1. Jack Kaiser

    Jack Kaiser New Member

    Jul 12, 2010
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    Drifting through.

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jack Kaiser, Jul 12, 2010.

    Hello, Writing Forum!

    I'm Jack and I'm a rather infamous internet drifter. I casually join forums and stick on them for a day or two until I forget to log back in. It's awful, I know, but I find it hard to find a place that I can call home ever since I faced a diaspora from another site along with several other people.

    Anyway, enough of my internet heartbreak. Let's talk about what you all probably really care about; I am a writer.

    Well, I say that I'm a writer. In reality, I'm an awful daydreamer that occasionally sits down to write. I was a writer a year or two ago, back when I actually churned out a few hundred words a day (or a thousand on my good days). I've since let my writing skills fall into disrepair. My grip on grammar has gotten shaky and I'm rarely motivated to actually sit down and write.

    When I do consider myself a writer, I usually describe myself as a science fiction and fantasy writer. While I do love writing literature, I prefer the comic book medium because I love the formal informality of it all.

    I haven't really been able to branch off and write different stories much. Instead of exploring different corners of my imagination, I've been focused entirely on one central universe that I've been working on since the sixth grade. I'm completely obsessed with refining and expanding the universe more and more. The universe has a lot of politics and war in it and also deals with religion, mysticism, and alternate history.

    I am completely obsessed with history, religion, politics, and Jungian psychology. My favorite writers are Terry Pratchett, Alan Moore, Hunter S. Thompson, HG Wells, Robert Anton Wilson, and Truman Capote. People usually assume that I'm a big reader, but really I haven't really read any literature in a good, long while and I've been chewing on biographies of famous people from history.

    Politically, I usually label myself as a monarchist, which adds to my obvious eccentricities and my religious views are all over the place. Despite my interests in the occult, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and other religions, I'm beginning to come to terms with my identity as a Roman Catholic.

    I love all kinds of music. My favorite artist is Bob Dylan in all of his forms. I also adore Jimi Hendrix, the Noisettes, Matisyahu, Coldplay, Cab Calloway, Vienna Teng, Franz Ferdinand, Within Temptations, Louis Armstrong, and the classics. As you can see, my musical tastes are all over the spectrum.

    If you haven't guessed by now, I'm lazy, have motivational problems with my writing, and I'm not quite sure how to springboard myself back into it all. TV Tropes might have something to do with all of this.

    Cool story, huh?

    Anyway, let's see if I can stick to this website.
    Hopefully I can bring myself back into my writing by talking to other writers who aren't insane sixteen year olds.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Jack, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    In your welcome package you will find a Velcro patch. Remove the backing from the hook side and stick the adhesive to the wall of your profile. The loop side has a fabric adhesive backing you can affix to your favorite reading jacket. That will make it easier for you to stick around.

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on 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.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    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). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. 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 the RPG forum for improvisational fiction. Also try 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!
  3. Shinn

    Shinn Banned

    Jan 1, 2008
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    New Zealand
    Hello Jack and welcome to WF :D
  4. Fantasy of You

    Fantasy of You Banned

    Jan 7, 2007
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    Truman Capote was a very interesting man. You seem to be a procrastinator, like me.

    Welcome WF, hope you stay.

    - Andy
  5. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributor Contributor

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Haha, I do that too.
    I'm also pretty lazy.
    Anyway, welcome. :)
  6. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI

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