y name is Josephine.
I am called Josie or Jos by my family, and Jofee or Princess by my fiancé
(princess as in, "ahhh, sweet princess"
when I am good, and as in "don't
be such a" when I am less so). I am a rather
loquacious, often overly flirty woman with a good head for most things but
who doesn’t know her time tables. I am easily distracted from boring tasks
but when I have my head in something interesting I can go a whole day
without looking at the time, and then wonder why "x"
part of my body hurts. I love cooking and various other homely pottering
things (but not gardening or ironing. The results are great but someone
else can get them there), and I also love motorbikes. Fast ones only
please, and No Harleys Allowed! In respect to the loquacious thing:
Beware. Only read this if you are feeling committed as I can tell you
right now it is going to be long.
I was born in
Wellington – Lower Hutt to be precise. It’s a glamorous town at the bottom
of the North Island of New Zealand, built all on hills overlooking the
harbour. Its main distinguishing characteristics are the winding,
vertiginous roads and the wind. By the gods, the Wind. Oh, and being the
capital city of New Zealand. But meh, I try not to talk about politics, I
tend to get rabid.
Santharia's most beautiful orc - Grunok a.k.a. Josie
We moved from Wellington fairly early in my life, and pretty much kept
moving ever since. Dad had a job with what was then a government
department and so where they pointed, we went. Eventually, after many
other trials and tribulations, we ended up in Auckland. Auckland is a
strange place. It is the biggest city in the country, one of the biggest
in the world I am told. It is decentralised to a great degree, with four
mini-cities making up one… ok, I’ll say it: 'Uber'-city.
It has the North Shore city, which is (duh) in the North, Waitakere city
in the west, Manukau city in the south and the main city in the
centre-east. The North Shore is where we moved to originally. It was the
late 1980s, and Auckland was growing fast. It was just before the Great
Stockmarket Crash and Aucklanders were self-confident, prejudiced and
proud. This is probably the period when Aucklanders got the name "Jafa" (an acronym. If you
ask me I'll tell you but for now suffice to say it's
unprintable). The school to which I then went immediately excluded me as a "small town person", and I
had no friends up until I was eleven, three years later.
Salvation came in the form of Kali - no, not you
Kalina [note Artimidor: one of the Santharian RPG Admins],
her name is actually Kali. This has caused a certain amount of confusion
, a tall, pale expat Aucklander who had lived in Sweden for the previous
six or eight years, and had developed a strong Swedish accent. After
trying to get on the class' good side by teasing
her for a while, my loneliness and curiosity got the better of me. As I
remember it, our first conversation went something like this:
“What’s that?" asked I.
"(mumble)" said she.
"A what?" I replied,
annoyingly trying to get a closer look at what she was doing.
"It's a map,"
she repeated, giving up on trying to conceal her drawing.
"Cool", said I. "What for?"
"For D&D," said she,
"What’s that?" I asked,
completely unrepressed. And so she told me, and invited me to play a game
with her sometime, and we have been friends ever since.
D&D, and then eventually AD&D, with Kali was my first introduction to
role-playing, and up until recently my only experience of it. Fourteen
years later I stumbled upon Santharia whilst I was looking for a picture
of a mermaid, for inspiration for a painting on a hoodie I was making. I
browsed around the site and noticed it had a role-playing side. I decided
it was cool and before I logged off that day I had started work on my
first CD, Grunok. I figured an orc was the best way
to start off in any new world 'cos most orcs aren't
expected to know anything but how to bash stuff, and that I could do. Now,
only a few months later I sit here writing this as I become a member of
the development side of the Dream. Needless to say the hoodie is still
Other things about me: I have a brother called Colin and a father called
Graeme – my mother died when I was thirteen. I am a recovering Goth,
having worn black for about six years from ages fifteen to twenty-one.
Retail is what finally pulled me out of it (and a young lady by the name
of Desiree, but that’s another story). I am studying for a Bachelor of
Science, majoring in Psychology (*sigh* no I am not psychoanalysing you
right now). I am also a volunteer telephone counsellor for a New Zealand
organisation called Youthline, and I mentor newcomers to help them learn
to do the same thing, after they have passed their basic training. I live
in central Auckland with my dear fiancé Dave who I
will marry in 2007/2008ish. We are about a half an hour’s walk from
anywhere, depending on the shoes you’re wearing, and are living in an
apartment which is far too small for all the sheets and towels and
computer parts we suddenly have but which is very warm in winter. And also
in summer which is less good. Well, where to from here, you ask? *Ignores
the shouts of "Enough already! This isn’t a bio
it’s a bloody novel!"* My dearest ambitions are to
move somewhere bigger so that we can get a cat, and to travel to Europe
and Britain. That is all. You may go pee now. Really. You shouldn't
hold it, it's not good for you.
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