Greetings, Hello friends. I recently discovered this site in an effort to respark the one true passion of my life, that of putting pen to paper for the sheer pleasure of seeing whether the result be worth keeping or throwing away. I started writing when I was so young as to be embarassed to admit it. I literally had written a novel by the time I was 14, and my what a horrible novel it was. Even at 14 I knew it was awful, but the experience to me was..... invigorating. I did the only sensible thing with it: printed it up with my old dot matrix (hey, that was all you could get back then) and promptly hide it away forever. Either way, writing continued to be a passion of mine all through out college. I was priveledged enough to sit some fantastic classes in creative writing on my way to degree, including a class taught by Judson Mitcham (The Sweet Everlasting) which really pushed me to try harder and harder. I landed in London and connected by train to Swansea in Wales for my study abroad sometime in late August or Early September, 2001. For a semester, at least, writing kept me sane. I kept right on writing through the grad school work I did at Carnegie Mellon, but by the second semester, I was so unhappy with the program I choose, I left and immediately entered the work force. Skip ten or so years. Somewhere along the way, I lost the urge to write. I'm here, really, because even though that urge died, that piece of me never did. I'm intent on recapturing the little bit of skill I'd begun to acquire (Dialogue took me probably 3 years of work to be able to write good scenes, I'm not even sure how long it will take to recover. But I figure, this is an excellent place to read other people's work while I'm working on my own, and when I'm ready, wade back in to seeing how others respond to my style .... changed though it must be by now. I can only hope that the changes I've experienced in life will have a positive impact on my writing. Anyway, pleased to meet you all. I plan to take it slow, learn the forum, and the writers, if possible. I work a very busy, hectic job, so i really have no choice on this one. I'll be here as often as I can learning as best as I can, but this much I can tell you, my laptops are never far from my hand these days. I'm trying to establish those old habits again. So, I look forward to reading everyone's writing, hope that some of my ridiculously overpriced education in English (in case you were wondering, I don't work for an English company....) allows me to fully appreciate your words, and look forward to the not so distant future when I get to offer some words of my own. For now, I believe I will be sticking with the Sci Fi and Fantasty Genres, though I have literally no control over what story is in my brain at any given time. See you all soon!