I call myself Arthur Hovinc, and I am the writer of this blog. My name is not really Arthur Hovinc. My name is Matt Lauer. I use Arthur Hovinc as my pen name so that my work is easier to find upon searching by name, and not buried under results about a morning talk show host.
I use my Twitter account (mostly) without #hashtags, and I have been tweeting in the form of a haiku since 2009. I also have a Twitter account tied to my real name (@heymattlauer), which tends to not be as poetic.
Along with writing and drawing out of love, I have been paid to be an engineer and an application developer for mobile. I have a degree in electrical engineering that I don’t use. I minored in art history and I think I use those skills of observation and attention to detail more in my daily life. I am a lifelong student of life.
I like to volunteer. The nonprofit 826michigan named me Volunteer of the Month for April 2014. 826michigan highlighted my writing during a fundraiser I helped them with, and they exposed my name’s duality. I used to commit my Saturdays to dressing up in goggles and a lab coat and slinging fake robot goods where proceeds benefit 826michigan. These days I spend my Saturdays working with high school students who want to make real robots.
Below is the only picture I want associated with my pen name. It’s a caricature of me from 2006. I don’t really look like this.
I spend a lot of time looking out windows. If a balcony or porch is available, I like to sit there and look out. I prefer cool, gray days while looking out. I’m very happy to work near a window these days, at work and at home, where my bamboo plant seems happy.
I think walking is meditating, and I prefer to go alone. Walking is also my favorite form of exercise, because you don’t need to change into a new outfit to do it. I also find tranquility while running, and especially afterward while stretching. My arms are longer than my height by a few inches, so I have difficulty with hand–eye coordination. If I am wearing a costume I often forget how much room it takes up, and I knock things over accidentally.
I love driving in my car, a hatchback. I have a dream of covering most of the major interstates in this car before the engine fails, and putting a sticker of, say, I-5 on my bumper upon driving every mile of it. Sometimes I drive to get away from it all. Sometimes I hang out in my car when it’s parked, or sleep there when I can’t afford a hotel room.
I’m pretty good at eating leftovers.