Hi Folks, This is me.. I use the nick Scrit, but I am not French. I am English and I live in the West Midlands. (That would be right in the middle!) I am 60 something, retired and have been for 17 years. I have written fiction for forty years plus and still have to publish a bona-fide novel. Short stories yes, articles yes, but the novel eludes me. I am not alone I think. I left school at 15 years of age and six months later enlisted in the Royal Navy for ten years. In 1964/5 I became a furniture maker. (Virtually by accident, as I sold the sideboard I had originally made for my own home. (Wife was not much pleased at the time, but it developed into a business, so we are now happy. ) Lots of things have happened to me in the ensuing years, except becoming a novelist! I live in hope. I hope to make friends here, so for now I'll just say I'm pleased to be aboard. All the best. John 'Don't procrastinate. Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.'