I've been searching for a community that facilitates collaboration, especially for writing. People have said that the creation of small cafes and coffee shops, where creators could sit and talk and share ideas, was a cause for the Enlightenment. So that's a pretty fine argument for collaboration and community. Enough to make me want to join one, anyway. My name is one of those very common and very forgetful ones, that doesn't serve it's purpose as a name. See, names are a way for other people to identify you, and when ten percent of the people in one's peer group has the same one, it defeats the purpose entirely and is really a failed choice of a name. Anyway, it's John. I live in the really forested and really coastal state called North Carolina, not a bad place at all, but not very good if you like the romance of giant skyscrapers and nights that are brighter than the day because of all the lights and clubs and buildings. Still though, the forests are nice, and not a lot of things in this life compare to a rainstorm-made mist covering just enough of the trees to make the whole scene look like a surreal dream. I don't know which I prefer. I'm really kind of bad about romanticizing everything, and being a terribly naive idealist. Once, when I was sixteen, I got into my car and drove West (getting as far as Kansas, which isn't too shabby I'd say) without any thought for anything other than my exaggerated opinion of California and the West Coast sunrise. I only got to Kansas because I ran out of money, because I didn't realize quite how much going cross country costed. And then I got in more trouble than I care to admit. Still, though, it was a wonderful trip made all the better with two great friends and I wouldn't trade the experience for the world. I'm kind of hoping joining this forum will be like that (but I know I'm setting my expectations a little high, no offense). Also, if you haven't noticed, I'm kind of a dramatic person. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing yet. I'm also extraordinarily pretentious, unfortunately. Well, pretentious in the "Symbolism is absolutely brilliant and I will point it out whenever" kind of way. That's my introduction. I know it isn't much, I do hope I get what I want out of this though, and that it's another wonderful trip that will involve me making friends and improving my skills. Oh, I've read the rules and everything, no need to give me that speech.