I never considered myself a writer. I've been an engineer for thirty years but now enjoy the semi-retired status that was forced upon me a few years ago. Then last November I got it in to my head to write a novel... not just a novel but trilogy. Its not anything that will see the light of day (copyright issues), but it has been a fun hobby and I've nearly completed the first volume. My purpose here? I'll be the one lurking in the shadows picking up tips and occasionally picking a brain or two for suggestions. Maybe once I finish my current project, I'll try my hand at something I'll actually be able to publish.