"'BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN' - Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome" Extraordinarily busy, so I may be slow on the uptake et cetera (like, several months slow). Any thoughts on the perfect chapter length would be sorely welcome. I'd love a bit of feedback on this, and its effectiveness as a Prologue. It's only a couple of hundred words... *imploring face* (As you might gather, I'm rubbish at promoting myself.) ___ My name is Basil (or Baz - I don't mind which. Or even Bazzie if you're feeling extra-affectionate. If not, just 'that broccoli-gal' is fine). I'm an introvert (I expect): ambitious, tenacious, often cynical (most people call me 'happy', but never mind them). Bonanza, borrasca...life will always be a mixture. I have trouble in vocally articulating any item of personal testimony, just to let you know (or anything at all, for that matter). I'd much rather write it. And I do! Sorry if my comments become emotional brain-splurges. Yeah, so I'd love to talk to you, because you're amazing, but I'm afraid I'm not very good at it. I'm a proud Roman Catholic (though some find that difficult to acquaint with my attraction for astronomical physics). I aspire that my writing is somewhat influenced by my ever-growing (I hope!) faith, but I'm not trying to directly impose upon those who won't be imposed upon. I force you into nothing. However, I warn you in advance that I will pray for you ALL, so be afraid! Gorgeous and Mysterious (or Triangle) by GoldenEarthAngel is one of my favourite stories of all time - and not just on Protagonize. It is simply heart-throbbing, right up to and most especially the end. Yes, I cried. 'A romance in three parts, like the edges of a triangle, where every turn sharpens the blade, but wears out those who cling to it. That triangle of morals, wearing down.' My profile got too long when I attempted to describe myself, so I've posted it in one of the works down there somewhere, and instead added a few (ha!) bullet points to illustrate my [favourite] hobbies, equipped with links to various written pages which may or may not make any sense to you in regard of my point. \/ \/ \/ (I rather think my profile is now longer than it ever was, but 'meh' to that.) My Favourite Things/Hobbies Include: Doloroso threnodies on euphonium (as depicted by MorriganAoife - though without the threnody part) Animato riffs on guitar (well, I can sight-read music, but I'm useless at the useful stuff, ie chords) Delicato melodies on tenor horn (my new toy! *glee*) Maestoso fanfares on trombone (yeah, I'm not very good yet) Reading dictionaries/thesauruses Dancing in the rain (and it rains a lot round here...) Jumping hay bales (except I no longer live near my favourite field *weeps*) Conjugating French verbs (I wish I'd learnt Latin...) Anything to do with the wonder that is MATHEMATICS Stargazing Reminiscing Whistling (always, always whistling) Distance running (sweat and bruises, aches and pains! <3) Procrastinating (as do we all...) Indulging in unauthorised melancholia Indulging in divine euphoria Scribbling random rants Creating lengthy family trees Keeping romance from reality (because as far as I'm concerned, the two don't mix) Swinging in cyberspace with my darling cousins (Nyxie and Ellen123, among others) REMEMBER: Don't worry about making a fool of yourself. If you're a clumsy potato like me, don't be afraid to trip up et cetera. It's better that people see your real always-making-a-fool-of-self so that they know what you're really like. (Fortunately, I'm hypocrite enough never to follow my own advice.) My Current WIPs [on Protag]: The King's Namesake (pending time to read some more about the revolutionist mentality) Destiny in Blue (wow, I NEED to finish this! I love you forever, Den <3) Basil's Poems (a sorry mixture of attempted poetry and plain doggerel) [Some of] My Completed Works (they're all short, barring F+J): My Archipelago (HOME <3) Flotsam and Jetsam (this needs editing again) Vanishing Act (this also needs editing again) Ilsa Krause (as does this) Traveller; City Road (with Nyxie and blahedout) The [Alive] Collabs in which I'm currently participating: Out of Aethyr (with Aoife.J.Sherwood, Artemisian and CrystalRose) - my first fantasy! A Sad Affair (with Nyxie) A Tale of Three Sisters (with Nyxie) With Her Glass-Chime Laugh (with SumnerzAngel) (There's plenty more I've participated in, and many which I love, but these are the only ones I'm still meaning to continue, unless anyone else revives the others. Lazy, am I, for not reviving them myself? Probably. I call it 'busy'.) I may be unnecessarily dramatic. Or else unsatisfactorily undramatic. Sorry about that. When it comes to my writing, I'd be gratified to know where I go wrong - if, indeed, there is a 'right' and 'wrong' to anything.