Hello, my name's Chris and I'm completely new here. I stumbled over the forums when I googled around for creative writing, looking for a place where I could gather ideas for characters and plot lines and bounce those on like-minded people. From what I can see, I've found just the place for that. A few things about me: I've, so far, written some a lot of short stories in German and English, though most of them rest in a folder on my computer - where they best stay till doomsday (reading through some the earlier ones, I fear unearthing them might bring about just that!) What I love most is writing fantasy stories - not the historic type that floods bookstores nowadays, but modern ones. My role models are Tolkien for his skill in creating an epic world without loosing himself in sidelines and unimportant details while still not overfreighting his work with symbolism, J.K.Rowling for her genious with subtle double meanings, and Kim Harrison with her gift of always keeping the inner conflicts of her main characters burning hot. Currently, I feel a plot for a multi part novel taking shape in my head, though I'm not ready to bring it down to paper yet. Hopefully, I'll find time over the holidays to lay out the basic plot lines and sketch my main characters, then I'm sure I'm going to have a question or two for the forums here.