I always hated thinking up title for new threads. Anyway, I'm new here. Well, I'm sorta new here. I've been lurking for a few weeks and spying on people. *gasp!* No, really, I've just been checking this site out because I had a friend, Jaina actually (Hi, Jaina! *waves*), who told me I should come here and post stuff. Well, more than that. I should come here, read people's stuff, and post some of my stuff when I need help on it.
So here's some info on me: I'm a college student, majoring in Geology right now, but I'm considering changing it to Art because Geology is so boring. It really is. I thought I might like it because I've always had an interest in rocks, but no. It's probably one of the most boring subjects out there.
But enough of that.
I've been writing stories since fifth grade, but I never really got serious about it until eighth grade. I've written an entire novel and am working on two others, all three of them being of--what else?--the fantasy genre. It seems like that's a pretty popular genre. I actually started out writing in the historical fiction genre, but it turned out that that was quite difficult and I gave it up. I can't keep all my notes straight in that genre. It's too hard being historically accurate all the time.
Um, and here's some info on my particular writing style. While I write in the sword and sorcery sub-genre of the fantasy genre, my stories are all literary. Every last one. Yup. I also tend to write with a blend of both the contemporary English style and a more sophisticated, formal style of English. And that was really hard to put into words.
Anyway, I suppose that's all I have to say about me for the moment. Now it's off to lurk some more and perhaps critique some stuff!
Hi Shendulfea! What ever that means. Welcome! I too am a former lurker and just now getting my feet wet. Is the art on your listed web site yours? excellent stuff. Looking forward to getting to know you better. Lots of great people here. enjoy.
I beg your pardon! There are no boring rocks, only boring geology professors. Now, if I were your professor it wouldn't be boring. But they threw me out of that profession years ago *grin* for not being boring!
Well, thanks to you all for the welcomes! I'm sorry I haven't had the time to post anything yet, but I should be able to once I finish doing my homework. And if you were wondering, my name actually comes from a character in my novel--a minor character, though, who you only get to read about for three pages before she dies. The fact that she dies has nothing to do with my choice to use her name. It was a name I made up and thought sounded nice, so I decided to use it. Oh yeah, and mike, I do have really boring geology professors, but the reason that I'm going to switch majors has more to do with the fact that my best talent is art and though I know it's difficult to find jobs in that field, I want to do it because it's long been a favorite passion of mine. And yes, MrClean, the artwork on my website is indeed stuff I did myself. I know I have mostly fanart on there, but believe, me most of the drawings and paintings I do are of other things. And one more thing: yes, Jeraliey, you may call me Shendi. I kinda like that name, actually. I never would have thought of that.
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I'd rather talk about crepes. They're yummy.
Totally understand the whole "word of the month" thing. I tend to go through phases, and it drives my friends crazy.
My current one seems to be "holy crap on a stick". A friend of mine seems to think that's a cue to whack me upside the head with whatever papers she happens to be holding at the moment....
BTW, the whole "growing up" thing was because of the "give as good as you get" comment, which I've seen from a bunch of veterans. It's also even funnier because I'm only 22...and a quite recent Hatrack joiner myself! Sorry for not picking up on the tease on your end...it's hard to tell sometimes when all you have are the words to go from. You never can tell who takes what seriously.
So now that we have an understanding, I look forward to large amounts of cheerful banter.
Better hold up your end.
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Ah, yes, there we go. I finally figured out how to do it. I AM A GENIUS! HAHAHAHAHA!
Weeel, no, actually, I'm not. But it was such a rush. I'm always absurdly proud when I figure out how to make one of these computer things do what I want. (You should have seen me when I figured out the magic of right-clicking. I wept.)
At least she doesn't whack you with holy crap on a stick, eh, Jeraliey?
"Holy crap on a stick," though... that's an interesting one. I go for "cripes" when I'm typing, but when I'm talking I tend to lean towards "holy monkey in a handbasket." Which is a combo of something like three sayings and a quote from Pirates of the Caribbean. I think.
I still refuse to try to type your name Glad you like the nickname; I'm a huge fan of them. Practically all my characters have one, and I have to forcibly remind myself that it's annoying if EVERYONE has a nickname, so I don't use them all.
Yeah, when I first thought up this name, I didn't like trying to type it either, but then the more I used accents and umlauts, the better I got at it. Now I can type them as fast as I can type anything else. What I can't seem to type very quickly is numbers. Go figure.
And does anybody know what this: Ë† is called? I've been trying to figure it out for a long time now.
A "circumflex"? Woah. I never would have guessed that in a million years. Thanks a lot! Now I can finally explain my pronunciations for my novels. Before, I was typing: If a vowel has a Ë† over it, then you pronounce it this way. Now that I know what it's called, I don't have to do that anymore! Yay!
And Jaina, it's really easy to type those types of characters. I have a Mac, but I believe it's the same on Windows, too. You just hit the option key plus "u" and then the letter if you want an umlaut , option + "i" and then the letter for the special circumflex (now that I know what it's called ), option + "e" and then the letter for an accent, and option + "n" plus the letter for a tilde. Pretty simple. Takes some getting used to, though. :P
quote:Okay, so now I'm going to have to figure out what the Windows equivalent of the "option" key is.
If you know the right code, you can use the Alt key. I don't have them memorized, but the format is Alt+XXX (where XXX is three numbers, which must be typed on the number pad). For example Alt+150 will give you Ă».
If you need a special character without copying it, and you don't know the code, then you can use the Windows character map. You can usually find it in Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools, although sometimes it is just in Accessories.
I know, both of these solutions are pretty clunky and non-intuitive.
I feel so popular now because I have so many responses to my thread! Well, I think I'll post my first thirteen lines of one of my stories soon...once I stop dinking around with it. I'm such a perfectionist, I can't leave it alone! Argh! Bad me! *slaps self on the wrist*
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Well, Jaina, that's because you've read it before and you could just come over here and read it any ol' time you want. Jeraliey, on the other hand can't do that, so there! =P
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And if you think you feel old here, you should go to this other forum I post at sometimes. Granted it is a forum for a GameCube game, but still. I'm one of the oldest people there besides a couple of the mods and the admin. I'll be talking about college and they're all still talking about middle and high school. It's sad, really.
Oh, that's only two years older than one of the mods at the Baten Kaitos forums (great game, if you don't have it and have 60 hours to spare to beat it. The voice acting isn't too great, though, and you'll have to shut it off). And I think the admin is in her early thirties, based off of her picture. But since I know you have a Gamecube, might I recommend a few games? You see, I'm a huge gamer, so I've got tons. If you don't have Tales of Symphonia, you absolutely have to get that. It's a fantastic game. If you have it, you'll probably agree (or maybe you won't, I dunno). Of course, Metroid Prime is good and even though it looks kiddy, Wind Waker is also quite good.
I love finding other people that have Gamecubes! Then I don't feel so lonely!
And thanks for that tip! I don't have the game, but I'll have to get it and try it now.
I must be a bit of a looney in one respect--I traded in a PS2 to get a Gamecube (the Metroid Bundle). I've played just about every game in the series, so it was a no-brainer to me. Metroid Prime is a great game and I like the second one a little bit more (which is good, because I preordered it, and I was afraid I wouldn't like it--instead I've beaten it five times). I'm very proud that I managed to beat Hard Mode in both games; that's not something I usually can do. (The Omega Pirate is a serious pain in the butt in the first game, though, and the Boost and Spider Ball Guardians in the second irritate the heck out of me, especially on Hard.)
I was thinking about trying out Baten Kaitos and Tales Of Symphonia, funnily enough. Thanks for the recommendation. My gaming budget is limited and I just picked up Sonic Heroes (because it was cheap and because I already have all the other Sonic games for the Gamecube ^^; ), but I'll probably grab one or the other soon.
If you like puzzle games, Puyo Pop Fever is a great grab. Just make sure to turn down the sound, because you can't turn off the voice acting, and it gets very annoying whenever the combos start to rack up and the characters start to shout their heads off repeatedly. Still, it's only about $20 at Wal-Mart (Gamestop wants $30), so if you like puzzle games, it's a good buy. I like playing it to relax, but I'm weird
Oh, and I love my Gamecube.
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