Whispers of the Muse

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As for my personal information, I'll spare you the statistics (i.e., name, age, location and etc.). Instead, here are a couple of things that actually define me:

1. I'm a bibliophile, and as such, have a highly developed vocabulary (I love learning words no one ever uses) and am a veritable font of trivia. In Real Life, I am never found without a book on my person, and suspect I would experience withdrawal symptoms if I didn't carry one.

2. In writing (my own and others'), I'm a stickler for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and of course, doing the research. I have a feeling that's a manifestation of my inner perfectionist.

3. I write extensively, usually fan fiction or poetry. My fandom beginnings are in Harry Potter, but I've lately begun to delve into the worlds of House M.D., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed (not necessarily in that order of obsession/priority).

4. I'm majoring in English with a minor in elementary education, and plan to earn a subspecialty in reading after college.

5. I'm an unashamed feminist (though not misandristic), a liberal, and a strong believer in environmental conservation and gender equality.

6. My religious background is Judeo-Christian, but I've self-identified as Wiccan since age 16 and remain a solitary practitioner (eclectic with Dianic leanings and identification with the Greek and Roman pantheons).

7. My sense of humor tends toward the cynical, but actually, I'm a pragmatist with an idealistic streak.

8. I can be extremely stubborn (i.e., to the point of obstinacy), and cling to my convictions with the proverbial death-grip.

9. I suffer neither fools nor blind followers.

10. I am not afraid to be different.

Favorite Quotes:

"This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple "I must," then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your while life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse." —Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet."

"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot." —Neil Gaiman, "The Sandman: Dream Country."

"The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected in the dark sea of time." —Gargoyles, "A Lighthouse on the Sea of Time."

"Sing in me, Muse, and through me, tell the story…" —Homer, "The Odyssey."

"Every sorceress is/ A pragmatist at heart; nobody sees essence who can't/ Face limitation." —Louise Gluck, "Circe's Power."

"One can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." —Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking-Glass.”