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  1. Having thought it over, I've decided I would like to partake if that's okay with you.
  2. What would you do with the Skype call? Would this go on youtube? Or would it be part of a podcast? I'm a little excited about the possibilities. Even if I can't join in, I feel like this is a great opportunity.
  3. Spends forever trying to pick a favourite author, just so I can think of what I would ask them.
  4. Wish I had known about it sooner. Looks like I'll reach 30 by the time I get anything out. Aiming for Feb but this would require me to do this before the end of March and I'm not sure I'll make my feb deadline. Good luck. Young voices are so important.
  5. Thanks. I'm not sure how to reply to this topic again. I think that with all things, it's important to remember that God doesn't always take away our pains. Coping is fine. Sure, I would love for my depression to go away, but if God would rather take away something that is giving someone more pain, I'm fine with that. I'm coping. I've heard it theorised that David had depression, but he still was a godly man. He never got cured, but he with self determination and self control got himself to pray and focus on being the best person.
  6. Sounds pretty good. I hope it works out. Anything that increases the number and variety of voices so that we can all better understand creation and how God impacts it, has great potential.
  7. Welcome. Hope you enjoy your time here.
  8. So many, too many to choose from. There's one where I think it was a journal that Tolkien wrote. It said something like 'a fairy tale should not be too modern. It would be terrible for example to have a lamp post.' This inspired CS Lewis for The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe. (Admittedly I've heard of other origins of the Lamp Post but this is still my favourite.) I'm always encouraged by stories of great stories nearly being given up on and struggles that authors had writing them. Lolita was very nearly thrown on the fire, but Nabokov's wife saved the manuscript
  9. Yeah, I guess it is a lot. Maybe I should have slowed down. I don't know if I should expand or not. There are parts I would like to expand but my mind is too fuzzy. I'm mostly talking because I think that mental health is really important, whether it helps our creativity or not. It can help but it can also means that other issues happen. My depression lets me understand people and create better angst, but it also makes me paranoid and aggressive, and worst of all creativity wise more likely to procrastinate. Sure, it helps but it isn't all good. A lot of people note that it
  10. I don't have a copy near to me so I apologise that I misquote. "In a hole, in a hill, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty worm filled hole something something or a dry sandy hole. This was a hobbit hole and that means comfort." The Hobbit. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Pride And Prejudice. "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me..
  11. I love that this is a topic, not because I suffer from depression but because it's very important to talk about depression. I do have depression and it makes me anxious enough to effect my ability to communicate and help other people. Because of this, I work on it in a number of ways. Firstly medication which cuts down on the issues of anger and fear and helps me to control myself. It is of uppermost importance that we control ourselves. Secondly I work on creating feelings that allow me understand my feelings and working through my issues rather than letting them linger in the background.
  12. I was panic typing because I really don't want to come off as an Islamophobe so I made a typo. Honestly I was in the middle of editing that out of fear of not explaining the Hindu and Shinto point. Like Shinto comes from Japan that's mostly atheist and the religion was more about finding spirituality in all things. In Hinduism, there just isn't the same resentment towards 'shoving faith down people's throats' because it's nature is to say that other faiths are fine and being a lot about having a happy community.
  13. @ZeeI would rather not. Mostly because I feel like I'm not speaking from a place of that much knowledge. My knowledge is that there are plenty of nice muslims out there. How am I to judge a god when people will quote sources that have no English translation? How can I judge a god that has so many political sides in the presentation of distorting the view and encouraging people to make stuff up about? I could learn Arabic yes, but it seems like a bit much for a faith that I'm only passably interested in. My ignorant view has shown me reason to dislike this god. However, I won't sit here
  14. As someone who is interested in discussing the more taboo side of writing and aware of facebook getting in trouble for people dming child porn to each other, I would like to turn off the pictures in my dms just to be safe. I don't think there is likely to be any issue but I would feel a bit safer with this option. So far nothing has happened and the admin here are trustworthy enough to trust if anything did, but I'd like to save the effort on everyone's part.
  15. Thinking about it more I have two more points to make. 1. I feel like I'm less offended by blasphemy than I should be. Looking at each kind of swearing this is clearly the worst. I feel like here in England it's considered like a C list swear. If I was offended every time I heard a blaspheme I would run out of energy quick. Running out of energy feels like a sucky reason to not be offended. 2. A lot of people who do blaspheme don't know God and sometimes I hear how they describe our god, I have to admit, the god they think our god is sucks. Like if I thought that t
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