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My self-summary
I'm a preschool teacher with a master's degree in elementary and early childhood education. I have also worked as the music education director for Eugene Concert Choir, heading up the ECCO outreach program and teaching music to children at local elementary schools.

I have a ton of hobbies - I particularly enjoy writing (mostly fiction, particularly fantasy and a little science fiction, but also the occasional fanfic), reading (fantasy and sci-fi again, but I read mysteries, nonfiction, and other genres sometimes too), and music - especially singing. For a long time I sang in a contemporary black gospel choir, but for the last few years I've been singing with Eugene Concert Choir, which I love. I also enjoy hula dance (something I haven't gotten a chance to do in years), travel (when I can afford it), roleplaying, anime and video games (especially RPGs). I like to sew, particularly medieval costuming, I dabble a little in knitting, and I particularly enjoy studying astronomy, myths and legends (particularly Atlantis), medieval times, archaeology, linguistics, and literature. I'm also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). My political views are fairly liberal and I have dabbled in local politics in the past, including activism on various issues and volunteering with Democratic campaigns. I've also held leadership positions in the SCA and have run or helped run a few events.

I am part of a weekly tabletop roleplaying group that is currently playing D&D 3.5, but we've played a few other systems and settings as well. I once was part of a really fun Star Wars campaign and very much enjoy it as a setting. I've also been roleplaying online for many years and have done a lot in a variety of settings, though mostly different types of fantasy, some of my own creation, some not. I belong to a network that runs a lot of games based on video games - I ran my own highly successful game based on Grandia 1. Roleplaying is something I really enjoy and look forward to. I consider it an extension of my love of writing. Now if I could just roleplay less and spend more time working on my novel...
What I’m doing with my life
I graduated in 2005 with my Masters in Teaching from Pacific University, and I got my BA at Willamette University with a major in English and a minor in music. I've taught in a variety of settings, including substitute teaching, tutoring, and teaching music. Right now I'm employed as a preschool teacher. Someday I might look into going back to teaching in a public elementary school, but for now I am very happy with where I am. I've also had the opportunity to lead the Eugene Concert Choir's outreach program to local elementary schools, and I love being able to jump on various opportunities when they arise.
I’m really good at
I'm a really good singer and writer, and I would like to think I'm good at teaching, though I am always learning. I tend to be able to do most anything I set my mind to, but my biggest talents are related to literature and music. I also have a good instinct for working with children. As one of my students told me, "You are the goodest singer and the best teller of stories at group!"
The first things people usually notice about me
People generally notice my smile, and that I'm a pretty cheerful person. I think I would also consider myself friendly when you first meet me. I'm eager and willing to try new things. I also come across as rather bookish (must be my glasses) and very talkative.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Discworld, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, Amelia Peabody, Peter and the Starcatchers, The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia, anything by Robin Hobb, Robin McKinley, or Tamora Pierce, and a lot more I'm sure I'm forgetting (also nonfiction, particularly anything related to Atlantis or ancient myths and legends such as the Arthurian stories) - oh, and Shakespeare too! And I have a severe weakness for well-written children's and young adult literature. There's actually a lot of excellent stuff out there.

Movies: The Avengers and other Marvel movies, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, Contact, Pirates of the Caribbean, Labyrinth, The Road to El Dorado, Spirited Away, Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, etc.

Music: J-pop, anime and video game music, Celtic music, contemporary black gospel, assorted soundtracks to musicals, Hawaiian music (some of my favorite artists are Josh Groban and Great Big Sea)

Food: Japanese, Italian, Chinese, chocolate, raspberries, mocha, Mexican (but nothing very spicy), Greek....I'm willing to try just about anything.

Anime/TV: My favorite TV series include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who, Firefly, Stargate SG-1, Supernatural, and nonfiction series like Cosmos and Through the Wormhole. I also enjoy anime - some of my favorite series are Tsubasa Chronicle, Fruits Basket, Slayers, Azumanga Daioh, etc.

Video games: I'm a huge fan of the Kingdom Hearts games. Grandia 1 is also one of the best games ever, if not so well known and a bit underappreciated. I also love Odin Sphere, Skies of Arcadia, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, any of the Spyro the Dragon games by Insomniac, I also like a fairly obscure game called Alundra. Oh, and let's not forget the Zelda games! Windwaker was pretty good, Ocarina of Time was better, and I really loved Twilight Princess. Haven't quite finished Skyward Sword yet. I mostly prefer RPGs, but I'm not really into MMORPGS.

Webcomics: I regularly read Questionable Content and a couple of others. I used to be a HUGE fan of Homestuck, and I still love it, but I am a couple years behind and not at all caught up, so please, no spoilers. I'll get back to it eventually.
Six things I could never do without
That's tough! Aside from the obvious answer of family and friends, the next six things would probably be (in no particular order):

1. My dogs (I have three Westies, a boy and two girls named Kenzie, Keely, and Kandi)
2. A notebook and pen (for writing down ideas and story notes)
3. Chocolate
4. The chance to go outside at night and look up at the stars now and then
5. Music
6. Books

I would also find it somewhat difficult to get along without a video game system!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I think about a ton of things, including stories I plan on writing, what I plan to do with my life, the state of the world today, my family, how much I care about my friends, everyday miracles, what sounds good for dessert, how funny my puppy is when she growl-talks at me, the kids I teach, roleplaying games I'm involved in...lots of things. I don't even know how to write down everything, there's just too many things I turn my thoughts to. More than even thinking, I spend a lot of time imagining, dreaming, and letting inspiration fill me. It's a bit hard to explain sometimes.
On a typical Friday night I am
It varies greatly. I used to run an online RPG on Friday nights, but it has since ended, so these days I can be found puttering around on my computer, playing video games, hanging out at a friend's house, watching movies with family, watching anime with friends, reading a book, or maybe playing with my dogs. There's a lot I might be doing.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I actually identify as demisexual or gray-A. This is a type of asexuality, or hyposexuality - it's kind of tough to define, but basically I have an extremely low sex drive and am not really all that interested in sex. I can be very physically affectionate, but I'm not usually comfortable with that unless I've formed a close personal bond with someone. It takes me time to get to know people and decide if I'm interested in any sort of romantic relationship with them.
You should message me if
You're interested in getting to know me better and are interested in being friends.
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