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The Rabbit With Inky Paws

"We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers- thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams."
-Peter S Beagle, 14 July 1973

I write stories, and occasionally go on tangents about things nobody else in the world cares about. I mainly write fantasy stories with a furry flavor, and I sometimes talk about my characters as if they were real, even though I know better. I've got two novels in various states of disrepair, and plans for a third and fourth. On occasion, I send one of my short stories out into the world, in hopes of getting them published. No luck so far, but I remain optimistic.

I enjoy history, and I have a particular fascination with ancient Ireland, and my home state of Kentucky. But my tastes are nothing if not broad, and I'm just as likely to get fascinated by someplace else tomorrow. I once thought I might go so far as to land a career in history, until I discovered that for everything I wanted to do, I needed to be fluent in Greek or Latin. This is what I get, I suppose, for going to a university that was founded as a normal school, and still assumes its students are all going to teach. I may pick the history back up someday, though.

I've been in the furry fandom for twelve years, and I don't give a damn what anybody else thinks. Some of the best people I've ever met have come from this fandom. One or two of the worst, too, but c'est la vie. My avatar (I hate the word "fursona") is a brown and white cottontail rabbit named Niamh. That's her, in the user picture up there. She has only recently become my avatar, after a long independent existence, as she still mostly does what she wants. I do have a habit of talking about my characters as if they were real people. In a certain sense, they are. But I do know the difference between fantasy and reality. Niamh is a fantasy of mine, and a way of expression certain things I can't yet in my real life. But I don't think I am her.

I'm MtF transgendered, and reasonably open about it. I'm lucky enough to have a family, and friends, who accept me, and after a lifetime of pretending to be someone I'm not, it's a relief to let myself be who I am. I haven't begun transitioning yet. Unfortunately, at this point in my life, I have to focus more on things like paying bills and keeping food in my mouth. But it's in my plans for the future. A few people have asked me about it lately, and I'm happy to answer any questions I can. But I will put up with intolerant bigots who want me to crawl back in the closet. I don't care whether you disagree with who I know I am, or that you think I ought to "take responsibility for my life" by lying to myself and the world. You don't have the first clue what you're talking about.

I don't expect that anything I write here will stop anyone from spouting off. But if that's what you decide to do, at least try to be somewhat original. The same old rhetoric gets so boring after a while.

I'm an atheist. I don't believe in any gods or supernatural entities, and I haven't seen anything in my life, or the world, that could convince me that such beings exist. Is it possible? Sure. Is it likely? I very much doubt it. Everything we know about the world, and the universe around us, suggests that it manages perfectly well on its own, with no need for a divine creator, or supernatural beings directing our every move. With that said, no, I don't have a problem with most believers. I have no patience for Creationists, or anyone else who tries to hold back human progress and understanding. If you tell me I'm going to Hell, I will laugh in your face. But if you're like most of the believers I've met, who are decent, caring people and content to live and let live, then I'll be happy to take that attitude in return.
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