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My self-summary
My name is Charis, which is pronounced karr-is. Here are some things you might want to know about me:
Where is says I'm Christian and very serious about it? I really am. My walk is far from perfect, but my faith is the most thing about me. That means I'm not interested in a romantic relationship with someone who doesn't share my faith, because we'd be fundamentally incompatible.

I'm a geeky girl--I suck at video games (which pains me, since all my friends are good at them. I'm halfway decent at MarioKart Wii but that's as good as it gets) and I'm too impatient to keep up with monthly comics, but I love fantasy in my books and SF in my television and superheroes in my graphic novels (also fantasy and SF in my graphic novels, for that matter), and all of the above in my movies. My superhero of choice is Batman (I was indoctrinated early with Batman: The Animated Series, which I still love). I also geek out over random things like historical clothing and art. At the moment, while I wait impatiently for Doctor Who to come back, I'm marathoning Battlestar Galactica.

I'm very much an introvert, but I also have a strong need for community--I love to be with people, as long as they're the right people, and I love good conversation, although like most introverts I don't enjoy pointless small talk just for the sake of talking. Companionable silence seems much better to me.

I'm a goofball. It's very important that you know this.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm paid to sit at a desk and make small movements with my hands, but my real passion is being creative. I love to tell stories, and I've been writing ever since I was little--I've participated in NaNoWriMo twice and I'm in the middle of editing my most recent writing project and I'd like to pursue publication. I also love to make things, from sewing costumes to knitting to painting. The rest of my time goes to shenanigans with my friends.
I’m really good at
Making things, finding new uses for random bits and pieces, throwing awesome theme parties, making big messes in the kitchen (sometimes with excellent results!), and quoting movies and TV shows (quote The Princess Bride, Firefly, or Eddie Izzard, and chances are that I'll quote back!).
The first things people usually notice about me
It depends on where they see me--I'm not comfortable in large crowds and I get very quiet, but when I'm with my friends we laugh a lot, and I use many large gestures, which are probably noticeable....
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I love books. I have lots and lots of favorites that I re-read often, and if I tried to list them all we would be here for...a while. A handful of special favorites--J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Patricia McKillip, Diana Wynne Jones, Elizabeth Moon, Peter S. Beagle, Lloyd Alexander, Ursula K. Le Guin....I particularly love fantasy, especially YA fantasy, anything with a fairy tale slant, and urban fantasy (I burned out on epic fantasy in high school and haven't tried anything new in that area in a while...) but I love books from all genres. At the moment I've been craving mystery novels from the 30s and 40s, and I'm on a non-fiction kick.

Movies: My movie collection is a total hodgepodge--I love movies like The Princess Bride, Stardust, A Knight's Tale, Ladyhawke, The Rocketeer, Fight Club, Brick, The Brother's Bloom. Young Victoria, foreign films like Amelie, Cyrano de Bergerac, and anything by Miyazaki (my favorites are Spirited Away. Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo), and I have a weakness for Disney and Pixar films. My favorite movies of 2011 were Tangled and The King's Speech.

Shows: The only shows I follow regularly on television these days are Castle, Big Bang Theory, and my current true passion, Doctor Who. I'm a season behind on Supernatural, but I'm looking forward to catching up. I also enjoy catching random episodes of shows like Leverage, Burn Notice, Law & Order (it's always on somewhere!), and shows on HGTV, diy, or The Food Network (I love Ace of Cakes). And I will never get tired of watching Firefly over and over and over.

Music: I love modern folk, which in my mind covers a really big range, but I also love classic rock and soundtracks--according to iTunes my top artists are Vienna Teng, Over the Rhine, Kate Rusby, Girlyman, The Paper Raincoat, Sarah Slean, The Weepies, Queen, Jonathan Coulton, the Tangled soundtrack, and the Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog soundtrack.

Food: I love food--all kinds of food, from Italian to Thai. I don't enjoy spices that burn, or seafood, but other than that I like trying new things. And I am a fiend for baked goods.
The six things I could never do without
1. My faith. Even in my worst moments, when I felt like I was drowning, my faith never left me and always drew me back. God has really watched over me.

2. My family. They're weird, they're goofy, they're loud, they're obnoxious, they make me crazy, they're completely awesome, and they always know what I'm quoting and will quote it back.

3. My friends. They're extra family members--I'm completely comfortable with my girls, and they keep me honest. We have the best conversations--insightful, intelligent, brilliant, hilarious, with lots of big gestures and laughing.

4. The internet. The internet became really crucial to me when I was a lonely twelve-year-old, and it continues to keep me connected to my friends around the world.

5. Peaceful time. It's really important to me to have quiet time for myself, when I can be alone to recharge. I love to be social with my friends, but I'm still an introvert at heart.

6. Time and ability to be creative. When I don't make things I feel stale and claustrophobic.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
This seems like a weird section to me--what DO I spend a lot of time thinking about?
Nathan Fillion?
Funny things to say on Twitter?

I amuse myself at work by telling myself stories and playing out interesting conversations or scenarios (Christopher Lee doesn't know it, but I've decided that we should form a folk-opera duo called Death and the Maiden. Because it would be awesome).
In my less flippant moments I get analytical about random things, most often what I'm reading--the themes and character development, etc. This includes everything I read, from pure fluff to the Bible. You can take the geek girl out of academia, but she will still be an English major at heart....
On a typical Friday night I am
Relaxing--sometimes I make plans with friends for dinner or a movie, and I love to go out to events like shows, concerts, and plays, etc., and I love to dance (I'm terrible, but I love it--especially contra dance), but I'm more likely to do those things on Saturday. On Fridays I usually curl up with a book, watch a movie, or catch up with my far-flung friends via the internet.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit that I've dealt with many feelings of insecurity over the years, and continue to deal with them periodically. I don't think that this is a bad thing, though--learning to face my insecurities and overcome them has made me a much stronger person. I've learned to remember that even when I don't value myself, God still cherishes me.
You should message me if
....if you got this far. Long profile is...long. Perhaps I should par this sucker down a little?

Really, I'm looking for someone who balances me. I'm not sure what that looks like. Maybe you're outgoing where I'm introverted. Maybe you're math/science oriented where I'm all about the arts. Maybe you prefer Superman while I prefer Batman (just kidding on that one. If you prefer Superman over Batman then you are very confused). But if you think we're the same on important subjects (like religion, and Batman), if we have enough shared interests to have a conversation, and if we're different in a few areas, then message me! Maybe we'll make a beautiful Venn diagram.