"For, what other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!" -Nathaniel Hawthorne Hello whoever you are! As of yet I am not a serious author, nor have I attempted to craft a literary masterpiece. Perhaps I never will. I am merely a person trying to get through life the best I can, and I have found writing to be enormously helpful in this pursuit. Expressing myself has always been rather difficult for me, but in writing I have finally found a way to voice the thoughts and feelings which have been repressed for so long. Words that fail to come during conversations flow from my fingers as soon as I begin to write. I hope everyone finds something that allows them to feel this happy; it really is an amazing sensation. A little info on me besides my writing. I'm from Texas, so don't be shocked if the occasional "y'all" pops up in my comments or stories. I'm not a hick, that's just how I talk. :) I love music, it's one of my biggest inspirations. I do listen to country, and it will always have a special place in my heart, but I also enjoy music from just about any genre. My featured quote below is rather dark, and you may find that much of my work centers on themes of overcoming pain and suffering in your life. I'm not intentionally trying to bring y'all down or be mopey, that's just what I'm dealing with at this point, and it's reflected in my writing. On a lighter note, I absolutely LOVE this site! The idea behind it is brilliant; I'm so glad I read about it in popular science. Oh yeah, I'm kind of a science geek too. :) Another thing that influences my writing is my love of reading. Have you ever started reading a book and enjoyed it so much that you just couldn't put it down? Well that's the way I am for almost every book I read. It gets me in trouble sometimes since I'm homeschooled and therefore responsible for keeping myself on track during the school year. I've read and enjoyed many different books, my favorites include: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. My absolute favorite! Must be read in its entirety, the abridged versions don't even come close to doing it justice. Every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The Horse and His Boy is my favorite, but anything C.S. Lewis wrote is wonderful. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have yet to meet a Jane Austen book I didn't like. Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Yes I know Dickens can be rather tedious, but I really loved this book. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. I couldn't stand Romeo and Juliet, but I very much enjoyed this. All Harry Potter books (the first and last being my favorites) The science geek in me couldn't get enough of The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, and The Speckled Monster by Jennifer Lee Carrell. The Pelican Brief and The Firm by John Grisham. Legal-suspense thrillers, I just love them Last but certainly not least I really enjoy the poetry and short stories of Edgar Allen Poe. Now that was the short list folks. I told you, I love reading. : ) Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, I wish you the best of luck with life and your literary endeavors!