About me

Reading my blog is a good way to get to know me better.  Here are some places to start.

When I grow up

(Reprinted from Sleepless in the Seattle Metro Area, 17 July 2007.)

Photo of me, 1983 When I was young, I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up.

I wanted to be a writer. I used to love writing fanciful, imaginative stories. Many of them made fairly little sense, having been based at least loosely on some insane dream I'd had. But I loved writing them. I loved playing around with the English language, and I loved telling the story. I even wrote and directed plays that were performed for the other students at my elementary school on at least one or two occasions. This was one of my first choices of potential professions, and it didn't really make its way past elementary school if I recall. This blog is about as close as I get nowadays. Writing here, and business communications, and documents, and writing for my other websites seems to satiate my desire to play around with words. I've come to enjoy the informal writing style of nonfiction articles and humor books, and for the most part lost interest in the style of most fiction. That, and I truly believe that in most cases film is a far superior method of storytelling than the mere written word—an unpopular opinion.

Twenty-five things you didn't want to know about me

(Reprinted from Sleepless in the Seattle Metro Area, 14 Feburary 2009.)

Think of this as the blog equivalent of a clip show—the Facebook meme that’s sweeping the nation. Here are twenty-five things you didn’t want to know about me, in no particular order.

  1. When I had my first and only prostate exam, I was waiting all day for someone to complain about something so I could respond “yeah, well at least you didn’t have an old man’s finger in your ass,” but that happened to be the one day in my whole life in which no one complained about anything.
  2. I’ve never shaved with a blade. I am very clumsy, and the very idea of doing so is fairly terrifying.
  3. I resolved a year or two ago to stop lying altogether and always be honest. I’ve been really successful at it, and it’s made me happier. I thought that it would be harder than it was, to be honest.
  4. A girl I met once at a restaurant for two friends’ anniversary once got my email address and sent me Firefly-themed Kaylee/Inara lesbian fan fiction to say hello.

My favorite recent posts

The advanced course in Travis Spomer

If you'd really like to get to know me, this list of posts should help.  Some are funny.  Some are thought-provoking.  Some are probably surprising.  Hopefully by the time you finish them all you'll have a much better idea of what I'm like.

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