Hello everyone. Unfortunately by the time you read this someone else will probably have usurped my hard-earned title as newest member. I'm glad to have found this forum. I've joined a various few other forums before, but I ended up getting in fistfights (or "flame wars") with many of the people who spoke with me (plus they had garbage grammar & their mothers deserved colorful ridicule). But this is the first writing forum I've joined, and if there's anybody I get along with swimmingly, it's people who know their way around twenty-six letters. I look forward to meeting all of you and reading your stories & things (I'll never be qualified to make anything but airheaded criticisms of poetry, but I like to make them all the same). Hopefull you too will enjoy & think about the stories I tack up here. Before I try to make myself stop, I want to make clear that I've only been published once, really, in a literary magazine called "Italics Mine" that the school I just graduated from puts together each year. I wasn't paid, because the magazine gets its revenue from tuition. But that counts, damnit. That is to say, nice to meet you.