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- Feb 3, 1989 (Age: 31)
Active Member, 31, from Australia
Good fiction isn't about escapism. It brings you closer to reality, to that which you share with the author. Doesn't remove you from it. May 7, 2017
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- Feb 3, 1989 (Age: 31)
Physical description: Slightly tall, athletic build with broad shoulders, incongruous with lack of physical coordination. Messy, chin-length, very thick hair. Big dull-coloured eyes. Casual, largely unisex wardrobe, only wears boots or sandals. Never pierced or tattooed, but lots of moles. Low voice, refined Australian accent which unintentionally turns Californian when very excited, betraying a significant episode of personal history. Relaxed manner, but tends to fiddle with things. Very strong tastebuds, so finds most meals intolerable.
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“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
“Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.”
Personality: Systematic and abstract thinker. Calm, introverted, plans ahead but lacks present-mindedness. Consciously subordinates feelings and value judgements to detached reasoning process. Highly critical, but looks for the potential in everything. Independent to a fault. Will not violate own principles of honesty, high standards or integrity. Listens to energetic early 80s rock-pop or earnest 60s folk-pop to get in a good mood.
Background: Grew up home-educated and still a little awkward as a result, now more out of self-consciousness than inexperience. Depressed, acutely traumatised and briefly psychotic over ten years following adolescence. Spent some time in a mental ward, but got better after a protracted period of drug-dazed recovery. Struggled uphill in long dysfunctional relationships for much of early adulthood.
Current life: Now in late twenties, attempting to put the pieces in place for a stable, satisfying life. Trying to make up for lost time and forge new connections, especially building relationships with immediate family. At the tail end of a teaching degree, studying full-time with extra units. In the early stages of learning German and tennis, but both may go the way of bass guitar and remain amateur hobbies.
External conflicts: Having trouble meeting someone whose shit is also together, but who lacks a life partner. Still relatively untested at being in charge of a high school class, only just about to get first taste of it. Got over first couple hurdles of getting into shape, now struggling to break through to the next level and stay motivated.
Internal conflicts: Concerned that current happiness is fragile, because it's all new territory. Confused about the growing desire to have a family (now as hormonal an inclination as a philosophical one) while having become so comfortable not having to share space and mesh lifestyles with another person. Deep down afraid of hitting a wall and realising own limits, and often tempted not to risk approaching them.
Signature“If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds… But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”