I was born in 1981 CE. I can still remember a time before the Internet became common.
I grew up in the United States, in Illinois, near Chicago. As an adult, I lived in that city for a few years. Now in its suburbs again, I miss the public transportation – except when I need to buy groceries.
I learned what can be taught about writing from public schools, including a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. Some things can’t be taught.
I fell in love with several men before I found one who both understood me and cared about me. We’re married now. His name is Joel. He works at an auto parts warehouse, moving things from place to place.
After being raised Protestant Christian, I experimented with many types of spirituality and religion; in times of trouble, Buddhism has always been my deepest source of comfort. However I have become disillusioned with what I perceive as Buddhism’s ultimate goal. (Most serious practitioners of Buddhism would probably evaluate me as being “attached to Life”.) I sometimes attend a Unitarian Universalist church, where I lead a discussion group on Daoism in an effort to support my fledgling practice of this system of thought. Secular humanism has its good side too.
From 2008 to 2010 CE I worked a clerical job for the Illinois Department of Human Rights. The evidence of discrimination against people with disabilities that I saw when I worked in the Intake department appalled me. I wanted to learn more about why this would happen and what should be done about it, so I went back to school for a Master’s degree in Disability and Human Development. I learned a lot about permutations of marginalization there.
I live in an apartment now, with Joel and a gray cat named Kitteh. I cook when I can, I water my houseplants, and I feed Kitteh. Sometimes she deigns to let me pet her, and that’s a good day. I have a part-time job at a local mental health services provider as a Recovery Support Specialist, helping to guide the healing of people who bear the fingerprints of madness. The main thing I like to do is write. To date, I’ve completed a novella, the supporting material for a role-playing module, a few chapters toward a novel called Nepenthe, and the first short story set in a modern fantasy world called Aum.
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