"Chemists are a strange class of mortals, impelled by an almost maniacal impulse to seek their pleasures amongst smoke and vapour, soot and flames, poisons and poverty, yet amongst all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that I would rather die than change places with the King of Persia." -- Johann Joachim Becher, Physica subterranea (1667) Oh look, it's a profile page. I'm notorious for hating these things, because I never really know what to say about myself. So. My name is Jai and I'm a chemist-in-training and I've been writing since I was six years old, in one form or another. I'm a very character-driven writer and prefer the limited third person omniscient narrative style. (I have a tendency to try and make myself and other people squirm a little when it comes to what I write. Maybe I'm just being quintessentially Canadian and trying to emulate Findley and Atwood. Who knows?) I can't turn off my inner editor and am rarely satisfied with my work. Being here, therefore, is kind of scary for me, but I do love a good challenge and... and... Oh, there it goes. Now I don't know what the hell else to write. If you're interested in contacting me, just leave me a message via the profile and I'll get back to you.