*hugs Sherry* I'm sorry I missed you last week-end, but I had to work at ACEN. One of these days I will get you over to my place. Once I have a new place that isn't falling down around my ears, anyway.
As the total n00b around here, here's a stupidly lengthy bio: born and raised in Chicago to American mother and British father, but I've lived all over, and always come back here because it's my heart's home. Also, I don't know how to drive a car. So Chicago is perfect for me.
I work as a web designer/graphic designer at my day job, and do wee tiny bits of journalism now and then (mostly then--I think my last work in print was a cover story for Titan's Angel magazine story back in 2004 ). Tho I'm working on a book for Mad Norwegian press called _Chicks Dig Time Lords_ and occasionally contribute Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers and Jem pieces to cereal:geek magazine in the UK. Cartoons fo the 1980s are my not-so-seekrit-shame/guilty pleasure.
I'm an absolute geek, through and through. I'll be 35 this year, and grew up with telly and comic books and cartoons, and masses and masses of books. 9 free-standing bookcases in my current digs, and incapable of passing up a second-hand bookshop if I pass one. Other TV shows I love are "Doctor Who", both Old Skool and NuWho. It's my only real active fandom, in that I go to conventions, and have met a lot of my really wonderful friends the last 4 years thanks to attending Gally in LA and working at Chicago TARDIS. I also have a desperate love of "Wire in The Blood" which is really the only other procedural I watch. I was mercifully spared Robson Green's singing career, and therefore refused to be shamed by my love. It helps that I think the first thing I ever saw him in was "Touching Evil", and that thanks to falling madly in love with Nicola Walker in "Spooks". I want to be Ruth Evershed when I grow up.
I tried reading the Val McDermid Tony Hill mysteries, but I think I'm hopeless as I much rpefer the ITV versions fo Tony and Carol to the actual novels. My taste in mysteries tends to be either hard-boiled noir (Chandler, Hammett, Cain, etc.) or drawing room (Margery Allingham's Campion series mostly--tho I've given the Maisie Dobbs mysteries a go, that was mostly due to my absolute love of the Inter-War period). And lately a friend turned me on to Cabot's Heather Wells mysteries. They crack my shit up, and I can't wait for the next book. The rest of the time, I read a lot of YA horror, urban fantasy (mostly Gaiman, de Lint, adn anythigne dited by Terry Windling), pTerry, short stories, fairy tales and folklore, and gobs and gobs of non-fiction.
I have a strange obsession with WWII-era espionage, and the OSS in particular. And there was a brief moment two years ago when I really genuinely believed I was going to write POTC fan fiction about Norrington, and as a result briefly became obsessed with the 18th century British navy. It resulted in no fiction, but two shelves of Hornblower and Aubrey & Maturin, and way too much non-fiction about 18th century colonial Jamaica, and the Georgian navy.
Erm... that's actually a really common model for me and books. I've been writing fan fiction since I was a kid, and started publishing 'zines at uni in the early 1990s. I had a column on fandom and the mechanics of writing at Fanfiction.net back in the day (I write under the name "LJC" cos it dates back to a college Usenet nick), and learnt way too much Mandarin (including all the HTML you need to include hanyu pinyin in your fic) when I spent a year writing Firefly stories, ebfore the BDM.
I tend to spend months and months researching when I write, because it's just how I'm wired. I wrote a "Gosford Park" story as a yuletide pressie for someone on my LJ friends-list, and ended up acquiring three more shelves of research--this time biographies of Ivor Novello, Eddie Marsh, Pat Barker's _Regeneration_ trilogy, and every book I could find on life in service from Victorian times up through the 1960s, and social histories of the inter-war period. Oh! And there's a fantastic Welsh play called "Inside Out" about Ivor Novello's time in prison during WWII that I never would have found and read, so I count it all totally worth it.
Still single (gosh, is it any wonder why??), and but for now, living on my own, mortgage and all. Very every close with my family, who live in Florida. My mum's a former Special Ed. inner-city teacher, and artist. My sister Deirdre is a genius university lecturer with a post-grad degree in History, and Poppy hasn't retired yet. He does a lot of travel industry consulting, having met my mum in 1967 when he was a tour escort and she was an American in Europe for the first time. It was all very "If It's Tuesday, It Must be Belgium". They were married all of two months later, and moved to the States in '69.
ETA: SO much for a "brief" bio. Wow. I need to shut up now. You guys need to tell me to shut up! I talk too much. Bith IRL, and online. *facepalms*
But I'm really enjoying reading all the threads on the board, and diving head-first into Bones fandom.
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In a world full of Uma Thurmans, everyone has an inner Janine Garafolo who needs to be taken out dancing every once in a while.