Right, so first thing I did after joining was ... attempt to post the first chapter of my Maybe-one-day novel. Next was to post the first of two reviews that would allow me to do this. Guess coming here was the inevitable third option! Briefly, I've been 'hobby writing' for years, with various breaks when kids, careers and marital manoevres intervened. I have always had a gift for the written word, right the way back to my primary school years when it won me a place at a prestigious local grammar school and lunch with the author Leon Garfield. The covert actions of a kindly English teacher meant I could have been an apprentice journalist for the Daily Telegraph some 33 years ago. I now realise what a twit I was to say 'How much am I expected to live on for the next three years?!' before following a tortuous career path through the fields of pharmaceutical biology, fitness training and, latterly, long term unemployment - with not a single Celebrity Big Brother posting in sight. Mind you, I've got one hell of a lot of life experiences to write about - it's just a pity they're so damned uninteresting. My parents loved me and never once abused me, sob ... Scrap that last statement, because having just so-not-celebrated my first half-century, I've taken a long hard look at my self employment/work fom home options and decided I could do worse than train up for a career in freelance writing - especially as I still have all the unused modules from the Writers Bureau course I paid for 5 years ago! The best option for a regular wage in this area seems to be as a writer of short, non-fiction articles on the 'net. I'm currently researching paint graining effects for a tentative entry onto an ezine DIY database (possible income, £45 per 600 word article) and have been advised to gain experience by sending work into sites such as this one. The idea is, prospective clients will then be able to see relevant examples of the kind of thing I could be doing for them. So why the hell my first submission is going to be the prologue to a 125,000 word humerous jazz novel is beyond me ... I guess I just enjoy writing too much to make it pay for me. Here's hoping, though. In the meantime - nice to meet you all, folks!