I am Ophiucha (which derives from Ophiuchus, the constellation, before you ask). I have been writing since I was a young teenager, so perhaps 6 years now (I'll be nineteen at summer's end). I've published a handful of poems in some anthologies around the states, but I am far more interested in novels when it comes to writing. My basic shtick is using literary fiction techniques and guidelines and applying them to speculative fiction (mostly fantasy). I am a student at UBC in Medieval Studies, with a focus on Art History and Italian Studies. I also take a number of culinary courses. My main interest is the history of speculative fiction, tracing all the way back to the mythological texts in ancient times to the numerous Victorian scientific romances. Basically, anything that came before Tolkien falls into my area of study, although there are a few noteworthy subjects that came after. My current WIP, to give you an idea of the sorts of things I write, is a pseudo-scientific analysis of a revolution in *Æthos, a world of dragons and elves and the like. I use the world to present a completely strange political system unlike anything implemented on Earth, for the sake of presenting the benefits and downsides to this system, which takes bits and pieces from democratic socialism, free market capitalism, anarchy, and a few other political ideologies. The main story focuses on the leader of this world and his quest to further the reach of his kingdom, both extending out further into his world (which is mostly untapped due to the impassible seas) as well as into ours. It's got a lot of social commentary, but it blends into the world and the issues it is facing, and it is told through the lens of an Earth woman who was trapped in Æthos for an extended part of her life. Oh, and the title of this thread is Irish (Gaelic), which I know a fair bit of. I'm a bit of a linguistics nerd, so I take elementary classes in as many languages as I can afford to. Anyway, I'll be lurking about until I get settled in, but feel free to ask me anything.