And that was how I got arrested for disturbance of the peace. Evidently wailing and gnashing of teeth is illegal in Vegas! Go figure...
I spent part of 2011 helping my dad start a company which makes and sells fuel blocks out of the contents of your trash can. I also write fiction and music, when I have time, and I love cooking.
As my status indicates, I am married now and not here to look anymore. But we still use the site for Match questions, which are fun.
I value communication: I help my friends with their issues, ask them to do the same with me, and am not a huge fan of people who aren't open with their feelings. This is partially because of my writing background, but also because I've seen a lot of havoc wrought by people who just couldn't be honest, even to themselves, about what they really wanted.
FICTION: Strong characterization and a vivid, well-detailed setting are always my thing; they make the world come to life. And a grounded plot too: it's all well and good to read (or write!) about what could happen, but my preference is for what would happen. Harry Potter, Temeraire, A Song of Ice And Fire, the Mass Effect trilogy, American Beauty, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Tales of the Abyss, Firefly, Calvin and Hobbes, Speaker for the Dead.
MUSIC: Strong melodies, fun rhythms, and bonus points for uneven meter. Samples: Vienna Teng - Harbor, Pentatonix - Aha! (opb Imogen Heap), Yoko Kanno - 7 Minutes, Lush - De Luxe, Nobuo Uematsu - Fisherman's Horizon, Antioch Chamber Ensemble - True Colors (opb Cyndi Lauper).
GAMES: Layered strategy with plenty of room for customization, and a calm skill curve because, frankly, I'm not actually very good at games. Co-op multiplayer a plus! Wing Commander, Final Fantasy Tactics, Civilization, League of Legends, Magic: The Gathering, StarCraft, Left 4 Dead.