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My self-summary
The two-minute movie trailer of my life (please read in Deep Announcer Voice):

IN A WORLD that's increasingly digital, where no one understands the importance of the physical in writing....

Where female comics fans are misrepresented and misunderstood....

Where roller derby girls break ALL THE RULES....

Only ONE GIRL can save them all....

[Cue montage of my life: research on writing and embodiment at the U of M, reading and blogging about comics and comics culture, and reffing roller derby. There should probably be explosions. As long as my comics don't catch fire.]
What I’m doing with my life
Didn't you watch the trailer?

Wanna rent the movie? I'm in a doctoral program studying writing at the University of Minnesota. Right now that means I'm taking classes, doing research on gesture and writing, and preparing for my exams. It means that sometimes I teach. It does not mean I glory in other people's grammar and spelling mistakes. It means I recognize how we craft the world through language, and how the world crafts us through language.

In my spare time, I like to read comics and am trying to figure out opportunities for participating in comics culture face-to-face here in the Twin Cities area. I went to my first Free Comic Book Day this May, and I'm excited for my first CONvergence experience this summer! I also like to blog about comics.

I like other geeky pop culture things, too. Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (though I'm not completely caught up on either). I enjoy pop culture, but I also enjoy turning a critical eye to how pop culture represents the world and those in it. I can enjoy things while still recognizing how much unfairness is still in the world.

I am also a roller derby ref. For the most part, that means I skate round the outside of the track and call penalties. Soon that will mean I skate around the inside of the track and call penalties and tally points. It's a complicated sport, roller derby.

I do other things, too.
The first things people usually notice about me
Let's be real--short, red hair, other physical features.... I'm probably wearing a Wonder Woman shirt. Hopefully real quick you start seeing the "inner me" too: I'm quick to laugh, love to learn, and kind of ambitious.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Comics: Fables. I'm trying to collect all back issues of Robin Vol 4. I read several Bat-titles but am blown away by Hawkeye and Capt. Marvel. In purely linguistic literature, I like reading about cognition, embodiment, the brain, writing, and I also enjoy a good murder mystery, especially if there's a paranormal element (think Charlaine Harris). Freakin' huge Harry Potter fan. Working my way through Game of Thrones.

TV: Don't have cable, so I don't watch a lot of current stuff, but I love Doctor Who, Psych, Buffy, Firefly, Game of Thrones.

Music: I grew up playing classical piano, so I enjoy "classical" music from a range of historical periods and genres (but Chopin's Nocturne in Eb Major and Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor are probably my fave piano pieces of all time). As a teenager I fell in love with jazz genres, but big band swing, a la Duke Ellington and Glen Miller are probably my faves there.

I like a ton of music, but don't always keep track of who or what I'm listening to. I generally like what The Current plays. The Pine Hill Haints. If you've heard of them (they're a local Alabama band), we will have plenty to talk about. If you haven't, look them up. They're tons of fun.
The six things I could never do without
1.) Skype (connects me to friends and family who are scattered across the US... I ain't from around here, y'all!)
2.) Print and graphic literature
3.) My running shoes
4.) My skates
5.) My ridiculous imagination
6.) A sense of humor
I spend a lot of time thinking about

Representations of gender in geek/pop culture.

How to make environmentally ethical food choices on a budget.

Gesture! Writing! Both at the same time!

Running a marathon (one day).
On a typical Friday night I am
I dunno. I don't keep a log of Friday nights. Whatever pops up, I suppose. During the summer, I love going to see big blockbusters, especially comics movies. But more often than not, I went to the midnight release, not to the Friday night showing. :)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My workouts are often motivated by secretly wishing superheroes were real... and I were one of them.
You should message me if
You're not automatically turned off by the word "feminist."
You like to get a little silly.
You'd like to get some ice cream at Bread & Pickle, walk around Lake Harriet, and talk comics. Or Game of Thrones. Or Psych. Or other things.