Welcome to Nevermore, the home on the web of Todd. More on me and what you can expect to find on this site can be found below.
I believe a website is a growing, living thing. This website began as a collective housing various character shrines and fan sites to things I loved, it turned into a personal blog, and then, most recently, it became an outlet for me to explore my fandoms and interests.
While it may seem like I’m not sure what I’m doing here, and believe me, I question what I’m doing here all the time, I have been consistent in one thing: since 2001, I have used websites to rant about, rave about, and analyze the hell out of things I love. Although I’m doing that in blog entries today rather than in fan sites, I am still writing about books, games, shows, and movies, most of which it seems that no one but me cares about. I seem to be attracting visitors, and somehow you’ve stumbled here, so I’ll keep writing. You keep reading and interacting with me.
I admittedly spend a lot of time thinking about and obsessing over series that were, at best, relevant a couple decades ago, give or take. These series are a major focus of this website. They apparate (If you get that reference, +10 points to Gryffindor) here via recaps. With my recaps, my goal is to revisit an entry in a series I loved as a kid, and discuss how they hold up today, what I remember loving about them before, and what sticks out or has changed now that I’m experiencing these series as an adult.
So far I’m only recapping book series, but as I get more time and energy, I would love to branch out into TV shows, movies, and games.
Writing remains a huge passion of mine. I’ve been writing more and more lately, trying my hand at different types and different styles of writing. I am looking to get my writing published eventually, so I am hesitant to put anything online that I would like to publish.
A sample of my creative work is available in the Writing section, though, as is every essay I’ve written in college so far. I’m not sure why I decided to start uploading those, but people seem to be enjoying them, and I see them as creative efforts as well. I’ve put just as much if not more time and effort into some of my essays as I have some of my own creative works.
It goes without saying, but I ask that you read and enjoy my writing, not copy or steal it.
Nevermore is before anything else, a personal blog. I blog about my life, my thoughts, and my interests.
Since I started working with students (for my career) and they started Googling me, I have been hesitant to go as deeply personal as I would have in blog entries a year or two ago. I have thought about and explored options, and have decided to keep blogging under my own name. What I’ve decided to do is just be careful about what I post. This means you will no longer find content here on:
- my personal relationships (romantic and familial).
- my political opinions.
- anything else I would feel uncomfortable speaking about in my classroom.
There is still a lot I can write about, so don’t worry; I’m not going anywhere.
Name & Layout
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
My website is named after a word from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, The Raven. Poe is frakkin awesome, and one does not need a reason to name a website from one of his works, but I am unabashedly an over-thinker, so I have several. Nevermore means never again. It carries a lot of meaning for me and for my website. Never again will I let someone come between me and my dreams. Never again will I let what someone thinks of me affect how I think of me. Never again will I settle for less than I know I deserve. It’s an incredibly strong word. With it, I choose to be happy.
As for my website, never again will books, TV shows, or video games be as good as they were in the 1990s and early 2000s.
The amazingly awesome header in the layout was made for me by my friend Rosy. She is an amazing artist, and you should definitely check out her other stuff. I designed the layout around the header. Everything you find on this site, unless otherwise stated, is my property and should not be used without my permission.
My name is Todd. I am a full-time student, a full-time retail grunt, and a part-time nerd.
I am far too verbose and far too complex to write about myself in a succinct About page, so I decided to post a list of running facts about me here. Why running? Well, I, like anyone, am a changing, adapting, growing person who learns something new about himself everyday. As things become important to me, I’ll post about them here.
Aw, look at the baby. My dog, not me.
- I left a job where I was making $55k+ to go back to school to become a teacher.
- I am majoring in Middle Level Education with concentrations in English and Math.
- That’s right, I like Math.
- I actually like English a smidge more than Math, but everyone I have talked to has advised me to get qualified to teach Math if I have any passion for it at all, as it’s a critical needs subject.
- People have called me crazy for wanting to teach Middle School, but I love that age group.
- I have a Corgi named Helo.
- I named him after a character from Battlestar Galactica, the best TV show ever made. Have I mentioned I’m a nerd?
- I am a (casual) gamer. I used to be a Store Manager at GameStop. I mostly play action platformers and RPGs.
- I love to read and write. This shouldn’t be shocking since you learned I want to be an English teacher a couple facts up.
- In addition to teaching, I’d love to write for a living. I have written a few unpublished novels. I would like to make the leap to publication eventually.
- I love the Horror genre.
- I teach 7th and 8th grade Sunday School.
- I am a 90s kid through and through.
- I grew up in a Children’s Home. It has made me who I am; that Home is responsible for my best qualities and my worst.
- I am an advocate for kids who grow up in the foster system. I want to be part of a support system that I never really had.
- I have seven brothers. Three are triplets. I am close to and keep regular contact with four my brothers.