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    A humble "hello"

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AmateurAesthetician, May 23, 2009.

    Because I put some biographical information into my profile, I will not waste space with it here, though I will repeat that I am more of a math person than anything. I hope that I am not being too immodest in admitting that I took calculus in 7th grade, when I was 12.

    I think that the analytic qualities essential to a mathematician, mixed with creativity, yield to an individual something very important to writing.

    I am a great lover of beauty. Music and art are important in my life, and even more important than these is my appreciation of natural beauty. I consider myself a bit of a romantic, and I would rather watch a beautiful sunset than earn money, for whatever that's worth. My definition of beauty is that which inspires emotion through the imagination. Pick that apart and interpret it as you will; I think that that is an excellent definition, if I may say so.

    I said that my favorite book is Catch-22, but that is not an enthusiastic selection. I have many favorites. One of my first favorite novels, from when I was in elementary school, was Robin Hood, by Paul Creswick. I said Shakespeare is my favorite author, though I know he was really a playwright.

    My tastes in music are almost exclusively romantic. Late Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Chopin, Dvorak, etc.

    My protagonists are often solitary and introspective, but this isn't any sort of rule.

    My largest accomplishment thus far in my writing is a 55 page or so (in Microsoft word) beginning of a science fiction story (with an admittedly weak plot) that will end up being a little under twice that. 100 pages for the completed work is probably accurate. I consider myself good with words, and I think I can be rather descriptive. Plot is my weakness, but I shall, hopefully, overcome. I am also fairly proud of a sonnet I wrote for my creative writing class, which I will be posting here, I think.

    Also, in complete honesty, I don't know if I'll be hanging around here or not, but there's no way to know if it's worth spending time here without signing up, so here I am. Maybe I'll become a regular; maybe not.

    I am aware that this introduction has been on the impersonal side, but, as I find myself afflicted by the same laziness as so many other high-schoolers, I am unwilling to revise. I mostly sound like this because I am tired; I can actually be rather warm sometimes. Just not now.
     
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    Hi and welcome! I'm not much of a math person myself, but hey, its your thing. I also consider myself pretty good with words.
     
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    Hello AA, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Greetings from another math geek.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    ...Whoa...
    One impressive introduction.
    Very nice to meet you :)
     
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    Thanks to Cogito for the references and pointers, and thank all of you for the welcomes. :)
     
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    I dont feel your introduction came across as impersonal at all :) It left a good impression on me and I hope to see you around the forum in the future.
     
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    In my opinion, it read like a list of characteristics. I wrote it fairly late at night, and wasn't feeling particularly creative.
     

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