My other passion besides horses is writing. I am never without at least a notebook and pen/pencil and I always have a story running through my head. I do a lot of fan fiction, but I also have a novel that I'm working on, along with a few other original works. I tried to do NaNoWriMo last year, but failed epically (started working full-time at the beginning of it and was teaching a 6am class four days a week).
My novel is actually an on-going work since I was 13 (yes, I'm now 28 lol). It has had at least three distinct forms over the years before settling into what it is today. It's a fantasy novel centered mainly on three brothers: two half-Elven full brothers and their older, full human half brother. There are dragons, exotic locations, wars, hate, love, magic...everything that makes a good fantasy novel tick. Lol It's going to be a trilogy once it's finished, with each volume in the trilogy being divided into subsequent books which follow (mainly) a specific character.
I have a blog set up where I was uploading parts of my novel for my friends to see, but I can't find the link to it (changed computers and lost everything). Once I find it, I'll post it. It doesn't have nearly my complete work on there, but it'll give you an idea.
My other original works include a novel about a girl who gets turned into a werewolf and her having to work through her issues regarding that, a novel about mer-people and other magical beings and their interaction with our world (more about an exiled mermaid princess who saves mankind from a terrible war with the magical folk), and a graphic novel collaboration with a friend of mine about twin sisters who hold the power to save or destroy the world.
I do a lot of fan fic off Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series, the TV show Bones, and Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt (or Kurt Austin) novels. I have tons of fan fiction going right now...too many to list, really.
Two of my favorite quotes regarding writing aren't by famous authors or anything. The first was said by one of my best friend's cousins as we were camping out in her backyard last summer. We were talking about our writing (we all like to write) and I was complaining about having severe writer's block with my main novel. Said Laura: "Writer's block is when your characters get tired of all the crap you put them through and go on strike!"
The second quote is from my mom. She once told me (after finding a notebook I'd been scribbling away in and reading what I'd written): "You know, you could be a great writer...if you would just finish what you start!"
So, anyone else like to write (strictly fiction, here...technical writing doesn't count )?
Also (just for fun), what's your favorite word processing program and why? Mine is OpenOffice.org. I love how easy it is to use, I can convert my files so just about anyone can read them and do the conversion straight from the main program, and it has this nifty word anticipation feature that I LOVE!