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Well I figured it was about time for me to do an introduction post. I never really did one but well people should know what they are getting themselves into. I apologize for the lack of fluidity. Most of my conversations with people are strange awkward things.

Hello. I am Isla, though I go by a myriad of names. I live in NJ in the USA. I just graduated from college with a degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Political Science and Psychology. One day I hope to become a forensic psychologist because I figure that I should take my propensity for wanting to study the worst kind of minds and put it to good use. Ideally I want to help solve murders with those skills, but we'll see where I one day end up. I will still need to get my second major in psych. for that.

The journal is basically a random assortment of whatever is passing through my mind at the moment. Sometimes I flail eagerly about my fandoms, I've gotten quite a few of them over the years. Currently the Avengers/Thor/Loki one is most at the forefront of my mind with Supernatural being a close second but I still can have talks about a lot of other ones. (Harry Potter, Grimm, A Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Dragon Age, Spider-man, X-Men, among many others). I find that I often do not lose my excitement over things as I get older; I simply just get more things to be excited over. I have a tendency to love smooth talking rogues and villains, particularly if there is a lot of grey in how they are portrayed. I love to analyze their minds and get into the why of why they do things. That is not to say those are the only types of characters I like, but it tends to be a pattern I follow.

I love mythology and books. I love Greek and Roman myths, but also am into Nordic and some Egyptian myths. I have dabblings all over though; Celtic, Indian, Babylonian, etc. I collect mythological stories because they amuse me. I am not too picky about the type of books I read, though harlequin romances never quite caught me. I always felt like there should be more than just a simple romance and sex for me to read a book. Even though sometimes some of the fantasy books, especially the vampire ones, tend to border on them it is different because there is still some other plot there.

Sometimes the entries are just incoherent blobs of emotions since I need to get them out somehow. Emotions puzzle me, as they do most people I would assume, and I write to get them out of my system. Sometimes this is my encounters with insanity, sometimes just me filling a page with rage or sadness. Sometimes the writing is artistically done, like poetry or a story, and sometimes it just comes out. I apologize for these entries, but part of me wants the catharsis. I try to label them appropriately.

Sometimes I act I talk about that. Nothing really serious, just a lot of dicking around with my friends for now. I got some epic stories about characters though. I even run my own troupe with some friends which has been going for about a year now.

Erm This is me, for photo reference. Me Typically I detest make-up and do not smile in photos so this one is a rarity.

Let's see other things. Sometimes I write, both original things and fannish things. A lot of what I write tends to be horror or tragedy. For some reason writing those things comes a lot easier to me than writing a happy scene. At the very least there will be some fantastic elements to the writing as I find that writing about worlds other than our own helps us to understand our world. Either that or there is some part of me that really just wants to be a knight off slaying dragons. I can never decide.

I am all-purpose nerd. I tabletop, I read comics, I play video games, and I read a lot. Basically it doesn't matter if it is laser pistol battles or more of the dealing with kings and thrones; if it is nerdy I tend to have dealt in it. I have played more tabletop systems than I can count and carry a sack of many sided dice in my purse.

I try to be a fairly easy going person. Unless people try to offend me I tend not to get offended. As I have learned more and more I have come to accept that people will have different views than me and I am mostly okay with that. I have gotten to a point where if things seem to be too homogenous I will put in the opposing viewpoint just so that it is represented and people question things. (though I mostly keep that out of my journal unless you want to have a debate. I am always up for a debate. Heh.)

So I hope that I can at least be entertaining conversation.

Well that got longer than expected.


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Jun. 5th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Ah, forensic psychology. That's what I have my Master's degree in. Studying the criminal mind (and crime in general) can be fascinating, sexy, and exciting - but I found it was too much for me and I'm just not the type of person who can do that for a living.

Yay for being an all-purpose nerd! It sounds like you have a lot of fun. :) And that's awesome you've got a good group of friends to be nerdy with. That's key!

You write horror - do you have any favorite horror novels or authors? I'm always looking for new suggestions. :)

It's nice to meet you and thanks for putting up an introduction! I love reading these kind of posts.
Jun. 5th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
It is a lot to take in and I hope I can deal with it myself. Only one way to tell, right? Heh.

I try to keep myself amused.

I do love reading horror as well. I know it's cliche, but Stephen King is my favorite. I just love the voice he has. The last thing I read that was horror was either The Ruins or House of Leaves, both of which were excellent books though for very different reasons. Heh. I read a lot, I just sometimes forget the good ones until years later I am reminded of them. Do you have any favorites?
Jun. 5th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Yay, intro posts! They are my favourite.

I am a giant classic myth nerd too, although I don't know much about Nordic/Near Eastern/other types of myth, just Greek and Roman (mostly Greek). In another life I feel like I might have majored in Classics. Do you have a favourite myth?

You have the loveliest smile and I love your shirt - it looks really unique!
Jun. 5th, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
Favorite myth....Oh that one is hard. I am particularly fond of the story of Orpheus from the Greek/Roman pantheon. It is tragic and romantic at the same time and gets to play upon the softer side of Prosperine that is rarely seen once she is in Hades. I know the most about the Greek/Roman, but branched out a lot over the years. Mostly it's Greek, but I can tell the difference from Greek and Roman myth. (Romans mostly steal their religions anyway)

The story of how Kali slew the demon Raktabija is also pretty awesome. Once upon a time there was a demon named Raktabija. He was tormenting the world horribly and all the warriors and gods would come for to try and kill him. But for every drop of blood of his that would hit the ground 1000 demons would spring up. "Help us Kali!" they cried. Kali began her dance of death, her many tongues coming out and drinking all the blood before it could hit the ground. Then when he was a shriveled husk she ate him in one bite. She then danced a dance of celebration. But blood drunk as she was she danced too hard and all of existence shook. the gods pleaded with her to stop, but she could not hear them. So Shiva threw him/her self to the ground where Kali then trampled Shiva to death. It was only once she trampled him to death that she saw what she did and finally stopped her dance.

And that's how Kali both saved and almost destroyed the world in one fell swoop.

Do you have a favorite?

And thank you!
Jun. 5th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, Orpheus is one of my favourites too! I actually once rambled about him on my journal before (here). I prefer Greek myths to their Roman counterparts, but I love Roman interpretations of Greek Myth. Ovid's Metamorphoses for example is just one of my favourite texts.

And oh, wow, thank you for relating that myth! That is fascinating - I just want to pick that story apart with my teeth right now.

I don't know if I have a favourite myth, but lately I have been thinking about Chang'e a lot.
Jun. 9th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
I've heard of Chang'e before! The rabbit in the moon, I think I read a comic with her in it once.
Jun. 9th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
There are several versions of the tale, but it is one I grew up with coming from a Chinese household. I think there is something so sad/beautiful/wistful about it. I have never read a comic though!
Jun. 5th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh, forensic psychology. I've always been interested in that. Mostly because I am interested in what makes people tick, and what makes some people tick so extremely different from others.

I love mythology. I'm particularly interested in creation myths, both concerning the creation of the world and that of humans. There seem to be some common themes that crop up all over the world, which I find fascinating.

Also, I will be stealing the word "all-purpose nerd" ;)
Jun. 6th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
I love learning what makes people tick. The whole wanting to know what caused the differences is what made me want to go into psych.

Oh yeah there are a lot of common themes. It's kind of what made me study the collective unconscious when I took some psych. classes. The tales just overlap so much that I think there was a lot more communication between ancient cultures than people think there was.

Good. I'm glad my phrase could be useful.
Jun. 5th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Forensic psych. I seriously considered that for while. One of my favourite classes was a great criminal psychology class.

And yay mythology. I remember getting into it so young because I was watching Xena back when I was prepubescent and it worked well as a jumping off point for a lot of the greek/roman stuff obviously, but also east asian, indian, egyptian, and norse myths. I read Beowulf when I was 13 because of that show.
-Is it weird to ask if/what religion you are and if getting into mythology had any effect on that?
Jun. 6th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
I think mine might be rooted in the fantasy books I read, but I think Xena also pulled me in partly.

Not weird. I am pagan, though not of a specific denomination. I started out Wiccan at first and then became more neutral and shamanistic as he years have progressed. Mythology probably did have an influence on it, but not fully conscious. I mean I found people who could believe in these myths which probably counted for something. But my conscious decision was to research and read the beliefs of various religions and find one who seemed to be not too hypocritical and made sense.

Why do you ask?
Jun. 6th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
From my experience and observation, I've tended to see people who get into mythology, especially ones who get into it really young, eschew conventional monotheistic religion.
Like, they'll see some of the parallels and origins of bits of christian/islamic/jewish mythology, find the other stories more colourful and interesting, and fade away from religious belief.
The spiritual religions sound like they're a different story though.
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Jun. 6th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Heh. Thank you!
Jun. 6th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Most of my conversations with people are strange awkward things.

I love intro posts. Thank you for this.
<3 Your smile is pretty and contagious and I LOVE WHAT YOU ARE WEARING. From what I can see, anyway!
Jun. 6th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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May. 13th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
Nice to meet you too!

It's going to take me several years at the very least to get there. Heh. I'm just enjoying the ride for now.
May. 10th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Followed the link from your latest post here to say 'Hi!'

Another myth(&fairy-tale) nerd and an avid horror/tragedy fan here as well as a former Supernatural addict (I dropped out around the beginning of season 8).

A degree in Criminal Justice and minors in Political Science and Psychology must make you a perfect person to watch shows about serial killers (like Hannibal, for example).
May. 13th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Yeah Supernatural of late has been rather hit or miss with me. I still love the world just sometimes the show becomes hard for me to keep up with.

I love watching shows about serial killers for that very reason. I must admit I over analyze them a bit, going into whether or not that makes sense for a serial killer to do. But it just makes it that much more satisfying when I find serial killers and villains that are well done. I do love what I have seen of Hannibal, I just haven't seen it all that much yet.
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