Hi there! I'm George, 36 years old and currently a resident of Mississippi. I've been reading since the age of four and writing since the age of six. It's something I've always loved, but I've only gotten truly serious about it in the last five years. I write mostly contemporary fantasy and science fiction. Even my rare 'mainstream' story is written via the viewpoint of those genres. I mostly try to avoid fantasy cliches and strive to do something more like 'slipstream' or 'the new weird' or 'new wave fabulism', without the tendency that those writers have for opaque ambiguity and a seeming dislike for endings. In other words, I want my stories to be stories and make sense, even if it's a strange sort of sense. In a nutshell I'm striving to use the concepts of the unknown and unknowable, of the uncanny and unexplainable, as a lens to view the everday mysteries of human nature. Due to my life-so-far I tend to focus on characters either riding the edge or swan diving from it. I write mostly about the 'lower class' or impoverished of America, and try to show that they too are important and have stories to tell, as culturally rich as any other group. That said, I don't do 'woe-is-me' or 'the-poor-are-inately-noble' stories. I'm strictly a short fiction writer, and prefer that as my reading material as well. I enjoy critiquing stories, and strive to be helpful and diplomatic. I concentrate on things like flow, character issues, narrative cohesion and integration of metaphorical material over grammar, spelling, etc. It's not that I think those things are unimportant, it's just that I tend to think first of the former -- and others seem to have a better eye for the latter than my own! My science fiction is rare because I am insanely picky about it. I consider it the hardest genre to write by far. My few succesful attempts are some of my proudest moments. Hope to read and crit and get to know you all. -G.