So yeah. I had written about a page here and my browser managed to crash. Of course, I don't follow my own advice, and since drafts aren't implemented yet... you know the rest.

Anyhow, Parky, I'll bite. I won't write as much as I had written previously... but here we go.

Many of our early users knew me as surreal78. I switched over to my real nickname (nickb is what I can be found as in most places) to be a little less alien and a little more human to the other authors on the site.

Parkovic's description is flattering, but has very little correlation with reality, in my case. Of course, if it turns out that way down the road, I won't say no.... but truthfully, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and very little jet-setting around the world. I have my moments, this year specifically requiring a lot more time on a plane than usual, but most of the time I'm working on this site, working for my day job, working on another site I'm building (!!), or working on the wedding web site that I promised my fiancée I'd have done by next week. Sigh. The rest of the time, I'm either asleep, playing with my dog (Snowy), or you'll find me in a pub in downtown Vancouver watching hockey with friends.

Of course, considering I'll be on a beach in Mexico getting married in 7 months, I should probably spend more time on a treadmill and less time with a pint in my hand...

Either way, if there were 36 hours in the day, I'd probably find a way to fill them. I never seem to have enough time to get everything I have to do done.

Why do I write? Well, I've always written, from a young age, and I've always considered myself a half-decent amateur, but never much of an "auteur". I've never had any interest in writing professionally; I write to alleviate the stress of the rest of my life. If I've had a long day and need to escape from reality, I sit down and write something. It doesn't matter what — really, it's whatever pops into my head at that specific moment. That probably explains why I've started so many stories, yet I never follow-through on them. Anyone who's tried to write something collaboratively with me can probably attest to that. :)

Anyhow, this is supposed to be about you guys, and not me! I'm hard pressed to pick three people, since I've been with you all since the beginning. Of course, I have my favourites, several of whom have already been named in this story, so I'll pick a few who I think are deserving but haven't been mentioned as of yet (at least, according to Dayla's log in the guidance.)

jait was one of the first authors on the site who really caught my attention with an iron grip and just wouldn't let go. He's also a local boy (sorta), which I'm sure contributes to my interest in his work. I've written with him in a couple of stories and I keep meaning to get back to them. It's only a matter of time before I post something new in Leapers, I promise!

Gaelythe wrote a piece that I still think is one of the best works on the site — Joyride. The whole neo-noir, near-future cyberpunk-esque theme had me hooked from the first chapter. I truly wish she'd come back, because the quality and breadth of her work is sorely missed on Protagonize.

Monkette has a dark, gothic, yet almost light-hearted tone to most of her work. Her subject material overlaps heavily with my preferred styles — I've always been a huge fan of the occult and gothic works. There's always that overtone of not quite taking herself too seriously that comes across in her writing that I truly enjoy.

Thanks, Parkovic, for the kick in the arse. I'll try and write more soon. :)

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