Hello, everyone. I was so relieved to find an active, free site like this. I joined one years ago, but couldn't remember the name and a google search for writing groups didn't turn up much, not on par with what I remembered. I was starting to think people had given up on them...? An introduction... This is somewhat strange for me. I haven't been part of an online writing group, or any online group, in years. I just recently left a cult and it's a slow, arduous process reclaiming myself but one of my principal passions since childhood was writing. I'm not quite sure how it fits into my life now, as I gave it up while I was in. One of my most bitter regrets about the whole affair is that I tore up all of my stories (or in some cases, physically broke the disks) because I was convinced that the writing was evil (and on some level, I think, because I just wanted it out of the way--I was so concerned about someone finding it). Now I have almost no writing left. I have found little bits of notes since then, and kept them, but that's all I've got left. This may be TMI. It's hard for me to gauge the appropriateness of things now, especially in social situations. Sorry in advance for any faux pas or if I step on toes in the future. I'm like someone who needs interpersonal physical therapy ( ) after a train wreck. ANYWAYS... I've been writing since childhood like I said. I'm interested in all kinds of fiction but especially sci-fi/fantasy. I seem to come up with ideas fairly easily but delivery has always been problematic for me; largely because I wasn't willing to discipline myself enough in the past. Now I don't have a choice about discipline because I literally can't function without it. But attempts to reclaim my creative side by writing have been unfruitful. I think I've just developed such an inhibition to it that, even though the ideas still come (they never really stopped), trying to write them down is like trying to walk through an imaginary wall that, in my mind, is fully real. I thought joining a writing community would help, in perceiving a different perspective of reality, and realizing that the wall is not in fact real. Hard to explain but maybe I've got my point across. Somehow. Other than that, I like cats, hiking, music, travel, meditation, reading popular science books, and many other books.