I am obsessed with musical theatre (and I like a good play, as well, and I hate that I can't afford the opera). I go through phases where I have a thing for European security policy. During the off periods, it's EU policy in general. (I'd be back on except I'm totally out of the loop now.) I want to work for the CIA, and I think Alias is one of the dumbest shows known to man (this despite me wanting to be an analyst because the satellite bit in Patriot Games was so damned cool). My first international political memory is from 1989. I watched the news coverage from the Berlin Wall incessantly, but I don't remember a thing about Tianenman Square a few months earlier. I have always been a European policy wonk. Somehow, I have ended up as a government contractor doing none of the things for which I studied. My favourite historical period is the long nineteenth century, which I define as 1791-1914. That I have a favourite historical period makes me a geek. When left on my own as far as research, I tend to jump back into nationalism or hegemony theory or something academic rather than practical, but I have no desire to get a PhD.
I have a writing journal at belinskya. It was originally just supposed to be original fiction but it has disintegrated into fragments of everything fictional that I write, from Les Misérables fan fiction to obscure dead real person slash. And some original work. I have discovered an unfortunate ability to slash nearly anything, with the exceptions of contemporary political figures and Jack Aubrey. I founded and moderate (badly) the cambridgespies community. Not sure how the CIA would take that, but we'll cross that bridge if we ever come to it.
I hate stupid people, Eponine freaks, and right-wing zealots. Did I also mention that I adore Perry Anderson and firmly believe in the hegemony theory of Giovanni Arrighi? I want to move back to London, which I know contradicts my desire to work for the CIA. But we can't have everything in life, so I'll gladly settle for one or the other. Because DC is pretty dang awesome, and even if I did get the opportunity to move back to London, I would miss the DC theatre scene like crazy.
I occasionally rant, I occasionally bitch (ranting involves other people, bitching is about my own life), I swoon over musical theatre (and hot British - and DC-based Shakespearean) actors, and only rarely do I actually show any insight in this journal. But I update reasonably often, dammit! *g*