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    Bibliolepsy: a makishness derived from habitual aloneness and congenital desire.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bibliolept, Feb 1, 2012.

    Once upon a time, a fifteen year old girl came upon a remarkable book written by an unremarkable author by the name of Gina Apostol. Only a handful of people know about Gina Apostol. Ask fifty people if they know who Gina Apostol is. They've never heard of her. They've never read the book. They don't know who Gina Apostol is. (I know. I've tried.)

    I found her book, "Bibliolepsy", gently rotting in between several books in the Filipino section of our college library. She was discarded, ignored, outcasted---you get the drift. Having a soft spot for oddballs and outcasts, I started reading it. The first chapter read:

    1. Bibliolepsy
    Bibliolepsy: a mawkishness derived from habitual aloneness and congenital desire. Manifestations: a quickening between the thighs and in the points of the breast, a broad aching V, when addressed by writers, books, bibliographies, dictionaries, xerox machines, a sympathy for typists of manuscripts. Etymologically related to Humbert Humbert's* gross tenderness, though rarely possessing its callous tragedy; occasionally accompanied by a liking for rock and roll. The endless logo-itch, desperately seeking, but it can't get no satisfaction**. Biblioleptic attacks usually followed by bouts of complete distaste for words.


    I thought, "Holy spirits of Christmases fucked! She knows me!" and have subscribed myself to the ranks of bibliolepts ever since. And that's the story behind my username (and why I have a library book in my personal collection).

    Now I'm nineteen - going on twenty in February - and as jaded as similarly all-knowing young adults can be expected to be. I've been sitting through nearly a year of intellectual and social atrophy (my popularity bolstered by the habitual assertion, "I'm not antisocial. I just don't like you"). Now I think I've safely sunken low enough to join a forum.

    Joking aside (yes, that was a joke. Don't bite my head off), I really have been going through a rut. I have been uninspired, unmotivated, and - aside from the unusual, intermittent bouts of energy - lazy as all fuck. I'm joining this forum in the hopes that something or someone will reignite the fire under my ass. The spark's there, of course. I just need a little help fanning it.

    tl;dr?
    Hi. I'm new. :)

    - Marie Dominique.




    *I love Vladimir Nabokov.
    **Almost as much as I love the Rolling Stones.
     
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    Welcome to Writing Forums, Marie!

    I hope you find what you're looking for here, whatever your interests in writing.

    This forum aims to provide the best workshopping resources on the internet, and to that end we have a few rules which you should familiarise yourself with before you get stuck in. The main section of the site is the Writing Workshop, where members can post their writing in order to receive critique of their work.

    However, before we allow members to post their work, they must have met some basic requirments. Firstly, you must have been a member for fourteen days, and have made twenty posts on the forum overall (please note, posts in Word Games do not count towards this). This is so that members, when they post their work, have familiarised themselves with the forums and contributed to them (as well as hopefully learned something for themselves). Secondly, members must provide two constructive reviews of other people's work for each piece of their own that they wish to post. This is because we believe that the focus of workshopping should be equally upon giving reviews as receiving them, as they allow a writer to practice and improve their editing skills, which they can then apply to their own writing.

    Beyond the Writing Workshop, you will find that we have extensive forums for discussion of aspects of writing, as well as a community area for general discussion. We also run periodic short story and poetry contests, which are good for challenging yourself and expanding your skills.

    If you have any questions or problems, then the moderators (myself and Cogito) should be your first port of call. Any technical problems with the site itself should be directed to Daniel, the site administrator and owner. I would recommend you have a look over the rules so that you know what to expect, and what is expected. But aside from that, I hope you enjoy your time here.


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    Welcome to the forums. :D

    You know, they only took the auto-censor away recently... :p
     
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    They did? I did not know that! - Are we not supposed to cuss? If that's the case, I'm going to have to rethink this move. Haha.
     

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