Permanent Account, Created on 2 May 2005 (#6992441), Last updated on 11 April 2014
I am currently a student of history, literature and practical computer thingamajigs that pay money when you graduate. I studied classical languages (Latin, Greek, Hebrew) and ancient civilization at the University of Iowa. I worked in a bookstore for four years. I write in the young adult genre and I do intend to publish.
Most of what I say is 'friends-only' privated. Also, I tend to ramble about grammar and the classics. It's important to use proper grammar, especially when you're tattooing it onto your body for the rest of your life, bucko. My favorite part of grammar is the gerund. My favorite character in ancient literature is, as shown by my journal name, Clytemnestra.
Oh, also my offerings to the quiz gods, because it is vitally important to the survival of the world that you know which of Henry VIII's wives I'd have been (Katherine Parr), which Jane Austen character I'm most like (Elinor Dashwood) and which dinosaur I am (Velociraptor).
If you want to know what music I listen to, take a look at my last.fm page. It monitors and chronicles everything I play on iTunes.
At hogwarts_elite and hogwartsishome, I play in the most ancient and noble house of Slytherin. According to westerosorting, for Song of Ice and Fire funtimes, I have been identified as one of House Lannister with a Tyrion disposition. These facts will have you well on your course toward saving the world (which of course is only saved if you know which Hogwarts House I'm in). There's a pop quiz during the apocalypse. Don't say I didn't warn you.
It's uncanny how completely the Meyer-Briggs assessment describes me; makes me want to show it to everyone. Maybe if enough people see it, they'll forgive me all my faults, because it is explained by science. Worth a try.
I've pared down the description and inserted links to parts of my journal in appropriate places, because I am a very thorough geek.
Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging
To outsiders, INTJs may appear to project an aura of "definiteness", of self-confidence. This self-confidence, sometimes mistaken for simple arrogance by the less decisive, is actually of a very specific rather than a general nature; its source lies in the specialized knowledge systems that most INTJs start building at an early age. When it comes to their own areas of expertise - and INTJs can have several - they will be able to tell you almost immediately whether or not they can help you, and if so, how. INTJs know what they know, and perhaps still more importantly, they know what they don't know.
INTJs are perfectionists, with a seemingly endless capacity for improving upon anything that takes their interest. What prevents them from becoming chronically bogged down in this pursuit of perfection is the pragmatism so characteristic of the type: INTJs apply (often ruthlessly) the criterion "Does it work?" to everything from their own research efforts to the prevailing social norms. This in turn produces an unusual independence of mind, freeing the INTJ from the constraints of authority, convention, or sentiment for its own sake.
Personal relationships, particularly romantic ones, can be the INTJ's Achilles heel. While they are capable of caring deeply for others (usually a select few), and are willing to spend a great deal of time and effort on a relationship, the knowledge and self-confidence that make them so successful in other areas can suddenly abandon or mislead them in interpersonal situations.
This happens in part because many INTJs do not readily grasp the social rituals; for instance, they tend to have little patience and less understanding of such things as small talk and flirtation (which most types consider half the fun of a relationship). To complicate matters, INTJs are usually extremely private people, and can often be naturally impassive as well, which makes them easy to misread and misunderstand. Perhaps the most fundamental problem, however, is that INTJs really want people to make sense. :-) This sometimes results in a peculiar naivete, paralleling that of many Fs -- only instead of expecting inexhaustible affection and empathy from a romantic relationship, the INTJ will expect inexhaustible reasonability and directness.
Probably the strongest INTJ assets in the interpersonal area are their intuitive abilities and their willingness to "work at" a relationship. Although as Ts they do not always have the kind of natural empathy that many Fs do, the Intuitive function can often act as a good substitute by synthesizing the probable meanings behind such things as tone of voice, turn of phrase, and facial expression. This ability can then be honed and directed by consistent, repeated efforts to understand and support those they care about, and those relationships which ultimately do become established with an INTJ tend to be characterized by their robustness, stability, and good communications.
Susan B. Anthony
Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
Hannibal, Carthaginian military leader
C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
John F. Kennedy
Cassius (Julius Caesar)
Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
Gandalf the Grey (J. R. R. Tolkein's Middle Earth books)
Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs)
Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs)
Professor Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' nemesis
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Hamlet)
I like poetry. Here is an extremely beautiful poem I wrote along with my friends Shannon and James.
Its title is: :(
O sweet death
Like a cherry tomato
refusing to ripen
on the vine
Like a cherry tomato
refusing to ripen
on the vine
You are a shadow on the window
and you dance
As I never could
For I am chained
And the chains, they laugh.
No one laugh was ever so bitter.
Shall I break these chains
these black steel ropes of hurt
and journey to the world of shadows?
The world of a shadow of a shadow?
I lift my eyes to you
O false light
O unpatented mimicry
O prison of the ages
O cherry tomato
refusing to ripen on the vine
Refusing to ripen on the vine
I hope you enjoyed this very deep poem, which came from our very deep souls.