Hi everybody. My name is Mike and I'm very excited to have found this site. I started making up my own stories since before I could really write them down (pre-K). Writing has always been a passion of mine but I had gotten away from it for about five years or so. Struggling with bipolar disorder during that time didn't help any but I had felt like my creativity had largely gone away thanks to my meds. Today I read some things I had written years ago and I'm really getting the urge to write again. No, my mind isn't running non-stop any more (and thank God for that) and no, I'm not constantly bombarded with ideas any more (I'm mixed about that) but ironically my ideas seem to be stronger somehow these days. I'm actually able to focus on one or two good ideas now and really be able to massage them, let them develop more naturally. I've read the forum rules and knowing me I'll probably do way more critiquing than posting for critiques. I mostly write short stories so that's where I'll be doing most of my critiques, but I'm sure I'll be reading at least some things in every category. I've found that exposing myself to different genres actually makes my own writing better. See you around the boards.