There are three things these days that I’ll usually put after the words “I am…”
A writer, which is why I’m here, of course. In May 2011, I started my Year of Stories, which has a simple premise: write fiction every day. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re… less good. Regardless, it’s a great challenge to both come up with something new every night and to see how I function as a writer. So far I’ve kept up nicely, with only a few days lost to jet lag and / or sickness. I’ve learned a lot about what I like to write, where some of my weaknesses are, and how to meet an implacable deadline.
A podcaster. I run the Labyrinth Library Podcast, wherein I review books once a week. They’re in no particular order or with no particular theme, except that they’re usually books I find interesting. The corollary to that is that I think you’ll find them interesting as well. It runs the gambit of genres and topics, though I do tend to lean towards fantasy and science fiction at times. I try to keep it mixed up, though. It’s a lot of fun, and I’ve been doing it for well over two and a half years now. The episodes are only about 10-15 minutes long, so give it a listen!
An English teacher. I work at a high school outside of Kyoto, Japan, where I teach English and Drama. For some of the kids I teach basic EFL, which is good fun in its own way. For the ones whose English is more advanced, I teach literature, which is pretty much like the English classes you took if you went to an American high school. More interesting, though, I hope.
I’m also a huge comic book nerd, a college theatre person, a photographer, a former tuba and trombone player, a Twitterer (aren’t we all?), a science enthusiast, a cat owner, a boyfriend, a brother, a gaijin… I contain multitudes, as Whitman put it.
It’s very nice to be here.