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When I was growing up, my favorite hobby was reading. Now that I've "grown up," my favorite hobby is still reading. I suppose in that regard, I haven't changed much. Or at all. I've always believed that while a picture is worth a thousand words, a thousand words is worth a thousand worlds, because that's where those words can take you. To one thousand different places. 

Literature has already done what ever other field of study is trying to do. It has brought us to the past and to the future. It has created new creatures, peoples, vaccines, technology, languages, methods of transportation. Indeed, it has discovered the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. How could anything else hope to compare?

Because I believe so much in the power of words, I chose my avatar only after I had created my username (or pen name, if you will). For those of you who don't know, Frindle is a children's book about a fifth-grade boy who decides to start calling pens "frindles" instead. The other children in his school begin to use the term as well, and soon the nation joins in, to the point that twenty or thirty years later it is an officially recognized word in the dictionary. This showcases how important words are to a community, and how a word means only what the general population believes it means.

Also I enjoy puns, and a pen name in which the name meant "pen" was just too good an opportunity to pass up.