I will introduce myself to these forums. My name is Ty, and I am 30 years old. I live in Maryland, and to one extent or another, have been writing all of my life. Not surprisingly, the nature of my writing has changed over time, but a desire to write has not. With the exception of one or two very small literary magazines years ago, I have never been published. (No body seems to ever want any of my stuff.) In each of those cases it was for my poetry. I used to be quite a prolific poet, despite the lack of publication, but I found myself in a years long dry spell, where only a trickle of poetry made its way to my pages. I have in the last year or so started to increase the amount of poems I write, but nothing like my busiest time, so far. Alot of what I write is non-fiction. I enjoy writing movie and book reviews, as well as "life essays", ala Robert Fulghum and the like. I do however write some fiction, and have increased my fiction output somewhat in the last few years. IN that time I have written a dozen or so "micro-short" stories, with the help of a book. I have also written several early drafts of a screenplay, a first draft of a novel adaptation of a Shakespeare play, and a memoir of one of my own personal experiences from back in college. I participated in this years Nanowrimo, and won. (Though I have not yet finished the piece, and certainly have not edited it yet. It remains a first draft. I'm also in the middle of a screenplay adaptation for my novel adaptation of the Shakespeare I mentioned earlier. I recently got a book opn short story writing, and while that has not been an area of fiction I have done much with, it has always intrigued me, and I hope to get into it...as I think it may be one of the genres most suited to my temperment. Writing fiction frustrates me quite a bit, all that being said. I have many ideas running around in my head, only a fraction of which ever make it to paper, and even a smaller fraction of which make it to completion. And the ones that do never seem to pick up an audience. But at least I know I am not alone in that maddening experience, and hope to meet and talk to fellow writers with similar feelings. I also keep a blog that discusses my thoughts and adventures as an amateur actor in my community. (One of my other passions.) I talk about the plays I am in, thoughts on my characters, etc. I also share opinion about acting and theatre in general. I wasn't sure about the policy of posting links, so I will not mention where the blog is right here, but if you are curious, PM me and I will be glad to share. I also have a weekly internet radio show, and the same goes for the link to that if you are interested. I always love getting more listeners. A supplemental income of mine comes from my work as a ghostwriter. I specialize in letters and other private communications for clients, but also write alot of speeches for people. I occasionally write other things as well. I will give anyone who may be interested in that a link to my business website in a PM as well. (I am obviously well connected online...) So, that is that. I look forward to checking out these forums.