ThaManInTheArena
36 Victoria, Canada
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My self-summary
I am a supervillian.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
What I’m doing with my life
After having successfully raised a child into adulthood (she graduated with honors, thankyouverymuch), I'm currently dealing with an empty nest, although I'm considering converting her bedroom into a home studio, so there's that!

I recently accepted a position as president of the local branch of a national educational charity.

I'm a published author with two novels and over a hundred articles involving politics, technology and social issues. I've also been given acknowledgments in other author's novels, been thanked in film credits, and I'm slated to release two new novels in 2017.
I’m really good at
Writing, listening and understanding both sides of controversial issues whether they be political, religious or otherwise.

Storytelling. I've got a million and one great stories, and some of them are actually true!
The first things people usually notice about me
That I usually tower over them. That I'm often a little *too* laid back, and that my voice had been compared to Obi-Wan Kenobi from the original trilogy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm pretty sure everybody listens to a wide variety of music, and I'm no different. But in terms of genres, my favorite would have to be shoegaze. I guarantee most have never heard of it.

Top three (for various reasons): Jurassic Park, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Ink.

Shows I never miss: Game of Thrones, Sense8, and Westworld.
The six things I could never do without
1. My kiddo
2. A to-do list.
3. YouTube & Twitter.
4. Experimental Post-Rock.
5. My Nautical Star hat.
6. Jungian Analysis
7. Breaking arbitrary rules put forth by OKCupid. (Badass over here.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
All sorts of things, really. I daydream a lot. (Both a blessing and a curse of being a fiction writer.) I think a lot about social movements, media and journalism, political corruption, how the super-rich stay super-rich, and... Snapple. I think a lot about Snapple.
On a typical Friday night I am
It used to be mostly worrying about making sure my daughter got home safe. But now she's an adult and can take care of herself.

These days, I've been kickstarting my social life after the past 19 years of (single) parenting and reclaiming my lost youth. Usually in wholly irresponsible (but fun!) ways.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My "losing-my-virginity" story makes American Pie look like a tame drama.

I think "SJW" and "alt-right" identities are two sides of the same coin.

Also that I'm only a casual Star Wars fan.
You should message me if
...you have some obscure knowledge to share with me.

...you're down with deep conversations about human nature.

...you believe principles are more important than politics.

...you're more into Jung than Freud.

...you're honestly interested in hearing my collection of ridiculous and often wildly inappropriate pickup lines.

...you have a tattoo. I like tattoos.

...you're a supervillain.
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