Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. My name is
Guy W. Thomas, AKA Stonebender . I started this webpage because Betty, the other partner of
my partner, (Don't worry I'll explain later.) bought
the xango.org domain for me out of the blue.
Xango is one of the Orisha (a pantheon of deities
from the Yoruba people in Nigeria.) Xango was/is
my ďpatronĒ deity and although Iím more of an
agnostic than I used to be I still have a certain fondness
for him. He is the deity of theater, justice,
and male sexuality; all things close to
my heart. Anyway, having a domain meant I had
to come up with a webpage and it seemed like a
good idea to try learning HTML. So here is my
attempt at a personal webpage. Iím really not
very good at keeping anything up to date, so be prepared for
bit moreabout me, me, me!
- Here's my Sweetie, and her Sweetie, Rest in Peace Betty.
there's my Other Sweetie.
few of my Friends.
- Some links to Poly information.
- Some Disability related links.
- Other Advocacy links.
favorite Books and Bookstores .
- Music, I
- Films, I like.
- Great Theatre!
- A (failed attempt at a) Journal.
virtual hangouts of mine: Dreamwidth,
Blogger, Facebook, Twitter , LiveJournal!
- My Travel links.
- Writing links.
- Stuff that interests me.
- My (defunct) Personal Ad.
This page last updated,
wrote up there that folk also know me by Stonebender. There is a
story behind that. Way back before the Internet, I was a young kid
with a disability who played a lot of games. In high school I
learned about role-playing games and eventually became a regular
Dungeons & Dragons player. One day I rolled up a character with
18 (00) strength. Those who played D&D back in the day will
realize how impressive this is. The occasion called for
an exceptional name. Being a huge Robert A. Heinlein fan, I
remembered a short story called Magic Inc. that had a
character who told many tall tales about his Uncle Stonebender.
Uncle Stonebender could do anything better, faster and with more
flair. It seemed like a pretty good name for my new character
and it became a name I used often in role-playing games online
and off. Later I remembered that Spider Robinson (another favorite
of mine) had a character in his Callahan's Crosstime Saloon stories
who's last name was Stonebender (surely a reference to Uncle
Stonebender too.) Eventually I started using Stonebender as a
nickname in chat rooms. I like it as an alter ego. There is an irony
to using it for me that I enjoy. No one actually refers to me as
Stonebender although sometimes I wish they did. :-)
When forced to claim an occupation, I call
myself a writer. I have been paid
for my writing, but to be honest it's been
a while. If you consider a writer one
who writes, I certainly fit that category. If you
think a writer is one who makes a living at it,
I'm not even close. Most of my time is
filled with advocacy for disability rights, individually and
generally. Participating in science fiction fandom, writing, watching television, reading, seeing
theater, watching movies, listening to music, hanging with
my dog and playing games.
I was trained
as an actor in college. I have a degree in
dramatic arts from UC Berkeley and I still think
of myself an actor. I donít get paid for any
of these activities much. I am poly
and Iím involved with two women romantically. I was
at one time very involved in Democratic politics.
I even ran and won a political office. At
one time I ran for BART board and lost. Now Iím
a Green and donít do much more than vote these
days. I don't really know what to do
with this website. It seems to be lists of things I
like or am interested in with some autobiography
thrown in for good measure.