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My self-summary
Hi, I'm Zel! Let's make this part concise and to the point, shall we?

--I love God and try to grow closer to Him every day.
--I love people. I like a good mix of A) big get-togethers with lots of buddies and party games, and B) small quality-time gatherings of very close friends.
--I write slam poetry, creative fiction, and feminist articles.
--I geek out over the books and movies and music I love. See the appropriate section below for many many details.
--I work as a tutoring manager and teacher at a test prep company. Teaching is more than just a job, and I'm proud to define myself as a teacher.

--A Christian with a deep commitment to a personal relationship with God.
--A partner in crime who wants to build a great life WITH me--not FOR me.
--Desire to take physical intimacy slowly, including saving sex for marriage. I'm all about hugs and my cuddle power is over 9,000, but I'm not interested in casual sex.
--Confidence, self-awareness, and passion: no matter WHAT you're passionate about, passion makes everyone engaging and interesting to talk to.
--Geekiness can only help!

If you'd like to know more about me, read further! If you'd like me to know more about you, message me and let's get the ball rolling!
What I’m doing with my life
If this question is asking what I do for money... I'm a tutoring manager and teacher for an education company. I teach prep classes to help students do well on standardized tests. I have a bachelor's in English and Latin and five teaching certifications, so teaching is a natural choice.

If this question is asking what my life is all about... I'm pursuing a deep relationship with God and with friends. I spend most of my FREE time hanging out with my buddies. A little movie-watching, a little poetry, and a lot of nerdery.
I’m really good at
Tetris. Like, REALLY good.
The first things people usually notice about me
My very loud voice. I bend through alleys and bounce off all the buildings.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Bible's at the top. I really love 1890s Victorian fantasy and modern dystopian fiction. Notable titles: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.

Movies: I love anything by Park Chan-Wook and Stanley Kubrick. Notable titles: Snowpiercer, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dr. Strangelove, Stalker, District 9, Becoming Jane, Black Swan.

Shows: I watch a lot of cooking shows as background noise while I'm working on poems. The shows I really follow are Hannibal, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, and Bob's Burgers.

Musicians: Mostly classic/hard rock and heavy metal, with some indie thrown in. Notable artists: Metallica, Muse, The Sword, Owen Pallett, Florence + The Machine, The Mountain Goats, Jack White, The Black Keys.

Food: Italian and American usually take the cake, as does cake. I love to cook at home.
The six things I could never do without
Gonna take this literally and go with actual possessions.

1. Bible
2. Laptop or phone
3. Notebook full of poems
4. TV
5. Pork tenderloin sandwich at The Steeping Room
6. Dresses. Classy enough for formal occasions but still lazy and comfy.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why I'm a Christian with a strong moral code and yet so in love with every horrific villain I encounter in fiction. Darth Vader was my first love... come on, power is sexy.
On a typical Friday night I am
--Playing Guitar Hero
--Prowling I Luv Video like a sullen hoodie-wearing hipster
--Downtown at a concert, because Austin is the best
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I occasionally watch Monster Jam. If you don't know what that is, then congrats, you didn't grow up white trash!
You should message me if
Anything you just read piqued your interest!

Be advised: I literally NEVER reply to messages or IMs that say merely "hello," "hey Zel," "hey beautiful," etc. Actually introduce yourself! You read my profile, I presume--and if you message me with a mere "hey beautiful", I can safely conclude that you actually didn't read my profile (or you would've seen this part) and haven't taken the time to see if we're actually a good match. If you actually think we'd be a good match and you're interested in something substantive to talk about, let's talk about it. I'll be much more likely to afford you the same courtesy of an interesting, meaningful message.