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 Hey, Flaresi here.

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PostSubject: Hey, Flaresi here.   August 26th 2008, 11:54 pm

You people have a really obscure way of inviting others... Neutral

Sorry, just had to get that out. The name's Flaresi, as you can tell. I'm 15 and while I don't prefer to disclose my exact location, I can tell you at least that I live in the United States. I'm originally from the RuneScape Forums (or RSF), if any of you are familiar with those. I was pretty active on their Stories Forums for years, but now I'm not as active as I'd like to be (what with school having started and stuff).

So I've had quite a bit of experience with forums, most notably writing ones. So I kinda know what it's like, but I'm always eager to find new communities to hang with.

What do I write? Well, I've written quite a bit of poems, a few short stories, and one novel-length (about 82,600 words) story that is currently posted on the RuneScape Forums. I also keep a blog on MySpace which I use to either post some of my writing or let out my thoughts about interesting stuff, such as dreams and how to improve society.

To be honest, I'm not sure how critical y'all are here on Scribbles, so I'm a little nervous. silent
But I'll get used to it. We were fairly critical back at the RSF, in my opinion. Never belittling. All the good constructive stuff. It was (and still is) a good place.

Anyways... I think that's it for now. If you want to know anything more, just ask.
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PostSubject: Re: Hey, Flaresi here.   August 27th 2008, 1:08 am

Hi Flaresi and welcome to Scribbles!

RuneScape eh? Great game...like to play it myself. Wow you are incredible. You are 15 years old and you already wrote a novel-lenght story. That's very inspiring!

Well if you already read through the poems and stories you'll see that some of our Scribblers give out excellent criticism. It is honest and in my opinion very helpful. So just start to post and you will see by yourself how helpful it is.

I'm looking forward very much to reading your work.


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PostSubject: Re: Hey, Flaresi here.   August 27th 2008, 1:08 am

I'm not sure how exactly you were invited. We go through blogs and other sites and pick and choose those who we believe will do some good writing. If you were chosen it means we have seen something you've written and thought it was worth being apart of Scribbles. What poem or story exactly? I don't really know as there are three of us who go around looking for new Scribblers. However, it does not matter how you got here, but that you are here and I want to personally welcome you.

By the way if you have any friends who write as well please feel free to invite them or send us their sites, blogs etc. And let us invite them. Again, nice to have you a board.

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