SubtleKnife
44Gouda, Netherlands
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My self-summary
I love to write and I am currently working on two very long blog entries. One involves an std-clinic and the other a church meeting. I'm not telling you why, just yet.

But if that didn't scare you off, I guess we can talk some more. Ask nicely and maybe I'll point you to my blog so you can find out more...

I do a lot of reading, from trashy amateur slash to high-brow literature, I believe you can find merit in almost everything. My main problem with a lot of texts is the number of atrocious spelling and grammar mistakes. I'm not talking about chatting or internet forums and such like, which are much more immediate mediums (although I have been called 'grammar police' on a messageboard) and I'm the first to admit I make many mistakes myself, but it is so disconcerting to receive messages that look like the person didn't care enough to pay attention.

I love to listen to music, but I'm not a good listener to random music. I prefer to stick to a relatively small number of favourites. Although I find that my tastes spread out from there like an oil spill.

PS. I'm not too thrilled about the Oxford comma in the "Three Adjectives (that describe you)" section. (That's a comma before "and". I know that it doesn't feel right to me because such a thing isn't allowed in my mother tongue, but it's not universally accepted by English speakers either.)

I am clever, quirky, and cheerful
What I’m doing with my life
I've recently found a new lease on life and feel much more content within myself. I found a job for four days a week, leaving me one weekday to do those things you'd otherwise have to ask time off for. And to devote to my 'other job', writing. I don't have any regular journalistic jobs at the moment, except for a bi-monthly two-page interview, but I'm looking into an idea for a column that I'll be trying to sell to some magazine.
I’m really good at
being modest
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm bad at lists like this, so I'll just mention a few things I've enjoyed recently, without commenting on their quality (sometimes you can enjoy things that you know are pretty bad - well I can...) It's by no means complete.

books: Slaugherhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut; Worlds That Weren't (four novellas of alternate history, by different authors); BUTT Book (a compilation of the first five years of this magazine); Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut (again, it's unfortunate though, that his death brought on this retrospective); Catch-22 - Joseph Heller; Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury; Ooggetuigen van de wereldgeschiedenis - Geert Mak & René van Stipriaan; Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann. I have also reread the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman, from which I have borrowed my screenname, not too long ago.

movies: Notes on a Scandal, Music and Lyrics, Capote (what was the other film about Truman Capote called again?), The Last King of Scotland, Hairspray (the one with Divine, not John Travolta), Eating Out, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds, The Devil Wears Prada

music: Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Pet Shop Boys, Mika

food: Ah, this is a tricky one. I like all the things that are bad for me and loathe the ones I'm supposed to eat. Although I'm getting a lot better at it: I've lost a lot of weight in recent months and will even order a salad because I like it. Also, I've lost interest in most red meat (it's not like I decided I'd never eat it again, if someone prepared a nice meal I would still enjoy it, I just wouldn't cook or order it for myself) and eat a lot more fish.

As for 'schools' of cookery, I enjoy many Asian cuisines, Mexican and Italian (of course - I don't think I've ever known anyone to dislike Italian food.)
You should message me if
You feel like it? (Up goes my cliché count but what the hell...)

Also, if you want to save me from all these tests and tell me to get an effing move on with my writing. Thanks.
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