Stopping in to say hello, I just joined this afternoon. My real name is Lauren, I have been a reader since I was 3 and a writer since I was 6 (I wrote very bad short stories back in those days ) I would like to think I have improved some in more than 30 years that have passed. I have participated in NaNoWriMo for the past two years and am one of last year's winners. I wrote a modern fantasy, as a personal challenge, and had a lot of fun with it. I usually write high fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror stories, as well as dark poetry. I am working on my first two novels simultaneously and hope to self publish when I finish them. I am also somewhat skilled with CGI art, working with Poser and Photoshop to create character portraits to help with my writing and designing book covers. I can't draw to save my life, so I tend to invest a bit heavily in computer graphics programs.