Well, I think I said hello once, five or six years ago. Back then, I was living somewhere mildly unpleasant (Fresno, CA), working in real estate, and reading too much. Then I disappeared because life is life and I forget about fun, interesting places and things and people and... you get the idea. However, this forum has easily the lowest person-to-troll ratio of any public forum I've found, and is the only place I know of where I can consistently get recommendations on books that I've not only never heard of, but I desperately need to hear about. It was here, five or six years ago, that I was introduced to John M. Ford, R. A. Lafferty, Michael Swanwick, and H. Beam Piper. I have a feeling there's plenty more to discover.
So, I'm re-introducing myself! Hello! I'm still reading too much, although some of it is now school work - I've abandoned the real estate thing, which really didn't suit me in the first place but sure did pay well, so that I could go back to school. I'm currently living in Anaheim Hills, CA, going to Chapman University in Orange, and I'm majoring in Creative Writing (taking a class from James Blaylock, whose work I liked before I realized he taught there) and minoring in film studies, mainly so I can stay in school an extra semester or two.
My primary interest is video games - anything with a role-playing slant. I play MMO's, action-rpg's, old classics, console games - pretty much a little of everything. I enjoy discussing the mechanics as much as I enjoy playing the actual games, and half my friends work for various local game companies. One day I might end up there as well.
My very-slightly-secondary interest is reading. 90% of what I read is sci-fi and fantasy, but I'll read just about anything if it's recommended by someone I trust, and I do enjoy some classics, especially snarky satirical books like Vanity Fair or Catch-22.
I also write a little, and really, REALLY want to write more. I tend to lack discipline - I'll get a great idea, scrawl rabidly for a few hours/days, and then shove the idea in a drawer and never see it again. I'm working on that. School is helping...to a point.
Other interests that aren't really relevant but make me sound like less of a shut-in hermit are traveling (a natural interest of anyone who grew up somewhere like Fresno), poolside margaritas/wine-tasting, and barbecuing (or cooking of just about any sort).
So, hello again. Good to be back. Summer break starts in a few weeks. I'll be looking for recommendations soon.