Hi everyone. Lately I've visited this forum a couple times to experience the rush of nostalgia as this board occupied a lot of my time for several years of my life. Sal's has always been important to me, and I really miss the community here. I know many others can relate to what I'm saying, and I hope that we all find a way to keep in our memories the best that the forum had to offer. I'm stopping in to say hello, and I hope everyone is doing well.
...and for those of you who used to peruse the Story Mat...
...particularly the Runescape Stories section...
...I have FINALLY FINISHED DEMON TIDE.
The work is a complete novel (exclusively published here, of course ;) ). I'm hoping that those of you who were interested in the story will find a chance to read the remaining four chapters, maybe post what you think. But no pressure :) .
Like I said before, I hope everyone is doing well and has a great life really. It's a journey, and I hope we all encounter the experiences that make that journey worthwhile.
I've completed 96% of Demon Tide, and I can add the next installment as soon as possible. :) There's one chapter left to write, as well as some editing of the last few chapters to make sure they flow smooth enough, but other than that it's done. :D
I hate having unfinished business left on the table, and since I have a large amount of free time due to illness (free time which got me thinking about Sal's to begin with), I've decided to finish Demon Tide. Should be fun. :D
I know that I posted quite a while ago saying that I would provide an explanation for my absence, so I feel obligated to do that know. First off, know that throughout much of my internet life, Sal's was my online home, and I feel that my sudden leave was inappropriate.
When I left Sal's (almost two years ago now?), I was gearing up to enter the adult world. I had college applications, countless essays, and the (at the time) hardest schedule of my life in front of me. I thought I would been able to take it slow here on the forums, but as I started posting less and less, and I began feeling like my non-virtual life was more and more important. I began thinking that Sal's was more or less a waste of time for me and I needed to cut myself out of it.
So in a way, I've come back to apologize. Sal's has actually enhanced me as an individual, so I'm very grateful for that. Everything, from the Debate Room to the Story Mat to the people I've met to the community at large, has contributed to my growth. Now, one year out of college, I'm finding that I can't really deny that to myself anymore. I've faced tougher schedules, harder classes, longer papers, tougher emotional and social situations than ever in the past two years. A lot has changed, but a lot has stayed the same. Anyway, expect me to pop in some more this summer. I've got some writing I'd like to get done, as well (looking at you, Fake - and anyone else interested!).
Soooooooooo, Sal's.........what's up? :D
Hey guys, just dropping by the check in. What's new? Anything big happen since last fall (apart from the new forums)?
I probably owe some people an explanation for leaving all of the sudden, but I can't provide that right now.
...because I'm making a blog post about something joy-filling!
I just found out that my school is not cutting its debate program this year. I guess I will have a highly prioritized activity to do this year, after all. :P
I just got done looking at a couple, knocking my total of regional visits up to three. I still would like to visit Notre Dame and Northwestern, the former being a more likely reality than the latter. Neither of the two I saw in the last few days impressed me, although one campus was very, very nice while the other had extremely strong academics. The atmosphere and student environment at both places were nice (almost too nice, actually :glasses:), and they were each affordable with FAFSA and/or scholarships. So I'll keep them in mind, but not with a special place or anything. :)
...is a magazine.
I lost my frisbee golf, literally found another one that wasn't as good, I did some writing today, read a little bit, then did some brainstorming with Snowskeeper. I've decided that Demon Tide will be my last RuneScape story indefinitely, and that I'll be moving onto non-RS related material soon. Our brainstorming session really helped me refine a good fantasy setting I had in my head for a while, so I'm pretty excited to start going on that. It would probably be a few months before I started actually writing, but once I start I plan on having a very good plotline, in addition to a great built-up world. -.-
I'll be gone for a week, until Sunday, June 19th. This is due to my competing in the National Forensics League national tournament, held this year in Dallas, Texas. Wish me luck, and don't have too much fun while I'm gone!
...aren't at all that bad. :D I haven't studied for them, and I already took three and speculate that I did pretty well. My classes aren't really that hard, and I don't have any borderline grades, so I figured there's no point in overworking myself when I know there are more important things to do. :)
Even though I took APUSH last year, this will be my first year taking AP Tests since I got dual credit through a local college. AP English and AP World History are the two that I'm taking this coming week, so I'm going to expect and prepare for a ton of writing. I have to admit that I'm more worried about the multiple choice, though. :o
Anyway, I'm not sure what I can do to prepare; it seems to me that I either have it or I don't at this point. Wish me luck! -.-
Yeah. First Osama has been killed, and now this...
His reports from Rasmussen also have his approval at 49-49 percent, which is bound to go up in the next few days. Lucky him. :glasses:
I feel like it's been way too long since I've updated everyone on issues surrounding my life, rather than simply post annoying and short snubs that my snip a tiny stitch off of the picture. Emotionally, I've been the same as ever. I oftentimes feel lonely, but I get by. The only major difference now is that many relationships are starting around me, namely amongst my friends, but I've realized that I seem to be left out. I know this sounds cheesy, but it seems like I'm missing something that everyone else seems to have. Don't give the whole "confidence" low-down, because I got that. My problem isn't talking to girls like it was when I was in eighth grade - it's getting to know them. My freshmen and even into my sophomore year I think what killed my chances in several would-be relationships because I became a "best friend," so I wasn't the "boyfriend" type. Realizing that mistake, I learned over a year ago to not get too close to girls. Especially in the last ten months, I've grown especially close to my guy group of friends, and it dawned on me a few weeks ago that I hardly ever talk to girls now. I really don't know what this comes down to, but it's been bugging me ever since I started thinking about it.
One of the ways that I want to "make up" for whatever it is I'm missing is running more. I've always lifted regularly (or semi-regularly, depending on the season :D), but not I have a much more planned out exercise schedule, which includes running four or five times a week. Loading myself with exercise might seem like a stupid idea, but it's helping me get into shape as well as relieve the ton of stress that I've been facing lately. Of course, it can also lead to stress, but with summer coming I won't be so strained for time (hopefully). I've never been much of a runner (more of a lifter), but I plan on doing a 5K race this summer, if not an all-out triatholon. Of course, I'd only do the latter if I absolutely was positively irrevocably sure that I was in proper shape.
School is school. I have slightly more homework than normal, but it's totally bearable. I've been getting a better work ethic all year long, so all I have is a couple cheesy snippets to write, an easy precalculus assignment and tons of reading for my AP English class (which I've fallen behind on my own accord :)). My grades are slightly better than last semester in terms of percentage, but I'm still worried about just a couple of my classes. I know I can do it, though, since after this weekend I will have easy, free life. I'll only have debate practice once a week gearing up for nationals, giving me more time for working out and homework (and fun! :)).
Since I can't dedicate myself regularly to anything from the time school gets out to late June/early July (ACT prep, debate practice, nationals, two weeks of laborious service work, possible SAT prep?), the chances are that I won't be able to come back to work this summer at my former grocery store. Nobody really wants to hire someone for one month, as August would mean band camp leading all the way up to the time school starts (which is relatively early - the third week, I believe). I have to search for another, non-official source of income. A paper route would be nice, since it's short and easy, but since I'll be busy at some times (June and August) and free at others (July), I'd mostly be interested in something that would hire for just a couple (two to three) weeks in mid-Summer. If anyone has any suggestions, I'm open!
But yeah, that's my life pretty much. How are yours'?