On a Sea of Fleur de Lis

we wait at the gate for an echo

Tori: A Child Dancing in the Wind
9 January 1986

Van Gogh: the Author
Most profiles on LJ (and everywhere) state how much the author hates filling out little boxes labeled "bio" because who really knows exactly what to put in these things? Is there anyone who can distill everything they feel is essential about themselves into a few sentences and not feel vaguely dissatisfied?
But, essentially, let it be known that I am a geek, an INFP, a feminist, an idealist, a cynic, a serial procrastinator and a starry-eyed dreamer. I am a half-Korean, half-Caucasian, Midwestern suburbanite, a former Psychology major turned aspiring Pastry Chef. I recently completed culinary school, and am currently baking cupcakes in Chicago. (For money, even!)
And yes, I do feel vaguely dissatisfied with this description.

Vermeer: the LJ
This journal is pretty much an online extension of my brain, like cyberpunk in reverse. It's where I rant about That Which Irks Me, record my most vivid dreams, and ramble about absolutely nothing. Stuff about my life gets in there occasionally. It also happens to be something of a historical record, albeit of the most personal and least relevant kind. There is much recorded in the furthest reaches of the archive in which I no longer believe. I keep it around because it reminds me of who I used to be but am no longer, and because the only person likely to read it is, well, me.

Van Gogh: Friends Only
This journal is, regrettably, for the moment friends only -- mostly because of my paranoia, and discomfort at the idea of having what can be deeply personal thoughts being read by all and sundry. Having said that, I'm more than happy to add you back if you friend me -- just leave a comment and I'll notice eventually. ^_~ And if you don't like what you see once you've been friended, feel free to de-add, with no hard feelings.

Da Vinci: Fandoms
Visual representation of a few of my interests, collected during the two days I was fascinated by fanlistings. Which was a long time and many more interests ago. However, I decided to keep it on my page, inaccurate as it is, because DAMN if making all these teensy little buttons wasn't a lot of hard work.

Undying Fan of Vincent Van Gogh. ::The world was never meant for one as beautiful as you...:: Fan of the Highlands I am a Stargate SG-1 fan. ^_^ Daniel Rocks! 'Like a sea god speaking' - fan of the indomitable bassoon.
Emily Dickinson Fan Fan of the Great Detective Fan of Charlotte Bronte Fan of Lewis Carroll
Fan of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper Fan of Sabriel by Garth Nix fan of Charles De Lint Fan of Diane Duane and the Young Wizards
Fan of Thursday Next and Jasper Fforde Diana Wynne Jones Fan Redwall Fan! Robin McKinley Fan
Fan of Madeleine L'Engle Ursula Leguin and Earthsea Fan C.S. Lewis Fan How now? A Shakespeare Fan!
A Tolkien Fanatic! Devoted Hero-worshipper of Eowyn of Rohan Hopeless fangirl of Faramir <3 Fan of the Starry Mantle: possibly the most romantic object in Middle Earth.
ROHAN FOREVER! Devotee of the Tolkien Fanatics Forum, aka The Plaza. Switchfoot Fan Fan of Lifehouse
Trigun Fan Witch Hunter Robin Fan Wolf's Rain Fan Ph34R t3h Cut3 1s! L33t MegaTokyo Fan
Mulan fangirl Fan of the darkly cute Miho of MegaTokyo webcomic Squeeing Eppie Fangirl. ;) Fan of the Phantom of the Opera

Picasso: Everything Else

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"People keep giving me rings -- but I think a small death ray might be more practical."
~Agatha, Girl Genius

She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged. ... She had a perpetual sense ... of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.
~Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

"The life which is unexamined is not worth living."

My cocoon tightens, colors tease, I'm feeling for the air; a dim capacity for wings
degrades the dress I wear.
~Emily Dickinson

"Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly."
~Neil Gaiman, The Sandman

"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it."
~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

"There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, and every single one of them is right!"
~Rudyard Kipling, In The Neolithic Age

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