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Who is Trae?

My name is Trae, and this is my life.

I'm your average person in their thirties - I was born in Chicago, mostly raised in Milwaukee, and have most of my adult life in Eau Claire, WI where I live with my wife Crysta -- though there was a seven year period where I lived in Lafayette, IN in the middle too.

 There are a lot of things about me which I don't always mention at first. I'm Genderqueer for one, though I'm largely pronoun indifferent. If you don't know what that means... well... you pretty much can't use the wrong pronouns with me?

I'm a Wiccan witch, and have been practicing for over twenty years. Specifically I'm a eclectic solitary Wiccan who follows a simplist path heavily influenced by animism. So yeah, well I yell at the printer there is a little part of me afraid I'll hurt its feelings.

I've spent a good chunk of my life dedicated to fandom conventions, having cofounded Wisconsin's longest running Anime Con (No Brand Con). I took a chunk of time off from that con (while I was in Indiana), but currently am their co-head of PR and Advertising. I also write and draw comics - most notably the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth. Besides that, I've maintained a blog for over a decade of varying quality, and I record original music on a semi-regular basis under the name Lt. Snorkel.

I also used to have a band, Happy Wednesday, but it's hard to keep that sort of thing together when almost all the members move to different cities.

I run Nerd & Tie which I co-created with Pher Sturz and Nick Izumi. It's a geek and convention podcast and news site, although we also branched out and ran a convention. Pher left Nerd & Tie in 2016, and Gen Prock came on board to take his place. I'm proud of what we've built there.

 I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, where I majored in Political Science (with a minor in Web Development and Design). I don't actually use said degree ever, but it's always nice to have a piece of paper. I currently telecommute for a fairly large corporation, but you'll never see me name it on my site... because I have strong opinions, and they may not want to be associated with them.

I'm a Democrat, relatively tall, a bit overweight, usually have a beard, and my hair is thinning in the back. That's pretty much the whole story.

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The Chronicles of Crosarth - a webcomic of Steampunk Adventure, updated Mon & Wed
UnCONventional - A Webcomic about Conventions, Updated Tuesdays and Thursdays
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