I wasn't in prison more than an hour before an irate skinhead tried to kill me with an evil-looking six-inch shank. That was a lie. Sorry. I was told that unless my first sentence was exciting, no one would write me, and I couldn't come up with anything truthful that wasn't also boring. On the plus side, it probably wasn't any more of an exaggeration than 95% of the other crap posted on this site, so at least I am honest about my fabrications. Anyways, either you are appropriately "hooked" or annoyed, or maybe both, which is really quite an accomplishment in just a few sentences, if you think about it.
At any rate, I'm 36 and entering my 12th year of confinement, most of that spent in solitary confinement on Texas' Death Row. Thus the aforementioned surplus of boring. I‘ve tried to be at least moderately productive during my time, launching a literary journal for inmate writers in 2007 that has since expanded to include more than a hundred contributors from prison systems across the nation. (This can be found at www.minutesbeforesix.com; to locate my specific essays, go to the right-hand column and find the list of contributors and simply click on my name). I also earned a BA in 2012, and am nearing completion of my Master's degree. (To see more details on these and other projects I have been working on, see www.tenthingstodoinpolunskyuntilyouredead.com)
Beyond that, I mostly spend my time reading or painting. If that sounds somewhat limited, all I can say is that one doesn't exactly have many options when one's entire universe consists of 60 square feet.
I should probably admit that l attempted to use this type of site once before, back in 2007. The results were pretty disheartening, and I haven't been back since. I hesitate to put too many preconditions on the types of people I'd like to connect with, but experience has taught me that I ought to at least mention a few things in the interests of saving time. First off, I am in no way interested in a romantic connection. No offense to those that are seeking this, but that's just not me. My time on Death Row has had a profound impact on my way of viewing myself and the world, and for the most part I have become too serious a man for idle chit-chat. I'm mostly interested in meeting other human beings who can teach me something, professionals who understand their little corners of the world and who have the imagination and empathy required to at least attempt an understanding of mine.
I am a secular Buddhist and usually enjoy a good debate on religion/metaphysics, but this does not extend to a desire to be preached to. If you are attempting to save someone's soul, do us both a favor and find another. Beyond that, I'm open to exploring pretty much any subject.
Thanks for your time.