My name is Katie, I'm 39, I'm queer, and I'm female. I'm a writer and writing tutor by profession (I write fiction and book reviews; I tutor high school students and beginning creative writers). My girlfriend and I have been together for nearly twenty years (Whoa. That's a long time.) and we live in an old house in Philadelphia with our two cats. I love to read (favorite writers include E.M. Forster, Marilynne Robinson, Virginia Woolf, Pat Barker, Ursula K. Le Guin, Colm Tóibín, etc). I also like cooking, baking, canning, and food preservation of all kinds; hiking and bird watching; gardening; swimming; yoga; watching baseball.... I'm a rather typical introvert and lead a fairly quiet life. I drink entirely too much tea.
About my journal:
When I first joined LJ (back in 2001, right after I graduated from college) I used it exclusively as a reading journal. That's still one of my primary uses for my journal—I often post informal book reviews and thoughts on whatever I happen to be reading at the moment. In addition to books, I sometimes write about food and the projects I undertake in the kitchen. Sometimes I write about the outdoors—my experiences in hiking or bird watching and my attempts to teach myself about the natural world. Sometimes I use my journal to track goals. Sometimes I write about the things that are going on in my life. Rarely (very rarely!) I share my writing. Sometimes I post about art, or the creative process, or a quotation that caught my attention. Sometimes several of these topics get thrown together in one post. I tend to post about once or twice a week. There are often photos. I keep my journal friends-only, but if any of this sounds interesting to you I will be happy to add you so you can check it out. No harm done if it turns out to not be your style after all!
What I'm Looking For:
I'd love to meet people who share my interests, especially fellow book-nerds who want to geek out about literature with me. Outdoorsy folks, creative folks, thinkers, makers, teachers, learners.... I'm looking for users who are active but not too active—I find that people who are in the habit of regularly posting multiple times a day can make me feel a bit overwhelmed and that doesn't work out so well. I'd love to meet people who want to actually engage. I can't promise to be the world's greatest commenter and I don't expect you to be either, but I would like to talk to each other at least occasionally. Please note: I do periodically unfriend people if it seems like there's no connection between us or we have nothing to say to each other, and I won't mind if you unfriend me for the same reason. If this is a problem, I may not be the right friend for you.
Say hello! Let's get to know each other!