hollymath: (Pride)

There are years that ask you questions & years that answer.

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Created on 2011-03-30 21:30:55 (#709876), last updated 2017-10-20 (1 day ago)

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There's Andrew, my husband. And [personal profile] magister, or James, my boyfriend. Andrew and I have a dog called Gary. Most other people who get mentioned are friends, though feel free to ask if I'm not making sense.

What I do
I'm just going back to university, starting a BA on linguistics. It's weird being a "mature student" but it's a great opportunity to address an old regret. I'm volunteering on a cool project to make museums more accessible to visually impaired people. I'm a Lib Dem and a bisexual activist. Oh and I Kickstarted a book about being an immigrant, which I'm now working on, to fund UK citizenship.

Things I like to do
I like trains, I like hotels, I like excuses for eating nice food and visiting museums/cathedrals/castles/art galleries and having time to read and go for walks and all the other things I never seem to do at home because there's always something else that needs doing
As we were leaving the National Railway Museum, James and I were asked by someone standing at the door if we'd do a little survey. We were shown a list of other places and asked which ones we'd been to. "York Castle Museum, yep, Jorvik, yep, ooh, MOSI, yep! Royal Armouries, yep..." I went on like this for a while, with James occasionally noticing things before I got to them, like the National Media Museum, and saying stuff like "And we went to the Tate in Liverpool." And when she asked us when we'd last visited the museum, James said "thirty years ago" and I said "two weeks ago!"
So I guess I like museums.
My tastes these days are almost entirely non-fiction. I've loved SF since I was little, though, and writing and reading it are both huge in my circles of friends, so I end up reading a fair bit of that too. My 2016 resolution was to start keeping track of what I read, so you can find that here.

Social media usage
You're looking at it, really. I have an on-again/off-again relationship with twitter: I'm [ profile] hollyamory there. I don't use tumblr or instagram or...whatever the other things are. I'm too uncool even to know.

But I've been on LJ since 2002, it's seen pretty much everything important that's happened to me, and I love it (and its little Dreamwidth buddy) to bits. LJ is how I met Andrew, it's gotten me jobs, found me friends when I moved to the UK, lent me money when I would've been deported without it...I just cannot overstate how much of an impact it's made on my life, and all for good.

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I always welcome new people. One of my favorite things about the heyday of LJ was randomly friending strangers so I'm sorry if I've done that and you don't like it. No hard feelings if you unsubscribe/revoke access, and none intended if I do the same to you.

Almost all of my entries are public so I grant access pretty readily; I understand if it's a bigger deal for you.

I read almost everything and leave more comments than I receive, but I don't mind if other people don't do those things.

Anonymous comments are allowed here; I'm lucky enough not to have had too bad an experience with them. But do try to ensure your comment is at least two of the following: kind, interesting, helpful or useful.

your livejournal reminds me of the "temperance" card in the Rider-Waite tarot deck. i'm thinking the one foot in the water, one out / and the cups (one the Past, one the Future, with a bidirectional stream between...) suggest your ability t'be precisely and entirely in Northern England (with all the fascinating negotiations required of a non.native), yet capable of presenting an uncompromised evocation of a fully realised and engaging Minnesota, by sun or by lamplight. a triumph of MEMORY and ... environmental engagement.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
(Douglas Adams)

I left Minnesota and since then have known one problem after another but restlessness hasn't been one of them. Ever since I left home and came to New York [England], I've known exactly who I am. Ich bin ein Minnesotan. In Minnesota, it's never really clear what that means, but living in Manhattan [Manchester], I know exactly what Minnesotaness means — it means moi — and I plan to stay right here and enjoy it.
(Garrison Keillor)

In my day, we'd just turn the wireless up and get on with it.
(Alan Moore misquoting Victoria Wood; I like his version better)

They had not brains enough to be introverted and repressed.
(I am one of the people Joseph Heller is talking about here)

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