I am a professional graphic designer by day, and a web development Bachelor’s student at Colorado Tech by night. I have an Associate’s degree in Visual Communications. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, painting, and playing computer games (chiefly Lord of the Rings Online). Someday I hope to write a fantasy themed novel. I’m pretty obsessed with the Lord of the Rings, and I will totally geek out on lore intricacies, so be warned before engaging me in conversation about either the books, movies, or the MMO. I’ll probably talk for longer than you want me to. I’m also capable of geeking out pretty hard on Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms novels. My true greatest obsession would be my pets, however. I’ve always had an easier time with animals than people, and I’m a homebody, so I spend more time with them than with people. Fun fact: before I became a graphic designer, I was a dog groomer for 15 years.
I’m a geek and I admire Wil Wheaton for everything that he does and who he is. I guess he’s kind of my hero these days. I think that everyone should be first good and kind, and second be completely and unapologetically the person that they truly are without fear. It’s damned hard to do, and I feel like Wil Wheaton pulls it off honestly and well, and that makes him an inspiration to me.
I’m also a bit weird and value weirdness in others. I find unusual interests and uncommon talents captivating.
If you want, you can follow my silliness on twitter @mjcbarnes.