I was very pleased to find this lovely forum today. Well, a short introduction might be useful. I'm Johanna, a little over 30 years old, married, living in the far north of Europe, and completely in love with anything that has to do with words. I read, I write, I listen, and I adore. I started writing a week ago. It just happened. Something clicked in my head (not that way, dear readers, I've been delightfully insane all my life), and I was able to write my own fiction. So far, I've only been able to write fanfiction. It was a shock to find out that I can actually do this now after so many years of not being able to do it. I'm kind of ecstatic about the whole writing-my-own-fiction thingy. I appologize if I sound slightly too enthusiastic. The thing is, I've always wanted to be a writer. As long as I can remember, I've been writing something. I was twelve when I wrote my very first book. It was rubbish, of course, but it set the road. I was to walk on all the awful things I could push out of my strange and unyielding mind. Then it stopped. I turned twenty-something and couldn't write a word anymore. Not a word. I was desperate to find a way to get those plots and characters out of my mind. It was getting crowded there. And then I stumbled on to fanfiction, read a few and felt awfully unsatisfied. No, no, no, it's not supposed to be written that way... let me show you. I've been on that road for three years. And why do I write in English when it's not my mother tongue? I have no idea how I'm even able to write in English in the first place. I just do it. And I don't think I would get enough readers for my fantasy novels with my own lovely language. That's it. Maybe one of you had the energy to read all this. Not the shortest introduction. I hope to get to know some of you; maybe even read a bit of your words and comment on those... and maybe I'll muster enough courage to post something of my own someday as well. Thank you for the opportunity.