Me

Illustration to Dante's Divine Comedy - William Blake

Illustration to Dante’s Divine Comedy – William Blake

If you are reading this blog, I suppose that there are a few things you should know about me.

I suffer from depression periodically.  But I kind of hate that we say “suffer.”  It makes it sound so melodramatic. And, being depressed, you sort of get your fill of melodrama.

Roast Beef's Depression Flow Chart

Roast Beef’s Depression Flow Chart, from Achewood

I am also a writer.  I write.  I wish I could write for a living, but, alas, I do not write for a living presently.

This is the first image that came up when I Google searched “I wish I could write for a living.”

I’m currently working for a company that manages trailer parks.

High and Dry Trailer Park

The High and Dry Trailer Park, where Jaye Tyler lives, in TV’s Wonderfalls

I work on strategic planning, which means doing a lot of internet searches and copying and pasting data.  Plus I make graphs.  Excel is my bitch.

I’m gay.  Yep.  I don’t know if anything else needs to be added to that.

superman

I’m from southwestern Ontario.  Even though I’ve lived in a couple big cities (my favourite being Montreal), I still sometimes feel like a farmboy adept at running through fields without stepping on cowshit.

My hometown's water tower.  And yes, the slogan is indeed "High - Healthy - Happy".  I don't think they get it.

My hometown’s water tower. And yes, the slogan is indeed “High – Healthy – Happy”. I don’t think they get it.

I have an MA in Creative Writing.  At university, when people found out I was in a Master’s program, they were kind of like “whatever. Call me when you’re working on your third post-doc.”  Now, out in the real world, the room grows quiet when I mention that I have an MA.  I’m not sure yet if this is because they are intimidated, awed, and/or blinded by my brilliance, or if it’s just that they consider me to be a social pariah/nerd.  Either way is fine with me.

The top banner of my school's homepage.  Why didn't I ever write on my laptop beside the river?

The top banner of my school’s homepage. Why didn’t I ever write on my laptop beside the river?

My name is Johnfen. Now you know who I am.

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