I was born in Argentina, but moved with my family (mom, dad, two sisters) to the U.S. when I was young.
At my house, we always spoke Spanish with my parents (we still do), but English unavoidably started taking over and between my sisters and me, Spanglish became the official language.
I played lots of soccer and tennis growing up, eventually quitting soccer to focus on tennis, only to quit tennis a couple of years later upon realizing that I wouldn't be as good as I wanted to be. (I wanted to play at Stanford and then go pro.)
I studied computer science at the University of Florida, where I also met my future fiancé, and after graduating, I moved to Seattle to work at a tech company.
In 2020, after many failed drafts during the previous three years, I wrote The Nights We Won't Forget, and in 2021, I published it.
Timeline for those interested
Oh, forgot to mention I'm a huge fan of emojis. I've been holding back so far, trying to be professional, but I can hold back no longer. Apologies in advance.
2004: decided I wanted to be an astronomer 🔭 (this won't last...)
2006: decided I wanted to be a professional tennis player 🎾 (not my calling, either)
2013: started studying computer science at the University of Florida 🐊
2016: started dating my first girlfriend 👩❤️💋👨 (late bloomer...)
2017: graduated college 🎓, got a job with a tech company 💻, moved to Seattle 🌧️
2018-2020: work, work, work 👨🏽💻, existential dread leads me to start writing 📚
2020: got engaged to college sweetheart 💍 (I didn't buy a ring, though, because spending money on that didn't make sense to me. We used a ring her grandma had given her when she was little. Meaningful and free. Win, win.)
I'm not that interesting, but, hey, here's some more about me.
I'm a minimalist. Clutter stresses me out. I mostly wear the same couple of shirts and pants and don't have much stuff outside of my laptop and Kindle. My mom really liked getting me clothes when I was growing up, though, so I've a closetful of clothes I need to donate (I have a hard time getting rid of stuff, another good reason for me to be a minimalist.)
I love distraction-free settings. I never understood how people can study with the TV playing in the background. I lose focus easily and so I prefer to work in a quiet, distraction-free room (no TV, no video games, etc.) by myself.
I enjoy being alone. I'm an introvert and I do best when I'm able to have a good chunk of uninterrupted hours to myself so I can work on what matters to me and recharge.
I don't spend much money. When we first moved to the U.S., there were lots of arguments about money between my parents, a common occurrence for immigrant families, I think. Maybe this had an effect on me, but even so, I've always been much more of a saver than a spender. I currently live on about $20K a year and don't spend much outside of rent, food, and vacations. (I don't much enjoy going out to eat and my fiancé is a terrific cook.)
I don't listen to music or watch TV (much) My fiancé is a big movie fan and we watch a movie every Saturday night. We're currently working our way through all the Disney animated films, from Snow White on. I have nothing against music (I'm a fan of Andrés Calamaro and Gustavo Cerati), but I generally prefer silence.
I'm a fan of long walks in nature. Exploring the Pacific Northwest with my fiancé has been an absolute dream. I love to walk until I forget all the things I was so worried about before the walk—relax, nature says, it'll be OK.