Hiya! I'm an author and artist from Oklahoma (I've also lived in Alaska, which also feels like where I should say I'm from). I'm a single gay guy living in the country just outside of the town where I grew up.
If it is ever relevant for a swap, I am vegan and I do not drink. (i.e., I don't want any hunting/fishing themed cards / I like interesting art, but never alcohol for its own sake)
I generally like any type of card you want to send, but I do have a few that I'm more into than others.
PLEASE never ever ever ever assume that what you want to send it too "girly" or too "feminine." What I want is what spoke to you when you signed up for a swap. If you use my likes list, great. What about the list appealed to you? If I was concerned about things seeming too girly, I probably wouldn't be on swap-bot. I'm completely not bothered.
More stuff I like
Animals: Deer, Cicadas, Seahorses, Stag Beetles, Rabbits, Bison, Giraffes, Hedgehogs, Badgers, Foxes, Whales, Moose, Polar Bears, Thylacines, Platypuses, Kangaroos, Wombats, Birds (mostly*), Tigers, Armadillos, Sloths, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Bats, Flying Foxes, Lemurs (Aye-Ayes especially), Butterflies, Moths.... I could go on. I really like animals. I'm really not into hunting or fishing themes please. Conceptually, I'm okay with other people doing it, but it frustrates some part of my brain and I have never been able to get past it.
Birds (more specifically): Scissortail Flycatchers, Canada Geese, Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Pelicans, Hummingbirds, Kiwis, Ravens, Magpies, Blue Jays, Crows, Peacocks, Quetzals, Puffins, Owls, Swallows, Vultures, and so on... I can't get really excited about penguins, but I don't know why that is. Maybe I haven't met the right one.
Animals/People (Mythical): Unicorns, Pegasus, Jackalopes, Merfolk (Mermen specifically, but Mermaids are okay too), any interesting animal creations, fairies, gnomes, etc... I'm not into dragons for the most part. Asian is okay, but I'm up for being surprised by well executed dragon art. Change my mind!
Colors: I gravitate toward yellows, ambers, greys, whites, browns, and touches of orange and blue, and the occasional splash of grassy green. I have trouble with purples, reds, pinks, and greens when I'm creating. It isn't that I don't like those colors, but I never seem to want them in my own art.
Nature: Leaves, Rocks, Trees in Winter, Rain, Fog, Snow, Water, Soil, Flowers
People: Late 19th Century Photos, 1940s Illustrations, Weathered Faces, Drag Queens, Happy People, Street Photography, Sailors, Cowboys, Farmers, Stern Women, People who seems to have overcome a struggle, People who seem to have a story.
Places: Denmark, France, Alaska, Oklahoma, Iceland, Croatia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Australia, Kenya, Peru, Madagascar, Mexico, India, Azerbaijan, Israel, Argentina, and everywhere in between. I love learning about other places.
Other: I like anything to do with the Oz books (not a huge fan of MGM Oz stuff, but it's okay), old books, letters, circuses, tattoos, architecture, typography, and many many other things! I don't have a lot of cutesy in my life, but I have a little spot in my heart reserved for Sanrio. It secretly gives me a little joy.
Dislikes: disliking stuff.
I'm a mixed media artist and I love creating art journals. It's tempting to make them big, but I prefer ones with only a few pages so they can represent a brief moment.
Painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, etc. I'll try just about anything once. I wish I was better with a sewing machine.
My muse, the reason I became a writer, is Frank O'Hara. He wrote phenomenal poetry, but also plays and essays.
I'm totally in love with L. Frank Baum's works. There are many reasons, but they shouldn't be dismissed as simplistic just because they are primarily for children. He was a complex author.
Gideon Defoe's books are witty and fun. I recommend them highly to anyone who wants something silly to read.
The Monsters of Templeton is hands down my favorite book of the past few years. It was penned by an amazing talent, Lauren Groff. It's just so beautifully written.
Other books I've loved: Winkie by Clifford Chase; Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury; Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton; Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
Authors I love: Jim Grimsley, Frank O'Hara, Franz Kafka, L. Frank Baum, Billy Collins, Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, Jack London, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Timothy Egan, Ntozake Shange, Mark Owen, C.S. Lewis, Gideon Defoe
I'm haunted by the book The Giraffe by Marie Nimier. I hated it, but that was 8 years ago. I haven't stopped thinking about it and analyzing it. It was hard to read, but it affected me more than most books have.
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