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  1. I'm planning on attempting NaNoWriMo again this year. I've won the three years that I've participated, but I haven't done anything specific to NaNoWriMo in the past few years due to an hectic work schedule. (Retail management will really suck you dry during November and December.) However, since I'm starting a new job on Monday, I should have a more stable work schedule, and a better chance at getting to complete my book. (Although this year's project will not be a novel, so much as a light-herted look at how to have a good marriage, or put the spark back into your marriage. It'll be the things that my husband and I have learned in our 13 years being married.) We'll see how it goes. I know in past years when I have not been participating, I've really missed it, and found myself browsing through the adoption forums to get ideas. I'm looking forward to getting back into it again. If anyone is looking for me there, I've got the same user name for NaNoWriMo as I do for Dragon Cave.
  2. The First King of Shannarah. Trying to get past chapter 5. It's a bit slow moving at this point, but I've endured far worse.
  3. Keyboard for typing anything of length. (I HATE touchscreen keyboards) I am a total pen enthusiast, but I frequently use pencils at work for making schedules and such. But I usualy prefer the feel of the pen best for handwriting.
  4. 14.02214 - Geekish Tendencies.
  5. I've read Ender's Game, and working on another book by Card, but haven't read the series. Would like to, though.
  6. English is my first language. I also do some interpreting in American Sign Language. I know a tiny bit of Russian, and I can pick out a few words in Spanish (better at reading than listening or speaking).
  7. I have two younger brothers. We used to not get along when we were kids, but I love 'em to pieces now. They are both super smart and super funny. Getting together with my family doesn't happen as often as I'd like, but when we do get together, it's a riot. In a good way.
  8. The stripes develop over time. Be patient. It helps if you have more than one on your scroll at a time. Where can I get a CB holly dragon?
  9. It must be cold. Put it next to a Magma dragon to warm it up. What happens to my adult dragons when I release them?
  10. It's a very confused dragon who got mixed up on the order of the days of the week. (They generally think that THUrsday comes before WEDnesday. Therefore, THUWED.) They're pretty worthless. Best to toss them to the AP. Why are my eggs getting bigger and bigger holes in them?
  11. 1. I am a writer. 2. I got married at age 20, and am approaching my 13th anniversary. 3. My husband and I are co-authoring a book that will be geared toward people who want a better relationship with their spouse. 4. I have a cat. 5. I do not have any children. 6. I'm currently in retail management, but my husband and I are starting up our own company soon. 7. My mom was killed by a drunk driver when I was 11. Because of this, I have never knowingly consumed alcohol. I've paid the price for someone else's night of drinking for most of my life. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. 8. I have severe adult ADD. 9. I dislike Peppers of all kinds. And most beans. 10. I love sleeping with the windows open at night.
  12. Very pretty with Nhiostrife dragons.
  13. I don't vote party lines. Doing so is what has gotten us into this mess in the first place. I vote morals. If the candidates is against the things that I believe in, then he/she will not get my vote, regardless of the political party with which he/she is aligned. That being said, I feel that Hillary ought to be in prison for being a traitor, not running for president at all. Socialism works great on paper. But once you introduce the reality of human beings and how we work, it falls apart. The only reason it's (kind of) working in Norway is because they have an export that sustains their economy (oil). If you want socialism, please feel free to move to Venezuela for a real world taste of what it ACTUALLY produces. Trump: Don't much care for him. He's brash, controversial, and, to some, offensive. That being said, he is a very successful business man, and I have no doubt that if he were to become president, he would direct that same bullish behavior at our enemies, and we might actually have a chance at putting ISIS in it's place (like... six feet under, maybe). I was really hoping that Ted Cruz would have a chance, but it seems he's dropped out of the race. So I'm not too sure who I'm voting for at this point. The lesser of the three evils is still... pretty bad. (What has this nation come to when THIS is what we have to choose from... A Traitor, a Socioeconomic idiot, and a loose cannon. Hmmm... Might have to consider moving from America while it's still legal to leave. Socialist nations typically close the borders for people trying to escape.
  14. Soulpeace. Soulpeace or Rosebud?
  15. There's also already a lot of funding for saving animals. Are you saying that it's a waste to protect innocent civilians from those who want to murder them for no better reason than a difference in religion? (I'm not saying that all the money spent on the war in Iraq was wisely spent, but then again, when you donate to animal rescue funds, you're frequently donating first to the cost of advertising funds, and salaries of those who run the organizations.)
  16. So... I'm just going to throw this out there to bring in another perspective... are you more for protecting endangered species, or against acts terrorism (think ISIS and other terrorist organizations that are "thinning out the population")? Many people on here have said that they think humans are over populating the world, or are nothing but animals with a high level of consciousness. Does that hold true when it is our own species that is being killed off? Or... let me ask it this way. Would you donate to a war on terror, or to an organization that promises to maintain natural habitat for endangered species? *grabs popcorn & sits back to await responses*
  17. Blueocean

    Albino Eggs

    Never paid much attention to be honest. Now I'll never un-see it. Wow. Thanks.
  18. Yes. I am very much in love with my husband. Have you ever broken a bone in an embarrassing way?
  19. So very, very true. Especially the last one.
  20. Yep. They won't cooperate when you're trying to write, but lay down and try to sleep, and the greatest bursts of inspiration will dazzle and delight. %@% muse.
  21. I have the same thing. Certain trains of thought help me to fall asleep. Others keep me awake for hours. I had just attributed that to being a writer, though. Hmmm.
  22. Aslpro.com is a great website for vocabulary, too. It's essentially an online dictionary of sorts. To everyone else, I apologize for hijacking this thread with a total non-related conversation, but this IS the ADD thread. Hope everyone appreciates the irony.
  23. I actually learned by watching interpreters and interacting with the deaf. I took a semester of ASL in highschool, and another in college, but that's about it. Most of my interpreting is actually for my church, and is purely volunteer. As far as tips for learning, use it. Sign along to the songs on the radio. Sign along to the television. Get together with a deaf person and chat with them. Signing is one of those things that if you don't use it, you'll start to forget it. Immersion is the best way to learn, in my opinion. Don't be shy. The deaf appreciate any attempt to communicate with them in their language, and most are pretty patient if they know you're still learning.
  24. I was not diagnosed as a child, but I did learn, somewhere around age 30, that I had severe adult ADD. The biggest frustration for me is that I'll go to do or get something, but it only takes 2 seconds for me to get distracted and I'll totally forget to do or get what I had intended. Later on, something will remind me, and I'll once again make the trip to do or get what I was about to do in the first place. The trick I use to keep focused is to use the ASL alphabet to remind me. For example, if I need to remember to check the mail, I'll form the letter M until I get to the Mail box, or a B if I need to remember to stop by the Bank on my way to work. (I'm sign language interpreter, so that helps.) It's pretty basic, but it helps to keep the idea in my mind long enough for it to stick.