I'm Joonas, 17, from Finland (before you ask: no, there are no polar bears wandering around the streets here...). This is a writing forum, so I guess I'm better off writing about writing than anything else. I'm actually quite new to the world filled with pens, papers, text editors and such, since I started writing on my free will some 1½ years ago. I don't really remember why I started, but anyway my first poem (which is also my first piece I consider being labeled as "creative writing") is about a friend of mine who was doing badly at the time and I thought no one really cared about him. So I wrote about how people tend to focus on themselves and forget about the people surrounding them. I wrote in Finnish, which is a shame as now I could've shared it with you guys... Now, a year and a half later, I have two blogs in which I publish most of my texts. The first one I created is a Finnish one, and it has right now almost a hundred updates, it's been around for a year. The newer one, to which the link can be found from my signature, is all in English, just to try something new and also to broaden my audience. Anyway, in a reasonably small amount of time I've created a strong passion towards writing. Nowadays, besides my blogs I write articles to the local newspaper and blog to a local website. I've also sent my texts to some Finnish writing contests , surprisingly with success! I always like to share ideas and chat with other writers, thus I decided to try out this forum. I'm hoping this will be great To conclude this rather lenghty introduction, I'd like to say that you're welcome to come and contact me anytime you wish to do so! Conversations are never bad Have a nice day everyone!