- University of Illinois at ChicagoUrban Planning, 2010 - 2014
- Southern Illinois University CarbondaleEnglish Literature; Creative Writing, 1995 - 2001
In 2014 I earned a master's degree in Urban Planning to add to my bachelor's degree in English Literature/Creative Writing. Within urban planning my focus is an emphasis on new urbanism, environmental planning, community revitalization and how that can be utilized by communities, especially urban ones. I am also very interested in historic preservation of the built and natural environments that are directly related to a place's identity. I believe vehemently that technology and the environment can work hand in hand toward the same goal that enhances our communities. I am also a huge believer in community awareness, community empowerment, community harmony, community history, and community involvement.
Education is another item that I support. More routes to obtaining access to a quality education is needed.
I am currently a copy editor but more interested in creative writing and literature. I hope to soon have my master's degree literally payoff for me and find employment as an urban planner. (Those looking for an Urban Planner read the previous sentence. Thanks.)
Since I read all day, I will admit in the last three years I have not read as much as I have wanted but some of my favorite authors are David Foster Wallace, James Joyce, Kurt Vonnegut, Zora Neale Hurston, George R.R. Martin, David Eddings, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Roddy Doyle, and Robert Jordan.
I am an amateur genealogist. I have even done a few DNA tests, namely 23andMe, Ancestry DNA, and FTDNA.
I am an avid music fan. I mainly listen to classic rock but love all types of genres. Led Zeppelin is my favorite band of all time. Here is a sampling of my wide array of taste:Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Catfish Haven, Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Anthony Hamilton, and the Foo Fighters. Some of my favorite TV shows include LOST, Doctor Who, Fringe, Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, and True Blood. I love BBC shows, period pieces, and HGTV.
Weight loss and fitness have become important to me. Since becoming a full-time student and continuing to work full-time, I have sort of had a setback in that area.
Gaelic culture and language, especially Scottish Gaelic, is something that I have been interested in for the last 15 years. I have tried to teach myself Gaelic but have failed.
I felt a need to add these items to my profile so you can have a full picture of who I am before you circle me. I am LGBT friendly. I do not deal kindly with bashing of people because of their sexuality. I am Agnostic. You have every right to pray or mention your deity on your own post, and I have every right to denounce him or her on mine. The door swings both ways.
Writing and butterfly hunting are among the most intense pleasures known to man (according to novelist and avocational lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov).
Who would've thought?