Hi everyone! My name is Shane, and I am dropping in not only to say hi but also to hopefully get some advice from you all Well, a bit about myself. I recently graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelors in English. Shockingly, I never took any creative writing classes, and towards the end of my final semester I kind of started to regret not taking any. This all stemmed from having to read a ton of fiction during my final semester and, instead of writing term papers, all I wanted to do was write short stories, poems, and fiction. Something else that I realized recently was that ever since I was kid I wanted to write stories; grant it, I wanted to make movies and video games, not fiction; but, it was always the stories I was most interested in. So, since I don't have a job, nor do I have a degree that gets me one easily, I have decided to take up the practice of writing short stories, poetry, and plays (scrips for movies and games). Some questions I have: I have very little experience in writing the aforementioned, but I do have a few "how to" books on poetry and short stories that I have been reading at a leisurely pace. I am thinking on the track of something like this: Poetry -> Plays -> Short Stories. What do you think of a practice schedule like this? What forum do you think I should drop into first? How do I upload a picture to my profile? How do you post a new thread? I am trying to post a poem of mine but the "New Thread" tab does not show up. DO I have to a member for awhile before I can post?