Apparently, this forum is where all the cool kids are -- so here I am, pretentious (as always) and immensely bored. Honestly, I don't even know what to write here... introductions aren't something that I am fond of, and they're certainly not anything that I'm used to writing, so I suppose I'll just stumble awkwardly and write whatever comes to mind before I have a chance to properly think about it. That's been a successful strategy in the past, at least (as far as I know). So... hello. Meaningless social niceties aside, it's been an exorbitant amount of time since I was actually a part of any kind of community, and I'm not sure if I've matured or if I've just gotten older. Actually, the last time I was really involved in anything was three or four years ago at VX.net, and since then, I haven't been able to find any other community that doesn't just consistently annoy me -- so I guess, in some way, I'm hoping for more than that here. It wouldn't really make much sense for me to join otherwise. Anyway, I really can't think of much to say here that's actually relevant, so I suppose I'll just include my regular disclaimer regarding my demeanor: in essence, I tend to come across to others as cold and harsh (I've been called "abrasive" enough times to infer that, certainly), but I'm actually pretty accepting and easy to get along with in most cases once you get to know me. Notable exception: if I really, truly don't like you, then I really, truly won't be nice to you... period. I have a tendency for being brutally honest that way. With that said, I also have a tendency for verbosity, and tend to write at length as a result of that -- it's not by coincidence that I consider myself a writer before anything else. So of course, having mentioned that, I'm going to be completely socially awkward and cut this introduction off before I write any more of it because I like to leave you all hanging.