Utah native (yes, I'm a Mormon), avid SF/F reader as a teenager, but turned my back on it for a while except for Julio Cortazar and Jorge Luis Borges. Samuel R. Delany brought me back; he and and Umberto Eco are two of my favorite authors. I've been working on a setting for 10+ years and am writing a second draft of a novel set therein.
Playing percussion and wishing I had a hurdy-gurdy, drinking chocolate, hiking, making quill pens.
I'm ending a job in academia and am not sure who will sign my paychecks next.