I am new to message boards, new to writing. I have been writing for a bit more than a year now, and other than friends, no one has seen my work. I have received high praise for my short stories and for my song lyrics for my band. I write with emotion...by that, I mean I do not edit my work, polish it, or plan it. It just happens. A lot of what I write deals with relationships, coming of age, self loathing, etc. For the most part, I am drawing from personal experiences such as growing up in New York, forming relationships with girls with personality disorders, my own mental disorders, drugs/sex/rock&roll, my parents divorce, my friends'/families drug use, and so on. Writing has been an outlet for me. I also play music, but they are two completely different ways of coping with life. Oh, I'm 24, graduated from The Pennsylvania University as an Engineer 2nd in my class...I was always more of a technical person, but as I'm aging, I'm moving away from the boring life of Math and Science and moving into the arts. I'll post something soon enough...I suppose I'll just post my work in the order they were written. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading all your work as well and hopefully improving on my own writing abilities.