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They Say I'm A Swan

But I Still Feel Like A Duckling

Name:
Athelas K. Weed
Birthdate:
2 November 1967
What can I say about myself that's interesting? I suppose, like David Copperfield, I should begin at the beginning.

I was born in 1967, the day after my favorite episode of Star Trek first aired, though I probably didn't see it for another fourteen or fifteen years. I graduated from high school in 1985 and got my BA in 1989. Given LiveJournal's demographics, that means that I'm almost certainly older than you are.

I was the same approximate age as Sarah when Labyrinth was released; all of my friends were convinced that the movie was my biopic; both in looks and attitude, I very much resembled Sarah. However, I would have let Jareth keep my brother.

Celtic history and culture have been one of my passions since I was in high school, and in the mid-90's, I returned to school for a masters degree. I now have a MALS with an emphasis on Celtic History. This means that I occasionally like to spout off and sound more knowledgeable than I actually am.

I have been writing fiction since I was in first grade; my first novel was completed at age 16. I was 17 when it ignominiously lost the first contest I submitted it to and in my early twenties when I shelved it forever. I wrote passionately throughout my twenties and submitted story after story. None sold, but I have a fantastic collection of rejection slips. I still write, though the torrent of words has slowed to a mere trickle. I have entered NaNoWriMo every year since 2001 or 2002 (I don't remember which, obviously). The only year I've actually reached 50,000 words was 2003; every other year, I've worn out my wrists and/or elbows (I'm prone to tendonitis) early on.

I am a comfort eater and I am not happy with my job, which means that my struggle to lose weight has been long and bloody chocolate-stained. One of my favorite things in the world is hot popcorn liberally sprinkled with Raisinets. Despite this failing, however, I have managed to lose forty pounds to date, with only ten to go.

I am lazy and procrastinate, which helps neither the diet nor the housework. My house often resembles a disaster area.

I have very little patience for native English-speakers who mangle English grammar and spelling. I loathe the abomination that is l33t. I realize that my relatively strict adherence to proper grammar and usage will someday mean that I'm the one considered illiterate, but by then, I'll probably be the crazy cat lady that no one wants to get near, so it won't matter.

I have made a start on my cat collection; we (my husband and I) currently have three: Kethri, Merlin and Nimue. Our dog collection is slightly larger with four lovely specimens of mutthood: Deuce, Garion, Sheila and Cruiser. The former are the Mage Kitties and the latter are the Pack.

I am shy to the point of diffidence; I generally don't add people to my friends list first. If I have, it's probably because someone recommended you to me. I love to have new people dropping by, though, so feel free to add me; I'll most likely add you, too.
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