Hello everyone! I always hate introducing myself, whether it be in a forum, in person, over the phone or in some other fashion. I just hate to introduce myself. I tend to be a backward person in some regards. I suppose the more politically correct way of putting that is that I'm more reserved until I get to know you. My English teacher would call me reticent. Anyhow, I'm introducing myself now. I'm actually surprised that I'm doing it so quickly. The last time that I signed up in a forum, I didn't introduce myself for - I believe - three months. I would just read the posts, but then I finally broke down and said "hello." Here, though, I registered yesterday evening and in less then twenty-four hours I'm writing my introduction post. I really do enjoy writing, but that feature should be apparent if I'm in this forum! I love to write essays for school, and my friends think I'm nuts. I suppose what it is that I really like is words. I call myself a lexophile, but that might be an overexaggeration. I like grammar and syntax as well. Those are odd characteristics for a college frehsman, but I they're mine. My friends also call me grandiloquent, and they complain that I should use words that "normal" people would use. About a year ago, I started to write my "novel" on the recommendation of a friend. She thought it would be a great idea for me actually to sit down and start composing, and she could not have been more right. I have enjoyed most of the process, but sometimes I feel like the "work" is not turning out the way that I would like to. The first few chapters were good, in my eyes, but some subsequent chapter I think could use some improvement. Perhaps I'm just too hard on myself, but I think the over quality has "deproved." (That's another one of my weaknesses: I tend to create words when an already-existent word doesn't suit my needs.) Anyhow, I say "novel," because I don't know if you could call it that. It's not turning into the thriller that I would have hoped, but there does seem to be some possibility for it - I just haven't identified what the possibility is. So, I know that people don't tend to read super-dooper long posts, so I'm going to quit writing now. I hope I don't sound like a total bore. Perhaps I'll even brave it and share some parts of my "novel" for critique. I personally enjoy criticizing - criticism does not have to be negative! - other's work, so I'm looking forward to doing that as well!