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My self-summary
GO SEE THE MOVIE 'BROOKLYN'!!! It is absolutely magnificent! It'll remind you why you're looking for love in the first place in case you've forgotten.

Redoing my profile for a couple of reasons:

Reason 1: I feel like I come across a little differently when I write than when you meet me in person, and that discrepancy has led to some frustrating dates both for me, and the unlucky young lady. Frustrating for me because, well, my writing persona is different than my in person one and there's no (for me at least) switch I can flip to get into that and frustrating for her because she got to know the writing me (which is awesome, no lie...;) ) but found when she met the in person me, I wasn't her type. There is nothing wrong with that. Frankly, I'm taking the blame for this one because I think my profile made me come across as someone I'm not. Wouldn't you know that that's easy to do on social media?

Reason 2: I've changed a lot since I last updated this thing. I don't think I've touched this profile except to update movies or whatnot. That was nearly three years ago.

So, from here on out, I'm going to do my best to tie the writing Daniel and the in-person Daniel into one entity. Let's see how this goes, shall we?

Hello, my name is Daniel.
What I’m doing with my life
Working part time and trying to self-start a couple of independent ventures as well. Part time work pays the important bills, and my savings help with unanticipated expenses.
So if you're in the market for a guy who's going to make a buttload of money right away, move right along. I'm not him. I'm working hard and always looking for that next step to take, but I'm not rich by any stretch of the word...:P

I write. LOVE to write. Working on getting my name out there in self-publishing.
I'm also working on starting up a youtube channel. Mostly with video games and reading original stories I've written (podcasts I guess!) but I really enjoy it.

What else...trying to readjust to social life. As you'll read about in my 'Most Private Thing' section, this has been a struggle for me. I'm making good progress on this front, but it's a work in progress, but like everything else, it takes time.
I’m really good at
Laughing--I laugh A LOT. At myself, at you, and whatever is around me.

What else...I guess writing? I like to think I'm good at it anyways.
Finding creative ways around problems and never giving up until I've found a workable solution for everyone involved.
On a related note, I'm a good conflict defuser, and an excellent communicator.

I'm also good at finding joy in the simple things in life. They are all around us, but so often we're only interested in the big things.
Like foxes and great blue herons. I could spend hours looking for those in the wild. I love nature by the way.
Speaking of things I love, there's these beautiful little white moths that come out night where I live. They're not the cabbage whites that are a dull greyish white, no, these are an absolutely brilliant white. Snow white. Those are one of my favorite things in the world.

I like to also think I'm a good friend. I genuinely care about the people around me and want to do anything (literally anything--I'm a pleaser) I can to make people happy. This has gotten me into trouble at various times, as sometimes I invest too much and get hurt. I have a tendency to take other people's problems into myself. I'm getting better at this, but not there quite yet.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my height. I'm close to 6'4! Also that I'm quick to love and slow to judge.
I don't expect people to be perfect. I'm certainly not, so why on earth would I expect someone else to be?
People are people, and I've found the key to successful relationships (romantic or platonic) is to be open, honest, and willing to meet the other person where they're at. That's what God does with us, he meets us where we're at. We really need to be more like that I think. Take people as they are, don't judge, but love.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
It'd be impossible to list every single movie I like, so let me instead list my top ten favorites, and then a few I've seen recently that I enjoyed.
1). Inside Out (I could write an entire section about this movie. The profound impact it had on me is indescribable. Simply the most emotional, enriching and best movie experience I have ever had. Seriously, I could talk about this movie for hours).
2). Wreck-It Ralph
3). Wall-E
4). Interstellar
5). Jurassic Park
6). Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
7). Charlotte's Web
8). Ice Age
9). Titanic
10). The Little Mermaid

Random Movies: Jurassic World, Divergent (yup), every Pixar movie, Lego Movie, Miyzaki movies (ALL of them), Babe, Homeward Bound, Land Before Time, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Fault In Our Stars, About Time, Spielberg movies, Rango, and so, so, so many more.

Shows: Office, Adventure Time, Arthur, Word Girl, M*A*S*H, Clone Wars, Land of the Lost, and tons of youtubers. My two favorites are ShadyPenguinn and boogie2988.

Books: Again, there's just too many. My FAVORITE book (besides the Bible, which has literally been a Godsend) is Watership Down. Everything else must be compared to that book. But here's some very good reads: A Song of Ice And Fire (first two are grand, they go downhill from there), The Fault in Our Stars, Charles Dickens, LOTR, Narnia, Harry Potter, Twig, and thousands of kids' books. Been on a graphic novel kick recently, and here's some outstanding works I've read: Blankets (absolutely incredible), Seconds (ditto) Anya's Ghost, and I Kill Giants. Someday each of these books will be in my collection. Blankets and Seconds in particular are simply remarkable works of fiction. Both very different, but both just as memorable.
I've also been reading the 'Peanuts' books by Charles Schultz. He, Walt Disney, Jim Henson, and Pete Doctor are some of my heroes in art and storytelling.

Music: Singer/Songwriter is my fav genre and I like everything from John Denver to Ingrid Michaelson to Amanda Mair! A few are: James Horner, Amy Macdonald Sia, Hans Zimmer, Enya, Simon and Garfunkel, Sleeping At Last, Gordon Lightfoot, One Direction, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Fieldwork, most any soundtrack (Inside Out's is AMAZING), and SO many more!

I also love video games, so if you aren't into dating/being friends with gamers, just a heads up. Overwatch is the latest favorite. If you've got an Xbox One and Overwatch hit me up and let's play!
Nintendo games are my favorite, and my favorite games are: Spaltoon, Super Smash Bros (all), Mario Kart (all), Mario Party (most all), Animal Crossing, Lego games, Mario, Pokemon, Bioshock, and League of Legends.
I'm not addicted to video games by any stretch, but I love them. I love the art, the stories, everything.
I'd much rather have an evening in playing games or watching a movie than go to a sporting event. Don't get me wrong, watching the Twins would be awesome, but there's something wonderful about being home too.

Also, for fun, my top ten fictional character list. This can be from a book, a movie, a tv show, a video game, or even a song. Here goes:

1) Vanellope Von Scweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)
2) Toph (The Last Airbender TV show)
3) Elizabeth DeWitt (Bioshock: Infinite)
4) Frodo Baggins (Lord of The Rings books/movies)
5) Riley and Bing Bong (Inside Out)
6) Woody (Toy Story)
7) Rose/Jack (Titanic)
8) Murph (Interstellar)
9) Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
10) Littlefoot (Land Before Time)
The six things I could never do without
1. Faith in Jesus Christ! Without him I am nothing.
2. Family and friends..amazing folks I've been blessed with!
3. Writing! It's my solace...
4. Creativity
5. Iced Tea!!!!!!!
6. Love
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Pretty much everything! My mind's the proverbial 'spaghetti brain', and I can dash from topic to the next with incredible ease.
One general thing that is on my mind is how God can use me to make a genuine, honest and real difference in this hurting world. My heart literally breaks to the point of sickness with the hurt I see in people's eyes.
There's a lot of hurt, but there's also a lot of beauty.
On a typical Friday night I am
Chilling with the family, maybe playing Wii U/3DS, maybe writing, maybe out with friends. I love Friday nights. I find them to be one of the most reflective nights of the week, and it's sometimes tough to get to sleep on those super reflective nights.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I battle with depression and anxiety. This honestly isn't a private thing for me. I WANT people to know. I WANT people to know that this is a part of me, and something I'm learning to cope with in my life. I'm not afraid of it, but I do have a respect for it, 'cause if I don't it'll knock me flat on my back. I get back up again. God's taught me so much through this whole thing, and as much as it can hurt at times, I wouldn't trade it given the choice.

Anyways, these two things make social settings more than a but unsettling for me, and I don't do well with big, loud crowds. I suck it up a lot and try to do it anyway because I love the people I'm with, but sometimes it drains me all up and there's nothing left.
I'm getting better as I learn to live with this stuff, but just know (in the chance we meet someday) I might struggle a little bit at first. Hang in there with me and I promise I'll get through that bumpy stage. Once I see you're genuine, and you care, I relax, and stuff gets real then. The fun begins!
You should message me if
If you want to chat--literally about anything. I'm always up to chat with people, but I'll be upfront with you, time isn't always on my side with how busy I keep myself.
But I ALWAYS make time for people I care about.
Also, if I haven't totally turned everyone off. That would be a good reason to message me. Haha. Honestly I'm not trying to come across as mean, I'm just being really, really honest with myself and with you. Because frankly, we both deserve honesty.

Also, if you have read and can discuss 'The Green Mile' by Stephen King.

I'm also totally ok with you messaging first. I know it's the norm around here for guys to message first, but frankly I'm not on this enough to always do that! So if something I said here registered with you, please feel free to message me first!

Good bye, person. It was lovely to meet you.