About

Last update: Dec. 4, 2018

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 liberal, a science geek, and a skeptic.  In the past I’ve been a writer, editor, and computer programmer.

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 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 what I can.  I’m currently back in school to catch up on programming tech so I can work at least a little.

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…)

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 iPhone.  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 philosopher is Bertrand Russell, and my least favorite 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.  I wish I could sing.  I listen to a lot of “alternative” (read: non-classical) cello music right now, like Cello Fury and Primitivity, in addition to classical pieces.  My favorite cellists are Jacqueline du Pre and Ofra Harnoy.  I also dig contemporary non-classical violin, like Black Violin and Lindsey Sterling.  Other, non-strings, favorites: Covenant, Nick Cave, The Cure,  Bauhaus, Rammstein, KMFDM (up until 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 was a goth for many years.  You may have noticed by now.

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, and Richard Wiseman.  Fiction writers: Neil Gaiman, Rudy Rucker, uh… I don’t read a lot of prose fiction, but I do love me some comic books.  Right now I’m digging THE MIGHTY THOR (because of my imaginary boyfriend Loki) and MS. MARVEL, mostly.  It’s weird that I’m readingMarvel, because I was never into their books until 2015.  In the 1990’s I was mainly a Vertigo junkie, and in the 2000’s I didn’t read comics at all.

Okay, shutting up now.  If you’ve made it this far, I applaud you.  I talk too damn much!

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