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03 January 2010 @ 07:20 am
My annual re-introduction  
I've developed the habit of re-posting here every New Year's Day or so, so here it goes.

NAME: Mike

AGE: Hitting 40 in March. Wouldn't be so bad if all the music I listened to in high school weren't popping up in heavy rotation on the oldies stations.

LOCATION: Born, raised, and still working on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, but living northwestish of there.

ABOUT ME: I'm married to a theatrical costumer, and we own three adopted cats and a bulldog. My bill-paying job is as an editor/snr. political reporter/general reporter for the Enterprise Newspapers on Cape Cod. I also do some freelance work on the side, and I am a staff writer for two renaissance faire production companies: Pastimes of MA and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.

I also perform with the former group, mostly in stage combat-heavy roles (I am the company's Mick Foley; they need someone to take a spectacular beating/die a horrible death, that's where you'll find me). This is my hobby and the source of my circle of friends, and I'm lucky enough to have a wide variety of weird friends with esoteric interests. It's like having a living Wikipedia at my fingertips.

Other stuff: I love movies and have a soft spot for bad sci-fi and horror flicks (Netflix has been a gold mine!), I have an obscenely large comic book collection, I read a lot (as any good writer should), and I'm nowadays far more likely to want to play complex board games like Arkham Horror or Munchkin Quest than video games, probably because board games don't discourage social interaction while I play them.

ABOUT MY JOURNAL: It didn't see a lot of activity last year due to A) discovering Facebook and B) having way too much work to do...after spending eight to ten hours a day writing, the last thing I wanted to do was write more. I'm hoping to correct that this year and post more than what I've been watching and reading. I haven't ever written much about my writing here, but I may change that.

WHAT I WRITE: At my job, I write a lot about local, county, and state politics, plus local issues that would probably interest no one here. The bosses gave me a work blog called "Snark-Infested Waters," where I rant and gripe about current issues. At my ren faire jobs I write scripts for the shows' plotlines and for supporting scenes (banter for pub sings, for example).

My side-writing, which I hope one day will be my main writing, goes back and forth between screenplays and prose work (short stories and novels). I focus on genre fiction (sci-fi, horror, fantasy) but I have and will write in any genre, if I have a good story in my head.

WHAT I DON'T WRITE: Poetry. I think I suck at it, but I honestly couldn't distinguish good poetry from bad if my life depended on it, so maybe I'm good.

WHAT I READ: The same stuff I write, generally, though my tastes in fantasy lean toward urban fantasy. I also love reference books and comics.

WHAT I DON'T READ: The bulk of non-fiction can't hold my interest. I don't care for straight dramas, historical pieces, romance stories, divisive political screeds disguised as analysis, and I largely avoid typical sword-and-sorcery fiction because it all seems like the same stuff over and over. I cannot bring myself to read any urban fantasy that features a Buffy-esque ass-kicking fighter of the supernatural or anything that smacks of a "Twilight" knock-off, again because it's just rehashes of rehashes.

FAVORITE BOOKS/AUTHORS: Neil Gaiman, particularly the "Sandman" series and "American Gods"; Naomi Novick's "Temeraire" series; Kim Newman's "Anno Dracula" series; Joss Whedon; Geoff Johns; Adam Warren; the "Harry Potter" series; "The Gun Seller" by Hugh Laurie (yes, THAT Hugh Laurie); Michael Chabon, especially "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay"; "World War Z" by Max Brooks; and my all-time favorite novel, "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson.

COULD I EDIT SOMEONE ELSE'S WORK?: No. I simply don't have the time and would rather spend my time writing my own stuff than reading someone else's.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR: Interesting people with interesting things to say, preferably in a thoughtful manner; if your idea of debating involves such tactics as calling people childish names or automatically ignoring information because it comes from a political school of thought different from yours, then nothing to see here, move along, citizen.
japingfishjapingfish on January 4th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, most of the music I listened to in high school is popping up in heavy rotation on the oldies stations and I'm half your age.
Mark Hunter: Geek danceozma914 on January 4th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
It wouldn't be so bad, except these days the old stuff doesn't seem to be getting replaced by any good new stuff!
ronsonbeck on January 4th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't be so bad, except these days the old stuff doesn't seem to be getting replaced by any good new stuff!

Hear hear. If it weren't for Green Day and the Foo Fighters, I'd have given up on modern music entirely.
Mark Hunterozma914 on January 6th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Being easily entertained and having low standards, I listen to a lot of different music ... that that doesn't mean I think it's better.
Mark Hunterozma914 on January 4th, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
You had me at "heavy rotation on the oldies stations". How can that be? That's true rock and roll, people!

I also write a column, supposedly humor, that sometimes delves into my political rants and raves. However, considering your location, I'm guessing I'm on the opposite end of the political spectrum. (It's a part time job, but every week I remain surprised that the newspaper is still paying me.) I'm with you on the boxes of comic books, though.
ronsonbeck on January 4th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing I'm on the opposite end of the political spectrum.

Not necessarily...I'm unenrolled and I like to pick on both parties (because they both deserve it, especially nowadays).
Mark Hunter: Congress offendedozma914 on January 6th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
I'm with you on that. Although I'm registered Republican (because in Indiana you have to register in order to vote in the primaries), I'm strictly in the "throw all the bums out" category.