Hello everyone, Thought I would make an introduction post for two reasons, the first being to introduce myself but I also want to play around with the post settings and such before I dive into the community. I have been involved in Politics since I was 16, I do a lot of work for grassroots Environmental organisations, the reason I mention this is because I am trained in 'Personal Narrative', consider yourself warned. I reside in the Westernmost part of Sydney, I can take the train an hour east to see the iconic Opera house and whatever else people go to see in Sydney or I can go an hour west and explore a vast mountain range with cozy little towns dotted throughout it. It is an amazing place to live in as far as I have the the amazing culture of Sydney to one side while on the other side I can immerse myself in nature for days, I can explore dark caverns with naught but a torch on my helmet or find relics from this continents Indigenous and Colonial histories while trekking through dense bushland and forest. Anyway, I found my inspiration to write when I was traveling across New Zealand with my grandparents at the tender age of 13, books were the only thing to keep me sane. Grandma is a professional nagger, I swear if nagging was a profession she would be the industries standard. Don't get me wrong though, she is a lovely lady. . Just better in small doses. I only brought a single book with me from home, at that time I didn't much care about books, but when you're stuck in a car for 3 hours and you've got nothing to do but read, you read. That book was Shadow of a Dark Queen by Raymond E. Feist and it threw my mind open to the possibilities. I remember using the single public phone at a caravan park we stayed at to call my mum on the other side of the Tasman, back in Sydney, asking her if she could go to Borders and buy every Raymond E. Feist book she could find. I celebrated my Birthday in New Zealand and that ended up being my present. During the many many months of cracking through those books a seed planted itself and by the time I was done it had grown. When I started writing I started with high expectations, thinking I'd be averaging 100 pages a day at the very least but the reality was I spent 4 hours and produced about 2 pages. It wouldn't be fair to say they were carbon copies of R.E.Fs works because that would imply what I wrote was actually good, I was basically stealing the plot and changing character names, but hey, gotta start somewhere. Today I am an 18 year old, though I turn 19 in just over a week. That means I have been writing for some 5 or 6 years now, which is kind of nuts when I think about it. Long gone are my days of imitation, I have about a dozen originalcompletedshort stories under my belt, some of them are even half-decent while others are hilariously bad. I am currently working on a novel and I have a good feeling about this one. Its been in the works for over a year now. I have finished a rough copy and I am now in the process of rewritting it, adding content, fixing plot lines that don't lead anywhere. You know, the usual. That is probably enough from me, looking forward to getting to 'know' you all over the coming months, perhaps years.