"They say curiosity killed the cat, but for a while, I was a suspect"- Steven Wright, comedian. "We all fear death and question our place in the universe; the artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence," - Gertrude Stein I've been writing for a while now, a few years I guess and I love it, I've got countless word files and numerous notebooks filled with pages and pages of writing. The thing is, I can never seem to finish my stories. I get sidetracked, or I find a new idea or I lose my train of thought because someone's interrupted me. So I guess I'm here to see if anyone has any pointers for me. I like all types of literature but i guess at the moment, i'm mostly into teenage fiction. I love any book that can make me laugh, so far all but two books have failed to make me cry, The host; Stephenie Meyer and My sister's keeper; Jodi Picoult. My all time favorite book is Journey to the river sea, by Eva Ibbotson but my all time favourite book series is the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, by Michelle Paver. When I leave school, I plan to study English at university and eventually become a book editor, hopefully living in Brazil, a country that has always fascinated me. After working as an editor for a while, My friend and personal stand up comedian, and I, plan to open our own publishing company. One of the things I hate most in the world is bad grammar. I know that it's extraordinarily geeky but it really does get on my nerves. I am forever correcting my friend's various, English and History essays due to their appalling grammar. I also write poetry, intermittently, it's not exactly one of my strong points but I like doing it. ... Okay. So it must have been at least three years since I signed up for Protagonize and for probably the last two and a half, I have egregiously neglected it. Everything above still applies but I'm into more serious books now. for example, I'm currently reading Anna Karenina which i foresee to be a challenge but I am determined to persevere even though I have the most important exams of my life coming up. Just to add a bit more depth to my profile , I'll be attending university this year and I am desperate to study English Language and Linguistics, the former of which I'm studying now. I'm also studying History and English Literature and I know it's awful but I actually despise English Literature. I love the texts we're reading (The Great Gatsby - F. Scott. Fitzgerald- and Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks) [Update: So I basically failed the exam based on those texts and now have to retake it on top of another exam for which we're studdying Hardy's Tess, Blake's Songs and Potter's Blue Remembered Hills, all of which I would enjoy a lot more if I weren't studying them] it's just the analysis and the essay writing that I hate so if anyone has any pointers that would make this aspect of my life slightly less tedious then please feel free to share.