, Memento, Flesh & Blood, Quest for Fire, The Holy Mountain, Quills, Rob Roy, The Devil's Rejects, Human Nature, Apocalypto, Princess Mononoke, Akira, Heavy Metal, Happiness, Aguirre Wrath of God, Wizards, Let The Right One In

Music: My favorite metal bands are Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Iced Earth, Death, Opeth, Nile, Emperor, Finntroll, Rotting Christ, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Tyrfing, White Skull, Elven King, Morbid Angel, Kreator, Immortal, Singery, Nightwish, Rhapsody, Slayer (old), Metallica (old), Megadeth (old), Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, Manowar, Behemoth, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Dismember, Cryptopsy, Grave Digger, Korpiklaani, Septic Flesh, Cradle of Filth, Celtic Frost, Venom, Darkthrone, and many others

My favorite classical composers are Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Holst, Copland, and a few others.

(D) I eat to live, I don't live to eat. But if push came to shove, then I guess nothing beats chicken and macadamia nut pizza with white sauce. Crab cakes are really nice, too. So are Salmon burgers and Spinach souffle. And macadamia nut cookies.
Six things I could never do without
Okay, assuming I have food, shelter, and clothing taken care of, I would say 1) movies 2) books--preferably something from my library 3) a computer for whatever reason 4) music--preferably something from my CD collection 5) Friendship 6) Insight.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The writing process, magical realism, the New Narrative, the mythic structure, myths in general, fairy stories, monsters, religious traditions and their similarities/differences, metaphysics, the existential dilemma, pragmatic faith, how creationists are really idolaters who place an object in front of God (ironically, the bible itself), how Richard Dawkins is only harming his cause by insisting that evolution necessitates atheism, theistic evolution, dinosaurs and the people who discover them, politics and how people can be so passionate about issues they're ignorant of, and how we love to hate each other over differences of negligable importance.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I were still in San Francisco, then I would say a typical Friday is spent at the Writer's Studio on 1111 Eighth Street, attending the Seminar and listening to visiting authors read. Then having some beer and snacks with my friends and fellow classmates. Maybe a bar later. And I'd wonder why I opened the beer can when I hate the taste of most beer.

Then I'd leave before everyone else because I just can't stand spending time with large groups of people, even a group of people I like. But there are those special people, on an individual basis, with whom I could spend forever in their company.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can put my legs over my shoulders and walk that way on the floor. I'll be sure to show you if we meet in person.

I have a Darwin fish and a Jesus fish on my car, and I display both without a trace of irony. It's my way of extending my middle finger toward anyone who thinks either one implies the negation of the other.

I won 1st place for non-fiction writing in a literary journal by writing a story about a demon with a huge cock. This was a piece I didn't even want to write, let alone have anyone read.

I can name 2 dinosaurs off the top of my head that start with every letter of the alphabet, and tell you about each. I'm also pretty good at identifying fossils in museums before I can get close enough to read their labels.

I am in love with the medieval and early renaissance periods--their philosophy, music, literature, science, alchemy, engineering, arms, armor, and warfare. It's so badass. I will fight to defend the medieval period from modern slander.

I also feel the urge to punch anyone who says that men are afraid of commitment and only looking for sex in the face. Hard. And multiple times.

I am proud of the fact that I played Dungeons & Dragons throughout high school and much of college. I'm glad that I spent time playing a game that stimulated my imagination and helped me to harness my storytelling skills. I feel no shame at admitting this whatsoever, and I feel nothing but contempt for anyone who does.
You should message me if
You find me interesting, and not in the sense that a two-headed gorilla is interesting. As in you view me as possible boyfriend material. I have enough friends.

You think writing is an admirable profession and want to date a writer.

That said, none of the following qualities are strictly necessary, but each will earn you points:

you have some sense of wit, curiosity, an interest in learning, a capacity of abstract thought, and the ability to truly think outside the box (as opposed to substituting one box for another).

you are appreciative of art, beauty, nature, literature, music, and spirituality, and believe there are things in life more important than material success.

you are spiritual (not necessarily religious, but I don't like to stretch the definition of spirituality to the point where it is meaningless)

you are an active and critical reader and/or writer

you are geniune, warm, tender, compassionate, supportive, honest, unpretentious, unusual, unconventional, politically moderate, politically incorrect, open-minded, positive, and non-judgemental.

you are earthy and sensual

you are child-like but not childish

you are mentally healthy (still recovering from a painful breakup with a verbally abusive partner)

you are phylogenetically closer to "cougar" than to "ingenue"

you don't have any kids and don't especially want any in the future
The two of us