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Birthdate:Oct 29
Location:Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America
I’m a dedicated Harry Potter fan. I started in this fandom with Harry paired with Severus or Lucius, tales of strong, snarky, mature men in love with a powerful emerging Harry are wonderful to read. But now I’ve moved on to Harry/just about anybody but Voldemort. I have an especially soft spot for Harry/Ron. They just make sense to me. Slash is my first love, but well written het has its place too.

Here at Dtramwidth my priorities are to keep up with my favorites and to get to know new authors as well. I’m no writer, I wish that I could be, but I worship those of you who are and who are so generous with sharing your talent.

Occasionally I still like to touch base with some other fandoms as well; The Sentinel, Highlander, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, The Man from Uncle, Due South, Good Omens and a number of other smaller ones.

Harry Potter is my current primary fandom and has been for a long time. I don’t see this changing any time soon. I tend to have one main active fandom and to stay with it forever. Even when it gradually dies off, I still keep tabs on it but pick a new major one to concentrate on. I started with HP with the publicity before the book release of Chamber of Secrets. I read an article in Newsweek, that speculated whether or not it could possibly live up to incredible phenomena of Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone. The reviewer caught my attention and I found myself at Barnes and Noble on CoS release day and bought the first two HP books. I read both of them in one non-stop marathon session, and have never looked back. After catching up on my sleep, I started searching the web and news-groups for fanfic. Needless to say, things were in their infancy, but I’ve been here ever since. I’m not a devoted shipper, although I tend toward slash as a preference. I’ll read Harry paired with anyone, if well written. He’s my boy.

My former fandoms go all the way back to Star Trek. I was in high school during the first season on TV. It was completely new and exciting at the time and there was just something about James T. Kirk and his first officer, Spock. When I got to university in the fall of 1967 I made friends with a group that was passing around mimeographed Trek fanfic, most of it was het, and ever since I’ve followed the fandom off and on. This was my first exposure to slash, probably two years into the show, and wasn’t that an eye-opener… I still think Kirk and Spock were meant for each other.

My other major fandoms were The Sentinel, Highlander, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars-Master and Apprentice. I read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as a child and reread them a number of times over the years, but didn’t get involved in LotR fanfic until I’d seen the Jackson films. Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom are Elrond/Legolas and my one true pair. I’ve never been able to get into hobbit slash or anything with dwarves. I love Tolkien’s elves!

I’ve also dabbled in these other fandoms, some of them smaller, and some of them large, but I didn’t get quite as captivated as the ones I listed above: Diagnosis Murder, Dr. Who, Due South, Good Omens, House, Lord Peter Wimsey, Matrix, Northern Exposure, Star Trek – the Next Generation, and Voyager, Stargate, Starsky and Hutch and The Man from Uncle and Torchwood. The last group is in alphabetical order, not in order of preference.

I’m retired, at least for now. I worked in HR for many years. I’ve was in Human Resources for about 20 years, the last 10 years was as a manager and after that the last 15 years that I worked, I was the EEOC administrator for a major US company. My company relocated to another city in 2002 and I took the buyout offered and retired. The timing coincided with my mother’s health deteriorating to the point that she needed full time supervision. She had Alzheimer’s and breast cancer that had spread to the bone. I cared full time for her until her death in April 2007. At that point I was considering going back to work at least part time when my father, who is 84 and has had two strokes, asked me to continue staying home to help him out. Fandom is my escape and my anchor to sanity.
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