Hey. My name is Derrick. I've been writing for a long time now, when I was younger is was "edgy" short stories about the frustrations about being gay. I would like to happily say I've exited that phase and now put out some decent material haha. The screen name Achillea is the genus for the plant name of Achillea milefolium which is commonly known as Yarrow. I went to college for forestry and I often fall back on the latin names I learned for screen names. Erm, what else. At the moment I am in the middle of writing my first real serious story. The root of the story come from the old days I would spend on a forum roleplaying. I know I know, the story sounds terrible, or rather it could be poorly written. I like to think that's true of all writing. The fact is the story is not based on the roleplay material, it draws a basic concept that drives the plot, as well as one character that is to closely tied to that basic concept to do without. I'm 19, turning 20 in a week and I live in Alberta, Canada. At the moment the piles of snow from shoveling our walks are over 6 feet high. I'll take it over crocs in my backyard any day. I actually found this forum when I googled "writing forum". I looked at one article which contained a list of publishers before I explored the rest of the forum. The community here seems to be great for feedback. By that I mean it's more then "oh yeah, no I liked it." or "SO GOOD!" I read more then a few posts where members would be completely honest and I think that's great. I can be direct at times and I'm happy to see others here are as well. With all the above rambling now done. It's nice to be here and I hope add my two cents to community as well as get some feedback and tips from you all. Cheers.