While I understand the importance of first impressions, I find myself at a loss here. Do I flash my résumé? Do I rattle off jokes? Do I brag and try to impress everyone? Well, my social skills are lacking and I can't exactly wait for an answer before posting so... here goes! I've been writing since I was 13, which I guess makes this year 14. I self-published an atrocity when I was 19, which I started writing at 13. No one bothered telling me how bad it (and my writing in general) was until later. Once the news was broken, though, I was able to start improving my skills--a path I am pursuing to this day. I've always loved English but I never thought a degree could result in anything but teaching or journalism. I wasn't interested in either so I went to school for graphic design. I discovered that wasn't the field for me. So I reassessed and decided I wanted to edit professionally. I am now about three classes shy of acquiring my BA in English! What will I do with myself once I have no more homework? I've been on deviantART for many years but that site is not really friendly to writing. So while I still submit writing there occasionally and critique others' works once in a while, I am hoping I can find a better community here. I look forward to getting some constructive criticism as well as giving it! Critiquing/editing is one of the greatest things ever for me. I learn a lot and I get to teach authors how to write better. I aim to make myself obsolete. And with that, I think I'm spent. I am also out of time. So... I look forward to meeting everyone (or at least some of you)!