CUSTOM TITLE! LALALALA! :D
Gender: None specified
Location: In front of the computer, where else?
Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:25 am
Here in good ol' 'Merica, it is now the day after Thanksgiving. I thought it would be appropriate to express my own gratitude on this day. This will be a long post because I have a lot to say.
When I first joined C-R in late April of 2008, I did not know what I was getting into. My sister frequented this site and introduced me to it. Her username here was root_beer_junkie. At the time, I had just finished participating in the high school version of The Music Man. I was on crew for it, and it would have been a horrible experience had I not liked my peers in the drama program. I found that I memorized every song in that musical even though I had no acting roles in it. That's just how my memory worked back then. There was exactly one song in the musical that I really liked, which was "Lida Rose." Thus, I called myself Lida_Rose, simply because I couldn't think of a better username at the time. It is now my username on any site I frequent. Since most sites don't let me keep my underscore, it has increased in importance to me.
Anyway, when I joined, I didn't know that I was supposed to make an introductory post in Press Conference. I just started roleplaying. I was...pretty terrible. This was before profile skeletons were a necessity to submit. Therefore, my characters were all Sues. They didn't have much personality or back-story. They just kind of popped up in the RP out of the blue. The paragraph rule wasn't explicitly stated in most threads, so I often found myself thinking that more a paragraph was too long and apologized any time it happened in my posts. I was very active in the Berry Big Circus as well. I scarcely visited anywhere else.
Then I started making smiley comics. DeMat mentioned those. That was where I learned I could be creative and receive support. But then smiley comics were regulated to one thread and one thread only. I stopped making them. For a time, I was so disappointed that I didn't really visit this place. That's about when my sister stopped visiting entirely.
And then, one day, for some inexplicable reason, I decided that if smiley comics weren't "art", then I would prove that I could do any of the accepted forms of art, just to show people that I was an artist. Besides, I needed a creative outlet. Since spriting was something I had no talent for, and I certainly could not draw, I decided to write fanfictions.
Writing fanfictions introduced me to a lot of great people and helped me write better in general. The quality of my roleplaying increased as a result. I was still pretty bad at this stuff, though. Then I became ill in early 2009. I didn't get to a computer or type. I left a lot of my friends confused and worried, wondering what could have happened to me. Others were angry at my sudden disappearance. I was involved in a lot of RPs after all, and people don't like it when a player leaves without advanced notice. It was months before I could type again. When I came back in May of 2009, everything had changed. Suddenly, profile skeletons were commonplace and the paragraph rule was stated. No more just barging in with a random character as I had done in the past (I'm surprised no one told me I wasn't supposed to do that). I had changed as well. I now wanted all my characters to have depth. Of course, at the time, I thought giving my characters "depth" meant giving them a tragic back-story to constantly reflect on. Only trouble was, I could never pick to a back-story and stick with it, leaving many of my character flashbacks contradictory to each other.
I tried to post regularly, but I was still ill. I couldn't reliably be expected to maintain any threads I was a part of until 2012. And now, I think back on all that I have learned, thanks to this lovely site and all the friends I made. I have learned how to make characters people, how to write something people might actually enjoy reading, how to maintain friendships, and how to communicate with others. Thank you, Court-Records. And thank you, fantastic members, admins, and mods, who have all helped me along the way. There are way too many of you to list~ Let's see, I joined in 2008 and it is now 2013, so that means I've been a member of this forum for five years. Here's to another five years.
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