I chose Dev F because he's also damned articulate and now I know why - those literature majors.
He introduces himself below -
Okay, here's my brief bio:
I was born September 28, 1977, in Baltimore, Maryland, and I spent my preschool years living with my parents and my kid sister in one of Baltimore's predominantly gay neighborhoods -- though I don't remember being aware of that at the time. My folks were fairly bohemian back then: my mom, a librarian, was the dedicated breadwinner who chafed at gender stereotyping (I remember she had a big thing about how little boys shouldn't be forced to wear ties), and my dad, a former social worker, was the househusband who volunteered at a health-food co-op and remodeled a home for us to live in himself after he and my mom bought it for $2,000 at public auction. But in other ways my parents were pretty traditional -- teetotalers who took us to mass every Sunday and worried about whether we could get a good education in the city.
That's why, when I was five years old, we left Baltimore for the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There I attended a Catholic grade school and then an all-boys Catholic high school. In other words, I spent eight years having Catholicism drilled into me, and four years having it drilled out of me. (Though to this day, even though I'm no longer at all religious, I still consider myself very Catholic.) In school I was always the quiet, nerdy kid; I was picked on for it, of course, but not so much that I feel scarred by it or anything.
When it came time for college, I decided to be a nerd among nerds, so I moved out here to attend the University of Chicago. I majored in English, with an emphasis on nineteenth century American gothic literature; I wrote my senior paper on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." To this day, my brain is still stuck in "lit crit" mode -- I tend to close-read everything and look for thematic threads everywhere. It probably seems like I'm taking things too seriously sometimes -- when I, say, wax pretentious about the thematic content of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets -- but it's actually just something I find fun to think and talk about. Once a nerd, always a nerd. . . .
After college, a lot of my friends and I all stuck around Chicago. I answered an ad in the newspaper and got a job as an assistant editor at a tiny book publishing house. Turned out I was actually the only editor, so I had to learn everything I could about the publishing business as fast as I could, mostly by reading over old files and getting yelled at by the boss. But I did learn a lot, and eventually I got a job with a better Chicago publisher, which is where I am now. Like they say, it doesn't pay much, but at least the work is grueling.
Actually, the pay is decent enough, the work is challenging but stimulating, and I'm actually very good at it, so I could see myself doing it for the long haul. Which is a problem, because what I really want to do is write. I'm an apiring screenwriter, current emphasis on "aspiring," less emphasis on "write." In between my two publishing jobs I actually took some time off to work on my writing, but eventually the money ran out, and now that I'm back at work I find it hard to find the time or energy. I know, I know -- I just need to make the time.
My hobbies include pub trivia (I have a freakishly good memory for anything that's completely unimportant), Ultimate Frisbee (a friend cajoled me into joining his league a few years ago; it's the first time I've ever played an organized sport, and I'm still . . . not great at it), and general hang-outery (going to the movies, watching TV shows on DVD, etc.).
1 -- Do you now have an aversion to wearing ties,
and is it actually a rebellious act for you rather than being something "stuffy"?
2 -- What does the "F" stand for?
3 -- What kinds of material have you edited, and what do you enjoy most working on?
4 -- How did you come about frequenting Ex Isle? Were you an Andromeda fan?
Edited by Nittany Lioness, 20 July 2009 - 06:37 AM.