I keep any identifying information (extensive work/family talk, photos, anything "sensitive," etc.) behind a Friend's Lock. I will friend most people, provided they drop me a line first.
This is a personal journal; I write primarily about my life, my personal creative projects, and issues that are important to/pertain to me. I'm not overtly political, but be aware that I lean pretty far left, I identify as a feminist, queer, trans* positive, sex positive, and body positive. Misogyny, slut-shaming, homo-/bi-/trans- phobia, and body-shaming have no place in my journal.
I am trying to get back in the habit of posting more and sharing more "dynamic" content; I love cooking, and used to share recipes, photographs, media, etc., and I would love to get back into that. I also adore memes, but not of the Buzzfeed "What Ninja Turtle are You?!?" variety -- I love 100 photo challenges, A Day in the Life, music and lyric memes, prompting memes, etc., and participate in those occasionally as well.
I do post photos of myself, but only under Friend's Lock.
My name is Jessica, I'm 32 years old, and I live in Massachusetts. I work in Special Education and in my spare time, I write, blog, craft (paper crafts, clay, jewelry making), work out, cook, and do all manner of fannish activities (more on that later).
I identify as a cisgendered woman (though I have a ~complicated relationship with my gender), queer, and I've been married to a (cis)man since July 2010. He and I welcomed our first child, Nathan Benedict, in December of 2014. Parenting talk will be tagged and cut, but for reference, we believe in a style of gender-neutral, sex- and body-positve, and queer-friendly parenting.
I unceremoniously (and a little bit unintentionally) abandoned an M.Ed. in Special Education, because of contractual issues and financial concerns. I work in public high school and I enjoy it, though I am open to more non-traditional teaching venues and (in a perfect world) would love to work with at-risk LGBT youth or work as a theraputic mentor or creative writing teacher. Currently I am unofficially a transitional aide, primarily working with kids on the autism spectrum as we prepare to "wean" them off a one-on-one aide. I also offer classroom support where I am responsible for remediation/small group/individual instruction and advocacy for students on IEPs.
I fancy myself a creative person, but I know myself to be an undisciplined scatter-brain as well. I make jewellery, design t-shirts, decoupage, make cards and collages, and occassionally crochet. I am decent at all of these, and a master at none. I'm okay with this. Currently I'm slowly working on a scrapbook for my baby, and some decorative projects.
I am an active fan and write fanfic, participate in forums, blog, cosplay (badly), and attend conventions. I do not ask that you share or even understand my enthusiasm, but that you respect it. My biggest current fandoms are listed in my User Interests. I do have a fandom Tumblr; you may ask for it if you'd like.