My name is Bruce Toews. This is my third year in LJ Idol, and I'm really looking forward to the competition.
As you read through this and subsequent entries of mine, there are some things you will need to know about me. First and foremost, I am a Christian. This doesn't mean that I preach Bible-thumping sermons in everything I write. I don't. But I also don't shy away from what, to me, is the #1 priority in my life. This is who I am, I don't expect everyone else to be that way, but I will not hide the fact that I am. My faith shapes every aspect of my life: my life is my faith, my faith is my life.
I am also blind. I have been since birth, and while my blindness does not define me as a person the way my faith does, it is a huge part of my life, and it will figure into a lot of what I have to say.
I have a sense of humor and love word-play. I rather suspect you'll be seeing a fair bit of that in what I write here in the coming months. I've often told people that my sense of humor is 25% home-grown, 25% from my dad, 25% from Jack Benny, and 25% from Douglas Adams. I love English, hate mathematics, have a mixed view on history, and am a strong believer in the space program.
Well, I think that covers the essentials. Thanks for reading this. If you like what you see in the coming weeks and are so inclined, please vote for me. If you don't like what you see, then please don't vote for me, but please do tell me where you feel I can improve. LJ Idol is lots of things to lots of people: it's a popularity contest to some, an exercise in public relations to others, an obsession to still others, and a writing contest to yet others. And, of course, it's a combination of the above and other things to still another subset. As for me, I am treating this competition strictly as a writing competition. If you want to form some kind of unified body of voters or something, don't even bother looking at me. For me, it's about the writing, both in my response to others and in my dealing with my own entries. So enjoy, and may the best organic life-form win.