No particular reason, no: just losing interest in the site and Pokemon a bit. One of the main things that had sustained my interest was being on staff as it gave me something to do, but I'm a bit too busy to do something that ultimately doesn't add too much to my life nowadays, so I've lost that too.
I've read The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, and half of The Two Towers. Hobbit was great. To be honest, I found the LOTR trilogy a bit drawn out, boring, and over-indulgent on the part of the author. It did not sustain my interest hence why I stopped reading half way through the second book. In my opinion LOTR is one of the few series in which the films are actually better than the books: LOTR is actually a pretty awesome world and story within that world, but the movies really bring it to life whereas I feel like the books kind of drone on. I've read the entire Harry Potter series and personally think they are far better than LOTR, though I wasn't a huge fan of the last two, particularly number 6: numbers 4&5 are probably the height of that series. I've never read The Hunger Games.
Why do you want to be a fanboy of something anyway?
Also, what's with the username change? What was wrong with Red?
OH MY GOD IT'S HIM! BECKY, OH MY FUCKING GOD IT'S FUCKING RED!
That all sounds pretty great. The thing about bullying is that it kind of winds up when you get to the age you are now. It's for kids really, and you're not so much a kid any more.
I've been good. Still writing, but trying to focus on the novel so haven't posted anything for Brotherhood is yonks. No publication yet but I have 75,000 words on it. Maybe 10-20 thousand more before it's finished.
Oh, I have literally never heard of that meaning of forensics before. That's cool anyway though.
People don't see me that way any more, but, yes, I definitely know what that feels like. Try reading through the last few pages of the Rival's Story thread (just the comments) and you'll see I know exactly how you mean! It's a great feeling, but, yes, your banners really are incredible. You deserve it!
I've never heard it called forensics before. It's not called that in the UK. We'd only use that word to refer to like CSI typed stuff. And, yes, you just need to bring up that one (or two) key point(s) and be able to defend them, but that is a lot easier said than done (although it is done through saying stuff).
You're not really behind/a pussy. Sending pictures of your genitals to people isn't something grown-ups do (well, not necessarily). They're not necessarily just stupid though. I personally think it's generally a bad idea, but, hey, if two people want to exchange pictures of their genitals with each other, and both are happy to both receive and give these pictures, then why the hell not? Also, you should think about how many people haven't done it. I mean, I'm sure it's shocking that the few that have have, but I bet many more have not.
And that's awesome that you want to do debating. I travel all over my country with debating and I get a lot of it paid for by my university. Speaking of which, I was in Manchester this weekend, and I got to the semifinals of the competition there! It's one of the biggest in the UK!
Man, don't get yourself started by thinking about that kind of shit. It doesn't matter. Listen, look at this way. You know I go to debating competitions, right? Sometimes judges are bad or biased. Someone told me something really insightful once: there is no such thing as the infinitely bad or biased judge. What does that mean? That means that even if I'm fighting an unfairly difficult battle to win a debate, I'm never fighting an impossible battle. What's more is that it doesn't help me to say that it was someone else's fault that I lost a debate (even if it is true to an extent). What helps me is identifying where I could have been better in the debate, where I could have forced the judge, through their bias or incompetence, to recognise how good I am. Biased teachers are like that too. It's obvious from the fact that you got the highest score at least once that the teacher isn't infinitely biased, right? (That is assuming that she is at all, which is very far from certain - you've admitted yourself that her son is pretty smart.) What you've gotta remember is that it helps no one to whine or be bummed about the fact that she is biased. You've gotta take it on yourself. If she's unfairly favouring him the best thing you can do about it is be so good that she can't rank him above you and maintain her credibility as a teacher. Are you with me? THat's the best way to think about it.
Brotherhood... I'm sorry. I still intend to revive it at some point but right now it's just not feasible. I have too much to do. I will try.