Hey everyone, Now, I'm not one of the many who writes away, hoping to one day be discovered and published, though I wish them all the best of luck. So far, I've been writing because my English courses demand it of me. Through the junior years, I never really did anything of note. But now, reaching the end of my senior year, I've written a couple of pieces that not only marked well, but which received praise from people outside the marking sphere - something that I believe means a lot more. This is a point which leads to some details about me. That belief in pleasing not the people who I need to, but those who appreciate it the most. I'm something of a musician. In a recent competition (one that was quite prestigious - U25s regional championship), I placed well. Of course, thats not what this forum is about. The point is: after that performance, sure, I got my appraisal from the judges. But the most important accolade I received that day was as I was packing up, after the concert. A man from the audience, who I later learned wasn't a parent or a teacher, just someone who came to listen to music, he came up to me and told me how much my performance moved him. Basically, what I'm saying is that I strive to create pieces and performances that don't always please the important people, but just people. What about my writing? Well as I said, I'm just a high school student. I've written pieces that always have to tie back to a theme or image - stimulus, they call it. As ambiguous as that term is, I understand that it is often needed for kids who would spend an age before putting pen to paper. My style, I think, is an attempt at plain communication. As a debater (another part of who I am), I try to achieve communication, and empathy. I believe in that sort of linguistics, not overly florid and confusing description. Luckily for me, I grew up in a very English-oriented family. My father is a professor at the local university, who works on everything from folklore to first year arts. The help he gives me when editing my works is invaluable, but I like to think I don't merely reproduce him. I'm new to this forum, but I'll try and upload a few pieces once I figure out where to put them. The units of work that they have needed to fit into recently are 'Belonging' and 'Science Fiction'. If you've made it this far into my introduction, I hope you find it in your time to have a look at my pieces. But for now, I'm going to get back to my study for my English Extension One exam which is in... 3 hours! Thank you for reading, Matthew.