People in this journal
Mostly it's all about ME....not really out of any sense of rampant egotism, more just that I'm currently single and live alone. Occasionally my family and some close friends turn up but whenever that happens I try and stick a sentence or link in to explain who they are in my life to the casual reader.
About my job
I am currently doing a PhD. I'm half way through my second year and will be finished sometime within the next 2. It's a topic that's really important to me in a field I believe I can contribute something useful to. I also pick up bits of casual work as an invigilator, office dogsbody, and formally work as an Associate Tutor at the university I study at. I don't tend to talk about any specifics relating to teaching for professional privacy reasons but have been known to talk in the abstract about how I feel about the experience of teaching and some more philosophical reflections.
Some random facts
I really like tagging my posts in a nice neat order?! All the links in this post are to search pages of pertinent tags.
I've recently realised I would like to become a parent in the next 5 years and this has come as a bit of a shock, and been accompanied by a new interest in other people's children. It's all rather unsettling.
I'm queer, and I'm a feminist. That pretty much describes my political, moral, and social outlook.
Things I like to do
In the last year and a half, since my PhD study began, I've really lost touch with the things I like to do in my downtime. I'm working on readdressing the work/life balance right now and that's likely to take the form of;
I love making shit. Unfortunately, I don't need anywhere near the amount of stuff I want to make. Fortunately, I have indulgent friends who gladly accept things I make for them.
I'm shit at painting, but I find it really cathartic. If paintings turn out half decent I tend to share a photo but don't hold your breath.
Half a lifetime ago I did a big ol' round the world ramble. Whenever I have a bit of cash and a lot of time I like to leave the country and see somewhere new. I love coming home, but I get itchy feet.
Taking in the City
I live in one of my favourite cities in the world, and there's rarely a day that goes by that I don't thank my good fortune (and life-wrangling) I get to live here. I like photographing the little bits of the city that I feel make it mine. I like strolling through the crowds, down the promenade, through the back alleys and streets taking in the rhythm of the city. I like sitting on the beach, in all seasons, looking out to sea and letting the niggles of life wash away. I love watching the city spill on to the streets when the sun shines and crowd into bars when the rain lashes.
I'm a fully paid up Manics fan and have been for 12 years now. I don't really read fanfic and have never attempted to write it so in that respect my fandom interests have no impact on the content of this here journal. On the other hand, I occasionally get overcome by the urge to blog about the many glories of Manic Street Preachers
Social media usage
I've been doing meaningful social interaction online since around 2000-2001 time. I spent most of my time in those days on two message boards, one called Stay Beautiful which was a Manics fan forum and is sadly now defunct. The other forum was a rather peculiar one which I, and a number of LJ friends, escaped and now refer to, in irony laden tones, as OFMB but only for in jokes and ribbing, so don't worry about that.
It does explain why I continue to cross post my entries to LJ despite disliking their policy and practice these days. I came over the DW in the early days and I like it here.
I have a second blog where I write single-issue posts, I tweet under this name, I tumblr under this name although all those accounts have distinct, slightly less coherent. personalities.
>Subscriptions, access and commenting
I subscribe to anyone and everyone who takes my fancy. I like to reply when I am moved to do so but consistently read everything on my subscription list.
I'm quite happy to grant access to any journal I can see is used/active/filled with posts that demonstrate it's run by a real human but I only grant access if people actually ask for it - many of my access-locked posts discuss emotional/personal/philosophical issues that I think could be described as 'full-on' and I don't want to thrust excessive intimacy on people who are subscribing to read my lighter/ephemeral posts.
tl;dr; if you want access, shout up. Otherwise, feel free to subscribe!
What I’d like to get from my participation here
To discover some more dw users who blog about a range of issues, serious and light, work and home. Always glad to increase my reading list.
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