Ahhhh, sofa time at last. I fling myself down on the cushions and a mocha appears magically in my hands. Can I get you anything, Marie?
How could I possibly be so steamrollered by schoolwork as to miss such an extraordinary individual moving quietly to our window seat (that's the look-out-and-comment-intelligently-on-the-world-outside one btw - there are far too many people squashing up there at the moment)? Welcome to you! I have had such pleasure perusing your remarkable, articulate contributions this morning (positive proof - I was nearly late for my 6-weekly hairdresser's appointment while I polished them off like a sumptuous meal, and that is practically unheard-of) and feel so privileged to know so much about you, your family and your forthright love of true acting talent. To find out as much about me you will have to cruise the very early pages of this thread - at least until I manage to discover whether we have the software here to create proper profiles a la MySpace and, on a smaller scale, other forums of this type.
Suffice to say that I am one of this unruly, quirky but lovable crowd's moderators, and I should have greeted you as soon as you wandered in, but Sherry, who generously stepped into the breach there, will confirm that as an educator at the end of term and tether, I have been buried in admin of late -red tape no fun to breathe in, I promise you, still a good 100 or so reports to do, with the same number behind me, and an Induction evening on Monday - and have had to limit my visits to the point of cold turkey. Rebecca, our other mod, and yet another teacher, is already on vacation and making her way round England, Scotland and Ireland even as I speak. I'll be meeting her for a meal in my city of Liverpool next Friday - so excited!
We have a vast well of talent here, as I believe Sherry has told you elsewhere - actors, singers, artists, poets, writers of various genres - I love coming here. You asked elsewhere about fanfic. This is fan fiction, writing for the masses, which existed before but exploded onto the Net for quite obvious reasons - where fans take the characters they love, be it from literature, film, TV, whatever, and weave their own scenarios about them. Some are sisters to literature themselves, beautifully crafted, maintaining the characters, situation and dialogue. Some are specific genres - adult stuff, angst, same-sex pairings, alternative universe. Some are dross, but the writers do get the chance to grow and develop and receive (usually) helpful feedback from their more experienced colleagues. Sites like fanfic.net, to which a couple of our members belong, are like a writing democracy. A warning though - they're huge!
I am married with two gorgeous sons, 19 and 15, I teach French and German to 11-18-year-olds, write poetry and am involved in various branches of drama and choral singing (my husband, who teaches drama, also does a lot of semi-pro and amateur operatic work). I have moderated since 2001 on a support website for sufferers of epilepsy, from which I also suffer in a very mild form (don't drive, but that has been the only frustration, it's never hindered me any other way). Plus I love all kinds of craft in my spare time, mainly making teddy bears for friends, relatives, charity and commissions. One of our members here has received a handmade teddy from me, and if anyone else is interested and doesn't mind giving me his/her address (and I would expect people to be chary of that on the Net), I'm more than willing to oblige; my holidays commence on July 10th and I will be turning to my old friend the sewing machine for relaxation.
I hope you feel thoroughly welcome here - here's your coffee, did you want sugar? - and spend many happy hours trawling our banks of wisdom and spreading the TJ love.
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"We make our lives out of chaos and hope. And love." - Angela Montenegro