Most Excellent and Admirable People of Point North!
I've been catching up on TaBA for a couple of months now, in addition to gobbling up other discussions and musings with the hunger of one story-starved. I'm a latina girl from the American Southwest who has, through a series of international games of hop-scotch, found herself doing a PhD in lunar astrophysics in the Arctic city of Tromsø, Norway*.
Even though I'm someone who enjoys being on my own, my position as a perpetual peripatetic has left me a bit lonesome and squadless. I operate in foreign languages and cultures so often that I start to feel homesick; not for any particular place, but for a group of people who share my passion for geeking out about stories and ideas. I have been so touched and amazed by how supportive and profound everone is on these forums, and can't wait to sit in on my first live session!
I just spent a few minutes trying to untangle the big ball of thread that is Things About Myself, so maybe as the knots get worked out along the way, you'll learn some more bits. For now, I think the most important things are: I'm a harpist, I love to write**, I do art to ease my troubled mind, and I really adore answering space questions.
Oh and once upon a time, I learned to broadsword fight while working as a chocolatier in Florence. But that's a story for another day.
So honored to join you all!
* via Italy, other bits of Europe, California, and New Zealand
** but have yet to work out a disciplined routine for doing so consistently