The Ubiquitous Bio Page (circa 1999)

I've had a website of one kind or another for several years, but never did one of those "all about me" pages. But one seems expected. So, with a new website, I decided to add one.  Of course, now, I have no idea what to write. But, I'll give it a shot.

I'm Denise, or Ith if you prefer. The nickname started as my email identity and somehow made its way into real life.  I now answer to both, as frightening as that is. I'm in my mid thirties, single, and live on the central coast of California.  I'm actually a native of the state -- sometimes it seems like there aren't too many of us that are.  First generation American of Canadian parents. With one exception, all my relatives live in Canada or Britain.  I share a home with a variety of beings both two and four legged.  One of the big reasons I'd love to own my own home is to be able to have as many pets as I like. I love dogs and cats and birds and just about any furry creature!

As you might guess, I spend a lot of time with my computer <g> I've actually made some of my best friends online. So, if anyone tells you that being online is a worthless way to spend time, tell them they are smoking through their hat!  Now I'm not advocating running off to meet in person the first soul you meet online -- there are a lot of crazies out there. You need to take the time to get to know them just like you would in person.  And then you need to meet at a convention or some other public place first time out.  There -- that's my PSA for the day.

Speaking of conventions.... Science Fiction fandom is a big part of my life. While I am involved in media fandom now, my first love is the original book fandom.  The first SF book I ever read was "Restoree" by Anne McCaffrey when I was 16 -- I've been reading ever since. If you've never been to a book con, I'd really recommend going. It's a whole other experience from the media con. And you haven't lived till you've been to a World Con -- more authors, publishers, artists, fans, than you can shake a stick at.  Elsewhere on this site, you'll find a small sampling of my favorite authors.

I also spend a great deal of time writing. It's all fanfic right now. But I have some original stuff floating around that I hope to get down on 'paper' one of these days. You can find my stories over in 'Ithildin Wood'.

I Scottish Country dance. Or at least I did till a foot injury and a fall off a ladder sidelined me. I love it dearly and hope to get my body cooperating one day so I can start again. I'm interested in all aspects of Scottish culture. My mum's family is from Scotland and I've always had a fascination. I love the music, the dance and the art. About the only Scottish thing I'm not into is golf.  Though, I have played -- once -- and it was a lot of fun.  But I need another expensive hobby like I need another hole in my head <g> so I resisted the urge.

Hmmm, what else? I love to travel. It's one of my favorite things. New places, meeting people, good food.  I especially like visiting places where I can indulge my love of history. I've been fortunate enough to see some pretty incredible things. The Callanish Ring on the Isle of Lewis. Brodgar, Stennes and Skara Brae on Orkney. And the most well known, Stonehenge.  My wish list right now includes Newgrange, Avebury, Glastonbury, Tintagel and Shetland. And then I want to start over <g> Not to mention the more exotic places I'd love to visit, like Egypt, Japan, Greece....

Let's see.... I collect dragons and Winnie the Pooh stuff. My favorite colour is purple, followed closely by green. I prefer silver to gold. And I'm a political junkie.  I love going to Disneyland, horseback riding, lakes at sunrise, walking on the beach in the winter when a storm is brewing, strolling through the redwoods, a nice glass of Merlot and a roaring peat fire,  playing in the snow and looking at the stars.  You can stop humming "My Favorite Things" now :)

I think that about does it.  Wasn't it exciting? Thanks for visiting my little corner of cyberspace.



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