Sorry it's taken me a week, or thereabouts, to get this intro written. I wanted to take my time and read/skim through some posts here before I spoke, to get the feel of the place and the people who inhabit it. I've been so impressed with the depth and breadth of experience, wisdom, and advice I've seen so far. I doubt I have anything to say that hasn't already been better said by someone else here, but I appreciate very much the opportunity to step up and say "Hi!" anyway. I've never really been able to "settle" on anything, career-wise. I think that's why I write. I've done quite a few things in my life, to date, but writing is the one constant thing that's been there through all of it. It's not a "I must write, lest I die" kind of arrangement and never has been. In fact, if I had to pin a label on my chest for this, it would more likely be "storyteller" than "writer" -- I'm doing it for the entertainment value, for you and for me, nine times out of ten. I've written and published one nonfiction book, and have co-written a fantasy novel that's so far been indie-published in three installments. The latter was supposed to have been the first book of a series, but now I've no idea if it will ever be written or not. I don't mention these in order to promote them (no titles, you never heard of either, anyway), just as a way to establish credentials. These days I'm more interested in collaborative projects than solo ones, and the collaborative projects here (in the form of RPGs) are the biggest reasons I decided to create an account. As for the rest? The stuff that's mere "biography"? Married/divorced/remarried (first time for ten years, this second time for twenty), two grown sons, two silly dogs, a companionable cat. Herb garden, vegetable garden, rose garden. Northern California, behind the redwood curtain, foggy and cool. My favorite fruit are cherries. I drive an old Subaru Legacy hatchback -- dogs, remember? Music is the key to my heart, and my soul. I'm an independent progressive who loathes two-party politics. I have an abnormally long attention span. I have many acquaintances, and a few close friends. The "zen" part of my screen name is a nod to my practice, which is 75% generic Buddhist, with the balance consisting of a healthy mix of both western and eastern traditions. The "stitcher" part comes from my passion for needlework, especially for counted cross stitch. I daily lament that I only have one set of hands, and they can either write, or stitch, but not both at once. Thank heaven for audiobooks, or I'd never get exposure to other storytellers! Meh. I think that's it for now. I get a bit nauseous when I talk about myself for too long. If you read this far, I'm impressed -- introduce yourself in the comments and let me know!