I always feel as though introductions are awkward and I guess it's because it's usually my first post, and a bunch of people I've never met before are going to read it, but that's cool. My name is Larissa; I am sixteen years old and I am currently studying in High school in the IB diploma programme. I am an art stream student, which breeds depression through out half of my family, (the half that happens to believe that those who take art steam subjects are just not smart enough for the science steam). Er, I started writing when I was eight because I watched this movie in which the protagonist wrote a lot, (I can't remember what the name of the movie is..) and I wanted to be cool like that. I have always been a vigorous reader, though I am becoming less and less able to drown myself in books with work piling up and such. Since it's the Christmas break, though, I plan on reading a lot more than I usually do. Recently the writing forum I have been a part of since I was twelve had 'died' and I figured I shouldn't mourn and hope it'll become more active, and find a new one instead. So here I am! I am more than willing to offer critique and the like but I can't promise I won't go into "OHMYGODIT'SSOSOSOSOSOSOAWESOME*Braindead*" fan worship every now and then. That's all really..