with most of you (I assume), I’m looking for a supportive environment who dares me to reach my literary summit. I hope this is the place. A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in Suriname (a small country blessed with pure and luscious Amazonian rainforest on the north border of Brazil, South America) and moved to the Netherlands to study Chemical Engineering at the Technical University in Delft. I’m telling you this so you can understand my daily battle with a case of extreme boredom. Technical work (in my own experience) means certain death to (my) imagination, a trait I value highly…especially in myself. It is this boredom, this desire to lose myself in imagination, that led me here. But it isn’t this alone…for I have an extra ‘impediment’ which makes the road a bit more bumpy: I want to write (and am currently writing) English fiction while Dutch is my native language. Why not write in Dutch? Simple: English is a far more beautiful and rich language. There are more words to describe the phenomenal world and is so much more able to capture certain subtleties so often lost in Dutch language. What have I written so far? Just short stories, poems and philosophical discourses, all of which I distribute among my friends or whoever I can find to be victimized by my stories. I’m interested in the ‘bizarre and the weird’ (Poe is one of my favorite authors) and, as consequence, all my stories deal with these qualities. I hope I can learn from you and be inspired to write more and, of course, better than I do now. Hi everyone! My name is DeVerlorenZoon (which means “The Lost Son” in Dutch) Hope to speak to you soon!