About Me…

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Hello, world.
To tell you all about me would take more space than I have here and more time than either of us may have at the moment, so I’ll try to “sum up” who I am and what I’m about. I’ll thank you in advance if you take the time to read this and wish you well if you don’t. Either way, I hope you find whatever it is in this life that you’re looking for and thanks for the interest.
I’ve literally seen the earth from the harness of a hang-glider, thousands of feet above it, and from the depths of caves, hundreds of feet below it and I’m here to tell you…the world is a huge, ever-changing and interesting place! I love this planet and have the deepest respect for it – so do your part to help save it, eh?

I’m a philosopher with a poet’s soul. My writing is one of the things in this life which has always sustained me, no matter what.Β  I also draw and work with textiles and clay. In short, I create. Whether it’s aesthetically good or bad is a matter of opinion, but nevertheless, it’s something I am compelled to do.
I watch the stars and tend to think a lot…some would say “too much” but I try not to listen to those people.Β  πŸ˜‰ In case you couldn’t tell by my page, I LOVE dragons, but I’m very particular about the ones which go into my collection. I apply that same philosophy to the people I allow into my life: which is to say, I’m picky.
I’m a Hopeful Romantic, because I would much rather be Hopeful than Hopeless. I follow my heart and my dreams and never give up. Life and Love aren’t easy, but all we ever have is one day at a time. No one knows the future…and if you give up today, you might just miss the best part of your life tomorrow! Don’t you wanna know how it turns out? I do!

I’m not a materialistic person, because I’ve learned that it’s not the “things” in life which really count, but the people you connect with, whose lives you touch or who touch yours. I don’t take anyone or anything for granted because I know from experience that it can all disappear in the blink of a cosmic eye.Β  People and animals are so much more important (and interesting!) to me than any kind of material possessions.

There is a vast difference between “living” and “existing”. I can be intense at times, but I won’t apologize for it. You either like and accept me as I am or you don’t.Β  If and when I change, it’s for me, not for anyone else. Passion tends to breed intensity, and there are many things in life which I’m passionate about. That’s one of the ways I know I’m “living” and not just “existing”.
Our emotions and thoughts make up our personalities, but it’s our actions and the choices we make which TRULY define us.Β  I try hard to have the courage of my convictions and match my actions with my words. I don’t always succeed, but hey, I try.Β  I’m human.Β  I make mistakes.Β  But I’m genuine ~ honest to a fault with no hidden agendas: what you see is what you get.
The great thing about life is…you can “Start Over” every, single day…if that’s what you CHOOSE. Because it is a choice – One of my favorite lines in a movie, ever, is: “You either get busy living, or get busy dying.” Which one are you doing?

Actions ALWAYS speak louder than words. It’s what we DO in life that counts, in the end. Today might be the last day of your life and you’d never know it, so you might as well make it count. Why are YOU here?
20 THINGS I THINK ARE GOOD TO REMEMBER:
1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, “I love you,” MEAN it.
5. When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don’t judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
16. Remember the three R’s:Β  Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
17. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
18. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
19. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
20. Spend some time alone.
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF MOTHER EARTH:
I. Thou shalt love and honour the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
II. Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.
III. Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
IV. Thou shalt give thanks for thy food, for the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
V. Thou shalt educate thy offspring for multitudes of people are a blessing unto the Earth when we live in harmony.
VI. Thou shall not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.
VII. Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
VIII. Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
IX. Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.
X. Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share the Earth’s bounty.
Who I’d Like to Meet:

I have acquaintances from all walks of life because I think everyone has something to contribute to this world and our experience of it. You might just learn something, or perhaps you’ll be the teacher?
That being said, I’ll also add that I tend to agree with the idea that we are somewhat defined by the company we keep. I have a lot of acquaintances, but not many “Friends”.Β  Like I said in the “About Me” section…I’m picky. But I try to stay open-minded and usually give people the benefit of the doubt. I love to make people smile and if I can brighten someone else’s day, then I’m all about that. I hope you choose to be happy and live life to the fullest today. Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

Interests:

Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Computers, Fishing, Hiking, Nature, Animals, Dragons, Writing, Reading, Drawing, Fractals, Astrology, Astronomy, Dreaming, Laughing, Loving, Sharing, Helping others, Random Acts of Kindness, Making a difference in this world and for the planet, Things that can’t be explained (mystical or supernatural phenomenons), Light, Dark, The Infinite Shades of Grey, Paradoxes, Paradigms, etc.

Music:

UNLESS it’s Country, Most Rap or Hip-Hop, I probably listen to some form of it. Among my favorites are:Β  Sting, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Dream Theatre, Rush, The Police, “old school” Heavy Metal (think Metallica BEFORE the Black Album), Ozzy, Faith No More, Pantera, Anthrax, Gravity Kills, Suicidal Tendencies, Suzanne Vega, Allanis Morrisette, Jamiriquoi, Electrasy, Garbage, Splashdown, Greig, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Charlie Parker, Boz Scaggs, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Lords of Acid, Rob Zombie, some Techno, some Jazz, some Trance, some Ambient, some House/Dance, some Soundtracks, etc. etc. ad nauseum…

Movies:

Anime: Record of Lodoss Wars, Princess Mononoke, Akira, A Scanner Darkly, “X” the series, Titan A.E.,Β  Vampire Hunter ‘D” (both), etc.

Fantasy: LOTR Trilogy, LadyHawke, The Princess Bride, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Willow, Reign of Fire, Harry Potter (all of them), Dungeons and Dragons, DragonHeart, Krull, Bladerunner, Nightmare Before Christmas, The Prince of Egypt, Eragon, How to Train Your Dragon, etc.

Sci-Fi/Horror: Star Wars (the original trilogy), Alien (most of them), Predator (all of them), The Fifth Element, Enemy Mine, The Thing, Starman, The Matrix (all of them), Nightbreed, The Butterfly Effect 1 & 2, Jacob’s Ladder, Stir of Echoes, Flatliners, The Lost Boys, Thirteen Ghosts, Seven, The Mothman Prophecies, etc.

Drama: The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Poet’s Society, The Fisher King, Braveheart, American History X, Cadence, Man Without a Face, Adaptation, Pay it Forward, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Fly Away Home, Edward Scissorhands, Chocolat, The Crow, etc.

Comedy: What About Bob?, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Christmas Vacation, Beetlejuice, Benny & Joon, etc.

Foreign: The 7 Samurai, Rashomon, Amelie, Life is Beautiful, Pan’s Labyrinth, etc.

Disney/Pixar: Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Shrek (all of them), Over the Hedge, Ice Age (all), The Black Cauldron, Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone, Atlantis, etc.

Other Stuff: What the Bleep Do We Know, Mindwalk, Waking Life, Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Walking With Dinosaurs, etc.

Television:

I really don’t watch much T.V. anymore, but when I did, I liked Smallville, Farscape, Frasier, House, NCIS, X-Files (before they lost Duchovny), Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead and anything informational (i.e. National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, History Channel, etc.)…

Books:

R.A. Salvatore, Terry Pratchett, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, George R.R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Madeline L’Engle, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Paul Ferrino,Β  Laurell K. Hamilton, Lao Tsu, Jonathan Franzen, Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll, Various Poetry, Calvin and Hobbes, etc.Β  I’m also a fan of Marvel & Dark Horse comics and McFarlane rocks, too!

Heroes:

My family, friends and anyone who really makes a DIFFERENCE in this world;Β  free thinkers, creative individuals and all those who give of themselves freely to make the world a better place.
For more information about me regarding my writing, I was interviewed by Blaga for Jingle Poetry. πŸ™‚

33 Responses to About Me…

  1. What a lovely intro! Thank you. I don’t believe I’ve seen anything as comprehensive … or, as engaging. Love it …

    I delight in your artwork. Wonderful …

    Blog on …

  2. tigerbrite says:

    My first reaction was that I love the graphics here.
    Having read we have a lot in common.
    By the way I have stolen a copy of your dancing Tiger, I hope you don’t mind.

  3. dragonkatet says:

    Thanks to both of you for taking the time to read that wall of text…lol. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you both enjoyed the images – I try to give credit to the original artists where I can. Love that dancing tiger (Hobbes)! By all means, spread the joy around!

  4. Hi, just read your Hello world statement here and thought it to be very comprehensive, informative and interesting..apart from a nice read πŸ™‚
    In fact I feel shamed into updating and extending mine which is something I’ve been meaning to get around to ever since I started my blog!
    Been and read several of your poems as well and I’m at a loss to know why I haven’t visited before..you cetainly write some great poetry! I will visit again, have no fear πŸ™‚
    BTW..I too am and avid WoW player (although it has taken a bit of a back seat since this little hobby started). Which realm do you play on? Most of my characters are on The Sha’tar. And yes, I love dragons too πŸ™‚

    • dragonkatet says:

      πŸ™‚ Hey, thanks for taking the time to read it and for the very kind words. As for WoW, I play on Bladefist (affectionately known by the denizens there as “Failfist”). My main is an arcane Belf Mage. Nice to meet another dragon aficionado. I look forward to reading your work.

  5. Gary says:

    Greetings Dragonkatet,
    My first stop here was to read your special piece on hang gliding with Dad. I really got a thrill-ride with that one! That piece of writing alone prompted me to journey further into you blog. This “about me” page seems to give a complete inventory of the various “facets of you”. It is incredibly well written! It has been a real pleasure to get to know you in this manner.
    You have skillfully accomplished a bountiful revelation of personal information on this one little page!
    One tiny word, rings in my head…..”WoW”

    • dragonkatet says:

      Salutations, Gary!

      Thank you for the wonderfully kind words and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your visit here. I’m on my way to check out your blog in just a few moments and am looking forward to what I may find. πŸ™‚ Thank you for coming by and stopping long enough to read about me.

  6. When they broke the mold after creating you, my creator must have picked up the pieces and reformed the crucible in fire, as we’re closer to twins than not it seems. πŸ™‚ Other than the minor little detail that I didn’t in fact do it, I ‘could’ have written this intro, and it would have been an accurate depiction of this Pirate.

    Everything you said rang true, a resonance I feel as I type. Your 20 and 10 were perfect, and you’re the first person I’ve (almost) met, that actually said they liked fractals. πŸ™‚ Your movies, music, philosophies, thoughts and hopes would snuggle in nicely within the timbers of my ship, filling a shape and form already formed within her gorgeous hull, they match so close to her Pirate Captains. All that, AND you write beautifully. Very nicely done my friend, it’s a joy to visit your pages.

    • dragonkatet says:

      πŸ™‚ Well…I’m kind of at a loss of what to say (a rare state for me). That comment was so unexpected and nice! It is not often that I meet anyone with whom I can share such ‘resonance’. Yes, I love fractals. The math behind them, although I do not understand it, fascinates me. I’ve been on several types of ships, from the Mukilteo Ferry, to a motorboat on the Cumberland River to a rowboat on the huge expanse of the Puget Sound. But I’ve never been on a pirate ship! Or met a real pirate, for that matter. πŸ˜‰ I hope you’ll visit here often, Captain, as I intend to follow your word-smithing whenever I have the pleasure! Thank you for coming by and for the wonderful comment!

  7. Really nice “about” Corina. I came to check it out when I saw the gorgeous fall photo on your Autumn Favorites post. If you are from wherever that picture was taken I want to visit!!!

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thank you so much for visiting, Victoria! That picture was from pixdaus.com, but it could very well be from here in TN in Autumn. You probably wouldn’t want to stay long, because even though it’s beautiful, it can still be pretty hot and humid down here. But thanks for taking the time to read and comment. πŸ™‚

  8. Shame on me that I haven’t read your About section and I know you for quite some time! Lovely! Really poetic and with a touch of philosophy, just the way I like the posts I read to be! Blessings!

  9. Hello, I am a Quebec wood sylph who stumbled upon your blog by accident, if you believe in such…I’ve enjoyed roaming and intend to come back for future visits if you’ll have me. We actually seem to have a lot in common, a philosophical outlook, a penchant for art and creating, a love of nature, the stars….

  10. dragonkatet says:

    πŸ™‚ Thanks for the visit and the kind words, Azphodel (or do you prefer Carole?). If it *was* an accident, then it was a happy one, from my viewpoint. It’s always nice to meet those of a similar mien! Welcome and it’s nice to “meet” you.

  11. supertramp says:

    Wow, I think this is most interesting ” about me ” section I’ve come across on wordpress. It’s quite poetic, really. I quite enjoyed reading the ” 20 things…” , very insightful. And love for philosophy, nature and stars? Ah, now I know where the inspiration behind your poems come from. πŸ˜€

    Keep Writing! I have many things to learn from you!
    Peace & Love.
    Supertramp

  12. lividlips says:

    So your blogspot left me feeling like I just went through a mangrove tunnel. both experiences leave me in a certain state of bliss. thank you for propegating such a pure representation of the human being. I shall certainly return soon!

    peace, love and anarchy~Jayson

    • dragonkatet says:

      A mangrove tunnel, hm? Well, I guess I can’t always have a rabbit hole to delve. *grin* Besides, that kinda sounds like spooky fun as long as I didn’t get eaten by alligators or mosquitoes. Thank you for being so appreciative and I’m glad I was able to put a smile on your face. I’m curious, though, is peaceful anarchy an oxymoron? πŸ˜‰

      • lividlips says:

        Well, generally speaking, crocodiles are around the mangroves. They are salt tolerant. Alligators, generally need freshwater. But yeah, they’re basically the same thing anyway.In terms of peace, the way I see it, is that you gotta shake things up every now and then to get your piece and quiet around here.

      • dragonkatet says:

        Ah, silly me, I should’ve known it would be crocs and not gators. I was thinking FL and the association there is automatically gators for me. No, they’re not the same thing, lol. Similar but I understand the crocs are a lot meaner/more aggressive. As for shaking things up, you’re probably on to something there. It makes more sense to me now, that if you live in a place of chaos, peaceful anarchy would be the way to buck the norm.

  13. siggiofmaine says:

    Enjoyed ready your bio…we are the same, but different in many ways. I like that in a person/friend because I get to learn so much from them.
    Thank you very much for all the time and effort you put into writing this.

    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

    • dragonkatet says:

      Why, thank YOU for taking the time to read all of it and leaving such a kind comment. I agree that it is the differences where we can learn the most from people, although having similarities is nice, too. I thought I had already subscribed to you, but apparently I hadn’t. That is remedied now. πŸ™‚

  14. MisBehaved Woman says:

    I really, really dig your blog…and all of the lovely dragons. Like your attitude and style; looking forward to reading more!

  15. Jo Bryant says:

    I wish they would rewrite the KNOWN 10 commandments like your…dear Corina – from me and the fur babies…
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  16. Hello from my new place! I hope when you have some blogging time, you could follow me, my shadows and my soul too πŸ™‚ Blaga xoxox

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  19. You’re the only other person I know of who has actually seen “Enemy Mine.” I love that movie, and Starman too. Have you seen the Firefly series? What a great introduction. I am so pleased to meet you!

    • dragonkatet says:

      πŸ™‚ It’s really nice to meet someone else who even knows of “Enemy Mine”, much less appreciates it! I DID watch Firefly and was so disappointed when they took it off the air. 😦 I keep hoping we’ll hear that they’re going to continue it, but I think Joss Whedon is already on to bigger things, and probably won’t have time, unfortunately. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for such a nice comment!

  20. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there! I just happened across your blog randomly, it looks fun, so I gave you a follow. If you’d like to hang out with me, drop by http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Thanks, have a great day!

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