Hello awesome faces! My pen name is Carol. I've been writing since my early teens, but only in the recent years did I start taking what I write seriously. Now on to the big wall of text! *O* In all honesty, I've had a horrible experience with multiple forums across the internet, over several years. At first, I began in the wrong kind of forum, then I just didn't seem to fit in. I was too young over there, too old in the other direction, and anywhere else I go trying to look for fellow humans my age, I find that they're painfully lacking in the writing department, with most of their textual language riddled with idk, gtg, brb and lolz. It's hard to relate to people my age, they all seem to be in college, or furiously trying to flirt their way through the computer monitor. I want to relate to other writers, but I always feel so young and naïve around them. Every one seems to be married or having kids or something else similar. There are a few benefits of living introverted and feeling like one of those cool outcasts in the movies, (like Batman,) like having a resilience to solitude and plowing through work with out worrying about others missing you. But every once in a while, my pride is humbled every time I realize how lonely this career is. I'm looking for a place where the people understand when I complain about writing. Who struggle through the same things I do. About feeling sick of writing, about feeling guilty about feeling sick about writing, about finding that perfect name that evades us every time. *shrugs* Regardless, It's been fun. I write fanfiction and I take fanfiction seriously. It's a good practice. I draw inspiration from a Japanese anime/manga called Vampire Knight, and from the Batman Arkham game franchise. I'm a big supporter of the LGBT community, and I've been trying to incorporate some of those untapped dramas, struggles and other ideas into my writing. I've been doing a lot of research on European and Asian culture, for several (serious, cool, crime riddled, better then Twilight,) vampire/dark fantasy novels I've been working on this year. So far, I haven't published anything. I plan to publish digitally to Smashwords. : P I don't know what I'm looking for here, or what I hope to find. I guess I just need somewhere to come crawl and hide when I don't feel like writing. If any one is curious, I'll be 21 in December. I'm trying Writing.com, but I feel too shy there. I tried various roleplay websites, but I just don't collaborate well. I tried Writer's Café, but I found the interface obtuse. Every where else? They feel like venues for my writing, not for a casual chat between writers. But yeah. Just thought I would drop by to see what's going on. I have free stories in other places, but they're largely unfinished and could do with some re-working, plus, almost all of them are adult rated homo-romantic slash fics. Everything else I'm saving for the future, and I'm trying to work on right now. So here it goes. : ) On one and one in real time, I'm a lot funnier and friendlier. I try to take a lot into account when introducing myself, being up front with the big stuff and trying to impress with a lot of words. Plus, there's still a lot I'd like to share. Hopefully, this will bring us to a good start. ALSO, I already read the rules, faq and new member guide. A lot of moderators and admins from where I come from were always pushy with newbs. Like we're dumb stupids who can't tell the difference between forks and chainsaws and had to be locked in the Stupids holding room. (Which is rude and annoying at best, a little prejudice at worst.) But yeah. Just getting that out of the way. Om nom nom.