Introductory Post

If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it. – WordPress.com, upon making my blog

Okay, WordPress, I’ll give it a go.

I work under the alias Torstein Stonecypher, so that is what I shall introduce myself to you as. While I like to consider myself a polymath, I have had a passion for words all of my life, in the many ways that they enchant us humans, namely through languages and literature. Words are magick, and I am a sorcerer.

You will undoubtedly learn more about me—my history, my quirks, my hopes and fears, just like in any other relationship—as we move along, but for the sake of introducing myself, I will tell you this:

  • I will become a professional writer. I will have poetry published and be a novelist for a living. It is what I have desired in life more than anything, for as long as I can remember, and this blog is the first step towards achieving that dream.
  • Despite being from the southern-midwestern United States, I use Oxford English. Not only will this become quickly apparent, but I’ll explain as I go along.
  • I’m dyslexic! It’s ironic that somebody like me would get their letters and numbers confused with each other, and constantly have to spell check in several languages, but it’s true.
  • I am a polyglot, and somewhat always have been. Again, you’ll learn more as I go along, but at the time of writing this post (late August of 2017), I speak Spanish (B1), French (C1-C2), German (A2), Swedish (A2), and Esperanto (B1). I have studied many others, but I would not consider myself acquired with enough basic knowledge of them to speak them at any level.
  • I am a pagan, and I care quite a lot about pagan things. Perhaps I’ll eventually have a blog about such things, but for now, this blog is my art. I mentioned this because it is a huge part of who I am, but also because of the influence that it has on what I read and how I write.
  • I have an amazing life partner. We share a home, we have three fur children, and without him, I highly doubt that I ever would have had the nerve to put myself on the Internet. I would like to take this moment to dedicate whatever I do here, and in my writing, to him. I hope that all of my readers are fortunate enough to encounter a soul like his to have in their lives.

Now you may be wondering, why did I name my blog Night of the Living Dead Poet Society? Isn’t that kind of long and hard to remember? Yes, it is, but it has a reason—I panicked upon making a WordPress and just kind of spewed whatever clever nonsense came to me at that moment. I suppose because I like witty things and lots of words (not to mention Night of the Living Dead and Dead Poet Society), the title just kind of spilled out of me. You know what, though? I really like it. If you like it to, then good on you! By all means, make yourself a member of this ‘exclusive’ little organisation we’ve got here. Keep in cahoots with me, and I’ll make you an honorary Living Dead Poet.

Great, now let’s make a definition of it.

Living Dead Poet (prop. n.) : 1) an individual of no appropriately mentionable particularities other than that they enjoy the written word, be it reading or writing such; 2) a language enthusiast (e.g. a polyglot, a philologist) that can appreciate literature; 3) a person that writes poems, had at some point died—typically metaphorically, through puberty, major life change, &c.—and has been renewed to life, though not necessarily reborn; 4) an applicant that subscribes to at least one of the previous three definitions, and also subscribes to the Night of the Living Dead Poet Society blog, written by the eventual-novelist Torstein Stonecypher.

Well, there you have it. I also drink a startling amount of coffee/tea throughout the day, I’m a Capricorn with an Aquarius rising, and I’ve never much cared for the 1980s.

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