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Hey.

I’m Kara “Archmage” Valentine. When I’m not critically low on energy, I make things and play things. Unfortunately… the way things are going lately, I’m not really in a position to do much of that.

So… what else is there, about me? I’m an overthinker. I love sleep but don’t get enough. I haven’t routinely eaten three meals a day for quite some time now. I don’t cook for the most part. I’m alone a lot of the time, and while I’ve adapted to being alone pretty well, it’s still one hell of a thing to battle on a daily basis.

It was once famously said in my direction that “Kara has strong opinions.” I can confirm that this is true.

Some more positive things: I care very deeply and passionately about the things I like. I’m one of those people that wears their heart on their sleeve, and subsequently gets hurt easily… gah, you know what? It’s way too fucking hard to convey “What Kara Actually Is” in this format, so fuck it.

I’m a lot of things. I’m a lot in general. Lately I’ve not been a lot, but if there’s one thing I can leave you with, it’s that I really really do not see value in arbitrarily pinning my identity down in haphazard framing mechanisms. Peak Kara is disavowing any sort of categorisation, while simultaneously picking several niche areas and caring very deeply about them. Like 2d platformer roguelikes, and software for desktop platforms that’s not garbage.

I’ve probably not come anywhere near close to giving you an accurate mental representation of the being that is me, but I think this is close to the best I can do right now.

Sigh.

Career-wise, I’m a software engineer. I’m a problem solver first and foremost, but my general work falls under the label of “software engineer”, so that’s what I call myself. My future is uncertain; maybe in time, that will change.

My heart lies with dev work. Hacking together a little haven in the world of technology, pushing its bounds, ever watching for the moment when a crack forms in your carefully built wall, then patching it up before your world comes crashing down… it’s one of the most exhilirating things I’ve ever experienced. Lots of tech pursuits bore me, or lack potential, but I feel that heartfelt dev is a truly valuable application of my energies.

Lately I’ve not had any energy or career opportunities for dev work though. It’s a shame, really.

This is getting long and perhaps needlessly verbose, so I’m going to stop typing now.

I’m Archmage#6969 on Discord if you need me.

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