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About Me Edit
Well, let me see . . . I am not very good at talking about myself, but I shall do my best.
I have had a love of writing since before I can remember. Even before I was able to write complete sentences I always had a profound love of books and a wild imagination that allowed me to create intricate fantasy worlds. The first story I ever wrote was when I was four years old, though as you can imagine, it wasn't terribly long or all that good. Still, at the time I remember being proud of myself.
The first time I was ever published was when I was in the fourth grade. It was just a short little book, barely a hundred pages in length if I recall correctly, but I remember being given a school award for it. The next time I was published was about two years later for a short story in the local newspaper, a Halloween story. I cannot, for the life of me, recall the story's name nor what it was about - I have only a scarce few memories of what happened in it.
The first truly long tale I ever wrote was at the age of nine. It spanned a little over 200 pages, handwritten and involved dinosaurs as, like most nine year old children, I was fascinated by them. The next to come was a slightly longer science fiction story, one of my own imagination, inspired solely from my mind without any intentional outside inspiration, but I shall not bore anyone with the details.
Currently I am in the process of creating a world in which my future novels will take place. I have everything about the story mapped out to a letter, from the first series to the second and, possibly, the third. All that's left is to construct the world. As I tend to dislike fantasy worlds that still have the same foods, plants and animals as the real world I am therefore creating everything from my own mind. Every plant, food, animal, etc named in this world shall be of my own design. Any similarities to anything from the real world will be entirely coincidental. For the sake of authenticity I strive to build a world of my own in which everything is of my own creative thought process. As one might imagine, this is a very strenuous and time consuming endeavor, but I love every moment of it.
Due to the work on said world I have halted all short stories that I, at one point, posted on the internet. This I no longer do as I no longer have the time for it, though I did once have somewhat of a fan-base . . . to my great shock. I still receive the occasional e-mail from said fans, asking when I mean to resume posting my short stories, though when I tell them why I've halted my writing most of them tend to take it well and even express excitement over my upcoming books.
Even though I have yet to begin writing the actually story - since I refuse to start until the world is complete - I do already have several publishers interested in my work. I sent them the synopsis of my first series, one that contained just a few small hints of the second and they seemed to have genuine interest. Several told me that they looked forward to actually being able to read it once I've finally begun. So, that was quite encouraging, knowing that I may not have to go through dozens of different publishers, prayig that one will accept my work.
Since my work has not been published yet I adamantly refuse to post even the smallest scrap of it on the internet. Not even my real life friends are permitted to see it.
Now, then . . . what else? I guess I could elaborate on my ethnicity . . .
For those who wish to know, I am heavily mixed with many different races, which I am very grateful for, though it has often made me the target of many racial slurs. I am mixed with: African American, Native American (Cherokee, Creek and Choctaw), Japanese, Irish, French, English, Scottish and German. The latter three are, however, very far down the line while the first five are dominant enough in me that most people cannot look at me and guess my ethnicity. It is not uncommon for me to be stopped - in the street, in a store, an office or anywhere, really - by people for the sole purpose of asking me what I am. Which, I confess, I like. I enjoy having my own unique look that defies normal racial classifications.
African Americans can look at me and automatically tell that I share their history, they just cannot tell what else I am mixed with. It is no different for Asians. I have had various people of different Asian descent stop me to ask what I am; the Chinese ask if I have any Chinese blood within me, the same goes for the Japanese, Koreans and so on and so forth. They can tell right away that I have some Asian in me, but because I am so heavily mixed they cannot identify which Asian race I actually possess within my blood. So, naturally, they just assume that I'm part of whatever race they happen to be. I have to admit, I like that people can't look at me and automatically identify my ethnicity. It makes me feel special.
The only thing that I do not like about being so heavily mixed is that people often try to make me change my appearance and my demeanor because they don't feel that I act, or look, enough like the races I'm mixed with. If it's an African American I'm conversing with they'll often tell me that I need to either stay out in the sun more often, or go to a tanning booth, to make my skin darker. They tend to feel that, as someone who is part African American, I need to have darker skin. Some of them also disapprove of my manner of speech, insisting that I need to talk more 'Black', whatever that means.
If I happen to be with my Japanese friends they feel I should learn more of their customs, their language, since it is a part of my heritage. And . . . well, that's just how it is. Not all of my African American and Asian friends behave thus, not all of them try to change me to better fit their image of what a mixed person should be. However, there are enough of those who do try to change me to make me feel very awkward, at times, and even discouraged. As though I don't know where I belong.
Er, anyway, that's enough of that. Lol . . .
My interests include, but are not limited to:
- Martial Arts (I began learning at a young age, since as far back as I can remember and beyond.)
- Research of a wide variety of topics, far too many to name
- Outdoors activities such as hiking and rock climbing
- Music - my tastes are eclectic
- General Physical Fitness
- Philosophies of different cultures
- Video Games - RPGs only, I can't stand shooters, racing games or anything, really, that does not have a half decent story
- Online MMORPGs, to a certain extent (I can currently be found on Lord of the Rings Online, Landroval server . . . when I'm actually on)
My Appearance Edit
For those who, for whatever reason, care:
I am 6'4 and have dark green eyes that can appear to be different colors depending on the light.
My skin is sometimes pale, sometimes tan depending on how much sun I get. I never get sunburns. Ever. And my facial structure is . . . well, a combination of the ethnicities I mentioned previously, giving me my own unique, and perhaps strange, look.
My hair color is a mixture of blonde, brown and red, which apparently, according to many, is classified as 'ash blonde' - I will just take their word on that one. In the sun it tends to turn a bright, golden blonde, to my horror.
My built is classified as 'athletic', I guess. I do have some muscle definition, but my way of life keeps me from bulking up too much, so I am more on the lean side.
I cannot say how I appear to others, however, when strangers approach me they always tend to assume that I'm the sort of person who parties and/or dates a lot; which could not be farther from the truth. Upon actually talking to me they quickly learn that their initial assumptions were vastly mistaken, resulting in them calling me 'the strangest person they have ever met'; especially when I tell them of my extreme distaste for alcohol - I hate the stuff; I am not quite sure if I should be proud of that or not, given that my refusal to drink does not stem from discipline or self-control, but abhorrance. Oh well. I suppose it does not matter, either way I am always the designated driver whenever I go out with my friends,
As bad as I am at talking about myself, I am even worse at talking about my physical appearance, so I shall leave it at that.