I think folks would find it boring that I can't go to a book store without losing half my paycheck and walking out with an arm full of new books. I've spent $400 on bookcases from IKEA and I need more. In the movie The Mummy (1999) I was fascinated by the library with rolling ladders that the character Evie, ended up knocking over all the bookcases in. I was determined to have a library like that of my own in my home someday.
My mother taught me the alphabet when I was two years old. She then began teaching me to spell out words. However, whenever an adult wanted to say a word that should not be said in a child's presence, they would spell it out. I would quickly write the word down on a piece of paper and hide it under my mattress. "Someday I will learn to read and then I will know what all those words mean," I told myself. Well, one day my grandma was flipping my mattress on my bed and all those pieces of paper fell out with all those naughty words in my handwriting.
By age four, I had learned to read and quickly fell in love with authors Hans Christian Anderson and Wilson Rawls. By age six I read Alex Haley's novel Roots and began writing my own short stories, many of which became recognized by my school and my work was put on display for other students to see.
By age nine I was reading Shakespeare and Steven King. My school continued to praise my literary academics and strongly encouraged my parents to get me into a specialized academy which focused on Linguists and Literature. Sadly, we couldn't afford it so I had to stay in regular classes with my schoolmates. I got suspended a few times for getting caught charging classmates to do their Language Arts, English, and Social Studies homework.
I eventually went to college and completed an associate degree in English Literature and Linguistics. After several years of not being able to do anything with my degree, I am currently back in college again pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. I always still love to write and relax by reading Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, and Jane Austen. I also love anything to do with the Tudors.
In a former life, I was moonlighting as a Film Critic, writing about world-cinema and genre for various online media, including Rowthree.com and ScreenAnarchy (Formerly TwitchFilm). I still do a few international Film Festivals per year, and run a Poster/Design column as well as contributing interviews and reviews to various sites (TheShelf, InTheSeats, SpectacularOptical, ScreenAnarchy.)
Favorite Films (people always ask; here ordered by release date): The General (1926); M (1933); The Maltese Falcon (1941); Singing In The Rain (1952); High & Low (1963); Seconds (1966); 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); F For Fake (1973); The Conversation (1975); Alien (1979); Blade Runner (1982); Big Trouble In Little China (1985); The 'Burbs (1989); Out Of Sight (1998); Eyes Wide Shut (1999); Catch Me If You Can (2002); Master & Commander (2003); There Will Be Blood (2007); The Counselor (2013); The Neon Demon (2016)
Currently, and for the last 20 years, I've been working as a materials chemist for Xerox, with my name on 26 US Patents for various consumables and technologies: Inks, toners, elastomers, printed electronics.