Last update: Feb. 20, 2021
I live in north central Florida, and have been a Floridian for most of my life, despite a few years in south Florida, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. I’m a bookworm, a feminist, a budding socialist, a science geek, and a chaote. (Those last two aren’t incompatible, I swear.) In the past I’ve been a writer, editor, and computer programmer.
Computer programming is still something I do a lot. Despite this website looking ugly, I’m quite good with WordPress. I’m just not a graphic artist.
I do a lot of fiber/textile arts stuff: spinning and knitting, mostly, some weaving. I started playing cello in August 2015, and that’s a great deal of fun. When I can I hike and cycle, but those are limited for health reasons.
I am a non-binary transgender person. Preferred pronouns are they/them. I’m pansexual, but usually just call myself queer because it’s easier. (And because I prefer women…) I have schizoaffective disorder and OCD, and they make having a full-time job impossible for me. So I’m on disability, live with a family member, and do little short-term WordPress jobs for very small businesses.
My favorite colors are purple and olive drab. I don’t really like long walks on the beach or candlelight dinners. (I prefer forest trails and being able to see my food.) I prefer cats to dogs, and pie to cake. I would be lost without my cell phone. I don’t watch much TV or many movies, although there are things I like. I just never think about turning on the TV. I love reading non-fiction — usually weird histories or science books. I like German Expressionism and Surrealist art. My favorite philosophers are Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Viktor Frankl. My least favorite philosopher is Plato. (I can rant for ages about Plato and what he did to science. Don’t get me started.)
Music is a big part of my life. Like I said, I’m learning the cello. Irish trad is a favorite to play, and when I grow up I want to play with The Pogues. I listen to a lot of “alternative” (read: non-classical) cello music, like Cello Fury and Primitivity, in addition to classical pieces. I also dig contemporary non-classical violin, like Black Violin and Lindsey Sterling. Other, non-strings, favorites: Covenant, Nick Cave, The Cure, Bauhaus, KMFDM (up through the “Adios” album, anyway), and 80’s alternative like The Smiths, the Violent Femmes, and R.E.M.. There’s a ton of other stuff. You may have noticed there’s not any female artists on that moderns list. While there are lots of women in music that I like, I’m have an addiction to male baritone voices. I don’t think men make better music, I just enjoy deep voices a lot. Also, I’ve been a goth for since I was twelve.
As I said, I read a lot. Some non-fiction authors I like are Mary Roach, Victoria Finlay, Bill Bryson, Kay Redfield Jameson, Simon Singh, Simon Winchester. Occult writers: Phil Hine, Grant Morrison, Rachel Pollack, and… Remind me to update this bit. Fiction writers: Neil Gaiman, Rudy Rucker, uh… I don’t read a lot of prose fiction, but I do like fanfic (and write it, too).
Okay, shutting up now. If you’ve made it this far, I applaud you. I talk too damn much!