Hello. Just joined, browsed a bit and read the forum rules. Much of my young adult life I wrote and wanted to be a writer. However, when I went into college the pressure was put on me to go for a career that would enable me to make a good living. I also had a very serious relationship then with a young lady who wanted to be an author. I didn't want to compete with her and so focused on the sciences. Still I would occasionally write short stories when moved to do so, but would generally keep them to myself. I would find myself and still do, making stories in my head and developing ideas I wanted to put into a written work. Flash forward to nowadays. I'm certified and a professional in my field. I've done well for myself in my career, but unfortunately I hate my job and dread the thought of spending the rest of my days living like this. I appreciate the technical aspects of what I do, and my work has exposed me to a lot of situations, individuals, locations and institutions that over time have given me a deep personal insight into much of the world. Not only do I have interesting story ideas in my head, but now I have something to actually say. Ideas and thoughts about the world that I want to share. So I've put pen to paper again (figuratively speaking since I'm using MS Word) and have committed myself to finally finishing one of the novels I've started. Since then I've probably spent more time editing the dang thing than actually writing it, but the hope is the final product will be internally consistent, convey the ideas I want it to and maybe even enjoyable to read. Since I'm not really comfortable sharing my writing with my family and friends I googled aspiring authors forum and found this place. Maybe someday I'll complete all the steps needed to post a story and finally share a piece of what I've been working on here from the safety of anonymity.