In college I majored in math, computer science, and philosophy, though later downgraded philosophy to a minor when one of the professors told me that he thought people got too hung up over contradictions in arguments. I went on to get a master's degree in math, then found work as a professional programmer. I've picked up a variety of skills like dancing (mostly Lindy Hop), knitting, spinning wool, building spinning wheels, archery, making longbows, bow hunting for food, making and flying kites, bread making, pasta making (my favorite was pumpkin ravioli), and tailoring (mostly making pants for Lindy Hopping). To stay in shape I lift weights and go to an indoor rock climbing gym.
I wanted to be a novelist since around the time I first read a novel, and my interests in writing are as eclectic as my reading. I'm especially fond of interesting characters, but I maintain that what really makes a character interesting are his virtues, not his vices; vices are at best a way of highlighting virtues, and I think that they're often used as a crutch. What really makes virtues interesting in fiction is when a character is tempted, and having the character give into that temptation is just an easy way of making the temptation seem real. Being detail oriented, I'm also very fond of plots which don't have plot holes, which is a lot of work to write, but I figure that if I'm inclined to make fun (always light heartedly, I hope!) of other people's work for plot holes, I should take the trouble to fix that in my own work. I think that goes well with being character-focused, though, as plot holes mean either violating physics, or more often, violating characters' personalities.