• Who am I?

    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • About Me

    My name is Crystal, but my online identity has been Qrystal for awhile (and I pronounce both of them the same way). The Q is partly just there to make my name a little different, but more importantly the choice of letter has meaning for me, from a past life as the goddess of a clan dedicated to amusement, way back when text-based online multi-user dimensions were all the rage.

    My trademark avatar is an excerpt of a photograph I took of my reflection on a pair of sunglasses:

    Shades of Me by Qrystal

    I have deliberately chosen to show only a glimpse of myself in my avatar, just a shadowed reflection of me, because I feel that what I can say is more important than who I am or what I look like. However, I still feel that it’s important to portray myself as a real person who is standing behind the words she is saying. I’m not trying to hide, but I am not leaping to the forefront to display myself either.

    That said, I have written more about me on the next page.

    I may as well mention that there are other places where someone else has used the name Qrystal before I’ve gotten a chance to claim it — e.g. I don’t have a World of Warcraft character with that name, nor am I associated with qrystal.com, my photobucket and OKcupid accounts have the name QrystalQ, and I have no gmail account with this name.  But here are some places where I am Qrystal: